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Oasis of The Seas November 2 - November 9 Eastern Caribbean

 

Hello All - Just returned from the Oasis of The Seas.

 

Little bit about myself: I'm 28 years old, from East Tennessee - (home of those Great Smokey mountains!) I am not new to cruising, as this was my 14th sailing and my last 11 have been with Royal Caribbean. I cruised solo for the 2nd time and left the girlfriend at home, she is not happy with me, but I did show her my pictures! I sailed on the Allure two years ago and intend to do things I missed on her - like zip line on the worlds largest cruise ship! Okay, I know 2nd largest, but "world's largest" sounds a lot more exciting and does a few inches really count?

 

Topics I'll discuss on this review include, but certainly not limited to are: Premium drink package-oh yeah! Six-specially restaurants-hey I like to eat, boardwalk balcony, entrainment, port days-beaches, & overall service. One more important thing, is my review is written in real time, as it occurs. I enjoy writing my review from the ship, as details are fresh on my mind. I'll go ahead and apologize if I slip off topic a little, but we can blame it on the drink package!

 

Cameras used for this review include: Canon 60D with 135mm lens, Nikon AW 110, iPhone 4S, iPad mini.

 

Okay guys here we go & please if you have questions, ask!

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So I know this is not recommend and always gives me a little butterflies. But I typically fly in the day of the cruise, life's short so why not live on the edge a little. My flight was out of Nashville, TN at 8:00 am & landed around 11:00 am. Nothing to really write about here, just a typical flight on Southwest - you know where bags fly FREE!

 

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Once I landed I picked up my bag, which took about 30 minutes to come out, in fact I actually started to panic because most everyone had already received their bags. Once my bag finally arrived (11:30) I went outside to see the longest line ever for a taxi, which took around 20-25 min.

 

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The cost of this crazy ride was $16.00 (with tip) & not sure how I made it out of that cab alive.

 

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Day 1 - Fort Lauderdale:

 

There she was, all shinny and happy to welcome 5000+ new passengers. Let's just hope the crew is just as excited to welcome us. Pulled up to the $30 million dollar terminal for the Oasis class ships.

 

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Dropped my bags off with the porter, tipped $2 for my one bag and off I went. I forgot to print off my luggage tag, so they put one on for you, but just know your cabin number or look at set to sail paperwork.

 

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Check-in took around 10 minutes; there were zero lines at this point (12:10). In fact, I walked right up to the counter once I went through security.

 

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Enjoying your review. Hope you have as good a time as I did when I sailed solo on her 3 weeks ago. I was also in a balcony boardwalk room and loved it (10715). I am on the Oasis on Sat. in another boardwalk balcony room, 3 doors down from where I was on the Allure. Have a great cruise!

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Hi there, this will be fun. We sailed with you but I don't think we met. Did you come to the Diamond Lounge in Blaze? We were there every night. :D

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Enjoying your review. Hope you have as good a time as I did when I sailed solo on her 3 weeks ago. I was also in a balcony boardwalk room and loved it (10715). I am on the Oasis on Sat. in another boardwalk balcony room, 3 doors down from where I was on the Allure. Have a great cruise!

 

I stayed in 10313 - more on that to come.

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Once I walked onboard I went straight to chops grill to make my RSVP. I purchased the Central Park package online, but some of the venues you must book in person. This was pretty easy and actually made my 150 Central Park RSVP at chops. (Thanks to CC for that one)

 

So now there was only one thing to do... Head to Park Cafe for a roast beef sandwich! At this point it was 12:30 and not a single person in line, however all the tables were full. I swear these sandwiches just get better with every cruise or maybe it was the Stella that made it so good. Bottom line: Don't miss Park Cafe and the famous roast beef.

 

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Hi there, this will be fun. We sailed with you but I don't think we met. Did you come to the Diamond Lounge in Blaze? We were there every night. :D

 

I wish! I was only at 73 points when I sailed...I am now Diamond for the next cruise.

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My husband and I were on the Oasis in September and we enjoyed those roast beef sandwiches. We met a great couple and we are all cruising on the Indy on the March 29th sailing!

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Did you wear a jacket for formal night? We are leaving Saturday on the Oasis. I am trying to pack light- easiest to leave husbands jacket at home. Dont be mad at me- I have posted about the jacet a couple of times!! Julie

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My husband and I were on the Oasis in September and we enjoyed those roast beef sandwiches. We met a great couple and we are all cruising on the Indy on the March 29th sailing!

 

Hey! I'm booked on the Indy for the march 29th sailing!!

 

Did you wear a jacket for formal night? We are leaving Saturday on the Oasis. I am trying to pack light- easiest to leave husbands jacket at home. Dont be mad at me- I have posted about the jacet a couple of times!! Julie

 

I wore a full suit & tie on both formal nights and my blazer 3 nights. Causal other nights for seafood shack party and last night windjammer.

 

I will upload more tomorrow. My team is playing on MNF. Miami Dolphins.

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After lunch I headed to my Boardwalk balcony cabin (10313) right at 1:00. I think this is a great option for those who want to try something different. Sure I love the ocean balconies just as much as the other guy, but you can get that on any cruise. The cabin was a nice size and my view was fantastic. Being that I've had both boardwalk and Central Park balcony cabins, I'd pick boardwalk. I enjoy bring able to see open air in the aft and the aqua-shows right from the balcony. I found the Central Park balcony boring, but nice if you are looking for peace and quite.

 

View from balcony.

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Tonight dinner plans are in Izumi. This is a first for me with Royal Caribbean, but I'm excited to try something different. My first impression was, “wow this place is empty!” They provide you with free soybeans and soup, which is a nice touch.

 

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I ordered the hot stones rock with all seafood. Does it get any better than this? I also ordered fried shrimp as a starter, which you see in the picture. The food was great and the service was even better. I actually asked for the manager to recognize Dora "the explorer" for her outstanding service.

 

Note: if you pre-book online it's $10 and you are basically purchasing a gift card/credit and must pay for anything over $10. Some man was in there throwing a fit about having to pay an extra fee for dinner-I was embarrassed for him. The only thing I didn't like about the evening is they were pushing hard for me to purchase the wine decanter for $40. I understand that it's her job to offer/demo how it works, but royal seems to be pushing these add on a lot lately.

 

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Looking forward to reading your review! My husband and I were on the same cruise as you, just down the hall as a matter of fact, in 10308. We had a great time, but always love to hear what others had to say about the same experience!

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Why are so many of your pictures upside down? Oh by the way enjoying your review. We're sailing on the Oasis in May.

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Why are so many of your pictures upside down? Oh by the way enjoying your review. We're sailing on the Oasis in May.

 

For some reason the few pictures that I took from my iPhone/iPad are displaying upside down if you view this review from a iPhone/iPad. Not sure why, because on my MacBook they are posted the correct way.

 

No worries that's all the iPhone/iPad pictures I took all week. Everything else from Canon 60D.

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Day 2 - Nassau, Bahamas:

 

Lucky us who got an extra hour of cruising, because the clocks rolled back an hour! (Also, an extra hour in Blaze last night, but let's not talk about that) I woke up had the typical breakfast in the Windjammer, with the not so typical view at breakfast. I could have just sit here all day with this kind of view.

 

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There were five ships in port today - holy cow there was a lot of people in port. The ships were in the order from right: Oasis of the Seas, Norwegian Sky, Carnival Dream, Enchantment of the Seas, & Majesty of the Seas.

 

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For those of you that have read my reviews before you know I like the free public Junkanoo beach. For those that haven't it's perfect for a short day in Nassau.

 

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While I was walking to the beach I ran across Senor Frogs. This place has the best view of the ships in port. But just note you will pay for that view, as their prices are high.

 

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We were also on this cruise, and in the D lounge in Blaze. Looking forward to reading your review!

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At Fish Fries there is an excellent local restaurant called Oh Andruws. The conch salad is to die for...loving the review btw

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My husband and I were on the Oasis in September and we enjoyed those roast beef sandwiches. We met a great couple and we are all cruising on the Indy on the March 29th sailing!

That's weird, we were on the Oasis in September and met a great couple and we're cruising with them on the Indy on March 29th, small world! ;)

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That's weird, we were on the Oasis in September and met a great couple and we're cruising with them on the Indy on March 29th, small world! ;)

 

See you on the Indy! :D

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It does take around 10-15 minutes to walk there, but worth it to me. For beer lovers they give you 3 beers & 3 shots for $10.00. I decided to pass on the special this time, as I didn't want to drink, nor pay for beers when I paid $385 the drink package.

 

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The beach was pretty busy but looks a lot nicer than it did this time last year. They have put some money cleaning it up and putting in tiki huts for some afternoon fun.

 

I'm standing on a 20+ foot pier that heads out to the water (great for kids to jump off) First pictures is to the right and next picture is to the left (notice the building with green doors/windows is the restrooms) - And thats the whole beach!

 

If I was staying here all day, I'd looking into a nicer beach, but for a 2 hours this is perfect!

 

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Note to all: bring your passport off the ship with you while at port. They requested my seapass card and photo ID at the Nassau checkpoint to board ship and guess what? I didn't have ANY photo ID. One would think after 14 cruises I could remember to bring my ID, but guess not...After paying the guy $50 he let me pass. :p Kidding.

 

Day 2 - Around Noon.

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Looking forward to the rest of your review. Did you see any para-sailing at Junkaroo beach ? Thanks, Eric

 

Thanks, I'm excited to post it! I have A LOT more to post, many pages, almost 15 total.

 

I was there from 10-12 and did not see any water sports. Very close to the cruise ships, so that's probably why.

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