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My friends and I are considering a cruise on the Oasis next year. While I am totally intrigued by the ship, and drool over the commercials, I do have a few questions/concerns.

 

My biggest fear is feeling detached from the ocean. We will have an Ocean View balcony (cause I'm high maintenance like that haha) but (in my defense) I actually use it. One of my favorite things about being on a cruise is the smell & sounds of the ocean/salt water. I'll sit out on my balcony for hours at night. I totally could sleep out there! We're not sit at the pool kind of people. We were on the NCL Breakaway last year and one of our favorite spots was sitting out on the Waterfront with a drink just watching the water. I know the Oasis does not have anything like the Waterfront, all the neighborhoods are "inside". Besides a cabin balcony, is there any place to go to sit with a drink with a water view? Am I silly worrying about feeling "detached" from the ocean?

 

My next question would be about cabins. I want an ocean view balcony, preferably one with a view down to the water. (not of life boats). Does anyone have any cabin suggestions? There seem to be so many categories that I'm getting confused. I haven't been able to find anything with cabin categories. I've only been on 2 cruises and have gone with mid-ship balcony cabins. But it seems I may need something a little more aft for what I want. How is the movement back there? My friend does have issues with sea sickness but uses the patch and that seems to work well for her.

 

We'll be 3 people in a cabin. Does RCI ever run specials with extra/3rd person free, or anything like that? Also, what do the drink packages run on Oasis class ships, and do all 3 or us have to purchase it?

 

And finally... (thanks for sticking with me this long) My last question is about dining. I've only ever been on NCL so am not familiar with the scheduled dining times. I do know RCI offers My Time Dining, which I think is similar to NCL Freestyle. What are your thoughts on the dining (either way) and would we be able to get a table for just the 3 of us?

 

Thanks in advance for any and all advice. It is all greatly appreciated, along with any Oasis or RCI tips and tidbits of info! Thank you, thank you!!

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We'll be 3 people in a cabin. Does RCI ever run specials with extra/3rd person free, or anything like that? Also, what do the drink packages run on Oasis class ships, and do all 3 or us have to purchase it?

 

And finally... (thanks for sticking with me this long) My last question is about dining. I've only ever been on NCL so am not familiar with the scheduled dining times. I do know RCI offers My Time Dining, which I think is similar to NCL Freestyle. What are your thoughts on the dining (either way) and would we be able to get a table for just the 3 of us?

Specials vary, but I have not seen many for the third person other than kids. While the special may say kids sail free, you have to look at the overall price since the fare for the first two might be raised to compensate for the third. Drink package prices vary, especially with special pre cruise - not all three have to buy it. Figure anywhere from $40 to 65 per day.

 

If you liked Freestyle go for MTD, but you'll probably want to make some reservations, if you want a popular time for dinner (around 7PM).

 

Having said all that, there are better ships to enjoy and have sea views - like Radiance class, maybe Brilliance out of Tampa or Serenade from PE.

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My friends and I are considering a cruise on the Oasis next year. While I am totally intrigued by the ship, and drool over the commercials, I do have a few questions/concerns.

 

My biggest fear is feeling detached from the ocean. We will have an Ocean View balcony (cause I'm high maintenance like that haha) but (in my defense) I actually use it. One of my favorite things about being on a cruise is the smell & sounds of the ocean/salt water. I'll sit out on my balcony for hours at night. I totally could sleep out there! We're not sit at the pool kind of people. We were on the NCL Breakaway last year and one of our favorite spots was sitting out on the Waterfront with a drink just watching the water. I know the Oasis does not have anything like the Waterfront, all the neighborhoods are "inside". Besides a cabin balcony, is there any place to go to sit with a drink with a water view? Am I silly worrying about feeling "detached" from the ocean?

 

My next question would be about cabins. I want an ocean view balcony, preferably one with a view down to the water. (not of life boats). Does anyone have any cabin suggestions? There seem to be so many categories that I'm getting confused. I haven't been able to find anything with cabin categories. I've only been on 2 cruises and have gone with mid-ship balcony cabins. But it seems I may need something a little more aft for what I want. How is the movement back there? My friend does have issues with sea sickness but uses the patch and that seems to work well for her.

 

We'll be 3 people in a cabin. Does RCI ever run specials with extra/3rd person free, or anything like that? Also, what do the drink packages run on Oasis class ships, and do all 3 or us have to purchase it?

 

And finally... (thanks for sticking with me this long) My last question is about dining. I've only ever been on NCL so am not familiar with the scheduled dining times. I do know RCI offers My Time Dining, which I think is similar to NCL Freestyle. What are your thoughts on the dining (either way) and would we be able to get a table for just the 3 of us?

 

Thanks in advance for any and all advice. It is all greatly appreciated, along with any Oasis or RCI tips and tidbits of info! Thank you, thank you!!

 

 

I can only speak about the cabin for 3...If your considering 3 in a cabin, book NOW! Earlier the better and don't look to save any money doing it, it might be cheaper to get connecting cabins and have 4 people!

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Never felt detached on Freedom, I'll let you know about Oasis.

 

I've already found a few less known places that seem they will be great for what you are looking for, a "secret" forward observation deck and an aft section with a bunch of loungers. And the solarium looks like it's very open to the ocean.

 

I don't think any cabin balconies look down on the lifeboats, they're kind of tucked in. And certainly if you're high up it won't be a factor.

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Thanks everyone for the info!

 

nexxuspr - That pdf is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!!!

 

boontj - Thanks for the heads up! We like to book early, but weren't sure if the 30% off was just a gimmick to get people to book early or if it was, in fact, actually 30% off.

 

Biker19 - That's great that we all don't have to purchase the drink package! And thank you for the pricing info.

 

We are 3 people from 3 different time zones, so eating at off hours is not a big deal for us. That's why freestyle worked well for us. If we had a set dining time, how does it work if we decided not go to the MDR for dinner? What restaurants are included and what are specialty? Are they a la carte or cover?

 

DrD - Please let me know what you think of the Oasis! From the images I've seen it does look like the life boats stick out, but there is a section where there are no boats. Thats where I want a room lol

 

From what I've seen, the jogging track might have a few spots we can sit and enjoy the view. Does anyone know how far forward it goes? I love to go to a low deck, as far forward as possible, and watch the ship plow through the water. Also, by the rock climbing walls, are any of those aft balconies public or are they are private?

 

Sorry for all the questions. Thank you all in advance!

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I would suggest for 3 in a cabin to go with a JS on the 8 th Deck. We will be on her next April 2018 ( 15 & 22nd ) and this will be our first time so checking with friends who have sailed on her. We do have early dining with our family. I agree with book early to get your cabin & location of choice.

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When I sailed the Oasis, we were 3 in an ocean view balcony on deck 6, cabin 6678. This, and the few cabins in front of it, are where the opening is without any lifeboats below to block the downward view.

 

The cabin was nice in that it featured both a sofa bed and a Pullman over it which we used instead, so we were able to leave the sofa bed closed and not block access to the balcony.

 

I loved the location too! Here is part of a post from my review in my signature:

 

 

I had chosen a deck 6 oceanview balcony cabin because I wanted to be nearer the water. It was very near the aft elevator lobby. Boardwalk was just to the aft and the lobby overlooked the Royal Promenade one deck down. I loved this location! Got to see/do many unplanned things simply because we were in the right place at the right time!

 

If I had to get to the forward part of the ship (grandson’s Adventure Ocean was on deck 14 forward), I would grab an elevator to Central Park deck 8 if one was coming or just go down the stairs to the Royal Promenade to cut through to the forward elevators.

 

Cabin 6678 can actually hold 4 (or maybe 5) but was great for the 3 of us because we could leave the sofa bed closed at night, giving us more room and making it easy to get to the balcony where I enjoyed a glass of wine in peaceful solitude before retreating for the night.

 

 

 

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(Pullman bed made up with head at wrong end first night)

 

 

While not a big deal on higher decks, it also was above the opening in the lifeboats so I could see straight down and watch the Kelvin wake patterns once we were underway.

 

 

 

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Biker19 - That's great that we all don't have to purchase the drink package! And thank you for the pricing info.

 

We are 3 people from 3 different time zones, so eating at off hours is not a big deal for us. That's why freestyle worked well for us. If we had a set dining time, how does it work if we decided not go to the MDR for dinner? What restaurants are included and what are specialty? Are they a la carte or cover?!

With traditional dining, nothing happens if you don't show up - that's fairly normal, many folks use alternatives while having traditional. MDR is the only one included, there's lengthy list of specialty all of which are cover price except Izumi and Johnny Rockets which are a la carte,

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I don't feel any less connected to the ocean on the Oasis class then any other ship I've been on but I've really only sailed on larger ships (always hear the Radiance class has more/better views) but like you, we enjoy staring out on our balcony watching the ocean go by. The running track does have a few chairs at the very aft of the ship (or is it forward....I literally can't remember now lol!)I do know that it curves around one end of the ship and then cuts through with access to the gym up a set of stairs on the other end of the "loop". It's definitely quiet down there and the views are great because you're closer to the water. Other wise the pool deck has great views (obviously lol) and we liked sitting by the aquatheater when shows weren't going on. There's a bar nearby and then there is shuffle board and some chairs and the way back behind the "theater" itself. At least they were there on the Oasis in 2010...we never checked on the Allure last year. There you can get great aft views-I love watching the wake from the back.

 

Almost any category of Ocean View balconies would give you an unobstructed view. We personally prefer being close to the stairs (those hallways can feel like a VERY long walk on such a big ship) and generally like decks 6-8 more for being close to the promenade deck. Our most recent trip was on the Allure and we had a deck 14 balcony right by the aft elevators. It was fine and it was nice to be close to the pool deck, but if I had an option I would prefer a little lower to be closer to the activities at night. Those martinis catch up to me at night, so it's nice to not have to stumble too far ;p

 

We did MTD w/ 8 on Allure, regular dining w/ 50 people on Oasis, so my experience would be different. We did not make reservations for MTD because we booked a little last minute so the only available options were very early or very late. By night 3 we found a great staff that we really liked and they were able to get us a standing reservation each night after for 8pm. If you want just the 3 of you each night, try to make reservations ahead if you can. If your schedule changes you can always try to adjust it on the ship or just wait a little bit.

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We were on Oasis in January in a CP balcony. It was our first time to sail on any Oasis class ship as we just knew we wouldn't like them.:D One of my favorite parts of cruising is feeling an ocean connection and I did miss that. Oasis is beautiful and there is a lot to do but I felt like we were in a luxury hotel, not a cruise. I think if we go again, we will definitely get an oceanview balcony.

 

There is an area with a few chairs on the jogging track deck aft. This is a good place to ocean watch but not necessarily quiet with people pounding the track behind you. I liked walking on the jogging track but the forward part is completely enclosed which made it seem a little claustrophobic. The track does go all the way around and there are signs for mileage amounts.

 

The Solarium is beautiful and a great place to relax. Lovely ocean views there!:D

 

Sherri:)

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I know this is the Royal board. If you want to be close to the ocean, you might want to check out the Carnival ships like Magic, Breeze, Dream, or Vista that have cove balconies which are two decks above the ocean. The life boats shade the balcony.

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OP i, too, am used to the NCL ways. you need to find out more about dining here. i found out that royal doesnt let you sit any of the 4 MDRs. it's based on if you are MTD or traditional and there are some other rules even then. when you buy a SDP pack they initially tell you where to eat and when but you have to change the reservations on the ship then.

 

when i remember some NCL differences ill post here. oh at least on anthem you dont get your room key until you get to your room. you get a seapass that is good until you get there.

 

one cool thing is their tours take you to the bridge!

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OP i, too, am used to the NCL ways. you need to find out more about dining here. i found out that royal doesnt let you sit any of the 4 MDRs. it's based on if you are MTD or traditional and there are some other rules even then. when you buy a SDP pack they initially tell you where to eat and when but you have to change the reservations on the ship then.

 

when i remember some NCL differences ill post here. oh at least on anthem you dont get your room key until you get to your room. you get a seapass that is good until you get there.

 

one cool thing is their tours take you to the bridge!

 

The OP is asking about Oasis, not Anthem. Oasis does not have the same dining room design as Anthem. What is an SDP pack? Never seen that abbreviation used on these boards.

 

As far as your room key comment and Anthem, your room key is your sea pass. On Anthem, your sea pass will be outside your cabin. On Anthem, you board using your set sail pass. On Oasis, you get your sea pass card at check in.

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. What is an SDP pack? Never seen that abbreviation used on these boards..

I assume that is a Specialty Dining Package.

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We were on Oasis in January in a CP balcony. It was our first time to sail on any Oasis class ship as we just knew we wouldn't like them.:D One of my favorite parts of cruising is feeling an ocean connection and I did miss that. Oasis is beautiful and there is a lot to do but I felt like we were in a luxury hotel, not a cruise. I think if we go again, we will definitely get an oceanview balcony.

 

 

Sherri:)

 

Thanks for this Sherri. Atleast I know it is, somewhat, of a valid concern, but glad to hear you'd be willing to give her another go with an ocean view balcony.

 

Judy- I will definitely be checking our your review. The pictures you sent & cabin info are perfect. Thank you!

 

Does the Solarium get very crowded? Are you able to get seats, or is it like the pool where people get up at the @ss crack of dawn to "reserve" seats? It looks huge, so it makes me think even if there were a lot of people you wouldn't feel the crowd so much. Isn't there a buffet or snack bar or something there as well? Is that included or extra fee. BIker mentioned that only the MDR was included and all other restaurants were fee (unless I misunderstood).

 

Thank you everyone for all the info! We definitely have a lot to consider here and some big decisions to make. It is somewhat of a special trip so we are willing to splurge a bit given the right itinerary and ship. We thought this had both but as I did more research, that's when I started to notice everything seemed so enclosed. She still looks amazing and I'm sure we'd still have a great time!

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We were on the Oasis last June, and we LOVED it.

With that being said, we DID feel a disconnect from the ocean, unless we were on our balcony.

The ship is just so massive, you can't see the ocean from many spots, unless up on the upper decks or in the Solarium, which is enclosed, so it's kind of different.

 

We had 6666, which was on the hump. Yes, we did have a lifeboat under us, but it didn't make or break the balcony. We normally just sit out there and look out, not down, so not a biggie for us.

 

YTD dining, while you can go anytime you want, still expect a wait.

 

Would go on Oasis again in a heartbeat, but we are going back to Carnival (Magic) this year.

 

Enjoy your cruise!!! You will LOVE the ship!!!

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Isn't there a buffet or snack bar or something there as well? Is that included or extra fee. BIker mentioned that only the MDR was included and all other restaurants were fee (unless I misunderstood).

There are a number of venues where you can get food fee (like Windjammer buffet and others) but they are not "restaurants".

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In addition to the Windjammer buffet, you can get free food at Sorrentos (pizza) and Café Promenade (snacks and finger sandwiches) on the Royal Promenade, the Boardwalk Dog House (hot dogs and sausages) on the Boardwalk, and Park Café (salads and roast beef sandwiches) in Central Park. I may be missing other areas.

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Does the Solarium get very crowded? Are you able to get seats, or is it like the pool where people get up at the @ss crack of dawn to "reserve" seats? It looks huge, so it makes me think even if there were a lot of people you wouldn't feel the crowd so much. Isn't there a buffet or snack bar or something there as well? Is that included or extra fee. BIker mentioned that only the MDR was included and all other restaurants were fee (unless I misunderstood).

 

The Solarium is an excellent spot and where I'd imagine you would be spending a lot of time based on your desire to view the ocean and relax. You are surrounded by the ocean in the Solarium. There is drinks, food, etc. Outstanding spot. I enjoy it a lot as well. Does it get crowded? Yeah, a bit on ocean days, but it's a low key spot and the people are low key there. Fairly quiet, relaxed. Getting a prime spot might be a little challenging but we never once had trouble finding a lounge chair to relax in and enjoy drinks.

 

Oasis has a wading pool that you may enjoy. It's not the crazy deck pool, people chill and have drinks. Take a look at this picture and tell me you feel detached from the ocean! :D28055101772d0b8b7a753ec1e0f04320.jpg

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We sailed Allure in 2016. She is one of the sister ships to Oasis. While many areas of the ship are inward focused, I feel there are plenty of areas where you can enjoy the ocean views. As you said, you are wanting a balcony cabin. That's certainly a great way to enjoy the views.

Someone else mentioned the few chairs at the aft of the deck with the running track. I loved that particular location. It was fairly quiet, and a great place to get away from the crowds. That was my "go to" when we came back from a port and I wanted to watch the people coming back.

The Boardwalk "neighborhood" offers really great views of the ocean. Yes, they are focused to the aft of the ship, but it was my favorite neighborhood. We had a Boardwalk view balcony cabin relatively close to the aft of the ship. I think we were probably 6 or 7 balconies forward of the most aft cabins. We still had a great view.

 

I do think that there is a certain disconnect if you enjoy the "indoor areas" of the ship. There are not as many opportunities to sit in the comfort of the A/C with the view of the ocean. Not really what cruising is about, but.... just an observation. I missed the view of ocean sitting in the Schooner Bar or many of the other interior areas of the ship. On most ships, you can find a window somewhere if you don't want to go outside. That's not quite as easy on the Allure or Oasis. You have to be a bit more deliberate about choosing your locations to the "sea view."

 

There was nothing so "disconnected" that would prevent me from going on an Oasis class ship again. There is more than enough opportunity to enjoy the ocean. Go and enjoy your experience.

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We have been 23 cruises, 2 of them on Oasis class... despite my 'thoughts' that I might not like the large ships, Oasis and Allure became my favorites!!

 

If you want many tips on Oasis class ships, read this thread:

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2224751

 

I agree that you should book soon. Royal has limited 3-person cabins. We cruise as a family of 3 and we usually get the best deals by booking early.

 

The aft area that others referred to is in that thread... here are a couple of pictures of that area. More elaborate info can be found in my review:

 

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I have booked Allure not Oasis but if you are booking a balcony for 3 it is more comfortable to book one with a couch bed and not a pullman. The diagrams will tell you which is which with symbols. I think the cabin class might be Superior Balcony. The third person in the cabin is usually much cheaper than the first two so if you split costs evenly between the 3 you all share a discount. We had MyTime dining and booked before the trip times based on ports and were able to have a table for just the 3 of us with the same wait staff every night. I loved the size of the Allure, especially on sea days as it never felt crowded.

 

I should add I never had a problem booking a cabin for 3. The balcony's seem to all come with either the pullman or the couch. The junior suites are limited, however, so if you are wanting one of those then yes, book early.

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My favorite food thing on Oasis is Park Cafe. I get a roast beef sandwich with double meat. They will add horseradish if you want. I grab a bag of potato chips, a bottle of cold water my my fridge and eat lunch on the balcony. Priceless!

Park Cafe is free! Johnny Rocket's and Wipeout Cafe free breakfast and Wipeout free lunch. The entertainment at night are worlds away from what you'll see elsewhere.

These are things Oasis class offers that are great!

I spend a lot of time on my balcony so my ocean watching is a major part of my cruise. Try it, you'll like it!

 

 

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Also, by the rock climbing walls, are any of those aft balconies public or are they are private?

 

There used to be two public balconies on each side on the higher decks but those were converted to cabins.

 

HOWEVER when we were on Allure in 2015, they were only running one of the rock climbing walls on the port side. The area on the starboard side was unused and had about eight chairs up there. It was nice and quiet and no foot traffic walking past. You could just sit there and read a book as the ocean passed you by.

 

Walk out onto the board walk, head left as you are nearing the Aqua theater, and walk up the steps. There is a door there that goes into the hallway on deck 7 I believe but we never went that direction.

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We sailed the Oasis 2 years ago, and I felt that I had no connection with the sea. Don't get me wrong--we loved the ship! It's beautiful, has a lot of activities, great food---I could go on and on. The neighborhoods were nice, especially Central Park, but where was that "at sea" feeling? This past January, we sailed the NCL Getaway, a slightly smaller ship with about 4500 passengers, as opposed to Oasis' 6000 passengers. We fell in love!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Waterfront! We could sit out there for hours! Hell, the jogging track on the Oasis is even inside!! Granted, I'm sure RCCL has a lot of things going for it, and even I loved their Promenade, but for now, the sea calls me, and I rebooked the Getaway for next January. If the feel of sea breezes is what you love, you made a good choice booking a balcony, because you will not get that on the Oasis. But please enjoy the Oasis for the great ship she is! You will have a wonderful time! BTW---great gaucomole and Margaritas at Sabor!! And sitting out in Central Park late in evening, having a nightcap under the twinkle lights in bushes and trees, and the sound of (fake) crickets. Loved that!

 

 

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About Oasis entertainment---stay away from CATs!! Horrible!! And too long! Most people left during intermission and never returned! We sailed the Oasis 2 years ago, and my adult children and their families STILL joke about that play! It doesn't belong on a cruise ship! Something shorter and more fun and up lifting would be a better choice!

 

 

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I didn't read all of the other comments, but there are plenty of great ocean spots other than your oceanview balcony. We we recently on deck nine, forward (near the elevator bank) and the view was great. There's a fantastic spot on Deck 5 in the back to sit and watch the ocean, it isn't usually crowded. There is also the Sun Deck on Deck 14 (can't remember port vs starboard) all the way forward down a stateroom hall, it's above the bridge and is fantastic and kind of a hidden gem.

There are also nice places up on the pool deck and sports deck for ocean views but they are a little more active. You'll want to bring your drink with you to the Deck 5 and Deck 14 spots since there aren't bars nearby them.

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On Oasis go all the way forward to solarium and get in one of the big 360 degree loungers. They look out over front of ship. Best view on board and best napping, reading or chill to [emoji443] spot on the ship. Got to get there early though to get one before they're all taken.

 

 

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I didn't read all of the other comments, but there are plenty of great ocean spots other than your oceanview balcony. We we recently on deck nine, forward (near the elevator bank) and the view was great. There's a fantastic spot on Deck 5 in the back to sit and watch the ocean, it isn't usually crowded. There is also the Sun Deck on Deck 14 (can't remember port vs starboard) all the way forward down a stateroom hall, it's above the bridge and is fantastic and kind of a hidden gem.

There are also nice places up on the pool deck and sports deck for ocean views but they are a little more active. You'll want to bring your drink with you to the Deck 5 and Deck 14 spots since there aren't bars nearby them.

Deck 14 is a great spot! I would never have known about it if I hadn't seen it from the helipad.

 

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Oasis is a great ship. Looks like most things have been covered. Nothing like the wonderful waterfront on the Oasis but there is lots of places to have a drink with an ocean view. The chairs off the walking track in the rear under Aqua stage are great and close to the water. Many other places especially up top.

 

Park Cafe is great for Breakfast and Lunch no charge. Johnny Rockets has a great free breakfast. Love the pancakes. Also second the Cats review. It is well produced but is the very long full Broadway show. I think to long for a cruise ship unless you really like Broadway show.

 

 

 

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When everyone says CATS is too long....How many hours are we talking about?

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Thank you everyone for all the great comments, advice, photos etc! I'll be sure to check out all the reviews and threads mentioned. It does sound like there can be some disconnect to the water, but everything else she has to offer outweighs that. And since I'll have an ocean view balcony, I'll always have that to retreat to if I feel I need some one-on-one time with the ocean haha Looks like I have some research ahead of me! :D

 

Does the Solarium get hot? Do you feel like you're outside, is there a breeze? Just curious because it looks enclosed/shielded from the elements but still open air. It does look like a great space and I'm happy to hear its pretty low-key.

 

Again, I can't thank you all enough for all the great tips. It has me pretty excited and really hoping we can work it out! The original date we wanted was priced a bit out of reach but if we can work it out to go the month before it is totally doable!

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When everyone says CATS is too long....How many hours are we talking about?

The schedule says 150 minutes. Not sure if that includes the intermission.

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I don't feel any less connected to the ocean on the Oasis class then any other ship I've been on but I've really only sailed on larger ships (always hear the Radiance class has more/better views) but like you, we enjoy staring out on our balcony watching the ocean go by. The running track does have a few chairs at the very aft of the ship (or is it forward....I literally can't remember now lol!)I do know that it curves around one end of the ship and then cuts through with access to the gym up a set of stairs on the other end of the "loop". It's definitely quiet down there and the views are great because you're closer to the water. Other wise the pool deck has great views (obviously lol) and we liked sitting by the aquatheater when shows weren't going on. There's a bar nearby and then there is shuffle board and some chairs and the way back behind the "theater" itself. At least they were there on the Oasis in 2010...we never checked on the Allure last year. There you can get great aft views-I love watching the wake from the back.

 

Almost any category of Ocean View balconies would give you an unobstructed view. We personally prefer being close to the stairs (those hallways can feel like a VERY long walk on such a big ship) and generally like decks 6-8 more for being close to the promenade deck. Our most recent trip was on the Allure and we had a deck 14 balcony right by the aft elevators. It was fine and it was nice to be close to the pool deck, but if I had an option I would prefer a little lower to be closer to the activities at night. Those martinis catch up to me at night, so it's nice to not have to stumble too far ;p

 

We did MTD w/ 8 on Allure, regular dining w/ 50 people on Oasis, so my experience would be different. We did not make reservations for MTD because we booked a little last minute so the only available options were very early or very late. By night 3 we found a great staff that we really liked and they were able to get us a standing reservation each night after for 8pm. If you want just the 3 of you each night, try to make reservations ahead if you can. If your schedule changes you can always try to adjust it on the ship or just wait a little bit.

 

Not to highjack this thread, but I was wondering if you were all able to get tables near each other in the MDR? We are booked for the Oasis next summer and we will probably have too many people for one table, but we would like to have tables next to each other. We have traditional early seating.

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We love the Oasis and Allure. Those ships are huge, but you can find spots to relax and see the ocean. A quiet place to sit and enjoy the ocean is right outside the Solarium. Lots of open chairs that people rarely use. The Solarium is nice, but it can get a little warm in there. There's a nice breeze when sitting outside the Solarium.

 

As for a cabin, I would book a JS on the hump for the larger balcony. We enjoy our balcony and the hump gives you more space with two loungers plus a table with 2 chairs. We prefer deck 8 and usually stay in cabin 8640. Deck 8 gives you great access to Central Park, the restaurants/bars in CP, plus it's a great way to cut across the ship especially when the Promenade deck is crowded.

 

Enjoy your cruise!

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When everyone says CATS is too long....How many hours are we talking about?

 

Not sure how long it runs total, as we left at intermission (along with 90% of everyone else!) and that was around 90 minutes. We suffered long enough!

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The running track does have a few chairs at the very aft of the ship (or is it forward....I literally can't remember now lol!)I do know that it curves around one end of the ship and then cuts through with access to the gym up a set of stairs on the other end of the "loop".

 

Those chairs are at the back of the ship. The front of the tracks turns inward into a tunnel at the front where you can go up to the gym.

 

Bill - 60 miles on Oasis class tracks.

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We were in 6664, no lifeboat. Perfect place to be actually, I would book deck six again, because you can easily go outside onto the boardwalk. We used to go on the aft deck near the shuffleboard when we came into port, it was great, especially for Puerto Rico. You also have quick access to deck five, the promenade because there is a staircase right there to go down to the promenade. It comes out right near the rising tide bar. The solarium does fill up quickly, at least in our experience. I too spend a lot of time on the balcony and I found that balcony really great, I love the balcony size on those ships....I just got off pride of America and it gives me better appreciation for royal Caribbean balconies. I could see the ocean well and hear the waves on Oasis....it was a good cabin.

 

 

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