Royal Caribbean Compliment - Great Cruise on Oasis
A couple months ago we took a 7 day Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. I figured I’d share a few things for those who are considering taking her, or her sister Allure of the Seas, as their cruise choice. In a word, do. Unless you just don’t like large boat cruising, you can’t help but marvel at the sheer size of the vessel and all it has to offer. As the largest passenger boat ever built, (5 times larger than Titanic), you do get an experience..
We are Crown and Anchor members and cruise RC the majority of the time. I have never felt their service was anything less than excellent. No exception this time around either.
Because of its novelty, we chose a Crown loft suite. A unique room only found on this boat and her sister, Allure. A two floor suite located at the very top of the ship on deck 17 with the bedroom loft overlooking the lower main suite deck level. The unit also has two full baths. It is a bit pricey for the limited amount of these lofts, and there are many great cabins on the boat, so it’s a personal choice. The suites do have fringe benefits such as Concierge service and lounge usage, a private sun deck at the front of the ship, and priority reserved seating for shows and events, which there are many.
Beyond any standard cruise ship activities, this ship has many unique options. Flow rider surf machines, a zip line, rock climbing wall, ice rink, 5 pools, 27 Jacuzzis, including two cantilevered ones that actually hang over the edge of the top decks, a comedy club, jazz club, and much more. They even have an oval bar that rises and lowers all day between three decks.
If I had any tips for anyone going on board, I would suggest a few things only.
1. Don’t bother with the “my time” dining and just pick one of the two standard sitting times. Lines actually can form and it seemed just as easy to plan around dinner as anything backwards.
2. If you don’t have a suite, you won’t get priority seating at events so book those online before you even sail. Their headliner “Hairspray” in the main theater, the dive and swimming show in their Aquatic theater, Comedy gigs, and even the ice shows all can fill quickly on a ship carrying 5500 passengers
3. Don’t bother bringing a computer or Ipad to get on the internet. It is too confusing to get them online and more risky you won’t log them off properly, hence loosing all your pre-paid minutes. Their in room web TV remote is even worse. Use terminals set up around the ship.
In closing, a great ship that any cruiser should experience. Nothing has ever been built like it before. Even with the extra passengers it carries; it never felt any more crowed than other ships we have been on with less people. Another great cruise for us with Royal Caribbean