My first Oasis class cruise was relaxing and I plan to take more in the future.
The neighborhood concept was innovative when Oasis of the Seas debuted and I liked how it spread out the passengers.
My favorite area turned out to be Central Park. It truly felt like I was in an uncrowded park in a beautiful city.
It’s not just plants and trees. There are interesting art pieces, checkers tables, benches and musical performances. It’s a sanctuary on a ship that holds up to 5600 passengers.
The boardwalk neighborhood is smaller but has fun activities (Aquatheater, carousel and virtual games). There are three dining venues but I only made it to Johnny Rockets for breakfast.
I’ll have to try the Dog House and Playmakers restaurant in future Oasis class cruises.
Although I was able to experience the Bionic bar, I never did to ride the Rising Tide bar.
It was not in service whenever I wanted to go there. Alas it is on my to do list for next time.
As always I appreciated the art and touches of whimsy around the ship.
Pool and Sports Zone
I saw the sports zone but really only visited the pools and jacuzzis and mostly the solarium.
The solarium has two pools and two jacuzzis which helps make up for the fact they are smaller than I’m used to in solariums.
For this sailing anyway there were plenty of chairs and no chair hogs. I did wonder what it would be like when full.
I went with the Central Park balcony to experience it and because it was cheaper.
I did find I missed seeing the ocean on this cruise and had to go out of my way to find a view of it. The cabin itself had plenty of space and storage for two people.
The TV swiveled so I could watch it on the couch or in bed.
Best of all there were plenty of outlets. In addition to this I had a couple more on the desk and one behind the bed.
The bathroom was small but had good storage.
I appreciated the foot rest in the shower. It was the usual tube shower design you see on Royal Caribbean.
What did surprise me is that it was harder than usual to have interaction with other guests. I’m an outgoing person and normally have no problem chatting it up with other passengers but people pretty much kept to themselves in their own groups. I’m starting to think Carnival cruisers are just plain old friendlier than Royal Caribbean ones.
All in all, I loved my first cruise on Oasis of the Seas and look forward to many more on her sister ships.