Oasis of the Seas Live Blog

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog Day 7 - Sea Day

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28May2017

Today was our final day on board Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas.

This week has just flown by so fast, but it seems like they always do.

This morning we decided to skip breakfast; we just needed a break from all the food.

We decided to go relax in the hot tub that hangs over the side of the ship. These are right beside the solarium pool and have the best views of the ocean. While we were in the hot tub we were reflecting on the week.

For lunch today we had reservations at Izumi Sushi for noon. On our walk down to lunch we made a quick stop in the casino. We had received a card in the cabin that said we had a free $5.00 in the slot machines. Sadly, we didn’t win any money, but at least we didn’t lose any either!

Lunch in Izumi was different than usual stop in Sabor, but I’ve never seen them so busy before. I asked our waiter why they were so packed and he said they always are on the last sea day. Our service was a little slower than I would have liked, that’s okay we weren’t in a rush for anything. I ordered the DX Sushi combo, spicy tuna, and Ryu Futomaki. They were all good, and I also enjoyed some of those special Japan beers. At the end of the meal our waiter charged me $53 for the rolls. I talked to the manager on the way out and he voided the charge off, once I explained I had the dining package.

After lunch we went to Sabor to meet her parents, and I just saw people in line everywhere on the boardwalk trying to eat. Then I noticed it was raining outside so everyone came in for lunch. At one point the doghouse ran completely out of hot dogs, not to worry because you know they always have more!

We had planned to go see Cats today at 2:30pm. Unfortunately, the cruise director Tim made an announcement that both of the Cats shows are cancelled due to a few lead roles being sick. This was sad to hear, because I was actually getting excited for the show. They did put together a replacement show where they did some singing in the main theater.

We walked around the ship for a while to take in those last moments or something we hadn’t seen yet. We found ourselves on the back jogging track relaxing. On Oasis and Allure they have these wooden chairs that you can just sit and listen to the wake from the ship.

For happy hour this evening we went to the Champagne bar. I noticed this bar was usually very busy, unlike my other sailings where it was usually empty. I think people know they can make specialty cocktails in there now, and it’s become very popular. We both ordered the chocolate espresso martini, and wow is all I can say! If you ever need a wake-me-up kind of drink order this.

Dinner tonight was in Sabor, it’s become a tradition of mine to end any cruise with Sabor, unless of course I’m on a ship without it. We have good friends sailing with us Rich and Tammy, so I had arranged for the four of us to eat together on the last night. We had the best service tonight, I almost felt like family in there! I had the shrimp tacos for dinner and they were outstanding. But if you are a tuna taco lover, I’m sad to report it’s been removed from the menu.

After dinner we thought it would be fun for everyone to ride the carousal. Who said adults can’t have fun too! Everyone was laughing and just having the best time. I also recorded our ride on my periscope account if you want to enjoy that.

Wrap up

This was my third time on Oasis of the Seas, and by far my favorite cruise on her. I connected with so many of the staff members on board. The entertainment on board is the one thing that just stands out, as I reflect on the cruise. All the shows were so entertaining and we kept talking about them throughout the week. I hope you enjoyed following along with me this week, it was truly a lot of fun sharing.

  • Voom Internet worked so well on this ship. I always stayed connected and the speeds were very fast.
  • The crew was so friendly; some have been there since the first voyage in 2009.
  • Diamond drinks (3 coupons loaded on sea pass cards) could be ordered in any restaurant. I also saw many people getting their diamond drinks all at one time (unopened beers) to store in their cabin.
  • I never stepped foot in the Windjammer or Main dining room this whole cruise with since I had the ultimate dining package.
  • Customs no longer requires a declaration form if you aren’t claiming anything. Lines were moving very fast, didn’t take us more than 15 minutes from ship to car.

I hope you enjoyed following along with me this week, it was truly a lot of fun sharing. Until next time!

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog Day 6 - Labadee

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27May2017

Today was our third and final port stop in Royal Caribbean’s private island Labadee, Haiti.

I woke up early today and decided to go out to the lookout viewing area on deck 14. This is actually a couple feet away from my cabin, so it’s a nice perk if you pick a forward cabin on deck 14. The sun was just starting to rise, so I decided to do a quick morning Periscope (live streaming app). Well during my periscope it was featured, by periscope to draw more viewers in. At the time of writing this it’s over 143,000 views, well I finally got my 5 seconds of fame!

We didn’t arrive into Labadee until 9:30am, so I grabbed breakfast to go from Park Café to enjoy on our balcony. Their breakfast sandwiches are so good, and included in the cruise fare. It was also fun to see us pull into port from the balcony, while enjoying breakfast.

This morning we had reserved the Jet Ski tours from the online cruise planner. During a recent sale they had the tour 20%, so we paid around $75 each to have our own. We checked in and signed our waivers and were asked to meet our group leader by the lockers. I left all our personal items on board, because I figured they wouldn’t have lockers big enough for all my camera equipment and snorkel gear. They do have small lockers to rent for $8 for the day if you would rather no go back on board for items after a tour.

The Jet Ski tour was likely the highlight of my trip; it was such a unique way to spend in Labadee for me. We stop at different down the cost and our leaded would tell us something about what we were seeing.

At one stop during the tour locals kayaked up to our jet skis trying to sell us things they had made. The only downside to the tour is it only lasted for 50 minutes. I talked to a lot of people who also did the tour throughout the day, and everyone said I wish it were longer.

After our tour we quickly went on board to grab our items for the beach day.

It was actually very easy because there were zero lines at noon. Once back in Labadee we headed straight to the floating bar on Adrenaline Beach. I was surprised to find a lot of options for chairs at 12:30pm. Now that we settled in I went to explore the new bar.

First impressions were it’s much larger than the one in Coco Cay, and can hold a lot more people. Only downside was there is so much rock to walk through to get out there. Honestly, I wish I had brought water shoes out there to swim. I think I much prefer Columbus Cove in Labadee for swimming. We also did a little snorkeling but really didn’t see too much in the area we were in.

Around 3:00pm we headed back on board, and I need some food!

I realized I skipped lunch, so off to Sabor I went. I just sat at the bar for a drink and guacamole to avoid the $19 cover charge. I’ve made some friends with the staff in here, they all know me from coming daily!

For dinner tonight we went to Giovanni’s Table. For those keeping count, this is our third dinner here. I ordered the filet and lasagna in the middle for everyone to share. I’ve noticed they always have lasagna to serve if you just ask for at dinner. Our waiter was absolutely outstanding tonight; he really made this our best meal of the week. I find that the food is great everywhere on the ship, but it’s the staff in Giovanni’s that keeps is coming back, really great crew in here.

We had come fly with me reserved for 8:00pm but were having so much fun at dinner we actually missed the show. They always asked if you have a show in the evening so they can serve you quicker if needed. I also had the comedy show reserved for 10:00pm. We get in line around 9:30pm because I just have to sit front row in comedy shows hoping they pick on me. Tonight’s comedy show was really entertaining, but it’s not a show for the kids.

After the comedy show we headed to the pub to listen to their singer before bed. There wasn’t much of a crowd tonight in the pub. I think everyone was tired from the long beach day. I didn’t stay here long and called it a day around midnight.

Tomorrow is our final day on board, it’s a sea day as we head back to Port Canaveral, Florida.

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog Day 5 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

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26May2017

Today was our second port stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 7am-3pm.

I was here last year on Allure of the Seas, but I stayed on board.

Today I wanted to explore San Juan to the fullest.

I woke up early and decided I should go get a run in down on their jogging track. Since it was a port day the track was almost empty. I did get my favorite post run drink, yellow Powerade with my drink package at the coffee shop.

After I cleaned up from my never-ending 2.5 mile run, we had breakfast in Park Café. It was 9:00am by this point so most of the guests were already off the ship. I noticed when we walked in they had a bagel station where you could put all kinds of toppings on them. I decided to skip that section and try the breakfast burrito and bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. While Hillary and I were eating we talked about how this was the best breakfast we have had all week.

At 9:30am we walked off the ship into San Juan to explore the island.

My first impressions of walking around downtown were how beautiful the old building looked. I could have spent the morning just exploring the streets and getting lost around town. However, I wanted to finally see the forts on the island, everyone always talks about.

We walked just a few forward from the exit of the pier, back to the Castillo San Cristobal fort. To enter the fort it’s $5 per person, but it also includes entry into their other fort Del Morro. Once we arrived to the fort my first thought was wow, this thing is huge.

After exploring for an hour I really had no idea how massive this fort really is. I think it would take 3-4 hours to really take a deep dive into this fort, but we manage to cover most of it in 2 hours. Just remember when visiting here wear tennis shoes and bring extra water.

We ran out of our water and they have bottles in the gift shop for $1.55.

Our original plan was to walk the 1-mile over to the next fort, but we decided we needed a break from this heat. I remembered the Bacardi rum factory was in San Juan, so that was our new plan for the afternoon. We started walking looking for a taxi, and I thought how about an Uber instead? Our Uber driver was there very fast, and the cost for four people was $11. The factory was about 10-12 miles away, so I was pretty happy with the rate. I will note the Uber drivers don’t speak English, so that’s some added entertainment for the ride.

Once we arrived to the factory, we were a little confused where to go.

The property looks like a headquarters to a company, guard at the entrance and buildings everywhere. We ended up grabbing some lunch, which was decent.

They also had a very large gift shop we picked up things to take home. However, we didn’t have time to complete a tour due to our ship leaving at 3:00pm.

Evening on board

Tonight was our second formal night and we had a pretty busy evening ahead of us. We had reservations for Giovanni’s table at 6:00pm; I know you must be thinking… Didn’t you already eat their Michael? We love the new menu in here so much we just wanted to come back. Again, I ordered the filet and it was just as flavorful as night one. The service in this restaurant is by far the best we have experienced, and he’s a spoiler alert: we are going back tomorrow!

After dinner we had the ice show schedule for 8:15pm. We arrived early to get a front row seat, (it’s a must for the blog right?). I haven’t seen an ice show on their ships in likely five years; just seem to never make them. Tonight I’m so glad I did, this show was so entertaining they even had kids from the crowd in the show at one point. They have a sand artist draw things with his fingers during one of the costume changes, which really got the crowd going. That evening my girlfriend asked me if we could go back to the ice show again, it was that good!

Our show started a little late, so we were rushing to leave to get to the 70’s street party on the Royal Promenade. This is the one party I’m looking forward to all week. If you have been to one of these parties before you know they play the same songs, but I still find them pretty fun.

We danced tried to enjoy ourselves, but I noticed many passengers didn’t really dance or anything. The party lasted around 35 minutes and this is when we decided to call it an evening.

Tomorrow is our third and final port stop in Royal Caribbean’s private island Labadee. This is Matt’s second home, and he’s covered this port many times. So I’ll try to throw a different spin on it. Stay tuned!

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog Day 4 - St. Maarten

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25May2017

Today we arrived to our first port stop of beautiful St. Maarten.

Over the years of all the islands I’ve visited, this one has become my favorite. My plans today were to find a new beach on the French side of the island. My girlfriend’s mom also wanted to spend the day on the beach with me. My girlfriend and her father wanted to rent scooters to explore the island. I decided to walk them to the scooter shop to make sure things were good before we went to the beach. They had scooters for $79 and ATV 4 wheelers for $99. The ATV 4 wheelers are pretty easy to drive because there are no gears, just gas and breaks. After they paid the man, he requested to hold their sea pass cards for “insurance” that they would return.

Once they were off on their way, we jumped into a taxi to Orient Beach on the French Side.

The name of the beach area was called Kakao Beach Bar & Restaurant. They have free entry, however two chairs and an umbrella is $25. The facility was very clean, with showers, changing rooms, lockers, and many restrooms. It was a very different than my previews trips to St. Maarten because it was on the French side of the island. I ordered a bucket of beers (6) for $20 and relaxed in my relaxing beach chair most of the afternoon.

We had our taxi driver scheduled to come pick us up at 2:30 for our return trip, which was about 20-25 minutes with traffic. The cost was $20 each way to the beach, so in all around $100, but worth every penny. Our driver shared information about the island on the drive and was very friendly. He suggested next time, we get into a taxi and ask them to stick with us all day to explore.

Afternoon on board

Around 3:30pm I was back on board and thankfully Hillary had returned safely from driving around on a scooter all day. I was actually worried about them for most of the day, since we couldn’t communicate on the island. We had reservations for Izumi at 5:30pm, but we decided we needed pre-dinner so off to Sabor we went.

We sat at the bar and they will serve you just chips, guacamole, and salsa for $7.

So that’s what we ordered and it was the perfect little snack to hold us over.

While we were at the bar, I asked them about the 10-drink card I’ve seen signs about all over the ship. The price seems to vary from what others have reported but it was $79 + 18%, so I believe $92 total. This card can be shared with anyone and works at any bar or restaurant plus Labadee day 6. We purchased the card for Hillary since she only had her Diamond drinks. The cards work just like a drink package, meaning the drink limit is anything up to $13.

Dinner Izumi

We had scheduled Izumi sushi tonight for dinner, but I guess I failed to mention this. With the Ultimate Dining package you have someone assigned to you that is designated person for any and all reservations. Now, I didn’t know this going on board so I just scheduled the week day one. Our person called our cabin day 1 to introduce herself and asked if we wanted to switch to Izumi Hibachi for tonight.

With the dining package you can order their classic 1-meat meals for $44 or their combo 2-meat for $49. I went for the lobster and scallops for the main course. I’ll be honest, going into this meal I didn’t know what to expect, since I’ve done Hibachi many times on land. The experience was so entertaining, our chef was singing, had all of us clapping. This was the most fun I’ve ever had at dinner and they had many unique beers from Japan here too!

After dinner we went to the casino to redeem our Crown & Anchor spin to win. Of course I didn’t win anything, but my girlfriend won a t-shirt. I was surprised to see the t-shirt was a really nice cotton V-neck gray t-shirt. I didn’t play any, so no donations to Royal Caribbean to report thus far.

We spent most of our evening in Central Park listening to the live music. I just can’t get over how nice and cool the park has been in the evening. If you are coming on Oasis soon, there is a couple that does the best job in the park.

We were in bed by 10pm tonight, we were pretty worn out from the island.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post we are in San Juan!

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog Day 3 - Sea Day

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24May2017

It’s hard to believe it’s already day 3, but here we are on our second sea day as we head to St. Maarten. My plans for today were, well no plans. This morning I woke up and decided to relax in the room, in all my cruises I don’t ever recall a calm morning in the cabin. I think my cruising style is slowly changing, but that’s okay with me.

We had our room service sent to the room again and it was right on time. For those who enjoy coffee, I’ve been very happy with the room service coffee.

Since we were taking the morning easy, it hit me we hadn’t even gone to the aft of the ship yet. So we walked all the way aft (I think it took us 10 minutes) this ship is so large. We watched some people on the flowriders for a while, it’s just so entertaining. They have some covered seats where you can watch, while getting some shade.

I saw many playing putting on the mini golf course; I’ve actually never played before. While I was in the aft area, I noticed the wipeout bar was almost empty, so great spot for good bar service.

After we explored for awhile we headed to the hot tub that hangs over the side of the ship. Surprisingly it was empty and we jumped it.

Really unique views from these side hot tubs and I couldn’t have been more relaxed.

Lunch – Sabor

No surprise we headed back to Sabor for lunch. I decided I’d change it up today and order the shrimp tacos for lunch. These tacos were hands down the best tacos I’ve ever eaten at Sabor. They come put together with their toppings already on them and in a hard shell. For some reason they also brought out the chicken tacos, but I certainly didn’t turn them away.

While we were dining they had an employee making taco shells, talk about fresh tacos!

During our lunch I asked the head Sabor waiter about coming for just guacamole. He informed me that you can come to the bar, inside the restaurant and order some for $7 without paying their cover charge of $19 per person. If you want it to-go they can also arrange that, perfect for the balcony afternoon snack. Also on my sailing they introduced a new Sabor “Happy Hour” special, it was actually starting today. During 3pm-6pm on sea days you can get a side item and margarita for $12, the drink alone goes for $13 regularly.

Evening on board

We had the headliner scheduled for tonight but we decided not to go, since it was Elvis music. So we decided to hang out in Central Park before dinner. The weather on this cruise has been much cooler than I was expecting, making the afternoons and evenings nice and cool in the park.

Our dinner plans tonight were Chops Grill at 6:30pm. It was the classic chops grill experience. I ordered the shrimp cocktail for a starter, then the mushroom soup, and the filet. The mushroom soup there is by far the best soup on the ship, oh I love it.

My girlfriend ordered the fish and thought it was really good also; she was getting tired of all the red meat. The experience tonight was wonderful and we really enjoyed our window seat looking into the park.

After dinner I wanted to go ride the Rising Tide bar. I was surprised to see how many people were on the bar tonight. The Rising Tide lasted around 10 minutes from Central Park to the Royal Promenade. You can get a drink and relax but I almost recommend riding it for two cycles since it happens so fast.

Dazzles tonight had the Cat’s performers singing for one hour. They were so entertaining and really made my evening. They have so much talent singing; I think it’s really nice they come to dazzles for one evening to sing. I remember the Broadway cast doing this on Allure last year also, so be sure to check it out.

Well, that wraps up my second full sea day, tomorrow we are arriving to our first port of beautiful St. Maarten.

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog Day 2 - Sea Day

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23May2017

Today was our first sea day on board Oasis of the Seas.

I had planned to sleep in, but it is a cruise vacation there is no time for sleeping! I woke up at 6:30am and headed down to the coffee shop for my morning blogging.

Last night we had placed the room service card outside our door for an 8am delivery. Room service called our room at 7:45am to confirm our order and it arrived shortly after. We only decided to order the free options that include: coffee, tea, juice, fruit, yogurt, and cereal. I knew we were going to have a big lunch, so I was preparing myself.

After breakfast we went to relax in the Solarium for a few hours. I was actually surprised at 10am there were large amount of chairs left.

In the past, I’ve rushed my mornings to the pool deck to get the prime seat, but not so much anymore. At 10:30am it started raining and we decided to head inside, I swear every time I cruise it rains.

Lunch

Today we decided to use our ultimate dining package lunch at Sabor.

With our dining package, it covers lunches on sea days and any cover charge restaurant. Sabor has recently changed to a cover charge restaurant for $19 per person. I asked the headed waiter who seated us, if this has caused any slower days and he said no. With the cover charge you can order anything on the menu, YOLO try it all!

It was a little less exciting receiving our guacamole, since they no longer make it tableside. However, the taste is the same and I think it actually helps speed up the service.

I ordered a spicy margarita that’s included in the deluxe drink package, it was okay but I think I like the perfect margarita the best, it’s a classic but perfect.

After lunch, we relaxed poolside at the beach pool. Once again, we were able to find seat in the prime area.

Formal Night

Tonight is formal night on board and this is always one of my favorite evenings on board the cruise. You are finally relaxed and had a full day on board; well maybe it’s the free champagne I love so much… From 7:45pm to 8:15 they hand out champagne in the Royal Promenade.

With our dining package we made reservations at 150 Central Park for 6:30pm. This was a first for me, when we arrived they said there were full with no tables left and we could sit outside until one became open. Okay, no problem, so we sat outside waiting for our table, but it did take a half hour.

At 7:00pm we sat down for dinner, they were so busy. The staff was doing everything they could but they couldn’t seem to keep up with the tables. Our meal lasted until 9:30pm so we missed the captain’s reception. Now to the good stuff, their cucumber martini is the best cocktail I’ve ever drank. This drink is $15, ($2 with drink package) and worth every penny.

Also the tableside beef tenderloin was absolutely outstanding. They bring a cart to the table and cut the meat right in front of you.

Overall not the best dining experience, but the quality of their food and drinks is really great here. I would recommend dining here later in the week when it’s not formal night.

Evening on board

After dinner, I was really in the mood to listen to some live music, so off to Jazz on 4 we went.

This music hall often goes unnoticed since it’s tucked down on the 4th floor. But it’s a really small place and makes the music that much more enjoyable. They had different jazz music every hour in the evening, so take a look at the cruise compass.

My group went to bed at 10pm, so off to the pub I went. I couldn’t believe how pack it was. They also have live music and everyone was just having the best time in there. For you IPA beer lovers you will be happy to hear they have two great new beers now. You will find one of the first IPA’s made, Stone IPA and Dog Fish Head that are very hoppy.

Must plug in my late night pizza before bed. Of course I thought it was great, but for some reason that pizza just taste great around midnight.

Stray observations

  • People were lined up to buy the drink package today. They let you buy it for just the 6 remaining days, however the price out the door was $453 for 6 days.
  • Sabor and Johnny Rockets open at 11:30am, by noon both were on a very long wait. So the $19 cover charge at Sabor isn’t stopping people coming.

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog Day 1 - Embarkation Day

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22May2017

Pre – Cruise

Before the cruise I had some work to do in Phoenix, AZ and actually took the red-eye back to Orlando, FL the morning of the cruise.

My flight landed in Orlando at 5AM Sunday morning and my ride was coming in around 10am. I started thinking about it and I didn’t want to sit at the airport all morning. So I was starting look at my options for a transfer from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral. Many of the shuttle services, don’t actually leave until 10am. Unfortunately, only Uber Black works at the airport and it was giving me a rate of $139 one-way to the port. This is when I got creative and decided to take a taxi from the airport to a gas station 3 miles away ($10). Once you are away from the airport you can take an Uber X (the cheapest one) to the port for($39).

For $50 I got over to the port and the ride too less than an hour. I will note that my taxi driver, asked me if I was using him just so I can take an Uber.

Check – in

In Port Canaveral, they have a new terminal they built just for Oasis class ships. However, having used the amazing terminal in Port Everglades, this one really struggled holding all the passengers.

Around 11:15am-11:30am guest arriving had little to no seats left for arriving passengers. The good news is, boarding starting at 11:30 and that was a very easy process.

On board

Once on board I headed over to Central Park to make my dining reservations. When I wrote the preview post, I only had the 4 night dining package. Well since then, I have since changed to the ultimate dining package. This means we will be dining in specialty restaurants all week. This package is $168 per person and also includes lunch on sea days at any of the restaurants. I went into Giovanni’s Table to make our reservations for the week. A few nights I wanted 6:30pm and they only had 6:15 or 6:00. Not a big deal to me, as most of my shows are later into the evening.

For lunch we headed over to Park Café and I couldn’t believe how empty it was. This is a free option for lunch where they have salads and sandwiches. Most cruisers head up to the windjammer day 1 for their first meal, but I highly recommend Park Cafe, for a much calmer and enjoyable lunch. You also don’t want to miss out on their famous roast beef sandwich!

After lunch I was actually starting to crash, I failed to mention I was going on 30 hours straight of no sleep. With the 3-hour time difference in AZ, and red eye over to FL there just wasn’t anytime, but I made the cruise and that’s all that matters. I headed to our cabin at 1pm and our bags had already arrived.

Sailaway

Before sail-away we had the muster drill and on Oasis class this is so much more enjoyable than standing shoulder to shoulder with total strangers on all the other ships. On Oasis class, you watch a short video in a lounge you are assigned to, mine was the theater.

During sail-away I went down to the jogging track and went all the way aft.

This location is often unnoticed if you don’t ever go on the track, they have chairs back there and you can just watch the ocean for hours. After we started moving I changed locations to the forward observation bridge on deck 14. This bridge is few steps away from my cabin D5 Ocean Balcony - 14144.

This bridge is likely the best location to watch, but get there right after the muster drill for a front row seat.

Dinner

Tonight we had dinner at Giovanni’s Table in Central Park.

They have actually changed their menu recently to add a few more options. The big change I recommend is the octopus starter. This was so good; I could have eaten this for a meal to be honest. I also asked if they had any leftover lasagna from lunch and they said yes! So I had the filet and lasagna, and if you are counting that’s two main courses!

The filet was very large and had so many flavors; I can’t wait to go back here later in the week.

Aqua Show

Tonight we had Oasis of Dreams aqua show. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen this show, so I was excited to see the original aqua show again. Our show started at 9:30pm and they let you in the theater at 8:45. I really suggest getting there at least 30 minutes before the aqua show for a good seat. I saw so many people coming in right before show who couldn’t find seats together or only left with the front row “splash zone.”

The show was outstanding as always, the reason I love this show so much is because they have a little love story in the show.

Stray Observations

  • Tiffany’s had a mailbox to insert wish-list items. I wonder if they call the spouse to come down and purchase it? Actually, I don’t want to know!
  • Aqua Theater had reserved seats for Star Class Suites, with their cabin number on their seat.

  • The Royal Genies are with their suite guest all the time. I saw them in the terminal checking in, to getting them drinks in the aqua show. Really cool perk, if you can afford it.

Well friends this wraps up my first day on board Oasis of the Seas.

It was such an action packed day that I went to bed at 10pm to catch back up on sleep for tomorrow.

Live blogging from Oasis of the Seas - Preamble

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17May2017

Hi Royal Caribbean Blog readers, Michael Poole here with another live blog. This time I'm sailing on Oasis of the Seas, this Sunday May 21st out of Port Canaveral, Florida. If you recall 118 days ago, I brought you a live blog on Majesty of the Seas. And yes, I've been counting the days down. I've had many friends, including Matt (twice) go on cruises and I've been in what I call “dry dock.” Needless to say, I'm very excited to bring this live blog to you from Oasis of the Seas.

Why I booked this sailing

To be honest, it's quite a long story, but I'm going to do my best to summarize it so I don't put you to sleep.

Many months ago, Royal Caribbean announced they were sailing to Cuba on Empress of the Seas.I decided to book that cruise, May 20th sailing, as prices peaked throughout the day. A month later, we invited my girlfriend's parents with us on their first Royal Caribbean cruise (trying to steal them away from another line).

Well, as the months passed, I started thinking about how I kept sharing the “wow-factor” of Royal Caribbean and all my stories were from Oasis Class ships. Her parents kept talking about much they enjoyed eating breakfast on their balcony. On our Empress sailing we all had inside cabins.) Final payment was quickly approaching and I saw Oasis of the Seas, May 21st sailing balcony cabins for less than our Empress 5 night cruise, so I immediately made the switch.

Here's how I see it; I benefit because the sailing is cheaper, two days longer, an ocean balcony and you the readers now have two live blogs this week! That's right, Billy from Cruisehabit.com is going to be on the May 20th Empress of the Seas sailing and live blogging. For the first time ever, we will have two live blogs going during the same week!

Itinerary and plans

We start our cruise off with two sea days, as we head to St. Maarten.

On my sea days, I plan to relax poolside and eat at Sabor as much as possible. But I promise to make the live blog post more interesting than that. Day 3 while we are in St. Maarten, we plan on exploring the whole island. (More to come on that day). Day 4 we are in San Juan from 7am-3pm. I plan to actually get off this time, as I missed it last summer on Allure. Our last stop is in Matt's favorite place Labadee, and I've got some planned activities there that I'm excited to share. We will wrap the cruise up with one more sea day before headed back to Port Canaveral, Florida, so I'll try and eat at Sabor twice this day!

Cabin type

When I switched my reservation over from Empress of the Seas, I went into a neighborhood balcony guarantee cabin. With that cabin type, you are guaranteed any balcony cabin within Central Park or Boardwalk.

Well as I kept checking prices, many times a day, I came across an Ocean Balcony Guarantee for less than my neighborhood. I quickly contacted my travel agent to make the switch and hours later that deal was gone for good. Moral to the story, it pays to check prices as often as you can since price drops do happen. Only downside to booking a guarantee is you don't get to pick the cabin, and in this case, I don't love my cabin placement. I was placed on deck 14 forward, D5 – 14144, right by the kids adventure area.

Dining, Entertainment, Drink Package, & VOOM

A few weeks ago, the entertainment opened up in the online cruise planner, so I reserved all my shows. It's become a little tradition of mine on Oasis class ships, to see the Aqua show on night one. I started it many years ago, and it just kind of stuck; now it's how I wrap up my first day on board. I've seen the Aqua show, Oasis of Dreams twice before but it's my favorite of the three ships.

For dining I've purchased my first dining package. I went with the 4-night package and will likely dine at Giovanni's Table, 150 Central Park, & Chops twice on the package. The cost for the 4-night was $100 per person, so $25 per meal. However, since I have a dining package, no reservations can be made until on board.

I had thought about passing on the drink package, hey I should get points for just thinking about it right? Well after thinking about my three sea days, plus Labadee, & San Juan being a short day, I decided I must have it. One day the cruise planner ran a 24-hour sale called, “Sip & Stream” that gives you VOOM Internet for free during the week.

So for $392 I got the drink package & Internet for the week.

I hope to bring you a fun and informative live blog from Oasis of the Seas. If you have any questions about the ship, feel free to comment below and I'll respond. If you are on Periscope, I'll be doing live daily scopes from on board, so be sure to follow me @mpoole3!

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog - Day 7 - Sea Day

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05Apr2015

Today is our last day on board Oasis of The Seas and this week flown by!  This morning I told my girlfriend we would try some of the things she had wanted to do. But first we are starting the day with a lite breakfast at Johnny Rockets on the Boardwalk. 

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For breakfast they don’t have a cover charge so this is a little secret for a less crowded option, note this is only available on Oasis Class ships. 

The breakfast options are eggs, omelets, hash browns, toast, ect.  The food here is not outstanding, but was very fast for a sit-down breakfast, I think we were here for a total of 25 minutes.  

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Zip Line

Right after breakfast we headed up to the top deck to try out the Zip Line.  This is located on the aft of the ship crossing the boardwalk deck.  I often wonder if people think this cost money, because there was never really a long line. 

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We showed up around 9:30AM and there were only 2-3 people in line.  First, they scan your sea pass card, and I forgot to sign our waivers online.  No worries, they just have you esign on their tablet.  Next, they help you gear up with the equipment and you are off! There are no real instructions other than “try to stop yourself” on the other side. 

My girlfriend had no luck with this and her line just hit the stopper at the end, I laughed!  My only advice for you, is don’t look down. I wished we had gone at different times, so I could have had pictures of us, but we enjoyed the moment together and it was a lot of fun. 

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Rock Climbing Wall

Now that we had Zip Line out of the way we headed back down to the boardwalk deck to climb rock wall.  I must admit in all my cruises I’ve never tried the rock wall.  Of course I wait until now when I’m older with a few extra pounds to climb. 

Pretty much same check-in process as zip line, they scan card, had me esign.  They do require you to wear their shoes to climb the wall, so be sure to wear socks.  When it’s your turn they just put you where the last person was, my luck I ended up on the expert course.  I only made it a quarter of the way up and dropped off, wow was that much harder than it looked. 

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My girlfriend had better luck than me and made it to the first bell.  By the time we were leaving at 10:30 the line was 20+ deep, so get an early start if you are doing these actives on the last day. 

Pool Deck

Since I didn’t get a chance to get to the pool deck early, I was unsuccessful finding a chair anywhere.  I didn’t look on the top deck, because the wind was unbearable.  I

just place my belonging on the side and jumped in the pool.  I found a great bartender who was bringing me drinks while I was in the pool, now that’s what I call service!  The weather was perfect and I stayed out here until it was time to get ready for dinner. 

Sabor Dinner

Okay if you are keep count, this was my third time eating here.  My love for their guacamole is real. 

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We wanted to end our cruise on a fun casual note, so we thought this was the perfect option.   Not much more to say, since I’ve talked about my dining experience here twice already now, but great food once again.  Only thing I could say, my brother asked for a regular tomato and they were out. Not a big deal, since it was the last night of the cruise.   Again we had margaritas, which are included in the drink package, other wise they are $12 + 18%.

Evening Activates

After dinner we explored the ship and just taking a few more moments in of the cruise.  We just kept hoping all around the ship bars, actually a few we had never stepped foot into all cruise. 

When we were at the Champagne bar the Cats Cast was there having cocktails.  We actually ran into them all week out and about, they get full privileges throughout the ship.  So if you are looking to work on board that’s the way to go!  Around 11pm I called it a night and headed back to the room, I had a long drive the next morning and wanted to get some sleep. 

Disembarkation

My disembarkation number was 70, and they start with 1 on Oasis Class.  I forgot to tell my stateroom attendant I wanted the express option at 6:30AM, when you carry everything off.  Honestly, it doesn’t matter, if you want to leave at that hour just get your bags and walk off. 

There was no lines to get off the ship, I walked down to deck 5 and walked off the ship, so they must have started a little early for those lining up.   My thoughts were, this was way to easy with zerolines.  Then it happen we get to customs and they only had three people working, perhaps they didn’t get the memo we had 5,490 people on board. 

Since there were only 200 or so people in line, it didn’t take that long and we were in our car by 7AM.  My brother had a later flight and went down around 9AM to leave and the line from customs was all the way backed up to the ship and circled around the promenade deck.  He told he it took him two hours to get through that process, so the key here is leave very early or the last minute. 

 

Overall I was very pleased with my time on Oasis of The Seas, the food was by far the best I’ve ever had on a cruise.  The service was also outstanding everywhere we went, except the Schooner bar, they were never happy so I just stopped going there.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask and thank you to all for following along.  Now the countdown begins for my next one, 10 weeks…

Oasis of the Seas Live Blog - Day 6 - Cozumel

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04Apr2015

Today we were in Cozumel, Mexico from 8am-7pm, so we had a full day to enjoy on shore.  

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I had made prior reservations for Nachi Cocom beach resort.  When you book they require you pay $11pp online, and then the rest in cash once you arrive.  The total cost is $55pp for the day, which includes an open bar and full served lunch.  One of the reasons I like this resort so much is there is no buffet for lunch like many do and they only let 100 people spend the day here.  

Since this is not booked through Royal Caribbean you must cover the cost of transportation as well.  We had made friends with another couple traveling to Nachi for the day so they joined us for the cab ride over, costing $32 each way for six people. 
 
Mexico is on Central time zone, so they don’t officially open until 9am local time.  We left the ship at 9AM ship time (eastern zone) and arrived around 20 minutes later. They don’t mind you coming in early as they are there setting up for the day, just won’t serve you yet.  This was my third time here and I’ve never seen it so busy (maybe 100+ people), we did have two carnival ships, the Serenade of The Seas, and well 8490 people on the Oasis. 
 
Lunch was at 10:30AM, (for us it was already 11:30am) and that means lunchtime!  They have a full menu of tacos, nachos, and the typical Mexican food. The food is very fresh and authentic Mexican.  

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I must recommend one thing; the fresh guacamole is a must here.   After which we enjoyed the day in the ocean and pool.  Around 4pm we headed back to the ship, and the cost of the taxi was once again $32 for six. 

 
Dinner at Giovanni’s Table
 
I don’t have any pre-dinner actives to share with you because we all napped until dinnertime.  But that’s okay tonight was Giovanni’s Table! I’ve been talking about eating here all week and it was finally here.  The last time I ate here I was cruising solo and I don’t think you get the full effect of family dining cruising solo.  Giovanni’s Table is a family dining style experience.  We made reservations online at 8pm for $25pp and not surprised it was packed just like Chops.  Royal must be doing really well with their specialty dining on board, because they always looked packed.

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Okay back to the good stuff, FOOD!   The waiter suggested we just pick an entree each and he would take care of all the starters.  My brother is a little picky eater so he asked the waiter what he was going to bring out and made a few changes.  I had scallops, which came out on seashells, amazing! Also had seafood tomato soup, I love hot soup with dinner.  Dinner we all order the filet, but our server heard us talking about how badly we wanted to try the lasagna…so he bought a plate of that also.  This dish is usually just served at lunch, but I’m telling you this dish was the best I’ve ever tasted.  I’ve read about how good it was but never dreamed of the quality being this good; going forward I’ll be dining here for lunch.  The steak was also great, my brother loved it more than chops, but I didn’t agree.  I’d say it was a great steak, but not the same as chops for mean, perhaps it was the wine sauce I missed. 
 
Desert they bring over a cart of options, and I picked the tiramisu.  I’m going to give this the second best desert at sea, because nothing surpasses the apple pie at Johnny Rockets.  The Tiramisu was flavorful and a great way to finish the meal.  The service was also much faster than Chop’s Grill so we enjoyed not sitting there for hours. 
 
I’m sad to report, after that full dinner at Giovanni’s Table I skipped the Quest.  I know you must be thinking, what?  I was so tired from the sun and that large meal I just wanted a great nights rest for our last sea day.  

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