Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

Just one look at the Oasis of the Seas and you know this ship is unlike anything out there!

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Weighing in at 225 tons, the Oasis of the Seas comes close to being the largest ship in the world!

Her sister ship, Allure of the Seas has her beat — by five centimeters. No worries, the WOW factor is still there!
Oasis is 1187 feet long and 208 feet wide. She has 24 guest elevators with 2196 crew with over 71 nationalities!

We traveled Thanksgiving week with 2 children ages 10 and 13. We had a Central Park View Balcony cabin on Deck 10. Be aware that these cabins do not have any type of ocean view. It is strictly Central Park. I do admit it was a good experience but I missed seeing the water.

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This was a holiday cruise. We sailed with 6300 of our closest friends. I will admit I was a little worried about this but surprisingly we barely felt it. It is incredible that for a ship this size, it never felt too big or crowded. We were always able to get a seat by the pool (there are 4) dinner always went smoothly no waiting, we did the zip line a few times each with maybe a 5 minute wait! The boys could ride the carousel to their hearts content! The one place that you could feel the congestion was at the Windjammer for breakfast and there it was mainly a seating issue. We actually did a sit down a la carte breakfast almost daily instead. Did you know that all breads and pastries are made fresh onboard. The bakery has a machine that makes 4,000 rolls in an hour! That’s a lot of bread!!

This ship class has a neighborhood concept, which divides the ship into distinct spaces. I absolutely love that!

The themes are fun and a great way to do something different in each area.

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When you board you find yourself in the Royal Promenade. It looks like an upscale shopping mall. It extends through three decks in height with shops, restaurants and bars. This is also where you will find the first ever Starbucks at sea and keep an eye out for a flash mob! (Not kidding!)

Continuing past the aft elevators to the back of the ship is the Boardwalk, featuring a full sized Carousel, very Coney Islandish with clown visits and an animal balloon-making artist. At the aft of the ship the boardwalk ends at the water amphitheater. The Aqua Theater offers a spectacular performance of diving, fountains, and music. This show I actually saw twice LOVED it! The AquaTheater Pool is 17.9 feet deep and is one of the Largest performance pools at sea.

On Deck 8 is Central Park with live foliage, crickets chirping and birds singing, beautifully landscaped areas with winding walkways, restaurants, with outdoor seating and designer shops–and open to the sky some seven decks above. It is the first ever living park at sea with over 12,500 plants including 56 trees some of which are 24’ tall! All plant material is contained in 2200 modules in 46 planters plus two living walls containing 70 tons of planting mix and all automatically irrigated with sea water that has been processed pure. Yup! and somehow it all works beautifully!

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We saw CATS, the Broadway show, the Ice skating was entertaining and funny! We did go back to do some skating ourselves and the boys had a blast! Don’t forget socks and long pants!
We did not make a reservation and were not able to get into the comedy shows, they were booked solid! They do have standby that opens up the day of but we didn’t have much luck.

The best techy thing on the ship I thought were the large touch screens throughout the ship. They look like large IPADS! They will help you navigate its 16 passenger decks and even tell you how full the restaurants are.

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You may wonder if there is a quiet spot anywhere? No worries, there is! The glass covered solarium (16 and over). It has lots of space, cushioned chaises even a bistro and bar.

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With all these options you may ask what additional stuff am I paying for? Well it is what it is and there is plenty you can pay for if you choose but all of these options are included mini golf, two rock climbing walls, the Carousel, an ice skating rink, two surfing pools, full size basketball and zip lining! There are several Ping-Pong tables on the ship as well.

We dined at Chops which is a specialty restaurant that does have an additional cost. I might add it was worth EVERY penny.  Chops is Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse. It is the most popular specialty restaurant on Oasis, despite the ship’s many options. It is located in Central Park, and will give you a quiet dining experience.

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My best tip would be to make sure to book all of your entertainment well in advance. They do book up quickly.

In closing it was an awesome cruise on an unbelievable ship. There are simply no other ships in the mass-market that can equal the experience that the Oasis Class can offer. This ship is pricier than most of the competition (excluding Disney) but in my opinion well worth the extra cost. The experience has quality written all over it.

A job well done Royal Caribbean!