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October 2010

Review of Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas

On Oct. 16th, I got a chance to tour the biggest cruise ship sailing today. The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas is a 225,282 ton ship that is 1,187 feet long and 208 feet wide. If sailing full at double occupancy, the number of guests is 5,400. If at total capacity—6,296 guests. It boasts a crew of 2,394 from over 71 countries.
I admit I was not very excited about this ship because of the ship and amount of people it would hold. To be on a ship to most is an intimate vacation with a smaller amount of people and plenty of space for all. After touring it, I have to take back my concerns. Of course we were on when guests were in the embarkation process, so not all passengers were on yet, but there was not as much of a ‘crowded’ feeling as I thought there would be. The size of the ship gives plenty of space for everyone.
There are 7 neighborhoods on the ship with each having a different theme and feel. Some have cabins in the neighborhood and some do not.

BOARDWALK---The main feature here is the AquaTheater. There are 6 AquaTheatre Suites that overlook the main attraction. With a carousel, 2 rock climbing walls, an old time photo booth and candy store, you will be taken back to a carnival era as you walk through this area. Johnny Rockets diner($4.95 pp srv chrg) and the Seafood Shack( $8.95pp, 12 under $4.45) are 2 of the dining venues here along with a Coffee & Donut Shop, Ice Cream Parlor(ala carte pricing) and a casual take out. The Boardwalk View Balcony staterooms and the Boardwalk View staterooms are two new categories of accommodations that are in this neighborhood.

CENTRAL PARK—To see trees and a park like setting in the middle of a ship is strange, but this is a lovely area of themed garden spaces with a variety of tropical foliage. Sit on the park benches and watch as people stroll by. This neighborhood claim to fame is the first Coach store at sea! And the Rising Tide Bar, the first levitating bar at sea is something to see. There are a variety of eating establishments here also. Chops Grille ($25pp), 150 Central Park ($35pp), Giovanni’s Table ($10pp lunch, $15pp dinner) along with the Park Café and Vintages Wine bar give you plenty of dining options. The new categories here are Central Park View Balcony staterooms and Central Park View staterooms.

ROYAL PROMENADE—The heart of the ship, this is a central area for guests to dine, shop and be entertained. The Promenade Bridge is a highlight of this section along with the Mezzanine Level where you can overlook all that is going on. All your main shopping is here along with Guest Services and Explorations Shore and Land Excursions desk. Sorrento’s Pizzeria, Café Promenade, the Coffee Bar and the awesome Cupcake Cupboard(ala carte prices) make up the dining establishments here. The English style Pub is a fun place along with 3 other bars. The Promenade View staterooms allow for you to take in all the action below.

POOL & SPORTS ZONE—This area is made up of 2 decks. My favorite place on this ship is located at the front of the ship on deck 15. The Solarium is an adults only area with plush seating and loungers, a pool and 4 whirlpools. There is also a Bistro there for healthy breakfast and lunch that becomes a specialty restaurant by night($20pp). The Wipe Out Café is the buffet which overlooks the sports court. There are 5 bars over the 2 decks. H2O Zone is a aqua park for kids and families while the Sports pool is for lap swimming and watersports. The Beach pool features a sloped oceanlike entry and the Main pool is perfect for taking a dip to cool off. There are 6 more whirlpools in this area. Up on the Sports deck you can try out your surfing skills on one of 2 FlowRider simulators or be daring and traverse the ship for 9 seconds on the ZipLine 9 decks high. Miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, ping pong and more are sure to keep the sports minded guests busy.

VITALITY AT SEA SPA AND FITNESS—For those who want to renew their body inside and out this is the place to be. Massages and treatments of all kinds can be found here. They even offer Botox. Go on a cruise come back looking years younger. There is a beauty salon and a thermal suite featuring heated tile loungers, saunas and steamrooms. Grab a smoothie or wrap at the health driven Vitality Café. The largest jogging track at sea is partially covered and there are weights and over 150 state of the art cardio and resistance machines to keep you fit.

ENTERTAINMENT PLACE—Choices like you have never had before are here. Besides the Casino and the Main theater, you can witness one of a kind ice skating shows and themed events, go to the late night adult comedy shows, sing karaoke or sing along with the piano player in the Schooner Bar. Jazz on 4 is an intimate jazz and blues lounge with live entertainment and the Blaze nightclub features the latest in dance music with a large dance floor. Dazzles with enteratin you with themes ranging from big band to disco music. And lastly the main attraction is the AquaTheater. Stunning water acrobatics and high diving aerial performances make this 600 seat theater the place to be.

YOUTH ZONE---Walking through this area made me wish I was a kid again. Programs are available for all age groups from 6 months to 17 years. From the large central play area to the Adventure Ocean Theater, the kids will think they are in heaven. There are interactive science projects in the Adventure Science Lab, arts and crafts in Imagination Studio and jewelry making and scrapbooking in The Workshop. Each specific age group has its own playroom and there is also an infant and toddler nursery. Teens have their own disco and Living Room where they can watch movies, play games and just visit.

Another new class of accommodations on this ship is the Loft Suites. They are two level urban lofts offering panoramic views through the floor to ceiling windows. The master bedroom and bath are upstairs with a living area, dining area and guest bath are on the main level. A private balcony with deck chairs make this a cabin to meet your needs. All the cabins I saw were of good size even the standard inside cabins.

Outside of the 24 elevators, there is an interactive screen to help you find your way around the ship. To see as much as we can in a short amount of time, we agents feel like we are running through the ship, but I was surprised at how easy it was to get around and not feel lost. For someone having a week to be on this ship, it should not take them too long to figure out where most things are.

The Oasis of the Seas sails from Ft Lauderdale on alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Eastern ports in Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten while the Western ports are Labadee, Haiti, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. If you want to book a cruise on this one of a kind ship give me a call today. 214-478-2150 or email tammy@horizonsunlimitedtravel.com

Stairs to bedroom in loft suite

Stairs to bedroom in loft suite

Loft suite

Loft suite

Interactive screen by elevators

Interactive screen by elevators

Balcony stateroom

Balcony stateroom

Suite bath

Suite bath

Suite quad

Suite quad

Aqua Theater

Aqua Theater

Aqua Theater

Aqua Theater

Boardwalk view from Aqua Theater suite

Boardwalk view from Aqua Theater suite

Boardwalk View

Boardwalk View

Suite master bedroom

Suite master bedroom

Suite quad bedroom

Suite quad bedroom

Suite living area

Suite living area

Balcony on suite

Balcony on suite

Kid's area

Kid's area

Kid's area

Kid's area

Kid's area

Kid's area

Kid's playroom

Kid's playroom

Kid's area

Kid's area

Kids area

Kids area

Overhead view of Central park

Overhead view of Central park

Pool area

Pool area

Solarium

Solarium

Solarium

Solarium

Solarium pool

Solarium pool

Solarium

Solarium

Along pool deck

Along pool deck

Big kid's golf

Big kid's golf

Kid's golf

Kid's golf

Flow Rider

Flow Rider

Central Park

Central Park

Sport Court

Sport Court

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Chops Grille in Central Park

Chops Grille in Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Ice Rink

Ice Rink

Royal Promenade

Royal Promenade

Royal Promenade

Royal Promenade

Shore Excursions desk

Shore Excursions desk

Globe and Atlas Pub

Globe and Atlas Pub

Pizzaria

Pizzaria

Cupcake Cupboard

Cupcake Cupboard

Guest services

Guest services

Main dining room

Main dining room

Carousel

Carousel

Photo booth

Photo booth

Candy store on Boardwalk

Candy store on Boardwalk

Boardwalk Balcony Staterooms

Boardwalk Balcony Staterooms

Seafood Shack

Seafood Shack

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

Rock Climbing Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

Gym

Gym

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Fall Cruise Wrap up

Our Fall cruise was a trip enjoyed by all. Even though Mother Nature decided to make it warm there a couple weeks ago so the leaves were not turning as good yet. The ports were all quaint little towns and the biggest thing I noticed was that they are not over run with shops. Most ports bombard you with shopping and this was not the case on this cruise. Bar Harbor was about the only place where there was a good amount of shops. After going to the Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska, it was a nice change to get to experiance the town and not the shops. We all saw great things on our excursions and made some wonderful memories. And there were a few crazy memories too! Like 4 ladies going into a 'sex' shop in Portland. I won't name any names but you know who you are!! Wish I could have seen their faces in there! We had winners and losers in the casino and dancers in the disco. Sorry don't have pictures of the dancers--remember WHAT HAPPENS ON THE SHIP STAYS ON THE SHIP!! The city tour of Boston on the way to the airport was really neat. Boston is a nice, clean city and I would love to go back there and spend some time.

Enjoy the pictures and I will be back next week with shots from the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas.

Peggy's Cove Fishing Village

Peggy's Cove Fishing Village

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Cool place--has lobster quesadillas here!!  YUM!

Cool place--has lobster quesadillas here!! YUM!

In Route 66 restuarant--check out what they used to make that light

In Route 66 restuarant--check out what they used to make that light

Lapau Falls

Lapau Falls

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Looking at reversing falls

Looking at reversing falls

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Saw a few colors

Saw a few colors

On the country drive

On the country drive

Mr. Pumpkin Head

Mr. Pumpkin Head

Oldest church

Oldest church

At the Citadel

At the Citadel

Downtown

Downtown

Across from the port--I saw a couple of our group there!

Across from the port--I saw a couple of our group there!

Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove--this was such a cool place

Peggy's Cove--this was such a cool place

Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove

Old lobster traps

Old lobster traps

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from Titanic

from Titanic

Fairview Lawn

Fairview Lawn

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

sports arena

sports arena

Fanieul Hall

Fanieul Hall

Neat buildings

Neat buildings

Old depot still in use for subways

Old depot still in use for subways

This is CHEERS!

This is CHEERS!

City sites

City sites

Paul Reeve

Paul Reeve

Boston sites

Boston sites

Church

Church

Mom and I with our waiter Leonardo and Frederick.  They were the best!!

Mom and I with our waiter Leonardo and Frederick. They were the best!!

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

This was our last port of call and now we are headed back to Boston. It was raining when we docked in Halifax but as a group of us headed down the boardwalk, the clouds rolled out and the sun began to shine. Turned out to be a beautiful morning. One group left out early on a Wine Tasting Tour and 2 groups were not leaving until 2pm. So we got out early for some shopping and Bessie, Peggy and I head up to the oldest surviving church in Canada. From there I was going to venture up to the Citadel, which is a star shaped fort. And I mean up. I thought I was in San Francisco. I had to stop twice in 4 blocks to catch my breath! So I finally get all the way up there and you have to do a guided tour to see it and they are on the hour and half hour! Well I don’t have time to do one so I head back down. I think it was harder going down then up. I felt like I was going to break out in a run at any moment. For the excursions, one group went to Famous Peggy’s Cove Fishing Village. It is a beautiful little place! It would have been more fun to look around if the wind had not been blowing 60 miles a hour! It was bad! It was blowing us around so much you could hardly walk! I don’t think I have ever been in winds that strong.
The rest of the bunch went on the Titanic excursion. They went to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to see the things on display from the ship. They were all dissappointed that they didn’t have longer in there since there were a lot of neat things to see. They were taken to the Fairview Lawn Cemetary where most of the bodies were buried. The graves are laid out in the shape of a ship’s hull. It was a good tour and they all enjoyed it.
So tomorrow is our last day at sea. The waters have been really rough this trip and we are rolling side to side right now. As I am typing this my lipstick is rolling back and forth on the desk! Everyone looks like they are drunk going down the halls. I am surprised noone has gotten seasick. We have had a few with allergy problems, including me!
I have so many more pictures to share but the internet on this ship takes forever. I will put more on when I get back. Up next…….Friday the 15th I am going to Miami and get to do a ship inspection of the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea and the Freedom. I can’t wait to see that big ship! I will post about it when I get back.

Overlooking town from Citadel

Overlooking town from Citadel

Peggy's Cove Fishing Village

Peggy's Cove Fishing Village

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Deck chair from the Titanic

Deck chair from the Titanic

Fairview Lawn Cemetary

Fairview Lawn Cemetary

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St John, New Brunswick, Canada

The ship docked in St John before sunrise and it was a little cloudy. But as the sun came up the clouds went away. It turned out to be a beautiful day! Clear blue skies and warm temperatures. I did a Photorgraphy Tour led by a local photographer and it was good. He gave some really good tips and I even learned a couple things. We went to a beach, Reversing Falls, a waterfall and a fishing village. All very neat places. 21 others from the group went on a private tour to some small towns in the area. They ate lunch at a B & B and saw covered bridges, rode 3 ferries, saw lots of pumpkins and some pretty scenery. The color changes were not as good as we had hoped but you just can't guess what Mother Nature has in store.
Wed. we are at sea, so more Thurs. night from Halifax.

Beach

Beach

Reversing Falls

Reversing Falls

Waterfall

Waterfall

Fishing Village

Fishing Village

Beautiful Colors

Beautiful Colors

Helen and Elsie

Helen and Elsie

Maryann, Benny and Rosemary

Maryann, Benny and Rosemary

Elaine and Helen

Elaine and Helen

Ray, Elsie, James and Helen

Ray, Elsie, James and Helen

John, Rosemary and Maryann

John, Rosemary and Maryann

Cathy, Jill and Sharon

Cathy, Jill and Sharon

Henrietta and Sandra

Henrietta and Sandra

Georgia, Diane, Peg and Elaine

Georgia, Diane, Peg and Elaine

Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Today started off with drizzle and clouds but turned into a beautiful sunny day by the time our excursions started. We had people on 2 different excursions at 1:30 so we met in the atrium on the ship at 11:00am and all took the tender off together. Everyone split up and went shopping and had lunch before going to the tour meeting places. There were 5 of us on the Best of Bar Harbor tour and 18 were on the Historic Lighthouse Cruise. Luckily I was not on the cruise because the that group had a very rough ride and several people got sick. I told them to take Dramamine! They had a good time even though the waters were not cooperating. My tour went to the Lobster Oceanarium, The Turrets castle which is now part of the College of the Atlantic. Then we went to Acadia National Park and made a stop at Thunder Hole. The way the rock formations are when the water rushes in the sound it makes sounds like thunder. Then we went to the top of Cadillac Mountain and enjoyed the lovely views. We did get to see some colors but hope to see lots more in Canada. Mom took some of the pictures on here and I taught her pretty well. She got some good shots even through I had to delete a few of the ceiling and the floor of the boat! She said those waves threw that boat around!
Tomorrow a big group is doing a 6 hour Beautiful Colors of Fall private excursion and I am going on a Photogrpahy Tour of the Bay of Funday. So should be lots of good pictures tomorrow!

Bear Island Light

Bear Island Light

Mary, Jean and Peg

Mary, Jean and Peg

Benny, Diane and Bessie

Benny, Diane and Bessie

Winter Head Light

Winter Head Light

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

at Lobster Oceanarium

at Lobster Oceanarium

The Turrents

The Turrents

The back of The Turrents

The back of The Turrents

chipmunk

chipmunk

colors

colors

Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole

at Thunder Hole

at Thunder Hole

view from Cadillac Mt

view from Cadillac Mt

on way to ship

on way to ship

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