Worlds Largest Cruise Ship Oasis of the Seas Review

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World’s Largest Cruise Ship Oasis of the Seas Review

To celebrate my sister’s birthday this month, we – just the two of us – embarked on a seven-day cruise on the world’s largest, biggest, hugest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas. We left behind one husband, six children, 9 assorted grandchildren, and 1 ½ great grand babies (the half represents one due in December).

We are not newbie cruisers. My sister, Rita, has taken more than ten cruises and I have taken more than twenty with my husband and parents who are now, God bless them, taking heavenly cruises. I also went on an all-expenses-paid cruise every three weeks for two and a half years when I worked on a coaching assignment for Royal Caribbean International. And got paid for doing it! That dream assignment finally came to an end (awwwwwwww).

I mention that to let you know that this is a review of my own choosing and I am not being paid by RCI. Although I would be less than truthful not to mention that if the cruising- powers-to-be asked me to review the twin-sister ship of Oasis, the Allure of the Seas, by offering a prepaid cruise, I would be delighted to consider that option.

Tour the Oasis of the Seas

How large is the Oasis?

Do you know the length of a football field if you include the end zones? It’s 360 feet. The Oasis is almost 1,180 feet long, or the length of 3 1/4 football fields. We can tell you first-hand that the Oasis corridors are really LONG. How wide is the Oasis? This immense ship is wider than the wingspan of a Boeing 747 airliner.

How much does she weigh? 225,282 gross registered tons or nearly 50% larger than any other cruise ship afloat. Almost as much as the weight gained by the guests after seven days of cruising. More about the food later.

How many guests (cruise-speak for passengers) can she accommodate?  6,300 maximum capacity when all upper and lower berths are being used; 5,400 if they are not. Add 2,165 crew members. That’s a lotta people on one ship. The captain announced during our voyage that there were 6,202 guests aboard – in addition to the 2,100-plus crew.

Oasis Observation: It may be a trifle insensitive but I wanted to note that the Titanic carried only 2,223 – passengers and crew combined; the Oasis is five times larger.

Oasis Doing the Limbo Underneath Danish Bridge

Where and How Was Oasis Built?

The Oasis was constructed in Turku, Finland in less than two years. It cost $1.4 billion to build and is the crown jewel of Royal Caribbean International’s fleet of 22 ships (23 when Allure is completed).

Oasis was too big to be built the traditional way, from the bottom up, a deck at a time. So, instead, sections as large as buildings were finished on shore, then hoisted into place and welded together like so many Lego blocks. The Oasis required 181 of these blocks, each weighing about 600 tons.

On her voyage to the U.S., the Oasis was photographed sailing underneath the Great Belt Fixed Link bridge in Denmark. With a height of 236 feet from the water line, the Oasis was higher than the bridge's clearance of 213 feet. However, the Oasis managed to squeeze under the bridge by lowering the ship's telescoping smokestacks. The ship passed under the bridge with less than 2 feet of clearance. That’s what I call an engineering feet, I mean feat. With 18 decks, the Oasis easily dwarfs all other cruise ships.

Another Tour of the Oasis of the Seas

Our Inside Balcony Cabin
Our Inside Balcony Cabin

Because aboard ship you tend to lose sight of which day it is, every guest elevator, and I counted 24 in all, has a tiled insert set into the floor that tells you the day: “Saturday,” etc. I was dreading boarding the ship this Saturday afternoon because I know how numbing the long lines can be when you are boarding a ship half this size. So we were very pleasantly surprised at the efficiency displayed that cut our boarding time to less than 15 minutes.

We have an inside cabin – with a balcony – on the 14th floor, I mean deck 14. Stairs are called ladders and windows are portholes. We didn’t have any portholes in our cabin – we didn’t need any with a large sliding door leading out to our balcony with a table and two chairs.

Oasis Observation: Are you wondering how is it possible to have a balcony with an inside cabin? Instead of placing a block of cabins in the middle of the ship, the builders have stacked the cabins on either side of an immense, open atrium. If you have an inside cabin you can look down upon the Boardwalk or Central Park and also spy on, I mean view, the inside cabins with balconies on the other side. If you have an outside cabin, you have an ocean view.

Our cabin is located aft – toward the rear of the ship also known as the stern. The front of the ship is forward. Right is starboard and left is port. I learned how to remember that on my first cruise (in the Pleistocene era) by recalling that left has 4 letters and so does port. Clever?

Opus 3-level Dining Room
Opus 3-level Dining Room
Steak every night  or Lobster one night - with shrimp.
Steak every night or Lobster one night - with shrimp.

What about the food?

After boarding the ship (between 12 noon and 4 pm), guests hasten to the Windjammer – the large, glass-enclosed restaurant on Deck 16. You get your own plate and tableware and then select your food from over ten stations:This restaurant is located next to the swimming pools and lounge chairs so it is casual. It is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and most popular for cruisers who do not wish to “dress up” but remain very casual for their meals.

Are there many selections of food to choose from?

Just to give you an idea of some of what is available, here is the layout for breakfast in the Windjammer. Before you enter, there is the ubiquitous sanitizing stand dripping viscous sanitizing liquid which you rub all over your hands, much like a surgeon preparing to operate. These stands are located all over the ship as a precautionary measure against the transmittal of germs. The first station you see has bacon, sausage, ham and some unidentifiable smoked meats. Another has breads, rolls, croissants, Danish, doughnuts, biscuits, scones, cornbread, butter and a selection of jams and jellies. Another has scrambled eggs or eggs cooked to order: poached, boiled, or within omelets. Another has fruit: pineapple, watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, pears, prunes (very popular with many guests), apples, oranges, bananas, kiwi, and plums.

Another has waffles, pancakes, French toast and toasted muffins – all made to order. There is also a station with boxes of every cereal ever produced - even Froot Loops. One station has drinks: water, orange juice, apple juice and cranberry juice. For lunch and dinner, the available culinary selections change each day.

Oasis Observation: It is impossible to go hungry on this ship. There are 24 cafes and restaurants including three specialty restaurants requiring reservations: Chops and Grille (steaks), Giovanni’s Table (Italian), and the Captain’s Table (gourmet). AND … 24-hour room service.

The first night we decided to honor the dining room with our presence. It is enormous and covers much of three decks. It’s named the Opus Dining Room. And the theater at the other end of the ship is called the Opal Theater. Guess whoever named the Oasis had an “O-fixation.” The menu contained numerous fish, chicken, meat and vegetarian entrees with numerous appetizers, soups, salads and desserts. Steak is available every night and lobster once on the cruise. You can order as many choices as you desire – all the entrees if you are REALLY hungry. And I know you won’t be surprised to learn that many guests occasionally do just that.

Oasis Observation: There is also a complete menu for guests who are watching their calorie intake. From my personal observation I can assure you that the majority of guests are on the “seafood” diet. They only eat when they see food.

Loft Suite
Loft Suite

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John Travolta in drag in "Hairspray"

How big are the cabins?

The 2,700 cabins seem to be the same size as those on the next largest RCI Freedom class ships with the same tiny shower that if you drop the soap, that’s the end of your shower. There is no way you can bend down to retrieve it unless you get completely out of the little, oval shower stall.

But larger sumptuous cabins are available. There are also twenty-eight 1,600 square foot, luxury penthouse Loft Suites available on the Oasis which have floor-to-ceiling windows which accent these two-level suites. Sleeping areas are upstairs and overlook the living area and ocean views below. Very sumptuous and jet-set priced.

Instead of the usual television set in the stateroom there is a very large HD TV screen with an interactive keyboard. On previous cruises with only 3,500 or 4,000 guests, the evening entertainment would be presented twice each night: once for the first seating guests and once for the second seating guests. But with over 6,000 guests, other arrangements had to be made.

So we were presented with a list of the entertainment choices and the times scheduled for each evening. We reserved the ones we chose for each night by using the interactive keyboard and the TV screen. Neat!

The first night we saw a one and a half-hour professional production of the play, “Hairspray.” You may have seen the film where John Travolta, in drag, plays the morbidly obese mother of the teen girl who wants to dance on a Dick Clark-inspired TV program. The Oasis singers and dancers were easily as talented as the original Broadway players.

Cable Beach Nassau
Cable Beach Nassau
Central Park
Central Park

Nassau, Bahamas

This was our first port on Day Two. Although I have visited Nassau more than twenty times, I always take a stroll down the dozen-block Bay Street and its alley-ways where most of the shops are located. They are still selling jewelry, watches, liquor, perfumes, souvenirs and tee-shirts. Lower than U.S. prices and tax- and duty-free. Same as always. But we did notice that a brand new pier had been built especially to accommodate Oasis and were told that the harbor had been modified as well.

Nassau has some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean: Cable Beach, Nassau Beach, and the beaches at Atlantis and Paradise Island to name a few. Atlantis is a mega luxury hotel/resort with shops, an aquarium and its own shark pool.

Oasis is so huge – how huge is it? - that the ship has been literally divided into seven different and diverse “neighborhoods.” The first is “Central Park,” an immense outdoor park with 12,175 plants, trees and hanging gardens which features boutiques and specialty restaurants.

The second is “The Boardwalk” with its hand-crafted-21-horses-and-other-animals working carousel. Along with the Coney Island boardwalk theme, there is Madame Zamara’s psychic and tattoo parlor – offering semi-permanent tattoos that last up to six months. Shops for children’s clothes and those for teens are nestled between five restaurants and bars on the Boardwalk which include: Johnny Rockets, Boardwalk Donut Shop, Seafood Shack, The Boardwalk Bar, and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.

Oasis Observation: The carousel on the Coney Island boardwalk required 130 square feet of real gold leaf paint.

The entertainment we reserved for tonight was at the Comedy Club. Like the comedy club show you may have watched on television, there was a host and two very unique and very funny comedians. So far, the entertainment has been far superior to that I have encountered on the previous smaller ships.

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle

Day Three was an “at sea” day since we were sailing from Nassau to St. Thomas, Virgin Isles. We did a thorough inspection of all the neighborhoods today and can attest to the fact that the Oasis is more like a floating resort – a floating Las Vegas resort with a full-service casino – than a cruise ship.

The third remarkable neighborhood is the outdoor 750-seat “Aqua Theater” aft of the Boardwalk with its 30-foot diving platforms. This area resembles a Greek amphitheater with stadium style seating which leads down to a large outdoor pool. This pool is the largest on any cruise ship measuring almost 22 feet by 51.6 feet. The depth of the pool can be raised or lowered so that it can be used by day as a swimming pool for guests, and at night as an aquatic entertainment venue.

In addition to several high diving boards for the shows, there are also underwater cameras that film the performers in the pool and project the images on to large screens on each side of the stage. A huge trampoline is raised (or hidden) so that the gymnasts and aerialists in the Aqua Show can flip and dismount into the pool. There are also trapezes mounted for additional stunts.

The fourth neighborhood is “The Pool and Sports Zone” located nine decks above the main deck. This area covers much more that the outdoor space on a traditional cruise ship. I saw four swimming pools, two children’s pools, several Jacuzzis, two rock-climbing walls, a jogging track, a basketball court, a miniature golf course, two surfing rides, and a zip line for the adventurous that you can be buckled into and glide over the Boardwalk far, far below. There is also a Solarium where you can swim without being exposed to the sun with its own lounge and bar.

Oasis Observation: The many swimming pools and Jacuzzis throughout the ship contain 2,300 tons of water. Upon reflection, there are some facts I would rather not know.

“The Spa and Vitality Fitness Center” is the fifth neighborhood offering numerous state-of-the-art fitness machines complete with personal trainers, tooth whitening treatments, and 24-carat gold facials as well as massages and complete hairdressing services.

“Entertainment Place,” neighborhood number six, contains Studio B (deck three) where first-class ice shows are presented each evening on a sizable ice rink and guests can ice-skate themselves during the day. A Comedy Club has a host and two comedians performing every night. Broadway shows and other professional entertainment are offered in the ship's Opal Theater each night.

For those who don’t get enough time to gamble in the full-service casino, there is Bingo twice a day. There is also a well-stocked library (mostly mystery and adventure novels) and an Internet room with computers.

If you are a repeat cruiser with numerous RCI voyages under your belt, the Concierge Club is open to you each evening with free hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

One more neighborhood to mention is number seven – “The Youth Zone.” There are arcades for each age group and activities planned daily with accompanying staff leaders to chaperone your children.

Oasis Observations for Speed and Strength Statisticians: Cruising speed can reach 22 knots. The propellers are 20 feet in diameter. Four 7,500 horsepower bow thrusters maneuver the ship with each one ten times more powerful than a Formula One racing car.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Main Street, St. Thomas
Main Street, St. Thomas
Royal Promenade
Royal Promenade
Sorrento's - FREE pizza
Sorrento's - FREE pizza
Rising Tide Bar
Rising Tide Bar

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. We arrived at Charlotte Amalie, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, on Day Four. It is a short taxi ride to downtown’s two main shopping streets – Main Street and Waterfront Highway. The stores offer much of the same merchandise available in Nassau but I have always found the prices more attractive here. Rita and I stopped in at my favorite jeweler and she bought a beautiful bauble. I resisted temptation since I already own more bling than I could ever wear. Most of us don’t buy jewelry because we need it. We buy it because we want it.

We explored the indoor Promenade deck when we returned. This Royal Promenade is twice the size of the next-largest Freedom-class cruise ships of RCI. There are enormous glass-arched skylights which form a decorative roof that looks up into Central Park and allows natural light on to the Promenade. Ten feet above the floor of the Royal Promenade is a giant globe that looks like it could crack open. When it does open, it becomes a hydraulic bridge that cast members can stand on to sing or dance or narrate fashion shows.

There are shops for gifts and souvenirs, perfume, clothing, fine jewelry, handbags and several restaurants – Sorrento's where you can make your own pizza (no charge) and the Café Promenade with sandwiches and cookies and desserts (no charge). Also several bars, lounges and a store offering only cupcakes. Just above the Promenade is a very large camera shop and photo gallery where you can view all the thousands of photos that have been taken of you by professional photographers during the cruise. Seems that almost everyone, even with cameras taking pictures of their own, purchases at least one photo as a memento of their trip.

There is another "wow" factor on this deck – the Rising Tide Bar. This oval-shaped bar, surrounded by a low glass wall, moves between three decks. Hard to tell, I think, if you have drunk too much when the bar itself is moving. This mobile innovation transports guests between the indoor Royal Promenade up several decks to the outdoor Central Park. As if that were not enough, as the bar rises to the upper decks, fountains like miniature imitations of those at Las Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel come to life underneath it on the Royal Promenade deck, complete with multi-colored spotlights.

Tonight our reservation after dinner which was as usual, superb, was for the Aqua Show. We have been looking forward to this entertainment since there has been so much advance word of mouth publicity about it from other guests. The show – about one hour long – did not disappoint. The fourteen young men and women athletes from all over the globe are more than swimmers – they are gymnasts and acrobats and divers and entertainers. The guests wouldn’t let them go demanding encore upon encore. Best entertainment so far.

Forgot to mention when writing about cabins that there are also Aqua Theater suites which have private views of all the action at the Aqua Theater. So the occupants can watch the shows all during the week from the privacy of their own balcony.

St. Martin and St. Maarten

Slot machines
Slot machines

San (or St.) Maarten, Dutch West Indies

It’s Day Five and we arrived in Philipsburg, on the Dutch side of this two-nation island. The other side is the French side - St. Martin. You can walk to the downtown area from the pier or take a short ferry ride. The cobble-stoned Front Street is the main drag and has many of the same stores you saw in the previous two ports as well as unique boutiques.

Oasis Observation: If you allocate your time wisely, you will be able to take a 30-minute cab ride and visit the world famous Orient Beach on the French side of the island. If you want to swim or sun or stare at that beach and have forgotten your bathing suit, no problem. ‘Nuff said.

With a ship of this immense size, I envisioned constantly encountering guests having difficulty finding their way around. Not so because of another great innovation. On each deck near the elevators, there is a large, wall-mounted interactive panel that you can press to see where you are on the ship, what is happening each half hour, and how you can get there from here. All entertainment venues are listed as well as various shops, bars and restaurants on the Promenade together with their respective locations.

There is no doubt that Royal Caribbean has created a Las Vegas resort that floats. The large casino contains all the entertainment (?) you could wish for: row after row of slot machines of all description, roulette, craps, poker, blackjack and Caribbean variations of the game.

Tonight the entertainment is called a Headliner Show in the Opal Theater. It features a group of four men called the Mosaics. It is their first appearance on this cruise so none of the guests, including the two of us, knew who they were or how they planned to entertain us. But entertain us, they did.

They use only their extraordinary voices and their hands – no orchestra – to perform. Somehow they manage to produce the sounds of different musical instruments while they are singing. Difficult to explain but incredible to hear and see. Another outstanding show.

Day Six and Day Seven were “at-sea” days since this is the longest leg of the journey: from St. Maarten back to the pier at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. There are literally dozens of activities to indulge in during this segment of the return voyage. You can lounge on the promenades, in sun or shade, swim in any one of the many pools, loll in the Jacuzzis or the solarium, or sit or stroll the Royal Promenade while people-watching.

Activities include napkin-folding, towel-folding (which is actually how to make those little animals of towels that your room attendants create for you each evening.) There are art auctions each day, bridge and blackjack tournaments, dance classes, and of course non-stop eating is available. Who could ask for anything more?

At the end of Day Six, the evening entertainment was the Ice Show in Studio B which was based on the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Another enchanting evening watching professional ice skaters from all over the world as they performed their intricate lifts, spins and dazzling choreography. An exciting bonus near the end of the performance was something I have never seen before. A console with a large white computer tablet was wheeled out onto the ice and a large screen was displayed. Then a woman, an artist from the Ukraine, stepped to the console and painted scenes with black sand – yes, sand – which were projected on the screen while the skaters performed the tale of Andersen’s The Snow Queen. The audience, including us, couldn’t stop applauding.

Life is Beautiful!
Life is Beautiful!

The entertainment on Day Seven in the Opal Theater was also unusual and unique. It was entitled “Come Fly with Me,” and consisted of performances by gymnasts and dancers using trapezes, cables, wires, trampolines and even, I kid you not, lengths of cloth. Dynamic and unbelievable artistry.

On Day 8, the Oasis returned to Ft. Lauderdale from its cruise in the eastern Caribbean to begin another seven days cruising the western Caribbean with a new set of guests. Rita and I would have stayed for another seven days but our room steward couldn’t keep a secret!

Today, the Oasis and its twin, the Allure, are the biggest, baddest, largest, hugest cruise ships in the world, and Rita and I would cruise on them again in a heartbeat. But tomorrow??? I say that because I read a recent news release as follows:

“Watch for the newest World's Largest Cruise Ship, the Princess Kaguya (which has no affiliation with Princess Cruises of the same name). This ship of 450,000 tons is a city-at-sea concept that has been presented to Finland's Aker Yards, according to media reports. If financed and ultimately built, the ship would measure more than one-and-a-half times the size of The Oasis. It's not a cruise line behind the idea, but a company called Japan Contents Network Inc., whose CEO, Hajime Tanaka, has launched three golf courses and a Formula One circuit. The 20-deck Princess would operate differently from the cruise ships most travelers are accustomed to. In addition to carrying a maximum number of 8,400 passengers, up to 10,000 visitors could board in each port to enjoy its urban amenities. JCN has even considered selling some of the rooms as residences.”

But for now, Oasis of the Seas is still the largest, hugest, biggest, “baddest,” most exciting cruise ship in the whole wide world!

Definition of vacation - a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes you need, and spend twice the money you have.

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msorensson 6 years ago

You gave a thorough description of the ship, thanks. You did not say whether you enjoyed it or not or did I miss it?

Thanks!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Melinda, for being the first to comment. And thanks also for pointing out that you missed whether we enjoyed the cruise. Absolutely. And because of your perceptive comment, I have "bolded" the statement that says we would do it again in a heartbeat!


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msorensson 6 years ago

Thanks!!


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Wanderlust 6 years ago from New York City

It looks like you had a lot of fun! These cruises are very entertaining and plus they provide an opportunity to visit many different places in one trip. I've been to a couple of cruises, but I guess it is time to take another one, you inspire me!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

There is nothing I like better than to inspire someone, Wanderlust, so take your cruise NOW.

Cruising is a wonderful way to enjoy new places and make new friends and put any worries on the back burner.


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Simple Tim 6 years ago

Drbj! all I know about ships is off reruns of the 'ole' Love Boat TV Show and the Titanic!so thanks for educating me. Would be Intersting to see a compartive between the Oasis and the Titanic...or would this be a waste of time?


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I love cruses and have been on four of them but not on a ship of this size. Your hub described the ship very well and I thought I was right there with you. Regardless I am ready to go; it looks fabulous.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

AWESOME HUB, Oh this is one reason I wish I was rich, I watched the tour of this ship on TV what a fantastic cruise. My luggage would even look out of place on this ship lol...fantastic my good friend, I rate this up up up and away


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Tim. Those old Love Boat shows were fun, weren't they?

With regard to a comparison of the Oasis and the Titanic, it would probably be interesting to learn how much ship-building has changed - for the better and safer - since the Titanic era.

I did learn however as I mention in the hub, that the Oasis is 5 times larger than the Titanic and carries 6200 guests and 2100 crew or 8300 in comparison to the Titanic's 2200.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Pamela - as you have discovered, cruising is definitely the way to go for a restful or exciting vacation - whichever is your pleasure.

The Oasis is the epitome of cruising with everything on hand that a cruiser could possibly desire. Including - keep this to yourself - FREE chocolate chip cookies all day and night long from the Promenade Cafe.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, dear Darlene. Up, up and away - what a lovely comment. Thank you. My fondest wish for you is that one day you will take a cruise and learn firsthand what a fabulous vacation it can be. There are often excellent values on the smaller ships during August and September for Caribbean sailings. I'll keep you posted if you like.


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Howdy drbj! I thought you were making yourself scarce lately. Bob and I are about to go on our first cruise in August, the Carnival Ecstasy from Galveston to Cozumel. Now at one time, Cozumel was my second home. But this cruise is because my dream home is a yacht. I hope to get a taste of what it's like to live on a ship. The Ecstasy is nowhere near as large as the Oasis, but I hope it's just as much fun as you describe here. Thanks!

Did you say 24 hour cookies?


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Lela. I am delighted for you that you are going to take your first cruise. I know you will love it. Carnival is definitely a fun line and the Ecstasy a great ship.

Just one thing, tho. The 24-hour free chocolate chip cookies are available on most Royal Caribbean ships. Can't promise that Carnival offers them. too. You'll have to let me know.


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suny51 6 years ago

HiDrbj,

This was like a real trip,every thing is so detailed and explanatory that one wouldn't mind going on such a journey on this spending his last dime on this cruse liner,I do agree with every thing you have written about the ship and the wonderful experience you had, but I didn't believe you for a second when I read it a few hours before that, you hadn't given them an intro-card of your's as soon as you stepped on and signed a good deal,the amount should be as grand as the ship and the journey was.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your grand description of tht famous ship.


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psychicdog.net 6 years ago

Trually awesome photos - like another world. But tell me drbj, if you have time that is, why are ships always referred to as "she"?


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great article. I love cruising and would love to try Oasis although the size is a bit daunting. At this point in our lives, my husband and I would like to concentrate on cruising. For us a cruise is the most carefree vacation that money can buy.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

What a beautiful ship... and a terrific post.

I usually go on Celebrity, but I think my next one is gonna be on the Oasis!!

Thanks for the link!!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, suny. How grand that you could enjoy a vicarious cruise through my writings. Thank you for that. The Oasis IS a fantastic cruise ship and worth every penny of its fare.

I didn't mention that the signing-in procedure at the Ft. Lauderdale pier also includes your presenting a valid credit card - Visa, MC, American Express - and you are then issued a ship's card that acts as the key to your room and also can be used for anything you purchase from souvenirs to drinks to whatever. Cash is not accepted except in the casino and some gamblers use their ship's card. I prefer to bring a very small amount of cash so I know exactly how much I have gambled (lost). :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, hello. Thanks for stopping by - it's always my pleasure to have you visit. Delighted you enjoyed my Oasis description.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, psychicdog. Thanks for the visit and the "awesome." That adjective aptly describes this luxurious ship and all that it offers. And it definitely is another world.

Funny you should ask about why we use the feminine pronoun when referring to a ship. I did find some information about that and will research some more and write a hub about it - dedicated to you, of course.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, bp, about the carefree part of a cruise vacation. Think about it. You don't have to shop for or cook any meals whatsoever. A free snack is available somewhere on the ship if you get hungry in between.

After you shower and drop the wet towels on the floor, when you return to your cabin, they have been magically replaced with new clean towels. Ice magically replenishes itself in your cabin's ice bucket. And some pixie (room steward) leaves whimsical animals (fashioned from towels) on your bed which has also been made ... and also leaves a small chocolate. This must be heaven!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, Chris, Celebrity (also owned by Royal Caribbean) has great ships and itineraries but you owe it to yourself to take at least one cruise on this magnificent very special vessel.

And you are most welcome.


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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

You're a lucky lady having all that luxurious fun. Were you lucky in the casino?


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I am always lucky in the casino, amillar, when I don't gamble. This time I played roulette which I know has the worst odds, but it is amusing. Won a few dollars the first night and gave it back the next. End of gambling. Fortunately, there were many more exciting activities available.


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

Looks like lots of fun! Wow! Best, GPAGE


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, GPAGE - thanks for the visit. Yes, it is lots and lots of fun. I heartily recommend a cruise like this for everyone - at least once a year. Even if you have to beg, borrow, or take out a home equity loan to do it. :)


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Almost as much as the weight gained by the guests after seven days of cruising???? Wonderfully and hilariously done. The owners would be insane not to invite you to do a report on the next one :-)))


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, De Greek - do you know how much I generally look forward to your comments? No?

It's because you have the knack of commenting with words of approbation - clever, complimentary, perceptive. Don't ever change.


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Simple Tim 6 years ago

Yes Drbj the ole love boat was quite funny..I remember seeing reruns in the ninetees..my mom used to watch the show.

Yes I was hoping for more technical comparison between the two ships for example the steel or constrution methods-manpower- employed such details would be intesting to know.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Thank you for re-enforcing the saying “you don’t miss what you don’t know”. Now that I know, I can’t honestly say that I will ever miss it. Somehow this “cruises business” reminds me of going to the mall or to “Disney Land”- (both of them) places I would rather avoid.

It is not that I don’t understand the “all you can eat” mentality and the possible advantages that come with such vast choices, it really is that I prefer to live and travel on a smaller scale and in a less crowded world.

What I really miss and regret thought is getting panicked and selling all my stock of RC at the worse possible time, when I had no hopes it will recover any time soon; I want to kick myself and I probably will…


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I agree, Tim, a detailed comparison of the Titanic and the Oasis would be fascinating. One day I may write about that and you will be the first to know. Thanks for your continued interest.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Petra. So sorry to hear not that you avoid malls (understandable) but Disneyland / Disney World? That's almost unpatriotic. You are missing an unprecedented experience there.

I would say the same about cruising. I respect your opinion but let me tell you a very short story. For our second cruise way back in the 80s, my husband and I decided to give my parents a 5-day cruise on a ship owned by Sitmar Cruises (later purchased by RCI).

My father insisted he could not go because he got car sick and airsick even thinking about it. I gave him some dramamine and guaranteed it would keep him from suffering "mal de mer."

Finally talked him into it and the four of us had such a fantastic, fun-filled experience that we cruised together a dozen times afterward.

If the largest ships are not your choice, try a smaller one, even for three days. You may be very pleasantly surprised. Trust me.

Sorry about your stock experience. Why didn't you ask me first? :)


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

It's not planned. If I don't like something, I just move on without commenting, but you have such interesting hubs, I can't help myself :-))

Now after this, next time you must invite me instead of your sister........:-))))


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Wow what a ship doc..and a great review! I'm a seasoned cruiser but have never gone on any of the mega-ships. Sounds like the entertainment alone is worth trying out the Oasis. I bet it would take more than a week to experience everything this ship has to offer. Was it all inclusive or were there specialty restaurants that cost a premium?


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

OK I'm ready to board ship and settle in to live, for keeps, WOW what a great set up and to sail around the beautiful Ocean what a life... :)


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Travel Lover 6 years ago from SXM

Wow... and info packed hub. Very useful! Thanks.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Beautiful hub and pics - makes me almost think I could do it! I've never been on a cruise and often dream about going on a cruise to Alaska. I don't really want to go anywhere else but it does sound quite tempting! Leaving the world behind and relaxing - hmm - there's an idea!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Now you've won my heart as well as my mind, De Greek. I'm very partial to a man who can't "help himself."

Watch for the invitation. It's in the mail.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Hillary. You're spot on with your comment about the entertainment. I am more than critical of "shows" aboard cruise ships having seen so many of them. But the six major entertainments offered aboard the Oasis were each one of a kind and very, very entertaining.

To visit every bar, lounge and venue would take more than another week. The specialty restaurants were Italian ($15 per person); steaks and chops ($20 per person); and the Captain's Table - very gourmet with fine wines and lectures by chefs involved - $75 per person.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, katie. It is a wonderful life aboard ship and when your cruise is so pleasurable it's difficult to return to the real world.

Hopefully, there's always another cruise to take, another port to visit, another show to watch and 6-course meals you don't have to cook yourself.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by, Travel Lover. Your avatar is my middle name, so you know I will be visiting you, too. Delighted I could supply some useful information.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for the sweet comments, Audrey. You must take an Alaskan cruise. Next to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, Alaska is my favorite place to visit.

I've seen Julyau, Ketchmeifyoucan, abd Van'scovers to name a few towns. But the best part of the cruise is the animals. No, not the guests on board. The wild animals - bears, seals, orcas, and assorted wild life. Put Alaska cruise at the top of your wish list.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Whenever I think about going on a cruise, I imagine lounging in the sun with a book, looking out at the ocean occasionally. Your review of this ship and your cruise filled in the edges, especially going to the shows. Actually, it sounds like a great place to live!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

The Oasis sounds awesome! It really is amazing how large it is and everything about it. Sounds like you had fun. Too bad you didn't stop in my country (Trinidad). :D Thanks for sharing your experience with us and the fascinating facts about the Oasis.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

sheila - I'm not surprised to see that comment. Cruise living is as close to perfection as one can get and as you so accurately pointed out, a great place to live. Where else can you get your every whim, desire and request immediately satisfied? If only we could afford it on a 24/7 basis every day.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, kaltopsyd - the Oasis IS awesome and we had an unbelievable vacation. It was my pleasure to share our adventure with you all and brief you on this revolutionary ship. One day I'll find a cruise that also visits Trinidad because I've always wanted to visit your lovely part of the world.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Wow - this thing is its own country almost - thank you for sharing your amazing trip here. What a way to travel the high seas.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, billy, if you have to go, this is the way to go. The Oasis is every bit as fabulous in person as my humble (?) description.

The sea was so calm during our voyage and the ship so mammoth, I actually had to look at the sea at times just to make sure we were really moving.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Looks like an absolutely fantastic time. It's one thing I haven't done yet, taken a cruise—at least not of the fun kind. My Navy days notwithstanding. ;) Come to think of it, I can't recall having talked to anyone who has ever gone on a cruise who ever had a complaint about it.

Sounds like you had a great time...and must be doing very well on these here HubPages being able to enjoy such luxuries. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Springboard - you must take a cruise and see for yourself what a wonderful vacation it can be. You can be as active or laid-back as you choose and no one will care.

We did have an unbelievably good time and I highly recommend cruising to one and all. If not the biggest ships, then the smaller versions.

Concerning finances, you've heard of nicomp's "Joe the Internet Millionaire?" I'm his feminine counterpart - Josephine! :)


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tracykarl99 6 years ago from San Francisco

Fascinating! It's like a city on the water. I wonder if it is a little scary to sail under that bridge - absolutely remarkable engineering! And I can see that you had a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing this well-written, amazing hub ~ I enjoyed the videos too.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, tracykarl - the Oasis is a fascinating ship and I would have loved to have been aboard while she squeaked under that Denmark bridge. Seems the shipbuilders thought of everything.

Thank you for your kind comments; it was my pleasure to share our pleasure.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

As always your Hubs take me to amazing places. And this one of course did not let me down. You do have a fabulous sense of humor that I just adore.

I have been on my share of cruises and like you love them! My very first cruise way back when I was a kid was on the QEII and I remember as if it were yesterday reading the brochure and they described it longer than 3 football fields (my memory may be exaggerating ha but that is how I remember it!)

In recent years I have been on a few RC - both big ships and once on one of the smaller ones.

Fun Hub .. totally enjoyed going to all the ports (usually when on the ship that is my favorite day to stay on the boat. . no fighting for a lounge chair!!!!)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Shari, for your visit and your splendiferous comments. It is always my pleasure to read what you write - on hubs or otherwise.

I envy your trip on the Queen II - I never had the opportunity to sail on her. But I have sailed on a number of cruise lines and right now RCI is still my favorite. Do hope you have the opportunity to sail on the Oasis or Allure - you will NOT be disappointed.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

My goodness, I would love to take a vacation like this and I am quite envious of your frequent trips on cruise ships. The closest I ever got to such a wonderful experience is watching Doc and Gopher and Julie and Isaac and Captain Stubing on the Love Boat--obviously a poor substitute. Your descriptions and photos certainly make me wish I could take a vacation like this someday.

Maybe someday...... !

Mike


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Mike - Do you know what I wish for you? That you get to take a vacation soon on a cruise ship! I remember the Love Boat TV show and imagine it must have introduced the cruise experience (in a very humorous way) to millions of potential cruisers.

Cruising is now big business and you owe it to yourself to experience it. I have spoken!

Thanks, as always, for your visits and gracious comments.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Wow. Wow. Wow. You spin a fantastic tale. This was a great read.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, nicomp, you're a pretty good spinner of fantastic tales, yourself.

Well, you know what they say - "It takes one to know one." Just don't ask me, one what?


SuperS 6 years ago

Great hub as always! I just booked a cruise on the sister ship of the Oasis of the Seas. It is the Allure of the Seas. I sure hope it's as good as your cruise.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, SuperS, for your visit and lovable comment. Enjoy your Allure cruise. I know you will find it enjoyable and even fantastic - beyond your expectations.

Don't forget to check out those FREE chocolate chip cookies!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

There's nothing like a cruise! I'm ready for another one. Great review!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, too, habee. Cruising is the best vacation ever.

And I've found that if you take advantage of cruise specials from time to time, they can be no more expensive than other types of vacations. I appreciate your visit.


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myawn 6 years ago from Florida

sounds like a wonderful cruise. Interesting hub and makes me want to go on a cruise soon.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, myawn - It IS an interesting, fantastic cruise and one I heartily recommend. Just take it easy with the FREE chocolate chip cookies and the make-your-own-pizza.


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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

This was great! My family is looking at taking our daughter on her first cruise next December and we usually go with RCI! Thanks :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you rkhyclak. You will love cruising and so will your daughter. RCI is my favorite cruise line and they have ships of every size - from the gigantic Oasis and its sister ship, the Allure (out next month) to several smaller cruise ships. So you can easily find the size ship and destination that appeals to you. Have a wonderful time!


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susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

Thanks for this really good hub. I was thinking about cruising on the Oasis but was afraid it might be too big. But now after reading your discription, I may just book a curise.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, susannah, nice to see you here. You won't regret a cruise on the Oasis. It is the BEST. And in this case, big is good. Trust me. Thanks for the visit and the gracious comment.


 6 years ago

again great hub, and makes me want to go... and beleive you me, I want to be on that ship... looks awesome... only you can make such great hubs!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Wow, what a lovely comment. I don't know who you are - no name or avatar - but I think I love you! :)


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melpor 6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

This was a good and very informative hub from a passenger perspective. The details of the cruise activities were very descriptive. After reading this hub I am definitely choosing this ship or its' sister ship "Allure of the Seas" as my next cruise ship. Thanks. P.S.: I am a seasoned cruiser also. I have been on 12 cruises over the years.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

You are not only discriminating when it comes to cruising, melpor, but experienced as well. How nice to meet a fellow cruiser.

I can promise you will not be disappointed by either the Oasis or the Allure. Either unbelievable ship delivers the cruise of a lifetime. Thank you for your visit and your gracious comments.


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

OMG, what an amazing ship. One day I wish our family would also be able to cruise on that 'floating wonder'.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, the Oasis is an amazing ship and I'm sure one day you and your family will be able to enjoy this unbelievable cruise first-hand. You'll have to tell me all about it.


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jasonycc 6 years ago from South East Asia

Oasis of the Seas is so fun! Wish I was there too but this hub is as close as I could get. This hub has.. what at least 2500 words but I finished reading it. Just can't stop. The details are exquisite.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge on cruise ships and ports. I have to go on a cruise soon..


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, jason, thanks for the visit and "exquisite details" are two of my favorite words. Thank you. The pleasure of sharing those details with you has been all mine. The Oasis is really something special and you will see for yourself when you cruise. Hope it's soon. :)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

That sucker is humungous! Thank you for this awesome article. It is thorough and informational. I have only been on one cruise, on Princess for two weeks in the Mediterranean. It was the best two weeks of my life.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

So happy you found this hub, James. And thank you for your very kind comments. Since you are already practically a veteran cruiser, you know the benefits and delights of cruising. You must take a cruise on either he Oasis or the Allure to reward yourself when you finish the book you are working on. May it be such a runaway success that you can afford to take your friends with you!

Your friend, bj


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charlesroring 5 years ago

Oasis of the Seas is really the largest cruise ship in the world. Its arrangement of the superstructure is extraordinary or unusual. I have written a review about it in my blog: http://charlesroring.blogspot.com/2010/11/oasis-of...


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for visiting, charlesroring. Yes, the Oasis of the Seas is extra-ordinary and mammoth in size. It will be joined in January by its sister ship and twin, Allure of the Seas. Now we will have to two to choose from.


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quemacoco 5 years ago

thanks for the information. very imformative.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Gracias for the visit, quemacoco, what a euphonious name! Nice to meet you and delighted that you enjoyed the informative information.

The sister ship of the Oasis, the Allure, just started sailing the Caribbean, too.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow....this was so HUGE. I can't imagine I'll travel across the sea with the largest cruise ship in the world. It looks so complete with great facilities and most of these facilities are luxurious. My friend, thanks for writing and share with us. I really enjoy all the pictures above. Vote up!

Prasetio


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

You used the right adjective, pras. The Oasis IS huge! But with all the interactive TV screens mounted on the walls, it is not difficult to find your way around. The only difficulty is making choices - shall I go to this pool or that one? See this show or the othr? Eat dinner in this restaurant or the dining room? Gamble in the casino or lounge on the deck? Or all of the above? Which we chose. Thanks for visiting and enjoying the photos. And for the up, of course, my friend.


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jessymitchell 4 years ago

Oasis of the Seas is truly a floating city. It would be so nice to cruise on board this ship at least once in this life.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, jessymitchell. You are absolutely correct. The Oasis and her sister ship, Allure, ARE floating cities. Luxurious and elegant nautical hotels. May you have the opportunity to sail aboard her at least once! Thanks for stopping by.


Tamara 4 years ago

how much does it cost tho?


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Tamara, for this cruise during the summer months (which are less expensive) a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean is in the neighborhood of $1,000 per person. An expensive neighborhood to be sure but this IS the cruise of a lifetime. Trust me.


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jessymitchell 4 years ago

Very informative review. Thanx for sharing !


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

It's my pleasure, jessymitchell, any time.


Paul 4 years ago

Hello there,

I have longed to and have dreamt of taking a cruise for many years and if I ever amass enough money to do so, it would be aboard either Oasis or Allure Of The Seas at this point in time, the one fear I would have of taking a cruise on such a huge vessel would be the crowded feel of the cruise, could you please offer some advice on whether this is actually the case or if it feels far more like one of the smaller and(somewhat)less crowded, intimate ships such as say, Ocean Princess or Seabourn Odyssey?

Kind regards,

Paul


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Paul. Nice to meet you. You asked a very sensible question - does traveling on a ship this size make one feel crowded? I'll ask you one. Is 5,000 people on one ship a crowd? Yes, if the Oasis were not so large. But because of its immense size, we never felt left out of any activity in which we wanted to participate. Everything was so well organized that as long as you make reservations for shows, restaurants, etc, ahead of time, you will not be disappointed.

Even if you prefer the smaller size ships, you owe it to yourself to enjoy at least one cruise on this super-size ship. The amenities, the service and the FOOD are worth it!


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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

Great hub, and very descriptive. I have cruised 3 cruise lines but never Royal Caribbean. This hub makes me want to jump onboard. Great job!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

It's a pleasure to meet you, Karen. Thank you for your gracious comments. Yes, Royal Caribbean is among the best in my mind. You will not regret a cruise you take on this line whether small, medium or Oasis-size ship. Promise.


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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

Well, your article was very well written and covered everything that one would want to know about the Oasis, so it is very enticing to give it a try!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You will not regret your cruise on the Oasis, Karen, or its sister ship of the same size, the Allure. Let me know how much you liked it, my dear, when you return.


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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

Well, that will have to wait because we are booked on a Princess cruise this fall to Hawaii!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Aloha, Karen, and enjoy your Hawaiian cruise. Mahalo for your comments.


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

That is really great info ..Thanks for the review


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, htodd. The pleasure is all mine. And everything I said about this magnificent ship is absolutely true. Promise.


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jasonponic 4 years ago from Albuquerque

Such an amazing hub! I love ships!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, jasonponic, thanks for your kind remark. I love ships, too, and the Oasis especially. You will never forget a cruise on this unbelievable ship. Trust me.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

What a great post, and a fun time !!! I'm so glad to see you snuck in Orient Beach :-D


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Chis, it was and is the fun time of a lifetime. Trust me. And Orient Beach is an attraction all by itself. If you know what I mean.


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Taranwanderer 19 months ago

I can't wait to check out the Orient Beach from one of the largest cruise ship cabins in the world. It is a truly a majestic ship even in the pics above. Feel free to check out my own hub if you have time - it's on cruise ship cabins. http://hubpages.com/travel/7-Amazing-Cruise-Ship-C...


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drbj 18 months ago from south Florida Author

You will not be disappointed, Taranwanderer ... in either the magnificent Oasis or the revealing Orient Beach. Promise!


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nicomp 15 months ago from Ohio, USA

I feel like I was there. A great write-up.


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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, nicomp. May you have the pleasure of a cruise one day on either the Oasis or one of her newer sister ships: the Allure or the Quantum. You will not be disappointed.

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