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Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews
Oasis of the Seas

WOW! All of the pre-launch buzz about the Oasis of the Seas did not prepare me for the reality that it presented. I have always enjoyed smaller ships personally, but the Oasis won me over with its unique and interesting layout, separate neighborhoods and technology.

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews
The New Oasis Terminal

This ship is HUGE! So I expected that there would also be logistical problems while boarding, on the ship and disembarking. Royal Caribbean had great insight into the potential problems and have resolved them quite nicely.

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews
Overview of the New Oasis Cruise Terminal

Royal Caribbean has broken the boarding process into two groups with two separate terminals. Since they have been boarding groups of passengers in the 2,500 range for years, they thought, "we can easily do this". and they were right. The boarding process is quick and easy. Depending on which deck your cabin is on, that is the terminal you would check in at.

The Oasis of the Seas Touch Screen Navigation


The next thing that I thought of was "how in the world is anyone going to find their way around the ship?" Anyone that has cruised large ships know of the difficulty some people have in getting oriented. The Oasis features touch screen navigation that will map you from where you are to where you want to go. This is such a cool feature! Shortly, the Oasis will also rent iPhone look-a-likes that also have this feature on them. These touch screen navigation systems make it easy to find out where you want to go and exactly how to do it. There is also a "find my room" function so that you can simply enter your cabin number and it will map a route out for you to find it. Way cool!

One of the Towers in Focus, the Oasis' Photo Gallery

Another issue that I could not understand how it could be handled was the photo gallery. I just couldn't imagine 5,400 people trying to find their photos in what would have to be dozens of photo racks. The Oasis uses a unique system that makes tons of sense. Right on the SeaPass card you are assigned a tower number and a folio number. All of your photos are put into your folio so that all you have to do is go to your tower, open your folio and pick your photographs that you want to purchase. This makes it really easy to decide which ones to buy at (or near) the end of the cruise. Brilliant!

A Walk in Central Park at Night

The Oasis of the Seas is so large and so diverse that the only way to review the ship is to do it deck by deck. I have used a good number of pictures to help you understand what the ship is like, as there is nothing else like it in the world. It is almost twice as wide as most large ships and this is what allows it to offer so many different venues.

Looking up Boardwalk

The amazing thing about the Oasis is its diverse nature. With seven different "neighborhoods" it offers something for everyone. And, while one would expect large venues to accommodate the crowd, just the opposite is true. Many of the venues are quite intimate, as we will see.

Golf, Surfing, Zip Lining and More


The main thing about the Oasis of the Seas is that it has something to offer everyone. Joanie and I fell in love with Vintages and could easily spend everyday in Vintages and then dinner in one of the alternative restaurants and the evening in either the Jazz on 4 or Comedy Live entertainment venues. We wouldn't even have to get off the ship and we could have a great cruise. So, without much further introduction here is a pictorial review of the Oasis of the Seas. All decks are from aft to forward

Deck 17 - Viking Crown Lounge, Pinnacle Lounge, Pinnacle Chapel and the forward Sun Deck

Deck 16 - Windjammer Marketplace, Azumi Asian Cuisine, Mast Bar, Sky Bar, Views of the Pools, Sun Area and Solarium Bar

Deck 15 - Flow Riders and Wipe Out Bar (these are actually on deck 16, but since you have to go on deck 15 to get to them I included them here.) Zip Line, Sports Court, Oasis Dunes (golf Course) Table Tennis courts, Wipe Out Cafe, The Living Room (and all of the Adventure Ocean Children's Program rooms) H2O Zone, Sports Pool, Pool Bars, Beach Pool, Main Pool, Various Jacuzzis and the Solarium (pools, Jacuzzis and Bistro

Decks 14 to 9 - (14) Adventure Ocean Youth Zone, The Card Room, cabins (12 & 11) The Library. Concierge Lounge, cabins (10 & 9) Cabins, Dazzles

Deck 8 - Dazzles, Central Park, Chops Grille, Rising Tide Bar (High Tide) 150 Central Park, Trellis Bar, Park Cafe, Giovani's Table, Vintages, Various Shops

Deck 7 - Rock Climbing Walls, Cabins

Deck 6 - Aqua Theater, Rock Climbing Walls, The Boardwalk, Johnny Rockets, Seafood Shack, Various Shops, The Promenade, Focus Photo Gallery, Adventures with RCI, The Schooner Bar, Vitality at Sea, Vitality Cafe, Vitality Salon, Vitality Spa, Vitality Fitness Center, Vitality Jogging Track

Deck 5 - Opus Dining Room, Champagne Bar, Rising Tide Bar (Low Tide) Cafe Promenade, Sorrento's Pizza, Mondo Coffee Bar, On Air, Boleros, Various Shops, Opal Theater

Deck 4 - Opus Dining Room, Casino Royale, Studio B, Comedy Live, Jazz on 4, Blaze, Opal Theater

Deck 3 - Conference Center

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