Not your ordinary cruise ship.
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. From the pier, it looks like a cruise ship. It is tied to the dock, so it must be a ship. It is floating on water, so it must be a ship. It has ramps from the pier to the ship. So it must be a ship. But walking into the Royal Promenade, you are sure it is a European city. Beautiful archeticture. Many eateries from snacks to lounges. Different shops with every kind of merchandise from fine jewelry, Coach handbags to liquor and t shirts. And this is only our first impression. We don’t know what direction to look as it is all so elegant – not gaudy. What else awaits?
Now we head for the elevator banks.
Two sets, about 1/3 of the way from the aft and another bank in the fore of the ship. Each bank has 16 with open glass fronts and very limited wait times. These are designed in an area away from the cabins so you never have elevator noise in the corridors. Or if you want to use the stairs, they are between the elevators and the cabin corridors. Very quiet.
Quickly we are onto our 8th deck and on our way down spacious corridors to our cabin.
Having been on many Royal Caribbean ships, our outside balcony cabin is standard. However, they have added some interesting touches. In the shower, there is a small bar across the back of the 2 walls about 8″ from the floor. Great for washing feet and shaving legs. Should be on every ship. Plug ins are always very limited in cabins and usually only one on the desk. Now they have one behind the bed!!! Great for cpap machines and plugging in my extension cord with plugs for all my rechargers. The huge flat screen TV has all the announcements from the ship as well as the information on restaurant occupancy, the screen for making shore excursions and many other features. A small refrig is stocked with drinks (for a fee) but has plenty of room for our water that we brought with us. We are now unpacking and settling in.
The cabins are very sound proof. We found out there are children on both sides, but we cannot hear them except on the balcony. Even noise in the corridors is not a problem. The balcony has side panels that can be opened if there are familes or friends next door and you want to go back and forth.
We can hardly wait to explore the rest of this “ship”. Doesn’t this make you want to call me?