When I first went aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, it was my first time sailing with Royal Caribbean and boy did it leave a lasting impression on me!
Oasis of the Seas is one of the largest cruises in the world. When I first got to the port, I knew immediately which boat was the Oasis without even seeing the name because it was simply massive compared to the other ships docked at the Fort Lauderdale Pier.
With a whopping 18 decks, this ship has something to satisfy everyone who comes aboard. Some of my personal favorites included decks 5, 6, and 15.
Deck 5 features the Royal Promenade which is basically a mall on the ship. And let me tell you, because it has no windows, it truly gives the appearance and feel of your average busy mall back home on land. You don’t even remember that you’re on a ship. Some of the shops included Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Regalia (a great place for watches and jewelry), Port Merchant (the place to get duty free alcohol), and The Shop (for purchasing logo wear and other cute souvenirs).
Deck 6 features the Boardwalk and the Aqua Theater. The Boardwalk was absolutely amazing. It has a carousel, a hot dog shop (complimentary, not for-fee), cups and scoops (a for-fee ice cream and cupcake shop), Sabor (a for-fee Mexican restaurant), an at sea version of build-a-bear workshop (although I forget exactly what it was called on the ship). Right after the carousel there’s a bar and right after the bar is the beautiful Aqua Theater. The Aqua Theater was a great place for shows and activities such as the belly flop competition and the world’s hottest man competition. It is also a great place just sit back and relax with a fruity drink, to watch other shipmates as they completed the rock climbing wall, read a book, and just soak up the amazing views of the ocean and sunset.
Deck 15 is home to the Solarium, the main pools, the H2O zone, and the pool bar. This area of the ship tended to be the most crowded, especially on sea days, but have no fear. There is so much to see and do on the ship that you will never find yourself thinking “I’m so bored” or “I have nothing to do”.
From the fitness center and the vitality spa to the Windjammer Buffet, main dinning room, and specialty restaurants, the ship and the amenities as a whole were truly outstanding!
Would I sail on Oasis again? The answer to that question is a simple one: hell yes! There were many things that I didn’t get a chance to see or do (specifically because I was still a “newbie” to cruising and just a tad overwhelmed by all that was available). Royal Caribbean has so many ships in their fleet, I’m just dying to try them all. Slowly but surely I am crossing each ship off my bucket list.
Calm clear seas & cooling ocean breeze,