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"Oasis of the Seas" cruise

Well this was the big one. I followed every news story and website picture of the building of it for the last couple of years and was determined to go on it. Everything superlative you have heard about this ship is true. When Royal Caribbean said they wanted to deliver the "WOW" factor with this ship, they meant it and they did it. Scott and I went with Ron and John again and this time we took along some other friends Hal and Mia and Shawna and David who spent a week prior to the cruise at Disney World and met up with us onboard. We visited Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We spent three full days at sea which isn't enough time to fully explore this technical marvel. We flew in a day early and the cruise was April 17-24, 2010.

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Travel To Ft. Lauderdale
Apr 16, 2010

With documents in hand we headed for the airport in the cold rain. We flew nonstop from Kansas City to Ft. Lauderdale with no problem and got there early enough to go to the "Ismoralda Fish Company" for lunch. Back at the hotel we had time to rest and nap for a couple of hours before heading out again for my birthday dinner at the "Tropical Acres" steakhouse. Ron purchased a bottle of something for the table that was very tasty and the food was delicious. We walked back to the hotel and called it a night in anticipation of the big day tomorrow.

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Day One-Embarkation
Apr 17, 2010

The big day is here and Scott and I head for the ship on the first bus while everyone else waited until noon. It was the easiest embarkation ever. We walked in the terminal and checked right in. We walked around the corner got our picture taken and were standing on the Royal Promenade ten minutes later. WOW! Talk about impressive. This ship was just amazing and we just didn't know where to go so we stopped and caught our breath before moving on. We decided to go to the top and eat at the Windjammer. It was crowded but not that bad all things considered. Then it was off to explore. After making our reservations for the zip line we met up with the rest of the group. Our departure was delayed until 9:00 that evening so some passengers who managed to find flights out of Europe could make the ship. I like a nighttime departure so you can watch the city lights disappear behind you. Then you know you are at sea. Because of the late departure we missed the comedy show. We wanted to be up top when we left. Now we have something to look forward to next year on the Allure.

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Day Two-Nassau, Bahamas
Apr 18, 2010

Today was to be a sea day for us but a few days before the cruise we were informed of an itinerary change. So today we were in Nassau from 7:00AM-1:00PM. On the "Oasis" you pre book all your entertainment in advance on the website for Royal Caribbean. Since we only had reservations to see "Hairspray" today we decided to have breakfast at Johnny Rockets which is something new they are doing since it used to be just lunch and dinner. Breakfast is free and cooked to order and is very good. We then went in to town and walked around the shops for a while and then came back for lunch and our show. The entertainment on this ship is some of the best we have seen on a ship and we loved it. It was the first formal night and Scott and I were the only ones of our group that decided to have dinner in the Opus Dining Room. Having the table to ourselves proved to be an interesting experience. Needless to say, the service was excellent and very attentive. Cruise Director Ken Rush whom we met in 2008 on the "Freedom of the Seas" sat at the table next to us and recognized us. He took the time to stop over for a picture and then later that evening we were off to see the show "Oasis of Dreams" in the Aqua Theater. Another WOW moment to see an outdoor amphitheater on a cruise ship. It was sold out with standing room only. Sadly it started to rain and the people in the first few rows ran for cover under the rock climbing walls. Since it is an amazing water and diving show to begin with basically everyone stayed and the show went on. This is not to be missed show. We then called it a night since we were a bit on the wet side.

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Day Three-At Sea
Apr 19, 2010

So today turned into our first day at sea and we started early. Scott got up to go to his "stretching" class and came back sore and whiny. Luckily I had the coffee and Danish already delivered by room service by the time he returned. We enjoyed our coffee on the balcony for a bit as we read the daily Cruise Compass and then headed out for our day of activities and ship exploring. Unfortunately it had rained early in the morning and it took a while for the clouds to go away. We attended the Cruise Critic "Meet and Mingle" party at 10:30 in the "Dazzles" two deck nightclub and met some of the people we had been conversing with online prior to the cruise. From there we went with the people on our first cabin crawl. It was quite fun and lots of walking as we got to see various cabins in other categories. I am ready to upgrade to a Junior Suite after seeing one. They are very nice and roomy. We got to see balcony cabins that overlooked Central Park and I don't like the idea of being able to look across and see someone else on their balcony. Prefer the sound of the ocean. We also saw a Grand Suite. Too rich for my blood. After that we were free to go and explore and had the BEST roast beef sandwich at the Park Cafe in Central Park. They also will make a fresh salad for you with only what you want in it, but that sandwich. I want to go back just for that. We met up with the rest of the group for cocktails at the Rising Tide bar. We rode it from the Promenade to Central Park where it let us out right in front of Chops Grille where we had the usual fantastic steaks and conversation. We were there for three hours. Afterward I did a little gambling and called it a night.

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Day Four-St.Thomas
Apr 20, 2010

Due to the itinerary change we arrived in St. Thomas later than planned. Scott and I rented a scooter since we have been to this port many times and we wanted to do something different on our own. I don't like motorcycles or scooters but I thought it would be an adventure and a good way to go to places on the island you don't usually get to see. I thought I could take my camera and get pictures of the ship from atop a mountain etc. As you can see, it rained 90% of the time so I got pictures through fog and low clouds, not to mention wet. All in all it was still fun. I am also not a beach person but thought I could get a picture of Magens Bay. It is supposedly one of the best beaches in the world. When we got there the sign stated that there would be a charge of basically $10.00 to enter and park. I wasn't paying that to take a picture of a beach that most likely no one would be at because it was raining so I took a picture of the sign and on we went. We got back to the ship after doing some shopping downtown and had lunch(more roast beef sandwich and salad) at the Park Cafe. We did some more exploring until dinner. We skipped the Nelson Brothers show since they are not my kind of music and opted for the casino where I did my best to lose about $20.00 and did a little shopping onboard. Then it was off to the cabin to relax and get ready for the next port.

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Day Five-St. Maarten
Apr 21, 2010

Finally a day with nice weather. I started my day around 5:00 and went walking on the top decks for exercise and took pictures of the sunrise. I also took advantage of the peace and quiet and relaxed in the Solarium cantilevered whirlpool. They are larger than the the ones on the Freedom class ships which should be know surprise but they also have flat screen televisions on opposite ends so you can catch the news while you relax. I was back to the cabin in time for room service to bring our coffee and danish. Since we had no planned activities for the day, we decided to have a leisurely breakfast in the Windjammer. We then went into town with Ron and John to do some shopping and John found an electronics store selling an iPad for twice the price you can buy it for in America. I went to my favorite store, Del Sol" and bought the same shirt that changes colors in the sun that I had purchased in 2002 on our very first cruise. Sentimental. Scott and I also purchased some cologne and liquor and pretty much just wandered around. When we decided to head back to the ship I didn't read a sign that was right in front of me and took a tumble off a curb. My left foot was in pain and I limped back to the ship. I spent the afternoon in bed with my foot elevated with ice on it. Scott went and got pizza and brought it back so I had lunch in the cabin. He went back to the island to do more shopping while I rested for dinner. I watched some television and took a nap. We went to the Diamond and Platinum event since we were now Platinum members and we got to see a short performance by the Nelson Brothers there before we went on to dinner. I don't think I missed much by not seeing the whole show the night before. Just not my taste. One thing about the Oasis of the Seas. In St. Maarten the ship backs in. When you leave the ship to go to town you walk across the aft of it and this is really the first time you get the full sense of just how wide this ship really is. It was worthy of many stares and picture taking. We did!

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Day Six-At Sea
Apr 22, 2010

Today was a big WOW! day for us because today we do something never offered on a cruise ship before. We zip line nine decks above the Boardwalk. It takes longer to get in and out of the harness than the actual crossing but what a thrill. Of course if you blink then you miss it. With only 2600 available time slots for this and a double occupancy rate of 5400, well you can see why people line up to make appointments on the first day for it. So we got up and had breakfast and got ready and we met the group at the Zip Line area on Deck 16. Even though I had hurt my foot the day before, I was not letting that ruin my vacation. I really enjoyed it but I don't remember if I looked down or not. Since it was a busy show day we decided to explore in between meals and shows. We saw the ice show "Frozen In Time" which was by far one of the best we have seen. The featured artist drew in the sand with her hands. You can see the pictures in the Showtime album. Scott and I went to Vintages wine bar in Central Park and then met Ron and John for dinner at Giovanni's Table. It was an interesting Italian meal and none of us could really understand our waiter. Since we were not that impressed I doubt any of us would do it again. After dinner we went to the Opal Theater for the last production show called "Come Fly With Me." Again, not to overstate the word but WOW! This being our eighth cruise, we have seen many shows at sea but this cruise just outdid anything we had seen prior. The entertainment and shows on Oasis are by far the best we have seen and not to be missed if you get the opportunity to sail on this ship.

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Day Seven-At Sea
Apr 23, 2010

Well This was our last full day on Oasis and it was a sea day. I got up early and took pictures of the sunrise and then we decided to get a jump on packing so we could enjoy the rest of the day. We again had lunch at the Park Cafe in Central Park. We really like this place with the build your own salad and a roast beef sandwich to die for. It's like Butta' to con a phrase. We did some last minute shopping and picture taking. We went to the Backstage Tour in the Opal Theater which wasn't really what any of us would call a tour but I did get my picture with the actors who play Tracy and Tracy's Mom in Hairspray which was kind of cool. Then I was off to the Casino. Our Cruise Critic Group planned a slot pull tournament. Everyone puts in nine dollars into the dollar slot machine. We played a Wheel of Fortune game and each person played the max bet of $3.00 three times. Whatever you got in your turn was added to the pot. There were 30 of us and I added $30.00 to the pot myself. When it was over we each walked away with $28.00 for our efforts. Not bad. From there I went to meet Scott on the Boardwalk and the Nelson Brothers were giving an impromptu concert in the Aqua Theater. It was jam packed. I might as well have just gone to their main show a few nights back. From there it was up to deck 14 above the bridge. There is one door on the port side that you can walk outside and see the ocean in front of you and the Helipad below. There were binoculars on both sides and I used them to see several beaches on Cuba off in the distance. It also afforded you the only shots of the Adult only Solarium. It was then time to change for dinner. We went to the parade on the Royal Promenade for a bit and then into the dining room for our last dinner as a group. It was a great week and an amazing ship. Now I understand the concept of Back to back cruises. You can't possibly see everything this ship has to offer in one week. This was one of the best cruises we have had and I can't wait for the 'Allure of the Seas" in September of 2011. Yes we have already booked it.

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Disembarkation
Apr 24, 2010

This is always the worst day of the cruise. The day they have to drag me kicking and screaming off the ship. Who wants to go home? A bad day at sea is better than a good day at work! As promised though getting off this ship could not be easier. It is like leaving your own house. We got up early and I took pictures pulling into the dock and we got dressed and were in the Platinum lounge having coffee and Danish by 6:30AM. At 7:15 we got up and walked off the ship. Just like that. Down the gangway, pick up luggage, go through customs and head for the bus to the airport. It couldn't have been any easier. Sadly, our flight didn't leave until 12:45. Thankfully the Ft. Lauderdale airport is nice with shops and restaurants so you don't get bored. We found a spot and we all chilled to pass the time. Everyone is on a macbook or an iPhone or in one case an iPad checking email and reading the news and checking the weather back home. David an Shawna's flight was an hour earlier so we said our goodbyes and the remaining six of us headed for our gate. We arrived back in Kansas City about 5:15 and said our goodbyes and off we went. Until next time.

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Artwork
Apr 1, 2010

Art is subjective. The entire ship itself is a work of art if you ask me but here is a sampling of some of it that I was able to capture during my time aboard. Of particular interest was the little binocular sculptures throughout the ship. They look like little "Wall-E" faces and each one has a different 3D picture in it. They are fun to find. The one shown had a dolphin and obviously my camera can't capture the 3D effect. I also got a kick out of the in joke art of the clean up crew painting the graffiti on the wall. They are covering up the word Genesis since that was the original name of the ship build project before it was named Oasis. The Coca Cola Company even designed a bottle to be sold only on that ship.

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Showtime
Apr 1, 2010

We have always enjoyed the entertainment on Royal Caribbean ships but they have outdone themselves for Oasis. Even at only 90 minutes, "Hairspray" was fabulous. The "Oasis of Dreams" show in the Aqua Theater is just a magnificent show and not to be missed. The Ice Show in Studio B is called "Frozen In Time" and features a woman that uses her hands to draw things in a sandbox that are shown on the screen. She is just amazing at what she does and you have to see it to believe it. She is sort of the intermission in the show about the famous writings of Hans Christian Anderson. Lastly, the production show "Come Fly With Me" features gravity defying acts that are set to music and keep you looking everywhere around you in the theater since you don't know where a cast member will show up at any given time.

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