Oasis of the Seas - Where Size is Everything!
By: Joanne Rea
At the recent Cruise3sixty Conference in Miami, I got the chance to tour one of the biggest ships at sea - Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. Its hard to believe that something this big can float....... actually BIG is an understatement, this magnificent ship is truly takes your breath away!
From the minute you arrive at the cruise terminal everything is done on a large scale. Check-in looks a little like an international airport, however it is very quick and efficient and you don't spend much time at all lining up. When boarding Oasis of the Seas you arrive into the Royal Promenade, which is just like stepping out in to the main street of a big city, with coffee shops, restaurants, and the hustle and bustle of lots of excited people.
While the Oasis carries 5,400 passengers, you often wonder where they all are. The sheer size of Oasis of the Seas does make it very easy to get lost, but there are touch screen maps everywhere that not only help you find where you need to get to, but also tell you whats happening all over the ship. No more carrying the daily programme around with you!
The facilities onboard, the variety of entertainment and activities to do are better than any land-based resort. There are more than enough deck chairs around the many pool areas, so you don't miss out no matter what time of day you venture out.
Fancy a stroll through central park? Then just head up to deck 8 where you will find beautiful gardens, outdoor coffee shops and restaurants, along with the entry/exit for the rising tide bar. Hop on, grab a drink and descend down a couple of decks to the Royal Promenade.
When it comes to dining, even the most fussiest eater are accommodated for. With more restaurants than a shopping mall, you can eat 24-hours a day, all included in your cruise fare. For those that like the finer more intimate dining options there are plenty of speciality restaurants to try out, but these do incur a small fee. They are well worth it though! The facilities on board for kids are outstanding -they even have their own waterpark on the pool deck, complete with lifesavers.
Oasis of the Seas is a destination in itself, and there is no need to cruise anywhere because there is so much to see and do you won't have time to get off. I would suggest you plan your first cruise to see the ship and then another to visit the ports. Better still why not do back-to-back cruises and cover everything in one holiday. Seven nights really is too short to experience this magnificent ship, and there really is something on board for everybody!
Today's Cruise Specialist - Joanne Rea
Jo is the Manager of Cruiseabout Caloundra in Queensland. She experienced her first cruise to the South Pacific in 1985 and has been hooked ever since. Along with her vast cruise knowledge, Jo has travelled extensively throughout the USA, United Kingdom, Europe, Tahiti, Japan, Hong Kong, Hawaii and the South Pacific. While Jo has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of travel, having worked in the industry since 1994, she is especially passionate about cruising, and will gladly help you find the perfect cruise for your perfect holiday! To get in touch with Jo, call her on 1300 841 618 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org