Critique of the Cruise

Well, the Blonde Bombshell survived the cruise. If I were to rate my overall cruise experience onboard the Oasis of the Seas (1-10), I would give my experience a 20. It was outstanding. Everything I went onboard expecting–I got and they (Royal Caribbean) managed to exceed. The food was excellent. The menus had plenty of options to choose from and offered healthy (Vitality) choices. The service in the dining room was impeccable. The wait staff took special care to make sure that each of us left well fed and satisfied from our menu choices. Whenever possible, they would offer second dishes to sample. Specialty dining rooms were outstanding. I believe the true tone of service can really be found in a specialty dining venue. What I mean by that is: the server is more focused on you, whereas your main dining room server might be tending to your table plus three or four others. The food is prepared especially for you and not just pulled off a line. The setting is usually more intimate and geared towards the guest and what they make of it.

The room–always clean, fresh and comfortable. Our stateroom attendant was incredible—always making sure that we were comfortable in our room, always made sure that we had clean linens and that our room was properly turned down at night with a mint on each pillow and a friendly towel animal awaiting our return.

The onboard activities—there were so many! I believe it is safe to say that there was something for nearly everyone who’s anyone to do onboard. The breadth of activities ranged from movies shown in the AquaTheater to wine tastings in Vintages to Walking Tours through Central Park that gave a bit of a behind the scenes glimpse into the caretaking of the plant life….Night time entertainment–limitless. There were parties everywhere around the ship, award-winning shows, live entertainment, the 70s Disco Street Party (my personal favorite!) The Love and Marriage Game Show–HYSTERICAL! youtube it—you will see what I mean. They have mini golf, rock climbing, FlowRider, a zip line, basketball, ping-pong, shuffle board, a walking/running track, ice skating, multiple swimming pools, volleyball….Oh, and a Boardwalk—with a carousel!

The shopping—if you are a spender—you will die and go to heaven as soon as you set foot onboard. They have Regalia fine jewelry, Coach leather goods, Willow–it was a neat clothing and accessory shop, The Shop, Solera and Port Merchants–it had everything. You name it: souvenirs, t-shirts and other clothing, toiletries, perfumes, make-up, liquors…everything LITERALLY. Prince + Greene was another fine clothing shop onboard.

Food and Beverage—ENDLESS. There were over 20 different venues to choose from—and I can honestly say that I didn’t even begin to scrape the surface at eating in even half of them. They have the main dining room, Izumi–Asian Cuisine, WindJammer–buffet style casual dining, they have Cafe Promenade—an all hours-type dining area, Mondo Coffee–specialty coffees and treats, Sorrentos Pizza, The Champagne Bar, Boleros, On-Air Club (where they held karaoke), Schooner Bar, Seafood Shack, Johnny Rockets, Boardwalk Donut Shop, Ice Cream Parlor, Candy Beach, Boardwalk Bar, Park Cafe, Chops Grille, Vintages, Giovanni’s Table, 150 Central Park, Rising Tide Bar, Trellis Bar, Dazzles, Solarium Bistro, Sand Bar, Pool Bar, Wipeout Cafe…..(GASP) that was a mouthful! As you can see—plenty of venues for food and drink around the ship ranging from Decks 3-16.

I had a great time and I cannot wait to go back. I feel as thought I need to go back on this ship to pick up right where I left off and see/experience all that I have yet to do! If you are thinking of cruising–I highly recommend cruising with Royal Caribbean. You  definitely will not be disappointed. After all, they are the Nation of WHY NOT? The sky is the limit—ENJOY!

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The Blonde Bombshell Gets Welcomed Aboard!

Aloha, Guys!

Forgive me if I come off a bit too friendly—I just drank a $20 drink from Senor Frogs in Nassau, Bahamas. Yesterday we set sail aboard one of the world’s largest ships. So far, I have found myself lost on it five times. Hopefully I can get it straight by the end of the trip. The ship is unbelievable. I have lots of pictures, but I cannot locate a USB port to upload them so you can see and I am currently being charged $.65/minute to share my vacation with you. Yesterday, I met a nice pool deck bar server named Luis. He’s a cool man. He talked me into getting three drinks–the Drink of the Day, Oasis Breezer–two of those, and a Pina Colada. I have yet to feel overwhelmed by the amount of people. There are 6,400 aboard. And the drinks? They were good! Don’t worry….There’s plenty more to come, spill and go!

Yesterday, I laid by the pool until it was time for the compulsory lifeboat drill. Our lifeboat station is located in near the Aqua Theater, located in the back of the ship. It was fairly quick, and definitely painless. After that, we browsed the different decks. There is the Promenade deck with different shops and bars. There is the Central Park deck. It is an outdoor deck with several fine dining restaurants and Coach leather goods store. There is even a part that has a boardwalk with a carousel and ice cream parlor and candy store. Sorry for my incessant use of the word ‘and.’

I decided to take my pokey self back to the room to get dolled up for dinner. We have the later dinner seating in the Opus Dining Room on deck 4. Did I mention that there are 16 Decks (at least that I have discovered thus far)? Our server’s name is Ridha. He is from Tunisia. I am probably not spelling that right. It’s in a part of Africa. Google it. For dinner, I enjoyed a Pineapple, Strawberry and Kiwi Medley to start, a Mediterranean Quesadilla for my main course and a Low-Fat Peach and Raspberry Cobbler for dessert. It was delectable!

After dinner, we perused the ship a bit. We walked through Casino Royale and found the nightclub, Blaze upon its exit. They have several singles Meet-and-Greets, and 18+ nights while on the voyage. I checked out the Open-Mic Karaoke Kick-Off. You could tell whose nerves were eating away at them and who was definitely ready to kick ass when they got up there.

A few brave souls went up there before I walked across the Promenade to Boleros, the Latin Night Club. I sat at the bar and ordered a Mojito. It was quite minty, but very good! I got talking to one of the band members, Carlos who played the keys. He is from the Dominican Republic and has been on the ship working different jobs. He said that he started off as a housekeeper, a waiter and finally an entertainer. He hopes to get aboard a different cruise ship one day. Between his English and my Spanish—we had a decent conversation.

After that, I tried to locate my party…not the liquid kind–the human kind. When that failed–and it does regularly because the ship is soo HUGE—I went back to the room and called it a night.

Stay tuned!

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