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!

Blonde Bombshell Goes Surfing….

Hello from Nassau, Bahamas!

This morning we docked in the Island of the Bahamas at 7 am, ship time. Ship time is a fancy way of saying the time that it would be if we didn’t pay attention to the time changes as we sail to different places.

After I woke up, I quickly got ready and went to the Vitality Fitness Center and worked off some of those yummy drinks I consumed yesterday. After that, I ran to get a fast breakfast and then darted off to my FlowRider Lesson on the Sports Deck, 15. Rachel and Jorge taught me and three other people how to ride the waves by boogie board and by mock surf board. There are some good pictures of Klutz McGee in action there…  Did I fall? Boy….if I didn’t fall once, I fell every other time. Did I experience any wardrobe malfunctions? YES. and some of them were atrocious, embarrassing and atrocious.

After my FlowRiding experience I hit the shower and made my way to the island where I found tall $20 drinks at Senor Frogs. If you ever find one, you MUST, MUST, MUST stop and go in. If the fun music and people laughing and having a good time doesn’t pull you in, I don’t know what will—just get in there and savor the good times. They have food, too. Don’t worry–you can eat away your good rum buzz if you don’t want people to know you drink.

I did some light shopping on Bay Street in Nassau and found the perfume I really like. It was cheaper than what they sell it for on the ship.

Now I am off to a $10 Blowout Sale located on the Promenade and perhaps to get myself a small snack to carry me over until our dinner reservation at the Solarium Bistro at 6 pm. Tonight is formal night aboard the ship. Make sure to wear your Sunday best! And I will see YOU later!

Stay Classy  and Stay Tuned!

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