Cruising the Caribbean – 2014

7 days and nights on the Oasis of the Seas– second largest cruise ship in the world.  It’s sister ship is 2 inches longer, and we all know that size counts.  It has the largest dining room in the world, the deepest diving pool on the sea, and can accommodate 6300 guests (about 1000 more than my home town).  It’s organized into 7 “neighborhoods” – Central Park, The Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, Youth Zone, Entertainment Place, Pool and Sports Zone,, and Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness.  This 16 deck, 1/4 mile long ship has the largest, deepest fresh water pool at sea, 2 climbing walls, and a zip line just to name a few of it’s awesome amenities. Since the weather had been unusually cool we did not book any excursions.

The Oasis of the Seas
The Oasis of the Seas
The Oasis of the Seas
One of the many beverage menus
The Oasis of the Seas
Aquatheater
The Oasis of the Seas
The Entrance to Boardwalk
The Oasis of the Seas
Boardwalk
The Oasis of the Seas
Ellen, Mark, and Denny walking into Central Park

Day 1. Mark, Ellen, Denny, and I boarded Oasis of the Seas on a Saturday afternoon.  The process was very organized and efficient.  We immediately headed to Central Park to lunch on salad and roast beef sandwiches then walked through the ship from top to bottom (we’re organized too) making sure we had a drink in-hand at all times.   After unpacking in our ocean-view stateroom we dinned on eggplant tarts, prime rib, and cream brulé.  The evening’s entertainment was the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray.

Towel Bat
Towel Bat
Towel Cow
Towel Cow
Towel Dog
Towel Dog
Towel Elephant
Towel Elephant
Towel Giraffe
Towel Giraffe
Towel Monkey
Towel Monkey

Day 2. At sea.  We tried out the fitness center but found it too busy to be of any good to us, so we drank lattes and wandered around the pool.  Trying more of the many fruity tropical drinks, we snacked on pizza and sandwiches and enjoyed the Solarium (an adult only pool area).  The temperature was chilly, maybe 65 or 70.  For most of the late afternoon and evening hours we had cocktails in the Air Bar while watching the NFL Super Bowl playoffs.  Ellen and I left between games for a formal dinner of lobster bisque, duck, and cream brulé.  Since the guys didn’t want to leave the game we delivered shrimp cocktails, broiled fish, and steak to them in the Air Bar.

The Oasis of the Seas
Morning coffee on our balcony
The Oasis of the Seas
Leaning out our balcony, looking forward

Day 3.  Labadee Hati.  On the north coast of Haiti, Labadee®, if Royal Caribbean’s private island. It was a beautiful 95 degrees as we strolled around, enjoying cocktails, a buffet lunch.  Ellen and I swam in the warm ocean for a while before returning to the ship.  Back on the ship we relaxed with more tropical drinks (dah) and chilled out in the Solarium before dinner.  Dinner was a Classic Cesar, Chicken Marcella, and Tiramisu.  Our evening entertainment was Frozen in Time, a marvelous ice skating show.  Afterward we enjoyed the comedy club. Day 4.  Falmouth Jamaicaman.  We started our day with breakfast at Johnny Rockets before heading for land to do some shopping.  Mark bought swim trunks and sunglasses as well as a shot glass for Kenn.  Back on board we dined on scallops, lamb and baked Alaska.  3 shows filled our evening’s entertainment. Oasis of Dreams is a water show I can only describe as a mini version of Las Vega’s “O” by Cirque du Soleil, followed by “Give Me a Line,” an improv comedy show (Oasis’s version if “who’s line is it anyway”), and then headliner Jeff Tracta, impressionist, comedian, and singer.

Dave, Ellen, Denny, & Mark at Johnny Rockets
Dave, Ellen, Denny, & Mark at Johnny Rockets
Jogging Track The Jogging Track is slightly less than 1/2 mile on Deck 5. Moving along the track covers both inside and outside areas. The left side is for runners and the right side is for walkers. Jogging Track
Jogging Track
Jogging Track
The forward end has a stairway to the fitness center.
Jogging Track
Jogging Track
Jogging Track
One Lap to Go or Maybe Three, Tonight’s Dessert will be Guilt Free
Jogging Track
Clever signs are scattered along the track. “Here we Go Back Around Again”
Jogging Track
There is a stairway to the Fitness Center at one end of the Jogging Track.
Jogging Track
1 Minute Idling Law You Idle You Pay, Up to $800 after 5 minutes
Jogging TrackKeep Your Pace (Left side for running, Right side for walking)
Jogging Track
Here We Go, Back Around Again
Jogging Track
The Finish Line Just Past the Bend
Jogging Track
Jogging Track

Day 5, At sea. It was an active day.  Mark and I fast walked the jogging track for around a mile then Ellen and I filled our day with classes while the guys relaxed around the pools.  We took 2 Lady Gaga dance lessons, followed by a flash mob dance lesson.  Then we sailed over Central Park on the ship’s zip line before catching part of a line dancing lesson.  Dinner was clam chowder, lobster, and flourless chocolate cake. The evening’s entertainment was “Sea Breeze,” a tribute to rock and roll, then the comedy club.

Zip Line
Ellen on the Zip Line
Zip Line
Ellen
Zip Line
Ellen
Zip Line
Ellen on the Zip Line
Zip Line
Ellen
Zip Line
Ellen
Zip Line
Julie on the Zip Line
Zip Line
Julile
Zip Line
Julie

Day 6.  Cozumel, Mexico.  After breakfast we walked around port area for a while and shopped a bit.  Mark a swimming suit,  and I bought a sombrero for Dave McHaggis, and a bracelet for me.  Back on board we enjoyed cocktails in the Solarium.  We dinned on escargot, grilled chicken, and cherries jubilee.  After dinner we headed to one of the bars for “Broadway Tunes with Tracy and Edna” (from Hairspray), and enjoyed “Come Fly with Me,” another Cirque de Soleil type show.

Dave and his sombrero
Dave models his new sombrero

Day 7.  At Sea and our last cruise day.  Mark and I started the morning climbing the rock wall.  We wanted to climb again later in the day but it became too windy to climb. Everyone enjoyed cocktail while attending towel folding, napkin folding, and balloon tying.  After lunch Ellen and I attended a flash mob review class, and a Salsa lesson. At 5:55 Ellen and I participated in the flash mob on the Royal Promenade with a handful of other guests.  Dinner was a delightful tomato and feta salad, ribs and steak, and key lime pie.  After dinner we packed up and prepared for the morning departure.

Climbing Wall - Dave
Climbing Wall – Dave
Climbing Wall - Mark
Climbing Wall – Mark
Climbing Wall - Julie
Climbing Wall – Julie
Climbing Wall - Julie
Climbing Wall – Julie
Climbing Wall - Julie
Climbing Wall – Julie
Climbing Wall - Julie
Climbing Wall – Julie

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