All aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas!

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I worked for Disney Cruise Line for almost 2 years as a performer, so I have pretty high standards when it comes to cruises with all of their meals, entertainment and maintenance of a ship. That being said, I can tell you that Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas truly did impress me.

**Food: There are tons of great dining options for practically all palettes, whether you are looking for salads and paninis to fries and burgers or buffet style choices for lunch and sit down options for dinner…they have truly covered it! There are quite a few complimentary dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they also have meals that you pay extra for. It ranges from things like Starbucks and Johnny Rockets all the way up to end high steak house or gourmet meals. You can reserve any paid restaurants ahead of time online, or you can also reserve them once you board the ship, provided there is still availability.

**Attire: I was a bit worried that my husband chose to not bring a tuxedo for formal night, but the men do not need to worry at all (or their wives for that matter) because you can get away with just wearing a shirt and tie for dinner. I also saw some people just opting for the button-up shirt and for-going the tie altogether.

**Activities for all ages: full basketball court, ping-pong tables, mini-golf, zip-lining, surfing and knee-boarding, dance classes, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, scrapbooking, trivia, ice-skating, rock-climbing, watch movies on the big screen, work out at the gym, ride the carousel (I did!), book a spa appointment, try your luck at the casino, listen to some live music, go shopping take a stroll in Central Park or browse through the art gallery. There are tons of youth program for kids nursery age through teens and lots of parties happening after hours for you all-nighters!

**Shows: The performers are excellent (yay for the performers!) I highly recommend reserving your shows ahead of time online because there is a good possibility that they may end up being full. Shows that have a small venue like some of the comedy shows had to turn away many people who did not have reservations because there were no more seats available. Even if you don’t think you will go to all of the shows (which you should), I suggest reserving them anyway and then you can choose to attend or not.

**TV’s: The TV’s in your stateroom are not only for watching TV, but they can give you great insight into what is happening around the ship, the shore excursions at the different ports and it allows you to see your onboard account (I found this very helpful) and gives you access to items that you had pre-arranged, such as show or dinner reservations.

You would think that with a ship that can hold over 6,000 passengers it might seem over-crowded or that you would never get a sun lounger or that the cleanliness on the ship might get overlooked, however I was presently surprised to find that I did not feel that way at all. I found lots of quiet areas, found the ship to be impeccably clean and taken care of and the staff really does go out of their way to assist you. So Oasis of the Seas, I say bravo to you!