Oasis of the Seas Ship Tour 2011

In 2011 we sailed Oasis of the Seas.  This amazing Royal Caribbean mega ship offers something for everyone!  I was reluctant to cruise on a ship so large, but the advantage of so many activities and venues is that it feels surprisingly uncrowded!   Also, due to the way the ship was designed with certain "neighborhoods and an open interior, I found it much easier to navigate than much smaller ships.  The open concept allows you to easily see into other parts of the ship and know which way is forward and which is aft. Although the distances between venues are greater on this ship, it's much easier to find your way around. The only disadvantage of such a large ship is that it cannot tuck into the small ports and off the beaten path locations.  One of the things that delighted me about Oasis was the innovative design of the ship to manage the amount of people on board.  Unfortunately, Oasis underwent a recent "refurbishment" and as always, that includes ways for the ship to be restructured to include more revenue enhancing areas (added fee restaurants and extra cabins)  These changes can have a major effect on the way the original spaces were designed to function.  We enjoyed this ship as a floating wonder to enjoy while on board and expected to stick to well worn tourist paths while in port.

A couple of notes: These are all our own photos, most of the panoramas are Kathy's and not nearly as good as Jeff's photos.  Some of the venues may have changed with recent ship upgrades.  We did not receive any compensation or free travel; these are our own impressions. 

If you'd like to see my full review with photos and narrative for Oasis, as FamilyGoBoston on Cruise Critic Click Here

If you'd like to see more photos and a full review of Oasis's sister ship, including many of the areas we did not photograph on Oasis see the ship tour of Allure, Click Here or see my review as FamilyGoBoston on Cruise Critic Click Here

 

Ship photos

In 2009 we were aboard the Navigator of the Seas when Oasis made her inaugural voyage out of Fort Lauderdale.  When the captain announced she was alongside, the spa crew, the waiters, even the officers came out to the rail to see her sailing beside us.  There was nothing like this on the seas, it was a complete innovation for cruising and I was captivated by this new ship, but a little fearful about her size.  The following year, I booked a voyage on Oasis of the Seas and was pleasantly surprised!

In 2009 we were aboard the Navigator of the Seas when Oasis made her inaugural voyage out of Fort Lauderdale.  When the captain announced she was alongside, the spa crew, the waiters, even the officers came out to the rail to see her sailing beside us.  There was nothing like this on the seas, it was a complete innovation for cruising and I was captivated by this new ship, but a little fearful about her size.  The following year, I booked a voyage on Oasis of the Seas and was pleasantly surprised!

Oasis of the Seas from the deck of the navigator of the Seas on her inaugural sailing from Fort Lauderdale

Oasis of the Seas from the deck of the navigator of the Seas on her inaugural sailing from Fort Lauderdale

View from 17th St of Oasis in port at Fort Lauderdale 

View from 17th St of Oasis in port at Fort Lauderdale 

Panorama of Oasis

Panorama of Oasis

Oasis dwarfs even large cruise ships in Nassau, Bahamas

Oasis dwarfs even large cruise ships in Nassau, Bahamas

Oasis at the dock in St Thomas

Oasis at the dock in St Thomas

Sunset on the helipad

Sunset on the helipad

Cabins

Cabin 10194 D1

Cabin 10194 D1

Cabin 10194 D1

Cabin 10194 D1

Cabin 10194 D1

Cabin 10194 D1

The balcony of Cabin 10194 D1; it is slighter deeper than the standard balcony

The balcony of Cabin 10194 D1; it is slighter deeper than the standard balcony

Entertainment Place Deck 4

Entertainment Place, Comedy Club and Studio B

Entertainment Place, Comedy Club and Studio B

Srudio B as an Ice Rink

Srudio B as an Ice Rink

Opal Theater production

Opal Theater production

Opal Theater; Come Fly with Me production

Opal Theater; Come Fly with Me production

Blaze Night Club

Blaze Night Club

Jazz Club

Jazz Club

Comedy Club

Comedy Club

Vitality At Sea and Spa Deck 5

I'm embarrassed to admit, we did not make it to the fitness room even once during this cruise!

Royal Promenade Deck 5

The Rising Tide Bar on the Royal Promenade

The Rising Tide Bar on the Royal Promenade

As the Rising Tide Bar elevates to central park, a dancing fountain activates below it.

As the Rising Tide Bar elevates to central park, a dancing fountain activates below it.

A view down the Royal Promenade

A view down the Royal Promenade

The vintage car in the Royal Promenade and a view of the Focus photo shop and Cupcake Cupboard (which was removed in a recent refurbishment)

The vintage car in the Royal Promenade and a view of the Focus photo shop and Cupcake Cupboard (which was removed in a recent refurbishment)

Decorations for the winter holidays

Decorations for the winter holidays

Boardwalk Deck 6

Aqua Theater, Boardwalk cabins, Johnny Rockets and the Light House bar

Aqua Theater, Boardwalk cabins, Johnny Rockets and the Light House bar

The highest diving platform at the stern of the ship during the Aqua Show

The highest diving platform at the stern of the ship during the Aqua Show

This top deck with loungers (deck 11)  was a favorite place to relax, and see shows from above the aqua theater and I usually had the whole place to myself most of the time. Being underutilized, that was one of the spaces recently turned into a luxury suite, similar to the 2 decks below it,  and is no longer open to the public.  

This top deck with loungers (deck 11)  was a favorite place to relax, and see shows from above the aqua theater and I usually had the whole place to myself most of the time. Being underutilized, that was one of the spaces recently turned into a luxury suite, similar to the 2 decks below it,  and is no longer open to the public.  

One of two  big screens in the Aqua Theater

One of two  big screens in the Aqua Theater

Events like the Belly Flop competition, shows, dancing fountains and movies happen at the Aqua Theater

Events like the Belly Flop competition, shows, dancing fountains and movies happen at the Aqua Theater

Aqua Theater seating, half is bench seating, and half is lounge chairs; the first couple of rows are splash zone

Aqua Theater seating, half is bench seating, and half is lounge chairs; the first couple of rows are splash zone

The Aqua Theater and rock climbing wall at night

The Aqua Theater and rock climbing wall at night

Central Park Deck 8

The bar in the center of Central Park

The bar in the center of Central Park

Outdoor seating at Giovanni's

Outdoor seating at Giovanni's

Pool and Sports Zone Decks Decks 15 & 16

Flow Rider

Flow Rider

Zip Line

Zip Line

View of the Beach and Main Pools

View of the Beach and Main Pools

The Splash Zone kiddie pool

The Splash Zone kiddie pool

the Sports pool across from the kiddie pool

the Sports pool across from the kiddie pool

The cantilevered hot tub on the port and starboard sides of the ship 

The cantilevered hot tub on the port and starboard sides of the ship 

The Solarium adult pool

The Solarium adult pool

The upper sun decks at sunset

The upper sun decks at sunset

Kids Zone Decks 14 kids & 15 teens

Sorry for not having any photos of the kids zone...we didn't have any use for these spaces and taking photos there is difficult!

Windjammer Cafe Viking Crown Lounge and Chapel

Unfortunately, we did not get photos of these areas.  However, we did take photos of these locations on Oasis's sister ship, Allure, on a later cruise, reviews are linked below.

If you'd like to see my full review with photos and narrative for Oasis, as FamilyGoBoston on Cruise Critic Click Here

If you'd like to see more photos and a full review of Oasis's sister ship, including many of the areas we did not photograph on Oasis see the ship tour of Allure, Click Here or see my review as FamilyGoBoston on Cruise Critic Click Here