Ok so people have many different thoughts on cruises. The main one being that it’s full of old people 👵🏽👴🏻. Another one is that it can be quite claustrophobic, being stuck in the same place on the sea/ocean.
I have had a different experience. So much so that I’ve been on three so far. I find it a good way to see more places in a short period of time.
The first cruise I went on was for my honeymoon so we splashed out on that one. We went with Royal Caribbean and booked a balcony room.
The ship itself was the Oasis of the Seas which at the time was the biggest cruise ship in the world. It was magnificent however it did have its faults. One being that the sunbeds are so tightly packed together on deck that you are way closer to neighbors than you would like. Due to its size the ship is limited to where it can dock. Also Central Park, whilst pretty, is a bit of a waste of space in fairness. I rarely saw anybody in this part of the ship.
The food however is amazing on RC. There are endless choices for you to make. The entertainment is fantastic. We got to see Hairspray which was like a broadway show. Many different shows to watch at night. There was also a good nightclub which we loved visiting until the early hours. The decor was lovely throughout the ship and provided many nice photographs for our albums.
We stopped in a private island RC own off Haiti 🇭🇹 which was idyllic. The crew cook on the island for you. All you have to pay for is beds on the beach and optional water sports. The next stop was in Jamaica 🇯🇲 where we booked an excursion to climb River Falls and swim with dolphins 🐬. This was an expensive trip but it was our honeymoon and I really wanted to swim with dolphins. Surprisingly enough I loved climbing the river. I would definitely recommend it. The final stop was Mexico 🇲🇽 and as we had only just spent ten days there before our cruise we had decided to do another excursion. My brother in law had paid for this as a wedding gift. So we headed off to experience all terrain vehicle driving. My husband drove first and loved it. When we reached a cave with a pond underneath we were told it was filled with bats and we should go for a swim. It wasn’t the best experience I’ve ever had! I was to drive back however my hands were quite slimy and without power steering in the atv I was awful at it. After ten minutes I crashed into a tree, injured my thumb and wrote off the vehicle!! So my husband took over driving back on a quad that the company supplied us with.
I was trying not to regain the weight I had lost prior to the wedding so I was pretty good regarding not over indulging too much. It is hard as the desserts were delicious and there were so many to choose from. I did however treat myself to a ham & cheese croissant, brownie & a cup of tea from the little cafe they had beside reception every afternoon. The ship also has a running track on one of the decks that I did test out one afternoon! Probably wasn’t best to test out at 4pm whilst docked in Haiti.. There is also a gym which I never visited 🙈.
I did however visit the spa for a massage. It was lovely however it is expensive, even on the days when the ship is docked and they have special offers. I also never appreciate when they try force products on you after your treatment. It is called that for a reason. It’s a TREAT!! Not a necessity and I definitely can’t afford products that I will never use once home.
We chose prepaid tips which you distribute at the end of your stay. You are given vouchers and told how many tokens you are to give each dept. We found this awkward as at dinner we were assigned different waiters when we chose the main dining room. So basically the last waiter who served us got the most!
Overall we loved our time on the Oasis of the Seas. There is something for everyone. It made us want to do it again….