Wow! I can honestly say this is truly the most magnificent ship in the WORLD! I've been on over a hundred different ships, either on ship inspections, or cruising, and the Oasis of the Seas tops them ALL!
All the photos, videos, publicity and press do not do this ship justice. You truly have to see it to believe it! Our journey began on November 19th at noon. I had earned this 24 hour pre-inaugural cruise by selling lots of Royal Caribbean in a short period of time...So, I invited my friend, and fellow travel agent, Blanca Hurtado to join me. We breezed through security in no time...there are 10 security screening locations - even more than at the airport! After security, we were whisked away to one of the 90 check-in counters...all divided up by deck. After turning in all pertinent paperwork and showing our passports, they took our photo for ship's security right there, so we wouldn't have to do it on the gangway. We then went over to a table where there was a lottery for Rihanna tickets...there were limited seats for the concert, so it was done by computer. Joy!! We got two tickets for the show, so we were able to see her live - all others could watch the concert on the big screens at the aqua theatre.
FINALLY we were able to board. I felt like a little kid seeing Disneyland for the first time. We entered at the Royal Promenade...
The Royal Promenade is absolutely gorgeous! I felt like I was on an exclusive Beverly Hills Promenade, complete with shops and cafes, a beautiful tiled floor, and inviting areas to meet and congregate.
As many of you know, I was waiting to see the Cupcake Cupboard - there it was, across from Sorrento's Pizzeria. It is SO cute!!!
This is Alison...she is one of the bakers, and she is SO sweet! As sweet as these amazing cupcakes! We hadn't eaten any breakfast or lunch, so we decided to wait to try one of these delectable treats, and made our way up to our stateroom.
We were given a balcony stateroom up on deck 10 - 10582. They have ingeniously laid out the ship so it makes it much easier to find your stateroom...all port side staterooms start with their deck number, and then 100-300 range stateroom numbers. The staterooms that are midship interiors start with their deck number and 400 range stateroom numbers. Then starboard side staterooms will start with their deck number, and 500-700 range staterooms...so, if you have stateroom 6182, you would be on deck 6 in stateroom 182 which would be on the port side! If you had 8427, you would be on deck 8, and a midship interior. We were on deck 10, and had a starboard side stateroom! Very clever! PLUS, they have put little notches in the stateroom number displays showing you which direction is forward...here's an example: Brilliant huh?
Once we got to our stateroom, we realized just how hungry we were, but couldn't resist snapping some photos showing that WE WERE THE FIRST PASSENGERS TO SLEEP ON THESE BEDS!!! And OH, were they COMFORTABLE! Probably the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in on a ship...and I've been on a LOT of cruises!
Here's my token photo in the stateroom, plus a few more photos of the room, balcony and bathroom:
Here's the balcony:
Once we were situated in our stateroom, and had contacted our room steward to separate the beds, we were ready to venture forth in search of lunch! Our first thought was to check out one of the neighborhoods...Central Park seemed logical, as they had the Park Cafe that served food without a surcharge, plus we couldn't wait to see it!
Central Park is probably one of my favorite places on the ship...I really didn't think I would feel that way, but all the hype about being surrounded by greenery and sunlight really is true! I felt a sense of calm when I stepped out onto the tiled walkway...it actually lives up to the artist renderings! Here's a few photos...
We tried several times to get into this restaurant to get photos, but there were high level meetings and luncheons going on throughout the day...everyone was talking about how amazing the food is here...but at $35 per person cover charge, will they pay the price?
Entertainment tonight was filming at the Rising Tide Bar...
And here it is! The Rising Tide Bar! It's VERY small and only holds about 30 at once. There was a line to get on throughout the day...but once you've ridden it, the novelty is...well, diminished! But still, what a fun innovation!
Giovanni's Table looks absolutely delightful! I heard it's booked up for the next 5 months!! If you are sailing on the Oasis, make sure you jump online and try to get reservations for this one!!!
For all you wine lovers out there, Vintages is the place to go! This stunning wine bar seems to have a plethora of choices, and a wonderful, comfortable setting...
Here's the Park Cafe...it looks so cute from the outside...
But when we saw what they offered...salad and sandwich bar, we decided to go up and try the Windjammer instead...
Here's the chefs of the Park Cafe...they were very friendly and excited to be finally serving passengers!
And here's some of their pre-made lunch fare...
So, up we go to the Windjammer.
The Windjammer is called 'Windjammer Marketplace' presumably because there's several stations with different types of cuisine...
After a typical Windjammer meal, (salad bar, carved beef, roast potatoes and home made cookies), we ventured out again to see more of this magnificent ship!
Quite near the Windjammer is Izumi, the Sushi Bar restaurant. OK...I know it's raw fish, but kids, it SMELLED LIKE RAW FISH! Yeah, those who know me know I'd rather eat a chair than fish, so I quickly snapped these photos and RAN!
So, this takes you through my first three hours onboard the Oasis of the Seas!
More tomorrow with stateroom photos, Boardwalk photos, and exclusive GOOD MORNING AMERICA photos with Sam Champion and Melissa Rycroft! Also photos from the Rihanna concert in the Opus Theatre!