Oasis of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by the cruise company Royal Caribbean International. It is promoted as the largest cruise ship in the world. I made reservations during May 2013 to go on the Oasis with a group organized by a travel agency. Approximately 5800 passengers were on the October 2013 cruise. As part of arranging a cruise vacation it’s good to know about the ship’s food, entertainment, and activities.
On the Oasis the main dining room is the Opus Dining room, located on decks 3, 4, and 5. The travel agency had made arrangements for the group to eat in the main dining room at 8:30 each evening.
For breakfast, each morning, I selected the Windjammer Buffet on deck 16. I considered the food at the buffet better than the food served in the main dining room.
A few times, during the afternoons, I stopped by the Wipe Out Café on deck 15. The cafe featured quick foods such as hot dogs, pizzas, and French fries. The seating area over looked the Boardwalk on deck 6. On the seven decks down to the boardwalk were interior facing cabins on both sides of the open air corridor. From the seating area the Aquatheater, which featured high dive shows, was in view at the back of the ship.
To take a break I often stopped at the Promenade Café on deck 5. The Promenade area was designed as a shopping area with stores on both sides of the center walkway. The cafe had small cold cut sandwiches, pastry style desserts, and soft drinks.
With my reservation, I booked an interior room. It was located on deck 11, near one of the two areas with elevators. From the glass enclosed hallway by the elevators I had a view of Central Park on deck 8 below. Cabin entrances on the 7 decks down to deck 8 surrounded this open air corridor. Central Park had several restaurants where a flat rate was charged for dining.
One evening show I attended was at the Comedy Live which was part of the Entertainment Place on deck 4. I made a reservation through the Royal Caribbean website before going on the cruise. The room was rather small, holding around 50 people, and featured stand-up comedy.
The next day, one ship activate I participated in, was a comedy workshop at Comedy Live.
While at the workshop, the organizer, mention that there was scheduled a stand-up comedy show at the Opal Theater, which I found amusing, the next evening. The Opal Theater on deck 4 is the main theater on the Oasis. The musical Hair Spray was playing there while I was on the cruise.
While at the comedy workshop it was mentioned the comedians were having a show at Studio B, which I attended a later evening. Studio B is also part of the Entertainment Place on deck 4. I had earlier attended a figure skating ice show at Studio B.
To find ship activities the Oasis had computer display screens throughout the ship. Here a passenger could select the activity they wanted and a map appeared on the display showing how to get to the activity starting at the display screen. On the display I found times and locations for line dance lessons which I took part in.
Before breakfast each morning I walked the 1/2 mile jogging track. The jogging track was part of the fitness center located on deck 5. The track itself circled the outside of the ship on the same deck.
Across from Central Park was Dazzles. Dazzles night entertainment spot had live bands and a small dance floor. I enjoyed evenings at Dazzles while on the cruise.
Between 11 and 12 pm many of the entertainment places closed for the day. One that remained open until 2 am was Blaze located across the corridor from Comedy Live. They featured DJ dance music and had a small dance floor. I remained at Blaze during the early morning hours of the evenings several times.
Since I went with a group and attended activities arranged for the group only, several additional ship events and activities I did not join in with. This was my second cruise and I have scheduled a third. All are seven day cruises to the Caribbean. From my experience I feel it’s best to select a cruise with at least a 3000 passenger capacity. With the large number of passengers, there is a larger number and variety of food, entertainment, and activities.