Ahoy Fellow Cruise Enthusiasts!
I decided to combine days 5 and 6 because we mostly spent day 5 relaxing on the beach without our camera. We chose to do the 4 X 4 St. Maarten and Beach Escape for a couple of reasons: First, I love Jeeps and second, we wanted to just relax on the beach for most of the day. We had a great time and actually got to see a lot of St. Maarten and spend some nice time on the beach.
Here you can see me plotting out our course for the day…approximately.
When we got back to the ship we were scheduled for our only return to the Main Opus Dining Room for dinner. As discussed in previous posts we were not very happy with our first night in the main dining room and decided to visit the 150 Park Central specialty restaurant the next night. We were so happy with the experience that we dined at the other specialty restaurants the following nights. But the customer service on Royal Caribbean lived up to its reputation and they followed up with us to see why we were not happy with the main dining room.
The Maitre’D promised to improve our experience by giving us a table that was separate from everyone else. It was definitely an improvement but the service was still a bit slow so we decided to return to our beloved 150 Central Park on night 6. It worked out great because they change the menu for 150 Central Park halfway through the trip so we were able to try a whole new menu and it was just as delicious as the first menu!
The chandelier is the highlight of the Main Opus Dining Room.
But our love of the specialty restaurants is old news from previous posts. The main purpose of this post is to tell you the importance of arriving early to the Dreamworks Parade on the promenade! The Dreamworks Parade only happens on the days at sea. On the first day we showed up about 30 minutes before the parade was going to start and we could not even see what was going on. There were so many people in front of us on the parade route that we could only catch glimpses of the performers, but we knew from the little bit that we could see (and from the applause and cheers) that we were missing an incredible show. So we vowed to show up early for the next parade.
We decided that arriving almost two hours early for the parade would ensure us a front row seat. And luckily we were right! But not by much because we got one of the last front row seats on the route. You might think two hours is a bit excessive but if you want a seat instead of standing it is worth it. The time waiting for the parade passed quickly, as I grabbed a couple of beers and watched the people while Jany went to check out some of the awesome shops on the promenade. Her favorite was a cupcake shop where she bought a couple of books and a few cupcakes for us.
They started setting up for the parade about an hour before it started and we could tell it was going to be incredible. This is also when the rest of the passengers started showing up and I had to do the old “Sorry this seat’s taken”. I was only defending one seat so I didn’t get much argument but there were a few people that were defending multiple seats and there were some minor arguments…enough to keep me entertained.
The parade was so worth the wait. All of our favorite Dreamworks characters were there, including the crazy lemur from Madagascar and the whole cast from How To Train Your Dragon! Yes we are adults but we love the modern computer animated features…who doesn’t?
It starts with an incredible acrobatic display.
Then the lion from Madacascar shows up with the scheming secret service penguins!
Then Puss in Boots makes an appearance on the Rising Tide Bar!
And finally the family from How to Train Your Dragon shows up!
The show lasted around a half hour but it was full of fun and entertainment and it is one of our best memories from the cruise! Remember the early bird gets the front row!
Below are links to the other posts in the Oasis of The Seas series…
Oasis of The Seas Pre-Cruise Planning
Oasis of The Seas Boarding and Day 1
Oasis of The Seas Day 2: Atlantis and 150 Central Park
Oasis of The Seas Day 3: Central Park, Rising Tide Bar and a Bow for the Bow
Oasis of The Seas Day 4: Sort of Alone on the Ship