Ahoy mates! (Jany is really getting tired of that)
Today I am going to tell you all about our first full day of vacation, our trip to Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and the grand finale of the day dining at 150 Central Park!
So the day started very early because for some reason the Oasis of The Seas leaves Nassau at 2pm. This is probably because of the long distance to the next port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, because you actually spend Day 3 at sea as the ship chugs along at a pretty good pace. The early ship departure time leads to the following Tip: On Day 2 you need to get up and off the ship by 7-8am at the latest or you will not have much time at all to relax in Nassau. It also means that to be safe you will want to already be on your way back to the ship by 1pm and even earlier if your excursion is farther away. This fact did not bode well for us because neither of us are morning people and we both tend to procrastinate, which is why we are perfect for each other…awwwww!
Anywho, we knew we would not be up at the butt crack of dawn to get breakfast and get off the ship so we opted for a basic, and relatively inexpensive excursion which was the Discover Atlantis Tour (Code NS03). We had never been to Atlantis Paradise Island so we wanted to check it out and figured this would be a good way to see it.
We could have also just gotten a taxi and explored on our own but we figured the cab fare would be about half the cost anyways and this would be a good way to get a tour of such a huge resort. Many people, especially families, opted for the Atlantis Aquaventure which gives you access to the waterpark but since we are well past our water sliding days we decided to spend $59 per person instead of $165 per person. Unfortunately, the trip did not start out great and we were not very happy with the boarding of the boat that would to take us over to Atlantis. For some reason they did not have a complete ramp from the dock to the boat so we actually had to step on a couple of rocks to get to the boat and Jany almost slipped and broke her ankle…that would have been no fun at all. I think it was because the water was very choppy so they didn’t want to use the full ramp but still they should have come up with a better solution! But once we got to Atlantis things went much better, the inside of the resort is beautiful and the tour started out great. However, once we finished the bigger sights they wanted to take the entire tour group through the aquarium and the tour guide was kind of rushing through things. We wanted to take our time and take some pictures so we abandoned our tour group and set out on our own.
The aquarium was awesome, it was so cool seeing such huge creatures through floor-to-ceiling windows so it felt as if you were standing next to them in the ocean!
My favorite part was probably the tube that you walk through that is on the bottom of the aquarium so all of the sea creatures are swimming around and above you!
We headed back to the ship relatively early so we could get a good seat near the pool, but most people seemed to have the same idea because it was somewhat crowded by the time we got there. But there was still basically no line at the pool bars, probably because there are a few main bars and then several satellite mini bars as well as many servers stopping by to make sure you were filled up. The ship started to leave around 2:30pm as it was waiting for the last stragglers to show up. We enjoyed our time at Atlantis and took a few parting shots on the way out, as well as a great shot of the lighthouse and all of Atlantis Paradise Island!
We hung out for a bit and had a few more drinks and decided we would start getting ready for our much anticipated dinner at 150 Central Park.
Since we were going out to the fanciest restaurant on board we decided to get all dressed up for the occasion. When we got to 150 Central Park we were treated with first class service from the moment we walked in the door. Their idea is to have a 5 star restaurant at sea and the entire staff was amazing! We knew we were in for a treat when the multiple types of bread were served with multiple types of butter and even several varieties of salt! The server was so attentive, he knew what we wanted before we did!
He recommended an excellent wine for us and you can see the beautiful container with the six types of salt!
Now I must tell you that you do not have a choice on the menu, as is the case in many 5 star restaurants the chef sets a 5 course menu that is out-of-this-world and slight modifications can be made. This was a concern for me because I am a very picky eater, I’m not a fan of nuts (except salted peanuts to Jany’s amusement), mushy things, beans and many other things, but I loved every single thing that the chef put on my plate. Jany does not like red meat, although she is not a full vegetarian, so the chef was able to substitute thinly sliced chicken for the meat. So you can ask for modifications which they are incredibly receptive to and you will be amazed at what lands in front of you. The Florida Lobster Salad in particular was…shut-the-front-door-good. And everything else was excellent, we were probably full by the third course but we could not stop.
Here is what we looked like after the dinner! Tip: Ask for the sweet giant green chairs only a few tables have them!
In the end we agreed that it was one of the top few dining experiences of our lives, it was well worth the $35 per person charge and we would recommend it to anyone and everyone who sails on the Oasis of The Seas! Bonus Awesome 150 Central Park Tip: They have two menus, one for the first few days and then another for the last few days, we went back for the second menu and were blown away again!!!
So ended our Day 2 on Oasis of The Seas, we had full stomachs and happy hearts and went to bed with smiles on our faces looking forward to the next 5 days! 🙂
Check back next week for Day 3 at Sea and more tips!
In case you missed them here are the links for the other Oasis of The Seas Posts:
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
Oasis of The Seas Days 5 and 6: St. Maarten and Dreamworks Parade