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Oasis of The Seas Days 5 and 6: St. Maarten and Dreamworks Parade

4 Aug

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.

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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.

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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.

oasis-of-the-seas-acrobatThen the lion from Madacascar shows up with the scheming secret service penguins!

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oasis-of-the-seas-parade-penguinsThen Puss in Boots makes an appearance on the Rising Tide Bar!

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And finally the family from How to Train Your Dragon shows up!oasis-of-the-seas-parade-dragon

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

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Oasis of The Seas Day 4: Sort of Alone on the Ship

1 Jul

Hello Again!

Today I am going to tell you about our time exploring the (mostly empty) ship while the rest of the passengers were away on excursions in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.  It may seem like a strange idea to skip out on a chance to visit an island that you have never been to but we were so fascinated by the ship that we really wanted some “alone time” with it.  Since it was our first time on the ship and since we had already decided we would definitely be back we wanted to get a chance to take some pictures without many other passengers around.

One of the best things we  did (and by we I mean Jany) for this vacation was to bring a tripod for our camera.  Since it was just the two of us, the only way we could get shots of us together would be to ask someone to take a picture of us and we are not big on bothering people so we knew that wouldn’t happen much…or at all.  So Jany brought her tripod and it leads to this…Tip: Bring a tripod for your camera so you can take some shots of yourselves around the ship without having to bother anyone.

The first couple of days we tried to take a few shots but since there are approximately 3,000 passengers on board there was always someone walking in and out of our shots.  So we decided to forgo Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas because we knew most of the passengers would be off the ship and we would have some privacy.  It definitely paid off as we were able to explore the ship by ourselves with nobody else around…it was great!

Here is the first shot we took in front of our favorite restaurant…there is a waiter attempting a photo bomb in the window if you look closely!

Oasis of The Seas Josh Jany 150Here is another shot in fabulous Central Park, none of this would have been possible without the tripod…did I mention I love my wife?  She thinks of everything and she’s smoking hot!

Oasis of The Seas Josh Jany ParkAs we made our way to the Boardwalk at the back of the ship the doors opened in front of us and we were treated to this spectacular display of how the carousel animals were made!  Being a big fan of woodworking I was totally fascinated by this!  Here is one of the first stages…

Oasis of The Seas Horse1And here is the next stage where the carving is happening, notice the hands with the chisel showing exactly how the artist made the cuts!

Oasis of The Seas Horse 2And here is the finished product on the actual carousel, this carousel was so cool, it had so many different animals and the work was so intricate!  Notice the rabbit behind the horse, one of my favorites!

Oasis of The Seas Horse 3Here is another one of my favorites: The Lion!

Oasis of The Seas LionAs we left the carousel we were greeted by a very old friend…it’s Zoltar from the movie BIG!!!  Seeing this guy just brought back so many childhood memories because BIG was one of my favorite movies as a kid…wasn’t it everyone’s?

Oasis-of-The-Seas-ZoltarWhen we got to the end of the display we turned around to take in what we had just seen and I snapped this shot of Jany taking a couple more pics, notice the tripod that we used for so many of our great shots.

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Jany-CarouselThis little monkey was so perfect we just had to take a shot of him, just one of the countless details that Royal Caribbean has put into the Oasis of The Seas.

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Dancing-MonkeyHere is another awesome character, this bear looks like Teddy Ruxpin, is Royal Caribbean just extracting memories from my childhood and manifesting them before my eyes?

Oasis-of-The-Seas-BearAs we left the carousel and headed out to the main boardwalk we had to turn around again and take it all in.  Look at the staterooms that look down on the boardwalk, I was still happier with our ocean view balcony but these were cool also.  You can see the Johnny Rockets to the right of the crazy guy with the balloons.  Overall it is made to look like a street with the lamp posts and banners…amazing!

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Our tripod took another picture of us at the mechanic this time, now this is a memory of my adulthood that I would rather not have been reminded about but at least I got the girl!  Why is there a moose crossing sign?

Oasis of The Seas Josh Jany CarHere is the rock climbing wall that scaled in 46 seconds flat!  Wait was that in my dreams?

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Climbing-WallHere is the famous Aquatheatre where they have an awesome Swimming and Diving Show that you have to see!  Notice the diving platforms all the way at the top by the crown on the Royal Caribbean logo, they actually dive from those!  There are also two giant screens where they play movies for the kids and the kids at heart.

Oasis of The Seas AquatheatreAfter a long day of hardly working we decided to relax at the mini golf course, you can see that the guy on the right is marveling at my skills.  You can also see the basketball court on the other side of the ship.

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Josh-GolfSo that was our wonderful day alone with  Oasis of The Seas, I know we would have enjoyed St. Thomas but I am so glad we spent a day by ourselves on the ship.  That night we went to Giovanni’s Table, the last of the three premium dining restaurants on board and it did not disappoint, even though it was the lowest price of the three.  Next trip we will probably do premium dining every night, although we may spend one night at the main Opus Dining room because or second time there was not as bad.  I will tell you about our second night in the Opus dining room on the next post.

All in all I continue to be amazed by this ship, even now writing this post I am in awe of the amount of detail that was put in to every corner!

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 Days 5 and 6: St. Maarten and Dreamworks Parade

Oasis of The Seas Day 3: Central Park, Rising Tide Bar and a Bow for the Bow

25 Jun Oasis of The Seas Rising Tide Underneath

Aaarrrgh!  Shiver me timbers!

I’m not a pirate but this was our first day at sea and it is better than repeating “Ahoy Mates!” again and seriously annoying Jany (actually she thinks it’s funny).

In this post I will tell you about Day 3 on the ship, we were completely at sea all day as we would not arrive at the next port until very early the next morning.  So it seemed like a perfect opportunity to explore the ship, unfortunately, that is the same exact idea that most of the other passengers had.  So it turned out to be a little crowded but we still got to see much more than we had seen so far, and boy was there a lot to see!  But if I had to do it all over again I would listen to this… Tip: Spend most of Day 3 relaxing by the pool because many of the activities and attractions will be crowded because it is the first full day at sea.

This was also the first morning that we had breakfast outside of the main Opus dining room.  We had seen that you could get a good breakfast, including an omelet station, at the Park Cafe’ so we tried it and it was very good and less crowded than Opus.  So continued our love affair with Central Park that had begun the moment we first laid eyes on it and had blossomed further with the previous night’s visit to 150 Central Park.

Park Central is literally a park at sea, there are all kinds of wonderful plants and trees, as well as flowers, sculptures and even birds!  There are also two awesome giant skylights that look down to the Royal Promenade below and perhaps one of my favorite watering holes in the world: the Rising Tide Bar that actually rises and lowers between the Royal Promenade and Central Park every 15 minutes!

Here is a map of the park so you can get an idea of how it is laid out.  As always, click the image for a larger view.

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Central-Park-MapHere is a zoomed in version of a previous shot from Day 1, this way you can get an excellent idea of what the park looks like from above.

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Central-Park-Overhead This is the sign that greets you as you enter the park, it makes me happy just looking at it!Oasis of The Seas Central Park SignThere are several beautiful abstract sculptures located throughout the park as well as numerous benches where you can sit and enjoy the scenery.  Notice the variety of plants and the attention to detail of the copper lamps that light the walkway.

Oasis of The Seas Park SculptureI believe this is an Iron Egret but feel free to send me your opinions!

Oasis of The Seas Central Park Bird This is one of my favorite shots because it shows you one of the flower covered trellises and the beautiful walkway…sigh…can’t wait to go back!

Oasis of The Seas WalkwayHere are some of the amazing flowers, they all have a sign to tell you what kind they are, these are called Cornocob flowers…JK.
Oasis of The Seas FlowersThis is what it looks like when you are on the Royal Promenade level looking up through the skylights.

Oasis of The Seas Inside SkylightAnd here is a side view of the Rising Tide Bar!  This shot was taken in the morning so the bar was not open yet and it was stationary at the Park Central Level, but when it is open (afternoon, evening, night) it goes up and down every 15 minutes, definitely one of the coolest bars I have been to…not that I have been to a lot 😉

Oasis of The Seas Rising Tide WalkHere is a shot of the doors to enter the Rising Tide Bar as it is on it’s way up to Park Central, they stay shut until the bar arrives and then the outside doors open first followed by the inside doors, a very good idea for a bar that travels three stories every 15 minutes!

Oasis of The Seas Rising Tide DoorsHere is what the Rising Tide Bar looks like from underneath when it is up at Central Park and you are down at the Royal Promenade…what can I say…sweet, it looks like a spaceship or did I have one too many?

Oasis of The Seas Rising Tide UnderneathThe attention to detail on the Oasis of The Seas is astounding; this is the floor below the rising tide bar that fills up with different colored fountains when the bar goes up, Aaarrgh!  Shiver me timbers!  Why I am cursed to be a landlubber!

Oasis of The Seas Rising Tide BaseOK normally you probably shouldn’t go visit the bow (front) of the ship right after visiting the Rising Tide Bar, but we were on a photo expedition and not a drinking expedition so we decided to take a trip to the bow of the ship.  It is so clean and fancy that it deserves a bow tie and a it’s designers should take a bow, the only other bow I can think of comes with an arrow and that doesn’t really apply here so my epic pun is done…sorry to disappoint you!

Here is a shot of one of the observation decks with a telescope.  See how it has rails and glass walls so that even the stupidest (drunkest) of passengers can continue their voyage without tumbling over the side.

Oasis of The Seas Observation DeckHere is the love of my life and her sweet Canon EOS Rebel taking the shot that I will show you below.  Also you can get a sneak peak of the adults only pool (at the top left of the shot) which became our second favorite part of the ship after Central Park.  I will tell you more about it in an upcoming post.

Oasis of The Seas Jany Camera Here is the shot she was taking in the above pic, the very front of the ship has a helipad…for countless reasons.

Oasis of The Seas BowAfter our photo tour we grabbed some drinks and decided to go check out the Dreamworks Parade that was starting on the Royal Promenade…but it was already so crowded that we really couldn’t see anything or even get near the parade.  This is one of the few times when you definitely felt that the ship was overcrowded.  There were so many people that had been staking out a spot on the front lines of the parade route for hours that anyone who arrived less than 2 hours before the parade really couldn’t see anything.  But we could hear from the cheers and excitement and see little glimpses of an awesome parade, so we vowed to stake out a spot on the next day at sea which would be Day 6 so check back for our awesome strategy and sweet pics.   But for now here is another Tip: The Dreamworks Parade occurs only on the days at sea (3,6,7) so plan one day where you will stake out a spot on the front lines of the parade route, it will be well worth the couple of hours you spend there waiting!

After our parade fail we got ready for our second premium dining experience, this time at Chops Grille which is the Steakhouse option.  We loved our experience again although it was not as mind blowing as 150 Central Park it was still delicious and so much better than dining in the main Opus Dining Room with so many people.  We both agreed that it was once again well worth the extra money and we decided that the next night we would visit the last (and least expensive) of the premium dining options: Giovanni’s Table!

So Aaarrgh!  We spent a day at sea, I hope you enjoyed it and below you can find links to all of our 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 4: Sort of Alone on the Ship
Oasis of The Seas Days 5 and 6: St. Maarten and Dreamworks Parade

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