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!
Here 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!
As 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…
And here is the next stage where the carving is happening, notice the hands with the chisel showing exactly how the artist made the cuts!
And 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!
Here is another one of my favorites: The Lion!
As 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?
When 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.
This 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.
Here 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?
As 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!
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?
Here is the rock climbing wall that scaled in 46 seconds flat! Wait was that in my dreams?
Here 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.
After 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.
So 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