Our last day at sea was quiet with a few final meetings and packing. Spent the afternoon planning the fall trip to Ireland. The debarkation process was as good as the embarkation process. We asked for departure between 7:30am and 8:00am. They assigned us 7:45am. At about 7:47, they called our number and we had our bags and were at the car in about 15 minutes. RCCL divides the bags into a bunch of small groups, so finding your bag is easy, and the customs folks just look at your immigration form and passport vice swiping it into the system. They can process a bunch of people quickly this way.
For those that have never been on Oasis or its sister Allure of the Seas, feeling that the ships with nearly 6000 passengers on board are just too big, I would strongly disagree. Yes you have to like large – on a Vegas level, but this ship, with its multitude of neighborhoods, absorbs people like no other, so that you really never get a sense of the total number of passengers on board. Navigating the Oasis is different from other ships, especially for dining. The ship is totally electronic, and the numerous touch screens around the ship tell you anything that you need to know. The Windjammer is relatively small, yet most folks still think there are only two main breakfast and lunch dining venues. As a result the Windjammer is frequently ‘standing room only’ during peak periods. The successful cruiser hits the dining button on the touch screen, or on the interactive stateroom TV, and finds those venues that are lightly loaded and heads there. We ate breakfast at Johnny Rockets, the Windjammer, and the Solarium Bistro depending on the time of day and demand. For dinner there are also many surcharge restaurants of superb quality. We ate at Giovanni’s Italian eatery and Izunu Asian fusion. Both were excellent, though our waiter at Giovanni’s was sort of all over the place and not very organized. The shows are superb – literally Broadway caliber - and Hairspray and the Aquatheater show are amazing by any standard.
My next trip is China in late June - time to apply for my visa!