Oasis of the Seas: Royal Caribbean Cruises

I’ve never been on a cruise and up until this week I was pretty sure they weren’t the type of holiday me and Boo would enjoy, however on Wednesday I along with a handful of other bloggers were invited aboard the Oasis of the Seas by Royal Caribbean to see what a cruise had to offer families.

Oasis of the Seas had docked Southampton for the first time, ready for its ocean voyage back to Fort Lauderdale after a dry refit in Rotterdam. My inner geek could have a little party of facts and figures when it comes to the largest cruise liner in the world; like it’s as long as The Shard is tall, it’s 40% larger than its nearest rival, or that it’s designed to carry 5,400 passengers and 2,294 crew – ok ok I promise to stop with the geek fest, if you’re lucky I may even devote a separate post to the top 20 facts of the Oasis of the Seas.

I had lots of preconceptions of what a cruise was like and the only one that proved right was their desire to feed you at every opportunity; we were lucky enough to begin our trip with a visit to Giovanni’s for lunch – the food was amazing, I had Veal with Tiramisu for dessert with perfectly paired wines that really showed just how much attention to detail Royal Caribbean put into making sure every aspect of your cruise is memorable for all the right reasons.

After lunch we got the chance to look round the on-board gym, as a gym junkie I was really impressed with the facilities, not only a great range of cardio machines and weights but also gravity machines plus a spin studio with a difference; say hello to Flywheel – currently only available in the US and on-board Royal Caribbean cruise ships, it brings a whole new dimensions (and a pretty big competitive element) to spin. Oh and did I mention you can sign up for morning yoga sessions on the helipad at the helm of the ship, early morning workouts never looked so good.

Flywheel spin Oasis of the Seas

After all that hard work, what better way to relax than with a trip to the spa. We were treated to a hand and arm massage and the only criticism I have is I didn’t want it to end! The spa is stocked with Elemis products and the beauty therapists are trained to the highest standard and make you feel super relaxed and comfortable, the perfect on-board retreat for some holiday pampering. I even managed to squeeze in a green smoothie from the healthy juice bar on my way out – no excuse for at least trying to maintain #operationyummymummy while on holiday (just don’t mention the Tiramisu!).

Green Juice Oasis of the Seas

Now that we were all relaxed it was time to head up onto the top deck to get our blood pumping again, in the form of an 82ft zip line 9 decks above the boardwalk, I couldn’t wait to give it a try and I loved every second. I can’t even begin to imagine what it feels like zip lining surrounded by the Caribbean sea – big thanks to Carissa from Little Likely Lads for catching all the action.

Zip Line on-board the Oasis of the Seas

Next up was a trip to the facilities on-board specifically for children – Hugo and his team: Candy and Ladybug were so enthusiastic and passionate about their work with the children and the services they offer – it goes so much further than just ticking the box of childcare; from art classes to science lessons (check me out being the perfect little lab partner while Donna from Red Head Baby Led snapped away!) there’s something to suit every little one’s interests and the level of care is second to none – it didn’t take long for me to feel reassured that not only would Boo be completely safe while in their care but that she’d enjoy herself so much; which after all isn’t that what it’s all about?

Science Lesson 1 Oasis of the Seas

Science Lesson 2 Oasis of the Seas

We got the chance to explore some of the seven neighbourhoods that make up the ship, from the phenomenal Central Park with real life birds to the carousel and plentiful (I’m not one to use that word lightly) shopping opportunities – there literally is something for everyone from the youngest of guests, right up to the most seasoned cruisers.

Central Park Oasis of the Seas

Kids Pool Oasis of the Seas

Before we knew it, it was dinner time and we settled down at Chops Grille. I’m not going to waste time trying to do it justice so here’s just one word to sum up the food and drink… Wow. I went for the beef carpaccio, followed by the fillet mignon and not forgetting the deliciously sweet yet tart huckleberry cheesecake.

Chops Grille Oasis of the Seas

Alas our time on the Oasis of the Seas had come to an end, I didn’t want to get off. My time on-board had taught me so much about the possibilities of a cruise for a family holiday and with Royal Caribbean’s passion for excellence you can see just why so many families return year after year. I was trying to put my finger on what really sets it apart from other family holidays and apart from the obvious facilities, I realised it was in fact the people that made it second to none; every member of crew I met had genuine pride in their ship and the team they are part of and that’s something really special that Royal Caribbean have.

Gangplank Oasis of the Seas

Family holidays are much more than sun and sea, they’re golden finite windows to share experiences and build memories with you children that stay with you forever and after even the briefest of onboard experiences I would whole heartedly trust Royal Caribbean to not only deliver our perfect family holiday but to be part of the everlasting memories.

Thank you Royal Caribbean for a brilliant day on-board the Oasis of the Seas, you did such a good job of showing me just how good a cruise is for me and Boo that I’m a convert to cruising; so much so that I’ve not even been on one and already I’m signing your praises to anyone that’ll listen (I’ve literally not talked about anything else since I got back on dry land!). Not since I was a child have I had such a wow day, I spent most my time in awe of the sheer scale of the ship and I seemed to have the most amazing feeling of excitement throughout the whole day, a feeling I didn’t want to end; I can’t wait one day for Boo to step onboard and feel the same, if she does, then it will be the most amazing experience. Royal Caribbean have the formula for a perfect family holiday, and that’s something pretty special.

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    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:29

      Despite it pouring with rain at the time, I think the zip line was of my favourite parts of the day onboard, can’t wait to do it again 🙂

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:31

      That’s what I was thinking as I was walking round, and the minute we had disembarked I felt like I was missing out as it set sail for it’s ocean voyage.

  1. October 21, 2014 / 09:11

    You looked as though you were having a great time and it might just be the angle of the photo, but that juice looks huge! z
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    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:27

      You’re right Rachel, it was pretty huge… and delicious!

  2. October 21, 2014 / 10:45

    I’ve been on a couple of cruises and they are great fun! A really good balance of entertainment, relaxation, and exploration. Looks like you had a fab time 🙂
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    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:26

      You’re absolutely right – balance is the perfect word!

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:26

      I’ve always suffered with sea sickness too Jen and I must admit I was worried how I would be on the Oasis of the Seas; however it’s so big that it’s impossible to tell you’re on the water 🙂

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:32

      Lovely to meet you too Nell, huckleberries are my new favourite cheesecake topping 🙂

  3. October 21, 2014 / 14:07

    Oh my goodness that looks totally amazing and the facilities are far better than I thought. I know 3 girls who would love that zip wire!

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:33

      The facilities are second to none, I can’t think of a resort on land that even comes close.

  4. October 21, 2014 / 15:11

    I am completely and utterly terrified of boats large and small but this almost made me forget you were even on one. Looks like you had a great time, thankyou for sharingxxxxx

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:34

      That’s the beauty of the Oasis of the Seas, it’s so vast that you really can forget you’re at sea, until you look out from your balcony and take in the amazing view 🙂

  5. October 21, 2014 / 17:15

    I love that picture of you creating the volcano!

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:35

      Ah yes, the volcano! Couldn’t resist the opportunity to get me geek on!

  6. October 21, 2014 / 18:13

    It’s fascinating how much stuff they can cram in a boat! I have always fancied a cruise, but didn’t like the idea of leaving the children. Would be brill if I could take them with me!

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:36

      The whole time we were aboard the Oasis of the Seas, I kept thinking how brilliant it would be for Boo, there’s so much for them to do – impossible for them to get bored!

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:38

      Thanks Polly, I’d love to go on a cruise with Boo

    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:39

      Thanks, the photos really don’t do the Oasis of the Seas justice, it’s amazing 🙂

  7. October 21, 2014 / 19:54

    I was gutted that I was unable to attend this. Sounds like you had such a super time. I am really thinking cruises are the way to go for my family with all I hear about them.
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    • Rosie
      October 21, 2014 / 20:38

      Oh no such a shame you couldn’t make it – cruises really are a strong option when it comes to choosing your next family holiday.

  8. October 21, 2014 / 21:22

    Wow, there is so much on offer. I remember my uncle and aunt telling me before that a cruise makes for a perfect family holiday because you can just send the kids off, leaving you to relax. Maybe we’ll give it a go some day. I’m from the Caribbean but I’d still go in for a Caribbean cruise!
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  9. October 21, 2014 / 23:36

    I’ve always wondered what it would be like to go on a cruise, its definitely something I would love to experience one day. x
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  10. October 26, 2014 / 07:59

    Wow – it looks even more amazing on board than it did when I saw it dock………..really disappointed I didn’t get to go onboard!
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