Sunday, 19 October 2014

What to do on Board the Oasis of The Sea - Royal Caribbean Cruises


Last week I was lucky enough to be invited by Royal Caribbean Cruises to experience a day on-board the worlds larges cruise ship the Oasis of the Sea. Cruising as a family isn't something we have considered, my initial thoughts of cruises was that it catered for older retired people and therefore not suitable for busy noisy young families. Would there be enough entertainment on-board for young children as well as myself and The Mister?  So on my visit I scoped out what there really was to do.

Entertainment for The Kids - Well it didn't take long to see that Royal Caribbean Cruises do cater for families. While we were having lunch we were visited by Alex the lion from Madagascar, if Beaux and Tiger had been with me they would have been besides themselves with excitement, what a welcome! In fact all of us mums were maybe a little too excited to see the characters and have our photos taken with them.


After lunch we visited the Kids Club, first impressions was that it was bright, colourful, all very new and clean. I imagined Tiger excitedly heading straight to the kids very cool arcade and Beaux checking out what there was to climb on in the toddlers room or get stuck into creating a master piece. The Kids club on-board is separated into age appropriate rooms with activities to match. We were invited to have a mini science lesson, which is one of the many activities on offer at Kids Club, we were given a few ingredients to make an exploding volcano, Tiger would have gone crazy for this and we may even give this a go at home if I can take the mess! The staff (all fully trained teachers) who you can tell are excited, enthusiastic and love their job, told us they try to encourage all children to take part in the set activities which they change daily as well as having free time to chill out with a movie or play computer games. 
As well as indoor activities there is a splash world (H2O Zone) and shallow pool for those sunnier days. 



Entertainment for The Adults - When choosing a holiday for myself and The Mister good food and drinks, relaxation and activites is on the top of our 'must have' list. We 'ate out' at restaurants for both lunch and dinner on our day visit and the entire meal from starter to dessert was mouth wateringly A-mazing, such high quality! I would even go to say that the steak I had was 'THE' best I have ever tried. The portions were huge and I felt like I needed to be rolled out, I was happily filled to the brim! The waiters were always there, friendly and I felt like nothing was too much trouble.

There were loads of trendy looking bars, my favorite being a bar which is located in the centre of the ship and goes up and down through each level like a huge glassed lift. I hear there is also a nightclub on-board but unfortunately we didn't get a chance to shake a tail feather there.

For those of you who like to keep fit we were shown their on-board gym, there were lots of new equipment, my favorite was the treadmill which overlooked the sea. Although the gym looked pretty impressive I much prefer the Spa! We were treated to a hand and arm massage which was lovely my only complaint was it wasn't a full one (some people aye?!) Imagine a full body massage followed by a spot of shopping, my idea of heaven! 



Entertainment for Us All - There is so much to see and do, each level has a different look and feel with different activities on each of them. I think it would take a couple of days to look around it all and properly check out and see all the activities on offer. I'd imagine that with my family  it would feel like each visit to a different level was a another mini day out. Without the hassle of packing kids into the car or the 'are we there yet's.

On our day visit we watched a show, I was amazed a how professional the production was, it really was the standards of a west end show, I know Violet would particularly love watching a show like that with me.


There was so much more I wanted to see - The ice rink, flow rider and of course a browse in their on-board shops! We were on-board the Oasis of the Sea all day and we didn't have time to see it all which I think in itself shows how massive the ship really is and how much variety of entertainment there is. Having never considered a Royal Caribbean Cruise before its definitely something we will seriously discuss when choosing our next family holiday.



For even more photos and videos of our Day on-board the Oasis of the Sea click 'read more'

Below - Rosie from Mummy & Boo braving it on the Zip Wire, I chickened out at the last minute! 


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  1. Travelling from place to place by cruise ship definetly beats other modes of transport, doesn't it? It's a destination in itself!

    I can't believe how little we saw in a whole afternoon, it's a testiment to how big the ship is.

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