Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Day 6

This trip report is from our recent cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, departing from Port Canaveral on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We stopped in Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had 7 days of sun-filled fun and I hope you enjoy reading all about our adventures!

I’m bring you this trip report day from the balcony of the Oasis of the Seas again! Yup, we are on the boat again for my birthday! Follow me on Instagram for our adventures: @thephotowife

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Day 6 was spent at sea…no complaints here.

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We had breakfast at the Windjammer and were super excited to find a nice table for 4 in the back corner and wondered why no one was sitting there…turns out it was blaring sun the entire time. Haha joke’s on us.

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Walking out of the Windjammer, a Spa crew member was outside passing out pamphlets for the special they were having today. I had been wanting to get a massage, so I took advantage of the special and booked a massage for right then.

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Once you enter the spa, you have to go downstairs using this glass staircase. Talk about trippy. There was another lady that needed assistance because she couldn’t do it…they were kinda scary and it really confuses your brain walking down them…better to just not look down.

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The waiting room was really pretty and relaxing.

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After my lovely relaxing massage, I strolled through the Royal Promenade.

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Then up to the water zones to these these two having a blast with Daddy.

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The ice cream cone station was finally open, so we got some cones and headed back to our balcony. Ice cream by the ocean…life is good.

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For lunch, we went back to the Windjammer. The kids eat much better when there is a little bit of all their favorites on the plate.

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A waiter came over and did some magic and made some wands for the kids. Clearly, they were fascinated.

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Quick stop at the arcade.

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We took advantage of our ability to grab Suite-reserved seats at that afternoon’s ice show.

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In the middle of the show, they had a sand artist come out. It was really cool what she was doing, but lasted way too long in my opinion. The kids were getting antsy.

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The kids loved the ice show…they had never seen anything like that! Unfortunately, we didn’t get the opportunity to ice skate ourselves, maybe next time.

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A little nighttime carousel ride.

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I think this was the 2nd formal night with lobster, but this was the only photo I took! Ha!

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The kids love coming back to the room to see the towel animals…and jumping on the bed in their dressy clothes.

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We dropped them both off at the kids club so we could go to our favorite event of the week…the Quest!

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The Quest is an audience-participation game for adults only. Each section of the audience is split up into teams and each team has two audience members volunteer to be team captains.

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The cruise director then calls out various items, mostly naughty things lol, and the team captains run over to him with the items and their team number, trying to be the first ones he sees.

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We had hyped up the Quest to the family members and it did not disappoint. It really makes it a whole new experience when you sit in the front row and participate. Here is one of our captains having her face painted with lipstick. Lipstick facial?

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There is a guy under there without a shirt having all these women smear their lipstick-painted faces all over his body. Leave the kids at home for this!

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I have more photos, but what happens in the Quest stays in the Quest and I don’t want to embarrass anyone, including myself!

Our family members laughed until they cried…it was great!

Thank you for reading our trip report! Stay tuned for Day 7 and 8!

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Day 5

This trip report is from our recent cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, departing from Port Canaveral on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We stopped in Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had 7 days of sun-filled fun and I hope you enjoy reading all about our adventures!

Day 5 brings us to St. Maarten!

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St. Maarten was the entire reason we chose to do the Eastern Caribbean itinerary…we were looking forward to going to Maho beach to see airplanes land and take off directly over the beach at the International airport. However, Mother Nature had other plans…it was cloudy and rainy, boo!

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Actually, the funny thing is that you could see the break in the clouds, with part of the island being rained on and part of it basking in sun.

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We didn’t have an excursion booked, but all the family was going to just get a taxi van and head to Maho beach. We had looked up the flight schedule for that day and saw that there weren’t any larger planes until around 1pm, so we took it easy in the morning since we didn’t have to get off the ship for a while. We ate breakfast in the Windjammer, where I enjoyed my favorite new drink courtesy of the Ultimate Drink Package….fresh-squeezed orange juice! They literally put full oranges in the machine and squeeze your juice into your glass. So yummy!

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You could also get champagne (or bring it on the boat) and mix your fresh-squeezed orange juice with it for a yummy mimosa!

It sure is empty up here!

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We were next to the Anthem of the Seas and both ships had many people looking across at the other ship, probably wondering what it would be like to be on the other ship. Maybe next time!

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The North Star would be so amazing to experience!

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We all walked off the ship at the same time and headed to the information desk.

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We had originally just wanted to ask the best way for our large group to get to Maho beach, but the person at the information desk really took the extra step to help us find a better way to experience the island. She called some connections of hers to organize a van to take us to wherever we wanted to go and also a few special spots. We just had to wait about 15 minutes for the van to arrive.

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I bet this view would be better with sunlight…

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The van driver gave us some history and facts about specific parts of the island as we passed them, like this is where the King and Queen stay when they are on the island.

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When we arrived to Maho Beach, it was downpouring and no one wanted to get out, except Brett was brave and wanted to get the photos we came for, so he got out while we circled back to a store for a few minutes.

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That beach was PACKED! But mostly because there are bars on both sides of the beach, people on the sand trying to see the planes, people in the water, and cars going both directions on the road that passes right through. It’s definitely not a relaxing place and the kids certainly would not have been thrilled for long, because the water was rough and there would not have been much place for them to play. They would have loved seeing the planes though.

Luckily, Brett caught a break in the rain just as some planes were coming in.

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I would have liked to have been out there, but it was nice that Brett was able to get photos.

We then drove a little to a lookout spot. It was nicer on this side of the island, so we got to enjoy it without being rained on.

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The kids loved seeing the horses in the distance.

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I love the colorful houses.

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Trent made a friend at the little shops near the lookout area. There was also a crazy cat lady there, but I’ll spare you the photos of that. 🙂

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While the day didn’t turn out like we hoped, we are glad to say that we have visited St. Maarten!

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This port provided a unique view of the ships in port.

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While one of our family members was sitting on the ledge taking a photo, his sunglasses fell off and into the rocks below. So we had to initiate a rescue mission to retrieve them. Free rock climbing excursion??

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Can I just hop over to your ship and ride once?

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Brett captured a beautiful sunset while the kids and I relaxed in the room and waited for a snack from room service.

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I was a little disappointed with how long room service took, but perhaps it was because many other people had the same idea once returning from port.

Watching sail away from the balcony.

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Trent and I went to the Windjammer for ice cream to kill some time until the kids club opened back up. I had to take a photo of the taco bar…so many fixins.

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A happy boy with ice cream.

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Trent played at the kids club while we had dinner. Aubrey is still in the nursery that comes with an hourly charge, so we weren’t so quick to send her there. This was the first time Trent was in the kids club because we just weren’t sure he would like it (spoiler alert: he LOVED IT!).

The waiters knew the kids kept trying to steal the cherries from our alcoholic drinks, so they brought Aubrey a cup of cherries.

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Dinner time!

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Cheers!

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Thank you for reading our trip report so far! We have 2 fun-filled sea days coming up!

 

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Day 4

This trip report is from our recent cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, departing from Port Canaveral on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We stopped in Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had 7 days of sun-filled fun and I hope you enjoy reading all about our adventures!

Day 4 brought us to St. Thomas! It’s so exciting waking up and rushing out to the balcony to see if you’re near anything fun. So far, I could just see some smaller islands in the distance that made for pretty pictures.

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It was an absolute gorgeous day! Just look at how the sun is glistening on the deep blue ocean. Perfection.

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I can’t even remember where we ate breakfast…probably the Windjammer. I need to start writing this stuff down, or take more photos. There would be a few other boats in port, and there are two separate port areas in St. Thomas.

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We booked a beach excursion to Sapphire Beach with the entire family through Royal Caribbean, so we all headed out to meet at our designated spot.

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Christmas in the Caribbean…I could get used to this!

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We just missed the first bus to head to the beach, so we had to wait about 10 extra minutes. Grr…that could have been 10 minutes on the beach and not standing in line.

Oh well, we don’t look too sad, right?

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The ride was about 20 minutes and was very scenic, with random spurts of traffic and city. We drove by the the other port with three other cruise ships…it was a busy day in port!

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The Sapphire Beach excursion was basically us paying for access to this resort. The resort grounds look quite beaten down, but there were signs saying to please excuse their construction…I wonder how long the signs have been there.

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As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by free roaming lizards! This was the biggest one we saw.

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Sapphire Beach was really pretty with such a gorgeous view!

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It was a small little strip of beach but not crowded at all. We grabbed some loungers, snorkel gear, our free drinks that came with the excursion and lunch from the grill (hot dogs and chips).

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The water is so darn clear…you could see everything no matter where you were standing. It felt nice knowing if there was anything by your feet. 🙂

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Trent came out in the water once, but mostly just had a blast hanging out on the beach, playing with sand and running through waves.

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You ever have those days when the the kids are having so much fun, running around and playing, and you’re like “Oh yeah, you are going to sleep early and good tonight!!”

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Happy 10 years to us.

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The other free roaming animals on the island…chickens.

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We were there for about 3 hours and that was just enough time. Another scenic route back to the boat. It was very hilly and I loved how there would be a bunch of trees and then a random opening, giving you the most perfect view.

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We stopped at a lookout area overlooking one of the ports. It was absolutely stunning.

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Don’t let go of me, Ma!

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There was a steel drum player there, so Nana gave him a tip and he let Trent play for a couple of minutes. He started playing Under the Sea, so now whenever Trent hears a steel drum, he says “It’s Under the Sea!!” – which is more often than you would think so the nice man gave Trent one of his cds and Trent asks to play it every so often.

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I don’t want to leave…

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Back to our floating home…

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Due to having to cancel earlier shows, they added a new Aquatheater show just when we were getting back on the ship, so we headed there just before it started, showed our Suite SeaPass card, and had a nice front and center seat. Having pre-reserved seating at the shows is definitely my favorite suite perk!

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The show was so fun and unique. It had diving (of course), acrobatics, and synchronized swimming. The kids were completely captivated the entire time.

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After the show, we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner and to watch us sail away from the balcony.

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We were ready for dinner a little early, so we wandered through the shops and also took some photos in the Royal Promenade.

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I tried to get a selfie in the fancy mirror outside the main dining room, but afterward I noticed all the fingerprints smudges on it. Don’t look at those, ok?

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Shrimp cocktail on the menu means two shrimp cocktails coming my way!

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I love how the waiters get to know you and memorize your likes and requests. Trent is a chocolate milk-aholic and every night, we would show up to our table to see 3 chocolate milks for Trent, along with fruit bowls for both kids. He would drink two during dinner and then we would bring one back for our fridge for him to have that night or in the morning.

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Tonight, I couldn’t decide which main dish I wanted, so I asked for 1 full dish (mushroom risotto, so darn yummy!)…

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…and just the main part of another dish (short ribs, no mashed potatoes or veggies).

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It made the perfect combo and was one of my favorite meals of the trip!

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This was some sort of strawberry/lemon creme.

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The kids both got a plate of cookies and Aubrey insisted on sharing…and I am never one to turn down a chocolate chip cookie. Never.

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Trent had been asking to go to the hot tub all night, so Brett took him for a little bit while I got Aubrey ready for bed. He liked it because he thought the kids pool was too cold and he could touch and didn’t need a life vest to be in it.

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That’s it for day 4! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for Day 5, where we will be heading to St. Maarten!

 

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Day 3

This trip report is from our recent cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, departing from Port Canaveral on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We stopped in Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had 7 days of sun-filled fun and I hope you enjoy reading all about our adventures!

Day 3 was a sea day, but we had to get up extra early anyway for our DreamWorks Breakfast!

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I decided to book this earlier on in our week versus later because I figured it would be more difficult to wake up early as the week went on…hehe

This breakfast was $10 per person and was held at the back of the main dining room.

We were seated right away and started off with drinks…coffee and a mimosa. 😉

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Breakfast was standard but good.

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The kids liked their french toast and fruit.

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Before any characters came out, they had all the kids go up and dance along with a crew member host. Trent used to be the shyest boy, but now he will do just about anything.

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We didn’t know this at the time, but apparently they rotate characters. We had 3 different characters than my sister-in-law did when they went a few days later. Either way, it was fun trying to guess which characters we would be. Trent wanted the Lion (Alex from Madagascar). Aubrey would just repeat whatever character we said.

First up was Gloria from Madagascar! She was super fabulous!

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Since Gloria is “big and chunky” she stayed at the front while families were called up to take photos and interact with her.

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Aubrey is in the “I’m gonna act super excited to see you and then freeze in horror when it’s time to meet you” stage. Trent went through that for a little while, so hopefully she snaps out of it soon.

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Work it!

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Next up was Alex – yay! Trent was so happy! Rawr!

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The other two characters came around to your table for photos.

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Lastly was King Julien from Madagascar! He was so crazy and totally in character along with the movie…dancing all over the place and acting silly with everyone.

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Every time a character came out, each kid got a sticker with that character on it.

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I am a fan of Disney dining experiences that allow you to meet characters without standing in line, so this was definitely worth it to me for our kids to see 3 characters while eating breakfast.

We met up with some of the family at the back of deck 5 to see what they were up to…we had gone out here on the first night and I definitely like the view during the day much better. It’s a tad scary at night being so low and in pitch black! This is the deck with the jogging track, but there are a few chairs to relax and enjoy the view in a little-known spot.

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So much to do, not enough time…

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Trent asked to go to the arcade 2498164716531 times throughout the cruise, but he really has fun playing in there and gets one on one time with Brett because Aubrey can’t do most of the big kid games and me and her do some younger kid games. This time, we went to the arcade on deck 16 I believe it was. This one was geared more towards older kids.

Didn’t bother Trent…time to rock out!

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It was pretty windy out, but we took a chance at some mini golf anyway. I really like how they have this little area for younger kids to the side. They can play without holding up the line in the main area.

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While they played, I took advantage of there being no line for the zip-line. I already signed my waivers online before the cruise (I recommend it), so I just had to get my Sea Pass card punched to show the operators that I was cleared to ride. Word of advice: they are super strict on the zip-line. I recommend wearing tie-up athletic sneakers because I almost got sent away with just my tie-up walking shoes (Skechers). They made me take off my SeaPass lanyard, my necklace, and my Apple watch…and show them that my pockets were completely empty. I could have done 10 passes on it during the time I had to run back and forth to Brett over at the mini golf to hand him all the things they made me take off each time. I know it’s because there are balconies and the boardwalk area with people underneath and they don’t want anything falling off and hitting someone, but sheesh. Then, the person before me lost a shoe while riding it and I thought for sure they would change their minds on my shoes. But, they let me go and it was fun. Quick, but fun. Especially since it’s free. 😉

One of our favorite things to do on a sea day is head to the main dining room for lunch. Most people hit up the Windjammer buffet, but we like the MDR because not only do you get a table without needing to look for one, with wait staff and a full menu to order from like dinner, but they have the most amazing salad bar. All the fixins are lined up in separate bowls and you tell the crew members what you want and they make it for you, then someone at the end tosses it in the dressing and serves it on a plate for you to bring back to your table.

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Oh, and there’s cake. Monstrous cakes.

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Since the kids were up earlier than usual for breakfast, Aubrey was ready to fall asleep right there at the table. Our waiter saw this and set her up a makeshift bed from two chairs, with a blanket (tablecloth) and pillow (rolled up tablecloth). I thought he was joking at first, but he did the entire thing and to our surprise, she loved it!

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He even made her a stuff animal out of a napkin. So many cruise crew members go above and beyond. She was loving every second of it.

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After her nap, we went to the Boardwalk for what they were calling a “Kids Festival.” They basically had various games scattered along the center walkway for kids to play with. I thought it was a nice way for kids to have some playtime without being sent away to the kids club.

Aubrey found some rubber chickens to throw into bins.

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Trent found a game and stayed with it for 30 minutes…Angry Birds toss.

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I took a chance and had Aubrey get her face painted, which she had never done before. She did great! She gave the guy the side-eye the entire time, but didn’t move and let him do his thing.

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I did ask for just a small kitty on her cheek…something I knew would be pretty quick for him to paint and not something that would take over her face and freak her out.

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Kitty!

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The cupcake/ice cream place was right there and we had a reservation for Brett and Trent to decorate cupcakes. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we were told that all cupcake decorating classes for the week had been cancelled. He didn’t tell us why, but said he tried to contact us…we didn’t have any messages on our phone at all, so either he called and didn’t leave a message or he didn’t call at all. I was pretty sad because I booked it before the cruise and Trent was excited for it, but he let us pick out some treats to make up for it.

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Earlier in the day, we had looked at the menu for the dining room that night and didn’t have anything stand out to us, so we all decided to go to Sabor. It’s an additional fee, but with low prices around $5 for most items.

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And I’m not one to turn down chips and salsa.

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Hands down, my favorite drink from the entire cruise was their margarita that had orange juice in it. I don’t remember if it had a special name, but I remember it had orange juice listed. I think the orange juice helped it not have any type of bitterness or over-sweetness that some margaritas can have.

I had 3 😀

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Here they make fresh guacamole tableside. I have always steered away from guacamole because I don’t like avocado really, but I tried some and it was decent. I always prefer salsa.

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This is not my meal, but I just had to get a photo of it. Doesn’t that look tasty?

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I had pulled chicken make-your-own tacos. Very tasty and quite spicy.

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The kids had quesadillas.

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It was drizzling out, and I’m sure whatever weather system we were in was making the boat rock a bit (either that or my 3 margaritas), so we all decided to take it easy and ended the night by meeting up in the game room to play some cards. But first, towel animals…

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The kids grabbed whatever games were already in the room, but unfortunately, none of the batteries worked so they quickly lost interest. Next time, I think we will bring some travel games for the kids to play.

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Thanks for reading day 3 of our cruise! Stay tuned for Day 4, St. Thomas!

 

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Day 2

This trip report is from our recent cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, departing from Port Canaveral on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We stopped in Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We had 7 days of sun-filled fun and I hope you enjoy reading all about our adventures!

On Day 2 of our cruise, we woke up in sunny Nassau, Bahamas with Atlantis outside of our balcony!

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I think Brett went to the Park Cafe and brought us some breakfast to the room. Then after, it was time for some pool fun!

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However, the water in the kiddie area was so cold! This was the extent Aubrey wanted to get in…

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“Hey Ma, I thought you said it would be warmer in the Bahamas?”

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Trent and his cousins had more luck in the whirlpool.

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He went around so many times, I was getting dizzy!

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I have to admit, as much I want to go explore the ports, I also love staying on the ship when in port…it’s empty and all to ourselves!

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Brett took Trent along with the family off the boat to explore Nassau a bit, and since Aubrey would be napping soon (and I didn’t have too much interest in wandering Nassau) Aubrey and I stayed on the ship to have lunch and relax.

We ventured to the Royal Promenade to make our way to Sorrento’s pizza.

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Mental note to shop in Kate Spade when they reopen (shops are closed while in ports).

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The Ultimate Drink package came with a Coca-Cola reusable tumbler for use in the Freestyle machines located throughout the ship. I love the many flavor options, I just wish they were in more spots. I think we only came across 3 or 4 locations on a ship with 17 decks…

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We grabbed our pizza and brought it to the Aquatheater where they were playing the Secret Life of Pets on the big screens.

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Kevin Hart cracks me up as the bunny.

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Apparently, I didn’t grab enough pizza, because we both wanted more…so back to Sorrento’s it was. I didn’t mind because I love looking at all the Christmas decorations in the Royal Promenade. I think our sailing was the first one to have the decorations for the year.

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Yum!

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We looked in a few shops…

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…and then decided ice cream was in order, so we grabbed a cone at the Wipeout Cafe and headed to the top/back of the ship for ice cream with a view.

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I’m gonna rant about the availability of ice cream on this ship now…there were TWO ice cream machines by the pools, including one directly in front of the kiddie area, and I only saw them open twice throughout the entire cruise. We saw crew members putting ice cream in the machines several times, and we would have to tell the kids that it would be ready soon, but it almost never was. They would ask for ice cream every time we were there and we would have to say “Sorry, they’re not open right now.” We’re on a cruise! We should have ice cream whenever we want it!

/end rant

😉

One thing I loved about the deck we were on is that we could pass through Central Park going to/from our room. It was so pretty and relaxing and almost always pretty quiet.

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While we were taking the relaxing route, the others were having fun in Nassau!

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They mostly just went to some shops and walked around.

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Me and this pretty girl were ready for a nap!

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No shame!

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I took some time to look through the Cruise Compass to learn the hours of various activities. I like bringing a highlighter on the ship so I can highlight the activities that were relevant to us.

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For those interested, since we were in a suite, our SeaPass card was a different color than the rest of the cards. Our particular class, Sky Class (which is related to the type of suite we had), was dark purple and said “Royal Suite Class” on it. You can also see your room number, photo location and dining place/time.

You can also see the Ultimate Drink Package sticker. When we first arrived, our SeaPass cards did not have a sticker, but the rest of our family’s did. So when I was at Guest Services, I asked and they said that little DX in the bottom right corner was for the Drink Package. Luckily, there was a man next to me getting the sticker because they told him the same thing about the DX and when he went to order a drink, he was denied because he didn’t have a sticker…so I took his advice and made them put a sticker on our passes.

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When Brett came back, it was almost time to sail away, so I went the bar in Central Park (never busy and very convenient) and brought back some Pina Coladas. That bartender let me get 2 drinks with 2 SeaPass cards even though Brett wasn’t with me, so perhaps others would too (in case you are ever in that situation).

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I picked out our next house…

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See ya later, Nassau!

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After Aubrey woke up, we went to play on the Boardwalk….a carousel at sea!

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There’s a little arcade right by the carousel with games mostly for toddlers and younger kids.

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We had the arcade to ourselves!

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While we were getting ready for dinner, Brett ventured around the ship a little for a few photos.

Zip lining!

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Looking down…way down!

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Central Park.

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Time for dinner!

For appetizers, I had corn fritters (so good!),

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and Brett had a seafood puff pastry (he didn’t like it).

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This may be when I started failing at taking food photos…I can’t help it, I’m hungry and impatient!

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When we came back to our room, Sheepy and Bunny were set up to sleep.

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The kids thought the towel animals were the greatest!

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The kids didn’t let us take them apart, so by the end of the week, we had quite the towel animal collection.

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At the end of each night, the kids and I would go to sleep and Brett would go to the casino for a bit. One night, he walked out with $410 from a slot machine! That became his go-to machine and he became quite jealous of a lady that won $5,000 right when he arrived to play. Unfortunately, he didn’t have that kind of luck, but didn’t lose his winnings, so yay!

Thanks for reading day 2 of our cruise! Stay tuned for Day 3, our first day at sea!