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Old October 2nd, 2008, 05:44 PM
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Default but it is not a cruise ship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

call it whatever you want -- floating mall, floating mcdonald's theme park, floating six flags, floating time share, floating wally world, etc. the oasis is NOT a cruise ship. it is an excuse to say you have cruised without ever ;seeing the ocean, experiencing the waves, or, perhaps, not even going in to port. why not just book an all inclusive at, let's say, ocho rios?? it looks like they slid the mall of america onto a giant skateboard and popped into the sea. but i suppose a week on the mall of oasis would be cheaper than a trip to branford. it really can't go anywhere, not that those who opt to stay on it would mindl; it will glut small ports with t-shirt seekers making these ports carnival midways, and it will reduce the cruise experience to a visit to wal-mart. oh, lord, deliver me. roast me if you wish, but i still like the sea and the adventure -- lost, lost, alas.
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please, only a short bit to continue: some will say that on such a ship (device) they can afford to take their kids and introduce them to cruising -- they won't be introduced to anything at all except the same chuckycheese experience they have at home, or to pizza mania which is better at papa john's right down the street. what a waste. hombre. come on, hockey moms from alaska, go after me.
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Hombre, I agree with you.

If I wanted to go to the mall, see a movie, go shopping, etc, I could do all that at home -- for a lot less money!

I go on a cruise to get away from all that.
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The Oasis is a cruise ship still, just a new kind of cruise ship. I believe that the point of it is to give the guest a fantasy experience of having travelled the world over in just a week. It is not a traditional cruise ship for sure, but in vacations there is no such thing as a one size fits all vacation. I personally can't wait for my chance to check it out. Royal Caribbean is well known for being activities ships, and this just adds another element to this.
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that is just my point -- fantasy experience in just one week. forget the sea, you'll hardly ever see it. aren't there better venues for this -- little fantasy islands, real or imagined, out there? why put it on the seas and call it a cruise? imagine a little fantasy land in kansas; check in on saturday and out on friday; might be nice. kind of like sci-fi; that is what this whole oasis is. hombre
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I hate to show my redneck credibility but did you mean Branson?

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but i suppose a week on the mall of oasis would be cheaper than a trip to branford
The Wal-Mart analogy is good as it is very much about cost containment. As my ability to afford cruises increases I do intend to explore the deligths of the smaller ship experience. But until then we go where the budget allows.
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My thought is simply that this caters to a certain group of people. Also, I have looked at the Oasis specs and there is room enough to take in the ocean as well. Most of the areas of the ship you are referring to being without an ocean view are on the inside of the Lido Deck. You should certainly look it over again at www.oasisoftheseas.com
Although I certainly enjoy taking photos, I am certainly a person who enjoys always having something to do, and I expecially like the dual Flowrider idea they have.
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oh, i didn't mean to pick on branson. i've several friends who have been there and it sounds like a great place -- but it doesn't pretend to be other than what it is, a fun destination, not a cruise. if i choose to go to branson i will; but if i choose to cruise that is something else. two different experiences.
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I am actually gonna take a trip on the Oasis to see how it is. I just hope they left the ice rinks on board, cause I like the uniqueness of that. Imagine the irony of ice skating in the Caribbean.
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I wouldn't go on the Oasis of the Sea if you paid me to go. Sorry, I do not go for what RCI is seeling in cruise vacations. I wouldn't even use 1/3 of what the ship is offering. I am not active, I like to flake out an just chill out..The features the ship has do nothing for me...I want to shop, but I want to shop IN PORT!!!! I pick up a few items on ship--logo items--but I want to buy unique items from each port!!!

If I won a cruise on that ship I'd see if they could put me on a Carnival ship instead!!!
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It is largely aimed towards younger more active types like myself. I am 28 years old so I have plenty of energy. I am also a bit of an adreneline junkie. So it makes perfect sense for me. Nobody said you couldn't vege out if you wanted. I personally am someone who likes options.
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Even when I was in my 20's. I didn't rock climb, surf, power shop or ice skate all the time. I'm very active but these activities are something that just hold no interest for me. I enjoy watching the ocean and being outside. I like the parties on the lido deck and dancing in the disco. More then likely, I wouldn't pay to go on a mega ship because I wouldn't use half of the "activities" that you end up paying for.
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Well, for those of us who do rock climb(though I dont do it very well due to oversized kayaks for feet) and surf it is more than worth it. I do want to try ice skating(figure), though it is not a typical male activity. Have always been fascinated by it.
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And that's the beauty of it. There's a ship for everyone out there.
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And that's the beauty of it. There's a ship for everyone out there.
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Well, not everyone. There isn't a ship out there that is suited for those with a water phobia.
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maybe not, but the oasis sounds like it comes close.
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One has to find some amusement from the idea of someone freaking out because they chose to board a cruise ship. I can imagine them running around like a chicken with it's head cut off.
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Oasis isn't for me either. Heck, I think "Mariner" has way too many people aboard, so I know "Oasis" would be even worse! I'll stick to the smaller ships,,,RCI or Carnival are O.K., as long as they're under 100 tons.

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Sadly, that happened to a neighbor. He had just gotten married and chose a cruise for their honeymoon. He came back a wreck. They were Vietnamese and he said he had forgotten that when he came to the US, the boat he was on overturned. Only he and a few others survived long enough for US Coast Guard to pick them up. He was in a state of panic the entire honeymoon. WHile that does happen, usually it has to do with getting married! How did he manage to forget that? I have no clue.

But, I have to agree that I will never book the Oasis or anything similar. I want to know I am at sea, not have to look for a place to remind myself of that.
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I am with you guys~~~~I cruise for the experience of a ship.

I hate malls and crowds. I just want to relax.( My opinion only.)

I probably will never sail on anything that big. That said, we are booked on CCL's new Splendor with 3,000 pax. go figure

Actually, that's a golf cruise for DH, but I am apprehensive about all the crowds. We'll see.

So, as has been said, "There's a ship for everyone".

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I am a social butterfly myself. Might have been why I chose a primary career(show business) that has such a critical element of dealing with people all the time. Same with working in the travel industry, alot of human interaction. Some people enjoy meeting new people, some people don't. The only unfortunate thing about the big ships is that it is hard to have intimate "Titanic" moments if you meet someone on board and cannot find them again. I am referring of course to the romance of the 90s movie and not the sinking(that would be a horrible thing), just to be clear. I use alot of film references.
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Even when I was in my 20's. I didn't rock climb, surf, power shop or ice skate all the time. I'm very active but these activities are something that just hold no interest for me. I enjoy watching the ocean and being outside. I like the parties on the lido deck and dancing in the disco. More then likely, I wouldn't pay to go on a mega ship because I wouldn't use half of the "activities" that you end up paying for.
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I still don't get people who prefer to vege out on vacation. That would drive me nuts.
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I still don't get people who prefer to vege out on vacation. That would drive me nuts.
I don't vege at all either. I go to visit the islands. I party with my friends and go on excursions. I'm rarely in my cabin except to sleep and change. HAHAHA Mostly I meet new people on cruises and enjoy my time with them.
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I am sure to hit the casinos on all but the Disney Cruises(which do not have casinos due to their family friendly image, though it makes one wonder exactly what the Disney version of a casino would resemble, if there was such a thing). If I was lucky enough I could always win enough to pay for my cruise(and reimbursement for the cruise fare) plus perhaps enough for another. I generally would probably party more in the evening than on the deck parties. Of course I am hoping to get a digital SLR camera in time for my cruise to the Caribbean in March, and especially before the one to Alaska in May if I get to go then. Of course I will spend a bit of time at the pool on the Caribbean cruise. I am not sure what my singles group will have planned but I know I will want to check out some of the beautiful ladies that are on spring break on that cruise, and get to know a few. The joys of the bachelor life.
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