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Default Great Pictures of the Oasis Model from Seatrade - See them!

http://www.cruisenewsweekly.com/2009...s-of-the-seas/

These pictures are by CruiseNewsWeekly and taken at the Seatrade convention. I don't know about you guys but I think this is going to be a great ship.

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I have to say - she didn't appeal to me when announce and even less so now. It's way to big for me.....................not that I would discourage my clients

I believe the max for her is more like 6,400 when at sailing capacity with triples and quads and of course there is the crew.

I live in a city of 17,000. I would not even consider sailing in close proximity with 1/3 of the people where live here.
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I love this ship - I think it is going to create tremendous buzz in the industry. I especially love the open feelinh at the back end of the ship with the pools, mini-golf and baskekball and two flowriders up top, ad then the AquaTheater below.

The kids pool area with the adjacent lap pool is also cool. both of them looking down on Central Park, and that al fresco restaurant above the pools is especially cool.

The four story dining room is bound to be one of the most impressive rooms ever built on a cruise ship, and I have to say that out of all the aspects of this beauty that it only has one main dining room is the only possible drawbavk I have seen.

I believe there will be plenty of alternative dining spots onboard, however.

I sorry, but I just don't agree with anyone who says it is too big. Yes, it is huge, but the desgn more than justifies the size. This is not just another cruise ship on steroids, this design is evolutionary. Cruising will not be the same.

Okay - anybody care to talk me down? Or do you agree.
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Well, I guess that might be the difference, I lived in New York City for 8 years and loved it.

What I think will surprise you (assuming you do get on her some day) is that she will not feel that crowded - except maybe during dinner. I hope they have the acoustics to a point where the cobversation level in the dining room is tolderable.

But I'll bet you there are enough diverse public areas that she will actually feel less crowded tan the Freedom class. Freedom has the royal promenadw, the Casino/Ice Rink deck and the top deck. Oasis has a bigger Royal Promenade, the entertainment deck, Central Park, the Board walk and the top decks which are far bigger than the Freedom top decks.

There are added entertainment venues, AquaTheater, Comedy Club, Jazz Club and new dance clubs. People will be all over this ship every night - it isn't as if everyone will be in the same place at once.

I really just don't get the fact that it holds a lot of people as justification for the statement "its too crowded" - the ship has a better space ratio per passenger than the Freedom class (I believe, quick mental calculation).

But it is what is ON the ship that counts, like I said, this is not just a regular ship on steroids, it has so much to do onboard its unbelievable.
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Seeing it in this article I feel some enthusiasm for the first time. Before all I could think of was the amount of walking to and fro required every day.
Keeping track of others in my family might be a challenge...
You would almost need a week of sea days to take in everything.
I've sailed the Freedom class too and it has never really felt crowded, even with a full ship.
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Holy HUGE Ship! wow will it float; I am not a fan of the larger ships because I do like running into the same people we meet on board; however, I would try this one and my only concerns are:

--the lines on & off the ship; sorry but one plank for a ship this size would make for miserable wait times; do we know how embarking/disembarking is going to be handle for a ship this size.
--will it feel like a huge floating shopping mall
--dinner service: how long will it take in the main dining room; again lines at the door for the main dining time; hopefully multiple entrances
-- and the last one: Getting Lost, hmmm will your sail & spend come with a GPS unit
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I love it....... I think.

I have booked a B2B for Aprl. I figure it will take 2 weeks to really relax and enjoy all that this ship has to offer.

I may find that it is too big, or too crowded. We will be sailing the first week with our DS, DIL and granddaughter (who will be almost 6 years old). We may never see them again, after boarding!

I think that RCI has put lot of thought into the placemet of the public areas, to keep the passengers scattered from one end of the ship to the other. We shall see.

I wish I were more observant, so I could write a really good review. I simply don't pay closes enough attention to details.
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msblackjack - I cannot deny you have brought up very good points. We will wait and see how well they execute.

I read someplace that they have plans to use extra gangways, or extra gates on one big one, or something.

I haven't seen it announced, but obviously feeding 3000 people in one seating is a challenge. maybe with alternative dining, etc it will be closer to 2000 at once but still. Maybe they have a new galley system. We'll see.

I do agree with you about this - the quality of the food will probably get a lot of scrutiny. When you have a dining room this big you'd better be sure you haven't bit off more than you can chew.
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Thanks for making that distinction - is it too big, or too crowded. I contend it is neither.

it is big - like the Mall of America or the Empire State Building is big - but that is part of the attraction. I agree that it will be almost impossible to keep track of other people if you lose them. We'll have to devise the "Oasis system" of keeping track of your cruise mates.

I still say it will not fell crowded - except when things happen that everyone wants to see. But I just can't think of that many types of events where that will be an issue. All of the shows will repeat very often - they have to, none of show venues are built to handle more than 1/3 of the passenger base at once. And because of that it won't feel crowded, most of the rooms will feel like any other ship. (except the dining room, OK)

The main theater is no bigger than the Voyager class - so you know there will be probably four repeats of every show. You will go to the main theater one night, the AquaTheater the next night and the Ice Show the third night. The rest of the night offers many more enetertainment options than even the Freedom class offers.

I wish I had B2B cruises booked, I agree one cruise won't be enough to do everthing.
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Edited to add: What the heck is the lifeboat drill going to be like on this??



Paul I hadn't even thought about the food quality - hope that it stays
good; it will be a huge feat to pull it off;

and I do like the breakdown of the shows and the rotation; this is a great idea IMHO; better to be able to schedule your activites, so you can try other dining venues (i.e. the payfor dining) etc around the show schedules etc;

I know the bigger is better people will probably love this ship; I am just not a bigger is better person -- frankly, this big ole ship is scary looking to me, I am afraid of heights -
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Well, I guess that might be the difference, I lived in New York City for 8 years and loved it.

What I think will surprise you (assuming you do get on her some day) is that she will not feel that crowded - except maybe during dinner. I hope they have the acoustics to a point where the cobversation level in the dining room is tolderable.

But I'll bet you there are enough diverse public areas that she will actually feel less crowded tan the Freedom class. Freedom has the royal promenadw, the Casino/Ice Rink deck and the top deck. Oasis has a bigger Royal Promenade, the entertainment deck, Central Park, the Board walk and the top decks which are far bigger than the Freedom top decks.

There are added entertainment venues, AquaTheater, Comedy Club, Jazz Club and new dance clubs. People will be all over this ship every night - it isn't as if everyone will be in the same place at once.

I really just don't get the fact that it holds a lot of people as justification for the statement "its too crowded" - the ship has a better space ratio per passenger than the Freedom class (I believe, quick mental calculation).

But it is what is ON the ship that counts, like I said, this is not just a regular ship on steroids, it has so much to do onboard its unbelievable.
Well, maybe I'll get an invite to the pre-inagural as a TA.

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I'm so looking forward to the Oasis. What a great looking ship. I'm wondering if there will be any issues in the first couple of sailings. That will be alot of cruisers on one ship.

I remember being on the Freedom on the 2nd sailing and did not get my suitcase until 11pm. It will be interesting to see how they handle that along with the dining room.

I can't wait.....
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Yikes. Still to big for me.

But I will suffer for the greater good of the community (Oasis fans).

I received an invite for the Oasis of the Seas Aqua Theater Experience on April 2. No clue what that is. Initially I said "oh what for". But I will go and bring back some pics and maybe videos which can be exclusively featured on CruiseMates.

Yep, folks I will suffer for you. I am victimizing myself.

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Yikes. Still to big for me.

But I will suffer for the greater good of the community (Oasis fans).

I received an invite for the Oasis of the Seas Aqua Theater Experience on April 2. No clue what that is. Initially I said "oh what for". But I will go and bring back some pics and maybe videos which can be exclusively featured on CruiseMates.

Yep, folks I will suffer for you. I am victimizing myself.

Here - I'll lend you my hanky to wipe away those tears as they pull you pushing and screamng to whatever that is.
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Wow! That ship is huge!
But all I can think about is how insane embarking and disembarking will be.
How crowded the airports will be. (This will drive up airfare on cruise days)
Meal times? Excursions? Try renting a car from the port to go home when this baby sails in....

But.... I am more of a port person than a ship person. I book according to itinerary not ship. Those who book according to ship probably feel differently.
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A week at sea would be great on this ship. A floating resort....
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Wow! That ship is huge!
But all I can think about is how insane embarking and disembarking will be.
How crowded the airports will be. (This will drive up airfare on cruise days)
Meal times? Excursions? Try renting a car from the port to go home when this baby sails in....

But.... I am more of a port person than a ship person. I book according to itinerary not ship. Those who book according to ship probably feel differently.
I didn't even think about airports, car rental and parking; 6000 peeps that want to be the first one on board...will the buses to the cruise ships be double deckers!!!! and the mess at the small ports; 6000 people from one ship at grand cayman with the other ships that will be at that port holy heck !!
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Doesn't look like they added anymore lifeboats
Are they sure that's enough?
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Doesn't look like they added anymore lifeboats
Are they sure that's enough?
They are supposed to hold 350 people.
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Doesn't look like they added anymore lifeboats
Are they sure that's enough?
They are supposed to hold 350 people.
per each life boat?? wow!

I am still amazed that something that size will float! gotta love it 8)
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I have said from the beginning - while the later arrivals are boarding in Miami the first will be disembarking in San Juan.

The more I hear the less I really want to try her. The crowds getting on and off, trying to find luggage, trying to get a cab to the airport etc etc etc just will not work for me. I hate crowds.

I've been trying to imagine this ship and oh say 3 others in port at the same time in a place such as Jamaica. Those other ships will hold about 2,500 each. That is going to be over 10,000 people invading those islands at the same time. Nope - never going to work for me.
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But all I can think about is how insane embarking and disembarking will be.
How crowded the airports will be. (This will drive up airfare on cruise days)
Meal times? .
Never thought about the airports What might this do to air travel into FL? FLights could be high in depend which means the rate will go up.
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bigger the better, love it. booked Jan. 23
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Do we know how many ports can accomodate the "O"?
Does it have to tender to most ports?
I have heard it won't fit through the Panama Canal.
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Do we know how many ports can accomodate the "O"?
Does it have to tender to most ports?
I have heard it won't fit through the Panama Canal.
Panama Canal? I doubt that thing fits through the Florida Straits.

As far as I am aware of the only ports it will be able to call 'home' is Port Everglades, Labadee, Fallmouth (Jamaica) and then some tendering I believe in St Maarten. I am not sure if Oasis Class will be able to dock in St Thomas though. Supposedly Nassau is on it too. Can't really see that.

I am sure there are people who can give you more details.

I lost interest in this whole thing when the first renderings of CP were released.
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It is hectic enough after disembarking with a ship with less than 3,000 people. With all the buses, taxis, and cars. Think about double that. Yikes!
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WOW!!! It certianly is an impressive ship. She will be a must sail in the future for me (when the price comes down). If you go on to ***edited to remove commercial link*** there are some really good up to date photos of her.
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Panama Canal? I doubt that thing fits through the Florida Straits.

very funny FL cruiser.

It will be very interesting to read the first reviews.
I just looked at the prices and they didn't seem that unreasonable for a 7 night cruise. Less than what I am paying to go to Alaska.
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I am very exited. my sister and I are booked for january. I love large ships I feel a lot safer. and they did remodiling on the port in fort everglades. The terminal will be able to load and unload people at the same time. the upstairs at the terminal holds over 3000 people. cant wait to see this. the parking holds over 3000 plus room for more parking if needed. cant wait to go.
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thecruisequeen,

Just wanted to let you know that when Freedom started sailing RC did a ramp up of capacity, so that they could adjust. The first sailing was suppose to be at a Voyager capacity and each cruise after was suppose to increase by about 5% until Freedom was at full capacity. If I remember correctly it wasn't suppose to be until the 3rd month that she was sailing full. I am pretty sure they will do something very similar with Oasis.

Hopefully that helps ease some concern

BTW, this has me looking into sailing Oasis in 2010. I was going to try to wait until 2011 and hope for lower prices with the introduction of the second Oasis ship, Allure.
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