This post was created during the first Media cruise for Oasis of the Seas - November 20. It starts November 19th with views of the ship in the harbor during the Rihanna concert. Those are in this thread. Pics of the ship are in the link below:
I Just arrived at the beautiful Hilton Ft Lauderdale Marina Hotel on 17th St in Ft Lauderdale. I think mostg of you know it, but if not there isw NO better place for a cruiser to stay.
Outside my window I have a full view of Oasis which I will be borading tomorrow. I will probably be able to hear (and partially see) the Rihanna Concert tonight because I am facing the back of the Aqua Theater stage.
I will be uploading pictures soon. This is it. baby, Oasis of the Seas! I have been waiting some --- six --- years for this day
Last edited by Kuki; February 3rd, 2010 at 05:36 PM.
I have a short video to show you to see how the ship looks while setting up foir Rihanna. The Aqua Theater is all lit up. - NOw, I dont know who Rihanna is, or how they organized this event, so anything could happen, I don't know.
This video will be in the CruiseMates channel of YouTbe where we also have a lot of other cool videos from Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean. Check it out!
I just want to say a little more about this hotel. We have held several CruiseMates get-togetheres here. It once had a different name, but you all know it as the 17th st hotel with the Marina and the great view of the cruise shiop docks. There is a very cool pool area outside and I am goiong out there for old times sake.
And the next time we all sail out of Ft Lauderdale. we can meet here once again for a big get-together. The pool area is great.
From my window I can hear the concert,I hear various things like crowds screaming, some drumbeats but with indefinable basslines, etc,
But that ship is SO big that it just looks closer than it must actually be and I can't really see anything changing onboard except the lights... no people moving, etc.
No worries, I will be there tomorrow to see everything. I can't tell you how abuzz this town, Ft Lauderdale, is about this ship. Everywhere you go it is all anyone is talking about. Tons of travel agents are here to see it, plus media tomorrow. Its one big party in FLL tonight, that's for sure.
More tomorrow - don't forget to watch Good Morning America on ABC to see them broadcast live from the ship.
I'll be here, too, as soon as I get checked out of this hotel and checked in to the ship. Oasis - here we come.
In fact - Oasis is headed out to sea - and I did not realize she was going to do this tonight. It's 10:18 pm local time and it looks to me like she is going out for the night. I hope she is back fopr ther Goos Morning America crowd (unless they are onboard
See you tomorrow - Oasis - go open your casinos and shops (must be a real party onboard, man!)
Here is another video showing Oasis' waterworks in the AquaTheater. I saw these as she turned to leave the Port Evergaldes harbor - something no one expected. It was considered common knowledge she would stay docked tonight after the Rihanna Comcert - obviously, someone wanted to take her for a test drive
I really don't know why she went out to sea - a little surprise perhaps, hard to say. The Rihanna concerts details were a little sketchy, but no one I talked to expected the ship to leave the dock tonight - but she is gone - trust me on that one...
I am so sorry you feel so strongly about what I suppose was the Royal Chumps affair that you will miss this ship.
I guess I am a big advocvate of letting bygones be bygones. Oh yeah, I have been taken advantage of too many times in my life because of that attitude, but what the heck - life is still good.
I have to admit, Im hyped up. This is more than just a ship to me , its a technical marvel and I am a super-geek. Plus I'm from AZ and we were on Pacific time until two weeks ago, so it is still early to me, but still!!!!
I feel like eating chocolate and caviar and drinking wine - celebrating, I'm giddy (oh shut the hell up, already, you loon!).
Anyway - yeah, I am trying to mellow down now. Probably read a book - that always puts me to sleep.
I hope you get to see Oasis some day - without any ill feelings.
Hope that book put you to sleep for a few hours Paul! You WILL have a lot of celebrating to do once on board. The Oasis is just a 'tad' on the large size for my personal taste, but I have to admit the last few weeks I've been drawn to her like a magnet. And I'm wishing that I had listened to DH when we were aboard the FOS a couple of months ago, and booked her! I know that I will be on board her at least once to see this marvel, or her sister ship, sometime. I'm loving your live blog! Signed, a landlocked Mermaid.
My first question is about your hotel - what exactly is the name of it? We're booked into a Hilton in January and I just want to know if it's the same one and if not, I may change
I am a Royal Chump too and have no desire to sail on the Oasis however it has nothing to do with my feelings about RCI. I just feel she's far too big for me. Again, in saying that, my DH has asked if we could try it so I will never say never (not about anything actually). Just watching for the prices to come down and I'll muddle through a sailing so he can see it himself maybe - some day.
Don't get too upset She was suppose to pull out last night - I knew that a day or two ago. So, everything is going according to schedule. I just have know idea when she's suppose to be back - but if she sank I'm sure you would have felt the Tsunami by now. jk
This is the best hotel ever for watching ships - what an amazing view.
I just looked up the new prt facilities for Oasis, ansd they do not look like where she was docked last night (pic is below). So, she may be elsewhere in the prot that I cannot see, but that is kind of like sayuing there's and elephant in the room everyone is ignoring. Plus - she was right outside my window last night.
The ship is HUGE, and I don't see any structures that would be tall enough to hide her. But here is pic of the port from Port Everglades port facility, and I admit this does not look like where the ship was last night:
Now, I admit island Princess is between me and where the Oasis is last night, so maybe I can't see it, but I cant imagine Island Princess would mask Oasis...
Paul, how wonderful you have such a great vantage point to absorb, all the fun! I watched it all on GMA this am....what an amazing feat of shipbuilding..and Adam Golstein in shorts too! Have a ball, and keep us up to date on all the details!
Trip, with her book & tea!
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Thanks Paul. That's not the one we're booked at and by the look of it, it's pricier than the one we are staying at. I would rather be where you are but not if it's going to cost me a couple of hundred more.
Have you seen her come back yet?
I'm really interested in the embarking and debarking.