Night lights on Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk Aqua Theater

I’ve received more requests for videos of Oasis of the Seas. Although most of the time I spent taking pictures, I did record a few digital video clips. The quality is not that great, but are worth watching.

Here is a short clip of the Boardwalk from our stateroom #10317, the night lights are beautiful! If you have a chance to cruise on Oasis, I recommend a Boardwalk stateroom. Some people have asked if the rooms had a view of the Aqua Theater, as you can see it does. Others have asked if the noise level was too loud from the shows or people in general down at the boardwalk but from the video you can see that its not too loud.

We often had the balcony door and curtains open in our stateroom. The lights and sounds were very relaxing at the end of the night, so it was perfect for us. However, we slept with the balcony door closed at night. I noticed others leaving them open at night, I guess they enjoyed the calm night sounds of the boardwalk.

I can’t wait for my next cruise…maybe on Allure of the Seas? 🙂

Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk views, day and night!

Boardwalk Oasis of the Seas room 10317
View from Boardwalk Stateroom 10317

I’ve received a few questions regarding our boardwalk balcony stateroom #10317 and the view from it during our trip on Oasis of the Seas. I’ve included several pictures of our view facing the Aqua Theater, but I thought a few more looking down towards the boardwalk and the merry-go-round would be nice. This area is very active and can be loud but only if we had our balcony sliding door open, otherwise the sound would not enter the room.

I was surprised to see how late at night, after all the shows were over, this area was mostly empty. My wife and I would take a walk after 10pm and there would only be a handful of people. It was the perfect time to take some nighttime pictures. The merry-go-round and the restaurants are either closed or closing, so there is not much to do other than take pictures.

balloon man on oasis of the seas
Balloon man on Oasis of the Seas

As you can see from the photo of the balloon-man at the boardwalk, behind him Johnny Rockets was empty. It was open, but to tell you the truth, we never really noticed too many people eating there. It’s not one of the restaurants included in the price of the cruise so the cost is extra. And if you’re like me, coming from the U.S./Los Angeles area, Johnny Rockets is a common restaurant and can be found anywhere. I preferred to eat at the Solarium, Sorrentos Pizzeria, Windjammer or any of the other main restaurants…but that’s just me! 🙂

Finally, someone asked if the merry-go-round was large. Not really, but it was big enough and I rarely noticed a line for it. It runs most of the day as long as it doesn’t rain. My wife got on it several times and its perfect for all ages!

So when are you going on Oasis? Or have you already gone? Have any pictures to share? If you would like to share your experience on Oasis and/or a few pictures on this site, use my contact page to send them to me.

Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk at night
Oasis of the Seas Boardwalk at night

Merry-go-round on Oasis of the Seas
Merry-go-round on Oasis of the Seas

Not even rain ruined our trip on Oasis of the Seas

I’m more of a photographer than I am a videographer, but I want to share a short clip I took of our departure on day one. The weather called for cloudy skies and a chance of showers after 5pm. So when Oasis was scheduled to leave Port Everglades later that day I expected a little rain, but not like this! But nothing was going to ruin our departure, we even enjoyed the rain.

The bad weather lasted only a couple of hours and then the skies cleared up for a beautiful starlight night. This was the only day it rained during our cruise. The rest of the trip was beautiful. Be sure to check out the day-to-day summary of my time on Oasis of the Seas! For those traveling on Oasis this month in April…take me with you! 🙂

Top 10 items to pack for a cruise on Oasis of the Seas

The top 10 items to pack for your Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise!

View from oasis of the seas boardwalk balcony stateroom
Taken with a Canon Powershot G11 camera.

Like many others who have cruised on Oasis of the Seas, I researched and purchased many items prior to my trip. Below are my picks for the most useful items I felt were needed. I’m not including the obvious items, like sunglasses, bathing suites, and suitcases but rather items that enhanced my trip and/or made my cruise more enjoyable!

1. Digital Camera – but not just any camera, a Point & Shoot compact digital camera with advanced features. You probably saw this one coming since this site focuses so much on travel pictures. For my trip on Oasis of the Seas, I packed two cameras; a digital compact camera and a digital SLR. My wife also brought along an additional camera, which I used often. My daily camera was the compact Canon PowerShot G16, it’s a very well constructed compact P&S digital camera with many features only found on digital SLR pro models. Its easy to operate for the average person but also gives advanced options for those who want to take pro-type images.

Here are a few sample pictures taken with the G Series camera: one, two and three. More than half of the pictures on this site were taken with a G Series camera. For a list of the three cameras I used during my trip and this site, take a look at my Best Travel Camera page.

2. Laptop sleeve – Be aware that the safe inside your stateroom is too small to fit anything larger than a small laptop. Storing it safely in your stateroom takes some planning. I purchased a laptop sleeve that fit like a glove and left the laptop case at home. While away from my stateroom I placed it in my suitcase between my clothes to hide it. Or better yet, I would simply take an iPad or other Tablet, that would fit perfectly in the safe with lots of room to spare.


3. Wrinkle RemoverSince Royal Caribbean does not allow nor provide an iron to be used in your stateroom, getting rid of wrinkles can cause a big problem, especially for those elegant nightly events! So besides packing your clothes very carefully, a travel size can of wrinkle remover was very helpful.

4. Insulated Water Bottle – Why a water bottle? If you don’t already know, you cannot take bottled water on-board Oasis of the Seas, they screen everything. Your only options are to buy bottled water packages that can run you about $4 per bottle if pre-purchased in bulk. But what people don’t know is that most of the restaurants on board have filtered water available at no charge (it’s a new ship so the filtering system is excellent). I could not tell the difference from the bottled and filtered water. For our day trips at the ports, I would make a quick stop at Sorrentos Pizzeria at the Promenade deck and fill up my insulated bottle with ice cold filtered water.

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