After a long nights sleep, which we desperately needed, day two started with breakfast at the the Windjammer Cafe. The view is spectacular and the food is not bad either! Unlike yesterday afternoon, the skies are blue today and the sea is calm.
We played a little miniature golf then headed over to the pools. The pools are nice, but wish they had more, it was a little crowded. The hut tubs/whirlpools are the best and we spent most of our time in one of the larger ones. They hang and overlook the side of the ocean.
It was a black tie event for dinner today so we headed back to get ready. Dinner was ok, sorry no photos of it today, wife became a little nauseous all of a sudden, it was probably due to the movement of the ship, we were beginning to feel it a lot more that evening.
After losing a few bucks at the Casino, we headed over to see the musical production Hairspray at the Opus Theater, which is huge, holds over 1000 guests. I was really surprised, it was great!
At the end of the night we found a nice surprise in our stateroom, flamingos!
After an overnight flight on Virgin America we finally arrived at the Ft. Lauderdale and took a taxi to the new terminal built especially for Oasis of the Seas. Like the ship, it was new, clean and smelled like it was built yesterday. All the workers are very friendly but still new to the process, after a few glitches we checked in and were lead to a seating area to await embarkment. Since our flight arrived early we were first in line to enter the ship! It is BIG.
You enter the promenade deck and its like a Las Vegas’s hotel entrance, grand! They have an old classic car in the center next to the elevating bar. Restaurants and stores are setup throughout the two story Promenade. Our rooms were not going to be ready until 1pm, we had an hour left. So we went up to the Windjammer buffet for lunch on deck 16. Oasis was set to depart at 5pm. Around 4:30pm the skies got dark and a downpour darkened our view. We were at the Solarium at the front of the ship when the storm hit. Oasis made its way out of the Port Everglades in the rain!
Later that night, the skies were clear again and we went for a late night snack at Sorrentos for pizza. We missed our dinner time at 6pm, we took a nap, we were very tired from the flight over. We went back to our room and from our balcony we could see the Oasis water show, we had a very nice view.
As I finish up packing some last few things, I begin to pack my camera equipment into a backpack. For this trip I decide to leave the Pelican case behind and load everything into my backpack. That’s a laptop, a couple of cameras, batteries and power supply. Wife is wondering if we are going on vacation or work! However, she forgets, I like taking photos!
Its raining outside and has been the entire week, looking forward to the Caribbean warm weather! The photos right now on this site are stock photos of the ship, can’t wait to add many, many more of my own! I’ll try to update it daily, but depending on my schedule it may be every other day.
Oasis of the Seas departs out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The first 2-3 days we are at sea, then our first stop will be Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), then the following day arrive at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, (Dutch/French island), our next stop will be Nassau, Bahamas. Then finally arriving at Ft. Lauderdale. This is our first cruise and looking forward to it, 7 days at sea, or at least a large floating resort!
I am so excited, tomorrow night we will be flying out to Ft. Lauderdale to go on a 7-day cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Royal Caribbean’s latest and largest ship, actually the largest ship in the world, will be heading out on Saturday for its second full 7 day voyage. I’m going to be taking lots of photos and video.
If everything goes well, I’ll be posting daily and showing everyone my photos of the day. I plan to take a digital SLR and two compact point & shoot cameras. The ship is so large with a capacity of over 6000 guests, lots of pools, a zip line, central park and a boardwalk! Funny thing happened, we booked a simple ocean view stateroom “guarantee”. I have never been on a cruise, so it didn’t really matter which
room I got, and since it cost about $200 less than if I had chosen the exact room, with the guarantee I allowed them to choose one for me and I save the money. Well, we lucked out because several weeks later I find out that they upgraded us to a boardwalk balcony stateroom! That one was selling for over $500 more than what the stateroom we originally wanted!
So we are flying out Friday night on Virgin America, love flying that airline! As soon as we get on board, you should start to see some original photos!