Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are enormous cruise ships with a remarkable number of activities for guests of all ages. If you have an upcoming cruise on one of these ships, here are our top tips for making the most of your time on-board (these tips apply to both ships because they have so many similarities).
- After you first embark and get settled into your cabin, take some time to get acquainted with the ship’s seven “neighborhoods.” Central Park is surprisingly quiet and peaceful, and can be a perfect place to get away from the crowds on the pool decks.
- Suffice to say the amenities get very busy on sea days, so if you’re able to adjust your schedule to avoid peak hours (for instance, aim for lunch at 1:30pm), you’ll get a lot more elbow room!
- Although some guests love the specialty restaurants, we were definitely pleased with the food in the main dining room. We had a set dining time and assigned table on both Oasis and Allure, so we got to know our head waiter and assistant waiter on both ships, and enjoyed making a personal connection with the people who worked so hard to make our vacation memorable.
- The FlowRider surf simulator can be really dangerous, and some people have sustained some pretty significant injuries on it. The boogie board option seems less precarious than the surfing, but they’re both risky.
- Don’t miss the diving show—it’s got a great mix of high-risk stunts and artistry, and the performers are incredible.
- Some of the interior balcony rooms open onto the Boardwalk, which make for a lot of ambient noise from early in the day until late at night. Having a balcony is a great perk, but we recommend avoiding a balcony in this section of the ship. An interior balcony overlooking Central Park is a much more peaceful option.
- If you want to exercise but get bored on the treadmill, try the outdoor jogging track. It’s about two and a half laps per mile, and the ocean breeze feels super refreshing while you work up a sweat!
- Avoid using the internet if you can, as it’s definitely expensive, and we encountered really slow speeds the few times we needed it.
- Be prepared for long lines when going ashore at ports of call, and always remember to bring your room key and photo ID, as both are required when getting off and back onto the ship.
- Both Oasis and Allure are very family friendly and offer numerous amenities for the young—and the young-at-heart. However, if you need some time away from the many (many!) kids on-board, be sure to sneak away to the adults-only Solarium.
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