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Oasis Cruise Review

Land Ho!

I’ve finally got my pictures off my camera and am so excited to share some of the highlights from the last half of the cruise. (Tip: taking your video card and putting it in your camera for photos works, but it makes things complicated to upload to your computer. Just pay the $12 and get a new 2MB card for heaven sakes!)

If you missed my first post, here is a roundup of the first half.  AND it’s your last day to enter to win a cruise of your own for your family, so take advantage of the odds and go and enter!

In the meantime, I here is our official Oasis Cruise Review:


St. Thomas

Beautiful fruit stand snapped from the taxi

Almost to the beach! The view from above.

Never been in an open air taxi on the wrong side of the road!

We made it! Magen’s Bay: Best beach I have ever been to. period.

Back on the “Tug Boat” Again

Seriously, is this not the BIGGEST ship you have ever seen?!?!

The Kids Program (saved our bacon!)

For the most part, our family watches our kids.  So I didn’t think that I’d take advantage of the kids program “Adventure Ocean” on board.  Until of course they started fighting and we needed a distraction.  From that point on, this place was their favorite.  My hubby and I even got to have a few dinners on our own – glorious!

What I loved the most though, is that all of the staff have degrees in child development or a similar field. The facility is a nut free, dairy free, egg free zone (took special note as we have a kid with wild allergies). They take kids 6 months and up and have completely different zones for each age group.  And of course I loved their security process. I felt totally safe having my kids in the program.

They had an amazing science lab where they could blow up volcanoes! There was a different science project every day.

Crayola is a partner of Royal Caribbean and provided the coolest art projects for the kids. I’m a fan of “Model Magic” now. Kept them busy for ages!

St. Maartin

I really can’t get over the color of the water!

Can’t resist snaps of the bright umbrellas!


But seriously, still so much to do:

The kids loved the pools up top

I pretty much have 100 pictures of him getting washed ashore wherever he is

Miniature golf course on top of the ship. So fun!

More mini golf!


Free family movies on the deck at night. Something about watching movies outside is so much cooler . . .


We spent the day cruising through Atlantis, a huge family resort and then we headed to Cabbage Beach. It had a bit more surf and the kids got crunched a few times, but they loved it (and I loved snapping the photos of the wipeouts).

The view as we cruised into port

Wandering through the aquariums at Atlantis


Check out this sting ray!

The kids fed cabbage to the turtles

ON AGAIN: The Towel Animals

This post would not be complete without a feature on the thing that excited us most every night . . . to see what kind of animal would be on our beds!

At first I was confused – but then I realized it was a seal!

Sting Ray


One of my favorites! A bat hung from the light!

Monkey – They used my daughters left over fruit loops for eyes!

MY FAVORITE: The Ninja! I wanted to take him home. My husband said I’d be stealing. Then I saw a little girl in customs who took her ninja home. I should have taken the ninja. (one regret)


Word to the wise – it’s hard work getting off the ship and you rise at the crack of dawn!  You end up feeling like this:

Asleep on the chair

Literally asleep standing up! I was amazed!

And with that came a long day of travel delays. So we resorted to getting our energy out at the airport with yoga contests:

Plank pose! Look at the form!

Would I do it all again?  Definitely.   For me, this is one of the best ways to take a young family on a seemingly exotic, well managed, relaxing vacation.

The only thing I spent money on once on the ship was a new photo card ($12) tips, and our taxi rides once we were on the islands.

What would I do differently?  I’d avoid this interaction:

“Mommy!  Is that another baby growing in your belly?”
“No sweetie, that’s mommy’s food baby.”

Curse you, unlimited, wonderful cruise food.  CURSE YOU!


A huge THANK YOU to Royal Caribbean and their staff for having us along and for being amazing to work with and creating an amazing experience. Thanks to Kodak for helping out with their M530 Easy Share. I have literally captured the last year of our life on my iPhone. I’m amazed at what this little camera does and it’s a simple point and shoot.  And finally another thanks to DownEast Basics for hooking some of the ladies and I up with some “cruise wear” and not the bedazzled leopard print kind! We’ll be giving away some of those outfits soon – so check back for updates!

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  1. Pingback: TodaysMama | Blog | Rachael's 2010 Recap

  2. petit_elefant 04/24/2010 at 9:55 pm

    I love the colors in your photos! I would go bananas for something like that in about mid-February. Also, the kids were tired enough to sleep standing up? PRICELESS.

  3. BreAnne 04/23/2010 at 7:07 pm

    After seeing and reading about this adventure, even a “food baby” won't deter my overwhelming desire to set sail! It's nothing some fierce animal print cruise wear won't cover up! Royal Caribbean is now on my “must do list”!

  4. Queen Scarlett 04/23/2010 at 5:37 pm

    Fabulous POST! Love it! Dying to take my family on one. It's all I can think of thanks to you!

  5. Rachael 04/23/2010 at 11:40 am

    I'm telling you – you could have fit in that luggage! All 3 of you!

  6. Rachael 04/23/2010 at 11:39 am

    thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed! I seriously read it and I can't believe it happened . . .I'm all ready wanting to plan another trip! I'm glad @sugarjones sent you – I think that means I might need to put you on my radar to stalk to be a san diego mama! 🙂

  7. Jyl Johnson Pattee 04/23/2010 at 11:06 am

    Look how happy you are with that bright blue water behind you!

    Love your pics.

    PS: Those sunglasses ROCK!!! 😉

  8. Michelle Sybert 04/23/2010 at 10:13 am

    I am not normally drawn to the family vacay's of people I don't know, but follow on twitter…but I have to say that I was GLUED to this post! what a fantastic vacation. Makes me want to take a cruise and to see the kids having fun and all the fun stuff on board…so neat!

    thanks for writing this post!

    @sugarjones told me I should be reading you!

  9. erinoltmanns 04/23/2010 at 8:56 am

    HOLY CRAP! That cruise looks amazing. I sort of hate you for not letting me stow away in your luggage.

    “No sweetie, that's mommy's food baby.”

    HA HA HA!!!!

  10. meredith sinclair 04/23/2010 at 8:55 am

    That trip truly looks amazing!
    Hilarious pics of your kids asleep in those positions:)
    Great re-cap girl!!