We woke up to a beautiful day! The sun had risen and was shining brightly, the seas were calm and there was a gentle cool breeze blowing. It is going to be a wonderful day!
The week before coming on board was a very busy and fun one. Our friends Barry and Lana had stopped by for a quick visit on their way south for a vacation. So, by the time we had gotten on board we were exhausted. We had retired early last night and slept for ten hours. We woke up rested and ready to start our cruise in earnest.
As has become our habit on the first morning on board, we ordered room service for breakfast. Just before it arrived Randy ran up to the Diamond Club to get café lattes for us. A lovely tray of fresh orange juice, fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal arrived on the dot of 7AM. The morning was so beautiful we decided to have breakfast on the balcony.
After a little housekeeping around the cabin, we were off to a top tier event at the Aqua Theater at 10:45AM. A Top Tier event is a social gathering sponsored by the Crown and Anchor Society to say, “Thank You” for those passengers who have shown loyalty to the cruise line by returning time after time.
On our way we stopped to look at the pictures taken the night before. They were very nice. We were a little early so we stopped at the Schooner Lounge to listen to the Crown and Anchor trivia contest. We listened and tried to see how many answers we could get right. Well, we learned that we need to bone up on the Royal Caribbean cruise line history before we actually participate.
We finally made it to the Aqua Theater, picked up a Mimosa and found some seats. Patricio, our cruise director came out greeting everyone and introducing several members of the dive crew who dazzled us with their diving and acrobatic skills.
We watched as gymnasts, aerialists and divers performed jaw-dropping feats in and around the 18 foot deep fresh water pool some diving from a 10 meter platform.
Patricio then introduced Captain Hempstead and Hotel Manager Kevin Thorogood who said a few words of welcome and thank you to all those in the audience who have made the line so successful.
By the time the event was over it was close to noon so we stopped at Sabor for lunch. Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar is a wonderful Mexican restaurant on the Boardwalk. The first time we ate here was on a transatlantic cruise on the Oasis in 2014 . We loved it and were anxious to see if the food was as delicious as we remembered. It was!
However, we did notice a few changes. They no longer prepare the guacamole at the tables and the Dessert Box is no longer on the menu. But no matter the salsa, the chips, the chicken and roasted corn empanadas and the coconut flan were all delicious!!! And, of course, I had to have a margarita and that was smooth and delicious too!
Our next stop was Central Park and the Tiffany & Co. jewelry store. Tiffany’s was holding a grand opening event and we decided to stop by and browse a little. Randy seemed taken by the Tiffany blue candy covered almonds and Tiffany blue and white lollipops. There were also glasses of Champagne to enjoy while browsing the store. I tried on a small Tiffany key pendant. Randy thought it looked great and said, “Happy Valentine’s Day”.
We returned to the cabin for a little rest on the balcony before preparing for the evening. When we opened the cabin our eyes were drawn to a covered plate. Beneath the cover were the largest chocolate covered strawberries I had ever seen. “How wonderful“, I thought. After just finishing a large lunch we decided to put them into the refrigerator for another day.
While Randy was kicking-back on the balcony, I picked up my camera and decided to take a walk around the ship. After being in therapy for the last eight weeks for a knee injury I sustained six months earlier and a back spasm that sent me to the emergency room, I was anxious to see if I could walk for a long period of time as well as climb up and down stairs without a great deal of pain. I set a modest goal of 5,000 steps a day and a few flights of stairs pain free a day.
Each time we have cruised on the Oasis we have been seated in the Grande Restaurant. The dining rooms are located on three decks with each deck having a different theme but all serving the same menu each night. I wanted to see all three.
I started on deck 5 where the Asian-decorated restaurant Silk is located. Silk is decorated in rich red velvet and beautiful lantern chandeliers. In some areas large high-backed red velvet chairs dominate. I loved the lanterns.
The Grande Restaurant is located on deck 4 and was originally decorated for those who prefer a formal dining experience. There are gold overtones and beautiful mirrors gracing the walls.
The American Icon Grill is located on deck 3 and is reserved for My Time dining in the evening. This dining room also serves breakfast and lunch. I loved the décor in this dining room. I was struck by the beautiful mirror panels that depict national landmark scenes from our beautiful country. They were all beautiful.
There were also wonderful maps of the United States made of old license plates on several of the walls. I had to walk up to one and touch it; they are real license plates. Wonderful!
The afternoon was waning so I returned to the cabin to prepare for the evening. We made our way up to the Diamond Club to spend time with a lovely couple we had met the night before. We had agreed that whoever got to the club first would reserve seats for the four of us. As it turned out we met another couple and the six of us had a wonderful time sharing little bits of information about each other and laughing a great deal.
All too soon it was time to make our way to the dining room. I was very happy to see one of my favorite dishes on the menu especially as it had been removed from several of the ships we had cruised on recently. The Roasted Beef Tenderloin dinner included mashed potatoes, asparagus with Morel mushroom sauce. I finished off my dinner with a Grand Marnier vanilla soufflé. Both dishes were delicious.
This was our first formal night so there was an opportunity for photos with the captain and a champagne reception on the Royal Promenade. After dinner we made our way to have a picture taken with Captain Hempstead.
We did not schedule a show for this evening so we spent some time walking around and people watching before returning to our cabin to relax a little before turning in for the night. On our way back to the cabin we spotted Kung Fu Panda, once again, posing for pictures. Well, of course, I could not resist. Kung Fu Panda and Randy got into a belly bumping contest; it was very funny!
We finally made it back to our cabin and got comfortable on the balcony enjoying the quiet and taking in a sky filled full moon and thousands of twinkling stars. Life is good.
Tomorrow we dock at Labadee, Haiti.
PS- I managed to walk 5,843 steps and climb 8 flights of stairs today. Off to a good start!