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Oasis of the Seas – Day Two – At Sea

by Patrick O'Halloran
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Oasis passes through some stormy weather overnight. We hardly notice a thing and for us the ship seemed pretty stable but on talking to some people you would think we had just encountered a category 5 hurricane. Guess they must be really sensitive to motion.

Our first breakfast onboard is in the American Icon dining room on deck 5. We choose a table for 2 but are sat quite close to some other couples. We get chatting to a nice couple from Kentucky who drove down to the port yesterday. We are slightly jealous in that they don’t have to worry about baggage allowance and can bring as much as they like onboard.

After breakfast we stroll around the ship seeking venues we had not visited yesterday. We then hear the captain announce we will be making a detour to Nassau in the Bahamas to drop off a family due to a medical emergency. As we were dining last night we heard the Alpha, Alpha, Alpha call go out for the Buffett. Someone had obviously fallen ill and needed medical attention. We arrive into Nassau at around 10.15 and partially dock next to Oasis’s slightly larger sister Allure of the Seas. We watch as an ambulance pulls up and the family disembark with their sick family member. At 10.44 we reverse, spin 180 degrees and sail out of Nassau. The captain advises that the detour means we will arrive into Labadee tomorrow about 2 hours later than planned.

Peter heads off to the gym late morning whilst I remain in the cabin. Weather has perked up a little from yesterday so I sit on the balcony and start this blog. Once Peter returns we head to Sabor for lunch. It’s a Mexican restaurant situated on the boardwalk so it’s lunch al-fresco. We start with some corn chips with some excellent guacamole. We then have squid and empanadas followed by flour tortillas. I have pork, Peter has chicken.. We finish off with churros(with chocolate dip) and choc/banana chimichanga. All very good and very filling.

After gathering things in the cabin we head to deck 7 at the back of the ship. There is a very secluded spot here that most people don’t know about. It has a nice row of steamer chairs and unless you take a sharp left near the rock climbing wall you would never know it’s there. It’s sheltered from the sun (and rain) and has a nice view out over the ocean. A perfect spot to read or listen to music which is what we do. I find myself nodding off. I blame the large lunch and so we head back to the cabin for a nap. Turns into a 2 and half hour sleep for both of us.

We shower and ready ourselves for the evening. It’s the first formal night so we don our tuxes. Rather than the usual black we jazz it up with red and green velvet jackets. It’s nice to stand out sometimes. We head straight to the trellis bar for drinks. It much more pleasant here than the previous evening as the rain has stopped and it’s not as windy. Champagne Bar is our next stop which lends itself perfectly for formal evenings. Schooner Bar is next and I see a post from Mark & John who we had dinner with on Thursday. They are onboard another Royal Caribbean ship and post a picture from the Viking Crown. I reciprocate with a picture of us in the Schooner.

Dinner is in 150 tonight. Again a sophisticated location with an equally sophisticated menu. We have an excellent waiter by the name of Jeanni from the Philippines. I have a Duck Confit to start and Peter has Lobster Gnocchi. Main for me was Lamb Duo. Peter stayed with a seafood theme and had Pan Roasted Sea Scallops. It was all so good. We both finished with Bittersweet Bourbon Tart with Chantilly Cream.

Opal Theatre

It’s showtime tonight so we head to the Opal Theatre for the Come Fly with Me show. Song and dance numbers are interspersed with aerial acrobats. Very polished and professional show which we expect from Royal Caribbean. We have front row seats so have an excellent view. After the show we head back to the Trellis Bar for some more of the excellent Kendall Jackson. We head to bed around midnight in preparation for our arrival into Labadee tomorrow morning.

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