So last week I was lucky enough to go on a cruise with my family to the Caribbean. We stopped in Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico. It was an amazing experience, and I can not wait to go on another cruise one day. But let me tell you, I was stressed out of my mind leading up to this cruise. I had no idea what to pack, with Royal Caribbean’s dress codes, and no idea how a cruise even worked since this was my first one.
For anyone going on a cruise with Royal Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas, I just want to lay it all out for you, so I can save you from stressing out like I did!
- There were two formal nights on our cruise (suit, khakis with a tie, tux, no jeans, etc.) The other nights in the main dining room were supposed to be smart casual (something you would wear to church, no shorts, no sandals or tanks for men, etc.) This caused the most stress for me being a fashion blogger! Turns out, they were not actually as strict as they came out to be. People showed up on the non-formal nights in jeans with holes (which was not allowed) shorts, and even bathing suits. On the formal night people did not wear ties like they said was mandatory, and some men even wore jeans. So for anyone who is not a dress person or guys that don’t own many ties, do not stress it because it was not necessary to wear them.
- There are no irons in the rooms, so if you need to have any clothing ironed you have to send them off on the boat and pay a fee. I suggest bringing your formal outfits in a hanging bag to avoid paying this fee and keeping them from getting wrinkled (it was not cheap, between 15-30 dollars an outfit).
3. The wifi works on the whole boat not just in your room. YAY! I suggest getting this so you can keep up with your party if you separate, the boat is huge.
4. The deluxe beverage package really is unlimited, they do not “limit” you or give you a time frame for when you can get drinks like some cruise lines do.
5. When you arrive at the port and the workers take your luggage, MAKE SURE you do not have anything in there that you need for the rest of the afternoon or night. They are very sow at getting everyone’s bags to their room, and I made the mistake of sending my laptop with them instead of carrying it on myself. Don’t end up like me with late school work because of a dumb mistake!
6. There are many places to get food on board that do not cost any extra. There is the main dining room, along with cafe’s, a pizzeria, and a casual buffet. We ate at the buffet everyday for breakfast and lunch, the food was great. For dinner we always went to the main dining room for an “upscale” dinner. They had the most delicious meals that I could not pass up for being included in the cruise price. For a late night snack we always went to the pizzeria for some yummy pizza. I was very pleased with all the food they offered, and how accommodating they were for their guest’s requests.
7. The stores on board were Tiffany and Company, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, duty free perfume and liquor, a small boutique, and a few others that did not stand out to me. Prices were good, but no better than being at home so don’t feel like your going to get any amazing deals.
This is all I could think of that I wish I had known before I went on the cruise. I hope if you have a cruise awaiting that you find this information useful. It was a time of my life; I had loads of fun, got to show off many cute outfits, and eat some awesome food.
Thanks for reading, if you have any questions about your future cruise leave a comment below!!