Today’s Forecast: Thunder Storms (Chance of rain 60%) 86 Degrees with winds ENE at 11 mph. UV Index: Very High Sunrise: 7:14    Sunset: 6:35 Drink of the Day: Oasis Rita  A classic blend of tequila, blue curacao, sour mix with a drop of orange Juice. $8.95 in a souvenir glass Crew Fun Fact: Ever wonder how many employees it takes to run a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship? Well, Oasis of the Seas has approximately 2,104 employees onboard. And between all of them, they have 6,627 years of experience! Holan had the hair dryer on our balcony, thought she might need to plug it in to dry her hair. By this time she had already check out the walking/running track and had been up and down the ship several times. All before we ever got out of bed! The t-shirt is one she picked up in Turkey. We had breakfast …
As we got up to the cabins there was luggage sitting here, there and every where. We received our luggage soon after getting to the cabin….well most of us did. Holan’s was no where to be found. We checked several times with people delivering the luggage and was told just to be patient. They were doing everything possible to get them delivered as quickly as possible. If Holan had not received her luggage by 8:00 pm then we were to go to Deck 2, aft, where the undelivered luggage holding area was located. So after dinner, we went down to Deck 2. It was like a different world in that area. As we stepped out of the elevator it was like stepping on to an interstate. But instead of cars there were people traveling at different rates of speed and they all seem to be on a mission. This is …
Before sailing at 5:00 pm we had to do our Muster Drill so we would know where to go if there was a problem. They sounded the horns and it was a little loud for Samantha. If you look on Samantha’s arm you will see a blue bracelet. All kids had a bracelet so they could be taken to their assigned muster station if they were not with their parents. There were over 6,000 passengers and over 1,500 crew members when we sailed. These pictures were taken as we were leaving port. These people were on the beach to send us off. Even people on boats watched as we left. This boats name is Catch My Drift. We thought that was a cool name. The US Coast Guard escorted us out of the harbor. Since it was an armed boat we thought they might be more concerned about boats coming …
After about three hours of wondering the ship our cabins were ready for us. This was Holan’s cabin – all the cabins were the same. We had balconies that we used to go room to room with out getting out into the hall. The bathrooms are small but have lots of storage. All cabins have flat-screen interactive TV’s, which allows you to book shore tours and entertainment as well as to view your onboard bill. On one channel you could check out how crowded the restruants were. There was a handful of national U.S. networks, depending on the ship’s location and news channels (such as CNN, TNT and Fox News). This is how we found out that  Muammar el-Qaddafi had been killed. The Bridge Information channel showed us a map of our location. The red dot shows that we are still in port and the speed also says that we are …
The Boardwalk is a trip down memory lane that fills your senses with the aroma of baked donuts, ice cream and jaunty music of the carousel. There is Pets at Sea shop where you can make your own stuffed animal. At Smile you can have your picture taken with over 100 costumes to choose. Candy Beach is a store with all the old-time candy and oodles of modern-day classics. It is the world’s first seaside at sea. There were all kinds of things for kids to do. Samantha liked the double-decker bus and the car. As we entered the Boardwalk we found the beautiful carousel. Each piece on the carousel took between 6 to 8 weeks to carve, sand and paint – all by hand. When you look at the horse you notice that only one side is ornately decorated. Most carousels are finished with 2-3 coats of sealant but …
After having lunch we started learning our way around the ship. As you can tell from this picture we had a lot of learning to do!! Including the whirlpools, there are are 21 pools onboard Oasis of the Seas. We got some drinks and enjoyed the empty deck chairs. As more people get on board this view changes greatly! No one else was ready to get in the water so Samantha did a swim by herself with Mom watching closely. Ha stopped by Guest Service and post a note on the Community Bulletin Board. Just in case the post is hard to read it says: Name of Meeting: Prince Charming, Contact Name: Ha, Date of Meeting, Anytime, Time of Meeting: Anytime, and Venue: Any where While at Guest Service we saw Princess Fiona. Samantha was a little shy.
Our first meal on the ship was at Johnny Rockets. The theme of Johnny Rockets is that of the diner-style restaurant that was common in the 1950s. Decor included Coca-Cola advertising featuring nearly life-size cardboard illustrations of women in World War II armed services uniforms, individual jukebox stations at the tables, chrome accents and red vinyl seats. We ordered hot dogs and they kept the French-fries and onion rings coming as long as we would eat them. Making a smiley face with ketchup on the paper plate when served French fries is a Johnny Rockets trademark. The staff are known to sing and dance every half-hour. We were entertained twice while we were there. This fellow was outside of Johnny Rockets, we joked that he could be Holan’s new boyfriend.
Today’s Forecast: Few Showers (Chance of rain 30%) 84 Degrees Cloudy with winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. UV Index: 7 High Sunrise: 7:20 Sunset: 6:52 Drink of the Day: Oasis Breeze – a blend of vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple juice topped with cranberry juice $8.95 in a souvenir glass First impression – Oh My! What a beautiful ship and she is HUGE, the world’s largest cruise ship. OASIS is spectacular. Year Built 2009; Tonnage 220,000 tons; Registry Bahamas; Length 1,181 feet Embarkation: So smooth, unbelievable. We arrived Port Everglades Fort Lauderdale at approximately 10:45 a.m. We were dropped off by Ace Tours and Transportation. We left our luggage curbside with the porters then walked a short distance to the terminal. Check in was a breeze. We did have a little problem with Samantha not wanting to have her picture made for the check in but she was willing …
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale on Friday so we would not have to worry about delayed flights on Saturday. We checked into a Holiday Inn, had lunch from Panera Bread and hopped on a trolley car for the beach. We buried Samantha in the sand…. took some pictures…. played in the water….. walked on the beach…. cleaned the sand off….. then it was time to find the  trolley car to go back to the hotel and then out to dinner.
House of Blues Dallas opened in 2007 in the historic White Swan Building at the crossroads of Dallas’ West End and the newly established Victory Park development. The building dates back to the 1920’s when it housed a White Swan Coffee processing plant. This unique and history–rich building continues to celebrate and showcase art and music. As we passed the back of the building there were several VERY large trucks and MANY people dressed in black unloading musical “stuff”. Live music is performed most nights. There are several music “rooms” with the largest one holding 1625 people. The House of Blues serves southern-style food and the service, the day we were there, was terrible! It was so bad they took 50% off our bill. Steve and Fred had coleslaw which was made with blue cheese. It was really strange. The menu cover was carved wood. The doors go to the …
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