We had our suitcases already re-packed so we got to sleep in a little. We woke up around 9. We were out of the hotel and on our way to the port by 10:30. There was no traffic until we hit the light to turn into the port. We sat in the line to enter the drop off line for maybe 10 minutes. The only issue we had was a really inpatient, rude taxi driver behind us that kept honking. We were in a line of cars unable to go anywhere. When we made a slight turn the taxi went around us and cut in front of us almost hitting the right front of our rental car. I noticed that the taxi had a handicap tag hanging on the rear view mirror so he was able to bypass all of the other cars and drop the people off. I called the number on the taxi to let them know how rude and dangerous the driver was. The response I got from the taxi company was extremely rude and then they hung up. The guy I spoke to on the phone must have contacted the taxi driver because we saw him a couple of minutes later and he honked at us and gave us the finger. So professional! So, my advice, stay away from Merritt Island Shuttle (but comes up as Merritt Island Shuffle when I Googled the phone number). Ok, rant over!
DH dropped us off and returned to the hotel to pick up the OZ family. After dropping them off at the port DH returned the rental car and took the shuttle back to the port. This whole process took about a half hour. We waited on a bench right by the line to enter the terminal. It was very entertaining to watch the people try to line up and enter the terminal. They really need a sign because the lady that was trying to direct people which proved to be very frustrating for her. To enter the terminal the line is to the right of the rope. If you are diamond or above you enter to the left of the rope. This seemed to confuse people that were in suites. It seemed that if you had a suite but were NOT diamond you had to enter in the regular line. This was just to go through security. After security it was then split by suites and decks as well as diamond and above.
We did learn that if you forget to print out your set sail pass you can fill out papers. I was a little worried because the OZ family forgot to print out the set sail pass for the kids. Our check in went smoothly and we walked right on the ship. All together we arrived at the port at 11 and boarded the ship at 12.
Once on the ship we headed to the pub for our first drink. The only downside to purchasing the beverage packages online is that you don’t have the soda cups until you get to your cabin. After downing our first drink we went to Central Park to wait until we could get into our cabins. We found comfy chairs and had the husband’s bring us food from the Central Park Cafe and drinks from the Trellis Bar. At 1 we headed to our cabins. As we were walking down the hallway we found our luggage so we just took it with us. Since we had our luggage we decided to unpack to get that out of the way.
After unpacking it was about time for the muster drill. We headed to the Aqua Theater, listened to the speech and watched the video. We then walked up to deck 15 for the sail away and walked around and took some pictures. We had 5:30 dinner reservations so we went back to the cabin to clean up.
I had made all of our my time dining reservations in advance. We did have an issue with finding our reservation but only had to wait 10 minutes. Our waiter and assistant waiter were very nice. Not as outgoing as in the past. Food was good but not great. I thought the menu was limited compared to past cruises. Several starters, main courses and desserts are on the menu every night leaving on a few different choices nightly. I am happy to post menu pictures and food pictures in a separate post if anyone is interested.
After dinner we went bar hopping to find a bar and entertainment that we thought we might like to go to nightly. Our favorite pub entertainer is Jimmy but we are not sure what ship he is on right now. The pub entertainer on the Oasis currently is Rob who is know for signing Neil Diamond. I personally didn’t like him but he seemed to be popular.
We had an awesome first day!