The Oasis of the Seas
Solo Cruise
June 2022


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A- Challenge Statement
I’m on my way to cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas”!!! This is my first cruise since the re-start. I chose Royal Caribbean because they sail out of Cape Liberty in New Jersey, a 2-1/2 hour drive from home. No air, hotels, and shuttles on this trip. I’m solo on this cruise because my wife wasn’t ready to get involved with pre-cruise testing and other protocols imposed these days. Oasis of the Seas is the worlds 4th largest cruise ship. It was #1 when built (2009) but Royal has raised the bar since. Her capacity is somewhere north of 6,000 passengers (2,100 crew). We were told that there were about 5,000 passengers on this sailing. On the subject of pre-cruise testing. A negative test taken within TWO days of embarkation was required. There are several ways to accomplish this but I chose to do a “Proctored Home Test”. It’s an interesting process and there are several YouTube videos out there that describe the process. I bought a 2-Test Kit from the Royal Caribbean website. We’ve been on about 35 pre-shutdown cruises so I was really looking forward to getting back on a ship.

B-Under The Bridge
I cruised aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne NJ. While the port is in New Jersey, it does go out into New York Harbor. All shipping in New York Harbor heads out to sea by cruising under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. A favorite activity among cruisers is to go up onto an upper deck as the ship passes under the bridge. Oasis of the Seas had her exhaust stacks modified for passage under the bridge. The stacks retract. It was said that there is only a 10 foot clearance.

C-The Inside/Inside Cabin
For this cruise I booked an INSIDE cabin. I was traveling solo and was faced with the single supplement charge so I went for the least expensive cabin available. Royal made cabin 10441 available which was located on deck 10 forward. These cabins are sometimes referred to as “Inside/Inside” because they open up onto secondary hallways. Absolutely no problem for me. I’ve had inside cabins before where the double bed is located straight into the cabin. The problem with this arrangement is the narrow space on each side between the bed and the wall. We typically get the bed split into two twin beds so access is down the middle. Anyway, this cabin was different in that the double bed was positioned side to side which made getting into it much easier. I really liked this arrangement. This cabin also had a full sized sofa which I liked for staging the next days clothing. I’m typically up at 6am to walk the halls and like to have everything laid out and ready to go.

D-Challenge Results
I’m on my way home after cruising aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis of the Seas” for 5 days. This is my first cruise since the re-start and also my first solo cruise. I set some goals for myself and this video covers how I did. An introduction to those goals can be found in another video.
In the meantime, stay safe….

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