He acknowledged that the deck might have been stacked. "My mom was the middle judge."
On the last day at sea, I visited on the bridge with Capt. William Wright, who was at the helm for the inaugural cruises. (His day job is senior vice president of marine operations.) The Oasis is so maneuverable, he said, that "pilots in ports are calling her a sports car."
When he backed the ship into the new dock at Labadee, Royal Caribbean's resort on the north coast of Haiti and our sole port on this cruise, he beamed and boasted, "No scratches." (Labadee, by the way, is 85 miles from the capital and did not suffer damage in the recent earthquake.)
"The most amazing ship the world has ever seen," the captain told me. "Despite her size, she doesn't feel big."
Our cruise was silky smooth. He showed me the high-tech control center, which he calls the "Starship Enterprise," and the 24-hour safety command center that fields onboard 911 calls. On our cruise, he noted, most of these had been, "How do I get to the Windjammer [buffet]?"
The Oasis has 2,700 staterooms in 37 categories, including family suites. When my ship comes in, I'm going to book a suite -- not one of the 28 elegant loft suites, not one of the balcony staterooms overlooking Central Park or the Boardwalk -- fun but a bit too public. I'll take one of the six Aqua Theater Suites at the stern, with big balconies overlooking the sea and the aquatic amphitheater (and starting at $8,029 per person for a seven-day cruise).
My four days flew by. Back in Fort Lauderdale, I was ashore in a flash, carting my luggage so I could disembark at will.
And there, directing us to customs, was Myra. "I remember you," she said. "Welcome back to reality."
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