Oasis of the Seas - Transatlantic Rotterdam to Ft. Lauderdale - October 2014


Last update - 04/16/2018

When Royal Caribbean announced that Oasis of the Seas would enter drydock in 2014 and then do a transatlantic crossing from Rotterdam to Ft. Lauderdale, we decided to book the cruise. Our travel agent booked us the first day booking was open. She was on a Celebrity cruise in the South Pacific at the time.

We weren't going to just fly over and cruise back. If we were going to spend the money to fly over, we were going to see some new places as well.

When we checked flight prices, we found that IcelandAir was the least expensive and flew out of Sanford, near Orlando. They also allowed a stop-over in Iceland for up to 8 days at no additional cost.

So, we decided to fly from Sanford to Reykjavik, Iceland, and spend two nights there before continuing on to Amsterdam. We decided to stay in Amsterdam for 5 nights and our son, Perry, would join us there. Then we would go to Rotterdam for 2 nights before boarding the Oasis for the crossing.

Credit Cards

After the credit card problems in Target and other retailers, we heard about the weakness of the magnetic stripe credit cards. We were told that the "chip and pin" cards were much more secure and were used extensively in Europe. So, just before we left, we received a chip and pin card and decided to use it on the trip. We used the card many times, but never had to enter a pin. Just sign the receipt as we have always done. I don't see why the new cards are any more secure when used without a pin.

Credit cards seemed to be more widely used in Europe. People even used credit cards for fast food restaurants, such as McDonalds. But then a visit to McDonalds was more expensive there than in the USA. There was a credit card reader accessible by customers at each register. Just push your (Chip and pin) card in the slot, or swipe your old magnetic stripe card, then sign the receipt. At restaurants, the servers would bring a wireless credit card reader to your table. Just plug in the card, add a tip, and sign your receipt. There were even lines in grocery cards that were credit card only - no cash.

The itineraries for the pre-cruise travel and the cruise are listed below. Click on a link to see photos and descriptions for each location.


Day Date Port Arrive Leave Excursions
Saturday October 4, 2014 Drive to Sanford IcelandAir Flight 7:00 pm Sanford
Sunday October 5, 2014 Arrive in Iceland   7:00 am Iceland
Sunday October 5, 2014 Arrive Reykjavik Transfer to Hotel 7:00 pm Northern Lights
Monday October 6, 2014       Blue Lagoon
Monday October 6, 2014       Golden Circle
Žingvellir, Althing
Wednesday October 8, 2014 Fly to Amsterdam     Netherlands
Thursday October 9, 2014       Rotterdam
Thursday October 9, 2014       Delft
Thursday October 9, 2014       The Hague
Friday October 10, 2014       Flora Holland
Friday October 10, 2014       Schiphol Airport
Saturday October 11, 2014       Anne Frank House
Saturday October 11, 2014       Heineken Experience
Sunday October 12, 2014 Taxi to Rotterdam      
Sunday October 12, 2014       Markthal
Sunday October 12, 2014       Cube Houses
Monday October 13, 2014       Noah's Ark repiica
Monday October 13, 2014       Kinderdijk
Tuesday October 14, 2014       Euromast
Tuesday October 14, 2014 Transfer to Oasis      


Day Date Port Arrive Leave Excursions
Tuesday October 14, 2014 Rotterdam, Netherlands   5:00 pm  
Wednesday October 15, 2014 United Kingdom 10:00 am 11:59 pm Southampton
London On Your Own tour
Thursday October 16, 2014 At Sea      
Friday October 17, 2014 At Sea      
Saturday October 18, 2014 Vigo, Spain 8:00 am 8:00 pm Vigo walkabout
Sunday October 19, 2014 At Sea    
Oasis of the Seas
Cabin Crawl
Central Park
Aqua Theater
Studio B
Small Wonders
Cruise Compass
Monday October 20, 2014 At Sea    
Tuesday October 21, 2014 At Sea    
Wednesday October 22, 2014 At Sea    
Thursday October 23, 2014 At Sea    
Friday October 24, 2014 At Sea    
Saturday October 25, 2014 At Sea    
Sunday October 26, 2014 At Sea    
Monday October 27, 2014 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 4:00 am   Port Everglades