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.
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.
|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||
|Wednesday||October 8, 2014||Fly to Amsterdam||
|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|
|Tuesday||October 14, 2014||Rotterdam, Netherlands||5:00 pm|
|Wednesday||October 15, 2014||United Kingdom||10:00 am||11:59 pm||
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||
|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|