This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. After taking several Princess cruises with our two daughters (ages 13 and 10)we decided to try a Royal Caribbean cruise with all of it's child friendly amenities (mini golf, zip line, ice skating, etc.).
Embarkation - A
Easy to get on. We got to the port a little before 11. Went right through the lines to check in and get our sea passes. We waited a couple of minutes for the gangways to open and went right in - very easy.
Cabins - B+
We had cabins 14186 and 14188 - port side and two connecting rooms. We found to have two connecting rooms, rather than one larger suite, a great way to travel. It was nice to have our daughters in the connecting room next door and it gave us two bathrooms rather than one (and ended up being cheaper than a junior suite). The steward was able to open the balcony between us and we had one bigger balcony. Our room had the bed closer to the balcony and further from the closet. Our daughters' room had their bed closer to the closet - which made getting in and out of the closet very difficult. I would definitely recommend getting a room with the bed that is further from the closet. Closet space is tight and there isn't much drawer space to put all of your clothes. The location on the 14th floor was fabulous. We were a quick walk up to the pools and because we were one of the higher floors for staterooms, we never seemed to have a long wait for an elevator to go down. We didn't have any problems with noise from the deck above, as some people on the 14th floor complained about. One thing to note - we picked the port side because we like to look into the port when we dock. The oasis backs into each port - so the port side isn't looking into the port. Next time we'll pick the starboard side.
Entertainment - A
The entertainment far exceeded our expectations. We saw every reserved show. Hairspray was like seeing a Broadway show. The ice show was amazing - we couldn't believe the caliber of the skaters. We loved the diving show and were amazed by the number and type of dives. The headliner show was good - probably the most "traditional" cruise show we saw, but still entertaining. My husband loved the comedy show and our daughters favorite show (other than Hairspray) was come fly with me - very entertaining and similar to Cirque Du Soleil.
Dining - B
We were in the regular dining room with a 6PM seating. Our table number was 606 and it was the perfect location. Easy to get to, in a smaller room to the side and with a large window overlooking the water. Our waiter, Enrique, was fantastic and very funny. The food was good and service was great. We also went to Chops one night which was very good. We all had the filets and they were delicious and very tender. My daughters loved the choice of sauces that you could put on top. We also went to Giovanni's Table - which was a much more casual setting. We liked the food - different Italian options than what we typically see in an Italian restaurant and large quantities of food (really too much)- but it was a very long dinner. We were in there for more than 3 hours. My daughters couldn't wait to leave! There were a couple of times that we came onto the boat around 4:30 and my daughters were hungry. It was actually tough to find food at that time - unless you wanted pizza. Most everything was closed down.
Kids Programs - D+
We loved the children's programs on Princess cruises. My daughters were in the programs all day long and never wanted to leave. We found the young teen programs to be limited and not very engaging. My daughter went to a couple of the events. They seemed to be not very interactive and mostly centered around dodge ball and other sporting events - seemed more geared towards boys. The Voyagers program (Ages 9-11) seemed more organized and overall better, but my younger daughter went a couple of times and just didn't care for it.
Recreation - A
Great activities to be found all over the boat. Too many. We never made it to the ice skating rink, even though we planned ahead and brought our long pants. Zip line was fun. Easy, but fun. Miniature golf was fun and they had several competitions that made it a little more interesting. Each time we went to the rock climbing wall, it was closing. We never made the climb. The flo-rider had long wait times and took about 1 1/2 hours to get to - but they gave you quite a bit of practice time once you were able to get into the water.
Spa - B
My daughters and I all had manicures and pedicures on the ship. Very nice and very relaxing. Unlike the other ships we've been on, the spa doesn't have windows to the outside. It is in the front of the ship where you can really feel the ship moving and can't see the outside. The Spa was absolutely huge and very nice and relaxing. They had a kid/teen area that the girls really liked. It would have been an A if we could just see the outside sun!
Shopping - C
Although not your typical category, this is an important one for me and my daughters. We thought with all of the different shops on the oasis we would be in awe. But we really didn't buy much on the ship. The clothing for sale wasn't very modern, there weren't great trinkets to buy and nothing really struck us as being worth buying. We liked Princess shops better - they seemed to have great sunglasses, purses, gift items from the various islands that we visited, and overall much better variety than on the Oasis.
Disembarkation - B+
They let us know our time was between 8:30 and 8:45 to leave the ship. We entered the waiting areas at 8:15 and never had a chance to sit before our number was called. There was a wait on the gangway - about 10 minutes - as they were holding people from going down the escalator so that the customs line didn't get too long. We found a porter right away who took all of our luggage, through the customs line and onto our bus very quickly and easily.