Review: Oasis of the Seas, Western Caribbean 04/14/2012
We are a mid-60's couple and recently (April 14/12) sailed on Oasis of the Seas. This was our 20th cruise overall and our 5th with RCCL but the first on Oasis and it ranks right up there with our most favourite cruises. The following are some of our observations and impressions...
Check in was extremely well organized. We went from the taxi to ship in less than 15 minutes.
My first impression upon stepping aboard was "Holy S_ _ _!" She is absolutely gorgeous.
It was very easy to find your way around thanks to the excellent directional signage including electronic "You are here" terminals. We did get confused as to fore & aft a couple of times while in Central Park however.
Our Cat. D5 cabin #7590 was well located on Deck 7 but was quite narrow and the only bathroom amenities provided were shampoo and hand soap. Robes were provided upon request.
A minor annoyance was having to sign in & out for your pool/beach towels. That was silly since they weren't worth stealing.
The crew were constantly cleaning, polishing and vacuuming and it showed.
The wait-staff, bartenders etc seemed to make a special effort to learn your names and to remember you and were only too willing to chat.
We found that food was very good and tried to sample most dining venues and succeeded according to the bathroom scale. Actually, as with other Royal ships, they offered very good sugar or fat free desserts.
We had My Time dining and ate most dinners in the MDR and enjoyed the menu choices as well as the speed and attentive service.
Our only specialty dining experience was Chops and while the $30 cover charge may be a bit high, the steaks were extremely good. We had breakfast in the Windjammer a couple of times, room service once and in the beautiful Solarium Bistro a few times.
The delicious roast beef sandwiches at the Park Cafe were a great alternative at lunch.
The Windjammer buffet area is not large enough for the number of passengers. It was difficult to find a seat at times although the crew were very good at assisting people. We tended to avoid it.
Like food, entertainment is a personal preference and we thought that it ranged from so-so to extremely good. We were pleasantly surprised by quality of the Ice Skating and Aqua shows.
Reservations are recommended for some shows but we always were admitted without one.
We seldom had to line up for anything.
Her sheer size makes for a lot of long walks. You really need to make sure that you have everything with you when you leave your cabin.
There was very little motion even with the extreme winds that we encountered.
there were a few times that we knew that we were sailing with over 5000 of our closest friends...after muster drill when everyone wanted to go top-side and and when they would hold events on the Royal Promenade. The first couple of days were very windy which kept many indoors which added to the congestion.
As mentioned, this was one of our most favourite cruises and I am sure that anyone who sails on her or Allure will have a great cruising experience.