We just finished a May 26th cruise on the Oasis - Western. We really wanted to take the Allure to the Eastern itinerary, but we waited too long to book, so the Oasis again it was.
We had a wonderful time! Again!
The staff is all very friendly and hard working! Kudos to all the sports activity folks- they really work hard and did a wonderful job!
Our son was always busy on the upper decks by all the sports activities or the teen lounge area. Great job keeping them busy- and so much for them to do. We got in a Flowrider lesson on the first day (highly recommend this). The Zip line was a hit (we always tried to get there at the open time, or go when everyone has run back to rooms to clean up for dinner). Ping pong and putt putt are always a hit. He met lots of new friends in the teen club.
Our cabin was nice- #8598- of course it is very small, and the pull out sofa a night means we all walk sideways - but we never were in the room unless to shower and sleep, so who cares! Cabin steward was Dale- did a great job keeping room clean, handling our laundry requests, and other small items. We poked our head into a Junior Suite- think we will save some money and try that next time to buy ourselves a bit more leg room when the sofa bed is pulled out - it also has a walk in closet and the bathroom has more elbow room.
Windjammer is always packed- we always found a table first, then one waited to get food while the other guarded the table- not the best situation, but we knew this was the case and didn't let it bother us. Pack your patience if you want to eat in the Windjammer! Food was fine- nothing horrible, nothing superb.
Park Cafe is still yummy --salads, sandwiches, potato chips, etc. Lines get long but move along ok.
Chops Grill is still delicious- service is great, steaks are huge!
Main Dining room food is the usual stuff- it's ok- nothing amazing. We did My Time Dining this year so we could enjoy more activities later in the day while everyone else was getting ready for the 6pm dinner seating. Not sure how we feel about MTD - never had the same waiter (we liked being able to show up and our drinks of choice were already at the table for us) - the MTD tables and wait staff seem very hectic- seems like all they want to do is churn the tables, so service is quick and in-personable. We had several nights where service was poor (no water refills, no coffee service, no bread, etc) - then we had two nights of decent service- so it really was hit or miss. I guess you have to decide what is important to you (short lines for activities or same table all week with hopefully great service).
Pizza place and Cafe Promenade are always fine and nice for kids and snacks for the family to hold you over.
The Wipe Out Cafe up on 15 is great for the kids during the day (and the ice cream cones !).
Donuts are nothing great- save your calories. Same for the pay for ice cream.
Vintages Wine Bar is great place to hide out- wonderful staff- really enjoyed talking with them- best place to relax and they will cork your wine for you to come back and finish later. We spent the first hour after boarding here, enjoying a great wine and talking. Tapas is yummy as well.
Viking Crown Lounge up on 17 is another great place to relax. Love the bartender Julius- had great conversations with him. The view is wonderful, and the furniture is very comfortable.
Globe and Atlas Pub is a great place to grab a table after dinner and people watch. The waitresses are great- they even remembered us from last year ! Say hello to Janeth and NiWayan for us ! Tip them well- they work really hard and they are great to talk with!
We saw the Ice Show this year- it was ok- the best part is a duo from the Ukraine that does this sand design that is backlit - amazing - hard to explain- go to the show just to see it !!!
The comedy show was great- not sure how often the comics switch out- the Emcee is a RCL employee and he is just as funny as the paid comics!
The Splish Splash diving show was really cute and sometimes had you on the edge of your seat- recommend it.
The headliner show was dud- some group of 4 men trying to pull of something like the Jersey Boys - blah.
We saw Hairspray last year- must see --as well as the Aqua Dreams show.
The gym always had equipment open.
Boleros is always a hot spot at night - just always too smokey for us - a shame.
On-Air was always a hit- several nights was packed for basketball games - they even showed games in the big Opal Theater when available!
Pool decks are always busy on days at sea- but there were always chairs to be had, along with fresh towels. Seems there is a place for everyone. I really enjoyed some of the chairs on deck 15 that are chairs with an ottoman type thing - out of the sun with a full sea view!
Solarium is nice adults only area with comfy chairs in sun and plenty in shade. Ate lunch here first day and it was ok.
We didn't get off ship in Haiti- did last year and wasn't overly impressed with beach. Son wanted to do the Aqua Zone beach- $10 gets you one hour- no thanks. Saw a boy that broke his leg on the trampoline at the water park in Haiti- so beware - he was wheel chair bound with a huge cast the rest of the trip. The Zip line and Dragon Coaster are fun in Haiti if you like those things I would recommend from everyone that did it. We stayed on the ship and felt like we had the Oasis to ourselves - no one at the pool.
Jamaica- we shopped in port for an hour- then back on the ship to have to ourselves! Several people we spoke with felt in danger on their walking tour or other places- be careful and I would stick with only a RCL tour here to be safe. Several people were hurt at Dunns River Falls- again - know what you are signing up for and be careful! Accidents can and do happen... be careful in Jamaica!
Cozumel- we did the Aqua Dream snorkel and beach- recommend this. Meet at the end of the pier- about 40 people per catamaran- water was choppy due to stormy weather, so we got off to a shaky start. The guides are great and take your safety very seriously. We did snorkel in very rough seas - which was fine if you were not a beginner. Some of the never snorkeled before people were scared - we had a great time and saw lots of cool things and a sea turtle! Then to Playa Mia Beach Resort- nice little snack of sandwich, fruit, french fries and all the drinks you want. The beach has all kinds of activities that kept us busy. Then back on the catamaran to head back- all the drinks you want - and some fun line dancing classes - again - great crew and guides- very safe and very family friendly fun - recommend this!
So many other great places on the Oasis - everyone was very friendly and helpful- they work really hard to make sure we have a great cruise- so smile and thank them! I can't tell you how many times we saw a passenger being rude to a RCL worker- they don't deserve to be treated that way - any problems or concerns you may wind up having will be handled very quickly and with great concern by RCL staff, so no need to be rude. We loved talking with the RCL staff we saw on a regular basis and really learned a lot about them and where they live. We met lots of really nice folks from all over - had great conversations daily.
The cruise director this year was a disappointment - Ricky Matthews was hardly to be seen, and not very good when we did see him. We loved Richard Spacey (Oasis last year, and Alan Brooks when he was on the Freedom of the Seas)- so Ricky has some big shoes to fill as far as we go. There was plenty to do, just missed some of the extras we've seen with the other cruise directors.
We were disappointed in the Crown and Anchor event- again- different captain/CD so not sure if that plays into things or RCL has changed some things- you barely got one drink (you had to hunt it down to get it) at the event- and then they had a few officers stand off next to the stairs and wave- no introductions or anything- no dancing on stage- no unlimited drinks - not what we have seen in the past. Everyone hunted down their one drink and then the waiters disappeared. Oh well - but still sad we didn't dance or meet all the officers. It felt more like a push to book another cruise when the Loyalty guy took the mic from the Captain and started his spiel - even said he had his appointment book there with him. Not a classy event anymore, Oh well.
We really loved our week on the Oasis- so much to see and do- you need at least two weeks! We will be back on her or the Allure for our Eastern Itinerary next year!
Have a great time on the Oasis- she's an amazing ship!