This was our 7th cruise; 2nd on Royal Caribbean. We chose the Oasis of the Seas for the kids (teenagers). There are many fun, safe, things for them to do, and we felt comfortable letting them charge off on their own.
Our last cruise with Royal Caribbean was five years ago on the Liberty of the Seas. There are many changes with Royal Caribbean since then. Some are good - some not so much.
Dining room choices have change somewhat - we like the new menu with many choices. Service in the dining room was outstanding. The only criticism was that there were fewer fresh fish options available than in the past. Sort of disappointing. We also chose one of the wine packages, but probably won't do that again, since the choices of wine are quite limited.
Shows were great, but I missed the traditional music shows that the permanent crew used to do. Hairspray was excellent; a truly talented cast with a Broadway caliber show. The Headliner wasn't so great, but that was based mostly on personal preference. The best show by far was the Aquashow - it's a must see. And the ice show didn't disappoint either.
RCI's online system to make reservations for entertainment is quite poor - not user friendly at all. We tried to get into the comedy show numerous times, but couldn't. And there was no way to figure out what shows had availability and which were full, until we went through the whole reservation system and got rejected. Fortunately, it was quite easy to make reservations once we were on board, and we were able to reserve spots for all the shows we wanted to see.
RCI has eliminated afternoon tea - understandable, but a disappointment nonetheless.
Elevators are slow. Even though there are 24 on the ship, we often had to wait quite a while.
Oasis is of course a huge ship, but it didn't feel any more crowded than the other cruises we've been on. (At least to me - my husband disagrees). Except for the Windjammer (the buffet) - it was always packed, and there simply isn't enough seating for a ship that large. And it has rather limited hours - it closes at 9:00, so if you're looking for a late night snack, you have to do go down to the Grand Promenade. And it didn't have as much variety as I would have expected. Breakfasts and lunches were pretty much the same thing every day. Kind of disappointing.
We loved the Park Cafe for lunch - outstanding fresh salads and paninis.
Vintages had a great wine selection, but the servers there were kind of rude and arrogant. (We're relatively knowledgeable about wines, but they treated us like we were idiots).
Both embarkation and debarkation were a breeze. RCI really has its act together on that - it took us less than 12 minutes from the time we entered the doors until we had our cruise cards in hand. Amazing. And debarkation was just as easy, notwithstanding the huge crowd.
The Solarium is a great spot to get away from the kids, and for some semi-sheltered peace and quiet.
All in all, I wouldn't go on this large of a ship again, but I'm glad we tried it at least once.