When my girlfriend and I decided to take a cruise and visited our travel agent we were given the chance to meet representatives of all the cruise lines at a travel expo. After speaking to the representatives and our travel agent, we decided on Royal Caribbean and then chose the Oasis of the Seas because we wanted to visit the Eastern Caribbean. Up until the day we left, we were so nervous about being bored on the ship, getting sea sick and spending too much money once getting on the ship. I was so surprised how easy it was to get on the ship, get to our room and then find our way around the ship. Also, with the ship having so many passengers, we were worried about it being overcrowded but it was the exact opposite. There were venues that we were the only ones at. It didn't take much time to get through dinner and you are treated so well and food was exceptional. There were so many options that you didn't have to eat in the main dining room if you didn't want to. There were places that you could pay and other free option buffets. Even the pool area was clean, not over crowded and we never had to look long for a chair to sit in or even have to wait to cool off in the pool. Royal Caribbean did an outstanding job of offering shows(all the shows offered on this sailing were outstanding with Hairspray being my favoite), several types of music types and venues(from a piano bar to a dance club) Ricky Matthews(the cruise director) and his staff did an outstanding job keeping everyone entertained no matter your age. We did sit with some people at breakfast one morning who felt they were entitled to more but I wrote them off as grumpy people who just didn't like being with people. The room size was small but we had so much to do that we really did not spend much time in it at all and when we did, we were on the balcony. One last area that we were concerned with and really turned out to be nothing was the different drink packages. We did the water package(worth it), the soda package(worth it) and we decided against the wine and dine package and the alcohol packages. The drinks are priced reasonably($6.48 which included a tip) and for us to get our money's worth we would of had to average at least 8 drinks a day each. We kept track and this would of been close to impossible and not to mention they weren't shy about the alcohol they mixed into the drink. SO if your a drinker who likes to drink from breakfast to the time you go to bed, its worth it to you. We should of did the wine and dine package and probably will the next time. We went through the 5 bottle's of wine with dinner that you would get with this package. ($165)
I know now and have been told by several people that we will probably be disappointed with other ships. This ship and experience was truly amazing and cant wait til we cruise again with Royal Caribbean. We actually already booked another cruise on the ship and saved with the deposit while earning more on board credit.
Again this ship is amazing and the crew aboard this ship are AMAZING. We truly cant wait until next time.