My wife and I have been on 4 other cruises before the Oasis of the Seas. I talked my family into going with us this time. We had 4 balcony D6 cabin and one inside cabin across the hall for the younger ones. We had never been on RCCL but have been on Princess and NCL. I decided if I was going to go on RCCL I was going to go on the biggest they had and what I had read was the best of their fleet. The destination was secondary as long as it was warm and sunny.
We got to the port at 11:00am and we were on the ship by 11:30, very organized. Our rooms were ready at 1:00. The ship is really something to see. I mean I had looked at the pictures and the deck plans but until you are on it you really can’t appreciate how big and amazing it is. There are four main pools and another one in the sanctuary. They get crowded but there is never a problem finding a place to relax in a lounge chair. One day I counted the people in or on the side of the pool and there were 85 people, but there was still room for more. That was just one of the pools. I was told there were 5800 people on this trip and it never seemed any more crowded than any other cruise I have been on. There are so many different places to go that people just naturally spread out all over the ship.
We ate in the main dining room all but one night and I thought the food was good, as good as any other cruise. It is hard to have your meal arrive really hot but there was always something that we all enjoyed. They are not that concerned about being dressed all formal, one night several us went in shorts and no one said a word to us about it. Never wore a tie on formal night and again not a problem. If you like getting dressed up go for it but I don't, I'm on vacation. The only specialty restaurant we ate at was Chops Grill in Central Park. We ate outside and it was really nice. You felt like you were in a park; the food was excellent but plan on spending 2-3 hours at dinner. We ate during the day all over the place, seafood shack- good, breakfast at Johnny Rockets good omelets little waiting. Park café great salads and beef on a wick and wraps and other sandwiches. Café promenade is open late till like 3am with free coffee and lite menu. Nice change of pace from room service. The pizza was just OK and I really like pizza, small slices not that great.
The Royal Promenade is really like a mall. Very cool, Boardwalk was fun to walk through and check out but not much to do there. Central Park same thing fun to visit but no real reason to just hang out there. The top deck is very large. Plenty to do, Flow riders were never that busy, go in the morning at 9am and you can try it without an audience, that's what I did. Zip line fun but after the one on the private island not that exciting.
If you go with a group get a cabana on the private Island. It is $175.00 so if you have 6 people it is really inexpensive. You get a private beach away from all the 5800 other people and a special meal just for the cabana guest. Plus they give you rides around the island in golf carts so you don't have to walk all over the place and there is a lot of walking. Also they give you a cooler filled with bottled water that is iced down and just what you need on a 90 degree day. When you’re ready to go back to the ship they give you a ride back to the dock. I would rent one again well worth the money.
Jamaica, a couple of the group did the Dunes River falls and really had fun. The port is just an outside mall with gates around it so if you want to do something you need to plan an excursion. It is nice to have the ship to hang out on when there are not as many people. Cozumel we did a Jeep and snorkel tour with All Pro tours. I would not recommend it. The drive was long and hot the beach was a joke, there were no real amenities, the Mayan ruins were one building that was 10 x 10 and 6 feet tall. They told a brief story and that was it. The snorkeling was challenging even going into the water from the beach. There was a current that you had to fight the whole time. We have snorkeled all over the place and this was the most difficult of all of them. The description is deceiving it made it sound like it was for beginners and it's not.
All in all we had a really good time the Oasis of the Seas is worth the extra couple hundred dollars just to sail on her. My family that has never been on a cruise before all want to go on another one, so they had fun to. It will be difficult to pick another ship after going on the Oasis.
We never did any of the shows except for the Aqua Theater. That was entertaining. We spent a fair amount of time in the casino and didn’t lose that much. We had 8:30 dinner so by the time we were done eating it was already past the late seating for the shows. The royal promenade has parades and dance parties that are fun to watch. There was always something to do and something to watch.
One last thing the back of desk 12 and 11 all the way down the hallway is a door that leads to a small balcony. They are on both side of the ship and there was never anyone there. This is a great place to watch the Aqua show. We did that instead of going to the seats down below. We were on deck twelve that is how I found the balconies.