Big ship with new things but no much that is of interest to us. We miss things that the Freedom and Voyager class have to offer that this one doesn't. We don't particularly want to pay more to dine, so all the added upscale restaurants were lost on us. We are not young folks who want risk the flow riders so two flowriders rather than just one adds nothing for us. The Zip line was a 45 minute wait, a five minute rigging and a 5 second ride. Kind of silly. The carousel was a 3 minute ride, fun but once was enough. The photo booth was broken the whole trip. The food available on the Boardwalk with the exception of the donuts and some corn dogs at the bar was all pay as you eat. There is nothing but pay restaurants and a bar on Central Park. Bring your sea pass if you go there. The aqua theatre was a very special facility. The shows were well planned and entertaining. But after you saw it once you would not really be interested in seeing it again for a few years.
Interesting to us that RCCL has gone to free style dining so folks are not "forced into a schedule" but then force you to make reservations for every type entertainment offered. You have to book ahead and show up 15 minutes before show time or they give your seat away. On other ships you could choose to go the show after dinner or not. Here you either had to book a reservation ahead, sometimes pre book before you board, or find something else to entertain yourself. The theatre is about the same size as other ships and so I suppose they went this route because they didn't have a space large enough for all of us.
We did find that the Wipe Out Cafe, Park Cafe and Solarium Bistro were nice additions. I think they take the pressure of the WindJammer since they are also "free" eating venues.
The staterooms lack in a number of areas. If you want to plug in your hairdryer you have to pull out the desk chair, get down on your hands and knees and try to find the outlet under the table. Very inconvenient and stupid in our view. At first we thought there were no outlets at all. About half of the storage space in the cabin has been eliminated. The safe is so small it won't hold a No. 10 envelop without folding it. The vanity in the bathroom is about 6 inches wide, not wide enough to use for anything. Sink is very shallow. The area below the sink is now a garbage can rather than a shelf area. There is an "unprotected" shelf along side the toilet if you don't mind having things in an area that are subject to "toilet splash". Why would anyone store anything below and along side the toilet bowl!?
Someone forgot to measure the width of a hanger when they built the closets. If you hang a shirt and try to close the closet door the shirt sleeve is pushed sideways and gets pinched in the door. The closet needs to be about 2 inches deeper. Go figure!
We think that the photographers are not as experienced as those on other ships. Either that or they don't want to bother dragging out all the lighting equipment. Much of the lighting was poor and not as professional as other trips we've taken. I didn't have a hard time leaving the photos in the box. I purchased much less this time. Many had harsh lite and silly poses with your heads tilted back or to the side. Not natural looking. They said there were 16 places to have photos taken but we found about 7. We never did find a list anywhere of the locations so you could find them if they did exist.
Zero enforcement of the dress code in the dining room. On formal nite lots of shorts, t-shirts and total disregard for the rest of us. Many families with children kept the isles busy with kids running in and out and dodging the wait staff. It was a lot like having dinner in the middle of a freeway! A fine dining experience is not usually a busy, bustling venue with folks dodging carts, kids and other wait staff. We've had much better dining on the other RCCL ships in this regard. Bigger does not mean better in every case. We think service suffered from the increased size.
Entertainment was good if you could get in. We had to go as late as 10:45 some nites since space was so limited.
Crowds were minimal in most public areas which was a surprise. Perhaps because there are so many places to be. The solarium area is outstanding. Never any competition for a deck chair. Very clean and neat area and age limit was enforced here.
We liked the interactive boards at each elevator area but they were not always accurate. Telling you how busy any one venue is was only as good as the information that was submitted. We looked at Johnny Rockets and it had 90% availability but in the 2 minute walk to get there we had a 45 minute wait for a table. Something is missing in this area!
We appreciated the change in itinerary to avoid Tomas. It made for a much smoother cruise and nicer weather.
All in all we had a good time - not a great time. We will stick to Liberty or perhaps Adventures but likely not book Oasis or Allure in the future. We prefer the Promenade musicians and the narrower less congested Promenade area that has the street cafe feel rather than the Oasis Promenade with an Interstate median feel. We missed the ability to go to the show following dinner and then have the balance of the evening to visit other areas of the ship rather than have to kill 45 minutes to go stand in line to get into the show and then find that it was another hour after that before the next event was scheduled. Too much down time.
We don't think this improved the cruise experience. At least not for us.