This is a ship, on a 7 day cruise, where you can have dinner at a single venue and never eat in the main dining room. That was our goal and mission was accomplished!
We were warned about the service. Many of the staff were moved to Allure. According to one waiter, he stated in ½ of the crew was moved to Allure – the service showed this!
At best the service was poor and spotty. Some were good (if not great) and some were really bad. The classic one was the poor service at the Seafood Shack. Waitress was surly and then had the nerve to look over our shoulders as we signed for the bill (like she wanted to make sure we tipped her).
Nickel and Diming. A well known feature of Royal Caribbean. The incessant hard sell begins at the Embarkation with photos, continues with the shopping and does not end. However Oasis goes to the extreme like leaving voice mails with shopping pitches and charging for Donuts in the Donut shop. How low can you go!
Ship is BIG and well maintained. No mechanical issues or smells which was a big plus!
We were very surprised at the ease of registering and getting on the ship. The security line was short and the registering went quick and we were let right onto the ship no waiting. All of this at 12 noon.
For lunch we chose Johnny Rockets as it was empty. Certainly beats the usual zoo at the Windjammer.
We had a D2 Balcony (handicapped) as that was all that was offered as we booked in December. This room had an extra 5 feet width with made a big difference. It made a big difference as to how I would judge the room if we had one of the narrow balcony room. Our stateroom attendant Mohamed did a great job.
Restaurants and Food:
Coffee. The worst ever had on a cruise. Does anyone in Management drink this?? Starbucks was the only thing that tasted good or the double espressos in the restaurants.
Johnny Rockets. Usual hamburger fare. Service was good and the food was also good. Try them for breakfast if you like omelets or eggs, not crowded and food is better than Windjammer.
Sorrentos. They claim to be a New York Pizzeria. Has anyone from RCI every been to New York? The Pizza is more like frozen Pizza you would bake at home.
Seafood Shack. Mediocre food and really poor service. (see introductory comments)
Giovanni’s Table. We ate there for Dinner and Lunch. Dinner was better than lunch (lunch was good though). The Osso Buco was yummy the service was first rate.
Chops. Usual steak fare. Rib eye and rack of Lamb are highly recommended. Service was mediocre. There were adjacent tables of 16 and 25 to us. We suffered as our waitress was forced to serve the three. Management is to blame here our waitress and her team should not be used to serve 43 people!
Windjammer. We ate there for some breakfasts and one evening meal. Service was generally good.
Park Place. We ate there for breakfast one day. Nothing was fresh. Eggs were cold and sitting there you feel very claustrophobic.
Izumi. This is an Asian/Japanese restaurant. They serve Sushi, Sashimi, and various rolls. Also their specialty is their hot rock cooking. The rolls and sushi were very good and fresh. The service was outstanding as the restaurant is very small and the staff to patron ratio is very low. However the main dish the hot rock – was really BAD. I have usually never left a meal as I did this. Left over ½ of the beef, as it was just tasteless.
150 Central Park. The best meal and outstanding wine pairings was here. The service was the best seen on any RCI vessel. Food was top notch. The wine pairs (6 wines for $75 per person) were good. But 6 well poured glasses of wine/champagne/port was just a little much.
Ports of Call:
Labadee, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We have been there many times. We docked at Cozumel at the International Terminal. This means a $7 taxi ride to the shopping area. Still wonder why so many ships, RCI included, go to Costa Maya. There is absolutely NOTHING there to do.
We did the express at 6:15AM. WE left ship there about 40 in the line and we were in our car heading home at 6:34AM. Could it be faster?