Our first four cruises ever were on Princess and then we (actually David) read about Royal Caribbean and the Royal Promenade, the rock wall, the flowrider, the ice shows and the parades. So we jumped ship from Princess and went to Royal Caribbean.
Between June 28, 2009 and January 9, 2011, we did 9 RCI cruises, including the Oasis.
We had hesitated about going RCI because we saw a lot of comments on CruiseCritic that the food wasn't very good; we figured though to give it a try.
Not being gourmet eaters, we found the food to be acceptable. We were not pleased with the desserts (BTW, we are both compulsive overeaters) but the rest was OK.
As time passed though, the quality of the food on RCI really went South. Meats were dry and often tasteless, desserts, well, very little worth much. Yes, there were some good dishes (not talking about the specialty restaurants), but the majority, I would say 70%, we passed on and made workarounds for the rest. Lots More
of watered down spaghetti sauce; and lots of gravy, which sometimes saved the meat. And to boot, the SPLENDA was no longer on the table but had to be specially requested, and if I didn't ask, I would get 2-3 packets.
I must mention, that the above negatives do not apply to the Oasis; of course, there is a considerable price difference on the Oasis.
We also didn't care for a lot of the "music" played; maybe just too old for disco and rock/rap??
Of course the service was great plus as was the ship overall; the shows were wonderful, but we enjoy food and without good food, we weren't happy.
So we decided to hitch a ride on the Sapphire Princess for yet another Mexican Rivera.
The food on Princess was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Desserts were sweet, meats were juicy and tender, real ice cream, best pizza ever and the buffet was dining room quality, and the Splenda was right out in the open at every table and coffee station.
We did have one negative experience in the Savoy dining room when it took an hour to get our main course, and there wasn't a large crowd. But we don't ask for or expect perfection.
So the bottom line is this: We would cruise RCI again in a heartbeat, but for now, we are going to enjoy Princess and keep an eye on CruiseCritic and see what is being said about the RCI food. We do hope it improves.
Right up at the front and little more movement was felt, but nothing terrible. At night, there sounded like a lot of "something" striking our back wall. Never figured out what it was. Everything was good.