I've one word to describe the Oasis--"WOW" and it is not for their wow sale. To use an old cliche "It's a engineering marvel." Our cabin was on the 12th deck (12609) and it overlooked Central Park--it was a wonderful location and never felt that we were at sea, unless we went to the pool/solarium area. It was so exciting seeing people eating, strolling, admiring the foliage and the floating bar, in Central Park from our balcony. Also, we could hear the steel band playing by the pool from our balcony--it was wonderfully situated.
Meals: There are some 24 eating locations and some 13 are free. Never ate in the Windjammer.
Breakfast: We ate primarily at the Park Cafe. The fare was comprised of cereal, burritos, plenty of fresh and cut-up fruit, yogurt, pastries, egg sandwiches, etc. Park Cafe got crowded as the week passed as word of mouth spread. Other days we ate at the Solarium Cafe (healthier fare) and Johnny Rocket when we had a craving for fresh eggs and omelets.
Ps. Johnny Rocket is gratis for breakfast only.
Lunch: As with breakfast we ate primarily at the Park Cafe. The fare offered soups, vrs. salads, roast beef sandwiches (mmmmm), cuban sandwiches, vrs. paninis, chips, etc. Other days we went to MDR for their salad bar (only when ship is at sea) and Sorrento's. Loved the individual deep dish pizza with many different toppings. We chose peppers and onions. When it was delivered to us there was so much cheese on it that I could only eat 3/4 o it.
Dinner: We mostly ate at the MDR. The fare was pretty good. Had pasta with marinara sauce every night, and it was very light that it did not interfere with the main course. The best night was Thursday night which was lobster night. The lobster tails were cooked right and accompanied by 5 large shrimp.
Ps. Our table # was 631 on the 4th deck. It was between the Symphony and the Opus dining room. A table for 2 by a window. It seemed as though we had a private room. However, because it was between dining rooms it was entertaining seeing the food carts traffic.
The other 2 nights we ate at Giovanni' Table and Chops Grille. They were both excellent restaurant.
Giovanni's: Is family style and the amount o food was exceptional. We began with an antipasti for 2, followed by a seafood cioppino, shared crab stuffed raviolis which we could not finish, stuffed shrimps (me) and osso buco for my wife. This was followed by coffee and cannoli. A cover charge of $15 pp applies.
Chops Grille: We began with shrimp cocktails, followed by onion and cheese soup (soup was hot even after 15 minutes), and I had a 7 oz. fillet mignon and my better half had a NY strip steak. Cover charge of $25 pp applies.
Service was excellent in all locations. Our MDR service was provided by Harlem (HW) from Peru and Robinson (AW) from India. The service was above board and we thanked them for it.
Entertainment: Overall the entertainment was pretty good. The cruise director was Richard Spacey and he was terrific. Loved the little skit "A day in the life of a cruise director." It was pretty funny. His staff was very entertaining. We had reservation (recommended) for the headliner show which was Earl Turner and he was energetic and entertaining. He danced and sang songs from my days. He covered the Platters, Temptations, Righteous Bros., Elton John, etc.
We saw Come Fly with Me and it was full of life and energy. The singing was simply terrific.
Had reservations to the Aqua Show, but the day of our show it developed a tech problems and it was rescheduled to the night that we had reservation to Earl Turner. Maybe next time.
Captain: Our Captain/Master was Trym Selvag. He was funny and entertaining. We had the pleasure of attending a reunion (?) get together. He went on to speak for about 10 minutes and also opened the floor for another 15 minutes. Some of the key tidbits are as follows:
There were 5 mil + C&A members worldwide. This cruise had some 1,800 C&A repeat cruisers. Mainly comprised of Gold, with some Emeralds, 250+ Ds and approximately 45+ D+s. He went on to thank the repeaters because during the the last few years it was the repeaters that helped RCCL stay afloat.
RCCL is in the process of ordering new class of ships. I believe the nae applied is "sunshine" and it will slight larger than the Freedom class.
Some of the questions asked of the Master during the open sessions were:
-New reward system based on # of nights and not cruises (fairer)
-Why did RCCL abandon the Mexico itinerary (mostly crime)
-Combining Celebrity & RCL reward systems (no chance, wants to keep the two lines separated)
-Pay for multiple cabins should be able to get credits for the add'l cabins.
-and of course there was the usual Q? who changes the dates in the elevators.
Ship itself: Prior to the trip we heard some horror stories about the 6k+ passengers and the crowdedness. Never felt crowded. There are so many venues from the Royal promenade, Solarium, Pool, Central Park and of course The Boardwalk. Even rode the Carousel at our age. In conclusion the ship's layout is exceptional.
The Casino is huge compared to other RCL ships. Lots of slots, card tables and automated poker and blackjack tables. Lost a few shekels but earned 2 hats and a t-shirt.
Now for the bad and the Ugly:
A. We had a wonderful room, however, the room layout left a lot to be desired. Our King size bed was near the closet--What a bummer. Had difficultly getting to the clothing on the bottom shelves. Also,the sliding doors was a problem because you had to battle the shelves near the bed. But, the worse part of the design was the electrical outlets--they were placed beneath the desk. You had to get on your hands and knees to plug the hairdryer, camera chargers, etc. We are not that old, but I feel terrible for the seniors and elderly. It basically made the room seem smaller than it actually was. Missed the deep closet above the TV on the Voyager and Vision class. Also, the safe was much smaller.
B. Labadee lunch. Don't get me wrong, RCL did a wonderful job with this island since the last time we stopped there. However, lunch if you want to call that was horrible. The hamburger was dry and tasted like cardboard. The corn should only be fed to chickens. The spareribs were pretty good. But, the worst part was there was no plain water available. They had beer (of course) sodas at a charge and flavored (Kool-Aid) water available (too sweet). They even ran out of soda cans and were dispensing from the 2 liters bottles.
C. Itinerary: We chose the Oasis because of the Ship itself and not the itinerary. It will be some time before we cruise this ship again. This was also mentioned by the Captain and some of the posts that I've read on this board.
Overall, I highly recommend that everyone to cruise the Oasis at least once. It has a wonderful and exciting atmosphere that anyone would enjoy.