We are seasoned cruisers and were on the Oasis for her April 23rd and April 30th sailings. We retired last year and these were or 11th and 12th cruises in the past nine months. We prefer the smaller Royal Caribbean ships but were fascinated by the Allure, having sailed on her in December, and were equally impressed with the Oasis.
Cabins: we were in a Boardwalk balcony cabin for our first week and an Oceanview balcony cabin for our second sailing. Both were quiet and comfortable with adequate storage.
Breakfast and Lunch: During our 14 days we never once entered the Windjammer because there are so many other dining options. Johnny Rockets offers a cooked-to-order breakfast with tasty eggs, pancakes, and french toast (complimentary). The Solarium Bistro is a healthy venue that is great for breakfast and lunch (complimentary). The Park Cafe was one of our favorite lunch spots with great salads and excellent sandwiches (complimentary). We ate lunch in Giovanni's (fee) and one tasty, romantic tapas lunch in Vintages (fee).
Dinner: The food was consistently good and often excellent. During our first week we used MTD. We pre-booked our reservations before leaving home but still had to wait in line to be seated. Service was good but not as personal as Traditional. We will not book MTD again. During our second week we were Late Traditional and had the best service we've encountered on any cruise ship.
Crew: The crew was outstanding and, although always busy, very friendly and willing to answer questions and give directions. Guest Services was quick to correct the few glitches that occurred.
Shore Excursions: We had visited most of the ports several times and remained on the ship on many port days. In St.Martin we took a taxi to Orient Beach for the day (it is our favorite beach and we vacation there for two weeks each year). In Falmouth we walked through the developing area adjacent to the dock and concluded that it will some day be an excellent port We did not find the vendors pushy as some have reported. Our favorite excursion was "Salsa, Salsa, Margarita" in Cozumel. It is the same company and experience we enjoyed when visiting Mazatlan last October. We highly recommend this to anyone wishing to have a relaxing, no pressure, fun-filled day of making and consuming salsas and margaritas followed by learning to dance the Salsa.
Back-to-Back turnaround day: The process was convenient, simple, and quick. On our last sea day of the first week we attended a brief meeting for directions on the process as well as the opportunity to personally pick our dining room table and adjust show and excursion reservations for the next week. On disembarkation day, we assembled in Boleros as the last 100 passengers were leaving. As the ship approached "zero count" we were walked across the gangplank and seated nearby to wait for the official announcement that all passengers had departed the ship. (We did not enter the main waiting area of the terminal.) Within 10 minutes of leaving the ship we were given our new key card, walked to a nearby customs agent to show our passports, and escorted back onto the ship. We were then treated to a complimentary lunch in Giovanni's.
Diamond and Concierge Lounges: The Diamond Lounge on deck 6 was used during our first week and, because of an abundance of "Diamonds". Blaze on deck 4 was used during our second week. The Concierge Lounge is one of be best places on the ship to relax. The two-level room is beautiful and the view straight down the Boardwalk to the Aqua Theater is awesome. In both lounges the drinks and food were excellent.
Shows: We pre-booked all of our shows before leaving home. We walked into each about 15 minutes before the show was scheduled to begin and always found excellent seats.
Conclusion: Both the Allure and Oasis are fantastic ships to experience. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we returned home and immediately booked a Back-2-Back on the Allure.