It was no Oasis....5,000 people jammed into small venues with the feeling that it was flash mobs 24/7.
In short: The dining room food was pedestrian; offset by two great waiters. That was after a table move as I was placed next to a huge pillar that only a lefty could have used for the dining experience. The buffet was short on value and choices. Giovanni and Chops Grill were well worth the money; with service and quality to boot.
The ship is beautiful, with so much wasted areas. The Boardwalk was spectacular, with less than wonderful donuts and venues that were in the hot, humid outdoors. Central Park was well planned, with high end stores and a total outdoor experience with heat, humidity and rain. Crew running with umbrellas was comical.
The shows were wonderful and worth the wait on line in one instance. Something must be done about those who cut into the lines. The crew seemed to not want to be bothered wit this issue. Poor manners are never acceptable.
The crew lacked the friendliness that I experienced on the Navigator and the Freedom of the Seas. Those passengers who have sailed on the Allure was aghast that the same ship ( ok...4 feet shorter) could be such a dismal experience compared to the Oasis. It was a floating hotel with small pockets of venues. it never felt as if there was cohesion between the structure itself, the crew and , of yes, the passengers.
The On- Air venue was usually empty; except for the same movie shown daily. Not much choice of movies here. Shopping was less than exciting. High and low end items were displayed well and trashy respectively. At time the promenade looked like a flea market. Moderately prices items were lacking.
Trivia used to be fun. Our Swedish crew member had obviously brought many wrong answers with her. i have these musical memories at home. she was arrogant and made for a lackluster and most annoying hour.
Finally, the fire hazard on the seas...cigar bar ( planned as a crew bar) was on DECK 17...up a flight of stairs...(sorry for those cigar smoking handicapped persons)...It was outdoors in wind, sun, rain and all...with comfortable seating for four... It was not so comical if you sat there watching small table tops almost airborne as ashes flew. Of course cigarette smokers had the pool deck, complete with ashtrays and deck chairs. Did someone say...second class citizens? I think my ancestors who over in the lower decks of the trans Atlantic ships of the 1900's had better status than cigar smokers.
Cramming people into the dining room and other areas does not work. What should have been a fabulous cruise was a GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT ....We are looking for other cruise lines for next time.
Oasis may not be the Walmart of the Seas, but it was beginning to look like All Glitter and Not Much More of the Seas....