My wife & I have just returned from a back to back cruise on The Oasis of the Seas. And we have had a brilliant time. Reading the reviews on here prior to our holiday we were a little worried about how the reviews were criticising almost everything about the ship. To anyone about to sail on this ship don't worry, it's fantasic. The food is good with great choices, the Windjammer is better than people have said, alright it may get a little crowded at peak times but you can still find a seat. The speciality restaurants are great value, try Giovanni's and The Solarium Bistro, you won't be disappointed. The Bistro says healthier eating, check the menu if in doubt, but the steaks are great, try the Bison.
Even with over 6000+ people on board there was still room for any one wanting a sun bed on deck with plenty of room around you.
We dined second sitting (8-30)and found the main restaurant comfortable and relaxing.The waiters were excellant and service second to none. Choice of menu was wide and varied. If it helps, the formal nights are Sunday and Wednesday on the Western cruise and Sunday and Thursday on the Eastern cruise.You had a large amount of people dressing up for this which was nice to see.
We changed cruise directors after the first week, Richard Spacey is no longer on the ship. He was very good at his job and gave a great performance. He has been replaced by a lady called Amy. Being in a position to compare both cruise directors on this cruise we gave Richard the edge for better quality of shows. But that is just our view.
To give you some idea of prices for drinks, two spirits and a mixer(can) came to $15-81, inc grats. A bottle of Bud was $5-69, inc grats.Wine was a little expensive but for that special occasion maybe worth it. In the duty free shop on board, on the Friday of your cruise, you can buy spirits mid afternoon as this is your last day, price example, two one litres of vodka came to $20.
The cruise overall was brilliant, don't be put off by some of the reviews on here, they are just being negative about anything. Some people just moan about anything. If we did have to find fault with something it would be that the wardrobes in the cabin were a little small, my wifes pet hate. We were on this ship for two weeks and that was the only fault we had. We could put up with that.
The ship does not change, only the passengers. Some hate it, some love it. Some are polite, some ignorant. Some quiet, some noisy. It is your cruise so go and enjoy it. Some advice if you are on a back to back cruise, Royal Caribbean take care of you on change over day, you get a complementary meal in Giovanni's if you wish at lunch time and if you are changing cabin's, all you have to is empty your drawers and bathroom of personal items and they empty your wardrobes and move other items to your new cabin. Also there will be a meeting on the Friday afternoon , with a glass of champagne, to explain other information to you.
We have had 13 cruises and by far this was the best. The entertainment for Halloween night even beat the entertainment of the Millennium cruise we had. If you have even half the fun we had on this cruise then you will enjoy it. If you go looking for faults you may find them. Look at the good bits, thay are all around. This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean, it won't be our last. Enjoy your cruise. We did.