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Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas
Member Name: henrics
Cruise Date: November 2011
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: JS
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 2.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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Watch your pocketbook on Oasis of the Seas
My husband and I took his mother and her friend on a Western Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Sea, embarking from Ft. Lauderdale. As noted below, this ship has some things to recommend it but one practice that is appalling.

Although I accept that the price on most cruise lines will be increased dramatically by tips (which the crew deserves) and having to pay for almost everything, including water, sodas, coffee drinks, wine (mediocre and over-priced) and liquor, this cruise line adds deception to the mix. In our first hour on board, we were greeted by crew bearing virgin pina coladas and bottles of rum. These were poured for us after the slightest nod of acceptance and only later did we find out they cost over $10 each. The same thing happened repeatedly, including at breakfast. Passengers were greeted at the entrance by crew with a juice machine handing out fresh orange juice. Only after they accepted it and took a sip were they informed they had to pay extra for it. This deceptive practice occurred every day in various parts of the ship. It's bad enough to extract every penny from passengers; doing so in this misleading way is inexcusable.

Before booking you should also know that this gigantic ship is only for those who like non-stop noise and who don't want to feel they're actually on the water. This criticism has nothing to do with the cruise line or ship, which is what it is (like a gigantic floating Las Vegas). My major criticism, set out above, has everything to do with the cruise line.

On the plus side, the ship has the best entertainment we've ever seen on a cruise line. Also, the Central Park specialty restaurant, although quite expensive, was excellent, the finest meals we've had at sea. The dining room, however, served mediocre food, although we found the service very friendly; they really tried to please. Other staff members were generally friendly, at least as much as possible on a ship this size, where there is little personalized service, except for some dining venues.

Finally, we liked our stateroom which was a junior suite. It was spacious with lots of storage room. The amenities are not great, but they are adequate. We took only one shore excursion; it was OK but nothing special and seemed somewhat overpriced.

In summary, know what you're getting (and not getting) before you book this ship. Realize that you have to ask the cost of something whenever it's offered because the cost will not be volunteered by staff or by any menu.

Publication Date: 01/12/12
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