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My wife and I and friends left Port Canaveral on a 7 night stay on the Oasis of the seas. This would be our 6th time on RC ships. We chose the Oasis simply because it was large and convenient to us. We live on the west coast of Fl. ... Read More
My wife and I and friends left Port Canaveral on a 7 night stay on the Oasis of the seas. This would be our 6th time on RC ships. We chose the Oasis simply because it was large and convenient to us. We live on the west coast of Fl. Getting on was fairly quick. But once on, we began the arduous task of bumping with 6000 people. We had a difficult time asking for "Mytime" dining times. Probably beause of the amount of people. The first night dining was OK, nothing special. The food was just mediocre. I have a passion for Escargot, but this time, it was chewy, gritty, and a funny taste afterward. Disappointed. The next day there were no usual gang of staff members dancing around the upper deck trying to brighten up a gray day. No waiters with a special drink to offer. Matter of fact, at any time of the trip. The shower was the worst. The mixing valve for hot cold was not working correctly. You wait to get the right mix, then get in, and then ice cold water, then scolding hot. Complained, complained, complained, but never fixed. Always beating around the bush with no resolution. To make a long story (7days) short. I had the worst time on a cruise ship that I ever had. The usual fancy artwork of towels was not cutting it this time. The ship needs more signage, more restrooms, less people or more elevators. We stayed on the 7th deck. If you don't go in the right elevator, you have to go up or down to the next floor, then go up or down to get to your room. (DUMB design) I always cruise RC, but I will never go with them again. Don't waste your money. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The experience of the Oasis of the Seas and the destination of the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St Marten was everything we hoped for. The Oasis of the Seas was 3 football fields long but it was very easy to get around. We quickly learned ... Read More
The experience of the Oasis of the Seas and the destination of the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St Marten was everything we hoped for. The Oasis of the Seas was 3 football fields long but it was very easy to get around. We quickly learned all the locations of what we wanted to do on board. The entertainment was top of the line. We loved the Cats performance! We played cards in the card room some afternoons. And loved the dancing in the evening to the Southwest Band in the Dazzles room. Our group of 50 played Miniature Golf and had pictures taken on the Merry-Go-Round. Our shore excursions were very good and we learned so much about the islands. We did some shopping and purchased shirts we will long enjoy. One drawback is all the jewelry stores and the high pressure to purchase something so no fun to even look. There are free Charms in our brochures but they refused to give one to us if we wouldn't let them give us a sale pick for necklaces and rings, etc. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Too many people on this ship and the amenities cannot accommodate all of those people. You have to make reservations for all shows or you don't get in until the last minute if there are vacancies. Wait staff lacked energy - ... Read More
Too many people on this ship and the amenities cannot accommodate all of those people. You have to make reservations for all shows or you don't get in until the last minute if there are vacancies. Wait staff lacked energy - everything was a chore for them instead of a positive, make me feel like a queen experience. The room was dirty too. Good thing I brought sani-wipes for the remote, phone, etc. We found a dirty sock under the bed and it had been there a good while. The same television shows were repeated every day! Unbelievable - How many times can you watch the same episode of Mike & Molly? No movies shown in the auditorium while at sea. Movies shown on the last 2 days in the aqua theater, but they are kids movies. Ugh! On a positive note, the food was really good and the entertainment was also great. But, we will be stepping down to a mid-sized ship for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We enjoy more days at sea and eastern Caribbean. This time of the year was perfect for our college age daughter's vacation. It was a bit expensive but we were excited about going on Oasis of the Seas. I wish wifi & drink packages ... Read More
We enjoy more days at sea and eastern Caribbean. This time of the year was perfect for our college age daughter's vacation. It was a bit expensive but we were excited about going on Oasis of the Seas. I wish wifi & drink packages would be tailored more for family expenses. The food was great, the entertainment was ok, we attended most of the offered events. It was pretty windy during this week so we didn't experience the aqua show. Our wait staff was great. Overall wonderful experience with Royal Caribbean. Pretty good reputation that you can be loyal with. I would recommend this ship/line to family and friends. The shops were not plentiful as I would have hoped, expected. The shop offerings were ok. Interested in rings but only carried size 7, needed size 9 and wasn't interested to get it sized later. I wonder why they stock only one size? Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports of call! St. Kitts, St. Marteen, Puerto Rico & Labadee, Haiti were all beautiful! Our state room was warm at night, tried twice to get issue resolved but it was never resolved. Embarkation was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports of call! St. Kitts, St. Marteen, Puerto Rico & Labadee, Haiti were all beautiful! Our state room was warm at night, tried twice to get issue resolved but it was never resolved. Embarkation was total chaos from drop off, security & check in. Debarkation was better, but could not find our private transportation & any staff I ask at the terminal was no help at all! We usually cruise out of Galveston (closer to home) and have always had a smooth embarkation & debarkation. Perhaps Port Canaveral should take some lessons from Galveston? We pre-ordered online before we left the discounted wifi package but was not showing on our account. I recommend if you pre-book anything do not do online, call customer service to order. Main dining & Windjammer was okay, but not any different than other cruise lines. The specialty dining was fantastic though! Central Park & Boardwalk was awesome! Shows were good! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Cruise terminal 1 in Port Canaveral is fantastic! On board the Oasis of the Seas, the food was plentiful and good (as usual). The size of the ship created inconvenient lines, occasional loss of food options (first day out, they ran out of ... Read More
Cruise terminal 1 in Port Canaveral is fantastic! On board the Oasis of the Seas, the food was plentiful and good (as usual). The size of the ship created inconvenient lines, occasional loss of food options (first day out, they ran out of chocolate chip cookies) and "Central Park" balcony was very noisy at times (couldn't hold a normal conversation, and and not very private (lesson learned). Cabin storage for an 8 day cruise was inadequate making room seem cramped. Didn't do many shore excursions as we are frequent cruisers and have done most of the ship sponsored offerings. The zip line on Labadee was, however, a great experience. The shows were exceptional. Not only entertaining, but the athletic nature of most shows (not just the normal singing and dancing shows) on ice, in the water and on the huge stage were Olympic class. Will definitely cruise again with Royal Caribbean but not so big a ship and with outside balcony. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Sixth cruise (5 on Royal Caribbean). Sailed on the Allure two years ago, so looked forward to the Oasis. To begin, the embark at Port Canaveral was fine but was told that was because we arrived there at 11am. Our rooms were ready by ... Read More
Sixth cruise (5 on Royal Caribbean). Sailed on the Allure two years ago, so looked forward to the Oasis. To begin, the embark at Port Canaveral was fine but was told that was because we arrived there at 11am. Our rooms were ready by 1pm. Problems started. We had 2 Boardwalk balconies and 1 ocean-facing balcony on the 14th floor. The package stated we would have 2 soda beverage packages were Boardwalk balcony. When we got into the rooms, one room had 1 beverage cup and the other had none. Also, there were 2 brown kiki-type plastic beverage containers in each Boardwalk. We didn't know what those were. Turned out, we FINALLY found someone who could answer our question and they were a promotion. If you used them, you were automatically charged $3.95. No signage on them to indicate this and everyone we asked had no idea what we were referring to. We asked FOUR times to have the balconies between the rooms opened. It finally took a trip to guest services to get it done. Our room attendant kept assuring us it would be taken care of. It was not. Our ocean balcony had barely any water pressure and the safe wasn't working. A quick call to maintenance and they fixed both (maintenance is awesome). The staff at Johnny Rockets for breakfast were rude and lazy. They seemed more interested in conversing and joking with each other than with serving the customers. The food in the MyTime dining. HOW DISAPPOINTING. I agree with the other reviews that state RC is cutting costs with their food. I have never been disappointed with an entree, but one night I ordered the beef stroganoff and it was horrible. Inedible. It was gnarly pieces of cut up steak-like meat that you could barely chew through. I then ordered the pad thai. It wasn't even pad thai! It was some sort of strange noodle with a ton of fish sauce on it. I couldn't eat either. The soups were amazing, but the entrees were disappointing. A lot of cheap pasta and slow-cooked beef. The lobster tails were maybe 2-3 inches in length. VERY small and not tasty. The other major disappointment was the headliner. Usually we enjoy a magician or something....nope this time we had to suffer through an aged group singing ABBA songs. The Cats musical was something to look forward to, but most people walked out of it. The fitness center had a lot of broken equipment, but the fab abs instructors were great! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose Royal Caribbean Cruise line because of past experiences. We were disappointed on the oasis ship. We booked a large Superior Stateroom w/Balcony. Cabin was small compared to other cruises and there was not enough draw space for ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean Cruise line because of past experiences. We were disappointed on the oasis ship. We booked a large Superior Stateroom w/Balcony. Cabin was small compared to other cruises and there was not enough draw space for 2 people. quality of linens, towels and pillows were worn and over used. bathroom smelled of mildew and shower water pressure was barely enough to remove soap from hair and body. We purchased the unlimited alcohol and beverage package so we would not be nickeled and dimmed, and at most of the Bars and restaurants we were told there was additional charges for drinks whether it was for wine or Alcohol and additional gratuities on those up charges. Also on all other cruises we have been on when purchasing the beverage package you in room fridge was at least stocked with water and this was empty. The specialty steak restaurant Chops had an up charge of $42pp to dine and upon ordering a porterhouse steak and not the regular house steak we were told there was an additional charge of $19. We would not mind paying for good quality food but steak was of of extremely poor quality and the meat was tough. Overall this was not the Royal Caribbean Vacation Experience we expected. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a great getaway with family and friends. Chose this instead of Christmas gifts this year. Ship offers amazing venues, especially for young adults/teenagers. Plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied on long sea days. The ... Read More
This was a great getaway with family and friends. Chose this instead of Christmas gifts this year. Ship offers amazing venues, especially for young adults/teenagers. Plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied on long sea days. The headliner show, Abbacadabra, was fabulous. Almost thought we were watching the original group! The Ice show and Dive show were even better than on previous cruises. It's the same show, but has been beefed up and was truly well done. Comedy shows were funny though there is some language and adult content so be advised. Our dining staff, Camilo and Leighton, were fabulous. We traveled with our mother who is handicapped, and they went out of their way to accommodate her. A few notes on traveling with mobility limited persons. The staff was great about assisting her on and off the ship. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and fast. We rented a scooter which was waiting for her in her room. So glad we did this as it gave her some independence. Some of the doorways were very tight to get a scooter into and some room layouts are better than others to get in and out of. The public bathrooms can be a bit of a maze to navigate, especially at crowded times. We did find other passengers to be exceedingly rude when we were trying to get her around the ship. They would push ahead of her in line and race ahead of her to get on the elevator. I felt like I had to constantly look out for her, and it made it difficult for me to relax and have a good time. This was not RCI's fault, but just had to rant a bit. Crew were always very courteous towards her. Shore excursions are limited for handicapped individuals at some of the ports, so be prepared to make other arrangements. We mostly just went to the port shops. We were able to take her scooter on and off the ship without too much difficulty. There was always a crew member there to assist at the gangway. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
After cruising with other lines I found Carnival to be inferior overall. However, we did enjoy the cove balcony.....I spent most of my cruise on it as the noise level at the shows, on the Lido Deck and elsewhere on the ship was painfully ... Read More
After cruising with other lines I found Carnival to be inferior overall. However, we did enjoy the cove balcony.....I spent most of my cruise on it as the noise level at the shows, on the Lido Deck and elsewhere on the ship was painfully loud. The pools were much too small for such a large ship. On 'at sea' days there was not enough room for everyone to even get near the water. The food was just okay. There were a couple of very nice dinners in the dining room, but nothing amazing as on other cruises that I have been on. The wait staff was superb. Carnival's greatest strength was in their employees, most of whom were very helpful. There are always some that are not. The ports were beautiful and we were so fortunate with the weather for our New Year's cruise but the excursions were way too expensive. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We were limited to date of cruise departure because of school and not able to have our two teens (one in college) miss school dates. We did a fair bit of research before going but found it was truly alot of you don't know what you ... Read More
We were limited to date of cruise departure because of school and not able to have our two teens (one in college) miss school dates. We did a fair bit of research before going but found it was truly alot of you don't know what you don't know and quite honestly the website for the cruise line does not provide significant information on what the additional costs are. I really did not want to end up feeling nickeled and dimed. Although labeled as most expenses included there are many places to drop a significant amount of money on the ship. There were repeated daily attempts to have us spend money in many ways. They are very creative. One of the most important things for my daughter and I was the ability for the ship to accommodate our celiac diet. For those who are celiac it is a medical requirement for a gluten free diet and cross contamination will result in illness. We did complete forms once we booked, was assured we would meet with the head chef upon boarding. In our room was a letter, indicating we just needed to speak to guest services. Guest services just told us to talk to the head person at any restaurant. Bording in the afternoon we went up to the buffet (not great for celiacs) and the head person said we needed to speak to the head chef and contact guest services. Some fruit it was for lunch. When speaking to guest services, they directed us to the restaurant that was closed. We found a person there who gave us a phone number to call, they were the wrong number and unhappy, gave us another who then begrudgingly ordered dinner for that night. After all this at dinner we met one of two waiters who became our best allies, excellent knowledge of gluten free, we needed to order the night before for all meals. Not easy but by the 5th day we sorted that out. Food decent and not sick once. We ate most nights in the Manhatten room or the Taste with one night in the noodle bar (meh). The Manhatten and Taste were great, awesome breakfast in Taste, Stephan the wine steward in the Taste. We are travelling with our two teens 15 and 18 and had 2 rooms. A couple extra room keys put the right people in the right rooms :). The inside state room although smaller than the balcony was laid out better and felt more spacious. It suited the teens well. The balcony room was nice and I appreciated the fresh air. The room layout is weird with needing to get past the end of the bed/counter area that was a tight squeeze. Both rooms had well used space and storage. Nice to unpack once for the whole trip. Cute towel animals and great service by both room attendants. The Bahamas stop was their private island. Tendering to the island was not bad, although rocky as the ocean was rough. We did the stingray tour - fabulous! Island was lovely - the, only thing that was annoying is finding small amounts on our bill - 28, 45, 52 cent charges. Now, not that it is alot of money but odd. Turns out that despite having the drink package and paying the gratuities for that in advance if you are docked in the Bahama's or an American port there is additional fee (note my comment of nickeled and dimed earlier). The one main extra I knew we wanted was to have family photos. The perspectives studio has a wonderful photographer and we ended up doing a family photo shoot on St. Thomas. Essentially we created a shore excursion and as such we were one of the first 20 off the ship. An unexpected extra. We went to a different beach Morningstar beach at the Marriott resort. Fabulous pictures and we spent part of the afternoon there before going shopping for a couple hours. The only downfall was the $8. each frozen lemonades - same price as beer! Cool iguanas there too. Tortolla was our favorite port. Did a tour of the island from the taxi area at $25 per person, which included a stop at a rum factory and a couple hours on the beach. Our daughter learned to stand up paddle board and I would say this was our favorite stop. All the stops seemed too short and would have liked more time on land. For the ship, lovely with lots to do. A casino (did not spend time there - not sure why they allow smoking in doors, even at the casino), bowling, pianos -fun, Burn the Floor - an excellent dance show and Pricillia Queen of the Dessert - also excellent (although could offend some). There was also a walking track, excellent gym (although under 16 not permitted which was a disappointment for my athlete in training). Had fun with the ships Deal or no Deal, dancing with the stars and the how well you know your partner. Too funny - clean humorous entertainment! Pools were very small with cloudy water - likely due to overuse. I was surprised they were so small. The sunny sea day was a big problem to get a lounge chair -people saving with towels but not arriving. The kids liked the waterslide. There was also a rock climbing wall, but the lines were weird and not really sure how you cued up. Travelling with a teen (15) she refused to go to the teen club. Cannot say as I blame her, the description of what was happening seemed lame at best and not of interest for a teenager. The 18 year old was thrilled that if we signed a paper he could have a beer or glass of wine when the ship was at sea. For three of us it was the first time on a cruise. For the 18 year old, it was his second cruise as he went with school and coincidentally he was on the same ship three years ago. All in all a nice trip and I would cruise again. Not an always cruiser, but I would go again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 20th cruise and 8th on NCL (2nd time on the Epic). We chose this cruise because it was a New Years Eve Cruise and it was the first cruise for our friends who wanted to go on a End of the year cruise. The embarkation was a ... Read More
This was our 20th cruise and 8th on NCL (2nd time on the Epic). We chose this cruise because it was a New Years Eve Cruise and it was the first cruise for our friends who wanted to go on a End of the year cruise. The embarkation was a breeze - thru the process and onboard within 10 minutes. Only delay was getting into the port on the Hampton Inn shuttle bus. We had for the first time a balcony room on the aft of the ship. Room 10317. Our room stewardess Daisy was amazing. We both were sick on Tuesday with a 24 hour bug of sorts but apparently we were the exception on the ship (never happened in the past). Don't understand the rave reviews about aft balcony rooms as we didn't care much for it. Always a spray of water while at sea spraying up on the balcony and very noisy at times. Service at the buffet was good (washy-washy) and the food was always the same. Service was good as well at most of the specialty restaurants. Food service at O'Sheehans was terrible. Trying to get into some of the venues was virtually impossible as you needed reservations for almost everything and they filled too fast as if they were too small for the size of the ship or there weren't enough perrformances to accomodate the cruisers. No room for spontaneity. Enjoyed the alcohol package and specialty restaurant packages and we loved the thermal spa package ( fee required) as we were there almost daily. Crew was very friendlt and helpful for the most part except for eh last day. We had to cancel a prepaid excursion and it was accommodated and the credit added to our room. Never had any problems getting an elevator. Didn't like the fact that you could never find a lounge chair on the decks as people were reserving them with towels and whatever early in the morning and no one was policing this at all. We loved Burn the Floor and Cirque dinner performance This is a huge ship with lots walking. I think we actually lost weight on this cruise so that's why we gave it three marks instead of two. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We choose this cruise last minute. We had a regular balcony cabin. Two adults Two children (18,14). Cabin was small but ok. Bathroom setup was strange no privacy. This was the first cruise for our room steward. He done ok but needed more ... Read More
We choose this cruise last minute. We had a regular balcony cabin. Two adults Two children (18,14). Cabin was small but ok. Bathroom setup was strange no privacy. This was the first cruise for our room steward. He done ok but needed more training. All drinks that we got from pool bar were too strong. All bud light that I got was dated from September and not very cold. All meals in buffet was pretty good. Taste was pretty good. Cagneys, Tep, was both good. La cucina was the best I think. All shows booked up quick. We seen howl at moon and burn the floor both were good. Great strirrup cay was great. The bbq was great also. St. Thomas and tortola were both ok. NCL does not have many waiters anymore around the pool because of the UBP. Main problem is the trash blowing around pool. It was great spending time with my family just won't do it again on the EPIC. Will give NCL one more try on smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise because of its convenience; we live in Satellite Beach, only a short ride to Cape Canaveral, the departure port of our week cruise. Although there were some very nice aspects of the ship ( e.g.,the friendly staff, the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of its convenience; we live in Satellite Beach, only a short ride to Cape Canaveral, the departure port of our week cruise. Although there were some very nice aspects of the ship ( e.g.,the friendly staff, the deluxe spa, the dining options, etc.) the overwhelming drawbacks were 1) the unacceptable smallness of our balcony cabin, and 2) the rediculously long lines to actually get on the ship at the time of embarkation. When the room was booked, the cabin offered to us was described to us as a two or three person one. As we were three adults, when we entered the room, it was barely the size for two, let alone for three persons. Upon inquiry, our cabin steward showed us how the couch's "ottoman" served as the third bed. When it's size and positioning was revealed, it not only blocked the access to the balcony, but also measured at around 5 feet, four inches in length. We are not tall people (I am about 5'6") and I slept the seven nights on it, with my feet hanging over the back of, and with barely enough space to fully rotate my body. Our efforts to find some other solution were met with the fact that there were no other available cabins. Our request for some other form of compensation fell completely on deaf ears. Please be aware of this rather false advertising when you have three members in you party, and they offer you that in reality is quite small by industry standards for two! As to the lines at the NCL Cape Canaveral, it took us nearly two hours to finally get on board the ship from the scheduled time we arrived at the port. Now, we have cruised from this port on the other main ships sailing from there (Disney, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival) many times, and never did it take so long to board. No explanations for the wait were offered, and the staff were appropriately chagrined and apologetic about this "welcoming". From a consumer's perspective, it is not a very good way to start a cruise. If such lines are endemic to NCL, it would be wise to let your clientele know about this in advance so that they can plan accordingly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Just returned from a week in the wonderful Haven on the Epic. This is our third time on this ship, and our first in the Haven. We ended up spending 90% of our time in the Haven. The food in the Epic Club was far superior to anything ... Read More
Just returned from a week in the wonderful Haven on the Epic. This is our third time on this ship, and our first in the Haven. We ended up spending 90% of our time in the Haven. The food in the Epic Club was far superior to anything else available on the ship. We have cruised with NCL since 2008, and the meals in the Epic Club were just fantastic! I like the Epic because Haven guests have access to Posh, as well as the Haven itself. Posh is great because it overlooks the pool deck, so you can still hear the music, and watch the crazy, fun activities they do poolside without the alienation of the Haven pool area, or the craziness of the main pool deck. It's the best of both worlds! Haven guests are able to order lunch in Posh (those purchasing Posh passes are not). Lunch in Posh and the Courtyard were the same menu. You had your choice(s) of a grilled veggie wrap, chicken Caesar salad wrap, grilled swordfish burger, cheeseburger, hotdog, and the best onion rings on a cruise! I can't recall if there was a salad on that menu or not. Lunch in the Epic Club was a full menu consisting of various sandwiches (French dip, sesame encrusted mahi mahi served on a pretzel roll, a burger, etc) a couple of salads (cobb, Caesar, and a mixed salad), to "dinner for lunch" options (linguini with clam sauce, salmon with lobster sauce, etc). There were other options, but I did not take a picture of the menu, and cannot remember them all. I had the mahi mahi one day, and the French dip another. Both were very good. My husband had the salmon one day, and the cobb salad another, and he enjoyed both. The kids only ate lunch with us on embarkation day, and both ordered burgers. We all had lunch in Posh a few times. My husband ordered the Caesar salad wrap a few times, and other times, the hot dog. I had the grilled veggie wrap one day, and a burger another day. The kids pretty much ordered hot dogs when eating there. I say kids - they are 19 and 20 !! My daughter had her friend from high school traveling with us as they are both on college break. As stated, Posh and the Courtyard were the same menu, and both were "okay". The Epic Club was fantastic. We ate dinner in the Epic Club for 5 of our 7 nights. We ate once in the Manhattan Dining Room because my husband ran into Grace, the hotel director's secretary, and she asked if we would enjoy dinner and the Burn the Floor show that evening. He said yes, and she secured a dance floor table for us, with our meal reservation for 8pm. The assistant maître d in the Manhattan room is Sasa from Bosnia, and he quickly became a favorite for my family. He has such a fantastic personality, and was very attentive to my family. During the day, Sasa manages O'Sheehan's, and also made sure our lunch there was up to par. If you do eat in O'Sheehan's, make sure to save room for the brownie cheesecake. We were stuffed, but Sasa insisted that we try it - and we are glad we did. It was delicious. In the Epic Club, Maria was our server for most of our meals (breakfast and dinner). Our family very quickly fell in love with Maria, and her sweet personality. She definitely made our experience more enjoyable! The food in the Epic Club was outstanding. The mustard encrusted rack of lamb was melt in your mouth delicious! My daughter ate surf and turf (filet and jumbo shrimp) multiple times. My husband and I pretty much tried everything on the menu. My daughter's friend tended to stick with the chicken, but only because she loved it so much. I honestly did not think we would eat there so often because the menu is limited, but the food is far superior to that anywhere else on the ship. It was definitely worth repeating a meal or two. The colossal shrimp cocktail were a favorite of mine, as well as the butternut squash soup. My husband had the shrimp risotto appetizer every night. We did end up eating in La Cucina one night, but only because we had platinum certificates to burn. I really did not want to leave the Epic Club for dinner! Dinner in La Cucina was good though, so no complaints there! Diego is the bartender in the Haven Bar. Fabulous bartender who can pretty much make any drink you want, and he does it well!! We started our evening there every night. By night two, he knew names and what people were drinking. This was also the gathering place for the same group of people (or so it seemed) every night before dinner. Friendships were quickly made!! We sailed during new year's week, so the ship was sold out. Crowded is an understatement. We were lucky to have David to escort us to Priscilla so we did not have to wait in line (great show!!). We really did not leave the Haven area unless necessary. Outside of the Haven, the ship was a zoo. Inside - a completely different experience. It was a wonderful, relaxing week. It will be very difficult to return to a "regular" cruise after this one. Leaving the ship - we were finishing breakfast at 6:40am or so, when the ship was cleared by customs. I don't think we were ever cleared that early! We finished our breakfast and were escorted downstairs to walk off the ship. We were in our car and headed home before 7am. Can't say it enough - this was a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We just did the New Year’s cruise on the Epic, with stops at Stirrup Cay, St Thomas and Tortola. On board were my husband (50s), son (10), and me (40s). We travel twice per year on vacation and have done RCCL and Disney Cruise Line ... Read More
We just did the New Year’s cruise on the Epic, with stops at Stirrup Cay, St Thomas and Tortola. On board were my husband (50s), son (10), and me (40s). We travel twice per year on vacation and have done RCCL and Disney Cruise Line several times in the past. We select our cruises mostly for the ship and not the itineraries, and were excited to try the Epic. This is our first experience with NCL. For convenience, I have segregated feedback in three sections: the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good 1. Ship is gorgeous. The EPIC is truly magnificent on the inside. The décor is subtle and tasteful, with dark wood and neutral tones. Every corner is impeccably clean and well maintained. 2. Mini suite on deck 9 was absolutely beautiful. Tiny, but with pretty décor and plenty of storage room (3 full closets and many, many drawers). The bathroom layout was not an issue as we knew beforehand and took plenty of air freshener (!). The bathtub in the mini suite was comfortable and spacious, but a word of advice – do not pick this room if you have mobility issues because getting in the bathtub is quite a climb. Balcony was of adequate size, and had a lock for child safety. 3. Buffet selection was consistently good. Not great quality, but decent variety. You will always find something for everyone. 4. The specialty restaurants that we tried were great (Teppanyaki and Moderno). The Cirque menu was also surprisingly good (shrimp and steak). Service in these venues was exceptional. Also, all of them have kids menu (you need to ask), which was appreciated by our picky 10 yr old. 5. Shows (Cirque, Magician Christian Miro, and Burn the Floor) were outstanding and the best we’ve seen in a cruise (including the Disney shows). 6. Pool deck was epic! The water slides were a lot of fun and we enjoyed our best family moments there. The bowl slide is a must. 7. Service was overall pleasant, with attentive employees and smiling faces (washy washy, happy happy!). 8. The NYE party for kids at Splash Academy was packed. They had glow sticks, kiddie drinks and games, and our son had a lot of fun! The Bad 1. There are no outer decks other than the pool and above. The ship feels a bit claustrophobic, as you can hardly see the ocean from the inside. 2. Desserts in the buffet and main dining room are inedible. However, fruit and ice cream (including soft serve) are readily available and make up for the pastry disaster. 3. Elevators could be a problem. There simply are not enough elevators for the amount of passengers in this big ship. Be ready to burn some calories using the stairs. 4. The Splash Academy was a disappointment. We went several times to leave our son, but the advertised activities were not taking place. It also seemed to be one big room with dividers, with very little visual interest. However, they would play movies that our son enjoyed and the staff was kind and multi-lingual. For those considering this program, be advised that the Academy closes from 12-2 PM and 5-7 PM. So, if dancing at the Atrium at 6 PM is your plan, be sure to include Jr. or have a plan B. 5. The layout of the ship is confusing. We could use deck 15 (pools) to go from aft to forward. But if raining, the only other main deck (without a labyrinth of rooms) was deck 7. Deck 5 and 6 are cut in half by the casino, so if you have kids, 7 is your deck. 6. Not too many shops, and very little NCL merchandise available. The Ugly 1. The third bed in the cabin is not a bed. It is a sofa. After turn down, it still is a sofa. Not a sofa-bed, but a sofa. With a sheet on it. It was hard and small. My son (a skinny 10 year old) fell off twice while asleep. We found this unacceptable and a deal breaker for future consideration of the EPIC as a family vacation. 2. Main dining room food is inedible. Service beyond poor (we were not offered ANYTHING to drink), waiter forgot about us mid-dinner. Bread was cold, soup had no taste other than salt, and sirloin was hard to chew to the point where husband had to either spit it out or choke. We had two sets of cutlery instead of 3, so husband had to wait a while to start eating and by then his food was cold. Waiter seemed overwhelmed. Really unpleasant experience. Make sure to have specialty restaurant reservations in advance if you expect a decent dinner with respectable level of service. 3. Other than the night shows, the entertainment offer was poor for the family oriented. My son was bored by the Splash Academy and mostly declined to go, so we ended up spending all of our time together. Unfortunately, we found really few options of activities that we could do as a family outside of the pools. A lot of “entertainment space” is given to the spa promotions (“seminars” on acupuncture, foot analysis, wrinkles, etc., that are nothing but a sales pitch). The spider slide and bowling alley were open at 4 PM, which is really late. 4. We witnessed one disgruntled employee openly ranting to another employee in the buffet. The poor receptor was trying quite unsuccessfully to redirect this person to another area, but she was not having it. Really bad impression on boarding day. Fortunately, an exception as we never saw anything like this again. Overall, the Epic is a fantastic ship, but not for us. Just not enough family or kid oriented spaces and activities. Couples, young adults and families with teens will definitely enjoy the clubs and adult areas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We decided to cruise on the Oasis of the Seas, as this is a bigger ship than the other RCCL ships we have cruised. There are definite advantages to the larger ship, as we had expected. What we did not expect were the disadvantages. One ... Read More
We decided to cruise on the Oasis of the Seas, as this is a bigger ship than the other RCCL ships we have cruised. There are definite advantages to the larger ship, as we had expected. What we did not expect were the disadvantages. One advantage was the opportunity to meet so many different people throughout the eight days of the cruise. There were people of all ages, from infancy through eighty plus years, and lots of nationalities represented. A very diverse group of passengers, indeed! This made for many fun experiences with different people each day. Another advantage is that because the ship is so huge, there were often times that it was hard to believe there were 6300 plus passengers onboard. The size of the ship provided for many features and a variety that a smaller ship could not support. For example, there were two flow riders, a skating rink, zip line, three promenades (standard, Central Park, and the Boardwalk), a large arena for an aqua show, a comedy club, and more, There were disadvantages to being on such a huge ship with so many other passengers. The elevators were constantly clogged. They were often filled to capacity and waiting times were long. The Windjammer was crowded at key times for breakfast and lunch, and tables were hard to come by. It was also a nuisance to have to schedule shows in advance, and often not to be able to get tickets because the tickets had already been taken by other passengers. Our cabin had a ratty sofa, and our stateroom attendant was not very attendant! Our kids a few cabins down, however, had a very attendant attendant. The excursions were ok. Our last excursion was phenomenal. We went on Xplore, the park at Playa del Carmen with zip lines, caves, and amphibious vehicles. I highly recommend it. It is an exhausting, adrenaline filled day - beware! The gym was at least bigger than it is on some other RCCL ships, but many of the treadmills did not work or work properly, and there were way too many passengers working out in the relatively small space provided. The strength training equipment is old and smelly, and there is not nearly enough floor space for strength training or other exercises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our shore excursion in Cozumel was my favorite. Island roots and cocoa traditions. Some of the other shore excursions were not what we were led to believe. The Jamaica tour started out bad with the busses not being loaded up correctly ... Read More
Our shore excursion in Cozumel was my favorite. Island roots and cocoa traditions. Some of the other shore excursions were not what we were led to believe. The Jamaica tour started out bad with the busses not being loaded up correctly and people being asked to leave one bus for another and then being brought back to the same bus. Very confusing and gave the impression the tour owner did not know what he was doing. The "Plantation" was over-rated and we were rushed through the fruit presentations. Our cabin help, Phyllis, was just a great asset to our trip. Her smile and great laughter was infectious and made our days even better. Seri was our waiter in the main dining room every evening. He was courteous, caring, and a joy to see every evening. Always asking what we did that day and how we liked it, he was interested and interesting. A wonderful man!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Crew members of Royal Caribbean's "Oasis of the Seas" is outstanding in every aspect. They work so hard to help you have a positive cruise experience. Our stateroom attendant was very welcoming, and maintained a ... Read More
The Crew members of Royal Caribbean's "Oasis of the Seas" is outstanding in every aspect. They work so hard to help you have a positive cruise experience. Our stateroom attendant was very welcoming, and maintained a personal relationship with us all week. Our cabin was always clean and tidy. He was quick at providing extra blankets or towels when we request them. The dining services were amazing, with many great options for various types of dining. We especially enjoyed the Silk dining room, as well as Chops Specialty Steak House. All of the wait staff was attentive and hospitable. The entertainment is definitely top notch professional entertainment. We particularly enjoyed the Aqua Show and Ice Skating shows. Our teenagers also spent a great deal of time on the flow rider. The staff at the flow rider provided excellent training, and were also very encouraging. I enjoyed the water aerobics classes every morning. The overall service on the ship was top notch, as was the appearance and cleanliness of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Went out of Port Canaveral, very organized. This port was as organized as Port Everglades. We got there about 11:00 was onboard in about 30 minutes but that was because we were too early, we had to wait. Room was ready at 1:00. We ... Read More
Went out of Port Canaveral, very organized. This port was as organized as Port Everglades. We got there about 11:00 was onboard in about 30 minutes but that was because we were too early, we had to wait. Room was ready at 1:00. We didn't do any excursions this time we just relaxed. We went to Labadee 1st, we sat on the beach and had a great time. I didn't like that the vendors were too over anxious to sell. They would yell at you an beg for you to buy their stuff. But I did haggle the prices which was fun. They did make me feel uncomfortable but there was security supervising so I did feel safe. There was no touching. Other than that we had a great time. Dining room experience and food were GREAT!!! Cabin was great (See cabin review) The kids programs must have been great too, we didn't ever see many except going to deck 15 and when we got on and off the ship. Other than that it was all good. Great onboard sdhopping. We love the Oasis!! GREAT CRUISE!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016

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