39 Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Caribbean - Western Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We choose this cruise to board the Oasis of the Seas for the first time. My wife and I went as we normally do, by ourselves. We are in our late 60's but we dance, have fun and use the pools, jog, run and eat. Embarkation was smooth ... Read More
We choose this cruise to board the Oasis of the Seas for the first time. My wife and I went as we normally do, by ourselves. We are in our late 60's but we dance, have fun and use the pools, jog, run and eat. Embarkation was smooth and fast, very organized. Debarkation was even faster, about 10 minutes to exit the terminal from start to finish, could not believe it. This ship is very large yet it was very easy to navigate all areas. The key is to use the promenade (deck 5). Elevators are at both ends and quite a few they are. Remember that in many areas the food is free even if it looks expensive. Park Central (deck 8), just a great place to spend time to relax, get a great roast beef sandwich, fruit cups, salads and excellent soups. The Solarium was another spot to eat. But the Windjammer is the venue for eating most of the time. On deck 5 is the promenade and the jogging track. Go past the Boardwalk (here is the carousel) and the Aqua Theater. The promenade is the center of everything, from bars to music to 24hrs cafe, pizza. At Sorrentos they serve pizza with all the ingredients you want added, The entertainment was fabulous. Many typical activities and there's the Grand Parade with the Dreamworks animated characters. The food was the highlight since Royal Caribbean has greatly improved their menu, especially breakfast. Quality, presentation, and taste was simply great. Service better than ever. Royal Caribbean has taken suggestions and made changes and the results are evident, just an exceptional cruise. Before boarding and during your online checkin, make sure you try and get as many shows as you can in accordance with your dining schedule. If you find out taht some shows are full, do not worry, when you board just go to desk services and they will complete it for you, as we had to do. The folks are very very nice. On this cruise we had MyTime Dining table for two every night. The food was simply very good and service second to none. Our cabin was 7437 interior, roomy and very clean always. The public restrooms are very clean. All in all this was worth every penny and we will book another cruise soon. We have been on all the major cruise lines but we will return with Royal Caribbean. One last thing, do go to the Art Auctions. You will get a free artwork and an education about this fascinating world of Art. You do not have to buy anything but you will see great works of art and get to know a staff of friendly, knowledgeable persons that will answer any and all your questions. Oasis of the Seas is a great value. For 99.99% of the time, it felt like being on land, that's how smooth it travels over the seas. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have cruised many cruises and wanted to try one of the mega ships so we booked the Oasis of the Seas. We had a balcony room mid ship on the 8th floor. The entry to the ship went very smoothly and the port staff was very friendly. The ... Read More
We have cruised many cruises and wanted to try one of the mega ships so we booked the Oasis of the Seas. We had a balcony room mid ship on the 8th floor. The entry to the ship went very smoothly and the port staff was very friendly. The ship appeared very clean, some areas of the ship needed updating like the carpet in the cabins was worn and stained We ate in the Salarium Grill upon entering the ship, food was ok and this was one of few places on the ship not too busy. The windjammer was packed no seats available and the food didn't even look good. The food was very disappointing over all for the entire week. For some reason they had a problem where they can't serve the hot food hot it was always luke warm at best. It seemed like the ship was making the food pretty bad to push the specialty restaurants. We tried the Chops Steakhouse on Tuesday Night and the food was pretty good until it came to dessert. After paying $42.00 a person for the specialty experience you expect some great food. Well the steak was good, most sides were pretty good the dessert was just plain awful. The title of the one was a warm cooking plate and instead we got 3 old dried up cookies nothing warm about them. The next dessert we tried was Red Velvet Cake it looked good but it was dry with a horrible taste. Supposed to have cream cheese frosting and it tasted bad. Tables around us ordered similar desserts and all of them looked like ours and were not eaten and returned to the kitchen with 2 or 3 bites taken out of them. The Ship has many activities to do on the ship, the shows were good but organization was a serious issue. They scheduled a trivia session in the Schooners Bar and nobody could hear what the host was saying because they had music blasting in the Promenade that was so loud that nobody could hear what the host was trying to ask. This was a problem numerous times with other events. The problem was a common problem but the cruise director did nothing to reschedule the event in a less chaotic place on the ship. Biggest disappointment was food for sure..... Steve Smith, Knoxville TN Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my 23rd cruise (cruised 10 other times on other lines) with Royal Caribbean which was always my favorite line. However, I am sorry I decided to take a Mega ship this year and because of our experience, I will never take another ... Read More
This was my 23rd cruise (cruised 10 other times on other lines) with Royal Caribbean which was always my favorite line. However, I am sorry I decided to take a Mega ship this year and because of our experience, I will never take another Mega ship again. The Oasis of the Seas was a fabulous ship, no doubt, but a number of things that Royal Caribbean has been known for suffered because of the masses of people who had to be serviced. Embarkation was a nightmare, which was a continuation of our terrible airport checkin. It used to be that once your bags were on the plane, you never saw them again until they were delivered in front of your cabin on the ship. Imagine our shock when we had to haul our bags through the airport, searching for someone to ask where we should go. We were never told by our Royal Caribbean agent that this would happen at the airport so we were shocked and incredibly disappointed, not to mention exhausted by the time we boarded the ship. Our cabin was comfortable and clean. However, this was the worse food I'd ever eaten on ANY Royal Caribbean ship. It was more like what prisoners call "grub". This was true in both the dining room and the Windjammer. The best things to eat were the rolls and butter and desserts. You often didn't know what the food was in the Windjammer, ugh. There were many foreign dishes which needed and English translation so we'd know what we were eating. Fortunately, service was excellent in our cabin, dining room and Windjammer. It is obvious that Royal is changing it's focus to younger, less discerning passengers who could care less about quality, taste and presentation of their meals. That is so sad but I guess there are just way too many people to care about ambiance and quality. When I spend that much money, I want quality. I can eat tough prime rib, tiny lobsters the size of prawns, and stew at home. Royal Caribbean might find that they are losing many of their seasoned cruisers to the younger, less experienced, less demanding passenger and because of this, they will quickly find themselves on the level with Carnival Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We choose the ship because of curiosity. We found plenty of things t do, but the constant sales pitches that were ongoing on the promenade was relentless, and not open late or when at a port. The food was delicious but no ... Read More
We choose the ship because of curiosity. We found plenty of things t do, but the constant sales pitches that were ongoing on the promenade was relentless, and not open late or when at a port. The food was delicious but no "midnight buffet". Places to eat closed early and the little places that were available were horrible. Sorrentos pizza tasted like cardboard with melted cheese. Promenade cafe offered little sandwiches that had 1 slim piece of meat. We ordered two and combined them to make one decent sandwich. My wife had one server tell her that if she wanted orange juice with her breakfast she would have to wait till 1130 am as they were closed. Their hours were open till 1100 am, according to our watch it was 1054 am. If you want to go on this ship and don't mind adjusting you time to fit their schedule then you might enjoy the cruise, but my wife and I will not be returning to this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
we had a good time in spite of some disapointing field trips. The service was excellent on board. our Interior room was larger than any other curise we have been on. The off boat trips were disapointing. The snuba was a wonderful ... Read More
we had a good time in spite of some disapointing field trips. The service was excellent on board. our Interior room was larger than any other curise we have been on. The off boat trips were disapointing. The snuba was a wonderful experence but the history tours were disapointing. The shows were outstanding. Cats was a wonderful show and the actors did a great job. The aqua shows were exciting and fun the divers were exciting to watch. The casino was fun with friendly dealers. Overall the ship is beautiful with something for everyone. There were many families on board and all were having a good time. We appreiciated the football games were at the On Air. Even a water leak in out cabin was handled well. but a day without water was a great inconvience. The food in the Windjamer was average but the food in the dining hall was very good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a family Christmas trip. My husband requires an ADA room and the cabin was fabulous (6636). Plenty of room for his mobility scooter and the bathroom--super. Great balcony. The dining in the main dining room (Silk) was great every ... Read More
This was a family Christmas trip. My husband requires an ADA room and the cabin was fabulous (6636). Plenty of room for his mobility scooter and the bathroom--super. Great balcony. The dining in the main dining room (Silk) was great every night we were there. Vintages is a fantastic place for wine and tapas---hardly ever crowded. Chef's Table--wow, the food and wine pairings were unreal!! (But you take a chance on who your dining companions might be--in our case, not fun people but the food and wine made up for it!) Schooner Bar is the best bar on the ship--wait staff learns your name immediately and remembers your usual drinks. They are fantastic--if you see Cory Sawyer or Lonnis or Michael Suah--you know you are in for super service. If you port in Cozumel, DO NOT DO THE SALSA and SALSA excursion! It was a waste of money. We were late leaving, the tour guide (aka a chef aka a salsa dancer aka a taxi getter) does not tell you anything. The place is not air conditioned so if it is warm, you will melt! Jamaica--do not do the shopping excursion--many hours of driving around without really stopping to see anything. Entertainment was not as good on this cruise as our last one. The Headliner show was just okay and it seemed like some of the other shows had lost their quality. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our friends suggested we join them as our Christmas gift to each other. Being retired and love to cruise we booked for this eight day cruise. Our cabin was a superior outside balcony and provided much enjoyment for relaxing and reading. ... Read More
Our friends suggested we join them as our Christmas gift to each other. Being retired and love to cruise we booked for this eight day cruise. Our cabin was a superior outside balcony and provided much enjoyment for relaxing and reading. The main dining room meals were very nice and adequate. Several specials were suggested each night. The one night at Chops was nice, but I felt it didn't warrant the $40 per person extra charge. The shows were very good. The ice show and Come Fly with Me show were spectacular. The ship is enormous with 6400 passengers, but there was enough space that I didn't feel crowded. There were enough chairs, pools and hot tubs to accommodate the passenger needs. As a Diamond level member we received special perks and the Diamond Lounge provided a level of service above the norm. It was a nice place to go in the morning for a continental breakfast and not be crowded. I was a little disappointed that the small things like shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizer wee now eliminated from the rooms. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our children and grand kids liked to celebrated Christmas together in a cruise. So we choose Oasis of the Seas because it offers many features on board. We paid more than 4000 dollars for 8 nights including air flights and airport ... Read More
Our children and grand kids liked to celebrated Christmas together in a cruise. So we choose Oasis of the Seas because it offers many features on board. We paid more than 4000 dollars for 8 nights including air flights and airport transfer. The cruise fare was more than 400 dollars per night per person, a luxury pricing. We found out late that we had to wait for more than 4 hours at the airport for the first transfer to the ship on 10:30 am. On our return, we had to sign up for an excursion to the Kennedy Space Center during daytime to connect to an evening flight. They allowed us to cancel our airport transfer and the day-time excursion sent us to the airport afterwards. It taught us not to trust them for appropriate arrangements even with a package deal including the cruise, the air flights and the airport transfer. The Oasis of the Seas took in 6500 passengers. The check in was efficient for this large number of people but inevitably long. Ours was one and half hours but our friends spent 2 and half hours and were furious. Our luggage were mis-placed and we found them ourselves. My wife's luggage was damaged and they gave 50 dollars credit only. There were no particular celebration on either December 24 or 25. We were told of a Christmas lunch on Labadee, Haiti. This is a resort developed by Royal Caribbean. We can charge even with our ship card. It turned out to be just an ordinary BBQ. On the ship, you had to pay dearly for water, wine and specialty restaurants. 4 bottles of Evian costed 14 dollars. What is worse, the water from the faucet was not drinkable as advised by the front desk. That was confusing because the ship was equipped with water fountains in the fitness center and the running track. Both were posted with the signs asking us not to drink from the fountain. Still in the dining rooms, we were served with regular ice water. Apparently, they had portable water on the ship but they only provided for their dining rooms but not to us. We went one evening to 150 Central Park. This specialty restaurant charged us 45 dollars for a 3 course meal. This was considered over-priced since we already paid more than 400 dollars per person per day for room and board. There were no laundry room nor iron boards on the ship. Another avenue for them to get money from you. Their shows were very good. We like " Frozen in time" in particular. They also showcase Cats in a full-length production. Their staff were generally well-trained in the restaurants and guest services. Still, the pressure of making revenue was everywhere. We were at a wine-tasting event. At the end of tasting, they offered bottles of wines at deep discount for us to take back. My friend was ready to pay 50 dollars for two bottles. When he was ready to sign the pay slip, he found a charge of 18% gratuity in addition. I showed them my pay slip which did not post the 18% gratuity. My friend ended up not buying. Afterwards, I found in the review of my account that they added the 18% gratuity. They credited me back on that gratuity after my complaints. That wine clerk should be fired as this was cheating clearly. I enjoyed the cruise of the Oasis of the Seas. The charge of more than 400 dollars per person per night was way too expensive even during the peak holiday season. It really should be priced around 150 dollars per person per night. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise to escape for the Christmas holiday. My family consists of 2 adults, 1 16 yo and 12 yo. who wont use the teen club. We loved the size of the ship and participated in LOTS of trivia at the Schooner Bar which gets very ... Read More
We chose this cruise to escape for the Christmas holiday. My family consists of 2 adults, 1 16 yo and 12 yo. who wont use the teen club. We loved the size of the ship and participated in LOTS of trivia at the Schooner Bar which gets very crowded! We didnt end up seeing a lot of the shows but really enjoyed Oasis of Dreams. My husband didnt want to "dress" for the dining room so we ate in Windjammer the first 5 nights. I was getting pretty tired of the same buffet offerings and after we ate on night 5, we realized it was lobster night. My 12 year old was dying for lobster so I ran him down to the 8:00 seating (even though we had main) and they not only accommodated him but gave him 6 lobster tails! Then they sent him on his way with a dozen chocolate chip cookies to go! After that we went into the dining room each night and my husband wore shorts. All of the staff were awesome. Our room was great. I booked all of our excursions privately and they were all excellent. Highly recommend the bungalow on Labadee (cheaper than the cabana). "Christmas" was not "in your face" but there were tree, decorations, caroling, Hanukkah candle lightings and gifts for the kids. Decks were crowded on sea days as usual and closed our last day due to wind. LOVED Central park neighborhood. We were close to Boardwalk and Schooner Bar and for us it was the perfect location. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
A ship twice the displacement of the carrier Nimitz was worth exploring. The largest cruise ship which will be surpassed by the Harmony of the Seas by ONE foot. We really wanted to explore this craft and compare it to the other ships we ... Read More
A ship twice the displacement of the carrier Nimitz was worth exploring. The largest cruise ship which will be surpassed by the Harmony of the Seas by ONE foot. We really wanted to explore this craft and compare it to the other ships we have sailed. We did and decided that smaller is better for us octogenarians, however, if we take the teenage grandchildren as we did on the Brilliance last July in the Med. the Oasis would be the preferred choice. The best time to appreciate the ship is when most passengers are off on excursions or port visits. The ship is almost devoid of passengers! Central Park is empty, the Boardwalk is quiet and you can walk the Royal Promenade without feeling you are at a county fair. The Solarium area was appreciated most and was often the quietest spot to be found, super comfortable seating.spas and pools were not our thing. Although we are whale watch volunteers the whales in the pools were beyond us and the bikinis on some of the whales were really too much too bear. Far better to watch the kids on the TWO rock climbing walls or those in the TWO flow rider pools. Really, a huge recreation area, including mini golf and shuffle board. Entertainment was good but busy, Cats was over 2 h and after the intermission, half of the balcony occupants left! Was it that bad, YES. The second hour was a great improvement, thank god for that. Conclusion: it was worth the experience. If you decide to go please do a little research, you'll enjoy this mammoth a lot more. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My Family and I took our first Holiday cruise and loved it. The staff and ship were amazing as well as the ports of calls and all the activities lined up for us. We would definitely do it again. Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line ... Read More
My Family and I took our first Holiday cruise and loved it. The staff and ship were amazing as well as the ports of calls and all the activities lined up for us. We would definitely do it again. Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line that we will sail with, and they once again reminded me why we continuously sail with them. There were many activities to keep us all busy, and the staff was amazing and always participating. The ports of call were great. Lots of activities for me and the kids. The staff was great doing the many excursions we decided to do. The dining hall was fantastic and the service was beyond expectation. The staff very quickly learned what your likes/dislikes were and made sure to take very good care of you. All in all, it was an amazing time, and we are sad that it had to end. Will definitely do it again next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I wanted to show my brother the largest ship and share with him all it had to offer. It was a Christmas present to ourselves. I want to begin by saying beyond the first day and evening havoc, we had a wonderful experience. The "My ... Read More
I wanted to show my brother the largest ship and share with him all it had to offer. It was a Christmas present to ourselves. I want to begin by saying beyond the first day and evening havoc, we had a wonderful experience. The "My time" dining needs to be tweaked terribly. When you book your "my time" dining way ahead on line and think it is going to go "your way"....bookers beware! It is not a happy and catered experience. All my time dining was on the lowest level of the dining room. There are three levels. The lines are long. Even if you have a so called "reservation" for "my time"......it is very disorganized to say the least. My question is why is it not MY TIME when I reserved? Why am I waiting with folks that didn't have a reservation? Why don't I have the same table at the same time? I DO understand things shift each night but once the dining staff knows your cabin number, name, request, time etc.....have a program to map out the dining room prior to our arrival. Oh heck....why am I suggesting this any way to a ship that practices day in and day out for approximately six years how to organize up to 7000 passengers?? Shame on you guys for not having this down pat! Beyond this disappointing and unexpected circumstance that I didn't look forward to each night,as I headed to the dining room (and the first night was a disaster )......my brother and I enjoyed our trip. Land excursions were organized as far keeping folks together and safe and happy. Im suggesting that maybe it could be a bit more informative as far as what will happen play by play. i.e. (you will walk across the port, get on a ferry, cab etc. no food allowed, you will receive a snack, lunch will be served exchange rate etc.) Guest services has an itinerary sheet about your excursion with icons for "lunch served" etc. but many folks don't look (trust me) they were lost or confused. On a better note my hats off to all staff for being so attentive to the passengers..even when rude, difficult, ornery, grumpy or hung over......I commend you. Over all....a wonderful ship and trip. Thank you R.C. You get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking ... Read More
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking to your room is a 15 minute journey. There were times that we did not go out of our room again in the evening because we did not want to walk anymore. Getting off on the pier was also a journey. The pier is as long as the ship so the walk into town was long as well. As amazing as it might sound, even though there were over 6,000 people on board it never seemed crowded. I have to give the staff credit for the organizational skills to get us all on and off with no hassle at all. We will definitely stick with Royal Caribbean but will go back to the smaller ships for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Just disembarked from the Oasis of the Seas, where we spent the last seven days on our western Caribbean cruise, and I thought I’d get some thoughts down while everything was still fresh (and before the mundane needs of everyday life ... Read More
Just disembarked from the Oasis of the Seas, where we spent the last seven days on our western Caribbean cruise, and I thought I’d get some thoughts down while everything was still fresh (and before the mundane needs of everyday life took over once again). I’ll say from the start that my husband and I have experienced our fair share of cruises, and on a few different lines. (We’d actually been on the Oasis once before, back in 2012, and loved it.) This means there are lots of excursions, restaurants and other cruising experiences that we’ve done in the past…and therefore didn’t need to do again. Which means this review might appear a bit basic and missing-the-action for some. However, if you’re the kind of cruiser who’s into finding the best places to lie down with the greatest amount of maximized contentment, as well as where to eat in a way that’s tasty but doesn’t break the bank, and which shows might be worth your time, and what’s up with the internet option, the fitness center and the spa, then I invite you to read on. Embarkation/Disembarkation/General Tests of Patience I don’t know if it’s the time of year we chose of if the ship gods were with us, but all of the cautionary tales we’d read about long lines and reserved times gone awry were absent for us. We arrived at about 11am on embarkation day, and the process to get on-board was efficient and friendly. The only line was the one to get through security. When we checked in we saw that Royal’s system had misclassified our Crown & Anchor level, and so the first thing we did upon entering the ship was to head to Guest Services (we’d worked hard for that bathrobe and wine discount, after all). We used the “charm over defiance” method in our discussion with the staff, and for any other issues we had with our bills, and found that everyone was happy to help us out. (Granted, they may have been helpful even if we’d been less charming, but we figured these people dealt with enough cranky passengers that a nice smile from us might just make up for one or two snarls from others.) The ship is laid out extremely well, with lots of options as to where to spend your time and money, and despite the behemoth size of the Oasis we never felt crowded in or on a line for long periods of time. Even when we showed up at our My Time Dining dinners earlier than we were expected, they were able to get us our table relatively quickly. The Food Hubbie and I are fairly easy-to-please in the food department, and we’re also incredibly light-weighted when it comes to alcohol consumption, so it might not surprise you to hear that we were satisfied with the food…for the most part. We tried two specialty restaurants. The first, Izumi, which was a Teppanyaki-type place, it’s one we hadn’t planned on visiting, but the guys swarming the promenade on the first day talked us into it. (NOTE: we found you can get deals for the specialty restaurants, especially if you make reservations for the first few days of the cruise. Try negotiating, but do it with charm (see above section for more on this technique). Izumi was delicious and fun. The chefs try hard to keep things entertaining, though I will say that the experience relies just as much on the passengers around the table as it does your chef. We had a few cranky-pants people, which didn’t help matters, but it was still worth the money. We also did the Solarium Bistro, which I was excited about because of the healthier vibe. We had made one reservation before we boarded, then let the guy on the promenade sweeten the deal with a second night at a discounted prices. Unfortunately, the food just didn’t pan out. We’d heard that the salad/appetizer and dessert courses were both buffets now, and didn’t mind that at all. But the main entrees were just…bad. Overcooked, and kind of tasteless. They let us each get a half of two entrees to try a variety of things and nothing really came out well. As a result, we cancelled our second reservation. The dining room, on the other hand, was great. We liked the food options and found that the service was attentive and friendly. We’d heard lots of complaints about the food, and while it remained a bit basic in some regards, we also found the food had lots of flavor, and the servers were happy to work with us on a bit of meal-tweaking…or let us try a few different things. The windjammer buffet was…busy, but again, Oasis does a great job with its organization, and those super long lines you see on other ships wasn’t present here. Instead, there are different stations for different groups of items, which helps keep things moving. We often came here for lunch, especially on port days when others were off the ship. For breakfast, we picked up a few things here that we couldn’t get at the Solarium Bistro, then made our way to the Bistro for breakfast. While there are less options at the Bistro, the atmosphere is so much calmer, and it was a nice way to start the day (and not lose each other while one of us foraged for the hard-boiled eggs while the other tried to find the maple syrup). The other places we visited was the Park Café, which offers breakfast and lunch, and which provided some nice options and atmosphere, and Vintages Wine Bar, which is also lovely and quieter. Plus they know their wines…obviously. The Ship, The Room, The Internet As I’ve said, we’ve been on Oasis before and loved it, and, while some cost-cutting measures could be seen or felt, we still loved the options of places to hang out, eat, see things, and do nothing. We especially appreciated the opportunity to walk through Central Park, the Boardwalk, the promenade, and the Casino before and after dinner. There was always action or a show happening somewhere, which meant you could do something, or watch others doing it, at pretty much any time. We spent most of everyday up in the Solarium, where we found both sunny and shaded spots with relative ease throughout the day. There are no hairy-legs contests here, which was the point for us. Also, no kids. Also the point. The loudest things got was when a bunch of Canadians took over the Jacuzzi for a while. But, really, who doesn’t find Canadians charming on some level? Our ocean view balcony cabin was on the tenth deck, and we were pleasantly surprised by how much storage there was for all of our stuff. Our attendant was lovely and friendly. Hubbie and I pre-purchased a full internet plan before boarding, so we were able to get the one-device streaming plan at a discounted rate. It worked fine for us, and we just swapped the internet on our various devices as needed (I tried to use the experience to reduce my internet compulsions, and am happy to say this strategy worked well). Moving between our computer, iPad and phones was not a problem at all…super easy. The signal was great and very fast. So stop worrying. The Activities, Shows, Spa, and Ports We saw several shows while on board, so here’s the rundown. We left Cats at the intermission, but not because the quality of the show was bad. The show itself just bored us, so we probably would’ve done the same thing had we seen it on Broadway. If Mo5aic is performing while you’re on the ship, go see them. Just trust me. We also saw the ice show and the diving show, which were both great. We visited the Casino a lot, hoping for some traditional Texas Hold’em Action, but nobody came to play and the version where you play against the dealer didn’t do it for us. Hubbie had booked me a massage at the spa ahead of time (nice guy, yes?) and it was fine. I nicely warned my massage therapist, just as she started her pitch about the expensive oils she’d used, that I wasn’t buying anything. She said she was glad I told her up front and saved her the time. I visited the Fitness Center each morning to run off the bloat of the day before. The equipment, both cardio and weights, were great. As far as the ports, I can’t be super helpful here, except to say that it seems some of the greatest magic on a ship happens when everyone else gets off of it. We only got off in Cozumel, and that was to visit Paradise Beach, our favorite spot in Mexico and worth the slight hassle of moving our butts down the gangplank. All in All… We met lots of nice people and lots of…complainers. Like everything else, a lot of the experience is about your expectations going in, and your willingness to be flexible around those expectations. One woman I met actually said there wasn’t anything to do on board (what?) and another guy got all kinds of hot and bothered when the server didn’t bring him a second coffee up at the Windjammer on the super-busy final morning. Then again, perhaps this guy was just cranky about leaving the mighty Oasis that day. I could certainly understand. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ... Read More
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ship eating a little bit we found a chair in the pool area and got a couple of drinks and enjoyed it. We booked the shows we wanted early, tried a couple of new dinning restaurant (I couldn't fine a bad one) The one thing I would tell you is that we were unhappy with the Bingo pricing. $64 for a machine that has been paid for over and over again, and they don't have the ball machine anymore, it's computerized !!!!! and you only play THREE games ??? Not a great return on value. I won't be going back to that. That being the only thing. STILL Love cruising on RCCL. Doing again in January 2017, and August and December. Worth the money, to not have to drive and find fun somewhere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Sailed on the ALLURE last year and wanted another adventure on a great city/ship. While the ship itself was as good and exciting as the ALLURE it seems the OASIS still has some work to do in smoothing out the rough edges. Let's ... Read More
Sailed on the ALLURE last year and wanted another adventure on a great city/ship. While the ship itself was as good and exciting as the ALLURE it seems the OASIS still has some work to do in smoothing out the rough edges. Let's go down the list: Getting on and off the ship was well organized and efficient. The Ports were easily reached and entertaining. The excursions were extensive and informative as well as entertaining. The evening entertainment was excellent but maybe CATS could have been condensed a bit more. 2 1/2 hours with only a couple of hit songs is a bit slow. All the other entertainment would be good at one show and poor the next. Except the aqua, aerial and ice shows. They were excellent. I won't comment on the comedians or musicians. Maybe the better ones got gigs on shore for the holidays As big as the ship is I was surprised to see very crowded conditions at several of the events. Like the Art shows, the Trivia contests and a few others. It's not like there weren't other larger venues for the groups. And it's not that the events were that popular, I have seen larger crowds at the Art Shows on Carnival ships. But, my major complaint is in the erratic service and food preparation. Even the coffee tasted wildly different at different locations. The food at all the dining venues was equally inconsistent. One day the beef dishes would be over cooked and the next day rare, The scrambled eggs would be tasty one day and dry the next. Our room steward came and went as if he had no schedule and one day didn't enter the room at all. While all the employees were very friendly and solicitous it seemed they were inexperienced and somewhat lost. All said we will still consider another trip on the ALLURE because it is an experience unlike any of the other cruise ships afloat. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Some dear friends of mine chose this ship and itinerary and invited me and a friend to come along. I have sailed on Royal Caribbean several times but this was my first time on a ship this large. The ship is incredibly beautiful and ... Read More
Some dear friends of mine chose this ship and itinerary and invited me and a friend to come along. I have sailed on Royal Caribbean several times but this was my first time on a ship this large. The ship is incredibly beautiful and we enjoyed our cabin and the ports we visited. The excursions we chose were exactly as described and we had a lot of fun. There were a couple of crew members that were exceptional and we made it known to guest services but otherwise service was lackluster or nonexistent. I acknowledge and appreciate the bottle of Moet champagne and chocolate covered strawberries that were comped because of two instances of rude behaviour by the room service phone operator but overall our entire group of friends were treated as though we were a nuisance. Professional, friendly and helpful seemed to be the exception not the rule and I am talking ship wide most every encounter, every venue and every service line. Crew members were not engaged with guest, did not seem to enjoy their work and were not encouraging guest to have fun. We heard others complaining about the quality of the service and thought it interesting that guest were using the size of the ship and the number of guest as justification for the horrible service. I won't sail on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My husband and I are fairly experienced cruisers. We have been on 24 cruises, 15 of them on Royal Caribbean. This was our second cruise on Oasis, and we have been on Allure 4 times, so we know the big ships pretty well. Overall, the ... Read More
My husband and I are fairly experienced cruisers. We have been on 24 cruises, 15 of them on Royal Caribbean. This was our second cruise on Oasis, and we have been on Allure 4 times, so we know the big ships pretty well. Overall, the cruise was just OK. With the exception of our RCI sponsored excursion in Jamaica, which was horrible. The ship was clean, our room steward fantastic. But, as other cruisers on Oasis have mentioned, the food in the MDR was mediocre, and everything was served at room temperature. Not good when you enjoy soup! Most of the crew we encountered looked stressed, tired, and downright unhappy, including the entertainment staff. I had an encounter with a woman in Guest Services that was particularly hostile when I asked her a simple question on day 3 about the time frame to carry our luggage off the ship when disembarking. She looked annoyed and barked "It will be in the Cruise Compass". What?? When pressed, she finally told me the hours to carry your own luggage were 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM. How hard was that? Bright spots on the cruise were Sabor (the Mexican restaurant-delicious!), the diving show, Vintages for wine and tapas, and the ice show. Embarkation was a breeze, and debarkation was the fastest we have ever experienced. We were second in line for customs - a first for us! We will probably try either Celebrity (I know-RCI owns them) or a smaller RCI ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
First time on a VERY large ship, Oasis of the Seas. It is so very cool! There are different neighborhoods to explore all over the ship. Central Park is my favorite, it is just like strolling in a real park. Real trees swaying, live ... Read More
First time on a VERY large ship, Oasis of the Seas. It is so very cool! There are different neighborhoods to explore all over the ship. Central Park is my favorite, it is just like strolling in a real park. Real trees swaying, live chamber music playing in the background there are restaurants to visit, so romantic and peaceful; good place to slow down and just be. There is actually a bar that travels up and down 3 floors! get one on one floor get off on another; or ride round trip! It was also our first time in a balcony room, nice! however, we are spoiled, and will probably go with the ocean view balcony next time. We missed seeing the ocean outside the window. Miniature golf was fun, but need more adult size clubs. Course is fun but a challenge too. Zip line was a hoot to watch! You can watch the riders from the Windjammer if you sit in the right place. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our first time on the Oasis, and it was amazing! We have cruised multiple times with Royal, but this ship is just simply stunning. From watching the finches in Central Park to eating hot dogs on the Boardwalk to seeing Cats, we ... Read More
This was our first time on the Oasis, and it was amazing! We have cruised multiple times with Royal, but this ship is just simply stunning. From watching the finches in Central Park to eating hot dogs on the Boardwalk to seeing Cats, we were in awe at every turn. Our Junior Suite was more than comfortable for four people and our cabin steward took care of everything we could have ever needed. The wait staff and food in the dining room was terrific and the casino and bar staff made sure we had a great time. The teen club was a "home away from home" for my 16 year old stepson, but my 13 year old daughter did not have a very positive experience. It was not a deal breaker, but it was a bit of a disappointment. Overall, though, I cannot say enough about this great trip! We will be booking another one soon! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
15 years ago my wife and I took a cruise on Royal, we have told SOOO many people about it. The people, the food, the feeling of royalty. This Cruise did not stack up but only because Royal its self has put money over the experience. The ... Read More
15 years ago my wife and I took a cruise on Royal, we have told SOOO many people about it. The people, the food, the feeling of royalty. This Cruise did not stack up but only because Royal its self has put money over the experience. The staff was great, the boat was great, what they have done to there port at Hati, and what they have done to there dinners should be criminal, If you want to enjoy good food, pull out your wallet, it going to cost you upwards of 50.00 more per head per night, otherwise get ready to eat lunch room quality food in the main dinning hall. There were 12 people in my party, and after paying almost 18,000.00 between all of us to get on the ship you can imagine we passed on the additional 600.00 a night to be able to eat food of any quality. (7,200.00 more). None of that of course includes the shore excursions we went on but those were all well worth the cost and we had no issue paying for them. Hati however .... what a joke, what was once a paradise is not a segregated beach, biased by how much money you spend as to weather you can actually go enjoy the beach its self. If you do not pay more you will be set in about 100'x40' of water with the rest of the passengers while the rest of the peninsula is only accessible if you have a special pass. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Our family traveled on the cruise over the Thanksgiving Holiday. We had 6 in our suite, including our parents, my husband and I and our 13 year old and 7 year old. There was something for all of us to do! They manage the mass amount of ... Read More
Our family traveled on the cruise over the Thanksgiving Holiday. We had 6 in our suite, including our parents, my husband and I and our 13 year old and 7 year old. There was something for all of us to do! They manage the mass amount of people very well! Our room attendant took great care to keep our room clean. The restaurant and bar service was excellent. The entire ship was extremely clean. Our children each enjoyed the activities that were in their age group, but they both did not spend much time there as we were able to do so many activities together. The entertainment and shows were amazing! We were pleasantly surprised how wonderful it all was. This was our first cruise that we stayed in the suite and it was well worth every penny! The suite lounge and Costal kitchen staff, drinks and food made this trip above the top! They treated us and our children so well. We also purchased the beverage packages, but really did not have too as the drinks at happy hour were more then enough for us, none of us are big drinkers, but do enjoy our drinks. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Was very Disappointed in the Food on this cruise. I would not recommend this ship. It's not what i thought it would be. The room was nice, but the service was not good enough. Never had hot food in the dining room. And the ... Read More
Was very Disappointed in the Food on this cruise. I would not recommend this ship. It's not what i thought it would be. The room was nice, but the service was not good enough. Never had hot food in the dining room. And the desserts were tasteless. Not satisfied. They nickel and dime you. Movie, they charge you 2.50 for the popcorn. That is crazy. Also I had a blister, so went to get a bandaid in the medical room, 50 cents for a bandaid!! WHAT???? Was not too impressed with the room attendant either. My room never felt clean, the beds where a mess when they were made. This was the first cruise i was not happy with my room cleanliness . Too many people to accommodate in the buffet , not enough tables for the amount of guests. The SPA staff was very nice and professional. The staff on the ship were hard working and kind. The ship was clean and well kept. Too big Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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