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58 Orlando (Port Canaveral) Senior 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of ... Read More
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of the people lose money overall. Dining food and room service 2nd to none, all first class. Plenty of casino Black jack, Texas Hold "em, roulette, and slot machines in the casino. Watching zip-liners, rock wall climbers wasvery entertaining. Plenty of swimming pools with different depths and hot tubs were available for use.Check out internet excursions before you purchase them from a cruise line, they are generally cheaper and have a greater variety. As for getting on and the ship and considering they had 6200 people on board it went better than what I expected. If you can find a cruise that Oasis of the seas offers, book it, you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Oasis was suppose to be the best cruise. this ship is now completing with Disney not for seniors. Nothing for seniors even card rooms too crowded. Only game for some adults was golf and they had their contest no winners and No ... Read More
Oasis was suppose to be the best cruise. this ship is now completing with Disney not for seniors. Nothing for seniors even card rooms too crowded. Only game for some adults was golf and they had their contest no winners and No key chains staff just walked away. Porters at dock could not be had and you had to carry suitcase to buses. Ice show the best ever. Casino large however tables all $10.00 and up Golf area very nice however clubs were 6 long handled and 8 short. Balls were from the 1990,s really OLD not even good for practice balls or water balls they do not carter to people with diabetes very little sugar free food best sweet bread but only two days with cold soups which has always been one of there best soups. ship had a problem and we never left port till after 11:00 thus no gambling that night and that left nothing to do Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We choose this ship after several rips out of Ft Lauderdale and Oasis was highly rated. Our problems started with a cramped balcony room # 6578, with little storage and a stuck closet door. It took me over one hour to fix the closet that ... Read More
We choose this ship after several rips out of Ft Lauderdale and Oasis was highly rated. Our problems started with a cramped balcony room # 6578, with little storage and a stuck closet door. It took me over one hour to fix the closet that was stuck on a safe door. The safe was in the closet and the door hung up. Needless to say a bad idea. We had intermittent hot water over the seven day voyage. What a pain to have a very luke warm shower every morning and several evenings. Very unpleasant and never really fixed over 7 days. The windjammer buffet was very poor. Design and food was lack luster and was avoided by others at all costs except emergency food. Main dining was another clear disaster. Staff at our table of 10 was clueless. Wine service, delivery of food and attention to detail was very poor. The food was generally fair but some appetizers were poor. Service was slow and nearly cold food many of the days. We were stuck in St Thomas with engine problems from 4:30 pm (all aboard) to 11:30 pm with no explanation while the ship just sat there. The shows were good except for the Aqua show that never appear due to rain. Chops was also very good along with the Park Cafe for lunch. We have been to St Thomas and St Martin before. We had Kontiki trip at St Thomas that was very good. The guys weer great, food and drinks very good. Worth the cost. Overall the ship was too big, service was lackluster, food so so, cabin small with problems, casino full of smoker's and not too our overall likes. Many others also complained. Next time samller is better overall. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I've sailed on many ships, to include NCL's first one ( a converted ferry, that sank once and burned another time).. The main floor, that houses the casino restaurants , is crowed on most nights, to include noise, smoke and wall ... Read More
I've sailed on many ships, to include NCL's first one ( a converted ferry, that sank once and burned another time).. The main floor, that houses the casino restaurants , is crowed on most nights, to include noise, smoke and wall to wall passengers..While the shows are of good quality. many are small, and even more enjoyable( had an astronaut on board, who gave a 1 hour talk on his 2 resupply trips to the space station) ( Did you know that the space walk suit weighs 350 pounds?) I was in a "solo room" a key card area, with 100 square foot rooms, Kinda tight, but you figure it out in one day..Adequate storage, Good glass shower, not the sticky drape one, ..Plenty of room for one, and even a guest,, But no chairs,, The bed is it.. A seperate , private Lounge, that offers a great auto coffee machine with 10 choices,,,cookies galore and breakfast pastries..Bar is opened between 5-7 ( yes you pay) and they have a solo party.. But still no comfortable chairs ... I ate in all the "additional fee"restaurants ...Great food 16 or 32 oz , prime rib , almost too big to eat..Service is great.. Pressure to order drinks Slippery floors...in buffet area.. Pool area, had music , bars and more bars.. The aft area was the best,, The stops at Tortola, St. Thomas and their private .expanded island were ok.. I'd take the same itinerary, but the ship layout was my problem.. Just too crowded and floor plan broken up.. No patterned carpet to help you on going to the bow or stern Bathrooms tough to find,,, Small and out of the way signs!! Announce 4 new ships coming on board. Getaway style .is much better Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary. Contrary to what I had read about the November 2016 embarkation, ours went very well. It was the usual line of people yet the wait time wasn't bad. Once on the Epic, we went immediately to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary. Contrary to what I had read about the November 2016 embarkation, ours went very well. It was the usual line of people yet the wait time wasn't bad. Once on the Epic, we went immediately to our room. I did my research on the room and knew what to expect. The actual experience left me even more disappointed. We booked a balcony room and yes, it had the wavy walls. These rooms are very tight for moving around. Only one person at a time past the bed. The head of our bed was near the commode so we decided "no flushing" during the night! The shower and commode are opposite each other when you enter the room. You actually step out into the small hall way to dry off and dress. It is too tight in the shower to dry off. Our sink was at the foot of the curved bed so each time it is used water would drip on the floor. We had to keep a towel on the floor at all times. I will not go on the Epic again due to the very poor design of the balcony rooms. The best outcome was our room person, Elisa, who always was smiling and singing while she cleaned. And she always addressed us by our name. The trip from Port Canaveral to Tortola took 2 sea days. The waters were very rough and this large ship rocked the entire 2 days. I along with fellow cruisers were seriously tired of maneuvering the Epic. I don't know if it was due to the time of year (December). The Lido buffet is another poorly designed area. You wait in cafeteria style and very long lines for your food. If you have been on other NCL ships, you know that the food areas are broken into small kiosks according to food types. With as many people as the Epic held, there should have been kiosks and this ship really needs two Cafeteria to accommodate the large number of people. Food was mediocre. Breakfast was fairly tasty. I found the omelet line much shorter as it is located on the side walkway between the seating areas and the pool area. We visited the dining rooms. The food was good and service good also. Service was very poor in the other free dining venues. We booked shows for Cirque Dreams and Priscilla. Shows were very entertaining but the food served in the Cirque show was subpar. It was not worth $30. Our view in standard seating was good so you don't really have to pay the extra $10 for up front seating. Loved Priscilla. If you are offended by different lifestyles and vulgar talk, I suggest not going. Otherwise don't miss it!. Also, what you don't read about is having to book a seat for the rest of the entertainment on board. I suggest you find the show desk to sign up. This is my 5th time on NCL but the first time I have encountered very rude customer service. And don't waste your time on the IConcierge app. It only works half the time. And if you try to complain about it or get it fixed, the line for the one person working the line is very long. As usual, NCL charges ridiculous prices for everything on board. I recently went on Carnival and was able to purchase 6-pack bottle water delivered to my room for $6.99. NCL charges $29.99 for the same. The app on Carnival (to talk to people who sign up also) costs $5.99 pp and it worked every time. NCL charges $9.99 pp. and rarely worked. We took excursions in Tortola, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay. Our original excursion in Tortola was cancelled due to rough waters. We were able to book a tour on the countryside. Not a lot to see. Our guide took us up to the top point of the island and then back down. We took the Virgin Gorda trip to the Baths on our last trip here and I highly recommend it. Otherwise don't waste your money on an excursion around Tortola. In St. Thomas, we took an excursion to St. John's island. Very interesting place. Wish we could have spent more time here. One important point I have to make is the vehicle we were driven in had balding tires and a couple of plugs in the tires. St. John's is very hilly with several switchbacks and narrow roads. I was a little apprehensive riding in this vehicle. Great Stirrup Cay is a NCL owned island inhabited by only caretakers on the island. The locals travel by boat from other islands for tour excursions and the selling of wares. We took a Marine Life boat tour. Saw a few marine life in shallow waters. I will say this tour was ok. Debarkation actually took longer. Very long lines to get out of the terminal. They allowed several color coded tags debark at once. It made for a very crowded situation trying to retrieve your luggage. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I chose this cruise because we could drive from our condo in florida, and we'd been on other Norwegian ships in the past couple years and had a good time. I was very surprised at the Epic. The ship is big, there were a lot of ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we could drive from our condo in florida, and we'd been on other Norwegian ships in the past couple years and had a good time. I was very surprised at the Epic. The ship is big, there were a lot of people, especially on the first days when the weather wasn't so good. I really didn't mind the people and even the size, but the layout is a real problem. The casino dominates the center of the ship, the noise and the smoking is overpowering. The ship could make a designated smoking area, but hasn't so i guess there hasnt been anyone else complqining about that. There are other things going on at the same time on the 5th floor, 6th floor and 7th floor which increases the noise,. And the people walking right through the center of it, pictures being taken as you try to get by. I really wish id taken a couple of picture of the mayhem. You have to make reservations to go to the shows, otherwise you're out if luck. I missed out, got to see one - it was good, but wasn't what i wanted to see. There seemed to be only two things to do on the ship, gamble or drink in the end, not a good place to do anything else. There is no quiet places to sit, except the library. The food was good, not great, but it was OK. I didn't care for the bathroom layout, but it wasn't a deal breaker, the cabin had a lot of storage and the bed was comfortable. Lucky for us we got a cabin near the elavator which are on both ends of the ship, it is a really long way from the center. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our second time on the Oasis of the Seas. We were on the Allure Twice. The staff were great, always going out of their way to make sure our experience was memorable. Embarkation went very quickly. Disembarkation we used ... Read More
This was our second time on the Oasis of the Seas. We were on the Allure Twice. The staff were great, always going out of their way to make sure our experience was memorable. Embarkation went very quickly. Disembarkation we used the express and a little more organization is needed. First the shows: Such amazing talent. Cats is not one of my favorite plays but this cast was so very talented. The singing, the dancing Great. Frozen in Time, the Aqua Show, the comedian were all wonderful. The headliner show "Abba" was so good we went twice. We were in the Boardwalk Balcony room and wow, it was great. Always had the ocean balcony before but really enjoyed the Boardwalk - more to see. Not noisy at all. Food: The Park Café roast beef sandwiches are a must. The hot dog stand great. The food in the dining room was a disappointment, first because of the selection then because of the taste, we actually had to send back the food twice. Staff: Best staff on any cruise ship. They all went out of their way to help and be courteous. Our room steward Corrine - fantastic. Our dining room staff - Yogesh and Catherine - WOW. My husband and I traveled alone on this trip but made reservations for another cruise in May with the family. Hopefully the food will improve by then. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose this cruise because of the destination, the time of year and the cost. The food in the dining room is excellent. This ship has too many activities for me to list. If you or your children like lots of activity, this is a good ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the destination, the time of year and the cost. The food in the dining room is excellent. This ship has too many activities for me to list. If you or your children like lots of activity, this is a good match for you. The ship is huge and provides a very comfortable ride. Please note, you must make reservations for the shows on board. The Windjammer Restaurant has mediocre food. The evening dining room food is excellent, as is the service. Entertainment is first class! Music and performers are absolutely outstanding - the best I've heard and seen on a cruise ship! Ports of call were interesting, but some of the popular shore excursions can fill up even before the ship sails. I missed 1 shore excursion by not knowing about this. The Oasis of the Seas is huge! There were 5 cruise ships in the St. Maarten Harbor at the same time. Having so many people overwhelms the local shops and the excursions. It would be great if the cruise lines could stagger the arrival of their ships! Disembarkation was rough. I opted to take my own luggage off the ship in the first wave of disembarkation. We were to meet on deck 5. This put the line in front of the elevators, creating a bottleneck for people trying to get off the elevators! What a traffic jam! Overall, the cruise was pleasant. However, I would travel on a smaller ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I should have taken a cue from the long lines we stood in to even get checked in and onto the ship. My 2 daughters and I had a mini balcony suite (with emphasis on mini). It was tiny. I cannot imagine what the interior staterooms ... Read More
I should have taken a cue from the long lines we stood in to even get checked in and onto the ship. My 2 daughters and I had a mini balcony suite (with emphasis on mini). It was tiny. I cannot imagine what the interior staterooms were like. Whomever designed those rooms should be stripped of whatever title they hold. The bathroom is right in the room with only a smoked glass rounded-shaped slider to put into place to use the toilet and another one to use the shower. They are about the size of the facilities in an RV. There is absolutely no privacy since you can certainly see (and hear) the person inside through the glass and see when they stand, sit or whatever. Ours had a curtain, but other people told me they did not even have that. There is barely room to walk in the cabin....tiny, tiny, tiny. This is a huge ship and with the tiny rooms it holds a lot of people, but does not have enough elevators to accommodate them, so expect a long wait time. You cannot even take sealed bottled water on-board unless you have a "written" statement from your doctor. If you want water, you must purchase it on-board for the low price of $7.95 per bottle or $26.95 for HALF a case (that's 6 bottles, mind you). The very first night on-board we asked our cabin steward for coffee packets (there was a coffee maker which made one cup at a time in the room, but no coffee). He informed us that they were out of coffee packs but we could order room service coffee at no charge. When I called, they said room service coffee was $9.95 (after breakfast) and we could only get complimentary coffee in the morning. Next morning I was on hold for 35 minutes and was told it would be 30 to 45 minutes wait and $7.95. We told them it was supposed to be complimentary because we had no coffee in the room. We had to hold again until they could confirm that. Our cabin steward was great and did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable. He was always at our beck and call and was always friendly. The staff on the common areas were not nearly so friendly. I have been on cruises where EVERY staff person ALWAYS spoke. No so on this cruise; most of those "in charge" did not even appear to notice us guests. Another thing, it was my understanding that if you dined in the complementary dining rooms, you could order anything on the menu....not so anymore. The "better" entrees now have a hefty up-charge. And, there are more up-charge restaurants than complementary ones. We bought the 3 meal up-charge package and I must say the three up-charge restaurants we chose (Cagneys, LeBistro, & Moderno Chiaroscuro) were excellent. I am not a prude and go to NY and Atlanta to see Broadway shows. However, the show in their big theater, "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," was so vulgar and offensive we could not sit through it and got up and left. Why a cruise line would book that kind of show for a cruise (other than gay men) is beyond me. However, the show "Burn the Floor" was exciting and well done by a talented cast. We thoroughly enjoyed it. This was my first cruise with Norwegian and it may very well be my last. If their other ships are like the Epic, I am not interested in sailing with this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose the cruise for the itinerary as we'd never been to Belize. It is also only an hour from where we live and we looked forward to the short drive. I think my 'booking agent' (husband) said he got a pretty good price on ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the itinerary as we'd never been to Belize. It is also only an hour from where we live and we looked forward to the short drive. I think my 'booking agent' (husband) said he got a pretty good price on a suite. Only the second time we have ever had a suite, the other being a Costa ship. We are Diamond on RCCL and we think their newer ships are beautifully decorated. Sunshine had cheery hallways with large, Florida style wall art. Maybe that is why the hallways always were so noisy - too cheerful and bright. With the suite, came priority checkin which was really nice because there were long lines outside. Our room was also ready for us so we went right up. The room size was generous and we didn't use all of the drawers or closets. We had all ready been warned on 'Shipmates' about the one wall socket, but we had another in the dressing area. The bathroom had a jetted tub/shower. If you don't like stepping over the tub to get to the shower, this isn't for you. There was a rubber mat, however, so it wasn't slippery. I just love the toilet paper that slides onto an "L" shaped holder, so every time you pull off a strip it flies off across the room! The only room amenity, aside from size, was two complimentary liters of water which were too big to carry off ship, so we only used one. There wasn't any conditioner or lotion but there was gel and shampoo in dispensers in the shower. There were also two robes of nice quality and upgraded design and one tray of cookies. (Very good, I was hoping for more.) We were glad that the draperies were heavy, fully dark and closed ALL the way, to keep our that Caribbean sunshine in the mornings! Our cabin steward, Penny, was delightful. She always remembered our name and she was so upbeat all the time. This is the first trip where we have had a different towel animal every night. Those must take so long to fold and arrange. We were glad to see that Penny had a helper. The other cruises we've done have been cutting back on that and that makes them even more over-worked. Part of the enjoyable experience was the couple at our early dining table. We had fun every evening with them. Again, other lines are doing away with Assigned Dining and we miss that. We joke that we get to see each other 24-7 and we go on cruises to meet people! Someone mentioned 'no coffee' at dinner and we had it every night. Not as good as the Seattle's Best served on other ships. We didn't do any of the entertainment except the comedians. We especially liked Jim Brick and a movie outdoors which is a fun way to see even a bad movie - Independence Day - Resurgence. One other thing we did was splurge on the Unlimited Beverage package. It was fun to try new drinks when price was no object. There were plenty of bars, but we didn't particularly like any of the options. There wasn't a Champagne Bar for an intimate atmosphere. Again, we were looking for some of the options that we have had on other ships. The Norwegian Escape has a beautiful outdoor seating area along one whole deck. It had a bar that opened at noon, and really comfy chairs for reading. It's all personal preference and the more you sail the more you will have to compare to. There is nothing ever really BAD about cruising. Beats cooking at home! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We were going with friends and the ship seem interesting and it did meet our expectations. We definitely would go again on this ship to other ports of call maybe if they had a Pacific cruise, California, or different islands, or even ... Read More
We were going with friends and the ship seem interesting and it did meet our expectations. We definitely would go again on this ship to other ports of call maybe if they had a Pacific cruise, California, or different islands, or even Europe. The massages were great however I would not try getting my nails done again they didn't do a good job. The theater was very good with different shows just about every night. The food in the main dining room was very good which I didn't expect especially since there were over 5,500 people on board. Whether you are a drinker or not I would get the drink package because it allows you to have a cocktail every 15 minutes whether you want one or not. If you go as a couple you could share a drink with your husband or wife or whoever. It is a beautiful ship and like a city on water. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Embarkation for a wheel chaired person was a joke. There were none at the curb, and an elevator ride and a long walk to the check in area was the only way to begin the journey. With an excuse that they were "short of wheel chairs that ... Read More
Embarkation for a wheel chaired person was a joke. There were none at the curb, and an elevator ride and a long walk to the check in area was the only way to begin the journey. With an excuse that they were "short of wheel chairs that day" we were entered on a list of names whereby we had to compete with those who walked up and grabbed on to the first available person with no regard for the people waiting for their turn. NO ONE from Norwegian made an effort to co-ordinate this. Much too busy looking past you and making excuses. We entered the ship on deck 7 with and waited 45 minutes for an elevator to take you to the buffet on 15th deck as the room was not ready. Finally get some food and half way through comes the announcement to go to our muster stations. After the same elevator fiasco we arrive on the 6th deck at our assigned area. The person who was to record our attendance had left the area before the instruction started so we spent the next 2 days being hounded to make our mandatory meeting. Finally get to the room and find out a mini suite had a bed, a settee that served as an uncomfortable seating area, as well as the only place to set a tray of food to eat from. Pitiful lay out and not enough room for 2 people to pass any where in the "suite". The lay out was done to maximize efficient lay out with no regard to comfort or entertaining guests. We had a family group of 6 cabins and were not able to gather in the cabins and share a drink as there is no place to set the drinks or the people. Worst layout I have ever seen. This ship was understaffed and under supplied. Room steward had no coffee to leave the 2nd day as they "hadn't received any yet". Couldn't get wash cloths replaced when the room was made up because they didn't have any until late in the day??? Most of the staff encountered were not overly friendly or informed, and understaffed at all points where service was required. The WiFi on board did not function properly. Not one single malt scotch was included in the drink package. All available at an up-charge of course. If you have not cruised before and have no expectations you may enjoy. But for me, No more Norwegians. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Previous cruising w/ Oasis of the Seas, expected similar experience...DID NOT HAPPEN...! Brought two (2) first-time cruiser w/ us to "show off" the Oasis and experience cruising. Realize "picking" your fights ... Read More
Previous cruising w/ Oasis of the Seas, expected similar experience...DID NOT HAPPEN...! Brought two (2) first-time cruiser w/ us to "show off" the Oasis and experience cruising. Realize "picking" your fights (complaints) should be selective...However...There were too many fights (complaints) NOT to evaluate. -Staff seamed to be "Uninterested" of the passengers existence. -NEVER was introduced to the Captain and his staff as w/ other cruise lines. -SAME evening "shows" that was presented three (3) years ago. -Oasis carries 6,000 passengers...Only TWO (2) coffee pots in the buffet. -NO ability to have your breakfast eggs made to order. -Omelets, eggs Benedict, toast / bagels pre-made BEFORE the doors ever opened. -Total confusion from the wait staff in the main dinning room. Had to seat ourselves and, to add to the snafu,... Waited 22 min. before a menu was given to us...! -The "at sea" days provided very little activity and other things to do (Napkin folding) was about the most interesting, -When there was live music (or D.J.) the volume could have been herd across the Caribbean. Even the public address system was over modulated to the point that NO ONE understood a word. -The checking in and checking out process went very smoothly...probably due to the fact that those people were part of the embarkation port and NOT the Oasis. NOTE: Not sure if Royal Caribbean's "Board of Directors" will see / read these issues, if they do, can only hope they will address them. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oasis of the Seas is a nice looking ship and getting onto the ship at Port Canaveral was very easy. Getting off the ship on the return trip was a nightmare! Departure started out okay in the meeting location, then everything went bad. We ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a nice looking ship and getting onto the ship at Port Canaveral was very easy. Getting off the ship on the return trip was a nightmare! Departure started out okay in the meeting location, then everything went bad. We played a game of hide and seek for our luggage. Then we looked to get a porter but all were taken so we stood on the lines - this is where you get the meltdown. If you were lucky to get a porter then they took you to a special line and you got out. If you stood on line then you played the line game and kept going back and forth for over an hour. Customs needed more people to handle the amount of people on the ship. Cabin was okay and attendant was very good. Did not do any excursions, only got off ship at St. Maarten and paid $14 for water taxi, $20 for 2 lounge chairs and umbrella at Lizzy’s, and $17 for beach bag. Didn’t like “My Time” dining – needed reservations and the food wasn’t good: salmon wasn’t done too “flaky” was more like sushi, grilled chicken had gravy on it, lobster was too salty, lasagna was like beef-a-roni but didn’t taste good. Only liked Chops 11 out of 10 score! Izumi was just so-so, lots of food. Shows were excellent – Oasis of Dreams 45 min, CATS was 3 hours. Headliner was 1 hour. Come fly with me was 1 hour. Standup Comedy was 1 hour. Comedian was so good that there was an extra show added on Saturday night 10 pm. Frozen in time (ice show) was 1 hour. Had the Thermal Spa for the week $140.42 (included Gratuity) had great thermal beds (heated lounge chair), sauna, steam rooms, 2 rain showers, and large showers. I was very upset that most of the gym equipment did not work properly. There were all of four recumbent bikes, three of which could not be adjusted for resistance, incline, time or workout type, so you were pedaling against air only. There were numerous “regular” bikes, some of which could be adjusted and some of which could not be. The same goes for the treadmills. I did not try any weight machines, but I did see people using them and lifting free weights, so that might satisfy some. I went to the gym three of the first four days and then gave up in frustration. I didn’t bother to complain, as I expected the standard of “Oh, we’ll fix that for next week” or “How about $100 off your next cruise?” Too late for me! Overall, I would give the gym a zero! Izumi, the hibachi steakhouse, was all about cutting corners from the usual hibachi experience, even though it was an almost $30 per person upgrade as part of a three night Dining Package ($170 per couple). I expected food to be cooked to order, including the use of seasoning. I ordered my filet mignon medium rare, but mostly, it was medium-well and no one was asked whether they wanted theirs seasoned with anything. We also did not get a shrimp appetizer, so the chef resorted to tossing pieces of zucchini instead of shrimp, as is usual. They also skipped the fried rice noodles (“Japanese spaghetti”). For entertainment, they skipped the usual “oil fire” and the smoking “Mount Fuji” choo-choo train of sliced onion rings, so if you had kids experiencing hibachi for the first time, they got short changed. Overall, this was disappointing and would give Izumi a four out of ten. I would, however, recommend “Chops” steakhouse. The food and service were both excellent and worth the upgrade! We went there twice! Everything was delicious! The hot tubs were cold – maybe mid 80s – very unsatisfactory! For real craft beer ($5.95 – $6.95? + Gratuity) fans, they had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($7 w/gratuity), Unibroue La Fin du Monde ($7.67), Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA ($8+). The rest were crap. Worse, you could only get these at “The Globe and Atlas“pub, so if you were watching football at “On Air”, you had to chance giving up your seat to get another brew. My wife paid $363 (in advance) for a drink package that was upgraded to include bottled water; I went a la carte for my brews, which paid off! So you can figure your own break-even point. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Things that would improve the Cruise Experience 1. Significantly improve the "My Dining" (front of house) organization. Standing in line from 4:30PM to be seated at 6:00PM is unacceptable without some time of advanced ... Read More
Things that would improve the Cruise Experience 1. Significantly improve the "My Dining" (front of house) organization. Standing in line from 4:30PM to be seated at 6:00PM is unacceptable without some time of advanced notification (or at least some type of seating for the elderly). 2. Cut WAY back on the significant pressure to sell thousands of dollars in jewelry at every turn. We have felt less pressure form timeshare sales people. At least the timeshare goons are only in your face for 4 hours - not daily for 7 days. It boggles the mind to push for sales that are well beyond the limitations set by Customs, and when this is mentioned, crew speaks privately in hushed tones that "... there are ways around things - we can explain in more details AFTER you make a purchase..." 3. If an event requires reservations, get serious about it instead of ignoring people who arrive an hour early and just take a seat (Aft Aqua Events). Crew member response [breaking away from flirting with another attractive crew member]: "Oh well - they were here before I got here so there is nothing I can do about it". 4. Ensure there is sufficient staff at the "Windjammer" to clear tables. We had to ask four different crew members one morning, and wait over 20 min before tables were cleared - then they cleared all 8 tables at one time. 5. Customer service actually has to provide a service. We asked for an email to detail our cruise frustrations and Customer Service said they did not have any emails for anybody associated with the cruise or RCCL, and we would have to go on-line to find the information. 6. Make a point in your advertising that 75% + of the passengers are expected to be octogenarian. According to many of the guests, this is considered 'normal' for this cruise (mid-November Eastern Caribbean) - but you don't find out until you have taken this cruise the first time (there will not be a second time for us). 7. Don't try to charge passengers $3.50 for free coffee (Deck 5 - 24 hour cafe). 8. When there is a change in show times - change the attitude of the restaurant staff. There is a significant lack of communication between food services and entertainment management. 9. Increase the advertised lead time to get into a show. If a show starts at 8PM, recommend that those with reservations get to the doors no later than 6:45PM, or they will not be able to get a clear view of the stage. 10. We understand that the first order of business of the pool deck crew is safety - commendable. However putting up signs on the pool deck that chairs that are "saved" for more than "30 minutes" will have towels and belongings moved by the pool deck crew, needs to be adjusted to something that reflects the reality of "120 minutes". The 80+ crowd arrives on the pool deck at 8AM, puts down a towel and a paperback, then goes for breakfast - back in 90 - 120 minutes to sit in the chair for 20 minutes, then takes off for another 90 - 120 minutes, repeating this pattern as it suites their needs. All along - very few people in the pools or hot tubs. The commentary is not so much on the geriatric set saving seats, as RCCL's signs which are not geared to reality. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My DW&I went as part of a customer appreciation cruise from a local TA. Being seniors with physical limitations and the size of the ship we were not overly excited about trying The Oasis for the second time. It was a little ... Read More
My DW&I went as part of a customer appreciation cruise from a local TA. Being seniors with physical limitations and the size of the ship we were not overly excited about trying The Oasis for the second time. It was a little overwhelming our first time. We did enjoy it more the second time.We are Diamond Plus and had room near the elevator and close to the Diamond Lounge on Deck 11.Entertainment was very good,food was good with lots dining choices.We ate at Speciality Dining the first two nights using our Diamond plus BOGOS.We had my time dining the rest of the time.Found out the last night they special check in for Diamond Plus. Did the Windjammer 2 nights because my wife is gluten free and they have a gluten free section. Enjoyed the Aqua shows and the Ice Shows. We like ships with a solarium heated pool since we swim every day for excercise.The Solarium pool on this ship is a waste,not heated and not suited for swimming.All pools on this ship were cold. Room was good,clean and well kept and closest was not jammed next to the bed this time.The balcony was great although we didn't use that much. My DW and feel we are more suited to the ships that enclosed Solariums with heated pool and fitness center on the upper decks. We are booked for B2B on the Serenade in Jan/Feb, more our style. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Went to the Eastern Caribbean. Epic was a very large ship with over 4000 guests. For the most part we did enjoy ourselves, but no thanks to the help . The shows were very good. Most bartenders were top notch. The pub service was ... Read More
Went to the Eastern Caribbean. Epic was a very large ship with over 4000 guests. For the most part we did enjoy ourselves, but no thanks to the help . The shows were very good. Most bartenders were top notch. The pub service was pitiful as was any daytime entertainment.. We found the dining room at Taste took 2 hours for lunch and breakfast took was 1:30 hours. A long wait to get a pot of tea and never replenished the tea bag selection. Dinner was much better. Manhattan was slightly better. With dinner wait of about an hour. That's not getting seated, that's after being seated. I made reservations for dining in the specialty restaurants and Taste and Manhattan and was seated timely. Most of the Hostess at all the dining Venues seemed to have an attitude and was not very friendly Very limited menus. No lobster, unless you were willing to pay for it. Shanghai was much faster. In and out in an hour. Most dining venues were good not exceptional. Again some of the wait staff was not very friendly and some especially at breakfast and lunch were darn right miserable. We didn't eat at the Buffet for dinner, but after experiencing breakfast and lunch in the Taste we went to the buffet for those meals or just ordered room service for breakfast. Buffets were great, but very crowed. Did have lot's of seating, but tables were slow to be cleared. They had a different theme every night, great variety. Room service is an extra fee here $7.95. except for continental breakfast which is complimentary. Book all of your shows and dinner reservations in advance. This is a must, or you will not get into the shows or dining facilities of your choosing or have very long waits. Some you cannot book until you are on the ship such as the comedy shows, but book asap. I do not like to be billed for Gratuities. Not everyone meets up to the above and beyond service and deserves it. Some should pay me. I want to have the pleasure of handing out the tip to those that have helped me and been of excellent service. After all those in the back ground might be doing a great job but they should be paid by the ship, I'm not the employer. I think this is insulting the guests. The guests of the ship were the ones actually paying the staffs salaries. I do realize that all ships are doing this now, but the employees really don't have to perform and go out of their way, because they are getting the tips anyway they behave. Embarkation was over 3 hours walking on concrete floors this did not including the wait time trying to drop of passengers and luggage. Disembarkation was the same 3 hours. It was like a slapstick comedy. No one knew where to go there was no rhyme nor reason for this. The snake line was miles long checking in and very frightening and dangerous on ship trying to get off. Lot's of people trying to inch along with suitcases, wheelies, people in wheelchairs, scooters you get the idea all trying to exit a single file doorway and narrow gangways. I have never experienced such upheaval before on a cruise ship. Other ships I have sailed on was very organized and told you where to meet up and wait until your section was called. This ship was very different. Everyone was left to figure it out by themselves. The stairwells were full of people. The elevators people couldn't get in or out, because of so many people clogging up just about everywhere.. This was a deal breaker for me and my husband. It will never happen again. NCL also gave me and my husband a $75 shipboard credit which was very nice of them. Unfortunately no one told us that we had this credit to use so needless to say we never knew we had it so obviously did not use it. Way to go NCL how nice of you knowing you will be taking it back because it wasn't used. What a scam you have going on! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise because it was the first for the Oasis out of Port Canaveral. We only left the ship once briefly in Costa Maya. The balance of the cruise we spent exploring the ship and enjoying the various areas of the ship. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the first for the Oasis out of Port Canaveral. We only left the ship once briefly in Costa Maya. The balance of the cruise we spent exploring the ship and enjoying the various areas of the ship. We were very impressed by the Central Park area and enjoyed music under the stars one evening. Embarkation actually went more smoothly than we anticipated, knowing it was a first. Disembarkation went very smoothly and the entire process didn't take thirty minutes for us once our number was called. The food in the dining room was wonderful and the service was excellent. We attended most all of the shows and found them to be excellent. The one word of advice I would give is if you go to the "Come Fly With Me" show, do not sit under the balcony. If you do, you'll miss a good part of the show. Our cabin was clean and well appointed but I do believe there is less storage space than we had in a comparable cabin on the Freedom of the Seas. The closet was smaller and there are fewer drawers. Our cabin steward helped us with some special requests and was always there to help. I missed visiting Grand Cayman on the Western Caribbean sailing as it's one of my favorites. We booked next year's cruise to the Eastern Caribbean the second or third day of this cruise. We will definitely cruise Royal Caribbean again and would highly recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016

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