18 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Caribbean - All Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise because of the days in port versus the days at sea. The first whole day was at Nassau, Bahamas, then a day at sea, the third day was a Costa Maya, Mexico, the fourth at Cozumel and the final full day was at sea. The ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the days in port versus the days at sea. The first whole day was at Nassau, Bahamas, then a day at sea, the third day was a Costa Maya, Mexico, the fourth at Cozumel and the final full day was at sea. The weather in late October/early November was rainy and sometimes stormy (except for the last two full days of the cruise). That said, there are a LOT of people (approx. 5500) stuck indoors on this ship with only a limited space to go to be protected from the weather and the problem is, there is no where for them to go. The space allocation on this ship is geared towards the outdoors, which is awesome if the weather is good. Outside you can find a Central Park with trees, several pools and whirlpools, a track, a place to surf man-made waves, rock climbing, a basketball court, a miniature golf course, ping pong tables, a basketball court and more. However, on the inside, the theater is large, but everything else is REALLY small compared to the passenger count and always is overflowing. For instance, I went to an art auction in the schooner bar and there was no place to seat everyone. Furthermore, there were always lines to enter the Windjammer Café if you decided not to go there extra early or extra late. I tried the other venues like they want you to, but the food was cold in those places. The menu was similar to another cruise I had been on (Enchantment of the Seas), but not as tasty nor as fresh. Good luck not standing in line for a show or to play bingo! Lastly, they do not plan enough activities for the 1st day on board - I believe it is because all of their staff is just too busy trying to get you to buy a beverage/internet package. What I liked about the cruise is the entertainment is first rate and I recommend you catch each show. Also, the bands and dance events are first rate. I like RCC, but next time, I'll just keep it small. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because we were with 12 other friends and thought it would be fun. Boy I was wrong. No kidding we have been on many vacation's but this one ranked as our WORST. When booking our "Dream Vacation" we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were with 12 other friends and thought it would be fun. Boy I was wrong. No kidding we have been on many vacation's but this one ranked as our WORST. When booking our "Dream Vacation" we were lead to believe that if we spent extra with the Owner Suite / Sky Class we would received a private type Butler Style experience. NOT true the concierge was non existent. Lied to. Spa Services add 18% Auto Gratuity but Do NOT list the gratuity separately so when you go back to Guest Services on board to have it removed it can not be seen so it can not be removed. Deceptive.. The Fitness Area must be just below a smoking area all I could smell when working out was stale cigarettes. Gross. We went on the Oasis of The Seas a big ship with 6000 people on board. Everywhere you went there were hoards of people and crying infants, we felt like cattle being herded in a Mall. Elevators jammed pack all the time always waiting for another one. Everything was on a strict ship schedule, you miss breakfast by one minute and sorry the Kitchen is closed. I don't know about you but If this is MY Vacation I want to do things like eat when I want, not when they say so. Room Service 10 minutes for them to pick the phone, no in room menu, food is awful. I made several attempts to on board to rectify the problems we were having by waiting 1/2 an hour in the Guest Services line to talk with a Supervisor who did not have the email address of her Supervisor. She just shrugged her shoulders. She said sorry. I have sent several email no one contacts back. Good Luck if you ever have a problem. The bottom line is they DO NOT care. They just want your $$$$$. There is No quality in their work. I tell you the could give me a full SHIP credit for my cruise and I would not accept it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
T HE OASIS OF THE SEA seems to have fallen in between the cracks. the ship is showing wear and tear we sailed on her 4 years ago. She was spotless and the staff wonderful. This time the pool deck was dirty, ice cream spills were not ... Read More
T HE OASIS OF THE SEA seems to have fallen in between the cracks. the ship is showing wear and tear we sailed on her 4 years ago. She was spotless and the staff wonderful. This time the pool deck was dirty, ice cream spills were not attended to and the plastic glasses were everywhere. Food in the main dining room was good and our waiter Leonardo was great. Our room steward was also very good. We took our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter and she enjoy the kids pool and kids activities in the kids area very much. She was asking to go back even after dinner. she loved the kids splash area. And loved the characters on board and especiall the diving and ice skating show. Overall the ship was a disappointment, We really built it up to our family and it was not as good as it was 4 years ago. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We went as a family of 8 with ages ranging from 13 to 93. Our third cruise. Had been on Princess and Carnival before. Overall, it is an amazing ship. Well designed. Very stable. It is huge. The big main walking promenade and the ... Read More
We went as a family of 8 with ages ranging from 13 to 93. Our third cruise. Had been on Princess and Carnival before. Overall, it is an amazing ship. Well designed. Very stable. It is huge. The big main walking promenade and the 'central park' are great ideas. There is even a ice skating rink. The staff were excellent, as were the main shows. They had a full production of CATS. The ship was spotless overall. The staterooms are bigger than other ships and have a sofa the may be of sufficient size for a small child to sleep on. I think all outside rooms are ocean view with balcony. The inside rooms face central park and have balconies too. So no claustrophobia. We were on deck 14. It is a long walk from end to end of the ship. Activities: lots to do ranging from napkins folding classes to jewelry shows to bingo and the usual. There is of course a casino but as a non gambler, cannot comment on it. The spa and gym were big. My wife used it and said it was fantastic. Not free of course! The things we did not like: 1) A lot of pushing to buy drink packages and shop at stores. 2) A lot of nickel diming. For example, back of scenes tour was free on Princess. $150 on Oasis. Several classes were not free including guacamole making class. 3) usually there are movies in the main theater on a frequent basis but not on Oasis. And it was fuzzy since it was 3D. So if you could not find glasses, you could not see much. 4) The shore excursions we took were very meh and expensive. Recommend sticking with your own walk around agenda. 5) Usually there are educational events related to upcoming ports of call. None on Oasis. 6) The type of daytime on ship activities overall was not as diverse as I had seen on other ships except for the headline events which were amazing. 7) Food was abundant but the diversity of choices was not as extensive as Carnival or Princess. Taste wise was definitely a notch lower. The ship overall, is one large weekend at Vegas on water. It was more expensive than average cruises. I would recommend it but I wish they would include more activities in the price and not nickel dime. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our second time on the Oasis and we chose a balcony outside cabin on deck 11. Noticed any higher and there would have been an overhang and no sun on the balcony. RCI had changed embarkation for this cruise. The Suite Class ... Read More
This was our second time on the Oasis and we chose a balcony outside cabin on deck 11. Noticed any higher and there would have been an overhang and no sun on the balcony. RCI had changed embarkation for this cruise. The Suite Class seemed to have the only priority entrance no matter what your Captain's Club designation. Having Diamond or higher status gave you a separate line in the past. We entered a long tedious line according to your deck. Security clearance was expected and usual. The actual check-in was normal. Found our cabin easily, as they were open by the time we got through the lines. The anticipated Park Cafe lunch of the fabulous roast beef sandwiches was top priority. We notice the quality of the meat was not as suburb as on other of our recent ships that offered them. We found a small table but without any pepper or salt shakers. A passing server we asked and she told us "You have to find them on another table". This was our first impression of the service staff. Bartenders were inconsistent and bar servers near pools were hard to find. Our aft cabin was adequate, but tight. Enough hangers and storage for a week's cruise. The bed was comfortable and our steward quickly brought requested pillows. The bathroom was ok. Still amazed at the low small sink. I'm only 5'3" and had to bend way over to get to the sink. The water pressure seemed a little low, perhaps on purpose to avoid splashing of the small sink. The shower had good pressure but missed a shower bar to accommodate raising and lowering the head. Also no way to dry bathing suits or lingerie other than use hangers. The balcony is very small and not comfortable to relax on chairs. The entertainment was as good as expected. Have seen the same ice show more than once, the dive show had been tweaked since previous and the headliner was good. Did not attend the Cats production as we saw it prior and once was more than enough. We like to dine in the MDR late seating after visiting the Captain's Lounge for cocktails. There had been a mix-up regarding our table and it was corrected the next night. All of the servers in the MDR were friendly and genuinely concerned regarding our service and food quality. But, the first two nights the food was cold, from appetizers to entrees. The third day we met with a DR manager, he listened, explained they had just changed the menu, were experiencing problems and invited us to dine that evening in the Solarium. The room was almost empty upon arrival, our server had a problem understanding English and we left happy we didn't pay for a specialty restaurant. When we returned to the MDR, we received hot food and multiple visits from the DR Captain. Chops was less than memorable but Giovanni's was excellent. Did not visit the spa as the pricing is outrageous. The gym provided all we needed and the track was great for morning walks. We cruised for the ride not the ports so did not take any excursions. Weather for Labadee was perfect so we left ship early to get lounges under shade, enjoyed watching the zip-liners fly by over the water and beach and remembered to return to ship before mad rush and long security lines. Remember to take towels from ship before leaving for day. Leaving the ship was quite easy and only took a half hour to get through the customs line. Quite impressive for a large ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose Royal Caribbean this time because we wanted to try something different and had cruised a few times on Carnival and enjoyed it. Overall the cruise went well the destinations and excursions were very good and crew was courteous and ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean this time because we wanted to try something different and had cruised a few times on Carnival and enjoyed it. Overall the cruise went well the destinations and excursions were very good and crew was courteous and friendly but not as friendly and personable as Carnival simply for the fact that there was 7,000 people on board this monster of the seas. We reserved a dinner at the Chops Restaurant and between the appetizer and dinner we waited two long hours. The Staff finally had other staff members from other restaurants come to help. The lines were long at the bars in the pool areas during certain peak times in the day and the promenade was always packed with people as there was always sales on watches and purses as you would have thought you were at a mad flea market. The only time It was not crowded was after midnight. There were a lot of parties of passengers that were celebrating some sort of event birthdays or anniversaries and some got very loud and out of hand in certain areas. The Cabins I give a 5 star rating as everything was very clean and comfortable. If you like a very crowded cruise on the largest ship I have ever been on then Oasis of the Seas is for you. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Hello everyone, We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary in the royal Caribbean oasis of the seas. I have shot the best moments, ship and the islands we have visited and composed the below video. You will get a good glance about the ship ... Read More
Hello everyone, We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary in the royal Caribbean oasis of the seas. I have shot the best moments, ship and the islands we have visited and composed the below video. You will get a good glance about the ship and the activities https://youtu.be/odv7KY_BhSc We flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day early on our own. We stayed at the Red Carpet Inn. It was a decent hotel to sleep. We had breakfast at the restaurant itself. We then took a shuttle to the port, very close by about 11:00 am. Check in was so easy. Much faster and more organized than i have thought. We couldn't get in our room until 1:00, but enjoyed lunch at the Windjammer.Great new way for a lifeboat drill. You don't have to have your life jackets. This ship is just absolutely amazing from the moment you walk in. It is unbelievable how beautiful it is. The different "communities" make it very easy to get around. We had a balcony room. The room attendant Joan was very attentive and personable. She kept room very clean. Room service was excellent. I have ordered decoration package and cake ($75+$20) to give surprise to my wife. They have delivered exactly at the specified time and everything went as planned. We had reserved dining at 8:30 PM. We found an excellent waiter/staff and requested his table each night. Entertainment was excellent! The theaters are wonderful. We had booked our tickets online. Do not miss the Oasis Show in the Aqua Outdoor Theater. I'm still in awe of how they are able to do this show on a moving ship! There are so many places to go and so much to do you can't possibly do it all. At night besides going to the shows we went to the Jazz Club, Latin club, Comedy Club, Pub and Casino. The Casino is "very alive" almost all the time. Shore excursion were awesome. I cannot explain it here in just words, one must experience it. First time snorkeling, First time climbing Falls, First time doing Kayaking in the ocean and many more. Had traditional food in Haiti, Jamaica (Jerk chicken) and Mexico (Tacos). Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We just got back a couple of days ago from our 7 night trip on the Oasis of the Seas. Let me start by saying that I write very long reviews on our cruises, mainly because I personally like to read them and learn as much as possible before ... Read More
We just got back a couple of days ago from our 7 night trip on the Oasis of the Seas. Let me start by saying that I write very long reviews on our cruises, mainly because I personally like to read them and learn as much as possible before going on a ship. So, someone else who is like me will get something from this, I hope. Otherwise, you may just want to hear that, yes, we had a wonderful time. The ship is incredible. It is NOT crowded all the time. There are plenty of places to go to get away from the people. The food was great, and we were happy with the service. We would most definitely go again, especially if we were to take our children next time. Embarkation went fairly smoothly for us. We parked at the Embassy Suites (we live just a few dozen miles from the port) and had a shuttle to the port. Once we got to the port, it was crazy because there were the remnants of the people getting off of the ship. Check-in was very quick, and we waited in a waiting area for perhaps 15 minutes, at the most. Once we got on, I was slightly overwhelmed by how crowded it was. However, other than the final night, I didn’t feel claustrophobic after that. The muster drill was the most interesting I’ve ever experienced in my fifteen or sixteen cruises. First, I must point out that they started making people go to their spots fifteen minutes early, which was annoying because nature was calling! Our spot was the Opal Theater, and there was a group travelling that had been part of a Broadway touring group. One of the guys started singing, people started clapping and it was hilarious. Plus, they had a silly video about washing your hands. The people in the station didn’t know what to think of it all! The whole public area was PACKED following the muster station. As the ship left, you could get incredible views of miles of beaches from deck 16. However, I would suggest another spot because it was pretty crowded along the rail. Disembarkation was pretty good. We got off fairly early, with number 9. I think we were called off around 8:15. A good bit of luggage was out by then. We waited maybe 15 minutes in line to get out, and go through customs. It wasn’t too crazy outside of the terminal. The ship is enormous. It was somewhat overwhelming at first, but after we walked around a good bit of it, we got a feel for where everything was. My husband really liked the “Royal Promenade.” Both of us enjoyed people watching from Sorrento’s or the Café Promenade in the evenings; it was very entertaining. I especially liked the Central Park area. It is quite lovely and quiet. There’s a great spot to get pictures of couples, just under the pergolas. Everything is well maintained and so clean throughout. There are several pools, and until the final day, they never seemed too crowded. Sometimes the hot tubs got a little full, but you could usually find a spot in one. Unlike some other ships, there was not a constant search for a pool side lounger. Although there were thousands of people on the ship, you could always find a quiet spot if you wanted to. One of our favorite spots was at the back of the ship, on deck five, where the track is. There are several wooden Adirondack chairs there, and it was always very quiet there, and we loved seeing the water at the back of the ship. We also found that the sun deck, on 14, has excellent views and is a very quiet spot, typically with few people. The library was PUNY, and I love to read; I’ve been on Carnival ships with bigger libraries! I had read a couple of reviews where people complained about the dining room food and just don’t get it. We found the dining room food to be excellent. We only ate in the Windjammer a few times during lunch (on port days). The food was good there. It was very busy there during breakfast, so we never went. They had a nice array of various choices, I thought and it was pretty quiet at lunchtime on port days. On the first day, you can go to the Windjammer. It was crazy busy in the Windjammer, but practically empty in the Solarium. They serve very healthy choices in there, and we enjoyed salads, salmon, paella, fruits, and really tasty granola bars that I think they make on the ship. The Solarium is also a good place for a quiet and quick breakfast, too. Park Café served breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and special sandwiches during lunch. My husband loved the beef on weck in there. You can get coffee there. Sorrento’s is open most of the day where you can get pizza. They always had pizzas made, and there were usually four choices. It was pretty good. My husband liked going by the Café Promenade for coffee a couple times a day. He would get his Seattle’s Best coffee, and was happy. I couldn’t believe the number of people who would stand in line to actually BUY coffee at Starbucks in the Royal Promenade! They also had premade sandwiches there in the Café. We only got them once, but they were very good. And, there were small desserts; the cheesecake lollipop was quite tasty. We ate in the American Icon Grill most mornings for breakfast and on the at sea days for lunch. They have a buffet during those times. We like ordering from the menu, though. It was sometimes kind of slow at breakfast time, but not bad during lunch. My husband insisted on going there for breakfast because he loves lox and bagels. The lunch menu food was quite good, especially cream of asparagus soup and the raspberry ganache tart. There was some type of really good chicken wrap. My husband and I always enjoy the cruise dining room for dinner. We both thought the food was excellent in the Grande. The only negative was that it was near the Casino, and the smoke would permeate the waiting area a little bit. Late seating (we were assigned) was TOO late for us, so we wound up going to the first seating; more on how that was managed later. The one negative on the food was that, if you ordered something that was topped with cheese, I found it to be too MUCH cheese. My husband really appreciated all of the seafood options. They served lobster tail on the second formal night. I especially enjoyed the different salads on the menu each night. And, the fruit dishes served at night were surprisingly good. I am a very good cook. With my work schedule, I don’t have time to make super fancy meals each night, but I feel that I’m a good judge of food, and really enjoyed it there in the Grande. The service we experienced on the ship was excellent. I had to go to the service desk a couple of times (for change and with a question about dinner times) and the people were friendly and helpful. Our room steward did an outstanding job. We are very neat and tidy, and she always snuck in there and made it spic and span each morning and evening. Dining room service in the Grande was wonderful. We spoke with someone the first morning who put us on a waiting list to be moved to second seating. However, there were so many requests, that they could not assign us a permanent table. We were told to come at 6 or 6:15 to see if they could get a table for us. Each night, the assistant manager checked the lists of guests dining in other locales, and made calls, and was able to get us a table for two in the Grande at the first seating. It really meant a lot to us that they worked to do that for us. Our server and the assistant server both did an excellent job of serving. They were positive, friendly, and provided smooth service each evening (we had the same servers all but two of the nights). There are many various activities on the ship. I never felt bored. We really enjoyed walking on the track; 2.4 times around make a mile. We walked a LOT; I actually lost a few pounds. I went to Broadway trivia, which was lots of fun. Both of us enjoyed just people watching, and visiting with people we met. We spent a lot of time by the pool reading and talking with each other, as well as other people, and we swam some. I have been on around 15 cruises and this ship had the BEST entertainment of any cruise ship. First, the comedians on the first night were just okay, so we didn’t go to any other comedy shows. The Oasis of Dreams Aqua Show was incredible. My husband was in complete awe, and I couldn’t believe the talent of the divers. I really enjoyed the Frozen in Time ice show. Surprisingly, it was not cold in that theater. Be careful to not sit behind the pole so you have a clear line of vision. It was a wonderful show. The group VoicePlay was part of “Headliner Showtime.” They were very talented and it was a fun program. “Come Fly With Me” was the closest to the typical cruise fare entertainment I am used to seeing. Some of the singing was off pitch. There was one singer who was really good. The acrobatics were impressive and the aerialists were absolutely amazing. I nearly had a heart attack watching them, it was so nerve wracking. What was interesting was, the next day, we went into a shop near the WipeOut Café, and the lead guy from the show was in there working as a sales clerk. Finally, I saw “Cats” on the final day. It had been rescheduled. It is a rather tough to follow show, and several people left during intermission. The second half is the best part, too. I had the entire show memorized years ago when it was on Broadway, and saw it on Broadway. The dancing and singing were very well choreographed. I found the quality of the performers to be outstanding. The lady playing Grizabella had a voice that blew me away! Plus, I got to get my picture taken with Old Deuteronomy during the intermission. I was a music major and am a music teacher and feel I am a good judge of performances. There were some small instrumental groups playing around the ship that were very good, as well. We booked this trip during a promotion going on with Vacations to Go. We got a really great deal, so we felt that the value we received was very good. I would definitely go on this ship again, but would take our three kids with us because there is so much that they would enjoy (zip line, basketball court, ice skating, flowrider, great entertainment etc). I would say it’s a ship that you book for the ship, over the ports. Labadee was a beautiful place. We got off the ship pretty early, so things were fairly quiet when we got to Nellie’s Beach. We even got shade. You do not need to pay for beach chairs; they are included at all the spots on the island. The sand is soft at Nellie’s and there were no rocks. My husband snorkeled and that was okay there because some areas in the water were sort of grassy (we bring our own gear). I enjoyed swimming in the clear water. It gets very hot there. Adrenaline Beach is under the giant zip lines. The water there was very silty, so not good snorkeling. The Artisan area has poor, pushy, desperate salesman. You can take trams to the beaches, but we just walked. This is a nice stop if you have kids because you can just enjoy the beaches. There are buffets set up at different areas. We actually headed back to the ship to eat because it was SO hot! In Falmouth, we checked out the town. Normally, we’d go to Dunn’s River Falls, but have already been there three times. There is a nice bit of shopping in the port area. When you leave the port area, you will find a rather run down, old town. My husband was on a search for Blue Mountain Coffee, and he wound up finding a small supermarket that sold ground High Mountain Coffee for $10 a pound, so he bought that. There are historical buildings and such in Falmouth; it’s just a shame that it hasn’t been maintained better. Another place that was SO HOT, and we live in South Florida. We have been to Cozumel several times. We always just go to Chankanaab State Park, which is about 10 minutes away. The taxi ride for 1-4 people is $12 each way. The park costs $21 for adults to enter, and we always use the $2 coupons from the website, so it’s $19 a person. There is excellent snorkeling, a sea lion show, beach chairs, a long beach (man made but with good views), a crocodile sanctuary, botanical gardens, and food for purchase. They are not pushy at all there, which we appreciate. The shopping in the International Pier area is good if you are looking for inexpensive. We got the best deals in the “Le Best Cozumel” for shirts for our kids. There’s a flea market (at least that’s what they call it) on the second floor and one store had really beautiful dishes for sale. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We recently returned from two weeks on the Oasis of the Seas. We did a back to back, both East and West Caribbean itineraries. We've cruised many times and enjoy RCI and Princess the most. This was our first time on the Oasis of ... Read More
We recently returned from two weeks on the Oasis of the Seas. We did a back to back, both East and West Caribbean itineraries. We've cruised many times and enjoy RCI and Princess the most. This was our first time on the Oasis of the Seas and we were curious to try out the larger ship. Let me just say now, that if you are an Oasis fan, you might not be happy with some of my comments. Pre-Cruise/Embarkation: We were traveling with friends from Texas for the first week and we stayed at the Embassy Suites the night before the cruise. This hotel is the perfect spot for a pre-cruise night. We arrived at the terminal about 11:00 am and were processed through registration in a matter of minutes. We are Diamond level, but I think the process was equally efficient for everyone. Then it’s up to the waiting hall where you are grouped based on Crown & Anchor status for boarding. We waited about 30 – 40 minutes and then were escorted onto the ship. All in all a very satisfying experience. We used our early time on board to walk-around and take pictures of the ship before the crowd arrived. We enjoyed lunch in the Park Café, which had been recommended by many on CC. The salad was excellent, the beef sandwiches only okay. Within 15 minutes of our seating a line formed and the crowds arrived. Get there early. Cabin: We booked a D-5 Balcony cabin on Deck 12. Great location and comfortable cabin. Our room steward was excellent and the cabin was spacious, comfortable and very clean. Shower capsule seems to be larger than on other ships and the layout is excellent. We prefer the bed closer to the closet so that the living space is adjacent to the balcony. Soap and shampoo aren’t that good, but that’s not big deal. Ports: Nassau: we’ve been here many times. Nothing new. St Thomas: love St Thomas. This time we spent the day at the Marriott after purchasing a day pass from resortforaday. Many others showed up at the resort without day passes. I was puzzled when so many piled out of our van and went straight to the beach and I was the only one showing my pass to registration. Apparently, it is a free beach and they had access to the chairs and umbrellas also. The day pass essentially got us the use of a towel. That’s it. St Maarten: we caught a cab to Orient Beach. Still one of my favorite places in the Caribbean. $20 buys you two padded lounge chairs, a nice umbrella and service from the bar. Hard to beat. Labadee: our first time here and we were off the ship early and went to Nellie’s beach. Attendants are available to help you get situated and we got some great lounge chairs under a beautiful shady area with a great view of the water. Looked great. But within the hour the beach was loaded with people. It is almost standing room only both on the sand and in the water. That being said, the facilities are nice. If I had to do it again, I would spring for one of the cabanas at Nellie’s beach. That at least gets you up out of the fray. Lots of ants on this beach too. Falmouth: we didn’t book an excursion here as we’ve been several times before. This was a shopping day for my wife and we just enjoyed the port area. Cozumel: I love Cozumel. We went there for the first time 30 years ago and have been back many times so I was looking to try something new. We read on CC about Nachi Cocom Beach Club and so we booked the day here. You catch a cab from the pier and for $17 you are there in about ten minutes. Club opens at 9:00 am. This was a perfect day and we will be back. The facilities are nice and the beach is beautiful. Best of all it is not crowded. They restrict the number of customers and we didn’t even approach that with our group. Nice lounge chairs, palapas, beautiful beach, swimming pool, restrooms and restaurant. From the beach you have access to scuba, snorkel, parasail and other activities. Price includes food and drinks. The lunch was excellent and Carlos came by every few minutes to take our drink orders. We also sprang for a couple of massages here. Well worth the price. One of the best massages I’ve ever had and less than half the price of what you get on the ship. We’ll be back. Disembarkation: Wow! Be ready for this. Things are calm on the ship, but it is a zoo in the terminal. We took advantage of the luggage valet service where for $20 per person they give you your boarding pass, air baggage tag and deliver your bags direct to the plane. So we got off the ship with only our carry on and expected to breeze through customs. No such thing. We walked off at 8:00 am and encountered a very, very long line. It took us almost an hour to get through customs. Keep this in mind when you plan your departure. Worst we’ve seen in many years. We had also booked RCI transfers and I think I will pass on this again. You have to wait until the bus fills up and then the stops at the terminals. The driver was loading and unloading suitcases by himself so it took a long time. Taking a cab may be the best option. Miscellaneous: Now let me get to the essentials and just give you my personal feedback on this cruise and some of the things I’ve learned: 1) The law of diminishing returns: I’m sure RCI analysts have put a lot of work into forecasting profit and efficiency returns with the larger ships. The idea is that if you make it bigger, costs are more efficient and the profit higher. However, there is a point at which bigger is not better and in my opinion RCI has hit it with the Oasis class ship. I don’t think we will be back on this class of ship. It’s just too big and the crowds and lines are endless. I read many reports on CC where people said it would not seem crowded and there were no lines. That was certainly not our experience. It’s not that old of a ship, but with that many people on it every day, it takes a beating and shows it. That being said, if I had a family of teenagers, I would probably take this ship. So much to do. It’s just not for us. Radiance class is our favorite and Freedom and Voyager class are fine. 2) Thankfully, I learned on CC to make reservations on-line before boarding. You will need reservations for all the shows you want to attend and you will need reservations even for My Time Dining. And even with those reservations, expect long lines. The lines move quickly and you will be able to get a seat, but there will always be lines nonetheless. And what is My Time Dining if you’ve got to make a reservation? There is a line at the dining room for those with reservations and a second line for those without. Food in the dining room was excellent and we felt that the service was very good. 3) Speaking of lines, this was my first experience in the Windjammer with constant announcements asking you to finish your meal and vacate your table for those waiting in line for a table. They control access to the Windjammer during peak periods until a table for your group size opens up. Then you are given access to the food tables. Get in, get out is not my idea of a relaxing meal in the Windjammer and I’ve never experienced it on any other cruise ship. That being said, food in the Windjammer is good and I thought they did especially well with their dessert offerings. But please, RCI is there any way to clean these tables so that they’re not constantly sticky? As suggested on CC we tried Johnny Rockets for breakfast a couple of times. Food was good, but service was a bit spotty. I don’t think we ever ate there that our order wasn’t messed up. 4) We purchased the soft-drink package and they have machine dispensers or you can get soft drinks at any of the bars on board. Unfortunately, the machine dispensers are located in the Windjammer and on Deck 5 Promenade. Would have been nice to have a couple out on Deck 15 where everybody is spending their time. Just a suggestion. 5) Here’s a tip: we learned that Giovanni’s offers a half-price dinner on the first night of the cruise to take some of the pressure off the other dining venues. Normally, their cover is $25 pp, but on the first night it is $25 for a couple. We did this on both first nights and loved this restaurant. It would be worth it at the normal price, but what a bargain on the first night. Get the tenderloin. And the tiramisu is excellent. You will not be disappointed. 6) We haven’t cruised for the last two years, so things may have changed on other ships, but we felt that this ship had a different rhythm to it than other cruises. We are used to eating dinner and then attending a show in the theater each night. We like that. On the Oasis, there may be evenings when you don’t have a show. They sometimes offer outdoor movies on Deck 6 in the Aqua Theater, but you have to watch the schedule. We enjoyed the entertainment we did see. The Aqua Show is a lot of fun and worth seeing a second time. We also enjoyed the Cats Musical and felt like the cast and set were excellent. Our Headliner the first week was Edge Effect and I could have passed on them, although they were warmly received. The Frozen in Time Ice Show was excellent, especially the sand artist that was featured. The RCI production Come Fly With Me demonstrated a lot of talent, but the music and context of the show was weak, at least in my opinion. The Headliner on our second week was Lou Gazzara and he was great. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
What can I say, will go again. The service was first rate. Room service was fantastic, rooms were beautiful, loved our balcony and we had our kids next door, so we opened the balcony up so we had one big one. The food was out of this ... Read More
What can I say, will go again. The service was first rate. Room service was fantastic, rooms were beautiful, loved our balcony and we had our kids next door, so we opened the balcony up so we had one big one. The food was out of this world, our dining room was American Icon and the service and food was fantastic, 10 stars. Pre booking dining times and the shows was the best no waiting at all. Just make sure you go to the shows at least 20 mins before they start as they give the seats away 10 mins before the show starts and you will lose your seats. Drink package is the way to go well worth it. All the shows were top rate. Getting on and off the ship is fast and efficient. Can't rave enough about this ship, will be going back differently but for longer next time. Don't get the photo book though not worth it, just buy a couple of photos. Enjoyed the shore stops, I thought Haiti was very artificial, very disappointed in the lack of reef, I guess you have to take a boat out to find something to look at. Loved Mexico, the people are so friendly and they just love giving you tequila shots wherever you go. Jamaican, was so packed at the tourist stops, unfortunately about 4 ships were in at the same time, so the stop at the Dunn river falls was a joke, took hours to get through it for the crowds. Thought the pools were too small on the boat, that would be my only fault about the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Bigger does not always mean better. WalMart is huge with lots of choices under one umbrella of groceries, hardware, getting your nails done or even an eye exam and tires. Oasis provides a similar array of choices. It is a beautiful ship ... Read More
Bigger does not always mean better. WalMart is huge with lots of choices under one umbrella of groceries, hardware, getting your nails done or even an eye exam and tires. Oasis provides a similar array of choices. It is a beautiful ship but customer service and personality is lacking. It is huge, it is beautiful and offers choices but you will wait in lines forever for activities. Sure it has a carousel, but it is only open a few hours a day. Sure it has a zip line, again only open a few hours a day. It is a handicap accessible ship but not handicap friendly. We took my parents for their 50th anniversary as a gift, they had never cruised before. We had been on 2 recent cruises with Enchantment and Allure with good experiences. We were nearly trampled to death with no special arrangements for handicapped individuals to board. The elevators close so quickly that the wheelchair is constantly getting hit with closing doors that do not seem to sense someone is there. Lining up for shows left wheelchairs near stairs with huge potential fall risks. The impersonal mall-like atmosphere has line dancing, zumba, parades and shopping, but leaves no way for those in wheelchairs or scooters to make their way through. It is chaos. Dining was good. The first night we ate at Chops and it was fantastic, but hugely pricey at $268 for a party of 5. They sang happy anniversary and we received wonderful service. Rooms were clean and steward was on top of everything. LONG lines for customer service constantly. LONG lines for everything. The dining area was so noisy it seemed more like a high school cafeteria with people hollering, it seemed uncivilized. The food was good, but the wait staff seemed stressed and pressed for time and it made it impersonal. I felt sorry for them. There was no joy in their jobs. We went to the Prohibition Party, which again at $35 per person seems pricey. Difficult to get a wheelchair in, and due to impatience of staff getting my mother in, one waiter took it upon himself to press the go button on my mother's scooter, slamming her into the wall and break her toes. She then spent the last 4 days of the 7 day cruise in bed totally black and blue and placed on bed rest by the ship physician. It was awful. What was Royal's response? Why did she allow the waiter to push the button. Like she gave him permission? There was no apology, and for her pain, suffering and missing the cruise, she was offered free medical care when we had already paid for the cruise insurance. The whole process was one of indifference, lacked any compassion, and frankly felt it was disgusting. We will never cruise with Royal Caribbean again and recommend anyone with disabilities to avoid these large mega ships. They staff is stretched too thin to be helpful. Waiting in lines at the buffet or finding a table, there is no wiggle room for wheelchairs or scooters and staff do not have the capacity to help. We had really wanted the occasion to be special. It is very difficult to get to shows - all handicap seating is at the back, and late comers and drunkards are allowed to be at the back, so you get nothing from the shows whatsoever. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
will begin my report for this cruise which was 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel. First of all we like normal flew in a day early and stayed at the Hyatt Place in Ft. Lauderdale. We had to fly ... Read More
will begin my report for this cruise which was 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel. First of all we like normal flew in a day early and stayed at the Hyatt Place in Ft. Lauderdale. We had to fly into Miami as we could not get a return from FLL to ORD until like 1700 and did not want to sit around all day and MIA had a return to ORD at 1235. We taxied into the Hyatt which was around $80.00 so its a bit costly but the shuttle bus was only about $10.00 less with other stops so we chose the taxi. I must say the service at the Hyatt was excellent and we took their shuttle to the pier for about $7.00 pp so not bad. Once in port we had to wait a while to actually get onto the ship and I was not impressed at all by the personnel there. Lets just say CS seems to be lacking in their training but of course they are not RCI employees. Once we checked in the courtesy kicked in. It took about 45 mins. to get onto the ship and our cabin was not yet ready but actually it was finished ahead of the announced time. We walked around this marvel of a ship and had lunch at the Park Cafe in the Central Park section, just some salads as we were not so hungry. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th. deck and the first thing I noticed was that the balcony was bigger than what we had last May on the NCL Getaway. It turned out to take a while to get used to all the areas on this huge ship and we seemed to have discovered something new every day. We were assigned my time dining as first seating was not available when we booked. On the first night I requested it from the Maitre'd and that was honored a day later. However that first night we shared a table with a couple from FLA. and they too wanted first seating so actually we were able to get a fixed time at the my time dining restaurant, American Icon with them so it was very good of RCI to meet our requests that way. I was so awe struck by this ship that I forgot we had reservations that night for the Oasis of Dreams show but we were able to book it for a later day. We happened upon a preview of the comedy show and saw three performers and I really got some good laughs from them. The rest of the first day was spent just checking out the ship especially Boardwalk and the Promenade. Wow! Like I tell all the people I know who have not cruised you don't know what you are missing. Many seem to think that you just sit around all day and there is nothing to do. We got a good nights rest and I must say that for the week we were on this ship detection of any motion was just a few times and it was next to nothing. I suppose 225k tons of a ship makes the ride very smooth. Ok so now its day two. Its formal night and as we had reservations for Cats we decided on an early dinner at Giovannis. I had the filet migon which was pretty good and Sue had a pasta dish which she was not too pleased with unfortunately. I tried it and liked it but it wasn't up to her taste. However the desserts were and we had the tiramisu and the canolis and those hit the spot. So we now went to see Cats and frankly it was very hard to follow. I suppose if you knew the story line ahead of time then yes it would have been good to see. However the people in our row actually left ahead of intermission including us. I heard several comments like this from others who saw it so it seems it was a hit or a miss. later on we had a chance to meet some of the ships performers and I must say what they did they did well but it was not for us. They did say RCI typically will run the show for 6 yrs. and they they spent something like 10 mil. on the stage alone. So lets talk about the entertainment on the ship. We saw a group called Abbacadabra which dod all Abba songs and that we like. It was mentioned that Abba was once offered 1 billion, yes 1 billion for a reunion tour but turned it down. Wow. They put on a fun, entertaining show and even added Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen just to show off their versatility. We saw Come Fly With Me which was a wonderful show featuring acrobats and gymnasts, song and dance and they were all amazing. Before the shows the performers with their resumes are featured on the theatre screen so you can see their backgrounds. Most have a long list of credits and some have been national champions in their respective fields. It makes me think that their is a ton of great talent out there. The performers are from mainly the UK, the USA and eastern Europe. After this show we were able to see the ice show at the last second and so that was a treat and again this was a great show and was more geared to kids. However you are on vacation so hey be a kid!! The water show was called the Oasis of Dreams and is performed at the back of the boat where they have a poll with hydraulic lifts to adjust its level. Here you see more gymnasts, acrobats and high divers. The max hight is about 58 feet and we were awestruck by how ell this show was performed. We missed the actually comedy club show but we did see that preview on day one so its not like we missed out too much. I was not able to get a reservation once on the ship and we tried to get in line for a non-reserved seat but it wasn't in our luck. Oh well. There are a number of venues for smaller acts including Latin music at Boleros, a two level lounge featuring a live band at Dazzles which was on our deck actually and that we sort of discovered by accident, a country venue called Globe and Castle (I think), the Scooner bar and a few others. Karaoke is there too for your amusement. Really if you can't see one of the main shows there is still plenty to do and to see. A word about formal night. It seems that in the cruise industry there are fewer people following the suggested attire and some people dressed up but others did not even come close. Now part of this could be that we embarked from a casual port, FLL. Last yr. on the Diamond Princess out of Yokohama I did see that many more people followed the suggested attire code for formal night. Ok so lets talk about the food which is always a subjective issue depending on your expectations and standards. I really don't expect fine dining and think its unrealistic to do so and the ship has to feed thousands of people. I do expect "good" food and at least good service. As mentioned above we ate one night in the fee restaurant Giovannis which was like $25.00 pp paid when the reservation was made preboarding. I like my filet though my wife was not too crazy about her pasta dish. I made this reservation only to accommodate our Cats reservation and all in all for the extra cost it was just ok. We really liked Tuscan Grill and especially the Asian fusion restaurant Silk on Celebrity and would be happy to pay more for them, especially Silk. Would we go to Giovannis again just for itself? Nope. It just did not make that much of an impression. So how was the food in the MDR? Not bad at all and it met my expectations which again are lower than a fine dining experience which we hope to have Saturday in Chicago. :). My entrees were fine and Sue had Indian food which she also liked. One night however they serve curried lobster and she is not a fan of seafood but hey its lobster and I was more than happy to help her with it. We did have lobster one night but one of our tablemates is originally from Cape Cod and said it was puny compared to what she grew up eating. Oh well. I did order steak one night and it was prepared how I wanted it and though it did have some rather tough areas it over all was pretty good. I do not know where RCI gets their beef but for me it seem quality wise close to USDA choice, perhaps a notch below but it wasn't bad. Really I had no complaints about our meals and the desserts well all pretty good. No issues there. We always ate breakfast in the MDR and that was pretty good too. We once went to Johnny Rockets for breakfast and lets just say thats done and we are not likely at all to go again. The breakfast here is free but otherwise its $7.00 pp and I just can't see paying for a diner experience on such a nice ship. The park cafe is free and we had a salad on day one and it was OK and the buffet restaurant had a good selection of food but hey on a vacation we want to be served so we had lunch a few times there and breakfast on debarkation day and that was it. Pizza at Sorrentos in the promenade was rather limp. The crust was doughy and for us it should be crisp so once was enough. One nice feature on the Getaway was O'Sheehans pub which had some good casual food. I don't think RCI can match that unless they beef up the menu at say the Globe and Atlas venue in the Promenade which would be doable I think. We had lunch one day in the solarium. This offers lighter fare and has fresh fruit, a salad bar and one or two entrees. Sue had the tacos one day and said were pretty good but the solarium itself is really nice. This would be our place to be if we ever sailed this ship or one of her sisters again. We were there one day when it was raining and its mostly enclosed so we stayed dry and funny think is it was not crowded at all even with it raining down on the pools. Here is one area where NCL's Getaway falls was short. They basically had one pool for 4 k passengers unless you were in the Haven for way more $$. However the Oasis had I think 5 adult pools and at least that many hot tubs so it never felt crowded. There were also several bars on the pool deck and the service was very good. They do have fresh popped popcorn but at $2.50 for a small box, c'mon man thats too much. I am not saying it should be free but I think $1.25 is enough. This ship is by far the best we have ever been on in so far as design and features go. Its no wonder that several people we met onboard have done multiple cruises on this ship and we hope to be like them one day. In fact I told our son that I would pop for him and by then his wife to go with us one day and that we would pop for it. Thats how much we loved this ship. We want them to see it. However their bar bill will be all theirs. :D. Now as for debarkation that was terrible. First of all we purchased transfers on board from RCI to shuttle us to MIA. We assembled on time and were supposed to leave at 0845 but by 0900 we were still in limbo. I asked a crew member whats up and he said customs was slow and that we could leave but that our bags may not be ready. Well that turned out to be a bunch of malarkey. All bags were there but where? We matriculated thru customs and went to the section our bags were to be in. No bags. In fact no bags with section 20 labels were in section 20. Instead there were bags label with # 23. I asked two people where our bags were and thy had no idea. Finally the 3rd. person I asked pointed to an unmarked section up against a wall and lo and behold there were our bags. But this was nothing compared to the shuttle. There were buses for MIA and FLL so we of course got on the MIA bus and waited. 40 mins went by and nothing so I asked the baggage loader when we will be going. He said "soon" I asked him like how long in minutes and he glared at me and said "soon" Thats it. I asked another guy who said "don't worry about it" . So 15 mins. later we still weren't moving and the bus was nearly full. Then they decided to load a WC person, no issues there and his 5-6 family members with all their luggage including a huge case for some sort of musical instrument so that took more time. Finally after more that an hour we left and guess what these guys went to FLL airport first! Man like I said there are buses for FLL so why they went there first I will never know. By this time people are fuming and I and another passenger from inside the bus and I called RCI and told them what was happening and that RCI had to pay any fees if due to their incompetence we missed our flight. We finally got to MIA and then dumb and dumber locked us in the bus until they could unload the luggage which they did not do for their 1st stop for AA at MIA. We are at UAL now. We finally got off the bus at about 1135 after getting on initially at around 0935. The other guy who had called RCI from the bus had a 1200 flight so I imagine he missed it. We had a long walk to the UAL counter and thank God there was no line. We checked in and then had another long walk to the gate which we arrived at about 5-10 mins. before boarding began. Fortunately our bags arrived with us but this was no way to treat customers, especially for how uncaring they were. The guy who kept say "soon" to me tried to lay on some Caribbean charm while in route but no one said word to him. Passengers were fed up. The smartest thing they did was not asking for tips. I did report all this to RCI and specifics like the bus company name and the bus number which they actually asked me for and told them I would never use their shuttle service again. Unfortunate ending to a very nice time on a wonderful ship So next time no shuttles. We will figure out another way. We actually purchased a future cruise while on board too. Its for the Ovation of the Seas, an Anthem class ship which is still being built. This cruise is for Nov. 2016 for 12 days out of Tianjin with stops in China, Okinawa, HK and Singapore. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Had a wonderful time, food was great except for Johnny Rockets. Their milkshakes are wonderful but the hamburgers are just so so, and the wait time was awful even with not many people in there. I didn't go a second time. The ... Read More
Had a wonderful time, food was great except for Johnny Rockets. Their milkshakes are wonderful but the hamburgers are just so so, and the wait time was awful even with not many people in there. I didn't go a second time. The shows are wonderful. Heard bad reviews on Cats but my sister and I thought it was great and really enjoyed the whole show. Loved when the cats crept down the aisles and pounced on unsuspecting people. Our waiters in the main dining room were friendly and nice. We had fun with fellow dinner companions whom we met on the cruise. Can't go wrong with a cruise on the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We picked this ship based on the fact that it's the largest and the best ship Royal Caribbean has,we made a lot of arrangements to go to a specific route: Bahamas, ST.thomas and st.Martin came all the way from Egypt after flying 26 ... Read More
We picked this ship based on the fact that it's the largest and the best ship Royal Caribbean has,we made a lot of arrangements to go to a specific route: Bahamas, ST.thomas and st.Martin came all the way from Egypt after flying 26 hours just before the cruise day, by the time we arrived to check in and upon asking for the cruise compass; we were shocked to find the route changed to Mexico without notifying us by any mean the reason behind this was an upcoming Hurricane . Well we started our trip ,we faced very poor customer service everywhere which is very strange for Royal Caribbean. Due to the fact that we dont know much about the new ports the ship will visit (costa Maya and Cozumel) we had to stand in very long lines to the excursion desk to explore what can be done and book through them, the biggest frustration was the excursion team as they were extremely RUDE , totally unhelpful and have limited information. After studying all the items they have we booked the best beach they had at Costa Maya "jungle beach" as understood from them that is the best one for family and other excursion for Cozumel . The day we arrived at costa Maya we made sure to leave the ship on time to catch our booked excursion , it was written the way out of the ship is level 3, we went to level 3 found a long queue of passengers with nobody from the ship crew to guide us out then everybody went up to 5th floor then they said 3nd floor which was a complete cheos! I have a baby and my parents above 73 years old and it took us more than 45 minutes to go out of the ship due to the poor management and organization , we went to jungle beach after an hour drive by a bus from the cruise ship where we found a disgusting beach full of sewage , insects and very bad smell,after spending 10 minutes we decided that we need to leave , we went to the bus begging him to drive us back where we found everybody else wants to leave , we had to stay for more than half an hour until they get the approval from the ship to take us back knowing that it was 3 full big buses!! at the ship we asked to meet the excursion team they said nobody was there until 5pm! Everybody went at 5to meet them they said they have no idea what is this as this is the first time for royal Caribbean at Costa Maya!!! We asked for a refund and a compensation as they spoiled our vacation and the whole day ,they only made refund for the excursion with no compensation what so ever. It's worth mentioning that we met NCL passengers next day that have changed the route to jamica and Cozumel not costa Maya! And everybody was v happy about jamica , Cozumel was nice as we cancelled our excursion with the ship, we rented a car and visited everywhere on our own which was far better and cheaper, on our return to the ship we found NCL is just beside our ship at the port and they made a big celebration for their passengers with music ,drinks refreshing towels and dance on the port while our ship has nothing at all!!!. the room was extermely small, the food was below average, the waiters at the american icon were very rude and I think they didn't train them how to speak to customers , never Oasis of the seas as I think they are just selling the name of the ship with no service or passion at all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Cruising on Oasis as first time RCL passengers exceeded expectations in almost every area. Hotel/Embark: Stayed at Embassy Suites on 17th the night before. Walk to Publix, Total Wine (buy your 2 bottles here instead of packing in ... Read More
Cruising on Oasis as first time RCL passengers exceeded expectations in almost every area. Hotel/Embark: Stayed at Embassy Suites on 17th the night before. Walk to Publix, Total Wine (buy your 2 bottles here instead of packing in suitcase for flight) and several dining options for all budgets. Hotel was a little worn, but good. Big breakfast buffet is included. $15 cab ride to pier for family of 4. Ship: Very beautiful and clean. Overwhelming a first but you acclimate quickly. Several places you will forget you are on a boat. The Promenade feels like a mall in Vegas. Sports deck had so much to do and the kids loved the H2O zone. Never felt too crowded and we always found chairs. Used the fitness facility on the first day but [we were] so busy I never made it back. Shower is available for free in the spa below. There are a zillion activities for all ages all the time. SO much to do. Ship felt crowded at times, but not too bad. Elevators arrive quickly, but are usually full of people. Early morning the ship feels completely empty, so if you are an early riser, you feel like you have the place to yourself. Tip: There is a "sundeck" all the way forward on the port side of deck 14. Incredible views from there and not many know about it. Dining: was abundant, with so many free choices. Had dinner in the Grande DR every night except one when we went to Giovanni's. 10 of us had dinner there and there was an enormous amount and variety of food served family style. Cover was only $8 for kids. Also enjoyed Johnny Rockets for lunch. Breakfast in the WJ most days (crowded), but I recommend Park Cafe for breakfast and/or lunch. Promenade Cafe and Sorrento's good for snacks. Never made it to Solarium Cafe but the menu looked good. Grande DR had a good dinner selection and our service was really excellent. One fun place we found on the last night was Vintages. We had a bottle of wine 20% off on last day and several $3 tapas plates. Fun and tasty. Many, many places to get an adult drink, each with a different vibe. Entertainment/Shows: We did most of the shows. Come Fly with Me was good, Oasis water/diving show was excellent. Ice show was good. Comedy show was so-so. Skipped Cats and the Headliner shows. Ports: Labadee, Falmouth and Cozumel. Had a fun day on the beach in Labadee with the kids. Beautiful island with scenic mountain vistas. We went to Adrenaline Beach (Atlantic side) and grabbed a couple of chairs in a shady spot under a palm. Also tipped an attendant $10 for a nice size shade tent which covered two more lounges. Swimming beaches were nice, bring water shoes as the sand is course and there are some rocks underwater. Lunch was ample. Didn't do any of the attractions, but it was fun to watch the zip liners fly by. FInished the day with a walk through the straw market. Under the building it was "no haggle", but out back and behind it was pretty aggressive. The usual stuff for sale. In Falmouth we only visited the shops at the pier. With young kids, we were reluctant to venture out further. The usual jewelry and t-shirt places with a few local shops. Margaritaville and a couple of refreshment stands. Tip: if you walk to the aft section of the ship near the rock wall access, you can get on the Falmouth pier free wi-fi. We saw several crew huddled there which was our clue. In Cozumel we did the Fury Snorkel and Beach. It was a blast and the kids loved it. Snorkeling is kinda short with not too much to see, but still fun. Their private beach was very nice. Included the inflatable water structures for the kids to climb and jump on. Lunch was not included, but available for purchase. Disembark: We were in the 9:45 debark group. Terminal was very busy at that time and somewhat chaotic. Expect long lines if you leave at this time. Took about 1:15 to get through customs and then a 10 min cab ride to airport. Check-in and security at FLL was quick and we are at the gate by 11:15. Family who took self debark left at 7:00 and experience no lines/crowds. Summary: This was a blast and we will sail with RCL again soon! All-in-all I think this was an outstanding value and had something for everyone! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on June 6th. We booked 2 cabins side by side - 1 for my wife and I and another for my 9 year old son and my mother. We chose a Central Park balcony cabin mainly because of the price. We would have loved ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on June 6th. We booked 2 cabins side by side - 1 for my wife and I and another for my 9 year old son and my mother. We chose a Central Park balcony cabin mainly because of the price. We would have loved an ocean balcony, but the price difference was too great to warrant the extra cost. Embarkation was very smooth. We arrived at the port at about 11:45 am. We were on the ship by 12:30. I have read many of the reviews before we left and most were helpful. Many of the negative reviews, however, were unfounded. Our ship was full to capacity - about 6700 passengers, roughly 2000 of which were children. As many people said, the ship did not feel crowded most of the time. We have been on several Carnival ships including the newest ones and also the Grand Princess. My review will focus on what I experienced and what Royal Caribbean can do better. Pre-cruise: We stayed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The hotel is very nice and the pool area is outstanding. But if you are a non-smoker, this hotel is a no-go at any rate. We had a non-smoking room which was fine, but as you step off the elevator to go anywhere, the smoke is overwhelming. As I said earlier, we boarded at about 12:30. The check-in process was very easy and well organized. We stopped for a snack and coffee at the Cafe Promenade while we waited for our rooms to open. They opened at about 1:00. The room was very nice. There was a good sofa and table, a good bed and a decent sized balcony. There was also a nice vanity with 3 outlets. The bathroom was adequate but a little cramped. Plenty of storage for a 7 night cruise. The only outlet in the bathroom was for a shaver. Shower was also good but a little small. We had 2 cabins side by side and 2 different attendants. Levi was ours and I do not know the name of the other one. Both were excellent!!!!!!! Thank you Levi! The layout of the ship is ingenious. This is a true floating resort that almost never felt like it was floating. There was no feeling of motion even in the rain and rough seas except for about 2 to 3 hours on day 6, and even then it was minimal. If you are reading this review, then you probably are already aware the the ship is broken down by neighborhoods. They each serve a unique purpose and make the ship seem more intimate than it really is. The top decks are the sports and pool zones. There is an adult only Solarium with a bistro (anyone can dine - free at lunch on sea days and a $20.00 cover charge at dinner - Less 25% because my mother is platinum). We ate lunch there 3 times and it was outstanding lite fare - awesome miso soup, fruits, salads, vegetables, fish, etc. We did have dinner the final night at the strong suggestion of one of the waiters and I wish I could mention his name and thank him as it was by far the most relaxing and delicious meal of the cruise. More of that later. There are 3 large pools, a great kids zone with a glass whirlpool (spin and cool, not a hot tub). There was a large wading pool in the Solarium. There were several hot tubs on the ship. The ones that look over the ship were fantastic and there were maybe 6 to 8 more scattered over the ship. There was a full sized basketball court used for basketball obviously, and also for zumba classed in the am, childrens activities in the evening, etc. There were several ping pong courts, but it was difficult to play with all the mashed up balls. The paddles were good so if you want to play, bring your own balls. There were the flowriders and the zip line and mini golf on the deck as well. We used the pools quite a bit. The weather was perfect, the ship was full to capacity and there were many free chairs available on all the pools all of the time. There were both salt water and fresh water pools. The sports pool was set up for laps at times and water vollyball at other times of the day. The froyo stand was popular throughout the day. But unlike Carnival, they close all machines down by 6:00 pm. Carnival is 24 hours. Also, there is a popcorn machine that they charge $2.00 for a bag which is free on Carnival. The Adventure Ocean Kids Zone was below on deck 14. There is also a card and game room on the other end. My 9 year old loved the "camp". He loved playing with the other kids and made many friends. I did make a comment to the staff one day when I dropped him off that the games they were playing seemed a little rough. When I went to check on him a few hours later, he was being comforted by the staff as he got hit in the mouth and hand with a ball. SOOOOOO, we got to visit deck 2 - the medical center. Pretty good care there. Much better than expected. I did not care much for the comment from the Ocean staff that this will make him stronger. Anyway, he has a bad strain, possible hairline fracture in his pinky finger that we will deal with this summer. The staff will take the kids to dinner if they want to the Windjammer buffet, but is the closed down side with a very small selection of pizza, mac and cheese and french fries. We did not realize that and had to start feeding him then dropping him off after dinner. Dining: The service was awesome wherever we went. The staff was over the top helpful and polite. They said yes to any request we had with a genuine smile. We ate dinner at the American Icon Grill (deck 3) - my time dining with reservations for 5 nights, the Windjammer buffet one night and the Solarium Bistro one night. All was good. The food was between good and great everywhere. Not unbelievable, but never bad. We had the same server 4 times at dinner (I do not recall his name - from India) and he was fantastic. We had breakfast in the room mostly. The breakfast foods are not the best. The breads are great, though. Eggs and bacon not great unless you go to Wipe Out Cafe for breakfast (made to order eggs). But is was too noisy to eat there as they were doing Zoomba and the music was very loud where we sat. You could get a peaceful breakfast at Johnny Rockets or the dining rooms also. I also liked Cafe Promenade as they had muffins and sweet bread for breakfast. Anyway, there is more to eat than you can possibly eat and everyone can find something they like at any time. Using anytime dining I did not expect great service. I got SUPERIOR service there, in the Bistro (free luches), the Windjammer (yes, the buffet), and everywhere else we ate. Entertainment: FANTASTIC ACCROSS THE BOARD! Cats, not my favorite show and a little long for me at 3 hours, but great production quality. Frozen in Time Ice Show was excellent, The Oasis of My Dreams show at the Aqua Theatre was unbelievable. Earl Turner was incredible (the headliner show), saw a great Jazz quartet 3 nights (Simon?) and loved it. The entertainment was over the top everywhere always. We need to take another cruise just so we can see the rest of the shows and do all the activities we missed! Ports: We went to Labadie, Haiti and loved it. It is run by the staff from the ship and the food is from the gallys. The bbq lunch was very good and the fruit was the best of the trip. The beach was spotless and the water was very clear. Plenty of places to lounge in in sun or shade. Next was Falmouth, Jamaica. Just did a little shopping at the pier. Then, finally, Cozumel. Took a cab downtown and shopped and ate lunch. It was an adventure and very hot. Could not wait to get back to the ship. Disembarkation: Extremely smooth. Not rushed at all. very comfortable waiting areas. very fast through customs. got a cab at the pier with no problems. My biggest gripe was that some of the fellow passengers were talking down about Carnival and that the lowlifes go on that ship. I do not wish to do a side by side comparison, however, we have been on the Conquest, the Fantasy twice and the Magic. So, new and old, big and small. They have all been good. Not at all "ghetto cruises " as I have been told. Carnival does many things right that Royal Caribbean can learn from and vice versa. I would not hesitate to go on either ship again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We booked this cruise to join a group of neighbors who were all going at the same time. I was apprehensive at being on a ship with 6,000 passengers but those who had been aboard told us that because of the huge size of Oasis you'd ... Read More
We booked this cruise to join a group of neighbors who were all going at the same time. I was apprehensive at being on a ship with 6,000 passengers but those who had been aboard told us that because of the huge size of Oasis you'd never feel crowded. They were right! RCCL has figured out large ship cruising. The embarkation process was very smooth. Our status as 4 time prior RCCL passengers got us to the check-in counter with no line but even the first-timers were not waiting long. We booked an outside balcony and believe it was the right decision. The "inside" balconies facing each other across the Boardwalk seemed like you'd have more noise, less view, and sort of like living in a highrise looking at your neighbor in the next building. The high tech stuff is great. There are touch-TV screens at all the elevators where you can find out where you are, where you want to go, what's happening, etc. Don't pick this itinerary if you want to experience the Caribbean. The destinations (RCCL's Haitian resort called Labadee, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico) are nothing special. The experience is the ship itself. We booked all the entertainment venues before we boarded, and its a great system to insure you'll get a seat. They included "Cats" the Aqua Show, Ice Show, the acrobats, etc. all fantastic productions. All the food and service was very well done. We ate at one premium restaurant, the Chops Steakhouse, and the food was well above the regular dining room, though I felt a little crowded as the restaurant was full while we were there and room for servers to move about was tight. All in all, a great time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
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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