7 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - All from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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
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
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
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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