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

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
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
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
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
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 3.8
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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