Sail Date: November 2018
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and ... Read More
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and beautiful with violin and piano music at night. There are so many choices of venues for breakfast and lunch, that we never felt crowded, but you need to do your homework beforehand or you may miss them. Now at the moment, the Solarium Restaurant up on deck 15 is now complimentary dining for breakfast, lunch, AND Dinner. Dinner is unique in that the appetizers and deserts are buffet style, while the main entrée is cooked to order. Warning -the choices do not change nightly, but with grilled shrimp, chicken kabob and an absolutely tender and delicious New York Strip, you will not be disappointed. And the setting is peaceful. Another sometimes forgotten gem is the Wipeout Café for breakfast. Yes, it is small, but uncrowded with fresh cooked to order omelets. Don’t forget to visit Park Café, especially if you love steamship round of beef sandwiches..well there are just so many places to get free food! We love to dance and on Oasis there are also many dance venues beginning with DAZZLES the beautiful bi-level venue with live band nightly playing music from the 50’s to present. Boleros, the Blaze, the Solarium on some nights (last two with DJs). Have never seen so many people dancing as on this ship. BUT all venues the music was too loud, even with earplugs, which I highly recommend. IF it is listed and you like Dixieland, don’t miss the Oasis orchestra on the Boardwalk with their Dixeland concert. Do plan ahead and book your shows in advance, you do not want to miss any of them, especially Come Fly With Me - so exciting, unique and entertaining. I know CATS is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the talent was superb. The Aqua show and ice show did not disappoint BUT be ready for possible disappointment as rough seas can nix the performances. Another plus for me was that you could actually find places where there was no music during the morning or afternoon. I love music, but I don’t need it constantly. We found all the staff friendly with a fun Activity staff….especially if you have a smile on your face, everybody else seem to brighten up. My wife and I love cruising when we can and walk on with a smile and 99% of the time walk off with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We had an excellent cruise. We were a little crowded because I had rented a scooter to get from one end of the ship to the other and the scooter had to remain in the room, at all times, when not in use. An accessible room was not ... Read More
We had an excellent cruise. We were a little crowded because I had rented a scooter to get from one end of the ship to the other and the scooter had to remain in the room, at all times, when not in use. An accessible room was not available when we booked, so from now on we will only book accessible rooms, and if none are available, we will pick another itinerary. Our cabin steward was excellent and our waiter was exceptional. We didn't go to any of the $ restaurants since the food in the MDR was good and to our liking. We booked an inside balcony overlooking the Boardwalk and thoroughly enjoyed having breakfast on the balcony and enjoyed watching all the cruisers wander around the Boardwalk. We could see the Aqua Theater from our balcony and enjoyed watching the shows there. The perks that go along with the inside balcony were a treat. . . . Will be on the Harmony next October and are looking forward to exploring another of the Royal Caribbean ships. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
I previously was on a much smaller ship (Rhapsody of the Seas) and wanted to see the difference. While I do like the smaller size of Rhapsody for getting around easily and less people, I admit that I much prefer Oasis for it's ... Read More
I previously was on a much smaller ship (Rhapsody of the Seas) and wanted to see the difference. While I do like the smaller size of Rhapsody for getting around easily and less people, I admit that I much prefer Oasis for it's entertainment. Every night we went to a different show and each was very professional. There was an ice skating show, high diving & synchronized swimming show as well as comedians, jazz and bands every night. The food was good in both the MDR and buffet. I'm not a foodie so I couldn't see paying for a specialty restaurant for us when the free offerings fit my needs. I did buy the deluxe beverage package and I know I drank more to make sure I got my monies worth. But the bartenders all poured strong and tasty drinks. I couldn't win at all in the casino which was a bit disappointing. In the Rhapsody I won enough to keep playing but the slots on Oasis were super tight. The room was pretty big compared to Rhapsody - we had an interior room which looked out onto Central Park (not a balcony). Room steward was great and kept our room clean. We did the zipline which was my first. We had booked a zipline in Jamaica so I wanted to try it out on the ship first. It was short but fun. We played mini golf and my son played in the dodgeball competition and pool volleyball competition. The ship had a sale night with many items for $10 - I picked up a cute clutch purse and a swim coverup. We took the shuttle (Cortrans?) from Orlando to the Port. Then we did an exursion on the way back that took us to an airboat ride and then to the airport. We booked all of our exursions through Royal for convenience. This was a big ship and you should be prepared for a lot of walking unless you don't mind waiting for elevators. There were a number of people with motorized scooters so that is an option if you can't handle walking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Port Canaveral (only 1 1/4 hours from home) and its ports(Western Caribbean). We took our two adult children for a getaway without Grandkids for a relaxing time. The ship was in good shape ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Port Canaveral (only 1 1/4 hours from home) and its ports(Western Caribbean). We took our two adult children for a getaway without Grandkids for a relaxing time. The ship was in good shape and our balcony rooms had ample space and storage. The service in the dining rooms was exceptional, some of the best we have ever had in the 25+ cruises we have done, and we have cruised with RCL, NCL, Princess, Carnival, and Celebrity. Our daughter practices a plant based Vegan diet and the service staff was more than accommodating to her dietary needs. We ate mainly in the American Icon Grill since we had My time dining. The wait staff always asked if we had any shows to attend in case there was a time crunch. Again they were very attentive to all of our needs and they went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied We also ate at 150 Central Park, which we believe is one of the finest Specialty restaurants available at sea. Again the service was exceptional and the head chef personally served our Daughter her Vegan meals which she was very impressed with!! The entertainment on the ship was ok . The comedians were good (all adult shows), the ice show was very good as well as the knock off game shows. The production of Cats while it may be for some people for us it was a bit of a sleeper! The singing and dancing were good but the story leaves a little bit to be desired and apparently we weren't the only ones that felt this way since half the audience didn't return after the intermission. The ports were good, although in Falmouth Jamaica the Adventure River tubing offered through the ship which we did was a little disorganized and the quality of the tubes was poor. Playa Mia in Cozumel is a very good deal, but I would recommend just getting the basic package and not the all inclusive since their pricing for food and beverages ($12 dollar beer buckets) is very reasonable. All in all this ship allows for great Family fun !! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
From a quick drop of luggage, to getting our Sea Cards, to the most wonderful Cabin Steward, Rod (Rodhel Leno-no relation), to the best waitstaff in the dining room-server and assistant-we received the best service that way passed our ... Read More
From a quick drop of luggage, to getting our Sea Cards, to the most wonderful Cabin Steward, Rod (Rodhel Leno-no relation), to the best waitstaff in the dining room-server and assistant-we received the best service that way passed our expectations. As we're on our 12th cruise and had read mixed reviews about this ship, we had our whole family (8 of us iincluding a 20 month old, we were not expecting too much. BUT.. these guys made sure we were well-fed (Son-in-law and other daughter's BF had 8 lobster tails between them. We did eat there every night, as each of us went our own ways during the day, but we gathered each night and were treated like royalty, with a smile. Cabin Steward Rod, let us do as we pleased but was on any request we had right now. We did give him some extra tips every other day, but that, to us, is the best way to insure great service. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first ever cruise, thought we would try, supposedly the best for my wifes 60th birthday. Wish we hadn't bothered. Arrive at Orlando airport, no rep to be found, having had a quick look round, I asked other reps, that were ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, thought we would try, supposedly the best for my wifes 60th birthday. Wish we hadn't bothered. Arrive at Orlando airport, no rep to be found, having had a quick look round, I asked other reps, that were visible, in the obvious place, they told me Royal Caribbean had a desk downstairs. We found the rep, only to be told our transport had left with 2 couples that had got lost from an earlier flight, so through no fault of our own we were being expected to wait at the airport, after an 8 hour flight, for our transfer. They did get him to turn round, so only 20 mins waiting, however, there are now 6 adults in a seven seater, with my wife and I crammed in the back, with our hand luggage between us as not enough luggage space. Next morning about 30 of us in hotel lobby, waiting for coach transfer to ship, rep tells us coach is running 30 minutes late, coach eventually turns up, empty, so why late. Get to the ship, check in went smoothly, the ship is huge, we make our way to our cabin. The cabin was satisfactory, our sea view balcony was probably the best part of the whole holiday. The cabin did not have tea/coffee making facilities,which you get in 3 star hotels, so we go to guest relations, told you can order continental breakfast including tea, free, BUT $7.95 delivery, so not free, this was the first sign that this cruise is all about money. Every night they would try the hard sell of either expensive watches or expensive handbags. two nights were supposed to be formal nights, so off I go in my Tuxedo, only to be sitting next to a guy in the restaurant with shorts and sandals on, for the evening meal, again, I have been to 3 star hotels where "gentlemen" have to wear long trousers for the evening meal, I realised on the second formal night, that these nights were just another money making opportunity, with the ships photographers on every corner of every deck. For my wifes 60th, I booked us in to the steak "speciality" restaurant. If $45 each wasn't expensive enough, they had the cheek to charge 18% gratuity on top, even though I had pre paid gratuities, apparently you pay again in the over priced "speciality" restaurants. All my wife was given from Royal Caribbean for her birthday was 1 slice of cheese cake with a candle in, again I have been to 3 star hotels that leave wine and chocolates in your room, but Royal Caribbean, seem to be on the take all the time, giving nothing back to their guests. There is nothing outstanding about Royal Caribbean, or anything on this ship, was an expensive shopping trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise so I had big hopes, since I heard it was a leg up from Carnival and Norwegian. In short our trip was good overall, service was good, food was ok, the ship was showing wear and tear, and the kids ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise so I had big hopes, since I heard it was a leg up from Carnival and Norwegian. In short our trip was good overall, service was good, food was ok, the ship was showing wear and tear, and the kids club was unsatisfactory. Embarkation went smoothly, we arrived at port around 11:00 am and the waiting area was overflowing with people, but Royal called our boarding number 11 fairly quickly. To our dismay, once our number was called we were led to a separate long line to get a bracelet for our 10 year old son. The bracelet alerts staff of your child’s muster station, in the unlikely event of an emergency. It’s a good idea, but seems like there could be another way to do that. We took the drink package so once onboard my husband quickly got a drink from the On Air Bar on the Royal Promenade deck. We found the drinks to be really good, and fresh, not pre made like Norwegian. Bar Service overall was friendly and good. This deck was really cool if you like the feel of a mall. There were shops, restsuraunts, bars and Starbucks. It was really neat and had lots of activies throughout the week. I really enjoyed the Cental Park deck, with all of the flora and fauna, however it was mostly quiet and subdued. I really missed having a quiet place to sit and watch the ocean. You cannot see the ocean from the Cental Park deck. After registering our son for the kids club we hit the buffet. We were surprised how small it was for a ship this size. It was nearly half the size of the buffet on the larger Norwegian ships. Food was ok, nothing great. The buffet would be a bone of contention for us through out the week. Being that this area was small we often ran into lines just to get into the buffet. Sometimes it was so crowded that Royal would seat you when a table was available. Also, there were no hand washing sinks like on Norwegian just the had sanitizer. Our biggest irritation came when we returned from port around 3 pm and the buffet was completely closed. No one could tell us where to go other than Sorrento’s and I was sick of pizza. While 24 hour pizza is a huge win, I don’t want to eat that all the time. Also annoying were the soda cups. I hated carrying that cup around and several times we found the machines out of ice or out of soda. We only found a total of 6 machines around the ship. They really need to service these better if they want cruises to use them. Ona bright note, Oasis offers so many activities for families. We loved the aqua theater, with the 2 areal shows, and the outdoor movies. My son liked skating at the Ice Rink, the pool area, hot tubs, mini golf and the flow rider. We were too chicken for the zip line. My son did mention missing not having a water slide. The week that we sailed had over 1100 kids on board so the kids club was chaos. We always arrived 20 minutes early and lined up for our age group because it maxed out at 50 kids. The space was very small and it smelled bad in the room.The doors to the kids club never opened even one minute early. The staff was clearly not happy to be there nor were they friendly. One time I picked my son up, I watched the staff sitting on the couch with a micro phone barking out orders. The group played a lot of games, it never once used the Lab that you see in the ads. My son said there were too many kids and said it wasn’t as good as Norwegian. I have always tipped the staff, but this time I didn’t feel the need to tip them. While the check in process was easy, the staff and activities were unsatisfactory compared to Norwegian. I wanted to love the Solarium adult area but the wind cover made it hot there all the time and there was only a bar upstairs. Our room steward was the best we have ever had. We had new animals every night and the room was as clean as it could get. This ship is showing wear, black lines in the toilet, stains on the couch, rust etc. I also was excited to try the dining where you share a table, but we were stuck in a corner on the 5th floor with just the 3of us. Our server was good, but we only ended up in the MDR 3 times. The food was comparable to Norwegian. We ate at Chop House one night and we were disappointed. It was ok, nothing special. Disembarkation was amazingly easy. We wanted to waste time and get off as late as possible. They called all remaining guests to leave at 9:30. We were shocked, there was absolutely no line. Overall we enjoyed our trip, but I really missed the Waterfront and don’t care to have a mall on my ship. We won’t rule out Royal, but will probably go back to Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
What can be said about this ship except WOW From start to finish it was good, embarcation was easy, staff were great, the only one complaint was Chops restaurant, poor service, warm food and a waiter that was condescending, when I ... Read More
What can be said about this ship except WOW From start to finish it was good, embarcation was easy, staff were great, the only one complaint was Chops restaurant, poor service, warm food and a waiter that was condescending, when I ordered a beer with my dinner he smirked and said something in his own language, we don't all like wine ! The entertainment was great, the ship was clean if not a little care worn! It's a big ship so expect to do quite a bit of walking, would we go again......yes without any doubt It's not cheap and Royal Caribbean are after every Dollar, I cancelled my gratuities and tipped who I thought deserved it Guest service desk were very helpful and always had answers for any questions. We called at Nassau which is a terrible place in our opinion and should be dropped from the stops. Labarde was fantastic though. We did back to back cruises so had 24 fantastic nights.....don't hesitate, go for it. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
A relaxing seven-day trip! Our trip began in Tallahassee on October 6th as we drove to Gainesville to attend the Florida/LSU football game (what a game!). After the game we drove to Orlando and stayed at the Marriott Fairfield inn near ... Read More
A relaxing seven-day trip! Our trip began in Tallahassee on October 6th as we drove to Gainesville to attend the Florida/LSU football game (what a game!). After the game we drove to Orlando and stayed at the Marriott Fairfield inn near the Orlando airport (a 45-minute drive to the port). We arrived at the port around 11:00 am and, for the convenience, we parked in the port garage - $136 for the week. Security and Check-in were efficient and within 15 minutes we were in the waiting area to board the ship. We were in the waiting area about 15 minutes and were in the Windjammer having lunch by 12:00 noon. As always, the paella was excellent! This was our fourth cruise on the Oasis class ships and our second on the Oasis of the Seas. The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship and was clean and well maintained, although the ship is beginning to show wear on the carpets and furniture and on the pool deck. Since this was fall break for several southeastern states, there were a lot of families and kids on this cruise. We stayed in cabin 10209, a veranda room overlooking Central Park. As part of the package for staying in a veranda room overlooking Central Park, we received a complimentary bottle of wine and a lunch in Giovanni’s. The lunch at Giovanni’s was excellent. The room was well maintained and outstanding service was provided by our Cabin Attendant (Debra Jack)! The only minor issues we had were that our luggage arrived after dinner and our safe would not open the first evening; we called to have this remedied and they addressed the issue within 20 minutes. In the past, I have been critical of the food in the Main Dinning Room, but this time we found the food to be very good. The menus provided many desirable options. To increase efficiency, the bread is now in bowls on the table (not served to you) and when you place your order you select all courses, including dessert. Steven (waiter) and Alexander (asst. waiter) provided outstanding service. While the first couple of nights we were the only people at a table of six, two ladies joined us at the table later in the week. The highlight of our dining experience in the main dining room was the food and great conversation with our table mates. We did elect to purchase a speciality dinning package (three dinners for $85 plus gratuities per person). Two dinners at the Chops Grill were excellent (great food and service). The third night we went to Sabor and the food was very good, especially the guacamole. The entertainment on the ship was very good. Our favorite shows were the Headliner Show featuring Earl Turner, the aerial show - Come Fly With Me, the aqua show - Oasis of Dreams, and the ice show - Frozen in Time. The Cats production show was disappointing as it was hard to follow and the too-loud background music made it hard to understand the singers. Also disappointing was the sports channels that were offered on the ship, especially on Saturday when only two college football games were shown. Both ESPN channels featured European sports. Since most of the people on the ship were from the southeastern states, a lot of people were disappointed that no SEC football games were available Below are a few of the things that we enjoyed the most and a few tips to use on the ship: Favorite sweets: coconut cookies, oatmeal cookies, carrot cake, and the Austrian fruit breakfast bread. Favorite places to enjoy the pool or escape the crowd to read or take a nap: on Deck 17 in the Solarium near the bar under the shade. Favorite way to start the day: On the treadmill in the gym as the sun comes up or on the walking track on Deck 5. We also enjoy sitting in the chairs on the back of the ship on Deck 5 when the ship is leaving port. Beverage Package: We purchased the soda package. The self-serve Coke machines provide endless drink options and the machines are located in the Windjammer (four), two on the Promenade, and a single machine on Deck 15 in the Arcade. Many passengers do not know about the machine on Deck 15, unless you go into the Arcade. Best way to avoid the wait for elevators before dinner: Either take the stairs or come down early for dinner and have a drink in the many bars or food areas on Deck 5. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My wife and I are both Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean and sail every 2-3 weeks from Central Florida Ports (Port Canaveral, Tampa). We earned our status and always look forward to the great service and recognition perks for our status. ... Read More
My wife and I are both Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean and sail every 2-3 weeks from Central Florida Ports (Port Canaveral, Tampa). We earned our status and always look forward to the great service and recognition perks for our status. The Oasis does not give a hoot if you are Diamond Plus. You are treated like cattle. Royal Caribbean, Company Policy (fleet wide) is concierge lounge and priority departure for Diamond Plus Elite. The Oasis only recognizes Pinnacle and upper suite guests. The Diamond Lounge on board the Oasis is always full and virtually impossible to get into. The so-called Diamond Concierge sits behind the desk and is rude, obnoxious, and she thinks she is the queen. Don't even think of asking her a question; her answer is always "NO". The ship has many activities with long lines and long waits. Avoid The Central Park Balconies: The staterooms are cramped and have no ventilation. If you open the Balcony Door you have no privacy. The Cruise Director is fantastic. The waiters and servers are fantastic. The stateroom attendants are fantastic. The Loyalty Ambassador is an empty suit! The Diamond Concierge is a total waste. The Casino air quality is a health hazard that spreads to the upper and lower floors and adjacent venues Read Less
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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