3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My in-laws purchased this cruise for our entire family of almost 30 people. The entire thing was absolutely designed to take as much money from you as possible. They nickel and dime you mercilessly. I ordered the same drink the entire ... Read More
My in-laws purchased this cruise for our entire family of almost 30 people. The entire thing was absolutely designed to take as much money from you as possible. They nickel and dime you mercilessly. I ordered the same drink the entire time and the price was never the same. I felt psychologically manipulated the entire time by the layout. I understand that it’s a business. But their methods are ham handed at best. I felt like just another head of cattle in their money making operation. I felt like a cog in someone’s personal cash machine. Don’t bother staying onboard when in port. Almost everything on board is closed. Any last minute purchases, you’re out of luck. Anecdotally, the line questioning charges at debarkation was massive. Toss in that virtually our entire party now has the flu. It wasn’t my best cruising experience by far. The boat is far too large and carries entirely too many people. It’s a floating Petri dish. If you really want a pleasant cruise stick with Holland/America. Our party took a vote afterwards and it was unanimous, which is unheard of in this family. None of us will ever travel with them again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We recently returned from our Christmas cruise on the Oasis. Overall the cruise was enjoyable, relaxing and good time, there was just something missing and can't quite put my finger on it. We sailed as a family of 4, (Mid 40s and kids ... Read More
We recently returned from our Christmas cruise on the Oasis. Overall the cruise was enjoyable, relaxing and good time, there was just something missing and can't quite put my finger on it. We sailed as a family of 4, (Mid 40s and kids 19/17) and while there was ample food, entertainment and christmas decor, overall I was expecting a little more for a Christmas cruise. We dined in the Main Dining room 6 of the 7 nights and food was acceptabel but not outstanding and after cruising on smaller Royal ships, found the food better on the small ships. Perhaps due to the large number of guests the quality goes down. Can't comment on the speciality dining. Enjoyed the entertainment for the most part, but found Cats a disappointment. The Aqua show was great as were the comedians and entertainers. As for our kids, they found they were caught in an age gap between kids and adults and really found very little that engaged them at this age, even on a large ship. They weren't bored but nothing specifically was set up for this demographic. We were also part of a larger group (19 total) and saw many other large family groups and being a holiday cruise this makes sense, but with this I experienced less socializing between groups as everyone seemed focused on their family or groups. Again this was different on the small ships and summer time of the year. Overall the ship is lovely, crew were great and wouldn't hesitate to travel on the oasis again, there was just something missing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This is the 3rd Christmas cruise in a row on the Oasis, and although there has been thorough enjoyment on all. However, this one was over the top, the best. Can't put my finger on what made this year different, except that it was - from ... Read More
This is the 3rd Christmas cruise in a row on the Oasis, and although there has been thorough enjoyment on all. However, this one was over the top, the best. Can't put my finger on what made this year different, except that it was - from check in to departure. We embarked the ship with no waiting - went to our cabin and our luggage was already there! RCCL went out of their way to make sure passengers enjoyed their experience. It was a happy ship. The cruise director was experienced and knew what he was about. Handled himself in a most professional manner. He hosted a "chat" with Capt. Petersen which was most enjoyable. The Capt. was relaxed with the group and easy to talk with. There was excellent interaction and rapport with him for a good hour. Coastal Kitchen was remarkable. The menu was varied and the items served were cooked perfectly. Labadee has been upgraded, not that it wasn't very nice before, but it is amazing what they have done with the recreational facilities and the design. Lot of enjoyment just walking around looking at everything. RCCL has put a lot of time, money and energy into making the area very pleasant. Note that the shore excursions were rated excellent because there is no place for a non-applicable choice. The ice skating production is so well done we saw it twice. Aquatics theater - the performance of the swimmers - breath taking. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Just got back from 7-day Christmas cruise on RCI Oasis in western Caribbean. From Port Canaveral Florida, 4 days at sea, and 3 days in port at Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico. It was a good experience. My bias is ... Read More
Just got back from 7-day Christmas cruise on RCI Oasis in western Caribbean. From Port Canaveral Florida, 4 days at sea, and 3 days in port at Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico. It was a good experience. My bias is home-body and USA road tripper. I have been on several cruises in Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii, on several different cruise lines. This was my first with RCI. THE GOOD RCI’s business strategy is spectacular ships, a growing fleet, and meeting new market demands. Oasis of the Seas is the largest cruise ship on the planet. It has a sister ship and 2 more in planning or construction. The ship is 1100 feet long, 17 decks, 6500 passengers, and about 2600 crew. It is fast, 25kts per hour. Spectacular spaces include open “Central Park” on deck 8 midship with café, specialty restaurants, shops, live music, and 1200 live plants. Interior staterooms decks 9-14 have balconies that overlook Central Park. Large indoor “Promenade” decks 5-6 midships with cafes, shops, and bars. Huge Fitness Center and Spa decks 5-6 forward. “Solarium” decks 15-16 forward has adults only (age 16+) pools and whirlpools, with plexiglass overhead. Decks 15-16 midships have children’s and family pools. Decks 15-16 aft are sports decks with full size basketball court, putt-putt golf course. 2 Wave Riders, 2 climbing walls, zip line, teen only zone, and casual cafe with kid friendly buffet. “Boardwalk” deck 6 aft has carousel, shops, casual eateries, and Aqua Theatre. There are 9200 (yes, 9200) pieces of art with data plaques all over the ship. Dining 3 dining rooms decks 3-5 aft serve dinner at 6PM and 8PM by assignment. Dinner includes choice of 7 appetizers, 7 entrées, and 7 desserts. The food is the best I have had on any cruise and portions are perfect, not too much, and not too little. (I gained weight with plenty of exercise.) One dining room serves breakfast by order. Windjammer Café serves best breakfast, lunch, and supper buffets I has seen on any cruise or anywhere for that matter. You can eat there during hours without assignment. Mostly adults in dining rooms, families with small kids go to Windjammer or any number of casual eateries. Dozen or so specialty restaurants (extra cost) on the ship. Nightlife and shows 1400 capacity Opal Theatre decks 5-6 forward has nightly shows and movies. Several comedy and music venues deck 5 forward including ice rink for shows and skating. Promenade has piano bar and guitar pub. Casino deck 4 midship. Aqua Theatre 6 aft has water shows and large screen TVs. Fitness Center (gym) Best and biggest gym I have ever seen on a ship. As good as my local Planet Fitness. Plenty of LifeFitness treadmills, elliptical, and cycling machines, never fully occupied even at peak hours. All the LifeFitness weight and cable machines. Full set of dumbbells and one Smith machine. Only limitation is maximum of 4 people can occupy free weights and Smith machine area. (No squat rack or barbells.) Plenty of open space for mat work. Yoga and Pilates classes. Walking/running track is outside on deck 5. About one quarter mile. Downside is views are obscured by lifeboats on sides and bridge on bow. Spa Biggest and best spa I have seen on ship or anywhere. More than 50 offerings for various massage, facial, sauna, heat, hair and nail services. Somethings I have never seen at a spa – acupuncture and teeth whitening. Staterooms Seems like slightly larger than my other cruises. Steward service morning and early evening while out. My wife and I had outer stateroom with balcony over port side while my two adult daughters had inner stateroom across the hall with balcony over Central Park. SCUBA You can take classes and get PADI certified on ship. Ports I’ve been to several Caribbean ports and beaches, and they each offer the same things – same weather, same topography, same people, same food and beverage, same shopping, same activities. So, it really makes no difference to me which particular Caribbean island or beach I visit. Labadee is RCI’s private beach on Haiti. It offers a very nice beach for sunbathing and playing in the sand and water, an awesome zip line across the beach, and a safe casual picnic table lunch buffet with ship food and servers. There are a couple of shops with licensed merchants and uniformed police that insure that merchants stay in their kiosks and not bother people on the beach. There is also a fenced off flea market on the backside of the property with more aggressive hawkers, but uniformed police to make sure they don’t go outside their fence. I skipped the flea market. Falmouth Jamaica has a four square block shipping district at the port which is fenced off. Merchants are licensed, friendly, stay in their shops, and not overly aggressive. There are plain clothes police. If you go outside the wire, you will be greeted by mobs of more aggressive street hawkers. Cozumel is a Mexican island eleven miles east of the Yucatan main land. There is a small shopping area at the port. There are uniformed police, drug sniffing dogs, and magnatometers. My family took a 3 hours bus tour which stopped for 45 minutes to shop downtown. Merchants were friendly, stayed close to their shops, and were not overly aggressive. Afterwards we travelled about 20 miles to a beach and restaurant on the other side of the island and stay about 90 minutes before returning to port. Tourists should rightly be concerned about cartel violence on the mainland, but Cozumel seems a bit isolated. We did see two federales (police) complete with tactical gear and assault rifles slung to their chest walking peacefully together downtown. I felt that Cozumel was safe, and our Mexican guides took very good care of us. Embarkation and Disembarkation Embarkation was quickest and easiest I have experience. We stayed at the Port Canaveral Radisson the night before. We used the onsite long-term parking. Took the scheduled shuttle from Radisson to Oasis that morning. Minimal waiting at Radisson, five-minute drive to Oasis. Dropped off luggage, had priority check in (through travel agent) and about a half hour later were onboard. Even though there was a partial government shutdown which included Customs and Border Enforcement, I didn’t perceive any extended delay. Allowed into our staterooms about an hour after getting onboard. Disembarkation was quick and easy too. Had to be out of staterooms by 0830. Waited in Opal Theatre (had breakfast at 8AM). Even though scheduled last to disembark at 1030, were off at 10AM. Even with partial government shutdown, only waited about 20 minutes to get through customs. Did not have to make any declaration beyond saying that each of my family members returning with less than $800 in goods and not more than one liter of alcohol (no tobacco). Waited 15 minutes for shuttle to fill before 5-minute ride back to Radisson. THE NOT-SO-GOOD Oasis is a huge ship, consequently, there is a lot of walking to get to various venues. The elevator banks are only at forward and aft parts of the ship. No elevators midship. No corridors directedly connect starboard and port sides below deck 15 because of Central Park, Promenade, and casino. No eateries were open between 10PM and 5:30AM. On other cruises, we had a buffet somewhere at all hours of the night. The beverage packages are expensive and only make economic sense if you consume more than eight carbonated soft drinks per day. Desserts were average in spite of appetizers and entrees being excellent to outstanding. Ice cream was sold only at one Ben and Jerry’s shop for an extra fee. Soft serve was limited at couple of cafés and poolside with limited hours. Seems like dining too early at 6PM, and too late at 8PM. 8PM dining means 10PM show and late night most every night. You can choose Windjammer café or specialty restaurant at a better time, up to you. RCI does not cater so much to very young children like other cruise lines such as Disney. Onboard WiFi cost $11 per day. There are no desktop computers available on the ship outside the business center. Had one too many days at sea, but can’t do much about that. Cruise usually has to be 3,4, or 7 days. There were no golf excursions if that is your cup of tea. THE NOT-SO-UGLY Each Caribbean island and nation has unsafe and undesirable sides. It appears that RCI has found safe places and excursions for passengers onshore. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our fourth Royal Caribbean ship but probably my 12 th cruise. I had low expectations after reading prior reviews and dealing with the cruise planner people via telephone. However once on the ship we were really pleasantly ... Read More
This was our fourth Royal Caribbean ship but probably my 12 th cruise. I had low expectations after reading prior reviews and dealing with the cruise planner people via telephone. However once on the ship we were really pleasantly surprised. Let me start by saying that a week prior to the cruise we were able to change from the 8 o’clock seating to my time dining However this information was never conveyed to the dining staff a nightly we had issues getting our table After a lot of aggravation most nights we were able to secure a table in the main dining room with a fantastic Duo of servers. The The food in the main dining room and at the other free venues was much better than previous Royal Caribbean cruises in fact it was some of the best cruise food we’ve ever had Another glitch we had was we had made a reservation when we got on board at chops but because we enjoyed our main dining room servers so much we canceled the reservation two days ahead of time however Royal Caribbean even though they took it off of our cruise planner still charged us for the dinner and it took three tries to get it off of our bill A disappointment on the ship was the gym There was plenty of equipment that much of the equipment did not work well and there was never any staff to Fine to assist with it The ship was clean and well kept with plenty of staff We had a balcony room on the Central Park level we did notice that only she would be out that’s worked and that was frustrating There are also very few amenities in those rooms I see only thing that was provided was soap and shampoo conditioner in the shower it was the bare essentials We did not partake in any of the ships tours as we have been to those ports before Laboratory Laberdee was our favorite stop by please be advise that the tender does not run to get you back to the ship and no one tells you this when you take the tender in the morning We always found plenty of deck chairs so there was no issue to reserve seats extra early even during a full Christmas cruise we always found plenty of deck chairs so there was no issue to reserve seats extra early even during a full Christmas Cruise. Even though the ship was a full capacity we never felt the fullness of the ship and often found quiet places Something the staff could do better is enforcing the no children role in the solarium hot tub‘s and the Gym. Which it to a private tour in Cozumel through Viator. Chocolate, tequila and tacos at Discover Mexico. This was excellent. The shows were great But we did leave Cats midway. It was quite long I’m not really uplifting The diving and the eyeshadow were wonderful as well as the comedians on board Finally we all had facials or massages at the spa and truly enjoyed them however the pressure to upsell it’s quite evident Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas for a Christmas cruise for the family. Embarkation was smooth. Arrived about 10:30, stood in line for 2-3 minutes, and then received our stateroom cards. We boarded with the Platinum group and headed ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas for a Christmas cruise for the family. Embarkation was smooth. Arrived about 10:30, stood in line for 2-3 minutes, and then received our stateroom cards. We boarded with the Platinum group and headed to make dinner reservations, show reservations, and purchase a couples thermal spa pass for two of our guests. I had made reservations for many of the shows before we left and I am glad I did. Most every show was sold out before the ship even left port. Dinner reservations were very easy to make. Just know that if you want to eat hibachi in Izumi, you need to make your reservations pretty quickly as they only have three tables. We purchased the Ultimate Dining Package during the Black Friday sale so we ate in a specialty restaurant every night except for Christmas day. Dining: Service is really hit or miss in all restaurants. Overall, the food was very good. Chops and 150 Central Park were our favorite places to eat. The hibachi at Izumi was pretty bad--mushy rice and an overly-dramatic chef. We stayed away from Windjammer because it was so crowded and the food quality was the worst we have seen on any of our 20+ cruises. Overall, the food choices on the ship are great and no one went hungry. Shows: There is no shortage of things to do on the ship. The "Cats" show wasn't our taste at all and we left after the first 15 minutes. The comedy shows were funny and the water show was entertaining despite there being no understandable story-line. Ports: We did not get off the ship at Labadee. We decided to stay on the ship and enjoy it while everyone else was gone. At Falmouth, we walked around the port shopping area. While in Cozumel, we shopped and enjoyed a lunch at Pancho's Backyard. We chose this particular cruise for the ship and not so much the ports, but we were horrified to see the RCCL will gladly charge you $50.00 if you would like to volunteer at a homeless shelter for a day in Falmouth. Corporate greed at its worst! Stateroom: We had a Central Park View Balcony and loved it. We enjoyed the view and listening to the classical music in the evening. Our cabin steward, Erickson did a great job taking care of us and we appreciated his hard work straightening our room twice a day. Spa: Two of our guests purchased the couples thermal spa package. Overall, the spa was filthy and too small for the number of people using the spa. The private area for the mud treatment and whirlpools was very dirty as well and the spa staff were very unorganized. They would not purchase this again. Issues: We purchased a Refreshment Drink Package for my husband which has always included Evian water. This was a real problem this cruise. The only water most bars had to give to package holders was plain drinking water. When we asked Guest Services about this, they explained that every bar should have the Evian and asked which bars we had visited for water. This kept happening and when we asked again, they said that the package did not include Evian water. Something was up with the whole deal. We did stop make an unscheduled stop in Nassau early on the second day and we wondered if they might have stopped for supplies. The soda from the freestyle machines and in the restaurants was awful! We will not purchase another drink package. I realize that people do not go on cruises to watch T.V. but the programming available on this ship is AWFUL! The only saving grace was that there were some free movies in the on-demand movie options. The free movie options disappeared after the third day of the cruise. When one of the people in our party asked about the free movies, she was told that there was a technical problem and they had someone fixing the problem and everything would be restored soon. When I called later, I was told that there actually are no free movies in the on-demand offerings and that the free movies that were there the first few days was a mistake. They need to get their stories straight. This has happened to us on two other RCCL sailings. My theory is they offer them for a few days with the hope that you will purchase a movie when the free offerings disappear. Overall, we had a great time. The ship is huge yet we never felt it was crowded thanks to a good layout by the ship's designers. The ship and its furnishings are definitely showing some wear and tear, but it is a great ship with activities for of all ages. My best advice would be make your show reservations early, stay away from the spa, and download some movies or shows to your iPad for late-night viewing in your cabin. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Friends had told us how much they liked the Oasis so we decided to book the cruise. We were very pleasantly surprised by the friendly crew, great selection of dining options and the variety and quality of the entertainment. The overall ... Read More
Friends had told us how much they liked the Oasis so we decided to book the cruise. We were very pleasantly surprised by the friendly crew, great selection of dining options and the variety and quality of the entertainment. The overall atmosphere of the ship was beyond our expectations. Even though the ship was at max capacity it really didn’t feel crowded. Our dining experience in the main dining room was stellar. Since they were serving over 6000 meals we had lowered our expectation but were pleased to be wrong. The Oasis of Dreams show was amazing. Particularly considering the ship was moving. We really enjoyed the variety and skill of the performance. We have never had an easier disembarkation and trip through the customs. We will definitely cruise on the Oasis again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
With 20+ cruises under our belt we decided to finally try the biggest with Royal's Oasis of the Seas. Some recent reviews were not favorable. We found almost everything wonderful! The staff in every department was friendly and helpful. ... Read More
With 20+ cruises under our belt we decided to finally try the biggest with Royal's Oasis of the Seas. Some recent reviews were not favorable. We found almost everything wonderful! The staff in every department was friendly and helpful. Room attendant exceptional. The shops in the Prominade were filled with enthusiastic young people that just wanted you to enjoy the cruise. Some reviewers mentioned the age of the ship and maybe in need of some work (kinda like me). We have been on one year old ships with issues that needed addressing, so a suggestion would be to overlook minor things and just enjoy. Many food choices available throughout the ship, from pizza, salads, sandwiches, buffet, etc. and all were good. Since tastes differ the main dining menu has enough variety to satisfy pretty much any wish. I always get 2 or 3 offerings so that I could discover a new favorite. Chefs table was nice since they offered two for one on days that needed participants. The same at the steak house. Just be friendly and ask the head waiter quietly. Even without the drink package they will give you 40% off bottles of wine if you ask quietly! I never get the drink package because I bring two bottles of wine and a bottle or 2 of spirits. My last review received a question on how to bring on spirits. Amazon has "rum runners". Check them out on YouTube. The comedians, Ice show, main showroom, dive show, all very good. The exception was the production show Cats. It was awful. About half the audience walked out within 20 minutes, us included. I would have left 10 minutes sooner but my darling wife said we needed to give it a chance to have some entertaining value. Nope, nada, zip. When she glanced at me then rolled her eyes I knew she had given up also. Don't worry about having 6,000 guests causing lines. We did not have any issues. First timers need to book the free shows weeks in advance of cruise date because seating is limited. A line will form for non-ticketed folks 10 minutes before showtime. You will still get in! Just seats could be scattered. Try the Oasis. You will love it. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
What we enjoyed: Food was excellent in the Silk Dining Room. Jean our waiter did a wonderful job along with his associate. The variety and temperature of the food was great. The service was quick and the one mistake we had with a steak ... Read More
What we enjoyed: Food was excellent in the Silk Dining Room. Jean our waiter did a wonderful job along with his associate. The variety and temperature of the food was great. The service was quick and the one mistake we had with a steak temperature was quickly rectified. Had a voucher for free special dinner & lunch, ate at Chops for both, was ok, but don't spend money on it as the main dining room was better. The variety of venues to eat was great. We really liked the solarium café as a getaway from the crowds. We really liked the RCCL All Access Tour as it gives you an interesting look at what it takes to run a large ship like the Oasis.Worth the money for this one. The Aqua show, Frozen and the Headliner were great shows. We did not see others as I made the mistake of making reservations for the late shows thinking the early dinner service would take too long to make the first show times. My fault on that one. What needs improvement: The boarding process – confusing, not enough signs as there were so many people there, they blocked the signs and staging areas. More RCCL people are needed to assist. The activities for 55+ while at sea. Since we are not athletic, rock climbing, surfing, basketball, ice skating, ziplining are not for my wife and me. The art auctions and watch/diamond shopping is ok to look at, but then you are done with that activity. How about a current movie in the Opal theatre during the day? How about a cooking class demo? How about dog/cat club discussion? Or a veterans group, an IT computer group discussion? There has to be something other than Bingo for our age group other than sitting in a bar with drunken people. Please make your voice heard to make the Casino smoke free. We were able to tolerate the smoke free side for a short time, but even quickly walking through the other side, I starting coughing from the smoke. The smoke actually got in our clothes even sitting on the smoke free side. There has to be an area on deck you could dedicate to the smokers. Lastly, If you are not allowed an extension cord in the cabin, RCCL needs to provide outlets near the bed. We had ours confiscated. They will not returned it your cabin on the last day, instead they made us stand in another line outside of the terminal to retrieve our property. Port Excursions: Taste of Nassau Walking Tour: Captain Ron our tour guide did a wonderful job of providing history and stops a restaurants to sample the food in Nassau. I would highly recommend it. One note: Not a tour for limited mobility – due to the stairs involved and the uneven streets of Nassau itself. St. Thomas Sightseeing and Shopping Tour: (Sunny Listion Tours) Worst tour we have ever taken on a cruise. Had to ask multiple people where to find the guide at the port. There is no access for limited mobility. They had to fold up my wife’s walker and shove it in front of her to hold on the bus. The bus dropped us off at a flea market type area for shopping. An hour later we had a different guide who just said get on a different bus. The trip up the mountain was like Mr. Toad’s wild ride. There are no doors or ropes/chains to keep you from sliding out of the bus. Had to lean in from the side of the bus to keep from getting hit by tree limbs along the road. There roads are very narrow with scary hairpin turns passing other vehicles. We got off the bus parked on a hill at the top of the mountain. When we left to go down the mountain to the beach for a few people, we had to switch buses again. There was very little narration for this wild ride through St. Thomas. I would not recommend to anyone and it should be removed from the AAA list for member safety or have a warning placed on it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My parents gifted us this cruise for Christmas, and we had a great time! We stayed in a 2 bedroom Grand Suite (sky class) room 10244. My husband and I shared the smaller room with our 7 month old son, my brother slept on the futon-type ... Read More
My parents gifted us this cruise for Christmas, and we had a great time! We stayed in a 2 bedroom Grand Suite (sky class) room 10244. My husband and I shared the smaller room with our 7 month old son, my brother slept on the futon-type couch in the living room area, and my parents stayed in the larger bedroom. We were all comfortable, especially since we usually stay in inside cabins and are used to the tighter sleeping accomodations. I will focus on the baby aspect of this cruise, since I had trouble finding much information on cruising with a baby when I was preparing for this trip. Overall, I think it went very well, but we have a pretty chill baby. First off, we preordered baby food, diapers, wipes, and bottled water for formula. None of the items I ordered matched the pictures on the website, except for the water. The diapers pictured are Huggies Snug and Dry, which is what I have been using for overnight diapers since my son is still too small for the smallest size of true overnight diapers. However, what we got was Huggies Little Snugglers (36 count size 2). The baby food pictured was Geber Organic stage 2. We received regular Geber, stage 1 (which is half the size) - 2 squash, 3 sweet potatoes, 2 carrots, and 2 prunes. The wipes we received were not baby wipes, but Cotonelle wipes (like the kind adults can use too). We ordered the 12 pack case of 1 liter Evian bottles, and that was as pictured/advertised. All items were in our stateroom on arrival. The pack n play provided was clean and adequate, although they do not provide fitted sheets for it, so bring your own. It fit (snugly) between our bed and the wall. We used the pull down bunk beds to store our clothes (still in our packing cubes from the suit case). We brought a small swing for our son, since he still takes naps in the swing and it was a necessity. It fit, unassembled, in our large hard sided suitcase. It is the Fisher Price take along swing and seat. Take extra batteries and screwdriver to reassemble if you bring the swing. Instead of using burp cloths, we opted to ask for extra wash cloths and use those while on the boat. Worked great! We brought the OXO tot on the go travel drying rack for drying bottles and it fit perfectly at the end of the bathroom counter. Also a full size bottle of babyganics dish soap. For dirty diapers, since we didn't have our diaper genie, we used the diaper baggies that come on a roll, to cut down on smell between room cleanings. Since we were in a suite, we had access to a tub for bath time, which worked fine. For the stroller, we opted for a car seat/stroller caddy combo. We brought our Chicco KeyFit30 car seat, which we brought on the plane since we bought him a seat, and also used in the rental car to the ship. We used the Chicco Caddy stroller that the car seat snaps onto, and it worked great. The handles fold down, which is convenient on the elevators of the ship to make extra room. We did also bring our Lillebaby all seasons carrier to wear our baby during the drill on the first day, since you can't use the elevators. We used it during the dive show at the Aqua Theater as well when we had to stand the whole time, since we got there too late for a seat. Our son is still too small for the high chairs provided on the ship, so after trying it out for one dinner, we opted to bring the car seat/stoller combo into the dining room at dinner, fold the handles down, and pull it up to the table. It took up no more room than a chair. When it was time to feed him, we took turns holding him on our lap. We were never offered any pureed food for my son in the Main Dining Room or Coastal Kitchen, but did not ask either. I think if we really wanted/needed it, it could be done according to other reviews I read. One thing to note, if you are in a suite, you have access to the suite deck at the pool. However, there is no elevator that goes to that deck, so we couldn't easily bring our baby up there in the stroller. Other items that came in handy: stroller fan for days in port, baggies for putting ice in for keeping bottles cold, OXO travel spoon with carrying case, wipeable bibs, clorox wipes for cleaning surfaces/plane surfaces/toys, travel lysol to spray down pack n play/plush toys that fall on floor, noise machine, sound-only baby monitors, extra batteries for swing/fan/toys, medicine kit with OTC baby meds (tylenol, saline nose spray, gas drops, etc.) since these are not readily available anywhere. We also opted to keep the items that we knew we couldn't replace easily on the ship in a rolling suitcase that we kept with us when we boarded, instead of checking, so that there was no chance of it getting lost. We did not use the kids babysitting service, but did sign him up on the first day just in case. The suites area of the beach in Labadee had plenty of shady chairs, where we set up shop and our baby napped. 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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