3,767 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Friendly staff. Kudos to RC for exemplary customer service. Giovanni's. Divine with great waiter. Central Park. Pristine. Sorrento's. Delicious antipasto bar. Activities. Event director passionate about guests ... Read More
Friendly staff. Kudos to RC for exemplary customer service. Giovanni's. Divine with great waiter. Central Park. Pristine. Sorrento's. Delicious antipasto bar. Activities. Event director passionate about guests enjoying themselves. Fun rumba/yoga classes. Cons Crowds. Too much waiting; elevators a nightmare. Cats. Boring. Sea pass bracelet. Paid for them so we didn't have to carry cards. Didn't work. Food. Overall, subpar. Consistently ran out of choc cookies, nacho cheese and colada ingredients. Stale banana cake in dining room. Calamari freezer burned. Dishes overcooked/salty. Carved turkey night was a few whole turkeys and rolled boneless breasts (lunch meat), Formal night. Dined dressed in after 5. Person sitting next to us wore a tee and hat. Spa. Treated teen daughter to facial. Consultant guaranteed blemishes would disappear if "mom bought the regime she used that was cheap." $260 regime (plus facial). You can't guarantee those results. A sales pitch that went too far. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
All in all, this a great ship with lots to do. For the most part they've done a great job spreading out the crowds, however, there are few areas where the huge number of passengers becomes a big problem. I will detail them below. ... Read More
All in all, this a great ship with lots to do. For the most part they've done a great job spreading out the crowds, however, there are few areas where the huge number of passengers becomes a big problem. I will detail them below. PROS: The "Central Park" neighborhood is breathtaking. It really feels quiet and intimate. You completely forget you are in the middle of a huge ship surrounded by hundreds of rooms looking down on you. It's pretty amazing how this is accomplished. -Very quick bar service. Maybe it's the sheer number of bars, but I barely waited for drinks the entire cruise. This is in stark contrast to previous experience on other ships. -As is the norm with Royal Caribbean, the staff throughout the ship are always friendly and welcoming. -This kids clubs are great. Our kids (5 and 7) loved every minute of them -The bands/musicians are outstanding. One of the bands in particular (I didn't catch their name, unfortunately) were hands down the tightest, most talented cover band I have ever seen. -The performers throughout the ship (divers, gymnasts, skaters etc). are incredible. CONS: -The Windjammer is slipping. There did not appear to be as many menu items as there were in our previous Royal Caribbean experience. There are also some individual items that aren't nearly as good as they used to be (the pancakes, for an example). Overall, the food is still fairly good, but it doesn't "wow" me like it used to. My theory is that they are trying to get people into their pay restaurants. -Windjammer lineups: Some days for breakfast there were lineups out the door just to get into the Windjammer. I have never seen this on an RC ship before. I realize it's a big ship, but I assumed that they would have designed the Windjammer accordingly. -Main Dining Room line ups: Similar to the Windjammer, it doesn't seem that they designed to Main dining room to be able to take on the number of passengers. Some nights were fine, but others, we found ourselves in lineups as long as 25 minutes, even though we had made reservations. I suspect if you had set dining times as opposed to "my time", you would have no problems.. -Odd open and closed times for certain features: One example is the hotdog stand in the Boardwalk neighborhood. This to me it is a big part of the boardwalk vibe they're trying to create...yet it's closed a lot of the time for some reason. There are other restaurants and features on the ship that we would come across and were surprised they were closed. Maybe its a staffing thing? -The music hall is amazing, yet it sits unused and/or empty much of the time (i.e. when the bands are playing elsewhere on the ship). It seems like a waste of a great space. -Debarkation: This is where the reality of the vast number of passengers becomes painfully clear. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have sailed royal Caribbean before but it has been a long time since we sailed last. It has been more than 10 years. Arriving at the port in the late morning could not have been any easier. We pulled up into the parking garage, went ... Read More
We have sailed royal Caribbean before but it has been a long time since we sailed last. It has been more than 10 years. Arriving at the port in the late morning could not have been any easier. We pulled up into the parking garage, went to the second level where they stopped us and took our luggage. We then proceeded upwards to find a parking space on board the ship within 20 minutes, including a bathroom stop.It was an exceptionally smooth process getting through embarkation going through the terminal. On board the ship, everything was open except for the cabin areas were closed off. We were allowed down to our cabin about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Because we had boarded so early our luggage arrived early calm. Before the Muster drill we had everything unpacked and put away. Smile. The Muster drill was done in sections of the dining room, And in the royal theater. It was nice to be able to sit down for this activity. In the past on other ships I remember long time of standing which I am no longer able to do. We quickly met our room Stewart, Hannibal. He learned our names very quickly greeted us by name every time he saw us. He reminded us to have a great day or a great evening every time we passed him. We found a room to be exceptionally clean. Even after spilling soda pop I threw some towels on it and he did complete the cleanup process for us. I was very pleased. We were able to go through the dining room earlier in the day and find out where our table seating wise. We were in the first group for 530 eating, and from there when we laughed whoever was waiting in line was able to occupy our seats. I am grateful that we had guaranteed time for dinner. Our dining room waiter was Millan. He was absolutely fine Fantastic. He knew that we were on the soda pop package and we got diet Cokes as soon as we walked into the dining room. He kept Our drinks full. He did not complain when I ordered french fries esch night. Malon had the biggest smile I have ever seen and an infectious. He was happy to see us and asked how our day has been every day before we left the dining room gave us a heads up for tomorrow. We were not traveling with children, but noticed that oasis of the seas is exceptionally child friendly has play areas for each group in the pool area. We loved the solarium adults only section. We attended the headliner show with jJeff Tractka, He was a world-class entertainer. Kept us in stitches! We also saw the Aqua 80s show! It was such a high energy show the kids did not seem too tired as a performer! At times they were dancing and other times they were under the water holding their breath. I was amazed at their level of physical fitness. The ship is very large carrying over 6000 passengers and 2500 crew members. There was always somebody cleaning, picking up , & wiping up. The ship is absolutely humongous. But because of the size of the ship it's allowed so much to do. The only downside of the ship is that because there are so many people on board all with the shows and entertainment require reservations for it. Once those with reservations for seated about 10 minutes before showtime they would allow those in line that were standby to enter the show venue. We had an absolutely fantastic time. And are looking forward to our next cruise. Are considering bringing the grandkids next time on oasis Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I dont even know where to start so I'll leave it short and not sweet. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale, rented a car for dropoff in Miami with a free shuttle to the port. -Took over an hour to find a chair by the pool. ... Read More
I dont even know where to start so I'll leave it short and not sweet. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale, rented a car for dropoff in Miami with a free shuttle to the port. -Took over an hour to find a chair by the pool. -EVERYWHERE is crowded and bottle necked. 45 min wait for a TACO. Terrible setup. -The service is poor. -The balcony room is smaller than what we experienced with NCL. -They try to nickel and dime you to death. Its ridiculous. Everything is gimmicky. They just want money. it's even hard to find seating in Windjammer, of all places. We walked around, so hungry, for 25 min until a table became available. The Main Dining Room service sucked. We waited 45 min for our meal. And it wasn't good. The entertainment is poor. Cats? No thanks. One Sky is so boring. Only two decent shows and they weren't outstanding. For the money one spends on a cruise, you should be able to find a place to eat and sunbathe. You won't get that here. The Oasis remodel is poorly planned. From now on, I'll stick to Norwegian Cruise Line. Never again Royal Caribbean!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Just came back not so long from the trip and we are thoroughly satisfied with our trip, the service for the cruise is outstanding, everyone working onboard is super friendly and helpful. Dining: Windjammer could improve its quality for ... Read More
Just came back not so long from the trip and we are thoroughly satisfied with our trip, the service for the cruise is outstanding, everyone working onboard is super friendly and helpful. Dining: Windjammer could improve its quality for buffet but we dined mainly at the Mexican restaurant and it's delicious. Dinner at main dining room is absolutely delicious, the menu changes everyday and I had the best food in my life there. And I have been traveling quite a lot to luxury resorts before. The quality of food for main dining room is outstanding and the service is excellent as well. Entertainment and Activities: This is the reason why we are coming back to this cruise, the activities for the kids and adult are unlimited and it's so fun to be on this ship. We love the zipline & mini golf and our kid loves the kids club. There are countless shows to see every night from jazz bar, piano bar, aqua show that won't leave you bored for a moment on this cruise. Service: outstanding, everyone working there is very pleasant and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
updates on the boat are very nice on board activities are done nicely staff is nice menu is very repetitious for 7 night select dining has much to be desired at the extra expense. Food was a D at Izumi rooms are acceptable ... Read More
updates on the boat are very nice on board activities are done nicely staff is nice menu is very repetitious for 7 night select dining has much to be desired at the extra expense. Food was a D at Izumi rooms are acceptable with decent closet space Drinks of course are very overpriced Excursions in Haiti were not available due to weather with a very unprepared private island that you do not feel safe in that is small with little other activities Jamaica was better but the 1 hour 20 minute average to and from each excursion is to much for the day wasting 3 hours time Cozumel is very good with an average excursion travel 15 minutes with a nice friendly shopping area close by for gift drinks,food .Feeling very safe at all times the experience with customs arriving back home was deplorable at best the absolute rudest people i have every seen and I travel outside the country and average of 10 times per year 8 officers showed up at our door at 7 am with a dog asked us to dress and exit the room for a search nothing to me is wrong with this ... EXCEPT FOR THE ATTITUDE of the racial animal that was questioning my fiance about here citizenship when she has been here so many years with a valid passport and as well as a passport card. When he asked her when she took her oath it was another officer that finally stepped in to and told us to just get dressed and have our breakfast before we disembarked they held us up for 2 hours to get off the boat and of course found nothing because there was nothing to find It is my feeling that since anyone is allowed to roam the halls while they are on the boat that a royal Caribbean person could be around to see that way they are treating people As i did go down to have bags x-ray it was obvious that people of color were the choice of the official who happens to be as white and me while my fiance is darker and Dominican Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think ... Read More
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think both people are following the no saving rule and RC is enforcing it. On all my last RC cruises, it was rare I could find a deck chair anywhere near the pool or upper deck, as they were mostly saved with personal items or towel. I had no trouble finding an open chair, even by the pool in the middle of the day on sea days ! Amazing ! Great ! Food was good as always, even if I expressed mild interest in a second entrée, the waiters brought it to me without asking. Everyone was friendly and it was a lot of fun. The only bummer of the trip was embarking and disembarking at Miami Cruise port Terminal A. Once you made it inside, getting on the ship was fast and easy. No lines. But it was absolute nightmare outside. I was in a one hour line to get dropped off and I arrived early at 10:30am. The taxi line on disembarking was 2 hours. The ride share area was very small and very crowded, utter chaos and you couldn't even move. The line of cars trying to pick up was very very long and very slow. Honking, yelling, it was just a madhouse. Everyone there was totally bummed out and my cruise vibe was totally erased. They need to upgrade and expand the waiting areas for taxis and ride sharing, it was just an awful way to start and finish the cruise. It's clear that RC treats this as an afterthought, when in fact, it really sets the tone for the trip when you have such a mess getting in and out. I never had anything near this bad at Port Canaveral or Port Lauderdale. I will never ever cruise out of Miami again until they get this fixed. I guess the good news is if you can survive getting there, you will have a great time ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have cruised on the Oasis a few years ago, wanted to see how it was after rehab. Condition of the ship was very nice. A lot of children for the month of January( no school?) Any way the positive of our cruise was staff were ... Read More
We have cruised on the Oasis a few years ago, wanted to see how it was after rehab. Condition of the ship was very nice. A lot of children for the month of January( no school?) Any way the positive of our cruise was staff were excellent. We seen several children in Schooner Bar, also in the karaoke bar unsupervised. The Solarium is posted Adults only 16 and older, everyday we seen children in there and none of the staff were saying anything too them. I can remember when they had staff posted at the bistro stopping all children from coming into adult area, maybe royal needs to bring this back. I have nothing against children but they are not part of my vacation time. Also the casino rehab is nice but they removed the TV from behind the bar. This cruise they ran out of a lot of liquor in several bars which is very unusual for royal. Giovani's was excellent as always, big shout out to Ahmed great time and service. Boarding and Disembark were smooth. Just my thoughts but it seems like royal is catering to family's and more children, and is getting away from more higher end cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I chose this cruise as a gift to my wife and kids. We had never been on any of the larger cruise ships before and I wanted to see what it was like for future experiences. The Pros: The Aqua 80's show was very good and ... Read More
I chose this cruise as a gift to my wife and kids. We had never been on any of the larger cruise ships before and I wanted to see what it was like for future experiences. The Pros: The Aqua 80's show was very good and entertaining. The BBQ restaurant (extra charge) was very good. We ended up eating there most nights. The private surf lessons were well worth it for my wife and kids. They had a blast. The ventriloquist was also very good entertainment. For the most part, the pools were ample and you had room in them. The Central Park area on the 8th floor was pretty nice. Great restaurants, nice little bar area. Relaxing area to hang out at night. Labadee was fun with a lot of activity The Fury Catamaran was excellent. The staff was very professional and the equipment and boat were spotless. The Cons: No staff in sight when we boarded the ship. It is pretty overwhelming and no direction. We found someone and they were able to answer some basic questions. For the ship just recently coming out of dry dock, it still looked worn out. I had black mold in my shower that never got cleaned (I asked housekeeping several times if they could clean it, they never did). The room was tiny. We had a family of four in the room (balcony room 8698). Once the kids bed was pulled out for the night you were pretty much trapped and could not get out on the balcony. Very little storage and what storage was there was very small, odd shaped spaces. The food in the dining room was horrible. We ate at the main dining room one time and my wife and kids did not want to go back. Service overall was fair to average. Not sure if the staff was at the end of their contract, but they didn't seem to care much. Most of the shows were not very good. The history of music had great musicians, but a not so good singer. It was disappointing. The ice show was average, pretty much like the rest of the shows. The ports were disorganized with where to go. We got on a bus (we were directed to get on it) and we were mixed with another group. Pretty sure one of the groups went to the wrong beach, but, nothing either of the groups could do about it. Bar service was slow and they were often out of different beers. Johnny Rockets was not worth the extra expense. My wife had a nail appointment (paid $140) and they were out of technicians. So they had a girl do them. The polish came off in the first few hours. She went back to get it fixed and they wanted to charge her. She turned around and left. Overall, the cruise was okay. Maybe I had higher expectations as this was a surprise to my family, but overall not sure I would ever sail on RCCL again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I generally dislike larger ships, but we were planning a multi-generational cruise for the holidays, and the itinerary worked with our dates. We were a total of 11 people, ages 13-75, and booked 3 Grand Suites. Getting to the port in Miami ... Read More
I generally dislike larger ships, but we were planning a multi-generational cruise for the holidays, and the itinerary worked with our dates. We were a total of 11 people, ages 13-75, and booked 3 Grand Suites. Getting to the port in Miami was a nightmare, as 6200 people were leaving the port at the same time that many of us were arriving. We had a private van that we had booked with American Transportation, thank goodness, but they wouldn't let him drop us anywhere near the check-in. However, once we cleared the mess, we boarded the ship quickly and easily. The ship was recently out of dry dock, and she was clean and beautiful. We were on board just after 11 am and headed up to Central Park for lunch at the Park Cafe. Disclaimer: I'm a foodie! I found that the dining across the board was very average. We bought a specialty dining package and ate at 150 Central Park (by far the best meal we had), Chops (really average, same as I've found on every other RC ship), and Giovannis (the old folks loved this one, I just thought it was chain-restaurant quality food). Nine of us also did the hibachi dinner one night, fun but way overpriced and no different than you'd get at Benihana on land. We ate in our dining room just once and found the food there to be pretty much the same quality as the specialty restaurants, but the service was actually better. So next time I wouldn't bother spending the extra money on specialty dining. We had one dinner at the Solarium Bistro which was a buffet for appetizers and desserts but we ordered dinner from the menu. It was fine. We didn't think it was worth the $9.95/person charge at Johnny Rockets for a hamburger, so we didn't eat there. We watched the Orange Bowl in the sports bar but were annoyed that the snacks were an extra charge. I never once set foot in the Windjammer Cafe. As suite guests we had access to the Coastal Kitchen and Suite lounge on deck 17, and we spent a lot of time there. For us it was a wonderful respite from the insanity of the rest of the ship. They offered sit-down breakfast every day, and the service in CK was much better than it was elsewhere on the ship. Buffet breakfast was also available there for those who wanted to eat on the run. Lunch and dinner were also available there, as was an all-day fancy coffee machine. Each evening they put hors d'oeuvres out at 5 pm. When it was sushi it was a very small quantity and usually gone within minutes. Wine and beer were available all day, though we had beverage packages so we were able to get upgraded wine and beer. The bar service in CK was slow and inefficient. CK was also where the concierges worked. We didn't find them to be terribly helpful. We've dealt previously with the Disney concierge, and they were communicating with us well before sailing date. The Disney concierge also booked things for us but the RC did not. They gave advice and answered questions but didn't do any of the work of making reservations, booking things, or getting us into exclusive tours, etc. Speaking of tours, RC charges an arm and a leg for any type of tour on the ship. In years past we were invited to do tours of the bridge, the kitchen, the theatre, etc. as suite guests, but these were incredibly expensive or not available so we opted out. The pool decks were insanely crowded on sea days with not a chair to spare. There is a suite guest only deck, but even these filled up, and RC doesn't enforce the exclusivity of the area, so people jump the gates or let their friends in. We saw many people there who were sharing their friend's card to get in and out of the area. It was frustrating. Wifi was included with our suites. They advertise their wifi as the best at sea, and I would say that's definitely true in my experience. This was obviously good, as we were keeping track of each other all over the ship. However, it did not allow me to turn off and unplug from my regular life, so I got calls from work and others intruding on my relaxing vacation. The Disney Cruise app allows communication via an intranet type system so you can keep up with people at sea without being available to others in the outside world, and I much prefer that system. The Royal Caribbean app was somewhat helpful but very often not accurate and also very quirky. We learned quickly to go get the old fashioned paper schedule each day. It did allow us to see our bill in live time at any given moment. Once rooms were ready, our key cards waiting for us in the room. We also got RFID bracelets and were told that they would work just like the key card to open our door and work as our credit card on the ship. It's a nice idea, but in reality, it was a pain in the butt to have to take the bracelet off and give it to the waiter to take to the scanner in the back. They also didn't work on the island. The kids used them when they went to the pool, but the rest of us pretty much left them in the rooms. I think it's a concept they are still working out. We had 3 grand suites: 6660, 8654, 8260. All were nice, though the family in 8654 had limited contact with their cabin steward and never got their bathrobes. I was personally in 8260 and liked the location and our lovely cabin steward. It was smaller than grand suites on other RC ships we've sailed, so when all the beds were out for the 5 of us it was hard to move around. Bathroom was nice, the shower had great water pressure. It's not at all friendly for anyone with mobility issues, as the tub is quite raised. We spent lots of time sipping wine on the balcony. When it was originally booked it was billed online as a "one bedroom suite" but it's not actually a suite at all. There is not a door but a curtain that separates the king bed from the rest of the room. So privacy is limited. The room was quiet and cool, and I slept well. The Aqua80 show was the standout event of the week. It was probably the coolest show I've ever seen on a ship. Basically, it was a dozen dancers and a handful of divers, and they put on an amazing show to a great medley of 80s tunes. We saw it twice. I would definitely not miss this. Cats was the Broadway headliner and was actually very good. The other main stage show was called One Sky... and it was probably the WORST show I've ever seen on a ship. It was really, really bad. No plot, lame choreography, and generally just a big waste of time. People were leaving in droves. I would for sure skip that one. There were 2 comedians onboard, one was hilarious and the other just vulgar. New Year's Eve was really fun, and there was a huge music party, countdown, and balloon drop at midnight. The entertainment in the promenade was always good, and the cruise director Michel, was fun. I didn't know about 70s night or I would definitely have brought some dress up clothing! There were some other theme nights, but we didn't partake of any of them. The bar service pretty much everywhere on board was very average, which seems to be a general problem with all RC ships. I guess because most people have the drink package there is little incentive to do a good job. We hung out a lot in the English pub in the promenade, and they seemed to have the best beer list, though they had a bad guitar player in the evening with a way-too-loud amp that drove everyone out of the pub at night. It was sad to see all the empty seats when he was playing. Schooners was fun with the piano player, and we rode the Rising Tide elevator bar a few times, which was fun. The Robot Bar was fun to watch, but none of us actually liked any of the cocktails we got from it. I guess we needed to do more research on which drink to order. The Boardwalk was consistently crowded so we didn't spend much time there. One person in our group got to zip line but the hours were inconsistent and they didn't move people quickly. A few had fun ice skating. My personal favorite pastime was listening to the classical guitarist in Central Park or the jazz band in the jazz club. Ports of call: Labadee, the private island. We spent most of our time on the private suite guest beach, and they drove us there in a golf cart. I thought there would be waiters taking drink orders at our chairs, but we had to walk to the bar each time. Floaties were available there without a charge (I think they were for rent elsewhere). Some of us went to the blow-up water slide/play area which was an upcharge (of course!) but they had fun. There were some local musicians at various points on the island, singing and dancing, some in costume. Unfortunately, we were told that we would not need money at all at Labadee because it was the cruise ship's private island and our Sea Pass would work. All of these musicians had tip baskets out, and I would have liked to tip them. Hopefully the cruise line is taking care of them! Jamaica: some went zip lining, some went tubing. The tubing group's bus broke down and they were very late, so the ship had to be held for them. Thank goodness they booked it through the cruise line! The terminal in Jamaica is very clean and safe and there is some limited shopping. Cozumel: We've been here a dozen times. Our group split up into 3 excursions. You are forced to walk through the shops to get back to the ship. Senor Frog's is right there and just as loud, cheesy, and overpriced as always. Disembarking in Miami: we were able to be escorted off from the suite lounge so we didn't have to get into the insane elevator queue with our luggage. Once again, the port was a nightmare, and it was not well-organized as far as where pickups occur, etc. We had hired a private van to take us to FLL where some of us flew directly home and the rest got a nearby hotel for a Monday departure. We all had fun, and I would probably sail on this ship again. Royal Caribbean does not do fine dining, exemplary service, or luxury well, even at the suite level, but they provide a solid experience. It worked well for our multigenerational group. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I thought this would be a better alternative to a Disney cruise. The Youth clubs were aged disproportionately at 6-12 and 13 -17. Instead of 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 like most cruise ships. Therefore my 12 year felt too mature for one and too ... Read More
I thought this would be a better alternative to a Disney cruise. The Youth clubs were aged disproportionately at 6-12 and 13 -17. Instead of 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 like most cruise ships. Therefore my 12 year felt too mature for one and too intimidated for the other where it was mostly older teenagers. The ship advertise ice skating, laser tag. However those activities are only once and twice during the 7 days on a ship of 6100 passengers. So if you don't sign up early you'll miss out. It'll only accommodate the first 100. I'm a foodie and was disappointed somewhat. The chefs must not be American. The Jamaican and Indian food was delicious. However the breakfast food was extremely tasteless. The waffles, pancakes, French toast, omelettes were horrible. So we ate mostly fruit, juice and bread for breakfast. The desserts was the same deal. Presentation was great but tasteless. Exception were the cookies. Lobster night was good. Due to compressor of AC, stateroom occasionally smelled like urine. Room attendant Mike was helpful in trying correct the issue but it kept coming back. Embarking was quick and easy. Times for port arrival and departure were accurate. Surprisedly I felt a lot of shaking and moving on a ship that size. A better theater selection is needed. CATS was horrible. The best show on the ship was Aqua80 which fortunately shows every night. All the other shows were below mediocrity. My room attendant was great despite the room odor. Our room stayed clean and we kept fresh towels, wash cloth throughout the day. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I booked this vacation for my children and I as their Christmas present . I selected this ship because of what was available to us onboard...a ton of activities to choose from, amazing food (we've been on several RC cruises) and ... Read More
I booked this vacation for my children and I as their Christmas present . I selected this ship because of what was available to us onboard...a ton of activities to choose from, amazing food (we've been on several RC cruises) and great entertainment. I knew what to expect when I got onboard. When I booked the room the only thing in my price that was available was a stateroom with a balcony over looking the middle of the ship. The first question I asked was will I hear noise from the decks below. I was told the room was over Central Park and that noise would not be an issue. Unfortunately what I booked was not what I was given...our room overlooked The Boardwalk, which is an extremely noisy part of the ship. Our first night on board we were in for a rude awakening. There was a show going on, the music was so loud that we could hear every single word of every single song. The worst part was the show did not end until after midnight. My kids were exhausted from traveling and were in tears because they could not sleep. I went down to the front desk in the morning to ask for our room to be changed, and there was nothing available because the ship was booked to capacity. They offered me a few hundred dollars for an on board credit for the inconvience. We spent 6 nights listening to several different shows blasting in our room until approximately midnight. Some nights the show would end after midnight. The last night we listened to college football fans cheer for their favorite teams until, once again, well after midnight. Talk about a disappointing situation. I paid for a room to sleep in and every night my kids would cry because they couldn't sleep. I am now fighting with RC for additional compensation. Their recent offer was $203. I'm not satisfied and I'm bringing this to the next level. Other than this horrible room situation we did have a good time on the ship. The food was delicious, the staff was amazing, our cabin was clean and we had fun at the ports we stopped at. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because we had our 2 adult offspring & a spouse along (25 y/o son, 28 y/o daughter and 29 y/o son-in-law) thinking they would enjoy all the amplifications. Let me start by saying that (a) we had a fantastic ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had our 2 adult offspring & a spouse along (25 y/o son, 28 y/o daughter and 29 y/o son-in-law) thinking they would enjoy all the amplifications. Let me start by saying that (a) we had a fantastic time with our family - that part was everything we hope it would be and (b) this is our take - I think families with young children would LOVE this cruise. This was our son-in-law's first cruise. Cabin review below. Overall the food was just ok, certainly nothing special - ii actually ate the dry salmon most nights as there wasn't much else that appealed. HOWEVER, the tenderloin/filet on the 1st "chic" night was OUTSTANDING. Each cabin had one mediocre specialty meal at Giovanni's table. Glad it was a free perk...it was also loud and the tables were on top of each other. Waiter and assistant waiter in MDR were excellent. We split our breafasts between the MDR, the Solarium Cafe and the Windjammer. Food consistently cold. We are not big drinkers but noticed that the bar service was very good. Outdoor Activities - child based Water slides, mini-golf, surf simulator, basketball court, Boardwalk The Shows: Aqua 80's EXCELLENT Headliner GOOD One Sky, Frozen in Time and Cats - NOT GOOD Other Entertainment: Classical guitarist EXCELLENT Jazz Band EXCELLENT Aerosmith Tribute Band EXCELLENT Orchestra EXCELLENT Indoor Activities Escape Room EXCELLENT Sushi Making GOOD Wine tasting NOT GREAT Trivia - VERY GOOD Casino - AVERAGE Labadee - Daughter & SIL went to the beach at the port, said it was their favorite Falmouth - We all went to a beach club, won't go back to Jamaica anytime soon. Cozumel - Weather postponed our excursion so 3 of us did a trolley tour instead. Good time. We had front row seats for the Carnival collition while we were waiting on the dock for the trolley. Daugher and SIL went to beach club said it was good but Labadee was better. VOOM Surf & STREAM package - worked fine, no issues. My opinion is that this trip is best for families with children. The amplification was definatly geared towards kids. It was a little too circus-like for us. Previous cruise to this was on Celebrity which seems to be a better fit for us at this point. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Great entertainment except for Cats which was boring but had great actors. Food was pretty bad even worse than carnival. I realized that after eating a regular burger with no bun ...just the patty and noticed it was made of inferior ... Read More
Great entertainment except for Cats which was boring but had great actors. Food was pretty bad even worse than carnival. I realized that after eating a regular burger with no bun ...just the patty and noticed it was made of inferior beef or a mix of beef and perhaps vegetable protein. Even the lobster was pretty bad. Ate mostly fish which was pretty good. After 9pm...the only food you can get is some small deli sandwich or pizza. The pizza was good but on other ships they would have burgers and fries and other items like pasta and almost like a mini lido assortment of foods. The ship was unique and we like it. However, its a one time thing since the shows repeat and you really pick the ship for its unique shows. I rather go on a smaller ship with more ports. It was not really crowded on board but it deal feel crowded at times during some of the events. Great for kids. Excellent service in dinning room. Too bad the food was not that good. But it was served like it was a 1000 dollar dish. Now for the cabin. Ours had a very creaky sliding balcony door. The Royal engineers could not fix it. Its deep within the frame. You would have to remove the frame to fix it. During faster travel which occurs at night it is really bad. I know you think you can fix it...but it cant. It does not respond to hand pressure. The metal is flexing and it it riveted to the ship. Yes, it is designed to flex but noisy when it does flex. This could vary cabin by cabin but I suspect other cabins have similar noises. Most of the time the engineers can fix it by using a flex tool but not for this cabin. The frame is pretty solid and cannot be removed. Should have been designed with a flexible hinge. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is my 27th RCCL cruise and I am at the Diamond Plus level. I am a "loyalist", as such as the cruise line tries to raise the bar of quality of food, service and entertainment. Those levels are expected on the next cruise and ... Read More
This is my 27th RCCL cruise and I am at the Diamond Plus level. I am a "loyalist", as such as the cruise line tries to raise the bar of quality of food, service and entertainment. Those levels are expected on the next cruise and the next cruise, etc. Embarkment: Traveling via RCCL arranged bus transfers from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, the ride was smooth and we arrived at Terminal A, we were on the ship in about 15 minutes, it was amazing. as we arrived about 1 pm our balcony stateroom was ready. Starboard, 10724. Stateroom: Nice, but due to the size of the ship my wife had to rent a Special Needs Group handicap scooter. Our cabin steward, Edgar was terrific and he fulfilled our every request. Windjammer Buffet: Good quality food, but the steam shop round was tough and chewy. and for some reason, they do not serve "creamy" cold slaw. Promenade Cafe: this 24 hour cafe still serves sandwiches on a roll that lacks adequate meat, if you think one or two slices of meat a sandwich, on a small club roll. Main Dining Room for Breakfast: Excellent food for breakfast, it has a limited ala carte menu for being a sit down and being serviced, but it also has a buffet. Main Dining Room for lunch: Good service and a nice ala carte menu,EXCEPT for its turkey club sandwich, which consisted of three pieces of barely toasted bread, with one slice of turkey, one sliver of a slice of avacado, one half leaf of leaf if lettuce and two pieces of bacon. I told the waiter "you call this a club sandwich" a dining room floor supervisor came over and said I could request more turkey. I told him, it the cook knew how to make a decent sandwich, I should not have to request additional meat. We tried the MDR for lunch and I had the steak and fries, and it was served rare not medium rare as requested and fries. No more MDR dining room lunches. Main Dining Room for Dinner: EXCELLENT service for MDR deck three and our table waiter Romando and assistant table waiter Vikash. Every meal was excellent, but it cracks me up as on the Allure OTS which is the Oasis OTS sister ship, the menu is the same on WEDNESDAY, they feature braised beef short ribs, excellent but serving the menus on the same night across the fleet for each night is a bit much! Casino Royale: Standard, slots, a lot of "asian" themed slots, and table games with a $10 minimum. The casino staff as always was friendly, and waiters were plentiful. Park Cafe: Limited lunch selection the day we had lunch it was salads top round beef and a variety of deserts, not too crowded in the Central Park area. Entertainment: The headliner Ronn Lucas was excellent, the One Sky a Cique de sol' knock was okay and the 90 minute "CATS" was a little boring and my wife and I did not get the premise of the show. Did not do the comedy club, the band was great. Debarkment: Fast, we were off the ship by 8:30 am and at Fort Lauderdale airport by 9:30am. OVERALL: It was a very relaxing cruise, as this was a Christmas break week 12/15 to 12/22/2019 week, the ship had a lot of families and children. The pool as never really that crowded. We stated on the ship as the ports of call were the been there done that! I am a cigar smoke and noted the smoke area on the pool deck 15 is shrinking.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The food was wonderful. The crew bent over backwards to make sure the guests are happy. Great selection of restaurants. Something for everyone okay. However, there is no program for solo travelers. I was happy to meet some Travelers that ... Read More
The food was wonderful. The crew bent over backwards to make sure the guests are happy. Great selection of restaurants. Something for everyone okay. However, there is no program for solo travelers. I was happy to meet some Travelers that were also traveling alone. It made the trip much more enjoyable. However, if I had not gone to a meeting I would not have met these people. I think there should be a concierge service for solo travelers. Other cruise lines have such and Royal Caribbean should consider doing the same. If the cruise line had someone to plan excursions and other activities for solo Travelers that would be appreciate it. There is a market for these Travelers, and giving a special rate would encourage solo travelers to consider Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean offers great service an excellent food choices. I would love to plan activities for solo travelers. But since I am not an employee, to have that service available to me as a guest of the cruise line would be a plus. Also embarkation was easier than I envisioned. The waitstaff was awesome. We chose the my time dining option. The problem is, my time wasn't there time. If my party wanted to eat at 5:30, that was never possible. My time required a reservation. Besides fat, the food was great and the wait staff would call me by my name. They were awesome and made sure if I wanted anything other than what was on the menu, I could get it. There was a large selection of restaurants available to our guest. Some require additional cost where is others were free. I like the options available, and I never felt as if there were crowds. This cruise line handled the large amount of guests appropriately. The cabin steward was very attentive. He never entered unless I requested service. There was a large amount of entertainment on the cruise. There was something for everyone no matter the age. They were Broadway shows, comedy entertainers, Las Vegas entertainers, piano bars, and aqua shows. There were game shows. The only problem is, there would be children and areas where they shouldn't be. I enjoyed the solarium. That was an area where I could go and children were not allowed. it was quiet, and there were whirlpools, bars, and a restaurant for the adults. It was a good getaway area. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We signed up to experience a Mega Ship. What we found was a beautiful ship with a wonderful variety of activities and a mixed bag of experiences. Getting on/off was remarkedly smooth and easy. Our balcony cabin on 8 worked well for the ... Read More
We signed up to experience a Mega Ship. What we found was a beautiful ship with a wonderful variety of activities and a mixed bag of experiences. Getting on/off was remarkedly smooth and easy. Our balcony cabin on 8 worked well for the 2 of us. Ship had some motion despite fairly calm seas. Elevator waits reasonable. Casino was nasty smoky. Ship staff friendly. Felt nickel and dimed most of the time for little items. Two shows were great - Aqua50 and Cats. Others were pretty bad, One Sky in particular was dismal. So far so good, right? The issue was food. The main dining room was tightly packed. Had to climb over chairs to get into mine. Service slow and inattentive, food way overcooked and often inedible. Windjammer buffet had food as expected, broad choices, good wait staff help, but it was crowded. The Taco Bar was super dirty and busy - avoid at lunch. We found Park Café to be best for a simple breakfast, Windjammer best for lunch at off times, and the Solarium Bistro best for dinner (it was terribly noisy at breakfast). The worst of all was their "premiere upscale" restaurant Chops. We paid extra for a crowded restaurant, poor service, decent lamb and terrible steak. The worst was that despite it's formal dress policy, cruisers showed up (and RCL allowed them in) wearing shorts, flip flops, tank tops and baseball caps. SHAMEFUL! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Date fit our schedule plus free cruise offer from Casino Royale. We love the gym, shows, main, dining room, friendly, professional staff, clean staterooms and responsive staff to questions. I like the telephone number for our cabin ... Read More
Date fit our schedule plus free cruise offer from Casino Royale. We love the gym, shows, main, dining room, friendly, professional staff, clean staterooms and responsive staff to questions. I like the telephone number for our cabin steward. A nice touch. We went on the Escape Room challenge & had a blast with a family who were all very smart. Enjoyed Cafe Promenade & Sorrentos. It was nice to get a drink & snack any time we wanted it. My next cruise is on Symphony with one of my female friends. And after that I will be on Empress. I don’t mind smaller ships - as my name suggests: I am just happy to cruise. I consider it a privilege to jump on a ship & be pampered & never get tired of going. I could cruise every month & not tire of it. Every day is a new adventure! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Hello again - unlike previous posts about Royal Caribbean and the BIG ships (i.e. Oasis) this one has a little bit of a brighter side since the renovation. I hope i can answer everyone's questions. I will begin by saying we were ... Read More
Hello again - unlike previous posts about Royal Caribbean and the BIG ships (i.e. Oasis) this one has a little bit of a brighter side since the renovation. I hope i can answer everyone's questions. I will begin by saying we were on the Oasis in March 2019, and had the opportunity of boarding again Dec 1, 2019 (2 weeks into her maiden voyage since the big renovation). PROS Lets start with the renovations, the New Restaurant El Loco Fresh is on Deck 15 Aft – Serving pre-cooked wrapped in foil burritos (Steak and Chicken) beans, salsa, chips etc. On a scale of 1 – 10 I would give this a solid 8 for lunches or quick snack to hold you over. There is no charge at this venue. Check it out when you get on board. The Bionic Bar? Eh! Ok its cool to watch a Robot make your drink but honestly all I heard were passengers saying their drinks were a bit light on the Alcohol. But I am sure it’s a preference. Still cool to watch – located on the promenade deck by the elevators across from customer service counter. The On Air Bar has now been replaced with a Karaoke bar, to be honest I didn’t frequent this venue but it’s the same bar – different name – new venue The Belrose Bar (Across for the Karaoke) is a latin themed bar Lots of fun and the bartenders are extraordinary. Windjammer – well they changed up the venue a bit so you might want to read up on this, The Hand Washing stations (with the jell) have now been replaced with Water Hand washing stations, and there is an employee at the station ensuring a good wash. They also changed the Entrance and Exits – Which I think was a brilliant idea. So when you go into the windjammer you will enter on Deck 16 walk towards the windows overseeing the pool decks – at this point turn left or right and you will see the washing stations. Once you finished in the Windjammer you will exit the doors that Used to be the Entrance. Now for some passengers this was too much for them and they were complaining – the overall change is – you are walking the same path no additional footsteps. They also removed the Aft Food Serving stations in the Windjammer and opened up more seating – Great Idea as we didn’t have much of a wait to find an open table. Food hasn’t changed – however there was one evening it was all Asian themed – I don’t mind Asian Food – But there wasn’t much more to offset if that’s what you didn’t want. The Service level from the state-room attendants on down improved quite dramatically since departing our cruise in March 2019. Now I am sure it wasn’t because of all my previous post about service levels on big ships – I can however speculate that RCCL upped the Workers because of the Renovation and it being a 20th anniversary of the ship and 50th Anniversary for the Cruise line. I absolutely hope not – but that is my theory. Let’s hope they don’t move anyone, because as I aforementioned the service levels improved dramatically for the best. The new Slides on the Pool deck are pretty awesome – It looked like a great ride from top deck down to the pool deck – Pretty extraordinary feat of engineering. Smokers – The smoking area has shrunk a bit and sit-down table have been replaced with Small wood tables and (uncomfortable) wood stools. I get it folks – smokers are looked down upon – but are weakness is no different than any other society crutch. In any case it is what it is, Along with that they have increased the pool chairs and include little cabanas on the top deck – Very nice addition to those who are sun worshipers. Get there early! Casino – Machines - For those of you who like the casinos – I can assure you on a couple things – Machines are TIGHT – your best time of playing is the first day of sailing and the second to last day. If you win good money on the first night take the money and run. Also RCCL has incorporated new technology using your sea pass card – now you simply sit at a machine and if you need additional monies to play you tap your sea pass card and authorize funds transfer to your Room. Although the concept is good be aware there is no way to track what your spending until you review your invoice and this could be costly especially if your not keeping track. Card tables – We love to play 3 card poker but the minimum bet on the table after all bets down was $70 a hand – I get it your gambling but $70 a hand is a bit steep, not to mention there were only 2 card tables and we only had the opportunity to sit one time in 7 days. You would think that the popularity of the game would prompt more tables. But Hey – what do I know! The only CONS I still see on the Big Ship Casino Betting is a bit on the high end - but much like anything if people keep coming they won’t change much. The ability to use your sea pass card to charge to your room IMO is promoting gabling addictions and there is no way to see what your balance is until its too late. Need to work on the disembarking it’s still a bit chaotic Customer Service Counter is extremely - extremely slow I spent an hour in line and 80% of the people in front of me had complaints about the WIFI Internet - I still maintain they should have their own service area for this. The specially restaurants are bit over priced IMO and there is not much difference with the food from one restaurant to another The advantage of being a Diamond or above member doesn’t mean much anymore – I think RCCL can do more with their loyalty program The Shows are somewhat Eh! Seems like the same old routine Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My daughter and I sailed on the Oasis Of The Seas. The ship was just back from being all redone and new. Beautiful ship for sure. We ate in the dining room and it was great. Our waiter (Daniel), really made us fill like Downton ... Read More
My daughter and I sailed on the Oasis Of The Seas. The ship was just back from being all redone and new. Beautiful ship for sure. We ate in the dining room and it was great. Our waiter (Daniel), really made us fill like Downton Abby was still around. We liked the water slides Loved the Abyss slide and would slide down to dinner every night. Water show, Ice show, we seen twice and was amazed more the second time. This is why I like the big ships, is for the entertainment. The only thing both of us thought was a lot of the fun stuff on the Promenade deck was just too late at night. The ship was decorated for Christmas and it was just beautiful. Very classy. Christmas cookies were fun. Gym was great and needed. Also we bought one of the bracelets that is your card and loved it. Worth the money Royal Caribbean really has it down. I almost forgot, but I won a free haircut. After a couple of weeks being home my hair is really nice. Cut perfect. So get a hair cut! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
As we have experienced western Caribbean cruises in the past, We selected this cruise to compared the experience of the largest RCCI ship to those of the smaller ships. Our cabin was on the sixth deck with the extended balcony very ... Read More
As we have experienced western Caribbean cruises in the past, We selected this cruise to compared the experience of the largest RCCI ship to those of the smaller ships. Our cabin was on the sixth deck with the extended balcony very spacious, quiet and clean, with our room steward Mayra who was wonderful. The people in the MDR were very considerate, polite friendly and professional and worked to please everyone. Many of the meals were sub par. Many times the dishes arrived at our table cool to the touch, both our chicken cordon blu was burnt, so we second it back and the second serving was perfect. The short ribs were cold and greasy with burnt edges, several people around us complained about the same issue with the short ribs, so we didn’t bothered to request a new dish of them. We miss the days when the ships had the ice sculpture. There are very little water views unless we sat in our balcony or upstairs by the serenity deck or pool area or Buffet area. Majority of the bars and the specialty restaurants that we went to had no water views. When we sat at either the Central Park or the Boardwalk or on the deck 5 we felt we could have been sitting in a mall rather than in a giant ship. When the ship was at the RCCI private island very few services were available onboard the ship as it appeared that the crew was working the island. One bar on deck 5 was one, the rest if the bars were closed. The MDR was not available for breakfast nor lunch. The Rising Tide bar was nice in that for 30 minutes the bar rose from deck 5 to deck 8 and back again to deck 5. Chairs were high so they were difficult for anyone handicapped or short We were rushed back to Miami at 24 knots due to a medical emergency at 2 am and again at 4 am arriving at 7 pm. Thus, we sat at the pier in Miami for 12 hours, during that time Passengers could not shop or gamble. Many people wondered why we didn’t go back to Cozumel or stop in Key West to evacuate the medical emergency, we heard several passengers got sea sick the last day due to the speed. It was quite windy and most passengers stayed away from the Serenityt Deck (our favorite deck) due to the windy conditions We were surprized that for the size of this ship, guest services was not staffed with any more personnel than a much smaller ship. Nor were paper copies available during the day unless you got in the long lines and requested a peint out, several people were still missing their luggage on the second afternoon of the voyage. Sadly, the Majority of passengers did not receive their purchase invoices at 6 am as promised with no reason or explanation as to why they were not provided, even the room stewards coukd not provide an explanation, some people on some decks did receive invoices. Accounting Errors were discovered on emailed invoices when we got home, We had to research for a contact phone number as none was provided on the invoice. We felt sorry for the peple who did a back to back cruises and didnt have email until they return home! Entertainment, Movies...Upsetting for many people, especially young families as There were No movies until Thursday. Then Oasis entertainment personnel decided to schedule four movies back to back. The movies didnt even appear to be Current movies plus they were offered during the dinner hour. There were no movies offered at night until the very last night. Regarding the CATS production, Many people left in the middle of it or fell asleep during it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Let me start with the good. The ship was immaculate. We were able to quickly get into our room and it was spotless along with the rest of the ship. The food was pretty good. JingJing was our server and she made the dining experience ... Read More
Let me start with the good. The ship was immaculate. We were able to quickly get into our room and it was spotless along with the rest of the ship. The food was pretty good. JingJing was our server and she made the dining experience amazing. She was AWESOME! Gillian on the rising bar was also amazing. Entertainment as great. Enjoyed Earl Turner, the Aqua show and Cats. The bad... We were in the stateroom at the very front of the ship. We could not sleep. Every night around 2am we heard LOUD music with a lot of vibration and bass. We called about it and they said they would send security. This went on every night. When I investigated deeper, we found out something we probably should not have....we were right above the Crew Bar. the crew had a private bar on 6 and the noise was them! The SPA I had a lovely 75 minute massage and was extremely relaxed after...until they started the HARD sell. They tried to sell me everything from bath packets to a scrub brush. Made me feel "stupid" for not buying it. They would not give me my sea pass back until they convinced me to buy something. When I left, I was in knots again. I had to raise my voice a little and said "Please give me my sea pass!" I was extremely uncomfortable with the hard sell. Unfortunately, I will never visit a spa on a cruise ship. That was my first and last experience. The Casino The casino was PACKED. Way too many people. Only 2 three card poker tables and they were constantly full. Machines were full. There were 5 bartenders behind the bar working their butts off. Gotta respect that. If I could have slept, I would have been happy but by the last couple of days, I was completely exhausted. I don't think the staff is deserving of a bad review, but they really need to work on that crew bar. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Amazing ship with plenty of room to roam and activities to enjoy. The Oasis is a floating resort which despite a capacity of over 6,000 passengers, you never feel congested because the common spaces and areas are massive. We had a balcony ... Read More
Amazing ship with plenty of room to roam and activities to enjoy. The Oasis is a floating resort which despite a capacity of over 6,000 passengers, you never feel congested because the common spaces and areas are massive. We had a balcony stateroom on the 10th deck and it was on the small side with a tiny bathroom and lacking in storage space. Although you need to even reserve seats for the free shows, the shows were spectacular. We dined in the main dining room for dinner, and had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Cafe, and the food was average to above average. All of the drinks on board were ridiculously expensive ($7.5o for an Amstel Light, plus 18% gratuity), specialty drinks ran $12.50, plus gratuity, all expected but outrageous. We had two shots of Zaya Rum at the poolside bar (Line and Coconut Bar) and were charged $12.99 each shot! I can buy an entire 750ml bottle of Zaya shoreside for $24.99. The Casino Royale is large but prohibitive (the worst paying casino I’ve ever played in)-I lost 6 out of 7 days playing there and so did all of our party and other players I spoke to in the casino. The slots payouts are low and you have to play high denominations to hit anything decent (stay away)! The best part of the Oasis of the Seas is the Boulevard and Central Park. An amazing, lively setting with different shops, bars and restaurants and ongoing parties and scheduled events. The three stops, Labadee, San Juan and St. Thomas were all decent, but St. Thomas is looking very run down nowadays. As with all ships, shore excursions are very expensive and you could be better off negotiating a tour once you get off the ship. All in all, a magnificent ship but very expensive vacation if you’re not careful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary but also in the past RC has been good. This was my 50th birthday trip and I expressed this upon making our reservation. On the 2nd day my husband went to guest services bc no one had ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary but also in the past RC has been good. This was my 50th birthday trip and I expressed this upon making our reservation. On the 2nd day my husband went to guest services bc no one had acknowledged my birthday. He was told that they would send a bottle of champagne to dinner. We never saw that champagne. RC couldn't even give me a 5 cent balloon or card to say happy birthday yet others were being acknowledged in the dining room. We were disappointed in the quality of food in all 'free' venues. We also felt the alcohol prices and excursion prices were ridiculous. RC is likely discussing how to further charge passengers for use of pool towels and toilet paper. I would not recommend this ship or brand to anyone. This was my 9th cruise and definitely my last with RC. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our 2nd cruise having adored the NCL Getaway earlier in the year. We were determined to try one of the Royal Caribbean mega-ships and being its last voyage before dry dock, there was a great deal on the Oasis. The cruise did not ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise having adored the NCL Getaway earlier in the year. We were determined to try one of the Royal Caribbean mega-ships and being its last voyage before dry dock, there was a great deal on the Oasis. The cruise did not include a drinks package and we felt that, as we wanted to maximise time in all the destinations, we wouldn’t have time to make best use of it. However, the drinks were so disgracefully overpriced it wouldn’t have take much to make a drinks package worthwhile! Much of our opinion expressed here is a direct comparison to the fabulous experience we had with NCL in February. Our highlights: Central Park was our favourite place and we loved Park Cafe, although it was a shame the cafe closed so early (6pm). The performers (especially the violinist) were wonderful and we’d have loved to enjoy coffee and a snack/dessert whilst listening in the evening. Promenade cafe was also great but extremely busy, particularly as the buffet closed so early at 9.30pm. Solarium buffet is so underrated! Less choice but much nicer atmosphere than the main buffet. In the evening, it was still complementary and had partly waited service. Much better than the main dining room. Our best meals were at Sabor (which I believe is sadly being replaced) and 150 Central Park, both were incredible. All the entertainment was all exceptional. So much to do and see in so many wonderful venues. Embarkation and disembarkation were both quick and easy. Cabin was great, although we missed the coffee machine that NCL provide. The cabin was slightly narrower than the equivalent ocean view balcony cabin on NCL Getaway but the balcony was bigger. Toilet paper provided was cheap and nasty! Maybe this was to make it more flushable but suspect it was just to cut costs! A general observation of the ship’s design is that it is very inward facing and lacks space to sit and enjoy the view of the ocean. (We were spoilt with NCL’s Waterfront I think) That said, the ship is breathtakingly impressive with some amazing innovations. Our only major disappointments were the excessive drinks prices and the main dining room. Service was generally quick and friendly but the food choice, quality and temperature was mixed. The food on NCL Getaway was far far superior. The itinerary was great, although the ship docked a long way from anything so be prepared to walk or pay for transport/excursions! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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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