1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this ship because the dates fit and we liked the itinerary. We were first time RC and in a balcony room. So, if you have status or a suite- your mileage may vary. The food in non speciality restaurants was ok. By day last we ... Read More
We chose this ship because the dates fit and we liked the itinerary. We were first time RC and in a balcony room. So, if you have status or a suite- your mileage may vary. The food in non speciality restaurants was ok. By day last we skipped breakfast. The caveat is that I travel extensively for work. So, someone cooking for me is not as big of a treat as it is for some. The service was what made it. We tried 3 specialty restaurants and all were fantastic! We did not know about the first night $20 specialty restaurants. We would have booked that when we got on. We have done the thermal spa on other ships and it was an oasis. We elected not to on this one. No windows and 4 heated chairs. If you get the specialty dining onboard- you get 40% off bottles of wine! Winning as we loved Vintages and the service Rohan provided. Would we do another RC? Probably. But, this would not be our “go to” line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
When Royal Caribbean for the first time (with friends) Ship is very large. Easy to navigate around. They think of everyone aboard , Kids under 6 yrs have their own area, pools and play area. Food is some of the best I've had aboard a ... Read More
When Royal Caribbean for the first time (with friends) Ship is very large. Easy to navigate around. They think of everyone aboard , Kids under 6 yrs have their own area, pools and play area. Food is some of the best I've had aboard a ship. I've been on many cruise's on other ship's. Servers are the best, they ask to help, even if in the buffet area, they'll get you any thing you may want, coffee, tea, juice or any thing else. Shows are the very best like Broadway shows, even the entertainment , such as piano bar, dance area's, Karaoke room was entertaining. Many things to do, never a down time. Very large Casino, table's for all type's of gamblers, big better's and those like me. Machines are much looser than most Casino's, Surprise . A seven day cruise seem's like a 3 day cruise. I am not in the habit of writing reviews. It was great. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
First of all - the ship is beautiful and the rooms were nice/clean (small and small balcony but nice enough). Central Park and the Boardwalk were very pretty and the main lobby was nice too. The staff was also very, very nice and they ... Read More
First of all - the ship is beautiful and the rooms were nice/clean (small and small balcony but nice enough). Central Park and the Boardwalk were very pretty and the main lobby was nice too. The staff was also very, very nice and they all seemed happy to be there. However, barley anything is included within the price you pay at booking. My family has always cruised because we like that most things are included - you can eat just about anywhere on the ship and not worry about extra pricing etc. On this ship you can only eat at the buffet, the normal dinner, and the pizza place. Even the ice cream was extra and it was expensive. It was very disappointing that the ship was packed full of all these different restaurants and bars but that none of them were accessible unless you wanted to pay a hefty fee - the hibachi place was $100 per person. The food was mediocre. I want to attribute this to it being such a big ship and it being difficult to prepare food for so many people. The only thing that was worth seeking out were the soups at dinner. Other than that, the buffet was really lacking. There was a lot of food but no stations to tell you what was where, it was just all jumbled. There might be a pasta and then next to it would be fruit and then an Indian dish - no organization. And the food itself just didn't taste great, it wasn't anything special. I usually look forward to cruise dinners, but again the food just wasn't anything to look forward to. It almost reminded me of the cafeteria in college. Also, if you are a vegetarian you'll only be eating fruit and Indian dishes - these were actually the more delicious options on the ship, but they were not advertised anywhere you always had to ask. And if you are vegan you should find another ship, even the vegetarian options had dairy. The volume of people on the ship didn't only affect the food quality. Everything was crowded all the time. If you were in an elevator you could guarantee that you were pressed up against a stranger and every show was booked so you couldn't attend any last minute shows. It was also difficult to find any four lounges together near a pool. There are so many taken with no people sitting in them and although there were signs everywhere you looked saying your things would be taken if left unattended for 30 minutes, this was never followed. My last issue with this ship was the smoking policy. I have horrible asthma so I appreciate a proper smoking policy and I always make sure to book a non-smoking room. Half of the ship is a designated smoking area, so when you are looking for lounges on sea days you very well may have to sit on the smoking side of the ship. Also, all of the rooms and balconies are designated non-smoking. However, the people next door to our room would constantly smoke on their balcony and the staff were unwilling to correct this. I paid extra to have a sea view balcony, but I was unable to use it for the majority of the ship because the non-smoking policy was not followed and the staff refused to enforce the policy. In terms of the shows - book them all in advance. Definitely do Oasis of Dreams (we heard this was good but did not get to see it because we didn't book it) and the comedy show. The acrobat show was pretty neat, but don't waste your time on Cats. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, CHECK YOUR ROOM CHARGES CAREFULLY. This was the second Royal Caribbean ship that charged me for spa services that I did not have done. These are not small charges and it becomes a major dispute to have them taken off. Guest services had to call the spa and wait for the manager to be available and the manager said "well it was their room number". It takes a while to get them to agree that it was not charged properly and it takes even longer to have it actually removed from your bill. Mind you this was handled the same way both times, so I now firmly believe that this is a tactic they use to get extra money out of people who do not pay attention. I was also charged the wrong price for wine at various bars, so pay attention to that as well. The bartenders would say "oh sorry we don't usually have this wine here so I thought it was this [more expensive] wine in the computer". Again, this happened at multiple bars, so I find it hard to believe that multiple bartenders accidentally charge for a more expensive wine. Overall, I might cruise with Royal Caribbean again, but I would definitely not choose this ship and I would analyze every single charge carefully. I think that although it is beautifully decorated, the large volume of guests creates more problems than anything. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This is ideal for families. So much to do there is never a boring moment and it is less expensive then Disney. Among family favourites: Dreamworks characters, zip line, mini golf, ice skating, surf simulator, rock climbing, scavenger ... Read More
This is ideal for families. So much to do there is never a boring moment and it is less expensive then Disney. Among family favourites: Dreamworks characters, zip line, mini golf, ice skating, surf simulator, rock climbing, scavenger hunts, trivia, family kids' club activities (bingo, science experiments, art, etc.) and Sorrento's pizza. And these are all included in the fare! Our kids also enjoyed the arcade and Dreamworks breakfast which were an added cost. The kids' clubs offer a wide array of activities with a great view of the sea. Our own children do not like to go to the club, but enjoy the family activities run by their staff, which are very friendly and reliable. Rooms with bunk beds are a must for our family so everyone can sleep in their own bed. This time, we tried the Boardwalk balcony room number 12709. It was a great compromise since we could still have a view of the ocean through the back of the ship and enjoy the free Coca-Cola drinks packages for 2, the family reserved rock climbing (which is very limited, so sign up on the first day!), and the Specialty dining at Johnny Rockets diner for 4! Don't like crowds of large ships? Just learn to manoeuver around them by spending some time on the ship on port days and do the most popular activities before 10am on sea days. Keep your Specialty dining reservations for sea days when the ship is more crowded. There are so many places to eat for free, we normally do not pay for Specialty Dining. However, we received a dinner for two at 150 Central Park for free and we truly enjoyed the quiet atmosphere, delicious dishes, and wonderful service from Srdjan. My husband and I used the gym and the running track (very long and shaded on deck 5). Yoga and spinning classes are at an additional cost. :( We had a wonderful time on the Jungle Tubing Adventure to Bamboo Beach in Falmouth, Jamaica. It was the perfect length and price for our family of 4 with children 9 and 11 years old. The entire excursion lasted approx. 2.5 hours with a ride in an air-conditioned bus to the beach where we left our belongings. The bus driver then took us to the top of the river where we put on safety gear and got in the river as a group with a guide. The view was beautiful, the river speed was perfect for us, and the Jamaican heat did not get to us since we were in the water. I would highly recommend this excursion. The cruise ship lost some of our pictures (embarkation day) but made it up to us by giving us two pictures of our choice for free. Last year on Allure of the Seas, we heard that everyone's pictures were lost and many were very upset. For this reason, I recommend not pre-purchasing the entire set of photos. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Sail Date 8/12/2018 Embark/Debark – Port Canaveral – Spent 2 days prior in Cocoa beach prior Destinations – Saint Maarten, San Juan, Labadie Haiti Summary We have been on quite a few cruises and on a scale ... Read More
Sail Date 8/12/2018 Embark/Debark – Port Canaveral – Spent 2 days prior in Cocoa beach prior Destinations – Saint Maarten, San Juan, Labadie Haiti Summary We have been on quite a few cruises and on a scale from 1-10, 10 being the highest, I would rank this around a 6. Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time, but in our opinion, the ship was too big. We are a family of 4 ages 47,46,15 and 12 and our kids may argue that it was too big, but although they did a pretty good job of keeping the passengers dispersed, you could still feel there were a lot of people on the ship. We had 2 balcony cabins that were next to each other, but did not have a door between them, however, the cabin steward did open the balcony between the cabins so we could access both that way. A couple of reviews we read prior indicated the ship was in bad shape meaning warn and ready for referb, but we didn’t find that to be the case. Yes, you could tell there was wear, but nothing that was any worse on any of the other ships we have been on. One odd thing about a ship that size is you could barely feel it move, even I rough water. That may be great for people that get sea sick, but I like to feel like im on a ship. Activities There were plenty, Ice Skating, flow rider, zip line, pools, etc. We did them all, but this is where the crowds came in. All were packed most of the time which we expected, but it seemed worse on this ship. We have been on other RCCL cruises with similar activities, but we don’t remember the lines being as bad. Overall though, some pretty fun stuff to do if you are patient or willing to stay on the ship when its in dock. Dining Here is where I feel RCCL has really gone down hill and here is where I date myself... I think our first RCCL cruise was in 1997 on Grandeur of the Seas during the days of wine stewards, multiple waiters, etc. While I know that has slowly going away over the years, this ship seemed exceptionally bad in terms of both service and food quality. I am by no means a foodie, but the two meals we had in the MDR were really subpar in both service and food quality. Soup tasted like it came out of a can, other courses were also not good and their main objective was to get us out quickly, to the point where the first nights waiter told us we had to order everything all at once including dessert and after dinner drinks. Felt like we were in a cafeteria. We did the specialty restaurants other remainder nights, 4, and the service and food quality was much better, but at a price. Those 4 night for the four of us was $400 which I understand was relatively inexpensive and I don’t mind paying, but if you are going to do a bad job at the MDR, just force everyone to use the specialty restaurants and call it day. Islands Kids are finally at the age where they can enjoy the activities, Snuba, Snorkle, zipline, etc. We had a great time at all three islands. One odd thing we noticed was we were the only ship in each of the 3 ports we stopped at. I don’t ever remember that happening in the past. I wonder if it has something to do with the hurricane or just the time of year we cruised. Plus side, the ports weren’t crowded even with a ship that size. Overall Like I said in the summary, not the best cruise but also not the worst. Probably somewhere in the middle. I do feel like I spent more on this cruise than our last couple. Even with the pre-purchase unlimited drink packages and shore excursions, our tab at the end of the cruise was $3800. To be fair, probably about $1k of that was stuff we bought on board. Purse, perfume, liquor, etc. But still, $2800 excluding all of our prepaid items seems a bit high. When I sober up, ill look at it a little closer, but at first glance, it looks like its mainly made up of tips, (2 cabins), dining package ($400), pictures ($300). Given we have been on 25ish cruises, I can tell you this seems high. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Chose to do another Oasis voyage, and loved the new Eastern itinerary (St Maarten, San Juan, Labadee). The crew were great, standard 2 berth balcony was perfect, no complaints about the quality of food. I cruise with my mom and we really ... Read More
Chose to do another Oasis voyage, and loved the new Eastern itinerary (St Maarten, San Juan, Labadee). The crew were great, standard 2 berth balcony was perfect, no complaints about the quality of food. I cruise with my mom and we really are very easy to please kind of cruisers, not picky eaters, or complainers. The ports were great, our second time in St Maarten, first trip being before Irma. Forst time to San Juan and Labadee. We found the far forward cabins to move a bit more, which I actually prefer. Call me crazy, but I am one of those people who actually enjoy a moderate amount of turbulence. Hit the jackpot again with quiet neighbors, and at full capacity it didn't completely feel packed. Though in some areas it did, but you just have to use your noggin and realize that if a show is letting out or everyone is getting back from port heading to dinner it will be busy for a bit. Love Oasis class, will definitely sail again. The only thing I did not like was leaving my pupper for 7 days! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Overall I chose RC Oasis of the Seas based on its reputation and reviews after doing online research. My husband and I celebrated our birthdays, got married on one of the islands, and honeymooned on the ship. We found the experience to ... Read More
Overall I chose RC Oasis of the Seas based on its reputation and reviews after doing online research. My husband and I celebrated our birthdays, got married on one of the islands, and honeymooned on the ship. We found the experience to be very good overall from start to finish. The organization and process for boarding and debarkation was smooth and seamless. From the identity check, luggage check, waiting areas, etc., the signage was great and crowds moved in an orderly and timely manner. The staff seemed happy to be there and committed to providing excellent customer service with friendly smiles and helpful information. The best thing about it was the ORDER, CLEANLINESS, STAFF and FOOD! Ship The pools are small and crowded on sea days. We did not use the pool because there was no room to swim. People just stood there with drinks and talked. The elevators were also crowded, especially on sea days. The ship is beautiful, and we liked exploring the different areas. Our favorite area was the Solarium Bar. The views were amazing and it was roomy, not crowded. Cabin We stayed on the 11th floor in cabin #11255 near the elevators and that was a great location that was easily accessible and quiet. It’s at the end of the hall so no one was on the other side. We had a view of Central Park and the music was loud some nights but stopped at 10pm. With the TV on, it drowned it out. Our room was cleaned daily with sheet and towel replacements, and smelled “fresh” each day. The towel animals left on the bed each night from our room attendant was a nice comical touch. Dining For dinner, we chose to dine at the same table all week in the main dining hall, and our servers felt like family by the end of the week. We enjoyed the rotating menu, and the quality of food was great. I did not have to add salt & pepper to my food often. For breakfast, we chose to dine at the Solarium Bistro and loved the buffet. The food seemed fresher than at The Windjammer and Café Promenade. We also dined at Chops Grille on my birthday and the lobster was exquisite! We also ate a late-night snack at Sorrentos Pizza after every show and that was decent to fix hunger pains. We also enjoyed staff singing “happy birthday” to us. The unlimited beverage package is overpriced, but it was nice to order drinks without having to worry about gratuities. Entertainment & Activities We attended a show almost every night: Frozen in Time, Oasis of Dreams, and the Marriage Game Show. Unfortunately, Come Fly with Me put us to sleep and needs improvement! They had technical issues. Cats was just too long and uninteresting for non-pet lovers. Service Excellent customer service from bar staff, wait staff, room attendants, and dining hall staff. Only had on experience with a towel guy who seemed unhappy to be there. Ports & Excursions In the Bahamas, we chose the Essential Bahamas tour. Our tour guide was entertaining and took us to some local sights. The highlight was lunch at Twin Brothers. The fried grouper fingers were HEAVEN!!! The island is very poor so not much to buy except souvenir tourist junk. In St. Maarten, we chose the Royal Fun Family Food Tour. It was not worth the money in my opinion. We stopped at a cheese shop, a lunch spot, and a gelato spot. The cheese spot is not good for non-dairy eaters. The lunch spot served jerk chicken that looked like a kids plate (also had roaches). The gelato spot was ok, just boring lesson on how to make gelato. Also, the island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria so it was depressing! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We choose this cruise based on the Caribbean area we wanted to visit. Customer service was a primary reason for my 10 rating. No matter where we went on the ship we were treated with great care, courtesy, and like family. Euclid, our food ... Read More
We choose this cruise based on the Caribbean area we wanted to visit. Customer service was a primary reason for my 10 rating. No matter where we went on the ship we were treated with great care, courtesy, and like family. Euclid, our food hostess or server was amazing. He made sure our large family was taken care of well. He learned and brought our vegetarian dishes asap, knew and brought the kids food right away, and made sure dinner was done to our likening. Also at breakfast and lunch, he was always checking on us making sure everything was good or if we needed anything. Paul who worked the bar at Sorrento's Pizzeria was great staff member. He remembered our names, was always smiling, and made our late night pizza cravings even better when chatting with him. Mukesh, who worked behind the bar, at the casino was a great delight and genuine kind person. He was always prompt and courteous in attending to our large group. He took very good care of us and was very sociable to talk with. Ricardo our room attendant was also very courteous and took care of all our room needs. He would always chat with us in passing, asking if everything was good, if we needed anything, or how the cruise was going. Every staff member we interacted or ran into was great and the above 4 mentioned were exceptional and should deserve great praise for making this one of my most family memories ever. They became family to us during those 7 memorable days and we will never forget them. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
It was the best choice between Carnival and Disney! After our cruise my family was thoroughly convinced that ROYAL CARIBBEAN is the way to cruise!!! The ports of call were part of the reason for sailing with RC. NASSAU ,Bahamas was an ... Read More
It was the best choice between Carnival and Disney! After our cruise my family was thoroughly convinced that ROYAL CARIBBEAN is the way to cruise!!! The ports of call were part of the reason for sailing with RC. NASSAU ,Bahamas was an excellent and inexpensive way to tour the Atlantis Hotel and it's water parks( we took a taxi,paid a total of $28.00 and did our own sight seeing.) With Charlotte Amalie,USVI we took a two hour tour around the island of St. Thomas. Later that day we went snorkeling on Castawygirl #4 and went to Turtle Cove and Shipwreck Cove( we saw sea turtles,stimgrays,a school of squid and various fish and a ship wreck!) The last port of call was Philipsburg,St Martin! OMG ,the water was calm and so greenish blue it looked unreal! We spent at least 6 hours in the beach soaking up the sun and floating in the crystal clear water( we couldn't believe how quick the time flew while relaxing in Philipsburg!) The only sad part of our trip was realizing that all good things have to come to an end! Let me tell you about the dining- The Silk restaurant on deck 5 had amazing food( NY strip steak,shrimp coctail,etc.) The buffets at the Solarium and the Windjammer Market place had a wide selection of breakfast foods and dinner cuisine. Our waiters Rhedjie and Patel ( we were table 829 Silk ) were top notch as well as the rest of the wait staff. As far as activities are concerned we enjoyed the mini golf,table tennis,dodge ball(there's so many activites it would take too long to mention.) Our cabin was spacious and had a center view of the bow and heli pad(it was beautiful to see each port head on as we pulled into Nassau,St. Thomas,and Philippsburg! Just aboit every crew member was polite anf artentive. My family is totally sold on Royal Caribbean,we can't wait to go again in the very near future. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Could not say enough good things about our recent cruise on the Oasis of the Sea. Aug. 2018 Keion (stateroom attendant) made us feel welcomed on the first day. Asked us at least twice a day, “how are day is and is everything ... Read More
Could not say enough good things about our recent cruise on the Oasis of the Sea. Aug. 2018 Keion (stateroom attendant) made us feel welcomed on the first day. Asked us at least twice a day, “how are day is and is everything ok”. If there was an issue, he addressed it immediately and got it resolved. Kenny (waiter at Chops) was amazing!!! Instantly made feel right at home and excelled at customer service while building relationships. Made such an impression, we came back an asked for him 4 different times we ate after. Recommend Chops and while your there, ask for Kenny to be your server!! Santosh( salesman at watch store) wasn’t over powering or presssure selling us. Had a great and long first conversation with him. He personalized the encounter by sending each of us a personalized note asking,”how are day was and excited to talk with us again”. On last day told us he had got some new merchandise to look at an found and got my wife her first watch. Ginny(spa attendant) fabulous!! Greatest experience I have had at a spa!! Good enough for my wife she went back 3 times for other treatments with Ginny!! If you can, indulge yourself. Thank you to all on our cruise for the personalized touches and superior service to make our cruise memorable!!! Recommend to all and we will be back!! 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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