Sail Date: January 2018
Not really great at writing long essays for reviews so I will keep it short and simple. I wanted a easy cruise without being overwhelmed by the port of call and excursions. So it's my 10th wedding anniversary I wanted a super awesome ... Read More
Not really great at writing long essays for reviews so I will keep it short and simple. I wanted a easy cruise without being overwhelmed by the port of call and excursions. So it's my 10th wedding anniversary I wanted a super awesome looking ship with spacious room. Personally I was looking for activities on the ship but what I discovered was A+ Entertainment & Activities . We did get give low rating for dining due to lack of vegetarian option and temp of the food. More than few times we noticed the food in the buffet was not hot or felt like it's just been sitting in side until there was room at the buffet table. But if you love MEAT and this is your cruise heaven buffet ship. Finally perfect port of call so not to be overwhelmed with great staff that can go above and beyond to make this a perfect cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We have taken about 20+ cruises with another cruise line.... In January 2017, we took the Royal. Caribbean Oasis of the Seas for the first time and fell in love with it !!! We then brought family members in July 2017 and then came back in ... Read More
We have taken about 20+ cruises with another cruise line.... In January 2017, we took the Royal. Caribbean Oasis of the Seas for the first time and fell in love with it !!! We then brought family members in July 2017 and then came back in July 2018.....Each time was always great...with great service and smiling faces !!! Between the ship being awesome and the service we received awesome....we think we found us a new Cruise lines !!! The shows they have are awesome, especially the aqua show !! The different levels on the ship are breathtaking especially Central Park, where they have live trees and bushes !! The buffet service in the Windjammer is the best !!! NO waiting in an extremely long line.....different stations with some of the best food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.. little to no waiting....I do wish tho that they had soft serve ice cream in there...probably my only real complaint... The Royal Promenade is a great deck with all the shopping, and eateries....also a great place just to sit and people watch if you like doing stuff like that !!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
I had heard a lot about the largest cruise ship and wanted to try it now that it is sailing out of Port Canaveral. I was disappointed! I will say that the logistics for boarding were quite good. We left our house at 11 AM and were ... Read More
I had heard a lot about the largest cruise ship and wanted to try it now that it is sailing out of Port Canaveral. I was disappointed! I will say that the logistics for boarding were quite good. We left our house at 11 AM and were onboard the ship at 12:45. I am not a great chef, but I sure could outperform the pastry chef. All the deserts in the Windjammer were subpar with the exception of jello. Given time I believe they can mess that up too. Given a couple weeks to experiment, I would be able to produce better tasting items all across the desert stand. Of particular disgust were the donuts. How hard is it to make a tasty donut? Mobile carts fry the dough and come up with tasty products, not so the Oasis chef. There is a Johnny Rockets on board so it is possible to get a tasty hamburger, just not in the Windjammer. The pancakes were so hard they could be used as frisbees. I would say the same for the hardness of the French Toast except ithe were not round. Perhaps the thing that bothered me the most was when I went to take a sauna. On all other cruises I have taken, they have been free. The Oasis is a colossal rip-off in that they obligate you to purchase a week sauna pass for $119. On the positive side, the shows were very good and we saw 6 different shows. The entrees in the Silk Dining Room were passable, but the deserts not so much. The apple pie is horrible with no taste. The chocolate cake seemed like it last saw an oven in Orlando. The only fresh desert seemed to be the creme brulee. I realize that we are no longer in the golden age of cruising like in the 80s when the fine foods were served in the main dining room and there was a midnight buffet with carved ice figures, but to close the Windjammer at 8:45 does not leave many options for a late night snack. Much was acclaimed about Central Park, but what it is a just about all specialty restaurants on both sides. The cabins also left something to be desired. Normally there is a curtain for privacy when you have more than two people to a cabin, not so on the Oasis. The tissues and toiletries are all from China, not what I would expet from the largest cruise liner. We were on deck 11 starboard aft in Cabin 722 and I will say that our cabin steward Dean was the best we have ever had. I bring a post it pad so I can leave notes for the steward when something runs out or needs to be changed. The only times I needed to request something from Dean was when the battery on our room safe expired and when I asked for a plastic bag to put ice in for an injury on the Flowrider. It seemed like at least half the activities were classes that eventually tried to sell you something. There was also a problem with the starboard aft elevators where we would go to the port elevators rather than wait longer. The flowrider was fun. I mastered the boogie board, but not the stand up board. The zip line was way too short. The rock climbing walls were good. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
we had a great time on our latest cruise vacation. even though the weather was not great the whole cruise, the staff were very attentive and our dining staff were the best we have experienced in many years. the shows were very ... Read More
we had a great time on our latest cruise vacation. even though the weather was not great the whole cruise, the staff were very attentive and our dining staff were the best we have experienced in many years. the shows were very professional, Kat's was not my favorite but the performance was as you would expect in a west end or broadway show, excellent. royal Caribbean always provides a great cruise experience and we intend to take many more cruises with them. our cabin staff did an excellent job keeping the stateroom clean and tidy. the balcony over the Central Park offered a great view and comfortable experience. even though there were over 6,000 guest on board we did not feel overcrowded. the bars were always comfortable and the staff were always attentive and pleasant. I enjoyed the extra food stations with the pizza, hot dogs and ice cream, great for small snacks during the day or late after the nightclubs. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was a New Year's cruise for our family of 5 (wife, DD9, DS12, DS12). Unfortunately, older DS12 broke his forearm the day before we flew to Orlando which changed the dynamic of the trip for all of us. We still had a lot of fun and he ... Read More
This was a New Year's cruise for our family of 5 (wife, DD9, DS12, DS12). Unfortunately, older DS12 broke his forearm the day before we flew to Orlando which changed the dynamic of the trip for all of us. We still had a lot of fun and he was quite the trooper throughout! We stayed at the MCO Hyatt the night before embarkation as we always do. We find it ultra-convenient if arriving later in the day. A quick 45 minute drive to the port in the morning. The kids received 50% off the breakfast buffet which was nice. Embarkation: arrived around 11:00. Once through a 20 minute security line, check-in was very quick with no line. On board 10 minutes later after being accosted by Santa Claus for a (New Year's???) picture (not kidding) and the obligatory drink package quick-sale. We found the ship had the perfect amount of space for our family with lots of options to roam and find something to do. We never noticed big crowds other than in Windjammer and embarking/disembarking at ports. Though I didn't attend the New Year's balloon drop, my wife and two of our kids did and said it was absolutely mobbed. I guess no surprise there. Our connecting cabins on deck 12 port side were nice and lots of storage space and large balconys. But three people, even kids, was a bit cramped. We were disappointed that it took us asking three times and five days for the balcony divider to be opened after being told it was broke. We found the MDR food to be excellent. We mostly followed our server's recommendations and he was spot-on and highly attentive (Marvin was his name, assisted by Benny). The Windjammer food left a lot to be desired, very bland and not a very exciting selection. The Solarium Bistro for breakfast and lunch was a good alternative for a semi-outside dining experience unlike any other dining location. Really enjoyed the roast beef in Park Cafe and my wife loved the salad. Our stop in St. Martin was the first time back for the Oasis since the hurricane. We did the Soualiga boat/snorkeling adventure and had a great time with Captain Al. There still is lots of damage around the coastal areas (primarily ocean mansions) which makes me wonder how bad it is inland with the locals. We walked around one of the San Juan forts for a little while and enjoyed the historical experience. We had a cooler/misty day on Labadee but the kids still had a lot of fun playing on the Columbus Cover beach. My non-injured kids did the aqua park and enjoyed it for around an hour. One annoying aspect was that lunch was only served on the opposite side from where we were (Columbus Cove). The walk back and forth and wait in line was not worth it. The kids clubs we just ok. I really wish they had a separate club for 12-14 year olds, getting mixed in with the older teenagers doesn't serve anyone well. And the 9-11 year old space seemed small and cramped. The counselors were friendly. We had the "Drink of the Day" each day and loved each and every one. The cost of $8 was a bargain compared with some of the other options. My wife got the soda package and probably wouldn't do it again, just not worth the price for what she drank. The Rising Tide bar is a must-do for a completely different experience. We also had drinks in Dazzles and Jazz on 4, both were nice. Again, I wish I had noted the Jazz band name because they were outstanding, the woman singer in particular. The entertainment was excellent. Oasis of Dreams, Frozen in Time, and Come Fly with me were our favorites. The headliner was pretty good (I forget his name, sorry), though his material was a bit dated and our kids didn't recognize a lot of the music or get most of the jokes. The belly flop competition was a complete hoot. We did the cartoon and Harry Potter trivia contests in On Air. Get there early for HP, it was packed! Both were a lot of fun and a good way to spend an hour with the family. Disembarkation: we did the luggage valet with our two big bags which allowed us to leave earlier (8:30 vs. 9:30) with our carry-ons. The immigration line still seemed long, though, probably 15 minutes. Easy to hook-up with our van ride (Tony Hinds, highly recommended!). We are already booked on the Harmony for next New Year's and are looking forward to a similar ship with different shows and slides for the kids. And hopefully no broken bones a day before we leave! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Excellent food and service. Very clean ship and rooms. Ports of call were good but time at port was very short. Children were often in adult only spaces such as the casino, adult pool area/dining, and adult shows. Impossible to get a pool ... Read More
Excellent food and service. Very clean ship and rooms. Ports of call were good but time at port was very short. Children were often in adult only spaces such as the casino, adult pool area/dining, and adult shows. Impossible to get a pool chair and no enforcement of saving chairs. Great aqua show and game shows. Needs more live entertainment. Recommend the drink package. Specialty dining is not worth it. Bingo is very expensive- $60 and lasted 15 minutes. Heavy smoking in Casino was not enjoyable. No pool side activities except volleyball in sports pool. All hot tubs were packed with children and difficult to find a spot in. Zip lining was fun. Carrying your own luggage off the ship on debarkation day was a breeze and recommended to save time and waiting. It was disappointing to be charged a delivery/service fee for room service. Recommend ocean view balcony room. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Got a last minute deal and was closer to drive for us Windjammer breakfast was poor, overdried toats,dried waffles,hard pastries (croissants,donuts for the whole week),missing fruits, missing tables and lots dirty tables. Main dining ... Read More
Got a last minute deal and was closer to drive for us Windjammer breakfast was poor, overdried toats,dried waffles,hard pastries (croissants,donuts for the whole week),missing fruits, missing tables and lots dirty tables. Main dining room for supper :often tables not ready (wait time 20 min) food overcooked (fish,lobster,lasagna) and often not hot,(lukewarm) often brought coffe after we had finished our desserts.. People not very friendly compared to other ships We have cruised over 30 times. Our luggage had the handle broken when arrived in our room ,ok they fixed it but it was brand new. Often washroom was missing soap at different floors and Royal had just had bad experience with over 300 passengers sick about 2 weeks earlier,we figured the ship would be always clean and spotless (not the case). Plus side,stateroom attendant very good and room kept well cleaned. Very good shows and headliner show,good spa experience. Guest service after midnite is limited to only 1 employee ,so expect long delays especially on the last night. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was a Christmas cruise and the ship was sold out. I traveled with my 90-year-old mother. The itinerary was Haiti, Jamaica, and Cozumel with 2 at sea days. Since we live in Florida and tend to get away at Christmas, I did not find the ... Read More
This was a Christmas cruise and the ship was sold out. I traveled with my 90-year-old mother. The itinerary was Haiti, Jamaica, and Cozumel with 2 at sea days. Since we live in Florida and tend to get away at Christmas, I did not find the itinerary that exciting but I will cover the shore excursions later. This was my first Royal Caribbean line cruise. I have previously been on Holland America, Carnival, and Norwegian cruise lines. As with anything I do, I researched RC heavily. I read things about poor maintenance, poor service, awful food, and lousy rooms. I can truly say I did NOT encounter any of those things. Maintenance: Just what you want from a cruise line. When we first got in the cabin, it was incredibly hot. I was really worried that we would be miserable on this cruise, and I regretted not buying the battery operated fan. Turns out there is a master switch to the lights and A/C. After switching it on, I had another passenger show me the switch, nice cool A/C. The cabin had probably not been used on the previous circuit so was turned off. Whew. The temp was perfect and easily controlled by the dial. Another maintenance issue was the hose on the shower head was kinked like a folded garden hose. Because of the poor reviews, I was not hopeful of getting it fixed. Not so. After calling maintenance it was fixed within an hour. Food: I was surprised at how good the food was in the regular dining room. I have to say the food was the best on any cruise I have taken. We did Anytime dining but know you can reserve a certain time before you get on the ship. We wanted 5 PM which was not available when we reserved the cruise. It turns out we were able to get that time and the same table every day. And the service was absolutely excellent! I like heavy cream in my coffee. Elaine ran down to the bakery to get my cream and made sure I had it every day. That to me is great service. We ate at two specialty dining rooms. The first was Chops because I had read how good the steaks were. Yes, they are excellent; however, the regular dining room had the same steaks cooked just as tasty. We also ate at 150 Central Park. Although the food seemed the same in the dining room, the presentation was exceptional and the extra touches made it worth it. They have different flavor salt to sprinkle with your bread. Wow, just eat the bread. (OK, I’m off carbs so I can dream) Definitely a favorite of mine. Entertainment: Great entertainment. I loved the variety. Since this is such a large ship (17 decks and 6,700 passengers) there are a lot of different shows. The shows are only mins long. Great for our ADHD society. We saw Come Fly with Me which was excellent. We also saw Frozen in Time Ice Show were two of the skaters fell but were very professional about it. I think the audience gave them louder applause out of sympathy. I’m being a bit catty but I really enjoyed it and the skaters were wonderful. And the diving show, Oasis of Dreams Aqua Show and Splish Splash Comedy Dive Show were phenomenal. Unfortunately, the dive shows have very limited seating and are crowded. Get there early. At least a half hour early. There were two parades on the Royal Promenade. We just happened to catch them and both were a lot of fun. It reminded me of Disney Land parades. Spa: I like to take advantage of the Thermal beds on cruises. This one only has beds so it can get crowded. My mother and I also did the mudroom and the sauna tub room. The mud room was a blast. You smear your body with a mud mask and sit in a sauna. After 20 minutes you are sprayed with water to hose you off. We sure did laugh a lot. The sauna tub room is probably more for couples. There’s a large tub with jets with added “vitalizing” aroma. Next time I’ll pass on the tub. Shore Excursions: In Haiti, we did the Cultural Tour where we went to a constructed village and watched a dance. It was entertaining and just active enough for old bones In Jamaica, we toured the Plantation Tour. Another shore excursion that was very nice. Our tour guide was quite funny on the trip to the Plantation. Unfortunately, my mother tripped and fell and now, 2 weeks after the trip, she still has an infected sore on her ankle requiring antibiotics. While we were at the Plantation tour, you went to a park to eat where you could see the zip line and river excursions. If I had been by myself, I would have taken part on those. They looked like a blast. I did the submarine tour in Cozumel that my mother passed on since you had to climb down a ladder. You are taken down in a sub to see the coral. Very informative and very well done. Unfortunately, a child projectile puked on a few of us at the start of the tour. That kind of put a damper on it a bit for me. Never the less, I would definitely recommend this tour. It is excellent. All in all, I have to say this ship and this line was the best cruise I have ever been on. I’m very impressed with the ship and service. I would certainly go on this trip again preferable to Europe. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was my first time on the Oasis of the Seas, but not my first time cruising or cruising with Royal Caribbean. We drove down from North Carolina to Port Canaveral the day before and enjoyed dinner at Fishlips the night we got down ... Read More
This was my first time on the Oasis of the Seas, but not my first time cruising or cruising with Royal Caribbean. We drove down from North Carolina to Port Canaveral the day before and enjoyed dinner at Fishlips the night we got down there. The embarkation process for the Oasis was one of the easiest I've experienced. From the time we parked to going through the entire embarkation process, to getting on the ship was maybe 45 minutes, at the most. Very fast, very efficient. We were in the first grouping of passengers allowed on the ship, as they called all the Pinnacle, Suites, Diamond Plus, and Diamond passengers in the first group. The ship, as a whole, was amazing. It rarely ever felt crowded, the service in the bars was fantastic, and the food in general was very good. We stayed in cabin 11607, which is a Central Park balcony. The room was a good size and the doors, when closed and locked, kept out about 99% of all the noise that came from outside. It was nice to sit and just people watch from the balcony when we weren't feeling ready for people but still wanted to be "out" of our cabin. Now just a few things to point out in regards to the ship. - My husband and I ate at Sabor on a sea day and that was probably the "worst", so to speak, service we had in any of the restaurants. The staff working was very friendly, the food was very, very good, and the sangria was amazing. The problem was with the amount of time it took for just our appetizers to come to our table. I think we waited 45 minutes before they even came out. Once the apps came out, though, the rest of the food followed quickly. Our waiter and the restaurant manage came over a few times and apologized for the wait times, though. The manager had even offered to take $20 off our total if we came back a second time (our lunch was complementary due to the cabin we stayed in). - On days there were big sales at the shops on board, or they were doing raffles, you couldn't walk 5 feet without being approached by someone from one of the store. Walk another 5 feet, and there was another sales person. It was basically this way from one end of the Royal Promenade to the other. There was no easy path to just get from one end to the other without being bombarded by salespeople or without having to go up a few decks to walk across and then come back down. - Service in the main dining room was very slow the first night. We had only 4 people at our table but it took us more than 2.5 hours to get through dinner the first night. However, subsequent nights that we ate in the main dining room, the service was much faster, so I know it was more of "first night jitters" so to speak. Also, the first two nights, the MDR was very slow to open. We were slated for the 730p dinner but on the first night, it wasn't until 745p-750p that they opened the doors. The second night, it wasn't as bad but it was still almost 10 minutes past time when they got everyone inside. Our ports were fantastic, as usual. Labadee - We had booked the Sandbar Island Getaway and were, but not, disappointed. Before we boarded the boat, we were told that there was a chance we wouldn't even get to visit the sandbar because the water would be too deep. Now, my husband and I both admit that we did NOT give it much thought to it being a sandbar and that's our fault. We expected a little more than what it was. It appeared as though the "sandbar island getaway" was basically the boat anchoring in the water and you got out in waist deep water and walked to the sandbar - and that's all it was. Just the sandbar. We did end up having to wave off, though, because of the water depth and we were taken to nearby Amiga Island to essentially do exactly the same thing. Because we hadn't booked the Amiga Island excursion, we weren't allowed to use anything on the island but we could get off the boat, swim around, sit in the water, etc. There were drinks for purchase on the boat as well. My husband and I both enjoyed the Prestige beer that was available. Falmouth - Our booked excursion was for the Blue Waters Beach club (escape?). It was only about 10 minutes from the port, as stated. It was a very clean beach, although the "beach club" was definitely on the small side. I'd say there was probably chairs for 150 people or so, maybe 200 but not much more. It's an all-inclusive but the mixed drinks aren't strong by any means. I understand that you don't usually get much when it comes to all-inclusive frozen drinks but even these were very weak by those standards. The food was very good. There was a lunch buffet of jerk chicken, curry chicken, beans and rice, and a few other things. Lots of music, too. When we first got there, within the span of maybe 5 minutes, we were approached by 6 or 7 different people trying to sell massages or hair braiding. It's a little annoying when you're approached by so many in such a short period of time. There's no water activities but you can go out in the water if you want to. All in all, we would probably go back. Cozumel - We took a taxi to Mr. Sanchos, our second visit. I recommend that place to anyone who's going to Cozumel. It's $55 per person for the all-inclusive option. Their drinks are much better than the AI in Falmouth. We spent our entire time there at one of the pool bars where we had a bartender named Julio who took very good care of us. Mr. Sanchos has a ton of things to do here. There's water activities, plus there's a number of other activities you can pay for. There's gentlemen who walk around for photo ops with iguanas or parrots. The beach is beautiful and the staff is wonderful. We had a fantastic time. In a nutshell, the cruise was fantastic and I am looking forward to sailing on the Oasis of the Seas again. 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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