Sail Date: January 2018
Cabins are not well maintained (sheets were torn, modeling coming off). Also, service in dining and activities suffers. Not the crew's fault, it's simply too large to provide a quality experience that you would expect if you've cruised on ... Read More
Cabins are not well maintained (sheets were torn, modeling coming off). Also, service in dining and activities suffers. Not the crew's fault, it's simply too large to provide a quality experience that you would expect if you've cruised on other lines/ships. On the first night in the main dining room they could not find our table so we were left standing there for 10 minutes. The food, while pretty good, took more than 45 minutes between courses and was often the wrong order. We also were frustrated that activities were poorly managed. For example, a sign would state it was starting at 10 a.m. but the staff responsible wouldn't appear till 10:30 or 10:45 which left us waiting. We would ask and were always told 'They are coming.' With all the problems, the few staff we did connect with consistently were wonderful and took the time to know us and ask about or experience. Lastly, this ship extends 17 floors above the ocean so it sways and rocks even in calm seas. If you have motion sickness issues, you should avoid it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our very first cruise for myself and my family and it by far exceeded every expectation. The ship is beautiful and kept very clean. The staff works very hard to make sure you are always completely satisfied. Everything is always ... Read More
This was our very first cruise for myself and my family and it by far exceeded every expectation. The ship is beautiful and kept very clean. The staff works very hard to make sure you are always completely satisfied. Everything is always done in an orderly fashion and never once felt chaotic in any way. From boarding the ship, to leaving the gangway during our ashore days, it always ran very smoothly considering how many people are onboard. The food was amazing!! Lots of good choices in the Windjammer. MDR was fast and efficient as well. Our server Leighton was a gem. He always greeted us with a smile and made sure we were completely satisfied with our food choices. The kids club was fantastic. My son went every evening after dinner for a few hours and couldn't wait to go back the next day. I cant say enough great things about our first cruise. My kids are already asking when we are going back!! Thank you Royal Carribean....see you soon!!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Dinning in main dinning room had great staff but some were very unsure of there duties, also food was lesser quality than on other cruises we had been on. Shows were cancelled a lot do to rough seas (which i understand) but they brag this ... Read More
Dinning in main dinning room had great staff but some were very unsure of there duties, also food was lesser quality than on other cruises we had been on. Shows were cancelled a lot do to rough seas (which i understand) but they brag this ship up to not having much motion due to its stability system and it was the worst voyage we have had during every day of cruising . Smaller ships we were on didn't have that much movement and we seam to have as much rough seas as we did on this one. All though we didn't spend a lot of time in cabin. It would have been nice to have more enjoyable tv shows to watch other than stations with only pertaining to royal caribbean excursions channels, shopping for channels and destination channels. Very few tv shows to just relax to while resting. All in all this was just a average cruise with no real stand out positive activities do. Due to show cancellations . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Royal Caribbean's main dining hall food isn't as good as Carnival, especially not their desserts. However, they did make one dessert I liked this year. It was Warm Dark Chocolate Cookie with Ice Cream and it was very similar to the ... Read More
Royal Caribbean's main dining hall food isn't as good as Carnival, especially not their desserts. However, they did make one dessert I liked this year. It was Warm Dark Chocolate Cookie with Ice Cream and it was very similar to the unbeatable Carnival Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. Although they still don't have as many onboard staff-directed family fun activities like Charades, Pictionary, Bean Bag Toss, etc., they did have at least one free fun dance and/or fitness dance class daily, often two. I hurt my bad shoulder on their zip line last year so I avoided that and the rock climbing wall, but I loved the excursion to Labadee where we rented a kayak and where there were PLENTY of complimentary lounge chairs in the SHADE and complimentary lunch on this privately owned-by-Royal-Caribbean island of Labadee. The ice skating show was very entertaining even for a second year in a row. The aqua diving show was good and my nephew and sisters said the daytime Comedy diving show was even better! Overall, I still like Carnival just because of the bean bag toss, charades, pictionary, and Warm Chocolate Melting Cake, plus lower price. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Embarkation & Disembarkation went smoothly & quickly. There was not a ton of places to view the ocean - which I enjoyed a lot in previous cruises. The main dining was fair. A lot of the same foods over and over again. We ... Read More
Embarkation & Disembarkation went smoothly & quickly. There was not a ton of places to view the ocean - which I enjoyed a lot in previous cruises. The main dining was fair. A lot of the same foods over and over again. We opted for a dining package and enjoyed both the Hibachi Restaurant as well as Chopped. The entertainment kept getting canceled because of the sea conditions. At one point, we were already seated for a show and they came on to let us know the show was just canceled. There was not a ton of organized activities that we really enjoyed on the other ships - for instance karoke was offered one time a day on most days for about an hour. In the fitness center, there were several machines that were in need of repair/replacement. There were two Stability Balls which were most of the times occupied or no where to be found. Also, you can take classes for a cost as well. The service and staff were awesome! The ports of call were about what we expected. For us, Oasis is not a ship we will sail on again. We prefer Freedom or Navigator of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We were asked to join other family members, who have traveled with RCI and are loyal guests of the line. We were not sure if cruising was for us, but we were very pleasantly surprised! The ship is very well equipped and cared for, and ... Read More
We were asked to join other family members, who have traveled with RCI and are loyal guests of the line. We were not sure if cruising was for us, but we were very pleasantly surprised! The ship is very well equipped and cared for, and the staff are second to none. We had often heard about cruise line food, and thought it was just because of the quantity. However, we were blown-away by the QUALITY! Some of the best meals I have ever eaten, and though we do not eat out a lot, we usually stick to high-end restaurants. The food on Oasis is the best of the best! The debarkation on the final morning went smoothly, and we were impressed that an RCI representative stepped onto the bus to thank everyone for travelling with RCI. We would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone interested in a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Oasis is a great ship --- lots to do, great staff, wonderful dining opportunities. We loved our cruise, but feel we need to mention two negatives. On Oasis, you can purchase a beverage package for soda. Their are seven soda machines ... Read More
Oasis is a great ship --- lots to do, great staff, wonderful dining opportunities. We loved our cruise, but feel we need to mention two negatives. On Oasis, you can purchase a beverage package for soda. Their are seven soda machines on the ship, four in Windjammer Cafe. As any given time, several of them are broken; also, when the Windjammer is closed, 4 of the 7 are inaccessible. We paid $140 for the 7-day drink package for the two of us, and getting the soda was often a hassle. Also ... we have enjoyed Labadee for nearly 20 years. However, the joy is gone. RC tries to cram far too many people in a relatively small space. They serve lunch from 12-2, but the buffet-style lines usually had 50-125 people standing, waiting, baking in the hot sun No fun. I have overstated things. The cruise was a blast, RC is a first-rate cruise operator. They just need to spend more time improving quality, not increasing quantity. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We tried a 7 day MSC Seaside cruise the week before Oasis. It sure felt great to get on a real cruise ship again on the Oasis of the Seas. Granted the MSC Seaside was a beautiful ship but the minuses far outweighed the pluses. Been ... Read More
We tried a 7 day MSC Seaside cruise the week before Oasis. It sure felt great to get on a real cruise ship again on the Oasis of the Seas. Granted the MSC Seaside was a beautiful ship but the minuses far outweighed the pluses. Been there,done that, and its back to RCCL or X for us! Have 2 more future cruises booked on them. Rooms are larger,food is better,service is better,shows are better, customer service is better, everything is better! The price on our Oasis cruise was less than MSC so it proves you don't always get what you pay for. MSC claims it is the "European Style" of cruising and it is definitely not for us.We were very excited to go on that new ship but boy did they let us down. They need to take lessons from RCCL or X on how to provide a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise on Oasis as a little romantic getaway and splurged on the Crown Loft Suite. While most of our cruise was great including speedy embarkation, awesome venues and our favorite place, the Coastal Kitchen; RC began a ... Read More
We chose this cruise on Oasis as a little romantic getaway and splurged on the Crown Loft Suite. While most of our cruise was great including speedy embarkation, awesome venues and our favorite place, the Coastal Kitchen; RC began a major construction project on the roof above us that lasted the entire week. The hammering, drilling banging and grinding that went on above us from 8 am to 6 pm was totally unbearable. On Monday, we inquired about the noise and asked if they could switch us to another room but were told that the project was complete and that it would be quiet for the remainder of the cruise....? Tuesday morning, we woke up to the banging again...and Wednesday and Thursday.....it never stopped! I recorded the noise every day and played it back for anyone that would listen?? My Concierge, my room attendant, the hotel administrator....? Finally on the Friday they offered to switch our room? seriously....? We had a day and a half left on our cruise? Thank you, but no....I would have gladly moved on Monday, but with one day left, we were not packing up our entire room and moving. When we returned to our room later that night, they offered us a 30% Future Cruise Credit which was nice....but did very little to make us feel any better about the way we feel they had treated us and the loss of this cruise. Our cruise cost us over ten thousand dollars including flights, hotels etc., and they offered us $1308 for me and $654.00 for DH to use toward another cruise...as nice a gesture as this was, if I'd had the option ahead of time, I would have chosen NOT to have a discounted CLS that was under construction. I know there are many people out there may have opted for the 30% discount and lived with the noise....but I would have chosen to PAY MORE for some PEACE & QUIET!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Although not *officially* there yet, we consider ourselves "empty-nesters" and are trying to embrace all of the fun that brings. That means we have added a cruise a year to our schedule of other various types of vacations. This ... Read More
Although not *officially* there yet, we consider ourselves "empty-nesters" and are trying to embrace all of the fun that brings. That means we have added a cruise a year to our schedule of other various types of vacations. This was our first time on Oasis, having done Grandeur, Liberty and Anthem (which is our ABSOLUTE favorite). Since you are reading this, you are well on your way to a great trip on Oasis, because the most important thing to do when going on the big ships is to research it. It appears folks biggest problems when cruising on the "big girls" are being unaware that a little preparation goes a long way. Sign on to your RC cruise planner account EARLY and OFTEN. Prioritize what you really want to see and do, and then schedule your reservations for those shows early in your trip. This helps because the shows are being performed on a ship that is on an ocean full of waves - not always the most ideal situation for diving into pools, being suspended on ropes or leaping across the stage! If your show gets cancelled early on your odds of being able to catch a rescheduled show are better. Also, prices do fluctuate for excursions, drink packages, Wi-Fi, etc. Checking the cruise planner often helps you save money. We try to get as much out of every trip we go on as possible, so when it comes to cruising that means we like to get on board as early as we can. After debating whether to park off-site or on, we decided to go with on-site. While it is more expensive, it is very easy to navigate the garage, and we appreciated that our car was covered during the trip. You pay before you park, which makes leaving extremely efficient. We were on board and had our first drinks in hand by 11:30. You board on deck 5 right onto the Promenade. We did not go to the Windjammer, as having heard it gets crowded. Instead, DH grabbed a hotdog from the boardwalk and we made our way to the pool deck. That brings me to the Windjammer... I read many complaints about it in other reviews, and I will say again, being prepared helps. It WILL be crowded at certain times. We are early risers and never had a problem at breakfast, but there are also other options. Remember room service for the "continental" breakfast is free. Johnny Rockets (eggs cooked to order) serves a free breakfast. The Wipeout Café and the Solarium both offer breakfast options as well. But if your heart is set on the full buffet experience at 9:00 am, just know you'll be sharing it with lots of other folks and try to remember you are ALL on vacation :-) We went with a Central Park balcony and it was very quiet. 12th deck, next to the living wall, but not one of the special ones with the larger balcony. Surprised how breezy it did get out there some days considering it is in the "middle" of the ship. As a perk for the cabin we had a free lunch in Giovanni's (or could have chosen Johnny Rockets) and a bottle of red wine. As to the lunch - I was glad it was free. It was fine, but I just wasn't impressed with it enough to have paid a premium for it. Honestly thought our service in the dining room was better. We ate most our dinners in the dining room (had early seating) and they were fine. Nothing spectacular, nothing horrible. We enjoy the experience of the meal, and dressing for dinner more then the food. Besides, after eating and drinking throughout the day, cannot really say we ever went to dinner hungry! Yes, there have been changes to the line through the years. Quality has gone down, bread is in a basket on the table, versus being served, fewer staff to do more work, but honestly I believe you get what you pay for. And RC really is fairly reasonable when you consider everything that is included. We purchased the drink package and enjoyed it immensely. I simply enjoyed the freedom of being able to try new drinks with no cost concerns. My DH enjoys IPA's, and with a little research I discovered that although they do not list it on the menu, the Globe and Atlas pub has Dogfish Head. Just need to know to ask for it. The Champagne Bar has a menu full of dessert drinks. Although most of them are a little extra then the $13.00 per drink the package covers, I did think the key-lime pie martini was worth the extra $. We enjoyed the comedy show (that had been a priority for us, so I made sure we had reservations for it). It is a small venue, but they do lots of shows, so should not be too difficult to see if you are interested. The diving show was excellent as well. I am not a fan of the show Cats, so did not see it. Lots of opportunities for live music around the ship, although most of it does occur later in the evening. For us, the ship is the destination, so I don't have a lot to offer for shore excursions. We are beach people, so I normally just figure out which beach I want to go to and grab a cab there - if we even get off the ship at all. As to crowds in general, never really experienced a problem. Of course we are physically able to take the stairs often, and that helped us avoid any elevator issues. We also generally got our own drinks, although there was bar service in most venues and on the pool deck. Never saw any enforcement of the "chair hogging" - as early risers we were on the deck early and saw many towel covered chairs unoccupied for extended periods. But there are also multiple pools, decks, and plenty of chairs to be had. One difference I did notice on this ship was fewer announcements. Other ships we've gone on always heard announcements for bingo or sales or port info sessions. Not so much on this ship. Not that it concerned me one way or another - just an observation. We elected to do self-carry for disembarkation. Absolute breeze. Timed it right, and got in elevator without a problem. Straight off ship, in garage and on the road by 7:15 am. That was where paying the premium for parking on-site paid off. Could have saved $ with off-site parking, but appreciated the convenience of no shuttle waiting. Great trip for us. But once again, biggest piece of advice is to research the ship. Join your roll-call (folks generally will let you know about sales and when reservations are open) and remember you're on vacation (along with everyone else ;-) 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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