528 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Big ship, pretty, clean, friendly staff, not many activities or variety, food wasn't great, did not feel like it was very fresh all the time. The shows were AWESOME, the waiters at the main dining room were very attentive as well as ... Read More
Big ship, pretty, clean, friendly staff, not many activities or variety, food wasn't great, did not feel like it was very fresh all the time. The shows were AWESOME, the waiters at the main dining room were very attentive as well as the cabin steward. Towel stations were not always open, which sucked. Having a 16 years and older area (the solarium) is cool, but it could also be 18 or 21 and up (did not have any problems with it though). I would recommend including more activities for diverse cultures, i/e more music, salsa lessons, Caribbean beats, Irish dance, something fun and innovative that inspires the guests to try something new. Less ridiculous prices and better photography crew. Some of the pictures they took from us were out of focus or out of the background area, plus the price to pay to get the pictures was too high. It should be more accessible so that all families can afford to bring home their vacation pictures and memories. It was a good experience overall. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
One of the bigger ships from Royal Carribean - the customer service was exceptional, the staff was friendly and courteous and the food quality tad above average. Lot of activities and plenty to do for families with kids. Separate sections ... Read More
One of the bigger ships from Royal Carribean - the customer service was exceptional, the staff was friendly and courteous and the food quality tad above average. Lot of activities and plenty to do for families with kids. Separate sections for teen and kids activities. I would recommend spend few hours on the first day to acclimatize yourself with the ship as it has lot of places to explore.Crowded ( 6,475 cruisers) and if you plan to attend shows, you need to reserve seats before hand and show up 30 minutes before the show time to get good seats. One thing I didn’t like was that RC loves to nickel and dime on extras; great example - box of popcorn for $2.50 and 18 % gratuity on top of it. I am not a first time cruiser so was a little disapppointed and surprised by some the antics RC uses. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My family (ages 52,46,50 and 21) chose the Oasis based on what it has to offer. The size of the ship, rock climbing walls, flow rider, zip line, ice skating and the distinct neighborhood themes are all very alluring when shopping for a ... Read More
My family (ages 52,46,50 and 21) chose the Oasis based on what it has to offer. The size of the ship, rock climbing walls, flow rider, zip line, ice skating and the distinct neighborhood themes are all very alluring when shopping for a cruise. We have cruised on 11 other ships but will not do an Oasis class cruise again. Here's why with positives followed by negatives: Quality of food at the seated dining was good. Breakfast selection was good and omelettes were awesome. The ship itself is amazing. It's clean and after over 10 years in service it has minimal signs of wear. Embarkation and disembarkation was seamless. Staff was friendly and for the most part helpful. The theater is larger than normal and ship layout makes sense once you get situated. Our room was conveniently located with no major complaints with the hardware. We enjoyed central park in the morning and the solarium area is nice for those that want quiet (if you can find a seat). Negatives: massive crowds of people everywhere!! (5,500 passengers to be exact). RCL tried to account for this with the design of the ship and different venues but fails on many accounts. All those things you want to do (zip line, climbing wall, flow rider, etc). Well guess what? Everyone else wants to do them too! The gym was always packed, Windjammer buffet is always packed and I didn't like having to schedule our shows. A looped message in the Windjammer reminds people to eat and get out so other guests can enjoy the mediocre buffet food. Buffet food was not as good as Holland America or Carnival. For the shows you need to form a line 40 minutes before to get a good seat....While waiting, RCL plays a looped message reminding you not to reserve seats but then they reserve seats for Diamond class and others....really RCL? Our room steward was good but he was working on his tip so hard that after the second day it was very irritating and we wanted to avoid him all together! The gym was poorly laid out and always packed with many people sitting on equipment and texting. Drinking fountain was broken. The elevators were glitchy and lights do not illuminate after pressing buttons repeatedly. The mobile phone app was completely useless and inaccurate. We gave up and used the cruise compass. There were 3 events that we wanted to do but found were cancelled. Many people showed up and were disappointed. The parades in the promenade are goofy with many made up characters that no one can relate to. The broadway show CATS is a complete waste of time and many people left. Unless you absolutely love broadway style entertainment I suggest skipping it. RCL is trying to be world class but misses the mark on enjoyable entertainment for the masses when compared to other cruise lines. (disclaimer: Come fly with me was good). Some of the shows that RCL continues to promote are crude and inappropriate. Why do this? (Battle of the sexes as an example). The adult comedy is beyond inappropriate. Who thinks this is enjoyable? Wake up RCL. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The ship is huge and amazing. I think I can write a novel describing our week long cruise on this ship. Biggest thumbs up are embarkation and disembarkation. A ship this size and more than 6000 people - embark and disembark are very smooth ... Read More
The ship is huge and amazing. I think I can write a novel describing our week long cruise on this ship. Biggest thumbs up are embarkation and disembarkation. A ship this size and more than 6000 people - embark and disembark are very smooth and very fast. I've been to other cruise ships with less than half capacity of Oasis, and it took forever for embark and disembark. Promenade on Deck 5 is really cool. quiet in the morning, busy during late afternoon and evening. This is a common place where you can snack on a pizza or sandwich, relax while sipping tea, watch TV, people watch, and everything in between. This was also our meeting place everyday. Service at lunch and dinner are also awesome. A lot of things/ activities to do. Not enough time for everything. I did not have time to try the wall climbing. I enjoyed the ping pong tournament. Food at MDR was good. Lunch and breakfast at Solarium were fine also. You would never feel like you are on a ship, will never feel like there are other 6000 souls on board and will never be able to do all things you want to do in a week on a ship. Cons: Customer Service at the Excursion (Deck 5). I was trying to reserve an excursion to Jamaica. She kept on rolling her eyes whenever I asked a question. Like she did not want to help me. The lady at the Customer Service Center. I asked her about one of the rooms in my reservation being changed and she could not give me an answer. She just remained quiet until I asked for her manager. They offered me a 30% discount for my next cruise but after the discount, they are the same price anyways because there is always an advertised discount. Room attendant left food from previous occupants. Did not clean properly the bathroom. I could never figure out the creatures he was making out of the towel - maybe pre-historic animals. Show - avoid CATS! Comedy show got old quick - same jokes the whole week. Come Fly with Me was boring. Headliners Act was decent. Ice Show was good. Aqua show was the best show on the ship. There's nothing much in the Kids' Club. Disney cruise is 100 times better in kids' club. Tip: In Cozumel, get a taxi to go to Paradise Beach - great food. Do not get the ship's excursion. In Jamaica, try the Dunn's River Falls - crowded but worth it. Also, the River tubing. (Falls-River combo trip) Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The people are friendly. The food is great. The ship's focus is on making money rather than amazing experiences. Sure you have freebies that are provided, but be prepared to be in an Oasis of money sucking restaurants, services, ... Read More
The people are friendly. The food is great. The ship's focus is on making money rather than amazing experiences. Sure you have freebies that are provided, but be prepared to be in an Oasis of money sucking restaurants, services, shops...We sailed with the hope that this would be the best cruise ever (it's our third and most expensive cruise so far), but we were disappointed. Free ice cream is hard to come by. Can you believe that??? Only on deck 15 and for limited hours. Have you ever heard of paying for a burger on a cruise ship? Isn't that the most basic food??? Well, get ready to pay if you go to Johnny Rockets for lunch or dinner. Sure other places have free burgers, but a lot of the basic restaurants are not free!!! Some Cafe's have mixture of free and pay for food and you always have to ask to make sure. Isn't the whole "Oasis" of a cruise experience to have everything be all inclusive. Well, this is not it! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I chose RC at the last minute becasue we got a great deal. Whereas the overall ship was impressive to look at, it lacked a lot of details. ! of the 2 Drink machines ourtside of Sorrento's did not work the entire cruise. Do they not ... Read More
I chose RC at the last minute becasue we got a great deal. Whereas the overall ship was impressive to look at, it lacked a lot of details. ! of the 2 Drink machines ourtside of Sorrento's did not work the entire cruise. Do they not have a spare or someone that can fix these? 1 of the 2 ice cream machines by the pool only worked the first day. Once again, really?? I was unimpressed the free food choices. They want you to pay for anything above buffet food, basically. I've been on a few Carnival cruises and the Guy's Burger Joint was always packed and the food was wonderful! The "air-conditioning" in the cabin was a joke. I was told that it "met specs" by putting out 20.7C air. However, it could not remotely cool the room down. It took 2 dyas and 10 calls to Guest Services to get the champagne and cupcakes my wife had ordered for my birthday. Everyone seemed clueless when we even mentioned it! Our Kind converted twin beds would not stay together. I would wake up in a hole almost every night. I was not impressed with the food in the American Icon dining room and I reapeatedly had to ask, every evening, for a refill on my iced tea. The staff was very friendly though. The Windjammer conistently ran out of food options. The "taco bar" section only offered tacos and meat. I don't get it! My wife and I haved loved the piano bar on Carnival cruises. The Oasis piano comlpetely lacked any enthusiasm from the piano player and the seating arrangements had most people sitting with their backs to the piano which left them discconnected from the experience. I'm not sure if I will give RC another chance or not. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our cabin steward was horrible. Provided horrible service and kicked us out of our rooms continuously. We would leave for activities and leave the tag in the door to clean our room. Several hours later when we returned, the room was ... Read More
Our cabin steward was horrible. Provided horrible service and kicked us out of our rooms continuously. We would leave for activities and leave the tag in the door to clean our room. Several hours later when we returned, the room was still not cleaned and the steward would then kick us out of our rooms so that she could clean. The Shore Excursion staff sell by a bait and switch technique. Do not trust the videos on the TV about the excursions. Their excuse is that the videos were made for different ships and are not the excursion any longer. However, they do not tell you when you pay the price. Especially on the All Access Tour. When our tour was cut short due to a Bravo drill, there was no refund or consideration. They said they could have shown us pictures of the areas and that would have sufficed for the $119 tour. Ship was clean but looking it's age. All staff except for the steward and Shore Excursions were very nice and helpful. CATS has been running 3 years now and it needs to go. More people walked out than stayed for the performance. All the shows are starting to get weary. Haven't changed them in three years. Menus are also the same for the past three years however food is good!. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise to experience the new ship. Our attendant for our stateroom was exceptional...Her name was Vierna,and she went out of her way to give us the best service possible,and truly upholds the standards of Royal Caribbean. ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience the new ship. Our attendant for our stateroom was exceptional...Her name was Vierna,and she went out of her way to give us the best service possible,and truly upholds the standards of Royal Caribbean. Our dining room experience was great. The cleanliness of the ship was great. In the future I would not choose a cruise that sailed three days in a row.I also would not choose a cruise that had Labidee in it.As beautiful as it was and the job well done by Royal Caribbean,it seems to be the consensus among many passengers I spoke with that the shopping experience is horrible.My girls and I were prepared to spend quite a bit of money on gifts and items for ourselves but when we got past the indoor market to the outside market it became extremely aggressive.Not one,not 10,not 20 but about 30 individuals selling were ALL in your face,putting bracelets on us and demanding money.One man grabbed my 14 year old arm and pulled her into his stall to get her to buy something.I couldn’t find her at first and was calling her name as these people were constantly trying to get me to purchase from them.I tried to get past this to shop but they made the experience intolerable.So in the end instead of spending a good amount of money ,I decided it wasn’t worth it at all.I would be in shock if you haven’t heard this many,many times...I would hope you will address this. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
If you plan to purchase a gift card to use onboard during your cruise be aware that it takes 15 days to activate, and this is not stated before you purchase and you only find out when you try to activate. If you have a person sharing a ... Read More
If you plan to purchase a gift card to use onboard during your cruise be aware that it takes 15 days to activate, and this is not stated before you purchase and you only find out when you try to activate. If you have a person sharing a cabin that does not drink alcohol and one that does and they wanted to purchase a drink package the second person must purchase one also. I called and inquired if there were any exceptions and they stated that I could purchase the non-alcoholic package which would have been a waste of money for me as I neither drink coffee, non-alcoholic drinks, juices, etc. What a rip-off. Also, if you plan a shoe excursion you may be surprised once you arrive. Buses were out of service in Jamaica and we waiting in the very hot sun for 45 minutes for another bus, boarded and then changed buses again. We saw only the wort parts of the Island and had only a few minutes to shop, eat lunch and sight see (if you call it that) due to the fact that we were an hour behind schedule and arrived back at the ship in enough time to board. Our tour guide was wonderful but otherwise a very big disappointment. After filing a complain with the Shore Excursions kiosk our group was insulted by an $8.25 reimbursement for the trouble. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We live about 30 minutes from port Canaveral so we have done quite a few cruises, this was our first time on Oasis and we were really excited for the ship experience. The boardwalk and Central Park areas were really nice and the shows were ... Read More
We live about 30 minutes from port Canaveral so we have done quite a few cruises, this was our first time on Oasis and we were really excited for the ship experience. The boardwalk and Central Park areas were really nice and the shows were phenomenal, we watched come fly with me twice so I will give it to Royal that they did really well in those areas but overall I was expecting more with activity availabily and access to amenities. We were expecting the food in the main dining room to be better then carnival bc we were under the impression that Royal was a more premier cruise line, we were very disappointed when the NY strips came out very hard and not cooked the way we requested (we wanted medium rare and got well well done) and ended up speaking to the chef and waiter supervisor. After this they offered us the surf and turf complimentary and a bottle of champagne which was very nice. The remaining nights we were treated very well by all of the dining staff. We had an interior Central Park balcony and the first day there were people smoking which caused us to not be able to enjoy the balcony at all that day, we complained to our state room attendant and he told his supervisor. The next day there were people smoking marijuana which was absolutely horrible. We went down to guest services and complained, they said we needed to call security next time. The state room attendants supervisor met with us and offerered us the 20% off this cruise towards another cruise which is pretty much the only reason we are booking with Royal again. We were also very disappointed that the ice cream machines and coke machines were broken from the first day and it continued the remainder of the cruise. The last day at sea we waited 20 minutes for them to put vanilla in 1 of the machines and chocolate in the one in the wipe out cafe. We asked to speak to the manager for the ice cream machines but they were too busy to speak to us. It took us 3 times to finally climb the rock wall, they kept advertising that it was open for “climb under the stars” but twice we went and it was closed. We were finally able to do it by waking up early and getting there right at 9am and half of the grips were broken and turned when you went to grab them. Also for the zip line it would be nice if they told you beforehand that you can’t were any jewelry and you need a sleeved shirt. The towel check in and check out was ridiculous, the last night on the ship we had them in our room bc we ended up not going in the hot tub and I had to change and go up to the pool deck just to check them back in and we STILL got charged which we had to wait in line at guest services to have it taken off. We also paid for 2 massages online prior to boarding and found out they charged us for 1 of them on the ship, we were not able to get that charge removed because the spa had closed the accounts so now we have to call to get a $130 erroneous charge removed. We were the last people to get off the ship after dealing with all these false charges. Overall I was expecting more out of Royal Carribbean and there “world class ships” but I had a much better ship experience on my 7 night eastern Caribbean on carnival to be honest as far as the actual ship goes. You get all these amenities but they are closed or broken more then half the time on Oasis. In my opinion there is so much hype over these giant ships that they don’t bother to do anything to try to fix things for you unless you complain unfortunately. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was our 4th RC cruise and our 4th ship of the fleet, everyone I’ve ever spoken to on other cruises always mentions how good Oasis is, so we booked a 7night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Casino Royale on Independence. I’ll start ... Read More
This was our 4th RC cruise and our 4th ship of the fleet, everyone I’ve ever spoken to on other cruises always mentions how good Oasis is, so we booked a 7night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Casino Royale on Independence. I’ll start positive: All food was great, we tried everywhere to eat on the ship. The cruise director was brilliant, typically American style over enthusiastic for most British people standards but I personally like it, I’d much rather have over enthusiasm than under. Cruise director’s staff again great. Sports staff fantastic! Casino staff 35/65 when it you either get a happy smiley Eastern European girl, a lovely polite, chatty Filipino or a miserable Eastern European bloke, not even a good tip makes them smile! On the plus side the Casino host was very very good. I tend to turn over a lot of money in the casinos on ships this was the first time we got gifts delivered to our room ever, on this ship it was three occasions! Thank You Cabin staff - ours was my favourite ever, top guy, always smiling, always asked how our day was, great job on the room MDR staff BRILLIANT, even though we only ate the for dinner twice we found them much more attentive and accomadating than the other RC ships we’ve been on - the head of service was SUPERB, I love A vodka and freshly squeezed OJ, the bars don’t have it, the MDR sorted it for me. TOP MARKS! Embarkation: at first it looked not good, the line was huge, much bigger than I’ve ever seen before however it was quite pleasing how fast the queue went. I do however feel Oasis should adopt the take your sea pass photo at home and collect seapass at room method like the newer ships. On a plus note all the embarkation staff were lovely even though it was very busy. First stop, as always, schooner bar, to read the day 1 compass and cocktail. Great news they knew my cocktail and had all the ingredients - good start. However I noticed there were no windows looking out to sea (very odd for the schooner bars I’ve been in the past) this was a little disappointing as I like the trivia, Schooner is usually my bar. 2pm. The room: Ocean view as always (I’d love a balcony but I sleepwalk). This was the next window issue we had, the “ocean view” window was opaque (steamed up). I called housekeeping to complain. I was apologised to, but as the ship was full I was stuck with it however a small amount of “next cruise credit” was promised - Although not happy, it was all I was going to get so I dealt with it. First meal, Chops of course! We get in with no reservation, great, Q “where would you like to sit sir?”. A “By the window please”. “Certainly sir, overlooking Central Park” It turns out there are no windows out to sea in Chops, I find that annoying as to get a window seat is one of the reasons we book premium dining. Evening drink, Baleros, no window out to sea... The Globe pub drink two, again, no windows out to sea... It turns out that None of the premium restaurants on this ship have windows out to sea, only Central Park view, very few of the bars do either. (On a plus note there was a live violist and pianist playing most nights) Day 4 MDR, great news, we get a window seat! Sadly that window, in fact all the windows on deck 3 are steamed up! (Plus note: The food I the MDR was very very good, better than other RC ships) I’m sorry I droned on a bit about the lack of windows, but I didn’t realise how much I missed it. I would probably go on oasis again after the refurb, but i think I’d rather go on freedom class again as it had everything I want, plus all the bars (just about) have windows out to sea. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We love Royal, it’s our favorite line, with Norwegian right on its coattail! However, this particular voyage was my least favorite! The ship was nice. I would say this ship is fun for families. More kids than I would prefer. However, ... Read More
We love Royal, it’s our favorite line, with Norwegian right on its coattail! However, this particular voyage was my least favorite! The ship was nice. I would say this ship is fun for families. More kids than I would prefer. However, when it came to service, this ship lacked for us! Service is so important on a cruise, it can really dictate whether you have a good time or a not so good time! For me, based on service alone, I wouldn’t return to the Oasis. Overall, crew were either, boring, confused,unfriendly, lacking in gumption, lacking in people skills or just plain rude! On a happier note, we loved the Park! It was beautiful! We loved the Park Cafe as it was on floor 8, as were we! My husband loved the bagels every morning! I would give Oasis’s sister ships a try! The Aqua theatre was also an exciting treat! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My parents had booked and they "loved" RCL, they asked us to come along (we paid) and we did. PROS: Great entertainment Beautiful "Central Park" area Great dining room service, committed wait staff ... Read More
My parents had booked and they "loved" RCL, they asked us to come along (we paid) and we did. PROS: Great entertainment Beautiful "Central Park" area Great dining room service, committed wait staff Housekeeping was good! Relatively quick elevators Had good escargot and ceasar salad CONS: Have to make reservations for all shows! Drinks way too expensive. Constant "selling" of crap on the ship. When docking at ports, it cost $10- 20 each way just to get into the downtown areas. Food was OK, not great variety Not enough to do on non-port days, most activities to make you pay for something like acupuncture, jewelry, cosmetics, etc. Not any FREE movies in cabin, terrible TV Too may eating areas that cost extra, not enough "free" food at night! Not a very "intimate" ship Had to pay for ANY fitness class! Everything was crowded, hard to find deck chair, seating to eat, Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The staff and service could not have been better. The first 3 days onboard I felt like there was a wide variety of activities to do. After that, it kind of felt like they were scrapping the bottom of the barrel for something to do. A ... Read More
The staff and service could not have been better. The first 3 days onboard I felt like there was a wide variety of activities to do. After that, it kind of felt like they were scrapping the bottom of the barrel for something to do. A person can only shop so much and when you don't like watches, jewelry or art. How many sheets can one person really buy? I have a lot of food allergies and I normally only eat organic fruits and veg, and grass-fed meat. Quinoa, duck eggs and so on. One specialty restaurant onboard had red quinoa and might have had grass-fed meat. I gladly paid extra for the better ingredients but, they too were limited on what they had to work with. It still floors me that a ship sailing in the Caribbean does not have coconut oil onboard. Or my stateroom statues did not allow me to enter that world of food- the food I normally eat. There was a Chef's table and Coastal Kitchen that was either $120 a meal extra or I was not allowed to attend due to my cabin level. When I had no idea of the quality of food and I didn't want to spend that extra money if the quality was not there. I was more than happy with the interior room. Wish there was a way that I could eat the quality of food I normally eat, without having to spend ten's of thousands of dollars or even thousands of dollars on an over the top room I don't need or want. I am a simple girl that only eats the highest quality, whole food, I can source. I might cruise once more with my husband so he can get the experience as well, but without better food options for an interior cabin gal, I think I will stick to Road Trips!!!!!!! At least then I can pack my own food and travel were I, please. If you have single allergies, such as just gluten or just dairy or if you are Vegetarian the menus are pretty well labeled. Due to the fact that in the main dining the fish was farmed and the meat had a weird texture. I was all of the above and more. Which left me with few options. Overall I relaxed and had a great time. Not in a hurry to go back. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have been loyal to Royal for almost 20 years now but are finding that we are becoming quite bored with their ships, food, and entertainment. The Oasis is in serious need of refurbishment. The food in the Windjammer and main dining ... Read More
We have been loyal to Royal for almost 20 years now but are finding that we are becoming quite bored with their ships, food, and entertainment. The Oasis is in serious need of refurbishment. The food in the Windjammer and main dining room is just mediocre, and the lobster was not good at all. I guess they have reduced the quality of the food in the complimentary restaurants to possibly get you to purchase their specialty restaurant packages. The number of people on these large ships creates huge lines everywhere so you have to wait to do everything. If you are booked on one of these larger ships you need to make sure you book your shows and dinner reservations well in advance before you sail in the cruise planner. The show "Cats" is by far the worst show we have ever seen and ended up walking out after giving it a chance for an hour (the show is over 2 1/2 hours long.) The comedians were funny but the family friendly show was not very "family friendly" with bad language and adult subject matter. On a positive note, our dining waiter and assistant waiter were exceptional, as was our cabin steward. The ziplining excursion in Jamaica with Chukka tours was fantastic. The staff there (Tamika, Dr. P, and Mr. Cool) were so fun and made this the highlight of our trip. Do not book the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruin excursion in Cozumel. It requires seven hours travel time for only one hour onsite at the ruins. I'm surprised Royal even includes this excursion as one of their offerings. My 12 year old daughter very much enjoyed the teens club. There were many activities for her every day so she stayed very busy with that. It took two hours after we got off the ship to claim baggage and clear customs. This was way too long. Keep this in mind if you are catching a flight and need to get back to Orlando from Port Canaveral. We did book two back to back Mediterranean cruises while on the ship but after that we will probably look at cruising on a different cruise line unless RCCL comes out with new ships that are redesigned. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The Oasis of the Seas is a gorgeous ship, and all the neighborhoods have something to offer. We found that over 6000 passengers on this packed cruise were too many. The itenerary was also a bit disappointing. I will try to walk you ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is a gorgeous ship, and all the neighborhoods have something to offer. We found that over 6000 passengers on this packed cruise were too many. The itenerary was also a bit disappointing. I will try to walk you through what led to my conclusions. Embarkation/Disembarkation - No complaints. Both processes went smoothly and quickly. We had forgotten lanyards for our cruise passes, but the shop set up by the check in lines were very helpful. The management of the check in lines was excellent. We chose self-help for disembarkation and found that process so much faster and more pleasant than the usual dismissal by grouping. If you can handle your own luggage, I highly recommend using this option. Ship - Gorgeous ship. The neighborhoods are unique and fascinating. Central Park was more interesting with all the plants and specialty restaurants along with the rising tide bar that raises and lowers between Central Park and the royal promenade. - It is easy to get lost and/or turned around. Download the RC app and it will help you tremendously. The interactive maps on each deck are also very helpful. - Deck 6 does not allow you to walk the full length, forcing you to go down to royal promenade on deck 5 to go between schooner bar and vitality spa. This was the only deck where this was an issue. - Jogging/walking track on Deck 5 is nice. It takes you around the ship and has motivational messages that are sometimes humorous. The view on the track is lacking since you go around behind life boats. - The various pools are good. Salt water “ocean” pool, kiddie pool, regular pool, sports pool and solarium pool all give you options. There wasn’t a problem finding chairs to lay out either. - Casino has smoking and non smoking sides and there wasn’t much drift between the two. - The smoking deck covering half the pools was annoying. It was like a bar hall with all the smokers and you had to be careful about which side you were on. Cabin - No complaints. Our cabin was spacious and clean. Our cabin attendant was excellent. The only complaint I could have is that our toilet always stank of strong urine smell. It was cleaned daily but the stench never went away. I don’t know why. - The shower was good. The water pressure was excellent. We had trouble making cold water come on in the sink and you had to be careful or the water would splash out of the sink. Dining - The main dining room in Silk was fantastic. Our wait staff was excellent. They remembered my specific drink order all week after my first order. They also helped with meal timing if we had a show at 9pm with our 8pm seating time. The food was pretty good here too. I did notice that some dishes were borrowed from the specialty restaurants. Windjammer: This cafe’s standards have fallen quite a bit since I sailed on Allure of the Seas. The food was OK and you could find special diets like vegetarian. However, the dessert table was lacking, and the dining area was too small. There were often lines waiting for tables to open and the crowds diminished the experience. The wait staff could barely keep up with busing tables and drink orders were non-existent. I was also disappointed that minimal snacking and desserts were not available 24-7 at windjammer. The pizza joint and the limited cafe were not sufficient and usually had long lines. Solarium Bistro: Best place to have breakfast. Not nearly as crowded as Windjammer but you can still get your favorites. Drink Package - We had the Non alcoholic refreshments package, but found it disappointing. First there were few “premium waters” available. No Evian with generic spring water offered in its stead. The universal coke machines were nice but there were not enough of them. With most people at least on coke package, having only 5 machines for over 4000 people (my guess) is not nearly enough. The machines also lacked ice most of the time. Another thing I noticed is that bar staff tend to ignore you when you ask to have your cup refilled until they have served all the alcohol requesting guests. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS 150 Central Park: Disappointing. The food was not that special, and dining on the first night of the cruise, they didn’t have any sparkling water available which i found quite odd. The service was OK but again nothing special. Chop’s Grille: Never disappoints where it comes to the meat. The Mac n cheese, asparagus and mushrooms were delicious. The filet was very nice, and they gave us complimentary lobster tails since we were missing lobster night in the main dining room. The red velvet cake was divine as well. However, the seafood tower we paid extra to order was disappointing. The crab claw meat was grainy and obviously had been frozen for quite some time. The mussels and clams were OK but also not fresh and were quite rubbery. I recommend avoiding the seafood tower. Giovanni’s Table: Good food. The appetizers were fantastic. The risotto was awful, undercooked and crunchy. The chocolate cake dessert was excellent. The service for our large group was good. Johnny Rocket: The cover charge isn’t bad, especially if you are craving a quality burger. Sabor: Nice Tex mex. The tacos and quesadillas are also quite good. The cinnamon churros and banana/chocolate empanadas are delicious desserts. We paid the $20 per person cover charge twice to each lunch here. Entertainment - Trivia is always fun and this ship doesn’t disappoint. - The headliner was a ventriloquist who was very funny. However it was the ONLY show we could see. All reservations were snapped up within 2 hours of the ship opening, a fact no one made us aware of. So I was unable to enjoy any of the offerings except the ventriloquist. And even if I had the opportunity, everything was timed so that 8pm dinner seating conflicted with the offering. They need to do something to improve this situation. PORTS/EXCURSIONS Haiti: I like to call this Faux Haiti. Labadee is a port wholly created and owned by RC, located on a peninsula across a small bay from the actual village of Labadee, which you can see but not visit. We did the historic walking tour which really was a general historical lecture on Haiti and the area around labadee. It was interesting but the only historic thing you see is a ruin of a trading post set up in the 1700s. Labadee is nice, safe and quite sanitized. If you want “real Haiti” you won’t find it here. Also, bring water shoes for the beach. Adrenaline beach , where you rent beach loungers for two, is VERY rocky. Jamaica: Our excursion for high tea at the estate house was cancelled without explanation. The other excursions all required long bus rides to Ochos Rios or Montego Bay. Falmouth is not ready for guests although the pier itself is nice. As a gay married couple, I was always uneasy about jamaica knowing how they treat their own gays. Cozumel: Very nice port! We went on the Tulum Ruins and beach break, which was very good. The all day excursion was tiring but worth it. The beaches were nice although the amount of seaweed awashed ashore was immense! This is the only port I’d want to return to in the future. We went on this cruise as part of a wedding for friends of ours. We had a nice time, but wouldn’t choose this ship or itinerary again. The Oasis class is simply too large, too crowded and too many lines everywhere you go. Haiti was not authentic at all, and Jamaica is too virulently homophonic for me to ever feel comfortable there. Cozumel was the only port I’d want to visit again. 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Sail Date May 2018
I chose this cruise because I was told it was great and to get an inside balcony. This proved to be a big mistake. It was on deck 14, right below the teen area. You could not see what was happening on the stage and the only view we had ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I was told it was great and to get an inside balcony. This proved to be a big mistake. It was on deck 14, right below the teen area. You could not see what was happening on the stage and the only view we had was the hot dog stand and carousel. It was hot and muggy, no breeze. This ship is big but was not hard to get around - only problem, long waits for elevators. The entertainment was less than desirable. No big main shows except Cats - no variety. Cabin and dinning were adequate. The room steward was excellent - probably the best I have had in all the cruises I went on (have been on about 25 cruises). Overall, this ship was a disappointment. In addition to it being so large there was no way to communicate with anyone in your party - you need their wifi which is not good either. I will not sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We decided to go on the Oasis of the Seas about Jan this year, as we always wanted to try out one of the mega ships. We didn’t do too much research into the ship and Royal Caribbean now before booking. The choice of cabins was also ... Read More
We decided to go on the Oasis of the Seas about Jan this year, as we always wanted to try out one of the mega ships. We didn’t do too much research into the ship and Royal Caribbean now before booking. The choice of cabins was also somewhat limited by the time we booked, but we were okay with that. I will leave our overall decision of the ship until the end. VACATION START - We had a total of 7 people, my family of 3 (incl a 5 year old) , my parents (both seniors) and 2 friends of my parents. It was 4 cabins total, as the 2 friends each booked a single cabin. My parents drove down 2 days before the cruise (with the gas prices have determined they did not save any money!), and the rest of us flew in on Saturday. The 2 friends stayed near port overnight and had a transport to port morning of the cruise. We stayed next to Disney Springs and visited with local family that day. EMBARKATION - My parents and we drove to the port, leaving around 8:45am. We decided to park at the port after reading about issues with the buses to/from the other parking lots. We decided with a young child and seniors it was not a good idea if we had wait outside in the heat. This choice was totally worth the extra cost. We got to the port about 9:45 am and sat in line at the light and heading into the garage about 20 mins. Once we got close to the parking structure, someone directed us into the parking lot on the right side and told us to pull around and into a parking space to drop our luggage. We did so, then pulled back out of the lot, made the right turn and right back up into the parking garage. It went very quickly at that point. This seemed a lot better than being in the large group of cars/people inside the parking garage dropping off luggage. I believe we just happened to be in the right place at the right time for them to pull a few cars out separately to drop luggage on the side. We agreed that we could or should have left earlier and been at the port by 9am and it might have gone faster, but either way it certainly was not a bad experience so far. We then parked and headed into the building. Security went quickly so no issues there. We met up with the rest of our group as we were entering, but had to split up as they were on deck 14 and we were on deck 3, so we were sent different ways to check-in. The check-in process took about 10-15 mins total. The checked our docs, took our pics and gave us our seapass cards and check-in color. We were Gold members, so we went to our area and determined they were already boarding. This was about 10:30am. The longest “line” was getting onto the ship. It took about 20 mins total to go up the gangway and through the ship entrance. We also were stopped on the way through for our daughter to get a “child safety bracelet”. We didn’t know about this, but supposedly if your child is not with you during an emergency they use these bracelets to determine the child’s muster station and can bring the child to you if needed vs. the parents going to find them. We were told she had to wear it all week, but we saw many children who didn’t have them by mid-week. Our daughter wore hers reluctantly, but she is never not with us so we probably didn’t need it but oh well. We finally arrived on the ship after 11am, and headed to Windjammer for lunch. It was very organized and they were seating everyone as they entered. We were directed to one side that just reopened and it seemed less chaotic there. The rest of our group joined us there. We had to ask for drinks multiple times as the servers seemed to disappear most times, but this seemed to be an embarkation day only mishap. Lunch was average, as it is a buffet and about what we expected. We discovered the ultimate Chocolate cake here… it is chocolate cake with a thick mousse like topping. SOOOOOO GOOD! I still miss it! We walked around the ship for a few mins after lunch, then went down towards our rooms. It was about 20 mins early, but they were open and we were allowed in. Most of our luggage was there already. We unpacked and headed to the pool for a while. It was FREEZING cold, but daughter loved it anyway. We then went down to the room to chill and get ready for dinner. If I continue with a daily review it will go on forever… so I will hit all the major parts and give our review on each. EATERIES: We ate at every free location on the ship, and 1-2 of the cost locations. None of the full restaurants. The big issue we had on these was the times they were open! Very little late night snacking allowed on this ship as well as options especially for 6000 people!! Windjammer was open all day but closed at 8:45… waayyy to early. Boardwalk dog, Park café, Wipeout café all closed by 5-6pm. Only places open after 8:45 pm were Promenade Café and Sorrento’s Pizza. Therefore if you wanted anything after dinner time, or you didn’t get to dinner early enough, your choices were VERY limited. For this many passengers this seemed crazy. This meant the promenade was overly busy every night after this time because this was the only options! RCCL needs to rethink this for a ship this size. Guess they think everyone goes to bed at 9pm… We went to the dining room every dinner and many breakfast. Our dinner servers, Catherine from Kenya and Raj from India were excellent and made the experience for us all. I had requested a round 8 top table near the window before leaving. We were sent an email from RCCL with the table number and deck about 2 weeks before sailing. I liked our table, as it was off to the side and quiet. Plus we could enter from the side of the dining room right off the stairs instead of the front. However, we sometimes felt like we were out of the “excitement” of the dining room when they had the parades and such, but they did come down our area. Wondering if we were put back there because of the request or not, but will never know. The DR at breakfast was a hit or miss. We often ate off the buffet as well as ordered from the menu. Some days servers were great and others they were terrible. I believe this had to do with new employees being confused and not knowing the menu yet. It was also pretty slow and drinks had to be chased down often. However, we decided it was better here than the buffet. The design of the rooms were beautiful in every level and seats were very comfortable. The Windjammer never seemed overwhelming, but did have busy times. I liked that they always had out people with sanitizer and directed from one entrance to other depending on how busy. It was set up in an organized manner, but finding the desserts in the back took a few mins. The servers were nice and usually around to help. Park Café was really nice and never overcrowded. We ate here 1 breakfast and 1 lunch, good options and one of the places with made to order items and flavored waters. Promenade Café was easily accessible and as noted, one of the only late night options. Sadly, food options rarely changed. Sandwiches were always the same, and desserts changed slightly (strawberry cake vs peach cake). Boardwalk Doghouse was very good. We stopped here a couple times, when we could catch them open! (avg 12-6 daily) and tried different choices. Usually only 1-2 people working the station, but were nice and quick. Sorrento’s Pizza was another option near Promenade café. It was also were 2 of the Freestyle stations were, which also made it busy but it moved quickly. We never sat here and ate but usually grabbed and went. They also had the flavored waters here. Wipeout café was rarely visited as we quickly determined it had the same food as the windjammer for breakfast and lunch. This was also where they had some ice cream midday. Therefore, unless we needed something specific, we didn’t go here more than one time for breakfast and lunch/snack. Solarium Bistro was a nice place to visit but we were surprised when we thought this was supposed to be lighter fare buffet for breakfast/lunch but found it had the same food as Windjammer as well. We never saw any egg whites or turkey bacon the couple times we stopped in. Just seemed to be a quieter place to eat. Part of our group also tried Johnny Rockets for breakfast, but stated it was not worth the effort. Slow service and greasy food turned them off for the remainder of the cruise. This location seemed to be pretty empty every time we were in the area. Starbucks was as expected. FOOD: Dining room food was good overall. There were some things we loved and some we didn’t prefer, but this was to be expected. Overall we didn’t go hungry at all. Some of our favorites were the short rib, onion tart, NY strip, Risotto, Cordon Blue, Lasagna, Cheesecake, Choc Cake and kid’s banana split. The kids menu was sad as we wished they had some changes nightly, plus the pizza was hard and old tasting and grilled cheese wasn’t melted. Our daughter ate spaghetti or chicken strips almost every night. Breakfast menu items were good but wish there were more options. Parfait was said to be a favorite. We liked the buffet options but were all regular breakfast items. Windjammer food was always hot and cooked well. We liked the rotational items (German day, Jamaican day, Mexican day) The Burgers were terrible, but hot dogs were delicious. Very disappointed that they didn’t have any kid’s items on the buffet, such as chicken fingers or mac & cheese. Some favorites were taco bar, German station, and desserts! Park Café had made to order sandwiches as well as premade. Choices such as tuna, chicken, ham, turkey, vegetarian. The Beef on Weck was a favorite! The breakfast with bagels was good, but the breakfast sandwiches were premade and left some to be desired. Promenade café had the same sandwiches everyday (Italian, turkey, shrimp salad, Greek veg, roast beef) and desserts (cupcakes, cake, pudding or jello, choc mousse and cookies. We LOVED the shrimp salad sandwich, chocolate mousse and coconut cookies, these were regular nightly snacks for us, along with pizza. Sorrento’s had alternating pizza toppings, some very different such as Mexican or Greek. We loved the options and thought the pizza was good. It isn’t the best Chicago or NY pizza, but still cheesy goodness. They also had antipasti or cooked veggies and breadsticks. We did get the soda package and were pleased. Wish there were more machines spread around the ship, but we found the best one to visit was in the arcade on deck 15. There were usually 1-2 machines down daily, but this isn’t surprising with all the people. Also, they were out of ice almost 50% of the time, but this is a machine fault. When you dispense ice, it flies out so fast you fill your cup and more immediately. Therefore much of it is wasted. The employees just can’t keep up with refilling it. We were happy to get PowerAde (reg. and zero), Dasani flavored and Dasani sparkling. DH determined they didn’t have flavored Dasani sparkling, so he mixed the plain sparkling with Dasani flavored water. We also had a group member with a cracked cup, which was quickly exchanged by guest services. SERVICE: We determined pretty quickly that many of the employees were new. We would ask questions and were told “This is my 1st/2nd/3rd week aboard so let me find out or I am not sure”. Also, almost everyone on the ship seemed to move at a glacial pace, from serving to guest services, to sales to entertainment coordinators. We had multiple issues were shows or events ran very long beyond the scheduled. A bingo our group attended was to be 45 mins and finally ended 1.5 hours later. This made them late to dinner because they had already paid for the bingo cards and couldn’t just leave. It was due to the people running the event talking too much in-between. Same happened at the Love and Marriage show, it took an hour before they even started the actual show portion. We are on vacation and certainly didn’t want to feel rushed, but we also didn’t want to miss out on other things because we were late or feel things were being drug out for no reason. I also waited 1 day at lunch in the DR for a made to order pasta. I just wanted Spaghetti and for over 20 mins. I only had 4 people in front of me but the cook moved so slowly! Everyone was complaining. Most people were friendly but many seemed to need more training on the boat, menus and service. We had to ask 4 people where our muster station was before we got the correct answer! I also believe the ship was highly understaffed and stretched thin. SHOWS: Overall most of the shows didn’t seem to have a theme, other than CATS, but they were all very good in their own ways. We had reservations for all of the main shows. We saw CATS first night. It was very good although we didn’t make it past intermission. It was too long for a 5 year old, however she loved it! She is still singing the songs. The set was excellent and actors as well. Frozen in time was probably our least favorite, but still a good show. One of our favorite parts was the sand artist in the middle. Not sure if she was a special part for that week or if there all the time. The dive show was a mix as there were very experienced divers and tumblers and some very novice divers. It was still nice to see outside. We had to arrive 45 mins ahead of time to get a good seat. Oasis of dreams was our favorite show. The mix of acrobatics, illusionist and dancers made it the best. The stage props were unbelievable for a ship. The Love and Marriage show was funny but we were not big fans of the Cruise Director that ran the show so it kind of pulled it down for us. We liked the Entertainment manager much better and would have preferred her most times. Our group saw the headliner show, which was Abba and said it was “ok” but not exceptional. We didn’t get to any comedy shows or any other smaller shows. SHOPS: This was overwhelming, as it was a large part of the cruise. We were sad there were not more stores based on the cruiseline or ports. We did like the kids stores (DreamWorks and candy based). The high priced stores like Coach and Tiffany we did not really visit as we thought they were more then what we could buy at home. We did have someone in our group make a purchase at Coach and was very happy. The “sales” in the center of the Promenade made for crazy times and people. Don’t believe that the ”one-time” sales are really one time… we had them continue just about the rest of the week. We went to the 2 for $20 t-shirt sale and got some nice shirts, but they were there the rest of the week as well. TECH: We purchased the 2 device surf and stream before leaving for 30% off. We did this for communications while on the ship between the large group. We found Facebook Messenger or Google hangout to be the easiest. Text messages would sit for hours. The Wi-Fi seemed good except in areas like Studio B at the bottom where you are in thick walls. Otherwise no issues and it moved very quickly. PORTS: The cruise visited Labadee, Falmouth Jamaica and Cozumel Mexico. Labadee was beautiful and very welcoming. The walk from the ship to the first tram stop is long, so be ready if you have mobility restrictions. We decided our group was going to take the tram to Columbus Cove beach. There were a few stops on the way so we weren’t sure if it was our stop or not as the driver wasn’t too informative. One note about this beach is the local shops. They are right behind the beach and the locals are allowed to talk to you for sales, but cannot go past mid-street or follow you. We didn’t mind them there but did get overwhelming when every time you went to the bathroom or to get a drink they were on you. Also, I believe I was bit by sand fleas (only one in my group), otherwise there was an irritation from something there. The tops of my feet were extremely itchy and red for a few days. We also saw a few other people on the ship after that day with the same issues. So bring bug spray!! When we arrived, about 30 mins after docking, we arrived at the beach and chose a spot. The local employees brought down chairs for us. We stayed in the calm beautiful waters for a couple hours. Then walked up to eat lunch, which was burgers/dogs/BBQ and desserts. We were told on the ship there would be multiple places we could fill up water bottles with water, but we went to many bars and locations looking for this and they all told us they didn’t have them. So take on your own from the ship. We stopped at the shops on the way out, as well as the kid’s splash zone. The zip line, water slide, tours and inflatables all looked fun and busy but we chose to just enjoy the beach. In Jamaica the 3 of us went on an excursion to Dolphin Cove. This was a fun excursion where we were able to get in the water with the dolphins, touch them and get pics. I read online before the trip the pictures were expensive so I thought I was prepared. I was thinking about $100 for the CD of pictures… I was sadly mistaken when given the price of $180 for 3 people. We couldn’t not buy it so of course you are stuck. It was a total of 85 pictures, including personal pics and a family picture. We stayed there another 1.5 hours and could eat lunch and walk around. We also visited the animals (love birds, bunnies, iguanas, macaws) on our way in. They had a beautiful pool and beach area you could use as well. We arrived back to the ship about an hour later than we expected (Jamaica and ship times are different), went shopping in port for about 30 mins and headed back. This is also a port with a LONG walk to the shops and even longer to the excursion meeting locations. In Cozumel we had planned to take an excursion to Playa Mia, but for some reason all of these excursions were canceled before the cruise. We found out after this day they added some excursions to Chankanaab National Park and it was excellent (from people we met), which was dumb for us to not go check at the excursion desk. However, we decided that week to just make this day a calm shopping day, and we were all tired. We were told to take a taxi to downtown to shop, which we did. However, this was just another port area with the same things. It did seem slightly cheaper, but not drastic. We stayed there for about an hour looking around, then headed back to our port. We shopped there for a while as well and headed back after about 3 hours total. This port is very close in distance and easier to navigate. PHOTOS: We did get some good photos although there were some issues. We never found any of our pictures taken in Labadee. Disney seems to have this process down better. They never print anything and just ask for your seapass card every time (or cabin number). The people that were out and about taking photos did not have the ability to add your card/details to attach you to the pictures, so instead there were thousands of pictures on the walls and you had to find yours. I thought cruise lines were way past this old way of doing photos, but we were wrong. We also took photos at one of our favorite backdrops on formal night and the photos were never found. There were also a couple other ones we didn’t find either. The photographers seemed to be having issues with the system all the time. Also, they only had you stand in about 3 different poses EVER! They would sell a lot more pictures if they learned to put people in other poses. I believe this could be to newer photographers, as we did come across one that seemed to be a veteran and did some different poses for our group. We bought the package of 5 prints for $99 and were happy with them, but wish we wouldn’t have lost the others we took. DEBARKATION: We chose to have our luggage taken through security even though we parked at port. However, we received a 10am time, but though this was too late as we still had a flight to catch in Orlando. We went down to GS the morning of day 7 and quickly changed it to a 9am tag. The morning of, we ate breakfast in Windjammer and headed off. We grabbed a porter as quickly as we could, loaded our luggage and were through customs and to our car in about 20 mins. The elevators were slow and full, but the advice to get a porter was excellent (thanks Cruise Critic!). The porters were even yelling “anyone want to get through the line faster???” They did go through a separate line and bypassed hundreds of people waiting in line to go through customs. Worth the $20 we gave them for our 8 pieces of luggage and quick movement. SHIP OVERALL: The ship didn’t look in bad condition in our opinion. Employees were constantly cleaning everywhere. All elevators worked and we rarely had to pass on one for overcrowding. Layout of the ship seemed to be choppy which made it seem smaller then it was, however we liked all of the areas. The pools were often cold and overfilled, but we could usually find a pool chair somewhere. There were very few table and chair areas on the deck, more than half were in the smoking section! and hard to get. This is something our group likes to have to play cards outside and were disappointed there were so few. We liked the smaller pool chairs for kids. We had one time of the kids pool being closed for sanitation issues and were told it would take 4.5-5 hours until it reopened. We could not believe it would be that long! Also, all of the pools closed early in the evening (around 8pm), so if you wanted to go out after dinner to the pool or hot tub you were out of luck. The only hot tubs open were the solarium ones. We have never seen a cruise line close pools so early! Again this line caters to people who go to bed early? The overall daily schedule was the saddest part of it all for us. There were very few things for families or kids, even though this ship/line states it does a lot for families. We only found a couple things each sea day that was an event we could attend, and even those were sad. The kids “circus” was a bunch of yard games set up for kids to play. 75+ percent of the items listed daily on the navigator was shopping related. This cruise seemed to cater to people who wanted to come on and shop in the expensive stores on deck 5. Sales on this or that, shopping seminars, etc etc etc. This made the ship feel even more like a moving mall. As others said, if you want to go on this ship and expect to see the ocean, you better have an oceanview balcony room! You did not see the water unless you looked out a window (when you found them), go to deck 5 running deck, or go up to the pool decks. You really did have to work hard to see the ocean. When we are on a cruise we want to see the water and this ship made it feel like we were on a moving shopping mall and hotel. OVERALL OPINION: We enjoyed our cruise and the chance to go on this megaship, but we would not go it again as it wasn’t for us. We were on RCCL many years ago and the class of the company ships seems to have gone down. It used to be a much more “royal” affair on these ships, but now we are not sure it is much different than Carnival (which we like as well but use to be more of a party line). We definitely had pros and cons, as expected. We look forward to going on other RCCL ships in the future to see the variances between the mega ships and smaller ships now. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
There’s a lot to like about cruising, and RCCL in particular. But my biggest issue with cruising is it seems that everyone on board is super nice, room cleaners, waiters, etc. because they want more tips. We spent almost $700 in ... Read More
There’s a lot to like about cruising, and RCCL in particular. But my biggest issue with cruising is it seems that everyone on board is super nice, room cleaners, waiters, etc. because they want more tips. We spent almost $700 in MANDATORY tips by the end of the cruise and still felt we had to give more and more. The staff is excellent, and they no doubt deserve to be paid well, but it’s just depressing that the cruise line puts that on their CUSTOMERS to pay their employees directly. Especially when these costs are not taken care of up front. You go on a trip that you’ve paid for months ago expecting to only have minor expenses here and there. I’m dreading our credit card bill. There were also many minor annoyances with this cruise in particular. Very limited hours on the soft serve ice cream, one TINY “pool” for babies in diapers, and they aren’t allowed anywhere else. Not even the identical pool directly next to their pool, which looks exactly the same, and which my toddler frequently climbed into on his own as the other one was constantly filled with people, there was literally no room for him. And I was told he couldnt be in THOSE three inches of water, he had to be in the OTHER three inches of water. I spent thousands of dollars to come on this cruise and Royal Caribbean can’t even give me a free popcorn? You want my $2.50? Really? Joe Shmoe can order five lobsters free of charge but you’re gonna charge me for a small popcorn. It’s such a small thing that really becomes annoying and puts a damper on the whole experience. Not to mention that when we took RC excursions, we paid heavy expenses to get our tour tickets, and then once on the excursion, everybody is hounding us for tips. That includes not only the driver and official guide, but everyone else we come in contact with. Jamaica was particularly infuriating when we were aggressively pressured into buying anything and everything, made to feel like a jerk for declining, especially when we had already paid so much. The guide and driver act like if we don’t tip them they won’t get paid. This is upsetting when we spent a lot of money to do the tour, we expect that those assisting us are being taken care of by RC, and it is very unclear whether they’re actually receiving anything from the cruise line for doing the tour. They add 18% gratuity on every on board food and spa purchase, which adds up FAST. They make you check out towels with your card, which is a hassle and a nuisance. Photographers always bugging you to get your picture taken, and taking a lot of time to do it. So much waste! I ordered one cookie for my toddler at dinner and they brought SEVEN. I thought the dining was a little lacking. The dining room food was really good. Buffets were OK, nothing you’d be very thrilled to eat anywhere else. Super thin, tasteless bacon. Plain hamburgers on plain buns. Weird and limited hours on several restaurants and activities. Pizza at Sorrentos was good, but they really should add a simple salad bar. I mean, how hard would that be? And how cheap is salad?? The ship is really nice, and never felt too crowded. But it’s so big it’s hard to navigate. We were on one end of the ship so we had to do a ton of walking to get to the other side. The soft serve ice cream was only open during the day, which was really annoying. The pool deck is a ghost town at night. I’ve complained a lot. Most are grievances about cruising in general. Really, it’s a cool ship with an awesome ice show and aquatic show. Food isn’t bad, and in the dining room it’s really good. The kids club was awesome and my kids LOVED it. I just don’t think cruising is for me. I felt really bad for the staff, they work such long hours and I worry they aren’t properly compensated. I wouldn’t recommend doing excursions through the ship. Seemed to take much longer than going on your own would (they make you gather early and wait for the ship to dock) and then you hemorrhage money on tips throughout the day. Find an independent company and work through them. If you like cruising, I’m sure you’ll like the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was a honeymoon cruise for me, My 14 th cruise, my new wife's first. She was thrilled, I was greatly disappointed. This large ship experience was very lacking when compared to any other cruise I had taken On Royal, Carnival or ... Read More
This was a honeymoon cruise for me, My 14 th cruise, my new wife's first. She was thrilled, I was greatly disappointed. This large ship experience was very lacking when compared to any other cruise I had taken On Royal, Carnival or Holland. The staff, especially those around the pool were terrible compared to my past experiences. They did their job but that was about it. The cruise director was not seen the whole cruise. Live music by the pool stunk, and nobody to get the crowd involved in fun like dancing or pool games. Windjammer breakfast was cold. Even the towel animals in the room were not what I was used to. Happily my new wife was impressed as she had never cruised before. It seems that since they are now automatically charging your account for gratuities the staff does not not to please anymore. I will never cruise a large ship again and will probably consider other cruise lines instead of my previous favorite of RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We selected RC after cruising multiple times with Carnival. Do this was our first sailing with RC. The Oasis ship is beautiful and the staff works around the clock to keep it “looking” clean. The staff on the ship work hard no ... Read More
We selected RC after cruising multiple times with Carnival. Do this was our first sailing with RC. The Oasis ship is beautiful and the staff works around the clock to keep it “looking” clean. The staff on the ship work hard no matter what area of the ship you find yourself in. However here were the pros and cons: PROS: The ship is beautiful. The whirlpool and swimming areas are open late if not overnight. The ship is large enough that you can find quiet spots outside of your cabin to relax in peace. The shows are exciting, well planned and entertaining. The staff works to accommodate minor request. I felt safe even as the ship passed through a storm. CONS: RC has found a way to nickel and dime customers. The casino ONLY accepts cash and the ATM fees are ridiculous. I wish we were told to bring cash for the casino. I was under the impression I could use sailpass and retrieve money this way instead of carrying loads of cash. Late night, the only food available was complimentary pizza...I guess those of us who can’t eat that, do what I did and wait until 7 am breakfast. RC pushes customers to purchase specialty food packages. I was told by a RC salesman that the reason the food was subpar was to push customers towards purchasing specialty dining. If true, that’s repulsive!! The main dining room service is SLOW, I mean 2 hours or longer for 3 course meal. We literally walked out after dinner, before dessert for three nights because we waited at least a 1/2 hour after dinner for dessert. I got sick on the 3-5th day from a virus they knew was getting ppl sick but sadly the captain didn’t announce it until the next to the last day. So I stayed sick in my cabin. In all the cruises I’ve taken with Carnival, I’ve never gotten sick. There were few to no drink servers in the casino. So each time you wanted a drink you had to leave the machine (not ideal for gamblers). I along with other passengers are early risers, but on the morning we were due to depart, we weren’t given access to coffee until 6:30am when breakfast started. I rise at 4am so not having the ability to purchase coffee OR get coffee was a vacation deal breaker. I booked activities online before the cruise but my activities were moved and my entire day was shifted...I know stuff happens but no one even apologized for the inconvenience. Our time changes caused us to rush from one activity to another. We paid additional fees to attend a “prohibition” event...we were served 4 drinks between 2ppl and that was considered “unlimited cocktails” for two hours. We took our elderly uncle n aunt with us...so naturally we wanted to make sure they were ok so we shared a cabin. There was plenty of room but they don’t drink....so because we didn’t see the benefit of purchasing the drink package for 4 ppl (they’re elderly w/health issues), we weren’t permitted to purchase a drink package for 2. No one was responsible for keeping guests from taking food from buffets with their bare hands... The comedy club was like a shoebox! The lines were ridiculous and ppl were uncomfortable. The art auction was held in a area which made it feel crowded and uncomfortable. I felt like there was too much of a push to get ppl to spend more, more, more. There’s nothing wrong with spending or wanting me to spend, but at least EARN my business!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We just got back and we had a great time, lots of things to do but..... People are slobs - no fault of the ship, but people need to treat the workers better - they would leave their plates and cups all over the place. Just because you ... Read More
We just got back and we had a great time, lots of things to do but..... People are slobs - no fault of the ship, but people need to treat the workers better - they would leave their plates and cups all over the place. Just because you are on vacation, doesn't mean you shouldn't have any manners or common sense. Watch your children!!! SHIP LARGE - but not over whelming Pool areas - enough seats overall, but NO chairs just loungers - unless you were in the smoking area Clean, didn't see any trash around RUGS - need updating - lots of stains around the ship FOOD: just OK, Main Dinning Room: nothing special - however it was plentiful. Wipe Out Cafe: Great for breakfast - you can order eggs your way and it is not nearly as crowded as the buffet and doesn't take as long as the Main Dinning Room Sorrento's Great Pizza and cookies Roast Beef Sandwiches fabulous - sorry forgot name of place...Cafe something!! Wish there was a specific area for making a salad instead of walking around to different areas to get all of the parts. We didn't do any specialty restaurant, as past experiences have not deemed them worth the extra money. ACTIVITIES: Lots of them, but seemed to be geared towards older crowd Music in pool area needs to be updated - more current music - dances Aqua Show - was nice to see didn't understand the theme, but the diving was great Frozen in Time - starts ends good - the things they done on a small rink Trivia Contests daily - lots of fun - different topics Excursions: Conzumel - Playa Mia Beach Break - beach day was fun - water park was fun After Cruise: Airboat Ride - NOT worth the money.....we took it so we didn't have to sit at the airport for 5 hours - but we still had too. We were back to the airport by 11:15am - left the ship at 8:30am. Saw only a couple of alligators - and only half way out of the water.... LABADEE: REALLY CROWED Never got food, line too long - one person told me there were in line for 60 minutes!! I get it you drop 5000 people into one area, that is what you get. SERVICE: Our assistant waiter RABI- was excellent - Main Dinning Room Table #214 Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Oasis did not offer any good options for food after 9pm. Only a nasty pizza place, and a cafe with pre-made sandwiches. The Casino had several machines out of order during the entire cruise. With an unlimited Soda pass there were only 2 ... Read More
Oasis did not offer any good options for food after 9pm. Only a nasty pizza place, and a cafe with pre-made sandwiches. The Casino had several machines out of order during the entire cruise. With an unlimited Soda pass there were only 2 places to easily get soda. If the buffet was closed, only one location on deck 5. The comedy offering for a 7 day cruise was horrible. The same two comedians every night, and not very entertaining. Awesome food available in the Central Park Cafe. Buffet and main dining are standard cruising options, nothing special. Great activities onboard including rock wall, zip line, Florida, mini golf, sports courts and a running deck. The shows were awesome and the performers were outstanding. Of 10 precious cruises, this was not anything special. We like the intimacy with staff and guests on smaller ships. One of the most annoying things was the fact that the Bars did not offer a 10 drink punch card. We do not need 7 days unlimited alcohol for $800, but two cards of 20 drinks for about $200 would be perfect. It was very disappointing that Royal Caribbean and Oasis did not offer other options. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was my 48th cruise so I am not a total novice. Being a Diamond member of RCCL I have traveled enough to know what the standard is with RCCL. Well - I thought I knew the standard. First let me say the ship is gorgeous, the ... Read More
This was my 48th cruise so I am not a total novice. Being a Diamond member of RCCL I have traveled enough to know what the standard is with RCCL. Well - I thought I knew the standard. First let me say the ship is gorgeous, the junior suites are nice and the ship is clean. But that is where the 'niceness' stops. I assume because it is so large RCCL forgot how to deal with crowds. (go figure) The buffet was very redundant - same dishes day after day. The table staff was so slow there was a line out of the port side of the buffet past the elevators and out the starboard side. (A good 30 minute wait). The dining in the Grand dining was same ole same ole. Escargot 4 days in a row....I like it but it got gummy after 5 days.!! The sun hogs put 20 towels out to hold 'their' seats and never showed up again. Supposedly staff went around 'every 20 minutes and removed the towels"....(only in your dreams. ) We tried to reserve the shows on line but they were not available until after boarding ....then when we got on ship they were full??? I have never been to a gym that had so many treadmills and elliptical machines "down" AND NO music while you work out. It was dreadfully hot and no air movement. My husband and I bought the drink package ($750) and were very dismayed that the booze is watered down. There is NO way it was not. I weigh 123lbs - after 3 martinis I didn't feel a buzz....(However when I went off ship and had ONE margarita I was wobbly). Also my husband drinks gin....you can tell if GIN is watered down!! To top it off - after we got on board we discovered diamond members get 3 free drinks a night...We didn't need the drink package. We just wasted money. We prefer the classical late sitting....only to discover that most shows are scheduled while we were at dinner. RCCL really needs to get with the technology age and get some form of communication on their ships. I took 10 people with me and it was way too costly to get the "voom" package for everyone. So for 7 days we had one time to meet...other than that we had no way to find anyone!! Very scary when you hunt for kids!! It appears RCCL is catering to the 'specialty" dining only and the mass hog eating venues. They have lost the refined cruise atmosphere. I didn't notice the piano playing venues that captivate the grand cruising times. I hate to say it but I believe Carnival is surpassing RCCL in quality (and that is very difficult for me to say because I have loved RCCL). I took 10 people with me on this cruise and ranted about RCCL...I ate my words. I spoke to my travel agent and he had just gotten off the Anthem...His comment to me "RCCL is really going cheap". That is sad from an agent that goes on and books hundreds of cruises a year. Final note - most of the staff are not happy campers and don't appear to like their job. We observed two crew people walking down the boardwalk and walked over several pieces of paper trash on the floor - only to be followed a minute later but two staff dressed in whites.....They stooped and picked up the paper. Maybe some more training is needed?? Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My wife, son, and I took the Oasis of the Seas in April of 2018. It was an awe-inspiring ship with endless activities for all ages. The staff were great, the food was excellent, etc. However, this is not an inexpensive cruise by ... Read More
My wife, son, and I took the Oasis of the Seas in April of 2018. It was an awe-inspiring ship with endless activities for all ages. The staff were great, the food was excellent, etc. However, this is not an inexpensive cruise by any measure and we felt nickled and dimed. For instance, of the 10 places where you can get snacks, 6 require you to pay. You want popcorn? That's $2.50. You want cotton candy on the Boardwalk? That will cost you too. I'm not making this up! Three people can easily spend $6,000 for the week, and Royal Caribbean wants $2.50 for a small box of popcorn? They have monetized every corner and I felt weird asking, "Is this included, or is this an extra charge?" I found out that one of the snack stands was free but I didn't use it all week because I thought it was another area where they charged. If this were my first cruise, I may just think of this as normal. But my wife and I started cruising when a cruise was 98% all-inclusive (except for alcohol and maybe 1-2 specialty restaurants). Maybe in 5 years, they will be charging to use the rock-climbing wall or to use the pool. If they took the hit and (gasp!) gave away some food that is essentially free, this would have easily been a five-star review. But we resented that we paid more for this than any other cruise we have taken before and were constantly charged for things throughout the week. I suspect some accountant found that if the charged for small stuff, they could make an extra .00001% of profit but when I talked to other cruisers, this was the one thing everyone brought up. I really hope they stop viewing us as walking ATM machines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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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