3,742 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

My wife and I are both Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean and sail every 2-3 weeks from Central Florida Ports (Port Canaveral, Tampa). We earned our status and always look forward to the great service and recognition perks for our status. ... Read More
My wife and I are both Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean and sail every 2-3 weeks from Central Florida Ports (Port Canaveral, Tampa). We earned our status and always look forward to the great service and recognition perks for our status. The Oasis does not give a hoot if you are Diamond Plus. You are treated like cattle. Royal Caribbean, Company Policy (fleet wide) is concierge lounge and priority departure for Diamond Plus Elite. The Oasis only recognizes Pinnacle and upper suite guests. The Diamond Lounge on board the Oasis is always full and virtually impossible to get into. The so-called Diamond Concierge sits behind the desk and is rude, obnoxious, and she thinks she is the queen. Don't even think of asking her a question; her answer is always "NO". The ship has many activities with long lines and long waits. Avoid The Central Park Balconies: The staterooms are cramped and have no ventilation. If you open the Balcony Door you have no privacy. The Cruise Director is fantastic. The waiters and servers are fantastic. The stateroom attendants are fantastic. The Loyalty Ambassador is an empty suit! The Diamond Concierge is a total waste. The Casino air quality is a health hazard that spreads to the upper and lower floors and adjacent venues Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The ship itself is magnificent. There is nothing physical that is not impressive. Central Park is a wonder at sea. The Promenade is like nothing I could imagine. But, all that wonder ends when it comes to the amenities. The Cabin: ... Read More
The ship itself is magnificent. There is nothing physical that is not impressive. Central Park is a wonder at sea. The Promenade is like nothing I could imagine. But, all that wonder ends when it comes to the amenities. The Cabin: While the cabin is adequate size and the balcony is generous, the rest is second rate. The bed had a foam layer with little cones on the mattress that made sleep difficult. It is like the mattress was worn out and they were trying to extend its usefulness. The towels looked old and worn. The toilet kept overflowing. Ultimate Dining Package: Chop’s Grille -- This was a joke. The first night I went to Chop’s Grille and I ordered the extra cost lobster. The lobster was split down the middle and the tail was put back in the shell. It looked like a lot of the lobster tail did not make it to the table. They included a 9 oz. filet which was tough. The asparagus was not cooked at all. I casually mentioned the asparagus to the waiter and the manager rushed over and offered to recook it. I told them not to bother. They brought the asparagus back anyway and it was withered green strings. As I was leaving, the manager chased me out the door demanding more details. I told him I did not want problems. He said that he was going to tell the other managers about me. Geovanni’s – The Chop’s Grille manager pointed me out to their manager as I walked in. The appetizer was tasteless. The meat was tough, again. The clams linguine used the smallest 6 clams I ever saw. Interesting, the rolls again were like small hard bricks. I had to stab the roll to get it open for butter. Dessert was tasted and not further dealt with. They kept asking my opinion of the whole experience and, rather than having the Chop’s Grille issues, I just said no comment. 150 Central Park – They apparently were warned that I expected reasonable, cooked food and treated me like an enemy. They kept touting how everything was based on the guy’s recipes of farm to table. The meat was again hard to eat. The gray-looking carrots had not been peeled and the green vegetable was tasteless. The dessert tart could have used as a hockey puck. Izumi’s – The hibachi cook tried to make everyone laugh with tired jokes. The fried rice was under-cooked. The lobsters could not have been smaller and the scallops were under cooked. Sabor’s – Forget about it. Overall, the Ultimate Dining Package turned out to be the ultimate rip-off. Drinks: They have a drink package that I thought was hugely overpriced. Turns out it represented a bargain. Beer, with gratuity, was $8.56 a bottle unless you purchased that same beer at the Sky Bar where it was $9.31 – apparently prices rise with elevation. Cocktails were $13. Windjammer – Low quality cafeteria food with the staff continually asking for praise. In fact, at one point the manager asked passengers to applaud the workers. The waffles were cold, the scrambled eggs were runny, and the person at the carving station acted like he was paying for what he was carving. I tried many of the items and most were left on my plate. The coffee was atrocious. The entertainment was amateurish at best. The jazz singer that did “Street Life” and all the other songs in the Promenade did no one any favors. The diving show in the back was silly. “Cats” was 2 ½ hours of torture. The one good thing was how fast we were able to get off the boat. The boat docked and I was out and on the road in minutes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in ... Read More
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in September in the Caribbean. This did impact a couple of the shows (Cats and the Aqua-theatre Comedy show). The only thing we would say is the ship itself was a bit too large for us. It took a while to get anywhere due to the size. That said, the dining was fantastic. Particularly Central Park 150. This was perfect for us, high end, great service and attentive waiters. Our room steward was great and kept our place clean and tidy. The entertainment options were great. Cats and the Aqua-Theatre are the standouts. However, we also had a great time a the comedy club and at the Jazz bar. The Jazz trio were particularly good. We would most likely go again with RCCL. However, maybe a smaller ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We booked this as a very last minute cruise for myself, husband and 2 kids. We found an amazing last minute fare and couldn't pass it up. We are gold on Carnival. This was our first time on another cruise line and we were so ... Read More
We booked this as a very last minute cruise for myself, husband and 2 kids. We found an amazing last minute fare and couldn't pass it up. We are gold on Carnival. This was our first time on another cruise line and we were so excited to check out the Oasis. The ship itself did not disappoint! It is beautiful! And the layout was great. It very rarely felt crowded at all. The "neighborhood" concept it has really helped keep the crowds spread out enough so that even though there were over 6500 passengers, it never felt that way. I knocked points off though because we felt like the ship was lacking in activities. Yes there was pleanty to do, but it did not have the same planned activities we were used to. The daily cruise plan included lots of seminars and the like for ththe purpose of selling you things. We did participate in the scavenger hunt which was fun. I only ever saw the cruise director during his morning "rant" on the TV. I found him to be whiney and not at all entertaining as we've grown to expect from cruise directors. There were several shows on board. We watched the dive show and frozen in time. We found both to be a bit more "interpretive" than we typically enjoy and were bored by both. We had reservations for Come Fly with me, unfortunately it was canceled due to injury by the only crew member who could operate the set. They had a magician and comedian come out as an alternative. We did enjoy this show much more than the others. I think we were most disappointed with the food. The selections in the main dining room were fantastic! But the options in the Buffett and other free eateries throughout the ship were limited and we found ourself bored of the same things day in and out for breakfast and lunch. This is the first cruise in years we have come home without gaining a pound (or 5!) So maybe the lack of enticing food options was a plus afterall ;) We did not try any of the specialty restaurants other than Johnny Rockets (which was fantastic!) We were traveling with a baby and a 4 year old so specialty dining wasn't a very feasible option for us. Plus we prefer to keep costs down so we can cruise again sooner. The cupcakes from the Ice cream shop were the exact same as available free in the buffet and cafe's. Only they had more frosting and cost $2.50. The chocolate frosting and lemon frostings on both of the ones we tried was a cream cheese. It was an odd combo and completely un appetizing. The milkshakes were better at Johnny Rockets, and included with your meal for just a couple dollars more than just a milkshake from Cups and Scoops. Our 4 year old really enjoyed the kids club! We could barely keep him out of it. He wanted to spend every minute it was open there. And he would hide from us at pickup. Everyone involved was amazing! They would even address my son outside of camp by name when we would run into any of them throughout the ship. My 1 year old didn't use daycare. But it was an option. She did love the carasoul and playground on the boardwalk. The crew was always friendly and warm anytime we encountered them. However our room steward did the bare minimum. Our traveling companions got towel animals nightly (they had no children) and we only got one. We had to ask for clean sheets. My son had gotten toothpaste on them in the morning. He was on the sofa bed so it had to be made and broken down daily. There is no way the steward missed the mess. We came back from dinner to find the same dirty sheets smeared with blue toothpaste. The next morning I asked him to change the sheets because there was toothpaste on them. He smiled and said "oh yes! I wondered what got on them." All in all, we enjoyed the ship and main dining food. Plus the kids club. But unless we come across a too good to pass up deal we will not be choosing Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We choose this cruise because friend's were booked.Sept. 30 sailing. Boarding was 1 hour late so we were on at 12pm no big deal. Food. We ate breakfast mostly in the dining room service was fast they also had a buffet. No ... Read More
We choose this cruise because friend's were booked.Sept. 30 sailing. Boarding was 1 hour late so we were on at 12pm no big deal. Food. We ate breakfast mostly in the dining room service was fast they also had a buffet. No line up but when we went to windjammer on the way to the pool there was a line up but it seemed to move fast. No complaints on the food. Lunch. We ate mostly in the windjamme no line up maybe it was just the time we were going at around 1.30pm. Lots of choices some things were a little salty. Dinner. We ate in the dining room every night but 1 with a group of 12. We told them what time the first day and they had a table ready 5 to 10 mins. Service was excellent. Specialty. We ate at 150 Central Park. Best meal of the cruise . Diamond Lounge. Too small so they had an overflow deck 4 Blaze. Service was excellent. Shows were very good put some rescheduled due to rocking of the ship. We enjoyed the guitar player at the bar the most. Pools. I was very surprised that you could find a seat even on sea days. Departure we carried of and took 888 taxi to Orlando airport $25. Each. We had no problem making a 11.15am flight,. I will answer any questions if I can. I will have no problem rebooking this large of ship again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
First time traveling on RCI as an adult and the experience was great as expected. Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship in very good condition with tons of activities and stuff to do. We were two couples in the mid 20's without ... Read More
First time traveling on RCI as an adult and the experience was great as expected. Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship in very good condition with tons of activities and stuff to do. We were two couples in the mid 20's without kids. I selected this ship because the last cruise was on Carnival Fantasy in 2015 and the experience wasn't great. I wanted to show my wife why I enjoyed cruising with RCI as a kid and was able to convince her on taking this one. The price wasn't expensive, and the itinerary was good as we would visit 3 new places. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy just very long line to pass through security/customs, but it moved quick. It took us around 30 minutes to get in/out of the ship. First day My first impression as I boarded the cruise was a little disappointed. Crew member weren’t giving a warm welcome and elevators were a mess. This elevator thing was a problem throughout the week. Most times they were very crowded and waiting times were like up to 5 minutes. Even more for people in wheelchairs. I read in previous reviews that crew members were pushing to sell drink packages, but we didn’t experience that at all. Maybe once or twice during the first day. I pre-purchased the First Night Done Right but didn’t know what to do. Most crewmembers had no idea on what to do and once they told I needed to make a reservation at Giovanni’s or Chops Grill it took like 20 min on the phone to be able to get it. We picked Giovanni’s and it was the best dinner of the whole week. I highly recommend the restaurant and it is totally worth it. After dinner we went to see Cats and it was quite boring to be honest. Show was canceled at intermission because wasn’t safe for the performants given that the ship was constantly rocking. Labadee First visit to Labadee was very positive. Lots of sunshine but also enough shade. We just enjoyed relaxing by the beach. Beach we picked was quite rocky that even with water shoes made it annoying. Food options were very limited and local vendors were quite irritating but only if you approach them. Falmouth Port is big and quite nice with many things to do around and shop. Excursion, not so much. One of the worst excursions we have had. Ocho Rios highlights and Rum Tasting. Total rip-off and complete monopoly by the tour operators. Tour guide couldn’t care less, and she was not knowledgeable and clearly guessing answers to basic questions. Cozumel Today started very early. We had to be at the meeting place at 6:45 am and the Windjammer opened at 6:30am. RCI should open the buffet earlier. People don’t want to eat breakfast in 5 minutes to then get into a boat. This might be the reason why there were so many people throwing up during the boat ride to Playa del Carmen. Visiting Chichen Itza took the whole day. Over 7hours siting in a bus or ferry. Actual time spent at location a little over 1 hour, which wasn’t enough to cover the whole attraction. Time allowed for shopping was about 10 minutes. Vendors are very aggressive and persistent. Actual tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. By the time we got back to Cozumel, it was almost boarding time so minimal opportunities to shop or eat. Entertainment was great. We barely had free time. There was always something to do. Most shows were awing or funny. Food was great and many places that we didn’t have the chance to try given so many places. Although for the most part there were long queues. I can keep going in describing the ship but overall it was a great experience and highly recommended. I’m not a seasoned cruise traveler (this is #4 is 15 years) but can’t wait to go again and it will be difficult to try a new cruise line since RCI is always reliable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Hey all! I am Channing, and I travelled with my boyfriend Shawn. Both early to mid 30s, from California. We have cruised Carnival twice and Princess once, so this was our first time on Royal. We originally booked a south pacific cruise ... Read More
Hey all! I am Channing, and I travelled with my boyfriend Shawn. Both early to mid 30s, from California. We have cruised Carnival twice and Princess once, so this was our first time on Royal. We originally booked a south pacific cruise out of Sydney but unfortunately, couldn't make it happen, so we opted for this cruise that looked really fun, and was easier on the budget. Shawn's mom lives near Orlando, so we were able to spend a few days with her pre-cruise. We spent most of our time lounging by the pool of her complex, and spent a day at a waterpark in Daytona! We also spent one afternoon picking up any last minute items we needed for the cruise (we are VERY light packers, especially when flying!). Sunday morning she was nice enough to drive us down to Port Canaveral and see us off. We arrived at the port about 1130, and we waited about 15 minutes for the security lines to open up for us "peasants", as Shawn would say. Once it opened up it went very quickly and the entire process was a piece of cake! We were on board, first drink in hand by 1230! Thoughts on the Ship: I loved it! I really appreciated the different neighborhoods and how they made the ship feel less crowded. We rarely waited for anything (but, we go out of our way to avoid the busy areas when they're the most popular). Shawn felt like it was too much like a city, but that's kind of what i liked about it. Stateroom: 4D Oceanview Balcony, room 9662. Midship Starboard. Great room! Very clean, bed was on the closet side. So quiet! We did hear the occasional chair shuffle from nearby balconies, but that was only if we were also outside. Shower is very small, but the glass doors are a nice touch, as opposed to those darn human-attacking curtains on Carnival! Our stateroom attendant was pleasant and worked very hard. We saw her every day. Dining: We thought the food was good throughout, with a couple of standout meals at Chops, Izumi and Giovannis. Buffet was just that...buffet food. Not overly hot or cold, but everything we ate had a good flavor and ok quality. We thought the dining room was good, but I felt it declined slightly as the week went on. Our first meal (really great) there was much better than our last, but not bad by any means. Service was always excellent. We opted for My Time Dining, and while we never waited for dinner, when we were getting seated it always seemed very clustered and overwhelming, People coming in, leaving, carts or trays of food and plates being carried in and out...just very hectic. But that was only close to the door, once we got inside and seated it was much more relaxing. Service was also pretty quick, dinner never took over an hour and a half, and even that was a longer dinner than most. I should note that we tend to be scarfers.. .many times the waiter would come back and be amazed we had finished so fast (which I didn't really think was THAT fast, but maybe it was?) We got a 3 night dining package as well. To make the most of specialty dining, Shawn and I usually share 3 or 4 appetizers and get and entrée each, and sometimes one to share. Giovannis was great. Awesome, quaint atmosphere. Food was spectacular, and portions were big. Izumi was really great as well. We only went for the sushi, as we have done teppanyaki a bunch at home (super fun if you've never been, and more food than you can imagine). We got the sashimi platter and it was the biggest cuts of fish I have ever seen in a restaurant. The nigiri pieces and rolls were normal sized and everything tasted amazing. We ordered sake as well, and it had an interesting flavor that we just tolerated. The sake was also brownish, so Shawn thinks the added flavor may have been nutmeg or something similar. Overall a great meal. Chops was our absolute favorite! My filet was so tender and juicy. Shawn got the rack of lamb. The menu stated it came with a mint sauce, but he couldn't taste any mint, but still enjoyed it very much. He also said they had the best key lime pie he's ever had. whaaa???!!! Activities: Lots of fun stuff to do at almost all times of day. Get to trivia earlyyyy!! We ended up standing for quite a few, and we got there 10-15 minutes before the game. All the game shows and silly contests were a blast, very entertaining. The flowrider is super cool, but harder than it looks! The casino is always one of our favorite spots, but we really need to remember that we only win on night one! The ice show was spectacular...i was not expecting a lot of the tricks and spins that the performers were able to do, amazing. CATS was also really great! Shawn is a theater major, and has seen Cats a few other times, but as a first timer, i really enjoyed it. The performers were flawless. I will say it's a little hard to follow at first, but stick it out, because it only gets better as the show goes on. Must see! Service: All the members of our waitstaff (in every venue) were so attentive and took a lot of care in our meal. Our room attendant was great, and really everyone we came accross during our week was friendly and smiling. We never waited more than a couple minutes for a drink at any bar, and we did see a lot of servers around the casino (and a few by the pool but not many for the area). Our ports were Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. We have done cruise ship excursions before (only a couple), and we really prefer to do things on our own or book seperately from the ship. In Labadee, of course, this is impossible, so we just went off ship to check out the port, get a trinket (or 7... the marketplace was not fun. VERY pushy salesman that will not take no for an answer), and dip our toes in the caribbean for the first time this trip. We didnt even eat in port because it was a buffet and the line was...roughly 6000 people long. We will not seek out to stop here again, as we enjoy seeing some local culture in our ports, and this was just the cruise ship on land. Jamaica was awesome! We took a small shuttle van to Montego for $20 each round trip. It took us to a nice little resort area with a ton of beach, a pumpin' bar vibe, and it was on this main drag of REAL jamaica, where we were able to get some authentc jerk chicken. YES! We have been dreaming of that lunch since we left, and we tried to duplicate it for dinner last night, but it wasnt even close. Jamaicans were incredibly friendly and helpful, and while Shawn got asked to try/take/buy pot about 7 times throughout the day, it wasnt a big deal because when we say no thanks, they just say "no problem, mon" and it's all good! Cozumel was so beautiful. Shawn had low expectations (we've been to Mexico a few times before, so he wasnt super excited for ANOTHER stop there), but Cozumel was really great. We had arranged for a glass bottom boat snorkel tour through trip advisor for only $30 each (the same tour through Royal was $90 per person, but im sure that included lunch as well). We walked to a hotel just outside the port area and met a lady outside with the company's logo - SafeTours Cozumel. She greeted us (by name!), and then told us we could go and enjoy the hotel amenities by the beach or pool until our excursion started. After about 20 minutes she gathers us and TWO other people to take us to the dock. That's right...4 people on this excursion...seriously! The crew on the boat were excellent. Fun, funny, helpful, knowledgeable, and it was obvious they cared about their job and what they do. They're called SafeTours because they take extra precautions to protect and rehabilitate the reefs in the area...so cool. The crew was able to dive much deeper than we could, and got lots of really up close pictures that they promised to send us via email. They also handed out beers, soda, waters as needed, and even made me a makeshift margarita. Highly reccomend these guys! After our snorkeling adventure, we set out to find a real Mexican lunch. We ventured downt the street a little further, and ran into Ernesto's Fajitas. We, sillily, asked our server what he would recommend here, and he quickly pointed to the entire page of fajitas. Ok then! A mexican lunch wouldnt be complete without a shot of tequila to seal the deal. Lunch was delicious and our table was in the open air restaurant that overlooked the bay. Overall, we really enjoyed this Royal ship, and while we did A LOT on board, we still didnt get to do it all. We will most likely book with Royal again, but possibly on a smaller ship. Super fun, jam packed with adventure! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I've only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean and like the larger ships such as Freedom, but had never been on the Oasis or larger. Had heard great things about the Oasis, but was disappointed. Good stuff - embarkation was smooth ... Read More
I've only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean and like the larger ships such as Freedom, but had never been on the Oasis or larger. Had heard great things about the Oasis, but was disappointed. Good stuff - embarkation was smooth once we finally were allowed to get into the parking lot, although we had to wait for customs clearance which is probably why parking was an issue. Cabin was nice size although if you can't climb over a bathtub to get into the shower you will struggle. Staff were great and always helpful and accommodating. Ice show was great as always and the comedian was very funny. Loved central park which was usually almost empty. The outdoor area for movies was good, but would have liked to see movies on there every night instead of periodically as they were. Disembarkation was very smooth. Disappointing - RC can't control weather and we did have some choppy seas, but at the same time if you're on a ship shouldn't the entertainment be able to withstand the weather conditions? Oasis of Dreams was cancelled on our night due to weather so was rescheduled for 5:30 while docked in Jamaica so had to come back early to see the show and it wasn't as impressive without the dramatic lights against the night sky. Cats was also cancelled that night because of the weather. Come Fly with Me was cancelled on our night due to illness of one person. Stayed in Headliner show for about 10 mins then left. Cabin was on 9th floor aft and fortunately we're able to walk because elevators usually flew past without stopping or were so full we couldn't get on. Junior Suite "perk" is the Coastal Kitchen which we reserved only 1 night and as someone mentioned in a previous blog, if you have a Junior Suite key you can't open the door and instead have to knock and wait until someone comes and opens the door to let you in! We went on lobster night and had to wait a long time because they ran out of lobster - when we finally got the butter poached lobster in champagne dressing we were very disappointed in the size and the taste and of course by the time we got out Windjammer (which also has lobster) was closed! Main dining room food for dinner was not as good as on previous cruises and was usually warm at best. Shops were very disappointing unless you were looking for a new handbag then you'll be in heaven - at least 3 handbag stores! We did get to relax on the cruise, which is what we were looking for, but definitely prefer Freedom class over Oasis class. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this ship because of the size, the amenities, the live entertainment and cost. We found the ship to be somewhat crowded but not where you couldn't move. The buffet lines for breakfast and lunch were somewhat long but ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the size, the amenities, the live entertainment and cost. We found the ship to be somewhat crowded but not where you couldn't move. The buffet lines for breakfast and lunch were somewhat long but nothing more than 5 minute wait. There were 6,400 passengers and approx 2,000 crew. We had my-time dining which worked out fine. We just told them we wanted 7:30 everyday and they gave us the same table and same waiter for the entire week. My time is not bad at all, in fact you can tell them what time you wanted. Our waiter, Franky, table 232 deck 3 was great. Went out of his way to make your culinary experience great. We found the food to be above average. We did eat in Giovanni's specialty restaurant because I wanted to taste the octopus. I had it as an appetizer and I can tell you it was as tough as a shoe sole. The room was very loud and honestly, I'll probably never go back. We'll go back to Chops instead. Getting on, if you are not diamond or diamond plus may be time consuming. We are D+ so it only took us 10 minutes. Now getting off the ship is another story. The line for customs os very long and relatively slow. Expect 20-30 minutes to get through. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I read reviews for weeks before our cruise and was a little nervous based on some of the assessments of the condition of the ship and crew. Overall we were very happy with the cruise. Our cabin was in very good condition and the air ... Read More
I read reviews for weeks before our cruise and was a little nervous based on some of the assessments of the condition of the ship and crew. Overall we were very happy with the cruise. Our cabin was in very good condition and the air conditioning worked fine. I think the crew is a little more behind the scenes than on some of the smaller ships that I have been on, but we did not have an bad experiences with the staff. I thought the ship was very clean and saw very few areas that looked worn or in disrepair. We ate all of our dinners in coastal kitchen. The food was very good, but not necessarily significantly better than in the main dining room of other cruises I have taken. Drinks were included which was very nice. The staff in coastal kitchen was great. The ports were all very good (Puerto Rico, St Maarten, and Labadee), but St Maarten was clearly the port that has the longest road to recovery from the hurricane. There were a few downsides that caused me to give 4 rather than 5 stars. They are as follows: 1. Cancelling and timing of shows - I appreciate that Royal Caribbean has innovative shows/entertainment, but the seas weren't very rough during our cruise and many of the shows still had to be cancelled. This would not be too much of a problem on a normal sized ship, but since there are so many people on board the Oasis, if a show is cancelled, many people never get a chance to see it and they can't go to another show because it is fully booked already. I think many people cruise for the food, sun, and entertainment, so it is frustrating when there is not much entertainment available at night. My other complaint is that the shows start too late for families with younger children. On smaller ships, there is usually an early and a late show, but on this ship there is only one option. The only reason we got to see any shows was because they had reschedule so many of them due to cancellations and some of the rescheduled shows were earlier. Unfortunately, the rescheduled shows often got cancelled too. The only reason we got to see a couple of them was because we stayed in a suite and reservations were not required for us. Our 2 year old loved the 2 shows we got to see. 2. Elevator crowding - It seems like almost everyone has had this problem. The elevator wait was sometimes very long and then got hot and crowded. They would often stop at almost every floor, so the ride was too long. 3. Windjammer Buffet - Overall, the food was good, but it had the fewest options of any cruise buffet that I can remember. Also, they only opened one side of the buffet most of the time. The side that they did not open regularly had a very foul smell on one end that I think may be from the carpet. We got seated there once, then purposely avoided that section the rest of the cruise. Everytime I had to walk through the area, the smell was present. 4. This is a minor complaint, but at the end of the cruise there was a Thank You Celebration on the boardwalk that advertised family activities, free candied apples, popcorn, etc. We got there when it started and within 5 minutes they were out of candied apples and within 20 minutes, they were taking down most of the food tables. I just thought it was not much of a thank you to advertise an event that was supposed to last 1 hour (maybe even 1.5 hours, I can't remember) and begin running out of food within 5 minutes. 5. There was a problem with disembarkation. I think it was due to customs, not the cruiseline, but it didn't seem like the staff were making an attempts to let people know what was happening. I heard several people state that waited for 1.5 hours in the heat waiting the disembark. The lines were so long they wrapped around the outside of the ship on the promenade deck. The staff could have let people know what was going on and directed people form a line that did not extend outside into the heat. Despite a few problems, I would consider the Oasis again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We cruise twice a year and this was our 3rd RCI Big Ship. There are so many things to do on this ship- whether you want to relax by the pool, take a class, see a show, eat a delicious meal, play a game--WHATEVER it may be YOU and YOUR ... Read More
We cruise twice a year and this was our 3rd RCI Big Ship. There are so many things to do on this ship- whether you want to relax by the pool, take a class, see a show, eat a delicious meal, play a game--WHATEVER it may be YOU and YOUR FAMILY are covered:). The service on all 7 days was TOP NOTCH- we have never had better. The MDR staff, our cabin steward, the kids club, the bar service- just wow! The Cruise Director kept us laughing and the Captain was a fine gentleman. We enjoyed the food and the shows. We cruise Disney, RCI and Celebrity. I have taken 2 Carnival Cruises and they were fine BUT RCI is our Cruiseline. Our son prefers RCI kids club over Disney- More engagement from the staff seems to.be the reason. We just cannot wait for our next Oasis Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I chose this cruise as I wanted to experience a huge ship- and it did not disappoint me. While there were over 6000 passengers-the only time it felt like that was during boarding and disembarkment. Even then, the process was relatively ... Read More
I chose this cruise as I wanted to experience a huge ship- and it did not disappoint me. While there were over 6000 passengers-the only time it felt like that was during boarding and disembarkment. Even then, the process was relatively smooth for the number of people involved. The gem onboard was the Vintages Wine Bar! The sommelier staff was engaging, knowledgeable and a wonderful asset to the place! The wine list was impressive. And on the first day our group individually described to the sommelier our likes and preferences in wines and asked for a recommendations for each of us. All choices for our group of 6 were perfect! They held 4 wine tastings during the at sea times-French wines, Caymus wines, Italian wines, and a ‘special vintages’ tasting session. All 6 of us attended all of the tastings and were delighted and learned so much about wine and proper food pairings. Additionally, they held a Wine and Food pairing dinner that was a reasonable cost and I can’t say enough about how fabulous this was. It was a very limited number of people for the pairing dinner-and that made it all that much better! You had full attention of the sommelier staff as well as the the kitchen. They made adjustments to menus and assisted with selection of food to fit our individual tastes. It was truly an amazing experience. If you enjoy good food with wine-this is one location you can’t miss! Rohan and Josten are well versed in wine and food. Nemagna and Amaury were wonderful complements to this team! You won’t be disappointed. Next, the beach bungalows for up to 8 people are SO WORTH the cost of $250 for your group! Not only did it give you some distance from the crowds- but you had your own personal attendants to assist with drink procurement and information, and there was respite shade when the sun became too hot. Food in the Windjammer and dining rooms was good, but not great. I have had better on other RC ships. If you are interested in how the ship operates ‘behind the scenes’, the All Access Tour was made for you! All baked goods are prepared and cooked onboard, just the room to prep the meat alone is impressive. The laundry facilities are incredible and massive. And of course the tour of the bridge is the highlight. Your tour guides uses a special microphone to headsets for each person so that you never miss his/her information. Security is tight on board-and it just adds to the feeling of safety for all passengers. The ship itself is just so impressive. The working carousel, Boardwalk, Promenade and multiple theaters just add to the entertainment value of the ship. There are 2 Flow Riders, a short zip line, and lots of pools so that you never feel like your are crowded no matter where you are. Shows and entertainment are spectacular. The jogging track and fitness center are sure to please the active individual. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We are Floridians, and Port Canveral is convenient for us, and we had cruised with RCI before. We timed this cruise with my wife's birthday, and booked a junior suite. Not sure why, but three days before the cruise, we were upgraded ... Read More
We are Floridians, and Port Canveral is convenient for us, and we had cruised with RCI before. We timed this cruise with my wife's birthday, and booked a junior suite. Not sure why, but three days before the cruise, we were upgraded to an owner's suite, which I only noticed by accident when accessing my SeaPass info. A slight negative, because we were never officially notified, and could have shown up at the ship with the wrong cabin tags, and SeaPass. Regardless, this was wonderful for us, but created a couple of minor problems. Namely, everyone originally thought we were the people previously assigned that cabin, and many of the special offers in the cabin were with their names on them. Not really a problem. BTW, we also received all of the perks and amenities that come with the suite class cabins. I did not tell my wife about the upgrade, until after we were in the cabin. She was blown away. Love at first sight, especially the bathrobes (not sure why). Despite how great the cabin was, the real perk was the suite extras. Namely, unlimited internet access for two, automatic entry to all entertainment shows, all day access to the Coastal Kitchen restaurant, and Suites Lounge, concierge services, and slightly expedited embarkation and greatly expedited disembarkation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I have heard many people talk about this ship so I thought I would give it a try. The agent I spoke with at RCCL gave me a good price, offered me a wine/cheese/fruit basket (which I never got) and some bad advice. Let me preface, I am ... Read More
I have heard many people talk about this ship so I thought I would give it a try. The agent I spoke with at RCCL gave me a good price, offered me a wine/cheese/fruit basket (which I never got) and some bad advice. Let me preface, I am extremely claustrophobic and her and I discussed this...that being said, the bathroom and location of bed in the balcony room was a nightmare for me. Stepping into the shower made me think of beam me up Scotty, it was that small, many complained when they bent over to shave their legs they knocked the door open, I didn't even try. I was too busy hyperventilating and need to get out quick. The shampoo is like water and there is no shower gel. The sink height looks like its for a grade school, it came just about to my lower thigh (and I'm only 5/7). Its extremely low and without any counter space, and I'm not kidding. The counter is approx 6 inches wide from the wall to the sink, thats it.The bedroom area in room had the bed up against the one closet that you can barely get into, no drawers, a few shelves. It is NOT near the sliding glass door and if you plan to watch tv in bed, forget it. The couch across from it is the only place you can really view it from. There is a 3 plug thing on the desk which is nice, and it has 2 drawers. It also has the dryer in there which for my hair was adequate. The ship is broke in to a few different area, the entertainment and shopping floor which is more like a floating mall, Central Park which is lovely and has a lot of pay restaurants, one cafe which is ok especially for specialty coffees. Also the Boardwalk which has a carousel, that was fun, the Aqua theatre, Johnny Rockets (pay), the Doghouse, decent hotdogs, and an icecream/cupcake place (pay) and a few other pay places.Its a cute area. The Windjammer buffet is ok at best, not thrilled with the food choices though I'm sure most people love hotdogs and hamburgers which they always have. The salad bar is lame, just a couple items on it. Desserts are decent. MDR is lovely, food choice not good if you don't eat meat or fish that you have no idea what they are. Staff and service are great though one morning for breakfast was a 35 minute wait for eggs. Cafe Promenade on Deck 5 is ok for a quick sandwich or Sorrento pizza, both open late.The Solarium Bistro was free when we were on the ship and was the best choice for food and waiting time. Cats production was excellent, as was their Headliner show, an Abba group, and their Come Fly with Me acrobats. We also enjoyed the comedians. Lots of pools, lots of people on electric scooters and lots of hot tubs that were pretty hot and no lack of seating. Overall a decent experience, the head waiter was a hoot, he took good care of us, we had a lot of laughs with the staff that are very friendly. The Casino has a non smoking side which was nice. Will I hurry back? no But it was a good experience and a huge ship that had 6500 people on it, and yes, it was crowded but lines weren't as long as you would think. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise with my in-laws and wife’s sister and her husband because it seemed like a good deal. $1000 each for a week on one of RC’s premier ships, the Oasis of the Seas. Be warned: this ship is worn out and so is the crew. ... Read More
We chose this cruise with my in-laws and wife’s sister and her husband because it seemed like a good deal. $1000 each for a week on one of RC’s premier ships, the Oasis of the Seas. Be warned: this ship is worn out and so is the crew. It seemed that the crew is either brand new and knew nothing about this large ship or the crew is knowledgeable but rude and burned out from the multitude of guests this is the largest cruise we have ever been on 6500 people and 2200 staff. It was all’s the worst cruise we have ever been on...I will sum it up this way. All other cruises we have had fun because of the staff and activities, this cruise we had fun despite the staff and activities. Here’s the GOOD parts: The formal dining room food was excellent and that staff was great. The cabin was laid out well with the exception of not being able to see the tv from the bed (this was true in all three rooms and one was an ocean balcony). The ship has a ton of potential and some amazing places (Central Park, Broadway, the rock walls and flowriders). Labadee was very nice and it’s a shame it’s owned by Royal Carribean since after this cruise I think we will be choosing other cruise lines for all our cruises. To our own surprise Carnival has become our favorite cruise line! Here’s the BAD parts of the cruise: The ship needs a remodel, it has been used abused and not well maintained. The ping pong tables look like someone beat them with a sledge hammer, every other chair I sat in was wobbly and broken, buttons don’t work on elevators, every other coke machine didn’t work. The ONE electrical outlet in the room was glitchy, the maintenance crew had to come fix the shower in our room which had no hot water or water pressure. The mattress was a rock...I actually think we were just sleeping on a box springs and they just put egg crate foam on it. The shows lakes variety and were all singing and dancing with the same cast over and over again. The Cats Broadway show was 3 hours long and had an intermission at 1.5 hours, we stayed for the whole show but about 90% of the audience left at the intermission. I heard constantly from the staff “sorry we don’t have enough staff” and I found myself constantly saying to other people who would mention this was their first cruise “ other cruises aren’t like this” or “this is unusual, don’t let this give you a bad taste on cruising”. I really could go on and on with negatives...it was awful in comparison to RC Cruises we had done in the past and compared to carnival, MSC and Norwegian. We have cruised all these lines about 10 times in the last few years and we will be avoiding RC from this point on. If your are trying to decide between this ship or another...choose the other. Don’t get suckered in by the lower prices you are seeing on their cruises...the lower prices are there because their loyal customers are “jumping ship”! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Staff was not energetic or very welcoming. More like they were here to collect a pay check. Food was less than desirable minus the main sit down dinner. That was good, but in comparison to the food on Carnival without a doubt has them beat ... Read More
Staff was not energetic or very welcoming. More like they were here to collect a pay check. Food was less than desirable minus the main sit down dinner. That was good, but in comparison to the food on Carnival without a doubt has them beat across the sea. Casino was not very big in comparison to other ships. This created one huge smoke cloud even on the non smoking side it was bad. Some staff in the casino couldn't manage bets and it would cause issues among those at the table. Not to mention a couple of highly unprofessional dealers. This ships is great for families in a lot of ways. Yet leave some desires for the adult life. The do nickel and dime you. Be cautious in the jewelery store. They mark up then discount. Did some research on a ring my was interested in that goes for 6k in stores. On the ship it was listed at 9k before their sale. In the end there wasn't much difference in price. Also, couldn't answer me on the type of diamond. This because all in question when we get home to ensure such jewelery. So buyer beware. The ring is still a good value just don't like the sales approach. It is lying to the customer. Excursions are better priced vs. Carnival. Cabin we stayed in faced the board walk. I wouldn't do that again. It is very loud. my wife and I have been debating which cruise line we would like to make our permanent cruise line for getaways. It won't be Royal Caribbean. We come have fun. Part of that fun is the people that creat that environment. The smiles, the high postively charged crew. This ship doesn't have it. 4 people out the entire staff we dealt with. We found Carnival is just a happy more enjoyable environment. This is after trying several companies this past year. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our 10+ cruises have all been on Carnival. We decided to try Royal Caribbean, even though it was a long drive to Port Canaveral. Wow, was it worth it! The entertainment on Oasis far exceeded what we expected: professional ice skating show, ... Read More
Our 10+ cruises have all been on Carnival. We decided to try Royal Caribbean, even though it was a long drive to Port Canaveral. Wow, was it worth it! The entertainment on Oasis far exceeded what we expected: professional ice skating show, professional aqua/high diving show, & other fantastic shows. We were apprehensive about service & lines, since Oasis is one of the largest of all ships. But you'd never have known. Even the elevators moved smoothly. We chose and had early dining, seated with 2 friends that accompanied us. I thought the food was great; however, they were more critical. For sure, the waiters were very good. We were disappointed in the one RC excursion we went on at St. Maarten: a catamaran with 2 stops for snorkeling. There were no fish to see. At St. Thomas, on our own, we took a taxi to Coki Beach, which has some of the best snorkeling anywhere! Fish come & eat right out of your hand! My wife said it was the highlight of her trip. Next month on June 9 we are again cruising on Royal Caribbean, this time on Harmony of the Seas, a nearly identical ship to Oasis. We're so excited about it. A perfect vacation! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our third time on Oasis of the Seas. Just the two of us in a Central Park balcony stateroom. Plenty big and the bed was very comfortable. We brought our Pride GoGo folding scooters with us but didn't use them for the ... Read More
This was our third time on Oasis of the Seas. Just the two of us in a Central Park balcony stateroom. Plenty big and the bed was very comfortable. We brought our Pride GoGo folding scooters with us but didn't use them for the cruise. Lots of room for storing them in our cabin beside the couch. Just needed them the week after while we were at Disney World. Our stateroom attendant, Humlyn was amazing. She kept our cabin clean, well stocked with towels and other essentials and most of all, she was so friendly and always smiling. Royal Caribbean gave us a few unexpected perks for staying in a Central Park cabin such as a bottle of red wine, chocolate strawberries and a complimentary lunch at Giovanni's. Nice touch Guest Services! Enjoyed "First Night Done Right" at Chops Grill. Well worth the bargain price of $20 each. Service was amazing and special thanks to our waiter Andrew who took such good care of us. We enjoy sitting on deck 16 in the Solarium because of the shade and the quiet atmosphere away from the crowds. Never had a problem finding a chair or lounge and the hot tubs and pool were enjoyed thoroughly by us through the week. We found the food to be excellent in both the American Icon dining room, the Park Café, Windjammers and the specialty restaurants. If the menu was not to our liking in the dining room, then we ate a few evenings in the Windjammer. Service was excellent and the staff really go out of their way to make sure you have beverages by delivering them to you instead of you having to leave the table to get them. That was a service much appreciated. We had a table for 2 in the American Icon dining room (my time dining) and so happy to be at table 135 because of our amazing head waiter Mario and his assistant Arvin. Treated us like royalty and they worked hard and service was fast. Lobster night was great and delicious. Of course we enjoyed the Royal Promenade with all the entertainment, shops and yes... food counters. Royal Caribbean has such great staff who always smile and make your vacation so special. The ship is starting to show her age but she is clean and you appreciate how hard everyone works. We are Diamond class and did enjoy the Diamond Lounge. Only wish I had was that the drinks would be available maybe an hour later than 8:00 pm and that mocktails would be included since I don't drink liquor or beer. I just had Diet Cokes for the week. Please remember that all cruise ships have good and bad issues so you should always keep an open mind when booking a cruise but certainly don't be afraid to book the Oasis or similar Royal Caribbean ships. You won't be disappointed. Hope this review is helpful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Our first time on a mega ship this size. We got a good price and went for it. I've been on around 14 cruises and 7 of them on RCCL. The Oasis of the seas was a very nice ship but even with its size, 6000 people was just too much. It ... Read More
Our first time on a mega ship this size. We got a good price and went for it. I've been on around 14 cruises and 7 of them on RCCL. The Oasis of the seas was a very nice ship but even with its size, 6000 people was just too much. It was like standing in line at Disney for everything. Getting on and off at port calls was a slow process. We never ate at the main dinning because the only dinning time we could get was at 8:00 pm. Just too late for us to eat dinner. The windjammer buffet on all the RCCL ships we've been on were great with good quality food. But the buffet on the Oasis was very disappointing. Poor quality food, with limited selections. The staff didn't keep the buffet up either. Ship was clean. Drink servers were hard to come by on deck. High price drinks with 18% tip way over the top. Room steward was great. Overall...no more mega ships for me...The food and overall service much better on ships with 4000 or less passangers Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We travelled from England UK and had a lovely honeymoon on this ship but I will say things that could be improved also. The ship is a marvellous creation. It is impressive how it has been designed. Before the cruise I notified Royal ... Read More
We travelled from England UK and had a lovely honeymoon on this ship but I will say things that could be improved also. The ship is a marvellous creation. It is impressive how it has been designed. Before the cruise I notified Royal Caribbean that it was our honeymoon. I was a little disappointed that no nice little gestures i.e bottle of champagne/chocolates/petals had been put in our room as most hotels do. What Royal Caribbean did offer was for us to go to a honeymooners club and get complimentary champagne and meet other honeymooners at 11.30 am (prime sunbathing time). Well considering we already had a drinks package that was no good to us and why would we want to meet strangers?? This was a bit poor and sneaky of them and something personal would have been a lovely touch. (if you did want champagne etc I was told you have to pay but i will get on to the money grabbing bit). Getting on the ship was a bit of a hassle. Waiting round in the port and getting off took ages it was all a bit of a faff. Also getting off at the first port Nassau was a nightmare but we learned to wait until most people had already disembarked before we made our way off at the next 2 ports. My problem with the ship was it was too crowded. Queuing for breakfast at the windjammer (until we realised we could get breakfast in the solarium which was so much quieter). Queuing for dinner also and for the zip line etc. The most noticeable part of how busy the ship was is the pools. They are literally jam packed on a sea day. And there is a few of them but they were all heaving. Also the nightclub Dazzles was always full we could never get a seat. The central park area was my favourite. So gorgeous and peaceful if you want to get away from the crowds. It took us about six days to actually realise we hadn't seen certain bars/restaurants as the ship is so big. We bought a deluxe drinks package and that really was well worth the money. Everything was included, wine/beer/cocktails/champagne in the special champagne bar (under $15) pop, water and Spirits. I can not fault that. Great cocktails also. The food was always 5 star. I cant understand how anyone can complain about it. The buffets were great so much choice for everyone. We only ever ate at them for breakfast and lunch. The main dining room was brilliant also. Never had a bad meal. We had one meal in 150 central park which was also great for a change. All the staff gave 100% service in the buffet and the main dining room. We liked Mario (Area 135 American Icon) He was a lovely man. We never kept the same seat in the main dining room. Sometimes the service was a bit slow ordering drinks and waiting but the staff all do work so hard to do their best for you. The menu was great lots of choice and always different. I felt like even though we were all inclusive you have to be careful or RC will rinse you. They try and add a daily tip per person to your account but I felt this was awful. Us British have always tipped as and when we get service so we took it off and tipped ourselves as it should be done. $11 to watch a film on the TV... Really?! Paying for gym classes!! and then tips come onnnnn. The excursions were all very expensive, we found it cheaper to go out on our own. Its easy and there are taxis at every port waiting for you. All very safe too as the ships docking is how these islands make money. They have people on the ship taking random pictures. These packages are also pretty expensive. Didn't do any shopping on the ship as they were mainly designer shops and expensive. Speciality restaurants are extra cost (you dont actually really need them as the standard food is so good). Internet was ...wait for it ...$19.99 for ONE day!! That should be free. I wouldnt even mind if it was like $3 a day but to charge $19.99 is robbery. That is for basic speed also.There was a high speed one for about $30 a day. Our cabin was lovely gorgeous ocean view and quite spacious. We were in 8558 and our room attendant Tut was just fabulous. The room was just done up as if by magic whenever we left and come back. He made cute towel animals also with googly eyes which was nice. You could feel the ship moving now and then but overall it was pretty smooth. I get sea sick but never on this. The only show we did was Ice skating it was phenomenal. Never seen such talent before. We wanted to see the aqua show but couldn't get booked in. Making the reservation for 150 central park restaurant was easy. We did the Zip line and flow rider, bit of a queue but good fun. The ports were Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten. St Thomas was my favourite it was like paradise and the people were so welcoming. In St Thomas we went to Coki beach (in a taxi) and snorkelled it was beautiful. The best snorkelling spot. Loads of tropical fish shallow. In St Maarten we went to Maho beach again in a taxi where the planes come in low to land, what a great experience. In Bahamas we stayed local and walked to Junkanoo beach. It was nice but not as nice as the others. RC try and get people to shop at every port. They obviously get some sort of commission for sending passengers into the local shops but there is more to holidays than diamond shopping at every port (if you can afford it)! I probably wouldn't do another cruise anytime soon as I prefer land holidays and not sure I would go with RC again as they are a bit greedy $$ but I would recommend the ports. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were part of a group. The food was awful, but the service was great. I believe the cruise lines are trying to force people to pay for upgraded food. I miss the old days of cruising. I also miss the days where you paid tips to those ... Read More
We were part of a group. The food was awful, but the service was great. I believe the cruise lines are trying to force people to pay for upgraded food. I miss the old days of cruising. I also miss the days where you paid tips to those who deserve it. This overall tipping across the board is not fair and then at the end of the cruise you've got cruise line employees standing around looking for extra tips. We're not made of money! The ship was clean. Not sure about the entertainment. We missed the shows. However, we did see the Aqua show, which was awesome. RCCL needs to up their game with the food. Years ago, we only wanted to go on one cruise line and that was Royal Caribbean. Now, not so much. Chops Grille is far too expensive. We couldn't afford $45pp. The gift shop was pitiful. Not worth the visit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this sailing as a (cheap) way to get my family, my parents, and my in-laws all on one boat. It was my parents first time on a cruise ship. We started planning it in October of 2017 and that's when the problems with customer ... Read More
We chose this sailing as a (cheap) way to get my family, my parents, and my in-laws all on one boat. It was my parents first time on a cruise ship. We started planning it in October of 2017 and that's when the problems with customer service started. Pre-Boarding My father has a hard time sleeping prone so we had called RC before we booked and asked if there were any options for him. We were told they had no problem, they could remove a bed and give him a recliner to sleep in. We were sold! We purchased the rooms for all 8 of us and continued to plan. A few weeks later we called back to set up the arrangements for him and we were told that in order to have any option for him, they would need to *rent* a chair from a third-party company and upgrade their room to an accessible room (total cost $1300+). We were devastated and hung up. Called back a third time to cancel everyone, and were told he could get a wedge for his bed for free. Fast forward, we were trying to make sure we were all going to dine together. Because we didn't purchase all three rooms in one go, it wasn't guaranteed, apparently. I had to make 5 different phone calls (and have both sets of parents call twice each) to get varying degrees of answers: "You'll have to do that when you're on the ship", "There's no way because that dining time is full", "You have to do My-Time dining, we can't accomodate groups that large unless you book them together", etc. Finally got those together. We wanted to do something special for them so I set up First Night Done Right via their online Cruise Planner. It allowed me to add the two other rooms to our reservations but wouldn't let me pay for them. I called RC customer service and was told their reservation would be held until 2 days before the sailing date and they could pay at any time. My mother went to pay for it and it wasn't on her reservation. I guess there's an unwritten rule that you need to pay for it within 24 hours of reserving it or it disappears. By the time we realized this, the only dining times available were after 8 pm (which is way too late for our 5 and 9 year olds). The Ship Embarkation was a breeze, although slightly frustrating that we couldn't help walk my parents (new-comers) through the process since we were ushered into the Gold members area to check in. That led to us being separated and took us a while to find them onboard (having to explain to them why just saying "we're on Deck 16 isn't descriptive enough..). Also, they apparently don't give out paper maps to the ship anymore (besides the one horizontal view on an 8 1/2x11 piece of paper which kind of shows what is generally on each level). We're finally on the ship. My husband and I had been on the Allure for our honeymoon back in 2011 so we had some comparison of what it would be like for this cruise. The Oasis was doing well, but she's definitely showing her age in some areas. It was clean, for the most part. The nice thing about this ship is there are surprisingly a lot of areas where you can find peace and quiet away from everyone else (Protip: There are a lot of neat little nooks in Central Park, especially during the day when there's no one around). There seemed to be enough elevators for everyone (unless there was a big event where a lot of people were using them at once) but the thing that got me is that apparently if you pay enough for your room, you can swipe your card at the elevator and not have to stop at any other levels except the one you want to. This makes it a pain in the butt if you're not one of "the elite". They've gone through some extensive remodeling to make sure that "they" don't need to mingle with the rest of us. They've definitely let the game room slide under their radar of cleaning. We opened up the tiny little cabinet they claimed to store the games in and there were only 5-7 jigsaw puzzles with only half the box and most of the pieces mixed together filling the bottom of the cabinet. We went over to a chess table (where all the pieces are supposed to be stored in a drawer underneath the tabletop), and found no less than 6 white king pieces, Othello pieces, more puzzle pieces, and checkers. There was not a single deck of cards to be found in the room. Dining We loved our dining staff, although poor Raul seemed way over worked. The poor man had four or five tables with at least 8 people at each. He still showed up with a smile, learned all of our names by the first night, and diligently took care of us. He'd come by with a plate of cookies for our girls every night (which they always loved in the morning). The food was okay, but I've definitely had better on other sailings. Entertainment & Activities Over the week, we saw Cats, Frozen in Time, Come Fly with Me, and Oasis of Dreams. We also went ice skating, saw the parades, and spent a lot of time in the pools. Cats was an amazing performance, although I had never seen it before so I didn't know what to expect. Half the audience walked out before intermission because the show in of itself is so abstract. Frozen in Time was phenomenal (although the service staff there lacked, I'll get there in a bit) and probably the best ice show I've seen on my three RC cruises. Come Fly with Me (acrobatics, main theater) and Oasis of Dreams (water show) were abstract as well, but the talent shown in both was absolutely spectacular. On our honeymoon, we had the chance to experience the Prohibition Event as only the second trial they ran with guests. We loved it so much we had to do it again this time around. If you're unfamiliar with it, it's a night-time (10-12) event that shuts down the jazz club. You get a special pin to wear, and they let you in the side door if you have the password. It's unlimited drinks and small bites the whole time while they're playing jazz music and trying some story-telling with a horse race (the winner gets a free bottle of bubbly). It was a lot of fun this time, but not nearly as much fun as the last time. They used probably half the time we were there to "teach" us a dance, men separately from the women. We never put it together or actually did the dance to any music. It was probably just a ploy to reduce how much we drank, in all honesty. The woman entertainment staff who was teaching us how to dance was using this obnoxious and creepy accent that made me feel like my ears were getting raped. We brought our five and nine year old daughters with us and my kids absolutely LOVED Adventure Ocean. There were times when we'd give them the option to go to the pool or spend time with us, but all they wanted to do was go back to AO. We met Aladdin (they all have kid-friendly nicknames) on day one and he was probably one of the best crew members we met that week. When we were getting back on board at Cozumel, he made it a point to yell out their names and say hi, which they absolutely adored. My youngest was actually crying after we came home, saying that she was sad she'll never get to see him again. It seemed like there wasn't nearly as much to do on this sailing as there was on our honeymoon (Allure, 2011) or our other family trip (Independence, 2016). The various bars along the promenade would all try to play their music louder than the one next to it which made walking through the promenade quite unbearable at times. We didn't even know what the Cruise Director's name was until Day 4. We had seen it on a few pamphlets but apparently that was wrong. We did, however, know the woman who was in charge of selling us things. At least 60% of the activities on board are trying to sell you something. We heard at least one announcement a day about some art auction or diamond sale going on; we heard absolutely nothing about regular free entertainment. Service After all the highs, we're back down again. As I mentioned, we saw the ice skating show, Frozen in Time. It was right after dinner so my mom went upstairs to get her and my dad's jackets so they wouldn't be too cold. We had a hard time finding her when she came back. I was waiting outside the studio, looking for her, when I turned to one of the entertainment staff who was scanning peoples cards. I asked her if she'd seen an older woman who look a bit lost, and explained I was looking for my mom who has a hard time with directions (and this was only day 2). We talked for a bit, and I turned around to go back inside. Another woman who was part of the entertainment staff looked at me and said "Ma'am, there are over 6000 guests on this ship. We don't have time to look for your drunk mother. Our shift ends when the doors close and we're not sticking around to help her". I was so shocked that someone would speak to me like that (let alone someone who worked on the ship), I didn't get her name. That was bad experience with staff #1. Bad experience #2: My husband and I had just sent the girls off to AO for the evening session and were trying to go to karaoke. The planner said it ended at 8:30. We showed up around 8:15, surprised to find the entertainment staff cleaning up the karaoke equipment (apparently because there was some football game people wanted to watch and that was more important). She looked at us, said we're too late. We were fine with that and asked her if she knew of any other fun things to do on the ship. Her reply, "Why don't you go check the Cruise Planner? That's what it's there for." Bad experience #3: After the previous two issues above, we tried to say something to the help desk about it. Backstory: they station some poor fellow out front by the lines to weed people out before you can talk to someone. There was literally no one in line and two guests at the desk with eight or so crewmembers to help. We approached him and said we'd like to talk to them about the behavior of some of the entertainment staff. We were told we couldn't make any comments about that right now and that we'd have to do so only on our survey that we'll be emailed once we're off the ship. Seriously? You can't spare 10 minutes to talk to a customer about your lousy customer service? Ports & Shore Excursions I got off at all three ports, although we didn't do any of the excursions. As I mentioned, we were mostly going on this itinerary to show my parents the boat and have them experience cruising for the first time. The ports were clean, albeit every one of them is just another bid to get you to buy something at a price 10x what it's worth. The bottom line: Would I go again? I'm honestly so fed up with their lousy customer service, I'm taking an extended break from Royal Caribbean. I've got another cruise planned for this January with Norwegian and a group cruise with friends in 2020 that will also be with Norwegian. Maybe after that, I'll consider it if RC gets their act together. Disclaimer: I have mentioned all of the above the Royal Caribbean: in my survey and on the phone with a representative. I have heard absolutely no feedback or apology from them. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We arrived at the Port Canaveral 11:15 The line for security was out the door. It moved rather quickly. We were on the boat by 12:00. We went up to the Windjammer for lunch the line was long and had to wait for a table. Food was OK. We ... Read More
We arrived at the Port Canaveral 11:15 The line for security was out the door. It moved rather quickly. We were on the boat by 12:00. We went up to the Windjammer for lunch the line was long and had to wait for a table. Food was OK. We found out later we could have went down 1 deck to eat with no line. They let us in our rooms at 1:00. Our room was 10329 Boardwalk view last cabin toward the aft. Great view of the Aqua Theater. We could watch the Movies and Football games shone on the big screens in the theater. The room was clean except the couch had lots of stains. Could have used a few more draws for personal stuff. Bathroom set up nice. The biggest problem was at night the room would smell like cigarettes and if the boat slowed down you got an exhaust smell in the room. So, if you are sensitive to these, this is not the room for you. I would not book it again. Central Park was a great place to hang out in the evening. There was a breeze going through and live music. The boardwalk area was never to busy except when they had their thank you party. Candy apples were delicious. Cats was OK but many people didn't understand it and were talking through out the performance. Adult Comedy a must, but not for the easily offended. Ice Show and Aqua very good. Headliner was Lady Luck very easy to listen to, but really not to high energy. We don't go to the Casino. The food was blah. The windjammer served similar food every night. Some kind of beef in gravy, some form of chicken (fried, BBQ,Roasted etc) 2 kinds of rice mashed potatoes, Hamburgers, Hot Dog. Blah Blah. We ate in the MDR 3 times Night 1 on the boat Formal night and the last night. The first night the food was so bad we had to go eat somewhere else. Didn't even wait for dessert. Formal night Lobster and prime rib. Prime Rib was clod and had a funny taste. We had a total of 6 lobster tails served 4 were under cooked and wouldn't even come out of shell. Lava cake over cooked No Lava. LOL Last night Lamb Shank MMMM PERFECT Hot and Delicious. Strip Steak cooked PERFECT and hot. Best meal we had on the boat. My favorite place was Cafe Promenade The Barista was outstanding. She remembered what I wanted from Day 1. Now remember there are over 6000 people on this boat and this is where the best coffee is served. Her name was Sam. Say hi if you see her. Service for drinks at all the shows we attended was great. We ordered drinks and they were back so quickly. Our room attendant greeted us every day and kept the room very clean. Best towel animals ever. We did not do any shore excursions, although the boat stops in Labadee and we went swimming. That is one of RC owned ports. The BBQ there is very good. Watch out for the venders in the market, extremely aggressive. All in all not a bad cruise, but I think we may stick to a little smaller boat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were apprehensive about cruising on a boat with 6,000+ passengers but after the first day were pleasantly surprised that it didn't feel more crowded than some of the previous cruises we have taken on smaller boats. The first day ... Read More
We were apprehensive about cruising on a boat with 6,000+ passengers but after the first day were pleasantly surprised that it didn't feel more crowded than some of the previous cruises we have taken on smaller boats. The first day was chaotic as having so many people trying to figure out where to go on the ship was congested but after that it was fine. We are not "sun" people so we did not go on the decks by the pools that often and when we did they appeared very congested. However there are so many places to go on the ship (Boardwalk, Central Park, Promenade, Solarium, Shops, Dining, etc...) you can get away from the crowds if you want to. Our room attendant, Vilma Santiago was outstanding as were the two waiters we had in the Silk restaurant, Clapston and Shrikant. We took three excursions. At Labadee we went to Amiga Island. I highly recommend this as you take a Catamaran out to a private island and spend you time lounging, swimming, and snorkeling. You can walk along the beach as well. It is secluded and not many people are on the small island at a time. At Falmouth, Jamaica we took the VIP Bamboo Beach excursion. This was better than Amiga Island as we had free drinks (try the Bob Marley) and scrumptious food including lobster tail. Lounged, swam and snorkeled here as well. Our tour guide, Abigail, waited on us hand and foot and was very knowledgeable of the island as we drove in our bus to and from the beach. Our last tour was in Cozumel. It was a Beach Buggy and Snorkel tour. I do not recommend this tour as most of the Beach Buggies are old and falling apart and you do not go off road. Instead you drive these dilapidated biggies on the only highway on Cozumel at speeds of up to 60MPH. Also, the second beach we went to at the end of the island had red flags out because you could not swim in the water due to rip tides. So not much to do there except wade or sit in the sun on the beach. The food on Princess is better but can't really complain about the food on Royal Caribbean. Buffet Dining is not setup to accommodate the thousands on the boat but we ate in the Silk restaurant most of the time. The fitness equipment needs some updating as the screens on some of the machines did not work. Overall a fine cruise and we would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I traveled with my sister and we are both in our 70's. We had a great time. Food was good and alot of fish entree's offered at night and lobster night they let us have all we want. The waiters were especially friendly. If you ... Read More
I traveled with my sister and we are both in our 70's. We had a great time. Food was good and alot of fish entree's offered at night and lobster night they let us have all we want. The waiters were especially friendly. If you have not tried the Chops Grill your in for a treat. It was great however the Allure ship's Chops was alot better, food was hotter when arriving to table. Be aware this Oasis has only one plug, located on your vanity, which you can use 3 plugs but if you would like a nightlight or hook up something else for across the room remember to bring a extention cord as this does not go the bed etc. The entertainment was excellent. We did one shore excurision in cosmel thru the ship and they were very orgainized. We went to XCart, which is a ferry ride away. Do not do this on your own, the ship is cheaper than if you did on your own. The beaches on Labedee are all different. One is more beautiful than another so make sure you take the shuttle all the way around, past all the outdoor markets and to the left, Ocean was beautiful there, other's were rocky. I would go on this ship again but desire different ports next time. I did like the sister ship Allure better as the room seemed bigger Read Less
Sail Date September 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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