528 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was our first ever cruise. We read many reviews and had super high expectations. Get ready, the first 2 days you will be a bit disappointed with the service, everyone is stressed and every restaurant is packed and has long queues. ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise. We read many reviews and had super high expectations. Get ready, the first 2 days you will be a bit disappointed with the service, everyone is stressed and every restaurant is packed and has long queues. 3rd day onwards is when you start enjoying your cruise. Everywhere is more organized and calmer. We also opted to do this cruise due to the many activities in the ship. So we did not go down from the ship often. To our surprise on port days all most all activities were closed and opened up at 15:00 :/. So we did not go down in order to enjoy these activities but in reality they opened up when everyone is coming back form their excursion. Anyways, once we got the hang of opening hours we started enjoying the cruise even more :) Food on the ship was super good. Main dining rooms were our favorite. Drinks were also yummy and had many types too! Unfortunately after an awesome week, the last day just literally ruined our experience. We try to order savignon blanc and they tell you sorry we don’t have any left just chardonay. Ok, Lets go for a Pina Colada.... sorry just finished... same for peroni and corona. I thought royal caribean are the best of the best when it comes to food and drinks and making sure guests are happy. To top it all up , we love love the hot tubs. Some were open 24hours (solarium) so after our dinner and some dancing we used to go up to the tubs and enjoy some relaxing time. It was the highlight of our day. On the last day of our cruise, during the day we were at the hot tubs (adults only) but it was left unattended so kids and teens just kept coming in and we obviously ruining the peace. We decided to head out and come back later on after midnight. So excited after a good night at dazzles we headed to our room, changed to our bathing suits and off we went to deck 15. The last drop of the day.... all hot tubes were drained and closed Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This is my 2nd time cruising with Royal Caribbean, the first time was 8 years ago. This time it was with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 11. My sister and her family of 4 and mother and aunt joined us as well. The service is ... Read More
This is my 2nd time cruising with Royal Caribbean, the first time was 8 years ago. This time it was with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 11. My sister and her family of 4 and mother and aunt joined us as well. The service is excellent, waitors, room attendant, guest services, entertainment staff all provide exceptional service. The food is delicious, no complaints there. However for a family of 4, it is expensive on a 7 day cruise. Every thing is extra like pop, alcoholic drinks, specialty restaurants. There is also an 18% daily gratuity expense for all the staff, which includes the behind the scenes staff. Which I understand is well deserved but if you buy something that is extra like a Starbucks coffee or an alcoholic drink at the bar, you are also charged another 18% gratuity tip and then asked if you want to add an additional tip on top of that. Yes they give you an onboard credit for each room you book, and in our case we booked 2 indoor state rooms because 1indoor stateroom is too cramped for a family of 4. An indoor stateroom is of course the cheapest price and they say it can accommodate a family of 4 but it really can't. However booking 2 indoor state rooms was cheaper than booking a slightly bigger room (with a window or a balcony). However that also means double the gratuity charges. The onshore excursions are also very expensive. Yes they provide convenience of pick up and drop off right at the ship and most likely provide excellent tour guides however for a family of 4, we could not afford the Royal Caribbean onshore excursions as the cost could run us from minimum $400 USD for half day excursions to over $2000 USD full day excursions and if you are at a different port each day, the cost of all the daily excursions add up. This is why we either went out and ventured on our own or hiring a local touring company, which I highly recommend and it will involve months of pre-planning but so worth it and affordable for a family. I have mixed emotions about cruising, the positive is that they provide excellent service and for a Mediterranean cruise, is a good way to see Europe however the negative, the cost for the cruise alone is expensive but it doesn't stop there as there is so much extra you are paying for - pop and alcoholic beverages, specialty restaurants, their onshore excursions, and plus the gratuity and additional gratuity for all the extras. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This is a very nice ship and the crew is very friendly but as far as ports this cruise leaves a lot to be desired. If you like to do ship excursions then this ship will work for you. But if your like me and like to go out on your own and ... Read More
This is a very nice ship and the crew is very friendly but as far as ports this cruise leaves a lot to be desired. If you like to do ship excursions then this ship will work for you. But if your like me and like to go out on your own and explore away from the hoards of shipmates I would be warned. This ships itenerary is almost designed to force you to use thier excursions. Here is why. Marsielle, LaSpezia, and Civitevechcia have little to no transportation from the port. Marsielle had none. and RCL shuttle drop you off away from the sights. It was a $40euro taxi ride to town. in LaSpezia you must take their shuttle to the port entrance, then its either a $25 taxi and 45min walk to the train station where there is a good chance you will encounter a pick pocket. then a hour train ride to Pisa. In Civitevechcia (Rome) RCL provided 3 busses for 3000 passengers to the city center which was 20min away. (2 hour bus wait) then then drop you off to a taxis area for a $25 taxi ride to the train station. for a hour ride to Rome. RCL has designed this cruise and its time in port to discourage any freelance exploration. While the itenerary will say 12 hours in port. after disembarkation, busses, taxis, trains, and return you are lucky to get 5 hours. and if you get stuck on the extraordinarily poor Italian train system like we did it could be a expensive day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We are a family of 6 with our exchange student with us. Thus we needed adjoining rooms. We the kids in one and my wife and I in the other. First issue is that RC won't combine adjoining rooms into one reservation. Second issue is ... Read More
We are a family of 6 with our exchange student with us. Thus we needed adjoining rooms. We the kids in one and my wife and I in the other. First issue is that RC won't combine adjoining rooms into one reservation. Second issue is that you must have an adult in each room. This would have been easier to work thru had it been communicated when we booked our rooms last summer. They got our money but failed to inform us of these details. When we went about getting final details done a few months ago this room arrangement became a big problem that they could NOT fix on the computer. They could not move me or my wife to the other room. But without an adult in that room we could not finalize that rooms reservations. We spent hours on the phone with this issue. What a complete pain in the you know where. Another big problem was the bait and switch on an excursion. A large group of our friends were on this cruise and we had booked an excursion thru RC for a catamaran to take us to a private beach and back in St. Maarten. When we get off the ship they herded us onto a bus and trucked us to a beach. We protested to the lady that we had a catamaran trip and she looked at us like we were nuts. These two issues put a damper on our experience with RC. As far as the food goes, the main dining is equal to Carnival and Disney but not better. We paid considerably more for RC and there was not one thing that stood out and being worth the extra money. Cabin size. These were the smallest state rooms we have ever stayed in. The bathrooms are tiny. Heavy set people would probably have trouble getting in and out of the shower. The sink is 1/3 the size of a standard sink. Clothing storage. There is very very little. For a 7 day cruise they need more. There are only 3 drawers. There are 3 cubby holes in the closet and about 10 clothes hangers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Well here I am again writing a review for the Oasis of the seas – Sadly nothing has changed for the RCCL Oasis Class Cruise Ships. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that writing about the experience may not be as ... Read More
Well here I am again writing a review for the Oasis of the seas – Sadly nothing has changed for the RCCL Oasis Class Cruise Ships. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that writing about the experience may not be as informative as identifying the short falls that seem to be plaguing these big cruise liners. So I have changed up the format a bit to “hopefully” provide a better insight. This was our 13th cruise with RCCL and I am sure the burning question is “why do we keep cruising with RCCL if there is so much pessimism in my reviews” – The answer is simple, we have been fortunate enough to sail on Six of the Eight Class Vessels and 12 of the 23 ships available in these classes. We have reached Diamond Status with Royal Caribbean and with these personal experiences we encountered on these ships we believe we can give a fair and impartial review. Although the Oasis Class Ships fall short of why we enjoy cruising with RCCL – there is still hope with the Freedom / Voyager and Vision Classes. So let’s begin, I will start with the Memorable Experiences, we were a group of 6 during this latest adventure and we generally seek out the Employee that we feel goes above and beyond. This varies from trip to trip – and could be anywhere on the ship. Our first few days on board was disheartening, the lack of Bar Tenders – Workers and the sincere lack of One on One Customer service and personal one on one communications was nowhere to be found. Sadly my wife and I went on this cruise knowing these short falls, however my brother – sister-in-law, Nephew and his fiancé were very discouraged as this was their first trip on the Oasis Class Ship. The crew was not the most personable compared to the Freedom and Voyage Class Ships. The crew seemed weathered, wore out and not very enthusiastic. I get it, these people are working around the clock nonstop day after day, dealing with all types of diversity etc. RCCL owns these issues as “IMO” RCCL is asking more from these people than RCCL “Company” can deliver. The Big Ships hold no comparison to the Freedom and Voyager Classes when it comes to customer service and one on one communications. Customer / Bar Service During our 7 Night Cruise we saw 3 Bartenders on the Pool Deck the whole week, needless to say although we received some service – Most of our drinks were self-Served at the bar. The casino was much worse where waiting for an Hour for a drink was the norm or not getting a drink at all, I actually ordered a drink from a wait staff member and ended up waiting 4 Hours (During this time I was up and down getting my own) Windjammer Nightly – No seating available, general wait time 15-20 minutes before sitting down, Lack of Workers to keep up with the Customer Demand. Dining Room Breakfast Waited 1 Hour for our breakfast – Half Cold – Half Missing and Half Wrong. To top it all off I order Eggs Benedict and the eggs were hard boiled. The Manager of the Breakfast Room told me quote “That is the way they are served” – I looked at him and said you’re kidding right? I was so dumbfounded that I just had to walk away before I said something as imprudent as he just did. Next Cruise Office Honestly – we were treated like children, we were treated like we had no idea what we were doing, One of the Employees that was helping us put a whole new meaning on the word condescending. Casino The Hostess were incredibly rude – condescending and most unprofessional we ever met, Pit Bosses? All they did the whole cruise was sit in the bull pen and talk to one another, a far cry from the Allure 3 months ago where all the pit bosses including the manager were very involved with passengers in the Casino. Bad for business IMO. With that here is what the Oasis Cruise Ship and other Big Liners are missing Customer Service Customer Care Professionalism Cruise Passenger Interaction The Basics that made them who they are With ANY company, bigger does not mean better, especially when your company relies on customer service and fun filled adventure, relax let us do it for you ect. I have a terrible feeling that RCCL and others like it are trying to race to the top with the biggest and best without any regards to what they are actually losing, In comparison to the Freedom / Vision Class Ships – We still maintain that the customer service is outstanding on the smaller ships. At least that is where we left it last we cruised with them. We will know in about a year whether that still stands but for now. Because of our status and offers we have received from RCCL we will be on board the Oasis in December 2019 – Between now and then I do plan on writing letters to corporate with the hopes that things can improve. Look me up late December as I will be sure to write another review. Note: We are not looking for anything – kickbacks etc. We are simply trying to point out that RCCL Oasis Class Ships are missing what we love about cruising – The one on one personal interaction, we do not expect anyone in any field to wait on us hand and foot – that is not the type of people we are, we don’t expect special privileges. We are just pointing out that our concern is that the seasoned cruisers can see what’s missing. We still stay loyal to Royal – just hoping they can get back to the basics. Happy / Safe Sailing Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Friends encouraged us to try Oasis. Despite what people say, this ship is very big and crowded! Lines for everything, disembarking at various ports , especially Nassau, was a disaster - essentially a mob scene - all that was missing were a ... Read More
Friends encouraged us to try Oasis. Despite what people say, this ship is very big and crowded! Lines for everything, disembarking at various ports , especially Nassau, was a disaster - essentially a mob scene - all that was missing were a few burning cars !! Service was good , but very impersonal. The staff was trying , but I sensed they were overwhelmed. Food was mediocre at best! On the plus side , the entertainment was excellent. It was a shame that half the audience left Cats at intermission. The cast was excellent . I guess the drink package was more important! Shore excursion in St Martin was excellent. We did the Royal food tour . Other excursions were very average. If you are traveling with children and don’t mind crowds and need lot of stimulation then Oasis is for you . If you are looking for a relaxing cruise , look to the smaller ships - Radiance class. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First time on the Oasis (but my 20th cruise overall on most of the main cruiselines) and went with a neighborhood friend. We had an oceanview balcony on deck 8, cabin #8-282 and the location was great. It was close to ... Read More
First time on the Oasis (but my 20th cruise overall on most of the main cruiselines) and went with a neighborhood friend. We had an oceanview balcony on deck 8, cabin #8-282 and the location was great. It was close to elevators/stairs and just a short walk to Central Park. Speaking of elevators, there are plenty of them fore and aft on this ship and you seldom have to wait long. Positives: Park Cafe for coffee and a light breakfast, plus it was a nice place to escape the crowds; spacious balcony; great cabin steward; the Solarium, although it could get REALLY hot in there; the diving show was terrific; the Latin band at Boleros was fabulous, but they never started until very late in the evening; the ship was pretty easy to get around and it didn't take us long to figure out where things were and how to get there. Negatives: Food in main DR was just OK, although it was usually served hot - service felt rushed and impersonal and we noticed an absence of simple things that make a meal, e.g., there was never an offer of parmesan cheese for any of the pasta dishes we had. We only ate in the Windjammer one night - the 2nd formal night when the line to get in the main DR was a block long - we weren't the only ones up there overdressed either! I was surprised at how small the buffet was compared to other ships, not many choices. I missed having a cast and crew musical show in the theater at night - I've never cared for Cats and that was the first few nights' entertainment offer. The headliner show was a 4-piece rock band, and Come Fly With Me was the only true "show" in the theater. But the biggest thing missing to us was the lack of any music venue anywhere on the ship before 9:45 or 10PM. I've always enjoyed listening to a lounge band or a piano bar with a cocktail before and after dinner but there was nothing going on. Most evenings, the promenade was just plain dull, unless you consider the "sales" of purses, watches or tee-shirts exciting entertainment. Later in the week there was a disco show with dancers and a DJ which I enjoyed, wish they would make better use of this space more often. Nights were so boring that we always ended up going back to our room and reading after dinner until there was some music on offer. Definitely not what we expected from a ship this size. Labadee was very pretty, we took the tram around the resort and ended up at Columbus Cove where we found plenty of shade and beautiful scenery. Falmouth for us was just a walk around the dozen Diamond International shops, a Red Stripe at Margaritaville and then back on the ship to enjoy it without the crowds. Cozumel, we booked a tour through our online TA called "Salsa, Salsa, Salsa" at Playa Mia Beach and it was fantastic fun. We learned how to make several kinds of salsas, guacamole and then learned how to dance the Salsa. It included unlimited open bar, special margaritas with side shots of tequila during the slicing and dicing, and a lunch of quesadillas and taquitos. We could also partake of the buffet at the resort but we were too full! Afterwards, we lounged on the beach and swam before heading back at our leisure - they put us in a cab that was pre-paid by the company and took us back to the pier. Overall, we had a good trip, weather was fantastic, seas were calm - never once felt any movement. I would have given it a much higher rating had there been something to do before 10 at night. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise for the Oasis Class ship. We had a Central Park Balcony, wanted to try something different than an oceanview balcony. It was fine, spent quite a bit of time sitting out there, relaxing. Little noisy during day when ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Oasis Class ship. We had a Central Park Balcony, wanted to try something different than an oceanview balcony. It was fine, spent quite a bit of time sitting out there, relaxing. Little noisy during day when pool was open, quiet in the evening. The ship is huge, but didn't feel crowded. The elevators were slow at times, and usually crowded. Dining times were usually the worst. We were in Main Dining room - deck 5 - Silk, early seating. Food was average. There didn't seem to be a big variety, prime rib cpl. of times, lobster tail the second formal night. Nothing outstanding. Turkey the last evening was very good. Moist and flavorful. We also dined at Chops Grille, It was fantastic. Meal and service was outstanding. Entertainment was good. We attended the Aqua Show, the Ice Skating Show, The Headliner Show, the Comedy Show. Only complaint is that the shows are repeated to accommodate all the passengers, which left a few nights without any entertainment options we had not already attended. We did make reservations for shows ahead of time, so we were able to see all the shows we wanted. Disappointed that the 2 comedians didn't have different shows to perform. Same material, with a few changes, so basically same show all week. We didn't do any shore excursions as we've been to the ports previously. Port days were a good time to hit solarium hot tubs and pool, as they were very uncrowded. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise solely based on the itinerary & date, as we were a group of 8. From the beginning to the end, it just wasn't as good as the Anthem of the Seas. The boarding lines were a nightmare, with the staff unable to ... Read More
We chose this cruise solely based on the itinerary & date, as we were a group of 8. From the beginning to the end, it just wasn't as good as the Anthem of the Seas. The boarding lines were a nightmare, with the staff unable to control the lines, people rudely cutting, while we followed the instructions. One of of our group had to have their cabin sanitized as it stunk of body odor. Another group had a broken safe for the entire trip and no one fixed it, and their rug and sofa were stained. There were people visibly sick everywhere (coughing) by day 3. 5 of the 8 of us got the flu by day 5. One of the excursions were cancelled, and our party was not told until 20 minutes after the departure time.(1 PM) Not enough time to make any other plans for the day.Disappointed that the buffet did not have an omelet station, as Anthem did. Promenade coffee shop always had lukewarm water and decaf every morning, and you had to ask for fresh hot tea water or decaf. The staff everywhere seemed to have an attitude, with the exception of our dining room waiter and assistant. Trivia MC was an idiot, couldn't keep track of what number question it was. The comedy, water, & aerial shows were great. "Cats" was ok, but I saw it on Broadway, so maybe that's why I wasn't impressed. The Solarium pool had green mildew all around the rim. Worst part we brought 4 people who normally sail Carnival and told them how great RCCL was, and were totally embarrassed! They said Carnival was better, so what does that tell you? Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Beautiful ship. Lots of entertainment and things to do. Staff in general were a mix - some great and some rude. I fell and twisted my ankle, very obvious since it turned lots of colors. Was told to go to medical - they were closed and had ... Read More
Beautiful ship. Lots of entertainment and things to do. Staff in general were a mix - some great and some rude. I fell and twisted my ankle, very obvious since it turned lots of colors. Was told to go to medical - they were closed and had been for hours. It wasn't a big deal, could have used a wrap but the attitude by the main desk was very poor. The two gentlemen that helped me get up were lovely however. Bartenders, etc. were a mix - some pleasant, some rude. Cabin with balcony nice, well set up but the mattresses and pillows were like bricks. Steward was great and attentive. Food in Windjammer was disappointing; my fifth cruise and the first time I felt like there was little to choose from. Main dining room was nice but we got stuck on the late dinner despite my pleas. Food was good and Yeoman and Putu were wonderful! The one general thing I don't like about Royal Caribbean is that they nickel and dime you. Saw Cats - wonderful production. Charged 2.50 plus 18% gratuity for a small box of popcorn. As much as you pay for everything they charge for popcorn? Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
As I tell everyone when writing a review; Don’t let anything you read in this review dissuade you from going. Everyone has individual experiences, likes/dislikes. I can only tell you about mine. One of the things that I pieced ... Read More
As I tell everyone when writing a review; Don’t let anything you read in this review dissuade you from going. Everyone has individual experiences, likes/dislikes. I can only tell you about mine. One of the things that I pieced together, when reading individual reviews, is that people like myself, who’ve been on several cruises with the same company, tend to be more critical than people who’ve been on one or two. I think the Reason for this is that people who’ve been on a lot of cruises remember the way things were before all the changes the company has made over the years all for cost cutting reasons. No, this doesn’t apply to all, but for myself, I’ve been on a few cruises (you can see how many in my signature) and most of them have been on Royal Caribbean. I am a diamond member and Prime member. Thus, I did spend a fair amount of time in the casino. I traveled with my family and I stayed in a Grand Suite. I previously lived in New Hampshire and now live in Florida, so getting to Port Canaveral was a simple 2 hour drive as compared to having to fly and come a day early with hotel stay. I thought the check in process was relatively easy. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know that I travel with my dad, who has the same name as I do but we have different middle names. I still can’t understand why Royal Caribbean can’t add a middle initial on your Sea Pass Card. This would be a simple IT fix. But we all know how Royals IT is so maybe that explains it? Thus, the nice ladies checking us in we’re confused as to why 2 people with the same name could be in the same cabin. This would continue on all week when dealing with guest services, Club Royale, Loyalty Ambassador, you get the idea. The one thing that was different from past cruises here was the order of boarding. Now that Royal has added “the key”, the new order of boarding is back to back cruisers, suites/pinnacle, diamond plus, “the key”, diamond, emerald, platinum, and gold. I was a little upset over diamond members being moved down but I boarded with suites so this didn’t affect me but I’ll keep it in the back of my mind for future reference. We ate lunch in Chops and everyone agreed this was a good option over other venues. By the time lunch was over, the rooms had opened up and we could get in. You may have noticed that I skipped over the quality of food in Chops. I don’t review food because of how subjective that becomes. Only to say, that the food quality has gone down and I find the menu options to be the same fleet wide. When going to the room, this was the first cruise I’ve been on where the TV in the cabin wasn’t turned on to the safety message. I thought that was odd. Our muster station was in Sabor on the promenade. There were no TVs to watch any safety messages, you couldn’t hear the announcements from the captain, and we were in the back, so you couldn’t see the life preserver demonstration. So it was a waste of time. Essentially, everyone was holding private conversations and no one was paying attention. On a positive note, you could hear the 7 short blasts followed by the long blast. The night that we left was the Super Bowl. Being from New England, I’m a huge Patriots fan. There were a few other Patriots fans on board but the overwhelming majority were haters. Just a few things about this. I found a lot of questions, pre cruise, on these boards about what Royal does for the big game. There was a huge party held in the Aqua Theater with food, drinks provided. They also passed out towels to cover yourself up because it was rather cool that night. I thought that was a nice touch. So now I’m going to talk a little about our dining experience. Not going to talk about food. So, for me, I like eating in the dining room. Staying in a suite, I have the option of going to Coastal Kitchen and eating there. But I like the dining room experience. And this is one of the areas where when I read people having great experiences with dining, it usually falls between people who’ve been on a few cruises and people who’ve been on a lot. The service was not the best we’ve ever had. I don’t normally complain to anyone but this was one of two times that I had to complain on this cruise. By night 3, I wasn’t happy with the menu options, so I ordered the upcharge filet/lobster. We had early seating (5:30), and literally everyone else in the dining room was done with their meals/ deserts when our food was served to us. Our food came out around 7:20. I spoke with the Head waiter and after that, the service picked up dramatically. Drinks were waiting for us at the table when we arrived and food was served quickly and we were in and out. We did eat dinner at Coastal Kitchen on the second formal night and it was fantastic. I ate lunch at Johnny Rockets and that was great. Also had lunch one day in Windjammer. The service wasn’t good. No one coming around to pick up empty plates. Our room Stewart was fine. He introduced himself on day one and we really didn’t see him again. The only issue we had was, staying in a suite, we get free pressing for our formal wear. We sent our suites our for pressing with instructions to have them back by 4:30 for our early seating. Well they never came. I made several phone calls to guest services and tried calling our steward to be told that he was on brake and couldn’t be disturbed. The clothes came at around 5:20 so we were late for dinner that night. The reason for wanting the clothes back early was because we like to go to the Suite Lounge for cocktails before dinner. That didn’t happen that night. Our stops were Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. In Labadee we rented a cabana at Barefoot Beach. The furnishing in the cabana was torn and needed to be replaced. For the amount of money you are charged for a cabana, And how many people use that destination for Royal, I can’t believe the company would allow that. I also thought the food wasn’t as good as when I was their last time. Although that was 7 years ago. Well the cushions looked like they were that old. We also did a jet ski tour excursion and that was fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that again. In Falmouth, we just got off the ship and went to the local shops. We did stop and have lunch at Margaritaville. There were so many people there using the free wifi that it was a little overwhelming. It didn’t take too long to figure out that most of the people there were crew members from our ship and the Disney ship in port that day. So that was crazy. And in Cozumel, we did a catamaran excursion that was great. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that again as well. We went snorkeling and then went to a private beach with free chairs, water sports and drinks. A couple of things that went sideways: on this cruise, I achieved my 140 point status but didn’t get my crystal. I had to see the Loyalty Ambassador and had to wait and listen to other complaints. It was really eye opening listening to what other people were complaining about. I got my crystal. The other thing was on the last day, I went to get my free picture for being a diamond member. When I pulled up my pictures, the one I wanted wasn’t there. So they gave me a slip of paper and told me to come back at 9:00pm to get it. Well the picture that was printed out was of my dad which we had already got. So, I had to straighten all of that out and it took over 2 hours to do. Oasis is definitely showing it’s age and is in need of the upcoming Amp. I still will cruise with Royal. I booked my next cruise on the Allure and got a $700 on board credit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship!! I could not imagine anything at sea that is as amazing as "Central Park" on the Oasis. One night, however, as we sat listening to beautiful stringed music, a group of children (from ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship!! I could not imagine anything at sea that is as amazing as "Central Park" on the Oasis. One night, however, as we sat listening to beautiful stringed music, a group of children (from one of the programs) came marching through with their instruments singing & playing. Nice (if you're their parents)... a bit much if you're trying to listen to a violinist play. The cabins are pretty standard size and amenities, we were in an ocean view balcony cabin (which is what we always sail in) and it was pretty much as expected. There was quite a variety of entertainment on the ship, although the only show we saw that really impressed me was the one at the Aqua Theater. The divers/gymnasts were amazing and the show was very well done. "Fly with Me" and "Frozen in Time" (skating show) were both good but not great. "Cats" was... well "cats". For a ship with over 6000 passengers, the only time it felt crowded was right after the muster drill, when EVERYONE wants an elevator... and during disembarkment. The other drawback to the number of passengers was the need for a reservation to do EVERYTHING! If you weren't living on a pre-planned schedule, you couldn't get into shows, dinning rooms, or activities. For me, this takes away from the relaxation of a vacation. However, when it comes to dinning, the Oasis fell WAY short of my expectations!!! First of all, without paying an additional charge, there is really only one place where you can sit down and have a waiter bring you your dinner... that is the main dinning room. Other 'included' dinning options were a buffet, hot dot stand, pizza stand & 2 delis. The quality of the food was average to poor. It seemed like everything they served in the main dinning room was served with brown gravy, even my Chicken Cordon Bleu! Also, being the only table service restaurant included, it was ALWAYS crowded and very loud, with lots of children. With the exception of continental breakfast, room service has a delivery charge, and a very limited menu. One night my mother ended up with severe gastrointestinal problems that were completely gone by morning (food poisoning? Only explanation I could come up with!). I was surprised by how many children were on the cruise, given it was mid-January. But I can imagine that for a family with kids, this may be a very good cruise. Kids don't care about dinning or commotion, and the ship seemed to have quite a few activities planned for them. I was also annoyed by the fact that it seemed every time I turned around, there was something else that I had to pay an 'up charge' for! I know all the cruise lines are beginning to do this, but it seemed excessive on Oasis. I've been on several other cruises, on both Celebrity and Norwegian, and never noticed so many up charges. I did hear other passenger saying that they wished there were more public places where you could see the water! (I hadn't noticed because we had our own private balcony) The way Oasis is designed, balcony cabins sit with their railings right at the edge of the ship, so the only place to see the ocean (if you don't have your own balcony) is one of the pool areas, either on top or in the front of the ship. Most of the time that I was on the ship, I felt as if I was in a big 'mall'. Overall, the ship is beautiful, even if there were design elements I did not appreciate. But I won't be sailing on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Do you like shopping malls? Do you not mind crowds? Do you not minding standing in line? If so, then the Oasis of the Seas might be for you. If not, you might want to look at another vacation venue. Overall, this was a slightly ... Read More
Do you like shopping malls? Do you not mind crowds? Do you not minding standing in line? If so, then the Oasis of the Seas might be for you. If not, you might want to look at another vacation venue. Overall, this was a slightly disappointing, average cruise. There were a few likes and several dislikes, but not enough for me to say that it was the worst vacation ever or the best vacation ever. Would I cruise with Royal Caribbean and/or the Oasis again, probably not. First, let's talk about the embarkation/disembarkation. This was a total mess of disorganized confusion and hordes of people. Both ways. The line getting into the cruise terminal was roughly 1/4 to 1/2 mile total. That was just the line for security. The line for the check-in counter was significantly shorter, but the counter was just a jumble of people with no organization at all. The disembarkation was the worst I had ever been through. The line to get off the boat was easily 600 yards long and moved at a snails pace. Once we got our luggage, the line for customs was 200 yards long, moving even slower than the first. We had an ocean view cabin on the Oasis. I thought the cabin was a little small, compared to Carnival Vista (our last cruise). It was laid out to maximize space, but it did feel a little cramped at times. The bathroom was small too. Very little counter space at the bathroom sink. The shower was rather small too. The food on the boat was a high note for the cruise. I thought it was better in taste than what the Carnival Vista offered. We ate at 2 specialty restaurants and ate at the main dining room the rest of the time. We did buffet for lunch and breakfast. I was satisfied with lunch and breakfast on the buffet, but the one night we had dinner there, it left me wanting to pack up and go to the main dining room. I though the dinner buffet left a lot to be desired as far as taste and selection. The main dining room was generally good. It seemed like there was a good variety and the quality was good. Don't get me started on drink prices. Beer was $9.43 for a 12oz or 16oz depending on the brand. You're probably saying "What?? I read that it was $7.99!). Well, yes, it is $7.99 before they automatically add 18% gratuity. Yeah, they add 18% on to just about everything that you buy. You don't have an option, it just gets done. For the light drinker, it makes drinking very expensive. For the heavy drinker, just by the drink package and spend the whole cruise tanked up... Entertainment. This is were the Oasis shined and fell flat at the same time. I really enjoyed the shows. I thought the shows were very entertaining, with a wide variety of special effects, dancing, acrobatics and musical talent. On the contrary, the "daytime" entertainment (trivia, contests, etc.) was totally lacking. The entertainment staff just seemed disengaged and uninterested. The cruise director, Dan, was a total disappointment. He wasn't funny, witty or otherwise entertaining. To add to that, he was surprisingly absent most of the cruise. Usually, the cruise director is a daily voice or appearance, but this guy was just not there half of the time. So, with all that said, this is a "mega" ship. There are 6500 guest on board and you will notice that. Royal Caribbean tries to make it not as noticeable with design features like the neighborhoods, which does work. What doesn't work is their reservation system. That was a total and utter joke. All it was good for is making sure that you are inflexible for your dinner plans. The reservations weren't enforced at any show we went to other than the comedy club (which was wayyyy too small). There are lines of people all over this ship. Be prepared to stand in line and stand in line some more on this ship. The interior of the ship really felt like being at the local shopping mall. The only space that didn't feel like the mall was out on the pool deck, which felt like I was at the local water park. I wasn't a fan, but that is just my personal preference. Some may like the "mall" type environment. I didn't care for it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
What we enjoyed: Food was excellent in the Silk Dining Room. Jean our waiter did a wonderful job along with his associate. The variety and temperature of the food was great. The service was quick and the one mistake we had with a steak ... Read More
What we enjoyed: Food was excellent in the Silk Dining Room. Jean our waiter did a wonderful job along with his associate. The variety and temperature of the food was great. The service was quick and the one mistake we had with a steak temperature was quickly rectified. Had a voucher for free special dinner & lunch, ate at Chops for both, was ok, but don't spend money on it as the main dining room was better. The variety of venues to eat was great. We really liked the solarium café as a getaway from the crowds. We really liked the RCCL All Access Tour as it gives you an interesting look at what it takes to run a large ship like the Oasis.Worth the money for this one. The Aqua show, Frozen and the Headliner were great shows. We did not see others as I made the mistake of making reservations for the late shows thinking the early dinner service would take too long to make the first show times. My fault on that one. What needs improvement: The boarding process – confusing, not enough signs as there were so many people there, they blocked the signs and staging areas. More RCCL people are needed to assist. The activities for 55+ while at sea. Since we are not athletic, rock climbing, surfing, basketball, ice skating, ziplining are not for my wife and me. The art auctions and watch/diamond shopping is ok to look at, but then you are done with that activity. How about a current movie in the Opal theatre during the day? How about a cooking class demo? How about dog/cat club discussion? Or a veterans group, an IT computer group discussion? There has to be something other than Bingo for our age group other than sitting in a bar with drunken people. Please make your voice heard to make the Casino smoke free. We were able to tolerate the smoke free side for a short time, but even quickly walking through the other side, I starting coughing from the smoke. The smoke actually got in our clothes even sitting on the smoke free side. There has to be an area on deck you could dedicate to the smokers. Lastly, If you are not allowed an extension cord in the cabin, RCCL needs to provide outlets near the bed. We had ours confiscated. They will not returned it your cabin on the last day, instead they made us stand in another line outside of the terminal to retrieve our property. Port Excursions: Taste of Nassau Walking Tour: Captain Ron our tour guide did a wonderful job of providing history and stops a restaurants to sample the food in Nassau. I would highly recommend it. One note: Not a tour for limited mobility – due to the stairs involved and the uneven streets of Nassau itself. St. Thomas Sightseeing and Shopping Tour: (Sunny Listion Tours) Worst tour we have ever taken on a cruise. Had to ask multiple people where to find the guide at the port. There is no access for limited mobility. They had to fold up my wife’s walker and shove it in front of her to hold on the bus. The bus dropped us off at a flea market type area for shopping. An hour later we had a different guide who just said get on a different bus. The trip up the mountain was like Mr. Toad’s wild ride. There are no doors or ropes/chains to keep you from sliding out of the bus. Had to lean in from the side of the bus to keep from getting hit by tree limbs along the road. There roads are very narrow with scary hairpin turns passing other vehicles. We got off the bus parked on a hill at the top of the mountain. When we left to go down the mountain to the beach for a few people, we had to switch buses again. There was very little narration for this wild ride through St. Thomas. I would not recommend to anyone and it should be removed from the AAA list for member safety or have a warning placed on it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We sailed on this ship last year. Same time of year. Last Year checkin went smoothly. This year not so. We are Diamond and usually have priority boarding. It’s one of the perks or always has been. It was last year. After waiting in line ... Read More
We sailed on this ship last year. Same time of year. Last Year checkin went smoothly. This year not so. We are Diamond and usually have priority boarding. It’s one of the perks or always has been. It was last year. After waiting in line for well over an hour we finally got on too late for lunch buffet. Our original time for boarding was 11:30. We got an email from RC telling us not to arrive until 12:30. Apparently 6000 others got the same email. Entertainment was great. Room was great along with our outstanding stateroom attendant, Joey Barcelona. Food was mediocre at best. I think RC is cutting corners everywhere. There seemed to be less staff in all areas especially clearing tables in Windjammer and Solarium Bistro. Solarium is supposed to be over 16. I guess the rules only apply to some. There were children there every time we were there and no one said anything to them. The ship is beautiful and kept very clean. We will continue to sail with RC as most others cruises have been great. We were just disappointed with this one. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We are experinced cruisers with over 100 ocean cruise and 5 river cruises all on different lines. We booked this b2b a year prior to departure which was a great value off the price of balcony cabin and all the TA amenities included. ... Read More
We are experinced cruisers with over 100 ocean cruise and 5 river cruises all on different lines. We booked this b2b a year prior to departure which was a great value off the price of balcony cabin and all the TA amenities included. Our fare average 55.20/pp/per day with Diamond lounge drinks. 4 specially dinners, 2 bottles of wine, pre paid gratuities, prepaid soda package and ended up with still 500 OBC that we cash out. Yes for the value the ship was fine. But some negatives exist as stated in other reviews. Ships infrastructure is beginning to show its age. Staff overworked. More nickels and dimes. Gym equipment has no TV and many units did not work. Food average at best. Little variety day to day. Sheets did not fit the bed. Dinig service is fair at best. Embarkation was over 3 hours due to health inspection. Turn around day took to 1 pm. Lunch was a joke. 3 shows stopped due to techincal problems Just to many other lines offer more with more fare price. Probably last time on RCL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
2nd sailing on the Oasis. First time was an excellent experience. This time was a let down. Food was not great. Selections were poor so was stuck eating the same meal over and over. I thought central park made sandwiches to order last ... Read More
2nd sailing on the Oasis. First time was an excellent experience. This time was a let down. Food was not great. Selections were poor so was stuck eating the same meal over and over. I thought central park made sandwiches to order last cruise, but this cruise was premade sandwiches that they heated up. Too bad if you didn't like all the ingredients or have allergies. Windjammer had more choices but much if the food was ethnic and/or too spicy. Usually like to eat in main dining room but was not excited by the menu or all. At dinner in solarium bistro 3 nights because the had a couple choices we knew we could eat. Overall service was hit or miss. We had some very good experiences, many that were just adequate and some who were down right rude. Many of the shows were the same as the previous cruise except the headliner and comedy shows which were excellent. Many of the activities were either geared toward children or required an extra purchase or were just there to try to sell something. There was very little free activities for mobility challenged or disabled senior cruisers. We still had a great cruise as we make our own good time, but I would choose a different ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We are Diamond Plus Crown and Anchor members. We have sailed 25 times with RCCL and this was our 4th cruise on the Oasis. We chose this cruise because the Oasis is our favorite ship operated by RCCL and from past experiences had the best ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus Crown and Anchor members. We have sailed 25 times with RCCL and this was our 4th cruise on the Oasis. We chose this cruise because the Oasis is our favorite ship operated by RCCL and from past experiences had the best food. We looked forward to the Holiday cruise leaving Port Canaveral on 11/18/18. We found that there were very long lines waiting to get into the terminal building. More than usual. Once in the building and through security things moved a little faster. We soon had our room and got on the ship a little later than we usually do but it worked out nicely because most rooms are not ready until 1 PM anyway. We were pleased to have our luggage arrive to our room about 2 hours later, before we set sail. Nice job! Next we were to attend the Safety briefing given before sailing. They continue to play the video tape about the secret agent that is just horrible! It is on all their ships as well as Celebrity Ships. The volume was so high on the video that it could not be understood. They really need to change the briefing. We were surprised to find many, many children on board. I am talking babes in arms, toddlers, teens etc and all that goes with it. I am not against kids in any way other than the parents that do not care to control them. There was continual running in the passageways, screaming etc. It was our own fault for assuming due to the inflated price of the cruise that it may not have been suitable for families. We now realize that RCCL is for family cruising and will book appropriately the next time. One item that really turned us off was the food! We booked this cruise with food in mind and the quality of it we had on past cruises. This was really sub par. Now we ate every meal in the Windjammer except one we had at Chops. Just have to say shame on RCCL for the poor quality of food and poor selection. The service in the Windjammer was a high spot as we were impressed with the attitude of the service staff. Everyone was pleasant and wanted to please us with their service. We had a balcony room that was nice. It was very quiet and we could not hear neighbors in any way. Our Stateroom attendant ARJAY, was excellent! The found that the Oasis is getting a bit tired and really needs a refit. The carpets in main areas were filthy and paint was needed in many areas. Yes, everything worked but the ship needs some TLC. Our itinerary included Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten. All nice stops but we noticed that the stops (other than Nassau) were still struggling to overcome the effects of Hurricane Irma. Debarkation was a highlight. We used self debark and carried our own luggage. The ship docked at 06.00 and we were off by 06.30 and in our car headed home by 07.15. Excellent! All in all we can only give this cruise is just an "OK". Nothing spectacular. Food, poor. Service , good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were extremely disappointed. 10 of us sailed for the 1st time on RC. Although I have been on carnival twice n it is a party ship, RC was a huge disappointment. The food was not good in the dining room n Simone was not pleasant at all it ... Read More
We were extremely disappointed. 10 of us sailed for the 1st time on RC. Although I have been on carnival twice n it is a party ship, RC was a huge disappointment. The food was not good in the dining room n Simone was not pleasant at all it was like we were rushed. We were not treated like royality on Oasis always had to go to the bar for drinks. The cruise director was not involved with activities as much as carnival. No deck activities at all. Overall the staff was not friendly at all. The amount of money we paid for this fruise it was a huge disappointment. Couldnt even see all the shows becuz they were all booked. Rooms were not clean. Carpet by the closet was filthy, sheets werent changed all week. Also paid the have an outfit dry cleaned n pressed n it was not cleaned only pressed. Up graded our sons soda card to deluxe for non alcoholic drinks which was 214.00 n went down 2nd day to change it back to soda card becuz he didnt use it n they wld only refund 2 days. I certainly wld not sail RC again becuz of the staff, activities, food n not being able to see all the shows for money we paid for the cruise! Also had s black out on the ship that lasted 1/2 hr. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Wanted to check out Haiti but did not know owned by RCI but the beach was nice. Didn't know Jamaica didn't have a beach right off shore so we just shopped a little. I called 3 times to let them know of my dietary needs. They ... Read More
Wanted to check out Haiti but did not know owned by RCI but the beach was nice. Didn't know Jamaica didn't have a beach right off shore so we just shopped a little. I called 3 times to let them know of my dietary needs. They said they had no idea and gave me the shoulder and attitude. Serenity of the Seas had Lactose free milk in my fridge, waters and Ensure upon arrival, the DFB called and met with me along with the chef and sous chef, again nothing here. Did get a good meal in the Dining Room as Patricio came over and heard of my needs and made it himself. For being in a suite horrible service. Casino needs more interactive games, maybe camera classes and not having to pay to make a card or scrapbooking. The short fitness classes were also a joke to have to pay for and reason I brought my own fitness equipment Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We are Diamond Plus members and have done many cruises on Royal. Has been pretty good in the past but this time we had way too many small kids everywhere. the adults only solarium contains a "pool" which is nothing more than a ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus members and have done many cruises on Royal. Has been pretty good in the past but this time we had way too many small kids everywhere. the adults only solarium contains a "pool" which is nothing more than a glorified hot tub and had sunscreen floating on top of the water. Disgusting. Apparently had 3rd and 4th passenger free during that two weeks period. Worst we had ever experienced. Kids everywhere. The second week we had the best waiter we had ever had on a cruise and the assistant waiter was also very attentive. The champagne brunch and kitchen tour was interesting although we had had better tours of the kitchen area on other smaller ships. The brunch that followed however was terrific. All the champagne and mimosas you could drink. Go our money's worth for sure. We are Diamond Plus members so we get reserved seats for the show and priority embarkation among other perks including free drinks daily. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
A family of 5....kids are 6, 8, 10. This was our 1st Royal cruise. We have been on 3 NCL ones prior. The quality of the kids club was outstanding!!!!! The crowd was great - since the drinking packages are more expensive there was none ... Read More
A family of 5....kids are 6, 8, 10. This was our 1st Royal cruise. We have been on 3 NCL ones prior. The quality of the kids club was outstanding!!!!! The crowd was great - since the drinking packages are more expensive there was none of the crazy drunks like on NCL (didn't like that). So that's 2 great things - nice people and great kids club. The ship itself is dated. It's not a new ship, though could have some updates for sure SOONER rather than later. Food was AWFUL. I work in NYC and don't travel for food though I expect it to be decent. Breakfast was a joke - toast was already toasted so it was always cold. Pancakes were crunchy on the edges and not soft while the Waffles were always soggy/not crispy. Alternatives were not great so overall I was VERY disappointed with the food. Staff was hit or miss. I think some were ready to go on their own vacations. It's a pity though we won't be back for a while to Royal... Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The ship was beautiful especially Central Park and the Promenade. The food was excellent in the main dinning room for dinner. The stateroom was uncomfortably small and the shower was minute and totally unacceptable. This was our 14th ... Read More
The ship was beautiful especially Central Park and the Promenade. The food was excellent in the main dinning room for dinner. The stateroom was uncomfortably small and the shower was minute and totally unacceptable. This was our 14th cruise so we are not novices but we were totally disappointed as to the size of the stateroom. This was the first OASIS class ships we have been on - never again. Lines everywhere, you could not get into the shows because they had been book months in advance of sailing. They lost one our bags of luggage; we found it delivered to the wrong room at the other end of our floor. Beware of their drink package. They will not sell a single drink package if two people are in the room even if the non drinker has a medical reason not to drink. Never again will we cruise on one of these big ships. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise so I had big hopes, since I heard it was a leg up from Carnival and Norwegian. In short our trip was good overall, service was good, food was ok, the ship was showing wear and tear, and the kids ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise so I had big hopes, since I heard it was a leg up from Carnival and Norwegian. In short our trip was good overall, service was good, food was ok, the ship was showing wear and tear, and the kids club was unsatisfactory. Embarkation went smoothly, we arrived at port around 11:00 am and the waiting area was overflowing with people, but Royal called our boarding number 11 fairly quickly. To our dismay, once our number was called we were led to a separate long line to get a bracelet for our 10 year old son. The bracelet alerts staff of your child’s muster station, in the unlikely event of an emergency. It’s a good idea, but seems like there could be another way to do that. We took the drink package so once onboard my husband quickly got a drink from the On Air Bar on the Royal Promenade deck. We found the drinks to be really good, and fresh, not pre made like Norwegian. Bar Service overall was friendly and good. This deck was really cool if you like the feel of a mall. There were shops, restsuraunts, bars and Starbucks. It was really neat and had lots of activies throughout the week. I really enjoyed the Cental Park deck, with all of the flora and fauna, however it was mostly quiet and subdued. I really missed having a quiet place to sit and watch the ocean. You cannot see the ocean from the Cental Park deck. After registering our son for the kids club we hit the buffet. We were surprised how small it was for a ship this size. It was nearly half the size of the buffet on the larger Norwegian ships. Food was ok, nothing great. The buffet would be a bone of contention for us through out the week. Being that this area was small we often ran into lines just to get into the buffet. Sometimes it was so crowded that Royal would seat you when a table was available. Also, there were no hand washing sinks like on Norwegian just the had sanitizer. Our biggest irritation came when we returned from port around 3 pm and the buffet was completely closed. No one could tell us where to go other than Sorrento’s and I was sick of pizza. While 24 hour pizza is a huge win, I don’t want to eat that all the time. Also annoying were the soda cups. I hated carrying that cup around and several times we found the machines out of ice or out of soda. We only found a total of 6 machines around the ship. They really need to service these better if they want cruises to use them. Ona bright note, Oasis offers so many activities for families. We loved the aqua theater, with the 2 areal shows, and the outdoor movies. My son liked skating at the Ice Rink, the pool area, hot tubs, mini golf and the flow rider. We were too chicken for the zip line. My son did mention missing not having a water slide. The week that we sailed had over 1100 kids on board so the kids club was chaos. We always arrived 20 minutes early and lined up for our age group because it maxed out at 50 kids. The space was very small and it smelled bad in the room.The doors to the kids club never opened even one minute early. The staff was clearly not happy to be there nor were they friendly. One time I picked my son up, I watched the staff sitting on the couch with a micro phone barking out orders. The group played a lot of games, it never once used the Lab that you see in the ads. My son said there were too many kids and said it wasn’t as good as Norwegian. I have always tipped the staff, but this time I didn’t feel the need to tip them. While the check in process was easy, the staff and activities were unsatisfactory compared to Norwegian. I wanted to love the Solarium adult area but the wind cover made it hot there all the time and there was only a bar upstairs. Our room steward was the best we have ever had. We had new animals every night and the room was as clean as it could get. This ship is showing wear, black lines in the toilet, stains on the couch, rust etc. I also was excited to try the dining where you share a table, but we were stuck in a corner on the 5th floor with just the 3of us. Our server was good, but we only ended up in the MDR 3 times. The food was comparable to Norwegian. We ate at Chop House one night and we were disappointed. It was ok, nothing special. Disembarkation was amazingly easy. We wanted to waste time and get off as late as possible. They called all remaining guests to leave at 9:30. We were shocked, there was absolutely no line. Overall we enjoyed our trip, but I really missed the Waterfront and don’t care to have a mall on my ship. We won’t rule out Royal, but will probably go back to Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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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