Sail Date: July 2009
Embarkation was so quick and easy we were literally on the boat in 10 mins. We arrived at 11:30 and were in our cabins by 1:00. The ship is amazing with so much to do it was just beautiful. We were upgraded from an inside to a balcony ... Read More
Embarkation was so quick and easy we were literally on the boat in 10 mins. We arrived at 11:30 and were in our cabins by 1:00. The ship is amazing with so much to do it was just beautiful. We were upgraded from an inside to a balcony which was awesome!! Food: loved Johnny Rockets on board. Dining room service was good but our waiter was pretty uptight. Head waiter and drink waiter were great! The buffets were okay. Breakfast was huge disappointment there were no fresh to order omelette stations. No matter what time we got up breakfast was always dried up and cold nothing was fresh to order. Other than that everything else was great. Shows were top notch , loved Hairspray Ports: St Thomas we went to Coki Beach to try something different, big mistake it was very dirty with vendors and shady looking people we will stick to Magens bay or trunk bay from now on St Maarten was beautiful we ate at the blue bitch bar which was great. We took an island tour and the beach on the french side is much nicer. Nassau i really don't like this port we went to Atlantis which was way over priced. Overall Nassau is dirty and seems shady to me. Cruise director was awesome we had him before on the freedom ( Richard) Comedy show was really funny but it was repeated every night that was a let down since we love comedy. Disembarkation was not as smooth customs really held up people giving them wrong directions for lines an baggage Overall the cruise was amazing I think everyone should experience it at least once I think. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
* Background Information Married couple in our 30s. Travel extensively domestically and internationally. Have used other cruise lines in the past, but have learned that RCI has best served our needs and are willing to pay a little extra ... Read More
* Background Information Married couple in our 30s. Travel extensively domestically and internationally. Have used other cruise lines in the past, but have learned that RCI has best served our needs and are willing to pay a little extra if needed. * Hotel Info We stayed at the Embassy Suites for 1 night before the cruise. Heavily recommended for its location (proximity to port, but also to shops/restaurants), services offered (free happy hour, and free hot breakfast), size of room, and price. Only complaint I have with this hotel is that they kind of forced you to use their private car service to go to the port, which charged more than the taxis, plus stopped at other locations for pick ups. * Ship Info Most people know the basics of the ship, and most people have said the ship doesn't feel crowded. I agree, with the following exceptions. Windjammer needs a major addition/rebuild - something. Pools seemed to be a little more crowded. One more pool could have helped. Would be great if they opened up the aqua theater pool at least a day or two. Solarium pool should have been made to regular size. It was always jammed. Ice Skating rink seemed very full during open skate. Casino did have a non smoking side, but no divider, seems kind of useless to have a non smoking side. As others have said, Boardwalk is dead almost all day/night. They need to do a quick fix before drydock to change a store and/or pricing to get more traffic there. * Activities Where to begin? Zipline - Do it the first day or on a port day. You should be able to get multiple times in a row. Flowrider - Go early as well. If it is your first time, ask the attendant and they will show you what to do. Very friendly staff. Ice Skating - Be cautious and watch out for the amateur out of control skaters. Wine tastings, slot tournaments, cooking/bartending classes, trivia, and about 50 million other things. * Service See below for dining room service. Our stateroom attendant was great. Serviced our room twice a day and took care of us. On some of our past cruises the service was not up to par, this time everything was great. Bar service was typically quick, although at times the waiters were no where to be seen. The beer bucket special was in effect, which was nice, but they ran out of beer (Bud brands only) by the last morning. If you are going to offer a promotion, stock for it. Otherwise it is kind of like a bait and switch. One other thing, RCI really needs to have a buy on board bottle service for your cabin again. After spending the day with other cruise line paxs, made me jealous, but also just makes sense to do this. I am also still waiting for RCI to add at least one microbrew (non lager/pilsner/stout) beer. * Port & Shore Excursions We only booked one cruise line excursion. It was the Stingray snorkel in the Bahamas. For the price, it was definitely worth it. This was our first cruise line excursion, as normally we book on our own. We have always felt that the excursions would be too crowded and too expensive. We were pleasantly surprised. The boat that took us to the excursion was not overcrowded, nor was the swimming area. The excursion also included 1 non alcoholic drink. You could add alcohol for a small fee. On St Martin, we went to a beach for the day. In my opinion, this is the best thing to do on St Thomas & St Martin, as both have great beaches. On St Thomas we booked a private (non cruise ship)shared daysail. These are nice, but definitely read up on your reviews of daysail outfits to know what you are getting. There were a couple of hiccups with our daysail, but I would probably reluctantly recommend them. * Summary As others have stated, RCI is marketing this ship heavily to international passengers. There was a very large Spanish speaking contingent. Not sure why, but this did disturb some people. Dress for the cruise really ran the gamut. For people whose vacations are ruined by underdressed - get blinders. I have seen the trend for more casual over the past 5-10 years, and would expect maybe 1 formal night for a week long cruise to happen sometime soon. By the way, this doesn't bother me. I celebrate my vacation the way I want to, and everyone else should be able to as well. * Stateroom We booked a premium location normal oceanview balcony. The stateroom is as most have already described. The power outlet by the bed is a pain, while the others are not. I am sure that the reason for the bed outlet is for CPAP machines and other similar items. The bathroom was the standard, but ours did include all of the mini toiletries bottle normally reserved for suites. Night light in bathroom long overdue. The best improvement in the stateroom was the TV size and capabilities of the guest services menu. This needs to be rolled out to all ships. With the balcony, don't know why you can't close (latch) the door from the outside like you can from other ships to keep the a/c on. Also, master switch should be changed to NOT turn the A/C off. FYI - We were in the room so infrequently, would book an inside next time, unless balcony not a lot more. Wouldn't consider Central Park or Boardwalk balcony - lack of privacy. * Dining Food quality overall was good, but service spotty in multiple venues. Our assistant waiter at dinner never introduced himself, and seemed robotic in duty. Refills on water almost non existent. Waiter was more personable, but forgot part of order regularly. Just seemed to be too busy. Bar service in the dining room was a one time thing. You either ordered when you first saw the bartender, or you were not drinking. The food quality in the dining room seemed slightly better than normal, which was nice. Did Izumi, which is recommended for quality and cost. Also did Giovanni's Table, and while not disappointed, was not impressed. One thing to note, Giovanni's wanted to charge us a $12 corkage fee for a complimentary bottle of La Terre wine. Thought that was really petty. Tried using room service twice, but after waiting on the phone for 5 mins, hung up. Park Cafe was great as an option, needs more seating. Windjammer - a complete mess with a total lack of seating and subpar food. Basically a small step up from the Wipe Out Cafe, but you know walking into that venue that it is snack/junk food. Pizza is decent, but on par with airport pizza. Dining room breakfast and lunch have been improved a lot, but hours seem to be reduced. Johnny Rockets food was standard fast food, service was good. Seafood Shack seemed empty the majority of the time. I just think most people don't want to spend $10 for Red Lobster type food without the Cheddar biscuits, especially when fish and chips are offered at no charge upstairs. FYI - Seemed to see a lot more staff dining @ the specialty restaurants onboard. * Entertainment Where do I start with the options. We saw a lot of the shows and enjoyed them all. For all of the shows, a ton of standbys got in, so you can go to shows without reservations. The parades and parties also seemed to be a notch up on Oasis. We enjoyed the piper/singer at the British pub. We also participated in some of the trivia sessions and enjoyed that. But to be honest, we were so wore out that we were asleep most nights before a lot of the entertainment got started. * Disembarkation We did the express self disembarking. Easiest thing ever. As long as you leave when it states to leave, you should be curbside in 15 minutes. For those with checked luggage, it seemed to be organized quite well. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We arrived at Port Everglades around 11am. The new terminal 18 is nice, wide open spaces, plenty of room to accommodate the number of guests that will be sailing on Oasis. Layout is more logical than in some other terminals I've ... Read More
We arrived at Port Everglades around 11am. The new terminal 18 is nice, wide open spaces, plenty of room to accommodate the number of guests that will be sailing on Oasis. Layout is more logical than in some other terminals I've been in. We began boarding Oasis around noon. Boarding is done on Deck 5, the Royal Promenade deck. While boarding the first thing I noticed is that the outdoor space on deck 5 is limited to the jogging track, and is barely wider than the 2-lane jogging track. No deck chairs or space to enjoy the outdoors on this deck. There are no muster stations outside that I could see, apparently all muster stations are inside the ship, so no more baking in the afternoon sun during muster! As we walked onto the ship we entered directly in to the Royale Promenade. Very wide, spacious, and beautiful, but I'll write more about the promenade later. We wanted to head to our cabin to drop off our overnight bags. Our cabin was 9156, port side, forward so we headed to the elevators towards that end of the promenade. We were pleased to see there are 6 elevators on port side, 6 more on starboard, so 12 elevators at that end, and same at the other end, so 24 elevators that we saw, there may have been more. We got to deck 9 quickly. One cool feature at each elevator bank is an interactive screen. You can touch the screen to "Find your cabin" (enter your cabin number and it shows you on the map where you are, where your cabin is and how to get there), or you can view that day's Cruise Compass, or find a restaurant, etc. It's a very cool, and very handy feature! We had to use it more than once to find our way back to our cabin! LOL Once at the cabin the first thing we noticed is that the cabin doors are offset from the hallway a bit further than on the Freedom or Voyager class ships, and that is to allow room for the door to open out, rather than in. What genius! This small change seems to make a big difference inside the cabin. We entered the cabin and it seemed basically the same as any other standard balcony cabin on a Freedom or Voyager class ship. Right away we also noticed that the bathroom door opens out into the cabin, rather than into the bathroom - what a difference that makes! The bathroom, while probably the same physical size as those a Freedom or Voyager class ship, just seems larger since you don't have to deal with the door opening into the bathroom. It may be an optical illusion, but the bathroom counter seemed narrower and the sink smaller, but it was adequate. As on other ships, very limited storage space in the bathroom. It also has the same basic curved shower stall, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is a little bigger - not by much, but a little bigger. That may not mean much to some, but for a "fluffy" guy like me, every little bit makes a difference! On Freedom if I dropped the soap I had to open the shower door to bend down and pick it up, not so on Oasis, so it is definitely a little roomier. (And the ladies may be happy to learn that there is a foot bar towards the bottom where you can rest a foot, presumably that will make it easier to shave the legs - like I know anything about shaving legs! My only disappointment is that the shower head, while basically the same style as on Freedom or Voyager class, no longer slides up/down on a pole, it is at a fixed height. But, still very adequate, and the hot water definitely gets hot. The cabin itself has the same basic layout, it seems to be slightly longer but also narrower than Freedom or Voyager class balcony cabins. A carry-on size bag on wheels barely, and I do mean barely, could be pulled through between the foot of the bed and the wall. The closets definitely seem smaller, so for all those who like to take lots and lots of clothes (pointing at myself for one, took over 20 shirts on Freedom at the end of October!), be forewarned, there is not as much closet space here! The closet doors slide open, rather than bi-fold out into the cabin, so I found that to be nice. But, the closet doesn't seem to be as deep so there is definitely less storage space there. There is also less drawer space in the vanity area where the desk, TV and such is located. On Freedom/Voyager class you had drawers on either side of the desk, here there is only 1 set of 3 drawers. I was shocked to find that electrical outlets are nowhere to be seen on the desk area. But, after some searching, we finally found them hidden under the desk, which I felt was very inconvenient. You had to crawl up under the desk to be able to see what you're doing to plug something into an outlet. Bad design choice in my opinion. But, at least there are outlets that are functional, just a little inconvenient. Our balcony was nice sized, seemed comparable in size to the one we had on Freedom 2 weeks before, but a little narrower since the cabin itself is narrower. Was pleased to see 2 comfortable chairs and an actual patio table on the balcony - not a cocktail table, a regular height table you could actually eat at if you ordered room service and wanted to eat on the balcony. Kudos on the balcony table! When we boarded they handed out a booklet on the features of the ship, and it was a "walking tour" type booklet. First was to make your way up to the Solarium on deck 16, forward. So off we went. The Solarium is on 2 levels and very nice! Lots of open space here, a bar and a bistro cafe as well. They had these large "cabana" type covered chairs, very cool. We next made our way to the open deck where we could look down onto the pool deck. Plenty of deck chairs on 2 levels. However, space seemed cramped. There aren't wide walking paths like on Freedom/Voyager class, so it seemed a little cramped, but still comfortable. On 16, mid-ship, there is the Mast Bar on Port side, and the Sky Bar on the starboard side. Windjammer is on 16 more aft, and behind the Windjammer are the basketball courts, mini-golf, flow riders, and the zip line. The zip line just crosses the Boardwalk area, so it's a very short ride. While there we stopped in the Windjammer for some lunch. Very nice, but it is definitely laid out differently than we're used to seeing on the Freedom/Voyager class ships. Honestly, it felt rather cramped, not as much open space or seating area. However, there are many dining alternatives on board so hopefully it won't be an issue. The food was good, basically the same type of food as we've had in Windjammer on any other RCCL ship. The Viking Crown Lounge is on deck 17 directly above the Windjammer. It looked nice, but didn't seem to have that intimate feeling as in the Viking on other ships. It also was not quite finished, men were still busy doing tile work and touchups in a couple different areas there. The main pools are on deck 15 - I lost count of how many pools there are! One has a "beach" area where you can sit in lounge chairs in the water. The adult pool areas and kiddie pool areas are on opposite sides of the ship. Those without children may appreciate that more than those with children. On deck 15, mid-ship, is the Sand Bar and Pool Bar. More aft is the teen's area, Living Room, Challengers arcade, Fuel disco, etc., and behind that is the sports courts and Dunes golf. We went down a deck or two so we could see a Crown Loft Suite and a Royal Loft Suite. Both are very nice! The Royal suite is HUGE! Very large, wrap-around balcony with a hot tub. Master bedroom upstairs is very nice, large projection screen TV. Master bath is very large, I think I counted a dozen of us in there at the same time and there was still room for more. Words of caution ... don't shower in the master bath of the Royal Suite while in port! There are windows floor to (almost) ceiling, overlooking the aft end of the ship. If at sea, no big deal, but if in port you'll be giving a free show! Work was not quite finished in some areas, and the Royal Suite was one of them. I opened the door to the downstairs bath and there were 2 men installing tile and fixtures. On deck 10 (and 9) is Dazzles, a 2-level dance bar, and very nice! Dazzles has very large windows that overlooks the Boardwalk so it has a great view. Central Park is on deck 8, very lush. There you will find Chops Grille, Giovanni's Table, Park Cafe, Vintages, and more! My only complaint is that it seemed cramped. The sidewalks are narrow and this could limit the amount of traffic that could walk through at the same time. Deck 6, more forward, is the upper level of the Royal Promenade, and here you'll find the Diamond club (but we didn't get a chance to go in), the Schooner Bar, Focus (the photo gallery - where it appears all pictures will be in binders for viewing), and the Loyalty Ambassador/Future Cruise booking office. Note on the pictures ... I can see this area getting very crowded with people wanting to find/purchase their photos. This makes the option of using your Sea Pass when photographers snap your pic even more important - that way you can go to Focus, put in your Sea Pass card and pull up all the photos associated with your cabin and have them printed. Deck 6 aft is the Boardwalk, with the Carousel, donut shop, Seafood Shack, Johnny Rockets and the Aqua Theatre. Very nice area with lots to do for kids and adults alike. We got to see some exhibition diving in the Aqua Theatre pool at one point during the day, it was cool. I heard there was a synchronized swimming performance, but we didn't catch that. Deck 5 is the main Royal Promenade - very nice and spacious. The layout is definitely different from the Freedom/Voyager class. Bolleros is on the Royal Promenade, as is the On-Air karaoke bar. Schooner bar is on the 2nd level of the promenade. Champagne bar, also on promenade, seems rather understated as compared to other ships, but is still nice. The Rising Tide bar is cool and we did ride it up and down once, but there were some hiccups with it ... when we first boarded the ship and watched it go up it made all sorts of unnatural noises of metal scraping against metal. A couple hours later and they had that resolved and no more worried looks on people's faces from the noise! LOL The Cupcake Cupboard was a popular spot on the Promenade, but we never got a chance to do a taste-test for ourselves. Cafe Promenade and Guest Services are large areas and seem to work/flow well with the volume of traffic. The Opus dining room spans decks 3-5 (aft) and is very elegant. However, it is not as open and airy as the dining rooms on the Freedom/Voyager class ships. It felt a little cramped as compared, but still very elegant. The Opal Theatre is on the same decks 3-5 (forward) - we never got a chance to go in, but I'm sure it's nice. Deck 4 is the "Entertainment Place" - lots of cool places. There are several clubs (Blaze, Comedy Live, Jazz on 4 club, etc.), and Studio B is mid-ship on this deck. On the Freedom/Voyager class ships, at Studio B you can't get from one end to the other, have to go up a deck to get past it, not on Oasis. A large hall on either side of Studio B to go around it, and that is entrance to Casino Royale. Casino Royale is easily twice, if not 3 times, as big as on the Freedom/voyager class ships. Plenty of room for lots of people in Casino Royale! After our tour we had to sit and rest for a bit, so we went to Bolleros on the Promenade for a cocktail. On Thursday night Rhianna was to perform at 6pm, and the ship was scheduled to depart at 7pm. Well, not sure what happened, but I guess Rhianna did not perform until closer to 7pm, so our departure was delayed. We went to dinner around 8pm. We had the shrimp cocktail and escargot for appetizers, and for entrEe we had the filet of beef with asparagus and mashed potatoes, it was excellent! I had the strawberry cheesecake for dessert ... and a piece of coconut layer cake, but it was sugar free so it doesn't count! LOL The service in the dining room was impeccable, the wait staff very attentive and prompt. After dinner we still had not left port yet, so we met up with some folks in Bolleros, visited with them and enjoyed cocktails. Around 11:00pm I looked at one of the gals and said I think we're moving. She stopped for a second and said, "Nah, I'm very sensitive about these things, we're not moving yet." I needed to run back to the cabin for another no-doze (so I could stay up later), poked my head out the balcony door, and sure enough ... Ft. Lauderdale was in the distance, we were at sea! We never felt a thing as the ship moved along! All I had felt earlier was a slight vibration that made me think we could be moving, and we were! After meeting back up with Rick and the others in Bolleros we decided to hit the Casino since it was now open. We tried our luck at a couple slot machines, but, no big winners here. Oh, well. We finally headed to bed around 2am. Friday morning we got up at 6am since everyone was supposed to be in certain areas of the ship by 7am for the live broadcast of Good Morning America (GMA). But, we had "motivational issues" and didn't get out of the cabin until after 7:30am. Unfortunately, they closed all the dining options from 7am to 9am due to the GMA broadcast, they wanted us all to be out and about. We hung out at the Mast Bar up on deck 16 for a while, then went in to the Windjammer to wait for them to start serving breakfast again. If you watched GMA and caught the gal doing the zip line, we were standing at the window in the Windjammer directly above where she landed! The Windjammer started serving again around 8:45am so we had a good breakfast, after which we headed back to our cabin to get our things together to disembark. We arrived back in Ft. Lauderdale around 10:30-11am, and they started disembarking at about noon. We can't wait to sail on Oasis when we have a full week to explore and enjoy the ship! Being on board barely 24 hours was just a tease for us, but I'm very glad we had this opportunity. My overall impression is that Oasis is phenomenal and amazing ship with lots to see and do. Based on my 24-hour experience, I'm thinking that I might prefer the Freedom or Voyager class ships, but I'll reserve final judgment until we get the chance to actually spend a week on Oasis in October, 2010! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I cannot begin to tell you all how much I loved the ship. It was even better than I possibly could have imagined. We quickly decided to go right to touring the cabins first since it was only open until 4. Some of the suites are beautiful ... Read More
I cannot begin to tell you all how much I loved the ship. It was even better than I possibly could have imagined. We quickly decided to go right to touring the cabins first since it was only open until 4. Some of the suites are beautiful and I would be happy to stay in any of them!!! The other rooms were to me just like all our other cruises. We were assigned a D8 and I know on their website it says it is the same size, but we all agreed that they appear much smaller...and there is definitely less drawer space. Don't get me wrong they are still great, but as girls..well we use that space!!! The closets now have a new self closing feature so no more banging in the middle of the night, they soft shut themselves, its kind of cool! And to be one of the best improvements was the cabin doors now all open out!! No more slamming the bathroom door into the front door. I loved the setup of the new balconies, you now have to really comfortable chairs and a nice table, a regular one not the short ones they have always had...in all my cruises I have rarely ordered breakfast to the cabin because there was really no comfortable place to enjoy it..but now you can take it out to the balcony on that table and really enjoy that ocean. The coolest thing we all agreed on was the new interactive sign on each floor. Get off the elevator..press find your cabin, enter the number and it tells you how to get there!! They also added a small arrow on each door right next to the number..all the arrows point to the front of the ship..so you will always know you are headed the right way. The sign is good for more things than finding your cabin though. Its basically the cruise compass. Ask it where to eat, where the shows are and it tells you what times and where to go and how to get there...It was the coolest thing, I have a video I will post soon. Personally I thought central park was nice, very beautiful and relaxing..it was a great place to go and read, relax and just spend some quiet time....unfortunately too quiet for me lol! I am sure many will love it though and use it just for those reasons! Now the boardwalk was simply amazing!!!! It was so lively and fun, I know its mostly for kids but its a great place to hang out if you really want to hang out because its just so upbeat all the time. Didnt care for the donuts...thought they were kind of bland..but thats my own opinion. Loved the aqua theater and the show was fantastic too, you will not believe what they can accomplish in that small space! The carousel was great and there is so much for kids to do there, I just loved the upbeat atmosphere of all of it. The windjammer was different than you are used to, you walk right into the serving tables which are in circles all around then you have to go past to get to the tables...my own personal opinion is that I did not care for it, but I also believe we are creatures of habit and do not like change so probably after a few cruises I would be used to it and like it more. The new restaurant additions are the best!! If you like seafood you are going to love the seafood shack! Wait until you see the selection. Honestly my group decided to forgo dinner so we could go to all the venue choices and try them instead. We figured we have all been to enough dinners since all but one of us was DP. It was a great choice. The new cafe has the BEST panninis...I can definitely see myself skipping the windjammer and going there for lunch...well there and the seafood shack. The pool area was one of the best I have seen. The two pools on either side, they have done away with the risers and no one will be complaining about the suite guests getting their own area, they are now on a different deck with their own private bar so the pool area is open to all!!!! The pool bar was great, was rounded and went around both sides, much larger with stools going almost to the center but they leave a large area in the center with no stools...much nicer for people walking up wanting a drink and now not having to ask other people to get thru them. I usually love the sky bar, but not so crazy about this one...now that's a personal issue because its mostly in the sun and I usually go to the bar for some sun relief...others may love this for the exact opposite reason. I have always been a schooner bar person..and I really did love the new schooner bar...but miss the old one. The one feature I do love about it is that it now overlooks the royal promenade so it is really nice and tends to keep it more lively. We went on the bar that goes up and down...its totally cool...but I will tell you what would keep us off of it is that it only serves champagne and soda...so bring the drink you want with you or you wont get it. But if you like champagne its a great place to be. Love the new boleros, it was so pretty and upbeat and its right in the middle of the royal promanade...the disco is down one floor and honestly the best setup of any disco I have been on...I have always hated the seperation of the dance floor from the rest of the place...now you can pretty much see everything from where ever you are, and they gave the smokers their own little section off to the side that is still a place where you can see everything but not close enough to bother you if you do not smoke. The on air club was amazing and again right on the royal promenade...I guess I keep using the word upbeat but honestly that is how they designed so many of these places. We did try the cupcakes friends on our roll call asked us to do it for them...and to be fair...it wasn't just me..there were 5 of us. We got the red velvet and the chocolate one...the frosting was super delicious...but none of us cared for the cupcakes...now with that said we ran into several people who loved...so its going to be subjective to your own likings. I am happy to say we made the new Oasis commercial! The camera guy just loved us...I had made us all rhinestone shirts and we could not have been stopped enough asking where we got them. We also had a couple of other items I had made when I post my pictures you will see them..I could have made a fortune selling lol. Ken Rush as always was a great as ever...you can tell me anything you want about cruise directors, but I love that you will see ken all over the ship. I have been on many cruises where you do not even see a CD...yet ken is always out and about. I also liked that I saw Adam Goldstein too...again I just feel that it is nice that the executives can come out and enjoy their own ship..he was up on deck with us when they were filming the zipline spot and had his kids there with him...I personally think it shows the customers that he cares too...I hate when people in charge are never seen..just my own personal opinion though I did go to the casino but only to see it, we got a very late start so they didn't even allow you to start gambling until pretty late and by that time we were so busy with other things I didn't have time to go back. We know people who did though (and won lol) and said they loved the new slot machines. I never found the internet cafe..but I meant to see it...and I also cant believe I never got to the concierge lounge, although we did find francois on the ship and talked to him for a bit. The staff were about as excited as can be..they all had such great attitudes and lucky for me several of them I knew already from other ships! I think they were all excited about bringing this awesome ship over. Oh yeah and in case your all wondering who I am...we were the girls holding the sign that sam champion came over and talked to! He loved us...we were told by all the GMA people to put the sign away they didn't want signs...and then we went up to the pool deck and he saw we made a sign and was so excited they asked us to move just to be there when he came on! Couple of other things I thought of, watch out for those light switches in the cabins. They have now apparently put one master light switch by the bathroom door and it controls all the lights in the cabins..now this is a good feature except for one thing....when my roommate went to bed the only light on was the light above her head when she hit the master switch...I could not for the life of me figure out how to turn the darn lights on, there were so many switches and the only one I could consistently get turned on was the one above her head since it was the one on when she hit the master switch...I talked to a few other people about this who had the same problem..most of us thought we lost power in our room because it even controls the bathroom light so as long as the master switch is off you cannot use any other switch in the rooms. If you are looking for plugs they are now under the desk, took us a while to find those too. They also put a small bar outside the main dining room so while you are waiting you can get drinks. Along with that they put a self serving wine bar where you can swipe your card and get some wine, prices started at $2 for an 2 ounces this way if you wanted to just taste the wine before getting a full glass you knew if you liked it or not. Then you could choose 4 or 6 ounce glasses and the prices varied according to the type of wine you were choosing. My overall impression of this ship is "WOW" I honestly loved every second on it. I didn't feel like it was hard to navigate or that it took a long time to get anywhere. So many new and exciting features it made me feel like I was new to cruising again. Even if you prefer the smaller ships (which I personally do sometimes) there is no way you cannot enjoy the time you spend on this wonderful ship and all that it has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Off the Oasis yesterday(Nov 29th) and would like to add my input to the many reviews and comments out there on the internet..For the most part, every venue and area of the ship has been addressed and by now most of you know what to ... Read More
Off the Oasis yesterday(Nov 29th) and would like to add my input to the many reviews and comments out there on the internet..For the most part, every venue and area of the ship has been addressed and by now most of you know what to expect.This is just my personal opinion of my short time aboard. We woke up Friday morning and looked out at the port from our hotel(Hilton Marina--from our tower room).My first impression of Oasis was it looked top heavy.Almost like it could tip over.. We arrived to the port around 10:30am Friday .It was really confusing where we were supposed to park.Went to two different gates and were told two different things.Each one sent us back to the other!! After a few minutes, we finally parked.I was surprised it was all open air parking.Maybe I'm just used to covered tier parking that we have had at that same port and others,but it wasn't a big deal.Went into the terminal to check in and the WOW factor began! I can honestly see how it may take a very short time from curbside to the ship.I have never seen so many check in agents.We got checked in(and had our seapass pic taken right then at check in) and had to go sit in the D/DP area to wait(since we weren't supposed to be there that early anyway).***note here,I did not see any priority check in area for D/DP--just suites,but I'm thinking you probably don't need it since there are so many check in lines.....we went upstairs to the D/DP area,which is near the nice "suites" area with the comfy chairs and sofas.D/DP area is nothing special,just place to wait.(that's ok,by me) They started boarding around 11:30,starting with the "suites" and then followed by sections 1(our area) and 2.........we used 2 doorways to get in.The ramps go on an incline so I can see where someone who has some mobility issues might have a hard time,but soon enough we were on board. You enter on deck 5 right into the Royal Promenade.When you remember to close your mouth(from a jaw dropping expression),you think say "oh,look at this, look at that".........this ship is NOTHING like any other.We started off by going to deck 16 to the Windjammer.My first impression was IT'S SMALL(considering how many people will be on board.There is another section of the WJ, which was closed to us at first,but opened later.Food was all the same typical food for the first day,inc the infamous honey stung chicken!! By now,we could drop our luggage off in our cabin.We had an ocean view balcony(#9182).Kinda small ,if you ask me,but good enough for 2 people.I really can't see more than that in one cabin. Storage was sufficient for 2 nights,but might get kinda tight for 7.The weirdest thing was the outlets.It was UNDER the counter.You literally had to kneel down to plug anything(inc the hairdryer) in and do it blindly because the outlet was on the side wall underneath.I don't know what they were thinking! Time to go back and explore........we started on the top and worked our way down. Deck 17----The Viking Crown Lounge...very pretty and hopefully will be a place where they will have entertainment at night.There was a piano so I'm thinking they might.This VCL does not have a 360 degree of the water like most VCLs,you see on other RCCL ships. Deck 16--Pool and Sports Zone--Windjammer.....Sky Bar,Mast Bar,Solarium Bar(see a pattern here?? haha)and the FloRider,ZipLine Deck 15--Pool,Sports and Youth Zone(for teens)--here is where all the pools are(21 of them!!). mini golf,etc........I think the mini golf area is kinda small.I like how it wraps around more on the Voyager class ships...The Solarium on this deck is really pretty and would make a nice relaxing place to spend time(which we didn't have).....we did eat in the Solarium Bistro for breakfast on Saturday and they offered healthier choices than the WJ. Didn't' look into the Teen area,but I imagine it would be a fun place for themDeck 14....Youth Zone(sorry didnt get in there either).This weekend was a case of so much to see,so little time...also located here is the Card Room.. ****NO DECK 13**** Deck 11/12...two deck concierge club with views of the Boardwalk down below.Bet this will be an amazing place to sit and enjoy a drink at night.The upper deck will be where they have the Chef's Table.The Library is on deck 11. Deck 10---just staterooms Deck 9--Dazzles--truly a fav place of mine,.They compared it to the Rainbow Room in NYC.It is 2 deck live entertainment night club.The band plays right in front of a ceiling to floor window that has an amazing view of the HUGE Crown and Anchor that sits above the Aqua theater.The room is full of twinkling lights,crushed velvet furnishings,mirrored ceiling and chandeliers.It's really nice! Deck 8--Central Park.LOVED IT!! I could spend a lot of time in here.All the foliage was something to see.I would have no idea I was out at sea if someone just transported me to the middle of Central park. The specialty restaurants and Vintages are here and it is like you are walking thru the park..We sat outside on a park bench and enjoyed some wine at night and had breakfast Sunday morning in the Park Cafe.Truly reminded me of my days when I lived in NY.We had espresso, fresh bagels and cream cheese.Like I said,I could spend the week,just hanging out in this area.Coach also has a shop here,but even though we looked,I am not one to go buy a Coach purse on board a ship. Deck 6--Boardwalk,Vitality at Sea,Schooner Bar,Diamond Club,Atlas Club.....When entering the Boardwalk area,again,you have to remind yourself you are on a ship.The Carousel is the first thing we noticed(and took a ride on!).....then checked out the venues in this area.Lots of yummy food.The ice cream shop where you can have them create your own flavor(think Marble Slab).....Candy Beach(lots of old time favorite candies in here).......Smile(portraits in costumes)..........Mark of a Sailor(temporary tattoos)..........Rock walls................didn't do this,but they sure look bigger than any ones I have seen on other ships.Pets at Seas(think Build a Bear)...........Seafood Shack(VERY popular place that filled up ASAP!)......food was ok,but nothing I would wait in line for again.Lots of fried items...............snack booths with corn dogs on a stick,nachos,chicken nuggets,etc................trust me,you will never go hungry on Oasis. and right at the end of Boardwalk was the Aqua Theater.Didn't get to see a full show.They were still working out some kinks.We did see some rehearsal acts and it was impressive,as was the water show with lighted water shooting up like you might see in Vegas.. Deck 5--Royal Promenade--You could spend a whole day here going thru all the shops and bars.....Liked Sorrentos where you could custom order a pizza and have it to go(and enjoy it on your balcony!!)...The Rising Tide bar was here too,but it wasnt working the first day(did the next but we never got back there).It will be a martini bar for the revenue cruises. Deck 4--Entertainment Place--The Opal Theater(we saw Abbacadabra here --BEST SHOW EVER)--it was like having ABBA preform.Also saw Hairspray(had to believe we weren't at a Broadway show)....also on this deck was the casino(HUGE)..........lots of new slot machine games(at least to me) and it looked to me,like they had quite a few gaming tables...................outside of the casino was the Jazz on 4,Comedy Live,Blaze(nightclub).......to me these venues look kind of small,but I didn't get down here at night to check it out more.............Studio B(ice show)...... Can't comment on the dining room because we didn't want to take 2 hours of our time out to eat there at night.I'm sure we missed other places too.One really needs a good week or two to see it all....... Truthfully,I am not 100% sold on whether or not,we would go back for a week.I like being a ship because of the ocean.More times than not,I didn't even see the water.You really forget you are on a ship.It is truly the destination(not the ports it is going to).However,Im sure families will have a fabulous time on it.There is so much to do for all ages. I wonder too,how the disembarkation process will go.While they had a lot of check in agents,it didnt seem(to me),that there were that many custom/immigrations booths when we got off.It will be interesting to read the reports when the ship is 100% full. I'm glad I got to experience Oasis,just prefer something smaller.Love the Radiance class with the all the glass......to me that is what cruising is......seeing the water! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Went on the 1 night naming cruise/Make-A-Wish fundraiser. We have cruised a ton - both with and without the kids. This time it was just us with another couple. The Oasis is HUGE! But of course, you know that! Overall she is a beautiful ... Read More
Went on the 1 night naming cruise/Make-A-Wish fundraiser. We have cruised a ton - both with and without the kids. This time it was just us with another couple. The Oasis is HUGE! But of course, you know that! Overall she is a beautiful ship, with tons to do for all members of the family. Some overall impressions: 1) Loved the Aqua Theater - while it was broken on our night, I am sure that this will be a major attraction. 2) Central Park - very pretty, but not sure it is needed...overall felt like a waist of space. Perhaps on a full week cruise I would not feel that way. 3) The ship is VERY "self-centric". Everything about it makes you center on the ship itself, as opposed to the sea. For example - when you sit by the pools, you face the center of the ship, and the other pools...from the chase lounge, you can not see the water - at all! While I am at sea, I like the nautical nature of cruising - seeing distant islands, watching the boats go by, etc. On the Oasis, you lose that feeling of being "at sea". Instead, you truly feel like you are at a resort - that just so happens to move. 4) In comparison to it's size - very few windows. Yes, you are outside at the Boardwalk and Central Park - but you feel a little "tunnel like". 5) LOVE the casino - big, roomy...and 1/2 of it is SMOKELESS!!!!! YEA! 6) You can't be bored - comedy club, jazz club, ice skating, casino, show room, karaoke bar, English pub, Latin bar, showroom bar (dazzles),piano bar/Schooners, Aqua Theater ... and I don't think I listed 1/2 of the places that you can get a drink and be entertained.... 7) Nickel here, dime here...multiple coffee bars, cupcakes, ice cream, candy, bears, seafood shack, fancy restaurants, Johnny Rockets....I understand that these are all revenue drivers...but wow..... Overall - this is a great experience. But - I am not sure that it makes a great "cruise". It strives very hard to be a great land based vacation - and if that is the case, are you better off (and is it a better value) to go to a great resort - like Atlantis, Vegas, Aruba, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
The 18 Hour Cruise It's late November and you know what that means - Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is coming and if it's 2009 the World's hugest ship ever is in Ft. Lauderdale preparing for its Maiden voyage. ... Read More
The 18 Hour Cruise It's late November and you know what that means - Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is coming and if it's 2009 the World's hugest ship ever is in Ft. Lauderdale preparing for its Maiden voyage. We were lucky enough to partake in a combination Naming Ceremony/Make A Wish fund raising overnight cruise to nowhere on the massive new Oasis of the Seas November 30 - December 1. Of course I already know of the ship having read much in cruise magazines and blogs, but really didn't know the details until we knew we were going to be on board for a day. Although we have been on numerous cruises we have never been on any of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's (RCCL) ships before. RCCL has a reputation for building big ships, really big ships, with relatively small cabins compared to some other lines although this has changed greatly in the past few years. Their ships also incorporate very innovative and unique features like rock climbing walls. wave riders for surfing and ice skating rinks. They are also into large indoor shopping/alternative dining/bar areas with lots of neon and regularly scheduled parades and interesting entertainment. Sort of similar but in a larger way to Carnival ships. But it is a ship so when the opportunity presents itself go for it! I knew the Oasis was different from pretty much any ship ever built or even conceived before. It has seven distinct neighborhoods, lots of pools, tons of alternative restaurants, a zip line, 2 wave pools, 2 rock climbing walls, a carousel, and even a Broadway sized stage to perform genusine Broadway musicals on. It also has two huge areas that are open to the sky with cabins looking in on both sides stretching 6-7 decks above - one is the Boardwalk with an Aqua Pool at the stern and the second is an area called Central Park. My thoughts were all this stuff belongs in Vegas not stacked on the hull of a ship - it would never work. Well after our 18 hours on board I am forced to admit that is does in fact work! It's nothing short of amazing! We arrived at the pier in Ft. Lauderdale at about 1:30 PM and were immediately impressed with the newly redone terminal. It is huge with what appears to be enough lines and space to actually check in 5-6,000 passengers (there were only 2300 for this Naming Ceremony/Benefit cruise). We breezed right through in about 15 minutes. We boarded a little before 2 in the afternoon. You enter through one of two gangways into the Royal Promenade which is very impressive. We went directly to our ocean view cabin with balcony on deck 8 to drop off our small rolling bag and headed out to explore the ship. The first stop was the Windjammer Cafe (the buffet dining option). There is tons of food from many different cultural backgrounds. Fortified with our lunch we headed out to continue our exploration the ship. We spent the next three hours seeing as much of the gigantor as we could. I actually think that we saw everything except the ice skating rink and the gym but who needs the gym when you walk several miles in a short afternoon. We walked the Boardwalk and had a donut, explored Central Park, wandered through the pool areas and discovered the self serve frozen custard machines with ice cream cones near the kids pools - very cool. The spa is huge as befits the ship. We even found the computer room - a small room with only 6 computers - so we could check email. I know this doesn't sound like much but nothing is close and everything is big, really big so it takes time. We ended up on deck 16 to watch us sail and celebrated with a champagne toast (on this brief cruise everything that is usually charged extra for was free (alcohol, wine, donuts, ice cream, etc.) - a nice extra. Believe me, trying to compact a week's worth of seeing and doing into a few hours is stressful and exhausting. We finally returned to our cabin a few minutes after 5 so that we could wash up and get down to the Boardwalk for the official naming ceremony. In historical nautical terms the there is no naming ceremony, there is a Christening which both names and blesses the ship (traditionally something to the effect of "I name this ship the xxxxx. May God bless her and all who sail upon her." Is said and then a bottle of champagne is broken across the bow). The person who christens a ship is always a woman, always a well known woman. In the case of the Oasis of the Seas, the naming ceremony would be at sea so no bottle across the bow and a ship so large couldn't have only have one godmother, the Oasis would have 7 - one for each neighborhood onboard. The official ceremony took place at the Aqua Pool at the very back of the ship (the stern). Only invited guests could actually get into the ceremony. Not having been one of the lucky few hundred we watched from our designated area in the Boardwalk (right next to the Aqua Theater). We watched on a big screen for a while and then went back to our cabin about 6;30 to watch the rest of it on the television as we changed for dinner. There were many 'by invitation' dinners at the specialty restaurants for the dignitaries and celebrities who were on board one of whom was Michael Jordan (unfortunately we did not luck out and run into him but then again it's a big ship). We dined in the Opus Dining Room - the ships main dining area. It was a set menu for the Naming Ceremony and all in all it was wonderful. We were at a table for 4 with a very nice couple and had an enjoyable dining experience that included the night's free wine. Following dinner we went to the theater to see the Broadway Musical Hairspray. The theater was great and the performance outstanding - the entire audience including Jane Seymour gave the cast an extended standing ovation. It was one of the best performed musicals we have ever seen and trust me we have seen a lot of musicals. Then we were off to the casino where we played video poker for a while. Finally we headed back to the cabin for a few hours sleep before needing to disembark. We could not believe that it was after 1 AM when we finally got back to the room. We chose to have our early morning breakfast at the full service Opus Dining Room again and it was very good, especially the coffee which was hot and strong. At a few minute before 8 we were off the ship and on our way to the car a little before 8 in the morning - 18 hours after walking onboard. It was to say the least a WONDERFUL experience!!!!!! Thoughts on the Oasis of the Seas Pros • It works - yes it's huge but it does work - you can get around and would easily see everything on the ship in a 7 day cruise - we saw most of it in 18 hours! • There's tons of stuff to do • Yes it's huge, but it's still a ship Cons • It seemed crowded at times to us and there were only 2300 passengers on board - what will it be like there are 5-6,000? • Maybe it's us and the cruise lines we have been on but we are used to not smelling any cigarettes anywhere on board - that was not the case in our short visit to the Oasis - you could smell smoke coming from the bar areas in many places Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I love small ships and had sworn I would never sail on the Oasis of the Seas. But, when "Make-A-Wish" offered us to sail with them on the inauguration overnight cruise, we relented. Wow, what a ship! The Oasis is like no other ... Read More
I love small ships and had sworn I would never sail on the Oasis of the Seas. But, when "Make-A-Wish" offered us to sail with them on the inauguration overnight cruise, we relented. Wow, what a ship! The Oasis is like no other ship ever created. My overall impression is that RCCL does not want you to know you are on a ship. The seven "neighborhoods" create towns, parks, shopping malls, water parks and outdoor fun centers without you ever knowing that you are on a cruise ship. It is generally modeled after Las Vegas and Disneyworld, and you have to make an effort if you want to see the ocean. The cabins are outstanding. The spa is reminiscent of Canyon Ranch or any other large, luxurious spa. The gym is as large as LA Fitness and packed with tons of brand new weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals and other assorted goodies. They did not scrimp on cost anywhere on the ship. We arrived at 11AM at the port. It was myself, my wife and my son. Check-in was a little disorganized, but then again we were among the first travelers on this ship. Although we were guided to the "suite" check-in, it still took over ten minutes for our attendant to check us in and get our card keys. After that, we were given cards with a "group" number on them and then guided to that group before boarding the ship. There were only two gangways open and they were filled to capacity. After a few minutes our group was taken to the gangway, where about a hundred other people were waiting to board. In all, we finally stepped on the ship at 11:25AM, and this was before the big crowd arrived. There were only two gangways boarding 5,000 people. We had a Junior Suite with ocean balcony. It was a very large cabin, and larger than Junior Suites we've stayed in before. The walk-in closet was almost bigger than some cabins we've been in before! Another couple we were traveling with had a regular cabin with ocean balcony. Their cabin, contrary to the junior suite, was smaller than most regular cabins we've been in before. We ate lunch at the Solarium and it was delicious. They serve healthy and vegetarian food at the Solarium, including sugar free desserts. Very tasty and a great way to eat! We then went to the Windjammer Marketplace buffet for some regular desserts. We also had breakfast the next morning at the Windjammer. This is the main buffet restaurant for the ship, and it is huge! Very reminiscent of Las Vegas style buffets, with all sorts of salad, meats, vegetables and desserts. Excellent food and plenty of tables. There were pools and Jacuzzis all over the ship. We counted six large pools and at least ten Jacuzzis. They were not busy on this cruise but I'm sure they'll be busy on the week cruises. The Aqua Theater also becomes a pool during the day. They were supposed to have a show at the Aqua Theater in the evening but it wasn't working so that was cancelled. Dinner was served at the Opus Dining Room, which consists of three separate dining rooms, one above the other, with an open area between them. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. They had a very limited selection since this was a special cruise, but the presentation and taste was wonderful. The Boardwalk is a new concept on a ship. It's totally "outdoors" and designed like an old fashioned pier town, complete with a carousel. About 4 or 5 decks of cabins with balconies overlook the Boardwalk, and it all gives a very homey feeling. There are a bunch of restaurants, ice cream store, donut store, bars and games. At the end of the Boardwalk is the Aqua Theater and two, 200 foot rock climbing walls. I wish we had time to climb. They sure looked like fun! "Central Park" is a few decks above Boardwalk, with the same type configuration of cabins overlooking the park. RCCL says there are over 10,000 plants and trees in the park, and I believe it. The park is lined with more stores, bars, restaurants and fun shops. Overall, this is an amazing ship! If you are expecting anything close to any other ship you've traveled on, be aware - this is different. RCCL tries hard to make this ship a land-based destination rather than a sea-going cruise ship, and you have to work hard if you want to see the ocean. (except for your cabin, if it's ocean side). I still prefer a smaller ship, but I'm glad that I had the opportunity to spend an overnight on the Oasis of the Seas. It's a ship that has to be experienced. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I was one of the lucky travel agents that won the booking contest which gave us one night on this marvel of human engineering on November 19-20 before she goes into service for real on her inaugural voyage December 12, 2009. The new $75 ... Read More
I was one of the lucky travel agents that won the booking contest which gave us one night on this marvel of human engineering on November 19-20 before she goes into service for real on her inaugural voyage December 12, 2009. The new $75 million pier built exclusively for this event delivered. 60 agents got us on board pronto. The experience reminded me of black and white movies when people were riding in a car and the backdrop was pasted and cut into the scene. It felt like the Atlantic Ocean was pasted and cut into "some" scenes and that is the only way you could ever possibly know you were on a ship! It truly was a city unto itself. Upon arrival into the Royal Promenade, way bigger than any promenade on other classes of ships, you really felt the elegance and luxury that money can buy and knew you were in for a really really big treat! With a vintage boat tailed Auburn greeting you, followed by a dedicated cupcake shop, I was in no hurry to find my way to my cabin. One venue was more special than the next, for instance, Sorrento's Pizza now has a dedicate station so you can make your own pizza; On Air, the karaoke bar has layers of neon ticker tape motif at the entrance that makes you feel like a star the minute you walk in; Boleros lounge is designed to be hot and magical; Dazzles nightclub is exquisite with a two story view outside behind the bandstand that is breathtaking. Ladies, what does over a billion dollars buy? Attention to detail for half the humans on the planet...Finally, in those bank teller canister shaped showers the expanded the shape and built in a bar so the ladies can have a ledge to shave their legs! The suites were over the top incredible. I think my favorites were the Aqua Suites, only 6 on each side, facing the Aqua Theatre and ocean like private balcony booths at the opera with lots of room and chairs for friends. The two story suites were elegant and a unique experience. Although beautifully appointed, the balcony staterooms were smaller than freedom class ships. I love the new color scheme with aqua everywhere. The marble surrounding the carpet at the entrance to the three story dining room was an exquisite aqua color shimmering in a way I have never seen before. The dining room had great artwork and it was a thrill having dinner when no one had ever used a fork or spoon or glass in that dining room previously. All was pristine and the staff was so gracious. I thanked them for showing up for work today! The specialty restaurants were surprisingly small. I take large groups on ships and with my Italian background, dinner with 20 is usual. They are not designed for groups at all, unless you are happy to be in the same dining room at the same time. Most tables were for two or four. 150 Central Park was elegant to die for, Chops Grille was very spacious, Giovanni's Table was quaint and I was flipping over the prosciutto slicing machine from Parma! They were not open for dining while we were on board, so I will have to wait until I take a week long trip January 2 with a few friends. The Solarium Spa was beautiful and the whirlpools outside the most incredible I have ever seen. Huge double whirlpools, overlooking the ocean with flat screen TV's to relax with. The gym...state of the art. Some machines looked they were from NASA...I have no idea what they are or how you use them, but you could get a private fitness consultation in two dedicated booths at any time. Vitality Spa? It's own restaurant and so zen sprinkled with aromatherapy you know no matter what service you get, you won't want to leave when it's over. Children and their families from Make A Wish Foundation were on board with us and a private concert for them by Rianna was wonderful. We watched from the Aqua Theatre on huge screens that did the job. I don't know what the noise level would be in the balcony staterooms over the Boardwalk, but that is where the action is. The balconies over Central Park are the "uptown" staterooms and look over the specialty restaurants in quiet elegance. If you have been on Voyage or Freedom class ships, you would probably expect one long promenade..this had one on top of the other on top of the other. Rising Tide bar, a marvel of design; Technologically more advanced than even the Navy, near every elevator is a huge touch screen so you can see what is happening on the ship, where you are, how filled up the restaurants are, and it gives you directions to where you want to go. I could go on and on, but that's enough for now! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
First off, this was my first cruise ever...keep that in mind when you read my newbie opinions. The Oasis is a huge ship and we spent a LOT of time walking. Our cabin was the last port aft cabin. I actually lost a few pounds and never went ... Read More
First off, this was my first cruise ever...keep that in mind when you read my newbie opinions. The Oasis is a huge ship and we spent a LOT of time walking. Our cabin was the last port aft cabin. I actually lost a few pounds and never went near the fitness center. And that was on a non-revenue cruise where most restaurants and all drinks were free. I definitely walked off all my meals and other indulgences. The service was excellent. The staff was very courteous and accommodating. The cabin was a little tight but adequate. Personally, I was happy to be ocean-side. Great for quiet and privacy. I don't think I would have enjoyed a room with a balcony overlooking Central Park, the Boardwalk or the Promenade. Those are probably great if you're into people-watching, but you can do that with a better view by joining the crowd and watching from the sidelines. That's such a busy and noisy atmosphere that I needed my ocean-side balcony to unwind. The Aqua Theater's structure was interesting...a pool/dance floor/trampoline/diving boards/fountains. The Oasis of Dreams rehearsals were fun to watch ...there was dancing and diving based on a storyline, then tumbling, then a colored fountain show set to music. It was carefully coordinated between the theater morphing and the performers utilizing the components. It reminded me of Cirque de Soleil. The ice skating show was spectacular. Great costumes and props. They even manage to include a few kids from the audience during "The Ugly Duckling" portion. I don't believe our cruise was full to capacity, but it was still difficult to catch an elevator after shows (and there's 24 of them). There were long lines at Johnny Rockets at times and even longer waits at the Seafood Shack. It was not always easy to find seating for our group at the Windjammer Marketplace (buffet). The food at all three of these were good, but nothing to crow about. Dinners in the Opus Dining Room were good, the setting was classy, and the servers were attentive. I was surprised and disappointed by the way people dressed from the first Smart Casual dinner to the final Formal dinner. Maybe I'm old school, but for those who can't or don't want to dress appropriately for the fancy dinner, why not just go to the Windjammer buffet? I heard from seasoned cruisers that they weren't impressed with the food overall. I never even saw an hor d'oeuvre, but neither did I visit any restaurants other than what I've listed. I was impressed with the artwork on the ship (sculptures, statues, etc.) except for the painters who seemed out of place. I wasn't impressed with most of the framed photos in public areas (mostly birds which seemed to be the overall theme, no focal point, etc.) There are two internet rooms that are very cramped. They have about 10 computers each with barely any room to get in and out. Every time I went, there were people standing outside the door waiting for a chance at a computer (no time limits either) and every screen was viewable from the doorway (no privacy). I did bring my laptop, but to use wireless (free on this trip) you had to first go to an internet room to sign up for it and then the wireless was down almost every time I tried to use it. Some suggestions for those planning to cruise on this ship are as soon as you've booked, sign up online for the shows you want to see and as soon as you embark, sign up for the zip line and surf pools. You have to get on the waiting lists early or your cruise could end before you get your turn, especially in the case of bad weather. Again, it was a big, beautiful ship with lots to do, but even as a newbie, there are some things that could use improvement. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
Sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport after just disembarking Oasis of the Seas 4 Night Labadee trip..... More later, but here are a few things you will like to know.... The ship is definitely extremely impressive, R.C. got it right ... Read More
Sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport after just disembarking Oasis of the Seas 4 Night Labadee trip..... More later, but here are a few things you will like to know.... The ship is definitely extremely impressive, R.C. got it right with this one...the different neighborhoods are all beautiful...Very nicely organized, easy to find your way around, lots and lots to do on this ship....not enough time in 4 nights to take advantage of everything..... The food was pretty good, however the 1st nights dinner was probably one of the best on the ship...unfortunately we missed the lobster evening as it was our anniversary we chose one of the many many "pay for chew" restaurants....this ships capacity is 6100, and we were glad that they only had 4800 on this 1st cruise, I can't imagine that many people in the cafeteria, as it was pretty crowded with just our group....I was a little disappointed over all the pay restaurants, I have a feeling this is where they are headed eventually with every meal being a fee, except perhaps the cafeteria and the main dinner area. The service was awesome, the staff was very helpful and very friendly (as most cruises with R.C.) Our cabin was very spacious and had lots of room for all clothing, etc. This was our 1st cruise as Diamond members and I was a little annoyed that we were not able to use the official Diamond club Member lounge as this is not only available for Diamond Plus and Suite members...however we were offered free cocktails nightly in the Blaze located on the 4th level....Our room was on the 11th floor as is the Diamond Club, however we were able to use it for reservations and coffee in the morning. I definitely DID NOT like the fact that you have to reserve EVERYTHING!!!!! and i do mean EVERYTHING....every show, including the nightly one that cruisers are use to attending before or after dinner. A lot of cruisers had already reserved a lot before entering the ship...definitely the way to do it...even all the "pay per chew" restaurants were booked before the ship set sail, we were lucky enough to get into the Italian Restaurant, thanks to the very nice man making the reservations....Glad we used the concierge to make our reservations 1st think on the ship...for all the shows.....ALL THE SHOWS!!!!! The ship is amazingly beautiful....as soon as we entered we were handed a complimentary champagne and or wine....which was a very nice surprise coming from R.C. The Sorrento's Pizza was also up and running as were the main cafeteria, however we couldn't not enter our rooms until 1:00, boarding was a piece of cake as was our disembarkment.. Very easy to find your way around this beautiful ship...maps everywhere...I was surprised just how many people were staying on for the 1st 7 day trip..we definitely wished we were one of them... I would recommend this ship to anyone, however definitely to 1st time cruisers, especially any one who complains about "sea sickness"...this ship is solid as can be and there was very very little movement on this ship...I kept reminding myself we were at sea.... All the shows were spectacular...Hairspray was amazing, except for the screaming child sitting behind us and the inconsiderate foreigns talking throughout most of the show.....grrrrrr....The Agua show and the Ice Shows were equally amazing.... I will post some pictures of this beautiful ship when i get back home....enjoy my fellow "floaters".... Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Oasis of the Seas, Pre Inaugural 4 night cruise December 1st 2009 Terminal very nice and well laid out, check in proved to be a disaster as they had moved our daughters cabin and our friends cabin to another hallway on deck 8, when we ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas, Pre Inaugural 4 night cruise December 1st 2009 Terminal very nice and well laid out, check in proved to be a disaster as they had moved our daughters cabin and our friends cabin to another hallway on deck 8, when we were on deck 10, they could not tell us why, and as it is Royals Rules, that childrens cabins are next to or across from parents cabins, they moved them back to the original cabin, this caused much confusion and soda package stickers were not transferred with the move. Sea pass pictures are now taken at check in, although the agent had difficulty using the camera. After check in was taken care of, a 25 min process, which exceeds their goal of 15 mins from door to ship, we went upstairs to await boarding. Once boarding was started it was a very quick process to finally be aboard Oasis. We boarded on the Royal promenade, deck 5, and looked around, very much like the Voyager / Freedom class ships, although bigger and more impressive. We wandered around the RP, waiting for the rest of our party who were late getting to the port, when they boarded, we went to check out the cabins, Our ocean view balcony was basically the same as the Freedom class, although the layout was a little different and the cabin seemed smaller, went across the hallway to check out our daughters interior and our friends interior that was next to theirs, imagine our surprise when our daughters cabin was full of boxes and our friends cabin had a man laying on the bed looking at a laptop!! Time to visit guest services!!, we now know why the cabins had been changed at check in. Guest services could not explain what had happened, and tried to find them alternate cabins, that matched the parent/child rules, they could not. After a lot of checking and trying to move people around the only thing they could come up with was an Aqua Suite, very nice, on the same deck, but all the way aft, when we were all the way forward, while this was very nice for our friends and our daughter and her friend, it meant that our group was now split up, and the guest service supervisor would do nothing for the remaining people in the group to get us closer, when we tried the, "but we booked 11 months ago, to be together", we were told that they guarantee us cabins, but not specific cabins and they could put us where they wanted!! During this time, we had also noted that although the whole party was dining at the same table, half had early dining and half had late dining, when we questioned this, we were told that we all had late dining, it didn't matter what the sea pass cards said! Once again, we all had confirmed early dining and this was not acceptable, we were told it was late dining only, and even if the passengers who had early dining times on their sea passes, went to the dining room at 6.00pm they would be refused service!! They did go as far as to say that they would try and get us early dining and would leave a message on our phone if they were successful. Spent the rest of the afternoon looking around this amazing ship. As there was no message on our cabin phone we decided to have Dinner in the Windjammer, this is laid out pretty much like the Voyager/Freedom class, with different stations, but seemed to have less stations with a much smaller selection of food. Used the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch as well, and found the same thing. One guy cooking eggs to order, but a 20 min wait for 2 sunny side up, fried eggs. Never found any hotdogs or French Fries, the entire cruise. There was a message left on 1 cabin phone when we returned giving us early dining at 2 adjoining tables We did eat in the Dining Room, on the second night, and it was a disaster, we arrived at 6.00, and asked that they hurry service as we wanted to watch the aqua show at 7.30, no problem we were told, bread arrived at 6.20, orders were taken at 6.30, starters arrived at 6.45 and entrees, in stages starting at 7.10, after rushing and finishing dinner by 7.35 we left, without dessert or coffee to catch the end of the show, the table next to us, who arrived just before us and also wanted to see the show, had not even got their entrees. Needless to say that was the last visit to the dining room! Ate the last night in the Sea Food Shack, once again service very slow, drink order messed up, Fish and Chips, was actually Fish and French Fries, and English people will know the difference!, baked beans, served with the baby Back Ribs, which were regular ribs not baby backs, looked like they had been microwaved 3 or 4 times, and were very dried out. Bars and Lounges. I will state here, and wait for the flaming, that we are smokers. On Voyager and Freedom class ships, we spend a lot of time in the English Pub on the RP, listening to the singer, smoking has always been allowed at the bar and down one side of the ship, and the pub is normally packed, and I'm led to believe a major revenue center for the ship, on Oasis, the pub is non smoking and was empty all cruise. The other bars that were smoking, Schooner and Boleros, were packed in the smoking section and empty in the non smoking section. Seems to me that RCI needs to rethink their policies on this one. Rising Tide bar was cool to try, but had very limited drinks available. Labadee. What a change since we were last their in July. Obviously the pier is now used, and that gives the peninsula a totally different feel, tried the Dragons Tail Coaster, which is now priced at $15.00 for 1 ride, $25.00 for 2 riders and $40.00 all day, these prices are per car, so for one or two people, a really good ride, although it can be slow depending on the speed or the person in front of you. No ribs on the BBQ, but did have grilled lobster tail, don't know if this was a special for the first cruise, or if this will be an ongoing thing. Overall a decent cruise, people will say that all new ships will have "teething problems", but it seems to me that the systems are in place on all other ships and therefore should transfer seamlessly, but that is not the case. Oasis, at the moment, is a work in progress, that hopefully be finished soon Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Expectations were high, but I have to say that this ship doesn't disappoint. I really think this ship is a first class engineering marvel. It doesn't have the glass of the Radiance class or the intimacy of the smaller ships, but ... Read More
Expectations were high, but I have to say that this ship doesn't disappoint. I really think this ship is a first class engineering marvel. It doesn't have the glass of the Radiance class or the intimacy of the smaller ships, but it surpasses any other cruise experience we have had. The ship is truly amazing, and worthy of the title "a destination in and of itself." DW & I sailed on the 4 night Labadee Extravaganza, and our overall experience was excellent. Royal Caribbean has really made tremendous efforts to control overcrowding, and I think for the most part, they have been successful. I didn't feel any more crowded on this ship than any other we've been on. In fact, embarkation and debarkation were a breeze -- probably the best we've ever had. You basically check in with no lines because there are so many counters and then just walk on the ship. Another effort to control over crowding was the pool areas. I wasn't sure that I was a fan of splitting up the pool areas, but after being on board I think it was genius. Parents with kids can hang out around the H20 zone. The Sports Pool, Main Pool, and Beach pool all feel like their own area, and there are deck chairs literally everywhere. There were only about 5000 pax onboard, but I never felt crowded at the pool, and if you're just wanting to lay in the sun (or the shade) there are options everywhere. Furthermore, the Solarium was a pleasant surprise. As it was one of the last areas to be completed, I didn't know that much about it going in, but it is truly a beautiful area. The ship is just so wide that it allows for plenty of space inside. There is a nice stream of water running throughout the Solarium, and there are three extra hot tubs in the Solarium, not counting the large cantilevered ones that are just outside the Solarium entrance. This area also includes a Bistro (actually enclosed by glass and air conditioned), and a second level where the bar is. Loved the Solarium, and while it wasn't completely covered, it was a big improvement over the Voyager/Freedom class Solarium IMHO. And while I'm on pools, the new towels are nice, and I actually think it was very convenient to "rent them out" with your seapass. There wasn't a line and they were happy to let you have more than one if you needed it. Of course, there is a $20 charge per towel if you don't return them, but we changed them out every time we went to the pool, and also when we went to Labadee. Speaking of using the Sea Pass. There is a concerted effort to make better use of the Sea Pass. Along with it's traditional uses, it is also scanned at the Muster Drill, at each show you've reserved, and it can even be scanned in the photo gallery and you can see all your pics on a computer monitor. (In most cases, we presented the card to the photographer.) As an additional note on crowd control, RCCL is to be commended for separating your photos for you into an individual folio so that all you have to do is look in your binder to see all your pics. Another effort to control crowds. The Muster Drill is fantastic. Instead of having a heat stroke standing beneath the life boats on the promenade deck, we sat comfortably in the theater and watched a safety video with all the same info you've heard in the past. A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT, and a big plus as far as I'm concerned. The ship is just fantastic. It exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Central Park was lovely, and a perfect spot to sit and have a drink in the evenings while listening to a violinist or guitarist. Boardwalk is a neat area with a lot to offer. The carousel is fun, and the aquatheater is brilliant. Not quite as big as I had imagined, but certainly large enough to hold the number of guests expected at each show. The Royal promenade is a gem, and while it is not quite the "heart of the ship" as on Freedom/Voyager class, it is still probably the most active area on board. There are just so many other similar spots that again, it keeps crowds down. Another effort the cruise line has made to keep crowds down is the reserving of shows. Now the system is not perfect yet, but overall it was a success. We booked online before sailing, but once onboard we saw other things we wanted to do which conflicted with the shows we had booked, so we went to switch a couple of dates. Be advised that as early as the morning of the first full day, all shows for the aquatheater were sold out and so we had to keep what we had. Also, we did not see the "full" show due to the lack of practice during the Atlantic crossing, but what we did see was impressive and the light show was very enjoyable as well. The ice skating show in Studio B was fabulous, and at least as good as the others we've seen on board, if not a little better. In one portion of the show, there is an amazing sand artist who will dazzle you with her abilities. I won't spoil the treat of getting to see her, but it really is a highlight of the show. The performance was top notch and very impressive. Not just a couple of jumps and a lot of skating around, mind you. There were some pretty challenging feats, and I personally thought it was the best show all week. The headliners were okay. We've certainly had better, but we've also had worse. Scott Record was pretty funny and the comedian from the first night with the duck was all right. Audience participation certainly made his show a lot better in my opinion. Hairspray was very good, and even though it was probably about an hour and half show, I enjoyed it most of the way through. It was an impressive production with some talented performers. The dining room was beautiful, and actually looked nicer in person than the pictures made it appear. The chandelier was really beautiful in person, and looked much nicer to me than in the photos I saw before sailing. Dinner was good, but not innovative. Every meal I had on board, I had had before. But they were good. The Mahi Mahi had changed a little bit, but it was basically the same. The fisherman's plate was good, but frankly, the grilled lobster on Labadee was much better, the Prime Rib was fantastic and I would have ordered it again if it were on the menu. Windjammer food was good, as was Johnny Rockets, Sorentos, and the various cafes we used. There were a few dishes that were excellent, and many that were very good. I guess the main result is that food quality didn't really suffer as a result of more passengers being on board. My wife's favorite was an egg salad roll they had in the Cafe Promenade the first day, but it was never served the rest of the cruise. Being able to dock at Labadee was a huge improvement, and again Kudos to RCI for helping with the crowd by spending the money to complete this endeavor. The pier wasn't even that long, and it was so nice to have the convenience of being able to go back and forth any time we wanted. While Labadee lost one of its beaches to the dock, it was worth the sacrifice. Not quite the island paradise I remembered with all the improvements but still a great stop and a nice beach day. It was even rockier than I remembered on the far side, but there was still a nice beach near where you used to tender in that was much easier on the feet. There was very little sensation of movement, and our stateroom accommodations were nice. We had an ocean view balcony, which was adequate. I had the option of booking any balcony we wanted, but I felt from the artist renderings and later everyone's photos that I wouldn't enjoy the lack of privacy. Seeing it in person makes this even more true. While walking above the boardwalk, you could easily see right into passengers' cabins if they didn't have the curtains pulled, and even if they did, you could see their balconies clearly. Now I'm no peeping tom, but it was hard not to notice, to be honest, and I would say that it's an exhibitionist's dream. Now I'm sure some people will love being able to overlook the Boardwalk, Central Park, etc, and will love this type of stateroom, but for me, I think I'll stick to an ocean view for the privacy. Without question it was a great cruise. My wife did the zip line, and enjoyed watching the Flowriders. The ship has a great deal to offer and it's design and layout make it very easy to navigate. It doesn't feel too big, and even waiting for an elevator is no worse than normal. That being said, there were minor problems including some technical glitches in some of the shows, and one set of lights on the Promenade that seemed to be hung in one mode and never changed with the rest of the lights. They got our reservations mixed up for our shows, and had to get approval to see our show on the last night. And the biggest thing for me personally was the dining room service. In the past, we have really enjoyed the experience of getting to know our waitstaff and interacting with them nightly. On this sailing, there was very little personal contact or interaction with them. They were very nice and very friendly and always got our orders right, but the personal touch simply was not there. I was really afraid that this was due to the size of the ship, but it did not appear that they were waiting on any more tables than normal. I know that the crew were "hand picked" for their experience and work ethic, but I was not overly impressed with them. An example is that each night our waiter was visibly taking notes, which was something we've never seen before. I'm not sure how much of this was still learning the new ship, but I overheard our Maitre 'd saying that this was their first time being waiters, and that they used to be galley workers. This fact surprised me, but explained a lot. I feel that our experience was probably personal, and may not have represented the service everyone else received. DW & I shared an intimate table for 2 by the window, and so this still made for a very special dining experience. I always go with a positive outlook, and I always take the best and try to ignore the worst, but this honestly was a great cruise. My wife even said one time that she thought this was "the greatest vacation ever," while sitting in a hammock on Labadee. While sitting in the hot tubs overlooking the ocean, it all came back to me why we love to cruise so much. There's just nothing else that we can do where you get so much for your money. We have to save and work pretty hard to get to go, and when we do it's nice to have such a rewarding experience for your hard work and sacrifice. Thank you Royal Caribbean. It would have been EASY to drop the ball on this one, but I think even the harshest critics would be impressed IF they would go with an open mind and not have a preconceived idea that they wouldn't like it. It may not be for everybody, but I don't think it's too big, and contrary to what some have said, it certainly felt like a cruise to me. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Background - My wife and I are in our mid-forties with two boys ages 11 and 6. We are RCCL Diamond members and have taken 8 cruises with the line. This was our 16th cruise overall and our second Maiden Voyage (First one was Queen Victoria ... Read More
Background - My wife and I are in our mid-forties with two boys ages 11 and 6. We are RCCL Diamond members and have taken 8 cruises with the line. This was our 16th cruise overall and our second Maiden Voyage (First one was Queen Victoria in Dec. 2007). RCCL has been our favorite line due to the large passenger demographic and their focus on family cruising. We booked this one in May 2009 and received two upgrades from the line. We originally had an inside and wound up with a D2 Superior Ocean View Balcony amidships. This cruise had 4,800 guests which was short of capacity by 1,500 guests. RCCL said this was by design for the first cruise. They are getting a premium cruise rate for this ship, so expectations are high. Embarkation - A breeze. The new ship terminal (Terminal 18) built for Oasis is huge and can easily handle the passenger load. I was suspicious when RCCL announced that this terminal will allow passengers to go from the curb to ship in 15 minutes. We did it in 10 minutes. WOW!! Accommodations - The room was a good size and the storage space was adequate. The bed is too close to the closet and blocks some of the storage space. RCCL needs to address this on Allure of the Seas. The balcony was 40 sq.ft and had a nice view of the ocean. The bathroom was bigger than I expected and met all of our needs. Public Spaces - BIG!! BIG!! BIG!! Every space was elegantly designed and exceeded our expectations. Our favorite space is Central Park. It is so beautiful with the real trees and shrubs. We really enjoyed Vintages Wine Bar in Central Park. We sat outside in the park drinking wine and eating tapas. It was great!! This is the best designed ship I have ever been on in my life. It was easy to navigate, had superior design and was elegantly appointed. RCCL spared no expense. Everything was done first class. We missed not getting to the Solarium. We only walked through it and it is wonderful. The stability of the ship is incredible. It virtually did not move in the water. One little lerch leaving Labadee was all I felt. Dining - We had the main seating at the Opus Dining room at 6pm. The food was average which is expected from RCCL. The service was under stress given the enormity of the passenger load. The line fell down a bit here, but I excused it due to it being the first cruise. Our waiter, Igorce, was very attentive and treated us well. He had too many tables to wait and therefore was running around all night. He had a really tough job. I am not one to spend money on alternative restaurant cover charges. This ship has plenty of complimentary locations other than the main dining room and Windjammer. We really liked Sorrento's Pizza for lunch and the Park Cafe for breakfast. We only went to Windjammer buffet once for breakfast. It was nice with good food, but too crowded. Go to the Park Cafe for breakfast. The food is good and eating in Central Park is wonderful. Activities - Too many to mention. Flow Rider (2), basketball (full court), mini-golf, table tennis, zip-line, sports pool, kids pool (H2O Zone), sand pool, main pool, solarium pool, spa, gym, carousel, rock wall (2), ice skating, jogging track (deck 5), comedy club, jazz club, Theater, Aqua Theater, etc. We saw the ice show, Hairspray in the Opal Theater and the Aqua Theater show Oasis of Dreams. They were all very good. Hairspray was the best. The Comedians were average, but not great. There is also a huge casino on board that rival some Atlantic City Casino Hotels. It is huge with two craps tables. My wife and I don't gamble, but we like to watch others. Ports - Labadee, Haiti is a resort owned by RCCL. It has recently been redone. There is a brand new pier that opened on 12/3/09 that allows all ships to dock including Oasis. There is the Dragon's Breath Zip-Line and the Dragon's Tail Coaster. Both alot of fun. The beach is nice and vendor free!!! The resort is clean and the lunch buffet they serve is good. Adventure Ocean has activities on the resort, so the kids can go there and the adults can enjoy the beach or other activities. I was pleased with the changes on Labadee and would go back there again.  Adventure Ocean - Wonderful!! It is a great space and our 6 year old really loved it. The have their own theater and also A science lab and art studio. It was terrific!! Top of the line and, of course, BIG!! Diamond Club - We are RCCL Diamond members. The Diamond Club is a nice space, but it was never used. The Concierge was there each day from 10am to 12 noon, but breakfast was served at Park Cafe and cocktail hour was at the Blaze Nightclub from 5pm to 8:30pm each night. Good drinks!! Really good drinks!! Debarkation - A breeze. Off the ship, through customs and at the airport in less than 20 minutes. Overall - A really good cruise, but not great. The computer glitches and dining room service knocked the total cruise experience down a little. The ship is the most beautiful I have ever seen and the options for dining and entertainment are virtually limitless. The on-board charges for drinks, apparel and gifts are higher than other RCCL ships, so watch what you spend closely and have a good time. We certainly did. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
We just returned home from the first cruise on Oasis of the Seas and, even though the ship is very beautiful and state of the art, we are disappointed and a little angry. The cruise was billed as a "Diamond Celebration"; however, ... Read More
We just returned home from the first cruise on Oasis of the Seas and, even though the ship is very beautiful and state of the art, we are disappointed and a little angry. The cruise was billed as a "Diamond Celebration"; however, unless you were booked into a suite, you were treated like a second-class citizen. We were... told "NO" more times than I can count, and "that is only for suite guests." We are only two cruise credits away from Diamond Plus status, but, after the poor treatment by many of the staff, it will be a long time before we book another cruise with Royal Caribbean. I was a raving fan. Not any longer. What a shame! Getting to Oasis was easy, but parking was not covered. We check in online so we were on the ship in about 15 minutes. We walked on directly into the Promenade. What a wonderful first impression. The ship is incredible. The Diamond lounge is one floor up and has a balcony overlooking the Promenade. It's a great view. And the super-automatic espresso machine did a wonderful latte. Oasis is big, beautiful, and wide open. I never felt crowded throughout the cruise; even the theatre was not the problem that you have on smaller ships. The bars are spread around the ship and cigarette smoke was a problem even in the dining room and many common areas. I was unable to hang in the casino because it was such a problem. Also, the air conditioning was pulled out of many areas because of all the open doors and the ship stayed hot. Strangely enough, Central Park always had a breeze, even though it is in the middle of the ship. The first night in My Time Dining was a bit comical and chaotic, but the second night we had a great team that we were able to reserve for the rest of the cruise. We ate in the Solarium for lunch most days, which is were spend most of our time on all the ships. Giovanni's was good, but they fail to provide the dessert that had been ordered two days earlier. Room service did a great job each morning for breakfast. We had a great wait staff in My Time Dining and the Head Waiter made arrangements to have a Gluten free pizza available in the dining room the last day of the cruise. It arrived quickly but was floating in onions... twice. I really think the second pizza was the first with more cheese... and onions. However, the steak and egg sandwich came hot, was cooked like ordered, and was very good. One of my favorites. All the lifeboats on deck 5 block the view from My Time Dining. The best view is from deck 4 in the dining room. Oasis also moved the track from the top deck down to deck 5, so, during dinner you get an occasional jogger by. Be sure to check out the concierge lounge, unless of course you're just a Diamond member. RCCL took that privilege away in September. Not just on Oasis, but fleet wide. Most of the venues on Oasis no longer have an ocean view. Almost all are interior to the ship. Thanks to our cabin attendant, Head waiter and waiter in My Time, Johnny Rockets staff and the team at Mondo's coffee bar for making my wife great mochas... I used the Diamond lounge super-automatic espresso machine for lattes. New machine. Perfect grind and shot. Just a note: the Cafe Promenade serves StarBucks and the other shops are serving Seattles Best... which is StarBucks, too. We didn't use the Windjammer much because of all the different venues available. The Solarium Bistro was convenient and overall they did a really good job with different salads, and a fair selection of hot items... and they guest to have an extra glass of lemonade. We were unable to get a reservation at Chops (our favorite), but, we did order a filet from Chops and had it delivered to My Time the last night. It was great. Thanks. Giovanni's on Oasis replaced Portofino's. It was good for lunch, but the tiramisu was runny and unappetizing. They did a better job at the coffee shop in the Promenade. There is not much that compares to Portofino's in the evening on the Freedom. Floor to ceiling windows and an incredible view of St. Thomas. The best tiramisu in the fleet. And that seafood skewer... the best of the best. You won't get any of that on Oasis. The headliner the first night was bad (second night was tolerable). We left early and went to the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is a great place and hard to believe it's on a cruise ship. You step into a carnival atmosphere complete with photo booths and ice cream shops. We ended most nights on the Boardwalk having a milkshake at Johnny Rockets(two-for-one for diamond members), and then a leisurely walk back to our room through Central Park. This was one of my favorite parts of the ship. It's has a wonderful living atmosphere. The ice show was the best we've seen on the ships. Royal Caribbean really goes all out with their Broadway style of entertainment. Most of their shows run about 50 minutes, but Hair Spray ran an hour and forty minutes including the ten-minute technical break. Theme of the cruise, "blah, blah... technical difficulties." As far as the Aqua-shows, the stunts were good and the tech is high, but it still needs something. We had a balcony room and the captain gave us a great view of a lagoon style beach with wooden cabanas. Turns out it was gated and available to only the suite guests. They did allow us, with an escort, to walk down to the beach and take a picture of the ship. Labadee overall is a great little beach break, complete with roller coasters and zip lines, but the temperature hit 97 degrees and was almost unbearable. We did have a nice afternoon walk down the beach watching the zippers come down off the hill across the water. Much of the technology was having major difficulties, especially the shows. The interactive TV in the stateroom was still not working well by the end of our cruise. Many of the TV feeds had video but no audio. There was only one free movie channel and it didn't work most of the cruise. I gave up on Pay per view altogether. They have added the ability to surf the Internet from the TV in the rooms, but it was not working either. The computer rooms on Oasis are small, crowded and uncomfortable, however, the speed was fast and I didn't even use all the free time I get as a Diamond member. The equipment in the gym is high tech, but the TV feeds were still not working at cruise end. We like to work out everyday of the cruise and the gym is an important part of our cruise experience. On the Oasis, they have moved it down to the sixth floor and separated the wet area from the workout area. The wet area is now part of the spa on the fifth floor. It is now available to suite guests and spa patrons. We spend our afternoons in the Solarium. We love being able to stay through the day with food service just steps away. There are fewer shady spots however, and when I find one, I like to have an extra towel to throw on the chair someone else has been sweating in the for the last couple of hours. On the first day I asked for an extra and the attendant refused. I walked across the deck and got my towels at a different stand. That afternoon, only the first stand was open to turn in the towels. The attendant apologized, as did her supervisor. On the last day of the cruise, the same two staffers refused me an extra towel due to the same suite rule. My wife had to get a customer service manager to contact the pool deck supervisor to get uss extra towels. We ended up with all the towels we wanted, and then some, thanks to the staff in Guest Relations. We did ask GR to give us a room tour and was told nothing was available to see. Too bad we missed the tour organized through CC. We heard it was great. We were booked on Oasis again in March 2010 to celebrate my 50th birthday. It has been cancelled and we will cruise with one of the other lines. We were on the Freedom in March 2009 and they stated the same towel policy as Oasis this past week. When we returned in May 2009, they had changed the policy because of cruiser dissatisfaction. They scanned your seapass card and charged you if you failed to return them. We went back again in September 2009 and had a wonderful time. Oasis was our fifth RCCL this year. I was blindsided this past week on the Oasis with the return of limits and hardnosed staffers, even thought they still scan your seapass card. Doesn't make sense. I expected a no hassle cruise with high tech that worked and a crew with good manners. The hype is that this ship had all the best crew. We've been on twenty-one cruises, and Oasis is our least favorite for customer service. Oh, and the bingo wasn't working either. LOL With all the hype and promises of Paradise and merry-go-rounds, I left very disappointed. "New" is not an excuse to give mediocre service. Big is no reason to cut Diamond benefits. The cruise was only four days long. And I was mad most of the last day, so, I should run out of personal experience tales soon. My wife did find a lady trapped in an eighth floor restroom near Central Park. She had been in there for about thirty minutes locked in one of the stalls. That was kind of funny. The lady and her husband thought it was too. What do you get when you mix a bad old COMPANY policy with two numb minded contract employees and an aggravated Diamond member on the Oasis? Eyes wide open. In September 2009 RCCL stripped Diamond members of many of the perks we were used to. One of which was no longer having access to the concierge lounge. We did slip in the first night to get a look. WOW! Two floors high with windows looking out over the Boardwalk. Because of the number of D members on board, we were stuck using, or not, one of two bars on the Promenade. Not near as nice as the concierge lounge on Oasis or the Diamond lounge on Freedom. The biggest part of the Viking Crown is now for suite guests. It seems to me that bigger is not always better. Freedom has my vote for best, and friendliest ship at Royal Caribbean. I do have to thank a thousand times the Guest Relations staff on Oasis for their help on Saturday morning. At seven am, when it was time to go to breakfast, my wife informed me that I had packed all of her jeans and put them out the night before. Thanks to the team from GR and retail, she was able to disembark in more than her Victoria Secret's. Freedom hit the mark with us three times this year. It's... like they got it right. In May and September, we didn't even get off the ship. She is my favorite RCCL ship. Oasis falls short in service and satisfaction as the biggest ship in the world. I just realized that we used 50,000 Rewards Points on the Oasis cruise. They took $1000 off the final bill. Now I'm feeling a little better. Wish I had used the points toward a junior suite on Grandeur. She's in Tampa through spring. 45 minutes and valet parking. My favorite port. Radiance will be there next fall. The overall Oasis Experiment... poor. Many of the D member benefits were stripped back in September on all the ships, which I am still unhappy about. Oasis is a ship with class... first class and coach class. If you book a ride on, book a suite, or take your own towesl. I walked on the Oasis like a kid on Christmas morning. I walked off realizing there really isn't a Santa Claus. I walked on the Oasis a "Royal Loyal" Diamond member. I walked off a dissatisfied customer. I did get to meet Lisa Bauer, Senior VP of Hotel Operations, in Central Park one night. She was very charming, and made me a little giddy. I did enjoy that. I sure hope she is not the author of the towel policy. We spent over $10,000 with Royal Caribbean on five different cruises this year alone. Next year... we won't. stbrown frequent cruiser Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Royal Caribbean really served up the WOW as promised here on Oasis of the Seas. I'm still in WOW mode and I have been off the ship for almost a week now. Embarkation was a breeze great direction throughout the terminal we got into ... Read More
Royal Caribbean really served up the WOW as promised here on Oasis of the Seas. I'm still in WOW mode and I have been off the ship for almost a week now. Embarkation was a breeze great direction throughout the terminal we got into Terminal 18 around 10:45am was on the ship shortly after 11:00am. Got Sea Passes in short order then went to a holding area then was pointed toward the ship you come into the ship on the Royal Promenade where unlimited free champagne was waiting for everyone. Went to the Windjammer to get something to eat after meeting with the Critter Clan. Let me say something about the Windjammer here-best service I have ever received in a buffet situation. Great service great food. They really stepped it up here on Oasis. Good flow in lines and it rarely felt crowded. Sadly this could not be stated about the dining room where in my experience service was poor and impersonal. We had My Time Dining and it felt like Their Time Service. Poor service and food in Opus got a better steak in the Windjammer. But again this was just my experience. We dropped off our carry on in our cabin and went out to the pool deck. Our room was ready around 12:45 Chen did a great job as our room attendant. Very nice young man and left treats and surprises in out room every night. Muster drill was really a breeze. Sit down and watch a video. Then go. The Oasis in spite of its size was the easiest ship to get around in my experience as a cruiser. By every elevator was a touch screen that had any and everything you could do on ship, dining, things to do, shows,shops every venue on board listed. You just touched the screen on the venue you wanted to go to and then touched MAP IT and it would give you exact directions on how to get there from where you are at. On deck 7 though where our room was you would have to drop one floor or go up one to get back and forth if you come in on the port side. Shows were world class. Saw them all. Ice show was the best and family friendly. Aqua Theater show was also very well done. Hairspray was well done but not really family friendly in my opinion. Scott Record was great as the headliner. Ken Rush as cruise director though I thought did a really poor job. Serious lack of communication on what was going on activity wise. We had a invitation to a past cruiser event on board ship. But our invitation stated this was for Diamond members which we are not. It was not clear that all past cruisers were invited to this event. Felt kinda ripped off on that one because of lack of clear communication. Captain Bill was the one giving out most of the communication on board ship did not hear Ken at all. Cruise Compass was delivered mid afternoon on that day not night before. Printing problems were blamed on this. Hey its a new ship I understand But that also doesn't excuse a cruise director for not being very personable when every deck hand and regular staff say hi to everyone passing. Again that's just my opinion your experience with Ken Rush may have been different. Captain Bill Wright is really the heart of this fine ship. Great presence on board very friendly and approachable. All the neighborhoods was great and it was really like being in another world. Take a walk with the one you love through Central Park at night for a great experience. Music was great on board the Austarlian jazz group was exceptional every group booked on board was top notch at what they did though. Opportunity here would be this-we were up on the pool deck (which was great and never felt crowded) the DJ started to crank it up and was shut down after five minutes because the music was drifting down into Central Park and bouncing off the walls which interfered with the string quartet playing for around 40 people down there. They really need to schedule the music so it doesn't conflict with what is going on in another venue. No way acoustically they will be able to have music on the pool deck and Central Park at the same time All in all a great experience lots of freebies including Inaugural Oasis beach towels as well as a Collector Coke Bottle and lots of other freebies. The ride on this ship was great did not have the usual sway feeling once we got off ship. Last thing I want to say was even with the ship booked with over 5000 people plus crew it never felt crowded. Went to a parade in the Royal Promenade and actually could see the parade with a ton of people gathered around. They really did a great job with using the space to make things flow here. Debarkation was well organized and we were off the ship within 1/2 hour after going to our station in the dining room Great ship you really need to go on it just once for the experience Labadee looks great but it was my first time there. Other I traveled with stated it had changed greatly. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Beyond her sheer size, there were many attributes to this ship that I found impressive - and some that I was surprised by. For example, I expected to be overwhelmed not only by the distances that would have to be covered in moving from ... Read More
Beyond her sheer size, there were many attributes to this ship that I found impressive - and some that I was surprised by. For example, I expected to be overwhelmed not only by the distances that would have to be covered in moving from place to place, but just in trying to remember where all the points of interest - restaurants, lounges, showrooms, shops, rides, activity areas - were located. However, I found the arrangement of the ship to be logical, which made navigation relatively easy. Furthermore, the flat screen navigation aids on each floor were quite helpful whenever I wasn't sure exactly where a particular destination was. Also, with our cabin being near mid-ship, the distances we had to cover were not as great as I had expected. I found the elevators to be (1) conveniently located and (2) adequate for the volume of traffic, at least on this particular cruise. So getting around was surprisingly quick and convenient for a ship this large. Following are some specific comments - positive and negative - about certain aspects of the ship. Since we were on board for just two days, we were unable to avail ourselves of everything the ship has to offer. Accordingly, these comments are limited to what we personally experienced. Our cabin We had an outside cabin with a balcony. Though rather small, we found it to be comfortable and well designed. The beds were the most comfortable we have slept in at sea. The balcony was spacious enough and private. We liked the solid see-through panel railings bordering the balcony (as opposed to pickets). Good for families with small children. We liked the glass door (vs. curtain) in the shower. In-cabin internet access (via TV) is an excellent idea, as it eliminates the need to lug my laptop onboard or to have to go to an internet cafe and perhaps wait for a terminal. Public Areas and Attractions We found the Central Park, the Boardwalk, and The Royal Promenade areas to be very well designed with lots of fun things to do. They clearly helped bring a sense of energy and liveliness to the ship, and we enjoyed the time we spent in each of them. Getting coffee in the morning, for example, was quick and easy when going to a cafe in the Promenade vs. having to go up to Lido. Even though the ship apparently wasn't full, we saw long lines at some of the establishments (such as Johnny Rockett's and the Seafood Shack). Also, there were too few chairs at some of the bars and cafes in Central Park. The main dining facilities were excellent, as was the service and the quality of the food. While there is an impressive array of alternative dining options, we are concerned that some passengers might have difficulty booking reservations, as the restaurants appear to be rather small. The lunch food stations in the Lido didn't make sense to us. The lite-bites station, for example, had some lite selections, but you couldn't build a complete salad there. There were several stations that had international cuisines, but we found no particular logic to the way the stations were set up, so we didn't necessarily know where to find Italian vs. Asian, for example. The Wipe Out Bar was the only place to find pizza. We felt that pizza should be available somewhere closer to the Lido. The pizza was not to our liking...dry and flavorless. The main showroom was excellent. We had no problem getting a good seat. The seats were comfortable and easy to get to - even middle seats. Also, even the seats in the very back of the balcony offered good viewing. We also liked having reservations for the bigger shows. The procedure worked quite well and surely will help with crowd control when the ship is full. Some comments about the entertainment on this particular cruise: Of the nearly 30 cruises that I have been on, Abba Cadabra was the finest show I have ever seen on a ship. And it was easy to tell from the audience's reaction - from the opening number until the encore - that they enjoyed it as well. I have never seen a livelier, more appreciative audience. Royal Caribbean would do well to book that act as often as possible. They are the kind of entertainment that one would expect on a ship as spectacular as the Oasis. Ditto for the HC Anderson Ice Show. The choreography and costumes were very creative and the talent was extraordinary. Absolutely tremendous! The Aqua Theatre performance was still in rehearsal and still being refined, but we were quite impressed with the acrobatics and athleticism of the performers. On this particular cruise, the Zip Line wait was too long for such a short ride. The Fitness Center was extremely well equipped and spacious. I also liked the track, which was clearly marked so that distance covered could be easily calculated. Also, it was for joggers and walkers. No railbirds and loungers to have to dodge, such as when walking or jogging on Promenade decks of other ships. The basketball court was easily the best I've seen on any ship. Being new, it was in excellent shape. Also, I liked that it was full length, was in a great location, and was well shielded from the wind (which has always been an issue on other ships). The elevator lights were difficult to read. Often, we couldn't tell whether a light for a particular deck was off or on. Other Observations The lifeboat drill was well orchestrated. Quick, convenient, comfortable (we were seated during the entire presentation) and informative, and we didn't have to drag our life jackets along. Great idea! We especially liked the procedure for viewing the photographs that were taken onboard. It eliminated the confusion and frustration that normally go with finding one's photos on ships. Very innovative idea. We noticed that many of the ship's amenities (e.g. alternative dining options) have a fee associated with them. We will be interested in hearing how passengers feel about having to pay for these, as they can make the total cruise cost quite high. And if there is a wait involved, this could negatively impact the overall cruise experience. Summary This is a truly magnificent ship...not simply because of her size, but because of the overall planning and physical design of the vessel. We found the layout to be logical and well thought out. And, as pointed out above, we were especially impressed with the many innovations that have been incorporated. We are grateful that we had this experience and we eagerly await our next opportunity to sail on her. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
I'm new to this forum, so please forgive me if I'm too long winded. We just came off the maiden voyage (so to speak) of the Oasis of the Seas yesterday and were so disappointed that we wanted to share our experiences with ... Read More
I'm new to this forum, so please forgive me if I'm too long winded. We just came off the maiden voyage (so to speak) of the Oasis of the Seas yesterday and were so disappointed that we wanted to share our experiences with everyone so they don't make the same $17,000 mistake that we did. Fair warning...this is a long post, but one I hope you will find a good read. We are not new to RCCL. In fact, we are Diamond (almost Diamond plus) members of C & A. RCCL is the ONLY cruise line we have sailed with since a Sovereign of the Seas in 1988. We have three children, ages 6, 9, & 13, and have not sailed since 2005 on the Jewel which was a wonderful cruise. Our two boys were simply too young to enjoy cruising the past few years, plus I've had some serious medical problems that made it unwise for me to travel. We were really looking forward to the Oasis and booked this "maiden voyage" within 7 minutes of reservations opening for C & A members in Aug, 08. This is where the problems began! Within 7 minutes all of the suites were booked, so we had to settle for connecting balcony staterooms and be wait listed for a suite. Fourteen months went by and our CVP from RCCL changed four times. The initial sail date was moved up a week, My Time Dining was introduced, our suite request was lost and they kind of screwed us with the Labadee extravaganza. For our family it took something off of the special feeling of being on the real maiden voyage. I'm sure that RCCL wanted a few lab rabbits to test this mega ship before taking it to sea for a full 7 day Eastern Caribbean run, so I guess that's a good thing. The real fun began when final payment was due. In a conversation with our CVP, I had said "it's a shame we couldn't get the suite we wanted". She replied that there were plenty of suites available, and I asked why we didn't get a phone call since were supposedly wait listed for one. She said there were no notes in the reservation showing that we wanted one. With a family of 5 we jumped on the chance to have a suite. We opted for the family suite with 500+ sq./ft. of space. Our package was cruise only, and pre-paid gratuities were required with My Time Dining. All said, with cruise care insurance the total package maxed out at a little over $17,000. Let me advise you that $17,000, plus another $2,000+ for enhancements (excursions, gifts and gear and the ultimate romance package) buys you nothing but disappointment. I've read many other posts on this forum about others who had their share of disappointments in non suite rooms. I assure you that I really don't think it mattered. RCCL seemed oblivious to the concerns of the guests, and there was no shortage of excuses. Not one single employee provided the level of customer service that we grew accustomed to receiving from RCCL. Our room steward Lenworth and our waiter Richard and his assistant Rohan were the only people we grew to trust, appreciate and thank over seven nights. Lack of customer service was just the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended). The real problems began when we arrived a Port Everglades. The new terminal lacked staff and appropriate signage. Our private shuttle driver dropped off us at the curb with our ten bags and my blood pressure began to rise. Keep in mind that I'm a FireFighter/ Paramedic with over 30 years in the business, so I tolerate very little incompetence and have a very short fuse. In my job I have to perform at 100% all the time, so I expect others to do the same. Also, I generally hold people to there word whether it's spoken or written. RCCL said there would be special agents available and special check in for both suite and Diamond C & A guests. We got a gentleman who said we were in the wrong area and that I needed to bring my party and all of my bags to the other side of the terminal. It was only after I complained about lack of assistance and poor instruction that he found two other persons to assist us. Okay, we were finally in terminal 18 and to the counter for check in without any waiting. We were greeted with a smile and had all of our documents completed and passports ready. The paperwork shuffle was done in a matter of minutes, but it took 15 minutes to get our Sea Pass cards. Then when we proceeded to attempt to go up the escalator to the Suite guest waiting area we were stopped and told we were not permitted. When I asked why I was told that it was for suite guest only. I advised that not only were we suite guests, but also Diamond members. Believe it or not, the agent actually questioned "are you sure you booked a suite"? That was the wrong button to push! I demanded to see a supervisor immediately, because we were now in the terminal over 30 minutes. (Keep in mind the RCCL's target for the new terminal as seen on their website video clips was 15 minutes from curbside to gangway). It took us that long just to get the first set of Sea Pass cards. The request for a supervisor went unanswered, but a more experience agent advised that we had the wrong color cards. We were now sent back to the check in desk where there was now a line of guests. I was visibly ticked off, and again asked for a super. She advised the agent who check us in that she made a mistake and to stop what she was doing and fix it. We're now pushing 45 minutes and our 6 year old was spontaneously combusting because he was hungry and tired of being herded around. We were given new "silver cards" that had Diamond printed on the bottom and allowed access to the VIP waiting area. Once allowed on board we thought the worst was behind us. We were greeted on the Royal Promenade with champagne and smiles, but unlike other cruises no one asked us if we need assistance finding our cabin. I figured that they just wanted you to hang out on the Royal Promenade for awhile, but we had other plans and proceeded to an elevator to head to our suite. We got there and found the cabin steward still doing prep work, so we briefly introduced ourselves, dropped off our carry-on's and headed for a quick, light bite in central park at the Park Cafe. We knew the Windjammer was always a zoo, so we tried another venue. Park Cafe was really nice. They had a wide variety of salads and simple sandwich items. Good food and great service....my BP was finally within normal limits and I had a smile on my face. After two hours of exploring this amazing ship (our nine year old kept referring to it as ridiculously huge), we returned to our cabin which was now stocked and ready for occupancy. Our cabin steward provided us with a brief synopsis of our room and how to contact him. It was the typical banter we've all experienced when we board a ship, but what caught me off guard was that he came right out and said that some of the problems he encountered during the Labadee extravaganza was that the ship was not seasoned. I knew he wasn't talking about a steak, and that what he really meant was that the ship was as new to the crew as it was the passengers. One thing I learned from doing a great deal of instruction and public speaking is to NEVER tell the audience in advance that they might be disappointed by your presentation. I don't know if RCCL advised the crew to use this excuse or if it was just a conscientious steward wanting to tell us the truth, so that we would not receive a poor evaluation due to the influence of other factors. I'm inclined to think that there was some formal communication from RCCL to the crew about the "newness of the ship" because I heard similar jargon from others on the crew including the cruise director Ken. Needless to say, day 2 (a sea day) was no better. My wife and I both had spa appointments. We arrived 20 minutes early to check in and found 1 person working the desk. She had a long line of guests waiting to check in , scheduling appointments, and on top of that she had to answer the phone. It took 15 minutes to check in for our spa appointments. These two particular appointments were included in our Ultimate Romance package that we pre-paid two months prior, and I made it a point to advise her of that fact. She, too, communicated that to the secondary check in desk via telephone while my wife and I stood before her. Well somehow the ball was dropped and our room charge soon reflected both of our spa visits. I gave it a day and found that when I checked our folio activity from the interactive in-room television that both appointments were reversed. Well 2 days latter they reappeared along with a bunch of other charges that were bogus. Suite guests were entitled to complimentary pressing services, 2 items per guest, for the first formal night. Well, we got charged for that. We pre-purchased a case of water for the room and kept it in the fridge. Unfortunately, every day that we used our water the mini-bar dude charged us or it! We took RCCL's four bottles out and set them on the counter and kept ours cold. It didn't matter because he saw a specific number of waters missing and charged us for them. It took until the final night of the cruise to have all of the charges reversed that were supposed to be covered by a package or part of the suite benefits. The real kicker was that on day 3 we decided to use the private, VIP, sunbathing area for suite guests and were denied access because we did not have the right color card. 3 days into this cruise we finally got the right color (gold) card for suite guests but only after complaining to the concierge. We new cards meant new folio numbers which further spelled disaster. Our two sons no longer appeared on our in room TV, and we could not check their individual charges or appointments with the personal calendar feature. This debacle caused my son's Flowrider lesson to mysteriously disappear, and when I called guest services to inquire about it they blamed it on two different computer systems. Now halfway through our cruise, I had spent every day fighting about something, or for something, that we were supposed to be entitled to as a suite guest. I asked to speak to an officer in charge, but never heard from anyone. Our concerns went unanswered. I also experienced a problem with the in-room TV system and could not register my computer to use the Wi-fi system and was told that someone from their IT department would be assigned to take care of it, but it never was. The bottom line...guest services couldn't care less about your disappointments. Other problems included the supposed VIP seating at entertainment venues for suite guests. Even when we had reservations, there was no special seating. It was not until the final night of our cruise that one person checking us into the Oasis of Dreams show said they were aware of the problem and were working on it. Suite guests were also entitled to a full dining option from their suites, but there were no menus in the suites to choose meals from. We didn't care about eating dinner in our suite, but we did want to eat breakfast several days. Room service was terrible. The person taking the call was not sure if we could get what we ordered because they didn't know what suite guests could get and what they could not. The eggs were often overcooked by the time they reached you, and some food was cold. Orders were mixed up. Not a good experience. Our ultimate romance package was supposed to include breakfast in bed on morning. We never received it, nor did we receive our formal portrait and frame. I had to fight to get the portrait cost refunded as part of the package, and they had no frames on board but took your name and address promising to mail you one. (I'll believe it when I see it.) Our family suite had a very nice layout, and could sleep 8 if necessary. We had plenty of drawer and closet space. It was impeccably clean and well maintained by our cabin steward and the balcony was huge with 2 loungers a large table with four chairs, and exterior lighting. There were two bath rooms that were nice, but a little small. The bathroom off of the master bedroom included a single sink, a commode and a bathtub/shower. I'm 5'7 and barely had enough headroom. The 2nd bath had a single sink, commode and glass enclosed shower (poor design, it leaked terribly). I do think the suite was well designed, and sized well, but it was quite pricey considering that we did not get all of the perks promised to suite guests on this cruise. We were also showered with gifts every evening. Beach bags, Beach towels, snacks, cruise in review DVD's and much more. Unfortunately, we did not get 1 item for everyone. Some nights we did, other nights we didn't. Our cabin steward said that he could only give us what he had assigned for us, but there was no consistency. The other thing was that they rationed toiletries. If you still had even a small quantity of shower gel left, you would not get a new one unless you asked. Then if you thought that RCCL could not get any cheaper, our cabin steward advised us not to expect a towel critter every evening, and that he was only permitted to give them on certain nights. While we could care less about a towel critter, I cannot believe that these poor cabin stewards have the job of explaining what you won't get because RCCL has cheapened it's product. Oh, and those little chocolates you used to get on your pillow every night...you only get those on certain nights too. The themed dining room menus and activities we enjoyed so much on our last cruise are now gone. The food quality was decent, but not what it had previously been. We saw our head waiter only once, but we were grateful to have the same waiter, assistant waiter and table for the entire cruise. Breakfast was also just not the same in the dining room. Menus varied, and the food was slow in coming. I guess if you want high quality food you have to pay for it in one of the specialty restaurants. Lastly, I really think RCCL dropped the ball with the entertainment. The Nelson brothers for an inaugural cruise? They could have done better considering that we paid so much more for this cruise than other cruises. The rates dropped precipitously after the maiden voyage. Sure we could have waited, but we wanted the maiden voyage, and we wanted something special. This cruise was certainly not worth the price paid. The shows were not ready. Come Fly With Me, while excellent, was considered a full dress rehearsal, and was actually stopped in progress for a set reset! This ship has been coming for over two years and they could not have the entertainment fully ready for the true maiden voyage? Oasis of Dreams also had technical problems and the full show was not ready due to the inability of the cast to practice due to the rough seas during the crossing according to Ken the cruise director. Now who in their right mind would expect high divers be able to perform in the North Atlantic in late November. I give these performers credit because no amount of money would make me jump from a 70 foot platform into a moving target. The winds on the back of the ship were horrible due to its size. I hope that someone doesn't get killed doing this show. You can't even play golf without the ball blowing around. They don't use real golf balls anymore, but rather the practice type balls that are greatly affected by wind. I'll shut up for now even though I have a lot more to say. Having sailed with RCCL so many times, I truly expected something special. If this ship was to set a new standard in cruising it has not, or maybe it has. It would appear that RCCL has cheapened its product and lowered its standards. We had planned to book an Alaska Cruise while onboard, but have chosen to spend our vacation dollars elsewhere. When you start counting towels, toiletries and towel critters something is definitely wrong. Oh, and by the way we own a decent amount of RCL stock...that didn't make a difference either! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
'Midnight on the Oasis' ~ My Inaugural Cruise Review This was my Lucky 13th cruise on RCI and my second inaugural sailing. The other one being Freedom of the Seas in 2006. I am going to use a rating system of 1 - 5 ... Read More
'Midnight on the Oasis' ~ My Inaugural Cruise Review This was my Lucky 13th cruise on RCI and my second inaugural sailing. The other one being Freedom of the Seas in 2006. I am going to use a rating system of 1 - 5 WOW's 5 being highest :) Embarkation ~ 5 WOW's ~ as we approached the pier by taxi from a distance Oasis did not appear overly large. It was not until we got closer up that her massive size became apparant especially her width. Her baby blue hull also sets her apart from the other RCI ships. We arrived at the pier about 10:20 am anxious to begin our turn on Oasis. Dropped off bags with the friendly and upbeat porters. That 15 minutes from curb to check in was true in our case. By 10:35 am we were all checked in, seapass photo taken at the check in desk and with our yellow souvenir Inaugural Season bag in hand we made our way to the Diamond/D+ waiting area. The check in agent was friendly and helpful. This is where things got a bit slow. With over 500 B2B cruisers from the Dec 1 sailing they were waiting to find some people that had not gotten off. About 12:10 or so the B2B'rs made their way back onto the ship followed by Suite guests and then about 12:30 Diamond and D+ guests. Were on the ship about 12:35 pm We entered on Deck 5 at the Rising Tide Bar that was up on Deck 8 but they had the water and light show going. We were greeted with glasses of champagne. Many of the Dec 1 cruisers were there to greet us as we walked beneath the archway of brightly coloured balloons. First Impressions ~ 5+ WOWs ~ This ship is such a beauty. We walked and checked out the promenade first running into past cruising friends and new ones. There were a lot of press on day passes on this day. With pink boas around our necks we were approached by our first press and asked if they could interview us. It was Inside Edition and we did make a clip on the show on the Monday evening. We proceeded to make our way to the Boardwalk area. There we said hello to Ken Rush who was being interviewed. We checked out the Aqua Theatre and we were approached by another news team who asked if they could interview myself and friend Janice. He told us he was with Australian news. Since my daughter is married to an Aussie I asked him where in Australia and he said Sydney News. I told him about my connection with Sydney and he seemed happy to have found two people who had actually visited his part of the world. He said we would be on the 6 pm news in Sydney that night so I had to rush to send off an email to my daughter so she would catch it and she did. That was cool and a special memory for me on the ship. The ship was carrying about 3700 passengers as reported by Captain Bill and was nicely decorated for Christmas with garland, Christmas trees and poinsettias. Cabins ~ 3 WOW's ~ I was in a D4 Oceanview balcony cabin deck 6. cabin 6570. They are definitely smaller than the other balcony cabins on the other ships. It appears to have less storage space although I managed to find a place for everything without too much effort. Shelving in the closet appears much deeper although the safe is smaller. Deck 6 cabins (some of them) are right above the lifeboats. When standing at the railing you do not look directly at the water like the hump cabins do. This might bother some but it did not for us If you are sitting on the balcony you do not see the lifeboats.We never sat on the balcony once this cruise..just too much to see and do. The major difference is the configuration of the cabins. The balconies either have the bed located by the closet or by the window. Ours was by the closet and if my DH was sitting on the bed his knees almost touched the closet. Not much walking space there. We did do a cabin crawl and I personally liked the bed by the window configuration better. The bed was very comfortable. Not sure if there is a way when you are booking to know what configuration you have. Many would write about how they loved their cabin to be near the elevators to eliminate walking. I found out how important that is. This was the first time I had a cabin so close to the elevators/staircase and on this ship saw the advantage of that. With only two sets of elevators one very forward and one aft if you have a cabin in between you have a long way to walk. Now walking is good to burn off those extra calories but it also takes extra time so if you want to see as much of the ship as you can in 7 days those extra minutes come in handy :) LOL Deck 6 I found was a good location as one flight down to Promenade still a great place to hang out in and two walkable flights up to Central Park with more venues to grab a drink or bit to eat. Also for any Diamond or D+ members my cabin was just around the corner from the Diamond Club. Vitality Spa and Fitness Centre was right at the stairwell so close by for those that like to visit this area. It always smelled so nice at that stairwell cause of the spa . You have a computer keyboard in the cabin to use on the tv to access internet. We tried to use it but was unable to all cruise long. Had to go to the very small area on deck 7 all the way forward just off the elevators to use a computer terminal. I thought that internet access/speed was much better than I have experienced on other RCI ships. Diamonds in December Event ~ 5 WOW's RCI had announced not long before the cruise that they would be holding special events and special gifts for the inaugural sailing and the other sailings in December. They did well on this one. They did much better than the Freedom inaugural where they dropped the ball on that one with no special recognition. They had a list of special sailings where you could choose on a 7 day cruise either $300 balcony discount or up to triple onboard credit (max $600 per stateroom) on these select sailings. Loyalty Ambassador was very busy and were doing bookings as late as 10 pm the last night onboard. Some of the gifts we received were commenorative bottle of champagne, commemorative coin, inaugural fleece blanket, pens, Savor Cookbook, Artbook and Cruise in Review DVD and tote bags. The repeaters party was held on one evening at 5:15pm in the Opal Theatre for all Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Diamond Plus members Staff ~ 5 WOW's Some of the best staff I have experienced on a RCI ship. Very friendly, eager to please and serve. One of the best room steward and waiter I have had in a long time on RCI. Great Guest Services staff especially Hayley who helped me out a few times. Ken Rush and his staff do a great job. They sure have their work cutout for them on this ship with so much going on. Quest for instance was at 12 midnight. At midnight Ken asked everyone to stand a raise their glass and to take a moment to celebrate with family and new friends on the incredible time you have had...to life :) thus Midnight on the Oasis Entertainment ~ 5+ WOWS Without a doubt in my mind some of the very best entertainment I have enjoyed. The entertainers are top notch from the amazing divers, skaters, singers and aerealists. Aqua Theatre show took my breath away with the high dives. We were lucky and the show we watched went on schedule. Some were canceled because of technical difficulties. Hairspray totally enjoyable and very professional. We were the first audience to see the full Come Fly with Me show. I was very impressed with this production show especially the special effects. Best ice skating show I have seen on RCI ships. I had pre booked my entertainment and had no problem when I showed up and they scanned my seapass card. We noticed that if you did not have a reservation a few minutes before the show they would allow those without reservations to enter. There is a desk/box office to book onboard in the Royal Promenade. I only saw the one parade Lollapolooza parade on the last day at 12 noon. It was a fantastic parade full of colour and fun music. Best spot for watching this is in front of Focus the photography shop or Sorrentos. Dining Venues ~ 3.5 WOWS I dined main seating in Opus Dining room deck 3. The food was excellent some nights and just okay other nights. I did find though that it was always hot and we were served quickly. We dined in the main dining room on 5 evenings and did not see any singing or parades by the wait staff. The wine dispensing machines were only available on deck 4 & 5. I liked the idea of small bar areas as you enter the main dining rooms. We tried Johnny Rockets twice for breakfast and this is complimentary. It was good with a nice menu made to order and served to you. We ate outside on the Boardwalk both times. I do not think people realized it was a comp breakfast and there was hardly anyone there so it was a quick and relaxing place for breakfast. We did not even get to the Windjammer Marketplace until Day 5. We had breakfast there and found a great spot looking aft right out to the Aqua Theatre and breakfast was good and we were served our juice and coffee table side very quickly. I actually like the Windjammer Marketplace. If you go all the way aft in the seating area you will be away from the hectic food serving area. Our first morning we went to the Solarium Bistro for breakfast with lots of healthy choices like turkey bacon, sausage, granola and fresh fruit. Very peaceful and quiet area to enjoy breakfast. One of our favourites was the Park Cafe in Central Park..on recommendations from friends Tobi and Phil we tried the delicious roast beef sandwich. We went twice to enjoy this and also they have a great salad bar that they will toss the ingredients for you. Did see a few RCI employees including Adam Goldstein having his lunch there. Great place. Of course enjoyed a slice of pizza at Sorrentos and the made to order pizzas looked very good as well. Sandwiches from Cafe Promenade and Mondo Cafe were fresh and good for a light lunch. The Cupcake Cupboard was one busy place and I enjoyed some Red Velvet Cupcakes that a friend sent to the cabin as an onboard gift. I also went and tried a Turtles cupcake which was so yummy. They were also running a cupcake making class and had a friend do that and made a cupcake that looked like a hamburger and fries and saw one class making a lion cupcake. Not sure of the price but I thought it was about $10. but don't quite me. We dined at Giovanni's table and I was disappointed in parts of it. We had received a bottle of wine from my travel agent in the cabin. We decided to bring it to the restaurant and fully expected a corkage charge. The waitress was not sure how to proceed so she went to the manager to question him. He came over to our table and in an accusatory voice asked us how we managed to bring a bottle of wine from home. He said that it is not allowed and we should not have done that. I told him that I am well aware of the rules and we would not do that and that the wine was a gift from their wine selection for us from a TA. He then said he would have to charge us a corkage fee of $12.00 The menu is served family style here. We selected the antipasto plate, focaccia bread and a caesar salad. There were 3 of us dining. We then chose two pastas to share and both of these courses were very good. I chose the garlicky shrimp which was very mushy and the potatoes undercooked. When asked how our meal was I did tell the waitress but she basically said nothing...onto dessert.. DH picked the best IMO the tiramisu. We dined inside the restaurant not outside and found it very noisy and difficult to have a conversation and very dark. We all had trouble reading the menu in fact we watch a gentlemen stand up and go to the brightly lit hall by the kitchen to read his menu. As we left the restaurant the manager was at the front desk and did not even lift his head to say goodbye, or hope your meal was good and /or thanks for coming. I will chock it up to inaugural glitches to work through but this manager did not impress me at all with his impersonal style. This is the point that I really missed Portofino and the reason I only gave dining a 3.5 WOW Chef's Table ~ 3.5 WOW Not something for everyone. First the cost is $75.00 per person which includes wine pairings along with a signed cookbook from the Chef and an apron. It is a multi course dinner paired with 4 wines including a dessert wine. I have the menu list if anyone is interested but I am sure the menu changes. This venue seats only 14 people at a large table and has to be reserved ahead of time.I managed to email the Specialty Dining at RCI and got a reservation for Day 4 of the cruise. It was confirmed via email and of course I brought the hard copy with me. When I was on the ship I went to Guest Relations for another matter and asked about the Chef's Table and if I simply show up at 7:30pm at the Concierge Club. She checked for me and a good thing she did cause they were not showing me with a reservation. I went to get the confirmation I had and it was taken care of. I received the invite in the cabin and it said to meet in the Library at 7:15pm. The sommelier came to meet us and asked us what we would like to drink and then we were escorted into the Concierge Club to the second level up the winding staircase. A very nice venue. The table is set for 14 and has a very interesting piece of artwork over the table that also doubles as the chandelier. It has forks, knives and spoons on the fixture. The sommelier comes out to the head of the table to tell us about the wines he is about to serve. The chef also does this to explain the different courses and how he has prepared them. The dinner was very good. I am not sure if it is worth the $150. I have done other similar dinners one was a Savor Lunch on Explorer which was in my opinion the best out of the 3 I have done. I also tried the wine pairing dinner in Portofino on Mariner this past April. I just found the experience a bit too formal. Glad I tried it though and so far my favourite has been the Savor Luncheon on Explorer in Portofino. I think you are better off to dine at 150 Central Park and order a couple of bottles of wines that you like. There was another couple who had booked it and their name was not on the list so I think they are still working out the kinks as far as bookings go for this. New Things ~ 5 WOWS Of course the wayfinding is a great feature. This touch screen not only can help you find your way to your cabin but to a venue, shows the compass and also the availability of restaurants telling you how full they are at the moment. Also loved the new Photo section and the way to claim all the photos on board. On your seapass card is a photo #. They have about 26 or so towers and a binder in that tower that is your binder and it is indicated on the seapass card. They use photo recognition to print out the photos and simply slot your photo into the binder. No searching for hours for photos. They did have a few photos on the wall to look through like the zipline photos since you have a helmet on and you must take all eyewear off and all jewelery when ziplining. Some of our photos ended up in our friend's binder. When we boarded we took a group photo so I am thinking that is how it got slotted into their binder. You can also view your photos on the computer screen by swiping your card. Very good idea and saves more precious time so you can see more of this amazing ship. On the TV in your cabin you can also view your calendar as to what you have booked for a certain evening and of course the usual your seapass account. Live the Oasis GAme show is a new game show and you get to solve clues and play the game. You are tested on trivia and your knowledge about the Oasis and learn insider secrets. They sell a Live the Oasis guide book which helps you explore the ship. Live the Oasis is a brand new activity that helps you explore the ship, solve clues and enter the game show on the last day. I just bought the book full of facts about the ship as a souvenir. They are sold at On Air Live in the Royal Promenade just before 10;30am. Ports of Call/Itinerary ~ 4 WOW's Did not like that the last day on the ship was a port day. We did not arrive into Nassau until 1pm and sailed at 7pm. This meant that I spent a couple of hours doing some packing in the morning. It also means that if you have not purchased souvenirs and gifts by now the shops are closed during the time in port. It meant alot of last minute stuff for passengers to do in the evening hours. St Thomas was a good day as we decided after some research to check out a different place. Having been to St Thomas numerous times we took a ferry to Water Island the smallest of the USVI. Since we were docked at Crown Bay the marina to take this ferry is a 5 minute walk away and the ferry ride is $10. return pp. We rode over with awesome view os Oasis from the water. We then walked to Honeymoon Beach about a 10 minute walk. The water there was so calm and warm and crystal clear. It was a very enjoyable 3 hours. Here is a link http://www.vinow.com/waterisland/ Also here is video of what it looks like http://www.jxym.com/node/1062 I had a very interesting experience in St Maarten. As I got off the water taxi in the centre of Philipsburg I was greeted by a local school boy in uniform asking if I was on the Oasis of the Seas. I told him I was and then the rest of his grade 6 classmates with paper and pen in hand ready to ask me all about the amazing Oasis of the Seas. They wanted to know what there was to do and when I started to mention surfing and ziplining they just ooohed and aaahed. They took notes and I stood with them all around me asking questions for about 10- 15 minutes. The 3 teachers were with them and then they asked if they could look at photos on my camera. I asked for their emails and I plan on sending them some interior shots of the ship. Many expressed a desire to go on such a ship. Their last request was to have me take a photo of the whole class with the Oasis of the Seas in the background. What a delightful experience and a wonderful memory I will take with me. Their smiling faces and enthusiasm was contagious. I wanted to take each of them with me to show them the ship in person. Disembarkation ~ 5 WOW's you now disembark by numbers not colours. I happened to get #58 one of the last numbers to be called. My flight was not until 1:30pm out of FLL. I watched from my balcony many cruisers using the Express departure and I could see them leaving at 6:15am. My number was called at 8:50 and in 25 minutes I had left the ship, collected my luggage and was in the shuttle on my way to the airport. The luggage is now piled under the number sign in the terminal. After you have collected your luggage you line up in between the yellow divider tape and realized as NON US citizens we could stay to the left and walk right on through to special agents for the non US citizens. The signage in this new terminal is very good in pointing out which way to go for shuttles, taxis. It was a breeze for us. Lots of direction too when you got outside. Some random thoughts & things I wrote down ~ Casino has non smoking sections. Also only bar in the Royal Promenade that had smoking from what I could see was Boleros. ~ only one zipline per cruiser (for the time being) best to sign up for you time early in the cruise Yes I tried the zipline and it was a blast :) ~ as a Canadian I highlighted my Setsail pass to have my credit card company do the conversion and for the very first time in all my cruises they got it right....yippeee ~ Security in St Maarten did not allow my husband to bring his half empty water bottle back on the ship. He either had to drink the rest of it or get rid of the bottle. Many security check points and were asked 4 times to see our seapass card. The only time we were asked for photo ID was in Nassau. ~ Beach pool had salt water and the rest had fresh water. ~ you have to check out the cantilevered hot tubs...loved those ~ okay for you Henry lovers..he is alive and well and living on Oasis ~ ride on the carousel was enjoyed. ~ no issues with crowds and lots of availability of deck chairs. I am sailing on a B2B in October on this incredible ship and happy I will have a second chance to check out all the things I did not get a chance to experience. I will be in a Boardwalk balcony close to the aft. I still liked the Royal Promenade the best followed closely by Central Park. Central Park was so nice and quiet and serene. Many times I asked the older more experienced and mature cruisers who perhaps had been cruising for decades how they liked this ship. All of them said they loved it not one of them saying it was too big or did not have a ship feel to it. This surprised me and is testament to the innovation and the amazing things RCI has put on this ship. No crowds and yes we were not at full capacity so will be paying attention to that on my October sailing which is almost sold out. That will be a good comparison. I never said WOW so many times in my whole life as I made my way around this ship. Well done RCI If you have any other questions just ask away. I am more than happy to answer them. To those going on Oasis in the coming months I hope you have as good a time on this beauty as I did Happy Cruising :) Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Overall, this was a good cruise. I would not hesitate to book this ship again, if the price were reasonable. Some things that I liked: • The ship did not feel crowded at all; it was very easy to get around, thanks to interactive ... Read More
Overall, this was a good cruise. I would not hesitate to book this ship again, if the price were reasonable. Some things that I liked: • The ship did not feel crowded at all; it was very easy to get around, thanks to interactive maps located throughout the ship. • The pool deck was nice, there were plenty of pool chairs available, and the pool area was not overly crowded. • Embarkation and debarkation were both easy. • There were more free dining options compared to the Liberty of the Seas, such as the Park Cafe, which I enjoyed. Things that I did not like: • The layout of the room was akward; the room seemed smaller than to comparable rooms on the Liberty. • While there was plenty of storage space available in the room, it was hard to utilize. The closet space was hard to access. • Some of the shows were canceled, and it was very difficult to change reservation times/days once on board due to many shows already being booked up. Embarkation was great. It went very smooth and quickly. We boarded deck 5, Royal Promenade, which was was very impressive. It is similar to Liberty of the Seas' promenade, but larger. The rising tide bar looks very neat, although I did not try it. The ship is beautiful. Public spaces were gorgeous, and I enjoyed the many art pieces. It was very easy to get around with touch screen computers located throughout the ship. The computers provided cruise compass info, maps, and directions to your stateroom, among other things. Muster Drill The muster drill took place in a lounge. It was great. No more wearing life vests. Central Park Central Park is quiet. It really is beautiful, and the plants are lovely. Boardwalk Boardwalk is very lively. There were several family activities that were hosted by Adventure Ocean staff which took place here, such as face painting and games. Cabin We had an inside L cabin. The configuration of the closet was a little weird. The sofa sleeper was right in front of the closet door which made it difficult to access the closet, especially with the sofa bed out. Bathroom I really liked the bar in the shower; it makes shaving legs so much easier. I did not like the soap tray in the shower, shampoos and things kept falling out of it. There are several hooks in the shower; a hanging shower organizer would have been helpful here. Activities- Zip Line I did the zip line. It was very difficult to get a reservation. I had to sign up several days in advance, in order to go the last day of the cruise. I noticed people being turned away at desk as there were no more spaces available. I probably would not do the zip line again. It was a unique experience, but not worth the lengthy time that it takes to get harnessed and ready to go. It lasts maybe only 30 seconds or so. Flowrider I used the flowrider several times during this cruise, and also did private lessons. There were never long wait times when I was at the flowrider. One Flowrider was used for surfing and one for boogie boarding. Private lessons were great. The sports staff was very helpful. Entertainment I had reservations for all of the shows prior to boarding, but wanted to change some of the times. I found it very difficult to change my reservations once on board, as many of shows were sold out for the entire cruise (such as the Aqua Theatre show). I originally had Oasis of Dreams booked for the first night, but it was canceled due to technical difficulties. They offered a show the next night, but I could not attend due to a Flowrider lesson. The show was completely booked for the entire cruise, so I did not get seats. Many people, including me, watched the show from the deck above (in front of rock wall). There were so many different entertainment options that I was not able to see everything that I wanted to see in the 4 days. I did manage to see the Ice Show and Hairspray. Hairspray was good. The ice show was similar to the one of the Liberty of the Seas. Dining Dining Room I had My Time dining, and ate in the dining room every night. There were often lines to make reservations. It would be nice to be able to make reservations before the cruise, similar to how reserbations can be made for the speciality restaurants, but I did not see that option available. With the exception of the last night, I thought that the quality of the food was quite good, it was better than what I expected. I had different waiters each night, and some of them were really good, while others were not so good. Park Cafe was very good. They had made to order sandwiches, salads, and Panini's, all at no additional charge. I did not eat at any of the surcharge restaurants, so I cannot comment on those. Crowds The Oasis did not feel crowded at all. I found that the lines were shorter on the Oasis compared to the Liberty of the Seas, probably due to the many options available on the Oasis. The Windjammer was small but did not feel crowded, and it was easy to find a table. Pool Deck The pool deck was nice. It was not crowded. H2O Zone was nice, again no crowds (although I did not see many kids on board, probably due to the time of the year). The solarium was great. I enjoyed the cantilevered whirlpools, and liked the fact that there were now flat screen TV's above them. Labadee I have been to Labadee before but not after the renovations. It is great. The pier is very nice, no more tendering! It was a breeze to get on and off the ship. Several areas were expanded, and there were additional areas to eat. Debarkation I choose late debarkation, as I had a late flight. I ate breakfast in the Windjammer before leaving at about 8:30. It was not crowded, and debarkation was prett Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
This cruise had a special meaning for us. Our 20th anniversary and my birthday all wrapped into one. We have been sailing with Royal Caribbean for many many years. And we have had good and not so good experiences. Well this one was ... Read More
This cruise had a special meaning for us. Our 20th anniversary and my birthday all wrapped into one. We have been sailing with Royal Caribbean for many many years. And we have had good and not so good experiences. Well this one was fantastic! Check in was awesome and fast. The waiting area was a bit disorganized but we were ok with that. Once we got on the ship we were taken aback. She was beautiful. Champagne there for us and music. We found our own way to our rooms, didn't need anyones help with that. The room was decorated for our anniversary. I was sooo excited. The room was nice sized, great shower, no leaking (lol). We were completely happy with our stateroom with a balcony. Our room attendant was always helpful never disappointed. Dinner was awesome, we had the 2nd dining time. Our waitress and asst. waitress were fantastic! The food was amazing. Never disappointed. We didn't see much of the entertainment. But hey, I really enjoyed The Nelson's tribute to Ricky Nelson. And the Aqua Theater Oasis of Dreams was just breathtaking. The back of the ship was NOT too windy and as I have read, my golf ball never blew away anywhere. Though, I wouldn't want to dive from those platforms. But that is just me. Hairspray was sooo fun. Ok sooooo all in all we had a fantastic time. Thank you Royal Caribbean for a special cruise on a special ship. We can't wait to come back! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Normally I haven't liked the larger ships - too crowded, too impersonal, and as I stated before, the Radiance class was "just right". However, I must admit that I loved the Oasis. Tons of things to do, lots of food options, ... Read More
Normally I haven't liked the larger ships - too crowded, too impersonal, and as I stated before, the Radiance class was "just right". However, I must admit that I loved the Oasis. Tons of things to do, lots of food options, and I never felt crowded. Even the zip line and the flow-riders never were too busy. The crew had the scheduling of events almost down to a science. I especially liked the pre-booking of on-board activities, but that fits my personality where other who my want to fly by the seat of their pants may find that disturbing. Technically speaking, the Oasis was marvelous. From the beginning - Check in was great. As a diamond member, we were met outside of the check-in area and escorted to a separate area for priority check-in. There was a separate area for suite and diamond members, but we chose to mingle with the "Critter" group from CC. Once on board, we were greeted with champagne, and the promenade was so phenomenal, that we simply got lost in it all. I don't mean lost in the sense of not knowing where we were, the interactive maps outside of most elevators ensure that no one could get lost. What a technical advance over the other ships. NO LIFE JACKETS for the muster drill. We mustered in specific locations such as the Aqua Theater, or one of the cafes, and assuming you got there early enough, you could sit during a video presentation of emergency procedures. Event Scheduling - We had booked many of our on-board events prior to embarkation. Highly recommend that everyone plan to do that as well as many event booked up quickly. However, the event scheduling ON-BOARD was handled very efficiently. The nightclubs were used by the staff during the days to handle to reservation requests. Additionally, one could use the interactive TV to set up events. One drawback was when a show was canceled and you tried to reschedule it, the interactive TV thought that you had already attended or still had one scheduled for a future date. While on the interactive TV system, it was very convenient to be able to look at your personal schedule each day. Unfortunately, you could only ADD activities, not cancel them. On the Oasis, they changed the format of you daily compass. Now the compass had a separate afternoon and evening schedule. Again a nice feature. They also published on Day #1 a daily planner for the entire trip. This was great, especially if you wanted to plan your schedule so that you didn't miss a particular event such as the Quest or the Love & Marriage game. 5 Stars to event planning. Central Park - we had a cabin on the 8th deck and every evening my wife and I would stroll through the park. AWESOME. They even piped in some bird and cricket sounds. My DW doesn't want to stay on any other deck now. The only downside of Central Park is that some of the vegetation is not being maintained as well as it should. Many of the poinsettias were brown and needed pruning, but aside from that, the flowers and plants were lovely. Boardwalk - I yearn for one of the AquaTheater Suites. Their balconies are amazing, and the entire boardwalk area was fascinating. However, I understand that the ATS pale in comparison to even a Grand Suite insofar as the living space. The entertainment was the best I've seen on RCCL, though I must admit that the Nelson brothers were a little weak. "Hairspray" was super, the aqua show, though compressed due to equipment issues, was very good, and show "Come Fly With Me" was out of this world. Another plus was NO PARK WEST AUCTIONS. There was an art store on board, but that was very low key. Also BINGO was not over played either. All-in-all the cruise director's staff was great. However, the cruise director himself, Ken Rush, was very disappointing. Talk about a narcissistic personality - it was the "all about me show" anytime he was around. I'm glad he won't be on board when we sail on the Oasis again in April - yes we're sailing on her again. I do not recommend "My Time Dining" due to the fact that there are so many alternate food options, you almost feel that you're throwing your gratuities away. Out of the 12 days aboard, we only ate in the dining room 3 times. Rooms were a bit smaller. We were in a GS for the first 4 days, and then in a JS for the last 7. The GS was very nice, and the balcony was well appointed. Whereas the JS was very tight in the bath area and the balcony was bare. The room steward for the GS was great, but the steward for the JS was one of the worst we've had. As a side note, the service we received as a diamond member of the C&A Society was significantly different when we were in the GS as compared to when we were in the JS. While not quite a 2nd class citizen, I certainly felt that we were not given the level of attention that was warranted or expected when booking a suite while in the JS. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Our first live view of Oasis was from several thousand feet up on an Air Tran 717. It was amazing, and even more so about half an hour later as we pulled up to the terminal. They really do build incredible. Pictures and live shots do not ... Read More
Our first live view of Oasis was from several thousand feet up on an Air Tran 717. It was amazing, and even more so about half an hour later as we pulled up to the terminal. They really do build incredible. Pictures and live shots do not do this ship justice. Seeing is believing! We were fortunate to be on the naming ceremony cruise. Check in was incredibly simple. For the one night we stayed in a Boardwalk Balcony and had great views of the ceremony. Seating was open in the Dining Room and we enjoyed a great meal with a fabulous dessert presentation. Since we were staying on, we were required to meet in the Dining Room the next morning with other back-to-backers. We were escorted off in small groups and led to check-in. There was only one slight problem here, but it did not ruin our cruise in any way. When we checked in the previous day, the worker in the terminal told us we would be staying in the Boardwalk Cabin for the 4 night cruise. He was mistaken. We were given new Sea Passes for our Ocean view balcony, which we also loved. Our only problem was that we had unpacked completely since we were told this would be our cabin for the entire 5 nights. The Boardwalk cabin was already booked, so we turned this into an advantage by getting our stuff moved down the hall to the new cabin before anyone else was allowed in theirs, which is usually 1:00pm. We then set out for lunch and more exploring of the Oasis. Food: We absolutely loved the Park Cafe. Fresh and delicious, both for breakfast and lunch! It was never crowded when we were there, which was a lot! The salads could really become a habit if you enjoy them, and the breakfast paninis are incredible. We ate in the Windjammer twice for breakfast only. It was good and plentiful. One morning we ate breakfast in the dining room and were not really impressed. The food wasn't as fresh as it could be. We ate nightly in the dining room. The menu hasn't really changed at all, and we enjoyed our favorites. We booked one specialty restaurant this trip, Giovanni's Table. It was really nice to be able to go to lunch there and the $10 surcharge is well worth it. We also enjoyed the pizza from Sorrento's and the sandwiches from the Cafe Promenade. Cabin: Even though all balcony cabins are the same size, the Boardwalk Balcony cabin seemed smaller. The closet being directly to the bed seemed to cut off the room. In the D5, the couch was next to the closet and that seemed to give the illusion of more space. We found the storage to be plentiful for the two of us. The outlet is underneath the vanity, which we liked. Not so much clutter on top that way with cords, etc. The beds were very comfortable and the decor tasteful. The bathroom is pretty much the same, just newer! Entertainment: It was so wonderful to be able to reserve this online prior to our cruise! We decided to see the Ice Show and the Aqua Theater Show. They scan your sea pass card and you go find a seat. There is a separate line for those with no prior reservations. Both shows were fantastic! I also heard great things about Hairspray, so there is plenty to see. The night of the naming ceremony we went to the Comedy Show. It was pretty good for the first time out. Blaze is not to be missed afterward. They have great music going in there until very late. The nightclub in the Solarium is outstanding too. Great people watching! We made a good donation to the casino this cruise as well, which was very large. Labadee: This was our first trip here and we loved it! The zip line is something everyone should try at least once. It was a terrific and relaxing day and we can't wait until we return there in June next year. Crew: Very nice and very willing to please. Always a "good morning" and friendly smile. The Captain and the CD were very visible throughout the cruise. Cruise Critic: We had a very large group of Critters on this sailing and it was great to meet everyone from online. A Meet and Mingle was arranged, but there was a miscommunication with RCI. We were unable to go to the second meeting that was the "real" M&M. We are trying to figure out a time to cruise again on Oasis or Allure with our two teenagers. They would absolutely love this ship as they usually cruise with us and love it as much as we do! It's a fantastic ship and we found it very easy to get around. The keel of Oasis was laid on my birthday in 2007, and I was glad to celebrate this year's on board this amazing ship! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Hello Everyone! Back from Oasis of Seas Inaugural and its taken me a few days to catch up on things as my daughter also arrived this week home from college in Florida. But, I wanted to post a trip review for all of you so here goes: ... Read More
Hello Everyone! Back from Oasis of Seas Inaugural and its taken me a few days to catch up on things as my daughter also arrived this week home from college in Florida. But, I wanted to post a trip review for all of you so here goes: Pre-Cruise- We left BWI on Thursday and arrived at the airport only to find our flight out delayed ...but it wasn't a long delay and soon we departed and headed to ATL- our first stop, from there we headed to FLL., and arrived at approx. 3pm. We checked in at the LaQuinta- overall a good place to stay but it does need some renovations- the elevators took a long time and creaked every time it closed...kind of scary. The rooms were adequate but sure nothing fancy, although beds were fairly comfortable. I don't think I would stay here again though. I was not feeling tooo well- my stomach was acting up. Perhaps it was just all the anticipation of the upcoming cruise but I just rested up the rest of the day. We met up with friends of ours the next day who were also staying there and going on the Inaugural with us- it was so nice to see them again- we had met them on our Freedom Cruise. We decided to take a walk and within a short distance was a nice shopping area with several food places- TGIF, Red Lobster and a few others. Friday evening we had our pre-cruise dinner and 21 of us came, it was great and it was at Sal's Italian Restaurant- rt nearby our hotel- The meal was fantastic!! Some of our gang though said it was hard to find and arrived a little late but what the heck we were on vacation and about to have the most exciting vacation of our lives!!! Embarkation Day!!! We arrived at the port at 9:05am- yes I was one of those early birds!! I just couldn't stand to be there later and I was so looking forward to getting my first glimpse of ship- which when we did I just cried. All the emotion and planning of the last 2 years was just so emotional when I saw her for 1st time. My DH and daughter were laughing they just thought it was so funny. Oh well. We were allowed to check in 9:30am and it only took like 10 min. and we were headed upstairs. We were given yellow oasis inaugural bags along with planner for the week. Already free gifts- I liked that alot! We headed up escalator and took our seats. There ended up being over 600 passengers who were doing the B2B and so they headed to a spot in the terminal near us. Then the long wait to board began.....we found out later that there were people still on the ship that had refused to get off- as they were apparently told that they didn't have to get off if they were on the b2b which was not true. The ships' manifest HAS to read 0 before embarkation can begin. It took awhile, but we were FINALLY able to board about 1245pm after all the diamond +, diamond and platinum members boarded. We enetered mid ship on the Royal Promenade and our mouths just dropped to the floor!! Yep, I cried AGAIN!!! It was just beyond words and so beautiful!! We were handed a glass of champagne and welcomed warmly onboard by the staff. Stateroom Accomodations- We had a D1 balcony on hump and there were 3 in our party. Myself, DH, and 12 yr old daughter. The room was a bit smaller that I had anticipated and it really was a tight fit for the 3 of us. Since my older daughter couldn't join us I decided it would be ok to have Rachel- my 12 yo just take the sofa bed. It worked but I would never do it again. The room was lovely though- beautifully appointed furnishing and bed sooooo very comfy and I slept great all week. The bathroom very tiny but again you just have to make it work and we did. Our balcony was big and very nice and we enjoyed coffee and breakfast out there every morning. Our views were simply incredible and amazing. Ship Itself- The ship is simply incredible- it is a huge ship but the way they have the areas appointed make it very cozy and comfortable. I never once felt crowded or closed in and just loved the 7 neighborhoods...my favorite has to be Central Park- it is simply breathtaking and was all decorated with live poinstettias for Christmas!! On this neighborhood you will find 150 Park Fare- which we decided to cancel our reservation for due to the limited menu and opted for Giovanni's Table- The meal was very good but I don't think I would eat here again..it is served family style and it just didn't have the charm or atmosphere like Portofino's has!! Just my opinion. There is also Chops Grille- and we also ate here our last night---it was simply incredible and fantastic!!! We did have some problems with our reservations--we had reserved online prior to our cruise and when we cancelled our reservation for 150 Park Fare- the computer system cancelled ALL our dining reservations!! They do need to get this worked out but for us, it was fixed promptly. The Boardwalk and Aquatheatre areas are great as well and when you enter there you really do get a sense of just how big the ship really is. The pools were also very colorful and very fun. THe beach pool was by far the most popular and most crowded. Our cruise critic group organized a zipline challenge and we all got to try this and it was alot of fun!!! Ports- We enjoyed our time in St. Thomas- went to Coki Beach- which has some of the best snorkeling we have ever seen and the most beautiful stretch of white beach as well. In St. Maartin- we went with ships excursion to Orient Beach and this was just as beautiful. We had an amzing lunch and our tour guide was simply fantastic giving us lots of local information on the island and such. We did some shopping before heading back to ship. In Nassau, however I had a major problem....when we left the ship my DH was in front of me and I in back...I was walking on the pier and I did not see this huge cinderblock in front of me due to all the people and I tripped over it falling and landing face first on the concrete. At first I thought I had broken my nose...there was a lot of blood and I was so scared. My husband quickly called for help and in minutes I was back on the ship getting 3 stitches in my nose - but luckily nothing was broken...just had a bad fall and scraped up my leg pretty bad. I am healing now and we just stayed on the ship after all that. THe medical facility though is incredible and very much advanced with the latest technology. I got to see that first hand. Dinner Experience- Our waitor and asst waitor were the best and our meals we really enjoyed. There were some nights that the food tasted better but overall we thought the quality of the food was very good. Our service also was quite good as well and were very pleased. They really do work hard and go out of their way to make your dinner experience the best it can be. Everyone had a smile and was just as pleasant as could be. Debarkation- The debarkation process went very smoothly although they were behind schedule a bit. There is no more colored tags...they go by number now and were were supposed to have been in the 7:30-7:45am group but didn't leave till almost 8:30am. But, it was all good we were in no hurry. We had planned to stay 1 extra day in FLL and so we headed back to the LaQuinta for our last night stay. It worked out well...we all got to rest and catch up on some sleep and arrived safely home the next day. Final Thoughts This ship is simply incredible and just beyond words. When we left and were walking down the gangway off the ship I turned around and cried again!! Yes, I am a huge softie I know but it truly was a trip I will never forget. We had received a special gift every night-and that was really a special treat not to mention everything we were able to see and do. My only regret is that my oldest daughter couldn't be there to share it with us. We would love to plan another trip with her....perhaps once she graduates from college. I highly recommend the ship and the minor things that went wrong can easily be fixed. The shows were amazing and a true joy for all of us. I can't wait to begin planning for our next trip!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Oasis of the Seas Inaugural Sailing December 5th - 12th 2009 # of Passengers on Inaugural Sailing: Approx 3,700 Embarkation: Embarkation was a mess. The check-in itself went very smoothly, from curb to check in with ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas Inaugural Sailing December 5th - 12th 2009 # of Passengers on Inaugural Sailing: Approx 3,700 Embarkation: Embarkation was a mess. The check-in itself went very smoothly, from curb to check in with seapass in hand was 10 minutes total. We arrived at the Pier at 11:35am. What happened next is where it all fell apart. Once we headed upstairs to wait to board we showed our seapass to the staff directing people and since we are Platinum we were sent across to the other side to "wait under the orange and white umbrellas". Well, what we didn't realize was that this was the special section for suite guests only. So we got to sit there with all the suite guests, and then had to wait for all suite guests, diamond plus, diamond and B2B cruises to board before platinums could board. It was very unorganized and chaotic; hopefully they will figure this part out. Boarding the Ship - First Impressions: We boarded the ship on deck 5 right onto the promenade right in front of the Rising Tide Bar and Guest Services. The Rising Tide Bar is a magnificent sight as you are boarding. We immediately headed to the dining room to change our dining from Main Seating to My Time Dining. This was accommodated quickly and effortlessly. We also bought our wine package at the dining room there. We then headed up to the Windjammer to check out lunch at the buffet. They had a great selection of lunch items but the Windjammer feels crowded and I felt like I was always dodging people as I navigated the food stations. Seating is plentiful if you head to the very aft of the Windjammer overlooking the sports deck and Boardwalk. We then strolled around the pool deck and headed up to the Solarium at the front of the ship. The solarium is terrific! They have these great cabanas you can use that are like beds. The pool in the solarium was really warm and there is the Solarium Cafe, which is like a mini Windjammer during the day, then becomes a specialty restaurant at night. We then headed down to the Spa and Fitness Center. The fitness center is so amazing; they have so many different pieces of equipment and some very high tech machines. The Spa is really nice and big also. Two small gripes though, they have no steam room or sauna in the locker rooms like on all other ships. The only steam room and sauna they have is in the Thermal Suite which you have to pay for ($30 pp for a day pass or $150 pp for a week long pass), and the Thermal Suite is tiny, they only had 4 hot stone loungers if I recall correctly. Next we headed out to check out the Boardwalk and the Aquatheater. The Boardwalk is a cool concept but I honestly think it's a lot of wasted space that won't be that popular. There is a build a stuffed animal shop, a candy shop, and a toy shop that were never busy. There is a doughnut shop that had OK doughnuts; they seemed a little too dry. The Seafood shack was never very busy and personally I don't think you get very much food for what you pay. Johnny Rockets is also out there, we ate their one night, again it was just OK, I would have rather ate at the dining room or Windjammer. Central Park was by far my favorite place on the ship; it really is a sight you have to see to believe. You don't feel like you are on a cruise ship at all, it really feels like you are strolling through a park with all the different restaurants and shops and places to sit and relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Stateroom: Our cabin was room 6668 on the starboard side of the ship right next to the elevators and stairwell at the aft. I HIGHLY recommend this location and this deck. Deck 6 is the lowest level of ocean view balconies and it is very convenient to everything. One deck down to the promenade and My Time section of the Main Dining Room, Two Decks up to the Central Park, Board Walk and Aquatheater is right around the corner outside and the Spa and Fitness Center is just a short-long walk to the front of the ship. The room we had was a D8 Ocean View Balcony room; the room feels smaller than on previous Royal Caribbean Ships. The closet is in an inconvenient location right by the couch (or bed depending on the room). The bathroom is really nice and feels a lot bigger because they have rotated the whole bathroom 90 degrees. The TV in the room is HUGE, like a 37" LCD flat screen which swivels out from the wall. The TV has lots of interactive options on it from menus, to shore excursions to restaurant availability, and much more. The room got very warm at night even with the A/C turned all the way down it was too hot to sleep with anything more than a sheet over me. But the beds are VERY comfortable pillow top mattresses. The pillows are very uncomfortable compared to other Royal Caribbean Ships I have been on; feather pillows were only available to suite guests so I suggest bringing your own pillow if you don't want a neck ache. Entertainment: The entertainment on the ship is incredible. All shows require you to have tickets reserved on your seapass card. They scan your card when you enter the venue to ensure you have a "ticket". The first night of the cruise we saw the aquatheater show "Oasis of Dreams" which was great. They do all kinds of high dives, synchronized dives, synchronized swimming, acrobatics and more. They did a great job on the show and I was always on the edge of my seat. After the show they did a water fountain show, similar to the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas. Hairspray is a 90 minute long version of the Broadway musical. It was simply AMAZING! Royal Caribbean went all out when they put this show together; I have never seen such a high quality show on board a ship. I would book the Oasis again just to see this show again. The third show is "Come Fly With Me" and is in the Opal Theater. This show is another great production which has a lot of aerialist and very technical aspects to it, kind of like a cirque du soleil show. Don't miss it. The comedy club on board had a few different comedians and they were very good as well, I suggest going to the 12:30am late night show for a good adult laugh. There is also an Ice Show called "Frozen in Time" in Studio B. We did not have a chance to get to it but I heard good things about it from others on board. Sports Deck Activities: The zip line was really fun, but a very short ride, nonetheless still very cool. You are only allowed to do the zip line one time during your cruise so make it count. Flow Riders (yep two of them) were fun as usual, I tried the stand up surfing this time and I actually could stand up on it for a little bit, but then did the fall of shame. They however, really need to put the divider up on the boogey board flow rider because the lines although short, took forever because all these kids would be up there doing all kinds of tricks and their turns would last like 2-4 minutes because they were so good so the lines moved very slowly. The mini golf course is fun and a lot of people made use of it. We did not do the rock climbing wall this cruise but they have two of them and they both looked great and had multiple levels of difficulty. Dining and Bars: They have a lot of work to do on getting their specialty restaurant reservations process worked out. We had a lot of issues with this. First issue was at Giovanni's Table, we went there at like 2pm to make a reservation in person. The guy checked the computer and confirmed us for 7pm that night. We later got a call at 5pm saying they would be unable to accommodate us that night. So we went and talked to the manager and he apologized and said he could get us in the next night. Next issue was with the 150 Central Park restaurant. We went there on Wednesday afternoon about 3pm and asked if we could get a reservation that night. The lady said they were full at the moment but she took our name down and told us she would call us and let us know if they could squeeze us in that night. We never got a call from them, so we went up there at 7pm and the restaurant was almost entirely empty. When we inquired at the desk they said that could not get us in that night and that they didn't have any record of us being on a waitlist. (Funny, since I watched the lady write it on their reservation list earlier that day). The Rising Tide Bar was very cool, it was never crowded and there were never lines for it. Sorrento's Pizza was very good as usual, and a new feature on Oasis is that you can create your own personal pan pizza. The Champagne Bar is beautiful and the Schooner bar is a great place as usual. The main dining room had great food as usual and the My Time Dining experience is my favorite on Royal Caribbean, they do a really good job with it. We had the same waiter every night and usually the same table. The entire deck 5 dining room is dedicated to My Time Dining. Debarkation: Debarkation went VERY smoothly, we actually were off the ship at the time they said we would be on the sheet of paper we got the last night of the cruise. We were off the ship at 8:45am and found our bags right away and went through customs like a breeze, they just collect the immigration forms from you and that's it. No waiting in long lines and going through the intense process where they swipe your passport, ask you questions, etc. We grabbed a taxi and were at the Fort Lauderdale airport to pick up our rental car by 9:20am. Overall it was by far my favorite cruise ever. The ship never felt crowded and we never had a problem finding a spot up on the Pool Deck. This may however have been due to the lower number of passengers on board. There ship is nearly sold out in January so time will tell how things go with a ship full of people. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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