3,742 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I was expecting a lot more out of Royal Caribbean. Especially after hearing how it would be from ppl that I’ve talked to. The ship itself was very nice. But the food was horrible in comparison to carnival. We only went to breakfast one ... Read More
I was expecting a lot more out of Royal Caribbean. Especially after hearing how it would be from ppl that I’ve talked to. The ship itself was very nice. But the food was horrible in comparison to carnival. We only went to breakfast one time in the main diner and didn’t bother going back after. The pancakes were like rubber. Didn’t have a lot to choose from and they had the same thing for breakfast everyday. On carnival I remember being able to get steak and eggs for breakfast and it was good. I was also expecting the customer service to be a lot better because of what I had been to by other ppl. It wasn’t any better than Carnival’s customer service. (Not saying that either was bad) One more thing is that my wife and I really like is the cruise directors from carnival. They actually make the cruise more fun. We hardly ever seen or heard from the cruise director on Royal Caribbean. On this particular cruise ppl got sick and we were forced to return a day early. And that wasn’t even the bad part of our cruise. It was everything above. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Even though almost 500 people came down with the Norovirus on our sailing, we had a wonderful time. It’s unfortunate that it happened. I feel for those that were sick and hopefully they recover quickly. The staff was amazing and worked ... Read More
Even though almost 500 people came down with the Norovirus on our sailing, we had a wonderful time. It’s unfortunate that it happened. I feel for those that were sick and hopefully they recover quickly. The staff was amazing and worked around the clock cleaning and disinfecting constantly. We were disappointed that we were not able to get off the boat in Falmouth Jamaica but it was the righ decision. They also made the right decision to turn around and go back to Port Canaveral. Royal gave every passenger a full refund on their cruise and a refund on gratuities and drink packages for the Saturday. Despite everything we were able to eat wonderful food, had awesome entertainment for free. Once they announced their were sick passengers, we avoided elevators, touching railings etc and the windjammer café and we’re constantly washing and disinfecting our hands. We will continue to cruise and be vigilant in washing our hands. We would not hesitate going on another cruise with Royal Caribbean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our first cruise. We went with 11 other people and were taken care of extremely well. I was impressed with how well the crew took the precautions to prevent any more passengers from getting sick. I was asked if this experience ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We went with 11 other people and were taken care of extremely well. I was impressed with how well the crew took the precautions to prevent any more passengers from getting sick. I was asked if this experience had deterred me from cruising again. This has no way going to keep me from choosing Royal Caribbean again. Our dinner Servers, Mohit and Ikemas were spectacular. We wanted for nothing! We had 2 babies and a 4 yr old with us and both of them had their fruit and milks waiting for them. Ewan stopped by each night to ask about our stay and if we needed anything. As we began the embarkation process, I couldn't believe what a "well oiled machine" this was process was. When we disembarked even with the issues on board the process was just as smooth. I will say that if you have a large group like we did, use a porter to get you to transportation. He saved us 45 minutes in line. Thanks again for the great time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail on one of RCI’s “Big Ones” and we only wanted three ports so we would have more time at sea to relax. The ship is awesome. Very well laid out. Although there were over 6,000 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail on one of RCI’s “Big Ones” and we only wanted three ports so we would have more time at sea to relax. The ship is awesome. Very well laid out. Although there were over 6,000 passengers we never felt crowded. We chose the dining that allowed us to eat at our discretion rather than choosing to eat at the same time and table every night. Our food and service were exceptional! I’ve been on almost 30 cruises and this ship nailed it in the dining/service category! We made reservations before we boarded and that saved us a lot of time waiting in line. We liked the Solarium area to relax and use the hot tub. Most of the time we could find two chairs there with no problem. It’s quiet and relaxing. Also, there is a Buffet there that doesn’t get too busy so that was very convenient. We went to two shows: “Come Fly With Me” and the Aqua show. Both were great. The comedy show was also great so all the shows we went to were well worth our time. We’re not “Cats” fans so did not go to that. We chose the Wave Runner excursion in Labadee and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide spent 15 minutes going through a safety video and making sure everyone was on board with the rules. On the water we had a blast!! I would highly recommend this tour. Labadee is very well laid out and has many different areas to spend your day in. The buffet on the beach was typical (burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken) but it was all good. Our cabin (#11278) was a standard balcony cabin. Arlene was our attendant and she was super!! Very friendly and efficient. FYI there are no outlets by the bed to charge your phone, as a matter of fact there was only one outlet in the cabin (not including the bathroom) and it was located on the desk. It was laid out fine and there is ample space If you use all the cabinets. Tyne only issue was the hair dryer was very weak. Of course, the cruise was badly affected when 500 people contracted the noroviris. We knew something was up when we went to the Windjammer for breakfast and everything was being served by crew members. We couldn’t even get our own water or butter. And the time and effort it took to clean and sanitize a table after someone left was considerable. In the dining room, the servers would sanitize the salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowl and the butter bowl. We arrived in Jamaica that morning and we sat there for about six hours before the captain decided to leave. He made an initial announcement about the delay about two hours after we arrived and made a few more before the big announcement and also that we were leaving. It was during this time he announced people had gotten sick from norovirus. Unfortunately there are many people who come on cruises knowing they’re sick and yet do nothing to stop it from spreading from themselves to others. So many people got sick and it could have been prevented by simple hand washing and practicing good hygiene. The norovirus was and is not the fault of the cruise line. It’s caused by people who don’t care about others. I felt RCI did a great job to try and contain the spread of the norovirus and seemed to have a plan in place from the onset. I commend them for the job they did. I know it doesn’t help those who got sick because their cruise was ruined but I feel it needs to be said that the cruise line did all they could. On the critical side of the review... We were unhappy with our couples massage. They asked us what we wanted and where they needed to focus but they still just did what they normally do. We felt like they didn’t really listen. Massages on the ship aren’t cheap so it would be nice to have them pay closer attention to the answers you give them at the beginning. We were disappointed that the free ice cream was only offered for a limited time during the day. We felt it should have been available until midnight for us late night snackers. Speaking of which, the food choices overall, outside the dining room and buffet after 8:00 pm were extremely limited. The pizza was good but if we didn’t want pizza all you had left to choose from were desserts and petite sandwiches that didn’t look very appealing, at the Cafe Promenade. I feel they could easily improve in that area. Overall we were very happy with the cruise, aside from the norovirus issue. We would definitely recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I don't usually write reviews, but I feel I have the duty to do so as a public service announcement before you spend your hard earned money and coveted vacation time. We are a family of four with teenaged children. We are both ... Read More
I don't usually write reviews, but I feel I have the duty to do so as a public service announcement before you spend your hard earned money and coveted vacation time. We are a family of four with teenaged children. We are both healthcare professionals and have extensively travelled all over the world. This was our 7th cruise, third with RCCL. Here is the review of the ill-fated Jan 6th cruise: First impression of the ship: It was dirty. This being our 7th cruise- first thing my children noticed was that nobody asked us to sanitize our hands entering the ship. A few steps in the ship, the glass counter on the watch display case in the center of the ship had so many fingerprints on- it looked like it hadn't been cleaned for days. I cannot remember seeing a display case with so many fingerprints anytime and anywhere in my life. In the room, the carpet was dirty and under the bed was a thick layer of dust. The bedding had an odour that wasn’t from a detergent. We both felt it smelt like a man who slept in the bed before. The sheets were obviously fresh, so we think it could have been coming from the duvet. Dining: Windjammer: Again the first few days, sanitary conditions lacking. Typical cruise ship cafeteria style with limited opening hours. Only went there for breakfasts and 2 lunches. Windjammer supposedly closes at 11 for breakfast. At 10:48, the supervisor comes around and barks aggressively “interrupt, interrupt, interrupt” over my head- as the guy on the other side of the counter was handing over a slice of toast to me. The guys then dutifully and frantically start putting away the trays and literally pulling the food right from under your hand. Similarly, they start closing the sliding doors to the cafeteria as though a vault is closing. Dining hall: the food served in the main dining hall in the evening is at best mediocre. Essentially the same menu is served every night with the exception of the lobster night. I think this is done to encourage people to try the specialty restaurants, as they get sick of getting the same awful food night after night. Unfortunately, RCCL doesn’t realize people will stop coming to your cruises after you push the boundaries of mediocre too far. Dear RCCL: If we paid thousands of dollars on the flight, hotels, transfers, and cruise ship, we can afford a slice of bread to feed ourselves. We are not a charity case where you think you can pull away a slice of bread at 10:48! And your cafeteria operation is not space shuttle take off- where you must “interrupt” with such panic due to a malfunction! Furthermore, your crappy cafeteria food is not a precious vault where you have to close it with such vengeance to passengers who paid pretty penny for this vacation! It is offensive. Labadee, the first and only port the ship stopped at: The private RCCL beach property---We rented a pricy cabana at the far end of the property, which was nice. The food is served in an open pergola- some chicken was BBQ’d on site, and some food was brought in from the ship. The major problem with this port, however, was the flies. There were literally thousands of flies on the food as it was being served. There is an open washroom area next to the food pergola and the flies are in both places. In all our extensive travels all over the world, I do not recall ever seeing this many flies on food being served ever! Unfortunately there is no other area to eat on this private property and so you either eat the food with flies or starve your children all day or you leave your pricy cabana and return to the ship. Dear RCCL: Do you know that flies are a major vector of infection spread? And do you know having flies that circulate between the toilets and the eating area next to it can spread gastrointestinal bugs and more? If you do, why do you keep serving the only food available under these conditions? If you can’t run a food-safe operation in Labadee, why don’t you allow people to take pre-packaged food off the ship instead? Or serve people brown-bagged lunch from the ship? The Norovirus outbreak: Needless to say, and not to our surprise, the next day after Labadee, we find a young child vomiting in the staircase as we were going up for breakfast. Suddenly, the staff was insisting on hand sanitizers. The communication was limited. The information given to us was not factual. The number of guests on board on the first letter sent to our stateroom was quoted as 9000 (it said 2% of 9000 people on board are sick)- However, it is my understanding the ship cannot have 9000 passengers even at full capacity. We were told on embarkation the cruise was not full and there were around 5400 on board. Their last announcement said 480 passengers were sick- but on the last day, judging from the sheer number of yellow stickers on quarantined rooms, I hardly doubt the reported number of 480 passengers was correct! The absolute worse: The ship crew was sent into absolute frenzy with RCCL version of “cleaning” which was beyond ridicules and, as a health care professional, I know it is ineffective. An army of workers with a bucket of dirty water and some kind of cleaning solution was sent around the ship to “clean” every surface. However, this crew obviously had no training on cleaning essentials. Watching the dirty water in the buckets being indiscriminately smudged on the rails, garbage cans, tables, mirror in the elevator, walls was truly repulsive. Water was dripping from the rails everywhere. One guy was assigned to our hallway to wipe all our stateroom handles- so he walked on the hallway with his rag and bucket every five minutes just pouring the dirty water and his dirty rag from one end of the hallway to next--- essentially transferring all the germ from one stateroom to next. Our next-door staterooms both had the virus- so they basically transferred their gems on their handle to our handle! Every time we needed to get in the room, the door handle was dripping wet with sticky fluid (which is the perfect medium for transferring infections). All the railing on the ship were sticky so bad that my elbow got stuck when I inadvertently leaned on one on the 15th floor. The garbage can tops, the railing, and the elevator buttons were cleaned with same rag and water. And then the same rag was used on the walls and mirrors of the elevators! This is how NOT to clean! The army of fluorescent yellow vest wearing crew with a dirty bucket and rag on hand without a clue or care as to what they were doing- in addition to another army pushing hand sanitizers every few seconds- gave an impression of 1- nobody knew what they were doing 2- we were institutionalized/ under captivity. Dear RCCL: I urge you to ask experts in infection control to teach you how to clean properly. Better yet, at no cost to you, watch a YouTube video on proper cleaning techniques and teach your crew. Have you ever been to a hospital where water was dripping from every surface? Does that even seem logical way of cleaning? Your so-called cleaning was deplorable, unprofessional, ineffective and contributed to your outbreak! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
First off I want to start by saying we were on the cruise that got returned to port a day early, were aloud off at Haiti, but were not aloud off at Jamaica and Cozumel. Started out as a smooth boarding process, nice, get on the boat and ... Read More
First off I want to start by saying we were on the cruise that got returned to port a day early, were aloud off at Haiti, but were not aloud off at Jamaica and Cozumel. Started out as a smooth boarding process, nice, get on the boat and our rooms are no where near our family as they were suppose to be in fact they arent even in the ballpark of close. But 2nd day we tries to make the best of a bad situation because I was suppose to have a room next to my parents so when our kids were asleep my husband and I might be able to check out the night life of the cruise. We get off at our first port Haiti which was beautiful I'd never been there before, had lunch had drinks it was a great time, get back on the ship and everything does a 180. Nero Virus. My son who was upstairs in the kids section got closed because kids were throwing up on everything, they closed the free play area so our 1 year old really didnt have anywhere to play other than on the floor which everyone was throwing up on. That night my husband and I also unfortunately got sick. Tried to give her to my mom who was not sick but my father , and grandmother were sick and they had not place for people who werent sick to go to sleep. Then our son got sick who is 5. So we had to stay in with him till he had clearance to go out of the room . Then our 1 year old got sick. We didnt even get to come out of the room to experience anything on the ship. Royal Caribbeans daycare after our son was cleared gave our sons Nike jacket to some other kid. Then on top of everything else mixed up the quarantine that was suppose to be on my daughter and put in on my sail and sign card, they would not let me off the ship with my kids and my family and I had all the medicine for her. From start to finish just a horrible experience. By the time you started feeling better someone else in your party started feeling terrible getting sick all over the place. Pick a place, fly to it. Go all inclusive and say yourself the wasted vacation days that you wont get back. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Norovirus hit the ship and got 7 of the 10 traveling with so sick, including a 1 year old and a 5 year old. The crew was doing what they could, it just wasn't enough. They gave everyone free movies and free room service, restricted to ... Read More
Norovirus hit the ship and got 7 of the 10 traveling with so sick, including a 1 year old and a 5 year old. The crew was doing what they could, it just wasn't enough. They gave everyone free movies and free room service, restricted to what the medical staff said they could eat. Room service was just overwhelmed. Our rooms were on the same level but not near each other. I walked on average 11 miles a day between getting food, gingerale, trying to pretend I dont speak English and smuggle crackers out of the Windjammer cafe. I only did that because room service was taking so long. They wouldn't let you take food from the buffet but did let you take it from the wipeout cafe, but they didn't have crackers. They did say they will be refunding the entire trip which is nice but we were celebrating several things on that cruise and those things were all ruined. It's an experience I will not soon forget and I doubt we'll be cruising again. John and Lloyd at table 714 were great for the few nights some our group made it to the dining room. The ship is simply too large. We made it to Haiti and had a great time on the zipline. The vendors there were too aggressive. I think if R.C. said to them back off and people will buy more it still wouldn't help. When we got back on the ship the 1st of our 7 got sick. We didnt think anything of it and the next morning there was a paper attached to our door saying 2% of people on board were ill and of anyone was experiencing symptoms to call medical. My husband called and was told it would be 3 hours before the nurse could get there. It was 7 hours. They wanted him to give them a stool sample and left cup. Happy anniversary to us. Our kids got sick later that day. Same thing with the stay in your room, etc. Nurse took even longer to get to them. Later that night at a show a woman threw up into a wine glass but it was more than the wine glass could hold so it got everywhere. Another man couldn't make it to the restroom and threw up all over the area in front of the elevators. When picked up my grandson at the ocean adventure (day care) vomit was in several areas. And even though the crew was cleaning and washing everything down I never saw 1 carpet cleaner, and I saw a lot of throw up in carpeted areas. Even writing this now is making me a little sick thinking about it. I also saw a little girl cut her elbow and get back in the pool. The staff was all over it and closed the pool down but that's how nasty people are... damn everyone else, I just want to do what I want. People were rude even before everyone was getting sick. Oh and on debarkation my 1 year old granddaughter (that got sick) was not medically cleared to leave the boat but they accidentally hooked that medical info to my daughter's sail and sign card. So they didnt let my daughter off the boat and told the rest of our party to keep moving. So it took some convincing but we said the sick baby was already off the boat. Then at customs it was clear they were not getting paid. They didnt even so much as check a bag or anything! Just "that's a passport alright, okay. Bye". Makes you feel warm and fuzzy doesn't it? Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
the staff of the oasis of the seas done so well when the virus was on the ship.They treated everyone so well we missed 2 ports of call as wasn't allowed off the ship as for the virus which couldlnt be helped. ... Read More
the staff of the oasis of the seas done so well when the virus was on the ship.They treated everyone so well we missed 2 ports of call as wasn't allowed off the ship as for the virus which couldlnt be helped. the staff were amazing I will still sail with royal carribean well done all entertainment was great ;cabin was brilliant,dining was1st class food couldn't fault it at all. I really enjoyed the cruise my daughter enjoyed herself aswell this was her 4th cruise as it was mine too. hoping to cruise again next year where too we havnt decided .as ive said once well done royal carribean for all you done . all drinks like cocktails I really enjoyed the staff are very good making them.we stopped at Labbadee which was nice port of call plenty to do the ship staff done food for all the people sailing which was 10 out of 10 very impressed looked after us all very well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My wonderful boyfriend had been on a cruise previously and was excited to be part of this adventure with me. It was my first time on a cruise. You do not have to get off the ship for anything! The food was delicious! the crew was friendly ... Read More
My wonderful boyfriend had been on a cruise previously and was excited to be part of this adventure with me. It was my first time on a cruise. You do not have to get off the ship for anything! The food was delicious! the crew was friendly and professional! the cabin overlooking central park was spotless and romantic! we could hear live music every day from the balcony or our cabin! The entertainment on the most part was excellent! except for Cats (which was boring!!). In the main dining room our wait team were friendly and accommodating as we don't eat meat or shellfish. They went the extra mile to make us feel at home!Thanks to Christopher and Tarin!!!( and the extra delicious bread daily!!) Even though there were 6000 other passengers it never felt crowded or hectic on the cruise! We always could find a place to sit by the pool or deck or dining areas at breakfast and lunch! The week previous to our departure from Port Canaveral, unfortunately the Oasis of the sea passengers were in an outbreak due to the norovirus!! When we arrived we were extremely impressed in how it seemed that all preventative measures had been taken to prepare for us. The whole week the crew went out of there way to keep the passengers healthy with sanitizer at every venue, restaurant and store! I work in healthcare and was impressed!!! My only other complaint was the coffee!!!Thank goodness for Starbucks on sale on the Royal Promenade deck! Can you not improve your coffee???!!! Many of us love a good cup of coffee a couple times a day! Our off shore experience with the Nassau glass bottom boat was not worth the money! The speaker system was horrible and you could hardly see anything where they stopped to look thru the bottom! By the way the rum punch seemed watered down as well.Oasis of the Sea if you have kick backs I think it is time you found a better company! All in all it was a fantastic week! Thanks to everyone that made our time enjoyable! Warm regards, A and P Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our first family cruise, and every single aspect of our trip, from embarkation to disembarkation, was phenomenal. Every single RC employee we came into contact with, from the janitorial staff, to the deck attendants and maître d, ... Read More
This was our first family cruise, and every single aspect of our trip, from embarkation to disembarkation, was phenomenal. Every single RC employee we came into contact with, from the janitorial staff, to the deck attendants and maître d, were pleasant, friendly, personable, and SO professional. Our balcony stateroom was immaculate, beautiful, bigger than we expected, and cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis. Our porter Gina was so cheerful and happy every single time we saw her, and she did an incredible job of helping to set the tone of our vacation. Last year we went to an all-inclusive resort, and we were curious about how the food with RC would compare. HUGE difference-and surprising considering that the all-inclusive was considerably more expensive. Every single bite of food we had on the ship was fresh, well prepared, and honestly delicious-particularly in the main dining room. The variety from night to night was perfect, every course of every meal came out quickly and was hot, tasted delicious, and amazingly somehow did not feel "mass prepared". We are picky eaters and were absolutely blown away by the quality of the food everywhere we went. Sorrento's was fabulous (and we're from Philly-we KNOW good pizza!), and we appreciated that fresh roasted vegetables were always available to go along with our pizza. Our waiter in the main dining room, Alberto, was one of our best memories of the trip-kind, pleasant, and SO attentive, as was his beverage assistant Iputu. The fact that he meticulously cut our 4 year old son's food up each night probably seems like a minor detail to your management, but it's those little details that completely elevated the whole experience for us. The delicious jerk chicken that was off menu that we were served on Caribbean night was also a great surprise! We had heard great things about the kids club, and were hoping our son would be comfortable enough for us to leave him there one night of the trip so we could enjoy a date night. After a private and very thorough Q&A meeting initially with one of the kids club managers (standard protocol for newcomers), we left him for about an hour on the 2nd day, hoping he'd be ok, since he's a bit shy at first. When we returned, he didn't want to leave! We ended up taking him every day of the trip-at HIS request! My husband and I got to have a date night almost every night of the trip after enjoying a nice family dinner together, which was wonderful and totally unexpected. The kids club was immaculate, and every staff member was friendly, warm, engaged, and remembered our child by name. The various activities and themes each night were SO fun for him and perfectly age appropriate. It was honestly the best surprise of the whole trip, and he's already asking about when he can go back :) The commitment to cleanliness everywhere we went on the ship was extremely impressive. While I'm sure that extra precautions were being taken because we happened to sail the week after the norovirus outbreak, our nerves were quickly put to rest. I recall a few evenings when we were heading back to our stateroom and the janitorial staff were literally washing down the walls in the hallway. The restrooms around the ship were completely spotless morning, noon, and night, no matter how busy. I can't recall even one instance when I walked in to a ladies room and there was a piece of trash on the floor-amazing considering just how many guests were aboard. The cleanliness and ease of use with regard to the pools and activities onboard were another awesome layer of our vacation. Pools rarely felt crowded, even on sea days, and the incredible number of lifeguards, pool attendants, and deck attendants really helped us to relax and enjoy. All of the equipment was in great condition, and the pool areas like the rest of the ship were constantly being cleaned. Common areas never felt crowded either, and we never had an issue with finding a place to sit. I'd be remiss not to also mention another excellent experience we had with the medical facility. Our 4 year old son was unfortunately running on the pool deck with some new friends and slipped and fell, and hit his head. Concerned about a possible concussion, we quickly rushed him down to the medical deck-but as soon as it happened there were no fewer than FIVE RC employees right there to assist us. We couldn't believe it. One of them escorted us to the medical deck, where we signed in and were immediately assessed by a nurse. After a 5 minute wait we were seen by a very sweet doctor who carefully examined our son and ran some tests. Thankfully he was completely fine, and we were met by a security manager who took a detailed account of the incident and then walked us back up to our spot by the pool, where he had me explain to him what happened AND took pictures of the area. Obviously good business sense on their end, as an issue like this could present a potential liability, but it was clear that they took the situation seriously and were so kind and caring. We could not have been more impressed with the way in which the incident was handled all around. The entertainment on the ship was fabulous. The performers were all obviously very highly trained, and the production value of the shows, particularly the ice skating show, far surpassed our expectations. Seating was ample, and none of the shows ever felt crowded. Lastly, a major highlight of our trip was membership in the Key program, which we purchased prior to the trip. We figured that in comparing the cost of the internet packages alone, that the Key program seemed worth the nominal upgrade-and we could not have been more right. Our welcome lunch at the specialty restaurant Chops Grille on the first day of our trip was an amazing way to start our vacation, and premier seating at all of the shows was great. The best part of this program came on the last day, when the ship felt the most crowded with everyone trying to figure out where to go to exit the ship. We followed the instructions and arrived at a thankfully EMPTY! hallway, that led to a beautiful private dining room we hadn't yet seen. I can't think of a better way to start a long day of travel than with a leisurely breakfast of filet mignon, eggs, and gorgeous pastries. At the end of our meal, we were personally escorted to a private exit, and it was truly a wonderful way to end the trip. Thank you Royal Caribbean, for your incredible commitment to doing the right thing as a business by consistently making decisions that put your customers first, and doing everything in your power to give your guests extraordinary travel experiences and memories to last a lifetime. My family and I had such a wonderful time that we booked our next cruise on the 5th day of our trip for next January, and we are counting the minutes already! THANK you, sincerely, for everything! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I chose Oasis because I had already been on Allure and it was good. This was also the closest port to my home and easiest to get to. The embarkation was a nightmare, with taking over an hour to get thru security. Once on the ship, they ... Read More
I chose Oasis because I had already been on Allure and it was good. This was also the closest port to my home and easiest to get to. The embarkation was a nightmare, with taking over an hour to get thru security. Once on the ship, they did not open the rooms until 2:15 p.m. Muster was also bad. We arrived 25 minutes early and were told to stand single file and must face forward. We were literally shoulder to shoulder in a line and were not allowed to move, because the ship staff member was trying to be a great authority on this whole thing. We had a 6:00 p.m. dining time each day pre-arranged, but the first night, we were escorted back to the elevators and taken to an upstairs restaurant. Every other night in the main dining room they failed to have our table and twice were sent to an already occupied table forcing us to stand in the center of the dining room until they envented a tablel for us. We never ate in the same area or had the same waiter all week. Drink prices were outrageous and food was very mediocre. At disembarkation, it seemed half the ship decided to get off with their luggage, with lines around the entire Prominade area for hours. Not a good experience on the Oasis and will not be using RC for vacations in the future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We along with 4 of our friends decided to try the Oasis of the Seas. We just happened to pick the week at the Nora Virus. Our trip was completely changed and not for the better because of the Nora Virus. There are so many things to list ... Read More
We along with 4 of our friends decided to try the Oasis of the Seas. We just happened to pick the week at the Nora Virus. Our trip was completely changed and not for the better because of the Nora Virus. There are so many things to list that I won't remember them all but let me say that the staff was so tired from all of their hard work cleaning the ship that they were either non-existent in helping you or could not muster up a smile or be friendly. We could touch nothing. Food lines were extremely long, no salt/pepper, creamer, butter, sugar left on the tables and everything had to be put on your plate after you asked for it. You could not get your own food, plates, napkins, utensils, drinks. Only 2 bartenders asked me on a 7 day cruise did I want a drink while laying out. The walls an handrails were sopping wet all week due to them cleaning them over and over. The smell of the cleaning product int the hallways was awful. Not much change in the menu from night to night. No shampoo in my room in the dispenser the first morning (didn't figure out until all ready in the shower). Called guest services... 20 minute wait. Ordered room service 2 mornings, both mornings, coffee was left off by mistake. The direct line on the phone to room service did not work the whole time. Mold in the bathroom shower. Towels were taken off the floor and put back on the rack folded. Towels were ripped. Cleaning products residue was left all over our bathroom mirrors, tv and walls. Told taxi in St. Thomas and St. Maarten were less than what they actually were. Shows and events were cancelled without telling us as the Compass was misprinted. There is no doubt in my mind that the staff was overworked and tired. I was tired for them but we paid a lot of money for this trip and it was VERY disappointing. I will say our room steward was very helpful answering questions as well as our dining waiters. We finally met a bartender on night 5 that was friendly and helpful. Other than that, it was a complete let down. The ship is gorgeous but way too many people trying to go to many activities. If you didn't get to a lounge at least 45 minutes ahead of the activity, you did not get a seat. It was like this every night from trivia to karaoke to dancing. I could go on and on but you get the idea. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise based on the variety of activities. We traveled with our adult children, their spouses, grandchildren, and our siblings. We usually cruise with Carnival, but wanted to try the big ship experience. We booked our ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the variety of activities. We traveled with our adult children, their spouses, grandchildren, and our siblings. We usually cruise with Carnival, but wanted to try the big ship experience. We booked our cruise through the Royal Caribbean website. The site leaves a lot to be desired, our account frequently locked and it was hard to navigate. Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 1:00 pm and were able to walk right in the ship without a wait. This was were the problems started. We did not receive our luggage until 9:00 pm. We received no help from our cabin steward who referred us to security. This meant that we spent our first dinner and show (cats) looking for our luggage. It mysteriously appeared at 9:00 with no explanation. Our cabin and also other members in our group arrived to dirty cabins. The sink in our bathroom backed up every time we used it. The door wall and mirrors were dirty when we arrived and looked the same when we left. There was mold in the track of the shower doors. They were stingy with towels and soap. Don't count on a bathrobe or liquid shower soap on this ship. We didn't even know they put towel animals on the bed until one of our family members mentioned they got one the last day. We booked a balcony room. The room was poorly laid out with a limited amount of closet and room storage. We brought additional clothes because of the lack of laundry facilities (Carnival has washers and dryers). You can send your laundry out for $37.50 for a small bag;. I would be afraid I wouldn't get it back. This ship experienced a Norovirus outbreak the previous week and put "level 3" precautions in place. The staff served all the food at buffets, coffee stations, pop machines, even salt and pepper for your food. I am fine with it, except that it led to huge lines for everything. I feel that additional staff should have been added to compensate for the precautions. The staff was not friendly and probably over stressed about the situation. The entertainment was the only positive of the trip. We took advantage of all the entertainment options and saw all the shows. We enjoyed the Central Park and Solarium areas. Disembarkation: We stood in line for an hour as we snaked through a line of at least a thousand people. We have always used the self serve option, taken our bags from our room and walked off the ship with out an issue. After we were in line for a half hour they decided to open up another exit. We were two ours late getting into port and with the wait to get off, we missed our airport shuttle and nearly our flight. Both my husband and brother got sick while we were on board. We are not sure if it was food poisoning, stomach bug, or a virus. We will not travel Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Loved the ports of call on itinerary. Warm and beautiful despite being January. Unfortunately this sailing was the one following the Norovirus outbreak...so we didn't have the usual cruise experience. People on their first cruise ... Read More
Loved the ports of call on itinerary. Warm and beautiful despite being January. Unfortunately this sailing was the one following the Norovirus outbreak...so we didn't have the usual cruise experience. People on their first cruise didn't know any different so it may have not been an issue for them. Until day 6 the staff had to serve at every buffet, and drink station, no salt and pepper shakers ( either to-go packets or they shook it for you), etc...it just kind of took away from the experience. Wishy Washy was everywhere and usually not optional. Staff was constantly wiping down handles, rails, walls, buttons, you name it... We have agreed the food in the buffet areas was better on the Independence of the Seas. However, we were pleased with the Main Dining room and rather than stuff ourselves with somewhat flavorless food throughout the day we ordered several starters, entrees and desserts or multiples of each! No complaints there! We chose to see Oasis of Dreams, Frozen In Time, Come Fly With Me and the headliner show ( Acapella group ReVoiced). All wereamazing! We opted out of Cats. Make sure you reserve your tickets in advance (usually soon after final payment is due). Additionally, make sure you also arrive at least 20 min before showtime just to get a seat! Every show was crowded. My daughter ( age 9) absolutely loved kids club and many times preferred going there over any other activity. It also made it easy to meet up with kids at the pool that she already knew. Disembarking was a complete mess...like it was their first time! We were supposed to disembark at 8:45. We ended up skipping breakfast and making it to the the designated floor before 8...only because the entire deck was full already! Lines were going everywhere and nobody knew where to go. Finally they made announcements and it was a mad dash...and was after 9 before we made it to customs. We had a great time and made the most of everything. QWe are already planning on another Royal Caribbean Cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Diving show was amazing. Olympians top notch. Shows were incredible. Food... excellent. Of course took advantage of many food options and gained weight. Lol. Beautiful ship. So much to do. Beds were comfortable. Clean and tidy. Staff ... Read More
Diving show was amazing. Olympians top notch. Shows were incredible. Food... excellent. Of course took advantage of many food options and gained weight. Lol. Beautiful ship. So much to do. Beds were comfortable. Clean and tidy. Staff aimed to please. I would recommend this ship to anyone. I’ll bring children next time. They are catered to. Ports of call were fun. Water aqua and clear. Pools were fun and clean. Mixed drinks amazing. Relaxing and refreshing. Loved it. Ready to go again. Central Park was full of trees and flowers and It was extraordinary. Boardwalk was impressive and great food. Promenade had great shopping and I spent too much but saving up to go again. Johnny rockets Had the best burgers and milkshakes ever. The aqua spa had smoothies to die for. You can choose any veggies and fruits and they’ll make fresh juice. Wow. I loved it. Planning my Next cruise now. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Do you like shopping malls? Do you not mind crowds? Do you not minding standing in line? If so, then the Oasis of the Seas might be for you. If not, you might want to look at another vacation venue. Overall, this was a slightly ... Read More
Do you like shopping malls? Do you not mind crowds? Do you not minding standing in line? If so, then the Oasis of the Seas might be for you. If not, you might want to look at another vacation venue. Overall, this was a slightly disappointing, average cruise. There were a few likes and several dislikes, but not enough for me to say that it was the worst vacation ever or the best vacation ever. Would I cruise with Royal Caribbean and/or the Oasis again, probably not. First, let's talk about the embarkation/disembarkation. This was a total mess of disorganized confusion and hordes of people. Both ways. The line getting into the cruise terminal was roughly 1/4 to 1/2 mile total. That was just the line for security. The line for the check-in counter was significantly shorter, but the counter was just a jumble of people with no organization at all. The disembarkation was the worst I had ever been through. The line to get off the boat was easily 600 yards long and moved at a snails pace. Once we got our luggage, the line for customs was 200 yards long, moving even slower than the first. We had an ocean view cabin on the Oasis. I thought the cabin was a little small, compared to Carnival Vista (our last cruise). It was laid out to maximize space, but it did feel a little cramped at times. The bathroom was small too. Very little counter space at the bathroom sink. The shower was rather small too. The food on the boat was a high note for the cruise. I thought it was better in taste than what the Carnival Vista offered. We ate at 2 specialty restaurants and ate at the main dining room the rest of the time. We did buffet for lunch and breakfast. I was satisfied with lunch and breakfast on the buffet, but the one night we had dinner there, it left me wanting to pack up and go to the main dining room. I though the dinner buffet left a lot to be desired as far as taste and selection. The main dining room was generally good. It seemed like there was a good variety and the quality was good. Don't get me started on drink prices. Beer was $9.43 for a 12oz or 16oz depending on the brand. You're probably saying "What?? I read that it was $7.99!). Well, yes, it is $7.99 before they automatically add 18% gratuity. Yeah, they add 18% on to just about everything that you buy. You don't have an option, it just gets done. For the light drinker, it makes drinking very expensive. For the heavy drinker, just by the drink package and spend the whole cruise tanked up... Entertainment. This is were the Oasis shined and fell flat at the same time. I really enjoyed the shows. I thought the shows were very entertaining, with a wide variety of special effects, dancing, acrobatics and musical talent. On the contrary, the "daytime" entertainment (trivia, contests, etc.) was totally lacking. The entertainment staff just seemed disengaged and uninterested. The cruise director, Dan, was a total disappointment. He wasn't funny, witty or otherwise entertaining. To add to that, he was surprisingly absent most of the cruise. Usually, the cruise director is a daily voice or appearance, but this guy was just not there half of the time. So, with all that said, this is a "mega" ship. There are 6500 guest on board and you will notice that. Royal Caribbean tries to make it not as noticeable with design features like the neighborhoods, which does work. What doesn't work is their reservation system. That was a total and utter joke. All it was good for is making sure that you are inflexible for your dinner plans. The reservations weren't enforced at any show we went to other than the comedy club (which was wayyyy too small). There are lines of people all over this ship. Be prepared to stand in line and stand in line some more on this ship. The interior of the ship really felt like being at the local shopping mall. The only space that didn't feel like the mall was out on the pool deck, which felt like I was at the local water park. I wasn't a fan, but that is just my personal preference. Some may like the "mall" type environment. I didn't care for it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We enjoyed another excellent cruise aboard the Oasis. Embarkation was relatively quick and painless, save for a slight delay in boarding due to the previous cruise’s late arrival. No biggie. If you cruise on this ship with the aim ... Read More
We enjoyed another excellent cruise aboard the Oasis. Embarkation was relatively quick and painless, save for a slight delay in boarding due to the previous cruise’s late arrival. No biggie. If you cruise on this ship with the aim of looking for things to complain about, you will find them. She is tired and needs a refurb. However, it takes more than a scuffed chair or stained carpet to bother me when the fundamentals are spot on, which they are on this ship. She was a pleasure to sail aboard. My cabin was clean, quiet and comfortable. The food, whether in the MDR, Windjammer, Park Cafe or Solarium Bistro was excellent. We especially enjoyed the “taste of the Mediterranean” dinners in the Solarium Bistro - free of charge (you just need to make a reservation) with beautiful fish and meat cooked to order, piping hot and in a relaxing atmosphere. The food in the MDR was great, there were just some evenings when there was nothing that jumped out at me but I made do and the food I did order was good. The service throughout the ship was excellent. The aqua show was fabulous, as was the Move It parade on the final day. I skipped on Cats (not my thing) and didn’t bother with other shows I have seen before (but very much enjoyed previously). The rising tide bar, or uppy downy bar as we call it, was entertaining. The Diamond lounge was a joy, as usual. The pools were sometimes crowded on sea days but that’s what you get when you’re not aboard a private yacht. We didn’t go to speciality restaurants as I don’t see the need to pay extra when the food and service in the MDR is top notch. Same goes for room service - there are so many places to get food on this ship and so easily, there is no need. We had a wonderful time. The ship is not brand new and is showing her age but this didn’t affect our enjoyment of the cruise at all. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We booked the Oasis based on all the amazing reviews! No lines, Never feels crowded ect. Not sure if we were on the same ship!!! We went in January which also just happen to coincide with a Jewish holiday.(they had their own restaurant ... Read More
We booked the Oasis based on all the amazing reviews! No lines, Never feels crowded ect. Not sure if we were on the same ship!!! We went in January which also just happen to coincide with a Jewish holiday.(they had their own restaurant and elevator) No big deal except the Solarium bistro was kosher only the entire cruise and FULL of screaming kids. This is located in the Adult Solarium!! The Royal Promenade was so packed and noisy it every single night we stopped going. Never even got pizza, cookies or a sandwich as there was always a line. The Windjammer is less than half of any smaller ship we have been on. We kept thinking we were missing part of it somewhere. We loved Central Park and it seemed to be the most quiet so you could have a conversation and it was very pretty. Loved Vintages and spent lots of time there. We enjoyed the moving bar, but WHY was it full of little kids taking up seats??? Dinning room service was so bad we went 2 times. Royal has cut out the bar waiter, the bread waiter and everything falls on head waiter. It was NOT his fault but there is no way for one person to keep up with all that and no assistance. 45 minuted and no drinks, appetizers that never arrived and coffee that was ordered but we left after waiting 15 minutes and no coffee. Room service for continental breakfast was excellent and prompt! The Adult pool OK. Love the glass cover but it hold in all the sound. There should be 2 pools and one hot tub not the opposite. At time the pool was so full and the water so gross you people were commenting and not getting in. We had a ocean view balcony and the rooms are much smaller than any ship we have been on and much less storage. I will say the show "Come Fly with Me" was outstanding and the Diving show was fun. We are in the specialty restaurants most every night. The BEST service and NOLVIN was the BEST in Chops! I could go on and on but it was just the worst cruise we have ever been on.I heard Royal had for every adult a child cruises free so it was full of kids! We planned for a year and it has turned us off cruising for awhile. Everyone has their own expectations and experiences and these were ours. When we cruise again it will not be on a mega ship and will check to see if Royal has made these cut back across the fleet. PLUS check for any holiday at all! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Because I have been on this ship 20 times..We are higher level" Diamond Plus" members of their incentive program..Now the truths.. The ship is fun and the good parts can;t be beat...Here goes: 1. Hundreds became sick on the ... Read More
Because I have been on this ship 20 times..We are higher level" Diamond Plus" members of their incentive program..Now the truths.. The ship is fun and the good parts can;t be beat...Here goes: 1. Hundreds became sick on the Oasis, the cruise was shortened...Royal Caribbean refuses to put simple paper toilet seat liners in the public restrooms to save money..This is disgusting as men are forced to sit on toilet seats that have been peed on... 2. Pool deck toilets for men expose men peeing, about 5 at a time to anyone walking by..Women,children, all people. The door opens and there are 5 urinals in full sight, not screened...This is an insult and fully wrong No small kid should be exposed to this.. 3.Royal Caribbean lies to thousands at a time and exposed passengers to potential health risk's by advertising in the daily Compass news letter, ''Frozen Yogurt: is served in the machines poolside..No way..It is a fake FROZEN DESSERT MIX...It was pointed out, changed in print for the remainder of the week, then advertised as yogurt the next week... 4.Food in the Windjammer Buffet has been highly downgraded, is starchy and greasy... 5.Room service, a staple of cruise enjoyment is now charged for and it is an expensive charge. This was very disappointing for passengers.. 6.The production show "Cats" is unwatchable for 1 1/2 hours..It is just people in cat outfits, snarling at one and another. 7. The casino machines are set to make it highly improbable for anyone to win.Much different than Las Vegas 8.The gym has old, dirty, broken machines, some unsafe..There are no attendants, and it is a disgrace...If you are a gym type person, you will be mad..It is a rip off... 9.The $45.00 per week soda machines are always broken, another rip off.. 10. Poolside bands are twice as loud as enjoyable... Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We traveled with my parents who, at 70+ years old, were first time cruisers. We sailed on the Oasis a couple of years ago, so we knew what to expect. I have to say that this cruise exceeded even our expectations. My parents had a wonderful ... Read More
We traveled with my parents who, at 70+ years old, were first time cruisers. We sailed on the Oasis a couple of years ago, so we knew what to expect. I have to say that this cruise exceeded even our expectations. My parents had a wonderful experience. Yes, the ship is huge, but once you know the layout you appreciate the exercise after eating all of the delicious food you have to choose from. Our stateroom attendant kept our cabins immaculate, and the service in the dining room was perfection. The waiters treated our daughter like a princess, and treated us like royalty. We did not venture out in any of the ports, as there were no excursions that peaked our interest. Our daughter loved the kids activities on board, and spent most of the time with her new friends. We loved the on board entertainment, especially Oasis of Dreams and the Beatles headliner band.We will definitely cruise RCCL again, and hope to sail on one of the newer ships in the upcoming year. :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose Oasis of the Seas because my husband had watched a documentary of it being built. We were not disappointed in this ship at all. The ship is huge but very well planned out and you never feel too bombarded with other guests. The ... Read More
We chose Oasis of the Seas because my husband had watched a documentary of it being built. We were not disappointed in this ship at all. The ship is huge but very well planned out and you never feel too bombarded with other guests. The balcony cabin was very comfortable and the bed divine. The staff are very courteous and helpful so you definitely get excellent customer service. We really enjoyed all of the food with the exception of the Windjammer Buffet. We ate at the Chops Grill the first night of our cruise and were very pleased with the food. We loved the adult swimming/hot tub area on the 16th floor. It had plenty of seating and a bar close to the pool and hot-tubs. We could also watch the families with children having fun on the 15th level. We will definitely sail with Royal Caribbean for one next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship!! I could not imagine anything at sea that is as amazing as "Central Park" on the Oasis. One night, however, as we sat listening to beautiful stringed music, a group of children (from ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship!! I could not imagine anything at sea that is as amazing as "Central Park" on the Oasis. One night, however, as we sat listening to beautiful stringed music, a group of children (from one of the programs) came marching through with their instruments singing & playing. Nice (if you're their parents)... a bit much if you're trying to listen to a violinist play. The cabins are pretty standard size and amenities, we were in an ocean view balcony cabin (which is what we always sail in) and it was pretty much as expected. There was quite a variety of entertainment on the ship, although the only show we saw that really impressed me was the one at the Aqua Theater. The divers/gymnasts were amazing and the show was very well done. "Fly with Me" and "Frozen in Time" (skating show) were both good but not great. "Cats" was... well "cats". For a ship with over 6000 passengers, the only time it felt crowded was right after the muster drill, when EVERYONE wants an elevator... and during disembarkment. The other drawback to the number of passengers was the need for a reservation to do EVERYTHING! If you weren't living on a pre-planned schedule, you couldn't get into shows, dinning rooms, or activities. For me, this takes away from the relaxation of a vacation. However, when it comes to dinning, the Oasis fell WAY short of my expectations!!! First of all, without paying an additional charge, there is really only one place where you can sit down and have a waiter bring you your dinner... that is the main dinning room. Other 'included' dinning options were a buffet, hot dot stand, pizza stand & 2 delis. The quality of the food was average to poor. It seemed like everything they served in the main dinning room was served with brown gravy, even my Chicken Cordon Bleu! Also, being the only table service restaurant included, it was ALWAYS crowded and very loud, with lots of children. With the exception of continental breakfast, room service has a delivery charge, and a very limited menu. One night my mother ended up with severe gastrointestinal problems that were completely gone by morning (food poisoning? Only explanation I could come up with!). I was surprised by how many children were on the cruise, given it was mid-January. But I can imagine that for a family with kids, this may be a very good cruise. Kids don't care about dinning or commotion, and the ship seemed to have quite a few activities planned for them. I was also annoyed by the fact that it seemed every time I turned around, there was something else that I had to pay an 'up charge' for! I know all the cruise lines are beginning to do this, but it seemed excessive on Oasis. I've been on several other cruises, on both Celebrity and Norwegian, and never noticed so many up charges. I did hear other passenger saying that they wished there were more public places where you could see the water! (I hadn't noticed because we had our own private balcony) The way Oasis is designed, balcony cabins sit with their railings right at the edge of the ship, so the only place to see the ocean (if you don't have your own balcony) is one of the pool areas, either on top or in the front of the ship. Most of the time that I was on the ship, I felt as if I was in a big 'mall'. Overall, the ship is beautiful, even if there were design elements I did not appreciate. But I won't be sailing on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Beautiful ship. The food in the dining room was excellent. The ship is clean and it was interesting to view the different neighborhoods. The room was clean and relatively spacious and the balcony was one of the larger ones we’ve had. ... Read More
Beautiful ship. The food in the dining room was excellent. The ship is clean and it was interesting to view the different neighborhoods. The room was clean and relatively spacious and the balcony was one of the larger ones we’ve had. We enjoyed Central Park and the boardwalk. The crew was friendly and responsive. Service was excellent. There is a great variety of entertainment and many different musical genres to choose from. This was the first ship that I had to make reservations on for all of the major shows. It would be important to do so. Also, even if you use my time dining, you need to make reservations. Without reservations there seems to be a wait especially for the early dining times. The ship goes in for drydock later this year so it will be interesting to see what changes are made. I would strongly recommend travel on an oasis class ship with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. ... Read More
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. This year we chose early dining and our server Vaibhav and asst Claire at table 564 in Grand DR were outstanding. The American Icon for breakfast and lunch was always impressive. Windjammer was chaotic at times but well managed. We even tried Johnny Rockets for a fun lunch but opted not to try other optional restaurants. Arrival at Port Canaveral was again the most organized port we've ever experienced - kudos to all the helpful staff there. We chose a Boardwalk balcony - 10329 and it proved to be spectacular- offering both views of the ocean along with the Aqua Theater events. Highly recommended especially if you like an aft view. Once again the entertainment was very enjoyable everywhere except we avoided Cats after being disappointed last year. This massive ship offers such a variety of acts and venues. Glad to see that smoking is being very restricted. Crazy ridiculous drink prices are very evident even with highly promoted packages. Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten were good stops that still displayed the horrific hurricane damage from 2017. They're still trying to recover especially in St. Maarten. Disembarkation was organized considering well over 6000 pax. We opted to self-disembark. Overall a great experience despite such a large ship. Anxious to see what the Oasis two month refurb this fall will have to offer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We have wanted to cruise on one of the Oasis class ships far some time and thankfully final did. What a great ship. Yes there are 6000 guests on board however with only one exception, we didn't experience any long lines. The exception ... Read More
We have wanted to cruise on one of the Oasis class ships far some time and thankfully final did. What a great ship. Yes there are 6000 guests on board however with only one exception, we didn't experience any long lines. The exception of course was the windjammer buffet. They hold you up at the entrance so they can locate a seat for you which is a good idea. Other wise there would be tons of people bumping into one another trying to find a seat. Just too many people and totally unnecessary. We instead ate breakfast at the Central Park Cafe'. No lines quiet, enjoyable and the food was good. If you want to go to a buffet and load your plate to the ceiling with food you probably wont eat cause it's free, the Park cafe might not be for you. There is no charge, however there aren't 10,000 items to choose from. Specialty dining was simply awesome. I would highly recommend it. Main dining room was OK but we preferred the specialty restaurants. We found the solarium cafe' to be in between the main dining room and specialty restaurants as far as food quality. You will need to make reservations in advance but it is also free. Loved the shows. By the way, RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR THE SHOWS prior to sailing. Drink prices have gone way up sense we last cruised on Royal three years ago. The drink package might be for you if you plan on drinking five or more drinks per day. Keep your eyes open prior to sailing for deals on the drink package. Day 5 they offered several drink deals. We took advantage of the 10 drinks for $79 card. After gratuity it was close to $100. You save around $35 bucks depending on what you are drinking. Only thing I don't like about RCCL is the day strip on the floor in the elevators. I don't want to be reminded every time I get in the elevator what day it is and how little time we have left. LOL Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
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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