3,756 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

After being on a dismal Carnival cruise we wanted to redeem our cruising experience and go all out. The Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. We booked through cruisedirect to get some additional OBC and dinner voucher. The embarkation ... Read More
After being on a dismal Carnival cruise we wanted to redeem our cruising experience and go all out. The Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. We booked through cruisedirect to get some additional OBC and dinner voucher. The embarkation process was a little slow, but the disembarkation was very slow, not sure if either was RCCL fault. The cruise was Western Caribbean and we really enjoyed all the ports. Our least favorite was Cozumel and that might just be because of the age of our kids. We had my family time dining, which started at 5:30 pm. They say the kids are supposed to be all fed and ready for a kid's club pick-up, but they rarely got all their food before 7 pm. I much preferred the Windjammer over the Main Dining for all meals. The WJ was always busy, but never took long to find a place to seat and had much more variety and you didn't have to wait around forever. The 2 Dreamworks parades were a lot of fun. We skipped Cats, but saw all the other main shows with our kids and thought they were all really well done. I tried out the Flowrider and lost a contact out of my eye. Be sure to back backups, something I didn't do. I was able to buy some more contacts in Cozumel at Optica Caribe. We did pretty much every single activity they had, including mini golf, rock climbing, massage, and ice skating. We did not do their zipline, it seemed very short and uninteresting. All the staff and fellow passengers were all super nice and I'd highly recommend the experience. No fault to RCCL, but our whole family ended up getting the flu on the second half of the cruise. When considering a cruise vacation there must be a higher chance of getting sick due to the sheer number of people around you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
As I tell everyone when writing a review; Don’t let anything you read in this review dissuade you from going. Everyone has individual experiences, likes/dislikes. I can only tell you about mine. One of the things that I pieced ... Read More
As I tell everyone when writing a review; Don’t let anything you read in this review dissuade you from going. Everyone has individual experiences, likes/dislikes. I can only tell you about mine. One of the things that I pieced together, when reading individual reviews, is that people like myself, who’ve been on several cruises with the same company, tend to be more critical than people who’ve been on one or two. I think the Reason for this is that people who’ve been on a lot of cruises remember the way things were before all the changes the company has made over the years all for cost cutting reasons. No, this doesn’t apply to all, but for myself, I’ve been on a few cruises (you can see how many in my signature) and most of them have been on Royal Caribbean. I am a diamond member and Prime member. Thus, I did spend a fair amount of time in the casino. I traveled with my family and I stayed in a Grand Suite. I previously lived in New Hampshire and now live in Florida, so getting to Port Canaveral was a simple 2 hour drive as compared to having to fly and come a day early with hotel stay. I thought the check in process was relatively easy. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know that I travel with my dad, who has the same name as I do but we have different middle names. I still can’t understand why Royal Caribbean can’t add a middle initial on your Sea Pass Card. This would be a simple IT fix. But we all know how Royals IT is so maybe that explains it? Thus, the nice ladies checking us in we’re confused as to why 2 people with the same name could be in the same cabin. This would continue on all week when dealing with guest services, Club Royale, Loyalty Ambassador, you get the idea. The one thing that was different from past cruises here was the order of boarding. Now that Royal has added “the key”, the new order of boarding is back to back cruisers, suites/pinnacle, diamond plus, “the key”, diamond, emerald, platinum, and gold. I was a little upset over diamond members being moved down but I boarded with suites so this didn’t affect me but I’ll keep it in the back of my mind for future reference. We ate lunch in Chops and everyone agreed this was a good option over other venues. By the time lunch was over, the rooms had opened up and we could get in. You may have noticed that I skipped over the quality of food in Chops. I don’t review food because of how subjective that becomes. Only to say, that the food quality has gone down and I find the menu options to be the same fleet wide. When going to the room, this was the first cruise I’ve been on where the TV in the cabin wasn’t turned on to the safety message. I thought that was odd. Our muster station was in Sabor on the promenade. There were no TVs to watch any safety messages, you couldn’t hear the announcements from the captain, and we were in the back, so you couldn’t see the life preserver demonstration. So it was a waste of time. Essentially, everyone was holding private conversations and no one was paying attention. On a positive note, you could hear the 7 short blasts followed by the long blast. The night that we left was the Super Bowl. Being from New England, I’m a huge Patriots fan. There were a few other Patriots fans on board but the overwhelming majority were haters. Just a few things about this. I found a lot of questions, pre cruise, on these boards about what Royal does for the big game. There was a huge party held in the Aqua Theater with food, drinks provided. They also passed out towels to cover yourself up because it was rather cool that night. I thought that was a nice touch. So now I’m going to talk a little about our dining experience. Not going to talk about food. So, for me, I like eating in the dining room. Staying in a suite, I have the option of going to Coastal Kitchen and eating there. But I like the dining room experience. And this is one of the areas where when I read people having great experiences with dining, it usually falls between people who’ve been on a few cruises and people who’ve been on a lot. The service was not the best we’ve ever had. I don’t normally complain to anyone but this was one of two times that I had to complain on this cruise. By night 3, I wasn’t happy with the menu options, so I ordered the upcharge filet/lobster. We had early seating (5:30), and literally everyone else in the dining room was done with their meals/ deserts when our food was served to us. Our food came out around 7:20. I spoke with the Head waiter and after that, the service picked up dramatically. Drinks were waiting for us at the table when we arrived and food was served quickly and we were in and out. We did eat dinner at Coastal Kitchen on the second formal night and it was fantastic. I ate lunch at Johnny Rockets and that was great. Also had lunch one day in Windjammer. The service wasn’t good. No one coming around to pick up empty plates. Our room Stewart was fine. He introduced himself on day one and we really didn’t see him again. The only issue we had was, staying in a suite, we get free pressing for our formal wear. We sent our suites our for pressing with instructions to have them back by 4:30 for our early seating. Well they never came. I made several phone calls to guest services and tried calling our steward to be told that he was on brake and couldn’t be disturbed. The clothes came at around 5:20 so we were late for dinner that night. The reason for wanting the clothes back early was because we like to go to the Suite Lounge for cocktails before dinner. That didn’t happen that night. Our stops were Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. In Labadee we rented a cabana at Barefoot Beach. The furnishing in the cabana was torn and needed to be replaced. For the amount of money you are charged for a cabana, And how many people use that destination for Royal, I can’t believe the company would allow that. I also thought the food wasn’t as good as when I was their last time. Although that was 7 years ago. Well the cushions looked like they were that old. We also did a jet ski tour excursion and that was fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that again. In Falmouth, we just got off the ship and went to the local shops. We did stop and have lunch at Margaritaville. There were so many people there using the free wifi that it was a little overwhelming. It didn’t take too long to figure out that most of the people there were crew members from our ship and the Disney ship in port that day. So that was crazy. And in Cozumel, we did a catamaran excursion that was great. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that again as well. We went snorkeling and then went to a private beach with free chairs, water sports and drinks. A couple of things that went sideways: on this cruise, I achieved my 140 point status but didn’t get my crystal. I had to see the Loyalty Ambassador and had to wait and listen to other complaints. It was really eye opening listening to what other people were complaining about. I got my crystal. The other thing was on the last day, I went to get my free picture for being a diamond member. When I pulled up my pictures, the one I wanted wasn’t there. So they gave me a slip of paper and told me to come back at 9:00pm to get it. Well the picture that was printed out was of my dad which we had already got. So, I had to straighten all of that out and it took over 2 hours to do. Oasis is definitely showing it’s age and is in need of the upcoming Amp. I still will cruise with Royal. I booked my next cruise on the Allure and got a $700 on board credit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Went on the Oasis with my BFF and had a great time! Our large ocean view balcony cabin was perfect for us! The headliner, Tony Tillman, gave a great performance! We dined at Giovanni's, Chops, and 150 Central Park, as well as ate in ... Read More
Went on the Oasis with my BFF and had a great time! Our large ocean view balcony cabin was perfect for us! The headliner, Tony Tillman, gave a great performance! We dined at Giovanni's, Chops, and 150 Central Park, as well as ate in the MDR for MTD. All restaurants were excellent! My favorite would have to be 150CP for its mouth-watering beef tenderloin for two! Best meat I have ever tasted, and the very tasty small lobster tail was a nice surprise! My favorite hangout spots are Central Park, Boardwalk, Rising Tide bar, and the solarium! My two favorite classes are Oasis and Freedom, so much so, that my DH and I will be boarding Lady O again in just 2 short weeks!! Port Canaveral is also our favorite embarkation port, as we only live 2 hours away, and there are lots of parking options! Thanks RCCL for continued excellence!! P.S. I will hate seeing the DL on Deck 11 replaced by Wonderland and the DL either being eliminated or moved to the windowless Deck 4! It's just business (I guess). Even so, it won't stop us from cruising with RCCL. By SilkySal Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Fitness customer service representatives are unfriendly and rude unless you buy their package. They have steam and sunna rooms. But customer needs to pay package in order to use them. This is very basic service; but it is not available for ... Read More
Fitness customer service representatives are unfriendly and rude unless you buy their package. They have steam and sunna rooms. But customer needs to pay package in order to use them. This is very basic service; but it is not available for regular customers on this ship. It seems this fitness centre is too much focused upon extra sales as we observed that they only care for those buying their service packages. We told them we’re unhappy and want to put our comments. The lady said GO AHEAD. Here we are. Entertainment shows are great. We enjoyed diving, skating, Tony Tillman, and other concerts. Boarding organizational work is impressive for over 6,000 passengers. Fine dining services are exceptionally great, professional, and friendly. Quality and quantity of food are very good. House keeping staffs are hardworking and friendly. Their service is excellent. We also observed lots of kids enjoying the facilities onboard. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Second time on ship. Enjoy back of ship overlooking boardwalk & diving show (rm 11725). Extra spiffs (soft drink pkg and 1 meal at Johnny Rockets) come with the Boardwalk rooms. Quiet location …. dead end hallway with only three ... Read More
Second time on ship. Enjoy back of ship overlooking boardwalk & diving show (rm 11725). Extra spiffs (soft drink pkg and 1 meal at Johnny Rockets) come with the Boardwalk rooms. Quiet location …. dead end hallway with only three rooms past this room. The Market Place (Lido Deck on most ships) offered a good variety of food however limited sitting area. Disappointed it closed before 9pm. Dining room on 3rd floor (The Grill?) was our FAVORITE place to eat for lunch. a la carte or buffet …. EXCELLENT food. Assigned dining was on the fifth floor. We had six around our table ….. cramped. The table was small and walk spaces …. tight. Although dress code was long pants, other than formal nights, many men wore dress shorts, including myself. Now the bad ….. felt the ship was heading toward being a Carnival Ship. Loads of small kids. Screams and noise reverberated through he Boardwalk and hallways. Found kids wandering noisily through Casino and Adult areas of the ship. Dining room and shows compared our group with prior cruisers wanting more applauds and screams. Insulted when asked to give standing ovation for chefs and waiters, because we didn't want to be outdone by previous cruise. Ship is to be refurbished adding water slides and other young adult entertainment. Enjoyed the MEGA ship first time, Second time around not as much. Expect there won't be a third time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Our group consisted of 6 people, my wife and myself, our two adult daughters, our son-in-law and our 7-month old granddaughter. We are "loyal to Royal", having completed 14 cruises with RCCL, many of them with our daughters when ... Read More
Our group consisted of 6 people, my wife and myself, our two adult daughters, our son-in-law and our 7-month old granddaughter. We are "loyal to Royal", having completed 14 cruises with RCCL, many of them with our daughters when they were younger. This was our third experience on Oasis-class ships. Overall, we had a good time, and I think this class of ship is ideal for a group with a broad range of ages, as the various neighborhoods offer different experiences for different interests. But there were certainly opportunities for Royal to improve the experience. Booking a family group We needed three cabins for 6 people -- a couple, a single and a family of three. To my surprise, a 7-month old child counts as a full fare paying passenger, so with the single supplement for my younger daughter, we would wind up paying the equivalent of 7 passengers' fares for our group of 6 (there was no "kids sail free" deal when we booked). To get around this, we split up into three couples, with my son-in-law and granddaughter in one cabin, my two daughters next door, and my wife and I in a third cabin. Once on-board, we reconfigured the sleeping arrangements with no one from Royal being any the wiser. Seems like we should have been able to book the cruise with the room arrangements the way we wanted for the same price, but had to MacGyver the solution ourselves. Embarkation We had a mixed experience on this cruise. Our prior cruise (in November '18) was the best embarkation we'd ever had (Anthem of the Seas from Cape Liberty), so my expectations were very high that Royal had implemented the same innovations for Oasis. No such luck. Arrival at the pier was chaotic. We arrived around 11:30 a.m. by car, and the departing passengers were still in the process of picking up their luggage, so the simultaneous drop-off and pick-up activity made for a very crowded terminal. After getting through the drop-off, pier-side parking in the garage was very quick with lots of availability. Once into the terminal, the line-ups were significant. As Diamond members of the C&A society, we expected a bit of a fast track, but that didn't start until after security screening. The screening process was OK, and once we got into the Diamond line, we were processed quickly and were able to board the ship straightaway. Specialty Dining Our Travel Agent had a deal available that offered us one specialty dining experience per cabin, to be booked once we got on-board. We usually dine in the main dining room, and are always very pleased with the food and service there. But since the specialty dining was a "freebie" we decided to use it. By the time we got around to trying to book a dinner time, things were pretty well fully booked. So if you're thinking of specialty dining it's a good idea to book ahead, or if you have a deal like ours, as soon as you step on board. We booked 150 Central Park. Very nice food and attentive service, and no feeling of being rushed. The only disappointment was the "table side Caesar salad" ... true to the menu, the salad was prepared at our table side, but the dressing was already pre-made. In shoreside restaurants where we've had this, the server made the dressing from fresh ingredients right in front of us, starting with cracking eggs and whisking in the olive oil. At 150 Central Park, they might as well have brought out the bottle of Kraft dressing and poured it into the bowl. Table side Caesar salad done the Royal way is a "why bother". Overall the experience at 150 Central Park was OK, but not something I would pay extra for. As a "freebie" it's OK, but next time around I'll look at some of the other alternatives before returning to 150. Child Care The Royal "Babies and Tots" child care program is excellent! For a low fee ($6 per hour in the daytime and $8 in the evening) you can leave your child in the nursery so you can enjoy some "adult time". My daughter and s-i-l did this a few times during the week. They'd read ahead of time about the need to get in line early to book your times, so we went there directly after getting on board. It was a bit of a wait, but managed to book the times they wanted. If you plan to use this service, it's great, but be sure to plan ahead to get the times you want. Dinner time on formal nights book up very quickly. Poolside There is a special-purpose Baby Splash Pool on the pool deck, designed for babies who aren't toilet trained -- they are allowed in the pool as long as they are wearing a special swim diaper. This was great for our granddaughter, it gave her a first pool experience. Royal is one of the few lines we could find that really catered to parents of young babies, and we can't say enough positive things about this -- it allowed us to really enjoy a 3 generation holiday. Windjammer Buffet This is normally my "go to" choice for breakfast, but on this ship there is no custom omelette / fried egg station, or at least none I could find. You could get fried eggs and omelettes, but they were all pre-made and not necessarily the way you wanted them. We also had two times when there was a huge line up to get into the Windjammer, extending out the doors. We've never experienced this before. In those cases, we turned around and went to the Central Park Cafe for the meal we were looking for, and there was no line up there. Overall, our experience with the Windjammer on Oasis was disappointing. Our prior cruise on Oasis, and our cruise on Allure both had better Windjammer experiences, so hopefully Royal is aware of the problem and is working on improving it. Entertainment The main production show on Oasis is the musical CATS. Strange choice. Aside from the one big song (Memory), there's not much to this show. Many people left at intermission. And it's a frequent enough happening that the comedian in the Comedy Club (great venue) jokes about it when he says "Welcome to the Comedy Club, an intimate venue seating 60 people, which is still more than see the 2nd act of CATS". We sat through both acts, and the singing and dancing were excellent, but overall the show wasn't that entertaining -- which is what I thought of the show when I saw it 30+ years ago in Toronto. Other entertainment on the ship was excellent. The Aqua Show is a must-see. The Comedy Club is great for stand-up, and the Jazz Club had performances by some of the cast members of CATS, doing both Jazz and Broadway standards. Neighborhoods One of the real strengths of the Oasis-class ships is the "neighborhood" concept. Central Park, in the middle of deck 8, was our favorite, an area mostly used by adults. The Central Park Cafe was a good spot for a light breakfast or lunch, without the line ups of the Windjammer buffet. Vintages wine bar is there, along with a couple of the specialty restaurants. The Rising Tide bar stops in the middle of Central Park, and you can ride it down to the Promenade on deck 5. Kids are the focus of the Boardwalk, with it's hot dog stand, carousel, candy shop and Johnny Rocket's diner. We stayed away from that area mostly, as it's pretty chaotic, but if you have young kids, it's the place to be! While the ship was full of kids of all ages, we found many spots we could hang out that were relatively quiet. The Solarium, at the front of the ship on the pool deck, is an adults only retreat with lots of loungers, a restaurant and bar. Fitness There is a well equipped fitness facility on-board, and an excellent walking / running track on deck 5. The track is 666 meters long (about 725 yards), so you don't have to go around in small circles like on most ships to get a significant distance. It wasn't very busy, and from some spots on the track you get a good view of the ocean (or port) as you walk or run by. This is one way Royal has really taken advantage of the overall size of this class of ship, it is the best walking/running track I've used on any of our cruises. Service The service in the Main Dining Room was excellent, and the team we had looking after our table ensured that we had a high-chair for the baby, and a fruit cup and steamed vegetables at the table quickly, so she had something to play with (or eat) while the adults contemplated the menu. The only negative in the MDR for us was the wine service. We started getting a glass of wine at the Champagne Bar just before dinner and carrying it into the restaurant, so that we wouldn't be sitting waiting for 15 minutes for our wine order. We've had this same experience on other Royal sailings, I think it's their service model to really limit the number of Bar Servers on duty in the MDR. Disembarkation After a very optimistic start (our luggage tag numbers were called about 30 minutes ahead of schedule) disembarkation was a disappointment. Just prior to us getting to the gangway, Customs & Immigration shut down the process due to a backlog of processing people. We waited more than 45 minutes in line before the flow of passengers started again. A real positive for Royal in all of this is that several of the ship's Officers made appearances in the line up to apologize for the delay. They did what they could to ensure that we were informed of what was going on, and I give them credit for this. They also brought a drink cart around to offer people coffee & juice while they waited. Once in the luggage warehouse we quickly found our bags and then joined the big snaky line to speak to an Border agent. One of the largest ships in the world was in port, and CBP only had half of their inspection lines open. This isn't under Royal's direct control, but I would expect they could influence the number of agents. I contrast this to the disembarkation from Anthem of the Seas last November, where each passenger could choose to line up to see an agent, or step in front of a camera which used facial recognition to determine if the person was OK to proceed, or needed to go to "secondary inspection". We chose facial recognition, and were waved through immediately without any delay. This innovation should be implemented across the fleet! Overall While my review may sound negative, overall we had a good time with the family, and would recommend Royal Caribbean, and an Oasis-class ship, to anyone looking for a multi-generation vacation. A key tip is to make sure you sign on to the Cruise Personalizer well in advance of your trip and book your main shows and any specialty or MyTime dining you want. Once you're on board it's much more difficult to find the times you want, and the way they schedule the shows, you may find that dinner conflicts with your preferred showtime. If you take an hour ahead of time, it will save you lots of frustration while on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was my second time to sail with Oasis (5th RC cruise/10th total cruise) and all of my expectations were exceeded. The ship was at maximum capacity and I never felt like I was in a crowd. Because I've sailed on Oasis before, I ... Read More
This was my second time to sail with Oasis (5th RC cruise/10th total cruise) and all of my expectations were exceeded. The ship was at maximum capacity and I never felt like I was in a crowd. Because I've sailed on Oasis before, I knew to make all of our dining and show reservations in advance. This was my first time to dine at Chops and it was delicious! However, I felt the Main Dining Room was just as good. Windjammer, Park Cafe and Sorrentos were also always delicious and I never had a problem finding a table. The Sorrentos pizza is out of this world! So good! We opted for My Time Dining. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Kingsley and BinBin were fantastic! Honestly, they were just so efficient and kind and we looked forward to seeing them, every night. They took great care of us and had such energy! The ship is in great condition and everything is kept extremely clean. Our room attendant, Viola, was a doll! She made sure our balcony cabin was always clean with fresh towels and we had cute towel animals every night. Our ocean view balcony cabin #14206 was mid ship and the perfect location. Even though we were on deck 14, we rarely waited more than a couple of minutes for an elevator. Overall, I had the best vacation ever. Thanks to all the RC staff for always smiling and making sure we were well taken care of. I highly recommend RC and Oasis. I am looking forward to my next cruise, on Allure. I will only sail with RC. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The trip was excellent from getting on the ship to disembarking. This company knows how to move a lot of people through dinners, shows, buffets. Staff are professional and courteous beyond belief. They do everything in their power to ... Read More
The trip was excellent from getting on the ship to disembarking. This company knows how to move a lot of people through dinners, shows, buffets. Staff are professional and courteous beyond belief. They do everything in their power to accommodate your wishes. Asked for extra towels and couple wine glasses so my wife and I could have a glass on the balcony, was done in minutes. Cabin attendant was funny and greeted you with a smile or joke every time you saw him. Rooms where immaculate always. The waiters in the dining room where as good as any 5 star restaurant. We brought our 18 and 16 year old sons. The staff were courteous with them whether we where around or not. The food is wonderful with selection for any palate. You always knew exactly what was going on because you receive an itinerary every night for the next day. The tv channel also kept you informed. Lots of shows for every taste. The layout of the ship had places for children, adults who wanted to party by the pool and areas for adults only that wanted a quiet place to relax. This is definitely not as cheap as an all inclusive resort but worth every penny. The only Con we had was the Flowrider. It is fun when the guest get to try it and the viewing area cheers and laughs when you fall. When the "Pros" show up and make it into an Olympic sport it ruins it for everyone. The worst is when the old guys from the diamond club get to walk on anytime they want ahead of you. My sons where laughing at them because they where so embarrassed that they though anyone was impressed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Beautiful ship. Lots of entertainment and things to do. Staff in general were a mix - some great and some rude. I fell and twisted my ankle, very obvious since it turned lots of colors. Was told to go to medical - they were closed and had ... Read More
Beautiful ship. Lots of entertainment and things to do. Staff in general were a mix - some great and some rude. I fell and twisted my ankle, very obvious since it turned lots of colors. Was told to go to medical - they were closed and had been for hours. It wasn't a big deal, could have used a wrap but the attitude by the main desk was very poor. The two gentlemen that helped me get up were lovely however. Bartenders, etc. were a mix - some pleasant, some rude. Cabin with balcony nice, well set up but the mattresses and pillows were like bricks. Steward was great and attentive. Food in Windjammer was disappointing; my fifth cruise and the first time I felt like there was little to choose from. Main dining room was nice but we got stuck on the late dinner despite my pleas. Food was good and Yeoman and Putu were wonderful! The one general thing I don't like about Royal Caribbean is that they nickel and dime you. Saw Cats - wonderful production. Charged 2.50 plus 18% gratuity for a small box of popcorn. As much as you pay for everything they charge for popcorn? Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Overall this was one of the best experiences in my life and I am now looking at other cruises. Getting aboard was long lines but went relatively fast and I feel they do an excellent job considering the number of people. This is a ... Read More
Overall this was one of the best experiences in my life and I am now looking at other cruises. Getting aboard was long lines but went relatively fast and I feel they do an excellent job considering the number of people. This is a massive ship with all the bells & whistles and most of the time was very relaxing but the pool area needs more lounge chairs or better overlook on guests reserving them. Dining was absolutely fabulous in the main dining room with great service with very good selections and prepared to perfection. There are many other choices for complimentary dining at almost any time of the day. The entertainment overall was very good with one exception, The stand up comedy show was very disappointing. There was 2 comedians and the first one was OK but not that funny and the second one was so foul mouthed it was embarassing. I am no prude and am a retired US Navy so have heard it all. This was way overboard with the foul mouth. "Cats" was very good but goes on for too long, most people leave during intermission. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise solely based on the itinerary & date, as we were a group of 8. From the beginning to the end, it just wasn't as good as the Anthem of the Seas. The boarding lines were a nightmare, with the staff unable to ... Read More
We chose this cruise solely based on the itinerary & date, as we were a group of 8. From the beginning to the end, it just wasn't as good as the Anthem of the Seas. The boarding lines were a nightmare, with the staff unable to control the lines, people rudely cutting, while we followed the instructions. One of of our group had to have their cabin sanitized as it stunk of body odor. Another group had a broken safe for the entire trip and no one fixed it, and their rug and sofa were stained. There were people visibly sick everywhere (coughing) by day 3. 5 of the 8 of us got the flu by day 5. One of the excursions were cancelled, and our party was not told until 20 minutes after the departure time.(1 PM) Not enough time to make any other plans for the day.Disappointed that the buffet did not have an omelet station, as Anthem did. Promenade coffee shop always had lukewarm water and decaf every morning, and you had to ask for fresh hot tea water or decaf. The staff everywhere seemed to have an attitude, with the exception of our dining room waiter and assistant. Trivia MC was an idiot, couldn't keep track of what number question it was. The comedy, water, & aerial shows were great. "Cats" was ok, but I saw it on Broadway, so maybe that's why I wasn't impressed. The Solarium pool had green mildew all around the rim. Worst part we brought 4 people who normally sail Carnival and told them how great RCCL was, and were totally embarrassed! They said Carnival was better, so what does that tell you? Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Why go on a ship with 6000 other passengers? To experience the size of spaces that a ship of this size can only provide. The size and scope of the shows are also difficult if not impossible for other ships to duplicate . We were on the ... Read More
Why go on a ship with 6000 other passengers? To experience the size of spaces that a ship of this size can only provide. The size and scope of the shows are also difficult if not impossible for other ships to duplicate . We were on the allure of the seas about four years ago on a Mediterranean cruise and The shows on the oasis were far superior. Somethings that come to mind are we had a boardwalk balcony view cabin towards the back of the ship room #9327 which afforded us a view of the boardwalk but also the aqua theater and the ocean . At night with the ocean view would be boring and dark you still have things to see in the boardwalk so more interesting I think at night . I brought a fan and earplugs and had no problem with noise . We knew noise from aqua theater and shows would be there but sliding glass door really shut down the noise .Three people in the cabin , myself ,wife & 84-year-old mother . Drainage for sink and shower were best I’ve ever had on a cruise ship . So Nice not having to stand in water to take a shower .Shower was tight for me and I am 6 foot 200 pounds but I made it work it is round in shape. With the sofa bed out space was limited but again you can make do .The balcony was decent sized ,table & 2 chairs. We received two Royal Caribbean soda refill cups in the room . I guess it was part of getting a boardwalk room. No real information on it or how to use it but we figured it out and I think a soda package is about $70 per guest so nice perk . We purchased the blue lagoon deluxe beach break through Royal Caribbean and getting there was not pleasant like herding cattle , with 40 minute ferry to and from it didn’t leave much time to do much .The lunch provided was a short buffet line that you were allowed to go through one time so pile on the food because you can’t go back .They did have a very tasty lemon and strawberry?slushy’s as much as you wanted. For the cost of the excursion I don’t feel it was worth it, maybe if you did the dolphin encounter it would be worth it . You get specials and discounts emailed to you from Royal Caribbean before your cruise and one of the specials I decided to purchase was the BOGO specialty restaurant offer but I failed to see that you must use it on The first two days only so be aware of that ,not real obvious in promo . Also you had to go through the casino for your shore excursions which is very smoky , The left side is less but still smoky . Also two out of the three main restaurants have the casino entrance adjacent to their entrance and the smoky smell trickles in . My time dining doesn’t I believe . Coke machines to refill your Royal Caribbean glasses were found in Sorrento‘s pizza on royal promenade deck 5 and up in Windjammer buffet towards the back deck16. Might have been more on the ship but I never found them. Making reservations for every show for specific times and dates is kind of a pain but you can do it the only problem is ...... our first night cats was canceled , our second night oasis of dreams aqua theater show was canceled . Now when the rescheduled times were announced they conflicted with our dinner schedule ,and shore excursions .We never got a round to rescheduling them but happily to our surprise we showed up for a cat show that we had not reserved but with our Sea passes We’re scanned and it showed we were in their system as well as oasis of dreams same thing .So my guess is if you had made a reservation and they were the ones who canceled it you were already in their system for any other time for that show they show they had. We were happy about that because both were quality shows. Cat is a Broadway show . People next to us who said they had seen it at Broadway said it was very close to what they saw and I quality . You know opera and ballet are very difficult and I appreciate how hard it is to do it well but I still don’t really enjoy it . Cats wasn’t quite like that but I sat through it just to kind of get cultured .LOL.We saw their parade through the Royal promenade ,best seen from deck six looking down but we were on deck five and although crowded could see it my 84-year-old mom liked it . Very high energy . Only done one time . Booked the 5 star tour of Saint Thomas through Royal Carribean, save your money NOT even one star! Different guide would have made a little difference but still no .First two hours of the “tour” we were dropped off in the district for all the jewelry store Hockers we’re out soliciting you to come in to sell you jewelry it was nonstop and constant I just wanted to get away. That was two hours of my life I can’t get back . My brother just walked off the ship and found somebody to taxi him around for $25 took him too many of the places we did not go . Our tour bus of maybe 15 people Stalled out going up the mountain at least five or six times and of course could not understand a word from our tour guide I yelled out many times do we need to get out and push they changed out different van and guide. Ended up in Megans Bay beach but got there so late that we were the last ones to leave got back to the ship but it was pitch dark and missed the headliner show we had scheduled ,wound up never seeing it . Tip ...... Bring your iPod and headphones would have made passing the boring times a little less painful . I enjoyed the fresh squeezed orange juice and “ egg McMuffin “ at Park Café , easy in easy out . Contrary to some reviews oasis did not appear run down tired or old . was clean and staff appeared happy to serve you, I am still amazed because they see different people every week with no breaks . “ Frozen in time “ ice-skating show probably most entertaining of all shows , much better than Alure’s and there wasn’t one show that I wouldn’t rate A- or better, other than the comedy show which was just OK B- . The pizza at Sorrento‘s was better than expected fresh and hot and welcome for some reason later at night after shows for a late night snack . Learned a trick to get on the elevators . There was five of us and we used stairs for two or three flights but my mom is 84 so sometimes had to use elevators . First trick don’t all have to get on at once but see if you can just slip one or two in and the others wait for a new elevator . Sometimes it’s best to go down to go up . Sounds funny but with the elevator to go down is open get in that one take it down ,and then go up . I did have a problem with the quality of food that wasn’t a specialty restaurant . The speciality restaurants Certainly a more intimate and quiet experience and the food was consistently good .We did 150 Central park , Giovanni‘s table , chops grill , Izumi hibachi had a good show but terrible desserts but one specialty restaurant where you can see the ocean ,, went up to Windjammer for sweets, also looks out over the ocean , they sure have quite the artist carving watermelon designs real works of art , One night they had cotton candy making station and made to order crepes, When we were in the Grand(they picked 8PM time for us but would change to earlier seating if could do over for ease of seeing shows)it was LOUD,they had a parade both nights for the waiters that was deafening we did happen to hit lobster night on day six , and they do give you as many as you want seemed a little fishy but hey it’s seafood so quit complaining and eat them . The soda was so flat every night it was like a half glass of soda left out overnight and then poured into a picture and then poured back into your glass , yeah I know soda is bad for you but I’m on vacation so stick it , The second night I brought my cup refilled it at Sorrento‘s first so at least I had fizz for the first glass. Over all a very enjoyable cruise we played miniature golf , ping-pong , I did the zip line which is worth doing if there is not a long wait I would say if there’s more than three or four people ahead of you come back later . One thing I missed was a designated movie theater showing movies continuously like Disney but alas they probably use that space for a big smoky casino . You can get movies on your TV but again got to pay for them,This day and age other than Disney it seems that you have to pay extra for everything like Soda,movies,decent food, using the bathroom , no not really I just threw that last one in, their public bathrooms are amazingly large and clean quite impressive.I’m so tired of writing I have to stop,hope this helps other people with some info. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas 7 day Western Caribbean Embarkation - - Got there at 10:15 which was a little too early, but got checked in and had to wait 15-20 minutes to get on the ship, very easy embarkation process The ship ... Read More
Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas 7 day Western Caribbean Embarkation - - Got there at 10:15 which was a little too early, but got checked in and had to wait 15-20 minutes to get on the ship, very easy embarkation process The ship - Oasis of the Seas. I didn’t know what to expect because the ship is expected to soon go to dry-dock for refurbishing. I thought the ship was is good condition and well maintained. Entertainment - Oasis has a multitude of entertainment venues. The water show is something that only Oasis class ships have and this show is simply amazing. The ice show is also very impressive. To put together a show centered on a theme and have skaters that can perform triple rotations and multiple combinations all while on a moving ship is amazing. The Opal Theater is a large 2-floor venue. The show “Come Fly With Me” is a production show including elaborate sets, singers, dancers, silk flyers and many flying other flying effects. This was a great show. They also had a headliner show which was the outstanding rock band called Private Stock. This was a rock and roll concert that had us singing from our seats and dancing in the aisles! The show “Cats” was the premiere show of this Oasis Class ship. While the set, the costumes, the acting, and the lighting were all impressive, the show was a disappointment to us and many others. I really felt bad for the cast when well over half of the crowd left at intermission! Why? As a retired music teacher, there is nothing more important than excellent diction so that everyone can understand the words and follow the plot. While most soloists had good diction, when everyone sang together the diction was terrible. It simply could not be understood, both because of lack of diction, lack of synchronization, and a poor balance of sound of voices and sound track. This story is very difficult to follow anyway, so many people were disappointed!! Other Oasis class shows such as Grease and Hairspray are fun and easy to follow. This show simply is not a good entertainment choice for the typical “cruisers”. Windjammer buffet - They seem to have a nice variety for breakfast and lunch. (never ate dinner there) The way they have the area laid out makes it seem less crowded. I was upset to learn that they close up the Windjammer and Solarium at 3:00. Why not close one side of the marketplace for an hour and then open that side for dinner at 4:00 and close the other side at 4 and open for dinner at 5:00. Also beware, many restaurants, including the buffet close at 8:30 pm. The only thing open is Sorrento for pizza! Main Dining Room - The food on RCI main dining room has been sub-par compared to other cruise lines. Steaks usually come out over-cooked, salmon comes out dry!. We ate in MDR 6 times and only 1 or 2 meals met expectations. The service on MDR is not what it should be. The servers don’t offer fresh-ground pepper, many times we had to ask for cocktail sauce with our shrimp cocktail, Baked potatoes don’t come out with butter and we have to ask for sour cream. The vegetables are scarce with every meal. Two slices of carrots, or two slices of zucchini! Chops Specialty Dining - This is a top notch steak house and much more, Food and service was top notch. So they can prepare steaks, just not in the MDR! We also had a lunch in Giovaninni’s! This was another awesome meal with great service. Very generous portions and very tasty! Excursions Labadee, Haiti We always enjoy this port, excursions are not needed here because beach chairs and all food is included, ample shade if you want it so umbrellas are not needed, first beach areas are rocky so go on to the last big beach area, float mats can be rented, extra cost things - zipline, dragon coaster, these can be rented on coast or before hand using your ship card. There is an artisan’s market - in the building use your ship card or behind building with the locals with cash, the locals can be very aggressive!! Falmouth, Jamaica All Inclusive Blue Waters Beach Escape This excursion was disappointing to us. The information in the RCI website is accurate, but it is what you are not told that ruined it. First the truthful points : 1-The Beach is only about 10 minutes away, 2- they have lounger chairs and an umbrella for everyone, 3- You do get free unlimited drinks including alcoholic drinks, 4- There is a buffet meal included, 5 -There is a live entertainer. The areas that were not good include - 1- The beach is small and dirty with seaweed!, 2- The lounge chairs include some good fabric comfortable chairs, and many plastic extremely uncomfortable chairs, 3- It was a windy day which causes havoc with many of the umbrellas. 4-The meal included a variety, but not very good. If you are on the first bus load, you may get the best loungers in the best location. Otherwise, you may be 8 rows back on rigid plastic loungers. We would not recommend this excursion. Cozumel Deluxe Beach Break at Playa Mia. We have done this excursion before and it only gets better..yes, better!!! The bus ride is about 15 minutes from the dock. You will have a wrist band which gives you access to everything except for motored sports. What is included: A large beach, beach loungers (plastic), umbrellas, access to the water park which includes water slide, kids pool area and a large pool and hot tub. Large beach area and another pool. Free buffet with a nice selection and pretty tasty, free drinks including alcoholic drinks, Very nice covered seating area for eating, nice bathrooms, and foot washing areas, free life preservers, access to the water gym area, free use of kayaks, paddle boats, water tri-cycles, and small “hobie” sailboats. They will even take you out in the hobie if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. We gave him a tip for doing that. All the workers are very friendly and helpful. They make several announcements when your departure time gets close. I would highly recommend this excursion. I wish the orchestra performed more times as a group. Only the brass and sax played on “Come Fly With Me”. I saw most of them perform dixie-land music in the Broadway on the final day party. On Harmony we enjoyed a fantastic orchestra in the Promenade, the theater, and other places. We like good music. Disembarkation- Be aware that you don’t choose your disembarkation time, they bring you the tags and your instructions the evening before the last sea day. At first we got the #55 with a 10:15 time. I went to the service desk and asked if we could possibly have an earlier time. They asked me what time and promptly gave me tags #20 for 9:15 time. This allowed us toe go to the MDR for an express breakfast at 8:00. We got done at 8:45 and our number had already come up, so we went directly off the ship without any waiting. We were at our shuttle at 10:00. This went very smoothly. Thank-you Oasis for a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We were three couples staying on the 10th floor with three water balcony rooms. Rooms were typical smaller size but very functional. Ship was amazing and embarkation and debarkation was way better than expected. Not sure why people ... Read More
We were three couples staying on the 10th floor with three water balcony rooms. Rooms were typical smaller size but very functional. Ship was amazing and embarkation and debarkation was way better than expected. Not sure why people complain it was so organized. Ship is laid out awesome with different areas to enjoy. Ship while huge never felt crowded with 6000+ guests. Never had to worry about finding lounge chairs. We found 6 together every day. The dining room food and service was top notch. Ship was very clean. Getting off ship at ports was very easy and well organized. We never ate at any speciality restaurants as really no need as the dining room is awesome and food great. We ate at buffet a couple times for lunch and breakfast but all the rest we spent breakfast, lunch, and all dinners in the dining room. We had MTD but booked a reservation for 7:30pm each night which was when we went most nights. A couple times we showed up early at 6:30pm and never waited more than 10 min to get a table of 6 people together. All staff were amazing. Would highly recommend and can't imagine why anyone would give negative reviews about any part of this ship and staff. If you don't like that you need to spend $$$$ and go on a private yaht cause you can't expect anything more than this for the price we paid. Awesome, great, will do again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise for several reasons: (1) It was 'bout the only week we could go this Spring, (2) We'd never been on an Oasis-class ship before and wanted to try it on for size, and (3) It had a couple of ports we'd not ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons: (1) It was 'bout the only week we could go this Spring, (2) We'd never been on an Oasis-class ship before and wanted to try it on for size, and (3) It had a couple of ports we'd not been to before -- Labadee (RCL's private island) and Falmouth, Jamaica. Embarkation: It was easy. We arrived about 11:30am and there was a crowd, but it went smoothly. Our bags were taken at the shuttle, we then waited in a long but moving line for security, and then were pointed to our check-in lane, which was quick. It took about 20 minutes from the time we walked into the terminal. Entry was in the middle of Deck 5, the shopping promenade. Sorrento's pizza place was at the entrance and a lot of folks stopped to dine there. But this day, we made our way to the Windjammer buffett on Deck 16 for lunch. More on that in the Food section below. Cabin: We choose an Inside Balcony overlooking the Boardwalk as it was relatively inexpensive and came with some nice perks, like a free soda package for two and a free meal at Johnny Rockets. We liked our cabin. It was larger than we'd experienced on older ships and the bed was actually comfortable (not a cushioned-cot like on some others. Also, the couch was full-sized, not a two-person love-seat, and the TV a nice size. However, in hindsight, an inside balcony overlooking Central Park would'a been nicer. We'd read that the air there gets stale, but when we visited Central Park (our cabin was on the same deck), we always found the air to be fresh. To get more of an at-sea sensation, an outside cabin would be necessary. Food: For breakfast and lunch, the Windjammer had a decent variety of food well presented, with eggs cooked to order at breakfast and a carving station at lunch. We did not try it for dinner, but it would likely be similar. Despite being jammed with peep, there were tables to be had and an active cleaning crew. On days with very high demand, there was a short line at the door and someone to show you to an empty table. Mostly we ate dinner in the main dining room (my time) and the food there was generally good. But there were a few misses: Tough steak (save that for Chops Grille) and the seafood linguine should be avoided (chalky pasta, cold seafood * watery sauce). The lobster (Day 5) was yummy and the deserts were excellent. Johnny Rockets was mediocre, both for the free breakfast and for lunch (think McDonalds), although I liked the onion rings.. We thought the pizza at Sorrento's was actually good. We also went to Chops Grille (got a voucher for a freebie) and were greatly impressed. The steak was very tender. The bernaise sauce was great, but the wine sauce tasted like enhanced A1. From now on, we'll include it in our plans. Entertainment & Activities: The quality of the entertainment was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed "Frozen" (ice skating), "Come Fly" (acrobatics), "Dreams" (aquatics), "Cats" (broadway musical), the headliner rock band, and their comedians. Being of a certain age, we did not do _any_ activities, but from what we could see, the flow-riders, golf, zip line, etc., were all in fine condition. Ports of Call: Labadee, their private island was fun. There was some confusion with the tram to Columbus Cove (no ferry that day), as we should'a taken the "small" tram which goes over sand, resulting in a little walk. We tipped the fellow who set up our lounge chairs $10. The lunch-spot was right behind us. In Jamaica, we did the little-Appleton Rum tour and enjoyed that, but thought it overpriced. In Cozumel, we'd done the West-side beaches 3x already, so choose to do the Mayan ruins and the rougher East-side beach tour, which was different, and also fun. Level of Service: Excellent at all venues. Our cabin steward was particularly attentive and got an extra tip. One improvement to suggest: For reserved seats, it'd be better to rope off rows than have someone shoo people away. Disembarking: Surprisingly fast and efficient. Breakfast the Windjammer at 8:30am, and as we descend to our waiting lounge at 9am, our bag #25 is called. The longest wait was for our shuttle bus. Summary: I was apprehensive about sailing on such a large ship, and ended up with mixed feelings. RCCL does a really good job of providing a largely enjoyable experience, and yet, the mass of humanity and size detracts from the notion that you're actually "at sea." Still, I'd do it all again for the entertainment and comfort value, but not where I want my experience to be more personal and my attention to be more seaward. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our first cruise on the Oasis, our seventh with Royal Caribbean—overall, it was a very positive experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary of Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel, as well as the days at sea, the latter filled ... Read More
This was our first cruise on the Oasis, our seventh with Royal Caribbean—overall, it was a very positive experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary of Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel, as well as the days at sea, the latter filled with ample opportunity for both relaxation and busy activity. In terms of onboard entertainment, the ice skating and water shows were excellent. As far as other options, lines at the Flow-Rider and zip line were surprisingly short, although I was turned away from the latter because I wasn't wearing a sleeved shirt—nothing about this requirement was posted near the ride. A good balance between open play and age-graded competitions were offered at the sports court. As far as logistics and related, embarkation was fairly slow, but disembarkation went much faster. Our cabin location provided quick access to wherever we needed to go, and we received excellent, courteous service by our room steward. Service in the main dining room was, at times, painfully slow (our table often ordered early but was served last), and the food widely varied from average to excellent. Occasionally, crew members throughout the ship seemed preoccupied with conversations between themselves, but this was not the norm. Related, a good number of the crew seemed to speak and comprehend English adequately. Lastly, a change from previous cruises...the highest category of internet service was surprisingly fast, though quite expensive, and the signal carried well throughout areas of the ship. On balance, this cruise exceeded our expectations, and we gladly recommend Oasis of the Seas to you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We had never been on a big (BIG) ship before, we like sailing from Pt. Canaveral, the Oasis was heading to the Western Caribbean - so we went for it. Glad we did. Good service throughout the cruise, throughout the ship. Our cabin ... Read More
We had never been on a big (BIG) ship before, we like sailing from Pt. Canaveral, the Oasis was heading to the Western Caribbean - so we went for it. Glad we did. Good service throughout the cruise, throughout the ship. Our cabin steward Erica always met our needs, brining us ice or more towels whenever we needed them. She saw the sink was not draining so she called maintenance and it was draining fine in 10 minutes. We ate most of our meals in the buffet - the Windjammer - always found a table, always fast service to clean up tables where the diners had left. Food selection for us was fine - though I did miss the papaya we had on on our last RCI cruise - on Brilliance of the Seas. Always soup, always lots of fruit, fish, vegetables and salad choices for the non-meat eater in our group. Croissants at most breakfasts were too good to pass up. Sorrentos on the Promenade deck (5) had pizza that was a quick snack a bit too often for our caloric intake - still good. We had breakfast in Central Park a couple of days - much more relaxed with still adequate choices for us. We'll go back there more on the next cruise. Labadee has a great beach! Got off the boat at 8:00 and was on a beach chair, under a coconut tree, listening to Haitian music right behind my head by 8:30 - The water was fine for swimming, and with my swim goggles, I could see the bottom, with many little fish, while I swam a few "laps" - I could get soft drinks for free (we had the beverage package) about 5 steps from beach chair - the buffet lunch was a bit further, as were the rest rooms. A server was bringing drinks around for purchase - could not have been much better. We'll go back as soon as we find a cruise that'll take us there. Went to Margaritaville at both Falmouth and Cozumel, so you know we enjoyed those ports, as well. Some tips I wish I knew before we got on: Men’s restrooms are often on port side Women’s often on starboard side .. Good to know if you gotta go (at the Windjammer they are both on the port side) Push a little green button to open some sliding doors to / from outside .. look for it Great running / walking track around the ship outside on Promenade deck 5 . If you walk down to the track from the Fitness Center on deck 6, you will see signs to “starting line” to the right. Nicely marked in miles and kilometers If using a wheelchair, to get from one end of the ship to the other, use Promenade deck 5 - inside, rather than using stateroom corridors - less obstacles, plus it’s more lively Six Coke Freestyle machines…2 on Promenade deck 5 on left side of Sorrentos and 4 inside side the Windjammer Buffet .. 2 on each side. When going ashore you will go down to deck 3 and take an escalator to the gangway on deck 2 .. towels available on deck 15 before you go..they say they have them just after you get off the ship..they ran out our first day ashore at 8:02 AM..so I counted 37 people angrily waiting for the next cartload of towels. 15 starboard is the choice Smokers hang out on port side of decks 15 and 16. We stayed on the starboard side when walking from one end to the other after learning this one time. Loved the big ship - loved the ports - we'll be back. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise for the Oasis Class ship. We had a Central Park Balcony, wanted to try something different than an oceanview balcony. It was fine, spent quite a bit of time sitting out there, relaxing. Little noisy during day when ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Oasis Class ship. We had a Central Park Balcony, wanted to try something different than an oceanview balcony. It was fine, spent quite a bit of time sitting out there, relaxing. Little noisy during day when pool was open, quiet in the evening. The ship is huge, but didn't feel crowded. The elevators were slow at times, and usually crowded. Dining times were usually the worst. We were in Main Dining room - deck 5 - Silk, early seating. Food was average. There didn't seem to be a big variety, prime rib cpl. of times, lobster tail the second formal night. Nothing outstanding. Turkey the last evening was very good. Moist and flavorful. We also dined at Chops Grille, It was fantastic. Meal and service was outstanding. Entertainment was good. We attended the Aqua Show, the Ice Skating Show, The Headliner Show, the Comedy Show. Only complaint is that the shows are repeated to accommodate all the passengers, which left a few nights without any entertainment options we had not already attended. We did make reservations for shows ahead of time, so we were able to see all the shows we wanted. Disappointed that the 2 comedians didn't have different shows to perform. Same material, with a few changes, so basically same show all week. We didn't do any shore excursions as we've been to the ports previously. Port days were a good time to hit solarium hot tubs and pool, as they were very uncrowded. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This is our 2nd time on the Oasis. This cruise was tied to a "Rockin the Caribbean" event featuring singers and bands from the 50's and 60's. We really enjoyed the ship and entertainment. The crew was very helpful ... Read More
This is our 2nd time on the Oasis. This cruise was tied to a "Rockin the Caribbean" event featuring singers and bands from the 50's and 60's. We really enjoyed the ship and entertainment. The crew was very helpful and attentive. There is so much to do on the ship it is hard to take in all the events. The only negative is the stage show "Cats". This show was slow and hard to follow. Even the comedians made fun of the show. We had a ocean view balcony room which is great. The Ports visited were interesting. We have been to Nassau several times so we just visited some of the shops in town. On St. Thomas and St. Marrtean we had excursions which we booked thru "Shore Excursioner". We have used this company on other cruises and find them to be reliable and fair with the price. I would recommend the Oasis for an enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We are primarily a River Cruise couple and being on a large ship for a week didn't seem to exciting to us. We received an invitation from a family member to join them and we did. The Oasis of the Seas is something special and from ... Read More
We are primarily a River Cruise couple and being on a large ship for a week didn't seem to exciting to us. We received an invitation from a family member to join them and we did. The Oasis of the Seas is something special and from the first time we saw it in Port Canaveral as it dwarfed other ships, to an extremely easy bag drop off and check-in process to walking into the Promenade Deck 5, we were in awe. We purchased the Delux Beverage Package and I would highly recommend it. Beers ran approximately $8 - 10 dollars each, so if you plan to have five drinks throughout the day, it is worth it alone not to have the package and not worry about how much you're spending,,,, you're on vacation. We enjoyed the breakfast and lunches in the Park Cafe and the Solarium Bistro. The dinners in the main dining rooms were just OK+ considering how many guests they are serving. The several meals we had in Chops Grille were excellent (both lunch and dinners). The service was excellent for all meals. I would highly recommend the Specialty Restaurant Dining Package of which there are two. Entertainment was better then anticipated and although Cats is a very boring show, listening to Memory made it worth the long seating. The Aquatic Show was excellent as well as the Frozen In Time skating show. Come Fly With Me (Musical, Dancing and acrobatics) was awesome..... but the Headliner left much to be desired. All in all, our cruise was just wonderful and we will be looking forward to another cruise next year; or sooner. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We cruised with a group. We had reserved private tour for 6 with Bernards independent of ship. He was a bit hard to find-near back of port area-but well worth it. We had arranged ahead of time to bring school supplies which he donated to ... Read More
We cruised with a group. We had reserved private tour for 6 with Bernards independent of ship. He was a bit hard to find-near back of port area-but well worth it. We had arranged ahead of time to bring school supplies which he donated to local foster kids for us. He had let us know they needed them & we were glad to be of help. We had a very good tour guide-Jackson-who was friendly & accommodating & took us where we wanted to go & on out schedule. Went shopping in downtown which he told us would be less expensive & it was although port area did have some great buys too. Spent some time at beach & Jackson waited there so we could leave when we were ready. Jackson gave us a great tour of both sides of island & lots of great info. Just FYI, if you use scooter on ship, Bernard's has a safe place you can leave it while you're on tour. We will definitely use Bernard's again. As for Oasis, we love Royal Caribbean but felt they nickle & dimed us a bit. We were on Princess Regal month before & in room movies were free ($11.99 on RCI, free popcorn & cookies & milk at Movies Under the Stars & drink packages were much cheaper. Soda package on Princess included soda, fresh squeezed juices & mocktails for $9.05/day while RCI's soda package included only soda & was $9.99/day. Service & entertainment on RCI were excellent, especially our dining room waiters-Komang & Bronwyn, They knew our names & drinks etc by 2nd night & parked our electric scooters outside dining room & brought them to us after dinner nightly without our asking.. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our first cruise and what an experience. We just got back last night and can't stop talking about it. Kids age 15 and 18 were very impressed. Highlights were our cabin steward, Vincent. He was very friendly, making sure to ... Read More
This was our first cruise and what an experience. We just got back last night and can't stop talking about it. Kids age 15 and 18 were very impressed. Highlights were our cabin steward, Vincent. He was very friendly, making sure to introduce himself personally to each member of our family and kept our room clean 2x a day. We felt spoiled for sure. Towel animals were are pleasant surprise. Another big highlight for us was MTD in the American Icon dining room. We had the same 2 waiters, Gerald and Sukhil who made our dining experience truly the best. We sat at the same table 148 after requesting it the first night. We all agree, our dining experience made our trip. The ship was clean, crew very friendly, guest services were helpful in moving the line along. We really liked our ocean view room and would do the same next time. Ice cream machines were popular with our kids and were maned by an attendant which made the line go much quicker. The drink pkg was also worth it for us. We had beautiful days with no rain. The excursions were fabulous. Counting down to our next cruise and can't wait.. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My wife and I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines. We've docked next to Oasis of the Seas and added this ship to our cruise bucket list. We are new empty-nesters and decided to take our first vacation in a long ... Read More
My wife and I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines. We've docked next to Oasis of the Seas and added this ship to our cruise bucket list. We are new empty-nesters and decided to take our first vacation in a long time. We booked Oasis, and we are beyond glad that we did! What an amazing ship! It is extremely clean. Wanda in housekeeping, did an immaculate job keeping our room clean and tidy.She was so friendly and really made our vacation special. We had an ocean view room on the 9th floor. The window was huge, and it allowed us to look out and see the beautiful water and ports. All of the shows were outstanding! Our favorites included "Come Fly with Me", the aqua show, and the ice show. We were never bored. In fact, we were exhausted by the end of the day from all of the activities that we did. Food - All of the food was delicious! The MDR service was great, but even the food in Windjammer exceeded our expectations. Yes, it is a buffet, but it was tasty and uniquie every day. You will definitely want to try Sabor, the Mexican cantina on the ship. It was the best Mexican food we've ever had. Try the margaritas and the guacamole was delicious! Embarkation/Debarkation - Quick and easy. The whole process took about 25 to 30 minutes each time. Port Canaveral does an amazing job moving over 6,000 people quickly. The 7-nights went by quickly and we can't want to check out another Oasis-class ship soon! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Oasis is an amazing ship. There was so much to do and the service was excellent. Staff could not have been better. Sean (007) took excellent care of our cabin and was always so friendly morning, noon, and night. He called my son by his ... Read More
Oasis is an amazing ship. There was so much to do and the service was excellent. Staff could not have been better. Sean (007) took excellent care of our cabin and was always so friendly morning, noon, and night. He called my son by his name in the hallway on the first day even before meeting him! In the main dining room, Glen and Heriyanto made sure that my daughter, who is a vegetarian, always had a vegetarian entree and meal waiting for her on special order. The activities and entertainment were excellent. We were amazed that with so many cruisers, we were able to enjoy all of the activities we wanted to without having to wait very long. On other cruises we have taken, there were many activities we never even got to try because the lines were so long. I was expecting the same on such a large ship, but that never happened on Oasis. The pools and hot tubs, although somewhat crowded at times, were still quite accessible. The fitness center and the running track are superb. We were four people (two adults and two teenagers) in a standard balcony cabin! I was a bit worried after reading reviews that we would not be very comfortable. But we were fine. It was a bit crowded at bed time, but everyone had a good night sleep. And, we were not often in the room during the day anyways. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and I had one of the best vacations to date on this ship. Just as a reference, my wife and I are in our late 20's, early 30s with this being our 5th cruise together and 3rd with RC. We decided to take a vacation and leave the ... Read More
My wife and I had one of the best vacations to date on this ship. Just as a reference, my wife and I are in our late 20's, early 30s with this being our 5th cruise together and 3rd with RC. We decided to take a vacation and leave the little one home and below are what I think was great, good and needed some help with the ship. GREAT Let's start real positive, the ship rarely feels crowded. I never felt like I was waiting in long lines or trying to navigate through people. Occasionally at peak times in the promenade you might have to weave your way through some people but overall there is so much to do everyone is spread out. The Solarium is great if you want a nice place to relax. Two levels and it has a good number of chairs so you don't have to get out there at 8 in the morning to make sure you get a seat. I believe there were solar reflected windows on that side of the ship as well so you could sit in the sun and not get burnt. Only gripe I have is the pool is small but that means there are room for more chairs. It's a trade off. There is also a small area for food there were they have healthy options. Great spot to grab a little bite to each if you'd like. The food was spectacular. I will also add the the service in the main dinning room was awesome. Our server "Vini" just kept coming to our table with new food to try even if we didn't order it. They had our drinks down by the 3rd day and were always looking out for us. Two quick stories. We had a show that we wanted to see and only had an hour for dinner. We told "Vini" and he rushed everything out to us and we even had time to spare. Second was I had a fork that had some food crusted on the back. No problem, just asked for a new fork. It was less then 10 seconds I had a new fork and someone came over apologizing way more then they need to over a dirty fork. Overall loved dinner and looked forward to it almost every night. Not something I could say about earlier cruises. Getting on the ship was a delight. We got there around 12:30 so I thought we were probably going to be sitting in lines for a least an hour. I looked at my watch and it took less then 30 minutes total before we were on the ship. Was absolutely incredible how fast they were and how many people they had working there. Also note that we are only gold members and so it wasn't like we got to just skip all the lines because of status. The area known as Central Park is breathtaking. On deck 8 in the middle of the ship are real life plants and it feels like you are walking into a real park. At night they often had live classical music playing under the stars, I often forgot I was on a boat. GOOD The shows were good, I might even put in great if we didn't watch Cats. Nothing wrong with the production or anything, it was just odd. Also a lot of people must have thought so because half the people left at intermission as did we. Only way I know is because we got asked if we had seen it yet by multiple people and we all thought the same thing, they just stayed for the rest of the show. Other then that though "Come Fly with Me" was great. Pro tip, sit someone were you can see everything and not under the balcony. They use every bit of the stage and above it as well. Also the Rookie we have seen before but loved it again. The absolute must watch though is the diving show they put on. I was thinking how good can this be? It's absolutely incredible and had me on the edge of my seat. The room was very nice. My wife and I usually go with a balcony but wanted to save a little money and went with an Ocean View room and got a great deal on it. Same layout as a balcony, just without the balcony. We had natural light which was nice and same floor as the my time dinning is a nice perk. Plenty of storage and maybe I'm imagining it but the shower felt just a little bigger then other Royal ships. THINGS TO WORK ON I wouldn't call these bad, lets just say things they should look into improving. The secondary show times we all over the place. They have the main show and then they have smaller shows like battle of the sexes, or finish that lyric, shows like that. They are fun and it's unscripted so anything can happen. Typically you will get done with the main show for the night and then shortly after you have these shows, that way you don't have to wait around for awhile. These were hours after or right as the main shows were going so we didn't make it to them. When we did the host of the events were less then spectacular. And the rooms they put them in didn't always make sense. Either there were a ton of empty seats or everyone was shoulder to shoulder and couldn't see anything because so many people wanted to go. I understand they can't always predict it, but I've been to enough of these types of shows to know that system wasn't going to work. Bar Service needs a little help as well. There would be multiple places were you would go up to the bar and you would have 8-12 people around it and one bartender. There were times you would wait 5-10 minutes for your drink. I'm on vacation with no where to go so not that end of the world but I felt bad for the bartender. Internet prices. I understand this is probably a decent money maker for them but it's 2019. Paying for internet and wifi is odd, charging as much as they do, come on. At least have the option for minutes so that I can say hi to my family back home make sure everything is alright a couple times a week. Instead they make you pay $20 or more a day for internet on the ship. We didn't do it but I would have certainly paid $25 for 100 minutes of internet. 10-15 minutes a day checking up on things is all I need and I think they probably would make just as much if not more because who wouldn't do that? OVERALL This is one of the largest ships in the world and it feels and looks great. I know they are planning on doing a few updates to it soon but honestly my wife and I had a great, relaxing time and any updates that they do will just make this ship sparkle. If you are looking for things to complain about I'm sure you can find them, but why? You are on vacation! Enjoy everything around you! Don't be afraid to try out the mega ship if you haven't already. Read Less
Sail Date March 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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