797 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

The Oasis really is unlike any other cruise ship I've experienced. It is massive! In some ways that is a strength and in other ways I think it is a weakness. A ship this size offers you options just not available on so many other ... Read More
The Oasis really is unlike any other cruise ship I've experienced. It is massive! In some ways that is a strength and in other ways I think it is a weakness. A ship this size offers you options just not available on so many other ships, but it also loses (for me at least) some of the charm of cruising. There is so much to do on the Oasis. You can surf, climb rock walls (nearly 80' high), zip line, ice skate, ride a carousel, mini golf, as well the normal things with swimming, shuffle board, jogging, gambling, dancing, etc. It's impressive all of the options available. We are not pool people, so I can't comment much on the pool situation. The entertainment is also so diverse. From the Broadway show "Cats", the arial acrobatic, the high diving/gymnastics water theatre or ice skating, the musicians, comedians, Dreamworks characters, 3D Movies, game shows, etc it's hard to get board. The entertainment team must be huge! Overall, we were impressed with the talents of so many. The Royal Promenade (aka shopping mall) opens up the entertainment options as well with the parades and other events. The food was typical with what we have come to expect on cruises. It goes from good to great. We don't go to the premium restaurants, but we do try to check out all of the other venues. Again, lots of options available from pizzas, hot dogs to paninis and more. Our biggest complaint is the Windjammer Buffet is "jammed" with people. The don't always have both sides open which make the problem even more noticeable. The main dining room was mixed since we got moved a couple of times, but our server the last few nights was outstanding. The food was consistently good. We had a balcony on deck 7. The room was nice, but the bed was painfully hard. Our stateroom attendant was outstanding. The water pressure in the shower was amazing! I wish they would offer more stations on the TV. I know, I'm on a cruise ship, but I love to sit and watch movies looking out at the ocean as we cruise. Our location was very convenient to much of the activities. I really enjoyed both Central Park and Boardwalk. They were nice places to just walk around outside. They had musicians in Central park and night and who doesn't like riding a carousel at night? At the start of this review, I mentioned that I felt this ship lost some of the charm of cruising. What I missed was a bit more overlap with other guests and crew. We rarely saw guests more than once. I guess that can be a good and bad, right? But we did miss it. Will we go back on Oasis (or similar ships)? I'm not sure. I don't think they will be our first option. Personally, I enjoy ships that are in the 3,000 passenger range, such as the NCL jewel class ships. We've not done the Freedom class ship yet, so I think that might be our next on our list RCCL cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Every thing was great or excellent except cruise excursions, don't do it! No fun but they just want you to buy the overpriced stuff. We will definitely going back with Royal Caribbean for our next cruise, but with Eastern ... Read More
Every thing was great or excellent except cruise excursions, don't do it! No fun but they just want you to buy the overpriced stuff. We will definitely going back with Royal Caribbean for our next cruise, but with Eastern Caribbean or Alaska, was hoping for a cruise from Orlando to Hawaii, but none available at this time. We like the most about dinning, the food were great, the staff were great, dinning rooms were nice and clean. The Casino also great even we did not win, but we had fun there. Over all, this was an excellent trip for us, we did this trip with just another couple, on our next cruise, we will do again with one or two more couples, that's good size for travelling together. The excursion in Panama Island Tour with Bamboo Beach Break was a total waste of money, I would rate this tour with a 1. The Best of Cozumel shopping wasn't good at all, I would rather stay back on the ship and enjoy the pool and bar. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is an amazing ship, as is it's sister ship the Allure of the Seas, and we chose this as it offers something for everyone. We travelled with a fair size group, over 30 individuals, from the age of 1 to 60+, and the ship offered ... Read More
This is an amazing ship, as is it's sister ship the Allure of the Seas, and we chose this as it offers something for everyone. We travelled with a fair size group, over 30 individuals, from the age of 1 to 60+, and the ship offered something for everyone. Naturally there is a kids program which was made use of, several pools and plenty of deck chairs, a really nice gym and spa facility, an adult only pool area for those who wanted more quiet space, and many entertainment options. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth which is amazing when you consider there are over 6000 passengers. Although the ship is huge there truly was no feeling of overcrowding. A few things that were a bit of a disappointment was there was no sushi offered unless you were willing to pay for it in the speciality restaurant. Additionally there is a beautiful Champagne Bar however it lacks ambiance. The lighting is too bright and there was no music that would give it a better ambiance and feeling of what a high end bar should be. We were told the reason for no music was because of its location as it would conflict with the music from the Promenade deck. The dining room menu seems to be a downgrade from what was offered on other RCCL past sailings. No longer is it presented as a 4 course meal, appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. Appetizers, Soups and Salads appear as one, then the entrees and desserts. It really seemed to be more rushed and less emphasis on fine dining, although the service was excellent from the staff. This gives the impression that they are pushing the speciality dining options in order to get that fine dining experience. We tried three of the Speciality Dining options. Johnny Rockets is worth the extra minimal charge if you want a good burger and all the trimmings. Giovanni's did not impress us, however Vintages was one of our favorites for great wine and tapas. There were plenty of entertainment options but one recommendation is to pre-book your entertainment for the shows as it was difficult to get in to some until much later in the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have heard such wonderful things about this ship, so I thought I would give it a try. I would have given it a 5* with the exception of a large group that was on board with us that basically took over the ship. Apparently LuLaRoe ... Read More
I have heard such wonderful things about this ship, so I thought I would give it a try. I would have given it a 5* with the exception of a large group that was on board with us that basically took over the ship. Apparently LuLaRoe offered several thousand representatives that met quota a free cruise for themselves and a guest. Sounds wonderful doesn't it? However on the cruise planner it showed events going on that were not available. Tried to meet up with a friend at Dazzles for what sounded like a pretty cool band. Headed that way only to find that it was closed for a private party. OK... No biggie. My husband had eyed a pair of swim trunks down on a shop in The Boardwalk. He wanted to research price prior to buying. We had decided to head down and buy them but found out that the whole entire Boardwalk was closed for a private party. Again, no advance notice. One beautiful evening my husband and I wanted to walk through Central Park to enjoy the wonderful weather. Guess what, an event had taken place and it was so packed you couldn't get through. I am not complaining about the reps, they were so friendly and apologetic as they too realized they had caused a great inconvenience to all of us that were not part of this group. So I do not blame them. I blame RC for not putting their foot down and allowing a group to control so many venues. Will I travel again on RC? Of course, I already have another cruise planned. It just made for some adjustments to our plans and led to a lot of frustrations. Hopefully RC has learned that from this experience. Oh.. and RC, we do not want to hear every morning on the how you cruising tv show how the LuLaRoe leggings felt. We were already over it at that point. On the bright side, out state room attendant, waiter and bus were AMAZING. I couldn't have asked for any better service from these 3 wonderful individuals. As well as the bartenders from every area. They were friendly, courtesy and made delicious drinks. As I stated, I will be back I just hope that there is no large group overtaking the entire ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Embarkation and disembarkation were exceptionally smooth. Arrived 10:30 am at the port - was on board by 11:15. Disembarked at 9:30 am - was on my bus to my parking spot by 10:00. I chose 3rd party excursions at Nassau and St. Maarten - ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were exceptionally smooth. Arrived 10:30 am at the port - was on board by 11:15. Disembarked at 9:30 am - was on my bus to my parking spot by 10:00. I chose 3rd party excursions at Nassau and St. Maarten - enjoyed both. Do your research and read the reviews. Did the Royal Caribbean half day champagne cat cruise on St Thomas - highly recommend. My Time dining was really handled quite efficiently by the staff. I had reservations for all venues and waited for a maximum of 5 minutes for our table all week. Did dinner in the Solarium one night - desserts were more interesting there than in the main dining room. We found a waiter in the main dining room who was quite attentive and provided excellent service - we requested him each time we came back and the staff was able to accommodate. Breakfast in the main dining room was ok but table service was slow. The buffets are a much better bet. The buffet in the main dining room is available to augment the menu, but the selection in the Windjammer or the Solarium was much better. The elevators on the ship were always swamped. My wife and I made a point of using the stairs on the cruise the entire week. It was a bit painful the first day (not used to walking up 10 flights) but it was faster and was built in exercise - somehow it allowed me to justify in my mind the extra food and extra drinks all week... We had the premium drink package which included the Coke cups and unlimited bar drinks. The normal mixed drinks are pretty high calorie so I made many drinks myself by filling the coke cup with my favorite low cal flavored sodas, and juices and asked the bartenders for shots of liquor to add - no problem - skinny drinks by the pool all week long. Central Park was really a nice addition. It allowed us to walk from the front to the back (or vice versa) without having to walk down cabin hallways. The pools do get crowded during the days at sea and it is best to get there right after breakfast to have the best selection of lounge chairs. The Solarium and its pools are adults only. Entertainment was top notch. The ship was clean. The cabin was in good condition and cabin attendant kept it made up. The towel animals in the cabins were cute. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Huge, beautiful ship! It never felt crowded. Loved St. Maarten. Did not like Nassau or the crowds there at all. Main Dining Room (with Redgie and Michael) was very good. The rock climbing wall was never busy. We ate at the Solarium for ... Read More
Huge, beautiful ship! It never felt crowded. Loved St. Maarten. Did not like Nassau or the crowds there at all. Main Dining Room (with Redgie and Michael) was very good. The rock climbing wall was never busy. We ate at the Solarium for lunch the first day on the ship. I highly recommend this on embarkation day. No crowds compared to the Windjammer. We loved the Solarium Bar and Helyna from the Ukraine. No crowds. Loved all the shows except for Cats. Now if the ship had a water park with slide...it would have been awesome. Overall, we were pleased with this ship. We had breakfast on our balcony every morning. Room 10702 had the couch near the balcony doors, which we liked. Very nice room and bathroom. It was our 40th anniversary and we had chocolates and champagne, courtesy of RC, in our cabin when we arrived. Lobster tails on the second formal night were big and delicious. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the brand. I have had some really great cruises on Celebrity, which is owned by Royal Caribbean. I have also cruised on Royal before. The handicap accessible room is very roomy and ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the brand. I have had some really great cruises on Celebrity, which is owned by Royal Caribbean. I have also cruised on Royal before. The handicap accessible room is very roomy and comfortable. I had both a walker and an electric scooter and the room was perfect size wise for these items. The bed was very comfortable. Sadly, my roommate's bed frame was broken and he suffered an injury to his back. Royal Caribbean sent him to their doctor onboard and then to the Spa for some heat and relaxation of his back. I will say that the staff were concerned about this situation and immediately replaced the frame of the bed. It is concerning that they do not regularly check the bed frames. I am sure many, many people have slept in that bed. This should be part of their routine, to check the frames in a handicap room, instead of just remaking the bed for the next customer. The other concern is that Royal Caribbean is turning into Carnival. They are trying to sell you something all the time. They now charge for Room Service! This is one of the luxuries of going on a cruise and now they charge $7.95 for each order. I could understand it if they are charging for an expensive item like wagyu beef or salmon, but for a simple sandwich, its crazy. Also, in purchasing a photo we took onboard, they no longer provide a cardboard holder. They give you the picture in a very flimsy piece of plastic and try to sell you an expensive photo holder of $34.95 to protect your picture on its way home. This is greedy on their part. That's my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We were traveling with other family members for a leisurely cruise. This was our 4th time on Oasis and it is certainly one of our favorite ships. The entertainment was excellent but the theatre was so cold and loud during the wonderful ... Read More
We were traveling with other family members for a leisurely cruise. This was our 4th time on Oasis and it is certainly one of our favorite ships. The entertainment was excellent but the theatre was so cold and loud during the wonderful Cats production, we left at intermission. The Ice Show was wonderful and entertaining. The comedy show was funny and mild by some we have experienced which was a good thing. The Aqua Show, Headliner and Come Fly With Me Production show were all excellent. My only complaint would be the cabin TV shows. Very limited and was disappointed that when you are in your room getting ready for dinner, there is really nothing to watch. It would be nice to be able to catch up on the US daily news at that time. The On Air bar had baseball/basketball games for the men to watch while we had time between dinner and the evening shows.The embarkation went smoothly and we were amazed at the efficiency of debarkation. We were off the ship, collected our luggage, through customs and to our car within 35 minutes. We'll be back in January for another Oasis cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Most of the cruise was great. It was our first one. One of the excursions was misleading and excursion staff did nothing to help our issue out. The excursion stated no photos could be taken and would be taken for us for purchase. The ... Read More
Most of the cruise was great. It was our first one. One of the excursions was misleading and excursion staff did nothing to help our issue out. The excursion stated no photos could be taken and would be taken for us for purchase. The purchase price for the pictures were prices that I felt could be considered extortion. When internet didn't work; staff did little to help other than state they are aware of the issue and would call us when it was done. When I called back after receiving no calls the staff would state the same thing. After asking around it was just our device that had an issue and the staff did nothing to help us figure out the issue. There were several others that had the same experience on the ship. When the internet worked it was very good and would provide a speed fast enough to FaceTime/Skype. Family member had extreme dietary issues and staff seemed to be accommodating. It was a little frustrating that we continually had to explain to the staff the dietary issues then hope they understood. Some of the staff's English was a little rough and so translation of the dietary issues were challenging. One funny note is that the family member could not eat lactose but could eat butter. The staff would then note that the family member was allergic to dairy. The note wasn't accurate so when the family member would order they would state "We can't make that for you because it has a diary product" then we would clarify with them that the product was butter and they would state you can't eat that. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
ABOUT US - We have been on a dozen or so cruises on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise lines. We live in FL and are now empty-nesters. We chose this cruise because we wanted to try out the largest mega-cruiser class of RCCL ... Read More
ABOUT US - We have been on a dozen or so cruises on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise lines. We live in FL and are now empty-nesters. We chose this cruise because we wanted to try out the largest mega-cruiser class of RCCL ships. The people that constantly complain about service overall have such high, unrealistic expectations of instantaneous service. If you want that then go on a Crystal or Cunard cruise. Of course you will pay double or triple what this cruise costs. RCCL does definitely try to give excellent service and they do make it happen most of the time. EMBARKATION -Easy to get on ship at Port Canaveral. Went directly to the Park Cafe for lunch as Windjammer buffet restaurant was so crowded. Delicious roast beef sandwiches and salads. But when we got to our cabin (7535 on deck 7 far forward) after 1:00 pm, we were alarmed by seeing the bathroom sink had not been cleaned,and neither had our refrigerator which still had half full drinks in it. Our cabin steward stopped by and we told him but we were dismayed when he asked us not to tell his supervisor. But we had already called housekeeping and a manager came down and apologized and had the room cleaned immediately. We requested and got a new cabin steward. Also the champagne and strawberries that my wife had pre-ordered for our anniversary were not in the cabin as she was told they would be when she ordered it well before we left on the cruise. DINING - That first night we ate at Chops, and our waiter Dominic was great but both of our steaks were overcooked badly from the medium rare that we ordered. We had paid $49.00 per meal extra to eat and Chops, and I paid for the dry aged beef which was an additional $18.00, and they service my porterhouse steak well instead of medium rare.Sent it back and the next one was raw and unedible. It ruined our dinner. Other cruisers told us Chops used to be really good but now no longer good. And we also ate at Sabor, the specialty mexican restaurant, but the bar service was terrible. Waited 20-25 minutes to get a drink, so finally I just walked out to the nearest bar and ordered our drinks, The Sabor manager did come get me out there and told me he would like to bring our drinks to the table. Windjammer buffet was the best buffet we have ever had, including the service. And they did NOT just serve the same things day after day. And the main dining room, where we were on the My Time Dining plan, served delicious food and very good service. Overall the food on this ship was the best we have ever had (except for Chops and Sabor). So our first day on the ship was really not a good day for us. Thankfully management staff were very responsive and credited back to us our Chops expense, and then rest of the trip was much better. SHIP - This ship is a beautiful and amazing one. Don't listen to anyone that says it is showing it's age...everything we saw was very well maintained. And do be sure to walk the ship one night late once things have quieted down and take in the beauty of things. And don't listen to other reviewers about how long of a walk it is from one end to the other. Our cabin was far forward and it was no big deal to walk to the stern. Besides, there were so many interesting things that we got to walk through to get to the stern. Of course, if you have mobility issues, then I can see where the ship might be too big. And even though it got crowded and noisy during special events, this ship is no more crowded than other ships we have been on. Deck 14 on the port (left) side of the ship is a terrific place to stand (no chairs there) and take in the air and view. Also, deck 5 at the stern does have about 30 wooden deck chairs. This is a great place to be near the ocean, but we chose chairs that were farther to one side or the other because at the center of the stern it is very noisy with the ships screws churning the water. We always found chairs available there. Speaking of chairs, a lot of people would go out early in the morning, by 7:00 or 7:30, and place towels on chairs and not return for hours. Finally near the end of the cruise the ship put out signs that towels will be removed after 30 minutes if not occupied. And we actually witnessed a crew member approach a sunbather there who had been holding loungers for other family members that never showed up to use them, and he picked up the towels and handed them to the sunbather. NICE TO SEE..THANKS ROYAL! SHOWS - Cats, Frozen in Time, and Oasis Discovery (dive show) were the best shows we have ever seen on a cruise ship! Cats is a little long especially in the first act, but the second act after the intermission is awesome! The singing, choreography and showmanship were absolutely as good as the shows we have seen on Broadway in NY. But if you don't like musicals, DON"T GO TO THIS SHOW! The only show that was so-so was the Headliners act of two juggler/comedians. Not worth going to. CASINO - We played some slots on 4 or 5 different occasions but lost off of our budgeted money each time very quickly. Other people have commented that the slots are too tight and we agree...not worth the cost only to lose it all so quickly. There is one side that is smoking and the other half is not, but you can certainly smell the smoke even outside of the casino on this deck 4. But I will add that the smell on the non-smoking side really wasn't too bad. I just wish they would have the courage to ban smoking in the casino totally. DRINKS - we took advantage of the Pre-paid all you can drink plan's 20% discount before the cruise, and we definitely got our money's worth. My wife never had so much champagne over this 7 day cruise!! We only had to wait at the bar for drinks 5 minutes or less except at certain peak periods. But do NOT LISTEN to the naysayers that say that getting drinks in a timely manner doesn't happen. SHORE EXCURSIONS - At Nassau, Bahamas we didn't get off of the ship, but plenty of people did so it was a nice day on the ship. We went to Sapphire Beach at St. Thomas, USVI, and Orient Beach on St. Martin. Terrible thunderstorm rained out St. Martin. DISEMBARKATION - We were told our departing group number was to be at Studio B by 11:00 that morning, so we just hung out elsewhere and when we got to Studio B at 10:30 it was already closed and we learned we were one of the last parties getting off of the ship. Even the baggage porters had already all gone away. RCCL, please get your act together on this so it doesn't happen to others. IN CLOSING - As long as you realize that there are a lot of people to be taken care of, and be patient (and KIND to your fellow cruisers), you will have a wonderful time on this ship. I highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We had not been on Royal before (my wife has been on at least 10 cruises, myself 4), and we also wanted to experience a much larger ship than our previous cruises. Combined with how we live in Orlando and wanted to go to the Eastern ... Read More
We had not been on Royal before (my wife has been on at least 10 cruises, myself 4), and we also wanted to experience a much larger ship than our previous cruises. Combined with how we live in Orlando and wanted to go to the Eastern Caribbean, this was a perfect choice. PARKING We drove over from Orlando and used Park n Cruise for the first time. It's located on a side road from 528 before the bridge to the Port. It was about $55 for the 7-day cruise, and we asked if we could keep our keys and they were fine with that. It's a gravel lot and doesn't look fancy, but everyone was nice and friendly and it was so easy to park as well as leave. We saved a ton of money parking here and would do it again in a heartbeat. THE PORT It was pretty simple getting on and off the ship. No complaints. THE SHIP, ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES There was a TON for people to do. If you love walking around and checking things out, this offers a lot of places to visit too. Our cruise was sold out with more than 6,000 guests, but we never felt cramped (except for when there was a parade on the Royal Promenade). We sought chairs to lay out during peek times, and always found some pretty quickly. And there were rocking or folding chairs in hidden locations, you just need to hunt to find them (such as on the track on deck 5 at the back of the ship, or on the SunDeck on Deck 14). We were amazed how we could practice rock climbing or ice skating on a cruise ship. Same with the surfing, zipline and games that were on board. We never had a long wait to do anything, sometimes didn't have a wait at all. Thankfully these were free, but other things you had to pay for. The shows were very good, we realllllly enjoyed the AquaTheater shows, Come Fly with Me and the ice show. We also liked the behind-the-scenes tours. We fell asleep during the first act of Cats though. We did make reservations for all of the shows and it's good if you want to get good seats, they scan your card up to 10-15 minutes before the show when they open up the seats to everyone. Make sure to do it for the shows early in the itinerary especially at the AquaTheater. We were very pleased at how many live music options were available to attend. The fitness center was incredible, as was the spa. Worth at least a visit if you don't use them. At night, the top decks were dead except for a smoker's bar that was open. All of the parties and entertainment were on the lower/middle decks. I'm not a shopper, but there were a lot of shopping opportunities with discounts that had people flooding the stores or displays. FOOD & DRINKS We chose My Time Dining and it worked out for us. There was always a line since we didn't make reservations, but they moved people quickly. We waited maybe 25-30 minutes on the first formal night so make a reservation for that, but we didn't wait more than 5 minutes all of the other nights. The food overall on the ship was average. I think we expected more. We did Giovanni's Table and it was fun to sit outside and listen to the live music it a peaceful setting. A lot of the specialty restaurants are in Central Park. But they can be costly. Elsewhere, there were a lot of places to eat at, however once it got to 9-10 p.m., those options were limited to pizza and a cafe both on the Royal Promenade. There were a lot of times we simply wanted chicken tenders, a burger, fries, ice cream (that was free, but we bought Ben & Jerrys a couple times instead) or something else at 10 or 11 p.m. and they weren't available while we were seeing shows or listening to music. As for drinks, we didn't purchase a drink package because it was pretty costly even if it was on sale, and we didn't plan on drinking a bunch. There wasn't a ton on the menu we were anxious to drink either. So we got about two drinks each per day and it was cheaper than the package. There was a great pub on board but the beer selection was just ok. Princess had $5 beers and happy hours on all drinks, but all beers on Royal were either $6.95 or $7.25. Royal had a happy hour with $1 mimosas on sea days so we took advantage of that for sure. But if you do plan on drinking a lot, based on beer and wine prices, it'll be worth it. SAVINGS We bought an excursion and Giovanni's when Royal had online deals. We simply waited to get the email that there were 10-20% off excursions or dining and that's when we booked. We also booked the whole cruise and then noticed they had another deal going on a month later, so we called and they lowered our fare to that specific deal saving us about $150 total. Also, ask your family and friends for Royal gift certificates when it's Christmas time or your birthday. Those credits came in handy in a huge way for us. As much as I don't like giving gift cards as presents, I loved receiving these. We also got surprise presents of champaign and brownies and that made our day, so subtly mention that as gift ideas too! SERVICE No issues at all. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and it seemed like there always was a staff member nearby when we needed something. OVERALL We would consider this ship again, or any of the mega ships. Personally, I like a quiet, small crowd on a cruise ship, but this has changed my opinion for sure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We have been on several RC cruises and wanted to try one of the bigger ships. We were on this ship with our son and daughter-in-law (separate rooms) who are in their 30's. We all really enjoyed ourselves and the ship. We parked at ... Read More
We have been on several RC cruises and wanted to try one of the bigger ships. We were on this ship with our son and daughter-in-law (separate rooms) who are in their 30's. We all really enjoyed ourselves and the ship. We parked at one of the "Park and Cruise" sites and were delivered to the ship without a problem. The line for security was a bit long because it is such a big ship, but it did move quickly. Being Platinum level we were able to get right in line to check in and then board the ship. Easy peasy. We all had our suitcases by around 6 pm. We attempted to go to the Windjammer for lunch, but the lines were out the door so we headed to the Solarium Bistro at the other end of the ship. It was also quite busy, and we had to wait for a table, but it wasn't nearly as busy as the Windjammer. Overall, we tried to avoid the Windjammer on this trip. Food was mediocre, salty and boring. They did have a gluten-free area at lunch and dinner time, which our daughter-in-law needed to use. The gluten-free dessert options at the Windjammer were good, as was the gluten-free bread. The space is small for a ship of this size. However, the food was pretty much the same in that area of the ship most of the time. The Windjammer is actually quite small for a ship of this size. There were 4 "Coke Freestyle" machines in the Windjammer on our cruise. (There were 2 more by Sorrento's Pizza.) They really need more of these machines - there was often a line. The pizza at Sorrento's was very good. There is a "make your own" option, and you can choose your options. It takes about 13 minutes and gluten-free pizza crust is also an option. (It was very good also.) The Park Cafe in Central Park is famous for it's roast beef sandwich (and salads) which were very good. We were a bit disappointed in the hotdog stand. It had limited hours and limited toppings, although the hot dogs themselves were good. They did not have a gluten-free bun though. Johnny Rockets was an adequate choice for breakfast (free) and quite busy throughout the day (service charge of $6.95, plus the cost of any shakes ordered.) Very few gluten-free options available at Johnny Rockets. The Ben and Jerry's ice cream shop was very good and they also have cupcakes ($). Gluten free cupcakes are an option ($) if ordered a day in advance, which was nice. This option is also available for a wide variety of other food allergies. We ate dinner in the Main Dining Room (deck 4) each night and after a slow start on the first night, our servers did a great job attending to our needs. They took the time to learn our names and went over the next days menu each night with our daughter-in-law so she could choose her gluten-free foods. Dinner was very good and the bread fresh and tasty! Desserts were just ok, and as for gluten-free, outside of ice cream the only real choice was creme brulee. Very good, but not every night! We ate at Chops Grille one night - and we all agreed it was the best meal of the week. A very intimate, small setting. We also ate at Giovanni's, but we weren't overly impressed. The food was just "ok." Both had decent gluten-free options. One of the things we noticed about this ship was the number of small, intimate areas. With over 6000 people on the ship, plus crew, it could easily feel as if there were too many people to contend with. Other than the number of people trying to get on the ship at the same time, and the same number trying to eat lunch, the only other chaotic time was the first dinner seating - everyone trying to find their table, etc. The Comedy club and the Ice Skating show/rink are small venues. There were lots of areas for sitting and relaxing - one of our favorites was the solarium, especially at night! As on lots of ships, there were a lot of people saving deck chairs early every day, BUT, I did see a crew member with a map documenting times and whether or not the chairs were actually occupied. I didn't actually see him reserve towels, but I liked knowing they really were paying attention. They will charge you for deck towels if they aren't returned under your room number, so be sure to pay attention to your towels. Based on what we read here on line, we made all of our dinner and show reservations nearly 5 months in advance, which was a good idea. The shows were good - we loved the Aqua Theater show and the Comedy Club. The Ice show was also very good. I liked CATS, but the rest of our group was bored, so we left at intermission. They showed Boss Baby in the Opal Theater one afternoon, which was fun. The kids enjoyed the variety of bars/clubs, especially the Jazz Club and the bar that moved up and down (forgot the name). The parades looked like fun. The kids also spent a fair amount of time/money at Starbucks. We all played around in the Casino a bit - the machines were really, really tight, so it wasn't a "happening" place, but the slot machines were current and would've been fun if they were paying out. The casino had a very strong smoke smell and also the port side of the pool area of the deck (especially for smokers). It was set up nicely, but whew, it was smelly! Free ice cream cones were available daily in the Wipeout Cafe and also by the center of the pool area (near the children's area). The children's area was really cute, and as you can imagine, busy. There was an adequate number of life guards, day and night. There were several hot tubs around the ship, also. More than I've experienced on other ships. Remember my note above about small, intimate areas? One evening we were the only 4 people in the hot tub in the Solarium. It was wonderful! It was strange, but I had a hard time finding iced tea in the morning. The Windjammer, Johnny Rockets and the Solarium Bistro didn't have it, Sorrento's wasn't open and it took forever to get it in the Main Dining Room. I was able to get it from room service though. Strange - I haven't had this type of thing happen since we first started cruising 25+ years ago. We only went on one excursion. In St. Maarten we took the Town Trolley Tour and were rained out. Unfortunately, we only received a 50% credit on the excursion - I guess because we got on it - even though it didn't follow the route it should have, was more than an hour short and we were in a monsoon rainstorm and soaked from the very beginning. Beware, we did ask for a refund, and were told we would get a letter with an explanation/decision later that day, which never arrived. We saw the 50% reimbursement show up on our room bill later that night as a credit. Since it was an onboard credit it was a "use it or lose it" situation, which didn't help my credit card, since I had fully paid for it before arriving on the ship. That was disappointing. I would have rather had the credit go straight to my credit card and expected more of a reimbursement/explanation also given what we considered extenuating circumstances. The ship had a few movies at night at the Aqua Theater. They were recently released (still in the theater) shows, but only a couple of them and they were repeated a couple of times. (Princess Cruises has the "Movies at Sea" program which is heads and tails better than RC's movie program.) One note about the Aqua Theater - get there well in advance of your water show. Those with reservations are seated first in all of the venues but it was almost impossible for them to manage all the people coming in the entrances at the Aqua Theater and even though we were very early to the show we were only able to find a few seats at the bottom (in the "wet zone"). I'm pretty sure there were a lot of people there without reservations. The show is excellent though. Because this ship is so big, it hardly ever feels like it's moving and I must admit, I did miss that a bit! The Boardwalk, Promenade and Central Park areas were beautiful. The ship is beautiful and we enjoyed it and would certainly sail on it or on one of that size again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
For the most part we enjoyed the dining and the treatment we received from most of the staff, especially the Servers and those who take care of the rooms.. The Ports of calls were not that exciting as it rained all day in Saint Martens. ... Read More
For the most part we enjoyed the dining and the treatment we received from most of the staff, especially the Servers and those who take care of the rooms.. The Ports of calls were not that exciting as it rained all day in Saint Martens. We enjoyed the entertainment we could get in to view. It takes us three days to figure out how to make reservations to see certain shows and when we do it turns out to be open seating. We are somewhat dissatisfied at the price we paid for an inside cabin and do not feel that the Central Park view Staterooms worth the US$1300 per person cost we paid. We are also displeased that the Royal Caribbean booking agent not give us the AAA, AARP, or Senior Citizen discount that others enjoyed. Kudos to the Activities Director and his Manager were able to follow their morning show with much needful information. Thanks Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Our choice of Port is Port Canaveral as it's easier to get to Orlando to complete our trip. We like to go somewhere new on each trip. We have been to Puerto Rico,Jamaica,Grand Cayman,Cozumel,St Marten twice ,St Thomas,Nassau ,Haiti ... Read More
Our choice of Port is Port Canaveral as it's easier to get to Orlando to complete our trip. We like to go somewhere new on each trip. We have been to Puerto Rico,Jamaica,Grand Cayman,Cozumel,St Marten twice ,St Thomas,Nassau ,Haiti &,Cocoa Cay. We love going to new places but can't always afford the excursions. We met new friends which is nice. I do wish it was a little more affordable so we could invite more family. My daughter has not been cruising yet. I feel Getting on and off the ship was extremely easy this time. The only thing I would say about disembarking was they should not have new cruise people being dropped off at the same time that the same time new cruisers are boarding . When they have an event that they card people on the ship I feel there should be a dress code within reason. How about at the Absolute party they play more of a variety of music, not just the current clubbing music. We traveled as a couple. They also have a designated children's pool and quite often there were children in the adult hot tubs. Also I saw a parent allow a child ( approximately age 2 to 3 to drink out of his adult drink somewhat secretly and then dumped the drink. If that child was to get drunk and get hurt then what. I observe parents and that bothered me A lot including the fact that we were awoken because a 14 year old was missing . Thank god they found her ,I couldn't go back to sleep Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
A family vacation that we all had an amazing time. There was something to do at all times for all of us. The food was excellent, there is something for you to find to eat at all times of the day. They had different entertainment happening ... Read More
A family vacation that we all had an amazing time. There was something to do at all times for all of us. The food was excellent, there is something for you to find to eat at all times of the day. They had different entertainment happening throughout the ship at all times. If you go on this cruise we recommend that you dont miss the Aqua Show. That was the best show of the entire cruise. The other shows were great too. They also had the Dreamworks Characters walking around to take pictures with. Thats great for the kids as well as the adults. The carosel was a fun thing to do for all ages.The zip line and the flow rider looked like a lot of fun, but I was too scared to try... lol. They have all kind of sport events for all the guys to do. And the Infinity Whirlpool felt wondrful and very relaxing!! We recommend Oasis of the Seas for all ages. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The ship's staff was fantastic! We have sailed on the Oasis three times. We have always enjoyed each sailing. This was the fastest we have ever gotten on and off the ship. The staff is friendly and amazing! They work hard and show ... Read More
The ship's staff was fantastic! We have sailed on the Oasis three times. We have always enjoyed each sailing. This was the fastest we have ever gotten on and off the ship. The staff is friendly and amazing! They work hard and show care always. The food is always great no matter which venue. Staff is friendly and caring. The shows are fantastic! Room service was fast and food still warm. Many options to choose from when looking for things to do! Clubs, Bingo, comedy club, ice skating, casino, pool, bars, game room, activity center, Art Actions,Salon, and so much more. Shore Excursions are Awesome! Loved riding the Jet Skis in Labadee and riding the Dolphins in Cozumel. We have seen a few changes that we didn't care for such as the casino slot tournament changed from three payouts to only one in seven days! Then they only paid the First place winner. Second place got nothing which changed because I won $500 for a second place last cruise on this same ship. Carpets need to be changed because it looks worn. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Excellent specialty restaurants. Chops was at its best and the Izumi was also a wonderful experience. The Bistro on 15 was a pleasant surprise as well. Entertainment definitely needs to be updated but the whole cruise experience was one ... Read More
Excellent specialty restaurants. Chops was at its best and the Izumi was also a wonderful experience. The Bistro on 15 was a pleasant surprise as well. Entertainment definitely needs to be updated but the whole cruise experience was one of the best. The pool activities were less than I remembered but that could be because some of the events were held at the Aqua pool. I think the merchandise should be updated as well. Did notice a few new tshirt designs but that is about it. Enjoyed the afternoon Family Karaoke and would like to see more of that. Would like to have lower limit black jack in the early afternoon or late morning. Your lower limit of $6.00 is not low enough. Needs to be $1.00 per hand to let other people enjoy playing for a limited amount of time. Many of the buttons on the slot machines were not marked so you had to guess. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Overall we had a nice trip. It was very relaxing and there were many things to do on the ship. I was not impressed with the food in the main dining room in the evenings, however I thought the Windjammer had a lot of options, especially ... Read More
Overall we had a nice trip. It was very relaxing and there were many things to do on the ship. I was not impressed with the food in the main dining room in the evenings, however I thought the Windjammer had a lot of options, especially for my gluten and dairy sensitivities. I wish I would have known about the Solarium restaurant on Day 1. There was a lot more healthier options there and I would have eaten there daily. Check out the Solarium menu if you want to eat healthier on the cruise. Almost all the staff was exceptionally kind and went above and beyond their duties. We only met one person, a photographer, who was very rude, but she didn't ruin our time. We would recommend going on the Oasis, but still our favorite ship is the Freedom of the Seas! This is our seventh cruise and all of them except for one have been with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise for the ports that we would visit, and the many days at sea. Royal Caribbean has taken all of the hassle out of getting on or off the ship.Everything from the bus shuttle at the airport to the idea of taking off your ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports that we would visit, and the many days at sea. Royal Caribbean has taken all of the hassle out of getting on or off the ship.Everything from the bus shuttle at the airport to the idea of taking off your luggage. Your cabin is cleaned everyday by helpful, friendly staff. There are many, many activities in which to participate hourly and daily. The staff is friendly and willing to help with all of your questions. And the food...there is always something to eat, but make it a must to go to the specialty restaurants, you will not be disappointed. You are given enough info before each port of call to make safe, informed decisions. However is you are as old as I am, and are looking for a quiet nook to rest and sunbathe,,,there is the Solarium. Plan your next trip...you'll enjoy yourself! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our first time on this ship (my husband & myself, son and his girlfriend) and while it was great with all that it had to offer it was too much work. Meaning too many people (over 6200) and the making reservations for almost ... Read More
This was our first time on this ship (my husband & myself, son and his girlfriend) and while it was great with all that it had to offer it was too much work. Meaning too many people (over 6200) and the making reservations for almost everything! We love the evening shows and while we had reservations for the big shows like (thank you Cruise Critic for letting us know), we knew nothing about the comedy shows requiring reservations (wasn't on the website). We never were able to go see any of them. The lines for standby seats was far too long. Poor scheduling of events, such as, too small of a venue for the number turned out, not enough chairs and only one show offered that would be during one of the dining times so half ship couldn't go - ever; were some of the problems we had. Crowd control on the Promenade during some of their watch or jewelry shows was terrible. Situational awareness was very absent by everyone. Trying to get through at times led to confrontation with other passengers. Dining was fantastic all over the ship. There are a few cut backs since we were on RCCL such as charging an additional extra charge for lobster in Chops. Limiting the number of plates you could order. We only ate three times in the main dinning room and tried 150 Central Park - wonderful; Chops - wonderful; Giovanni's - wonderful; and hibachi restaurant - best chef ever. Shore excursions we didn't do any. We live in Florida and the Caribbean is no big deal as we've been to them all so many times. We wanted to enjoy the ship. But don't think they are going to have very many activities going on while in port. I get it but it's a huge ship and they should know that people are going to want to beat the crowds and do the zip line (not open) and Flow rider but they weren't open very long. Spa was the biggest I've even been too. Had great messages with very nice people. The one problem was the private Thermal Suite (extra price ~ $200 for the week per couple) was it only has four heated lounge beds and people were holding them; three steam rooms that were always busy. I can't use the steam rooms so a hot tub/Jacuzzi would have been nice. I only got in three times and had to wait twice for a bed to vacate. On other cruise lines there are a lot more and they limit the number of people that can buy in. I was unhappy paying for four people and getting very little use for the money. Staterooms. We had a balcony on Central Park (#10585) and one balcony ocean side (#6616). Central Park was nice and not noisy. In fact I wish all ships had a central park as they really are peaceful and nice having the real plants; loved it! Our ocean balcony was good as well. The best thing was the showers are taller on this ship so my 6' 6" son could stand up under the water; with fantastic water pressure. They also have a handy bar to place your foot on to shave your legs. The rooms need a little more drawer space but we did fine. The bed was too hard and the room attendant tried to make it better but no luck; my back is still killing me. Good time but I think I'm going to stick with medium ships with a lot less people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
To be quiet honest I was skeptical because the person that was assigned to handle my travel reservations (MP) did not return any calls to me nor my family and friends that was booked for this trip. Every time one of us called we spoke ... Read More
To be quiet honest I was skeptical because the person that was assigned to handle my travel reservations (MP) did not return any calls to me nor my family and friends that was booked for this trip. Every time one of us called we spoke with someone different. It turned out to be a wonderful experience for my daughter's first cruise and college graduation. Housekeeping, Activities and Dining Service were excellent. We had a great time and most definitely would sail on this ship again. we loved the activities and met some great people, the food was great, Our stateroom attendant and Dining service was superb. Most of the staff was very courteous and friendly. I must say the excursion in Jamaica could use a bit more organization; there was a lack of communication. Other than that, we had no other problems. Thank you to the Captain and Staff of Oasis of the Sea for assist with making my daughter's first cruise so memorable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I cruised on Oasis of Seas in May 2017. The ship is huge and the inside is beautiful. I traveled with family and friends, in a party of seven. While the ship was huge and filled to capacity with over 6,000 guests, it never felt overly ... Read More
I cruised on Oasis of Seas in May 2017. The ship is huge and the inside is beautiful. I traveled with family and friends, in a party of seven. While the ship was huge and filled to capacity with over 6,000 guests, it never felt overly crowded. There was three people in my balcony room and while it was tight, we made it work. My stateroom attendant, Ms. Laverne was wonderful. The dining room staff was wonderful and always made us feel at home and welcome. They went out of their way to make sure we had everything we wanted. We visited ports in Haiti (Royal Caribbean private island) Jamaica and Mexico. The negatives: I brought the drink card (roughly $380.00) on the cruise but was charged for a souvenir cup in Labadee, Haiti. The island is owned by Royal Caribbean, so why nickel and dime me? In Jamaica the shore excursion was very poorly managed and it seemed as if everyone was trying to get you to BUY something or tip someone. Mexico was nice and the excursion had everything included except for the pictures with the dolphins that you were not allowed to take with your own camera. Three pictures for $75.00 is a little steep. The cruise takes pictures the entire cruise and then charges $20.00 for each picture. After all the money spend on the cruise, Royal Caribbean should give a better deal on the pictures. After 3 am, the ship pretty much shuts down. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Wanted to try the big ships. Getting on and off in Port Canaveral was a breeze. We parked in Terminal Garage next to elevator that took you right down to terminal entrance - worth the expense! Just felt overwhelmed first day with crowds ... Read More
Wanted to try the big ships. Getting on and off in Port Canaveral was a breeze. We parked in Terminal Garage next to elevator that took you right down to terminal entrance - worth the expense! Just felt overwhelmed first day with crowds everywhere (6,454 passengers) that thinned out as days progressed. Can't tell you're on a ship at all - so big and smooth. Theaters were always crowded though for first few days . All entertainment was top notch - except "Cats" was cancelled for 3 showings due to sickness. Room attendant and wait staff service were great. We had My Time Dining that got us same table/staff each night at 6:30. Seemed to be enough staff aboard. Our mini-suite (room 10636) was nice and comfy - except for unexplained water leak by balcony window. Others in our group enjoyed the nice but less expensive Central Park Balconies across the hall. Would opt for a private excursion next time in St. Marteen as 2 big cruise buses missed a lot of what I had seen previously on YouTube videos. I did the ship zip line but felt uncomfortable leaving my pocket belongings, wallet, and glasses on deck floor - they need small security lockers by takeoff tower with key attached to your harness. Waited too long to try zip line in Labadee - next time! Enjoyed the experience and ports - glad I did it, but will opt for smaller ship next cruise. . Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose the cruise specifically to see Cats. However, the show was cancelled twice, and we never got to see it. We were very disappointed. The food and the service were very good. Our steward was very friendly and helpful. Our ... Read More
We chose the cruise specifically to see Cats. However, the show was cancelled twice, and we never got to see it. We were very disappointed. The food and the service were very good. Our steward was very friendly and helpful. Our waiter and assistant took care of our needs at dinner very well. The weather was good and the ship sailed very smoothly. The getting on board experience was quite efficient, since my wife needed a wheelchair to come on board. The attendant not only brought us to Central Park so that we could get our lunch, but also found us a table, and got us water to drink. He was very courteous and helpful, and went above and beyond the call of duty. I wish I knew his name to commend him personally. Our cabin was available exactly at 1 PM as stated, and was in good shape when we arrived. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
First, let me say that the service and food and the ship itself are incrediable. You will love it and if it's your first cruise, you will be awed by the sheer size of it all. They literally have a park on the ship and a boardwalk. I ... Read More
First, let me say that the service and food and the ship itself are incrediable. You will love it and if it's your first cruise, you will be awed by the sheer size of it all. They literally have a park on the ship and a boardwalk. I can't explain it very well, but it feels like you are on an island with floors. There are many things to do for kids and adults. Many of the specific activities are pay-to-play though so be careful about spending money onboard! Now, the reason it missed the mark for me this time. I sailed on Royal Caribbean's sister ship the Allure first and this was my second cruise. The ships are identicial in almost everything so I thought I would have a great experience like the first time. Two major things dampened our stay. The headline show was CATS and all the shows had to be canceled due to two of the actors getting sick. Royal's responce to this was not adequate. Although I acknowledge that illness among the actors is not their fault, they should have held a concert with the remaining actors singing whatever songs they could without the sick ones. Instead they put on an impromtu show that was a mesh of unrelated songs. Now the singers were amazing but I wanted to hear CATS, period. Not songs of Frank Sinatra or from Frozen. Another disappointment was how they handled reservations for events. If I have a reservation, I shouldn't have to show up 20 or more minutes before the show starts to get a seat. They were allowing standby people into events a full 15 minutes before the show started. This happened to me at both a diving show and a comedy show. Both have limited seating and it was infuriating to get there exactly 15 minutes before the show and have no seat. I am on a cruise, I shouldn't have to arrive early to something I had reservations for. Period. My shore excursion was also canceled due to "operational" problems and they had no suitable replacement. By the time we were told it was canceled, most of the other excursions were already booked or had weight limits that would not accomdate my husband. The replacement we did choose was a tour that got stuck in traffic for an hour and prevented us from shopping and getting food at one of the stops. (PS. No toilet paper in the public bathroom in St. Martin) Again, not exactly within their control but still a drawback to the experience. Finally, it just seemed crowded. More so then last time. I just felt like I was bumping elbows with people all the time despite the size of this ship. Maybe my first ship wasn't booked solid and this one was, I don't know. So some advice, if you go on this ship and need to save money, don't get a balcony, just get a front facing window room or internal balcony which are a little cheaper. Don't buy anything full price, wait for sales and vouchers, they give so many coupons and vouchers for things. Like I got a free eye treatment at the spa for going to a presentation about moisterizers where I got to sample the products. Do not buy the alcoholic drink package, it probably won't pay for itself unless you have 3 or more drinks a day! (remember you probably won't have more than one or two on port days) You are allowed two bottles of wine from home in your room, take advantage of that! Schedule your reservations up-front, do not leave it up to chance or you'll never get to see some of the stuff. Have fun! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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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