Sail Date: December 2009
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day early on our own. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale Beach. A perfect location. The hotel overlooks the Inter-coastal on one side and the ocean on the other. (Great pool overlooking the ... Read More
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day early on our own. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Ft. Lauderdale Beach. A perfect location. The hotel overlooks the Inter-coastal on one side and the ocean on the other. (Great pool overlooking the beach.) Eat lunch or dinner at Coconuts across the street on the inter-coastal. The food was wonderful! Breakfast we ate outside overlooking the beach at St.Barts Coffee Cafe one block away. We then took a taxi to the port, very close by about 10:30 am. Check in was so easy. Much faster and more organized than some of the smaller ships we've been on. We couldn't get in our room until 1:00, but enjoyed sitting in Central Park and the Park Cafe while waiting.Great new way for a lifeboat drill. You don't have to have your life jackets. This ship is just absolutely amazing from the moment you walk in. It is unbelievable how beautiful it is. The different "communities" make it very easy to get around. We had a balcony room toward the front of the ship starboard side. It is definitely the side to be on. You can see everything from this side of the ship when you are docked in the ports. The room attendant was very attentive and personable. We had breakfast and afternoon cocktails delivered to our room almost daily. Room service was excellent. We had anytime dining. RCI wants you to make a reservation each night which kind of defeats the purpose. We like the way Princess does anytime dining much better, but this was OK. We found an excellent waiter/staff and requested his table each night. Entertainment was excellent! Hairspray, Come Fly With Me, The Ice Skating Show..All very professional and great. The theaters are wonderful. We had booked our tickets online. Do not miss the Oasis Show in the Aqua Outdoor Theater. I'm still in awe of how they are able to do this show on a moving ship! There are so many places to go and so much to do you can't possibly do it all. At night besides going to the shows we went to the Jazz Club, Latin club, Comedy Club, Pub and Casino. The Casino is huge and "very alive" almost all the time. One complaint..the smell! 1/2 is smoking but you can smell the smoke all through the casino. The Cupcake Shop and the Donut shop were delicious..key lime donuts, coco cola cupcakes. I want one now! One of our favorite places was Central Park and the Park Cafe. We ate lunch there everyday or at the Solarium up by the pool. If you don't have kids I would suggest staying towards the front of the ship. During the day most everywhere we went was on the front. It's so easy; just up and down the elevator to the pool,solarium, spa, Central Park. This ship has a beautiful Spa and my two facials were wonderful. Most of the Kids stuff is at the back of the ship. This was our 6th RCI cruise. We are gold members which you don't get anything for on this ship except a coupon book. But, it didn't matter to us. We were treated very well and all of the staff went out of their way to be friendly and meet our every need. We plan to go back next year! Oh yes, I left out one thing. Make sure to do the Zip Line, another first for a ship. What fun! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Oasis of the Seas had seen an amazing amount of hype. I had EXREMELY high expectations for this super-liner. Not since QM2 had I had expectations like this. Where QM2 fell short (at least in its inaugural year) Oasis Exceeded all ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas had seen an amazing amount of hype. I had EXREMELY high expectations for this super-liner. Not since QM2 had I had expectations like this. Where QM2 fell short (at least in its inaugural year) Oasis Exceeded all expectations. This ship will now be the standard by which i measure all other ships I sail on. I genuinely didn't think she would live up to all of what she was billed to be. However I can tell you all- when RCL describes this ship as a "WOW" they are not kidding. I challenge you NOT to say it at least once every 20 min from the time you first see her, to the time you have finally explored all of her neighborhoods. Yes- she is big- but SO well organized. If you are lost- well just touch one of the interactive computer screens all over the ship and find anything you could want. Anything from how to get to your stateroom, or one of the amazing neighborhoods, to "what should I do now?" But seriously the ship is so natural and intuitively organized, you really cant get lost. The rest of the computer enhancements, from booking entertainment, shore excursions, specialty dining or other enhancements can be done on your home computer, or once you get on board from the interactive TV screens in your stateroom. She sailed with 700 less people than she could have due to the missing lifeboats she had to have removed for repair after the rough trans-Atlantic crossing. I can tell you the ship NEVER felt crowded- in fact I have felt far more crowding on ships like Caribbean Princess and Sun Princess. Service is AMAZING. I have like many others been seeing the cutbacks at RCL and other lines during these times. Well RCL put its best people (with one exception-later) and its best "keep them happy" philosophy on board. I have never seen such great service on any of the other (20+) cruises I have been on. YOU KNOW you have good people, when even in the buffet area crew members are tripping over each other to supply you with complimentary drinks, and servicing those of us with soda packages- not just people ordering bar drinks. This level of attention by the F&B department was also evident in the huge number of outlets including main restaurants, specialty restaurants, quick service food outlets and bars all over this wonderful ship. Quality of food was also outstanding in all locations. We unfortunately were unable to hit all of them in a 7 day cruise- try as we might!!! And now for the most pleasant surprise- Entertainment. RCL seems to have taken some lessons from Disney and REALLY beefed up their entertainment. From Broadway caliber performances of Hairspray, to 2 different Cirque-du-Soleil inspired spectaculars, there was so much to see. Add in some headliner entertainment on some nights, an AMAZINGLY funny group of comedians in the comedy club, some top notch musicians in the bars, a fairly good ice skating show, and atmospheric characters in the Central Park neighborhood, and you have a recipe for an entertaining week. Finally and full circle, the new neighborhood concept. It really works, the Royal Promenade, Boardwalk, and Central Park Neighborhoods are DAZZLING. The Pool and Sports neighborhood is really just a beefed up version of what some of her "little sisters" have already, but they are still impressive. As far as negatives- I have very little to say. I sailed on her second 7 day voyage, and was expecting glitches. If you take something as complicated as this ship and expect NO errors- you are kidding yourself. However the issues were very minor and typical for ANY cruise on a ship that is "seasoned" and "broken in". There were several issues where entertainment was not as listed in the cruise compass newsletter on board. I hope that as time goes on and everyone gets used to the busy schedules on board, less mistakes for entertainment timing and offerings will occur. My biggest negative issue was with the cruise director on board who seemed more interested in winning favor with his entertainment cast on board and less interested in being friendly with his paying guests. He was MC of most events on board, and I was sick of hearing about how important it was that the audience was more lively. He also seemed to like to lecture people on how they should feel or think, rather than allowing them to think for themselves and take it all in. As I said earlier it was evident that RCL put their best people on board to make a good impression- with the exception of Mr. Rush. OK enough of the small negative impressions. Overall Oasis is a true wonder of the Modern World, and I can hardly wait until the prices on her drop just a little (as soon as I got home I saw that pricing of her staterooms had increased overall since before I boarded)- so I can book on this amazing ship once again. THANK YOU RCL for a concept truly ahead of its time!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
After reading some of the other cruisers reviews, I felt like i should clear up certain things for those of you who have maybe never cruised on RCCL or at all. Yes, there will ALWAYS be things that can go wrong, things that you are not ... Read More
After reading some of the other cruisers reviews, I felt like i should clear up certain things for those of you who have maybe never cruised on RCCL or at all. Yes, there will ALWAYS be things that can go wrong, things that you are not crazy about, but anyway here it goes: EMBARCATION: A BREEZE! Porters were everywhere collecting luggage as soon as you pulled up, and RCCL staff were directing you to the main entrance of the terminal. I arrived at around 11am and was on board by 11:10, no joke! After a light lunch and stroll of the beautiful pool deck, 1 o'clock came around and the staterooms were available to guests. By 1:15 my luggage had already been delivered! I was guessing that with the volume of people and the sheer size of the ship it would be well past 6pm before I could expect to have luggage delivered! STATEROOM: I had a Balcony cabin on deck 8, the beds were unusually comfortable and seemed a tad larger than the other ships I've sailed on (both with RCCL,and other lines) and the room was pretty standard in all other aspects. Balcony was about that on Freedom-class ships, as well as restroom layout. Only slightly negative thing were the pillows! Hard, and had a plastic like cover under the pillowcase, which I know is for hygiene, but still not very easy to get comfortable on.... ENTERTAINMENT: Honestly I'm not big on Broadway style shows, but i did see part of the Hairspray show and if you are into that type of entertainment, you would probably enjoy it. The Aqua Theater had a show that was good, but seems that they have not yet had a chance to fine tune it for an entire production. What i saw was pretty spectacular though. Very high tech and a true innovation for any ship! The Ice skating show was great, again very much like the ones on the Voyager and Freedom-class ships. I never made it to the comedy shows which was a bummer, but there seemed to be many shows at the comedy club throughout the cruise. Casino was HUGE and had just about all the games like black jack, poker, let it ride, slots, etc... FOOD: I tried the "My time dining" and thought it worked well. I also enjoyed the food from the Windjammer buffet. I'm not too big on seafood or steaks, so i didn't try the MANY specialty restaurants. There were many options from Asian, Italian, and Steak house style dining. The food, again, is the same as on all the other RCCL cruises I've been on, and for my taste, better than most cruise lines I've been on (which include Carnival, Princess, Norwegian), but not as good as Disney cruise line's food. Over 5,000 people on board? WHERE ARE THE CROWDS? Not ONCE did i feel that there were this many people on this ship. The ship is truly AMAZING! Not just for its size, but for the innovations that you will not find on any other ships, or even on land based resorts. The RISING TIDE BAR was one of my favorite places to sit and enjoy the ever-changing scenery, from Central Park, to the Royal Promenade. Boleros had the BEST Mojitos made by Adrian, and a nice place to hear live music from the band. Blaze nightclub was also a fun late night venue. The Solarium was just beautiful. Never crowded, always inviting. The zip-line is a MUST! Its not a long stretch but it is really a neat thing to do while on a ship! Strongly recommend express departure, i walked off the ship when I was ready. I can go on and on, but don't want to bore anyone! If you have any questions feel free to contact me at FreedomOTseas@aol.com Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
If anyone says to you - "Wow that is a big ship", well they are right. We don;t want to get too wordy as you know there are alot of critic reviews and the last thing you need is an essay! Here are the pointers: It is ok to get to ... Read More
If anyone says to you - "Wow that is a big ship", well they are right. We don;t want to get too wordy as you know there are alot of critic reviews and the last thing you need is an essay! Here are the pointers: It is ok to get to the port at 12noon ish, we did and we were on board in 10 minutes - no joke. It was smooth and organized. Carry on you own luggage and it is there in your cabin when you need it - don't fall for the bell hops at the port who want to take then for you. If you can do it - carry your own. Book your entertainment on line - you want a guaranteed space. BUT if you find yourself wanting to go another time - stand in the standby line - we always got a seat! Hairspray and Frozen in time the ice show are the BEST!! Go to the Aquatheater on off show times and you can watch rehearsals - fun. Bring LONG pants if you want to ice skate. Remember the specialty restaurants are free for breakfast ands dinner. Go to the Solarium restaurant - absolutely wonderful and the best food (free breakfast and lunch and 20 for dinner. The atmosphere is perfect! Ask for Lorraine the Solarium Officer - she is great! Simona has been promoted to Chops :( The coffee cafes are a fee but the deserts and specialty sandwiches are free Shopping Shelby the port shopping expert is a bit over the top. The lectures are long and repetitive. For a chance at a tossed out gift sit on here right in Studio B. Sit high for Come Fly with Me to see the best view of the aerials. A good view of the parade is the Cupcake Shoppe - get their early for the best seat. Another good view id at the Schooner Bar. Instead of the usual photo shoots - as for a personal photographer to do your pictures - this is worth the extra money. There is a LONG line for the Captain's photo. He is there both formal nights. I noticed more formals and tuxes than previous cruises - perhaps the inaugural season or the holidays. Read the daily Compass fully and use a highlighter to stay organized. Over all the ship was very pretty. It was huge but did not seem crowded. However according to the officers - there were only 4700 on board (holds 5400 double occupancy) Have fun! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Scheduled to fly Southwest Airlines, Orlando to Fort Lauderdale. We were soon surprised to learn that SWA has a new "Early Bird Program"; allowing passengers to obtain their boarding passes much earlier than the previous 24 hour ... Read More
Scheduled to fly Southwest Airlines, Orlando to Fort Lauderdale. We were soon surprised to learn that SWA has a new "Early Bird Program"; allowing passengers to obtain their boarding passes much earlier than the previous 24 hour allowed - at a charge of $10 per person per boarding. Not too bad, especially for people catching flights directly from a cruise. Bussed to a new (at least to us) terminal in Port Everglades from the Ft. Lauderdale airport. We could see the huge ship while flying into Ft. Lauderdale and also while on the ground at the airport. Nice efficient terminal, we were soon aboard in the Promenade. Good planning for embarkation is obvious. Anyone who has been in any RCI ship that has a Promenade would feel instantly at home, but there are differences that need exploring. Forward and aft elevator banks are familiar, but you can't go from one side to the other on odd numbered decks. Thankfully there are very clear interactive directory signs on each deck by the elevators so we couldn't get too lost. Immediately above the Promenade ceiling is Central Park, with trees, shrubs, flowers and I think fountains surrounding skylights. Above Central Park is mostly open sky. Aft of the Promenade is the Boardwalk, with all the usual boardwalk amenities, including a carousel and small shops. Aft of the Boardwalk is the seating for the Aquatheatre. I just realized that I was just repeating what all the literature about the Oasis of the Seas will tell you. Go to http://www.oasisoftheseas.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Oasis_of_the_Seas to see what is what aboard this beautiful ship. In general, I will only write about the things that we didn't like and think need fixing. Obviously, since the cruise we were on was the ship's first, not all the bugs had been worked out and probably what we list, have been mostly corrected. In the dining rooms, large bowls, instead of plates were used for serving meals. The bowls are extremely difficult to eat out of, plus after using a utensil, if you put it on the edge of the bowl, it will soon fall in. This might be acceptable for soups, salads and pastas, definitely not for meats, potatoes and vegetables. We asked the waiter if we could order our meal on a plate, the answer was "I don't believe there are any plates on this ship." The dining menus, particularly the breakfast menus are large and unwieldy. They are too large to hold in the lap and too large to place on the table. The slot machines in the casino mostly would not accept new $100 bills. The casino cashier was only issuing new $100 bills. It was necessary to find a machine that would accept $100 bills, place them in the machine and get a ticket out that was usable in all machines. Alternately, return to the cashier and exchange the $$ for tickets, if they had any preprinted. Obviously the casino cashier always had a long line waiting with people waiting with money problems. If there were no bill reader problems, the cashier might not be overloaded with customers. The air conditioning for the casino did not have enough air exchanges, even though half the casino was no smoking. The cigarette odor was overwhelming at all times. Sewer gas odor existed in many of the aft hallways during the cruise. The odors seemed to move from hallway to hallway. Some of the odors disappeared, only to return a day or so later. I'm sure this is part of the operating personnel learning the systems. The balcony cabins seem to be smaller than the equivalent cabins aboard the other classes of Royal Caribbean ships. Two people cannot pass one another while getting dressed. The circular shower was installed to allow more room than the other classes. A foot rest was included to help the ladies shave their legs. No temperature fluctuations in the shower water is a huge improvement. Another nice detail; the bath towels have a loop to allow hanging up after use. We used the Express Departure at the end of the cruise, carrying our own luggage ashore. There were absolutely no departure slowdowns, including passing through Customs and Immigration. Taxi fare to the airport is between $12.50 and $15.00 depending on the airline. We were at the airport two hours after getting up, including breakfast in the dining room. Not bad at all. Royal Caribbean really did outstanding planning in people movement. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Hi.. Let me start by stating we traveled with my 19 yr old daughter her 20yr old boyfriend and my son 17yrs. We also traveled with four friends of ours. We stayed at I believe it was the airport Ramada in Ft Lauderdale and we paid 10.00 a ... Read More
Hi.. Let me start by stating we traveled with my 19 yr old daughter her 20yr old boyfriend and my son 17yrs. We also traveled with four friends of ours. We stayed at I believe it was the airport Ramada in Ft Lauderdale and we paid 10.00 a day to leave our vehicle there and take the shuttle bus to the cruise. Embarkation had its issues first time I have ever had to wait an hour to board, but this will happen because it is a new ship. We got on the ship and I was in AWE. It was beautiful we found our rooms all cleaned and ready. Soon after we received our bags and its now time for muster drill. Which was the shortest most comfortable ever. We went to one of the theatre's and they had the info on TVs placed all over the theatre that was it. Our room was a balcony it was kinda small I thought for a balcony, the worst was the little bitty tiny sink. It was clean and the Bed was so comfortable I did not want to get out of it. All the spaces on the ship were nothing like I have seen. The shows Top Notch!! We did not do the pools we have a pool at home not a priority for us. Casino was the biggest I have ever seen half of the casino is smoking and half is non smoking. No smoking at the bar in the casino but you can smoke at the little tables by the bar. No cigar bar which I missed I love the smell of cigars, my husband loves to smoke cigars. You can smoke in a small corner of the Bolero Latin themed club. At the Schooner you can smoke at the bar only. At Blaze you can smoke in the corner feels like your in a dungeon. Dazzles upstairs towards the back only. Im not sure why so many non smokers complain there are many more non smoking areas than smoking. The restaurants on board were outstanding we ate at Chops great steaks. Giovanni's was great best tiramasu I have had. Central Park Cafe was my favorite made to order salads and sandwiches and wraps. They had a couple parties in the Royal promenade which were great. My 17yr old son stayed on the flowrider the whole time. We had paid for him to lessons the very first night we were on the ship and then he was hooked. My husband and my son and few other boys rented the flowrider for two hours, it was great. There were a couple things that were problems. We had 118,000 points on our RC Visa card and had received our coupons in the mail I copied them and mailed them into RCCL for 1250.00 OBC. I called before we left for the cruise and they had said they received them and we're on our account. When we got on the Boat only 300.00 was on our account They great lady Hayley at the pursers desk helped us it took a few days and 1250.00 finally showed up. BOA and RCCL need to get together and make this a user friendly program. The towels were a issue if you need a pool towel you have to check them out. The last night of the cruise my kids received a note that they did not turn a towel in. My son took it right down and checked it in and they still charged us 20.00 and 20.00 on my daughters account. One more thing was in St Maarten we had purchased a bottle of Huckleberry Liquor that is made on the island. When we came on the ship they took it and said they would return it the last night of the cruise. Not our first cruise so this was not a problem I knew they would take it away. However they did not return it and had no idea where it was. Other than the few issues I loved the Oasis of Seas and those few things will not and did not ruin a great cruise. We are looking into reserving Allure of the Seas Inaugural. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Maiden Voyage and observations OASIS of the SEAS The Oasis did not look as large as we expected as we approached the dock. We were in for a surprise after we boarded. RCL said we would only take 15 minutes from curbside to ship with the ... Read More
Maiden Voyage and observations OASIS of the SEAS The Oasis did not look as large as we expected as we approached the dock. We were in for a surprise after we boarded. RCL said we would only take 15 minutes from curbside to ship with the new boarding procedures. After about an hour of waiting in a large terminal, we finally were boarded. Seems that back-to-back passengers had to get off the ship before they could get back on make sense? Not really. As we boarded, we suddenly became like a kid in a candy store. We boarded on deck #5 which is the Promenade. There was so much to see and hear that we felt overwhelmed. The free champagne and rum punches helped to get us deeper into the mood of vacation. There was no-one available to take us to our stateroom. However, the interactive touch screens in the hall right next to the elevators gave great directions to your room and other venues of interest. Just touch and read. Our stateroom was a category C-2, Central Park Balcony. While it was a beautiful room, we missed seeing the ocean, after all we were on a cruise. The interactive TV in the room was a nice addition. It could show you any bookings you have made, whether they were shore-excursions or just dinner reservations. It helped to keep your schedule in order. We had the "my-time" dining option and had to pay our gratuities up front with the full passage price. We liked that since we no longer had to think about tipping. We did tip extra to our wait-staff for their excellent service. "Andung' and "Florin" helped make our trip memorable. Yes, you can ask for a certain table, certain waiters and certain times while on "my-time" dining. Our only disappointment was that on Lobster Night, we were not offered seconds on lobster tail. Oh well, maybe it was for the better what with all the other foods offered. We tried three of the six or so pools we found. Our favorite was the"beach pool" with its salt water. Be prepared to go to one of the pools to rest a bit after scouting our all the areas on board. The one problem we had at poolside was the "piped in music" we heard. It made us think we were in Motown rather than in the Caribbean. The live bands stayed with the Caribbean theme, but whoever is in charge of "canned" music had no idea where the ship was cruising. You may feel like a marathoner, the ship is so large. The pool for the High Dive and water show is another feat to marvel at. The depth can be changed by hydraulically moving the bottom. Of course, talking about the water show leads us to the other shows. Once you signed up for a reservation to a show, you were put into a computer. You had no ticket to hold. The Ice Show in Studio B, "Hairspray" in the theater, the comedy show, "Come Fly with Me" and so on was never sold out so you could easily get in if you forgot to reserve. Maybe this was so due to the ship not being completely full. We are not into partaking of the Flow Riders, the Rock Climbing Wall, the Zip Lines and such but we certainly did enjoy watching those who did use these facilities. The features at the Boardwalk were fun to see especially when there were activities for the kids. It seems that many of us became kids again. We saw as many adults on the Carousel as we saw lids. Everyone was having a Ball !! Basically, we had a great cruise. Were there any things we'd change? Of course. No one can ever please everyone all the time. What did we think was lacking or could be changed? Not Much! We certainly missed the chocolates on the pillow at night time. The only place to get a fast sandwich for lunch was on a lower deck dining area. We'd have liked to see sandwiches available in the "Windjammer Marketplace" ( the upper deck buffet ). I must admit that I still prefer the older way of having Lifeboat Drills. Watching a video does not do it !! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
This time only a short review, it's christmas eve and I am too lazy for more :-) This was our 9th cruise, 3rd this year and 2nd to the Carribean. Had been on Carnival Miracle to the Eastern Carribean before, see ... Read More
This time only a short review, it's christmas eve and I am too lazy for more :-) This was our 9th cruise, 3rd this year and 2nd to the Carribean. Had been on Carnival Miracle to the Eastern Carribean before, see http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=22241 Embarkation: Came by car to FLL, took the rental car shuttle to terminal 18. Free of charge, quick and easy. Embarkation was not done in 15 minutes as promised, but the 25 minutes from entering the terminal to get to the cabin were still quite OK. Took longer than necessary due to very unqualified employees at the checkin counters. There were not too many people (fortunately) and they had lots of counters open, but they have to train the people to know what to do. Total chaos, at least it felt like it. Ship: Wow, isn't that what everybody says ? Have to agree. Bigger is not always better, but for our taste it has much more advantages than disadvantages. Enough descriptions around what to find on the ship, so I skip that. Loading and unloading people to/from ship was besides disembarkation (more later) always well organized and took much less time than on most smaller ships we have been on. Food: Had My Time Dining and in general like the concept of going to the dining room whenever we like. Have been there only once during this cruise and had no wait at all to get a table for two. Waiters and all employees in our area where surprisingly unfriendly, stressed and hectic. We did not like the menue that evening and did not like at all the menues we checked the other days, so we never got back there. Tried to remove the gratuities due to that for the dining room stuff, but that is impossible with MTD. Unfair I think, because this time there was nobody who earned the money.... Had most meals in Windjammer buffet and liked it. Always something to our taste. Also used Sorrento and Park Cafe sometimes, both nice. Had none of the pay restaurants this trip and did not miss it either. Entertainment: Big Big surprise ! We are usually not easy to impress and do not like most of the entertainment we have seen on ships so far. Different this time. Only exception was the show we thought would be the best: Headliner Mosaic. Great performers, exceptional voices but the choice of titles they performed was horrible. We were so disappointed! Only the additional song at the very end (Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling) was very good. Shame that this was the only one. Frozen in Time, the ice show was fantastic, especially the special appearance of the Ukraine sand artist. Come Fly with me was much much better than we expected, the choreography was in parts just plain superb. Very good choice of songs, great singers, dancers and artists, very good technical effects. The comedians were funny and good. The Aqua show was much better than we thought, and the Aqua theater is really something very special on board a ship. Did not like the parades on deck 5, did not see Hairspray. Casino big and Las Vegas style, lots of slots and table games. Just the concept of the Poker tournaments is a flop, they have no SitnGo just a "tour" where you qualify for later tournaments to win "big prizes". Nothing I look for on a ship, so I did not participate. Disembarkation: Express disembarkation started to work quite well, were able to leave the ship by 6.45 am But the immigration process was horrible. Probably not directly RCCL fault, but they had by far not enough counters open, the people working there were extremely slow, so it took forever to get the people moving out. Had still enough time to get to MIA, using a GO Shuttle for 52 USD for the two of us, took only maybe 25 minutes due to low traffic on a Saturday morning. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
To say this ship is large is an understatement. Boarding went very quickly and we went first to our stateroom. Luggage arrive about 2 hours later. The 32 in. TV was impressive, although the content was mostly the same...Lucy, 2 1/2 Men, ... Read More
To say this ship is large is an understatement. Boarding went very quickly and we went first to our stateroom. Luggage arrive about 2 hours later. The 32 in. TV was impressive, although the content was mostly the same...Lucy, 2 1/2 Men, etc. Touring the ship was next. Plenty of elevators and mostly not full. Lots to do on this ship and it takes about 2 days to really find your way around. Meals in the Opal Dining room (we had My Time Dining, which worked well) were average; service was excellent. The Windjammer on the 15th deck was much improved over previous ships although it was very crowded most of the time. Good variety of food. We'd recommend Sorrento's Pizza on the Prominade Deck and the Park Cafe in Central Park..both busy but excellent food. The main problem was leaving the ship when our cruise was over. We were in Group 74 and didn't get off the ship until almost 10 AM. Also, we came into Port Everglades at about 4:30 AM and were on the starboard side, next to the debarkation building. It was very noisy and we didn't get much sleep after arriving. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
First, let me start off by admitting. I am spoiled rotten. I havent had such a terrific vacation in years. This ship offers such a wide variety of activities to choose from there's no reason to even get off the ship during ports of ... Read More
First, let me start off by admitting. I am spoiled rotten. I havent had such a terrific vacation in years. This ship offers such a wide variety of activities to choose from there's no reason to even get off the ship during ports of call days. The stateroom was more than adequate with few nice enhancements to the room since the last time I cruised on Royal. First was the nice widescreen flat panel LCD tv. Was about 40" and had a standard variety of SD Cable/Satellite programming. In addition to the On Screen Interactive capabilities (there is a keyboard which comes with the TV so you can sign up for wireless internet or use the TV itself to surf the web) , the TV also allows you to sign up for activities and reserve a table at any one of the several specialty restaurants on board. There is also a built in calendar feature which shows you the customized itinerary for your trip and you can add to it at any time, anything you want. Lets see, when talking about the neighborhood concept, I felt very much drawn to two locations in particular. 1) Entertainment place, which featured the Studio B, Comedy Club , Jazz on 4, and the Casino - awesome Casino, although they could have sprung a few extra bucks for some more of the super enhanced slots like they have at Wynn and MGM in Vegas. 2) Boardwalk, which features the Carousel, Shops, Seafood Shack, Art Auction, Photo Portrait Studio, and Aqua Theater. The Aqua Show Oasis of Dreams is a must see and has some amazingly talented divers , most of whom are not too bad to look at. Overall, nothing I can complain about this cruise. I loved it so much, I am going again!! This coming week. See you later, and have fun on Oasis of the Seas Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Every Christmas we take a trip somewhere nice, after staying at some of the nicest resorts in the Caribbean and Hawaii, I caught a special on Fox News about the Oasis of the Seas and decided to book the December 19 Christmas cruise. (I am ... Read More
Every Christmas we take a trip somewhere nice, after staying at some of the nicest resorts in the Caribbean and Hawaii, I caught a special on Fox News about the Oasis of the Seas and decided to book the December 19 Christmas cruise. (I am so glad we did). My review is as follows: We arrived in Ft Lauderdale at 10:00am on Spirit Airlines, the first thing I noticed was that RC had the shuttle service available at that terminal even though it did not mention it on their website which is where we booked the cruise. We decided to take a taxi to the ship it cost $20 with tip the RC shuttle would have been $30. We were there 30 minutes quicker than the shuttle anyway. The check-in was smooth as silk, we were taken upstairs and expected that we were going to have to wait for a while, nope, we were allowed to board at 11:00am. After you walk up the gangway you enter the Promenade, first impression was WOW what an incredibly beautiful ship. Kinda like walking into a mall. We were not allowed into our cabin until 1:00pm so we did some exploring of the upper decks. The solarium was going to be home for us while cruising. First night we had dinner in the main dining room we had My Time Dining which was very nice, just walk up and eat, this was even better during the cruise as our schedule remained very flexible. Food in the main dining room was better than any of inclusives I have stayed. We ate there 3 times during the cruise, on lobster night my wife had two lobster entrees and I had prime rib and a lobster entree. Formal nights were on the second and 6th night. Our other dining experiences were at Chops Grill, now that was my favorite, the ribeye was the best I have had in quite a while. The other night we ate at the 150 Central Park the Signature restaurant, we had a very upscale 6 course dinner, it was very good along with the premium wine pairing, that's a lot of wine folks, so be prepared. We ate at most every other venue on the ship we could, my least favorite was the Windjammer, and favorites were the Seafood Shack, Johnny Rockets and the healthy buffet in the Solarium Bistro. The Cafe in Central Park is also very good, its best to mix up the food as it is different in every venue. Yes you pay a few more dollars at some of these restaurants but it is worth it, even had a cupcake, and they are as good as they look. Shows were all first class and very entertaining, Hairspray, Frozen in Time the Ice Show, Come Fly with Me, Oasis of Dreams. Comedy Club, DONT FORGET YOUR RESERVATIONS BEFORE YOU BOARD. The reason I say this is our cruise had about 3000 plus guests which was by design, I think when it is fully booked it may be harder to get a show. There is so much to do on the ship that you can do something different every hour, plus you will get plenty of exercise walking around this behemoth. It is very easy to get around and never had to wait on an elevator ever. Service was first class everywhere, better than any resort I have ever been to. We gambled every day and night and the slots were looser than most shore bases casinos, although I played Blackjack most of the time, even won the Blackjack tournament which cost you $20 to enter. Spa, cant say I enjoyed it, (LOL) my wife spent my life's savings getting treatment and services and when they add that tip it gets pricey in a hurry, watch out guys. Drinks, that was my specialty, Jack and Ginger, wine, Champagne Bar, pina coladas all were well made. Ports, well I had already been to all of them before so we only went ashore in Nassau for about 2 hours and about 4 hours in St. Thomas, longer in St. Maarten as the beach was right next to the ship. All in all Royal Caribbean has done a magnificent job with this ship, there was virtually no motion on the ship at all, my wife is very motion sensitive and she made it fine with her patches, but honestly you could not tell you were moving most of the time. This is a ship that you can spend the full seven days without ever leaving to go ashore. Every person we met said the same about this ship and on our cruise is was 50 diamond cruisers on-board. Life is what you make of it, and I would recommend this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
My family and I (11 of us) spent 12/19 - 12/26 on the 3rd cruise on the new Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. It was simply amazing. This cruise was the 14th that we have taken, mostly on RCC. Not to bore anyone with info that they can ... Read More
My family and I (11 of us) spent 12/19 - 12/26 on the 3rd cruise on the new Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. It was simply amazing. This cruise was the 14th that we have taken, mostly on RCC. Not to bore anyone with info that they can read on the RCC website but most days on the ship, you would be very hard pressed to believe that you were on a cruise ship. We had dinner at Chops one night (which was fantastic). Chops is on the deck with the Central Park which is to the sky. Sitting is Chops, we looked out the window and saw trees, bushes, and flowers blowing in the wind....increadible. This is a ship where the ports really don't matter because you really don't need to get off the ship. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. We carried our luggage off and from our room to the car, going through Customs, wasn't even 10 minutes. Also, the only line of the ship that I ever saw was for Bingo. In short, the Oasis has reset the bar for cruising. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
Hi fellow cruisers. We just cruised on the Oasis of the Seas Dec.12th for 1 week and there is not enough room to write everything good about this experience. The food was so so. I have had a better selection on other Royal Caribbean ... Read More
Hi fellow cruisers. We just cruised on the Oasis of the Seas Dec.12th for 1 week and there is not enough room to write everything good about this experience. The food was so so. I have had a better selection on other Royal Caribbean ships. Windjammer was a little confusing with the circular stations. People were everywhere. I prefer the single line buffets better. Room was great with a spacious washroom, huge flat screen TV with access to your e-mail and all the activities on the ship. You can book everything from your room if you have not done it from home. I could go on about all the great things to do on this ship but I would suggest you all try it for yourself. I will mention that the entertainment is above excellent. I can't wait to return to her or Allure of the Seas. You really need 2 weeks to see and do it all. Don't forget to Zipline. Embarkation was true to their word. 15 minutes from curb to ship. Disembarkation was a longer and if you are American be prepared to wait in the huge line up at Customs. Luckily we are Canadian so had no line up. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Sail Date: Maiden Voyage on December 5, 2009 Embarkation/Disembarkation: These two processes are so streamlined that you spend less than 15 minutes coming and going. So for those who have firmly and negatively said no way...this is not ... Read More
Sail Date: Maiden Voyage on December 5, 2009 Embarkation/Disembarkation: These two processes are so streamlined that you spend less than 15 minutes coming and going. So for those who have firmly and negatively said no way...this is not valid reason for not sailing on this magnificent ship. First Impressions: as you drive up to the ship it does not initially appear to be bigger than the Freedom class. However, this is deceptive once you get closer...she is a beauty and BIG! Walking in on the Promenade level leaves you breathless and all you can say is WOW! In fact, we kept saying it over and over again like a broken record. The champagne was nearby and flowing a focal point on that deck was the Rising Tide bar; it was rather like a Star Trek encounter. Everything looked and felt new although a number of special guests had already experienced her we were going to be and were the ones to be spoiled in the days ahead: thank you Crown & Anchor & Royal Caribbean for our many gifts! It was hard deciding which direction to turn to but we headed up the stairs towards the BOARDWALK! The floor above gave us a vantage point and a sense of direction. For those who think they will never sail the Oasis class because of the crowds consider this ship because of the 7 neighborhoods. There are so many places to be and so many options that we never felt overwhelmed. Of course, on the maiden voyage, the number of passengers was reduced but even then at full capacity I don't think crowding is a cause for concern. Dining: the options are endless! However, not everything comes without a cost but it's well worth splurging. For breakfast, try Johnny Rockets with its good ole American style food at no cost. Also on the Boardwalk you can find the "Seafood Shack" and that extra splurge was worth it...we did lunch. The downside if there is a downside is that there is no air conditioning just fans. Central Park has three new dining features - Giovanni's Table, 150 Central Park and Park Cafe. We loved the last two but Giovanni's Table had a rather negative attitude via their host/maitre that seemed more consumed by his reservation system than coming by and being gracious. If you want a romantic meal do not come here as the acoustics were horrible! The menu reminded me of "Italy" but do not be swayed by the recommendations...select what you really want. We had the antipasti plate and the freshly sliced prosciutto was delicious, the crab ravioli was disappointing but I love the meal. FYI, the restaurant serves family-style which is a nice way of sampling lots of different dishes. 150 Central Park was beautifully and elegantly decorated. The prix fixe menu was unique; be ready to have your palate stretched and do keep an open mind. Chef Keriann truly is innovative and who would have thought of having a beet sorbet as part of a sampling menu? I look forward to sampling some of her other offerings someday and she is also from my hometown! The specialty martini sounded rather bizarre but was a delicious concoction; kudos to the creator. We felt as though we were getting our vitamins via our martini and our recommended dose of vitamins. All in all dine here with a very open mind. Our favorite eatery in this neighborhood was the Park Cafe! The roast beef sandwich was the best I have ever had and we managed to sneak over here more than once. This cafe also offered other sandwich offerings, two different daily soup offerings, a salad bar that you could have created with different offering daily and of course a selection of yummy looking desserts. The Promenade had the same Voyager class options from Sorrento's Pizza and the yummy Cupcake Cupboard. You never can go wrong with any of the optional choices. The Windjammer has altered its menu to include more offerings for the Asian cruisers; I saw fried rice and salmon for breakfast. A plus is that the bacon is so much better now that is if you like crispy bacon. All in all, I prefer not eating in the Windjammer. Main dining was our choice for dinner and we had a wonderful waiter and assistant waiter: Wilson and Christopher. We felt bad that we were not there every night since we had reservations at Giovanni's Table and 150 Central Park! Entertainment/Activities: I highly recommend booking your entertainment options prior to sailing! However, it appeared relatively easy to book events once onboard. We loved the ice show, the Nelson Twins, the Aqua show despite the downpour at the end and the production show. It was nice having a "Broadway" option via "Hairspray" as an alternative to the usual show options; grazie mille! Improvements: Kudos to Royal Caribbean in improving the photo experience. Our Sea Pass cards now come with personalized id numbers allowing you to view your photos at Focus and then easily find your own photos contained within a folder. Gone are the days when you had to fight fellow passengers and paw through photos to find yours. THANK YOU isn't sufficient enough to express my gratitude to eliminating this once horrible experience. New Items The touch screens available on each deck (mid-ship) allow you to find your cabin, check on activities, the availability of the various dining spots etc. made our lives so much easier. It is really hard to get lost now! NO MORE SHOWER CURTAINS! Thank you for eliminating those we were in a D1 hump cabin but had the opportunity of touring other cabins in our cabin crawl one of the most impressive was the aft Aqua Suite! The Grand Suite which is normally impressive paled in comparison. Sadly we did not have an opportunity to look at a loft suite...someday perhaps. Also in the shower is a foot level stand which makes shaving your leg so much easier. The casino is so much better now that there is a smoking vs. non-smoking area! The spa area, Vitality is humongous and very welcoming with more of a relaxed atmosphere. For adults only, the Solarium area is an "oasis"...one afternoon I came across a complimentary upper body chair massage. The cantilever hot tubs now come with a large screen tv! In closing, I highly recommend experiencing the Oasis of the Seas for the many options available. Have an open mind and be awed and have your "WOW" experience; trust me you will say that more than once. Also, make sure you have time to claim your childhood...I rode on the carousel! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
First and foremost we loved the ship. The different neighborhoods are quite amazing and Central Park gave us goosebumps just walking through it. The Royal Promenade is very nice, too, and felt spacious except on the rainy day at sea when ... Read More
First and foremost we loved the ship. The different neighborhoods are quite amazing and Central Park gave us goosebumps just walking through it. The Royal Promenade is very nice, too, and felt spacious except on the rainy day at sea when all 6,500 passengers seemed to congregate there! Overall the ship lacks the flow that we have come to expect from RCCL ships, but apparently this design was intentional since the massive crowds would be a little more compartmentalized. We were on deck 12 with a balcony room that faced the ocean. Good location and the balcony had a taller table with 2 chairs. The beds were very comfortable with improved linens and pillows. Bathroom and amenities were similar to Voyager and Freedom class ships except that there is less storage. The biggest critique of the cabin was the lack of storage space. The closet seemed smaller (but width, depth, and height). Fewer shelves inside the closet for personal items and the safe was smaller, too. The TV was huge but there was relatively no other space for storage in the room - just 3 drawers and 2 small narrow cubbies. The couch was comfortable. It was difficult to keep the room cool enough for our taste. The food was very good and we loved Giovanni's Table; the pappardelle was amazing and the wait staff was attentive and easy on the eyes. Don't waste your time with the Solarium Bistro. It has "healthier choices" but they come at a price (both $20 per visit as well as in taste and texture). Biggest complaints: (1) The spa area is nice but the steam/sauna areas are co-ed and cost $30 a day! Ridiculous!!! & (2) The rooms are SMALL! We had a balcony room but the closet is significantly smaller and with the European design of the furnishings there are fewer drawers and enclosed cubbies to hide the stuff. Compliments: (1) The staff was very friendly. It was great to reconnect with so many staff members we had met on previous cruises. While we had a wonderful time, it will be a while before we go again on the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
We were just awed - nothing was left undone - I expected a lot of glitches because of this first sailing but there were none - the food was good - the people and staff were friendly and helpful - the weather was just right - this ship ... Read More
We were just awed - nothing was left undone - I expected a lot of glitches because of this first sailing but there were none - the food was good - the people and staff were friendly and helpful - the weather was just right - this ship lacked nothing - you want to play golf -you play golf - you want to play ping pong you play ping pong and if you want to eat well there is more on this ship to eat than you can imagine. We were just a little disappointed with the Chops Restaurant this time - Mel's steak was tough and he had to send it back - the service in that room was not the best - and this is unusual because Chops is one of our favorite dining experieces when we cruise. But all in all -you go on this ship and you will just enjoy yourself tremendously. We had a balcony where the sun came in the afternoon and you didn't even need to go on the deck to lay out -it was right there outside our room. I do hope we will go again on this ship although the new one which is even supposed to be bigger the Allure will be out I believe by the end of the year..so maybe......we'll go on that one....would be very nice....cruising is the only way to enjoy a vacation. Lillian Hammer a many time cruise on Royal Caribbean Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Background info - I sailed with my mother and my DD (2 years). We both left our DH at home and made this a girl's getaway. This was my 13th cruise, my 4th with RCL. I've sailed on all the major lines, Carnival, Princess, ... Read More
Background info - I sailed with my mother and my DD (2 years). We both left our DH at home and made this a girl's getaway. This was my 13th cruise, my 4th with RCL. I've sailed on all the major lines, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, HAL, Norwegian and of course RCL. We aren't loyal to any brand, typically cruising for the itinerary so this cruise was a departure from the norm for us. The Oasis is an awesome ship, the best I've ever sailed on. I know this next statement will be controversial... but I think it is the best ship that has ever sailed. It may not be for everyone, but they have certainly thought of everything. It is a destination all to itself and incredible experience that I was blessed enough to have had. Pre-Cruise - We flew in to Ft. Lauderdale from Atlanta early Sunday morning. The flight was on time and our baggage arrived with us, we were off to a good start. The cab fare was about $15 to the Hilton Marina. We booked on Priceline (I love Priceline) our bid was accepted at $49 per night. (My bid criterion was, 4 stars, downtown area, for those of you who are interested). It was a nice hotel, good but not great. I thought it deserved a 3 star rating instead. I would definitely stay there again though. It was recently remodeled, contemporary/modern dEcor which I love. They put is in the West Villas which faced 17th street. So, we were able to see the cruise ships from our room. That was what we wanted most. As soon as I got my first glimpse of the Oasis it was love at first sight. ? She dwarfed the other ships in port. It really helps to build anticipation for your cruise. The hotel was in a great location. It was off of 17th street, with many things to do within walking distance. It was next to a water taxi stop. This seemed like a good way to explore the area. I think it was $13pp, 10pp for seniors and $8 for kids. I'm not certain of that though because we ended up not taking it. I picked up some last minute things from the dollar tree, the grocery store and the drug store. There was also a Starbucks, Einstein Bagels and Georgio's, a delicious Italian restaurant nearby. Georgio's had awesome brick oven pizza. The next day we pretty much explored the area near the hotel on foot. We did go to the Cruise Critic dinner at the Rustic Inn and met many of our fellow cruise criticians. We ate tons of crablegs and got to kick of our Oasis experience with our online friends. The next morning we took a very short cab ride to the pier about $13. Embarkation - Embarkation was oh so painless. This is what embarkation is supposed to be like. I was so impressed because I expected it to be a mess. We arrived about 9:45am. We thought we might have to wait in line outside but no such thing. As soon as we got out of the cab we went straight into the terminal. First they split you in two directions. Half the decks go left, half the decks go right. Then we walked straight up to security. There was no one in front of us. We went through security and then were split again by individual deck number. There were maybe 50 different lines open (another 50 or so on the other side), several for each deck. We had already printed our set sail passes online, so there was nothing left but to show passports, a major credit card and take our photo. It took all of five minutes. We then passed behind the desks where they were taking the embarkation photos. The next attendant handed us group numbers and told us that we would board when our number was called. (I was told that Diamond members don't get group numbers they are called to board separately.) The entire process took maybe 15 minutes. We headed upstairs to the waiting area and sat in the holding area with hundreds of other cruisers. I think this helped to speed the process tremendously. There was a play area which DD loved, many flat screen TV's and tons of seating. My daughter played on the indoor play gym while we waited until the ship was cleared. We waited maybe 30-40 minutes until they began boarding. We ended up not having to wait for our group number to be called because we met up with the rest of our cruise critic friends and we were allowed to board first. I believe it was around 11am. I don't know what the experiences were like for those who arrived later in the afternoon, but for us embarkation was as good as it gets. Cabin- We booked a Category L- Inside Cabin (forward)on Deck 11. We don't spend much time in the cabin, and prefer to use the money to travel more frequently instead. The cabins had hair dryers, flat screen TV's, outlets located under the desk (parent of toddlers may want to bring outlet covers, they are about well within reach of little people) limited drawer space (3 drawers), fridge, many cabinets, 6 shelves in closet, tons of hangers, a safe, 2 night stands and sofa table. There was standard under the bed storage, a sofa which slept 2, under the sink storage. One of the features I really loved was having several light settings. The bathroom had a dim and full light setting. No more stumbling in the dark to find and use the bathroom. The cabin itself had standard general lighting, accent lighting- just illuminating the paintings and task lighting- lamps by the bed. I found this particularly useful with a little one, as she goes to bed before I do. It was easy to dim the light so that she could sleep, while I had enough lighting to entertain myself in the cabin. I attended our cruise critic Cabin Crawl (a great idea), so I saw nearly every category cabin (except the lofts) there was. I saw the ocean view, balcony, owners and junior suites, promenade view, handicapped cabins, central park view and boardwalk view cabins. There were definitely some gorgeous living spaces to be had aboard this ship. Public Areas- It goes without saying that this ship is enormous. I expected that certain areas would get really crowded. There were some crowds but not as bad as I expected. There were 4,827 people aboard our sailing (according to a security officer) but it never really felt like it. There were many, many public spaces and people seemed pretty much dispersed among them. Of course during the parades and the 70's party the promenade area got really crowded. Boardwalk- This was such a cool area. Several public spaces here: -Aqua Theater- an awesome idea, in addition to the shows, they opened it at some points for swimming. Since they have those large TV screens, this would be a good place to have movies by the pool like Princess does. -Seafood shack- ($8.95pp) a casual fee restaurant, with a terrific menu -Smile- a costume style portrait place. There were many costumes to dress up in and have your pictures taken. Pretty expensive though I think the cheapest package was about $100 and the individual photos were about $35. ( I never saw anyone in here) -Pets at Sea- I'm not sure what this place is, it looks like a build-a-bear shop except for stuffed pets -Ice Cream Parlor- ($) sells ice cream, banana splits etc -Donut shop (free)- about 6-8 different types of donuts -Pinwheels- a clothing/toy store for kids -Candy shop- sells candy for a whopping $11.69 per 1b -Star pier- sells hats, sunglasses etc. -Johnny Rockets- (4.95pp) burger joint -The Carousel (free)-like any other -They also have a cute photo booth. It wasn't working for our sailing but I thought it was a nice touch. Promenade- This is very similar to the Voyager class, just a little bigger. There were many stores and places to eat: -Rising tide bar- I didn't actually get on it but it was cool to see. There is a fountain underneath when the bar is lifted so you get a fountain display too. -Guest services- needs no explanation, but there were frequently long lines here -Regalia- jewelry store -Promenade cafe- sells pastries, sandwiches, expresso, lattes etc ( I believe the food is free but the coffee and stuff is extra -Cupcake Cupboard- sells cupcakes $2.50 each and soft drinks -Globe & Atlas- this is pub style bar -Royal Port Merchants- sells alcohol by the bottle -Solera- sells perfume -The Shop- sells T shirts, souvenir -On Air- I think this is intended to be a sports bar (yes sports fans they did air the football games), karoke was also here sometimes -Champagne Bar- I loved the elegant design of this bar but it was frequently empty -Willow- sells clothes, sunglasses, purses -Focus- sells cameras and camera supplies, upstairs Focus continues as the place to view your photos -Sorrento's (free)- pizza. (Even create your own pizza, where you can pick your toppings and they bake it your way. -A caricature stand- to have an artist draw caricatures from a photo $45+ -Prince and Greene- I believe I saw clothes here too. -Boleros- a Latin club/bar Central Park- this is a relaxing, park like setting. It is beautiful when it is lit up at night. Most of the fee restaurants are here. -Coach- sells the infamous Coach handbags -Parkside Gallery- an art gallery -Picture This- a photography studio similar to Olan Mills etc -Park Cafe- (free) a nice place to eat Panini's, soups and salads. The salad bar is kind of like Doc Greens where you pick your toppings and they toss it right in front of you. -Chops Grille ($25pp) - steakhouse -150 Central Park- ($35pp) I'm not sure how this one would be classified, there is a variety of food here but it is definitely upscale. -Giovanni's Table- ($15pp) an Italian restaurant (similar to Portifino's but the menu was different) -Vintages- It appeared to be a wine bar, but I rarely saw anyone in it Dining Areas- We had 1st seating. I thought the food was pretty good, especially considering the volume of the food that was being prepared. Given all of the eating venues to choose from, the dining room was very full most evenings. We ate there every evening. There were tables of all sizes. I saw quite a few tables for 2. We were seated at a table for 4. There were also many 6 and 8 person tables. We had every breakfast in the Windjammer. It took a few minutes to locate a table each time we went there. It was typical breakfast fare. There was always a line for the omelet/cook to order eggs. Don't be fooled if you just see a few people standing there. They give you a number and take your order. There are often many more orders being processed than there are people waiting. One day I stood for 15 minutes, just waiting to have my order taken. Then there were still 10 orders waiting to be cooked in front of mine. It was chaos. There were 3 people back there cooking, scrambling to fix orders and them tell them apart once the owner returned to retrieve them. I gave up and went to eat something else. I did finally get an omelet later in the week. It was good, but probably not worth the time it took to get it. I had a terrific burger in Johnny Rockets. It's classic Johnny Rockets food though, same as the Voyager class. I loved the seafood shack. It has a great, open air by the beach sort of feeling. You pick 3 options from the menu for $8.95. I chose to have 2 appetizers and an entrEe rather than have desert. It was good. I really wanted to get back there because there were so many things on the menu I wanted to try. I simply ran out of time. There was a short wait when we arrived. We were given a pager, just like the land based restaurants and within a few minutes a table opened up for us. (Note to parents- I was not charged for my 2yr old) We also ate at Sorrento's. Once you have pizza on Princess you are spoiled. Every other line is 2nd rate. It was decent pizza, IMO better than the other RCL ships. I also found the create-your-own pies were better, since they were hot and fresh from the oven. Park cafe- I had a great Panini and custom topped salad here. It was pretty crowded whenever it was open. It made me miss Carnival though, because IMO they have the best deli area. I also ate at the Cupcake Cupboard. This was such an average cupcake it is hardly worth mentioning. I had the red velvet one. I've had far better cupcakes from Publix. Sure they are cuter and have different varieties but I didn't think it was very good. There were seldom more than a few people here either. There are better desserts at the other eating venues. The Donut Shop- I'm glad this was free, because it was the same donut found up in the Windjammer. Service - I was satisfied with the service. It was on par with my other RCL cruises. There were some mishaps on this sailing, but nothing bad enough to really sour my experience. Glitches - There were certainly some. If you sail on any cruise and don't expect any you need to reevaluate your expectations. Particularly if you choose a maiden voyage, you should expect some glitches. It will be interesting to see how many of these get fixed for future sailings. 1. We were in 1st seating originally and mistakenly switched to 2nd seating. We didn't have any drama switching back to first but there were a lot people who experienced this. 2. The first night in the dining room was a bit chaotic. There were no staff members standing at the door when we arrived. Some passengers arrived and just stood and waited, others begin wandering the very large dining room looking for their tables. It was a mess. The staff looked flustered too, it took 10—15 minutes before we were even greeted by our assistant waiter and needless to say that dinner that first night was very slow. 3. Long waits for omelet's/cooked to order eggs 4. Guest services frequently had long lines. It's to be expected I guess with so many passengers, but still. I think this will get better for subsequent cruisers particularly as people become educated on how many things they can do on the interactive TV's in their staterooms. 5. Some activities weren't publicized well. We read the compasses but still didn't know about the 1st parade until they announced it on the PA system fifteen minutes before. There was also at least one time when the compass was revised and reprinted 6. Cancelled shows- We knew before sailing that "Come Fly with Me" was not going to be shown. However, we were scheduled for the Aqua Theater show the first afternoon and that was cancelled too. When they rescheduled it, it was ½ hour before formal dinner night. Most people are getting ready to eat then. 7. Late compasses- We didn't get the night before. We got them early in the morning. On a ship with as much to do as the Oasis we would have liked to highlight and plan the next days activities the night before. If you are the kind of cruiser who is easily upset by little things, maiden voyages are not for you. We aren't. It didn't affect our overall cruising experience at all, but you should be aware that some kinks need to be worked out. Pt III Entertainment/Shipboard Activities - Wow! That's all I can say. Until the Voyager class, I preferred Carnival's "never a dull moment" approach to cruising. RCL surpasses that with this vessel. There were so many activities. Some of them were offered at the same time and I was conflicted and forced to choose. I also left some activities early so I could catch a little bit of each. Hindsight, I'm not sure I like the idea of booking shows pre-cruise. Without the benefit of the Cruise Compass, I unknowingly chose times that I wouldn't have if I had seen the Compasses first. The Aqua show was so cool. It was a mixture of synchronized swimming, acrobatics, diving and a water fountain display choreographed to music, similar to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. It was shorter than I expected though, lasting only about a half hour. The Ice Show was incredible! I saw the Ice shows on both the Adventure and the Mariner and this show was even better. They were a series of treasured childhood stories set to ice. As though it couldn't get more magical, there was an artist, (I believe she used sand) who told a story through sand art. It was moving. I didn't care much for Hairspray. I left after the first 30 minutes. It wasn't that the show was bad as much there were better things to do. There were many people who liked it though. I was really impressed with the family festivals on the boardwalk. We rode the carousel more times than I could count. There was a band, steel drums that the kids could play with and tons of games for little people like ring tosses, face painting etc. It was a kids' fantasy. My DD loved this area soooo much. There were also wooden boat, car and bus that the kids could climb in and pretend to drive. Every time we left this area DD cried. All that was missing was a clown or magician some cotton candy and popcorn. The interactive Lego game wasn't working yet but I think that too will be fun for the little ones. I skipped the Freedom Class ships so the flow rider was new to me. I loved it. I made the mistake of trying it for the first time on the last day. It was about a 30minute wait in the broiling sun. I wiped out nearly the second they let go of my hands but boy was it soooo much fun. If I tried this the first day, I would have returned again and again. I also tried the zipline. I'm not a risk taker type person so it took a lot for me to try this. I was terrified, before, during and after. I think I stopped shaking about 10 minutes after I got off. I will likely not do it again, but I'm glad I had the experience. I will say that RCL took many safety precautions. That did offer me some comfort. We tried the mini-golf. They had a kiddie course right next to the regular course. DD enjoyed playing golf too. Beyond that we did bits of Jazz at the Jazz club, Karoke at On-Air, I went by the scrapbooking and my mom went to the jewelry class. We rode the Carousel, spent a few moments in the casino. We went to Blaze on family night, went to a spa seminar, shopped, poolside music, went to the puppet show, I was disappointed that they didn't do the Cupcake decorating that I read about. When I asked they said it was only on the 7 day sailings. Adventure Ocean- The kids' facilities were exceptional. They had an arts and crafts room, a science center, their own theater. The kids seemed to genuinely be enjoying themselves. I peeked in the windows a few times to see what the older kids were doing but I primarily participated in the Royal tots. Royal Tots- Usually the under 3 group is a forgotten bunch, but not on this ship. Even though her activities I went to Royal Tots too on the embarkation day. I was told I had 7hrs that they would hold for me until 8pm on Day 2. Any hours that I hadn't scheduled would be released to other cruisers. There was nursery sitting for $8 an hr. There was also in cabin baby- sitting ranging in price from $10-$15 per hr. I did not use this to see if there was any truth to it. I wouldn't feel comfortable with that. I didn't encounter any parents who used the in cabin services, but I did talk to a few who used the in-nursery baby-sitting services. They were very pleased with the care given. I did go the Royal Tots room several times. (I checked out toys periodically.) I saw Barney videos and other such cartoons as well as lots of fisher price toys, life- size foam blocks (which my daughter loved) books, stack-em toys, shape sorters and the like. My criticism would be that the toys looked appropriate for the under 18 mos crowd, but the the 18-36 mos crowd might be bored with the activities that I saw. I didn't see the kinds of toys out that my daughter (she will be 3 in Feb) frequently enjoys. One praise- is that I did witness them cleaning the toys with a bleach water solution at the end of the session. They said they do that at the end of each session, since they know this group places many things into their mouths. The final thing that I would add is that I did attend the playgroup for the 18-36 mos crew. Those toys were much more appropriate. However, the playgroups were in a different room than the nursery and I'm not sure if they drag them over when in the baby sitting service. There were tons of the battery operated cars, jeeps etc but they had no batteries. I will also say that the parades, puppet show, family festivals, boardwalk activities, carousel, toddler golf course provided phenomenal experiences for this group. My daughter is still saying "Ship mommy, ship". I guess she doesn't realize we can't sail every day. She absolutely loved the cruise and there were so many things for this age group to do. I even utilized the Baby Splash Zone for the un-potty trained crew. They checked for diapers (I was even asked once if she was wearing on as her swimsuit covered it). There was an attendant watching for the crossover kids. I am so impressed by the level of activity for this group that is largely ignored. A note about specialty dining- When I inquired onboard, Chops, 150 Central Park, Giovanni's Table, Izumi, Chef's Table and Solarium Bistro (the others kids were allowed) were all for 13 and older. Prior to the cruise some of the postings we read on RCL's website and at CC led us to believe that you could dine here before 7pm with the 13-under crowd. When I spoke with the reservation staff this was not the case. 13 and over period. If you press them you can get past this. I spoke with management at guest services and they called over for me. I was interested in Giovanni's at the time. They said to call Giovanni's and tell them that I spoke with Guest Services and I would be allowed to book. I never did. I just wanted to see if they would allow it. So, it seems like you will need to be persistent if you would like to dine in these places with the little ones. It will be interesting to see what others with small kids were told onboard???? Labadee- Personally if I had my way, I'd rather go to nearly all other ports of call before I would choose Labadee. That said, they have made dramatic improvements since the last time I visited. The most obvious change was the ability to dock. Tendering would have been a nightmare with so many guests. There are more vendors there now. (The pressure to buy was almost as strong as Ocho Rios and the Nassau braiders. They have a tram to ride to many portions of the Labadee. Which is good idea. Of course they have their own zipline and roller coaster. There was also an Adventure Ocean waterplay area for the kids which I thought was a really good idea. There were several open air areas to eat. They all had the same menu but it was definitely necessary to split the cruisers rather than to try to feed us in one area. There is probably more but I am all reviewed out. Feel free to ask questions... Other comments: I read somewhere on this board that there were no public computers onboard. There were. They were in the card room. There were only a few though. This is probably because there are keyboards in all of the staterooms. You can have internet access directly in your cabin regardless of whether you bring your own laptop. Here is the link to the Adventure Ocean and Royal Tots schedules http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailsh...NAME=snapfish/ Here is the link to the cruise compasses http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailsh...NAME=snapfish/ Spa and fitness menus.............. http://www1.snapfish.com/thumbnailsh...NAME=snapfish/ Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Like many, we were sucked in by the masterful marketing Royal Caribbean did for Oasis of the Seas -- it didn't take us long to book and once we did, we were very excited to go; we checked out all the ship's virtual tours and ... Read More
Like many, we were sucked in by the masterful marketing Royal Caribbean did for Oasis of the Seas -- it didn't take us long to book and once we did, we were very excited to go; we checked out all the ship's virtual tours and videos that were posted on its website. Our sailing was December 12th. My husband and I sailed with our 4-year old. I think the decision on whether or not to book Oasis depends on what kind of person you are. We are value people. Meaning we're happy if we feel like what we got is worth what we spent. We did not feel like this on the Oasis. So let me give you a rundown of our experience. I am going to try and alternate between positive and negative. GETTING ON THE SHIP Once you got past the craziness caused from lack of signage and direction for the line in unloading your luggage at the port, once you were inside the terminal, getting on the boat in Fort Lauderdale was really simple, quick and easy. STATEROOM I don't remember having to wait to go to our stateroom after check-in, which was nice. We were really happy with our stateroom. We spent more money to have the balcony room and in general I would say RCL did a better job in having more storage spots in the staterooms on the oasis as compared to past cruise ships. For the negative on the stateroom, we thought our attendant was good, but not great like in past cruises. Our room was taken care of really late and while he did what he was supposed to, he didn't seem to happy to be doing the job. I will say that all the stateroom attendants greeted our child every time we were walking through the halls very nicely and she loved that. ENTERTAINMENT The entertainment on board the Oasis was the one area where I really felt we were truly getting our money's worth. The Hairspray show was really good - my 4-year old even sat through the whole thing and really liked it. The best show was the frozen in time Ice show -- really really cool! The "Come Fly with Me Show" was good, but not great. The Headliners show for our cruise was "Mosaic" - a group of guys who sang acapella with rhythm and appeared on the "America's got talent" show and nearly won. While they are really good, the songs they performed were quite dated.....mostly 80s and earlier. The water show was really good, too - it would have been better if it was even more action packed, but it was still really good. The comedy guys they had on board were really great, too! Hilarious! For the negatives of the entertainment....the whole reservations concept is ridiculous and unnecessary. There were a couple times we tried to get into a show that we didn't reserve. What they do is they make you wait (supposedly) until 10 minutes before the show to let you in if you don't have a reservation. However, the first show we had no reservations for was only about half full, so there was no reason to make us wait. Then, the second show we had no reservations for had plenty of seats, too but when ten minutes before came, they still wouldn't let anyone in....AND what was really annoying was they only had one line for the non-reservation people and it was on a different floor from where we were....so we ended up waiting in a line upstairs for quite a while before we found out we had to wait in a line downstairs...ridiculous! Especially when it ended up there were plenty of seats anyway! Also, the way they did the comedy club was annoying. The room was really really small. We went to the show the first night and we really enjoyed the show - both comics were really good and the headliner was hilarious. Well, even though there are more than two showings per night of the ACTIVITIES The merry-go-round and Johnny rockets bus and car were great on the boardwalk because they were always open and were free. I would say that the activities were pretty much identical to any other RCL cruise we've been on. There was always the fun "name that tune" and they had some good parties for the kids on the boardwalk. On the negative, there were definitely a few snafus that were annoying. First, there was a wine tasting scheduled that a few of us showed up for and no one ever showed up from the boat to run it. That wasn't a huge deal because it was for us. However, there were two kids activities that they failed on. First, they didn't run face painting on the boardwalk the full time it was scheduled for. Second, there was a kids golf activity scheduled at a certain time and no one from the boat showed up for it. In all of these instances...the guest services people first didn't believe us that they messed up until they checked the schedule and made 3 calls and nothing was ever done to correct their errors. It wasn't like they rescheduled these activities. The worst part is that we got our daughter excited about them and then we would get there and they wouldn't have the activity and we had to break the news...hence a temper tantrum. Yay. One thing they had was a bear-making shop, but it was broken down the entire cruise - yet another thing we got our daughter excited about that they ended up not delivering on. SHOPPING This was one of the main places where RCL spent a lot of their money on the Oasis. There was a lot more shops. However, they were soooooooo expensive it made us say..."who spends this much money?!" ....I don't know why they don't realize if they had a few shops on board with reasonable prices that they would probably sell a lot more. Most of the shops were nearly empty anytime we were walking around. KIDS CLUB / DAYCARE Overall we were really happy with the kids club staff and activities. Our daughter always had a great time there and often times chose going to the kids club over spending time with us. Also, they charge a reasonable rate to leave your kids there late. On the negatives of kids club, the check-in process took WAAAAAYYYYYY too long...they really need to have an online registration for kids club. Other than that, this billion-dollar boat had a really big leak in the room our daughter was supposed to be in and it was the best room in the place. Unfortunately, the leak forced them into a room for older kids that was less interesting for half the cruise. SPA / SALON The whole spa area was a lot bigger. Their pre-massage relaxation room was really nice. And the gym was great with all new equipment that you could bring your Ipod and watch ship tv and everything...it was good. However, I have to say my spa experience was not as good as past RCL cruises. I don't know if it was because the staff didn't seem too seasoned or what. I know for a fact that the prices were definitely higher than was typical. My daughter and I got a manicure and pedicure and I paid for the higher-level mani/ pedi and I just didn't feel it was up-to-snuff treatment for the price. Also, I got a Swedish massage...the girl I had didn't seem like she totally knew what she was doing. Also, they had a much nicer steam/sauna room than other cruise boats...but don't expect to use it unless you're willing to pay $30 per day! Which is ridiculous when most people want to use the sauna only occasionally for a few minutes. Every other cruise I've been on the sauna has been free. You would think....spending so much more money to go on the Oasis...that something as simple as the sauna would be included. NOPE. Also, don't be surprised if you get double-charged on your seapass card if you pre-book spa services online before your cruise. At the end of the cruise, I had to fight with RCL to refund me $129; which they did end up doing. FOOD Don't expect that because you're paying more money to go on the Oasis you're going to get higher level or more food options. That's only available to people who are willing to pay even more at all their many paid restaurants. We found that the food in the main dining room....the menu was identical to the offerings we had when we sailed on a low-level RCL cruise boat in January 2009. Literally identical. So that was very disappointing. We were also hoping that a bigger boat and spending more money would mean that they might finally have a dedicated buffet for kids. NOPE. In general, the windjammer food was acceptable, but nothing above or beyond RCL's other ships. They did have a buffet in the adults pool area that was a little more healthful eating and that was good....but not outstanding. The only paid restaurant we did was sushi. But there was a real issue with that. It wasn't ala cart sushi - it was a restaurant. My husband hates sushi and the smell of fish, so I just wanted to pay the extra $$ for it and take it back to my room. Well, the manager said no and there was no convincing him. We just couldn't believe it. We were willing to pay the money, but we had to sit in the restaurant when my husband doesn't like the cuisine or the smell to get the food?! I wasn't about to sit by myself. So, we were obviously dissatisfied and bitching quietly to ourselves trying to figure out what to do for dinner when a waitress amazingly took some initiative and convinced the manager to let me get some sushi and take it out with me. Well, when other people saw me with it...they wanted it to...they really should make the menus in the restaurants available to be delivered to or taken back to your stateroom if you're willing to pay for it. They had a cupcake place on board that they wanted to charge you $5 per cupcake for...and it was just okay. We only went the one time. They had an upscale coffee bar and we're convinced that RCL was trying to get everyone to spend their money at it because the regular coffee on board the Oasis was probably the worst we've ever had on board any ship. I don't know how to describe it except for disgusting,. The coffee was awful. Unless you went to the paid coffee bar, that is. Our service in the dining room was only okay where in past cruises its been great. POOL / SPORTS DECK The pools and spas were a bit nicer than normal, but the kids splash zone kept breaking or being turned off which was really annoying. The golf was the same as some of their lower boats. They had the zip line which was actually pretty short and not that scary. They had the flowrider that some people that are in to that sort of thing liked. THE SHIP So I would say we spent twice as much to go on oasis as compared to a typical RCL cruise we would have gone on. Where do I think they spent most of their money? ON THE SHIP ITSELF - making it flashier and bigger. There was lots of artwork to look at then when I heard what they spent on it I was flabbergasted. For instance, they had this bronze tree in the center of the ship that we heard they spent $400,000 on - I would much rather have seen that money go toward an upgraded dining experience or included sauna, for instance. Plus a bigger ship means a lot longer to walk from end to end - you're inevitably always on the wrong end! So in conclusion, I feel like we could have gone on two cruises for the same price and had a nearly identical experience. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
Like many, we were sucked in by the masterful marketing Royal Caribbean did for Oasis of the Seas -- it didn't take us long to book and once we did, we were very excited to go; we checked out all the ship's virtual tours and ... Read More
Like many, we were sucked in by the masterful marketing Royal Caribbean did for Oasis of the Seas -- it didn't take us long to book and once we did, we were very excited to go; we checked out all the ship's virtual tours and videos that were posted on its website, etc. Our sailing was December 12th. My husband and I (early '30s) sailed with our 4-year old. I think the decision on whether or not to book Oasis depends on what kind of person you are. We are value people. Meaning we're happy if we feel like what we got is worth what we spent. We did not feel like this on the Oasis. So let me give you a rundown of our experience. I am going to try and alternate between positive and negative. GETTING ON THE SHIP Once you got past the craziness caused from lack of signage and direction for the line in unloading your luggage at the port, once you were inside the terminal, getting on the boat in Fort Lauderdale was really simple, quick and easy. STATEROOM I don't remember having to wait to go to our stateroom after check-in, which was nice. We were really happy with our stateroom. We spent more money to have the balcony room and in general I would say RCL did a better job in having more storage spots in the staterooms and also the bathroom was better on the oasis as compared to past cruise ships. For the negative on the stateroom, we thought our attendant was good, but not great like in past cruises. Our room was taken care of really late and while he did what he was supposed to, he didn't seem to happy to be doing the job. I will say that all the stateroom attendants greeted our child every time we were walking through the halls very nicely and she loved that. ENTERTAINMENT The entertainment on board the Oasis was the one area where I really felt we were truly getting our money's worth. The Hairspray show was really good - my 4-year old even sat through the whole thing and really liked it. The best show was the frozen in time Ice show -- really really cool! The "Come Fly with Me Show" was good, but not great. The Headliners show for our cruise was "Mosaic" - a group of guys who sang acapella with rhythm and appeared on the "America's got talent" show and nearly won. While they are really good, the songs they performed were quite dated.....mostly 80s and earlier. The water show was really good, too - it would have been better if it was even more action packed, but it was still really good. The comedy guys they had on board were really great, too! Hilarious! Also, Peter in the Piano Bar (Schooner Bar) was the best Piano Bar guy I've ever had on a ship. He could do everything from Frank Sinatra to Pink Floyd. By the end of the cruise, we were among his loyal followers that sat at the piano and sang or played instruments at least for part of each night. For the negatives of the entertainment....the whole reservations concept is ridiculous and unnecessary. There were a couple times we tried to get into a show that we didn't reserve. What they do is they make you wait (supposedly) until 10 minutes before the show to let you in if you don't have a reservation. However, the first show we had no reservations for was only about half full, so there was no reason to make us wait. Then, the second show we had no reservations for had plenty of seats, too but when ten minutes before came, they still wouldn't let anyone in....AND what was really annoying was they only had one line for the non-reservation people and it was on a different floor from where we were....so we ended up waiting in a line upstairs for quite a while before we found out we had to wait in a line downstairs...ridiculous! Especially when it ended up there were plenty of seats anyway! You shouldn't have to be stressed out about something like this when you're on vacation! Also, the way they did the comedy club was annoying. The room was really really small. We went to the show the first night and we really enjoyed the show - both comics were really good and the headliner was hilarious. Well, even though there are more than two showings per night, those poor comedians were told to do the exact same show every single time. RCL's theory is that the room is so small it gives everyone a chance to see the show; however, not all cruisers like to go to the comedy show while many would like to see them often. We've been on other boats where the comedians had more material than one show, which these guys have been on tours, so I am sure they do and they were so great, it would have been better if you could see them more than once. ACTIVITIES The merry-go-round and Johnny rockets bus and car were great on the boardwalk because they were always open and were free. I would say that the activities were pretty much identical to any other RCL cruise we've been on. There was always the fun "name that tune" and they had some good parties for the kids on the boardwalk. On the negative, there were definitely a few snafus that were annoying. First, there was a wine tasting scheduled that a few of us showed up for and no one ever showed up from the boat to run it. That wasn't a huge deal because it was for us. However, there were two kids activities that they failed on. First, they didn't run face painting on the boardwalk the full time it was scheduled for. Second, there was a kids golf activity scheduled at a certain time and no one from the boat showed up for it. In all of these instances...the guest services people first didn't believe us that they messed up until they checked the schedule and made 3 calls and nothing was ever done to correct their errors. It wasn't like they rescheduled these activities. The worst part is that we got our daughter excited about them and then we would get there and they wouldn't have the activity and we had to break the news...hence a temper tantrum. Yay. Second, on the marketing of the ship they made it seem like there was a dedicated Karaoke bar that you could do Karaoke at any time you wanted to. Well that's not the case. It was half a sports bar and half a karaoke bar. And their times were odd. They had "family karaoke" most nights between varied hours of 6pm and 8pm, sometimes 'til 9. So that really ran the whole dinner time and it was pretty much always nearly empty. Then they didn't do regular karaoke until midnight, which is too late for anyone that doesn't want to feel guilty picking up their kids at the kids club! They make a big deal about having an ice rink...but the times it was open to ship guests was barely existent. Don't count on making it into the ice rink. SHOPPING This was one of the main places where RCL spent a lot of their money on the Oasis. There was a lot more shops. However, they were soooooooo expensive it made us say..."who spends this much money?!" ....I don't know why they don't realize if they had a few shops on board with reasonable prices that they would probably sell a lot more. Most of the shops were nearly empty anytime we were walking around and it was one of those things that people seemed to just fill their time with if they were bored. KIDS CLUB / DAYCARE Overall we were really happy with the kids club staff and activities. Our daughter always had a great time there and often times chose going to the kids club over spending time with us. Also, they charge a reasonable rate to leave your kids there late. On the negatives of kids club, the check-in process took WAAAAAYYYYYY too long...they really need to have an online registration for kids club. Other than that, this billion-dollar boat had a really big leak in the room our daughter was supposed to be in and it was the best room in the place. Unfortunately, the leak forced them into a room for older kids that was less interesting for half the cruise. SPA / SALON The whole spa area was a lot bigger. Their pre-massage relaxation room was really nice. And the gym was great with all new equipment that you could bring your Ipod and watch ship tv and everything...it was good. However, I have to say my spa experience was not as good as past RCL cruises. I don't know if it was because the staff didn't seem too seasoned or what. I know for a fact that the prices were definitely higher than was typical. My daughter and I got a manicure and pedicure and I paid for the higher-level mani/ pedi and I just didn't feel it was up-to-snuff treatment for the price. Also, I got a Swedish massage...the girl I had didn't seem like she totally knew what she was doing. Also, they had a much nicer steam/sauna room than other cruise boats...but don't expect to use it unless you're willing to pay $30 per day! Which is ridiculous when most people want to use the sauna only occasionally for a few minutes. Every other cruise I've been on the sauna has been free. You would think....spending so much more money to go on the Oasis...that something as simple as the sauna would be included. NOPE. Also, don't be surprised if you get double-charged on your seapass card if you pre-book spa services online before your cruise. At the end of the cruise, I had to fight with RCL to refund me $129; which they did end up doing. FOOD Don't expect that because you're paying more money to go on the Oasis you're going to get higher quality or more food options. That's only available to people who are willing to pay even more at all their many paid restaurants. We found that the food in the main dining room....the menu was identical to the offerings we had when we sailed on a low-level RCL cruise boat in January 2009. Literally identical. So that was very disappointing. We were also hoping that a bigger boat and spending more money would mean that they might finally have a dedicated buffet for kids. NOPE. In general, the windjammer food was acceptable, but nothing above or beyond RCL's other ships. They did have a buffet in the adults pool area (solarium bistro) that was a little more healthful eating and that was good....but not outstanding. Otherwise, they had a couple cafes that were the included food on different decks..just sandwiches and those classically fake desserts they always have. Nothing different, just more convenient to snack. The only paid restaurant we did was sushi. But there was a real issue with that. It wasn't ala cart sushi - it was a restaurant. My husband hates sushi and the smell of fish, so I just wanted to pay the extra $$ for it and take it back to my room. Well, the manager said no and there was no convincing him. We just couldn't believe it. We were willing to pay the money, but we had to sit in the restaurant when my husband doesn't like the cuisine or the smell to get the food?! I wasn't about to sit by myself. So, we were obviously dissatisfied and talking quietly to ourselves trying to figure out what to do for dinner when a waitress amazingly took some initiative and convinced the manager to let me get some sushi and take it out with me. Well, when other people saw me with it...they wanted it to...they really should make the menus in the restaurants available to be delivered to or taken back to your stateroom if you're willing to pay for it. The good news is....the Sushi was really good! They had a cupcake place on board that they wanted to charge you $5 per cupcake for...and it was just okay. We only went the one time and it looked like the place was always empty. They had an upscale coffee bar and we're convinced that RCL was trying to get everyone to spend their money at it because the regular coffee on the ship was probably the worst we've ever had on board any ship. I don't know how to describe it except for "disgusting". The coffee was awful. Unless you went to the paid coffee bar, that is. They had a wine bar on board that had a nice atmosphere, but the "tapas" menu being served with it was $$ and sub-par. And have you ever heard of a wine bar that has no simple cheese platter as an option to go with your wine?! Well, we asked an attendant in the wine bar about it and he said that people have been complaining there's no cheese. They don't go above and beyond their standard processed cheese they have everywhere else on the ship. SERVICE Our service in the dining room was only okay where in past cruises it's been great. They did get better as the cruise went on, but just not up-to-snuff compared to past cruises. The bar staff everywhere, however, was excellent. We were very pleased with the Schooner Bar staff most of all; but in general all the bar staff was good and friendly. Guest services was always busy (a bad sign). While the staff was all pretty nice, they obviously had no power and their jobs were obviously just to apologize and calm people down. Problems were not solved and nothing was offered in return for troubles. There was one staff member we talked to so often that she felt so guilty of all the activities the ship failed on that affected our daughter that she ended up buying a bear for our daughter with her own money because RCL does nothing to fix issues. She should not have had to do that, but she wouldn't take no for an answer from us. POOL / SPORTS DECK The pools and spas were a bit nicer than normal, but the kids splash zone kept breaking or being turned off which was really annoying. The golf was the same as some of their lower boats. They had the zip line which was actually pretty short and not that scary. They had the flowrider for some people that are in to that sort of thing. They had a rock climbing wall, but don't expect to be able to do it with your kids if they're under 6 - no matter how big they are. TECHNOLOGY The computer screen ship guides by each elevator were a great addition. They worked well and were really helpful. However, in this day and age of Iphones, they should have wireless service that guests can hook into for free. The boat is too big for walkie talkies, so it would have been great to be able to connect with people in your group by simply texting or IMing them from your phone. Also, RCL would be smart if they developed an iphone app for the ship that had the day's schedule and a ship map, etc. Sure, the wireless is a service they offer if you want to pay hundreds of extra dollars - like I didn't spend hundreds of extra dollars already! THE SHIP So I would say we spent twice as much to go on oasis as compared to a typical RCL cruise we would have gone on. Where do I think they spent most of their money? ON THE SHIP ITSELF - making it flashier and bigger and adding more places to spend even more of your money (restaurants, bars, shops) - like you didn't already spend most of your money just to get on the ship! They did not spend the money on improving included food, services, activities, etc. There was lots of artwork to look at, but then when I heard what they spent on it I was flabbergasted. For instance, they had this bronze tree in the center of the ship that we heard they spent $400,000 on - I would much rather have seen that money go toward an upgraded dining experience or included sauna, for instance. Plus a bigger ship means a lot longer to walk from end to end - you're inevitably always on the wrong end! In general, the only things I thought were worth the extra money we spent that they added to the ship different from others was the merry go round for the kids, the nicer and larger hot tubs, and the extra entertainment areas. There did seem to be a number of ship features that weren't really thought out, however. For instance, I would never book one of those interior balconies because while you would think you could people watch, you can only really see well straight across to the other balconies and not up or down too well. Also, my husband caught quite a few "upskirt" shots from ladies being out on their balconies. Next, while the water theatre was a good idea, it is so easily windy that they cancel the shows at it half the time. Second, while the "Central Park" deck seemed like a good idea and they did a good job with the greenery, every time we walked through there it was too windy to enjoy it. It was like a funnel for wind. There were times it was so windy in that one section you were nearly getting blown over. My husband thinks that the wind will not allow all the trees there to survive. Also, I don't understand why so many areas have to smoking allowed. Why does the entire casino have to smoking - they should divide it or something. I mean there is no where for smoke to go on a ship so it was really nasty. One thing that made no sense was that they had the casino on the same deck as the lower main dining room and there's nothing better than breathing in all sorts of smoke as you're going in to eat. You could still smell it if you were one of the lucky people with a table towards the front of the dining room. Also, there were only two dance clubs and BOTH were smoking! What are they saying? That people who don't smoke don't want to dance? PICTURES While the picture takers were about the same as on any other cruise, the options to take pictures were worse. One photographer told us that RCL was limiting certain copyrighted elements of the ship so you couldn't take your picture in front of certain spots. In addition, don't expect to get any of the photos that are always classic cruise - in front of a ship backdrop! They don't have any of them! That's right you didn't pay enough money to have the "privilege" of taking a picture in front of the ship. COMMUNICATION This is a touchy subject, but it is what it is. This boat was a melting pot - more than any other boat I've ever seen. I mean, every time you stepped on the elevator, you were guaranteed to have 3-4 other languages being spoken next to you; the same at dinner, everywhere, etc. The problem with this is that one of the fun things about boats is making new friends; but that was very very hard because so many didn't speak English. It was an issue in the kids club, too. Our daughter ended up having her best friend be a Spanish girl and it's a good thing play is universal, but they couldn't talk because of it and I am sure communication was really tough for the kids club personnel. There were other issues created from the language barrier in general, too. I would say probably 80% were English-speaking. Also, this is just an observation. We felt like we were among the youngest people on the ship and we're in our early thirties. Perhaps this is because it's a really expensive cruise, so in general, it would be harder for younger people to afford it. DISEMBARKATION This was the absolute worst and I mean WORST disembarkation experience ever. Not only were they WAAAAYYYY behind schedule in letting people off when they scheduled; but when you got off they funneled everyone like cattle into this hallway holding area right off the ship that moved at a rate of 1 inch per 15 mins. It was a riot waiting to happen. They had two port personnel trying to hold the crowd back from going down the escalators to get their bags. Their system was to let 50 people go at once, and when they did that people were about to run each other over to get out of the holding area, splitting up families, pushing over small children, it was ridiculous. The luggage was organized well enough, but then there was this ridiculously long line to leave the customs area (I think this is the first time we had to carry our luggage through the customs line, not sure.) - it was so long that they didn't have line rails long enough to organize everyone, so again pushing and shoving. If RCL doesn't fix this disembarkation problem ASAP, they're going to have a riot on their hands. We talked to a couple port personnel who said it was the worst disembarkation they've seen too. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
My name is Wendy (aka Capt Data). I am 55 years old and have MS. Due to the MS and a forces injury I use a scooter on board. It is a shoprider Length is 48 inches and width is 22, weight 176 lbs. Traveling from my hometown to our nearest ... Read More
My name is Wendy (aka Capt Data). I am 55 years old and have MS. Due to the MS and a forces injury I use a scooter on board. It is a shoprider Length is 48 inches and width is 22, weight 176 lbs. Traveling from my hometown to our nearest international airport takes 2.5 hrs. I left on the 29 Nov to catch my flight on the 30th. I used my normal shuttle bus to get to Winnipeg, MB and stayed overnight at Four Point Sheraton which is attached to the airport. On my flight down I did not have to pay for my two bags. My scooter and elbow canes of course did not cost anything to fly and received no damage. I asked for gate checking but my scooter was not waiting for me when I arrived for my 5 hour layover in Chicago. They gave me an over sized wheelchair and no help except to the gate. This was very hard on me and as a result I did not make it to dinner with the other Cruise Critic members. For my overnight I stayed at the Ramada Airport/cruise port. It was ok as it had free transport to and from airport and cruise port which I used. They also offered a free breakfast (hot/cold buffet style). I eat a nice supper with King Crab and lobster, my two favourites. I left for the cruise port at 10 am (vis h/c cab). I had tagged my bags with my rm which was 12310 (balcony OV, not H/C). I ask for H/C when I book but the girl said only Gty were available for this trip. I booked at 35 days out. The cab driver slowed down while approaching the cruise port so I could see the ship. I did B2B 1 Dec Labadee and 5 Dec (Maiden Voyage). Because of the B2B I am now Diamond. After arriving at the port I noticed the sign boards above showing people where to go. There is a separate entrance for suite guests. Diamond Plus does not get to go in there you must be in a suite. . I gave my bags over to the porter after tipping the taxi and him. Terminal 18 As you enter the terminal there are signs directing you to your deck check-in. The terminal is fully accessible with no problems at all. This was not required in my case because when I entered on my scooter I was met immediately by a young man who asked my room number. He showed me where to go and moved any offend ribbon for me. I was first in line so it took 5 minutes. They take your pix right there and their camera moves so you do not need to try to stand (which I can do easily). They asked me to fill out the med form which I did with a yes to cough. I have a cough due to taking meds so they let me pass without and problems. The lovely young woman handed me my cruise card and a tote bag. All pax will be receiving one this year for the first season. This bag although very light, fit nicely on my scooter and would be my beach bag for the cruise. Mine was green, other colours were yellow, blue and a reddish colour. From there I was directed by staff to three elevators at the back and would go up to the second floor waiting area. This waiting area is dived by your level and groups. I met the Cruise Critic group up here and we enjoyed and hour or so wait while they cleared the ship for the first time for real (all previous sailing were only out to sea and back). This one was going to Labadee and back. We were informed that they were doing a complete check this time and it was the first real one. So everyone had to be accounted for. While we waited I took a stroll over to the washroom. They have a large H/C washroom and change room (infant). I also noticed a play structure for the kids who might get bored otherwise. It was in use by a few children. There were no staff there so you must watch your own children. The waiting areas are by your C&A level. Starting with those who were on the last voyage , then Diamond plus, Diamond, Platinum, and final gold. We were a group and we boarded at the same time as Diamond Plus as we had several members who were on the last voyage and others who were Diamond Plus. Entering the Oasis of the Seas As reported many times now you enter on deck 5 the Promenade. It had an archway of balloons and champagne or mismos were served as you entered. I also noticed that the Promenade Cafe was opened. There was no large crowds here as you could go in any direction. They also had two entry points so even less crowded. The ship It is hugh so if you have any difficulty with walking get a scooter or wheelchair. Even with a scooter it still took a few minutes to get from one end of the ship to the other. Since it was not quite lunch time I decide to explore a little. I found the Guest Services tucked away near an elevator (very accessible with a lower counter for those who need this option.. Sorrento's was just opening up. The Rising Tide was at the top for now but would soon show what it could do but not serve drinks for the first couple of days. It was nice seeing the show under the Tide play out. It is easy to find things the first days because as you enter or leave the elevators there are computer panels. On the bottom of them you can pick your language but they automatically revert to English when done. They have choices on the first screen I have pica and will post. You can find your room, any restaurant, venue, entertainment or place. It is touch screen so it is easy to operate. I even used my cane on one from a seated position to see if you could use an adaptive device and it worked. When another pax seen me using my cane to reach the top part of the screen he came over to help me. I explained what I was doing and he thought that it was great that someone was doing this as his mother was on board in a wheelchair after a stroke. I decided to start with Central Park as I had heard so much about this place. It was decked out for Christmas. The beauty in this place is some of the little quite areas and the restaurants in the area. This included 150 Central Park which I did go to on night. They have two menus only one with beef only and one with a lobster tail. It was very good. I did have a few problems with Central Park which got addressed within a hour of my observations. I could not get to Park Cafe or the Coach store as tables and chairs blocked the only ramp to the area. I called out to the Head person in Park Cafe and he came out. Showing him what had to be done I left. I came back after lunch and it was now accessible. On my way back out someone had moved their table back to the other place blocking me in. The head guy came out and spoke with the person and they moved the table. The Head waiter said that they were getting signs to be placed there so that it won't happen again. The signs should be there in a couple of months. The Promenade and Boardwalk were easy to get around in with my scooter. You can easily wee the Aqua show while sitting in your scooter or wheelchair too (and you are not in the splash zone of the first three rows). On the promenade there is a Clock tower that if you booked your entertainment on line you have to go here and get your sea pass card updated as this is your ticket into the venues. My table for the Main Dining Room was near the door and easy to get to and leave from. Scooters are parked just outside the Dining Room. The halls are not very wide and there were several scooters parked outside including mine. I could still get by all of them with slowing down (I am a speed demon). There are 24 elevators and none were crowded except the last day. They have a button for the Gangway when you go to ports. Press it and the last stop is where you get off. If you use a scooter or wheelchair once here you look for the elevator that is held by a staff member for you. It will complete your journey to the gangway. This prevents everyone from use the elevator for the H/C. Coming back on you just use what elevator that is available. I found that sometimes this is crowed in that people will push to get on ahead of you after being out for 4 hours they just want to get to their rooms and drop stuff off too. Excuse me worked most times. I have a no salt diet which the first two days was not honoured. I spoke with the Mait'd before hand but the order was screwed up. They finally got their act together. Dinner the first night was very slow and we got cold snails (yucky). We sent them back but the second ones were just as bad. The next night they brought us the snails piping hot even though we did not order them. They did this for many people. By the third day they starting getting their act together for dinner. I always per-ordered my dinner the night before so it started working the way it should. The pool area is easy to get around on a scooter or wheelchair. The Beach pool is easy to get in the water as you can drive to the water. I have a pix of my scooter at the waters edge. They do have the lifts if you require them but you must ask staff for them as none were out the first trip. For the second half of my trip I was in 7100 (OV). The only thing you see is the helo pad. This room is terrible as you can here the waves hitting in the night all night long on the first couple of days. It also has a lot of movement up and down so if you are prone to sea sickness get a different room. This room is right up front of the ship. Disembarking. I went on the excursion to the Air-boats. I went to meet everyone but there was a mix up as I use a scooter. I got separated so I got my bags and found the bus myself. I was the first one there. The excursion was fun and they do lift you in and out if necessary but they will tell you it is not wheelchair friendly for this part. The second part is easier to do but you have to find an area of clear sight. The baggage area is while marked with numbers. It was very easy to find my bags including my canes. I did not have to go to two different areas to pick up my stuff. Customs is split into two parts with several agents on each part. It is broken into US Citizens and the rest of us. I got through in less then 10 mins. I would rate the Oasis as excellent for the disabled. The staff do co-operate and aid you when you need it in the Buffet and at the venues too. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
OASIS OF THE SEAS Inaugural Cruise Back-to-back Dec. 1-12, 2009 by Mary & Vincent Finelli There is an old adage that goes something like this: It's not where you are going, but rather, how you get there. Well, in this case, the ... Read More
OASIS OF THE SEAS Inaugural Cruise Back-to-back Dec. 1-12, 2009 by Mary & Vincent Finelli There is an old adage that goes something like this: It's not where you are going, but rather, how you get there. Well, in this case, the Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has constructed the largest cruise ship afloat, which is a destination in itself. Its home Port Everglades of Ft. Lauderdale had to increase its Pier #18 in order to accommodate this behemoth, as did each of its destination ports. Her 225,282 gross tons, is an increase of more than 65,000 tons over the RCI Freedom Class. It is not just size that is important, but rather the fact that the Oasis has more outdoor space than any other cruise ship: a fact that makes sailing on her so different an experience from sailing on any other cruise ship. Her seven neighborhoods concept makes for a wonder of a cruise --- a vacation like no other. So much has been written in anticipation of the Oasis of the Seas Maiden Voyage, that this review will instead center on our personal experiences while cruising with Captain Bill Wright (a terrific Renaissance man) and our old friend Hotel Director Francois Wache` and the many new acquaintances we made. EMBARKATION We looked forward to Tuesday Dec.1st, 2009 for over a year, having booked this cruise on the first day available to Crown & Anchor Society Diamond Members. As physically challenged travellers, we knew that the ship size and number of passengers (over 5,000) could possibly create chaos. However, this was one of the simplest and most orderly boardings we have ever had. Crown &Anchor members and wheelchair passengers had special lines. Each Deck had a special check-in line, thus, cutting down on the waiting. We arrived in Port Everglades at 12:45pm and had curbside assistance with our luggage, wheelchair and scooter. We were on board and in our stateroom by 1:15pm. There were several venues for Welcome Aboard dining, but we chose the closest to our cabin #14166 portside: the Solarium Bistro on Deck 15 forward. Some good advice is to keep the Oasis Deck Plan handy, which is part of the Cruise Compass' Daily Planner, thank goodness! In the Bistro we had terrific assistance from Manager Melinda. At 4:00pm there was the mandatory Boat Drill which was totally painless: We took the elevator down to Deck 4 and the "On Air" studio, which is part of the Entertainment Place --- comfortably seated, we didn't even have to bring life jackets, since they are kept at the muster stations. We then returned to our stateroom to enjoy the sail away from our balcony. SHIP OVERVIEW The statistics of the Oasis are stunning: 225,282 Gross tons (over four times the size of the Titanic), 208 ft. wide (this is no Panamax ship!) 1,187 ft. long (almost four football fields), 236 ft. high above the waterline, all with a draft of only 30 ft. We were shocked when we first saw her in port, she floats so high. With all her size, her cruising speed is 22.6 knots. There are 15 passenger decks, 24 passenger elevators placed both forward and aft, so they are less than a quarter of the ship's length from anywhere on board. Neat! Guest capacity is 5,400 (double occupancy of its 2,706 guest staterooms), but she can accommodate over 6,296 total guests. Her international crew of 2,165 are all eager to please. The art work on board is so eclectic and numerous (9,800 pieces) that RCI has published a book "Wonder Book: The Art on the Oasis of the Seas." The common theme of this vast collection is "The Wonder of Our World (p8)." There are photographs of everything from tiny micro-organisims to unending fields, all contribute to the wonders we encounter on our beautiful Earth. Larry Kirkland presents 23 pieces of tiny wonders in "hand forged interior-lit bronze microscopic vessels.... placed randomly throughout" (p100) the ship. The Oasis is so full of art that it is obvious that one cruise is not sufficient enough to appreciate it all: An excellent reason for which to return! An overview of the art does make one take a closer look at our world---- the photograph of a volcanic eruption by Ernst Haas (p108) brings this phenomenon to life. Then, an oil and embroidery on canvas by Nikkie le Nobel depicts an obvious sentiment "I'm so Sorry" (p131), and a sunlit Icelandic landscape photographed by Magnus Sigurdarson (pp120-121) reveals nature. Our world with all its life forms past and present makes up the beautiful art work of the Oasis of the Seas. Take time and look closely, you will be rewarded and touched. The Oasis has many innovative venues. She has a Flow Rider for surfers, an 82 ft long Zip Line Ride, an Aqua Theater Pool, a Central Park, a Boardwalk complete with Carousel and a myriad of other attractions in its Seven Neighborhoods. This review will describe the seven areas of the Oasis rather than describing the ship Deck by Deck. It is the open air atriums and split superstructures which mandate this review format. NEIGHBORHOODS One: Central Park is based on Deck 8 with five decks of balcony staterooms opening on to it. It certainly lives up to its name with 2,178 trees, vines and flowering plants, beautifully arranged among winding paths. There are several seating areas - some covered for when it rains (yes, it is open to the sky like a park). There are delightful pergolas covered with blooming bougainvilleas and poles wound with night blooming jasmine. Each type of plant is identified with tags. This is an ideal spot in which to sit and read among the flowers and trees or even dine "al fresco" at Giovanni's Table ($15 fee) for excellent Italian cuisine under the jovial Senior Executive Chef Marco Morrama and friendly Maitre d' Alessandro, or at 150 Central Park featuring celebrity Chef Kerriann Von Raesfeld ($35 fee). There are also fine shops featuring designer handbags, sports wear, etc. However, it is the wonder of sitting in an endless garden at sea, which drew us back daily: no crowds, peaceful with an occasional Strolling Scot bagpiper playing soulfully. In the evening there are moonlight serenades with the "Black Pearl Strings" and guitar melodies with Wilfredo Arca. Two: The Boardwalk is on Deck 6 aft and features a Carousel with 18 hand carved animals; in its entrance are several horses in various stages of carving and painting, both informative and beautiful art. Along both sides are typical Coney Island style shops and stands: Johnny Rockets a 1950's hamburger joint, Candy/taffy shops, coffee and doughnuts and a terrific Seafood Shack ($8 fee). All the way aft is the 600 seat Aqua Theater --- with two shows, one of Dancing Waters (fountains timed to music --- reminiscent of the famous fountains of Lugano, Switzerland). The other show, "Oasis of Dreams," is a water extravaganza of high diving, synchronized swimming, and acrobatic routines: Stunning! This is also the seat of two rock climbing walls. Three: The Royal Promenade on Deck 5 is retained from the Voyager and Freedom classes of ships and features a village center with coffee shops, Pizza parlors and the Globe & Atlas Pub with music each night by Scott Perham. The on board shops located here have the logo wear, perfumes, jewelry, etc. The Promenade is the site of Captain Wright's Champagne welcome on board party and numerous parades and entertainments. The innovative Cupcake Cupboard provides a unique spot for Birthday and Anniversaries. The biggest attraction is the "Rising Tide Bar" an oval shaped spacious glass enclosed elevator which will lift you up three decks to Central Park. The automobile attraction for this ship is a 1936 Auburn Speedster, a supercharged convertible, with four exhaust coils on each side. This sleek sports car is a combo of black and silver with white wall, wire spoked wheels --- an eye-catching feature of the Promenade. Four: The Pool & Sports Zone is located on Deck 15and offers more sports activities than any other ship at sea: The Flow Rider is fun for both surfers and spectators, Mini Golf has real turf and unique bronze statues of golfers and a caddy and brightly colored animals for the children. Take the Zip Line across the ship, Whee! There is a basketball court, and ping pong. The Solarium is Vincent's favorite place: Every morning he relaxes in a whirlpool in the adult only spa among plants and flowers. There are also eight restaurants and bars some catering only to children --- try the serve your self ice cream machines. Five: Vitality at Sea Fitness Center is forward on Deck 6. There is a "Thermal Suite," massage center and gym with over 100 cardio & resistance machines, the longest jogging track at sea (2.4 laps = 1mile). There are classes in yoga and kick boxing and a Health Spa for adults and children with juice and snacks. Six: The Youth Zone is completely dedicated to children and teens with Adventure Ocean Theater, Science Lab, Video Games and even a nursery at sea. Teens are teated to their own area with an out door deck, nightclub, video arcade and even a Hangout spot. We went through this area several times, since it was located just above our stateroom. Seven: Entertainment Place has something for everyone: Cruise Director Ken Rush is an old acquaintance who keeps ship activities humming. This cruise there were three terrific shows --- "Hairspray", and the "Nelson Brothers" in the Opal Theater (seats 1,380, be careful in choosing your seat because there are several poles blocking the view of the stage)and thirdly, "Frozen in Time." The Nelson Twins did a tribute to their father Ricky Nelson of Rock and Roll fame. They also showed clips and told anecdotes about their famous grandparents Ozzie and Harriet Nelson of TV fame. Great selections, great voices, and great stage presence. Excellent! Like the Voyager and Freedom classes the Oasis has an ice skating rink and an Olympic quality ice show: "Frozen in Time" is based on Hans Christian Andersen's tales, "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Snow Queen," " The Little Mermaid," "The Red Shoes," and "The Ugly Duckling." Fantastic! Don't miss it. Within this show there is also a new attraction: a young lady who does sand painting or sculpting to tell stories. Breathtaking is not even adequate ---- with a wave of her hand or touch of her finger, she created scenes with characters and animals, etc. Live entertainment all over the ship includes jazz, comedy and string music in the dining rooms ---- delightful. CABIN Stateroom #14166, a wheelchair accessible cabin on Deck 14, is large, airy and cheerful. However, there is plenty of room to widen the front door to make entry easier, and it would be more helpful if it were an automatic door: Although the stewardess Suleva always helped us if she was in the corridor. When entering on the right there is a large bathroom with shelves for toiletries a bit too high and too deep to locate items. There is ample room to place a wider set of shelves. The same goes for the drawers below. All the hooks on the door were placed too low, some higher hooks for nightgowns and robes are needed. The shower was perfect with safety rails all around. Next there was a king size bed flanked by two sets of very low shelves, but alas, no drawers for medications. The reading lamp was too far from the bed, one had to get out of bed to shut it off. We think the reading lamps should be exchanged (the one on the left of the headboard moved to the right and then the one on the right moved to the left) thus, it places the switches nearer the bed rather than on the far side. Same equipment just better placement, it means a lot to the handicapped. Next, is a comfortable love seat and a tiny coffee table, too small to be useful. When entering on the left there is a double maple wood armoire with a set of shelves and a private safe, a refrigerator, and a 32" wide screen TV, a vanity/desk with three drawers, and a lighted mirror and one chair. The far wall is mainly glass and a door to the nice large balcony, with two chairs and a large table to which the lovely Suleva added a chaise for Vincent. He enjoys sitting on the balcony watching the stars at night. The walls are all beige and the furniture all maple wood. There are two pictures: one of a branch of apple blossoms blowing in the wind, and the other a close up of a green banana leaf with water drops. Both are on beautiful sky blue backgrounds. The carpet is multicolored streaks of blue, green and speckled with pink. Our excellent Stewardess Suleva Bryan-Forbes was not only efficient, smiling but, she also anticipated our every need. Kudos! SERVICE & FOOD On board of the Oasis, under Hotel Director Francois Wache`, the service is top notch. The crew attitude is that it aims to please the passengers. The Opus Dining Room is spread over three tiers (Decks 3, 4, and 5). It has a stunning chandelier set just over the Captain's table. On formal night, we dined with Captain Wright, who enthralled us with stories of the Oasis of the Seas, her sea trials and her Maiden Transatlantic voyage, where she encountered a storm with waves as big as 50 ft high. Great lady that she is, the Oasis sailed safely through it all. He attributes her extraordinary stability to her width and engineering and finds her exquisite in every way. The Captain was born in Miami, Florida and educated in Vestfold College in Norway. He is also an RCI Vice President --- very interesting man. Dinner was Escargot Bourguignonne , Lobster Bisque, Papaya/Pineapple soup, Beef Filet, Caesar Salad, Shrimp Ravioli and a bittersweet Chocolate Souffle for dessert. Wonderful food, wonderful service, and wonderful conversation, all with the best view of the Christmas garlanded balconies of the Opus Dining Room. Head Waiters Roscoe and Melinda secured us table #401 near the entrance. We don't like to go throughout the dining room with the wheelchair and the scooter, since it disturbs so many diners. Our waiter was Agnelo and his assistant was Harley Davison. They were both excellent. We had reserved a table for two near the entrance of the dining room; however, the first night the reserved table was occupied by others and we were taken to another table far away from the entrance and not very practical for the parking of either the scooter or the wheelchair. When, we finally were assigned to table #401, we found that it was a table for four and we shared it with another couple. Fortunately, we met a friendly couple Kate and Charlie from Chicago, with whom we had enjoyable dinners and pleasant conversations. We had breakfast served in our cabin each morning at 7:00am, and it was always on time, hot and delicious (eggs, hash browns, bacon, sweet rolls, jams, fruit, coffee and hot chocolate). There are so many venues at which to eat, plus the Buffet, called the Windjammer Market place. There is 24 hr. room service, a donut shop on the Boardwalk, a fantastic coffee, sandwich, cookie shop on the Promenade and don't miss the delicious pastries at the Mondo Cafe` Bar. And for those interested, the Promenade Bar opens at 7:00am! At night the Solarium Bistro is transformed into an upscale restaurant with lovely table setting of flowers and white linen covered chairs. We dined there with Hotel Director Francois Wache` and three other couples. It was an unforgettable evening. Just lovely with twinkling lights overhead and interesting conversation. Thank you, Francois! The food is great, abundant and everywhere. The service is amiable and the crew as gracious as their Captain. ENTERTAINMENT This ship is an entertainment destination. From surfing, to rock climbing, Spa facilities, sports venues to several shows nightly, the problem is to decide which attraction to attend. We were blown away by the live skating show and the Nelson Brothers, but also enjoyed many music opportunities and the on board comics--- Strolling on the Promenade or spending quiet time in the library can be pleasant too. It is impossible to be bored on the Oasis. Sleepless? Join Cruise Director Rush for "The Quest" an adults only game starting at midnight in Studio B on Deck 4. Our dining partners, Kate and Charlie told us that it was hilarious. There is something for everyone on board. PORTS Back-to-back Cruises (Dec. 1-12 2009) Ft. Lauderdale --- For us this is the closest port to our home, less than half an hour drive. Terminal #18 in Port Everglades has been expanded from 67,000 to 240,000 square feet to accommodate the new gigantic ship. The embarkation and debarkation process has been facilitated significantly by the increased number of check-in desks. Labadee, Haiti --- Oasis has docked here. Until now, in this port, cruise ship passengers had to be tendered ashore. A large pier has been built and this RCI resort has received extensive improvements, including the new Dragon Trail roller coaster, the "Town Square" where local musician and dancers perform, and the "Artisan Market" with the many wood carved souvenirs, pottery and other artifacts that can be bought at bargain prices. St, Thomas, USVI --- One of the best shopping ports of the Caribbean, with a new shopping center built near the new pier. A tour accessible to the handicapped is the "Scenic Island Drive and Mountain Top." St. Maarten --- This island is divided between the Dutch and the French. Many tours visit both sides. Physically challenged guests should consult the Exploration staff before booking a tour. Nassau, Bahamas --- Here a visit to the amazing Atlantis Hotel Resort with Casino, sparkling white sand beaches and a spectacular aquarium on Paradise Island is a must for the first timers. CONCLUSION These back-to-back cruises (Dec. 1st to 5th and Dec. 5th to 12th ) represent the 39th and 40th cruise credits toward our Crown & Anchor Society membership, thus it is evident that RCI is one of our favorite cruise lines. We have had some great cruises, but this one has been awesome, mainly for the extraordinary novelties that the Oasis has brought to cruising: The signature neighborhoods, particularly Central Park, Boardwalk and the enhanced Royal Promenade which are spectacular places we never thought conceivable on a cruise ship. It was an extraordinary cruise, not because of the itinerary, food, service or any other aspect, but for the Oasis herself that offers to the passenger what other ships cannot offer: her grandiosity. We will still cruise on other ships, small, medium, large, gigantic and enormous, since we are addicted to cruising and love them all. However, we know that certain experience we have had on this ship cannot be matched on any other ship until the launching of the Allure of the Seas, which we have booked for our anniversary in Jan. 2011. For the near future, we'll go back to normal having booked the following cruises: Celebrity Solstice, on Jan. 3rd, Liberty of the Seas, on Feb. 7th, Star Princess, from Rio de Janeiro to Ft. Lauderdale, on March 16th, Crown Princess, a transatlantic cruise to Italy, on May 1st, and the return from Europe with the Norwegian Epic, on June 24th. Happy Cruising! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
RCL obviously knew people would be skeptical about the size. Our room was great, and we had a regular rooom! You walk in and the bath is on the left - bigger than usual, the bed (VERY COMFORTABLE) in front, followed by a cozy couch and ... Read More
RCL obviously knew people would be skeptical about the size. Our room was great, and we had a regular rooom! You walk in and the bath is on the left - bigger than usual, the bed (VERY COMFORTABLE) in front, followed by a cozy couch and desk - if we felt lazy, sometimes we snuggled down and watched TV! - nice balcony overlooking Central Park. The "communities" are so well-designed and separated, so you can enjoy each one and yet easily move on, when you want. You forget you are on a ship, as you sit in Central Park, surrounded by trees and flowers, hearing the birds sing! It was a wonderful design to have the center of the ship open to the sky, yet you can stroll the Promenade beneath a glass ceiling, so if there happens to be a bit of rain, it doesn't stop the fun! We loved going to the kids area as they had so much going on. It is done top notch, by the way - the teen center and hangout is cool! The water sports are so amazing that you want to go to watch, even if you don't do any of them. The first day, we dozed in the wonderful swivel chairs in the adult solarium (a great feature for when you want adult time), watching the ocean. Then, refreshed we had to ride the marry-go-round - the Boardwalk is so much fun! The shows are great (except the comedians - need new ones, please!)! The spa and fitness center was very nice, but watch out in the fitness center - the floor is not all one level and you can trip by some of the machines. The food was wonderful - we did anytime seating - we never had to wait and no matter where we went, they knew we were honeymooners and we got our own table! The restaurants on the ship were really good, but we did only one - the Italian (Giovanni's) for Christmas, which was great!. We did only one because the dining food was really good! The buffet was nice, except breakfast needs to be taken up a notch; not bad, but not great. Getting off for excursions was so easy! Get into the elevator and push the yellow button. When the doors open, you turn and go off the ship! There is no finding out how to get to the other end of the ship - from any point, you go all the way to the left or right, by the rooms, and go all the way down the halls to the other side - sometimes it is fastest! They need new photographers - the lighting was awful and the poses standard. We were disappointed and didn't buy any. The staff is great. A well-thought out ship - so much to do, yet doesn't feel busy and overwhelming; if you want quiet time, it is easy to find. I highly recommend it. It is a lot of people, but RCL knew it would be and ensured their ship design allowed for it. When we sat in our favorite lounge (Viking Crown) at the top of the ship, it was cozy, quiet, and intimate and we knew it was the best choice for our honeymoon! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2010
Our much anticipated cruise on the Oasis has come and gone. There were a few surprises and I'll try to stick mostly to the stuff I didn't see on other reviews. We spent three days in Orlando prior to the cruise, rented an Alamo ... Read More
Our much anticipated cruise on the Oasis has come and gone. There were a few surprises and I'll try to stick mostly to the stuff I didn't see on other reviews. We spent three days in Orlando prior to the cruise, rented an Alamo rental car and drove the 3.5 hours to the port. Returned the car at the FLL airport and took the courtesy bus to the port-very easy. We had not received luggage tags ahead of time and I was anticipating a problem. The porter whipped some out of his pocket, handed me a pen, and told me to go ahead and fill them out-not a problem at all and he waited patiently while I did, then told us to have a great voyage. Nice guy-he got a $20 tip for his patience and our 7 bags. I anticipated chaos and a bit of a crowd since we arrived right at rush hour-noon. Surprise! We didn't even need to use the platinum boarding area. We were immediately checked in and rode the escalator upstairs to board. Absolutely NO LINES. I was so impressed with the seemingly miles of check-in stations and the ability to handle so many people so efficiently. We stepped aboard on deck 5. I had been on the Mariner before, so I knew what a promenade looked like. Can I say wow? This promenade is bigger and better and even more beautiful. The ship just sparkled. Not because it is new, although I'm sure that didn't hurt, but because of the design of glass and metal. It is truly impressive and quite beautiful Everything on the entire ship is done so tastefully and elegantly. We were greeted by many crew members, telling us tidbits of info and offering help. We walked all over the ship taking pictures of ourselves on the Carousel, the whole boardwalk area, an in various beautiful spots on the ship which are many! From here I will just say that over the course of the week, we discovered all of the common areas, each exceeding our expectations in terms of decor and planning. We never waited in a line, not once. According to staff on board, this Jan. 2ND cruise was the first fully booked cruise on the Oasis. The crew did a terrific job. We had late seating and our waitstaff, Rihvah and Dennis, were more than attentive. The dining room food was delicious and this was one of only 3 cruises which I would rate the food as excellent. (The others were the Grandeur in '99 and again on the Grandeur last April.) We only ate in the windjammer twice the entire cruise, and I will say that the one breakfast we ate there was the only poor quality food we had all week. The bacon was tasteless, the potatoes were papery and the eggs were gritty. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so this was disappointing. But with all the other choices, it was not a problem. My husband ate a windjammer breakfast another day and said it was delicious that day. The lunch we had there was delicious! There are so many free venues to have a meal. We found ourselves in Central Park at the Cafe many times-the food is fresh and so tasty! The paninis are good and although they make them and reheat in a microwave, they are still crispy and good. They have different ones each day and I heard one guy asking for a fresh one so I guess that's an option. My one daughter raved about the tiramisu desert there, and the salads were incredibly fresh and delicious. We got outside tables almost every day. The Solarium Bistro had great options, although I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners and lots of stuff was made with them. The salads and main courses were really good here. There was always soft serve ice cream available and the machines were never broken-my hubby was happy. We splurged on the ice cream at the boardwalk one day and it was worth it. So creamy and delicious. The portions are small so you might want to get more than you usually do. The scoop is literally what fills up the ice cream scoop-none out over the edge-but it is delicious so I didn't mind. We ate a cupcake (split it three ways when we found out it has 710 calories per cupcake!) It was delicious. Red Velvet, banana and carrot are the best sellers according to the girl working that day. The corn-dogs were the best ever according to my daughter who is a corn dog expert. We did eat at Giovanni's one night and it was well worth it. We are used to GOOD Italian food (lived in Northern Jersey for awhile and husband's family is Italian) and it was just excellent. I will say that many of the options are seafood, so that might cut down on choices for some people. Warning-it is a lot of food. Don't eat lunch that day if you go! For activities, we played ping pong, mini golf, used the pools and hot tubs, and one of my daughters rode the surfing side of the flowrider most days. We never waited. We did not do the zip line although we could have, (they take reservations for times) and we didn't climb the rock wall on this cruise but have on past cruises. The flowrider gets crowded during the middle of the day, but the wait between turns was never more than 20-25 minutes at the worst on the surf side. We had just done Disney for three days and this seemed more than reasonable to us! At night when it got colder, the lines thinned out and she only waited 5 minutes between turns. (Wet suits rent for only $10 a day which are great if its cold and you want to ride the flowrider late.) I watched every day and took pictures of her so these times are correct. The staff is very helpful and really do their best to get you to catch on. Some didn't get it too well and those instructors were so patient! Nobody got hurt that I saw, but my daughter did lose half a toenail because it was too long. Warning, trim your toenails short to prevent this! OH, warning to those who watch or place personal things on the bleachers-The black soot from the exhaust stacks will get all over your clothes. It falls on you and on the bleachers in tiny pieces of black, then when you stand up, you realize you have black streaks on your pants and back. I had planned to wear a few pairs of khaki pants twice, but couldn't after spending time taking pictures at the flowrider. Once I figured it out I wrapped a towel around me and sat on another towel and didn't have the problem anymore. It did come out in the wash with the product "Grease Relief" once I got home. Since we had booked this cruise more for the ship than for the ports, we only left the ship for a minimal amount of time. In St Thomas we went to Meghan's Bay to the beach for a couple hours. It was packed but we stayed in the water which was warm. The wind was strong that day and although everyone said the tide was going out, random waves would soak every one's towels at intermittent times. It was actually pretty funny. Everyone seemed to decide that it was safe, the tide had gone out. They would put their towels down again, and within a few minutes one huge wave would soak everything once more. It was great fun to watch in a sick sort of way. In St. Martin I got off the boat and took the water taxi for $6 round trip which is better than the $8rt for the land taxi. If you do take the water taxi, it will stop twice. Get off at the second stop, which is actually closer to the center of town. In Nassau we took a taxi to Atlantis and walked around the hotel. You can look at the fish in the aquarium and walk around the lobby, casino area, and outside of the hotel free of charge; although they do stop you from taking the pathway to the beaches. We were interested in checking it out for a possible future vacation. We decided the exorbitant prices are probably worth it for three or four days pre-cruise. It is beautiful, clean, and not too crowded from what we could see. By the way, when leaving the ship, the elevator actually has a button for the gangway. You don't have to worry which deck to disembark, you just push the "gangway" button and it automatically stops and a voice tells you to exit. Pretty well thought out. There is also an escalator that takes you down the last floor-no steps! Also one for coming back up. Great when you are tired from walking all over town. I walked right off and quickly went through security on the way back on the ship in each port with no wait, although I never re-boarded at the last minute. We had a balcony room and in Nassau I watched as a lot of people waited in line 20-30 minutes to clear security to get back on the ship because they waited until the last minute. Do yourself a favor, come back an hour early to avoid it all. Our stateroom was kept spotless by Nickolai. It seems as though everyone is now trained to constantly keep your room clean while staying invisible. Our daughters confirmed this as they had a different stateroom attendant for their room but the same experience. We always used the signs on the door and Nickolai was always in and out before we returned. The stateroom on the Oasis is different than others in terms of storage space. There is plenty, but it is in different spots. I usually bring my plastic shoe holder to hang on the door of the bathroom, but there is actually a storage cabinet in the bathroom and a space by the mirror so I wouldn't take it again on this ship. There are only a few drawers but the closet has shelves (6?) which are large and we actually didn't even use a couple of them. There are also plenty of hangars and upper and lower hanging rods for clothes. The lighting in the cabin is well thought out. There is a master switch at the front door which is great when you are leaving and want to cut all the lights easily. There are two switches by the bed, one that controls the room lights and the other that controls subdued lighting over the artwork which can act as a nightlight and is great at night for two people sharing a room. The receptacle is not well placed (under the desk) for elderly. I had to crawl under to figure it out the first time, and thought of my poor mom trying to get to it. She couldn't have done it. The balcony door needs to be latched for the heat/air to come on. This is so great and I could finally let the door open and hear the ocean. It was wonderful. The bedding is the best I've had on a cruise. The mattresses have great support but have a thick layer of soft foam on top. It is the perfect combination for my bad back.There are two extra pillows in the closet for a total of six. My husband and I both agreed we never slept better and need to purchase similar bedding at home after sleeping on it so well. Although we turned in early some nights, my daughters partied the night away in the over 18 club, Blaze. They said that most people there were like them, in their 20's. I have a friend who said she didn't like RCCL because there was nothing to do after 10:30pm. Not on this ship! Most pools and hot tubs stay open 24 hours and there are late comedy shows and other venues like the casino, (which actually doesn't smell of smoke in the non-smoking side!!!) Dazzles, Bolero, and bars all stay open late. The guy in the piano bar, Peter, played until 1 or 2am and was really good. The comedy show we saw was really funny and most of the material was creative and non-offensive. I loved the fact that the guy made me laugh over things common to most like kids and marriage, etc. without using much foul language. Truly a refreshing night of fun entertainment. I will also say here that I booked all our shows in advance and there was always space for more in each show. We got to each show about 15 minutes in advance and always got good seats. Hairspray was fun and the diving show was only 30 min. long but great to watch. The ice show was so entertaining and Come Fly With Me was great, too. The ship is designed to handle the number of people on it. We never once felt crowded. Oh, the elevators are so plentiful, and have a different ring for up (ding) and down (ding-dong). You have to be fast, they are fast to open and shut quickly which is great if you are riding and stopping but not great if you are waiting and aren't paying attention. We missed elevators a few times before we learned this. For those who have cruised before, THE DAYS OF THE WEEK ARE BACK! :) We chose to carry our own luggage off and were in the airport for our flight by 8am. (Took the free airport bus instead of a taxi because of the number of bags.) I had worried about making our 11am flight but it wasn't even close. I will do this from now on. We all said after cruising Oasis it would be hard to go back to a smaller ship with less choices and less to do. It totally exceeded our expectations and none of the rumors such as long lines and crowded conditions proved to be true. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We sailed on the January 2 2010 Itinerary They told us the Ship had it largest "Close to Sellout" Crowd (5900)ish to date. This was Oasis's 6Th Sailing. I agree with most of what others are saying. The Ship is Beautiful, ... Read More
We sailed on the January 2 2010 Itinerary They told us the Ship had it largest "Close to Sellout" Crowd (5900)ish to date. This was Oasis's 6Th Sailing. I agree with most of what others are saying. The Ship is Beautiful, Incredible, and it seems to handle the Crowds quite well. Getting Off and On was a Pleasant Surprise. It did only take 10-15 minutes. I did not feel Crowded Except Immediately after the Life Boat Drill, but they had 5900 Customers and 2000 Crew in all the public areas at the same time. It was great that our Life Boat Station was in the Theater and we did not have to drag our Life Preservers. RCCL seemed to cut back allot of the verbiage that usually accompanies the Life Boat Drill This Fire Drill really beats the Past Traditional Experience of standing on a Hot Deck packed in like Sardines with a Preserver wrapped around your neck. The Only Negative Experience was the Soot at the Aqua Theater, I heard others say it was at the Flowrider as well. This was a Black Greasy substance that ruined your clothes if it got on them and on most it did. It was on the seats. Please take a Towel if you want to be careful. RCCL should really evaluate this. Overall it was a Great Experience and we will Travel Oasis and Allure again. RCCL stills needs to Readdress the Diamond Member situation. RCCL, every Diamond member we've talked are still upset with your New Policy. It appears only the Customers have been Loyal. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
We were on the oasis January 2nd sailing,the 5th sailing.Our group of 20 plus people booked it back in September 2008, so needless to say we were very excited and had high expectations.This cruise was a disappointment compared to our other ... Read More
We were on the oasis January 2nd sailing,the 5th sailing.Our group of 20 plus people booked it back in September 2008, so needless to say we were very excited and had high expectations.This cruise was a disappointment compared to our other ships we have cruised on in the past. We have been on 20 plus cruises with royal Caribbean and 4 with carnival. Always recommended r.c. to everyone but after this cruise may be going back to carnival. We also have been on the bigger ships such as Independence and Freedom with very few complaints. We actually got married on Freedom in 2008 and had a great experience. I will start with some good things about the ship...Getting on the ship was a breeze. we got there early and got on the ship shortly after that. People were all very friendly and helpful. It was a bit crazy outside before getting to waiting area though. The ship is huge and absolutely beautiful. It was overwhelming at first but so amazing. Our stateroom attendant was the best we ever had and also the friendliest.most of the bartenders were great and friendly also.Our dinning room staff was not all that great and slow. We got a couples massage like we do every cruise, this one was by far the best. The spa was amazing along with the solarium area. Peter at the piano bar was great! He loved our big group, we were there every night after we found him at the schooner bar. Sorrento's pizza is always good. The seafood shack for lunch was very cool atmosphere and great food. Too bad it was cold and rainy alot.The shows we did get to see were great,especially the ice show and hairspray!The quest is always a fun game to play, it was a bit different on this ship but you should still try it. You will laugh! Here are some complaints which there are quite a few... The ship was way to big, hard to find people unless you have a plan to meet somewhere. Bring walkie talkies if you can. The ship was easy to find places with the help finders on the walls ,but finding your group was a nightmare. All of the speciality restaurants, shows, entertainment were booked before we got on ship. Who wants to book everything prior to going on ship. You want to relax on vacation not have to book everything prior. We did get to some shows because we went to them at the time and we could still get into a few. We actually skipped dinner 4 nights and that is how we got to go to 2 of them. The food was not very good especially at main dinning. We looked at menu in advance and then decided not to go to dinner that evening, so we thought if it was just 2 of us we could check out some speciality restaurants. But of course booked until end of cruise! This ship offers alot to eat,and to do but if you didn't book it prior to ship leaving everything was booked. That was no fun at all, we want to relax and not have to have all of our plans for the whole week.Also first night at main dinner they had 3 groups of 14 at one table. It took along time to figure it out and dinner was then delayed the first night. Way too many RUDE foreigners! Like 90 percent of the ship.The past few r.c. ships we went on have gotten progressively worse ,but this one was by far the worst. It made our trip aggravating when we are constantly getting cut in front of at meals, bumped in to , over crowed in elevators, bathrooms left dirty(such as paper towels left on counter and not in trash. A woman actually ran over my foot with her luggage and kept moving without saying anything. My quiet husband who never says anything was so mad at this point he went and spoke to her about being so rude.No please,thank you or excuse me!Just plan rude with no manners! We have heard other cruise lines were not as bad so we may be trying another line if we cruise again.Too many smoking areas on ship. Couldn't enjoy areas because of smoke. Especially the casino! The rooms were small,little storage,little balconies, bathrooms were bigger though. You could hear through the walls. Especially from hallways. We could here the rooms next door tvs. luckily they were all people we knew next to us. The boat rocked so much, probably because it was too top heavy and the middle of ship being open. It pretty much moved 24/7. yes weather was not great,but not that bad. We met other cruisers on smaller ships who were not moving all that much.It is not good if people get see sick, Get the prescription patch for the week just in case. The pool areas were packed like usual, you just need to get out there early if you want a good chair.watch on saving chairs,they have pool security who time you if you go away from your chairs. The hot tubs and solarium were great, but never really got to use them because they were always overly packed. The staff was really strict on the ship pertaining to everything. Especially the diamond, plus clubs. They took alot of things away and wouldn't let you leave rooms with drinks. wouldn't let spouses in if they were not members.They always did before. Actually the staff was just really rude when it came to us members. They basically talked and looked down to us. Getting off the ship at the end of the trip was a joke. Not organized at all and again rude staff. We had a member in our group who got interrogated and threatened to get thrown of at next port for buying a drink for a minor. which the bar is 18 and up so if they just met someone and bought a drink how would they know? Especially now a days people do not look there ages. If they are going to let 18 and older in bars they need a wrist band or something. All in all this was the worst cruise our group has gone on. It was not worth the money or the expectations at all. We definitely recommend any ships in freedom class for sure over the oasis. I cant believe i am saying this ,but we are taking a break fro r.c. for a while and checking out another line because of our moderate week of vacation. We need a vacation from our vacation! Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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