528 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We have just returned from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Oasis, setting sail on May 21st, 2011. It was to be a special occasion, our fiftieth anniversary, and was much anticipated. Maybe too much so as it failed to measure up to ... Read More
We have just returned from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Oasis, setting sail on May 21st, 2011. It was to be a special occasion, our fiftieth anniversary, and was much anticipated. Maybe too much so as it failed to measure up to previous trips on other cruise lines. We have in the past cruised with Carnival, Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian. The ship was all it was touted to be and the staff was likewise exceptional. Most disappointing was that the dance floors in the four locations we found were uniformly small, even if measured by small ship standards, let alone a ship that carries 5,500+ passengers. At most, ballroom floors could accommodate about 15 couples in a squeeze that is 30 individuals and then only if it was a slow dance. The Viking Crown lounge could handle about 5 couples, the Blaze lounge about 15, Dazzles about 10 & Boleros about 15 couples. Totally inadequate. We were extremely turned off by the blatant nickel & diming for services that other cruise lines provide routinely as part of their experience. My wife & I approached one of the fitness center staff to enquire about sauna facilities. We were advised that for $79 we could have a day pass to the sauna or $179 for the week. We assumed that was for the two of us and not per person. This was explained as being necessary to limit the use of the sauna as 5,500+ people were on board. Likewise at breakfast we were advised that an extra charge was involved for a glass of cranberry juice and if we wanted fresh squeezed orange juice that would be $3.95 extra. When we mentioned the charge for Cranberry juice to one of the head waiters he shrugged it off saying "If it's not on the menu it is extra. Sorry but that is company policy." We were forewarned about the $14.95 charge for the filet mignon so we were not taken back by that although other cruise lines provide that for free. The room (12636) a junior suite, was wonderful. We fully utilized it for breakfasts on the veranda. The shows were superior to any we have seen on any cruise & the many other activities were just mind boggling. We have enjoyed our cruise experiences on other lines in the past and look forward to taking many more but not with RCCL. It comes in a poor fourth on our list Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Full review and a review fit for a Foodie: Great ship! Because of it's large size you never ran out of anything to do. Always plenty to see and do. You'd think a ship this large with this many passengers would feel ... Read More
Full review and a review fit for a Foodie: Great ship! Because of it's large size you never ran out of anything to do. Always plenty to see and do. You'd think a ship this large with this many passengers would feel crowded but it never did because it's so brilliantly spaced out. We could always find a spot at one of the many pools and a seat at any of the casino tables. Good deal! As far as food goes, you must make reservations in advance of your sailing for the specialty restaurants (we ate at them all, they were excellent!). Do the same for shows to assure you get into all. Reservations in advance are key! It's the extra specialty restaurants or fee charged eateries that make the ship feel like a floating city....you get much better quality of food then they give you elsewhere on the ship where things are free. These fee charged eateries are all worth the cover charge as the food was delicious and you can order as much as you wanted in all the restaurants. The free food elsewhere on the ship was okay, but not very good or great. The selection at the Windjammer was awful. Carnival has them beat on this with better quality and more options. The pool has a place called Wipeout Cafe which is a mini buffet of fast food which was just edible but not very good. Central Park's Park Cafe was a little better for breakfast or lunch on the ship, as was Johnny Rockets for breakfast or lunch. It's amazing how pancakes at Johnny Rockets tasted great yet the ones in the main dining room were inedible, if not microwaveable frozen breakfasts. Totally wort the $5 cover charge! The Pizza on the ship at Sorrentos was so so. Very dry and more like pizza minus the sauce. Apparently it's not fresh but frozen heated pizzas. The build your own pizza is different then the ones sold by the slice. Think D'Giorno pizza bread in a bag already cooked where you just add sauce, cheese and toppings. Bleh. Most meals in the dining room were bad as well. Like I said, the restaurants that charge extra were really worth it as the free food was not so good. You get much better free eats on Carnival which isn't saying much considering this is supposed to be a better cruise line. Embarkation was easy as well! We were at the pier at 11:30am and on board by 11:45am. Entertainment was good too if you're into shows but nothing was mind blowing. Would I sail the ship again? Maybe because of it's many options of things to see, places to go and different things to eat. If the quality of the free food was better I'd go without a doubt again, for now I am unsure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Oasis is a remarkable boat. Bigger than I imagined. Despite the huge number of people on board never felt that crowded. My only complaint was the food. Been on many cruises, and all had outstanding food. This ship did not. The casual ... Read More
Oasis is a remarkable boat. Bigger than I imagined. Despite the huge number of people on board never felt that crowded. My only complaint was the food. Been on many cruises, and all had outstanding food. This ship did not. The casual buffet was standard, all inclusive resort quality food. OK. Selection- OK. Quality- OK. Flavor- OK. Main dining was pretty mediocre. Again, we were used to cruise dinners being the highlight of the trip. Not here. If it were a restaraunt, we would say "eh", and probably not return. Portions were small. Taste just average. Also, we were used to friendly, over the top service at dinner. Even formed "relationships" with waiters in the past . Not here. Service was good and efficient. No chit chat, no conversation. In and out in about an hour 10 minutes. No fun at all. The ship was awesome, but I don't think I will go back. I think we will pursue smaller ships and see how that goes. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
So what do you like and dislike about Disney World? The same is true about Oasis. Of course everyone loves the productions,shows and events and are pleasantly surprised about the different discoveries of things they didn't expect to ... Read More
So what do you like and dislike about Disney World? The same is true about Oasis. Of course everyone loves the productions,shows and events and are pleasantly surprised about the different discoveries of things they didn't expect to see like Central Park, a boardwalk, or a carousel on a ship. On the other hand Oasis has the same draw backs as Disney World. Crowds, lines,mass produced food for 6200 guests everyday, crammed elevators,etc. I kind of expected all of that knowing the ship was so big. What I didn't expect was the poor service. This crew looked like they were just tired of seeing so many people cruise after cruise. No friendly welcome on boarding, no friendly room attendants and curt service pretty much across the board. I think when you have a ship this big it is hard to staff it with enough customer service people. I had a loft room (big $$) where I expected top notch service.That I didn't get. I was entitled to the concierge lounge which was staffed with individuals that showed up late and then proceeded to stay on the phone for a half an hour while a long line of customers that had questions/requests formed. Several of us gave up and just walked to the specialty restaurants and made reservations directly. It's a pity because our party felt the cruise could have been so much more if the staff was pleasant and more trained on customer service. I'll give you an example. At one port one of the two gangway did not work forcing all 6200 passengers to disembark at the same time through one gangway ( design flaw....biggest ship in the world only has two exits ???). Long lines formed and guests waited in very warm conditions for quite some time. OK sometimes these things happen. However when it does the staff should know how to handle it. Why not offer free bottled water for those passengers that had to wait in the heat? Have staff readily available to talk to passengers that had to wait versus loud speaker announcements that said "sorry". Look, I had a good time on the cruise and I'm glad I got to see the Oasis, but I would never go on it again. What I learned from this cruise is that it's not the size of the ship or the bells and whistles, but FRIENDLY CUSTOMER SERVICE that makes the difference. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We had heard so many people tell us how lovely the Royal Caribbean cruise ships were. I was so disappointed. The food was horrible. The Windjammer Marketplace (the main breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet restaurant) was not designed well ... Read More
We had heard so many people tell us how lovely the Royal Caribbean cruise ships were. I was so disappointed. The food was horrible. The Windjammer Marketplace (the main breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet restaurant) was not designed well to seat so many people. Finding a table is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. My pet peeve was the food was labeled in so many different languages but you never knew what the ingredients were of the dishes. There were dishes I didn't recognize and the buffet servers didn't speak English to tell you what meats were in the dishes. It was like a very bad potluck. The desserts were a step below Old Country Buffet level. The main dining room food was horrendous. I found a nail in my ice tea (don't know if it was a toe nail or a finger nail - it doesn't really matter). I did not go back to drink the iced tea. I was also given a coffee cup with lipstick on it (not mine). We missed the transportation to one of the excursions we booked in Haiti because the kiosk was not marked well, we arrived 2 minutes late but were given a refund for that excursion. The excursion to Jamaica was amusing. We bought a Chukka Beach Break excursion. The driver took us on a shuttle ride to a run down house filled with vicious looking dogs and told us the beach was a feet feet down and that we can walk the rest of the way. We did not. One odd thing is we never heard any announcements about arriving at any ports of call from our cabin. The only time we heard the Captain was the first day announcing the Safety Drill. On other ships you always heard the Captain announcing arrivals, time, and other tidbits and the Cruise director announcing events around the ship from the comfort of your room. Not here. It was weird. The entertainment was the only saving grace. It was excellent. Book the shows well in advance before you leave for your trip. The service is awesome as well. I wont be going on RC ever again though. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
No doubt the Oasis is a marvel of ship construction. She is very beautiful and all the new areas of the ship are quite nice. However, beyond the wow factor of the nice ship, we were very disappointed because the BIG things that make ... Read More
No doubt the Oasis is a marvel of ship construction. She is very beautiful and all the new areas of the ship are quite nice. However, beyond the wow factor of the nice ship, we were very disappointed because the BIG things that make cruising special were just not there for us. We have cruised for many years with our whole family and are Platinum cruisers with RCL - which is our favorite cruise line. We will likely never cruise again on the Oasis class of ship due to the weakness we saw on this cruise. In general there is a lot of space on big ship, and usually do not feel crowded, but there are choke points like elevators at dinner and at port time, which were unbearable. Like Disney at most crowded times. Customer service - we found that all areas of customer service were lacking. This is one area RCL has always excelled at. We think it is probably due to the huge number of people on this ship. The ship is big, but the number of folks in guest relations and other areas seem the same as other ships. That ratio just does not work. Guest relations was not polite and seemed to have the attitude of "what the heck do you want" when you stepped up to ask them something. Other areas were same - photo services when trying to purchase, excursion help, and various host positions. Food - mediocre at best. We ate in many areas and the only meal I really felt was better than average was in the Solarium Bistro. Oh and Johnny Rockets was a great burger as always. Chops steak was no better than any chain steak house (nothing like we had experienced on other RCL Chops visits). Windjammer food never changed - we are used to it being different each day - and it was sub-par. They did not have burgers/dogs available throughout day as other RCL ships have. The dining room food was just not that good - not a single meal. Our servers were trying hard and they provided the best service they could, but they were sprinting to cover all the tables they covered and the food flow was terrible - waiting long times between each course. Again, I think they have hit the wall on how many people they can serve. Mass producing 4000+ decent meals just does not work. Room service - several times to our three cabins - was wrong and/or cold. Musicians - We always enjoy the good musicians that RCL has in the Schooner Bar (piano) and the English Pub (acoustic guitar). The Piano guy (Henry Saxby from Australia) was fantastic - as good as any we have seen. He was a true entertainer. However, the guitar guy (Steve Christie), who played in the Globe & Atlas pub was a joke! Seriously, he was like a cheap karaoke machine, strumming chords along with his laptop synthesizer. Literally NO ONE was inside that pub after first night he played. The waiters even commented how they were not happy because no one was coming inside pub so they were not getting tips. Everyone sat outside just watching promenade - but no one wanted to hear this guy play cheezy 70s ballads. People was "sing along" guitar players who can play requests and really sing/play. I requested a song - "Can you play Brown Eyed Girl" - he yelled back "Maybe" and went on with his crappy setlist. Completely amazing. RCL could find 1000s of good guitar guys anywhere in the country who would love a gig like this. This guy belongs playing in a bingo hall or nursing home. Whoever hires/fires musicians needs to can this guy and get someone who is a talented musician. Shows - the water show was pretty cool with all the diving, definitely a unique cruise show. Headliner show - ABBACADABRA - weak. "Come Fly with Me" production show was about what we expect from a cruise show. Past 7 day cruises always had at least 4 decent shows on RCL, so they have shortchanged here. I do not blame the "ground crew" - the restaurant wait staff, the cabin stewards, the bar tenders, and the pool staff. They all did a great job. But the management and customer service on the ship were lacking. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We are a family group of 12 and while we have all cruised separately, this was our 2nd cruise together. We booked the cruise in February 2011 and were full of excitement and anticipation to sail on one of the world's largest cruise ... Read More
We are a family group of 12 and while we have all cruised separately, this was our 2nd cruise together. We booked the cruise in February 2011 and were full of excitement and anticipation to sail on one of the world's largest cruise ships. 2 Flowriders! Zip Line! Aquatheater! Entertainment Options! We were stoked and while the Oasis certainly delivered on some aspects, there were other areas where we fell the ship really fell short. As others have mentioned, embarkation was a breeze. RC has done an excellent job of making this a very efficient process! We arrived at the port at 11 and were onboard by 11:30. Checking in took a bit longer than usual because we were in 5 rooms, and some were suites and some were not, but it was fast nonetheless. The kids were excited to hit up Sorrento's as their first food on board and I was determined to avoid the Windjammer for the week, so I readily complied. First disappointment - they've made Sorrento's smaller (i.e. only round tables, no booths and not so easy to pull round tables together) and they no longer have the olive bar/antipasto options or the delicious almond cookies. In addition, the pizza seems to have changed - it wasn't as good. However, we were on board and we were hungry so it worked. Next stop - Park Cafe. Seems word is out and at 12:00, the line here was very long. There weren't any tables available so we grabbed food and ate outside - man was it hot! Advice here is stop by a little later on the first day (like around 1:30) and you'll avoid the lines and get a seat inside where it is cool. Park Cafe is a GREAT new dining option and it was a favorite of ours for the week. Bagel bar, various egg sandwiches in the morning, as well as great fruit, yogurt, muffins and cereal. No bacon, sausage, potatoes or pancakes here to tempt us! Lunch is equally delicious w/ a good salad bar (and it is made for you, not serve yourself buffet), terrific roast beef sandwiches, chips (sunchips, ruffles!), and various paninis. Plenty of options and all tasted fresh and delicious. SPORTS COURT - EXPERIENCE & IMPRESSIONS We headed up to check out the sports court and this is where we started to get that gimmicky feeling. First, the zip line. Are you kidding? As one of the comedians said on board, this zip line must double as a clothesline. It is a mere 87 ft long, which is about the length of the basketball court. Why spend the money and/or take up the staff to man this thing - it was ridiculous and honestly, marketing has really put quite the spin on this to make it look a lot better than it is. I think most had this opinion as the line for the zipline was very short by mid-week. Another frustration - they had ONE person checking the waivers and handing out bracelets. The line was unreal and it took more than 30 mins to get through. Seriously? One person w/ such a huge number of kids on board - crazy. Checked out the mini-golf course and not sure what's happened here. The balls are all the same color (huh?) and they are as light as a ping-pong ball. In addition, the course has cute little animals around it, but no obstacles. You're kind of putting straight the entire time. Clear that thought was put into the decorations (animals, a cute white bench), but not into the actual course. Courses on the 5 other RC ships we've been on have all been better. The full-size basketball court is impressive, for sure, but the heat that builds up in that space b/c the sides are now enclosed w/ plexiglass is also amazing. Very tough to handle the heat in August as no wind goes through the court. We were pleased to see 6 ping-pong tables, but honestly with a passenger size of just over 6200, we weren't able to get onto these tables. Smaller ships, such as Serenade has 3 tables for a 1/3 of the passenger size. Although not actually on the sports court, a few notes about shuffleboard. Ok, not everyone gets into the game, but as a family, we usually have a competition in the evening after dinner. 2 issues here - 1) due to the fact that the shuffleboard courts are located behind the aquatheater, there are several nights when they are closed down by 6:00! 2) the shuffleboard courts are not regulation size, they are some miniature, cheapo version that look as though they have not been painted since Oasis initially launched. We used them once, enough said. On a positive note, loved that there are 2 flowriders and although the lines are always long, it's a popular event and line size is understandable. Found that all instructors working the flowriders were very helpful to both first-timers and experienced riders. Also liked the seating/viewing area as there was a decent amount of shade. POOL AREAS - Improvements, but still work to be done Huge kudos to RC for figuring out how to get so many chairs onto the decks! We never had an issue finding a chair. We also appreciated how clean the deck staff kept the pool area. However, there are a few issues with the pools. First, although there are 3 pools plus the kid's H20 zone, the pools are just too small. They are literally jam-packed. The pools do not appear to be larger than other ships, and the 3 just do not cut it. Taking this a bit further, there is a huge (and beautiful) solarium, but there is one tiny pool in it (I actually thought it was a hot tub). Although I was initially disappointed that pool contests took place at the Aquatheater (which involves leaving the pool deck, going down 9 floors, and then walking thru the Boardwalk), I have to say that the large area is necessary to accommodate all of the guests. THE GYM - OH NO, ROYAL CARIBBEAN, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! Glad to see that the space taken up by the boxing ring on Freedom-class ships is now used for machines, but the location of the gym is so disappointing! I used to love running on the treadmill surrounded by a beautiful view of the ocean. That view is now very limited. The gym is on the 6th floor and only one wall has that view, but it's through large port holes. The rest of the gym has no view! In addition, the free weight area is small (can handle only 4-5 people at a time) and the number of weights is very limited. Again, other ships including the smaller Serenade has a larger area here. Definitely a bummer. DINING - In general, quality in the dining room has deteriorated among the entire fleet. We didn't feel that the dining room on Oasis was better, or worse, than any of the other ships. I had read that the Windjammer was small and avoided it the entire week, but was told by my family members that it was constantly packed. Our Head Waiter confirmed that the Windjammer is proportionally smaller than on other ships. However, the addition of new venues really made us feel as though this is where Oasis shines. In addition to the Park Cafe, we loved the Solarium Bistro for breakfast, and enjoyed the variety of snacks in the Wipeout Cafe (nachos, pizza, hotdogs) and on the boardwalk (donut shop, boardwalk snacks such as chips w/ Guacamole, corn dogs, etc). The boardwalk snack shop/bar (don't know official name) also made popcorn on the evenings when they showed a movie in the aquatheater. Nice touch! We dined in Giovanni's and food and service were really great. This was our first time eating in a specialty restaurant and we'd do it again. Well worth the $20 price tag. ENTERTAINMENT - loved the options We were really happy with the variety and number of new entertainment options. We signed up for all available shows and made it to everything. Due to the reservation process, it seemed as though there were always plenty of seats and showing up 20 mins prior to showtime always worked. Definitely beats the days of having to get to the theater early if you wanted a large number of seats together. The only time this wasn't the case, was when reservations were not required (i.e Love & Marriage Show, Quest) and then getting seats together was tough. SERVICE - Very mixed results By far, our biggest disappointment on this cruise was the lack of service and the presence of serious attitude from the concierge staff. The 2 concierge sat behind their desks, never mingled w/ guests, did not proactively provide information on services/benefits and could not assist w/ issues. We were never greeted by name and their snooty attitude was unreal. I needed help w/ something 3 times (booking a cabana, making a specialty dining reservation, and moving a showtime) and I consistently felt as though I was bothering them. Have questions w/ the Luggage Valet program - ask your room steward. Need help with the Espresso machine? Read the instructions. Show was cancelled due to weather and your newly scheduled time doesn't work (b/c concierge rescheduled during dinner)? Wait in standby line. Having trouble with the internet? Read the instructions. Only saving grace was that the bartender, Carol, was extremely pleasant and we felt welcomed by her. Dining room service and our room steward were both adequate. Nothing really to complain about, but just a lot of small things that were missing: the lack of recognition/greeting or even knowing our names, was a change for us. No towel animals in the room (not a big deal, just a little bummed), no ice in the room, no pulling out chairs as we arrived at the dinner table, and the constant delay in getting condiments at dinner (i.e. sour cream, ketchup, butter for lobster, cocktail sauce, etc). Everyone was pleasant, but nothing was special. We found outstanding service in areas that we didn't expect it. For instance, service in Johnny Rockets was terrific. Just a really, really nice group of waiters and waitresses. They work hard and yet they remain unbelievably pleasant. One of the facilities guys, Kris, cleaned the concierge lounge late every evening and we were often in there playing cards. He also came by and chatted, was sweet as ever to our kids, and was just an all-around pleasant individual. Who would have known? Also found guest services to be very helpful on the few occasions we needed help. All in all, some hits in service, but a major miss where we would most expected it (concierge). SUMMARY Just about any cruise, in my book, is better than no cruise at all, but we felt like RC tried to put a lot of dazzle and marketing spin into this ship and hence coined it the "Gimmick of the Seas". The main dining room can't accommodate all 6200 passengers, the Windjammer is smaller and yet there is an abundance of speciality dining options. Service is hit & miss and the high-caliber crew seems to have abandoned the ship. The pool area is too small and many of the options on the sports-deck are just half-baked. Combine these issues along with the fact that this ship can only make 3 ports and the price tag is still higher than other ships (especially for 3rd & 4th passengers), and it seems like the Adventure & Freedom class ships remain the right option for us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Let me start off by saying that I am a HUGE Royal fan and like to use them as much as possible and I was looking forward to spending a week on the Oasis of the Seas. I started planning this latest cruise for myself and 27 family and ... Read More
Let me start off by saying that I am a HUGE Royal fan and like to use them as much as possible and I was looking forward to spending a week on the Oasis of the Seas. I started planning this latest cruise for myself and 27 family and friends over a year ago and we were all excited. Kudos to RCCL for making the check-in process so smooth. It was the best organized and fastest check-in process I've ever had. The waiting area was organized and clean and comfortable as well. We got the OK for early boarding so from the time I left the cab to the time I was on board ship it was less than 30 minutes. Which put my on board by about 11:15 which was the earliest I've ever been on. I toured the ship first with my young son. At first you're in awe that this thing can float and is as spacious in the public areas as it first looks. As more and more people got on though the spacious feel quickly evaporated. Any time that you'd be walking through the boardwalk area or the royal promenade at night after dinner they were packed. Almost like trying to walk through time's square on new years eve. The small feel to these area's during these times were only eclipsed by the small, almost doll house feel to the rooms. I'm glad I had a "superior" balcony stateroom as anything smaller and I think Barbie's dream house had more square footage. I scratched and cut my arm as well as cut clothing on the corner of the picture on the wall at the foot of the bed. There can't be more than 6" between the end of the bed and the wall so there is no way to walk by without either having to hold on to the picture or running into it. At least they have the forethought to securely attach it to the wall. The balcony was more of a "balconette". Less than 1 stride from the balcony door to the glass railing. Thank goodness the room next door was a travel companion so the petition was open for the duration giving it a larger feel. Here is where the first feeling of "skimping" appeared to me in the entire cruise. I hate using that word as well because I love RCCL. This is the first ship I've ever been on that had a PVC type railing. I understand the theory of reducing weight above the waterline when you go big on ships but a PVC feel to the railing was just too much skimping to me. The dinning room food was average at best and the portions have shrunk considerably. Nothing really special to the taste / flavor of the meals...just "ehhhh"....if you know what I mean. The specialty restaurants were their normal greatness. If you can afford a meal at the specialty restaurants nightly I recommend that. I spent most of my time near the sports pool after checking out all the pools. The sports pool was like sharing a bath with "thumbelina"....especially when you put over 6000 people on the ship. basically you got in, didn't swim, didn't move for the fear of loosing your space in the water and didn't even float. Ohhhh....and try to keep tabs on the location of the people who spend hours in the pool while drinking without moving....not to be gross but after spending some time in the pool it starts to smell like people haven't had to get out to go to the bathroom as they were utilizing the water around them. I guess that's why the chlorine levels in the pool were so incredibly high as to cause burning to your throat if you took a deep breath. Oh, and by the way, if you love your killer suit and it's bright colors....they won't be bright colors for very long....I brought 5 suits and each and every one are a shadow of their former glory when it comes to the colors....they all were bleached. OK - HERE'S THE KICKER!!!!! I have never seen the number of people fall around the pool area as I did on this cruise. I HIGHLY recommend "cramp-on's" if you plan on attending any or the pool or hot tub areas. Of the 28 people traveling with me 17 fell in the pool area and 3 were injured fairly seriously with one serious enough to seek medical attention. The one who had to seek medical attention actually was me. I fell on Sunday. I immediately reported it to one of the servers who helped me to a nearby chair and I had to get help from someone traveling with me to get to my room. At first I thought I just twisted my knee but come to find out I have torn my ACL and done damage to the meniscus in my knee and will be requiring surgery. So I got that to look forward to. I didn't see them "squeegee" the areas around that pool / hot tub areas until the last 2 days of the cruise. They appear to have skimped on the squeegees. However, you could always see where someone had fallen. Almost like the chalk outline at a crime scene, the pyramid "slippery when wet" cones would come out to mark the location of the latest victims area of demise. You have to be kidding me....you've got a billion dollar boat and you can't find a way to make the area's around the pools non-slip???? I'm amazed that you can find a way to have an ice skating rink in the heat of the Caribbean but can't find a way to save people around the pools. Or perhaps the same people who designed the ice skating rink designed the pool area and they thought they would give the passengers the experience of skating on a moving ship as an extra appreciation of the skill and talent of the skaters??? Perhaps....but they forgot something....we aren't looking for a surgical intervention to correct their lack of ability to fix an obvious problem. OK, OK, OK.....the long and short of it....Royal's service and attention to their passengers is great for the most part....but I HIGHLY recommend that you find a smaller ship with smaller passenger count to truly get the total enjoyment of your cruise experience. It really pains me to say that I'll never suggest the Oasis or the Allure (assuming it has the same problems as it's sister ship) to anyone. But I'll continue to recommend RCCL to people that ask my opinion. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
The Upside: The cruise was very smooth. RCL Rep's met you at the airport--transfer is only a 10min ride to pier. This ship is the "Mother of all." It had everything you might have wanted and more. We even did the bar ... Read More
The Upside: The cruise was very smooth. RCL Rep's met you at the airport--transfer is only a 10min ride to pier. This ship is the "Mother of all." It had everything you might have wanted and more. We even did the bar that goes from floor to floor-starting from "Central Park down to the Royal promenade." Zip line, breakfast with the characters, parade, and more. If you are a health nut, everything healthy including the daily beverages. (we called it enhanced water) lol. I lost weight. The shows were outstanding, in fact so good you got up and sang a tune or two and dance. The Cruise Director Richard Spacey was excellent. From BINGO, Quest,Love and Marriage, it was there for the taking. From the design of the ship, the Engineers, the staff, the divers, kids friendly, family friendly, scrape-booking class each day, jewelry making class each day. All I can say is the over all experience I would have loved to have had my grand kids accompany me. On the flip side: This ship is amazing, humongous from the outside, but once you stepped inside, it's like "it's a small world after all." No kidding.' Everything from the dinning, cafe's, cabins, photo shop, etc, very compact. Dinning: we were bunch up at two tables in the back of the dinning room. Our waiter was a small man and couldn't get about without bumping into chairs. Windjammer (buffet): Could barely get around tables, you would have to stand up and move out so the other person can get about. Again healthy choices, I was looking for the real food. (fried chicken, green, cornbread, yams, cabbage, beets, real dressing not watered down, etc. Its closed at 9:00pm. Then you had your 24 hours pizza, and sandwiches, you will never run out of water, because they had plenty of that. Cabin: (balcony) My daughter and I opt to keep our beds together for more room. The showers were so compact that at first I thought I would have to wash one leg at a time. As far as, drawer/storage room you might as well kept your stuff in the suitcases. Speaking of suitcases, they say you can just side them under the bed, well needless to say, I tried, then I said, "let me see if our room attendant can do it. She could not....so our suitcases remain in full view. I really didn't like the idea of while using the bathroom instead of flushing from the side, you had to close the toilet seat then flush. The basin was no bigger that a banana boat-that's what it was shape like.(ice cream) very small. They did provide bath robes.(one size fit all-more like one size fit most.lol) Photo shop: They hyped you up about you don't have to go looking at the wall and that you are assign photo's number on your card. All you have to do is locate you number and your pictures will be place in your booklet. Well that did not happen, in fact we only had 4 pictures. Now some people were sitting on the floor with like 50-100 pictures, most people were confused because you have some with a few pictures and most with none. So in this small small photo shop (should have been open longer) everyone is looking on the wall trying to find their pictures. Needless to say, we left the ship with none. Couldn't find them. What a joke!!! Captains Night: The photographer took the picture so fast you never had a chance to pose or smile. On the last night the Cruise Director mention that he wanted everyone to meet up on the promenade deck. They have a wonder parade for us, free gifts to everyone, and this is just their way of thanking us for coming on this wonderful cruise. WRONG instead it was us that was thanking the entertainers again and they had about 50 light up rings for about 3,000 people. WE were still waiting for our free gifts and for them to thank us. That didn't work so well. They were in the middle of the ship, with most everyone standing, if you're talking about 3-4,000 people there was no way everyone could have enjoyed themselves. They should have move about the entire floor, like the other parades. (and where is my free gift) First Port-Labadee Haiti The island Haiti was of course their (RCL) own private island. Not much to do (but water actives are always an option). We opt for a coastline cruise excursion (rate 4), and then we opt for shopping at the Market place which was a long, long, long, from the pier and very, very hot. Royal Caribbean, could have provide some type of canopy for the long walk just to get to the island from the pier. The people in the mobile chairs and or wheel chairs I felt sorry for them. But did it for me was the Market with each purchase you received one of these hand made bags. (straw woven with the words, "CARLOS-Haiti"). Need to say, I kept buying things just for the bags. lol. so that made up for not having a lot to do there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
My wife and I booked a loft suite and were prepared to enjoy a wonder cruise. Time spent in our suite was wonderful but that's were it ended. Anyone that books the top suites knows you do so because you expect to be given royal ... Read More
My wife and I booked a loft suite and were prepared to enjoy a wonder cruise. Time spent in our suite was wonderful but that's were it ended. Anyone that books the top suites knows you do so because you expect to be given royal treatment. This is not the case aboard the Oasis of the Seas. The concierge restaurant was a total joke! No view and crappy little tables gave it more of a dark, nightclub atmosphere than the upscale suite owners restaurant we expected! If the Haven restaurant aboard the NCL EPIC is given a 10 (as we would award it), the Concierge Restaurant on the Oasis should be given a 2! It was truly insulting. Concierge service was so bad I avoided using it after the rude lack of satisfaction I received after merely requesting an internet connection plan (which he screwed up, TWICE). He was some Latin dude that was more interested in being macho than anything else - A real jerk! Unlike NCL where you get both, there was NO butler service. RCCL sets up everything to extract the maximum number of dollars possible. If you are on a budget (we were not), STAY AWAY FROM THE OASIS! Most restaurants are specialty (pay as you go). Food was decent but whoever laid out the Oasis must not like looking at the ocean - Views were mostly like dining on land although the atmosphere was usually impressive. We never ate in the main (paid for) dining areas which appeared too over-crowded for our tastes. Entertainment was pathetic for a ship this size! The entertainment aboard NCL's EPIC (a smaller ship), is 100 times better! Entertainment on the Oasis was pathetic... When we returned home, I tried to get a response from RCCL on several occasions but they ignored us completely! They initially sent out an invitation for our review, which, they never replied to. Mind you, this was after forking out $6319.68 for our 7 day cruise (plus air fair from San Francisco. Our overall impression of the Oasis of the Seas is not good! Not only will we never sail aboard the Oasis of the Seas again, we will never again sail on any RCCL ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We have been on 12 cruises in the last 5 years.  Every cruise we have been on has been wonderful, except our 1 cruise cruise on RCCL. We stayed in a Crown Loft Suite which was wonderful, But...The concierge was rude and totally ... Read More
We have been on 12 cruises in the last 5 years.  Every cruise we have been on has been wonderful, except our 1 cruise cruise on RCCL. We stayed in a Crown Loft Suite which was wonderful, But...The concierge was rude and totally worthless. The concierge lounge provided for suite guests was dark, crude and in no way offered the upscale environment it was supposed to. The ship layout made you feel like you were in a land based shopping mall - no views of the sea! Restaurants were set up the same way. Entertainment was amateurish and very limited for such a large ship (NCL offers wonderful entertainment on their large ships). When we returned we tried to contact Royal Caribbean on several occasions but they never replied or offered any explanations for the horrible service we received. We will NEVER sail on Royal Caribbean again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
It was no Oasis....5,000 people jammed into small venues with the feeling that it was flash mobs 24/7. In short: The dining room food was pedestrian; offset by two great waiters. That was after a table move as I was placed next to a ... Read More
It was no Oasis....5,000 people jammed into small venues with the feeling that it was flash mobs 24/7. In short: The dining room food was pedestrian; offset by two great waiters. That was after a table move as I was placed next to a huge pillar that only a lefty could have used for the dining experience. The buffet was short on value and choices. Giovanni and Chops Grill were well worth the money; with service and quality to boot. The ship is beautiful, with so much wasted areas. The Boardwalk was spectacular, with less than wonderful donuts and venues that were in the hot, humid outdoors. Central Park was well planned, with high end stores and a total outdoor experience with heat, humidity and rain. Crew running with umbrellas was comical. The shows were wonderful and worth the wait on line in one instance. Something must be done about those who cut into the lines. The crew seemed to not want to be bothered wit this issue. Poor manners are never acceptable. The crew lacked the friendliness that I experienced on the Navigator and the Freedom of the Seas. Those passengers who have sailed on the Allure was aghast that the same ship ( ok...4 feet shorter) could be such a dismal experience compared to the Oasis. It was a floating hotel with small pockets of venues. it never felt as if there was cohesion between the structure itself, the crew and , of yes, the passengers. The On- Air venue was usually empty; except for the same movie shown daily. Not much choice of movies here. Shopping was less than exciting. High and low end items were displayed well and trashy respectively. At time the promenade looked like a flea market. Moderately prices items were lacking. Trivia used to be fun. Our Swedish crew member had obviously brought many wrong answers with her. i have these musical memories at home. she was arrogant and made for a lackluster and most annoying hour.Finally, the fire hazard on the seas...cigar bar ( planned as a crew bar) was on DECK 17...up a flight of stairs...(sorry for those cigar smoking handicapped persons)...It was outdoors in wind, sun, rain and all...with comfortable seating for four... It was not so comical if you sat there watching small table tops almost airborne as ashes flew. Of course cigarette smokers had the pool deck, complete with ashtrays and deck chairs. Did someone say...second class citizens? I think my ancestors who over in the lower decks of the trans Atlantic ships of the 1900's had better status than cigar smokers. Cramming people into the dining room and other areas does not work. What should have been a fabulous cruise was a GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT ....We are looking for other cruise lines for next time. Oasis may not be the Walmart of the Seas, but it was beginning to look like All Glitter and Not Much More of the Seas.... Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
My husband and I took his mother and her friend on a Western Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Sea, embarking from Ft. Lauderdale. As noted below, this ship has some things to recommend it but one practice that is appalling. Although ... Read More
My husband and I took his mother and her friend on a Western Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Sea, embarking from Ft. Lauderdale. As noted below, this ship has some things to recommend it but one practice that is appalling. Although I accept that the price on most cruise lines will be increased dramatically by tips (which the crew deserves) and having to pay for almost everything, including water, sodas, coffee drinks, wine (mediocre and over-priced) and liquor, this cruise line adds deception to the mix. In our first hour on board, we were greeted by crew bearing virgin pina coladas and bottles of rum. These were poured for us after the slightest nod of acceptance and only later did we find out they cost over $10 each. The same thing happened repeatedly, including at breakfast. Passengers were greeted at the entrance by crew with a juice machine handing out fresh orange juice. Only after they accepted it and took a sip were they informed they had to pay extra for it. This deceptive practice occurred every day in various parts of the ship. It's bad enough to extract every penny from passengers; doing so in this misleading way is inexcusable. Before booking you should also know that this gigantic ship is only for those who like non-stop noise and who don't want to feel they're actually on the water. This criticism has nothing to do with the cruise line or ship, which is what it is (like a gigantic floating Las Vegas). My major criticism, set out above, has everything to do with the cruise line. On the plus side, the ship has the best entertainment we've ever seen on a cruise line. Also, the Central Park specialty restaurant, although quite expensive, was excellent, the finest meals we've had at sea. The dining room, however, served mediocre food, although we found the service very friendly; they really tried to please. Other staff members were generally friendly, at least as much as possible on a ship this size, where there is little personalized service, except for some dining venues. Finally, we liked our stateroom which was a junior suite. It was spacious with lots of storage room. The amenities are not great, but they are adequate. We took only one shore excursion; it was OK but nothing special and seemed somewhat overpriced. In summary, know what you're getting (and not getting) before you book this ship. Realize that you have to ask the cost of something whenever it's offered because the cost will not be volunteered by staff or by any menu. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Not what we expected. Too many people, not enough personal service. Food ok, attempts by dining room staff to up sell while dining is unbelievable. Specialty restaurants were not worth the money. Any customer service problems were met with ... Read More
Not what we expected. Too many people, not enough personal service. Food ok, attempts by dining room staff to up sell while dining is unbelievable. Specialty restaurants were not worth the money. Any customer service problems were met with staff unwilling to accept responsibility or rectify problem. Zip Line, rock climbing wall and wave rider not open nearly as much as we expected. No cruise staff to join you during excursions, you are at the mercy of the excursion group. The entertainment was great, all shows awesome! Ship is new and well kept. Could use more supervisory staff in the pools areas to control the out of control kids. Some specific problems were. 1. Dry cleaning promised to be returned at 5 pm one evening. We had diner scheduled and when I called after 5 to find out where the cleaning was, I was told that our cabin steward was on break and therefore I should not expect the cleaning until later in the evening. When I expressed my displeasure with the supervisor, he asked if that was all I brought to wear? (meaning the clothes in cleaning). What kind of question is that? He should have found someone to retrieve my items along with his apologies. I eventually got the items and we made diner slightly late. 2. My daughters 5th birthday was to be celebrated at diner on the 1st formal night as a surprise (our travel agent ordered a cake for us to be delivered at that time). The cake showed up in our cabin earlier in the day, ruining the surprise. When I called to complain, the food service representative asked if we could "just celebrate now since the cake was already there". Again poor remedy for a problem that was created by little attention to detail. The cake was picked up and delivered later that night to the maitre d ( the same cake was sitting in the dining room reception podium when we arrived for dinner) . I can only imagine where that cake had been?? We refused to eat it. 3. My time dining reservations on line leave a lot to be expected, we prepaid our tips and expected to be able to eat when we wanted to, unfortunately we were advised prior to leaving to make reservations. The only times available were 5:30-6:15 each day. I guess my time dining is good if you don't expect to eat any other time. Over all the staff was less than helpful during these noted issues, not one crew member we had contact with gave us the impression that they were willing to go out of their way for us? This was disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We booked on the Oasis for the Dec 17 through Dec 24 sailing from Fort Lauderdale to the eastern Caribbean. My brother and his family were also aboard. Positives: - The ship is beautiful. - Seemed fairly clean. - Lots of ... Read More
We booked on the Oasis for the Dec 17 through Dec 24 sailing from Fort Lauderdale to the eastern Caribbean. My brother and his family were also aboard. Positives: - The ship is beautiful. - Seemed fairly clean. - Lots of interesting art. - Central Park is a great innovation and completely unique in our experience. The plants there all looked reasonably happy, quite an achievement in the middle of the ocean. It also seemed calm and peaceful at any time we walked through it. - Our stateroom attendant was very friendly, sincere, and did a great job of keeping our cabin tidy. - The cabin was nice, roomy enough and I really liked being able to store the suitcases under the bed. Flat screen TV allowed more room on the desk area. I also liked being able to keep up with our account charges -- never had to go to Guest Services and stand in those lines! - Tremendous number of options to keep kids busy, no matter what the age. The teenagers all seemed to be having a great time. - Most of the staff was friendly. A few looked like they were really missing their families at holiday time. The "boys in blue" were uniformly friendly, smiling, and willing to chat a little. - Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly with Me, and Frozen in Time shows were all excellent and well worth seeing. - The Captain's Corner presentation was very interesting and well done. The Captain has a wonderfully dry sense of humor! We appreciated his willingness to answer questions from the crowd for almost 45 minutes, running overtime. - Very diverse group of cruisers. We heard quite a few different languages. Nice to be in that mix. Negatives: - The price. Our price was almost $300/person/day which seems very high. - The crowds. The ship was probably completely sold out, being a holiday cruise and during school break. LOTS of families, kids of all ages, large groups moving around together. If there was a particular event you wanted to attend, it was crowded and you had to plan ahead. We solved that by only going at unpopular times but it was a bit annoying. - The food. With a few exceptions, everything we ate was only average in quality and taste. We ate at the Windjammer and the Solarium Bistro; didn't try the dining room or any of the surcharge restaurants. Solarium Bistro seemed to have better quality breakfast and lunches but the selection was much more limited. We did like the ambiance there. The Windjammer had a decent selection but usually was average in flavor and quality. We liked being able to pick our table and get our own drinks, etc. Sometimes it was very crowded but we usually were able to find a table without trouble, especially if we went aft. We did eat at the Park Cafe once, just to have the famous roast beef sandwiches. The sandwich is good, but be sure you go at off-peak times, the organization inside the restaurant was confusing and there is really very little space inside. - The isolation from the sea. It's actually pretty difficult to find outdoor space near the water. The promenade on deck 5 is the closest, but that was being very well used by runners and walkers, and the track was too narrow. Several times we were almost run over by these folks. We felt like the ship was designed to keep you indoors most of the time. Summary: The Oasis of the Seas is too big for us. There are amenities that we just won't use -- lots of surcharge restaurants, lots of kid-friendly venues that are useless to a couple without children, lots of shops with designer goods. There is too much indoor space, not enough outdoor space. We are glad to have sailed on her but we won't be going back. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
My family and I departed on January 21, 2012 on a 7 day much needed vacation aboard the Oasis of the Seas. My short review of the ship itself is that lives up to the hype it has received for being the largest ship on the seas! The ship is ... Read More
My family and I departed on January 21, 2012 on a 7 day much needed vacation aboard the Oasis of the Seas. My short review of the ship itself is that lives up to the hype it has received for being the largest ship on the seas! The ship is ENORMOUSLY GARGANTUAN to put it lightly! She casts a giant shadow over all the other ships in Port Everglades. The amount of detail that Royal Caribbean put forth throughout the entire ship is pretty jaw dropping. Here is the rest of my (detailed) review... EMBARKATION: The cameras weren't working correctly when we got to Port Everglades around 1100 so the wait to board the floating resort took a little longer than we expected, but not bad at all. We boarded on Deck 5, the Royal Promenade and all 6 of us stood there for a moment to take it all in. What an amazing piece of work. We were immediately greeted with the Cupcake Shop, 3 bar areas, and the Pizza restaurant. NOTE*** Make your way to Deck 8 when you board and head to the Park Cafe for roast beef sandwiches. You won't be disappointed! CABIN: We went the money saving route when we booked and decided on the "Inside Guarantee Stateroom " (Through Vacations To Go) meaning we didn't know where we were going to stay, just that we were guaranteed a room on the ship. The room is small but utilized well. Just enough space to put clothing away and lay your head at night. I personally like to brush my teeth in cold water, and it seemed as though we didn't have that in our room very often. NOTE*** These rooms are pitch black at night, so it's easy to lose track of time because the only clock in the room is on telephone. FOOD: It's very easy to eat 5 square meals a day aboard the Oasis, which we did a few times. Breakfast is over by 1100 and we found ourselves enjoying the Park Cafe's breakfast sandwiches and cups of fruit. The Windjammer is usually packed but the wait staff tries pretty hard to find you a table. For lunch, they serve the same food every day for the most part, so we tried to switch it up a lot. The bar area at the Boardwalk has pretty good chicken nuggets and corndogs. The Wipeout Cafe has a decent selection of food (burgers, pizza, tacos, nachos, pretzel dogs) but it gets a little old. Dinners in the main dining room were a little different. The food was pretty good for the most part. Formal nights are Sunday night and Wednesday night (or the first two full "At Sea Days". I would rate Royal Caribbean's food selection second to Celebrity but much better than Carnival. NOTE*** we purchased one soda package and they didn't really care if is shared with my wife. It paid for itself with a drink at lunch and dinner most nights. PORTS: We visited Labadee, Haiti on the first port day and it didn't disappoint. We booked the Dragon Breath Flight Line on RoyalCaribbean.com a few weeks prior to departing. This was a lot of fun! Afterwards, we walked the Market in the center. NOTE*** The Haitians are very forward with you and they are offended if you don't barter with them. We bought a few useless trinkets and spent the rest of the time at the beach. The second port day was Falmouth, Jamaica. We did Dunn's River Falls and enjoyed it immensely! NOTE*** Bring AquaSox. They have them for sale at the falls if you forget. This was my second time "climbing" the falls and I don't remember it being that crowded, it must've been a busy day. We got back to the pier and walked the Marketplace before boarding for the day. The Jamaicans are a lot more laid back than the Haitians. The last port of call was for Cozumel, Mexico. We snorkeled the "Three Reef Snorkel by Boat" and it was a blast. Takes about 3 hours and the guides know the area very well. They feed the fish to keep them close and there are a ton of them! We saw a few rays and a really large school of grouper. We got back to the ship, changed clothes and went downtown in a cab ($16 each way for 6). I enjoyed Cozumel the best for shopping and looking. ENTERTAINMENT: This is really where the ship puts me in awe. There is so much to do aboard the Oasis! We saw a lot of shows, not all though. Hairspray didn't disappoint but I wouldn't see it twice. The AquaTheater dive show, "Oasis of Dreams" was incredible. The ice skating show, "Frozen in Time" was pretty good too. There is always singing and dancing at some club and karaoke is pretty fun to watch. We played mini golf (better than the Solstice), we did the FlowRider (harder than it looks), we did the ZipLine (82 feet), we climbed the Rock Wall (also harder than it looked), and we spent a good chunk of time at Casino Royale. It was nice that it had a smoking and non-smoking section. We went to the Seafood Shack on one of the nights where it included a seafood feast and 3 alcoholic drinks and dessert for $25. Pretty good deal. A was the only time we paid extra for a meal. I know we missed a lot, but there just isn't enough time to do everything and catch some rays on the pool deck (4 pools + kids pool). DEBARKATION: This was a REAL turnoff for me after a pretty good week aboard the Oasis. It seemed to be pretty unorganized for how often they do it? I understand they have 6,400+ people to try and get off a giant ship, but they screwed a few things up. My parent's luggage was in two completely different lines so they asked for help and were told to go to the lost luggage area. Luggage wasn't there, so they went back to the same representative and were told to "start looking". Again, I know there are a lot of people but she could've handled my parents a little nicer. In the end, I felt like we got pushed off the ship and thrown out with the trash after we "gave them our money". Oh well. FINAL THOUGHTS: The Oasis of the Seas is a magnificent ship and well worth the itinerary. I would definitely recommend it, but I would never go again. Just too many people to deal with. It was also Chinese New Year so almost 3,000 Chinese people were on our cruise. No offense to any Chinese people out there, but the language barrier was hard to deal with at times. Deck 16 behind the FlowRiders seemed to be the quietest place we found but it's a long ways away from any pool and it can get hot back there. The service was never really bad, they just didn't go that extra mile that Celebrity seems to go. We might try the Freedom class in a year or two. An All-Inclusive resort will come before that though. Thanks for reading. I'd love to answer any questions you guys may have! Cheers. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
My family and I departed on January 21, 2012 on a 7 day much needed vacation aboard the Oasis of the Seas. My short review of the ship itself is that lives up to the hype it has received for being the largest ship on the seas! The ship is ... Read More
My family and I departed on January 21, 2012 on a 7 day much needed vacation aboard the Oasis of the Seas. My short review of the ship itself is that lives up to the hype it has received for being the largest ship on the seas! The ship is ENORMOUSLY GARGANTUAN to put it lightly! She casts a giant shadow over all the other ships in Port Everglades. The amount of detail that Royal Caribbean put forth throughout the entire ship is pretty jaw dropping. Here is the rest of my (detailed) review... EMBARKATION: The cameras weren't working correctly when we got to Port Everglades around 1100 so the wait to board the floating resort took a little longer than we expected, but not bad at all. We boarded on Deck 5, the Royal Promenade and all 6 of us stood there for a moment to take it all in. What an amazing piece of work. We were immediately greeted with the Cupcake Shop, 3 bar areas, and the Pizza restaurant. NOTE*** Make your way to Deck 8 when you board and head to the Park Cafe for roast beef sandwiches. You won't be disappointed! CABIN: We went the money saving route when we booked and decided on the "Inside Guarantee Stateroom " (Through Vacations To Go) meaning we didn't know where we were going to stay, just that we were guaranteed a room on the ship. The room is small but utilized well. Just enough space to put clothing away and lay your head at night. I personally like to brush my teeth in cold water, and it seemed as though we didn't have that in our room very often. NOTE*** These rooms are pitch black at night, so it's easy to lose track of time because the only clock in the room is on telephone. FOOD: It's very easy to eat 5 square meals a day aboard the Oasis, which we did a few times. Breakfast is over by 1100 and we found ourselves enjoying the Park Cafe's breakfast sandwiches and cups of fruit. The Windjammer is usually packed but the wait staff tries pretty hard to find you a table. For lunch, they serve the same food every day for the most part, so we tried to switch it up a lot. The bar area at the Boardwalk has pretty good chicken nuggets and corndogs. The Wipeout Cafe has a decent selection of food (burgers, pizza, tacos, nachos, pretzel dogs) but it gets a little old. Dinners in the main dining room were a little different. The food was pretty good for the most part. Formal nights are Sunday night and Wednesday night (or the first two full "At Sea Days". I would rate Royal Caribbean's food selection second to Celebrity but much better than Carnival. NOTE*** we purchased one soda package and they didn't really care if is shared with my wife. It paid for itself with a drink at lunch and dinner most nights. PORTS: We visited Labadee, Haiti on the first port day and it didn't disappoint. We booked the Dragon Breath Flight Line on RoyalCaribbean.com a few weeks prior to departing. This was a lot of fun! Afterwards, we walked the Market in the center. NOTE*** The Haitians are very forward with you and they are offended if you don't barter with them. We bought a few useless trinkets and spent the rest of the time at the beach. The second port day was Falmouth, Jamaica. We did Dunn's River Falls and enjoyed it immensely! NOTE*** Bring AquaSox. They have them for sale at the falls if you forget. This was my second time "climbing" the falls and I don't remember it being that crowded, it must've been a busy day. We got back to the pier and walked the Marketplace before boarding for the day. The Jamaicans are a lot more laid back than the Haitians. The last port of call was for Cozumel, Mexico. We snorkeled the "Three Reef Snorkel by Boat" and it was a blast. Takes about 3 hours and the guides know the area very well. They feed the fish to keep them close and there are a ton of them! We saw a few rays and a really large school of grouper. We got back to the ship, changed clothes and went downtown in a cab ($16 each way for 6). I enjoyed Cozumel the best for shopping and looking. ENTERTAINMENT: This is really where the ship puts me in awe. There is so much to do aboard the Oasis! We saw a lot of shows, not all though. Hairspray didn't disappoint but I wouldn't see it twice. The AquaTheater dive show, "Oasis of Dreams" was incredible. The ice skating show, "Frozen in Time" was pretty good too. There is always singing and dancing at some club and karaoke is pretty fun to watch. We played mini golf (better than the Solstice), we did the FlowRider (harder than it looks), we did the ZipLine (82 feet), we climbed the Rock Wall (also harder than it looked), and we spent a good chunk of time at Casino Royale. It was nice that it had a smoking and non-smoking section. We went to the Seafood Shack on one of the nights where it included a seafood feast and 3 alcoholic drinks and dessert for $25. Pretty good deal. A was the only time we paid extra for a meal. I know we missed a lot, but there just isn't enough time to do everything and catch some rays on the pool deck (4 pools + kids pool). DEBARKATION: This was a REAL turnoff for me after a pretty good week aboard the Oasis. It seemed to be pretty unorganized for how often they do it? I understand they have 6,400+ people to try and get off a giant ship, but they screwed a few things up. My parent's luggage was in two completely different lines so they asked for help and were told to go to the lost luggage area. Luggage wasn't there, so they went back to the same representative and were told to "start looking". Again, I know there are a lot of people but she could've handled my parents a little nicer. In the end, I felt like we got pushed off the ship and thrown out with the trash after we "gave them our money". Oh well. FINAL THOUGHTS: The Oasis of the Seas is a magnificent ship and well worth the itinerary. I would definitely recommend it, but I would never go again. Just too many people to deal with. It was also Chinese New Year so almost 3,000 Chinese people were on our cruise. No offense to any Chinese people out there, but the language barrier was hard to deal with at times. Deck 16 behind the FlowRiders seemed to be the quietest place we found but it's a long ways away from any pool and it can get hot back there. The service was never really bad, they just didn't go that extra mile that Celebrity seems to go. We might try the Freedom class in a year or two. An All-Inclusive resort will come before that though. Thanks for reading. I'd love to answer any questions you guys may have! Cheers. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
We booked this cruise about a year and a half in advance, so as to get the best price. When we found about three weeks before the sail date that the price had dropped over $500 from what we paid, we contacted Royal Caribbean, but all they ... Read More
We booked this cruise about a year and a half in advance, so as to get the best price. When we found about three weeks before the sail date that the price had dropped over $500 from what we paid, we contacted Royal Caribbean, but all they said was "too bad, so sad, our policy (of price guarantee) changed in 2010. So we ended up paying more than a thousand dollars more than we needed to. Needless to say, that left a bad taste in our mouths from the get-go. Also, we have had 100 shares of RC stock for years, but they no longer allow the $100 onboard credit if you have received any other onboard credits. "Not valid with other offers?" Please. As if that's an "offer." If they had wanted to allow it, they could have. So it appears RC is less these days about "delivering the wow" and more about "delivering the moolah." We will adjust our behavior accordingly. The ship itself, and the crew, did not disappoint us, fortunately. So much to do, so little time! Try as we might, we were unable to check off everything on our list. The thing that came to our mind often as we wandered the ship was "attention to detail." We never saw any indication of cutting corners. From the flow riders to the helipad, everything was spic and span, in good working order and with no evidence of wear. Service has always been a hallmark on Royal Caribbean ships. Our cabin steward, Amos, was as good as any we've ever had, and our waiters in the dining room (early seating) were excellent: Dwight and Igede. I'm serious. Excellent service! The food was okay, not the best I've ever had, but still far surpassing your average chain restaurant. Navigation around the ship was surprisingly easy, and the interactive boards worked really well. I wasn't able to get internet access until Wednesday due to network issues, but after that it worked fine. The in-room TV was slow and clunky, and horrible channel selection. I guess RC knows if you're in your cabin you're not spending money! High points: Central Park, the Boardwalk, the Aqua Theatre, Solarium, Hairspray and the Headliners show -- I'm not usually an ABBA fan, but this group was great! The ice skating show was not as good as others I've seen, but I do have to single out the artist who told a story with a sandbox; I have never seen anything like that, it was amazing and very poignant! The last day of the cruise we did the All Access tour that began at the Aqua Theatre, then took us to the galley, storage areas on I-95, crew quarters, the helipad, and finished on the bridge. Everyone was friendly and open to questions and we got some VERY interesting answers! We've done this tour on other ships and found it worthwhile. This one cost more than the others, but given that this is the largest ship afloat I guess that was okay. The swag was a little skimpy, though; what am I going to do with a kitchen apron? Embarkation was a breeze, but debarking was a different story; we were not able to get off the ship until around 10:30 and due to a snafu with Customs stood in a huge line of thousands to get through security. There was one particularly brusque woman who was accusing people of not staying in line, but there had been no one off the gangplanks to tell us that there WAS a line, so it was just one big mob pouring off the ship. Overall, Royal Caribbean built a great ship, and they maintain it and the crew is excellent. If their counterparts onshore hadn't been so money-grubbing, we'd have given the experience five stars, but it just sticks in my craw when they just keep saying to Crown & Anchor members how much they value our loyalty, but their actions indicate otherwise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Fair warning, this review is all over the place, so please take pity on me :-) I recently completed a 7 night cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. As one of the largest cruise ships in the world (the other of course being its sister ship ... Read More
Fair warning, this review is all over the place, so please take pity on me :-) I recently completed a 7 night cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. As one of the largest cruise ships in the world (the other of course being its sister ship the Allure of the Seas), I expected great things from this ship and while I was in awe, it was just too big. We booked this cruise last minute using Cruise.com (advise, don't EVER use them) as they promised prepaid gratuities, the best price on a balcony stateroom, plus a $75 obc. After we booked they didn't honor the obc and said it was RC's policy. Not sure who is to blame, but either way, poor business practice that probably tainted me somewhat. Checking in/parking at the cruise terminal was fairly painless. There was a bit of a line getting into the actual port, but once you made it to your pier, traffic direction to drop off luggage, park and check in was really efficient. The Check-in process was painless as we had completed the Sea Pass info online and came prepared with the appropriate paperwork/identification. When we boarded the ship on deck 5, the Promenade, I seriously didn't know what to do/look at first. They had greeters who were available to direct you, so we went directly up to our room. The room was smallish, but well laid out as other reviewers have said. We had requested the beds apart(as I was traveling with my mother) when we booked and online with RC, but the beds were together when we arrived in the room with a card saying you could call your stateroom steward to move them apart--at night when the room gets made up. We ran into our cabin steward on the way to lunch and he was very nice, but honestly the job he did all week wasn't that impressive. I've had better cabin stewards. He wasn't terrible by any means, he just wasn't great. I found service on the ship in general to be this way. The bathroom while small, was functional. The space capsule like shower is as described, but unlike the Freedom of the Seas, this ship has carved out an extra space toward the back of the shower that has a foot rest bar. I believe they also sloped the shower drain slightly to prevent overflow...I believe these two things prevented what I hated about the FOS showers...wet floors after you shower. The floor was always bone dry and I was happy for it! In the room, you have a flat screen TV that pivots and you are able to check the restaurants' availability (green=not crowded; yellow=getting there; red=totally full). These indicators should have been our first clue. We found the windjammer was red, so we opted for the little snack shop near the sports deck. They had hot dogs, burgers, ice cream. Not exactly the welcome meal we had in mind, but it was food and we were hungry so we ate it. In walking around, we saw they had a dining package (I didn't see this online until the day before we left for the ship, so I couldn't book it online at that point) for only $50per person. The "Oasis" dining package included dinner at Chops the first night onboard, then you could make reservations later in the week for Giovanni's Table and either Izumi's or the Solarium Bistro. They also had the "Choice" dining package for $65 per person, and it included dinner at 150 Central Park (which I heard was very good) along with two other restaurants. This dining package was a lot of trouble for me later in the week, but food wise, I was so glad we did it!! Although I had the recipient showing I paid for the Oasis package, it didn't reflect on my set sail until Wednesday or Thursday. This caused a lot of confusion the first night and that left a really bad taste in my mouth. After having a lovely meal at Chops (I highly recommend the Veal chop and the Creme brulee, which comes out flaming:-)), the waiter asked if I booked online or on board. So I answered his question, I booked on-board (as I assumed the dining package had already been credited; you know how quick they are to charge you for drinks, I just assumed this was the same way). The waiter came back with a $73 bill, so I asked if it would be comped b/c of the dining package we had. He then said, "This is why I asked you if you booked online or on-board, you told me you booked on-board." This confused me, so I got a little testy back with him, and I told him I did book today, on-board, the Oasis dining package. He went and adjusted the bill and the manager came over to apologize for the confusion, but it still had me a bit confused as I assumed they should keep track of these things (they keep track of everything else). This happened again at Giovanni's table (they ask if you booked on-board or online); I was prepared this time and told him I had the Oasis package. That transaction went smoothly and the service was wonderful. The food was also very good; kind of reminds you of a Maggiano's or Bucca di Beppo. By the time we ate at Izumi (very good by the way; even if you're not a sushi eater like me, or a fake sushi eater, it was a fun experience and the wait staff were wonderful--watch out for those sake martini's :-P), they had it in their system that we had the Oasis dining package. But considering it took two trips to Guest Services and a photo copy of my recipient to get this straightened out, I was a little annoyed. We ate in the dining room once and that was plenty. I admit, when I read the reviews prior to taking this trip, I thought a lot of people were just being picky and kind of posh...nope! The food really is terrible in the dining room. The service is really good, but that cannot make up for the food. We went on one of the formal nights (so that's when they supposedly put their best foot forward) and had the lobster and prime rib. My lobster was flavorless (the texture was fine) and my mother's prime rib left a lot to be desired. I do not recommend eating in the dining room. Why waste the calories on crap food. If you're going to consume that many calories, at least splurge and go to one of the specialty restaurants. The shows/activities...this goes back to my assessment of the ship being too big! We were able to make reservations for some shows online, but because we booked last minute, a lot of the premium times/dates were not available, so we got the left overs. Some shows (like the ice skating show and the comedy show) we had to book when we got on-board. As other reviews have indicated, if you don't get a particular show or show date/time, visit Studio B on the Entertainment deck (4) as soon as you get on-board. Know in advance what shows/seatings you want and by pass everyone in-front of the podium set up in front of studio B and proceed into the actual studio. Walk to the left and you should see a whole row of RC workers at portable computers ready to help you book your tickets for the shows. We had no problem getting tickets and changing things around. However, tickets do not guarantee anything for the popular shows... By far the most popular shows on the ship are Hairspray (staring Mr. Jim J.Bullock of Too Close for Comfort fame) and the Aqua Show (Oasis of Dreams I believe it's called). For these two shows, arrive 20mins ahead of time at least. I saw an old lady almost curse out a twenty-something b/c the twenty-something came to the front of the line (which was the reservations line) and said, "oh, we have reservations" and tried to get in. It got really ugly at one point. One man was actually cursing out the ticket scanner dude in German (I think it was German) and I thought he was going to go fist to cuffs >.< Once we made it into the Aqua Theater, seats were impossible to find. We actually got two of the last four seats stage left, so we were happy. But others were not so lucky. If you have trouble, take everyone else's advice and go to the 11th floor outside deck at the back of the ship to see the show. Hairspray was also very crowded, but no fights broke out, so that was a good start. Again, this ship is just too big...they can't accommodate everyone. Tips: Go to the free movies they show in the Aqua Theater during the day...it's a great way to get out and enjoy a day at sea without spending a ton of money. We watched Jack and Jill and Tower Heist. One thing I really like about this area are the comfortable beach type chairs and tables and the free food they offer at the boardwalk bar. They have corn dogs, chicken nuggets (yes, they are actually hot), fresh fruit cups, prepared salads and sandwiches and chips and salsa. It's so easy to walk up to the bar and get a corn dog and fruit to snack on while you're watching the movie(s). Eat your breakfast early if you want to eat in the Windjammer. If you go after 7:30am--fuggetaboutit! We never got to eat lunch in the windjammer except the day we visited Haiti. We didn't go onshore until 1pm, so we were able to eat in the windjammer that day. All others, it was filled to capacity and we had no hope of getting in. Order room service for lunch on sea days when the restaurants are packed. The food is pretty good and if you tip a couple of bucks, they start to recognize you and will bring you extra goodies (for example, they knew I liked fruit and always included a fruit plate whether I ordered one or not). You place your room service order via the TV menu and they then call you to confirm your order. When they call, you can request additional items (like french fries, grape jelly, Splenda--which was in hot demand on the ship, etc.) Eat in the specialty restaurants and order one of the dining packages--well worth it for the money spent and the service you receive :-) All in all, I'm glad I got to experience the Oasis class ships. However, I think they are just too big. It was fun to see people zip lining (it was a really short zip line LOL), and to experience the Boardwalk and see Central Park (truly lovely), but everything else is available on their other ships (flowrider, rockclimbing, johnny rockets, etc.) I much preferred the size of the Freedom of the Seas as I still felt I was in a floating resort, but it wasn't nearly as crowded. Also, because this ship is so crowded, the staff and crew I think are just overwhelmed. The service was seriously hit or miss. Some staff members where great and friendly, and others were downright surly and rude. I didn't really experience this on the previous RC cruise I took and I never experienced staff rudeness on the Carnival cruises I took (the passengers are another story...) If you are particularly demanding or looking for perfection, I warn you now...you likely will run into some issue at some point that may upset you. The Guest Services area stayed packed...considering you can book everything through your TV, there had to be a reason... Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
First let us say that we realize some people are loyal to cruising on just one line and we respect that. However we are not that type. We tend to look for value then we cruise & compare. There are some good things about the Oasis ... Read More
First let us say that we realize some people are loyal to cruising on just one line and we respect that. However we are not that type. We tend to look for value then we cruise & compare. There are some good things about the Oasis itself. Big ship, lots to look at, good shows, big TV's in cabins, really good check in/check out procedures. After that though the wheels sorta fall off. Unless you get a suite the cabins are tiny. Get that vibe HUGE SHIP (tiny cabins). Then you go to food. Main dining room food very hit or miss. Sometimes good sometimes kinda bad. They really want you to upgrade to a pay restaurant onboard. It's even on the main dining room menu every night. It's like here's what you can get from us for free on the left & middle of the menu or pay more for the really good stuff on the right. You'll see this "pay more" technique repeated in this review. Then you get to drinks. People love to drink while cruising and include us in. But everything on this ship seems so driven on sucking out extra profit margin. If there are 2 sizes of Bud Light and you order Bud Light just know you'll never get asked what size just expect the more expensive one plus of course the automatic & mandatory 15% tip. But the greatest trick of all is the famous "Drink Of The Day". Now it's not greatly discounted but slightly. Maybe down from $7.00 something to say $6.00 something. And you see deck waiters all over the pool areas with drink trays full of just one specific different drink everyday. But guess what? That's never "The Drink Of The Day"! That's gonna be one of the most expensive drinks they sell. It'll be up in the $10.00 range. You have to remember to ask the guy with the drinks specifically for the drink of the day for him to go get you one. They don't carry those around. We talked to families buying 5 & 6 drinks at a time thinking they were "Drink Of The Day" when they were not. On overall service the rooms are kept up well. That's probably the best service onboard. But no one will ever know your name like on other ships and it's probably a little over a half between a smile and a hello and a look away when you walk by somebody. I will say the knowing your name thing goes up after a couple days in the main dining room though. The waiters do try hard to put on that professional charm everyone likes. But the worst is the ridiculous "Corporate Rules" cover that RCI is forcing on the Activities Director and the rest of the guest services staff. You'd think with a lounge dedicated to karaoke that they'd have a huge selection of songs. Not the case. Because of multiple languages I was told it was less than expected. And if you want to use your own legal, copyright paid, major company produced karaoke CD just like the ones they use to personally sing a song? Well that would again be a big Corporate NO! When pressed (and we did) you'll go through Guest Services, Guest Services Supervisor, Activities Director and Activities Director supposedly live chatting with with Ground Operations telling you "NO". You'll get taken down a maze of misinformation from... We only play off the computer, then when caught actually using CD's it's a well our machine can only play our "CAVS" CD's. Then when you tell them you know from experience in the business that's impossible they tell you it's an international copyright thing. Then when you then explain and offer to show them your CD's are not bootlegged or copies but actual logoed copyright paid legal CD's just like they use, you get the Coke or Pepsi in the ballpark excuse. It's a contract thing with the brand they use "CAVS" and others aren't allowed. Then when you go to karaoke the very next night and watch them play Sound Choice, Chartbuster and other commercially available karaoke CD's just like yours... but just not your particular song??? It just leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. The only thing we can figure out as to the "real why" is because they just don't want to be bothered with handing your CD back to you like other cruiselines do. These were just some of our issues but we talked to several fellow cruisers onboard that thought this cruise was just average with other problems not addressed. The Oasis is a big beautiful ship that could if ran properly from a customer service angle have everything going for it. But as of last week it was just way too hit or miss for us. We'll be back but on another line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
I am going to break this down into sections. Flew in to Ft Lauderdale the day before, and thank goodness I did, cause my flight was delayed. Stayed over night in a hotel. Woke up on the 14th, got to the port at 10:30, was on the boat ... Read More
I am going to break this down into sections. Flew in to Ft Lauderdale the day before, and thank goodness I did, cause my flight was delayed. Stayed over night in a hotel. Woke up on the 14th, got to the port at 10:30, was on the boat by 12, and in the Solarium by 12:30, with double fisted drinks. After that we attacked the Park Cafe best roast beef quest... OH MY GOD, I died and went to heaven, you must go there. As soon as we got to our room we unpacked our power strip ( so glad we packed that), and our 2 irons ( they both made it through luggage). We shipped out the highlighter, and selected our night time activities. We met our room attendant Charlie, who was very friendly and was always ready to give us what we needed. The Bathroom had no curtain, just a nice door, so my butt didnt stick to anything! Nice space in there, and TONS OF STORAGE! You arent in your room half the time anyway, and if you are, you need something else to do. Dinner night 1 We at our first dinner in the dining room, what a huge disappointment. The Chicken was horrible, and my husbands lobster bisque was watered down tomato soup. Bahamas We arrived in the Bahamas, to some overcast, ate breakfast in the Solarium ( Healthy food). We did the Blue Lagoon Beach, wonderful, not crowded at all,, but if you go at 1pm, you will be crowded and bombarded... go early! Sea day - Wonderful time up in the ADULT Solarium, no kids over 16 allowed, but the over 16 kids attack it at night.. so be careful. Boogie Board, Spa, and dining room this day. Dining room was horrible again.. I had the Beef flank, with sauce. I asked for a house salad, I got a hacked wedge of lettuce, 1 tomato and 1 sliver of cucumber... our visits to the dining room were over. St Thomas. Breakfast in the Solarium again, wonderful... We did the Kayak, Snorkel and hike.. WONDERFUL excursion.. you will get tired from kayaking, this is not for lazy people or people with health issues or over weight people.. your boat will tip over. They took 400 pictures, and we got a disk of all the pictures for $40.00.. the took pictures of us kayaking, underwater snorkeling, crab racing, and romantic shots near the water.. back to the boat we went.., lunch in the Park Cafe again, wonderful... back to the boogie board... Dinner at Chops AMAZING... Karaoke every night... St Maarten Best Excursion day EVER - ZIPLINING at Loiterie farm was booked. Breakfast in the Solarium again. Ziplining was great... AGAIN, if you are overweight YOU CAN NOT DO THIS! YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DO IT! They have weight restrictions for a reason, so you dont get hurt. AFter the ziplining, we headed to Maho Beach to watch the planes land.... BEST PART OF THE ENTIRE CRUISE! Dinner was at Sorrentos 24 hour pizza bar, then karaoke again. Sea day Boogie boarding, ziplining, cocktails, naps, and dinner at Giovannis. I thought Chops was good, GIOVANNIS 10 times better EAT HERE! Karaoke again. Sea Day Boogie Boarding, ziplining, naps, and all day in the Solarium pool again. Lunch in the solarium, and dinner at the windjammer which was 50 times better then the dining room. Over all, good relaxing cruise. We will not be going on this ship or RC again. The ship was ok, if you have cruised, if you have not, you will love it. The food needs a lot of work, a LOT! The Air on the boat is bad, and the smell of every elevator is disgusting. Cruise Director Amy, best cruise director ever.. she was made for that job. Thank you to Charlie, our attendant for all his helpfulness.! Check out my pictures here. [URL=http://s1088.photobucket.com/albums/i330/deblibra72/Cruise%202012/?action=view¤t=Untitled-1.jpg][IMG]http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i330/deblibra72/Cruise%202012/th_Untitled-1.jpg[/IMG][/URL] Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
At first glance it is a beautiful ship. Our cabin had enough space for 2 people, but I wouldn't try to fit 3 or 4. When all of the venues are open it really doesn't feel crowded, but when we embarked on the ship, I felt it was ... Read More
At first glance it is a beautiful ship. Our cabin had enough space for 2 people, but I wouldn't try to fit 3 or 4. When all of the venues are open it really doesn't feel crowded, but when we embarked on the ship, I felt it was total chaos. you weren't allowed to put your carry ons in your cabin, so here you are in the windjammer that was so overcrowded that the staff was making announcements that if you were done,please give your table to another family. Finally,the luggage arrives, at least most of it. It turns out that they held one piece of luggage because I had a travel iron [it was literally 3 inches} in it, and you are not allowed to bring them on board. Dinner in the dining room was OK, but I can't imagine that they would serve shoulder steak and shrimp and call it " surf n turf" on the menu. On formal night dinner was fillet Mignon, that's right all 2 slices of it. If you wanted a whole fillet, you could order it special from Chops Grill for a $10.00 charge. Shows were very good, pools were nice, not to crowded especially on port days. We traveled with my daughter and grandson, I must say that he didn't want to leave the kids club, the staff was great. I felt were always being asked if we wanted to purchase something with our meals, weather it be Orange juice with breakfast or water with dinner. Would I sail royal again, yes probably, would i sail the Oasis again, probably not. I guess many people feel the same way, since the next 2 ships coming out are freedom class. Royal is nice when you are traveling with children and young adults, but for me next time I think I will stick with Princess Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
It's true when they say that the Oasis has 6300 guests but doesn't feel crowded, but in creating that atmosphere they seem to make a lot of sacrifices. They have everything and more that other ships have, but just about ... Read More
It's true when they say that the Oasis has 6300 guests but doesn't feel crowded, but in creating that atmosphere they seem to make a lot of sacrifices. They have everything and more that other ships have, but just about everything is smaller or lower quality. The zip line is a nice idea, but it only goes about 25 yards. There are two flow riders, but each is a lot smaller than those on other ships. Same with the internet centers and, most especially, the pools. Three pools, but none of which offers a good view of the band, and no big screen as on other ships (for that you have to go to the stadium seating aqua theater). With compartmentalized pools, the pool deck did not have that sweeping 'this is the place I want to hang out' feel. This was made even more so by moving all of the pool games and belly flop competition into the aqua theater, where you had to wait in line to sit in stadium seats in the sun. The Good: The solarium and casino are far bigger and nicer than on other ships. Dividing the casino into smoking and non-smoking sides makes everyone comfortable. The donut shop is a great addition, and having central park on deck 8 makes for a nicer way to cut across the ship than walking through stateroom hallways. The Bad: The service on this ship was indifferent at best, trending towards rude. With so many guests, they apparently do not have to put much effort. The boardwalk is a waste of space, except for the donut shop and except for the fact that it may draw some of the young children away from the other areas. Overall: I would sail on this ship again if I had a compelling reason, but for the most part I think people are far better off sticking with the Freedom class vessels. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
I hope this review is useful to those who have never cruised before, and who are considering a first time cruise on Oasis. A little background on us: we've (my husband and I) traveled all over Mexico and the Caribbean, and in the ... Read More
I hope this review is useful to those who have never cruised before, and who are considering a first time cruise on Oasis. A little background on us: we've (my husband and I) traveled all over Mexico and the Caribbean, and in the last five years we've stayed mostly at all-inclusive resorts, generally adult-only ones in Mexico. So this review will naturally be a comparison of our cruising experiencing compared to a resort vacation. Sorry, can't help it! We are in our late 40's/early 50's and traveled with my sister and her teen daughter. We were all first time cruisers, except for my sister, who had cruised on Carnival back in the early 90's. We originally were going to take a short Carnival cruise to see if we had sea legs. That short, inexpensive cruise morphed into Oasis of the Seas. In addition to simply enjoying a cruise experience, it was a dress rehearsal to see if we had sea legs for a possible Mediterranean cruise next summer. We discovered we had sea legs, but... we won't be taking that cruise. For various reasons. So, if you have never cruised before, will you enjoy Oasis of the Seas? Everyone is so different. Within our group of 4 cruisers, the breakdown was: Me: Probably never cruise again but never say never Husband: Heck no, never, ever, ever again, EVER Sister: Yes, I might like to go on the Allure, the eastern itinerary Niece: I love it so much I want to WORK on the Oasis So here are some tips for Oasis, based on my summer experience, on a capacity sailing: 1. MAKE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS Even if you choose My Time Dining, make reservations for each night. Make reservations for all shows. Otherwise, be prepared to stand in line. When making show reservations online through the RCL website, you must allow 2 hours for dinner in the MDR in order to make a show reservation; anything less than that will not allow the reservation to go through. 2. BE PREPARED FOR SMALL CABINS I have said I really liked my cabin. I like cozy spaces. If you are not a fan of small spaces and can swing the cost, get a suite. They look amazing! Otherwise, get a cabin with a balcony so that your cabin feels a bit bigger. Either an interior or oceanview balcony, depending on how you handle looking at a moving motion. Be aware that the shower is very small in a regular cabin. This might seem like a no brainer to those who have cruised, but until I actually saw my cabin, I was still rationalizing that it would somehow, miraculously be the size of hotel room. 3. RCL EXCURSIONS ARE EXPENSIVE Do some research and branch out on your own. You'll save some money and get away from the herd. Don't worry that you will miss the ship if you go off on your own. These ports of call are all used to cruisers - they know how to get you back to the ship, on time. Just pay attention to any local time differences versus ship time. 4. KEEP TABS ON YOUR TAB You can check how much you have spent using the interactive interface on your TV. Things can add up quickly, and mistakes do happen. Be prepared to be nickled and dimed 24/7. "Would you like coffee, tea, cappuccino?" Be aware the coffee and tea are included. We had breakfast with a family from Colombia who had no idea that the cappuccinos they were enjoying at breakfast were not included. Freshly squeezed OJ is extra - we stuck with the Tang-like juice in the Windjammer and it was fine - and included. "Free" is not "free." The wine at the wine tasting, the free Botox seminar - you name it - are sales pitches. Photographers are everywhere like annoying insects. Caveat emptor. The upsell is everywhere. Even down to selling you water as you disembark in Haiti - where there is no potable water. 5. JOIN IN THE ACTIVITIES My 17 year old niece had the best time of all of us. She joined in the activities. The belly flop contest, scavenger hunt, mini golf, trivia - if you like that stuff, you'll never be bored. 6. BE PREPARED FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE AND NOISE I know this sounds, again, like a no-brainer, but when Oasis is full there are close to 8,000 souls on board. Distances are great, but for an able-bodied person, not prohibitive. Be prepared to wait for elevators - or take the stairs. As noted, the Windjammer at times is overwhelmed with people, noise, announcements. There are few places to go to get away from the crowds or the noise. Although the Boardwalk area seemed weirdly empty a lot, the creepy carousel music freaked me out after a while. As I have said in earlier posts, the pool deck was Hades for me. I had a hard time finding a quiet place during the day on Oasis where I could sit outside. I'm sure they exist somewhere. Although Guest Services was not able to tell me of any when I practically begged them to help me find a quiet place. Central Park is quiet (except for noise trickling down from the pool deck), but during the day I didn't relish sitting on a park bench for hours at a time. RCL does an amazing job moving people on and off the ship. I was amazed! The only instance of mob mentality I experienced on Oasis was during a "sale" of RCL stuff in the Promenade that I ran into while going for a cupcake. People went nuts (think: door openings on Black Friday, you've seen the footage, well not that bad but...) people went crazy for t-shirts. Hint: after the "sale" is over, the merchandise is still at its sale price. No need to join the mob! On embarcation day the Promenade was as crowded as a mall at Christmas, but that was to be expected. Our cruise was at capacity. 7. WHAT PEOPLE TELL YOU ON CRUISE CRITIC IS OPINION I include myself in this. Formal night is a great example. The night the ship comedian called "The GED Prom." Not my words, and not many people laughed when he said it. Lots of people are dressed in the MDR for formal night. I say dressed because I had read on these forums that everyone dresses up, there are lots of tuxs, etc... Not true in my experience. The couple sitting next to us in the MDR on formal night were, er, very casual. The man had on tropical shorts and a sleeveless shirt. I am no fashion police, but I thought those weren't allowed in the MDR at all? So... if you don't want to dress formally, don't. It is not enforced. The way I had read it on here was that it was required in the MDR. Maybe from prom goers who want it to be required, but it sure isn't. It is someone's opinion. As is this review. 8. DON'T EXPECT A MEANINGFUL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE You will be funneled through duty free shops and RCL-owned port shops that sell tourist trinkets. Everyone speaks English. You can use dollars. All of this is fine, but don't expect to really get to know Mexico from the shops that sell vanilla and giant hats. The ports are benign, sanitized, Disney-like experiences that have no basis in reality. My cruise was like a benign trip through EPCOT vis a vis an international experience. The most multicultural experiences are found on ship, talking to the staff who hale from all over the globe. Or talking to people from other countries - there are lots of them! The best food for me on the Oasis was the ethnic food in the Windjammer. 9. EXPLORE THE SHIP Take a walk on the jogging track. Explore the different areas. This ship is an amazing feat of engineering. They charge a bundle for a tour (really?) but people who took the tour say it is worth it. 10. COME BACK TO CRUISE CRITIC AND TELL YOUR EXPERIENCE Before my trip, I ate up all reviews and forum threads about Oasis. Advance information is really helpful about this ship! In summary, - My niece had a great time because she likes an activity-filled vacation. She's 17. It makes sense. - My husband resented having to have everything planned, and on a time table. He is more laid back and spontaneous. - My sister loved being able to bop into the casino and then go to a "shopping talk" to get her "free coupon book." - I liked the shows, the ship itself, and the fact that we went to three places. I think someone who doesn't mind planning (I remember reading on Cruise Critic to bring a highlighter to mark all the activities you want so you don't miss any), reservations, lots of people, and mall-at-Christmas atmosphere, who thrives on lots of people and high energy will have a wonderful time. Those who are seeking a relaxing, laid back, low key vacation should maybe look elsewhere. There were times I felt trapped. Trapped on a ship in the middle of the ocean with a lot of people. It was like being in a giant (very clean!) amusement park, on a hot summer's day. One thing I do want to say: the ship's crew are amazing. If you have a special occasion, let them know. We were celebrating my niece's 17 birthday and my 25th wedding anniversary. This information was in our reservations. They remembered my niece's birthday, and sang "Happy Birthday" in the MDR. They got her name wrong, but so what? They also gave her a 5 minute ship to shore phone call so she could call her dad. It was really nice. They forgot our anniversary. My sister went to guest services to tell them (we didn't know) and the next day we had a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting in our cabin. A very nice, amazing gesture. All in all, this cruise showed us that we will not be happy taking a Med cruise next summer - we want a bit more depth in our Europe trip so we'll be doing a land based trip with only a couple of destinations. Thank you for reading this long report. I also thank those readers who understand I am not trying to be "mean" and diss RCL or the Oasis. I am not telling you you have an ugly baby. Cruising turned out to not be my cup of tea. But I am not dissing those who love it - or why they love it. I hope you enjoy your cruises, and I hope this report is useful to people who have never cruised and who are considering the Oasis. Happy travels, however you choose to go! Below is more information on some topics that might be of interest to first time cruisers: SEA LEGS AND SEA SICKNESS This might be too much information, but I hope it will help someone who hasn't cruised but it worried about being seasick. Four of us cruised. Three of us get motion sick. Badly. My sister and I have positional vertigo. My husband just gets motion sick, even in a car as passenger; he can't sit in the back seat. My niece is 17 and never gets motion sick. My sister and I went back to the doctor for the "head shaking" treatment for vertigo prior to the cruise. I only needed one treatment. My sister needed four. We had in our arsenal: Dramamine, Bonine, ginger pills, sea bands, Scoplomine patch, and some chemotherapy anti-nausea meds. When the ship started moving my sister was terrified. Anyone who has vertigo or has been badly seasick will understand the terror. I was fine, as were my husband and niece. The first night at dinner, I could feel that I was sitting backwards and the ship was moving forwards. I could feel the motion but it didn't bother me. My niece who never gets motion sick felt it, and took a Bonine. It took care of the nausea. Two days in my sister was not feeling great so she put on a patch. Which she kept on until we were in Cozumel and I looked at her and one had almost no pupil and the other was ALL pupil. She freaked out a bit and I made her take the patch off immediately. The whole week I felt the motion. Sometimes I be walking down a hallway and I'd sway side to side. I took ginger pills I bought on Amazon - so did my husband. They worked like a charm. I never felt sick until I got off the ship in Haiti. Then I felt somewhat nauseated. In Jamaica, I felt downright gross, but that was right before I was getting back on the ship. I drank a full-sugared Coke and took a Bonine and felt fine. When we disembarked in Fort Lauderdale, I was dizzy, rocking and nauseated. Badly. Which was made worse then the taxi driver accidentally closed the taxi trunk door on my head. I remained dizzy and rocking for about 5 days. I popped a lot of Bonine. Seriously. I was not sick ON the ship, only OFF. Seas were calm the entire trip, by the way. The captain said he never needed to use the stabilizers. Ithink the rocking was excellent for sleep - I slept like a baby on the ship. FOOD I thought the food was similar to what you would find at a mainstream buffet restaurant - like Golden Corral or Hometown Buffet and its ilk. It was always hot when it needed to be hot and cold when it needed to be cold. There certainly is enough of it. Staff makes fun of how much people eat. Even the Cruise Director made a snarky comment one night as she introduced a show. There are two statues poolside of rotund bathers, almost as if RCL itself recognizes that food and is abundance is part of the cruising appeal. Food is everywhere. There is pizza, brownies, sandwiches - you name it. I thought the soups in the Windjammer were very good. As are the ethnic foods, Indonesian and Thai. Not as successful were things like toast - it tasted like it was toasted the night before. We had one meal at Chops Grill and it was excellent. Similar to a Ruth's Chris. The MDR had many of the same offerings as the Windjammer each night. The service in the MDR and WJ was excellent. Breakfast in the Windjammer was one of the least enjoyable dining experiences -- ever. They play announcements over and over asking you to eat -- and get out. Nicely. People hover over your table like vultures waiting for you to vacate the table. The up side: we met a really nice family from Colombia because we had to share a table. For those of you who are wondering what type of drinks are included: water, flavored waters (lemon, etc), iced tea, coffee, and tea Someone on CC called Park Cafe and its adherents The Cult of The Roast Beef Sandwich. Based on everyone raving about The Sandwich and the salads, we went to Park Cafe for our first meal on Oasis. The Sandwich was grisly, chewy and generally icky. The salad was a bunch of romaine lettuce tossed with some fairly pedestrian mix ins. After that lunch, I returned for pastries one day and those were very good. Breakfast at Johnny Rockets is fine if you like fried foods. CABIN We had a mid ship Central Park cabin, deck 11, 11617. I think we made the right choice with this cabin, and we chose it because we were afraid of being seasick looking at the ocean while moving. Good move on our part: looking at the ocean was a bit disorienting, and looking at Central Park helped us tremendously. Plus at night, the Park is the prettiest venue on the ship. Our cabin was small, but cozy, clean, and very well appointed. Our bed was near the closet: my sister's cabin 11615 had the bed near the balcony. Lots of closet space, and a small safe that would fit an iPad but not anything more than a notebook. I am a fairly thin, normal woman, and the shower was very narrow. I expected that so no worries. But it is really small, if you haven't ever been on a cruise ship. One downfall of our location is the noise during the day. If you are seeking peace and quiet on your balcony, forget it. The pool deck is 4 decks above you if you are on Deck 11 and it is noisy during the day. Very noisy. Announcements, a calypso band, kids yelling, games. This was the thing I disliked the most about the cruise: the pool deck (more on that later). I loved the balcony in the early AM and at night. 11617 is next to the plant wall on one side, so... only neighbors on one side. The plant wall has, well, plants and they don't make noise. POOL DECK My least favorite part of the cruise were the sea days. I know some people love them, but on Oasis, the pool deck was insane. The flow riders were packed. The pools were packed. The one area of the pool deck that wasn't insanely crowded was the smoking area. I used to be a smoker so I am really not all that bothered by smoke. But it smelled not so great because it was not totally open air, but partially enclosed by windows. For me, it was the sheer number of people and noise level for which I was unprepared. I was no able to spend any length of time on the pool deck without my iPod. And because of feeling motion sick, I wasn't able to spend a lot of time up on the highest decks. And the adult only area was hot, because it is mostly enclosed. Lots of people thrive on the energy, action, and noise of the pool deck. Not me. And as I said, this was the least favorite part of the cruise for me. I felt like there was nowhere to go outside to find some peace, and have a comfortable chair. I could have one or the other, but not both. There are many Jacuzzis on the ship. And four main pools. Which were insanely packed. One pool was closed due to "biohazard" at one point --an adult pool, not a kiddie pool. There is a nice, quiet area aft, off the running track. There are some wooden deck chairs. You can get to the area easily from the Boardwalk area, over near the Aqua Theater. There are stairs. Follow them down to the aft area. Peace and quiet, if you seek it. LABADEE Labadee disappointed me and I felt trapped on a giant money-making Royal Caribbean island. Columbus Cove beach was insanely crowded and is a very narrow beach. The water is clear here, but there are tons of people. No water shoes needed for this beach. It was a lot like the pool deck in terms of sheer numbers of people. The other beaches (the ones under the zip line, Adrenalin Beach?) were so rocky you needed water shoes to get in the water. The water was murky, and replete with straws, cups, and other debris. If you wanted to walk between the two beaches you could walk a gauntlet of vendors shouting at you to buy! buy! buy! Royal Caribbean brings food from the ship, and it was fine. The whole thing had a cheesy summer camp-like feel to it. I would never return - there are too many other better ports. Tip: bring water shoes, and small bills to tip the guy who sets up the chairs for you. We sat on Adrenalin Beach and it was less crowded. There is shade under trees. FALMOUTH We ended up booking transport for $20 per person through Jaital round trip from Falmouth to Montego Bay. 30 minutes after we docked, we found the Jaital driver. The four of us along with another couple from Oasis (who had booked separately) went to Mo Bay. It is around a 20 minute ride, very easy. We were dropped at Doctor's Cave Beach and agreed upon a pick up time and place (4 pm, in front of Margaritaville). Remember: stay on ship time and not Jamaica time! It is $6 per person entrance to Doctor's Cave Beach, and $6 for an umbrella and $6 for a chair (a wooden/canvas deck chair). In hindsight, we didn't really need the umbrellas because there are shaded areas in the back portion of the beach. Clean bathrooms, showers, a deck area for food/drink, and beach service. I am a jaded, nit picky beach person. This was one of the most beautiful beaches in terms of the water - that I have EVER seen. We hung out in the crystal clear water for about 3 hours until we got hungry. I wasn't feeling great - the land was rocking a rolling so we walked down the street for a Burger King snack. Doctor's Cave Beach will give you a stamp for entry. We decided we had had enough beach, so we headed down to Margaritaville - about a 5 minutes walk from Doctor's Cave. Margaritaville is a bit pricey, but it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours eating and swimming. They have a water slide on the top deck and it shoots you out to the bay below. The slide is fast and a bit freaky. Falmouth port is very clean and very RCL World - the same jewelry stores, etc.. that you find in their ports. They are building a Margaritaville - right now there is just a t-shirt shop. I think our "Jamaica Day" was well worth it, and was easy to plan. We were back in port by 5:00 pm. COZUMEL We went to Chankanaab National Park for snorkeling. They have sea lion shows and stuff, but we just wanted to snorkel. From the International Pier where Oasis docked, it was a $10 taxi ride for four people. I had a coupon I had printed off the internet, so it cost $19 per adult for entry. We had our own snorkeling equipment so I don't know if they charge. There are lots of palapas and wooden chairs. You need water shoes - the bottom is made up of rock and ironshore. There are steps to get in, except for one zero entry kiddie area. The snorkeling was okay, not stellar. Lots of the same type of fish - not a lot of diversity. But lots of what there is. T here is a really pretty lagoon too - not to swim in, but to look at for a backdrop for photos. If you plan to snorkel, they give you a flotation vest. No need to pay, but you do need to leave a driver's license. There is a restaurant on site that was about $12 per person for some tacos. Not bad. Thanks for reading this long review until the end. Happy sailing to you! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Like so many before me and as proven in pictures and video, Oasis is HUGE...to the point where it was just to overwhelming for us. We're mid-30's professionals and we were celebrating my birthday during the cruise. We are not ... Read More
Like so many before me and as proven in pictures and video, Oasis is HUGE...to the point where it was just to overwhelming for us. We're mid-30's professionals and we were celebrating my birthday during the cruise. We are not snobby, nor are we use to living a posh lifestyle, so as you read my review please don't be quick to think I am complaining to much...I will be giving my honest review of the ship, staff, passengers, common areas and ports. Arrival to Fort Lauderdale- We arrived at 8:30am on a red-eye from San Francisco; if you're coming from the west coast, this is the BEST way to go in my opinion. After collecting our bags (the airport was not at all busy), we inquired about the RCCL shuttle with one of the many FRIENDLY employees; these are mainly senior citizens...who knew more about Oasis then some of the ship's employees! After about a thirty minute wait, and with much more information than I found online, we boarded a bus. We made one stop at a second terminal and then were off for the port. About 10-15 minutes later, we arrived at the port...and Oasis was there, AMAZING in size. As a grown man, I have to say it was (almost) breathtaking...I didn't get as giddy as my girlfriend. Port Everglades Embarkation- I am always in planning mode, so my first thing to do was figure out the best way to make an efficient embarkation. Royal Caribbean figured that out for me; non-suit passengers one way, suit passengers another. Security was effortless; the airports could learn a few things from these folks. The line waiting in security and passing it took no more than 3 to 5 minutes, IF THAT! Once pass security you enter a MASSIVE display of check-in stations. We were escorted to a waiting boarding/ticket (type) agent who took our Passports and credit cards; we signed the standard "I haven't been sick in X days..." form (later I'll tell you my thoughts on that) and then got our update on Hurricane Isaac, took our SeaPass picture, got our SeaPass and then headed upstairs to a waiting area. The waiting area looks massive and it is, but don't be intimidated...the entire process is as smooth as a line at Disneyland. We waited there for about 30 minutes and then...we were off for Oasis; at this point it was about 10:30am. Onboard Oasis of the Seas: FOOD: WindJammer- Once onboard, we were greeted with what we've seen in so many pictures and videos...a city on a ship. We headed up to the Windjammer Buffet; upon entering it was a busy place...but we found a table immediately (last time we'd experience this). We hadn't eaten since the night before, so we helped ourselves to breakfast; not bad...not great. After breakfast, we had our first "drink of the day," and started to vacation! Besides the expected rude passengers that live as if there is no one else on the ship but them, the WindJammer is easy to maneuver but RCCL could do a much better job with traffic flow and making tables available to waiting passengers. Note: A LOT of people will sit at a table after finishing their food and chat...fine if it's not busy but be courteous to others! There are recorded announcements to vacate your tables once your finished...I found this amusing. On our last day, I watched a woman take five place settings and put them in her purse; she then used a cloth napkin to wrap up food to go! REPULSIVE...don't be that person ? Main Dinning Room (MDR)- A very large, multi-level dinning room. For dinner, we were situated on the 4th floor in the back, in a small room; I noted that I felt like a "third class passenger on the Titanic." It was a rather small dinning room with seven tables; six six-tops and one long large table for a big family. We requested a two-person table for dinner; we sat at a six-top. After sitting down, we informed our waiter who just smiled and said "if you don't like it after today, you can ask to change tomorrow." Our four other guests (two separate couples) arrived and they were great people; a little younger than us but very mature. After the first night, one of the couples got their own table, but we saw them often on the ship and had fun. We've made friends with the other couple and will keep in touch. You never know who you'll meet, that's for sure, but none the less, I found it pointless to take requests for table size. The food was nothing to write home about, instead, write a review. I wasn't impressed at all with the quality and taste; A+ on presentation though. When you're cooking for almost 6,000 people, you can't really master cooking to order, but some alterations to the order are possible -- so I tried to mix things up. Every time I ordered steak in the MDR, I tried to change it up but knowing that the steak is probably cooked medium (as recommended each time by our waiter) and then sitting in a dish waiting to be placed on a plate. The first nights sirloin steak is what some butchers (my girlfriends father) call "glue steak." It's basically pieces of steak held together by an eatable product and cooked to order; perfectly legal and healthy, just taste bad.; you can find this at Costco for cheap. He confirmed this cut of meat to me after experiencing the same on the ship. Mashed potato's are great...as were the soups and salads; soups a bit salty though. Bar service is apparent, so don't worry about ordering a drink. Roasted turkey dinner on the last night was good; mostly white meat and one piece of dark (I asked for no dark, I can't stand it), I guess they didn't get the note in the kitchen; they also forgot the cranberry...oh well. Oh and the bread is always amazing! Our waiter was nice, but seemed overwhelmed at times; he had two other tables, so he wasn't overworked; his assistant busted her butt! Every time we asked for something (again, we are not picky or demanding), he seemed annoyed, I HATE that...I didn't ask for anything special...just HP sauce or Tabasco or cranberry sauce. He seemed to not like that we never took his daily recommendations on what to eat or do; this also annoyed me. Sorry, I don't eat fish nor do I want to go to a nude beach (yes, he suggested we visit it!). When the wait staff did a song and dance, he would literally stop what he was doing at our table and join them...its becoming clear that he wasn't my favorite, I admit. Back to the food...wait, no need. It fed us, but we ate light and stopped for a slice of pizza (not the best, but does the job) or a small sandwich in the cafe after dinner. Dessert was nice, basic mass produced treats, just like dinner. Ice cream was half melted by the time it arrived (not surprised, it's a large dinning room to maneuver). We often ordered several treats to sample. MDR Breakfast & Lunch- I can't complain here. The service at both times was great; we got a seat fairly quickly as there is only two of us; families with large groups wait a while longer. Pushy folks at the buffet so we stay clear of that; I am amazed when people take food just because it's there and don't eat it or finish it...not for me to worry about but its pathetic. We like the pastry tray; the selection is great and full of flavor. We ate ala-carte...it was quick and efficient and the food was always delicious. A bit of word on the rudeness on the ship- EVERY NIGHT in the MDR, we suffered the sounds of a European families kids running all over the dinning room, screaming, making noise. Never did the parents tell their children to be quiet and sit down, nor did the staff. Staff in fact had to maneuver around the bratty kids. I have the nerve to tell people their children are rude; some say that's rude but people pay a lot of money to cruise, they shouldn't have their dinner ruined by brats. Next to that table was a family of six with two teenage girls and a twenty-something loud mouth punk son. EVERY NIGHT he was loud, clearly drunk. He wore shorts and flip-flops to dinner except on formal night when he wore wrinkled pants and an un-tucked dress shirt. RCCL DOES NOT ENFORCE A DRESS CODE...so if you're the shorts and ball cap in a dinning room type of person, don't fear. On a ship this large, you're going to see a lot of people, from all walks of life...and a large number of people were rude; maybe it's a culture thing and their rudeness is normal, but as an American, I question how this is possible. We DID meet some great people on the ship, but cutting in lines, loud kids in a dinning room, people pushing people for a $20 watch...it really makes me not want to come back to such a large ship. Back to the food... Giovanni's Table-- Welcome to the Olive Garden at sea...slow waiter, barely Italian food; the spaghetti WAS how I like it, al dente. It was not on the menu but I asked for a side dish -- noddle's were great, sauce was from a can no doubt (understandable, but add some spices). My girlfriend told them it was my birthday, which it was...dinner came, then the bill. She was VERY annoyed. She told me she asked them to do something, and I was grateful. I told her not to say anything to them as that was their job to do something...as we were leaving the manager came over with a SECOND cake (which was not good) and said they were sorry they forgot (it wasn't busy, it was 10pm)...I excused myself and said I didn't need a second piece of cake. They insisted and so did I...again, the restaurant was not busy, save for the LOUD family next to us...we couldn't escape loud families thinking yelling is a way to communicate. My girlfriend later "complained" to guest services, unapologetic, they asked what we wanted them to do about it...she laughed and said "take a customer service class." This place may work for you, but when it's built up to be great food and service, and it's not, it's very upsetting. I ordered the veal cutlets...the meat had a nice taste to it but I am not sure it was veal, very thick pieces; it was more like a steak tenderloin. My girlfriend had gnocchi; she enjoyed it but I am never impressed when food comes out appearing like it had been under the hot lamp for a long time; you can tell because of how the cheese was melted to the dish. Maybe the Italian in me is picky...eat at your own will, just giving an honest review. Johnny Rockets- Hard to mess up a standard! We ate here one day for lunch and breakfast. Lunch was lunch...a juicy burger and great onion rings! Milkshake was great too, again, hard to mess up a standard. The special sauce DOES have a little kick, so if you don't like spicy, don't get the red-red sauce. Breakfast was quick and complimentary...basic breakfast food from the main dinning room; the scrambled eggs don't seem prepared traditionally, almost have a powered egg taste to them; if they are, so be it, I ate them often; they are a bit salty but I like that. At lunch, the servers yell out "HELLO!" as you enter...this was fun! Cupcake Cupboard- Where were the cupcakes? We had a couple...they were less like cake based cupcakes and more like fudge. For my girlfriend not to finish a cupcake means it was bad...we were not impressed at all. Great treat for someone wanting sugar and maybe we hit a bad day (maybe we are picky), but this was disappointing. None the less, it's a cute little shop. Park Cafe- Can I get a table? We had lunch here one day...finally got to eat after we left the cafe and sat at a bar in Central Park. You have to be aggressive to get a table, like at the WindJammer. I had the famous roast beef sandwich and my girlfriend had a salad, which is create your own. Her salad was nice...but I am trying to find out what is so great about the roast beef sandwiches? Overcooked meat. Moving on... Sorrento's pizza- Great when you need a quick fix! There is always pizza and the line moves fast. There are three types; a special for the day, cheese and cheese with a slice or two of pepperoni. Grab two or three and then head to the pub across the way for a beer! The Donut Shop- Basic donuts...a little on the cake side of things...I see a trend here. Roomservice- Faster than I expected; food was comparable to MDR / WindJammer. The last two days, we received a plate full of fruit...A LOT OF FRUIT. Two of the three times we ordered, the server waited at the door for a tip...it was obvious. I dispise that! Bars- I noticed when the drinks were made in front of me, they were better and top-shelf. I drink gin, so if I want good gin, I ask for the best...I know gin and when I ordered a drink during Hair Spray, I asked for "Bombay Sapphire and tonic, three olives"...this is usually serviced with a lime, but I like olives. I got a double beefeater and tonic with a lime and a glass of olives, and was charged for a double Bombay...I didn't argue it. Again, I know gin, I can tell the difference. When I ordered the same thing at the Champagne Bar, I got what I asked for, easy as that. I'm paying; I should get what I ask for! Rooms- Bigger than I expected...we had a Boardwalk Balcony. When the door is closed, you can hardly hear a peep from the Boardwalk, you will see flashing lights if you don't close your curtains properly at night. Note that the Master switch needs to be on for the AC to work! The balcony was good size and a good place to watch the shows at the Aqua Theatre, or read while sailing! Our neighbor used it to smoke...so the smoke traveled our way...yuck! I called to complain (geez, this is all I did!) and it never stopped. Again, RCCL talks zero tolerance but its all talk. I complained at the lack of cold water (MANY people in reviews have complained of this), I was told they were working on it...must be a problem because it's an old problem. It was if they heard it so many times their standard response is the same. Unlike other ships, you can't bring an iron so if you're shirts get wrinkled, you're forced to use their service (at a fee) or crank up the hot water in the shower (hot water is abundant) and hope the steam helps your clothing; I chose this and Downey winkle remover! The interactive TV is great...a nice feature that all ships will follow with I'm sure; ordering room service was easy, as was checking restaurant crowds. Our room was made up after we left for breakfast and in the evening (after a nap & dinner). We saw our stateroom attendant three times: on our first day, mid-week and our last day. He was very friendly each time; while he didn't pronounce our names correctly (two very easy & basic names), I can't fault the guy for having a sense of humor "I have English bad!" He made towel animals a few times too...a monkey, bat and an elephant. The beds are EXTREAMLY comfortable...as are the pillows and blankets...and I'm not saying that because we were tired! There is ONE outlet for use, at the vanity near the sliding door; I suggest you get a mini-usb power strip for about $20 at Staples; you can charge your phone via the usb port and use the three outlets for anything else (EXCEPT AN IRON)! A word about booze...don't try and get it on the ship at port or on the first day...they will spot it in x-ray (we didn't, but saw plenty of people who tried). On our last day in the Bahamas' (diverted due to the tropical storm), I carried on two bottles of rum...I guess since it was our last day at sea they didn't care OR because of limited time (due to the ship being stopped to recover a life jacket; some punk kids tossed it over board) they didn't inspect. (Port Review Posted On Port Page) Hair Spray- Terrific show for being on a ship at sea! The cast did a great job, very talented singers and dancers. We left the show with the closing song stuck in our heads. The cast & crew do a marvelous show putting this show on; it's condensed for time, but it hit every point and I have no complaints! Bravo! Comedy- BEST comedies show I've ever seen; I've PAID big bucks for big acts, but this beat them! I am a former talent agent, I've worked with a lot of famous comedians...Chris Bliss & AJ Jamal ("there's a black man in the room!!!") were hilarious; if you're lucky, you'll have them on your ship! They really made it fun for all; this is not for kids...and don't be surprised to hear the F-bomb too, like some who left...you were warned before the show started. Host Simeon was ALSO hilarious...his Frosty The Snow Man dance was outstanding! They also hosted a family friendly comedy show and the transition was PERFECT! Fly With Me- Amazing talent...I have to admit, I was falling asleep, not because it was boring, but because it was late and we had a long day. I'd be unfair in reviewing it other than saying the aerobatic stunts were sensational! We did not go to any of the clubs or late night bars...we were beat by midnight! All in all, the ship is what YOU make of it. Don't let the rude folks get to you, like they probably got to me. It size is overwhelming at first, but after a while, you get use to it. The user-friendly electronic compass screens are great too; use them for all kinds of help (restaurant availability, "what's happening now, " and directions around the ship). Disembarkation was just as easy as boarding; we ate at WindJammer (as much as I didn't want to) as it was the only thing open; they stop at 8:30am. We disembarked at 9:15am and was in a taxi, heading to the airport within 45 minutes. Would I go back to Oasis? Only if I had children or was with a large group. Would I recommend it? Only to families with children or large groups! We are booking our next cruise on a smaller ship, this may be our best bet for what we like. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
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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