Sail Date: May 2017
Chose this cruise at the advice of friends who cruised with us - and we were pleasantly surprised by not only the impressive size of the ship but also by the variety and quality of the services and experiences - including an on board ... Read More
Chose this cruise at the advice of friends who cruised with us - and we were pleasantly surprised by not only the impressive size of the ship but also by the variety and quality of the services and experiences - including an on board zipline, mini golf course, and climbing walls. We did at least one entertainment event each day - great shows! Especially enjoyed the ice skating show, terrific skating despite the small venue. Plus there were a good variety of available excursions on port days. The food was good in the buffet areas, very good in the dining room - and the excellent service in the dining room made mealtime a pleasure. Did one of the specialty restaurants, Giovanni's Table, enjoyed a very good meal and again great service. The comedy shows and the trivia contests were good fun, and we learned quite a bit of trivia knowledge! Our cabin was comfortable, felt a bit larger than previous ships on which we cruised, and we enjoyed a bit of quiet time on our balcony. And it seemed our cabin was tended to often, seemed every time we came back to the cabin it was made up again. Attentive and yet unobtrusive excellent service. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2017
First time on an Oasis class, cruised with RCCL twice before. Embarking was smooth, arrived for boarding a little past twelve, it was busy but smooth. Facilities: public facilities were all in all very good, lots of choice on what ... Read More
First time on an Oasis class, cruised with RCCL twice before. Embarking was smooth, arrived for boarding a little past twelve, it was busy but smooth. Facilities: public facilities were all in all very good, lots of choice on what you wanna do as expected from oasis class, maintenance was good except for deck 14 around the elevators near the aft on the port side halfway through the cruise seemed like there was a funky odor there. They had this blowing machine there pretty much permanently situated there not sure if that was supposed to help or anything. Also port side telescope out on the sundeck was kinda broken as well, the focus adjustment wasn't working for the right eye. Cabin was quiet, the deckplan shows it facing some sort of entrance/exit to the kids zone but that wasn't the case. However as this hallway was the only entrance to the sundeck it was quite busy at times during arrival and departure from ports as people would make their way to and from via the hallway. Cabin cleanliness was good, not squeaky clean but good enough, there was a cheerio on the floor near the table that the cleaner missed on the day of embarking. Dining: Main dining room was much better than the main dining rooms in previous cruises I've been on. Far better than the celebrity equinox in the Mediterranean. Things compared to that voyage of the equinox was not overly salted. Food was also better than in the vision of the seas and Freedom of the seas Caribbean MDR from my experiences. In fact the MDR food was of such good quality there was not a big difference between the MDR food and the food in the specialty dining aside from a few items: eg porterhouse from chops. Based on the specialty restaurants I tried for food quality Chops > Giovanni's > 150 Central Park. I did not try Sabor as it just switched to the cover charge from a la carte and removed all the entrees that were on there previously. I also didn't try Solarium bistro as it was surprisingly fully booked on the days we were available. I actually found the crab cake in the MDR better balanced than the one that is supposedly the chop's favorite app. Windjammer food was ok, not as good as the one on celebrity equinox based on my experience, the food was prepared more sloppy, but still adequate for buffet style and good considering the amount people oasis has to feed. Park cafe's roast beef sandwich was good, though on the salty side. sorrento and the other one that's 24/7 wasn't very good. I didn't find the hot dog stand on boardwalk to be anythign special. The sausage casing on the hot dogs were extremely thick and very difficult to bite through. Only had room service once, they were quite late, we ordered breakfast for a port day in Sint Maarten to be ready to get going right away but they were about 20 minutes late in delivering the breakfast. Ice cream machines, probably because of the heat weren't really churning out ice cream but rather cold liquid, and i managed to get myself sick for 1 night consuming the ice cream liquid. In terms of service, I enjoyed Giovanni's the best, we were my time dining though so we had pretty much a different waiter every night in the MDR. In general the chef's recommendation on the menu was good. I've attached the pictures of the menu for the 7 day eastern caribbean sailing. Entertainment: pretty standard entertainment programming, the large amounts of venues meant there was variety, however the other programming that filled the different venues appeared to be private functions. All in all they have the standard stuff you would expect on a cruise. However, the night show of Cats was cancelled due to the lead getting ill on Day 2. They then rescheduled it to Day 7 I guess supposedly to allow the understudy enough time to prepare for the performance, then the understudy got ill on Day 7 and Cats was replaced by a night show where the performers who were not yet sick sang random songs that they liked/or were their strengths. I appreciate the effort but I booked Oasis class ships because I want to see a full musical show. What they had presented just doesn't cut it. Just solely because of this I will probably refrain from booking a cruise on another oasis class ship. The reason I consider oasis class ship is the night show. If I wanted to just cruise the caribbean I'd pick a smaller ship with a better itinerary. Regarding other shows, though I quite enjoyed the aquatheater show, I didn't find come fly with me entertaining. Service overall was fine, never really asked for anything out of the ordinary, only had a bad experience when i tried to book a table for the solarium bistro one night on the night. there was absolutely no one in there and I wanted a table for 2. However they said they were fully booked and can't accommodate when every table in there was empty. It was 5:30 they told us they had tables for 6. If you serve me quickly I'd be out of there in 30 mins but this was more minor. Disembarking process was quick, various options you could take including the self assist which we used. Took about 10 minutes? Would depend more on your walking speed and people in front of you's walking speed if you're trying to catch a flight. This is at cape canaveral Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Ship was beautiful, ship employees very helpful and friendly but, way too many people, pools over crowded, long lines for events, events and shows were booked before sailing, forget standby, you spend 1/2 day in line waiting only to be ... Read More
Ship was beautiful, ship employees very helpful and friendly but, way too many people, pools over crowded, long lines for events, events and shows were booked before sailing, forget standby, you spend 1/2 day in line waiting only to be told no more space. The bars were very crowed long waits for drinks, variety was lacking in the buffet, same stuff everyday, they did try themes on some nights but you didn't know what until you arrived, need a soft serve ice cream machine at the buffet, main dining good but on my time schedule had to wait a while to get a seat. They need more free options after 900 pm, all they had were pizza and couple of mini sandwiches and cookies every night or you could go to a specialty restaurant for a fee ( minimum $10+ depending where) they need keep the buffet open, if only partially, through out the night. Gym was well equipped but the video equipment on the machines rarely worked or you only got 2 channels. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Love Royal Caribbean and this cruise did not disappoint. They have embarkation and disembarkation down to a fine science. We decided to disembark early on once we reached Port Canaveral when we returned. We left our room at 6:20am and ... Read More
Love Royal Caribbean and this cruise did not disappoint. They have embarkation and disembarkation down to a fine science. We decided to disembark early on once we reached Port Canaveral when we returned. We left our room at 6:20am and was off the ship at 6:30am. There was no waiting or lines. This is definitely the way to disembark if you want to get out before the crowds. The ship is beautiful and kept very clean. The service is impeccable and although it is very hard work, they make you feel like you're the only people on the ship. One disappointment was our room. When we booked our room "Superior Ocean View With Balcony" we looked at a picture that showed a king bed, sofa and lots of room in front of the bed and sofa. The picture makes it look like there is 6-8 feet in front of the bed and sofa. Well, there isn't. If you look at a picture of the "Boardwalk/Central Park View Stateroom with Balcony" you'll see the actual picture of what the room looks like. There is only 12 inches in front of the bed and may 2 feet in front of the sofa. We were quite surprised when we entered the room. The other negative is the drink package. We got the "intermediate package" that includes everything but alcohol. It was very hard to find "Drink" stations that offered soda drinks for this package. I think I saw one station the entire time. There are plenty of bars that will fill up your cup with soda, but you have to wait in line with the other patrons who are getting alcohol. It was would be nice to have a few drink stations that are more easily accessed for guests who want juice, cola or a bottled water. These were included in our drink package, but hard to access. Other than these two things, we loved every minute on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Already in Florida and had not been on the ship before. Wanted to try out the big ship and see some of the different types of entertainment. The facilities on the ship were excellent. Even with the large number of guests the ship did not ... Read More
Already in Florida and had not been on the ship before. Wanted to try out the big ship and see some of the different types of entertainment. The facilities on the ship were excellent. Even with the large number of guests the ship did not seem that busy in the different areas other than around the pools on sea days. We enjoy Royal Caribbean as a cruise line and enjoyed the ports we called at. The port of Labadee is wonderful. It seems like you are on your own desert island. The ship offers a lot of facilities on board and we found the areas of Central Park, boardwalk and the promenade wonderful. The aqua theatre and the performance was excellent. The staff on board were always very helpful. The main dining room was excellent along with the speciality restaurants however we found that the Windjammer restaurant was the poorest that we have experienced on any Royal Caribbean ship. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
quality product all around.....if you want to relax you can ...if you want to dance all day you can....if your a foody there are plenty of options at quality upscale restaurants.... there are also healthy options too.you don't have ... Read More
quality product all around.....if you want to relax you can ...if you want to dance all day you can....if your a foody there are plenty of options at quality upscale restaurants.... there are also healthy options too.you don't have to over eat and gain 5 pounds just because your on a cruise.We like specialty coffees so we bought a coffee card and used it every day of the cruise.seattles best coffee brand lattes where a good upgrade.all three stops on the cruise were interesting with plenty of sights to see people to talk to and within walking distance to the ship.my wife and i road horses on the beach in saint martin ....then we went in the ocean with the horses swimming beneath us...way cool....the comedians were very funny and engaging with the audience .this was cruise number 12 and the ship itself is an engineering marvel.needless to say this should be on your bucket list........ yours truly...... skyryder............ Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2017
Our experience on board was great! The ship is absolutely beautiful and our balcony room on the 14th floor was wonderful as well! We found all areas of the ship to be extremely clean and well kept. Unfortunately we had one absolutely ... Read More
Our experience on board was great! The ship is absolutely beautiful and our balcony room on the 14th floor was wonderful as well! We found all areas of the ship to be extremely clean and well kept. Unfortunately we had one absolutely terrible excursion to St. Martin. Felt like we wasted an entire day. The 4 X 4 jeep adventure, which sounded great taking you to both sides of the island and beaches, was absolutely aweful. Based on what we saw we would never go back to that island. Never took us to any beautiful beaches (like I now have seen pics of on the internet). Dropped us off on a crowded beach restaurant which we had to pay $25 for a burger and fries and pay an additional amount for chairs and umbrellas. wouldn't have been half bad if it would have been one of the beautiful beaches I hear they have. And as far as the rest of tour all we saw was trash and dilapidated housing. no beautiful resorts or places you would want to vacation! soooooo disappointed in Royal Caribbean. I usually do my homework about places but unfortunately was busy and did not for this trip. Wont let that happen again. While the ship was beautiful and all regular dining was great, all other dining options were extremely overpriced considering the high cost of this cruise! Drinks were pricey as well, consider the drink package and pay for it before you board! Shows were fantastic, Cats was a bit confusing but great dancing and singing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
Food in the main dining is awful. Cold food. Not prep'd and described. The service not great as the staff was not speaking very much english. The dress code NEEDS to be enforced!!! There needs to be more PRINT and ADVERTISING about ... Read More
Food in the main dining is awful. Cold food. Not prep'd and described. The service not great as the staff was not speaking very much english. The dress code NEEDS to be enforced!!! There needs to be more PRINT and ADVERTISING about the main dinning room dress code. I felt like I was on a carnival ship with hats, shorts & tanks in the main dining room. I will NOT be DINING there any time soon! The upchg on the specialty restaurants is too high!!! Several of the bars and drink area's were were only serviced by 1 staff who had to get drinks and chk people out. The larger bars were staffed by 2 people. At Every bar was a wait and That is RIDICULOUS!!!! Ohhhh and be sure to get a reservation well in advance for EVERYTHING you may think about doing if not your will shut out! Bigger is not always better in this ships case! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
The ship is everything you would expect from Royal Carribean. Great staff, clean rooms and first rate entertainment....unless you go to CATS. CATS is a disaster for a ship show for one. Secondly, why have an almost prehistoric ... Read More
The ship is everything you would expect from Royal Carribean. Great staff, clean rooms and first rate entertainment....unless you go to CATS. CATS is a disaster for a ship show for one. Secondly, why have an almost prehistoric production on such a wonderful ship that lasts 3 hours plus? That was clearly not thought out well. Having said that, if you love art auctions, Dave is fantastic with running things as friendly as can be. The food was great, especially at the specialty venues! The only real negative is the spa. The staff forgot when things were scheduled and had wrong days booked for treatments. Once the treatments began however, pure perfection. Now for the enrichment classes. There was one in particular concerning how to increase metabolism. Great idea if it wasn't run by a complete narrssist, ego maniac. This "Dr." From Romania was a complete jerk. He chastised the group for asking "dumb" questions and at one point singling me out calling me a complete "zero". He isn't qualified to clean the windows on a ship let alone teach and interact with guests. This guy was a complete joke and I plan to take this up with Royal's chain of command. So to sum up, ship and crew were great. Beware the spa Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
I have cruised with RCCL on several occasions previously and have fallen in love with the staff and quality of service provided to say nothing of the great island venues offered. However it has been some time since last cruising and I was ... Read More
I have cruised with RCCL on several occasions previously and have fallen in love with the staff and quality of service provided to say nothing of the great island venues offered. However it has been some time since last cruising and I was not as impressed as in the past cruising experiences. The larger ships afford more to see and do while on-board however I felt as though the personal touch was a little lost. Elegant stores with quality items are nice however the savings are not that much if any better on the islands. I did not appreciate the aggressive sales of the items. I am fortunate enough to be able to purchase items if I choose but I do not enjoy being with an over-aggressive glorified car salesman. No offense to those whom sell vehicles, this is just using a paraphrase to set the tone of my experience. The so called items that RCCL puts out to sell as 50% off confuses me. My wife has purchased several items that were an identical match to items being sold on the boat for about $20.00 less than these great 50% off deals. Not really a deal. Lastly the drink packages are a bit more expensive than I feel RCCL level of quality needs to be at. For two individuals to spend approximately $1,100.00 for a beverage package I feel is excessive. For the two of us doing two 7 day consecutive cruises our beverage package ran us $2,200.00. This did not include the complete price considering it only provided us with a 40% discount on wines. We are from California and the wine mark up is considerable. I am basing this on purchasing wines at my local quality restaurants to get an even comparison. Wines that I purchase at stores are approximately 1/3 the cost of the ships. With RCCL's ability to purchase is such great volume, they should be able to bring down their cost considerably. The shows and staff all and all are above the rest of the cruise lines out there. Even with my few negative issues I would recommend RCCL to others. If RCCL takes the time to consider that the future of cruising and the added costs that they apply after stepping aboard affects the common person, they may see that regardless of the overall quality, they may end up losing their loyal cruising customers based on this concept of attempting to financially benefit so greatly. Control the cost and consider the concept of retaining and ensuring that you keep your loyal cruises coming back more frequently as opposed to returning infrequently. RCCL had a great staff, food, venue's, shows and shore excursions. I hope they do not price themselves out of a market that strives for this quality. Happy cruising. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2017
We just got back from the Oasis of the Sea cruise and had a great time. The cabin was small but that was to be expected. Our room attendant was great and had the room ready when we arrived. I have read the review about the food and I ... Read More
We just got back from the Oasis of the Sea cruise and had a great time. The cabin was small but that was to be expected. Our room attendant was great and had the room ready when we arrived. I have read the review about the food and I can tell you that the food was not that bad at all. The food was very bland with no seasoning. When we checked into this, RCL said that they have to be careful with all of the food allergies. The ship is very big and you can get lost on the first couple of days. There are maps by every elevator to show you where to go. Bathrooms are unique to find, you have to look at the ceiling and there is an indicator where the bathrooms are located. With 6,842 on board, I never felt crowded with the exception of the elevators. This is a design fault all elevators are located in the front or back of the ship. There is none in the middle, so everyone is trying to get on the elevator. One word of advice, try not to use the elevator during dinner and shows. This is the time that the elevator will be in use by everyone and they will use it. I do have a couple of items that you need to pay attention to. On the second day, get on the TV and go to Account and look at you account records. If you see gratuities on there, RCL will start doing prepaid gratuities. Ok let me explain how this works, RCL on the second day will start charging you gratuities for eight days. So do the math, let just say it is 12.00 per day per person. You have 2 or more in your cabin so you add all of them up. So let’s use two per cabin. So here how it goes 24.00x8(number of days at sea) = 192.00 now times this by 8 (the number of people they want you to pay) that amount is 1536.00. Let me explain, according to RCL, you will be paying the cabin attendant (ok that’s fair) next you will be paying for the head waiter and assistant (again fair) and the maître d (not cool never saw him). Now for the fun, the other 4 people where do they fit in this story? Well this is what RCL call miscellaneous charges (WHAT??). This covers the rest of the people throughout the ship like the towel girl that hands you the towel (and informs you if you don’t turn in the towel a $25.00 charge will be added to your room) and I’m paying for this! Not! Now if you have children in multiple rooms this can be expensive. I strongly recommend that you go to the Guest services and let them know that you want all pre-pay gratuities removed from your account, and let them know which cabins to remove the payment. Couple of things to make your trip wonderful, go to Wal-Mart and buy a small fan. The one I have is 4-5 inches gray in color and plugs in the AC receptacle. I have one with clips on the bottoms to attach to the desk. The cabins have no air circulation in them and this will help circulate the air. Last but now least; bring a 4 plug electrical strip. In my room there were only 3 outlets all of them located on the desk, and with all of the electronics we have, having the extra plugs were a blessing. If you have any questions please let me know at pchambers@cfl.rr.com Have a great trip Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
This ship was too big without enough time to really take everything in. It was also too many people (long lines) and you always felt crowded. I also felt like the food was not up to the standards of the older Royal Caribbean Cruis Line. I ... Read More
This ship was too big without enough time to really take everything in. It was also too many people (long lines) and you always felt crowded. I also felt like the food was not up to the standards of the older Royal Caribbean Cruis Line. I felt like Central Park was kind of a wasted space that was only used for a cut through. My bed was well worn and not comfortable and left me with many sleepless nights. With that said I still love Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and plan on using it as my cruise line in the future. The staff is outstanding and willing to do whatever it takes to make sure you have the best time on your vacation. The captain always tried to take the smoothest route to keep the ship from rocking to much. I would love to see some smaller ships added to the Royal Caribbean fleet! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Wedding Anniversary number 50. Things were wonderful. The Broadway show "CATS" was wonderful. The Aqua shows during the day time were wonderful. The same aqua show at night was breath taking. The ICE Skating show was fabulous. ... Read More
Wedding Anniversary number 50. Things were wonderful. The Broadway show "CATS" was wonderful. The Aqua shows during the day time were wonderful. The same aqua show at night was breath taking. The ICE Skating show was fabulous. The costumes in all of the shows including the aqua shows were wonderful and very creative. The dinning experience was everything anyone would imagine and then some. The casino was stocked with ample machines. All of the employees on the Oasis of the Seas were great. The various ports of call are a story of there own. RCI's island resort in Haiti improves every time we go there. We go at least once a year. The improvements and enhancements are amazing. Falmouth, Jamaica, Dunn's Falls is amazing. The beauty and serenity and the challenge of climbing Dunn's Falls are a life time experience. Cozumel, Mexico is a wonderful shopping port. It also has a Senor Pepe Restaurant. We visit this wonderful place every time we visit Cozumel. The only down side is your sides will ache after laughing so hard and so log. This is not a bad thing. The memories you will keep forever. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2017
I can see the Oasis of the Seas from my back porch in Cocoa Beach, Florida. For over a year I've watched her sail in every Sunday morning then watched her leave every Sunday evening. And, every time I've told my husband that we ... Read More
I can see the Oasis of the Seas from my back porch in Cocoa Beach, Florida. For over a year I've watched her sail in every Sunday morning then watched her leave every Sunday evening. And, every time I've told my husband that we needed to "take a cruise on that ship". We finally did it! Since we live so close, embarkation was easy for us. But, more importantly, it was easy for my 85 year old mother-in-law to navigate the embarkation area at Cruise Terminal 1 when she dropped us off. Polite, helpful parking attendants helped, too, with clear instructions as to where she could/could not stop and how to pull out afterward. There were A LOT of people in that terminal by the time we were allowed to board the ship! But, the only real issue was with the ladies' bathroom. Too few stalls for so many people resulted in a fairly long wait to use one. Still, we were allowed on the ship in a timely manner and went directly to the Park Cafe for lunch. (Looked as though almost everyone else headed for the Windjammer Marketplace/buffet) All passengers need to visit the Park Cafe at least once on their Oasis' cruise to have a roast beef sandwich! I'll admit to having two and they were among the best on the cruise. Our cabin, on deck 12, was roomy, with ample storage and closet space. Plus, an attentive room steward saw to it that our ice bucket was filled twice a day and he was available to provide anything else we needed. Even though we chose My Time Dining, we made reservations for all 7 nights before boarding. Dining staff accommodated our nightly request for a table for two, assigning us the same table every night so the waiter was able to learn our drink etc. preferences. After the second night they automatically asked if my husband wanted a shrimp cocktail (the answer was always "yes") and brought me the iced tea I wanted. Two of the nights on the seven day cruise are "Formal Nights" (coincided with sea days). It was nice to see most passengers make the effort to dress up a little and we enjoyed the beef tenderloin the first formal night as well as lobster tail the second. Some cruise lines have done away with "lobster night"; Royal Caribbean has not. Yay! What else? We took the cruise to relax so we did not book any shore excursions or participate in any of the organized sports' activities. My husband did use the exercise equipment in the fitness area every morning and he was pleased. Mostly, though, we hovered around the Solarium, reading or sleeping in the lounge chairs until it was once again time to find something to eat! The Solarium is supposed to be for adults only (over the age of sixteen) but that was not strictly enforced. It probably should have been. (-: As for entertainment? We skipped "Cats". (Too long) Watched the aquatics show, "Oasis of Dreams" and enjoyed it. Caught the Headliner show; it was entertaining. We intended to see "Come Fly With Me!" but fell asleep and missed it. Oh, we went to the Cruise Critic-sponsored "Meet and Mingle". Actually won something and met some very nice fellow-travelers. As for whether we would go again? Yes. It is a great ship and well worth the time and money. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
The cruise itself was great, but had a few hiccups, damaged luggage, lost liquor that was purchased in port. Guest relations was slow to respond, initially tried to accuse the airline of damaging luggage but we didn't fly. Initially ... Read More
The cruise itself was great, but had a few hiccups, damaged luggage, lost liquor that was purchased in port. Guest relations was slow to respond, initially tried to accuse the airline of damaging luggage but we didn't fly. Initially claimed that I didn't check a bottle of tequila in Mexico until I showed them my signature on their log sheet. The zipline in Labadee was Amazing, a bit overpriced but very cool. Jamaica was ok but I doubt I'd go back, most venders were very pushy and we got asked at every street corner if we wanted marijuana. The ship is amazing, Central Park and the promenade don't even feel like you're on a ship at all! They even have a carousel. As usual, shore excursions are overpriced, in Cozumel we rented a jeep on our own and drove at our own pace and to where we wanted, much more relaxing and MUCH cheaper than paying for the same thing through RC. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2017
Did some exploring in Cape Canaveral before the cruise. Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center, Airboat ride. Arrived at the port at 1115. It took about 1 hour to get on the ship. But the lines moved fairly fast. Took the cruise ... Read More
Did some exploring in Cape Canaveral before the cruise. Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center, Airboat ride. Arrived at the port at 1115. It took about 1 hour to get on the ship. But the lines moved fairly fast. Took the cruise with my wife. The ship was in better condition than I had expected. The cabin was what I expected. Royal Caribbean renewed my faith in cruise food. (last cruise was with NCL and the food was average with portions small.) The entertainment was amazing. All the shows were amazing. Shore excursions were good. Room service was exceptional. Dining room service was the best. With 6400 people on board the ship did not seem crowded. Not real thrilled with the cruise industries moving to charging for some of the restaurants, the food was great just not a lot of choices of dining that did not cost extra. Overall experience 9+ Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
We arrived at Canaveral Port two days before the ship start. We knew Cocoa Beach- beautiful beach, but with no much things to do. At the port, the garage is not big enough for this kind of ship and we found place only at the open park car. ... Read More
We arrived at Canaveral Port two days before the ship start. We knew Cocoa Beach- beautiful beach, but with no much things to do. At the port, the garage is not big enough for this kind of ship and we found place only at the open park car. The check inn was quickly and efficient. Speaking about the ship, it is sure the best ship we've ever been, with so different activities and expierence on board. Amazing crew.The culinary experience was overall perfect. The dining we han at Silk's restaurant, big enough but with small separeted places that you feel like in a small restaurant. We could experience so many different activities on board that it was impossible to feel boring or nor excited. The ship has activities for all ages, since children to seniors. The service has top quality. The ports were well organized and had many different stores and things to buy. The shore excursions, went to the "Secret River" in Cozumel was the most exciting and interesting experience in our lifes.My wife and me are already planning a new cruiser next year, for sure.... Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise to celebrate a birthday. It was my 26th cruise overall and third time on Oasis, so I had a good idea as to what to expect. Embarkation as Diamond members was a breeze. It took all of 15 minutes before we were ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate a birthday. It was my 26th cruise overall and third time on Oasis, so I had a good idea as to what to expect. Embarkation as Diamond members was a breeze. It took all of 15 minutes before we were onboard. We walked off the ship back at Port Canaveral within 15 minutes. It's never been easier. Our room overlooked the Boardwalk, and we could see the Aqua Theater Show from our balcony. While the room seemed spacious enough, there simply was not nearly enough drawer and storage space for two people. The noise from the Boardwalk was unavoidable and there was no privacy unless the curtains were fully closed. I definitely prefer an ocean view with balcony room. The increase in passengers from the original 5,400 when Oasis was launched in 2009 to the announced 6,400 on this sailing was very evident in the Windjammer where it seemed like total chaos whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner unless one avoided the peak hours. The entertainment area on Level 4 was also very crowded before and after showtimes, as was the Promenade on "Sale" days and the pool deck. When it comes to food, there was plenty of variety. In the Windjammer, I tried interesting East-Indian offerings, as well as an excellent beef tenderloin which was cooked to perfection. The Seafood cove offered the best calamari I've ever had, along with incredibly delicious jumbo shrimp. The salads, soups and sandwiches in Park Cafe were fresh and tasty, and the staff was always friendly and very helpful. The Grande Diningroom offered delicious dinners, but lunch in the MDR was disappointing - especially the potato soup. There was plenty of entertainment onboard. We enjoyed the Headliner Show, Comedy Live and the Aqua Theater. Saw CATS last time on Oasis and had a hard time staying until the end (75% of the audience exited at intermission and never returned). RCCL needs to replace it with something upbeat and lively like Shampoo, Grease, Mama Mia, Chicago or ? CATS is not meant to be performed on a ship! Good music could be heard throughout the ship. If you love jazz, don't miss Jazz on 4! Phil Peterson belts out a great tune, and the Oasis Orchestra is phenomenal! The casino staff was great, and we witnessed quite a few passengers getting lucky (of course, our contributions helped pave the way for their good luck!). Thanks to bartender Rene for those potent potables! We shopped a little in St. Maarten, but headed back to the ship for lunch and an afternoon of relaxation. I really wanted to do the Bacardi Rum Factory tour in San Juan, but the ship wasn't in port long enough to get back in time .... don't understand why we'd arrive at 7:00 a.m. and leave by 2:00 p.m. Just doesn't make sense - except maybe for RCCL? Service onboard ship was very good, although for whatever reason, we saw our room attendant very seldom on this cruise and had to keep asking for ice. Also, someone knocked on our door on Day 6 as we were getting dressed for dinner, telling us he wanted to shampoo our carpet. Say what?? Shouldn't that be done on the morning of disembarkation? Overall, we enjoyed the cruise, but we'll not sail again when school is out, nor will be book a room overlooking Boardwalk or Central Park. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We have only cruised with RC. I think we have sailed all the classes of ships. While this ship has a lot of pros....it also had some CONS! We cruised with our little family of 4...our kids are 12 and 7. We also convinced our friends to ... Read More
We have only cruised with RC. I think we have sailed all the classes of ships. While this ship has a lot of pros....it also had some CONS! We cruised with our little family of 4...our kids are 12 and 7. We also convinced our friends to cruise with us for their 1st cruise ever. Pros- The ship is clean as all RC cruises have been. Plenty to do at all times. Once you are actually seated in the dining room the wait staff and food are great. We never felt crowded...we had an easier time finding chairs at the pool and The Windjammer on this ship than the Liberty last year. Also, we enjoyed breakfast a couple mornings at The Park Cafe in Central Park. Ice and Aqua shows were excellent. CATS well, let me explain this read the story of CATS before you go. It is a lame story line however the actors were great. Cons-everyone outside the waiters in the main dining room were just okay...no one was rude just not above and beyond as RC staff used to be. SUPER CON----we like "My Time" dining....on this trip we waited almost 2 hours on the 1st night to be seated. The next 3 nights we were never seated on our floor but moved to other floors of the dining room. THEN on formal night we arrived. They asked us to eat at the Solarium Bistro. They said it was just as nice. In formal attire I climbed the stairs from floor 3 to 15 to arrive in a HOT buffet with tile pool flooring. It was more like a second Windjammer. Are you kidding me? People sitting on the porch in swimsuits. We were all in shock! We refused to accept this as our formal night and returned down to the main dining room. We were seated and once again ONCE we are actually seated each night wait staff and the food were amazing! Getting seated is the issue. In the past with My Time we were still able to get the same waiters/table each night, We were never able to get the same table or waiters ever. Pool shows like the Belly Flop and Worlds Sexiest Man were not at the main pools (which are small and split in half on this ship). You had to get up and go down to the Aqua Theater. Pool area was lame....No fun pool band and activities like any other class ship. Basically just like laying out any pool with some music playing over the speakers. Lamest pool experience of any class ship (the smallest ships are even hands down better for pool fun). Kids Activities- My 7 year old wasn't big enough to do the circular "wave pool" in the kids area, or the flow riders or the zip line. Literally, all she had was the baby play area the babies in diapers were allowed in! She tried the Kids Club one night....she said once I left the leaders were rude and mean. She obviously never wanted to return so that was hard for us to attend adult shows in the evenings. My 12 year old spent his entire week on the Flow Rider on the Liberty last year. He loved it! This year they would not allow him without us sitting up there with him....although I signed all waivers, went up to talk to them...he will be 13 (and allowed to ride without parents) in less than 60 days. So he never rode all week! BIG BUMMER! Also, his Kids Club was just okay. He went a couple nights.....on past cruises he always has loved it. This ship has no big slides like the Freedom class. Come Fly with had one great act...the rest was super lame compared to others we have seen. Ports-----I loved St. Maarten and Labadee! San Juan was a lot of history and walking because my 7 year old was not big enough to do any excursions. Labadee was amazing...wish we had more than one day there! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2017
We were so thrilled about experiencing this ship. The ship did not disappoint. I honestly never felt like we were moving. The size was amazing and the options for visiting many different "neighborhoods" (central park, ... Read More
We were so thrilled about experiencing this ship. The ship did not disappoint. I honestly never felt like we were moving. The size was amazing and the options for visiting many different "neighborhoods" (central park, boardwalk, etc) was so entertaining. The onboard activities (flow rider, rock climbing, zipline) kept the kids busy the whole week. With it's great size however came a great number of people and it was simply too crowded. The spots by the pool were hard to come by, and several times we arrived at an event or show, band, etc and we couldn't find a place to sit or even see the show from the standing area. That was disappointing. The number of people was very noticeable and there were long waits for elevators, long lines at the shops, bars, and cafes. By the time we arrived on board all the show and shore excursions were sold out, so book it ahead. The variety of bars and restaurants and shops was superb. The cabin accommodations (balcony room) and service were great. Tons of opportunities for photos. Headliner Mozaics and Aqua show were great! Cruise director was entertaining. Loved the pool area. A few disappointing things: the fore mentioned overcrowding (the venues just weren't large enough), casino staff was not friendly, beware of up-charges for a whole lot of things(much more than I have seen on other ships), food quality was mediocre. All the food had good flavor, but in the dining room for dinner I never had a hot meal, food was served at room temperature and one time it was cold in the middle. It seemed they needed more help in the dining room, long waits for drinks, refill water glass, taking our orders, etc. Also the menu lacked variety. They offered the same breakfast and lunch menu in the dining room all week. The majority of the dinner menu remained the same with the exception of 3-4 different starters and main courses per night. The promenade, park and vitality cafe also had the same menu all week. Overall, I am a loyal RCCL C & A member and have always said it was my favorite cruise line, but there is some room for improvement here. I absolutely enjoyed the cruise, these critical details did not get in the way of our fun. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
I have been on Royal a few times, This was the second time on this ship. Staff and Ship were excellent. Food quality and selection were outstanding. They even had a chocolate fountain on the last sea day in the Windjammer Buffet. The ... Read More
I have been on Royal a few times, This was the second time on this ship. Staff and Ship were excellent. Food quality and selection were outstanding. They even had a chocolate fountain on the last sea day in the Windjammer Buffet. The only complaint I had was my over the water cabana in Labadee. It cost $495 for the day and held 6 people. I was on Nellis Beach in NW3. We had a private walkway up to the cabana and a private ladder down to the water. One nervy woman climbed up our ladder and started asking us if there was an extra charge to stay in the cabana, asked who the woman was that I was with (my wife) and didn't believe it really cost $495. Half hour later another woman walks up our private walkway and says, "oh, I just want to yell down to my kids to come to shore". I tried to be polite by telling her "ma'am this is a private cabana", but she proceeded to yell down to her kids, and left. At this point I called my cabana attendant over and told him to put something at the bottom of the steps to block the entrance and I put a float on the steps as well. My son in law saw people attempt to come up and turn around when they saw the blocked entrance and I prevented 2 people from climbing up my ladder when in the water. Not a pleasant experience and something I would not spend the money on again. Cabana attendant was worthless. Everything else was perfect. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This was our first time on the Oasis of the Seas. We wanted a change as Disney has increased their prices so much over the years, that they are no longer an option for us. We tried the Emerald Princess last year on Princess Cruise line ... Read More
This was our first time on the Oasis of the Seas. We wanted a change as Disney has increased their prices so much over the years, that they are no longer an option for us. We tried the Emerald Princess last year on Princess Cruise line and we were not impressed. Since the Oasis has moved to Port Canaveral, we were excited to try a big, new ship. We were not disappointed. We arrived at the port around 10:15 and easily found a parking space on the 2nd floor of their parking garage. We had dropped off our luggage with a porter before we parked, so it was an easy walk into the terminal. We went through security (no wait!) and went up to the 2nd floor to begin the check-in process. Again, no line and check-in was easy and quick. We were given our boarding number (Gold 5) and directed to the waiting area. The waiting area was busy, but we were able to find a seat and waited for about 20 minutes before they started calling boarding groups. We quickly discovered that we were almost at the end as we have only been on one previous Royal Caribbean cruise. But they eventually called our group and we made our way up the gangplank and found ourselves on the beautiful Oasis, Deck 5, Royal Promenade. We walked around and checked out all the shops and bars on this floor. As it was noon, we were hungry and decided to go to Central Park and have one of the famous roast beef sandwiches at the Park Cafe. Sandwich was good, nothing special but it filled us up. We were able to get in our cabin at 1 or 1:30, I don't remember. We were on Deck 11, cabin 194. This was a balcony stateroom with an extended balcony. It was very nice, clean and the bathroom was fine. I can't imagine 4 people in this room, but for my husband and I, it was fine. For the muster drill we went to the ice skating rink. It was very crowded and I was glad we got there early as it was standing room only by 4pm. Instead of doing a presentation, they turn on the TV's and show a silly film. It was short and we were on our way by 4:30. For dinner we had reservations at their specialty restaurant Giovanni's Table. The food and service was excellent. I had Branzino and Pasta Carbonara and both were prepared perfectly. As we had the premium beverage package, the waiter kept our glasses filled with Pinot Grigio. I'm going to start summarizing our cruise or this review will be 5000 words. We ate at Windjammer Cafe, The Solarium (breakfast & Lunch), Johnny Rocket's, El Sabor, Chops, Izumi and the main dining room and Giovanni's Table twice. The Windjammer Cafe has the best breakfast with the most choices in our opinion and we never had a problem finding a table. I was not impressed at all with The Solarium Bistro. It had a smaller selection then the Windjammer and the food didn't seem as fresh or tasty. Johnny Rocket's was not the same quality as you would get on land, but it was OK. El Sabor was excellent but it's hot in there and they don't block the sun so from 6 to 7:30, you are pretty miserable. It could easily be solved by putting up some kind of blind to block the setting sun for a couple of hours and install some ceiling fans. Chops is fine, your typical cruise line steakhouse. Izumi is fun if you do Hibachi but if you don't, it's loud and noisy and you feel that you weren't invite to the party going on in the Hibachi room (which is open to the sushi room). The main dining room was good, service was very good and the food is exactly what you get on Disney or Princess in their main dining rooms. Our favorite restaurant by far was Giovanni's Table and it was delicious both nights. My husband's filet was better at Giovanni's than it was at Chops. Everyone we met that worked on the ship was kind and nice and the service we received was excellent. Our cabin steward did a great job and our cabin was always cleaned quickly. The team in the bars that we frequented were so outgoing and fun, we felt as if we made good friends. My biggest complaint is about the Coke Freestyle machines. There were not enough of the machines and they did not keep them full of either syrup or ice. I had one Coke during the cruise but my husband loves Coke Zero and it was a constant struggle to try and find a working Coke Freestyle machine. I think they would be better off getting a regular fountain soda machine that can handle more people and put in more ice machines. I didn't think it was easy to find things to drink that were NOT alcoholic. There are lots of bars, but there is not enough water, lemonade or iced tea to keep everyone hydrated. I did not feel comfortable drinking the water at the dispensers in the bar as they filled them with steel buckets. You have no idea where that water comes from. While we had fun at the Aqua Show, Belly Flop contest and other activities, there was one that did not live up to the experience that you have on other cruise ships. We did Bingo the second sea day and were disappointed as it was not fun at all. Bingo on the Disney ships is one of the most fun experiences I've had and we have been thoroughly entertained by the Bingo Team. This was a downer experience and we were encouraged to boo anyone who was getting close to Bingo. I would never spend the money again on Royal Caribbean for this activity. We definitely plan to go on the Oasis again, probably in February of 2018. We had so much fun and it is definitely comparable to a Disney cruise, only for 1/2 the money and more things to do for adults. +in Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2017
My wife and I are "Loyal to Royal" Diamond (shortly Diamond Plus) members. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. A little longer then normal to get through customers (customs issue - Father's Day Holiday). Ship ... Read More
My wife and I are "Loyal to Royal" Diamond (shortly Diamond Plus) members. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. A little longer then normal to get through customers (customs issue - Father's Day Holiday). Ship was very clean and maintained. Main dining room service and food was great. Food in the Windjammer was subpar. Not much of a taste and was either over or under cooked (hard boiled eggs should be hard). MAJOR issue with the Coca-Cola Freestyle drink machines. Half of the ones on the ship either didn't work or would never have any ice in them. Something Royal needs to work on. Was not really thrilled with only being in the Port of San Juan until 2 pm. Booked our next cruise to Alaska while on board. Not thrilled with the new OBC policy. Must book while on board to receive the $100 credit. Used to be able to just obtain a "future booking number" to get the same thing. Kinda felt like they pushing the sale to much. Overall a nice relaxing cruise. Adam V. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise because Port Canaveral is close to where we live and we wanted to sail on a big ship, the Oasis of the Seas. The week before the cruise both of us suffered leg injuries so our mobility was limited. We elected to stay ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Port Canaveral is close to where we live and we wanted to sail on a big ship, the Oasis of the Seas. The week before the cruise both of us suffered leg injuries so our mobility was limited. We elected to stay on board the ship and enjoy what they have to offer. We loved the walk in the park (8) and the Promenade deck (5). The shows were OK but we missed the diving show which we understand is great. Bingo was fun but the room where it is held is poor. Most people cannot see the board and have to rely on TV monitors to see the numbers called if you can see that far. We were in a mini-suite and got to eat dinner in the Coastal Kitchen which is more private than the main dining room and the food is excellent. We also ate at Giovanni's Italian restaurant which was excellent. The Windjammer was extremely crowded most of the time due to the large number of passengers but the food was very good and the service was good also. We selected any time dining and we did eat several meals in the main dining room which was excellent. The mini-suite on this ship is almost 300 square feet with a very nice balcony. The in room cable system is still lacking if you want more that one news channel (CNN). Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We use Royal Caribbean with AAA to set it up. Here is my grip, We had book my time dinning in case we wanted to eat at different restaurants. So we tried the My Time dinning the first night to see what they offered. Same dinner every night ... Read More
We use Royal Caribbean with AAA to set it up. Here is my grip, We had book my time dinning in case we wanted to eat at different restaurants. So we tried the My Time dinning the first night to see what they offered. Same dinner every night unless you pick the UPCHARGE food! The second night on the cruise was formal night. I am on vacation I don't want to dress up so when we where late I had the Head guy Jesten calling my state room to find out if I was coming to dine in the main dinning room. I thought that was very rude. I told him no. The he called again the next night saying we noticed you haven't showed up for dinner since the first night. I told him we where not joining them for dinner again. On the first night the waiter kept telling us I need to get a ten score to keep my contract renewal. We had heard this before high pressure scoring to keep their jobs?? Now on with the rest of the trip the Jr. Suite was great lots of room would recommend it. The only problem in the room is the light they call safety nightlight shines all the time. (in the bathroom no way to turn it out) The entertainment was typical we see the same shows via our Broadway series locally. we took to shore excursions the Open air Bus around St. Maarten and the French side very nice. It is a good way to see the island. The top of the bus does not have a roof and is very hot up there. They stop at the beach for 40 mins so if you wear a suit you can take a dip or clothing optional...... The only refreshments on the bus is water. they make bathroom stops. The next was San Juan PR tour of old and new San Juan don't waste your money. The buses have A/C but it is terrible, seating is bad and all the driver does is drive around telling you this where the rich people live and the costs of their condos. Then this is a Flamboyant tree (PR's tree) and here is the poor section of town. They make a stop at a beach for 10 mins ( no BRs). Oh it has a big termite nest if that excites you. Then onto one part of the old fort. You can take a 5 min walk from the ship to local shopping and see the fort. TIP if you are a Veteran or 65+ you can get a free pass to all US National Parks before you go. Labadee is a swimming hole and eats built by RC so take it for what it is. They have shore excursions if you like that. The Port of Canaveral has really bumped up getting off the ship. they docked at 0630 and we walked off the ship at 0800 the luggage was ready in the bag room area and onto customs total time to our car 0830 and heading back home. Fast! Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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