797 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise because of the facilities on the ship and because one of the destinations was Jamaica, somewhere I was very keen to go. We had an email the day before embarkation informing us that our itinerary had completely ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the facilities on the ship and because one of the destinations was Jamaica, somewhere I was very keen to go. We had an email the day before embarkation informing us that our itinerary had completely changed due to the weather forecast on our original route. Obviously this cannot be helped and I am grateful that safety is a priority but as a planner this completely floored me. If there was some suggestion of alternative itineraries in the booking process this would really help as I could have done some research in advance as to what we could do in the alternative destinations. As it happened the forecast changed again and we found out as we embarked that out original itinerary was back on. The process of embarkation and disembarkation was surprisingly smooth given the huge number of people all doing the same thing at the same time. Couldn’t fault it. We travelled as a family with two teenaged children and had two cabins next to each other at the front of the ship overlooking the helipad. We found these spacious, comfortable and excelllently maintained by the housekeeping team. We opted for a specialty dining package which we thoroughly enjoyed. The food and service was excellent. We didn’t enjoy how busy the main dining rooms were for breakfast so opted for something from the smaller cafes and got snacks on the days we didn’t have a specialty booking for the evening. Very happy with what was on offer everywhere foodwise. The shows were varied and showed of excpetional talent from the performers. The costumes and scenery were fantastic and it was hard to believe these were being performed on a ship. We didn’t rate the Come Fly With Me Show but that’s down to personal preference. We’d prebooked two shows but found it easy enough to get seats to the others when they were opened up 10 minutes before show time for those not booked. The excursions we had pre-booked and found to be excellent. We did the zip line in Labadee, Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove in Jamaica and Atlantis Submarine in Cozumel. All were very well run, felt very safe and guides and staff made sure that you had a good time. There wasn’t a lot of information as to how to get to where to meet for the excursions but as all were very close to the pier it became clear very quickly and wasn’t necessary in advance. I’m glad we could pre-book whilst back in the U.K. as it was much cheaper to do so and you could find far more information on what to expect from the excursion, including what to wear and what to take with you. This would have been quite an issue for us if our itinerary had had to change. Photos were very expensive at Dolphin Cove and as you couldn’t take your own it would have been good to know this in advance. The excursions are expensive, unnecessarily so since you have a captive audience wanting to do them, but we thoroughly enjoyed them and they’ve given us many holiday highlights. Facilities on board the ship were great but inevitably had queues with so many people on board. We gave up on rock climbing but how many people can say they ice-skated in the Caribbean?! For me the pools were too small for the number of people on board. In wanting to avoid the smoking side of the ship we were left with the children's pool and one other which became standing room only on sea days. I understand that it would be impractical to have a smoke free ship as it would alienate too many potential customers but I felt that this gave them an unfair advantage in some spaces where non-smokers have to put up with it or avoid the area entirely if you can’t tolerate the smoke for whatever reason. Onto cost. As Brits we’re just not used to the whole tipping thing. Gratuities are added to everything and after the initial cost of the cruise itself the add ons became almost prohibitively expensive. Drinks packages, gratuity packages, dining packages, WiFi packages, excursion costs. And then gratuities added to everything. Even then, with your drinks package you are still asked if you want to leave additional tips with every drink handed to you. We were happy to reward good service and did so, but the additional cost has the potential to rocket out of control. Yes, many of these are optional but we felt them necessary to make the most of our holiday. We took gratuities off our children’s accounts, they don’t earn any money so we don’t see why they should be tipping when as adults we are doing so on behalf of us as a family. There is no issue in doing this, we could have cancelled our own, but you have to do it the day you get on board and know to do so. Some people had nasty surprises when they saw their accounts a few days in. We had a great first time cruising experience and I would recommend the Oasis of the Seas as your ship of choice. The facilities, food, staff and experience were excellent but I would have to advise caution on cost. What you pay for your cruise initially is nowhere near your final cost in our experience. We would have to take that seriously into account before booking another. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was my first time on RCL in a long time and first time ever on an Oasis class ship. We had a great vacation! Embarking and debarking were fast and efficient. The ship while older, was very clean. Most employees were friendly ... Read More
This was my first time on RCL in a long time and first time ever on an Oasis class ship. We had a great vacation! Embarking and debarking were fast and efficient. The ship while older, was very clean. Most employees were friendly although we did meet some grumpy workers. Happens on every ship. We had an amazing room steward. He did an awesome job keeping our room tidy with 4 of us in a Boardwalk Balcony room. We did anytime dining and i had made reservation before boarding for dinner each night. Our table was always ready and the one night we needed to dine at a different time it was very easy to just walk in. Service and food was very good. We had the same waiter half the nights. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants except Johnny Rockets for lunch. I loved on busy days that they sat you at tables at Windjammers for lunch. It saved the trouble of hunting for tables. But they only did this when it was very full. Windjammers was good. Shows were very good although I wish they had more comedy shows with more than 2 comedians for the entire trip like Carnival. My teens preferred the Teen centers on Carnival over RCL. They said the ages weren't segregated enough. Hard to get more details out of them but they were disappointed and didn't meet close friends like they had on our 3 previous Carnival cruises. i loved the live music by the pool (huge plus over Carnival). I could always find 2 chairs together at the pool no matter when I went. We had a Boardwalk Balcony for 4 people and while tight, it totally worked. We had an end cabin, 12729, and it was perfect. Loved watching the huge screen tv at the aqua pool and the dive shows from the balcony. It was not noisy at all with the balcony door shut. Room was a little warmer than I would have preferred but again it was fine. We had a great time! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We booked room 7442, which is an interior interior room. I will never book another stateroom like this one! It felt like going into a dungeon. It was loud and my wife and I could hear every time a toilet flushed. We were booked next to ... Read More
We booked room 7442, which is an interior interior room. I will never book another stateroom like this one! It felt like going into a dungeon. It was loud and my wife and I could hear every time a toilet flushed. We were booked next to a group that was traveling with 20+ teens from another country and they were loud, slamming doors constantly, and didn't have proper adult supervision (this is not RC's fault, but the room was not sound proof in the least bit). However, they were able to relocate us after someone left the ship to an interior stateroom with a balcony over the boardwalk...MUCH BETTER. Don't try to save the $200, just get a nicer room. The food was good, not great or blow you away but won't let you down either. The shows were GREAT! I don't get the broadway show "CATS" but their level of skill in the show was outstanding and all of the other shows were amazing. Come Fly with Me and the Oasis Dreams shows are a must. There was plenty to do (or not do!) if you wanted. Lots of pools and hot tubs, towel stands, options were available. The staff was very courteous. The boat was beautiful. Oasis of the Seas is an amazing ship. We didn't travel with our baby, but we saw many that did and there was tons of stuff for children. TONS. I wish we could have spent a couple of more hours in Puerto Rico. The fort is within a couple blocks of the port and costs $7 to get in. Don't overpay for a fort excursion unless you just want to pay $60 extra for someone to walk you through it. There's also another fort down just a ways with a beautiful area for flying kites (wish we would have known!) but if you have kids, I'd take a kite and fly right in front of the fort lawn! People were picnicking out there. Beautiful place. Labadee was lackluster to me. We wound up just doing a chill day on beach for about two hours. Don't let the locals haggle you or bug you to go to their shops. They will tell you they have special stuff that no one else has, but it's all the same. I saw the same exact turtles I bought in Port Au Prince a couple months earlier from the market in the city. The Moho experience was great. The planes landing was cool. BE CAUTIOUS when larger jets are taking off. It will pelt you with sand from the beach, even if you're in the water like we were. People were rolling off the hill down the beach because of the jet blasts. It's funny in hind sight, but there are reasons there are signs up everywhere that say danger! Just step farther to the side. The propeller planes are fine. Cool experience for sure. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Nice big ship. 6500 people and didn't feel crowded. Central park and boardwalk areas were very nice. Rooms were ok size for a ship. Several places to eat, but most came with a cover or up charge per guest. Royal did offer packages for ... Read More
Nice big ship. 6500 people and didn't feel crowded. Central park and boardwalk areas were very nice. Rooms were ok size for a ship. Several places to eat, but most came with a cover or up charge per guest. Royal did offer packages for dining experiences, but they were a little high and probably not practical with people with extra family members. Only real issue I had was the price of drink packages, if u think u will be drinking alcohol buy the package early before you cruise. It would cost 63 dollars a day and double that for my wife, so 700 dollars for just the top tier drinks package if you bought it on board. We settled on the second tier drink package which includes water and sodas and bought alcohol drinks al la cart. Probably should have gotten the lowest drinks package and got the case of water for the room. Also the drinks were kinda price too high 13 to 15 bucks per with gratuity automatically added 18%, but the staff kinda looked to u to add a tip. A suggestion is to have more happy hours or suggestions to non alcoholic drinks on menus which other than sodas and waters were not promoted at all. Overall nice experience except for upcharges and high priced excursions and short port durations. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our second time in the oasis class ship! However for overall nightlife and partying the smaller ships tend to be better! Great shows on this class of ship! Cats was amazing and we actually saw it twice!!! Over all would ... Read More
This was our second time in the oasis class ship! However for overall nightlife and partying the smaller ships tend to be better! Great shows on this class of ship! Cats was amazing and we actually saw it twice!!! Over all would recommend! Our cabin was a Central Park balcony cabin that unfortunately was next to a screw service area that ended up very loud at various times! On the bright side of the cabin the balcony was double the size! Dining was very good with plenty of options to eat! We ate at 150 central one night and it was absolutely amazing! Windjammer was very good and plentiful! Our first seating dining was good but we wanted to be seated with people but did not get a chance to dine with anyone! Summertime allows to be a lot of kids to be in these ships and we prefer not to be seated with kids at dinner time! We love Royal Caribbean and would recommend the oasis of the seas! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We did a family cruise with extended family. It wasn’t my favorite ship out of all the royal Caribbean options. I have only cruised with Royal so I have nothing to compare it too. The main dining room food was definitely the best ... Read More
We did a family cruise with extended family. It wasn’t my favorite ship out of all the royal Caribbean options. I have only cruised with Royal so I have nothing to compare it too. The main dining room food was definitely the best food on the boat and was exceptional. I wouldn’t do any specially dining options, not worth it. The windjammer was the worst experience I’ve had on any of the ships and I tried it twice. The snacks around the ship were ok, not as good as other ships. The bartenders and servers in a lot of the beverage areas weren’t as friendly as other ships and definitely seemed annoyed if you utilized any crown/anchor loyalty rewards. The staterooms need deep cleanings, they were clean as far as bathroom and bedding but the rooms looked like they havent been deep cleaned in a long time. The ship is very clean and well taken care of in all public areas. The entertainment was good, there were a couple shows I didn’t care for but overall it was very entertaining. The best casino of any ship I’ve been on, Big, great options, and well set up. The bars/live music options exceptional. The guest services were terrible, we had on board credits through our travel agent and showed them the receipts and they said they wouldn’t do anything about it. That we have to check with our travel agent when we got home because it was Saturday and they’re closed so we were unable to call them. They also were rude about one charge discrepancy to my husband, he had to ask for management. They sent us to the wrong place and tried to charge us for a brunch we never had when we were supposed to tour a kitchen. Other cruises I’ve been on with Royal you feel like it’s to quick and want to stay longer. I’m not sure if I’d cruise on oasis again, but I’m glad I had the experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This cruise ship is perfect for families. I sailed with my 2 daughters and 7yr old grandchild. We could barely get the child out of the kids club. She loved it. We adults, always found something to do when we were not on my balcony ... Read More
This cruise ship is perfect for families. I sailed with my 2 daughters and 7yr old grandchild. We could barely get the child out of the kids club. She loved it. We adults, always found something to do when we were not on my balcony relaxing or reading. The complaints I have is that the alcoholic beverages were much too expensive and a beverage package is not cost effective for me. The balcony room was tiny, I have been in bigger ones, but the balcony was great. Two people in my party went to see Cats and loved it. My granddaughter was enthralled with the cats. At night, we went to a Frank Sinatra review, and Phil Petersen was wonderful. He was a great singer and we really enjoyed it. The ship is really a marvel of engineering. The food was very good, both in the dining room and at the Windjammer. We did not go to any specialty restaurants, the cost has risen so much that we felt it was not worth it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Don't purchase the arcade pack. a complete waste of money. most of the machines do not work or don't function properly. they only stock one main prize for the entire cruise if you get enough tickets. from an arcade fanatic ... Read More
Don't purchase the arcade pack. a complete waste of money. most of the machines do not work or don't function properly. they only stock one main prize for the entire cruise if you get enough tickets. from an arcade fanatic family, this was the worst possible experience that i could have. waste, waste, waste of money. The overall experience was good. the dining room and estate staff was great. they did everything to take of you. the trivia games shows were excellent and a lot of fun. a lot to do on the ship, but stay away from the arcade that is a waste of time and money. had a nice relaxing time. The shore excursion for the sting rays was a waste as well. 15 minutes to "float" on top of the water with a snorkel and mask. no snorkeling was involved. you had to struggle to try and go under the water for a few seconds. not worth the money. The shore excursion for the turtle snorkel was awesome. a true snorkeling experiences. the guides did a great job. highly recommend this. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise ship because we wanted to try a lot of onboard activities. The good: -we loved our “indoor balcony” that overlooked Cental Park. Beautiful plants and often music -we loved the food. Sorrentos has the best ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship because we wanted to try a lot of onboard activities. The good: -we loved our “indoor balcony” that overlooked Cental Park. Beautiful plants and often music -we loved the food. Sorrentos has the best cruise ship pizza ever. We had heard that the Windjammer was crazy, but it really depended on the time. It usually wasn’t too bad and it had a great selection of food. The Solarium bistro was lovely for breakfast. -the dive show (Oasis of Dreams) was incredible! -the photographers were great. There were lots of opportunities to have pictures taken -the solarium was a relaxing and kid-free place. We enjoyed the various types of lounge chairs and the whirlpools. -the app was a great way to keep up with what was going on during the day and to find your way around the ship. You can also make reservations through the app. -the rock wall was fun and challenging. The equipment for the rock wall, zip line, and flow rider was all in great condition -we loved the outdoor movies in the Aqua Theater The Bad: -two big shows were cancelled due to an equipment failure. The replacement shows were thrown together at the last minute and were not great. They were mostly singers. Most of the music was from the 60’s and 70’s. This did not appeal to most people on board. Very disappointing when we were expecting to see Cats and an acrobatic show called Come Fly with Me. -several game shows (Family Feud, the Liars Club, and the Perfect Couple for example) were held in small venues. There was standing room only and many people still could not attend because of lack of space. Also disappointing. -the mattress in our room was old and uncomfortable. It would have been nice if the room temperature would have gone down to 70 degrees. It was a bit warm -the pools were packed! We didn’t even attempt to get in them -we bought the soda package. We received a cup. The cup was large but the lid was not leakproof. There were a few soda refill machines around the ship. It was nice to not have to wait at the bar for refills, but there should have been more machines. Also the machines were often out of ice. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife and i wanted to cruise to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. This was our second cruse, but first with Royal Caribbean. We paid over 4k for the stateroom, for 8 days. We paid extra for a 3 nights premium dining plan (like ... Read More
My wife and i wanted to cruise to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. This was our second cruse, but first with Royal Caribbean. We paid over 4k for the stateroom, for 8 days. We paid extra for a 3 nights premium dining plan (like a steakhouse or Italian), and wifi. The wifi pricing is the most absurd thing ever. $17-$21 USD per day for internet. I used it so I could communicate with my wife as sometimes we went off to different places on the ship. It should also be free when the inboard onboard entertainment keeps getting cancelled. If you purchase a stateroom movie (price was $11.99), make sure you watch it in 48 hours or you lose it. This was our first Spa package and we feel it was worth it! Plus it gave us something to do when the onboard entertainment kept getting cancelled. Our ship had a 16 and older pool are which was very nice. Make sure you understand your dining package before you board. Sometimes the buffet places were better than the main dining. We did not get the drink package. They provided tea, basic coffee, juice, flavored water, and water at no additional cost. Soda required the next level drinking package. Alcohol required the next level after soda (recommended if you have more than 5 drinks per day per person). Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This cruise makes us Diamond Plus members. This was our first time on Oasis, which we chose in order to experience a ship of this size. The ship is beautiful, and in spite of holding over 6,000 passengers, we never really felt crowded. ... Read More
This cruise makes us Diamond Plus members. This was our first time on Oasis, which we chose in order to experience a ship of this size. The ship is beautiful, and in spite of holding over 6,000 passengers, we never really felt crowded. The elevators were better than other ships that I have been on. Claudine in the Diamond Lounge is a gem! She was so helpful and cheerful, happy to answer any question, and assist with any need. We liked the Diamond Lounge better than the Suite Lounge, where we felt the passengers behaved in a rather entitled manner, and didn't treat the staff with respect. Main dining room meals were ok. Coastal Kitchen meals were all wonderful. The shows, or rather cancellations of shows were very disappointing. The Ice show was fabulous, as were the comedians. The headliner show, These Guys, was pretty good. Come Fly with me was cancelled for the entire cruise due to technical difficulties. Most of the Aqua shows were cancelled due to technical difficulties (I think that one went on). Cats had a talented cast and orchestra, but it is a strange show, and we left at intermission. We love to watch Giles in the Schooner bar, and were happy to go see him when Come Fly with me was cancelled. We heard 1/2 of a song, the captain cut in with announcements, and when he was done, Giles sound system was not working. It wasn't repaired until he had to leave since it was trivia time. We were very disappointed in the abundance of technical difficulties and show cancellations. The shore excursion to Nassau was a disaster. They sent us out to wait for our tours in a severe thunderstorm. Thousands of people drenched on the pier, in severe lightening and thunder. They were nice enough to exchange our beach tour for an Atlantis tour, which was fine in the rain. Our best port of call was St. Maarten. Best shore excursion ever, and we did it all on our own! $7 Water taxi (ride all day!) to beach, head to Holland House hotel where for $25 you get 2 comfy beach chairs with an umbrella and table, 4 drinks (or 2 rum drinks), clean bathroom, and shower use, as well as Wi-Fi. Fabulous beach day! We didn't feel any motion on the ship while sailing. Central Park is beautiful, and the Boardwalk is unique. Years ago, when sailing on Royal Caribbean, our biggest complaint was the evident aggressive cost cutting, manifesting itself as things disappearing – medals for trivia turning into pens, no chocolates on pillows, less towel animals, less dining room staff, more tables jammed in for one waiter, etc. etc. Cost cutting measures were no longer quite as prominent since a few years ago, however, attempts at revenue generation were. You were nickel and dimed for everything. We went to the solarium for a wonderful dinner (no cover charge), and got up to leave, and were chased by the waiter for not getting our receipt. They expected tips, which were apparently not enough in our $17+ day gratuity fee! The cover charge for Johnny Rockets has become so high, it was pretty empty every day. Popcorn at the theater was almost $3 for a tiny bag. Drink packages, specialty dining packages, spa services, shore excursions were being sold everywhere. If you get a service in the spa, be prepared to have your relaxation end with a spiel on the products that they want you to purchase! Most of the staff we met was just wonderful. We were very impressed with Christopher from guest services who could remember our names every time! Darwin in Coastal Kitchen was amazing! The women who did the scheduling in the spa were pretty nasty, and made an extremely rude comment to my daughter. It was very uncomfortable to deal with them. In summary, it was an enjoyable cruise, interesting to experience this huge, beautiful ship! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My son chose Royal Caribbean cause we have always went with Carnival. We love it. Our waiter was funny and Amazing.The room service was great it was always clean and bed was made up nicely. I love Haiti but we couldn't get the island ... Read More
My son chose Royal Caribbean cause we have always went with Carnival. We love it. Our waiter was funny and Amazing.The room service was great it was always clean and bed was made up nicely. I love Haiti but we couldn't get the island food and we wanted to go outside of Labadee and couldn't. We were not to happy about that. Food was great the ship was Amazing. The show was great. The embarkation and the disembarkation went great. Only thing Labadee Haiti didn't have enough Shore excursions and they should have tour buses or allowed us visit Au Cap Haiti. The same way I went Jamaica and got cab and went to Ocho Rios that was One hour and 15minutes drive . Overall the was ship Excellent and the worker was Amazing. I want Thank you staff and Captain for Wonderful time in Ship. Absolutely Amazing! Thank you again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had a great cruise on Oasis of the Seas. The highlights for us were the superb entertainment and service. We watched all of the shows that were available to us, and all were excellent and entertaining except for CATS. We were very ... Read More
We had a great cruise on Oasis of the Seas. The highlights for us were the superb entertainment and service. We watched all of the shows that were available to us, and all were excellent and entertaining except for CATS. We were very disappointed by CATS because we could not follow the plotline and were confused throughout the show. The singers and dancers were fabulous, but I have no idea why CATS was signed to this cruise ship. The performers deserve better. I think my favorite show was the Aqua show, but I was highly impressed with all of the acts, including the ice show, the comedy shows, the original production of Come Fly With Me, and the Headliner Show (which was a comedian/juggler). The ship was huge, and it seemed like there was always something to do. It did not feel like there were over 6,000 people on the ship. However, I would expect a ship of this size to not experience so much rocking from the wind. The main con of this cruise ship was all of the waiting in lines and making reservations. We waited in line for 30 minutes for most of the shows even with a reservation to ensure we had a good seat, and then another 30-45 minutes inside the venue before the show began. I think the ship was a little too large for me and my family, and we will probably do a smaller ship next cruise, but that is just personal preference. The food was OK overall. The MDR food and service was superb, and we dined there almost every night. The Windjammer was always crowded and food was not the best, but the service was still great. Wipeout Cafe food OK. Solarium food was pretty good, and never too crowded. Sorrentos Pizza was great. Cabin attendants were great. Very friendly. However, if you have 4 adults in one room, it can get kind of cramped-- I recommend spending a little extra money and buying connecting rooms. Labadee was our least favorite port of the 3. It was beautiful, and the people were nice, but we couldn't even get food because the line was so long. My dad waited in the extremely long line for over 30 minutes, and the food was not good at all. Also kind of disappointing that when we went to Cozumel, there were 4 other cruise ships there, so it was very crowded. Not fair that cruise lines do not notify their passengers of this in advance. However, we loved Cozumel. Falmouth was beautiful, but about an hour from most of the fun activities, including Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. Definitely recommend Dunn's-- it was so much fun. Overall, loved the Oasis! We had a great family vacation! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Very good, In general but in the cruise charged you for everything, check it out because that make your trip more expensive The food, is very well but you have to be organized because if you don’t always will be dining pizza. ... Read More
Very good, In general but in the cruise charged you for everything, check it out because that make your trip more expensive The food, is very well but you have to be organized because if you don’t always will be dining pizza. the activities, is very good more for children, have many activities for them. the islands includes are ver well some ones to make tourism and another like labadee just to relax Only always ask about thinks to do The cabin are well for a couple, The embarkation is good if you arrive early, the disembarkation is ugly because everything is to earlier in morning, but if you didn’t will be without a breakfast but if you want something else Internet, restaurants, some movie in your room, even sodas from the machine have a cost! Gratuities/service charge are not optional, and also want additional tips, Compare and make a good decision! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Recommended by a previous passenger. The enormous ship is an amazing structure and well fitted out with extraordinary features. The Promenade and Central Park decks were amazing and always encouraged us back for a meal, drink or social ... Read More
Recommended by a previous passenger. The enormous ship is an amazing structure and well fitted out with extraordinary features. The Promenade and Central Park decks were amazing and always encouraged us back for a meal, drink or social engagement or entertainment. The shows were absolutely fantastic. Cats could have been from Broadway and the theatre is one of the best one will experience. The ice-skating and trapeze shows were stupendous. We watched the amazing Aqua show at the rear of the ship twice - it was that good and enthralling. The dining rooms offered terrific restaurant fare and very enjoyable. We did not use the a la carte restaurants. Why pay extra for a meal when the one's paid for in our fare were already excellent menus? The front Soalrium relaxing areas was our favourite swimming/tanning area as against the swimming pool area which catered more for the younger set. We enjoyed watching the surfing/boarding and playing minigolf on the realistic looking putting greens. We never purchased on-shore excursions from the ship as they were very expensive. We had done a fair amount of research before the cruise as to what the ports offered. We hired local taxis or excursions which were very much cheaper and all provided exceptional value for money and some fun. In Jamaica, we took a shuttle bus from Falmouth to Montego Bay and after being dropped at the $6/person beach which was swarming with tourists we walked a further 500m to another local beach and joined the locals for no charge. Great day. The RCI-owned Labidee in Haiti was pleasant but was really joining all the passengers on land for the day. No locals to engage with, just passengers and a few resort-style activities like zip lines. We had booked a jetski excursion but it was cancelled as the sea had got a bit dangerous. Fair enough. The downside was the costs and service charges on everything. The catalogue price is really a down payment on the overall costs. Almost all the staff are from the Phillipines and most likely on a low wage. It is then up to each passenger to pay service charges and tips to help boost their pay packets. Very disingenuous. All costs for alcohol, wifi, photographs, excursions etc are all loaded so as to boost the overall revenue of RCI. Our guess was that we needed to more than double our budget for the cost of the trip and the on-board spending. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Royal Caribbean set a decent standard for future cruises (while on the ship). The ship was clean and had high end finishings; I However, the cruise check-in staff at Port Canaveral were rude and uncaring. As a first time cruiser, I was ... Read More
Royal Caribbean set a decent standard for future cruises (while on the ship). The ship was clean and had high end finishings; I However, the cruise check-in staff at Port Canaveral were rude and uncaring. As a first time cruiser, I was unsure of where to go and what to do and I found myself being barked at by employees on multiple occasions. On the ship everything was smooth sailing. I enjoyed the many activities that the cruise offered, but I’d like to see more late night activities, as there was nothing to do after midnight besides eating pizza. The dining experience was by far my best experience. My servers Komang and Eri were nothing short of spectacular. They provided stellar service. The dining menu offered various food choices, all of which I found delicious. The show “Cats” was absolutely horrific. I was put to sleep after the first 15 minutes of the show. I would not recommend this show. More than half of the audience filed out of the show at intermission and didn’t return. It was by far one of the worst activities on the boat. Overall, besides the terrible check-in experience at Port Canaveral, I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise. The excursion tours were thrilling and exciting. I would like to see the check-in issues resolved in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, but when my boyfriend told me that he has never been on a cruise before, I knew nothing less than the Oasis of The Seas would do, especially since we were celebrating his 50th birthday. The ship ... Read More
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, but when my boyfriend told me that he has never been on a cruise before, I knew nothing less than the Oasis of The Seas would do, especially since we were celebrating his 50th birthday. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. The stateroom which was over-looking central park was gorgeous!!! It was spacious and well laid out. I will say that the shore excusions are hit or miss. The worst was St. Martin. We did a scenic tour and it was horrible. I understand that the islands got hit by a hurricane, but what we saw was people living in shipping containers, and tents. The service we received was a 10!!! From the cabin attendant to our waiters in the main dining room. Overall, I would rate my vacation as a 9!!! The food, cabin, ship and entertainment was outstanding and will definitely be cruising with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Overall I chose RC Oasis of the Seas based on its reputation and reviews after doing online research. My husband and I celebrated our birthdays, got married on one of the islands, and honeymooned on the ship. We found the experience to ... Read More
Overall I chose RC Oasis of the Seas based on its reputation and reviews after doing online research. My husband and I celebrated our birthdays, got married on one of the islands, and honeymooned on the ship. We found the experience to be very good overall from start to finish. The organization and process for boarding and debarkation was smooth and seamless. From the identity check, luggage check, waiting areas, etc., the signage was great and crowds moved in an orderly and timely manner. The staff seemed happy to be there and committed to providing excellent customer service with friendly smiles and helpful information. The best thing about it was the ORDER, CLEANLINESS, STAFF and FOOD! Ship The pools are small and crowded on sea days. We did not use the pool because there was no room to swim. People just stood there with drinks and talked. The elevators were also crowded, especially on sea days. The ship is beautiful, and we liked exploring the different areas. Our favorite area was the Solarium Bar. The views were amazing and it was roomy, not crowded. Cabin We stayed on the 11th floor in cabin #11255 near the elevators and that was a great location that was easily accessible and quiet. It’s at the end of the hall so no one was on the other side. We had a view of Central Park and the music was loud some nights but stopped at 10pm. With the TV on, it drowned it out. Our room was cleaned daily with sheet and towel replacements, and smelled “fresh” each day. The towel animals left on the bed each night from our room attendant was a nice comical touch. Dining For dinner, we chose to dine at the same table all week in the main dining hall, and our servers felt like family by the end of the week. We enjoyed the rotating menu, and the quality of food was great. I did not have to add salt & pepper to my food often. For breakfast, we chose to dine at the Solarium Bistro and loved the buffet. The food seemed fresher than at The Windjammer and Café Promenade. We also dined at Chops Grille on my birthday and the lobster was exquisite! We also ate a late-night snack at Sorrentos Pizza after every show and that was decent to fix hunger pains. We also enjoyed staff singing “happy birthday” to us. The unlimited beverage package is overpriced, but it was nice to order drinks without having to worry about gratuities. Entertainment & Activities We attended a show almost every night: Frozen in Time, Oasis of Dreams, and the Marriage Game Show. Unfortunately, Come Fly with Me put us to sleep and needs improvement! They had technical issues. Cats was just too long and uninteresting for non-pet lovers. Service Excellent customer service from bar staff, wait staff, room attendants, and dining hall staff. Only had on experience with a towel guy who seemed unhappy to be there. Ports & Excursions In the Bahamas, we chose the Essential Bahamas tour. Our tour guide was entertaining and took us to some local sights. The highlight was lunch at Twin Brothers. The fried grouper fingers were HEAVEN!!! The island is very poor so not much to buy except souvenir tourist junk. In St. Maarten, we chose the Royal Fun Family Food Tour. It was not worth the money in my opinion. We stopped at a cheese shop, a lunch spot, and a gelato spot. The cheese spot is not good for non-dairy eaters. The lunch spot served jerk chicken that looked like a kids plate (also had roaches). The gelato spot was ok, just boring lesson on how to make gelato. Also, the island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria so it was depressing! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We always use RCCL, for the most part. Years ago we did a week on the Allure, which is the sister ship to the Oasis. Great ship, great amenities, but perhaps a little too big! Service was great, i think the food was just mediocre. We ... Read More
We always use RCCL, for the most part. Years ago we did a week on the Allure, which is the sister ship to the Oasis. Great ship, great amenities, but perhaps a little too big! Service was great, i think the food was just mediocre. We ate in the main dining room, the Solarium, and Coastal Kitchen for our dinners. I found nothing to be "great", just OK. One of the fish dishes was dry and had no taste, as well as the night of lobster tails being very disappointing. Small, dry, tails, definitely overcooked. We liked the Central Park deli for salads and sandwiches, the Solarium was good at breakfast and Johnny Rockets also had a nice "cooked to order" breakfast. The entertainment was good, we especially liked the aqua show. Had no trouble getting seat at the pool as there were only 2 of us. It was a great cruise for the most part. Just disappointed in the food quality and selection. One other warning - Don't let them talk you into a session to take black and white pictures! I was asked by a photographer if i'd like an appointment. I asked a few questions about it first, like "are they handled the same way the other pictures are handled?" (Meaning you pose, if you like the pic, you can buy it. If not, you don't buy it). I was assured it was handled the same way. We spent 15 minutes in the studio posing for said b & w pictures, the next night had to go and see the photos. I liked many of them but was informed that you can't buy an individual picture and that the packages start at a minimum of $500! YIkes, i was annoyed to say the least! First of all about wasting the time for 2 appointments, and then not being about to purchase a single picture! I will never let them talk me into that again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this ship because the dates fit and we liked the itinerary. We were first time RC and in a balcony room. So, if you have status or a suite- your mileage may vary. The food in non speciality restaurants was ok. By day last we ... Read More
We chose this ship because the dates fit and we liked the itinerary. We were first time RC and in a balcony room. So, if you have status or a suite- your mileage may vary. The food in non speciality restaurants was ok. By day last we skipped breakfast. The caveat is that I travel extensively for work. So, someone cooking for me is not as big of a treat as it is for some. The service was what made it. We tried 3 specialty restaurants and all were fantastic! We did not know about the first night $20 specialty restaurants. We would have booked that when we got on. We have done the thermal spa on other ships and it was an oasis. We elected not to on this one. No windows and 4 heated chairs. If you get the specialty dining onboard- you get 40% off bottles of wine! Winning as we loved Vintages and the service Rohan provided. Would we do another RC? Probably. But, this would not be our “go to” line. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were apprehensive about cruising on a boat with 6,000+ passengers but after the first day were pleasantly surprised that it didn't feel more crowded than some of the previous cruises we have taken on smaller boats. The first day ... Read More
We were apprehensive about cruising on a boat with 6,000+ passengers but after the first day were pleasantly surprised that it didn't feel more crowded than some of the previous cruises we have taken on smaller boats. The first day was chaotic as having so many people trying to figure out where to go on the ship was congested but after that it was fine. We are not "sun" people so we did not go on the decks by the pools that often and when we did they appeared very congested. However there are so many places to go on the ship (Boardwalk, Central Park, Promenade, Solarium, Shops, Dining, etc...) you can get away from the crowds if you want to. Our room attendant, Vilma Santiago was outstanding as were the two waiters we had in the Silk restaurant, Clapston and Shrikant. We took three excursions. At Labadee we went to Amiga Island. I highly recommend this as you take a Catamaran out to a private island and spend you time lounging, swimming, and snorkeling. You can walk along the beach as well. It is secluded and not many people are on the small island at a time. At Falmouth, Jamaica we took the VIP Bamboo Beach excursion. This was better than Amiga Island as we had free drinks (try the Bob Marley) and scrumptious food including lobster tail. Lounged, swam and snorkeled here as well. Our tour guide, Abigail, waited on us hand and foot and was very knowledgeable of the island as we drove in our bus to and from the beach. Our last tour was in Cozumel. It was a Beach Buggy and Snorkel tour. I do not recommend this tour as most of the Beach Buggies are old and falling apart and you do not go off road. Instead you drive these dilapidated biggies on the only highway on Cozumel at speeds of up to 60MPH. Also, the second beach we went to at the end of the island had red flags out because you could not swim in the water due to rip tides. So not much to do there except wade or sit in the sun on the beach. The food on Princess is better but can't really complain about the food on Royal Caribbean. Buffet Dining is not setup to accommodate the thousands on the boat but we ate in the Silk restaurant most of the time. The fitness equipment needs some updating as the screens on some of the machines did not work. Overall a fine cruise and we would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We travelled from England UK and had a lovely honeymoon on this ship but I will say things that could be improved also. The ship is a marvellous creation. It is impressive how it has been designed. Before the cruise I notified Royal ... Read More
We travelled from England UK and had a lovely honeymoon on this ship but I will say things that could be improved also. The ship is a marvellous creation. It is impressive how it has been designed. Before the cruise I notified Royal Caribbean that it was our honeymoon. I was a little disappointed that no nice little gestures i.e bottle of champagne/chocolates/petals had been put in our room as most hotels do. What Royal Caribbean did offer was for us to go to a honeymooners club and get complimentary champagne and meet other honeymooners at 11.30 am (prime sunbathing time). Well considering we already had a drinks package that was no good to us and why would we want to meet strangers?? This was a bit poor and sneaky of them and something personal would have been a lovely touch. (if you did want champagne etc I was told you have to pay but i will get on to the money grabbing bit). Getting on the ship was a bit of a hassle. Waiting round in the port and getting off took ages it was all a bit of a faff. Also getting off at the first port Nassau was a nightmare but we learned to wait until most people had already disembarked before we made our way off at the next 2 ports. My problem with the ship was it was too crowded. Queuing for breakfast at the windjammer (until we realised we could get breakfast in the solarium which was so much quieter). Queuing for dinner also and for the zip line etc. The most noticeable part of how busy the ship was is the pools. They are literally jam packed on a sea day. And there is a few of them but they were all heaving. Also the nightclub Dazzles was always full we could never get a seat. The central park area was my favourite. So gorgeous and peaceful if you want to get away from the crowds. It took us about six days to actually realise we hadn't seen certain bars/restaurants as the ship is so big. We bought a deluxe drinks package and that really was well worth the money. Everything was included, wine/beer/cocktails/champagne in the special champagne bar (under $15) pop, water and Spirits. I can not fault that. Great cocktails also. The food was always 5 star. I cant understand how anyone can complain about it. The buffets were great so much choice for everyone. We only ever ate at them for breakfast and lunch. The main dining room was brilliant also. Never had a bad meal. We had one meal in 150 central park which was also great for a change. All the staff gave 100% service in the buffet and the main dining room. We liked Mario (Area 135 American Icon) He was a lovely man. We never kept the same seat in the main dining room. Sometimes the service was a bit slow ordering drinks and waiting but the staff all do work so hard to do their best for you. The menu was great lots of choice and always different. I felt like even though we were all inclusive you have to be careful or RC will rinse you. They try and add a daily tip per person to your account but I felt this was awful. Us British have always tipped as and when we get service so we took it off and tipped ourselves as it should be done. $11 to watch a film on the TV... Really?! Paying for gym classes!! and then tips come onnnnn. The excursions were all very expensive, we found it cheaper to go out on our own. Its easy and there are taxis at every port waiting for you. All very safe too as the ships docking is how these islands make money. They have people on the ship taking random pictures. These packages are also pretty expensive. Didn't do any shopping on the ship as they were mainly designer shops and expensive. Speciality restaurants are extra cost (you dont actually really need them as the standard food is so good). Internet was ...wait for it ...$19.99 for ONE day!! That should be free. I wouldnt even mind if it was like $3 a day but to charge $19.99 is robbery. That is for basic speed also.There was a high speed one for about $30 a day. Our cabin was lovely gorgeous ocean view and quite spacious. We were in 8558 and our room attendant Tut was just fabulous. The room was just done up as if by magic whenever we left and come back. He made cute towel animals also with googly eyes which was nice. You could feel the ship moving now and then but overall it was pretty smooth. I get sea sick but never on this. The only show we did was Ice skating it was phenomenal. Never seen such talent before. We wanted to see the aqua show but couldn't get booked in. Making the reservation for 150 central park restaurant was easy. We did the Zip line and flow rider, bit of a queue but good fun. The ports were Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten. St Thomas was my favourite it was like paradise and the people were so welcoming. In St Thomas we went to Coki beach (in a taxi) and snorkelled it was beautiful. The best snorkelling spot. Loads of tropical fish shallow. In St Maarten we went to Maho beach again in a taxi where the planes come in low to land, what a great experience. In Bahamas we stayed local and walked to Junkanoo beach. It was nice but not as nice as the others. RC try and get people to shop at every port. They obviously get some sort of commission for sending passengers into the local shops but there is more to holidays than diamond shopping at every port (if you can afford it)! I probably wouldn't do another cruise anytime soon as I prefer land holidays and not sure I would go with RC again as they are a bit greedy $$ but I would recommend the ports. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I read reviews for weeks before our cruise and was a little nervous based on some of the assessments of the condition of the ship and crew. Overall we were very happy with the cruise. Our cabin was in very good condition and the air ... Read More
I read reviews for weeks before our cruise and was a little nervous based on some of the assessments of the condition of the ship and crew. Overall we were very happy with the cruise. Our cabin was in very good condition and the air conditioning worked fine. I think the crew is a little more behind the scenes than on some of the smaller ships that I have been on, but we did not have an bad experiences with the staff. I thought the ship was very clean and saw very few areas that looked worn or in disrepair. We ate all of our dinners in coastal kitchen. The food was very good, but not necessarily significantly better than in the main dining room of other cruises I have taken. Drinks were included which was very nice. The staff in coastal kitchen was great. The ports were all very good (Puerto Rico, St Maarten, and Labadee), but St Maarten was clearly the port that has the longest road to recovery from the hurricane. There were a few downsides that caused me to give 4 rather than 5 stars. They are as follows: 1. Cancelling and timing of shows - I appreciate that Royal Caribbean has innovative shows/entertainment, but the seas weren't very rough during our cruise and many of the shows still had to be cancelled. This would not be too much of a problem on a normal sized ship, but since there are so many people on board the Oasis, if a show is cancelled, many people never get a chance to see it and they can't go to another show because it is fully booked already. I think many people cruise for the food, sun, and entertainment, so it is frustrating when there is not much entertainment available at night. My other complaint is that the shows start too late for families with younger children. On smaller ships, there is usually an early and a late show, but on this ship there is only one option. The only reason we got to see any shows was because they had reschedule so many of them due to cancellations and some of the rescheduled shows were earlier. Unfortunately, the rescheduled shows often got cancelled too. The only reason we got to see a couple of them was because we stayed in a suite and reservations were not required for us. Our 2 year old loved the 2 shows we got to see. 2. Elevator crowding - It seems like almost everyone has had this problem. The elevator wait was sometimes very long and then got hot and crowded. They would often stop at almost every floor, so the ride was too long. 3. Windjammer Buffet - Overall, the food was good, but it had the fewest options of any cruise buffet that I can remember. Also, they only opened one side of the buffet most of the time. The side that they did not open regularly had a very foul smell on one end that I think may be from the carpet. We got seated there once, then purposely avoided that section the rest of the cruise. Everytime I had to walk through the area, the smell was present. 4. This is a minor complaint, but at the end of the cruise there was a Thank You Celebration on the boardwalk that advertised family activities, free candied apples, popcorn, etc. We got there when it started and within 5 minutes they were out of candied apples and within 20 minutes, they were taking down most of the food tables. I just thought it was not much of a thank you to advertise an event that was supposed to last 1 hour (maybe even 1.5 hours, I can't remember) and begin running out of food within 5 minutes. 5. There was a problem with disembarkation. I think it was due to customs, not the cruiseline, but it didn't seem like the staff were making an attempts to let people know what was happening. I heard several people state that waited for 1.5 hours in the heat waiting the disembark. The lines were so long they wrapped around the outside of the ship on the promenade deck. The staff could have let people know what was going on and directed people form a line that did not extend outside into the heat. Despite a few problems, I would consider the Oasis again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in ... Read More
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in September in the Caribbean. This did impact a couple of the shows (Cats and the Aqua-theatre Comedy show). The only thing we would say is the ship itself was a bit too large for us. It took a while to get anywhere due to the size. That said, the dining was fantastic. Particularly Central Park 150. This was perfect for us, high end, great service and attentive waiters. Our room steward was great and kept our place clean and tidy. The entertainment options were great. Cats and the Aqua-Theatre are the standouts. However, we also had a great time a the comedy club and at the Jazz bar. The Jazz trio were particularly good. We would most likely go again with RCCL. However, maybe a smaller ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this ship because of the size, the amenities, the live entertainment and cost. We found the ship to be somewhat crowded but not where you couldn't move. The buffet lines for breakfast and lunch were somewhat long but ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the size, the amenities, the live entertainment and cost. We found the ship to be somewhat crowded but not where you couldn't move. The buffet lines for breakfast and lunch were somewhat long but nothing more than 5 minute wait. There were 6,400 passengers and approx 2,000 crew. We had my-time dining which worked out fine. We just told them we wanted 7:30 everyday and they gave us the same table and same waiter for the entire week. My time is not bad at all, in fact you can tell them what time you wanted. Our waiter, Franky, table 232 deck 3 was great. Went out of his way to make your culinary experience great. We found the food to be above average. We did eat in Giovanni's specialty restaurant because I wanted to taste the octopus. I had it as an appetizer and I can tell you it was as tough as a shoe sole. The room was very loud and honestly, I'll probably never go back. We'll go back to Chops instead. Getting on, if you are not diamond or diamond plus may be time consuming. We are D+ so it only took us 10 minutes. Now getting off the ship is another story. The line for customs os very long and relatively slow. Expect 20-30 minutes to get through. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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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