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