Sail Date: March 2010
We just got back from a wonderful cruise with our granddaughter. It was her first cruise and we took her in honor of her birthday. My husband and I are seasoned cruisers having previously sailed about a dozen times on lines including: ... Read More
We just got back from a wonderful cruise with our granddaughter. It was her first cruise and we took her in honor of her birthday. My husband and I are seasoned cruisers having previously sailed about a dozen times on lines including: Celebrity, Carnival, Disney, Princess and Royal Caribbean. With the exception of the Celebrity Solstice no other cruise line even comes close. We had a Central Park View Cabin. Our granddaughter remarked that looking down was like being in a mini-manhattan with all of the best of it. Pretty gardens, upscale restaurants (some free, some extra charge), shops including Coach- an beautiful rising elevator bar in the center, areas to sit and relax. A very calming area- never crowded- Our cabin attendant Wilbour was great- the room was alway immaculate and he made the nicest towel animals. It wasn't the biggest cabin we had ever had, the Celebrity Solstice Cabins are nicer, but this cabin was adequate. I had researched the ship prior to our sailing and reserved our show times, dinner reservations- we had any time dining, but best to pre- reserve as much as you can prior to sailing in order to avoid waiting in line. We also reserved our shore activities and lessons for my granddaughter on the flow rider. We arrived at the pier by van around 11:00 AM- having spent the night at a close by Motel. We flew in via SouthWest airlines and they were just great and allow two pieces of checked luggage per person free- so that was a great deal. When we entered the waiting area, we had ample seating- refreshments offered to us then around 11:45 they allowed us to board. We took the usual photo entering the ship and proceeded to the WindJammer Cafe for lunch. The food was very good and service excellent. We also went to the spa to book a few services in the salon. We then at around 2:00 went to our cabins. Then to our muster station, which was in a very comfortable lounge- not squeezed together sweating on deck in the hot sun like on some other ships. After the muster station, we went to the top decks to the sail away party. Then back to our room and our luggage had arrived- earlier then on any other ship! We proceed to change and get ready for dinner. We had anytime dining and like to dine by 6:30 so we had no wait- we loved our waitress Rose and her assistant Anan and requested them every day without any problem since we dined early. The food was very good to excellent- just one day I recall a steak that was a little tough. We also had dinner in Chop and Giovannis. Both were excellent and worth the extra charge. We had breakfast in the main dining room as well as windjammer and the Park Ave Cafe in Central Park- all were very good. So many dining choices for breakfast and all included. For lunch also many venues, the main dining room, windjammer, Johnny Rockets, a Fish and Chip restaurant, Pizza restaurant , Wipe Out cafe for salsa, tacos, pretzel dogs, fries and other fun foods- again included with the exception of Johnny Rockets and the Fish and Chip restaurant. We had drinks in the Rising Tide Bar they make great Martinis- the only better Martini's were on the Solstice. The shops on board were also numerous, the usual logo items, make up/perfume shop, liquor shop- and many others including a coach store! The snacks and coffee bars were all over- some free and an Ice cream Parlor and CupCake shop for an additional charge. You could get free soft serve on the pool deck all day. The shows!!! I have never been on a ship with that quality of entertainment! We saw Hairspray- not exactly like the broadway show as it was 1 1/2 hrs vs. 2- but what talented singers and dancers- they could easily do the roles on broadway. We also went to the aqua theatre for a water show- the rebirth of Ester Williams and many olympic style performs who did ariel acts and water dancing. Wow! They also had an Ice Capade show in a beautiful theatre with a huge skating rink that you could use during the day- they had free ice skates to use for all guest young and old interested in skating. The main show was also great and they had accapela singers who were excellent in yet another theatre- They also had an adult only comedy club which we didn't go to since we had a 12 year old with us. Many different carnivals down the center promenade during the trip as well as fashion shows. Of course the typical bingo, casino and other guest shows including the married game, hairy chest contest and belly flop. Silly to us, but people do enjoy those shows. The ship had another neighborhood called the boardwalk. A full Merry Go Round and candy shop, photo studio to dress up and take pictures, and so many other fun things to numerous to mention. My granddaughter went on the zip line and loved it and also did rock climbing, ice skating, had surfing lessons etc. So many different activities. Another great thing is the pictures. Instead of putting the photographs on display, the Royal caribbean ship has facial recognition capabilities- they put all of your photo in a special box with a folio number. Sometimes the photographers swipe your sea pass card and know exactly who has taken a picture. What a great idea! We went to one place and saw all of our pictures without the hassle of searching Of course we purchased many more pictures then we would have normally as this method was so easy. In conclusion this was the best of the best- we booked a cruise for 2011 on the Allure of the Seas a sister ship due out in November. While I believe that they cost of this cruise was slightly more then others we have taken, it was well worth it! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
We were 2 adults, a 16 year old girl and a 10 year old boy and arrived a day early. We stayed at the Embassy suites in FLL. This hotel was just OK. It smelled a little of mildew and had a few stains on the carpet. It had 2 connected rooms. ... Read More
We were 2 adults, a 16 year old girl and a 10 year old boy and arrived a day early. We stayed at the Embassy suites in FLL. This hotel was just OK. It smelled a little of mildew and had a few stains on the carpet. It had 2 connected rooms. One room had 2 full size beds and one had a pull out sofa. The dinner there was also just OK and breakfast was crowded and a normal buffet (free) items. It was not worth $200 for the night. WIFI had an extra charge of $10 and it was $7 a person to be transferred on their van to the ship in the AM. We left the hotel about 11:30 and arrived by noon at the ship. We left our luggage at the curb and went directly inside where we were issued our sea passes. Then had our normal family picture taken and went up the escalator. At the top of the escalator you could easily miss a table where the kids have to get a wrist band that they wear all week which designates where they go in case of an emergency. There was no wait to board the ship. I was impressed how easy it was. The entrance to the ship was grand. You arrive in the middle of the Royal Promenade deck and WOW... We went directly the Cupcake Cupboard to sign up for the decorating class. Was easy...Then we went up to deck 15 (back of the ship) to sign up for the zip line and flow rider. The line was huge. We waited 20 minutes but it never moved so we decided to go back later. We went down to the room to drop off our bags and it was ready so we left our bags and went to eat. We then went down to Central Park. It is a very relaxing place with piped in bird sounds. We ate Roast Beef sandwiches at the Park Cafe which were good but salty and on a salted bun. The Cuban Panini was the best sandwich they served. Deserts were good too. In the evening they have a lovely duet playing violin and digital piano. This is also where all the pay extra restaurants are. We only ate in the dining room at 8:30 every night. We then went to explore the rest of the ship after getting Pina Coladas. We ate donuts and rode the carrousel. Fun! Went back to check for the flow rider and zip line again still too long. It took us a couple of days maybe Wednesday to get to make the reservations on the zip line for Friday at 4pm. Never got flow rider lessons because they were all booked up. You can make reservations for flow rider lessons on RC website and they are $50 a person. The lessons are not one on one but a group lesson. There are private lessons but I do not recall the cost. You can also sign the waivers on RC website before you go a nice time saver. Only one person from the cabin needs be on the line on deck 15 with all the sea passes to sign everyone up for flow rider and zip line. They issue daily wrist bands for the flow rider on a different line which is not a lesson but just to get a turn on it. One time we were on line for 45 minutes when an employee said come back another time because the computers are down. So this is really my only complaint. This ship is amazing. We went rock climbing and ice-skating during sea days. We saw every show and they were the best I have ever seen on a ship. They all received standing ovations. Make reservations before you go for all the shows and get there at least 15 minutes early to get a great seat. This ship kept us very busy. It was a little windy at sea so we did not use the pools very much. The hot tubs were a bit crowded but we fit. The Solarium, right in front of the ship deck 15 where you usually find the gym, looked wonderful but we had kids so we were not able to use this area. There is a forward viewing deck spanning the width of the ship. The entrance is on the port side of deck 14. Walk all the way to the front and there is an amazing quiet view with some lounge chairs and binoculars. The gym seemed like it was a good size for the size of the ship. I only used it once (on an at sea day) and all the equipment was in good working order and we had no problem getting on all the equipment Our D1 cabin was on deck 6 #6200 and was a cabin for 4 with an extended balcony, center ship. It had a Pullout couch which 2 adults slept in comfortably. We are slender people and 6'1" tall. Well he is I am 5'2". The kids slept in the 2 single beds which were next to the closet. The room was tight when the Pullout couch was made into a bed at night and only had about a foot clearance to get out to the balcony. We had coffee, fruit and Danish delivered to the room every AM. Just love it. There is nothing like having coffee on your balcony in the peace and quiet of the morning. Oh the phone is funny. A mans voice says "Are you there" over and over instead of a ringing sound. One of my bags did not arrive and we had to go to customer relations at 10:30 the first night. It had some how lost its tag but was sitting there. I was a little nervous thinking I was going to have to shop on the ship for clothes to wear. Nassau: Sunday. This was our first stop and we got off the ship with no problem. We walked down the beach and then went to the straw market for a little shopping. On our way back to the ship we stopped at Starbucks for a cold drink. I don't really care to much for Nassau and we only had a few hours there. This was formal night St. Thomas: Tuesday. We took a ship excursion to Sapphire Beach where we met Nigel who is a very energetic man who loves his job and makes sure everyone has what they need on his beach. He even moved chairs for people to where ever they wanted them. We snorkeled and had a wonderful time. To the right side of the beach is where the reef is located and there are many different fish. To the left is where we saw a giant turtle feeding on the bottom. Way cool.... He had 2 fish following him cleaning his shell. Loved it... St. Martin: Wednesday. There was a line to get off the ship here and it took about 15 minutes to get off. We did a ship sponsored excursion. This one went to Lotrie farms for an adventure. We did about 10 zip lines and in between the zip lines there were obstacles like cables to walk across or ropes or 2 by 4s. We all had a great time. Thursday was the second formal dinner. Taxi back to FLL Airport was $15 plus tip... We loved this ship... Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
my husband and i booked our cruise on the Oasis of the Seas over a year ago. A very anticipated cruise. We had cruised RC last year and had the vacation of a lifetime everything was perfect. We only imagined that this would be bigger and ... Read More
my husband and i booked our cruise on the Oasis of the Seas over a year ago. A very anticipated cruise. We had cruised RC last year and had the vacation of a lifetime everything was perfect. We only imagined that this would be bigger and better! I will say that the boat was amazing and there was always something to do. The service was awesome and central park was really something to see. I think the boat itself was everything we could of ever wanted. The thing that amazed me the most was the fact that people could smoke in almost every bar. It was awful the smell was terrible and if you went to a bar that was crowded and with many smokers you had to leave. I was amazed we don't ever remember smokers on our last cruise so this was a big NEGATIVE! One other issue i had was that the bars seem to have no set age group. I have children and although i did not travel with them I feel there is a time and place for kids! i was in the dancing bar at 2.30 am and on the dance floor with me where three small children all under the age of 7. Now were they cute sure they were but to be honest i booked a vacation without my children i no more wanted to be in a bar at that hour with them!! I felt that the staff should of said something to these parents ( who were not even on the dance floor with them these kids were running wild). It was not appropriate for the ones who were there and wanted to enjoy some adult time. The adult pool also was not kept for adults only. There were people with their children in that area also. If you are going to title a pool area "adult only" then that is what it should be. Once again i felt it was up to the staff to enforce the policy and it was not! The dinning room was beautiful, and the service was amazing. Once again the policy was not enforced on Formal night the man behind me was seated wearing nylon gym shorts and a cut off t shirt! NO one said anything to him. When i cruised Mexico my husband went to a casual night in dress shorts and was sent back to change. Here we were prepared for the policies on the dinning area and once again no policies were enforced. to me this was a let down ! I loved the look of this boat but really felt that they need to enforce the policies that they have in place. I will say i am glad i went and saw this amazing boat but will be honest in saying i will never do it again. i will stick to the smaller ones where i feel they have more control over what is happening and keeping their policies in effect. Bahamas was nice did some shopping in the downtown i did not do any excursions on this stop St thomas. we booked Saphire beach. the beach was beautiful the water was beautiful but the beach set up was AWFUL bathrooms were discusting! ST marten loved it went thru the downtown shopping, did a tour bus to the dutch side and a glass bottom boat tour that was amazing and well worth the money we paid! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2010
Please note that I do not work for RCI, and I have sailed on many Cruise Lines, and many ships. These are my opinions, and I urge you to read many reviews about Royal Caribbean International, and Oasis of the Seas. I did not pay much ... Read More
Please note that I do not work for RCI, and I have sailed on many Cruise Lines, and many ships. These are my opinions, and I urge you to read many reviews about Royal Caribbean International, and Oasis of the Seas. I did not pay much attention to the kids programs or excursions that are available on Oasis of the Seas, so I did not give that aspect a grade. Embarkation: As I entered the massive Terminal 18, I was processed with the normal security check. It appears that I misread the boarding requirements, as I thought that I was allowed to bring a bottle of wine. Ooops. . . . I was wrong. No Alcohol of any kind may be brought on board. Luckily, we had our car parked in the lot at Terminal 18, and we just placed it in our car. Just past the security check I noticed just how big this new Terminal was. There were 90 Check in stations. . . Wow. Check-in stations were arranged by Deck number, and there were several Diamond Plus check in counters to be seen. The check in process was fast & efficient. RCI has taken an idea from Holland America, and takes your boarding card photo (A-Pass) at check-in. This really speeds things up. I then was guided upstairs and boarded immediately. Be sure to get your Deck Plans from the Check-in Agent. We did not, and were surprised to hear that there are No Deck Plans once onboard the Oasis of the Seas. We were told by several people that they are only available in the Terminal. ReportCard: A Cabin: We had a standard D6 Balcony Cabin on Deck 14 FWD. The cabin had a large Samsung Flat Screen HD TV even if it did only have an analog (Non HD) signal. This included only 29 channels of programming (7 Ship channels, 22 Cable channels). The storage area at first seemed to be much smaller than Freedom or Voyager class ships, but there was room for everything. There was much less closet space, and there is no drawer space under the night tables. The room seemed a little smaller than Freedom or Voyager class, but we fit in nice and found a space for everything. The sink was much smaller than we were used to, but the bathroom appeared to be about the same size as we were used to. The Balcony was very nice with a large table and 2 chairs. The design of the room is similar to Celebrity Solstice Class. ReportCard: A- Dining: We were assigned to the Opus Dining Room, on Deck 3 AFT, and were very pleased. We only ate there 3 times, as there were many choices for dining on board. We also had dinner at Giovanni's Table, Izumi, Windjammer, and the Solarium Bistro. All of the meals were good, but not great. The service everywhere was very good, and the presentation was very good as well. I think that as the Oasis staff becomes used to serving so many guests, that the dining will improve. The wait staff was very friendly in all of the dining areas we visited. ReportCard: B+ Entertainment: I thought the entertainment might have been the best that I have seen on any Cruise Line. "Hairspray" was a hit, as well as "Come Fly with Me" Production Show. The production value was above average though and the sound quality very good. The Aqua Theatre shows were very good, and I would suggest going at night, as the lighting effects were strong, and the setting is beautiful at night. There seemed to be "Live" music everywhere, and I think that they were all very talented. All of the live venues seemed to attract a large crowd of passengers. We were unable to attend all of the shows, and would like to sail on Oasis again, just to see more shows. ReportCard: A Public Areas: The Public Areas were clean & comfortable. There was alot of walkong to see everything that Oasis has to offer .From the Small Wonders, to the Art onboard, I felt that there was so much to see. RCI has a book onboard about all of the Art and sculptures that are on Oasis, and that is a great guide to read about the artists and the meaning of the art that is displayed. I really loved Central Park and the Solarium. From the reviews I read, I expected to feel crowded during the week. That was not the case in most areas. It will always feel crowded after a show, or the first day at the Windjammer. Avoiding the crowds can usually be done through timing, and patience. ReportCard A Debarkation: Debarkation process was really helped by being at Terminal 18. Passengers started to leave very early. I was one of the last ones off at 10AM. The terminal was still very busy then, and we waited about 20 minutes in line waiting for customs. The Debarkation was good, but not the best. I think the process will improve as there are more sailings. ReportCard B+ Overall Grade: A Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Well, I guess we should have chosen a week other than Easter and Spring Break week for our vacation. It was noted that this particular cruise on 4/3/10 had the most boarded passengers EVER of any cruise...over 6,000 guests (including 1,900 ... Read More
Well, I guess we should have chosen a week other than Easter and Spring Break week for our vacation. It was noted that this particular cruise on 4/3/10 had the most boarded passengers EVER of any cruise...over 6,000 guests (including 1,900 kids!!!) and over 2200 crew members. wow. It really is a floating city. I think it would have been better and obviously less crowded on a different week. The only times it felt TOO crowded was: (1) that time where people are leaving 1st dinner and people are arriving for 2nd seating of dinner- during this time, around 7:30 the Royal Promenade is CRAZY crowded. (2) lining up for shows in the Opal Theater and leaving the show at the end, (3) Pool decks on sea days, especially the kids zone area and main pools, the solarium was not too bad, and (4) the sports zones, flow riders/sports court area was constantly full of teens, crazy! We did not even go to the Windjammer buffet together, I went one time for lunch while my husband saved our pool seats and it felt pretty crowded there. He did not visit the buffet at all as he hates crowds like that. The lunch that day was very good and I managed to get a table but there were not enough tables there for everyone. If you want a good pool chair, you need to be out there by 10am! I will try to cover everything so I will start from the beginning now. Sorry if this is lengthy but if you're like me, I enjoyed reading all I could about this ship before I left so I'd know the best things about it. Day 1: Left our home in Jacksonville, FL around 6:30 and arrived at the Port around 12:00. Dropped off luggage and parked the car right across the street there at the Port Parking lot which is very convenient..$105 for the week but I think the safety and convenience was well worth it. Checking in for the ship was amazingly quick! We walked right up to the check in agent with no wait and it only took about 5 min to check in and we were on the ship by 12:30!! They won't let you up to your rooms before 1:00 so we went to the Park Cafe in Central Park and ate lunch which was fantastic. They have these awesome carved roast beef sandwiches and they make a great salad for you. This became our favorite breakfast spot as it was right around the corner from our room on deck 8 as well. (free restaurant). We walked around this amazing ship after we checked out our room as our luggage did not arrive until later. This ship is amazing..very big and is an engineering marvel. I like how they do the safety review now, our group met at Studio B (ice rink) and they show you a video of life boats, life vests, etc. You no longer have life vests in the room as they would distribute them as necessary at your station. Much better than standing outside in the heat with a life vest on! Safety drill was at 4:15 and we got back to our cabin shortly after and our luggage was there so we unpacked. We had a D1 ocean balcony with large balcony deck 8. I have had a similar category room previously on Freedom and Mariner and those cabins were a bit larger than these. It seems as though R/C has made these cabins smaller in order to accommodate more people which is not such a good thing for us passengers! The previous cabins had more drawer storage and bathrooms were larger too. I did not care for the decor in these bathrooms, ugly in my opinion. 60's chic decor? The shower has a little bar at the bottom which makes shaving legs easier. Lots of hooks to hang up wet swimsuits in there. Also has automatic night light which was great!! The cabin was pretty and nice though. Bed was very comfortable, by the balcony door. I wanted to bring that bed home with us!! I did notice that our room NEVER got cool. I called maintenance and they said you have to make sure your MASTER switch is on and that the balcony door was closed and LOCKED...this is an inconvenience as you want to spend time on your balcony...the door has to be locked from the inside in order for the a/c to work so when you come back in from relaxing on your balcony the room is warm! Even at night with air all the way down it never felt cool, probably got down to 78 at lowest. The TV's are nice and big, flat screens that swivel and the computer on there is cool as you can view your account balance, check out restaurant menus, wait times, etc. DINING: Night ONE - we ate at the MDR, we had My Time Dining and ate at the same table with same waiter (who was awesome, Adrian) every night. The table was for 2 and close to other tables but we really enjoyed the 2 couples in the tables next to us and became friends with them. I had the Prime Rib the fist night which was my favorite meal of the trip. It really is good. Hubby had the sea bass which was good also. We did not have any shows scheduled for this night so went to bed early as it was a long day since getting up at 5am and with the long drive. Wish we could have gone to Ft. Lauderdale the day before but DH had an event he had to attend the night before. DAY 2: EASTER: We ordered room service and had b'fast out on our balcony which was nice. Room service for b'fast is very limited. No omelettes! Only scrambled eggs or cereal. It was good though. Love their croissants. Huge improvement from our last 2 R/C cruises.. The Orange Juice actually tastes like Orange Juice, not orange water! Great improvement R/C!! The table on these balconies is larger than past ships which is much nicer! I went to the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet at 10:30 which was nice. They had some free gifts and lots of door prizes, unfortunately I did not win any :( Hubby went to save us a pool chair so I met him topside after the meet & greet. He grabbed some lunch at the Solarium Bistro and brought it up to the chair and ate there in the solarium. I did not care for the food there at all, mostly healthy stuff, lots of Salmon dishes which I don't like ( he liked it) so we took turns eating and I went to Windjammer. Food very good there but a bit crowded. Solarium area is really beautiful and peaceful. DINNER: We had reservations at Chops for 6pm. ($25 pp) We have been to Chops 2x previously and let me tell you this was the worst experience ever. We have always had great service there before. It took a long time to get seated and 10 min went by before anyone acknowledged us. I noticed a server for the table next to us motion to another server to take care of us b/c he was too busy or something to that affect. He finally came over and took our drink and dinner order at the same time and was very rushed. It took over 15-20 min in between each course and we sat for sometimes 30 min w/ finished plates in front of us and no drink refills. I noticed this poor guy was running all over this restaurant waiting on tables on both sides that were far away from each other. It took over 3 hours to complete our dinner!! We don't even drink wine and ordered quickly! The food was good but with the slow service and their attitudes we will not go back. Service in MDR was much better and food almost as good for free! I complained the next day to guest services and the chops manager called us to discuss and credited our account for the meal. SHOW: That night we saw a show in main theater, Hairspray which is a Broadway show. The music and dancing was great however I did not care for the storyline. Very corny and dated...out of all the good shows out there makes you wonder why they ever chose this one?? We also hit the DAZZLES night club that night as they had 80's night which is my thing since I graduated h/s in the 80's. This is a beautiful club, great 2 story window w/ great views of pool area. DJ was great. This was FUN!! DAY 3: Another day at sea. Ate breakfast at the Park Cafe...Very nice and relaxing, we like this place. They have great egg sandwiches, fruit and cereal. Perfect. Sat outside in Central park and ate. We loved Central Park!! Spent most of the day in the solarium pool area. Hubby worked out in gym and later I checked out the jogging (walking for me!) track on deck 5. This is GREAT!! A whole deck with jogging track all around it and you don't have to worry about running into people. Very Nice!! DINNER: Back at MDR. Very good. Had the shrimp scampi, large prawns, awesome. SHOW: We went to the Comedy Live Show. It was great...DON'T miss this one. The first guy was funnier IMO than the main guy but both were awesome. We laughed for an hour. I was so pleased that their material was not dirty or raunchy...They were perfect. DAY 4: St Thomas...We ate b'fast at Johnny Rockets. Very good, I loved their french toast. B'fast is free there. We had booked a sailboat charter/snorkel day before the cruise with Rumbaba Charters. His boat leaves out of red hook which is a 30 min cab ride. We were to be there at 9:45 so we got off the ship around 8:45. The cab drivers here are not very accommodating or nice. They kept pushing us aside making us wait to fill up a cab to get over there and we waited 30 minutes! I kept telling them we were going to miss our charter but they did not care. Finally they put us in a cab with a family of 4 who were going somewhere near where we were. Traffic was bad and we finally got to American Harbor Marina at 9:45. Cab ride is supposed to be $22 for 2 people and my DH gave the guy $44 not thinking...I got the driver's number and he said he would pick us up at 4pm. The sailboat day was awesome. Great snorkel spots at Christmas Cove. Rumbaba owner, Bobby cooks you a fantastic lunch right on the grill hanging off his boat! Best Mahi I have ever had. It was great. We docked back at 3:50 and no cab...we called him many times and he kept saying he was on his way. He finally arrived around 4:30 which left us an HOUR to get back to the ship. I don't like cutting it that close. Normally Rumbaba leaves from 9-3 but the other couple booked w/ us were on a different ship that did not arrive until 9 so he called me to say we would be from 10-4 which I was not real happy about. Luckily we got back to the ship at 5:25 just in time as we sailed at 6pm. Traffic on cruise days is crazy there. I highly recommend Bobby and Rumbaba Charters. They have a great website w/ photos if you google them you can find them. Price is reasonable and much better than the cattle car cruise excursions!! DINNER: We ate at Giovanni's Table ($15 pp). Service was great. Food just OK...I prefer Portofino's on the previous R/C ships. Funny how I ended up ordering the Prawns and they were cooked exactly the same as the night before in MDR! SHOW: We had reservations for the Aqua Show Oasis of Dreams at 10:30 however I got way too much sun that day and with all the stress of getting back and forth to the ship I was completely exhausted and fell asleep at 9:00! I really hate we missed this show as it was the LAST ONE for the cruise, which I did not know!! I hear it was amazing...Will do next time for sure... DAY 5: St. Martin...Had b'fast at Park Cafe again. Very good. Left ship around 9:45 to meet our driver from Bernard's tours to take us to Orient Beach. Bernard is an awesome guy. Last year we took his complete island tour and it was great, however this time we just wanted to go to Orient Beach. He was right there waiting for us, took us to the beach and picked us back up at our arranged time of 2:00. VERY relaxing day esp. compared to the day before!! I love this beach, It is my favorite, very beautiful water and the sand is so soft!! I could stay there ALL day. You can get 2 chairs with cushions, an umbrella and restroom pass for $15. My hubby is NAVY and there is a retired navy guy who owns a bar/restaurant right there in the middle of this beach called "string beach" so we had lunch there and a few drinks. Very good..ask for Rick and tell him Lisa from JAX , FL sent ya! We feel that out of all the islands we have been to, the people we have met here in St. Martin, Including Bernard have been the nicest. :) Last year we also visited Maho Beach to watch the planes come in with I liked too but not enough time to do both and really have enough time to enjoy both places. DINNER: MDR...great meal. Food here is the best we have ever had on any R/C ship MDR. Dining room is beautiful also. We were on the top deck, 5 and there are these flat screen tv's that scroll beautiful photos, I enjoyed watching them as I ate. SHOW: Headliner show was the Osmond Brothers and we did not care for them so we skipped it. DAY 6: Can't believe day 6 here already. Week goes by so fast. Spent another day by the pool and then gym/jogging track. Also viewed the Men's Belly Flop contest at aqua theater from above on deck 15 looking down. You can see on the big screens from there. Funny, We ate lunch at the seafood shack after that ($8.95 pp) Appetizer of calamari was great but main entrees, fish & Chips, Fish Sandwich just OK. Desert was great...Key lime pie and Banana split. Don't think I would pay to eat there again. Did some shopping on Royal Promenade. Got a good deal on a Citizen Echo Drive watch, they were 40% off that day! DINNER: MDR, Lobster night..very good... SHOW: Come Fly With Me...AWESOME, Great show, Don't miss this one! Also, the Love & Marriage show at 11:15. This is usually great and hilarious however the contestants obviously did not want to participate so made for a lousy show. Richard did his best but the asst. C/D who picked these contestants really screwed up. NOTE: If you WANT to be a contestant on THIS show, Be FUNNY and don't act like your feelings are getting hurt. You should know what it's all about and go with the flow. DAY 7: Nassau...We have both been there many times before and elected to just get off briefly to go to the market, had a drink at Senor Frogs and back to ship. We docked at 12:00 and there were 5 other ships there. VERY crowded!! Long line to get back to ships, so keep that in mind if you get off here. Water is beautiful here but don't care for this place. DINNER: MDR, first time of cruise that we did not enjoy dinner. I had the NY strip (tough) and DH had the recommended mahi and shrimp tempura. He said the fish was very salty. HOWEVER...the desert was the best Key Lime Pie we have ever had! Delicious!! Now to stressful part of cruise...PACKING..As usual, I packed way to many clothes for us. I promise myself next cruise #4 I will get this right as I think I know what I really need now!! lol We packed our stuff and set the cases out by the door around 10pm. I had bought a bottle of mango rum (special kind you can only get in St Martin) and the ship put it in holding until last night, so they say. I started calling around 8pm asking about my bottle of rum...after 3 calls and now 11pm they tell me that it was mistakenly delivered to the wrong cabin! They sent it to 8124 not 8194! Good luck getting it back right? So they tried to get in touch w/ those folks but no answer. Finally at midnight I demanded them to bring me a bottle of their ship's mango rum for replacement which they delivered around midnight. What an ordeal. The next morning at 8:00 I checked at Guest services and they made some calls and found out that Housekeeping had retrieved my rum and would bring it up. I waited about 20 min and they finally brought it up to guest services. Now why did they not just bring it to my room w/o my having to go through all this? Bad customer service all the way around on that one. Guess I won't be purchasing any more liquour for gifts again off ship. LAST DAY: We checked the box on paperwork for Late Departure so we would not have to be off the ship so early. They have a good system on this ship for departing with Numbers vs. Colors. We were the last set of numbers, #81. We were supposed to depart at 9:15 and got off at 9:30. Not bad. Our luggage was already in a holding area and we went right to it, got a helper and were through customs and in our car by 10:00. Not bad at all. You can carry off your own luggage starting at 6:30 and the first luggage call is around 7 or 7:30. FINAL: We had a great time on this cruise, our best yet. It was a bit crowded at times but other things made up for that IMO. I feel that R/C should have not compromised on cabin sizes and offered a few less cabins with a few less people b/c the main common areas seemed the same size as the smaller ships! This ship is truly beautiful, esp. Central Park section. Did not care for Boardwalk section as much but I guess it works for this design. The ship is Beautiful and amazing. I kept asking myself how they built such a ship and how does it float?? I love the cantilevered hot tubs! I used those a lot. Great views from there. Food was great as well as shows. We will definitely go again. I hope they get some new port calls. I also feel that they should not charge so much or at all for the extra dining venues. You're already paying so much anyway, it's bad enough to have to pay for sodas as well as extra restaurants. We did not try the 150 central park as it was $35 pp! A/C system in cabins needs to be improved. No vent in bathroom either. Computer screens all over ship make it easy to navigate and see what's going on at the present time, loved those. They need to get more up to date Headliner show also, we did not want to go hear the Osmonds! One more thing...R/C makes you give them your sea pass card (charge card) to get a beach /pool towel and charges you $20 per towel if not returned. I feel this is unnecessary. I have cruised on Disney 2x and towels are plain white and plentiful all over pool deck, even at dock on their private island. No pressure. R/C acts like these towels are made of gold and WILL NOT give you one w/o running your card. Very inconvenient. I always bring 4 of my own beach towels so I don't have to worry about this or someone taking a $20 ship's towel from my seat. Comes in handy for going to beaches on port days as well. All in vacation, I love cruising. Never a dull moment unless you want one! I recommend this ship, enjoy!! One more thing...Cruise Director Richard Spacey is awesome. He was on Freedom last year w/ us and we loved him back then too. He's perfect for this ship. He just left for vacation to fly back to UK but hopefully he will be back onboard Oasis again soon. He has a very quick wit about him, very funny. You can find him on youtube. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Lots to do on the really feels like you are not n a ship at all.....unless of course you did not feel the movement.....there was a lot more ship movement that I thought there would be. Food......the roast beef on a bun at ... Read More
Lots to do on the really feels like you are not n a ship at all.....unless of course you did not feel the movement.....there was a lot more ship movement that I thought there would be. Food......the roast beef on a bun at Park Cafe is....well, fantastic...stay away if you are on a diet as I bet you can't eat just one! We went back several times. Deserts and sandwiches at the Mondo cafe are great as charge! My wife was very happy to see the chocolate cake and eclairs they offered, as one of her previous complaints about the RC line was a terrible lack of chocolate! The Food Crammer (The Windjammer)was good! Breakfast was as per usual and lunches and dinners had many choices. The main dining room is beautifully done....the meals were fine and again as per usual. Service in the Windjammer and the main dining room was fantastic. Drinks on board were on par with other ships.....hint - tip the waiter in advance cash and your drink will be well worth it! The Room was fine.....only complaint was where the TV was our room in was not at all in a good location. The amount of available channels could be improved, although we didn't do much more than sleep in the room. The shows on board were all professionally done. Do you need to advance book them?....well we did, and a couple got canceled and re-booked during times that did not fit our schedule so we went and got seats at a show that was more convenient for us. Hairspray had technical problems midway through, and we were never able to see the end - my wife was disappointed. Embarkation is a breeze......departure is as well...hint they give you a number for your bags and an estimated departure time for same. We just stayed in our room until we were ready to go - and left. This was not an issue; we left before our number was called, but this was no problem - and no crowd around our bags! TIP! - Free shuttle from FLL to the cruiseport - just board the rental car shuttle from the car rental return and get delivered to your ship! No questions asked. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Everything about this ship is mind boggling. From the parking facilities, right next to the ship, to embarkation was a breeze. Central Park balcony stateroom overlooking the Promenade on the 6th deck was superb. A veritable botanical ... Read More
Everything about this ship is mind boggling. From the parking facilities, right next to the ship, to embarkation was a breeze. Central Park balcony stateroom overlooking the Promenade on the 6th deck was superb. A veritable botanical garden and quieter than the Boardwalk neighborhood. The Park Cafe was an excellent choice over the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. The terrace is like a Paris cafe ambiance. The My Time Dining worked very well but it is advisable to make a reservation. It gets a little busy at around 7:30PM for non reserved tables. Food was well prepared and service outstanding. The shows and entertainment were very well done. Again it is better to reserve the venues in advance and arrive early as seating is on a first come basis and all those non reserved guests get access 10 minutes prior to showtime. Show quality was first class. There is something that is wrong with the public address system in the public areas. The announcements are not readily understood. The amenities on board are outstanding. So much to do and only 7 days to accomplish things. Would return in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
The saddest part about this ship was that we had to leave. My husband and I truly enjoyed and appreciate the royal Caribbean treatment onboard. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale Saturday morning in anticipation of stepping on board. We booked the ... Read More
The saddest part about this ship was that we had to leave. My husband and I truly enjoyed and appreciate the royal Caribbean treatment onboard. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale Saturday morning in anticipation of stepping on board. We booked the cruise on July 5, 2009. Pulling up to the terminal you could clearly see that she was making her mark. Embarkation was a breeze. At the terminal by 11:00 am and onboard the ship at 11:15am. We stepped on to the promenade deck which is on deck 5 and was blown away. WOW, WOW, WOW, is all that I can say. We found a seat at Cafe Promenade and waited til the rooms were open. We enjoy one of many cupcakes and signed up for the cupcake class. We watch the fountains under the rising tide bar dance to the music, enjoy a slice of pizza and then it was time to go to our cabins. Our stateroom was 11319, which is an inside balcony. The room was spacious for both of us. The bathroom was a little small, but we did not plan spending much time there!! The balcony overlooked the boardwalk with an incredible view of the ocean and aqua theater. We went to the sports deck to sign up for the zip line which was surprisingly no line. We also sign up for an excursion in st. marten. The muster drill was at 4:15 pm and consisted of us walking down 6 flights of stairs to the dining room and watching a video about the evacuation procedures. We ate at various venues such as Johnny rockets which is free for breakfast and all you can eat for lunch and dinner for only 4.95, the seafood shack which was great as well. Park cafe not only have good roast beef sandwiches but also really good salads and they are free for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We has reservations at Giovanni's for lunch on Sunday. It was 10.00 per person, but there was a lot of food, which as awesome!! The main dining room was outstanding, the food was superb and service was top notch. Windjammer was good, not a lot of selections, but with soo many restraints on board, you don't have to worry about eating there every day!! We love the nachos from wipe out cafe and the pizza was good from Sorrento's. The cupcake cupboard has interesting flavors. I dined in coca cola, red velvet, root beer, and bubble gum cupcakes!! I love the ice cream shop with the fresh baked waffle cones. My husband stayed at the donut shop which serves free doughnuts all day long!! The room service was great. You can order from your tv in your stateroom and have varieties from the different restaurants around the ship!! The shows are a do not miss!!! My husband thought hairspray was for women, but he was into it more than me!! The aqua show was amazing, and we fell in love with the Frozen in time show. Another show that was awesome was the Come Fly with Me show!!! We participated in the men's sexy les contest where I was a judge and my husband was a participant. I felt like a kid again on the merry go round!! There was a lot of activates to do on board so you never could say there was nothing to do. I love the fact that with 6200 people on board, you never felt crowded unless a show was ending which is typical any where you go. We also took a break and soak up in the hot tubs and relax and napped in the solarium. Drinks were very plenty and there was not an issue with finding a bar, since there is one everywhere you go on the ship as well as servers!! From time to time we donated to the casino and I am sure they appreciated it!! The stops that the ship made were to st Thomas, st marten, and the Bahamas. We got off in St. Thomas to look around but stayed close to the ship. In st Maarten, we went to orient beach which was nice!! We got off for thirty minutes in Nassau but quickly got back on the ship. Getting off the ship was as easy as getting on the ship. There were plenty of taxis there to take you where ever you needed to go. We stayed two days at the Atlantic Hotel on the beach and enjoyed the hotel as it rained our stay there. A couple of tips that I would give for going on this ship is to make sure you pack smart and pack a travel iron to knock out wrinkles. Also bring a surge protector so that you can have multiple outlets as there are only two outlets total in the room. Make reservation for the dining room even if you will not eat there every night. We did and there was some nights where we decided to go and had the reservation there just in case. There is line for guest without reservations, but you are not guaranteed a seat, many people were upset but it could have been resolved if they made the reservations online. The same goes with the shows, even if you think you are not going to see it, still reserve a spot, because you may change your mind later. If not, you may be left standing for the entire show. The only down side we experience on the cruise was not from the ship and crew but form the other passengers. We got a lot of stares as if we were weird from foreigners. Not that I have anything against them, but they always look like they were upset and looked at you crazy if you smiled or looked like you were having a great we stared right back at them!!! Overall, we had an awesome experience. We are planning to go back in January on the sister ship!!! If you are thinking about...just do it!!! Just let go and enjoy yourselves!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
My wife and I just returned on April 17th, 2010 and I thought I'd share our experiences. This was our Fourth Cruise on the Royal Caribbean Ships and we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. 1. Ship Review Significantly larger ... Read More
My wife and I just returned on April 17th, 2010 and I thought I'd share our experiences. This was our Fourth Cruise on the Royal Caribbean Ships and we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. 1. Ship Review Significantly larger than the "Freedom Class" ships (i.e. freedom of the seas, liberty of the seas, etc.) but overall looks the same. Has a Central park and Extended Boardwalk and is much wider. This ship has TOO MUCH MOTION (i.e. listing from side to side). And this may cause you motion sickness so be prepared to bring medication. We did NOT experience this much rocking on the other RCL ships. 2. Embarkation Took the RCL shuttle from the FT Lauderdale Airport to the cruise terminal. It cost us $15 per person which I found to be a bit expensive since the taxi ride is only $15. We were met with very friendly staff and we boarded the ship within 15 minutes 3. Disembarkation Had our breakfast in the Windjammer Buffet restaurant and then waited in the designated area inside the ship until our TAG# was called and then we left the ship for US Customs. The whole process took about 45 minutes until we boarded the bus outside. 4. Room Location OUTSIDE CABIN in the Front of the Ship. This is the WORST location since we could not sleep the first 2 nights out at sea. The high waves were banging against the ship and we could hear a loud bang every 20 minutes. We complained to Guest Services and they moved us to the back of the ship to a new cabin. 5. Room Size Much smaller than other RCL ships. There is little space to move around room without tripping over the luggage. Shower stall is a round-shaped TUBE which makes you feel like you are in an MRI machine. Other than this, the furniture had pleasant colors and everything was stocked up very well 6. Dining We had our dinner in the OPUS Dining Room on our first night and the food was okay. So we decided that we would spend our time our next 7-days in the Windjammer Buffet restaurant which had extensive variety and very friendly staff. The restaurant had THEMED islands where food was placed according to the cuisine (e.g. PASTA island, Hamburgers island, Greens island, Asian Hot island, etc,). The choice of desserts was also very good although it was the same every night. 7. Food Quality Excellent in the Windjammer Buffet restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner 8. Activities/Entertainment Saw all the shows which were truly amazing. We saw the Aqua Theatre show, Broadway Show Hairspray, Frozen in Time, Come Fly Away, and Beatlemania. We also saw the Comedy show which was very funny. 9. Guest Services Excellent staff all over the ship who were always available. We had A/C problem on day 1 and day 2 which were promptly fixed and were followed up by a phone message from Guest services 10. CROWDS Did not experience the crowds despite 6000+ passengers being onboard. We did find ourselves waiting for an elevator for over 10 minutes occasionally, however we decided to use the stairs for a bit of exercise. 11. St Thomas Island Tour We took a shared taxi ride to the TOWN centre in the morning (a $4 ride) where we went through as many shops as we could looking for bargains. We took the Afternoon Tour which started at 1:15pm and which cost $42 per person. This tour lasted about 2-hours and there wasn't enough time to see many things. (Verdict: tour operator can do a better job) 12. St Martin Island Tour We took a water taxi ride to the TOWN centre in the morning (a $6 ride) where we went through as many shops as we could looking for bargains. We took the Afternoon Tour which started at 1:15pm and which cost $24 per person. This tour lasted about 2-hours and took us to the DUTCH and the French sides of the island. There wasn't enough time to see many things. (Verdict: tour operator can do a better job) 13. Nassau Island Tour and Atlantis Photo Stop We took the Afternoon Tour which started at 1:30pm since we arrived at 12:30pm. This tour which cost $35 per person, lasted about 2-hours and took us to the Forts, the Queens 100 Stairs and a 20 minute stop at the famous Atlantis Hotel. (Verdict: tour operator can do a better job) 14. Post Cruise Sawgrass Mill Shopping Mall Tour & Drop off at Airport After we disembarked from the ship, we boarded the bus for the Sawgrass Shopping Mall tour. The cost for this tour was $39 per person. This tour was supposed to allow us a 4-hr stop at the mall and then drop us off at the airport. However, we were dropped off at 10:00am and picked up again at 12:30pm (2.5 hrs only). This was a disappointment, although we did purchase many dresses and shoes at extremely low prices. So it was still worth it. We could have taken a taxi to the Airport (a $15 ride) and then dropped off our luggage in storage ($6 per piece) and then taken a taxi to Sawgrass ($25 on-way trip) and then we could have spent more time there. These are the main highlights of our trip and I must say we had a wonderful trip, although we will not choose the OASIS again but instead go on the Freedon class ships. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Just got off the ship and I can definitely ditto all the good reviews. The ship was fabulous, the food very good and the entertainment was extraordinary--nothing like it on the high seas and this was our 15th cruise on various lines. Here ... Read More
Just got off the ship and I can definitely ditto all the good reviews. The ship was fabulous, the food very good and the entertainment was extraordinary--nothing like it on the high seas and this was our 15th cruise on various lines. Here are some tips for cruising on the Oasis. 1. The electrical outlets are not very convenient--one behind night stand and one under and on the side of the desk. I'd suggest taking a power strip to use for recharging cameras, cell phones, etc. It can be plugged in under the desk and then set on top of the desk. Much more convenient than bending down to reach the plug. We had a Central Park View cabin. 2. I took a 12' extension cord so I could use my hairdryer in the bathroom. I was able to plug it in behind the bed/nightstand and then extend it over the bed to reach the bathroom. 3. The closet was about 4' wide--not as big as on other ships. We filled it up and we did not take very many clothes this trip--no formal wear and we each had two pair casual pants, one pair dress pants, three jackets for me and my husband had one jacket and sport coat and dress shirt, our exercise clothes and tops and shirts, three pair shorts each and we filled the closet up. I took two over the door hangers and you could use them over the bathroom door, on the closet door and a small door next to the desk mirror so take three if you want to put them in all three places which will give you more places to hang clothes. The over the door hangers also work good to hang clothes that you have hand washed in the shower to dry. The ships' wooden hangers have a small hook and they will fit on the over the door hangers but could fall off. You might want to throw a couple of your own hangers in your suitcase. 4. We had Any Time Dining and dined on the 5th floor (1st and 2nd seating is on the 3rd and 4th floor) and the dining room was very cold--even my husband put his jacket on. I wore a jacket every evening. So, ladies, especially, bring a sweater or jacket. Also, the Opal Theater was cold as were the hallways. 5. You can access the Internet from your cabin (65 cents/min.) but I found it took too long to maneuver the keyboard w/o a mouse, so I used the Internet Cafes located on deck 7 and 9. Only a few computers but I had no problem with getting right on a computer. Also, three computers in the card room. We had two $5 coupons for Internet in our Gold Member coupon book. 6. Shows can be pre-reserved online and I would recommend doing so. They have two lines at the shows, one for those who have reservations and one for those with no reservation. Ten minutes before the show begins they will let in those w/o reservations if there are seats available. So, the first night we saw the aqua show we had reservations but the next night we saw it again and did not have reservations but were able to get in. (The second night we went up to the upper deck where the rock climbing wall is and got a good vantage point to see what goes on under the water in the pool during the show). If you look at the show schedule online you will note that they do the play and the aqua show for the first three days of the cruise, then they do the production show the last three days of the cruise. So, if you would not go to the aqua show the first few days of the cruise thinking you will catch it later, you will miss the show. Don't miss any of the shows--they were fantastic--Cirque du Soleil quality. We saw all the shows except the comedy show which was advertised as "adult material" and we only like G-rated material. 7. Look in your daily Compass paper to see if star gazing will be offered. There is a crew member whose hobby is astronomy and he took us on the helicopter pad (not allowed there unless with him) and with his laser light that reached 2 1/2 miles, he pointed out numerous stars and planets. 8. We found most lounges were very smokey--even had to pass through the casino and it was awful. The Viking Lounge on deck 16 was not smokey. 9. A good viewing point is deck 14 all the way forward along the cabin hallway to a push button door out to deck. 10. The Windjammer buffet is very small compared to other ships. I think RC felt there were so many other areas to eat, that people would spread out to the other options. It was hard to find a seat in the Windjammer but then we only ate there two times. The dining room has a buffet for breakfast and lunch on this ship and you can order from the menu, too. You can eat breakfast and lunch at Johnny Rockets (coupons for 1/2 off milk shakes in coupon book), Solarium (great place to sun on comfortable lounges and adults only hot tub), Park Cafe, Promenade Cafe, pizza at Sorrento's, Wipe Out Cafe near Flow Rider, NY cheese cake at Mondo's coffee in Central Park. 11. Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry frozen yogurt self-serve stands - two near the children's pool area and one in the Wipe Out Cafe. 12. We loved all the advanced electronics! At every elevator is a large touch screen to tell you dining schedules, what to do on the ship at that time, menus, directions, etc. As I read in one review on here, be sure to have your picture taken as you embark on the ship. This will activate face recognition technology so all you do is go to a kiosk in the photo center, swipe your card and all your pictures can be seen on the computer. You also will have a number on your sea pass card for your pictures and you use this number to locate the hard copies in a folder in towers holding these folders in the photo shop. Very easy way to handle pictures--every ship should adopt this technology. 13. They even change out a plate on the floor of each elevator for the current day of the week. Who'd have thought that they would take the time to do that each day to the numerous elevators. 14. The parade on the last day is Disney quality and since DreamWorks was on board filming, they used some of their characters. 15. There is even an escalator on the ship in the gangway area! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We traveled with a party of 6 for a pre-night cruise on 4/16 and stayed at the Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale. Highly recommended. Boarded the Oasis on 4/17 about 1:30 PM. Embarkation- a breeze!!! All of us on the ship in 15 minutes. The ... Read More
We traveled with a party of 6 for a pre-night cruise on 4/16 and stayed at the Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale. Highly recommended. Boarded the Oasis on 4/17 about 1:30 PM. Embarkation- a breeze!!! All of us on the ship in 15 minutes. The ship: What can I say... Gorgeous.... Never felt like you were on a ship. Every room was beautiful. We had main seating at table 215. Edwin and Alexander were one of the best we have had on any ship and we hsve been on over 30 cruises on all lines. Very little motion on the ship if at all the week of 4-17 to 4-24. The shows were excellent. Have not seen better on any other ship. We did not go to the Headliner Show "The Nelsons" or the Comedy Show so I can not comment on those. Ports: We have been to these many times but did enjoy doing our own thing ashore. Disembarkation: A breeze. Times were about 10 minutes off from the cruise estimate they provided but you can not control that but once they called your number, no problems. Exceptions: Rooms were a tad bit smaller than other RC ships but not terribly so. Sometimes the elevator waits were a bit longer. OVERALL EXPERIENCE: Excellent. Great crew. Beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Sailed onboard Oasis on a standard balcony cabin on Deck 6. We are a standard family of 4 traveling with tweens. cabin was a bit cramped for us. but we got used to it. Really beautiful ship. Asian crew is tops. Sorrentos pizza is ... Read More
Sailed onboard Oasis on a standard balcony cabin on Deck 6. We are a standard family of 4 traveling with tweens. cabin was a bit cramped for us. but we got used to it. Really beautiful ship. Asian crew is tops. Sorrentos pizza is great especially after coming home from ashore. Lots of freebie food on deck 5, where we frequent. Like free pizza & water at Sorrentos. Free coffee & hot choco & sandwiches & cookies all day at Cafe Promenade. I just want a basic latte so I didn't buy from their starbucks & seattle's best booths. Free soft serve ice cream at the pool deck. Deck 6 boardwalk is superb. We had traditional dining at Opus at 6 pm and food was great! Buffet at windjammer also good. Central park on Deck 8 is a nice quiet place to be. Our kids didn't join the kids programs most probably because their companions did not. Shows were spectacular. Downside: I feel their excursions are a bit of a letdown. When we went to Marigot our tour was overbooked by 2 people causing us a delay of 20 minutes. It may not be a lot of time but if you're on a tour and there is a certain time you have to be back to the ship 20 mins is valuable. We should have just taken a taxi to tour us around the island cheaply, like we did in St. Thomas. The upside of the tour is that the buses are air conditioned, the taxis are not. But taxis give you more flexibility. The beach in Marigot was very nice. It's called Boo Boo Jam Beach grill. You have to pay $5.00 for an umbrella but we were lucky we had a chair under a tree. Shopping: be sure to haggle and know your prices! A friend of mine haggled a tanzanite & diamond pendant from $1,000 to $480. Also attend the Shopping Shelby seminar and you'll get lots of deals and coupons. We did the Dolphin Shallow swim in Atlantis. This one i feel the need to book thru the ship because our companions went via taxi and were not able to get into Atlantis because the resort was full. Not enough time to explore Atlantis though. Tip: if you are doing the Dolphin or Sea Lion swim and would like to get your photos, please do not get them at the Dolphin photo shop. Go to any photo booth in Atlantis and you can get your pics there. We got delayed for 45 minutes just looking for (their system is not organized) our photos. Be sure to take the name of the photographer (we didn't). There will be about 100 people doing the dolphin in groups of 10. So quite hard to find our photos. All in all great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
To start, I would like to say that this is our 12Th cruise with RCCL. We booked the cruise on the Oasis of the Seas while on board the Majesty of the Seas in December 2008. It was one amazing cruise and could not believe that we were on a ... Read More
To start, I would like to say that this is our 12Th cruise with RCCL. We booked the cruise on the Oasis of the Seas while on board the Majesty of the Seas in December 2008. It was one amazing cruise and could not believe that we were on a ship with 5700 passengers. It was never crowded anywhere. We ate in the dinning room every night except for one which we ate at Giovanni's Table It was a very good experience, the food and service was excellent. You really forget that you are on a ship and not on land. The shows were great. The best show was Oasis of Dreams. I have only one suggestion and it is big. Make sure you make your reservations on line for all the shows as soon as you can. They allow you to make them while you are on the ship, but you may not get the times you want. I was not made aware that you should book the shows ahead of time. When I went on line to book the shows they were pretty much booked. It took quite some time to work out but I was able to get all the shows. We were also traveling with our dear friends, so we were booking these shows together. Because of this problem I really thought that this whole cruise was going to be a disaster giving the magnitude of this ship. The location of our cabin was very convenient. We were right off the elevator on the eight floor. It was quiet you never heard any outside noise. The room and the balcony were adequate size. It could have used a little more draw space. From the beginning we boarded the ship and the embarkation procedure was so quick we were in our room in less the 30 minutes. For the next seven days everything went extremely well. The Day of Debarkation came and I figured this was going to be an issue. To our amazement it was the quickest debarkation we have ever had. Kudos to RCCL they really know what they are doing. Great ship and Great Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
My husband and I have been on 9 cruises and I will say the Oasis of the Seas has been our favorite ship. We've sailed Carnival, Disney, Princess, and Royal Caribbean, so we've experienced several cruise lines. I always enjoy ... Read More
My husband and I have been on 9 cruises and I will say the Oasis of the Seas has been our favorite ship. We've sailed Carnival, Disney, Princess, and Royal Caribbean, so we've experienced several cruise lines. I always enjoy reading reviews prior to selecting a ship and enjoy the anticipation of an upcoming cruise. That is why I am giving back by writing this review. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to write reviews. So.... Here goes !! We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale a day early. I always recommend doing this because if flying, or even driving, you never know what may come up. We stayed at the Westin Beach Resort. It was a lovely resort, right on the beach. There were many restaurants within walking distance and a 24 Hour CV Pharmacy just a couple blocks away. We enjoyed our one night stay there. We left the resort shortly before 11am and got a taxi to take us to the pier. The check-in procedure was as easy as everyone said. We walked in, got in the proper line for our deck, provided all our paperwork, smiled for the camera and then were given our Sea Pass cards. We waited in chairs in a "holding type" area for a short while before being called to head up the gangway. Smooth as silk :) You enter at Deck 5 and are amazed at everything. We went right up to Deck 14 to sign up for the Zip Line then went to lunch in the Windjammer. Yes, it can be a bit crowded at times but there are so many food venues throughout the ship, it isn't that much of a problem. We always found seating. Our cabin was ready shortly after 1pm, as promised. We were on Deck 6 - Boardwalk - and had a bump out balcony cabin. We asked our room steward to bring us loungers and he was happy to do so. We absolutely enjoyed our balcony !!! The only way to go !! CABIN - As I said, we were on Deck 6, forward deluxe balcony cabin. I do believe it was a bit smaller than we've been in before but we tucked away the table by the sofa and that helped. We slid it between the sofa and closet and piled books, papers, etc., on it. The electrical outlet is on the left side of the vanity desk. Yes, it can be a little awkward but I managed using the blow dryer and my curling iron. We did bring an extension cord and used it to charge my Blackberry and plug in the little fan I brought for my side of the bed. The bathroom is very tight but the shower door does curve out and that makes it nice. We ALWAYS bring a plastic shoe bag with pockets that we put toiletries in and that works perfectly for storage. There are shelves in the bathroom though. It was roomy enough for the two of us but I can't imagine fitting in another person. FOOD - We enjoyed the food on board. It is amazing how well the food is prepared for the amount of people on board. But, as I said previously, there are so many food venues. We had reservations at Chops, which my husband really enjoys. The food there is always good. We also tried the seafood place. I thought it was okay but probably wouldn't pay extra again for it. The day we planned on eating at Johnny Rockets, there was a 30 minutes wait and that is why we tried the seafood place. Sad to miss Johnny Rockets ? We had lunch in the Solarium and the food there was very good. It was a healthy type menu. Yes, we tried the free donuts (Key Lime was Yummy !) and the pay for cupcakes (Just okay). We had the famous roast beef sandwich from the Park Cafe. It was as good as people said. Every evening we sampled something from either Sorentos Pizza or the sandwich and cookie place on Deck 5. Sounds like we ate all the time !!! ENTERTAINMENT - Fabulous !!! Every production was amazing. I had made reservations for each production and the only one we missed was the Nelson twins. We heard people enjoyed them though. I can't say enough about the level of professionalism from these entertainers and all the people back stage that you don't see. We danced in Dazzles, which played music from the 60s thru 80s. Lots of fun! We took dance lesson in Boleros, which played Latin music. Blaze played current music, which I have to admit, we couldn't take, so we left. We briefly tried the Jazz Club, which was okay in our opinion. There were plenty of activities for those who wished to dance, listen to music, take in a production show, play group games, etc. We did not try the casino so I cannot speak to it. The pool decks were wonderful. We spent time at both the solarium and regular pools. Solarium was wonderful, comfy, and we were always able to find a spot for the two of us. There are plenty of loungers for people to use. They weren't all right next to the pools but it was easy enough to get in a dip to cool of and return to your lounger. PORTS - We've done the Eastern Caribbean several times so the ports weren't new for us. We are not Nassau fans but it was part of the itinerary. We strolled around a little and then returned to the ship. We booked a day room in St. Thomas at the Emerald Beach Resort so we could have use of a room, the pool and the beach. It would have worked out beautifully but it was cloudy that day and rained quite a bit. In theory though, it was worth the amount we spent. We booked the Lord Sheffield Tall Ship snorkel excursion for our St. Martin stop. We really enjoyed ourselves and the crew of three were great. They grilled out ribs and chicken and had cheese and crackers. For drinks you could have water, soda, beer, and various mixed drinks. I recommend this excursion. The crew was wonderful and always smiling and very helpful. The recommendation I have is for the passengers ~ It doesn't take any effort to smile and say "please" and "thank you." These people work 7 days a week and deserve respect and kind treatment. I saw too many people who took them for granted !!! We had a wonderful time and would recommend the Oasis of the Seas for a wonderful vacation. I am happy to answer any questions ~ Cindy B. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Royal Caribbean does an excellent job of getting passengers on and off the ship, including at ports of call. There are several security checkpoints each time, but everything ran smoothly, with no real waits in line. Just be prepared for ... Read More
Royal Caribbean does an excellent job of getting passengers on and off the ship, including at ports of call. There are several security checkpoints each time, but everything ran smoothly, with no real waits in line. Just be prepared for airport-level security, and don't forget your Sea Pass card and photo ID, especially in Nassau. We had a stateroom with a balcony overlooking Central Park. In retrospect we should have chosen an ocean-view cabin. While a park on a ship is a novelty, I can see trees anytime in Ohio; I can't see an ocean or tropical islands ! The stateroom was very nice, not as small as I thought it would be (though the bathroom is tiny!). I thought there was plenty of closet space too. Soundproofing is excellent. Even though the Oasis is huge, you WILL feel the ship moving in the water; staterooms on lower decks have less movement. The movement was never enough to be a problem, though, even with ten-foot swells. Note to first-time cruisers: In the stateroom there is a small step up to the bathroom, which can take some getting used to. For the first couple of nights, I put a white washcloth on the floor in front of the step, to remind me it was there. The Solarium area at the bow of the ship on Deck 15 is the "adult" area, with the pools and whirlpools there reserved for adults only. There are lots of deck chairs, but if you want a good spot, get there before 9 am ! You cannot just claim a chair with a towel and leave it unattended for hours, however - a "deck patrol" comes around every 30 minutes to make sure all the chairs are actually being used. There are shady areas near the restaurant with comfortable chairs. A good place to watch the ship come into ports is the forward area of Deck 14. This deck is accessed through the stateroom corridors, so it is not immediately obvious as an open deck area. Booking shows: Try to avoid booking a show for early Sunday evening. That is when the Captain greets the passengers in the Grand Promenade. Be sure to take your Sea Pass card with you to the shows; they are your ticket to get in, if you have made reservations. DO book ahead for the "Headliner" show that is done later in the week, which has no specific act named ahead of time. On our cruise, it turned out to be Beatlemania, which sold out soon after it was announced during the cruise. We were able to get stand-by seats, but it is best to just automatically book this "headliner" show before the cruise to ensure the best seats. Our favorite show was "Frozen in Time", the figure skating show. It is NOT a "kiddie" version of skating, despite the fairy tale theme; this is a top-notch skating show. Two of the acts are child-oriented but overall this was as much or more of a treat for grown-ups who enjoy figure skating. "Oasis of Dreams", the aqua theater show, was good - but basically just a demonstration of diving, synchronized swimming, and gymnastics. There was a vague attempt at a storyline but I don't think anyone in the audience could figure out the plot ! The other big show on board, "Come Fly With Me", has excellent musical numbers and Cirque du Soleil acrobatics. We did not go to see "Hairspray" but heard it was good. In the Opal Theater, there is excellent seating in the front row of the first "balcony" (NOT the upstairs one; the one at the back of the main floor). You are about halfway back but up high enough that a tall person in the rows ahead of you cannot block your view. You don't want to sit too close to the stage for Come Fly With Me or you will be craning your neck to see the aerial performances. Also, on shows like Beatlemania, when the performers are imitating famous people, it is easier to keep up the illusion if you are NOT seeing them close up ! If you want to do the Zip Line, be sure to bring good walking shoes to wear. You are not allowed to ride it wearing sandals or flip-flops. Don't miss the two parades done at the beginning and end of the cruise, in the Grand Promenade ! Get a viewing spot early. A good place to watch is in the area in front of Sorrento's Pizza. Try to attend the Captain's Talk in the Opal Theater. You will learn interesting facts about the ship, and he has an excellent sense of humor! You can also ask him questions about the Oasis. Dining The food is excellent ! If you choose the "My Time" dining option, you will be given the same dinner table at the Opus dining room for the entire week, so you get to know your waiter and assistant waiter. There is also a breakfast buffet at the Opus, but the Windjammer buffet has a much larger selection. We ate a lunch at the Wipeout Cafe in the Sports Zone of the ship; it has pizza, hamburgers, etc. Be sure to try the pretzel hot dog ! The restaurant at the Solarium offers health food selections at its buffets. Interesting, but again not nearly the selection as at the Windjammer. The few negative comments I have about the Oasis are minor issues: We were disappointed with the Guest Services desk, as they seldom answered a question clearly, and while most employees speak good English, the accents can be so heavy that they are difficult to understand easily. I was disappointed to hear that Oasis's sister ship, Allure of the Seas, will apparently have the exact same "theme" of Central Park and Boardwalk. I would have preferred a tropical theme, or at least something a bit more exotic than another representation of places in New York and New Jersey - which are nicely done, but frankly not all that exciting a concept. Also, much of the photographic artwork on our Deck (Eleven) had a winter theme, which seemed odd on a Caribbean cruise - unless they are trying to remind you of what you are escaping in winter by cruising in the tropics? I do wish the food selections at the Windjammer had included a short description of the food; some of the international dishes were a mystery to us, with only the name given. This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean, and it will not be our last. We were very impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the overall quality of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
As frequent cruisers,we found the Oasis embarkation process to be the smoothest and fastest we've encountered. The ship itself is a vision of architectural fantasy. It is truly an awesome ship. It is beautiful and her crew members ... Read More
As frequent cruisers,we found the Oasis embarkation process to be the smoothest and fastest we've encountered. The ship itself is a vision of architectural fantasy. It is truly an awesome ship. It is beautiful and her crew members are absolutely fabulous. They are so anxious to please the guests in any way possible. Our cabin overlooked Central Park with a very calm and pleasing view. Central Park is not the busiest of the neighborhoods, so it was a very good place to be, although I think I would opt for an ocean view next time. The cabins overlooking the Promenade or the Boardwalk tended to be noisy until late evening and I wouldn't recommend them to people who go to bed early. Those interior, outside cabin do lack one thing -- the ocean. You get the feeling that you are on a floating resort or hotel, rather than a cruise. The cabins themselves were smaller than the lower category cabins on the Carnival ships. The bathrooms have one very nice feature -- a shower enclosure which keeps you from flooding the bathroom floor when you shower. However, the size of the sink is a joke. It is about the size of the sink in airplane bathrooms. It's difficut to get your hands under the faucet to wash them. That surely could have been a better design. Closets and drawers were adequate for two people, but again, smaller than on Carnival ships. It's a good thing they don't keep the lifevests in the closets, or there would have been no space for clothes. The formal Dining Room was very nice and the food was good. The My Time Dining option worked much better than we anticipated. There was never more than a 5 minute wait and, if you made reservations in advance, there was no waiting. The various complementary eating venues were nice and food was good, but we felt there were not enough complementary drink stations. If you wanted to get a glass of water, iced tea or lemonade, you had a long way to go to find one. Sorrento's pizza is excellent, especially if you like lots of cheese. The Park Cafe's Roast Beef Sandwiches were equally great. The food in the Windjammer Marketplace was a good variety and plentiful. There were a few other places to get a quick snack such as the Promenade Cafe, but the only self-serve yogurt machine was up on the Sports Deck and really out of the way. The donuts from the Donut Shop on the Boardwalk were greasy and not very good. There are a number of eating venues with other food for a price. The only one we tried was Johnny Rocket's, for Burgers, Fries and Milk Shakes which tasted fine, but turned out to be rather expensive. There was enough complementary food available that the premium food venues where you paid for the food didn't seem necessary. The Cup Cake House always seemed to be empty -- guess people didn't want to pay for a cupcake when you could get so many wonderful desserts at the complementary venues. The same goes for the Ice Cream Parlor -- heard lots of people grumble about having to pay for an ice cream cone. The loveliest place on the ship was the Solarium area which also features a great food venue offering wonderful fruits, salads and a lighter, healthier fare. It's a great place to relax, but since it's an "adults only" area, we only visited that area a few times when the little ones were off at the supervised children's centers which they really loved. The entertainment was good, when you got to see some. We had booked our shows in advance, as RCCL recommended, but many were cancelled due to rough seas. We were automatically rescheduled for a later time when we were already scheduled to see another show. We eventually got to see almost everything, but it took some doing. It's not easy to accommodate 5,400 passengers. While everyone had a great time, I think we will go back to the smaller, more conventional (and cheaper) cruise ships which give you more ocean views and the feeling that you really are cruising on the ocean. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2010
We went on the Oasis of the Seas for an Eastern Caribbean Cruise. IT WAS PERFECT!!! The embarkment was the easiest ever.. we have been on 6 other cruises all with RCCL (would never stray) and this embarkment was less then 5 minutes from ... Read More
We went on the Oasis of the Seas for an Eastern Caribbean Cruise. IT WAS PERFECT!!! The embarkment was the easiest ever.. we have been on 6 other cruises all with RCCL (would never stray) and this embarkment was less then 5 minutes from the time we entered the building. Couldn't be happier unless there was a bar in terminal.. haha From the time we entered the ship we were amazed, everything was so much bigger then all of the pictures and videos we looked at. Our room overlooked the Boardwalk (8695) it was right above the carousel, we were 1st afraid that we would hear circus music all day and night because we were so close to the caracol but the music coming from the boardwalk was very faint, never fazed us . The ship was full to capacity, 5400 people plus crew but it never felt crowded. Several nights we were like "were are all the people". There are so many things to do so everyone is so spread out. LOVED IT!! The pool areas weren't even crowded, some people tried to save lounge chairs at the pool... for no reason, there were always several to choose from. We were told by a bartender that there are 7,450 lounge chairs... plenty to go around. We did the 8:30 dinner because we don't want to go in early to get ready for the early seating. I don't like leaving the pool area until the last minute, so the 8:30 was perfect for us. There are so many different dining options that we only went to the main dining room 3 nights. We made reservations for Giovanni's months before our trip to ensure a date and time that we wanted. If you wait until you board to make reservations anywhere on the ship you might not get the date and time you want, so I recommend that you check everything that requires a reservation before you leave. All of the shows were great, we made reservations for the ice skating show as well. You can just walk into other shows on the ship, check which ones you need reservations for though. I have no complaints about the ship what so ever. Like I said, we have been on several cruises with RCCL and have only had one problem on another ship and RCCL compensated us well , very well! That is why we would never try another cruise line ,RCCL has everything that we love for our vacations. We have been on the smallest ship they provide and now the largest ship in the world... Like I said PERFECT... Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
I cruised with my DB and DSIL who are Diamond Members. I am Platinum. The excitement of finally going on the cruise peaked as we embarked onto the Promenade. Entering and going thru the process to get on board was seamless and quick. ... Read More
I cruised with my DB and DSIL who are Diamond Members. I am Platinum. The excitement of finally going on the cruise peaked as we embarked onto the Promenade. Entering and going thru the process to get on board was seamless and quick. This ship is gigantic and it is difficult to see everything in 7 days. However, we gave it our best try. I ate in the Solarium every morning that was just up from my Central Park room. The food was healthy, fresh and delicious. I also ate at the Windjammer for lunch and dinner. It was confusing at first because it doesn't resemble the other Windjammers. The food is mixed together and in categories such as Asian, Lite Fare, etc. No special fried eggs or build an omelet. It was good once I got used to it. We also ate at Giovanni's Table which was superb but too much food. Central Park where all the pay restaurants are is lovely and I had a room overlooking CP at night it was just beautiful. I used the pools, they were good and chairs were easy to find. Also did the zip line, but beware, you have to book early in order to get a reservation. I booked on the 2nd day and couldn't get on until the 6th day at sea. Spent a lot of time on the Promenade, seeing parades, modeling show, etc., from the 2nd floor of the Schooner bar, people watching and making plans. The new layout for the photos is very good and photos are easy to review if you aren't wearing sunglasses in the pics because it's done by facial recognition. I ate cupcakes (the turtle one was very dry but the coca cola one was fine), did a bar tending lesson and took in most of the shows. Couldn't get into the comedy club and was the only venue we didn't make pre-reservations. Comedy club is a don't miss. Hairspray is an abbreviated version and just okay; the "air" show with the high fliers above our heads was spectacular. We never made it out to the Aqua Theater. Boardwalk was another area that was a pay as you go area. Johnny Rocket's, the Seafood Shack, clothing stores, picture store and the like. Didn't spend much time there. The Diamond Club was small so all the nightly events had to be held in Blaze. They wouldn't let anyone in that wasn't "dressed" which caused quite a stir by members. Nor, would they let you bring in your wife or husband who had not made Diamond yet. Again, this cause quite an issue because we've always gone into the DC on other ships without problems. I could go on, but all in all, this is a nice ship, albeit too large for my liking. The crew is good, but the personal service isn't there due to the volume of people. This is a ship you should go on at least once. However, I'll stick to my favorite ships in the Freedom class and the Voyager class. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Embark and Disembark - Royal Caribbean handled both these aspects of the cruise very well. Once we arrived at the terminal, we had our sea pass in hand and walking into the ship within 40 minutes. Very streamlined processes. Upon ... Read More
Embark and Disembark - Royal Caribbean handled both these aspects of the cruise very well. Once we arrived at the terminal, we had our sea pass in hand and walking into the ship within 40 minutes. Very streamlined processes. Upon disembarking, our number stated that we would leave at 9:10 a.m. The Opal Theatre was very congested and not enough seating to handle this process. People were sitting on the ground waiting for the number sequence to be called. Very hot and they seemed to be delayed. Once outside we had no chance of calling our shuttle service. The RC workers we hustling people into cabs and getting them out of the terminal so there would be no lingering. Staterooms - Very well laid out and lots of storage in cupboards, drawers, closets and shelving. Empty suitcases were able to fit under the bed and out of the way. The little table in front of the sofa was a nuisance and took up too much room, but we were able to slide it to the side between the sofa and the closet otherwise you would have run into it. Cabins were beautifully decorated. Bed linens were lovely. LCD TV on the wall was able to be pulled out a bit and turned to watch it in the bed. Balcony area was more than adequate and was kept very clean by the stateroom attendant. Food - All no-fee areas had plenty of food choices. Meals were hot and fresh. Opus Dining Room food was excellent with wonderful choices of low fat entrees and a wide variety of other entrees. The Windjamer Cafe (Buffet)was very busy, but once you were in the food lines were not crowded and the variety of food was great, however, trying to get a alcoholic beverage in the cafe was very poor. Some of the waiters did not know what a "Mimosa" was and had to call in another waiter to handle the order. Fee restaurants were easy to get into, but you felt very rushed. Service - Our Stateroom Attendant was excellent. He kept our room clean and attended to any of our requests. Our Poolside Waiter was great. For the amount of people he served in the time we were there, he never forgot to come back to make sure we were satisfied with the drink and whether or not we needed another. The Waiter and Assistant waiter in the Opus Dining Room were great. Made our dinner time very enjoyable with joking around. One night we were going to a show and told them the night before that we would not be in the next day. The waiter said it was lobster night the next night and that when the show was over just to come in and he would save us dinner. When we got to our table each of us had two or three tidbits of the appetizers on a plate; they saved us two lobster tails each; and for dessert they gave us a little tidbit of each that was on the menu. Very thoughtful. Entertainment - Very good choices. Comedy show; Headliner show; and Aqua Show were great. Just remember to book the times and day you want on the RC website before you go on the cruise otherwise you would not be able to get in. Activities - Lots to choose from. A "must do" is the Zip Line. It was a blast however due to the number of people wanting to do this you were only allowed to do it once. When you first arrive on the ship make sure you book your Zip Line time near the Wipeout Bar. There was a line up, so be prepared to wait. We arrived on the ship on the Saturday and our time was booked for Thursday. You were not allowed to pre-book this on the internet before leaving for your cruise. Many other activities like the mini-putt were not busy so there was not problem in doing that. The Flowrider was another activity where line ups were deep. Very busy. Lots of other daily activities to choose from on a day to day basis. Pools/Hot Tubs - For the amount of people on the cruise there were plenty of loungers to sit on and the pools and hot tubs were not overly crowded. There was alway RC staff checking chlorine levels and doing clean up around these areas. Shore Excursions - These are best to book via the internet before you go on the cruise as many of them were booked. The ports were very well organized getting on and off. The down not get involved with "Shopping Shelby" is like taping an commercial for the ports. You had to clap when she told you too and laugh when she told you to as the promotion was being taped and put on the cruise TV for others to see!!! They offer you a coupon book to buy for $25.00 which they say includes many coupons for the ports you are stopping in. It was a rip would have to spend days in one port to take advantage of the coupons for that particular port and the coupon book included coupons for ports in the Caribbean you would not even be docking at. They do not tell you that when promoting the book. Friends of ours cornered "Shelby" later in the day and told her what they thought of the get together....she got very defensive and walked away. Vitality At Sea - The GYM was state of the art and we never had a problem getting on any machine. The SPA facilities we did not use due to the cost (a couples massage $300.00+ U.S.). The SALON was very expensive and although I used it personally I would never use it again. My stylist "Malcom" did nothing but complain how much he hated working there and couldn't wait for his contract to be up in four months. He washed and trimmed an inch off my long hair for a ridiculous price of $75.00. I signed for that service which went on our sea pass account, however, the next day when checking our account there was another charge for $55.00 one minute after my charge of $75.00 went through. It took us hours to get this straightened out, but had we not checked our sea pass we would not have known that they ripped us off for $55.00 plus the automatic gratuity. Not very happy with this service and would not do it again. Summary - The "Oasis of the Seas" was absolutely breathtaking. You did not want for anything and were treated like Royalty. Most of the staff were very accomodating. There was plenty to do and for the number of passengers on the ship it really did not seem crowded. Unfortunately the "Boardwalk" area was not busy at all. All the food areas charged a fee and basically the areas was used to walk through to get to the Aqua Theatre. I am sure parents found it a little expensive to take their children there. The carousel was beautiful and was used by children and adults. The Rising Tide Bar is a must. The Focus area to pick up photos taken on the ship was very well organized. Would definitely take another RC cruise on the "Oasis of the Seas" and cannot wait to see its sister ship "Allure of the Seas". Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
For those of you that have not heard, Royal Caribbean's 'Oasis of the Seas' entered service in December 2009 and is the world's biggest cruise ship. She's not just a bit bigger than the previous incumbent; ... Read More
For those of you that have not heard, Royal Caribbean's 'Oasis of the Seas' entered service in December 2009 and is the world's biggest cruise ship. She's not just a bit bigger than the previous incumbent; she's significantly bigger, in fact 45% bigger (based on gross tonnage). She has sixteen passenger decks and can carry a staggering 6,296 passengers (max) and 2,165 Crew. She is more than twice as big as many of RCI's competitors' ships, 3.25 times bigger than the legendary QE2 and almost 5 times bigger than the Titanic. The ship should have just been named "Wow". The hardware really is 'amazing', 'breathtaking', 'awesome' and 'astonishing' or any other superlative you choose. There are 15 passenger decks labelled 3 to 18, but there is no deck 13. However the 'software' (service, food, entertainment etc.) also determines the quality of your experience. The 25,000 dollar question is how does the enormous size of this ship enhance or detract from the on board experience? How do the ports handles so many people embarking and disembarking? Is the ship just 'too big' for its own good? All will be revealed: General Overview There is a danger that reviewing the biggest ship in the world could result in the longest review in the world. However in order to make matters more manageable, I will only dwell on the important public rooms/spaces and those aspect of the ships design that are different from other Royal Caribbean ships. She is not just another cruise ship; her design goes far beyond traditional maritime concepts. She is a floating resort. Her public areas are even divided into seven 'neighbourhoods' and she even has a 'park', such is the scale of the vessel. RCI have taken all of the innovations featured onboard their 'Freedom Class' vessels (the former biggest cruise ships in the world) and greatly expanded upon them. Oasis's competition is not other ships; it is Disney World, Las Vegas and South Beach etc. Embarkation at Port Everglades was one of the fastest I have ever experienced at any port and that includes smaller ships which only carry 800 passengers. I went from 'kerb to ship' in around 15 minutes - quite remarkable. (My cruise was carrying 5,900 passengers of whom 900 were Brits.) Oasis is designed to spend her life undertaking one week cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the Caribbean islands. She offers two alternating Eastern and Western itineraries, each with an ideal balance of three ports of call and three sea days. The three sea days are essential to explore the ship and take advantage of the facilities on such a big ship. In fact I would suggest that there is actually more to see and do on board the ship than there is in the ports of call. Two weeks, not one, would be required if you want to attempt to experience everything this floating resort can offer you. As a foot note, I would not be surprised if we do not see Oasis (or her sister Allure) operating in the Mediterranean in maybe a few years time. Onboard Experience 'Oasis' makes more use of new technology than any ship before her. In fact the 'Oasis' experience starts long before you board the ship. On-line registration of your personal details and the ability to print out your boarding-pass helps speed up the embarkation process. Many aspects of on board life can be booked on-line, in advance, from the comfort of your own home. These include excursions, entertainment, alternative dining, wine/soda packages and flow-rider (surfing) lessons, etc. Booking the entertainment in advance is a very wise choice. Passengers who book get priority over those that have not, to attend the major shows. Once you are onboard, your various bookings are all held on your Sea-pass card, which is also you cashless account card and room key. Crew members stand at the entrances to each show and use hand-held card readers to confirm your bookings and allow you in. Ten minutes before the start of each show, passengers who have not booked are allowed to fill any remaining seats in each venue. These may of course be limited, so In short if you have not booked in advance, you may not get to see the show you want. The smallest show, the comedy show, which is held in the intimate 'Comedy Central' lounge, definitely required booking. Onboard photographs are also linked to your sea pass card as well. You can put your card in a machine, in the photo gallery and view your photos and order them if required. You can even buy them on a CD for a mere $350 (yes, that's not a typing error). Strangely some photographs taken by the RCI 'paparazzi' are still printed out in the old manner and displayed on the wall and/or stored in one of hundreds of folders. You Sea-pass card has the number of your personal folder printed on it. Design The dEcor on board Oasis is the typical RCI mix of tastefulness and glitz, but never as over the top as Carnival. Many of the public rooms have familiar RCI brand names to make regulars feel at home. Much of the 10,000 items of art work onboard are contemporary in style (i.e. odd) with a '"wonders of our world" theme. Oasis is traditional in the sense that it has one main dining room, with two fixed sittings although 'any-time' (flexible) dining is also offered. There are also a number of alternative dining venues, some of which carry a surcharge. There is one large theatre, the Opal, but some additional entertainment venues including Studio-B (ice show) and the Aqua-Theatre (water show), plus a range of smaller lounges many featuring live music at times. Surprisingly many of the public rooms are quite small, with the exception of the Theatre and Main Dining Room. Unusually for a big ship, there are only two stair towers and banks of elevators. However the elevators are big and fast, with most being glass offering scenic views of their respective atriums. I did not have any problems getting around the vessel, but those passengers with limited mobility are bound to find the distances between the various decks and public rooms' changeling. The entire ships design is based on the premise that not every passenger will want to be doing the same thing, at the same time, in the same place at once. This concept largely works, except during the Royal Promenade street parties/processions when you quickly become aware that the ship holds a hell of a lot of people. The first night queues for the 'Opus dining room' were also enlightening, but by the second evening they were non-existent. However at other times I found myself wondering where all the passengers were. One evening I went in the Jazz club and there were only six people watching the band (and they were good). There was a Scottish Piper, Larry Lindsay, aboard who gave a lecture about making and playing bagpipes which was attended by only ten people. (This also indicates that RCI clientele are not big on enrichment). The different 'neighbourhoods' successfully divide up the passengers, who require different experiences, between the various public spaces. For example Central Park tends to attract adults and is quite tranquil, as of course does the 'adults only' solarium. The sports court with it's Zip Line and Flow Riders (surf simulators with real water) and H2O zone (children's water park) keeps the kids and energetic adults busy. Families enjoy the board walk together. The teens are well catered for with their 'youth zone' facilities housed under the Viking Crown complex on deck 15. Public rooms and Spaces Central Park may sound like a gimmick but it is unique and wonderful space. It contains 12,000 real plants and 56 trees. It is complete with pre-recorded bird sounds. I spoke to the gardener who told me that the automatic under-soil watering system was so efficient that they had to turn some of it off as some plants don't like too much moisture. Central Park is longer and wider than it looked in the original renderings. It is quite a tranquil area, mainly attracting adults, but was never over crowded. It is also illuminated very attractively. I found myself being drawn back to it time and time again. Quite a breeze can blow though the park at times; even though it is an enclosed space with just an open roof. Central Park is overlooked by many balcony cabins, giving the occupants a man-made vista opposed to a sea view. The park contains a number of shops and surcharge dining options: Chops Grille (steak house) Antonio's Table (Italian Dining) 150 Central Park (exclusive dining) and Vintages (wine bar). However there is also the relatively intimate 'Park cafe' a non-surcharge venue. This was my favourite dining venue for a healthy breakfast and lunch. The freshly prepared filled bagels along with fruit, cereals and yoghurt made a lovely breakfast. The 'choose your own salad', toasted sandwiches and soup made an excellent light lunch. Frank Sinatra and other smooth music was regularly played at a sensible volume and the staff were very efficient and friendly at all times. The Cafe was uncrowned for the first few days of the cruise then the secret got out. The 'Rising Tide bar' is a bar on hydraulics which travels between 'Central Park' and the 'Royal Promenade' directly below. As it is doing so, coloured fountains dance below it. Personally I think it is the one silly 'gimmick' on board the ship. It only travels once every an hour or two and on occasions the departures are cancelled (why?) It is not a thrilling ride and it's not particularly scenic one. I think the space would have been better used for a Park cafe and/or a Promenade bar that did not elevate. RCI's 'Royal Promenade' concept first appeared on board the 'Voyager' class ships in 1999. Essentially it is an enclosed street down the middle of the ship featuring a range of cafes, bars and shops. However Oasis's 'Royal Prom' is longer and wider than ever before. It also has an upper level of public rooms such as the 'Schooner Bar' and the 'photo gallery' which look down onto it. Perhaps the most striking improvement is that there are a number of giant skylights situated above it in Central park which allow sunlight to spill into it. This is unlike the Voyager and Freedom class 'Proms' which rely on artificial light to illuminate them. There is a vintage car in Oasis's the Royal Prom, occupied by two teddy bears (I'm no idea why) which I'm told is a 1936 Auburn Speedster. Shops/bar of particular note in the 'Royal Prom' were the cute 'Cupcake shop' which sells, you guessed it, pretty cupcakes. Sorrento's Pizza Cafe was ideal for a quick slice a fresh Pizza. Then there is the 'Globe & Atlas' British style Pub which was about as British as 'Disneyland' and lacked a decent draft ale. It was always very smokey. There was 'On Air' (karaoke and video games). And 'Bolero's (live Latin American music) which was also smokey at times. Replacing the tradition Captain's cocktail party, the Captain makes a welcoming speech from the 'Royal Prom'. He appears to hatch from what looks like a giant egg (O.k. it's a giant globe above the pub) which splits in two and grows a bridge, so he can walk on in out above the assembled masses below. It's almost a St. Mark's Square type experience and quite surreal. It's worth noting the acoustics in the Royal Prom are not at all good for amplified speech. At times during the week pop music was played so loudly in the Prom it was painful. This also happened on the sundeck, occasionally. The music was so loud that I even saw teenagers run for cover. The 'Boardwalk' is an area which appeals to families and has a 'Coney Island' feel. It was shorter than I imagined but impressive, nevertheless. At the end of the 'Boardwalk' is the 'Aqua theatre', providing a unique entertainment venue which cannot be found on any other ship. As you enter the 'Boardwalk' you are greeted by three full-sized wooden carved horses in different stages of carving and paint work. These act nicely as a visual introduction for the Carousel which is fun and frequented by more adults than children, including me. There is 'Johnny Rockets' (Hamburgers) the 'Sea food Shack' the 'Dognut shop' (yummy) and some shops. It makes feel as if you have wondered onto a set of movie about a fairground. Like in Central Park, many balcony cabins overlook the boardwalk. I must say that I was disappointed that the 'Boardwalks facilities shut early evenings. I would have been fun to explore the facilities after dark. I was quite surprised to find that the 'Boardwalk' is on deck six, where as 'Central Park' is on deck eight. I had mistakenly assumed from the original ship design/artists renderings that they were on the same level so you could walk through Central park and continue into the boardwalk. In fact they are two decks apart, although this is not a problem as the rear stair tower and elevators are between them. The Aqua Theatre is an open air amphitheatre at the stern of the ship with a kidney shaped pool of a depth of almost 18ft (the deepest pool afloat) and high diving boards. It is overlooked by two very scary looking 'rock walls' which are available for brave passengers to climb. The Aqua-Theatre hosts the regular 'Oasis of Dreams' show, which is a diving/ acrobatic/ synchronised swimming show. It also has coloured fountains which dance to music at times. However on my cruise (April 2010) there were some technical problems with the Aqua-theatre. The show was delayed for an hour when hydraulic platforms descended into the pool and the water cascaded out. The first three rows of seats (designated the splash zone) were flooded to above shoe height. Technicians struggled to drain the pool, but after an hour the show was able to commence. I must say once it got going, it was excellent show. Later in the week the 'Dancing fountain' show was cancelled for technical reasons. Originally RCI said that Aqua-pool would be available for guests to use for swimming and scuba lessons. This did not happen on my cruise. I noted that there was actually a shuffleboard area behind the aqua-theatre which is currently a restricted area. The Aqua-theatre has two enormous video screens. These are used during the shows and occasional to show children's movies in the afternoon. However they do not work well in bright sunlight. It would make more sense to use than after dark. It's a pity such a big ship does not have a dedicated movie theatre. Opus dining room The Opus dining room must be the biggest dining room at sea. It has three levels, the second and third being balconies looking down onto level one. As a centrepiece it has the RCI signature 'giant chandelier' above the captain's table and a very large avant-garde mural. The dining rooms levels are not linked by an internal staircase, but this is not a problem as outside each level is a main stair tower and elevators. However this does effectively make it three different restaurants, with the illusion of it being one. The opus is cleverly designed so that you are only really aware of the tables around you and not the entire 3000 or so other diners. The noise levels can get quite high, but this may be as much to do with the clientele than the acoustics of the room. I experienced several teams of waiters and all were very experienced, efficient and generally worked in a 'seen and not heard' a style which I prefer. Maybe because our table was all Brits, there were no long speeches or magic tricks etc. (I prefer my entertainment to take place in the theatre and not over diner). The food was generally served hot although I did send one lukewarm entrEe back. The changing daily menu had plenty of choice. Along with American standards (prime rib, Lobster tail etc.) is also had some quite exotic choices including Indian vegetable curries. Chicken and steak was always an option along with some healthy choices. The red meats were particularly good. However the fish was very disappointing. For example, the lobster and tiger shrimp were rubbery and lacking in taste. The portions were very large making it difficult for the average Brit to eat all courses. However the food was as good as you should reasonably expect from a large mass-market ship and better than many. Let's not forget that this is assembly-line food with much being prepared well in advance. The Windjammer Buffet The Windjammer buffet was surprisingly small for the size of Oasis and probably smaller than similar facilities onboard the Voyager and Freedom class ships. The thinking behind its small size is that there are other dining choices onboard. However passengers naturally gravitated to the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch, especially on the first few days. In addition it is the main restaurant which serves the sun deck, its pools and sports court. Most of the other dining choices are many decks below. The windjammer does offer some nice views of the sports court area and the boardwalk. However it does not have a 'lido' (outside) dining area. The food is displayed on various 'islands' and was of the normal buffet standard, although I did feel the choices were a little more limited than some other ships that I've been on. Lounges The Viking crown observation lounge is located on deck 17. On many RCI ships this is one of the highlights of the ships design, but on 'Oasis' the lounge only occupies a small part of the 'crown'. It is smaller that the equivalent lounges on some of the other RCI fleet. The views are more of the pools and Central park than they are of the sea. I rarely saw this lounge more than half full, as I think it gets forgotten being so high. It does have a stage which often host more 'laid-back' live music, with 'Dazzles' often having the more up-tempo music with dancing. 'Dazzels' is the most attractive lounge on the ship. It is on deck six and is has largely white dEcor with a mirrored ceiling. It has a large dance floor in front of a stage and behind the stage a large windows overlooking the boardwalk. It has an upper balcony lever with tables and chairs and smoking. I was impressed by the battery-illuminated drinks menus. The lounge is a more attractive alternative to the 'Viking Crown' and more conveniently located for many guests. Louder music takes place here in the form of a DJ or live pop band. At times this venue can get packed to capacity. The impressive Casino also allows smoking in one half. It also had a very curious display of colourful 'growths' in petri-dishes on the wall of an entrance corridor. It is probably one of the strangest items of art at sea, yet quite attractive. The Wrap around promenade deck was very sheltered by lifeboats (the biggest of any ship) and has a tunnel at the bow which you pass through to make a complete lap. The deck is marked-out with a jogging track and overhead signs display encouraging 'rhymes' to spur you on. It was not a good space to take an evening stroll and admire the sea view, but it was very good for exercise. There is no 'peek-a-boo' bridge viewing window; I suspect the various ships Captains have not been very happy with that concept. There is also no access for passengers on the bow, like there is on the Voyager and Freedom classes. There is no forward observation lounge as such, although there some nice views to be had from the 'Solarium' located high at the bow. The 'Adults only' solarium is a large glass panelled space, which has a partially open glass roof. It has a round swimming pool and its own bar and a bistro. Unfortunately, It is not a 'tranquil' area as you might think, it could be quite noisy and echoey. The four cantilevered whirlpools which are perched on the ships port and starboard sides offering great views. They are very popular, but the sound of their occupants laughing and talking is amplified by their shape reminding me of a 'roman Orgy' (but without the sex). Below the Solarium, there is an open air viewing area above each of the bridge 'wings' on deck 14. Although it is of course an extremely windy spot to be at, while at sea. Pools: The Pool and Sports Zone is found on decks 15 and 16 and includes four large pools and numerous whirlpools. The Beach Pool is saltwater and features a gently sloping sandy shore that leads to the pool. The Sports Pool is for lap swimming and water-based games. The H2O pools are for families. Entertainment Oasis must have the biggest entertainment budget and the biggest cast of any ship afloat. With the exception of the 'Headliners' show, which was the excellent Beatles tribute act 'Beatlemania', all the big shows are in house productions. The international hit musical 'Hairspray' is offered and is a full length (1 hour 40 minute) production with a cast of around 20. It is one of the few shows that I have ever seen onboard a ship theatre really is 'Broadway' quality. The singing in particular was good, which is not always the case onboard some ships. The Opal theatre and its scenery, lighting and sound supersede the quality of many theatres on Broadway and in the West End. 'Studio B' was almost identical to facilities on the voyager and Freedom class ships. It is an ice rink, although not full sized, with tired seating. It is used for passenger skating and performances of the ice show. The ice show, 'Frozen in Time' which is very loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales was spectacular, as RCI ice shows always are. 'Come fly with me' was essentially a theatre show featuring much aerobatics a hot air balloon and a aeroplane. Yet again it was light years ahead of what is offered on many ships. curiously the intimate 'Jazz on 4' and 'Comedy Live' lounges in 'Entertainment place' (deck 5) have minimal soundproofing between them. It is possible to hear the jazz band quite clearly through the wall while you are listening to the comedy show. One simple solution would be not to use both rooms simultaneously. Across the way is the 'Blaze nightclub (the dungeon like disco) who's sound can also filter into 'Jazz on 4' of an evening. In fact it is not uncommon to be able to hear several sources of music at once, in various locations onbord the ship, such as piped music in one public area and a live band filtering through from another area. RCI need to be more aware of volume levels and noise pollution. Cabins There are 37 different grades of cabins, many of which are similar to cabins on other Royal Caribbean ships. The cabin and corridor dEcor is rather 'understated' (bland) although this is preferable to 'garish'. The standard cabins are comfortable but not over generous on space. A small sofa is proved with a small table. The wardrobe space is adequate but not over generous. The wardrobe door is a rather poor design. It has a sliding door which covers half the storage space at any one time. There is little room to access the wardrobe door between the sofa which in our cabin was only a foot or so away from the wardrobe. The LCD TV's are interactive allowing you to check your onboard account and book certain cruise enhancements such as alternative dining. The cabin doors open outward (like those on the Celebrity Solstice class) into a recess so not to obstruct the corridor which gives a little more room in the cabin. The shower had a shower-head on a flexible hose, although the water pressure was quite low, and glass doors. The chocolates on the pillow commence several nights into the cruise (well that's 5,900 chocolates saved per night) and towel animal in the cabin were epidemic, but cute. There are some new cabin grades not been seen on any ship before? There are window cabins overlooking the 'Royal Promenade' as on the 'Voyager' class, but in addition there are window and balcony cabins overlooking Central park and the Boardwalk. For those with a big budget, the 'Loft suites' have two floors, with a living-room downstairs and bedroom upstairs. They offer the highest accommodation afloat. Having looked in one they are not worth the exorbitant fare in my opinion. Life Jackets A new innovation is that Life Jackets are no longer stored in the cabins, but on deck somewhere? Passengers now just watch a safety video en-mass in one of the lounges (their muster station) and are not required to even put a life-jacket on. Your compulsory presence at the safety drill is no longer recorded by the archaic method of crew members with clipboards and shouting out the passengers names. This is now done with portable bar-code readers and your Sea-pass card. My main concern with this procedure is that the passengers actually watched the video in silence but the crew members at the back of the room were laughing and talking. Ports of Call 'Oasis' does not tender and she is unlikely ever to do so, given the high number of passengers onboard. She if designed to embark and disembark passengers from her starboard side only. Much o the security functions like x-raying bags of passengers when returning to the ship in the ports of call is done on the shore-side rather than in the ships gangway hatches, reducing congestion. The ship makes extensive use of technology to assist passenger flow. The elevators have a 'gangway' button. If you press this it will take you to whatever deck the gangway for the particular port is located on, you do not need to know in advance. Interactive touch-screens around the ship display deck plans and the cruise compass (what's on information). They also display arrows pointing the direction of the gangway when in port. Too big? So is 'Oasis' too big? It is worth recollecting that five years ago, 90,000 gross tons was regarded as 'too big' by many of the cruising public. However this size and it is now regarded as a 'medium size'. Interestingly 120,000 gross tonnes then generally became regarded as too big. Personally I feel that the number of people onboard a cruise ship is largely irrelevant. What is important is how much space the people have each. There are ships that carry 800 passengers that feel more crowded than ones that carry 2,500 passengers. However passenger numbers do become very relevant during embarkation and disembarkation when every passenger is doing the same thing. Although I never tried to be the first off of the ship in port, I never saw any long queues to get on or off 'Oasis'. RCI's design clearly works very well. Each port of call also had a number of other large ships docked, as well as Oasis. The local towns were quite busy, but not unbearable so. You only had to travel a few miles from the ship to leave the masses behind. On disembarkation at Fort Lauderdale all passengers were off the ship by 9.30am - which is quite remarkable. I even got a taxi with ease - and no major queues. As for stability, surprisingly I did feel 'Oasis' roll a little (or to be more accurate: 'judder') in moderate seas, probably due to the high winds. The motion was of course was most pronounced on her uppermost decks. Irrespective of her size and the 'hype', she may be pretty stable, but she's no 'Queen Mary 2' in terms of sea-keeping. In conclusion, Oasis is a remarkable 'floating resort'; her design truly takes her beyond that of just another cruise ship. RCI entered service almost faultlessly. RCI have ensured that the crew are all excellent, unlike some new builds which enter service were a very high proportion of inexperienced crew. Her size and innovations means that she offers everything that the 'Freedom Class' ships do, plus many groundbreaking additions such as 'Central Park' , the 'Boardwalk' and 'Aqua Theatre'. These are not gimmicks; they are charming, exciting and very well utilised spaces. The different 'neighbourhoods successfully create different experiences for the different passengers needs. However just like a real neighbourhoods, on a ship this big you may not get to know your neighbours on first name terms. The ship is does NOT generally feel crowded, in fact I have been on many smaller ships that feel more crowded. Embarkation, disembarkation and the ports of call went remarkably smoothly with minimal queues. The food and service were as good as you could reasonably expect on a big mass market ship. The quality and consistency of the entertainment is some of the best afloat. There really was very little to criticize about the entire cruise experience. Although I did leave away with feeling that I had 'missing out' because I simply did not have time to see, do and eat everything on offer within one week. So is Oasis too big? My answer is a definite "No". Like Mount Everest, she's supposed to be big. I'd strongly recommend 'Oasis' to anyone that wants the ultimate floating-resort experience. Malcolm Oliver Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Flew into FLL very early in the AM for the Saturday 5pm departure in April. Paid in advance for transfers to the ship, and since we hadn't cruised in over 10 yrs, was concerned about the embarkation process on such a large ship. Not ... Read More
Flew into FLL very early in the AM for the Saturday 5pm departure in April. Paid in advance for transfers to the ship, and since we hadn't cruised in over 10 yrs, was concerned about the embarkation process on such a large ship. Not only did we get there early, but the embarkation was so smooth, we were on the ship within 1-hr. My husband and I were completely overwhelmed by the size of this ship. Our cabin on the 12th deck (facing Central Park) was clean and somewhat roomier than expected, with sufficient storage space. Since I tend to get seasick, I wore the patch, but never needed it. Pool(s) were never too crowded with plenty of deck chairs. Had tickets to Hairspray and were blown away. Saw original on Bwy., and it was just as good if not better. Bit disappointed in food quality in main dining room and crowded Windjammer. Service in both was excellent. Disembarkation was perfect! Highly recommend the valet service. Didn't see my luggage until I landed in NYC. We just walked off the ship and didn't have to wait. Bottom line, I highly recommend this ship and would definitely go again next year. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express by the Port. Easy ride over from FLL airport and easy ride to the port by Cab. Arrived at 11:00 there was a slight delay boarded around 11:20 only took minutes to board. This ship is massive, we have ... Read More
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express by the Port. Easy ride over from FLL airport and easy ride to the port by Cab. Arrived at 11:00 there was a slight delay boarded around 11:20 only took minutes to board. This ship is massive, we have been on 8-10 cruises, Freedom was our last, this ship is big. Book your room close to an Elevator, we were in 10570 just a few steps down from the Elevator, on deck 10 with a Balcony, room was great. Clover our attendant was great. Keep in mind this ship is 400 yards long, if your room is in the middle, you will walk 100 yards to get to the steps or elevator. All the shows were great, Park Cafe did have a great Roast Beef sandwich, breakfast at Park Cafe was great also. Windjammer was as expected. Our only complaint, the digital board which shows the menu in the main dinning room, vs. your ship room did not match, it was a day off due to our cruise being the first Western, they had been sailing Eastern. We skipped Wed. nights dinner and it was the best night to eat, as our room menu didn't match. Many People were upset, we complained, however they did nothing except told us to go to the Windjammer, you would have thought they would have at least offered us a specialty dinner. With todays technology that shouldn't have happened. Go to the dinning room and ask to see that nights menu would be our suggestion. Labadee, basically is for just sitting on the beach and enjoying the largest picnic I have ever been to. Costa Maya, and Cozumel were ok, however I commented that the pricing in Mexico isn't that great anymore because you can buy most of the stuff at your local store cheaper, as most what they have is imported from China, every store seems to be the same. The top two decks at the back of the ship are open to the public, they are not suites, you can go out and see the water show, or just gaze. The view from the viking crown lounge is amazing. The sports pool was the only adult big pool that is fresh water, and it seemed to be cooler, those pools get hot in the heat all day. Getting off the ship was easy, we walked off with our luggage and was at the airport in 10 minutes. Other than the menu goof, it was a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Let me start by saying, I had a wonderful time on this awesome ship. I have traveled on other cruise lines, but this was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I traveled with my husband, my mother, and my mother's husband. We are all ... Read More
Let me start by saying, I had a wonderful time on this awesome ship. I have traveled on other cruise lines, but this was my first time on Royal Caribbean. I traveled with my husband, my mother, and my mother's husband. We are all between the ages of 30 and 60. This was my mother's husband first cruise and let me say he was overwhelmed and excited. First of all we flew into Fort Lauderdale from Maryland on the day of the ship's departure. We didn't feel a need to fly in the day before since we had such an early flight and no weather delays foreseen. We took a taxi from the airport that cost $15 for the total trip. It was cheaper than Royal Caribbean's transfer fee of $15 per person using their van service. One regular taxi was able to fit four people inside the cab and 7 pieces of luggage in the trunk. My husband was frustrated because he felt the line for the taxi was unorganized and he is a stickler for things running smooth. The taxi dropped us off in front of the pier. Just looking at the massive size of the ship made our jaws drop. I couldn't believe how huge she was. What a first impression? From curb to ship would have taken 15 minutes however, we had a major catastrophe take place with my mother's traveling documents. Royal Caribbean would not let her board the ship with her birth certificate and driver's license which has her married name on it. Royal Caribbean said that as of November 2009 a marriage certificate or divorce decree must accompany this documentation. This was new to us because she traveled last year on another cruise line along with several others that was allowed to board with just those two pieces of documentation. Now it makes since to want to prove the link between the two names it's just that the transparency of this requirement is non-existent. They showed me on their website where it states this information, however it was way at the bottom and not included in the section regarding travel documentation. There should be an additional link that takes you to the paragraph concerning this matter. It was very confusing and the information they needed was almost impossible to get. Again to Royal Caribbeans credit they allowed my brother to fax them this information so that my mother could board the ship. We had been trying to reach my brother for 2 hours and Royal Caribbean had begun to pull her luggage off the ship and then he called 30 minutes before the gate was about to close and sent the information they needed. So to be on the safe side get a passport to avoid this hassle. At last we were on the ship, but I have to say our mood was a little dampened by the earlier fiasco. You enter in the Royal Promenade. It's like being in a mall. You don't realize you are on a ship. The Royal Promenade houses Sorrentos the pizza shop and Cafe Promenade the pastry and espresso shop which are complimentary food services. It also has Boleros,the Latin club; On Air, the karaoke spot, Schooner's Bar, Globe& Atlas Bar, In Focus, the photo shop, and a few other novelty stores. The Boardwalk area was fun and carefree. Lot's of music playing and kids activities. Not sure how comfortable it would be sleeping in the balcony stateroom overlooking this area with all the noise. This area had Johnny Rockets which has excellent burgers and milkshakes for a $4.95 cover charge. It also has the Seafood Shack which my family was disappointed in the fact they really didn't have seafood other than some fried choices. They felt they should have more seafood selections because most get the impression you can get all sorts of seafood from here which is not true. I enjoyed the barbecue ribs from here though. The Central Park area was quite and serene. At night it was romantically lit up with white lights. A cool area to walk through at night. We ate at Chops Grille and Giovanni's table which are located in Central Park. There is a $25 cover charge for Chops and a $15 cover charge for Giovanni's. The lamp chops at Chops Grille were excellent. Giovanni's has great veal chops and herb crusted garlic shrimp. Central Park also has the Park Cafe which is complimentary and stayed crowded. They have a lot of healthy choices and salads you can make yourself. They also have great roast beef sandwiches. The Windjammer had a buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are so many places to choose from to eat that I only ate there for breakfast. The breakfast was average at best. However, my family went their for lunch and thought the food was okay. Mu husband loved the wingettes they had on a couple of days. The main dining room food was just okay. I felt the specialty restaurants were much better and worth the money. We only ate here on three night. We had a balcony cabin facing the ocean and thought is was kinda of small. We made room by placing our luggage under the bed and that gave us more space. We did bring a surge protector because there was only two outlets hidden under the desk. Also be sure not turn off the master switch which controls all the lights in the cabin and the air conditioning. My mother did that one night and couldn't get the air to work and was sweating bullets. The switch is right by the other switches so it is easy to make that mistake. We loved the bathroom and the glass doors. No more water on the bathroom floor. The shower stall is slim, so if you are on the plus side it could make getting in and out the shower a task. All the shows we top notch. I truly enjoyed Come Fly With Me and Oasis of Dreams. The talent of some of these folks are incredible. Also don't miss The Quest. I truly recommend pre-planning your activities and shows. We pre-planned and reserved all our shows. Only one show registed in their system. For the 1st show my husband and I was told to step aside because we did not register for the show. I told them I had and that it showed on our television earlier that morning. The guy could not get his computer to work because the systems were down to verify our information so he told us to get in the line for folks without reservations that way we could get a seat. We were livid. The next morning I went to guest services and asked how I could avoid this mishap in the future and they gave me a copy of our itinerary. Each time our reservations did not show up I gave them our itinerary and they let us in. We also did the zipline which was a blast. It goes by in 3 minutes. They were trying something new on this cruise. They did away with signing up for the flowrider and zipline in advance. It was on a first come first serve basis. It seemed to be working because the lines were short. Another neat thing about this ship was the face recognition technology. They had personal portfolios that kept all your pictures. Your portfolio number is located on your seapass card. You can also swipe your seapass card and see your pictures on the computer kiosk. Really cool. Overall it was great experience. Hardly anything to complaoin about except the fact that it ended to soon. I'm planning to go on Allure next year. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
ARRIVAL AND BOARDING Flew in from the Northeast and arrived at ship at 12:45pm. This is the first time we have not arrived a day earlier and stayed a day later; we will be returning to that plan from here on out. Seamless boarding, ... Read More
ARRIVAL AND BOARDING Flew in from the Northeast and arrived at ship at 12:45pm. This is the first time we have not arrived a day earlier and stayed a day later; we will be returning to that plan from here on out. Seamless boarding, minutes. No lines. The next thing we knew, we were on Deck 16 for a quick look see. Jaw dropping and at first a bit overwhelming. Walked around the deck really quite stunned. Walked into the Solarium - went OMG; three tiered from under the Bridge to the helipad. So many chair, cabana, pool, tub options; sun or shade; breeze or not. Walked to the back of the ship and up to the Windjammer. OVERALL TECHNOLOGY Near all elevators, dining, etc. there a touch screens to select Dining, Shows, etc. You touch Dining and all the restaurants appear with "capacity filled currently status" and another touch for the menu! Same as for shore excursions, shows, what's happening now, etc. 100% A+ innovation. And, it is in your room on the TV too but you have to use the keyboard. DINING Windjammer Buffet - We are not big eaters; like taste and variety. Last year Celebrity Solstice Ocean Cafe was an 8 of 10 with the Bellagio in Vegas a 10. On Oasis, although we walked around three times looking for two seats, we couldn't help but wonder where the "rest of the food was." Never went there again. We then realized that this was not the Solstice, there must be other options to the buffet, and we found them throughout the week. Others that we met during the cruise had similar sentiments. Alternatives to Windjammer: First place, Park Place Cafe. Second place, Solarium cafe (although same food generally as Windjammer without the massive crush of people), Third place, all the free eat establishments on Deck 5 Promenade. Biggest disappointment in alternatives was the empty Boardwalk eateries (JR and Seafood Shack) looked great, but why the heck pay for burgers and fries or fried clams and coleslaw? No one did; what a shame; it can't be cheaper to feed people at the alternate complimentary dining. Huge mistake by RCL and money is not an issue with us. It was the concept. And it was dead empty all the time. Main Dinning - This is the number one reason why the Windjammer is downscaled considerably; main dining/MTD is so much better than we expected and it was better than Solstice. Our waiter, Peter, and the crew in his area on level 5 dead left as you enter are not to be missed. You won't get him or that area if you don't book a MTD by mid-week. We did MTD and basically walked in at will; we eat later than most and spent 5-6pm in the Solarium almost all to ourselves - the best of the best secret with only a dozen other couples. The best part of everyday. Specialty Dining - Chops was excellent, although it took an hour to tell us they didn't have the bottle of wine we ordered. Other than that (just bring another comparable we thought, or a glass while we waited) it was very good, service, food and ambiance. Giovanni's Table was "the best." We really had no idea how we could eat after having the anti-pasta appetizer; we've never had prosciutto that melted, salami variety, etc. even half as good as this was even in Little Italy when we visit Boston. They also knew we weren't big eaters (there are lots of them) and they slowed down our meal so we could relax. TOP SERVICE and treatment. Late dessert for my wife, tops. SHOWS Stand Up Comedy - A+, not to be missed so you better reserve. So many disappointed people all week that couldn't get in. Two HBO rated comedians with a host, 20min per; gut wrenching laughing the entire time. Bought their CD's after; they were even sold out by weeks end. Frozen in Time - A, not to be missed so you better reserve. So many disappointed people all week that couldn't get in. Small ice rink, a lot going on and gets better and better. Early shows have less "falls" as the ice gets really cut and mushy. But great. Come Fly With Me - A, Really well done. Headliner Showtime - A+, Earl was great. Oasis of Dreams - C, sorry. Great design, ambiance, everything but a "theme" to the show. Way too much sync-swimming. Could have used a "slapstick clown" or an entire makeover to more music, lights, etc. Really disappointed in show, but the theatre is ready for the right one. Bring a towed if you have nice clothes, depending on the wind during the day you need to sit on a towel or you will have soot-butt the rest of the night (be careful on formal night especially). Hairspray - A-, really well done. For its age, very well done. ROOM We had a Junior Suite on Deck 11 which is midship (and the ship is in 4 quarters versus 3 thirds sections). Since we spend so much time in the Solarium or Deck 15, 16 next to the Solarium we would probably move forward. The room was great, clean, well attended. Hints, for every door everywhere when you think pull, push and vice versa; getting into the tub requires a high step big time; the vacu flush is directly in the middle of your lower back "behind" the lifted up seat (contortionist heaven); you can brush your teeth while "seated" so to speak; and finally, as you look up to the right of the door heading out of the bathroom it says WATCH YOUR STEP - then you trip on the 2 inch riser. Your TV is your automated access to the status of everything on the ship, shore, dining, etc. Stunning for the technically savvy. POOLS, HOT TUBS AND LOUNGING If you can't find a pool you like, a hot tub you like, a theme you like, people you like, service you like on this ship - stay home, it's you! The Solarium from an hour prior to 1st dining to 7pm is "to die for." ACTIVITIES Minigolf, basketball, etc. pretty simple. The FLOW RIDER IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TO BE MISSED - either to try or JUST TO WATCH. I tried three times with my wife filming every wipe out with such happiness and grin. I wish I had known about the lessons at the beginning of the week; I would have done one first and visited here daily for an hour or so. Hanging out on Deck 5 Promenade after dinner or in the evening was interesting people watching with musical entertainment and was almost an activity. PORTS Labbadee, Haiti - Very nice improvement from what other RCL's told us. Could be stunning, but it is not. It is definitely OK, the zip line is great to do and watch from the beach, the mountain coaster has incredible views, but the feel of the Caribbean is missing and the condition / cleanliness of all of the chairs, etc. is unacceptable. Other than the Oasis crew, the local service is really really uninspiring. And who got the deal on the ORANGE PAINT and used it on EVERY BUILDING? SUMMARY EXPECTATIONS - From Overwhelmed to Quite Comfortable We went from thinking it was too big, the passengers to old and some of the rude people to often to being quite a home, enjoying all of the passengers and just avoiding the rude people (just walk away and move to another spot). GOING BACK? Wouldn't have got off if we didn't have to. Yep, looking at the fall itineraries for Southern or Eastern. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
just come back from a cruise on Oasis of the Seas, lovely boat, but having been on Independance of the seas last year was somewhat dissapointed. there were no enrichment seminars which I was really dissapointed with as on the ... Read More
just come back from a cruise on Oasis of the Seas, lovely boat, but having been on Independance of the seas last year was somewhat dissapointed. there were no enrichment seminars which I was really dissapointed with as on the Independance of the seas last year I had attended a digital photography course and got hooked. The only thing they had was scrapbooking and you had tgo pay $25! The gym was good but small compare to Independance, the spa was nice but pricy. we pre booked all shows and dining times on the internet before we left home, but we found the first night was somewhat chaotic, the shows for the later sitting did not start until 10:45, leaving you little time in between dinner and attending the show. If like my husband and me you are tired after your days activities, this left little time in the evenings to sit and have a drink and unwind. The food choice was very good, and I was impressed with the addition of a healthy cafe in central park, which provided really nice salads,soups, wraps etc, a welcome change from full on calorie laden food else where. the flowrider and sports deck were great, plenty to do for all., The last night was a total disaster, as part of our holiday deal with virgin our tips were pre-paid, basically they give you vouchers the last night with envelopes which you then drop in a box for your room attendant,waiter etc, but we had none, so we asked our room attendant who phoned guest relations, they informed him that we had been down to them and cancelled our tips. We had been nowhere near guest relations in the whole week. It took some two hours to sort this out, basically we were in room 7724 and the person in room 7224 had cancelled theirs and somehow it had been cancelled on our account!! They tried to tell us that it had been recharged to our onboard account, but could produce no paperwork to prove it! They tried to get us to use our credit card to recharge it but we refused as we could not be sure that they had charged it back to us. It was left that they would write a letter so that we had proof which would be left on our stateroom door (we would be getting up and off the boat by 8:30 am, anyway no letter there in the morning,and person who was dealoing with it was not on duty, so we had to disembark and leave as it was. When we got back home I immediately logged in to see activity on my credit card account to check what had happed, there was no recharge or thankfully money charged back. My husband then phoned Royal Carribean who pulled up our account and told us that it was now sorted out. Needless to say this completely ruined our last night on the boat. The rest of the trip was fine., 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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