Sail Date: March 2012
Christian conference was great however we could have used bigger conference rooms as some were just too small for our whole group. OUTSTANDING STAFF AND MANAGEMENT!!! Would like to give recognition to the following employees for their ... Read More
Christian conference was great however we could have used bigger conference rooms as some were just too small for our whole group. OUTSTANDING STAFF AND MANAGEMENT!!! Would like to give recognition to the following employees for their outstanding service on board the Oasis 1)Carmelia Ersando-Senior Guest Service Officer and her Manager for the outstanding favors they granted us as honeymooners! Bumped us up to room up-grade ocean view balcony for last 3 nites of our trip was incredible! 2)Garry Pinto-Stateroom Attendant-outstanding service, friendliness, helpfull and ensured our room was extra clean and well stocked at all times! 3)Michelle-6:00p.m. dining room main server/3rd floor Opus Dining room table150 FOOD: CHOPS GRILLE/ make reservations for this one it is incredible food and service!!! Delicious Filet Mignon MAIN DINING ROOM-OPUS: Food was good, menue could use more choices, quite busy and loud with so many people at each sitting, service very good. Steaks very tender all dishes were very tasty SOLARIS BISTO: Very nice buffet choices for on the run healthy lunch WINDJAMMERS: Incredible buffet style restaurant, never a wait for a table, very good service, very good food selection, always busy but never had to wait for anything ever, breakfast and lunch. ROOM SERVICE: Ordered carafs or coffee and tea in the p.m. always had dessert delicasies or fresh fruit basket delivered complimentry by the ships room service automatically the next day without asking, we would order the drinks in the evening sit on our balcony and enjoy them and the next day after lunch we would have a surprise treat sitting on our stateroom table from the staff of the roomservice...now that was so enjoyable. We did try breakfast, it was nice to eat outside in the a.m. and watch the waves of the ocean splashing as we ate, I would recommend you try it at least once if you have an ocean view balcony. THE CUPCAKE CUPBOARD: We picked up cupcakes every day here, if you like a sweet treat, this is the place to go...delicious moist rich flavors to devour daily! They do cost about $2.75 each but they made us feel like we were truly treating ourselves on this holiday..thanks cupcake cupboard! YUMMERS *Those are the places we really enjoyed eating for the week we were onboard. *Oasis was almost full-capacity week of March 10th, thats alot of people, the pools and hot-tubs were too busy for our liking unless we were at port, these days offered a bit of peace and quiet where we did get back in early so we could take advantage of the quietness in the common area's of the boat. *All common area's in the evening were crazy loud, like being in a bar with live bands all over (loud and sleezy) Just too many people standing and sitting everywhere like in a busy, very busy mall during the days and nites no matter where we went, this part we did not enjoy. *We initially reserved a Central Park view window room, nice large window but we still could only see the same hustle and bustly busy, day four we went to see Guest services to bump up to a oceanview balcony, they made things so perfect for us, moved us immediately since it was our honeymoon and this made all the difference, now we could look outside and see beauty and hear the crashing of waves...so peacefull, we found our bliss on the ship!! *Over all, we prefer our 5*resorts in the Mayan Riviera Mexico for rest, relaxation and fun compared to the cruise ship...so now we know! This boat is big and beautiful and never a dull moment to be found, but just way too many people in one place at one time for us! Perhaps we should have tried a smaller Cruise Ship for our first cruise as we are spoiled by the resorts we've been visiting in Mexico (try the Sensatori Azul or the El Dorado Royale by Karisma for a relaxing and pampering holiday! Ola fo now. *Entertainment: We saw the HAIRSPRAY show...dont miss this one its awsome! We saw COME FLY AWAY show...was just okay, we snored a little *CASINO: Spent about $140.00 here and there, never saw anybody win anything at any time, alot of cigarette smoke (gaggy actually) this stopped us from actually wanting to spend time here, better air exchage would help. *Room #9-605 Central Park View (mid ship) *Room #6-166 Oceanview Balcony (close to alot of great places on board) awsome view! Thanks to all the staff onboard the Oasis..they really do run a tight ship! Awsome service all the time, everywhere and extremely clean everywhere too! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
We began our cruise vacation by spending a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale. We stayed at the Embassey Suites on SE 17th street and the service, rooms and overall experience was great and a good value. Highly recommend Chuck's ... Read More
We began our cruise vacation by spending a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale. We stayed at the Embassey Suites on SE 17th street and the service, rooms and overall experience was great and a good value. Highly recommend Chuck's Steak house across the street. The food was outstanding and after dinner we went into the lounge to listen to a couple of guitarists and their repartore of songs was great. We all had a great time. Boarding the ship the next day was great. Royal Caribbean is very organized and because we were in a Junior Suite and Platinum members we did not wait in any lines to board. Once on board at around 12:30 there was plenty of places to eat and of course pick up the "Drink of the Day". Our cabin was ready at 1pm and our luggage arrived shortly thereafter. The cabin was great. One recommendation is to bring some of the 'magic' hooks that you can remove before you leave so that you can hang things on them in the walk in closet. If you can afford to stay in a junior suite, they are outstanding. The walk in closet is amazing and having a coffee and tea pot in the room is great for those early morning coffees on the balcony. The ship is so large that it is quite a walk to most of the food venues. Our room attendant Vince was great and always there if we needed anything. The shows were outstanding. I do recommend that you make your reservations as soon as that option is available on the website because if you wait til you are on board, you will miss out on several of them. I liked the way the performers were in multiple shows. The high wire acts were used in the Aqua Theatre as well as the Come Fly with me producution. The Comedians were hysterical. Found myself chuckling into the next day. Definitely adult comedy so use caution if you are thinking of bringing your teens. The food was great. We had an 8:30 seating in the main dining room and the service was wonderful. Kirk and Percy were our waiters and anyone would be lucky to have them. We all had a few good laughs each night and their service was great. The ports were good. Nassau stay was shortened and we did not find out that the pools at Atlantis would not be open until 10am and that we need to be back on board at 2. A note was left in the room but I did not notice it until it was too late to back out. I still got to do the "Leap of Faith" so I can cross it off my bucket list. The weather was not great but the worst was that my husband misplaced the locker key. They charged us $50.00, we found the key but they still charged us the $50. I think it's a bad practice. It could have been reduced by some amount, but it was the rules that were posted. St. Marten and St. Thomas were great. We did a tour of St. Thomas in the morning and went to the highest point on the island. Our driver was very knowledge. In St. Marten my husband and I went into Phillipsburg for the day. We spent the day shopping but I had wished that we actually dressed for the beach since the beach is beautiful and we could easily have shopped and spent time at the beach. We ended up walking back to the ship and it took about 30 minutes. Not a bad walk at all. I would recommend walking to Phillipsburg since trying to get a taxi with thousands (no exaggeration) was not worth the hassle. It's a very nice walk. Ship activities were a lot of fun. I did the Zip Line and that was great. Scary when waiting in the harness to step off into mid air, but once I did, I realized that I was not holding myself on but rather really secured in the harness. I was able to relax and truly enjoy the ride. I would definitely do that again. I attend a "Flash Mob" dance class and our class performed at the final party on the Royal Promenade. It was a lot of fun. Also tried the Lady Gaga Dance class. The instructor Allison did such a great job with the classes. My husband loved the Central park area and the bartendeer, Marvin, was outstanding. There are so many great people working on the ship but some just stand out. So I liked the ship but have to be honest that the "Independence of the Seas" is still my favorite. The Oasis is just too big and it feels very chopped up. For example the pools are very small due to the openings in the ship. There also were 6,214 people on our cruise so most things had lines or you could not get seats. My recommendation is to at least try this ship once since it is a worthwhile experience and who knows, maybe it will be the right size for you. Hope this review helps. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
This was our second cruise and it was also our honeymoon. We weighed going on cheaper cruises but other half insisted that we go on "the big boat". I'm glad I listened to her. Even though it cost much more than everything ... Read More
This was our second cruise and it was also our honeymoon. We weighed going on cheaper cruises but other half insisted that we go on "the big boat". I'm glad I listened to her. Even though it cost much more than everything else we were looking at, the Oasis really was worth the money. The ship was always immaculate and it feels like you're on a new ship. The layout and the decor were aesthetically pleasing and while the ship is large, no question about it, it was never really all that far to get where we were trying to go. The staff for the most part was very helpful and friendly, although for the second time, we had a bad experience at the spa on a Royal Caribbean ship (we will get to that in a minute). Specifically, one of the best things about this ship is the way the cabins are laid out. Supposedly, the sq footage of the Oasis balcony rooms is a little smaller than the balconies on other ships. However, that is either inaccurate or the way the rooms are arranged more than makes up for it. The shower in the bathroom has an odd shape that affords a little more room in the shower stall and the vanity in the bathroom is shallow which makes the bathroom feel bigger. In the cabin, again, the vanity is shallower and gives you more room in the cabin and the closets are laid out in such a way so as not to take up too much space from the living area in the room. We had a package for the specialty restaurants and by far, the Chops grill was the best. We also went to Izumi and that was pretty good. Giovanni's Table was just ok. The food in the main dining room was good and of course, if you're familiar with Royal Caribbean, the Windjammer is the Windjammer. There are only two issues I really had with this cruise. First is that the ship, while not being obnoxiously large, is big enough to affect the experience and interactions with the staff, probably because of the number of guests on board. On our previous cruise, we were able to familiarize ourself with the bartenders and some of the staff on board. On this ship, at almost every bar, there is a constant stream of people and the bar tenders don't seem to have the time to get to know the passengers. Also, the cruise director staff seemed to always be en route to the next event and didn't really have time to meet the passengers. On the whole, the cruise experience just felt impersonal compared to our previous cruise. The second issue we had was at the spa. The spa itself was absolutely gorgeous but the staff just seemed more qualified to sell you a treatment than to provide it. We had a couples massage done and while oils they use seem to be very nice, as far as the actual massage, you could probably a significantly better massage done for a quarter of the price at any massage parlor on land. Also, 15% gratuity included means that they aren't necessarily motivated to do a better job. Sadly, this was the same as our experience on our previous cruise which means we will not be getting massages on any future cruises. On the whole the cruise was still a great experience and we are excited to go again but the lessons learned are go on a smaller ship and don't go to the spa. Instead, spend the money at the bar or at the specialty restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
My family sailed out on March 31, 2012 from Port Everglades. We stayed over Friday night at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale so we would be able to board the ship early on Saturday morning. We boarded the ship at 11:30 am no ... Read More
My family sailed out on March 31, 2012 from Port Everglades. We stayed over Friday night at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale so we would be able to board the ship early on Saturday morning. We boarded the ship at 11:30 am no problems and our check in took about 10 minutes. I first want to say that we were so amazed by this ship. Everything you read about it is true. My family would love to go back on it and hopefully see everything. The size of the ship is so big that you have no possible way to experience everything in 1 week. We had two connecting ocean view balcony cabins on deck 8. They allowed you to get into your staterooms at 1:00 pm, and luggage showed up around 2:00 PM. We went up to the pool area and encountered our first surprise. The pool area was amazing but in ordering our first drink we find out that a gratuity is already put onto our bill. Most people are unaware of this since they put your sea pass through to pay and fold over the bill for you to sign. For the first day we paid additional gratuity until we caught on. I would have given them a dollar per drink but was annoyed that they put gratuity on there, so they only got the gratuity they put on. The cupcake cupboard also put a gratuity on. The spa puts a gratuity on. Any place where they can add a gratuity they do and it really feels like you are getting taken advantage of. My children are 11 so they were looking forward to Adventure Ocean. First Adventure Ocean is great for the kids. Unfortunately on the Oasis of the seas the staff seemed overwhelmed. My children thought some of the staff were mean. My one son kept complaining that they would do one activity (gaga ball) for 1 hour and if you got out in the first 5 minutes you had to sit for 50 minutes until the next game started. I would be annoyed and bored as well. They did not seem to have enough staff for these kids. Many times they only had 2 staff members to handle what looked like 40 plus kids. Another annoyance was that after 10:00 pm they charged $6.00 per child per hour. Not such a big deal but when I would drop off my kids at 11:30 and picked them up at 12:30 they would try to charge me from 10:00 PM - 12:30. This happened every single time. I was getting annoyed having to correct them. You really have to watch your bill. Lets get to food. The food was a big let down. I have read reviews and people always say the food is not that great. I would have preferred not that great. The food was Disgusting. I can't even begin to explain it. The cuts of meat, the seafood just disgusting. The veggies and deserts were fine the meat was gross. We had amazing dining room staff. I felt so bad not eating my plate every night, I think they took it as a personal insult. They always want to get you something else. We did my time dining. It was nice to be able to eat at different times but you still waited on line for a table. I think it's better to book the traditional way and if you miss your dining time just go up and wait in line for my time dining. We did eat at Chops Grill one night. I ordered the 18 ounce porterhouse steak. When my steak came it was thin and maybe 7 ounces if even that. Needless to say a disappointment. The side dishes we ordered were cold. My husband and son ordered Fillet Mignon and thought it was OK. The layout of the ship is amazing. I have sailed the Freedom class before and find it hard to get around. The Oasis everything is laid out perfect. You can go straight across to the other side of the ship no problem. Even thought the ship is large most of the clubs are not filled to capacity. I think that there are enough places to go that the crowd spreads out. The Comedy Show was great try to get reservations for that. The casino was a typical cruise ship casino. All in all the cruise was great fun for my family. I wish that the staff was more friendly. Maybe taking care of 6000 per week is to much. I missed the smiles and dancing pool waiters. Not one waiter walked around with drinks on the head singing. The entertainment staff was very nice but I felt you had to find things to do. If you lost the cruise compass you had no idea what was going on. Our ports of call were Labadee, Falmouth and Cozumel. Labadee was fun. The beach was beautiful but be warned bring a pair of water shoes. My husband stepped on a sea urchin and he was not the only person. Luckily he only had a few pieces in his foot. Other people were not so lucky. The barbecue was great. When we got to Jamaica we got off the ship for 1 hour. The shopping was OK. Most people we talked to did not bother to get off the ship. In Mexico we went to the Mayan ruins. First bring water. Second bring water. We were so hot. The sun is very strong and we had to wait in line for 45 minutes in the sun to get to the ruins. By the time we got inside we were so hot everything the guide told us we can't remember. They gave us a box lunch and a water bottle when we got back to the bus. If I went to Cozumel again I would book a beach experience. The water and beaches were beautiful. Would I go again. Yes. The ship is amazing. The food not so great but the ship was amazing. Would I go on another cruise on the Oasis. Yes, even though the food was lousy and the staff was OK the boat itself is amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Keep in mind - this was my first cruise. So, I have no frame of reference and nothing to compare it to. But, I have to say - it was amazing. The ship is beautiful, the level of service we received was fabulous. In the entire week, I ... Read More
Keep in mind - this was my first cruise. So, I have no frame of reference and nothing to compare it to. But, I have to say - it was amazing. The ship is beautiful, the level of service we received was fabulous. In the entire week, I encountered only one employee who was surly. And, I was almost always pleasantly surprised by the level of friendliness that we encountered from each employee - from store clerks to bartenders to cabin stewards - they all smiled and said hello and made eye contact. Now - I've heard a lot of complaints about the food in the MDR. While I'm not a gourmet, I enjoyed almost all the dishes we had. Some were fabulous, and some were just OK. In fact, the much lauded onion tart was not amazing. But, it was fine. On the other hand, the filet of beef was tender and delicious! I found the potion sizes perfect. They appeared small, but really they were exactly right. As a rather light eater, I was able to finish everything on my plate. And isn't that the point? To eat everything that you want and not waste food? After all, had I wanted more food after eating that first plate, the waiter would have brought me more! But, I didn't. An appetizer, main course, and dessert were a perfect amount of food.I traveled with my 13 year old son. I do feel that the teen club was poorly run. My son enjoyed himself, but the stories he told about what went on in the club made me very concerned. There were multiple games of "Truth or Dare' which had the teens being pantsed, kissing strangers, and discussing sexual exploits. I also understand that there might have been some drug use. Yes, I know that these were activities NOT sanctioned by the ship, but neither were they monitored or refereed by the teen club employees. I really feel that there should have been more oversight there. There was so much to do on the ship that there was almost no need to disembark at the ports. But, we did. Well, we did at the first two, not the third. We had a great time at the zip line in Haiti and at Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. It should be noted that the Dunns Falls climb is actually rather difficult to do. The pictures I had seen made it all seem rather tame, but it's not. I would have fallen several times, had the man next to me in line not saved me. Don't expect a touristy, safe experience here. It's enjoyable, but much more difficult than I had expected. Our cabin, while small, was adequate. There were sufficient shelves and cubbies to store out belongings. The closet had a double bar, allowing you to hang quite a lot of clothing in there. The shower was so small that it was difficult to jut my elbows out to wash my hair, but it wasn't impossible. The television set was huge, and the available stations were more than adequate. I enjoyed watching some of the ship's stations, covering the day's activities onboard and such.Finally, my son has food allergies. And, although we discussed them in detail with our waiter and head waiter on the first day, and had filed the special need form well in advance of the cruise, after that first day, no notice was made of his allergies at all. In fact, I had to ask the waiter at every meal if the food choices that my son made were free from allergens, and in each case he didn't know and said he'd have to check. And, the one time that I was sick and unable to come to dinner, the waiter NEVER checked, and might even have brought my son food to which he was allergic. He never had a reaction, so perhaps I am mistaken. But my son ordered a dish with pesto (not knowing what pesto is), and it normally contains pine nuts - to which my son is allergic. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Before we went on this Cruise, we scoured the Web for different information sources for cruising... We were quite at sea and a little trepiditious....went on a number of travel blogs and travel sites, including this one. This review ... Read More
Before we went on this Cruise, we scoured the Web for different information sources for cruising... We were quite at sea and a little trepiditious....went on a number of travel blogs and travel sites, including this one. This review will focus on the overall cruise and ship itself. First off, the ship was awesome and an engineering marvel..With a capacity for 8000+ people, it is a small township on the waters. It boasts off umpteen dining room options, entertainment venues and kids zones...All of which you can review off the RCI website. We have some in our party that are motion sick so equipped with Quell and Sea Bands(amazon-very good), we hardly felt anything at all due to the scale and layout. What I want to share is the underlining aspects of Customer Service and Operations that went a very long way to make us feel comfortable and taken care. What amazed us the most was the Operations were smooth from the get go. Every personnel is extremely well trained, smiling and willing to help. 65 countries are represented in the staffing and the feeling of being part of a global whole is a palpable one all around. Of particular kudos is to the entire Food and Beverage team the ship over, from the Main Dining Room, to the Windsurfer to the smaller outlets all through the Ship....Excellent, excellent all the way. Food choices included lots of fresh fruits, salads, healthy choices all throughout....We are not the All You Can Eat folk, though and enjoyed the intelligent options laid out each time, every where. Central Park is for the more discriminating with a more upmarket feel, fresh air and plants all around as well as the Vintage Bar. Now there, we ran into some bad weather with the young hostess lady who did not pay enough attention to the proper and correct priority seating at a wine tasting that could have gotten ugly at the table due to her very poor Hostessing skills.....We simply chose to leave the place to avoid a scene. The Spa was also very well run but then here again, very low marks for them trying to upsell a treatment once you are in the massage room and then also, trying to sell you products which is in stark contrast to anything else on the ship and so, stands out very poorly. Room Service is an option always, polite, timely and courteous, though a bit hurried on the phone. However, they seem to be over generous with dishing out Milk, Condiments etc, almost all of which we experienced and saw wasted along the corridors in trays later. That can be mitigated by a review of your order each time you place one. Our teen and young kids were all over the place and enjoyed the amenities, the Teen Zone and the various options for them. We were a couple of families together and here, I want to say that More is Merrier especially for the Teens and Tweens where freedom reigns so bring as many in your family and friends group along for the ride. It will be more memorable for them then. My suggestions for next time: Do pack some munchie snacks that the family likes: Pita chips, Frito Lays, Gummie bears, granola bars etc.....Even with all the food choices on board, it is nice to have some in your back pak and in room. Bring Magazines and reading material....They have a wonderful library on board and I read two books but they have no light reading like magazines etc.. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
Having done many cruises, I must say this ship far exceeded my expectations. I'm also glad I waited for the prices to come down. I have sailed on many different ships including RCCL Navigator of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas. ... Read More
Having done many cruises, I must say this ship far exceeded my expectations. I'm also glad I waited for the prices to come down. I have sailed on many different ships including RCCL Navigator of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas. This ship is truly spectacular. I met several people on board that said this was their first cruise. My only comment is where do you go from here? The food onboard was excellent in all dining venues. We never felt crowded even with 6200 passengers on board. The Windjammer has been totally rearranged on this ship to serving stations vs the cafeteria style lineup with trays. The servings stations are like islands so you can browse from station to station for salads, desserts, breads, asian, cold cuts, etc. etc (and there are lots of etc's) We tried two specialty restaurants-- Jiovani's table (Italian family Style) and The Solarium (light but excellent fare). The only negative I have (consider this a recommendation) is that you need reservations for almost all entertainment venues. Make sure you make those early (and I mean early) or you will probably still be accommodated, however, not with the showtimes that you want. Bottom line, you will love this ship. Since we went on the Western Caribbean route, we personally did not spend a lot of time off the ship.. Ports (labadee, Haiti - needs work, nice beach), Portsmouth, Jamaica - all shopping - needs more) and Cozumel, MX - basically your dumped off in a junkatorium, need to take a cab to real shopping), Carnivals self enclosed area is 100% better. This cruise is about the ship and not the ports! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Just returned from our Oasis cruise. Set sail on Sat June 2nd for our 7 day adventure. The ship is one BIG ship for sure. We have been on several other cruises ( RCCL/NCL/CARNIVAL/DISNEY) and this one was the biggest. There was 12 in ... Read More
Just returned from our Oasis cruise. Set sail on Sat June 2nd for our 7 day adventure. The ship is one BIG ship for sure. We have been on several other cruises ( RCCL/NCL/CARNIVAL/DISNEY) and this one was the biggest. There was 12 in our group, ages ranged from 11 yrs old to 72 yrs old. CHECK-IN: Doing everything online ahead of time made check-in a brezze. Arrived and walked in and were all checked in within 15 minutes. Once aboard we headed for Central Park to the Park cafe for lunch. The beef sandwich was great as was the other items that we all shared. ROOMS: We had an inside cabin (love the darkness when you go to bed) others in our group had the outside balcony rooms. Only difference was that they had the balcony other than that the room was pretty much the same size. Room only has 2 recepticles under the desk ( bring a power strip for sure ). Room attendant was awful seen him the first day, I asked a bucket of ice and didnt see him again until the last night ( 6 days later ) when he stopped by for his envelope. FOOD: We had the MY TIME dining for dinner which worked out great for our group of 12. We had ERNESTO who was great. We didnt book the specialty restraunts right away, so by Monday afternoon they were all soldout. Breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer buffet was too repetative ( same items EVERY day ) so we found a better choice at OPUS on level 3 for a great sit down breakfast and lunch with multiple choices. Dinner was TOPS, we were never disappointed. Lobster night was Thursday, but my favorite was the Lamb shank MMMMMMMMM GOOD!!!!! For a great afternoon snack there is the Wipeout Cafe on 15 with some great nachos and tacos. ENTERTAINMENT: The cruise director was there but not that entertaining ( have seen better )kind of a bore, he tried to be funny but it did not always work out that way. We seen Hair Spray but wasnt my cup of tea, the aqua/ice skating/aerial shows were good though. They did have a disco night on the Promanade level that the girls loved. The casino was always fun, although the had half smoking and half non-smoking but no matter were you sat you smelled like an ashtray by nights end. POOLS: We avoided the kiddy pool area as well as the sports pool, WAY TOO MANY LITTLE ONES. Stayed mostly in the Main pool where we met alot of INTERESTING people. PORTS: We stayed on the ship at Naussa to explore the boat and find our short cuts to everything. At St Thomas we should have stayed on the ship, the place gets worse and worse everytime it seems. In St Maarten my daughter and I took the Treetop Adventure ( zip lining ) for $99 per person and had a GREAT TIME. Everyone else went shopping and enjoyed the day. Overall the ship was nice. It is something that everyone should try just to say " I was on the Oasis of the Seas " Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
I took my 21 year old son to celebrate our milestone birthdays on the June 2, sailing. I am a 50 year old single mother and a experienced traveler. A little bit about my cruising experience, I have been on five cruises and traveled on ... Read More
I took my 21 year old son to celebrate our milestone birthdays on the June 2, sailing. I am a 50 year old single mother and a experienced traveler. A little bit about my cruising experience, I have been on five cruises and traveled on Carnival Dream last June to the same ports and cruised the Mediterranean on the Inaugural sailing of the Carnival Freedom. We also traveled on RCL's Freedom of the Seas a few years back (and LOVED IT) so I have some cruising experience and a basis of comparison. We both enjoyed the Oasis but I didn't not enjoy it as much as I thought I would or as much as the Freedom of the Seas. Here are some of the pros and cons. Pros - The sports deck is amazing! There is so much to do there and I never had problem finding a chair even on sea days. The ship is beautiful and everything was clean and fresh. I really liked the food at the Park Cafe it was the healthiest (free) food on the ship. The fitness and spa area was very nice. Embarkation was smooth and everyone was very professional and pleasant. The pizza and cupcakes were good and Starbucks is a much better alternative to the free coffee. The waiters, stewards and all the workers were very nice and they worked hard. The ports were great we enjoyed all of them and we didn't pay for any excursions. In St Thomas we took the Safari ($1 each way pp) to a public beach about 10 minutes from the pier and it was almost deserted. It was the most beautiful beach I have been to and I went to the beach in St john last year. In St Marten we took the water ferry ($6 rt pp) to the Dutch side and I shopped while my son went to the beach. In Nassau i would recommend you pay for an excursion as the closest beach was quite a walk and crowded with locals and tourist. I really didn't feel safe at that beach. Cons - Extras - My biggest complaint about this ship is that there seem to be more amenities that require extra fees than those that came with the purchase of the cruise. It wasn't a good value for the money when you added all the extras heeded to enjoy your stay making a land vacation seem more of a bargain. For instance if you want any drink other than flavored water, watered down oj, and coffee you had to pay. The wine package equate to paying about $30 a bottle for wine or champagne that you could get on land for about $12 a bottle (Korbel Brut). It was a rip off. All the mixed drinks were about $10. I grew tired of the flavored water, the oj and coffee that tasted like it was made with cigarette grounds instead of coffee grounds so I broke down and bought a soy latte from Starbucks and soda. For the money we spent lattes espressos and soda should be included. FOOD - The food wasn't as good as I remember on the Freedom but it was still better than Carnival. I would give the food a grade of a C+ in the main dinning room and a C- in the Windjammer. I was disappointed in the lobster and the steak which were chewy and every time i had a bake potato it was luke warm. I didn't pay for any of the specialty restaurants except the cupcakes and the Seafood shack. My biggest complaint about the food was that I know they can do better and they seem to do better with the specialty restaurants than the free food which isn't really free considering the price you pay for the cruise. For instances the donuts were more like rolls with icing but the cupcakes ($1.50 for a miniature) was very good. I also didn't appreciate the waitress trying to push me into purchasing food as the menu now also included some foods such as fillet mignon which cost extra. Without me even commenting about the food the Waitress tried to sell me the Chef's cook book. It very awkward (and unnecessary) when she brought this large book to the table. Needless to say I didn't sit at her station again. GAMBLING - I think the prices have gone up considerably on bingo since I was on the Freedom. It was $32 for one game of bingo on the Oasis and it was only $20 on the Dream. Due to some poor financial planning on my part and the high price of Bingo I didn't participate. I didn't see any winners in the casino but I did very little gambling as all the games were pretty expensive for instance the table game for blackjack started at $10. SPA - I won a 90 minute massage through the spa raffle which was amazing and the spa was beautiful but the prices of all the treatments were way more than I pay in Dallas. For instance a pedicure starts at $65 and I pay between $25 -$30. EXTRAS - Any activity that didn't cost money (with the exception of sports and trivia) was only free because they wanted you to buy something such as the art auctions with free champagne. Photographers are everywhere snapping pictures but an 8 X 10 photo will run you $19 each. COMEDIANS/SHOWS - I didn't see the shows except the comedians and part of Motown Live so I can't comment on how they were however I didn't find the comedians that funny. They were older and although the show was advertise as being for mature audiences i have heard more r rated material from Jay Leno (who I love). I loved the comedians on the Dream (Percy Cruz was hilarious). Motown live should change its name as they started out with the some songs by the Temptations but a few minutes into the show began singing "Only You" by the Platters. I don't know what year that came out but it was way before Motown was created and not the kind of music I was interested in hearing so I left. The disco was never full and I blame that on the DJ who didn't play a lot of current hits. I really wanted to see Hairspray but it was only shown on the first two or three days. Most of the shows were full before I boarded the ship. CRUISE DIRECTOR - I found him to be lacking in every way. It was four days into the cruise before I saw him in person. On previous cruises the Cruise Director held meetings on the first or second day where folks could come to learn about all that the ship and cruise has to offer but not on this ship. When i asked Guest Services about this the woman there told me that this is what the videos were for but his videos weren't informative, they were nothing more than fluff. After I jokingly told my son that I wonder if he is even on the ship , that maybe those videos were recorded months ago or maybe they are hologram it became a running joke with us. My son would tease me by saying I just saw Ricky in the hall or he was just in the Windjammer. The first time I actually saw Ricky was when I attended the Crown and Anchor party which was less of a party and more of fund raiser with Ricky leading a charity auction for dinner with the captain. When he started the bidding at $10 no one bid he reminded everyone that this was for charity but folks quit bidding at $340. This wasn't much of a party. In conclusion this is a wonderful ship with a lot to offer but bring your checkbook. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
I will keep this short and hopefully to the point as I have never done this before. My wife and I are both 60 and have cruised 9 times, The boarding process was fast and smooth and since we did all our paperwork online from the time we ... Read More
I will keep this short and hopefully to the point as I have never done this before. My wife and I are both 60 and have cruised 9 times, The boarding process was fast and smooth and since we did all our paperwork online from the time we got to the pier until we boarded the ship took maybe 15 min. I was amazed. We got on board at 12:30. POSITIVES: Room: Superior Ocean view with balcony, small but efficient. Stateroom attended friendly and got us everything we needed including bathrobes which he said were not provided. Shows: Hairspray was fantastic a must see. Adult comedy was great. Come Fly with me was good. Pool: My bigest fear was not being able to find a deck chair when we wanted to, but this was never a problem no matter what time we went to the pool. The Solarium was nice but because it is inclosed to a large extent hotter and more humid than the pool area. Ship: Unbelievable big, but it never seemed crowed, except on the first day and during parades on the Royal Promenade. All the public spaces were well done and because of the layout no one place was ever overcrowd and we had a full compliment of passengers. GUEST RELATIONS:Problem solved with no hassel. See below NEGATIVES: Auqa theater dive show was not that great, the comedy auqa theater show Splish Splash was mush better. Bahamas excursion, we booked the Atlantis Beach day. The brocher clearly states that chairs will be provided but the ticket you get onboard for the trip says they are not. I brought this up to customer service, the excursion desk was closed, and pointed this out. The girl was as miffed as I was. She called the head of the excursion department who said no chairs. She refunded our money with out a problem and said she would followup because she understood my point that this was clearly not right. We took a $4 taxi to Atlantis, did a tour and beached back on board. FOOD: We bought the $50 specialty dinning package which I highly recommend, if you want to eat a decent meal. The food in the main dining room, which we only went for dinner, was by far the worst I have had on any cruise I have been on so far. Carnival, Celebrity, Princess and Royal Caribbean, We have also been on Crystal but it is unfair to campare any of the above to them as it would be like comparing diamonds to sawdust. Even on other Royal Caribbean cruises the food has been very good. Not on this ship. As bad as the dinning room food was is a great as the specialty restaurants we went to were. Chops was great soup to nuts as was Giovanni'a Table. You must have the eggplant Appetizer. We also went to the Solarium Bistro for dinner. They completely transform it form the healthy buffet of daytime to a very romantic spot for a healthy but delicious dinner. I had the veal entry and it was great. A dinning room companion had the bison and liked it as well. OVERALL: We had a very good time and would do it again. Oasis is an amazing ship. The only thing the ship is lacking is a bus stop, but my wife say's walking is good. Any questions bmault@aol.com Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2012
I traveled with my son and his wife who are in their twentites, my 18 yeard old daughter and her boyfriend and my mother in her seventies. My husband and I are in our late forties. Pre Cruise Book all of you shows and reservations for ... Read More
I traveled with my son and his wife who are in their twentites, my 18 yeard old daughter and her boyfriend and my mother in her seventies. My husband and I are in our late forties. Pre Cruise Book all of you shows and reservations for dinner and excursions BEFORE your trip. If you do not I can guarantee you will either wait in long lines or not get in at all. Review your stateroom details carefully. My four guests ended up in the 3 person room and the 3 guests in the four person room. I did not catch this until 2 days before we sailed and it could not be fixed due to already printing our sea pass documents. Could not fix it when I boarded either. Embarkation We arrived at 10:30 am. They did not start boarding until AROUND 11:30-12:00. Those who arrived first boarded first. Since all our paperwork including waivers ect were completed prior it was a breeze. Rooms-Smaller then I remember other cruise ships(when the sofa bed was pulled out we had to crawl over it to get to the balcony) but there was enough storage for all our stuff. Under the beds were good places for the suitcases. No plug in the bathroom which is odd. If 2 women trying to get ready with curling irons and blowdryers its difficult. Shampoo dispenser in the shower. Only conditioner in small bottles if you call for it. Better off bringing it. Air conditioning was an issue on this ship in all places, especially the rooms. Probably set on 75 or more. Very warm when dressed up or trying to get ready. It shuts off everytime you open the balcony door, if you dont lock down the balcony door it doesnt turn on. Sofa bed is very uncomfortable,felt every spring, other beds were fine. Muster drill-Much better than any other cruise I have been on. Only 1/2 hour and your not standing outside in the sun with your life vest on! Dining Since everyone tastes are different I will not get specific. There is so much food and so may options that if you cant find anything to eat I would be shocked. We had my time dining. Great service by Jon and Trisha. The optional resturants are marketed heavily. Mu son ate at Chops grille and stated the portions were large and steak was great with good service. Its very hard to change your reservations for dinner, so make sure your entertainment schedule works with your dinner times. Plan on dinner takin 1.5 hours. Ate at the Windjammer buffet for breakfast. On port days it was truly a mad house that I could not handle. So I went to the dining room for their quick buffet which was limited by not so chaotic. You may want to have other breakfast plans on those mornings. IT seems like the buffet resturant is the same size as other ships but is supposed to handle more people. Very crazy in there! Being a nurse I was very happy to see them approach those who did not sanitize their hands prior to comming in. This was enforced throughout the ship and I loved it! I also loved the fact they have a screen on every floor which tells you the menus at each resturant for the week and whats going on for entertainment. I looked ahead and could change my plans based on menus. Central park has a complimentary resturant called Park cafe. i loved it. Make your own salad, fresh carved meats, all kinds of side salds such as cole slaw asian salads ect. Only problem was finding a place to sit. Enertainment Again, very hard to review since we all have different expectations. Family attended HAIRSPRAY and stated it was ok. Come fly with me was acrobats, synchronized dancing but I could not follow the story line nor could others I was with. The circus solei type acrobats mid production was wonderful and mad it worth it. Ice show was based on Hans Christian anderson stories and wasnt so great, not alot of acrobatics, small rink. Mid show an artist made a story using sand. It was the most amazing artistic thing I have ever seen and I was so glad I attended just to see that. The headliner show was a very talented dancer and singer who was very funny. He sang songs that all of us know and love and let us sing along. Whether you like blues, rock, country or jazz he had something to enjoy! There was a show held outside in the aqua theater that was high diving . Again, lots of synchronized swimming and only 1 big high dive, many smaller dives and tricks though. Comedian was not extra R rated which was refreshing and was funny. Karokee was often family which meant lots of kids singing. Dance clubs didnt really start untill 11:30 or later which was often too late for me to attend. Boleros is a bar you can salsa dance in and allows smoking. The love and marriage game show was very entertaining especially due to the couples partcipating, get there early, it fills up quick! In adult scavenger hunt they had us in groups and for example the first group to have a member with red underwearr gets a point ect. lots of fun. Activities My daughter ziplined after waiting in a long line but the rock climbing wall line was just to long. Skating sessions were only 20 minutes if you wantged longer back to the line again. Pools-Several pools not just 1 main pool. I did not like it. I enjoy sitting by a pool and watching ther band or the pool games on other cruises. When they had the belly flop contest you had to leave your lawn chair go to the aqua theater, stand in line, get a seat in the hot sun and watch it. There were other activities such as the sexiest man contest handled this way. I would be out in the sun with all my stuff, then have to pick it all up, stand in line, sit in a seat, go back to the pool, find another chair ect. Enough chairs by the pools unless you want to sit right next to it. The state you cant reserve chairs but I seen people do it. The pool waiters are pushy. Sell, sell, sell drinks, it became annoying after awhile after you've said no 4 times. Lots of Rum drinks, but if you ask them to substitute another liquor such as vodka or tequila they will. Ship-Very clean. Promenade reminded me of a mall. Not alot of variety in the shops. Pizza place, cupcake shop??? whats that about? Starbucks of course. Very crowded in the evenings. Shoulder to shoulder. When they had dance nights or parades the conjestion was ridiculous. And again, very warm, even in the elevators. Be prepared to sweat in your suit and tie! The Interent cafe always had line. Only 6 computers on floor 7 and one was down. There was another internet site on floor 9. Bathrooms in public areas were not always in the places I would expect. After a show I would need to use the restroom and had to walk through the entire casino to get to one. Don't wait until the last minute, because there was usually a line after shows and dinner. Shore excursions-Dune Falls in Jamica. Absolutley thrilling. Im not athletic but made it to the top, the falls are beautful with cool clean water but dont go if you dont want a work out! Theres no sitting around. Swam with dolphons in cozumel and loved it. Touched them took a belly ride with them but you need to be able to swim and tread water some. The pictures they have for you to buy arent cheap.69.00 for 3 pictures. labadee-Wish I would have gotten off the ship ealier. I love the ocean and really wanted to sit somewhere near it and have an umbrella for my mom. Bue we didnt get ther until about 10:30 and we wnded up sitting almost by the street staring at a building! The barbecue was really good! Disembarkation-The most orderly I have ever witnessed. Perfect. Breezed right through. Overall I am not a picky traveler, I feel lucky to have been on this wonderful vacation. Would I do it again? No. Just to many lines, to much waiting, to many people. 6200 to be exact. Afer day 2 I began tracking my wait times. From elevators, to activities to guest services. From day 3 to leaving I was at 13.75 hours. I guess my vacation time is so precious I cant see wasting that much. It is to be expected though when you choose the biggest ship with so many activities. Also many of the activities I wanted to do stated so late in the evening like after 10:30 pm, I am an early riser so its hard for me to stay out so late without being overly tired the whole next day. I must credit RCCL for being able to do what they do with that many people, feeding a city 3 times a day! Its amazing. The best part of theis cruise was the staff-I have stayed in hotels all over the country, been on cruises ect and never had such wonderful customer service. Everyone you pass by or ask something of or meet is smiling and pleasant, many remember your name which is amazing. They seem to work so hard also. You will truly be treated well. Also, my family is prone to sea sickness and we never felt the ship moving ever! Please email me if you have any specific questions. I will be happy to help. There were some things i wish I would have known before leaving also. Remember to make all your reservations before you go and bring that info with you! (Right after I made my final payment inApril the prices were reduced almost by 50%) Had I know I would of waited until then to book) Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
This was our first cruise in some time, as we have been doing a lot of other traveling recently, though we are making a commitment to returning to a more consistent schedule of cruising. Royal Caribbean has always been our favorite and ... Read More
This was our first cruise in some time, as we have been doing a lot of other traveling recently, though we are making a commitment to returning to a more consistent schedule of cruising. Royal Caribbean has always been our favorite and will continue to be despite our experience on Oasis. We most likely will never sail Oasis again though we will see what the future holds for this ship. Our embarkation was a breeze, one of the best, quickest, most stress free I have ever experienced. From drop off to being in our stateroom was probably less than an hour. I was very impressed with the efficiency of the staff in port. Once on ship it was readily apparent that we were going to be hit up at every turn for additional charges, and we did expect that, however it did get to be a bit daunting after a while and kind of became a running joke with the other couple we were cruising with. Over all our first impression of the public spaces was the same at the end of our journey as the beginning. This is one of the most impressive cruise ships we have ever seen, and we have made a habit of going on what ever the newest largest ship is with in the first 2-3 years of service. The Royal Promenade is larger than on the Freedom class ships and more vibrant as it has the large skylights from Central Park above, as well as the Rising Tide bar, which is very cool and you must take at least one ride on this. The space did not feel at all crowded except at initial boarding but since this is the boarding area that is to be expected. Over all getting around the ship was quite easy as not only is the ship very intelligently laid out but there are self service guides to give you directions in every elevator bay. The Central Park area became one of our favorite spots on the ship. It is like being in a park on land, very beautifully landscaped and nicely laid out. The boardwalk area was very much like a boardwalk on land and there was always some activity going on in the area. Though we did not have a Boardwalk facing balcony cabin, I would advise those looking to do so, to be aware of this. The fitness center is one of the best at sea and on land for that matter. It was always busy, but there were plenty of machines still available. The shows were great. And Amy the cruise director was born to play the part. As for the food and service....... On our first night we ventured into the main dining room for dinner at the second service, we were not even remotely delighted. The food was not very good. I don't expect perfect food on a ship of 6,300 passengers, but this was ridiculous. The chef should be embarrassed. Our soups were flavorless, the spaghetti from Mr. Chef Boy Ar Dee is better. The menu lacked any balance or theme what so ever, and though we ate here only this first night we still looked at the menu on the remaining nights and it was mostly the same lack of balance, theme or direction. As for the service, I have never seen such frantic service in my life. It was ridiculous. When we ordered our soft drinks not only did it take 20 minutes plus to get them but we were each given two or three glasses of each drink at one time. We did later discover why as it was a constant theme in every restaurant on the ship and that was getting refills. Don't expect them, cause unless you ask several times you probably won't get them. The cheesecake dessert tasted very much like the Jello instant cheesecake that you might find at your grocer. Needless to say we did not return to the main dining room the remainder of the cruise. We did conclude that having 6,300 people on a ship with what we discovered is only 900 total crew in the Food Service department is not a ratio for getting good service in the main areas. We however did find it on the remaining nights as we dined in Giovanni's and Chops the remainder of the cruise alternating each of the remaining evenings between the two. The service here was impeccable and what I would expect based on previous experiences in the main dinning room. The food was also delicious, well cooked, well thought out, and the menu at each very well balanced. There is a small cover charge at each of these locations, but it is well worth it. We did tip our two waiters that we had at these two locations very well for their much appreciated service. The cabin was very nice, very well kept, very clean, very spacious and we rather enjoyed the cabin in comparison to cabins in the past. The bathroom was really nice with a very good layout and an awesome shower for a ship. Please bring a power strip if you plan on plugging more than two items in. And make sure it has a cord as the outlets are under the dressing table. Our cabin steward was very average. We are accustomed to having a surprise towel animal of some sort every night when returning to our cabin. We only had this luxury as well as chocolates on our pillows on the two formal nights. We did inquire about this and were told that they only do this on two nights now. Again our guess the 6,300 passengers. It was pretty clear that our cabin steward does not like his job, but he did keep our cabin spotless and we never had dirty towels once when we returned to our cabin. Our final minor little disappointment is that not once was our bed turned down. Again not a major thing, but it is the details that make the difference. We will travel with Royal Caribbean again as we have had many positive experiences with them, though Oasis will be at the bottom of our list of ships to return too, unless of course they are only %50 booked. When we do return we will book ahead of time Chops and Giovanni's for dinner every night on board. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
First, let me preference this review by saying that I read a lot of reviews on Cruise Critic before going on Oasis. There will be some things that I address in this review that I previously read that I will try to address. That being ... Read More
First, let me preference this review by saying that I read a lot of reviews on Cruise Critic before going on Oasis. There will be some things that I address in this review that I previously read that I will try to address. That being said, my initial reaction to this cruise is that there's nothing that I could find that I would consider a "deal breaker" in deciding on sailing on this ship. There were some bumps in the road. But where I point out any issues, this shouldn't keep anyone from sailing on Oasis. I will try to point out some of the issues that I've read on the Cruise Critic blogs and tell you my observations. Background Information: I sailed with my parents. I guess I should call them DM (dear mom) and DD (dear dad). I have been on 7 cruises total. One with Carnival and the rest with Royal Caribbean. I guess you can say I'm kind of loyal to Royal Caribbean. After the completion of this cruise, I will have moved up to Emerald level in the C&A program. We traveled to Ft. Lauderdale on Friday and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on state road 84. They offer a free shuttle to and from the airport but you will have to pay a little extra for transport to the ship terminal on Saturday. I called the hotel, after retrieving our luggage and was told to go to the off-site hotel area outside to wait for the shuttle. We had to wait for over 45 minutes. I don't mind the heat and humidity so it wasn't a problem for me. However, DM hates it and so it was a hassle for her. I recalled the hotel to find out what was going on. They told me that the shuttle had just returned. I explained to them that I've been waiting outside and hadn't seen any shuttle with that hotel name on the outside. Finally, I ended up taking another shuttle for the Crown Plaza and they transported me for free. Next time, I would just take a taxi and forget the shuttle. The hotel is only 5 miles from the airport. The hotel itself is nice and clean and offers a good breakfast in the morning. I didn't use the hotel transportation to the cruise terminal on Saturday. My niece goes to college in Ft. Lauderdale and lives down there. So she was able to pick us up and take us. Stateroom: We stayed in a D1 outside stateroom with balcony on deck 14. Maybe I'm getting older, but I found the cabin to be a little smaller than other Royal Caribbean ships I've been on in the past. The bathroom is adequate but small. This is to be expected. I like the shower doors instead of the curtains much better. Never had any issues with hot water or toilet flushing. In fact, one day when I got back from the beach I wanted to take a cold shower and had a hard time getting the water to be cold. I slept on the sofa bed. It was much more comfortable than other ships that I've slept on the sofa bed on. Maybe because it's newer? I found deck 14 to be too high for me. I usually prefer being up higher so that you're closer to the Windjammer and sports decks. However, there was a huge overhang from deck 15 above my cabin and it was hard to get any type of sunshine. Also, there partition on one of the side was a steel beam and you couldn't look over the railing-going forward so it was kind of like an obstructed view. Also, being so high up, I found that I had to wait for elevators more. The bulk of cabins are obviously below deck 14 so waiting for elevators was an issue. In fact, I counted how many times I entered into an elevator and was able to travel directly to the deck I needed to go to: 4 times the entire week. Ship: Oasis is obviously quite stunning. The size of it alone makes it a destination onto itself. There's something to do for everyone. No matter what age you are or if you're active or laid back. One thing that I read prior to going is that if you want to find a space to be alone and read a book, you wouldn't have a problem. I found this to be true. On the last day of our cruise, it rained and we had thunderstorms so that forced everyone indoors. Putting 6200 indoors might be a problem. I found my way to deck 17 to the C&A bar area and there was no one up there at all except people who were working that room. So if you want to be alone, you will find places to do that if you search it out. I liked the different areas of the ship. I noticed a lot of smaller things like in Central Park at night they have crickets chirping piped in over speakers. The casino is big and divided into smoking and non-smoking areas. DM tells me that the machines were tight. I just stuck with blackjack. I also read prior to going that there were a lot of people from other countries that are on this ship. I found that to be true. I've never been on a cruise with as many non-Americans as this cruise. When we disembarked, the line for non-citizens was much, much longer than for citizens. Dining: I only did 2 specialty restaurants on board. Johnny Rockets for lunch. It was good and if you've been there before you'll know what to expect. When I was leaving, no one said "good-bye" to me. If you've been to one you'll know what I mean. So I yelled "good-bye" and that made everyone in the place say it. We had to wait for about 5 minutes to get a booth inside. It was too humid to eat on the outside tables. I also ate at Chops. That was simply the best steak I've had. The service was fantastic, the atmosphere overlooking Central Park was fantastic, and I'd recommend anyone to spend the extra $30 to eat here. I only ate in the Windjammer once for lunch. It was like a cattle herd in there. They make announcements to leave your table when you're done eating so other people can sit down. I've never seen that before on other Royal Caribbean ships. Other than that, I stuck with the Dinning Room. We had a table on deck 3 overlooking the water. About a week before we went, I used the Royal Caribbean dining web site that I found here on Cruise Critic to email the staff that I would like a table for just my family. I was reluctant to do this as I thought it would never go anywhere. To my surprise, I received an email back from the head of dining operations from Royal Caribbean about 3 days before with my table assignment, where it was located and that we wouldn't be sitting with anyone else. So that was awesome. I would do that again. I was told that you shouldn't email them until a week before you go however. I wouldn't be emailing dining requests if you're cruise is a year away. Our dining room staff was fantastic. On the first night of the cruise my DM tells me that she's going to order the shrimp cocktail. I told her that it wasn't on the menu. Apparently she was handed a menu from the previous night. Our Head Waiter Ashley got her the Cocktail and brought her that ever night thereafter without having to ask for it. The only problem we had, was that my DM wanted a bloody-mary with V8 juice but the bar staff couldn't get V8 juice as it's only served for breakfast. I found the food to be good. Certainly editable. Some reviews I've read has said it was terrible. I wouldn't characterize it that was. It's certainly not home cooking, but it was good. Shows: The only shows I took in was Frozen In Time (ice show) and the Oasis of Dreams water show. I loved both of them. There were some technical glitches with the Frozen in time show. But the sand artist was amazing. I was amazed with the water show and the diving on a moving ship. I wouldn't miss those shows in the future. Ports: In Nassau, I stayed on the ship and used the pools while everyone else left the ship. I used the Solarium which was nice and had great lounge chairs. In St. Thomas I did the Meagans Bay Beach excursion. It was raining in the morning while I was waiting by my station for the excursion and I was really thinking about bagging the whole thing. No one wants to go to the beach on a day that it's raining. But I decided to go for it. I had gone to Meagans Bay Beach about 30 years ago. At the time, there was no cover charge to get on the beach, no bar, no eateries, no tables. In fact, there was about 4 other people on the beach besides my family. This was completely different. There were thousands of people on the beach. I made my way down to one side where there was fewer people. The water was amazing and I swam for about an hour then made my way over to the bar for a drink. I would go back again. In st. Marteen I used the water taxi ($6 for all day use), went over to the town and just went thru the shops. Not a big shopper so I didn't buy anything. Mainly people watched. Service: I found the service to be great. I made friends with a bartender who I would find almost everywhere I went on board. He would keep the drinks coming. This is especially important when you attend C&A events where the drinks are free! Our room Stewart was readily available and kept the room clean and fresh towels coming. Big shout out to Rollie. I recommend him for a room Stewart if you're lucky enough to get him. Disembarkation: Was a breeze. I can't believe how efficient it is with 6200 people on board. Maybe it was because most of the people were non-citizens and they had to use a separate line? We requested late leaving because we had an afternoon flight. After breakfast we used the C&A waiting area on in the dining room on deck 4 for our number to be called. We were able to walk right off the ship. There was a line in the terminal but we weren't more than 10 minutes most. Other Observations: I wanted to address something that I've been reading here on the blogs. That being the on-going conversations about the Cruise Director Amy Feckart. Now I know some people love her and some people hate her. But here is my observation: Yes, there were people who I overheard talking about how young she is and were wondering how someone like that got her job. I found her to be adequate in her job. She was good. Was she the best. I would say no. For me, the best Cruise Director I've had is Seymore Graham on Freedom of the Seas. He was just awesome! But Amy isn't as terrible as everyone makes her out to be. In fact, she held daily Zumba classes on deck 5 that were very well attended my a majority of the female cruisers. I would see her around the ship at a lot of different venues and she seemed to be accessible. However, I never spoke with her. I only heard her use the "I'm Amy and you're awesome" phrase a couple of times. I don't believe she deserves the bad rap that she gets on these blogs. But I guess it's all a matter of opinion? While in St. Marteen, our room overlooked the Carnival Dream. I had the pleasure of watching a late arriving passenger on the Dream come back to the ship while everyone on their decks on the Oasis cheered when he showed up. The officiers on the Dream weren't amused, but our passengers were. Summary: You couldn't feel the ship move. Not like on other cruises I've been on. You could feel the vibration of the stabilizers but unless you are looking out at the water, if you're inside, you wouldn't be able to tell that you're moving. DM liked this. I would sail on Oasis again in a hearbeat. In fact, we booked another cruise on this ship doing Western for 2014 for the entire family. If anyone has any questions, please let email me or let me know and I'll try to answer them for you. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
My husband and cruised on the Oasis from 7/28 to 8/4. The port was a breeze ton get through and we were on the boat and done with lunch by 12pm. The ship is amazing and we went exploring for the first couple of hours. THis is our 3rd ... Read More
My husband and cruised on the Oasis from 7/28 to 8/4. The port was a breeze ton get through and we were on the boat and done with lunch by 12pm. The ship is amazing and we went exploring for the first couple of hours. THis is our 3rd cruise with RCCL. We have also been on the Navigator and the Freedom. The good is the ship and we loved our stateroom with a view of central park. We loved our service in the dining room and really liked having a table for 2. The dinner options have increased and were pretty good most nights. The shows were all excellent. We went to the Aqua show, Hairspray, Ice show, COme fly with me, and Comedy show. The casino was large and had a non smoking section. I loved, loved the solarium bistro for lunch. They had amazing buffet with healthy options. I loved that the ship hardly moved and I didn't use any drugs or sea bands to help me. The bad....I hated the up selling and nickel and diming on this ship!!! It was never this bad on the other two ships. They were always trying to push the drinks and cookbooks, fresh squeezed orange juice. It got pretty annoying. In trying to upsell bottles of water they even told my husband there would be no bottled water in St. THomas. Really???? That's amazing. The drinks were outrageously priced at 9$ for a margarita with very little alcohol. I also did not like the fact that I ad to pay .65 cents a minute to go on southwest.com and print out my boarding passes when the Allure has this complimentary for their guests. The Windjammer was a total disappointment for service and food!!! They don't have an omelet or egg station where you can have them made to order like the other ships I have been on. The do not come around often to ask you if you want anything to drink unless its something that is going to cost more!!! I did have breakfast in the dining room on the last day and it was Amazing!! Should have gone there all week. On the other two ships I went on I was used to having towel decorations and chocolate mints every night with turndown service. On the Oasis we only got towel decorations two nights and chocolates two nights. I feel that for the amount we paid for cruise and the bill we had on our sea pass that we got much better service and value on other ships. They also rape you with picture prices!!! We did have a great time but the Oasis and RCCL needs to up the ROYAL treatment on this ship!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
This summer I took a cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world. The seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyage left from Fort Lauderdale and stopped in the Bahamas, Saint Thomas, Saint John (on our own) and Saint Martin. My friends and I ... Read More
This summer I took a cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world. The seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyage left from Fort Lauderdale and stopped in the Bahamas, Saint Thomas, Saint John (on our own) and Saint Martin. My friends and I began the trip by spending a few days in Fort Lauderdale. We stayed at the Hilton Marina Hotel. We had a great ocean view room with a large balcony overlooking the water. On Saturday we made our way to the port to board the Oasis of the Seas. The embarkation process was very fast and well organized. We were on the ship about thirty minutes after arriving at the port. The Oasis is one BIG, beautiful ship! Words cannot describe how I felt after boarding. Our room was modern but compact. It was our comfortable home for a week. I really enjoyed having an ocean-view balcony. The public areas on the ship were beautiful! So many bars, pools, lounges and places to eat, we had endless choices to make on the ship. I was surprised that on this big beautiful ship there was only one lounge where we could have a drink and look out at the ocean. Many of the public areas had no windows at all. I missed seeing the sea while being on the oasis. While the ship itself was outstanding the service on this cruise was just average. We had great crewmembers serving us but they seemed to be both overworked and tired from dealing with thousands of passengers. I believe that the ship is just too big and carries too many people. We all love to cruise but we will not cruise on a giant ship in the future. We did not feel papered or special on the Oasis as we have on the other ships in the fleet. Rather, we felt like just a number or a customer. Feeling taken care of and welcome is what we look forward to about cruising. We did not find either on the Oasis. Every port on this cruise was a tropical paradise! We shopped in the Bahamas, snorkeled in St. John and lounged on the beach in St. Martin. Overall we had a restful and relaxing mass-market vacation in the beautiful Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
First, the cruise was very relaxing and stress-free. It did wonders for rejuninating our spirits. A few notes: stateroom 8286 with sea balcony was in great shape and the view is unobstructed. Our stateroom attendant "Kennie" ... Read More
First, the cruise was very relaxing and stress-free. It did wonders for rejuninating our spirits. A few notes: stateroom 8286 with sea balcony was in great shape and the view is unobstructed. Our stateroom attendant "Kennie" provided great service. Since we were seeking relaxation as far away from the action as possible, we appreciated the 8th Deck location with easy access to the Central Park restaurants and bars. Marvin at the Trellis Bar in Central Park was a wonderful bartender and Howard in Rising Tide was an all-pro waiter. On the first night we enjoyed dinner at the Chef's Table (with Chef's Table Package) the first evening. This small portion "tasting" experience with pared wines turned out to be the best meal of the trip, shared with 11 fellow passengers. We were given an autographed cookbook after dessert that made a nice souvenir. Dinner with Chef's Table package includes a free dinner (no surcharge) at two of three specialty restaurants. We selected Chops and 150 Central Park. Both were okay, but the eating spots seem to be more about "positioning" than real food quality. Chops was quiet and the side dishes were the best parts of the meal. These were portioned "steakhouse" style, with one dish serving up to three people. The filet was flavorful but tough. The NY strip was both tough and poorly flavored as if it had been tenderized. The team at 150 Central Park was a bit aggressive pushing specialty martini's ($30 surcharge for a shaker full), another cookbook (unneeded), exotic waters (ship's water is fine), and a gift box paring of bottles of French wines - a good deal at $25 for two bottles, but we had no way to bring them home in our luggage. About wines: we purchased the diamond 7 bottle wine package and this was an excellent purchase. Be sure to ask for the wine and dine brochure and look for the wines on the diamond list that do not appear on lesser packages. These are all good wines and make the diamond package worthwhile. We found the Conundrum white to be a good value, as well as the Charles Krug Merlot. Both were priced at about 120% over retail - very reasonable for restaurant pricing. Another good wine buy was at Vintages. Although not part of the wine & dine package, the Tuscany Marchesi de Frescobaldi ( dry red that came out "tight" but opened nicely) at $49 USD was a good value - retails at about $29 and it can be hard to find in many parts of the US. Dinner in the main dining room was by far the best approach when compared to the specialty dining options we tried. We wound up without a table assignment and the dining room staff was more than accommodating setting up a table for two at the from of the main floor next to the piano riser. The wait staff could give lessons to finer restaurants. As my wife observed, they were attentive, enthusiastic, well informed and willing to assist at 110% levels. We wished we had used the main dining room more. A total of 4 meals wasn't enough. Regarding entertainment: The Hairspray show as very well done. Some who saw the musical in theaters commented that this version was condensed, but as a first experience, we were very impressed. The "headliner" show started out without much energy and them took off like a rocket. It was one of the best one-man-shows we've seen in a long time. I have no idea who the feature performer was, but I'd pay to see him again. By far, our favorite evenings were spent at Jazz on 4 - a quiet club that featured a Canadian quartet led by Bruce Gordon. The band performs covers from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and other great jazz club singers. Gotta tell ya, Bruce's rendition of "The Shadow of Your Smile" may be better than the original I heard sung by Tony Bennett in a Chicago club years ago. Jazz on 4 is really hidden away and is wonderful place to relax in over-stuffed upholstered chairs and be taken back to a time when you could understand the words to songs that had meaning. Regarding drinks: The Wine & Dine package with 7 bottles provided wine for our lunches and dinners. We used the complete package and bought two more bottles "Ala carte". Cocktails varied in price. Be sure to ask the cost if you do not see your drink of choice on the cocktail menu. Planters Punch was $6. Dewers and soda $5.75. White Russian w/ extra vanilla $6.50 and a basic Mojito $6.00. Pretty reasonable. But go a little astray and the price can jump. The basil and herb Grey Goose martini at 150 Central Park - $30. And a muddled bourbon Old Fashioned with Makers Mark was $12 - go figure. Ask first and avoid surprises. Overall, we thought the prices of what we enjoyed were reasonable - exclusions noted. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
I chose the Oasis of the Seas for my first ever cruise. I was looking for a variety of things to do on the ship, since we stopped at only 3 ports. The Oasis didn't disappoint with plenty of things to do on board. However, two of the ... Read More
I chose the Oasis of the Seas for my first ever cruise. I was looking for a variety of things to do on the ship, since we stopped at only 3 ports. The Oasis didn't disappoint with plenty of things to do on board. However, two of the three destinations, Nassau and St. Thomas, were not to my liking. We chose beach day at the Atlantis. The Atlantis itself was beautiful, but since we only signed up for the beach, everything had extra fees and it was Sunday so the food venues opened later and we only had a partial day at Nassau. We chose the 'St. John on your own' excursion from St. Thomas and after a nice ferry ride, they dumped us off in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do. We ran into several others who felt this was a complete waste of time too. St. Maarten was very nice, as we had a wonderful island tour and several interesting stops. The ship was amazing. The size was astounding. We dwarfed the other ships at ports. The Cruise Compass was loaded with things to do so you would never be bored. They had a nice casino. The pool areas were mobbed on sea days. Too much smoke. Could always find a lounge chair, though not where you'd necessarily like to be. Spa was very nice (had a facial). The service on the ship was excellent. Food in the main dining room was fair. Chops and Giovannis were very good. Park Cafe was very good too. Windjammer was not to my liking, to put it nicely. Pizza at Sorrentos was okay. I frequented Starbucks a lot. Comedy club was very enjoyable. The captain gave a fun talk on the last day. Wanted to do the ship's tour, but it was $150.00 per person. Lots of things going on in the Royal Promenade and people watching was fantastic! All in all, a very enjoyable week. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
We had a fantastic time aboard Oasis of the Seas. As first time cruisers, we had done our research and read reviews, studied deck plans, planned excursions and other activities ahead of time. We didn't want to go unprepared! We flew ... Read More
We had a fantastic time aboard Oasis of the Seas. As first time cruisers, we had done our research and read reviews, studied deck plans, planned excursions and other activities ahead of time. We didn't want to go unprepared! We flew down from NY to Fort Lauderdale early that morning, August 11th, and arrived at the airport around 9:30AM. Royal Caribbean actually provides a transport service from the airport to the terminal that you can sign up for, which costs about $18/person. We were actually told it would be cheaper to take a taxi, which is what we ended up doing. It was a short, easy ride from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport to the pier terminal, and came to $18 total for two people. All we had to do was tell the taxi driver to go to pier 18. We arrived at the terminal around 10:30AM, and were immediately greeted. They checked in our luggage at the curb, and after walking through security we checked in at the terminal. Since we were there early it was fairly empty, with some of the agents still filing in. We waited in line for a bit, though, even though there was no one in front of us, as the gold members of the Crown and Anchor Society (those who have sailed before on RCCL) who were waiting on the other lines were given preference. Waiting at the terminal was not bad, as they had everyone seated in rows in the order you came in. We started boarding a bit before noon, with the higher level Crown and Anchor Society members first. The rest of us boarded in the order we arrived. We entered the ship on the 5th deck, where the royal promenade is. We were hungry and headed to the Windjammer Cafe. Like others have said, the Windjammer Cafe does not have the best food, but it did not matter since we were so hungry! It was good we got there early, as the place filled up quickly and soon people were scrambling for seats. As we were leaving we heard the greeter say that there was about a 15 minute wait time for a table. We were on Deck 3, with an porthole, right in the middle of the ship. I actually really liked this location, since it wasn't too high up (I don't like heights) and it was close to the dining hall. The room was nice and quaint, but barely big enough for two people. Perhaps it was just that we had over packed, but we were barely able to fit all of our items in the closet and drawers. We explored the ship on the first day - Central Park on deck 8, the lido deck, the boardwalk on deck 6, and the promenade on deck 5. The mandatory drill was short and not bad at all. Dinner in the Opus dining hall was very nice. We opted for the late seating - 8:30PM. It was less crowded and had more adults. Our server was from Peru, he was nice but not the friendliest. He served us very quickly though. The food was very good. I've read complaints about it and perhaps people were expecting Michelin star quality or something, but you have to remember that there are 6500 people that have to be served. And for having to serve all these people, the food was excellent! For breakfast we went to the Park Cafe, Johnny Rockets, the Opus dining room, and the Solarium Cafe, which were all "free." We ate at several of the "alternative" restaurants on board the ship during our cruise. Chops Grille was wonderful. We had such a lovely waiter (unfortunately, I can't remember his name) and the food was excellent. We also had dinner at Izumi one night. The food was good too, however, the server there messed up one of our orders. We had lunch once day at Vintages, the tapas bar. I was extremely disappointed here. First, our server took a VERY long time to serve us, even though we were the only ones there. He didn't even bother to check on us, and we had to and find him to get our check. Besides the bad experience, which I will take as an exception, the service aboard the ship was excellent. The staff was really friendly and willing to help whenever possible. For example, we had called the spa one day at 10 AM and booked a couple's massage for 11AM that day, only to change our minds a couple of minutes later. When we first called the spa back, the woman on the phone told me nothing could be done since cancellations should be done 24 hours prior to the appointment. I went up to the spa and spoke to someone else in person. He saw that we had made our reservations just two minutes ago and he cancelled our appointments without any problems. Our stateroom attendant was exceptional. He didn't have an easy task, cleaning our stateroom, but he managed to make the place lovely and presentable each time. The cruise director, Amy, was pleasant, energetic, and engaging. We went to some of the activities they had on board, and it was a lot of fun whenever she got involved. As far as activities, we didn't get to see the ice show, the water show, or the headliner act, but we did see Hairspray, which was good. The nightclub, Blaze, wasn't full at all when we went, and I wasn't a fan of the DJ. We also went to Dazzles, which was more active but not my scene - they played more 70s and 80 music. We went to the Casino twice, which was fun, except for the fact that we didn't win anything. :) We went on the Flowrider, but were too scared to go on the zipline. They weren't as crowded as I expected them to be, but there were lines. The pools were crowded on the days we were at sea. The Solarium was a lovely area that was quiet and relaxing - we spent quite a bit of time there, since it was adults only. We were very lucky to have such great weather. It rained briefly once, and a couple of other times there was light drizzle. The seas were relatively calm during sailing - we could hardly feel the boat moving. Our cruise took us to the Eastern Caribbean, with stops at Nassau, Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. We just explored the town a bit at Nassau and went back to the ship, which was nice and empty - we got to swim in an uncrowded pool. We went on the sail to Christmas and Honeymoon Coves excursion at St. Thomas, which I will review separately but will say that we HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. We went on our own to Orient Beach in St. Maarten then did a bit of shopping. The ship was kept very clean and orderly. I would see people leave a dish in the corner of a stairwell (seriously? people can be such pigs sometimes) and a couple of minutes later when I would pass again it would be gone. The staff was always working to keep the ship clean, not just the interior but also the exterior when it was at port. Our only complaint was the alcohol. The drinks were never made consistently - to us they were either too strong or too light and sweet. We went to all the bars - from the Schooner bar, to the Wipeout Bar, and we encountered the same problem wherever we went. However, I will mention that one of our servers, Howard, at the rising tide bar, was absolutely fabulous. Overall, we had a great experience, and would recommend it to anyone. We're going to have a problem topping this first cruise, with such a gorgeous ship!   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Hotel: Marriott Renaissance (across from port and amazing Italian food across the parking lot) Background: Oasis was my 4th cruise. My husband and I have been on Liberty once and Freedom twice. Stateroom: Inside cabin - small, ... Read More
Hotel: Marriott Renaissance (across from port and amazing Italian food across the parking lot) Background: Oasis was my 4th cruise. My husband and I have been on Liberty once and Freedom twice. Stateroom: Inside cabin - small, but exactly what we expected, a bed. Stateroom attendant was not around as much as our other cruise experiences. We had 1 towel animal the whole week. Ship: LARGE. Central Park was very pretty, but there wasn't a breeze. The Boardwalk was very pretty and seemed a bit more open. The carousel was gorgeous. Random note - donuts are free on boardwalk, but popcorn was $2+. Aqua Theater: Amazing. The show was exciting and first of its kind on ship. Talent! The dive team did a tremendous time. Cruise Director: Amy Fickert did not build the excitement that we experienced in the past. The activities manager hosted a lot of events. Past cruise directors that really pumped up the crowd were Richard Spacey, James Andrews & Ken Rush. Chef's Table: Worth the money and experience. Chef Nickolas was spectacular. Food was delicious and was accompanied by wine pairing. 150 Central Park: Good food & service. Chops Grille: Bad experience. Table was next to kitchen entrance and waiters where stumbling over each other to get into it. There was also an exit next to the kitchen for the outdoor tables. The exit door had a loud squeak each time it opened and closed. The manager of Chops explained that they did not design the ship for outdoor seating - it was an after thought with the amount of requests. Because it was in Central Park, the restaurant was very narrow to compared to the Freedom Class with no windows. Steak was well cooked (medium rare and medium) but was tough to cut. I recall being able to almost slice through with butter knife. Main Dining: Delicious and relaxing atmosphere. Waiters were on their game and entertaining. We were seated in Opus 4 dining room next to window with a great group of diners. Entertainment: Enjoyed Hairspray, Belly Flop Competition, Trivia, etc. Disembarkation: The best/easiest yet. The escalators at port are genius and the actual disembarkation was seamless. We choose to walk off with our own luggage to catch an early flight. No waiting lines. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
I'm 75 years old and have been cruising since 1974. This was my 61st cruise, my first on the OASIS OF THE SEAS. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Sept. 7th and stayed at the Embassy Suites. They have a Happy Hour from 5-7PM and a ... Read More
I'm 75 years old and have been cruising since 1974. This was my 61st cruise, my first on the OASIS OF THE SEAS. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Sept. 7th and stayed at the Embassy Suites. They have a Happy Hour from 5-7PM and a full breakfast buffet! It's a $15 cab ride from the airport and a $15 ride to the pier. Embarkation was fairly easy on the 8th. We got on about noon and went to the Windjammer for lunch. About 1PM we were advised that we could go to our staterooms. I liked the stateroom with a balcony overlooking Central Park. We were able to play trivia in the Schooner Bar and go to Muster before our luggage arrived. We did not have life jackets in our cabins, they were located at the Muster Stations. The luggage did take a little longer than usual to get to our cabin. We had early dinner at 6PM in the Opus Dining Room. The food was very good. They had introduced a new menu the week before; it was very different , but quite good. We had reservations for "Hairspray" that evening and really enjoyed it. We booked all the shows on line before we got on the ship. We enjoyed all of them, The Aqua Show, the Iceskating and the other shows in the Opal Theater. I was impressed with the "Small Wonders" on the ship. These are Artworks scattered about on many of the decks . There are pedestals with a lens on top showing pretty shells or flowers or a snake vertibrae. There are stands with binoculars displaying 3D pictures of roads, flowers, a levitating man, owl, trees, etc. The one with the monkey is on Deck 6 near the Boardwalk entrance. There are supposedly 42 of them. It was fun trying to find them. We did have dinner in Giovanni's on the last evening because it was part of our package. It was good , but I would not pay extra for it. We enjoyed the trivia games. We won pens, highlighters. luggage tags, etc. Walking in Central Park was very enjoyable. A lot of the plants are identified. Having a balcony overlooking Central Park was great because you could listen to the music while sitting on the balcony or you could shut the doors and eliminate any noise. If you are Diamond or more, they had a nightly happy hour in Blaze (the Disco) from 5-8:30PM . Met a lot of nice people there. Disembarkation was fairly easy because we took off our own luggage and got a taxi to the airport. I would definitely recommend it. It's a one of a kind cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Want to lay out the high/low points. Room - 14709 - I was very nervous about being right below the sports deck. I did not hear a thing. Very good room and would do the boardwalk balcony again in a heartbeat. Food - MDR - Had 4 good ... Read More
Want to lay out the high/low points. Room - 14709 - I was very nervous about being right below the sports deck. I did not hear a thing. Very good room and would do the boardwalk balcony again in a heartbeat. Food - MDR - Had 4 good meals and 2 great meals. Windjammer - Some good things and some bad. Was not hungry when I left :) Seafood shack - Little too much fried food for my tastes Park Cafe - Very yummy food. Solarium Bistro - Healthy and good selection Johnny Rockets - had breakfast and would do again Cafe Promenade - LOVE the little Croissant sandwiches Entertainment - Honestly did not see a bad show. Even my 5 and 7 year old just went nuts over Hairspray. Water shows were incredible. Bars and Service - Best bar service on any cruise ship ever. Hands down. Casino - This casino STINKS. They took all my gambling money... Jerks :) Good casino but the non smoking side is still smokey. Overall - Loved this cruise. I need to go back about 3 more times in order to do all the things available on this ship. Just too much to do on a 7 night cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
In some ways we were positively surprised by the Oasis. The embarkation was the easiest we have ever had. The quality of the food, entertainment, and overall service in the dining room and our steward was some of the best we have ever had. ... Read More
In some ways we were positively surprised by the Oasis. The embarkation was the easiest we have ever had. The quality of the food, entertainment, and overall service in the dining room and our steward was some of the best we have ever had. The ship did not feel as though it had over 5K passengers. However, it is a very big ship with many things to do but with a lot of people and not many places where you could go to have a nice chat with a few new friends. We enjoy walking and setting in chairs on the promenade deck and watching the ocean go by. You can not do that on the Oasis as the life boats hang over the side of this deck and it is used for a jogging track. If you have to go up to the deck above the pool deck if you want to sit and watch the ocean go by, but then you are in the sun so you can't stay there to long. Getting off was a complete joke. The feds decided to do some sort of annual audit checking everyone on the passenger list to their passports, visas, and luggage. We were supposed to be off at 8:30 but it was after 11:00 before we finally got off. There were still a lot of people stuck on the ship when we got off and there were all those people trying to get on. I have never heard of such a thing but we were told this is just a random thing they do once a year. All in all we enjoyed it and we are glad we took it BUT we won't be booking on the Oasis or the Allure again. I can see where people can really enjoy it but it just isn't the overall cruise experience that we look forward to. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
DH and I are in our mid-thirties, no kids. This was our second cruise which we took with ten other members of our family. Overall, we had a fabulous time. As others have said, this ship is an engineering marvel and it is new enough ... Read More
DH and I are in our mid-thirties, no kids. This was our second cruise which we took with ten other members of our family. Overall, we had a fabulous time. As others have said, this ship is an engineering marvel and it is new enough that it still sparkles. It's really quite impressive when you see it the first time. Embarkation was a breeze in Ft. Lauderdale and we went from the curb to inside the boat in about a half an hr. The passenger load really is quite international and RCL must do a great job of marketing this ship overseas. The advantage to this ship is that there really is a little something for everyone. The shows were Broadway-quality and we especially enjoyed Hairspray, Oasis of Dreams, and Come Fly with Me. We both liked Amy the cruise director and felt she did a good job. The food in the MDR was superior to that on our last Celebrity cruise. Both of our wait staff were very personable and did an excellent job with the dinner service. The roast beef sandwiches in the Park Cafe are as good as advertised and we had them almost every day while at sea. We met the Captain riding through Central Park on a bicycle one day and appreciated the gesture of accessibility. With that many people on board, the downside is that we felt the elevators were nearly always crowded and the pools on sea days were crammed full of people. The solarium, while beautiful was extremely hot. The service was mostly good although there were a few people that seemed unhappy or irritated (not that I can blame them with that many people week after week!). We wished that there wasn't such a push to upsell things on the ship, but understand that cruising is a business and that this is one way they make money. On hint for those with the soda package is that there are self-serve soda machines on deck 5 on the promenade near the Opal Theatre available 24 hrs a day. We used the WOW phones to keep in touch with our group and while the voice feature didn't work perfectly over the Wi-Fi system we felt they were very reasonably priced at $30/phone/week. The phones really enhanced our experience by helping us find each other and spend more time together as a family. The text messaging on the phones works fine and there is a locator feature that helps you locate the other members of your party. Disembarkation was also pretty painless. We used the valet luggage service for $20/person which I highly recommend as FLL will not let you check bags until 3 hrs before your flight. So in summary, we had a great cruise. We are not sure we would do Oasis class again due to the crowds but we would do RCL again and would recommend this cruise especially to families, groups, and to people who enjoy great entertainment and food and we did overall have a fabulous, fun filled family vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Cruise Background: my husband and I prefer intimate (less than 1000 passengers) ships. Itinerary is more important to us than ship amenities. Food, and service follow closely behind itinerary. For this cruise, there are 24 of us in ... Read More
Cruise Background: my husband and I prefer intimate (less than 1000 passengers) ships. Itinerary is more important to us than ship amenities. Food, and service follow closely behind itinerary. For this cruise, there are 24 of us in our group for this cruise. I am travelling with my mom and with friends and family of different age group; we need a different set of requirements and enjoyment. TOP 10 THINGS ABOUT OASIS 10. EMBARKATION. I find embarkation surprisingly easy breezy! It was after 1pm though. There were 24 of us in our group, and we were able to get our seapass swiftly, and get onboard. We were told by the RC agents that the building was built new to accommodate the big ships as Oasis and the Allure. 9. STATEROOM. Our cabin number is 8218, port side balcony. Great view from port side. The cabin has an efficient layout, with a 2 seater sofa to watch TV or for room service. Bathroom has shower doors; I can't stand the sticky shower curtain. Ventilation is excellent. Sufficient storage throughout the room. The bed, bedding and pillow are comfortable. I think these features are superior to other huge ships. Balcony is of fair size. I can sit out there comfortably. Downside of this location for those with mobility challenges: this cabin is located in the mid point between the 2 sets of elevators: Aft and Forward. Also, our cabin is right behind the restaurants on Central Park location, the smell of food and cooking permeates the hallway. 8. SHIP AMENITIES I think this ship appeals to families with kids, or inter generation travelers. The Flowrider, the Rock climbing, the Zip line, miniature golf, attract different age groups. There is area such as Solarium dedicated to adults only. And it is fully used in most days. Kids and teens also enjoy Kids zone, own pool area, arcade, For those of us who prefer quiet places to read a book, there are a few spots such as Viking Crown Lounge available. Library is small, and has limited reading selection. Bring your own reading materials. There is a card room, where I have seen games of mah jong, scrabble being played. Internet, and computers share the same room. I picked up my daily sudoku there. 7. SHOPPING. I think shopping is a very popular activity on Oasis. I won't be surprised if it is No. 1 activity. Plenty Shopping choices are on the Royal Promenade. And different sales and promotional events keep this promenade hopping especially during sea days. 6. CASINO. If shopping is number 1, I would say casino must be No. 2 or vice versa. It is a fair size casino, bigger than any I have seen. And it is packed. Smoking is allowed in the casino. 5. JOGGING TRACK. One amenity I really enjoyed and used almost every day is the jogging track. The track is on deck 5, which is different from the usual top deck. No view, No wind. The track is well set up, non-slip flooring, areas for stretching, room for both walkers and runners. It even comes with water fountain and motivational quotes. However, I still miss the expansive water view and ocean breeze on top deck. 4. SERVICE. Due to Oasis size, I did not expect much. I think to expect high standard in such a massive ship is unrealistic. However, one person really stands out and made a huge difference to me and our group: our head waiter, Eray. He was always visible, at every dinner in the dining room. Because of special vegetarian diets, my friends require special menu plan. Eray would patiently go over the menu and planned their special order for the following night. He did this every night, with a smile. In the short time, we felt he has known us, and understood us. And I saw he was the same with other tables within his management area. And he came across sincerely enjoying pleasing his customers! I think due to him, we overlook many other deficiencies, such as the long time for the food to arrive, etc... If it is possible, choose to sit in his section in the dining room. He will make the difference for you. On the flip side, I have to mention an incident that happened with our group. After dinner on day 3, our group "leader" or "representative" was approached by the main dining room maitre D and manager, pointed out some of us have not filled out the gratuities forms. There are a couple of things that don't sit right with us about this incident: 1) How do they know that only half of us have filled out the gratuities form? And this is only the third night, not the final night. 2) Is gratuities no longer personal and discretionary? is gratuities not a symbol of our appreciation for service extraordinaire? In addition, the way it was presented to us left a bad taste in our mouth. (when one in our group wanted to explain and clarify, he was interrupted by the maitre D and the manager: "you don't speak. Let me finish first." Evidently, this request for gratuities was not a friendly reminder. It was a demand, and a demeaning slant toward our group. Their attitude was very offensive to many of us who typically give more than "guideline" amount in gratuities. Bad form. Some in our group vowed never to sail Royal Caribbean again. Our group managed to report this incident to the captain, who was shocked, and will look into it. This is not to paint the whole ship with the same dark brush. 3. FOOD SELECTION. On Oasis, restaurant selections are abundant. Windjammmer buffet is no longer the only place to go. The guests were encouraged to dine in other neighborhood eateries such as Park cafe, Promenade cafe, Johnny Rocket etc... I did not try the specialty restaurants. One drawback for me is within the 7 days, I did not figure out exactly which restaurants or eatery places are all day complimentary, which are semi-complimentary, and or which are fee only. 2. MUSICIAN SELECTION The various musicians throughout the ship appeal to different groups and also to different venues. Throughout the ship, you can dance with the upbeat Caribbean band; or you can hum along a young guitarist playing familiar Broadway musicals,...I was captivated by the violinist and pianist duo in the Central Park on deck 8. Under the star-filled sky, I was mesmerized. I did not want them to end. 1. ENTERTAINMENT I was surprisingly impressed with the quality of the shows. I am not a show person. I find sitting for another 45-60 min. right after a lengthy heavy dinner is unbearably uncomfortable. However, I did for these shows. And I am glad I did. The shows and performers (especially the Aqua shows) are highly skilled and talented. I did not attend Hairspray production, or the comedy performance. For those I did attend, I thoroughly enjoy them. Oasis has a superb audio system. The quality is incredible! I highly recommend the shows. Reserve those shows! For Theater show, I recommend watching from deck 3, or 5. Deck 4 has sections where posts block some views. I hope you get a sense of Oasis from my top 10 list. If you have never tried a city at sea, you may choose to give Oasis a try. It is an experience even for those of us who are used to smaller intimate ships. Just bear in mind, Oasis is about the ship and its amenities. One final note... DISEMBARKATION The disembarkation was surprisingly different from the embarkation. Chaos. Due to some unexplained reasons, the process was 2 hours late. All public areas were chaos. No one knew what was going on. I also had a problem with the signage and inconsistent information at the custom line-ups, after you pick up your luggage. There were 2 line ups at the custom: one for US Citizens, and one for Non-US. As expected, the shortest line up is for US Citizens. The non-US is huge line up. (imagine 6000 passengers.) Don't rely on the staff's direction. If you hold Canadian passports and don't look Caucasians, ask specifically if US Citizen line up include Canadians. You will save yourself a lot of time getting through the customs. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Never being on an Oasis class ship, we decided to book to make the ship the destination since we have been to all ports before. Flew in to FLL on Saturday morning from ATL. Took a $15 taxi ride to the port arriving a little early. The ... Read More
Never being on an Oasis class ship, we decided to book to make the ship the destination since we have been to all ports before. Flew in to FLL on Saturday morning from ATL. Took a $15 taxi ride to the port arriving a little early. The wait to board took longer than usual and was not able to board until around 12:30. Booked a GS, but since we are DP was upgraded to a CL and were excited to be in one of the 2 story CL rooms. Since we were not able to board until late, we were able to grab a bite to eat in the Windjammer before the crowds and head to our room. The room was amazing. The CL is upscale and nicely appointed with a full bath, bar with stools and a lounge/tv area with sofa and chair/ottoman. Going up the stairs, there was a bed, vanity area, closet and another full bath. A second tv was hung from the ceiling over the foot of the bed. The room was amazing. We were in our glory until stepping out to the balcony - where was the ocean? We overlooked the miniature golf course and could see a patch of blue over the back of the ship. We decided to not complain and enjoy the added space in the stateroom. After all we were on vacation and one doesn't want to look a gift horse in the mouth... Ate most meals in the MDR. Most were good and the service was outstanding. If the menus were revamped, I didn't see it. If you have been cruising a while as we have, you can almost guess what will be on the menu. Tried the Seafood Shack one night and was pleasantly surprised. They had great calamari and fish and chips. The crab cakes were the same served in the MDR and concierge lounge, but I felt that paying for them was not worth it. Had to try one of the famous roast beef sandwiches. Once the salt is shaken off the bread, it was okay, but not worth gushing over. I enjoyed the salad bar more than anything and went back several days for the salad to be made to our liking. The service was quick but trying to find a table was difficult. They also have a bagel bar in the mornings, which we didn't try. Johnny Rockets serves a nice breakfast and was able to get in there one morning for a quick bite. Room service in the early mornings for coffee was quick. Room service during peak times was really slow. For lunch one day, it took over an hour for service to arrive. Tried to stay away from the Windjammer and only ate breakfast there once and lunch on the first day. Food was good both times. Hairspray and Come Fly with Me were both excellent shows. The ice skating show highlight was inclusion of a sand artist. Had it not been for him, the show would have been a bust. The diving show was okay, but not what I expected. We never did make it to any of the other shows, but was able to catch them on the tv. The shopping was not as I expected. I was looking forward to the Coach store and was disappointed to walk in to find a handful of overpriced purses. The logo store was just that - RC logo's. It would have been nice to see more Oasis logo'd clothing. The watch sale was overcrowded with people pushing their way in. They should have the "sale" out longer in order for people to come at their leisure and not be jostled by the crowd. I was not able to find kids t-shirts with Oasis. The sales are geared more towards the commercial with Hello Kitty and Barbie logo's than anything. We liked the way the photography section is set up. The pictures are set up in books and it is easy to find your book and look at pictures. In Cozumel we prebooked with Mr. Sancho's Beach Club. Nice beach and the food was good. They do a good job with service and kept the drinks coming with someone always asking us if we needed anything. In Labadee, we had a cabana on Barefoot Beach. Our concierge was able to get us one last minute and we enjoyed the day at the beach and was happy to have the shaded cabana to come back to. In Jamaica, we booked the Bob Marley experience with lunch through RC. We were disappointed with the Bob Marley tour, hoping we would get more information on his life and music. It was a steep climb to the tombs of Bob and his mother. The lunch was quasi Jamaican. When I asked about the heat of the food, the lady told me that since they are under contract they have to make it less spicy. Less spicy means bland. We bought a bag of Blue Mountain Coffee and learned when we got home that the beans were old and we had to throw them away. All in all, it was a relaxing voyage. The ship is nice, new and clean. Would we go again? Probably not. We realized that we like the smaller ships with the Freedom Class as large as we will go. 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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