Sail Date: July 2010
We (my partner and I) are experienced cruisers (60's-Platinum members) and have cruised RC and other lines many times and just had to experience the Oasis of the Seas..and we were DELIGHTED with her !!!. We drove to Ft. Lauderdale ... Read More
We (my partner and I) are experienced cruisers (60's-Platinum members) and have cruised RC and other lines many times and just had to experience the Oasis of the Seas..and we were DELIGHTED with her !!!. We drove to Ft. Lauderdale the day before embarkation and stayed at the Hyatt Place North on 10th st. and loved it. They offer a shuttle in the morning to get you to the ship by 11am. We will give you brief descriptions of our impressions of the ship and then some suggestions to make your cruise on this incredible ship even better. First of all...the Oasis raises the bar on cruising to a very high level as their customer service, attention to detail and offering amenities unmatched on other ships made our cruise one to remember and it will be hard to settle for anything less. So here are some short comments: Embarkation: Arrived at 11am, on board at 11:20am..incredible ease. One of the first ones at Windjammer...loved the food..toured the ship until room ready at 1pm. Luggage was at room door when we arrived. Cabin: We had a Boardwalk Balcony cabin on the 14th level and this became the ONLY disappointment on our cruise: The cabin was fine but the NOISE level was awful. You felt like you were in a canyon and all the screams, music and crowd noise was amplified..and when the parties continued after midnight..it became a real problem especially if you are a light sleeper,also bring earplugs. We strongly suggest that you select either a Central Park balcony or especially a sea-view balcony cabin to eliminate this problem. BTW: the Beds were wonderful. Entertainment: Best we've seen on all our cruises. Definitely book your shows when you make your reservations for the cruise as they fill up fast. If you miss out, you can wait in a standby line and they will let you in 10 min before showtime if there are empty seats. Food: We ate in the Opus dining room at the 6pm serving and LOVED the food and service. The selection and quality of the food was the best we have experienced while cruising and our head waiter 'Sylvester' and his assistant 'Roger' were fabulous. We only ate in the Windjammer on our first day as we heard that finding seating was a problem, so we ate our breakfasts and lunches in the Solarium and found the food wonderful and seating was always available. Debarkation: We would suggest doing the early "walk-off" with your luggage if you want the quickest debarkation. We opted for an early time and packed our luggage the night before and found some congestion at the luggage pickup area, but overall we were off the ship and back to the hotel in one hour. Some suggestions: -Look for a great viewing area off the fantail of the ship at the end of the 14th and lower levels. Very private with nice lounge chairs for romantic viewing. -Explore ALL areas of the ship early on...as we missed some great areas until ready to leave. -Bring some of the 3M peel off hooks as there seemed to be a shortage of places to hang clothes, etc..especially in bathroom. -Bring a 2-3ft elec powerstrip as the Elec outlets are very inconveniently placed under the desk requiring you to be on your hands and knees to find the outlets. -Definitely plan to spend time in the Solarium area (adults only)as it is so beautiful and peaceful with great hottubs and pool. It became our refuge. -We only ate at one specialty restaurant (The Solarium Bistro)and we were VERY impressed! The food was incredible and our server Ruivah from India was the best server we've EVER had. -DO NOT bring an iron..they will find it while security scanning and you will not get your bags until you go to security later and open your bags for inspection and they keep the iron until you debark the ship. -On sea-days, get up to the pool decks early as prime location seating fills quickly, although there are PLENTY of lounge chairs around various locations on the ship. -Elevators: RC figured it out..no waiting, plenty of elevators and their electronic maps next to the elevators were fabulous to figure out where you needed to go..and what was going on. -Shore excursion: Definitely do the helmet dive in St. Maarten with SeaTrek. Great staff and a neat experience. -Ships Internet-was very slow and ate up most of our minutes just trying to get our email and favorite sites. TV was also problematic (no volume and channel glitches). -Jogging track was great..walked 4 miles each day. -Artwork around ship was wonderful and worth the time to look for. -Did Wine tasting at Vintages...loved it and learned a lot. -Dancing venues were all good, especially loved 'Dazzles'. Overall Comment: This ship is AWESOME!!! especially if you have kids (we didn't), but were prepared for them...and found a strong international "flavor" of the guests with many from Latin American countries..and they were all so delightful to interact with. For such a large ship...we were rarely inconvenienced because of it's size..in fact..the "extras" were worth it. We congratulate RC on this ship as their attention to detail showed. Hopefully, other ships will raise their quality to the Oasis level and we will ALL benefit. It was our BEST cruise yet! You will LOVE the OASIS!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
We have cruised twice before this year so we took this cruise for the ship and nothing but the ship. It met and exceeded our expectations. What a ship!! The check in was flawless, no lines, very quick and in less than 10 mins you are on ... Read More
We have cruised twice before this year so we took this cruise for the ship and nothing but the ship. It met and exceeded our expectations. What a ship!! The check in was flawless, no lines, very quick and in less than 10 mins you are on the ship. Getting to the parking area is tricky, you have to go around where a lot of cars/taxis are unloading their baggage, but once you park, drop off your bags and things go very smooth. We had my time dining and loved it. Dont even waste your time to do the online reservation, just show up when it's convenient for you. We had made all our reservations online and never kept them. They have two lines, one for the guests with reservations and one for the guests without. The line for the guests without went a lot faster. We never had to wait and we always requested the table with Roshan and his assistant Sheila. They were wonderful. Very professional. The shows are amazing. Dont miss any of them. We went to see "Come Fly with Me" twice. If you dont have reservation you have to wait until 10 mins before it begins to get in, but on the last day you can go in anytime. The shows in the Aqua Theater are wonderful. If you cant get a seat, go to the end of the hallway on the 11th and 12th deck. There is a large balcony overlooking the theater and can watch and hear it very clearly. The food was good but not great. The food in the Windjammer was not that great, but it seems to be the norm now in all cruise lines. I guess they are not putting that much into food anymore. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants. We had breakfast and sometimes lunch at the Park Cafe and it was good, especially sitting outside enjoying Central Park. The nightclubs were very nice. Dazzle has a smoking section on the 2nd floor but you can smell it all over the first floor, so we were not very comfortable there. The musicians there were also not that great. Jazz on 4 ended up being our favorite place to go. It is non-smoking and the musicians are great. Boleros was good for the music, but again too much smoking going on. My husband was disappointed that they did not have a nicer loung for cigar smoking. The only one that we knew of was on the top deck above the solarium. It was open so at night it got breezy and it was hot. Most ships we have taken have a nice closed in area for cigar smokers to enjoy and nobody has to deal with the smell unless you go in there, unless other places that were open and there was a lot of smoke. The ship is impeccable. Great staff. Excellent room attendants. We found everyone to be very friendly and accomodating. The only set back for us is the amount of kids onboard. We found kids sitting in the elevators going up and down and being annoying. Only once did we hear a staff member ask them to go to their rooms if they had nothing else to do, but he was not firm enough and did not stick around to see them leave the elevator, so they stayed there. Another time we saw a girl sitting on the handrail of the elevator going up and down. Again, nothing was said. We saw this incident of a group of kids doing this three times in different elevators. But we ignored them and hoped the staff would notice sooner or later. We really enjoyed our trip and loved the ship. Would not care to sail on Oasis again because of its massive size, we would prefer a ship with less kids, but it was a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Imagine a self-contained world, far away from the rest of civilization, where attendants supply your every need and your only decisions involve which activity to choose next. This is the fantasy that the Oasis of the Seas brings to ... Read More
Imagine a self-contained world, far away from the rest of civilization, where attendants supply your every need and your only decisions involve which activity to choose next. This is the fantasy that the Oasis of the Seas brings to fruition. There are separate and unique neighborhoods, live plants and gardens, twittering birds, entertainment galore: Broadway musical, production dance and song, comedy, ice shows, diving and water shows, headliners, music everywhere. Ready to eat - the profusion of choices is remarkable, from the main dining room to the speciality restaurants, the delicious spa food, the main buffet, grills, sandwich shops, Johnny Rockets...the list goes on and on. During a seven day cruise, there is barely time to check out all the venues. And if you are a privileged traveler with concierge access, you have your own private world for assistance, computer access, cooked breakfasts and pre dinner drinks and snacks. My first concern was all those people aboard ship! But remarkably the design and crowd control made the Oasis feel as if it had far fewer passengers than the manifest stated. Embarking was a smooth breeze, port access was fast and orderly, leaving (sadly) was equally expeditious. The organization of the ship is simple to learn and the high number of elevators made only short waits. Because of the reservation system, show access is also easy. We enjoyed wonderful, professional shows, the musical Hairspray was better than the one I attended on Broadway, we were directly on the ice for the great ice show, and divers were almost overhead of our seats. The ship itself is an entertainment, there are incredible art works throughout the ship and each turn and corridor brings new images to view. Watching people try the wave surfer and zip line is another source of amusement and lying by the pool or reading in the garden is its own reward. The neighborhoods are physically isolated, so each one feels like it is its own space. The ports visited keep the theme of easy life in mind. We particularly enjoyed the island of St John, assessed via St Thomas, which has kilometers of pristine beaches to explore and lazy about. The contrast with the Nassau's Atlantis with the man-made adventures worked well to bring variety to the cruise ports. Of course, St Martin has a mix of beaches and shops to explore. You don't want this wonderful cruise to end - come along and have a wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
After always reading the reviews of others, and finding them extremely helpful and relevant. I have decided to return all those favors and write a review of my own. Be forewarned though, my review is like a three course meal, and not a ... Read More
After always reading the reviews of others, and finding them extremely helpful and relevant. I have decided to return all those favors and write a review of my own. Be forewarned though, my review is like a three course meal, and not a quick late night snack. My 11 year old son and I have been on two other cruises in the last 2 years. On Liberty of the Seas (RCI) and on Carnival Freedom. No more Disney World for us since being bitten by the cruising bug. We arrived via Jet Blue from JFK to Fort Lauderdale, on time at 11AM on July 3rd 2010. Went straight to the port via taxi, approximately $15. The driver asked me what terminal number, and I was not sure, but I told him just look for the ship in the port that looked like it can eat the other ships for breakfast. Anyway, the terminal number for the Oasis was posted near the port entrance. Yes our ship was GINORMOUS. My luggage was immediately taken, and we went inside to be processed. I did not preregister online and had to fill out everything at the port, but was surprised that it took only a brief time and we were on the ship in under 15 minutes. You enter into the Royal Promenade on deck five, and it was a beautiful sight. Not overdone, but sparkly, shiny, pretty and tasteful. As you already may be aware, the RP is akin to main street in a town. All the usual suspects were in attendance... Sorrentos Pizza, The Shop, Willow, Regalia, The Cupcake Cupboard, Globe and Atlas, Champagne Bar and others I do not recall at this writing, like two coffee places etc. Some of these stores I remember from Liberty of the seas, and others were new to me. Also on level five, Opus dining room (the only one) is in aft, it occupies parts of levels three, four and five(this is where my group met for the muster drill video). The Opal theater occupies the forward parts of levels three, four and five also. The rooms were not ready yet, because as you may already know the ship had arrived that same morning from its western caribbean cruise. We headed to the windjammer on level sixteen, marveling all the way. Windjammer seemed smaller than on Liberty and not as lavishly decorated. No ice sculpture no watermelon and cantaloupe artwork. But still pleasing to the eyes. Food choices were decent. I was not expecting caviar, so I was not disappointed. I had some fish with rice and fruit. The drink choices were lemonade, iced tea and kiwi strawberry. With the usual coffee, teas and so on. Of course they want you to buy alcoholic beverages, but I do not drink so I just ignored them when they came around. I also was not interested in a soda package for me or my son. Really, who think children should have access to unlimited sodas. Our luggage was already in the hallway when we left the Windjammer, but they were a couple doors down from our cabin (interesting). We took them to our cabin, which was #7717, overlooking the Boardwalk, directly across from the Seafood Shack. You have to pay additional to eat there. At first we watched people go in then come right back out after realizing its not free. But after a couple of days it started getting customers. My son ate there twice, its similar to Bubba Gumps. The board walk is nice, it have a free carousel(we were on the very last carousel ride of the cruise), Pets At Sea ... which is a Build A Bear imitation and the obligatory Johnny Rockets ($). Then there is Candy Beach, a photo shop and some other shops. The boardwalk is the entrance point for the lovely Aqua Theater which have live shows and movies. We could see it from our window. The cruisers were not as diverse as on my other two cruises. But I guess not everyone in this economy want to pay a small kings ransom just to go on the largest ship at sea. I may have neglected to mention that the room was nice, big enough for two, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was practical. I loved the shower, I have no complaints there. After reading other reviews I do not know what other people were expecting on a cruise ship that carries six thousand plus passengers and approximately three thousand staff. On day two my toilet became clogged, I told Dean, my Jamaican attendant, and it was taken care of pronto. However I did not use his services much, since I told him I like to do my own housekeeping, and like to return to my mess the way I left it. We did Atlantis waterpark on sunday July fourth. Went there last year with Carnival and it was rained out , spent the entire time in a cave like structure as thunder, lightening, heavy rain and high winds ruled. Carnival was kind enough to announce on return to the ship that they were issuing a full refund. I commended them, since its not their fault the weather did not cooperate. This time around was much better, but not without drama. We made it to the last ferry back to the Oasis just in time. Tour was to short for such a massive place(waterpark opens at 10 am, last ferry leaves at 1 pm). Son was on lazy river, and I could not find his exact location to tell him its time to go(in hindsight, should have let him take his walkie talkie in a water proof case). Alerted lost child, and saw him right after that (they had just radio his discription to all waterpark employees. The river was very slow that day due to the high volume of people on it, and he said he went around a second time. Each goaround is approximately 35-40 mins, per a guest services staff. We literally ran non stop to the harbour (we even took a short cut and jumped a semi high wall) and caught the last ferry just in time. Atlantis is my favorite, I loved marketplace restaurant, and the public toilets are exquisite. Must go again. Also did St Thomas island and beach tour. The roads are at the edges of cliffs so it was a bit scary. But the driver was cautious. Mosquitoes abound in the afternoon at Madgen Beach in the parking lot. Son got several bites. St Marteen was nice also, did similar tour on similar roads. Orient Beach was kind of rough since its on the Atlantic side of the island. Also we were warned that the beach was a clothing optional beach. But only one female was seen topless (not from our ship). Son was in the water he did not see. This tour served food, but it was low quality. Meat was not thoroughly cooked, not many food options. The bus was nicer and the driver was telling jokes, some were funny. Even the passengers got into sharing their own, which made the ride more enjoyable. I did not buy as much souvenirs as prior. It seems like the same stuff everywhere you go. They just change the name of the places on them. Even RCI stuff is similar to the ones from Liberty. The shows were nice, my favorite in the order of most to least favorite are... Hair Spray (even with a show stopping technical difficulty), Frozen In Time (one of the ice skaters fell), Come Fly With Me (performers are from Hair Spray), Oasis Of Dreams (in the Aqua Theater), the headliner show was the group Mosaic (bought their CD for $20). The Comedy show had two very funny comedians. One said he is banned from performing on Carnival because he made a joke about a passenger who had fell overboard. I bought his CD DVD combo for $15. What else... Loved central park very tranquil, even have butterflies. There is a Coach store in CP. Tried the roastbeef sandwich in Park Cafe. Was instantly addicted. Cruise director Richard Spacey is a real talent. Loved his RC TV sketches, they are a riot. The Quest was very funny as well, the things he got ordinary people to do for points was unbelievable. Like men wearing lipstick and high heels in bras while carrying a purse. The interactive touch screens near the elevators get an A+ ... They tell you what is going on at that moment and help you navigate. You can also enter your cabin number and it shows you how to get back to your cabin. You need it on a ship this large. The bellyflop contest was won by the smallest contender. He earned it though. Also the bios for the contenders were shown on the big screens. One guy said he is banned from seven all you can eat buffets in Las Vegas. Another said his diet consists of cats, and he is responsible for missing pets in his neighbourhood. We only ate in the main dining room once, but the service was excellent and the food was high quality. We both had lobster. We meant to go back but since I had chosen second seating dinning at 8 30pm, by the time it rolled around I was already in a food come from the other places I had eaten. Solarium Bistro is free for breakfast and lunch only. Their food is for the healthy eaters, yet delicious. Took photos on second formal night. New easy system for locating photos now. You swipe your card with the photographers and swipe again to locate and view them in the photo place (not the one on the boardwalk). Also you look for your tower and folder number to find them already printed. Way easier. There are two Flow riders, none of which I tried. I enjoyed watching the novice surfers. They mean it when they say females need to wear a one piece or a tee shirt. You really can lose your clothes on there if you do not take heed. I did not see many people doing the rock climbing walls (there are two), or the zip line. Deck 14 forward have a little known viewing area that is really nice. You enter through the left hallway with the cabins. I read about it on here and it is for real. I do not agree with prepaying gratuities. I think the concept is outrageous. How can you express gratitude for something you have not yet received. Also what would be the incentive for staff to please when they know their gratuity may already be in the bag. RCI is really pushing this prepay option. I give Dean $25 cash on the last day. I did my own housekeeping remember. But considering how many people you tip while vacationing, sometimes it can make you feel exploited. Everybody from baggage handlers to bus drivers expects to be tipped. All in all, it was a wonderful cruise, even though I did not win at bingo (my $55 was really just a donation to RCI). But two sisters behind me both won separately. I like family disco in Blaze, my son wowed no one with his one trademark dance move. I missed the parades on the RP, son said it was nice. At first he thought the Rising Tide bar was some kind of spaceship concept. But its really just a bar that floats between RP on level five and CP on level eight. But it does look like a spaceship when you are looking up at it. At times I saw people in it with their young kids. Once a little boy was asleep next to his parents, his head resting on the counter. I thought, what a way to influence young minds. My son liked to go on short errands and tours around the ship without me, he was thrilled (I am usually the paranoid overprotective mother). But we communicated via walkie talkies the minute he was out the door. My cell phone only worked in St Thomas. Also I saw kids younger than him walking around the ship by themselves. He also had no interest in the kids club for his age group. For whatever reason, he avoided it like you can catch Swine Flu by just being there. Last time on Liberty I forced him to go, they have nice activities, based on their brochure, like Gaga Ball (whatever that is). He loved the arcade though, but a little to much for me. Made a donation of $90 there, mostly on a silly game called stacker. I then deactivated his seapass card. The ship is super clean as to be expected. Everywhere you go someone is cleaning. In central park the gardeners are always about. The elevators are only full right after a show lets out etc, so do no believe what you have read otherwise. Getting off the ship was a bit tedious, you have to listen for your number. We were eating breakfast in the Windjammer when our number was called. When we got to the fifth level it was like a cattle ranch. Took free shuttle bus from port to Fort Lauderdale airport. Where I had reserved a rental car to drive to Sawgrass Mills Mall (been there before, its huge), since my flight left at 5pm. The Mall was also an after cruise tour you could book through RCI as well, but it made more sense for me to do it my way. Also it would gave me more time at the mall and more flexibility. I am still on vacation at this writing, so I have the time and luxury to write the longest cruise review ever. Hope it was helpful. Any questions email me at Inspirn@gmail.com Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
I must say that I have been reading the Cruise Critic forum and message boards for three years and I have never felt compelled to join or leave a review until now. I am an extremely detail orientated person and have tremendously high ... Read More
I must say that I have been reading the Cruise Critic forum and message boards for three years and I have never felt compelled to join or leave a review until now. I am an extremely detail orientated person and have tremendously high expectations/standards. In addition, I am from the north and speak forthright. With that being disclosed; the Oasis of the Seas met 95% of the high quality principles I had anticipated. This review is limited to the Eastern Caribbean July 3, 2010- July 10, 2010 cruise only and readers must keep in mind that it's my experience and opinion. I am in my 40s and my profession is a Tax-Investment Advisor. I traveled with my FiancE who is in his 50s and he is a Vice President-Senior Chief Operating Office in the field of Finance. We planned our cruise six months in advance for vacation purposes. We are Gold Members on RCL and between the both of us we have cruised Holland America, Carnival and Celebrity. Boarding- What a breeze and a breath of fresh air, especially considering our airline ordeal. Overall, a smooth transition to board and took less than 10 minutes. Make sure you wear flat shoes as the ramp is an uphill climb to the 5th deck gangway for boarding. I had an ordeal with the airlines as my purse was in Airport/Homeland Security custody due to being considered left unattended at our connecting airport, with my passport inside. My purse was returned two minutes after our flight boarded and the gate supervisor refused to hold the plane, fully knowing that we had a cruise to board by 3:30pm and knowing that the next flight out was six hours later, in which we would have "missed the boat." We ended up spending an enormous amount of money and time renting a car and driving to FLL arriving at the airport to retrieve our luggage just in the nick of time to board the ship. We had our luggage by 5pm. Debarkation was 30 minutes behind, but went very smoothly. First Ship Impression- Incredible! What a beautiful and huge Promenade, which had some of the complimentary food venues, guest services location and one my favorite venues the Cupcake Cupboard. Elevators were very slow and RCL may want to consider zoning the elevators to the deck floors to speed up service. Although our sailing was at capacity, we never and I mean never felt crowded. Great job RCL with spreading out the passengers. We only had a problem finding a seat one time in the Windjammer for breakfast when we docked in St. Thomas. Stateroom- We had a mid-ship, portside, Oceanview Balcony cabin on Deck 11 with a wonderful panoramic view. The cabin was too small, very awkward and inadequate storage. Our bed was beside the closet, which made it difficult to access clothes. Many shelves were sized inadequate to hold any items of use and I ended up using the couch, located by the balcony, for my suitcases as my fiancE used the space under the bed for his. The bathroom was a fair size, but the shower is too small for any tall and/or wide person to fit in. My fiancE is 6'3 and slender, but he injured his knee in the shower. I am 5'4 and 128 (prior to sailing?) and had difficultly turning in the shower. The sink was very shallow and I couldn't use it without water falling on the floor. The faucet was also awkwardly place to the right side of the sink instead of straightforward (weird). The balcony was a great size and I enjoyed many hours sitting listening to and watching the waves. Having the portside cabin we had a beautiful view of Nassau, but views of the Carnival Dream ship in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. The temperature in the room was fine once we found our level, but the key to having the room stay cool while using the balcony (the air cuts off unless the balcony door is locked) is to turn the air down as low as you can, then keep the balcony door shut while you sat outside as it took hours for the room to heat up. Beware of the Master Switch, as it cuts off the lights and the air. The only noise was from all the adjoining stateroom's toilet's flushing, including ours, cabin doors slamming and children running down the deck halls, which shook our bed and gave me a headache. Kudos to our room attended Richard from Guyana; he did a superb job all week. Thank you! Food- Depending on where you elected to eat was either fine, but not great or disgusting. We loved the yogurt daily on the 15th deck by the pools, I especially liked the strawberry. Loved the vegetable/turkey bacon crepe in the Solarium for lunch. We tried the infamous roast beef sandwiches, took two bites and we both threw it away. I don't like rye bread and being from the north, I have had much better. I rarely eat beef, but my fiancE does and even he found the sandwich to taste awful. Breakfast in the Windjammer was the worst because the food was never hot. I could not find a hot pancake or turkey sausage the entire week and eventually I resorted to just eating the fruit and pastries. We did room service for breakfast one morning, but the choices are extremely limited. I had room service for lunch one afternoon after I missed breakfast and the food was very good. We ate in the Main Dining Room (Opus) each night and had the early 6pm assigned seating. We were initially seated in a place I specially and clearly requested six months ago not to be assigned. I had to get stern to obtain what I had requested and I did not take kindly to how the Dining room director resolved our issue, but to make a long story short, we got the intimate table for two in front of an oceanview window in a non-high traffic area. We found the entrEes to be very good so we opted not to go to any specialty restaurants. We especially like the lamb shank, which was so tender is slipped off of the bone. Kudos to the chef! I love desserts and all were great. We did not need to go to the ice cream parlor as I had ice cream nightly after dinner for dessert. I especially loved the butter almond flavor. The service was extremely slow and many nights our table was missing a butter dish or sugar dish. Shows- EXCELLENT! We made reservations in advance online and highly recommend doing so as the line for standby passengers was long and some could not fine seats together once they were allowed to enter. My favorite was "Hairspray" (we saw on the 4th of July) and a guitarist opened the show by playing a solo rendition of Jimmy Hendrix' Star Spangle Banner. Some passengers felt uncomfortable by the storyline of integration, but I thought it was so fitting, especially on the 4th of July to celebrate our Freedoms and to share with the international passengers how far America has come from segregation to President Obama. Another favorite was 'Come Fly with Me!" This show was full of surprises and I wanted to see it twice. The Comedy show was where we laughed until we cried (very funny). The Aqua show was magnificent. The quality of all the Shows far surpassed Broadway and Las Vegas. RCL really raised the bar above the bar. Speaking of raising the bar, we rode the rising tide bar which was thrilling. Ship Neighborhoods- Very secluded, romantic and great variation of locations to relax. We both rode the carousel, liked the casino, but I could not tell there was a non-smoking side because the disgusting cigarette smell lingered over the entire room. I would describe the casino sides as smokey and smokier. We frequent central park nightly as is was too hot during the day and looked absolutely dreamy at night. This was also the spot of our favorite winery Vintage. Best regards to Ramona from Romania who was very friendly and attentive. Bolero's was jamming and we only peaked into Dazzles. We played the Michael Jackson Trivia at the Schooner Bar and I almost won, but it was packed, lots of fun and a male from London won. Ports- Great weather and the smoothest ocean/seas ever. Riding the Oasis was like gliding on glass. We did Nassau and St. Thomas on our own as we have been to both many times. We went to the Atlantis, but it was so crowded and had limited access so we left. Our sole purpose for going to the Atlantis was to meet some of my fiancE's relatives who had flown out of New York to stay a week in the Nassau, but we did not meet up as to they were experiencing difficulties at their resort. We walked downtown to Charlotte Amalie, as I greatly needed to walk my daily three miles, with no problems. While there we shopped and rode a taxi back we our bags. We had an excursion tour in St. Maarten which took us to both the Dutch and French sides. Driving along those mountains was very scary with being on such a large bus and being on such narrow roads. We shopped some more and returned to the ship as the weather was extremely hot. The Oasis is wonderful and an innovative cruise ship probably ever built to date! I would definitely recommend the Oasis, but I would book a suite if I had to cruise her again, or if we consider the Allure. The Stateroom design is the only flaw I see in the Oasis. My other complaint/concern is the enormous amount of children left unsupervised all day and night and not being respectful of other passengers, the elevators or dining areas. The Oasis is truly the 8th Wonder of the world and at least sailing her once is a treat and should not be missed. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
We recently returned from the July 3 sailing of Oasis of the Seas - a 7-night eastern Caribbean itinerary round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, with port stops in Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. Make no mistake; the port stops mean little ... Read More
We recently returned from the July 3 sailing of Oasis of the Seas - a 7-night eastern Caribbean itinerary round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, with port stops in Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. Make no mistake; the port stops mean little on this cruise: it is all about the ship - and with very good reason. General Impressions; My wife and I have been cruising since the mid-1990s and this was our 18th sailing on Royal Caribbean alone; and we've sailed on every class of RCI ship as far back as Sovereign of the Seas (at the time it was launched it was the largest cruise ship in the world). Each succeeding generation of RCI ships has presented newer, more modern amenities and the newest innovations in cruising. But until Oasis, these changes were evolutionary and developmental. Very little in our experience of sailing on all previous generations of RCI ships prepared us for our experience on Oasis. It is an amazing, unique way to cruise that, for better or worse (mostly better), alters one's perspective on cruising. The uniqueness of this cruise experience left a very significant - and somewhat surprising - impression with me, and it all begins with the groundbreaking layout of this ship. As most people know by now, the major new design feature of this ship is that it is open in the middle, with a high percentage of staterooms overlooking the inside of the ship both port and starboard. Most of these staterooms have balconies that overlook two "neighborhoods" - Central Park, located on Deck 8 between the forward and aft Centrum elevator lobbies; and the Boardwalk, located on Deck 6 between the aft Centrum elevator lobby and the stern of the ship. In each case the staterooms extend from the deck above the neighborhoods all the way up through Deck 14 (just below the pool deck). Central Park offers a peaceful respite of tree and bush lined paths with plenty of benches to relax and take in the atmosphere (and, of course, in the summer, the brutal heat and humidity). The neighborhood has most of the upscale restaurants, a Coach boutique, an art gallery, a photo gallery, and a wince bar/tapas restaurant. There's also a very popular lunchtime Park Cafe serving made to order salads, sandwiches, and paninis. As for the Boardwalk, this neighborhood is a stark contrast to Central Park. A mini-replica of Coney Island's boardwalk, there are ice cream, candy, and donut shops, beach-like shops, games (i.e., Zoltar, the fortune teller from the movie "Big), a working carousel (no charge), and two restaurants charging nominal fees - Seafood Shack and Johnny Rockets. There are rock-climbing walls located on both the starboard and port sides of the stern of the ship. But the singularly unique attraction here is the Aquatheater, located directly on the stern - with stadium seating on beach chairs and benches. This amazing amphitheater presented two water shows as well as other performances (see the entertainment section, below) and several fountain shows set to music. Directly below Central Park is the now familiar Royal Promenade, a mall-like expanse located on Deck 5 between the forward and aft Centrum elevator lobbies, except on Oasis the promenade is twice as wide as on the Voyager and Freedom class ships. There are two large skylights up to Central Park, so that the promenade has lots of natural light during the day. Also, Oasis features the first-ever movable bar at sea (The Rising Tide Bar), which travels like a slow elevator between the promenade and Central Park (you can enter at either location, and it takes a half-hour to make a complete trip to your starting point). The ultimate effect of these stunning public areas - along with the soon to be discussed neighborhood known as Entertainment Place, located on Deck 4 - is to focus much of the attention of passengers inward rather than outward toward the sea - something that has defined the personality of most of the previous Royal Caribbean ships. You can literally spend the better part of your cruise week on Oasis having a blast engaged in activities day and night without ever setting eyes on the sea. In fact, you would have to spend time topside at the pools or in the Windjammer Marketplace or Viking Crown Lounge, or have a seat near a window in the main dining room - or an outside facing stateroom - to know you were actually on a cruise ship rather than in some eclectic land resort hotel. Don't get me wrong. We had a wonderful time and were often awestruck by the level of technology, entertainment, and activities options available to virtually all age levels and interests. But as a cruise enthusiast - and part-time cruise travel agent - I am not certain that a week on Oasis would represent an ideal cruise experience for many cruisers. It is certainly something worth doing once, even for more traditional cruisers. But the sheer size and number of people on board (6,200 passengers and 2,300 staff/crew) may not make possible the most suitable cruise experience for everyone. The Ship: Much has been written in great detail about this seafaring wonder, and I've already mentioned some of the features of the ship, so here's just a bit more. Oasis is only about 200 feet longer and one deck higher than the next largest ship - RCI's Freedom class ships. But it is nearly twice as wide as any other cruise ship - and herein presents the greatest difference. It is almost the length of a football field across the middle of the ship, and there are limited places to cross between port and starboard, especially topside. Everything that makes Oasis strikingly beautiful on the inside, from the Central Park and Boardwalk outdoor areas to the extra wide Royal Promenade, to the Deck 4 Entertainment Place, causes this ship to look sort of clunky, squared off, and behemoth-like (well - it is a behemoth, really) on the outside. I am used to RCI ships that are sleek, with smooth flowing lines and lots of glass facing outside to the sea; even the very large Freedom class ships are essentially like this. And so Oasis is not nearly as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. Entertainment: Now we come to what I believe is the most special feature of the Oasis cruise experience: the live entertainment. In the aggregate, nothing currently at sea can come close to the range of entertainment options or the level of technology involved in some of these options found on Oasis. Let's begin with the slightly abridged version of the Broadway production of Hairspray. In every respect, this production rivals national road company versions of the show, featuring an outstanding cast. The 3-tier, 1500-seat Opal Theater is the largest and most technologically sophisticated theater afloat. There are 5 performances during the first 3 days of the cruise to ensure that everyone has a chance to see this wonderful production. RCI has a 5-year contract to do Hairspray on Oasis, so there's plenty of time to take the cruise and see this show (although cast members, including the leads, are on 6-month contracts, just like the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers found on this and other RCI ships). By the way, on Oasis there are 6 singers and 12 dancers, compared with 4 singers and 8 dancers on the rest of the fleet. These performers also do the RCI production show, Come Fly with Me" which also features a new, major signature feature of the Opal Theater - flying acrobats and comics. [FYI - when sister ship Allure of the Seas launches next fall, she will feature the Broadway show, Chicago.] Even more unique than the Opal Theater is the Aquatheater. Located at the very stern of the ship and reachable mainly through the Boardwalk neighborhood on Deck 6 aft, this open air amphitheater is the home of the amazing production, "Oasis of Dreams," a combination of high diving, water acrobatics (including an automated trampoline built into the stage), flying acrobats hoisted high above the stage/pool, and synchronized swimming in a pool that features both multiple and ever-changing levels of water depth along with dozens of fountains in and around the pool. What makes this venue all the more impressive is the surrounding atmosphere, with stores, restaurants, and a carousel on the Boardwalk, two rock-climbing walls on either side of the ship, and balcony staterooms 7 decks high from the aft elevator to the stern . During our cruise, the Oasis entertainment staff presented a new water and aerial show with a comic twist, called "Splish Splash." Is this enough to leave you breathless? There's more - much more! All of Deck 4 between the aft and forward elevator lobbies has been dubbed "Entertainment Place." The newest addition to the RCI fleet includes a relatively cozy Comedy Club, the venue for an uproarious one-hour stand-up comedy show called "Comedy Live," featuring two comics with very different styles. The venue was packed for 3 shows virtually every night. This was some of the best stand-up comedy I've seen at sea, and really beats many of the headliner comics appearing on other ships. In addition, the venue was used for interactive live improvisational shows and even improvisational workshops conducted by members of the cast (some of whom also appeared in Hairspray). The other major performance venue at Entertainment Place is Studio B, site of the ice show, "Frozen in Time," held twice nightly during the second half of the cruise. Like similar venues on the Voyager and Freedom class ships, Studio B is also used for public ice skating sessions on sea days and was the site of the late night adult game, "The Quest." The ice show was based on Hans Christian Anderson stories, and it began badly, with one performer nearly taking a spill on a simple waltz jump; but the show ended up with some outstanding skating. The remaining venues in Entertainment Place include a disco room called "Blaze," a cozy room for live jazz called "Jazz on 4," and the standard casino. Other live entertainment on Oasis includes as wide an array as found on any RCI cruise ship, beginning with the ubiquitous calypso band situated on the pool deck -- strategically and somewhat dramatically -- on a bridge bisecting the pools area and spanning Central Park 6 decks below. Because of the ship's design, passengers with balcony staterooms overlooking Central Park can enjoy the afternoon reggae music. Other live music venues included the Schooner Bar where, as on most RCI ships, a pianist plays and encourages sing-alongs every night; a singer/guitarist who performed most nights in the Globe and Atlas Pub - except when the venue hosted a bagpiper; and a string trio that performed on a platform above the Royal Promenade around the dinner hour. The Royal Promenade is also the site of two parades, including appearances from the RCI singers and dancers as well as the cruise staff; the Captain's welcome reception; and a wild '70s disco party held one night during the middle of the cruise that is not to be missed, starring Cruise Director Richard Spacey and the cruise staff, as well as the singers and dancers. A really cool feature of these Royal Promenade extravaganzas is the way the decorative giant globe above the Globe and Atlas Pub opens in half and a rather long catwalk spanning about half the width of the promenade unfurls to allow performers to be seen by the multitudes below. A few final comments about the live entertainment on Oasis: with 6200 passengers, if you want to see all the shows - and most are truly unique to the cruise industry - it is essential to reserve the performances as early in advance of your sailing as possible. In all, this includes 6 different shows, including the headliner act and RCI's production, "Come Fly With Me." On my sailing every show was virtually full - even those held in the Opal Theater. People without reservations line up and have to wait until 10 minutes before show time - and there are rarely good seats available by then. Even with reservations, if you want a good seat, be sure to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to show time. You cannot have one person reserve multiple seats, as is common practice on most RCI ships. Dining: Royal Caribbean likes to tout that there are 24 dining options on Oasis, which means if you sampled them all it would take virtually the entire cruise for each of these meals. Let's face it, most folks still like to eat dinner in the dining room at least several times during the week (why else pay those weekly gratuities?), and not everyone will want to sample each dining option, or pay service charges ranging from about $5 to $75 per person when they can eat at no extra charge. But part of the total cruise experience on this unique ship is sampling the variety of dining options you wouldn't find on another ship - even a RCI ship. Therefore, we went to Giovanni's Table for one dinner instead of the dining room. This Italian restaurant is somewhat more informal than Portofino's, which is available on the other newer RCI ships. The service charge is only $15 and the food and service is truly outstanding. We also heard good things about 150 Central Park ($35 service fee without wine included). The familiar Chops Grille ($25 service charge) is also located in Central Park, and although it is one of my favorites, we passed on eating dinner there on this ship. We also considered and then passed up an opportunity to have dinner at the Solarium Bistro ($20 service charge). After having lunch there early in the cruise we found the food not to our liking and the atmosphere a little too humid for a comfortable and relaxing dinner. We had not heard good things about the Seafood Shack and also passed on a meal at Johnny Rockets, both of which charge relatively small service fees. We also passed on Izumi, as we do not like sushi. What does this tell you? That the dining options you select are usually based on personal taste, relative cost, and one's overall philosophy about dining on cruise ships. There is certainly something to be said for having so many dining options - and that includes "My Time Dining" in which RCI has finally joined most other cruise lines and now provides the dining room experience for passengers who do not want to dine at the same time and table each night. Be forewarned, however, that if you want "My Time Dining" you need to request it early, especially on Oasis, as it is very popular - and you will have to prepay your gratuities in advance of the sailing (at the time of your final payment). The same is true for "FamilyTime Dining" where the pace of the meal is accelerated for families who do not want the more leisurely paced dining room experience. By the way - as if the dining options on Oasis are not sufficient - Allure of the Seas will have a Mexican dining option. Past reviews have noted that the Windjammer Marketplace was too small - and therefore overcrowded. On Oasis, especially at breakfast and lunchtime. we did not find that to be the case at all. We ate breakfast there every morning but one, and never had trouble finding a table. The same is true for lunch, although we opted to eat lunch a couple of times in the Park Cafe, once at the Solarium Bistro, and once at Sorrento's. But this was for variety and not due to crowds at Windjammer. We found the best location for seating in the Windjammer was in the large aft section of the restaurant, with great views of the Flowrider, basketball court, miniature golf, and zip line activities. In general, we found the busiest places to find free meals were the Park Cafe at lunch and the Promenade Cafe almost anytime. You can check out how busy the dining options are - as well as instant information on activity schedules and finding your way around the ship - through a wonderful interactive board at each elevator lobby. Here you'll find the status of the seating availability in each restaurant indicated by a colored gauge from green to yellow to red. Finally, although I don't think all the specialty dining slots were booked up in advance of the sailing, it is best to pre-reserve (and also pre-pay) for specialty dining in advance of the cruise. You can cancel and get a refund up to 24 hours before the reservation time, the same as with pre-purchased shore excursions. Activities: No cruise line does activities like Royal Caribbean. This is the "Get Out There" and "Nation of Why Not" company. The RCI fleet has increasingly been designed to expand the number and variety of activities. RCI has ships with ice and in-line skating rinks; fitness centers with boxing rings; solarium pools: an ever growing array of programs and venues for children from 3-17; a surfing experience on the newest ships; and, of course, the now universal rock-climbing wall. Oasis adds to this already impressive list of unique shipboard activities in two ways: first, RCI added a few new wrinkles; second, Oasis is built to provide additional specialized venues for many new and also time-honored activities. The single most unique activity added on Oasis is a zip line that runs across the sports zone aft of the Windjammer Marketplace. Here you can - for no extra fee - glide over the Boardwalk neighborhood 10 decks below. It is a short ride, lasting less than 10 seconds and covering a distance of only 82 feet. But it is fun, and really only possible to do on a ship designed like Oasis. Another free activity unique to this class of ship is the Carousel, located on the Boardwalk. RCI placed several models of a carousel horse in various stages of development at the entrance to the Boardwalk, leading up to the carousel; I thought this was very cool. The ride itself is just okay as far as carousels go (no brass ring), but riding one on a ship makes it really special. There is a cupcake shop on the Royal Promenade that not only sells rather heavily iced and delicious cupcakes, but also conducts cupcake-making classes for a fee on sea days. Also on the Royal Promenade is a dedicated venue for Karaoke (On Air) which doubles as a sports bar during the day, from which the semi-finals of the World Cup soccer were broadcast before huge crowds. Topside, there are more pools than on any other ship, each designed for different purposes - divided port and starboard by the open expanse in-between. This ship probably also sets a record for the most hot tubs: there are 8 scattered about both sides of the outside pool deck; two more inside the Solarium (along with one rather small wading-type pool with water sprays in the center); and there are two very large hot tubs located just outside and aft of the Solarium. Like the Freedom class ships, these hot tubs are cantilevered over the side of the ship, but unlike the Freedom class ships, the bottoms are painted solid white so you can't see the ocean below. I cannot understand why RCI did not continue this very unique design feature from the Freedom class ships on Oasis. All of these added activities and specialized venues create a bit of a problem in some cases with overcrowding. Some karaoke nights it was impossible to get close to On Air; and the Comedy Club had people standing literally on top of those who arrived early enough to find seats. On the older RCI ships, such activities are held in large, all-purpose lounges. But Oasis carries at least twice as many passengers as most of the RCI fleet, and so the smaller, but more specialized, venues on the ship means getting very cozy with your fellow passengers or passing up certain activities. Let me add one other comment about the scheduling of activities that is, I think, a direct consequence of the number of passengers on Oasis. There are no special culminating activities on the final night - no closing show featuring the singers and dancers and specialty acts seen on board during the week; no "cruise in review" video shown in the theater and sold to passengers; no farewell remarks by the Cruise Director on the final night (in fact, the CD basically said his farewells to everyone at the previous night's performance of "Come Fly With Me" - that is. on Thursday night for a cruise ending on Saturday). The last night on this cruise was for shopping, purchasing photos, and sitting in bars listening, or dancing, to singers, musicians, or the DJ. The beautiful 1500-seat Opal Theater was dark. Since the "cruise in review" video has been a big seller for RCI in the past, one wonders why they passed up the opportunity for a potential windfall with 6200 passengers on board. The only explanation I could think of is that even if there were 2 closing shows, only about half the passengers could see it. But I don't know that everyone would want to see the closing show, and those that do could have filled up the theater one last night a couple of times, and so I think a lot of RCI loyal customers who enjoy a farewell show on the last night were left disappointed. Staff and Crew In my view, Royal Caribbean has always been a staff-friendly cruise line. On a ship with 6200 passengers and 2300 staff and crew, one would expect the sheer numbers to cause a higher than average level of impersonality and aloofness on the part of many staff members. But we found that on Oasis, nothing could be further from the truth. Members of the service staff, from our room steward and her assistant, to our dining room waiter and his assistant, to the bar service throughout the ship, to the myriads of workers you pass every day in the corridors, stairwells, or on deck - everyone was extraordinarily friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I've found this to be the case on most of my RCI cruises, but I think the staff on Oasis makes that extra effort to personalize what could easily have become an impersonal cruise experience. One advantage of having a staff and crew of 2300 is that talent and entertainment can come from many (and sometimes surprising) sources. An example occurred in our dining room, where the waiter for the table next to ours (and our section of the dining room was in a starboard forward wing where you couldn't see the main part of the 3-story dining room where the Maitre D' speaks) had learned, word for word, the speeches by the Maitre D' before and after the staff's singing of "O sole Mio" and the closing night song. He grabbed a peppermill and did a phenomenal, lip-synched spoof of the Maitre D'-- drawing cheers from everyone within eyesight. We really had fun with him, and it contributed immensely to the overall cruise experience. Let me now say a word about our Cruise Director (CD), Richard Spacey. Much has been written on the Cruise Critic Boards about specific CDs, their overall impact on the cruise experience, and even comparing contrasting styles of CDs. In my experience, I've observed 3 styles of CD: one, who tends to be laid back and friendly, who may not necessarily exhibit a ton of talent on stage, but who loves to be out and about the ship day and night mingling and chatting with the passengers. For long-time RCI customers, Jeff Martin is a good example of this type, although I have sailed with many others. A second type tends to be very businesslike and organized. He or she plays the role of consummate "director" by ensuring that the staff does their job well; but they may come across publicly as reserved, or even standoffish. I've seen Ken Rush - who currently alternates with Richard Spacey as CD on Oasis, and who for many years has been the company's designated CD for taking out new ships - described in this way on this website. I have sailed with Ken 4 times and have found him to be friendly, engaging, and helpful - as well as a very organized, professional director; but I can understand how some people could see him as portraying the negative image. The third type of CD is more rare - the CD who is talented and entertaining, and who is always "on," especially at the major events and when there are crowds. Richard Spacey epitomizes this type of CD. I've sailed with him twice, and he just keeps getting better and more entertaining all the time. On a large ship such as Oasis, (or the Freedom class ships), CDs like Richard not only thrive but enthrall the passengers and entertain them beyond all expectations. My wife and I have been on nearly 30 cruises (18 with RCI) and we've never laughed so much as during Richard's performance as host of the Love and Marriage game - a staple on every RCI cruise. He turned what should have been a fun 45 minutes into a side-splitting, uproarious 90-minute hoot. And he was equally fantastic at countless other activities. If possible, every RCI cruiser should try to catch his act! Having said that, I don't think that the CD makes or breaks the cruise. But he or she has an enormous responsibility for the schedule of activities and quality of entertainment on the ship, and therefore a really good CD - regardless of their personal style - can thoroughly ensure that everyone will have a good time and go away with happy memories of their cruise. A Few Random Comments: Despite the number of passengers, this was by far the best embarkation and debarkation experience I've had on any of our many cruises. We went from the taxi to being on board the ship in about 10 minutes, and that includes an airport-like security check at the cruise terminal. It took less than 20 minutes from the time we stepped off the ship at the end of the cruise until we stepped out of the taxi at Ft. Lauderdale airport - and that included finding our luggage in the terminal and hauling it through customs and to the taxis. Most of our recent cruises on RCI had very limited place where smoking was permitted. Not so, unfortunately, on Oasis. Many of the lounges, including two of the most popular ones (Schooner Bar and Boleros) allowed smoking, and during the evenings, in particular, the smell of smoke was evident all over these lounges, even though the smoking areas were limited. In this day and age, I think allowing so many areas for smoking on a family-oriented ship such as Oasis is a step backward for RCI. And in a different section of the complaint department, many passengers were subjected to unwanted and annoying entertainment while riding the elevators, which tended to be frequented by young teens blasting rock music as the elevators moved from floor to floor along their 16-deck course - and RCI staff appeared to be oblivious to this misbehavior. On the other hand, fears of long waits for crowded elevators proved to be mostly unfounded. With 24 elevators divided into 4 banks of 6 (port and starboard; forward and aft), we found there was little waiting time for the elevators, given the massive number of passengers and staff on board. On Oasis the Fitness Center and Spa are located far forward on Decks 5 and 6, and this is a significant departure from the topside locations of this venue on the rest of the RCI fleet. Although the spa facilities are quite extensive, the thermal suite is located in the bowels of the facility and I really missed the ocean views from this room found on the Radiance class ships. Because of its forward and lower location, the fitness Center had only a few portholes both port and starboard. This created an almost claustrophobic sensation and, again, I really missed the panoramic ocean or port views from the treadmills that are available in the topside fitness centers on every other RCI ship. Finally, as people interested in art, we have always been impressed with the investment RCI makes in placing original art around and about the ship - often in unexpected locations and with a whimsical touch. The art on Oasis outdoes anything seen before on a cruise ship. RCI spent about $10 million decorating the ship with original art, and the art specialists on board conducted tours during sea days. One other interesting development in the art area: the long-time vendor for RCI (Park West Galleries) has been replaced on Oasis by Art Actually. This gallery is still growing, but it presented a significantly different stable of artists than Park West. We understand that this gallery will replace Park West throughout the fleet. The specialists and auctioneer were quite good, although I thought during our sailing the gallery did not achieve an impressive amount of sales from the auctions; however, they sold quite a bit of art in their gallery in Central Park during the evenings. Final Thought: Our cruise aboard Oasis was like no other I've experienced, and from the many reviews on this website, I am not alone in that conclusion. As mentioned at the outset, it is not at all about the ports; many people, like us, have been there before. It is almost entirely about the ship and the myriad of activities available on board. And don't begin to think you can do it all in one week, because for even the most active cruisers, that is truly impossible. For most cruisers, sailing on Oasis or its soon to be launched sister, Allure of the Seas is a must. For me, it's probably a one-time thing, because as much as I loved the experience, I prefer the RCI ships that make you aware that the sea is close at hand. I love the ships where there is glass with sea views almost everywhere (i.e., the Radiance class ships) and where the vast majority of staterooms face outward. RCI is still the best when it comes to live entertainment and onboard activities on any of their ships, but especially on Oasis. For one week, we were treated to an amazing, unique, and thoroughly wonderful cruise experience on Oasis of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Prior to our July 3-10 2010 cruise we read all 150+ reviews. Most were detailed, interesting and informative. Three stood out to me as just plain silly and I'd like to respond to these just to clear them up. #1 " We were bored ... Read More
Prior to our July 3-10 2010 cruise we read all 150+ reviews. Most were detailed, interesting and informative. Three stood out to me as just plain silly and I'd like to respond to these just to clear them up. #1 " We were bored and couldn't wait to go home". What ship were you on? #2 "I couldn't sleep 'cause the ship didn't rock". Then move to a houseboat. #3 My all time favorite..."I couldn't believe we weren't escourted to our cabin". HELLO!!! We sailed with 6238 passengers & 2158 crew members who had specific jobs to do to turn the ship around in less than 9 hours. The crew consists of Hotel staff, provisions, food & beverage etc. Sorry no escourt service so find your own cabin. We sailed with our dear friends from Cal City, Ill..our third cruise with them all on RCCL. We flew to Lauderdale from Pittsburgh on July 1st and our friends came in on the 2nd. We stayed at the Embassy Suites (free breakfast & nightly cocktails). Left for the pier via the hotel van around 11:00am and were onboard the Oasis within 20 minutes due to a painless and swift embarkation at the terminal. Knowing that the cabins would not be ready until 1:00 we went to the Cafe Promenade for the famous roast beef sandwiches and salads. The ship is truly an amazing engineering work of art. After lunch we just toured the ship then found Boleros bar for a bon voyage beer and survey for a perch for the sail away parade. At about 1:00 we went to our adjoining cabins on deck 11. Our bags had just arrived so we settled in to unpack. Cabins: From the previous reviews we knew to take a power strip and to expect a tight squeeze. The bed was next to the closet but there was ample space to maneuver around. The large suitcase fit under the bed with room to spare. From past experience we knew not to over pack and found adaquate storage space. The bathroom was not designed for big people. There was a small trash can located under the sink. The shower reminded us of a cocoon so don't drop the soap. We met our steward who was one of the best we've had. Asked him if he could open up the plexiglass divider on the deck. After he opened it we doubled our deck/balcony size. Dining: We opted to pre book dinner at Chops Grile for Monday night dinner. Went there to check on our reservation an sure 'nuf there we were. Had heard too many stories about messed up reservations but not to worry. Ate dinner in the main dining room all other nights. The food and service were really good except for one night. Two large tables next to us had several latin families who dined at their leisure sometimes as late as 9:45 which threw our wait staff off their timing. The Windjammer was crowded especially during at sea days. One morning after standing for several minutes waiting for a seat I saw one man reserving 3 tables of two seats each with his "wing span". I sat down anyway only to have him cuss me out in some language. When he left to have a staff member remove me the other seats filled up quickly. Really funny. That was the start of the rude/obnoxious behavior that we experienced many other times. I'll expand on this later. The only other time we ate at a per-fee venue was at The Sea Food Shack. Very good fish & chips and well worth the price. Had room service on our balcony for breakfast a couple of days. The menue was limited but fit our tastes very well. Eggs,bacon, sausage, coffee, milk & juice. At Chops the steaks were the best we've ever had but our waiter, Pretisch from India, was fantastic! He took our drink and dinner orders without writting anything down. Everything came out perfect. He and his assistant waited until we cut into our steaks to make sure they were perfect-they were. The public areas were amazing. There was something for everyone. Music ranged from Latin to Jazz and all in between. The casino was very large with over 450 slots and numerous table games. One problem in the casino was the lack of security. Children were everywhere just running wild. Even with numerous announcements they just kept coming. One lady had her toddler on her lap while playing the slots. Vegas security would be pulling their hair out. Entertainment: The best shows at sea and maybe on land. As mentioned in many reviews do reserve your shows well in advance as we did. Never had a problem. Not being a musical fan I didn't care for Hairspray and we left in the first 15 minutes. Come Fly With Me was fantastic-makes Cirque look like rookies. The ice show was well done with a fantastic sand artist during a break in the skating action. The service was great as well and the entire crew greeted everyone with hellos and smiles. On to the rudeness. Ms. Manners' book must have not been sold outside of the US. Children as well as adults thought they were on their own, private yachts. Adults hogged the aisles in the public areas and the casino. After several excuese mes my 5'2" wife had to physically push a woman out of the way. Many tried to get on elevators before we got off. As one child was going to exit an elevator he pushed every deck button. I blocked him in so we rode to deck 17. When we got there I asked him which deck he wanted. He said "6" so I hit every button and told him to enjoy the ride and learn some manners. Made my day. In closing, we sailed on The Oasis just for the ship not the islands as we've been to all of them. We'll be sailing on a Voyager class from now on but The Oasis is not to be missed. There is a lot of walking which is great if you are younger. Again thanks for all of the CC reviews and enjoy The Oasis. Any questions you have just e-mail me at no1pileit@yahoo.com. I'll be glad to respond. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Just returned from the Oasis at 10am on Sunday 18th July and the ship is as the Americans say - AWESOME! and FABULOUS! The shows are top notch - better than some we have seen in the West End, the staff are attentive but not as attentive as ... Read More
Just returned from the Oasis at 10am on Sunday 18th July and the ship is as the Americans say - AWESOME! and FABULOUS! The shows are top notch - better than some we have seen in the West End, the staff are attentive but not as attentive as the Celebration that we were on last year. The superior stateroom was lovely and the shower room was great, the balcony was lovely to sit on in the evening before and after going out with a bottle of wine (the wine package was worthwhile buying as it is very expensive to buy separately). The drinks are expensive - $6.95 for a small bottle of Strongbow for example but saying that our total bar bill was $1000 for a week (excluding the £350 we paid for the wine package of 20 bottles). As you can see we do like a drink but we drank a lot less than going to other holiday locations as it was so hot we drank water during the day! The only downside was that you could only get your wine at dinner, so we ended up having to have one with the meal and then take the other one for the next afternonn/evening on the balcony back to the room to put in the fridge). The My time dining was the only place we had to queue up even though we had booked all of our times before we left - it seems that even those who walked through got through quicker than the line for the ones who had already booked. We went to Giovanni's for two evenings (cost $15 each) but to be honest the food was not any better than the My time dining. We booked all of the shows before we went too and they were amazing. On the first night the Aqua show stopped half way through due to technical problems so we had to go back a couple of nights later so saw two shows on that day but it was worth it - truely AMAZING! The Ice show and Hairspray were fantastic too. I would recommend that you do book online before you go and work out the times so that you can also book your meals if you wish. Booking doesn't mean that you have your seat reserved though, so ensure that you are there about 30 mins before the show to choose your seats - you can't save any for other people. They open the doors to those without reservations 10 mins before the show and they usually struggle for seats if not pre-booked. The stops at Haiti, Costa Maya & Cozumel were not the best, wish we had done the other cruise, didn't even get off at Costa Maya and people who did said it wasn't worth it. Haiti was ok but not a Caribbean beach that you would expect - lots of rocks and coral to get past before you could swim and the sand was not as nice as I thought - but that was not a problem - didn't spend too long there and went back on the ship - plenty to do there. At Cozumel if absolutely poured down, thunder and lightening but we managed to go downtown in a taxi - $7 and walked back which took about 30 mins but was worth it as we found a great Mexican restaurant near the dive centre and had lovely food there and cheap! Not much else was cheap I can tell you! Got fed up with saying 'No thank you' when they try and get you in their shops - mainly diamonds and jewellery shops but you expect that in the Caribbean and they were much more polite than at Sharm el Sheik! We went on a package with Thomas Cook and stayed at the Hilton in Fort Lauderdale Marina on the first night which was great, lovely views of the marina and a great pool. If you walk down town to Chucks Steak and Grill (ten mins) - was fantastic - live singer and the best steaks we have had for ages! There is also an Irish bar serving Magners and Guiness You may see a pattern here - drink is involved again - all part of the holiday experience! Wyndham Hotel in Miami airport on the way back for the day - nothing to do there but there is a shuttle bus to the Dolphin Mall for $10 each return from the hotel at certain times - check with reception - it was something to do to kill the time before being picked up for the airport. The formal nights are really formal (90% of people did dress up) and there are two of these but to be honest I can't see why as the first one was Captain's night and all that happened was you met the Captain and had photo's the second one people just wandered around dressed up and had photo's taken. It was still nice to do though and nice to wear ball gowns & tuxedo's which you rarely get to do at home. They have a great system that they recognize you from your photo taken on embarkation and when they take a photo of you it automatically goes to your seapass card and you can look at them all in the photo shop just by inserting your card and order prints or books from there. The shops were nothing special - just a few designer shops with not much in to buy that was reasonable. There is not a pharmacy or anywhere that you can buy shower gel for example. There is a perfume store and gift shop with a few 'essentials' but only in tiny packets so take everything that you will need. The solarium with the infinity whirlpools were AWESOME but hot! and the pool area although busy we always managed to find a sun bed - the floor was hot though so make sure you have flip flops to wear to the pools! The rising tide bar was a nice experience moving up from floor 5 to 8 and down again drinking cocktails made by the lovely bar man - we did it every night before and after eating or a show. The Flowrider was great to watch although the zip line and the climbing walls didn't seem to be that well used. The kids area was fabulous and they will look after your children from 9am until 2am if you want! they charge $6 an hour between 12 and 2 and after 10pm until 2pm. We went to Dazzles nightclub which was lovely and we could even take our bottle of wine with us which was a bonus! as the cheapest bottle of wine was £27.00 plus 15% tax if you bought it without the package. People wore a variety of clothes and even on the formal nights there were still people wearing shorts/jeans etc.... we personally prefer to dress up every night when we are on holiday but not everyone does. There were only about 50 English people that we heard throughout the cruise and there are a lot of teenagers from Canada sometimes causing a fuss when they managed to get their hands on alcohol but nothing too major. We still didn't feel that there were too many people on board and the embarkation and disembarkation was painless. I have to mention Richard Spacey the cruise director - he was absolutely brilliant, funny, flexible in his dancing and always made us laugh - worth going to the shows just to see him! Also the 70's disco night where over 4000 people all dance watching him from on high and on the rising tide bar was an amazing experience. We watched it again on the TV the next day. The TV is great for checking your bill every day, we had one dispute and that was dealt with within an hour. There is also information on what is happening during the day and how to disembark painlessly. You can also check what is on where on the many touch screen displays throughout the ship. We have only been on the Celebration before so we have limited experience but the Oasis is amazing and we would recommend it to anyone. It didn't feel like you were on a ship most of the time as we didn't feel any movement until we were docking - unlike the Celebration - we felt we were vibrating for a week when we got back but that is 28 years older! Anyway...... if anyone wants to know anything at all please let me know and I will help if I can from the experiences I had - no I didn't play bingo, do Karaoke or watch the men's belly flop competition but any other questions?! Just Go For It - we are booked on the Celebration in between Xmas & in the New Year so we will see if it has spoilt us - of course it will have but we will have to put it aside and enjoy that experience without looking back on the Oasis experience! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
We were worried that the ship would feel either too big or too crowded, and were pleased that it felt neither! Everyone was very spread out and we rarely had to wait for anything. We spent a lot of time in the Solarium, which is the Adults ... Read More
We were worried that the ship would feel either too big or too crowded, and were pleased that it felt neither! Everyone was very spread out and we rarely had to wait for anything. We spent a lot of time in the Solarium, which is the Adults only pool area. It was very tranquil and had comfy chairs with cushions. My only complaint was that it was a bit closed in and could have used either more ventilation or cooling misters. Our cabin was average sized for a cruise ship, but was well-laid out for 2 of us. There was just enough space to put things away, and we made sure to stay as organized as possible so we wouldn't lose space with clutter. Overall, the food was good. Some of it was better than other. There were a couple of nights in the dining room when there was nothing on the menu that was appealing, so we tried to use those nights to eat at specialty restaurants. We loved My Time Dining, which allowed for flexibility based on timing of show reservations. We loved our dinners at Giovanni's Table and Chops Grille. The ports were OK. Labadee was much nicer than we expected with tons of lounge chairs and a pretty beach. We only stayed for a few hours and went back to the ship for lunch. Speaking of lunch, mid-way through the cruise we discovered the Tutti Salad Bar in the main dining room, which was wonderful. You could choose from different lettuces, vegetable and protein toppings, and dressings. Then they would chop it all up with a pizza cutter. I highly recommend it, plus a great lunch menu each day. Much better than the Windjammer buffet. Costa Maya doesn't have much to offer unless you do an excursion. There's almost nothing to do when you walk off the ship, except a few stores and a public pool. We did the Dune Buggy tour, which was good. In Cozumel, we just took a taxi to the main shopping area. When we were done shopping, we sat down for a late lunch at Carlos & Charlies, which was such a fun place!! The shows were great! Hairspray was every bit as good as when I saw it on Broadway. The ice show and water show were fun and different. We also enjoyed the comedy show. Never got to see "Come Fly With Me," though. Check-in was a breeze, which was a great way to start of the trip. The ship was absolutely beautiful! From the flooring, to the art, to Central Park, the Boardwalk, the Promenade...just amazing! The layout was perfect. Plenty of room to spread out, yet we didn't feel like we had to walk that far to get anywhere. We look forward to trying the Allure to see how she compares. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
The Oasis of the Seas is truly a unique ship - gorgeous, well thought out, and smooth. The staff appears to be the "pick of the litter" - they were wonderful - helpful and friendly. The neighborhoods were awesome and we enjoyed ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is truly a unique ship - gorgeous, well thought out, and smooth. The staff appears to be the "pick of the litter" - they were wonderful - helpful and friendly. The neighborhoods were awesome and we enjoyed each one in their own way as they were designed. The Cruise Director, Richard Spacey, was outstanding. High energy and fun! Our stateroom was a Central Park balcony. It appears that balconies in Central Park are rarely used except for hanging out towels and swimsuits. It is a pretty area at night, but can be noisy on the balcony during sea days when the pools just above are in full session. (By the way, the balcony doors do NOT lock. They can be closed with the illusion of locking, but just pull on the handle and they slide open.) There does appear to be a class system aboard - our CP balcony was across from the suites and noticed that they had Ghiradelli chocolates and a higher grade of shampoo, conditioner, and such than we did. Our daughter and son-in-law were located in a Central Park view (window) stateroom and did not receive any amenities in the bathroom (except the standard shampoo in the shower area). They were told that this was "normal" for an "inside cabin". Dining was very good - we had traditional main seating for dinner and our waiter (Thavee ("Alex") and asst waiter, "Lizeth", were exceptional - very efficient and friendly. Chops was exceptional and our waiter there ("Maxi") was also. We tried breakfast in the Solarium, Windjammer, and Johnny Rocket's. We preferred them in that order. When we did Johnny Rocket's - our service was exceptionally slow (even though it was not crowded) and the food was OK. Lunch was very good in the Brasserie (Opus) except there were only two different menus. We tried the Roast Beef sandwich in Park Cafe and it was good although the 'wick bread was very salty. The Solarium was a nice option. We enjoyed the healthy food and the flavored waters. The WipeOut Cafe had some good nachos, pretzel dogs, and soft self-serve yogurt (vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate and V/S and V/C twists). The pools were busy as we had "perfect" weather. Being early August, there were kids everywhere EXCEPT at the Solarium - what a nice retreat! Yes, it can get very warm in there from the solar heat midday - we think that some ceiling fans might alleviate this issue. Unless, of course, you like saunas, then they were perfect. But the pool was enjoyable. The Sports Zone was so much fun. We are in our fifties, but enjoyed the flowriders, zipline, and rock wall. The boogie board was easy, surfing not as much, zipline was quick - but memorable, and the rock walls were easier than expected. The staff in the Sports Zone were very friendly and helpful. Even if you don't try these specialty things, go for the show. Hint: There are very short lines early AM (9:00) on port days with less audience to amuse. Hint: Wear a teeshirt when using the flowriders. ;) The basketball court was fully utilized, but HOT in the sun. It could use a sun shield (like greenhouses use) to avoid heatstroke. The sports competitions (basketball, dodgeball, ping pong, soccer, etc.) were intense. The entertainment was spectacular. The AquaTheatre was closed due to hydraulic problems, but they added an additional headliner show (Abbacadabra) in addition to the one scheduled (Mario and Daniel). ALL the shows received standing ovations. We were surprised that they did not utilize those GIGANTIC screens more than they did - movies under the stars would be awesome. Hint: Make your reservations for shows online in advance. Although our kids are grown, the Adventure Ocean program looked amazing - well thought out. We even attended the Imaginocean Puppet Show the last day - it was well done and professional. The CC Meet & Mingle was well attended and "Pinky" was the perfect hostess. They had good refreshments and great door prizes. Embarkation and Debarkation was smooth and painless. The ship's itinerary was the Western Caribbean (Labadee, Costa Maya, and Cozumel) - ours was the Oasis!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Last year, my Aunt introduced me to cruising. She has been on 40+ cruises, and is a travel agent, so I trust her opinions and recommendations. However, we together found an opinion of hers that was wrong. She told me she did not ever ... Read More
Last year, my Aunt introduced me to cruising. She has been on 40+ cruises, and is a travel agent, so I trust her opinions and recommendations. However, we together found an opinion of hers that was wrong. She told me she did not ever want to sail Oasis because she thought it was too big and too crowded. An opprotunity came up for her to take the cruise for her work, and I went with her. The second we stepped on board, our jaws dropped. Oasis is the most amazing structure built by man in recent years. This ship is not only amazing in terms of amenities, but also in beauty. In the planning stages, all show times had to be reserved. We weren't sure how we felt about that, but it turned out to be a pretty good program. There was not problem because there were so many shows to choose from. all of them were amazing. I really loved the comedy show. Specialty Dining - We actually ate a whole Maine lobster. This is the first time I have seen this on a cruise. The sushi in Izumi was to die for. Even the food in the mdr was great. No complaints. Crowding - This is a myth. If you have not been on this ship and think it is too crowded, get over it. The crowd is so dispersed on this ship, it was very comfortable. I never once felt crowded. Even the terminal at Port Everglades was designed to handle the traffic flow. Solarium - This was my favorite part of the ship. The Solarium is absolutely gorgeous, and it is huge. Kudos to the staff for keeping the kids out. My only complaint about this ship is 1 week is not enough time. I can't wait to go again. In closing, my Aunt's opinion has turned 180. Out of her 40+ cruises on numerous cruise lines, she even said Oasis was her favorite. Of my 5 cruises so far on 4 different cruise lines, it certainly was my favorite....by far! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
There are not enough words to explain the elation we felt on this ship. The pictures and videos we had seen hadn't prepared us for just how majestic this vessel really was. We drove over from Tampa, FL and was floored to find that the ... Read More
There are not enough words to explain the elation we felt on this ship. The pictures and videos we had seen hadn't prepared us for just how majestic this vessel really was. We drove over from Tampa, FL and was floored to find that the parking was a VERY short walk from the terminal. Checking the bags was a cinch and when we got inside the terminal, I forgot that I had my father's B-Day card on me...stamped ready to go. I asked one of the women ushering people to the lane to check in based on Deck Level if there was a post box. She said there wasn't but told me she would take it home and mail it for me. I took a chance and ya know what....I found out that not only did she mail it, but my father got it 2 days short of his B-day. This was a good sign of things to come. We checked in and it was a breeze, then found out we could have boarded at around 9am...it was 12pm. Anyhoo...we went up the esculator and onto the gangway and before we knew it...we were on the largest cruise ship in the ocean. It was like entering a different world. There was a GREAT pizza joint, a coffee bar that made the best Frapaccinos ever...and they use Starbucks coffee. Remember, all the treats are free and so is standard coffee...but you will pay for specialty items like blended drinks. So what, you're on vacation...live a little. We got to our room and found that we had a king size bed and adjustable temp controls. Our room steward, Rupesh, was helping us right away and was a great guy. Anything we needed, he was quick to accommotated. The bathroom is small, but very functional and the shower was just enough with a clam shell design. The body wash was great! The dining room was amazing and the food was top notch as well! We had Jimmy and Eduardo for our servers since we bounced back and forth because of the My Time Dining. That's the down side of that. You can request a server if they have a table, but if not...you take your chances. We were lucky to have a table for 2 every night. I can't say enough about the dining experience...you have to try it yourself to know what I am talking about. The shows were great and yes, the Aquatheater was closed, but they credited everyone on board with $100 ship board credit and flew in from L.A. to Cozumel an Abba impersonating great that was sooooooo good, if you closed your eyes, you would SWEAR Abba was on board. They were called Abbacadabra and it was awesome. Come fly with me was an amazing show and the dancing was superb. We saw the ice show and saw 4 skaters bite the ice...it was still a cute show, though. The drinks were strong and they skimped on nothing on this ship. If you want something...you got it!!!! The shopping was fun and not a rip off as a lot of people think. There were great deals to be had. If you wanna get your moneys worth at the bar, go to Boleros and the Irish Pub rather than buying drinks from wandering guys with trays. What can I say, Chops was wonderful and we were referred to our server, Pretesch from another family that had sailed...and they were right...Pretesch was great in Chops!!! If you go, tell him Brian and Angie send their regards. We know how hard these people work on this ship...over 14 hrs a day. We had to straighten out some passengers that were being rude to the staff. So, remember, these folkes are away from their families and working hard to keep a smile on your face. Show them some levity and kindness, and you will receive it back 10 fold...trust me! Disembarking was just as easy as getting on the ship. We docked at around 7am, and we left the boat at 8:30am....it's a snap and customs was quick to have us move ahead. We will NEVER forget this trip and we even booked the Allure of the Seas for April 2012 while on the Oasis. So, step on board and be prepared to be swept up, up and Oa-sis! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Introduction My husband and I just returned, this week, from the Eastern itinerary on board the Oasis of the Seas - July 31 to August 6. This was my 9th cruise and my husband's 4th and we both agree that it has been our favourite. ... Read More
Introduction My husband and I just returned, this week, from the Eastern itinerary on board the Oasis of the Seas - July 31 to August 6. This was my 9th cruise and my husband's 4th and we both agree that it has been our favourite. For the last several years I have been on the receiving end, most of the time, in terms of information and advice on these boards and so I feel I must give back each time I go on a cruise, in the form of a review. I'll attempt to provide an overview of my experience on this magnificent vessel by covering various topics over the next several days. I will include notes about embarkation, the cabin, music venues and performers, the art collection, the shows, activities, pools, food and debarkation. After each section I'll include some personal tips/suggestions/pleas for my fellow cruisers/posters, as well as some suggestions for RCL, from this passenger's point of view. I must warn you that it will be very detailed. First, when I go on a cruise I crave reviews with loads of detail. Secondly, I want to be very specific about certain aspects of my cruise, such as performers and venues, to both inform future cruisers as well as to give these people credit, by name. I hope you enjoy it and find the information useful, at the same time. Embarkation I felt that I was being teleported, it was that fast. We completed our forms online and I am sure that helps. Our luggage was waiting for us on the carousel and we were only parked at the gate for about ten minutes. That's fast! We grabbed a cab and from the moment we entered the port terminal to the moment my husband was chowing down on a roast beef sandwich, less than fifteen minutes had passed. In total, less than an hour from plane to lunch on board the ship. Guest Assembly Drill, aka Muster Drill, was the least painless procedure of its kind that I have ever experienced and for us it was held in Studio B, the venue for skating. Note to RCL: 1) Great idea to remove the life jackets from the cabin. So much smarter to show a film outlining the procedure for donning the jacket without the distraction of standing in the blazing sun, shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other people, while staring down those passengers who feel the overwhelming urge to blow their whistles all at once, as some poor crew member tries to maintain some semblance of order. In the event of the ship going down, do I really want to run back to my cabin to find my life jacket? I'd so rather trample over my fellow cruisers to get to my muster station, knowing that the life jacket will be given to me as I board the lifeboat! Good change in procedures! 2) It was unclear to many passengers that crew members needed to know the number on each sea pass, in order to direct them to their correct muster station. That's why it was essential that every passenger, including children, had their individual sea pass with them for the drill. Children were given colour coded wrist bands at this drill. Perhaps a card indicating the actual location for the drill and placed on the passenger's bed in the cabin, would have facilitated a faster assembly. Note to Fellow Cruisers: 1) Consider taking a cab from the airport to the port. It's so much faster than waiting for other passengers to arrive and fill up a bus, which will be your fate if you choose to use the transfer voucher system, included in so many bookings. 2) If you have a carry on, make it as light as possible. If you board early, you may have a bit of a wait to access your cabin and believe me you will want to start exploring this ship as soon as you board and doing it with a light weight bag over your shoulder is a whole lot easier than dragging luggage behind you. 3) Muster Drill is at 4:15. Make every attempt to assemble at your station as early as possible. Everyone is anxious to start the fun portion of their vacation and having to wait for passengers who don't see the point in this exercise is not the fun portion of the vacation. Also, be polite in maintaining a respectful silence while the safety procedures are explained by the captain. While some might find it irrelevant or silly, others around them might want to know. I'm funny that way. If someone on a public address system is asking me for my attention and explaining procedures which may save my life or the lives of others, I listen. Cabin We were in Cabin 11214. I was really pleased with the layout. Our bed was alongside the balcony and we did not find it cramped, at all. Nice sized balcony with high round table to accommodate room service breakfast in the morning. No lounge chair but two very comfortable chairs and a clear railing for excellent views. The balcony door will not close entirely from the outside and the AC shuts off, as a result. I would suggest closing the heavy curtains to keep the room as cool as possible if someone doesn't remain in the cabin to close the door. Things will heat up very fast, if you don't. A master switch controls all things electrical in the room and other switches allow you to control the lighting in the room from the bed, a very nice touch. We did not find the electrical outlets inconveniently placed, as has been reported by some on these boards. We also didn't feel the need for a power bar. Really pleasant ambient lighting options, including soft lights over the art work, as well. Nice sized flat screen, which displays everything you need to access, including your account, how busy the venues and restaurants are on the ship, and a schedule of what is happening at any time on the ship. You can also access menus in the MDR which makes it convenient to book alternate restaurants for those nights when nothing appeals to you on the menu. For those passengers in inside cabins, a camera view of the bow of the ship indicates weather, as well. Ample storage in the closets and thankfully they have done away with those puzzling hangers that must hook through a hole in order to prevent theft. They have these undersized hook hangers which would never fit standard rods in homes. Very clever. Also there are many hangers including clip hangers for pants and skirts. The self closing closets are really cool. Just give them a nudge forward and they glide shut on their own. Nice deep shelves for shirts and shorts and drawers for smaller items. Equally thoughtful is the removable shower head. Don't miss the fact that the shower head has a switch to adjust the water pressure, as well. The shower is really large with a water dappled curved door to maximize space and a bar for women to place their legs, for that all important shaving touch up session! All toiletries are provided so that you can save space for souvenirs in your luggage. A permanent dim light in the washroom ensures that I no longer need to do my drunken grope fest in the middle of the night, to find the washroom. It also very dimly illuminates the door, in case of emergency. Finally, generously proportioned terry robes are provided in the room and they are excellent for wrapping yourself in after a shower. I loved the bed. I swear it's the roomiest bed I have ever enjoyed on a cruise. The two singles placed side by side made for a king-size and the curved shape at the end was great for moving around the room with ease. Super comfortable mattress. I have had to ask for an egg crate in the past but not on this cruise. Firm support and wonderfully soft pillow top. Really cozy duvet with a sheet under it in case you find it too warm. Excellent selection of pillows and really good quality linens. I loved that bed and had a very hard time leaving it in the morning. We have a sleep number bed at home and I find myself yearning for my cruise bed. I'm fickle that way. Note to RCL: 1) My only complaint about your incredible ship is the bizarre lack of soundproofing in the cabins. What happened? Every time the bathroom door in the cabin next to us closed, we could hear it. During previous cruises on RCL, once the door in my cabin closed, I could hear virtually no sound from the outer hallway or adjacent cabins. Not so on the Oasis. Conversations in the hall and doors slamming shut were heard all day and into the night. How could you build such a feat of modern engineering and not take into account, the need for passengers to have a quiet space? I realize that the doors have to be self-closing but are there not materials available to cushion the impact of the door slamming? Do building materials not exist which could be used in the walls to prevent sound travelling between the cabins and halls? I don't know if the noise problem can be corrected on the Oasis but I do hope it can be prevented on the Allure. Note to Fellow Cruisers: 1) Please refrain from yelling instructions down the hall to your children, husband and/or wife regarding where you will meet them for lunch. It's so much easier and so much more considerate to gather them as a clan and make those plans in the cabin or all together in the hall using a quiet voice. There now. I feel so much better pointing out this obvious thing. 2) Now that we know the door slams shut and it will probably slam shut until its poor little hinges give up the ghost, it might be a good idea to grab the handle when the door closes in the bathroom and the door to the hall, as well. It's a little thing but it will make for good cabin neighbour relations. 3) You might want to caution your children against running up and down the halls at night or any time of the day, for so many reasons, one of which is the disturbance it causes. Just a thought. Sheesh. My parents would never have had to tell us that. Musicians and Venues I can't say enough positive things about the music on board the Oasis. During a time when live musicians are being replaced with synthesized music, it is both refreshing and encouraging to witness the priority that RCL gives to its musical entertainment. Kudos to you! The high calibre of performers, as well as the huge variety of acts were amazing to me. I know for some people music, like art, provides a background and contributes to the general ambiance of the evening. For me, it's different. It is the experience. I don't want to carry on a conversation while someone is singing or playing because I don't want to miss anything. The collection of venues and the group of musicians and singers on board the Oasis, for our cruise, really made the cruise and for that reason I want to refer to them, by name. (If music isn't your thing, you might want to skip this section and go and paint a mural. If painting isn't your thing, you might want to ...well you get my drift.) A huge thank you to Justin Smith, the musical director on board the Oasis for his role in assembling such a cast of talented singers and musicians and for creating a program throughout the week which appealed to every imaginable taste. What a task! To the guys in the orchestra - your passion for music is contagious and your enthusiasm for pleasing your audience is a delight to behold. We listened to the pianist, the bass player, the trombone player and the drummer one night in the Viking Lounge. They billed themselves as The Oasis Trio, (hmmm), and it was a blast. A thank you goes out to them for introducing us to some pieces we had never heard before and performing a foxtrot for the two of us to stumble our way through! You guys were great! Smooth Sailing Trio was another fun group. Great renditions of Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and a few Elvis tunes for good measure. Every time a woman would arrive the lead singer would call out, "Hey beautiful lady...I've been waiting for you all of my life!" Invariably she would stay and he would use the same line on the next woman who would arrive. You can find them in the Viking Lounge, as well. This bar is beautiful and if you want a comfortable, quiet place to read and view the ocean in the afternoon, I'd recommend the corner lounges. Great place for a little snooze in the sunlight or shade - you choose. Great views of sail-aways, too. The pina coladas aren't too shabby, either. For dancing, I'd recommend the Bamba Band in Boleros, where the bartenders are friendly and the music is way fast. Sit back and watch the Latinos show you how to salsa, after 11:00. Great male vocalist and nice dance floor. Center Piece in Dazzles is a great band, too. They play all sorts of pop music from the 50's to right now. Very talented female vocalist and if you like to jitterbug, don't miss their 50's/60's night. Dazzles is a two level lounge and it has a breathtaking view from a floor to ceiling window. it's a gorgeously appointed room that gets busy as the evening goes on. The Calypso Band was so much fun on the pool deck. It's been a while since I heard a live steel drum on a ship and watching these guys singing "Big Ship" was great. If you have kids, catch their steel drum demonstration during the music themed afternoon on the Boardwalk. The guys from the orchestra do some fantastic marching pieces with the little kids accompanied by the female leads from Hairspray dressed up as wacky waitresses, along with another girl on stilts. Great fun. Last, but not least of the bands is the Katie Lolozzetta Quartet found nightly in Jazz on 4. This room is a red/black concoction of shadows and musical seduction and the quartet is just too good. Katie is only too happy to take requests and their interpretation of "Fly Me to the Moon" was perfect. Very smooth, polished performers. If you like single performers, don't miss Pedro Espidido, playing classical guitar one evening in Central Park or Classical Wave a duo consisting of piano and violin. Heavenly stuff. It's a great way to slow things down and take in the sultry summer air in the park. Jimmy Blakemore is a talented performer who appears nightly in the Globe and Atlas pub. He is a very laid back singer whose repertoire is vast and who sings every song with a kind of joy you would only expect from a first performance of the piece. He seems grateful that such music exists for him to play and I found his manner charming. He can sing and play anything. Love his Beatles. Be warned, though. You will want to jump up and dance and you might have to hop off your high stool and clear a space for yourself. Ed Manego, the piano bar player, is located in the Schooner Bar and the night we were there he had honed in on a fellow Aussie and agreed to sing a song about how Australia will always be his home. It was quite beautiful. Sorry, I can't remember the title of the song. I'm a Canuck and I was ready to kiss a kangaroo by the time it was over. Schooners is one of my favourite spaces, in terms of lounges. It overlooks the Rising Tide Bar and the art work is really cool. Check out the two framed etching/engravings of lighthouses around the world and catch a whiff of the wood burning smoke. It's there and it's deliberate to add to the feel of the place. Stay for a while and you might catch a set by Richard Jasper, the resident bagpiper, currently delighting the people on board the ship.Apparently there have been three pipers since the inauguration. He plays the full pipes every port day, while on deck, to call the passengers on board. Me, I just yell. "Hey, we're leaving without you!" Works every time but not as artistic. He also plays in the pub and modifies the instrument for a lower volume so that it doesn't interfere with the other bars on the same level. If you like Celtic music, you'll love this guy, complete in his kilt and some very neat looking shoes. Unfortunately we missed his scheduled informal lecture where he was supposed to explain how the pipes work. He is a very pleasant person and quite approachable for a photo op! Note to RCL: 1) Passengers can use the cabin screens to access the venues to determine the performers each day but it would have been more useful to provide the information under the performer heading instead of venue heading, for the entire cruise. That way we could have scheduled our time better to ensure that we saw as many performers as possible. 2) I can't help but think that the names of the members of the orchestra and the various bands should be published either online on the RCL site or on some ship publication. They deserve the recognition and publicity and as it stands, they don't get it. Each time I stopped to tell a performer how much I enjoyed his or her performance on the particular instrument the person seemed so surprised and appreciative. I know the contracts change but if it was done online, it could be updated, as everything else is on the official site. I would have loved to look them up on the Internet when I got home but I couldn't. 3) Thank you for offering the best musical buffet I have ever had the pleasure to indulge in while at sea. Please, when it comes time to cut corners, leave your music budget alone! Never, ever resort to that horrible synthesized sound that so many other cruise lines are using in place of professional musicians and singers. Note to Fellow Cruisers: 1) Music is for everyone to enjoy. However, please consider the problems caused when you encourage and allow your children to take over a dance floor. I know some posters think that a dance floor, in the evening, is no place for children. I disagree. Children should have a place on the dance floor but that place should have boundaries. It should be "a place" not "the place". Parents, please accompany your children and shepherd them away from the adults who run the risk of tripping over them as they crawl about and play around unattended. Some parents think that if the dance floor is empty, it is fine for their kids to fool around on it but what these parents don't understand is that older adults arrive in the meantime and might like to dance but do not because it is so difficult to manoeuvre around flailing kids. To me it's just a matter of common sense and consideration of the adults who want to use the space for which it was intended. Shows The shows were the best I have seen, at sea. Again, like the music venues, there was something for everyone. I have listed them below in no particular order. The Adult Comedy Show made me laugh so hard that my rib cage hurt the next morning. The Comedy Club is an intimate space and as people entered, the host sat in the front corner and covering his mouth with a mic and a menu so he would not be noticed. He did this running commentary on each person who came in thought he door, doing a kind of monologue on what they were saying to their companion or what they were thinking, if they arrived alone. It was hysterical and people were great sports about it. He told me later that he had just started doing that particular gag that week and he was having fun with it. The first comic was Gary Delena and his act included retooling the lyrics of well known songs. His commentary about family life was very, very funny. Cracked me up. He's actually a really good guitar player, too. Eric Lyden, the second act, was delightfully irreverent about pretty much everything and pointed out that when he thought a joke didn't go over well, he would take a long drink of water on stage and if he thought the joke had really bombed, he would stare ruefully at the glass of water. It was a really funny ploy to tie everything together and never got tired. These two guys were so good that we purchased a CD from each one after their show. Hairspray is a good choice for an afternoon show. I've seen the full production before, in Toronto, and this one was good. Clever sets, fun costumes, great dancing and catchy tunes. Combine that with some good sound advice about life and love and you've got yourself a winner. Even though we had reservations for the Aqua Show, we decided on the second night to get an aerial view of the show by watching it from the small public deck, accessed at the end of the hall on Deck 14. We were lucky that the mechanical problems did not exist the week before last and the show did go on. I loved the "looking down on it all" perspective. I expected only diving and there was so much more, including trampoline work and aerial stunts. Quite a spectacle. This was the only show, however, where I thought the attempt to weave some kind of vague story around the activities going on was a bit distracting. Having said that, I was in awe over the precision achieved by these highly trained athletes. Come Fly With Me was one of my favourite shows. I loved the theme of escaping our everyday lives and transcending it all. There was a real whimsical feeling to this production. From the opening scene, which combines real film footage blended with live performance to the fantastic use of a plane on the stage in the final scene, I was completely mesmerized. Although music was important in this show, I found myself focusing on the movements of the performers. For those of you who have been following "America's Got Talent" this summer, I couldn't help but think that the wall climbing couple would have been a graceful addition to the cast of this show. My husband's favourite show was the headliner, Tony Tillman. This gentleman opened for Billy Cosby for many years and was an associate of Sammy Davis Jr. , while performing in Las Vegas. What I loved about him was his complete and utter confidence. What a seasoned performer! He truly commanded the stage and held the audience in the palm of his hand, through his sheer talent and total comfort on stage. He presents a whole range of music and he is really quite funny. He involves the audience through his song and dance routine. The big band sound of the Oasis of the Seas Orchestra backs him up and the musicians told me later how much they love working with him. It shows with the big grins on their faces and their cool synchronized moves while they are playing. Tony Tillman's version of Mister Bojangles will be one of those moments in theater that I I'll never forget - very sensitive and nuanced. I didn't want to blink for fear I would miss a passing expression on his face or a gesture in his dance. I only hope that I will get the opportunity to see him again. I love being that absorbed in a performance. The Skating Show was really enjoyable and I don't especially like figure skiing. Go figure, no pun intended. Once again, variety dominated the performance from moving romantic dances to a gaggle of ducks cavorting on blades. A prearranged ride in an ice sled pulled by the skaters delighted the four children who were chosen just about as much as it did the audience, who had the pleasure of watching the sweet little expressions on their faces. There was never a dull moment and the skaters moved with expertise and joy, resulting from the hours of practice they must put in to get to that level of expertise and perfection. The sand artist, who provides a short break in the program, was magical in her ability to tell a story by moving sand with her hands on an illuminated glass plate which projects the images on to an overhead screen. Visit YouTube, if you have never seen this kind of art before. Really, really neat. The Royal Caribbean Singers, backed up by the orchestra, perform a Summer Breeze Concert in the Aqua Theater on the fifth evening and it is a great show. I love the ambience in the theater with the seaside lounge chairs and the sultry night air. It's a really energetic show, so much so that I was dying to get up and dance. Music for the 40-50 year old crowd and it left me wanting more. Don't miss it! Another fine time took place at 5:45, just after sailaway. It was the Rockin' Rhythm Nation Parade on the Royal Promenade. They do two parades. The second is the Lollapalooza and we missed it. So much to do... so little time! It was a great start to our cruise - a really colourful swirling line of crew members in costumes, some on stilts, all singing and dancing. Unfortunately, while I did watch the parade and I did take many, many pictures, the fact that I had been awake for 30 hours, had eaten little and had just consumed the strongest Long Island Tea ever mixed, resulted in a spotty memory of the whole vent. At least I didn't try to grab the stilts from some poor kid but I was gently nudged back by friendly security people, at some point during my overly zealous picture taking. I can assure you that the fake moustache and hat that I wore for the rest of the cruise in no way detracted from my enjoyment of my remaining time onboard this glorious vessel. It did reduce the number of kisses I got from my husband, though. Last but not least - Richard Spacey. What can I say? This is a cruise director who goes beyond directing to acting. What a funny man. How he keeps up that level of enthusiasm, cruise after cruise, I will never know. It must be that he, quite simply, loves his job. His participation in the 70's disco dance party on the Promenade was too funny for words. People were too busy staring and/or laughing with him to actually dance but once it's over you want to see him do it all over, again and again. He does these little acts to warm up the audience before the main venue shows in the theater. His 6 minute montage of all the types of dancing your will see on the cruise ship must be modelled off of the "Evolution of Dance" video that went viral on YouTube a few years ago. Actually, I think Richard Spacey's version is better. His Limey Away video is a hoot and fellow Canucks should notice the Canadian Tire template ad in the last frame of the commercial. Kudos to his Canadian assistant cruise director who is a great match for his antics. I really liked them and enjoyed Spacey's never-ending supply of good humour and child-like merriment in everything he did. What a fantastic representative for RCL, and the industry, in general. Note to RCL: 1) For the love of God and all that is holy, enforce your rules. This saving of seats, before shows, has got to stop. If a family of six wants to see the show, they should have their collective bottoms firmly planted in the seats, all at one time, Why do I have to sit off to the side and six rows back because Aunt Betsy and Uncle Bob want to enjoy a few more hands of poker in the casino, before the show starts? The rule is posted in the Compass and it is announced before the show starts. There should be security people in obvious places watching for this and your employees should not be afraid to strictly enforce the rule when they see people saving seats. I always get the impression that most are afraid of a scene and that they won't be supported by management if Mr. or Mrs. Cruise Passenger decides that rules are for other people and they want to kick up a fuss. Dare to emerge as a cruise line in the industry which has rules, enforces them and backs up their employees in doing so. I saw this, one night, at the Comedy Club when two people tried to sneak their underage son into the show. Not only did the RCL employee insist that the boy leave but she also pointed out that the father had been seen on camera sneaking the kid in. I wanted to give her a medal. Mother grumbled for ten minutes and father looked and acted sheepish. There's nothing worse than "pretend rules", except for, maybe, stale potato chips or uncomfortable seats on bicycles. Note to Fellow Cruisers: 1) Make reservations for the Comedy Show, and like all shows, go early and order a drink, so that you get a good seat. Try to catch the comedians again, later in the cruise. They are that good. 2) Have your camera ready for the final bows in the show. You can get some really great shots of the cast then, since you are not allowed to take pictures during the shows, with the exception of the Ice Show. I don't recall them making an announcement to prohibit picture taking. 3) For the parades, try to get a seat in the centre area of the Promenade on the high stools near food or drink outlets. You will have a better view and you will be able to move around more, to position yourself for some good pictures. Avoid drinking a Long island Tea from Bolero's shortly before the parade begins. Tussling with security, when they try to move you over, is not a good idea. Contrary to public belief, the beds in the brig are not comfortable and the view can be beat. They do serve a nice minute steak, though. 4) For the Ice Show, try to get seats as close to the front as you can in the short end of the theater, just as you enter. The skaters will be skating toward you for most of the numbers and it is really the best spot to see the moves. 5) For the 70's Disco Dance Party, try to find a spot along the railing in the area where all the photo books are stored. Get as close to the far end as you can and you will be in the perfect spot to see the crazy antics of Richard Spacey and his gang. Food I started out cruising 20 years ago and the first ship I was on was the Sovereign of the Seas. I lived in Toronto at the time and the restaurant scene was exploding. Bars and cafes were serving food prepared in new ways, using new ingredients, flavor combinations and innovative presentations on the plate. The menus I enjoyed on the Sovereign took that to a whole new level for me and I was blown away in the early 90's by what I was served. My observation over the last few years is this. The kind of food preparation , presentation and variety we as passengers enjoyed twenty years ago, can only now be experienced in the "pay as you go" alternate dining venues onboard cruise ships today. The quality in the MDR has deteriorated. There is no question about it. Maybe we have acquired more sophisticated palates based on the plethora of restaurants available to us on land in all North American urban centers. Maybe it is because the cruise industry, in its desire to increase it's profit margin has cut corners in the dining budget. Maybe it's a combination of both. Having said that, you will not starve. There are some pretty fine meals to be had in the MDR and yes, even in the Windjammer. They just won't be there every evening, like in years gone by. When I started cruising, three course lunches were served in the MDR every day. Now on most lines they are available only on sea days. Midnight buffets were a regular event, as well as deck party buffets, and for those who remember, there was always a dessert buffet served on one evening during the cruise. Personally, I found that aspect of dining to be excessive and probably very wasteful. I often wondered what happened to the food that wasn't consumed, yet I still miss the days of fine dining in the MDR with inventive menus, and wonderful flavors and variety. In terms of the mainstream cruise lines, Carnival has emerged the winner in this category if you can stand the low ceilings and glitter everywhere you look on the ship. We were too late to make reservations in the specialty restaurants and so my review will be limited in this section to the complimentary venues for dining and snacks. In the Opal Dining Room we chose My Time Dining and generally were seated between 6:00 and 6:30 each evening. We asked the host to seat us as a table for two every day and this was done. The dining room staff went out of their way to please the passengers. Our waiter, Roshan, was unbelievably efficient in remembering what we liked and delivering the food quickly and hot to the table every night, always with a smile on his face and a gracious comment or helpful recommendation. His assistant, Keisha, was kind and charming. Both of these RCL employees will be promoted by the time I encounter them again, if I should be so lucky. Based on the choices we made in the MDR for lunch and dinner, I would recommend the following: Starters: vidalia onion tart (sensational), lobster bisque, chilled golden delicious apple soup, cream of mushroom soup, caprese salad, onion soup, creamed wild mushrooms in smoked pastry ( sensational), clam chowder Main Course: pan fried pork medallions, pan seared golden sea bass, lasagne al forno, Thai BBQ chicken breast (sensational), shrimp and mahi mahi tempura, parpedelle, stewed beef in Guiness, pulled pork sandwich (sensational), corn cake and salsa Desserts: chocolate peanut butter tart, warm almond cake, warm chocolate cake (sensational), banana cream pie, coconut cr�me Brule, peach pie, chocolate soufflE, coconut vanilla layer cake, dessert sampler - trio of three selections, key lime pie (sensational) You're on holiday and it's included in the price, so why not try Room Service. Great crispy bacon, potato patties, fresh fruit, hot steaming coffee, and a great selection of pastries and buns for a fabulous breakfast on your balcony as you pull into port early in the morning is the way to go or a cheese plate to enjoy with some wine in your cabin as you get ready for dinner, is a lovely treat. Try the honey stung chicken for lunch or a late night snack on the balcony. We used the card, hung on the doorknob for breakfast, and ordered by phone some mornings, as well, and it was all quickly delivered hot and fresh. Based on reports I had read about the Windjammer on Cruise Critic, we were pleasantly surprised. Check the boards by the elevator for how busy it is and make your plans accordingly. We had no problem finding a table by the window on a port day. The set up was really good. I always cruise the stations like a Great White Shark before I settle on my prey, I mean selections. I thought the food was really quite good, especially the beef in Guiness and the Asian selections. The Park Cafe was a gorgeous space but I wasn't as wowed by the food as I thought I would be. My husband loves roast beef sandwiches but he didn't return for a second one during the cruise. It has the smallest selection of desserts. I think children love the fact that the packages of potato chips are there for the taking - kid heaven! At the Mondo Coffee Bar, delicious small sandwiches made on different kinds of bread, are always available. Very fresh and very flavorful. Try the Tira Misu in the cup - yummy! In terms of Sorrento's Pizzeria, as my dear late mother-in-law used to say, "I wouldn't thank you for it." I wanted to like it but it lacked all the good pizza essentials - flavorful crust, fresh tasting sauce, and good cheese. We had breakfast at Johnny Rockets one morning and I was disappointed. The much touted potato breakfast concoction consisted of small home fried potatoes with sautEed vegetables and cheese minus any discernible seasonings. Service was cheerful and the ambience was very nice, though. Note to RCL: 1) Desserts are really good, but your overall menu needs tweaking. Only a few selections were really memorable. Food preparation tended toward bland flavors and presentation on the plate lacked creativity. Vegetable side dishes were, for the most part, uninspired. 2) Talk to Carnival. Note to Fellow Cruisers: 1) We have learned over the last few cruises to always consult our MDR waiter and to follow his or her advice when eating, in the same way that we adhere to the directions given on our GPS, when driving. Sometimes it sounds strange, but they know. They know. Activities We Enjoyed The ship is a marvel and when posters say that you can't do everything in the seven days, they are correct. Sad but true. We didn't rock climb, (too weak), wave surf, (too chicken), or zip line, (too late) but we did ride the carousel, (too cute), and we did build a bear, (too funny). The pools were pretty crowded. Does the term "people soup" mean anything to you? If you don't like bumping body parts with strangers go early in the morning for a refreshing dip. I still don't understand why they ruined the serenity of the cantilevered pools by installing television screens over them. The adult solarium was very pretty but very hot during the day. The little spa pool is best enjoyed in the evening. The canopied round lounge chairs are superb for relaxing and were in high demand. The Live the Oasis is a combination guide book and scavenger hunt, on sale in On Air. The book leads you to search all of the neighborhoods for answers to questions about the ship. It is loads of fun and will really broaden your experience of the ship. Apparently it all culminates in the Live the Oasis Game Show held at the end of the cruise. Yet another event we missed. I am proud to say we wrote answers for all question and if anyone has a key with the correct answers, I'd love to look at it. For those of you who scrapbook, you have hit the jackpot on this cruise. I have just joined the cult this summer and I had completed the first scrapbook of our honeymoon cruise by the end of July. I was always enticed to go to scrapbooking sessions on other cruises when I was in my "just curious" stage. Typically a largely indifferent crew member showed up in a lounge, carrying what looked to be a fishing tackle box containing assorted scissors, markers and scraps of paper. Not on the Oasis! You will have the opportunity to attend two one hour sessions every day in a fully equipped room with all kinds of equipment and supplies. Cee Cee's, ( a member of the cruise activity staff) enthusiasm for sharing scrapbooking techniques and tips is only exceeded by her sweetness! Three different packages are given to you, without charge. They include about 5 different design pages, matching accessories and accent papers. I remember one is geared toward designing pages for formal night pictures. Two large packages are available for purchase - $10.00 each. One is specific to RCL and the Oasis and the other is the set of the three packages that you receive for no charge if you attend the three sessions on the specific days on which they are offered. I dragged my husband so that we could get two packages at each session. (What we will do for love!) Skating was an absolute blast. Wear long pants and bring thick socks. The provide really good skates with excellent ankle support. You can skate for about an hour to great music and pretend that you are actually good at it. The Oasis has a really decent miniature golf course on the top level. It is pretty challenging and never so busy that it wouldn't be fun to do. Fill out your score card and keep it for a great souvenir. The art and gardens on the ship are the greatest I have ever seen. The garden tour is one thing that I missed and would love to go back and do. Staff from the gallery conduct four art tours but it is unclear until the end of the cruise that each one is different unless you have done at least two of them. It is a visually stunning ship and the art is the greatest contributing factor to this effect. I purchased "Wonderbook - The Art on Oasis of the Seas", a photo commentary guide to the art onboard and I am sorry I didn't buy the book at the start of the cruise so that I could have sought out some of the more major or interesting pieces in the onboard collection. The series of bronze cast pillars with the magnified natural collections illuminated from within are really unique and very visually captivating. I truly think you could sail this ship for a week to locate and enjoy the art, alone. Note to RCL: 1) Thank you for creating such a playground and hosting so many fun activates. My only suggestion would be to promote the art more effectively by advertising the tours more clearly in terms of the titles you use for them, providing/renting audio headsets for self -guided tours and/or providing a printed list of the bronze pillar collections and binocular collection including what's in them and where they are located so that your passengers who really appreciate art have a greater range of option for locating and enjoying the collection onboard. Note to Fellow Cruisers: 1) Don't put off activities, such as ice skating because as the week progresses the rink gets much more crowded during the public skate sessions since many people are trying to cram in what they have missed. 2) If you or you child want to build a bear, do it as early as possible. We got the last RCL captain's uniform for our bear, who we named Otis (of the Seas). They run out of the popular clothing options earlier than you think. 3) Check with Cee Cee regarding the scrapbooking schedule so that you can get all three packages or double if you can drag someone along with you. 4) Golf early in the morning. That upper deck turns into a huge baking sheet in the afternoon. Closing Remarks Everything about this cruise exceeded our expectations. (I was ready for the food to be a hit or miss experience based on my last several cruises.) We did a lot of "firsts" on this cruise, including self assisted debarkation. We'll never do the "luggage out in the hall the night before" thing again. It was so simple and so smooth. Cruising has come a long way in this department! For all of you who are planning a cruise, consider this ship. For those of you who have already booked and are anxiously awaiting your time on the Oasis, I wish you a happy, happy cruise!! I have loved doing this series of three reviews and I will conclude with some photos. I'll do a separate and final thread on food porn shots for those foodies out there who love gazing at dinner plates.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Everyone that cruises needs to see this ship or it's sister ship, Allure of the Seas, at least one time. It's truly amazing. Cabin: Very comfortable. Nice balcony with ocean view. There was plenty of storage in my opinion. ... Read More
Everyone that cruises needs to see this ship or it's sister ship, Allure of the Seas, at least one time. It's truly amazing. Cabin: Very comfortable. Nice balcony with ocean view. There was plenty of storage in my opinion. Food: Excellent. We only used the Windjammer 2-3 times: Once upon arrival on the ship and a couple of times for breakfast. It is hard to find a table, and we had a party of six. Therefore, we resorted to the main dining room for breakfast the rest of the time and the food was great. You have a choice of a buffet or ordering off the menu in the main dining room at breakfast. The dinners in the main dining room were first class. We had my time dining and usually ate between 6 & 6:30 p.m. I reserved this prior to the trip. The lines get real long starting around 7:30 p.m. So, if you think you will eat later, I definitely recommend reservations. Otherwise, you can usually walk right up and get a table. We ate at Giovanni's Table (Italian) one night, and it was excellent. Chops Grille was great, as well. For lunch, we ate at the Solarium Bistro two of the days. They have a great salad bar and other healthy choices at no charge. Other days for lunch, we grabbed a burger, hot dog, nachos, taco's, or pizza at the Wipe out Cafe near the pools. Sorrento's pizza was good for a late night snack, as well. Entertainment: Unbelievable!! "Frozen in Time" was wonderful. "Come Fly with Me" was great, too. The comedy show was very funny--both comedians kept us laughing the entire time. The "Headliner Show," starring Earl Turner, was fabulous. He is a true entertainer: Great singer and dancer. It's a Vegas-style show with a lot of audience participation. We did not see Hairspray, although I hear it's great. On a sad note, we were disappointed that the "Oasis of Dreams" show in the aqua theater did not run our entire trip. The aqua theater was broken. Although they had contractors on our cruise trying to fix it, they ended up running into other problems with software. The cruise director, Richard Spacey, is just the best. He is so funny and talented. Don't miss any opportunity you have to see him in action. He hosts the "Love and Marriage Show," which is so funny. If you miss the live show in the theater, you can view it on TV. Prior to the headliner show (with Earl Turner,) he does a 5-minute dance routine that's incredible. Also, DO NOT MISS the "70's Song Tribute" and "70's Disco Street Party" on Day 5 at 11:15 p.m. in the Royal Promenade. You will see Richard at his best. Excursions: We only did a sky ride in St. Thomas that was booked on the ship and a tour in St. Maarten that I booked privately (Bernard's Tours.) This tour was great. We really went on this cruise for the ship--not the ports of call. Bars: Quite a few bars allowed smoking, as well as the casino. On this particular ship, there are a lot of outside areas. I wish Royal Caribbean would only allow smoking outside, rather than indoors. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2010
PRE-BOARDING Check-in was SIMPLE. You will enter a large building, follow the Homeland Security staff, and wait in line according to your floor number on the ship. Have your credit card ready to be scanned on your Sea Pass card (which you ... Read More
PRE-BOARDING Check-in was SIMPLE. You will enter a large building, follow the Homeland Security staff, and wait in line according to your floor number on the ship. Have your credit card ready to be scanned on your Sea Pass card (which you will carry at all times on the ship). They will take your picture so that every time your card is scanned, your face will show up on their computer. Remember to bring some type of lanyard to wear around your neck. They will punch a hole in your Sea Pass card so that it can be with you at all times. DO NOT TAKE PICTURES while you are in the Homeland Security building. Cameras are NOT allowed. ONCE YOU ARE ON THE SHIP Once you are on the ship, you are encouraged to look around the ship and/or to eat in the Windjammer (every kind of food you could possibly imagine), Sorrento's (pizza), or the Promenade Cafe (sandwiches and desserts). You will need to wait until 1pm to get into your room. You could also bring your swimsuit and go swimming, as well. STATEROOMS The staterooms are extremely small. We had 3 adults and 1 child and fit our clothes in the large closet with hangers and small cubicles. The desk area/drawers can also be used for clothing. In a stateroom, there are twin beds and a couch that pulls out into a double bed. There is more room if the beds are put together (if you are also going to use the couch at night as a bed). The sheets and comforters are beautiful and beds are very comfortable. There IS a hair dryer but NO iron. We had a stateroom with a balcony, which was nice, but was not used much because it was so incredibly hot outside. Each stateroom has a large TV with an interactive keyboard. You can check out what is going on throughout the ship, your bill, dining options, and room service. The TV stations are limited and are pre-recorded. There is one channel for children. LAUNDRY There are NO laundry facilities on the ship. They do have laundry service BUT it is VERY expensive. On Thursday, they will offer to do one large bag of laundry (they provide it to you) for 25 dollars. It really wasn't worth it as it is just as easy to wash your clothes out in the VERY small sink and hang them on the deck. Bring a small container of laundry detergent if you do this. CLOTHING The most important item of clothing are bathing suits, cover-ups, and undergarments. Clothing can be worn over and over. Bring 2 'fancy' outfits....people wore dress pants/skirts/dresses to the formal dinners (Sunday and Thursday). A few people did wear VERY fancy clothes but this wasn't the norm. Nice capris /pants are adequate for the other nights. NO short shorts or tank tops are allowed in the dining room. In the summer months, it is VERY hot so dress accordingly. When you are on the ship, there are a few places that are outdoors and it will be very warm. Although we brought sweatshirts, we did NOT need them. DINING The dining room is the place to go for all meals? There are 3 floors....the 3rd and 4th are used for those that want set dining times (6 pm and 8 pm) and the 5th is used for the My Time Dining. The MTD is VERY nice because you can go to dinner anywhere between 5:30 (ideal time to eat) and 10:30, with or without a reservation. Breakfast can either be a ordered off of a menu or a buffet style (cut up fruit, yogurt, toppings of all kinds, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc.). Lunch can also be ordered from a menu or you can get a salad from the buffet (VERY good...). Breakfast and Lunch take place on the 4th floor. The Windjammer (located on the 16th floor and overlooks the pools) is open for all meals and has a variety of foods....more than you can imagine....buffet style. Sorrento's, Mondo's, and the Promenade Cafe are located on the Royal Promenade are open all the time. The Park Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and is located in Central Park. This restaurant is VERY cool and has some different foods that the other places don't offer. All of the other restaurants have a cover charge.....ranging from 4.95 to 75.00. If you are interested in dining there, you need to make reservations. In my opinion, Johnny Rockets is not worth it. Milkshakes are EXTRA and it cost the 4 of us 30 dollars to eat when we could have had a meal for nothing. BEVERAGES Order your soda pass card before you board. You will have your 'free' glass waiting for you in your room and you will be ready to go without the hassle of waiting in line. You can get milk/chocolate milk/lemonade/flavored water/water/coffee and tea at most dining places FOR FREE. You will pay for all other non-alcoholic, alcoholic, and specialty coffee drinks. Whether you are outside by the pool, walking through any of the public areas, or in a show, there are waiters always around asking if you want to try the drink of the day. These are NOT free and you will have to give them your Sea Pass card (which is linked to your credit card) in order to pay for them. If you have a soda pass, Coke products can be ordered for no extra charge. The bottled juice and water packages that are offered for a standard price (and are placed in your room) are NOT worth it as juice is available at all meals and water is free of charge at meals and at the bars. ENTERTAINMENT Make reservations for ALL shows before boarding. Very often, they will be full and you will need to wait in a line for a spot. Important ones: aqua show, ice-skating show, Hairspray, comic shows, and headliner shows. They are ALL worth seeing. If you are interested in ice-skating during open rink time, don't forget to bring long pants. They will provide the skates and the helmet. Children under the age of 6 will need to have a parent skate with them. INTERNET SERVICE There is an internet cafe on the 9th floor at the front of the ship. You can pay per minute or buy a block of minutes. The more you buy, the cheaper it is. I purchased 35.00 dollars worth and got .59 cents per minutes of usage. It was very easy to get on the internet....just swipe your sea pass card and you have access. You could instant message or even Skype. I had no problems at all. CELL PHONES/BEEPERS Our cell phones would probably have worked on board but we were too afraid of what the charges would be. You could rent iPhones/walkie-talkies that work only on the ship. If your child is part of the childcare program, they will give you a cell phone that can be used to call anywhere on the ship. There are phones located throughout and in your rooms to use with these on-ship only devices. IF someone needs to reach you in an emergency, they may be able to get through to your phone or they can email you or they can use this method: To speak with a passenger onboard, the caller dials 1-888-RC4-SHIP (724-7447) (United States only) or 1-732-335-3285 at a rate of $7.95 per minute. From outside the United States, an additional long distance charge will apply to the (732) number. The caller will next be prompted to enter his or her major credit card number (Visa®, MasterCard®, Discover®, American Express®, Carte Blanche®, JCB® or Diners Club®) and expiration date. The system obtains real-time validation for the charge and then initiates the call to the ship. A voice prompt will direct the caller to a specific ship. For example, "To call the Grandeur of the Seas, press 1#; to call the Rhapsody of the Seas, press 2#." Please note, billing begins when the call is first answered onboard the ship, not when the caller begins speaking with the guest. CHILDCARE If you have a child, from baby to teen, take advantage of the kids program. You can leave your child from 9-12, 2-5, and 7-10. You can leave them through lunch for a fee, through dinner if you sign up ahead of time (no fee), and after 10 for a fee. It does not start until Sunday but will continue daily until Friday evening. You are given a phone so that they can contact you while you are on the ship. You need to go to Adventure Ocean when you board and fill out the paperwork prior to leaving your child. EMERGENCY DRILL At 4:00 on Saturday, there will be an emergency drill that EVERYONE is required to attend. Make sure you look on the back of your stateroom door to see where your specific location will be and then make sure you check in at that spot. They will scan your Sea Pass card and will know if you aren't present. They will play a short emergency video. PICTURES There will be photographers taking pictures all the time but especially around dinnertime. Some take them as you are walking around the ship and others have a place where they have set up. Take advantage of this! You can visit the photo gallery located above the Royal Promenade and choose which ones you like best. Each person will have their own folders where pictures are placed. You can also access them on the many kiosks around the gallery. Pictures tend to be a bit expensive but are usually high quality. PORTS If you are having trouble deciding if you want to get off the ship at any of the ports, ask the staff members on board. They will be able to tell you if it is worth the time and effort. Most ports have piers so that you can just walk off the ship and onto the land. You will need to carry your Sea Pass card as well as passport/photo ID. It is a very easy process. If you do decide to stay on the ship, it is a great time to be at the pool as they are virtually empty. 99% of the people do get off at the different ports. This was the BEST vacation I have ever taken. The ship is magical, the staff is wonderful, and the entertainment is spectacular. Take advantage of everything it has to offer? Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We arrived in Ft Lauderdale the Friday before. We stayed at the Gallery One Hotel using some points. (not a bad place see trip-advisor for info!) So, we've read all of the reviews about how easy it was to move 6000+ passengers ... Read More
We arrived in Ft Lauderdale the Friday before. We stayed at the Gallery One Hotel using some points. (not a bad place see trip-advisor for info!) So, we've read all of the reviews about how easy it was to move 6000+ passengers through embarkation. Well, they were right! We actually got to the ship a little earlier than normal thinking that the lines might be a little difficult. We walked up to the desk area and never had another person in front of us. From the time we arrived at the pier to the time aboard the ship, it might have been 15-20 minutes and that is only because the gentleman checking us in was new. we made sure that we didn't bring hand carry luggage on board. These couple of hours made if possible to tour the ship. It was great. The rooms were available when they said they would be and bags arrived before 5.00. Tips 1. Go to floor 11, starboard side. Walk to the back of the ship. There is a private balcony where you can watch the wall climbers and anything at the water show. Beautiful views. 2. Spend a morning in the Solarium - but be sure to get a "papasan" chair. It looks like the chairs that you always see in Pier 1. It has a sun cover on it, and it is a great place to read, nap, watch people go by. Just watch out where you sit in the solarium, the area can get a little warm if you don't catch a good breeze. 3. To get to the very front of this ship you can only get starboard side access. I can't remember which floor it is, but it directly below the pool level. I think you want to go to 14, and walk all the way to the front. Again, you would never know how to go there if you don't explore a little. 4. Spend time in Central Park after dark. Very romantic and pretty. I also recommend you have an early morning cup of coffee here and look at all of the plants/flowers. Food I actually think we had too much food on this trip. We had seats in the main dining room that were only OK. They actually sat us by ourselves. Chops- The same as other RCCL ships. Food was good, but the staff was overwhelmed on the two times we went. Giovanni's - Food was good, not great. I don't think we would go back. It could be that we were just not hungry enough. If you still go, be sure to get an antipasto plate. I could have had that for dinner. Chefs Table - Great experience. We really enjoyed ourselves. Best meal of the trip. If you're able to splurge a little, do this one dinner. Breakfast - Want a pleasant experience? Go to the solarium for breakfast. The food is fresh, healthy and you don't have to dodge a hundred people. Too light of a breakfast for you, don't worry, there will be plenty other places to go. Wine Bar - We had tapas one night for dinner. Something a little lighter. I miss the wine bar being on the main promanade. This one is in the Central park area and it was a little to warm at night to sit out. Ports Nassau - Never been a fan. St Thomas - Due to some of the bad press and the unfortunate death of a 16 year old, we decided to go to St. John and snorkel. Bimini Breeze was the ship and we enjoyed ourselves. St Maarten - Went to Orient Beach Via taxi for a few hours. Beautiful. Worth seeing. Then we went to one of my highlights. We went to Sunset beach. We saw a show on discovery channel (?) about the 20 most unusual airports and they mentioned St. Maarten. The runway is about 40 yards from the beach. 737's 747's land and take off on a regular basis. It's not that we have not seen an airport before, it just that you can see the planes coming at you and they look like they're going to land right on top of you. Shows Skating show - I've seen the other ones and really didn't plan to go to this one. We found ourselves really surprised. It was great. The costumes were incredible. They had a feature that I hope everyone has a chance to see. It an artist that draws with sand. I could never explain it to you - it is worth seeing Comedy Show - Good. also saw the improv show. Water show - They could not get the stage to work and we never got to see the show. They teased us by showing a previous show on the large TVs and in our rooms. We were disappointed. The ship I'll come back to the fact that we kept reading about how there are over 6000 people on this ship and it was not crowded. Well, we have to agree. A couple of times the pool was a little over crowded, but it was usually noon to 3:00 and we were gone by then. The casino is split into two. one area for smoking, one non-smoking. The staff was incredible. In all, I never came across one crew member that was not enthusiastic, helpful, attentive or ambivalent. This was by far one of the best crews that I've ever seen on ANY ship. Even the captain was personable. He gives a one hour background about the ship and answers questions from the crowd. The Rooms - Our room was fine - in fact the layout of having the closet facing the bead was a benefit to us. It seemed to keep the room a little more tidy. Here is my only disappointment. The balcony. For the first time ever, I didn't like it. It felt too small. It didnt' help that it was one of the first August cruses that we have taken in a long time. It WAS HOT. You couldn't leave the sliding door open without the room heating up fast! Book it. Have fun. Bring friends. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Well......what a great way to spend 8 days with your children and grandchildren. Our daughter got married on board in the chapel,it was a lovely tranquil place and very well done. Our son proposed to his girlfriend in St Maarten in the ... Read More
Well......what a great way to spend 8 days with your children and grandchildren. Our daughter got married on board in the chapel,it was a lovely tranquil place and very well done. Our son proposed to his girlfriend in St Maarten in the sea! We celebrated 3 birthdays for our 4yr granddaughter and 8 and 9yr grandsons and had cakes for all 3 occasions too!. This was the families first cruise........our 5th.....3 with RCI and 1 with Princess Grand and Celebrity Eclipse in Apr this year. We absolutely loved this ship and everything about it...never crowded at all......there are so many eateries on board that you never have to wait...... The windjammer is much smaller than all the others on board RCI.....but it has to be because of the many other venues to eat in. The food was lovely.........however......I think salt is used far too much...... I didn't like the veg because of this..not to mention blowing up ankle/legs etc and when you drink the water/juice that is made with desalinated water it has to have it in it too. I have spoken to many people who cruise and have swollen feet/ankles legs and bodies and it goes when you return home so come on cruise lines..take the salt out!.just don't use it!. No job was too much trouble...our waiters in the main dining room were excellent too! The cabins were no different to any other D1 Balcony we have had........apart from nowhere near enough drawer space.....actually only 2 use-able ones really. Shower room was nice and the interactive TV helps very much to keep an eye on your acc.....just in case for any errors....which we did have ..but was soon rectified. The pools were lovely....but cannot see the point of a salt water pool........especially if you want to do a late night swim with the kiddies..all the others were shut off.....even though it is said 24/7 swimming. The Carousel was not working for the first couple of days but after then it did......BIG disappointment was the Aqua pool at the back of the ship......never worked at all... Considering RCI have made billions in past years.....I don't think it would hurt them for once to actually refund a good amount......not a small token....... When something is not doing what it is suppose to do......and this along side the Carousel was a huge thing for us having 4 kids with us....... That said.......although its size was huge..we would not let it stop us from using it again.......... Yes smaller ships are more desirable maybe if you want small numbers milling around.......but we never found the Oasis crowded at all EVER......well maybe the lifts sometimes...... The shows on board were very good,colourful and entertaining too. The Central Park was lovely..and the Boardwalk was a nice place to walk around too... We did miss the midnight Buffets they usually do....we also didn't see ANY ice/food carvings at all.and we had told all our family it was something to look forward to seeing.... Overall.we all had a fab time,wedding,engagement and 3 bdays..how will we top that....we won't! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Took a same day flight from EWR (Newark NJ) to FLL. 815 am flight arrived in FLL by 1145 am and picked up the luggage and walked to take a taxi to the port. Traveled with 7 people total in our party. Cab fare was 14.00 and took no more ... Read More
Took a same day flight from EWR (Newark NJ) to FLL. 815 am flight arrived in FLL by 1145 am and picked up the luggage and walked to take a taxi to the port. Traveled with 7 people total in our party. Cab fare was 14.00 and took no more than 8 minutes. You can see the ship from the airport! Check in was quick as they divided you up by decks. We were on the ship within 12 minutes. Ate lunch at the Park cafe and experienced how good those freshly carved roast beef sandwiches were. The cafe is cute and has made to order salads and assorted sandwiches and paninis. The tables fill up quickly so you may need to eat at a table outside. Brought our bathing suits with us in our carry on, so we went straight to the solarium to grab a cabana and enjoy the pool while it is quiet. Went back to room before the assembly drill (no life jackets). After the drill, settled in the room and noticed only one luggage. Out room attendant said the other luggage might be by security. Went there and it was. The wife brought an IRON , and we were not aware of the no iron policy. lol. The beds are super comfortable and even my wife was happy with them. She is very picky on the softness of the beds. Took advantage of My time dining. We set it for 6 pm each day and were able to get same table and same waiters. There was very little wait around the 6 pm time and when we left the dining room around 715- 730 there were lines for the dining room. Ate most nights in the main dining room for dinner. We all enjoyed our Waiter Alfredo, and assistant Jose. The food was very good. I always enjoy the food on Royal. Do want to say that the head waiter Murat was always by to make sure everything was good and made sure my wife would have her lactose free milk. Ate at Izumi japanese and sushi restaurant. It was excellent for both lunch and dinner. The prices were very reasonable. There was no problem finding lounge chairs and even found some in the shaded areas. The solarium was our favorite hang out , but it was difficult finding a cabana. Enjoyed hair spray. Frozen in time was awesome! Come Fly with me was really good. Some members of my group saw the comedy show. They enjoyed one of the comedians and said the other one was not as funny. The headliner show was not to my liking, so didnt stay for it. Due to technical difficulties the Oasis of Dreams show was not shown. They worked each day to present the show but could not get it up and running. The last couple of days the put together some parts of that show and the splish splash show and presented what they called " Aqua theater showcase" It was 30 mins long and featured the divers, acrobats, some fountain special effects and sync swimmers. The show turned out very good and we were happy that we could see some form of a aqua show. Richard Spacey was very funny as the cruise director. The crew was exceptional!! Everyone provided excellent service. Didnt feel too crowed at all. Got to do zip line and the boogie boarding on one of the flow riders. Go right when they open to avoid the long waits. Enjoyed the carousel and boardwalk area. So much to do and so little time. Couldnt get everything accomplished so in a few years will have to go back! The ship is stunning!! So large and beautiful. It does require a lot of walking, and you will get turned around. Loved the interactive screens near the elevators. Cant wait to go back one day on Oasis or on Allure. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
I booked this cruise in 2008 around the time the ship was being built through my travel agent. My adult son and adult daughter and her boyfriend also booked.We started our vacation on August 19th and boarded Amtrak at 4:18 pm with my son ... Read More
I booked this cruise in 2008 around the time the ship was being built through my travel agent. My adult son and adult daughter and her boyfriend also booked.We started our vacation on August 19th and boarded Amtrak at 4:18 pm with my son from Trenton, NJ. We traveled in a sleeper car and arrived in Ft Lauderdale on the 20th around 6 pm. The ride was very comfortable. We headed to the Hilton Marina which is right across the street from the pier. Check in was about 5 mins and we were up to our room and then headed for a pizza place to eat. When we got back, we went for a swim until 10 pm in the hotel pool. The next day, we gathered our belongings and waited for my daughters call. She was coming in with her boyfriend from LaGuardia airport. She arrived and called me and then we met up at the pier. We all got to the port by cab. Our time for check in went pretty smoothly, it only took about 15 mins to board the ship. When check in got to us, for some reason our photo wouldn't come out, so we had to wait till we boarded the ship and then had our photos taken for our ship card. Our first impression of the ship was WOW, you couldn't tell it was a ship...it kinda looked like a shopping mall to me. By this time we were all hungry ,so we decided to go to central park and try the roast beef sandwich in the park cafe.I couldn't believe how good the sandwich was...melted right in your mouth and from that day on, I knew I was going to be gaining some weight on this cruise. We spent around one hour looking around the ship and then went to our rooms. We were in a D8 oceanview balcony room 7664...I couldn't believe how great I did at picking a room.....Go down one floor, your in boardwalk, go up one floor your in central park and go down two floors, your in the royal prom. It was so convienent. We were pretty close to the elevators, but never heard a sound. Absolutely loved my room. My son was in an inside, same floor room 7677 and my daughter was in 7501, in the front of the ship.My cabin stewart was named Cat for short...he had a very long name and it was hard to spell. The first night we had the Aqua show booked, but it wss cancelled that night due to staging difficulties and was rescheduled for tuesday. The next day was our sea day. It was also our cruise critic meeting. It was in Dazzles lounge. We were greeted by a RC employee and had so much fun meeting everyone. We all talked awhile, joked around about what we have been writting about on cruise critic. It just seemed like we knew each other forever. I have made alot of new cruising friends who I want to keep in touch with and hopefully cruise again with them...these were a great group of people. After walking around the ship and finding alot of things to do on the sea day, we also had a reservation to see "Hairspray" which was fantastic...I loved it. The next day, August 23, we were to arrive in Labadee, Haiti. I woke up early cause I heard the ship docking and took a look out my balcony window and then opened the door an felt the heat hit me in the face. Haiti is an amazing place, but I couldn't help thinking that behind those beautiful mountains there are people still struggling with the disaster that hit them months ago. My husband and I looked around, went to see the Dragon's breath point and then headed for the beach. It was over 100 degrees there, 115 heat index. I floated aound on a mat which is 12 dollars for the day and tried to get some shade in a cabana. I attended the beach bbq and then headed back to the ship to enjoy more time there. My kids were still on an excursion and got back later. I spent alot of my time in the adult area on the ship and in the hot tub hanging over the ship. Our next port was Costa Maya, Mexico.... I really expected to see more here....there is a beach when you get off the ship, but there are alot of rocks in the water and the water was pretty rough,There also are alot of bugs and I got bit there. We never did get to swim in the ocean. My daughter and her boyfriend rented a golf cart there and went to a beach...when she came back she had a surprise for me....she got engaged...at this point, the whole family was so happy for them. They brought tears to my eyes when they told me. There is a pool along the coast line and we spent some time there and then looked in the shops and went back to the ship to spend more time at the pool...Enjoying the Ship was my main thing to do. Our next port was Cozumel, Mexico.... We took a cab to Mr. Sanchos beach which was pretty nice, but nothing was included there except they did have a small pool. You can go horseback riding for 30 dollars, do the banana boat and there is a kiddy park with trampolines and activities for the kids, but all for a fee. We didn't buy anything there and was told if we didn't buy a drink we had to move our chair to another part of the beach away from the bar...we stayed awhile and then took another cab to San Miguel to do some shopping. While we were there, we visited Margarittaville. I bought some gifts and in the back there is a swimming area. Alot of the excursions are there...such as helmit dive and diving. Me and my son did some snorkeling, but then again, the water was rough. We ordered a soda there and then I realized after drinkiing it, the ice cubes were made with their water...Oh well, I thought for sure we would all get sick, but so far we didn't. Here is alittle about the ship...Oasis is amazing.The service is great, the food is fantastic and everything was just so perfect. I do have to mention the ship is so clean and still looking very new. We experienced all the show except the aqua show cause our dining staff was talking with us. Our dining room waiter was Michelle and Gail was our assistant waiter. The cruise director, Richard Spacey was so funny....loved him. The Capt. was also a pleasure.... We attended the ice show...a don't miss, the 70's party, and all the parties in the royal prom...all very colorful and fun.T There was a concert movie in the Aqua theater that we attended. We saw a show staring Kenny James from star search, he has a great voice and loved the show. We attended the Capts. question and answer session which was also interesting. Our disembarkment went smoothly, we did the walk off because our train was to arrive early. Our trip home was 30 hours total, but it was worth it and still very comfortable on Amtrak. I have nothing more to say about this beautiful ship and I'm hoping to get to cruise again with Royal Caribbean on either the "Oasis" again or the newer ship Allure of the Seas. I'm am sure missing those roast beef sandwiches. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
BACKGROUND: Who we is: Old folk (David 71/Jackline 67). Retired and live full time in Mexico. From the day I (David) read about the Oasis, I wanted to go on it. Mainly, I wanted to see the ship and if I could have taken a "cruise ... Read More
BACKGROUND: Who we is: Old folk (David 71/Jackline 67). Retired and live full time in Mexico. From the day I (David) read about the Oasis, I wanted to go on it. Mainly, I wanted to see the ship and if I could have taken a "cruise to nowhere" for one night, I would have done that (price was a consideration). But finally we couldn't resist. Started cruising in February, 2008 and this was our 12th. cruise. Started with Princess (Jackline is a former employee) but when David found RCI, he was hooked. He loves the "life" on RCI ships; especially the rock wall, flowrider, parades and ice shows. Fast Forward to our Oasis cruise. As for the ship, "AWESOME PLUS" only half says it. POSITIVE POINTS: Lots to do and while we would have preferred "Chicago" over "Hairspray," the production was GREAT!! Same for the ice show and "Fly With Me." Best cruise director going. Service, across the board: on a scale of 1 to 10 was a 12, but that's pretty much the standard with RCI. Very nice cabin and no problems with the noise level, though we overlooked the park; might have been different if it was Broadway. Good value for the ship/cruise experience. We have done this itinerary several times so destinations mean little. The average age seemed to be in the 40s with many children, some "old farts" (I'm the leader of the pack in this area) and some of the younger set. Jackline would prefer the more mature and "sedate" group but I don't want the what seems to me to be the "sedentary" groups you find on the more "formal" lines. Everything is a trade-off. DOWNSIDES: There were mechanical problems with the water show but what they did put on was great. We don't fault the Oasis since nothing is perfect and I'm sure there is some law of physics that says something such as "All functioning systems tend to break down." So it happens but everyone did their best. Much more "pay" places than I would have liked to see, but considering the great deal "basic" cruising is the best vacation deal going. And of course, RCI probably loses $$ on us since we don't drink (alcohol or soda), and our onboard shopping in nil. There was/is a problem with some of the automatic sliding doors from inside to the outside (several of the doors). The doors only open half-way causing us to hit our shoulders since we are use to walking in side-by-side; should be fixed. There was a strong "sewage" odor in the hallway near our cabin and at other random places on the ship for the first few days. At breakfast time, the Windjammer was packed to the gills and lots of high-level noise. A high noise level was more the norm than in other ships we had been on. Saw lots of people who could not find a seat that filled their plates and took them outside (deck or cabin?) MAJOR DOWNSIDE: There was a group of about 6-7 children (7-12 years) who were constantly running down the halls, jumping down the stairs and sliding down the handrails. I finally stopped one (male, about 12) and did my "grumpy old man" routine and told him if they didn't cool it, I would get them a tour of the brig (they don't know there isn't one). No problem I saw after that encounter. But seriously, I fault the parents or adults who should control their charges. Lots of people can create bottlenecks, but we knew that would/could happen and so it's not a major downside. REQUEST(S) TO RCI (applies to all ships): Get more closed caption movies/shows on the TV. If that isn't possible, please let us use the HDMI input on the TV so we can see our own videos from our computer that have subtitles/closed caption. We're adults and are not going to harm the TV. SUGGESTION TO RCI. You have a beautiful car parked right by Guest Relations without not only a rope around it, but not even a sign saying not to climb on it. I saw one instance of a woman/mother with 3 children talking on a communication device for 2-4 minutes while her kids climbed on and over the car. Maybe she was blind; I don't know. I reported it to Guest relations but they didn't seem to care. Being a (former) car collector, I appreciate the cars on the RCI ships and hate to see damage to such a beauty. Just my thoughts. COMMENTS ON FOOD: For the most part, the food in the dining room was excellent. We had read a lot of reviews that really derided the food (on cruises generally) but we had no problems with the food. With the above said: The windjammer is another story. First, we totally understand having to cook for a massive amount of people where things are made in advance. We also know that tastes in food vary so "industrial" cooking has to be very middle-of-the-road. For the most part, the desserts overall were, IMHO, poor; bland and often more crust than substance. There was occasional good stuff, but that seemed the exception, and I know these things are very subjective. Most of the Windjammer meats were overcooked and dry and often had what I describe at being like jerky without the flavor. We have learned to choose dishes with sauces that will add flavor and moisture. CONCLUSION. Loved the ship and the experience, and looking forward to being "Diamond" in a few more cruises. Would I book the Oasis/Allure in the future? Probably not. A few too many people for me and for a lot less cost, I can have the things I like on a Freedom or Liberty Class RCI ship. BUT, if there is going to be a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," well, Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Friday August 27 and stayed at the Ramada Airport because they offer free shuttle service to the cruise port. The shuttle had us at the port by 11:45 am and we were quickly checked in and on board by noon. ... Read More
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Friday August 27 and stayed at the Ramada Airport because they offer free shuttle service to the cruise port. The shuttle had us at the port by 11:45 am and we were quickly checked in and on board by noon. We went to the Windjammer to grab a bite to eat before it got to crowded and had a nice lunch before going to check out our cabin and the rest of this beautiful ship. Our cabin was handicap accessible because we had to get a scooter for my husband to get around on, the scooter was fully charged when we got to the cabin which was a nice surprise.The cabin was a nice size, bigger than I expected. I also liked the size of the bathroom, it had a lot of shower room. I have to say that I was not at all disappointed by the beauty of the ship I was however disappointed in the fact that I didn't feel like I was on a ship at all. I felt like I was in a high end shopping mall. My son who is 11 signed up for the kids club and went only once, he likes to be able to go there and do his own thing with the video games but on this trip things seemed more organized and planned out than had been on other cruises. Which was fine because he spent more time at the kids pool and met a nice group of kids that he played with all week. The food on the ship I found was average, the only time we ate at the Windjammer was the first day, after that we weren't able to get in there for breakfast or lunch. As other people had commented it was definitely too small a space for a ship that holds over 6000 people. The dinning room was nice our waitress and assistants were great and couldn't do enough for us. Again the food in the dinning room was good but not outstanding. We did opt to dine at Chops one night...I have to say this was the BEST meal I have ever had. The steaks were out of this world, and well worth the $25 surcharge. We also ate at Johnny Rockets and the Seafood Shack for lunch, the food at both places was good. My son loved the milkshakes at Johnny Rockets,a nice treat on a cruise ship. The entertainment was GREAT. Richard was a great cruise director, I started to look forward to his saying "I love you" after his announcements. The 70's salute was great so many people dancing and enjoying the disco music was great. We also so the water show which was amazing, the headliner show featuring the Unexpected Boys was good, I'm not a big Four Seasons fan but I thought it was good. We were supposed to go to St. Thomas and St Martin but were detoured because of storms. we wound up in Costa Maya and Cozumel, I wasn't too disappointed in this at first because I knew there was a Margaritaville in Cozumel that I had wanted to go to. Unfortunately the day we were there the Freedom of the Seas and a Carnival ship were also there and I don't think the small area was prepared for that many people,we made it through the maze of tiny shops to the spot to get the cabs only to be met by thousands of other people also trying to get a cab. We decided to by a few things for the family at home and then make our way back to the ship and just hang by the pool. We didn't get off in Costa Maya either. On Saturday we were back in Fort Lauderdale by 5am. We opted for express check out and carried our baggage off ourselves. We were walking off the ship at 6:15 and we were at the airport by 6:45. had I know this I would have booked an earlier flight. All in all I would say that I would recommend the Oasis of the Seas to anyone that has cruised before, I don't think it would be a good first cruise for anyone. I also don't recommend it for people that have disabilities like my husband. He didn't take the scooter to the pool deck because it was always so crowded and trying to find a place to sit was sometimes a challenge. I don't think I am going to be doing Oasis again or Allure but instead will stick to smaller ships where I won't feel quite so overwhelmed. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
I have been day dreaming ever since I returned from this cruise. I especially loved sitting on the Promenade Deck, and watching the other people go by. I loved the drinks at the Globe and Atlas especially the BBC, and the pizzas at ... Read More
I have been day dreaming ever since I returned from this cruise. I especially loved sitting on the Promenade Deck, and watching the other people go by. I loved the drinks at the Globe and Atlas especially the BBC, and the pizzas at Sorrentos were great! I was with ten other friends and family and we dined together every evening which made it even more enjoyable. The shows that we signed up for was fabulous and I advise anyone to sign up for the shows prior to going on the cruise as there were lines trying to get into each one. The staff was helpful, courteous, friendly. I was pleasantly surprised by the check in process, I fully expected to wait hours as I have done before with other cruise lines to board the ship. This is not the case with the Oasis. I had a balcony stateroom and it was comfortable and had lots of room under the bed for our luggage. My boyfriend is 63 and this was his first cruise and he remarked," after this there is no going backwards in our choice of cruises and cruise lines." I have been on many cruises but I can with all sincerity say this was the absolute best. I want to now go on the Allure when it is ready. I recommend this cruise with great enthusiasm. There is something for all ages. I was thrilled when I rode the carousel, and it brought me back to my childhood and happy days riding the carousel at Coney Island. This is a precious memory for me now riding the carousel on the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
Getting on the ship was seamless. The easiest boarding process of any cruise I've ever taken and this is the largest ship out there. It was very easy and the people were very nice. The boat was breath taking. We went to the Solarium ... Read More
Getting on the ship was seamless. The easiest boarding process of any cruise I've ever taken and this is the largest ship out there. It was very easy and the people were very nice. The boat was breath taking. We went to the Solarium and the food was delicious. I love eating healthy so this place was the spot. They served fruit flavored water that was refreshing and there were at least two flavors. Our rooms were clean and nice. I don't recommend the balcony boardwalk because it is noisy. They practice for shows out there and its really hard to rest at times. If ever on this boat again I would try to face the ocean or a central park balcony. Also kids, kids everywhere and no parental oversight! I've never noticed kids on any ship more than this one. I almost thought the kids programs were closed because they were everywhere and in the way. In Boleros at night (Latin dance club) all over the elevators and pow wows on the stairs... Loud rowdy behavior in the elevators... Not sure why the curfews were not enforced but they weren't. Teens and tweens were up in the food areas and main areas of the boat all hours of the night and it was just annoying. The dance clubs need to be 30+. They were 18+ and many times we found ourselves in these clubs with more kids than adults. They acted like kids too which really impacted my enjoyment level. I'm 42 and don't want to party with 18 year olds. The DJ played this techno music that I hated. When I asked him to change it he said he had to play something for everyone and I said well you've maxed out on this so let's move on! Not so. I won't ever take a cruise when school is out. We left on 8/21. The food... the dining room food was excellent. I didn't have time to do any specialty spots since I was with family most of the time but the Solarium was good, the Park Cafe had the best tuna I've ever eaten hands down and the buffet - windjammer - was marginal at best. The fitness center on the boat was superior to any gym I've ever been to and that is a powerful statement. It's really nice with the best and enough equipment to have a good workout. The shows were awesome. Hairspray and the 70s parade were awesome. The comedy show (according to my aunt because I missed it) was awesome too. The Solarium area was serene and for adults wanting peace and quiet. The drinks were good (albeit expensive) but worth it. The ports of call were so-so. We were cussed out in Haiti for not buying stuff. Sheesh! Mexico is Mexico... Don't expect magic at the ports. The computerized system on the boat is awesome. You can use them to find your way around the boat. Made it so easy. You can see and use the Internet in your room. Much better than using an Internet cafe. Stores on the boat were nice. Coach store didn't have many options but it was nice to look. Cruise Critic meeting was as you would have expected. For my ship they were mostly older people... There is a lot to do on the boat. We couldn't do it all but we did what we could. There are smoking/non-smoking areas around the boat so you don't feel smoked out like on some of the other boats. What a beautiful and modern ship. It DID NOT feel like there were so many people on the boat AT ALL. I've feel more crowded on smaller boats. They do need to make the clubs and other venues larger to accommodate the people that might come to an event but again, it didn't feel crowded (in a bad way) ever. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2010
We flew in a day ahead of time. Stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th st. Less then 5 minutes from the port. We were on the 6th floor and could see the OASIS in port Saturday morning. We checked out at noon time. Took the hotel shuttle to ... Read More
We flew in a day ahead of time. Stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th st. Less then 5 minutes from the port. We were on the 6th floor and could see the OASIS in port Saturday morning. We checked out at noon time. Took the hotel shuttle to the terminal. Cost was $7 per person. Make sure you have change or it will cost you $20. They won't have change. We dropped our luggage with the curbside porters. Then headed in. We were checked in, on board, in our room, in our bathing suits, and in the pool with a drink by 1:15pm. I was shocked. But officially on vacation. When you get your SEAPASS they will take your picture. They use a photo recognition system. It is amazing. Every picture they take of you will be placed in a file for you to look at when you want. At the end of the cruise you will have the option of purchasing a book with some of the photos taken. You get to choose the pictures you want. The book cost $99. The cd with all the photos on it cost $395. SO if you see a photographer have them take your picture. The book is designed to have photos from certain parts of the ship. If you don't have your picture taken on the boardwalk then it will put in a generic photo in that part of the book. We had formal pictures taken both nights and at three different locations. Get there early on formal night because EVERYONE will get their pictures taken. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THEM. But if you take enough of them you can get them in the book. We had an inside cabin on the 14th deck. Room 14675. Located right by the stairs and the elevators. Close to food, and pools. At the end of our hall is the hidden balcony that over looks the Aqua theater. The room was shockingly comfortable. But we didn't spend a lot of time in it. Just slept. Bed felt almost like home. All the info you need is on the interactive TV. Check dinner menus, how busy dinning places are at that moment. Check you bill, or see what is happening that night. I bought the soda package for just me. I had about 5 sodas every night a dinner. Just show your SEAPASS and you can fill up the cup they give you, or just get a plastic cup. If you don't drink a lot of soda, there is lemonade and some kind of flavored water, or ice tea in the dinning areas to drink. FREE ICE CREAM CONES. I think I had about 20 cones over the 7 days. There are machines in between the four pools and in the wipe out cafe. Yes there is a CUPCAKE STORE. Offering flavors like apple pie, root beer and CREAMSICLE. It you see one you like spend the $2.50 and get it then. They didn't last. I never got to try the apple pie. I got to ride the flow-rider during the ADULTONLY hours. OMG what a blast. I'm 47 and I was like a little kid. No wonder there is always a line. Go early and try it. The supervisors there were VERY HELPFUL in learning how to ride. Now I kinda wish I took the private lessons. Waited about 10 minutes for the zip line. Walk right in for the rock climbing, and walked right out with NUMB fingers. IT IS NOT EASY. SHOWS- all were fantastic. LOVED Come fly with me. Love and marriage show and THE QUEST is a must do. I am still sore from laughing. I only wish they did it more then one night. LABADEE-You can get off the ship and go to the beach at Labadee. Go past the GOLD CARD private beach and take a right. This will bypass the market place and bring you right to the beach. The meal on the beach had a large variety including RIBS. We rented a mat and floated all day. GREAT PICTURES from the beach with the OASIS right behind you. We were the first on the beach due to me riding the ZIP LINE at 8 am. I was told that sometimes they have to close it due to high winds in the afternoon. SO get up early an hit the beach. Take a nap on the hammock or in the SHADE. I didn't listen to my wife and got burned. BRING something for your feet on the decks. The areas around the pool and the solarium get VERY HOT. They offer towels for the pools. You put the deposit ($20) on your SEAPASS card. They take it off when you return it at the end of the cruise. You can exchange the towel as many times as you want. The WINDJAMMER was always packed during the middle of the day. We went twice. Could never find a place to sit and never went back. Johnny Rockets was $4.95 extra for lunch. I thought it was worth it. Breakfast was FREE there. As for the dinning room. We ate at the 8:30 sitting with our group. Three of the nights we were the only couple in our area of 4 tables. The menu had 4 regular items every night. I am a picky meat and potato guy. I had the chefs recommendation 4 nights and loved them all. I even had two entrees a few times. No one can due justice about describing this ship. It needs to be experienced to be believed. I miss it all ready. I thought it was funny that the two magazines in the cabin had Leonardo and Kate on the covers. COSTA MAYA-Didn't do much at this port. Could go to the beach, to rocky. But spent money. We went to Diamonds Internationals. I bought the CROWN of LIGHT. It was a 21 years of marriage gift. I got 68% off the retail value. Plus if I bring it back in a few years they will give me what I paid for it towards and upgrade. The ships shopping expert just happened to be there and helped me buy it. Said it was a great deal. My wife was SHOCKED and thats all that matters. I would have prefered a second day at Labadee instead of Costa Maya. COZUMEL-Here we did THE SECRET AMAZING RIVER. This is a must to do. It was the high light of our vacation. Discovered 4 years ago. Open to the public 2 years ago. This is outstanding to experience. First my wife hates the water if it is over her head and she is not to thrilled with tight spaces. She was skeptical about this trip. SHE WAS THRILLED that she did it. I was proud of her for trying it. You are given a wetsuit, life-vest, water shoes, and a lighted helmet. Then you go into the cave. About 45 feet underground. The water was 75. IT WAS DARK and beautiful at the same time. NO CAMERAS. They take photos for you and offer them for $59. They will give you about 70 pictures on the CD. I thought it was a good value. Great quality in the photos. They serve a small snack. Its not a lunch so don't expect much. If you can't go 6 hours without eating bring a snack from the ship. The total time was 6 hours but we were in the cave for only a little less then 2. You start off walking, at times you are waist deep, and then there is about a 10 minute time where you have to swim, but the wet suits make it easier. I thought it was easier swimming then walking. Walking in the water was the hardest because you could really see where you were putting your feet even though the water was crystal clear. I am a stay at home dad and my wife is a 1st grade teacher. DO NOT MISS THIS EXCURSION. It is something you will never forget. I PROMISE. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We did back to back cruising on 21st august 2010 western caribbean, then eastern but unfortunately hurricane earl was due to hit St Thomas so we re visited Costa Maya and Cozumel. A little disappointed but we would rather be safe than ... Read More
We did back to back cruising on 21st august 2010 western caribbean, then eastern but unfortunately hurricane earl was due to hit St Thomas so we re visited Costa Maya and Cozumel. A little disappointed but we would rather be safe than travel in bad weather. We were celebrating our silver wedding and can only praise the whole ship and service as fabulous. We had late sitting for dining 8.30pm Opus dining room fab waiters were really great. we ate out in chops grille, giovannis, seafoodshack,johnny rockets and chefs table, all food was fab we particularly loved the chefs table. The ship was full both weeks but at no time did we feel it was overcrowded. Central Park was our favourite place and we are wine lovers so visited Vintages on more than one occasion. Managed to see all the shows over the two weeks Oasis of Dreams was our favourite with Hairspray a close second. We were very impressed at how quickly the check in process was and on change over day we disembarked and visited fort lauderdale for the day then re joined the ship which went very quickly an smoothly. Our Steward Henry was very helpful and cheerful he did a great job looking after us so well and we loved all the work he put into the animal towels. We would definitely cruise again on oasis and hope to visit the eastern Caribbean. 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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