Sail Date: August 2013
I had a marvelous, relaxing solo cruise on the Oasis of the Seas from August 31-September 7 2013. I'm not going to try to provide an hour-by-hour travelogue, but rather to give a few impressions that still stay with me now, 3 weeks ... Read More
I had a marvelous, relaxing solo cruise on the Oasis of the Seas from August 31-September 7 2013. I'm not going to try to provide an hour-by-hour travelogue, but rather to give a few impressions that still stay with me now, 3 weeks after I boarded for the cruise. I'm Elite on Celebrity so had my travel agent sign me up for the Crown and Anchor Society, and took advantage of one of their sales to book a 110% single supplement solo balcony cabin for a very reasonable price less than 2 weeks before sailing. Living in Florida has its advantages! I was very excited about the chance to try out one of the biggest cruise ships in the world--definitely the ship was the destination for me, and not the ports. I immediately joined the Cruise Critic roll call and signed up for the meet & mingle. As usual, fellow roll-call participants gave me great advice and got me a group to travel with to Nachi Cocom on our Cozumel port day. (Nachi was fantastic, by the way--believe those good reviews on Trip Advisor!) I pre-paid online for parking with Park-n-Go and they were just great. Way less expensive than port parking, were available with their bus early the morning we returned (no waiting in the rain at 7 a.m. for them!) and even gave me a bottle of cold water for my drive home. I wish the Miami port had them too! Drove in the morning of the cruise, arrived at Park-n-Go about 11 and was onboard the Oasis by about 11:45. (The embarkation process was great and very quick as well--and disembarkation was almost equally painless though there was a few minute wait to get through customs as when I first got in line they only had 2 agents--they opened a 3rd booth within a few minutes though.) Based on what I'd read on the RC boards on Cruise Critic, I was expecting the Diamond evening event on Oasis to be just free beer & wine, but it was actually held in a separate "Diamond Lounge" with hot and cold appetizers and a full bar each evening--really fantastic! There was also a continental breakfast there each morning AND 24 hours-a-day access to a machine that made marvelous latte macchiatos! I visited there several times a day for those--with an extra shot of espresso in each. You'd think I would have felt less relaxed and more energetic with all that caffeine! If you're a coffee fan, and a Diamond or higher, don't miss that machine! (I think it's what I miss the most about my cruise now that I'm home!) I found the food in the MDR to be very good and thoroughly enjoyed every meal there. I also really like the Park Cafe for breakfast/lunch/snack food. I sampled many of the desserts available at the Cafe Promenade and found the granola cookies to be as good as the Cruise Critic boards said they were. Everything else was delicious too. I also ate a number of times at the Windjammer. I was less happy with the Windjammer. It seemed very small and with a very limited number of options compared to the buffet venues on Celebrity. I was not too thrilled with either the food or the atmosphere. However, there seemed to be a very limited number of options for the evening meal if you didn't want to pay for an extra-charge venue--you could go to either the MDR or the Windjammer, or have the little sandwiches at the coffee shop, or order room service. Some nights I just didn't want to sit through a lengthy meal in the MDR so I found myself at the Windjammer more often than I'd prefer. Don't get me wrong--Windjammer isn't BAD by any means. It's just, well, "meh." There were, however, tons of options for no-extra-charge breakfasts and lunches. It was just the dinners that were lacking "free" options. This is true on lots of ships, but on the Celebrity ships the buffet venue is much better and bigger so it felt less limiting to me. Loved Hairspray. There were tons of options for afternoon and evening entertainment on this ship--so many that I sometimes felt paralyzed trying to figure out what to do! Suffice to say there are plenty of options for all tastes. As many others have said, on Oasis you hardly feel like you are on the ocean. Yes, I could look out my balcony door or go out on my balcony (or on an upper deck) and see that we were on the ocean...but you really could not feel it. Oddly that was a bit of a disappointment to me. But others may appreciate it! The only time the ship felt crowded was occasionally waiting for elevators. And that was highly situational. I figured due to the fact that most schools were in session during my cruise, that there would be fewer kids on board than usual, but there were still quite a large number. I didn't see any extreme misbehavior though or anything that would cause me to object to said kids! The cabin was just fine. The couch looked a bit worse-for-wear--I prefer the leather-type couches on Celebrity ships as I think they are easier to keep clean. I did like the shower with the leg-shaving bar. The balcony was adequate size for me. It was a little disappointing that I couldn't sleep with my balcony door open like I prefer to do (I know, I know, you are not supposed to do that but I love the sea air!) because the AC stops working unless the balcony door is closed and locked. It's a clever way for RC to save energy but took a bit away from my cruise experience. I didn't spend a lot of time out on the pool deck but, being a party of one I never had a hard time finding a sun lounger. The towel checkout policy seems a little ridiculous to me--though I suppose it must be worth the money for RC to pay for a towel checkout attendant instead of incurring the loss of towels they'd otherwise get from people stealing them. Hard to believe though. In conclusion--I liked a great deal about the ship and the cruise. I will definitely sail Oasis or Allure in future if the right deal presents itself and I have vacation time to burn. And I'm very glad I got to experience Oasis. In general though, I prefer a more adult-oriented atmosphere and more varied ports so I'm likely to stick more to Celebrity (and/or maybe Azamara--I've booked my first cruise on them for later this year.) Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Before embarking on our recent Oasis honeymoon, I utilized many of the reviews on CruiseCritic, so thought I would return the favor for others looking for an honest, unbiased opinion. To start, I followed the suggestions of past cruisers ... Read More
Before embarking on our recent Oasis honeymoon, I utilized many of the reviews on CruiseCritic, so thought I would return the favor for others looking for an honest, unbiased opinion. To start, I followed the suggestions of past cruisers and pre-booked all our dinner reservations and shows for the week. That's a must. We saw most shows with the exception of the comedy show. In hindsight, I wish I would've booked that in advance because there was no chance of getting in without reserving your spot. Sure, you could wait in a line of 30 people in hopes someone didn't show up, but no thanks, right? All the shows were great, you cant go wrong.The ship is very impressive and really has so much to offer. The food is fantastic. I've been on cruises in the past, and remember the main dining areas (for dinner) just being so so, nothing great. Not the case with the Oasis. We purchased a dining package which allowed us to eat at 3 of the specialty restaurants : Chefs Table, Chops, and 150 Central Park. (The Chefs Table was by far the best of the three). I must say, although we had the specialty package, our dinner in the main dining room was equally impressive. I was shocked how good the food was. Maybe my expectations were low but whatever the case, you cant go wrong with your dining decisions. The service was top notch. I must give Royal Caribbean credit where its due for their exceptional staff. They truly go out of their way to ensure your vacation is everything you had hoped for. I also appreciated the overall cleanliness of the ship. Kudos for that as well. Dining suggestions: (Breakfast , Lunch, and Dinner) Breakfast: Johnny Rockets is the only spot for breakfast where you can order from a menu and be served. Menu is limited but nice change of pace from the other breakfast options which are serve yourself buffet style. The breakfast buffets were great and offered everything you could possibly imagine and more. For the most part we ate at the WindJammer, Wipe-out café, and did Johhny rockets once. I personally would've done Johnny Rockets more often but unfortunately they close earlier than the other spots and we enjoyed sleeping in. Beware: Windjammer is always packed. Wall to wall. I didn't care for that but it seems to clear out quickly. Lunch: We usually did Park Café in central park., They have create your own salads which were delicious and a lighter option from the usual! Yes, I followed suggestions and tried the roast beef sandwich. Must try! Snacks (not like you need any) but can always try Café Promenade and Sorrentos. We often skipped lunch and would just grab something to hold us over until dinner. Dinner.: I pretty much covered that above but definitely do My Time Dining. We loved the food. Everything was great. The Not so Great: When you first get on the ship, the "extras:" are very overwhelming and this is where the nickel and diming begin. From soda packages to water packages to juice to alcohol.... you basically end up buying some form of beverage package, although not required. We purchased water and soda. I suggest getting it out of the way. As for the excursions, wait. Yes, there are some that will sell out, so for those certain activities, obviously don't take my advice, but those are the exception, not the rule. You never know what the weather will bring and honestly you don't know how you'll feel come that port day. Take your time. Don't feel pressured to buy something just because 18 people are standing in line for 45 mins. As I said before, we were on our honeymoon. Here's what bothered me. Royal Caribbean specifically asks on their website once you've booked, if your celebrating anything. You can choose from various options, one being honeymoon. I guess my expectation was that because they asked, they would naturally acknowledge or do something considering they inquired. Not the case. Not even a card or something in the room. Not one staff member acknowledged us as honeymooners (Not that I'm blaming them because naturally, they didn't know but I'm just presenting my case) So, towards the end of the cruise I nicely inquired at Guest Services. I was basically told that it was just for survey and internal purposes. But, she did mention that of course I could pay for some additional honeymoon/ romance package if I wanted such acknowledgement. I thought that kind of stunk. It would've been nice to hear congrats or happy honeymoon, etc Maybe I'm making something out of nothing buy hey perception is everything. Long story very short, our weather was horrible. 7 day cruise and had sunshine for 2 days. Every port was grey and black skies or pouring rain. To give you a better idea, we had booked excursions in Mexico. When we walked up to the assigned excursion, we were informed it was canceled, as were most that day due to such terrible weather. I get that. Its a liability and not safe. Of course we were refunded our money, no problem there. Here's my constructive criticism, considering 75% of the cruise was ruined by rain and thunderstorms, I thought Royal Caribbean should compensate someway to make up for it. Not that its their fault or they're responsible for the weather, but when you have 1000s of let down passengers, do the best to make them happy. I thought some kind of Rainy Day credit to be used on board or a credit towards a future cruise, etc. Something! We definitely didn't care for the special jewelry sales and other cheap merchandise that were displayed at certain times at discount. If you made the mistake of walking through the Promenade during such times, you would feel as though you were at a SWAP shop. But that's my opinion. Most people like that stuff, but I personally think its junk with a great marketing strategy. Final and last criticism. When you stay at a hotel, whether it be a Ritz or Holiday Inn, you receive the basics in terms of toiletry type items; soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, etc, You get it. I was shocked to find the only "complimentary" item in the bathroom was a bar of soap! Yes they provide shampoo but its a dispenser attached to the wall. Maybe shampoo only works for men, but shampoo with no conditioner will leave us ladies with a bad hair day. Of course the average traveler knows to pack their own shampoo and conditioner, but I thought that was quite cheap of RC considering you have to pay for everything not included, which ends up being more than you think. Buyer beware. Despite my above "not so greats", I would consider traveling this ship again. I always appreciate the good with the bad and I figured the average consumer would too. Enjoy your vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
We just returned from a Back to Back Cruise on the RCL Oasis of the Seas (October 5th eastern Caribbean and October 12th Western Caribbean). Food on the Ship was fantastic; we ate nearly every meal in the Windjammer Buffet. Services of ... Read More
We just returned from a Back to Back Cruise on the RCL Oasis of the Seas (October 5th eastern Caribbean and October 12th Western Caribbean). Food on the Ship was fantastic; we ate nearly every meal in the Windjammer Buffet. Services of Rajan and Alexandar for dinner service in the Windjammer were outstanding. In our opinion the food selections were varied over the two weeks, but we preferred the entree’s on the eastern cruise rather than the western cruise. All of the desserts on both cruises were incredible. The only downside was that some of the customers did not treat the Cruise staff well or with respect, of course that is not the fault of RCL. We found the ship in mint condition and everyone was working daily to maintain it. Our cabin was kept in impeccable condition thanks to Alfarno. Special hello to him for his smiling greetings each day to his towel animal creations each evening. We loved waking each morning with our funny Cruise Director, Dave Chapman, on TV of course not in our cabin. His funny antics and engagement in all of the activities made the cruise so fun. This was our fourth week of sailing on the Oasis and we still have plenty of activities yet to do, they have so many fun things on the Compass each day. We especially enjoyed walking on the track as it is covered and protected from much of the sun and rain, but still open to great views of the ocean and port areas. We noticed that Safety is a very high priority on this ship from periodic drills for the crew, to how they worked performing maintenance to taking out the life boats out into the ocean for checks during one of our port stops. This is very comforting. We also applaud the Captain for making a decision to return to port with a seriously ill customer despite the potential delay in arrival at our next port and the expense of extra fuel to makeup the time. In the end we arrived at the next port only a few minutes later than originally planned. We didn’t advantage of some of the ports as we are a little older now and the heat and humidity was sometimes too much. We did play mini golf, shuffle board and Trivia in the Schooner bar which was all fun. We played BINGO and a little in the Casino, but just play for fun. Looking forward to our next back to back on the Oasis, maybe next year.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
I sailed on the Oasis with a Travel Agency to celebrate Halloween. I booked the cruise back in February and got a Central Park balcony for the low price of $1890 traveling by myself. My Parents and sister had already sailed the Oasis so I ... Read More
I sailed on the Oasis with a Travel Agency to celebrate Halloween. I booked the cruise back in February and got a Central Park balcony for the low price of $1890 traveling by myself. My Parents and sister had already sailed the Oasis so I came into it expecting big things, especially since my only previous cruise was on a Carnival ship. The ship: Oasis is a big ship with lots to do an see. This is both a pro and a con. The pro's is that there are lots of options when it comes to food and entertainment. The con is that the ship is so big that unless your an explorer you probably won't find all the nooks and crannies and there will be some things that you wanted to do that you will miss. My room: I had a Central Park balcony, 14209, mid ship. This was not the ideal location as there are only two elevator banks on the ship, one forward and one aft. This means that if you get a mid ship cabin that there will be lots of walking. My suggestion would be to get a forward cabin if possible as everything but the dining, Boardwalk, Dazzles, and a few other things are forward. If your a balcony lover I suggest doing a Boardwalk or ocean view. Central Park is good for people watching but you wont be able to tell your at sea. There were complaints about noise on both interior balcony locations. In Central Park noise came down from the pool deck, but you could only hear it on the balcony, on the Boardwalk I heard people complain about people yelling on the zip line. Activities: If you can pre book your shows. The comedy club is adults only and small, it seemed that the comedian had more material the longer we were on the cruise, also the show depends on who is in the audience. The ice show is a must sea and the aqua show had its moments but I didn't see the big deal about it. There were also parades in the Promenade and Dream Works characters walking around. It made me crack a smile when I saw Shrek, Puss in Boots or Penguins wondering the ship. There are also lots of options for night life. Dazzles night club seemed to target the older crowd, Blaze the younger. There is also a Jazz club, a Latin club, Sports Bar, English Pub and lots of other bars scattering the ship. Then there are the pools and hot tubs. There is an "adults" only area and the one thing that I like about this ship is that they always leave at least one hot tub open no matter what time it is. Also check out the often forgotten about sun deck on deck 14 forward (its accessible on the port side) not to mention the "secret balconies" aft of the ship on deck 14, 12 and 11. Dining: The food is better on Carnival I think. I ate dinner every night in the Opus. I rotated lunch and ate at the Promenade Café, Central Park Café, Giovanni's, and Wind Jammer. I concur with the reviews that somehow the Wind Jammer had the best food. I ate breakfast almost every morning at Johnny Rockets which has free breakfast and decent French Toast. Ports: We did ship excursions at every port. On Haiti we did the Adults only Sandbar. I think it was worth the money, wish we had more time out there and some people complained that we only got one free rum punch. Jamaica I went zip lining, which was a good time, but the better thing was that the store there gave me a GREAT deal on the Appleton rum, I got a big 750 Ml and 2 flasks of it for only $24! In Cozumel we did Itza. To get to the main land you have to take a 30 minute ferry ride which might be bad if your easily sea sick, then its a 3 hour bus drive to the ruins but in my opinion it was worth it. They do give you a sack lunch, water and a pop on the trip. Cabin: Was your basic cabin. I like the Carnival room set up slightly better with the TV in front of the bed. Royal has better balconies with a table on the balcony, Royal also score points for the shower that doesn't flood. Service: Good service. Attendant room steward, waiters will know your order tendencies with 2 days. Cons: Now for what I didn't like! The ship is big. Lots of walking and the elevator management system needs some work. there are 6 elevators on each bank and 4 banks. You would sometimes wait 5 minutes for a elevator only to have a full one stop, meanwhile 2-3 elevators in the same bank would seem to be on the same floor the entire time! Staggered closing times and forced night life, Royal staggers the closing time for clubs and bard from aft to forward so you could be having a good time and Dazzles could be full, then suddenly they will close it down forcing you to another club, or to your room. Blaze the younger demographic club stayed open to 3-4 am. Also on some nights when they had a ship centered event they would close some of the clubs so if you wanted to go dancing you were forced to go to that event only. My girlfriend complained of the small selection for karaoke, and when they did do open karaoke they would only do an hour no matter how many people were signed up. Security. Sometimes this is a good thing but Oasis is covered in cameras, cameras, cameras. Keep this in mind if your in the hot tubs at wee hours with your significant other. There is very few areas out of the eye of Big Brother. Also Royal Security is VERY sexist. I saw many men get cut off or put on "house" arrest for drinking too much the a little later see a cute, sexy dressed woman even more drunk and the staff running around accommodating her drunken demands. I also saw at least one ship crew member negotiating a drug deal with a female passenger and a crew member taking a female passenger into the crew only area. I guess those security cameras are only there to make sure that guests don't get out of control not the crew. Overall I did have a good time. Besides the shows I don't think I will go on a Oasis class ship again as its just a little too big. I will probably sail a smaller Royal ship in the future to compare it more adequately to Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Entering the ship was amazing. The royal promenade was wider then we expected. Then reality set in, you couldn't move.. Wall to wall people.. We thought this is not for us, but to our most pleasant surprise, the crowds had disapated ... Read More
Entering the ship was amazing. The royal promenade was wider then we expected. Then reality set in, you couldn't move.. Wall to wall people.. We thought this is not for us, but to our most pleasant surprise, the crowds had disapated by the next day.. We had a boardwalk balcony towards the back of the ship.. Such an awesome view, of the Aqua theatre and the boardwalk below.. Spent a lot of time out there with better than expected room service.. The boardwalk area is never crowded, unless there a show. Central park was never crowded either.. Giovanni's was disappointing, very loud, food was adequate, and weak drinks.. Windjammer was always crowded, and difficult to find a seat, as it's SMALL...Hairspray was great, some other shows just ok.. Entertainment in lounges was fair, the Schooner bar was horrible, so much better on the FOS. .The Royal promenade got to be a real nuisance it was like running a gauntlet People yelling pushing 25% off tickets in your face from watches, art work, jewelry, and it was loud, and crowded.. Huge lines developed when the $50. watches were going on sale for $19.99..We just retreated back to our room, or a quiet spot in central park.. Great cabin awesome views, of the boardwalk the Aqua theatre, and the gigantic view of the sea..The interior of the cabin is on the small size. The closet by the bed is a pain, the smallish shower is a nuisance, but they had at least a 32" flat screen tv. that was nice.. The interactive menu was slow at best.. The view from the balcony made up for all the shortcomings for a week... Labadee was ok, Falmouth sucked unless you are doing a tour ,Cozumel was Cozumel you can always find something interesting to do.. Overall We glad we did it, would I do it again ? probably not.. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2013
Oasis of the Seas is an amazing ship. It is massive with a 6,000 guest capacity. It offers Central Park on deck 8 complete with trees, plants, flowers. A boardwalk on decks 5/6 with a carousal, diner, candy store, etc. You can learn to ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is an amazing ship. It is massive with a 6,000 guest capacity. It offers Central Park on deck 8 complete with trees, plants, flowers. A boardwalk on decks 5/6 with a carousal, diner, candy store, etc. You can learn to surf on board, play basketball, rock climb or try out the zip line. Deck 5 with all its shops, eateries, etc. is gorgeous and comes with a Rolls Royce for photo ops. The shows go beyond the usual comedy or musical. There is an ice skating show, an aerial show and a diving show. Plus movies under the stars. Oasis is a beautiful and grand ship. we enjoyed the cabin very much. it was roomy and very clean. having the balcony made it extra nice. the frig was always well stocked as was the ice. any requests we made from our steward were taken care of quickly and with a smile. ***** on the ship and amenities. However, the food was just ok for the most part. Not any better than on a lesser class ship. And Italian night was awful. It was the worst Italian food we have ever eaten. The most irritating part was that on Oasis they automatically add tips on to anything you buy. Example; buy a coke for $2.50 it costs you $2.74, buy a $30.00 bottle of wine it costs you $35.84, buy a beer for $4.00 it costs you $5.00. If Royal Caribbean paid their employees a decent wage it's guests would not have to subsidize the employees incomes. This was our 7th cruise and the only one where they automatically take tips. My husband and I are good tippers I just don't appreciate being forced into it. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2013
I can say I now have cruised on the Oasis. Let me start by saying it was Thanksgiving and RCCI can't control the weather. This was our sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean and 2nd Thanksgiving cruise. Their were 13 in our group. Overall ... Read More
I can say I now have cruised on the Oasis. Let me start by saying it was Thanksgiving and RCCI can't control the weather. This was our sixth cruise on Royal Caribbean and 2nd Thanksgiving cruise. Their were 13 in our group. Overall it was a good experience. I still have a problem with Royal Caribbean's dress code for the formal dining and then not enforcing it. Either do away with the dress code of enforce it, even formal nite we saw men with shorts on. The other problem we ran into was the saving of seats for shows. We went to the diving show one day at sea and 3 people had the whole side of the area reserved for their family. The one thing that we liked was on the TV you could see the Daily Planner of events that you had scheduled for the day. Again though we had problems here, we had booked a character breakfast for the grand kids. It was on our planner, but when we showed up they said they didn't have our reservation and that they could try and find us room. No, we had a reservation and were going in, period! The Oasis is a nice ship to say you did it once, it is showing age and is scheduled for drydock Dec 2014. If the weather is bad, which it was, you have a lot of people in one area. One of the other things we didn't like was for breakfast different food options were offered through out the ship, for example if you wanted omelets or fried eggs they are no longer in the Windjammer, you have to go to the Wipeout café to get those. And one last thing, make your cabin reservation for midship or back, ours was in the front of the ship and we got a lot of exercise walking from front to back of ship everytime because most activities are in the rear of ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
The Norovirus struck but I will circle back to that. We flew in the morning of the cruise and since the airport is so close to the cruise terminal we jumped in a cab and were at the terminal in 15 minutes. Just a tip... It is far less ... Read More
The Norovirus struck but I will circle back to that. We flew in the morning of the cruise and since the airport is so close to the cruise terminal we jumped in a cab and were at the terminal in 15 minutes. Just a tip... It is far less expensive to take a cab vs. the transfers the cruise line offers. Check in was a breeze but we were a little early to board the ship so we grabbed a seat and began boarding at about 11:30 in the morning. Had lunch in the Windjammer and was off to explore the ship a bit. We had sailed on Allure of the Seas about 18 months earlier and to be honest the ships are pretty much identical with the exception of a hot dog stand on the boardwalk (Allure has it while Oasis does not.) I have been on many cruises and have often heard the expression that people that take cruises are newlyweds or nearly dead. In this case, the scales were heavily tilted to the nearly dead category. We are 37 and 38 respectively so we fit into neither category and were certainly a minority. The older population is not normally something that bothers me but since the popularity of the motorized scooter has exploded recently it is a bit of a problem. There are 24 passenger elevators on the ship and that seems like quite a bit but they are only located in 2 spots on the ship so elevator usage is a premium. Once you dive out of the way of these motorized terrors and add the size of these scooters in the elevators you would often wait for 2 or 3 elevators just to find space. Usually after 5 years of service the ships start to show their age but Oasis is in excellent shape! The cabin was neat and fully functional. When we sailed on Allure we had a cabin overlooking the boardwalk but decided to go with the balcony cabin overlooking the ocean and definitely prefer the ocean view. The bed itself was a bit worn and uncomfortable but manageable. I have read some reviews that people have found the quality of the food in the dining rooms has deteriorated in recent years but I found everything delicious! This is probably the only cruise I have ever taken where I order a piece of meat as medium and it actually arrives to the table as medium. We had my time dining but had the option to be seated with the same wait staff on several occasions. Francis and Dennis were exceptional! We did run into one problem with the reservations. We made our dinner reservations online weeks in advance but were dismayed when we arrived for dinner one night and found no table available. It is a little frustrating that we make reservations well in advance yet those that do not have reservations were seated ahead of us. We waited and were finally seated but the next night the head waiter arrived at our table with a bottle of champagne to apologize for the problem. We did eat at both Giovanni’s and Chops Grill and found the experience absolutely excellent. The food and service was well worth the cover charge. Our cabin steward was excellent! The mark of a good cabin steward is one that is pretty much invisible. We would leave the cabinat different times every day and would return to find the cabin in pristine condition. He was more than accomodating for special request. He was excellent! We have been on this itinerary several times so we decided to just stay onboard during the stop in Nassau. The only thing in Nassau worth seeing is Atlantis and we were only there until 2:00 so it was not worth getting off the ship. In St Thomas we took a ship sponsored excursion and we did the BOSS underwater adventure. We have done this on previous trips to St. Thomas and will do it again if we ever get back. It’s such a great time! I highly recommend this. When we arrived in St. Marteen the weather appeared a bit questionable but we decided to go into town to wander a bit before our “Afternoon Beach Break” excursion. We went back to the ship, changed for our excursion and when we went outside to meet the tour it was showering a bit but stopped. Black clouds had rolled in. Realistically the cruise line should have cancelled the tour but since they are motivated for the most part by money only they continued with the tour. We spent 30 minutes on a bus to the beach only to arrive and find our lounge chairs just in time for the skies to open up. We decided to have lunch to avoid the rain. We went to beach side restaurant and I ordered a salad with grilled chicken and my wife had a cheeseburger with fries and a bottle of water. We nearly fell over when we got the bill for nearly $90.00 Between the cost of the tour and lunch this ended up being an expensive waste of a rainy afternoon. Late Thursday afternoon my wife began feeling sick and it only got worse. First thing in the morning we were in the infirmary and they gave us some pills and sent us on our way. Pills did not work and she just got sicker. 3 hours later we were back in the infirmary for IV fluids and blood work. 3 hours after that we were back in the infirmary for more IV fluids and medications after my wife’s blood pressure dropped quite a bit. The medical staff was very pleasant and professional but the illness was absolutely horrible. We have taken over a dozen cruises and my wife has been inflicted with the Norovirus twice, both times on Royal Caribbean cruises. I think we are done with cruising for quite some time. I encourage everyone who reads this review to practice proper sanitary measures. Simply wash your hands!!!!! It is the easiest way to prevent these illness’ from happening. It seems every time I used a public restroom on the ship at least ½ half the men left the restroom without washing their hands.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
10 of us total went on this cruise. Grandma (88 yrs old). Aunt & her partner (late 60s). Sister, husband and teenage son (mid 30s). My family (late 30s, with 7 yr and 7 mo. old daughters). Grandma wanted to try a "big" ship ... Read More
10 of us total went on this cruise. Grandma (88 yrs old). Aunt & her partner (late 60s). Sister, husband and teenage son (mid 30s). My family (late 30s, with 7 yr and 7 mo. old daughters). Grandma wanted to try a "big" ship before she died, having done 30+ cruises on Holland America in the past. This was our 4th as a group, and my wife's and my 6th overall (Celebrity, Norwegian, Holland America). In general we are well-traveled. We like nice things at good prices. Definitely a quality over quantity mentality, but we're all about value. That's the basis for my review... Overall the ship is amazing. Well worth doing at least once in a lifetime. I can't say I'm sure we would go back on this ship again, though who knows. We'd know now what to expect and so maybe that would change our minds. My sister claimed this was the least relaxing cruise we've been on - why? Because there was so much to do we were always on the go. A good problem I guess. What we loved: - Activities galore - kids splash pad for infants!!! - Entertainment (evening shows) was overall best of any ship we've been on. - Adventure Ocean (kids care program) was awesome. Great facility and staff. - casino was 1/2 non-smoking and actually seemed like it - parties & parades on the promenade were tons of fun - the various "districts" on the ship gave it a different feel and lots of variety Where it lacked: - Full price for 3rd & 4th passengers, even a 6-month old baby. Ouch! Granted Gma pays for this trip, but still we feel guilty about it. I know some people say why cruise with a baby, but for us it's a good way to do multi-generational travel. However, why on earth should anyone have to pay full price and receive nothing. Nursery care for her costs additional. Baby food costs additional. The only thing she got to use was a crib and a pool. To me this is the biggest disappointment overall, because there's no value for her. We wouldn't mind paying something or even paying full price if we got something for it. That said, my 7 mo old enjoyed lobster, fish, fruit soups, etc. I would just get it, mash it up or puree it in the bullet and that's what she ate every night. :) - Food & Beverage was not as good as any other cruise we've been on. Variety in buffet was lacking. Main dining room was hit or miss depending on the night. The additional places you could eat were just so-so. The one shining star was Giovanni's Table, everything was delicious and it was well worth the service fee. And we missed things like a midnight dessert buffet, made to order eggs/omelettes in the buffet, crepes, etc. Only one bar had quality beer (5th floor inside, nowhere near the pool deck). Drink prices were steep and package prices outrageous. No option to buy punch cards or anything like that. To me it's like eating at Applebees, when I'd rather eat at the Cheesecake Factory. - Baby changing stations were non-existent. This is somewhat comical to me in that they provide such nice splash pad and a program facility. You'd think they'd put changing stations in the accessible stalls in each bathroom, but they didn't put in any!! That's women's too. On the 15th floor near the pools was about the only place (and there they even had complimentary wipes). Didn't make sense to us. - Trash cans are also non-existent. We resorted to either carrying it everywhere with us or leaving somewhere inconspicuous. - Other little things that you don't think about when you get them, but realize you miss later on - HA provides a NY Times daily newspaper synopsis. You get nuts when you buy a drink. A towel creation in your room at night with a couple mints. The rest of the aspects of the cruise, well they were what I'd honestly expect anywhere. Good service overall, with just a few instances of being slow which is expected. It was well-organized and efficient getting on and off. They offer a ton of shopping (we don't do) and a variety of excursions (we took one snorkeling and it was great). I certainly would tell anyone to not let it hold you back from going, but if you've been on other ships and with other cruise lines I imagine you'll pick up on some of these things and have to make your own judgments. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
First Cruise with Royal Caribbean and it was OK. I guess I was expecting more and was slightly disappointed. Ship was nice; however, felt like I was just at a mall at home sometimes. Entertainment was really good. All cruise lines should ... Read More
First Cruise with Royal Caribbean and it was OK. I guess I was expecting more and was slightly disappointed. Ship was nice; however, felt like I was just at a mall at home sometimes. Entertainment was really good. All cruise lines should have Broadway shows on them. Food was average at best several times the food showed up in the dining room cold. I think it had more to do with the dishes they used. For instance, they use metal trays for escargot rather than proper ceramic dishes that keep the heat? Did not like the constant sales pitches. Now all cruise lines do this; however, RC seemed to go a bit over board. I really do not need someone trying to sell me a cook book during my supper. All and all the service was very good Buffet was poor as well. It was difficult to tell at first which restaurants were included and which were extra due to the number of them. The reservation system needs work. Booked them all ahead of time, got free upgrade, lost all my bookings, and had to rebook on the ship which took me two tries and a couple of hours of standing in line. If you are going to upgrade a person transfer their reservations as well. There has to be a better way to handle the people wanting to see the shows. The reservations of several rows for gold card holders was a little weird. If they want to give a benefit to gold card holders give them preferential bookings. Do not hold enough seats for every gold card knowing that they will not all fill up. Embarkation was annoying, ask me once to show my sail pass, not 20 times. Prices are higher on RC and they charge stupid prices for things, Eg. two dollars for a small bag of popcorn. I would sail with RC again; however, I will lower my expectations   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
The ship itself was wonderful, but RCCL seems to have lowered its standard for dining room food in the past few years. I have sailed with them several times, and this time it just was not as it was a few years ago. People need to be ... Read More
The ship itself was wonderful, but RCCL seems to have lowered its standard for dining room food in the past few years. I have sailed with them several times, and this time it just was not as it was a few years ago. People need to be careful of all the extra charges on the ship. The cupcake decorating class that charges $22 for adults and $15 for kids is a waste of money. It takes about 10 minutes and you get 1 cupcake. Don't waste the money. Also the 'Barbie Experience' at $200 is an even bigger waste of money. It amounts to 2 dolls, and a blanket and at the most 2 hours of activities. It was so disorganized they gave us the incorrect schedule and we missed one of the three activities. We did one specialty restaurant, 'Chops' and it was very good. It was the kind of food that the regular dining room offered 15 years ago. All of the restaurants in Central Park are an additional charge for diner. The Merry Go Round was included, as was the face painting and balloon animals. (The balloon twister has a jar to make sure you gave him a tip.) The children's staff seem OK, but nothing special. The gratuity is prepaid, but RCCL makes a point to put envelopes in you room and to advise that extra tips can be given. We paid $165 per person for the shore excursion to the 'Atlantis Resort' in Nassau. It turns out they do not open the water park areas until 10am and we got there at 8:45am. We had a long wait to use the slides and we had to leave at 12:30pm to get back to the ship. Be very careful of the time you have on shore excursions, because the ship doesn't give you all the information. I think this whole ship had too many extra charges, from the cupcakes, to the specialty restaurants.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
My wife and I normally cruise with Princess because we have attained Platinum Status (6 Princess and 2 RCCL) I must say, we were quite impressed with embarking on the largest cruise ship in the world. The Oasis is just beautiful. We picked ... Read More
My wife and I normally cruise with Princess because we have attained Platinum Status (6 Princess and 2 RCCL) I must say, we were quite impressed with embarking on the largest cruise ship in the world. The Oasis is just beautiful. We picked this cruise to rest from our 16 days in Europe (12 day Grand Med cruise with Royal Princess) back in Sept-Oct of this year. 12 days on the ship and 10 excursions was draining. However, we never regretted a minute of it because we saw so much of Europe including Istanbul and Greece. This latest cruise aboard the Oasis was to relax, and that we did. The ship is very interesting with the Royal promenade, Boardwalk, Central Park etc..... We loved the Solarium where we spent a lot of our time (16 yrs & over only) We were very impressed with the entertainment (first class) I once read a review that compared Princess with RCCL and I agree with most of the decisions made regarding both. Entertainment: RCCL Staterooms: Equal Elegance of ship: Princess Dining room food: Equal Buffet food: Princess Stewards: Equal Pizza: Definitely Princess Activities: Equal In room movies: Princess (free) RCCL, $11.99/movie Stateroom closet space: Princess The cruise met our expectations for relaxation. It was an enormous and grand ship with a lot to look at. I would recommend a trip on the Oasis or the Allure at least once. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This is the third cruise we have been on, Holland America, Carnival and we decided to pay the extra money and try RCI's newest ship, the Oasis. It had been two years since our last Carnival cruise so that is what I am comparing it to. ... Read More
This is the third cruise we have been on, Holland America, Carnival and we decided to pay the extra money and try RCI's newest ship, the Oasis. It had been two years since our last Carnival cruise so that is what I am comparing it to. Overall the ship is magnificent. If you are the type that needs 24/7 activity and places you want to walk, the Allure or Oasis is the ship for you. My wife doesn't sit still so she walked for hours through the Boardwalk, Central Park and Promenade. Bravo to RCI for including so much to do in a ship. Lots of shopping, almost like going to a small mall so the ladies enjoy it. 1. The ship reminds me of a trip to Disney World. Your ticket is the only thing that is cheap, everything is an upcharge. Lots of places to eat other than the buffet lines which is great, but 80% of them are an upcharge. Speaking of the buffets, if you are traveling with children who live off of chicken fingers/nuggets, choose a different ship. If you like pizza and small sandwiches, you will love this ship. We didn't feel like paying the money to eat anywhere else on the ship so our experience was in Windjammer and Opus. We did enjoy breakfast but would not recommend for lunch or dinner, food was not good. We did enjoy the Opus dining room, service was much better and after they learned what we liked by night two, the experience was excellent. They were also great with kids and catered to them, if you have travelled with children and take them with you on a formal night, you will know what I mean. 2. The ports. Labadee is actually quite nice but when you read the reviews about the beach and the necessity for water shoes, pay attention. One side of the area is extremely rocky, so much so that even hardened dad would not walk into the water, you will twist your ankle and cut your feet up. Luckily we brought water shoes so it wasn't bad. Stick to the beach next to the aquatic area, it is better and get there early. Chairs go quick and it gets crowded. No shopping at all but plenty of shore excursions and food is provided off of the ship! Good job RCI on this one. 3. Falmouth, Jamaica. Be careful and don't go off alone. Heard two other groups complain of getting 'jacked' in Jamaica. If there is one port to do the shore excursions, this one is it. There is lots of RCI shopping on their port but once you leave the port, you have one block of shanty shops and then people will take advantage of you. The port is new, at least that is what RCI told us, and is still getting developed. Choose an RCI excursion for this is also not the port to go it on your own. Really wished they ported in Montego Bay, much nicer. 4. Cozumel. Most know of this port, you can go it alone or try an RCI excursion. Either way you will enjoy it. If you do the dolphin tour, take a 5km cab ride down to Chankanaab and purchase the excursion yourself, much cheaper. Overall we were very pleased, shows were great, lots of entertainment for the kids and we didn't suffer on deck 10 with noise. Service could have been better, much of the staff (bartenders specifically) were not friendly, I am not saying they were rude but they 'just' did their job, nothing more. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
We just got off the Oasis of the Seas doing the Eastern Caribbean Cruise My wife and I stayed at our favorite hotel before the cruise – Embassy Suites 17th street in Fort Lauderdale. It is next to the cruise port, but has many ... Read More
We just got off the Oasis of the Seas doing the Eastern Caribbean Cruise My wife and I stayed at our favorite hotel before the cruise – Embassy Suites 17th street in Fort Lauderdale. It is next to the cruise port, but has many restaurants nearby (easy walking distance). The hotel also has a shopping center with a grocery store behind it. What makes this hotel so great is the free cooked to order breakfasts, its large suite rooms (great for families), the free happy hour from 5:30-7:00 pm, the large swimming pool with great lounge chairs, and the $8.00 per person shuttle to the port. This hotel is so nice we arrived two days before the cruise to get into the relaxation frame of mind. We had a group of 10 going to the port at 10:30 AM for the 15 minute ride to the ship. We were checked in immediately and by 11:30 we were boarding the ship. The Oasis is huge and magnificent. This was our 34th cruise of which it was our 27th on Royal Caribbean. The Positives: The ship is beautiful. Nicer than any other ship I have been on. Breathtaking and better than WOW as Royal Caribbean states in their ads. The shows were an 11 on a 1-10 scale. Make sure you pre reserve the shows on the website before you arrive to the ship. Only one show was just OK. The main show had 5 people who sing the bass and drums – the other 3 just sing. I had heard the same type of show on previous cruise, and I felt they were much better than this group. Some of our group left early after they started getting the audience to sing. We were not there to hear the audience, Giovanni’s is a family style Italian style meal that was off the scale. Book this before the cruise. Excellent Meal. All 10 people raved about this meal and the service. The main dining room meals were the best I have ever had on any cruise. Maybe it was our 5 star waiter team -- Sakda Paipan and his assistant Sebin. Our meals were cooked perfectly and served quickly. If we had to finish early because of a show, they accommodated us. Our cabin steward, Derlen kept our cabin (10698) spotless and always would know what needed replacing before we asked. He was the first Cabin Steward my wife hugged because of the great service! The Solarium Pool on every other ship was packed with old people. Not on this ship. It was very nice to get sun and shade with a great mix of young and older adults. The Negatives: The ship was always late leaving and arriving based on the latest internet schedule. (Keep this in mind when you book any private excursions.) At the special Crown and Anchor Sail Away Party in Nassau we were supposed to leave at 1:45. We ended up leaving at 2:30. It was so hot we left the special outside location at 2:00. On other ships when they say we leave at 1:30 we leave. Chops was a huge disappointment. We had been on other cruises and loved this meal so I booked it again on this cruise too as a gift to the group. As our group of 10 ordered we were told by the waiter several times he was going to bring ALL the sides for each end of the table. He brought out the steaks two at the time and then started with the sides. He only brought onion rings, broccoli, and mushrooms. I had to ask the manager for more mushrooms. By the time I started eating my steak it was cool. He never brought the other sides as he promised. I went back the next day to discuss the service and he said he brought all the sides. I guess all 10 of us just imagined the potatoes missing, the green beans missing etc. I quickly realized he was not a waiter that deserved to be in Chops. When we left we all said a meal in the main dining room would have been better. The head waiter in the main dining room heard our comment and passed it on to the Manager of Chops. We each received four chocolate covered strawberries from Chops as an apology. Sorry, but the poor service was a huge disappointment for all of us. Johnny Rockets – My wife and I were seated outside at 11:45AM for a nice lunch by the Host. We never saw a waiter for 20 minutes. We just got up and walked out. I guess 11:45 - noon is not a good time for lunch there. Debarkation – NEVER again will I go through this nightmare on this ship. As a Diamond Plus Crown and Anchor Member we normally are given a little special treatment. Just before we got on the ship I changed my 12:25 flight to the 10:20 AM flight. I had read we would arrive about 6:00 AM and be off at 7:45 AM. We were given #7 debarkation tags that were scheduled for 7:45 AM but was moved later to 8:30AM. At 8:30 I was getting concerned I was going to miss my flight so this nice RCCL lady agent at the door said for us to get in line behind these people next to get off so we could get off to make our flight. As we were waiting a curly haired RCCL man said we needed to go to the very back of the line. The lady was taking care of someone else and he was being forceful and very rude. I told him we were Diamond Plus members and we may miss our flight, but he could care less. By the time we picked up our bags we were herded into a Disney ride like queue line that was quite long for a Custom Inspection. There must have been over a thousand people in line ready to go through Customs. We missed our flight by 15 minutes. Had I gotten his name I would have done everything in my power to have him fired. In fact because of all the hassle the last day, it ruined my attitude about this ship. I HIGHLY recommend you walk off with your own bags. This was the first Debarkation I have ever done on a Royal Caribbean ship that was so late and backed up. Because of the Chops, Johnny Rockets, and Debarkation experience it ruined a great vacation. I love Royal Caribbean, but I would never feel comfortable in going back on this ship unless I walked off with my bags.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
This was our 3rd cruise (2nd one with RCI) The Oasis was huge, beautiful and LOTS to do/offer . The staff was great.. very friendly and helpful. Even with approx 5000 passengers we never felt cramped but the one place that we felt having ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise (2nd one with RCI) The Oasis was huge, beautiful and LOTS to do/offer . The staff was great.. very friendly and helpful. Even with approx 5000 passengers we never felt cramped but the one place that we felt having so many on board was an issue was in the meal areas. I felt like I was eating in a college cafe. The prime rib (on both nights) was terrible.. we all sent our meals back (as did the folks at surrounding tables) It actually looked like ham steak (in texture) it was tough and had no flavor. We were all very disappointed with this because in the past we had always had wonderful prime rib. One of my key complaints as a diabetic was the fact that there was little choice for sugar free items and there was only ONE choice daily and it was so bland!!!!! These ships are known for amazing chefs from all around the world.. it's so hard to believe that they were unable to help those of us out that also wanted a treat after dinner. The ship was really beautiful and the shows were amazing ! One of the things we look for when choosing a ship is a solarium (adults only area) and the Oasis has a huge solarium however the staff did nothing to keep out kids. Amazing how some people think their kids are "special" and are not included in the no one under 16 rule. We got tired of running kids and screaming babies in this area and had to keep going to find staff to fix the problem. Our balcony room was great and it was awesome traveling with a group who had rooms all in a row and the room steward was able to open the dividers between all of our balconies so we could roam back and forth during the cruise. (Be sure to ask at the beginning of your cruise if you have rooms side by side with friends and / or family to have these dividers opened up for you ) For us the Oasis is a one time deal as there was so much we did not use on board and we liked the intimacy of the smaller ships better. We have already planned our next cruise for 2016 on the Navigator. We have always felt that cruising is so relaxing and the best bang for the buck . Such a shame that RCI is pushing folks to have to upgrade to specialty restaurants for "good" food . You already pay good money and the MDR should not skimp. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My husband & I are retired and live in Florida & decided to take a last minute cruise to take advantage of fairly good rates on the Oasis of the Seas.The ship is huge.It carries 6,000 passengers at capacity. Having said that,we ... Read More
My husband & I are retired and live in Florida & decided to take a last minute cruise to take advantage of fairly good rates on the Oasis of the Seas.The ship is huge.It carries 6,000 passengers at capacity. Having said that,we were lucky to be gold mem-bers so our boarding line was shorter and it was a breeze to get on the ship.(which was nullified when the cruise was over trying to disembark with thousands of people).We lucked out and got cabin 8700 which is on the same deck as Central Park.Central Park has all the specialty restaurants and the Park Cafe.Avoid the crowds and eat at the cafe.It's a good alternative to the dining room and the Windjammer and has no up charge.It has great items for breakfast & lunch. We ate all our dinners in the dining room.We felt the food quality has gone down since we've cruised before,and now they have up charges for premium selections!! We pre-purchased the premium beverage package. It included premium liquors and wine, fountain sodas and bottled water.Most cocktails were $8.25 plus tip.Decide if it's worth the $55pp per day.For entertainment we went to Dazzles or Boleros to dance.Oasis offered a few "parties" onboard but also had up charges to attend or wanted you to buy glo-items to bring along. We felt nickeled & dimed.Oasis is a great ship for families. They compete with Disney offering Dreamworks character activities. Book entertainment before cruising.If you are unable to they still have tickets available as soon as you board.In general Oasis for us was not the usual Royal treatment. We preferred Celebrity's Equinox. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
All my cruises have been on RCI...this is my 4th cruise. I loved the layout of the ship, easy to get around, with lots of venues. All the trees and creating a park seems silly, since we have all that on land...and the swimming pools were ... Read More
All my cruises have been on RCI...this is my 4th cruise. I loved the layout of the ship, easy to get around, with lots of venues. All the trees and creating a park seems silly, since we have all that on land...and the swimming pools were very short in length. The shows were awesome, aerial, high diving, ice skating, broadway..and the jazz lounge music was great. Rooms were a bit smaller than normal and I didn't like the layout, bed right as you come in the room and having to slide around the end of it to get to the sofa. There was a lot less storage and closet space which makes a cramped room for two people and it would be impossible for three in the same room. I drink soda and love, love, love the new addition of having cola machines throughout the ship. Previously if you purchased a soft drink package, you had to find a bar that was open to fill your provided beverage container and they only served the basic beverages, coke, etc. Now with the soda machines, you put your beverage container in the machine, and choose your beverage, over 30 choices with ability to mix and match...so 6 flavors of diet cola. I could fill my cup with half caffeine free diet coke and half diet coke, and control my caffeine intake....and it was open 24 hours a day...great addition.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
We are a young minded couple, age 38 and 42. We have cruised on Celebrity, Carnival and Royal before. As a matter of fact, we gained Platinum Crown & Anchor status after this cruise! Our most recent cruise before this was on the ... Read More
We are a young minded couple, age 38 and 42. We have cruised on Celebrity, Carnival and Royal before. As a matter of fact, we gained Platinum Crown & Anchor status after this cruise! Our most recent cruise before this was on the Liberty of the seas in Barcelona just 10 mths ago and was AMAZING! Having previously sailed on the Freedom/Voyager class, we had high hopes for the Oasis. Embarkation/disembarkation was smoooooth! Even the safety drill was much smoother and quicker than in the past. The pools: The pools were hopelessly full during peak times, however I did like that the kids water park area was separated from the other pools. The Solarium area was beautiful, however the large amount of glass created some sort of strange greenhouse effect that generally made it unbearable to be there in the day even for the sun worshipers in our group. On freedom/voyager class I have never felt this way in the solarium. One of the things we liked about Royal in the past is that they don't really nickel and dime you, however it seems they are changing. Don't get me wrong we spend plenty on the ship and understand that some things just cost more, but some things are over the top. Like on the pool deck we noticed they were selling popcorn for 2.00 plus Gratuity? Really? I don't know whats more offensive, the fact that they are selling it, or the fact that add gratuity. Dining: The ship itself was beautifully maintained. However, my entire family agreed that the changes to the windjammer were not good. The windjammer often had a line to get in, lacked the variety and quality of food we have experienced on essentially every other RCL ship we have ever been on. We generally felt packed in like sardines in the windjammer, perhaps due to the pay restaurant taking up an entire corner of it. On voyager and freedom class ships we NEVER felt this way, even during busy times of the day. Breakfast service in the Main Dining room was ridiculous unless you ate the dining room buffet, but who comes to the main dining room for buffet food? Twice we waited almost an hour for our omelets and then had them arrive cold. On a good day, the wait for our breakfast in the dining room was 25minutes. Hey at least there were seats available, unlike in the windjammer. Dinner was better than breakfast. The main dining room dinner food was served hot and was good. Our waiter and assistant waiter was of course pleasant, however they seemed overloaded and unable to operate like the finely oiled machines we have experienced on every other royal cruise I have been on. I must stress this is not by any fault of the waiters, this is I think just the nature of the beast. On previous boats the center of the dining room was wide open across all three floors, with a grand staircase. However on the oasis they have only left a small partially open area and it has lost the "wow factor" feel of previous ships. This lack of openness left you feeling generally disconnected during performances in the dining room. The one reason we have always come back to Royal was because of the dining room experience, it was truly special. I suspect Oasis in its attempt at greatness has sacrificed this special experience. Perhaps they are just trying to drive us to pay for specialty restaurants. A nice surprise on the oasis was the complimentary Park cafe located in Central Park. It turned out to be a lunch favorite for our family. Nightlife; As far as the nightlife goes, everyone claimed the comedy show was the best show on the ship. We however, didn't get to go due to lack of reservation availability. Hairspray was well done, as was the Aqua show. The ice show was impressive as well. We decided that Dazzles should have been called Drizzles as it was generally a guaranteed snooze fest.The nightclub Blaze WAS THE WORST! i know that the ship discos are never going to be playing today's latest hits, but this was pathetic.It's not like they were playing to the crowd either. It was generally populated by early to late 20 somethings and they seemed bored too. Setting the music choice aside, It was small, dank and underwhelming. The dance floor was miniature and generally the whole placed looked like an afterthought! Perhaps it should have been a teen club and it certainly lacked the WOW factor of the disco on the Freedom/Voyager class ships. As a matter of fact I cant think of one ship i have been on that DIDN'T have a better looking disco including the older Carnival ship Destiny. Our experience was that service in general is inferior to the freedom and voyager class ships I have been on. On other ships when someone had a special request, I was always floored by the attempts to somehow make it happen. On this ship the running theme was no, that would require extra effort. I will never sail on the Oasis or any other mega ship in Royal's fleet again. I will stick only with voyager and freedom class. I urge anyone who has cruised with royal before to think twice before buying into royal's latest oasis size ship. I think Royal has forgotten what kept people loyal to RCL and has sacrificed service/function on the oasis.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My husband and I have been on over 20 cruises. We are both in her 50s and wanted to try the big ship experience. The Oasis is a gorgeous ship. Although, I was a little surprised that the reviews were so good. We found the ship to be quite ... Read More
My husband and I have been on over 20 cruises. We are both in her 50s and wanted to try the big ship experience. The Oasis is a gorgeous ship. Although, I was a little surprised that the reviews were so good. We found the ship to be quite crowded and there were lines in a lot of places. We were extremely disappointed in the quality of the food. Often, it just was not very good and it was never very hot. But that is not to say that we didn't find things we did like to eat. We tried the Windjammer a couple of times but found it to be just so so and crowded all the time. In fact, there were several times when there were lines out the door of people waiting to eat. We ate lunch and breakfast whenever we could in the main dining room. We found lunch in the main dining room to be especially good and enjoyed it very much. The opus dining room at dinner was also very crowded and we had to wait in line several times to be seated. The food was very disappointing at dinner time. The entertainment on the ship was very good. I think the entertainment was probably better than any ship I've ever been on. Highly recommend it if you are into going to shows and want to stay up late at night. Although, again the shows booked up fully so you have to get there early if you want to seek. They often recommend making reservations however we found that having reservations really did no good. We also liked the fact there were a lot of younger people on this ship. We often sail on Celebrity and I think the average age is around 80. At least it seems like that.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Will keep it short since there's so many detailed reviews out there. 10th cruise, 4th on RCCL..went with a group of 33 total Pre-cruise: stayed at Embassy Suites night before; took 2 taxis at 11am for my immediate group of 6 (waited ... Read More
Will keep it short since there's so many detailed reviews out there. 10th cruise, 4th on RCCL..went with a group of 33 total Pre-cruise: stayed at Embassy Suites night before; took 2 taxis at 11am for my immediate group of 6 (waited about 10 mins), basically at $12/taxi with tip. Note that Embassy has shuttle service at $8/person, but I saw them trying to fill one up and offering $5/person. Part of group in front of us took that offer. Embark: Went very smooth at Ft. Lauderdale. I've seen better and I've seen much worse. Ship: We were on the ship before noon and headed to Park Cafe for the amazing roast beef sandwiches. Unfortunately, everybody was gong there and the line went out the door so we decided to head to windjammer. Line at windjammer but only waited like 5-10 minutes. This is a welcome sacrifice as you only get in the WJ when a table is available. It cuts down on the traffice inside immensely. I'm so thankful they do this now cause I remembering it being a madhouse in there at times. Anyway, cabin ready just after 1pm so perfect. Love the layout of the ship, and loved being on same deck as Park Cafe. Basically wake up at 11 and go get roast beef 100 feet away, ha. The only slight problem on layout is the Comedy club is so small that if you can't keep your reservations, you need to get in line at least 15-20 mins ahead of time for standby. The room only holds 90 at a time and with limited shows and 6,000 people on board, be warned. Good thing is they seem to get about 20-35 standby's in per show. Our Hairspray show got cancelled and they rescheduled it during our last dinner, so never got a chance to see that. Come Fly with Me was definitely worth seeing. Oh, loved the comedy shows. Simeon is very funny and you must see him do his snowman. Wasn't too crazy on the deck party being in the Solarium. It gets quite stuffy up there, not cool. Also, Dazzles got VERY warm as well. One bad thing about layout....our dining table was just thru the front doors on deck 4. You could smell smoke coming from the casino. That is not cool if you have the sensitive nose to pick it up so be warned. Food: Overall, it seems like the quality of food in dining room, and windjammer, is slightly lower than I remember. To me, the lentil soup and the beef tenderloin were the only dinner items worth bragging about. I also had something 'bad' one dinner as I spent the night sleeping on the toilet, doh. Service: cabin and dinner were excellent...guess services not so much....waited in line 5 times just to get extra keys made that kept failing..kept telling us it was a software problem..however, the 5th time they just closed sea pass cards and opened up new ones...they could've done that the 2nd time and saved a ton of frustration....so, if your extra key doesn't work 1st time, just tell them to close and get new cards with extra key cards at same time! The ports were all excellent, or as good as I expected. Get your beach chairs early in Labadee, Jamaica (we did Dunns River and Bamboo Blu beach thru knowjamiaca tours since first time there) was tons of fun but Falmouth is so damn far away so it take about an hour each way, and in Cozumel we did Nachi Cocum this time (well worth it). The snorkel tour out to the reefs was below expectations and a bit rough. Water was not nearly as clear as I expected, maybe it was due to rains a few hours beforehand. The big take away is this ship is amazing and I'm glad we tried this one since the wife is sick of cruising, ha. It was one of the least crowded ships I felt, even though 6,100 passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Let me start by saying that I am a dedicated RCI fan. Emerald Crown & Anchor, and though this cruise was less than all the others, satisfaction wise, it won't change my choice for future cruises. I do love the ships and this ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I am a dedicated RCI fan. Emerald Crown & Anchor, and though this cruise was less than all the others, satisfaction wise, it won't change my choice for future cruises. I do love the ships and this line. We traveled with a party of 8 friends and family. Got to Ft Lauderdale a day early (almost always necessary) from SLC, Ut, Seattle, Wa, and Clovis, NM. Always stay at the Fairfield In near the airport. Very nice place, with free transportation back and forth to airport and a fee for trip to cruise port. Embarkation: Very slow as there was some problem onboard from the previous cruise. About an hour later getting on than usual. Some grumpy employees and some that didn't know what the other hand was doing, but nothing serious. No real problem. We all booked balcony cabins on Deck 12, but one couple got a Jr Suite down the hall. Clean and as expected, but the two beds pushed together turned out to be very uncomfortable. They had foam padding on top of the regular mattress but under the sheets and they were smaller than the bed and would separate during the night leaving a space. I ask and nothing really was done. It wasn't the end of life as we know it but just another detail that should have been fixed. One thing we all noticed was this was our first trip since RCI changed the tip policy to where if you didn't prepay, they add $12.00 pp per day to your account. Now all get paid regardless of anything. There were more "forced smiles" and fewer genuine happy employees for sure. Seems like cost cutting is hitting everywhere. The pizza at Sorento's was much smaller per slice, the Crown and Anchor Top Tier event was a disgrace in terms of its length, about 30 minutes, and no food just some champagne. Was held on the helipad, which meant it was hot standing around. No Captain, as the ship was about to leave port, just the Hotel Mgr who introduced a few officers, and said a few words. Way less than many of these events that I've attended. The ports were in Nassau, St Thomas and St Maartan. Been there before, so nothing new for us. One party did the shallow dolphin experience in Nassau at Atlantis. Said it was fabulous. We did the 12 metere America's Cup race in St Maartan, and it was again, a blast. Highly recommended. Getting on and off the ship in each port was no real problem. No tendering!! Dining: The food was about what I have come to expect, certainly not fabulous but good to very good. BUT, the noticeable absence of the normal amount of asst waiters did have an affect. Drink glasses not filled as often, etc. One evening we had 4 steaks ordered, and had to send 3 of them back for toughness or being cooked nowhere near as ordered. Head waiter told me later they have that problem a lot. We did do the Chef's Table dinner. $85 pp. It was difficult if you didn't like the selected courses, 5 in all. But if you ask they would bring you something else. Each course came with a full glass of a different wine, which were all excellent and well explained by the Chef;s assistant. However, by the end of the night, several guests were visibly drunk to some degree. Meet an outstanding young waitress at Johnny Rockets, Ma Corizon. Truly excellent attitude, etc. Didn't do many of the other specialty restaurants except Izumi, and it was excellent!! One thing I noticed is that the dress code for the dinner in the main dining room was ignored by many guests, some to extreme measures. Lots of short shorts, tank tops, cut off levis, even swimwear with a very small cover-up. Ask the Matre De, said we sometimes say something but it doesn't do any good. One other big disappointment. Most people don't know but the ship has some older iPhone 3's they have set us to use around the ship, like the people who bring walkie talkies. You can connect with your party, call any phones on ship and check the daily compass, etc. $30 per cruise. Very good idea, but they didn't work but about 70% of the time. One party checked them all out and he did sign the agreement. My wife dropped one and broke the glass. I am in the wireless business, so I know the cost to repair that, and it is the most common repair for cell phones. It could be fixed for well under $100. They charged me $350 and said it was now useless. It still worked, just broken screen glass. I am happy to pay for damage we did, but to be gouged like that isn't right. They should have offered an insurance of additional amount per day. Would have made much more $$ over the course. Had we lost it, the cost would have been $500. So if you take them up on this offering, be careful. When they worked, it was very helpful. Disembarkation: There was some hold up in the customs area that pushed the whole process back. Actually stopped letting you off for about 30 minutes. One of the problems is that a ton of guests chose the early option to get off and carry your own luggage. The problem was that most of them didn't get off when they should and figured they could just go whenever they wanted. Almost half the people in line had several suitcases with them. Again, just ignorance on some peoples part. In closing, again, I am a big fan of RCI. Best ships in the industry. I am just a bit saddened by all the obvious cost cutting measures being put into practice. I am sure other lines are doing similar things. Perhaps I am old school, but the costs go up and the benefits go down. Still cruising is one of the best vacations around, so don't let my one less than stellar experience here keep you from going. Decks and areas around ship all pretty clean and nice. New policy with pool towels. No need to sign them in and out anymore.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My friends and I decided to go on a cruise for our graduation celebration and we chose the biggest ship out there as our maiden voyage on the seas. Three of us, who are in our early twenties, were about to get the best and worst service ... Read More
My friends and I decided to go on a cruise for our graduation celebration and we chose the biggest ship out there as our maiden voyage on the seas. Three of us, who are in our early twenties, were about to get the best and worst service from the Oasis. As a first time cruise traveler, I didn't have much expectations and I went on board with open minds. What we didn't expect was that we weren't that welcomed on some parts of the ship. The Good: We simply loved the choices of dining and entertainment options on board. We booked our shows ahead of time so we didn't have to wait in line. There were comedy shows, diving shows, skating shows and musicals. There were so many places for food that the problem is what should we eat next? Our designated servers Ronnie and Randy were the best! They always made us laugh and brought extra food for us to try. Did I forget to mention there is a carousel and zip-lining on board too?? The BAD: This part of the review is for those people in our age group --> early twenties who are of legal age yet not old enough to have retirement funds to splurge on the ship. As mentioned before, we were not welcomed at certain parts of the ship. Namely, the Vitality Spa, Guest Services and shopping kiosks. We sailed on the Oasis on the week before Mother's Day and I wanted to buy a watch for my mom. I was browsing for watches at the shopping kiosk and wanted to ask the sales rep Johnny if there were watches with rectangular styles. He never looked up at me and quickly snapped "No" without looking up from the computer screen. His lack of attention made me felt discouraged and I walked away without buying anything. When I looked back at the same kiosk, good old Johnny was promptly helping an older customer and retrieving watches from other kiosks. Never again did I went back to Johnny for help. My friends and I were interested in the complimentary consultations that the spa offered and wanted to try it out. Unfortunately, nearly every time we were there we had gotten unfriendly looks and no service whatsoever. The staff gave us the impression that we were not worth any of the time because we were too young and unaccompanied by adults. One specific incident was that we attended the complimentary hair styling consultation (Finally!!) and the presenter had told us that she would give us all a 1-on-1 consultation after the presentation. However, not only did she had sat us down at the salon and proceeded to bring other ladies to the salon and served them first. Even the ones that had clearly came to the presentation later than us were helped first. We had sat patiently for her to finish with the first lady she brought in, but when she brought in another lady without clearly explaining to us why, we decided to leave. She expressed no sign of remorse and simply asked us if we were sure we wanted to leave. We left feeling very mistreated and wanted to go to guest services to provide some feedback. We hoped that future improvements could be made and no one else have to feel the way we did. It was to our understanding that RC really valued passenger feedback (or so we thought) We approached a guest service agent who previously helped us. We went to him and inquired about filing a complaint and our inquiry got answered with an inappropriate act of jest. The guest services agent, Alexander, answered our concerns with, "We don't want any complaints, no complaints!" At his point, no one was laughing and it felt like adding fuel to the fire. We can understand he was trying to lighten up the mood, however, given our obvious frustration, it was not helping. We did some self reflection and thought if it was our problem that caused these mistreatment. We were polite where every we go. We said our please and thank you. We were never rude or obnoxious or disruptive. How does those sales staff determine in advance if us "kids" can afford the services and goods they offer? Were those staff trained in advance to just go for the old and rich and ignore the young and jobless? To be honest, even though we are fresh grads, we all hold stable jobs and definitely can afford the services and goods on board. It just didn't make sense to us why we got this kind of treatment from a company like Royal Caribbean. From this experience, I learned the following lessons: 1. Never go back to Royal Caribbean unless you (who is of legal age of an adult) are accompanied with an adult (who are of age groups 40+) 2. Never go on board without flashy jewelry and name brand goods 3. Just simply don't go back on a RC cruise until you are of retirement age Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
This cruise was so fun! I will trey to tell you things I wish that I knew, because they would have been VERY helpful! Keep in mind, this review is coming from a 15 year old. This was my first cruise. I didn't know what to expect. The ... Read More
This cruise was so fun! I will trey to tell you things I wish that I knew, because they would have been VERY helpful! Keep in mind, this review is coming from a 15 year old. This was my first cruise. I didn't know what to expect. The crew was SO nice and helpful. The customer service was one of the best parts. The food was very nice. It was fancy even on the casual nights!(seafood, steak, exc.) There was also a kids menu and they were very good about modifying your order to fit your needs. Our wait staff was great! They knew our names after the first few days. I recommend getting the set dining time apposed to the "my time dining." This way you get to know your waiter and it is more personal. The dining room was very nice and I felt like I was on the titanic.(in a good way) I know I am skipping around but next I will talk about the entertainment/stuff to do. The shows and performances were very mediocre. We saw Hairspray and it was good but not amazing. Both of the shows we saw stopped in the middle because of technical issues. All of the pools and hot tubs were great. There was even a beach style salt water pool. There were plenty of chairs for laying out in the sun. There was food all the time whenever you wanted it! I never found myself bored, but I had more fun at night when I found other kids to hang out with. I will talk about the ports now. I will say that it is a bit of a hassle to get off and on the ship. You have to go through lines and stuff. Once we got off the ship we were free! The first place we went was Nassau, Bahamas. When you get off the ship there are miles of vendors set up trying to sell you stuff. They WILL try to sell you drugs. Just ignore them because you have to go through metal detectors and have your bags inspected on the way back to the ship like airport security. We booked the Rainbow Reef snorkel tour because it was the cheapest. DO NOT TAKE THIS EXCURSION! We had no problem finding where to go. They led a large group of people to the boat. There were too much people and not enough snorkel gear. They gave us NO instructions and just told those of us that were lucky enough to get scuba gear to jump in the water. The life jackets were cheap and they didn't make sure we had them on correctly or anything. I saw some people weren't even wearing them. I got in the water to look at the reef. It was ok, not rainbow. Then everyone was out in the water and it started to rain harder and harder until it was storming. They should not have let us out in conditions like this. There were small children! I tried to swim back to the boat but the waves were big and I couldn't see. This was one of the most terrifying experiences ever. I thought I was going to die. I grabbed onto a stranger and had them pull me back to the boat. When I got on the boat I saw many people swimming and trying to get back to the boat and they couldn't. The workers had to swim and get them one by one until by miracle everyone was back on the boat. SO SCARY! I have learned that if you want a nice shore excursion you have to pay more. In St. Thomas we went to Magens Bay. The most beautiful beach ever! You don't need a shore excursion to get there. We didn't get off the boat in st martaan because it was too much hassle and we were tired. Overall I had a great time and the snorkeling incident was the only bad part. I would highly recommend this cruise!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We as a family of 5, three boys 20,18,14 have cruised 4 times twice on oasis. Everything is good,but we have been on 2 years in row and I wish they would have a show other than hairspray,it's very good but not 2 years in a row.. ... Read More
We as a family of 5, three boys 20,18,14 have cruised 4 times twice on oasis. Everything is good,but we have been on 2 years in row and I wish they would have a show other than hairspray,it's very good but not 2 years in a row.. Comedy team are excellent and worth seeing. Cabin bit basic but hot shower and good beds,housekeeping do a good job. Bad bit. We there for 7 nights and always look forward to my time dining,building relationship with waiter and the normally excellent food,including the delicious soups. We had to send our food back each night because the meals were all cold/Luke warm. The first night we got a call from the restaurant manager and some chocolate strawberrys to room. Next night the procession of cold food continued. One think really annoys me,is the embarkation process is so smooth, all the staff are so friendly and willing to help. On the way off its a big line,no one smiles or tries to help other than shouting directions. Have written to rcl but no reply yet. Will still return to RCL, only for the Flow Rider,I have 3 boys who were on it at 8.30 and stayed on all day,but food not good,in main dining room. We sailed July 5th 2014 and stayed in 10132.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
All the facilities and entertainment were on this ship, but some, such as ice skating, did not seem to be scaled up to meet the increase in customers. The bands and entertainment were great. The shore excursions offered were good but ... Read More
All the facilities and entertainment were on this ship, but some, such as ice skating, did not seem to be scaled up to meet the increase in customers. The bands and entertainment were great. The shore excursions offered were good but expensive, except for the Atlantis Adventure in Nassau which was extortionate: we 3 could have taken a taxi both directions, paid our own entrance, and still have change from the price RCI charged. In fact this was a complete con because it didn't open until an hour after we arrived, we had to leave at lunch time (the tickets lasted the full day) and the biggest slide did not open at all as it was a Sunday yet this wasn't made clear when buying months before. To top it all, the coffee/water stalls didn't even take cash. So avoid Atlantis is our advice and spend the money shopping in the lovely town and use the pools on the ship! 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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