Sail Date: May 2010
It was our first cruise (mother and daugther trip)and we really didn't know what to expect! The porter took our lugguage from the carb and we were checked in within 15mins. Our room was ready by 1pm but our bags didn't arrive ... Read More
It was our first cruise (mother and daugther trip)and we really didn't know what to expect! The porter took our lugguage from the carb and we were checked in within 15mins. Our room was ready by 1pm but our bags didn't arrive until 4pm... So if anyone wants to use the pool etc, pack a carryon bag with you. We booked all the entertainments and speciality restaurant online and the entertainments were all great, however, we couldn't book online for the japanese restaurant and they were full for the entire week on day 2 of the trip! The fancy restaurant 150 Central Park was good, but don't expect Michelin star standard, the Italian restaurant was aweful, I had to sent back the beef, and the table next to ours had to send back their soup (it was sooo salty). The main dining room's food was only average. We also tried the Solarium for dinner, it was average, nothing to write home about.... overall, don't expect too much with the food onboard. We tried the spa few times, and they are quite pushy on selling you products after our treatment. But, the treatment itself were good.... The port excursions were okay, on Labadee, we visited a 'so-called' village, but the villagers were all in fact "actors/actress", they don't even live there!! They are only here whenever the cruise ships are, so if anyone wants to see the real Haitian culture, don't bother joining this tour! Dolphins encounter at Cozumel were great! Must try! Overall we had a great time, service was top notch everywhere on the ship! We are going to try the new NCL Epic next time, hope its as good as the Oasis. I've uploaded the slideshow of our trip here: Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We are Diamond members and this sailing on the Oasis of the Seas on May 29, 2010 was the WORST cruise adventure we have ever experienced! It's taken us almost 4.5 months to be able to put into words our experiences on this horrible ... Read More
We are Diamond members and this sailing on the Oasis of the Seas on May 29, 2010 was the WORST cruise adventure we have ever experienced! It's taken us almost 4.5 months to be able to put into words our experiences on this horrible cruise. If this was our first cruise, we'd never get on another ship. The Oasis itself is a marvel and the technology on the ship was amazing. However, there were still many non technology-related glitches during our cruise. Here's a summary of our misadventures that added up to a totally disappointing cruise: Day 1-May 29th (embark): Security lines in the Check-In Terminal. One of the guards apologized for the long lines because two security scanners were sent to Mexican ports. We got stuck in a security line that joined up with another one at the machine - we received bad direction from the security staff and had to physically squeeze our way back into the line with no help from the security personnel. Once through security, the lines to check-in by deck were mostly empty, except for the Diamond/Diamond Plus lines. We stood in one of two Diamond/Diamond Plus lines and waited our turn. For some reason our line moved faster. When we reached the front of the waiting line and the attendant at one of the 3 counters in front of our line signaled us to proceed forward, the lady in the next line was obnoxious and wanted special treatment because she was a Diamond member and had waited longer than we did. We let her go. When it was our turn again, the next lady played the same game and convinced the assisting staff that she was there before we were and should go to our open window. What a bunch of stuck-up Diamond members -thank goodness the ship was so big we never ran across them again. All in all, it took us 21 minutes to check-in and started boarding the escalators to board, at approximately 12:45 pm. Not bad but many friends told us it only took them 15 minutes before they were actually on the ship. Once on board, we were directed to the Windjammer for lunch. The Windjammer was packed, crammed and the tables were so close together we had to move our chair every time some passed behind us. It was also very small compared to other smaller RCCL ships. But we do give credit to the staff for the wide variety of offerings, and all served so hot and attractively! The Windjammer sitting area was smaller than any Royal Caribbean ship that we have sailed on and very uncomfortable. We were able to get into our cabin at approximately 1:30 pm and the room was warm. We turned the air conditioning down to the lowest possible setting and felt only a little bit of cool air coming out of the small vents. We called Guest Services and they said they would send someone; no one ever showed up. When we met our cabin steward, he immediately called it in. To our knowledge, no one ever came. We checked out the ship and returned a couple hours later and the room was still warm. We called Guest Services again and they had no record of our calls. The cabin steward came by and he called again. The electrical switches were not marked and the cabin steward had to explain which switch controlled which light. We kept the curtains closed whenever possible and were very careful to keep the balcony door closed because of the whistling sound it made when it wasn't in the locked position. The door was poorly designed for comfort and noise. Throughout the week, the reading light over the bed near the balcony would blink on and off repeatedly. We called that in and the cabin steward also called it in but by the 6th day it was never fixed and was still blinking periodically. The cabinets in the cabin were poorly designed. The delightful wooden cabinets on the dresser were great for storing toothpicks - but nothing else. All week we heard about the $10M spent on art on the ship - wish they had spent the money on better air conditioning in the cabins!! MAIN DINING ROOM. The wait staff consisting of Ruivah and Haye was an outstanding service team that met all our needs. Their service made us go back every evening instead of finding alternative dining. However, our table, #244, was stuck against a column and it was a very crowded area (2 tables from the entrance). There was also some miscommunication with the other 6 people assigned to the table. We dined alone 3 nights at a table for 8. The other family had 2 18-month old twins and English was not their first language. They were a nice family but it was impossible to enjoy dinner as family members kept leaving the table to care for the twins - yes, the twins were also at the table in strollers. It was not a pleasant dining experience but we didn't want to hurt that family's feelings by seeking another table. Spa Cafe. Hours posted on the computer screen just outside the Cafe on deck 6 indicated the cafe was open till 11:00 pm on the first day, and 9:00 pm every night after that. We arrived at the cafe before 10:00 pm and there was no one there. The Spa Manager was nice enough to answer our questions and direct us to the Food and Beverage staff. When we called, the Manager said they close at 9:00 pm - a time not consistent with the computer information screens. Guest Relations arranged for my wife to meet the Director of Food and Beverage to discuss the situation. He contended that the screen did not say that but was still defensive when shown that the screen had incorrect information. He also said he would review video to confirm my being there but never got back to us. Aqua Water Show. It was terrific and amazing - the performers were so skilled and perfect. It was great to see the last show of the cast before the new cast took over during the next cruise. Congratulations on a fabulous show in fantastic surroundings! The only problem with the show is that 4 different scanners did not read our SeaPass cards correctly and we had to wait in line at the laptop before we could gain entrance. Day 2-May 30th (at sea): We enjoyed meeting other Meet & Mingle passengers and spent time checking out different parts of the ship. The huge solarium was disappointing with the limited shaded areas. The Solarium Bistro had very tasty food. We found the offering of so many eating places discombobulated. We seldom knew whether we were paying for food or not!! The Daily Compass was often wrong with events that were not held. We realize that this was printed daily but the information had not been changed in a long time. We showed up for 3 events that the staff was not prepared to host - amazing! And the lunatic staffer who wouldn't let us take the scrapbooking project out of the room until we finished it? How would we finish a "picture frame" of our shipboard memories until after the cruise when we had pictures printed? (She had NO scrapbooking knowledge nor experience!!) Day 3-May 31st (Labadee): We spent the morning ashore and the afternoon on the ship. Day 4-June 1st (at sea): We tried to enjoy the Solarium but it was too crowded and there were very few shaded areas. The cantilevered hot tubs were wonderful but there were no comfortable seating areas because it was located at a major thoroughfare between the pool and the solarium. Day 5-June 2nd (Costa Maya): We stayed on the ship to enjoy the amenities. Day 6-June 3rd (Cozumel): Ice incident. We were standing at the railing of our balcony and trying to converse with the crew of the Grandeur of the Seas across the pier. As we stood there, water and ice came tumbling down from above. I called Guest Relations who sent a representative immediately and saw the water on the railing and a couple ice cubes still on the floor of the balcony. He suggested that window cleaning was going on but there was no one above. The cabin was 2 decks below the back of the outside of the Windjammer Restaurant. I don't believe that your window-washing crews use ice cubes in the wash water! Elevator lunch incident. We decided to go to the Windjammer for lunch. Of course, there was no available seating, even sharing a table with other guests, so we took our lunch back to our cabin. In the elevator, a couple came in a deck below and forced his way toward the back of the elevator and swung his backpack around him and knocked most of my wife's lunch off her plate. She looked at the food on the floor and said, "We can pick it up and put on your plate before you eat it!" I said, "Lady, that isn't even funny!" As the elevator door opened and we left, they yelled as us: "You ugly Americans!" The caliber of guests was certainly the worst we've encountered on any ship. Accosted in Main Showroom Theater incident. I was accosted in the main theater by a drunk passenger who couldn't wait for my wife and I to stand up to let him pass and accidentally stepped on my wife's foot. He continued to the end of the row, circled the front of the theater and ended up behind us. I calmly asked him to apologize to my wife for stepping on her foot. He leaned forward from the row behind us, grabbed the back of my head, and told me "that's bullshit, bullshit, bullshit." Others around me said he also slapped the back of my head but I was so stunned I didn't know what was happening. I went to the theater entrance and asked for security. They finally showed up and asked if I wanted to press charges. I had no idea what that meant. Security personnel didn't explain that by pressing charges I would put him in jail and he would be put off the ship at the next port - meaningless since we were returning to Ft Lauderdale. They finally escorted him out of the theater as the performance was starting. Day 7-June 4th (at sea): We stayed in our cabin except for dining and couldn't wait to get off the Oasis! Day 8-June 5th (disembark): Disembarking was relatively easy. However, there were LONGER LINES for U.S. residents in the Immigration section than other foreign residents!! Not as many windows were open for U.S. residents. How could this cruise be improved? Watch out for people who are getting too much to drink. Selling drinks is great, but when their behavior interferes with other passenger, then that's certainly a situation the staff should be available to handle. Honestly? We don't care. We will never sail on the Oasis nor the Allure and it will be a long time before we return to Royal Caribbean. The ship was wonderful nd the activities were fine but the caliber of other passengers was just disgusting!! We've already been on another cruise line and have already booked a second cruise at Christmas. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
My husband and I along with another couple, sailed with Oasis to celebrate our anniversaries in May. My husband and I got a great deal because we booked this cruise a year in advance while sailing Liberty OTS. So not only were we able to ... Read More
My husband and I along with another couple, sailed with Oasis to celebrate our anniversaries in May. My husband and I got a great deal because we booked this cruise a year in advance while sailing Liberty OTS. So not only were we able to book a balcony room, but we were given an onboard cedit for early booking. The Ship: breathtaking, we quickly learned to navigate around the ship based on the promenade,central park, and the boardwalk. We enjoyed taking the stairs EVERY night. There was always something to do every minute. We skipped the formal dinner nights after realizing from previous cruises, that you miss great shows and activites eating for 2 hours. We got dressed for our pictures, hit every last photo stand, returned to our cabin, changed clothes and ate at other areas. We loved the Wipeout, Park Cafe, Cupcake cuboard,Solarium bistro and the multiple areas to get frozen yogurt. The Wipeout had a frozen yogurt area that was away from the dirty hands of children playing by the pool.(thumbs up!)Park cafe had wonderful salads, the cupcakes were delicious,the doughnuts left a lot to be desired. They were dry. The corn dogs and popcorn hit the spot! A Carnival agent told our friends you have to pay for food on RC, Oasis made them into an even bigger liar. If you can't find a free place to eat of 24 dining options then the problem is you, not the cruise line. They even had fruit in the gym and a low calorie menu at the Solarium Bistro. Unfortunately, there were a few downsides. I didn't like the layout of Windjammer, it was too jumbled. We don't smoke and the Casino area was covered in it. We had to walk through it to get to other areas of the ship, and the smoke was terrible. The on air club, should have been built larger. We reserved seats for the comedy show but it was too cramped and small. I had to watch the show in sitting in my husband's lap. Some people did not control their kids. They were everywhere. We tried to find quiet cozy spots to cuddle, but everytime we looked up, someone's kid was watching us. Some people even brought their kids to the Solarium (adult only) area, and despite the warning from the cruise director, some people had their children at (adult only) game shows. People need to respect other adults' privacy. You may love your kids, but they are yours, we shouldn't have to see or deal with them. We met lots of wonderful people and big props to Oasis for candid picture shots. They grouped all our pictures without our seapass cards to identify us. Kudos for the personalized photo albums. I hated looking at thousands of photos of other people trying to find our own. It was wonderful to have all our pictures already in a folder. The photo back drops could've been more scenic. They were really boring. It would be nice to have a self service laundry area, we hate taking dirty clothes home.We loved the chocolates on the pillows and soft comfy bathrobes! Blankets by the pool on windy nights would be a nice add as well. We are Gold members right now, but we are well on our way to accumalating more points. I'm hoping for more perks for Gold members though. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
9 people celebrating parents 52nd anniv. My DW and I could take or leave cruising but wanted to be with the family. we are in our mid 40's. our group was 22 to 76 years young.First night(Friday) stayed at the Marriott Renaissance. ... Read More
9 people celebrating parents 52nd anniv. My DW and I could take or leave cruising but wanted to be with the family. we are in our mid 40's. our group was 22 to 76 years young.First night(Friday) stayed at the Marriott Renaissance. $15 cab ride from airport to hotel .. nice hotel. took cab to Baha cabana. Drank 3 rum runners( they will kick you --151 rum) and split a dolphin sand(awesome). Go to this place.. a dive behind the days inn.Saturday- slept in till 10:30.. shopped across street at wal-grens.(sunscreen) Then $14 cab ride to pier. Left hotel at 11:15.. at Park cafe eating a sandwich and made to order salad by 11:35.Then we zip-lined(need shoes).. jumped on the flow rider...then drank beer from back bar by the flow rider(tip: bring cash for bartenders--it will pay off)Day 2 nassau- been their a bunch. Headed to Senior Frogs. Danced, had fun and wore ballon animals on our head. (Tip- liquor/cigar store next to sr frogs has good cubans and pints of rum with plastic tops-- perfect for going through medal detectors on the way back)St thomas did the champange sail.. not great but we made the most of it. St mateen - got cab to orient beach. pick any place(malibu's for us) 2 chairs and 2 drinks for around $15. buckets of beer ran 11 to 15 bucks (not a kid place/saw some boobies)Summary- Shows good(comedy very funny), ship real big(but like the freedom better), Food in MDH not very good with bad service, Thursday night was lobster (good), wed night was bad(go to spec. rest), bought the gold wine package(good value), Stayed away from the buffett. Liked all the little places ..solarium rocked for breakfast (and as a night club late at night).. J rockets good for breakfast, enjoyed making my own pizza at sorrentos. Rising tide bar was awesome for pre-dinner cocktail, seafood shack for lunch $2.50 bowl of clam cowder in a bread bowl(real good).. no beer bucket deals. again cash for bartenders(not waiters)Track(jogging) is great 2.4 laps = one mile.. decent weights. wife enjoyed the boot camp classes.Had a 8:45am flight- walked off the ship at 6:15-- at airport gate at 6:45Enjoy your cruise -- hope this helps...cheers!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Day 1 - Boarding Boarding was quick and easy, especially cruising with a suite in the family. Royal provided maps of the ship at check-in which was helpful for those in the family who knew nothing about the ship. The Royal Promenade when ... Read More
Day 1 - Boarding Boarding was quick and easy, especially cruising with a suite in the family. Royal provided maps of the ship at check-in which was helpful for those in the family who knew nothing about the ship. The Royal Promenade when first boarding really is impressive. After dropping our bags off at the rooms (we had 2 connecting hump balconies and an Owner's Suite)we explored the ship for a while and ate at the Wipeout Cafe, which was a great first meal. The safety drill was painless, all the Muster Stations are set up in a common area (our's was in Studio B) and are without life jackets. The first dinner in the main dining room was good. The ship is very active at night and is one of the highlights of the day. The first night we had no problems as far as the rooms went. The screens near the elevators with dining options, maps, etc. are all touch screen and are a huge help. Day 2 - Nassau We didnt go ashore in Nassau although we had wanted to go to Atlantis to do Aquaventure but the price was crazy ($145 pp) and by the time everything was said and done we would only have about 3 hours of time on the slides. We spent most of today exploring the ship which was a lot of fun. Central Park was amazing. The added sound effects of birds, etc. helped set the mood. The Boardwalk was just as impressive, Royal did a great job of the theming, everything seemed to fit in place nicely. The Rising Tide was an engineering marvel in itself and the fountains underneath it were a nice touch Day 3 - At Sea Got some much needed relaxation time in the cabin and around the ship. Played some bingo (the prices were reasonable but got jacked up at the end of the week). Ate at Chops today, which was great but took a while to finish the meal due to the fact we were 7 people and ordered a lot. Karaoke in the On Air Club was a lot of fun and we made sure to do it a couple of times during the week. Day 4 - St. Thomas Great port, havent been there in years. We took a snorkeling excursion to Turtle Cove which was a great place to see (as its name suggests) turtles and had a pretty good reef. The boat ride to and from the cove was fun and we were back on board by lunch. The Windjammer IS smaller than it is on Freedom class ships but it didnt really affect how crowded it was too much. Day 5 - St. Martaan Went to Princess Juliana Intl. Airport on Maho beach. Was a lot of fun having planes fly only a few feet over our heads and getting sand blasted by planes taking off. One of the most exciting thing's ive ever done. Definitely recommend it. Days 6 and 7 - At Sea Two sea days was a great way to relax and not worry about waking up early etc. Slept til 2 pm each day. All of the shows were great, Hairspray was phenomenal and would have seen it again. The ice show was great and i was impressed. Having seen 6 other ice shows on other ships, this one was up there with one of the best. The aqua show was incredible for something done on land, let alone on a ship moving 25 mph. The fountain shows were great too. The AquaTheater was a great venue. I ran on the track every day for a mile or two. Just over 2 laps around the ship is a mile, which is unbelievable. The track's themed like a highway and has signs on the side that say "Keep your Pace" and "No Idling" along with directional signs like you would find on a highway directing you to exits such as the Boardwalk, Promenade, and Fitness Center. Final Thoughts In general Oasis was a great experience. Especially after following the ship for over 2 and a half years. It was everything i expected and more. Out of my 7 cruises there's no difficulty in saying this way THE BEST cruise i have ever been on and that you won't be disappointed. All the hype is deserved... theres so much to do on the ship that going on it for another week would be just as exciting as the first, i unfortunately didn't hit the Rock Climbing Wall, Zip Line, or ANY of the pools surprisingly. Theres so much to do that you'll never be bored, and promises to sum up to one of the best vacations you will ever take. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Embarkation was a breeze. Very well organized. When we got on the ship, my first thought was WOW! This is GORGEOUS. From Central Park to the Promenade to the Boardwalk and other areas, the ship is beautiful. I felt like I was on EPCOT at ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze. Very well organized. When we got on the ship, my first thought was WOW! This is GORGEOUS. From Central Park to the Promenade to the Boardwalk and other areas, the ship is beautiful. I felt like I was on EPCOT at sea. The pool areas were also beautiful. They have a gorgeous children's pool as well as pools for people of all ages. There is an adult only area, the Solarium, which has glass over it, making it unbearable hot in June. Maybe this is a good idea in the winter, but it was terrible this time of year. The fitness center and the spa were fabulous. The first thing we did is try to arrange the shows. We booked late and were unable to book the shows online. Fortunately, we arrived at about 11:30. If we arrived at 2PM (as the cruise line suggested), the line would have been enormous and we would have been shut out of some of the shows. We managed to book everything that we wanted, but the times were not great for us. We booked some things in the afternoon and some as late as 10:45PM. You really have to book the entertainment and then work the rest of your schedule around it. We then got on line for MyTime dining. We managed to get 8 o'clock each night. We also decided to book one of the specialty restaurants (Giovanni's) to see how the food compared. THE CABIN: We were able to get to our cabin at 1PM. We had a Central Park View on the 9th floor. The cabin really had no view. It has a porthole, but when you look out of the window, all you see is a glass enclosure which is over parts of Central Park. If you wanted a Central Park Balcony cabin, I would want to be on deck 11 or higher for any kind of a view. The cabin must have been designed for skinny midgets with little clothing. You were able to slide 2 suitcases under the bed easily. The cabin had 2 drawers, 6 shelves and a few tiny shelves behind doors. Even the nightstands had small shelves instead of drawers. The 6 foot wide bed was very comfortable and dominated the cabin. You also get a couch. The closet has a safe but here comes the problem. Because the safe and shelves take up so much room, the door only opens about 12 inches for you to hang your long clothing. Since they give you two bathrobes, you really only have about 8 inches for long clothing. On the other side of the closet you have two bars for hanging short clothing (shirts, shorts, folded slacks, etc). They give you a desk with a beautiful mirror but the 2 outlets are under the desk. You either have to crawl on the floor to plug anything in (or stand if you are the aforementioned midget) or, if you are smart, plug in the extension cord that you cleverly brought with you so you don't have to do this every time you want to use the outlet. The bathroom has a shaver outlet and everything else you need. Sort of. The sink is about 27 inches from the floor. The 16 inch by 10 inch oval sink was fine for the aforementioned midget, not for full size people. The shower door opened about 20 inches wide. Many people would not fit. There were 2 hooks in the shower to hang bathing suits, not a clothesline which works much better. The water pressure was fair at best. The room came with an interactive TV (no instructions). You could check your folio on the TV (I'm glad I did. I found 2 mistakes. Make sure you check it daily). You can also check the restaurant menus, the restaurant availability and the shows that you have booked. This was a VERY nice feature. There was a master switch in the cabin which must be on before you can turn the other lights on. Again, no instructions. The safe, of course, had no instructions either. ENTERTAINMENT: Even though the scheduling of the entertainment was annoying, the ship had the best and most varied entertainment that I ever experienced. We saw the musical Hairspray, ABBAcadrabra (an ABBA tribute concert), the Frozen in Time ice show, The Oasis of Dreams diving and synchronized swimming show, the Come Fly With Me production show with music and high flying acrobats and a comedy show in a 120 seat comedy club. There was plenty of other entertainment in the many different lounges around the ship as well. With a jazz club, a piano bar, a Latin dance club and other venues, there was plenty to do at night. It was all very well done. ACTIVITIES: Depending on your age and interests, they were either great or awful. They have a camp for children. All of the participants looked like they were having a wonderful time. They have a carousel on the Boardwalk. For active people, they have ice skating, full court basketball and/or soccer, rock climbing, a zip line, 2 flow rider pools, belly fop contests, miniature golf, table tennis and more. For the 50 and over crowd, there were few activities during the day. They had an art auction, bingo and wine tastings. Nothing free. DINING: In general, we were disappointed in the dining. The Windjammer cafe was set up in stations (which I like), but I found quality of the food disappointing. There was a Thai station, a station with mediocre cold cuts, a Pasta station with poor pasta, a station with international food (fair) and an area with poor burgers, hot dogs and french fries and a dessert station. By far the best food in the buffet was the salad bar. The Solarium had healthy food. The Park Cafe was good but VERY crowded. The Promenade cafe had mostly finger food. Sorrento's pizza was supposedly NY style but was much worse than anything I ever had in NY. The toppings were fresh but the crust was poor. If you wanted to pay for lunch, they have Johnny Rockets, a Seafood Shack and several specialty restaurants. That is where people had to go if they didn't want to wait on lines. The prices were fair, but you shouldn't have to pay for lunch. The breakfasts were also not particularly good. Water, lemonade, flavor enhanced water and iced tea and coffee were free. If you wanted fresh orange juice, it was available for $4.55 per glass. Most people found the coffee unbearably strong. I saw them sipping and making faces. Dinners were better. They had two seatings in the Opus 5 restaurants, 6PM and 8:30PM. They also offer MyTime dining where you can eat any time from 5:30 to 9:30. With the MyTime dining option, you had different waiters and different tables each time. I prefer to have the same waiter and table each time, but that was not available for me, as I booked at the last minute. Fortunately, the service at all meals was wonderful. The food was okay, nothing special. The desserts were not too good. We ate in one of the specialty dining rooms (Giovanni's) for the reasonable surcharge of $15 per person. I didn't feel that the food was any better there than in the dining room. Most of the specialty restaurants are in Central Park. If you plan on going to one, make sure you take an umbrella because it is all open getting to the restaurant. If it rains, you will get wet. Free frozen yogurt was available on the pool deck. If you weanted ice cream in the afternoon, they have an ice cream parlor on the Boardwalk where you may purchase ice cream. They did not have a midnight buffet. They did not have baked Alaska. CROWDS: This was the biggest problem. The ship has 2700 cabins. We had 6,093 people on the cruise. There were lines everywhere. Even with dinner reservations, we had to wait for our table at each dinner. One night, we had to wait about half an hour to be seated. They did bring free champagne to the people standing on line. If you didn't have reservations for a show (or dinner), you could stand on a long standby line to try to get in. There were many times you would go to a restaurant or a bar and have to leave because it was so crowded. Many nights, it was tough to walk from one end of the promenade to the other because of the pedestrian traffic. By the pools, chairs were jammed in one next to the other, making it difficult to get up and move around. There were ample chairs in the shade in the morning, but as the day got later, they were few and far between. SUMMATION: As with most cruise ships that I have been on, it has its strengths and its weaknesses. This ship might be right for some people but not for others. I found the crowds unbearable. I didn't like being on a schedule all of the time. One day, we had a 5:00 show, an 8:00 dinner and then a 10:30 show. Some days we had NO shows. You had to plan your schedule in advance and stick to it. If the ship wasn't filled to 113% capacity, it might have been better. If you are looking for a beautiful ship with excellent entertainment and great activities for people in their early twenties and below, this might be for you. If you are older and want better cabins, better food and a less hectic schedule, I would consider something else. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
This was our 11th cruise (6th on RCL). Our party consisted of two adults (50) and two young adults (19). Have to say the week went by too fast; this is truly an exceptional ship. Embarkation: The easiest ever. Got to the pier around 11am ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise (6th on RCL). Our party consisted of two adults (50) and two young adults (19). Have to say the week went by too fast; this is truly an exceptional ship. Embarkation: The easiest ever. Got to the pier around 11am and on the ship in 15 minutes. Very organized and friendly personnel. Room: We were in a Junior Suite and I cant say enough about how glad I was I upgraded from a standard balcony. It was the perfect amount of space for four adults and everyone was happy. Used the walk in closet as a changing space which worked out REAL well! We were on the 8th floor with Central Park and we loved the location...perfect for getting food from the Park Cafe. Room was ready at 1pm and luggage arrived by 3pm. Everything was very clean and our attendant was super. Ship: Oasis is BIG and beautiful. I loved the layout and found it very easy to get around. The info screens by each elevator were awesome and we always knew where we were. All areas of the ship were clean and the crew was the friendliest we have ever encountered on a cruise. Ken Rush was great. Shows: The BEST bar none. As good as shows in Las Vegas. Do not miss any of them! Food: In the main dining room food was just average. I have found this to be true for the past 5 years for all of the cruise lines we have sailed. We ate at Giovannis and found that to be very good. Pizza was very good also. Park Cafe was a favorite spot for us. We kept hearing how crowded the Windjammer was so we never did make it up there. There were so many places to eat, we never felt crowded anywhere else. Ports: We did not get off in Nassau..been there, done that. We took an island tour of St Thomas and visited Megan's Bay for a few hours. Very beautiful beach. However, the immediate area where we disembarked in St Thomas was dirty and the shops were disappointing. Whereas, the area at the port in St Martin was very clean and attractive with nice shops. We did a tour of St Martin and really enjoyed seeing how the locals live on both the Dutch and French sides. Disembarkation: We were able to get off the ship fairly easy. No big lines for us; we were in our car by 9am. Our scheduled time off the ship was 8:40am. Pros: Always something to do and great activity staff. Never felt crowded even though ship was at capacity. Shows...the best! Lots of pool side chairs available never had a problem finding seats. Cons: Pools were too hot and so were the showers around the pools. Very little air moving around the pool deck and it would have been nice to cool off in some refreshing water. I do think that there are way too many extra costs on this ship;however, I have found this to be true on all of the new ships. I paid more for this cruise (actually about 3 times more) that I have ever paid for any other cruise. Not really sure if it was worth it. Summary: I am very glad we went on the Oasis, but now having seen it, I doubt if we will sail on this category of ship again. We like feeling like we are on the ocean and if we had not had a balcony, we would not have even known we were at sea. That said, I would still recommend this ship to others as it is worth seeing at least once. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We just returned from our Eastern Caribben cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. If you are a first time cruiser, this ship will more than likely be intimidating for you. This ship is huge and can be difficult to navigate if you're not ... Read More
We just returned from our Eastern Caribben cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. If you are a first time cruiser, this ship will more than likely be intimidating for you. This ship is huge and can be difficult to navigate if you're not good with directions. Because of the open middle concept you may have to go up or down a few floors to get where you want to go. As always on Royal Carribean, the service was wonderful, our steward could not do enough for us. The food was fantastic. After reading several reviews before we went, I will say this about the buffet. If you want to eat in the buffet you need to go when it first opens or after 9:00 pm. There are 6,500 people traveling on this ship and it can get crowded. Our cabin on the Oasis was overlooking Central Park, pretty much in the middle. The cabin was a nice size, we even had a king size bed which was a surpirse. The bathroom is larger but getting at the closet could be difficult for larger people. It is behind the bathroom and next to the small side of the bed. There is pleanty of room in it though. All in all we loved our cabin and had no problem getting to sleep at night it was very quiet. On the days people are in port, it was rather easy to get lunch in the buffet, until they started coming back onboard before sailing. You can get your breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main dining room with no problem. We experience 150 Central Park for dinner on night and the menu was excellent. However, if you want the wine pairing it is $75.00 per person which to us is too extravgant. I don't know about the rest of you, but I can not drink a glass of wine with every course. They do not try to force you to take the wine with your meal, it is offered as an option. We also ate in Johnny Rockets on day while we were at sea and experience a small wait of about 20 minutes. The shows were great but remember if you want to see them or eat in a specialty restaurant book ahead to make sure you get in like I did. Many people were disappointed because they couldn't get into a show. All in all, follow the basic tips and you will have a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
I will start this review by letting you know that my wife and I are experienced cruisers. This was our 40th RCI cruise and we have about another 20 total on other cruise lines. The first word that came out of my mouth upon seeing the ship ... Read More
I will start this review by letting you know that my wife and I are experienced cruisers. This was our 40th RCI cruise and we have about another 20 total on other cruise lines. The first word that came out of my mouth upon seeing the ship at the pier was WOW! The first word that came out of my mouth upon stepping into the Royal Promenade was WOW! The first word that came out of my mouth upon entering our cabin (suite) was WOW! The Oasis will WOW you. I had read numerous reviews, seen videos online, and seen television specials on the ship, but none of them can accurately describe or depict this vessel. You must see it for yourself. To say the ship is huge is an understatement. It takes the entire cruise to explore it fully. On the final day we realized there were still areas of the ship where we had not been. There is so much to do and see that you will need a checklist to make sure you get it all done. SHIP OVERALL - A+ It's difficult to put in words the sheer beauty of this vessel. You realize why part of RCI's advertising campaign is "We build incredible". The Oasis is really incredible. The most difficult part of writing a review about the ship is deciding where to start and what to leave out. So suffice to say that everything on the ship is beautiful. I was concerned that finding deck chairs would be a problem. However, even on sea days there were scads of deck chairs available all over the ship. There were chairs available in the Solarium, around the pools, and on the deck above the pools. The only place I ever had a problem finding a chair was in some of the dining venues at certain times of the day. I do think the Windjammer needed to be a little larger. The only time we felt any movement in the ship was when we were docked at Costa Maya. Although, as soon as the ship set sail all of the movement stopped. I had read some reviews where some people had complained about movement on the vessel. Perhaps, they had some extreme conditions. However, we were on deck 17 and never felt anything. This ship is the most stable I've ever been on. We cruised with a party of 8 total. My wife and I, our three children, our daughter in law and son in law, and grandson. Ages 9 months to almost 50 years old. One of the things that amazed me was that there were things that appealed to everyone. The Oasis is not targeted at just one demographic. It has a broad appeal and offers something for everyone. CABIN - A+ My wife and I were in a Crown Loft Suite. Again, we walked in and said "WOW". Our suite overlooked the Sport Zone area and the Boardwalk. There was always activities going on outside but the cabin was quiet inside regardless of anything else going on. The cabin is extremely spacious with a roomy bathroom downstairs and another upstairs where the master bedroom is located. Our cabin steward did a tremendous job keeping everything clean and tidy. The bed was very comfortable. I believe there was some sort of mattress topper on the bed that made it the most comfortable RCI bed my wife and I had ever slept on. The A/C worked great. The shower in the upstairs bathroom had 3 shower heads, one of them being a rain type shower. There was plenty of water pressure. I highly recommend any of these suites. You will not be disappointed. DINING - A We had 2nd seating and ate in the dining room every evening except one. The food was excellent and service from Milton, our waiter, was awesome. We had our entire family including our 9 month old grandson. Milton made sure we had mashed potatoes and a banana at dinner every night for the baby. All of the wait staff doted over our grandson. We ate at Giavonnis Table on the 6th night and it was great. We also ate in the dining room the four times it was open for lunch. My wife and I enjoy eating in the dining room as much as possible so we also ate breakfast there except for twice when we dined in the Concierge Lounge, which was a real treat. Everything we were served was excellent. ENTERTAINMENT - A+ I know I am probably sounding like a broken record, but just like everything else on this ship, we were impressed with all of the shows. The "Oasis of Dreams" (Aqua Show) was absolutely incredible. The performance of "Hairspray" was done flawlessly. The Ice Show, "Frozen in Time", was magnificant. "Come Fly With Me" was like nothing that I had ever seen. It was like Cirque meets Broadway. It was a one of a kind performance that kept you captivated. There were a few small precision issues with the the singers and dancers but nothing distracted from the performance value of the show. We did not go to the Comedy Show because it was not family oriented. It would have been really nice to have a family comedy show. Ken Rush was our cruise director and did a great job. This was the fourth time we had him as cruise director and he entreats all of the passengers in a personable and professional manner. Ken was our cruise director on our very first cruise 16 years ago and he's always been consistent. Since shows were not performed every evening, we did not see him as much compared to previous cruising experiences. My personal observation is that the role of the cruise director seems to be changing somewhat with the introduction of this class of vessel. The daily shows that Ken hosted on the television (I think it was called "Morning Rush") were very informative and helped bring a connection between him and the passengers. SERVICES - A One of the things that really impressed me was the new photography service. Along with the the purchase of the normal 5x7s and 8x10s, you can actually build your own photobook of the cruise with up to 25 pictures that were taken by the ship's photographers and it's priced at $99. Considering that we have have been on a lot of cruises and I have this stack of photos piling up, this is a great deal. We actually ended up spending a little more on photographs altogether, but we have something much more meaningful with the photobook. Since we were in a suite and diamond plus members, we had access to the Concierge Lounge. Both concierges were attentive to our needs and responded promptly. We took advantage of the full breakfast service in the lounge twice and were well pleased. The Concierges treated us like we were important and nothing was an imposition to them. All of our attendants and waiters were superb. We never saw a poor attitude expressed by any of the crew members. The staff on board were very friendly and cordial. PORTS - A My wife and I had been to all of the ports before. The one that we were surprised at most was Labadee. WOW! There have been major improvements including the pier to dock the ship, concrete sidewalks from one end of the resort to the other, a private beach for suite guests, a roller coaster, and much more. My wife never seemed to like Labadee but now she's asking me to find cruises that are going there. Costa Maya and Cozumel were the same as always. We've been there a lot, but still enjoy it. COMPLAINTS - Minor to none Let me start out by saying you can always find something if you look hard enough. My family were not going on a cruise to try to look for something wrong. So overall I have no complaints. However, there were just a few things that I thought that could be improved. The Windjammer seems smaller than Voyager and Freedom class vessels and finding a place to sit can be challenging at certain times. I'm not sure who decided to make the casual dining venue smaller on a ship holding 50% more passengers. On several occasions we walked in and decided not to stay. One thing that could help is open the dining room everyday for lunch including embarkation day. The waiters would probably hate it, but it would be nice. There is no longer an afternoon snack available in the Windjammer. You have to go to the other dining venues and they get very crowded. The only place I saw that was never packed was the Seafood Shack. We actually ate there one day and enjoyed it. We went to the Wipe Out Cafe when we wanted an afternoon snack. I was not totally crazy about the venue but the food was good. EMBARKATION AND DEBARKATION - A+ The best yet. Totally painless and fast. We were on the ship quickly and off the ship even faster. RCI's new debarkation procedures are great. I even said WOW when we got off the ship. SYNOPSIS - A+ The Oasis of the Seas is by far the most incredible ship ever designed and built. Words and pictures do not do it justice. I've seen pictures of ships before that looked better than when you actually saw it in person. However, the exact opposite is true on the Oasis. Pictures cannot capture the full magnitude of this vessel. To fully take advantage of all that the Oasis offers, you have to rethink cruising if you're an experienced cruiser. The best way I can describe the experience is traditional cruising meets freestyle. There is flexibility where you can plan your cruise as you like, yet still the elements of the traditional cruise experience. I definitely plan on cruising on the Oasis again. If we could have stayed on for another week, we would have done it. The Oasis is ideal for honeymooners to families traveling together to groups who want to have individual experiences that differ while still having shared moments together. I highly recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We just returned from a wonderful vacation on the Oasis of the Seas. Our voyage was June 12th thru June 19th. We had 2 balcony cabins on deck 12. This was our 9th cruise with Royal Caribbean, we've sailed with Carnival(4), Holland ... Read More
We just returned from a wonderful vacation on the Oasis of the Seas. Our voyage was June 12th thru June 19th. We had 2 balcony cabins on deck 12. This was our 9th cruise with Royal Caribbean, we've sailed with Carnival(4), Holland America(1), Princess(4), Disney(1), Norwegian(5), Celebrity (1) and Costa(1). None of these cruise lines can compare to Royal Caribbean. Royal is truly what it's name states. The Oasis of the Seas is magnificent and an amazing ship, it is a Resort at sea. With 6,200 passengers on board along with 2,200 crew, the ship never felt crowded. There were so many things to do and so many areas on the ship to relax. The food was excellent many venues to choose to dine. Entertainment was excellent, no one beats Royal Caribbean when it comes to entertainment. They choose the best. One week on this ship is not enough time to enjoy everything that this ship has to offer. This ship is a bit pricey, but it is worth every Penny. It is an adventure not to be missed. Oasis of the Seas is the biggest and best ship at sea. Embarkation and Debarkation was a breeze, I could not believe it went so smoothly and quickly. We are going on the Allure in December and look forward to another Great Vacation with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Our week on the Oasis was punctuated with the phrase "I can't believe it can be better". Each show was better then the first. From the Aquatheater to Hairspray to the Comedy Club to the "Circque" style aerial ... Read More
Our week on the Oasis was punctuated with the phrase "I can't believe it can be better". Each show was better then the first. From the Aquatheater to Hairspray to the Comedy Club to the "Circque" style aerial show...each was staged magnificently. The ship has so many little places to explore...just finding all of the art and different hidden treasures (scopes with 3D pictures) took more than the time we had in the week. There were over 6,000 people on the cruise, and it never felt crowded. Getting on and off at ports was so simple. No tenders! We were impressed with the improvements at Labadee as well. The food was very good. The waiters were attentive. We ate at Chops (which had good food, but the atmosphere of Central Park is not as romantic as the Chops on ships with the ocean view) and at the Solarium Bistro as our 2 specialty nights. During the day, we fond the Solarium area to be perfect to get lots of space, good food (best breakfast on the ship) and an area for adults. At night, we took advantage of the shows, of the Royal Promenade, and other night-club areas on the ship. I was very pleased to see that 50% of the casino is non-smoking, and is physically separated from the smoking part. The last thing is that there was NO movement of the ship. We did not feel the ocean at all while we were fact we felt movement more in port than at sea. So, we highly recommend the Oasis of the is unlike any other cuise experience you will have had. Rich and Judy Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Travelers: My husband and myself (mid 50's - early 60's)- As others have previously said, check-in is extremely efficient. Getting there early is best. Early= 10:45 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Cabin: Deck 10 Boardwalk Balcony - Our ... Read More
Travelers: My husband and myself (mid 50's - early 60's)- As others have previously said, check-in is extremely efficient. Getting there early is best. Early= 10:45 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Cabin: Deck 10 Boardwalk Balcony - Our cabin was fine for the two of us. Jesus was our cabin steward and did an awesome job. We spent some time in our cabin, but not much. Of course, the bathroom is small. We thought the storage worked well. There was plenty of room for all of our belongings. Don't overstuff the drawers. At the lower bottom of the desk cabinette there was a mesh covering and we could see where someone lost a scarf that went behind the drawer. About noise - We were 8 cabins in from the aft (back) of the ship. If you are noise-phobic, a Boardwalk Balcony may not be to your liking. There will be times of great activity going on which you can hear. We absolutely loved it. We had a great seat for any show happening in the Aqua Theater! Shows:We booked everything online prior to going. All of our reservations were ready for us upon arrival at every show. While we heard complaints on ship concerning having to make reservations for each show, it is a very equitable way of handling being able to see the shows. You can get in 10 minutes prior by taking seats of those who are "no shows". Aqua Show - Do NOT miss. We saw Oasis of Dreams. They are working on another one called Splish Splash. There are a variely of shows taking place in the Aqua Theater. We loved the "dancing waters" shows they would do with music in the Aqua Theater. The big screen there is phenomenal! Come Fly with Me was spectacular as well. The choreography and acrobatic stunts coupled with great props, especially the taxi and airplane, kept you in awe. Hairspray was well done and the cast is unbelievably talented. Headliner Show in the Opal Theater changes weekly. Earl Turner was beyond high energy! The Ice Show features tales of Hans Christian Andersen. The skater portraying the king in the Emperor's New Clothes is a wonderful entertainer and skater! All of them did a great job, and I cannot fathom having to skate on such a small area and on a moving ship! A break in the middle features a sand artist. I had not seen anyone do this before. It was amazing. Summer Evening was a show the Royal Caribbean Dancers and Singers did one eveing in the Aqua Theater. It was fun realizing how different some of them looked from the character they portrayed in Hairspray. Great talent! Excursions: Dragon's Flightline at Labadee, Haiti. I can hardly express in words how magnificent this is!! The trial run they have you do was more nerve racking than the actual line. LOVED IT! We did the 7:30 A.M. one and it was great. Plenty of sun, but not too hot yet. We recommend it. They had ship's photographers taking pictures as we got to the bottom and these were the only photos we bought! Walking Art Tour - This is held at sea days by the Art Shop staff. Met at the Champagne Bar and walked down the Promenade. The sculptures in plain sight down the Promenade are so interesting. Around the ship are located telecopes which contain 3D pictures and binoculars that contain photos as well. These are done by two artists using photography and are quite interesting. We went down to deck four and worked our way up to the Art Shop on Deck 8 Central Park. Learned wonderful facts about the ship and it's art work and the choice of artists to display their work. Eating Venues: Everywhere we ate, we thought the food was flavorful. We ate at a variety of places for meals to just give things a try. Giovianni's Table $ We ate at one day for lunch and very much enjoyed it. I would have ordered differently seeing others meals around. I had the antipasta and baked shrimp. Nothing really that I would super rave about. Just for me, I think I should have been less adventurous and stuck to the Italian dishes I was more familiar with. Park Cafe is wonderful and easy for a quick lunch. We tried to avoid the usual lunch hour due to the small space and limited seating. Everything from soup to salad to sandwiches. Great desserts as well. Main Dining Room for breakfast using the a la carte area was tasty and hot. The service we received each evening from our waitstaff Pei, Ben, and head waiter Giorgi could not have been better! Windjammer - Busy and bustling as usual. We found the food to be very good. What a variety! Ate there one evening for dinner as well. Johnny Rocket's for breakfast is a good alternative. We had omelets and the raved about potates, which were good, but not over the top. Solarium Bistro - A healthier style of eating is featured here. We ate here for lunch a couple of times and enjoyed it. It was very quiet the days we ate lunch there which seemed kind of weird, since all of the other places are so active during the service hours. It was a nice change of pace. Rising Tide Bar was fun and novel to ride. Just had to do this once while enjoying an adult beverage! Hmm...I thought we did other things on this cruise besides eat! Doesn't look like it from our list of eateries! Pools: Since we were not traveling with young children, our pool place was the Solarium. If you are in the pool you are fine, otherwise, it was pretty warm in that area. You have to wear flipflops or water shoes of some kind to get from your beach chair to the pools because the surface was so hot it would burn your feet. I do not remember this being the case in any of the fleets other Solarium areas's we've been in. I think because of the number of hot tubs in that area, there is a lot of humidity that is trapped by the glass. Maybe ceiling fans or even surface fans to circulate air in that area would be helpful. General Thoughts: * We really enjoyed the touch screens around the ship. If you wanted to know a menu of a restaurant or what time an event is happening, no problem. So convenient! * We really appreciated having the Diamond Club available to us. This was our first opportunity to use one on a ship since RCCL changed the qualifications. Great perk that we truly appreciate. * The ship did not seem any more crowded than ships smaller in size. If a show or event was completed, then the usual crowd that any event brings was noticeable. We never felt as though we were waiting an unusually long time for anything. * It was interesting to hear people's perceptions of this large vessel. Some loved it and only now want to do Oasis class; others mentioned they are going back to the smaller class ship. The one distinction the Oasis has is that you somewhat need to plan. If you don't have your heart set on seeing a show and are willing to take a chance that 10 minutes prior you can get in, then the Oasis is not so different from other ships. Where we noticed there seemed to be the most unhappiness was those traveling in large groups - maybe 6 - 8+. Large groups are more challenging whether on land or sea. But my, can people get their dandruff up in a hurry! Would we cruise the Oasis of the Seas again? Absolutely! This is a phenomenal cruise ship that offers a ton of variety in eateries and activities. This cruise will rank as our most awing and favorite cruise since our first one that hooked us on cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
First of all, we stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 hotel the night before and 2 thumbs down for that place. The air conditioning was not functioning so we complained and it was 'fixed' but not really. We ate at the one restaurant at ... Read More
First of all, we stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 hotel the night before and 2 thumbs down for that place. The air conditioning was not functioning so we complained and it was 'fixed' but not really. We ate at the one restaurant at the pier there and the food was pretty bad and so was the service. I was very disappointed and should have just stayed at a cheaper hotel. Anyway, we showed up at 12:15 to board the ship even though our info said to show up at 2:00 and we got on in 20 mins or so just like everyone else says you will. We headed to Central Park on deck 8 and it was packed with people but we managed to find a seat at the Park Cafe and get something to eat while waiting to get into our stateroom. Our bags didn't show up until after 5 p.m. so we had to hurry to get ready for our 6 o'clock dining experience. First problem we encountered was we did not have an assigned table at the dining room for some reason even though we had requested to be at a table with other couples. We then were placed at a 4 person table but the other couple only showed up 2 nights so that was disappointing also. The wait staff was fabulous though so we enjoyed their company throughout the week. The food was just good most meals and great a few times. By our second night, we hit some rough seas and boy oh boy could you feel it at the front of the ship. The bed was moving, hangars banging, doors jiggling. It was bad. Unfortunately for me, I am prone to motion sickness and I had even taken the precaution of seeing my doctor and getting a prescription for the patch you put behind your ear. I saw many, many people wearing these patches throughout the week. Problem was, there are side effects from this patch and I had all of them, including nausea, dry mouth and best of all blurred vision and dialated pupils! By Monday when I couldn't read at all I realized something was terribly wrong and had my friend read the patch info and discovered I was experiencing the side effects and it said to remove the patch immediately and see your doctor. So Monday, the ship was moving like crazy and you'd be walking down the hallway and it felt like a roller coaster. My point is, don't let anyone tell you that you won't feel a thing. We definitely did and until we docked in St. Thomas on Tuesday, it was rough going. Luckily the seas calmed and I was okay the rest of the week. We worked out in the gym a few mornings and it is a nice facility but pretty crowded. We did the zipline and it was fun although a little scary. I also had a great time at the Schooner Bar playing the 'Name that Michael Jackson Tune' contest. I got 24 out of 25 and won! I'm obviously a big fan. There is always something going on around the ship so you're never bored. We did some shopping and bought watches and purses for $10/each one night on the promenade. The cruise director, Richard Spacey, is also a hoot. Funny, funny guy. He did dance sequence before the headliner show that was awesome. I'm glad I got to see that even though the headliner was not for me (Texas Tenors). The rest of the shows were all Broadway quality. I especially enjoyed 'Come Fly with Me' - excellent singing, acrobatics and do not miss this! We signed up for all the shows online a month before and you should definitely do this. If I were to do this again, I would get a room in the middle of the ship on a lower deck to help w/the sea sickness, I wouldn't get off the ship at Nassau - just a bunch of junk there and nothing to see. St. Thomas was so-so and we basically just shopped for jewelry. We went to St. Martin (French side) and did some more shopping which was fun. Wanted to make it to the beach but the weather wasn't cooperating. What else? Getting off the ship was a breeze and we were almost 4 hours early for our 11:55 flight back home to D.C. No worries. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Oasis 6/26 Sailing Review with Parents in Tow, Good or Bad? Finally getting a whole week onboard (I was on one of the pre-inaugurals) was something I didn't think I'd be able to do, but the pricing was right and the time was ... Read More
Oasis 6/26 Sailing Review with Parents in Tow, Good or Bad? Finally getting a whole week onboard (I was on one of the pre-inaugurals) was something I didn't think I'd be able to do, but the pricing was right and the time was right for the entire family and a friend to get a chance to be on her for more than a couple of days! Here's a little bit of background so you know where I am coming from. First, the parents are late 70s, mother has a hard time walking so we got her a wheelchair for use onboard and father's feet are deformed (has to wear special shoes, cannot walk very far at all so he got a motorized scooter for use onboard.) I am 49 and my sister is 48. She took a friend (52) and we had two separate cabins. We (mother, father, and myself) had a handicapped stateroom balcony while my sister and her friend opted for the inside. Having been on the ship for a couple of nights with other folks in November, I frankly didn't know what I would think of a week onboard. Now don't get me wrong, I loved the ship the first time around, but honestly wasn't sure if I or my clients would like it over Freedom class ships. Plus I had no idea of how the cruise would feel with all 6200 people on it and we were sailing this week at full capacity. So here goes: We flew down the day before (as always) and stayed at the Hyatt Place, Airport North. So so hotel even though I generally like Hyatt Places. Got up early on Saturday and was at the port by about 10:45 AM. Wheelchair assistance was right there for the parents and check-in was extremely easy as I had anticipated. We were allowed to board about 11 AM, but we got stuck in the wheelchair line despite being Diamond. That was not well organized because they had to bring personnel from the ship to the port to take you over. I was not allowed to push my mother myself. As a result, we ended up going with the regular crowd but it was ok. Of course our staterooms weren't ready until 1 PM, so we went straight away to the Park Cafe for lunch which was absolutely fabulous. There really isn't a better place to get lunch onboard in my opinion than there. I personally love their soups; they were simply wonderful the entire cruise. As soon as we could, we went to our stateroom and were pleasantly surprised at how large it was and how nicely organized it was for two wheelchairs and people who don't get around too well. Thank heavens for these staterooms, because without them, my parents would not have been able to do this cruise. The one thing that stood out to me was how incredibly nice everyone was in helping me with my parents, both the staff and complete strangers. After going to our stateroom, we did the obligatory tour, then went to find the iphones (more about them later). We had booked everything online prior to the cruise, so we didn't have to stand in line or fuss about the Coke cards. That was delightful! Took the parents to the front of the ship over the wingmen for the send off. That was the only place that was not handicap accessible and the parents had to do steps, but thanks to everyone, we managed to get them out there even though a took a huge tumble trying to get the wheelchair outside. PS...I thought this was off limits to everyone except for the Adventure Ocean kids but that was not the case this entire cruise. At that point we were starved and because of the hassle of taking the elevators every time we wanted to go up or down a floor, we ended up eating at JRs the first night. I think there were only about five other people there with us! It was good as always. Went to try a doughnut after dinner but they were stale and yukky. Tried to find that iphone people with no luck. We quickly realized that we needed to have something like that to keep track with the other members of the family. I know I said that the elevators were a hassle, but I must say that I was amazed the entire cruise at how undercrowded they were (much more so than any other class or ship). It was just a hassle with wheelchairs not being able to take the steps up and down one or two floors. We went to bed exhausted after being in the casino for several hours in the evening (I know, we shouldn't have been there!). Weather was great. Really missed having a "Welcome Aboard" show. Day 2 at sea started with breakfast in the WJ. By about 10:30 or so, it wasn't too crowded and was easy for us to get to. We finally found the iphone guys and rented two phones. They were super cool at first, but lacked your personalized calendar of what you had scheduled when and the ability to leave voice mail. That was the most annoying thing of all. Most of the time they didn't work either calling but we found out the last day that one of them was out of airplane mode and got a refund for it. Note to self and others: make sure that no one in your party knows not to touch the little round button at the bottom too much or try to make a call when the "other" menu comes up. Thought they were ok and most handy with the guest finder to locate the other person(s) but again, they weren't perfect. Sometimes they had my sister in the elevator when she wasn't or in a different stateroom (which she wasn't). The day was beautiful, so we took in some sun at the pool deck and in the Solarium. Despite what others have said, I found the pool areas to be just as crowded as the Solarium, yet we didn't have any problem finding deck chairs. We ended up going to the Wipeout Cafe for ice cream (it was wonderful!). It's a shame they took away the ice cream by the pool just so they could sell it elsewhere. I really miss having ONE big pool like Freedom/Voyager class ships in the middle. The bands don't play as much and it just seems to be missing something. The parents went to Hairspray later in the afternoon then stayed there for Bingo while I went and had a massage in the spa. Tip for all you spa people: they put the gratuity on the slip BEFORE I had a chance to say how much it was. Of course I used my diamond discount, but still, the price was $95! AND I had to sign the slip in front of the masseuse!!! I was flabbergasted! Tried to resolve that later in the day but it took THREE days to get that straightened out and they gave me another hot stone massage for free as a result. So I think there was a lot of confusion and miscommunication in the spa services. Be forewarned, Guest Services does not handle any spa issues. Those are all done by the spa themselves since they are contracted out. Went to Bingo to see if it was still as fun as it was on other ships, but it wasn't. Don't waste your time. The electronic packages are $55 EACH and without them, it's virtually impossible to win. RCL's bingos used to be so stinkin fun but now they are just plain money makers and no longer worth the money for what you win (tops that day of $300 for the last game). The evening's dinner was at Giovanni's Table and was ok, not great. We are not big gourmet eaters but prefer something like Olive Garden and this was much truer Italian. A little better than the MDR but I didn't feel it was worth the extra money. Nice ambiance, however. We saw Oasis of Dreams in the evening and it was spectacular! I didn't get to see it in November because they were having issues with the show, so that was something I was sooo excited to see and it didn't disappoint! Left feeling like RCI really did hit this ship out of the ballpark because it simply has something for everyone even though there were some things I really missed from the other ships. Day 3 at Labadee was another hmm, I don't know what I think about that preconceived notion. It had been about 7 years since I was last at Labadee and I remember it as just a beach like Coco Cay, nothing special, but nothing bad about it either. When we left, I was in awe of the place, not wanting to wait two weeks until my next cruise that goes here! RCI really has made tremendous strides in making this island a tropical paradise and much like a resort retreat. The zip line looked amazing except that I don't think some people in my next group (going back next week with a group on Freedom) will be able to go because of the low weight requirement. I was shocked that they said it was only 225 lb. or less. That takes a lot of people out of doing it. Oh well. The coaster looked cool too but I didn't get to do it this time because I had to parent sit. The food was excellent; it was a super day! Went to the MDR for dinner; really enjoyed the Chicken Marsala and what I call "cruise cake"...the warm chocolate cake that I love! Our head waiter let it spill that RCI is bringing totally open seating to the ships one at a time very soon. Wonder what they'll do about tippling? Went to the Love and Marriage Game Show then to bed. Day 3 at sea was interesting because we were following Hurricane Alex so it rained most of the day but we had room service on the balcony to begin with and that was lovely. Slept late then went to the casino for the win a cruise slot tourney and low and behold, the friend of my sister's who was with us won it! We were thrilled for her! Then on to the slot pull organized by Jim, a CC member. Thank you Jim for a fabulous time! We each made $75 in the deal and had a blast! I think we hit for about $1500. Too bad it wasn't just one of us! Stayed a little later in the casino then finally went to the Park Cafe to eat a bit around 5:30 PM. It was not crowded and easy to find places to sit. I must say how amazed I am that they ship doesn't feel nor look full even at full capacity. Really unbelievable. I would have never guessed that. Others have said so, but I really didn't think I would agree. I must say that I do agree wholeheartedly! Impressive!! After dinner we went to the headliner showtime and enjoyed that then back to the casino. Finally had enough of that and came back to the room to write this up. It's really storming out and we are being tossed around. It's incredible that this ship is so big but still moves. Not seasick though, just rocking a lot. Wonder why in the world we're going into this type of weather, but I guess the folks up top have some idea! I must say that the ship is wearing well for all the commotion in the ocean! Off to bed so I can finally get some sleep. I made a video of my tips that I will put on You Tube when I get back. Until tomorrow, ciao! Day 4 was supposed to be a stop at Costa Maya but at noon when we should have docked, we found out that we were going to skip that port due to the high winds and seas and were going to continue on to Cozumel! Oh my!!! I don't mind a day at sea, but I'm definitely not a good two day at sea person. The ship was really moving (still couldn't get over how strong those winds must have been) and I took Bonine to help my stomach. It wasn't nearly as bad as it would have been on other ships at all; I was really thankful that I was on this ship if I had to be on it for two days! Since it was crappy out, we found ourselves where else other than the casino for the majority of the afternoon. It was quite fun even though none of us did well. This part of the ship was very stable and I didn't feel too bad here. Had my second massage because of the spa's screw up and it was lovely BUT I really don't like the high strung sales pitch those spa people give. I paid enough for this and don't need to pay more. I also feel like if you don't have a perfect body, they slyly put you down. I had forgotten how they make you feel until I left. Note to self again: don't do the spa on these ships unless I shape up. That evening we ate in the WJ again, but I felt sick after that, so I took my mother back to the room and we all went to bed. The ship was really getting blown around. I can't imagine how those people who came over on her felt with the 100 ft waves! Day 5 was Cozumel. Thank heavens we were on land! I was never so happy to get off a ship by then. Too many days at sea for me! Went into the little shopping area by the port and bought a necklace for my mother. Grandeur was pulled in next to us. WOW do we dwarf her!!! I would not have wanted to be on that ship the last day at sea. Came back and saw Come Fly with Me in the evening. I thought I would be really excited to see this, but ended up not liking the music they chose at all for the show. I thought it was awfully dark music. However the performers were exceptional! Watched the digital caricature artist on the Royal Promenade with fascination. LOVED what he did. An amazing talent! Of course no day is complete without another trip to the casino, so we ended the night with some slot action. Day 6 was actually a refreshing day at sea. The morning started with the walk-a-thon for Make-A-Wsh that was lots of fun. Then we got to see the people from Big World, Little Family on TLC who were on the cruise with us. The wife, Amy, signed autographs with the boys in tow. They were wonderful! Apparently they went to Port au Prince and delivered backpacks by Nike to the orphans. Really a delightful family and they didn't have a suite! They were just "normal" people in their words! Refreshing!!!! Went to the Scrapbooking Workshop and really enjoyed that. Thought you got a great deal for no charge. I would recommend this to others. The sun finally came out and we were able to go to the pool and hot tubs. That made a world of difference because we had been so cooped up inside for several days. The day ended with the big Bingo (only my father played) and dinner again at JR. The Bee Movie was playing in the Aqua Theatre at night but was not well attended. Any time I have been to the Boardwalk with the exception of the shows, it was totally empty. I wonder if this is a huge waste of space but maybe I just didn't get there at the right times. It's too bad the Aqua Theatre is not used much more frequently; but again, there may be too much technology and gadgets installed to allow regular people to swim there. Disappointed that they didn't show the Cruise in Review video at all and there was no "Farewell Show." I miss that touch. We also never got to see that stars like others had because of the weather or it wasn't scheduled. Not sure of which. Day 7 departure was super smooth and easy, also as I had anticipated. My conclusions? Well I'm still not sure. I wish there was something like a TGIFriday's or an Olive Garden or another American restaurant onboard personally. I could care less about the Guess (teeny bopper) store that's coming on Allure. The Coach store is much more to my liking but without anything exclusive to Oasis, there's no reason for me to buy there when I have an outlet close to home. Even though there were more choices, they didn't suit us as far as taste was concerned. This was the first cruise that we never ate in the dining room more than one time and I really liked the fact that we didn't have to haul evening clothes for each evening. I still miss the big pools and a show every evening, even if it isn't top caliber. At least that keeps me out of the casino (or maybe that's their point) each night. The signage, interaction, and technology are amazing. Being a techno person by trade, that was awesome to note. Oasis definitely has something for everyone, which is a huge draw and it is gorgeous, hands down. BUT that being said, I can't wait to come back next week for my cruise on Freedom. Oddly enough, I find myself super excited. We'll see! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Our party consisted of 2 adults (male59/female53) and 2 teenagers (female18/male16). Having sailed on the Enchantment and the Freedom, we are not RCCL "experts", but had very positive experiences on both, and were looking for a ... Read More
Our party consisted of 2 adults (male59/female53) and 2 teenagers (female18/male16). Having sailed on the Enchantment and the Freedom, we are not RCCL "experts", but had very positive experiences on both, and were looking for a truly top notch experience on the much hyped flagship of the fleet. While I still consider the overall experience to be very good, it seems the quest for a larger market share has perhaps begun to take it's toll in a few areas. On the positives, the ship is as impressive as touted. Our sailing was only 6 people shy of 100% maximum capacity, yet there was not the crowded feeling you would expect. With the exception of meal times in the Windjammer, one or two waits at the elevators, and a pretty full pool area on sea days, we did not feel the huge passenger load. The Promenade is huge and was always comfortable to walk through. Central Park became the immediate favorite area of both my wife and myself. The ambience was completely removed from being shipboard, especially with the lighting at night; it was never crowded,the greenery is wonderfully lush, and the seating is very comfortable.We did not dine in any of the specialty restaurants there, so cannot comment on their food. On deck, we did not care about having to be in a "poolside" chair, so we were easily able to find deck space in the condition of our choosing; sun or shade. The entertainment was excellent in our opinion. Fortunately, my wife ignored my objections to being on "too much of a schedule", and booked the shows ahead. We were both disappointed by "Hair Spray", but the majority of passengers we heard seemed to love it. Don't miss the Aqua Theater performance. The ice skating show was entertaining, but would have only rated as a toss up for me, until the performance of the "sand writer" artist; what a talent. The "over 18" comedy acts were enjoyable; too bad they did not vary the shows a little more for repeat viewers. If you grew up in the early glory days of oldies/rock and roll, the performance of the group "The Unexpected Boys" will really be enjoyed. We finished the last night with the "Come Fly With ME" production, and it was a great finale for the week. The staff to passenger ratio seemed to be stretched a little thinner than on our previous ships, but they were always courteous and willing to help. For the negatives; some may seem trivial, but I heard quite a few other passengers who noticed the same things. Although this is not something the cruise line has control of, I found the ship to be overpopulated with lots of rude foreign passengers; not all of course, but those in this category were irritating enough that they dominated my opinion. They would cut in front of you in food lines, reach over your shoulder, step on your feet, or just push you aside, and think nothing of it. When the elevator door would open and reveal a full car, they were cramming 4 or 6 more of themselves in; damn anyone who was trying to exit. On the cruise lines negative list... Storage in the cabins is terrible. Access into the closet is extremely poor via the almost useless sliding doors. The nite stands with drawers have been replaced by undersized tables with useless open shelves, and the tall cabinet flanking the dressing area is only deep enough to store bottles of water and suntan lotion. The narrow shelf above the tv and the "magazine rack" style wall storage is nice, but the majority of storage, even in the bath area is open shelving, and prone to items falling off when the ship rolls(depression/tropical storm/huricane Alex was ahead of us, wind speeds were 35 to 40 knots for about a day and a half with periods of 8 to 14 foot seas; easily and comfortably handled by the ship, but keeping you aware of what you set on the shelves). The most annoying pet peeves for me were two things I atribute to the cruise line's fear of hurting someone's feelings and perhaps alienating them. First, there was way too much tolerance, in fact total ambivilance, to smoking around the ship in other than designated smoking areas. Second, there was an "anything goes" attitude for the dress code in the main dining room.I understand that everyone doesn't have, or wants to wear, a tux (myself included), or maybe even have a suit or sport coat; but I saw things that were totaly disrespectful to everyone who made the efforts for formal nights. Short pants and tee shirts,ok; one late teen/early 20's guy with an impeccable suit on...and a backwards facing baseball cap kept on for the entire seating,ok (I finally gave him the benefit of doubts for some medical condition, until the next night when he had shed the cap and had his hair moused up into 5' high spikes); girls in short shorts and tank tops,ok......hello..wake up RCCL, there are plenty of casual dining venues availabe other than formal nights in the main dining room for these people. Aside from what many may consider my trivial pet peeves, I did have what I consider the one major dsappointment on the ship....the food was just extraordinarily ordinary; the service was very good, but the food could use a definate upgrade. This is after all the "biggest cruise ship",flagship of the fleet vessel. Overall, a very positive experience, and I would recommend the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
RCI has figured how to board over 6,000 passengers with amazing ease. We we're through check in in less than 10 minutes. Off our flight at 11am, on the ship by noon! We explored the ship a bit and had lunch before we were able to go ... Read More
RCI has figured how to board over 6,000 passengers with amazing ease. We we're through check in in less than 10 minutes. Off our flight at 11am, on the ship by noon! We explored the ship a bit and had lunch before we were able to go to our cabin. Don't miss the Park Cafe in Central Park for the best roast beef sandwich. I packed my swim suit in my carry on luggage so I was able to change on go swimming in the afternoon before the pools got crowded. Chops Grill for dinner was delicious, we tried it the first night and hoped to go back, but we ate in the dining room the next night and enjoyed the company of our table mates/new friends so we ate dinner in the dining room the rest of the cruise. Patricia was our man server and she was wonderful. J J kept the drinks coming. The food was just okay in the dining room. We also had breakfast in the main dining room a few times, they offer a buffet or menu service, the Windjammer was always busy and sometimes finding a table was a challenge. The ship is beautiful. Lots of activities to do, it was hard to choose some days. You can book all of your shows on line in advance, otherwise the shows book up. We booked all of the shows and enjoyed them all. If you go do not miss the 70's night in the Promenade hosted by the most amazing cruise directer ever Richard Spacey, seriously this guy is so entertaining! This show was on night 6 after the late dinner and shows ended, over 4,000 guests dancing in the Promenade to great music. We did a couples massage, a little pricey but nice, but didn't care for the hard sell on the spa products that followed, this was a huge turn off. After spending $300 for the couples massage we were not interested in buying the lotions for another $150. Ports.....Labadee was a paradise. So pretty, and they provide a huge BBQ on the beach for the guests. Lots of chairs and attendants to help you. Use your sea pass card to buy drinks on the beach. It you're adventurous book the zip line, and do it ahead of time as it books up, and bring your sneakers for this. Hurricaine Alex prevented us from docking in Costa Maya, so we had an extra sea day. Cozemel.....we took a taxi to the recommended shopping mall, mostly high end jewelry and again a very hard sell from the merchants. We walked a bit down the main drag and we were turned off to the constant hounding from the shop keepers to come in, it was annoying. We did a little shopping and quickly hopped back in a cab to the ship, which was mostly empty so we got to enjoy the space without a crowd. Be prepared if you use your credit card your purchase may appear in pesos, not US $. Leaving the ship.....again what a breeze! RCI offers valet luggage service for $20 each, they take your luggage the last night and get it to your plane, and deliver you your boarding pass. You don't see your luggage again until you arrive at your destination. Getting through customs was easy and fast. We did see the sea of luggage in the warehouse, it looked well organized. Loved this ship, can't wait to go again! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2010
EMBARKATION WOW! We flew in from Austin, Texas and arrived in the airport at around noon. The port is about a ten minute bus ride from the airport. Check in was AMAZING! It was the shortest wait time we have ever had for a cruise, which is ... Read More
EMBARKATION WOW! We flew in from Austin, Texas and arrived in the airport at around noon. The port is about a ten minute bus ride from the airport. Check in was AMAZING! It was the shortest wait time we have ever had for a cruise, which is a little ironic to me because we were boarding the ship with the largest passenger capacity in the world (and apparently our voyage broke another passenger record?). Our wait time in the terminal was less than five minutes with NO line. We were onboard by 12:30. THE 'FELLOW' GUESTS I DID NOT LIKE THE OTHER PASSENGERS! By far they were the worst group I have travelled with on a cruise. As an English speaking person, I can tolerate hearing anything but English for a few days, but seven days is WAY too much Chinese, Spanish, Portugese, and I have no idea what else. And it's not so much that they weren't speaking English, I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST THAT, I'm not a mean person like that, but what got annoying is that they were RUDE! Things like cutting in lines, jumping in elevators when you have waited forever to get in one, being loud, saving seats and then not speaking English when people try and tell them you can't save seats, stuff like that. AND THEN COME THE KIDS... SPOILED OBNOXIOUS BRATS! I don't think I'll say anything else on the kids except that I wanted to give some a few light slams now and then (well heavy slams all the time). THE ROOM We had Boardwalk View balcony 9329 (the very last balcony before the Aqua Theater). It was basically a standard room size with a balcony to the boardwalk. The balcony is not very private, but as we were not in the room most of the time, it was GREAT for watching the shows and people watching. The bathroom was a new design I'm guessing because I've never seen one like that. It was ok, just not a lot of counter space and a VERY shallow sink. THE NEIGHBORHOODS We visited all the neighborhoods except the kids area and the spa and fitness center. **Boardwalk** Don't miss the carousel, I never thought I would ride it, but I rode it so many times I lost count. The Aqua Theater and it's shows are also a do not miss (more details in 'entertainment'). There were lots of stuff for kids to do, especially on sea days (clowns, balloon animals, face painting, hula hoops, etc.). The restaurants are also pretty good, although most of them are pay restaurants (more details in 'dining'). **Central Park** By far my favorite neighborhood, I'm still awed by the real trees and flora that are growing there. The park is very serene and never crowded, it's a good place to walk from one end of the ship to the other or eat (more details in 'dining'). Just food for thought, some of the vines and trees and things are still pretty young so they haven't reached their potential, but it's still a BEAUTIFUL place! **Royal Promenade** If you have been on a Freedom or Voyager class ship, the crowds there are basically the same. This promenade is WIDE though; it's amazing and has skylights letting in natural light. The restaurants weren't really crowded, the shops got more crowded as the trip went on (so go at the beginning like we did, the selection is better and you aren't fighting people). RISING TIDE- Basically an elevator you can pay for. We did it just to say we did it. The bartender must have been new or something though because (1) she tried to say that our gold member coupon book thing was fake and (2) she tried to say my legit drivers license was fake (granted I am 21 and look like I am 16 but still it was real and she almost got rude about it) (3) Not only did she not take our coupons but she charged us double! So just be aware. **Entertainment Place** We did Studio B and Opal Theater for shows (details in 'entertainment') and lost $15 in the casino. It was strange this trip, we barely spent any time in the casino; I guess there was so much to do that we figured that we would spend our money where we would actually get something and not just throw it away haha. **Pool and Sports Zone** Another GREAT neighborhood. I'll start with sports zone. We did the zip line and the rock wall. ****GOOD INFO TO KNOW**** GO TO THESE VENUES ABOUT 15 MINUTES BEFORE THEY CLOSE. THERE IS NO LINE! We did this for both and never had to wait. We weren't able to do Flowrider because of the lines, and we didn't do mini golf or basketball/soccer because we figured we can do that on land anytime so why fight the people. Now for the pools. Even though apparently our sailing broke another passenger record, there were always plenty of deck chairs available (they may not have been right next to the pool, but they were there). We hung out at the beach pool (saltwater) a few times as well as the Solarium. The Solarium was ok, I really liked the atmosphere, but there were always a lot of people and it could be difficult to find two chairs together. The hot tubs and pool were usually crowded too. Also, beware of KIDS. They somehow managed to get in the Solarium at times and weren't kicked out like they should have been. Also, beware of the cantilevered hot tubs. They are not in the adults only area like they should be and there were always annoying kids splashing and messing around on our sailing. DINING As usual for Royal Caribbean, it was not that great, but I'm not surprised. I'll give you the low down on where and what we did for dining. ($) = for fee restaurants *Opus Dining Room- Our table sucked! We were way in the back of the dining room (it felt like we were at the front of the ship); we were not near any of the action, we could hardly hear what was going on when they were doing a dance or something. The food was ok, it's the exact same menu for any other Royal Caribbean ship. *Giovanni's Table ($)- A waste of money in my opinion. I thought it was DISGUSTING. The menu is in Italian (obviously), but as we are from Texas where we don't have fancy Italian restaurants other than Olive Garden (which this is supposed to be basically an Olive Garden at sea I've heard others say) so when we looked at the menu and what was in the dishes we had no idea what some of it was. When we asked our waitress what something was, she just laughed off and said "I don't know either; all I know is what the menu says!" It also took two hours (which was predicted and expected), however we were eating maybe 30 minutes of that two hours. I will say that the pasta dishes are halfway decent, as well as the dessert, although by the time we got to dessert we were so ready to get out of there that we didn't really take the time to enjoy it. Overall, a disappointment and I would rather take my cover charge and add a little and eat at Chops. *Park Cafe- The touch screens always say it is 'red level' crowded, but it never was. Yes its true there were a lot of people, but you never had to wait long. The 'Build Your Own Bagel' station at breakfast is a DO NOT MISS! Also, for lunch and snack, the panini's are delicious. I will say that for all the Roast Beef sandwich hype, I didn't find it very good. It was ok, but I would take Subway or somewhere like that any day over that. *Windjammer Marketplace- We ate here for lunch on two sea days, it was not very crowded (we got window tables both times). Do not eat here on embarkation day! We walked through just to see how crowded it was and before we got to the door we turned around and headed to Park Cafe. The food is basically like all other Windjammers I've seen, not great, but edible. *Johnny Rockets ($)- My favorite restaurant. I believe it's the only one that is worth the cover charge. *Seafood Shack ($)- We had dinner here one night. I'm not a big seafood lover but my travel buddy wanted to so we did. My food was pretty good, not great, but better than the dining room or Windjammer. I've heard the seafood is great though! *Boardwalk Donuts- Basically the normal Royal Caribbean donut with creative icings. They were ok. *Boardwalk Ice Cream ($)- Probably worth a cover charge, but not what they are charging. It was delicious though! If it were cheaper we would have gotten a lot more! *Cafe Promenade- Could be crowded but never a long line. Basically the same food as the usual Cafe Promenade's. *Sorrento's- Basically the same Sorrento's with a twist. They have a 'Create Your Own Pizza' station that is the best! I finally tried it out on day 6 and unfortunately never had the chance to go back. *Cupcake Cupboard ($)- Again, probably worth a cover charge, but not what they are charging. We had the Orange Cream and Root Beer, both were GREAT! BEWARE that they do change some of the flavors daily so if you see something you want, don't wait because it may not be there next time! Wow! Now that's a lot of dining options, and we didn't even have them all! ... One more thing about dining. All of our waiters/waitresses in every dining venue (with the exception of one girl in the cupcake place and the Opus Dining Room) were not very friendly. It's not that they were rude or anything like that, but they just were kind of there and that's it, they didn't say much. ENTERTAINMENT WOW! Let me give you a little insight about me before I detail the entertainment. I am about to graduate college with a music degree, so I tend to be critical of these shows, especially the music. I'm not big on the whole dancing thing, I can take it or leave it, as well as the ice stuff. *Oasis of Dreams (Aqua Theater Show)- So good we watched it twice (from our fantastic balcony! It was probably better than being on the bottom!) What the divers do is just amazing, especially from the REALLY TALL jump! WOW! And oddly enough, the music was my favorite part, which doesn't happen in these kind of shows. *Hairspray- I've seen it on land and this was easily comparable. It's not my personal favorite Broadway musical but if you like it then go see it. I would recommend it because I enjoyed it a lot! *Frozen in Time- If you have been on Freedom of the Seas and seen, you may be a little disappointed. This ice show is AMAZING don't get me wrong, but I couldn't help but compare it to Freedom's, and Freedom's was better in my opinion. One thing I didn't get was the sand artist. I mean she was GREAT but I don't see how her trade fits in with an ice show... just food for thought. We still saw this show twice so that should say we thought it was good. *Come Fly With Me- AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! Again, I compared it to my favorite show thus far, Once Upon A Time on the Freedom and I was teetering on which I liked better and I think I finally decided I like this one better. I just liked everything about it, and the singers were SPOT ON (and that's saying a lot for me because that's what I find the most fault in in these kind of shows). We saw it twice and I would watch it plenty more times over and over if I could! *Headliner Show- They were the 'Unexpected Boys' or something like that. They were ok. They are good at what they do, but it was not something I found interesting. I wouldn't go back. *Splish Splash (The new Aqua Theater show) (we watched full two run throughs of their rehearsals)- Since we had the last Boardwalk balcony room before the Aqua Theater, we caught several rehearsals and some full runs of this new show. I think I may like it better than Oasis of Dreams. I would highly recommend it! It's hilarious and jaw dropping at the same time! DEBARKATION Since our flight didn't leave until 4:30 we decided to do the Sawgrass Mills mall tour thing. It was ok, probably not worth the money, but better than sitting in an airport all day. The mall itself is probably comparable to a normal mall, there are some high end stores there too. Overall I'm glad we did it, I wouldn't change a flight to a later time just to do it though (unless you REALLY like shopping haha). Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
About us: My wife and I are in our 50's. After this cruise we will have 13 cruises: 10-Royal Caribbean, 2-Celebrity, 1-Carnival My wife's sister and husband are also in their 50's and after this cruise they will have 7 ... Read More
About us: My wife and I are in our 50's. After this cruise we will have 13 cruises: 10-Royal Caribbean, 2-Celebrity, 1-Carnival My wife's sister and husband are also in their 50's and after this cruise they will have 7 cruises all with Royal Caribbean Accomadations: We had a D5 Balcony stateroom number 11174 Her sister had a D5 Balcony stateroom number 11176 Travel Day & Pre-cruise: We flew Airtran into Fort Lauderdale for the best price, but we had to fly in on Thursday. I used my Choice reward points for Cambria Suites in Dania Beach (just built) for the two nights prior to the cruise. I booked a two king bedroom suite. This was perfect for us for the two days. Cambria Suites was excellent they had a shuttle that picks you up at the airport, and a shuttle that would take you to the cruise port. My sister in law and her husband used that service. I rented a car from Ace Car Rental who has a location at the airport and a location by the cruise port with free shuttle service to the port. We needed the car rental to get around for the two days because there is nothing around the hotel. I also brought my tom-tom(GPS) which was very helpful in getting around the Fort Lauderdale area. We wanted to see the Grandeur of the Seas that was in port, but we could not get into the port area to see it. We drove to the S.E. 17th street bridge and saw it sitting in the port. Next we wanted to see the Elbow Room from the famous movie "where the boys are" and found it at the intersection of Route A1A and Las Olas Blvd. right on the Fort Lauderdale coast. We then ate at the Rock Bar which was right down the street on A1A. The food was just okay. But the view was excellent!! The next day the Cambria Suites had a hot breakfast for $8.00 per person. It was just okay, but the muffins were pretty good. Then we went to the Fort Lauderdale beach for the afternoon. The surf was a little rough and the water was a little murky, but the weather was beautiful we had a nice afternoon. We ate lunch at Flavors of Italy Bistro by the beach which was excellent. Later we went to a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale called Mai-Kai 3599 N. Federal HWY, FT Lauderdale. This place served Polynesian/Chinese cuisine and it was excellent. They have a tropical garden in the back of the restaurant. They also have a happy hour from 5:00 to 7:00PM. Cruise Day 1 Sea Day Finally the day arrived that we were all waiting for. We got shuttled to the port and arrived at 10:30AM. We checked in and within minutes we were sitting on the second level waiting to be called to get on the ship. They sit you in the order you come in, according to your status level. We are Platium level and were the first ones in that area. They called us onboard about 11:20am. When you board the ship you are on deck 5 in the royal promenade. The only word is WOW!!!! This is amazing. We walked though the promenade and directly up to deck 8 Central Park and again WOW!!! We went to the park cafe and I had my first of many roast beef sandwiches EXCELLENT!!!! The soups were awesome. The rooms were ready about 1:00pm. After unloading the luggage we went exploring the ship. The layout front to back is similar to the voyage class ships but longer & wider. The entertainment is towards the front of the ship and the dining is towards the back of the ship. The exception is the boardwalk area which is in the back of the ship. This area has both eating and the aqua theater. We went up to deck 15 which has all the pools and sports activities including the flow riders and zip line. I was active on the Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle threads. I organized all of the activities for the CC's during the cruise. The first thing I organized was the pre get together on the ship before sail away. I asked everybody to meet at the Sky Bar. Most of the people who signed up came to this. It was a nice way to break the ice coming on the cruise. After some great conversation and drinks we got ready for the muster drill. The muster drill was presented on TV in your designated area, but you didn't wear your life preservers. After that we got ready for our first meal. I'm going to list the entire menu each day because I could not find it before our cruise, and it would have been very useful to have because of scheduling a specialty restaurant prior to our cruise. Day 1 Sail Away Menu Casual Attire Appetizers: Smoked Fish Tapenade Vidalia Onion Tart Sopa de Tortilla Hot & Sour Shrimp Soup Chilled Watermellon Gazpacho Ceasar Salad Spinach Salad EntrEe: Pan Fried Pork Medallions Truffled Wild Mushroom Linguini Slow Roasted Prime Rib Grilled Mediterranean Quesadilla Pan Seared Golden Sea Bass Aloo Gobi Methi Desserts: Strawberry Pavlova Chocolate Cherry Cake Savarin Low-Fat Blueberry and Peach Cobbler Sugar-Free Chocolate Pot de Crème Ice cream - Sugar-Free ice Cream & Sherbet Alternate EntrEe's Liguini with Marinara Sauce Filet of Atlantic Cod Chicken Breast with Seasonal Herbs Black Angus Top Sirloin After diner we had our first show scheduled at 9:30 to 11:00pm Hairspray. I liked the show, but it wasn't my favorite it was a little drawn out. TIP: If you like the fruit tarts which are my favorite they have them daily in the Mondo Cafe in the promenade. Cruise Day 2 Sea Day We had our meet & mingle today at 10:30am in Dazzles Lounge. About a little over a quarter of the people who signed up for the meet & mingle actually showed up. Royal had two people there who started things off. They had a raffle for some small items. They then handed over the event to me and I did the adult and kid gift swap scheduled for this event and most of the people who signed up for the gift swap showed up. The swap went pretty good and it created an atmosphere where you would have to get up and meet other people when swapping your gift. I made a map to show where all the people from cruise critic were from. I told everybody some trivia facts about the threads like the number of posts the top 10 people made, the professions of people and some facts shared on the threads. After the M&M we went to the Park Cafe and I had another roast beef sandwich & soup. We stopped by the Solarium Bistro and tried the lunch it was okay. We then went up to the pool and had not trouble finding a chair to sit by the pool. We stopped by the Solarium pool and again had no trouble finding a place to sit. Tonight is the Captains Gala Menu Formal Attire Appetizers: Shaved Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon Shrimp Cocktail Escargots Bourguignonne Lobster Bisque Oxtail Broth Papaya & Pineapple Soup Caesar Salad EntrEe: Filet of Beef Shrimp Ravioli Grilled Seafood Brochette Roasted Duck Sautee Seasonal Mushrooms Potato Curry Desserts: Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle Double Strawberry Cheesecake Marinated Cherry Bake Low-fat Berry mousse Sugar-free Coconut Vanilla Layer Cake Ice cream - Sugar-Free ice Cream & Sherbet Alternate EntrEe's Liguini with Marinara Sauce Filet of Atlantic Salmon Chicken Breast with Seasonal Herbs Black Angus Top Sirloin After diner we had our second show Oasis of Dreams 9:00 to 10:00pm. This was one of the best shows that we saw. Cruise Day 3 Labadee We always love Labadee and enjoy the day on the beach. We haven't been to Labadee since they added the pier for the ship. This is a great improvement!! It was nice to walk on and off the ship. Royal did an excellent job!! We use to go to the end beach, but now the new pier is in that location. Now we take a right and go to the next beach. We always liked the barbeque. They had some jerked chicken that was pretty good. We ventured through the Haitian market place and bought some items. They also changed the market place for the better. They have the vendors lined up this street and not inside of a small building much better Royal!! My BIL and I went on the new dragon coaster. This ride winds up the mountain by the zip line. I ride was very scenic and fun, but organization for getting on the ride was very disorganized. We almost left without riding. We took our usual walk to dragon's point and then back to the ship for some yogurt and some time in the pool. We did not eat in the main dining room tonight because we had a Chops reservation at 6:30pm for tonight. The meal at Chops was excellent. I had the 10oz Filet and tried the shrimp EntrEe for an extra $10.00 fee. The shrimp entrEe was not good I do not recommend it, but everything else was excellent. As everybody knows you have to schedule all your entertainment and specialty restaurants prior to the cruise because after you board it is impossible to schedule anything. I would have not scheduled Chops for tonight because the menu in the main dining room was excellent and this is why I'm listing all the menus for this sailing. Tonight menu is Venetian Feast Casual Attire Appetizers: Caprese Salad Antipasti Scallop Risotto Creamy Roasted Garlic Soup Minestrone Soup Strawberry Bisque Caesar Salad Insalata Mistra EntrEe: Lamb Shank with Rosemary Rigatoni Pasta Garlic Tiger Shrimp Chicken Marsala Eggplant and Roma Tomato Bake Ragu Paneer Dhansak Dessert: Warm Chocolate Cake Rasberry Panna Cotta Tiramisu Low-Fat Angel Food Cake Sugar-Free Chocolate Mint Cake Ice cream - Sugar-Free ice Cream & Sherbet Alternate EntrEe's Rigatoni with Marinara Sauce Filet of Atlantic Cod Chicken Breast with Seasonal Herbs Black Angus Top Sirloin After diner I scheduled the 10:30 Stand-Up Comedy Show. This show was really funny. We were laughing from the time it started to the time it ended. I would highly recommend these shows. Cruise Day 4 Sea Day At 10:30am I had another Cruise Critic activity scheduled. This one is called a Cabin Crawl/Poker run. Most everybody who signed up participated. We started at the highest cabins on the 11th floor and worked down to the lowest cabins. We saw the normal inside and balcony cabins, but we also saw an inside Central Park Balcony Stateroom and it was very nice. The best cabin was the Aqua Suite. The suite had a master bedroom that you go out to the balcony and the living room was also connected to the balcony which you could watch the Aqua shows from. There was another inside bedroom that sleeps 4. They said the living room has another bed, but I would say 6 people would fit nicely. By the way winning hand was two kings. We had lunch again at the Park Cafe and I had another roast beef sandwich & soup. We stopped again at the Solarium Bistro and I didn't like it this time. We did some shopping in the promenade because we were starting to get too much sun. At 4:00pm I had another Cruise Critic activity scheduled. This one is call a Slot-Pull. Again most everybody who signed up participated. I collected $21.00 from everybody who wanted to play. We picked the wheel of fortune machine so that everybody would have 7 spins at max bet in order to try and activate the wheel. I was very exciting watching the wheel spin every time we hit it. After all was said and done we tripled our money!!!! Tonight's menu is Surf menu Casual Attire Appetizers: Summer Fruit Medley Crab & Noodle soup Chicken & Cabbage Dumplings Cream of Mushroom Soup Seafood Laska Guava & Banana Soup Caesar Salad Rainbow Salad EntrEe: Surf & Turf (filet & Shrimp) Lasagna al Forno Roasted Free-Range Chicken Asian Fried Tofu Pan-Fried Basa Filet Khoombi Bhonna Desserts: Passion-Berry Mousse Banana Crème Pie Coconut Crème Brulee Low-Fat Mango Pudding Sugar-Free Pineapple Parfait Ice cream - Sugar-Free ice Cream & Sherbet Alternate EntrEe's Penne with Marinara Sauce Filet of Atlantic Salmon Chicken Breast with Seasonal Herbs Black Angus Top Sirloin After diner I scheduled the 8:30pm headliner show which was The Unexpected Boys. This show was just okay. Adult Karaoke at 10:00 to 11:15 there were some really good singers. Cruise Day 5 Costa Maya, Mexico This was really our first disappointment. We could not dock because of the windy sea conditions in the port area so today was another sea day. They gave us back our port charges. I had a couple of neat things planned for this port, maybe next time. We hung out at the pool and later I did the Zip line on the ship. Note: before going to the zip line make sure your clothes are not wet and you have sneakers not flip flops. If you are afraid of heights they make you perch on the edge of the zip line and then you have to lunge out to go. If you are afraid of heights you might not lunge out FYI. Tonight's menu is actually day 6's Chef's Menu because tomorrow we will be in port late and they do the formal diner tonight when everybody is on board. Appetizers: Egg Plant and Kalamata Olive Tartare Seafood Salad Creamed Wild Mushrooms in Puff Pastry Creamed Asparagus Double Duck Consomme Roasted Peach Soup Caesar Salad House Salad EntrEe: Thai BBQ Chicken Breast New England Bay Scallops & Ziti Fisherman's Plate (lobster & Garlic Shrimp) Slow Roasted Aged Prime Rib Greek Style Vegetarian Moussaka Kabuli Chana Desserts: Cherries Jubilee Dessert Sampler Low-Fat Double Passion Fruit Cheesecake Sugar-free Red Berry Tart Ice cream - Sugar-Free ice Cream & Sherbet Alternate EntrEe's Ziti with Marinara Sauce Filet of Atlantic Salmon Chicken Breast with Seasonal Herbs Black Angus Top Sirloin After diner I scheduled the 8:30pm Show Frozen in Time. This show was excellent!! Later we went again to Adult Karaoke the singers were pretty good. Cruise Day 6 Cozumel, Mexico I planned a Day at Mr Sanchos. This is an all inclusive beach club. First you get a taxi from the pier to Mr. Sanchos about $14.00 for 4-people. When you first get there they put sombreros on you and take a picture. Later a girl comes around to sell you the picture $10.00. At this place you can either do the all inclusive or pay as you go, but as long as you are drinking and eating you can use their facility (they don't check too closely). I would suggest to pay as you go. The food was just okay. The beach was nice but a little murky because of the tropical storm/hurricane that passed through. We left about 1:30pm to go into Cozumel for some shopping. The taxi was a little more $16.00 for 4-people. After shopping the taxi was $7.00 back to the pier. I did something I always wanted to do by the ship in the port. The water always looks so good while you are walking back on the pier to the ship. Carlos & Charlie's has a slide right into the water by the pier. Down I went it felt sooo good. We went up to the pool and got some frozen yogurt and then we got ready for dinner. Tonight's menu is actually day 5's menu Anchored in excellence Casual Attire Appetizers: Fresh Seasonal Fruits House Terrine Crab Cake New England Clam Chowder Asian Style Chicken Soup Chilled Golden Delicioius Apple Soup Caesar Salad Focaccia and Tomato Salad EntrEe: Panko-Cilantro Crusted Catch of the Day Cheese Tortelloni Roasted Garlic & Herb Rack of Lamb Pan-Fried Cauliflower Cakes Slow-Roasted Double Cut Pork Lion Steak Vegetable Vindaloo Desserts: Ivory Chocolate Fondue Apple Pie a la Mode Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Low-Fat Caramelized Pina Colada Tart Sugar-Free Fruit Pillow Ice cream - Sugar-Free ice Cream & Sherbet Alternate EntrEe's Linguini with Marinara Sauce Filet of Atlantic Salmon Chicken Breast with Seasonal Herbs Black Angus Top Sirloin After diner I schedule the 8:30pm show Come Fly With Me. I'm glad I checked the Cruise Compass on this show because it was 9:00pm not 8:30pm. So always check your compasses even if you pre-booked all your entertainment like I did from home. The show was excellent. Cruise Day 7 Sea Day We didn't have much planned today, I asked the Cruise Critic Members to meet us at the main dining room for lunch. Only a handful of people came, but it was nice talking to everybody. The lunch menu for the main dining room rotates between the following menus: Menu 1: Grilled Chicken Yakitori Soup of the day Traditional Greek Salad Royal Caesar Salad Beef Tostada Salad Fried Chicken Tenders Grilled Open Face Steak Stanwich Grilled Turkey Burger Mushroom & Leek Quiche Moroccan Style Grilled Pita Singapore Noodles Chicken & Wild Mushrooms Pappardelle Desserts: Apple Parcel Decadent Chocolate Slice White Chocolate and Orange Flan Ice cream They also had fresh made salad in the middle of the dining room and pasta. Menu 2: (We had this menu on Friday) Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Salad Vietnamese Calamari Salad Royal Caesar Salad Soup of the day Asian Style Chicken Spinach Wrap Herb-Crusted Prawn Skewer Seafood Jambalaga Parmesan Crusted Catfish Grilled NY Strip Loin Open Sandwich Royal Burger Sweet Corn cakes Hand Pulled Smoked BBQ Pork Sandwich Pappardelle Carbonara Desserts: White Chocolate and Blueberry Cheese Cake B52 Melt Lemon Curd Cake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart Ice Cream Sugar-Free dessert After Lunch we (my wife) started to pack. I went up to the flow rider and watched one of our Cruise Critic members (age55) do an awesome job in the flow rider competition (he took second place) We did some last minute shopping before dinner. Last dinner Feast of Nations Menu Casual Attire Appetizers: Moroccan Spiced Chicken Salad Shrimp Cocktail Spinach Dip Cream of Pumpkin Soup Onion Soup Chilled Raspberry and Pineapple Soup Caesar Salad EntrEe: Shrimp & Mahi Mahi Tempura Grilled NY Strip Steak Tomato Basil & Mozzarella Calzone Rice Biryani Roasted Turkey Potato Gnocchi Dessert: Chocolate Brownie Sanwich Key lime Pie Banana and Crunchy Nut Parfait Low-Fat Apple Cake Sugar-Free Key lime Pie Ice cream - Sugar-Free ice Cream & Sherbet Alternate EntrEe's Conchiglie with Marinara Sauce Filet of Atlantic Salmon Chicken Breast with Seasonal Herbs Black Angus Top Sirloin After dinner we met some of the C&C that we hung around with during the cruise Alysia & Kent it was great seeing you again and Jan & Tony it was great meeting you guys. We went to the final Karaoke and the top three were just great. I hoped this will help some of you who are trying to plan both the entertainment and the dining. The times we selected for shows were perfect for the early seating. We love sailing on Royal Caribbean all the staff was excellent. A special shout out to our cabin steward Marta, head waiter Johannes, waiter Edderick and assistant waiter Genuine. Cindy Dangel loyalty Ambassador was excellent. We really liked our cruise director Richard Spacey. We will be cruising again on Royal Caribbean somewhere!!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We were a group of 4 and began our adventure on the Oasis of the Seas as if this was our first cruise. We have been cruising since 1978 and remember the times when everyone was dressed in their finest and waiters served us with white ... Read More
We were a group of 4 and began our adventure on the Oasis of the Seas as if this was our first cruise. We have been cruising since 1978 and remember the times when everyone was dressed in their finest and waiters served us with white gloves and family style! Prior to our sailing on June 5th, I scanned through all the member reviews of past Oasis cruises and took note. They were so helpful in giving hints to the ship which enabled us to know our way around very quickly. So I would advise every reader to take some time and read through member's reviews. Embarkation was a breeze and we were onboard in approximately 20 minutes. As we entered the ship on the Promenade Deck we just stood there in awe! We then made our way to Central Park to have the famous "roast beef sandwich" at the Park Cafe which lived up to its reputation - delicious. Also the salads were very good. During the week we ate there several times. We then went to the Trelis Bar and had mud slides made by Carlos while waiting for our cabins. They were very good and was a favorite stop of ours throughout the cruise. At 1:00 p.m. we left and went to our cabins. One day while we were sipping our mud slides we spoke with the horticulturist who was tending to the plants. Staterooom - We were in cabin 12288 which had an ocean view and an outside balcony. Our cabins were very close to the elevators mid ship which saved a lot of walking. So before you book your cabin check the location in relation to the elevators. Overall the cabin was tight, even for two people. Only one person could be by the closet at a time and it was very tight to pass from the end of the bed near the sofa to get to the bathroom. The bathroom had a nice circular shower and great water pressure. We found it spacious and liked the cubby holes to put your toiletries in but our only complaint was the sink - why so low? Photographers - From boarding the ship to formal nights our pictures were not well taken. Whose mouth was open or who was turned the wrong way seemed to be in every picture, The new face recognition and folders are great improvements from the past but due to the number of people looking to have their pictures taken, we felt there were not enough photographers on board. They just snapped and went on to the next group. We usually purchase 4-5 pictures each but not this time. Entertainment - RCI has raised the bar on ship entertainment. We pre-booked all our shows prior to sailing. We saw Hairspray, Come Fly With Me, the Aqua and ice show. What amazed me was how comfortable the theater was during the ice show. All the shows were fabulous. The headliner show was a tribute band to ABBA which was great. I cannot comment on the comedy show since I went star gazing on the helipad with Mitch which was an awesome experience. Food - We had second seating and our waiter, Wilmer and assistant waiter, Leilani were excellent. They always greeted us with a friendly smile and a warm hello whenever we came to dinner. I personally did not like the table we were seated in. We were on the 4th floor dining room all the way in the back and on the starboard side of the ship. Our table had a banquette seating so that when you sat in a chair your vision of the dining room was limited. We had a problem with breakfast on Sunday. The male member of our group had a tank top on and they would not let him in the dining room. We tried to say that it was 9:50 a.m. and the dining room was scheduled to close in ten minutes but they would not let him stay and they kept insisting about the dress code. However, the group in front of us had a teenage boy who had a tank top on and they let him in. When we tried to question them why he was allowed, their answer was that 150 people lost their luggage, etc., etc. When we came to dinner that evening, which was the first formal evening, we took note of the "dress code" in the dining room. There were men with shorts and flip flops, as well as tee-shirts (with no collars) on. When we questioned our Head Waiter as to the dress code, he kept repeating about the 150 passengers who lost their luggage. Is this the standard RCI answer used? We all felt that the dress code should be enforced, whatever it may be, and if you want to wear shorts at dinner, go to the other food venues which have a "casual" dress code. In reading other member reviews, this lack of "dress code" has come up many times and RCI should pay stricter attention to what people are wearing in the main dining room and enforce the dress code for everyone. We ate in two specialty restaurants, Giovanni's and the Chop Grill which everyone enjoyed. We also had lunch one day at Johnny Rocket's (fries and onion rings were delicious). Had lunch at Windjammer one day - no problem in getting a table but some of us didn't like the food selection. Overall, the food in the main dining was nothing extraordinary. Customer Service Desk - We had a problem with our onboard credits which took a day to resolve. It was hit or miss at the desk in getting a representative who spoke English which we could understand. Cruise Director's Staff - Great cruise staff, from Ken Rush, to the bingo man - Elvis from Chile, We enjoy doing daily trivia contests, but had a girl who had problems with her English. She was difficult to understand, but nevertheless we had fun and almost won one day. Activities - On our last day at sea we bought the book, "Live the Oasis". Unfortunately we did not participate in this activity but recommend it since we met several people looking for the points of interest during the cruise and looked like fun. The pools were very crowded on our days at sea so we went to the solarium - adults only area. The glass enclosures made the area too hot and I was unable to take sun. It felt like a greenhouse. The pool in the solarium was small and the water very warm. It had sprays of water in the middle but the water was not cool. Keep your shoes by the entrance because the top gets so hot you can burn your feet if you go barefoot! Bingo has become very expensive and it seemed everyone who was winning had the electronic version at $55 per session. We took turns at buying it but we still didn't win! Didn't try the flow rider nor the zip line but we played miniature golf. A suggestion for miniature golf, purchase different color balls to make it easier to know which one is yours. The parades on the Royal Promenade were very colorful and the crew who participated made everyone have a great time. One girl dancing on stilts was great! She never missed a beat. Since we are beach people, we didn't purchase any shore excursions and found our own way. We felt the time in Nassau was too short since we had to be back on the ship by 1:30 p.m. Disembarkation - Being platinum card holders we were directed to a special designated area. We were not even seated when our number was called to leave the ship. We left the ship, retrieved our luggage and went through customs in twenty minutes. The fastest ever! Hats off to the RCI staff in the terminal. They did a great job and added to the overall cruise experience! Summary - It was a great cruise and we hardly felt like we were moving. The ship is beautifully decorated and the Captain's Talk should not be missed. During the talk they showed a video on the birth of Oasis and her maiden voyage to Ft. Lauderdale. Too bad RCI didn't sell the video - I am sure it would have been a huge seller. Almost forgot to mention the technology which enabled us to find our cabin, see how long the waits in the restaurant were and our individual calendars. Just amazing! Can't wait to see what the Allure has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We had stayed the week prior to the cruise in Orlando and drove to Fort Lauderdale the night before our cruise and stayed in the Holiday Inn, which was a very pleasant hotel. We got the shuttle to the port and from the first sighting of ... Read More
We had stayed the week prior to the cruise in Orlando and drove to Fort Lauderdale the night before our cruise and stayed in the Holiday Inn, which was a very pleasant hotel. We got the shuttle to the port and from the first sighting of Oasis of the Seas were know we were in for an amazing time, she was beautiful, blue and huge!! The embarkation was a breeze, we were checked in and onboard within 15 minutes. When we walked onto the ship we were bowled over by her beauty- we had been on Independence before, which we loved , but this ship was on a much bigger scale. We walked round all of the decks and were impressed by the open feel of the ship, it is a very different experience. Central Park was wonderful, it has piped music of bird song and most of the speciality restaurants are there. We loved walking through there at night and having a pre dinner drink at the bar in the centre. We often ate at the Park Cafe and Yes the roast beef sandwiches are to die for! We also ate at 150 Central Park. The food was exceptional and the service 1st class-- I would say that if you book this restaurant be prepared for a dining experience and we were pampered and looked after really well. We loved the new wider Prom Deck, it had a few different shops and bars tham the Freedom class ships. THe Boardwalk deck gave the ship a fun and family feel and we really enjoyed the Aqua shows- we went 3 times!! The performers were so talented, diving from great heights, it was something really different. Mt husband also enjoyed watching the football ( it was World cup ) on the big screens at the back of the ship. Another restaurant we ate in was Isumi, which we really enjoyed. We had a Hot Rock meal which you cook yourself at the table- it was fun. We had booked "My Time" dining but to be honest this was very disorganised and we found that we were waiting in long queues so we asked to be changed to traditional dining- which we were on the 3rd night. The food in the dining room was very good with plenty of choices. The Entertainment on the ship was good. We enjoyed Hairspray and the Ice show, we had booked all the shows on line weeks before the cruise and this worked really well. The Aqua show, as I mentioned before, we exceptional. We loved the variety of causual eating places for lunch and variety of bars. We used to spend a lot of our time in Dazzles as we loved the atmosphere in there. We did not use the gym or spa but did look round then and both was very well equipped. My husband went on the Zip line, which was great to watch!! and he also loved the flow riders, he became a fan of them on the Freedom class ships. We had a balcony cabin which was very well thought out and comfortable and we were happy that the wardrobes were not behind the door as there are on Freedom class- they were much easier to access. The bathrooms were very well fitted too. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful and seemed happy to be part of this unique and new crusing experience. Our favourite port was Labadee. It was a fantastic day, lazing on a beautiful beach on a lovely caribbean island under a cabana, taking a dip in the turquoise waters, drinking ice cold beer and eating a wonderful BBQ prepared by RCI staff- BLISS!!. We did self disenbarkartion which was very easy , we were off the ship by 7am. Our only complaint about this holiday is that it did not last for longer- it was perfect and we will certainly book Oasis or Allure again-- we did not think the ship was too large or seemed overcrowded-- It was the holiday of a lifetime Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Our party included two 18 yr old boys and two 22 yr old girls. Although we all love to have fun, we are not the easiest group to please - isn't everyone a little high maintenance? With that said, I can honestly say that everything was ... Read More
Our party included two 18 yr old boys and two 22 yr old girls. Although we all love to have fun, we are not the easiest group to please - isn't everyone a little high maintenance? With that said, I can honestly say that everything was absolutely amazing. We did our best to see most of the ship, attend the shows, soak up the sun, and have a drink in each of the 13 bars (only got to 10). We have read some complaints about the ship: room size and configuration, crowded elevators, and lack of seating at the Windjammer. Guess if we had any complaints - these would be them. However, we only went to the Windjammer twice because there were way too many great places to eat on the ship; we took the stairs whenever we could (to work off some of that great food); and we didn't spend too much time in the room. Tip #1: Our room was on the back of the ship. We overlooked the Boardwalk and the ocean from the back. Highly recommend this location. We watched water shows, movies, etc. from our balcony. Tip #2: My Time Dining was great. Never had to wait (even when we didn't have reservations). Tip #3: Giovanni's Table is worth the extra $15 per person. Tip #4: Don't miss Come Fly With Me, Hairspray or the Stand-up Comedy. We love all three of these shows. Tip #5: The Center of the Solarium is very warm, find chairs on the side - may not be on the cabana chairs, but the breeze is great. Tip #6: There is a bar on the top deck where you can smoke cigars. It is a great place to hang out with a lot of breeze! (not big fans of any kind of smoke, but the breeze made it okay). Tip #7: St Marteen: Maho Sunset Beach Bar (where the jets land) was way cool. Great service on the ship. Best we have had (7th cruise). Enjoy!! Thank you for all of the reviews - they are so helpful. Read Less
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 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 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 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 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 Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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