Sail Date: August 2010
I traveled on this cruise with my family and boyfriend on the August 28th sailing of the Oasis of the Seas. We flew out of Newark on the 6:00 am flight to Fort Lauderdale. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale around 9 then proceeded to baggage ... Read More
I traveled on this cruise with my family and boyfriend on the August 28th sailing of the Oasis of the Seas. We flew out of Newark on the 6:00 am flight to Fort Lauderdale. We arrived in Fort Lauderdale around 9 then proceeded to baggage claim to get our luggage then sat in a waiting area for a bus to take us to the pier. We arrived at the pier around 10:30 where we were escorted to the security check point. After going through security, we walked right up to the check in counter without a single person in front of us. We had completed the online check in and printed out all of our cruise documents prior to leaving home. Check in was painless and the quickest I have ever experienced boarding a cruise ship. Once we all received our set sail passes, we directed to the waiting area to board the ship which was very organized. We waited there for about 10 minutes before we were allowed to board the ship. As soon we entered the Royal Promenade, all of us were in awe! I have seen many pictures and watched countless videos of the ship but it was nothing like seeing it up close and personal. After walking through the promenade, we headed to Park Cafe for bite to eat. My mom was talking about the roast beef sandwich for months prior to the trip so of course she had one for lunch lol. It looked appetizing so I had one to =). It was amazing! I looked forward to going to Park Cafe for lunch on sea days. It was very nice place to sit down, relax and enjoy a snack. It was about 12:00 after we finished eating so we decided to explore the ship some more. At 1:00, the cabins were ready. Staterooms: We had two boardwalk balconies. My boyfriend and I were in one room and my mom and niece were next door. My first impression of the room was that it was a nice size. Enough space for two, people with plenty of storage space and very clean. Then I saw the bathroom lol. The shower was so tiny! It had great pressure with extra hot water but every time I moved, my elbow hit the wall lol. The outlets were under the vanity, kind of a weird spot for them but no big deal. The bed was extremely comfy and every time I laid down, I could feel myself getting sleepy. The noise level wasn't really a problem except one afternoon when I was trying to nap, there was some sort of show going on with loud music playing. It wasn't something to complain about. I guess it just wasn't meant for me to nap. After settling into our rooms, we changed into our bathing suits and headed up to the pool deck to soak up the Florida sun. We hung out in the pool for a while then went to the dining room for the muster drill. Then the bad news came. The captain announced that we were no longer going to St. Thomas or St. Martin because of Hurricane Earl. It was a huge disappointment because we were all looking forward to those ports. However, our spirits were lifted because we found out we were going to Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico. I was still a little bummed about the itinerary change but it's better to be safe than sorry. After the muster drill, we headed back up to the pool deck for the sail away party then back to the rooms to get changed for dinner. We signed up for My Time Dining which worked out perfectly! We loved being able to just show up whenever we wanted (before or after show time) waited on line for a few and got a table with a waiter we requested. Food: Now I don't see how anyone can go hungry on this ship. Mostly everything we had we enjoyed. There is always something to eat during all times of the day. My favorites were Cafe Promenade and Park Cafe. The food in the dining room was good even though I did have something's that I did not enjoy. It wasn't a big deal though; I just sent them back and got something new. The apple pie a la mode for dessert was amazing! Breakfast in the dining room was ok. There weren't many selections however I did enjoy having fresh fruit for breakfast every day. We had Johnny Rockets for breakfast one morning which was pretty good. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants because there was really no need to. Oh well, maybe next time. Lol. Entertainment & Activities: The shows were the best I have ever seen on a cruise ship. I loved Oasis of Dreams, Hairspray and Frozen in Time. Come Fly with Me was also good but not of my favorites. My advice to everyone who is sailing on the Oasis in the future is to make reservations for the shows and make sure you get there early! The good seats go fast. Luckily, we had front row seats at every show =). There is a rule in place that you cannot save seats but it seemed as though people don't care because they were saving seats left and right. The daytime entertainment such as Splish Splash, World's Sexiest Man Competition and The International Belly Flop Competition were very good and very funny. The cruise director Richard Spacey was hilarious! There was always something to do and I never got bored. My niece and I decided to take the cupcake decorating class which was nice. We also tried zip lining and I was scared for my life. It took me a while to actually gain the courage to do it but after some encouraging words,I was on my way and I loved it!!!! It was such a rush but I enjoyed it so much I did it twice! We spent sometime in the arcade and casino which was fun too. Ports: I really enjoyed the Bahamas. We decided to take a taxi over to the Atlantis and spend the day there. For $60 we had access to their beaches, pools and lounge chairs and a tour of the aquarium which was fun. We also received a lunch voucher for any one of their 6 poolside restaurants. The next port was Costa Maya which didn't look like much when we got off the ship but we were surprised to see a nice little area set up with souvenir shops, a pool with a swim up bar and a restaurant. We hung out in the pool before deciding to go on an ATV tour of the island. I was pretty nervous considering I had to drive and I only have a permit. It all went well and we had an amazing time. When the tour was over we went back to the pool area for little while. Then we grabbed a bite to eat at the poolside restaurant, went souvenir shopping and headed back to the ship. The last port was Cozumel which was nice. It was pouring when we got off the ship. The Freedom of the Sea was docked right next to us which only meant a lot of people where going to be in the port. We made our way through the crowds of people to the mini shopping mall and wasted time there until it stopped raining. Fortunately it stopped and we were on our way to Senor Frogs. We had lunch there and went to Mr. Sanchos' beach. My boyfriend, niece and I went jet skiing then got massages on the beach which was fabulous! We then headed back to the ship and laid out by the pool until it was time for dinner. All in all we all had an amazing time. If you are skeptical about going on the Oasis, just do it because you will not be disappointed. I don't understand how people complain that there was nothing for them to do and that they were so bored. I figure those are the people with their expectations set way to high and nothing at all can please them. No matter how young or old you are, there is something for everyone. The change of itinerary was a little disappointing but hey things happen. I loved every part of my cruise. I look forward to sailing with Royal Caribbean again and definitely on the Allure next year! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
The Arnett's- Mike, Dori and our daughter Megan This will be the first time we have sailed out of Fort Lauderdale, our Florida cruises in the past have all been out of Miami. We came in the night before our cruise as we normally do ... Read More
The Arnett's- Mike, Dori and our daughter Megan This will be the first time we have sailed out of Fort Lauderdale, our Florida cruises in the past have all been out of Miami. We came in the night before our cruise as we normally do on coast to coast flight. Do not want to start our vacation with any worries about flight delays causing us to miss our cruise plus it gives us a day to rest up and board the ship refreshed, not tired. The next morning, the first thing I wanted to do is look out the window of our room to see if I could see the ship. Bummer, could not see it. I found out that we were on the wrong side of the hotel to be able to see her. I purposely ask for a room where I could see the ship in the morning and the lady at the desk stated that we would be able to. Well, so much for her knowing what side of the hotel the ship would be visible from. I went down the hall, looked out of the window at the end and lo and behold, there she was. She was big and beautiful. Embarkation We arrived at the cruise terminal about 12:30 am. As we entered the terminal, we were warmly greeted by a representative. Very nice, and personable. She lead us to another representative who was just as friendly. We have never been greeted this way before. Usually someone just points you where to go. This was really nice and makes you feel important. This was also the first time a ground representative recognized that we were repeaters. They knew what the Diamond Plus pins we were wearing meant. The terminal is huge and has many windows for check in. I can understand why the process is so fast. Since we were in a suite, we received priority and the next available window was ours. I did not noticed a special line for Diamond and Diamond Plus. It may have been due to the fact that we got through the line so fast I just did not notice. We reached the window to check in and there are some changes here. They take your sea pass photo here versus just before you board the ship. This saves a lot of time boarding especially when a lot of people are boarding at the same time. There are over 6100 passengers on this sailing and I was amazed that we were on the ship in 8 minutes from the time we entered the terminal to walking onto the ship. This is the fastest that we have ever boarded. Hope this catches on in other terminals. The Ship You enter the ship on deck 5 which is the Royal Promenade. Wow!! If you have sailed the Voyager or Freedom class ships, the first thing you notice is that this is much larger. It is wider and longer. It seemed to go on forever. I did noticed that there were only one deck of inside cabins overlooking the Promenade. Part of deck 6 also overlooks the Promenade. The photo gallery, Diamond Club, and the Schooner Bar and on the aft of deck 6 is the boardwalk. On this ship you have to think outside of the box. You have to see it to believe it! Since we could not get into our cabins until 1:00 we decided to have lunch. Even though there were many places we could have had lunch, being traditionalist, we decided to go to the Windjammer for our first meal on the ship. Each end of the Royal Promenade there are 6 banks of elevators. We were surprised on the short wait we had since there were a lot of people waiting. These elevators hold a lot more people that other ships. The Windjammer is nicely laid out. Many food stations to handle the large crowd. I was impressed on how easy it was to get our food without waits or lines. It is huge, so there are plenty of places to sit, as a matter of fact, during the entire cruise, we never had a problem finding a table. After lunch went to our cabin on deck 8 to drop our carry on's off. Time to explore!! First area was Central Park since it was also on deck 8. You will not believe your eyes. The plants, flowers, trees and hard scape are truly remarkable. There are 4 decks of inside cabins with balconies overlooking this area. You will really love this area at night. We were sitting on one of the park benches with a glass of wine looking up and seeing stars in the night sky. Unbelievable, you are thinking to yourself that we could not possibly be on a ship. I could die here and be very happy! Next, the Boardwalk. This is on deck 6 aft. Again, walking out, the first thing you see is the Carousal. Bigger than I thought it would be. As you enter, you will find 4 horses in different stages of carving. This is to show the sequence of how the Carousal animals were hand carved. Here you will find Johnny Rockets, donut shop, ice cream parlor, candy store and the Seafood shack. A couple of clothing stores are out here also. You will also, notice that there are 6 decks of inside cabins with balconies overlooking the boardwalk and the Aqua Park. Again, you get the feeling that you are not on a ship. The Aqua Park on the aft is really something to see. For our sailing it was not operational due to problems with the pumps and hydraulics. Really disappointing that we only got to see the show on the large TV screens that are there. I guess we will have to sail the Oasis of the Seas again to see the Aqua show. We were disappointed, but there are so many other things to see and do on this ship that our disappointment was short lived. There are 6 Aqua Suites overlooking the Aqua Park with huge balconies. Looks like you could have a big party on these balconies. Now let's go up to the pool area, deck 15. Again this will take your breath away. Both Dori and I look at each other and say "We can't be on a ship!" To give you an idea on how large this area is, there is a large opening in the center looking down 4 decks to Central Park. On both sides of this opening is two large pool areas. One area is a H20 zone for kids and the other side is regular pools. Not one on each side, but two. Aft of this area is the sports zone which has two flow riders, miniature golf, basketball court and the zip line. The zip goes over the board walk area which is nine decks below. Forward on deck 15 is the Solarium. This was quite a place also. Next, we checked out the Concierge Lounge on deck 11 and it was impressive. It has a two story glass window overlooking the Boardwalk and Aqua Park. The second level was used primarily for the Chef's Table but also had additional seating as well. As a matter of fact, this is the first cruise we have taken that the Concierge Lounge was not totally filled with people. We never had a problem finding a seat. They serve lunch every day and we did this a couple of times. Food was excellent. Down on deck 6 was the Diamond Club. A little smaller but still large enough to handle a lot of people. Since there were only 20 Diamond Plus people on this cruise, and over 120 Diamond members, we used the Concierge Lounge exclusively. We wanted to check where our table was in the main dining room. We usually do this just to see where we are and how big our table is. We were on deck 5 (second level of the three level dining room) and had a table for 7. It was on a small island overlooking the lower level of the dining room. There was a bridge from the main floor to our island. Very unique. There were about 5 other tables on this island. Needless to say, this is one big dining room. We met our table mates that evening. A couple from Upland, California. That is only about 20 miles from where we live. Small world. Our other table mates were a husband and wife Travel Agents from Vancouver, Canada. We enjoyed each other's company the whole cruise. There are many other features on this ship that I will let you discover for yourself. Don't want to tell everything. I will mention one item that many people could not find how to get to. There is a wing bridge overlook on deck 14. You see people out there, but how do you get there? You are looking down at it from the solarium, but you don't see how to get there. Well, the only way to get to this secluded area is to go down to deck 14 forward on the port side. There is a doorway that takes you out to the wing bridge. Not many people out there, but what a view. One other great innovation on this ship is the digital information screens located on each deck, both port and starboard sides in the elevator lobbies. This not only gave you a graphic of the deck you were on, but would guide you to anywhere on that deck just by entering the place you wanted to get to including your cabin. The other neat thing was that it would give you real time info on the what the occupancy percentage was for each of the dining venues. It was nice to be able to know how crowded a place was before you got there. Helps you decide on where to go. Also, the Focus Photo gallery was very unique. Instead of looking all over for your photos, there are carousels where all of your pictures are in a folder. Your folder number is imprinted on your sea pass card. Simply go to you folder, pull it out and there are all of your pictures that have been taken during the cruise. Does not get easier than that!! Entertainment All of the shows were fantastic, especially "Hair Spray." Do not miss this. The cast singing and acting was impressive. The stage production was as good as any land based Broadway show you will find. One thing I really like was that to control the crowd easier, you had to have reservations for all of the shows. This was so everyone on board would not try to go to the same show. If you did not have a reservation, you had to wait on the side until all persons with reservations were seated. Any no-shows then went to the people who were waiting. I suggest you make your reservations "on-line" before you sail. Shore Excursions The only shore excursion we did was the Atlantis Adventure in Nassau. This was our first time in Nassau and we wanted to see the Atlantis resort. Our stay was short due to having to leave Nassau so early to get to St Thomas. Our shore excursion was from 8:00am to noon. The water park does not open until 10:00 am so there was not much time to do the slides and other things they have there. We spent the first two hours in the Digs. This place is fascinating! Once the water park opened and by the time we got there, it was a two hour wait to do the "Leap of Faith" water slide. Needless to say, we did not have time. Upon leaving Nassau, Diamond and Diamond Plus members were invited out on the Hilo deck for a sail-away champagne party. On this ship the Hilo deck is not open to the passengers like it is on other ships. Can't remember why, but they did tell us. It is only used for special occasions and parties. On St Thomas and St Maarten, we have been there many times before, we just got off of the ship and shopped. One note, there are so well organized, we never had a long wait to get off or back on the ship. With this many people (the ship was full) we were very surprised. On St Thomas, due to the size of the ship, we did not dock at Havensight , but at Crown Bay on the other side of town. It is a $4.00 taxi, each way to get to town. There was a small shopping center at this dock but nothing like Havensight. Disembarkation This went as fast as getting on the ship. It took us 10 minutes to get from the Dinning room on deck 5 to hailing a cab to go to the airport. Luggage was easy to find and going through customs was a breeze. Amazing....... Summary We will definitely do this again. You can not see everything in one week. There is just to much to see and do. The food was great, the friendliness of the staff, the ship. We would have been just as happy if the ship just sailed around for 7 days and did not stop anywhere. This cruise, for us, was the ship and we were not disappointed. In quite a few areas we were very surprised and still wonder how they do it with so many people to serve. Let's hope this kind of service and people control processes get transferred to the other ships. Like a said, you have to see it to believe it!! I could go on and on, but you need to experience this ship yourself. Just be prepared. It is really something special. Oh, by the way, Megan and I did do the Zip line. It is short but exciting!! Michael C. Arnett Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
My apologies for posting this review several months late, but with all the excitement over Oasis, and having done a Review for every other cruise I've been on, I wanted to type this up eventually! With the whirr of activity around the ... Read More
My apologies for posting this review several months late, but with all the excitement over Oasis, and having done a Review for every other cruise I've been on, I wanted to type this up eventually! With the whirr of activity around the wedding behind us now, I have time to get around to posting my review. TRIP TO THE SHIP: My wife and I sailed on the August 21-28 Western Caribbean sailing of Oasis of the Seas. We flew down from EWR to FLL and stayed at the Westin Ft. Lauderdale the night before. The service there was incredible. When we told the staff we were on our Honeymoon, they surprised us with a complimentary upgrade, wine and strawberries! EMBARKATION: The next morning, we caught a cab to the ship. Embarkation had a wrinkle - I had a cold in the previous week, and had to declare it on the health form we filled out. We sat for about 15-20 minutes in a designated area of the cruise terminal, until a nurse came over, examined me, and determined me fit to sail. Aside from the wait for the nurse, embarkation was very smooth and efficient - probably due to the fact that the terminal was specifically designed for Oasis-sized crowds. While we did wonder when the nurse would arrive, for embarkation to be this smooth for someone in a special situation was in itself a good thing. SHIP'S DESIGN: Once we boarded, we walked around the ship, taking it all in. This ship was amazing, and I really give the designers credit. The neighborhood design allows for the many features of the ship to be combined into truly grand public spaces. The ships' designers and Royal Caribbean in operating the ship are also very good about s p r e a d i n g o u t the 5,400 passengers by having multiple attractions located in different parts of the ship, at different times. People who want shows can go to the water show, ice show, regular show, etc., all in very different parts of the ship. Casual fare restaurants existed in Central Park, the Royal Promenade, Solarium as well as the Windjammer, spreading out the crowd for such dining that much more. All in all, the only real design deficiency I saw in the ship was vertical transportation. The Oasis has about the same ratio of passengers-to-elevators as other ships I've been on. But with 18 decks, more trips within the ship require elevator use, and the lines and crowds were longer for them than on other cruises I've been on. Of all of the parts of the ship to explore, my wife and I enjoyed Central Park in particular. The walking paths and plants come together to create a wonderful feel both by day and night. We felt nearly no motion at all the entire cruise; both of my previous cruises I felt at least some motion from the waves. FOOD: Overall the food was good, here are the highlights by dining venue: Main Dining Room - pretty good; prime rib was great, as it was on my last cruise aboard Navigator. Windjammer - not bad for buffet food. Solarium Bistro - food similar to the Windjammer, but not as crowded. Park Cafe - food was okay; they served crepes at one point early in the cruise, but my wife missed them and they didn't have them again later on in the cruise. Sorrentos - better than expected pizza, my wife was particularly happy with it! 150 Central Park - this was our big splurge. The food was excellent. The wait staff was excellent. The meal started with an impressive bread course - bread custom made to mimic the flower patterns on the curtains, served with unsalted butter and a collection of seven salts from around the world. Each course was very rich, and portions just the right size so as not to spoil the later courses. Excellent! Izumi - not bad for a "Westernized" Asian place, and it was nice to see an Asian option available on board - although having family from Japan and been raised on Japanese food all my life, the Japanese food on the menu wasn't quite top-tier authentic Japanese by my standards, it's hard to find Japanese food up to my standards outside of a few parts of the US (and of course, Japan itself). Room Service - we did this twice, once for breakfast and once for dinner. Both times the food was great and arrived on-time. ENTERTAINMENT: My wife and I decided to splurge on a couple's massage in the spa, which was well enjoyed. The staff were great. Hairspray and Come Fly with me were both memorable, and both were a notch up in terms of show quality from what we've seen on previous cruises. The Ice Show was great, but the true high point was not a skater, but the sand artist who came out in between skating acts to illustrate an entire story in real-time with sand drawings being drawn on the spot. Due to technical problems, the AquaTheater was closed for the first few days of the cruise. When it did reopen, RCI combined acts from the two shows they present in the AquaTheater (one kids' show and one adults show) into a single "Best Of" show which they presented throughout the remainder of the cruise. The diving acts were impressive, as was the synchronized swimming. While this combined show lacked the "flow" of the regularly scheduled performances, I really give Royal Caribbean a lot of credit for putting something like this together "on the fly" after the AquaTheater was restored. PORTS OF CALL: Labadee was our beach day. We made it a point to buy what souvenirs we could in Labadee in order to help the locals by supporting local merchants, knowing that they are still recovering from the Earthquake earlier in the year. By the way, kudos to RCI for their millions in donations to earthquake relief, delivery of relief supplies, and continued support of Haiti and its people. While some may wonder why cruise ships returned so quickly to Haiti after the earthquake, when one looks at what RCI did and why, I think you see a corporation doing everything it can to help Haiti recover. I stepped off the ship early in the morning and got some great photos of the ship. Later in the day, my wife and I went shopping, had lunch at the giant B-B-Q, and then spent the afternoon on the beach, where we shared "Labadoozy" specialty drinks (which were quite tasty!). One thing we did notice were that as we were walking back to the ship, several local children were hiding in bushes begging passengers for spare change as they walked back to the ship. This is unfortunate, but it does reflect the reality of this part of the world. In Costa Maya, we went to the Mayan Ruins at Chacchoben. Our tour guide was especially funny, and the tour, while hot and sweaty, was enjoyable. There is a lot of walking and climbing steep rock steps with no handrails to reach some of the best parts of the tour - so while the ruins are quite a sight, those with mobility challenges may want to pick another excursion. In Cozumel, we signed up for a Dolphin excursion at Dolphinaris, which was a lot of fun, followed by walking around the town of Cozumel, having lunch at one of the restaurants along the main road from the port, and enjoying some time on the beach. I should point out that while we were in town, Norwegian EPIC, Grandeur of the Seas and two Carnival ships were also there, and yet nothing in Cozumel felt more crowded than it did when I had been there seven months earlier on the Navigator of the Seas. OUR CABIN - our cabin was a D7 (Superior Balcony Cabin) at the rear of the ship. It was well laid out, but a little crowded with the amount of furniture in such a tiny space. As many have mentioned on CruiseCritic, the balcony door and A/C system are interlocked so as not to overburden the A/C by running when the door is open. This wasn't a problem for us, although the humidity of the ocean meant that the mirrors quickly would fog up when the door was opened. SERVICE - the service on the ship was all around excellent. We never once encountered a grumpy employee, an employee "power trip," or the like. One of the evenings I left my camera behind in Sorrentos, and went to the Purser's Desk for assistance. They had the camera - and a procedure in place to ensure it was mine! On another evening, I made some comment to my wife about there being a lot of glare in the professional photos available for purchase. Without speaking to anyone, when I returned the next day to look at pictures, I noticed they had edited out the glare in the same photo. We purchased that picture and a souvenir album frame for it at that moment. DISEMBARKATION - this went a lot more smoothly than either of the other two cruises I've been on, again probably due to the terminal being designed specifically for the ship. After disembarking we went on the Everglades Airboat Tour, which was a lot of fun. We made it back to FLL by 2pm, and waited in the terminal a few hours before our evening flight home. FINAL THOUGHTS - we disembarked from the ship thoroughly impressed. While I know Oasis is captive to the Caribbean due to port facility needs (and the flora in Central Park), I wish I could sail a Transatlantic (or similar) cruise on it, as I'd need 6-7 sea days in a row just to get around to everything this ship has to offer! We never got around to the Zip Line or FlowRider, more so because of running out of time than anything else. The cruise was a good one on a great ship, my only regret was not getting around to everything we wanted to on board! My wife and I hope to return to Oasis or Allure, although it may not be for several years, perhaps once we have kids who are old enough to enjoy RCI's childrens' programs. Oasis of the Seas is an incredible ship for almost anyone, including both us Honeymooners, and the many families we saw on board. And if this is the new "cutting edge" of cruising, I think we - both my wife and I as well as cruise passengers as a whole - have a bright future of cruising to look forward to. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Just spent one week on Oasis. Wow is the word that comes to mind. She is so very big and has so much to offer. The new neighborhoods were great and fun to visit. We especially loved the entertainment venues and being able to book online ... Read More
Just spent one week on Oasis. Wow is the word that comes to mind. She is so very big and has so much to offer. The new neighborhoods were great and fun to visit. We especially loved the entertainment venues and being able to book online pre-cruise. Earl Turner as the Headline Entertainment was fantastic! The diving and skating shows were great as was the Comedy Show. "Hairspray" was great, though we have seen it before. We did sign up for My Time Dining (as we usually do) but only at their 3 times. We wanted to try the new restaurants which were very good, especially Giovanni's Table...fabulous meal! We at "150 Central Park." The food was very good but it was a very long meal and is a set menu, which we did not realize prior to booking. The Seafood Shack was great for lunch but our favorite lunch spot was the Park Cafe in Central Park. Great salads and panini's! We only went to Windjammer once on the first day. Very crowded and food choices are much better elsewhere. We also had dinner at the Japanese Sushi restaurant which was a very pleasant surprise. Cruise Director is amazing and so full of energy. The crew was friendly and service minded. The ship is quite big and there are lots of people! However, I can say we did not have lines and were able to get seats by the pool every day. The size of the ship handles the crowds quite well. We are doing Allure next year. Loved Oasis and keep saying it was too big and I would prefer a smaller ship but then I think of all the venues and really did find this to be a perfect experience! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
My DH and I were on the Sept.4 sailing of the Oasis of the Seas with the Cruise Critic ROLL CALL group called "Labor Day Cruisers" who made our cruise even more enjoyable! We drove up from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale and arrived at ... Read More
My DH and I were on the Sept.4 sailing of the Oasis of the Seas with the Cruise Critic ROLL CALL group called "Labor Day Cruisers" who made our cruise even more enjoyable! We drove up from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale and arrived at the port at 10:30 AM where we quickly parked in the lot across from the ship and walked into the terminal. Check in was fast and easy and we were escorted to the waiting area for Diamond Plus. They had coffee and water available as well as a large sign indicating which restaurants were open for lunch after embarkation. The first item said: Opus Main Dining Room - Lunch Deck 4, Open noon - 2:30 PM - Exclusive lunch for Suite and Diamond Plus guests (more on this later). We boarded the ship at 11:45 AM and went directly to the Opus Main Dining Room to check out the location of our table (#651). It was located on Deck 4 and was a table for two as we had requested. We had Main Dining (Traditional) at 6:00 PM. We were very happy with our table location against a railing overlooking Deck 3 of the dining room. A very considerate waiter walked by and asked if we would like a photo with our table, we said yes and he took one. I then asked him where the Exclusive lunch for Suite and Diamond Plus Guests was being held. He was very polite and nice, but said he didn't know, but would ask. Shortly, a supervisor came back with him and said they had no information about such a lunch. I showed the supervisor my photocopy of the sign in the boarding area (courtesy of a previous poster), plus I had also taken a picture of the sign that day, but no luck. Everyone apologized profusely for the misinformation. My DH and I agreed that this was disappointing since we had hoped to avoid the frenzy of the first day lunch, but we quickly regrouped and went up to the Solarium Bistro where we had an excellent and healthy lunch. After lunch, we went to check out our cabin, 12717, Cat. B2 Boardwalk Balcony. It was absolutely spectacular! The cabin was beautiful and, contrary to many previous reports, definitely large enough and the air conditioning worked perfectly at all times. Our bed was by the closet with the desk by the balcony. We appreciated this arrangement since the mirror over the desk reflected the light coming in and made the cabin appear more spacious and airy. We were located Starboard side directly over Johnny Rockets (and the happily-returned Balloon Boy). We could easily see the Aquatheater (and watched many shows from our balcony),the ocean and the wake, the Johnny Rockets dancing waiters below, the zipline just above us and the Concierge Lounge and Dazzles as well as the Carousel and people walking near the Miniature Golf Course. I never felt that people were looking in our window. We kept the sheer curtains closed when we wanted privacy and the heavier ones shut at night. Our cabin steward, Justin, was outstanding. He did a fantastic job and was one of the nicest people we met on board. We had a wonderful Sailaway Party with our fellow Labor Day Cruisers. Thanks to Katie, Brian, Scott, Tug, Lynette, Barbara, Mary and Roger and all the rest of you for your kindness and tips before and during the cruise. We also had a wonderful Meet and Mingle Party (thank you Royal Caribbean) followed by a fun Cabin Crawl (thanks to all who participated). We had dinner at Chops the first night at 6:00 PM. There was no crowd, the waiter was very attentive and helpful and the food was outstanding. We both had the 10 oz. filet mignon and it was perfectly cooked and delicious. We sat at a table for two by the window looking out onto the beautiful Central Park. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary (although Chops didn't know that) and we just happened to sit next to a bride and groom who had just been married, she was still wearing her wedding gown, and two other anniversary couples. It made for a very special evening. We did not visit any other specialty restaurants, but enjoyed all the meals in the Main Dining Room. We also enjoyed breakfast on our balcony two mornings, and we tried the famous pretzel dogs in the Wipeout Cafe. The Windjammer was extremely crowded, probably our least favorite restaurant. Things we just loved: Walking in Central Park (especially at night), walking on the Boardwalk, walking on the jogging track, walking in the Royal Promenade, seeing our photos the new easy way, breakfast and lunch in the Concierge Lounge, touring the Bridge,listening to the bagpiper,and all of the shows. We enjoyed all the shows in the Aquatheater, Earl Turner was very good, "Frozen in Time" was amazing, the Comedy Club had really funny comedians, "Come Fly with Me" was impressive and very entertaining. Richard Spacey was awesome, he is the best Cruise Director on the High Seas!! We never felt the ship move, our cabin was quiet, and we slept very well every night. Our only problem, as others have mentioned, was trying to see and do everything in seven days. That is called a high-class problem! Debarkation was the easiest and most well-organized we have ever experienced. We chose to walk off with our suitcases and were in the elevator (not crowded, by the way) at 6:15 AM when we heard the announcement that the ship had been cleared. We got off the elevator and walked off the ship with no waiting at all. We were crossing the street to the parking lot at 6:18 AM. Amazing!! Congratulations, Royal Caribbean, on your beautiful and innovative ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
If one wants to find problems on a cruise, you can always do so, but I can say without a doubt, at this point in time you will never find a finer ship than the OASIS of the Seas. It is an engineering marvel. But with 6000 guests, how can ... Read More
If one wants to find problems on a cruise, you can always do so, but I can say without a doubt, at this point in time you will never find a finer ship than the OASIS of the Seas. It is an engineering marvel. But with 6000 guests, how can the service be good, and you do not feel crowed. I am not sure how they did this, but that is what we experienced. Embarkation was a dream at about 12:30 PM. I have never walked up to the check in window, and within 5 minutes walked away with cruise card in hand, directly onto the ship. No lines, no crowds We were on Deck 6 Aft, starboard, and Mark our Cabin steward was outstanding. Always upbeat and with a smile, and the room was always well attended. The balcony Cabin was immaculate, and more than enough space for two. Also for the first time on a cruise we never had dinner in the main dining room. We ate in the Park Cafe, Giovanni's Table, 150 Central Park Ave, and Izumi(Twice). We also had breakfast a couple of times in the Windjammer, and never had problem finding a place to eat, sometimes with a little preference. In all cases the food was top notch, and the service impeccable. 150 Park Ave was a real treat, definitely upscale with a fixed gourmet 5 course meal. Allow time for your dinner, and enjoy dining in what competes with the finest restaurants on the mainland. We found the Beach Pool most appealing; a little crowded on sea days, but a unique design that allows the water to lap over the sides of the pool into the lounge area. Very cool Also impressive was the sports venue. The zip line was very unique, and my wife can check that off of her bucket list. Finally disembarkation was amazing. We left our cabin at 8:30 AM, and walked right off of the ship. Found our bags within 5 minutes in a huge but well marked warehouse. Virtually no waiting except 5 minutes to clear U.S. Customs. I won't take time to talk about the shows and the Vitality Spa, except to say "First Class" All in all a great cruise on a great ship with great service and great food!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
My wife and I have just returned from a long awaited cruise on the Oasis. Had an exhausting week in Orlando and drove down on Saturday morning to join the ship. Shuttle bus from FL airport was quick and from then we were on the ship ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from a long awaited cruise on the Oasis. Had an exhausting week in Orlando and drove down on Saturday morning to join the ship. Shuttle bus from FL airport was quick and from then we were on the ship within 15 mins. Everything that is said about embarkation is true and unbelievable considering the numbers involved. Cabin was fine and Dexter our steward was superb and very friendly and helpful. In fact if that it one thing we take from this cruise more than others was the friendliness of the staff. Everyone without exception was friendly and keen to ensure your experience was positive.It seems a lot of the staff were transferred from the Independence and there were a few familiar faces. We were on "my time dining" with reservations and as we were used to eating at 8.30 or later, we had a small wait most nights which was not a problem. The MDR was excellent and we never had one complaint in respect of the food or the service. I frequently asked for 2 starters and this was never any problem to the waiting staff. Windjammer for lunch was our other normal routine and again we never had a problem getting a table or finding something to eat. Only experience of the speciality restaurants was Chops Grille and for the 2nd cruise running (Independence of the Seas last year) we suffered our only disappointment. My wife insists on her steak being well done and I mean well done. Yet again it had to be returned for further cooking which resulted in the side orders getting cold. To be fair, the waiter brought fresh side orders after we complained but it seems that they can't grasp the concept of a well done steak. We will not trouble Chops again on any further cruises. As far as the entertainment is concerned, the shows we saw, Aquashow, Ice show and Come Fly with Me were all absolutely superb and performed faultlessly (2 stumbles on the ice apart) Cruise Director Richard is absolutely brilliant and a real asset to RCI. Apart from the emergency drill, I never found the ship's population to be overwhelming and there were times my wife and I felt we were the only passengers in some areas. I was constantly caught thinking how they deal with the logistics of keeping the Oasis ticking along, but the best thing to do is just immerse yourself in the atmosphere of truly well designed and organised ship. The direction finders and ships maps all over the ship are perfect for keeping your bearings and ensuring you don't keep walking the wrong way. There were a few glitches with the stateroom interactive information on the TV but on the whole no real technical problems. We had a slight issue with avoiding the hurricane and the post visits to St Martin and St Thomas were reversed, but again the efforts of the excursions department to amend everything need to be acknowledged. Entertainment in the lounges was OK but On Air does get very busy and could do with more seating. The pub was great and Schooner bar was also (once you get over the smell of the treatment used for the "ropes") The neighbourhoods are incredible and extremely well laid out and the pool area, although busy, was still not too crowded that you couldn't get a sun lounger. I did not see any evidence of the pool staff clearing loungers after 30 minutes and I know there were a few instances of abuse of the reserving of loungers. We decided to carry off our own luggage and did so at 9am and not the time as stipulated in the Cruise Compass instruction leaflet. If you are able to manage all your luggage by yourself, I would recommend doing so as it gets you moving quicker. All in all a great experience and one I would have no problem recommending for people considering a cruise on the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Words and pictures of this ship do not do it justice. We had a great time. Gonna break it down into sections. Pre-cruise hotel: Stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 and would recommend this hotel...stay in the tower rooms though. Great views of ... Read More
Words and pictures of this ship do not do it justice. We had a great time. Gonna break it down into sections. Pre-cruise hotel: Stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 and would recommend this hotel...stay in the tower rooms though. Great views of the cruise terminals. Don't eat at the restaurants at the hotel unless you wanna pay big $$$ for food. Embarkation: Like others have said, from parking to the ship is about 15 minutes. Very quick and efficient. Food: Comparable to other RCCL ships. We had some great dinners and some not so great dinners. Our waiter in the main dining room was Raul from Romania. He was OUTSTANDING! I cannot say enough about this guy. He had such a great personality and was very funny. He had us laughing all the time. He was very personable and told us all about his family and his 2 little kids back home. You could tell he was a family man. This was his last week on the ship, he's going home to his family until after the holidays and will be back on the Oasis in January. Ask for him if you go on the Oasis. He was by far the best waiter we've ever had. We ate at Chops one night...excellent and would recommend. There are so many other places to eat that were great as well. We only ate at the Windjammer once upon boarding and did not miss it afterwards...it was a madhouse. We ate at the Cupcake Cupboard...it was good but too rich for me. Johnny Rockets was great as usual and has a great breakfast which is complimentary. Activities: Too many! There was something to do for everyone at any given time. No way could you be bored on this ship. Absolutely loved Central Park. The Boardwalk was great but didn't spend alot of time there as most everything has a fee. Entertainment: Richard Spacey was our Cruise Director and was by far the best we've seen. He's hilarious. Hairspray was ok..the performance was great but I've never liked the play. The Aqua and Ice Show is a definite must see. Amazing. Come Fly With Me was great too but not one of my favorites. The comedy show wasn't that great...we've seen better. Ports of Call: We did the Western Itinerary. Cozumel was great. Did the Speedboat,Snorkel,Beach Break and had a great time. Shopped afterwards. Costa Maya...if I never go back there it will be too soon. I was not impressed. I know they got wiped out by a hurricane a few years ago but I could not wait to get back on the ship. We did a Catamaran Snorkel there and had we not done that, I would have walked off the ship and walked right back on. I was heartbroken when I saw what they've done to Labadee. We went at few years ago on the Freedom and it was one of my favorite places. Not anymore. They took one of the coves and made it into a suites only private cove which I thought was outrageous. The other cove was taken up by the new dock, leaving one cove to swim in which was filthy with trash floating everywhere and the main beach which is hard to swim in b/c of all the rocks and rough waves. Did the Zip Line which was fun but the 2.5 hour wait was ridiculous. They've done too much to Labadee, I think. Disembarkation: We carried our own bags off. Took us 10 minutes to get from the ship to the car and we were back on I-95 by 6:45am. Other little things: I honestly wish I had done the Eastern Itinerary. I almost changed it when Costa Maya was put in the place of Jamaica but the rest of our group had just booked with us so decided not to and I regret it. I like what they've done with the pictures. Instead of going and finding your pics, you have a number on your sea pass. You go to Focus, find your folder with the number on it and the pics are inside. Great idea. The photographers were obnoxious. I got so tired of posing for pics. Never had trouble finding a spot on the pool deck. Overall we had a great cruise and would recommend this ship to anyone! Can't wait to sail on her again! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
We were 5 couples traveling together - with 3 different types of cabins - Outside balcony, Central Park balcony and inside cabin. So let's start the review on cabins - First understand that the ship is longer than 3 football fields ... Read More
We were 5 couples traveling together - with 3 different types of cabins - Outside balcony, Central Park balcony and inside cabin. So let's start the review on cabins - First understand that the ship is longer than 3 football fields and has a tremendous amount of open space so getting together to meet each other, even when we were on the same floor took a lot of coordination and walking as there are only 2 or 3 areas to cross-over from one side to the other. So a word to the wise if you are traveling in a group check where each cabin is located when you book to make it easy. Second, the cabins are the same square footage as on many other ships, but they are longer and narrower - so, navigating your cabin and especially your bathroom takes a little getting used to, especially if you are a little overweight. Balconies are only 30 sq. ft, so not a great place to have others over to have a drink and relax, need to use the common areas. To the common areas - They are truly amazing - In one week it is almost impossible to get to appreciate and truly enjoy all the specialty areas the ship has to offer. For us Bolero's (Latin dance), On Air (Karoake), Schooner Bar (Piano Bar), Viking Lounge (Trio and beautiful views), and Dazzles (Dance with live Band) took up the late evening entertainment. All went beyond our expectations. To the shows - Without a doubt the best we have ever seen on a cruise ship. Seen entertainment is my business, I feel confident in saying that the production values of the theme shows - Hairspray, Come Fly with Me, Ice and Water shows -for a cruise ship were incredible. Both the headliner (Earl Thomas and the Comedian) were also excellent. Do yourself a favor and make the time to see the shows while you are on the cruise. In my opinion, it is very important for you to choose your shore excursions first and then set your show schedule after that so that you have enough time to relax between the excursion, your dinner and the show. We did not do that and on the day in St. Thomas, we found ourselves very tired during the show. Shore Excursions - Scuba diving in Nassau (my wife) had a great time and very professional. Only issue was that her underwater camera did not work and RCCL did not have a member on the dive to take photos so she has none for the scrapbook. I did the snorkeling with the stingray/private beach - excellent value for the money - relaxing and fun. In St. Thomas we took the tour to Jost Van Dyke. If you have the time and want to go to a beautiful and totally relaxing island do yourself a favor and take this tour. The island is magic, totally unspoiled. If you are someone who wants to be active this is not the tour for you - The snorkeling on this tour is some of the best we have done in the Caribbean. In St. Martin just shopped and sat on the beach - did it all by ourselves. Food - The service in the dining room was very good. DaVinci is a tremendous waiter - The food quality was just OK, never very hot and not the usual diversity, but with 5,000 people what can you expect. We did find the Park Cafe in Central Park a great alternative for breakfast and lunch. Windjammer way too crowded to deal with - WipeOut Cafe also not bad by pool. Word to the wise, if you like wine, buy the wine package, very reasonable and saves you money on the cruise. Also, Vintages is a very nice location to have some wine with friends and also extremely reasonably priced. Activities on the Ship also world class - The Zipline is a little short, but you are on a cruise ship so that experience alone is unreal. Rock climbing, ice skating, mini golf and pool activities all fantastic. Embarkation and disembarking very easy - no stress at all. Only issue for us was that we ordered the pre-cruise package of wine and cheese for the room and it was not there when we arrived. With so many cabins they just promise to have it to you sometime on your arrival day. In conclusion, we intend to go again with our kids and granddaughter. The cruise is worth every penny. Only thing that keeps it from being the perfect experience was the food and the pre-cruise purchase not being ready when you get on ship Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
As always we flew to Ft. Lauderdale a day early. Upon the advise of a cruise critic member we stayed at the Sleep Inn(base price $53) for $69 including all taxes. I called the free shuttle while DH was retrieving the bags from the ... Read More
As always we flew to Ft. Lauderdale a day early. Upon the advise of a cruise critic member we stayed at the Sleep Inn(base price $53) for $69 including all taxes. I called the free shuttle while DH was retrieving the bags from the carousel; the shuttle arrived at the waiting area just as we did. There was an outdoor pool and small fitness area indoors. We asked for and received a king bed no smoking room. The room had a microwave and small refrigerator. The bathroom was a good size. I would classify this hotel as a business man's hotel. We would stay there again. Upon check in the clerk asked what time we would like a shuttle to the pier on Saturday. The first shuttle was 9 AM. We chose 10 AM. Across the parking lot was a Walgreen's. I purchased a 24 pack of water. It was $.50 less than the 6 pack. Across the street is a strip mall with 3 or 4 restaurants. I remember an Italian, Spanish American and Asian. It seems like there wan another but I don't remember. We chose the Asian. It is mostly a takeout place but has about 6 tables. The portions are HUGE! DH ordered the shrimp egg foo young and they brought him 3 huge servings. He did not like the gravy that was served with them, but did like the rice. I ordered the Cashew chicken, again enough to feed two people. It was delicious. DH and I are light packers. We each had one medium suitcase each. Yes, we brought formal clothes, but everything mixed and matched. If an item couldn't be worn at least twice, it didn't go. While waiting on Saturday morning we visited with 2 other couples who were going to the Oasis. We shared the shuttle. The driver took us to the drop off area. Our bags were taken and we saw them next in our room. No dragging bags looking for a porter. Several carts were lined up and luggage was put with the proper color tag. When that cart was filled, someone took it and replaced with another. Check in was no less than 5 minutes. It helps that your picture is taken at check in. We were ushered to the platinum area of the lounge area. Coffee and hot tea were served. It would have been nice to have water available. We were on the ship at 11 AM. Our first stop was the Windjammer for lunch. Next we checked out our table in the MDR. We wandered the ship being amazed at each turn. At 1:30 PM we went to our room. We met our room steward, Rohab. We sayed in an Inside room. We payed an extra $50 pp for the larger room. Instead of 6 inches on each side of the bed we had about 9 inches. CC member recommended having the RS remove the heavy comforter and replace with blankets. So glad we did. DH put the coffee table in the closet and we used it as a shelf. Afterwards, we continued our explorations. Central Park was a very peaceful area; Broadwalk was noiser as a boardwalk would be. The Carasel is absolutely a work of art. The Promendade was the hub of the ship. I had to remember that my room and main theatre were in the front of the ship and major eating venues, MDR and Windjammer were in the back. You cannot traverse from front to back on decks 6 and 7 so we had to go to 5, Royal Promenade and walk across and then go up or down. FOOD: DH and I are not foodies. We like and enjoy good food, but are not overly critical. We ate in the MDR Sunday and Monday night. The appetizers and salads were # 10, but the entrees were barely a 5. We ate at the WJ the remainder of the cruise. I asked one of the officers about tipping. He said to tip the staff of the MDR. He says the Oasis has one of the most fair scheduling of any ship. One week the staff is in the WJ and the next week in the MDR. We ate lunch at Park City cafe on Monday. I was disappointed in the much raved about roast beef sandwich. DH enjoyed his salad. Another day we had lunch at the Seafood Shack, the seafood gumbo served in a bread bowl was spicy hot, which we like, but was lacking in seafood. Lunch at JR was OK. The entertainment was absolutely the best ever. Be forewarned. Just because you have a reservation does guarantee good seats. All venues open 30-40 minutes prior to showtime. If you arrive at 10:20 for a 10:45 showtime you will have to hunt for a seat. Comedy club. We did not go. The description was ADULT entertainment, language and content. Come Fly With Me: Spectacular show. CC member recommended the 3rd balcony on the port side(if you are facing the stage this will be on your left) as near to the stage as possible. If you are short, you will want to sit on the 2nd or 3rd row in order to see over the rail. A lot of what goes on, goes on in the air. Hairspray: Great show. Ocean of Dreams: Again you will want to sit up high in the stands. There are no bad seats, just some are better than others. Again, arrive EARLY. The cast does a comedy show called Splish Splash that is very good. Ice Show: Dramatization of 6 stories of Hans Christian Anderson. How they do so much in so little space I do not know. The costuming for all entertainment was spectacular. There was a Sunday AM video service for protestants and a Friday night Sabbath service. Embarkation was quick and easy. Would we sail the Oasis again? If it were not for the cost of airfare, we would go tomorrow. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
We live on the west coast of Florida so on Friday we drove over to Ft Lauderdale and stayed at the Hampton Inn in downtown, a very nice hotel and they offer free parking in a car garage on their property for free. We saved a lot by not ... Read More
We live on the west coast of Florida so on Friday we drove over to Ft Lauderdale and stayed at the Hampton Inn in downtown, a very nice hotel and they offer free parking in a car garage on their property for free. We saved a lot by not paying the port 20 something dollars a night. Everyone was right about embarkation we arrived at the port at 10:30 went through security with no wait and went straight up to check in. We checked in took our pic and headed up stairs but found we were a little early and had to wait to board, but they offered us lemonade and coffee while we waited. We only waited for about 20 min and our group was able to board. The Ship: One word WOW! It is so big but not overwhelming. The promenade looks just like a little town, the boardwalk makes you feel like you are on the Jersey Shore and Central Park is breathtaking, especially at night. Central park had seating outside the restaurants, the art shops, the Coach store and all the shrubbery and even recording of birds make it hard to believe you are on a ship. There is so much to do that we didn't get to do everything. The only thing I was disappointed about was the zip line, or as we learned to call it "the zip", it looked so short that the 30 minute wait wasn't worth it. We didn't get to do the flo rider but we watched and people were having lots of fun. We never felt like there were 6000 passengers on that ship, we never had a hard time finding a place to lounge or a hard time finding a seat in windjammer, even when we started to struggle finding a seat a supervisor in the windjammer helped find us find one and was even willing to take us into the suites only dining area. We used the fitness center a few times and all the equipment was so high tech I loved it. The whole ship seemed to be higher tech and clean, so many little things that made it better. Cabin: We had an interior room on the 8th floor forward. I think our rooms were in a great place, rooms above us and below and not to close to the elevators so minimal noise. The rooms were bigger then any other interior room we have had, we were very impressed. The bathroom was still small and the closet space was a little less then we are use to but sufficient enough. Our room stewards were good they would say hi to us by name when they saw us and were good about not being seen in the room. Food: First let me say that these people who keep writing that the food was ok or equivalent to Applebees are crazy. My husband and I have been on 6 cruises and this was one of the better cuisine. Of course the food you pay extra for is even better, but it better be if you are paying on top of what you already paid for. We did my time dining and our wait staff (Momicello and Tricia) were the best we have ever had on any cruise, we even were visited by our head waiter every night who would then ask what time we wanted reservations for the next night and would then book it and put us at the same table, best dining service ever! We went to Chops and it was delicious we all walked out sick because we couldn't stop eating it was so good. The Seafood Shack was the best seafood on that whole ship so worth the extra money, which is not a cover charge thing, it is like a regular restaurant with a price for everything you order. We also did Giovanni's for lunch and they gave you so much delicious food we weren't hungry until much later in the evening. As for Windjammer the food was good and such great variety, but we spent most of our breakfasts at the park cafe with a build it yourself bagel stand and breakfast panini. For lunch we usually went to park cafe and promenade cafe where they both served great sandwiches. For late night snacks promenade cafe and sorrento's curbed our late night cravings. Shows: The best show hands down was the water show Oasis of Dreams, I loved it the diving the stunts it was so entertaining. Come Fly with Me was also a great show the acrobatics were amazing they did an awesome job. Hairspray was also well done and another must see. The only show we didn't like was the Ice Show we actually got up and walked out that's how bad we thought it was. The comedy show was good but the opening comedian was better then the second, who I was hoping would be even better. As for our cruise director Richard Spacey he was an act of his own he was hilarious one of the best cruise directors we've ever had. Service: The service on this ship was the best service we have ever had, from the moment we walked on till the moment we walked off. Like I said our wait staff were awesome, they knew our names they knew we wanted coffee after dinner they made sure we got the same wait staff and our after dinner shot guy, David, was great too. He only served us after dinner but always made the effort to come over before the meal to talk, he also knew our names by the second night. My husband and his friend made friends with a bartender, Wendell, at the Cigar Bar. Thank god for him because then my friend and I could have girls night everynight. Wendell was a very nice guy, the guys loved talking to him every night while enjoying their cigars. Activities: Always something to do, belly flop contests, sexy man competition, bingo (which is the most expensive i have ever seen on a cruise), sport competitions, water shows and dances in the evenings. Ports: We have been to these ports before so nothing to exciting. We did our usual at Cozumel the Pasion Island beach break.Great food, open bar and beautiful scenery. Disembarkation: We were number 34 and went to our assigned meeting place to wait to be called which was suppose to be at 9:15 well that came and went and they were only up to 30 so we got in line and got checked out no problem. We got down to pick up our luggage no problems there and breezed through customs. The port had plenty of taxis and we got a taxi very quickly and back at the hotel about 30 minutes after we got in line to get off the ship. Overall this cruise was very fun, so much to do that we didn't relax much but that's OK. The ship was beautiful, the staff awesome and the food great. We would go back on this ship but once the prices go down. Our next cruise will probably be Royal Caribbean but probably something a little smaller like Freedom of the Seas. The ship is a definite must just so that you have the experience. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
We really enjoyed our cruise, but we didn't notice much better service for a suite than if we were in a regular cabin. If you don't need the space, not worth the extra money. However, we have two small children (4 and 2) and my ... Read More
We really enjoyed our cruise, but we didn't notice much better service for a suite than if we were in a regular cabin. If you don't need the space, not worth the extra money. However, we have two small children (4 and 2) and my wife is expecting, so we picked the cheapest cabin with two seperate rooms. A suite was a little more than booking two adjoining rooms, so we went for the suite. Would probably do it again. Like many folks, we found the food to be just average, with not as much choice as the other RCL ships we sailed in the past. However, we focus more on the healthy choices, so after the first day, we were able to find places around the ship that had what we wanted. Windjammer if you want it fast and in mass quantities, only ate there for breakfast once and lunch once. Was just OK quality, less choice than the other ships. We ate at the speciality restaurants two nights and for a couple lunches. Here's where they keep the good food and better service. Dinner in the dining room was good, not great. The service was just average. Dinner in the 150 central park lived up to its billing. Have had similar meals elsewhere (France, Germany, Japan, etc.). Equalled what you would find at a true michelin stared place. Dinner at Umami (not sure if this is the right name), the sushi place, was good. Not as good as the real thing in Japan, but better than most places in the US. Lunch at Jonnie Rockets is always good. Lunch at Giovannis was fantastic. Great service and the food was really good. Steward was good, learned our name before we met him by our cabin number. Every special service we asked for he did with out trouble. We were up early and in our room early, because of the small kids. Needless to say, most folks were not! So for us, the ship was not crowded. e.g., at 8 in the morning you have the pool to yourselves. We picked this ship because it had child care for our 2 year old and a place for him to swim. The kiddy pool was a little small and he was bored in an hour, but everyday he was in to it again no problem. The child care was great and they were patient with our sons and followed our specific care instructions to the letter. We tried the in stateroom care two nights, no problem with who they sent. And it worked out well. Not very expensive. Enjoyable stuff on the ship, lots for everyone, regardless of age. for example, our sons rode the carosel 2 or 3 times each day. I did the zip line twice. When my wife and sons took their afternoon nap, I worked out. Track was amazing, exercise equipment was the best modern stuff and easy to use. Obviously no waiting, unlike the buffet line! Service was average, unless you are a suite guest. The concierge you get to use is great. Only ate in the lounge once, but it was good food. Better than what is served in the other lunch places, unless you are paying. We ate all our meals on the ship. Did not do any shore excursions, we can only go out about three hours before the kids get too tired. So we just looked around ourselves. However, at St Martin we took advantage of the childs program and left our kids on the ship. We then rented a car and toured the island in the afternoon by ourselves. For what we wanted, it was a great cruise, we all enjoyed it. It was a little overpriced compared to the other ships, though. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
I travelled with a friend on the Oasis of the Seas on the Sept 18/10 itinerary, which included stops in Haiti and Mexico. Both of us are females and were in minority for this cruise as part of the under 35 crowd. This was ... Read More
I travelled with a friend on the Oasis of the Seas on the Sept 18/10 itinerary, which included stops in Haiti and Mexico. Both of us are females and were in minority for this cruise as part of the under 35 crowd. This was my fourth cruising experience. I've been on Carnival (which I enjoyed, particularity the festive vibe and food), Costa (which I enjoyed the least of the three, but we went because it was the only one available for an Egyptian winter cruise), and Celebrity (which I liked as well but was a bit bored since its geared more for an older crowd). We arrived the before day of the cruise and quickly boarded the ship within minutes of arrival at the port. This was by far the easiest embarkation I've had. Once on the ship, we decided to check out our room. We were on deck 7 and had an ocean view balcony. At first glance everything seemed fine but we noticed a few things that were alarming. Our balcony glass partition was left opened so our neighbor could easily peer in or open our balcony door. We also noticed that we didn't have any soap in the bathroom to wash our hands. Once our attendant came by, we told him and he corrected the situation. The room size was pretty much the same as the other ships, perhaps a bit smaller than Carnival and Costa, but could easily accommodate two people. I don't think three or four people would find the room comfortable. In terms of space for luggage, I found there wasn't enough. We configured the room with the sofa close to the balcony and the beds by the washroom, so we had to squeeze side ways to get between the bed and the closet (we are fit people). After checking out the room we went to Windjammer, it was packed. We couldn't find any seats and had to stand for a few minutes with food in our hand hovering over tables until one was available. I felt like a swooping vulture and so we decided not to try it again. I was very surprised by the layout of the Windjammer. Although there were two buffets, one on each side, there wasn't enough seating for everyone. The foods were in square shaped stations that people from each side would flock to and was very disorganized and frustrating after the fifth or sixth time someone buds in front. From my past experiences, I don't remember being as bothered or ready to shout out an obscenity. Once we had food in our bellies we decided to walk around the ship. We checked out the promenade deck 5 and then wandered up to Boardwalk on six and then we stopped at Grand Central Park on deck 8. This took about an hour to do. Although the ship is big, I didn't really feel that it was that big. Honestly, it didn't really feel any bigger than Freedom or Solstice. Our Waiter was alright, nothing wrong with the service but nothing outstanding either. He was pleasant. On the other hand, our Assistant waiter was great. He showed us how to make paper roses and carnations out of paper towels. I really felt he was a people person and very attentive. We were in a big table of 10 with a couple from the Dominican Republic and a family from Venezuela. They couldn't speak English and we couldn't speak any Spanish, so it was mostly friendly smiles back and forth. Although, our table mates were friendly, I wished that Royal Caribbean consciously seated us with English speaking passengers, this would have added to our overall enjoyment. The food in the MDR was not as good as I have previously had on other cruises. The selection was varied but meals tended to be more for bland palates. During this trip we did sample a few specialty restaurants. We tried Izumi (I would not recommend it for experienced Japanese diners), Vintages (strongly recommend - the shrimp and chorizo skewers were yum!), Giovanni's Table (good, but not great), Johnny Rockets (not very good). We contemplated trying 150 Central Park but the menu featured lamb and we are not fans, so we decided not to go. We also thought about going to Chops Grille but aren't huge fans of large pieces of meat and vegetables, so we passed. One of the places we liked was Solarium Bistro for lunch and breakfast, a healthier alternative after days of gluttony. I would suggest avoiding the desserts here and opt for the full calorie desserts elsewhere; your taste buds will thank you later. The cupcake place was worth the charge (not the best I've had, but not horrible), the doughnut place looked good but they weren't very tasty. My friend is a big jelly filled doughnut fan and went back everyday hoping it was just something wrong with the daily batch but in the end was never very happy with the doughnut taste or texture. The cruise was lots of funs, lots to see and things to do. I was most impressed with the entertainment onboard. The cruise director, Richard Spacey, was the main reason for my enjoyment. He was full of energy and outrageously funny. I am sure that his routine has been perfected from years of practice but the delivery seemed effortless and off the cuff. He seemed as though he genuinely wanted to impress and was sincere about his hard working entertainment and activities staff. I am not a huge fan of production shows, so I liked the interactive crowd ones much better - so don't miss them, all of them ( The Love and Marriage show, The Quest Adult game, Sexy man, Belly Flop, Volleyball) or you'll be kicking yourself afterwards, these shows were a riot! The production shows were good, but not as memorable. I liked our Headliner show with Tony Tillman best and the comedy show was pretty funny. They also debuted an improve show during our cruise; it was funny but not as entertaining as I had hoped. I didn't care much for Come Fly with Me, Frozen in time, Hairspray or the Oasis of Dreams shows but could appreciate the talent and artistry that it takes to run the shows. The cruisers themselves were very different on this cruise than from my past ones. People seemed younger overall, and because of this tended to bud in front of lines or save seats (when you are actually not allowed to). Although they tried to enforce 30 min limits on lounge saving in the Solarium, this did not seem to be strictly enforced as there were many violators. We didn't get a chance at the cushioned lounges in the Solarium until day 6. We had to wake up very early and had many people eyeing us from the moment we sat down until we left. My one bad experience on the ship came the first night of cruise. When I was ready for bed, I lifted my covers to find dried blood stained spots on my duvet cover. I called housekeeping and some one came immediately to change the bed spread. Moments later, my friend, who was also ready to go to bed, noticed blood stains on her sheets as well. We called housekeeping again but this time was greeted with some attitude. Another housekeeping staff did arrive but she did not seemed pleased to be replacing the sheets. She made a comment on how our attendant did not turn down our room this evening. She also kept saying that she didn't think it was blood rather makeup or something. Anyways, whatever it was shouldn't have been there. I don't blame her for being less than cheery, it was late at night. What I can't understand is how our room attendant did not spot these stains earlier when he made our room. It made me think that he didn't change our sheets from the previous passenger's stay. This was definitely a bad starting point for our week long cruise. Needless to say, we didn't feel very comfortable going to bed at night. For the rest of the week, our attendant barely made an effort with acknowledging us when we'd pass him in the hallways. After the cruise we let RCI know what happened, and they apologized and assured us that this was completely not the standard they go by and would address the hygiene and rudeness issues with housekeeping and our attendant. Overall the cruise was great. It's impossible for Oasis to reach perfection on all levels but I think the crew did a fantastic job and I was overall satisfied. Enough so, that I booked a return trip in April (this time with my usual travel partner so he can experience the zany antics of Richard Spacey), of course we are hoping again for Richard Spacey and also hoping for a better room attendant. The Captain does take some time to get use to but he seemed very nice when we meet him in person. Other than our room attendant everyone seem like they wanted to serve you. We didn't have any issues with pushy drink servers; rather most of them tried to entice you to buy a drink with humor over forcefulness. The only low points for me were my experience with housekeeping and the food quality aboard, but the entertainment and overall cheery atmosphere made up for the low points. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
I travelled with a friend on the Oasis of the Seas on the Sept 18/10 itinerary, which included stops in Haiti and Mexico. Both of us are females and were in minority for this cruise as part of the under 40 crowd. This was ... Read More
I travelled with a friend on the Oasis of the Seas on the Sept 18/10 itinerary, which included stops in Haiti and Mexico. Both of us are females and were in minority for this cruise as part of the under 40 crowd. This was my fourth cruising experience. I've been on Carnival (which I enjoyed, particularity the festive vibe and food), Costa (which I enjoyed the least of the three, but we went because it was the only one available for an Egyptian winter cruise), and Celebrity (which I liked as well but was a bit bored since its geared more for an older crowd). We arrived the before day of the cruise and quickly boarded the ship within minutes of arrival at the port. This was by far the easiest embarkation I've had. Once on the ship, we decided to check out our room. We were on deck 7 and had an ocean view balcony. At first glance everything seemed fine but we noticed a few things that were alarming. Our balcony glass partition was left opened so our neighbor could easily peer in or open our balcony door. We also noticed that we didn't have any soap in the bathroom to wash our hands. Once our attendant came by, we told him and he corrected the situation. The room size was pretty much the same as the other ships, perhaps a bit smaller than Carnival and Costa, but could easily accommodate two people. I don't think three or four people would find the room comfortable. In terms of space for luggage, I found there wasn't enough. We configured the room with the sofa close to the balcony and the beds by the washroom, so we had to squeeze side ways to get between the bed and the closet (we are fit people). After checking out the room we went to Windjammer, it was packed. We couldn't find any seats and had to stand for a few minutes with food in our hand hovering over tables until one was available. I felt like a swooping vulture and so we decided not to try it again. I was very surprised by the layout of the Windjammer. Although there were two buffets, one on each side, there wasn't enough seating for everyone. The foods were in square shaped stations that people from each side would flock to and was very disorganized and frustrating after the fifth or sixth time someone buds in front. From my past experiences, I don't remember being as bothered or ready to shout out an obscenity. Once we had food in our bellies we decided to walk around the ship. We checked out the Promenade deck 5 and then wandered up to Boardwalk on six and then we stopped at Grand Central Park on deck 8. This took about an hour to do. Although the ship is big, I didn't really feel that it was that big. Honestly, it didn't really feel any bigger than Freedom or Solstice. Our Waiter was alright, nothing wrong with the service but nothing outstanding either. He was pleasant. On the other hand, our Assistant waiter was great. He showed us how to make paper roses and carnations out of paper towels. I really felt he was a people person and very attentive. We were in a big table of 10 with a couple from the Dominican Republic and a family from Venezuela. They couldn't speak English and we couldn't speak any Spanish, so it was mostly friendly smiles back and forth. Although, our table mates were friendly, I wished that Royal Caribbean consciously seated us with English speaking passengers, this would have added to our overall enjoyment. The food in the MDR was not as good as I have previously had on other cruises. The selection was varied but meals tended to be more for bland palates. During this trip we did sample a few specialty restaurants. We tried Izumi (I would not recommend it for experienced Japanese diners), Vintages (strongly recommend - the shrimp and chorizo skewers were yum!), Giovanni's Table (good, but not great), Johnny Rockets (not very good). We contemplated trying 150 Central Park but the menu featured lamb and we are not fans, so we decided not to go. We also thought about going to Chops Grille but aren't huge fans of large pieces of meat and vegetables, so we passed. One of the places we liked was Solarium Bistro for lunch and breakfast, a healthier alternative after days of gluttony. I would suggest avoiding the desserts here and opt for the full calorie desserts elsewhere; your taste buds will thank you later. The cupcake place was worth the charge (not the best I've had, but not horrible), the doughnut place looked good but they weren't very tasty. My friend is a big jelly filled doughnut fan and went back everyday hoping it was just something wrong with the daily batch but in the end was never very happy with the doughnut taste or texture. The cruise was lots of funs, lots to see and things to do. I was most impressed with the entertainment onboard. The cruise director, Richard Spacey, was the main reason for my enjoyment. He was full of energy and outrageously funny. I am sure that his routine has been perfected from years of practice but the delivery seemed effortless and off the cuff. He seemed as though he genuinely wanted to impress and was sincere about his hard working entertainment and activities staff. I am not a huge fan of production shows, so I liked the interactive crowd ones much better - so don't miss them, all of them ( The Love and Marriage show, The Quest Adult game, Sexy man, Belly Flop, Volleyball) or you'll be kicking yourself afterwards, these shows were a riot! The production shows were good, but not as memorable. I liked our Headliner show with Tony Tillman best and the comedy show was pretty funny. They also debuted an improve show during our cruise; it was funny but not as entertaining as I had hoped. I didn't care much for Come Fly with Me, Frozen in time, Hairspray or the Oasis of Dreams shows but could appreciate the talent and artistry that it takes to run the shows. The cruisers themselves were very different on this cruise than from my past ones. People seemed younger overall, and because of this tended to bud in front of lines or save seats (when you are actually not allowed to). Although they tried to enforce 30 min limits on lounge saving in the Solarium, this did not seem to be strictly enforced as there were many violators. We didn't get a chance at the cushioned lounges in the Solarium until day 6. We had to wake up very early and had many people eyeing us from the moment we sat down until we left. My one bad experience on the ship came the first night of cruise. When I was ready for bed, I lifted my covers to find dried blood stained spots on my duvet cover. I called housekeeping and some one came immediately to change the bed spread. Moments later, my friend, who was also ready to go to bed, noticed blood stains on her sheets as well. We called housekeeping again but this time was greeted with some attitude. Another housekeeping staff did arrive but she did not seemed pleased to be replacing the sheets. She made a comment on how our attendant did not turn down our room this evening. She also kept saying that she didn't think it was blood rather makeup or something. Anyways, whatever it was shouldn't have been there. I don't blame her for being less than cheery, it was late at night. What I can't understand is how our room attendant did not spot these stains earlier when he made our room. It made me think that he didn't change our sheets from the previous passenger's stay. This was definitely a bad starting point for our week long cruise. Needless to say, we didn't feel very comfortable going to bed at night. For the rest of the week, our attendant barely made an effort with acknowledging us when we'd pass him in the hallways. After the cruise we let RCI know what happened, and they apologized and assured us that this was completely not the standard they go by and would address the hygiene and rudeness issues with housekeeping and our attendant. Overall the cruise was great. It's impossible for Oasis to reach perfection on all levels but I think the crew did a fantastic job and I was overall satisfied. Enough so, that I booked a return trip in April (this time with my usual travel partner so he can experience the zany antics of Richard Spacey), of course we are hoping again for Richard Spacey and also hoping for a better room attendant. The Captain does take some time to get use to but he seemed very nice when we meet him in person. Other than our room attendant everyone seem like they wanted to serve you. We didn't have any issues with pushy drink servers; rather most of them tried to entice you to buy a drink with humor over forcefulness. The only low points for me were my experience with housekeeping and the food quality aboard, but the entertainment and overall cheery atmosphere made up for the low points. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2010
Our room was directly under the Disco that was on deck 4. The club was open till about 3am to 4am every night except for 1 night. We are not Disco types and enjoy our sleep before 3am. When I had booked my room though our travel agent-we ... Read More
Our room was directly under the Disco that was on deck 4. The club was open till about 3am to 4am every night except for 1 night. We are not Disco types and enjoy our sleep before 3am. When I had booked my room though our travel agent-we went with a big group-I told them I did not want to be under or near the Disco. My daughter's room was 3192 and she could hear the music or should i say NOISE also. But she is younger and just stayed up and enjoyed the music. I spoke with guest services about 3 nights into the cruise at about 2 am when I had enough! The next day I went to Guest Services and they said they had logged my complaint. They also said they would see what they could do. They said they would call me in my room. Well, I would call and try to speak with the man that helped me and he was either too busy or not on duty. I kept getting the run around from RCCL. The last night of the cruise at around 10pm I received a letter that was dropped on in our stateroom from RCCL. They said they were sorry for the noise problem and that offered a 15% discount from the price of my current cruise that would be applied to my next cruise if I use it within a year. Did you get that? Seems like new math to me. I am not happy with the run around I received. I did put this on my survey with both RCCL and our group survey. Our room was wonderful other than the noise. I loved the Oasis. It was a beautiful ship and very big. We didn't mind the groups because most of the time you didn't see a crowd. I loved the interactive TV in our room. You knew which of the restaurants were busy. Also, you could book excursions and tickets for the shows right on your TV. In the restaurant they did not seem able to please the cruiser. What I mean is-we wanted shrimp every night or fruit and some nights we received it and other nights we did not. The waiter said he could not do special request and we would have to go though our head waiter. I am assuming this is a change with RCCL and not our waiter's fault. The chef also loved mushrooms and garlic. Because most of the dishes at dinner always had either garlic or mushrooms in or on them. I am not a fan. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
DID THIS CRUISE MEET OUR EXPECTATIONS - NO!!: It exceeded them by a long way. This was a cruise that my DW had requested for our 30th wedding anniversary, following on from a television program she had seen last year. Were we ... Read More
DID THIS CRUISE MEET OUR EXPECTATIONS - NO!!: It exceeded them by a long way. This was a cruise that my DW had requested for our 30th wedding anniversary, following on from a television program she had seen last year. Were we disappointed.................NO!!! As usual, we arrived on the Friday, prior the cruise on September 25th, via Miami. This following a very good flight from over the "pond". Thanks BA. We elected to stay in the Miami area and chose the airport Sofitel hotel, which we booked using the hotel's internet site for $80 (best value found) including breakfast. We did this because I thought that the hotels in Ft Lauderdale had hiked prices since last year due to the expansion of the port traffic I suppose. The Sofitel was a very high standard compared with what was available in FL for the same dollar price. We picked a rental car up on Saturday morning from Dollar, which we had pre-booked some months earlier at $35 for an intermediate, with drop off at FLL. We took the free rental car shuttle to the port. On arrival at approximately 11.30am, our pre-tagged bags were ushered away by a porter within seconds (and a $5 tip). They were delivered to the room, and we had unpacked before the safety drill. EMBARKATION: This was the best and shortest I have experienced. It took no more than 10 minutes from being dropped off the airport shuttle bus to walking on the ship. The gentleman we were directed too, was so polite, welcoming and very efficient. We also took 3 bottles of water on board in our carry on bag with no problems whatsoever. On entering the ship, I asked a member of the CD's staff, David Galbraith, the best place to head for lunch. He suggested the Solarium Bistro, and we duly made our way there - excellent choice!!, and not the problems that people experience in the Windjammer etc. STATEROOM: We went to our balcony cabin at around 1.00pm to drop off our carry-on's, and met Anderson, our stateroom steward. This man was very good, always polite, and, conspicuous by his absence, kept the room spotless and the toiletries filled up - and......chocolates on the pillow at night. Whenever we saw him, we were addressed by our names. How they manage to remember them all amazes me. Initial thoughts on the cabin were that it was smaller than those we have had previously - however, due to the very clever design, we actually appeared to have more room, especially in the bathroom. We found it was great not to experience "Shower Curtain Cling" when using it. We then started our familiarisation of this magnificent leviathan of the seas. WOW, this is a completely different on board experience. Everybody has dissected it and commented on it previously, and I can only agree with the positive comments found on here. My favourite area was definitely Central Park. I loved the tranquillity of the area. DINING: We chose My-Time dining in the Opus dining room, deck 5,and booked the same time, 8pm, and table for diner. We had a great Table waitress (ROSA), and Assistant Waiter (GENUINE), both of whom came from the Philippines. They always greeted us with reference to our names, especially my DW who they called Lady J..., pulled the chairs back and positioned our napkins for us. They were always smiling and had a joke with us. Our Head Waiter was Richard (from Romania) and was very attentive, and made a point of coming to us for a chat every evening to question us about the service, satisfaction etc. He even arranged a special Indian curry for me one evening, which was SUPERB - thanks Richard. Service, across the board, on a scale of 1 to 10, was a 15!!- faultless. We did not encounter one example of any staff being rude or obnoxious, and that included Guest Services. I suppose that probably came from speaking to them as if they were human beings, and not slaves The food was good, easily equivalent, if not better, than that we have had on previous cruises. The choices and quantity were more than satisfactory. I still can't understand people needing more than one appetiser and entrEe to satisfy an appetite.. Apart from one evening, when we chose the Seafood Shack to accommodate a show in the Aqua theatre (which was cancelled due to the weather), we were more than happy to use the Opus Main Dining Room. In fact, the fried food in the Shack was not that good!! We had read a lot of reviews that really derided the food (on cruises generally) but we had no problems with the food, with that one exception. Breakfast / Lunch- Where to get it? Well, you could try the overcrowded, undersized Windjammer. But, it is best to try the alternative places. Park Cafe was our favourite for breakfast and lunch. It had really good breakfast rolls, cereals, yogurts, fruit, sandwiches, soups and salads etc, and, despite some earlier criticism, excellent beef sandwiches with the Kaiser roll soaked in jus. The Solarium was also good for breakfast, but we found it to be quite hot, with no air circulating. I suppose that's the problem with eating in a glass house. The design could do with a minor re-vamp. We did Johnny Rocket's for one breakfast and it was very good, but we wanted to stay away from fried breakfast. We also looked in at the WipeOut cafe, and decided to walk back to the Park Cafe because the food looked awful. The pizza in Sorrento's was freshly made and very good. ENTERTAINMENT: We had pre-booked the shows we wanted via the internet, prior to boarding Hairspray - I thought it was "ok" for the first 20 minutes, then the high volume squeaky voices got on my nerves. I believe that the West End version would have been better than the Broadway version used on board. I met some of the stars in the taxi to the St Thomas Sky Ride - so arrogant, and full of their on importance The Aqua show - Original booking was cancelled due to a rain shower. The allocated re-booking time was not convenient, so we missed this . The Come Fly with Me show was nearly great, don't miss it. They made a few mistakes in the show. The Headliner Show was the multi-talented entertainer - EARL TURNER. He was by far, the best headliner we have seen on cruises. Coming from Europe, I have never heard of him before, an had no idea what is act was, until we caught the last 10 minutes of the early show on our way back to the cabin - so we stood in the stand by line. The man was brilliant, and extremely talented, maybe because we grew up with the genre he performed, How realistic, was his take on growing up kids. I had the pleasure of meeting, and talking with him in the promenade area, and despite what I have read on websites subsequently, I found him to be a very humble and genuine person. Make sure you make your reservations before you go on cruise, so you won't be disappointed. The promenade parades (all) are not to be missed. The energy put into them by the entertainers, Including the CD, is commendable, and so entertaining. CRUISE DIRECTOR, and his staff. Richard Spacey - what can you say about this man that hasn't already been said. He is by far the best CD around. His humour and energy levels are second to none..............Oh, and he's English. We also came across David Galbraith on a number of occasions - Front entry of ship, In the Sky Bar (amazing), around the ship and at the Opus Theatre. A very polite, knowledgeable and helpful person. A true asset to the company. POOL AREAS: No problems getting loungers, despite people "reserving" with towels etc. The only issue was with ignorant folks not understanding that a line for the pool towels meant that they should go to the back of it!! SHORE EXCURSIONS: On St Thomas, we only took a taxi to the Skyride, and enjoyed the wonderful views of the island. (We had previously done a fabulous Sonny Liston tour). On St Maarten, we had pre booked a "Bernhard's Tours" Island tour. We were personally greeted by Bernhard himself and then introduced to our driver "The Mailman". He was outstanding, and very brave. In the course of his duty - he was spiked by a sea urchin, whilst successfully attempting to retrieve one for us all to look at. The tour was $35 (increasing to $40 soon) and included as much Rum Punch, Beer and water that you could drink. The rum punch was so strong I think you could run a car on it!! Superb value for $35. Do not be hesitant about using this tour!! CASINO: In theory 50% of it smoke-free, but the other 50% is free to choke the free zone, so I would not visit there after the first attempt. Sorry, I've never smoked and hated the smell. AREAS: Neighbourhoods - The Boardwalk and Central Park (my favourite) are wonderful. I absolutely enjoyed these areas. Beautiful, fun and well thought-out. Central Park was a tranquil area to chill out. We both enjoyed a ride on the carousel, and visited the Ice Cream Parlour (scrummy). Yes, you paid for it but it made up for the free rubbish that was served around the pool areas. We had no problems with "crowding", in fact it felt like there were less people on board than any of the others we have been on, and we did not spend a lot of time in our room etc. There were always plenty of chairs available whether you were a smoker or non smoker. One down side to the "rules" - they don't "remove personal items left unattended after 30 minutes" as they are supposed to. PROBLEMS: We had a full scale evacuation on Friday 1st October in the middle of the ocean. The US Coastguard were needed to remove an ill patient for emergency treatment - I hope that he has since recovered. During the later Captains Questions, one woman (I will not call her a lady) asked if it was her US tax dollar that had paid for the Coastguard rescue!! She did not bother to ask if the individual was American - or whether he was ok, but more concerned that she might be contributing to someone's welfare. I wanted to respond, but could not get the microphone If she is reading this, I would like to re-assure her that, if she ever came to Britain, and found herself in a similar predicament, she would get a FREE airlift, FREE medical treatment and FREE hospitalisation, all paid for by the British tax payer, with no one standing over her requesting her insurance details. Oh, yes.........and she would not be required to pay $14 to enter the country in the first place. DEBARKATION: Was very easy - no stress at all. We did self assist and were off the ship at 08.00 am having had breakfast, and headed for the car rental area at FLL. It was interesting to note that the shuttle covered all rental agencies this year (including Avis). We were in Naples and checked in at our hotel at 10.30am, for the second week of our vacation. I do believe your vacation is what you make of them. We had an awesome experience. Oasis was our first Royal Caribbean cruise, and by far, exceeded our expectations. It was well worth the price we paid for it. (bargain booked early - prior to launch). I will definitely go back, as I believe that the bar has been raised by this ship, for our cruising standards. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
My husband and I LOVED every minute of our Oasis dream vacation...be sure to put this ship on your bucket list.....something for everybody...our and balcony cabin was overlooking the ocean and we sat out and had our coffee almost every ... Read More
My husband and I LOVED every minute of our Oasis dream vacation...be sure to put this ship on your bucket list.....something for everybody...our and balcony cabin was overlooking the ocean and we sat out and had our coffee almost every morning. I did book all the entertainment in advance and that worked out great because we booked them on sea days...by the was Broadway shows are great but the Oasis shows are right up there. See them all you wont be disappointed.. FOOD: i GOT OPEN DINING where you can pick your own time and I made a 6pm reservation every day but that can be changed at will. We went to the Market Place and there was a wide variety and great food. The Boardwalk had great donuts and corn dogs. The Cafe by the sports deck had bagel dogs and the Promenade had a good Pizza selection...and a great cafe..Central Park cafe had roast beef sandwiches and salad made to order yet...I also took my husband to the solarium on deck 15 for healthy food...but that was not his favorite. He liked the dinning room and we ate there every night. Now the good part all these places are included with no fee for food. Great variety and tasty. Ports...Lebedee was my favorite...we got off the ship..took the tram to the end of the line...went up a small hill through the many open air shops and landed at the last beach..just past the kids beach, got a couple of beach chairs and went for a swim..The ship put on a free BBQ which was awesome..We did go ashore on the other ports but the ship is so super you never have to go. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Embarkation was a breeze, arrived at 11:00 AM, checked in and on the ship within 15 minutes of dropping off the luggage and parking the car. Disembarkation was a breeze with Express Walkoff, we were off by 6:15 AM, and on the road by 6:30 ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, arrived at 11:00 AM, checked in and on the ship within 15 minutes of dropping off the luggage and parking the car. Disembarkation was a breeze with Express Walkoff, we were off by 6:15 AM, and on the road by 6:30 AM. Entertainment was excellent. We reserved all shows prior to boarding (45 days before), but found each show had room for those who had not reserved shows prior to boarding. Hairspray, Come Fly With Me, Frozen in Time, Oasis of the Dreams, Splish Splash, Comedians, etc. were all good. Specialty Restaurants were as follows. 150 Central Park was our least favorite, atmosphere and service excellent, but we did not think anything on the set menu was memorable. Chops was excellent, as good or better than any other Chops we have experienced. Giovani's Table was the best value and food for $15 cover charge. We ate outside in Central Park and it was a great meal. Johnny Rockets was as good as usual, but it is a bit small inside, but has plenty of outside tables. Seafood Shack has changed their menu as of a couple of weeks ago and is no longer $8.95, it is now a la carte. Our friends are from New England, and they were not impressed. From what we have read the Allure will replace the Seafood Shack with a different restaurant. Main Dining in the Opus Dining Room started off a little shaky in the first 24 hours with slow service and food quality. However, once we expressed our concerns and changed Assitant Waiters, everything was taken care of by the Maitre D' and Head Waiter (Thanks Richard and Sergio!). Breakfast and lunch are a challenge at times in Windjammer due to layout and too many people. Breakfast is slow in Opus Dining Room, and they do not have Eggs Benedict on the menu, you need to request it. Johnny Rockets has a limited breakfast selection, but service is fast and friendly. Many people who enjoy more of a Continnental Breakfast went to the Park Cafe for fruit, pastries, bagels, etc. Cafe Prominade also offers pastries, coffee, tea, etc. for lighter fare. In addition, the Solarium Bistro turned out to be a great place for a light breakfast. As for lunch, it is hard to beat the Park Cafe in Central Park. Yes, the Roast Beef sandwiches were excellent. In addition, they have Paninis, Fruit Cups, Asian Salads, an excellent made to order salad bar, and wonderful deserts. Exercise and activities. The Gym is excellent, as are the Rock Walls, Flow Riders, Zip Line, pools, and H2O zone. The only complaint we had was the walking/jogging track on deck 5. It appeared some people thought walking was on the inside track, while others thought it was on the outside tack. I think RCCL could solve this by paiting WALKING in one lane and JOGGING in the other lane. Pools were not crowded even at 10:00 AM, chairs were available and the Pool/Deck Attendant was keeping an eye on chair hogs. Cabins - we had a D8 balcony 6560 starboard near the front elevator lobby. This was the configuration with the bed at the balcony. Cabin, Bathroom, Balcony, Bedding, Pillows, Storage, etc. were all as expected. This turned out to be a great location. We walked around the corner to the Gym, down one level to the walking track and Promenade. In addition, we were right near the Diamond Lounge for Cappuccino and Espresso's, on Deck 6 and just down 2 levels to Deck 4 for Blazes (Diamond evening cocktails), Opus Theatre, Studio B, Comedy Live, Jazz Club, and Casino. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
We sailed with a group of 8 friends. One of which is handicapped and had rented an electric scooter chair to use for the trip. This cruise has been planned for over a year. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Homewood Suites in Ft. ... Read More
We sailed with a group of 8 friends. One of which is handicapped and had rented an electric scooter chair to use for the trip. This cruise has been planned for over a year. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Homewood Suites in Ft. Lauderdale. I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel! New hotel with great staff, great breakfast, and beautiful rooms! We paid for the shuttle to come pick us up at the hotel. The hotel has a shuttle service and we liked it because they took just our party of 8 at 10am when we requested. We didn't like the HOARD of people waiting for free shuttles at other hotels. SO, we booked the shuttle when we arrived at the hotel. They took us to the port and then picked us up after and took us to the airport for $18 per person round trip. I would use them again. We got to the ship at 10:20am and EVERYTHING they say about the boarding process is TRUE! It took us literally 10 minutes to go from the shuttle to the waiting area upstairs. We waited till 11am when they told us we could board. They boarded us by Suite guests, Diamonds, and so on.. VERY efficient! FIRST, my SKEPTICISM....the "LOGJAMMER"....Windjammer is a NIGHTMARE! We made the HUGE mistake of going there for the first day lunch. My friend with the wheelchair was SOO discouraged as people were clamoring for food and cutting her off. ( you would think these people hadn't eaten for a month!) We did NOT go back to the Windjammer EXCEPT for a late afternoon bite.. FOOD- We ate in the dining room every evening and every morning for breakfast. We did NOT eat at ANY specialty venues. We really feel if we paid for an all inclusive cruise...we want to eat at the places we paid for! SO I cannot review any of the pay to eat places. The breakfast in the dining room was WONDERFUL! They had a buffet or you could order from the menu. It was quiet, peaceful and a wonderful time to sip coffee with friends while eating all your favorite fruits! The buffet had diced fruit, granola, sliced fruit, rolls, donuts, rolls, eggs, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, yogurt..PERFECT for breakfast! We had lunch at Sorrentos Pizza- EXCELLENT! AND of course LOTS of snacks from the Cafe Promenade- there cookies ARE TO DIE FOR! Also, soft serve yogurt machines are on the pool deck in several places! The WipeOut Buffet is nice for picking up a quick snack OR filling up your thermal mugs you brought from home full of ice and tea! Dinner each night was a pleasure. We all tried new dishes and enjoyed our waiters Jan and Ivan! I don't understand people complaining about the food. It was tasty and warm! CABIN- Our cabin was very efficient! Loved the nightlight in the bathroom. The TV was big and very easy to use. We brought an extension cord and were able to plug in all of our electric items. The bed was comfy and we had no complaints! ENTERTAINMENT- WOW! I can't say enough about the amazing shows! I am NOT a big show person. I am not a big fan of the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers on past crews... SO for me to LOVE it....it HAS to be GREAT! Hairspray was EXCELLENT! Everything about it was professional! The Ice Show was WONDERFUL! Usually it is a bit " weird" but this production had humor and was very "normal"! Plus they had a sand drawing guy that was a MUST SEE! The water shows were also FIRST CLASS! They have 2 shows. a comedy review and Oasis Dreams. They were both put on by talented, highly acclaimed divers and swimmers. We also saw Abbacadabra, an Abba cover band. IF you like Abba, you will feel like you are at a real concert. They look and sound just like them! Overall, the shows were 10 out of 10 PLUS you don't need tix! You preregister online ( I suggest WAY in advance of your cruise) for times for the shows you want and then when you get to the door they just scan your seapass card and it lets you in! LABADEE- Favorite stop! Water was beautiful. I floated on a mat most of the day until we had a great lunch of ribs and chicken, burgers, salads..it was ALL delicious. We took the shuttle over to the other beach and it wasn't crowded at ALL! Had chairs under the palm trees. The Ship itself has so much to do! We zip lined! FUN but too short of a ride. I went Flowriding with my 50 something girlfriends! We did the boogie board and the instructors were so kind and helpful! I didn't even wipe out! We walked in Central Park but felt it was wasted space as all there is, is pay to eat venues and the Park Cafe. The Boardwalk area is nice! Its where the AquaTheatre is located. We rode the Merry Go Round, had a donut or two (not really that great), looked in the cute kids shops, made a "pets at sea" flamingo, but didn't eat at Johnny Rockets or the Seafood Shack. The Royal Promenade was MUCH wider than on the next class ships. It was not as crowded and had lots more chairs to sit and eat or watch people. I found we didn't get lost on the ship. There are so many interactive screens to help you find your way! They have a great walking track on deck 5. Also on deck 5 you can go to the very back of the ship and sit in a chair and read and watch the waves go by virtually ALONE! Very few people back there! We never had a problem finding a deck chair. We loved the Beach Pool and pretty much camped out there. Our handicapped friend had no major problems on the cruise. Her room was handicapped accessible and was HUGE and VERY WELL designed. Cruise Director Richard Spacey was THE PERFECT blend of humor and efficiency! He was the best we have ever had! I give this ship a 9 out of 10. We are planning on cruising the Allure in a year or two. Can't wait!! And try to withhold judgement on this ship till you have lived on it a few days. IT GROWS on you! It doesn't seem so BIG and it doesn't seem like there are 6'000 people on it with you! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Pre Cruise- We live in Orange Park Florida and decided to drive down to Ft Lauderdale the day before our cruise. We stayed at the Comfort Inn Airport. Not a real flashy hotel, but it served our purpose and what we liked about it we were ... Read More
Pre Cruise- We live in Orange Park Florida and decided to drive down to Ft Lauderdale the day before our cruise. We stayed at the Comfort Inn Airport. Not a real flashy hotel, but it served our purpose and what we liked about it we were able to leave our car and the hotel shuttled us to and from the pier. Rooms were reasonable and clean. Embarkation: We arrived at the port at 10:45 AM. Easiest embarkation I have ever experienced. Since my husband was using a scooter due to an injured foot we went through the line then we were told to go where the Platinum members were waiting to board. Once they were called we followed behind. We were on the ship and enjoying ourselves by 11:10. We had an interior handicap cabin. Room 6149, was huge. I have never been in an interior cabin quite as large. We had plenty of plugs in our room, not sure if that was because it was a handicap room. Storage and closet space was more than adequate. Since my husband and I were both celebrating our birthdays our family had our room decorated and a flower cake delivered. The cake was beautiful and just as fresh on the final day as it was on the first. Hated to leave it there when we departed. Our first stop once on board was the Park Cafe. We just had to experience the roast beef sandwiches. They didn't let us down. They were wonderful. Toured the ship to get familiar. Easiest ship to navigate around even though it is large. The interactive boards near the elevators were fantastic. You could never get lost. The easiest thing for me to remember was that our room was in the front of the ship as well as all the entertainment and the food was in the back of the ship. We were in our rooms by 1:00 no problem. Our luggage was delivered shortly after wer go in our room. Was totally unpacked and everything put away before the life boat drill. The life boat drill was a snap. We went to the Vitality Spa for ours. Showed a short film on putting on your life jackets and it was over. It was great not to have to stand on deck in a life jacket. We had early dinner seating at 6:00. Our waiter was Juanito who was fantastic. He could do enough for us. While on the ship we found out that he was promoted to head waiter. Way to go! Food in the dining room was terrific. Only had one meal that was not as good as should have been. On Thursday night which was a formal night we had lobster. My brother in laws lobster was mushy (only his). They offered to get him another one, but he opted for a prime rib instead. Menu had a good variety each night. Boardwalk area was nice. Road on the carousel made me feel like a kid again. Johnny Rocks was awesome for breakfast, did not use it for lunch or dinner. We also went to the Seafood Shack for lunch. Food was good, but I probably would not go back. Just about everything is fried. We ate at Giovanni's Table and Chops Grill. Both were outstanding and well worth the cost. Really glad we did both restaurants. Windjammer was OK for lunch, but we also ate at the Wipeout Cafe. They have the best pretzel dogs. I am originally from Philly so the taste of the soft pretzel over the hot dog was great. This is something you need to try. Late nights I was always at the Promenade Cafe. The coffee and Tea was wonderful, but they had the best small crescent sandwiches like ham and cheese etc. They also had desserts all free. My husband went to Sorrento's nightly for his pizza fix. He enjoyed it. You are never at a loss for free food 24/7. Never used room service. This was the first time I didn't. Always got in the room around 2:30-3:30 in the morning and by that time all I wanted to do was sleep. Activities: The Aqua show was fantastic. This is the best show I have ever seen. You have to appreciate the skill involved with the divers. Royal Caribbean has really outdone itself with this show. Suggest you schedule this on your first night onboard just in case they have difficulty with the show. That way you can get it scheduled on a different night. Went to the comedy show which was good. Their comedy club will only hold about 40-50 people for each sitting. Great shows 2 comedians each time. Once you seen it the same show is repeated each evening. Hairspray was OK for me, just wasn't my thing. The come Fly with Me show was great, don't miss it. Headline show was booked, but we missed it because it conflicted with other things I wanted to do. Sorry I missed it head it was great. Make sure you make your reservations before you go so you won't be disappointed. Ice show Frozen in Time was good. They had a sand sculpture that was awesome. Casino: What can I say it took my money, but it was fun. People we winning all around me wish I had some of their luck. Of course my husband sits down pulls the leaver and wins $200 like that. He loved rubbing that in. They have a nightly lottery drawing which was neat. Played in the slot tournament on the final sea day it was really fun. Came in 4th, they gave money prices for the top 3, Plus the winner got a 7 night cruise for 2 on Liberty of the Seas for the $50,000 slot tournament. Bingo was fun, but expensive. $55.00 got you a machine with 30 cards. Most of the time they played 4 games of bingo. Prizes for each game ran from about $150 for the first game to $400 for the 3rd of course the final game was the jackpot which did not go off till the last sea day. In my humble opinion if you didn't play a machine your chances were slim. Never won, but I did have a great time. Played lots of trivia which was fun. Purchased a Live the Oasis book and each day they picked a neighborhood and had trivia on it. Kind of like a scavenger hunt it was lots of fun the final trivia was actually a game show called Live the Oasis. Books were $12.99. The cruise director Richard Spacey was the GREATEST!!!! He helped make my cruise enjoyable. He and his staff were wonderful. The dancing in the street party on the promenade was loads of fun. They just made you want to participate in activities. Richard has videos he shows on the TV they are so funny. You can preview them on You-Tube just go to Oasis of the Seas or Richard Spacey and you can find them. Tried to do the lip-lining, but chickened out. Couldn't get my feet to lift off the ground. Made the mistake of looking down. Folks were having a blast doing it and usually the line was not very long. The miniature golf was OK, but not as good as the one on the Voyager of the Seas. Never went to the donut shop or the ice cream parlor. Folks that did said they were good. The clubs were always full of people at night till 3:00 in the morning. Everyone was having fun. There is something for everyone. Did the Cupcake Cupboard for the class. Lots of fun and I learned some neat things well worth the $19.00. Pool area: Never really used the regular pool area. Went to the Solarium pool on sea days it was quiet and peaceful. Also had breakfast at the Solarium bistro for breakfast. Healthy and good. Ports of Call: My husband did the tequila tasting in Cozumel and enjoyed it very much other than that we never left the ship except to walk around the shops at the ports. This whole cruise to me was about the ship and I was not disappointed one bit. Debarkation was a snap. Off the ship before you know it. Overall this was one of the best cruises were have ever taken. The ship had very few children on it and it never seemed crowded except for the night of the two parades and the dancing in the street. That is when you realized there were over 8,000+ people on board. Wish I would have done a back to back on this ship. Just not enough time to do everything I wanted to do. Would I do it again? You bet! I know I have left out a lot so if you have questions concerning the ship, activites, restaurants etc, or want more information about my cruise feel free to contact me at maggiedp@comcast.net Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
My husband and I (in our 40's) enjoyed our very 1st cruise with RCCL aboard the Oasis of Dreams. We read all reviews prior to our October 9th departure and complied our pros and cons to each subject. Hope this makes it easy to ... Read More
My husband and I (in our 40's) enjoyed our very 1st cruise with RCCL aboard the Oasis of Dreams. We read all reviews prior to our October 9th departure and complied our pros and cons to each subject. Hope this makes it easy to go through quickly! EMBARKATION: Pros: NO waiting! Cons: None CABIN: Pros: Junior Suite: walk-in closet, ample drawers, beautiful decor Cons: Do bring power strip, only two by mirror. DO wish other guests would softly close their cabin doors in the early AM...must they let them slam?? DINING: Pros: MDR, decent food and excellent service. Chose "My Time Dining" and usually ate at 6:00 PM without ANY wait. Table for 2 no problem, ever.Do eat breakfast at the Park Cafe..tasty paninis!! Solarium is a tranquil area for those over 16 years..thank you RCCL! Cons: WJ crowded, food sub par. Felt badly for the elderly who had canes, wheelchairs and their luggage the 1st day. No one really assisting them. SPECIALTY DINING: Pros: Chops Grille beautiful. Do not order strip steak. Thin and tough. All other food was amazing with impeccable service. $25 per person. Did not eat at other restaurants. ENTERTAINMENT: ***Richard Spacey, you are a brilliant, witty, charming cruise director and we were thrilled to see you in person!!!*** If Richard is on your cruise, then make sure you watch him host "Love and Marriage", Belly Flop Competition, the dance parties and on the cruise ship channel 14. Hairspray--LOVED it! Oasis of Dreams~LOVED it! COMPLETELY agree with the numerous reports of too many smoking areas!!! We too, as others have stated in these reviews, had our expensive balcony tainted with the disgusting smell of smoke from others who smoke on their balconies. I understand many people continue to inhale carcinogens, but can RCCL somehow change the placement of smokers to non-smokers and their balconies? Hmmmm? Finally, remember your video camera! The numerous neighborhoods aboard plus the ambiance and music just can not be captured with a camera alone. OK OK, one more tip..........drinks are quite pricey. Beer $4.89, specialty drinks $7.00. There is a blue and yellow Royal Caribbean cooler that can be purchased for $33 and 8 bottles of beer? Another guest told me that when you buy additional 8 bottles the cost goes down to $25. Great deal if you are with those who can chug a few beers by the pool :) DISEMBARKATION: Pros: Chose Express check-out, carrying own bags off in morning. Cons: Very early 6:15-7:30 am. At airport by 7:40. Had to wait for our 11:45 flight for a while. DO think one could book a return flight home after 9:00 AM if using the early check out from ship. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Let me start by addressing one very big myth about this ship. The pre-conceived notions it is too crowded can not be any more false. Embarkation/disembarkation were the easiest I have ever experienced. Once on board, the ship is so ... Read More
Let me start by addressing one very big myth about this ship. The pre-conceived notions it is too crowded can not be any more false. Embarkation/disembarkation were the easiest I have ever experienced. Once on board, the ship is so large and so well organized in to "neighborhoods," no one area gets two crowded. The only time I experienced corwds on this cruise were during events like the 70's street party. But that is an event that brings crowds on any ship, and it's the crowd that makes it so much fun. The entertainment was the best I have ever seen. Do not miss a single show. Make sure you make the proper reservations before your cruise. Specialty restaurants were different experiences. I do not recommend 150 Central Park. On the other hand, I thought Giovanni's Table was excellent. The tiramisu rivals anything you would get in Italy. Avoid the Windjammer during peak times. It is a little small for the ship and finding a table can be difficult. Consider Park Cafe as an alternative lunch venue. Dazzles is the best nght club. The band is excellent and the venue is gorgeous. Make sure you zip-line. Just doing this on a ship was great, but it was also a lot of fun. Rooms seemed a little smaller than RCI's other newer ship classes, but suites seemed to be the same size. Concierge Lounge is the best at sea. It is 2 stories and serves hot meals with a wait staff. Overall, this ship is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. No other ship compares. I recommend all who love to cruise try this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
My DW and I just got back from our Oasis of the Seas cruise from October 2-9, 2010. We flew in on a red-eye from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale that left at 11pm on Friday and arrived on Saturday at 7am. If at all possible, don't ... Read More
My DW and I just got back from our Oasis of the Seas cruise from October 2-9, 2010. We flew in on a red-eye from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale that left at 11pm on Friday and arrived on Saturday at 7am. If at all possible, don't do this, it made the first and second days very tiring. The good thing was that the flight only took 5 hours, but again it made for a very long day. We visited with some friends and had breakfast and did not arrive at the dock till 11:30. The luggage was loaded right onto carts at the curb. The dock was very well organized; there was a separate area for the people with priority check in and for the rest of us. There were about five separate lines for each deck and if you have done your online registration, everything went quickly. Important note: make sure you get your ship map when you check in; there are none available on the ship. We were aboard the ship by noon, and this was only because we waited for some of our group of 24 whom we saw checking in. By 12:15, we were in the Windjammer searching for a table for lunch. The food was good, but because of the crowding, we only ate in the Windjammer one other time at lunch. Always find a table before you get food, otherwise the food will get cold before you sit down. We got to our cabin, 14552, at about 1:30 and met Merlin, our room steward. He is about the best steward we have ever had, always greeted us with a Mr. Lee or Mrs. Lee, when he saw us and met all of our minor requests quickly and efficiently. Our luggage was outside our cabin when we got there, very fast. Our first sea view balcony was wonderful, very quiet and there were few smokers around us so we were spared that torture. We were concerned about the Kids' Adventure Ocean being just outside our cabin, but we never heard a sound in the hallway. The Solarium was above us and we never heard a sound up there. Storage was more than adequate and our suit cases did fit under the bed. Important note: ask for extra hangers, you will need them. The to-do about the plugs is way overblown, never had a problem, and didn't need the extension adaptor I brought with me. The small table next to the bed was just the right size for my book, glasses and the TV remote, and if I wanted, also a glass of water. The TV itself was a good 32" and it does swivel out for better viewing. There are plugs on the side and back, but we didn't have anything to plug in, so I don't know if they work. We missed the sail away because our ship left an hour later at 6 pm rather than the 5 pm originally scheduled. We had it planned to go to deck 14 forward to watch us depart Fort Lauderdale, but we had set dinning at 6 pm. We had dinner every night at the Opus MDR on deck 3, table 339, and loved it. We had the early 6 pm seating and found it worked very well for us. The food was excellent and the service could not have been better. Our waiter was Khumar and our assistant waiter was Vinnie. They both provided exceptional service and by the second night know all our preferences and names. Our head waiter was Mr. Santos and he came by every night to make sure our meals were perfect. The hot food arrived hot and the cold food arrived cold, not a problem. If you didn't like anything, they would offer to bring you anything else on the menu to replace it. We found something that we liked every night, don't miss the cold soups, lamb shanks, rack of lamb, prime rib, lobster, basa fish, turkey, garlic shrimp, chocolate soufflE, and the sorbets. Never felt the need to go pay for alterative dinning. Only minor complaint is that the fish dishes tend to be a little overcooked, but again, if you don't like it, they will change it. Khumar was good enough to offer everyone extra lobster tails, and they were a good 6 oz. size and perfectly done. The doughnuts at the Doughnut Shop was just ok, not much taste, I had a hard time telling that the key lime was key lime, it just did not taste like it. The lady that was working here was very abrupt and rude when you ask what the flavor was, the print was very small and very far away, and my old eyes cannot see so well any more. This was the only incident of any crew member being rude that I could remember. The cupcakes were worth the extra $2.50. The frosting was very light and tasty although the cake itself was the same on all the cupcakes. The Seafood Shack now has al carte pricing, but we did not try it. There were never very many people in there. Johnny Rockets was good for breakfast, everything made to order, but everything is very greasy. If you go, try to get Richard, he was very nice and remembered my name after only one time. The solarium was a great place for breakfast or lunch. The food was a little healthier and it was never very crowded. Not as big a selection as the Windjammer, but again, you can always get a table. The casino was surpassingly half smoking and half non-smoking, but in reality there is smoke everywhere and in all the public areas around the casino. There were ashtrays everywhere, so what's to keep people from not smoking everywhere? I don't see any enforcement of the non-smoking area. I found the machines very tight and if you win, the payouts were small, but then I only deposited a small amount. We did most of the shows and enjoyed all of them, the only one we missed was Slip Splash, the first show was cancelled and we forgot to go to the second one. After watching these shows, I don't know if I can really enjoy the Joan Ryan dancers or the piano man again. One hint is to sit on the wooden benches in the Aqua Theater rather than the lounge chairs; the people on the wooden benches are higher than the chairs and block your view. It is a good idea to go to the shows a half an hour early to get the better seats, and of course reservations are a must. I don't know why people would not make reservations, when it is so easy and painless. It is a lot better than standing in line for a half an hour, then franticly looking for seats when everyone is let in. People have commented on the rude foreigners, and the only time I saw it was when a lady cussed me out for wanting to go pass her to the empty middle seats, I think if you have to sit on an aisle seat, then be prepared to get up when people want to go in. For the parade, the best place to stand is in the balcony above the Focus camera shop, you can see everything and no heads in front of you and the platform where all the action takes place is right in front of you. Again, get there early, about half an hour before the start. I finally get why people were so concerned about who the cruise director was, because Richard Spacey was just great, full of energy, friendly and must have the greatest sock collection ever! At Labadee, we rode the Dragon Coaster and really enjoyed it, and would have gone again, if it wasn't so hot. It was $19 for my DW and I. The barbeque was nice, and they did serve ice tea and lemonade, but water was charged. The locals at the straw market were very aggressive and downright rude. Costa Maya was interesting; we just walked around and did some shopping. People not as aggressive and much friendlier, but in the end, most of what they sell is the same as what you can buy elsewhere, but a lot of the stuff does say Costa Maya. Cozumel was another shopping stop for us. We took a cab down to Diamond International and walk back about eight blocks, which was more than enough for us. The cab driver will try to sell you a tour of the island for about $40 a head for four hours, but we were not interested. We did see the Norwegian Epic, which was in port when we were, got some nice pictures. Getting off was super easy, we were in no rush, so we ask for late departure. Call our number, 60, at 9:00 and we were off at 9:15. Wow! It was nice not to have to carry our luggage off, and everything was well marked and finding our bags was easy. All in all, a super cruise and the best of the twelve that we have been on, we would do it again, and am looking into the Allure of the Seas for next year. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
We were very excited for this cruise. Overall we were amazed at the size of the ship and the variety for offerings. I will not bore you with repeating the information already covered by so many, I will just hit the highs and lows. ... Read More
We were very excited for this cruise. Overall we were amazed at the size of the ship and the variety for offerings. I will not bore you with repeating the information already covered by so many, I will just hit the highs and lows. Embarkation - Amazing 15 minutes curb to Royal Promenade (about 11:30) - be sur eto get your embarkation picture taken so your picture folio will be populated and you can get all of your pictures without having to search "the wall" FOOD - My wife and i are not like most. food is Fuel, we really do not get all that excited about "good food", etc. We brought formal attire, scheduled MTD and never once ate in the MDR. We loved the park cafe - roast beef sandwiches, make your won salad and breakfasts there as well. My wife also loved the solarium bistro as the healthier choices are what she usually chooses (go figure ) - she was a bit surprised when a man got all upset tone morning when he coudl not find his fired eggs there (go figure again). Vintages was also a fun "picin'" dinner. overall the food and selections were acceptable. SHOWS - highs - Come Fly with me - amazing .. Hairspray - super ....Frozen in time .. pretty good... Comedy show - lots of fun.... Oasis of dreams - OK. however this could be due to the fact that we live in the Orlando area and see this stuff all the time. However we really did not understand the featured character at all - we felt she added nothign to the show. The daytime diving show - Splish Splash _ was much better. we had a boardwalk balcony, so we were albe to watch the rehearsals all week. I was excited to see the show was for us and we really enjoyed it. Also not much publicised fountain shows were also entertaining. Cabin- as stated previously boardwalk balcony - adequate - nothing special activities - my Wife thoroughly loved the scrap booking time offered every day - Joyce was awesome (hi Joyce!!! did you find this board) - every person who shows up aget a free Oasis scrap booking packet with pages, stickers, etc. so she made me come along on day 1. We did the ice skating, zip line and flow riders - empty in the morning. Favorite spot - the Solarium - both my wife and i are early risers so every morning we would go to the solarium before 7AM and just spend some nice quiet time on those wonderful chairs to start our day. Once it started getting busy, we gave the chair to someone else. we were pleased to see the Rafael (crew member) was monitoring those chairs and would remove stuff left alone more than 30 minutes - go Rafael!!!! Debarkation - easy! we did self assist and were on the curb waiting for the parking lot shuttle by 7AM - any questions?? Final thoughts - we completely enjoyed our vacation there were 3 negatives to not though: 1. the front line crew members were all fabulous, however, if you ever needed to speak to a manager, etc. they were not helpful and very dis -engaged - this is not good 2. BE CAREFUL on decks 15 and 16 when they are wet......always... they are EXTREMELY SLIPPERY.. they should be re-surfaced with a better material before someone gets seriously hurt 3. we love cruising and because of the size and design of this ship, we felt the "connection" with the ocean gets lost. You can find it if you really try, but unless you look for it, there is no "ocean experience. This we did not like. We liked it so much , we came home and booked Allure with kids...the countdown begins again!!! Hope this helps. Questions? Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2010
Wherever I went there were 5,999 other people with us on the first day...but by the next morning, everyone had dispersed and things were much calmer. The Oasis of the Sea is HUGE...a floating city. There was so much to do that seven days ... Read More
Wherever I went there were 5,999 other people with us on the first day...but by the next morning, everyone had dispersed and things were much calmer. The Oasis of the Sea is HUGE...a floating city. There was so much to do that seven days really wasn't enough. The shows were fabulous but we didn't get to see a couple of them because of timing. Hairspray was delightful and the comedians were worth staying up late for. Food on the Oasis was better than some of the other ships we have been on. The many venues also brought with them a variety of menus. I especially liked the new Solarium Bistro...the gazpacho bar was very tasty...the fresh veggies to add to the soup was quite refreshing. We also liked Giovanni's Table for lunch (didn't make it for dinner). We weren't very happy with our cabin. While the bed was large, it was right up against the closet, making entry somewhat difficult. The Cruise Director Staff (Richard Spacey and crew) were OUTSTANDING!!! I have never sailed with a Cruise Director who was this active...and his staff absolutely loves him and so did we! Labadee was beautiful (my first time there) but Cozumel and Costa Maya well, they were Cozumel and Costa Maya. We got off the ship for an hour or two then came back on to enjoy the pool and just take it easy. We met some wonderful people and had a good time whenever we were with them. Turns out we will all be sailing the Enchantment in March 2011! We look forward to continued sailings w/RCI...and we look forward to meeting more great people! Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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