Sail Date: August 2014
This was only a two night cruise, as the Oasis was being scheduled for periodic maintenance in Barcelona. Apparently, they had a couple of extra nights. The Good Impressive ship in size and sailing comfort. For those of you who want a ... Read More
This was only a two night cruise, as the Oasis was being scheduled for periodic maintenance in Barcelona. Apparently, they had a couple of extra nights. The Good Impressive ship in size and sailing comfort. For those of you who want a hotel on the water, this is it. You never have to see the water. With all the maps and the layout, it was an easy ship to get around. Entertainment was classy, with no trouble seating. Hairspray, Broadway quality show. Aqua show, very impressive. Ice Show, well, it was an ice show. Many different venues all about the ship for all tastes in music. The rock wall, flow rider and zip lines were fun, and a plus for the ship. The not so good. Forget the buffet. Who ever heard of a line to get into the buffet. Once in, food acceptable. But if you want an omelet for breakfast, not here. I think it would have made for too long lines. Opus Dining Hall. Not as grand as many other ships, Service good. I dined there twice. Had "Manhattan Strip Steak" I think I have had better at Sizzlers. Chicken was the next night. Chicken, what can go wrong there? Rubbery. Unlike other ships, if you want better cut, you have to ante up another $15-20 even in the main dining hall. Fill up on the appetizers. There are the usual "specialty restaurants", aka excuse to have you pay extra. But "Chops" was booked up even before I boarded the ship. Small venue for such a big ship. So no comment on the quality. Chefs Table. Very pricey, Also booked up. I guess cruisers really wanted a good meal. Granted, there are plenty of other venues on the ship to eat, mostly along the "Promenade" The ones I tried were good for what they were. Salad place, sandwich place. For those of you who are looking for the all night pizza and burgers, be prepared to wait in long lines at Sorrentos or the Promenade Cafe. Casino. Everyone seemed to know that casinos make money for the cruise line. So. For Video poker players, stay away. Payoffs were mostly 6/5 machines. Those will eat you alive. No comment on the other types of slots. Table games (Blackjack). As long as you don't mind continuous shuffle, the rules are pretty standard. But big crowds, and hard to get a seat. If you go with a gambling group, you can use your sail and sign card for cash, without a service charge. So if you take out cash and gamble responsibly, you can get your credit card rewards points (worth about 1%). Theoretically, if you play flawless blackjack (about 99.5% payback), add in the rewards, you might even come out ahead. But if you take cash out with the "convenience fee" of 5%, enough said. You lose. Will I go back on this ship? Probably would. Book dining ahead is the one caveat.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
Oasis was our 4th Royal Caribbean ship to sail on which was August 23-30, 2014. The previous RC's were Rhapsody twice and Voyager once, and Disney once. My husband and I wanted to try a bigger ship and we were totally blown away by ... Read More
Oasis was our 4th Royal Caribbean ship to sail on which was August 23-30, 2014. The previous RC's were Rhapsody twice and Voyager once, and Disney once. My husband and I wanted to try a bigger ship and we were totally blown away by the beauty and ambiance of Oasis of the Seas. The shows were phenomenal especially The Aqua shows, watching those high divers dive 60 ft. into a 17.9 ft. pool (which is by the way, the deepest pool of any ship we were told!) We could never get into Hairspray because we didn't book before show, so make sure you book before getting on otherwise; you won't get in! We stood in the stand-by line several times, but to no avail. Make sure you see "Come Fly with Me!" don't want to say to much, or would give it away because of all the amazing acrobatic stunts they do. This was our first time to ever have a balcony and I'm SOLD! We've always had inside cabins before and decided to treat ourselves since we were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. We had breakfast on our balcony several times and it was nice eating while watching the ocean. I enjoyed getting up in the morning and going out on the balcony to see and hear the most beautiful sound; the ocean. It was so serene. We were suppose to go to the Bahamas but a hurricane hit the Sunday that we were suppose to be there so our wonderful Captain naturally decided to skip that island for our safety (Thank you Captain Trym Selvag) so we had another sea day instead and still got to enjoy the other two gorgeous islands St. Thomas and St. Martin which were amazing islands to see. When we got on the ship Saturday at 1pm on August 23rd we were not sure what the status was of Bahamas, but they had a nice letter in our staterooms, stating the reason for not stopping which was fine with us, we were just enjoying the ship and our vacation. I felt bad for our Captain because at his Captain's Corner segment that he held one afternoon which allowed questions and answers from the Captain about various topics, there were quite a few people that were very irritated with him for not stopping or making it up on the way back which scheduling did not allow. We were reimbursed for our intended excursions, plus the port fees from that island. I was appalled with those people who acted so childish because he made the decision for our safety people!! Our stateroom attendant, Kardec was amazing and kept our cabin impeccably clean for our cruise. On the downside though, the things we were use to on previous cruises were not done on this ship such as NO ice sculptures at all, no fruit sculptures, no chocolates on your pillow were disappointing. The food in the Windjammer was pretty good, except we noticed they serve way to much pasta which is a cheap filler food I guess. Also everyday the choices were basically the same. The food in the main dining was good, but our previous cruises the food was better. I'm guessing with 6100 people on board quality is hard to maintain. Also, it was so noisy in the main dining room, you could not hardly hear your table mates, we only had one couple at our table, Ann and Gary from Arizona which were the best table mates anyone could have. Miss you guys already! Our servers were not personal like we are use to, they didn't even know our names which is surprising, again comparing to smaller ships! So they overall main dining experience was a little disappointing. Even on formal night they didn't do anything special. The line to have your picture taken with the Captain was long, (he was only there for 30 minutes!) The pools were beautiful but WAY to crowded, so we never got a chance to sit and relax at the pool, just too crowded. We would still cruise Oasis and maybe try Allure in the future but for right now we might just stick to the smaller ships where quality and personal service is better.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
This was our 5th Royal Caribbean cruise and we (hubby and I) sailed with my sister and brother in law who were on their first cruise ever! - What a ship to pick for the first one. Embarkation was smooth and we were onboard at Fort ... Read More
This was our 5th Royal Caribbean cruise and we (hubby and I) sailed with my sister and brother in law who were on their first cruise ever! - What a ship to pick for the first one. Embarkation was smooth and we were onboard at Fort Everglades by 12.15PM so made our way to sign up for the drinks package, check our dining table and sit up on on the pool deck sipping cocktails. We followed this with a quick lunch at the Windjammer and by then the cabins were ready so off we went to unpack. This was now the time to wander round the ship and try and get our bearings and we were certainly wowed and thought we would never find our way around. Muster followed then a trip to the Champagne bar to meet our cruise buddies before getting ready for sail away and early dinner. Sail away was a bit disappointing as I expected a party atmosphere as we set off on the first fare paying passenger cruise to Europe but it was a bit of a let down to be honest. We had a great window view dining table on deck 4 Opus, looked after by Veronica and Marley and they made a great team. I must say that this cruise was the most I have ever seen of a Head Waiter who as a visible presence constantly checked by to make sure that all was well and have a chat about the day without being intrusive. Our sea days were relaxing with the Ocean like a mill pond and the temperatures high enough to laze by the pool watching the world go by. We booked a deck 9 balcony cabin, starboard, midship and were looked after well by Beverley who kept our room immaculate at all times. The pre-boarding booking system for shows was awful and a lot of us that managed to pre-book online had our shows changed before boarding. We had four shows changed to day 10, all at the same time and all clashing with our early dining time so had to try and change them onboard but had no chance to go to the comedy show. The food was good across the ship, drinks and drinks service was excellent and staff were on the whole friendly and happy onboard. We didn't do any specialty restaurants and most of these never seemed busy while we were onboard. Our first port of call was Malaga and we wandered around the port and into the town centre but after a few hours we got back onboard to enjoy the sunshine by the pool. Disembarkation in Barcelona was fine, we took our own baggage off due to an early flight back to the UK and got a taxi costing 40 euros (including tip). Overall we had a great time with family and friends onboard the biggest ship in the world BUT found myself comparing Oasis to the Indy (my favourite ship so far) and the Indy has my heart. I found that the bigger ship loses that more personal touch and there are not so many places to sit in the evening and watch the Ocean. The Schooner bar has always been my favourite on Navigator and Indy but with no sea view and just a view into the promenade, it lost something in my opinion as did many other areas onboard. I'm glad we sailed on the Oasis and it certainly has the WOW factor but would we do it again, I'm not sure.....   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
This was my first trip on a Oasis class ship and I was well pleased. Took RCI transfer from FLL to ship, a "walk aboard" embarkation (very quick), many eating area open for lunch, to Cabin at 1300, luggage arrived by 1500, and ... Read More
This was my first trip on a Oasis class ship and I was well pleased. Took RCI transfer from FLL to ship, a "walk aboard" embarkation (very quick), many eating area open for lunch, to Cabin at 1300, luggage arrived by 1500, and off to enjoy the ship for the next 12 nights. As someone who really only likes small, quiet ships, - and is usually disturbed by the :"noise" on RCI, I was most pleasantly surprised. It is amazing how well organized everything is and how, other than at Guest Services, well people are "spread out" about this huge ship. Unfortunately there was always lines at Guest Services, even at 0700 in the morning. The Concierge Lounge was also jammed, as were the designated overflow areas, as there were 600+ Diamond Plus's and up aboard. Had a wonderful crossing; however I will probably NOT cruise Oasis class on their seven day trips, for it is impossible (I think) to do and see everything aboard in ONLY seven days. Shows - Hairspray, Aquatic, etc. were excellent - Guest entertainers were - as usual - so so. Disembarkation in Barcelona was as efficient and quick as I have ever seen Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Embark - It was clear RCL was not prepared for an embarkation of this magnitude in Southampton. As a frequent floater, I received and email 4 days prior to embarkation letting me know I could board anytime after 12:00pm. Several thousand ... Read More
Embark - It was clear RCL was not prepared for an embarkation of this magnitude in Southampton. As a frequent floater, I received and email 4 days prior to embarkation letting me know I could board anytime after 12:00pm. Several thousand of us stood outside the terminal from 11:45am until 2:15pm before were even let in. Once we were let in, it was still somewhat of a "cluster." I am an Emerald Crown & Anchor and because that was not printed on my SetSail Pass, I had to stand in a line that was 3x longer. The gentleman who checked me in was nice enough and apologized for the long delay and for me having to walk through the wrong line. RCL blamed the delay on British Immigration not being set up and ready to go in time. So, how long did RCL and the British government know this ship would be embarking with 5K passengers today?!?!?! It was the worst embarkation experience in 12 cruises. The crowd was pretty composed but had it lasted much longer, they would have had a stampede the likes of a WHO concert on their hands. Disembark - Two strikes and you're out. Its like they've never unloaded this ship. I was posting on Facebook each step of the way (including pictures) and friends who've sailed on Oasis before were horrified at my experience because they all said the breezed on and off in FLL. I stood in a line on Deck 5 in the Royal Promenade for 1 hour just waiting to get OFF the ship, then when I got into the luggage/customs area I saw another line that almost made me pass out. That line took 1.5 hours. So, 2.5 hours after starting, I finally was on terra firma and on my own. If this was my first RCL cruise, I would never sail them again just because of their handling of the embarkation/disembarkation process. It was deplorable and the worst I've ever seen on any ship on ant line. This was my 12th cruise (8th on RCL) and I've never experienced anything like this on RCL before. Dining: American Icon Grille (Night 1) - Dinner on night one started out a mess. I was scheduled for an 8:30pm seating at table 216. I stood outside with everyone else waiting for the doors to open and when the let us in, it was a free for all trying to find my table. I looked and looked and saw everything on either side of 216, but no 216. I had 5 waiters and 2 managers trying to find the table, and they finally set me at a 2top that didn't have a number on it. The waiter, Anthony, from India, was about as close to a robot as one could get, no smile and very little personaity. I listened to him rattle off the same speech to each table on either side of me with equal stiffness. His first words to me were, "Good evening gentlemen...." Gentlemen?!?! Is there someone sitting with me I can't see. I started a largely flavorless and bland Eggplant & Artichoke Tart and a classic Shrimp Cocktail that tasted nice (that's kinda hard to mess up). For my main entree, I had an Atlantic Cod that was nice. It was accompanied with some very nice mashed potatoes, carrots and broccoli I. Standard ship fare but nicely done. For dessert I had a Peach-Blueberry Crumble served warm with vanilla ice cream. It was not very warm, a little on the hard side. One of the things that is a sign of a good waiter is how attentive are they to the table and "it's" needs. I had laid several used butter wrappers from my bread on the table along with a straw wrapper from my diet coke. The trash sat there on the table the entire dinner. Anthony was efficient but would have been stellar had there been some personable interaction and less rehearsed and canned conversation. I HAVE experienced it on other ships so I know it can done. I saw him cutting up with coworkers and was incredibly warm and friendly with them. Too bad that isn't extended to the guests. The one redeeming factor of the dinner was a final conversation I had with Raul, the head waiter. He was very personable and took time to get to know the guests at all of the tables in his section. American Icon Grille (Night 2) - Dinner on night two was much better regarding the food. I had a wonderful Melon & Proscutto salad, a bay scallops gratin, a nice tossed salad, a wonderful Shrimp ravioli and a chocolate pot de creme for dessert. The quality & flavor profiles of the food were head and shoulders above last nights choices. The service…. even after talking to the manager and offering some constructive feedback for Anthony - it was equally as stiff and im-personable as last night. Again, he is proficient and does his job as trained - but there was no human-ness about his delivery. It was as if he was reading a script and was not about to deviate from that script. He is professional, but just not personable. Windjammer Marketplace (Buffet): This restaurant is a staple for RCL on all of their ships. This one is the best by far. The choices of food seem to be a notch up from the rest and the layout of the restaurant is clearly about 3-4 times the size of the others for obvious reasons, but it was still easy to get food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even though it is large, it is still serviced quite well. Room Service: I only tried it twice during the cruise. Once, at about 10:00pm when I wanted a late night desert and coffee and it worked great. The second time when I wanted to order breakfast for the next morning. I place the order at about 11:00pm for it to arrive between 8:30am-9:00pm. At 9:30am, I called room service to cancel the order as I was tired of waiting, and the woman I talked to said, “Oh, we are having problems with the order system on the stateroom TV. We get some and some we don’t. I’m very sorry.” SO, if you are going to order room service via your TV, I would recommend following up on the phone to confirm they got the order. Specialty Restaurants: Sabor Taqueria - This was one of my 2 favorite outlets on the ship. The food is very good, very high quality and quite ingenious. There service was great and the atmosphere was as well. They have 2 ways to order, a $20 pre-fix that allows for one item off each section of the menu or you can order ala carte. It was all priced well. We ended up ordering ala carte and got allot of food and it was still only $29 for two people. I would highly recommend this place whir on board. The only down side is during bad or cold weather, it is not good because it is basically an outside restaurant, but since this ship will be placed only in the Caribbean, it should be a problem (except for rain). Solarium Bistro - This was the 2nd of my fav non-complimentary outlets on board. There is nothing bad to say about this new concept for OotS. The food again, is very high quality and since it is spa-inspired food, it is mostly quite healthy. I would say that many of the deserts were sugar free and yet they were delicious. There service was great (ask for Eunice) and the ambience amazing. If you make your reservation at sunset - you will get a very romantic dinner and sunset all wrapped into one. AMAZING! I ate breakfast, lunch & dinner there and wish I had done it more because it really is some of the best food on the ship. Johnny Rockets - I always love this place and it is as normal on all of their ships. I love the burger, fries & shakes. I love the setting on the Boardwalk. The only downside is they don’t do the JR signature dancing of the waiters. But I can live without that as long as the food is good and the service is good which it is. 150 Central Park - The most expensive specialty restaurant on board at $40 per person. It is a very upscale restaurant. It is a 6-course meal that you get to choose your 4th, 5th & 6th courses from several options. 1-3 are chosen for you. The food was very good, the service was good, the ambience was good. It is nicer than any other F&B outlet on the ship and a good choice when you need to celebrate something special. Chops Grille - I always do Chops when on board and it was good. It was pretty much what I have come to expect from Chops on every level. Food, service and quality were all good. The physical restaurant itself is much nice than any other Chops on any other ship of RCL’s. Overall, it was good. Didn’t do Giovanni’s Table, Izumi or Vintages on this cruise. I had a bad experience in Giovanni’s on Rhapsody of the Seas and chose to stay away from it. Vitality at Sea Spa & Fitness: Thermal Spa - I chose to purchase the Thermal Spa package for the cruise because there is no complimentary sauna/steam room option on this ship as with so many other RCL ships. First the good - this thermal spa is really quite beautiful and nicely appointed. There are 2 steam rooms, one dry sauna, 2 rain showers and 4 heated lounge seats. All of the amenities in this thermal spa are really quite nice and certainly worth the dollars spent. It is a coed spa which was my first big complaint, but I just let it fall under the “it is what it is” idea. The big downside of the thermal spa is that it is incredibly very small for a ship this size. I have been on other much smaller RCL ships that have spa’s 2 & 3 times the size of this one. They only allow 30 passengers per cruise to purchase passes due to the size. The staff is incredibly nice and professional. I am just very surprised there are no steam rooms or saunas in the mens & women’s locker rooms free to guests. Im sure they had their reasons for doing this, but with the limit they have to the number of people they allow to use the facility, it can’t be a revenue decision. Fitness Center - It is well appointed and quite large as you would expect for a ship this size - but it’s major downfall is that it is farther down in the ship, therefore it has no windows in it at all. It is very dark, very claustrophobic and not enticing to work out in. I wasn’t in there very often because of this fact. Entertainment: Headliners - Cregan & Co. - Tonight's headliners, Cregan & Co. - Jim Cregan was Rod Stewart's original guitarist and collaborative songwriter... Ben Miller was a finalist in UK X Factor 2006... They did a great show of some of Rod Stewart's biggest hits. They were both great, but Ben was really really good. The only downside was their keyboardist was not on stage due to getting sick earlier today from seasickness. They did a good job covering for him, but several of Rod’s songs really need the keyboard… but it was still a good show. Oasis of Dreams (Aqua Theater) - This show was AMAZING! Even if they had to stop it halfway through due to rough seas - what we got to see what spectacular. I would highly recommend if you are going to get tickets for this show (they are free, but you need to reserve it) - do it AT NIGHT. It is much more enjoyable at night with all of the lights. CATS - RCL kept apologizing for “not being ready” to launch this show and kept putting it off and kept putting it off until the last day of the cruise - and even then they only showed a portion of the show. I was very confused by their not being “ready” for this show. It speaks volumes to the professionalism of their entertainment division that they didn’t have it ready by cruise time. I work in the event planning industry and while I certainly understand problems that come up in the moment of an event, a good event (or show) planner/producer has multiple contingency plans in place to accommodate execution. The show must go on. Each actor, dancer, singer, crew and production member should be incredibly proud of this production. It was of the highest quality. The dancing, singing, sets and overall production was really quite wonderful. This makes the 2nd Broadway show I have seen on the high seas (the other was "Rock of Ages" on Norwegian's Breakaway). Now for the not so good - this show is singularly one of the worst Broadway scores and books I have ever seen. I know it has a mass appeal (3rd longest running Broadway show in history) but if it had not been for the great production value, I would have nothing much to offer here. Kudos to every single RCL staff member who helped create this stellar production of a just so-so show. Pretty much all of the rest of the entertainment from the main theater to the other entertainment outlets was only so-so. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t to the level I had expected of the largest cruise ship in the world. Photos: This ship has an AMAZING photography studio on board and guests can set private appointments with a ships photographer to have a 30-minutes photo shoot just for you. They will start in the studio and then take you around the ship to get some of the most amazing shots I have ever seen. I had Edwin and he was not only amazing to work with - but the quality of his photos and his attention to detail was amazing. He must have taken about 100 photos of me and I they have several packages you can choose form in various formats. They are much more expensive than the normal photos you can get on board but are worth every single penny. I generally try and get some new professional head shots while on a cruise to use in my work and I wasn’t disappointed this time. I’m not going to give pricing because if this is something that interest you, I don’t want whatever price I may give you to keep you from going in an having a photo shoot to see for yourself. If you do the shoot and don’t want to purchase any pictures - you don’t have to - but I can sure you that once you see them, if good quality photos are important to you - you WILL purchase even the smallest package like I did. General Tips & Suggestions: - Make sure when you ask when you get on board DAY ONE if there are any special discounts available at ANY of the specialty restaurants. On this cruise they didn’t do a good job of communicating it and we found out toward the end that there were certain nights (like formal night) that they were free or highly discounted in some of the outlets. - Use the TV in your stateroom to book all of your show tickets on DAY ONE or TWO as they sell out quite quickly. - The usual beverage package (for sodas) on this ship is kind of unique. The glass they give you has a “chip” placed inside of it that can be used in the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines placed throughout the ship for you to create you own custom soft drinks free. It is a really cool option and makes it easier than standing in line to get a drink at a bar all of the time (which you can still do). I found out that the “chip” is programmed for YOUR cruise only and when you leave the ship - it will no longer work in the machines. I asked because I thought to myself, “What of I purchase this cup and try and use it on another cruise on the same ship?" A crew member told me it won’t work except for this cruise. - Breakfast in the Park Cafe is the bomb. It is not as crowded as Windjammer and the food is wonderful - and free!!!! Plus you get to eat breakfast in the tranquility of Central Park. - I loved how the Guest Services Desk would allow me to split my total SeaPass bill at the end of the cruise onto up to 5 credit cards so the entire thing didn’t sit on one card for Express Checkout. Just got to the desk and give them the cards you want to split it to and it will automatically be split upon departure. - If you are considering purchasing the Thermal Spa - they only seek 30 passes per cruise to it - so if you want it - get it on DAY ONE. Overall Thoughts: I was afraid that with over 5K passengers aboard, this ship would feel crowded - SO not the case. Only a few times (mainly on formal night and in the Royal Promenade) did I feel crowded. The ship is so big that there is generally not a feeling of being over crowded at all. On the note of 5K passengers, the main thing I noticed is that service levels seems to be a little down. I find it odd that you are on a ship where service is the name of the game, and as you are walking by a crew member, they lower their heads to not have to recognize you are talk to you. That happened more times than not. I was talking to some Diamond and Diamond Plus guests and they all said they have noticed service is down drastically from other sailings on the same class of ship (both Oasis and Allure). This is my first sailing on this class so I have nothing to compare it to, but I have noticed it seems to be down. No way to get made to order eggs in the morning, no made to order pasta stations (as on other ships), no concierge to help you make reservations, etc. In the Diamond Lounge, typically, there are ships officers that will visit with the guests and not once did I see officers in the lounge when I was in there. Since this was the first sailing out of dry dock, there were many changes on the ship that it seemed the crew was having a hard time adjusting to. There seemed to be lots of confusion about where things were, what times they were, how much they cost, etc. On the positive side - this is truly the most beautiful ship I have ever seen or sailed on. Its design, layout and appointments from top to bottom are innovative, imaginative and amazing. I never tired in 12 days of walking around just being amazed at the ship itself. It is markedly different and more beautiful than any ship I’ve sailed. RCL knocked it out of the ballpark with this class and I am glad they are building a 3rd Oasis class ship because the ship itself WORKS! It will be interesting to sail the new Quantum Class to see what it is like, but this ship is highly worth sailing and I would do it again and again (even with the few blips I found in service). I had a wonderful time doing my first Transatlantic on this ship and while I don’t think I need to do another sailing across the pond, I would sail this class of ship many more times. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Sailing on this cruise was myself, DH and DAunt. DH and I have sailed on about 10 cruises and this is DA second cruise. DH and I was looking forward to rest and relaxation. The Friday before we took off from Orlando, Fl. my gout flares up ... Read More
Sailing on this cruise was myself, DH and DAunt. DH and I have sailed on about 10 cruises and this is DA second cruise. DH and I was looking forward to rest and relaxation. The Friday before we took off from Orlando, Fl. my gout flares up and this did not make for a enjoyable cruise for me but I pushed throughout it. Embarkation: This was the very first time ever I have had to wait hours to board a ship. The line was all the way outside and it was hot in Ft. Lauderdale. I did like the touch of the fire department passing out cold bottled water to guest. I just think this could have been better organized to move customers faster. It took hours to board. Once upon the ship we heeded to muster drill. Once that was over we went the room to make sure our bags arrived then went to the Windjammer for dinner, Everyone was just tired from the long wait and being hot. No one wanted to change clothes for dinner, We sailed out at approximately 8 pm. Public Rooms: The promenade was nice and I loved cafe promenade. The sandwiches and desserts was fabulous. Had the famous roast beef sandwich everyone talks about on the boards but I don't get the hype. I did enjoy the shrimp sandwiches. Sorrentos across the walk way. Enjoyed making mu own mini pizza. Many other shopping venues on the promenade. Loved Central Park at night it is beautiful and cozy. Boardwalk is nice but where wis the cotton candy and corn dogs? Carousel is nice. Hot dog stand is nice but where is the chili and cheese? Cole slaw was not good. Johnny Rockets is very busy, service is slow but the food was good, Extra dollars for this. The Mexican restaurant appears nice it is extra dollars. Lots of things for extra money. The aqua theater is amazing. Dining: Giovanni's is awesome. just awesome. i could eat here everyday. Chops Grill did not impress me at all. I actually sent my food entree back. Service was slow and seating was awkward. RCL can you at least change the food for dinner at the Windjammer. Change all the food. I get the hamburgers but geesh the same chicken and mashed potatoes daily..like really. Don't get me wrong they are good but not every night for those who like going to the Windjammer every night, Also why does one side close so early? Entertainment: Missed Cats because it took so long to get on ship after mustered and dinner we ended up just missing the show. The comedy show was great as well as well as the aqua theatre show. belly flop was a woot. Overall: This is a wonderful ship and so many things to do. My overall experience was okay but I like the Freedom Ship much better. I wished they could put central park on that ship I would be more than happy, Yet Oasis of the Seas has so much to offer so i would sail her again as I am still not sure about the open concept. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2014
This review covers the 12 nighter Southampton to Fort Lauderdale transatlantic cruise, along with the following back-to-back 5 nighter to Nassau and Cozumel. We booked a year ago as we wanted to experience the novelty of this one-off ... Read More
This review covers the 12 nighter Southampton to Fort Lauderdale transatlantic cruise, along with the following back-to-back 5 nighter to Nassau and Cozumel. We booked a year ago as we wanted to experience the novelty of this one-off cruise departing from home waters on 'the biggest cruise ship in the world'. Oasis usually operates 7 night cruises from Fort Lauderdale to the sunny Caribbean week in, week out. As someone observed, 'as if it's on rails'. Unfortunately, we found that if this routine is changed, it comes off the rails in a number of important aspects. However there is no denying that Oasis is amazing in terms of its sheer size and unique facilities. The “neighbourhoods” are truly impressive. The ship is a celebration of naval architecture. But this is not to say that it is perfect, because its size and design bring unique problems eg the facilities and layout are geared to good weather cruising (the public rooms are smaller than you might expect – a fact repeatedly made by the Cruise Director) and unfortunately on this cruise the weather was hit and miss. Hence venues struggled to cope with the numbers. Surprisingly, some facilities are missing eg we missed not having an area outside the Windjammer where you can eat, and there is no promenade deck. There were problems with embarkation/disembarkation at Southampton and Fort Lauderdale which are well documented on this forum so we will not elaborate, other than to add our voices to the chorus. It would seem that the ports cannot handle the numbers. We also agree with others that the show and tour booking system was a shambles. We had a severe noise problem with our room on the first night. We spent most of day 2 being promised that a maintenance man would be sent. We were repeatedly told that someone would be with us soon. But the day dragged on and no sign of a maintenance man. He turned up at 22.30. He told us the problem was with the floor, so it couldn't be easily fixed. We escalated the problem with Guest Services and they eventually agreed to let us have another room. They offered to send someone to assist with the move and promised that he was on his way. We waited for an hour and with no sign of help, we decided to move ourselves, which was to the other end of the ship and two decks down. The help arrived as we were taking the last few items. When we later mentioned this to Guest Services, they said that they would send us a bottle of wine; a small but welcome gesture. Alas, we never did receive that wine. So not a good start. Things settled down after that but unfortunately there were other examples of not following through on promises. If there is one piece of advice we would offer to RCI it's 'don't promise what you can't deliver'. Other sundry points: Room Service: One order took 2 hours to arrive despite chasing and being given reassurances. When it did eventually arrive, we were presented with only half the order. On other occasions a 45 minute wait was the norm – far too long. Guest Services: We noticed a strange quirk when queuing up at Guest Services. Lines were often 10 deep and to their credit Guest Services staff were often seen going along the line, presumably to see if they could help with any quick queries. The only trouble was that they started at the end of the line ie the person who arrived last was dealt with first! To make matters worse, they would sometimes undertake to deal with someone's problem and would disappear behind the counter, leaving those remaining in the queue looking around with incredulity. When we mentioned this to the staff concerned, they agreed that it was illogical but that they had been told to operate in this way. In-room TV: The offerings were minimal and the worst we've ever seen. Pre-recorded shows and a few 20 year old movies, all going round on a loop. Movies to rent were too expensive. What a contrast to our Virgin Atlantic return flight; a huge number of entertainment options all included in our basic economy fare. Dining: Adherence to the dress code in the main dining room was largely ignored. Many men wore shorts and open sandals on formal night. It was just one step away from wet speedos and flip-flops. This undermined any prospect of an appropriate dining atmosphere. We felt embarrassed wearing our formal clothes as we were in the small minority. If RCI won't enforce the dress code, then why bother having one at all? Why not scrap formal nights altogether? But that would be a real shame from our perspective. The My Time dining room Silk is rather ordinary in terms of its furnishings and decoration. Tables felt squeezed in. This included at the entrance where tables were, in effect, in a corridor. The waiters tried their best and were accommodating, but always rushed off their feet. But food quality, variety and portion sizes were very good in all the venues we tried. My Time reservations seemed to work well on the 12 nighter. Thereafter we struggled to make reservations by phone. The banner at the entrance – segregating those with reservations from those without – was only employed on a couple of nights. So when it was not employed, those with reservations had to join the same queue as everyone else, rendering the reservation meaningless. The provision of complimentary coffee appeared to be an afterthought ie crude urns that needed manual filling up. Entertainment: Headliner/comedy acts were very old-school. We thought that we'd moved on from that. However the performers in both Come Fly With Me and Cats were excellent. It's a shame that Cats is just such an over-rated show. The main aqua show was excellent, if a little 'arty'. The one-off aqua show on the last day was cancelled at short notice. 'The Quest' needs a re-vamp as too many know what to expect and come prepared. Post-cruise: There was no information provided regarding the specific arrangements for those who had booked transport and a hotel. We were reassured at Guest Services that, quote “don't worry, RCI thinks of everything”. Suffice to say that there was chaos trying to get to our hotel. RCI staff/agents were clueless. Summary: Having re-read this from the top, it all sounds rather grim but it wasn't at all! We had a good time overall and thoroughly enjoyed the 5 meals a day! The ship was impressive but not perfect - no such ship exists. We had issues with how the cruise was run but the crew was, on the whole very good, particularly the waiting staff and the stateroom attendants. Would we go again? Probably not, but we have no regrets and we can now tick it off the bucket list! 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Sail Date: November 2014
Embarkation was smooth. Parked at Park N Go for $7.99 a day with reservation. They help getting luggage out of vehicle and onto bus. Park right at luggage racks at port. Was on the ship in the Windjammer in 20 minutes. There was a large ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth. Parked at Park N Go for $7.99 a day with reservation. They help getting luggage out of vehicle and onto bus. Park right at luggage racks at port. Was on the ship in the Windjammer in 20 minutes. There was a large variety of items on the buffet but it just didn't work for me. By week's end I was bored with the food in the Windjammer. We did try the dining room for breakfast 2-3 mornings to break up the same old look for a table and run for it. At lunch time it was a little more organized with the staff trying to help locate a empty table. One morning we went to a breakfast place in Central Park and asked an individual to clean a table and were told to find a clean table because he was busy. Being a Diamond member we were never able to find a table in the Diamond Lounge. TOO SMALL..They did start something new for diamond members and up. Between the hours of 5:00p.m.-8:30p.m. each card holder was allowed to get three(3) free drinks at most bars. The menu is limited and applies only to certain alcoholic drinks, beers and soda. No specialty drinks unless you want to pay. The ship itself was fantastic. We did every show with reservations before we boarded. I highly recommend since they have a standyby line but they don't allow you in until 5 minutes before the show starts. Cats was boring. Comedy club was fantastic. Production show was A++ and Aquatic show was great. Do the Aquatic show in the evening. We had a room with a balcony on the 8th floor in the aft part of the ship. Great location. We weren't too happy with our cabin steward. Requested a couple of items and it took 3-4 requests before we got them. One was an one extra towel every day and ice. Royal does not put ice in the cabin unless you request it which was odd. Ship was crowded and and honestly you would never know. The first day was difficult in getting an elevator but after that the only time it was difficult was dinner times and when shows were finished. The dining room was fantastic for dinner. We were assigned to American Icon for early sitting. They did have lobster on the menu one evening and it was not formal night. The service was excellent and the staff in the dining room was very attentive. Actually submitted a WOW card for our waiter besides an extra tip in cash to him at the end of the cruise. There was alot to do during the day if you wanted to be active. The kids program and pool area was incredible. The Dream Works characters were all over the ship taking pictures with the kids, by the way, were very well behaved. Kudos to the parents. The ship was clean and had plenty of places to hide. The weather was beautiful and enjoyed our time on the islands. We did the eastern run. I traveled on Carnival in October and did a comparison to the food and service. I honestly felt both were equal. I am very easy person to please, but I really feel that Royal has been hit in the knees. It appears there is a lack of waitstaff especially in the Windjammer. We never saw any senior officers walking around the ship. They were there on Captain's night but after that they vanished. At the farewell show they never showed up which I thought was odd. The other concern I have is the cabin stewards. We never met ours until days after we sailed. My requested items we either by notes left on the bed or through my friend who was next door. I really feel this has become a numbers game for Royal and we as the paying passengers are the ones suffering. I am very close to being Diamond Plus so I have been a loyal Royal client but to be honest I wasn't Wow'd........   Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
We have cruised twice previously with Princess and took the whole family on Oasis when Royal offered the kids cruise free deal. The kids loved it, there was so much to do they did not even make it to the kids club. We spent a lot of time ... Read More
We have cruised twice previously with Princess and took the whole family on Oasis when Royal offered the kids cruise free deal. The kids loved it, there was so much to do they did not even make it to the kids club. We spent a lot of time on the carousel, in the kids pool area (and the frozen yogurt machine), and meeting the characters. While the service is much better on Princess, the food on both lines were comparable, and very good. Royal wins for kids activities, however. The DreamWorks parade is a can't miss! We have nut allergies in our family as well and Royal made navigating the food much easier than Princess ever did, that was a relief and took the stress out of meals. The shows were amazing, the kids were captivated, especially at the water show. Navigating such a big ship was easy with their interactive screens. It was a wonderful week, but I feel like we didn't relax because there was so much to do. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
FOOD Don't be scared by all the negative comments on here about the food and service. Our experience was quite positive with both. Not perfect, of course, but most food we had was yummy and servers were very pleasant and ... Read More
FOOD Don't be scared by all the negative comments on here about the food and service. Our experience was quite positive with both. Not perfect, of course, but most food we had was yummy and servers were very pleasant and accommodating. We tried all the “included” venues morning noon and night, but usually ate in Main Dining Room My Time evenings. Do make My Time reservations ahead – we got a note saying the early times were all filled up by 2nd or 3rd day & we basically had to eat after 9 pm. Line waits were not bad. Only food we would have to agree is somewhat bland, and sometimes hot food was cold, was in Windjammer and yes, the eggs there are poor. But Lobster Therm-adore at Windjammer's Seafood Extravaganza nite was superb, better than the lobster I had at MDR. If you like roast turkey, they offer it the last night in MDR and it's usually tender and juicy! My husband said the MDR's prime rib was the best he ever ate. Try the different venues for all 3 meals. They serve included breakfast in Park Cafe, Wipeout (freshly made to order fried eggs and omelets are great here!), Solarium, Johnny Rockets. Check out your options for lunch too. Sometimes new cruisers don't know that most days breakfast and lunch are served in the MDR where you can order off the menu and be served just like at dinner but it will be slower than other venues. Like salad? Noon in the MDR they will make a huge salad for you to your specifics while you watch w/ lots of protein offered. SODA PACKAGE Best if you buy it the first day. They put a sticker on your SeaPass so you can get regular or diet Sprite or Coke at any bar, or any show where they have bar service. You can also use it at any of the restaurant venues. Use the special cup at the soda machines and you can choose from over 100 combinations of flavors including many sugar free, noncaffeine and non-carbonated. They could have had more machines. But you do need to drink a lot of soda to make it worth it! SHOWS Read your daily Compass and mark things you'd like to do, or the week will fly by and you'll miss a lot. Book your major shows. They were all very very well done and creative. If you like 'em, go as a standby person and see 'em a 2nd time. We did this with Frozen in Time and Come Fly With Me and would have tried it with the dive show but they had to cancel for wind that night. The evening fountain shows outdoors are inspiring with intense musical scores. For a very different perspective on the dive show, once you've seen it from the theater itself, another nite go to Floor 7 and there's a fantastic spot to look down on it all. You get to see the synchronized swimmers from high up, their patterns, etc. We did that on Allure 2 years ago. CATS is hard to understand if you don't know the story--read synopsis or even details online first or you'll be lost. We watched first half one night, second half another day (we were just too tired for a long late show the first night). CHRISTMAS DECOR Kudos to Royal Caribbean for decorating the ship beautifully for Christmas – we enjoyed that so much. And for the lovely relaxing Christmas music often played on the Royal Promenade. WHERE TO FIND QUIET If you get tired of the outdoors or if weather is bad, you can find quiet places during the day with comfy seating in spots like the Champagne Bar, Schooner Bar etc. They don't mind you sitting there with a book and don't feel obligated to order anything. Bring your beverage from elsewhere and just chill out. FLOW RIDER My husband tried a Flow Rider lesson at age 64. He stays pretty active but this one banged him up pretty good. He doesn't regret doing it, but when he would wipe out (and you will!) he'd get injured against the back wall; that area has a grate that can be brutal! We had to use antibiotic cream and bandages on his feet/legs where skin was pretty badly scraped off for several days afterwards! He did boogie board on tummy and knees, did not even attempt standing! Just a word to the wise: you may sustain injuries!!! Overall, this cruise was relaxing and fun. The ambiance of the neighborhoods is really a big part of experiencing this ship, so stop and smell the roses, so to speak. P.S. Haitian Cultural Tour at Labadee – we can't really recommend this. The leaders did not communicate well at all with the guests; nor did they warn us in the writeup that to see each part you hike a total of 50 steps up and down a mountainside – fairly strenuous for some folks. An older lady w/ a walker really should not have been there. Also many guests did not realize the boat drops you off quite a ways out in waist-deep ocean water and you have to walk in with waves hitting you! Some were in street clothes and regular shoes (again, put this in the write-up, folks) The so-called cultural stations were not that great, and it is a set-up “model” of a village; they all leave after the tourists do!   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
This is our second cruise. Liberty of the Sea (RC) was the first cruise. Even though Oasis offers more on restaurants and fun area like Broadway, we had better time on Liberty overall. We were more relaxed and it was easier to find a quite ... Read More
This is our second cruise. Liberty of the Sea (RC) was the first cruise. Even though Oasis offers more on restaurants and fun area like Broadway, we had better time on Liberty overall. We were more relaxed and it was easier to find a quite spot on the Liberty. You can always find a place to sit but you can't never get away from the crowd on Oasis. There are also a lot more foreigners from Asia and Europe which is not a bad thing but prepare to adjust a little due to the different social manners. Many Asians from outside of US don't really wait in line during buffet. It's somewhat an *efficiency* thing I think. They don't want to wait for things they may not want on the buffet bar so they just look and may cut in and take the food they want and then look for the next food.. They also pick, check the weight and choose the whole un-cut fruit with their hands. They don't just take one, they have to check and pick out the one they want. Its usually okay but many American eat apples or pears with the skin (Asians normally peel the skin) so no one wants a fruit that has been touched already.. (less problem with oranges and bananas). That been said, if you politely tell them that there is a waiting line or please don't do that, they would usually politely take your suggestion. If you have kids, they probably would enjoy Oasis more due to carousel, animal balloons, face painting on Broadway and more public areas for them to explorer. The Adventure Ocean youth program offered by RC is really awesome. My 4 yr boy loved it. They do crafts, activity play, sing, watch movie and more. They let the kids to talent shows and singing show for fun as well. All the kids get to perform on the stage; solo or group depends on ages. We also took our 2 yr old to the Oasis and that was tough. There was a baby splash area (corer of the kids splash pool) for non-potty-trained kids but he never wanted to stay there. He wanted to go to the kids splash pool like all other kids. So I decided not to take him to the pool after two tries. There was a nursery service for kids under 3 and it was $6 per hour so very reasonable. The only problem was that my 2 yr old didn't want to go, cried every time we drop him off and pick him up.. So we stopped using the nursery after 3 days. Even with my parents on the cruise with us, it was still tough with the 2 yr old. His nap time was off, he didn't want eat most of the time and couldn't sit still during most of the meals, he was constipated.. I do think it's doable cruising with a toddler. Just need to prepare well. Make sure to bring a stroller, enough diapers and wipes, couple small simple toys, bubbles (the nursery actually loan out toys for free. we didn't find out till the last day..) book a early dinner time (same time through out the cruise to try to maintain a schedule). Find and plan alternative things to do beside the pool because most likely the active toddler wouldn't want to stay at the same baby pool for more than 5 mins. Oh, and bring some washable crayons. During dinner, they always brought us kids paper for drawing but they didn't offer crayons.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
As with others, we found that while the ship was gorgeous, there were far too many people in lines to be a totally and relaxing cruise. details as follows: Dining - mediocre at best. Be prepared to stand in lines even if you have a ... Read More
As with others, we found that while the ship was gorgeous, there were far too many people in lines to be a totally and relaxing cruise. details as follows: Dining - mediocre at best. Be prepared to stand in lines even if you have a reservation. RCL should rethink their plan for "Dynamic Dining", it has become pretty much dynamic chaos. As for the dress code: there is none. Shows - excellent. absolutely top notch. embarkation/debarkation - quick and efficient After 14 cruises on six other cruise lines, I don't think I would do the Oasis again. In this case, bigger is not better.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
We didn't feel crowded at all on Oasis until the last day -- disembarkation -- which was a mess. In fact, there are so many quiet spots on the ship. We especially enjoyed listening to the classical music performance by the pianist and ... Read More
We didn't feel crowded at all on Oasis until the last day -- disembarkation -- which was a mess. In fact, there are so many quiet spots on the ship. We especially enjoyed listening to the classical music performance by the pianist and violinist in Central Park every evening! Hardly anybody were there. We watched every show including the comedian. Most shows were not fully attended (apparently a lot of passengers who made the reservation didn't show up). There was no problem to get in even if we were on standby on some shows. The two and half hour full version Broadway Show "Cats" is phenomenal. It is even better than the one I watched in NYC! We did most things on the ship, i.e. rock climbing, surfriding, ziplining, ice skating, jogging.....and even cupcake making. The lines were short especially on port days. We have dined in most restaurants, i.e. free and for fee. The only disappointments were Johnny Rocket and the MDR. The duck and lobster on formal night in MDR were way overcooked. Chops Grille is outstanding. MY only complaint about Oasis is there is no library (I really enjoyed the spacious library on Holland America). But judged by the jam-packed casino, apparently RCCL caters to a different clientele. All the islands look like Waianae in Hawaii. I don't understand why people from the East Coast repeatedly go to these islands ( I heard a fellow passenger bragging that he has been to the Caribbean for 10 times). We joined a city sightseeing tour in St. Maarten. The driver just allowed us to take photo at two spots which were not scenic at all. The only interesting finding is that I had to pay to use the restroom on the French side. For an oceanview room which cost less than $700 pp with perks including two Specialty Restaurant dining, free soda package and SBC, I consider the cruise a real good deal. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
My wife and I sailed with another couple, staying in one of the very nice Aqua Theater Suites. These suites are in the rear of the ship and have large (600 sq.ft.+) wrap around balconies. The room itself was nice, with two bedrooms, two ... Read More
My wife and I sailed with another couple, staying in one of the very nice Aqua Theater Suites. These suites are in the rear of the ship and have large (600 sq.ft.+) wrap around balconies. The room itself was nice, with two bedrooms, two baths and a spacious living room. Our cabin steward was Dimitri. He was great, as were most of the staff. Embarkation was smooth, especially considering the number of people they were boarding. It helped that we were in a suite, as we were able to board sooner. This enabled us to get to the spa quickly to reserve the Thermal Suite passes. There are only 30 of these sold...so you need to get to them quickly. The Thermal Suite was very small. Only 4 thermal beds (two of which were not working for part of the cruise) and three small saunas. This seems to be a miss calculation in the design for such a large amount of guests. I noted that the molding in the sauna was coming off, one of several signs of aging on this 5 year old ship. We ate in the Solarium Bistro in the evenings. This is a much quieter atmosphere than the main dining rooms. We also tried Giovanni's, Chops Grille, 150 Park, and Coastal Kitchen. We also ate in the Windjammer several times. All venues were very good, with Chops and Giovanni's being our favorites. We used the workout facilities several times while on board. Many of the cardio machines did not work, frustrating several passengers. But, we still managed to burn off the calories we took in. This ship has a walking/jogging track that is almost 1/4 mile around...very nice. The staff on this ship was very accommodating and friendly, starting with Ricky (Cruise Director) and everyone thereafter. The entertainment was good. The comedy show was excellent, as was "Come Fly With Me". Cats seemed a little long. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
The Oasis of the Seas is a mighty ship with wonderful facilities. I don’t think you can beat an Oasis class ship for entertainment! A great ice show, an interesting dive show, a good cruise show and fantastic Broadway show Cats. The only ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is a mighty ship with wonderful facilities. I don’t think you can beat an Oasis class ship for entertainment! A great ice show, an interesting dive show, a good cruise show and fantastic Broadway show Cats. The only dent in a great entertainment lineup is the ship band, it was not the quality I have cruised with before, and actually the bands from the Philippines are much, much better. The Boardwalk, Promenade, Solarium, Central Park and the sports area were awesome! I had a suite and really enjoyed eating at the Coastal Kitchen, we had dinner there 6 nights and lunch 3 days. The entire concept of the suite lounge, bar and restaurant in the Crown Lounge was wonderful for suite passengers. What did I dislike? We never ate in the main dining room because other passengers were complaining about the food. We met eight couples who had sailed the Quantum and just hated the ship, because of the dinning and electronics that did not work right. We did NOT like the fact we had no life jackets in our cabin, if we had an emergency and could not leave our room we would have no opportunity to live, with a life jacket we would have a chance from our balcony. This is a major issue with us!! As a suite cruiser we had a special menu that we could order from. We love breakfast in our cabin or balcony. On the Oasis we could only order once the main dining room was open, then a 20 mins to an hour to get our breakfast, this once was after 9:00am. On Celebrity we gave a time and it was there. We only ordered eggs once, they were terrible, that is one of the reasons we never went to the main dining room. Over all we enjoyed the cruise, I have never been on a bad cruise just some are better than others. WE would cruise an Oasis class ship again because of the suite amenities and entertainment, not the service and food.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We just had a very nice cruise on Oasis - it's definitely a beautiful ship with lots to do, is kept very clean. I particularly liked seeing and using all of the Purell stations - it seems that they try to do everything possible to ... Read More
We just had a very nice cruise on Oasis - it's definitely a beautiful ship with lots to do, is kept very clean. I particularly liked seeing and using all of the Purell stations - it seems that they try to do everything possible to avoid the dreaded norovirus. I don't have anything bad to say about it, but nothing was particularly outstanding, either - service did seem to suffer with this size ship. Not that it was bad, just not the level we have experienced on our previous 2 RC cruises on Liberty and Mariner. Dining room service in particular - it just seemed that the waiters had about 3 too many tables to take care of. Chops was another story - wonderful service there, as well as wonderful food. Also, Windjammer and the cafes seemed to run out of things frequently - like the cookies that we always like to grab as we walk by, or a particular kind of pizza, and things were not replenished quickly. Lines were long - we rarely at in Windjammer because of the long lines at normal mealtimes. Johnny Rockets was our favorite place to have lunch - we ate there 3 times - it was never crowded and service was great. Also Cups and Scoops was a favorite with my husband, but both of those places had a surcharge. Also, I had the beverage package with the soft drinks and it was a Royal pain to carry the cup around with me - especially since the special drink machines were only in Windjammer and Sorrentos, as far as I saw. I soon realized that I could just show my card and get a soft drink at the bars, and that was easier. Entertainment was good, although I do question the decision to have Cats as the Broadway show - why not something more fun and easy to follow? A significant portion of the audience left at intermission. Our cabin was a balcony cabin on the "bump out" - comparable to the ones we had on Mariner and Liberty. There was a nasty looking "splatter" of "something" in the bathroom, and when we pointed it out to our attendant he told us that it had been there for awhile and he had placed a work order, but it hadn't been taken care of and "don't worry about that". Yuk. I just tried to ignore it all week. The insides of the drawers seemed a little dirty, as well. But overall, the cruise was great - we just did island tours on St. Thomas and St. Maartin, as we are not snorkelers or beach people - just enjoy the ship and cruising experience. I might check out other lines the next time we cruise - there doesn't seem to be a lot of incentive to stay with Royal Caribbean in terms of perks to previous cruisers - seems you have to go a lot to get perks, and we are not people who wish to cruise for every vacation. So - my recommendation would be this - go, but be aware that service might not be as great as on a smaller ship. If you have kids and are going for the characters, I think I saw two of them the whole cruise and there were long lines to have pictures made both times. I think it just depends on what you want from your vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
My wife and I boarded the Oasis after spending 11 nights on the Legend Of The Seas. To say there is a major contrast is an understatement! Crowd control is non existant until thins settle down the next day. Upon boardin which was a smooth ... Read More
My wife and I boarded the Oasis after spending 11 nights on the Legend Of The Seas. To say there is a major contrast is an understatement! Crowd control is non existant until thins settle down the next day. Upon boardin which was a smooth process we were on the ship but when we proceded to the Windjammer along with 4000 other people it was a nightmare. Finding a table was virtually impossible especially since my mom was in a wheelchair which was the only reason back on the Oasis since the transformation drydock. More on that later. The cabin steward did a wonderful job and had a great pleasant smile and greeting for us each time we saw each other. As usual dining request made prior to getting on the ship from the Diamond Plus office was not as requested so our table for 8 not would have been very hard to access with a wheelchair was changed by the Matredee to our original request for six. Oasis is now using deck five and half of deck four for my time ding so even on deck four there was always lines outside waiting for a table. I guess RCCL is trying to do everything they can to get switched to the Disaster Dining concept. Oh was that supposed to be Dynamic Dining? That' s a bad bad joke ! My sister and brother in law were along also which I figured since that had no kids and only animals they would have enjoyed Cats ! Not ! They said after 30 minutes they left. At least my wife and I made it through till intermission back in November ! The water show, Ice Show ,and other production show was great. The headliner we had just saw him on the Freedom on December so no big deal even though he does a good job. Being a Diamond Plus member my wife and I hate e made to the concierge lounge on deck 11 which is now the Diamond Lounge. Pinnacle guest and suite guest now have an exclusive lounge which was the Viking Crown Lounge. Why would RCCL do away with public access to the signature lounge ? The chapel is now a galley for the Coastal Kitchen in the suite lounge so now any marriages have to take place between the stove and pots and pans. Jewish Mass was held in the Comedy Club back in November so don't know where they go now. My wife had a top tier lunch with the hotel director and three pinnacle members which she said was quiet enlighting. The Pinnacle members said the Suite lounge was very seldom used in the evening and most of their friends which were Diamond Plus members couldn't come since no gold card so they would up going back to Diamond Lounge to be with them. Remember the breakfast and lunch you could order off of a menu in the old Concierge lounge? Well now they only have the continental breakfast. Lunch and afternoon there isn't even a cookie or glass of ice water. Wow is right and tight ! What a let down.Oh by the way the concierge needs to get a job at a prison because you definetly won't get out of that lounge with a drink no matter how crowded ! Didn't make sense especially when you can go to any lounge and get three drinks each without the harassment ! Bottom line I didn't like the transformation in November and hated them even worse this cruise as a Diamond Plus member. My wife and I have another cruise booked from last year again on the Oasis Jan ,2016 which was made prior to the changes. I am cancelling it and if the Allure gets the same transformation we will never set foot back on an Oasis Class ship! Maybe that is what RCCL is wanting because they keep saying the C&A program has been so successful they don't know what to do with everyone. Sounds like repeat business from faithful members would be an incentive to do more for your most faithful cruisers rather than do their best to drive them away which is the exact direction they have gone ! For the sake of time I won't go into the screwup on my mother's cabin so maybe later ! Let's just say Guest Services anf the Future Cruise booking staff have no problem passing the blame to a travel agent who had absolutely nothing to do with the booking. It was made on the ship back in May ,2014 !   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
For my wife and I, this was our second cruise in as many years. Our first cruise was on Celebrity Silhouette. So we will share some comparisons. This cruise was for the Eastern Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas, staying in a Grand Suite ... Read More
For my wife and I, this was our second cruise in as many years. Our first cruise was on Celebrity Silhouette. So we will share some comparisons. This cruise was for the Eastern Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas, staying in a Grand Suite (cabin 12254). Overall we had a wonderful time. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale the day before and stayed at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. The hotel was very nice and was close to the cruise terminal. We used Marriott points, so cannot comment on the value for the money. We took a cab to the terminal around 11am. This particular side of the terminal was very congested at this time and took about 20 minutes to get through the line of cars past the gate. Embarkation was very smooth and took about 15 min total. Since we were in a suite, we had expedited lines. Once on board, we noticed the sheer size of the ship. It took about a day to get our bearings and remember where all the facilities were located. Royal Caribbean did a great job of placing sufficient signs to show were you were and where you wanted to go. We wandered about the ship for a half hour then went to the Windjammer for lunch. It was very crowded, but had no issue finding a table or getting food. After our lunch we went to see if our cabin was ready. The Grand Suite was very nice. It compared well to Celebrity’s Sky Suite with some key differences. Both were of similar sizes. The Sky Suite has more luxurious appointments than the Grand Suite, but the Grand Suite was more functional with more storage and a much larger bathroom. The Sky Suite came with Butler Service – which is essentially a private concierge. Oasis comes with two Concierges shared between all the suites. If found that both worked just as well. The Suites also come with some additional perks on Oasis that we found very beneficial given the size of the ship. I’ll get into that later. Our cabin attendant, Caelia Tudorica was very friendly and attentive. She knew our names and always greeted us when we saw her. Next I will review the restaurants and the food. We did not eat at the main dining room at all. All of our meals were at specialty restaurants, room service, or the Suite Lounge. Overall the food was good, but not excellent. I would say that Celebrity Silhouette had better food overall and nicer specialty restaurants. We ate at Chops, Sabor, Giovani’s Table, 150 Central Park, the Solarium Bistro, and the Suite Lounge restaurant. Chops atmosphere was slightly formal. The restaurant was not crowded. The service was attentive and timely. We had the Petit Fillet Mignon. It was a good cut, but not very flavorful. Out of a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate it a 6 or 7 overall. Sabor is an informal Mexican restaurant on the boardwalk. It had a limited menu. I can’t remember what I had, but the only item that stood out was the guacamole that is prepared table side. I’d rate it at 3 to 4 overall. Giovani’s Table is an Italian restaurant in Central Park. We had a table “outside” in the park. Service was attentive and timely. I couldn’t decide between the Seared sole filets and the baked shrimp, so they gave me both. Overall a nice experience. I’d rate at 7 to 8. 150 Central Park is the most formal restaurant that we ate at. Service was excellent. The restaurant was not crowded. They serve a specific multi-course meal. I can’t remember the main course, but it was all very good. I would rate it an 8 overall. Solarium Bistro was my favorite restaurant, but it’s not for everybody. It’s kind of a “zen” atmosphere, like you are eating in a spa. The food was very light and flavorful. It reminded me a trendy healthy restaurants on the west coast. Overall I’d give it an 8 or 9. The Suite Lounge Restaurant is on one side of the Suite Lounge. It’s somewhat informal. Reservations are required for dinner, but not lunch. Meals are ok. We didn’t eat at the main dining room, but I’d suspect they are of similar quality. The difference is its less crowded and a nicer atmosphere with better service. Overall I’d give a 6 out of 10. Room service was good for dinner. It was quick and hot. For breakfast one day, not so much. Cold on arrival. Drink Packages. We’re not big drinkers, so we got the non-alcoholic drink package at about $150 a pop. In the end, we didn’t drink enough to make it worth it. I don’t think I would recommend the package. Just get the costs added to the bill. They still make you sign a receipt every time you get a drink, so no advantage there. Next I will review the shows. Overall they were very good. We went to see the Comedy Show, CATS, Oasis of Dreams, Frozen in Time, and Come Fly with Me. The Comedy show had two comedians, Cary Long and Rodney Johnson. Cary was so-so. Rodney was very funny. The MC was very good as well. Well worth attending. The theater is small and shows seem to be sold out. You only need to attend once. CATS was very good. As people have stated before, it’s a full length Broadway musical and many people leave part way through. It isn’t for everyone, but we enjoyed it. Oasis of Dreams is their water show. It was ok. We’ve been to various Cirque Du Soleil shows, including “O” and it does not compare. But it was a nice way to spend 45 minutes. Frozen in Time is their Ice Skating Show. I still find it impressive that they were able to put an ice skating rink in the ship and that the ice skaters can do their moves without falling. Very nice show. We happened to sit next to a Royal Caribbean Ice Skater from another ship who was visiting friends on the Oasis. She provided some insight into the ice skaters and the difficulty of performing on a moving ship. Overall, this was our favorite show. Come Fly with Me is a Cirque like variety show. It was well done overall. But not in the category of a Cirque show. Other entertainment. We enjoyed the Jazz Club and the Dazzles. The Jazz Club had a three piece jazz band that was very good doing jazz standards. Different nights they had guest artists. We saw them with a saxophonist. We thought they also had a guest guitarist one night, but didn’t go in. Dazzles is a club that has rotating entertainment. Different styles of music with dancing. The bands were very good. The club was always crowded, but you could always find a seat. Suite Perks. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the Oasis of the Seas nearly as much without the perks that come with the Suites. There are just too many people. Priority seating at all the shows except the Comedy Club. We booked all of our shows in advance. But with the suites, you can show up, go straight in and they reserve a couple of rows just for Suites. The Suite Lounge is very nice. I guess they didn’t have one prior to dry docking last year. They took the Viking Bar and converted it to the lounge. It was never crowded. They served appetizers every afternoon along with free drinks. Great views. We went there almost every afternoon for appetizers and a drink. A great way to relax. We had lunch one day and it was very good. We had issues getting back on the ship from the Bahamas. We did not bring our Photo ID, just our Sea Pass Cards. The security of the port wouldn’t let us through. We had to wait in a very long/slow line to be verified by security. We were very grumpy by the time we got back on ship. We went to the Suite Lounge and even though they had closed their lunch service, they provided us with some lunch. Kudos to the staff! Concierge Service. Both Allan Fajardo and Israel Sanchez were wonderful. Very professional and attentive. They were available at the Suite Lounge around mid-day and early evening to help out. Private deck lounge area on deck 17 at the front of the ship. Nice area. We walked around a couple of times. Not very crowded. Had a bar and lots of lounge chairs as well as a few first come, first serve cabanas. We generally laid out on our veranda. But for those that like to lay out on the pool deck, this was much less crowded. Island Stops. The ship stopped at Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Marteen. Bahamas was a waste of a stop. Had to be back on the ship for a 2pm depart so we could get to St. Thomas. At St. Thomas we took a local ferry to Water Island and went to Honeymoon Beach. A dozen or so of the ship’s staff also went on the same ferry. I would highly recommend this beach if you want a nice relaxing day at the beach and don’t want to pay for an excursion. At St. Marteen, we went to the main beach. We took a water taxi to the beach, ate at a local restaurant, paid $10 for two beach chairs and an umbrella and laid out. Water was choppy, but the weather was nice. Disembarking. This service made the extra cost of the suites worth every penny! As a Suite guest, you can be escorted directly to Customs, bypassing all the line. We met at the Suite Lounge at 8:45 and the Concierge’s took the suite guests directly to a special customs line. The whole process took 10 minutes. That was mostly walking by the other passengers stuck in long line. We felt a little guilty, but it was well worth the extra cost. As I stated, I don’t believe I would have enjoyed Oasis of the Seas nearly as much if I didn’t have these extra perks. Too many people, even for such a large ship. Overall my wife and I enjoyed the cruise and the amenities. The ship had A LOT of people, but Royal Caribbean did a great job of designing the ship to minimize crowds. The Suite perks helped even more.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
this was our 20th cruise on RCCL so we are not beginners. it was the best and worst cruise we have wver been on with Royal. between our travel agent and guest services, they managed to create a nightmare. first thwe travel agent booked me ... Read More
this was our 20th cruise on RCCL so we are not beginners. it was the best and worst cruise we have wver been on with Royal. between our travel agent and guest services, they managed to create a nightmare. first thwe travel agent booked me and my son in the same cabin and my daughter inlaw and mt wife togEther. when we found the mistake, the TA said they will fix it on the pier, no problem, hahaha. they would not fix it on the pier and sent us to gueSt services who would not fix it til after 6 pm, we were on the ship at 11:30 am. our credit cards would not link to our cabins. try and charge a drink in the mean time. we had prebooked all of our shows and found out that almost all of our reservations did not match up and we were locked out of many things, them saying they are sold out. why prebook if you can't get in. Cats was cancelled for the first night and rescheduled for the last Day the same time as frozen, the ice show. so we had to forego one of them. finally at 9 pm we were able to go to guest services, they put me and my wife together and my son and his wife together. great!!!, no not really. i had $650 worth of room credits that i had accumulated over a few months and none transferred. back to guest services. they managed to lose $375 of credits.. i later that night went to buy a drink and was informed i was on a CASH ONLY BASIS. THEY HAD TRANSFERRED ALL OF THE CREDITS TO MY WIFES ACCOUNT AND DID NOT EVER LINK THEM TOGETHER. ANOTHER TRIP TO gs. THEY HAD FOUND THE LOST CREDIT Of 300 BUT WERE STILL MISSING $75 ON BOARD BOOKING CREDIT FROM A PREVIOUS CRUISE, THEY NEVER DID CREDIT MY ACCOUNT. they then did a manual xfer of her account to mine line by line taking almost a half hour. it was all being charged to the same credit card, just xfer the total and be done. i had to wait at the desk for them to complete this task. everyone knows as well as me, when you are on vacation the last thing you want to do is wait in line for mundane things. the $75 is still missing. when we were leaving the ship, my son had already scanned his seapass and my daughter in law was right behind him, she got stopped for an outstanding bill. now both of their accounts were linked to the same credit card and they would not let her leave the ship. she had to go to GS and the line was an hour long. again all they had to do was take her credit card and satisfy the charge, NO, they staRTED TO DO A LINE BY LINE XFER OF EVERY CHARGE FROM ONE ACCOUNT TO THE OTHER. why? THIS TOOK ANOTHER 25 MINUTEs, THEN SHE WENT TO GET IT AUTHORIZED, THIS TOOK ANOTHER 20 MINUTES. MEANWHILE THE REST OF THE FAMILY IS WAITING ON THE DOCK SO WE COULD DRIVE HOME HOPEFULLY TOGETHER. ONE OTHER problem, CHECK YOUR BILL CAREFULLY, WE ASKED OTHER PEOPLE AND THEY HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. TIPS AT MOST OF THE BARS WERE BEING RUNG UP 2 AND 3 TIMES. I ONLY HAD ONE BUT OTHERS HAD THIS HAPPEN 6 AND 7 TIMES OVER THE COURSE OF 7 DAYS, IT'S A LOT OF MONEY. I WILL NEVER CRUISE ncl BECAUSE OF CRAP LIKE THIS, IS rOYAL STARTING TO LOOK LIKE ncl, THEIR PROPOSED NEW DINInG PROGRAM LOOKS LIKE IT'S SO. we are diamond and hardly ever complain, but this cruise, from GS was bad. Drew Devine is the best cruise director in the fleet. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We're loyal to RCI. This was our 4th RCI and our 9th cruise in total. We're starting to know a thing or two about cruises now.... Check in for the Oasis at Port Everglades was fantastic. From curbside to stateroom in about 35 ... Read More
We're loyal to RCI. This was our 4th RCI and our 9th cruise in total. We're starting to know a thing or two about cruises now.... Check in for the Oasis at Port Everglades was fantastic. From curbside to stateroom in about 35 minutes. A new record for us. This was a big improvement from the general fiasco of boarding Liberty or Freedom. at Port Everglades and or Port Canaveral. Stateroom clean and attendant professional. All good. In stateroom 9633 we had a very annoying rapping noise from inside the wall during the night. Would last about a half an hour and then stop. We were told to call maintenance for troubleshooting at 3:00am. Don't think so!!! Heard some complaints about Windjammer quality and variety but our party was never disappointed. All was up to standard for us with lots of selection. Kids 14 and 12 enjoyed the teens club. Seems that the attendants just leave the group to fend for themselves though. A shy kid like my 14 year old daughter would benefit from more coordinated activities and structure moderated by the teens club monitors. At this age, the kids become very 'clique'ish' fast if not encouraged to be inclusive in their activities. Teens club could use some improvement in this area on the Oasis. Sometimes with teens, you have to be an activities monitor and a guidance councilor all in one. Generally the ship is stunning both inside and out! The Central Park deck left us awestruck the first time we saw it. Loved the artificial crickets!!!! All the standard Promenade deck stuff abounds. The staff was generally pleasant and the dinner staff in the Grande dining room were awesome! Leroy & Roberto! Some negatives....... Look out! The bar service on this particular cruise was horrendous! Can't say if every Oasis cruise is like this but this sailing the service was atrocious.All the bars were slow but the Solarium bar was particularly bad. Average 20 min waiting time just to get a beer! It left you with the feeling that Oasis staff are overwhelmed by the volume of cruisers on the boat when the boat is full to capacity. That.... Or, the big 'tippers' get the best service.... We're not naive, this goes on everywhere. But, if it's the case here, then never has it been so flagrant and so expansive than on Oasis. Overall, we still enjoyed our cruise in spite of some negatives. We won't however, sail Oasis class again. Just too BIG! This family likes boats! We don't get seasick. We love to gaze out at the ocean. We love how everything during the day is centralized around the pools on the smaller ships. We love the boat gently rocking us to sleep. Oasis just doesn't sway! Zero. If the seas are calm, you'll never know you weren't at port. To summarize, I'd say that Oasis is a ship for cruisers who don't like ships..... You won't see the ocean unless your beside a deck railing on deck 15 or 16.. The ship is a floating shopping center and amusement park rolled into one with very little 'maritime' feel to it. The perfect boat for all those people who say they're scared of boats or that they get seasick. If you don't get nauseous at the mall, then you've got nothing to worry about! We'll be sticking with 'Freedom' class and smaller. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
It was our second cruise on the Oasis, and it was once again fabulous. We were 6 adults, 3 rooms. We booked two inside promenade view staterooms, deck 7, not as good as I was hoping for - some of the views were obstructed, some extra ... Read More
It was our second cruise on the Oasis, and it was once again fabulous. We were 6 adults, 3 rooms. We booked two inside promenade view staterooms, deck 7, not as good as I was hoping for - some of the views were obstructed, some extra noise and light into the room. Still they made for a good choice. Also booked one of the balconies overlooking the rear aqua-show pool, deck 8. That was a good choice, but once you do it once, there are other choices for next time. The rooms are smallish. Activities were superb. Shows and entertainment were good. Food and service in MDR was great. We went once to Windjammer, and that was enough, I would suggest other choices. We did one meal at Chops. A low point was the RCCL food at Labadee, it was pretty poor, I tossed it into the garbage can. We bought ultimate drink packages and on-board credit in CAD$ before we left. That was a wise move. Got a good price and enjoyed them to the max! The coffee, smoothies, water, on top of beer, wine and cocktails - paid for itself. I looked into an open-booking for next cruise, but did not think the offer was much to make me bite....so I came home and booked a Celebrity Cruise for next year. Cheers. Darryl   Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
A bit about me--mid-40's, seasoned traveler, sailed with RC, Princess, Carnival, with RC being the favorite. First time on Oasis, and wow--what a great ship. Absolutely beautiful, lots of architectural details not seen on ships ... Read More
A bit about me--mid-40's, seasoned traveler, sailed with RC, Princess, Carnival, with RC being the favorite. First time on Oasis, and wow--what a great ship. Absolutely beautiful, lots of architectural details not seen on ships prior. One of the things we love most is climbing the stairs to see all of the commissioned artwork, and it did not disappoint. The crew was fantastic overall and the ship was immaculate. Really loved the "neighborhood" concept, and despite having over 6000 passengers on board, it was never crowded. The Good: -lots to do on board, and most (if not all) was free. Plus, with two rock walls, two Flowriders, multiple pools and hot tubs, waiting lines were short. -lots of places for adult beverages, practically at every turn -lots of entertainment, including the AquaTheater, the ice shows, and the Broadway style shows (we had Cats) -outstanding food overall with a wide variety of tastes available. Our particular favorite was 150 Central Park (be ready for a leisurely, intimate 2-hour experience), and most disappointing was Chops. -Solarium continues to be a great choice to avoid the kids, though the minimum age is now 16. Fortunately, very few 16-year-old's have zero interest in sharing a hot tub with people experiencing (and living) a mid-life crisis. -the photography staff were far less obnoxious and far more relaxed and entertaining; we actually posed for and purchased pictures this time. -ship-wide WiFi was great for staying available for emergencies...too bad we're all so addicted to being connected, no one actually disconnected. The Not-So-Good: -smaller than expected staterooms and the "king" bed still has a hump at the middle and sagging in the middle of each side. Yes, I understand why that is, but no, I don't know why a different option hasn't been considered. -felt we were asked to pay extra pretty much everywhere we went. Two of the specialty restaurants we booked online did not list a cover charge but also did not mention that the menu was a la carte...this we discovered once seated. Also, drinks were considerably more expensive than on previous journeys, by about 50% ($10 instead of $7 for a mojito). Spa pricing has also enjoyed a considerable increase, with a 75-minute massage going for over $200 with a modest tip. That's massage only--no stones, no aromatherapy, no acupressure. Just rub-rub. -the only option for food pretty much anytime was the Cafe Promenade, with a limited number of options that did not change throughout the week. On our last day, the sandwich rolls were stale on the outside and soggy on the inside. Hours for the remaining eateries were staggered, limited and changed according to the port hours. -the duty-free area just off the ship is most certainly in bed with the cruise lines--no deals to be had, and inventory was very similar to onboard (which was also limited and more high-end than previously seen). The sister stores in town (particularly Cozumel) were unwilling to break ranks, and completely uninterested in assisting customers after 3:00pm. Again with the nickel-and-diming. Don't get me wrong--we had a great time, and some of the disappointment had more to do with choosing ship over itinerary as well as stateroom category and location. We also broke tradition by not sailing in October, when the weather is more consistent and kids are in school. Oasis is definitely worth experiencing--it's absolutely fabulous in a lot of ways--but I thing we're going back to the Radiance or Voyager class to Alaska or the Med.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We booked this cruise to join a group of neighbors who were all going at the same time. I was apprehensive at being on a ship with 6,000 passengers but those who had been aboard told us that because of the huge size of Oasis you'd ... Read More
We booked this cruise to join a group of neighbors who were all going at the same time. I was apprehensive at being on a ship with 6,000 passengers but those who had been aboard told us that because of the huge size of Oasis you'd never feel crowded. They were right! RCCL has figured out large ship cruising. The embarkation process was very smooth. Our status as 4 time prior RCCL passengers got us to the check-in counter with no line but even the first-timers were not waiting long. We booked an outside balcony and believe it was the right decision. The "inside" balconies facing each other across the Boardwalk seemed like you'd have more noise, less view, and sort of like living in a highrise looking at your neighbor in the next building. The high tech stuff is great. There are touch-TV screens at all the elevators where you can find out where you are, where you want to go, what's happening, etc. Don't pick this itinerary if you want to experience the Caribbean. The destinations (RCCL's Haitian resort called Labadee, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico) are nothing special. The experience is the ship itself. We booked all the entertainment venues before we boarded, and its a great system to insure you'll get a seat. They included "Cats" the Aqua Show, Ice Show, the acrobats, etc. all fantastic productions. All the food and service was very well done. We ate at one premium restaurant, the Chops Steakhouse, and the food was well above the regular dining room, though I felt a little crowded as the restaurant was full while we were there and room for servers to move about was tight. All in all, a great time. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
The service was excellent we met wonderful people. The ship was not as wow as her sister ship the Allure of the seas we travel the year before. Cabin was excellent the balcony with ocean view is worth the extra money. We dine in the dining ... Read More
The service was excellent we met wonderful people. The ship was not as wow as her sister ship the Allure of the seas we travel the year before. Cabin was excellent the balcony with ocean view is worth the extra money. We dine in the dining room everyday dressing up for diner is part of cruising. The entertainment is very good all the shows and the musical. Excursions we good but for their private island in Haiti's labadee was the worst place to go if you didn't book excursions on the good side, the beach was full of Corel sticking out of the sand and the sea. No shade to talk about and the food was dry and no flavory. The activities were good lot of fun. Embarkation was long we had a little sore throat so we had to weight for the nurse to check on us. Disembark was very smooth. Book Adventure of the Seas for March Southern Caribbean ten night. We only cruise with royal Caribbean int. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Our first time on this amazing mega ship. It exceeded our expectations in many ways. The shows, venues, personnel and service were all fabulous. Programs and amenities for children and families in general impressed all of us. The food ... Read More
Our first time on this amazing mega ship. It exceeded our expectations in many ways. The shows, venues, personnel and service were all fabulous. Programs and amenities for children and families in general impressed all of us. The food in the dining room, however, diminished our over-all evaluation. Perhaps, because we have been cruising mostly on Celebrity of late and have transformed into 'cruise snobs' ???? The choices and overall quality of the food didn't seem up to the standards of the Royal Caribbean we've loved over the years. DH loves his steak and the strip steak they offered was so tough, he couldn't eat it. Even the prime rib which was tender, had no taste!As a result we dined in Chops and 150 Central Park, both excellent, but additional $$$$$. The Diamond lounge had a lovely cocktail hour with nice canapés and a very friendly staff. But overall a great ship. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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