Sail Date: February 2015
We had been on Oasis last year and decided, because of a great discount, to go again. The entertainment is very good, service is exceptional but even though we are D+, I must be honest and say the food has gone down a notch. There are ... Read More
We had been on Oasis last year and decided, because of a great discount, to go again. The entertainment is very good, service is exceptional but even though we are D+, I must be honest and say the food has gone down a notch. There are always choices and various restaurants but in order to get quality food you must pay for the specialty restaurants. We had never felt that way before until we went back to Princess last fall and realized they were superior in the food category. For some reason RCI now seems to think that dessert is Mousse, Mousse, and more Mousse out of a pastry bag, must be cheaper to serve than actually make decent desserts. Also, vegetables seem to be a premium, I got 2 brussel sprouts as my vegetable with my entree. MTD was a little disorganized. Even though we had reservations which noted we would share with a large table , we were sitted at a table for 2 or maybe 6. The person that took us to our table never seemed to be able to find the table numbers, don't know if they switched the numbers without telling the staff. The waiters and asst. waiters always did a great job. Our cabin steward was one of the best we have ever had and the cabin was spotless. The pool attendant did a great job of keeping the people who thought they could eat food by the beach pool away from the area. He actually followed through until they moved out of the pool area, nice to have someone that dedicated to his job. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
My husband and I have been on many cruises, but really wanted to try out the super large Oasis of the Seas. We didn't choose the Oasis of the Seas for its itinerary, we just wanted to try out the larger ship. We are not beach/water ... Read More
My husband and I have been on many cruises, but really wanted to try out the super large Oasis of the Seas. We didn't choose the Oasis of the Seas for its itinerary, we just wanted to try out the larger ship. We are not beach/water people so Labadee, Haiti, although it was very pretty, did not impress us. But it was a lot better than the Jamaica stop. I had found a historical walking tour on the web. We started out and should have suspected something when the whole port was fenced in. Outside the fence, we saw lots of policemen. We were accosted by many people trying to sell us excursions. We kept on walking and found a few places on the map, but we didn't feel safe so we returned to the ship after only an hour. We heard the same comment from our tablemates at dinner that night. The only ship excursion we took was to Chichen Itza, Mexico. The 3 hour trip, one way, was definitely worth the time and the money. The snack, box lunch (including soda), and water were more than adequate and tasty. Our tour guides were friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and informative. We were provided with earphones so that we could hear our guide during the actual tour. The ship was beautiful. The entertainment spectacular!. The service was exceptional. The food very good, but not over the top. The only complaint we had about the dining arrangements was that there wasn't enough seating in the Windjammer Marketplace (the morning, lunch, and supper buffet). Several mornings there was a waiting line to get in. Although there are other venues for breakfast, it is irritating to have to find an alternative when your primary place to eat is full. Check out the Park Cafe. it is a small cafe in Central Park that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The beef sandwich at lunch is delicious. Also, the Solarium cafe is another alternative to the Windjammer Marketplace for breakfast and lunch. Very relaxing atmosphere, with wicker furniture with pads. Outside the Solarium cafe area there are lounge chairs and hot tubs, with a meandering canal. I should mention that there are interactive screens, conveniently located, that show you where the restaurants and theaters are located and how full they are. The entertainment was not only great, it was also very diverse. Many venues needed reservations, which can be booked before the cruise. Be aware that the times and dates of the entertainment can change, which requires some rescheduling on your part. This can be annoying. They schedule you for the new time, but you may already have something scheduled for that timeframe. Embarkation was smooth. We essentially walked to the front of the line to get checked in and proceeded to the ship within minutes. I wish I could say the same for disembarkment. I think there was some miscommunication somewhere. The cruise member who was suppose to be calling group numbers didn't agree with the screen that was broadcasting what group numbers had been called. Therefore, there were super long lines. It took us almost an hour to get out to our transportation once we were in line. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
This was my first time on Oasis of the Seas. I had family who sailed on it previouly tell me that even thought there are almost 6000 other guests it doesn't feel crowded. I guess "crowded" is subjective. I thought the ship ... Read More
This was my first time on Oasis of the Seas. I had family who sailed on it previouly tell me that even thought there are almost 6000 other guests it doesn't feel crowded. I guess "crowded" is subjective. I thought the ship felt crowded often especially on the Promenade, around the pool, and in the bars for cocktail hour just before dinner. Overall the ship was well laid-out, clean and well maintained. We were in a stateroom on deck 9 and had a window overlooking Central Park. The room was neat and clean. Storage was plentiful for the 3 of us. The safe is small and barely fits an Ipad and won't fit a computer. The pull-out sofa was OK for my daughter to sleep on but wouldn't be comforable for an adult. Even though the room had a window it was useless since you needed to close the shade whenever you changed. If you didn't it would be easy for people in rooms on the other side of Central Park to see in. I would consider this type of room to be the same as an inside stateroom and not worth paying extra. We dined in the Grande restaurant at 8:30. The service was very good but the food was just OK most nights. The food was prepared adequately but just didn't have good flavor. One night we all had steak and each one was tough and had gristle throughout. This was my second cruise with RCI and I definitely think the food is better on Celebrity. We ate at Windjammer only once and the food was horrible. I asked a waiter for a glass of lemonade and he brought me a glass that was obviouslty dirty with brown specs stuck all over the inside. Best part of my meal at Windjammer was the mustard and relish I had with a hot dog. We ate at their Mexican restaurant, Sabor, which has A la Carte pricing. Food was very good. The guacamole prepared table side was great, as was the chicken taco and chicken tortilla soup. The Simply Perfect margarita they serve is excellent. We also had burgers at Johnny Rockets. They were good but nothing special. Breakfast in the main dining room was good but again nothing special. However, I don't recommend having the scrambled eggs at the buffet - they were terrible. The roast beef sandwiches at the Park Cafe were excellent but it can be very hard to find a place to sit and eat. Oasis has plenty of nice bars for a cocktail. The biggest disappointment is that RCI recently jacked up their prices a lot. Martinis, margaritas, and the like are now $12, basic beer is $6 (By the way, if you are into craft beer and especially IPA's you will be disappointed at the beer selection on RCI). Basic mixed drink is $8 and mixed drinks with "premium" liquor like Jack Daniels or Grey Goose is $9-$10. Also, automatic gratuity is now 18% Entertainment was pretty good. The comedians they had were very funny. The Oasis of Dreams water show was pretty good if you like to watch diving and synchronized swimming. The production show Come Fly with Me was entertaining and worth seeing. We did not see Cats but heard from many people that they left at intermission because they didn't like it. My biggest complaint about the shows is related to the ever-changing schedules. We received numerous emails from RCI prior to our departure suggesting we make reservations in advance. We did so but then RCI changed the show schedules multiple times. It is also somewhat more difficult to schedule shows if you dined late seating vs. early. Pool area is nice. Even though RCI has signs telling people not to save chairs, people did it all the time and it was common to see prime location lounge chairs with a towel and old flip flops under it not being used for 1-2 hours at a time. Also, lounge chairs are way too close together. In most spots there was less than 2 inches between chairs making it hard to reposition them and making it feel like you were laying with the stranger next to you. Embarkation and debarkation both were very smooth Excursions: At St. Thomas we went snorkeling with Turtle Bay Sail and Snorkel. It was a good trip. The crew were friendly, the snorkel equipment in good shape and we saw turtles, rays and fish. Not the best coral where they go so you don't see a lot of color but watching the turtles is fun. The captain let us know of a good beach to go to after our excursion. There is a beach on Water Island called Honeymoom Beach. You get to it by taking the water taxi from the marina next to where the ship is docked. Cost is $10 per person round trip. The beach is very nice, there are a couple bars/restaurants, and the water is calm given the beach is on a protected cove. Much easier to get to than Magen's Bay. On St. Maarten we did the mountain bike adventure. I wouldn't recommend it. They take you on a short, hilly, off-road jaunt through a cow pasture along the coast - some nice views but you can't look while you are riding given all the rocks and ruts and cowpies The rest of the ride is through some run-down neighborhoods with nothing of interest to see. Traffic in St Maarten is crazy so if you go on your own, leave yourself plenty of time to get back to the ship. Overall, the Oasis is a nice ship and RCI helped provide a nice vacation, however, I'm looking forward to sailing with Celebrity again this fall. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
To start I would consider myself a seasoned traveler--touring Europe over the years, doing all-inclusive resorts and for the last 5 years becoming a cruiser. I have traveled as a child, into adulthood and now with my own family. My husband ... Read More
To start I would consider myself a seasoned traveler--touring Europe over the years, doing all-inclusive resorts and for the last 5 years becoming a cruiser. I have traveled as a child, into adulthood and now with my own family. My husband and I never felt we would become the "cruising" type but lone behold our family has decided cruising is our first choice for a vacation. All vacations are wonderful but alas some just stand out. We have now sailed on various ships, using different cruise lines and although I would not knock one particular line over another --each line and ship has their pro's and con's. We sailed on March Break, so if any week was going to test this ships capabilities this was the week. After reading many reviews before going on the Oasis I felt compelled to write my own...it is long but worth the read. Activities: There is so much to do on this ship for all ages. From rock climbing, to shows, to shopping, to simply walking in Central Park. Some activities had lineups but nothing out of hand, even the most popular activities e.g Flow rider, rock climbing seemed to quickly funnel through lines. Remember you are on a ship with thousands of people, expect a few lines, be polite and patient --this is your vacation so what's the rush? My Advice: read your nightly planner in FULL. Write down what you would like to do and see, so you don't miss out on all the fun. Service/Staff: Staff on this ship were wonderful. We were always greeted with a smile, friendly service and more often than not when we were wandering around someone always offered to help and answer a question. Our waiter in the main dining room, was fabulous! He was polite, offered advice, gave us amazing tidbits along the way and truly made our dining experience amazing. Now, I understand you are on vacation and you paid to be pampered and want great customer service however on many occasions I witnessed passengers being rude, aloof and disrespectful to staff yet they would expect to be treated with courtesy and respect in return? Well fellow Cruisers do unto others is my philosophy--good manners and respect can go along way, paying for a vacation does not negate your responsibilities to be a nice person. Guest services: lines were long at times, they could use a few more people at the counters when they see lines are beginning to form. (three or four staff just isn't enough for thousands of guests) Also many questions, or concerns passengers had were not simple or quick fixes so having more people to help out would shorten lines. RC--you could consider having a desk/counter/kiosk exclusively to help people plan their activities/dining/shows so cruisers are not lining up at Guest services taking an inordinate amount of time to facilitate these types of questions. Dining/Food: There are so many places to eat on this ship that if you had issue with finding something to tantalize the palate then the issue is not with the ship. Food was well presented in all venues, venues were clean and there was plenty of variety and something for everyone. We did not visit any pay restaurants, we were a party of 10 so that could become costly, and we felt there were enough complimentary options for us. Wait we did visit Johnny Rockets, it was a nice treat--RC the fee was not necessary. In saying this I am a little disappointed that more cruise lines RC included are putting so much effort into pay restaurant options, cruises are known for providing quality food and the many dining options, imposing fees limits the experience and I feel they are unnecessary...I heard many passengers not happy with the nickle and dime experience they felt because of this and I would have to agree. Another example popcorn on the pool deck was a $2.00 fee per bag not necessary, it costs cents to make popcorn but more importantly what kind of message is RC sending?...they are trying to make money at every opportunity. My advice RC--start opening up your dining to provide complimentary dining across the board. Drinks: We are not a huge pop/soda family, paying for an unlimited amount of this type of beverage is just not an option. Yet we saw many people that were quite happy to pay the fee for pop/soda so I guess if cruisers continue to dole out the money for this type of drink RC and other lines will continue to charge the fees. Unlimited drink packages, well bottom line these options are expensive especially when the fee is per person! Adults in our party did drink alcoholic drinks however all of us felt you would need to consume a considerable amount of alcoholic beverages in order to really get your money's worth so we opted to NOT take the package. Also a consideration my husband drinks more alcoholic beverages than I do, so it would have been nice to share the drink package option. We are Canadian and let's just say our Loonie is not serving us well in the currency market so couple this with the expensive unlimited drink package just didn't make sense. RC would like to see those prices be more reasonable, and the option to share with a spouse would be nice. Overall like all cruisers, well drinks are expensive. Over a 11.00 US for a frozen drink, more than 8.00 for a beer...you decide? Water (and flavored options)/lemonade/ice tea: these were available on the ship but until you knew where they were located they were very hard to find. RC these drink options should be available at all bars, and open venue areas NOT just attached to restaurant venues. E.g. when the buffet closed, or Central Park cafe you could not get access to water, this was annoying. Children's clubs: Great rooms, fun activities, friendly staff, hours of operation were good too, overall the six children in our party liked them. Only pet peeve, I found the 12-14 age group had a lot of open video game time, I know, I know well they like this kind of thing but I would have preferred less free time on electronics and more collective games/activities. This generation lives in electronic land, why not get them to socialize without the need for an instant gratification device. Age group 15-17 a few kids complained they had to share "their room" with the younger age group which meant collectively they had to find space on the ship to hang out, if this is truly the case this age group should be allowed in "their" designated area throughout the day, one RC staff being present in that room would not be out of the question. Ports/Excursions: We went on the Oasis to experience the large ships ambiance and activities, dining...port excursions were available but we didn't use the ship options. As always ship options are plentiful but can get pricey for families. RC should consider family rates. Cabin: 11532/11534 Family Ocean view, updated, clean and comfortable and surprisingly great storage and closet space. Our steward did a good job cleaning however we did have a sofa bed that was left as a pull out bed option for the duration of our stay, day and night. This was not a concern for us, as there was still room to walk around however our friends traveling with us would have liked to have this done up during the days. Entertainment: Shows were great! We saw them all. Albeit many people did NOT like Cats however the costumes, stage and actors were amazing but it just wasn't everyone's cup of tea. The comedy club was great too but it only had one show per week, re-run for a second night in a very small venue. Advice for cruisers : Pre-book your shows to ensure you get into all the shows. RC should replace CATS to appeal to more guests. RC your comedy show needs to move to the Opal Theatre or larger venue and have 2 new shows each week--the laughs are worth it. Overall, our trip was great, it hit all the must have's on a trip, the little things that could use improvements didn't impede our great experience...so you be the judge for yourselves. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We were in a family group of 18 of all different ages celebrating a 80th birthday. This was our first cruise on the Oasis. We have cruised many times on RCCL and other lines. We arrived at Port Everglades around 2:30 and quickly embarked ... Read More
We were in a family group of 18 of all different ages celebrating a 80th birthday. This was our first cruise on the Oasis. We have cruised many times on RCCL and other lines. We arrived at Port Everglades around 2:30 and quickly embarked the ship. Disembarkation and customs was the normal long wait. There was actually a fight between 2 passengers about cutting in line. We have been to the island many times so we did not do any tours or beaches. We have sailed on the Breakaway but the Oasis was a class of its own. The design is spectacular. The shows were different than most cruise ships and nicely done. The exception was CATS and that was a play that did not appeal in any way. We left after 30 minutes. I thought the food was very good in the main dining room. We had early seating. Our waiters gave the best service we have had on a cruise in years. They anticipated what we would request and were always smiling. 2 thumbs up for Oleksandr and Olfina. The roast beef sandwich in the Park Café was wonderful. Now the negative. If you tried to go to the buffet on sea days there was a line to enter for all meals. We always ate breakfast and lunch in the American Icon on deck 3. We never had to wait to eat. You had a choice of a buffet or off the menu. If you had anytime dining for dinner you often had to wait on line. The buffet for lunch was simple, mostly well prepared. On port days it was one of your few choices to eat for lunch. I am an early riser and most days the buffet did not open until 7 am. You can get coffee in the Promenade Café. You often had to wait on line for the elevators and sometimes it took a long time for the elevator to arrive on your deck. Make sure you choose the correct elevator of port or starboard because some decks you can not cross over to the other side. There is no central elevators. I spoke to others who had cabins overlooking Central Park and the Boardwalk. The ones overlooking Central Park seemed to be happy with their choice other than the lack of privacy because others could see into cabin. Those cabins overlooking the Boardwalk appear to be noisy until 10:00 at night.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Background: This was our first cruise back with RCCL in 6 years. We've previously cruised the Freedom with RCCL and are Elite members (16+) with Princess. We have also cruised with Norwegian, Costa and Carnival. Embarkation: ... Read More
Background: This was our first cruise back with RCCL in 6 years. We've previously cruised the Freedom with RCCL and are Elite members (16+) with Princess. We have also cruised with Norwegian, Costa and Carnival. Embarkation: Arrived at the pier at 10:45am and quickly checked in and waited for approx half hour before entering the ship. Went up to Windjammer as rooms don't open until 1:00pm (all floor access was sealed off with doors). We were eating by 11:30am, even though RCCL suggested with an email before we left, not to embark until 2:30pm for deck 12. Cabins: Once in cabin, first detail we noticed was that they were smaller than we're used to on Princess. Very little storage besides a sliding door closet (annoying) and a few small drawers. We had the last Boardwalk cabin facing the rear of the ship which was nice and we felt like it was an ocean view. The cabin was quiet at all times and at night as well. The bathroom was smaller than we're used to and the sink was so small it made shaving very difficult. The shower had a rounded door closure and was decent size. Not much storage for bathroom articles. Beds were comfortable and had an egg crate topper on the mattress. Our stewart was top notch and kept our cabin spotless…well done RCCL. Ship: What can you say…huge but never really felt over crowded to us. Always something to do. We tried the rock climbing, flow rider, zip lining, and skating…all nice touches on a ship. Evening entertainment was varied. The shows were well done (comedy, ice, diving, stage). The promenade always had a live band or DJ and different venues around the ship made for a good time. Internet was fast but after one day we couldn't seem to send pictures on our iPhone6. FaceTime worked really well. We had to buy an internet pkg which we get for free with Princess. It cost $140 for two devices, unlimited use for the week. Reasonable. Up top, could always find lounge chairs, even on sea days, and the pools were salt water :-( Bar service was decent. Their all-inclusive bar packages were priced at the point where you'd have to drink 8-10 drinks a day to get value. We tried the beer, wine and soda pkg and feel were got value from it. Pools were busy but you could always get in. Dining: We had fixed dining at 6:00pm in the main dining room. Never a wait and we just walked up to our table each night…thumbs up! Our wait staff were top notch, as was our wine staff. The food on RCCL was good, but nothing special. We prefer Princess food over RCCL, but not enough to make us never come back. Two formal nights which weren't strictly enforced (some in jeans and t-shirts let in), and one night with lobster/shrimp. Johnny Rockets atmosphere was nice, situated on the boardwalk towards the aft, but food was decent at best. Fee was $5.99 each but had a free breakfast. Sabor's (Mexican) was very good, preparing fresh guacamole in front of your table. The Sampler was a good choice to try. A la carte pricing here. We didn't try any other surcharge dining venues. Our daughter really enjoyed her Soda pkg, which included over 100 varieties of Coke mixes (i.e. Coke Zero cherry). Itinerary: Labadee is a nice stop. We tried the Dragon's Breath Zipline and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although at over $100 each, quite expensive for just over a minute "ride." The island has some beautiful calm beaches on the ship side and rougher on the other. Your beverage package follows you on the island and is good at all bars. Food was your typical BBQ and done well. Falmouth, Jamaica: Generally we stay away from the ship's tours but in Jamaica, we wanted to stay with a larger group (hassle factor). We took the ship's tour to the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn's River Falls. Price was reasonable and we all enjoyed. The caves were fun to discover, deep down inside. Dunn's was very busy, as usual, and quite the tourist trap but we wanted our 15 yr old daughter to see it. Cozumel: Once again we took the ship's tour to Chankanaab to do the dolphin push, pull and swim excursion. We tried to book on our own but didn't get a response back form their online booking. Very fun excursion and decent time with the dolphins and manatees. Photos for the dolphin experience were extremely expensive ($60/person or $210 for the families pictures, or $40 per photo). Still wish these large ships would do four stops instead of only three, but it seems to be the trend now. Teen's Club (Fuel): Program was very age appropriate and engaging. My daughter enjoyed her week and made many friends. There were dance parties nightly and wrapped up with a large final night party…well done! Disembarkation: We chose our usual walk off disembarkation method (8:00am) and were off the ship within half hour, including customs. Well done! Overall: We really enjoyed our week on the Oasis of the Seas. The ship is really the destination and service was very good by everyone we met. We will sail her again in the future, but have booked the new Norwegian Escape (Miami) for next March Break. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Oasis reminded me alot of the Liberty of the seas. The double wide big sister did give us new places to visit like central park and the promenade mall. The captain said she had the most people on board ever at 8400 pass and crew but it ... Read More
Oasis reminded me alot of the Liberty of the seas. The double wide big sister did give us new places to visit like central park and the promenade mall. The captain said she had the most people on board ever at 8400 pass and crew but it rarely felt crowded. The elevators at key times and wind jammer were crowded but for the most part there's lot of space. The reservation system was good, never waited in line for a show, (make your bookings online before you sail) We took advantage of room service most morning for breakfast no the balcony (no extra charge) Central park cafe is a good place to get breakfast and lunch. The entertaining was lacking though, Cat's was aweful, the rest of the shows were ok, the aqua theater was novel and the comedy show was good. The food and service were good in the main dining room - no need to do speciality but we did Chops which was excellent and Giovanni's which was very good. Dress code was very relaxed people that went all out on formal night were the ones that stood out. For comparative purposes I would say liberty was better mostly based on entertainment and service. Celebrity Equinox was better for food and dinning experience. I would recommend Oasis to anyone but it's really a family ship and bigger isn't always better.......... Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
The process for boarding was terrific. Our room and balcony were terrific. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The ship and all the things to enjoy exceeded our high expectations. The gym was great. The opportunities ... Read More
The process for boarding was terrific. Our room and balcony were terrific. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The ship and all the things to enjoy exceeded our high expectations. The gym was great. The opportunities for improvement were in the areas of convenience: the in-room breakfast concept was fantastic but the hot food was bad; the on-ship towel control process was a pain; the alcohol control process was a huge pain (in particular, we sprung for a junior suite and unlimited, top-shelf drinks because we love happy hour on the balcony and planned to have that be the center-piece of our entertainment each evening but then the whole concept was frustrated as we had to leave the room and shuttle down to level 5 every time someone wanted another round). Three other things deserve mention. First, the smoking policy is too skewed in favor of the smokers versus non-smokers - - we breathed a lot of second-hand smoke all over the ship and even in the gym. Second, the efforts to up-sale us were so constant and over the top as to be palpable - - it seemed like every time we turned around someone was trying to sell us some additional thing or service to the point that it detracted from the concept of a care-free vacation. Third, and finally, the process for getting off the boat was horrible. It took over 3 hours. We were moved from comfortable seats in the air conditioned theatre and made to stand on the hot running track in full travel clothes. It ruined the day and left a real bad taste in our mouths. It stood in stark relief to what otherwise was a well run and highly enjoyable cruise vacation. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2015
1) 100% occupied - yes and no on feeling crowded. Get up early or go dine early, and you will not feel like there are 5400 passengers. Get anywhere during peak times and you will feel crowded (stay away from Windjammer). Pool area - ... Read More
1) 100% occupied - yes and no on feeling crowded. Get up early or go dine early, and you will not feel like there are 5400 passengers. Get anywhere during peak times and you will feel crowded (stay away from Windjammer). Pool area - always crowded. Hate all the towel place holders......RCI - you need to enforce the rules! 2) Entertainment selection - all very good (book on-line way in advance). Adult comedy show with Steve White was hilarious! 3) Solarium - lounge hogs....again RCI needs to enforce people holding onto the premium locations. Solarium is a nice break from all the annoying kids (yes, I have kids too but they are not allowed to act like there are no rules)........hated the parents who allowed their kids under 16 to go into the Solarium to eat / hot tub in the adult section! 4) Staff - friendliness was hit or miss --- 50/50 - I can't point out 1 that was "WOW" 5) Bar service was slow, unfriendly, and most of the time seemed annoyed. 6) Drink packages......they advertise Evian water and give you Crystal Geyser, red wine selection was just okay (the ones offered per glass) 7) Agree with others - COFFEE was SO bad! Taste like hot water with brown food coloring! 8) Food quality - this was 50/50 - some nights - a hit, other nights - disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Our first Oasis-class ship, our seventh Royal cruise, our 10th cruise overall. Spring Break trip with our two middle and high school aged daughters, as well as kids/parents from other families (group of 19 overall). Highlights: ... Read More
Our first Oasis-class ship, our seventh Royal cruise, our 10th cruise overall. Spring Break trip with our two middle and high school aged daughters, as well as kids/parents from other families (group of 19 overall). Highlights: Boardwalk balcony views are unique and fantastic, particularly for highly social teens and adults. D3 Ocean balcony cabin size is great, with doors opening out into the hall, sliding closet doors, a larger shower, and a deep balcony. These are compared to similar Freedom-class balcony rooms. Variety of food options. Windjammer is (intentionally) small on this ship. The complaints about that are not warranted, in my view. Royal customers default to the Windjammer out of habit, but there are at least a half-dozen complimentary food locations scattered around the ship at all hours. I entered Windjammer only twice all week, and naturally did not miss it. Solarium Cafe: fabulous healthy lunch offering each day. Park Cafe: In Central Park, offering an easy and quick breakfast option each day. Dazzles: Great multi-story night club, overlooking Boardwalk, great band and dance floor. Blaze: Hip dance club for those out til the wee hours. DJ. Crowds: Despite a record 6,400 guests this week, the ship never felt any more crowded than our usual spring break cruise. In fact, it usually felt less crowded, with the elevators being a major exception. Size: The length isn't much different from Freedom-class, but the width and height are what I noticed most. On the pool deck, it actually takes a while to journey from port to starboard. Our Deck 10 balcony was a full five decks from the pools; normally one deck away. Oasis is a very, very impressive feat from an engineering perspective. Track: Deck 5, well marked and therefore no impediments to a good run with great views. Come Fly With Me: See it. Lowlights: Elevator capacity (24 of em) is simply not high enough, particularly on a ship with 17 decks which means lower likelihood that you're merely 2-3 decks from your destination (and can use stairs). Drink Prices: are definitely higher. A cocktail routinely is $11.xx now. Under staffed: In too many places, the staff is "behind" the ship, playing catch-up all too much. From taking 3 days to make a simple repair to the drain pipe above our balcony which was dripping and rendering the balcony unusable, to running out of coffee in the Park Cafe, to running out of napkins in Park Cafe, to seating us 15-30 minutes late for dinner every night despite a consistent 745pm reservation. The well-intended staff seems like it is maybe 100 people short. Fitness Center: too filled with equipment. I went off-peak, and still felt like I had little room to navigate my dumbbell-based workout. Too many machines around. Also, access to sauna and steam room is part of the fee-based spa on this ship, as opposed to on other smaller Royal ships. It's a glorious ship, well worth checking out sometime when you can find a good price and therefore a less populated week than Spring Break time. We're unlikely to return to it during the peak seasons, though. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
This was our 58th cruise, so we knew what to expect on a cruise to the Caribbean. Our Daughter and son-in-law and our 11 year old granddaughters invited us to join them on this cruise. We have been to the Caribbean too many times, but we ... Read More
This was our 58th cruise, so we knew what to expect on a cruise to the Caribbean. Our Daughter and son-in-law and our 11 year old granddaughters invited us to join them on this cruise. We have been to the Caribbean too many times, but we could not pass up an opportunity to be with the grandchildren for a week. Embarkation for this 5,000+ passenger ship went quite smoothly. RC now assigns times to arrive at the terminal based on your cabin deck so a mad rush was not experienced. Our veranda cabin on deck 12 was clean and spotless and our cabin attendant was friendly and did an excellent job. The new high speed Internet service which is now charged at a per day flat rate is as fast (if not faster) as typical public or hotel wifi networks. No more worrying about per minute charges adding up due to slow connection speeds. We were in the Silk dining room (deck 5). We had a very attentive and friendly waiter and assistant. The food in the MDR on RC is what I would describe as okay, that is, not great, but not awful or bad. The dining room is on deck 5 so the windows look out at the lifeboats and running track. Because of those views they keep the drapes closed on all windows and the dining room is somewhat dreary. We had a table for 6. This specific table can be used for either 4 or 6 people. They convert it to 6 people by swinging up the extensions to convert the table from square to round. This would usually assure lots of room for 6 people, but we had a round column adjacent to the table which reduced the space for our chairs. We had decided not to bring any formal wear on this cruise so we made plans to eat at a specialty restaurant on formal nights. We ate at Giovani's on Central Park (deck 8) and had a wonderful meal the first formal night. It was excellent. When the bill came we were only charged $12.50 per person, not the $25 we had expected. We do not know why. We are diamond level and our daughter is emerald level in the Crown and Anchor Club. Perhaps that gave us the discounted dining fee. We enjoyed our meal so much that we went again to Giovani's on the last formal night. We had asked for the same waiter since we were very pleased with his service the first night we dined there. Again the charge was $12.50 pp. The Windjammer Cafe had an average selection of food but was clean and bright. It does not have enough seating for such a large ship. During breakfast you had to wait on line for a table. Other venues were also okay, but the other informal dining venues also did not have enough tables. Entertainment on the ship was the best every experienced on a cruise ship. The diving show, ventriloquist, ice show, Come Fly with Me performance and the last night Family comedy show were outstanding. However, we were disappointed in the Cats performance, good music and dancing, but a poor story line that made the show drag and boring. We walked out during intermission. Disembarkation was very quick in that tag numbers were called usually earlier than the scheduled time. This unfortunately led to a backup in the terminal when passing through Immigration and Customs for passport inspection. It took from 45 to 60 minutes from the time we left the ship until we were outside the terminal. There were only 8 agents inspecting about 5000+ passports. In summary, this is a very nice cruise for families with children since there are so many activities for them. We found the ship to be too noisy in the public areas. The only quite places to read a book was in our cabin. While sitting on our veranda just two decks below the pool deck, we could hear the activity of adults and children in the pools. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Just back from 7 days on the Oasis - here's my review. I am 54 and traveled with a friend & about 4 other couples who we cruise with once a year. We flew into Orlando and rented a car from Alamo (40.00) and drove the 3 1/2 hours ... Read More
Just back from 7 days on the Oasis - here's my review. I am 54 and traveled with a friend & about 4 other couples who we cruise with once a year. We flew into Orlando and rented a car from Alamo (40.00) and drove the 3 1/2 hours to FLL and stayed in a comfort in cruise port on Stirling. 125.00 a night - would not stay in the hotel again - old, not worth the price. Chose it because it was close to the cruise port & had a free breakfast but the place was in need of updating (fridge actually missing from the space in the room, outdated etc.- breakfast space very crowded with no where to sit. Now about the cruise - Amazing embark - quick - so quick that the rest of my group were on the ship having lunch & drinks before I even returned from dropping the rental car off. Best & quickest of any of my 8 previous cruises. Gorgeous ship - lots of space, lots to do - we had a 12 floor aft balcony 12724. Lovely cabin, we have only sailed royal once but we were happy with the cabin. We went to the show "Cats" - excellent, the water shows, the comedian, the ice show & the piano bar and quest. Royal does an amazing job with the shows - better than Princess or Carnival. Our issues were mostly to do with service & procedure the dining room. We had anytime 0r my time dining - and this normally works best for us but not on this ship. We arrived most nights between 5:30 & 6pm and always had a long wait in line - even when we got to the front they often seated us off to the side because they said they didn't have room for our party of 6. Twice we were ushered up to another dining room. Menawhile there was anohther line of people who apparently had My time dining but made reservations. They got right in while we waited sometimes 45 min to get in. After the first night we attempted to make reservations but they either didn't answer the phone or when we got through they said the only times available were 7:30pm. We had previously made reservations for shows so that time was way too late for us so we went each time & stood in line - very frustrating - what is the point of my time dining if you have to make reservations? We - and the 80 other people in line every night wondered why they filled up with reservations - so much for my time dining. Twice we were seated in the table right by the door - in fact right in the middle between the two entrance doors - terrible tables where people were constantly walking by on either side coming & going. We only had two nights of really good service. There were a couple nights where one or two of us received the wrong meal - including one in our party that celiac's required a special meal - this was such a potentially dangerous error that the head waiter spent the next 3 nights falling all over us attempting to make it up to us - but all in all the service in the dining room was not what we would expect. I am not very adventurous and ate salmon each night - it was good - not spectacular - but presentation & taste was nice. Everyone was friendly but we did not feel the food was as good as carnival or princess and we missed the fun of the dining room on a carnival. We stopped at three ports, Nassau - wandered around the down town a bit then headed back to the ship. St Thomas - took a cab to Emerald Beach - paid 7.00 per chair, shopped a bit at the pier. St Maarten - our favorite port - took the water taxi to the beach right by the downtown - paid 20.00 for two chairs with umbrellas, and this included 6 beers or two fruity drinks as well & access to restrooms - great deal - we shopped then went back to find our chairs and beer ready for us - quite a deal! We all loved St Maarten & make sure you visit a tiny little place called "Juggies Place" - listed as the smallest bar anywhere - you can sit down with the owner & have a beer and there is a little gift shop where you can purchase t shirts or adorable little bottles of flavored rum perfect for gifts to bring home! As far as on the ship - it was amazing, huge, beautiful. Lots of pools & hot tubs - lots of chairs. We did get up early to get a chair but that is because we wanted one near a certain pool. I have never been on a ship that policed their chairs like this one - literally walking around with a clip board telling people they could not hold chairs - which is good & bad because if someone was sitting with a few chairs they would warn them they only had half an hour but if no one was sitting there & just had towels on them they didn't remove them - just kept telling any that had people at them? Not impressed with the pool activities - I am used to deck dancing & music and fun contests = there was none of that - in fact we had to ask for music because there wasn't any music - we missed the tropical fun feel. We had an amazing deck waiter named Benjamin- he kept the drinks coming & was very attentive but otherwise we all felt the pool area needed some fun to shake it up. Debarkation was smooth - best of any - we were in a line but it moved pretty quick & we were off in 45 min from when our number was called. Several in our party said they would not go on Royal again but I am not one of them - I thought the oasis was beautiful and although there were issues with dining service & the poolside issue, I would love to said on this ship again if I could find a better price. This was the most expensive cruise I have ever been on so I think we all had pretty high expectations - many that were not met - but I personally would love to try the oasis again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We are seasoned cruisers and recently were on the Oasis of the Seas (consecutive cruise) to Eastern then Western Caribbean. The Oasis is a wonderful ship. We ate in the MDR, Solarium, Windjammer,Johnney Rockets and Park Café. We enjoyed ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers and recently were on the Oasis of the Seas (consecutive cruise) to Eastern then Western Caribbean. The Oasis is a wonderful ship. We ate in the MDR, Solarium, Windjammer,Johnney Rockets and Park Café. We enjoyed each and every meal. The service was excellent. Our cabin was spacious enough and had plenty of storage. No request was too much trouble. Check in was fast. The shows were great although we did not go to Cat's due to the MANY negative comments about the show. We did not take any shore excursions but still had a great time at all of the places we visited. The shops are not the best. There are 3 high end purse stores. The Logo shop was awful as no selection of sizes. If you wore a size small you were in luck,otherwise forget it. Overall, we had a wonderful time and will repeat Oasis often. We have a Liberty of the Seas planned May 21 and know we will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Family cruise aboard the Oasis to the western Caribbean (Labadee, Jamaica and Cozumel). Party of 7 w/3 cabins, 12th deck, port side. Exactly what you'd expect , good food, good service. Some of the cocktails of the day seemed to ... Read More
Family cruise aboard the Oasis to the western Caribbean (Labadee, Jamaica and Cozumel). Party of 7 w/3 cabins, 12th deck, port side. Exactly what you'd expect , good food, good service. Some of the cocktails of the day seemed to lack some punch. I remember last cruise (Allure, Nov 2012) had stiffer daily drinks. Labadee was just a RCCL owned beach resort area. I can't really say I saw Haiti. My son was in a suite so we got upgraded beach choice. We rented a cabana, incl floater mattresses and ice chest w/water. After 30 mins of Caribbean sun, I bailed (half Swedish....) Temps were hovering around 90 w/100% humility. It didn't take long for this SF Bay Area boy to get a steam bath. Food was served, simple selections, 2-3 beverage choices. There is an excursion that'll take you up into the hills and get you on a 1,350 ft zip line, 4 abreast. (~$105). Looked cool. The beach was very nice but enter/exiting water had meant you needed to walk on broken coral pieces thru soft sand. Hard to get your balance at times. Jet ski rentals were nearby. After 3-4 hrs I walked 1/4 mi back to ship. OMG, when I boarded, the escalator (yes, escalator on a cruise ship) entered an air conditioned enviro and oh, thank heaven. In Falmouth, Jamaica we didn't use an RCCL tour, we got our own to a place called the Blue Lagoon. I know there are many places utilizing the name. We drove for over an hour thru Ocho Rios to a "mountain" road which quickly turned into a "limestone" dirt road. I mean 3-4 mph for 1 1/2 mi. There we paid $15 admission fees to a rudimentary facility. Their claim-to-fame is a river you can stroll up 50 yds to shallow areas. The water has a light blue caste to it probably due to the limestone. For the adventurous, "guides" will walk you down the face of a 60 ft large sloping rock to a point you jump the plast 15 ft into a deep, blue pool. Downstream another 50 yds is an old-style swing rope over another pond. I didn't get in, I was nursing a bad heel and the steps are irregular and wet. I wasn't impressed with the whole show. To me, it was a waste of time. The drive across Jamaica was interesting, I saw a lot of local culture. Unfortunately, you see local poverty and seemingly unmotivated people. Lotsa litter everywhere, save only for the tourist hotel entrances. We were directed to a restaurant (guide recommended?) for some genuine "jerk chicken" a local fave. I can't remember the restaurant's name, but I wouldn't recommend it anyway. The Jamaican dollar was converted to 1% of a USD. ($1000 Jamaican dollars = $10 USD). Move the decimal point two places to the left. Anyway, a whole jerk chicken was 1900 Jamaican dollars and it wasn't that impressive. We ordered two cocktails, mine was fine my daughter-in-law's wasn't flavorful at all. Probably a 12 oz glass for $7 USD. Our bill came to around $70 USD and the waitress actually questioned my wife's $10 tip !!! The service wasn't first rate, nor the drinks or even the food. I woulda expected our well-paid, well-tipped driver or guide to intercede,but didn't. We're probably just another group of fat, rich Americans to them. Back on the ship, at the Windjammer buffet, they had a large bowl of jerk chicken !! It tasted far better than the "authentic Jamaican experience". Ca-ching....... Fine shows offered on board. I won't comment on everything, but I will review the casino. Fine assortment of gaming. I play slots (I know....) and found some winners using my "system". But getting service for a particular machine or general casino cleanup (empty bottles, glasses, ashtrays, etc) didn't seem to get dealt with often. There was a cocktail waitress roaming,but with charged-for drinks w/18% gratuity added, there were no free drinks given to me. Most casinos would love to ply you with alcohol. But then, RCCL already has their hand in your pocket...... On the last night's dinner the main dining room didn't lack in the "don't-forget-to-tip-us -before-you-leave" song and dance...... Daily gratuity charges onBoard are already $12 p/p p/day. $15 if you're in a suite. We do tip well for good service above your normal duties, but this seems to be the equivalent of a tip jar at McDonalds, Subway, Starbuckst, etc. Tacky...... The only downside of our cruise was. Most of us came down with an "intestinal big " late into the cruise. It caused us to stay an additional day in Ft. Lauderdale. It's been a week now and I'm 90% but recovering my reserve strength. Oh we "Pureled" at every opportunity and washed our hands. But how many handrails, elevator buttons, slot machines, deck rails, Deck rails, etc did we come into contact with. Plus we had 2 grandchildren in daycare occasionally..... We decided on splurging for a quiet dinner for two at 150 Central Park. Dress is formal but outta 6 men I saw, I was the only yutz wearing a tie. What happened to dress code ?? Never again. Paid $30 extra and got a fine 4 course meal selected by some fancy chef, but it was very difficult to understand the waiter's description of everything..sad. For a mere $50 on TOP of that, they'll offer you a fare of selected wines 'tween courses for you epicurean delight. Not for me but good for some. Now we've been on the Allure and Oasis, I think we've seen the biggest RCCL can offer, maybe it's time to go back and visit NCL for some free styling. Sail well, Rich Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We had an easy embarkation upon arrival. We got to the port around 11:30am, got into a short line, and was on board within 20 minutes! RC did a great job building this terminal. We immediately went up to the Solarium for lunch - there ... Read More
We had an easy embarkation upon arrival. We got to the port around 11:30am, got into a short line, and was on board within 20 minutes! RC did a great job building this terminal. We immediately went up to the Solarium for lunch - there was no wait. Food overall was good, but if you want the "unhealthy" stuff, go elsewhere (buffet, Sorrentos). We were able to enter our cabin, 9727, at 1pm. The sofa could use some cleaning otherwise the room was fine. Our cabin steward was very helpful and attentive - she even brought me two extra pillows to accommodate my sleeping position after having major back surgery two years ago. We had great waiters in the dining room! The pumpkin seed rolls were great - wish I could find some here at home. My only complaint about dinner was the last evening - selection and food wasn't that great. The seafood tasted like it was frozen Seapak seafood! Johnny Rockets was really good - all you can eat for $6.95 pp. We also ate at Chops Grille - excellent and well worth the extra money for the evening. A Micheal Kors shop opened on board. Women herded into the small room like cows on crack! Almost cleaned the place out - they made their sales that day! Parents: ship personnel are not responsible for watching your children at the pool. KEEP AN EYE ON THEM! A small child almost drowned on this cruise. Another passenger saw the child at the bottom of the pool, jumped in, and performed CPR. Luckily, the child survived.... RC was gracious enough to refund our excursion for Cozumel. We had a beach day scheduled but it rained. The beach at Labadee was great. There is a shuttle to take you to the other end as there are two areas for lounging and BBQ. We weren't aware of the shuttle until it was too late - the first area does not allow swimming due to rocks in the water. You have to go to the second area if you want to swim. We purchased liquor in Jamaica - three bottles. RC took the bottles upon embarkation and marked the wrong cabin number on the box!!! Folks, make sure you double check what they write on the box before you walk away. It took them several hours after liquor delivery on the last night but they did find the liquor. Luckily the cabin it was placed in didn't think of it as a free gift! We chose the self-assist walk-off upon arrival back in Ft. Lauderdale. Although early (6am), it was great! We walked off and right through customs. Cabs waiting to take you right to the airport. Had I known we'd be as early as we were off the ship, I would have booked an earlier flight. We followed the 4-hour guideline (11:20am flight) and had to sit at the airport for quite a while. Overall, a great and relaxing cruise.... Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
Now that our daughter is beyond the school years, we can now enjoy family vacations during times when schools are in session and cruises, resorts, etc. are less crowded -- which is why we cruised in April. It was great. Mostly an older ... Read More
Now that our daughter is beyond the school years, we can now enjoy family vacations during times when schools are in session and cruises, resorts, etc. are less crowded -- which is why we cruised in April. It was great. Mostly an older crowd that didn't seem interested in doing the flow rider, rock wall, or zip line, so that left those activities relatively wait free during the cruise for a 60+ young at heart like myself (17 on the inside) and the 3 of us took advantage of that. The only time the ship felt crowded was when lining up for any show. Dinners were great and we felt they must have changed the head chef at some point after we had read some disappointing reviews during our trip planning phase. We felt both the presentation and food quality was excellent and felt no need to spend extra at a specialty dining restaurant. Our waiter (Paul) and assistant waiter (Caroline) were excellent. We even felt the buffet dining had a large variety of good food during the few times we ate there. We had previously cruise on the Voyager class and felt the Oasis cooking was an improvement over that. Our room overlooking Central Park was nice and peaceful and we were glad we didn't overlook the noisier and more active Boardwalk area. Boarding and de-boarding was a very smooth and painless process. We had the taxi make a brief stop at a liqour store mid-way between airport and dock (about a 10-minute ride) to pick up a pre-ordered bottle of wine. That worked out great. The Shows: There is no other way to say it other than CATS sucked. It's kind of a red flag when the Cruise Director opens the show by saying "We hope you come back for the second half of the show after intermission." Oy!! We got up and left before an hour had passed. We just couldn't waste valuable cruise time trying to understand the dialogue that a dozen plus actors were trying to say in unison. I'm sure RC got that show on the cheap. Would have preferred Hairspray. The comedy show in the small venue was very funny, but lining up for it was ridiculous. Here's a tip. If you have reservations, line up to the left of the doorway (facing the venue), and if you don't you should form a line to the right of the door. That is the way they take people when the venue doors open. But RC has neither signs nor ropes indicating where you line up, so people mix and mill about in the hallway and those who arrived early for good seats get screwed because when the staff finally comes out and tells people where to line up it just becomes anarchy with the RC staff actually yelling at people to form orderly lines as those who were there early try to push their way into the front of the proper line. Two signs and a couple of ropes would solve that RC. Hopefully, they have figured that out by now. The venue is small and I think all who did not have reservations that night were turned away. The diving show is creative and very enjoyable. If you can't find a seat, try the next level up at the rockwalls where there was often a handful of empty chairs and a great view of the show and requires no reservation. For some reason, RC designed this theater with alternating rows of chairs, a long hard bench, chairs, bench, etc. A chairs row will be more comfortable. Don't miss this show. We only did one excursion and that was the Dolphin Swim at Cozumel, Mexico - which is significantly less expensive there than at other locations. We weren't interested in buying any photos and it seemed the sole purpose of the trainer was to position you so the photographer who is tagging along can snap photos of you. We just concentrated on the dolphins and generally ignored her shouting for us to look at the camera. That's all she was interested in. There is no mechanism set up to tip the trainer afterwards, so my assumption is the trainer and photographer somehow get a cut of what tourists pay for the photos. At the end, you get funneled through a store with monitor stations displaying your groups photos -- which we looked at, had a nice laugh, and then exited. The photographer caught up with me in the changing area and questioned why I hadn't bought any photos. I didn't notice how much each photo was as we had no intention of buying even a single photo of the twenty or so photos shot (Maybe $20 each?), but he then wrote $100 on his hand in secrecy and told me I could have all of them for that amount. I declined because I certainly was not out to spend $100. But that's a little insight into their negotiating game. Ultimately, I felt bad for the dolphins. And Cozumel itself looks like a pretty run-down place. Had to laugh... Being a graphics person, I couldn't help but wonder how the little icon symbol of the ship ever got approved for use on the TV screen that shows the map and (I believe) wind direction in the lower left. You'll see what I mean. I probably visited the free frozen yogurt machines more than I should have. I highly recommend this ship -- but suggest going when school is in session, if you can. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My wife and I have been on several previous cruises before we sailed on the Oasis of the Seas. This ship hosts over 5,500 guests, and is a floating UN with over 35 countries on board as far as the passengers. I'm not counting the ... Read More
My wife and I have been on several previous cruises before we sailed on the Oasis of the Seas. This ship hosts over 5,500 guests, and is a floating UN with over 35 countries on board as far as the passengers. I'm not counting the 3,100 staff from 45 countries that stay on the ship up to 7 months a year. Getting on board is simply like herding cats. The staff is not overly friendly and orders guests to go this or that way to get in line. We got on line around 12:00 and were on board aroudn 12;45. The cabin is typical size, and we had a balcony on it. There's enough storage space for your clothes, and the bath is small but adequate. The TV only had a few commercial channels on it, and many were in other languages. We watched CNN and Headlines News mostly. Our room steward was wonderful, and she kept the room very clean. Room service was efficient, and you had a limited choice for breakfast, which was fine. Our 3 destinations were Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin. We had been to all three ports in previous trips, so we knew what we were expecting. When we got to Nassau, there were 4 other ships docked there, so the town was overflowing with tourists. We went to see the local rum factory, which proved to be a good choice.We only were on the island for 5 hours so we had limited choices where to go or what to see. Sopping is just OK, and if you want to go to the Straw Market, be prepared to haggle with various sales people for what you want. St. Thomas only had 3 ships in port, and Charlotte Amalie was not as crowded as in previous trips. For the serious shopper, this is the place to find what you want, if you want a watch or a piece of jewelry. Getting hassled by locals wanting to sell you time share or offering a ride back to the ship gets really annoying after a while. I really wish the island had a trolly from and to the docks, for that would cut out all the people wanting to sell you a ride! The ship is truly incredible. There's 28 restaurants and bars, so food and drink is not a problem. There's a skating rink, and the show "Cats" was playing the week we were on the ship. If you know how big a stage the show needs, you'll appreciate the 2500 seat theater on board. We had 3 days at sea, and spent alot of time in the Solalrium, the quiet part of the ship (in comparison to other pools where kids swam). The food at this facility was low fat, which I appreciated. We ate at two speciality restaurants (extra fee's added), and the Chops restaurant was just OK. We're from K.C. so I think we know steaks! I was underwhelmed with the food unfortunately. The Italian speciality restaurant was amazing and got my rave review. We ate at the big general restaurant, and got a table with a great team, where they knew our name. We had 4 dinners there, and had great food and service to boot. In terms of activities on board, everyting from making cup cakes to zip lining was an activity you can enjoy. The size of the ship is amazing, and you can plan your day by just sitting around, getting the sun, and being lazy!! Getting off the ship was pretty easy. We choose to take our luggage with us, and walked off the ship at 7:15 and was at the airport at 7:45. I was concerned about long lines, but after going through a 'Z line' in Customs, which only took about 15 minutes, we were off the ship. Finally RCL does an amazing job for a ship this size. If you're not willing to make over 5,000 friends in a week, the Oasis is not the ship for you. We had a good time, and always enjoy cruising regardless of the destination. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
The ship holds over 5500 guests from over 50 countries. If you're looking for a large ship to sail on, this is your baby. The destinations are good, and we've been to all of them before. The days at sea are fun, and we were able ... Read More
The ship holds over 5500 guests from over 50 countries. If you're looking for a large ship to sail on, this is your baby. The destinations are good, and we've been to all of them before. The days at sea are fun, and we were able to relax during the 3 days at sea. The destinations were Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Martin. The ship board activities are too numerous to mention, but if you get bored at sea, it's your own fault. Everything from Zip lines to cup cake making are available on board. The staff is tremendous and willing to please the passenger. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We have cruised on Oasis and Allure probably 6-7 times total and are Diamond Plus. This was our first cruise on the "new-improved' Oasis and there were some disappointments.. You can see the little "cut backs", which ... Read More
We have cruised on Oasis and Allure probably 6-7 times total and are Diamond Plus. This was our first cruise on the "new-improved' Oasis and there were some disappointments.. You can see the little "cut backs", which might not bother some, but they left sore spots for us. We are in our 70's & maybe set in our ways. We like Half & Half in our coffee, not that whitener stuff. It took us 4 days to find Half & Half in a Carafe in Cafe on deck 5. Diamond lounge in old location is gone, now in what was the Concierge Lounge on Deck 11 & 12. Unless you were in GS or above or Pinnacle you could not use Coastal Kitchen, which I understand took the place of Concierge Lounge.. Good for some, but not for others. We were in JS. Menu in MDR appears smaller, my favorite chilled soup, Strawberry Bisque not offered. Service was good. Had dinner in Chops, also good. Cabin attendant was great, but overworked with no help.. And then there were the shows, love Aqua Theatre (always), Comedy Club was funny, did not see Frozen as RCI rescheduled reservations & it ended up at 5:15, formal night, we had Early Seating. Saw Cats & hated it. My fault, did not know I had to research & google prior to seeing. Very long, had intermission & apparently a ton or others felt the same way, because they started slipping out early in show & intermission was like a fire drill. I think it is a love it or hate it musical. Not a good choice for a cruise ship (personal opinion). Overall, we enjoyed our cruise & were with friends we had met in 2010 on Oasis, just a tad disappointed. Have another cruise scheduled in December on Freedom. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
First, some background. We are a family of three. This is my 4th cruise with my wife, and our second cruise with our son who was 4 at the time of our sailing (May 9, 2015). We love RCCL, but our only experience prior to this one was on ... Read More
First, some background. We are a family of three. This is my 4th cruise with my wife, and our second cruise with our son who was 4 at the time of our sailing (May 9, 2015). We love RCCL, but our only experience prior to this one was on Explorer of the Seas, on which we sailed 3 times (we also got married on the Explorer). So many of my observations will be relative to the Explorer, pre-refit... as well as from the POV of cruising with a young child. For starters, we decided to fly in from NJ the morning of our sailing. Our flight was delayed somewhat, but getting to the ship and getting on board was a breeze. The shuttle service from the Airport (we booked our fight using RCCL's Choice Air service) was friendly and efficient. Unfortunately, because we were running late, when we got on the ship around 3:00, all of the food venues were closed... so no lunch for us. I'm not going to go through each day in detail. I can save that for a different kind of review. But I will talk about some highlights: We stayed in a Grand Suite (12260) (We were spoiled since our wedding). We love the suite perks on RCCL and Oasis does not dissapoint! The dedicated Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen on Deck 17 Aft are amazing spaces. The only thing that threw us off was that the Coastal Kitchen only has two dinner menus: One for the first 4 nights, and another for the remaining 3. We had assumed the Coastal Kitchen just mirrored the menu of the Main Dining Room, which is what we would have preferred, as it's just a simpler place to eat. To their credit, they still were able to serve Lobster on lobster night, even though it's not on their menu. The room was great. It seemed a bit smaller than the equivalent room on Explorer, but perhaps a better use of the space. The bar counter was much shorter, but there was much more space between the bed and the vanity area, which was a typically cramped space on EX. The balconies are beauiful: The furniture included 2 wicker chairs and a table, as well as 2 wicker lounge chairs. The lounge chairs are 2 peice, so we were able to pull the chair half over to the table when all 3 of us wanted to sit at the table for breakfast on the balcony. Even with the sofa bed pulled out, there was plenty of room for our 4 yo son to run around and play. The large bathtub made bath time fun and possible. Adventure Ocean was so much more than we could have hoped for. We were skeptical that our son would even let us drop him off there but by midweek he was begging us to bring him. The youth staff is amazingly accomodating and I give them a lot of credit. They were able to work some magic to almost instantly make our son feel comfortable enough to play and have fun. Even several weeks after our cruise he still mentions some of the staff by name (GI Jamie) because they made a wonderful impression on him. 2 Other good areas for kids are the Boardwalk (Carousel and Hot Dogs) and the H20 Zone, which is where we spent most of our time together on the ship. In all the ship is lovely. Enormous, but lovely. Only on Day 1 did we feel like there were way too many people on the ship. The rest of the time, everything was great. My favorite feature of the ship was Central Park. Quite often in the evening there would be musicians playing in the park and we would just sit down with a glass of wine and listen. Shows. Put bluntly, the Aqua Show is amazing! The other shows were a bit short of that. Maybe we ruined it by seeing the aqua show first, but the main show was nowhere near as interesting, and we talked ourselves out of seeing the ice show becaue it seemed like it would be more of the same stuff. So why not 5 stars? A few reasons: 1) we noticed that there were few or no staff walking around the pool area or sun deck with drinks for sale. This also drew attention the to removal of daily drink specials, which were missing. Im not sure if this is fleet wide now, or because Oasis is more of a family ship, but we missed it. 2) It bothered me that prices for drinks were not consistant. I won't bother complaining about the price, because I know how it is, but I would at least like a better understanding of drink prices and at which bars the drinks are more expensive. The previously mentioned drinks of the day used to make it very clear how much the drink was no matter where you were on the ship. 3) Communication. The only excursion we booked for the entire trip was Playa Mia in Cozumel. This was because it looked like it had a pretty nice area for kids, as well as incuded food and drinks. However, when we got off the boat and went to line up on the pier to go there, that was when they informed us that the kids area at Playa Mia was closed that day for maintenance. This seems like there could have been better communication prior to arriving at Cozumel, as we felt helpless to find an alternative at that point. To the credit of the Excursion staff, Melina (I think that was her name) was able to think of a pretty awesome alternaive excursion, appropriate for a 4 yo and got us rebooked quickly. So instead we did the Dolphin Experience at Chankanaab. I certainly can't fault RCCL for the inconvenvience, as I know they have no control over what Playa Mia does. But I just think there could have been some better communication with us. And while we did enjoy the Dolphin Experience, which was similar cost, it did not include food or drink, so we ended up spending quite a bit more money (especially after being practically forced to by photos) than we had planned that day. All in all the trip was amazing. The staff was friendly and helpful and we are looking forward to another opportunity to sail on Oasis or one of her sisters sometime in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
We were a group of 8 ranging from 15 to 82 years old. We were celebrating a college graduation...Go Gators! We live in Central Florida so we drove up and parked at Park and Ride. Since we had booked in advance we parked for $62 for the ... Read More
We were a group of 8 ranging from 15 to 82 years old. We were celebrating a college graduation...Go Gators! We live in Central Florida so we drove up and parked at Park and Ride. Since we had booked in advance we parked for $62 for the week. They unloaded the luggage from our cars to the shuttle bus and off we went! We have all cruised before but this was the first time on Oasis for 6 of the 8. My husband an I are Platinum so the rest of our group was allowed to wait with us and board when we did. Embarkation was fast and easy. We headed to Park Cafe for a roast beef sandwich and then began explore the ship. Of course, this is really the only time it felt very crowded but once the cabins were open everything thinned out. We all had inside cabins on deck 6 forward. The rooms were comfortable with plenty of spaces to unpack and slide the luggage under the bed. We had 1st seating dinner in the Grande dining room tables 500 and 501 pushed together. We loved the little alcove we were in that had 2 windows. Some people would not have liked it at all because it was cramped. We loved not being in the middle of the room and we're all family so being a little tight was no problem for us at all! Our head waiter, Zanele, was great!! We had several early evening plans and she made sure we were out in time. Our first show was the Oasis of Dreams in the Aqua Theater. This was just as fantastic as I remembered from several years ago! Just be sure to take something with you to wipe down the seats before you sit down! I got soot all over my skirt. Nassau was Nassau. I could easily stay on the ship at this port but the rest of the group wanted to go. This was formal night but we had learned on Cruise Critic about the Seafood Extravaganza in the Windjammer. So we did that and loved it! You have to go to the very back of the windjammer to find the lobster but they were there! Lots of shrimp, scallops, mussels and many other choices. Be sure to watch for it in the Daily Compass and on the tables on the Windjammer. We went to the Meet and Mingle the next day. It was nice to put faces to some of the names! My niece won a bottle of champagne that she shared with us at dinner. We went to the Stand Up Comedy that night. Both comedians were funny in different ways. My husband stayed out with the 15 yr old and they ate ice cream and played in the arcade. They do a family friendly version on the last night in the Opal Theater. Next day was St Thomas and my sister in laws birthday! We were not at the pier near town so we had to take a cab. That's always a fun experience! It's $4 each both ways. Be sure to ask the price befor you get in the cab. We wandered around the shops and the straw market and then went back to the ship. The next day was St Maarten. This was a great day for all of us except my husband. He ended up with a case of Norovirus and was quarantined to the room! We had Island Tour excursion to the French side and a shopping stop at Marigot then back to the Dutch side. We got off in town and wandered around and stopped by the beach for a few minutes. We were all hot and tired. The general consensus on this trip was we should have skipped the excursion and just gone to the beach there at the port! We went to Sabor and had guacamole, chips and salsa! They make the guacamole table side! That was the best $4.00 I spent all week!! Day 6 was a sea day and the next formal night. Hubby was better and back up and around. We spent the day lounging around the pool areas and I think this was the day they debuted a new Aqua Show called Splish Splash. It was great! How they dive from so far on a moving vessel is amazing to me! Last day onboard and the pool decks were jammed!! The weather was beautiful the entire trip. I did the Central Park tour which was very interesting. I love to garden so it was great learning about the development of the Central Park gardens and they have evolved. The last night was the Review show that had the comedians again. I'm not sure if there was more before that because I got there late. Debarkation was pretty quick. One of the tags came off my sister in laws suitcase so we had a heck of a time finding it so that took a hit longer. The customs line was long but kept moving. Park and Go shuttle was waiting and took us right to our cars! Easy Peasy! Overall we had a great time. My only real complaint is that most every show reservation I had made in advance was different when I got onboard. I love the Oasis class ships but for the price I paid I could do 2 cruises on a Freedom class ship! So Oasis will be my occasional splurge cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We were cruising between the 16–May to the 23rd on the Oasis, It was our third cruise with RCL and first time on the Oasis (although last year we were on the Allure). In general the cruise was very nice and we enjoyed most of it. ... Read More
We were cruising between the 16–May to the 23rd on the Oasis, It was our third cruise with RCL and first time on the Oasis (although last year we were on the Allure). In general the cruise was very nice and we enjoyed most of it. The day before: We arrived a day before stayed at the Hilton beach resort, the hotel was nice but without many stores/restaurants nearby. We did walked (20 minutes) to the Galleria mall for some shopping and lunch (PFC) , the mall was quite empty but with good deals at the stores. The beach near the hotel looked nice although we have not checked the facilities as we figured we will have enough of that during the cruise. We did bought some wine and water at the Publix shop across from the mall (very cheap prices). Day 1: FLL I have asked the hotel to reserve us some transportation (as they don’t have shuttles to the cruise port). I have been told I can use taxi or VIP transportation which will cost around 20/30$ for two people, We went with the second option as I remembered from last year the horrible traffic getting to the Allure of the seas, thinking that a taxi can cost much more in case of traffic. We asked for the ride at 11 AM , due to the hotel error or the company they used the transport arrived only at 11:30. The ride was very fast; it looked as if the Oasis was the only ship that day at the port. Took us 7 minutes until we were given our suitcases. We went inside the building and waited in the gold line, mind, It might be that the regular line was going faster as more open windows per deck were serving this line. We waited about 15 minutes + 5 minutes to create our sea pass. After we got the sea pass we continued to the second floor trying to guess how much time we will need to wait until allowed on the ship, to our surprise it was zero , we were allowed to continue to the ship immediately which was very nice. As it was only 11:45 and we knew the rooms are not ready before 1 PM we went to find something to eat. As many recommended we avoided the lines in the buffet and went to get a nice salad at the park Café , there were some lines but not too much , we even found a nice place to seat and eat. At 1 PM we went to the room to put our carry on. Our room was in deck 7 at the front of the ship which was good for us. We had the muster drill at 4 PM which really symbol the beginning of the cruises as it was the last “official” thing for this week. Dinner – Windjammer market place. Day 2 Nassau Breakfast early at the Windjammer as the ship went into Nassau , As we read about Nassau at Sunday we understood there is no good reason to try and get from the ship very early as it mostly closed so we were waiting until 9:30 AM. We did not book any excoriation for Nassau as the ship was planned to disembark at 2 PM which really does not give enough time to almost anything. Yes, RC offer several excoriation but they seemed overpriced (considering the time we have in port) mainly the one that went to Atlantis. We were staying at the Atlantis resort before and enjoyed it very much, maybe if we had full day over there it would have make sense. We went around the port , checked some stores and bought several souvenirs before going back to the ship , Please mind Nassau officials going back to the port asks to see photo ID card and not just the sea pass (it was the only port that required it) . Lunch in the buffet again (in general, I will not recommend the Windjammer during lunch as quality is not that impressing). We went to the Aqua show which was very nice (although I am still trying to figure out what the main character was doing there) , I guess it can be an impressing show if it is the first time you see it so make sure you see it. Day 3 sea day After breakfast (Park café , excellent do it your own bagels) we went to the cruise critic meeting , we got a small gift in the door and listen to a speech from the event manager plus participate in the ruffle (did not won but it was nice), I do recommend to participate it. We went to eat at Sabor , I must say it was excellent , we took the 19 $ deal (one is more than enough for two people) got the heavenly guacamole that is prepared in front of your eyes, fresh Tacos (the best I had), Calamari and Shrimps all were very good . for dissert we got the dissert box that was more than enough for two people. Really I cannot recommend enough this restaurant We went to see Cats at 2 PM , well I tried , I really tried to enjoy (and avoiding the bad review I was reading here) but something was missing there, I don’t know if it was the dark lighting or the scenery that never change. I felt very sorry for the performer as they were good dancer and singers, I also appreciate the fact that RC were bringing a full Broadway show but maybe it is not the one that goes well in a cruise. Day 4 ST Thomas After quick breakfast we went down to the port, getting out of the ship was very quick without any delays or issues. We took a shared taxi (4$ PP) from the port to downtown (5 minutes ride, you can walk the distance if it is not too hot). We went into few stores bought some shirts and looked on the duty free prices. There was some band playing in the main square and some food festival. We went back to the ship as we booked shore excursion and wanted to eat something before it (Park Café this time). For excursion we took the Megen bay beach. It was described as two hour in the Megen beach including a stop for photo ops, well the driver did not stopped for any photos unless slowing to 10 MPH during the time you can look over the bay consider as one. The beach itself is very nice and not really crowded, we did try to get far from the main area to avoid any crowd but it required only five minutes’ walk to find a quiet place. During the time we were there no one tried to sell us anything or bother us in any way (as I did read might happens here). For dinner we went to the main dining room. We had my time dining reservation but apparently so many others did so we had to wait in line for about 15 minutes and agreed to share our table (which we did not mind at all). In parallel to our line there was the line of people that did not have reservation; this line seems to go faster for some reason. Day 5 – ST Marten: For day 5 we took early excursion (9 AM , for me at vacation its considered early) the ultimate Island tour. The ride is in air conditioned bus , it start with a 30 minutes ride to the French side of the island and stops at a small market for five minutes photo ops over the oriental beach. After 15 minutes of additional driving we got to Margot were we got around an hour to shop or do whatever we want. We used this time to go to Sarafinas the French bakery as we wanted to taste the famous macrons. There was a long line when we arrived (20 minutes) but finally it was our turn to order. Beside the macrons we ordered an apple pie (that looked very good, actually everything there looked very good). The macrons were nice (very big), not the best ones we were eaten but certainly the best one we were eaten in the Caribbean. After the Sarfinas we went to board the boat as part of the tour, that was my favorite part very nice scenery of the lagoon and the area including a short view of the famous airport. The tour included free drinks (fruit punch, soft drink, beers and whatever goes with Rum, no limits. When the boat brought us back to land (the Dutch side) we had the buss take us back to the ship (including an option to stop at downtown for whoever wanted). We got a very detailed explanation on each gas stopped that we passed , the prices, the history and any other background , which make me think that or our tour guide family is in the gas stations business, gas stations are the most important business in the Island or it is just very boring Island .. Overall it is not very active tour but gives a nice view on the Island and recommended for first timers. For evening we went to Sabor again (as we loved it on the first time) we again, did not disappointed Day 6 - Sea day My spouse went to surf the flowrider for the first time and enjoyed every minute of it , I was focusing more on important things like sleeping. We went on the pool deck that was not that full as you expect from a sea day , you could find a chair quite easy. We spent some time in the promenade and in general had a relaxed day. During the evening we went again to the main dining room , this time lines were ridiculous long , mainly the line for people that had reservations (our lines) it went all the way to the elevators , I guess the fact that everyone knew its Lobster night contributed to the situation. I decided to make a test and we went to the non-reservation line that looked much smaller and what do you know, after 10 minutes we were seated and ordering our food. For sure something is not working in the time dining system, why to reserve if it is faster not to … I hope RC will check it and do the right adjustments. The food in the dining room was ok , for sure it has better disserts than the marketplace. After dinner we went to see the “come fly with me show” it was very nice, amazing scenery and excellent acrobatic act, don’t miss this one. Day 7 – sea day Breakfast at the market place (they added some nice smoothies which was nice). There were some offers in the on board shops (the regular 10-20$ watch sets , 10 $ T-shirts and some other offers) We went to see the Ice show, another very nice show; we liked the custom, the music and the performance (although one of the dancers did stumble twice). We went back to pack our stuff to avoid last minute packing. Day 8 FLL We used the valet service (very very recommended, 20$ PP) as we had a flight with united from FLL airport. We went for one last breakfast (that was limited comparing to the ones before) packed the carry on and went out from the ship around 8 AM. Going out from the ship was very quickly (five minutes) and another 15-20 minutes in the custom area. We took a taxi to the airport (12$). The suitcases arrived perfectly to our target airport. We saw that united also added the priority tags to the suitcases so everything worked very well with this service . It was a very nice cruise Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I was on the Oasis in Dec 2011.............. May 2015 The ship is still beautiful and the arrival & departure was good timing and this was around 12-12:30 both time. Staff was excellent always polite and assisted you whenever ... Read More
I was on the Oasis in Dec 2011.............. May 2015 The ship is still beautiful and the arrival & departure was good timing and this was around 12-12:30 both time. Staff was excellent always polite and assisted you whenever necessary. The food was good but the "Allure" was food prep was excellent. Ate at 2 specialty, Chops Grille and Sabor excellent. The activity planner on other RCL's personnel were really good, this one okay. Seems to be on TV a lot. Times were changed on some of the shows I had booked online, and it conflicted with dinner (late dinner). We skip dinner one night to go to one of the clubs entertainment that started at night. It is a good thing that there were Sabor still open. Couldn't find the Zumba classes located at the Sport center on Deck 15. Also the cabin was on aft side, I preferred the port side. (cancel one cruise and had to change dates, so I took what I could get) No prayer service on anything for Sunday (we left on Saturday sailing). All and all still had a wonderful cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
We travelled with three of our adult children on this trip. I like to call Royal Caribbean directly to book our cruises with their cruise planners. This way I can receive any answers to questions directly from Royal Caribbean instead of ... Read More
We travelled with three of our adult children on this trip. I like to call Royal Caribbean directly to book our cruises with their cruise planners. This way I can receive any answers to questions directly from Royal Caribbean instead of going through a travel agent. Booking airfare on our own is often cheaper than going through the cruise line for airfare, but if booked through the cruise line, Royal Caribbean takes cares of rerouting if necessary when airlines change flights. In our case, it worked to our advantage this time when American Airlines changed our early afternoon return flight to an early morning flight which would have been impossible to meet. Royal Caribbean took care of booking us onto a different return flight with a time that worked with the ship's disembarkation schedule. We have traveled over 90 nights on cruises, 85 of which have been with Royal Caribbean. We always travel to the port of embarkation the day before sailing so that we can arrive at the ship rested and ready to have fun. We have found it easier, and often cheaper, to book our own hotel in the port city and take a hotel shuttle to the ship. In Fort Lauderdale, Florida Comfort Suites Airport and Port has a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel. A sign-up sheet is put out on the front desk at 3 pm for a shuttle to the port the next day. Cost is $6 one-way per person to the port in May 2015. We find it is easiest to book transportation to the airport after the cruise through Royal Caribbean. This was our first sailing on an Oasis class ship and it may spoil us for sailing on smaller ships. It is a huge beautiful ship with many more activities and entertainment/meal venues than smaller ships. Our embarkation went smoothly. Our setsail pass had a printed arrival time of 12:30-3:30, but we arrived at noon to short lines to get onto the ship. Venues were open to sign up for internet, shore excursions, and drink packages but we always sign up for shore excursion and drink packages before cruising to avoid lines. Oasis of the Seas has ship-wide Wi-Fi so keeping in touch with travel companions via text messaging on our phones is easy onboard. So much better than our old method of communicating via walkie-talkie. Internet sign-up must be done on board. My tip is to wait until the first full day to purchase an internet package to save a day's fees. Staterooms opened at 1 pm. The ship had 6400 passengers on our sailing but didn't seem crowded. There were so many places for people to spread out. Our favorite place to relax was the solarium on deck 16. We brought two bottles of wine onboard with us, but wouldn't have needed to since bars were open on board. The windjammer was also open for lunch. We have breakfast and lunch in various venues around the ship, but like to have set time for dining in the main dining room in the evening to enjoy the wonderful personal service offered there. We bought the premium beverage package which saved us money over a la carte drink prices. We had one family member, I'll call him "M", with a very restricted gluten-free, low-fiber diet and he was able to enjoy his culinary experience onboard thanks to the very helpful head waiter in the main dining room. The first night the head waiter visited our table to discuss his dietary needs to tailor a plan for him. Every evening, the head waiter discussed what M wanted to eat for breakfast and lunch and where he wanted to have his meals for the following day. This also applied to lunch on Labadee. M only had to go to his venue of choice, present the head waiter's card, and the pre-ordered meal was delivered to him. Central Park Café had gluten free bread, cookies, bagels and buns. Gluten free pizza was available in Sorrento's all the time or could be special ordered to the Windjammer. The Windjammer had a gluten-free corner at every meal. Also every evening, the head waiter went over the next evening's dinner menu with M. M was able to tailor his dinner options to meet his dietary requirements even if certain items were not listed on the menu. M had a much more enjoyable culinary experience than he had anticipated which greatly enhanced his cruise experience. To supplement meals, liquid meal replacements are allowed to be carried onboard as well as dry food for snacks. Room refrigerators can be emptied of mini-bar items to be used to chill meal supplements. Most of the service of board was very good and some was outstanding. As noted above, the head waiter went above and beyond to ensure an enjoyable experience for a person on a restricted diet. The main dining room drink service as well as the bar service in the schooner and solarium bars was outstanding. Our main dining room waiter was just so-so. He would try to anticipate our drink orders and often get them wrong. It would have been better if he had left drink service to the drink waiter. The assistant waiter in the main dining room got off to a rough start but earned a most-improved award by the end of the trip. Our cabin steward kept the stateroom clean. Food in the main dining room was very good most nights. One night the salmon was overcooked. When brought to their attention and a request made for pasta instead, the pasta arrived in five minutes, which was fresh and flavorful. The steak listed on the "classics" portion of the main dining room dinner menu was not very tender so don't order that. My husband almost choked on it. The rest of the main dining food was very good. The salmon and steak were both listed under "classics" on the menu so maybe it's best to avoid ordering food from that list on the menu. The crab cake appetizers were delicious as was the lobster on the Fisherman's plate on lobster night. I ordered two tails! Yummmm. Breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer was good with a lot of variety. The to-go shake at Johnny Rockets was a disappointment-not very thick with very little malt flavor even when requesting "extra malt powder." Paninis at Central Park Café were really good. We liked being able to make reservations ahead of cruising for all our shows instead of being locked into one before or after dinner show as on smaller ships. The comedian on board, AJ Jamal was so funny I had tears rolling down my face from laughing so hard. We wished we weren't limited to booking only one comedy show so were happy to be able to see him again the final night of the cruise in the Opal Theater where he gave a show with mostly new material. The ice show was wonderful. It's amazing the performers can execute jumps and spins on such a small rink. The headliner Tony Tillman did a good job tailoring his show to the audience. The aqua theater show with aerial acrobats, divers, synchronized swimming was a wonder. The Love and Marriage show on the this ship was not as entertaining as on other ships. The couples were both kept onstage and answered questions on a dry-erase board and presented their answers at the same time. This format was boring. The format used to follow the tv newlywed game where the husbands stayed on stage while the wives were sequestered in sound proof booths behind stage in the first round and then switched places for the second round. This allowed for more interaction between the on-stage spouses, audience, and cruise director during the question asking phase of the game. It was fun to anticipate the reactions of the sequestered spouses to the answers given onstage. We had massages, went to the casino, relaxed in the hot tubs and pool, played mini golf, went to all shows except CATS, played bingo, trivia, used the fitness center, played cards in Seven Hearts, game show, ate a lot and drank a lot, went on the carousel. There are so many other activities we didn't have time for. The ship is large and very clean. We loved the different "neighborhoods" on the ship. Where else could a person stroll through a small park, ride a carousel or a zip-line, go rock climbing, ice-skating, and swimming all in one day. Oasis of the Sea is a marvel. We didn't go on land in Falmouth. Falmouth is mostly a shopping port. We had been to Jamaica several times before so opted to stay on the ship. With so many people in port, it was a good day to play mini-golf and get a massage. The hot stone massage felt like heaven on muscles sore from packing and traveling. Labadee is always a fun, relaxing beach day. This trip, we chose a lazy day on the beach instead of shore excursions in Labadee. In Cozumel, we chose the semi-submersible and dolphin push-pull-swim for excursions. We love sailing with Royal Caribbean and are looking forward to our next cruise in January. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
This is our 6th cruise in 5 years (I can't believe we turned into "one of those people") with one being on Disney and the rest on RCI. We are not experts and this is the first review I've written (a table-mate ... Read More
This is our 6th cruise in 5 years (I can't believe we turned into "one of those people") with one being on Disney and the rest on RCI. We are not experts and this is the first review I've written (a table-mate suggested I should). Why did we pick this cruise? We have a bucket list of cruise experiences we want to do, including going on a Quantum class and going on an Oasis class. We watched a show on the Travel Channel about Oasis and eventually booked the trip partially because of that, partially because we wanted the Quantum-class to work through its growing pains. We had our choice of Eastern or Western and picked Western. We already did the Western on Freedom a few years ago and thought that taking Oasis on the almost the same itinerary would allow us to focus our attention on the ship rather than the ports (we were wrong about that - I'll explain later). I had pre-conceived ideas of what I'd experience - more walking than I'd like, lines at Windjammer, waits at the elevator, crowds in the common areas, etc. First, none of those were realized. I never felt crowded on this boat. If you are reading this and you've been thinking the boat is too big, take my word for it - it is not. If you can handle Freedom of the Seas, you can handle this. We had few waits. This ship has 6,300 guests on it. On this cruise, we flew into Fort Lauderdale (our first cruise that wasn't out of Port Canaveral) and the process was smooth and fluid. We took the RCI shuttle service at the airport and it was quick, efficient and enjoyable. Actually better than all our Port Canaveral cruises. Check-in at the pier was also easy and quick. I think our plane landed at noon and we were on the ship a little after 1pm. You will find me often comparing this cruise to Freedom of the Seas. Both ships have their strengths but bigger isn't always better we feel. I do think that the production shows on Oasis were a cut above. We found live music of one sort or another often on Oasis. The headliner (Tillman) did a great job. Cats was said to be great from those who could give an educated opinion… in my case, I’m not drawn to Broadway and people in cat costumes singing and dancing don’t excite me, so my opinion is biased. The Come Fly with Me show was very good. The 70’s dance party had more performers, live singing and more energy than what was on Freedom - it was quite good (although the midnight hour was late for me). In the end, Freedom of the Seas had a “complete ship” feel while Oasis feels almost less like a ship but more like a floating city made of different zones. In Oasis, you had to seek-out things to do while on the other ships we've been on we found ourselves more-or-less falling into different experiences. On Oasis, you really needed to plan your days and make reservations in advance (which I don't mind). On Freedom, we felt the pool areas were better and the big screen at the Freedom pool is nicer (well, more functional). The Solarium on Oasis is beautiful but we often found it loud and boisterous. While then food on Oasis was good, we liked the main dining rooms on the other boats (Oasis is the first ship where we felt the dinning room to be dark and missing natural light). All these are just our opinions. Service was solidly consistent as it has been on all of our other cruises (with one exception - our table was almost completely ignored by the staff during breakfast one morning at the main dining room). Cabin steward was attentive, dining staff was good. We felt that Windjammer had fewer table attendants than on other RCI boats. We had a balcony cabin on deck 7. It was a great choice for us - we were easy access to the Promenade and Central Park. Our main dining room was on deck 5, so getting there was easy for us. Starbucks was one deck down. We would easily do deck 7 again. If we had kids, being closer to the top decks might be better but for us, "seven was just like heaven". For dining, we had (as always) the set dinner time of 6pm. We saw lines of people who, I'm assuming, were part of the My Time dining. We ate at Chops (I was under-whelmed with the meat but the desserts were great) and at Sabor (basic food but we enjoyed it a lot - mainly because we were in sunlight). We did Windjammer for breakfast three times and lunch twice. We had no problem finding a place to sit but didn't get much service as we did on other RCI ships. Except for Chops, we did the main dining room each night and thought that the food in the main dining room was good and the service was very, very quick. Once I grabbed a free hot dog at their hot dog stand. The smells were making my mouth water but my first bite told me that it was too good to be true. My roll was so hard (old & stale-type of hard) that I couldn't eat it. I ate the meat (yummy) and threw the roll away (the only trash cans seem to be in the bathrooms... I asked where to throw it away and an employee told me to put it in the paper recycling can... I said it was food and the woman smiled and said "Save the Waves..."). I had Sorrentos Pizza a few times over the week... very unimaginative, basic, low-end pizza but in all cases it was the handiest place for me to get a snack. It would have had it a couple different times more but the line was too long. I will say there isn't many places on Oasis for you to get a quick snack unless you like to walk. We had late night treats at Jonny Rockets on Freedom before; here, we couldn't (we were surprised to find it closed at 10pm). The cafe's on the Promenade, Central Park and the Solarium basically did cold items like sandwiches and wraps. While we were planning on exploring the boat during the week, we found our three port days to be very full with excursions. Our three ship days were busy too as we took the cupcake decorating class (we liked it), Bingo a couple times (my wife won $275), the casino (again, she came out ahead here too), the long Cats show, the Tillman headliner show, a back-stage kitchen tour (that was excellent) and a couple naps. We never went to Schooner Bar for trivia (we always did in the past) nor did we get to read a book. Our vacation ended with our not having seen all of the ship. We didn't see the adult comedy show (I didn't pre-book it and found out, when I tried to book at guest services, that all shows were sold out). We didn't see the ice skating show or the aqua show. At Haiti we did the zip line (loved it) and enjoyed the beach but the first 60 minutes of arriving on the island finds you being solicited by locals looking to set up chairs and the like. I had no cash for tips (note to self - have a $5 bill or two handy when at Labardee). In Jamaica we did the Dunns Falls climb followed by a tube ride. Both were great! The former isn't recommended if you don't like people (they pack you in) but both were incredible though! Again, I wish we had small bills with us for tips. We purchased the $40 DVD of the falls trip, thinking it would be a poor quality, stock video montage. It wasn't - it was our actual group. It was well worth it. In Cozumel we did the same excursion we did on Freedom (the Tulum trip then a beach break). That was, just like before great. It is a long day but the lunch and beach time was a great way to end it. Our port days were busy but incredible. Disembarkation was very, very easy. We paid the $20 to have the Valet luggage service. The night before we got our airline boarding passes left in our room along with luggage tags. Overnight our luggage was taken away and the next time we touched it was when we landed home 1,500 miles away. Worry free and worth every penny. So, here's my take-a-way: We enjoyed the cruise plus we can now say that we did an Oasis-class ship. We felt that this trip was different than other RCI cruises we took. You need to pre-book reservations. There is less spontaneity on this ship. However, the ship is a work of art - 18 decks, top-notched entertainment and a comfortable, urban-chic feel. Would we go again? Well, we crossed this off our bucket list so there isn't another need to go. We honestly feel that we liked our Freedom experience better. It doesn't mean we didn't like Oasis, but feel a ship of this size is better for a 10 day trip than a 7 days one. We want to have a family cruise for 9 people in 2017. Do you know on what boat we ended up booking? We booked Allure of the Seas! After discussion, we think it is the best boat for those between 20 and 30 years old. Hip, expansive, modern and jaw-dropping. They will have a great time and we can be their guides. For us, we are looking forward to visiting the Freedom again next year. 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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