Sail Date: July 2009
Embarkation was so quick and easy we were literally on the boat in 10 mins. We arrived at 11:30 and were in our cabins by 1:00. The ship is amazing with so much to do it was just beautiful. We were upgraded from an inside to a balcony ... Read More
Embarkation was so quick and easy we were literally on the boat in 10 mins. We arrived at 11:30 and were in our cabins by 1:00. The ship is amazing with so much to do it was just beautiful. We were upgraded from an inside to a balcony which was awesome!! Food: loved Johnny Rockets on board. Dining room service was good but our waiter was pretty uptight. Head waiter and drink waiter were great! The buffets were okay. Breakfast was huge disappointment there were no fresh to order omelette stations. No matter what time we got up breakfast was always dried up and cold nothing was fresh to order. Other than that everything else was great. Shows were top notch , loved Hairspray Ports: St Thomas we went to Coki Beach to try something different, big mistake it was very dirty with vendors and shady looking people we will stick to Magens bay or trunk bay from now on St Maarten was beautiful we ate at the blue bitch bar which was great. We took an island tour and the beach on the french side is much nicer. Nassau i really don't like this port we went to Atlantis which was way over priced. Overall Nassau is dirty and seems shady to me. Cruise director was awesome we had him before on the freedom ( Richard) Comedy show was really funny but it was repeated every night that was a let down since we love comedy. Disembarkation was not as smooth customs really held up people giving them wrong directions for lines an baggage Overall the cruise was amazing I think everyone should experience it at least once I think. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
* Background Information Married couple in our 30s. Travel extensively domestically and internationally. Have used other cruise lines in the past, but have learned that RCI has best served our needs and are willing to pay a little extra ... Read More
* Background Information Married couple in our 30s. Travel extensively domestically and internationally. Have used other cruise lines in the past, but have learned that RCI has best served our needs and are willing to pay a little extra if needed. * Hotel Info We stayed at the Embassy Suites for 1 night before the cruise. Heavily recommended for its location (proximity to port, but also to shops/restaurants), services offered (free happy hour, and free hot breakfast), size of room, and price. Only complaint I have with this hotel is that they kind of forced you to use their private car service to go to the port, which charged more than the taxis, plus stopped at other locations for pick ups. * Ship Info Most people know the basics of the ship, and most people have said the ship doesn't feel crowded. I agree, with the following exceptions. Windjammer needs a major addition/rebuild - something. Pools seemed to be a little more crowded. One more pool could have helped. Would be great if they opened up the aqua theater pool at least a day or two. Solarium pool should have been made to regular size. It was always jammed. Ice Skating rink seemed very full during open skate. Casino did have a non smoking side, but no divider, seems kind of useless to have a non smoking side. As others have said, Boardwalk is dead almost all day/night. They need to do a quick fix before drydock to change a store and/or pricing to get more traffic there. * Activities Where to begin? Zipline - Do it the first day or on a port day. You should be able to get multiple times in a row. Flowrider - Go early as well. If it is your first time, ask the attendant and they will show you what to do. Very friendly staff. Ice Skating - Be cautious and watch out for the amateur out of control skaters. Wine tastings, slot tournaments, cooking/bartending classes, trivia, and about 50 million other things. * Service See below for dining room service. Our stateroom attendant was great. Serviced our room twice a day and took care of us. On some of our past cruises the service was not up to par, this time everything was great. Bar service was typically quick, although at times the waiters were no where to be seen. The beer bucket special was in effect, which was nice, but they ran out of beer (Bud brands only) by the last morning. If you are going to offer a promotion, stock for it. Otherwise it is kind of like a bait and switch. One other thing, RCI really needs to have a buy on board bottle service for your cabin again. After spending the day with other cruise line paxs, made me jealous, but also just makes sense to do this. I am also still waiting for RCI to add at least one microbrew (non lager/pilsner/stout) beer. * Port & Shore Excursions We only booked one cruise line excursion. It was the Stingray snorkel in the Bahamas. For the price, it was definitely worth it. This was our first cruise line excursion, as normally we book on our own. We have always felt that the excursions would be too crowded and too expensive. We were pleasantly surprised. The boat that took us to the excursion was not overcrowded, nor was the swimming area. The excursion also included 1 non alcoholic drink. You could add alcohol for a small fee. On St Martin, we went to a beach for the day. In my opinion, this is the best thing to do on St Thomas & St Martin, as both have great beaches. On St Thomas we booked a private (non cruise ship)shared daysail. These are nice, but definitely read up on your reviews of daysail outfits to know what you are getting. There were a couple of hiccups with our daysail, but I would probably reluctantly recommend them. * Summary As others have stated, RCI is marketing this ship heavily to international passengers. There was a very large Spanish speaking contingent. Not sure why, but this did disturb some people. Dress for the cruise really ran the gamut. For people whose vacations are ruined by underdressed - get blinders. I have seen the trend for more casual over the past 5-10 years, and would expect maybe 1 formal night for a week long cruise to happen sometime soon. By the way, this doesn't bother me. I celebrate my vacation the way I want to, and everyone else should be able to as well. * Stateroom We booked a premium location normal oceanview balcony. The stateroom is as most have already described. The power outlet by the bed is a pain, while the others are not. I am sure that the reason for the bed outlet is for CPAP machines and other similar items. The bathroom was the standard, but ours did include all of the mini toiletries bottle normally reserved for suites. Night light in bathroom long overdue. The best improvement in the stateroom was the TV size and capabilities of the guest services menu. This needs to be rolled out to all ships. With the balcony, don't know why you can't close (latch) the door from the outside like you can from other ships to keep the a/c on. Also, master switch should be changed to NOT turn the A/C off. FYI - We were in the room so infrequently, would book an inside next time, unless balcony not a lot more. Wouldn't consider Central Park or Boardwalk balcony - lack of privacy. * Dining Food quality overall was good, but service spotty in multiple venues. Our assistant waiter at dinner never introduced himself, and seemed robotic in duty. Refills on water almost non existent. Waiter was more personable, but forgot part of order regularly. Just seemed to be too busy. Bar service in the dining room was a one time thing. You either ordered when you first saw the bartender, or you were not drinking. The food quality in the dining room seemed slightly better than normal, which was nice. Did Izumi, which is recommended for quality and cost. Also did Giovanni's Table, and while not disappointed, was not impressed. One thing to note, Giovanni's wanted to charge us a $12 corkage fee for a complimentary bottle of La Terre wine. Thought that was really petty. Tried using room service twice, but after waiting on the phone for 5 mins, hung up. Park Cafe was great as an option, needs more seating. Windjammer - a complete mess with a total lack of seating and subpar food. Basically a small step up from the Wipe Out Cafe, but you know walking into that venue that it is snack/junk food. Pizza is decent, but on par with airport pizza. Dining room breakfast and lunch have been improved a lot, but hours seem to be reduced. Johnny Rockets food was standard fast food, service was good. Seafood Shack seemed empty the majority of the time. I just think most people don't want to spend $10 for Red Lobster type food without the Cheddar biscuits, especially when fish and chips are offered at no charge upstairs. FYI - Seemed to see a lot more staff dining @ the specialty restaurants onboard. * Entertainment Where do I start with the options. We saw a lot of the shows and enjoyed them all. For all of the shows, a ton of standbys got in, so you can go to shows without reservations. The parades and parties also seemed to be a notch up on Oasis. We enjoyed the piper/singer at the British pub. We also participated in some of the trivia sessions and enjoyed that. But to be honest, we were so wore out that we were asleep most nights before a lot of the entertainment got started. * Disembarkation We did the express self disembarking. Easiest thing ever. As long as you leave when it states to leave, you should be curbside in 15 minutes. For those with checked luggage, it seemed to be organized quite well. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We arrived at Port Everglades around 11am. The new terminal 18 is nice, wide open spaces, plenty of room to accommodate the number of guests that will be sailing on Oasis. Layout is more logical than in some other terminals I've ... Read More
We arrived at Port Everglades around 11am. The new terminal 18 is nice, wide open spaces, plenty of room to accommodate the number of guests that will be sailing on Oasis. Layout is more logical than in some other terminals I've been in. We began boarding Oasis around noon. Boarding is done on Deck 5, the Royal Promenade deck. While boarding the first thing I noticed is that the outdoor space on deck 5 is limited to the jogging track, and is barely wider than the 2-lane jogging track. No deck chairs or space to enjoy the outdoors on this deck. There are no muster stations outside that I could see, apparently all muster stations are inside the ship, so no more baking in the afternoon sun during muster! As we walked onto the ship we entered directly in to the Royale Promenade. Very wide, spacious, and beautiful, but I'll write more about the promenade later. We wanted to head to our cabin to drop off our overnight bags. Our cabin was 9156, port side, forward so we headed to the elevators towards that end of the promenade. We were pleased to see there are 6 elevators on port side, 6 more on starboard, so 12 elevators at that end, and same at the other end, so 24 elevators that we saw, there may have been more. We got to deck 9 quickly. One cool feature at each elevator bank is an interactive screen. You can touch the screen to "Find your cabin" (enter your cabin number and it shows you on the map where you are, where your cabin is and how to get there), or you can view that day's Cruise Compass, or find a restaurant, etc. It's a very cool, and very handy feature! We had to use it more than once to find our way back to our cabin! LOL Once at the cabin the first thing we noticed is that the cabin doors are offset from the hallway a bit further than on the Freedom or Voyager class ships, and that is to allow room for the door to open out, rather than in. What genius! This small change seems to make a big difference inside the cabin. We entered the cabin and it seemed basically the same as any other standard balcony cabin on a Freedom or Voyager class ship. Right away we also noticed that the bathroom door opens out into the cabin, rather than into the bathroom - what a difference that makes! The bathroom, while probably the same physical size as those a Freedom or Voyager class ship, just seems larger since you don't have to deal with the door opening into the bathroom. It may be an optical illusion, but the bathroom counter seemed narrower and the sink smaller, but it was adequate. As on other ships, very limited storage space in the bathroom. It also has the same basic curved shower stall, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is a little bigger - not by much, but a little bigger. That may not mean much to some, but for a "fluffy" guy like me, every little bit makes a difference! On Freedom if I dropped the soap I had to open the shower door to bend down and pick it up, not so on Oasis, so it is definitely a little roomier. (And the ladies may be happy to learn that there is a foot bar towards the bottom where you can rest a foot, presumably that will make it easier to shave the legs - like I know anything about shaving legs! My only disappointment is that the shower head, while basically the same style as on Freedom or Voyager class, no longer slides up/down on a pole, it is at a fixed height. But, still very adequate, and the hot water definitely gets hot. The cabin itself has the same basic layout, it seems to be slightly longer but also narrower than Freedom or Voyager class balcony cabins. A carry-on size bag on wheels barely, and I do mean barely, could be pulled through between the foot of the bed and the wall. The closets definitely seem smaller, so for all those who like to take lots and lots of clothes (pointing at myself for one, took over 20 shirts on Freedom at the end of October!), be forewarned, there is not as much closet space here! The closet doors slide open, rather than bi-fold out into the cabin, so I found that to be nice. But, the closet doesn't seem to be as deep so there is definitely less storage space there. There is also less drawer space in the vanity area where the desk, TV and such is located. On Freedom/Voyager class you had drawers on either side of the desk, here there is only 1 set of 3 drawers. I was shocked to find that electrical outlets are nowhere to be seen on the desk area. But, after some searching, we finally found them hidden under the desk, which I felt was very inconvenient. You had to crawl up under the desk to be able to see what you're doing to plug something into an outlet. Bad design choice in my opinion. But, at least there are outlets that are functional, just a little inconvenient. Our balcony was nice sized, seemed comparable in size to the one we had on Freedom 2 weeks before, but a little narrower since the cabin itself is narrower. Was pleased to see 2 comfortable chairs and an actual patio table on the balcony - not a cocktail table, a regular height table you could actually eat at if you ordered room service and wanted to eat on the balcony. Kudos on the balcony table! When we boarded they handed out a booklet on the features of the ship, and it was a "walking tour" type booklet. First was to make your way up to the Solarium on deck 16, forward. So off we went. The Solarium is on 2 levels and very nice! Lots of open space here, a bar and a bistro cafe as well. They had these large "cabana" type covered chairs, very cool. We next made our way to the open deck where we could look down onto the pool deck. Plenty of deck chairs on 2 levels. However, space seemed cramped. There aren't wide walking paths like on Freedom/Voyager class, so it seemed a little cramped, but still comfortable. On 16, mid-ship, there is the Mast Bar on Port side, and the Sky Bar on the starboard side. Windjammer is on 16 more aft, and behind the Windjammer are the basketball courts, mini-golf, flow riders, and the zip line. The zip line just crosses the Boardwalk area, so it's a very short ride. While there we stopped in the Windjammer for some lunch. Very nice, but it is definitely laid out differently than we're used to seeing on the Freedom/Voyager class ships. Honestly, it felt rather cramped, not as much open space or seating area. However, there are many dining alternatives on board so hopefully it won't be an issue. The food was good, basically the same type of food as we've had in Windjammer on any other RCCL ship. The Viking Crown Lounge is on deck 17 directly above the Windjammer. It looked nice, but didn't seem to have that intimate feeling as in the Viking on other ships. It also was not quite finished, men were still busy doing tile work and touchups in a couple different areas there. The main pools are on deck 15 - I lost count of how many pools there are! One has a "beach" area where you can sit in lounge chairs in the water. The adult pool areas and kiddie pool areas are on opposite sides of the ship. Those without children may appreciate that more than those with children. On deck 15, mid-ship, is the Sand Bar and Pool Bar. More aft is the teen's area, Living Room, Challengers arcade, Fuel disco, etc., and behind that is the sports courts and Dunes golf. We went down a deck or two so we could see a Crown Loft Suite and a Royal Loft Suite. Both are very nice! The Royal suite is HUGE! Very large, wrap-around balcony with a hot tub. Master bedroom upstairs is very nice, large projection screen TV. Master bath is very large, I think I counted a dozen of us in there at the same time and there was still room for more. Words of caution ... don't shower in the master bath of the Royal Suite while in port! There are windows floor to (almost) ceiling, overlooking the aft end of the ship. If at sea, no big deal, but if in port you'll be giving a free show! Work was not quite finished in some areas, and the Royal Suite was one of them. I opened the door to the downstairs bath and there were 2 men installing tile and fixtures. On deck 10 (and 9) is Dazzles, a 2-level dance bar, and very nice! Dazzles has very large windows that overlooks the Boardwalk so it has a great view. Central Park is on deck 8, very lush. There you will find Chops Grille, Giovanni's Table, Park Cafe, Vintages, and more! My only complaint is that it seemed cramped. The sidewalks are narrow and this could limit the amount of traffic that could walk through at the same time. Deck 6, more forward, is the upper level of the Royal Promenade, and here you'll find the Diamond club (but we didn't get a chance to go in), the Schooner Bar, Focus (the photo gallery - where it appears all pictures will be in binders for viewing), and the Loyalty Ambassador/Future Cruise booking office. Note on the pictures ... I can see this area getting very crowded with people wanting to find/purchase their photos. This makes the option of using your Sea Pass when photographers snap your pic even more important - that way you can go to Focus, put in your Sea Pass card and pull up all the photos associated with your cabin and have them printed. Deck 6 aft is the Boardwalk, with the Carousel, donut shop, Seafood Shack, Johnny Rockets and the Aqua Theatre. Very nice area with lots to do for kids and adults alike. We got to see some exhibition diving in the Aqua Theatre pool at one point during the day, it was cool. I heard there was a synchronized swimming performance, but we didn't catch that. Deck 5 is the main Royal Promenade - very nice and spacious. The layout is definitely different from the Freedom/Voyager class. Bolleros is on the Royal Promenade, as is the On-Air karaoke bar. Schooner bar is on the 2nd level of the promenade. Champagne bar, also on promenade, seems rather understated as compared to other ships, but is still nice. The Rising Tide bar is cool and we did ride it up and down once, but there were some hiccups with it ... when we first boarded the ship and watched it go up it made all sorts of unnatural noises of metal scraping against metal. A couple hours later and they had that resolved and no more worried looks on people's faces from the noise! LOL The Cupcake Cupboard was a popular spot on the Promenade, but we never got a chance to do a taste-test for ourselves. Cafe Promenade and Guest Services are large areas and seem to work/flow well with the volume of traffic. The Opus dining room spans decks 3-5 (aft) and is very elegant. However, it is not as open and airy as the dining rooms on the Freedom/Voyager class ships. It felt a little cramped as compared, but still very elegant. The Opal Theatre is on the same decks 3-5 (forward) - we never got a chance to go in, but I'm sure it's nice. Deck 4 is the "Entertainment Place" - lots of cool places. There are several clubs (Blaze, Comedy Live, Jazz on 4 club, etc.), and Studio B is mid-ship on this deck. On the Freedom/Voyager class ships, at Studio B you can't get from one end to the other, have to go up a deck to get past it, not on Oasis. A large hall on either side of Studio B to go around it, and that is entrance to Casino Royale. Casino Royale is easily twice, if not 3 times, as big as on the Freedom/voyager class ships. Plenty of room for lots of people in Casino Royale! After our tour we had to sit and rest for a bit, so we went to Bolleros on the Promenade for a cocktail. On Thursday night Rhianna was to perform at 6pm, and the ship was scheduled to depart at 7pm. Well, not sure what happened, but I guess Rhianna did not perform until closer to 7pm, so our departure was delayed. We went to dinner around 8pm. We had the shrimp cocktail and escargot for appetizers, and for entrEe we had the filet of beef with asparagus and mashed potatoes, it was excellent! I had the strawberry cheesecake for dessert ... and a piece of coconut layer cake, but it was sugar free so it doesn't count! LOL The service in the dining room was impeccable, the wait staff very attentive and prompt. After dinner we still had not left port yet, so we met up with some folks in Bolleros, visited with them and enjoyed cocktails. Around 11:00pm I looked at one of the gals and said I think we're moving. She stopped for a second and said, "Nah, I'm very sensitive about these things, we're not moving yet." I needed to run back to the cabin for another no-doze (so I could stay up later), poked my head out the balcony door, and sure enough ... Ft. Lauderdale was in the distance, we were at sea! We never felt a thing as the ship moved along! All I had felt earlier was a slight vibration that made me think we could be moving, and we were! After meeting back up with Rick and the others in Bolleros we decided to hit the Casino since it was now open. We tried our luck at a couple slot machines, but, no big winners here. Oh, well. We finally headed to bed around 2am. Friday morning we got up at 6am since everyone was supposed to be in certain areas of the ship by 7am for the live broadcast of Good Morning America (GMA). But, we had "motivational issues" and didn't get out of the cabin until after 7:30am. Unfortunately, they closed all the dining options from 7am to 9am due to the GMA broadcast, they wanted us all to be out and about. We hung out at the Mast Bar up on deck 16 for a while, then went in to the Windjammer to wait for them to start serving breakfast again. If you watched GMA and caught the gal doing the zip line, we were standing at the window in the Windjammer directly above where she landed! The Windjammer started serving again around 8:45am so we had a good breakfast, after which we headed back to our cabin to get our things together to disembark. We arrived back in Ft. Lauderdale around 10:30-11am, and they started disembarking at about noon. We can't wait to sail on Oasis when we have a full week to explore and enjoy the ship! Being on board barely 24 hours was just a tease for us, but I'm very glad we had this opportunity. My overall impression is that Oasis is phenomenal and amazing ship with lots to see and do. Based on my 24-hour experience, I'm thinking that I might prefer the Freedom or Voyager class ships, but I'll reserve final judgment until we get the chance to actually spend a week on Oasis in October, 2010! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I cannot begin to tell you all how much I loved the ship. It was even better than I possibly could have imagined. We quickly decided to go right to touring the cabins first since it was only open until 4. Some of the suites are beautiful ... Read More
I cannot begin to tell you all how much I loved the ship. It was even better than I possibly could have imagined. We quickly decided to go right to touring the cabins first since it was only open until 4. Some of the suites are beautiful and I would be happy to stay in any of them!!! The other rooms were to me just like all our other cruises. We were assigned a D8 and I know on their website it says it is the same size, but we all agreed that they appear much smaller...and there is definitely less drawer space. Don't get me wrong they are still great, but as girls..well we use that space!!! The closets now have a new self closing feature so no more banging in the middle of the night, they soft shut themselves, its kind of cool! And to be one of the best improvements was the cabin doors now all open out!! No more slamming the bathroom door into the front door. I loved the setup of the new balconies, you now have to really comfortable chairs and a nice table, a regular one not the short ones they have always had...in all my cruises I have rarely ordered breakfast to the cabin because there was really no comfortable place to enjoy it..but now you can take it out to the balcony on that table and really enjoy that ocean. The coolest thing we all agreed on was the new interactive sign on each floor. Get off the elevator..press find your cabin, enter the number and it tells you how to get there!! They also added a small arrow on each door right next to the number..all the arrows point to the front of the ship..so you will always know you are headed the right way. The sign is good for more things than finding your cabin though. Its basically the cruise compass. Ask it where to eat, where the shows are and it tells you what times and where to go and how to get there...It was the coolest thing, I have a video I will post soon. Personally I thought central park was nice, very beautiful and relaxing..it was a great place to go and read, relax and just spend some quiet time....unfortunately too quiet for me lol! I am sure many will love it though and use it just for those reasons! Now the boardwalk was simply amazing!!!! It was so lively and fun, I know its mostly for kids but its a great place to hang out if you really want to hang out because its just so upbeat all the time. Didnt care for the donuts...thought they were kind of bland..but thats my own opinion. Loved the aqua theater and the show was fantastic too, you will not believe what they can accomplish in that small space! The carousel was great and there is so much for kids to do there, I just loved the upbeat atmosphere of all of it. The windjammer was different than you are used to, you walk right into the serving tables which are in circles all around then you have to go past to get to the tables...my own personal opinion is that I did not care for it, but I also believe we are creatures of habit and do not like change so probably after a few cruises I would be used to it and like it more. The new restaurant additions are the best!! If you like seafood you are going to love the seafood shack! Wait until you see the selection. Honestly my group decided to forgo dinner so we could go to all the venue choices and try them instead. We figured we have all been to enough dinners since all but one of us was DP. It was a great choice. The new cafe has the BEST panninis...I can definitely see myself skipping the windjammer and going there for lunch...well there and the seafood shack. The pool area was one of the best I have seen. The two pools on either side, they have done away with the risers and no one will be complaining about the suite guests getting their own area, they are now on a different deck with their own private bar so the pool area is open to all!!!! The pool bar was great, was rounded and went around both sides, much larger with stools going almost to the center but they leave a large area in the center with no stools...much nicer for people walking up wanting a drink and now not having to ask other people to get thru them. I usually love the sky bar, but not so crazy about this one...now that's a personal issue because its mostly in the sun and I usually go to the bar for some sun relief...others may love this for the exact opposite reason. I have always been a schooner bar person..and I really did love the new schooner bar...but miss the old one. The one feature I do love about it is that it now overlooks the royal promenade so it is really nice and tends to keep it more lively. We went on the bar that goes up and down...its totally cool...but I will tell you what would keep us off of it is that it only serves champagne and soda...so bring the drink you want with you or you wont get it. But if you like champagne its a great place to be. Love the new boleros, it was so pretty and upbeat and its right in the middle of the royal promanade...the disco is down one floor and honestly the best setup of any disco I have been on...I have always hated the seperation of the dance floor from the rest of the place...now you can pretty much see everything from where ever you are, and they gave the smokers their own little section off to the side that is still a place where you can see everything but not close enough to bother you if you do not smoke. The on air club was amazing and again right on the royal promenade...I guess I keep using the word upbeat but honestly that is how they designed so many of these places. We did try the cupcakes friends on our roll call asked us to do it for them...and to be fair...it wasn't just me..there were 5 of us. We got the red velvet and the chocolate one...the frosting was super delicious...but none of us cared for the cupcakes...now with that said we ran into several people who loved...so its going to be subjective to your own likings. I am happy to say we made the new Oasis commercial! The camera guy just loved us...I had made us all rhinestone shirts and we could not have been stopped enough asking where we got them. We also had a couple of other items I had made when I post my pictures you will see them..I could have made a fortune selling lol. Ken Rush as always was a great as ever...you can tell me anything you want about cruise directors, but I love that you will see ken all over the ship. I have been on many cruises where you do not even see a CD...yet ken is always out and about. I also liked that I saw Adam Goldstein too...again I just feel that it is nice that the executives can come out and enjoy their own ship..he was up on deck with us when they were filming the zipline spot and had his kids there with him...I personally think it shows the customers that he cares too...I hate when people in charge are never seen..just my own personal opinion though I did go to the casino but only to see it, we got a very late start so they didn't even allow you to start gambling until pretty late and by that time we were so busy with other things I didn't have time to go back. We know people who did though (and won lol) and said they loved the new slot machines. I never found the internet cafe..but I meant to see it...and I also cant believe I never got to the concierge lounge, although we did find francois on the ship and talked to him for a bit. The staff were about as excited as can be..they all had such great attitudes and lucky for me several of them I knew already from other ships! I think they were all excited about bringing this awesome ship over. Oh yeah and in case your all wondering who I am...we were the girls holding the sign that sam champion came over and talked to! He loved us...we were told by all the GMA people to put the sign away they didn't want signs...and then we went up to the pool deck and he saw we made a sign and was so excited they asked us to move just to be there when he came on! Couple of other things I thought of, watch out for those light switches in the cabins. They have now apparently put one master light switch by the bathroom door and it controls all the lights in the cabins..now this is a good feature except for one thing....when my roommate went to bed the only light on was the light above her head when she hit the master switch...I could not for the life of me figure out how to turn the darn lights on, there were so many switches and the only one I could consistently get turned on was the one above her head since it was the one on when she hit the master switch...I talked to a few other people about this who had the same problem..most of us thought we lost power in our room because it even controls the bathroom light so as long as the master switch is off you cannot use any other switch in the rooms. If you are looking for plugs they are now under the desk, took us a while to find those too. They also put a small bar outside the main dining room so while you are waiting you can get drinks. Along with that they put a self serving wine bar where you can swipe your card and get some wine, prices started at $2 for an 2 ounces this way if you wanted to just taste the wine before getting a full glass you knew if you liked it or not. Then you could choose 4 or 6 ounce glasses and the prices varied according to the type of wine you were choosing. My overall impression of this ship is "WOW" I honestly loved every second on it. I didn't feel like it was hard to navigate or that it took a long time to get anywhere. So many new and exciting features it made me feel like I was new to cruising again. Even if you prefer the smaller ships (which I personally do sometimes) there is no way you cannot enjoy the time you spend on this wonderful ship and all that it has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Off the Oasis yesterday(Nov 29th) and would like to add my input to the many reviews and comments out there on the internet..For the most part, every venue and area of the ship has been addressed and by now most of you know what to ... Read More
Off the Oasis yesterday(Nov 29th) and would like to add my input to the many reviews and comments out there on the internet..For the most part, every venue and area of the ship has been addressed and by now most of you know what to expect.This is just my personal opinion of my short time aboard. We woke up Friday morning and looked out at the port from our hotel(Hilton Marina--from our tower room).My first impression of Oasis was it looked top heavy.Almost like it could tip over.. We arrived to the port around 10:30am Friday .It was really confusing where we were supposed to park.Went to two different gates and were told two different things.Each one sent us back to the other!! After a few minutes, we finally parked.I was surprised it was all open air parking.Maybe I'm just used to covered tier parking that we have had at that same port and others,but it wasn't a big deal.Went into the terminal to check in and the WOW factor began! I can honestly see how it may take a very short time from curbside to the ship.I have never seen so many check in agents.We got checked in(and had our seapass pic taken right then at check in) and had to go sit in the D/DP area to wait(since we weren't supposed to be there that early anyway).***note here,I did not see any priority check in area for D/DP--just suites,but I'm thinking you probably don't need it since there are so many check in lines.....we went upstairs to the D/DP area,which is near the nice "suites" area with the comfy chairs and sofas.D/DP area is nothing special,just place to wait.(that's ok,by me) They started boarding around 11:30,starting with the "suites" and then followed by sections 1(our area) and 2.........we used 2 doorways to get in.The ramps go on an incline so I can see where someone who has some mobility issues might have a hard time,but soon enough we were on board. You enter on deck 5 right into the Royal Promenade.When you remember to close your mouth(from a jaw dropping expression),you think say "oh,look at this, look at that".........this ship is NOTHING like any other.We started off by going to deck 16 to the Windjammer.My first impression was IT'S SMALL(considering how many people will be on board.There is another section of the WJ, which was closed to us at first,but opened later.Food was all the same typical food for the first day,inc the infamous honey stung chicken!! By now,we could drop our luggage off in our cabin.We had an ocean view balcony(#9182).Kinda small ,if you ask me,but good enough for 2 people.I really can't see more than that in one cabin. Storage was sufficient for 2 nights,but might get kinda tight for 7.The weirdest thing was the outlets.It was UNDER the counter.You literally had to kneel down to plug anything(inc the hairdryer) in and do it blindly because the outlet was on the side wall underneath.I don't know what they were thinking! Time to go back and explore........we started on the top and worked our way down. Deck 17----The Viking Crown Lounge...very pretty and hopefully will be a place where they will have entertainment at night.There was a piano so I'm thinking they might.This VCL does not have a 360 degree of the water like most VCLs,you see on other RCCL ships. Deck 16--Pool and Sports Zone--Windjammer.....Sky Bar,Mast Bar,Solarium Bar(see a pattern here?? haha)and the FloRider,ZipLine Deck 15--Pool,Sports and Youth Zone(for teens)--here is where all the pools are(21 of them!!). mini golf,etc........I think the mini golf area is kinda small.I like how it wraps around more on the Voyager class ships...The Solarium on this deck is really pretty and would make a nice relaxing place to spend time(which we didn't have).....we did eat in the Solarium Bistro for breakfast on Saturday and they offered healthier choices than the WJ. Didn't' look into the Teen area,but I imagine it would be a fun place for themDeck 14....Youth Zone(sorry didnt get in there either).This weekend was a case of so much to see,so little time...also located here is the Card Room.. ****NO DECK 13**** Deck 11/12...two deck concierge club with views of the Boardwalk down below.Bet this will be an amazing place to sit and enjoy a drink at night.The upper deck will be where they have the Chef's Table.The Library is on deck 11. Deck 10---just staterooms Deck 9--Dazzles--truly a fav place of mine,.They compared it to the Rainbow Room in NYC.It is 2 deck live entertainment night club.The band plays right in front of a ceiling to floor window that has an amazing view of the HUGE Crown and Anchor that sits above the Aqua theater.The room is full of twinkling lights,crushed velvet furnishings,mirrored ceiling and chandeliers.It's really nice! Deck 8--Central Park.LOVED IT!! I could spend a lot of time in here.All the foliage was something to see.I would have no idea I was out at sea if someone just transported me to the middle of Central park. The specialty restaurants and Vintages are here and it is like you are walking thru the park..We sat outside on a park bench and enjoyed some wine at night and had breakfast Sunday morning in the Park Cafe.Truly reminded me of my days when I lived in NY.We had espresso, fresh bagels and cream cheese.Like I said,I could spend the week,just hanging out in this area.Coach also has a shop here,but even though we looked,I am not one to go buy a Coach purse on board a ship. Deck 6--Boardwalk,Vitality at Sea,Schooner Bar,Diamond Club,Atlas Club.....When entering the Boardwalk area,again,you have to remind yourself you are on a ship.The Carousel is the first thing we noticed(and took a ride on!).....then checked out the venues in this area.Lots of yummy food.The ice cream shop where you can have them create your own flavor(think Marble Slab).....Candy Beach(lots of old time favorite candies in here).......Smile(portraits in costumes)..........Mark of a Sailor(temporary tattoos)..........Rock walls................didn't do this,but they sure look bigger than any ones I have seen on other ships.Pets at Seas(think Build a Bear)...........Seafood Shack(VERY popular place that filled up ASAP!)......food was ok,but nothing I would wait in line for again.Lots of fried items...............snack booths with corn dogs on a stick,nachos,chicken nuggets,etc................trust me,you will never go hungry on Oasis. and right at the end of Boardwalk was the Aqua Theater.Didn't get to see a full show.They were still working out some kinks.We did see some rehearsal acts and it was impressive,as was the water show with lighted water shooting up like you might see in Vegas.. Deck 5--Royal Promenade--You could spend a whole day here going thru all the shops and bars.....Liked Sorrentos where you could custom order a pizza and have it to go(and enjoy it on your balcony!!)...The Rising Tide bar was here too,but it wasnt working the first day(did the next but we never got back there).It will be a martini bar for the revenue cruises. Deck 4--Entertainment Place--The Opal Theater(we saw Abbacadabra here --BEST SHOW EVER)--it was like having ABBA preform.Also saw Hairspray(had to believe we weren't at a Broadway show)....also on this deck was the casino(HUGE)..........lots of new slot machine games(at least to me) and it looked to me,like they had quite a few gaming tables...................outside of the casino was the Jazz on 4,Comedy Live,Blaze(nightclub).......to me these venues look kind of small,but I didn't get down here at night to check it out more.............Studio B(ice show)...... Can't comment on the dining room because we didn't want to take 2 hours of our time out to eat there at night.I'm sure we missed other places too.One really needs a good week or two to see it all....... Truthfully,I am not 100% sold on whether or not,we would go back for a week.I like being a ship because of the ocean.More times than not,I didn't even see the water.You really forget you are on a ship.It is truly the destination(not the ports it is going to).However,Im sure families will have a fabulous time on it.There is so much to do for all ages. I wonder too,how the disembarkation process will go.While they had a lot of check in agents,it didnt seem(to me),that there were that many custom/immigrations booths when we got off.It will be interesting to read the reports when the ship is 100% full. I'm glad I got to experience Oasis,just prefer something smaller.Love the Radiance class with the all the glass......to me that is what cruising is......seeing the water! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I love small ships and had sworn I would never sail on the Oasis of the Seas. But, when "Make-A-Wish" offered us to sail with them on the inauguration overnight cruise, we relented. Wow, what a ship! The Oasis is like no other ... Read More
I love small ships and had sworn I would never sail on the Oasis of the Seas. But, when "Make-A-Wish" offered us to sail with them on the inauguration overnight cruise, we relented. Wow, what a ship! The Oasis is like no other ship ever created. My overall impression is that RCCL does not want you to know you are on a ship. The seven "neighborhoods" create towns, parks, shopping malls, water parks and outdoor fun centers without you ever knowing that you are on a cruise ship. It is generally modeled after Las Vegas and Disneyworld, and you have to make an effort if you want to see the ocean. The cabins are outstanding. The spa is reminiscent of Canyon Ranch or any other large, luxurious spa. The gym is as large as LA Fitness and packed with tons of brand new weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals and other assorted goodies. They did not scrimp on cost anywhere on the ship. We arrived at 11AM at the port. It was myself, my wife and my son. Check-in was a little disorganized, but then again we were among the first travelers on this ship. Although we were guided to the "suite" check-in, it still took over ten minutes for our attendant to check us in and get our card keys. After that, we were given cards with a "group" number on them and then guided to that group before boarding the ship. There were only two gangways open and they were filled to capacity. After a few minutes our group was taken to the gangway, where about a hundred other people were waiting to board. In all, we finally stepped on the ship at 11:25AM, and this was before the big crowd arrived. There were only two gangways boarding 5,000 people. We had a Junior Suite with ocean balcony. It was a very large cabin, and larger than Junior Suites we've stayed in before. The walk-in closet was almost bigger than some cabins we've been in before! Another couple we were traveling with had a regular cabin with ocean balcony. Their cabin, contrary to the junior suite, was smaller than most regular cabins we've been in before. We ate lunch at the Solarium and it was delicious. They serve healthy and vegetarian food at the Solarium, including sugar free desserts. Very tasty and a great way to eat! We then went to the Windjammer Marketplace buffet for some regular desserts. We also had breakfast the next morning at the Windjammer. This is the main buffet restaurant for the ship, and it is huge! Very reminiscent of Las Vegas style buffets, with all sorts of salad, meats, vegetables and desserts. Excellent food and plenty of tables. There were pools and Jacuzzis all over the ship. We counted six large pools and at least ten Jacuzzis. They were not busy on this cruise but I'm sure they'll be busy on the week cruises. The Aqua Theater also becomes a pool during the day. They were supposed to have a show at the Aqua Theater in the evening but it wasn't working so that was cancelled. Dinner was served at the Opus Dining Room, which consists of three separate dining rooms, one above the other, with an open area between them. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. They had a very limited selection since this was a special cruise, but the presentation and taste was wonderful. The Boardwalk is a new concept on a ship. It's totally "outdoors" and designed like an old fashioned pier town, complete with a carousel. About 4 or 5 decks of cabins with balconies overlook the Boardwalk, and it all gives a very homey feeling. There are a bunch of restaurants, ice cream store, donut store, bars and games. At the end of the Boardwalk is the Aqua Theater and two, 200 foot rock climbing walls. I wish we had time to climb. They sure looked like fun! "Central Park" is a few decks above Boardwalk, with the same type configuration of cabins overlooking the park. RCCL says there are over 10,000 plants and trees in the park, and I believe it. The park is lined with more stores, bars, restaurants and fun shops. Overall, this is an amazing ship! If you are expecting anything close to any other ship you've traveled on, be aware - this is different. RCCL tries hard to make this ship a land-based destination rather than a sea-going cruise ship, and you have to work hard if you want to see the ocean. (except for your cabin, if it's ocean side). I still prefer a smaller ship, but I'm glad that I had the opportunity to spend an overnight on the Oasis of the Seas. It's a ship that has to be experienced. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
I was one of the lucky travel agents that won the booking contest which gave us one night on this marvel of human engineering on November 19-20 before she goes into service for real on her inaugural voyage December 12, 2009. The new $75 ... Read More
I was one of the lucky travel agents that won the booking contest which gave us one night on this marvel of human engineering on November 19-20 before she goes into service for real on her inaugural voyage December 12, 2009. The new $75 million pier built exclusively for this event delivered. 60 agents got us on board pronto. The experience reminded me of black and white movies when people were riding in a car and the backdrop was pasted and cut into the scene. It felt like the Atlantic Ocean was pasted and cut into "some" scenes and that is the only way you could ever possibly know you were on a ship! It truly was a city unto itself. Upon arrival into the Royal Promenade, way bigger than any promenade on other classes of ships, you really felt the elegance and luxury that money can buy and knew you were in for a really really big treat! With a vintage boat tailed Auburn greeting you, followed by a dedicated cupcake shop, I was in no hurry to find my way to my cabin. One venue was more special than the next, for instance, Sorrento's Pizza now has a dedicate station so you can make your own pizza; On Air, the karaoke bar has layers of neon ticker tape motif at the entrance that makes you feel like a star the minute you walk in; Boleros lounge is designed to be hot and magical; Dazzles nightclub is exquisite with a two story view outside behind the bandstand that is breathtaking. Ladies, what does over a billion dollars buy? Attention to detail for half the humans on the planet...Finally, in those bank teller canister shaped showers the expanded the shape and built in a bar so the ladies can have a ledge to shave their legs! The suites were over the top incredible. I think my favorites were the Aqua Suites, only 6 on each side, facing the Aqua Theatre and ocean like private balcony booths at the opera with lots of room and chairs for friends. The two story suites were elegant and a unique experience. Although beautifully appointed, the balcony staterooms were smaller than freedom class ships. I love the new color scheme with aqua everywhere. The marble surrounding the carpet at the entrance to the three story dining room was an exquisite aqua color shimmering in a way I have never seen before. The dining room had great artwork and it was a thrill having dinner when no one had ever used a fork or spoon or glass in that dining room previously. All was pristine and the staff was so gracious. I thanked them for showing up for work today! The specialty restaurants were surprisingly small. I take large groups on ships and with my Italian background, dinner with 20 is usual. They are not designed for groups at all, unless you are happy to be in the same dining room at the same time. Most tables were for two or four. 150 Central Park was elegant to die for, Chops Grille was very spacious, Giovanni's Table was quaint and I was flipping over the prosciutto slicing machine from Parma! They were not open for dining while we were on board, so I will have to wait until I take a week long trip January 2 with a few friends. The Solarium Spa was beautiful and the whirlpools outside the most incredible I have ever seen. Huge double whirlpools, overlooking the ocean with flat screen TV's to relax with. The gym...state of the art. Some machines looked they were from NASA...I have no idea what they are or how you use them, but you could get a private fitness consultation in two dedicated booths at any time. Vitality Spa? It's own restaurant and so zen sprinkled with aromatherapy you know no matter what service you get, you won't want to leave when it's over. Children and their families from Make A Wish Foundation were on board with us and a private concert for them by Rianna was wonderful. We watched from the Aqua Theatre on huge screens that did the job. I don't know what the noise level would be in the balcony staterooms over the Boardwalk, but that is where the action is. The balconies over Central Park are the "uptown" staterooms and look over the specialty restaurants in quiet elegance. If you have been on Voyage or Freedom class ships, you would probably expect one long promenade..this had one on top of the other on top of the other. Rising Tide bar, a marvel of design; Technologically more advanced than even the Navy, near every elevator is a huge touch screen so you can see what is happening on the ship, where you are, how filled up the restaurants are, and it gives you directions to where you want to go. I could go on and on, but that's enough for now! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2009
Sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport after just disembarking Oasis of the Seas 4 Night Labadee trip..... More later, but here are a few things you will like to know.... The ship is definitely extremely impressive, R.C. got it right ... Read More
Sitting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport after just disembarking Oasis of the Seas 4 Night Labadee trip..... More later, but here are a few things you will like to know.... The ship is definitely extremely impressive, R.C. got it right with this one...the different neighborhoods are all beautiful...Very nicely organized, easy to find your way around, lots and lots to do on this ship....not enough time in 4 nights to take advantage of everything..... The food was pretty good, however the 1st nights dinner was probably one of the best on the ship...unfortunately we missed the lobster evening as it was our anniversary we chose one of the many many "pay for chew" restaurants....this ships capacity is 6100, and we were glad that they only had 4800 on this 1st cruise, I can't imagine that many people in the cafeteria, as it was pretty crowded with just our group....I was a little disappointed over all the pay restaurants, I have a feeling this is where they are headed eventually with every meal being a fee, except perhaps the cafeteria and the main dinner area. The service was awesome, the staff was very helpful and very friendly (as most cruises with R.C.) Our cabin was very spacious and had lots of room for all clothing, etc. This was our 1st cruise as Diamond members and I was a little annoyed that we were not able to use the official Diamond club Member lounge as this is not only available for Diamond Plus and Suite members...however we were offered free cocktails nightly in the Blaze located on the 4th level....Our room was on the 11th floor as is the Diamond Club, however we were able to use it for reservations and coffee in the morning. I definitely DID NOT like the fact that you have to reserve EVERYTHING!!!!! and i do mean EVERYTHING....every show, including the nightly one that cruisers are use to attending before or after dinner. A lot of cruisers had already reserved a lot before entering the ship...definitely the way to do it...even all the "pay per chew" restaurants were booked before the ship set sail, we were lucky enough to get into the Italian Restaurant, thanks to the very nice man making the reservations....Glad we used the concierge to make our reservations 1st think on the ship...for all the shows.....ALL THE SHOWS!!!!! The ship is amazingly beautiful....as soon as we entered we were handed a complimentary champagne and or wine....which was a very nice surprise coming from R.C. The Sorrento's Pizza was also up and running as were the main cafeteria, however we couldn't not enter our rooms until 1:00, boarding was a piece of cake as was our disembarkment.. Very easy to find your way around this beautiful ship...maps everywhere...I was surprised just how many people were staying on for the 1st 7 day trip..we definitely wished we were one of them... I would recommend this ship to anyone, however definitely to 1st time cruisers, especially any one who complains about "sea sickness"...this ship is solid as can be and there was very very little movement on this ship...I kept reminding myself we were at sea.... All the shows were spectacular...Hairspray was amazing, except for the screaming child sitting behind us and the inconsiderate foreigns talking throughout most of the show.....grrrrrr....The Agua show and the Ice Shows were equally amazing.... I will post some pictures of this beautiful ship when i get back home....enjoy my fellow "floaters".... Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Expectations were high, but I have to say that this ship doesn't disappoint. I really think this ship is a first class engineering marvel. It doesn't have the glass of the Radiance class or the intimacy of the smaller ships, but ... Read More
Expectations were high, but I have to say that this ship doesn't disappoint. I really think this ship is a first class engineering marvel. It doesn't have the glass of the Radiance class or the intimacy of the smaller ships, but it surpasses any other cruise experience we have had. The ship is truly amazing, and worthy of the title "a destination in and of itself." DW & I sailed on the 4 night Labadee Extravaganza, and our overall experience was excellent. Royal Caribbean has really made tremendous efforts to control overcrowding, and I think for the most part, they have been successful. I didn't feel any more crowded on this ship than any other we've been on. In fact, embarkation and debarkation were a breeze -- probably the best we've ever had. You basically check in with no lines because there are so many counters and then just walk on the ship. Another effort to control over crowding was the pool areas. I wasn't sure that I was a fan of splitting up the pool areas, but after being on board I think it was genius. Parents with kids can hang out around the H20 zone. The Sports Pool, Main Pool, and Beach pool all feel like their own area, and there are deck chairs literally everywhere. There were only about 5000 pax onboard, but I never felt crowded at the pool, and if you're just wanting to lay in the sun (or the shade) there are options everywhere. Furthermore, the Solarium was a pleasant surprise. As it was one of the last areas to be completed, I didn't know that much about it going in, but it is truly a beautiful area. The ship is just so wide that it allows for plenty of space inside. There is a nice stream of water running throughout the Solarium, and there are three extra hot tubs in the Solarium, not counting the large cantilevered ones that are just outside the Solarium entrance. This area also includes a Bistro (actually enclosed by glass and air conditioned), and a second level where the bar is. Loved the Solarium, and while it wasn't completely covered, it was a big improvement over the Voyager/Freedom class Solarium IMHO. And while I'm on pools, the new towels are nice, and I actually think it was very convenient to "rent them out" with your seapass. There wasn't a line and they were happy to let you have more than one if you needed it. Of course, there is a $20 charge per towel if you don't return them, but we changed them out every time we went to the pool, and also when we went to Labadee. Speaking of using the Sea Pass. There is a concerted effort to make better use of the Sea Pass. Along with it's traditional uses, it is also scanned at the Muster Drill, at each show you've reserved, and it can even be scanned in the photo gallery and you can see all your pics on a computer monitor. (In most cases, we presented the card to the photographer.) As an additional note on crowd control, RCCL is to be commended for separating your photos for you into an individual folio so that all you have to do is look in your binder to see all your pics. Another effort to control crowds. The Muster Drill is fantastic. Instead of having a heat stroke standing beneath the life boats on the promenade deck, we sat comfortably in the theater and watched a safety video with all the same info you've heard in the past. A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT, and a big plus as far as I'm concerned. The ship is just fantastic. It exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Central Park was lovely, and a perfect spot to sit and have a drink in the evenings while listening to a violinist or guitarist. Boardwalk is a neat area with a lot to offer. The carousel is fun, and the aquatheater is brilliant. Not quite as big as I had imagined, but certainly large enough to hold the number of guests expected at each show. The Royal promenade is a gem, and while it is not quite the "heart of the ship" as on Freedom/Voyager class, it is still probably the most active area on board. There are just so many other similar spots that again, it keeps crowds down. Another effort the cruise line has made to keep crowds down is the reserving of shows. Now the system is not perfect yet, but overall it was a success. We booked online before sailing, but once onboard we saw other things we wanted to do which conflicted with the shows we had booked, so we went to switch a couple of dates. Be advised that as early as the morning of the first full day, all shows for the aquatheater were sold out and so we had to keep what we had. Also, we did not see the "full" show due to the lack of practice during the Atlantic crossing, but what we did see was impressive and the light show was very enjoyable as well. The ice skating show in Studio B was fabulous, and at least as good as the others we've seen on board, if not a little better. In one portion of the show, there is an amazing sand artist who will dazzle you with her abilities. I won't spoil the treat of getting to see her, but it really is a highlight of the show. The performance was top notch and very impressive. Not just a couple of jumps and a lot of skating around, mind you. There were some pretty challenging feats, and I personally thought it was the best show all week. The headliners were okay. We've certainly had better, but we've also had worse. Scott Record was pretty funny and the comedian from the first night with the duck was all right. Audience participation certainly made his show a lot better in my opinion. Hairspray was very good, and even though it was probably about an hour and half show, I enjoyed it most of the way through. It was an impressive production with some talented performers. The dining room was beautiful, and actually looked nicer in person than the pictures made it appear. The chandelier was really beautiful in person, and looked much nicer to me than in the photos I saw before sailing. Dinner was good, but not innovative. Every meal I had on board, I had had before. But they were good. The Mahi Mahi had changed a little bit, but it was basically the same. The fisherman's plate was good, but frankly, the grilled lobster on Labadee was much better, the Prime Rib was fantastic and I would have ordered it again if it were on the menu. Windjammer food was good, as was Johnny Rockets, Sorentos, and the various cafes we used. There were a few dishes that were excellent, and many that were very good. I guess the main result is that food quality didn't really suffer as a result of more passengers being on board. My wife's favorite was an egg salad roll they had in the Cafe Promenade the first day, but it was never served the rest of the cruise. Being able to dock at Labadee was a huge improvement, and again Kudos to RCI for helping with the crowd by spending the money to complete this endeavor. The pier wasn't even that long, and it was so nice to have the convenience of being able to go back and forth any time we wanted. While Labadee lost one of its beaches to the dock, it was worth the sacrifice. Not quite the island paradise I remembered with all the improvements but still a great stop and a nice beach day. It was even rockier than I remembered on the far side, but there was still a nice beach near where you used to tender in that was much easier on the feet. There was very little sensation of movement, and our stateroom accommodations were nice. We had an ocean view balcony, which was adequate. I had the option of booking any balcony we wanted, but I felt from the artist renderings and later everyone's photos that I wouldn't enjoy the lack of privacy. Seeing it in person makes this even more true. While walking above the boardwalk, you could easily see right into passengers' cabins if they didn't have the curtains pulled, and even if they did, you could see their balconies clearly. Now I'm no peeping tom, but it was hard not to notice, to be honest, and I would say that it's an exhibitionist's dream. Now I'm sure some people will love being able to overlook the Boardwalk, Central Park, etc, and will love this type of stateroom, but for me, I think I'll stick to an ocean view for the privacy. Without question it was a great cruise. My wife did the zip line, and enjoyed watching the Flowriders. The ship has a great deal to offer and it's design and layout make it very easy to navigate. It doesn't feel too big, and even waiting for an elevator is no worse than normal. That being said, there were minor problems including some technical glitches in some of the shows, and one set of lights on the Promenade that seemed to be hung in one mode and never changed with the rest of the lights. They got our reservations mixed up for our shows, and had to get approval to see our show on the last night. And the biggest thing for me personally was the dining room service. In the past, we have really enjoyed the experience of getting to know our waitstaff and interacting with them nightly. On this sailing, there was very little personal contact or interaction with them. They were very nice and very friendly and always got our orders right, but the personal touch simply was not there. I was really afraid that this was due to the size of the ship, but it did not appear that they were waiting on any more tables than normal. I know that the crew were "hand picked" for their experience and work ethic, but I was not overly impressed with them. An example is that each night our waiter was visibly taking notes, which was something we've never seen before. I'm not sure how much of this was still learning the new ship, but I overheard our Maitre 'd saying that this was their first time being waiters, and that they used to be galley workers. This fact surprised me, but explained a lot. I feel that our experience was probably personal, and may not have represented the service everyone else received. DW & I shared an intimate table for 2 by the window, and so this still made for a very special dining experience. I always go with a positive outlook, and I always take the best and try to ignore the worst, but this honestly was a great cruise. My wife even said one time that she thought this was "the greatest vacation ever," while sitting in a hammock on Labadee. While sitting in the hot tubs overlooking the ocean, it all came back to me why we love to cruise so much. There's just nothing else that we can do where you get so much for your money. We have to save and work pretty hard to get to go, and when we do it's nice to have such a rewarding experience for your hard work and sacrifice. Thank you Royal Caribbean. It would have been EASY to drop the ball on this one, but I think even the harshest critics would be impressed IF they would go with an open mind and not have a preconceived idea that they wouldn't like it. It may not be for everybody, but I don't think it's too big, and contrary to what some have said, it certainly felt like a cruise to me. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Royal Caribbean really served up the WOW as promised here on Oasis of the Seas. I'm still in WOW mode and I have been off the ship for almost a week now. Embarkation was a breeze great direction throughout the terminal we got into ... Read More
Royal Caribbean really served up the WOW as promised here on Oasis of the Seas. I'm still in WOW mode and I have been off the ship for almost a week now. Embarkation was a breeze great direction throughout the terminal we got into Terminal 18 around 10:45am was on the ship shortly after 11:00am. Got Sea Passes in short order then went to a holding area then was pointed toward the ship you come into the ship on the Royal Promenade where unlimited free champagne was waiting for everyone. Went to the Windjammer to get something to eat after meeting with the Critter Clan. Let me say something about the Windjammer here-best service I have ever received in a buffet situation. Great service great food. They really stepped it up here on Oasis. Good flow in lines and it rarely felt crowded. Sadly this could not be stated about the dining room where in my experience service was poor and impersonal. We had My Time Dining and it felt like Their Time Service. Poor service and food in Opus got a better steak in the Windjammer. But again this was just my experience. We dropped off our carry on in our cabin and went out to the pool deck. Our room was ready around 12:45 Chen did a great job as our room attendant. Very nice young man and left treats and surprises in out room every night. Muster drill was really a breeze. Sit down and watch a video. Then go. The Oasis in spite of its size was the easiest ship to get around in my experience as a cruiser. By every elevator was a touch screen that had any and everything you could do on ship, dining, things to do, shows,shops every venue on board listed. You just touched the screen on the venue you wanted to go to and then touched MAP IT and it would give you exact directions on how to get there from where you are at. On deck 7 though where our room was you would have to drop one floor or go up one to get back and forth if you come in on the port side. Shows were world class. Saw them all. Ice show was the best and family friendly. Aqua Theater show was also very well done. Hairspray was well done but not really family friendly in my opinion. Scott Record was great as the headliner. Ken Rush as cruise director though I thought did a really poor job. Serious lack of communication on what was going on activity wise. We had a invitation to a past cruiser event on board ship. But our invitation stated this was for Diamond members which we are not. It was not clear that all past cruisers were invited to this event. Felt kinda ripped off on that one because of lack of clear communication. Captain Bill was the one giving out most of the communication on board ship did not hear Ken at all. Cruise Compass was delivered mid afternoon on that day not night before. Printing problems were blamed on this. Hey its a new ship I understand But that also doesn't excuse a cruise director for not being very personable when every deck hand and regular staff say hi to everyone passing. Again that's just my opinion your experience with Ken Rush may have been different. Captain Bill Wright is really the heart of this fine ship. Great presence on board very friendly and approachable. All the neighborhoods was great and it was really like being in another world. Take a walk with the one you love through Central Park at night for a great experience. Music was great on board the Austarlian jazz group was exceptional every group booked on board was top notch at what they did though. Opportunity here would be this-we were up on the pool deck (which was great and never felt crowded) the DJ started to crank it up and was shut down after five minutes because the music was drifting down into Central Park and bouncing off the walls which interfered with the string quartet playing for around 40 people down there. They really need to schedule the music so it doesn't conflict with what is going on in another venue. No way acoustically they will be able to have music on the pool deck and Central Park at the same time All in all a great experience lots of freebies including Inaugural Oasis beach towels as well as a Collector Coke Bottle and lots of other freebies. The ride on this ship was great did not have the usual sway feeling once we got off ship. Last thing I want to say was even with the ship booked with over 5000 people plus crew it never felt crowded. Went to a parade in the Royal Promenade and actually could see the parade with a ton of people gathered around. They really did a great job with using the space to make things flow here. Debarkation was well organized and we were off the ship within 1/2 hour after going to our station in the dining room Great ship you really need to go on it just once for the experience Labadee looks great but it was my first time there. Other I traveled with stated it had changed greatly. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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