806 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Nice big ship. 6500 people and didn't feel crowded. Central park and boardwalk areas were very nice. Rooms were ok size for a ship. Several places to eat, but most came with a cover or up charge per guest. Royal did offer packages for ... Read More
Nice big ship. 6500 people and didn't feel crowded. Central park and boardwalk areas were very nice. Rooms were ok size for a ship. Several places to eat, but most came with a cover or up charge per guest. Royal did offer packages for dining experiences, but they were a little high and probably not practical with people with extra family members. Only real issue I had was the price of drink packages, if u think u will be drinking alcohol buy the package early before you cruise. It would cost 63 dollars a day and double that for my wife, so 700 dollars for just the top tier drinks package if you bought it on board. We settled on the second tier drink package which includes water and sodas and bought alcohol drinks al la cart. Probably should have gotten the lowest drinks package and got the case of water for the room. Also the drinks were kinda price too high 13 to 15 bucks per with gratuity automatically added 18%, but the staff kinda looked to u to add a tip. A suggestion is to have more happy hours or suggestions to non alcoholic drinks on menus which other than sodas and waters were not promoted at all. Overall nice experience except for upcharges and high priced excursions and short port durations. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our second time in the oasis class ship! However for overall nightlife and partying the smaller ships tend to be better! Great shows on this class of ship! Cats was amazing and we actually saw it twice!!! Over all would ... Read More
This was our second time in the oasis class ship! However for overall nightlife and partying the smaller ships tend to be better! Great shows on this class of ship! Cats was amazing and we actually saw it twice!!! Over all would recommend! Our cabin was a Central Park balcony cabin that unfortunately was next to a screw service area that ended up very loud at various times! On the bright side of the cabin the balcony was double the size! Dining was very good with plenty of options to eat! We ate at 150 central one night and it was absolutely amazing! Windjammer was very good and plentiful! Our first seating dining was good but we wanted to be seated with people but did not get a chance to dine with anyone! Summertime allows to be a lot of kids to be in these ships and we prefer not to be seated with kids at dinner time! We love Royal Caribbean and would recommend the oasis of the seas! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We did a family cruise with extended family. It wasn’t my favorite ship out of all the royal Caribbean options. I have only cruised with Royal so I have nothing to compare it too. The main dining room food was definitely the best ... Read More
We did a family cruise with extended family. It wasn’t my favorite ship out of all the royal Caribbean options. I have only cruised with Royal so I have nothing to compare it too. The main dining room food was definitely the best food on the boat and was exceptional. I wouldn’t do any specially dining options, not worth it. The windjammer was the worst experience I’ve had on any of the ships and I tried it twice. The snacks around the ship were ok, not as good as other ships. The bartenders and servers in a lot of the beverage areas weren’t as friendly as other ships and definitely seemed annoyed if you utilized any crown/anchor loyalty rewards. The staterooms need deep cleanings, they were clean as far as bathroom and bedding but the rooms looked like they havent been deep cleaned in a long time. The ship is very clean and well taken care of in all public areas. The entertainment was good, there were a couple shows I didn’t care for but overall it was very entertaining. The best casino of any ship I’ve been on, Big, great options, and well set up. The bars/live music options exceptional. The guest services were terrible, we had on board credits through our travel agent and showed them the receipts and they said they wouldn’t do anything about it. That we have to check with our travel agent when we got home because it was Saturday and they’re closed so we were unable to call them. They also were rude about one charge discrepancy to my husband, he had to ask for management. They sent us to the wrong place and tried to charge us for a brunch we never had when we were supposed to tour a kitchen. Other cruises I’ve been on with Royal you feel like it’s to quick and want to stay longer. I’m not sure if I’d cruise on oasis again, but I’m glad I had the experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This cruise ship is perfect for families. I sailed with my 2 daughters and 7yr old grandchild. We could barely get the child out of the kids club. She loved it. We adults, always found something to do when we were not on my balcony ... Read More
This cruise ship is perfect for families. I sailed with my 2 daughters and 7yr old grandchild. We could barely get the child out of the kids club. She loved it. We adults, always found something to do when we were not on my balcony relaxing or reading. The complaints I have is that the alcoholic beverages were much too expensive and a beverage package is not cost effective for me. The balcony room was tiny, I have been in bigger ones, but the balcony was great. Two people in my party went to see Cats and loved it. My granddaughter was enthralled with the cats. At night, we went to a Frank Sinatra review, and Phil Petersen was wonderful. He was a great singer and we really enjoyed it. The ship is really a marvel of engineering. The food was very good, both in the dining room and at the Windjammer. We did not go to any specialty restaurants, the cost has risen so much that we felt it was not worth it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Traveled with a friend and our teenage kids, because there is something to do for everybody, and the food, as I have food allergies. Service and food used to be impeccable, and it has declined compared to two years ago, but it was ... Read More
Traveled with a friend and our teenage kids, because there is something to do for everybody, and the food, as I have food allergies. Service and food used to be impeccable, and it has declined compared to two years ago, but it was still good. Kids were happy with a variety of things to do. Excursion options for Labadee and Cozumel were a bit disappointing, more so because the two we had selected got canceled a week before departure. However, the prices used to be much higher than booking through Viator, but now I’m happy to pay a bit extra and to have peace of mind. Overall, I am impressed with the extraordinary organization of everything: checking in, food, excursions, disembarking. My personal recommendations: don’t get drink packages unless you drink a ton, book your Wi-Fi in advance as you will get surf and stream five dollars cheaper per day, and don’t get the cruise to airport transfer at it’s a rip off. We got the same shuttle just walking off the boat for seven dollars cheaper per person. Also, we did not leave suitcases outside the cabin night before arrival as this makes it easier to walk off when you want instead of being assigned a disembarking time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose this cruise because of the facilities on the ship and because one of the destinations was Jamaica, somewhere I was very keen to go. We had an email the day before embarkation informing us that our itinerary had completely ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the facilities on the ship and because one of the destinations was Jamaica, somewhere I was very keen to go. We had an email the day before embarkation informing us that our itinerary had completely changed due to the weather forecast on our original route. Obviously this cannot be helped and I am grateful that safety is a priority but as a planner this completely floored me. If there was some suggestion of alternative itineraries in the booking process this would really help as I could have done some research in advance as to what we could do in the alternative destinations. As it happened the forecast changed again and we found out as we embarked that out original itinerary was back on. The process of embarkation and disembarkation was surprisingly smooth given the huge number of people all doing the same thing at the same time. Couldn’t fault it. We travelled as a family with two teenaged children and had two cabins next to each other at the front of the ship overlooking the helipad. We found these spacious, comfortable and excelllently maintained by the housekeeping team. We opted for a specialty dining package which we thoroughly enjoyed. The food and service was excellent. We didn’t enjoy how busy the main dining rooms were for breakfast so opted for something from the smaller cafes and got snacks on the days we didn’t have a specialty booking for the evening. Very happy with what was on offer everywhere foodwise. The shows were varied and showed of excpetional talent from the performers. The costumes and scenery were fantastic and it was hard to believe these were being performed on a ship. We didn’t rate the Come Fly With Me Show but that’s down to personal preference. We’d prebooked two shows but found it easy enough to get seats to the others when they were opened up 10 minutes before show time for those not booked. The excursions we had pre-booked and found to be excellent. We did the zip line in Labadee, Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove in Jamaica and Atlantis Submarine in Cozumel. All were very well run, felt very safe and guides and staff made sure that you had a good time. There wasn’t a lot of information as to how to get to where to meet for the excursions but as all were very close to the pier it became clear very quickly and wasn’t necessary in advance. I’m glad we could pre-book whilst back in the U.K. as it was much cheaper to do so and you could find far more information on what to expect from the excursion, including what to wear and what to take with you. This would have been quite an issue for us if our itinerary had had to change. Photos were very expensive at Dolphin Cove and as you couldn’t take your own it would have been good to know this in advance. The excursions are expensive, unnecessarily so since you have a captive audience wanting to do them, but we thoroughly enjoyed them and they’ve given us many holiday highlights. Facilities on board the ship were great but inevitably had queues with so many people on board. We gave up on rock climbing but how many people can say they ice-skated in the Caribbean?! For me the pools were too small for the number of people on board. In wanting to avoid the smoking side of the ship we were left with the children's pool and one other which became standing room only on sea days. I understand that it would be impractical to have a smoke free ship as it would alienate too many potential customers but I felt that this gave them an unfair advantage in some spaces where non-smokers have to put up with it or avoid the area entirely if you can’t tolerate the smoke for whatever reason. Onto cost. As Brits we’re just not used to the whole tipping thing. Gratuities are added to everything and after the initial cost of the cruise itself the add ons became almost prohibitively expensive. Drinks packages, gratuity packages, dining packages, WiFi packages, excursion costs. And then gratuities added to everything. Even then, with your drinks package you are still asked if you want to leave additional tips with every drink handed to you. We were happy to reward good service and did so, but the additional cost has the potential to rocket out of control. Yes, many of these are optional but we felt them necessary to make the most of our holiday. We took gratuities off our children’s accounts, they don’t earn any money so we don’t see why they should be tipping when as adults we are doing so on behalf of us as a family. There is no issue in doing this, we could have cancelled our own, but you have to do it the day you get on board and know to do so. Some people had nasty surprises when they saw their accounts a few days in. We had a great first time cruising experience and I would recommend the Oasis of the Seas as your ship of choice. The facilities, food, staff and experience were excellent but I would have to advise caution on cost. What you pay for your cruise initially is nowhere near your final cost in our experience. We would have to take that seriously into account before booking another. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was my first time on RCL in a long time and first time ever on an Oasis class ship. We had a great vacation! Embarking and debarking were fast and efficient. The ship while older, was very clean. Most employees were friendly ... Read More
This was my first time on RCL in a long time and first time ever on an Oasis class ship. We had a great vacation! Embarking and debarking were fast and efficient. The ship while older, was very clean. Most employees were friendly although we did meet some grumpy workers. Happens on every ship. We had an amazing room steward. He did an awesome job keeping our room tidy with 4 of us in a Boardwalk Balcony room. We did anytime dining and i had made reservation before boarding for dinner each night. Our table was always ready and the one night we needed to dine at a different time it was very easy to just walk in. Service and food was very good. We had the same waiter half the nights. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants except Johnny Rockets for lunch. I loved on busy days that they sat you at tables at Windjammers for lunch. It saved the trouble of hunting for tables. But they only did this when it was very full. Windjammers was good. Shows were very good although I wish they had more comedy shows with more than 2 comedians for the entire trip like Carnival. My teens preferred the Teen centers on Carnival over RCL. They said the ages weren't segregated enough. Hard to get more details out of them but they were disappointed and didn't meet close friends like they had on our 3 previous Carnival cruises. i loved the live music by the pool (huge plus over Carnival). I could always find 2 chairs together at the pool no matter when I went. We had a Boardwalk Balcony for 4 people and while tight, it totally worked. We had an end cabin, 12729, and it was perfect. Loved watching the huge screen tv at the aqua pool and the dive shows from the balcony. It was not noisy at all with the balcony door shut. Room was a little warmer than I would have preferred but again it was fine. We had a great time! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise of the dates that fell during our anniversary and location of the port. It was the closest for us to drive to from home. We enjoyed the activities that were available on the ship and there were plenty of shore ... Read More
We chose this cruise of the dates that fell during our anniversary and location of the port. It was the closest for us to drive to from home. We enjoyed the activities that were available on the ship and there were plenty of shore excursions to choose from at each destination. There was a bit of a language barrier for us with some of the staff. And we felt a bit pressured to tip everyone. I understand that tips are extra income for the staff but we already paid for gratuities in our packages and if we tipped every person we came in contact with, it would cost more than the trip itself. Chops Grille and Sabor was our top choices for dinner, very satisfied with those two. Our cabin was perfect, just the right size for the two of us. Our housekeeper kept us tidy and with fresh towels every morning and evening. Very happy with her and the cabin! Tons and tons to do on board. Alot of excursions to choose from, but book them early! They go up in price day of boarding and fill up fast. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We choose our family vacation to accommodate ages from 2 to 60+. There are plenty of activities for children and adults. Tried the flow rider and ice skated on the same day! We were fortunate and had perfect weather. There were 6,475 ... Read More
We choose our family vacation to accommodate ages from 2 to 60+. There are plenty of activities for children and adults. Tried the flow rider and ice skated on the same day! We were fortunate and had perfect weather. There were 6,475 passengers on the ship; the Oasis of Seas never really felt crowded. It's it bit strange to say that while on the ship, one of our favorites places was Central Park on deck eight. The two children loved the Carousal and the splash pool. When you first board, there is a crush of passengers and the common areas, elevators, and windjammer buffet was crowded. Take the stairs and explore other parts of the ship and have a late lunch at the windjammer. Be sure to see the Aqua show and other the production shows. Make reservations and get their early. The ship starts will allow non-reservation passengers to be seated 15 minutes before show time. Be aware that during the Aqua Show you will get splashed if you sit in the first few rows. We could see the damage Hurricane Irma (2017) caused, but the islands are recovering and rely on the tourist to help them recover. The only unfortunate experience was some rude passengers who decided it was o.k. to smoke on their balcony and pollute the air above, below, and near their stateroom. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
It was the largest ship going out to see over the fourth. The inside outside balconies which accommodated all 12 of us. The basketball court, water activities were awesome for our teenagers. It accommodated both young and old. That is ... Read More
It was the largest ship going out to see over the fourth. The inside outside balconies which accommodated all 12 of us. The basketball court, water activities were awesome for our teenagers. It accommodated both young and old. That is if you didn’t get run over by those in scooters. The family dinners in the dining room were great but there was no Whow food. The service was poor and it looked the same for everyone. You ordered right away and your appetizer came out in a timely manner but it took forever for the entrees and there was always one straggling in. Didn’t like you had to pay extra for something else. Not enough variety in places if you didn’t want to go to main dining. Overall experience was good and yes I would choose this cruise again. The excursions proved to be nice outings. Was disappointed that the wave runners were cancelled in Haiti after we got there. It was a highlight for the boys. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
First, I read all I could about this ship prior to boarding. Please heed this warning... do NOT take your own extension cord or power strip. Your luggage will get flagged, you'll have to go to deck 3 to retrieve it the first day, ... Read More
First, I read all I could about this ship prior to boarding. Please heed this warning... do NOT take your own extension cord or power strip. Your luggage will get flagged, you'll have to go to deck 3 to retrieve it the first day, and RCL will keep your cord or strip until you disembark on the last day. Not worth the hassle. You CAN however take 2 bottles of wine on board, uncorked, unsealed! No other drinks, no sodas, waters, liquor, etc. Great ship. Yes, the first day is hectic... crowded. But after that, it smooths out. Just remember, you can eat breakfast at the Wipeout Cafe, Johnny Rockets and other placed. On port days, the Windjammer Buffet is quite crowded especially if you go before an excursion. Would recommend this ship to anyone, seasoned, mid-life couples, younger couples with kids, and/or first-time cruisers. Granted, if this is your first cruise, you will be spoiled if you take this one and then go on a say -- Carnival Cruise. We've been on Norwegian for the past three years. Really liked it, smaller... thought we'd do something different for the kids, boys ages 6 and 12. They loved it. Wanted to stay. Only complaint I have is the Casino was slap full of those penny machines. Most are... some quarters, some dollars, but not a lot. Other than that, the slots are tight. There were a couple of looser machines if you gamble. Best bet is playing Roulette, Blackjack or Craps. All the shows were great! Especially the Rock-n-Roll show, the Water/Diving show and the Ice Skating Show. Bingo was fun. A little different that what we are use to. Some were only one game. Crowded venue, arrive early!! Coke machines were a hassle. Worked most of the time. Would run out of cola, ice, etc... Usually can find them in the Windjammer, Deck 15 Arcade, two by the Pizza Place on Deck 5, and in most restaurants. Ice cream is by the kiddie pool area, soft serve, cones. Good stuff. Would cruise this ship again. Oh, no water slides for the kids. A little disappointed. But the Harmony of the Seas has several - which we are going on in a couple of weeks. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our first Cruise was RC about 12 years ago, thats why we choose them again, Oasis of the seas was great, the food, amenities, gym, cabin, all them great, The prices for the drinks are too expensive!! and if you like to drink a Lot of ... Read More
Our first Cruise was RC about 12 years ago, thats why we choose them again, Oasis of the seas was great, the food, amenities, gym, cabin, all them great, The prices for the drinks are too expensive!! and if you like to drink a Lot of water as I do, you will be in trouble The dinner is great, in my opinion you don’t need the Speciality restaurant, we had giovannis so can attend to a show and it wasn’t any great I think the overall experience was great, just save at least 1,000 dollars for tips and drinks The fitness room was great, I really enjoy it, never too crowed The swiming pools are never enough for 5,000 people but you’ll find the way as the chairs The food is great as I said, but if you miss the times there are not very good options, my advise will be the café at central park, all others are any good Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Great Value, Beautiful Ship and Great Entertainment. Our family had a fabulous time on the Oasis of the Seas. Plenty of activities for all age groups. Even as large as the ship is it's amazing that you do not feel that it's ... Read More
Great Value, Beautiful Ship and Great Entertainment. Our family had a fabulous time on the Oasis of the Seas. Plenty of activities for all age groups. Even as large as the ship is it's amazing that you do not feel that it's crowded anywhere on the ship. Shopping, restaurants, main dining, casino, fitness and staff were wonderful. We were very surprised at the efficiency of boarding and leaving the ship from the time we arrived until we left. Staff made it very easy and were very helpful and friendly. Shore excursions were fun and I would recommend going through Royal Caribbean when booking these for your family. The only complaint after our family had (8) various Spa treatments was that the value and experience were very low compared to other cruise lines or what you might experience at home. The Spa staff seemed very unorganized each of the 4 days that our family booked treatments (delayed treatment times and time cut short on 4 of our 5 massages). Other than the Spa I would recommend Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas for your vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I chose this cruise for the islands we visited. The ship was huge and crowded. Service was very good. Food in Sabor was the best. Our room attendant was wonderful. We found a quiet spot to sit in the evenings, something hard to do. They ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the islands we visited. The ship was huge and crowded. Service was very good. Food in Sabor was the best. Our room attendant was wonderful. We found a quiet spot to sit in the evenings, something hard to do. They allowed a Dog in the Main Dining room at Dinner. He ate from the plates and sat at the table. NASTY! We also were charged double for service at the spa. We paid for a consultation and then were charged 18 percent more. My husband really enjoyed the Flowrider. I enjoyed watching him ride and sitting in the shade on the stands.They would let riders on for three to four hours and than Stop for a safety talk. Stupid to wait that long and for interrupting people's day. Over all, I would find a smaller ship with less people. And be prepared to get pestered to buy, BUY, Buy...everything, all the time! And then pay manditory $14.50 per person per day tip AND an additional 18 percent! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise based on two things: 1) It was my first cruise, we had our 1 year old with us, and I was very worried about being seasick (and having to take care of a baby while seasick) so the bigger the boat the better, in my ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on two things: 1) It was my first cruise, we had our 1 year old with us, and I was very worried about being seasick (and having to take care of a baby while seasick) so the bigger the boat the better, in my opinion and 2) My husband (the veteran of many cruises) approved of the ports. My husband has gold status with RC so it made embarkation much faster than if we didn't have status at all. The general line was very long. The process was very organized. Our cabin was a decent size for a cruise ship, the shower was much better than I was expecting. We had a balcony and we loved that feature of the room. The room did feel like it was due for a refresh soon but nothing that we couldn't live with. It all felt clean. The dining was good. The buffet restaurant (Wind Jammer) accommodated a lot of people but we never waited very long for a table. The food was good with a lot of variety. The dining room was the tastiest food of the trip (we didn't eat at any specialty restaurant). The staff, in particular the main dining room staff, always went above and beyond for us and our daughter. It really made the dining experience special. When we would see the same staff members around the ship in their other jobs, they always said hello and made a point of helping us. Really spectacular service. Tons to do - too much for us to even scratch the surface. With the baby we mostly used the Splash Zone pool (baby loved it), and the Kids Adventure Zone. Having a space (both a nursery and a play room) for our little one was really, really great. Sometimes baby just needs some safe space to crawl and toddle around and this was it. We went there almost every day. Overall the cruise was really nice. We would consider this ship again. PS re:seasickness - I only felt a little woozy on the 1st sea day (getting used to the boat) and the 6th day (when the waves were a bit higher than the other days). Both times the SeaBands took care of it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean cruise in June (most expensive month) to celebrate Graduations and birthdays/anniversary as well as finally experience this magnificent ship we watched being built almost a decade ago. We had ... Read More
We chose Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean cruise in June (most expensive month) to celebrate Graduations and birthdays/anniversary as well as finally experience this magnificent ship we watched being built almost a decade ago. We had never been to St. Thomas or St. Maarten either. The ship is impressive, it would be difficult to argue that. There are many things to see and do that are not offered on other cruise ships. Having said that, it felt very disorganized and when activity directors were present, many times it was in small areas so only a few people compared to the nearly 6000 passengers could experience. We chose a balcony room overlooking Central Park. It was lovely, however my personal preference would be to get an ocean balcony from now on. Privacy was an issue for some who chose to not close their curtains while changing (not our room) and we prefer the ocean breeze which allows for circulation of stagnant stateroom air which caused stuffy noses & congestion among our group. We did not feel the connection of most crew members who on previous RC cruises were very present. We thought that maybe the crew does not have to "sell" as much with guaranteed daily tips. (We have always tipped at least the minimum recommended tips & usually gave more to those who went above & beyond), but wonder if that is why we noticed a difference in many crew members. The ship is gigantic and of course many times there were multiple things we wanted to do happening at the same time, then other times, no scheduled activities we had interest in. Also communication with your group/family members is only possible if you pay for internet which on this cruise was over $100 per device. So we had to pay over $200 just to be able to text our teenage daughter and communicate locations & meet ups at various times. This should be included in the app at no additional charge in my opinion. The main dining room food was average, not bad, not good, we still ate it. Our servers had several large tables & our dinner experience was always over 2 hours which made us late to a couple reserved shows, so they let other people without reservations in. We had to leave early a couple times. Specialty dining is much better, but of course additional cost. We had a voucher from our travel agency and that was helpful. We had 2 connecting rooms my husband & 2 kids shared with me, since they will not allow 2 underages in 1 room, we booked 1 adult & 1 child per room. This allowed my husband to purchase a drink package & I did not. He got his money's worth on the drink package, I would have lost money as I don't drink enough to account for spending that amount each day. Overall we noticed that RC service has declined in many areas and costs continue to increase. We still had a great time with family & friends, it is hard not to have a good time when someone else is cooking & cleaning for you everyday, but haven't decided if it is just the extreme size of the ship which obviously changes they dynamic, or if we just had amazing crew and cruise directors on previous cruises. We will compare in November when we take a weekend cruise on a smaller RC ship. The value for the money is average because you can do this same cruise & itinerary for nearly half our cost in other months, we just could not cruise at those times due to schedules. Also CATS which I have seen live many years ago, was very difficult to hear & the theatre was hot, so we had to leave at intermission. Talent was there, but sound difficulties made it horrible to sit through on the 2nd level. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We were a party of 13 of all ages, half veterans and half first-timers. We chose Oasis because of its convenient location relative to where most of us live in Central Florida and because big ships offer so much. ... Read More
We were a party of 13 of all ages, half veterans and half first-timers. We chose Oasis because of its convenient location relative to where most of us live in Central Florida and because big ships offer so much. Entertainment--Excellent. The entertainment was great, and actually the most impressive part of the cruise--"Frozen in Time" ice show was amazing, and we loved the comedy shows, the Quest, and even "CATS" (which has a very boring story line, but was still so well performed). The ship has many excellent live musicians. Food--Excellent. We bought the $89 -for-three-specialty-restaurants dining package, which I highly recommend. 150 Central Park, Chops and Giovannis had wonderful food and over-the-top good service. It is easy to buy the dining package on the ship--the restaurants were not full. Windjammer was decent. Main Dining Room was a little noisy, but served good food. Perks--Excellent. We are both Diamond and Suite guests. Diamond perks are awesome--3 free drinks at restaurants per night and discounts galore. The Suites lounge, Coastal Kitchen, is both gorgeous and serene. We had healthy breakfast there almost every morning. Fitness--Excellent. I am a runner--so the only fitness thing I used was the Deck 5 running track, 3 times. This was an easy-to-use, basic track, but I so appreciated this on a ship, where you need a calorie antidote. Ship Condition--Mixed. The ship goes into drydock maintenance in Europe next year, and needs it. Oasis is a gorgeous design and is kept beautifully sparkly, but hallway carpets are so tired--no doubt clean, but stained. The elevator service is frustrating--I got a lot of stair use. Oasis needs some kind of elevator programming help or some other design improvement to lessen the numerous times full elevators stopped on every floor to disappointed waiting riders--it's ridiculous after a while. My stateroom was an Owner's Suite, so how could I complain? Well, they had to kick out of it for 6 hours one day for unspecified maintenance, and the compensation offered was ridiculously small. Bahamas Excursion--Poor. If you are on the fence--avoid the half-day excursions. Because of the compressed time, everyone leaves together and everyone comes back at the same time, too. We bought the Atlantis Water Park excursion, which we had done before on a Disney cruise. Meeting time was 7:40. Park attraction start time was not until 10:00. Information we needed on lockers and restaurants was sparse, and we wasted a lot of time searching for both. The amount of time I actually spent in the water was about 45 minutes. Poor experience. Service Onboard--Excellent. As you would expect, crew members were excellent. They give up a lot when they take on these jobs. I definitely appreciate them! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We have had great experience with RC in the past and were interested in visiting these ports. I will say that we would probably not choose Oasis again. I was appalled at how much cigarette smoke rolled out of the casinos on both floors- ... Read More
We have had great experience with RC in the past and were interested in visiting these ports. I will say that we would probably not choose Oasis again. I was appalled at how much cigarette smoke rolled out of the casinos on both floors- one of which was our dining room so every night before dinner we were forced to inhale the smoke that was right across from the dining room entrance. On our floor - the 10th - after about the 3rd day, getting off the elevators was very unpleasant due to a very strong smell of diesel fuel. Gave me a headache. Other guests said the same thing. The other disappointment regarding this experience was the food. Im not sure if this is an Oasis thing but we have sailed on Freedom of the Seas in the past and the food was excellent. It was just ok on Oasis. I would caution anyone that uses the spa during your vacation. My husband treated me to a massage and hair blow out on one of the formal nights. I could not believe what a basic massage it was for the price. At one point I could tell the therapist was checking her phone or some device and almost forgot she was massaging me. The one hand just kind of stopped and her other hand was occupied...I could hear her doing something. Then the high pressure sales locking you in the room to purchase this absolutely necessary cream for your sore muscles. Eye roll. So not relaxing. Kids had a great time and other than these few complaints it was a very nice vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Pros: Big ships have more going on and more choices. This ship is bigger than any other I've been on. Overall, we all enjoyed the ship, pools, entertainment, choices, food and had very few complaints. It didn't feel like it ... Read More
Pros: Big ships have more going on and more choices. This ship is bigger than any other I've been on. Overall, we all enjoyed the ship, pools, entertainment, choices, food and had very few complaints. It didn't feel like it was as big as it really was because there are so many different things to do that the people are split up in different areas. The staff was overall very nice. __________________ Cons: My time dining is a bit chaotic. We were moved all over the dining room and a few times there were other people sitting at the table they brought us to (so they got another one ready). We usually give additional tips, but we never got the same waiter twice (other ships with my time dining try to put you with the same waiter). We made reservations online for all dining and shows. DO THIS FOR SURE! ___________ Labadee was a nice island, but we tried to make reservations online for the activities and couldn't. When we got there, we waited in line 45 min only to be told the aquapark was sold out. You only get 1 hour to play on the inflatables. Other parks we've gone to let you go all day. The staff at the island are locals and the ones selling tickets to the activities were very rude. We wanted to zip line there and do the roller coaster, but didn't want to waste the whole day in line only to be told its sold out. _________- Bar service is very slow, We waited for at least 20 minutes in two different bars and finally left because nobody came to take our order. I think so many people get the alcohol package that the staff figures they already have their money, why rush to get them drinks? We don't drink much, but it would have been nice to get better service. ___________ Our child is older and didn't want to go to teen club, but the younger ones looked like they had fun. ____________ We went snorkeling on an excursion in San Juan, but the water was cloudy and we've had better waters elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We took our grandson for his 12th birthday. We had a cabin with a balcony. The room was to small for 3, especially with the couch/bed made up. I'm not a tall guy yet the bathroom sink was at yesteryears low height. Our cabin steward ... Read More
We took our grandson for his 12th birthday. We had a cabin with a balcony. The room was to small for 3, especially with the couch/bed made up. I'm not a tall guy yet the bathroom sink was at yesteryears low height. Our cabin steward was exceptional. For one of the larger ships with many passengers it was kept clean. Central Park and the Boardwalk are outstanding with great restaurants and shops. Johnny Rockets charges for lunch but is free for breakfast which was great. The Aqua Show displayed great swimmers and high divers hitting the water with pinpoint accuracy and timing keeping you on the edge of your seat. Our 8pm seating for dinner was perfect. The service was outstanding as was the food. Lobster night everyone at our table had 3-5 tails. Our waiter didn't blink an eye upon ordering several apps/entrees. The casino was as big as I have ever seen on a ship. The dealers were very helpful and cool. If you drink I'd advise you to get the liquor package. Many typical excursions but the best was the Sea Trek on St. Martin. My ninny wife and 12yr old grandson did it without a problem. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience a large ship with all the bells and whistles. We had experienced an old Carnival cruise ship and a Disney cruise, we just wanted something different. There is a lot of stuff to do . . ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to experience a large ship with all the bells and whistles. We had experienced an old Carnival cruise ship and a Disney cruise, we just wanted something different. There is a lot of stuff to do . . . I mean A LOT. To the point that I sometimes felt guilty for just sitting and doing nothing, which I sometimes enjoy doing. But with so much activity going on I felt pressure to constantly be on the move (please note: none of the crew made me feel this way, it was just me). Also, because of the ship layout with the different neighborhoods, I often forgot I was even at sea. It was a challenge to make it to an area to even see the ocean (I had an interior room). Deck 5 has a walking track, but most of the view is blocked by life boats, plus you have hard core runners running around and I felt bad being on the track because I just wanted to stroll. Or you had to go up to deck 15 with the mass of humanity to see the ocean. The adult area was always crowded and hot. There just wasn't a good place to chill and watch the ocean. Windjammer was pretty good, not great. But it's a buffet, so you can always find something to eat. The Park Cafe was great. Usually not crowded and the roast beef sandwich was delicious, so were the bagels and smoked salmon. Main dining room was good. Great deserts. Never had any seafood/fish that was great, but all the meat was great! My daughter got New York strip every night that was always top notch. All the meat I had was prepared perfectly and had a lot of flavor. Wait staff was awesome. Cats was . . . well, Cats. The performers were really good. It was as close to Broadway as you're going to get. The dive show and ice skating show were GREAT. Very impressive. We didn't see the head liner, it was just a band singing covers. Come Fly With Me was okay. St. Maarten- if you like to shop this is the place. My son did the Sea Trek and really enjoyed it. In retrospect I would have had his excursion earlier or late in the day so we could enjoy the island or beach before or after. The excursion was right in the middle of the day so it left little time on either side to do much. San Juan - Really enjoyed the fort and walking around Old San Juan. Wish we could have been in port longer. Labadee - Spend the money and get a bed on the beach or rent a cabana. I wish we'd done that. Main suggestion: Book any excursion you think looks interested. Royal Caribbean has a very generous refund policy. You can cancel up to 3 days before the cruise (I think). Book what you want, look for discounts on excursions as you get closer to cruising and then cancel anything you don't want to do. It's better to have it now and get rid of it later. If you like to be on the go constantly and always have to have something to do, Oasis of the Seas is the ship for you. If you're more of a laid-back kinda person, I wouldn't recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because it was the time of year we were both free. I go on a cruise with my aunt every 5 years. the one disappointing thing was not being able to sit with others in the main dining room. we had anytime dining. On ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the time of year we were both free. I go on a cruise with my aunt every 5 years. the one disappointing thing was not being able to sit with others in the main dining room. we had anytime dining. On all other cruises we were asked if we wanted to join others. this time, we asked at every dinner if we could join others and were told no, it was not possible..... We ate just the two of us each night and althougn it was pleasant, we were hoping to meet others at dinner. We enjoyed all the other aspects of the cruise, everything seemed well organized and the staff seemed to all work well together. We loved all the food and felt no need to go to specialty restaurants to pay extra. We almost missed the ship because when we got to Orlando at 1pm, we found out the shuttles had stopped going to the pier already, even though the ship didn’t leave until 430. We had already paid for the shuttle☹️ We ended up taking a taxi and were refunded the taxi money when we mentioned the problem at guest services. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this ship because we went on it last year and loved it. However, this year the ship had definitely gone downhill some as far as maintenance, etc. and was in need of some updates and maintenance. The food was very average and ... Read More
We chose this ship because we went on it last year and loved it. However, this year the ship had definitely gone downhill some as far as maintenance, etc. and was in need of some updates and maintenance. The food was very average and disappointing but the service was great. I think that the excursions we chose were over priced and disappointing and it would be good for Royal to give a better description of them even though I did google them and read about them on other sites. Travel time to and from the excursions is very vague and frustrating. The entertainment was great although the descriptions could be better for those as well. The worst part of the cruise was disembarkation and driving thru the line to pick up our luggage. There is not enough direction or workers to help facilitate the chaos and it became a free for all - in other words, the rudest people just did what they wanted and the rest of us tried to manage our way through it. We will travel on Royal again but will go on a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had been on Allure a few years ago and loved it, so we wanted to try the sister ship, Oasis. I would still rate Allure a bit better as far as the food that was offered, but most of our meals were very good. Embarkation and ... Read More
We had been on Allure a few years ago and loved it, so we wanted to try the sister ship, Oasis. I would still rate Allure a bit better as far as the food that was offered, but most of our meals were very good. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, especially since we had everything done online ahead of time. We also had booked all our entertainment ahead of time and made sure our friends were on the same schedule with us. We enjoyed the "my time" dining since it was nice to be flexible and not have to stop enjoying the pool and jacuzzi to get ready for dinner at a specific time. All the shows were spectacular! We loved the Las Vegas Tenors and my personal favorite is the diving show in the aqua theater. We found that if we got to each show about 20-30 minutes early we were able to get the seats we wanted. Since there is so much to do, we never felt like we were on such a gigantic ship. I knew I wanted to try the zip line since I had not done it on Allure, and my only regret is that I waited until the last day to do it! It was great and I would suggest you try it on the first sea day so you can go on it again. I was in search of the wonderful omelets and crepes I had remembered on Allure, but never found them. (someone told me you had to pay extra for omelets? not OK!) When we slept in and wanted a simple breakfast we would go to the Cafe Promenade at Central Park. It's not an extra charge and we liked being able to eat out among the trees. The children's pools were so fantastic it made me want to bring my grandkids next time. Overall, it was a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Sailed on the Oasis May 13-20 out of Port Canaveral. POSITIVE: Embarkation was a breeze and from the time we dropped our luggage off to when we were on board was about 15 minutes at the most. How they get 7000 folks on the ship so ... Read More
Sailed on the Oasis May 13-20 out of Port Canaveral. POSITIVE: Embarkation was a breeze and from the time we dropped our luggage off to when we were on board was about 15 minutes at the most. How they get 7000 folks on the ship so fast is beyond me. Disembarkation went smooth as well. We didn't rush and walked right off when our number was called. Went to baggage ( use the porter to avoid long custom lines. Cost me $7 tip) out the door to our airport shuttle. We used Cotran's without issue $20 each. For the ship being 9 years +, It was in great condition. I noticed very little wear and tear and they do a great job of keeping everything clean. Chops and Giovanni's - Both were excellent and I would recommend the upgrade. Johnny Rockets for Breakfast. Cooked to order and very good. After the first day, the manager, Ben from Tunisa, greeted us by name on the three days we ate breakfast there. (breakfast is free) It was never crowded. The Park Cafe had excellent roast beef sandwiches. Desserts on the ship were above average. Service- Every RCI employee was super friendly and eager to help us. Our MDR Waiter was good, his assistant could have been better. Cabin steward, top notch and kept our room super clean at least 2x a day. Nassau, St. Thomas, St.Martann all showed little signs of the hurricane. I heard the French side was still bad though. Cats and the water show were very well done. Loved the Solarium and didn't have trouble finding a spot on sea days. A balcony cabin near the aft was nice and conveniently located for us. My wife thought the ship was too big and too crowded. I thought it was ok. We really never waited for anything other than the windjammer for the first lunch and took us a bit to find loungers by the pool. (The towel game was in full force) Windjammer for breakfast was pretty good but not as good as Johnny Rocket's for breakfast. MDR breakfast was also good but not great. THE BAD: Short pay video poker in the casino. 6/5 DDB on most machines. I did manage to win though and get a $400 off future cruise certificate. Two months ago it was 1000 points in the casino to get free drinks. Now it is 2500. Shame on you RCI! That's $25,000 Coin in. Windjammer for lunch - 3 times there and 3 times worse than Golden Corral. Some of the food was overcooked and most of it was luke warm at best. I had a hamburger and the meat was not meat. Sabor - While the Guacamole, Chips, and an appetizer were good, the main course were either tacos or quesadillas. While they said the tortillas were hand made, they looked and tasted like store bought out of a package. I cant believe they charge extra for this meal. My wife had two special margaritas for $15 each that have very little alcohol in them. i should have seen the warning sign that only three tables we occupied at 7:30 PM. Drinks on the ship were pretty expensive and contained little alcohol. After about day four, we pretty much switched to beer. At the hot-dog stand, I paid $4.13 for a 12 oz can Coke! Heck for $3 more I could have had some bourbon in it lol. I wouldn't have flinched at 2$ but at $4.13, they are gouging me. The pizza place was really bad. We didn't eat at Johnny Rocket's for lunch as we didn't feel it was worth the $9.95 each, upcharge. It always seemed deserted when we walked by. Overall, a great cruise and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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 3.8
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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