3,772 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

My wife and I are both retirees and have been on nine previous cruises on Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Cunard, and Norwegian. This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean and our first cruise on a “mega-ship” with six ... Read More
My wife and I are both retirees and have been on nine previous cruises on Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Cunard, and Norwegian. This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean and our first cruise on a “mega-ship” with six thousand plus passengers. While we had reservations about the size and style of the ship, we wanted to join a Greek social group that was sailing on this cruise. We were very pleasantly surprised to have really enjoyed the ship. It is so well designed and laid out that you never felt crowded, except – as expected – at the pool on sea days. The idea of dividing the ship’s venues into zones, each with each own character as truly enjoyable. Especially the Central Park area with actually live trees, flowers and meandering walks was an oasis of calm. The fact it existed over the Royal Promenade which was the focal point for music and activities was a triumph of engineering. Looking at the deck diagrams you see only two banks of elevators fore and aft. However, those two banks have 32 elevators. Few long waits and most venues were between those two groups of elevators. There literally always something going on. We loved the various themed bars and lounges. The ice show was truly spectacular. The “One Sky” original production also very good. The Cats production was very well staged, though I never enjoyed the original story. We never got to see the open-air Aqua show with the high divers due to high winds canceling several performances. Reservations in advance before you sail are absolutely essential for these shows. We stuck to the complimentary dining options and did not try the specialty extra cost dining options. My wife thought the food in the main dining room was good, I thought it was average as compared to other cruise lines. What was an extreme turn off for me was the hard sell for the specialty dining while I’m eating. First there were monitors all over the main dining room showing constant video loops advertising the extra cost options, unavoidable and annoying. Second, they interrupted your meal with “Dancers” from the specialty restaurants putting on a show. Yes, we saw the “Portside Barbecue Restaurant” dancers. Not conducive to a fine dining experience. On all other cruise with have been on, the complimentary main buffet has the majority of food stations manned and you selected what you want, it was plated by a server and handed to you. The minority of food stations were self-serve. In the Windjammer complementary buffet on this ship, it is the opposite, most food stations were self-serve. It is also the only area on the ship were there was a distant lack of staff. So, we saw children with their hands in the salad, people using one pair of tongs for multiple foods, and people picking through mounds of food. In addition to enter the Windajmmer you must enter through a hand wash station which unfortunately looks just like a bathroom. I understand the reason for it, but someone should have made more effort to make look less like a bus station restroom. Also, due to the lack of staff to enforce sanitation, most people were just going right through without washing. I spotted that in other areas of the ship, few people to politely ask you sanitize your hands. Also, the hand sanitizer stations were of a poor design and most did not work properly. On the plus side of the complimentary dining options, the hot dog stand and pizza parlor were great. Throughout the ship we found the most staff we have had than any other ship we have been on, never had to hunt for a server. Everyone very polite and professional. We found the alcohol drink and coffee packages to be over priced and not worth it. The soda package only makes sense if you have children. Our ports were Labadie, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico. Labadie was fun, but some beaches were crowded, and the tram service needs improvement. Falmouth port was created to serve these mega ships, and reflects it. Not much to see. We had been to Cozumel before and did not get off the ship this time. I would actually recommend you skip a port, just to stay onboard and use the pools and other facilities. Got a great massage at the spa for half price. Disembarkation was a breeze Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had previously sailed on the Oasis in 2012. We were asked to change staterooms the Wednesday prior to the sailing as our junior suite had a pull out couch and the one they ask us to take did not. I agreed even though we had selected ... Read More
We had previously sailed on the Oasis in 2012. We were asked to change staterooms the Wednesday prior to the sailing as our junior suite had a pull out couch and the one they ask us to take did not. I agreed even though we had selected the original stateroom, based on the location next to our friends. RC did give us a $400 onboard credit. Miami terminal was simple and efficient. I have found all Florida ports to be great. We got to our state room and unfortunately all of the keys and paper work was for the people we swapped rooms with. Once this was sorted out, and we were in our suite, the room attendant showed that this stateroom did have a pull out couch. All of the last minute changes were unnecessary! I was able to pass this on the RC costumer service and they sent someone in person to verify that Stateroom 11230 did indeed have a pull out. Evidently ther updated data at amplification was incorrect. The amplification done in November was quite remarkable. However, the staterooms do not appear to have been refreshed. Additionally as big as this ship is they should have added the ability to connect to friends through the RC Wi-Fi app free of charge. The couch and chair in our stateroom could have used a refresh. The new mattresses are way more comfortable then the previous ones. The water slides are awesome. I found the food in the main dining room to be subpar from previous cruises. As usually the windjammer was packed. While the jammmer had many choices. Other than salads, it lack vegetables, such as green beans, corn, peas etc. On a positive note the Solarium cafe’ is a hidden gem. For dinner you order your entrees while the appetizers and dessert are buffet style. The theme is Mediterranean. It was much quieter then the Jammer or main dining room. The solarium cafe also served a very similar breakfast to the jammer with better atmosphere. There are also numerous cafe and snack facilities that are included in the basic price of the cruise. We did eat at the Chops it was OK, but is getting a little steep at $50.00 pp. Our friends ate at the new port side BBQ that is $12.99 for one meat and two sides. They raved that is was delicious. The young adults in our group said the included Loco Fresh Mexican buffet was awesome. Be aware of the hours of these places as the Loco Fresh closed at 5:45 pm. Some minor complaints. There are freestyle coke machines in four places on the ship. They are located in the royal promenade, windjammer , solarium and near Loco Fresh. Many times one or more flavor was not available. A staff member indicated they are serviced everyday but can be glitchy. He rebooted the one in the solarium that indicated almost everything was unavailable. After reboot all were available. I occasionally enjoy a good cigar. As big as this ship is the smoking areas are rather small. I wish there was a cigar room like the Freedom has. The staff was all friendly and I went out of there way to make sure you enjoy your cruise. Excursions were standard. We did the adventure tours river tubing in Falmouth. The bus trip was an experience as it always is in Jamaica. Labadee is always fun. Beware the artisans in the artisan village are pretty pushy. The shooting areanear the beach has all the same stuff and less sales pressure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
All in all, this a great ship with lots to do. For the most part they've done a great job spreading out the crowds, however, there are few areas where the huge number of passengers becomes a big problem. I will detail them below. ... Read More
All in all, this a great ship with lots to do. For the most part they've done a great job spreading out the crowds, however, there are few areas where the huge number of passengers becomes a big problem. I will detail them below. PROS: The "Central Park" neighborhood is breathtaking. It really feels quiet and intimate. You completely forget you are in the middle of a huge ship surrounded by hundreds of rooms looking down on you. It's pretty amazing how this is accomplished. -Very quick bar service. Maybe it's the sheer number of bars, but I barely waited for drinks the entire cruise. This is in stark contrast to previous experience on other ships. -As is the norm with Royal Caribbean, the staff throughout the ship are always friendly and welcoming. -This kids clubs are great. Our kids (5 and 7) loved every minute of them -The bands/musicians are outstanding. One of the bands in particular (I didn't catch their name, unfortunately) were hands down the tightest, most talented cover band I have ever seen. -The performers throughout the ship (divers, gymnasts, skaters etc). are incredible. CONS: -The Windjammer is slipping. There did not appear to be as many menu items as there were in our previous Royal Caribbean experience. There are also some individual items that aren't nearly as good as they used to be (the pancakes, for an example). Overall, the food is still fairly good, but it doesn't "wow" me like it used to. My theory is that they are trying to get people into their pay restaurants. -Windjammer lineups: Some days for breakfast there were lineups out the door just to get into the Windjammer. I have never seen this on an RC ship before. I realize it's a big ship, but I assumed that they would have designed the Windjammer accordingly. -Main Dining Room line ups: Similar to the Windjammer, it doesn't seem that they designed to Main dining room to be able to take on the number of passengers. Some nights were fine, but others, we found ourselves in lineups as long as 25 minutes, even though we had made reservations. I suspect if you had set dining times as opposed to "my time", you would have no problems.. -Odd open and closed times for certain features: One example is the hotdog stand in the Boardwalk neighborhood. This to me it is a big part of the boardwalk vibe they're trying to create...yet it's closed a lot of the time for some reason. There are other restaurants and features on the ship that we would come across and were surprised they were closed. Maybe its a staffing thing? -The music hall is amazing, yet it sits unused and/or empty much of the time (i.e. when the bands are playing elsewhere on the ship). It seems like a waste of a great space. -Debarkation: This is where the reality of the vast number of passengers becomes painfully clear. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I generally dislike larger ships, but we were planning a multi-generational cruise for the holidays, and the itinerary worked with our dates. We were a total of 11 people, ages 13-75, and booked 3 Grand Suites. Getting to the port in Miami ... Read More
I generally dislike larger ships, but we were planning a multi-generational cruise for the holidays, and the itinerary worked with our dates. We were a total of 11 people, ages 13-75, and booked 3 Grand Suites. Getting to the port in Miami was a nightmare, as 6200 people were leaving the port at the same time that many of us were arriving. We had a private van that we had booked with American Transportation, thank goodness, but they wouldn't let him drop us anywhere near the check-in. However, once we cleared the mess, we boarded the ship quickly and easily. The ship was recently out of dry dock, and she was clean and beautiful. We were on board just after 11 am and headed up to Central Park for lunch at the Park Cafe. Disclaimer: I'm a foodie! I found that the dining across the board was very average. We bought a specialty dining package and ate at 150 Central Park (by far the best meal we had), Chops (really average, same as I've found on every other RC ship), and Giovannis (the old folks loved this one, I just thought it was chain-restaurant quality food). Nine of us also did the hibachi dinner one night, fun but way overpriced and no different than you'd get at Benihana on land. We ate in our dining room just once and found the food there to be pretty much the same quality as the specialty restaurants, but the service was actually better. So next time I wouldn't bother spending the extra money on specialty dining. We had one dinner at the Solarium Bistro which was a buffet for appetizers and desserts but we ordered dinner from the menu. It was fine. We didn't think it was worth the $9.95/person charge at Johnny Rockets for a hamburger, so we didn't eat there. We watched the Orange Bowl in the sports bar but were annoyed that the snacks were an extra charge. I never once set foot in the Windjammer Cafe. As suite guests we had access to the Coastal Kitchen and Suite lounge on deck 17, and we spent a lot of time there. For us it was a wonderful respite from the insanity of the rest of the ship. They offered sit-down breakfast every day, and the service in CK was much better than it was elsewhere on the ship. Buffet breakfast was also available there for those who wanted to eat on the run. Lunch and dinner were also available there, as was an all-day fancy coffee machine. Each evening they put hors d'oeuvres out at 5 pm. When it was sushi it was a very small quantity and usually gone within minutes. Wine and beer were available all day, though we had beverage packages so we were able to get upgraded wine and beer. The bar service in CK was slow and inefficient. CK was also where the concierges worked. We didn't find them to be terribly helpful. We've dealt previously with the Disney concierge, and they were communicating with us well before sailing date. The Disney concierge also booked things for us but the RC did not. They gave advice and answered questions but didn't do any of the work of making reservations, booking things, or getting us into exclusive tours, etc. Speaking of tours, RC charges an arm and a leg for any type of tour on the ship. In years past we were invited to do tours of the bridge, the kitchen, the theatre, etc. as suite guests, but these were incredibly expensive or not available so we opted out. The pool decks were insanely crowded on sea days with not a chair to spare. There is a suite guest only deck, but even these filled up, and RC doesn't enforce the exclusivity of the area, so people jump the gates or let their friends in. We saw many people there who were sharing their friend's card to get in and out of the area. It was frustrating. Wifi was included with our suites. They advertise their wifi as the best at sea, and I would say that's definitely true in my experience. This was obviously good, as we were keeping track of each other all over the ship. However, it did not allow me to turn off and unplug from my regular life, so I got calls from work and others intruding on my relaxing vacation. The Disney Cruise app allows communication via an intranet type system so you can keep up with people at sea without being available to others in the outside world, and I much prefer that system. The Royal Caribbean app was somewhat helpful but very often not accurate and also very quirky. We learned quickly to go get the old fashioned paper schedule each day. It did allow us to see our bill in live time at any given moment. Once rooms were ready, our key cards waiting for us in the room. We also got RFID bracelets and were told that they would work just like the key card to open our door and work as our credit card on the ship. It's a nice idea, but in reality, it was a pain in the butt to have to take the bracelet off and give it to the waiter to take to the scanner in the back. They also didn't work on the island. The kids used them when they went to the pool, but the rest of us pretty much left them in the rooms. I think it's a concept they are still working out. We had 3 grand suites: 6660, 8654, 8260. All were nice, though the family in 8654 had limited contact with their cabin steward and never got their bathrobes. I was personally in 8260 and liked the location and our lovely cabin steward. It was smaller than grand suites on other RC ships we've sailed, so when all the beds were out for the 5 of us it was hard to move around. Bathroom was nice, the shower had great water pressure. It's not at all friendly for anyone with mobility issues, as the tub is quite raised. We spent lots of time sipping wine on the balcony. When it was originally booked it was billed online as a "one bedroom suite" but it's not actually a suite at all. There is not a door but a curtain that separates the king bed from the rest of the room. So privacy is limited. The room was quiet and cool, and I slept well. The Aqua80 show was the standout event of the week. It was probably the coolest show I've ever seen on a ship. Basically, it was a dozen dancers and a handful of divers, and they put on an amazing show to a great medley of 80s tunes. We saw it twice. I would definitely not miss this. Cats was the Broadway headliner and was actually very good. The other main stage show was called One Sky... and it was probably the WORST show I've ever seen on a ship. It was really, really bad. No plot, lame choreography, and generally just a big waste of time. People were leaving in droves. I would for sure skip that one. There were 2 comedians onboard, one was hilarious and the other just vulgar. New Year's Eve was really fun, and there was a huge music party, countdown, and balloon drop at midnight. The entertainment in the promenade was always good, and the cruise director Michel, was fun. I didn't know about 70s night or I would definitely have brought some dress up clothing! There were some other theme nights, but we didn't partake of any of them. The bar service pretty much everywhere on board was very average, which seems to be a general problem with all RC ships. I guess because most people have the drink package there is little incentive to do a good job. We hung out a lot in the English pub in the promenade, and they seemed to have the best beer list, though they had a bad guitar player in the evening with a way-too-loud amp that drove everyone out of the pub at night. It was sad to see all the empty seats when he was playing. Schooners was fun with the piano player, and we rode the Rising Tide elevator bar a few times, which was fun. The Robot Bar was fun to watch, but none of us actually liked any of the cocktails we got from it. I guess we needed to do more research on which drink to order. The Boardwalk was consistently crowded so we didn't spend much time there. One person in our group got to zip line but the hours were inconsistent and they didn't move people quickly. A few had fun ice skating. My personal favorite pastime was listening to the classical guitarist in Central Park or the jazz band in the jazz club. Ports of call: Labadee, the private island. We spent most of our time on the private suite guest beach, and they drove us there in a golf cart. I thought there would be waiters taking drink orders at our chairs, but we had to walk to the bar each time. Floaties were available there without a charge (I think they were for rent elsewhere). Some of us went to the blow-up water slide/play area which was an upcharge (of course!) but they had fun. There were some local musicians at various points on the island, singing and dancing, some in costume. Unfortunately, we were told that we would not need money at all at Labadee because it was the cruise ship's private island and our Sea Pass would work. All of these musicians had tip baskets out, and I would have liked to tip them. Hopefully the cruise line is taking care of them! Jamaica: some went zip lining, some went tubing. The tubing group's bus broke down and they were very late, so the ship had to be held for them. Thank goodness they booked it through the cruise line! The terminal in Jamaica is very clean and safe and there is some limited shopping. Cozumel: We've been here a dozen times. Our group split up into 3 excursions. You are forced to walk through the shops to get back to the ship. Senor Frog's is right there and just as loud, cheesy, and overpriced as always. Disembarking in Miami: we were able to be escorted off from the suite lounge so we didn't have to get into the insane elevator queue with our luggage. Once again, the port was a nightmare, and it was not well-organized as far as where pickups occur, etc. We had hired a private van to take us to FLL where some of us flew directly home and the rest got a nearby hotel for a Monday departure. We all had fun, and I would probably sail on this ship again. Royal Caribbean does not do fine dining, exemplary service, or luxury well, even at the suite level, but they provide a solid experience. It worked well for our multigenerational group. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Great entertainment except for Cats which was boring but had great actors. Food was pretty bad even worse than carnival. I realized that after eating a regular burger with no bun ...just the patty and noticed it was made of inferior ... Read More
Great entertainment except for Cats which was boring but had great actors. Food was pretty bad even worse than carnival. I realized that after eating a regular burger with no bun ...just the patty and noticed it was made of inferior beef or a mix of beef and perhaps vegetable protein. Even the lobster was pretty bad. Ate mostly fish which was pretty good. After 9pm...the only food you can get is some small deli sandwich or pizza. The pizza was good but on other ships they would have burgers and fries and other items like pasta and almost like a mini lido assortment of foods. The ship was unique and we like it. However, its a one time thing since the shows repeat and you really pick the ship for its unique shows. I rather go on a smaller ship with more ports. It was not really crowded on board but it deal feel crowded at times during some of the events. Great for kids. Excellent service in dinning room. Too bad the food was not that good. But it was served like it was a 1000 dollar dish. Now for the cabin. Ours had a very creaky sliding balcony door. The Royal engineers could not fix it. Its deep within the frame. You would have to remove the frame to fix it. During faster travel which occurs at night it is really bad. I know you think you can fix it...but it cant. It does not respond to hand pressure. The metal is flexing and it it riveted to the ship. Yes, it is designed to flex but noisy when it does flex. This could vary cabin by cabin but I suspect other cabins have similar noises. Most of the time the engineers can fix it by using a flex tool but not for this cabin. The frame is pretty solid and cannot be removed. Should have been designed with a flexible hinge. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is my 27th RCCL cruise and I am at the Diamond Plus level. I am a "loyalist", as such as the cruise line tries to raise the bar of quality of food, service and entertainment. Those levels are expected on the next cruise and ... Read More
This is my 27th RCCL cruise and I am at the Diamond Plus level. I am a "loyalist", as such as the cruise line tries to raise the bar of quality of food, service and entertainment. Those levels are expected on the next cruise and the next cruise, etc. Embarkment: Traveling via RCCL arranged bus transfers from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, the ride was smooth and we arrived at Terminal A, we were on the ship in about 15 minutes, it was amazing. as we arrived about 1 pm our balcony stateroom was ready. Starboard, 10724. Stateroom: Nice, but due to the size of the ship my wife had to rent a Special Needs Group handicap scooter. Our cabin steward, Edgar was terrific and he fulfilled our every request. Windjammer Buffet: Good quality food, but the steam shop round was tough and chewy. and for some reason, they do not serve "creamy" cold slaw. Promenade Cafe: this 24 hour cafe still serves sandwiches on a roll that lacks adequate meat, if you think one or two slices of meat a sandwich, on a small club roll. Main Dining Room for Breakfast: Excellent food for breakfast, it has a limited ala carte menu for being a sit down and being serviced, but it also has a buffet. Main Dining Room for lunch: Good service and a nice ala carte menu,EXCEPT for its turkey club sandwich, which consisted of three pieces of barely toasted bread, with one slice of turkey, one sliver of a slice of avacado, one half leaf of leaf if lettuce and two pieces of bacon. I told the waiter "you call this a club sandwich" a dining room floor supervisor came over and said I could request more turkey. I told him, it the cook knew how to make a decent sandwich, I should not have to request additional meat. We tried the MDR for lunch and I had the steak and fries, and it was served rare not medium rare as requested and fries. No more MDR dining room lunches. Main Dining Room for Dinner: EXCELLENT service for MDR deck three and our table waiter Romando and assistant table waiter Vikash. Every meal was excellent, but it cracks me up as on the Allure OTS which is the Oasis OTS sister ship, the menu is the same on WEDNESDAY, they feature braised beef short ribs, excellent but serving the menus on the same night across the fleet for each night is a bit much! Casino Royale: Standard, slots, a lot of "asian" themed slots, and table games with a $10 minimum. The casino staff as always was friendly, and waiters were plentiful. Park Cafe: Limited lunch selection the day we had lunch it was salads top round beef and a variety of deserts, not too crowded in the Central Park area. Entertainment: The headliner Ronn Lucas was excellent, the One Sky a Cique de sol' knock was okay and the 90 minute "CATS" was a little boring and my wife and I did not get the premise of the show. Did not do the comedy club, the band was great. Debarkment: Fast, we were off the ship by 8:30 am and at Fort Lauderdale airport by 9:30am. OVERALL: It was a very relaxing cruise, as this was a Christmas break week 12/15 to 12/22/2019 week, the ship had a lot of families and children. The pool as never really that crowded. We stated on the ship as the ports of call were the been there done that! I am a cigar smoke and noted the smoke area on the pool deck 15 is shrinking.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The food was wonderful. The crew bent over backwards to make sure the guests are happy. Great selection of restaurants. Something for everyone okay. However, there is no program for solo travelers. I was happy to meet some Travelers that ... Read More
The food was wonderful. The crew bent over backwards to make sure the guests are happy. Great selection of restaurants. Something for everyone okay. However, there is no program for solo travelers. I was happy to meet some Travelers that were also traveling alone. It made the trip much more enjoyable. However, if I had not gone to a meeting I would not have met these people. I think there should be a concierge service for solo travelers. Other cruise lines have such and Royal Caribbean should consider doing the same. If the cruise line had someone to plan excursions and other activities for solo Travelers that would be appreciate it. There is a market for these Travelers, and giving a special rate would encourage solo travelers to consider Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean offers great service an excellent food choices. I would love to plan activities for solo travelers. But since I am not an employee, to have that service available to me as a guest of the cruise line would be a plus. Also embarkation was easier than I envisioned. The waitstaff was awesome. We chose the my time dining option. The problem is, my time wasn't there time. If my party wanted to eat at 5:30, that was never possible. My time required a reservation. Besides fat, the food was great and the wait staff would call me by my name. They were awesome and made sure if I wanted anything other than what was on the menu, I could get it. There was a large selection of restaurants available to our guest. Some require additional cost where is others were free. I like the options available, and I never felt as if there were crowds. This cruise line handled the large amount of guests appropriately. The cabin steward was very attentive. He never entered unless I requested service. There was a large amount of entertainment on the cruise. There was something for everyone no matter the age. They were Broadway shows, comedy entertainers, Las Vegas entertainers, piano bars, and aqua shows. There were game shows. The only problem is, there would be children and areas where they shouldn't be. I enjoyed the solarium. That was an area where I could go and children were not allowed. it was quiet, and there were whirlpools, bars, and a restaurant for the adults. It was a good getaway area. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Hello again - unlike previous posts about Royal Caribbean and the BIG ships (i.e. Oasis) this one has a little bit of a brighter side since the renovation. I hope i can answer everyone's questions. I will begin by saying we were ... Read More
Hello again - unlike previous posts about Royal Caribbean and the BIG ships (i.e. Oasis) this one has a little bit of a brighter side since the renovation. I hope i can answer everyone's questions. I will begin by saying we were on the Oasis in March 2019, and had the opportunity of boarding again Dec 1, 2019 (2 weeks into her maiden voyage since the big renovation). PROS Lets start with the renovations, the New Restaurant El Loco Fresh is on Deck 15 Aft – Serving pre-cooked wrapped in foil burritos (Steak and Chicken) beans, salsa, chips etc. On a scale of 1 – 10 I would give this a solid 8 for lunches or quick snack to hold you over. There is no charge at this venue. Check it out when you get on board. The Bionic Bar? Eh! Ok its cool to watch a Robot make your drink but honestly all I heard were passengers saying their drinks were a bit light on the Alcohol. But I am sure it’s a preference. Still cool to watch – located on the promenade deck by the elevators across from customer service counter. The On Air Bar has now been replaced with a Karaoke bar, to be honest I didn’t frequent this venue but it’s the same bar – different name – new venue The Belrose Bar (Across for the Karaoke) is a latin themed bar Lots of fun and the bartenders are extraordinary. Windjammer – well they changed up the venue a bit so you might want to read up on this, The Hand Washing stations (with the jell) have now been replaced with Water Hand washing stations, and there is an employee at the station ensuring a good wash. They also changed the Entrance and Exits – Which I think was a brilliant idea. So when you go into the windjammer you will enter on Deck 16 walk towards the windows overseeing the pool decks – at this point turn left or right and you will see the washing stations. Once you finished in the Windjammer you will exit the doors that Used to be the Entrance. Now for some passengers this was too much for them and they were complaining – the overall change is – you are walking the same path no additional footsteps. They also removed the Aft Food Serving stations in the Windjammer and opened up more seating – Great Idea as we didn’t have much of a wait to find an open table. Food hasn’t changed – however there was one evening it was all Asian themed – I don’t mind Asian Food – But there wasn’t much more to offset if that’s what you didn’t want. The Service level from the state-room attendants on down improved quite dramatically since departing our cruise in March 2019. Now I am sure it wasn’t because of all my previous post about service levels on big ships – I can however speculate that RCCL upped the Workers because of the Renovation and it being a 20th anniversary of the ship and 50th Anniversary for the Cruise line. I absolutely hope not – but that is my theory. Let’s hope they don’t move anyone, because as I aforementioned the service levels improved dramatically for the best. The new Slides on the Pool deck are pretty awesome – It looked like a great ride from top deck down to the pool deck – Pretty extraordinary feat of engineering. Smokers – The smoking area has shrunk a bit and sit-down table have been replaced with Small wood tables and (uncomfortable) wood stools. I get it folks – smokers are looked down upon – but are weakness is no different than any other society crutch. In any case it is what it is, Along with that they have increased the pool chairs and include little cabanas on the top deck – Very nice addition to those who are sun worshipers. Get there early! Casino – Machines - For those of you who like the casinos – I can assure you on a couple things – Machines are TIGHT – your best time of playing is the first day of sailing and the second to last day. If you win good money on the first night take the money and run. Also RCCL has incorporated new technology using your sea pass card – now you simply sit at a machine and if you need additional monies to play you tap your sea pass card and authorize funds transfer to your Room. Although the concept is good be aware there is no way to track what your spending until you review your invoice and this could be costly especially if your not keeping track. Card tables – We love to play 3 card poker but the minimum bet on the table after all bets down was $70 a hand – I get it your gambling but $70 a hand is a bit steep, not to mention there were only 2 card tables and we only had the opportunity to sit one time in 7 days. You would think that the popularity of the game would prompt more tables. But Hey – what do I know! The only CONS I still see on the Big Ship Casino Betting is a bit on the high end - but much like anything if people keep coming they won’t change much. The ability to use your sea pass card to charge to your room IMO is promoting gabling addictions and there is no way to see what your balance is until its too late. Need to work on the disembarking it’s still a bit chaotic Customer Service Counter is extremely - extremely slow I spent an hour in line and 80% of the people in front of me had complaints about the WIFI Internet - I still maintain they should have their own service area for this. The specially restaurants are bit over priced IMO and there is not much difference with the food from one restaurant to another The advantage of being a Diamond or above member doesn’t mean much anymore – I think RCCL can do more with their loyalty program The Shows are somewhat Eh! Seems like the same old routine Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Let me start with the good. The ship was immaculate. We were able to quickly get into our room and it was spotless along with the rest of the ship. The food was pretty good. JingJing was our server and she made the dining experience ... Read More
Let me start with the good. The ship was immaculate. We were able to quickly get into our room and it was spotless along with the rest of the ship. The food was pretty good. JingJing was our server and she made the dining experience amazing. She was AWESOME! Gillian on the rising bar was also amazing. Entertainment as great. Enjoyed Earl Turner, the Aqua show and Cats. The bad... We were in the stateroom at the very front of the ship. We could not sleep. Every night around 2am we heard LOUD music with a lot of vibration and bass. We called about it and they said they would send security. This went on every night. When I investigated deeper, we found out something we probably should not have....we were right above the Crew Bar. the crew had a private bar on 6 and the noise was them! The SPA I had a lovely 75 minute massage and was extremely relaxed after...until they started the HARD sell. They tried to sell me everything from bath packets to a scrub brush. Made me feel "stupid" for not buying it. They would not give me my sea pass back until they convinced me to buy something. When I left, I was in knots again. I had to raise my voice a little and said "Please give me my sea pass!" I was extremely uncomfortable with the hard sell. Unfortunately, I will never visit a spa on a cruise ship. That was my first and last experience. The Casino The casino was PACKED. Way too many people. Only 2 three card poker tables and they were constantly full. Machines were full. There were 5 bartenders behind the bar working their butts off. Gotta respect that. If I could have slept, I would have been happy but by the last couple of days, I was completely exhausted. I don't think the staff is deserving of a bad review, but they really need to work on that crew bar. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Amazing ship with plenty of room to roam and activities to enjoy. The Oasis is a floating resort which despite a capacity of over 6,000 passengers, you never feel congested because the common spaces and areas are massive. We had a balcony ... Read More
Amazing ship with plenty of room to roam and activities to enjoy. The Oasis is a floating resort which despite a capacity of over 6,000 passengers, you never feel congested because the common spaces and areas are massive. We had a balcony stateroom on the 10th deck and it was on the small side with a tiny bathroom and lacking in storage space. Although you need to even reserve seats for the free shows, the shows were spectacular. We dined in the main dining room for dinner, and had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer Cafe, and the food was average to above average. All of the drinks on board were ridiculously expensive ($7.5o for an Amstel Light, plus 18% gratuity), specialty drinks ran $12.50, plus gratuity, all expected but outrageous. We had two shots of Zaya Rum at the poolside bar (Line and Coconut Bar) and were charged $12.99 each shot! I can buy an entire 750ml bottle of Zaya shoreside for $24.99. The Casino Royale is large but prohibitive (the worst paying casino I’ve ever played in)-I lost 6 out of 7 days playing there and so did all of our party and other players I spoke to in the casino. The slots payouts are low and you have to play high denominations to hit anything decent (stay away)! The best part of the Oasis of the Seas is the Boulevard and Central Park. An amazing, lively setting with different shops, bars and restaurants and ongoing parties and scheduled events. The three stops, Labadee, San Juan and St. Thomas were all decent, but St. Thomas is looking very run down nowadays. As with all ships, shore excursions are very expensive and you could be better off negotiating a tour once you get off the ship. All in all, a magnificent ship but very expensive vacation if you’re not careful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our 2nd cruise having adored the NCL Getaway earlier in the year. We were determined to try one of the Royal Caribbean mega-ships and being its last voyage before dry dock, there was a great deal on the Oasis. The cruise did not ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise having adored the NCL Getaway earlier in the year. We were determined to try one of the Royal Caribbean mega-ships and being its last voyage before dry dock, there was a great deal on the Oasis. The cruise did not include a drinks package and we felt that, as we wanted to maximise time in all the destinations, we wouldn’t have time to make best use of it. However, the drinks were so disgracefully overpriced it wouldn’t have take much to make a drinks package worthwhile! Much of our opinion expressed here is a direct comparison to the fabulous experience we had with NCL in February. Our highlights: Central Park was our favourite place and we loved Park Cafe, although it was a shame the cafe closed so early (6pm). The performers (especially the violinist) were wonderful and we’d have loved to enjoy coffee and a snack/dessert whilst listening in the evening. Promenade cafe was also great but extremely busy, particularly as the buffet closed so early at 9.30pm. Solarium buffet is so underrated! Less choice but much nicer atmosphere than the main buffet. In the evening, it was still complementary and had partly waited service. Much better than the main dining room. Our best meals were at Sabor (which I believe is sadly being replaced) and 150 Central Park, both were incredible. All the entertainment was all exceptional. So much to do and see in so many wonderful venues. Embarkation and disembarkation were both quick and easy. Cabin was great, although we missed the coffee machine that NCL provide. The cabin was slightly narrower than the equivalent ocean view balcony cabin on NCL Getaway but the balcony was bigger. Toilet paper provided was cheap and nasty! Maybe this was to make it more flushable but suspect it was just to cut costs! A general observation of the ship’s design is that it is very inward facing and lacks space to sit and enjoy the view of the ocean. (We were spoilt with NCL’s Waterfront I think) That said, the ship is breathtakingly impressive with some amazing innovations. Our only major disappointments were the excessive drinks prices and the main dining room. Service was generally quick and friendly but the food choice, quality and temperature was mixed. The food on NCL Getaway was far far superior. The itinerary was great, although the ship docked a long way from anything so be prepared to walk or pay for transport/excursions! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I have done one cruise before with Disney and travelled with 3 friends, one couple who cruise often on Explorer of the Seas, and one complete newbie. Embarkation was a breeze, although our email we received days before said to show up ... Read More
I have done one cruise before with Disney and travelled with 3 friends, one couple who cruise often on Explorer of the Seas, and one complete newbie. Embarkation was a breeze, although our email we received days before said to show up between 14:30 - 15:30. We left our AirBnB in Barcelona at maybe 10:15, and were at the port shortly after. We snuck in with our friends who were in a junior suite although we were only in a CP View cabin and were given group one and told it would be a 45 minute wait or so for boarding to commence. But we were happy to have group 1. However maybe 10 minutes later they started calling group 1. By the time we made it to the elevator to the gangway they were already saying group 1-25!!! So really fast boarding. I am a complete newbie to the Oasis Class, but I did get a feeling the cruise wasn't by any means sold out though. Which would make sense at the end of the Summer season like this. The ship was impressive and lived up to the hype of the Oasis class. One thing I had read online and also that my friends who cruise on other ships also noticed along with myself is that the ship really is very interior focused, and even the few spaces on the main decks that do have windows/portholes for some reason have frosted or vinyl'd over glass. You could easily go a day on this ship and maybe only see the water once or twice. Even though the ship was two weeks away from a major dry dock and her amplification, she was in pretty good condition. Only a few niggles with the lifts sometimes not responding to button pushes. We did a few finger wipes in nooks and crannies in public areas and every-time were impressed with the cleanliness. Our cabin was fine for the two of us, although other than speaking with our steward(ess) about having our beds separated the first night, we did not really interact with her again. Dining was average in the main dining room if I am honest. It wasn't to Disney standards, and my Carbonara one night was particularly congealed which was disappointing. The wait team in the MDR were brilliant though. We also did Izumi which was great. And 150 Central Park, where the food was good, but the atmosphere and staff were a little lacking. Entertainment wise the main shows were great. Cats was a great production, but I do not understand why RCI thought this would be a good fit for the casual audience of a cruise ship. Many people left before the show even made it to the end of act 1, and even less came back. The Ice show was also great. Come fly with me made zero sense, but the cast were great. One night we ended up really enjoying which we hadn't expected to was the 70's party night in the Promenade. It just clicked and the place really came alive and everyone seemed to have a great time. Overall the service could be a bit lacking and maybe this is because the crew knew it was the end of the season and they have one more cruise after ours then a long dry dock. But that is really no excuse, in particular every time I used the Solarium Bar, I was served by the same server who seemed very unfriendly and uninterested. Shore excursions we did just one official RCI one which was Aix on your own, so it was really a commentated coach ride in and then we did our own thing (in the pouring rain sadly). Majorca was a great stop, although quick. but for me Cinque Terre at La Spezia was a highlight, stunning scenery and a great walk between two of the towns. Naples was foul, we took a train to Pompeii, but if I did another cruise that stopped in Naples, I would stay on the ship. Overall it was a good introduction to RCI, and great to be able to brag at having done one of the largest ships in the world, and the first of the famous Oasis class. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my second time on oasis so I was really excited to sail on this ship mostly the cruise was fabulous with few complaints firstly in the evening I had to wait in a large queue for over thirty minutes before we were seated and when I ... Read More
This was my second time on oasis so I was really excited to sail on this ship mostly the cruise was fabulous with few complaints firstly in the evening I had to wait in a large queue for over thirty minutes before we were seated and when I tried to book a table for the next evening there was never a time available after 7.30.Next you are forbidden from using an iron in your stateroom which I understand but Royal Caribbean now charge you for every item you need ironed I believe they should make somewhere available that people can use in safety without having to pay.And finally from the minute you board they start the big sell with people approaching you at every time of the day selling meal packages, drinks packages watches etc please let people enjoy their holiday and relax.but I must say other than the few things I mentioned I enjoyed my cruise thoroughly in such massive ship can’t wait to se her after she gets the refit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Western Med cruise, very impressed. Ship was magnificent. Clean, good staff, food very tasty and lots of options for eating. Facilities were excellent, lots of entertainment of high standard. CATS show was on -have to be honest, did not ... Read More
Western Med cruise, very impressed. Ship was magnificent. Clean, good staff, food very tasty and lots of options for eating. Facilities were excellent, lots of entertainment of high standard. CATS show was on -have to be honest, did not get what that was all about! Aqua show was fantastic! Best thing for me, waking up in a different port each day and going out to explore. Catch a city bus for quick overview of city you are in. Advise to Royal Caribbean, why the need for kids club? If people cannot look after their own children on a FAMILY HOLIDAY, do not have kids. So sad to see these little kids being 'shipped' off as parents too lazy or inadequate as parents. More FREESTYLE machines please. Only 6 on ship and often not working. Should make the ice cream parlour complimentary as well. Boardwalk and central park were fantastic areas to relax in. Thumbs up. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Oasis of the Seas We have been cruising since 1998. We usually cruise on Princess but have also been on Celebrity and Disney. This was our first time on RCCL. We did not choose anything about the cruise, ship, itinerary or time of ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas We have been cruising since 1998. We usually cruise on Princess but have also been on Celebrity and Disney. This was our first time on RCCL. We did not choose anything about the cruise, ship, itinerary or time of year. We were invited to join a group of friends. Overall we enjoyed our cruise and the ports we visited. I research heavily on CC prior to a cruise so I’d like to give back to hopefully help someone else. Here are my thoughts: Embarkation Very smooth. I credit this not so much to RCCL, but to choosing to embark in Civitavecchia instead of Barcelona. Only 1/6 of the passengers embarked here which made for no lines. Ship HUGE! The largest we have been on. Motion was a non-issue. The first few days it did not seem like we were moving at all. The water was like glass. The last 3 days we had higher seas but still a very smooth ride. The ship did not feel like there were over 6000 passengers onboard. It is a beautiful ship. I fell in love with Central Park. Our cabin was on deck 8 so we frequently walked through it to get to the other end of the ship. Cabin We had a balcony cabin 8548. It felt small, but there was plenty of room to stow all of our belongings. I think part of the reason it felt smaller than Princess is because the bed is larger. We really appreciated the larger bed. Much more comfortable. The bathroom felt smaller too. I liked the shower much better on the Oasis. Especially the bar to use while shaving my legs. As far as decor, the furniture was stained and the cushions looked filthy. The ship is going in for an extended dry dock in a few weeks which explains the condition of the furniture. Having said that, it should not be allowed to get to this point before replacing. The balcony was average size with two arm chairs and a table. On Princess this category cabin would have had a footstool. I missed that. The dividers between balconies are not very private. Half of the divider is frosted glass with a wavy pattern. Shapes of our neighbors could be seen. Crew Wonderful overall. Most were very friendly and helpful. The one negative experience was at the service/pursers desk. On the second day we looked at our onboard charges on the TV. We saw that we had been billed for internet service. This was a surprise because I had purchased internet usage prior to the cruise. When we boarded we followed the instructions on the VOOM card in our room. We went to the the service desk to straighten it out. Fortunately I had taken a screen shot of the purchase. The man “helping” us initially acted like we were trying to get away with something. He kept say you were supposed to use the code that was given to you in your room. To which we kept replying there was no code given to us in our room. Nothing, nada. Finally a supervisor came over and quickly told him to remove it and to give us a VOOM code. Then as I was walking away I turned back and asked for a printed statement showing the removal of the internet purchase. The supervisor had to come back to show him how to remove it. HE HADN’T DONE IT! Thank goodness we didn’t need to return to the service desk again. Our cabin steward was outstanding. Food servers throughout the ship were efficient, pleasant and helpful. Entertainment Very good. There is no comparison between RCCL and Princess. Innovative performances - the ice show and the aquatic show were really good. We missed MUTS (movies under the stars) on Princess. We have watched the Academy Awards and football championship games in addition to movies over the years on MUTS. The smaller screens in the aqua theater on Oasis don’t provide the same experience. Food/Dining Realizing this is very subjective, here is our opinion. The food and dining experience was a big disappointment. Over the years we have seen food quality diminish across the cruise lines we have sailed. I understand trying to keep costs down, but I think there is more than that happening on Oasis. There was lots of pressure once onboard to pay extra to eat in the specialty restaurants. Because the included food was sub-par we were skeptical of paying extra for more mediocre food. Living in Southern California we have great dining options to choose from. In many instances not much more than the extra charge to eat in one of the “specialty” restaurants. We chose to save our money. The same food was served in every dining venue, with very little variation. The buffet had the most choices and was honestly better than the dining room at some meals. The dining room was in no way fine dining. It was like an average restaurant experience on land. Appetizers, soups and salads were lumped in the same course. We ordered everything at once, including dessert. For breakfast in the dining room we could choose a la carte or buffet. We thought if we chose a la carte the food would be cooked to order. No so! We watched as our server walked over to the buffet and plated our food from the chafing dishes. Bottom line, we did not starve, but we didn’t walk away impressed either. Final thoughts Because of the size of the ship we had to dock a substantial distance form the port entry in most ports. Only one port had a complementary shuttle service. We did our own tours in every port and had amazing experiences. It was difficult to find a quiet spot in the public areas. Because of this we used our balcony more than anticipated on such a port intensive cruise. The volume of the music...even in Central Park was really loud. The overall feeling was like being in a Vegas Hotel...especially in the Royal Pomenade. Lots of noise and sensory stimulation. Primarily for this reason I don’t think we will be returning to RCCL anytime soon. It is aimed at a younger demographic than us. It was fun to try a different cruise line, but for us, Princess is a much better fit. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Okay, the good news: yes, it is a cruise. Yes, there is plenty of good food. Yes, the rooms are cool, dark, and comfortable. Yes, the port logistics are pretty solid. Also, the Coastal Kitchen still very much rocks. Now, the nit-picky ... Read More
Okay, the good news: yes, it is a cruise. Yes, there is plenty of good food. Yes, the rooms are cool, dark, and comfortable. Yes, the port logistics are pretty solid. Also, the Coastal Kitchen still very much rocks. Now, the nit-picky things: - The Oasis is really starting to show her age, as most of the surfaces in guest rooms are quite warn. - The 14 floor is LOUD. You hear chairs scraping throughout the night if there is wind. You hear herds of teanagers stomping back and forth. Sleep works if you are a pretty sound sleeper. - The fitness center constantly smelled of cigarette smoke, due to bad ventilation. And now, the ugly: - The staff was much more curt than I am used to. I'm not sure if it's a European thing or not, but there was a constant tone of disdain and annoyance from everyone except from housekeeping and the waitstaff. For example, the concierge was even testy with me. And as someone who went with 2 suites, I would have expected then to actually want my business a bit more. There is of course the endless nickel and dining. But that's now in the category of "to be expected". But then there is some really lame ones -- for example, the shuttle to town in Marseille was 10 Euros per person, with your other option of staying on the boat. The transfer to the airport is very overpriced. It's a bus, and it cost us 80 Euros for the transfer. I paid in advance, because I thought my luggage would magically get to the airport in our cab. But, I carried our luggage, and rode a bus. Total rip off, since there were Taxis galore. Overall, I may do a cruise again with RC, buy not anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise and we were attracted by both the opportunity to be on one of the largest ships at sea and by the . Before booking and then for almost every day before sailing we researched the ship, looked at other reviews and spoke with the travel agent about what to expect. We were concerned about a number of reviews that referenced a tired ship and about Royal Caribbean's reported practice of "nickel and diming" guests to extort as much additional money as possible. I absolutely have to address these issues because they are absolutely not our experience. The ship is overwhelmingly big but it is in beautiful order. Yes there is some upgrade necessary. If you are the type of guest who will obsess about handrails that have been bleached by the sun and are in need of sanding and re-varnishing then look elsewhere because your holiday may be ruined! Otherwise, have no fears - it's spotlessly clean, the staff are friendly and attentive and there is much to do. Not once were we approached about upgrades or trips, nor were we pushed for additional tipping or anything else. Embarkation is about a good as you will ever get - we were onboard enjoying our first drink within 15 minutes of reaching the ship and the staff were simply brilliant at their jobs. Reviews have also mentioned that Royal Caribbean have selected the itinerary for our cruise based on ability to make more money for transfers. We are talking about one of the largest ships at seas - it is naturally limited by the availability of ports to handle its size. We started at Barcelona, went to Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Civitavecchia and Naples. We paid for a bus transfer at Marseilles and at Palma and the charges were reasonable based on the journey and the fact that the service ran every 20-30 minutes throughout the entire day. No transfers are necessary at La Spezia (other than a short, free bus ride through the port) or Naples (the ship practically docks in the main street! Reviews we have seen have also criticised the Windjammer Restaurant (the main buffet restaurant) for quality of food and limited space. The quality and range of food in our experience was as good as that in the main dining room. We also, always, found somewhere to dine. Speaking with other guests it was clear they had similar thoughts and experiences. Perhaps the quality of the Windjammer explores its popularity? We thoroughly recommend that you try it - steaks, fish, seafood, curries, paella, cold cuts, carved meats, soup, burgers, fruit, stir fry, you name it, it is available and delicious. We tried to vary our venue for breakfast between Windjammer and the Solarium (deck 15) where exactly the same fare is available but with access restricted to over-18's. The Solarium is beautiful and often quiet so again no problems with the lengthy queues some reviewers have reported. Entertainment was great - we attended the Comedy show (an absolute must) and the diving show (very impressive). Less entertaining was the daily regime around the pool areas with a band playing a range (always the same) of reggae tunes. Tuneful this wasn't - the singers were woeful at the harmonies and the drummer was clearly building a shed. Contrast this with one day where we were treated to a genuine talent in the form of a violinist who was brilliant and who established an immediate rapport with the crowd, covering a range of tracks. She also played at night, sometimes solo and sometimes with a brilliant guitarist in Central Park - worth an hour of anyone's trip just to experience how good they both are. I have already mentioned the food - Windjammer excellent, main dining room equally so except for one occasion when my fish dish was clearly overcooked. We also dined in Sabor, one of the pay options - lovely food but enough to feed a small army! Sorrento's is excellent if you want a slice or two of pizza - it's on the Promenade deck (deck 5). Alcohol was a bit hit or miss - beers, wines, liqueurs and some cocktails were very good or excellent, but too many drinks were spoiled by excessive ice and flat mixers and Royal Caribbean really needs to step up to the mark on this - a glass full of ice and flat mixer spoils an otherwise excellent range of spirits. I appreciate that coffee can be a personal choice (and we are not into Starbucks at all), but this was disappointing. The cast majority of places simply offered coffee from a pot and it was dishwater. The exception was the Park Café on deck 5 - proper speciality coffee served with a range of sandwiches (try the turkey or the roast beef) and pastries - excellent. Again a few more places offering the same on a ship this size would be better. We did not take any of the Royal Caribbean excursions - we have previously visited Rome, Capri (Naples) and options for Palma and Marseilles are easily self-sourced. Marseilles is a must visit - the old port is spectacular. La Spezia was a real surprise - great shopping and dining and after a morning spent on these activities we took a private boat ride (23 Euro per person) to Portovenere followed by a boat ride of one hour around three neighbouring islands - fantastic and Portovenere has to be seen to be believed. Palma is excellent and we spent a great half-day wandering round the shops. We also took a hop on hop off bus ride round Naples - two routes for 23 Euro per person and lasting around 3 hours in total - a really great opportunity to see all of the city. Our cabin was an inside cabin on floor 9 - perfectly good, clean and bet and linen excellent. I enjoy running and can thoroughly recommend the Spa and Fitness area - I have seen reviews saying that it is disappointing that there are only portholes for viewing purposes - they are big portholes and if you want a view perhaps you are not putting enough effort into your exercise! All in all this was a fantastic holiday and we would go back tomorrow. We hope others have a similar experience, and if you are scheduled for a stay on this, in our experience you will enjoy every minute - do not believe everything you have read! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Our third time with Royal and first time in Europe, over all is good experience and port intensive cruise only one sea day. Got to build in your own off time to make it enjoyable. We explore all of the ports on our own using Rick Steve ... Read More
Our third time with Royal and first time in Europe, over all is good experience and port intensive cruise only one sea day. Got to build in your own off time to make it enjoyable. We explore all of the ports on our own using Rick Steve guide. Most of the port are pretty easy to explore your own and is much cheaper if you on the budget. The ship is huge and with 5000 plus people doesn’t feel very crowed. Make sure book your shows and reserved your dinning even for my time dinning. We found 2 or 3 place we really like and keep going back every day to relax. My only complaint was the food at main dinning room was bad, they give you large quantities but poorly cook. Some night we feel buffet was better option. All of the staff work very hard try to make you feel comfortable. Entertainment staff are great, but you can only pick few you really want to do and enjoy. You will not have time to do everything. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Not a cruise person but choose it bc of 4 kids various ages. The ride was super smooth never a bump. Sunsets amazing and cabins were clean and bed very comfortable. There are no coffee makers which was upsetting but free room service for ... Read More
Not a cruise person but choose it bc of 4 kids various ages. The ride was super smooth never a bump. Sunsets amazing and cabins were clean and bed very comfortable. There are no coffee makers which was upsetting but free room service for breakfast ONLY. All other room service comes with a fee. The food in American Icon was good not great but what i expected on a cruise.. Not a great ship for food allergies as the gluten free options were slim. The ports were very crowded and very hot. Palma was a waste of time as we did off and on bus and it was packed and scorching hot inside and on top of the bus. We were miserable. Provence we did the petit train (you have to take a taxi to the train) to the Cathedral and it was beautiful our lunch was great and we used google translate to read the menu. For pisa we decided to take the cinque terre train to explore the 5 villages. It was so hot and exhausting for our very active and fit family but beautiful. We had a RC excursion to take us to Rome on the train which was easy and comfortable and then we had purchased a better than skip the the vatican tour. It was TOO crowded at the vatican but the tour was worth it. We hired a private car for the amalfi coast. Very expensive and several of us got very car sick. I wish I would have known about this...we never get car sick so we had no idea this would happen but the roads are very windy. The coast is beyond words...we only got to Positano and Sorrento. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We did the Western Mediterranean cruise out of Barcelona in May 2019 on the Oasis. The cruise itself was OK. We did have a really good time but there are a few things we would def. change. Boarding was easy. Rooms were ready at 1pm. Food ... Read More
We did the Western Mediterranean cruise out of Barcelona in May 2019 on the Oasis. The cruise itself was OK. We did have a really good time but there are a few things we would def. change. Boarding was easy. Rooms were ready at 1pm. Food in windjammer was good. Sorrentos pizza also great for late night. The hot dog stand was meh. The coffee was awful. There is no creamer - only milk on this sailing. We did not do any specialty dining restaurants. Our server was great. We saw all the shows. Some nights there were jammed packed with various shows and other nights we struggled with finding things to do. We loved the ice skating show, come fly with me and the comedian. PALMA DE MALLORCA - We made a huge mistake by not taking the shuttle. The taxi lines were horrendous and we tried to walk to town and then catch a cab which was also a nightmare. We eventually got cabs to the Bellver Castle and the Cathedral but wasn't worth the hassle. do yourself the favor and pay the 10e for the shuttle. MARSEILLES - Took the shuttle to town 20e and then rented the stand up scooters to go all around town. It was a blast. We then took the petite train to the Notre Dame Church. It was fantastic. LA SPEZIA - We used Italytours.eu to go to Pisa/Florence. It was a long drive. Over and hour to pisa and over another over to Florence and then almost 2 hour drive back. It was still worth it. We were in Pisa for an hour and Florence for 2.5 hours. ROME - Another tour with Italytours.eu. 90 minutes to Rome - Saw Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican/Sistine Chapel. It was a long day and we were not crazy about the driver or tour guide but not sure we would have seen as much on our own. NAPLES - Took high speed ferry to Capri. Got a late start and ended up in Capri around 11am. Right when we arrived we brought return ticket. The latest time left for 4:10. Lines for bus were long so we caught a open top taxi to Ana Capri (25e) and then took the chairlift to the peak. We then hiked all the way back down to the port. From there we went to the town of Capri and over to the gardens of augustus. We got back to Naples in time for pizza before heading back to ship. SEA DAY - Though after such a port intense itinerary and rest day was welcomed - we were also ready to go home - would have much rather done the itinerary in reverse starting with sea day then 3 busy ports followed by 2 smaller ports. Overall we had a great time. Flew from Miami spent 3 days in Barcelona in advance. Ready to Plan our next vacay :) Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We wanted to experience a Mediterranean cruise with our daughter and son-in-law. I have long believed in the Royal Caribbean brand and, for the most part, they filled my expectations. The Oasis class of ships are the largest in the world ... Read More
We wanted to experience a Mediterranean cruise with our daughter and son-in-law. I have long believed in the Royal Caribbean brand and, for the most part, they filled my expectations. The Oasis class of ships are the largest in the world so the ship is beautiful and has a lot to offer. I also sailed on its sister ship, Allure, last year. Coincidentally, the same band, Centerpiece Band, performed on both sailings and they are outstanding. Very talented group and a lot of fun to perform with during the Live Band Karaoke activities. In terms of other entertainment, there was not a lot of activities and the theater shows were not as varied as they used to be. RCL's food quality however has declined since I first sailed with them over 15 years ago. It used to be that you could look forward to a high-end entrée in the Main Dining room every night culminating in Lobster Night on one of the Formal Nights. Not anymore...with all the Specialty Dining options that you have to pay extra for, the Main Dining Room food quality has definitely declined. Even at the Specialty restaurants, lobster is an extra fee on top of the extra you paid to dine there in the first place. Our stateroom was great as was our attendant. We have never experienced any issues with that. Our shower had a slow drip which was quickly fixed when we advised our attendant. We booked a Cinque Terre shore excursion through the ship that was cancelled due to rough sea conditions (it was a boat excursion). That happens, but had it not been for our daughter telling us that she received a cancellation notice in her stateroom the night before, we would never have known as they left us no notice. Furthermore, with technology available on the ship, it would be a lot more efficient and effective to do a Push Notification on the App as everyone is always carrying their cell phones with them. The Shore Excursion desk closed at 9pm so they would not help advise us on our alternatives until the next morning. Fortunately, we got some great advise from Guest Services on how to get to Cinque Terre via train. As it turned out, we spent less than 50 Euros to get there for the two of us versus the nearly 400 Euros for the Excursion! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Wanted to see some of Europe and a cruise seemed like a good way to start. This is a port heavy cruise with very long days. You can see lots but in stops like Rome you will get just a very small taste and it's a great deal of driving ... Read More
Wanted to see some of Europe and a cruise seemed like a good way to start. This is a port heavy cruise with very long days. You can see lots but in stops like Rome you will get just a very small taste and it's a great deal of driving and walking. Private tours seem to be the way to go to get the best of each stop. We had an upgrade to a mini suite which was a welcome addition of space. The ship was fully repaired after the accident and you would never know it was so crushed. All shows and activities were running. As there is such a short period of evening time some things were not offered every day. They did try to have everything going on the sea day though. We enjoyed all the dining venues and did not do any pay dining except for Chops Lunch on the first day as we purchased The Key. The Key to us was a great benefit as we had excellent seats for all the shows we booked, full internet streaming and priority disembarking and transfers at all ports. One thing to note is there is No Lobster offered in the Dining Room on Mediterranean schedules. You could purchase it along with a couple of other specialty items separately on any night though. The service and crew were always great and they only disappointment seemed to be with the sports crew. We quite often felt like an inconvenience to them, especially on the zip line. The ship is kept very clean but does need the dry dock as planned later this year. New carpets in rooms and some refinishing of chair cushions but other than a little worn they were fine. Our room steward kept everything stocked and neat in our cabin. The entertainment was good and with The Key we had front row seats for everything. We were even able to enter on occasion without reservations to an earlier show sitting then what we had booked because of it. There weren't many small children on this cruise and I would imagine it would be hard in port with strollers. The roads and venues are really not very wheelchair or stroller accessible. We saw people really struggling in locations like Pompeii. Cinque Terre has a great deal of walking involved and most in stairs and uneven cobblestone streets. Unbelievable beautiful though. We loved this itinerary and would recommend it. Just remember you can't do everything and will need to choose your favorites or stay on in Europe for a few extra days. Private tours give you a much better look at the sites as the RCCL buses can't get into the best stops due to the small winding roads especially on the Amalfi Coast. We used Italy Tour Sharing (Joe Bananas) and they were amazing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This cruise was chosen as a celebration of our anniversary, and remembrance of several difficult years as family caregivers. This was a destination vacation to Europe and this cruise looked like it would introduce at an efficient way. We ... Read More
This cruise was chosen as a celebration of our anniversary, and remembrance of several difficult years as family caregivers. This was a destination vacation to Europe and this cruise looked like it would introduce at an efficient way. We arrived in Barcelona 2 days early to explore the city. Having concerns about not being able to speak Spanish within minutes we knew that this wasn't going to be any problem. The people of Barcelona could not be more friendly. We walked around a lot. It is an easy city to navigate. The Cathedral is amazing in the Gothic. The Picasso Museum doesn't get the love from tour guides as it should. If all you know is his Modernism you should check out his work and this building. A terrific visit. We ate at several cafes off the La Ramblas. Tapas are everywhere so stop have 1 or 2 and find another place. We did like Set de Born restaurant in the Gothic. The Iberco Ham, and grilled squid were the best we ever had. On Sunday we took a cab to the ship. About 20 EUR from center city. Moving through the queue was about 20 minutes. Being that the Oasis was dry docked for a month we were able to go to our cabin. Can I just say here, they say the ship is big, you see video and pictures of the ship. But when you first see the ship, it is huge! We had cabin 11650. Our Steward Deen was there to greet and welcome us. Deen was warm and engaging, he made us feel so welcomed. We wanted for nothing the entire week. We were assigned to American Icon for my time dining. Through out the week we had several servers. Each one was terrific. We did not have one dining experience that wasn't excellent. Where we live we can get some of the best food around, from steaks, any ethnic, seafood. When I had read reviews about the quality of food we were hesitant. The food was well prepared and delicious. Was the prime rib like Keene or Peter Lugars, no, but it was cooked the way I like it and was delicious. I vacation on Cape Cod, no seafood is going to be like that. The fish dinner on Oasis was delicious. We enjoyed ourselves. The first day was Mallorca. We didn't schedule any excursions. We took the bus and went to the Cathedral. It is spectacular. We used audio guide for here. We then walked the area and had a light lunch and people watched. The 2nd day was Marseille. Again we took the bus and walked around the city. It is quite hilly. Again we stopped at a bakery facing the Port and had a light lunch. The 3rd day was Florence. We used RCL tour, the history of Florence. It is a 90 min bus ride from the Port to Florence. Our guide, I forget her name, I'm sorry. Was terrific both on the bus and off. You park the bus and then walk. You walk a lot! There is so much to see and she explains what your looking at. We had lunch in a small restaurant as a group. Enjoyable meal meeting fellow cruisers. At the accadmie we were broken up into 2 groups and got a new guide. She was terrific also. You go through security check point and enter the museum. There is a lot of art here, but everyone is fixated on David. It is incredible. You stay awhile and then its back to the main square for an hour. You can shop, visit Church of Santa Croce. We decided cocktails in Florence was what we needed! Walk to bus. Sleep for an hour and a half. Shower, go to dinner, go to bed. Next morning is Rome. The 4th day. As you can see we are not going to see many shows. Up by 5am, coffee at Prommenade Cafe, light snack. Gangway by 730. This tour we joined was by Italytoursharing. This tour and tomorrows were both terrific independent Tours, we would highly recommend them. You get in a 9 passenger van and drive to Rome, about an hour away. The guide narrates while driving in the craziest traffic we have seen.Rome is Crazy traffic wise!! The driver is worth the money! The Colosseum was taken off the itinerary because of new security measures, but we park across the street and have a great view. The driver takes us to a cafe for a bathroom break and have the best cappuccino while waiting we now have an hour before going to the Vatican. The driver suggests we walk to the Trevi Fountain. He can't drive there. We don't exchange phone numbers within the group or driver. 2 people from the group separate from us and go on their own. We walk to the fountain. Its like Times Square on New Years Eve! We will never find this couple. Now we start getting harassed by the pan handlers, beggars, sellers of crap. One of the girls in our group has a guy try to get into her shoulder bag. Another lady yells at him and he disappears into the crowd but nothing is taken. This place is a dump, I'm done. We walk to the where the van is and the other couple isn't there. An hour later we meet up. Off to the Vatican. We go through the Sistine Chapel and there is nothing like it. It's what you come to Rome for. Because we lost an hour at the fountain we have limited time at St Peter's, but we got to go in and are quite happy. Back to the ship and eat. Tomorrow the last day Naples. Again up by 6. Coffee, more coffee. The Terminal in Naples is the most god awful facility we encountered. You are forced like livestock to walk the length of the terminal. Or take elevator and walk length of terminal. Get to ground level only to be forced to walk back from where you came from to walk past the crappy souvenir shops. It's worse than anything Walt Disney could dream of for picking your pocket. Envision elderly people and young families with strollers schlepping for 20 minutes just to get a bus.. A big middle finger Italian hello to the operators of the Naples Port. You and RCL should be ashamed of yourselves for such a blatant money grab. We took Italy tours sharing again. Our driver, Massimo, was terrific. He suggested driving to Positano first. Shop and have breakfast. Then drive back to Sorrento and have lunch. Then finish in Pompeii. This tour was a calm, sightseeing delight. The scenery is incredible. The food was fantastic. We had a great time. At Pompeii we met our guide. There were some guests that had mobility difficulty. The guide made sure everyone saw what they wanted and if you didn't want to go, you were put in a comfortable spot to wait. A great excursion for the end of our week. Saturday was the 1 cruising day on our cruise. It was windy and cool. There weren't many people in the pools or outside bars. This was the only time you notice how many people are on the ship. We shopped on board. Had some drinks and enjoyed the day. Sunday we had breakfast at the windjammer for the last time and off the ship by 8 am. We had an amazing time. We are already thinking of setting up another cruise but not as heavy on the itineraries. RCL Oasis of the seas, and its employees provided a terrific vacation and we couldn't be happier. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Cruised on Oasis from Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean 7 day. Nassau, Saint Thomas, Saint Maarten. Check in was delayed by one hour for extra cleaning do to some passengers getting sick on the prior trip. I want a clean ship so ... Read More
Cruised on Oasis from Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean 7 day. Nassau, Saint Thomas, Saint Maarten. Check in was delayed by one hour for extra cleaning do to some passengers getting sick on the prior trip. I want a clean ship so that was fine. That delay made things a little chaotic in the terminal since everyone that showed up early was not able to board and backed things up for a little while. Still only took a little over an hour to get on the ship. We arrived at the terminal at 11am. Stayed in a standard ocean view balcony stateroom, 12th floor forward, port side. The room was comfortable with adequate room for two. Overall the ship was in good condition, All the staff was very friendly and ready to help. Dining rooms nice and food excellent. Buffet was also good with so many options it was hard to decide what to get. There are too many things to do on this ship to list This ship is huge. However, I think the size makes it seem less crowded than some of the smaller ships. My only complaint is that the smoking areas were right in the middle of all the activities. You could not walk on the main pool and open deck, port side, without walking through the smoking areas. Depending on the wind direction, the smell would travel to all nearby areas. Not Good! Didn't really detract from my trip but be warned that this is the case. My favorite port of call was St. Maarten for sure. Easy to get Taxi/Water taxi. St Thomas taxi area was a joke. I would definitely cruise on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We enjoy Oasis of the seas for our teenage children. There is so much to keep them busy. All kinds of activities all the time and with several sea days, this gives them time to enjoy everything. My boys liked hanging out at the basketball ... Read More
We enjoy Oasis of the seas for our teenage children. There is so much to keep them busy. All kinds of activities all the time and with several sea days, this gives them time to enjoy everything. My boys liked hanging out at the basketball courts and the table tennis, my girls enjoy the pool deck. They all enjoy the rock climbing, dive show and other shows, bingo, listening to the musicians and the planned activities. There are always other kids around to hang with and they really enjoyed making new friends. They also love the pizza shop, hot dog shop, ice cream cones, and eating in the main dining room. Having said that, we have cruised a LOT and this is NOT our favorite ship. It is very crowded at all times and there is a line for everything. From the snack/coffee shop, to getting a slice of pizza, be prepared to wait. It was difficult to find pool chairs on sea days, the bars got crowded and we had to wait for drinks around dinner time, bingo was absolutely ridiculous, there were so many people playing that someone got bingo after only 5 numbers were drawn which really takes any fun out of it. The service was spot on as we have come to expect with Royal Caribbean, from the state room attendant to the servers in the main dining room and the bartenders, everyone gave 5* service. I, personally, just prefer a smaller more intimate ship (without so many lines). But for a family adventure this is certainly the right ship! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
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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