Sail Date: February 2015
My husband and 3 children just returned from a 7 day cruise on Oasis of the Seas. We did it for the children as we weren't cruise people...before the Oasis trip. We had been on the Disney Dream twice, once in 2012 and again in 2014. ... Read More
My husband and 3 children just returned from a 7 day cruise on Oasis of the Seas. We did it for the children as we weren't cruise people...before the Oasis trip. We had been on the Disney Dream twice, once in 2012 and again in 2014. In our opinion, this ship really left Disney in the dust in terms of activities and food quality. The kids club was fantastic. There are 4 clubs for 4 different age groups and each day they have different themes. Just two I remember best were a Pirate Night and a Dance night. The kids were always playing together in a group with the counselors. I was very pleased and the kids had a great time and I felt like they were in good hands. Danny and Kerri were especially wonderful. Food was amazing quality and the selection of places to eat was unbelievable. Now I know that food is a very subjective thing but we are from Long Island and New York City so take that into context. I bought the bottled water package for $82 but it was unnecessary as the water served on the ship tasted just fine. I would suggest the smaller water package for half the price as it was nice to carry around bottled water. We almost didn't take the cruise as my husband needed to be able to keep in touch with his clients while away and we were unsure if the internet would be reliable enough to keep his business going without interruption. Well, good news....after dry dock in October the ship has a new internet system. It was $140 for the week for two users and he was able to make calls via wi-fi and video stream...all without interruption of signal. Very impressive. Only 3 ships have this ability and the other two are Allure and Quantum. Hopefully all the ships will catch on over the next few years. No other reviews had discussed this. There were 2 formal nights. You won't be turned away at the main dining room if you choose not to dress. One problem I had is that I expected an iron to be available to press my clothes. There are NO irons. You have to send your clothes out per the laundry schedule for pressing or washing, which is hotel pricing. I had to send my 4 year old boy's jeans for a wash before heading back to NY and it was $5. No self serve laundry. We arrived at the Port at 12:45 and got on the ship quickly without any lines. Our suitcases were tagged outside and taken and nobody ever checked our wine bottle allowance. We had 3 staterooms for a maximum allowance of 2 bottles per room and we took a bottle to the main dining room each night. The waiters opened the bottles and poured the wine and never made us feel "low class" for bringing our own. Best prices for alcohol were in the duty free in Jamaica. Shows were decent on board. "Cats" was boring and I would never take kids as it was hard enough for an adult to sit through. "Come Fly with Me" was fantastic for adults, teenagers might like it. The aqua show was great for all ages. "Frozen in Time" was also a great show for all ages but especially children. We didn't see any other shows. I was frustrated before the cruise because our reserved show times kept changing but all worked out well. Fitness center was top notch with a great selection of machines available. I go to Gold's Gym daily and this was almost as good although you will walk the ship back and forth all day so exercise wasn't a main priority for me where I was chasing 3 kids all day.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We are finally home from our Back-2-Back on the Oasis - A really different experience from all our other cruises; but…. That’s why we booked it after all these years of saying we would not like the 6,000 pax + 2500 crew. 8,500 people ... Read More
We are finally home from our Back-2-Back on the Oasis - A really different experience from all our other cruises; but…. That’s why we booked it after all these years of saying we would not like the 6,000 pax + 2500 crew. 8,500 people on a ship is a LOT – I don’t care how big she is. I should start off by saying the ship is ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT. We spent the frist day walking around saying “WOW” a lot. Even at the end of the first week, I was still getting confused as to “where” certain venues were. “Let’s see, is that on the Promenade, or Central Park, or maybe it was on Deck 4”….. And the entertainment was UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING! Everything we saw was really good. We reserved all the shows for the first week because my sister was cruising that week too. CATS was awesome, even though it was almost 3 hours. A lot of people left at intermission (assuming because it was too long), but they missed the best part. I thought the second half was the best. The dancing and singing was VERY talented. The Ice-Show was also the best we’ve seen on any other ship (have seen 4 others). The Aqua-Theatre Dive Show was also AWSOME. Of course we had not seen that anywhere else. And then the Come Fly With Me near the end of the week was kind of like the “Cirque Du Soleil” show. It was a lot of fun, and much larger production than what we had seen on other ships. The Topper to the entertainment was the band that played in Dazzles just about every night. Centerpiece is a 6-person group (other ships won’t spend for a band that large – I think 4 is the largest) that blew everyone away every night. They played EVERY kind of music you can imagine and made it look easy. We were there til closing every night because it was Sooooooo good. Another venue the Oasis has that no other ship has (yet) is the “Suite Lounge”. They took away the Concierge Lounge – the Diamond Plus have to share the Too-Small Diamond Lounge now; and replaced it with the lounge room for ONLY suite guests and Pinnacle Members. You have to have a Gold Card to get in. If you can qualify, it is very, very nice. The room used to be the Viking Crown Lounge, and it is HUGE -- Two-Story panorama windows that cross the beam of the ship. It was never more than 2/3 full even during the happy hours. Now, for all of the people who have written reviews and said that the Oasis was NOT CROWDED……. “Sure there are 6,000 pax, but you never see the people because the ship is so big.”………….. THEY LIE!!!! The ship was CROWDED A LOT !!! Any show you are planning to see, even with a reservation, you better get there at least ½ hour early or all the seats are taken. When we went to CATS, we got there 15 minutes before the show and the 3rd Deck room was almost full. After that we started planning differently. Even in the Dance Lounge late at night – the Centerpiece would be on the Compass to start playing at 10:00, and if you get there at 10:00 there are no tables available. Try to go to the Windjammer for lunch, and there was a line down the hall and down the stairs; the staff was asking people to go somewhere else “Because the Windjammer is too crowded”. We went to the Park Café – there was a line of about 30 people out the door. We went to the Solarium Bistro – the line was through the café and out the back. We always had room service for breakfast, so didn’t experience first hand, but were told the Dining Room and the Windjammer were “impossible” for breakfast. If there was anything at all going on in the Promenade (even one of the stores having a sale) you could hardly get from one end to the other because of the CROWDS. We were sitting in the Schooner Bar on deck 6 looking down on the Promenade once, and talking about how noisy it was. Donna said, "It reminds me of the Mall at Christmas". I can say that the first week, we had one of the best waiters and the best assistant waiter we have ever experienced in the Dining Room. We had a large table (there were 9 of us), made good friends with our table-mates, and had a blast every night. The food was really good and the service was waaaaay over and above what we expect. Turn-Around Day between the 2 cruises: This was our 3rd Back-2-Back. The others took about 15 minutes to be walked off, thru customs, and back on the ship. Of course with the others there were 10-20 B2B people in the group. On the Oasis, there were 130. On the Oasis, we all met in the Schooner Bar at 10:00. The PLAN was to have an RCI rep. walk us off the ship by 10:30, go through customs, get our new Sea-Pass cards, and then be walked back on the ship. "Should take about 1/2 hour", we were told. The idea is to be back on the ship before anyone else boards. On other B2B's, we have been done with the process by 10:30 and have the ship to ourselves for an hour or so. We got to the Schooner Bar around 9:45, and it was full. Managed to find a couple of seats together by asking someone to move. 10:00 came and went with no RCI rep. in sight. At 10:30, a rep showed up and told everyone it would be a few minutes more. Then, at 11:00 they finally told us we could go. We walked into customs, and they told us to have a seat. The whole group sat and waited; about 15 minutes later, 2 customs people came into the room and we were told to line up and show them our passports. As we were working through that line, everyone else checking in was walking on the ship. We finally made it through the line and got our cards so we could reboard at about 11:45. We were supposed to have a "Special Luncheon" sat up at 11:30 in the Dining Room, but it was about 12:00 when we got there. Again, I think because of the 6,000 people, everything is overloaded and takes a lot longer. Overall…. We had a really great cruise, a lot of fun, a truly unique experience, and can once more say we have cruised the Largest Ship On The Ocean. We prefer the smaller Radiance Class with 2400 pax.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
My wife and adult children (2) just returned from our OOTS eastern sailing. Here is a quick review of the good, the average, and the ugly... THE GOOD: The ship itself is amazing. My hat's off to the design team that worked on this, ... Read More
My wife and adult children (2) just returned from our OOTS eastern sailing. Here is a quick review of the good, the average, and the ugly... THE GOOD: The ship itself is amazing. My hat's off to the design team that worked on this, along with all of the market input that influenced the design. They managed to capture everything in one ship. Nice job! Overall food quality is good. MDR is a cut above all other Royal ships (Voyager class, Freedom class, etc.), probably because it's a marquee ship. Specialty restaurants are excellent, but you pay for it. Alcohol pricing has been adjusted so that you don't go broke on mixed drinks if you have them in moderation. Ship cleanliness and upkeep are very good. THE AVERAGE: Windjammer. Food quality there is dropping, compared to past experiences. Also the shows. It was a bit of a pain to reserve everything, and then Royal goes and changes your reservations to time slots you didn't want. Also a lot of the staff. They are not as friendly as they used to be, although that could be due to the rudeness of the passengers, which we've noticed has gotten worse. The loss of the Viking Lounge to more suites was a disappointment. THE UGLY: Cats. What can I say? It's a horrible Andrew Lloyd Webber production that is completely inappropriate for a cruise. Why not Grease? There are so many other productions that would be a lot more fun and upbeat, and much less "artsy fartsy". Also the debarkation process at the end of the cruise. My recommendation - get up as early as you can and get off the ship first, or find a nice place to camp out and read a book and be the last person off. Otherwise, plan on 90 to 120 minutes of sheer hell with people pushing and shoving to get off the ship. Side notes: Unless you're Diamond or above in Crown and Anchor, don't expect much with the loyalty program. It has been cheapened up a lot. Also plan on doing all of your reservations in advance of the cruise to avoid the "herd" trying to get into the same shows you want to see. This was especially true for the more popular ones, like the headliner and the ice skating shows. Same goes for specialty restaurants. You can look at the main dining room menu in your room which I recommend doing the first night you're on board. Find a night that you don't like the food, and make your reservations immediately. Also, avoid the Windjammer as much as possible. It is vastly too small for this size of ship. Go to the Solarium instead, or treat yourself to a nice breakfast or lunch in the MDR - it's usually much better quality. Finally, explore the entire ship. There is so much to see and do. I started on the top deck, and worked my way down on Day 2. It took about an hour, but I quickly identified everything I wanted to do and made a point to do it during the week.   Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Review of Oasis of the Sea 1/24/15 to 1/31/15 (7 Day) Eastern Caribbean Left from Pompano Beach, Florida. Parked at Park & Go near Port. $54.00 online prepaid rate. VERY nice service. They handled bags and off loaded at the port ... Read More
Review of Oasis of the Sea 1/24/15 to 1/31/15 (7 Day) Eastern Caribbean Left from Pompano Beach, Florida. Parked at Park & Go near Port. $54.00 online prepaid rate. VERY nice service. They handled bags and off loaded at the port baggage stewards. On return short wait for bus and then delivery right to car. Couldn't have been nicer. Arrived at Park and Go at 12:10 PM and was on the ship by 12:30 PM. There was no line to check in at ship. Walked straight up to agent. Baggage was at cabin after the 4:00 PM "muster drill". Our cabin was inside with central park view. Deck 9, Cabin 9249. This cabin was about 5 cabins from the aft stairway. Very easy walk down to dining rooms, central park on deck 8 and walked down long corridor to front of the ship and then down to the shows/casino. Also can walk down to 9 deck from pools easily. Elevators were crowded and waits sometimes long, but being able to walk one way was nice. Room was plenty spacious for us (196 sq. ft.). Closet big enough, enough hangers, 3 electrical plugs at the makeup area. small couch and window seat. Bed was comfortable and had the egg shell topper. Great room steward, Shella. Happy all the time and filled our needs for extra towels and robes with no problems. We carried on (2) bottles of wine and took to dinner 1st night and they stored for us and retrieved each night. NO CORKAGE fee! I think you could bring on (2) bottles per person no problem. Also had some cokes and small bottled waters in carry on which was great having in our cabin. There was enough room in the refrigerator to store our cokes and waters. We had MTD, but had reserved 6:00 PM in advance through the RC call in. Never a problem and no wait. Looked like persons without a specific time also got in quickly. Food was good and some nights very good. Did not eat at any specialty restaurants, but other passengers seemed to enjoy. There were some specials for the specialty restaurants like the 1st night it was 2 for 1 at Chops. With My Time Dining, even though you have a reservations for a specific time, you do not sit at the same table nor have the same waiters or table mates every evening. You are asked if you would like to "share" a table which we did and we usually sat at a table of 8. There were plenty of eating venues on the ship. We ate breakfast at the Solarium, the dining room, Johnny Rockets and the Wipe Out Cafe in the Sports Area. The Dining room has ordered meals or small buffet-All about the same. Had lunch at the Park Cafe (roast beef) in Central Park area, Promenade Cafe on deck 6, main dining (very good) and the windjammer buffet. Next time I would go to the Main Dining Room for more lunches and skip the Windjammer buffet. The ship was easy for us to get around and even though it is huge it did not seem crowded. Went to all the shows-make your reservations on line as soon as you can. If you need to book or change a show, go to deck 4 Studio B as soon as you get on and make/change your show reservations. All shows were good. We watched Cats in 2 sittings leaving at the intermission the first time and then going back the last sea day after intermission for the 2nd act. Cats was well done, but the story is too much to follow. The Oasis Dreams (Aqua Theatre) is a must see, Frozen (ice show) is great, and Come Fly with Me is quite enjoyable. You should get to the theaters or other venues about 30 minutes prior to showtime as they fill up fast. We always had great seats but we were always 30 minutes early. The cruise makeup tended toward more retired passengers, very few children (not Spring Break) and teens and few young couples. We did not have any trouble finding chairs even on sea days, although the weather wasn't that nice so maybe the crowds were down. There are many chairs around the ship. We spent most of the time at the Solarium going there for breakfast and then finding 4 chairs together. A little hassle, but if you stay friendly and are willing to movie a few chairs around you will be "ok". We took the water taxi to Atlantis in Nassau; waste of time and energy as you can't get into anything but the casino area without a $15.00 per person charge. Did a snorkel excursion at St. Thomas which was nice enough; great crew of (4) young people. Snorkel was just "ok" and the beach after was not so good. It was the Fast Cat excursion -- should have spent more time snorkeling and less time at the rocky bottom beach area. At St. Marteen our friends did the Rino rider which was rough but fun with a mediocre beach at the end. We went into town at St. Marteen and just wandered around for a couple hours. If I were to book again we would shop in St. Thomas and do a snorkel excursion at St. Marteen. All of the crew seem happy and helpful. Our only complaint was the picture taking by the staff was right in the walkways to dinner or on stairs blocking traffic flow. On disembarkation we were 9:30 AM and had our luggage and were outside by 10:15 AM. Seemed like a long wait, but only 45 minutes on the clock. Of the 6 or 7 cruises we have taken this was the best overall. Some of the upside could be the other couple we were with were fun and we enjoyed their company and laughs. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Where to start? What struck us most about Oasis is that this really isn't a typical cruise. It is more like a city or resort on water. This was our family's 4th cruise on RCI and my 5th. My husband and I have cruised 3 times as a ... Read More
Where to start? What struck us most about Oasis is that this really isn't a typical cruise. It is more like a city or resort on water. This was our family's 4th cruise on RCI and my 5th. My husband and I have cruised 3 times as a couple on Celebrity, and as a family we have cruised Disney 1x and Royal 3. We find RCI the best fit for our family at this time. Until this cruise on Oasis, I had assumed that we would switch lines once our daughter is an adult and, although I'm not counting that out, I have to say that Oasis may have changed our minds. The fine dining we were missing from our Celebrity days was more than met on Oasis, in fact, I think it surpassed it. That along with the casual dining options, neighborhoods that gave adults plenty of separated space, not-to-be-found-elsewhere Broadway caliber entertainment, and activity-oriented features (zip-line, rock-wall, flowrider, running track etc. totally won us over. Sure. At first we felt a little separated from the sea, but we soon found the places to go and connect. Do I think I'll never do a smaller ship in the future? I would never say never, but I am sure I'd miss the features that can only be found on the Oasis class of ships. At least as a family with a teen, I think we will stick with RCI and the larger classes for now. Below are my feelings & experiences on the ship, food and entertainment. Cabin: We were in 2 inside, connecting cabins, 9430 & 9432. We usually do balconies and have had the luck of getting aft balconies in the past with larger cabins and balconies so we are rather spoiled in that way. But, our teen wanted her own space and a real bed this time, not to mention we would like some privacy on vacation (cruises are romantic after all!) so we decided that connecting insides would work well on a ship like Oasis. Plus, it cost not too much more than 3 of us in an inside balcony, anyhow. Yes, we had to pay the single supplement, but our family got 21 points for a cruise that cost less than last years on Adventure where we had 1 cabin and got only 7 points. A worthwhile compromise. The cabins, even the insides, are very nicely laid out (yes the bed by the closet is very inconvenient) and RCI has truly mastered the bathroom/shower area. Best shower at sea. Ever! Next time, we would most likely do the same thing if our budget is the same; however, I can see why balconies are a good idea on this ship if you can swing it. If a connection to the sea is important to you, then I would get a balcony. The inside was comfortable and great for sleeping, but I had no desire to hang out in it. It was very quiet, by the way, and we couldn't hear a thing next door when the connecting door was closed. Food: The restaurant options are what sold us on this ship and make us think we can't go back to a smaller one (or one without options. Quantum might work!) The MDR was fine, as usual. We did My Time Dining 2 times: the first night and the first formal night. We had reservations and the first night were moved to a different dining room, but it was not an issue. The second night we were seated immediately. There was no long wait as we had feared. We tried Giovanni's which was awesome (get the tiramisu!) The service was superb and the food delicious. We did the Windjammer the last 2 nights and it was not crowded and a good as expected. We checked it out the first formal night and they had lobster tail (all you can eat) on the buffet! Needless to say, we didn't stop and eat as we had reservations in the main dining room, but if you don't care about formal night, this might be the night for WJ. We had a lunch and a dinner at Sabor. It is "gourmet" Mexican food and the best deal economically. Their dinner course in $19 and easily feeds 2. The white sangria was delish. We couldn't decide whether we liked Sabor or Giovanni's the best. We also had some delicious appetizers in Vintages. Most of our breakfasts were in the Solarium Bistro which has a nice buffet without the crowds at the WJ and a much nicer ambiance. Entertainment/Activities: Try the zip line. I did it the first day and there was almost no line. The rest of the cruise it is crowded. It is fun and really not scary once you've made the leap. My dh enjoyed the flowrider. I loved the running track. It is covered, but you can sea the ocean and get a breeze. I enjoyed it so much that I ran 4 times, and did my first 5 miles at sea. I usually spin on a cruise, but the track most so nice and the spin classes were more than 2x as expensive: $25 a class, that I just ran. Like people say, we just didn't find the time to try everything and wish we had done more. The shows were all great and top notch. Do not miss out. I confess that my daughter could not stay for the 2nd half of Cats so we skipped out, but my husband said it was very good. Maybe they should have thought about a show more appropriate for a cruise ship audience. The cast, however, was very talented and definitely Broadway level. That is not the issue. The only show we missed was the comedy which I heard was comparable to what you'd see in Manhattan. I can't speak to the parades, kids activities or adult game-show events as we didn't do this on this cruise. Service: We felt the customer service and staff members on Oasis were all wonderful. The CD was Ricky Matthews and he was a lot of fun. His approach seems to be more of a comedian and he has no problem making fun of himself or other, but in a fun, unassuming way. The negative: If there was one negative for us, it was that a lot of Oasis cruisers seemed like one-timers who have come just to sail the biggest ship (almost biggest) and don't really understand about cruising. When shows were over, they would just leave. Ricky would talk and they would just get up and go. There was none of the feeling that you were all sharing a vacation experience. We kept trying to figure out why? Was it the various nationalities/languages? We don't think so because our last 2 cruises were out of San Juan with an international and/or Spanish speaking crowd and this phenomenon did not happen then. Finally, we summed it up to the challenge of fitting in all the activities/dinner reservations on Oasis. You were often running off to somewhere next. Either that, or just the big nature of the ship with various neighborhoods making you feel as if you were on your own, individual vacation and not connected at all to the other cruisers. However, the positive flip side was that you were never crowed. People are evenly spread out among activities, pool sections, entertainment and food venues. People who can't think outside the box and must do WJ or sit at the main/beach poolside might not believe this, but if they just try another restaurant (not all require an extra charge) or another pool or lounger area, they will find a seat/meal, etc. there were tons of kids, but I never felt over-run with them. The Solarium is huge and beautiful and kids are kept busy on other parts of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
We sailed on the 31st of January 2015 with another 3 couples on the 'Oasis of the Seas". This was our second cruise on the Royal Caribbean. The 1st was on the 'Freedom of the Seas". Loved the ship, the crew, etc. One of ... Read More
We sailed on the 31st of January 2015 with another 3 couples on the 'Oasis of the Seas". This was our second cruise on the Royal Caribbean. The 1st was on the 'Freedom of the Seas". Loved the ship, the crew, etc. One of the couples we were travelling with were 1st time cruisers. They didn't know what to expect and they were amazed. They kept saying; 'Does not feel like you are on a ship'. Even though the ship was so large, everything was easy to locate. The specialty restaurants were fabulous. The food was top notch. Our waiters (Tyrone and Gabriel) and our barman (Sheldon) in the Dining Room were the best. They made our mealtimes so much more special. We shared lots of laughs together and their service was stupendous. Drew (the cruise director) and Frank were amazing. They did a great job keeping us entertained and they were hilarious. They make a great team. The shows were great (from the Ice Show to the show at the Aqua Theater). The performances in CATS were outstanding. Try to get in as many shows as you can, they are well worth it. The Comedians were hilarious (don't miss Comedy Live). There are so many great things to say. The burgers at Johnny Rocket's and pizza at Sorrento's (Yumm), the sangria at Bolero's (wow), Giovanni's Italian Cuisine, Sabor Mexican Cuisine: you will not be disappointed. And last but not least, to Kevin our stateroom attendant, thank you for making our stay so memorable. We feel like we left a family member behind. Our room was Deck 14 Room 719. All the Attendants on that Deck were awesome and friendly. Always enjoyed walking down the hall to my stateroom and chatting with the other Attendants. We had a balcony over the Boardwalk. It was nice but next time I would take an ocean room (and hopefully Kevin would be our Attendant again). Nothing beats waking up in the morning and looking out into the ocean. Again, to the crew and staff of 'Oasis of the Seas' thank you for the wonderful memories. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We were fortunate enough to sail on Oasis of the Seas' first transatlantic cruise. The weather and seas could not have been better. Many have already commented that the ship is so large one can always find a quite spot in spite of ... Read More
We were fortunate enough to sail on Oasis of the Seas' first transatlantic cruise. The weather and seas could not have been better. Many have already commented that the ship is so large one can always find a quite spot in spite of 5000 passengers and 2000 crew sailing along with you. Our spot was after if the ship on either decks 11, 12 or 14. We found that the various food venues affered a variety of foods and dining experiences. We generally preferred the dining room when we just wanted a leisurely meal; although we ate at several of the other venues. The Park Avenue Cafe was usually crowded and had the feel of a cafeteria. The Wipe out cafe and the a solarium Bistro had the advantage of sitting outdoors in one's bathing suit. Personally I found the food selection in the dining room to be less appealing on the Oasis compared to our cruise in March '14 on the Freedom of the Seas. The Windjammer also had a very different setup from Freedom. There were plenty of choices, but it took a while to figure out where the foods were that we preferred. It was not our favorite place to eat. Because we were traveling east, we had to account for 6 hours of lost time before we reached Barcelona. The hours were subtracted for 6 consecutive days at noon. Everyone was relieved to get that extra hour back before the end of the voyage. We went to just about all the evening entertainment and found it to be top notch. Only one night would be considered typical cruise entertainment. I assume because this was Oasis' first transatlantic there was a great deal of confusion with scheduling reservations for shows. Hopefully they have their system worked out for the return trip in Oct. We had signed up through roll call to sit with a group of 15 people for our evening dining.. After about 6 days we decided we wanted a quieter venue and was able to change our table to the main floor next to the piano. This was a good move for us since we finished out a table for 6 which allowed for easier conversation. We only docked at one port on our journey. That was Malaga. We chose to stay in port and ride the hop on hop off bus. It was easy to find since one of its stops was just a block north of the location the dock shuttle stopped. Purchase of tickets was at the stop. Because my husband uses a walker we did not get off at any of the stops, but ther seemed to be several that would have been interesting. Our cabin was very adequate. We found the storage space ample, and with the entry door opening out, we were able to leave my husbands walker near the door and out of the way. We had a balcony on the starboard side. We didn't want to sit in the sun, so that worked fine for us. We had shade a good deal of the day because of the overhang above the 14th deck. Embarkation and disembarkation both went very smoothly. The longest wait we had was waiting for a taxi in Barcelona getting off the ship. My husband simply sat on his walker with the luggage near the taxi stand, and I walked through the queue. All in all, it was a great cruise. The ship is beautiful with lots of activities to keep one occupied for so many days at sea. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Spent 7 nights with family on Oasis. We are Diamond members. Took 15 minutes to board the ship. Cabin was typical RCCL balcony with small bathroom. Bed comfortable. AC never really got the room cold probably due to the heat. Tremendous ... Read More
Spent 7 nights with family on Oasis. We are Diamond members. Took 15 minutes to board the ship. Cabin was typical RCCL balcony with small bathroom. Bed comfortable. AC never really got the room cold probably due to the heat. Tremendous activities every hour while on board but many to Keep the youngsters busy. Amazing that the ship is never crowded since they have The activities spread out. Love that you can take towels wihout signing for them. Love the Diamond Lounge with free drinks for 3.5 hours. The employees were attentive and friendly. Ports were Ok. Labadee is a growing port for RCCL but need to reward their Diamond and Diamond Plus members with their own beach area and upgraded amenities. Jamaica and Cozumol Best to go on an excursion. The shows were all good including Hairspray and the Comedy Club. Never went in the Windjammer. Mostly ate at Park Cafe for lunch and Breakfast. jonny Rockets Was ok. Remember when the dining room an event? Not anymore. 1/2 empty as other Cruisers elect to pay extra or go to the buffet or my time. But our service was excellent Due to no one being in our area. Food was ok as the menu basically has not changed Over the years. Chops was a disappointment. The steaks were Tasteless but the service and starters Were very good. Casino was quiet for the week. Rather see live poker that the video poker. The water was like glass for the entire week and very little wind on sea days. Took 20 minutes to get off The ship with our bags. Spa was ok but a fee to use facilities even with a service. Fitness center needs work as msnxy machines did not work which is unacceptable. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Don't get me wrong; Oasis is lovely ship and we enjoyed our time onboard greatly. The thing is just that it was so overwhelmingly big, posh, full of options that it was somewhat confusing. I loved my 8th floor JS on the hump. I even ... Read More
Don't get me wrong; Oasis is lovely ship and we enjoyed our time onboard greatly. The thing is just that it was so overwhelmingly big, posh, full of options that it was somewhat confusing. I loved my 8th floor JS on the hump. I even took a power nap one afternoon lying on the bed at the balcony. So enjoyable. I loved the location of 8th floor - we walked through Central Park several times a day. Park Cafe breakfast was so close, and Trellis bar, too. That was our spot for the pre-dinner drink as well as the last of the evening. Evidently there was close to 8000 people on board if you count both passangers and staff. Where were they? We did not queue much, there was no waiting to elevators, coming in and out of the shows or the MTD was a breeze. I remember getting pushed in a line only once; when exiting to Cozumel and we had ship sponsored shore excursion. But it took like 5 mins to get out of the ship and into the ferry (we went to see Tulum Maya ruins - excellent trip, can recommend). We faced a couple of hickups with service; at dinner and with drinks package. We had My Time Dining and were seated in 4 different tables during the week although we had reservation at same time every night except once. Service was not so smooth as previously - and we have experience on both traditional early dining as well as my time dining. Therer were lots of people hassling around, but somehow they missed serving us. Once we got our drinks only by the time we already had main course on the table. Another time we got one glass of wine, and nothing else. Food came mysteriously to the table carried by serveral servants, some of whom we never saw again during the service. Strange! I think it was a management issue rather than poor service from the waiters. Food was okay, though I am no foodie, so everything that is being served on a plate to my table works fine with me. As long as I do not have to carry my plate and somebody cooks for me. Never went to Windjammer because of this "attitude" of ours. We had breakfast either through room service at our balcony or at Park Cafe. Another hickup came with the drinks package: I noted three different debits to our seapass account. All of which were sorted out quickly, but it still took me 3 visits to the guest service desk. Annoying, when we had the sticker clearly on the card and I think the information should be in the computer systems, too, should it not? It all runs electronically anyways. Other than these computer clitches (maybe the bartender pushed wrong button or something) service on all bars was fine, even with the drink package. We tipped our favourite bartenders extra only on last night, so that had nothing to do with quality of their service. Drinks package was a good choise for us; we managed to break even every night, without being too drunk or hang over next day. We had good time! What we did onboard? Oh, absolutely nothing. We saw some evening shows and many other activities just by accident. We chose not to participate on purpose on anything; and therefore this was the most relaxing week since a long time! It was our mutual decision, and we were completely happy not to climb on walls, glide or surf, or to play golf or dodgeball. Cozumel Tulum Maya tour was only excursion we had pre-reserved. It was fabulous day, and we enjoyed it very much. It was done through RCI and everything worked well. Overall we were impressed. However, after seing the 3 classes (Genesis/Oasis, Freedom/Freedom and Voyager/Navigator) we both agree that Freedom class is the best, and we can also enjoy Voyager class enough. So it will take time, before we choose Oasis or Allure. Even though it had everything and more, it was just too much and we will be happy with little less! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
Atlanta fails to cotton to icy precipitation, rendering this frigid winter utterly miserable. Having endured a snow jam of epic proportions two weeks prior, I flee to a friendlier climate ahead of advancing ice that will once again ... Read More
Atlanta fails to cotton to icy precipitation, rendering this frigid winter utterly miserable. Having endured a snow jam of epic proportions two weeks prior, I flee to a friendlier climate ahead of advancing ice that will once again paralyze my hometown. The largest cruise ship in the world provides conveyance to teen latitudes, soothing Caribbean sunshine, and ample food and entertainment. The only jet stream on my radar propels a Delta aircraft. This behemoth rises 17 decks and incorporates every accoutrement available to a cruise ship. Exploration requires several hours. In addition to the obligatory swimming pools, hot tubs, sports courts, buffet dining, and multi-leveled auditorium, the Oasis offers an amphitheater, ice skating rink, zips line, flo-rider, and two 43’ rock climbing walls. The Solarium occupies the front of this ship’s 15th and 16th decks with padded furniture and a dedicated bistro off limits to children. Communities arranged around open-sky expanses throughout the middle of the ship provide variety and offer internal balconies overlooking these public areas. A sixth deck, open air boardwalk – replete with an operative carousel, donut shop, Johnny Rockets, and amphitheater – encompasses the entire rear of the ship. My mid-ship, 11th deck balcony overlooks Central Park, the serene 8th floor open expanse dedicated to extensive flora. Several oval glass canopies run down the center while the sides are lined by shops and restaurants. Underneath Central Park lurks the Royal Promenade, the ship’s winding main street that hosts clubs, restaurants, and boutiques and serves as the town square. Over eight thousand souls inhabit this floating city, and the 6,200 passengers outnumber the population of my boyhood hometown. Even though multinational staff populates all cruise lines, these passengers hail from over 70 different countries, rendering communications in the hallways an adventure. Japanese and Latinos are well represented. Muslim women in hijab juxtapose with scantily clad Western bikinis. Along with the elderly who shuffle and scooter throughout the ship, a good number of young couples with and without small children vacation aboard. My survey of name tags suggests that the majority of the 2,000 service personnel call Pacific and Caribbean islands home. Entertainment options abound each evening throughout the ship. Before sailing, my wife reserved seats for the production shows around which we organize each evening. A full theatrical performance of Hairspray transfers us to 1962 Baltimore, comically exposing the foibles of discrimination by race, class, and body type. The actors adroitly dance and sing their way through a weak and utterly predictable script that lasts about ½ hour longer than my attention span. Boredom invites attention to trifles, and my mind wanders to questions: Why do posters tout the Temptations and Stevie Wonder in 1962 before either released a hit record? How can this African-American dancer achieve such flexibility unless he is devoid of bones? Why must this heroine’s mother always be played by a man in drag? At the curtain, I equally applaud the skill of the performers and the termination of the ordeal. This ship’s skating rink invites an Ice Capades production that transpires on my second evening on the ship. A wordless interpretation of 19th Century Danish writer, Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales unfolds, gracefully portrayed by former national champions and Olympians who hail largely from Eastern Europe. Anderson’s pointed commentary on social psychology topics like arbitrary discrimination and group think come to life as the costumed skaters dance and twirl through The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Between skating performances, an amazing artist relates the tale of The Steadfast Tin Soldier through finger drawings in sand projected onto a large screen. He creates each frame in seconds and whisks them away with the back of his hand. A few nights later, the frozen stage gives way to liquidity in the amphitheater. A multinational troupe of divers, acrobats, and synchronized swimmers entertains with nonstop motion. These athletes dive from precipices high above, spin over the stage in suspended harnesses, and jump and tumble on trampolines. The diving pool floor constantly rises and falls, creating a landing pad for spinning swimmers one moment and a flat stage for acrobatic dancing the next. Submerged ladies dancing in synch pop up intermittently, while lights and music garnish the entire spectacle. Wow! Three young men from Down Under perform as the Aussie Boys and purport to explore the music catalog of their native Australia. Singing only one Bee Gees song and completely ignoring Olivia Newton John and Keith Urban, one wonders if radios are widely available in their neck of the Southern Hemisphere. Imitating the Jersey Boys, sans profanity, it quickly becomes clear that they are trading on their looks and ability to hit a few high notes rather than any genuine patriotic representation. Perhaps they have watched too many Backstreet Boys concerts and deduced that image trumps talent. To offer adulation to Australia, a Bee Gees retrospective filling the entire hour (with or without traipsing around the stage and flinging sports jackets) would be far more memorable. The other shows are song and dance routines performed by the cast of Hairspray and presented in the main auditorium. In Come Fly With Me, huge props of airplanes, taxis, and staircases are incorporated into dance routines while actors appear and disappear by wire suspension and the stage floor rising and descending. Summer Breeze purports to offer a “classic rock” songfest, but turns out to be a sampling of pop tunes spotlighting some very strong voices of the Hairspray cast. A less scripted performance in the Viking Lounge features the two Hairspray leads reflecting upon, and then singing, their most personally memorable Broadway tunes. Dividends of sailing this enormous ship are the plentiful evening musical options accessible throughout the vessel. Entire clubs dedicated to a specific musical genre – jazz, Latin, classical, pop, karaoke, acoustic guitar, and piano bar – invite short samplings or a full night of listening. I gravitate to the Filipino sextet performing most evenings in Dazzles, a two-story lounge on the 8th & 9th decks. An energetic young lady with a strong pop voice contrastingly shares lead singing duties with a rather subdued young man who hides under his hat and appears averse to smiling. They tour the pop catalog from the mid-1950s to the present with spot-on covers, rarely resting between numbers. Dancers of various abilities populate the floor directly in front of the band; a few couples move quite gracefully together while far more attempt some rhythmic gyrations that occasionally coincide with the percussion. Regardless of talent, enjoyment pervades the participants. A line dance evening is announced for the third night of the cruise with the Filipino band providing the music. They take the stage in jeans and checkered plaid shirts. Interesting selections seem to pass as country music including southern rock (Sweet Home Alabama) and 1960s pop (These Boots Were made for Walking). They finally settle into true Nashville sounds with numbers from Shania Twain, Brooks and Dunn, and Tim McGraw. I assertively join an assembled mass repeating the Electric Slide to every song. With some leadership, we perform the Canadian Stomp, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, and Tush Push credibly. My wife and I interject a few couples’ dances using steps from Cruisin’ and a cha-cha from My Maria. Tim McGraw’s finale appropriately summaries the evening: I like it, I love it. I want some more of it. Another pop covers band performs most nights in the Viking Lounge at the pinnacle of this massive ship. This ensemble of three middle-aged, American Caucasians proficiently combine drums with lead and bass guitar (no electronica) to play every request. The problem arises when the vocals emerge. The lead singer combines nasal tones with pitch imperfection and saturates it with volume. Imagine bad karaoke from a singer belting out a familiar tune with no cognizance of the gap between the original melody he hears in his head and the squall he delivers. The performance sinks to the nadir with a tortured rendition of the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody. I can envision Bobby Hatfield spinning in his grave. Conversely, these guys know the American songbook. By request, the lead guitarist delivers a word-perfect performance of Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey on the spot. Few bands venture this far from the top 40, especially for compositions released in 1972. My balcony affords a strategic location to enjoy several musical performances from both above and below. In Central Park, several outdoor concerts emerge. I particularly enjoy the lone pianist performing the American Songbook with numbers from Cole Porter, Sammy Cahn, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer, and the Gershwin brothers under a warm and starry sky. On most cruises I appreciate the steel drum and reggae rhythms rendered poolside each afternoon by the Caribbean band. However, acoustical deficiencies vastly mar these offerings, and by the time they waft down to my balcony, the melodies are barely recognizable. I console myself with 8,000 ipod selections. Daily fêtes earn the Oasis her moniker of Caribbean Party Ship. Most celebrations transpire along the wide expanse and winding streets of the 5th floor Promenade. Musicians and dancers perform on platforms that tower above, and a retractable cat walk delivers entertainers directly over the assembled masses. A Mardi Gras celebration (albeit a month premature) brings costumed entertainers parading through the Promenade throwing trinkets to passengers who seem reluctant to surrender any pleasure for Lent. The Captain’s reception lures with the ship’s orchestra, champagne, and fruit drinks – better to mix carbonated wine with something – to hear the Norwegian intone some insincere sentiments in broken English. Fortunately, the orchestra rescues the event. A 1970s night features the usual disco fare with credible performances of Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band, culminating in the obligatory costumed Village People finale. A “Glow Party” features luminescent wans and necklaces distributed to all celebrants in the ice auditorium. Upon dimming the lights, everyone is invited onto the covered ice – now transformed into a dance floor – to gyrate to current pop hits. The takers are decidedly younger than the median age onboard. On the last evening, a farewell party assembles all of the ship’s performers in the Promenade. Our ports of call, alas, are familiar ones, offering few enticements for repeat exploration. I stay onboard in Nassau, and never venture far from vessel’s shadow in St. Thomas or St. Maarten. Happily, my co-passengers disembark in hordes affording me the unencumbered run of the ship. How delightful! In St. Thomas and St. Maarten, my wife and I walk to the small huts dockside to people-watch while sipping some more reasonably priced beverages. Passengers from multiple cruise ships parade endlessly from the docks to the trinket shops and invite speculation. Judging their adornment and deportment, many guesses about each person’s live space are entertained. Family members cannot deny genetics with easily identifiable shape and gait similarities. Speed consumes these vacationers as they hurry to relax somewhere (anywhere) else. The best tee shirt slogan adorns a 40-something woman leading her husband: “I’d agree with him, but then we’d both be wrong.” The most common characteristic noted is the paucity of smiles or other indications of contentment. I register few complaints with the Oasis staff who seem well-organized, efficient, and very polite. The only snag comes with food service. Typically a highlight of any sailing, the dining experience proves wanting as this ship has exceeded its capacity to provide any semblance of adequate food delivery. For the initial four nights, in vain we attempt to find service in the enormous Opus Dining Room. Waiters work fervently, but they are doomed by an inadequate kitchen facility and too many diners to accommodate. Two hours represents our minimum time expenditure, and our order is not taken in less than 30 minutes into the ordeal each evening. Menu selections are scant, and table companions elude interest. One California man complains vociferously that his medium rare steak has a pink center and sends back two offerings, but insists that he desires the meat cooked medium rare. Who can linger for dessert if it must be shared with this simpleton? We abandon the full service dining hall for the balance of the sailing in favor of the self-service buffet on deck 16. At least we can dress casually and eliminate planning. Because of the multi-ethnic passenger contingent, the buffet offers an array of strange cuisine with varying visual and olfactory valence. In contrast to their brethren on the 5th floor, the wait staff up here performs so overeagerly that any interruption in food consumption invites them to remove my plate. I take most of my lunches in the Park Café just below my balcony where a salad bowl balances the much heavier nightly indulgences. Pizzas are available 24 hours on the Promenade, and they prepare personal pans to order. My small concession to self-restraint consists of avoiding the donut shop on deck 6. Given my day job, a vacation entails isolation from the concerns of others. Thus, my private balcony provides many hours of respite, and my ipod serenades me most afternoons. When interactions appear inevitable, I never disclose my profession, but my accent betrays regional affiliation. Any mention of Atlanta elicits a review of my hometown’s recent incompetence in coping with snow. I denounce the Canadians for sending their frigid jet stream so far south, and one Canadian attempts deflection of blame to the polar bears. I assert good judgment in living in a climate in which icy interruptions are an anomaly rather than normative. The exchanges are good-natured and pleasant but never very long. Traversing the ship offers a good deal of exercise, and I take the stairs almost exclusively. For at least one hour each day, the walking track circumnavigating deck 5 offers a circuitous route to health. After habituating to the deep blue water at every turn, podcasts of Freakonomics offer an appropriate distraction to pass the time. For instance, I discover that we worry about the wrong things. Visiting a friend with a swimming pool is 100 times more dangerous to a child than an afternoon with a gun owner, and only about 200 children are abducted by strangers each year. A whale sighting interrupts my walk and evokes much interest as well. I find it difficult to ignore the narcissism of my fellow passengers. Along the walking track, numerous admonishments for slower traffic to stay right appear prominently; however, meandering couples walking abreast clog the limited space. Sunbathers even situate their chairs in the marked track. Throughout the vessel, I must contend with my elders in scooters and walkers as well as a good number of baby strollers fixated on the very center of the halls and walkways. Note to self: when I become too old to traverse 10 yards in less than a minute, perhaps the right side of the walk would be an appropriate choice. If with a companion, single file lumbering may be in order. After a week of Royal Caribbean hospitality, reality awaits back at Fort Lauderdale. Debarkation crawls as a function of the abundant travelers paired with the indifference of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency – perhaps “Service” was honestly deleted from the name of this government bureaucracy to reflect the absence of anything approaching solicitude. Apparently satisfied that I lack nefarious intentions, the agent allows re-entry. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law collect us at the dock, and I enjoy the last few pleasant and sunny hours before Delta delivers us back to frigid Atlanta and the ice storm’s decimation of evergreens that litter the yards and roadway shoulders. Oh yes, this trip was perfectly timed.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the day before our departure. I received a phone call from RCCL with a voice message stating not to arrive to the ship before 1:30 PM because they were sanitizing the boat due to an outbreak of the Norovirus. I ... Read More
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the day before our departure. I received a phone call from RCCL with a voice message stating not to arrive to the ship before 1:30 PM because they were sanitizing the boat due to an outbreak of the Norovirus. I was glad they were taking pre-cautions.  However, I learned on this trip that they seem to be overly cautious. On the 4th day of our trip, my 7 year old son was running around, eating greasy food every night (pizza, French fries, chicken fingers) and had his third dessert for the night. He vomited. We called housekeeping and was told by the staff that we should have our son checked out by the medical staff. My husband and I were fine with that but we knew our son just vomited because he ate too much and was running around. He had no fever or diarrhea. I went to the nurse, she checked my son's temperature which was normal and then took his seapass card. She came back and said that my son had to be quarantined for 24 hours to his room. I was in disbelief. I said he had an upset tummy and no other symptoms to say he had the norovirus. He vomited once and was himself. The nurse said the CDC and the captain of the ship take this very seriously. My husband went down the next morning to try to talk to the staff to let my son out. The person at guest services said my son could be rechecked after 12 hours. Great! My husband took my son back down to the doctor. The manager was already dealing with a woman who had a person in their party vomit from an allergic reaction to chlorine. The person in their party was also put on 24 hour quarantine. My husband knew we did not have a chance. He basically told the manager that you are going to cause people to not be upfront with their illness in fear that they will be quarantined. I even tried calling customer service for RCL and asking how they distinguish between people vomittng from the norovirus, motion sickness or upset stomach. The person could not answer that question. All I was told that this was for the safety of the ship. Needless to say, they ruined a day that I wanted to spend with my family and get some nice pictures of us at the beach in St. Thomas. For the rest of the trip, I had to watch our three kids to make sure they did not overeat because I was worried that one of them would vomit from an upset stomach which was not uncommon with my kids. The staff even does "courtesy checks" to make sure that you stay put in your room. My son could not leave his room until 11:30 PM New Year's Eve. At least we got to ring in the new year. All in all, our server and room attendant were great. The shows were great. We did pre-book the show. Another tip is when you are leaving the ship, allow yourself enough time for customs and the security line at the airport. We gave ourselves 3 hours and walked off the ship at 7:30 AM. Customs took awhile. Then, we got to the airport and the line was very long for security. We had to be pulled out of line to make our 10:45 AM flight. I am not happy with the overreaction caused by my son having an upset stomach with NO other symptoms and I think they handled it poorly. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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