Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by dswiss
- Sail Date: October 2014
- Destination: Transatlantic
We booked on line at the RCL web site. We booked four cabins for a total of eight passengers. A few days before sailing we noticed that the prices had dropped and my sister expressed an interest to join us. She is a single and RCL quoted us a 200% supplement for her. When we asked about her joining us in my cabin, they told us we needed an upgrade to do this, which would still have resulted in an increased cost equivalent to the 200% supplement. We offered to pay for two passengers, with only her showing up, but this was denied as well. The rep told us that they would rather sail with an empty cabin than sell it to us at the advertised double occupancy price.
We ended up going without her.
We boarded in Rotterdam. We did buy the RCL air and transfer package and this worked great. We were received at the Amsterdam airport and bussed to Rotterdam. When we arrived at the port our jaws dropped. There was the mother of all line-ups. And it was outside and it was raining. We stood in line and after an hour my wife needed to go to the bathroom. No bathroom. She tried to get into the building, but access was denied. She ended up crossing the road and sneaking into a restaurant to use the bathroom.
It took us two hours to get onto the ship. Apparently, the same experience was shared by our fellow cruisers boarding in Southhampton.
The Safety Drill:
It was a disaster. Staircases plugged with people, some moving up, some moving down. Some went left, some right some just stood there not sure where to go. We did end up getting our cards scanned, but I don't think we were in the right place.
Once on the ship, we had a good time. It is indeed a beautiful ship and it does have that 'Wow' effect. Except for the first day, the public spaces did not feel crowded at all. This ship has so much to offer that it took us 10 days just to experience the essence of it. For example I've seen complaints that there was no Salmon for breakfast, but this was only the case at the marketplace buffet. The complainers did not realize that there were at least five more venues where breakfast was being served, and that they all had different offerings, some including salmon. In general, the food was good in quantity and variety, and average in quality. Appetizers, soups and desserts were above average. We did try the 150 Park specialty restaurant and felt it was ok, but not worth the high extra cost. Especially not when adding the abnormally high cost of the wine (they have a few sub$50 a bottle wines on the wine list, but none of them was 'in stock').
We enjoyed the entertainment offered, especially the comedy show, the ice show and the Oasis production show. We were somewhat disappointed at Cats. How long can you watch heavily accented English dancers crawl around the floor? At the beginning of the show there was standing room only, but by half time about one third of the audience had left. Yes, we did make reservations for all the shows we went to, but except for the comedy show, it was not really necessary. Especially not if the show was a repeat.
The crew was very friendly and we especially enjoyed the services of Vince, our head waiter. Superb service.
The lines to get off the ship started to form around 7am. By 12 noon, nobody had gone off the ship yet. The announcements were that there was a customs delay. We finally got off at 2pm. Luckily we did not have flight reservations for that day!!
The Bottom line:
Great ship, great crew, enjoyable cruise, but not recommended if you are elderly and cannot stand in line, in the rain, for two or more hours without washrooms, chairs, hot drinks, etc.
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