We had three reasons for booking this cruise as soon as it became available. First, it was to be a long-awaited reunion cruise for some of us who had sailed on the Liberty TA in April, 2012. Second, we had always wanted to go to Vigo since my husband’s grandparents came from that part of Spain and it would be a historical and emotional visit or us. Third, we love the Oasis, having sailed on her once before, and also twice on Allure. We are very familiar with these big ships, and have experienced their WOW factor in the past.
There were many problems with this cruise, some of them extremely serious, as you will see from my review.
I believe that there were many things which contributed to the problems. First, this was apparently set up and treated by RCCL as a B2B with the first cruise being Rotterdam to Southampton, and the second cruise being Southampton to Ft. Lauderdale with a port stop in Vigo, Spain. However, it was not sold to us like that. My first hint that something was wrong was when, months before the cruise, I attempted to book a table for ten for our small reunion group. Six of us were boarding in Rotterdam, and four in Southampton. RCCL was never able to set this up until, suddenly, just before the cruise, I received an email giving us a table number for our group of ten. When we boarded in Rotterdam, I went right to the MDR to confirm this, and was told that they knew nothing about it. The Maitre’D finally managed to get us a table together, but it took him a long time, and clearly, there had been no communication between RCCL Dining and the Ship.