I am not usually one for writing reviews of anything. However, I just had the most amazing vacation on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and I would recommend it to everyone!
Some people avoid taking cruises because they feel it’s a waste of money, there would be huge crowds, there’s nothing to do, etc. I am here to tell those people they are wrong. For anyone on the other side who is actually considering a cruise, I would definitely say stop putting it off and just go!
This was my second cruise. The first cruise I went on was a few years ago on Carnival Freedom. It was fun but not nearly as wonderful. Royal Caribbean definitely sets the bar high from the moment you step onto the ship. Not once did I encounter an unfriendly crew member or frustrated waiter. Every single employee was always smiling, always willing to assist, and ALWAYS working. Seriously, I don’t know how they do it. I truthfully wanted to hug each and every single person and tell them how amazing they were, but that would have been weird and awkward.
Anyway, the ship is huge, elegant, and spotless. It is constantly being cleaned and well maintained. There are crew members by the pool whose sole job it is to pick up people’s empty drinks and remove spills. They are there from sun up until sun down. The bathrooms are always being restocked and wiped down. Maintenance issues are resolved immediately.
My boyfriend and I are in our twenties so we didn’t splurge for a fancy room. We were in an interior room (only downside is there is no sunlight to tell you to wake up and no way to see if it’s raining out). Our stateroom attendant Jairo was always smiling and ready to help. He cleaned our room twice daily and always made sure we had everything we needed. He also gave us those fun towel animals that I love.
As I said, the ship is massive. It has 17 floors including a park on Deck 8 with real trees and Rising Tide Bar (the bar actually moves up and down the floors). It features numerous restaurants as well as several floors of dining rooms. There are also a bunch of different bars all with their own unique themes. On Air is host to any sporting events on tv as well as the karaoke competition. There are also several places to dance including their club, Blaze, and for anyone who actually knows how to dance for real, Dazzles. My boyfriend and I loved going to Dazzles to watch the older couples waltz across the dance floor instead of the common bumping and grinding we see at the clubs we go to. The band at Dazzles, The South Side, was phenomenal and always had a great show. As for daytime activities, the ship is home to a zipline, arcade, carousel, surfing, casino, mini golf, rock climbing walls, ping pong, a kids activity pool, a sports pool, and two main pools. There are also many hot tubs in various places on deck (all of which are cleaned regularly). By the way, the only thing we waited on a line for (about 10 minutes) was the surfing. It’s amazing how many people are on that ship and there aren’t really lines. So if it is crowds that are dissuading you then don’t let it! This is one of the biggest ships with the most people!
Now let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing, FOOD! As I previously mentioned, Oasis is home to several floors of dining rooms and numerous specialty restaurants (including a steak house, Asian cuisine, a Johnny Rockets, a seafood place, etc). You will NEVER go hungry. If you aren’t up for paying extra for food then simply stick to the dining rooms as we did. We typically had our formal dinner there. During the day, if we were on board, we would head to WindJammer which is a buffet that is open all day and into the evening. We were Never disappointed in our choices or in the quality of the food. Dinner always reigned supreme however. Everything we got was absolutely delicious. The meat was always juicy and tender, the vegetables cooked to perfection, and don’t even get me started on the amazing desserts (go with the creme brulee!). The service, as with everywhere on the ship, was PHENOMENAL. Our waiter, Peter, was always knowledgeable about the dinner choices and could always make a recommendation. His assistant, Igusti, was on hand at all times to offer more bread or another course. We also had our drink waiter (sadly I never got his name) who had our drink orders memorized and would have them prepared as soon as we sat down. (Did I mention that almost every single crew member knew our names personally?!!)
Don’t ever worry about being bored on a cruise (at least Royal Caribbean). There is never a dull moment. Besides the activities I mentioned above: take a flash mob dance class, dance to the sounds of steel drums, get your photos taken, play bingo, go gamble, sing karaoke, enter the manliest man competition, enter the belly flop competition, watch a movie in the Aqua Theater. Plus, of course, every night there’s the bars, clubs, and theater shows. My favorite was Oasis of Dreams simply because it is full of daring dives and acrobatic stunts (all in a pool).
All in all I would have to give Royal Caribbean an 11/10 just because everything was so wonderful.
I can't remember the exact room but we were on the 8th floor right near Central Park. The room was big enough to get around but didn't leave too much extra space. We didn't really need it seeing as we only ever slept in our room. Our stateroom attendant was absolutely wonderful! Nothing was ever amiss or forgotten. He was always there to say good morning and ask if we needed anything. Financially the interior stateroom is great because it tends to be cheaper. The only downside is that it's SO dark you won't have any idea what time of day it is or what the weather is like outside.
The Bahamas has one attraction: Atlantis. The resort is beautiful and well cleaned. We chose to swim with the dolphins (the excursion with the foot push). It was a lot of money but I'm so glad we did that instead of just the dolphin interaction. We actually got to swim with the dolphins and then have them push us across the enclosure. If you do the interaction you literally pet it as it goes by and take a picture and that's about it. The day we went to Atlantis it was kind of chilly and cloudy so I felt bad for the people who had opted for the "beach day". The excursion was really cool but once you were done with it you couldn't just hang around or go to the park. There's no beautiful beach to lay out on either.
XTreme Ziplining. GREAT EXPERIENCE! Go for extreme because the lower ziplines did not look like they were worth the money. We went to Lotaree Tree Farm and took an insanely scary truck ride up the side of a mountain. There we got off and immediately started our trip back down. The trip was exhausting with the ladders to climb and the tightropes to walk but it was SO much fun and we got spectacular views! Definitely needed a nap after that one. I wish we had seen more of the island.
Really fun day and a beautiful island. We took a speedboat out to go snorkeling at two destinations. We were out there for a decent amount of time at each stop. The first stop was definitely lacking in fish. We had to swim pretty far away to see anything and I think we only saw one turtle. The second stop had a lot more fish and rays and turtles which was great! We had complimentary rum punch too! It was a great day in the ocean. After we got back we went shopping in downtown St. Thomas. TONS of jewelers. We had lunch at Glady's Cafe which was cute and had pretty good food!View All 369 Snorkeling Reviews