Oasis of the Seas is a truly beautiful ship that I think everyone should experience at least once. I'm going to write a small review for each part of our cruise.
Oasis is huge and has a lot to take in. There are tons of activities and many places to hang out so it doesn't seem to be too too crowded. This particular sailing it was sold out and seemed a lot more crowded than the first time we went in May 2014. She is kept very surprisingly clean for how many passengers are on board and how many public areas there are.
This is where I was really disappointed. We went on the Eastern Itinerary last May (Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten) and Loved every second. I thought Haiti and Jamaica were severely lacking in activities. There wasn't a whole lot to choose from and the prices were ridiculous for what you were getting. Both Haiti and Jamaica were in enclosed areas that are owned by Royal Caribbean. Therefore, there's no way for you to get a deal with a local tourist attraction. Not to mention, Falmouth, Jamaica, is a minimum of a one hour ride to any of the activities. If you have already done Dunns River Falls there really isn't much to do in Jamaica. There isn't even a nearby beach to walk to. Most people go shopping in the immediate area and then crowd into Margaritaville before heading back to the ship. The only port we liked was Mexico and it's because it came with many more options and the freedom to go off on your own. We did a 2 reef catamaran snorkel which was fun and then rented a scooter and found a hidden gem of a beach. That's the only day we actually spent several hours off the ship.
On our May sailing we were spoiled rotten. Everyone was so friendly and attentive. We did not meet one unpleasant or unsmiling person. This time, we felt people were bothered when you would ask for drinks. The service in the dining room wasn't nearly as good either. We had to wait in very long lines even though we had a reservation. We usually like to stick with the same waiter but that was impossible. We were section hopping every night and the last night we got stuck at the front and were ignored for 30 minutes before we even got water. We just had the traffic of everyone coming and going from the dining room. We like to get shrimp cocktail every night but we weren't allowed to have it until the 5th night this time. It was the little things that really added up to disappointment. We went to Izumi for lunch and waited over an hour for 2 sushi rolls. When it finally arrived I have to say it really wasn't very good at all. Sabor, on the other hand, had a great lunch at great prices!
We get an interior room as we don't have the money to get something better. It was also kept neat and clean. Never had any issues with noise or anything. We were forward Deck 10 right near the elevators.
If you get bored on a RC Cruise then it's your own fault. There are literally activities all day every day. We spend a lot of our time at Dazzles. We went to the Prohibition Event which was fun. I was hoping there would be more time for dancing but there were contests and things instead. Having to pay an extra $30 when you already have an unlimited beverage package was kind of frustrating though.
Embarkation and disembarkation is always a really smooth process.
We get an interior room as we don't have the money to get something better. It was also kept neat and clean. Never had any issues with noise or anything. We were forward Deck 10 right near the elevators. The main problem with interior rooms is that it is pitch black so you can never tell if it's still night time or daytime.
No need to book an excursion. Everything is within walking distance. I didn't think there were many options so we ended up at the beach for the day. BRING SHOES. The entire floor is broken coral and very painful.
I don't even know why we bothered stopping here. Falmouth is so far from the other Jamaican ports you have to take a bus a minimum of an hour to get anywhere. If you've been to Dunns River Falls already there isn't much to choose from. There's a lot of typical touristy shops where they drop you off. If you venture outside the gates you're just going to be harassed. We chose to sit in an overly crowded Margaritaville before returning to the ship...with most other people
We booked the 2 reef catamaran snorkel. It was fun: typical snorkeling, lots of fish, free drinks on the way back. Our favorite part was renting a scooter after snorkeling. We drove 30 minutes down the main highway (straight shot) and found a hidden oasis called Playa Palancar. It was quiet and peaceful and not a lot of people. Beautiful beach with palm trees and a tiki bar. It was the first port we actually felt like we were on vacation.View All 485 Snorkeling Reviews
All we did in Fort Lauderdale was get on and off the ship. We didn't have time to do excursions as we flew in the morning of our departure. I think some people do the everglades.