Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by 63mattrat
Firstly, I would like to write the positive things we experienced on our cruise. The cabin crew people, dining staff, restaurant operations people, the activities and service people were all very attentive and willing to make our cruise the best it could be. Restaurant Operations man, Glenn Dias stopped by each table in his assigned area every evening and asked if there was anything he could do and also inquired about any concerns or complaints we may have had. Unfortunately we found the food choices and quality substandard on any of our 3 previous cruises. I would compare the food to Applebee's and not a fine restaurant. One evening I ordered the duck and I wanted it to be cooked medium rare. My waiter said it is only served one way. The way I received it was overcooked and hard. Another evening my wife and I wanted the lobster tails and they said we could have all we wanted. My wife's was mushy and mine was rubbery. We refused when they asked if we wanted more. Our room was cleaned twice a day by a very polite and responsible woman. She asked if there was anything else we required. We did not have to ask for anything since she did such an outstanding job. The ship was simply too large for us. The ship does have a lot to offer and I want to give them positive feedback for everything we liked. Our cabin was well-equipped and there are many cabinets to store your personal items in every available nook and cranny. The bathroom were quite tight and my elbows rubbed the glass walls in the shower. I do not know how a large person can possibly use the showers or the toilet. The dining rooms were not as nicely appointed as our previous cruises on Carnival Valor or Holland America's- Zuiderdam or Westerdam. Those ships were very well lit and they tried to sit as many as possible close enough to the windows to have a nice view. Our dining hall on Oasis had curtains all over and we were continually stuck back in a corner. If you go on this ship make sure you do not choose My Time Dining. You will be subjected to waiting in line for 45 minutes or more or you may even be sent to another dining hall. The dining menus are not nearly as inviting as they are on Holland America or Carnival. Plan on receiving a 3 course meal as opposed to a 5 course meal on Holland America or Carnival. If you wish to go on an excursion or attend a show onboard, be sure to do it weeks or months in advance of your cruise or you may be left out. Our cruise was March 21st and I booked my excursions in early February and there were several already filled up. I did not realize the shows would be filled up in advance. We were only able to get into two shows since all the rest were booked for the entire cruise. The shows we did see were spectacular and well worth your time. The performers were professionals and you could not see a better performance on Broadway. I blame some of our disappointment on my ignorance of how quickly things get booked. I know now that we do not wish to go on a big ship again. The ship has 16 pools and you would think that every one could find a spot they would enjoy. There are plenty of chaise lounges and chairs available. On days that we were cruising and not stopping at an island we went to the pool. They had a volleyball tournament in one of the pools and lowered the depth to 2 feet. After the tournament was over they left the net up and the pool was invaded by about 30 kids who proceeded to splash and jump and dive and scream. This violates the rules which are clearly posted on each pool. Not one time did any of the ship's crew try to stop these kids from their wild and dangerous actions. Any adults that were trying to relax in that area were forced to leave and try to find some solitude. Unfortunately the kids even invaded the Solarium area which is supposed to be Adults Only. This was not the case. The ships offers an entire pool for kids yet there were few that stayed there. Apparently their parents don't know or understand the rules and did nothing to control their behavior. We made the mistake of cruising during spring break but it was the 14 and under kids who caused all the problems. There were 1200 kids on this cruise and that was no vacation for any adults who were trying to vacation. Plan on spending and 18% gratuity on anything extra you made purchase on the ship. If you go to the bar to get yourself a beer add 18% t that. Really??? All the bartender did was pop the cap and hand me the beer. Everything is ala carte. If you drink a lot of water or soda buy the drink plan and save. If you like alcoholic beverages, buy a plan that fits your needs and save. It is still not cheap but at least you can save a bundle. It is a nice ship but it has it's issues so please take heed to what I have said.
63mattrat’s Full Rating Summary
The balcony cabin was a bit smaller than we had on Holland America but it was nicely appointed and new. The service was exceptional and the service people are friendly, helpful and cooperative. Treat them well and tip them wee if you are so inclined. I prefer to strike up a conversation with them and found them to be quite informative.
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