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Background: This was our first cruise back with RCCL in 6 years. We've previously cruised the Freedom with RCCL and are Elite members (16+) with Princess. We have also cruised with Norwegian, Costa and Carnival. Embarkation: Arrived at the pier at 10:45am and quickly checked in and waited for approx half hour before entering the ship. Went up to Windjammer as rooms don't open until 1:00pm (all floor access was sealed off with doors). We were eating by 11:30am, even though RCCL suggested with an email before we left, not to embark until 2:30pm for deck 12. Cabins: Once in cabin, first detail we noticed was that they were smaller than we're used to on Princess. Very little storage besides a sliding door closet (annoying) and a few small drawers. We had the last Boardwalk cabin facing the rear of the ship which was nice and we felt like it was an ocean view. The cabin was quiet at all times and at night as well. The bathroom was smaller than we're used to and the sink was so small it made shaving very difficult. The shower had a rounded door closure and was decent size. Not much storage for bathroom articles. Beds were comfortable and had an egg crate topper on the mattress. Our stewart was top notch and kept our cabin spotless…well done RCCL. Ship: What can you say…huge but never really felt over crowded to us. Always something to do. We tried the rock climbing, flow rider, zip lining, and skating…all nice touches on a ship. Evening entertainment was varied. The shows were well done (comedy, ice, diving, stage). The promenade always had a live band or DJ and different venues around the ship made for a good time. Internet was fast but after one day we couldn't seem to send pictures on our iPhone6. FaceTime worked really well. We had to buy an internet pkg which we get for free with Princess. It cost $140 for two devices, unlimited use for the week. Reasonable. Up top, could always find lounge chairs, even on sea days, and the pools were salt water :-( Bar service was decent. Their all-inclusive bar packages were priced at the point where you'd have to drink 8-10 drinks a day to get value. We tried the beer, wine and soda pkg and feel were got value from it. Pools were busy but you could always get in. Dining: We had fixed dining at 6:00pm in the main dining room. Never a wait and we just walked up to our table each night…thumbs up! Our wait staff were top notch, as was our wine staff. The food on RCCL was good, but nothing special. We prefer Princess food over RCCL, but not enough to make us never come back. Two formal nights which weren't strictly enforced (some in jeans and t-shirts let in), and one night with lobster/shrimp. Johnny Rockets atmosphere was nice, situated on the boardwalk towards the aft, but food was decent at best. Fee was $5.99 each but had a free breakfast. Sabor's (Mexican) was very good, preparing fresh guacamole in front of your table. The Sampler was a good choice to try. A la carte pricing here. We didn't try any other surcharge dining venues. Our daughter really enjoyed her Soda pkg, which included over 100 varieties of Coke mixes (i.e. Coke Zero cherry). Itinerary: Labadee is a nice stop. We tried the Dragon's Breath Zipline and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although at over $100 each, quite expensive for just over a minute "ride." The island has some beautiful calm beaches on the ship side and rougher on the other. Your beverage package follows you on the island and is good at all bars. Food was your typical BBQ and done well. Falmouth, Jamaica: Generally we stay away from the ship's tours but in Jamaica, we wanted to stay with a larger group (hassle factor). We took the ship's tour to the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn's River Falls. Price was reasonable and we all enjoyed. The caves were fun to discover, deep down inside. Dunn's was very busy, as usual, and quite the tourist trap but we wanted our 15 yr old daughter to see it. Cozumel: Once again we took the ship's tour to Chankanaab to do the dolphin push, pull and swim excursion. We tried to book on our own but didn't get a response back form their online booking. Very fun excursion and decent time with the dolphins and manatees. Photos for the dolphin experience were extremely expensive ($60/person or $210 for the families pictures, or $40 per photo). Still wish these large ships would do four stops instead of only three, but it seems to be the trend now. Teen's Club (Fuel): Program was very age appropriate and engaging. My daughter enjoyed her week and made many friends. There were dance parties nightly and wrapped up with a large final night party…well done! Disembarkation: We chose our usual walk off disembarkation method (8:00am) and were off the ship within half hour, including customs. Well done! Overall: We really enjoyed our week on the Oasis of the Seas. The ship is really the destination and service was very good by everyone we met. We will sail her again in the future, but have booked the new Norwegian Escape (Miami) for next March Break.

What a Ship!

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by Scoobs9

Trip Details
Background: This was our first cruise back with RCCL in 6 years. We've previously cruised the Freedom with RCCL and are Elite members (16+) with Princess. We have also cruised with Norwegian, Costa and Carnival.

Embarkation: Arrived at the pier at 10:45am and quickly checked in and waited for approx half hour before entering the ship. Went up to Windjammer as rooms don't open until 1:00pm (all floor access was sealed off with doors). We were eating by 11:30am, even though RCCL suggested with an email before we left, not to embark until 2:30pm for deck 12.

Cabins: Once in cabin, first detail we noticed was that they were smaller than we're used to on Princess. Very little storage besides a sliding door closet (annoying) and a few small drawers. We had the last Boardwalk cabin facing the rear of the ship which was nice and we felt like it was an ocean view. The cabin was quiet at all times and at night as well.

The bathroom was smaller than we're used to and the sink was so small it made shaving very difficult. The shower had a rounded door closure and was decent size. Not much storage for bathroom articles. Beds were comfortable and had an egg crate topper on the mattress. Our stewart was top notch and kept our cabin spotless…well done RCCL.

Ship: What can you say…huge but never really felt over crowded to us. Always something to do. We tried the rock climbing, flow rider, zip lining, and skating…all nice touches on a ship. Evening entertainment was varied. The shows were well done (comedy, ice, diving, stage). The promenade always had a live band or DJ and different venues around the ship made for a good time.

Internet was fast but after one day we couldn't seem to send pictures on our iPhone6. FaceTime worked really well. We had to buy an internet pkg which we get for free with Princess. It cost $140 for two devices, unlimited use for the week. Reasonable.

Up top, could always find lounge chairs, even on sea days, and the pools were salt water :-(

Bar service was decent. Their all-inclusive bar packages were priced at the point where you'd have to drink 8-10 drinks a day to get value. We tried the beer, wine and soda pkg and feel were got value from it. Pools were busy but you could always get in.

Dining: We had fixed dining at 6:00pm in the main dining room. Never a wait and we just walked up to our table each night…thumbs up! Our wait staff were top notch, as was our wine staff. The food on RCCL was good, but nothing special. We prefer Princess food over RCCL, but not enough to make us never come back. Two formal nights which weren't strictly enforced (some in jeans and t-shirts let in), and one night with lobster/shrimp. Johnny Rockets atmosphere was nice, situated on the boardwalk towards the aft, but food was decent at best. Fee was $5.99 each but had a free breakfast. Sabor's (Mexican) was very good, preparing fresh guacamole in front of your table. The Sampler was a good choice to try. A la carte pricing here. We didn't try any other surcharge dining venues.

Our daughter really enjoyed her Soda pkg, which included over 100 varieties of Coke mixes (i.e. Coke Zero cherry).

Itinerary: Labadee is a nice stop. We tried the Dragon's Breath Zipline and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although at over $100 each, quite expensive for just over a minute "ride." The island has some beautiful calm beaches on the ship side and rougher on the other. Your beverage package follows you on the island and is good at all bars. Food was your typical BBQ and done well.

Falmouth, Jamaica: Generally we stay away from the ship's tours but in Jamaica, we wanted to stay with a larger group (hassle factor). We took the ship's tour to the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn's River Falls. Price was reasonable and we all enjoyed. The caves were fun to discover, deep down inside. Dunn's was very busy, as usual, and quite the tourist trap but we wanted our 15 yr old daughter to see it.

Cozumel: Once again we took the ship's tour to Chankanaab to do the dolphin push, pull and swim excursion. We tried to book on our own but didn't get a response back form their online booking. Very fun excursion and decent time with the dolphins and manatees. Photos for the dolphin experience were extremely expensive ($60/person or $210 for the families pictures, or $40 per photo).

Still wish these large ships would do four stops instead of only three, but it seems to be the trend now.

Teen's Club (Fuel): Program was very age appropriate and engaging. My daughter enjoyed her week and made many friends. There were dance parties nightly and wrapped up with a large final night party…well done!

Disembarkation: We chose our usual walk off disembarkation method (8:00am) and were off the ship within half hour, including customs. Well done!

Overall: We really enjoyed our week on the Oasis of the Seas. The ship is really the destination and service was very good by everyone we met. We will sail her again in the future, but have booked the new Norwegian Escape (Miami) for next March Break.
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