Our first Oasis-class ship, our seventh Royal cruise, our 10th cruise overall.
Spring Break trip with our two middle and high school aged daughters, as well as kids/parents from other families (group of 19 overall).
Boardwalk balcony views are unique and fantastic, particularly for highly social teens and adults.
D3 Ocean balcony cabin size is great, with doors opening out into the hall, sliding closet doors, a larger shower, and a deep balcony. These are compared to similar Freedom-class balcony rooms.
Variety of food options. Windjammer is (intentionally) small on this ship. The complaints about that are not warranted, in my view. Royal customers default to the Windjammer out of habit, but there are at least a half-dozen complimentary food locations scattered around the ship at all hours. I entered Windjammer only twice all week, and naturally did not miss it.
Solarium Cafe: fabulous healthy lunch offering each day.
Park Cafe: In Central Park, offering an easy and quick breakfast option each day.
Dazzles: Great multi-story night club, overlooking Boardwalk, great band and dance floor.
Blaze: Hip dance club for those out til the wee hours. DJ.
Crowds: Despite a record 6,400 guests this week, the ship never felt any more crowded than our usual spring break cruise. In fact, it usually felt less crowded, with the elevators being a major exception.
Size: The length isn't much different from Freedom-class, but the width and height are what I noticed most. On the pool deck, it actually takes a while to journey from port to starboard. Our Deck 10 balcony was a full five decks from the pools; normally one deck away. Oasis is a very, very impressive feat from an engineering perspective.
Track: Deck 5, well marked and therefore no impediments to a good run with great views.
Come Fly With Me: See it.
Elevator capacity (24 of em) is simply not high enough, particularly on a ship with 17 decks which means lower likelihood that you're merely 2-3 decks from your destination (and can use stairs).
Drink Prices: are definitely higher. A cocktail routinely is $11.xx now.
Under staffed: In too many places, the staff is "behind" the ship, playing catch-up all too much. From taking 3 days to make a simple repair to the drain pipe above our balcony which was dripping and rendering the balcony unusable, to running out of coffee in the Park Cafe, to running out of napkins in Park Cafe, to seating us 15-30 minutes late for dinner every night despite a consistent 745pm reservation. The well-intended staff seems like it is maybe 100 people short.
Fitness Center: too filled with equipment. I went off-peak, and still felt like I had little room to navigate my dumbbell-based workout. Too many machines around. Also, access to sauna and steam room is part of the fee-based spa on this ship, as opposed to on other smaller Royal ships.
It's a glorious ship, well worth checking out sometime when you can find a good price and therefore a less populated week than Spring Break time. We're unlikely to return to it during the peak seasons, though.