Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by kzoolight
We picked the Oasis of the Seas for our 30th Anniversary trip -- partly because we had been on the Allure the prior year and loved it, and partly because some of my husband's co-worker/friends were also going on this particular cruise. As the title says, any vacation is a good vacation == there were things that could have been better, but all in all we had a great time, especially given the recent hurricanes and cancellations others may have experienced. Our itinerary did get changed as originally scheduled to go to St Maarten, San Juan and Labadee (and those ports were not open obviously) and got re-routed to Nassau, Cozumel and Costa Maya --not our favorite places, but given the circumstances, it was all understandable (and unfortunately these were where every other cruise ship on the seas went at the same times). We pretty much just did a little shopping at Cozumel and Costa Maya and then went back to the ship at those ports (didn't get off at Nassau at all). On the ship, we were still in awe of the many different areas, but having been on its sister ship a year earlier we knew right where everything was already so that saved a couple of days of wandering aimlessly around! Our room (7698) was a decent sized balcony room and our steward, Sean (007) was outstanding. The location is great for Central Park, the Boardwalk and the Promenade as it is only 1-2 floors from each. We did more specialty dining -- loved Chops (did it twice and do get the Key Lime Pie-- best ever!) Johnlin at Chops was outstanding also. We did Giovannis twice -- first time was good, 2nd time unfortunately the woman serving us forgot many items ordered, got things wrong, etc and then at end told us how we could give her a great evaluation online (not so much). We also very much enjoyed the Rising Tides Bar and Dwayng (I know that is spelled totally wrong -- he was from Indonesia and just wonderful so much that we had to go every night). Entertainment was good also, although I didn't even bother going to Cats as I've seen it before and just didn't enjoy it much (and I love Broadway shows including ones on the other RC ships). The ship was booked to full capacity and felt much like taking a cruise during spring break (which we avoid at all costs); but was obviously due to recent hurricanes and other cruises that were cancelled so I couldn't fault anyone there. One issue was with the Photo shop -- I ordered pictures from the Kiosk (that weren't already printed in our "box") on day 4. It said they'd be ready next day after 2 pm but they didn't really end up being printed/ready until day 6 after 9:30 pm (i.e end of cruise). Each day when I stopped was basically given a different day/time to come back and one woman working was quite rude saying "well, that's just the way it is - you should've bought one already printed out." If they really wanted to "help", they could deliver the pictures ordered (and pre-paid) from the Kiosk right to your room since they already have the information (so my suggestion is only order ones already printed and don't even look at the kiosks). Only other downside was the rude behavior/treatment by some of the other guests who either have no training in common courtesy or are just oblivious to everything but themselves--from talking loudly during shows to hitting/running into you (with no "excuse me" or "sorry") to neighbors letting their door slam closed 8-10 times a day (versus just normal shutting it) to the large number of kids/pre-teens on board being allowed to run wild -- those are not the cruise's fault, but why we prefer taking cruises when there are typically less of those kinds of people to have to deal with. Would we do it all over again -- yes we would for sure and plan to in a couple of years!
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