Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by may00003
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom
We booked by talking w/ RC directly and we decided since we haven't vacationed much and this was a special event to book a suite. We originally planned to go a different date on the Western Caribbean cruise with an Aqua Suite but had to change to Eastern and booked an Owners Suite midship on deck 14. Boy did we get lucky on this one. Not a lot of choices when we booked but this suite and location was perfect. On the port side (best views when docking), close to the Coastal Kitchen and Suite Lounge, close to the Windjammer buffet, close to the elevators etc. We didn't know about all the perks for suite guests until a few days prior to leaving when we got an email from the concierge's who are assigned to the suite guests. That explained a lot about what huge benefits suite guests have.. Was it worth the extra $$ for this.. for us, definitely! Now there is no way we can cruise again and not have a suite. You are spoiled with the perks. Oh did I mention free (w/suite) wifi.. that was nice! Dont know if I would have paid for it otherwise.
Embark-Disembark: Special lines and areas for suite guests - sweet! On early and off w/o any hassle!
Food: We had most all our meals in the Coastal Kitchen.. perfect, private and great service. No complaints at all. Although wish they had a soft-serve ice cream machine there.. lol. We had 2 dinners at specialty restaurants - Giovanni's Table (Excellent) and Isumi Habachi (very good) plus a lunch at Johnny Rockets (very good). Went to the Windjammer for breakfast a and for lunch/snacks a couple of times. No complaints at all.. great food choice, freshness, quality and service. We did not eat in the main dining rooms at all.. no reason to, same food in a private dining room at Coastal. We loved the service, especially Richard Cruz who was great to us!! Overall food quality was very good..
We did NOT purchase a beverage package.. first we dont drink that much and every evening 4:30-8 at the suite lounge they have happy hour free drinks with a wide selection of stuff. Always got water/soda in the lounge free.
Stateroom: See above.. we loved the room and especially Michelle who took great care of us!! Her towel animals were the highlight of each evening!! Has a useless bidet that needs to go..and a Jacuzzi tub that we didnt use. 2 sinks were nice.. would be great if this suite had a sink in the 'bar' area..
Entertainment: GREAT.. the aqua show was awesome plus the Come Fly With Me show and the music. All in all the entertainment was superb! I especially loved Jazz on 4... Phil who performed Sinatra etc and the band were great!
Staff: Everyone and I mean everyone we met were nice, hospitable and helpful! Everyone said hello, welcome etc etc..
Casino: Besides losing money, the dealers were helpful and nice. One big problem I had was the "smell" in the casino.. not just a smokers smell but something else.. they REALLY have to vent that area better!! I feel sorry for the dealers who are there constantly having to breath that air.. Come on RC.. you have to do better, smoking or not.
The Ship: WOW.. huge is an understatement. You really wouldn't know there were maybe 8k people (guests and crew) on the ship.. its massive and so well appointed. Its like a floating city.. Loved the private lounging area and bar for suite guests also.. always a chair. No pool but didnt really care about that. Spent time in the spa (message) and the gym and running track. Excellent equipment and staff there.
Shore Excursions: We booked on the ship (not prior). Buck Island Snorkel in St. Thomas that was fun.. boat and crew great. Didnt see a lot of sea life but the experience was fun none the less. In St. Marteen we took the Lotiere Farm zip line, obstacle course excursion. It was pretty good.. what was sad was the degree of devastation from the hurricanes that hit the islands last year.. very very sad.
Cons: What was bad.. well they are always trying to sell you something, esp., the spa and gym. Dont get sucked in with the pitches.. they are good at getting you to buy stuff (see my wife for details.. ugh). They do have specials running so take advantage of those if you want a spa treatment. As a suite guest you get some discounts so dont overlook these when buying stuff!! Sometimes they dont credit you for these. It would be nice if the lounge area did offer some selection of free drinks for guests.. but they want you to buy the beverage package so..
We probably will cruise again and will consider RC (depending on where we want to go) and we will have to save up $$$ for a suite again.
Hope this review is helpful..
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