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Recommended by a previous passenger. The enormous ship is an amazing structure and well fitted out with extraordinary features. The Promenade and Central Park decks were amazing and always encouraged us back for a meal, drink or social engagement or entertainment. The shows were absolutely fantastic. Cats could have been from Broadway and the theatre is one of the best one will experience. The ice-skating and trapeze shows were stupendous. We watched the amazing Aqua show at the rear of the ship twice - it was that good and enthralling. The dining rooms offered terrific restaurant fare and very enjoyable. We did not use the a la carte restaurants. Why pay extra for a meal when the one's paid for in our fare were already excellent menus? The front Soalrium relaxing areas was our favourite swimming/tanning area as against the swimming pool area which catered more for the younger set. We enjoyed watching the surfing/boarding and playing minigolf on the realistic looking putting greens. We never purchased on-shore excursions from the ship as they were very expensive. We had done a fair amount of research before the cruise as to what the ports offered. We hired local taxis or excursions which were very much cheaper and all provided exceptional value for money and some fun. In Jamaica, we took a shuttle bus from Falmouth to Montego Bay and after being dropped at the $6/person beach which was swarming with tourists we walked a further 500m to another local beach and joined the locals for no charge. Great day. The RCI-owned Labidee in Haiti was pleasant but was really joining all the passengers on land for the day. No locals to engage with, just passengers and a few resort-style activities like zip lines. We had booked a jetski excursion but it was cancelled as the sea had got a bit dangerous. Fair enough. The downside was the costs and service charges on everything. The catalogue price is really a down payment on the overall costs. Almost all the staff are from the Phillipines and most likely on a low wage. It is then up to each passenger to pay service charges and tips to help boost their pay packets. Very disingenuous. All costs for alcohol, wifi, photographs, excursions etc are all loaded so as to boost the overall revenue of RCI. Our guess was that we needed to more than double our budget for the cost of the trip and the on-board spending.

Great cruise but at a cost

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by D2ofus

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Boardwalk View Balcony
Recommended by a previous passenger.

The enormous ship is an amazing structure and well fitted out with extraordinary features. The Promenade and Central Park decks were amazing and always encouraged us back for a meal, drink or social engagement or entertainment.

The shows were absolutely fantastic. Cats could have been from Broadway and the theatre is one of the best one will experience. The ice-skating and trapeze shows were stupendous. We watched the amazing Aqua show at the rear of the ship twice - it was that good and enthralling.

The dining rooms offered terrific restaurant fare and very enjoyable. We did not use the a la carte restaurants. Why pay extra for a meal when the one's paid for in our fare were already excellent menus?

The front Soalrium relaxing areas was our favourite swimming/tanning area as against the swimming pool area which catered more for the younger set.

We enjoyed watching the surfing/boarding and playing minigolf on the realistic looking putting greens.

We never purchased on-shore excursions from the ship as they were very expensive. We had done a fair amount of research before the cruise as to what the ports offered. We hired local taxis or excursions which were very much cheaper and all provided exceptional value for money and some fun. In Jamaica, we took a shuttle bus from Falmouth to Montego Bay and after being dropped at the $6/person beach which was swarming with tourists we walked a further 500m to another local beach and joined the locals for no charge. Great day.

The RCI-owned Labidee in Haiti was pleasant but was really joining all the passengers on land for the day. No locals to engage with, just passengers and a few resort-style activities like zip lines. We had booked a jetski excursion but it was cancelled as the sea had got a bit dangerous. Fair enough.

The downside was the costs and service charges on everything. The catalogue price is really a down payment on the overall costs. Almost all the staff are from the Phillipines and most likely on a low wage. It is then up to each passenger to pay service charges and tips to help boost their pay packets. Very disingenuous.

All costs for alcohol, wifi, photographs, excursions etc are all loaded so as to boost the overall revenue of RCI. Our guess was that we needed to more than double our budget for the cost of the trip and the on-board spending.
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Cabin Review

Boardwalk View Balcony
Cabin 2I 12323
Our inner stateroom with small balcony facing on to the rear Boardwalk promenade deck was very comfortable although we did not sit out there too much - too humid and hot most of the time!!!! But, it was very comfortable at night when we were in the room.
Our attendant was great and kept our room spotless and was always helpful. The bed was large and very comfortable making for a good night's sleep. The TV information channels were great and helped keep up to date with reservations of activities as well as how our account balance was going up!!!
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