Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by CNickMN
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Central Park View Balcony
Our cabin was one overlooking Central Park, which I worried might feel a bit weird since you are facing a lot of other cabins, but it was fine. The cabin itself was small, but it had adequate closets and storage.
My husband and I ate in the main dining room all evenings but one, and we found the service to be wonderful. And we really enjoyed the food (I'm a sucker for a good pork shank, and RCCL's didn't disappoint!).
We ate in the Windjammer only once for dinner. We skipped it entirely for lunch because there always seemed to be a line to get in. And this is where the "Mega Ships Aren't for Everyone" comes in. If we needed a bite during the day, we either got a hot dog from the Dog House (delicious, by the way) or we got something from the Wipeout Cafe. The Solarium Bistro also has some lunchtime hours available.
And, yes, you have to book shows weeks in advance. Don't wait until you are on the ship! Now, to me this is a drawback of the mega ship. I prefer to glance at the cruise compass that day, check out what's playing, and then decide what I feel like doing that evening. You really cannot do this on the Oasis.
There seems to be a lot to do on the ship for families, which is another drawback for me. The upshot is that there are many children on board.
Another drawback is that even though there are many venues and activities on the ship, the layout doesn't seem to allow for much outdoor space to just sit and look out at the water or have a casual stroll.
And if you are Diamond, know that the Diamond Lounge will be very crowded. On most nights, they also opened up Blaze as a sort of second Diamond Lounge to handle the overflow. If you have that option, absolutely go to Blaze or wherever they have this "second" lounge. It was much, much less crowded.
So while I do love the Oasis, I know that some people won't like this type of ship. Before you book, just know the type of traveler you are.
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