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Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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3,695 Reviews

Mixed feelings about cruising

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by jesmcd

6 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Interior

This is my 2nd time cruising with Royal Caribbean, the first time was 8 years ago. This time it was with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 11. My sister and her family of 4 and mother and aunt joined us as well. The service is excellent, waitors, room attendant, guest services, entertainment staff all provide exceptional service. The food is delicious, no complaints there.

However for a family of 4, it is expensive on a 7 day cruise. Every thing is extra like pop, alcoholic drinks, specialty restaurants. There is also an 18% daily gratuity expense for all the staff, which includes the behind the scenes staff. Which I understand is well deserved but if you buy something that is extra like a Starbucks coffee or an alcoholic drink at the bar, you are also charged another 18% gratuity tip and then asked if you want to add an additional tip on top of that.

Yes they give you an onboard credit for each room you book, and in our case we booked 2 indoor state rooms because 1indoor stateroom is too cramped for a family of 4. An indoor stateroom is of course the cheapest price and they say it can accommodate a family of 4 but it really can't. However booking 2 indoor state rooms was cheaper than booking a slightly bigger room (with a window or a balcony). However that also means double the gratuity charges.

The onshore excursions are also very expensive. Yes they provide convenience of pick up and drop off right at the ship and most likely provide excellent tour guides however for a family of 4, we could not afford the Royal Caribbean onshore excursions as the cost could run us from minimum $400 USD for half day excursions to over $2000 USD full day excursions and if you are at a different port each day, the cost of all the daily excursions add up. This is why we either went out and ventured on our own or hiring a local touring company, which I highly recommend and it will involve months of pre-planning but so worth it and affordable for a family.

I have mixed emotions about cruising, the positive is that they provide excellent service and for a Mediterranean cruise, is a good way to see Europe however the negative, the cost for the cruise alone is expensive but it doesn't stop there as there is so much extra you are paying for - pop and alcoholic beverages, specialty restaurants, their onshore excursions, and plus the gratuity and additional gratuity for all the extras.


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Interior
Cabin 2V 11422

Very clean and well maintained.


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