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

Big Ship, Big Problems

Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review by tjorgens

9 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

We signed up to experience a Mega Ship. What we found was a beautiful ship with a wonderful variety of activities and a mixed bag of experiences. Getting on/off was remarkedly smooth and easy. Our balcony cabin on 8 worked well for the 2 of us. Ship had some motion despite fairly calm seas. Elevator waits reasonable. Casino was nasty smoky. Ship staff friendly. Felt nickel and dimed most of the time for little items. Two shows were great - Aqua50 and Cats. Others were pretty bad, One Sky in particular was dismal. So far so good, right?

The issue was food. The main dining room was tightly packed. Had to climb over chairs to get into mine. Service slow and inattentive, food way overcooked and often inedible. Windjammer buffet had food as expected, broad choices, good wait staff help, but it was crowded. The Taco Bar was super dirty and busy - avoid at lunch. We found Park Café to be best for a simple breakfast, Windjammer best for lunch at off times, and the Solarium Bistro best for dinner (it was terribly noisy at breakfast).

The worst of all was their "premiere upscale" restaurant Chops. We paid extra for a crowded restaurant, poor service, decent lamb and terrible steak. The worst was that despite it's formal dress policy, cruisers showed up (and RCL allowed them in) wearing shorts, flip flops, tank tops and baseball caps. SHAMEFUL!

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Ocean View Balcony

Decent cabin, nice to be on 8th floor to have quick access to Central Park area.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Beach chairs, crowds and BBQ. Not exactly a private, natural experience. Day off the ship was the best part.

St. Maarten

Excursion was cancelled. Shopping stalls just off the ship dock.

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