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Oasis of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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The "OK" Cruise

Review for Oasis of the Seas to the Western Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Jan 2023

It's been 9 years since our last cruise and we booked this cruise sort of last minute. We were limited to one set of dates so I looked at a few different vacation options and ultimately opted for this cruise because I found a good deal on a balcony room - which we've never had before. I was also excited because this would be the largest ship we ever cruised on and never cruised on an "Oasis" class ship. Nothing terrible happened on our cruise, but nothing wonderful did either. The theme of our trip was "just ok."

The food was just ok - everything seemed to lack seasoning and they ran out of some of the menu options after just the first day or two.

Entertainment was also just ok - the main events that you needed reservations for were good, but once you saw those, that was kind of the end of it. The Love & Marriage game was fun, as always, but there were multiple nights that my husband and I were bored. We thought there would've been a new headliner or comedian every night but that just wasn't the case. Some of the large venues sat empty some nights. The majority of the entertainment seemed to be for families or singles. Not a lot for just couples. Tons of shopping "events" but that was not our thing.

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Perfect Day at CocoCay

We were traveling as a couple and did not really enjoy this port. If you are also traveling as a couple I'd recommend going to South Beach as it's a little more secluded. I was looking forward to the Lagoon Pool but the water was FREEZING. I come from Wisconsin so we can tolerate cold and this felt like an ice bath. We never made it past our knees. It was nice that the beverage package and the food options carried over to the island. I did have a stomachache after eating here, but couldn't pinpoint what/where it was. Everything just seemed very manufactured and commercialized here...because it was.


We booked a snorkeling excursion here to El Cielo - which stopped at three reef locations, however because of the weather conditions we couldn't go to all three original locations, including El Cielo. We were given the option to get our money back but since we didn't have a back-up plan and already took a taxi to the marina we decided to still go on the tour to three back-up locations. It was still a good time, but the snorkeling was "meh" and was very overpopulated since all the tour boats had to go there because of the weather.

Costa Maya

Costa Maya ended up being my favorite stop, once you get past the main port area. You can tell the cruise lines really put in effort to commercialize this port. There is a free pool area and TONS of shops right in that main area when you get off the ship, including macaws and flamingos to view, but I HIGHLY suggest making your way out of that area. They force you to go through all the shops before you get to where the taxis are. We took a $4/pp taxi to Mahahual Beach. There are several beach bars - I initially intended to go to Krazy Lobster but it was a little pricey so we went to another one not far down the beach. I think we paid $15/pp and got beach chairs, and a welcome drink. There were food/drinks available, but after a couple we realized how much cheaper the food/drinks were outside of our little beach chair area. You can get beer for $3 across the pedestrian street and $5 margaritas. You'll also find massages available between $20-$35. So definitely venture out if you can! I could have spent a whole week at this beach.

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