This was our 9th cruise (2nd with Royal) and we decided that the ship was the destination for this cruise. We had been to Port Canaveral and Nassau numerous times but never to CoCo Cay. Overall we were pleasantly surprised about how wonderful this cruise was overall and have little or no complaints about food, service, activities, etc., To this day I am still scratching my head at people who complain about anything on a cruise. Royal Caribbean is an excellent cruise line and we were very happy to make a change and enjoy a more sophisticated experience after a disastrous cruise on Carnival Magic out of NYC last year. The service on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is exceptional and her crew is some of the best we have encountered at sea. Hats off to the Captain and Crew for a wonderful cruise.
The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship with all the bells and whistles we could possibly hope for. The ship itself is starting to show her age in little ways with broken balcony connector doors (fixed within 10 minutes of making a phone call) and worn out chairs on the back of the ship on Deck 5 (nothing a fresh coat of varnish or lacquer wouldn't fix) She's a beautiful ship and perfect for families with little kids, couples and anyone looking for a good time in a magnificent setting. I don't believe the ship was to capacity and even if it was close it never once felt overcrowded except in the Windjammer one morning.
Embarkation/Disembarkation: Both were smoother than expected and it's obvious Royal Caribbean has mastered getting people on and off mega ships without a hitch. We checked in at 12:30 and were on the ship eating lunch in the Solarium Bistro by 1:00pm - efficient doesn't even begin to describe the process. On disembarkation day we went to breakfast in the MDR on 3, had a leisurely breakfast (Breakfast Wrap was a brilliant choice even though we weren't in a hurry) when they finally called our group we went to the 5th deck and got in line with everyone and had a very smooth exit off the ship. We found our bags quickly and were out hailing a Lyft in no time. Note: Lyft won't take you from NJ to NY. Either will Uber. We took a Lyft to the PATH in Hoboken then caught a train back to Queens from 34th Street. We were home back in Queens by 11:00am - again, efficient and smooth even though we had to schlepp to a train to get home.
Room: We had a mid-ship balcony on the 12th deck port side with great views of Manhattan on departure and arrival back into port as well as Lady Liberty. Our room was perfect - just enough cubby holes and 3 drawers to put our stuff in and plenty of closet space to hang our fancier items. Our suitcases fit perfectly in the bottom of the closet. Our room attendant Hannibal was extremely efficient and no request was too big for him whenever we needed something. We were often pleasantly surprised every day to come back from brunch and see that he had been in to straighten up, etc., talk about fast! When we pointed out a broken door on our balcony he quickly called Maintenance and they were there within 10 minutes of his call. The door was fixed that day by the time we came back from hanging out at the pool. If you're lucky enough to meet him you're in the presence of someone who works hard without any complaint.