Oasis of the Seas Review

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Still paying Royal prices but it’s no longer the same Royal experience

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on Oasis of the Seas
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canesinfla
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Dec 2023
Cabin: Ocean View Balcony Accessible

The best cruise we’ve ever been on was a 2011 family Christmas cruise on Freedom of the Seas. Every other one we’ve gone on since then, whether on Carnival or Royal, hasn’t lived up to that high standard, and things are moving consistently in the wrong direction. This sailing on Oasis did nothing to turn that trend around.

Carnival has the reputation for nickel-and-diming their way through every sailing, but really, Royal deserves the moniker every bit as much, if not more. Sixteen dollars for a second lobster tail in the MDR is highway robbery. Eleven for a brisket sandwich at Portside BBQ (including mandatory gratuity, which never fails to infuriate me at a counter service restaurant) is no better. Nine for a Starbucks frappuccino. Other than breakfast, Johnny Rockets has been a ripoff for years. In 2023, there’s no reason the price of wifi couldn’t be rolled into the room rate, given that probably 95% of the guests bought a package. It just never ends. Someone at Royal is probably trying to figure out a way to charge for priority elevator access right now.

Speaking of the MDR, the menu changes are a big, big disappointment. This isn’t exclusive to Oasis, of course, but this being our first Royal cruise since the changes were rolled out, it was our first impression and it was not a good one. I will cop to being a picky eater, so I relied hard on the Classics menu, and with that no longer being an option there were a couple of nights where there was nothing appealing. Even when there was, it was middling to downright terrible, with dishonorable mention reserved for a medium-rare “prime rib” that more closely resembled steak tartare than a roast and a Christmas Eve turkey that was so dry a swimming pool of gravy couldn’t have saved it.

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Ocean View Balcony Accessible

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