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Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise because it fit our schedules and to get away from cold weather for a week. Stayed in Cocoa Beach the night before which I highly suggest. Well rested we shuttled to the cruise port arriving by 10:30 am. We were a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit our schedules and to get away from cold weather for a week. Stayed in Cocoa Beach the night before which I highly suggest. Well rested we shuttled to the cruise port arriving by 10:30 am. We were a group of 5, all Diamond members. Registration went smoothly and after a short wait we were on the ship by 11:20. Our inside cabin was on the 7th floor mid ship and was in a perfect location. Our room attendant did a nice job and our room was clean every day. Did my time dining for the first time and hated it. This was a choice by us and we will not do this option again. RCCL is not to blame, it is just to hectic and noisy with people coming and going at all times. Dining room food was good, especially the appetizers. As said before on these forums why can't people at least put on a pair of pants and golf shirt for dinner. Some people looked like slobs. Ate at the Windjammer a few times and it was good also. It did seem crowded on Sea Days but the staff did a great job of getting tables cleaned off for the next group to sit at. Johnny Rockets was very good also. Giovanni's Table and 150 Central Park were excellent. We don't by souvenirs or do excursions so we use that money for specialty dining. Entertainment was also excellent. Private Stock Band, comedians and Ice Show especially. The diving show was OK. Did not attend Cats. The service was very good. Some bartenders friendlier than others but that is to be expected. They all were nice, just some more than others. Oasis was in very good condition and we marveled at how many people were cleaning at all hours around the ship. From wiping handrails to cleaning tables they did a great job. There is Purell dispensers everywhere for you to use. For Diamond members the lounge was very crowded for Happy hour 4:30 to 8, especially when they open for free drinks. Alot of snobs in attendance who were not patient with the bar staff. The bar staff did an excellent job of getting people served in our opinion. The pool on sea days was very crowded as was the Solarium Pool area for adults. RCCL does not enforce the 30 minute chair unoccupied rule so why post signs and print the rule in the daily compass. Either you have it or you don't. There were people saving spots at 8 am who did'nt arrive at the pool until 10 am. Labadee was nice but we went back to the ship to eat. Cozumel and Falmouth we got off for a short time to look around. In closing we noticed after 19 cruises subtle differences that RCCL has made which for them is cost measure. The only pushy people were the photographers in my opinion. Drink prices are high but again I did not have to purchase them. After discussion we all agreed we like the Freedom and Voyager size better than the Oasis. Personal preference for less people and almost the same amenities. Will be cruising RCCL in the future and highly recommend cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
The ship: As cruisers used to Oasis-class ships, we weren't sure how much we'd like getting on a "small" (right) ship. With a very few exceptions, the ship was beautiful, and we were very impressed. Embarkation was ... Read More
The ship: As cruisers used to Oasis-class ships, we weren't sure how much we'd like getting on a "small" (right) ship. With a very few exceptions, the ship was beautiful, and we were very impressed. Embarkation was relatively smooth. Actually getting there a little less-so since you have to transfer down from Houston to Galveston. It didn't help that it was Mardi Gras week, so many streets were closed. Our driver ended up taking a long detour to get us there. The best transport is Galveston Express - $50 for two on a nice, new Sprinter shuttle van. They'll also store your bags post-cruise if you want to walk around Galveston for awhile, $10 per 2 bags. Unfortunately they only travel between Galveston and the two main airports in Houston, so if you want to stop at Johnson Space Center on the way up or down, you'll need to find a different method for that leg. We got to the port right at noon and didn't spend any time sitting in the waiting area. We made it to the ship about 45 minutes after arrival. We helped speed things along by declining the pre-boarding photo - why get a picture of ourselves in front of a line-art drawing of the ship we're literally 100 feet away from? As we stepped onboard the announcement went out that all cabins were available. That's a nice change from Oasis which, being much larger takes longer to prepare. The artwork throughout the ship is hit-or-miss. The glass sculptures on deck 4 are beautiful. The art in the stairwells less-so - much of it is bad, and some of it is creepy. The promenade is nicely designed, with a variety of interesting materials that mesh well together. The giant Texas flag hanging from the ceiling is somewhat odd, but then the ship does sail from Galveston and Texans do love Texas, so it's not overly surprising. The solarium is good - a deep pool and two cantilevered hot tubs. The pools and hot tubs are adults-only, but unlike Oasis the solarium itself is not - mainly because the forward elevator bank is in front of the solarium, so you have to pass through it on the way to the kid pools. Actually, this might work better than Oasis' strategy of barring kids from the space entirely - on Oasis, kids like to try to sneak into the solarium precisely because they aren't allowed to, and then they get excited that they did it and start making a lot of noise On Liberty, the attraction of forbidden fruit isn't there, so they pass quickly through the area that's full of old uncool grownups to get to the fun places. The hot tubs tend to fill beyond capacity quickly, so it can be hard to get a spot. But unlike Oasis, there is never an issue finding empty deck chairs - and our cruse was a completely full ship. You probably won't find one in the sun around the central pool, but finding one off to the sides is never a problem. The pool itself is oddly deep, though not as deep as claimed. The markings say it's almost 7 feet deep, but the actual fill line is more like 6. Still, that's quite deep - I'm almost 6 feet tall and it's pretty rare that I have to stand on tiptoe to hit the bottom of a ship pool. The in-water bar counter underneath the bridge is an interesting touch - this actually creates some problems for staff as people leave drinks in the middle of it which would require staff to swim out to retrieve them. Fortunately, no one minded passing empties to staffers at poolside. If I had any main criticism of the solarium water features it would be that you're never at the right depth. The pool is deep enough to make lounging in the pool with a drink difficult if there isn't room at the counter, and the hot tub seats are high enough that you have to slouch down a lot to get your chest and shoulders under the water. The entertainment and bar venues are varied and all over the ship. It's interesting that not all bars have the same liquors, so if you have a favorite spirit you'll want to check all of them. One of the better ones is Boleros on deck 4 - the space is quite nice, there's often good live music, and the spirits available are more varied than other bars. But as with all Royal ships, if you're used to good mixed drinks back home, the ones on the ship will only be passable at best. They tend to be over-sweetened, and the bartenders often don't know or have ingredients for even standard drinks. The best drink on the ship is the Smoky Sunrise in Boleros - and it would be improved markedly by cutting the sugar and using a better mezcal that isn't quite as phenol-heavy (this is the compound that makes some scotches taste like band-aids). That said, the bartenders are always willing to try new things - I taught one how to make a blackjack (JWB/lemon/honey), and while she thought it was very weird she was game to try, even going off somewhere to find honey, which was not part of her usual bar stock. We skipped most of the entertainment this cruise as we were too busy relaxing by the pool. The main problem with several of the venues, including Boleros, On-Air, Studio B, and a few on deck 5, is that they're near the casino and you will be surrounded by the smell of cigarette smoke if you're in any of them. It'd be good if they could figure out a better method of air handling to avoid this. The elevators were a different story. Their programming is extremely odd. Several times we'd have called an elevator, and 2 or 3 of them would go right past our floor before one finally stopped. Also, several times we'd be in an elevator with our floor selected, and it would go right past the floor. Lots of people were complaining of the same problems. One guy took an elevator up from the boarding ramp, it bypassed his floor on the way up, then on the way down, and he finally gave up on deck 3 and took the stairs. Dining: Excellent. We did MDR twice, Sabor twice (lunch and dinner), Giovanni's twice, Chops once, and Chef's Table once. The food was almost universally excellent. The only misstep was the lobster salad at Chef's Table - the lobster used was not good. At that level of upcharge, it should be cold-water lobster, and it clearly wasn't. The only other downside to Chef's Table is that it's located on a platform between the 2nd and 3rd level of the MDR. This is great for making the MDR diners jealous of the Chef's Table people, but the noise level makes it hard to hear what the chef and waiter says, and it also makes it hard to hear what people across the table from you are saying. Sabor is a different concept from Oasis - rather than a boardwalk-side cantina this looks more like Mexican fine dining. And it works. The service is perfect. The food is excellent. There's an off-menu flattened steak with onions and peppers that's fantastic. They offer a special lunch which is a guacamole and margarita making class, followed by a regular lunch. Well worth the cost just to get their guac recipe. They're very generous with the tequila as well - they have you taste several different kinds as well as several different margaritas, all included. We were very impressed with Sabor. Chops and Giovannis were as usual excellent. The waitstaff was superb, the cooking fantastic. Try the osso bucco. We ended up in MDR on the two formal nights. Food was excellent. Service was less-so through no fault of the waiters. They're understaffed and simply can't keep up with the load no matter how fast they move. This causes delays in seating which were no big deal to us, but which we heard others complaining loudly about. That gets exacerbated on lobster tail night when people keep ordering seconds and thirds so the tables can't be reset. Royal needs to put more waiters in the dining room. That leads me to the main problem on this cruise - staffing levels. In addition to waitstaff, poolside bar staffing is too low. We'd go an entire day on deck and only get two or three people walking by offering drinks. That's a much lower level than on previous cruises. This struck us as odd, as selling people $12 drinks seems like a great way to make a lot of money. The worst staffing problems came with the new lifeguard program. I understand why Royal implemented it - there have been some drownings in ship pools across many of the lines. But if you're going to implement it, then staff it properly. The solarium pool closed at 7pm, as did one of its hot tubs. The other hot tub only stayed open till 11. That's disappointing - it's nice to hang out in the solarium late at night moving between pools and hot tubs and deck chairs. I also felt bad for the poor guy who had the solarium pool station - that has to be the most boring lifeguard station in history. He just stands there and watches a bunch of adults standing still in a pool. Royal needs to increase lifeguard staffing to the point where pools don't have to prematurely close, and it might be an idea to re-think whether adults-only pools need lifeguards at all. All in all the ship was excellent as was the staff. The few complaints we had were very minor. We'd happily cruise on this ship again, though will most likely transition back to Florida-based ships simply because the weather tends to be warmer in the middle of winter. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
My daughter and I arrived to the cruise port around 10:15 in the morning. We parked our car at the terminal and carried our luggage to the porters. Quickly went thru security and check in counter and stood close to the boarding area. ... Read More
My daughter and I arrived to the cruise port around 10:15 in the morning. We parked our car at the terminal and carried our luggage to the porters. Quickly went thru security and check in counter and stood close to the boarding area. The room was already full but boarding started shortly after....just before eleven. They started with suites and diamond and worked down from there. Don’t sit in the chairs unless you are not looking to get on the ship fast. Stay by the boarding area for quick entrance. Boarding was easy. Passing all the “hey, you want to buy” tables we made our way up to deck eight where Park Cafe is located. I’m sure other opinions have stated just how good their roast beef sandwiches were and yes, they were good, but it really depends on what piece of meat you end up with. Yes, they have a make your own salad but there’s not a lot of items to choose from. Went to see our room at one. We were in Room 8707 which is a balcony overlooking the Boardwalk. Nice size room for two people. The bed was beside the balcony. Apparently, every other room either has the bed there or beside the closet. Beside the closet would make if a little tough to get into the closet. One large suitcase fit nicely under the bed but the other one would not. We left it standing up on the small table by the closet. There was two easy to reach power connectors. A hair dryer in the drawer. Open the safe by pulling on the right top corner even when it seems the safe is closed. The bathroom shower had wonderful “water power.” Bring your own shampoo, conditioner and lotions. The room’s temperature was fine but I like it really cool when I go to sleep so bring a portable fan. Noise in the balcony rooms seem to be a favorite topic of discussion. We were located pretty close to being over Johnny Rockets. We could see the Aqua theatre from our room. My daugher, who has wonderful hearing, could hear noise on certain nights, especially the last night. If noise truly bothers you then I would avoid these type rooms and either go for an inside room or a room overlooking the ocean. That said, I would book this room again because you can always get a crying baby or loud neighbors. It’s a toss up. Was not that bad too me and it was fun people watching from the balcony. I did bring two magnets. One to clip the curtains tightly closed and the other to hold important papers on the wall. Yep, on the wall. They now have egg crate type things on the mattresses so the beds are now doable. Pillows are really thin. Downright horrible. Thankful we had brought our own. If you do nothing else stuff a pillow in your suitcase. We purchased the ultimate drink package and also internet for my daughter. Do not buy these at full price. Never. They will go on sale precruise and never be cheaper on board. Keep checking online. We are not big drinkers but with the discount price of $345 we felt it was worth it. Speciality coffees (not Starbucks though), soda cup, fresh squeezed orange juice, water bottles, and all (13 dollars and under) alcohol drinks are included in package. The fresh squeezed orange juice is so much better than the free syrupy orange juice. It was nice to try this and that without factoring in cost. Chocolate martinis and mudslides are “must-try’s.” I brought some large straws for the soda drink cup. Small ones do not work well. Soda machines are located on Deck Five and in the Windjammer there are four of them. I think I saw one in the teen club too. Internet worked well with the exception of a few spotty times. Worth the price. We purchased the “first night” done right dinner for our first night. It’s a toss up which restaurant you get. We were booked in the Italian restaurant. Lots of good food. The food kept coming after we were “way done.” Service was excellent but then again, we were one of the first people there just after 5pm. It was quickly filling up after our order was taken. If you want to try a speciality restaurant go for the first night done right for half price. By doing so you would also avoid the craziness of the first night dining room. We booked the “my time” dining time. Had our times booked for each night before we boarded. Makes it easier to prebook because when you get to the dining room it will split into those that have reservations and those that don’t. It’s crazy in there. Formal nights were the first sea day and second sea day. Prime rib and lobster were offered the second formal and both were really good. Dining room service was excellent though all staff were running around looking like they would never catch up. Breakfast in the dining room offers one side buffet and the other order at your table. Here the buffet looked pretty good. We chose order at the table and due to a really new employee my order got all mixed up. Two eggs over medium ended up a mushroom omelet. The waiters trainer apologized with something like a language barrier. I’m thinking the guy is going to have lots of trouble waiting on New Yorker’s and their fast talking compared to my Southern drawl. Where Oasis of the Seas fails is the Windjammer. The Grandeur of the Seas buffet is so much better than the Oasis. With 6,000 passengers the Oasis has a relatively small buffet and choices. Seriously, it’s low class food and I’m far from being a food critic. Pizza was doable and the wipe out cafe had some good fries. I always brought some cookies back to my room Incase I got the munchies late at night. We did the same with water. Kept a couple of bottles in our room. We always took bottles of water off to excursions, as well as, towels if needed. We did two excursions. In Jamaica we did the Dune Buggy experience thru Royal Caribbean which required just over an hour driving on a bus to get there. Our bus was nice and held around 25 people. The ride was awesome as we listed to our tour guide tell us about the area. It’s a wonderful way to see some of Jamaica. The dune bug ride was fun but actually I was hoping for more water experience. Maybe, they were lacking in rain when we went. That said, it was still a fun day. My daughter did “swimming with the dolphins” at the park in Cozumel. Right outside the port you get a taxi for twelve dollars. They only take cash so have change for a tip too. I had to pay, I think it was twenty one dollars, to get in the park. Her VIP swim, which included lunch, drinks and another quick swim with the mammoths....and snorkeling gear for $119. That price was an online special so look for that. The buffet lunch that was included was not that good so do not spend the extra $40.00 if you are not swimming for it. She had a blast and was the highlight of the trip for her. Your kids would enjoy it. We spent some money at the casino. Now know very few people end up winners. For every one person that brags about winning there were a few thousand losers. Set your budget and treat it as dinner and movies every night. The casino is split up into smoking and nonsmoking and it seems the nonsmoking section is bigger. You can truly play without smoke bothering you. On the smoking side play the money grab game. Quick hit games on both sides did not pay out on this cruise. The bar in the casino is pretty good. Smoking should not be a problem if you are a non smoker. Smoking is limited to one side of the casino, deck 15 by the pool bar and deck 16 by the pool bar. That’s it. If you do smoke I believe you will find these places pleasant and partly covered for bad weather. We saw a few shows. Comedy show was really funny so make sure you book that show before boarding. Come Fly with me is worth your time. The aqua show was good. I saw Cats before and knew it was not worth my time. We saw the belly flop and sexy man contest, both at the aqua theater. I felt both were funny. We participated in the Quest where my daughter was a Captain. If pantless men and braless women bother you then I’m thinking you should skip it. If not, help your team by having Mexican and Candian coins and false teeth. Central Park is pretty. Boardwalk is calling for kids. We would sit on our balcony and watch kids do jump rope and play games that were offered on the boardwalk. We saw small kids finishing eating in the windjammer and singing a song with the staff members as they headed back to the kids club. There must of been twenty kids, all looking happy and singing. Not one tear so I’m thinking the Kids Club is a happy place. They have a cute little swimming area for the little ones. I did see a life guard on duty. There’s several ping pong tables on the sports deck. Teenagers and adults are going to love all the volleyball and dodgeball competitions. So, leave your little ones in the kids club as you head for some adult time knowing he/she is happy. Now after what we experienced on this cruise I must tell you to “take note” of where the bathrooms are located Incase of an emergency. As my daughter and I were headed down our hallway to our room early one night we both blamed each other for the horrible smell. Then I looked down and saw “crap” all the way down the hall. We walked on the side and noticed the “crap” stopped one door from ours. We had to spend the next ten minutes stopping people from walking in it until housekeeping came. Heck, it was obvious which room as the last bit was right at their door. No kids in that room. The last sea day we participated in the Bottomless Galley Tour which I booked online for twenty percent off. Staff members will be attacking you all week to book this. I guess they get money from each sale. Anyways, Royal will offer twenty percent discount just before you go. We paid twenty something each and got a talk from head chef and a tour of the kitchen which was boring but the meal was excellent. Free, unlimited OJ and Champagne. We got to choose from a menu. I had a wonderful salad and the filet with potatoes and vegetables with a dessert that looked like a swan. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had and better than Chops. Service was excellent. The meal makes the price worth it! We decided to walk off the ship with our luggage. The time was between 645 and 845. We got to the gangway around 645 and there was a long line. I believe they started earlier than 645. Even with the long time we had enough custom agents to move our line quickly. Must of been in line for 15 minutes. Quickly showed my passport and we were at our car in minutes. Very easy to drive out of the garage. We did peak at the suites and I’ve read many reviews that said they just could not go without getting a suite. I could easily fall into that category so I avoid booking that first suite. You would of continued being happy with ice milk had you never taken that first taste of ice cream. That said, the suites we saw just did not seem that great for the money it costs. But everything is relevant. $15,000 to you might not be that big of deal. I could afford that $15,000 but then I’m afraid I might live to the age of 90. I really like the Oasis of the Seas but I like big ships. I like walking. If walking is not your thing then maybe you would like the Grandeur of the Seas better. We enjoyed that ship too. Whatever you choose please allow a few days to unwind when you get back home from your vacation. Having fun for seven days is a bit like working. You are, most likely, going to feel worn out time your head hits your pillow at home. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
It was our fisrt cruise experience. The only thing bad I have to say is the waiting time to initialy board the ship and the lack of chairsspace around the pools area when cruising. Other than that, everything was just wonderful. The food ... Read More
It was our fisrt cruise experience. The only thing bad I have to say is the waiting time to initialy board the ship and the lack of chairsspace around the pools area when cruising. Other than that, everything was just wonderful. The food was excellent, the staff was always friendly and smiling. The entertaiment coordinator was funny and very "entertaining". The ship in all was like a floating town. Lots of pools and hottubs. All the shows were wonderfuld. It felt like being on Broadway. The cast, the sounds, the decors were amazing. The cabin were pretty big considering we were on a boat. The water pressure in the shower was amazing compare to some resort we went to... I reserved all our off shore excursions on the internet in advanced. The tickets were waiting for us in our room so we did nit have to wait in line at the Shore excursions counter on the ship. All three of our excursions were wonderful. Spent a day at Atlantis in the Bahamas; 5 Stars Island Tour in St-Thomas; Double Decker Tour in St-Marteen with an afternoon at a beach that was of walking distance from the boat. Overall FANTASTIC!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I chose this cruise because of the ship, for me it's very important to have lots of activities to do onboard like ice skating, zipline, rock climbing, water slides, carrousel, aquatheater, different shows in the theater, I mean its really ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the ship, for me it's very important to have lots of activities to do onboard like ice skating, zipline, rock climbing, water slides, carrousel, aquatheater, different shows in the theater, I mean its really amazing all the accommodations that this ship has to offer you. The food in Royal Carribean is good, one of the formals night they serve lobster and its delicious. I hope they stay with a good quality in food service. What caught my attention this time was the service, I went 3 years ago to de Oasis of the Seas and the attention in the service was way different from this time. I know that working on a ship its exhausting and hard , but I really believe that employees are the ones that give you the full experience by talking to you, smile to you, and I really felt that the guys where not interested about making any conversation, they were very quiet, apathetic and even some of them rude. Most of them from the sports staff. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I choose Harmony for the ship itself. I have been to all ports of call before and had no interest in getting off the ship, just exploring it. The ship itself is beautiful. I traveled as a solo and stayed in one of the small singles ... Read More
I choose Harmony for the ship itself. I have been to all ports of call before and had no interest in getting off the ship, just exploring it. The ship itself is beautiful. I traveled as a solo and stayed in one of the small singles cabin which has a large window and was definitely spacious enough for me (and possibly a spouse if traveling as a couple). Grease and The Fine Line aqua-show were both amazing. The ice show was very good skating-wise the story line was a little odd to follow. The problem came at the end of the cruise when disembarking. My luggage tag number was called and I exited the ship to be put in another room with chairs and told to wait until my number was called (the reason I had gotten off the ship was because my number had been called). When finally told I was able to get my luggage I went to the designated number and no luggage. Searched the numbers next to and similar (I had 23 so I checked 26,28 and 32 plus 25 and 21) but no luck. Was told to go to a desk where luggage with no tags gets placed, again no luggage. I was then asked what time my flight was and was told to continue searching through all the numbers because I had plenty of time before my flight to find it. While searching for my luggage I encountered others with the same problem. I also came across 3 pieces of luggage with 24 tags in the 27 line, a 40 tag in with 30 and a 61 tag in 16, all while still not finding my own. After 45 minutes of fruitless searching I was back at the desk to double check the no tag pieces again and there mine was WITH THE TAG ATTACHED. I was told "it just showed up". Going through customs was a breeze. Then it was on the bus to the airport. Overall the trip was very nice. I may start doing self carry off the ship or get a tile locator for my luggage. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
All excelent !!! The state of the boat is very good. The cabins are very cozy and the room service is excellent. Clean the cabin twice a day. The dining room is very good and the food excellent. In restaurants, you feel like a king. ... Read More
All excelent !!! The state of the boat is very good. The cabins are very cozy and the room service is excellent. Clean the cabin twice a day. The dining room is very good and the food excellent. In restaurants, you feel like a king. The whole crew is very friendly and helpful. The shows are of remarkable production. The room service is excellent. The casino is spectacular. The pool is very good but somewhat small. The internet service is good but a bit expensive. The price of the excursions also considered that they could be something more economical, but they are worth it. The girls had a lot of fun and all the facilities are very safe. The a la carte food in the restaurants brings a first class menu and they change every day. The bars have very good music and they play live bands. They also provide a SPA service that regrettably does not use. Congratulations. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We really enjoyed our trip aboard Harmony of the Seas. We had previously been on board Allure of The Seas, so we sort of knew what to expect with an Oasis Class Royal Caribbean ship, and this allowed us to have a feel for the things we ... Read More
We really enjoyed our trip aboard Harmony of the Seas. We had previously been on board Allure of The Seas, so we sort of knew what to expect with an Oasis Class Royal Caribbean ship, and this allowed us to have a feel for the things we wanted to do as well as to stay away from, such as the long lines in the main dining room that people have expressed disappointment about, etc. With all that said, I'll start with embarkation. As most have said, it was very smooth and efficient, and we were on board the boat in less than 20 minutes from the time we arrived at the terminal. The same can be said for the smooth disembarkation. It was a very easy and painless process as well. In terms of the ship, it's gorgeous, new and well maintained! I like the layout of it as well and it is full of amenities. The ship itself is a destination with so much to do, and we don't typically cruise for the ports, so we have to have a fun boat with lots of things to do for both adults and young kids. Regarding our cabin, it was an awesome family balcony cabin that could fit 6, and it was plenty big and well maintained. I can't say enough good things about our cabin steward, Roy. He was great, he anticipated our every need and even did the fun folded towel animals that my kids really loved. In addition to Roy, I would say that service around the boat was generally very good otherwise. For dining, we did the Ultimate Dining Package for the adults and allowed the kids to just eat pizza or whatever they were comfortable at Windjammer or Sorrento's, etc. We actually tried taking the kids our first night out to Wonderland, and they were bored to tears, so we didn't make this mistake again for the rest of the trip. We really liked Wonderland... very tasty food, a fun atmosphere with great service and very inventive menu. I would highly recommend this! We did Chops two nights. The first night, we were surprisingly, a little disappointed. My steak was only decent, and my wife's was overdone and the rest of the items we ordered were not bad but kind of disappointing after our first time around on Allure being so great. However, the second visit this trip to Chops was quite a bit better and were pretty happy with it. I wouldn't say awesome, but very good. We also liked Jamie's Italian... good food and plenty of it. I was very happy with this option. And we also liked Sabor, which we only went to for lunch but had a very good meal there. The service wasn't so great, but the food was. We also did Izumi and felt that the sushi was good. Again, not great, but very good. Probably the biggest disappointment for us was 150 Central Park. I was expecting really good food, and it was just ok, at best. I was also frustrated that the Izumi Hibachi Experience was not part of the Ultimate Dining Package. I would think that sushi would be more expensive than the food served there, so we didn't take part in that, since we'd paid the money for the specialty dining each night. We only experienced the main dining room (Silk) on the second formal night and had the lobster, which was good. The rest of that meal was ok, but not bad. In terms of the other free options onboard, we found the Windjammer to be pretty good. Mini Bites, Central Park Cafe, The Promenade Cafe, Sorrento's & Boardwalk Dog House were all ok, not great, but decent and good for a quick bite to eat and great for feeding the kids. As mentioned above, we had 3 young boys on our trip... ages, 9, 7 & 5. And they all had a great time and loved the kids club as they had before on Allure. In terms of ports, we don't typically do excursions, so we really enjoyed Labadee that gave us the beach experience we wanted. On Jamaica and Cozumel, we just walked around the little shops off the pier and they were fine. I must say that I was really impressed with the Fine Line Aqua Show and Hideaway Heist water shows. Grease was well done, but I'm not into all of that. However, my wife enjoyed it. We also liked the headliner, who was sort of a juggler/comedian. In terms of disappointments, I would say they were few and far between. For example, on Allure, they piped in all of the Dreamworks movies on a constant basis, and this was great for our kids to watch when we would be getting ready or later in the evening, etc. So I hate to complain about TV on a cruise, but this wasn't the case on this ship and there wasn't much to watch otherwise. With the elevators, the lines were kind of annoying but honestly not as bad as what most have said. I think that I'd like to see some newer ports sprinkled in to the Oasis Class options. We also booked our next cruise for the Symphony of The Seas with the NextCruise group and felt the pricing was good. However, we were disappointed that Royal Caribbean has changed its policy that you can no longer cancel and rebook in the future without losing your deposit. All in all, it was a great trip and we are very much looking forward to going in two more years. Read Less
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