53 Miami Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews

PROS The ship was incredible Didn’t feel crowded at all even with 6 thousand people on board Lots of room around the pools Lots to do while on board Solarium was nice Led Zepellin cover band was fantastic Ice show ... Read More
PROS The ship was incredible Didn’t feel crowded at all even with 6 thousand people on board Lots of room around the pools Lots to do while on board Solarium was nice Led Zepellin cover band was fantastic Ice show was good Aqua show was good Cats was ok Dining room service was good as was our cabin attendant CONS Very loud music made it hard to have a conversation or read Lineups for Food 30 people lined up for an ice cream cone Line ups for dinner even with reservation In general the service in windjammer and other free restaurants was poor. Tables were not cleared quickly Staff starring out the windows or Talking to each other Staff didn’t seem as happy as on other ships we’ve been on Food was a big disappointment Selection was limited, repetitive and poor quality Food was frequently cold Bread didn’t seem fresh The main dining room staff tried valiantly to make up for the poor effort made to the menu by the kitchen Terrible coffee Eggs benny cold with hardly any ham on it served with something similar to a McDonald’s hashbrowns Tuna tataki overcooked should be rare inside cooked all the way through Steak tasted ok but I had trouble cutting it because of gristle throughout Prime rib ordered medium rare but served rare even after we returned it they just poured gravy over it the second time Rare from edge to edge Shrimp Ceviche was a frozen prawn on some shredded lettuce When I sent it back they just squirted some lemon juice on it Told me it was a shrimp Not even the right animal The brownie dessert I ordered had about a half of 1 side of what seemed like an Oreo cookie The worst food we’ve experienced on any cruise We got tired of complaining about it Not even close Other passengers we talked with voiced similar concerns about the free eating venues People were constantly trying to push the pay restaurants Which I heard were excellent The staff on the PA systems were frequently telling everyone how great the service and food was and that we should give them scores of 10 and 9 minimum They even suggested we give them a standing ovation in the dinning room on the last night because they were so great People did but it wasn’t spontaneous The ship was wow The food and some of the service not so much Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Heard it was great but honestly it is too big and we don’t smoke and think they should place smoking section anywhere except wher the two main bars on the swimming pools are located. Every time you went to get the over priced drink you ... Read More
Heard it was great but honestly it is too big and we don’t smoke and think they should place smoking section anywhere except wher the two main bars on the swimming pools are located. Every time you went to get the over priced drink you had to walk through the smoking area to get it. The beds are terrible, the repair had to be made to our balcony door because of wind noise. It took 3 request from our room attendant before we got a ice bucket in our room. We like Royal Caribbean however when they revamped this ship they did not spend any money on the cabins. The furniture all over the cruise ship is made for smaller people and uncomfortable. If we cruise again it may be with Carnival, for what we spent on this cruise we paid champagne prices for cheap beer and will think twice before booking another one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
I wanted to write a quick little review for any parents travelling with young children. Under 2! I found this hard to find when I was reading reviews prior to cruising. My first piece of advice is to travel with family. We made the ... Read More
I wanted to write a quick little review for any parents travelling with young children. Under 2! I found this hard to find when I was reading reviews prior to cruising. My first piece of advice is to travel with family. We made the mistake of not bringing our parents and we wished every day that we would have. I think our trip would have been waaay more relaxing if we had done this. We mostly ate at the windjammer, park cafe, and solaramum. We tried the main dining room. But with a child under 2. She wasn't going to last 2 hours Sitting down to dinner! Also. The food in the main dining room was sub-par. We found the other restaurants had better taste and selection. We did try the daycare. But it wasn't great. So only went 1 time. They have a play place on deck 14 that we would go to every day to let her run around and play with the kids. Also the baby splash pad is pretty small and gets very busy so you have to pick your times to go there. I found there were lots of things opened late into the evening but not a lot opened before 9-9:30 am. And if you have a little one they often wake up early. So we mostly would just wander the ship for these two hours. Overall this is a beautiful ship .. friendly staff ... very clean .. lots to see and do. But I will wait till my kids are older before travelling again as there is so much more options for kids as they get to be 6 and above. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We wanted to experience one of the big ships in the Oasis class, since we had never sailed on one of these bigger ships. We chose this ship because we liked the itinerary of sea days mixed with port days and this ship was recently ... Read More
We wanted to experience one of the big ships in the Oasis class, since we had never sailed on one of these bigger ships. We chose this ship because we liked the itinerary of sea days mixed with port days and this ship was recently refurbished. Also, I believe that Miami is a beautiful port and we have friends to see there. We chose a junior suite for this cruise, which we enjoyed. (Side note-it should be called premium balcony, because almost all suite perks are not for junior suites. You do get double Crown and Anchor points and can eat only dinner in the Coastal Kitchen if a reservation is made, which costs $15 per person.) Things we loved-The Aqua 180 show- it was very entertaining and so different from anything that I've ever seen. That there was a whole broadway play, Cats. The ice show was excellent. There are MANY venues to enjoy (Music Hall, Jazz on 4, Vintages Wine Bar, Playmakers Sports Bar, music in Central Park, parties in the Promenade, Carousel at Boardwalk, and so many different places to eat. The Abyss slide was a great experience! What we didn't like as much-There are a lot of people! The shows are free but you should reserve the ones you want to see ahead of time. The pools, hot tubs and decks are very crowded, even though there are quite a few of them. We have cruised several times before and I think we like a more quiet and traditional experience with more personalized service feel about the ship. It's great if traveling with a family, because there is a lot to do. I miss all the ice sculptures and midnight buffets. We enjoyed Labadee, but just hung out on the beach. In Falmouth, Jamaica we hired a private tour from Courtney Taylor Tours. Karlus was a great host. We rafted down the Martha Brae, which was beautiful, had jerk chicken, pork and sausage and some Jamaican sides. We also went to Montego Bay and saw some sights. Jamaica is a beautiful place. Go see the countryside with a guide or on a tour. At Cozumel we did the Salsa, salsa and margarita tour, which was very fun! They pour generously so that can be good as long as you don't drink too much. Overall we enjoyed our cruise on this ship, but will probably go back to smaller ships unless traveling with extended family. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The cruise was amazing. The food in the dining room was very good especially the brunch. I didnt feel like I was on a cruise more like I was at the Mall of America. Being an avid Princess cruiser I found myself not knowing what to do. The ... Read More
The cruise was amazing. The food in the dining room was very good especially the brunch. I didnt feel like I was on a cruise more like I was at the Mall of America. Being an avid Princess cruiser I found myself not knowing what to do. The shows wete great but long. Cats was wonderful..The boardwalk ws plenty of fun always. Loved the Nextcruise office was oen all day. Casino was wonderful.Loved the machines plus discount on your cruise. Downside no intinacy. You didnt connect with people. Everyone was waiting in line rushing everywhere. No real personal service from waiters. Drinks were very expensive. No dress code. Formal night was a joke. People ran around the whole ship in bikinis. Shorts and tshirts allowed during formal nights and anytime in dining room. The last 2 nights more ladies dressed up than at formal dinner. Saw the Captain once. We had an inside balcony on Noardwalk and the Aqua theater blared until 11:30 pm. We booked it again to bring our grandchildren otherwise Ill stay with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have cruised on Princess, Carnival and one other Royal Caribbean cruise. I chose this cruise and this ship because I wanted to try a mega ship for the experience and I chose a Central Park balcony because no other cruise line offers ... Read More
We have cruised on Princess, Carnival and one other Royal Caribbean cruise. I chose this cruise and this ship because I wanted to try a mega ship for the experience and I chose a Central Park balcony because no other cruise line offers these types of staterooms. Embarcation: Easiest embarcation of any cruise we've been on. We were on the ship in record time. First impression: Wow! Did not feel like we were on a ship. You enter into Deck 5 which is the Promenade Deck and it was like we were in an upscale mall. The ship is so big but surprisingly easy to navigate because of the neighborhood concept which dispersed the large number of passengers into different areas. The only time it felt crowded was on the Promenade Deck, the pool areas and the adult solarium area on sea days and the elevators when shows were over. It was easy to find quiet spots to enjoy sitting and enjoying the view. Insider tip: There is an area off the running track ( deck 5) at the back of the ship that has about 20 deck chairs where you can sit and watch the wake. It was a nice quiet spot to spend some time away from the more populated areas. Food: We did not do any specialty dining. The food in the dining room was good but not exceptional. The service was very good. We had My Time Dining and made reservations but still had to wait up to 10 minutes some nights. On this ship MTD did not start until 6:45 which kind of takes away the concept of dining when you want to. The Dog House had good hot dogs (on the Boardwalk Deck 6) Sorrentos Pizza was good (Deck 5) Milkshake at Johnny Rockets was very good (Boardwalk Deck 6) Park Cafe (Central Park) and Cafe Promenade ( Promenade Deck 5) had good snacks, sandwiches, desserts, breakfast items, specialty coffees,and other drinks. Cafe Promenade is open 24 hours. Bars: We don't drink so can't recommend any specific bar Entertainment was wonderful; Make reservations on line for the major shows or you can make them when you get on the ship. If you don't have reservations you can usually get in about 10 minutes before the show starts if there are seats left. CATS in the Main theater was Broadway quality and was wonderful.. Some people report that they hate this show because they think it is boring and they don't understand it. One Sky in the Main theater was well done, singing, dancing and some aerial work. Aqua 80's water show in the Aqua Theater on Deck 6 is a spectacular water show with some incredible diving. Frozen in Time ice skating show in Studio B on Deck 4 is a really great ice skating show. Incredible what they can do on such a small rink. Headliner Show changes each cruise. We saw a comedy/hypnotist who was just ok. Adult Comedy in Blaze on Deck 4 was adult entertainment. Just he aware it is adult R rated humor Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We booked this cruise at the last minute and we got a very good price. The ship was recently remodeled and over all they did a good job. The Windjammer and solarium restaurants were dirty the few times we used them with so many tables ... Read More
We booked this cruise at the last minute and we got a very good price. The ship was recently remodeled and over all they did a good job. The Windjammer and solarium restaurants were dirty the few times we used them with so many tables which were not cleared, and booths and chairs not wiped down. The food in the main dining room was good and service excellent. I was disappointed that the ice show was the same we saw 6 years ago. I thought it would be different. The theater has better sight lines and acoustics. However, if you sit in the first six rows or so bring a sweater or jacket as they have it pretty chilly and a lot of blowing due to keeping it cool for the performers. The comedy show was weak and it was in a bar they call Blaze. Blaze was one of the worse remodeled clubs. Terrible site lines. Over all it was a good cruise. The Oasis is a nice ship and the specialty restaurants were good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We were invited as guests of our son and his wife on this cruise. We have sailed RCI in the past (platinum members) and have always had a good experience. This cruise, aboard the Oasis, was the BEST! We are senior citizens and I was a ... Read More
We were invited as guests of our son and his wife on this cruise. We have sailed RCI in the past (platinum members) and have always had a good experience. This cruise, aboard the Oasis, was the BEST! We are senior citizens and I was a little apprehensive about the size of the ship. It turned out to be all for naught as we never felt crowded or rushed. Even the elevators were readily available (except for disembarkation)! We never waited for anything. The dining was outstanding in all of the venues and our waiter and assistant waiter anticipated our every need. Our 3 young grandchildren (8 months, 3 years, 5 years) were with us and they were always made to feel welcome and cared for by all of the staff. I really think this food was among the best cruise food we have ever experienced. The entertainment was phenomenal. We saw the Ice Show twice and enjoyed it even more the second time. The Aqua show was amazing. Even our little 8 month old grandson was clapping! We thoroughly enjoyed "Cats". We also availed ourselves to other entertainment (hypnotist and marriage game) and loved everything. We loved the changes and improvements made at Labadee. We had a phenomenal day there. It is a little spot of heaven. All of the staff was friendly and kind. One of our grandchildren needed to visit the infirmary for a minor problem. The care she received was excellent. The newly refurbished ship is gorgeous and sparkling clean. My only advice would be to install some child sized sinks for children to more easily keep their hands clean. The ship certainly makes families feel welcome and kid sized facilities would be a real asset. I am still on "Cloud 9" after a perfect week with our family. RCI helped to make it all happen for us and I thank them. It was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Let me start out by saying: We Like RCCL and have booked another with them while on board. We have sailed 25+plus times on CCL and one Disney and one HOLLAND. Holland too old for us. Disney was with a 9 year old and had a blast. CCL is a ... Read More
Let me start out by saying: We Like RCCL and have booked another with them while on board. We have sailed 25+plus times on CCL and one Disney and one HOLLAND. Holland too old for us. Disney was with a 9 year old and had a blast. CCL is a go to for a family and a nice get away. RCCL is our GOTO and will be for awhile, great dancing and music and food is always a plus. Oasis: we knew going in that it was a large ship, sailed on her previously. We bought the KEY: fast on and a nice lunch and fast off the ship, everything else..Mehhhh. We got the Voom internet with it and that kept us connected BUT the royal app and the key dont jive and the booking of shows on a ship with 6000 folks is problematic at best. We attempted to book shows with another couple we traveled with who also had the key and it never synced. The APP is touted as aplus but was a big bottleneck and even the pursers desk couldn't work the issues out. RCCL: More inside training on the app so it can be used by your crew better. Embarkation: easy as pie, had the key and walked on. The place we went to drop our bag was UNDERSTAFFED and could have been faster. food was great and gave us time to form a game plan. Room: ready and clean and nice, SEAN on the 10th floor was FANTASTIC !! Ship: clean and nice after the OCT/NOV 2019 refit of 165 million all public spaces were good and only wish folks would stay to the right when walking and NOT STOP in the middle of the walkway to OOOOHHH an AWWW at all the pretty things .LOL FOOD: we made apact to NOT visit the windjammer because of all the options that RCCL offered on this ship. we accomplished this and were very happy, MDR: great service on third by Justin and staff. good food and all was made right or redone. Sorrentoes: good fast and east, Central Park Cafe: great place to get a coffee and sit and relax with a lite sandwich. Boardwalk Hot dog: great fast hot dog with all the trimmings. BAR-B-QUE: very good, worth the up charge. (fries were cold but that was fixed fast) Ribs first rate. Izumi: great service and food, sushi was first class. I had Hibachi. Loco Fresh: good fast meal and great selections. Johnny Rockets: good place to go to get a burger and break up the day. Giovanni: Great dinner and I recommend the half portions because trying a few things is the best way to go. Great Staff ! BARS: karaoke was a blast, the World pub and Pete MacDonald was a blast to hear him play. Boleros: great dancing. Music Hall: GREAT JOURNEY COVER BAND, the rocked the 3 times we went and kept going back because they were so good!! Comedy: was great Main Shows: Catz was mehhhh lets try another show RCCL, The FLY AWAY show was A+. AQUA 80'S WAS TOP NOTCH AND A must see! Cruise Director DENNIS was great but with such a big ship his staff was relied upon to fill in. Staff: all were cordial and engaging. PORTS: LABADIE: dont take the "LABADIE cultural tour" it was terrible and not safe in my opinion, if I could have left I would have swum back. Religion is different every where but voodoo and my belief clash and it was uncomfortable and we weer harassed to give tips and purchase things as part of OUR experience. Please read others reviews of this and form your own opinion. San Juan: fun sunny and all the people were great and accommodating. Walked to by a Hat and to Drink a Pina' Colada at the home for the drink "BARRACHINA" St. Thomas: always a great port to visit, people and places to see. Nice shopping and walking. SHIP: always the destination always something to do lots to see and do or sit and relax with nothing but a drink and a few good friends laughing. DEBARKATION: walked right off after anice breakfast in the MDR, the KEY was good and we were escorted off. and made it to the airport in great time. Miami has the CRUISE PORT capital of the world designation for a reason, they can move 10's of thousands of people easily. until next time/FR Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have cruised 7 times. We have been on carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and NCL. We hadn’t been on one of the mega ships. We were a family of 5. Booked an adjoining stateroom forward deck 11. 11446 and 11448. Interior. ... Read More
We have cruised 7 times. We have been on carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and NCL. We hadn’t been on one of the mega ships. We were a family of 5. Booked an adjoining stateroom forward deck 11. 11446 and 11448. Interior. Loved the location. Didn’t feel much movement until the last night. Two floors below kids club. Getting on the ship was the easiest I have ever experienced. I seriously just keep walking, showed my id and got on the ship. Food in MDR and Windjammer was great. We loved our servers at 5:30 in the MDR. Shout out to Arvesh and Wem. We didn’t feel that we had to wait in lines much at all. Not sure if it was because of corona virus fears but the ship didn’t seem full. We were loving that. The only time we felt that the ship was full was on sea days. Pool deck (15 and 16) were extremely full. Everyone was saving chairs with towels from like 7 am on. RCL was not moving towels if people didn’t attend to them within a reasonable amount of time. I had purchased the 3 night dining package. I would not book this again. Went to Chopps twice and was as a whole quite disappointed. Chopps was very loud and had very poor ambiance. Didn’t seem like a special meal but rather routine. Waiter was interested the first time but I didn’t tip extra as it was already included and I paid prepaid gratuities. Second night we had the same waiter and he was very disinterested. None of the other specialty restaurants were visited by us. Labs fee was beautiful. If you have kids just go to Columbus beach. Take the ferry over early. Very quiet. At the far end of the cove along the rocks (towards the ship) there is a nice small area with some coral, lots of fish and vegetation. My kids loved it. In Puerto Rico we went to the military fort. I have a National Park pass so it was free for us. We just walked there. Very close to cruise ships. We didn’t get off at St Thomas, we wanted a break. As a whole we loved the ship, feel like we didn’t even see it all or experience all she had to offer. Kids club was easy to use. Lots of kids there. Our kids did complain that there wasn’t much to do at times and that the staff doesn’t really control the video game areas very well (kids hogging machines). Our kids are hockey players so they did like the ice skating times. The ice skating show was the best show I have ever seen on a cruise ship, just simply amazing. I had to leave the aqua 80’s show early due to a 5 year old, my wife says the last Half hour was incredible. Compared to other cruise lines (we went on the carnival vista recently) I felt that the oasis had better food, but RCL does like to nickel and dime more. Alcohol was prohibitively expensive ($12-14 dollars for house merlot, $9 for a bottle of Budweiser. Just stupidly expensive. Compared to carnival we felt that more specialty offerings were included (bar b que was included on carnival, oasis was extra fee, burger joint on carnival included, Johnny rockets on RCL is extra). We already paid a lot of money for the cruise, so this was off putting. We never went hungry though. Casino was extremely tight. Didn’t win anything at all on the slots, wouldn’t go to The casino again if I went back on the oasis. Overall thought it was a great cruise and RCL delivers, just expect extra included costs for some things. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My wife and I are both retirees and have been on nine previous cruises on Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Cunard, and Norwegian. This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean and our first cruise on a “mega-ship” with six ... Read More
My wife and I are both retirees and have been on nine previous cruises on Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Cunard, and Norwegian. This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean and our first cruise on a “mega-ship” with six thousand plus passengers. While we had reservations about the size and style of the ship, we wanted to join a Greek social group that was sailing on this cruise. We were very pleasantly surprised to have really enjoyed the ship. It is so well designed and laid out that you never felt crowded, except – as expected – at the pool on sea days. The idea of dividing the ship’s venues into zones, each with each own character as truly enjoyable. Especially the Central Park area with actually live trees, flowers and meandering walks was an oasis of calm. The fact it existed over the Royal Promenade which was the focal point for music and activities was a triumph of engineering. Looking at the deck diagrams you see only two banks of elevators fore and aft. However, those two banks have 32 elevators. Few long waits and most venues were between those two groups of elevators. There literally always something going on. We loved the various themed bars and lounges. The ice show was truly spectacular. The “One Sky” original production also very good. The Cats production was very well staged, though I never enjoyed the original story. We never got to see the open-air Aqua show with the high divers due to high winds canceling several performances. Reservations in advance before you sail are absolutely essential for these shows. We stuck to the complimentary dining options and did not try the specialty extra cost dining options. My wife thought the food in the main dining room was good, I thought it was average as compared to other cruise lines. What was an extreme turn off for me was the hard sell for the specialty dining while I’m eating. First there were monitors all over the main dining room showing constant video loops advertising the extra cost options, unavoidable and annoying. Second, they interrupted your meal with “Dancers” from the specialty restaurants putting on a show. Yes, we saw the “Portside Barbecue Restaurant” dancers. Not conducive to a fine dining experience. On all other cruise with have been on, the complimentary main buffet has the majority of food stations manned and you selected what you want, it was plated by a server and handed to you. The minority of food stations were self-serve. In the Windjammer complementary buffet on this ship, it is the opposite, most food stations were self-serve. It is also the only area on the ship were there was a distant lack of staff. So, we saw children with their hands in the salad, people using one pair of tongs for multiple foods, and people picking through mounds of food. In addition to enter the Windajmmer you must enter through a hand wash station which unfortunately looks just like a bathroom. I understand the reason for it, but someone should have made more effort to make look less like a bus station restroom. Also, due to the lack of staff to enforce sanitation, most people were just going right through without washing. I spotted that in other areas of the ship, few people to politely ask you sanitize your hands. Also, the hand sanitizer stations were of a poor design and most did not work properly. On the plus side of the complimentary dining options, the hot dog stand and pizza parlor were great. Throughout the ship we found the most staff we have had than any other ship we have been on, never had to hunt for a server. Everyone very polite and professional. We found the alcohol drink and coffee packages to be over priced and not worth it. The soda package only makes sense if you have children. Our ports were Labadie, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico. Labadie was fun, but some beaches were crowded, and the tram service needs improvement. Falmouth port was created to serve these mega ships, and reflects it. Not much to see. We had been to Cozumel before and did not get off the ship this time. I would actually recommend you skip a port, just to stay onboard and use the pools and other facilities. Got a great massage at the spa for half price. Disembarkation was a breeze Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was my 3rd cruise and my husband's first cruise. We were both hesitant bc we go to an All Inclusive every year. We weren't sure if we would enjoy a cruise as much as we enjoy an AI. But we did! We had a great time. My ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise and my husband's first cruise. We were both hesitant bc we go to an All Inclusive every year. We weren't sure if we would enjoy a cruise as much as we enjoy an AI. But we did! We had a great time. My husband was in awe when he first saw the ship. There were over 6,000 guests on the ship, but we rarely felt crowded. On sea days the pool deck was crowded, but we just made the best of it. The food in the MDR was excellent. The desserts were absolutely delicious. The servers, Ronald and Damien, were spectacular. We enjoyed seeing them each evening as much as we enjoyed the food. Our cabin steward, Buster, was great! He kept our room cleaned and supplied the entire trip. We ate at one specialty restaurant, Giovanni's. My husband had the veal and he raved about it all week. He said that this was the best veal that he had ever eaten. Our server, Selah, was so friendly. I must say that the staff makes this trip. They are all so friendly, outgoing and just wonderful men/women to talk too. A few hiccups - - The men/women in the white shirts were not as friendly as the "regular" staff. Rarely did someone in a white shirt say hello or even smile which was just the opposite of the "regular" staff. My comment to this is - they are not setting a good example for the employees that are under them. I always respect a boss that practices what he teaches. - The towel game. I know this cannot be rectified. We have the same problem at the AI's that we go to. But people, come on, if you are not going to use a chair, don't save it. I was on the deck from 9am-4pm. There were 4 chairs saved that were beside me. Not one person ever used these 4 chairs. How rude! Ports of Call - I think the ship should give more information at the ports. We are beach people. We got off in Labadee and went to the beach. Well we were on the rocky side (not knowing there was a calm side). After 2 hours, we went back to the ship b/c we couldn't get in the water. Once back on the ship, I looked out the window and realized that there was a calm side to the island. I wish I would have known that. In Falmouth, Jamaica we booked the Royalton Hotel for a day pass. We were over 45 minutes late getting to the resort, but we still left at the scheduled time. So we paid for 4.25 hours, but only got 3 hours. Our last stop was Cozumel. What a beautiful island. I wanted to do a beach / hotel for the day. We opted to ask a taxi driver to take us somewhere, but that didn't work out. But I have no one to blame, but myself. Overall, we will take another cruise in the upcoming year. If we wouldn't have already had an AI booked for later this year, we would be going on another cruise now. Looking forward to cruising again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had previously sailed on the Oasis in 2012. We were asked to change staterooms the Wednesday prior to the sailing as our junior suite had a pull out couch and the one they ask us to take did not. I agreed even though we had selected ... Read More
We had previously sailed on the Oasis in 2012. We were asked to change staterooms the Wednesday prior to the sailing as our junior suite had a pull out couch and the one they ask us to take did not. I agreed even though we had selected the original stateroom, based on the location next to our friends. RC did give us a $400 onboard credit. Miami terminal was simple and efficient. I have found all Florida ports to be great. We got to our state room and unfortunately all of the keys and paper work was for the people we swapped rooms with. Once this was sorted out, and we were in our suite, the room attendant showed that this stateroom did have a pull out couch. All of the last minute changes were unnecessary! I was able to pass this on the RC costumer service and they sent someone in person to verify that Stateroom 11230 did indeed have a pull out. Evidently ther updated data at amplification was incorrect. The amplification done in November was quite remarkable. However, the staterooms do not appear to have been refreshed. Additionally as big as this ship is they should have added the ability to connect to friends through the RC Wi-Fi app free of charge. The couch and chair in our stateroom could have used a refresh. The new mattresses are way more comfortable then the previous ones. The water slides are awesome. I found the food in the main dining room to be subpar from previous cruises. As usually the windjammer was packed. While the jammmer had many choices. Other than salads, it lack vegetables, such as green beans, corn, peas etc. On a positive note the Solarium cafe’ is a hidden gem. For dinner you order your entrees while the appetizers and dessert are buffet style. The theme is Mediterranean. It was much quieter then the Jammer or main dining room. The solarium cafe also served a very similar breakfast to the jammer with better atmosphere. There are also numerous cafe and snack facilities that are included in the basic price of the cruise. We did eat at the Chops it was OK, but is getting a little steep at $50.00 pp. Our friends ate at the new port side BBQ that is $12.99 for one meat and two sides. They raved that is was delicious. The young adults in our group said the included Loco Fresh Mexican buffet was awesome. Be aware of the hours of these places as the Loco Fresh closed at 5:45 pm. Some minor complaints. There are freestyle coke machines in four places on the ship. They are located in the royal promenade, windjammer , solarium and near Loco Fresh. Many times one or more flavor was not available. A staff member indicated they are serviced everyday but can be glitchy. He rebooted the one in the solarium that indicated almost everything was unavailable. After reboot all were available. I occasionally enjoy a good cigar. As big as this ship is the smoking areas are rather small. I wish there was a cigar room like the Freedom has. The staff was all friendly and I went out of there way to make sure you enjoy your cruise. Excursions were standard. We did the adventure tours river tubing in Falmouth. The bus trip was an experience as it always is in Jamaica. Labadee is always fun. Beware the artisans in the artisan village are pretty pushy. The shooting areanear the beach has all the same stuff and less sales pressure. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Friendly staff. Kudos to RC for exemplary customer service. Giovanni's. Divine with great waiter. Central Park. Pristine. Sorrento's. Delicious antipasto bar. Activities. Event director passionate about guests ... Read More
Friendly staff. Kudos to RC for exemplary customer service. Giovanni's. Divine with great waiter. Central Park. Pristine. Sorrento's. Delicious antipasto bar. Activities. Event director passionate about guests enjoying themselves. Fun rumba/yoga classes. Cons Crowds. Too much waiting; elevators a nightmare. Cats. Boring. Sea pass bracelet. Paid for them so we didn't have to carry cards. Didn't work. Food. Overall, subpar. Consistently ran out of choc cookies, nacho cheese and colada ingredients. Stale banana cake in dining room. Calamari freezer burned. Dishes overcooked/salty. Carved turkey night was a few whole turkeys and rolled boneless breasts (lunch meat), Formal night. Dined dressed in after 5. Person sitting next to us wore a tee and hat. Spa. Treated teen daughter to facial. Consultant guaranteed blemishes would disappear if "mom bought the regime she used that was cheap." $260 regime (plus facial). You can't guarantee those results. A sales pitch that went too far. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have sailed royal Caribbean before but it has been a long time since we sailed last. It has been more than 10 years. Arriving at the port in the late morning could not have been any easier. We pulled up into the parking garage, went ... Read More
We have sailed royal Caribbean before but it has been a long time since we sailed last. It has been more than 10 years. Arriving at the port in the late morning could not have been any easier. We pulled up into the parking garage, went to the second level where they stopped us and took our luggage. We then proceeded upwards to find a parking space on board the ship within 20 minutes, including a bathroom stop.It was an exceptionally smooth process getting through embarkation going through the terminal. On board the ship, everything was open except for the cabin areas were closed off. We were allowed down to our cabin about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Because we had boarded so early our luggage arrived early calm. Before the Muster drill we had everything unpacked and put away. Smile. The Muster drill was done in sections of the dining room, And in the royal theater. It was nice to be able to sit down for this activity. In the past on other ships I remember long time of standing which I am no longer able to do. We quickly met our room Stewart, Hannibal. He learned our names very quickly greeted us by name every time he saw us. He reminded us to have a great day or a great evening every time we passed him. We found a room to be exceptionally clean. Even after spilling soda pop I threw some towels on it and he did complete the cleanup process for us. I was very pleased. We were able to go through the dining room earlier in the day and find out where our table seating wise. We were in the first group for 530 eating, and from there when we laughed whoever was waiting in line was able to occupy our seats. I am grateful that we had guaranteed time for dinner. Our dining room waiter was Millan. He was absolutely fine Fantastic. He knew that we were on the soda pop package and we got diet Cokes as soon as we walked into the dining room. He kept Our drinks full. He did not complain when I ordered french fries esch night. Malon had the biggest smile I have ever seen and an infectious. He was happy to see us and asked how our day has been every day before we left the dining room gave us a heads up for tomorrow. We were not traveling with children, but noticed that oasis of the seas is exceptionally child friendly has play areas for each group in the pool area. We loved the solarium adults only section. We attended the headliner show with jJeff Tractka, He was a world-class entertainer. Kept us in stitches! We also saw the Aqua 80s show! It was such a high energy show the kids did not seem too tired as a performer! At times they were dancing and other times they were under the water holding their breath. I was amazed at their level of physical fitness. The ship is very large carrying over 6000 passengers and 2500 crew members. There was always somebody cleaning, picking up , & wiping up. The ship is absolutely humongous. But because of the size of the ship it's allowed so much to do. The only downside of the ship is that because there are so many people on board all with the shows and entertainment require reservations for it. Once those with reservations for seated about 10 minutes before showtime they would allow those in line that were standby to enter the show venue. We had an absolutely fantastic time. And are looking forward to our next cruise. Are considering bringing the grandkids next time on oasis Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We went with this cruise as it was one of the only ones we could make work date wise with what was listed on the casino players free cruise list (first world problems...). Between vouchers we managed to upgrade to a boardwalk balcony room ... Read More
We went with this cruise as it was one of the only ones we could make work date wise with what was listed on the casino players free cruise list (first world problems...). Between vouchers we managed to upgrade to a boardwalk balcony room which was lovely. This is the third oasis class ship we have sailed on and there are aspects of the new refit that I like and others that I’m not such a fan of. The water slides and revamped pools were excellent, downside of all the new cabanas and sunbed pods was that we found it difficult to find even two sun beds to lay out on- especially on sea days. The room was lovely, enjoyed sitting on the balcony people watching and having a glimpse of the sea at the back of the ship. The view of the aqua theater was partially obscured by the new ultimate abyss slides, which was disappointing but you could still see about 60% of the water show. The water show was amazing. The new players bar/restaurant seems like a good idea on paper but it’s basically a burger bar which is opposite Jonny rockets- another burger bar Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
All in all, this a great ship with lots to do. For the most part they've done a great job spreading out the crowds, however, there are few areas where the huge number of passengers becomes a big problem. I will detail them below. ... Read More
All in all, this a great ship with lots to do. For the most part they've done a great job spreading out the crowds, however, there are few areas where the huge number of passengers becomes a big problem. I will detail them below. PROS: The "Central Park" neighborhood is breathtaking. It really feels quiet and intimate. You completely forget you are in the middle of a huge ship surrounded by hundreds of rooms looking down on you. It's pretty amazing how this is accomplished. -Very quick bar service. Maybe it's the sheer number of bars, but I barely waited for drinks the entire cruise. This is in stark contrast to previous experience on other ships. -As is the norm with Royal Caribbean, the staff throughout the ship are always friendly and welcoming. -This kids clubs are great. Our kids (5 and 7) loved every minute of them -The bands/musicians are outstanding. One of the bands in particular (I didn't catch their name, unfortunately) were hands down the tightest, most talented cover band I have ever seen. -The performers throughout the ship (divers, gymnasts, skaters etc). are incredible. CONS: -The Windjammer is slipping. There did not appear to be as many menu items as there were in our previous Royal Caribbean experience. There are also some individual items that aren't nearly as good as they used to be (the pancakes, for an example). Overall, the food is still fairly good, but it doesn't "wow" me like it used to. My theory is that they are trying to get people into their pay restaurants. -Windjammer lineups: Some days for breakfast there were lineups out the door just to get into the Windjammer. I have never seen this on an RC ship before. I realize it's a big ship, but I assumed that they would have designed the Windjammer accordingly. -Main Dining Room line ups: Similar to the Windjammer, it doesn't seem that they designed to Main dining room to be able to take on the number of passengers. Some nights were fine, but others, we found ourselves in lineups as long as 25 minutes, even though we had made reservations. I suspect if you had set dining times as opposed to "my time", you would have no problems.. -Odd open and closed times for certain features: One example is the hotdog stand in the Boardwalk neighborhood. This to me it is a big part of the boardwalk vibe they're trying to create...yet it's closed a lot of the time for some reason. There are other restaurants and features on the ship that we would come across and were surprised they were closed. Maybe its a staffing thing? -The music hall is amazing, yet it sits unused and/or empty much of the time (i.e. when the bands are playing elsewhere on the ship). It seems like a waste of a great space. -Debarkation: This is where the reality of the vast number of passengers becomes painfully clear. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I dont even know where to start so I'll leave it short and not sweet. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale, rented a car for dropoff in Miami with a free shuttle to the port. -Took over an hour to find a chair by the pool. ... Read More
I dont even know where to start so I'll leave it short and not sweet. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale, rented a car for dropoff in Miami with a free shuttle to the port. -Took over an hour to find a chair by the pool. -EVERYWHERE is crowded and bottle necked. 45 min wait for a TACO. Terrible setup. -The service is poor. -The balcony room is smaller than what we experienced with NCL. -They try to nickel and dime you to death. Its ridiculous. Everything is gimmicky. They just want money. it's even hard to find seating in Windjammer, of all places. We walked around, so hungry, for 25 min until a table became available. The Main Dining Room service sucked. We waited 45 min for our meal. And it wasn't good. The entertainment is poor. Cats? No thanks. One Sky is so boring. Only two decent shows and they weren't outstanding. For the money one spends on a cruise, you should be able to find a place to eat and sunbathe. You won't get that here. The Oasis remodel is poorly planned. From now on, I'll stick to Norwegian Cruise Line. Never again Royal Caribbean!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
updates on the boat are very nice on board activities are done nicely staff is nice menu is very repetitious for 7 night select dining has much to be desired at the extra expense. Food was a D at Izumi rooms are acceptable ... Read More
updates on the boat are very nice on board activities are done nicely staff is nice menu is very repetitious for 7 night select dining has much to be desired at the extra expense. Food was a D at Izumi rooms are acceptable with decent closet space Drinks of course are very overpriced Excursions in Haiti were not available due to weather with a very unprepared private island that you do not feel safe in that is small with little other activities Jamaica was better but the 1 hour 20 minute average to and from each excursion is to much for the day wasting 3 hours time Cozumel is very good with an average excursion travel 15 minutes with a nice friendly shopping area close by for gift drinks,food .Feeling very safe at all times the experience with customs arriving back home was deplorable at best the absolute rudest people i have every seen and I travel outside the country and average of 10 times per year 8 officers showed up at our door at 7 am with a dog asked us to dress and exit the room for a search nothing to me is wrong with this ... EXCEPT FOR THE ATTITUDE of the racial animal that was questioning my fiance about here citizenship when she has been here so many years with a valid passport and as well as a passport card. When he asked her when she took her oath it was another officer that finally stepped in to and told us to just get dressed and have our breakfast before we disembarked they held us up for 2 hours to get off the boat and of course found nothing because there was nothing to find It is my feeling that since anyone is allowed to roam the halls while they are on the boat that a royal Caribbean person could be around to see that way they are treating people As i did go down to have bags x-ray it was obvious that people of color were the choice of the official who happens to be as white and me while my fiance is darker and Dominican Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We have cruised on the Oasis a few years ago, wanted to see how it was after rehab. Condition of the ship was very nice. A lot of children for the month of January( no school?) Any way the positive of our cruise was staff were ... Read More
We have cruised on the Oasis a few years ago, wanted to see how it was after rehab. Condition of the ship was very nice. A lot of children for the month of January( no school?) Any way the positive of our cruise was staff were excellent. We seen several children in Schooner Bar, also in the karaoke bar unsupervised. The Solarium is posted Adults only 16 and older, everyday we seen children in there and none of the staff were saying anything too them. I can remember when they had staff posted at the bistro stopping all children from coming into adult area, maybe royal needs to bring this back. I have nothing against children but they are not part of my vacation time. Also the casino rehab is nice but they removed the TV from behind the bar. This cruise they ran out of a lot of liquor in several bars which is very unusual for royal. Giovani's was excellent as always, big shout out to Ahmed great time and service. Boarding and Disembark were smooth. Just my thoughts but it seems like royal is catering to family's and more children, and is getting away from more higher end cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think ... Read More
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think both people are following the no saving rule and RC is enforcing it. On all my last RC cruises, it was rare I could find a deck chair anywhere near the pool or upper deck, as they were mostly saved with personal items or towel. I had no trouble finding an open chair, even by the pool in the middle of the day on sea days ! Amazing ! Great ! Food was good as always, even if I expressed mild interest in a second entrée, the waiters brought it to me without asking. Everyone was friendly and it was a lot of fun. The only bummer of the trip was embarking and disembarking at Miami Cruise port Terminal A. Once you made it inside, getting on the ship was fast and easy. No lines. But it was absolute nightmare outside. I was in a one hour line to get dropped off and I arrived early at 10:30am. The taxi line on disembarking was 2 hours. The ride share area was very small and very crowded, utter chaos and you couldn't even move. The line of cars trying to pick up was very very long and very slow. Honking, yelling, it was just a madhouse. Everyone there was totally bummed out and my cruise vibe was totally erased. They need to upgrade and expand the waiting areas for taxis and ride sharing, it was just an awful way to start and finish the cruise. It's clear that RC treats this as an afterthought, when in fact, it really sets the tone for the trip when you have such a mess getting in and out. I never had anything near this bad at Port Canaveral or Port Lauderdale. I will never ever cruise out of Miami again until they get this fixed. I guess the good news is if you can survive getting there, you will have a great time ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Just came back not so long from the trip and we are thoroughly satisfied with our trip, the service for the cruise is outstanding, everyone working onboard is super friendly and helpful. Dining: Windjammer could improve its quality for ... Read More
Just came back not so long from the trip and we are thoroughly satisfied with our trip, the service for the cruise is outstanding, everyone working onboard is super friendly and helpful. Dining: Windjammer could improve its quality for buffet but we dined mainly at the Mexican restaurant and it's delicious. Dinner at main dining room is absolutely delicious, the menu changes everyday and I had the best food in my life there. And I have been traveling quite a lot to luxury resorts before. The quality of food for main dining room is outstanding and the service is excellent as well. Entertainment and Activities: This is the reason why we are coming back to this cruise, the activities for the kids and adult are unlimited and it's so fun to be on this ship. We love the zipline & mini golf and our kid loves the kids club. There are countless shows to see every night from jazz bar, piano bar, aqua show that won't leave you bored for a moment on this cruise. Service: outstanding, everyone working there is very pleasant and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Our 14th cruise w RC - unhappy w refurbished Oasis. Left feeling disgusted. Ambience, elegance gone. 1. Windjammer - crowded, staff unfriendly / staff & people bumping into you . Food - culinary gone / rotten fruit / ... Read More
Our 14th cruise w RC - unhappy w refurbished Oasis. Left feeling disgusted. Ambience, elegance gone. 1. Windjammer - crowded, staff unfriendly / staff & people bumping into you . Food - culinary gone / rotten fruit / tasteless / desserts stale / cookies burned, taste like shortening rather than butter / staff limited / fallen tray food left in place on floor over hour / windowsills dirty work food particles 2. Pool Area - loud, obnoxious music / no chairs (ppl woke early, reserved all day) . Bartenders walking around with drinks - few, if any / slippery /staff nasty, yelled at woman who was upset about chairs reserved 3. Main Dining - diner food / cold / stale / flat / few choices / servers ANDRE headwaiter 50 stars friendly, accomodating, professional, became best friends with Kadek, too / KADEK 50 stars sweet, caring, friendly, remembered my daily preferences . Dress up not enforced / showing up late not enforced 4. Drinks - $12 wine / $75 per day pkg 5. Shows - Cats / again / One World show - zero rating / Diving Show - wonderful / comedy show - just okay / ice skating show - superb / no other shows offered for all week 6. Embarking - fast. We took a bus tour of Miami, dropped at airport, first off 7. Ship - ugly, artwork hanging around ship. . RC slipped / catering to college kids / elegance gone / butter gone / expensive onboard nickel and dimed / gained zero weight because of horrid food. Not sure what has happened. I guess they have turned into a Carnival ship. As long as they fill ship, it's all they care about. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I generally dislike larger ships, but we were planning a multi-generational cruise for the holidays, and the itinerary worked with our dates. We were a total of 11 people, ages 13-75, and booked 3 Grand Suites. Getting to the port in Miami ... Read More
I generally dislike larger ships, but we were planning a multi-generational cruise for the holidays, and the itinerary worked with our dates. We were a total of 11 people, ages 13-75, and booked 3 Grand Suites. Getting to the port in Miami was a nightmare, as 6200 people were leaving the port at the same time that many of us were arriving. We had a private van that we had booked with American Transportation, thank goodness, but they wouldn't let him drop us anywhere near the check-in. However, once we cleared the mess, we boarded the ship quickly and easily. The ship was recently out of dry dock, and she was clean and beautiful. We were on board just after 11 am and headed up to Central Park for lunch at the Park Cafe. Disclaimer: I'm a foodie! I found that the dining across the board was very average. We bought a specialty dining package and ate at 150 Central Park (by far the best meal we had), Chops (really average, same as I've found on every other RC ship), and Giovannis (the old folks loved this one, I just thought it was chain-restaurant quality food). Nine of us also did the hibachi dinner one night, fun but way overpriced and no different than you'd get at Benihana on land. We ate in our dining room just once and found the food there to be pretty much the same quality as the specialty restaurants, but the service was actually better. So next time I wouldn't bother spending the extra money on specialty dining. We had one dinner at the Solarium Bistro which was a buffet for appetizers and desserts but we ordered dinner from the menu. It was fine. We didn't think it was worth the $9.95/person charge at Johnny Rockets for a hamburger, so we didn't eat there. We watched the Orange Bowl in the sports bar but were annoyed that the snacks were an extra charge. I never once set foot in the Windjammer Cafe. As suite guests we had access to the Coastal Kitchen and Suite lounge on deck 17, and we spent a lot of time there. For us it was a wonderful respite from the insanity of the rest of the ship. They offered sit-down breakfast every day, and the service in CK was much better than it was elsewhere on the ship. Buffet breakfast was also available there for those who wanted to eat on the run. Lunch and dinner were also available there, as was an all-day fancy coffee machine. Each evening they put hors d'oeuvres out at 5 pm. When it was sushi it was a very small quantity and usually gone within minutes. Wine and beer were available all day, though we had beverage packages so we were able to get upgraded wine and beer. The bar service in CK was slow and inefficient. CK was also where the concierges worked. We didn't find them to be terribly helpful. We've dealt previously with the Disney concierge, and they were communicating with us well before sailing date. The Disney concierge also booked things for us but the RC did not. They gave advice and answered questions but didn't do any of the work of making reservations, booking things, or getting us into exclusive tours, etc. Speaking of tours, RC charges an arm and a leg for any type of tour on the ship. In years past we were invited to do tours of the bridge, the kitchen, the theatre, etc. as suite guests, but these were incredibly expensive or not available so we opted out. The pool decks were insanely crowded on sea days with not a chair to spare. There is a suite guest only deck, but even these filled up, and RC doesn't enforce the exclusivity of the area, so people jump the gates or let their friends in. We saw many people there who were sharing their friend's card to get in and out of the area. It was frustrating. Wifi was included with our suites. They advertise their wifi as the best at sea, and I would say that's definitely true in my experience. This was obviously good, as we were keeping track of each other all over the ship. However, it did not allow me to turn off and unplug from my regular life, so I got calls from work and others intruding on my relaxing vacation. The Disney Cruise app allows communication via an intranet type system so you can keep up with people at sea without being available to others in the outside world, and I much prefer that system. The Royal Caribbean app was somewhat helpful but very often not accurate and also very quirky. We learned quickly to go get the old fashioned paper schedule each day. It did allow us to see our bill in live time at any given moment. Once rooms were ready, our key cards waiting for us in the room. We also got RFID bracelets and were told that they would work just like the key card to open our door and work as our credit card on the ship. It's a nice idea, but in reality, it was a pain in the butt to have to take the bracelet off and give it to the waiter to take to the scanner in the back. They also didn't work on the island. The kids used them when they went to the pool, but the rest of us pretty much left them in the rooms. I think it's a concept they are still working out. We had 3 grand suites: 6660, 8654, 8260. All were nice, though the family in 8654 had limited contact with their cabin steward and never got their bathrobes. I was personally in 8260 and liked the location and our lovely cabin steward. It was smaller than grand suites on other RC ships we've sailed, so when all the beds were out for the 5 of us it was hard to move around. Bathroom was nice, the shower had great water pressure. It's not at all friendly for anyone with mobility issues, as the tub is quite raised. We spent lots of time sipping wine on the balcony. When it was originally booked it was billed online as a "one bedroom suite" but it's not actually a suite at all. There is not a door but a curtain that separates the king bed from the rest of the room. So privacy is limited. The room was quiet and cool, and I slept well. The Aqua80 show was the standout event of the week. It was probably the coolest show I've ever seen on a ship. Basically, it was a dozen dancers and a handful of divers, and they put on an amazing show to a great medley of 80s tunes. We saw it twice. I would definitely not miss this. Cats was the Broadway headliner and was actually very good. The other main stage show was called One Sky... and it was probably the WORST show I've ever seen on a ship. It was really, really bad. No plot, lame choreography, and generally just a big waste of time. People were leaving in droves. I would for sure skip that one. There were 2 comedians onboard, one was hilarious and the other just vulgar. New Year's Eve was really fun, and there was a huge music party, countdown, and balloon drop at midnight. The entertainment in the promenade was always good, and the cruise director Michel, was fun. I didn't know about 70s night or I would definitely have brought some dress up clothing! There were some other theme nights, but we didn't partake of any of them. The bar service pretty much everywhere on board was very average, which seems to be a general problem with all RC ships. I guess because most people have the drink package there is little incentive to do a good job. We hung out a lot in the English pub in the promenade, and they seemed to have the best beer list, though they had a bad guitar player in the evening with a way-too-loud amp that drove everyone out of the pub at night. It was sad to see all the empty seats when he was playing. Schooners was fun with the piano player, and we rode the Rising Tide elevator bar a few times, which was fun. The Robot Bar was fun to watch, but none of us actually liked any of the cocktails we got from it. I guess we needed to do more research on which drink to order. The Boardwalk was consistently crowded so we didn't spend much time there. One person in our group got to zip line but the hours were inconsistent and they didn't move people quickly. A few had fun ice skating. My personal favorite pastime was listening to the classical guitarist in Central Park or the jazz band in the jazz club. Ports of call: Labadee, the private island. We spent most of our time on the private suite guest beach, and they drove us there in a golf cart. I thought there would be waiters taking drink orders at our chairs, but we had to walk to the bar each time. Floaties were available there without a charge (I think they were for rent elsewhere). Some of us went to the blow-up water slide/play area which was an upcharge (of course!) but they had fun. There were some local musicians at various points on the island, singing and dancing, some in costume. Unfortunately, we were told that we would not need money at all at Labadee because it was the cruise ship's private island and our Sea Pass would work. All of these musicians had tip baskets out, and I would have liked to tip them. Hopefully the cruise line is taking care of them! Jamaica: some went zip lining, some went tubing. The tubing group's bus broke down and they were very late, so the ship had to be held for them. Thank goodness they booked it through the cruise line! The terminal in Jamaica is very clean and safe and there is some limited shopping. Cozumel: We've been here a dozen times. Our group split up into 3 excursions. You are forced to walk through the shops to get back to the ship. Senor Frog's is right there and just as loud, cheesy, and overpriced as always. Disembarking in Miami: we were able to be escorted off from the suite lounge so we didn't have to get into the insane elevator queue with our luggage. Once again, the port was a nightmare, and it was not well-organized as far as where pickups occur, etc. We had hired a private van to take us to FLL where some of us flew directly home and the rest got a nearby hotel for a Monday departure. We all had fun, and I would probably sail on this ship again. Royal Caribbean does not do fine dining, exemplary service, or luxury well, even at the suite level, but they provide a solid experience. It worked well for our multigenerational group. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I thought this would be a better alternative to a Disney cruise. The Youth clubs were aged disproportionately at 6-12 and 13 -17. Instead of 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 like most cruise ships. Therefore my 12 year felt too mature for one and too ... Read More
I thought this would be a better alternative to a Disney cruise. The Youth clubs were aged disproportionately at 6-12 and 13 -17. Instead of 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 like most cruise ships. Therefore my 12 year felt too mature for one and too intimidated for the other where it was mostly older teenagers. The ship advertise ice skating, laser tag. However those activities are only once and twice during the 7 days on a ship of 6100 passengers. So if you don't sign up early you'll miss out. It'll only accommodate the first 100. I'm a foodie and was disappointed somewhat. The chefs must not be American. The Jamaican and Indian food was delicious. However the breakfast food was extremely tasteless. The waffles, pancakes, French toast, omelettes were horrible. So we ate mostly fruit, juice and bread for breakfast. The desserts was the same deal. Presentation was great but tasteless. Exception were the cookies. Lobster night was good. Due to compressor of AC, stateroom occasionally smelled like urine. Room attendant Mike was helpful in trying correct the issue but it kept coming back. Embarking was quick and easy. Times for port arrival and departure were accurate. Surprisedly I felt a lot of shaking and moving on a ship that size. A better theater selection is needed. CATS was horrible. The best show on the ship was Aqua80 which fortunately shows every night. All the other shows were below mediocrity. My room attendant was great despite the room odor. Our room stayed clean and we kept fresh towels, wash cloth throughout the day. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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