97 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

First the positives: Oasis is very interesting. The shows were excellent, with high quality performers. Our room stewardess was excellent and personable. The accessible room was spacious. There are a couple of inherent problems: ... Read More
First the positives: Oasis is very interesting. The shows were excellent, with high quality performers. Our room stewardess was excellent and personable. The accessible room was spacious. There are a couple of inherent problems: bathroom floor slippery on crutches when wet, ramp into the bathroom and opening of door a challenge, no shelves near the toilet. The bathroom was large enough to turn around in a wheelchair, and the shower was a good size. With the exception of our room stewardess, staff seemed to believe that they could not address a person in a wheelchair and talked to my husband and relatives instead of to me. Staff could use some training in this area. Being in a wheelchair does not mean a person cannot discuss their own food order. The ship is noisy and over crowded. Our room was a balcony over the Boardwalk, which was noisy until 11:30 pm most nights, even with the door closed. There was a bell on the Boardwalk that rang about every 30 minutes all day. These rooms are not for people who might want to relax in their room before 11:30 pm. The food reminded me of a college cafeteria. The worst food I have ever had on a cruise line was served in the formal dining room. The dining room is over crowded, with tables crammed together, and extremely noisy. A conversation with table mates sitting across the table was impossible. We ate one night, then began to eat in the pool deck cafeteria. We returned on formal night, to be served tough, tasteless lobster. Park Place had a nice salad bar, which became our lunch venue. Even the pizza, hamburgers, and corny dogs were mediocre. Stops in the Bahamas are dirty, impoverished and all sell the same goods. Beaches are beautiful, countryside was beautiful. So if you avoid the towns, you will do better. This would be a great place to take teens-lots of pool space and activities. We probably will not sail RC again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
The whole experience was thoroughly amazing - we checked in, through the new terminal building in Fort Lauderdale extremely helpful staff, we got out the taxi and straight away our luggage was taken, having used the labels sent in our ... Read More
The whole experience was thoroughly amazing - we checked in, through the new terminal building in Fort Lauderdale extremely helpful staff, we got out the taxi and straight away our luggage was taken, having used the labels sent in our cruise booklet.So then we proceeded into the terminal , quickly directed into the disabled line up, where staff were on hand to meet all my needs as required . Then the welcome on board photo shoot we were bowled over by the slick polished performance. Our cabin was outstanding gosh were we excited !! Several tannoys guide us through the first departure - then to play with the interactive tv , booking our trip at each port I was travelling with my brother and his wife so they linked our cabins so we could book our trips together . Then to dinner all the dining experience we did at our time dining when we wanted basically and the longest line up was about 5- 10 mins thevwaiting staff were very attentitive having paid our gratuaties up front we ate , any wine we had left was saved for the next night which amazed us , the food was excellent and very well presented. Away from the restaurents the staff were always on hand to guide you . Next the shows from water, ice , brordway and headliners I went twice to the ice and broadway show brilliant . Guidence for all activites were via a daily newspaper left in your cabin each day , your rooms were cleaned twice a day on the second session your cabin staff made attractive animals with a towel so we found going back to your cabin at the end of the night exciting too just to see what animal you had got . Overall all a six star experience by Royal Caribean !!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
We are long standing Royal Caribbean cruisers (17 years) with Diamond Status... soon to be Diamond Pus... My wife became disabled last year and this cruise proved to be the WORST experience we have ever seen since she became disabled. ... Read More
We are long standing Royal Caribbean cruisers (17 years) with Diamond Status... soon to be Diamond Pus... My wife became disabled last year and this cruise proved to be the WORST experience we have ever seen since she became disabled. There was no evidence of "family handicapped restrooms," which required us to return all the way to our cabin if my wife needed a restroom. On a ship almost four football fields long, this can be a long walk to the restroom! The passageways were narrow during embarkation and debarkation we virtually had to roll over other people's luggage and the staff did little to help us. Only the officers we saw took any action to assist. I chaulk this up to training and lack of supervision! The ship was so crowded, people in wheelchairs and/or scooters found it difficult to get in/off elevators without other passengers glaring at them for holding them up. Moving around in the dining rooms was like trying to negotiate a maze. The crew/staff seemed untrained to handle these situations. Unlike older class ships where their were entrances on multi-decks, and people in wheel chairs might find space closer to the stages, the only way to view a show in any of the theaters on the Oasis was from the very back and top of the theater. To many this is known as the "nosebleed" section. Even then, many times THESE areas were taken up by NON-Handicapped passengers and the staff would do nothing to fix this. Being told to come earlier is not an acceptable answer, as any handicapped person knows, we move slower in crowded situations such a 6,000-passenger ship. I wonder if Royal Caribbean ships pass the guidelines for American's with Disabilities Act.. or being an international Company, they are not required? At any rate. this was a HORRIBLE experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The first night's dinner sent me to the medical facility with nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain. I was diagnosed with gastritis. I knew it was food poisoning from dinner, but the medical staff would not even whisper the ... Read More
The first night's dinner sent me to the medical facility with nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain. I was diagnosed with gastritis. I knew it was food poisoning from dinner, but the medical staff would not even whisper the words. Little did I know then that a few cruises later the ship would return early because of a gastrointestinal outbreak. Embarcation was the smoothest I have seen for 6000 people. The dining room is not big enough for the staff to squeeze around each other between the tables with toddlers running around unsupervised by lazy parents. They removed the daily newspapers from the fleet, which we didn't like, and they added alot more shops and ways to charge you for what used to be free. The gratuities rose again. You can't eat breakfast until 630am, which left us and 75 other people waiting in line from 6am to 630am for the windjammer to open. You can no longer get coffee 24 hours a day or just sit in the windjammer reading in quiet. The sanitation of the windjammer has gone down. Servers walk right by dirty tables to chat with other workers rather than clean up tables in front of waiting guests. I cleaned up tables a few times myself. The tables in the windjammer were dirty from the night before when we entered it at 630am. Just terrible. Because I could not get a hot egg from the windjammer, (all are premade and cold) I had to ask Edwin, an officer, to please ask a cook to make me a hot egg. The quality of the food in the windjammer was awful. While we were eating, a staff member interrupted our breakfast to try to sell us dinners at the various specialty restaurants. They really push this kind of thing. They try to milk you at every turn. It gets old really quick. Drink Packages! Massages! Specialty Restaurants! Climbing Wall! Ice Cream! SHOPSHOPBUYBUYBUY! Want to watch a movie in your room? Fork over $11.99 honey. It used to be free, but not now. The quality of the guests has slid some too. For example, I saw a few children in diapers with their parents in the adult-only hot tubs. Really? Do we all have to marinate in your child's piss and poop? If you do this kind of thing, dear reader, stop! After many years on RCCL and Celebrity, we finally made Diamond level, which has nice perks, but even the Diamond lounge was not wheelchair-accessible. Big chairs block wheelchairs and scooters from getting to the lower level. There is no wheelchair access to the upper deck of the Diamond lounge. Stairs only. The Comedy shows and the Love & Marriage show came on way too late.I hears from several guests that the CATS show was great, just too darn long. We saw the synchronized swimming show and the ice skating show which were wonderful! For daily trivia games, the venue could not hold all of the people who wanted to play. This kind of thing is not difficult, RCCL. Come on now! The Scooner bar was not wheelchair accessible because of the pole. RCCL could have designed the bar a little different to allow for the width of a wheelchair, but they didn't. Our room steward was the worst guy we have ever had in our 29 cruises. He was supposed to know that we needed 2 extension cords for our cpap breathing machines, as well as distilled water for both of us. We could not go to bed for four long hours after we arrived in our cabin before the cords arrived. We never got the clothes hangers we requested so we had to live out of our luggage the whole time. Several times we came back from breakfast or dinner to a dirty cabin. Not once was our cabin vacuumed or dusted or trash cans emptied. After 4 days, he put hand soap in the shampoo dispenser! This seems to be the new RCCL standard of quality. Our mattress caused me back pain. Complaining about the room steward got us nowhere. Our room steward was, however, quick to call our attention to the tip envelopes. As a small perk, we got two soda cups which were good for only 3 drinks per day, but the soda machines were frequently out of ice. Your unsuccessful attempt at getting a drink was counted as one of your three allowed. The infinity adult hot tub was wonderful when it didn't contain a stray child in diapers swimming in it. The charge for laundry was way too high. Our cabin was located on deck 14 with an interior balcony. We never slept one good night because of the noise from constant music, screaming kids and running people on the deck right above us. Our first excursion was a dolphin swim at the Atlantis resort. The ship hauled us all in an old, ratty bus with my manual wheelchair hitting other guests and landing in the stairwell, which is unsafe and illegal for it to be blocking the exit. According to the shore excursions brochure, lunch was included. Not so! I had to spend $53 for a water and a fish sandwich that a gas station would refuse to serve, and argue with the shore excursions people to get reimbursed. While they were clearly in the wrong, they argued about how much we had spent. I got the cheapest thing on the menu! They referred us to the Atlantis resort operator instead of telling the truth that they screwed up. Most of the activities were geared towards children, and there was no quiet place to sit away from noisy children. During our 2nd excursion, at Buck Island, St. Thomas the captain of our boat accidentally broke my personal prescription lens snorkeling mask then denied doing it. She refused to replace it at first, but then handed me one of the lesser quality snorkel masks on her boat and called it even. I had to argue for the next 3 days with the shore excursions desk people that my custom prescription mask was worth alot more than the used mask she gave me. She didn't break my mask on purpose, but she didn't admit fault when it was clearly her fault. The third excursion was at St. Maarten, the Ultimate snorkle and beach. We saw 1 turtle, 1 ray, fire coral, and 1 very big something. We received a free specialty restaurant coupon from our wonderful travel agent so I ordered crab cakes. The crab cakes were full of corn with one tiny flake of crab. I saw the servers talking among themselves when they should have been working. I am certainly glad that I did not pay for this poor meal and even poorer service. We asked for the gratuities to be removed, but guest services would only remove two days worthfor only one of us in the cabin. I had to argue about that little oversight. In the main dining room, my food allergy was not remembered by the kitchen or the staff. Once I got all 3 courses at once! There was no room on my table for 3 courses, so my husband had to hold one plate in front of him. What's going on here? Basically we paid the same for this cruise but received an awful lot less. We are never going to waste our money on RCCL again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this ship for our Christmas gift to each other. And Port Canaveral is only 45 minutes away from our house, and the good reviews it has received on, Cruise Critic. This ship is huge! if you have any mobility problems this is ... Read More
We chose this ship for our Christmas gift to each other. And Port Canaveral is only 45 minutes away from our house, and the good reviews it has received on, Cruise Critic. This ship is huge! if you have any mobility problems this is not for you! Walking stem to stern is 1,800 feet make this trip just for your meals and you’ve walked 1 mile. Shipboard activities, any activity, that involved communicating with the crew was difficult. We only speak English so if the crew was speaking English the accents were unintelligible. Service did not come with a smile, they had their 18% gratuity built right in. Buy a can of beer $ 8.00 plus $ 1.44 tip! $ 14.00 liquor plus $ 2.52 tip, $ 16.52 total, for 1 drink! When was the last time you went up to the bartender ordered 4 drinks and gave a Ten dollar tip for your his or her two minutes of time? I was served a slimy shrimp cocktail, room temperature, the waiter said he just took it from the refrigerator. Maybe it was from the refrigerator in our room? Why our room? Because there was a mini-fridge in our room didn't work, the response from steward was, it is just a cooler, not a refrigerator, OK! The food was poor and the service was tepid. The food on the Oasis was bad, bland, dry, and recycled, yes recycled, like a beef loin that was not used up for a dinner service would go into the fridge and would resurface the next day as Beef Bourguignon. Room service is free except for the $7.95 delivery charge and the 18% gratuity. The ship is beautiful, service not so good, food was bad, the room was OK. Outside the cabin was always hot. I had to change shirts every time I came back from being outside our cabin, soaked in sweat. I would not recommend, Oasis of the Sea, to a friend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
It all comes down to if you like big city life or do you like quiet country living. If you like big city life, Oasis is your ship but if you like more country style living with more personal service, Oasis is not for you. The service is ... Read More
It all comes down to if you like big city life or do you like quiet country living. If you like big city life, Oasis is your ship but if you like more country style living with more personal service, Oasis is not for you. The service is definitely below par when compared to other class of RCCL ships. Our cabin attendant did a really poor job and apparently, according to other passengers we spoke with, other cabin attendants were the same. Guest services and service in all the dining venues were terrific! I had the driest chicken breast that I have ever had at the 150 restaurant but Sabor, Izumi, Windjammer, Johnny Rockets, and the Main Dining Room were all excellent! We went to Blue Lagoon Island when we were in Nassau, Bahamas and we had a great time! We were disappointed that the dive shows were all cancelled but the ice show was good if you knew the stories of Hans Christian Anderson but if you were not familiar with them, it was confusing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Was so looking forward to sailing on this lady but was so disappointed , the ship its self was fantastic and plenty to see and do on it but most of the staff where horrible and rude we felt like we had invaded there space some how it was a ... Read More
Was so looking forward to sailing on this lady but was so disappointed , the ship its self was fantastic and plenty to see and do on it but most of the staff where horrible and rude we felt like we had invaded there space some how it was a lot of trouble for them to get us a drink at the bar no smile no hi nothing just look at you as if you in there way as for the few who where on the top of there game it was a true pleasure to interact with them asking how our day was ,could they help us and always smileing and happy to help ,the ship is great but very run down in places stains on carpets ect the cabins where very small everyone we talked to said the same , the food in most places was always the same and cold or luck warm never hot unless you dined in a named restaurant which you had to pay for too many children on board late at night not supervisor . Will never do this ship again x Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My wife and I and friends left Port Canaveral on a 7 night stay on the Oasis of the seas. This would be our 6th time on RC ships. We chose the Oasis simply because it was large and convenient to us. We live on the west coast of Fl. ... Read More
My wife and I and friends left Port Canaveral on a 7 night stay on the Oasis of the seas. This would be our 6th time on RC ships. We chose the Oasis simply because it was large and convenient to us. We live on the west coast of Fl. Getting on was fairly quick. But once on, we began the arduous task of bumping with 6000 people. We had a difficult time asking for "Mytime" dining times. Probably beause of the amount of people. The first night dining was OK, nothing special. The food was just mediocre. I have a passion for Escargot, but this time, it was chewy, gritty, and a funny taste afterward. Disappointed. The next day there were no usual gang of staff members dancing around the upper deck trying to brighten up a gray day. No waiters with a special drink to offer. Matter of fact, at any time of the trip. The shower was the worst. The mixing valve for hot cold was not working correctly. You wait to get the right mix, then get in, and then ice cold water, then scolding hot. Complained, complained, complained, but never fixed. Always beating around the bush with no resolution. To make a long story (7days) short. I had the worst time on a cruise ship that I ever had. The usual fancy artwork of towels was not cutting it this time. The ship needs more signage, more restrooms, less people or more elevators. We stayed on the 7th deck. If you don't go in the right elevator, you have to go up or down to the next floor, then go up or down to get to your room. (DUMB design) I always cruise RC, but I will never go with them again. Don't waste your money. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The best and worst Why do I put just two on five ? It could be one, but there is two good points: The beauty of the ship and the service from waiters and cleaning room team. For the rest it's absolutly incredible to find what I ... Read More
The best and worst Why do I put just two on five ? It could be one, but there is two good points: The beauty of the ship and the service from waiters and cleaning room team. For the rest it's absolutly incredible to find what I met. A International Ambassador who didn't like foreign customers, a food quality equal to school kitchen, shore excursions who are a shame for the company. Everything is made to make money with customers. You always have to pay to have something or a service. In the beginning of the cruise, complains came from French cruisers, then it was from Canadians and finally from some Americans. So the comment is shame on managers who decided to transform the better ship in the world to a bad experience for cruisers. I made the cruise to celebrate my wedding anniversary with my wife and the dream became a nightmare... Dozen of others cruisers had the same point of view, sade, very sade Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Bigger does not always mean better. WalMart is huge with lots of choices under one umbrella of groceries, hardware, getting your nails done or even an eye exam and tires. Oasis provides a similar array of choices. It is a beautiful ship ... Read More
Bigger does not always mean better. WalMart is huge with lots of choices under one umbrella of groceries, hardware, getting your nails done or even an eye exam and tires. Oasis provides a similar array of choices. It is a beautiful ship but customer service and personality is lacking. It is huge, it is beautiful and offers choices but you will wait in lines forever for activities. Sure it has a carousel, but it is only open a few hours a day. Sure it has a zip line, again only open a few hours a day. It is a handicap accessible ship but not handicap friendly. We took my parents for their 50th anniversary as a gift, they had never cruised before. We had been on 2 recent cruises with Enchantment and Allure with good experiences. We were nearly trampled to death with no special arrangements for handicapped individuals to board. The elevators close so quickly that the wheelchair is constantly getting hit with closing doors that do not seem to sense someone is there. Lining up for shows left wheelchairs near stairs with huge potential fall risks. The impersonal mall-like atmosphere has line dancing, zumba, parades and shopping, but leaves no way for those in wheelchairs or scooters to make their way through. It is chaos. Dining was good. The first night we ate at Chops and it was fantastic, but hugely pricey at $268 for a party of 5. They sang happy anniversary and we received wonderful service. Rooms were clean and steward was on top of everything. LONG lines for customer service constantly. LONG lines for everything. The dining area was so noisy it seemed more like a high school cafeteria with people hollering, it seemed uncivilized. The food was good, but the wait staff seemed stressed and pressed for time and it made it impersonal. I felt sorry for them. There was no joy in their jobs. We went to the Prohibition Party, which again at $35 per person seems pricey. Difficult to get a wheelchair in, and due to impatience of staff getting my mother in, one waiter took it upon himself to press the go button on my mother's scooter, slamming her into the wall and break her toes. She then spent the last 4 days of the 7 day cruise in bed totally black and blue and placed on bed rest by the ship physician. It was awful. What was Royal's response? Why did she allow the waiter to push the button. Like she gave him permission? There was no apology, and for her pain, suffering and missing the cruise, she was offered free medical care when we had already paid for the cruise insurance. The whole process was one of indifference, lacked any compassion, and frankly felt it was disgusting. We will never cruise with Royal Caribbean again and recommend anyone with disabilities to avoid these large mega ships. They staff is stretched too thin to be helpful. Waiting in lines at the buffet or finding a table, there is no wiggle room for wheelchairs or scooters and staff do not have the capacity to help. We had really wanted the occasion to be special. It is very difficult to get to shows - all handicap seating is at the back, and late comers and drunkards are allowed to be at the back, so you get nothing from the shows whatsoever. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I'm pretty disappointed in Royal Caribbean. I went with a group of 16 family members (including me), for our second cruise aboard the Oasis. The executive summary: we will not be returning to Royal Caribbean. The pros: 1. THE SHIP ... Read More
I'm pretty disappointed in Royal Caribbean. I went with a group of 16 family members (including me), for our second cruise aboard the Oasis. The executive summary: we will not be returning to Royal Caribbean. The pros: 1. THE SHIP IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Honestly, the ship is just beautiful to look at, it really is. One of my favorite things to do is get up early and walk laps on deck 16. It's gorgeous, really it is. 2. My cabin steward was amazing. The only one of the bunch that blew my expectations out of the water. The cons: 1. The food is horrible. Breakfast consisted of powdered eggs sitting in water, flimsy fatty bacon, waffles that tasted like sponge cakes, and hashbrowns that aren't even half as good as McDonalds. We had to find a place (Wipeout Cafe) that would actually make me REAL eggs, not reconstituted . For the price of the cruise, this fact in and of itself is absurd. But wait, there's more. My mother and grandfather had NY Strip steak the last night of the cruise... appropriate given the bottle of Bordeaux we had. But the steak was flat out BAD. My mom's was rubber, my grandfathers could barely be even cut let alone eaten. They were not grilled - there were no grill marks or seasoning on the meat, but there were plenty of nitrites and chemicals in it to make it tender. It tasted like Applebee's. That experience we had on the last night was typical. When I did have something good, like the rosemary lamb shank, there were 5 or 6 good bites of meat before it was gone. At Giovanni's Table, for the second year in a row, I almost chipped a tooth on something. This year, I had the crab ravioli.. The second bite revealed a nice chunk of crab shell that I thought had cracked a tooth when I bit on it. When I explained this to the manager, I could not believe what I heard: "I'm sorry sir, we can't control that, it's premade for us and frozen, so we can't see the shells." WHAT??? This is the place that charges $25 to eat, and it's premade frozen?? Avoid the hamburgers at all cost. I ate one and was rather nauseous afterwards. Twice on this cruise, while eating in the dining room, we were offered free meals at The Solarium. We accepted the first time thinking "Hey, they normally charge $20, so we're getting a deal right?" WRONG. we had people having pork tenderloin and sending it back as dry and rubbery. I had the "peppercorn seared bison" or something. There were no peppercorns on the entire plate.. I wound up having to pepper the heck out of it with the shaker just to get the flavor. (Deception is a common thread for this cruise). It seemed to us as if they were trying to get people out of the dining room. They offered this to us multiple times during the cruise. The best food I had on the entire cruse was at Sabor, the Mexican upcharge place. The $9 mole short ribs are the best thing on that boat. Honestly, given the cost of that cruise, the food was so bad and so overprocessed it was offensive by the end of the trip. Especially since at the top of the dining room menu they brag about how everything is "freshly prepared on the ship". Again, stop lying to me and then charging me extra for it. I recommend the buffets if you like cold food. In fact, most of the food on the ship was cold. I routinely sent soup back because it was flat out cold. (oh, and the "French Onion" soup.. they claim to have a piece of gruyere on there, when it fact it's a piece of bread with some toasted cheese shreds on it. And no onions. Again, stop lying to me) 2. The service is pretty consistently lousy. Even trying to make friends with the wait and bar staff in the casino was impossible.. they didn't say hi, or even come around all that often. I always was asking the dealer for a bar server, and then they would begrudgingly come over to take my order. The people at Windjammer? Same thing. Cafe Promenade? Same thing. The pool? Same thing. They weren't friendly despite my best efforts. Granted, that wasn't true for everyone, but it was a consistent theme with the staff on the ship. I'm looking straight at RCCL here, it did not seem like their employees were very happy working for them. I almost wanted to ask someone why but I thought the better of it. 3. Where is the fun? Where is the live music by the pool on sea days? The last day of the cruise was a sea day, we were by the pool all day.. and wait.. do you hear that? NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. Despite there being plenty of live music on the schedule that day, none was to be found outside on a beautiful day. (More deception). The "dance parties" on the promenade started at 7:30ish usually, so you had to be sitting for dinner by 5:30 to get to see them. And even then, they lasted less than 45 minutes, so.. what's the point? How about a nice dance party that starts at 9pm on deck 5 and then continues at a club somewhere? Wouldn't that be fun? I guess not. 4. The cruise is half vacation and half sales pitch. They start throwing this "NextCruse" business at you on the second day. They try to get you to pay for everything even though you've already paid through the nose to be on the ship in the first place. Yoga, spinning, laundry, you name it and you can find at least one place on the ship where it's upcharged. 5. It's completely obvious that RCCL has set this cruise up to squeeze every last penny out of you, the cruiser. As an example, they do not allow irons on board as a "safety concern", put formal night on the second night of the cruise, and then charge $25 to press (not clean, just press) my suit/shirt/tie that was ridiculously wrinkled. And then, on day 5, there was a plastic laundry bag with an offer... "Hey look! We'll do your laundry for you for *only* $30!!" GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK. What a deceptive joke this "safety concern" is. 6. Hope you're not a cigar smoker! They have no cigar room and the only place you can smoke cigars is by the pool bar and only after 7pm. Again, thanks a lot RCCL. Really classy not to have a cigar room on the biggest cruise ship in the world. Even Carnival had a gorgeous cigar room. 6. Their "Cruise Compass" had several spelling mistakes including "your vs. you're". Does anyone proofread these things? Does anyone pay any attention to detail on this ship? We're not going back. Forget it.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
2nd sailing on the Oasis. First time was an excellent experience. This time was a let down. Food was not great. Selections were poor so was stuck eating the same meal over and over. I thought central park made sandwiches to order last ... Read More
2nd sailing on the Oasis. First time was an excellent experience. This time was a let down. Food was not great. Selections were poor so was stuck eating the same meal over and over. I thought central park made sandwiches to order last cruise, but this cruise was premade sandwiches that they heated up. Too bad if you didn't like all the ingredients or have allergies. Windjammer had more choices but much if the food was ethnic and/or too spicy. Usually like to eat in main dining room but was not excited by the menu or all. At dinner in solarium bistro 3 nights because the had a couple choices we knew we could eat. Overall service was hit or miss. We had some very good experiences, many that were just adequate and some who were down right rude. Many of the shows were the same as the previous cruise except the headliner and comedy shows which were excellent. Many of the activities were either geared toward children or required an extra purchase or were just there to try to sell something. There was very little free activities for mobility challenged or disabled senior cruisers. We still had a great cruise as we make our own good time, but I would choose a different ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because we were RCCL Loyalists. Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. Service had declined in many areas from the number of dining room attendants per table to what is offered on the menu to even getting ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were RCCL Loyalists. Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. Service had declined in many areas from the number of dining room attendants per table to what is offered on the menu to even getting freshly ground pepper on your salad. The shows although extravagant, were actually boring. for example the ice show had a child's theme. When in a port of call, many, many of the ships stores and restaurants were closed whereas had they been open, you could have availed yourself to them without huge lines. Even little things like room attendant making towel animals nightly was missing except a 2 times plus gone were the mints that used to appear on your pillows. It was a nice touch, but... We had sound problems with our TV so maintenance was called, it took almost 4 hours for him to appear. Lastly, room service in the morning was either incorrect or missing altogether. Very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
With 9 Princess and 5 NCL prior sailings I consider myself to be fairly well seasoned in cruising. This was our first sailing on Royal Caribbean. My husband and I booked it about 2 weeks prior to the cruise. We booked an outside view ... Read More
With 9 Princess and 5 NCL prior sailings I consider myself to be fairly well seasoned in cruising. This was our first sailing on Royal Caribbean. My husband and I booked it about 2 weeks prior to the cruise. We booked an outside view guarantee and were very satisfied with our stateroom 8124. The room was fairly spacious (for a regular room) with a large round window and a full width built in bench seat in front of it. We used that area for our damp swim suits. The bed was comfortable and I liked the fact that the end is slightly rounded making it easier to walk around it. We could have used a few more drawers although there are a number of open shelves inside the closet. The shower had really good water pressure but it would be nice if the hand held shower head had a sliding bar. If I wanted to shower without washing my hair I had to wear a shower cap. I also liked the built in night light feature of the bathroom light. Our room steward was good and provided ice each day per our request. There was no lotion in the bathroom so when I had used up all of mine by the 5th day I asked for some from the steward. The ship itself is nice...although we were still discovering new areas by the end of the week. Central Park and the Solarium were our two favorite areas. There are plenty of elevators however they frequently passed us by. "Class" warfare - If you are in the Sky or Star Class or Pinnacle Club you'll get treated very well. We felt like just another paying passenger. We learned not to bother showing up early for the shows. The best seats in the house will be held for the "1st class" passengers until 10 minutes before showtime. Then any remaining empty seats are released to the first people passing by (or whoever can quickly switch seats. Entertainment - This is the one area that I felt was superior to Princess (our favorite cruise line.) The ice show was outstanding. Oasis of Dreams (water show at the Aqua Theater) was also very good. The Headliner Show (Savannah Jack) was good but that fiddle player was OUTSTANDING! Come Fly With Me (production show) was very good. But we walked out of Cats after enduring 45 minutes of frivolous nonsense (I can't believe that show ran for decades on Broadway!) Silk dining room - We had a table for 2 at the 5:30 pm seating. For the most part the food was good. Some dishes were outstanding (roasted beef tenderloin entree, smoked chicken breast starter, lemon panna cotta dessert and the creme brulee.) Service was somewhat slow. And even though we sat at the same table every night the maitre d never stopped at our table - not even one time to greet us. She did make a number of visits to the tables behind and next to us throughout the week (one was a table with 3 people and the other was a table with about 10 people.) Perhaps those guests were Star or Sky Class or Pinnacle Club?) Windjammer Buffet - This was somewhat disappointing. Selection was just okay as was the quality (although I did enjoy the cream of chicken soup in the middle of the week.) Breakfast juices were watered down. Dessert was very disappointing in the buffet. We were also disappointed that the buffet was closed by 9 pm. Often we would want something light like a salad or cup of soup after a show...but the only place that was open was either Sorrentos (pizza) or the little cafe on the promenade (sandwiches and a few desserts.) Other eateries - We had lunch in the Solarium cafe a couple times (delicious ham one day.) We tried the pizza in Sorrentos a few times. It was okay but definitely not NY pizza. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants. We tried the American Icon dining room twice for breakfast. For the first time we shared a table with other guests but service was slow. We didn't realize that dining room also has a breakfast buffet. Most of those dishes that were served to us were already available on the buffet. Go figure that. So the 2nd time we just ate breakfast at that buffet rather than at Windjammer. Central Park cafe - we had breakfast once and a light lunch (soup and sandwich.) Bagels were okay (NOT NY) but they also had good apricot/cranberry cream cheese. Labadee BBQ - forget it! One piece of chicken was undercooked. Ribs had a vinegar base bbq sauce (which I don't like.) Mac and cheese was COLD....like it never got baked. I went back and took some from the other side of the buffet and even though it was warm it didn't taste good at all. So the buffet on the beach was a total disappointment. Ports/Excursions - Cozumel - we got off the ship so I could buy some Mexican vanilla and then got right back on and enjoyed the empty pools. Jamaica - went on a ship excursion bamboo rafting on the Martha Brae river - it was enjoyable....until our captain tried to sell us souvenir gourds at the end. Labadee - our first time in Haiti and I wanted to snorkel although they told us there's not much to see in the waters there. After being turned away from the "private" beach area (for the suite and elite guests only) I snorkeled at the next beach area. There were a few colorful fish and the water was refreshing. Port Canaveral - we live in Florida so we didn't do any excursions. Miscellaneous: Royal Caribbean App - ohhhhh, there's an app?????? I just found out about it in the follow up survey. That would have been nice to know about before we sailed. We never heard anything about it nor do I remember seeing anything in the daily schedules. Somehow I don't think we were the only ones because I saw a number of guests with walkie talkies. Cruise staff - morning show cruise director had a daily trivia question. Most days there were only 1 or 2 people who answered. They might get more people involved if they gave away a little "prize" to a guest with a correct answer. (We've gotten things like luggage tags, playing cards, travel cups, etc. from Princess and NCL.) Sundeck on deck 14 forward - we discovered this while at the Solarium. It's supposed to be a sundeck but the chairs were always stacked up and tied down. However there are two small areas which are very good for star gazing on a clear night. They are away from bright lights and there is a telescope at each location. We had several clear nights and were able to get a fantastic closeup view of the moon on one night in particular. Be advised this location is NOT on the deck plan...and I don't know why that is. No laundry rooms on board to iron your clothing so sometimes we went to the dining room in wrinkled clothing. Oh well. I wasn't about to pay for laundry service. Cruise port - If you're parking at the port you'll have to pay in advance of the cruise. AND you get charged for the day of arrival AND the day of departure. Embarkation went okay but going through customs on the day of disembarkation took about an hour as there were only 4 customs officers to handle 6000 guests. Overall we had a good time...but we plan to stick with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Our travel agent recommended this cruise. The ship is nice with lots of activities, but the food was average. I suppose when you are cooking for the masses the quality goes down. I felt overwhelmed with sales people constantly trying to ... Read More
Our travel agent recommended this cruise. The ship is nice with lots of activities, but the food was average. I suppose when you are cooking for the masses the quality goes down. I felt overwhelmed with sales people constantly trying to sell upgrades, pictures, etc. I loved being with the family and the entertainment was amazing. That was the best part of the cruise. The cruise director was hilarious. He kept everything positive and energetic. The carpets need serious cleaning all over the ship. The staff was good about keeping the railings and glass clean. I think they should not have the smoking part of the casino by the entrance of the restaurant. Every night when we went to dinner we were overwhelmed with smoke as we entered the dining room. Also, the access to the theaters was through the smokey casino. We had small children with us and they had to go through there every day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Our exterior ocean view cabin with balcony was beautiful. Our attendant was very helpful and always upbeat. We attended early dinner which was very disorganized for the first three nights. Once our server started writing down our ... Read More
Our exterior ocean view cabin with balcony was beautiful. Our attendant was very helpful and always upbeat. We attended early dinner which was very disorganized for the first three nights. Once our server started writing down our orders it seemed to get better. We had breakfast at the Windjammer only twice, breakfast room service twice which was very good. We had formal breakfast twice which was excellent! The amount of older people in those motorized chairs was horrible. I got bumped into more than I'd like to mention. Next cruise will not be out of Florida in November. The amount of time it took to actually get an elevator that would hold both my husband (in a wheelchair) and myself was ridiculous as there were 12 elevators. Our trip had its ups and downs but overall was very good. Our stop at Nassau Bahamas was a little overwhelming to us and we didn't got further than 4-5 stores on the left as we didn't feel comfortable. We were bombarded with the locals wanting to follow us and take us on tours...for a fee I might add. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this ship because we had loved it in 2012, but this time, we were not impressed. The mattresses in our cabin were caving in and very uncomfortable, there were stains on the carpet, holes in the curtains. It seemed like the ... Read More
We chose this ship because we had loved it in 2012, but this time, we were not impressed. The mattresses in our cabin were caving in and very uncomfortable, there were stains on the carpet, holes in the curtains. It seemed like the selection and quality of the food in the dining room had degraded. Eating at the Windjammmer was unpleasant because of the lineups and the crowd. We preferred the Solarium bistro, which had a smaller selection of food, but was less crowded. RCI is supposedly Autism on the Seas certified, but aside from the staff at the kids club, the personnel seemed to know what autism is and what it entices. Our son is 4 y.o. and only drinks apple juice, not even water, and the dining room manager at first wanted to charge us for it since it wasn't a staple at dinner - until I raised my voice (they had provided it for free the first night) - after that, it was brought without any problem. Our waiters were amazing and very accommodating. We soon realized the daily planner contained more sales than activities. Quizzes, art auctions, belly flop contest, a movie here and there. Meet the Dreamworks characters was more like "come take a picture with a character that we'll sell you for $22.95 afterwards". Overall, we just felt like RCI was trying to squeeze all the money out of us, and didn't care so much about us having a good time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas (8/20/16), Ft Lauderdale Are you planning to sail on Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas? We actually did, our story follows. I hope we can help you make a decision but keep in mind that sometimes ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas (8/20/16), Ft Lauderdale Are you planning to sail on Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas? We actually did, our story follows. I hope we can help you make a decision but keep in mind that sometimes bigger is NOT better. According to Wikipedia this ship is 1186 ft. long, has 16 passenger decks, and can carry 6300+ passengers and a crew of 2400. We will write you decide! The saga started auspiciously: a sunny Saturday, August 20th, Ft Lauderdale and the majestic ship rising above its mooring. The challenge: two elderly mobility disabled passengers seeking embarkation using their priority status. The problem: No one to help! A third disabled person almost in tears wondered as well. Where is the help? After 10 minutes or so, my wife had the solution: money talks! Boy did it. Waving a $20 bill with the exhortation: who wants $20 dollars? It produced two willing helpers faster than Aladdin exiting his lamp. Unfortunately, they were not from Royal Caribbean but they did go summon two royal Caribbean surrogates brandishing two wheelchairs with helpers. Mission accomplished through economic persuasion. Quick trip through embarkation procedures and on to our room, 14303, where our wonderful attendant, Erica helped us settle. On to Nassau! After a brief stay, departure and a few hours, trouble started. A medical emergency said the Captain-that-shall-not-be-named. In the middle of the night we had turned back to Nassau! Who knew? Why go back for an emergency, Nassau has a specific U.S. representative to facilitate meeting ships and airlifting passengers. Nevertheless, we now had lost 7 hours and the Captain-that-shall-not-be-named had decided that our next port would not be St Thomas (bad weather we were told), but San Juan Puerto Rico. Well, let me get this straight: Isn't Puerto Rico the home base of the Zika mosquito team? Oh yeah, two days later the CDC started an experiment to test people regarding their exposure to Zika. Where? Puerto Rico, of course. Send the spray cans. One patient saved 6300 passengers possibly at risk. But perhaps we should spray ourselves disembark and visit Puerto Rico anyway. Wrong again! There was a parade and most of the businesses were closed: No Bombonera, no Butterfly People Art but we could get a small vendor and take Empanadas to the ship! Wrong again, they were summarily confiscated at the door. Quick: book Central Park 150 (one of the ship restaurants) for lunch. What a surprise, they had multicolored genetically altered carrots at a price, and what a price. Christina, our server from Romania was extremely helpful. For our last gourmet entrée we had a steak worthy of the Lilliputians in Gulliver’s’ Island, maybe 3 by 2 inches; smaller than a Whopper but more tasty and costly (the imitation steak, not the Whopper!). Maybe later at dinner Royal Caribbean would delight us with one of their famous dinners. Unfortunately, because of the weather our Captain-that-shall-not-be-named could not show up for dinner at the Silk (our designated dining room). Not to worry, our wonderful helpers Manuel, Lamar and our maître-d Esteban made our time so memorable that our joyous sharing became objectionable to the elderly couple at the next table (we did not have drinks our elation was solely provoked by the thought of having some lobster in the menu some day). Thus, some of the meal had to be completed church style: no talking and a lot of praying. By the way, the lobster did come the day that Captain-that-shall-not-be-named was supposed to show up (he did not) but I think we got langostinos instead, or maybe under aged lobsters harvested before their early demise. So on we went, drifting at sea for a couple of days eating turkey sandwiches at the Promenade (some of the wait staff would not assist us in taking food to the table) but Andre and Sofia did. Tired of turkey (no, we do not mean the Captain-that-shall-not-be-named) sandwiches? Eat pizza at Sorrento's, great pizza and it is free. Well, at least we would get to St Kitts soon. No, no, no, the Captain-that-shall-not-be-named determined that the weather was still bad so we were going to exciting Labadee, in Haiti. Is that owned by Royal Caribbean? Of course, Labadee is a major money maker for the company who took 260 acres of land from the Haitian dictator in 1986 and pays no rent of any kind. As a passenger, however, you pay $10 to $12 head tax according to www.cruiselaw.com By the way, if you are a Trump fan, a warning! According to www.clintonfoundation.org the Marriott built in Haiti was made possible by a several million grant made to the Clinton Global Initiative. I am just saying! O.K., a few more days at sea and our Captain-that-shall-not-be-named finally honored us with his presence: 30 minutes and you could have a selfie, what a deal. Finally, maybe a few more days at sea in the solitude of our handicapped room? No, no, no again. Do you know where room 14303 is? Right under the table tennis facilities! (According to guest services). Were they playing table tennis or was it an elephant hunt gone awry? Maybe we could relax in our balcony that fronted the Boardwalk? Of course not, they had music, shows and an infernal carrousel that clanged a bell every time it moved. Why was that, were they afraid of a Titanic type collision at sea and thus ringing the bell constantly? I don't know and was unable to ask the Captain-that-shall-not-be-named. In conclusion, if you want to relax and are mobility challenged don't go on Oasis of the Seas without renting an electric wheel chair or scooter. Moreover, in my opinion the food is bad, the ports visited unpredictable, (they have even had small boats demonstrations in Labadee prompting Royal Caribbean to cancel some of their visits) especially during hurricane season (June 1-Nov 30) and the ship is too big to really deliver services to the 6000+ people on board and the 2400+ well meaning, dedicated crew people. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
On this cruise, we were a group of 16 people. Our staterooms were Junior Suites, Outside Staterooms with Balconies, a Disabled Junior Suite, and a Crown Loft Suite. The ship is simply beautiful. The cabins were all lovely. There is ... Read More
On this cruise, we were a group of 16 people. Our staterooms were Junior Suites, Outside Staterooms with Balconies, a Disabled Junior Suite, and a Crown Loft Suite. The ship is simply beautiful. The cabins were all lovely. There is a very large variety of different dining options. Large Group Travelling: Royal Caribbean's reservation system is quite simply a mess from a large group reservation perspective. We had 8 staterooms, and each one was treated as a completely separate reservation. Booking shore excursions, spa treatments, and restaurants was nearly impossible through the website. Contacting Royal Caribbean was no help. They told my travel agent that she was not to help us with those things, and that we were supposed to get more excited by booking them ourselves. Most restaurants are unable to accommodate large groups, so it was frequently necessary to break us up into multiple, small tables. If we needed to change a dining reservation, we had to specify exactly which of the 16 people was now not coming. Getting a dinner reservation at Giovanni's (the Italian restaurant) proved to be impossible, despite numerous tries. Dining Room Service: Overall very slow. I had one evening where it took over 20 minutes from the time I arrived in the dining room until I received the Soda I had ordered- 3 times, from 3 different waiters who came by the table. It was not unusual for a meal to last 2-2.5 hours- far longer than I would anticipate, given the number of courses involved. Also, many of the restaurants do not have kid menus, and NONE of them had a kid cup, instead putting the kids' drinks in glass glasses. We experienced multiple spills as the 5 year olds in the group tried to deal with the glasses. Service at time seemed "forced", and they were only stumping for high marks on the bingo cards, rather than focusing on actually providing the best service. Individual restaurants: Chef's table- A highlight of our trip. We had a great time. Our server, Insham, is fantastic. They bent over backwards to accommodate us. 150 Central Park- Lovely dinner. Multiple tables required here. Chops- Fantastic Steaks, and possibly the best dessert of the entire cruise. Solarium Bistro- Good meals, and some interesting low-calorie options. Multiple Tables Required Izumi- The Japanese restaurant. Great Sushi. Multiple Tables Required. Giovanni's table- We only got into this one for lunches. Good food. Generally ample portion sizes. Shrimp was fantastic, but tiny portion size (2 shrimp) Seafood shack- Good lunch choice. My husband ordered the fillet of sole, and they filleted it at the table, after it had been cooked. Quite the fascinating show! Stateroom service: Some of our stateroom stewards were absolutely fantastic. (Mine was one of the awesome ones) Others not so much. I don't know if it's a seniority issue, or luck of the draw, but it seemed that some of them were far more attentive than others. Loft Suite (My brother stayed in 1730): Nice Size. Beautiful Suite. Overlooks the zip line directly, and the back of the ship, so it is not a serene view. He had access to a concierge on the 11th floor, and was disappointed at the lack of service in general. Quite simply, it was just a very expensive stateroom, with little additional service. Spa: Manicure and Pedicure were a universal disappointment, and not worth the price paid. Facial was just "ok", compared to others I've received at other spas. The massages were universally wonderful. The finish level in the salon portion of the spa is a disappointment, especially compared to other ships. It was quite simply, bland- beige tiled floors, and beige walls. No view, no pretty pictures, no interesting details, and plastic carts holding the salon essentials. Fitness Center: Well stocked with machines, and well maintained. My tall husband appreciated that he was able to use the elliptical trainer without bumping his head (which has been a problem on other ships) Embarkation, and Departure: Were lacking. Fortunately, we did not encounter long lines, but it was quite the process to get checked in and took nearly an hour for me to get everyone checked in. In addition, I had given them a credit card for my brother's stateroom (and we had pre-entered it prior to the date), and they still asked him for a credit card. So, I had to go to customer service to fix it. Departure- experienced technical issues with the equipment, leading to long delays in getting off the ship. The entire procedure seemed to be very poorly organized, especially in light of our recent cruise on Disney. Recommendation: Royal Caribbean needs to work on all aspects. The porters were brusque, bordering on rude. The cops out front were a pain, and unfriendly. This contributed very negatively to my experience overall. Kids Clubs: My 5 year old was delighted. The other kids rated the kid clubs a B-, 5/10, and C+, respectively. They were, in a word, disappointed. They were not impressed with the kid clubs, and were quite disappointed with the engagement level of the counselors, the activities offered, and more. Also, my 11 year old observed that the counselors had poor control over the kids, and the age ranges that they specify are too wide (3 years per group, so 9, 10, and 11 year olds in one group, for instance). My 11 year old who will turn 12 in a couple of weeks did not appreciate being grouped in with the fourth graders, as she is in 6th grade, and "above" it. This surprised me given how "kid friendly" the ship is. Shore Excursions: Mixed reviews. Choose carefully. I felt poorly prepared for two of mine- too much time in the sun, and not enough warning that lunch would be extremely delayed. The first experience was the Jamaica Swamp tour - lots of great animals, but I felt captive towards the end of the tour. The kids were hot, thirsty, and there was no way to buy a drink. The Mayan Mystery tour was great, except that there were no snacks or lunch until 4:00 PM. We were starving. My father did the private tour by car in Cozumel with his caregiver, and their assessment was that it was a rip-off. My brother swam with the dolphins, the kids did the zip line/river tubing tour, the extreme sports tour, and those all went well. Size of the ship- The ship generally seemed more intimate than its size would indicate. I did hear the staff members commenting a few times that there were 6000+ people onboard, so we needed to be patient. In my opinion, that is an operations management failure on the part of the cruise line. They need to get over the "size" issue, and work on figuring out the operations kinks. Elevators: There were ample elevators on this ship, and I experienced overall less time waiting for them than I had on other ships. Bonus points for having two very large double banks of elevators. Overall- My father had a blast. My family had an Okay time. Not sure that we'll bother to cruise on Royal Caribbean again, after this experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We choose this cruise to go on a huge ship. It was huge! ......you would not have known there was 4500 passengers....alot of people must have stayed in the canins with balconys.. Balconies are a good size. Only problem, one outside ... Read More
We choose this cruise to go on a huge ship. It was huge! ......you would not have known there was 4500 passengers....alot of people must have stayed in the canins with balconys.. Balconies are a good size. Only problem, one outside pool, kids everywhere, could never get e seat ... Great for kids not for Dinks.... the Windjammer restuarant was always packed and a frenzy at meal times..far better to eat in the dinning rooms. Spending on the ship is in US dollars and when converted back to AUS expensive.. 1 us dollar to AUS 66cents Better to get a drinks package if you like a drink..otherwise average 10 bucks a drink, 15 for cocktails and all in us dollars. Lots of up selling. Never had a massage on board..did this time and it was about $220 AUS each.wow! Orginally booked for 4 ports, one was dropped before we left. one we couldnt get to because of weather..disappointed Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and 2 kids have Celiac, and thus can not eat gluten or have any cross contamination. We heard Disney and Royal are the two lines to go on if you have that, so having already tried Disney it was time to try Royal. Royals food ... Read More
My wife and 2 kids have Celiac, and thus can not eat gluten or have any cross contamination. We heard Disney and Royal are the two lines to go on if you have that, so having already tried Disney it was time to try Royal. Royals food was MUCH better than Disney in my opinion. I do not have Celiac, so I got to try food that was specially prepared for my family, and the food that was made for the average guest. I read a lot of reviews prior to going on this ship, and saw that gluten-free chicken fingers apparently are impossible to come by. That is UNTRUE. We had it multiple nights and afternoons on the ship ( my 6 and 3 year old liked them ). Ask for Robinson, he will help you out in the general dining room. Gluten free waffles also can be done but has to be preordered. Also we got doughnuts gluten free one morning, but didn’t taste that great. We also did 2 specialty restaurants...Chops and Giovani’s . Both were excellent. Chops had the best filet I’ve ever tasted. We went into the restaurant the day before and found out what is safe for Celiac and what they could make up for us. It was a very easy going experience. My wife felt a little off towards the end of the cruise but we think it was just because of the AMOUNT of food and heavy dairy, but she didn’t get glutened. Both of my kids were good too. The entertainment and overall cruising experience was absolutely wonderful, but just wanted to write a review for all the concerned parents out there with kids that have celiac. If you cruise with Royal at least on this boat you will be fine. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had been on Allure a few years ago and loved it, so we wanted to try the sister ship, Oasis. I would still rate Allure a bit better as far as the food that was offered, but most of our meals were very good. Embarkation and ... Read More
We had been on Allure a few years ago and loved it, so we wanted to try the sister ship, Oasis. I would still rate Allure a bit better as far as the food that was offered, but most of our meals were very good. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, especially since we had everything done online ahead of time. We also had booked all our entertainment ahead of time and made sure our friends were on the same schedule with us. We enjoyed the "my time" dining since it was nice to be flexible and not have to stop enjoying the pool and jacuzzi to get ready for dinner at a specific time. All the shows were spectacular! We loved the Las Vegas Tenors and my personal favorite is the diving show in the aqua theater. We found that if we got to each show about 20-30 minutes early we were able to get the seats we wanted. Since there is so much to do, we never felt like we were on such a gigantic ship. I knew I wanted to try the zip line since I had not done it on Allure, and my only regret is that I waited until the last day to do it! It was great and I would suggest you try it on the first sea day so you can go on it again. I was in search of the wonderful omelets and crepes I had remembered on Allure, but never found them. (someone told me you had to pay extra for omelets? not OK!) When we slept in and wanted a simple breakfast we would go to the Cafe Promenade at Central Park. It's not an extra charge and we liked being able to eat out among the trees. The children's pools were so fantastic it made me want to bring my grandkids next time. Overall, it was a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Decided to give Royal Caribbean a try and sailed on the Oasis of the Seas the ship was nice, but VERY BIG. Stayed in cabin 14172 not impressed!! The bathroom did not outlets to plug items in i.e. shaver or hairdryer. The room could have ... Read More
Decided to give Royal Caribbean a try and sailed on the Oasis of the Seas the ship was nice, but VERY BIG. Stayed in cabin 14172 not impressed!! The bathroom did not outlets to plug items in i.e. shaver or hairdryer. The room could have used aliittle more attention as far as cleaning. Not vacuumed the whole time. Embarkation was really smooth and quick considering the amount of passengers. I was amazed how quick it went. Dining in the Grand dining room was. The menu was pretty much the same every night. Can’t speak to the entertainment. The ports of call were ok. I especially enjoyed St.Maarten. San Juan was ok ,but had a few guys begging more for money. I did not care for Labadee. The vendors are very aggressive!! I understand that they have to earn a living, but beware they are very aggressive. The disembarkation was smooth considering that there over 6500 passengers on board. There was ONE excursion for handicapped people! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose RCL Oasis because we wanted to experience the large shipliner and all its amenities. The public spaces are beautiful and generally well kept. The Balcony cabins are very small compared to balcony rooms on any other ship. ... Read More
We chose RCL Oasis because we wanted to experience the large shipliner and all its amenities. The public spaces are beautiful and generally well kept. The Balcony cabins are very small compared to balcony rooms on any other ship. However our Accessible Family Balcony had everything plus more. This room rocked and made our trip expereince wonderful. At Labadee they even provide wheelchairs for free that can be pushed on sand and into the ocean. This is the most accessible cruise ship we have found and for that reason we would definitely cruise again with RCL on their newer ships. This is the only ship we have been on in recent years that still serves lobster in it's main dining room experience. Dining on RCL is top notch with excellent food and service. If you are a foody like me ...unless your wanting a discount cruise expereince...to save money ...go with RCL. At least on their newer ships dining is very good! Buffet food poor! As far as RCL crown membership experience...its pathetic compared to other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Royal Caribbean (RC) vs. Princess (P) 1.Interior Stateroom- RC wins for size and decoration 2.Public Restrooms- P wins for cleanliness, especially mens restrooms 3.Dining- P wins hands down; RC offered more venues but ... Read More
Royal Caribbean (RC) vs. Princess (P) 1.Interior Stateroom- RC wins for size and decoration 2.Public Restrooms- P wins for cleanliness, especially mens restrooms 3.Dining- P wins hands down; RC offered more venues but included(complimentary) venues were limited and not up to par with what we've experienced on P. Display, Quality and Variety of food was just so much better on P. At times it was hard to even find an open venue to grab a snack on RC whereas P had their buffet venue always open. 4.Snacks- RC just nickel & dimed us for popcorn and ice cream; P had these available at appropriate venues for no charge (like movie nights) 5.Bands/Musicians- amazing on both lines. I'm always impressed! 6.Music Venues- WOW RC had amazing venues...latin club, jazz club, dance club w/ a dj and dance club w/ live band. RC had karaoke with a LIVE BAND. So so fun! P music venues were typically just bars. 7.Entertainment/Shows- RC just wasn't up to par with Princess for our families tastes. The shows all seemed similar. Very artsy and abstract with some amazing acrobats/diving etc. Songs seemed a bit forced w/ vocals forced. RC and P both have had amazing comedians. 8.Elevators- My mom was in a wheelchair and we appreciated the 24 elevators in RC. I don't remember how many P had but I think only 6 on the Grand Princess & Crown Princess. (my mom wasn't with me on my P cruises) 9.Staff- amazing on both lines Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
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 3.9
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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