15 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

This was my second time on oasis so I was really excited to sail on this ship mostly the cruise was fabulous with few complaints firstly in the evening I had to wait in a large queue for over thirty minutes before we were seated and when I ... Read More
This was my second time on oasis so I was really excited to sail on this ship mostly the cruise was fabulous with few complaints firstly in the evening I had to wait in a large queue for over thirty minutes before we were seated and when I tried to book a table for the next evening there was never a time available after 7.30.Next you are forbidden from using an iron in your stateroom which I understand but Royal Caribbean now charge you for every item you need ironed I believe they should make somewhere available that people can use in safety without having to pay.And finally from the minute you board they start the big sell with people approaching you at every time of the day selling meal packages, drinks packages watches etc please let people enjoy their holiday and relax.but I must say other than the few things I mentioned I enjoyed my cruise thoroughly in such massive ship can’t wait to se her after she gets the refit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Western Med cruise, very impressed. Ship was magnificent. Clean, good staff, food very tasty and lots of options for eating. Facilities were excellent, lots of entertainment of high standard. CATS show was on -have to be honest, did not ... Read More
Western Med cruise, very impressed. Ship was magnificent. Clean, good staff, food very tasty and lots of options for eating. Facilities were excellent, lots of entertainment of high standard. CATS show was on -have to be honest, did not get what that was all about! Aqua show was fantastic! Best thing for me, waking up in a different port each day and going out to explore. Catch a city bus for quick overview of city you are in. Advise to Royal Caribbean, why the need for kids club? If people cannot look after their own children on a FAMILY HOLIDAY, do not have kids. So sad to see these little kids being 'shipped' off as parents too lazy or inadequate as parents. More FREESTYLE machines please. Only 6 on ship and often not working. Should make the ice cream parlour complimentary as well. Boardwalk and central park were fantastic areas to relax in. Thumbs up. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Okay, the good news: yes, it is a cruise. Yes, there is plenty of good food. Yes, the rooms are cool, dark, and comfortable. Yes, the port logistics are pretty solid. Also, the Coastal Kitchen still very much rocks. Now, the nit-picky ... Read More
Okay, the good news: yes, it is a cruise. Yes, there is plenty of good food. Yes, the rooms are cool, dark, and comfortable. Yes, the port logistics are pretty solid. Also, the Coastal Kitchen still very much rocks. Now, the nit-picky things: - The Oasis is really starting to show her age, as most of the surfaces in guest rooms are quite warn. - The 14 floor is LOUD. You hear chairs scraping throughout the night if there is wind. You hear herds of teanagers stomping back and forth. Sleep works if you are a pretty sound sleeper. - The fitness center constantly smelled of cigarette smoke, due to bad ventilation. And now, the ugly: - The staff was much more curt than I am used to. I'm not sure if it's a European thing or not, but there was a constant tone of disdain and annoyance from everyone except from housekeeping and the waitstaff. For example, the concierge was even testy with me. And as someone who went with 2 suites, I would have expected then to actually want my business a bit more. There is of course the endless nickel and dining. But that's now in the category of "to be expected". But then there is some really lame ones -- for example, the shuttle to town in Marseille was 10 Euros per person, with your other option of staying on the boat. The transfer to the airport is very overpriced. It's a bus, and it cost us 80 Euros for the transfer. I paid in advance, because I thought my luggage would magically get to the airport in our cab. But, I carried our luggage, and rode a bus. Total rip off, since there were Taxis galore. Overall, I may do a cruise again with RC, buy not anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This is my 2nd time cruising with Royal Caribbean, the first time was 8 years ago. This time it was with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 11. My sister and her family of 4 and mother and aunt joined us as well. The service is ... Read More
This is my 2nd time cruising with Royal Caribbean, the first time was 8 years ago. This time it was with my husband and 2 children ages 15 and 11. My sister and her family of 4 and mother and aunt joined us as well. The service is excellent, waitors, room attendant, guest services, entertainment staff all provide exceptional service. The food is delicious, no complaints there. However for a family of 4, it is expensive on a 7 day cruise. Every thing is extra like pop, alcoholic drinks, specialty restaurants. There is also an 18% daily gratuity expense for all the staff, which includes the behind the scenes staff. Which I understand is well deserved but if you buy something that is extra like a Starbucks coffee or an alcoholic drink at the bar, you are also charged another 18% gratuity tip and then asked if you want to add an additional tip on top of that. Yes they give you an onboard credit for each room you book, and in our case we booked 2 indoor state rooms because 1indoor stateroom is too cramped for a family of 4. An indoor stateroom is of course the cheapest price and they say it can accommodate a family of 4 but it really can't. However booking 2 indoor state rooms was cheaper than booking a slightly bigger room (with a window or a balcony). However that also means double the gratuity charges. The onshore excursions are also very expensive. Yes they provide convenience of pick up and drop off right at the ship and most likely provide excellent tour guides however for a family of 4, we could not afford the Royal Caribbean onshore excursions as the cost could run us from minimum $400 USD for half day excursions to over $2000 USD full day excursions and if you are at a different port each day, the cost of all the daily excursions add up. This is why we either went out and ventured on our own or hiring a local touring company, which I highly recommend and it will involve months of pre-planning but so worth it and affordable for a family. I have mixed emotions about cruising, the positive is that they provide excellent service and for a Mediterranean cruise, is a good way to see Europe however the negative, the cost for the cruise alone is expensive but it doesn't stop there as there is so much extra you are paying for - pop and alcoholic beverages, specialty restaurants, their onshore excursions, and plus the gratuity and additional gratuity for all the extras. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We decided to do a month long European vacation which included a 7 day Mediterranean cruise. My wife and I and our 2 children aged 7 and 9 stayed in a grand suite with 2 bedrooms and my mother and partner in an owners suite. Having ... Read More
We decided to do a month long European vacation which included a 7 day Mediterranean cruise. My wife and I and our 2 children aged 7 and 9 stayed in a grand suite with 2 bedrooms and my mother and partner in an owners suite. Having travelled on RCI and other cruise lines many times before, I was excited as this time I was taking my kids with me. Embarkation was fine although they couldn’t find my mothers partners luggage. We had to make a fuss to find it and the staff were extremely unhelpful in this regard. The ship was about to go for a refurb so I wasn’t surprised that the rooms were quite shabby and although clean, didn’t feel it. The good was that the kids had a blast however that is not unexpected on a ship of this size as the entertainment was excellent. The service from the crew was also very good. For the ports, they should drop Marseilles as it’s really a terrible port and city. The main issue with the ports was that probably due to the size of the ship or more likely trying to make more money, you are docked miles away from everything and RCI charges exorbitant amounts for transport. As an example in Marseilles they offer transport for $20 per person but they make no mention and actually go out of their way NOT to tell you that their is a free shuttle service. Yes it’s a 20 minute walk to get it but that’s just because you are docked so far away although other ships of a similar size are docked much closer. This really ruins most ports. The bad was that RCI has become a real rip off where they are charging less for cabins but almost everything is extra and at exorbitant prices. Drinks and food are ridiculous. Averaging $3-4 for a coke and over $10 for a single shot of alcohol. It seems that RCI thinks people are to be extorted. A refreshment package was $30 per day per person for coke, sprite etc all from a soda fountain. And this was waters down. The alcohol package was an astonishing $90 per day per person. Doesn’t seem much but that’s based on their exorbitant pricing. In the real world it’s criminal and a complete rip off. Excursions are the biggest joke. $500 on average for 4 adults and 2 kids under 10 for a simple bus ride, boat ride and train ride and then back on a bus. We priced the same excursion elsewhere and it was 80% less for exactly what you got. An 8 hour excursion of which you spent 4 hours traveling and 1 hour total with a guide. They were even to cheap to cut an hour off the trip by just staying on the train so we could enjoy more time on the boat. Another crime was the food. Absolutely shocking and we had access to the suite restaurants. In the windjammer food was stale, bad cuts of meat, over cooked pasta and felt like being pushed through the worst buffet known to man. The dining hall was not better. Same food just presented better. Every time food was cold and uninspired. Tiny portions made to look like it was special but wasn’t. Same in the coastal kitchen. Also our billing was incorrect and we spent ages having bills corrected as they overcharged. I would never recommend RCI to anyone and will never travel on the oasis as it’s designed to rip off the customer and take advantage of people by offering what they call “ value “ until you get onboard and you discover you could have gone on a better class of ship and probably paid less or even the same for twice the value. Celebrity, Seabourn and even carnival were far better. Check before you go as this is a joke Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I bought 2 expensive suites for a very special trip for my family. I have cruised over 70 times in my life and can honestly say this is the worst, Boarding the ship they had my wrong room and they lost my partners bag and didn't even ... Read More
I bought 2 expensive suites for a very special trip for my family. I have cruised over 70 times in my life and can honestly say this is the worst, Boarding the ship they had my wrong room and they lost my partners bag and didn't even bother to look for it till I made a terrible Fuss. My suite was clean,. We had our own concierge, but due to the dinners and activities, they were always gone when I needed them, therefore I had to use the Guest Services . I have never in my life been spoken to so rudely, As you know as soon as you take a drink from a bar it is on your bill. However if you need a credit, it took 5 days and many hours to get the rude inefficient Guest services to attend to it. I was overcharged and when I asked for the signed receipts they could only produce 30% of them. they said their system is manual, funny but the charges are computerised. WATCH YOUR BILL. Beatrice is the only decent concierge on the ship. RCI is only interested in the money, they overcharge for everything you even have to buy ice cream and coffee I travel Crystal & Seabourn, all drinks everywhere including champagne are free Michelin chefs great shows and did not cost me more than what this 3rd rate ship did.. RCI prices for drinks are exhorbitant. they are so greedy that they even charge for water.. The staff on the ship are quite rude and only start smiling at you from the second last evening when tips are due. The pools are totally inadequate for the amount of people and dangerous as the floors are very slippery. . The excursions are awful, long bus rides as the ship being so big can only go to commercial ports which are far away from the nice places and by the time you get to the place you have so little time that it is a waste of money. The kids club is very good and the shows too. My grandkids loved the club and the shows. Bless Crystal and all who sale on her!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Not a cruise person but choose it bc of 4 kids various ages. The ride was super smooth never a bump. Sunsets amazing and cabins were clean and bed very comfortable. There are no coffee makers which was upsetting but free room service for ... Read More
Not a cruise person but choose it bc of 4 kids various ages. The ride was super smooth never a bump. Sunsets amazing and cabins were clean and bed very comfortable. There are no coffee makers which was upsetting but free room service for breakfast ONLY. All other room service comes with a fee. The food in American Icon was good not great but what i expected on a cruise.. Not a great ship for food allergies as the gluten free options were slim. The ports were very crowded and very hot. Palma was a waste of time as we did off and on bus and it was packed and scorching hot inside and on top of the bus. We were miserable. Provence we did the petit train (you have to take a taxi to the train) to the Cathedral and it was beautiful our lunch was great and we used google translate to read the menu. For pisa we decided to take the cinque terre train to explore the 5 villages. It was so hot and exhausting for our very active and fit family but beautiful. We had a RC excursion to take us to Rome on the train which was easy and comfortable and then we had purchased a better than skip the the vatican tour. It was TOO crowded at the vatican but the tour was worth it. We hired a private car for the amalfi coast. Very expensive and several of us got very car sick. I wish I would have known about this...we never get car sick so we had no idea this would happen but the roads are very windy. The coast is beyond words...we only got to Positano and Sorrento. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated terminal C and after dropping off our cases we were on board the ship in less than 30 minutes from arriving at the terminal. Upon boarding, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly, which was a nice touch. As we were in an Aqua Suite, we headed up to the suite lounge, which is a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of boarding day. In the suite lounge, we were able to book a couple of shore excursions and signed up for a 3-night specialty dining package. One benefit of being in a suite is the use of the suite lounge which is open all day for snacks, drinks and table service in the Coastal Kitchen Restaurant which is incorporated into the lounge. We ate lunch in the Coastal Kitchen, which was delicious and then headed to our Aqua Suite no 14330. This was a very nice suite with a separate lounge and dining room and a bathroom with a full-sized bathtub. The balcony was split and to be honest I would have preferred one of the lower Aqua Suits with a wrap-around balcony. We did have some issues with a leak in our cabin, but the housekeeping and maintenance teams sorted that out very professionally. During the week the temperatures were very high, mainly around 30 degrees so it was quite tiring to walk anywhere off the ship. We stayed on board during the first two ports and enjoyed the ship. There is so much to see and do onboard, one review would not do it justice. Day 3 we took a tour which involved taking a ferry to a very picturesque island, the ferry took around half an hour to cross the bay but the walk from the ship to the ferry took longer, not an excursion for anyone with any walking difficulties. Next day we did an olive tasting tour, this I would highly recommend. A beautiful scenic drive through Tuscany and a visit to a farmhouse once owned by the brother of Napoleon, which today is an olive farm. At the last port of call, Naples, we walked off and not far from the port found a really nice restaurant and ate authentic Napali Pizza, just 4 Euro each for a large pizza. Whilst onboard there is so much entertainment going on, from Aqua SHows, Ice SHows, West End Style Theatre Shows, comedians and musicians as wella s Karaoke for those who like to entertain themselves. There are seven neighborhoods onboard the Oasis but we really liked Central Park and The Boardwalk. There is a vast choice of where to eat on board. You have of course Coastal Kitchen for Suite guests and the Windjammer buffet-style Restaurant, then for snacks, you have the Boardwalk Hot Dog Stand, Sorrentos Pizzaria, The Park Cafe and for Tapas you have Vintages Wine Bar. For dinner, you can choose the main dining room or plump for a specialty restaurant. You can choose from Izumi Japanese, Sabor Mexican, Choppes Grill Steakhouse, Giovanni's Table Italian or our favorite the 150 Central Park Bistro. All of these come with a supplement, but if you purchase a dining package you can get a good discount on the cover charges. I would have to say that the food on this cruise was about the best we have experienced on a cruise ship and the staff and service from every member of staff without exception was fantastic. We had the opportunity to meet the Captain and The Hotel Director and the ship, crew, food, and facilities are a credit to them. We had an awesome cruise holiday and can't wait to get back to what I think is our new favorite ship Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Really nice, smooth sailing comfortable ship that was clean, well designed, well attended with excellent room / waiter service, two flow riders, a beautiful 8th floor central garden, rock climbing, zip line, too much entertainment for us ... Read More
Really nice, smooth sailing comfortable ship that was clean, well designed, well attended with excellent room / waiter service, two flow riders, a beautiful 8th floor central garden, rock climbing, zip line, too much entertainment for us to choose from all to outstanding sites with many options for excursions. We flew into Barcelona directly from Newark, cleared customs in Barcelona that was not as smooth as Rome last year but was reasonable (about 45 minutes) got our bags and took a flat rate cab of 39 euros from the airport to the cruise terminal. Got right on board without any hassle e.g. showed our passports, got our room cards and boarded the ship by noon. Went to lunch and got into our room when it was ready by 1 pm. Had a great first day doing zip liner and flow rider, went to first great dinner (always at Grande restaurant for dinner). Second day Mallorca island off the coast of Spain went on the Drach cave tour (really nice) - really tremendous to see. Next day went to Provences of South of France visiting St. Martin and Le Beaux after seeing luminere mine art beaming of Van Gough works. Villages of France trip was wonderful. Wife got lots of nice perfumes, we had some great cheese and wine, loved the villages that had really nice local shopping with a passionate outstanding guide. Next went to Florence on the museum tour - had lunch included on the excursion that was really good pasta (lasagna) / red wine (good table) / salad / tiramisu gelato for desert. Walked through all of Florence, saw a presentation on the quality of their gold (skipped the leather presentation for more gelato for the kids on our own), went to the museum with the highlight being the statue of David by Michelangelo (truly the best sculpture I have ever seen) - the marble just glistened! The rest of the museum we could get to was darn good too. We pretty much walked and were toured through the key central areas of Florence that was outstanding. Next we went into Rome using Royal Caribbean just for the bus in and out of Rome. We went to our favorite places in Rome to visit (favorite gelato / crepe place on Nationale), Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, walked all around experiencing Rome once again (such a beautiful city). Final cruise stop was one hour boat ride to Capri (where we had a traditional spinach ravioli lunch (B-) with wine (D), salad (F) and lemon cake (B) that was at best a over all solid C, then a short ride to Sorrento where we toured through -Sorrento I could go back to, never to Capri that is way over rated (Santorini in Greece is much better / similar island) followed by a short tour of Pompei. I was disappointed at Pompeii because Rome to me has similar albeit not as ancient ruins that are grander throughout the city (Coliseum, Pantheon) that were in part restored. That tour did too much and was a bit hurried because of the busy itinerary for us, but still a joy to experience. We went back to Barcelona after eating our final breakfast (all the food was very good (great at dinners) and there was so much choice with every meal that we expect on a cruise), left our week cruise to pick up a cab, go to a hotel, stay a day in Barcelona (went to Barceloneta beach and went to Sagrada Familiar Church (must see in Barcelona)) then woke up the next day, took a high speed train to Paris, stayed in a really nice quaint hotel for three nights, went to the Louvre, went up the Eiffel tower, had a grand time on our own before flying back to Newark directly from Paris. Just a fantastic vacation with everything being great with our foundation of the vacation being the cruise and most importantly the fantastic excursions in Spain, Italy and France! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
It’s a complete waste of time. The traffic is horrific. We sat in traffic for hours. Bus was hot as Hades. Basically paid for a 7 day cruise and spent a day sitting on the side of the cliff stopped for most of the day. Outrageous. We ... Read More
It’s a complete waste of time. The traffic is horrific. We sat in traffic for hours. Bus was hot as Hades. Basically paid for a 7 day cruise and spent a day sitting on the side of the cliff stopped for most of the day. Outrageous. We booked the Roman walking tour that ended with entering the Colosseum from the gladiator enterence. It was astounding. Well worth the expensive cost. The ship is wonderful, given the number of people it holds, we were expecting Disney type lines. We could not have been more wrong. The ship is huge and there is so much to do that people are spread everywhere. MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY, as soon as you book your cruise. The Aqua Show was amazing as was the magic show - Hector is Magic. The food in the free dining is so/so. However, we are from south Louisiana and are use to awesome cooking. Chops grill is highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise based on history with RCL and the itinerary - Spain, France and Italy in one week! It was a great cruise, a little chilly since it was not that hot in late May and no real pool time aboard the ship - lots of hot tub ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on history with RCL and the itinerary - Spain, France and Italy in one week! It was a great cruise, a little chilly since it was not that hot in late May and no real pool time aboard the ship - lots of hot tub time at night after daily port stops and lots of walking! Oasis is a great ship, our first time aboard but we had been on other Oasis ships before - only disappointment was the Cats Broadway show - just not a good show for the cruise audience - loved other productions on RCL before, especially Mama Mia! Love all the activities and the food was very good. We used MyTime dining and with different port departure times each day it made it easy set our group dining time at a different time each night. Mini golf, zip line, daily trivia and flow rider were very popular activities for the five kids with us. The Harry Potter trivia game was fantastic, held by assistant Cruise Director Prince who wore his Harry Potter cloak and held the contest in the Blaze nightclub. Our favorite onboard shows were the Aqua theater show and the Fly Away show by the entertainment team- both great shows that everyone enjoyed. One complaint was that for those of us who had cruised RCCL before was that we all used the RC onboard app and had planned to rely on that heavily for onboard messaging - only to find out that while RCL has this on Allure of the Seas and other ships, it was not available on Oasis. That is a great feature to use the ship WiFi without buying the internet package to stay connected- hope RCL gets that on all ships soon! Final night we had a mix up with booking tickets for the behind the scenes tour of the ship, and the RCL staff stepped in and fixed the issue when the tour was overbooked and offered us dinner at the Italian Restaurant on the house - our best meal of the trip by far! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This is a very nice ship and the crew is very friendly but as far as ports this cruise leaves a lot to be desired. If you like to do ship excursions then this ship will work for you. But if your like me and like to go out on your own and ... Read More
This is a very nice ship and the crew is very friendly but as far as ports this cruise leaves a lot to be desired. If you like to do ship excursions then this ship will work for you. But if your like me and like to go out on your own and explore away from the hoards of shipmates I would be warned. This ships itenerary is almost designed to force you to use thier excursions. Here is why. Marsielle, LaSpezia, and Civitevechcia have little to no transportation from the port. Marsielle had none. and RCL shuttle drop you off away from the sights. It was a $40euro taxi ride to town. in LaSpezia you must take their shuttle to the port entrance, then its either a $25 taxi and 45min walk to the train station where there is a good chance you will encounter a pick pocket. then a hour train ride to Pisa. In Civitevechcia (Rome) RCL provided 3 busses for 3000 passengers to the city center which was 20min away. (2 hour bus wait) then then drop you off to a taxis area for a $25 taxi ride to the train station. for a hour ride to Rome. RCL has designed this cruise and its time in port to discourage any freelance exploration. While the itenerary will say 12 hours in port. after disembarkation, busses, taxis, trains, and return you are lucky to get 5 hours. and if you get stuck on the extraordinarily poor Italian train system like we did it could be a expensive day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The Oasis of the Seas was a great cruise. Rooms were immaculate. Staff very attentive and friendly. Every single cruise staff member I dealt with was very pleasant and helpful. They all said hello in the hallways too. Lines at guest ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas was a great cruise. Rooms were immaculate. Staff very attentive and friendly. Every single cruise staff member I dealt with was very pleasant and helpful. They all said hello in the hallways too. Lines at guest services were a bit long but they had officers try and help people while on the lines as well. You do need to follow up with your credits of cancellations of tours and specialty dining. Maybe I am just impatient but I did want everything ironed out before leaving. For a cruise ship that had 6000 people on board, you would never ever know it. You never waited on lines anywhere really. Easy layout. I get lost so easily and did not get lost once on this ship. Food was always available. The shore excursion process was a snap, organized and well planned out. I went June 22 2013 so school was out. I always found a lounge chair at the pool. That wasn't the case on Freedom of the seas during the Spring break. I like that they clearly say that if you leave your chair empty for longer than 30 minutes, your stuff would be taken to the towel station. I don't know if this helped with the availability but I am glad for that. Big pet peeve of mine is those that put their towels out in the morning and gone for the whole day. Lots of pools and hot tubs. Dinner food was OK, good enough. Waiter Nuthoo was fantastic. They could have better menus but I do have picky eater teens. OMG the wipe out cafe was great for a fast grab. That was a pleasant surprise, located right near the 2 flow riders. The windjammer was above 1 floor and the breakfast and lunch was great. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We went on the holiday (Dec 24-31) cruise on the Oasis with my 3 boys (18-23yo) and my parents in their 80's. It was wonderful. The best part was the crew. Everyone we passed in the hall or anyone we had contact with had a smile ... Read More
We went on the holiday (Dec 24-31) cruise on the Oasis with my 3 boys (18-23yo) and my parents in their 80's. It was wonderful. The best part was the crew. Everyone we passed in the hall or anyone we had contact with had a smile on their face. They made eye contact, said hello and asked how they could help. What wonderful training RCI has for their staff! The ship is big and we had 6200 passengers on board but honestly we never really felt crowded. There are so many venues to hang out and people do so many different things that there are no crowds. Even the check in at the terminal was incredibly efficient. (btw, we got on at 11am. Don't believe the 2pm arrival time. You can start your vacation 3 hours earlier!). The only time we had an issue with crowds was waiting for an elevator at dinner. That took quite some time but I can think of no other time we felt overwhelmed with people. Again, the staff was great. My dad was having trouble walking around so we asked for a wheelchair. With no questions asked, we received one from Guest Relations. When it didn't work well, one of the cabin attendants noticed (not our attendant) and called on his walkie talkie and another one was sent to the room. The dining room food and service was wonderful. We ate there every night. Our waiter was great and entertained us with card tricks on a few nights. Amazing staff! The nice thing about the Oasis is all of the other restaurants available. My parents really liked going to the Park Cafe and just hanging out in the Central Park Area. It was very relaxing. A couple nights they had a violin and piano duo playing. It was very classy. In Labadee we went on the wave runners (our third time). It was great. The instructor/leader was really funny and made it lots of fun. A really fast ride! The shows were all top notch: Hairspray, Come Fly with Me, the Ice show and the comedy show. The Headliner was "The Nelsons" which I didn't think was quite up to the standards of the other shows. Half of the show was just video montages of their father, Ricky Nelson. All in all, a wonderful ship. Brand New. Tons to do. Great food and shows. Most of all, a wonderful, caring crew!! We would go again without question. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
PRE-BOARDING Check-in was SIMPLE. You will enter a large building, follow the Homeland Security staff, and wait in line according to your floor number on the ship. Have your credit card ready to be scanned on your Sea Pass card (which you ... Read More
PRE-BOARDING Check-in was SIMPLE. You will enter a large building, follow the Homeland Security staff, and wait in line according to your floor number on the ship. Have your credit card ready to be scanned on your Sea Pass card (which you will carry at all times on the ship). They will take your picture so that every time your card is scanned, your face will show up on their computer. Remember to bring some type of lanyard to wear around your neck. They will punch a hole in your Sea Pass card so that it can be with you at all times. DO NOT TAKE PICTURES while you are in the Homeland Security building. Cameras are NOT allowed. ONCE YOU ARE ON THE SHIP Once you are on the ship, you are encouraged to look around the ship and/or to eat in the Windjammer (every kind of food you could possibly imagine), Sorrento's (pizza), or the Promenade Cafe (sandwiches and desserts). You will need to wait until 1pm to get into your room. You could also bring your swimsuit and go swimming, as well. STATEROOMS The staterooms are extremely small. We had 3 adults and 1 child and fit our clothes in the large closet with hangers and small cubicles. The desk area/drawers can also be used for clothing. In a stateroom, there are twin beds and a couch that pulls out into a double bed. There is more room if the beds are put together (if you are also going to use the couch at night as a bed). The sheets and comforters are beautiful and beds are very comfortable. There IS a hair dryer but NO iron. We had a stateroom with a balcony, which was nice, but was not used much because it was so incredibly hot outside. Each stateroom has a large TV with an interactive keyboard. You can check out what is going on throughout the ship, your bill, dining options, and room service. The TV stations are limited and are pre-recorded. There is one channel for children. LAUNDRY There are NO laundry facilities on the ship. They do have laundry service BUT it is VERY expensive. On Thursday, they will offer to do one large bag of laundry (they provide it to you) for 25 dollars. It really wasn't worth it as it is just as easy to wash your clothes out in the VERY small sink and hang them on the deck. Bring a small container of laundry detergent if you do this. CLOTHING The most important item of clothing are bathing suits, cover-ups, and undergarments. Clothing can be worn over and over. Bring 2 'fancy' outfits....people wore dress pants/skirts/dresses to the formal dinners (Sunday and Thursday). A few people did wear VERY fancy clothes but this wasn't the norm. Nice capris /pants are adequate for the other nights. NO short shorts or tank tops are allowed in the dining room. In the summer months, it is VERY hot so dress accordingly. When you are on the ship, there are a few places that are outdoors and it will be very warm. Although we brought sweatshirts, we did NOT need them. DINING The dining room is the place to go for all meals? There are 3 floors....the 3rd and 4th are used for those that want set dining times (6 pm and 8 pm) and the 5th is used for the My Time Dining. The MTD is VERY nice because you can go to dinner anywhere between 5:30 (ideal time to eat) and 10:30, with or without a reservation. Breakfast can either be a ordered off of a menu or a buffet style (cut up fruit, yogurt, toppings of all kinds, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc.). Lunch can also be ordered from a menu or you can get a salad from the buffet (VERY good...). Breakfast and Lunch take place on the 4th floor. The Windjammer (located on the 16th floor and overlooks the pools) is open for all meals and has a variety of foods....more than you can imagine....buffet style. Sorrento's, Mondo's, and the Promenade Cafe are located on the Royal Promenade are open all the time. The Park Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and is located in Central Park. This restaurant is VERY cool and has some different foods that the other places don't offer. All of the other restaurants have a cover charge.....ranging from 4.95 to 75.00. If you are interested in dining there, you need to make reservations. In my opinion, Johnny Rockets is not worth it. Milkshakes are EXTRA and it cost the 4 of us 30 dollars to eat when we could have had a meal for nothing. BEVERAGES Order your soda pass card before you board. You will have your 'free' glass waiting for you in your room and you will be ready to go without the hassle of waiting in line. You can get milk/chocolate milk/lemonade/flavored water/water/coffee and tea at most dining places FOR FREE. You will pay for all other non-alcoholic, alcoholic, and specialty coffee drinks. Whether you are outside by the pool, walking through any of the public areas, or in a show, there are waiters always around asking if you want to try the drink of the day. These are NOT free and you will have to give them your Sea Pass card (which is linked to your credit card) in order to pay for them. If you have a soda pass, Coke products can be ordered for no extra charge. The bottled juice and water packages that are offered for a standard price (and are placed in your room) are NOT worth it as juice is available at all meals and water is free of charge at meals and at the bars. ENTERTAINMENT Make reservations for ALL shows before boarding. Very often, they will be full and you will need to wait in a line for a spot. Important ones: aqua show, ice-skating show, Hairspray, comic shows, and headliner shows. They are ALL worth seeing. If you are interested in ice-skating during open rink time, don't forget to bring long pants. They will provide the skates and the helmet. Children under the age of 6 will need to have a parent skate with them. INTERNET SERVICE There is an internet cafe on the 9th floor at the front of the ship. You can pay per minute or buy a block of minutes. The more you buy, the cheaper it is. I purchased 35.00 dollars worth and got .59 cents per minutes of usage. It was very easy to get on the internet....just swipe your sea pass card and you have access. You could instant message or even Skype. I had no problems at all. CELL PHONES/BEEPERS Our cell phones would probably have worked on board but we were too afraid of what the charges would be. You could rent iPhones/walkie-talkies that work only on the ship. If your child is part of the childcare program, they will give you a cell phone that can be used to call anywhere on the ship. There are phones located throughout and in your rooms to use with these on-ship only devices. IF someone needs to reach you in an emergency, they may be able to get through to your phone or they can email you or they can use this method: To speak with a passenger onboard, the caller dials 1-888-RC4-SHIP (724-7447) (United States only) or 1-732-335-3285 at a rate of $7.95 per minute. From outside the United States, an additional long distance charge will apply to the (732) number. The caller will next be prompted to enter his or her major credit card number (Visa®, MasterCard®, Discover®, American Express®, Carte Blanche®, JCB® or Diners Club®) and expiration date. The system obtains real-time validation for the charge and then initiates the call to the ship. A voice prompt will direct the caller to a specific ship. For example, "To call the Grandeur of the Seas, press 1#; to call the Rhapsody of the Seas, press 2#." Please note, billing begins when the call is first answered onboard the ship, not when the caller begins speaking with the guest. CHILDCARE If you have a child, from baby to teen, take advantage of the kids program. You can leave your child from 9-12, 2-5, and 7-10. You can leave them through lunch for a fee, through dinner if you sign up ahead of time (no fee), and after 10 for a fee. It does not start until Sunday but will continue daily until Friday evening. You are given a phone so that they can contact you while you are on the ship. You need to go to Adventure Ocean when you board and fill out the paperwork prior to leaving your child. EMERGENCY DRILL At 4:00 on Saturday, there will be an emergency drill that EVERYONE is required to attend. Make sure you look on the back of your stateroom door to see where your specific location will be and then make sure you check in at that spot. They will scan your Sea Pass card and will know if you aren't present. They will play a short emergency video. PICTURES There will be photographers taking pictures all the time but especially around dinnertime. Some take them as you are walking around the ship and others have a place where they have set up. Take advantage of this! You can visit the photo gallery located above the Royal Promenade and choose which ones you like best. Each person will have their own folders where pictures are placed. You can also access them on the many kiosks around the gallery. Pictures tend to be a bit expensive but are usually high quality. PORTS If you are having trouble deciding if you want to get off the ship at any of the ports, ask the staff members on board. They will be able to tell you if it is worth the time and effort. Most ports have piers so that you can just walk off the ship and onto the land. You will need to carry your Sea Pass card as well as passport/photo ID. It is a very easy process. If you do decide to stay on the ship, it is a great time to be at the pool as they are virtually empty. 99% of the people do get off at the different ports. This was the BEST vacation I have ever taken. The ship is magical, the staff is wonderful, and the entertainment is spectacular. Take advantage of everything it has to offer? Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
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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