95 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

I never had a real desire to cruise, but my wife and I decided to do something different this year. Turns out, I loved it, and will cruise again. The food was great, drinks were as well. We loved the entertainment and pretty much sampled ... Read More
I never had a real desire to cruise, but my wife and I decided to do something different this year. Turns out, I loved it, and will cruise again. The food was great, drinks were as well. We loved the entertainment and pretty much sampled it all. From jazz club, to dance club to Piano bar, the level of musicianship was outstanding. There are plenty of elevators to get you around, and the wait was never long. all the staff went out of their way to help, and were always attentive. The ports were good, and offered a variety of activities. I have recommended Royal Carribean to every body that has asked me how my vacation was. It was my first cruise, but definitely will not be my last. I have no desire to explore other lines. When I cruise again, it will assuredly be with Royal Carribean Cruise Lines Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was my first cruise, and I chose this one because of the ship. It's huge and offers a lot of activities. The ship is beautiful - I recommend taking the all-access pass behind-the-scenes tour to learn about how the ship works, ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and I chose this one because of the ship. It's huge and offers a lot of activities. The ship is beautiful - I recommend taking the all-access pass behind-the-scenes tour to learn about how the ship works, from dining services to the bridge. It's worth the $119. The crew works very hard, but they seemed to be under staffed. Buffet dining experiences were chaotic - I recommend doing the dining rooms for breakfast and lunch. In Nassau, I recommend scheduling an excursion, even if you don't like scheduled excursions. The shopping experience in town, which is within walking distance of the ship, is disappointing -- lots of dirty shops filled with tourist junk sold by aggressive sales people. In St. Thomas I recommend taking a taxi and skipping the ship's excursions! Explore on your own, but DO NOT get into a "gypsy cab." We discovered Secret Harbor, a resort on the east end of the island. It's about a 45-minute cab ride, and it's quiet, beautiful, and the staff is amazing. A lot of locals hang out there, which tells you something! Prices for drinks and food are reasonable. In St. Maarten, take a cab to Orient Beach. Not as friendly as St. Thomas, but every bit as beautiful. It is overrun with tourists, but the beach is so big that you will be comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Took this cruise to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. This was also my 1st cruise & I've always dreamed of going to the Caribbean. We were a party of 10, 6 adults & 4 kids! If you've never done a cruise ... Read More
Took this cruise to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. This was also my 1st cruise & I've always dreamed of going to the Caribbean. We were a party of 10, 6 adults & 4 kids! If you've never done a cruise before, here are some keep points. 1. Definitely do the all inclusive packages available. It will reduce all the stress of coordinating the trip & expenses. 2. The staff are a huge help and are very courteous. They count on the extra tips at the end of your trip! 3. Indulge, but carefully! Since you don't pay anything with cash or credit cards up front, your tab at the end of your cruise may be a bit of a shock....it adds up fast! 4. Excursions are fun, recommended, but allow yourself time to shop. Some of your port times are short, and need to allow time should you run into a delay (speaking from experience). 5. Really take the time to do some of the activities on the ship. They're fun & you paid for the experience. 6. Some of the dining experiences do recommend reservations. I highly recommend it! Where as the dining (breakfast, lunch & dinner) are included, there are some that are not. I would recommend doing at least one of those nicer dining experiences too... 7. And lastly, getting on and off the boat! (Arrival & departure) allow yourself plenty of time, because that is probably the most chaotic part of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Hello everyone, We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary in the royal Caribbean oasis of the seas. I have shot the best moments, ship and the islands we have visited and composed the below video. You will get a good glance about the ship ... Read More
Hello everyone, We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary in the royal Caribbean oasis of the seas. I have shot the best moments, ship and the islands we have visited and composed the below video. You will get a good glance about the ship and the activities https://youtu.be/odv7KY_BhSc We flew into Ft. Lauderdale a day early on our own. We stayed at the Red Carpet Inn. It was a decent hotel to sleep. We had breakfast at the restaurant itself. We then took a shuttle to the port, very close by about 11:00 am. Check in was so easy. Much faster and more organized than i have thought. We couldn't get in our room until 1:00, but enjoyed lunch at the Windjammer.Great new way for a lifeboat drill. You don't have to have your life jackets. This ship is just absolutely amazing from the moment you walk in. It is unbelievable how beautiful it is. The different "communities" make it very easy to get around. We had a balcony room. The room attendant Joan was very attentive and personable. She kept room very clean. Room service was excellent. I have ordered decoration package and cake ($75+$20) to give surprise to my wife. They have delivered exactly at the specified time and everything went as planned. We had reserved dining at 8:30 PM. We found an excellent waiter/staff and requested his table each night. Entertainment was excellent! The theaters are wonderful. We had booked our tickets online. Do not miss the Oasis Show in the Aqua Outdoor Theater. I'm still in awe of how they are able to do this show on a moving ship! There are so many places to go and so much to do you can't possibly do it all. At night besides going to the shows we went to the Jazz Club, Latin club, Comedy Club, Pub and Casino. The Casino is "very alive" almost all the time. Shore excursion were awesome. I cannot explain it here in just words, one must experience it. First time snorkeling, First time climbing Falls, First time doing Kayaking in the ocean and many more. Had traditional food in Haiti, Jamaica (Jerk chicken) and Mexico (Tacos). Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I first would like to list the things I did not know about that may help first time cruisers like me. First, there is a dress code for the main dining room and they do not enforce it however, you will fill out of place if you try to dress ... Read More
I first would like to list the things I did not know about that may help first time cruisers like me. First, there is a dress code for the main dining room and they do not enforce it however, you will fill out of place if you try to dress down on formal night. The flowrider with the boogie board my son was very interested in however, you must be 52 inches tall and he was 51 so they did not let him do it. The zip line has the same height requirement but you must also be atleast 75 lbs (which my daughter was not) and you must have socks and tennis shoes to ride it. So the flowrider and zipline and rock climbing wall were all not options and my kids were very excited about them being on the ship so that was a let down. The ice skating rink is small and will meet capacity so get there early if you want to get in. It is usually open on sea days a few times. You must have socks for the skates. The casino takes CASH and there are only two claw type machines that you can slide your sea pass card on. So if you like to gamble take plenty of cash or you will be hitting the ATM with heavy fees. The main dining room was sufficient and eating lamb chops, duck, shrimp, steak, etc there gave us no need to eat at the specialty dining places so I would not be able to tell you about any except the "chefs table" which we actually won in a raffle on board. It was the best meal in my life and was a special 6 course dinner with wine pairings from the chef with explanations of each special dish from the chef himself. I have never nor will I ever have such a special dinner again probably in my life. I have no idea what it cost but it would be worth it!!! It is very exclusive as there were only 5 other couples at the dinner. Excursions: Haiti =do not do the water slide as it is so slow most people had to push themselves down it. The dragon coaster was so much fun and you sit your little one in front of you so they ride with you. My 7 and 10 year old loved it. The aqua park is for the active people...i only made it up one slide and it was hard. Make sure you do an excursion in Cozumel or you will feel lost unless you are not scared to venture out past the gates.Only shop in the recommended shops or you will end up with fake jewelry etc. If you do the tequila tasting take it slow they will give you as much as you want. Jamaica's red stripe beach was okay but not very exciting so I wish we had spent the extra money to go to dunns river falls. Margaritaville in Jamaica was so much fun and I would make time for it. Snorkeling in Channukab park in Cozumel was good and they gave free life vests which I recommend because the water is a little rough. Go to the bar and ask for a crazy coconut (you wont regret it). Some kids got stung by jellyfish when doing the dolphin excursion at the park and they didnt let us see the dolphins at all. Taxi from the port was 12 usd. The ship was massive and always had more activities than what we could do. The kids loved the kids club so much they wanted to go all the time. Take my advice and make them go atleast once and they will love it. Make sure you sign them up as soon as you board the ship to avoid a line later. Also sign waviers for flow rider and zip line or you will be in a two hour line there as well. The sign up for those is next to the flow rider bar area and it doesnt matter if you did the one on line or not you will still have to wait in line because they can not do it without an armband. Overall I loved the ship size, all the raffles, dinning choices, bingo, casino, kids club, room attendants, shopping specials, pool area was ok but wish it had a water slide for kids, and the customer service overall was awesome! I will be sailing Oasis again as soon as possible! Last but not least, you will have to wait for a table if you do the my time dining and you can only eat in one of the main dinning halls. I would change this and do the set dining. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ship! You will never get bored and we only wish that we were able to stay longer so we could have seen more of the ship. Believe it or not, there were things we were discovering even on the last day of the trip! To do this review justice...I will talk about some specific things about the cruise. Embarkation was a BREEZE! We arrived around 11 am and I cannot tell you how thrilled I was that it was less than 15 minutes and we were on board. However, disembarkation was hardly as nice. We ended up getting stuck in the opal theater for hours waiting for our number to be called. Now, one of our favorite topics....food! We did 'my time dining' and will probably continue to make that choice in the future. Our dining room was the American Icon Grille and I can say it was fantastic! It was no Chops (which we went to one night and cannot say enough amazing things about it...it is worth every penny!) but it was high quality food and service. We never left hungry! All in all, our cruise was fantastic. We would do it again in a heartbeat! We got back home on a Sunday night and by Monday we were already planning our next cruise, which we are going on next March. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my 1st time cruising w/Royal Caribbean & may be my last. We went on this ship because we had family from Atlanta going & they had been on this ship several times. They love it. We were told several times & from several ... Read More
This was my 1st time cruising w/Royal Caribbean & may be my last. We went on this ship because we had family from Atlanta going & they had been on this ship several times. They love it. We were told several times & from several different people that we will love cruising w/Royal. The food was not good at all, we were moved 4 different times in the main dining and the service was awful! We had to ask for water & bread, it took forever to get our food & when we did it was cold and looked thrown together. Our waiter & his assistant seemed to be confused, they got our orders wrong. This was every single night & at each time we were moved & w/different waiters. I did not understand why no announcements were made regarding anything. When we got to our ports, nothing, no mention of activates or entertainment was announced. There were no activates on the pool deck, no bands, no music, nothing. Spent a lot of time in the spa, but was disappointed on the size of the spa for such a big ship! Only 2 small steam rooms & 1 small dry sauna. I like the rooms hot, but theses rooms were so small, which cause them to be too hot. The steam came out under the seats and would burn your legs and the dry on was so hot you had to put down towels to keep from getting burnt. It only had 4 relaxation chairs & no windows to see the ocean. This cruise was way too much money to be so bad. The charge you for everything & I do mean everything, exp: towels on pool deck, small bag of popcorn $2.50, really! Going back to Carnival!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my husband & I's first cruising experience. Beachbody had chartered the boat and we were excited for this unique trip! The ship is large - lots of entertainment - clean and beautiful. Lots of food choices (some for $, ... Read More
This was my husband & I's first cruising experience. Beachbody had chartered the boat and we were excited for this unique trip! The ship is large - lots of entertainment - clean and beautiful. Lots of food choices (some for $, some included). Our cabin faced the boardwalk and had a small balcony, it was lovely. I can't speak too much to the entertainment since it was chartered and we had our own events happening. Getting on the boat was a nightmare - but there were extraordinary circumstances. A crew member was hanging off the boat, threatening to commit suicide. So we waited in a massive line for about 2 hours. The womens bathroom outside had flooded. By the time we got inside, the line we ended up in was stalled because all of the computer systems were down. Once we got on board we purchased the WiFi package (streaming, 20$ USD/day) - we attempmted to video chat with our kids but the wifi did not work. It was 1.5 days before it was resolved.. we were promised a credit which did not happen. Getting on and off the boat for excursions was quick and easy.. though they only had one small booth working to actually talk about and book excursions... this took a long time on night one. In retrospect, book before you get on the boat. We hit another snag after leaving Bahamas and had to turn around and return to port due to a sick crew member. This did not seem to impact our schedule though. Our room service man was incredible happy, friendly and helpful. The kind of service we had heard about from other cruise goers. But this is where the good service stopped. Getting a drink you had to practically beg for their attention. Tips are built in and you could feel it.. they were unhappy.. slow and really disinterested in serving us. At dinner the food was really average. We had a drink server and a food server.. but the drink server disappeared. We asked our food server for our drinks and he said no sorry you have to wait for the drinks server to return. Well, it was near desert time when he finally did and he was rude about it. Extremely disappointed about the overall food and beverage service. In summary we had a good time, but we will look for a cruise that will place an emphasis on service next time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was the first cruise my wife and I have taken and we went on this cruise as part of a company trip. As a result, I have the first time cruiser perspective but can't compare this to other cruises. A few, perhaps useful ... Read More
This was the first cruise my wife and I have taken and we went on this cruise as part of a company trip. As a result, I have the first time cruiser perspective but can't compare this to other cruises. A few, perhaps useful observations: 1. The ship is huge but it doesn't feel crowded. Both points were a surprise to me. What was so nice was that the interior is both broken up and varied. I think this is what RC calls Neighborhoods. With few, very cool, exceptions, your line of site just isn't that long. As a result, you are always around people but you don't feel surrounded by them. At the end I learned we had something like 6,400 passengers and 2,200 crew on-board. It didn't feel that way when we were on it. 2. The food is, well, the food. They announced at one point that they serve 100,000 meals a day. I think they are treating sodas as a meal, but whatever. The fact is there are a huge number of people consuming a huge amount of food and for that it wasn't that bad. Beyond the Silk dining room, we went off and ate the premium restaurants Giovani's (sp?) and the Sushi place. Giovani's seemed like the same food for all intents and purposes as Silk, but a nicer atmosphere and better service. The Sushi place (sorry, forgot the name) was actually surprisingly good, and I go to a nice sushi place at home 1-2 times a month. I also tried the premium surf and turf meal at Silk one night and that was surprisingly good as well. The wine list could use a lot of work, but I like wine so maybe I'm being picky. That said, I'm not being picky when I say the prices for decent wine (and decent champagne) were well above shore-based restaurants for the same quality. It felt a bit of a rip-off. To add insult to injury, I bought a bottle of nice wine ($80?) and instead of giving us the 20% discount since we had the beverage plan, they just added the 18% gratuity. On my bill this $30 of wine was billed at $101 and some change. They fixed it but that took time. 3. The shore trips are too short. The Islands are nice but you get 6-8 hours there and feel more rushed than relaxed, if you want to actually do much. On the last island we basically decided to just camp on the beach, which was nice, but I don't feel like going on a big ship cruise is really a good way to see islands, given you often have to travel on the island to what you want to see and most of the stores are all set up to sell you diamonds. We did do the Dolphin Swim on Nassau and that was awesome. I definitely recommend that as we had people of all ages and types and the universal feeling was it was a great experience. 4. Check yourself out at the end. We had a late flight so our scheduled departure from the boat was 10:45. Instead, we just took our own bags, left at 7:30 or so and were off the ship, through customs and at the airport by about 8:20. Way easier than checking in and much easier than I expected. 5. Don't waste your arrival back day. Since our flight out of Ft. Lauderdale wasn't until 6pm or so, and since TSA won't allow people to check their bags more than four hours before their flight (which was our plan), we just paid $7 a big and stored them in the bags-to-go (?) room by the baggage claim. They held the bags and we took the free sun trolley to Ft. Lauderdale. We went to Las Olas blvd. and had a great time walking around there, seeing the shops (much more varied and interesting than the tourist shops on the islands), walked on the waterfront, and had an amazing lunch at LBC (Le Bon Crepe (?). Definitely a great way to end the trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The first few days of the cruise the wind was so terrible that it made the pool impossible for our 5 year old to enjoy. Even on the days where the wind was absent (last two days) the area for a child that is so young is very small, kids ... Read More
The first few days of the cruise the wind was so terrible that it made the pool impossible for our 5 year old to enjoy. Even on the days where the wind was absent (last two days) the area for a child that is so young is very small, kids say over 4' are probably fine, but anyone shorter and they are stuck in the toddler/infant pool (which does look comprehensive for the little little ones). I know many will argue why not use the kid care options, but I ask you, do you want to put your 5yo with a bunch of strangers, when they are all ready in a strange place away from home that has half the stuff of a day care and a 1/4 of the stuff of kindergarten? I'm sorry but we do not feel comfortable doing that to our child. The ice show was pretty good, and there were two diff water shows (diving) that were distracting but the shows do not run all week, the later half of the week had significant less shows. Now on New Years we were willing to put our child in the kid care, but then we found out they would not let you bring a pillow/blanket so that if your child falls asleep they could be comfortable (nor do they have a cot/place for your child to fall asleep). They expected the children to just watch movies and if they fall asleep on the rug so be it...again we opted to not be comfortable with that. I think if you have older children, the cruise probably is not too bad of a trip (but spend your money just going to an island rather then the cruise). The food at the restaurants was pretty good, some times excellent (some dishes were small portions but you could order more if you wanted). The buffet was pretty bad in my opinion. The cabin cleaning crew are awesome, hats off to them. They are helpful, friendly, courteous, just a great group of folks!! The ship shore times are short but you know that before you book it...don't do excursions, find your own fun and get a taxi, look for reviews for prices before you go do that though, also anything timed, set a timer and watch your time (jet skis for example, don't let a 30 minute rental be a 20 minute because they pull you in early). Most areas right were the boat docks are kinda dirty (especially Nassau). Take a taxi some where nicer for beaches. Over all, do yourself a favor and skip the cruise, go some where else directly. When you add up the air fair, any hotels night before/after, the cost of the cruise, the cost of on ship anything (stores, alcohol, soda, sundries, etc) it all adds up to something you could have had a very nice time some where else (i'd say for a family my size (4) we could have done Disney/Universal with a 3 day park hopper to Disney and 2 day park hopper to Universal) for about half the price... Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We just returned from a Western Caribbean Christmas cruise on RCL and it was fantastic in every way. In this case, our experience lived up to -- and even exceeded -- the ship's marketing and our expectations. We are a family of 5 ... Read More
We just returned from a Western Caribbean Christmas cruise on RCL and it was fantastic in every way. In this case, our experience lived up to -- and even exceeded -- the ship's marketing and our expectations. We are a family of 5 with 2 tween daughters and 1 teenage daughter. The stateroom was great, the food was fantastic (almost too good) and the entertainment was outstanding. We enjoyed everything the ship had to offer. We have several vegetarians and picky eaters in our family and they had no problem finding a good selection of food. My husband and I are both runners and we really enjoyed the track/fitness facilities. This was one of our best family vacations and I would highly recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Let me start by saying that this was our first cruise (my husband, my 30 year old disabled daughter and me!). We booked a handicapped accessible junior suite and I was very happy with the size of the room. It far exceeded my ... Read More
Let me start by saying that this was our first cruise (my husband, my 30 year old disabled daughter and me!). We booked a handicapped accessible junior suite and I was very happy with the size of the room. It far exceeded my expectations! My daughter uses a wheelchair but can walk short distances using her walker and she was able to move around the room with ease using either device. Okay, the food--everyone wants to know about the food. I've had better, I've had worse--just like in any restaurant you go to there are good items and not so good items. However, when you take into consideration that they have thousands to feed, I thought it was pretty darn good. Something for everyone, to be sure. My daughter and I opted for the soda package at $8 a day per person and I am so glad we did. We are big soda drinkers but don't always finish the entire glass, so had we bought sodas every day, several times a day (and tips are automatically included) it would have been a lot more than the $56 (x2-$112) we paid. We went to Sabor one evening and it was good. I had never had a margarita and asked the waiter to suggest one, and he suggested the original one. I took one sip and YUCK! I'm just not a big drinker! He was so sweet and didn't charge me for it. Couldn't believe that! My daughter and I went on the rising bar and I had a glass of wine (which I didn't finish--told you I'm not a big drinker!) and she had a ginger ale--it was worth the $12.98 (that includes the tip) :) We played trivia a lot but never won. My daughter and I played bingo but,, there too, never won. We saw the aqua show and loved it, we saw Cats and enjoyed that. We saw the headliner show which was a ventriloquist and it was just so-so. The comedy show was very good, but had we not booked it in advance, we wouldn't have gotten in. I booked them all way in advance but had I not I think I could have gotten in to see all but the comedy show--and depending on the night, I may not have gotten into the aqua show. My daughter is very involved in an adaptive sports program so she wanted to try all the ship had to offer. Her first stop was the zip line. The staff was soooooo wonderfully helpful. I cannot praise them enough. My husband took her up and got her settled and I stayed at the landing to video tape it. Once at the landing, they helped her get out of the gear there w/o having to trek back up. On the third day, a very strong crew member just picked her up and held her so she didn't have to stand while we waited for her dad to come down with the wheelchair. Next came rock climbing which she has done w/the adaptive sports program and although she didn't get very far, the young man couldn't have been more helpful. Last, but not least was the flow-rider. They were very honest and said that the stand-up one wouldn't be good for her, even if the monitor held her hand b/c her legs are not that strong so they suggested she do the boogie board lying down on the other side. Again, the staff made sure she was safely on and she had the best time thanks to their careful help. As for the shore excursions--I can't say. The only things which were handicapped accessible were city tours and my daughter and husband didn't care to do that. We did get off at each port (Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin). In my opinion the first two were just zoos! However, if I could do it again, I'd have taken a city/beach tour of St. Martin. It is breathtakingly beautiful!! I am basically low maintenance so diamonds, gold and silver hold no fascination for me but apparently many people bought lots of things at each port. So I can't say whether the prices for that were good or bad. I suppose that if you know what you are buying you are good to go! Now, had you asked me on day 1 or 2 if I'd ever cruise again, I'd have said NO WAY!! We never got ill to the point of being incapacitated but we all felt a bit queasy. We took a Dramamine (wrist bands and an oil behind the ears for my daughter) and by 3rd day we were fine! As I said, this was our first time on a cruise so I have nothing to compare it to, but the staff was wonderful to all of us, my daughter had no trouble getting around in her wheelchair and the room was far bigger than I thought. I will say, though, if my daughter were not able to stand at all it would be difficult to hang things as there were no lower rods. Oh, and I saw many complaints on here about waiting for elevators--there are 6,000 people on the ship so I fully expected that I'd have to wait for one or two so for me and my family this was no big deal. My one and only complaint is that we were on the 14th floor and we could here chairs dragging, and people running all night long! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
No doubt in recommending this cruse!!! My husband and I enjoyed our 7 days cruise trip on ¨OASIS OF THE SEAS¨ on the Caribbean: NASSAU, BAHAMAS – ST. THOMAS – ST. MARTEEN. According to our experience and disagreeing with some ... Read More
No doubt in recommending this cruse!!! My husband and I enjoyed our 7 days cruise trip on ¨OASIS OF THE SEAS¨ on the Caribbean: NASSAU, BAHAMAS – ST. THOMAS – ST. MARTEEN. According to our experience and disagreeing with some prior reviews from travelers, our opinion is that there are more PROS than CONS about this amazing ship. Our vacation trip began on Nov. 28th and ended on Dec. 5th , 2015. We did our best to enjoy and make profit as much as we could, but this ship is so huge, with so many attractions and the activities go on so constantly that it´s impossible to catch on and enjoy EVERYTHING. No motion sea sick at all. We didn´t use our ¨extra¨ medicines. It never looked like we were on a ship with 6.000 passengers including the crew. PROS CABIN: It was a superior stateroom with private ocean view balcony on deck 6 – 556. It was very nice, plenty of storage for 2 adults. We kept all our clothes in the closet (sufficient hangers), 1 big and 2 carry-on bags under the bed and used the 3 drawers for other articles so that everything was kept out of sight and it always looked neat. NO noises at all. Great sound proofing. It was near the elevators, stairs, Opal Theater, Studio B, Comedy Show, Boardwalk and the Vitality Spa/gym area. The bathroom feels bigger than it looks . The circular shower provides plenty of room. The water pressure and the sliding door were perfect. The air conditioning and the plasma flat screen TV were efficient. Bed and pillows were very comfortable. We recommend 2 adults for this cabin + a child because there´s a sofa bed which would work fine for a kid. We just loved it. The hair dryer worked fantastically. There´s NO need to take your makeup mirror because their mirrors and illumination were great. PLACES TO EAT: We loved having breakfast, lunch and dinner at WINDJAMMER (buffet). Plenty of food for all tastes and likes. Not so crowded, but you have to pick a table and one of your partners stay there while you serve yourself, on the contrary another person could get it . We sampled some of the complimentary restaurants such as: Windjammer, American Icon, Silk, Café Promenade, Sorrento´s pizza, Wipe Out Café, Johnny Rockets (loved the chocolate milk shake!) and thought the food was plenty to satisfy us. We also went to the Solarium Bristo restaurant ($) and had a nice diner. Breakfast room service food OK, arrived on time and still hot! ENTERTAINMENTS: Due to the weather & some technical issues we missed (all passengers did) the so expected show ¨OASIS OF DREAMS¨, but the rest of the shows were very good, such as: ¨FROZEN IN TIME, CATS, FLY WITH ME, HEADLINER –ABBA show , LOVE MARRIAGE GAME etc. There are too many to mention and time isn´t enough to make profit of them. We believe we needed 7 more days to both: enjoy and rest…rest and enjoy! The parade was great. We got a nice spot at the SCHOONER BAR and got nice picks and videos from it. DRINKS: We decided not to purchase any drink packages because we are not a huge soda/alcohol family and we are glad we didn´t buy any because we were plenty satisfied with the complimentary drinks ROYAL CARIBBEAN provides such as: water, lemonade (loved it), ice & hot tea, milk, coffee (better than expected Royal Caribbean brand), a very tasteful mix of strawberry and another fruit (don´t remember which one) juice, orange juice, etc. We also enjoyed purchasing - at our pace- very, very delicious wine on the glass (red & white) for our diners, beers, alcohol & non alcoholic cocktails, tropical martinis, natural orange juices, cokes, etc. We had gotten an award of 100 dls per person when my husband bought the tickets and we used it for the drinks and some shopping, so the extra total amount we had to pay was about 90dls . It was worth it instead of buying the less expensive drink package for about 300dls. and no wine included!!! PORT AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: We mostly stayed at the port areas. In NASSAU we took the Discover Atlantis tour and loved it. In St. Thomas we took the water taxi and enjoyed the beach nearby and town. EMBARKATION / DIBARKATION: They went smooth and fast although lines were very long but, due to the terminal is designed for large crowds everything moved quickly. I personally give a 10+ to the crew members organization the day of departure in the ship. Getting off and on the ship on port days were a breeze. CONS: We didn´t like the 3D movie ¨MAD MAX FURY ROAD¨, my time dining (went 2 nights) because the menu wasn´t appealing and because it took about 2 hours being served, the ice cream parlor does not offer exquisite ice cream for the price they charge. We find much better flavors in our home city. GENERAL OVERVIEW: OASIS is a terrific ship. Very clean . The staff was mostly friendly and helpful, always cleaning, polishing and sometimes painting some areas of the ship. We were very happy on this vacation trip. Because of prior reviews, our expectations were rather low in some aspects but, in the end, everything turned out to be just the contrary. Elevators were not a problem. There was little waiting time given the massive number of people. We tipped our cabin steward twice (at the beginning and end of the cruise), the ones who brought us the room service, one or another waiter at restaurants and to the ones who took care of our luggage in the port. We enjoyed being in the hot tubs located inside the solarium (jacuzzis), the beach pool. They were never crowded. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
The Oasis was amazing, the cabin and wait staff could not have been more friendly, professional, and accommodating. My only complaint is this ship does not offer fares for people that do not want to share a cabin. My daughter paid my fare ... Read More
The Oasis was amazing, the cabin and wait staff could not have been more friendly, professional, and accommodating. My only complaint is this ship does not offer fares for people that do not want to share a cabin. My daughter paid my fare and even though we were a group of eight she paid more than double for my Central Park view than they did for an Ocean Balcony. Unfortunately as much as I loved Royal Caribbean I will have to choose a Line that offers a single cabin for my next booking. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My parents took my family on the Oasis so we could spend Thanksgiving together. I've never had much of an interest in cruising, and my husband was a little concerned about feeling "stuck" in the middle of the sea with a ... Read More
My parents took my family on the Oasis so we could spend Thanksgiving together. I've never had much of an interest in cruising, and my husband was a little concerned about feeling "stuck" in the middle of the sea with a crowd of 5000 other people, so we were hesitant at first. All of our fears were unfounded. The ship was lovely, and never felt crowded, even though this was supposedly a very full holiday cruise. There were a lot of kids, but since I have kids, I didn't mind it. I found the rooms to be bigger than I expected, though ours over the Boardwalk was a little noisy during the Aquatheater shows. The shows were great-- our favorite was the ice-skating show. We also loved Come Fly With Me. The Headliner was great and called our kids up for a hug! CATS was weird, but since we were in the front row, my kids loved when the performers would play with their shoes. I was a little nervous about spending too much on extras, so we decided not to get a drink package at first. I'm happy to say, we didn't need it! There was plenty of orange juice and iced tea to drink, and the water was fine. We had a couple drinks each day, but not enough to justify the cost of the package. I am glad we did it that way, or else we'd probably have had quite a different experience, constantly searching around for where our next drink would come from. IN addition, we ate in the main dining room every night and did not get any specialty meals-- I can't even imagine eating at a specialty place now because the food in the MDR was WONDERFUL. And I am very picky! The service was incredible. My parents have eaten at Chops before and say it's not worth the extra fee. I thought I might disagree with them, but nope. They're right. Plus, I'd hate to miss a night with my favorite servers, who I already miss. ;) We found we did not need an excursion at Labadee-- it's a great time to just hang on the beach and enjoy the great food at the buffet. But we did do the Green Grotto and Dunn's River Falls excursion in Falmouth. Our guide was amazing, giving us bits of history, and both places were enjoyable. Though the falls were crowded, my family had SO MUCH FUN climbing. Even my 6 year old loved it, though the guide actually carried her part of the way (she's cute so he couldn't resist). We also did the Dolphin encounter in Chankanaab which was PERFECT for the whole family, from age 6 to 75. We all got in the water and got to kiss the dolphins, then spent time snorkeling in the ocean and swimming in the pool. There was also an AMAZING tequila tasting there, which resulted in us feeling pretty good, and a nice sea lion show. The only thing I didn't like about it was that the photos were too expensive-- we didn't buy any. I'm so happy we went on this vacation-- it's probably the greatest one I've ever been on. Just having the opportunity to do trivia with my dad or hang on the beach with my mom and the rest of the family... I feel like it brought us closer together. And that's amazing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Just returned from 7 night cruise on RCL Oasis of the Seas. Most everyone I met on board agreed the ship is just too big (RCL should listen to cruisers as we heard they are building even bigger ones!). The ship was beautiful and clean but ... Read More
Just returned from 7 night cruise on RCL Oasis of the Seas. Most everyone I met on board agreed the ship is just too big (RCL should listen to cruisers as we heard they are building even bigger ones!). The ship was beautiful and clean but total disappointment. Day 1 was total and utter chaos. The boarding itself went rather smoothly but once on board everyone was jammed into the Royal Promenade trying to sell you something; dragging carry-on luggage with 6000 others was not fun. There was no where to sit and The Windjammer buffet was terrible; most food was cold or soggy; fruit was not ripe enough to eat. The evening dinner was not bad most nights - except the night I bit into a piece of glass in my dessert and cut my mouth; spent evening picking small shards of glass from side of mouth; waiter witnessed and manager confirmed but spent more time making sure proper incident reports were filed versus making any resolution for me. I felt the entire cruise was very impersonal. This line also "nickeled and dimed" more than any others (this was my first cruise but travelling with 10 others who have been on multiple cruises with variety of cruiselines). It was confusing to know what was included and what you had to pay extra for. There were so many specialty restaurants and ice cream shop/bakery that you had to pay ALOT extra to eat. Beverage packages were pushed from Day 1 and were outrageously expensive as were individual drinks $10-14 plus 18% gratuity per drink. We also paid $12.95 per day per person for gratuity and then were given an envelope to leave more tips in cash. Our waiter told us to go back to the room and get cash for him because he wouldn't see it if we left it in the envelope - this was very tacky and irritating. The spa was also a huge conglomerate of pushy salespeople. One service was "not enough" and in addition pushed their products/supplements and services. The deal would have to be REALLY, REALLY good for me to ever cruise RCL Oasis again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Just returned from 7 night cruise on RCL Oasis of the Seas. Most everyone I met on board agreed the ship is just too big (RCL should listen to cruisers as we heard they are building even bigger ones!). The ship was beautiful and clean but ... Read More
Just returned from 7 night cruise on RCL Oasis of the Seas. Most everyone I met on board agreed the ship is just too big (RCL should listen to cruisers as we heard they are building even bigger ones!). The ship was beautiful and clean but total disappointment. Day 1 was total and utter chaos. The boarding itself went rather smoothly but once on board everyone was jammed into the Royal Promenade trying to sell you something; dragging carry-on luggage with 6000 others was not fun. There was no where to sit and The Windjammer buffet was terrible; most food was cold or soggy; fruit was not ripe enough to eat. The evening dinner was not bad most nights - except the night I bit into a piece of glass in my dessert and cut my mouth; spent evening picking small shards of glass from side of mouth; waiter witnessed and manager confirmed but spent more time making sure proper incident reports were filed versus making any resolution for me. I felt the entire cruise was very impersonal. This line also "nickeled and dimed" more than any others (this was my first cruise but travelling with 10 others who have been on multiple cruises with variety of cruiselines). It was confusing to know what was included and what you had to pay extra for. There were so many specialty restaurants and ice cream shop/bakery that you had to pay ALOT extra to eat. Beverage packages were pushed from Day 1 and were outrageously expensive as were individual drinks $10-14 plus 18% gratuity per drink. We also paid $12.95 per day per person for gratuity and then were given an envelope to leave more tips in cash. Our waiter told us to go back to the room and get cash for him because he wouldn't see it if we left it in the envelope - this was very tacky and irritating. The spa was also a huge conglomerate of pushy salespeople. One service was "not enough" and in addition pushed their products/supplements and services. The deal would have to be REALLY, REALLY good for me to ever cruise RCL Oasis again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Check in was a breeze and the cabin was awesome overlooking Central Park the service and the food was excellent. The state room attendant was helpful and courteous they really know how to ... Read More
This was my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Check in was a breeze and the cabin was awesome overlooking Central Park the service and the food was excellent. The state room attendant was helpful and courteous they really know how to treat their guess . I attended four shows and all types of activities. This ship is beautiful . The American icon restaurant was awesome the food and the service and the attention to detail was impeccable . The cruise director Drew and his assistant Hugo are phenomenal their energy and commitment to excellence was appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I read previous reviews about the Ocean of the Seas ship but because my family and friends were eager to give it a try I'm now glad I don't ever have to wonder what I've been missing. I should have listened to those ... Read More
I read previous reviews about the Ocean of the Seas ship but because my family and friends were eager to give it a try I'm now glad I don't ever have to wonder what I've been missing. I should have listened to those reviews. It's true to say that Windjammer Marketplace is most certainly a 'market' of crowded people, dirty tables and cutlery, and the hygiene standards around the ship is not good. It confirmed it all when learning that a high selection of people get to spend a Saturday on the ship whilst moored and they get to use all the facilities and then disembark when us high paying guests have boarded the ship by the afternoon before it leaves for the cruise - shocking. I don't want to talk about the other islands only Haiti being quite good. The swimming pools are far too small to accommodate enough people to know they've had a good swim. They're so crowded that they are not swimming but standing and chatting, and some children get upset because there's no room to move. It's too crowded everywhere. FYI, there's no iron/board in your room. Wearing a tuxedo and cocktail dress on that special evening dining, doesn't justify the standards you actually get out from the cruise because you just can't be bothered. We did visit the shows every evening and they were good, BUT that's only 2 hours out of each day. Royal Caribbean should rethink about accommodating everyone leisurely on a ship of that size. For those of us who travel from Europe who pay extreme amounts of money to experience this kind of holiday, you need another one to recover from it, or either that you shut mentally off which is difficult. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I suppose everybody's different, but the bad reviews of this ship boggle my mind. If you aren't having a good time, you aren't doing it right. I was traveling with a friend who had cruised before on smaller ships, but this ... Read More
I suppose everybody's different, but the bad reviews of this ship boggle my mind. If you aren't having a good time, you aren't doing it right. I was traveling with a friend who had cruised before on smaller ships, but this was my first - and the bar is set high! I'm going to be lengthy and try to address all the things I was wondering about when researching this trip. We stayed at a Hampton Inn in Ft. Lauderdale the night before and took the $6 shuttle to the port. Embarkation was expectedly crowded since the ship holds 6K people but it moved like clockwork (as did disembarkation at the end of the trip and at each port). We left the hotel at 11:45 and were on the ship within an hour. Our ocean-view cabin (7222) was very nice and our attendant was prompt all week in replacing towels, delivering information and excursion tickets, and straightening up. We had made several reservations beforehand but did some rearranging through the TV in the room - very convenient feature. Also great for ordering room service. We did breakfast on our balcony every morning, always delivered toward the front half of the allotted half-hour timeframe. The entertainment and activities on board were top notch. The cruise director and activities manager seemed to be everywhere and were tireless bundles of energy. We loved Come Fly With Me (our favorite), the ice show and the aqua show. My friend saw the headliner and enjoyed it. We skipped CATS. I'd seen it before and didn't want to waste such a lengthy amount of time in a theater. Most shows are 45 minutes - a good length. The game shows were a hoot. We went to the Love & Marriage, Quest and Battle of the Sexes games. (The Quest was hysterical!) The comedy show was pretty good. Two comedians; one was a lot funnier than the other but both were enjoyable. (A waiter there took our drink order and never returned - and that's my only real complaint of the whole trip!) The casino was huge and you can smoke there, so be mindful if that sort of thing bothers you. I won a hundred bucks on the slots, so it was all good. We did the premium drink package and found it quite worthwhile…but we're drinkers. The only time we had to pay a little above the allowable cost with the package was for a glass of the top-of-the-line champagne. The package covered up to $12 and none of the bar drinks or wine we had were above that. In terms of bars and clubs, we enjoyed Dazzles, Rising Tide, Champagne Bar and the jazz club. Popped in and out of the others but these stick in my mind most. We gravitated toward the Solarium. We weren't traveling with a family and didn't want to be surrounded by kids, so we appreciated the 16+ age policy in the Solarium. (They do enforce it. We camped near the towel station one afternoon and the attendant politely stopped any kids who would wander over.) The bartenders and waiters were friendly and efficient. The pool there is small so it fills up fast but we were mostly there to sun bathe, only hitting the water when in need of a cool down. (Stepping under the shower near the whirlpool tubs was a convenient option for this when the pool was just too crowded.) We ventured over to the main pool area a little. Crowded but not too tough to find a spot in the water. Enjoyed Central Park and the Boardwalk. The hot dog stand was good, and it was the first time I'd been on a carousel since I was a kid. Didn't love the ice cream shop simply because it's Ben & Jerry's, which I can get at home. And my friend said it was the worst waffle cone she'd ever had. Had a malt in Johnny Rockets and it was far superior. We didn't love the Promenade area simply because it was crowded and always had so much going on. It had a mall feel, so if you're into that sort of thing, go for it. And if not, it's easy to avoid. They do have a variety of sales and activities all week, so it's worth the occasional stroll through. And there's a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine to fill your souvenir cups. We didn't explore too much of the activity zone although I did zipline - enjoyable but a very brief trek. We didn't pay much attention to any of the other such offerings. If relaxing is your motive, try areas like Solarium and Central Park and you'll never realize there are 6K passengers floating with you. It's easy to find out-of-the-way nooks and crannies to relax with a book in both sun and shade. According to my friend, this was by far the best food she's had on a cruise (and this was her 5th). We did My Time Dining and found the food to be quite good. Only one meal did I simply thing was 'okay.' And the service was typically fast and friendly with the exception of one night when we were seated around large parties and had slow service. We only ate at the Windjammer on the last morning and found it fine; we typically popped into the Solarium bistro's lunch buffet on sea days because we were already nearby and could leave our stuff at our deck chairs. For specialty dining, we did Johnny Rockets and Sabor for lunch (the guac at Sabor is excellent) and Chops Grille and Giovanni's Table for dinner. Both dinner choices were wonderful, and we agreed that Giovanni's Table was the best meal we had all week. I made use of the fitness center several times and had a wonderful bamboo massage in the spa that was not only relaxing but also thorough and informative. (You'll be pitched things like lotions or oils to purchase afterward, FYI.) We wanted beach days on our excursions. We had an over-the-water cabana at Nellie's Beach in Haiti and it was absolutely perfect with a beautiful view of the ship, an attendant who kept us stocked with Labadoozies all day (your drink package applies in Labadee), and a cooler of bottled water, floating mats and towels. (Tip: When you get off the ship, look for the Information Center, tell them you have a Nellie's Beach cabana, and they'll take you there in a special cart and get you settled in. The ticket is vague but I'd researched this tidbit online beforehand and knew what to do.) This was our favorite port day b/c of the cabana. In Falmouth, we did the Bamboo Beach Club excursion and enjoyed it. The tour guide was fun and informative on the drive there and the water was beautiful at the beach. They kept us stocked with tapas style food and drinks (small and a little watery, but all-you-can-drink) and the entertainment was fun. Stopped at a little souvenir shop on the way back to the ship, and I picked up a bag of Blue Mountain Coffee. (Our driver was being a little too efficient in time and got a speeding ticket on the way back to the ship.) In Cozumel, we did the Playa Mia Deluxe Beach Break. It was our least favorite beach but there's so much other stuff to do there, we didn't mind. We spent a lot of time in the large pool, enjoyed the endless margaritas and lunch buffet, and went parasailing - which was a blast. We had several hours before our flight home so we opted for an airboat tour after disembarking. That process was easy. If you do an excursion, you're one of the first off the ship and through customs. Oh, the excursion clerk told us we couldn't do the luggage valet since guests doing excursions have their own luggage process, but that wasn't the case that morning. We could've done the valet program and not had to deal with our luggage at all. Oh well. The airboat tour took place at an everglades park where they apparently film Gator Boys on Animal Planet. The airboat tour was cool and our guide, Tonya, was a hoot. We then saw a brief alligator "wrestling" show with Ashley from Gator Boys. A fun way to kill a few hours if your plane leaves later. We were dropped off at the airport around noon. All in all, I had a blast on Oasis of the Seas. It's certainly a higher-end vacation price wise, but you get what you pay for, right? I wanted a relaxing vacation and did my homework beforehand so I rarely felt crowded or overstimulated -- which could be easily done on a ship like Oasis. As I said, if you aren't finding something that meets your vacation needs on this ship, you're not looking in the right places. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first cruise and we spent a great deal of time in choosing and planning our trip. In so many ways this cruise exceeded expectations ... which is amazing since it's hype is enormous, but there were awkward moments and ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we spent a great deal of time in choosing and planning our trip. In so many ways this cruise exceeded expectations ... which is amazing since it's hype is enormous, but there were awkward moments and strange shortcomings that make us wonder if cruising is for us. The really good: We are becoming 'foodies'. The past few years, our vacations have included regular trips to New York and Chicago where we indulge in our Top Chef fantasies. While discussing recent lackluster food experiences at Sandals resorts with other guests, the term 'cruise-food' was introduced to our vocabulary. So we walked into this experience hopeful, but with the bar lowered. And we were schooled ... really. Windjammer Buffet is the lowest rung, but there were surprises. I enjoyed the Indian food options and the fried rice (which sounds dull, but was actually quite well prepared ... especially with an over easy egg for breakfast) On several occasions, I found 'dressed-down' versions of main dining options, like; Seafood Paella (The same basic concept as served at Vintages), Chocolate Sensation Desert (again, sans the fancy presentation, but the same foundation as served with the formal night meal in main dining.) The Solarium Bistro has the next, and very much higher rung up for breakfast and lunch. They had me with the Miso soup bowls. Just fresh ingredients in a bowl that they pour hot miso broth on top of. Simple, street-food concept done well. They also offered grilled tomatoes and zucchini, sauteed mushrooms ... attractive wraps and sandwiches for lunch. Lesson; Avoid Windjammer crowds and come here. Main Dining Room/My Time Dining/Silk, Grande, Icon. (??? Someday, RC will figure themselves out ...) Having no prior experience, we were impressed. The service level was really good ... some of the dishes approached 'best-I've-ever-had' status. (The Kippered Herring for breakfast ... The Roast Duck entree for dinner ... genuine surprise.) We tried every 'pay' restaurant on board. 150 Park with the wine pairing was one of our best dining experiences ... ever. Service and Food were incredible. (Ajeet was our most memorable employee on board. Above-and-beyond pride and service.) Giovanni's ... the little crepes filled with spinach and cheese were awesome. ( Gnocchi too ... Veal Shank with Polenta ...) Izumi was, again, quite a bit beyond my expectation level and a genuinely fun time. (More Sake Juanito! ... great guy.) At Chops, our waiter (Peter) recommended the mushroom soup ... which was excellent. He also pressed my wife to upsize to the 12 oz. steak when she ordered a 6 oz. medium rare, as, he explained, the smaller steak would be more difficult to get cooked correctly. He was correct and it was a great steak. Vintages was really a nice Spanish tapas experience in a great setting. Sabor was almost on par with a meal I had last year at Frontera Grill in Chicago ... which is near-blasphemy in foodie circles, but I'm saying it. Even Johnny Rockets delivered what it promised. There were low spots, (buffet meats drying under heat lamps, Cubed Pork Curry (???!!)) But not much to find fault with as an overall food experience. Also really good: Entertainment was all at a 'next-level'. We saw Cats, which has gotten some viral flack as a bad choice for a cruise. Having never seen it before, we were sort of lost in it's English 'almost-opera' -ness. But, we both were brought to tears by the performance of 'Memories' (Which, since I am not a fan of Lloyd Webber songs, leads me to compliment the extreme quality of the performers and the presentation.) Come Fly With Me was great fun ... again, the Opus Theater is an amazing setting. I found myself having to come to grips with being on a ship at the end of both performances. The (Adult) Comedy Show was great. The Aqua Theater diving/swim shows were absolutely unique. The designers of this ship were geniuses in incorporating the ship itself as a part of it's entertainment function. In both design and practice, Oasis is a work of art and by it's nature it is entertaining to be on this ship. The outside spaces and inside spaces offer a vast range of experiences in one larger-than-life package. The Bad: The (extra fee) Prohibition Party; So terribly lame. I felt sorry for the hostess and the wait staff, who were obviously going through the motions. Such a shame. If you offer a concept experience, you have to have performers who can make the concept live. We, as paying guests, came with costumes and had the 'wink-and-a-nod' party attitude. So much of what could have been cool was submerged by indifference from the 'not-at-all-themed-secret-guest-check-in' to the obvious apathy of the jazz band. Hint to Royal Caribbean; you can save this event by switching from the same-band-that-plays-smooth-jazz-here-every-night to folks with enthusiasm. Great musicians, but not a 'party' band. Side note: maybe you can get people more involved if you move some furniture for space enough to fit more than four couples on the dance floor. The Cupcake Decorating experience; ... takes place in the customer serving space in the front serving lobby of the ice cream/cupcake shop. The line for ice cream forms around the table as you decorate cupcakes. How about setting up in one of the empty, unstaffed bars on the promenade for a bit? Felt a bit cramped and, sorry, weird here. As with the examples above, the downside of the Oasis is the lengths RC will go to to have you part from your cash; many of which come across as petty and lame in comparison to the true high-bar experiences happening all around as a matter of course. Chief example: The first port, Nassau. On a Sunday morning. From 7 until 1:30. Having been to Nassau outside a cruise ... nothing is open in Nassau on Sunday morning. Except excursions to Atlantis through the ship ... where the ship gets its cut. On any other day, plenty of other options outside Royal Caribbean excursions would be available. If the ship stayed in port longer, again ... day trips to resorts and attractions (besides Atlantis) would be viable. Nope. Nassau, 7 to 1:30. Terribly sad excuse for a port day and the motive is obvious. While I'm on that soapbox ... look at the port facilities in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We had a great excursion in St. Maarten (with Deiderick's SXM Tours) that we picked up outside the RC fenced-in port area ... out in 'the sandlot'. This is where all the locals (who can't afford the RC fees) set up shop. It seems very much like the ship gets its cut, or they find ways to marginalize the competition. We did enjoy our day with Blackbeard's Revenge. (Oasis excursion to Buck Island and Honeymoon beach.) But the destinations filled with cruise passengers quickly and it felt like a fight for personal space at times. Overall, we found ways to enjoy our port calls, but it is accurate to say we are glad we did the research and did not leave it to RC to set the standards for us. Drink packages are priced to be just outside the realm of practicality, and then you are bombarded throughout your cruise with gradually reduced pricing. WiFi is available, with a hefty fee. In Room account balance management tech also spams you with constant jewelry and spa ads. As first time cruise passengers, The Oasis was both outstanding and a bit of a struggle. We left our cruise feeling exhausted ... but that's really on us. There was so much to do and we felt compelled to try as much as possible. In hindsight, we would could have done just one premium restaurant and one excursion, no drink packages, no cupcake decorating and absolutely no 'Prohibition Party' ... and had a fabulous time just napping and soaking in the hot tubs. But that's not why someone comes on the Oasis, is it? The Oasis is a remarkable and unforgettable ship. Truly unique, truly grande in scale. I am reminded of our one trip to Disney World. We did the research, closed our eyes, spent the money and had many wonderful experiences. But would we do it twice? Sadly, Nope. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I'll make this a bit shorter than my forum review but we had an excellent cruise. This was our first cruise and we definitely picked a winner. We are a family of 3, myself and my two, twenty something sons from Philadelphia PA. ... Read More
I'll make this a bit shorter than my forum review but we had an excellent cruise. This was our first cruise and we definitely picked a winner. We are a family of 3, myself and my two, twenty something sons from Philadelphia PA. Generally we are a Beach,/Disneyworld family and decided to try something new after many years at the mouseworld. we were not disappointed. Flew into Ft. Lauderdale the night before and stayed at a cheapy motel, easy to get to boat and check in was easy. RC auto called us the night before with our assigned check in time but we arrived hours earlier. Boy were we glad we did, we were able to get our drink packages and other "mandatory" stuff done without any lines. The ship is absolutely impressive, huge doesn't do it justice and gorgeous. first day was spent simply walking around checking things out. Our cabin steward introduced himself on the first night and was gracious, friendly and attentive. we had early seating at dinner and again the staff was friendly and attentive. I did think the dining rooms were crowded with tables a little to close. We took advantage of all the on board entertainment seeing cats, the ice show, the comedy show and a "cirque du soleil" styled show. Aqua show was a little disappointing but the concept was cool. We also tried just about all the on board activities. I even tried my hand at flow riding. very cool. LOl All and all a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We just returned from our first cruise. We selected the Oasis Eastern Caribean cruise as a destination celebration for my 50th birthday. The ship is amazing, impressive, massive and fun. We had our concerns as first time cruisers as to ... Read More
We just returned from our first cruise. We selected the Oasis Eastern Caribean cruise as a destination celebration for my 50th birthday. The ship is amazing, impressive, massive and fun. We had our concerns as first time cruisers as to whether or not we would like it, would get sea sick etc, etc. We loved it. We had NO issues with sea sickness even with a day or slightly rough seas. Neither my husband or I took sea sickness meds. I did however wear the sea bands for the day the seas were rough. The ship is so massive and impressive that we found ourselves saying several times….."I can't beleive we are on a ship". FOOD: We loved the food. Yes, we are foodies and are super critical of food including presentation and taste. We foudn the food good. With the amount of food they make daily, I was improessed with the quality, variety and taste. There are many options for food….some are complimentary and others require a fee. We explored most dining options (free and fee based). While not fans (in general) of buffets, we loved the Windjammer Cafe (buffet). It was a great place for breakfast and lunch. The menu changed and there was plenty of variety. Dinner we dined mostly in the Main Dinning room as well as 2 specialty restaurants - Giovani's and Chops. The main dining room was good. They will make you what ever you want….just ask. We generally ordered extra appitizers and desserts and an entree each. Giovani's was outstanding. I ordered the lamb and it was beyond delicious. Giovani's is a specialty restaurant that charged $20 per person. We also dined at Chops- the steak house. Also outstanding. The other dining options, Soliarium bistro and Vitality cafe offer healthy "clean" food for breakfast and lunch but if you want a basic burger or hotdog…there are options for that too. You will NOT go hungry! As our treat a few days was the soft serve ice cream poolside. Activities and entertainment: To say we are exhausted is an understatement. We TRIED to do it all. There is no way to do do everything….so don't try. Choose what you like. Advice: book the entertainment shows prior to sailing. We read up on the shows and booked an early dinner (6PM) so that we could make the 8PM or later shows. That strategy worked well for us. We caught all the shows expect for Cats. We decided to skip Cats to do other things in that 2+ hours. Make sure you book the comedy show as the venue is tiny and sells out early. Frozen the ice show is great too. Other activities were so much fun. each day you will recieve a planner for the next days activities in your cabin. We would go through that and jot down the activities we wanted to do. We LOVED the extra shows: Love and Marriage Game show, QUEST game show, Majority Rules and several trivia contests. Like I mentioned before we are exhausted….we ran all over th place having fun! Zipline, golf, flowrider…..do it. Try them at least once. You will have a blast. And it is not your thing to do…go and watch others. It is so much fun. Spend time pool side when the music/band is playing. Attitude and behavior……my ONLY complaint is about a few people on board. Soem people tend to forget thier manners. Often times people got frustrated waiting for elevators. I found some people pushed in or pushed others to get into an elevator. Men remember to hold the door open for others. Be patient…..and be kind to others. Advice on exursions: St. Marteen. We decided to see the butterfly farm. We loved it. You get a small tour of the island after the tour of the butterfly farm. Afterwards, the tour driver let us out near the beach and we then took a water taxi back. Nassua: We just walked around the town. We did not select an excursion as we were not that interested in that port. Since we were there such a short time, the Atlantis excursion felt like a waste of money. St Thomas: We enjoyed the Land tour that took you around the island. We then spent time in town shoping. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my very first cruise. I travelled with my 21 year old son. We had a Central Park balcony cabin. It was quite nice. I didn't mind going out there and seeing my neighbours and sharing a wave. I didn't find it intrusive at ... Read More
This was my very first cruise. I travelled with my 21 year old son. We had a Central Park balcony cabin. It was quite nice. I didn't mind going out there and seeing my neighbours and sharing a wave. I didn't find it intrusive at all, there are inside sheers to let the light in but respect your privacy. Our cabin attendant was always there when we needed him and always addressed us by name. We had My-Time dining and it was just fine. Our waiters and assistant waiters were very friendly and we had no trouble getting in. We had standing reservations and never waited more than 5 mins. to be seated. There was so much to do every day. I was glad I brought my highlighter to mark the Daily Compass in order to schedule my day. The games were fun and the events well done. The activities director: Chris Hopkins is a hoot! He's got so much enthusiasm and energy. He met me once and remembered my name every time he saw me afterwards. The DJ's and band in Dazzles were very good. They provided a wide range to suit many musical tastes. I danced almost every night. My only negative comment was in regards to the Martini clinic. We each paid $23.95 for the class but if you were a couple you shared the equipment and by extention the contents. If you were a single person you got to drink the entire contents yourself therefore getting double the drinks that the couples had. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The process for boarding was terrific. Our room and balcony were terrific. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The ship and all the things to enjoy exceeded our high expectations. The gym was great. The opportunities ... Read More
The process for boarding was terrific. Our room and balcony were terrific. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The ship and all the things to enjoy exceeded our high expectations. The gym was great. The opportunities for improvement were in the areas of convenience: the in-room breakfast concept was fantastic but the hot food was bad; the on-ship towel control process was a pain; the alcohol control process was a huge pain (in particular, we sprung for a junior suite and unlimited, top-shelf drinks because we love happy hour on the balcony and planned to have that be the center-piece of our entertainment each evening but then the whole concept was frustrated as we had to leave the room and shuttle down to level 5 every time someone wanted another round). Three other things deserve mention. First, the smoking policy is too skewed in favor of the smokers versus non-smokers - - we breathed a lot of second-hand smoke all over the ship and even in the gym. Second, the efforts to up-sale us were so constant and over the top as to be palpable - - it seemed like every time we turned around someone was trying to sell us some additional thing or service to the point that it detracted from the concept of a care-free vacation. Third, and finally, the process for getting off the boat was horrible. It took over 3 hours. We were moved from comfortable seats in the air conditioned theatre and made to stand on the hot running track in full travel clothes. It ruined the day and left a real bad taste in our mouths. It stood in stark relief to what otherwise was a well run and highly enjoyable cruise vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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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