1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 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
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12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
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
46 Helpful Votes
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
19 Helpful Votes
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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 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
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
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
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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