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

All i can say about the Oasis of the Sea is AWESOME!!!!!! Every thing about the ship and the crew were AWESOME!!!! I can't wait to go back!!!!
All i can say about the Oasis of the Sea is AWESOME!!!!!! Every thing about the ship and the crew were AWESOME!!!! I can't wait to go back!!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
We flew into Fort Lauderdale airport the day of our cruise. We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and easily found a taxi to take us to Port Everglades which was about 5 miles from the airport. We were to the check in area very quickly with plenty ... Read More
We flew into Fort Lauderdale airport the day of our cruise. We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and easily found a taxi to take us to Port Everglades which was about 5 miles from the airport. We were to the check in area very quickly with plenty of open lines to help us get set up with our sea passes. We had no troubles what so ever and were on the ship in less than 10 minutes. We were told our rooms would be ready by 1:30 so we had some exploration time on our hands and some time to get something to eat. We had read on this message board that the roast beef sandwiches at the Park Cafe in Central Park were wonderful so that is where we headed for our first lunch on board! I have to say that the reviews of the roast beef sandwich were right on. They were great! We also enjoyed the made to order salads that were available with the dressing being tossed for you in your very own salad bowl. We did visit the Park Cafe a few more times during our cruise for lunch since it was just the right portion size knowing your dinner would be larger! As promised our stateroom was ready and waiting by 1:30. We were able to drop off the things we had. We met our stateroom attendant right away and the rooms were very clean and organized. We felt the size of the room was very adequate for the two of us. The luggage easily slides under the bed which helped with making room in there. There is a hairdryer provided, but you can only use it by the desk area (can't use it in the bathrooms- only shavers can be used in there). This worked out fine for us because where you could plug in the hairdryer was also a make up mirror so I could finish up there while my husband was showering. With the room all set we started our exploration of the ship. We had done some homework ahead of time so we were somewhat familiar with the ship, but with its enormity it is easy to get twisted around. There are plenty of signs available as to where your stateroom is located and where the front and back of the ship are. There are also flat touch screens available in different areas throughout the ship where you can put in where you are and where you want to go and it will give you directions as to how to get there. The different neighborhoods are also indicated in the elevators so you can easily check what deck you want to head to.We loved the different neighborhoods with what each environment provided. This is what really intrigued us about this ship- the different neighborhoods. The Boardwalk and Royal Promenade are definitely the happening places both by day and especially at night. Central Park is always peaceful no matter what time of day or night it is. You have to make sure you visit the neighborhoods both in the day and night as their surroundings definitely change. We loved the Solarium (adults only). It is a huge area with plenty of chairs and a fantastic view. It has two hot tubs and a pool although the pool is small for this size solarium, but there was only one time where we felt it was too crowded. We also enjoyed the other pool areas and what they had to offer. We were always able to find chairs no matter what time of day we headed in there. You will never go thirsty while on this ship as there are plenty of waiters ready and willing to get you something to drink. There are also plenty of bars in and around the ship to get it yourself. We did purchase one soda package and that worked out well for us. We ordered this online prior to our cruise so our insulated soda cup was in our stateroom waiting for us. It was also indicated on our Sea Pass right away so we were all set from the start with this. We chose the My Time dining so we could work our eating schedule around the shows we wanted to see. This worked out well for us! We did make our reservations before we boarded the ship for both our dining and the shows we wanted to see. You can wait until you board the ship, but you do take a chance on not being able to get in when you want to if you wait. In your stateroom you also have a flat screen TV and you can check your daily schedule from there, your dining reservations, your account balance, restaurant menus, etc. and much more! This was very handy! We thought the food was excellent no matter where we ate. We did find that the breakfasts were mostly the same (Windjammer, Solarium Bistro, Opus Dining) but we were perfectly fine with that. We ate a light breakfast usually of fruit, eggs, or cereal. We thought everything we got in the Opus Dining room was great! We were not disappointed with anything that we ordered. We also ate at Giovannis (casual, family style) for dinner one night and thought it was very good. We did try the Seafood Shack and Johnny Rockets for lunch (Boardwalk) and also enjoyed what we had there. We also ate the pizza from Sorrentos Pizzaria(Royal Promenade) and thought that was good too. We did sample of Turtle cupcake from The Cupcake Cupboard (Royal Promenade) and thought it was very good, but only went there once since there is a cost for the cupcake and you have so many options for desserts at dinner time that you can only eat so many desserts! We did try the donut from the Donut Shop (Boardwalk) and thought it was ok. Nothing to rave about. The Wipeout Cafe had some good snack options if you got hungry after swimming (pretzel dogs, french fries, nachos, self serve ice cream, etc.)We loved the shows that we saw and thought they were all great! We went to the Oasis of Dreams in the Aqua theater, Hairspray, the Stand Up Comedy show, the Headliner show, and Frozen in Time. We were signed up to see the Come Fly With Me show on our last day, but it was during the afternoon and we decided we wanted to be outside around the pools instead of inside a theater.We really liked to private beach area that was developed by RC for the Haiti port. There are plenty of chairs available (and Haitians willing to set them up for you and not shy about asking for a tip) and there is a free lunch provided. The port in Falmouth, Jamaica was open for us to dock there. When we booked the cruise we weren't sure if it would be open by then. Not all of the buildings etc. are done yet~ they hope to have it done by June. There are lots of excursion people in this small area so it was a bit hectic, but seemed well organized. We went with a private tour suggested by our travel agent and enjoyed this a great deal since it was geared to exactly what we wanted to do. The port in Cozumel was also nice, but be prepared to be asked to do everything under the sun for excursions as they are all set up in this area which you have to walk through.To disembark we chose the express departure. This is where you take your luggage off with you. We liked this option because you didn't have to put your luggage out in the hallway the night before and you didn't have to wait to be called by sections to retrieve your luggage. We were able to leave the ship between 6:15-7:30. We got off with absolutely no problems and very quickly. Once again, there were plenty of cabs waiting for us and we were to the airport in no time!How does one summarize all of this?? The only thing I can say is we felt this ship and the trip itself was awesome! We weren't disappointed with anything. The ship had over 6,000 guests on this particular sailing and you would never know it. The ship is so large and there are so many things to do and places to go that this ship easily accommodates this large number of people. The elevators were plentiful and readily available and got you to where you were going very quickly. What more can I say?? It was wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Our main concern was being sea-sick for 7 days - lol. We took non-drowsy Gravol just in case and, luckily, used it only once. The crew acknowledged that it was their rockiest cruise (just our luck) but, it sure makes a difference when you ... Read More
Our main concern was being sea-sick for 7 days - lol. We took non-drowsy Gravol just in case and, luckily, used it only once. The crew acknowledged that it was their rockiest cruise (just our luck) but, it sure makes a difference when you are on a larger ship. You still feel as if you are on a ship a few days later on land - no kidding. Do not let anyone tell you that large ships do not rock, even with stabilizer bars - NOT TRUE. Apart from that, everything else was excellent except for rain on one day while we cruized. The ports-of-call (Nassau, St. Thomas & St. Maarten) were nice to explore but crowded because there were several ships docked at the same time. All the information about the tours was placed in your cabin the night before and crew were available to book and/or answer questions. Entertainment (free & pay) for all ages were available every day and at different times. The food was plentiful and delicious everywhere on the ship (included), except for the specialty restaurants. Coffee, tea, milk could be taken away in cups but there is a charge for specialty coffee/tea/exotic drinks. Ask before you order because some places you can get free coffee/tea/dessert but charged for sandwiches. You can reserve for everything (dinner in the main dining room, specialty restaurants for an additional charge, shows, tours etc.) before and during the cruise. We boarded the ship a few hours before departure to start exploring and to get familiar with the surroundings. Take comfortable shoes because you do not realize the miles you walk and we used the stairs a lot to compensate for the extra calories, even though we are not big eaters. It was an excellent adventure on the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
The Oasis is an amazing ship. All of the good things you hear about it are true. Getting on to the boat was way quicker than I expected and they kept apologizing over the loudspeaker that only one gangway was operational. I ... Read More
The Oasis is an amazing ship. All of the good things you hear about it are true. Getting on to the boat was way quicker than I expected and they kept apologizing over the loudspeaker that only one gangway was operational. I can't imagine how fast it would be with both gangways open! The only time I ever felt like I was in a "crowded" space was right after the shows, but the crowd quickly dispersed. Obviously it was also crowded at the giant dance parties on the Royal Promenade. I heard 2 people complain. One said the ship was "boring" but she later told us that she hadn't actually gone to any of the shows. If she thinks Oasis is "boring" her entire life back home must be a non-stop party carnival. One said the food wasn't good, but he refused to eat in any of the restaurants or even the main dining room - he would only eat one meal a day at the buffet. So, clearly, some people are stupid. You can look up all the details of the ship on other sites, but here are some tips & things you may not know: Balcony Suite 7130 is at the very front of the ship, so it offers a little extra privacy. That side of the ship is also the side where you get to witness the Bon Voyage sendoff from the people on the shore. They only supply shampoo and bar soap, so bring your own fancy stuff if you want it. Your suitcase may not fit under the bed. On the last day I realized that, had we left it open, it would have fit just great. The coffee table in the middle of the room doesn't need to be there. Use it as a nightstand and move the smaller nightstand somewhere that it won't be in the way. The nightclub scene is pretty lame, but the On Air Karaoke club is a riot every night. Sign up online as soon as possible for your restaurant reservations and shows. Do not wait until you are on the ship!! Don't waste a precious second standing in a reservation lineup. If you don't know how to work a computer, find someone to help you. I can't stress this enough. Go early to the dock. We got there around 11, checked in, and waited a little while before we got to load. We were among the first on the ship and it was so great... lots of time to explore. Do not bring your carry-on luggage on to the ship yourself. For your first day, dress in summer clothes and carry a very small bag with swimsuit, camera, sunscreen & anything really really valuable that you don't trust to leave in your luggage. We saw people lugging around suitcases wearing hot leather jackets and jeans. Your room won't be ready until 2, so plan to enjoy your first day without all the bulk. If you are Canadian, you will find the prices for booze to be very reasonable - downright cheap compared to buying a beer at a hockey arena. If you are American, you will probably freak out. Corona $5.50, Fancy Tropical Girly Drink $7.50 approx, but you get to keep the souvenir glass. If you don't want the glass just tell them upfront and they should be able to make you a cheaper drink with a normal cup. Wine was per glass... $9 and up. We didn't buy a wine package. If you appreciate fine food... stay out of the Windjammer Cafe. I hate buffets with a passion, but the one breakfast we had there was decent. The one lunch - not so much. We didn't eat at any of the extra-charge specialty restaurants. There are usually 2 vegetarian options every night at the Opus Dining room. Things that you must try: Lava Flow Strawberry drink. Ham & cheese croissant from the Promenade Cafe. Chocolate Mousse from the coffee bar near the On Air club, roast beef sandwich from Park Cafe. If you buy booze in port they will confiscate it, so no mixing cheap drinks for yourself in your room. However, you do get it back on the last full day - so in theory you could make your own on that day. Bring your own small first aid stuff. A bandaid costs 50 cents and finding the medical room is near impossible. Please dress up for formal night or go eat in the buffet. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else. The zipline is scary, but do it anyway. It'll build character. Climb the rockwall - try as much as you can because the week is over way too soon. The "free" drinks are water flavored with fruit. Very mild and not very good. The coffee is yuck too. You can buy good Starbucks coffee from the Royal Cafe. That is also where you will find free milk... sometimes it's good to eat healthy. In conclusion, let me tell you a little about myself - just for context. I'm 30, and very very insanely picky. Some call me a Princess. I won't eat meat, or fish, or spicy things, or curry, or any buffet foods. I like my beds soft and my champagne chilled. I'm not impressed with 5* All-Inclusive resorts in Mexico. There is nothing, nothing on this ship that I can find to complain about. If someone like me can love this experience, then 99.9% of the rest of the world will too. The ports of call...? Well, those are a different story for a different day. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
SHIP I had never been on a cruise before but my girlfriend had been on some with her parents, she told me she couldn't wait to see my face when I saw the ship.....she was right, I was speechless! I couldn't put into words ... Read More
SHIP I had never been on a cruise before but my girlfriend had been on some with her parents, she told me she couldn't wait to see my face when I saw the ship.....she was right, I was speechless! I couldn't put into words how big this thing is so I won't try...you just have to see it for yourself! It made most other ships look like lifeboats! The interior was just awesome, take some time to look at some photo's online! CABIN We stayed in a seaview cabin right in the front of the ship on deck 10. The room was very nicely decorated and of very decent size with a king sized bed and double wardrobe. All rooms have big flat screen TVs on the wall where you can look through all the days events and entertainment, book trips and shows and keep an eye on your accounts! (as well as watch TV if you want to miss what's going on around the ship) The woman who looked after our room was amazing and the workers who were doing the rooms around us were friendly too. We even tipped one of the ones who didnt do our room because he was so friendly and nice! FOOD STUNNING AND ENDLESS - enough said! All our waiters were brilliant and so friendly all the time! We were treated like royalty! Juanito, Jorvey, Vyecheslav and Hui are all legends! ENTERTAINMENT Constantly something going on whether its going to see a show or climbing a wall or surfing the flowriders (there are 2) or watching the international bellyflop competition (so funny) or proposing to your better half in the comedy club in front of 100s of strangers! The guest services woman Kristina and the comedy show compere Simian were fantastic in helping me set up my proposal, there really is nothing that the staff on this ship won't do to make your day perfect! All shows were brilliant and there was also karaoke every night for a laugh! TIP: BOOK SHOWS BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME TO AVOID LONG QUEUES AND DISAPPOINTMENT! 1 SMALL SNAG We cruised back to back and the transition day could have been a bit smoother. I would say Royal Caribbean need to review the procedure! Don't take this as a really bad thing as everything else was near perfect I just felt I had to put something down here to stop you thinking I'm a shareholder in Royal Caribbean! Basically we had to get off and back on but wait in the same queue as passengers who were going home which was a long process! OVERALL AMAZING holiday when all is said and done! Honestly cannot think of a better place to get engaged to my beautiful girlfriend! We have such good memories of our first cruise and met some very nice people who we are keeping in touch with! I came home with the best prize I could ever wish for, a beutiful girl who had agreed to spend the rest of her life with me! She came home with a nice prize too... jewellry is absolutely STUPIDLY reasonably priced in St. Thomas and St. Maarten! I never give anything a 10/10 so this holiday is getting an 11!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
I'll first start by saying that I'm writing this review to honor and thank all those who have written about the Oasis over the last year. I think I've probably read every single one of your reviews, enjoyed most and found ... Read More
I'll first start by saying that I'm writing this review to honor and thank all those who have written about the Oasis over the last year. I think I've probably read every single one of your reviews, enjoyed most and found plenty of helpful hints that made our trip even easier and more memorable. In no particular order: We sailed the Western Carribean but because of Hurricane Tomas we ended up skipping Labadee and adding Nassau on the end. Without a doubt I would tell you that my only major regret is that I didn't do the Eastern Carribean. Cozumel is okay (more later) but all in all everyone I spoke with agreed that the Eastern itinerary is much more enjoyable especially for first timers. Pre cruise advice and info: Go ahead and book all the dinner reservations and show reservations that are available prior to the cruise using the pre cruise planner. Many, many of the times are not available by the time you cruise and you'll be disappointed. I would advise signing up for each show so that even if you decide to change the time once you're underway you at least have options. Remember, RCCL let's you standy by for each show and releases seats 10 minutes prior to show time. They do swipe your seapass electronically to ensure you have a reservation. For me it worked every time. I would also recommend checking in on line so that all your documents are printed and ready to go when you arrive at FLL. Also remember to order your bag tags online as this really speeds up the process. We decided to park rather than take a cab (we live in the area) and the parking was very convenient and 15$ per day. There is a special entrance for suite guests (we were staying in the Crown Loft Suites). You are met immediately by a RCCL rep and they lead you through the very quick check in and boarding. We arrived about 1130 and were on the ship by about 1145. My advice when boarding the ship is go straight to the Park Cafe in the Central Park area for the famous roast beef sandwiches and other light deli items. It's one of the few things open and if you don't make it back later you wont' feel like you missed something. After lunch take a quick walk around the ship paying special attention to the Solarium (forward at deck 16) Central Park (mid ship at deck 8) Royal Promenade (Deck 5 and also the deck you enter and leave the ship on) and finally the aft area where the Boardwalk is (deck 6). At one the rooms are ready and you can go up and put your bags away and check out your stateroom. We stayed in the Crown Loft Suite and I can't say enough good about this room. It's located in a special card accessed area in the aft of the ship on deck 17. The room features a full bath downstairs along with a very nifty dining table (it moves back and forth so that you can stow it out of the way when not using it) along with a flat screen tv, full couch and reading chair. Your balcony is large and there are 20 foot floor to ceiling glass windows to enjoy the view. I would recommend the starboard side rooms as the view will be better while in port. There is a loft area upstairs with your queen bed, another flat screen tv that pops out of the ceiling on command, a dressing/slash make up area and a full bath with a two person shower. The shower also boats a ceiling mounted rainforest shower head as well. Really all very nice. Our cabin attendants were Cherry and Mari Sol and I can't say enough about how much they made our trip. They were always there when we needed them and suprised me on my birthday with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Other suite ammenities include access to the concierge lounge on 11. Three reasons to go. One, the best breakfast on the ship is available in the lounge cooked to order and served in a luxurious private club style. Second, there is a cocktail hour from 5 - 830 where all bar drinks are gratis along with nice cheese and fruit displays pre dinner. Take advantage of both, you paid for it and it's worth it. The last reason may seem mundane but had me returning over and over again. They have a machine that grinds and instantly brews the best cafe latte I've ever had. The machine is available 24/7 and saved me alot of extra money by preventing me from paying for specialty coffee in the other areas. Our concierge was Ricardo Mock and he was excellent (note to RCCL, consider having the concierges in the lounge for longer hours) Also included for suite guests is the ability to walk into any performance without reservations simply by showing your gold card. There is also special reserved seating in most all venues for suite guests / another big plus. Amenities for suite level rooms also include a cocktail reception with the captain and other officers. Go, it's fun and you will meet most if not all of the specialty restaurant managers that you'll be asking for help from later on. The shows: Hairspray was by far the best broadway style show I've seen hands down. I was suprised by how much we all enjoyed and everyone on the ship agreed. A must do for everyone. A very close second is come fly with me also performed in the theatre later in the week. Amazing, amazing amazing. The Ice Show is great, the aqua show was okay. Didn't make it to the comedy club although heard very good things about it. Did see the Love and Marriage game and it was a hoot. Richard Spacey is very great at what he does. At first you think he's a bit goofy but when you realize that he's working his butt off to make sure you have fun and he honestly likes to be there and do what he's doing you gain a great deal of respect for him. What energy, we should all be so blessed. The street parties on the RP were all great. Make sure you look at your cruise compasss (delivered to your room the night before) to ensure you get to do what you want when you want. The food: I'll start by saying we never once went to the dining room. I heard good and bad but can't say myself. We did visit Giovanni's (excellent, must order the hand sliced proscuitto and great value), Chops twice (best veal chop I've ever had including the capital grille) Vintages (a wine bar with spainish style tapas and a huge wine list)Room service from the suites menu (as a suites guest you get a very much upgraded room service menu which is really just awesome), Izumi for sushi (best spicy tuna roll I've had in a long time and the cooking at the table on the hot rock was very cool) and the piece de resistance was sitting at the chefs table. The chefs table is pre booked for 14 guests per evening and is served on the second floor of the concierge lounge. The fee includes a five course meal, four paired wines and a signed copy of the RCCL cookbook. The value is immense when you consider we were drinking 50 - 100$ bottles of wine and you had the executive chef explain in detail how he prepared each dish along with the sommelier who discussed each wine, how it was made, where it was grown and why it worked with the course it was paired with. An amazing experience for everyone but for foodies it's a must. Pre book it by calling RCCL ahead of time or see the concierge on day one to book it. Never, ever go to the Windjammer unless it's your only option. It's crowded and the food is okay. Do plan to go to the solarium for breakfast and lunch, simply perfect. Also remember that when all else fails, you can get a quick slice of pizza at Sorrento on the RP and small sandwiches and sweets 24 hours per day at the Promenade Cafe. We bought the water package, it was totally worth it. We didn't buy the soda or wine package and I'm glad we didn't. We had more fun ordering by the glass and trying a bunch of new and different things. Port calls We swam with dolphins in cozumel which was a very nice excursion. We had a small group, the dolphinarium is well maintained, very clean, well run and your groups are small enough that you get good quality time with the dolphin. We splurged and bought the photos afterwards because they were very well done but keep in mind that a good deal of negotiation can happen before you settle on a price. We did not go to Coasta Maya but instead hung out and enjoyed more of the boat. We walked in Nassau for one hour but got back on and did some more Oasis exploring. On departure we opted to sleep in and leave about 9am. It was a little disorganized at first but then picked up after a few minutes and we were in the car by 930 or so. If anyone from RCCL reads this I have just a few thoughts on making a great experience a spectacular one. 1. Guest services desk on 5 was not well organized. Lines were generally long, agents to assist were limited and I found myself being drawn out of my general haze of happiness when I waited for over a half an hour to see an agent when it appeared that there were a bunch of folks just reading their computers and generally trying not to make eye contact with anyone in line. Managers in charge, do yourself a favor and watch whats happening in your guest services area at 8 o clock on the last night. It's not pretty. 2. Consider other ports of call, especially with the addition of the Allure. 3. The interactive tv system worked very well and was impressive in it's breadth of offerings. One thought, it seemed that as you added and deleted reservations for spa offerings, dinners, etc the system didn't update itself thus leading to some confusion for us during the week. This is probably something fixed very easily. Final thought, all service organizations are about their people as much as their product. RCCL has done an outstanding job of picking the best people available from around the world to make sailing the Oasis the best experience possible. Good job and congratulations. Remember, these gentlemen and ladies work their butts off seven days a week with little time off to make all of us happy. Don't forget to say thank you, don't quibble over the gratuities or even adding something extra for amazing service. Richard Spacey said something at the end of the cruise that I thought was profound. There were over 8000 people on our sailing including guests and staff representing over 80 nationalities. Everyone got along, learned a bit about other cultures/languages/religions and had a great time along the way. The lesson is clear for us all. Again, to all those that posted before me and offered great tips and advice, thank you! Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
I have been day dreaming ever since I returned from this cruise. I especially loved sitting on the Promenade Deck, and watching the other people go by. I loved the drinks at the Globe and Atlas especially the BBC, and the pizzas at ... Read More
I have been day dreaming ever since I returned from this cruise. I especially loved sitting on the Promenade Deck, and watching the other people go by. I loved the drinks at the Globe and Atlas especially the BBC, and the pizzas at Sorrentos were great! I was with ten other friends and family and we dined together every evening which made it even more enjoyable. The shows that we signed up for was fabulous and I advise anyone to sign up for the shows prior to going on the cruise as there were lines trying to get into each one. The staff was helpful, courteous, friendly. I was pleasantly surprised by the check in process, I fully expected to wait hours as I have done before with other cruise lines to board the ship. This is not the case with the Oasis. I had a balcony stateroom and it was comfortable and had lots of room under the bed for our luggage. My boyfriend is 63 and this was his first cruise and he remarked," after this there is no going backwards in our choice of cruises and cruise lines." I have been on many cruises but I can with all sincerity say this was the absolute best. I want to now go on the Allure when it is ready. I recommend this cruise with great enthusiasm. There is something for all ages. I was thrilled when I rode the carousel, and it brought me back to my childhood and happy days riding the carousel at Coney Island. This is a precious memory for me now riding the carousel on the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
We flew in a day ahead of time. Stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th st. Less then 5 minutes from the port. We were on the 6th floor and could see the OASIS in port Saturday morning. We checked out at noon time. Took the hotel shuttle to ... Read More
We flew in a day ahead of time. Stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th st. Less then 5 minutes from the port. We were on the 6th floor and could see the OASIS in port Saturday morning. We checked out at noon time. Took the hotel shuttle to the terminal. Cost was $7 per person. Make sure you have change or it will cost you $20. They won't have change. We dropped our luggage with the curbside porters. Then headed in. We were checked in, on board, in our room, in our bathing suits, and in the pool with a drink by 1:15pm. I was shocked. But officially on vacation. When you get your SEAPASS they will take your picture. They use a photo recognition system. It is amazing. Every picture they take of you will be placed in a file for you to look at when you want. At the end of the cruise you will have the option of purchasing a book with some of the photos taken. You get to choose the pictures you want. The book cost $99. The cd with all the photos on it cost $395. SO if you see a photographer have them take your picture. The book is designed to have photos from certain parts of the ship. If you don't have your picture taken on the boardwalk then it will put in a generic photo in that part of the book. We had formal pictures taken both nights and at three different locations. Get there early on formal night because EVERYONE will get their pictures taken. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THEM. But if you take enough of them you can get them in the book. We had an inside cabin on the 14th deck. Room 14675. Located right by the stairs and the elevators. Close to food, and pools. At the end of our hall is the hidden balcony that over looks the Aqua theater. The room was shockingly comfortable. But we didn't spend a lot of time in it. Just slept. Bed felt almost like home. All the info you need is on the interactive TV. Check dinner menus, how busy dinning places are at that moment. Check you bill, or see what is happening that night. I bought the soda package for just me. I had about 5 sodas every night a dinner. Just show your SEAPASS and you can fill up the cup they give you, or just get a plastic cup. If you don't drink a lot of soda, there is lemonade and some kind of flavored water, or ice tea in the dinning areas to drink. FREE ICE CREAM CONES. I think I had about 20 cones over the 7 days. There are machines in between the four pools and in the wipe out cafe. Yes there is a CUPCAKE STORE. Offering flavors like apple pie, root beer and CREAMSICLE. It you see one you like spend the $2.50 and get it then. They didn't last. I never got to try the apple pie. I got to ride the flow-rider during the ADULTONLY hours. OMG what a blast. I'm 47 and I was like a little kid. No wonder there is always a line. Go early and try it. The supervisors there were VERY HELPFUL in learning how to ride. Now I kinda wish I took the private lessons. Waited about 10 minutes for the zip line. Walk right in for the rock climbing, and walked right out with NUMB fingers. IT IS NOT EASY. SHOWS- all were fantastic. LOVED Come fly with me. Love and marriage show and THE QUEST is a must do. I am still sore from laughing. I only wish they did it more then one night. LABADEE-You can get off the ship and go to the beach at Labadee. Go past the GOLD CARD private beach and take a right. This will bypass the market place and bring you right to the beach. The meal on the beach had a large variety including RIBS. We rented a mat and floated all day. GREAT PICTURES from the beach with the OASIS right behind you. We were the first on the beach due to me riding the ZIP LINE at 8 am. I was told that sometimes they have to close it due to high winds in the afternoon. SO get up early an hit the beach. Take a nap on the hammock or in the SHADE. I didn't listen to my wife and got burned. BRING something for your feet on the decks. The areas around the pool and the solarium get VERY HOT. They offer towels for the pools. You put the deposit ($20) on your SEAPASS card. They take it off when you return it at the end of the cruise. You can exchange the towel as many times as you want. The WINDJAMMER was always packed during the middle of the day. We went twice. Could never find a place to sit and never went back. Johnny Rockets was $4.95 extra for lunch. I thought it was worth it. Breakfast was FREE there. As for the dinning room. We ate at the 8:30 sitting with our group. Three of the nights we were the only couple in our area of 4 tables. The menu had 4 regular items every night. I am a picky meat and potato guy. I had the chefs recommendation 4 nights and loved them all. I even had two entrees a few times. No one can due justice about describing this ship. It needs to be experienced to be believed. I miss it all ready. I thought it was funny that the two magazines in the cabin had Leonardo and Kate on the covers. COSTA MAYA-Didn't do much at this port. Could go to the beach, to rocky. But spent money. We went to Diamonds Internationals. I bought the CROWN of LIGHT. It was a 21 years of marriage gift. I got 68% off the retail value. Plus if I bring it back in a few years they will give me what I paid for it towards and upgrade. The ships shopping expert just happened to be there and helped me buy it. Said it was a great deal. My wife was SHOCKED and thats all that matters. I would have prefered a second day at Labadee instead of Costa Maya. COZUMEL-Here we did THE SECRET AMAZING RIVER. This is a must to do. It was the high light of our vacation. Discovered 4 years ago. Open to the public 2 years ago. This is outstanding to experience. First my wife hates the water if it is over her head and she is not to thrilled with tight spaces. She was skeptical about this trip. SHE WAS THRILLED that she did it. I was proud of her for trying it. You are given a wetsuit, life-vest, water shoes, and a lighted helmet. Then you go into the cave. About 45 feet underground. The water was 75. IT WAS DARK and beautiful at the same time. NO CAMERAS. They take photos for you and offer them for $59. They will give you about 70 pictures on the CD. I thought it was a good value. Great quality in the photos. They serve a small snack. Its not a lunch so don't expect much. If you can't go 6 hours without eating bring a snack from the ship. The total time was 6 hours but we were in the cave for only a little less then 2. You start off walking, at times you are waist deep, and then there is about a 10 minute time where you have to swim, but the wet suits make it easier. I thought it was easier swimming then walking. Walking in the water was the hardest because you could really see where you were putting your feet even though the water was crystal clear. I am a stay at home dad and my wife is a 1st grade teacher. DO NOT MISS THIS EXCURSION. It is something you will never forget. I PROMISE. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
We did back to back cruising on 21st august 2010 western caribbean, then eastern but unfortunately hurricane earl was due to hit St Thomas so we re visited Costa Maya and Cozumel. A little disappointed but we would rather be safe than ... Read More
We did back to back cruising on 21st august 2010 western caribbean, then eastern but unfortunately hurricane earl was due to hit St Thomas so we re visited Costa Maya and Cozumel. A little disappointed but we would rather be safe than travel in bad weather. We were celebrating our silver wedding and can only praise the whole ship and service as fabulous. We had late sitting for dining 8.30pm Opus dining room fab waiters were really great. we ate out in chops grille, giovannis, seafoodshack,johnny rockets and chefs table, all food was fab we particularly loved the chefs table. The ship was full both weeks but at no time did we feel it was overcrowded. Central Park was our favourite place and we are wine lovers so visited Vintages on more than one occasion. Managed to see all the shows over the two weeks Oasis of Dreams was our favourite with Hairspray a close second. We were very impressed at how quickly the check in process was and on change over day we disembarked and visited fort lauderdale for the day then re joined the ship which went very quickly an smoothly. Our Steward Henry was very helpful and cheerful he did a great job looking after us so well and we loved all the work he put into the animal towels. We would definitely cruise again on oasis and hope to visit the eastern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
PRE-BOARDING Check-in was SIMPLE. You will enter a large building, follow the Homeland Security staff, and wait in line according to your floor number on the ship. Have your credit card ready to be scanned on your Sea Pass card (which you ... Read More
PRE-BOARDING Check-in was SIMPLE. You will enter a large building, follow the Homeland Security staff, and wait in line according to your floor number on the ship. Have your credit card ready to be scanned on your Sea Pass card (which you will carry at all times on the ship). They will take your picture so that every time your card is scanned, your face will show up on their computer. Remember to bring some type of lanyard to wear around your neck. They will punch a hole in your Sea Pass card so that it can be with you at all times. DO NOT TAKE PICTURES while you are in the Homeland Security building. Cameras are NOT allowed. ONCE YOU ARE ON THE SHIP Once you are on the ship, you are encouraged to look around the ship and/or to eat in the Windjammer (every kind of food you could possibly imagine), Sorrento's (pizza), or the Promenade Cafe (sandwiches and desserts). You will need to wait until 1pm to get into your room. You could also bring your swimsuit and go swimming, as well. STATEROOMS The staterooms are extremely small. We had 3 adults and 1 child and fit our clothes in the large closet with hangers and small cubicles. The desk area/drawers can also be used for clothing. In a stateroom, there are twin beds and a couch that pulls out into a double bed. There is more room if the beds are put together (if you are also going to use the couch at night as a bed). The sheets and comforters are beautiful and beds are very comfortable. There IS a hair dryer but NO iron. We had a stateroom with a balcony, which was nice, but was not used much because it was so incredibly hot outside. Each stateroom has a large TV with an interactive keyboard. You can check out what is going on throughout the ship, your bill, dining options, and room service. The TV stations are limited and are pre-recorded. There is one channel for children. LAUNDRY There are NO laundry facilities on the ship. They do have laundry service BUT it is VERY expensive. On Thursday, they will offer to do one large bag of laundry (they provide it to you) for 25 dollars. It really wasn't worth it as it is just as easy to wash your clothes out in the VERY small sink and hang them on the deck. Bring a small container of laundry detergent if you do this. CLOTHING The most important item of clothing are bathing suits, cover-ups, and undergarments. Clothing can be worn over and over. Bring 2 'fancy' outfits....people wore dress pants/skirts/dresses to the formal dinners (Sunday and Thursday). A few people did wear VERY fancy clothes but this wasn't the norm. Nice capris /pants are adequate for the other nights. NO short shorts or tank tops are allowed in the dining room. In the summer months, it is VERY hot so dress accordingly. When you are on the ship, there are a few places that are outdoors and it will be very warm. Although we brought sweatshirts, we did NOT need them. DINING The dining room is the place to go for all meals? There are 3 floors....the 3rd and 4th are used for those that want set dining times (6 pm and 8 pm) and the 5th is used for the My Time Dining. The MTD is VERY nice because you can go to dinner anywhere between 5:30 (ideal time to eat) and 10:30, with or without a reservation. Breakfast can either be a ordered off of a menu or a buffet style (cut up fruit, yogurt, toppings of all kinds, eggs, bacon, sausage, etc.). Lunch can also be ordered from a menu or you can get a salad from the buffet (VERY good...). Breakfast and Lunch take place on the 4th floor. The Windjammer (located on the 16th floor and overlooks the pools) is open for all meals and has a variety of foods....more than you can imagine....buffet style. Sorrento's, Mondo's, and the Promenade Cafe are located on the Royal Promenade are open all the time. The Park Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and is located in Central Park. This restaurant is VERY cool and has some different foods that the other places don't offer. All of the other restaurants have a cover charge.....ranging from 4.95 to 75.00. If you are interested in dining there, you need to make reservations. In my opinion, Johnny Rockets is not worth it. Milkshakes are EXTRA and it cost the 4 of us 30 dollars to eat when we could have had a meal for nothing. BEVERAGES Order your soda pass card before you board. You will have your 'free' glass waiting for you in your room and you will be ready to go without the hassle of waiting in line. You can get milk/chocolate milk/lemonade/flavored water/water/coffee and tea at most dining places FOR FREE. You will pay for all other non-alcoholic, alcoholic, and specialty coffee drinks. Whether you are outside by the pool, walking through any of the public areas, or in a show, there are waiters always around asking if you want to try the drink of the day. These are NOT free and you will have to give them your Sea Pass card (which is linked to your credit card) in order to pay for them. If you have a soda pass, Coke products can be ordered for no extra charge. The bottled juice and water packages that are offered for a standard price (and are placed in your room) are NOT worth it as juice is available at all meals and water is free of charge at meals and at the bars. ENTERTAINMENT Make reservations for ALL shows before boarding. Very often, they will be full and you will need to wait in a line for a spot. Important ones: aqua show, ice-skating show, Hairspray, comic shows, and headliner shows. They are ALL worth seeing. If you are interested in ice-skating during open rink time, don't forget to bring long pants. They will provide the skates and the helmet. Children under the age of 6 will need to have a parent skate with them. INTERNET SERVICE There is an internet cafe on the 9th floor at the front of the ship. You can pay per minute or buy a block of minutes. The more you buy, the cheaper it is. I purchased 35.00 dollars worth and got .59 cents per minutes of usage. It was very easy to get on the internet....just swipe your sea pass card and you have access. You could instant message or even Skype. I had no problems at all. CELL PHONES/BEEPERS Our cell phones would probably have worked on board but we were too afraid of what the charges would be. You could rent iPhones/walkie-talkies that work only on the ship. If your child is part of the childcare program, they will give you a cell phone that can be used to call anywhere on the ship. There are phones located throughout and in your rooms to use with these on-ship only devices. IF someone needs to reach you in an emergency, they may be able to get through to your phone or they can email you or they can use this method: To speak with a passenger onboard, the caller dials 1-888-RC4-SHIP (724-7447) (United States only) or 1-732-335-3285 at a rate of $7.95 per minute. From outside the United States, an additional long distance charge will apply to the (732) number. The caller will next be prompted to enter his or her major credit card number (Visa®, MasterCard®, Discover®, American Express®, Carte Blanche®, JCB® or Diners Club®) and expiration date. The system obtains real-time validation for the charge and then initiates the call to the ship. A voice prompt will direct the caller to a specific ship. For example, "To call the Grandeur of the Seas, press 1#; to call the Rhapsody of the Seas, press 2#." Please note, billing begins when the call is first answered onboard the ship, not when the caller begins speaking with the guest. CHILDCARE If you have a child, from baby to teen, take advantage of the kids program. You can leave your child from 9-12, 2-5, and 7-10. You can leave them through lunch for a fee, through dinner if you sign up ahead of time (no fee), and after 10 for a fee. It does not start until Sunday but will continue daily until Friday evening. You are given a phone so that they can contact you while you are on the ship. You need to go to Adventure Ocean when you board and fill out the paperwork prior to leaving your child. EMERGENCY DRILL At 4:00 on Saturday, there will be an emergency drill that EVERYONE is required to attend. Make sure you look on the back of your stateroom door to see where your specific location will be and then make sure you check in at that spot. They will scan your Sea Pass card and will know if you aren't present. They will play a short emergency video. PICTURES There will be photographers taking pictures all the time but especially around dinnertime. Some take them as you are walking around the ship and others have a place where they have set up. Take advantage of this! You can visit the photo gallery located above the Royal Promenade and choose which ones you like best. Each person will have their own folders where pictures are placed. You can also access them on the many kiosks around the gallery. Pictures tend to be a bit expensive but are usually high quality. PORTS If you are having trouble deciding if you want to get off the ship at any of the ports, ask the staff members on board. They will be able to tell you if it is worth the time and effort. Most ports have piers so that you can just walk off the ship and onto the land. You will need to carry your Sea Pass card as well as passport/photo ID. It is a very easy process. If you do decide to stay on the ship, it is a great time to be at the pool as they are virtually empty. 99% of the people do get off at the different ports. This was the BEST vacation I have ever taken. The ship is magical, the staff is wonderful, and the entertainment is spectacular. Take advantage of everything it has to offer? Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
First of all, we stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 hotel the night before and 2 thumbs down for that place. The air conditioning was not functioning so we complained and it was 'fixed' but not really. We ate at the one restaurant at ... Read More
First of all, we stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 hotel the night before and 2 thumbs down for that place. The air conditioning was not functioning so we complained and it was 'fixed' but not really. We ate at the one restaurant at the pier there and the food was pretty bad and so was the service. I was very disappointed and should have just stayed at a cheaper hotel. Anyway, we showed up at 12:15 to board the ship even though our info said to show up at 2:00 and we got on in 20 mins or so just like everyone else says you will. We headed to Central Park on deck 8 and it was packed with people but we managed to find a seat at the Park Cafe and get something to eat while waiting to get into our stateroom. Our bags didn't show up until after 5 p.m. so we had to hurry to get ready for our 6 o'clock dining experience. First problem we encountered was we did not have an assigned table at the dining room for some reason even though we had requested to be at a table with other couples. We then were placed at a 4 person table but the other couple only showed up 2 nights so that was disappointing also. The wait staff was fabulous though so we enjoyed their company throughout the week. The food was just good most meals and great a few times. By our second night, we hit some rough seas and boy oh boy could you feel it at the front of the ship. The bed was moving, hangars banging, doors jiggling. It was bad. Unfortunately for me, I am prone to motion sickness and I had even taken the precaution of seeing my doctor and getting a prescription for the patch you put behind your ear. I saw many, many people wearing these patches throughout the week. Problem was, there are side effects from this patch and I had all of them, including nausea, dry mouth and best of all blurred vision and dialated pupils! By Monday when I couldn't read at all I realized something was terribly wrong and had my friend read the patch info and discovered I was experiencing the side effects and it said to remove the patch immediately and see your doctor. So Monday, the ship was moving like crazy and you'd be walking down the hallway and it felt like a roller coaster. My point is, don't let anyone tell you that you won't feel a thing. We definitely did and until we docked in St. Thomas on Tuesday, it was rough going. Luckily the seas calmed and I was okay the rest of the week. We worked out in the gym a few mornings and it is a nice facility but pretty crowded. We did the zipline and it was fun although a little scary. I also had a great time at the Schooner Bar playing the 'Name that Michael Jackson Tune' contest. I got 24 out of 25 and won! I'm obviously a big fan. There is always something going on around the ship so you're never bored. We did some shopping and bought watches and purses for $10/each one night on the promenade. The cruise director, Richard Spacey, is also a hoot. Funny, funny guy. He did dance sequence before the headliner show that was awesome. I'm glad I got to see that even though the headliner was not for me (Texas Tenors). The rest of the shows were all Broadway quality. I especially enjoyed 'Come Fly with Me' - excellent singing, acrobatics and do not miss this! We signed up for all the shows online a month before and you should definitely do this. If I were to do this again, I would get a room in the middle of the ship on a lower deck to help w/the sea sickness, I wouldn't get off the ship at Nassau - just a bunch of junk there and nothing to see. St. Thomas was so-so and we basically just shopped for jewelry. We went to St. Martin (French side) and did some more shopping which was fun. Wanted to make it to the beach but the weather wasn't cooperating. What else? Getting off the ship was a breeze and we were almost 4 hours early for our 11:55 flight back home to D.C. No worries. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010
As first-time cruisers we found this ship to be wonderful! We found the boards' and members' reviews to be of great help and felt quite at home on embarkation. We boarded around 11:30 and roamed the ship until we were able to ... Read More
As first-time cruisers we found this ship to be wonderful! We found the boards' and members' reviews to be of great help and felt quite at home on embarkation. We boarded around 11:30 and roamed the ship until we were able to enter our room. Signs and help were everywhere to assist on embarkation. We contacted housekeeping and asked for a lounger to be brought to our balcony room. We had to call a second time, a few hours later, but did receive the lounger. Be sure and request a lounger! We made reservations ahead on-line. Be sure and do this as many weren't able to see the shows, due to the full ship. The shows were first class. We sat in the 2nd row to see Hair Spray. My hubby was blown away by the show! It appeals to all ages. I had seen it on stage and this production was just as great! We arrived 45 minutes early to all the shows. We had choice seats every time. We were irritated by the person sitting next to me in the front row of the ice show. He had a huge camera and constantly clicked. They say no flashes but people can still bring cameras and take pictures. The man behind him also took pictures! I wish they would ban cameras completely, once the shows start as I couldn't appreciate the ice show fully. The ice show also had an artist who held our breaths! I can't begin to review what she did....it was so creative! I loved the water show! We sat higher up as the first few rows are splashed with water. The swimmers are so talented. It was fun to read their backgrounds on the outside screens. I would have liked to have learned more about the ice skaters. I was afraid I wouldn't like the comedians but they were great!! Somehow they didn't need to resort to unnecessary vulgarity. We ate at the 6PM dining seating every evening. We are glad we did not do the My Time Dining. The two of us were put at a table with 7 other adults. We enjoyed talking with them at the evening meal and often we were near the last to leave. We really didn't mingle with many of the other people on board as there were many foreigners and groups traveling together. So I appreciated the meal time. For formal nights, men do need to wear at least a coat and tie. My hubby did not bring a tie and he was one of the few who did not have a tie. There were some tuxes. We had room service on our balcony for three mornings. What a pleasure! My hubby also liked the food in Wipe Out Cafe!! We went once to the Windjammer for lunch! What a mess! You had to hunt for seats and people were pushy! The food was nothing special and we didn't need the hastle! The Solarium was a haven for some peace. It was laid back and you could enjoy the beauty of the ocean. You could also get healthy meals in the Solarium. The main pools were extremely crowded. We don't enjoy being on top of people and we found spots in and around the Solarium to sun. We did not see many people use the cupcake store. You could get free desserts at the coffee shop on deck 5. We even tried the pizza at Sorrentos. Bingo was expensive. It cost $55 to play 4 hands and it was $72 on the last day. Of course, the person who won the free cruise didn't mind paying $72. Luckily I was so busy that I couldn't lost all my money in the Casino! They would announce that someone had won but you never saw anyone happy and shouting! Disembarkation was a breeze. You could walk off with your luggage and that is what we did! We left around 6:30 AM and were at the airport by 7 AM. I would strongly suggest you walk off with your luggage. Taxis were waiting and it was a breeze. It was easier going through customs than going through security at the airport. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
We wanted to combine a trip to Florida with the luxury of a cruise and the Oasis of the Seas was the ultimate family luxury cruise. It exceeded the expectation of all family members from our grandchildren of 10 & 13, their parents in ... Read More
We wanted to combine a trip to Florida with the luxury of a cruise and the Oasis of the Seas was the ultimate family luxury cruise. It exceeded the expectation of all family members from our grandchildren of 10 & 13, their parents in their early forties, to grandparents in their 60`s. Our grandson never wanted to leave the children's club asking to be left there until it closed at 2am ( we allowed him a few stays till closure). Our grand-daughter loved the ice-rink & took her own skates and showed her prowess at twirling and jumping on ice. She also loved the zip-wire & flow rider whilst the older members loved the more sedate activities of the pool & mini-golf but we did try the dancing in the night clubs, sometimes the the early hours. The cabin was well fitted with everything that could be required but the case storage fell a little short and the 2 cases had to be stored under the bed but one end stuck out and we kept falling over it. Our son, daughter in law & 2 children (13 & 10) were also in an inside L cabin number 8443 and they found it extremely cramped. The did not have enough storage for all their clothes and did not unpack all the cases and there was no where to stow them either. Once the bed settee had been put up for the children there was no room to move around. A more roomy family cabin would have been better for them. We paid the full adult fare for the children and the adults via Virgin Cruises and felt this was the only dissatisfaction we had on the whole cruise as we couldn't upgrade either with Virgin or directly with Royal Caribbean Cruises. Food is never ending and plentiful and of excellent quality and a diet before boarding is a must as the waist-line does increase on leaving. Entertainment is to suit all tastes from the Diving pool shows to ice shows and theatre extravaganzas. The only down side is when you have to leave and say goodbye but with the promise that you will try to return next year. Our grandchildren have now been spoilt with the size and quality of Oasis of the Seas and demand nothing less than this excellence. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
It was our first cruise (mother and daugther trip)and we really didn't know what to expect! The porter took our lugguage from the carb and we were checked in within 15mins. Our room was ready by 1pm but our bags didn't arrive ... Read More
It was our first cruise (mother and daugther trip)and we really didn't know what to expect! The porter took our lugguage from the carb and we were checked in within 15mins. Our room was ready by 1pm but our bags didn't arrive until 4pm... So if anyone wants to use the pool etc, pack a carryon bag with you. We booked all the entertainments and speciality restaurant online and the entertainments were all great, however, we couldn't book online for the japanese restaurant and they were full for the entire week on day 2 of the trip! The fancy restaurant 150 Central Park was good, but don't expect Michelin star standard, the Italian restaurant was aweful, I had to sent back the beef, and the table next to ours had to send back their soup (it was sooo salty). The main dining room's food was only average. We also tried the Solarium for dinner, it was average, nothing to write home about.... overall, don't expect too much with the food onboard. We tried the spa few times, and they are quite pushy on selling you products after our treatment. But, the treatment itself were good.... The port excursions were okay, on Labadee, we visited a 'so-called' village, but the villagers were all in fact "actors/actress", they don't even live there!! They are only here whenever the cruise ships are, so if anyone wants to see the real Haitian culture, don't bother joining this tour! Dolphins encounter at Cozumel were great! Must try! Overall we had a great time, service was top notch everywhere on the ship! We are going to try the new NCL Epic next time, hope its as good as the Oasis. I've uploaded the slideshow of our trip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx2GZ9mfKZo Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
Embark and Disembark - Royal Caribbean handled both these aspects of the cruise very well. Once we arrived at the terminal, we had our sea pass in hand and walking into the ship within 40 minutes. Very streamlined processes. Upon ... Read More
Embark and Disembark - Royal Caribbean handled both these aspects of the cruise very well. Once we arrived at the terminal, we had our sea pass in hand and walking into the ship within 40 minutes. Very streamlined processes. Upon disembarking, our number stated that we would leave at 9:10 a.m. The Opal Theatre was very congested and not enough seating to handle this process. People were sitting on the ground waiting for the number sequence to be called. Very hot and they seemed to be delayed. Once outside we had no chance of calling our shuttle service. The RC workers we hustling people into cabs and getting them out of the terminal so there would be no lingering. Staterooms - Very well laid out and lots of storage in cupboards, drawers, closets and shelving. Empty suitcases were able to fit under the bed and out of the way. The little table in front of the sofa was a nuisance and took up too much room, but we were able to slide it to the side between the sofa and the closet otherwise you would have run into it. Cabins were beautifully decorated. Bed linens were lovely. LCD TV on the wall was able to be pulled out a bit and turned to watch it in the bed. Balcony area was more than adequate and was kept very clean by the stateroom attendant. Food - All no-fee areas had plenty of food choices. Meals were hot and fresh. Opus Dining Room food was excellent with wonderful choices of low fat entrees and a wide variety of other entrees. The Windjamer Cafe (Buffet)was very busy, but once you were in the food lines were not crowded and the variety of food was great, however, trying to get a alcoholic beverage in the cafe was very poor. Some of the waiters did not know what a "Mimosa" was and had to call in another waiter to handle the order. Fee restaurants were easy to get into, but you felt very rushed. Service - Our Stateroom Attendant was excellent. He kept our room clean and attended to any of our requests. Our Poolside Waiter was great. For the amount of people he served in the time we were there, he never forgot to come back to make sure we were satisfied with the drink and whether or not we needed another. The Waiter and Assistant waiter in the Opus Dining Room were great. Made our dinner time very enjoyable with joking around. One night we were going to a show and told them the night before that we would not be in the next day. The waiter said it was lobster night the next night and that when the show was over just to come in and he would save us dinner. When we got to our table each of us had two or three tidbits of the appetizers on a plate; they saved us two lobster tails each; and for dessert they gave us a little tidbit of each that was on the menu. Very thoughtful. Entertainment - Very good choices. Comedy show; Headliner show; and Aqua Show were great. Just remember to book the times and day you want on the RC website before you go on the cruise otherwise you would not be able to get in. Activities - Lots to choose from. A "must do" is the Zip Line. It was a blast however due to the number of people wanting to do this you were only allowed to do it once. When you first arrive on the ship make sure you book your Zip Line time near the Wipeout Bar. There was a line up, so be prepared to wait. We arrived on the ship on the Saturday and our time was booked for Thursday. You were not allowed to pre-book this on the internet before leaving for your cruise. Many other activities like the mini-putt were not busy so there was not problem in doing that. The Flowrider was another activity where line ups were deep. Very busy. Lots of other daily activities to choose from on a day to day basis. Pools/Hot Tubs - For the amount of people on the cruise there were plenty of loungers to sit on and the pools and hot tubs were not overly crowded. There was alway RC staff checking chlorine levels and doing clean up around these areas. Shore Excursions - These are best to book via the internet before you go on the cruise as many of them were booked. The ports were very well organized getting on and off. The down side....do not get involved with "Shopping Shelby"....it is like taping an commercial for the ports. You had to clap when she told you too and laugh when she told you to as the promotion was being taped and put on the cruise TV for others to see!!! They offer you a coupon book to buy for $25.00 which they say includes many coupons for the ports you are stopping in. It was a rip off.....you would have to spend days in one port to take advantage of the coupons for that particular port and the coupon book included coupons for ports in the Caribbean you would not even be docking at. They do not tell you that when promoting the book. Friends of ours cornered "Shelby" later in the day and told her what they thought of the get together....she got very defensive and walked away. Vitality At Sea - The GYM was state of the art and we never had a problem getting on any machine. The SPA facilities we did not use due to the cost (a couples massage $300.00+ U.S.). The SALON was very expensive and although I used it personally I would never use it again. My stylist "Malcom" did nothing but complain how much he hated working there and couldn't wait for his contract to be up in four months. He washed and trimmed an inch off my long hair for a ridiculous price of $75.00. I signed for that service which went on our sea pass account, however, the next day when checking our account there was another charge for $55.00 one minute after my charge of $75.00 went through. It took us hours to get this straightened out, but had we not checked our sea pass we would not have known that they ripped us off for $55.00 plus the automatic gratuity. Not very happy with this service and would not do it again. Summary - The "Oasis of the Seas" was absolutely breathtaking. You did not want for anything and were treated like Royalty. Most of the staff were very accomodating. There was plenty to do and for the number of passengers on the ship it really did not seem crowded. Unfortunately the "Boardwalk" area was not busy at all. All the food areas charged a fee and basically the areas was used to walk through to get to the Aqua Theatre. I am sure parents found it a little expensive to take their children there. The carousel was beautiful and was used by children and adults. The Rising Tide Bar is a must. The Focus area to pick up photos taken on the ship was very well organized. Would definitely take another RC cruise on the "Oasis of the Seas" and cannot wait to see its sister ship "Allure of the Seas". Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
The whole experience was thoroughly amazing - we checked in, through the new terminal building in Fort Lauderdale extremely helpful staff, we got out the taxi and straight away our luggage was taken, having used the labels sent in our ... Read More
The whole experience was thoroughly amazing - we checked in, through the new terminal building in Fort Lauderdale extremely helpful staff, we got out the taxi and straight away our luggage was taken, having used the labels sent in our cruise booklet.So then we proceeded into the terminal , quickly directed into the disabled line up, where staff were on hand to meet all my needs as required . Then the welcome on board photo shoot we were bowled over by the slick polished performance. Our cabin was outstanding gosh were we excited !! Several tannoys guide us through the first departure - then to play with the interactive tv , booking our trip at each port I was travelling with my brother and his wife so they linked our cabins so we could book our trips together . Then to dinner all the dining experience we did at our time dining when we wanted basically and the longest line up was about 5- 10 mins thevwaiting staff were very attentitive having paid our gratuaties up front we ate , any wine we had left was saved for the next night which amazed us , the food was excellent and very well presented. Away from the restaurents the staff were always on hand to guide you . Next the shows from water, ice , brordway and headliners I went twice to the ice and broadway show brilliant . Guidence for all activites were via a daily newspaper left in your cabin each day , your rooms were cleaned twice a day on the second session your cabin staff made attractive animals with a towel so we found going back to your cabin at the end of the night exciting too just to see what animal you had got . Overall all a six star experience by Royal Caribean !!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
As a cruise virgin, I referred to this board quite a few times as a lurker to help my husband and I decide which cruise to take, which excursions, how to get the most out of our vacation, and so forth. I thought I would return the favor by ... Read More
As a cruise virgin, I referred to this board quite a few times as a lurker to help my husband and I decide which cruise to take, which excursions, how to get the most out of our vacation, and so forth. I thought I would return the favor by posting a review of our trip. Keep in mind this review is through the eyes of a first-time cruiser, so I can't really say how my experience compares to what it may have been like on another ship! I went on the cruise with my 26 year old husband. I am a 28-year old graduate student, and this is shaping up to be my last spring break ever, so that was the occasion. We flew in to Ft. Lauderdale from Portland, OR the day before our cruise, and spent the night in Miami. Both my husband and I have been to Florida before, but not as adults, so we enjoyed the experience and it gave us time to shake off our 9-hours of flying before boarding the ship. [Side note: I live in uber-casual Portland, and I was pretty flabbergasted by the nighttime dress code in South Beach where we stayed. Honestly, I have been to quite a few places that are known for their nightlife and on average I've never been to a place where the average young woman dresses more like a working girl. I include many major cities in North America, Latin America, and Europe. I realize this makes me sound provincial, but I was really taken aback! Even the hostess at our pretty upscale restaurant would have looked totally at home in one of Nevada's brothel lineups!! OK, moving on.] After a quick drive to Ft. Lauderdale the next day, we boarded the ship at the pier. Our boarding time was 2pm and we got to the pier around 2:30, walked to the terminal and got right on. No lines whatsoever; it probably took under ten minutes. We had checked our luggage at the entrance to the terminal and it got to our stateroom before dinner, but it definitely took a couple hours, which was fine. There's a lot to see. The ship, obviously, is very large. Here's where you have to keep in mind that I have nothing to compare this to. We had a 14th-floor stateroom with a balcony overlooking Central Park, and the view was pretty underwhelming. It was pretty, and having a balcony eliminated any claustrophobia from the room, but we could have been overlooking the central atrium of any Embassy Suites (excepting the fact that there are restaurants and a few shops off of the Park, which is actually pretty cool). At the time we booked, which was pretty last-minute, the ocean view balconies were about $200 more than the one we had. In retrospect I probably would've paid extra and gone with that. I was worried that there would be noise considering we were directly below the pool deck and indeed could see it easily from our balcony. This turned out to be not an issue at all. Amazed at how soundproof those balcony doors are!! Does anyone else think it's weird that the TV is almost not visible from the bed? Doesn't everyone watch TV from their bed when they're in a hotel? Is it just me, perhaps? Instead it is opposite the loveseat. Which frankly didn't get a lot of use, being as the room itself is so small. I don't know...maybe it's just my own lifestyle or something. There is plenty to do. We did the flow-rider (extremely fun, I highly recommend this, even if it's not something you can imagine yourself doing), the zip line (meh), and we attended the ice show (Frozen in Time), the aquatic show (Oasis of Dreams), and the acrobatic show (Come Fly with Me). I thought Come Fly With Me was incredible, though my husband preferred Frozen in Time. We both loved Oasis of Dreams. All in all, worth going to. He refused to see Hairspray, but we heard it was quite good as well. Most people were shocked that we had passed that one up, but musical theater is just not remotely his thing. We also got a lot of sun. Actually too much--we got a bit sunburned, and though it didn't really affect us too much, it was a bummer. Oh well, our fault! That's what happens when you live in a place where it rains 9 months out of the year. However it did give us a chance to see why they put one of the coveted formal dinners near the end of the cruise--Lobster Night is People! ;-D We ate in the main dining room once for breakfast and twice for dinner, and spent the rest of our evening meals in specialty restaurants, which apparently is unusual! But honestly, it's still cheaper than a tropical vacation any other way if you just pay for drinks and dinner, and who wants to eat in a restaurant that large all the time when there are so many other restaurants on board? My caveat is that I'm a vegetarian (no meat, including seafood) so perhaps that was why I found the steakhouse underwhelming. We enjoyed all the food we had, but didn't find any of it to be out of this world. Neither would I call any of it bad. It cracks me up to read the way they tout the no-cost pizza joint as being "just like a converted factory" or something. More like just like a Sbarro in your nearest shopping mall. That said, it was convenient to be able to grab a free pizza or little sandwich in the Promenade whenever we wanted to. The shops: I found them pretty underwhelming, so I'm glad I didn't go for the shops. For example, we got sunburned (see above) and no shop on board had aloe. I don't expect to get anything I want--this is a floating city, after all--but seriously, aloe? Isn't that something that they should stock, given the fact that approximately 75% of the people had visible sunburns? The drinks--wow. I put myself in the hands of my bartenders, and just told them what I liked and asked them to make me "something good without tequila." I got different drinks every time and they were incredibly strong every time. Good job, bartenders! Obviously, heavy drinkers will spend a lot on cruises. The omnipresent cocktail servers and the bars every ten feet make sure of that. Luckily I am not a heavy drinker (2 drinks per day on vacation, perhaps?), and my husband doesn't drink at all (alcohol, that is)! My fellow cruisers were fine. Apparently there were 500 teenagers on board (according to a kids' services staffer who we chatted with on the elevator) and a decent number of senior citizens, but I would say it was largely middle-aged people, young families, and people in our age range (20s and 30s). Here's something that may be controversial given my reading audience on this board! Probably the most annoying recurring trait I found in our fellow cruisers were the frequent cruisers who felt the need to start every conversation with, "I've been on 27 cruises, and this is my 14th on Royal Caribbean, and...." and then they would proceed to compare this ship with every other ship in a self-important fashion. Seriously, about half our conversations started this way and went on for about twenty minutes. Generally, we would hear about ways in which the Oasis compared unfavorably to their other cruises, such as "Giovanni's Table is not nearly as good as Portofino's," or "This ship is too big, it takes forever for the elevators." I got really over that type of attitude by the end of the trip. Save it for cruisecritic.com, people! :-) By the way, we did see a guy wearing a Cruise Critic t-shirt on the pool deck one day. Anyone want to own to it? Crowded: yes, it was a bit crowded on the pool deck, but it was easy to find secluded areas to look at the ocean and read, as well. I really spent about ten minutes total waiting in lines on this cruise. Finding our ways around: Seriously I am notorious for getting lost in large office suites, etc so I was sure this would be an issue for me, but I never had a bit of trouble with it. I saw some people consulting the maps on the interactive televisions that were near each elevator lobby and was baffled. If even I could do it, awful as I am, who are these people who couldn't...and what must their lives be like when driving around? :-) The staff were extremely polite, and pretty friendly (some more than others). However, more than one of them told us that their staff quarters were half the size of what they were on other cruise ships, and they are worked to the bone--not a day off. Now, they have two months off for vacations, but it still seems pretty rough to me. When I'm not a graduate student, I'm a therapist, but I don't think it was my active listening techniques that drew this information out. I think the staff is legitimately discontent. That said they were very good to us. I mention the Port and Shopping Guide, "Shopping Shelby," in my review of St. Thomas, below. I had a massage and facial in their spa on the 5th day. WOW--I was very impressed with the size and feel of this spa. Incredible! Can't believe they have a spa like this ON A BOAT! All in all, in keeping with the impressive scale and amenities of everything else on the Oasis. I'm not sure what else to put in this review, being so new, but please see my port reviews below. A final note: we used RC's valet service at the end of the trip. They took our bags the night before and we didn't see them again until we arrived in Portland late that night, and provided a boarding pass. In other words, the day of disembarkation, we simply got off the ship, took a cab to the airport, and walked through security to our gate. No check-in, no messing with luggage, nothing. I'm less conservative with money than my husband (he would fairly say less sensible), so I thought it was great. He thought the $20 per-person charge was a bit pricey, but given that we had four hours to kill between disembarkation and getting to the airport, ultimately worth it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
This is my first time cruise and was not into cruising until I found out about Oasis of the Seas. I spent so much time watching it being built and following her crossing to Ft. Lauderdale. I went on 3/20/10 with my friend and we had lots ... Read More
This is my first time cruise and was not into cruising until I found out about Oasis of the Seas. I spent so much time watching it being built and following her crossing to Ft. Lauderdale. I went on 3/20/10 with my friend and we had lots of fun! The ship is beautiful and looks way better then the renderings in the brochure! From the car to the ship was in 10 minutes, I was really shocked that it happened. There was a total of 5,800+ people on board and it never felt like it! That was one thing I was really nervous about since I never cruised before. The only time it was busy was when a show was let out or the parade was going on, other then that it never felt crowded. The ship is very easy to get around, they have wayfinders to help you find your room or what's going on around the ship. Our room was a balcony room on deck 11, it was perfect in size, I read a lot of people on here saying its too small and not enough closet space. My friend and I fit all of our clothes in the closet. There were enough hangers to hang our shirts (about 20) and the little cubbies held my shorts, socks, and other items. The beds were by the balcony and was happy to have the couch by the closet to make it easier to get in. The closet doors have a "self close" function when you shut them which was neat. The bathroom was roomy for me, the shower was fine and the water can get really hot! There was a mini fridge but it was stocked with candy, soda and water that they will charge you if you take it, $3.95 for a bottle water?! go and get free water from the park cafe! Carl was our state room attendant and he was great! There was an animal towel on our beds every night and always a chocolate on our pillows. Our room was always taken care of right away and very quickly. He always had a smile on his face and always said hello and asked us how we were, asked if we needed anything as well. Thank you Carl, you were great! The food was good, I heard a lot of people complaining about it but we both like it a lot. I was expected to hate the windjammer but was surprised that it taste good, had no problems at all, even ate their for dinner one night! The cupcakes were very good and so were the donuts! The key lime one was really tangy but yummy. I didn't have the ice cream since they were basic flavors and nothing different (no cookies and cream, chocolate chip cookie dough) just plain with topping (which were extra), so I had the free ice cream at the wipeout cafe. The food there was good too, my friend loved the nachos. Pizza was good and Johnny Rockets was yummy, their onion rings were to die for. The main dining room was good, only ate there two night since there was so many other venues to choose from. But the service in the main dining room was outstanding! Every little detail was there to make you feel like our the only customer! Park Cafe was good, the lemonade was strong, but I like it that way. My friend had to water it down a little. The cupcakes were very good, I got a chocolate lovers and a coke-a-cola, the coke one was different, but I ate it all up. There was a lot to do on the ship, we were never bored. We liked the trivia games in the schooner bar with Peter. He was a blast! We did the stargazing one night and were on the helipad which was cool since your not aloud on there. We got to see the International Space Station fly by, The guy said that it was very rare to see and we were very lucky to witness that! We did a central park tour and was informative. Richard Spacey, our cruise director was awesome, he was super funny and very energetic! The comedy club was great, there were two performers. One was funny and the other had me belly laughing! My friend played the casino three nights and won twice, the slots really didn't pay off. Central Park was beautiful I really liked it a lot, it was very peaceful at night and pretty. The boardwalk was cool and so was the amphitheatre. The solarium was really relaxing and a great place to get away. I like the deck on top of the bridge, it was a great view. The elevators were sometimes slow but not a big deal, if I was a few decks away I would take the stairs so it was no problem. We went on the rising tide bar and it was fun, the water fountains on the bottom were really nice and was really cool to watch. The shows were awesome! I didn't see Hairspray because I'm not into musicals and I didn't get to see the Headliner show. But the rest were great! I loved the aquatheater water shows, they were fun to watch. We didn't use the fitness center, why work out when your on vacation? They played movies in the aquatheater when nothing was going on which was nice for the kids. We watch the belly flop contest and it was fun to see. Also saw the sexy legs contest which was funny! I noticed the cleanliness was very good, there were always people cleaning something and when it came to the pools, they were always a team at dinner time cleaning every little spec! Now to the ports. Our first stop was St. Thomas, when you got off the ship it was really beautiful until you head downtown. The whole area was run down, I saw two police officers holding AK-47s, when I saw that I was really nervous. The taxi driver tried to drop all of us down some lonely ally and a lady said she wanted to be dropped off at the post office and he said no, so everyone on the taxi was trying to bribe him into taking us there. Finally when he saw we weren't getting off, he compiled. The downtown was really bad, people all over and cars honking at anything that moved. Free roaming chickens everywhere and bunch of crazy people talking to themselves. We spent 30min shopping and had enough and went back to the ship for lunch. After lunch we wanting to go to Havensight for the paradise point skyride. The man at the taxi port told us what taxi to get on to take us there. We both asked just to be sure if that's where the taxi was heading to, he said yes. We got on and the taxi driver pulled off the side to collect the money. As he came to us we asked again just to make sure if he was going to Havensight. We asked and he just starting yelling like crazy, we both told him that the guy at the port told us that YOU were going to go to Havensight. He was really rude and told us that we had to catch another taxi (another $8.00) to get there. By that time I was pissed and ready to tell him off and to get my money back and catch a different taxi but my friend just told me to calm down and it was no big deal. Fast forward... we got to the skyride and it was ok, $21.00 per person to ride up a mountain to arrive at a non a/c restaurant with flys and humidity. Though the view was beautiful, so it was worth it for the view. On the way back we got a taxi heading back to the ship and what happened next makes me never want to go to St. Thomas again... as we were in downtown trying to get back to the ship the taxi driver stopped for this guy, which it seemed to be someone he knew and he told him to get in the car. Now the cab is separated from the rest of the back (A pickup truck with benches in the back). I then saw him take out a wad full of money, a lot of $50s and $20s and handed it to the guy in the front seat, then the guy gave him some bottles. My friend told me it was shampoo bottles and I know shampoo does not cost THAT much! I really think I have just witness a drug deal and felt really unsafe, I was hoping he really was going to take us back to the ship and not rob us! Right when we got back on the ship I felt safe and did not want to go back out again. Next stop St. Maarten. We got up early and watch the ship pull into port, I was still wondering if it was going to be as bad as St. Thomas but I tried to think positive. We paid $6.00 each for a water taxi to get to the downtown area, it was a good price and you can ride it all day. When we got there it was really nice, my favorite out of all the ports. Less crowded and more cleaner looking. The water was gorgeous and the people were more friendly, but we did run into someone really rude...we were walking down the street and my friend was taking pictures, well this guy comes out of a shop and says "please don't take my picture, I don't want to be in your picture". We thought he was joking and we both laughed and my friend said "nooo don't worry I wont" then the guy says "If you take my picture I'll mash your F****** camera!!!!" My friend and I both got real quiet and turned right around and headed back to the ship. We tried not to let it get to us since we were on vacation. Anyway we decided to go back out and head to the beach, it was nice, water was warm and it was very hot out, but hey, it's better then the cold! So St. Maarten was better then St. Thomas. Last port was Nassau, in our cruise compass we got the night before it said to be careful in Nassau because of the increase in crime rate, now I'm thinking "oh great St. Thomas all over again". We got their 50min early thanks to out captain and there were 4 other ships in port, carnival destiny, disney wonder, carinval sensation and the msc poesia. And man let me tell you we over looked all of the ships! It was so cool to see everyone stair at us and taking pictures. As we were pulling in, the cruise director from the Carnival Destiny went over the loud speaker and announce "There's the worlds biggest cruise ship everyone, I'm not impressed". I was laughing so hard because I know he's jealous that he can't work on Oasis. We got off the ship and had to maze our way through the crowd to get to the city. There were cars everywhere and it was very polluted and you couldn't breath, plus some parts smelled like urine. Once again people everywhere and there trying to sell you something. We wanted to go to the Queens Staircase which was a couple of blocks away, so we decided to walk there. Once you get to the back roads it gets quiet and lonely and we some some not so friendly looking groups in the distance, so we decided just to forget it and go back since there was nothing else to do. So to sum it up we had a great time, I know if I was on any other cruise ship, I most likely would not want to cruise again. But on Oasis you'll never get bored. There were always activities to do. We booked another cruise on Oasis next year and are going on a western one. I want to check out Royal Caribbeans resort in Haiti. Royal Caribbean has a new customer and I wouldn't want to sail with anyone else. Thank you Royal Caribbean for a vacation I'll never forget!!!!!! :D Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
My wife I were first time cruisers and did not realize what we had gotten ourselves into when we booked the Oasis! The day after we booked the cruise there was a special on Good Morning America and I was blown away at how big and beautiful ... Read More
My wife I were first time cruisers and did not realize what we had gotten ourselves into when we booked the Oasis! The day after we booked the cruise there was a special on Good Morning America and I was blown away at how big and beautiful the ship was. We went into the cruise with the attitude that it would be our best vacation ever and it didn't disappoint us one bit. First of all being first time cruisers we made two major mistakes to start the vacation, first we booked a flight on the same day as the cruise and secondly we had a connecting flight. We are from Minnesota and flew from MSP to Atlanta and were to catch a connecting flight from Buffalo, NY. We were to arrive in Ft. Lauderdale at 1:00 pm and with the delay were scheduled to arrive at 2:40 pm. Luckily everything went smooth after that and we were on the ship by 3:20. Complaints about the Windjammer are unfounded. Yes, it is buffet food and is probably not up to the standards of a sit down restaurant but I went there probably six or seven times including breakfast, lunch and one dinner. As busy as it was most times we easily found seating each time. One tip to remember is that you can check your interactive TV and see how busy each restaurant is. We ate at Johnny Rockets for breakfast twice (complimentary) and is was good. As far as the bars we spent most of our time in either Schooner's or down on the promenade in front of the Atlas bar. It was a great place to just "People Watch". All the shows were great! I probably was least interested in Hairspray but all the rest I'd give 10's to. I am not sure why anyone needs a wake up call anymore. I used my cell phone alarm for the couple of times we needed to get up early. If you are scheduled to go on this ship please go into it with a positive attitude. I can't imagine paying 5k for a vacation and coming out of it with negative impressions. Like I said in the beginning - go into it like you are going to have the best time ever and it will! Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Since this was our first cruise, I am focusing on our personal opinions of this cruise as far as little details (which at times matter as much as the big ones) -- the bigger topics have been covered by others -- the ship is amazing in ... Read More
Since this was our first cruise, I am focusing on our personal opinions of this cruise as far as little details (which at times matter as much as the big ones) -- the bigger topics have been covered by others -- the ship is amazing in every way. I celebrated by birthday aboard. We had three couples total in our group. (6 people) We all had separate staterooms and spent about 1/2 total time together, and 1/2 alone. It worked out well -- make sure your friends agree at the beginning that "alone time" is ok. We enjoyed doing this with our friends as well, especially beach days and dining. It was a nice balance. The Beginning: Flew to FLL Friday 2/5. Stayed at Fairfield Inn. Very smooth, very nice hotel. Great breakfast at hotel. Cruise morning -- Took shuttle from hotel to port. Bad idea. ACE TOURS chartered a large bus which took forever and stopped at all cruise lines prior to RCCL/Oasis. Should have took a private taxi instead -- ask hotel to lend you a hand as opposed to ACE Tour Guy. Check-in at RCCL terminal was amazingly smooth. Agent was delighted we had followed the instructions by printing out documents on-line ahead of time. Sailed through check-in and boarding ship. Very nice reception from all personnel. Had drinks and lunch, and into cabin by 1pm. Bags delivered by 2pm. No issues, extremely smooth. Stateroom oceanview w/balcony: small, but lovely. Bed was very comfy, and plenty of outlets for curling iron and whatever else you need. (set by mirror in living room, set by bed, none in bathroom) We ordered water (750ml Evian bottles) ahead of time --great idea. Refilled them several times with ship tap water -- no issues, tasted fine. Used safe for valuables, and lots of hangers in closet. Suitcases fit under bed. The Middle: Boleros was a fun club for dancing several times. Windjammer had outstanding food (for buffet style). Park Cafe -- our favorite for complimentary food. Try the greek salad, the tuna salad and the roast beef sandwich. Wipeout Cafe -- good junk food (burgers, nachops, hotdogs, killer fries, etc.) We ate several times from all of above and brought food to poolside a couple times. Hung out most at Main Pool -- good scenery of all kinds (men, women, cultures, etc), and outstanding cocktail service. Note -- you cannot save chairs. Good luck trying -- they watch, and take stuff after 30 minutes of abscence. It's harsh but fair to ensure the best spots are not monopolized all day by people not using them. Had a fine dining evening at Chops -- absolutely perfect. The largest baked potato we've ever seen, the best steaks, and mushroom soup to die for. For you coffee drinkers who need a fix before getting ready for the day, hang your breakfast selections on your door by 3am, with a designated delivery time for morning. (do it each day) Enjoy an early pot of coffee and bacon, hashbrowns, fruit, pastries, etc. on your balcony before starting the day. A nice touch -- they call you when your food is on it's way to your room. We regret not going to any shows. Best of intentions, just never did it. Every port had shopping and plenty of taxis to bring you wherever you wanted to go. We did Koki Beach (on our own) in St. Thomas. LOVED IT. Bring cash for taxis and beach drinks and food. (a VISA logo does not mean they will take VISA -- "the machine is broke") Taxi's typically cost $10/person per way. Not bad for 6 of us in a private van. Loved the shops on the ship. Not bad prices and lots of lovely gift items. For you drinkers, all bars pour a mean drink. Be sure to tip well -- you won't be disappointed. Expect $8-$10/top shelf drink, $4-5 beer. Monitor your sea pass account in ytour stateroom. Watch for mystery charges and save receipts. Guest Services quickly reversed 2 questionable transactions for us. Stateroom attendant was awesome -- be sure to tip him at the start of the week generously and your room will benefit. (ice, fresh bed, towels, etc.) Enjoy the free ice cream -- cones available at 2 stations between main pool and kids pool, as well as Wipeout Cafe. My favorite place -- the Solarium. Adults only, great hottubs, great complimentary buffet -- with heathier breakfast fare (turkey bacon, bran muffins, etc.) Killer coffee everywhere on ship. (Seattle's Best, which is owned by Starbucks) Be sure to make dining reservations at least 2 days in advance for Chops, 150 Central Park, or Giovannis. They fill up. But, people do cancel, so you should be able to walk in -- but these are nice places, so it's fun to plan. Men -- no shorts allowed -- bring at least 1 pair of slacks. Ladies -- anything goes, as long as it's dressy/classy. Formal gowns were everywhere, but so were sundresses and "nightclub" wear. Suit jackets with collared shirts for the guys are ok if you're anti-tux. Bring a large beach bag or backpack to lug your stuff to and from the pool, as well as in port for shopping. Check out 2 towels before departing the ship on your at-shore adventure days....they may not have towels wherever you're headed for the day. All in all, the ship was awesome -- the service was consistently excellent, from bartenders, waiters, pool attendants, etc. Windjammer was always busy, but they will help you find a spot to sit -- so just ask. We used My Time dining, and only ate in main dining room once. I'd like to do that more next time -- but we liked to wing it most of the time. Worked out twice -- facility is lovely, large and nothing like a treadmill in front of a window watching the sea. Bring your earphones -- each machine has TV/stero. The track is on level 5, and is fun to walk/run. Be sure to stop at the aft/rear of ship and look down at the prop/wake. Breathtaking power. Also, be sure to go to the front and check out the helicopter pad. Take time to explore -- I know we missed neat things! Wi-fi -- make sure your phone has data roaming OFF. Purchase 60 minutes of internet access for about $30. Same for wi-fi signal. Do not waste your internet minutes in your stateroom -- the TV functionality is very slow for internet. Use the PC's in the card room on deck 14. The END: Do the Express Departure. (leave between 6am-7am) with your bags yourself. No fuss, no paperwork. Grab a cab to the airport. Fast, easy. Note -- no coffee anywhere prior to 6am except Windjammer. Grab a to-go. Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness & Recreation 3.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursions 3.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 1.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.4
Value for Money 3.0 N/A

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