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

Took this cruise to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. This was also my 1st cruise & I've always dreamed of going to the Caribbean. We were a party of 10, 6 adults & 4 kids! If you've never done a cruise ... Read More
Took this cruise to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. This was also my 1st cruise & I've always dreamed of going to the Caribbean. We were a party of 10, 6 adults & 4 kids! If you've never done a cruise before, here are some keep points. 1. Definitely do the all inclusive packages available. It will reduce all the stress of coordinating the trip & expenses. 2. The staff are a huge help and are very courteous. They count on the extra tips at the end of your trip! 3. Indulge, but carefully! Since you don't pay anything with cash or credit cards up front, your tab at the end of your cruise may be a bit of a shock....it adds up fast! 4. Excursions are fun, recommended, but allow yourself time to shop. Some of your port times are short, and need to allow time should you run into a delay (speaking from experience). 5. Really take the time to do some of the activities on the ship. They're fun & you paid for the experience. 6. Some of the dining experiences do recommend reservations. I highly recommend it! Where as the dining (breakfast, lunch & dinner) are included, there are some that are not. I would recommend doing at least one of those nicer dining experiences too... 7. And lastly, getting on and off the boat! (Arrival & departure) allow yourself plenty of time, because that is probably the most chaotic part of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I first would like to list the things I did not know about that may help first time cruisers like me. First, there is a dress code for the main dining room and they do not enforce it however, you will fill out of place if you try to dress ... Read More
I first would like to list the things I did not know about that may help first time cruisers like me. First, there is a dress code for the main dining room and they do not enforce it however, you will fill out of place if you try to dress down on formal night. The flowrider with the boogie board my son was very interested in however, you must be 52 inches tall and he was 51 so they did not let him do it. The zip line has the same height requirement but you must also be atleast 75 lbs (which my daughter was not) and you must have socks and tennis shoes to ride it. So the flowrider and zipline and rock climbing wall were all not options and my kids were very excited about them being on the ship so that was a let down. The ice skating rink is small and will meet capacity so get there early if you want to get in. It is usually open on sea days a few times. You must have socks for the skates. The casino takes CASH and there are only two claw type machines that you can slide your sea pass card on. So if you like to gamble take plenty of cash or you will be hitting the ATM with heavy fees. The main dining room was sufficient and eating lamb chops, duck, shrimp, steak, etc there gave us no need to eat at the specialty dining places so I would not be able to tell you about any except the "chefs table" which we actually won in a raffle on board. It was the best meal in my life and was a special 6 course dinner with wine pairings from the chef with explanations of each special dish from the chef himself. I have never nor will I ever have such a special dinner again probably in my life. I have no idea what it cost but it would be worth it!!! It is very exclusive as there were only 5 other couples at the dinner. Excursions: Haiti =do not do the water slide as it is so slow most people had to push themselves down it. The dragon coaster was so much fun and you sit your little one in front of you so they ride with you. My 7 and 10 year old loved it. The aqua park is for the active people...i only made it up one slide and it was hard. Make sure you do an excursion in Cozumel or you will feel lost unless you are not scared to venture out past the gates.Only shop in the recommended shops or you will end up with fake jewelry etc. If you do the tequila tasting take it slow they will give you as much as you want. Jamaica's red stripe beach was okay but not very exciting so I wish we had spent the extra money to go to dunns river falls. Margaritaville in Jamaica was so much fun and I would make time for it. Snorkeling in Channukab park in Cozumel was good and they gave free life vests which I recommend because the water is a little rough. Go to the bar and ask for a crazy coconut (you wont regret it). Some kids got stung by jellyfish when doing the dolphin excursion at the park and they didnt let us see the dolphins at all. Taxi from the port was 12 usd. The ship was massive and always had more activities than what we could do. The kids loved the kids club so much they wanted to go all the time. Take my advice and make them go atleast once and they will love it. Make sure you sign them up as soon as you board the ship to avoid a line later. Also sign waviers for flow rider and zip line or you will be in a two hour line there as well. The sign up for those is next to the flow rider bar area and it doesnt matter if you did the one on line or not you will still have to wait in line because they can not do it without an armband. Overall I loved the ship size, all the raffles, dinning choices, bingo, casino, kids club, room attendants, shopping specials, pool area was ok but wish it had a water slide for kids, and the customer service overall was awesome! I will be sailing Oasis again as soon as possible! Last but not least, you will have to wait for a table if you do the my time dining and you can only eat in one of the main dinning halls. I would change this and do the set dining. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was the first cruise my wife and I have taken and we went on this cruise as part of a company trip. As a result, I have the first time cruiser perspective but can't compare this to other cruises. A few, perhaps useful ... Read More
This was the first cruise my wife and I have taken and we went on this cruise as part of a company trip. As a result, I have the first time cruiser perspective but can't compare this to other cruises. A few, perhaps useful observations: 1. The ship is huge but it doesn't feel crowded. Both points were a surprise to me. What was so nice was that the interior is both broken up and varied. I think this is what RC calls Neighborhoods. With few, very cool, exceptions, your line of site just isn't that long. As a result, you are always around people but you don't feel surrounded by them. At the end I learned we had something like 6,400 passengers and 2,200 crew on-board. It didn't feel that way when we were on it. 2. The food is, well, the food. They announced at one point that they serve 100,000 meals a day. I think they are treating sodas as a meal, but whatever. The fact is there are a huge number of people consuming a huge amount of food and for that it wasn't that bad. Beyond the Silk dining room, we went off and ate the premium restaurants Giovani's (sp?) and the Sushi place. Giovani's seemed like the same food for all intents and purposes as Silk, but a nicer atmosphere and better service. The Sushi place (sorry, forgot the name) was actually surprisingly good, and I go to a nice sushi place at home 1-2 times a month. I also tried the premium surf and turf meal at Silk one night and that was surprisingly good as well. The wine list could use a lot of work, but I like wine so maybe I'm being picky. That said, I'm not being picky when I say the prices for decent wine (and decent champagne) were well above shore-based restaurants for the same quality. It felt a bit of a rip-off. To add insult to injury, I bought a bottle of nice wine ($80?) and instead of giving us the 20% discount since we had the beverage plan, they just added the 18% gratuity. On my bill this $30 of wine was billed at $101 and some change. They fixed it but that took time. 3. The shore trips are too short. The Islands are nice but you get 6-8 hours there and feel more rushed than relaxed, if you want to actually do much. On the last island we basically decided to just camp on the beach, which was nice, but I don't feel like going on a big ship cruise is really a good way to see islands, given you often have to travel on the island to what you want to see and most of the stores are all set up to sell you diamonds. We did do the Dolphin Swim on Nassau and that was awesome. I definitely recommend that as we had people of all ages and types and the universal feeling was it was a great experience. 4. Check yourself out at the end. We had a late flight so our scheduled departure from the boat was 10:45. Instead, we just took our own bags, left at 7:30 or so and were off the ship, through customs and at the airport by about 8:20. Way easier than checking in and much easier than I expected. 5. Don't waste your arrival back day. Since our flight out of Ft. Lauderdale wasn't until 6pm or so, and since TSA won't allow people to check their bags more than four hours before their flight (which was our plan), we just paid $7 a big and stored them in the bags-to-go (?) room by the baggage claim. They held the bags and we took the free sun trolley to Ft. Lauderdale. We went to Las Olas blvd. and had a great time walking around there, seeing the shops (much more varied and interesting than the tourist shops on the islands), walked on the waterfront, and had an amazing lunch at LBC (Le Bon Crepe (?). Definitely a great way to end the trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
No doubt in recommending this cruse!!! My husband and I enjoyed our 7 days cruise trip on ¨OASIS OF THE SEAS¨ on the Caribbean: NASSAU, BAHAMAS – ST. THOMAS – ST. MARTEEN. According to our experience and disagreeing with some ... Read More
No doubt in recommending this cruse!!! My husband and I enjoyed our 7 days cruise trip on ¨OASIS OF THE SEAS¨ on the Caribbean: NASSAU, BAHAMAS – ST. THOMAS – ST. MARTEEN. According to our experience and disagreeing with some prior reviews from travelers, our opinion is that there are more PROS than CONS about this amazing ship. Our vacation trip began on Nov. 28th and ended on Dec. 5th , 2015. We did our best to enjoy and make profit as much as we could, but this ship is so huge, with so many attractions and the activities go on so constantly that it´s impossible to catch on and enjoy EVERYTHING. No motion sea sick at all. We didn´t use our ¨extra¨ medicines. It never looked like we were on a ship with 6.000 passengers including the crew. PROS CABIN: It was a superior stateroom with private ocean view balcony on deck 6 – 556. It was very nice, plenty of storage for 2 adults. We kept all our clothes in the closet (sufficient hangers), 1 big and 2 carry-on bags under the bed and used the 3 drawers for other articles so that everything was kept out of sight and it always looked neat. NO noises at all. Great sound proofing. It was near the elevators, stairs, Opal Theater, Studio B, Comedy Show, Boardwalk and the Vitality Spa/gym area. The bathroom feels bigger than it looks . The circular shower provides plenty of room. The water pressure and the sliding door were perfect. The air conditioning and the plasma flat screen TV were efficient. Bed and pillows were very comfortable. We recommend 2 adults for this cabin + a child because there´s a sofa bed which would work fine for a kid. We just loved it. The hair dryer worked fantastically. There´s NO need to take your makeup mirror because their mirrors and illumination were great. PLACES TO EAT: We loved having breakfast, lunch and dinner at WINDJAMMER (buffet). Plenty of food for all tastes and likes. Not so crowded, but you have to pick a table and one of your partners stay there while you serve yourself, on the contrary another person could get it . We sampled some of the complimentary restaurants such as: Windjammer, American Icon, Silk, Café Promenade, Sorrento´s pizza, Wipe Out Café, Johnny Rockets (loved the chocolate milk shake!) and thought the food was plenty to satisfy us. We also went to the Solarium Bristo restaurant ($) and had a nice diner. Breakfast room service food OK, arrived on time and still hot! ENTERTAINMENTS: Due to the weather & some technical issues we missed (all passengers did) the so expected show ¨OASIS OF DREAMS¨, but the rest of the shows were very good, such as: ¨FROZEN IN TIME, CATS, FLY WITH ME, HEADLINER –ABBA show , LOVE MARRIAGE GAME etc. There are too many to mention and time isn´t enough to make profit of them. We believe we needed 7 more days to both: enjoy and rest…rest and enjoy! The parade was great. We got a nice spot at the SCHOONER BAR and got nice picks and videos from it. DRINKS: We decided not to purchase any drink packages because we are not a huge soda/alcohol family and we are glad we didn´t buy any because we were plenty satisfied with the complimentary drinks ROYAL CARIBBEAN provides such as: water, lemonade (loved it), ice & hot tea, milk, coffee (better than expected Royal Caribbean brand), a very tasteful mix of strawberry and another fruit (don´t remember which one) juice, orange juice, etc. We also enjoyed purchasing - at our pace- very, very delicious wine on the glass (red & white) for our diners, beers, alcohol & non alcoholic cocktails, tropical martinis, natural orange juices, cokes, etc. We had gotten an award of 100 dls per person when my husband bought the tickets and we used it for the drinks and some shopping, so the extra total amount we had to pay was about 90dls . It was worth it instead of buying the less expensive drink package for about 300dls. and no wine included!!! PORT AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: We mostly stayed at the port areas. In NASSAU we took the Discover Atlantis tour and loved it. In St. Thomas we took the water taxi and enjoyed the beach nearby and town. EMBARKATION / DIBARKATION: They went smooth and fast although lines were very long but, due to the terminal is designed for large crowds everything moved quickly. I personally give a 10+ to the crew members organization the day of departure in the ship. Getting off and on the ship on port days were a breeze. CONS: We didn´t like the 3D movie ¨MAD MAX FURY ROAD¨, my time dining (went 2 nights) because the menu wasn´t appealing and because it took about 2 hours being served, the ice cream parlor does not offer exquisite ice cream for the price they charge. We find much better flavors in our home city. GENERAL OVERVIEW: OASIS is a terrific ship. Very clean . The staff was mostly friendly and helpful, always cleaning, polishing and sometimes painting some areas of the ship. We were very happy on this vacation trip. Because of prior reviews, our expectations were rather low in some aspects but, in the end, everything turned out to be just the contrary. Elevators were not a problem. There was little waiting time given the massive number of people. We tipped our cabin steward twice (at the beginning and end of the cruise), the ones who brought us the room service, one or another waiter at restaurants and to the ones who took care of our luggage in the port. We enjoyed being in the hot tubs located inside the solarium (jacuzzis), the beach pool. They were never crowded. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our first cruise and we spent a great deal of time in choosing and planning our trip. In so many ways this cruise exceeded expectations ... which is amazing since it's hype is enormous, but there were awkward moments and ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we spent a great deal of time in choosing and planning our trip. In so many ways this cruise exceeded expectations ... which is amazing since it's hype is enormous, but there were awkward moments and strange shortcomings that make us wonder if cruising is for us. The really good: We are becoming 'foodies'. The past few years, our vacations have included regular trips to New York and Chicago where we indulge in our Top Chef fantasies. While discussing recent lackluster food experiences at Sandals resorts with other guests, the term 'cruise-food' was introduced to our vocabulary. So we walked into this experience hopeful, but with the bar lowered. And we were schooled ... really. Windjammer Buffet is the lowest rung, but there were surprises. I enjoyed the Indian food options and the fried rice (which sounds dull, but was actually quite well prepared ... especially with an over easy egg for breakfast) On several occasions, I found 'dressed-down' versions of main dining options, like; Seafood Paella (The same basic concept as served at Vintages), Chocolate Sensation Desert (again, sans the fancy presentation, but the same foundation as served with the formal night meal in main dining.) The Solarium Bistro has the next, and very much higher rung up for breakfast and lunch. They had me with the Miso soup bowls. Just fresh ingredients in a bowl that they pour hot miso broth on top of. Simple, street-food concept done well. They also offered grilled tomatoes and zucchini, sauteed mushrooms ... attractive wraps and sandwiches for lunch. Lesson; Avoid Windjammer crowds and come here. Main Dining Room/My Time Dining/Silk, Grande, Icon. (??? Someday, RC will figure themselves out ...) Having no prior experience, we were impressed. The service level was really good ... some of the dishes approached 'best-I've-ever-had' status. (The Kippered Herring for breakfast ... The Roast Duck entree for dinner ... genuine surprise.) We tried every 'pay' restaurant on board. 150 Park with the wine pairing was one of our best dining experiences ... ever. Service and Food were incredible. (Ajeet was our most memorable employee on board. Above-and-beyond pride and service.) Giovanni's ... the little crepes filled with spinach and cheese were awesome. ( Gnocchi too ... Veal Shank with Polenta ...) Izumi was, again, quite a bit beyond my expectation level and a genuinely fun time. (More Sake Juanito! ... great guy.) At Chops, our waiter (Peter) recommended the mushroom soup ... which was excellent. He also pressed my wife to upsize to the 12 oz. steak when she ordered a 6 oz. medium rare, as, he explained, the smaller steak would be more difficult to get cooked correctly. He was correct and it was a great steak. Vintages was really a nice Spanish tapas experience in a great setting. Sabor was almost on par with a meal I had last year at Frontera Grill in Chicago ... which is near-blasphemy in foodie circles, but I'm saying it. Even Johnny Rockets delivered what it promised. There were low spots, (buffet meats drying under heat lamps, Cubed Pork Curry (???!!)) But not much to find fault with as an overall food experience. Also really good: Entertainment was all at a 'next-level'. We saw Cats, which has gotten some viral flack as a bad choice for a cruise. Having never seen it before, we were sort of lost in it's English 'almost-opera' -ness. But, we both were brought to tears by the performance of 'Memories' (Which, since I am not a fan of Lloyd Webber songs, leads me to compliment the extreme quality of the performers and the presentation.) Come Fly With Me was great fun ... again, the Opus Theater is an amazing setting. I found myself having to come to grips with being on a ship at the end of both performances. The (Adult) Comedy Show was great. The Aqua Theater diving/swim shows were absolutely unique. The designers of this ship were geniuses in incorporating the ship itself as a part of it's entertainment function. In both design and practice, Oasis is a work of art and by it's nature it is entertaining to be on this ship. The outside spaces and inside spaces offer a vast range of experiences in one larger-than-life package. The Bad: The (extra fee) Prohibition Party; So terribly lame. I felt sorry for the hostess and the wait staff, who were obviously going through the motions. Such a shame. If you offer a concept experience, you have to have performers who can make the concept live. We, as paying guests, came with costumes and had the 'wink-and-a-nod' party attitude. So much of what could have been cool was submerged by indifference from the 'not-at-all-themed-secret-guest-check-in' to the obvious apathy of the jazz band. Hint to Royal Caribbean; you can save this event by switching from the same-band-that-plays-smooth-jazz-here-every-night to folks with enthusiasm. Great musicians, but not a 'party' band. Side note: maybe you can get people more involved if you move some furniture for space enough to fit more than four couples on the dance floor. The Cupcake Decorating experience; ... takes place in the customer serving space in the front serving lobby of the ice cream/cupcake shop. The line for ice cream forms around the table as you decorate cupcakes. How about setting up in one of the empty, unstaffed bars on the promenade for a bit? Felt a bit cramped and, sorry, weird here. As with the examples above, the downside of the Oasis is the lengths RC will go to to have you part from your cash; many of which come across as petty and lame in comparison to the true high-bar experiences happening all around as a matter of course. Chief example: The first port, Nassau. On a Sunday morning. From 7 until 1:30. Having been to Nassau outside a cruise ... nothing is open in Nassau on Sunday morning. Except excursions to Atlantis through the ship ... where the ship gets its cut. On any other day, plenty of other options outside Royal Caribbean excursions would be available. If the ship stayed in port longer, again ... day trips to resorts and attractions (besides Atlantis) would be viable. Nope. Nassau, 7 to 1:30. Terribly sad excuse for a port day and the motive is obvious. While I'm on that soapbox ... look at the port facilities in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We had a great excursion in St. Maarten (with Deiderick's SXM Tours) that we picked up outside the RC fenced-in port area ... out in 'the sandlot'. This is where all the locals (who can't afford the RC fees) set up shop. It seems very much like the ship gets its cut, or they find ways to marginalize the competition. We did enjoy our day with Blackbeard's Revenge. (Oasis excursion to Buck Island and Honeymoon beach.) But the destinations filled with cruise passengers quickly and it felt like a fight for personal space at times. Overall, we found ways to enjoy our port calls, but it is accurate to say we are glad we did the research and did not leave it to RC to set the standards for us. Drink packages are priced to be just outside the realm of practicality, and then you are bombarded throughout your cruise with gradually reduced pricing. WiFi is available, with a hefty fee. In Room account balance management tech also spams you with constant jewelry and spa ads. As first time cruise passengers, The Oasis was both outstanding and a bit of a struggle. We left our cruise feeling exhausted ... but that's really on us. There was so much to do and we felt compelled to try as much as possible. In hindsight, we would could have done just one premium restaurant and one excursion, no drink packages, no cupcake decorating and absolutely no 'Prohibition Party' ... and had a fabulous time just napping and soaking in the hot tubs. But that's not why someone comes on the Oasis, is it? The Oasis is a remarkable and unforgettable ship. Truly unique, truly grande in scale. I am reminded of our one trip to Disney World. We did the research, closed our eyes, spent the money and had many wonderful experiences. But would we do it twice? Sadly, Nope. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The process for boarding was terrific. Our room and balcony were terrific. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The ship and all the things to enjoy exceeded our high expectations. The gym was great. The opportunities ... Read More
The process for boarding was terrific. Our room and balcony were terrific. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The ship and all the things to enjoy exceeded our high expectations. The gym was great. The opportunities for improvement were in the areas of convenience: the in-room breakfast concept was fantastic but the hot food was bad; the on-ship towel control process was a pain; the alcohol control process was a huge pain (in particular, we sprung for a junior suite and unlimited, top-shelf drinks because we love happy hour on the balcony and planned to have that be the center-piece of our entertainment each evening but then the whole concept was frustrated as we had to leave the room and shuttle down to level 5 every time someone wanted another round). Three other things deserve mention. First, the smoking policy is too skewed in favor of the smokers versus non-smokers - - we breathed a lot of second-hand smoke all over the ship and even in the gym. Second, the efforts to up-sale us were so constant and over the top as to be palpable - - it seemed like every time we turned around someone was trying to sell us some additional thing or service to the point that it detracted from the concept of a care-free vacation. Third, and finally, the process for getting off the boat was horrible. It took over 3 hours. We were moved from comfortable seats in the air conditioned theatre and made to stand on the hot running track in full travel clothes. It ruined the day and left a real bad taste in our mouths. It stood in stark relief to what otherwise was a well run and highly enjoyable cruise vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
My friends and I decided to go on a cruise for our graduation celebration and we chose the biggest ship out there as our maiden voyage on the seas. Three of us, who are in our early twenties, were about to get the best and worst service ... Read More
My friends and I decided to go on a cruise for our graduation celebration and we chose the biggest ship out there as our maiden voyage on the seas. Three of us, who are in our early twenties, were about to get the best and worst service from the Oasis. As a first time cruise traveler, I didn't have much expectations and I went on board with open minds. What we didn't expect was that we weren't that welcomed on some parts of the ship. The Good: We simply loved the choices of dining and entertainment options on board. We booked our shows ahead of time so we didn't have to wait in line. There were comedy shows, diving shows, skating shows and musicals. There were so many places for food that the problem is what should we eat next? Our designated servers Ronnie and Randy were the best! They always made us laugh and brought extra food for us to try. Did I forget to mention there is a carousel and zip-lining on board too?? The BAD: This part of the review is for those people in our age group --> early twenties who are of legal age yet not old enough to have retirement funds to splurge on the ship. As mentioned before, we were not welcomed at certain parts of the ship. Namely, the Vitality Spa, Guest Services and shopping kiosks. We sailed on the Oasis on the week before Mother's Day and I wanted to buy a watch for my mom. I was browsing for watches at the shopping kiosk and wanted to ask the sales rep Johnny if there were watches with rectangular styles. He never looked up at me and quickly snapped "No" without looking up from the computer screen. His lack of attention made me felt discouraged and I walked away without buying anything. When I looked back at the same kiosk, good old Johnny was promptly helping an older customer and retrieving watches from other kiosks. Never again did I went back to Johnny for help. My friends and I were interested in the complimentary consultations that the spa offered and wanted to try it out. Unfortunately, nearly every time we were there we had gotten unfriendly looks and no service whatsoever. The staff gave us the impression that we were not worth any of the time because we were too young and unaccompanied by adults. One specific incident was that we attended the complimentary hair styling consultation (Finally!!) and the presenter had told us that she would give us all a 1-on-1 consultation after the presentation. However, not only did she had sat us down at the salon and proceeded to bring other ladies to the salon and served them first. Even the ones that had clearly came to the presentation later than us were helped first. We had sat patiently for her to finish with the first lady she brought in, but when she brought in another lady without clearly explaining to us why, we decided to leave. She expressed no sign of remorse and simply asked us if we were sure we wanted to leave. We left feeling very mistreated and wanted to go to guest services to provide some feedback. We hoped that future improvements could be made and no one else have to feel the way we did. It was to our understanding that RC really valued passenger feedback (or so we thought) We approached a guest service agent who previously helped us. We went to him and inquired about filing a complaint and our inquiry got answered with an inappropriate act of jest. The guest services agent, Alexander, answered our concerns with, "We don't want any complaints, no complaints!" At his point, no one was laughing and it felt like adding fuel to the fire. We can understand he was trying to lighten up the mood, however, given our obvious frustration, it was not helping. We did some self reflection and thought if it was our problem that caused these mistreatment. We were polite where every we go. We said our please and thank you. We were never rude or obnoxious or disruptive. How does those sales staff determine in advance if us "kids" can afford the services and goods they offer? Were those staff trained in advance to just go for the old and rich and ignore the young and jobless? To be honest, even though we are fresh grads, we all hold stable jobs and definitely can afford the services and goods on board. It just didn't make sense to us why we got this kind of treatment from a company like Royal Caribbean. From this experience, I learned the following lessons: 1. Never go back to Royal Caribbean unless you (who is of legal age of an adult) are accompanied with an adult (who are of age groups 40+) 2. Never go on board without flashy jewelry and name brand goods 3. Just simply don't go back on a RC cruise until you are of retirement age Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Will keep it short since there's so many detailed reviews out there. 10th cruise, 4th on RCCL..went with a group of 33 total Pre-cruise: stayed at Embassy Suites night before; took 2 taxis at 11am for my immediate group of 6 (waited ... Read More
Will keep it short since there's so many detailed reviews out there. 10th cruise, 4th on RCCL..went with a group of 33 total Pre-cruise: stayed at Embassy Suites night before; took 2 taxis at 11am for my immediate group of 6 (waited about 10 mins), basically at $12/taxi with tip. Note that Embassy has shuttle service at $8/person, but I saw them trying to fill one up and offering $5/person. Part of group in front of us took that offer. Embark: Went very smooth at Ft. Lauderdale. I've seen better and I've seen much worse. Ship: We were on the ship before noon and headed to Park Cafe for the amazing roast beef sandwiches. Unfortunately, everybody was gong there and the line went out the door so we decided to head to windjammer. Line at windjammer but only waited like 5-10 minutes. This is a welcome sacrifice as you only get in the WJ when a table is available. It cuts down on the traffice inside immensely. I'm so thankful they do this now cause I remembering it being a madhouse in there at times. Anyway, cabin ready just after 1pm so perfect. Love the layout of the ship, and loved being on same deck as Park Cafe. Basically wake up at 11 and go get roast beef 100 feet away, ha. The only slight problem on layout is the Comedy club is so small that if you can't keep your reservations, you need to get in line at least 15-20 mins ahead of time for standby. The room only holds 90 at a time and with limited shows and 6,000 people on board, be warned. Good thing is they seem to get about 20-35 standby's in per show. Our Hairspray show got cancelled and they rescheduled it during our last dinner, so never got a chance to see that. Come Fly with Me was definitely worth seeing. Oh, loved the comedy shows. Simeon is very funny and you must see him do his snowman. Wasn't too crazy on the deck party being in the Solarium. It gets quite stuffy up there, not cool. Also, Dazzles got VERY warm as well. One bad thing about layout....our dining table was just thru the front doors on deck 4. You could smell smoke coming from the casino. That is not cool if you have the sensitive nose to pick it up so be warned. Food: Overall, it seems like the quality of food in dining room, and windjammer, is slightly lower than I remember. To me, the lentil soup and the beef tenderloin were the only dinner items worth bragging about. I also had something 'bad' one dinner as I spent the night sleeping on the toilet, doh. Service: cabin and dinner were excellent...guess services not so much....waited in line 5 times just to get extra keys made that kept failing..kept telling us it was a software problem..however, the 5th time they just closed sea pass cards and opened up new ones...they could've done that the 2nd time and saved a ton of frustration....so, if your extra key doesn't work 1st time, just tell them to close and get new cards with extra key cards at same time! The ports were all excellent, or as good as I expected. Get your beach chairs early in Labadee, Jamaica (we did Dunns River and Bamboo Blu beach thru knowjamiaca tours since first time there) was tons of fun but Falmouth is so damn far away so it take about an hour each way, and in Cozumel we did Nachi Cocum this time (well worth it). The snorkel tour out to the reefs was below expectations and a bit rough. Water was not nearly as clear as I expected, maybe it was due to rains a few hours beforehand. The big take away is this ship is amazing and I'm glad we tried this one since the wife is sick of cruising, ha. It was one of the least crowded ships I felt, even though 6,100 passengers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We had this cruise planned a year in advance. I am a planner, so I did as much research as I could and I think it helped a lot to know the different opinions before getting on Oasis. As first time cruisers, we really had no idea on most ... Read More
We had this cruise planned a year in advance. I am a planner, so I did as much research as I could and I think it helped a lot to know the different opinions before getting on Oasis. As first time cruisers, we really had no idea on most of the stuff others would know from cruising before. We booked our cruise thru a travel agency which did nothing for us. Not sure if this is how everyone books cruises, but knowing we were first time cruisers, she took our money and never made any effort to talk to us again. She will not get our repeat business. At the airport, we had set up a transfer with RC thru our travel agent. I don't think we would do this again. We ended up having to push, pull and drag all of our luggage several terminals down to catch the bus they wanted us to board. The driver of the bus was a very disgruntled employee who insulted other employees and said he was quitting, as well as had several comments about other drivers (he was a scary driver himself). We chuckled about it, but it still left a negative impression. Boarding the ship was as easy as everyone has stated. We got on and went to our room to check out the view and leave our carryons. Room was small, I didn't find much space for clothing. Bathroom was ok, shower ok....no big complaints overall. We had lunch at Park Cafe. Pretty warm in the sun, but we managed. We walked around some and then headed back to the room to see if our luggage caught up with us. We found our luggage sitting with a few other suitcases in a room, so we just took them to the room ourselves. We unpacked and then headed to the muster drill. As a first time cruiser, I didn't know the Sea pass card always needed to be with me. Oops. We ate dinner in the main dining room every night. The food was ok. I do not eat fish, so the choices for me were sometimes a challenge. Mostly impressed with the dessert presentation. The service staff was wonderful and very personable. We ate breakfast at Johny Rockets, the dining room, the solarium, room service and the marketplace. I think the breakfast was best in the main dining room and Johny Rockets. Getting a freshly made omlet in both places, was great. The solarium is good if you want to eat healthy. Lunch in the main dining room was the best. They have a salad bar and several different dishes (warm). Saw the captain at lunch here, only time we saw him other than on the tv. Marketplace was ok, I didn't think selection was that great at breakfast or lunch. The pizza place was just ok. Cupcakes were stale. Donuts were not thrilling. Free yogurt was nice on a hot day. We spent less on alcohol than we expected. We bought a wine package, and honestly that could have been enough. We did a few other drinks and a few beers. Love the drink of the day, and the cabana boys walking around selling them. We only had one day at the pool, thanks to Sandy. Pools and hot tubs are nice. Plenty of chairs! We did a few shows. I am not a big entertainment person. I like the sunshine and relaxing. Comedy show was very good. Come Fly With Me was also. We attended Holy's shopping seminar and got a free coupon booklet for the ports. This is a good idea if you plan to shop for jewelry. We only stayed at Nassau for 2 hours. Really is a dump. Nothing was open (Sunday) at 7am when we docked. The people who live there are very aggressive and it just wasn't relaxing. Most people stayed on the ship if that tells you anything. St Thomas was great. Took an excursion on Bones. Highly recommend this, the people were so friendly. St Maarten we did our shopping. Could of used more time in the ports. The last two days it rained and was so windy. Tried to get sun on Friday, and it was funny seeing all the deck chairs flying around. Worse night was Friday, we had closet door slamming around, hangers banging, etc. I wish the end of the cruise would have been different. Overall, I am ready to cruise again! I will go to better ports next time, and try a smaller ship. I hear from most they like smaller better. We never were bored on Oasis, I did find many of the people around us were very rude. They don't like waiting in lines, so they cut. Lines and waiting are a huge part of this ship! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
I chose the Oasis of the Seas for my first ever cruise. I was looking for a variety of things to do on the ship, since we stopped at only 3 ports. The Oasis didn't disappoint with plenty of things to do on board. However, two of the ... Read More
I chose the Oasis of the Seas for my first ever cruise. I was looking for a variety of things to do on the ship, since we stopped at only 3 ports. The Oasis didn't disappoint with plenty of things to do on board. However, two of the three destinations, Nassau and St. Thomas, were not to my liking. We chose beach day at the Atlantis. The Atlantis itself was beautiful, but since we only signed up for the beach, everything had extra fees and it was Sunday so the food venues opened later and we only had a partial day at Nassau. We chose the 'St. John on your own' excursion from St. Thomas and after a nice ferry ride, they dumped us off in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do. We ran into several others who felt this was a complete waste of time too. St. Maarten was very nice, as we had a wonderful island tour and several interesting stops. The ship was amazing. The size was astounding. We dwarfed the other ships at ports. The Cruise Compass was loaded with things to do so you would never be bored. They had a nice casino. The pool areas were mobbed on sea days. Too much smoke. Could always find a lounge chair, though not where you'd necessarily like to be. Spa was very nice (had a facial). The service on the ship was excellent. Food in the main dining room was fair. Chops and Giovannis were very good. Park Cafe was very good too. Windjammer was not to my liking, to put it nicely. Pizza at Sorrentos was okay. I frequented Starbucks a lot. Comedy club was very enjoyable. The captain gave a fun talk on the last day. Wanted to do the ship's tour, but it was $150.00 per person. Lots of things going on in the Royal Promenade and people watching was fantastic! All in all, a very enjoyable week. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Before we went on this Cruise, we scoured the Web for different information sources for cruising... We were quite at sea and a little trepiditious....went on a number of travel blogs and travel sites, including this one. This review ... Read More
Before we went on this Cruise, we scoured the Web for different information sources for cruising... We were quite at sea and a little trepiditious....went on a number of travel blogs and travel sites, including this one. This review will focus on the overall cruise and ship itself. First off, the ship was awesome and an engineering marvel..With a capacity for 8000+ people, it is a small township on the waters. It boasts off umpteen dining room options, entertainment venues and kids zones...All of which you can review off the RCI website. We have some in our party that are motion sick so equipped with Quell and Sea Bands(amazon-very good), we hardly felt anything at all due to the scale and layout. What I want to share is the underlining aspects of Customer Service and Operations that went a very long way to make us feel comfortable and taken care. What amazed us the most was the Operations were smooth from the get go. Every personnel is extremely well trained, smiling and willing to help. 65 countries are represented in the staffing and the feeling of being part of a global whole is a palpable one all around. Of particular kudos is to the entire Food and Beverage team the ship over, from the Main Dining Room, to the Windsurfer to the smaller outlets all through the Ship....Excellent, excellent all the way. Food choices included lots of fresh fruits, salads, healthy choices all throughout....We are not the All You Can Eat folk, though and enjoyed the intelligent options laid out each time, every where. Central Park is for the more discriminating with a more upmarket feel, fresh air and plants all around as well as the Vintage Bar. Now there, we ran into some bad weather with the young hostess lady who did not pay enough attention to the proper and correct priority seating at a wine tasting that could have gotten ugly at the table due to her very poor Hostessing skills.....We simply chose to leave the place to avoid a scene. The Spa was also very well run but then here again, very low marks for them trying to upsell a treatment once you are in the massage room and then also, trying to sell you products which is in stark contrast to anything else on the ship and so, stands out very poorly. Room Service is an option always, polite, timely and courteous, though a bit hurried on the phone. However, they seem to be over generous with dishing out Milk, Condiments etc, almost all of which we experienced and saw wasted along the corridors in trays later. That can be mitigated by a review of your order each time you place one. Our teen and young kids were all over the place and enjoyed the amenities, the Teen Zone and the various options for them. We were a couple of families together and here, I want to say that More is Merrier especially for the Teens and Tweens where freedom reigns so bring as many in your family and friends group along for the ride. It will be more memorable for them then. My suggestions for next time: Do pack some munchie snacks that the family likes: Pita chips, Frito Lays, Gummie bears, granola bars etc.....Even with all the food choices on board, it is nice to have some in your back pak and in room. Bring Magazines and reading material....They have a wonderful library on board and I read two books but they have no light reading like magazines etc.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We were invited to cruise with my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. We had taken a RCI cruise in 1992 and were not impressed. The pluses - the ship is magnificent, clean, well run, and well staffed. Cabin was adequate with an ... Read More
We were invited to cruise with my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. We had taken a RCI cruise in 1992 and were not impressed. The pluses - the ship is magnificent, clean, well run, and well staffed. Cabin was adequate with an outside balcony. Cabin attendant did a great job and was rewarded for same. MDR service was excellent and the waiter/assistant waiter did a very nice presentation. Food: For the most part the food was good; not excellent, and not up to my expectations. The buffet had overcooked and old food on display. One day I selected an egg salad sandwich that, apparently, was a bit old. I paid for it by running to the toilet all night. MDR food was OK, some not hot enough or undercooked. I was greatly disappointed in the room service offerings. Very limited breakfast, very unhealthy dinner and lunch selections. Like the reservations get seated first for the shows policy, but do not like choice seats saved for gold or diamond members or whatever they are. I also did not like the photographers bothering us every night at dinner to take photos. Very annoying as they wanted to rearrange the seating for the shot. I finally told them to get lost. Overall the staff was very congenial and friendly, did not meet a nasty one in the bunch. Embarkation/debarkation was a snap and went smoothly. A nice surprise. We all had a good time and would consider going again. However I would prefer driving through Austria in a rented Audi. I believe that the cruise was a bit pricey and would look for a more reasonable alternative. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
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
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
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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