55 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

I never had a real desire to cruise, but my wife and I decided to do something different this year. Turns out, I loved it, and will cruise again. The food was great, drinks were as well. We loved the entertainment and pretty much sampled ... Read More
I never had a real desire to cruise, but my wife and I decided to do something different this year. Turns out, I loved it, and will cruise again. The food was great, drinks were as well. We loved the entertainment and pretty much sampled it all. From jazz club, to dance club to Piano bar, the level of musicianship was outstanding. There are plenty of elevators to get you around, and the wait was never long. all the staff went out of their way to help, and were always attentive. The ports were good, and offered a variety of activities. I have recommended Royal Carribean to every body that has asked me how my vacation was. It was my first cruise, but definitely will not be my last. I have no desire to explore other lines. When I cruise again, it will assuredly be with Royal Carribean Cruise Lines Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was my first cruise, and I chose this one because of the ship. It's huge and offers a lot of activities. The ship is beautiful - I recommend taking the all-access pass behind-the-scenes tour to learn about how the ship works, ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and I chose this one because of the ship. It's huge and offers a lot of activities. The ship is beautiful - I recommend taking the all-access pass behind-the-scenes tour to learn about how the ship works, from dining services to the bridge. It's worth the $119. The crew works very hard, but they seemed to be under staffed. Buffet dining experiences were chaotic - I recommend doing the dining rooms for breakfast and lunch. In Nassau, I recommend scheduling an excursion, even if you don't like scheduled excursions. The shopping experience in town, which is within walking distance of the ship, is disappointing -- lots of dirty shops filled with tourist junk sold by aggressive sales people. In St. Thomas I recommend taking a taxi and skipping the ship's excursions! Explore on your own, but DO NOT get into a "gypsy cab." We discovered Secret Harbor, a resort on the east end of the island. It's about a 45-minute cab ride, and it's quiet, beautiful, and the staff is amazing. A lot of locals hang out there, which tells you something! Prices for drinks and food are reasonable. In St. Maarten, take a cab to Orient Beach. Not as friendly as St. Thomas, but every bit as beautiful. It is overrun with tourists, but the beach is so big that you will be comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Took this cruise to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. This was also my 1st cruise & I've always dreamed of going to the Caribbean. We were a party of 10, 6 adults & 4 kids! If you've never done a cruise ... Read More
Took this cruise to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. This was also my 1st cruise & I've always dreamed of going to the Caribbean. We were a party of 10, 6 adults & 4 kids! If you've never done a cruise before, here are some keep points. 1. Definitely do the all inclusive packages available. It will reduce all the stress of coordinating the trip & expenses. 2. The staff are a huge help and are very courteous. They count on the extra tips at the end of your trip! 3. Indulge, but carefully! Since you don't pay anything with cash or credit cards up front, your tab at the end of your cruise may be a bit of a shock....it adds up fast! 4. Excursions are fun, recommended, but allow yourself time to shop. Some of your port times are short, and need to allow time should you run into a delay (speaking from experience). 5. Really take the time to do some of the activities on the ship. They're fun & you paid for the experience. 6. Some of the dining experiences do recommend reservations. I highly recommend it! Where as the dining (breakfast, lunch & dinner) are included, there are some that are not. I would recommend doing at least one of those nicer dining experiences too... 7. And lastly, getting on and off the boat! (Arrival & departure) allow yourself plenty of time, because that is probably the most chaotic part of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was my 1st time cruising w/Royal Caribbean & may be my last. We went on this ship because we had family from Atlanta going & they had been on this ship several times. They love it. We were told several times & from several ... Read More
This was my 1st time cruising w/Royal Caribbean & may be my last. We went on this ship because we had family from Atlanta going & they had been on this ship several times. They love it. We were told several times & from several different people that we will love cruising w/Royal. The food was not good at all, we were moved 4 different times in the main dining and the service was awful! We had to ask for water & bread, it took forever to get our food & when we did it was cold and looked thrown together. Our waiter & his assistant seemed to be confused, they got our orders wrong. This was every single night & at each time we were moved & w/different waiters. I did not understand why no announcements were made regarding anything. When we got to our ports, nothing, no mention of activates or entertainment was announced. There were no activates on the pool deck, no bands, no music, nothing. Spent a lot of time in the spa, but was disappointed on the size of the spa for such a big ship! Only 2 small steam rooms & 1 small dry sauna. I like the rooms hot, but theses rooms were so small, which cause them to be too hot. The steam came out under the seats and would burn your legs and the dry on was so hot you had to put down towels to keep from getting burnt. It only had 4 relaxation chairs & no windows to see the ocean. This cruise was way too much money to be so bad. The charge you for everything & I do mean everything, exp: towels on pool deck, small bag of popcorn $2.50, really! Going back to Carnival!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my husband & I's first cruising experience. Beachbody had chartered the boat and we were excited for this unique trip! The ship is large - lots of entertainment - clean and beautiful. Lots of food choices (some for $, ... Read More
This was my husband & I's first cruising experience. Beachbody had chartered the boat and we were excited for this unique trip! The ship is large - lots of entertainment - clean and beautiful. Lots of food choices (some for $, some included). Our cabin faced the boardwalk and had a small balcony, it was lovely. I can't speak too much to the entertainment since it was chartered and we had our own events happening. Getting on the boat was a nightmare - but there were extraordinary circumstances. A crew member was hanging off the boat, threatening to commit suicide. So we waited in a massive line for about 2 hours. The womens bathroom outside had flooded. By the time we got inside, the line we ended up in was stalled because all of the computer systems were down. Once we got on board we purchased the WiFi package (streaming, 20$ USD/day) - we attempmted to video chat with our kids but the wifi did not work. It was 1.5 days before it was resolved.. we were promised a credit which did not happen. Getting on and off the boat for excursions was quick and easy.. though they only had one small booth working to actually talk about and book excursions... this took a long time on night one. In retrospect, book before you get on the boat. We hit another snag after leaving Bahamas and had to turn around and return to port due to a sick crew member. This did not seem to impact our schedule though. Our room service man was incredible happy, friendly and helpful. The kind of service we had heard about from other cruise goers. But this is where the good service stopped. Getting a drink you had to practically beg for their attention. Tips are built in and you could feel it.. they were unhappy.. slow and really disinterested in serving us. At dinner the food was really average. We had a drink server and a food server.. but the drink server disappeared. We asked our food server for our drinks and he said no sorry you have to wait for the drinks server to return. Well, it was near desert time when he finally did and he was rude about it. Extremely disappointed about the overall food and beverage service. In summary we had a good time, but we will look for a cruise that will place an emphasis on service next time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was the first cruise my wife and I have taken and we went on this cruise as part of a company trip. As a result, I have the first time cruiser perspective but can't compare this to other cruises. A few, perhaps useful ... Read More
This was the first cruise my wife and I have taken and we went on this cruise as part of a company trip. As a result, I have the first time cruiser perspective but can't compare this to other cruises. A few, perhaps useful observations: 1. The ship is huge but it doesn't feel crowded. Both points were a surprise to me. What was so nice was that the interior is both broken up and varied. I think this is what RC calls Neighborhoods. With few, very cool, exceptions, your line of site just isn't that long. As a result, you are always around people but you don't feel surrounded by them. At the end I learned we had something like 6,400 passengers and 2,200 crew on-board. It didn't feel that way when we were on it. 2. The food is, well, the food. They announced at one point that they serve 100,000 meals a day. I think they are treating sodas as a meal, but whatever. The fact is there are a huge number of people consuming a huge amount of food and for that it wasn't that bad. Beyond the Silk dining room, we went off and ate the premium restaurants Giovani's (sp?) and the Sushi place. Giovani's seemed like the same food for all intents and purposes as Silk, but a nicer atmosphere and better service. The Sushi place (sorry, forgot the name) was actually surprisingly good, and I go to a nice sushi place at home 1-2 times a month. I also tried the premium surf and turf meal at Silk one night and that was surprisingly good as well. The wine list could use a lot of work, but I like wine so maybe I'm being picky. That said, I'm not being picky when I say the prices for decent wine (and decent champagne) were well above shore-based restaurants for the same quality. It felt a bit of a rip-off. To add insult to injury, I bought a bottle of nice wine ($80?) and instead of giving us the 20% discount since we had the beverage plan, they just added the 18% gratuity. On my bill this $30 of wine was billed at $101 and some change. They fixed it but that took time. 3. The shore trips are too short. The Islands are nice but you get 6-8 hours there and feel more rushed than relaxed, if you want to actually do much. On the last island we basically decided to just camp on the beach, which was nice, but I don't feel like going on a big ship cruise is really a good way to see islands, given you often have to travel on the island to what you want to see and most of the stores are all set up to sell you diamonds. We did do the Dolphin Swim on Nassau and that was awesome. I definitely recommend that as we had people of all ages and types and the universal feeling was it was a great experience. 4. Check yourself out at the end. We had a late flight so our scheduled departure from the boat was 10:45. Instead, we just took our own bags, left at 7:30 or so and were off the ship, through customs and at the airport by about 8:20. Way easier than checking in and much easier than I expected. 5. Don't waste your arrival back day. Since our flight out of Ft. Lauderdale wasn't until 6pm or so, and since TSA won't allow people to check their bags more than four hours before their flight (which was our plan), we just paid $7 a big and stored them in the bags-to-go (?) room by the baggage claim. They held the bags and we took the free sun trolley to Ft. Lauderdale. We went to Las Olas blvd. and had a great time walking around there, seeing the shops (much more varied and interesting than the tourist shops on the islands), walked on the waterfront, and had an amazing lunch at LBC (Le Bon Crepe (?). Definitely a great way to end the trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The first few days of the cruise the wind was so terrible that it made the pool impossible for our 5 year old to enjoy. Even on the days where the wind was absent (last two days) the area for a child that is so young is very small, kids ... Read More
The first few days of the cruise the wind was so terrible that it made the pool impossible for our 5 year old to enjoy. Even on the days where the wind was absent (last two days) the area for a child that is so young is very small, kids say over 4' are probably fine, but anyone shorter and they are stuck in the toddler/infant pool (which does look comprehensive for the little little ones). I know many will argue why not use the kid care options, but I ask you, do you want to put your 5yo with a bunch of strangers, when they are all ready in a strange place away from home that has half the stuff of a day care and a 1/4 of the stuff of kindergarten? I'm sorry but we do not feel comfortable doing that to our child. The ice show was pretty good, and there were two diff water shows (diving) that were distracting but the shows do not run all week, the later half of the week had significant less shows. Now on New Years we were willing to put our child in the kid care, but then we found out they would not let you bring a pillow/blanket so that if your child falls asleep they could be comfortable (nor do they have a cot/place for your child to fall asleep). They expected the children to just watch movies and if they fall asleep on the rug so be it...again we opted to not be comfortable with that. I think if you have older children, the cruise probably is not too bad of a trip (but spend your money just going to an island rather then the cruise). The food at the restaurants was pretty good, some times excellent (some dishes were small portions but you could order more if you wanted). The buffet was pretty bad in my opinion. The cabin cleaning crew are awesome, hats off to them. They are helpful, friendly, courteous, just a great group of folks!! The ship shore times are short but you know that before you book it...don't do excursions, find your own fun and get a taxi, look for reviews for prices before you go do that though, also anything timed, set a timer and watch your time (jet skis for example, don't let a 30 minute rental be a 20 minute because they pull you in early). Most areas right were the boat docks are kinda dirty (especially Nassau). Take a taxi some where nicer for beaches. Over all, do yourself a favor and skip the cruise, go some where else directly. When you add up the air fair, any hotels night before/after, the cost of the cruise, the cost of on ship anything (stores, alcohol, soda, sundries, etc) it all adds up to something you could have had a very nice time some where else (i'd say for a family my size (4) we could have done Disney/Universal with a 3 day park hopper to Disney and 2 day park hopper to Universal) for about half the price... Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Let me start by saying that this was our first cruise (my husband, my 30 year old disabled daughter and me!). We booked a handicapped accessible junior suite and I was very happy with the size of the room. It far exceeded my ... Read More
Let me start by saying that this was our first cruise (my husband, my 30 year old disabled daughter and me!). We booked a handicapped accessible junior suite and I was very happy with the size of the room. It far exceeded my expectations! My daughter uses a wheelchair but can walk short distances using her walker and she was able to move around the room with ease using either device. Okay, the food--everyone wants to know about the food. I've had better, I've had worse--just like in any restaurant you go to there are good items and not so good items. However, when you take into consideration that they have thousands to feed, I thought it was pretty darn good. Something for everyone, to be sure. My daughter and I opted for the soda package at $8 a day per person and I am so glad we did. We are big soda drinkers but don't always finish the entire glass, so had we bought sodas every day, several times a day (and tips are automatically included) it would have been a lot more than the $56 (x2-$112) we paid. We went to Sabor one evening and it was good. I had never had a margarita and asked the waiter to suggest one, and he suggested the original one. I took one sip and YUCK! I'm just not a big drinker! He was so sweet and didn't charge me for it. Couldn't believe that! My daughter and I went on the rising bar and I had a glass of wine (which I didn't finish--told you I'm not a big drinker!) and she had a ginger ale--it was worth the $12.98 (that includes the tip) :) We played trivia a lot but never won. My daughter and I played bingo but,, there too, never won. We saw the aqua show and loved it, we saw Cats and enjoyed that. We saw the headliner show which was a ventriloquist and it was just so-so. The comedy show was very good, but had we not booked it in advance, we wouldn't have gotten in. I booked them all way in advance but had I not I think I could have gotten in to see all but the comedy show--and depending on the night, I may not have gotten into the aqua show. My daughter is very involved in an adaptive sports program so she wanted to try all the ship had to offer. Her first stop was the zip line. The staff was soooooo wonderfully helpful. I cannot praise them enough. My husband took her up and got her settled and I stayed at the landing to video tape it. Once at the landing, they helped her get out of the gear there w/o having to trek back up. On the third day, a very strong crew member just picked her up and held her so she didn't have to stand while we waited for her dad to come down with the wheelchair. Next came rock climbing which she has done w/the adaptive sports program and although she didn't get very far, the young man couldn't have been more helpful. Last, but not least was the flow-rider. They were very honest and said that the stand-up one wouldn't be good for her, even if the monitor held her hand b/c her legs are not that strong so they suggested she do the boogie board lying down on the other side. Again, the staff made sure she was safely on and she had the best time thanks to their careful help. As for the shore excursions--I can't say. The only things which were handicapped accessible were city tours and my daughter and husband didn't care to do that. We did get off at each port (Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin). In my opinion the first two were just zoos! However, if I could do it again, I'd have taken a city/beach tour of St. Martin. It is breathtakingly beautiful!! I am basically low maintenance so diamonds, gold and silver hold no fascination for me but apparently many people bought lots of things at each port. So I can't say whether the prices for that were good or bad. I suppose that if you know what you are buying you are good to go! Now, had you asked me on day 1 or 2 if I'd ever cruise again, I'd have said NO WAY!! We never got ill to the point of being incapacitated but we all felt a bit queasy. We took a Dramamine (wrist bands and an oil behind the ears for my daughter) and by 3rd day we were fine! As I said, this was our first time on a cruise so I have nothing to compare it to, but the staff was wonderful to all of us, my daughter had no trouble getting around in her wheelchair and the room was far bigger than I thought. I will say, though, if my daughter were not able to stand at all it would be difficult to hang things as there were no lower rods. Oh, and I saw many complaints on here about waiting for elevators--there are 6,000 people on the ship so I fully expected that I'd have to wait for one or two so for me and my family this was no big deal. My one and only complaint is that we were on the 14th floor and we could here chairs dragging, and people running all night long! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
The Oasis was amazing, the cabin and wait staff could not have been more friendly, professional, and accommodating. My only complaint is this ship does not offer fares for people that do not want to share a cabin. My daughter paid my fare ... Read More
The Oasis was amazing, the cabin and wait staff could not have been more friendly, professional, and accommodating. My only complaint is this ship does not offer fares for people that do not want to share a cabin. My daughter paid my fare and even though we were a group of eight she paid more than double for my Central Park view than they did for an Ocean Balcony. Unfortunately as much as I loved Royal Caribbean I will have to choose a Line that offers a single cabin for my next booking. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Check in was a breeze and the cabin was awesome overlooking Central Park the service and the food was excellent. The state room attendant was helpful and courteous they really know how to ... Read More
This was my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Check in was a breeze and the cabin was awesome overlooking Central Park the service and the food was excellent. The state room attendant was helpful and courteous they really know how to treat their guess . I attended four shows and all types of activities. This ship is beautiful . The American icon restaurant was awesome the food and the service and the attention to detail was impeccable . The cruise director Drew and his assistant Hugo are phenomenal their energy and commitment to excellence was appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first cruise and we spent a great deal of time in choosing and planning our trip. In so many ways this cruise exceeded expectations ... which is amazing since it's hype is enormous, but there were awkward moments and ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we spent a great deal of time in choosing and planning our trip. In so many ways this cruise exceeded expectations ... which is amazing since it's hype is enormous, but there were awkward moments and strange shortcomings that make us wonder if cruising is for us. The really good: We are becoming 'foodies'. The past few years, our vacations have included regular trips to New York and Chicago where we indulge in our Top Chef fantasies. While discussing recent lackluster food experiences at Sandals resorts with other guests, the term 'cruise-food' was introduced to our vocabulary. So we walked into this experience hopeful, but with the bar lowered. And we were schooled ... really. Windjammer Buffet is the lowest rung, but there were surprises. I enjoyed the Indian food options and the fried rice (which sounds dull, but was actually quite well prepared ... especially with an over easy egg for breakfast) On several occasions, I found 'dressed-down' versions of main dining options, like; Seafood Paella (The same basic concept as served at Vintages), Chocolate Sensation Desert (again, sans the fancy presentation, but the same foundation as served with the formal night meal in main dining.) The Solarium Bistro has the next, and very much higher rung up for breakfast and lunch. They had me with the Miso soup bowls. Just fresh ingredients in a bowl that they pour hot miso broth on top of. Simple, street-food concept done well. They also offered grilled tomatoes and zucchini, sauteed mushrooms ... attractive wraps and sandwiches for lunch. Lesson; Avoid Windjammer crowds and come here. Main Dining Room/My Time Dining/Silk, Grande, Icon. (??? Someday, RC will figure themselves out ...) Having no prior experience, we were impressed. The service level was really good ... some of the dishes approached 'best-I've-ever-had' status. (The Kippered Herring for breakfast ... The Roast Duck entree for dinner ... genuine surprise.) We tried every 'pay' restaurant on board. 150 Park with the wine pairing was one of our best dining experiences ... ever. Service and Food were incredible. (Ajeet was our most memorable employee on board. Above-and-beyond pride and service.) Giovanni's ... the little crepes filled with spinach and cheese were awesome. ( Gnocchi too ... Veal Shank with Polenta ...) Izumi was, again, quite a bit beyond my expectation level and a genuinely fun time. (More Sake Juanito! ... great guy.) At Chops, our waiter (Peter) recommended the mushroom soup ... which was excellent. He also pressed my wife to upsize to the 12 oz. steak when she ordered a 6 oz. medium rare, as, he explained, the smaller steak would be more difficult to get cooked correctly. He was correct and it was a great steak. Vintages was really a nice Spanish tapas experience in a great setting. Sabor was almost on par with a meal I had last year at Frontera Grill in Chicago ... which is near-blasphemy in foodie circles, but I'm saying it. Even Johnny Rockets delivered what it promised. There were low spots, (buffet meats drying under heat lamps, Cubed Pork Curry (???!!)) But not much to find fault with as an overall food experience. Also really good: Entertainment was all at a 'next-level'. We saw Cats, which has gotten some viral flack as a bad choice for a cruise. Having never seen it before, we were sort of lost in it's English 'almost-opera' -ness. But, we both were brought to tears by the performance of 'Memories' (Which, since I am not a fan of Lloyd Webber songs, leads me to compliment the extreme quality of the performers and the presentation.) Come Fly With Me was great fun ... again, the Opus Theater is an amazing setting. I found myself having to come to grips with being on a ship at the end of both performances. The (Adult) Comedy Show was great. The Aqua Theater diving/swim shows were absolutely unique. The designers of this ship were geniuses in incorporating the ship itself as a part of it's entertainment function. In both design and practice, Oasis is a work of art and by it's nature it is entertaining to be on this ship. The outside spaces and inside spaces offer a vast range of experiences in one larger-than-life package. The Bad: The (extra fee) Prohibition Party; So terribly lame. I felt sorry for the hostess and the wait staff, who were obviously going through the motions. Such a shame. If you offer a concept experience, you have to have performers who can make the concept live. We, as paying guests, came with costumes and had the 'wink-and-a-nod' party attitude. So much of what could have been cool was submerged by indifference from the 'not-at-all-themed-secret-guest-check-in' to the obvious apathy of the jazz band. Hint to Royal Caribbean; you can save this event by switching from the same-band-that-plays-smooth-jazz-here-every-night to folks with enthusiasm. Great musicians, but not a 'party' band. Side note: maybe you can get people more involved if you move some furniture for space enough to fit more than four couples on the dance floor. The Cupcake Decorating experience; ... takes place in the customer serving space in the front serving lobby of the ice cream/cupcake shop. The line for ice cream forms around the table as you decorate cupcakes. How about setting up in one of the empty, unstaffed bars on the promenade for a bit? Felt a bit cramped and, sorry, weird here. As with the examples above, the downside of the Oasis is the lengths RC will go to to have you part from your cash; many of which come across as petty and lame in comparison to the true high-bar experiences happening all around as a matter of course. Chief example: The first port, Nassau. On a Sunday morning. From 7 until 1:30. Having been to Nassau outside a cruise ... nothing is open in Nassau on Sunday morning. Except excursions to Atlantis through the ship ... where the ship gets its cut. On any other day, plenty of other options outside Royal Caribbean excursions would be available. If the ship stayed in port longer, again ... day trips to resorts and attractions (besides Atlantis) would be viable. Nope. Nassau, 7 to 1:30. Terribly sad excuse for a port day and the motive is obvious. While I'm on that soapbox ... look at the port facilities in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We had a great excursion in St. Maarten (with Deiderick's SXM Tours) that we picked up outside the RC fenced-in port area ... out in 'the sandlot'. This is where all the locals (who can't afford the RC fees) set up shop. It seems very much like the ship gets its cut, or they find ways to marginalize the competition. We did enjoy our day with Blackbeard's Revenge. (Oasis excursion to Buck Island and Honeymoon beach.) But the destinations filled with cruise passengers quickly and it felt like a fight for personal space at times. Overall, we found ways to enjoy our port calls, but it is accurate to say we are glad we did the research and did not leave it to RC to set the standards for us. Drink packages are priced to be just outside the realm of practicality, and then you are bombarded throughout your cruise with gradually reduced pricing. WiFi is available, with a hefty fee. In Room account balance management tech also spams you with constant jewelry and spa ads. As first time cruise passengers, The Oasis was both outstanding and a bit of a struggle. We left our cruise feeling exhausted ... but that's really on us. There was so much to do and we felt compelled to try as much as possible. In hindsight, we would could have done just one premium restaurant and one excursion, no drink packages, no cupcake decorating and absolutely no 'Prohibition Party' ... and had a fabulous time just napping and soaking in the hot tubs. But that's not why someone comes on the Oasis, is it? The Oasis is a remarkable and unforgettable ship. Truly unique, truly grande in scale. I am reminded of our one trip to Disney World. We did the research, closed our eyes, spent the money and had many wonderful experiences. But would we do it twice? Sadly, Nope. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I'll make this a bit shorter than my forum review but we had an excellent cruise. This was our first cruise and we definitely picked a winner. We are a family of 3, myself and my two, twenty something sons from Philadelphia PA. ... Read More
I'll make this a bit shorter than my forum review but we had an excellent cruise. This was our first cruise and we definitely picked a winner. We are a family of 3, myself and my two, twenty something sons from Philadelphia PA. Generally we are a Beach,/Disneyworld family and decided to try something new after many years at the mouseworld. we were not disappointed. Flew into Ft. Lauderdale the night before and stayed at a cheapy motel, easy to get to boat and check in was easy. RC auto called us the night before with our assigned check in time but we arrived hours earlier. Boy were we glad we did, we were able to get our drink packages and other "mandatory" stuff done without any lines. The ship is absolutely impressive, huge doesn't do it justice and gorgeous. first day was spent simply walking around checking things out. Our cabin steward introduced himself on the first night and was gracious, friendly and attentive. we had early seating at dinner and again the staff was friendly and attentive. I did think the dining rooms were crowded with tables a little to close. We took advantage of all the on board entertainment seeing cats, the ice show, the comedy show and a "cirque du soleil" styled show. Aqua show was a little disappointing but the concept was cool. We also tried just about all the on board activities. I even tried my hand at flow riding. very cool. LOl All and all a great vacation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We just returned from our first cruise. We selected the Oasis Eastern Caribean cruise as a destination celebration for my 50th birthday. The ship is amazing, impressive, massive and fun. We had our concerns as first time cruisers as to ... Read More
We just returned from our first cruise. We selected the Oasis Eastern Caribean cruise as a destination celebration for my 50th birthday. The ship is amazing, impressive, massive and fun. We had our concerns as first time cruisers as to whether or not we would like it, would get sea sick etc, etc. We loved it. We had NO issues with sea sickness even with a day or slightly rough seas. Neither my husband or I took sea sickness meds. I did however wear the sea bands for the day the seas were rough. The ship is so massive and impressive that we found ourselves saying several times….."I can't beleive we are on a ship". FOOD: We loved the food. Yes, we are foodies and are super critical of food including presentation and taste. We foudn the food good. With the amount of food they make daily, I was improessed with the quality, variety and taste. There are many options for food….some are complimentary and others require a fee. We explored most dining options (free and fee based). While not fans (in general) of buffets, we loved the Windjammer Cafe (buffet). It was a great place for breakfast and lunch. The menu changed and there was plenty of variety. Dinner we dined mostly in the Main Dinning room as well as 2 specialty restaurants - Giovani's and Chops. The main dining room was good. They will make you what ever you want….just ask. We generally ordered extra appitizers and desserts and an entree each. Giovani's was outstanding. I ordered the lamb and it was beyond delicious. Giovani's is a specialty restaurant that charged $20 per person. We also dined at Chops- the steak house. Also outstanding. The other dining options, Soliarium bistro and Vitality cafe offer healthy "clean" food for breakfast and lunch but if you want a basic burger or hotdog…there are options for that too. You will NOT go hungry! As our treat a few days was the soft serve ice cream poolside. Activities and entertainment: To say we are exhausted is an understatement. We TRIED to do it all. There is no way to do do everything….so don't try. Choose what you like. Advice: book the entertainment shows prior to sailing. We read up on the shows and booked an early dinner (6PM) so that we could make the 8PM or later shows. That strategy worked well for us. We caught all the shows expect for Cats. We decided to skip Cats to do other things in that 2+ hours. Make sure you book the comedy show as the venue is tiny and sells out early. Frozen the ice show is great too. Other activities were so much fun. each day you will recieve a planner for the next days activities in your cabin. We would go through that and jot down the activities we wanted to do. We LOVED the extra shows: Love and Marriage Game show, QUEST game show, Majority Rules and several trivia contests. Like I mentioned before we are exhausted….we ran all over th place having fun! Zipline, golf, flowrider…..do it. Try them at least once. You will have a blast. And it is not your thing to do…go and watch others. It is so much fun. Spend time pool side when the music/band is playing. Attitude and behavior……my ONLY complaint is about a few people on board. Soem people tend to forget thier manners. Often times people got frustrated waiting for elevators. I found some people pushed in or pushed others to get into an elevator. Men remember to hold the door open for others. Be patient…..and be kind to others. Advice on exursions: St. Marteen. We decided to see the butterfly farm. We loved it. You get a small tour of the island after the tour of the butterfly farm. Afterwards, the tour driver let us out near the beach and we then took a water taxi back. Nassua: We just walked around the town. We did not select an excursion as we were not that interested in that port. Since we were there such a short time, the Atlantis excursion felt like a waste of money. St Thomas: We enjoyed the Land tour that took you around the island. We then spent time in town shoping. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my very first cruise. I travelled with my 21 year old son. We had a Central Park balcony cabin. It was quite nice. I didn't mind going out there and seeing my neighbours and sharing a wave. I didn't find it intrusive at ... Read More
This was my very first cruise. I travelled with my 21 year old son. We had a Central Park balcony cabin. It was quite nice. I didn't mind going out there and seeing my neighbours and sharing a wave. I didn't find it intrusive at all, there are inside sheers to let the light in but respect your privacy. Our cabin attendant was always there when we needed him and always addressed us by name. We had My-Time dining and it was just fine. Our waiters and assistant waiters were very friendly and we had no trouble getting in. We had standing reservations and never waited more than 5 mins. to be seated. There was so much to do every day. I was glad I brought my highlighter to mark the Daily Compass in order to schedule my day. The games were fun and the events well done. The activities director: Chris Hopkins is a hoot! He's got so much enthusiasm and energy. He met me once and remembered my name every time he saw me afterwards. The DJ's and band in Dazzles were very good. They provided a wide range to suit many musical tastes. I danced almost every night. My only negative comment was in regards to the Martini clinic. We each paid $23.95 for the class but if you were a couple you shared the equipment and by extention the contents. If you were a single person you got to drink the entire contents yourself therefore getting double the drinks that the couples had. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Royal Caribbean International “Oasis of the sea from heaven to hell!” This was my and my friend first Cruise ever! We left from Fort Lauderdale on the 10th of January 2015. The first 3 days I can easily say I had the best time of my ... Read More
Royal Caribbean International “Oasis of the sea from heaven to hell!” This was my and my friend first Cruise ever! We left from Fort Lauderdale on the 10th of January 2015. The first 3 days I can easily say I had the best time of my life! Things started going wrong on the fourth day when we went on a Shore Excursion booked and paid through Royal Caribbean Internationals It was to swim with Dolphins. Going on a Caribbean cruise and swimming with dolphins has been 2 of my life long dreams! Wow and I was going to achieve both of them, thanks to Royal Caribbean International! Unfortunately the organisation that run the Shore Excursion totally let us down by putting us in the wrong group so we never got to swim with the dolphins and this totally shattered me and my dreams! To be let down by the incompetence of this organisation. But to be fair to them they totally admitted responsibility and that it was their mistake and offered us a small refund straight away. When we got back on board we reported the incident straight away to Royal Caribbean International, expecting them to do the right thing and refund our money, which they totally refused to do! And to make things worse told us it was up to the other organisation to make amends and that they would talk to them to see what their decision would be! That was Royal Caribbean International first big mistake our contract was with Royal Caribbean International not the other organisation it was up to Royal Caribbean International to do the right thing, right there and then! Refund our money which my friend asked them to do, and again they totally refused. I was so upset with Royal Caribbean International because my friend had used his credit card to pay for the trip and I had paid my friend, so I had no legal say in the matter and had to keep out of the whole proceedings. This cause some friction between me and my friend because he allowed Royal Caribbean Internationals To draw the matter out not for one day! Or even 2 days but for 3 days! Every morning we would get up and start discussing the situation and things would start to get a bit heated, then it would turn into an argument, which totally ruined our last 3 days. Why was Royal Caribbean International leaving us to the mercy of this other small organisation who we never made a contract with, the contract was between ourselves and Royal Caribbean International. On the last day of our holiday Royal Caribbean International Decided to give us a total refund of what we paid to go on the Shore excursion! Why could they have not done this 3 days earlier? WHY Wreck our Cruise? This whole episode has had a disastrous effect on my friend and I, to the extent that we had a big argument at John F Kennedy airport and I was forced to transfer my seat Away from him to avoid any further altercation or conflict! We still have not talked to this day apart from him sending me quite a nasty e-mail which I am not going to respond to. So apart form Royal Caribbean International other despicable behaviour it looks like I have lost a very dear friend! I am looking for some advice on what to do regarding Royal Caribbean International as judging by their previous behaviour I don’t think they will talk to me because I wasn’t the person who booked the cruise! Please can somebody help me! Des   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I am not usually one for writing reviews of anything. However, I just had the most amazing vacation on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and I would recommend it to everyone! Some people avoid taking cruises because they feel it’s a ... Read More
I am not usually one for writing reviews of anything. However, I just had the most amazing vacation on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and I would recommend it to everyone! Some people avoid taking cruises because they feel it’s a waste of money, there would be huge crowds, there’s nothing to do, etc. I am here to tell those people they are wrong. For anyone on the other side who is actually considering a cruise, I would definitely say stop putting it off and just go! This was my second cruise. The first cruise I went on was a few years ago on Carnival Freedom. It was fun but not nearly as wonderful. Royal Caribbean definitely sets the bar high from the moment you step onto the ship. Not once did I encounter an unfriendly crew member or frustrated waiter. Every single employee was always smiling, always willing to assist, and ALWAYS working. Seriously, I don’t know how they do it. I truthfully wanted to hug each and every single person and tell them how amazing they were, but that would have been weird and awkward. Anyway, the ship is huge, elegant, and spotless. It is constantly being cleaned and well maintained. There are crew members by the pool whose sole job it is to pick up people’s empty drinks and remove spills. They are there from sun up until sun down. The bathrooms are always being restocked and wiped down. Maintenance issues are resolved immediately. My boyfriend and I are in our twenties so we didn’t splurge for a fancy room. We were in an interior room (only downside is there is no sunlight to tell you to wake up and no way to see if it’s raining out). Our stateroom attendant Jairo was always smiling and ready to help. He cleaned our room twice daily and always made sure we had everything we needed. He also gave us those fun towel animals that I love. As I said, the ship is massive. It has 17 floors including a park on Deck 8 with real trees and Rising Tide Bar (the bar actually moves up and down the floors). It features numerous restaurants as well as several floors of dining rooms. There are also a bunch of different bars all with their own unique themes. On Air is host to any sporting events on tv as well as the karaoke competition. There are also several places to dance including their club, Blaze, and for anyone who actually knows how to dance for real, Dazzles. My boyfriend and I loved going to Dazzles to watch the older couples waltz across the dance floor instead of the common bumping and grinding we see at the clubs we go to. The band at Dazzles, The South Side, was phenomenal and always had a great show. As for daytime activities, the ship is home to a zipline, arcade, carousel, surfing, casino, mini golf, rock climbing walls, ping pong, a kids activity pool, a sports pool, and two main pools. There are also many hot tubs in various places on deck (all of which are cleaned regularly). By the way, the only thing we waited on a line for (about 10 minutes) was the surfing. It’s amazing how many people are on that ship and there aren’t really lines. So if it is crowds that are dissuading you then don’t let it! This is one of the biggest ships with the most people! Now let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing, FOOD! As I previously mentioned, Oasis is home to several floors of dining rooms and numerous specialty restaurants (including a steak house, Asian cuisine, a Johnny Rockets, a seafood place, etc). You will NEVER go hungry. If you aren’t up for paying extra for food then simply stick to the dining rooms as we did. We typically had our formal dinner there. During the day, if we were on board, we would head to WindJammer which is a buffet that is open all day and into the evening. We were Never disappointed in our choices or in the quality of the food. Dinner always reigned supreme however. Everything we got was absolutely delicious. The meat was always juicy and tender, the vegetables cooked to perfection, and don’t even get me started on the amazing desserts (go with the creme brulee!). The service, as with everywhere on the ship, was PHENOMENAL. Our waiter, Peter, was always knowledgeable about the dinner choices and could always make a recommendation. His assistant, Igusti, was on hand at all times to offer more bread or another course. We also had our drink waiter (sadly I never got his name) who had our drink orders memorized and would have them prepared as soon as we sat down. (Did I mention that almost every single crew member knew our names personally?!!) Don’t ever worry about being bored on a cruise (at least Royal Caribbean). There is never a dull moment. Besides the activities I mentioned above: take a flash mob dance class, dance to the sounds of steel drums, get your photos taken, play bingo, go gamble, sing karaoke, enter the manliest man competition, enter the belly flop competition, watch a movie in the Aqua Theater. Plus, of course, every night there’s the bars, clubs, and theater shows. My favorite was Oasis of Dreams simply because it is full of daring dives and acrobatic stunts (all in a pool). All in all I would have to give Royal Caribbean an 11/10 just because everything was so wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
My girlfriend and I just got back from our cruise (January 24th- 31st 2015) Though we've been together almost two years, this was our first cruise together, and the first cruise I'd ever taken. My girlfriend has been on 7 ... Read More
My girlfriend and I just got back from our cruise (January 24th- 31st 2015) Though we've been together almost two years, this was our first cruise together, and the first cruise I'd ever taken. My girlfriend has been on 7 cruisings with Royal, Carnival, and Princess. She was blown away by Oasis. To make sure things went smoothly, we flew from Ohio the night before and stayed over in Ft. Lauderdale to be more relaxed for the cruise. Embarkation was very short and easy. Port Everglades has made accommodations to streamline this process for Oasis and it shows. The ship is absolutely beautiful and the service outstanding. I may have spoiled myself for all future cruises with all that Oasis has to offer. All of the food was fantastic, we had great service and really enjoyed ourselves. We generally had dinner in the main dining room and we can't say enough about how good both the food and service were. Although there are plenty of options (at a surcharge) to choose from, we never found it necessary to go anywhere else for dinner. The food was truly amazing and our waiter always gave us suggestions on what was best a particular night. We did the late seating (8:30) and scheduled the shows for after dinner. One thing we really would recommend is to BOOK THESE AHEAD of the cruise as we did. The activities onboard the ship....where to start? With Ziplining, Rock Climbing, Surfing, all the whirlpools and pools, there is plenty to do...then there are the shows (we watched Cats, Come Fly with Me, Splish- Splash and Frozen in Time) and ran out of time to do more on our 7 day trip. Service was exceptional, but I will be honest in saying that the one area that they could use a bit more help on the pool decks and the whirlpool areas. We bought the Premium Package ($50/day) and found that if we wanted something, chances were pretty good we would have to go to the bar areas to get it. With that said, again, service in the MDR (American Icon was our MDR of choice) was second to none. Our Stateroom Attendant, Michael was a step above. Our dining room staff and stateroom attendant were very pleasant and always greeted us with a smile and a genuine desire to make sure we were happy. Oasis truly has something for everyone. I have to admit, that I was often more impressed with the ship than the ports of call. This ship for better or worse is truly a destination all it's own. That said, we did decide to do some snorkel and scuba diving in St. John and St.Maarten which was a lot of fun. With as large a ship as it is, we were amazed with how rarely we felt decks or elevators were congested; a true tribute to how well she is engineered. There is always a variety of events to go to but you can be as involved or relaxed as you want. I found myself on the Flow Rider quite a bit and was surprised how fun it was. Try to hit up the parties on the Solarium Deck and "Blaze" if you like dancing. I didn't love the DJ at Blaze but it was a pretty good time. Dazzles is more for the older crowd. Park Cafe was also great in Central Park- a bit healthier than breakfast at the Windjammer but I was never disappointed with the food. If you have the opportunity I would highly recommend sailing on this ship. It's truly amazing. We're looking forward to our next cruise on her!   Read Less
Sail Date January 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
Spouse tends to get motion sickness yet we took this cruise to find out........gravol patches work great so if this is the reason you have not gone on a cruise, then it is not a reason anymore........not to mention this ship is so big ... Read More
Spouse tends to get motion sickness yet we took this cruise to find out........gravol patches work great so if this is the reason you have not gone on a cruise, then it is not a reason anymore........not to mention this ship is so big there is very little motion.......where do I start.......there is so much to do on this ship, it is an attraction on it's own, yes there is shopping but also many restaurants, activities and shows........also has many pools and hot tubs/jaccuzzis........staff bend over backwards to provide service......landlubbers could tear a page out of their book to improve service........there are 3 dining rooms that serve great meals.....and buffets as well as sandwich shops, specialty restaurants.....be ready to gain weight......all shows are worth going to, in particular, hairspray, come fly with me which is similar to cirque du soleil and the comedy show.......has a casino if you like to gamble.....in any case google the ship or Royal Carribean to see it all......cabins did not make us feel clautrophobic, we had a balcony which I like for privacy, ......enjoyed Nassau and the Atlantis tour, St Thoms was barely ok....unless you are looking for jewelry......St Martens took the ultimate tour, enjoyed that as it includes an inland cruise on a double decker boat with refreshments included......We could do this cruise again and still end up doing something different on the boat and excursions........the big question.....from those who hesitate to take a cruise.......as a first time cruiser.......yes we would........don't be afraid, it is not scary......this is a great ship for your first time.....we requested mid ship to minimize on any potential movement...... Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Just sailed on the Oasis of the Seas with Eastern itinerary in late January. I read all reviews before going on the cruise, and sure appreciate the feedback and tips given. I will write a review that is realistic, and will hopefully dispel ... Read More
Just sailed on the Oasis of the Seas with Eastern itinerary in late January. I read all reviews before going on the cruise, and sure appreciate the feedback and tips given. I will write a review that is realistic, and will hopefully dispel some of the many myths for people that live in the real world. I have been on many all-inclusives, but I don't think i'll mention how many cruises because- well, who cares? Don't really know why people list how many they have been on, as if it means their opinion should be believed more. I also probably won't repeat opinions that tons of people have already said. Pre-cruise, don't stay at the Hilton Marina. They put us in some annex section that was miles away. In Canada, you can usually count on staying in a chain hotel (other than Howard Johnson), not so much in the states. The public areas look nice, but not in the Annex. Walgreens and shops/restaurants within walking distance. Not really any chain restaurants other than Paneros bread close to this hotel. Taxi prices are ridiculous, so choose a hotel that has a shuttle- if you want to be crammed in. Here's the review: Staff: All staff were outstanding, couldn't do enough for you and always had smiles. Didn't plan on tipping anyone, but ended up tipping our room attendant and a waitress that served us several times. Not going to mention their names- you'll likely never see them again. The only negative is the dock guys that put your bags on carts. I literally had the guy count my bags and stare at me with his mouth open because he must not of thought my tip was enough. I couldn't have cared less, and walked away. RC really needs to talk to these idiots. I can put my own bags on the appropriate cart. I never felt like this with any of the on-board staff. Food: Food was simply OUTSTANDING. These people that write reviews saying otherwise must have been born with a silver spoon in their mouth, the Whitehouse chef cooks for them, or they are on drugs. The Windjammer is very good, especially breakfast and supper, and we never had a hard time finding a table. We laughed at how human nature surfaces. If it wasn't very busy, people seemed to saunter around taking their time. If it was busy in there, OMG- it's like the speed goes up 10 fold, like people feel if they don't get their selection, that someone else may get it all. Hilarious, the set-up is also fine with the different stations. loved how you can get your own drinks all pre-poured. Main DIning room- so good. I took so many pictures of desserts that I was a little embarassed. Such good food for all three meals, and staff very attentive. The dress code thing, I wore long sleeved dress shirts/dress pants on the formal nights-no tie and dress shorts/golf shirts on the other nights. I understand both sides on this topic. Everyone has paid their fare and noone should be told to go to the Windjammer. At the same time, have a little self-respect considering your surroundings. I couldn't imagine packing a suit coat with the fees airlines are charging for baggage now adays. Good for residents that drive or bus I guess. I did bring a tie, since it takes up little room and i'd say the ratio was about 60% that dress up. Again- food simply outstanding. Can't believe the amount of times reviewers say- the extra charge in the specialty restaurant was "well worth the price". Give your head a shake! Most of us don't spend $30 on an individual meal at a restaurant at home- why would you, when there is outstanding options already included. I'm guessing it's the feeling of "being in a club- or exclusive dining"- that the steerage folks can't go to. Too funny. Another no-no on this site is, to please stop saying it was "free". No, no, no- trust me you have paid dearly for it- nothing is free. We had my time dining and it was great. Park Cafe, sorry folks. It's good, but it's a thicker cut roast beef sandwich. Don't go out of your way to go here and stand in line in this very tiny facility. I actually enjoyed the tossed for you salad a little more. It's just OK, trust me i'm a foodie. Johnny Rockets was the only disappointment for breakfast. Potatoes were like they sat under a heat lamp, and not quick service. Just OK. Sorrentos for late night pizza (don't go here for a meal with the first two choices I mentioned, that would be criminal). The pizza is pretty good, not amazing. The choose your own toppings is not really realistic because the toppings are bizarre. No pepperoni, salami, ground beef, sausage. Who came up with the available toppings- someone from Iceland? Cafe Promenade was pretty good, but it would be nice if they changed up the variety of sandwiches- never changed all week. Wipe-out cafe, never ate there but I can understand where the junk food offerings would be good for kids. Never had the rabbit food in the Solarium, or vitality spa- we were on vacation. Work out when you get home. Donuts- I yi-yi, guess I am repeating this criticism. Not worth a visit, and no cream for the coffee, gotta get that at Park Cafe/cafe Promenade. Starbucks- please replace with TIm Hortons, even a Dunkin would do. Heard many on here complain about the coffee. They are about half right- it's hit and miss. Sometimes good and sometimes horrid. When your coffee lightens up easily with half and half- not a good sign. What ever happened to 18% cream in the US and Western Canada. Trust me, 18% cream is not what is causing the obesity problem in the US. ALso a rampant issue with grounds in the coffee. Odd oversight in a place where the food is so good. Room: Had an oceanview superior stateroom. Was more than adequate, it's really just at the end of the bed where it's tight. Lots of shelf space, balcony was good. Couch- I think it should be replaced. Perhaps too much good times on it- if you know what I mean. Shower wasn't as cramped as many have said on this site. Please refer to above notes about the 18% cream. It's fine really, always had a sweaty neck while sleeping. Perhaps AC could have been a little better. Beds very comfortable and interactive screens worked well. Facilities: Excellent, well planned out. The elevators, sure you do wait sometimes. Most times you don't it wasn't that bad. Washrooms were in very predicatable places and there must have been lots of them. None of them were very big but I never had to wait. Lots of activities to do that I won't go into, and kept very clean and well maintained. Can't complain. Bars: If you are a drinker, get the premium drink package. Things that aren't promoted pre-cruise: average drinks are $8-$9, so if you drink 5 or more a day- you're golden. Also, bottled water is included. You are entitled to drinks under $10. If getting a rye/ginger or vodka/cran I would suggest getting a tall glass unless you like very strong drinks-yikes! Not complaining, especially for the poor buggers paying $9 a drink. There are bars everywhere, but there is a bit of a wait at the pool bars. The waiters do a good job getting to you for the most part. Not sure why they put a sticker on your card if you have a drink package. They always have to swipe your card anyway. The pub was good, schooner bar had a lot of the trivia, and Dazzles was also a favourite with the live band. Blaze was a bit of a kiddie bar, and Karaoke was hard to get into with possibility of a song being performed in another language. There are several bars advertised but many are what I would call "facility bars", simply located in areas where people may want to order a drink while in an area doing something else. Not necessarily in a bar/club room location. Excursions: Don't book RC excursions, they are DOUBLE the price under the threat that the boat may leave without you. You are smarter than that. These tour operators are the same ones that RC uses. Case in point, we did 3 RC excursions, and one private one in St Maarten with Jose of Jo Junie/DTF tours. The latter was the best by far with included beer and NO shortage. Something not really mentioned on these posts is that taxis are needed for St Thomas, and somewhat needed for St Maarten, to save a ten minute walk. Taxi's are PLENTIFUL- you will literally be asked every 30 seconds whether you need a drive to Oasis (not an exageration). So don't worry that you can't get back to the dock in time. DO NOT book an airboat tour post cruise if they are using holiday gator park. We saw one alligator (well the head of one) out in the Everglades. My guess is that they are not allowed to go deep enough into the area where the gators are and perhaps the airboats scare them away. Definitely not worth the money other than the transfer to the airport. All tour guides that we had for all excursions were exceptional. Don't really understand the negative comments about Nassau- we thought it was great. Straw market vendors are quite aggressive though. People that say the cruise is all about the boat, and they didn't bother to get off the boat- go on a four star all inclusive on sale instead of a cruise! 3 ports is definitely enough though. We would have loved to go to Jamaica, but chose the eastern route instead due to Labadee being included. People, people, people- it's not real. It's make believe, a manufactured port to get more money out of us. Don't you want to go to a real living breathing port? Google Haiti sometime, and you'll discover that it's not really a place that tourists should go to. Other passengers: My wife and I went with an open mind eventhough we heard many negative things about the Brazilians. Funny thing, the Brazillians didn't really show up until half way through the cruise. After that, woa- you noticed them. You were tripping over them. The Brazillian dads may need a little guidance on how to raise their daughters. I have wandering eyes like any male, but none of us want to see a young girl in a thong. Again, give your heads a shake. In one of the shows we went to, the announcer asked parents to control their children during the performance. A very loud applause arose from about half the theatre. It's amazing how people will go on a cruise and then not watch their children. Splashing adults in the pool, putting their hands over the self-serve cones and buffet foods. Free advice, just because you have money to bring your very young children- doesn't mean you should. Think of the other passengers and not just yourself. Pushing a stroller around isn't enjoyable anyway. Find a babysitter, or wait a few years. That's what those of us in the real world do. This is also why the Solarium was created- to keep your children out. Funny story, waiting for an elevator and door opens with one three quarters full. 3 Brazillian ladies run from the side hallway and get in ahead of us. I started laughing, but my wife wasn't- it just struck me as so funny how blatant it was. Must be a ton of people in that country. Of course people entering elevators before letting people off was rampant. Met lots of people that were very nice. Tips that were good/not needed: You don't really get nickle and dimed the way most people say. We didn't go to any of the talks about shopping or free ladies pamper- we are smart enough to know that these are bogus. Nothing is free folks! You don't get tricked into buying bottled water or freshly squeezed orange juice. Water is very available, and the regular orange juice is not tang. Sales do not stay in place after the one hour elbowing session is finished. Get your good deals at the ports. Do not buy pictures unless you are rich or have been dropped on your head. The prices are simply obsene. Bring your own camera- alway staff or other pax willing to accomodate. Only about a third use lanyards, maybe just as easy to just use the seapass cards loose if you have pockets. Clothes hooks or hangers do not need to be brought. There is plenty in your room. We are still glad we brought a case of water and taped luggage tag to it. Good to hydrate yourself in the mornings or to bring on excursions if you can't get to a restaurant to order one- or don't have a drink package. Bug spray is not needed. You felt the ship once in a while- we had no issues where we needed the gum. Having your scheduled stuff printed small on a sticker label and stuck on seapass card was a very smart tip. You always knew when your meals/shows/excursions were. Checking your account daily is essential. Bartenders made two errors that I had to get corrected. No need to fill bottles with water. As I said earlier, lots of tap water available. In closing, it was a wonderful trip. Allan Brooks was a wonderful comedic cruise director. Not sure if some of the negativity on these postings were due to earlier issues, and got subsequently corrected, or if there are just people not living in reality. Our seapass cards didn't have the beverage package stickers on them causing us to stand in line at guest services, and there was the day in Park Cafe where they ran out of clean forks for 15 minutes. Did it ruin our trip? Nope, we live in reality. If anyone wants the real lowdown, no problem to contact me. All the best in your cruising future. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the day before our departure. I received a phone call from RCCL with a voice message stating not to arrive to the ship before 1:30 PM because they were sanitizing the boat due to an outbreak of the Norovirus. I ... Read More
We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale the day before our departure. I received a phone call from RCCL with a voice message stating not to arrive to the ship before 1:30 PM because they were sanitizing the boat due to an outbreak of the Norovirus. I was glad they were taking pre-cautions.  However, I learned on this trip that they seem to be overly cautious. On the 4th day of our trip, my 7 year old son was running around, eating greasy food every night (pizza, French fries, chicken fingers) and had his third dessert for the night. He vomited. We called housekeeping and was told by the staff that we should have our son checked out by the medical staff. My husband and I were fine with that but we knew our son just vomited because he ate too much and was running around. He had no fever or diarrhea. I went to the nurse, she checked my son's temperature which was normal and then took his seapass card. She came back and said that my son had to be quarantined for 24 hours to his room. I was in disbelief. I said he had an upset tummy and no other symptoms to say he had the norovirus. He vomited once and was himself. The nurse said the CDC and the captain of the ship take this very seriously. My husband went down the next morning to try to talk to the staff to let my son out. The person at guest services said my son could be rechecked after 12 hours. Great! My husband took my son back down to the doctor. The manager was already dealing with a woman who had a person in their party vomit from an allergic reaction to chlorine. The person in their party was also put on 24 hour quarantine. My husband knew we did not have a chance. He basically told the manager that you are going to cause people to not be upfront with their illness in fear that they will be quarantined. I even tried calling customer service for RCL and asking how they distinguish between people vomittng from the norovirus, motion sickness or upset stomach. The person could not answer that question. All I was told that this was for the safety of the ship. Needless to say, they ruined a day that I wanted to spend with my family and get some nice pictures of us at the beach in St. Thomas. For the rest of the trip, I had to watch our three kids to make sure they did not overeat because I was worried that one of them would vomit from an upset stomach which was not uncommon with my kids. The staff even does "courtesy checks" to make sure that you stay put in your room. My son could not leave his room until 11:30 PM New Year's Eve. At least we got to ring in the new year. All in all, our server and room attendant were great. The shows were great. We did pre-book the show. Another tip is when you are leaving the ship, allow yourself enough time for customs and the security line at the airport. We gave ourselves 3 hours and walked off the ship at 7:30 AM. Customs took awhile. Then, we got to the airport and the line was very long for security. We had to be pulled out of line to make our 10:45 AM flight. I am not happy with the overreaction caused by my son having an upset stomach with NO other symptoms and I think they handled it poorly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was my first cruise. Ever. I have read so many "happy reviews" by people who seem clueless about what the term "critic" actually means. Worse still, look at how many of these folks love to list every single cruise ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Ever. I have read so many "happy reviews" by people who seem clueless about what the term "critic" actually means. Worse still, look at how many of these folks love to list every single cruise they have taken. Some must think they are some sort of "Cruise Admiral" in their own mind - wearing every cruise "badge" as some sort of medal. The term "critic" rarely seems to occur to them. So I'll skip most of the happy talk and just get to some REAL issues experienced during my Dec 14-21, 2013 cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. I was in stateroom 12594 with my best buds and we were celebrating the years it took for one of my mates to get his VA disability benefits for a serious brain injury incurred during his service to America. This trip was for him and he deserved better. We deserved better. HIDDEN DANGER IN THE FOOD We were eating a white cake dessert in the Park Cafe when I discovered something in the cake. It looked smaller than an eyelash and was obviously baked into the cake. I teased it out with my fork and when I tried to pick it out, it went straight into my finger, causing bleeding when I removed it. I took it straight to the restaurant "officer" to report this dangerous small piece of metal shrapnel. Having eaten 2/3 of the cake, I was scared that I may have ingested one or more extremely sharp shards of metal such as this. When the restaurant officer also got stuck, he realized that small dangerous shards of metal could be in the food. He was very concerned and asked if I was OK. Yes, I replied - but I was scared. I am still dealing with my medical clinic over this issue since returning home. GUEST SERVICES AND MEDICAL ON BOARD IS A JOKE I reported the possible ingestion of sharp metal fragment(s) to Guest Services, who simply told me to call Medical. Since this was in the food, I asked if medical would charge me for the cost of the consult. They said that Medical could answer that and that I call the Nurse of Duty. MEDICAL I went to the Medical Department and they were closed until 4 PM. I returned to my stateroom and called the Nurse on Duty. She was Chinese and after explaining the situation I expressed my concern regarding the dangers of ingesting sharp metal objects from the Park Cafe dessert. She said she would speak with the doctor and call me back. About 2 hours later she called with the question "how you feeling?". I felt OK, but I didn't know how long that would last if I had ingested sharp metal object(s) that could perforate the digestive system. Clearly, the onboard medical help wasn't much help at all. And, by the way, when you read your "ticket contract", you might want to pay attention to the language that disclaims any malpractice of the onboard medical folks by the cruise line. Given my experience, I wonder if these "medical" folks are as qualified as Royal Caribbean claims - I seriously doubt it. GUEST SERVICES Lots of friendly people who don't speak English as a first language. They spent lots of time looking down and typing into their computer yet couldn't "find" the incentives offered by our travel agent for this trip. We spent time every single day at Guest Services. One issue was NOT properly resolved: we were promised a bottle of champagne in our stateroom but Guest Services denied it. I had to call the travel agent while at sea through their "courtesy phone" (which they dial). When Guest Services finally received the approval on their computer, it was the last day of the cruise. I asked them to deliver it to our cabin late in the morning and they REFUSED! They insisted on delivering the champagne "Tonight". We were getting ready for bed between 8-9 PM the champagne arrived. We told them to keep it - we needed to get up early the next morning to disembark. THE HAPPY NEWS The Ice Skating show was great. Dive show great. Hairspray blah-boring. Casino was smoke-filled, even at off-times when there were no smokers around. The food in the Main Dining Room was meager, minuscule and often mediocre. The Chops Grille was the BEST FILET MIGNON ever. The food servers were all outstanding. The Windjammer buffet restaurant food was just OK - it was overcrowded at times as there were not enough tables available for a cruise of 6,000 passengers. The best food in the Windjammer was on Friday night - the Mahi Mahi Tempura was outstanding. Except for metal shrapnel in the dessert, the Park Cafe was excellent for Cuban and roast beef sandwiches as well as vegetarian quesadillas. The Wipeout Cafe "omelets to order" were just OK - they simply have a checklist of ingredients and didn't know what a Spanish Omelette was. They also lost track of our omelette orders and served them to the wrong passengers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Just returned from our first cruise and I can't say enough about this ship. It is absolutely amazing. The ship, the crew, the food, all first rate. We loved Ronald and James in the MDR. They took great care of us. The entertainment ... Read More
Just returned from our first cruise and I can't say enough about this ship. It is absolutely amazing. The ship, the crew, the food, all first rate. We loved Ronald and James in the MDR. They took great care of us. The entertainment was the best we've seen. We had a balcony on deck 10 overlooking the Boardwalk, we were a little worried about noise but there was very little and we had a great view of the Aqua Theatre and the back of the ship. We've been to many all inclusive resorts on many different islands and nothing compared to this trip. We can't wait to come back. The only negative thing I would comment on is beware of the coupons they give you for free jewellery as you leave the ship in the different ports of call. We spent a lot of money in Effy Jewellers in St Thomas. We had a coupon for a free silver chain with a garnet charm on it. We purchased the matching earrings and gave it to our daughter when we got home last night. She loved it and immediately put it on. Woke up this morning with rust around her neck!! Yes, I realize it was free (the earrings weren't) but that is a little ridiculous. I realize this isn't RCCI's fault but they are heavily promoting this jeweller on their ship. Just thought I'd give you the heads up!! Again, beautiful ship and amazing crew who take care of your every need. We'll be back!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
I am a 33 year old male who was on my honeymoon with my 26 year old wife. This was my first ever cruise and my wife's fourth. This review is based on my experience as a first time cruiser. I am the majority planner on our vacations ... Read More
I am a 33 year old male who was on my honeymoon with my 26 year old wife. This was my first ever cruise and my wife's fourth. This review is based on my experience as a first time cruiser. I am the majority planner on our vacations and tend to do a lot of research which is what led me to Cruise Critic. Planning is definitely necessary for Oasis of the Seas. We started our honeymoon in Disney World, then drove down to Ft. Lauderdale the Thursday before the cruise. We spent two nights at Comfort Inn & Suites Airport & Cruise Port. It is a very nice hotel within walking distance to most things. There is a CVS next door for any last minute things you may need. The only bad thing was one elevator was down while we were there and then on Saturday when we left the other elevator stopped working as well. They have a decent free breakfast, slow free wifi, and a nice pool. They also have a cruise shuttle, but we had a rental car from Hertz and used their shuttle to port. Embarkation was a piece of cake. We received a text, phone call, and email from royal Caribbean telling us not to arrive to port before 12:30pm. We ignored that and arrived at 10:30am. We were on the ship by 11:15am. Our stateroom was #12538, the first cabin on the starboard side. The bed is located by the closet. The balcony was nice except we had neighbors who smoked and they were outside smoking ALL the time. Our attendant was Jairo who was phenomenal. We had quick access to the pool deck and shows. To go eat we would take the elevator down to either Central Park or Royal Promenade and walk to the MDR on Deck 3. We had traditional dining in MDR at 6pm. Our waiter was Jose and his assistant was Jayson. They did a great job. One night we had an early show and they made sure dinner moved quickly enough for us to attend. The food was delicious! We only missed one night and we ate at the Windjammer that night. We only ate at WJ twice but even though it showed as red on the screens we had no trouble finding a table. Park Cafe and Cafe Promenade had great selections as well. The pizza at Sorrentos was very good and the doughnuts at the Doughnut Shop were just okay. We didn't do any specialty dining. Oasis has no shortage of things to do. Hairspray was awesome. The water and ice shows were amazing. The comedians were great. Ron Lucas was the headliner and his puppets were hysterical. Come Fly with Me was good but didn't make much sense. We went to Quest, Love and Marriage show, multiple trivias, mini golf competition, soccer competition, zip line, and ice skating. After doing all that I'm sure we still missed a lot. Disembarkation was a breeze. We got off the ship at 9am and were at the airport by 10:30am. We used the shuttle from Royal Caribbean so that was even with waiting on the bus for a little bit. Overall it was a very relaxing vacation. I loved cruising and I'm sure at some point will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
We ordered the bottled water package and could have done without it. The tap water tasted just fine. My husband also ordered the soda package and he did not use it enough to get his money's worth. There are just too many other free ... Read More
We ordered the bottled water package and could have done without it. The tap water tasted just fine. My husband also ordered the soda package and he did not use it enough to get his money's worth. There are just too many other free beverage options. Thumbs Up 1. Service in the main dining room, called the Opus, for breakfast and dinner. Service was outstanding. 2. Dinner in the main dining room. We were pleased with everything we ate, especially the chilled fruit soups that are served as an appetizer. There was a different fruit soup every night and we really looked forward to that. 3. We purchased the 'Central Park Dining Package', which includes dinner at Giovanni's, Chops Grill and 150 Central Park. The food was very good, especially the Mud Pie dessert at Chops and the Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake at 150 Central Park. Again, service at all 3 restaurants was outstanding. I'm glad we ate at these restaurants. However, we were always wondering what we were missing in the main dining room. If we had it to do again, we would probably eat every night in the main dining room. The whole experience of the main dining room, especially on formal nights, was something totally unique to a cruise. Eating at the specialty restaurants cost extra money and the experience was very much like what you would get at a nice restaurant at home. 4. Food at the Park Caf'. This was a great place to get a quick bite for breakfast or lunch. Never ate there at breakfast, but they had great sandwiches for lunch. 5. Food at the Caf' Promenade. Great sweets and sandwiches. 6. Room Service. My husband ordered a burger and fries one afternoon and was very pleased. Food arrived hot and as ordered. 7. Breakfast in the main dining room. You could order from the menu or choose from the buffet, or both. We would usually order from the menu and while we were waiting, would get fruit from the buffet. For the most part, we were always pleased. 8. Being able to swim laps in the Sports Pool. In the early morning, usually 6:30AM to 8:45AM, you could swim laps in the Sports Pool. I loved this because I could get my exercise out of the way and it was really quiet and peaceful. 9. Our room attendant. He kept our room clean and neat and accommodated any special request we might have. 10. Comedy Show (adults only). 11. 'Come Fly With Me' show. Singing, dancing and acrobatics. Very good. 12. Took advantage of early disembarkation where you carry your own luggage off the ship. We were able to have an early breakfast and then walk off the ship before 7:45AM. There was long line to go thru customs but the line moved pretty quickly. Thumbs Down 1. Waffles in the main dining room. Whether ordered from the menu or chosen from the buffet, waffles were always limp and soggy. 2. Only amenities in the room were shampoo and bar soap. No hair conditioner or body lotion. Not a big deal if you know in advance to bring your own. 3. Hair dryer. There was no on/off switch. There was a button you held down with your thumb to keep it running. If you took your finger off the button, it stopped working. Kind of hurt your hand if you had to use it for any length of time. 4. Slow elevators and not enough of them. They were really slow when lots of people were trying to use them at one time. Like, when a show let out, or when exiting the ship on an 'in port' day, or if you were going to or coming from dinner. We ended up taking the stairs quite a lot. 5. 'Oasis of Dreams' show. The diving was very good, but there was a lot of prancing around and posing by some of the swimmers/actors. A lot of the time the divers and swimmers were supposed to be in sync but weren't. Performance was very sloppy and sometimes boring. If you have ever seen a real Cirque show in Vegas, you know how it is supposed to be done and this show just didn't measure up. 6. Out of control kids running around the ship. Parents just let their kids loose and relinquished all responsibility and control. 7. Unfortunately, quite a large number of people have no idea about common courtesies and basic manners. This is not Royal Caribbean's fault but if you are thinking of cruising on such a huge ship with so many different nationalities and this kind of thing bothers you, it's better to be prepared for it. 8. There was one exception to the great service we experienced and that was in the Solarium Bistro, which is just a common buffet and not anything the least bit grand. I was sunbathing in the Solarium and I walked into the Solarium Bistro to get a glass of water. I was aggressively confronted and reprimanded by a ship's officer. He was very 'in my face'. I was told I couldn't be in the restaurant with swimsuit attire. He was extremely rude and I was made to feel like a criminal who had committed a major crime. It was an honest mistake on my part and I was not trying to flout the rules. In the main dining room on formal nights, I saw people in shorts and t-shirts and it was allowed with no problem. And yet, I get aggressively faced down by an officer for wearing a bathing suit into a buffet that overlooks many, many sunbathers? It seems the rules on attire are selectively enforced. Conclusion Overall we had a good time. But one cruise on this ship will be enough for us. It's a big ship with lots of people and lots of out-of-control kids. If you are looking for a cruise that's geared toward families with children, you will enjoy this one.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
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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