37 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Caribbean - Western

I first would like to list the things I did not know about that may help first time cruisers like me. First, there is a dress code for the main dining room and they do not enforce it however, you will fill out of place if you try to dress ... Read More
I first would like to list the things I did not know about that may help first time cruisers like me. First, there is a dress code for the main dining room and they do not enforce it however, you will fill out of place if you try to dress down on formal night. The flowrider with the boogie board my son was very interested in however, you must be 52 inches tall and he was 51 so they did not let him do it. The zip line has the same height requirement but you must also be atleast 75 lbs (which my daughter was not) and you must have socks and tennis shoes to ride it. So the flowrider and zipline and rock climbing wall were all not options and my kids were very excited about them being on the ship so that was a let down. The ice skating rink is small and will meet capacity so get there early if you want to get in. It is usually open on sea days a few times. You must have socks for the skates. The casino takes CASH and there are only two claw type machines that you can slide your sea pass card on. So if you like to gamble take plenty of cash or you will be hitting the ATM with heavy fees. The main dining room was sufficient and eating lamb chops, duck, shrimp, steak, etc there gave us no need to eat at the specialty dining places so I would not be able to tell you about any except the "chefs table" which we actually won in a raffle on board. It was the best meal in my life and was a special 6 course dinner with wine pairings from the chef with explanations of each special dish from the chef himself. I have never nor will I ever have such a special dinner again probably in my life. I have no idea what it cost but it would be worth it!!! It is very exclusive as there were only 5 other couples at the dinner. Excursions: Haiti =do not do the water slide as it is so slow most people had to push themselves down it. The dragon coaster was so much fun and you sit your little one in front of you so they ride with you. My 7 and 10 year old loved it. The aqua park is for the active people...i only made it up one slide and it was hard. Make sure you do an excursion in Cozumel or you will feel lost unless you are not scared to venture out past the gates.Only shop in the recommended shops or you will end up with fake jewelry etc. If you do the tequila tasting take it slow they will give you as much as you want. Jamaica's red stripe beach was okay but not very exciting so I wish we had spent the extra money to go to dunns river falls. Margaritaville in Jamaica was so much fun and I would make time for it. Snorkeling in Channukab park in Cozumel was good and they gave free life vests which I recommend because the water is a little rough. Go to the bar and ask for a crazy coconut (you wont regret it). Some kids got stung by jellyfish when doing the dolphin excursion at the park and they didnt let us see the dolphins at all. Taxi from the port was 12 usd. The ship was massive and always had more activities than what we could do. The kids loved the kids club so much they wanted to go all the time. Take my advice and make them go atleast once and they will love it. Make sure you sign them up as soon as you board the ship to avoid a line later. Also sign waviers for flow rider and zip line or you will be in a two hour line there as well. The sign up for those is next to the flow rider bar area and it doesnt matter if you did the one on line or not you will still have to wait in line because they can not do it without an armband. Overall I loved the ship size, all the raffles, dinning choices, bingo, casino, kids club, room attendants, shopping specials, pool area was ok but wish it had a water slide for kids, and the customer service overall was awesome! I will be sailing Oasis again as soon as possible! Last but not least, you will have to wait for a table if you do the my time dining and you can only eat in one of the main dinning halls. I would change this and do the set dining. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ship! You will never get bored and we only wish that we were able to stay longer so we could have seen more of the ship. Believe it or not, there were things we were discovering even on the last day of the trip! To do this review justice...I will talk about some specific things about the cruise. Embarkation was a BREEZE! We arrived around 11 am and I cannot tell you how thrilled I was that it was less than 15 minutes and we were on board. However, disembarkation was hardly as nice. We ended up getting stuck in the opal theater for hours waiting for our number to be called. Now, one of our favorite topics....food! We did 'my time dining' and will probably continue to make that choice in the future. Our dining room was the American Icon Grille and I can say it was fantastic! It was no Chops (which we went to one night and cannot say enough amazing things about it...it is worth every penny!) but it was high quality food and service. We never left hungry! All in all, our cruise was fantastic. We would do it again in a heartbeat! We got back home on a Sunday night and by Monday we were already planning our next cruise, which we are going on next March. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We just returned from a Western Caribbean Christmas cruise on RCL and it was fantastic in every way. In this case, our experience lived up to -- and even exceeded -- the ship's marketing and our expectations. We are a family of 5 ... Read More
We just returned from a Western Caribbean Christmas cruise on RCL and it was fantastic in every way. In this case, our experience lived up to -- and even exceeded -- the ship's marketing and our expectations. We are a family of 5 with 2 tween daughters and 1 teenage daughter. The stateroom was great, the food was fantastic (almost too good) and the entertainment was outstanding. We enjoyed everything the ship had to offer. We have several vegetarians and picky eaters in our family and they had no problem finding a good selection of food. My husband and I are both runners and we really enjoyed the track/fitness facilities. This was one of our best family vacations and I would highly recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
My parents took my family on the Oasis so we could spend Thanksgiving together. I've never had much of an interest in cruising, and my husband was a little concerned about feeling "stuck" in the middle of the sea with a ... Read More
My parents took my family on the Oasis so we could spend Thanksgiving together. I've never had much of an interest in cruising, and my husband was a little concerned about feeling "stuck" in the middle of the sea with a crowd of 5000 other people, so we were hesitant at first. All of our fears were unfounded. The ship was lovely, and never felt crowded, even though this was supposedly a very full holiday cruise. There were a lot of kids, but since I have kids, I didn't mind it. I found the rooms to be bigger than I expected, though ours over the Boardwalk was a little noisy during the Aquatheater shows. The shows were great-- our favorite was the ice-skating show. We also loved Come Fly With Me. The Headliner was great and called our kids up for a hug! CATS was weird, but since we were in the front row, my kids loved when the performers would play with their shoes. I was a little nervous about spending too much on extras, so we decided not to get a drink package at first. I'm happy to say, we didn't need it! There was plenty of orange juice and iced tea to drink, and the water was fine. We had a couple drinks each day, but not enough to justify the cost of the package. I am glad we did it that way, or else we'd probably have had quite a different experience, constantly searching around for where our next drink would come from. IN addition, we ate in the main dining room every night and did not get any specialty meals-- I can't even imagine eating at a specialty place now because the food in the MDR was WONDERFUL. And I am very picky! The service was incredible. My parents have eaten at Chops before and say it's not worth the extra fee. I thought I might disagree with them, but nope. They're right. Plus, I'd hate to miss a night with my favorite servers, who I already miss. ;) We found we did not need an excursion at Labadee-- it's a great time to just hang on the beach and enjoy the great food at the buffet. But we did do the Green Grotto and Dunn's River Falls excursion in Falmouth. Our guide was amazing, giving us bits of history, and both places were enjoyable. Though the falls were crowded, my family had SO MUCH FUN climbing. Even my 6 year old loved it, though the guide actually carried her part of the way (she's cute so he couldn't resist). We also did the Dolphin encounter in Chankanaab which was PERFECT for the whole family, from age 6 to 75. We all got in the water and got to kiss the dolphins, then spent time snorkeling in the ocean and swimming in the pool. There was also an AMAZING tequila tasting there, which resulted in us feeling pretty good, and a nice sea lion show. The only thing I didn't like about it was that the photos were too expensive-- we didn't buy any. I'm so happy we went on this vacation-- it's probably the greatest one I've ever been on. Just having the opportunity to do trivia with my dad or hang on the beach with my mom and the rest of the family... I feel like it brought us closer together. And that's amazing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Just returned from 7 night cruise on RCL Oasis of the Seas. Most everyone I met on board agreed the ship is just too big (RCL should listen to cruisers as we heard they are building even bigger ones!). The ship was beautiful and clean but ... Read More
Just returned from 7 night cruise on RCL Oasis of the Seas. Most everyone I met on board agreed the ship is just too big (RCL should listen to cruisers as we heard they are building even bigger ones!). The ship was beautiful and clean but total disappointment. Day 1 was total and utter chaos. The boarding itself went rather smoothly but once on board everyone was jammed into the Royal Promenade trying to sell you something; dragging carry-on luggage with 6000 others was not fun. There was no where to sit and The Windjammer buffet was terrible; most food was cold or soggy; fruit was not ripe enough to eat. The evening dinner was not bad most nights - except the night I bit into a piece of glass in my dessert and cut my mouth; spent evening picking small shards of glass from side of mouth; waiter witnessed and manager confirmed but spent more time making sure proper incident reports were filed versus making any resolution for me. I felt the entire cruise was very impersonal. This line also "nickeled and dimed" more than any others (this was my first cruise but travelling with 10 others who have been on multiple cruises with variety of cruiselines). It was confusing to know what was included and what you had to pay extra for. There were so many specialty restaurants and ice cream shop/bakery that you had to pay ALOT extra to eat. Beverage packages were pushed from Day 1 and were outrageously expensive as were individual drinks $10-14 plus 18% gratuity per drink. We also paid $12.95 per day per person for gratuity and then were given an envelope to leave more tips in cash. Our waiter told us to go back to the room and get cash for him because he wouldn't see it if we left it in the envelope - this was very tacky and irritating. The spa was also a huge conglomerate of pushy salespeople. One service was "not enough" and in addition pushed their products/supplements and services. The deal would have to be REALLY, REALLY good for me to ever cruise RCL Oasis again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Just returned from 7 night cruise on RCL Oasis of the Seas. Most everyone I met on board agreed the ship is just too big (RCL should listen to cruisers as we heard they are building even bigger ones!). The ship was beautiful and clean but ... Read More
Just returned from 7 night cruise on RCL Oasis of the Seas. Most everyone I met on board agreed the ship is just too big (RCL should listen to cruisers as we heard they are building even bigger ones!). The ship was beautiful and clean but total disappointment. Day 1 was total and utter chaos. The boarding itself went rather smoothly but once on board everyone was jammed into the Royal Promenade trying to sell you something; dragging carry-on luggage with 6000 others was not fun. There was no where to sit and The Windjammer buffet was terrible; most food was cold or soggy; fruit was not ripe enough to eat. The evening dinner was not bad most nights - except the night I bit into a piece of glass in my dessert and cut my mouth; spent evening picking small shards of glass from side of mouth; waiter witnessed and manager confirmed but spent more time making sure proper incident reports were filed versus making any resolution for me. I felt the entire cruise was very impersonal. This line also "nickeled and dimed" more than any others (this was my first cruise but travelling with 10 others who have been on multiple cruises with variety of cruiselines). It was confusing to know what was included and what you had to pay extra for. There were so many specialty restaurants and ice cream shop/bakery that you had to pay ALOT extra to eat. Beverage packages were pushed from Day 1 and were outrageously expensive as were individual drinks $10-14 plus 18% gratuity per drink. We also paid $12.95 per day per person for gratuity and then were given an envelope to leave more tips in cash. Our waiter told us to go back to the room and get cash for him because he wouldn't see it if we left it in the envelope - this was very tacky and irritating. The spa was also a huge conglomerate of pushy salespeople. One service was "not enough" and in addition pushed their products/supplements and services. The deal would have to be REALLY, REALLY good for me to ever cruise RCL Oasis again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I read previous reviews about the Ocean of the Seas ship but because my family and friends were eager to give it a try I'm now glad I don't ever have to wonder what I've been missing. I should have listened to those ... Read More
I read previous reviews about the Ocean of the Seas ship but because my family and friends were eager to give it a try I'm now glad I don't ever have to wonder what I've been missing. I should have listened to those reviews. It's true to say that Windjammer Marketplace is most certainly a 'market' of crowded people, dirty tables and cutlery, and the hygiene standards around the ship is not good. It confirmed it all when learning that a high selection of people get to spend a Saturday on the ship whilst moored and they get to use all the facilities and then disembark when us high paying guests have boarded the ship by the afternoon before it leaves for the cruise - shocking. I don't want to talk about the other islands only Haiti being quite good. The swimming pools are far too small to accommodate enough people to know they've had a good swim. They're so crowded that they are not swimming but standing and chatting, and some children get upset because there's no room to move. It's too crowded everywhere. FYI, there's no iron/board in your room. Wearing a tuxedo and cocktail dress on that special evening dining, doesn't justify the standards you actually get out from the cruise because you just can't be bothered. We did visit the shows every evening and they were good, BUT that's only 2 hours out of each day. Royal Caribbean should rethink about accommodating everyone leisurely on a ship of that size. For those of us who travel from Europe who pay extreme amounts of money to experience this kind of holiday, you need another one to recover from it, or either that you shut mentally off which is difficult. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I suppose everybody's different, but the bad reviews of this ship boggle my mind. If you aren't having a good time, you aren't doing it right. I was traveling with a friend who had cruised before on smaller ships, but this ... Read More
I suppose everybody's different, but the bad reviews of this ship boggle my mind. If you aren't having a good time, you aren't doing it right. I was traveling with a friend who had cruised before on smaller ships, but this was my first - and the bar is set high! I'm going to be lengthy and try to address all the things I was wondering about when researching this trip. We stayed at a Hampton Inn in Ft. Lauderdale the night before and took the $6 shuttle to the port. Embarkation was expectedly crowded since the ship holds 6K people but it moved like clockwork (as did disembarkation at the end of the trip and at each port). We left the hotel at 11:45 and were on the ship within an hour. Our ocean-view cabin (7222) was very nice and our attendant was prompt all week in replacing towels, delivering information and excursion tickets, and straightening up. We had made several reservations beforehand but did some rearranging through the TV in the room - very convenient feature. Also great for ordering room service. We did breakfast on our balcony every morning, always delivered toward the front half of the allotted half-hour timeframe. The entertainment and activities on board were top notch. The cruise director and activities manager seemed to be everywhere and were tireless bundles of energy. We loved Come Fly With Me (our favorite), the ice show and the aqua show. My friend saw the headliner and enjoyed it. We skipped CATS. I'd seen it before and didn't want to waste such a lengthy amount of time in a theater. Most shows are 45 minutes - a good length. The game shows were a hoot. We went to the Love & Marriage, Quest and Battle of the Sexes games. (The Quest was hysterical!) The comedy show was pretty good. Two comedians; one was a lot funnier than the other but both were enjoyable. (A waiter there took our drink order and never returned - and that's my only real complaint of the whole trip!) The casino was huge and you can smoke there, so be mindful if that sort of thing bothers you. I won a hundred bucks on the slots, so it was all good. We did the premium drink package and found it quite worthwhile…but we're drinkers. The only time we had to pay a little above the allowable cost with the package was for a glass of the top-of-the-line champagne. The package covered up to $12 and none of the bar drinks or wine we had were above that. In terms of bars and clubs, we enjoyed Dazzles, Rising Tide, Champagne Bar and the jazz club. Popped in and out of the others but these stick in my mind most. We gravitated toward the Solarium. We weren't traveling with a family and didn't want to be surrounded by kids, so we appreciated the 16+ age policy in the Solarium. (They do enforce it. We camped near the towel station one afternoon and the attendant politely stopped any kids who would wander over.) The bartenders and waiters were friendly and efficient. The pool there is small so it fills up fast but we were mostly there to sun bathe, only hitting the water when in need of a cool down. (Stepping under the shower near the whirlpool tubs was a convenient option for this when the pool was just too crowded.) We ventured over to the main pool area a little. Crowded but not too tough to find a spot in the water. Enjoyed Central Park and the Boardwalk. The hot dog stand was good, and it was the first time I'd been on a carousel since I was a kid. Didn't love the ice cream shop simply because it's Ben & Jerry's, which I can get at home. And my friend said it was the worst waffle cone she'd ever had. Had a malt in Johnny Rockets and it was far superior. We didn't love the Promenade area simply because it was crowded and always had so much going on. It had a mall feel, so if you're into that sort of thing, go for it. And if not, it's easy to avoid. They do have a variety of sales and activities all week, so it's worth the occasional stroll through. And there's a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine to fill your souvenir cups. We didn't explore too much of the activity zone although I did zipline - enjoyable but a very brief trek. We didn't pay much attention to any of the other such offerings. If relaxing is your motive, try areas like Solarium and Central Park and you'll never realize there are 6K passengers floating with you. It's easy to find out-of-the-way nooks and crannies to relax with a book in both sun and shade. According to my friend, this was by far the best food she's had on a cruise (and this was her 5th). We did My Time Dining and found the food to be quite good. Only one meal did I simply thing was 'okay.' And the service was typically fast and friendly with the exception of one night when we were seated around large parties and had slow service. We only ate at the Windjammer on the last morning and found it fine; we typically popped into the Solarium bistro's lunch buffet on sea days because we were already nearby and could leave our stuff at our deck chairs. For specialty dining, we did Johnny Rockets and Sabor for lunch (the guac at Sabor is excellent) and Chops Grille and Giovanni's Table for dinner. Both dinner choices were wonderful, and we agreed that Giovanni's Table was the best meal we had all week. I made use of the fitness center several times and had a wonderful bamboo massage in the spa that was not only relaxing but also thorough and informative. (You'll be pitched things like lotions or oils to purchase afterward, FYI.) We wanted beach days on our excursions. We had an over-the-water cabana at Nellie's Beach in Haiti and it was absolutely perfect with a beautiful view of the ship, an attendant who kept us stocked with Labadoozies all day (your drink package applies in Labadee), and a cooler of bottled water, floating mats and towels. (Tip: When you get off the ship, look for the Information Center, tell them you have a Nellie's Beach cabana, and they'll take you there in a special cart and get you settled in. The ticket is vague but I'd researched this tidbit online beforehand and knew what to do.) This was our favorite port day b/c of the cabana. In Falmouth, we did the Bamboo Beach Club excursion and enjoyed it. The tour guide was fun and informative on the drive there and the water was beautiful at the beach. They kept us stocked with tapas style food and drinks (small and a little watery, but all-you-can-drink) and the entertainment was fun. Stopped at a little souvenir shop on the way back to the ship, and I picked up a bag of Blue Mountain Coffee. (Our driver was being a little too efficient in time and got a speeding ticket on the way back to the ship.) In Cozumel, we did the Playa Mia Deluxe Beach Break. It was our least favorite beach but there's so much other stuff to do there, we didn't mind. We spent a lot of time in the large pool, enjoyed the endless margaritas and lunch buffet, and went parasailing - which was a blast. We had several hours before our flight home so we opted for an airboat tour after disembarking. That process was easy. If you do an excursion, you're one of the first off the ship and through customs. Oh, the excursion clerk told us we couldn't do the luggage valet since guests doing excursions have their own luggage process, but that wasn't the case that morning. We could've done the valet program and not had to deal with our luggage at all. Oh well. The airboat tour took place at an everglades park where they apparently film Gator Boys on Animal Planet. The airboat tour was cool and our guide, Tonya, was a hoot. We then saw a brief alligator "wrestling" show with Ashley from Gator Boys. A fun way to kill a few hours if your plane leaves later. We were dropped off at the airport around noon. All in all, I had a blast on Oasis of the Seas. It's certainly a higher-end vacation price wise, but you get what you pay for, right? I wanted a relaxing vacation and did my homework beforehand so I rarely felt crowded or overstimulated -- which could be easily done on a ship like Oasis. As I said, if you aren't finding something that meets your vacation needs on this ship, you're not looking in the right places. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
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
I wanted to do something different for Christmas,so I went to a travel agent,told her I wanted to try a cruise and away I went. (Solo male). I travel to Vegas frequently and stay at the Bellagio(who treat me well), but the service and ... Read More
I wanted to do something different for Christmas,so I went to a travel agent,told her I wanted to try a cruise and away I went. (Solo male). I travel to Vegas frequently and stay at the Bellagio(who treat me well), but the service and friendliness of the staff was ten-fold better.My cabin attendant, knew what I wanted before I did. The maitre'd in the Windjammer was friendly, without being intrusive and appeared to make everyone feel like a friend. The bus ride to and from the airport is a short 10-15 minutes and Dade County Sherrifs control traffic, giving the busses the right of way.Boarding the ship is as organized as anything I've experienced, and 5400 people are on the ship in short order. We were blessed with calm seas and my concerns with sea sickness disappeared after a couple of hours. You barely notice the ship is moving.Even when it rotated into the dock at Falmouth, you couldn't sense the movement. Activity-wise, there's no excuse to be bored. 2 climbing walls, Flow riders for surfing and wake boarding, pools that little kids cried when they had to leave. Clubs, lounges, for adults. The Theatre,shows on the Promenade by pretty talented crew members. As far as shore excursions went, I only booked the zip line in Labadee. There were numerous experienced people who had cruise these ports before and I found them to be an excellent source for choosing excursions. It's like a small town atmosphere. Lots of fun. Quiet places (Solarium) if you want away from the squealing. One person complained about Royal Caribbean having their hand out every time you turned around. And yes, it's sell,sell,sell, but outside of getting a drink package, I had no problem ignoring it. It was a good warm-up for the shop owners in Cozumel. LOL Thinking about going again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I went on my first cruise with a friend who has been on 9 I was afraid that days at sea I would be bored. Far from the truth So much to do. The pools were crowded but they were perfect for cooling down. Beautiful pool area. Good music, ... Read More
I went on my first cruise with a friend who has been on 9 I was afraid that days at sea I would be bored. Far from the truth So much to do. The pools were crowded but they were perfect for cooling down. Beautiful pool area. Good music, both live and not Drinks were very good by the pool The windjammer was good for a fast meal. The main dining room was lovely, and the cold fruit soups were delicous. I chose the healthier, less calorie meals---very good Ash, our room steward was very nice and helpful. Loved our balcony stateroom. Found our bathroom size just perfect. Wish this ship went to Alaska-would love to take it again Read Less
Sail Date June 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
Travelled with our two teenage boys and grandma. The ship was a perfect combination for everyone to in our group to find the perfect vacation (active rock climbing surfing teens through relaxing in the park with Grandma. The variety of ... Read More
Travelled with our two teenage boys and grandma. The ship was a perfect combination for everyone to in our group to find the perfect vacation (active rock climbing surfing teens through relaxing in the park with Grandma. The variety of food options and places to explore was wonderful. Though the ship is very large and was full with 6000+ passengers we never really felt crowded. MyTime dining option worked well as we had pre-booked our times which meant very few waits at any point. The dining room provided great service and a good variety of food to keep every one happy and still allowing us to try lots of new things. Buffet was not very inspiring but with lots of other options we didn't really feel the need to to spend time at the buffet. As this was our first cruise we don't have a lot to compare with but this was definitely an great experience which will bring us back to another cruise vacation soon! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
We chose this cruise for our Honeymoon in February and absolutely enjoyed it! This was our first cruise and we definitely began with a mammoth ship! I had researched this ship for months in the lead up as I was that excited and once we ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our Honeymoon in February and absolutely enjoyed it! This was our first cruise and we definitely began with a mammoth ship! I had researched this ship for months in the lead up as I was that excited and once we were on board it definitely did not disappoint. The check in was a breeze, the ship itself is amazing and the ports of call were great for us kiwi's to visit the Western Caribbean. We got into FLL 2 days before the cruise to unwind from the long flights from NZ and took a quick taxi to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale. We had chosen this hotel from other cruise reviews and its proximity to the port. The service at check in was bad and the rooms were not sound proof! We had a nice room in the tower with fabulous views of the pool and waterways. The room itself was a bit tatty and looked like a poor quality renovation had taken place. The concierge was great and the transport to the port was convenient (although a bit hectic). The transport dropped us off to each of our corresponding terminals (apparently taxis/private cars can't get into the port?) Our room (10224) was in a great spot on the ship; deck 10 and midship so we were in a handy location to the various attractions on the ship and barely noticed any rocking on the ocean. The rooms are well thought out and had everything you needed. We were really glad we chose a room with a deck to enjoy the fabulous views, especially when we got into each port. Our room attendant, Coronica, was lovely and always upbeat! She'd give us tips for our excursions etc which were really appreciated and it was nice to have a familiar face on a ship in excess of 6,000 people. One day we got back to our room to find she had organised some delicious petit fours for us! We loved the variety of eateries on board and didn't have to bother splashing out on the restaurants which were not included with our fare. Unfortunately we had missed out on a set dining time when we booked but the flexibility that came with My Time Dining at the Opus Dining Room worked out well. We had a variety of wait staff which were all lovely and very knowledgeable with the menu. However, their generosity and all of the delicious items definitely contributed to the weight gain cruises are known for! The Windjammer buffet was always busy, especially at embarkation before the rooms were available. We wanted to try out as many restaurants as we could so managed to get to Johnny Rockets for our last breakfast which was a nice change of scenery and was lovely to be outside in the breeze. The activities on board were part of the draw for us so we had a go at as much as we could and were glad we did. The Flowrider always had a big crowd and was great for a laugh because I was absolutely terrible at it! My hubby enjoyed the volleyball matches and came away with a medal as a cool souveneir. The entertainment crew were great! Especially the Cruise Director (Alan? I think?) who hosted the hilarious Love & Marriage quiz show. We were soo close to being chosen as contestants but were kind of relieved that we weren't! We were on the Feb 1st sailing so were on board for Super Bowl. As New Zealanders, we had never experienced this competition but thought Oasis did a great job with this event - showing the game on the big screens at the Aqua Theatre and putting on some good bites. Disembarkation was easy; there was an option to cabin tags to mark luggage to be picked up and unloaded in the right areas at the terminal but we chose to walk off with our luggage as we had an early flight to catch. The queue for this option was really long so I'd recommend waiting on the ship and relaxing if you have the time. Some tips: - book your shore excursions online before the cruise or on your cabin TV as the queues at the excursion desk the morning of port days is extremely long - same goes with the shows/entertainment: book online before the cruise or on the first day so you don't miss out (make sure you see the ice skating show!) - we hadn't thought of this but next time I'd pack a lanyard etc to keep my room card safe/handy at all times (especially at the pool) - if you're prone to getting sea sick then choose a midship room Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this cruise to others and it has definitely got us hooked on cruising! Well done, Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
OK, not going to bore everyone with a Day-by-Day style review. Never cruised before but after watching the documentary on the Discovery Channel two years ago, Oasis of the Seas seems to have the "Must-Do-It" factor for a first ... Read More
OK, not going to bore everyone with a Day-by-Day style review. Never cruised before but after watching the documentary on the Discovery Channel two years ago, Oasis of the Seas seems to have the "Must-Do-It" factor for a first time cruise. Not having anything to compare with and knowing this is a huge ship, research began a year ago which includes reading through hundreds of reviews on CruiseCritic, forum replies and numerous online videos. Booked the cruise 9 months before sailing on an Ocean View Balcony State room. Got pretty good rates and all the planning then began. Finally decided on the Specialty Dining package (excluding 150), Soda package, 12 bottles of Evian and two reasonably priced $50 excusions at Labadee (Snorkel Safari) and Cozumel (Reef Explorer). All shows were reserved 3 months ahead of time as well. Worked out pretty nicely. Everybody know this is huge ship with 6,000 guests. The August 3rd cruise is packed to the rim. I don't mind seeing people, so no problem here. Always plan ahead and you won't be disapponted. Windjammer Buffet always full? I do breakfast at 7:30am, Lunch at 11:30am Dinner at 6:00pm and there are more waiters than patrons. What line up? The Specialty restaurants are superb. The 7 oz. Petit Filet Mignon at Chops Grill and the Hot Rock Tenderloin steak at Izumi is something to die for. It's so good I ended up visiting them again (outside of the dining package). The MDR is a disappointment though, tried regular and Lobster nights. Main course is too salty and desserts are too sweet. The Lobsters appears to be in frozen storage for months. You can't bite, it has to be chewed hard. That's the end of MDR for me. On the other hand, Roast Beef sandwich at the Park Cafe cannot be missed. Internet is expensive, they are billed in minutes (75 cents/minute). You can opt for a package which reduces the per minute cost. It's soley up to your needs/budget. Surfing popular websites appears to be in quasi-broadband speed, but uploading is more like 56.6K. So if you update your FB or Blog daily with you cruise pics, prepare to shrink or crop a lot! The Royal Connect phones are in short supply, I went to the Card Room on Deck 14 right after boarding at 11:30am and there's only about a dozen left. They are very helpful in locating and contacting your family memebers/friends but performance is still hit or miss. I was told to do a software reset every morning...Hmmmm. But they're still much better than walkie talkies. I skipped the "professional" pictures. $200 for 15 prints is not my idea of money well spent. Did not not do Spa, Casino and most of the Bar/Discos. Not interested. In conclusion, Oasis of the Seas is a marvellous ship, you will never run out of activities and events on board. You do need to splurge a little on tips and other purchases, but like everyone says "You are on a Vacation"! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
My husband and I joined his brother, sister-in-law, and their daughter (18) on what is our first cruise. My brother-in-law has been asking us for a few years to join them as cruise vacations are their first choice and have cruised 5 ... Read More
My husband and I joined his brother, sister-in-law, and their daughter (18) on what is our first cruise. My brother-in-law has been asking us for a few years to join them as cruise vacations are their first choice and have cruised 5 times. The embarkment process was a breeze. The port was crowded but the process in which they have you enter the ship is smooth. We had rooms on the 12th deck located very close to the elevators/stairs. We each had a handicapped accessible room (we are not handicapped)next two one another. We each had a balcony and the stateroom attendent took the glass petition out so we were able to enjoy eachother's company on a very large balcony. Having a balcony is AWESOME!!! We all loved sitting out there in the morning with our coffee and sitting out there in the evening to watch the sunset. My husband was very interested in watching the massive vessel pull in and out of port. Our room attendent was very friendly but not overbearing. He was kind and the kids loved the "towel" animals he would leave when he came in at night to turn down our beds. The ship itself is massive and there is always something to do. The activity manager, Ricky Matthews, is full of energy and funny. He introduced and closed all the shows. He really knows how to get a crowd excited. The shows are AMAZING!! Top notch! The parades are energetic too but the promanade (deck 5) gets very crowded. If you're into parades get there early and you can sit at Starbucks :-) The food is good and the food service is excellent. We had a great waiter and he was very experienced and entertaining. He taught the kids a few magic tricks over the course of the week. Dinner was always an enjoyable experience in the dining room. We had "My Time Dining" and I did make reservations prior to the trip based on the reservations I made for the shows. We never had to wait for our table and we had the same table and wait staff every night. The Windjammer was great for lunch. I loved to make a huge salad for lunch but there was so much to choose from especially if your adventurous. We ate breakfast in Windjammer 2 times and the rest of the days we ate in the main dining room. The fruit and pastries were yummy and there's no limit on how much you can have. The pizza place, Sorentos, was pretty good too. My husband got his first cup of coffee and my tea from the Promenade Cafe' every morning and we'd sit out on our balcony before the kids woke up. I did find that I became very thirsty on the ship and the "free" drinks were not conveniently located. We ended up spending about $30 in bottled water in our cabin refrigerator. My son had a soda package and would grab me a soda every once in awhile but he wasn't always with us. The water and ice tea were good and my daughter enjoyed the lemonade all week. I just wish there were more drink stations around the ship. As far as alcoholic drinks, there is a drink of the day everyday and it comes in a cup you can keep, the fancy drinks cost approx. 6.75 but a beer was 4.75 which isn't too bad. The pools and hot tubs get very crowded but you can always find a lounge chair it just might not be in the spot you'd rather be. We found coming back from the ports early was well worth it b/c we could eat our lunch on the ship (so we didn't have to pay) and we had the ship to ourselves. We went with the motto 'early off early return' for our ports. We did one major excursion and that was in Cozumel. My husband, son, and brother-in-law did the Tulum Mayan Express tour (6.5 hours). They said it was excellent and loved the ruins, however getting there was not very pleasant (45 min ferry ride and a 1hr bus ride both ways). My husband was glad that my daughter and I didn't do it with them. He said the bathrooms at the ruins were awful!! My daughter and I along with niece and sister-in-law went to swim with the dolphins @ Dolphin Discovery in Changhank (sp)Park. The Dolphin experience was very good yet they don't let you have a camera and they charge $35 per pic or $199 for a CD with all pics on it. I just bought one pic of my daughter kissing the dolphin. They try to make deals with you but I just stuck to my guns. The park itself is very nice, white sand beaches but the swimming isn't good b/c you have to walk over rocks. I guess the snorkeling is good there but we didn't do it. We walked around and headed back to the ship around 1pm. The kids loved the ship and were amazed by it's size and beauty. However, the age groups didn't really work for my kids. My daughter will be 12 in 2 weeks and she wasn't interested in hanging with kids 6-11. My son is 14 and will turn 15 next month so he wasn't interested in the 12-14 age group. My niece is 18 and she wasn't allowed in the 15-17 age group. However, my son did manage to hang out in the 15-17 year old club and stayed out most nights til 1am. 1am is when kids 17 and younger need to be back in their cabins. Overall, this was a top notch vacation and would love to do it again someday! I highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
I've never done a cruise before and this was a great first time experience. This year my husband turns the bi 5-0 and I turn 40. We decided to go big and do it right and I think we made the right choice. We went with another couple ... Read More
I've never done a cruise before and this was a great first time experience. This year my husband turns the bi 5-0 and I turn 40. We decided to go big and do it right and I think we made the right choice. We went with another couple which worked out really well and we didn't bring any kids! This was a great way to spend quality time with each other and no kids (2, 4 and 6) to monitor. PROS 1. Labadee was a surprise. I thought I would go on land just to say i went to Haiti, but it was the most relaxing of the three stops. It was laid back and clean. The vendors were locals but the drink people and food service was provided by the ship. We just hung out on the beach and relaxed under a palm tree. 2. My Time Dining was great! Make sure you do MTD on Wed. It's caribbean lobster and prime rib night. Make sure you are on deck 5 of the Opus dining room in the middle "island", on the left. The waiter should be Anthony Diaz. He was awesome! We had someone else initially but once we experienced Anthony, we couldn't have anyone else. 3. "Bar Guy" If you're a liquor drinker, you'll be serviced by Bjorn Willilams. He is awesome! He would find us on deck when we were by the pool and he knew exactly what we wanted. He was our go to guy. The drinks on ship are generously poured. No watering down! 4. House Keeping is great! I swear they wander up and down the hall to get in your room the minute you leave. Everytime we came back no matter what time of day, our bed would be made. Even if you put a Do NOT DISTURB sign up and you weren't there, they would still come in just to empty the rubbish cans. I don't know if this was a good thing or not. 5. FOOD - The Windjammer was good. Great for buffet style. They offered a good selection of different types of food. Skip the deserts though...not so good. We always went at weird times when they were open so we never experienced the crowds that are mentioned in other reviews. 6. You definitely need to go to the Cafe in Central Park...the roast beef sandwich is really good. Salads are good to. I really liked all the sandwiches they served on the ship. You can't go wrong. 7. For specialty dining, I didn't go to Chops, but my husband did. He said the filet was good but he's had better. We also went to the Solarium for dinner. Unexpectedly AWESOME! I don't think people know to go there for dinner because it was empty. We went there the last night and I wish we went there earlier. I would have gone there several times! My husband had the bison and it was EXCELLENT. I wish I got that too. The ceviche was REALLY GOOD. I've eaten in several high end restaurants in the US and this was really good. I totally recommend it. CONS 1. Donuts - don't go there. They're not good. 2. Italian Food - No matter where I had it, in the Windjammer or in the MDR, it was not good...and I REALLY like Italian food. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise through the western Caribbean on the Oasis of the Seas. Wow...what a ship! The stateroom was spacious, the staff in both the cabin areas and the dining room was over the top in terms of attentiveness and ... Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise through the western Caribbean on the Oasis of the Seas. Wow...what a ship! The stateroom was spacious, the staff in both the cabin areas and the dining room was over the top in terms of attentiveness and professionalism. I went out of my way to request the same waiter each evening...he treated me like royalty. The services / activities on the ship exceeded my expectations...so much to choose from...and each so well executed. I chose RCI because of the curiosity with the 'new' ship and RCI's reputation for delivering top notch entertainment. Oasis of the Seas delivered on both fronts...big time! Hairspray was a delight...the Ice and Diving shows were remarkable and the host of the Comedy show was totally (and appropriately) irreverent. The only suggestion for improvement that I might offer is in regard to "Amy, the Cruise Director". For some reason she came across as impersonal and 'fake'....and proved it in a big way as she introduced the headliner act on Wednesday evening (which, by the way was top-notch ....an enjoyable evening of Frankie Valee music). Sitting in the front row of the auditorium was an elderly couple that had participated in the 'Love and Marriage' game the prior evening. Anyone with even sub-par emcee skills would have recalled that the elderly couple had made a big deal that it was the eve of their 60th wedding anniversary...yet when Amy spotted them in the front row of the audience the next evening (i.e., the day of their anniversary), there was absolutely no warm congratulatory wishes on her part....rather, she made a crude reference to the wife's bra size that had also been a subject during the L&M show. Clearly Amy has an edge that peeked through on occasion throughout the week...and seems misplaced as the Cruise Director for the gem of the RCI line. Just saying...... I would highly recommend the Oasis of the Seas to any and everyone! I plan to be a repeat customer. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
On this cruise, we were a group of 16 people. Our staterooms were Junior Suites, Outside Staterooms with Balconies, a Disabled Junior Suite, and a Crown Loft Suite. The ship is simply beautiful. The cabins were all lovely. There is ... Read More
On this cruise, we were a group of 16 people. Our staterooms were Junior Suites, Outside Staterooms with Balconies, a Disabled Junior Suite, and a Crown Loft Suite. The ship is simply beautiful. The cabins were all lovely. There is a very large variety of different dining options. Large Group Travelling: Royal Caribbean's reservation system is quite simply a mess from a large group reservation perspective. We had 8 staterooms, and each one was treated as a completely separate reservation. Booking shore excursions, spa treatments, and restaurants was nearly impossible through the website. Contacting Royal Caribbean was no help. They told my travel agent that she was not to help us with those things, and that we were supposed to get more excited by booking them ourselves. Most restaurants are unable to accommodate large groups, so it was frequently necessary to break us up into multiple, small tables. If we needed to change a dining reservation, we had to specify exactly which of the 16 people was now not coming. Getting a dinner reservation at Giovanni's (the Italian restaurant) proved to be impossible, despite numerous tries. Dining Room Service: Overall very slow. I had one evening where it took over 20 minutes from the time I arrived in the dining room until I received the Soda I had ordered- 3 times, from 3 different waiters who came by the table. It was not unusual for a meal to last 2-2.5 hours- far longer than I would anticipate, given the number of courses involved. Also, many of the restaurants do not have kid menus, and NONE of them had a kid cup, instead putting the kids' drinks in glass glasses. We experienced multiple spills as the 5 year olds in the group tried to deal with the glasses. Service at time seemed "forced", and they were only stumping for high marks on the bingo cards, rather than focusing on actually providing the best service. Individual restaurants: Chef's table- A highlight of our trip. We had a great time. Our server, Insham, is fantastic. They bent over backwards to accommodate us. 150 Central Park- Lovely dinner. Multiple tables required here. Chops- Fantastic Steaks, and possibly the best dessert of the entire cruise. Solarium Bistro- Good meals, and some interesting low-calorie options. Multiple Tables Required Izumi- The Japanese restaurant. Great Sushi. Multiple Tables Required. Giovanni's table- We only got into this one for lunches. Good food. Generally ample portion sizes. Shrimp was fantastic, but tiny portion size (2 shrimp) Seafood shack- Good lunch choice. My husband ordered the fillet of sole, and they filleted it at the table, after it had been cooked. Quite the fascinating show! Stateroom service: Some of our stateroom stewards were absolutely fantastic. (Mine was one of the awesome ones) Others not so much. I don't know if it's a seniority issue, or luck of the draw, but it seemed that some of them were far more attentive than others. Loft Suite (My brother stayed in 1730): Nice Size. Beautiful Suite. Overlooks the zip line directly, and the back of the ship, so it is not a serene view. He had access to a concierge on the 11th floor, and was disappointed at the lack of service in general. Quite simply, it was just a very expensive stateroom, with little additional service. Spa: Manicure and Pedicure were a universal disappointment, and not worth the price paid. Facial was just "ok", compared to others I've received at other spas. The massages were universally wonderful. The finish level in the salon portion of the spa is a disappointment, especially compared to other ships. It was quite simply, bland- beige tiled floors, and beige walls. No view, no pretty pictures, no interesting details, and plastic carts holding the salon essentials. Fitness Center: Well stocked with machines, and well maintained. My tall husband appreciated that he was able to use the elliptical trainer without bumping his head (which has been a problem on other ships) Embarkation, and Departure: Were lacking. Fortunately, we did not encounter long lines, but it was quite the process to get checked in and took nearly an hour for me to get everyone checked in. In addition, I had given them a credit card for my brother's stateroom (and we had pre-entered it prior to the date), and they still asked him for a credit card. So, I had to go to customer service to fix it. Departure- experienced technical issues with the equipment, leading to long delays in getting off the ship. The entire procedure seemed to be very poorly organized, especially in light of our recent cruise on Disney. Recommendation: Royal Caribbean needs to work on all aspects. The porters were brusque, bordering on rude. The cops out front were a pain, and unfriendly. This contributed very negatively to my experience overall. Kids Clubs: My 5 year old was delighted. The other kids rated the kid clubs a B-, 5/10, and C+, respectively. They were, in a word, disappointed. They were not impressed with the kid clubs, and were quite disappointed with the engagement level of the counselors, the activities offered, and more. Also, my 11 year old observed that the counselors had poor control over the kids, and the age ranges that they specify are too wide (3 years per group, so 9, 10, and 11 year olds in one group, for instance). My 11 year old who will turn 12 in a couple of weeks did not appreciate being grouped in with the fourth graders, as she is in 6th grade, and "above" it. This surprised me given how "kid friendly" the ship is. Shore Excursions: Mixed reviews. Choose carefully. I felt poorly prepared for two of mine- too much time in the sun, and not enough warning that lunch would be extremely delayed. The first experience was the Jamaica Swamp tour - lots of great animals, but I felt captive towards the end of the tour. The kids were hot, thirsty, and there was no way to buy a drink. The Mayan Mystery tour was great, except that there were no snacks or lunch until 4:00 PM. We were starving. My father did the private tour by car in Cozumel with his caregiver, and their assessment was that it was a rip-off. My brother swam with the dolphins, the kids did the zip line/river tubing tour, the extreme sports tour, and those all went well. Size of the ship- The ship generally seemed more intimate than its size would indicate. I did hear the staff members commenting a few times that there were 6000+ people onboard, so we needed to be patient. In my opinion, that is an operations management failure on the part of the cruise line. They need to get over the "size" issue, and work on figuring out the operations kinks. Elevators: There were ample elevators on this ship, and I experienced overall less time waiting for them than I had on other ships. Bonus points for having two very large double banks of elevators. Overall- My father had a blast. My family had an Okay time. Not sure that we'll bother to cruise on Royal Caribbean again, after this experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
When we arrived at the RC docks there it was - it was so big, we had seen many pictures but you just don't realize unless you stand near it. We were very pleased with our Outside Stateroom located on Deck 12 almost to the Back of the ... Read More
When we arrived at the RC docks there it was - it was so big, we had seen many pictures but you just don't realize unless you stand near it. We were very pleased with our Outside Stateroom located on Deck 12 almost to the Back of the ship, very quite, even thou there was 2000 Kids aboard. There is several areas on the ship that are public and you need to find these out, one was at the end of our hall, on deck 12 - excellent view of the Water Show - very private. If I had the choice again we would not have purchased the Gratuities in advance - we gave our Room Stewart $50 extra our Dining Staff $50 & $40 respectively. You also have to select your Dining Time not MyTime Dining. I purchased the Soda Package - it was horrible - the pop is not the same (Syrup) as a Can - very bad taste - went on second cruise (Freedom) next week same Package could not stand it - better off just to buy the cans when you wanted it. Contacted Royal when we got home and they issued a Ship Credit for both ships. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
I hope this review is useful to those who have never cruised before, and who are considering a first time cruise on Oasis. A little background on us: we've (my husband and I) traveled all over Mexico and the Caribbean, and in the ... Read More
I hope this review is useful to those who have never cruised before, and who are considering a first time cruise on Oasis. A little background on us: we've (my husband and I) traveled all over Mexico and the Caribbean, and in the last five years we've stayed mostly at all-inclusive resorts, generally adult-only ones in Mexico. So this review will naturally be a comparison of our cruising experiencing compared to a resort vacation. Sorry, can't help it! We are in our late 40's/early 50's and traveled with my sister and her teen daughter. We were all first time cruisers, except for my sister, who had cruised on Carnival back in the early 90's. We originally were going to take a short Carnival cruise to see if we had sea legs. That short, inexpensive cruise morphed into Oasis of the Seas. In addition to simply enjoying a cruise experience, it was a dress rehearsal to see if we had sea legs for a possible Mediterranean cruise next summer. We discovered we had sea legs, but... we won't be taking that cruise. For various reasons. So, if you have never cruised before, will you enjoy Oasis of the Seas? Everyone is so different. Within our group of 4 cruisers, the breakdown was: Me: Probably never cruise again but never say never Husband: Heck no, never, ever, ever again, EVER Sister: Yes, I might like to go on the Allure, the eastern itinerary Niece: I love it so much I want to WORK on the Oasis So here are some tips for Oasis, based on my summer experience, on a capacity sailing: 1. MAKE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS Even if you choose My Time Dining, make reservations for each night. Make reservations for all shows. Otherwise, be prepared to stand in line. When making show reservations online through the RCL website, you must allow 2 hours for dinner in the MDR in order to make a show reservation; anything less than that will not allow the reservation to go through. 2. BE PREPARED FOR SMALL CABINS I have said I really liked my cabin. I like cozy spaces. If you are not a fan of small spaces and can swing the cost, get a suite. They look amazing! Otherwise, get a cabin with a balcony so that your cabin feels a bit bigger. Either an interior or oceanview balcony, depending on how you handle looking at a moving motion. Be aware that the shower is very small in a regular cabin. This might seem like a no brainer to those who have cruised, but until I actually saw my cabin, I was still rationalizing that it would somehow, miraculously be the size of hotel room. 3. RCL EXCURSIONS ARE EXPENSIVE Do some research and branch out on your own. You'll save some money and get away from the herd. Don't worry that you will miss the ship if you go off on your own. These ports of call are all used to cruisers - they know how to get you back to the ship, on time. Just pay attention to any local time differences versus ship time. 4. KEEP TABS ON YOUR TAB You can check how much you have spent using the interactive interface on your TV. Things can add up quickly, and mistakes do happen. Be prepared to be nickled and dimed 24/7. "Would you like coffee, tea, cappuccino?" Be aware the coffee and tea are included. We had breakfast with a family from Colombia who had no idea that the cappuccinos they were enjoying at breakfast were not included. Freshly squeezed OJ is extra - we stuck with the Tang-like juice in the Windjammer and it was fine - and included. "Free" is not "free." The wine at the wine tasting, the free Botox seminar - you name it - are sales pitches. Photographers are everywhere like annoying insects. Caveat emptor. The upsell is everywhere. Even down to selling you water as you disembark in Haiti - where there is no potable water. 5. JOIN IN THE ACTIVITIES My 17 year old niece had the best time of all of us. She joined in the activities. The belly flop contest, scavenger hunt, mini golf, trivia - if you like that stuff, you'll never be bored. 6. BE PREPARED FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE AND NOISE I know this sounds, again, like a no-brainer, but when Oasis is full there are close to 8,000 souls on board. Distances are great, but for an able-bodied person, not prohibitive. Be prepared to wait for elevators - or take the stairs. As noted, the Windjammer at times is overwhelmed with people, noise, announcements. There are few places to go to get away from the crowds or the noise. Although the Boardwalk area seemed weirdly empty a lot, the creepy carousel music freaked me out after a while. As I have said in earlier posts, the pool deck was Hades for me. I had a hard time finding a quiet place during the day on Oasis where I could sit outside. I'm sure they exist somewhere. Although Guest Services was not able to tell me of any when I practically begged them to help me find a quiet place. Central Park is quiet (except for noise trickling down from the pool deck), but during the day I didn't relish sitting on a park bench for hours at a time. RCL does an amazing job moving people on and off the ship. I was amazed! The only instance of mob mentality I experienced on Oasis was during a "sale" of RCL stuff in the Promenade that I ran into while going for a cupcake. People went nuts (think: door openings on Black Friday, you've seen the footage, well not that bad but...) people went crazy for t-shirts. Hint: after the "sale" is over, the merchandise is still at its sale price. No need to join the mob! On embarcation day the Promenade was as crowded as a mall at Christmas, but that was to be expected. Our cruise was at capacity. 7. WHAT PEOPLE TELL YOU ON CRUISE CRITIC IS OPINION I include myself in this. Formal night is a great example. The night the ship comedian called "The GED Prom." Not my words, and not many people laughed when he said it. Lots of people are dressed in the MDR for formal night. I say dressed because I had read on these forums that everyone dresses up, there are lots of tuxs, etc... Not true in my experience. The couple sitting next to us in the MDR on formal night were, er, very casual. The man had on tropical shorts and a sleeveless shirt. I am no fashion police, but I thought those weren't allowed in the MDR at all? So... if you don't want to dress formally, don't. It is not enforced. The way I had read it on here was that it was required in the MDR. Maybe from prom goers who want it to be required, but it sure isn't. It is someone's opinion. As is this review. 8. DON'T EXPECT A MEANINGFUL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE You will be funneled through duty free shops and RCL-owned port shops that sell tourist trinkets. Everyone speaks English. You can use dollars. All of this is fine, but don't expect to really get to know Mexico from the shops that sell vanilla and giant hats. The ports are benign, sanitized, Disney-like experiences that have no basis in reality. My cruise was like a benign trip through EPCOT vis a vis an international experience. The most multicultural experiences are found on ship, talking to the staff who hale from all over the globe. Or talking to people from other countries - there are lots of them! The best food for me on the Oasis was the ethnic food in the Windjammer. 9. EXPLORE THE SHIP Take a walk on the jogging track. Explore the different areas. This ship is an amazing feat of engineering. They charge a bundle for a tour (really?) but people who took the tour say it is worth it. 10. COME BACK TO CRUISE CRITIC AND TELL YOUR EXPERIENCE Before my trip, I ate up all reviews and forum threads about Oasis. Advance information is really helpful about this ship! In summary, - My niece had a great time because she likes an activity-filled vacation. She's 17. It makes sense. - My husband resented having to have everything planned, and on a time table. He is more laid back and spontaneous. - My sister loved being able to bop into the casino and then go to a "shopping talk" to get her "free coupon book." - I liked the shows, the ship itself, and the fact that we went to three places. I think someone who doesn't mind planning (I remember reading on Cruise Critic to bring a highlighter to mark all the activities you want so you don't miss any), reservations, lots of people, and mall-at-Christmas atmosphere, who thrives on lots of people and high energy will have a wonderful time. Those who are seeking a relaxing, laid back, low key vacation should maybe look elsewhere. There were times I felt trapped. Trapped on a ship in the middle of the ocean with a lot of people. It was like being in a giant (very clean!) amusement park, on a hot summer's day. One thing I do want to say: the ship's crew are amazing. If you have a special occasion, let them know. We were celebrating my niece's 17 birthday and my 25th wedding anniversary. This information was in our reservations. They remembered my niece's birthday, and sang "Happy Birthday" in the MDR. They got her name wrong, but so what? They also gave her a 5 minute ship to shore phone call so she could call her dad. It was really nice. They forgot our anniversary. My sister went to guest services to tell them (we didn't know) and the next day we had a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting in our cabin. A very nice, amazing gesture. All in all, this cruise showed us that we will not be happy taking a Med cruise next summer - we want a bit more depth in our Europe trip so we'll be doing a land based trip with only a couple of destinations. Thank you for reading this long report. I also thank those readers who understand I am not trying to be "mean" and diss RCL or the Oasis. I am not telling you you have an ugly baby. Cruising turned out to not be my cup of tea. But I am not dissing those who love it - or why they love it. I hope you enjoy your cruises, and I hope this report is useful to people who have never cruised and who are considering the Oasis. Happy travels, however you choose to go! Below is more information on some topics that might be of interest to first time cruisers: SEA LEGS AND SEA SICKNESS This might be too much information, but I hope it will help someone who hasn't cruised but it worried about being seasick. Four of us cruised. Three of us get motion sick. Badly. My sister and I have positional vertigo. My husband just gets motion sick, even in a car as passenger; he can't sit in the back seat. My niece is 17 and never gets motion sick. My sister and I went back to the doctor for the "head shaking" treatment for vertigo prior to the cruise. I only needed one treatment. My sister needed four. We had in our arsenal: Dramamine, Bonine, ginger pills, sea bands, Scoplomine patch, and some chemotherapy anti-nausea meds. When the ship started moving my sister was terrified. Anyone who has vertigo or has been badly seasick will understand the terror. I was fine, as were my husband and niece. The first night at dinner, I could feel that I was sitting backwards and the ship was moving forwards. I could feel the motion but it didn't bother me. My niece who never gets motion sick felt it, and took a Bonine. It took care of the nausea. Two days in my sister was not feeling great so she put on a patch. Which she kept on until we were in Cozumel and I looked at her and one had almost no pupil and the other was ALL pupil. She freaked out a bit and I made her take the patch off immediately. The whole week I felt the motion. Sometimes I be walking down a hallway and I'd sway side to side. I took ginger pills I bought on Amazon - so did my husband. They worked like a charm. I never felt sick until I got off the ship in Haiti. Then I felt somewhat nauseated. In Jamaica, I felt downright gross, but that was right before I was getting back on the ship. I drank a full-sugared Coke and took a Bonine and felt fine. When we disembarked in Fort Lauderdale, I was dizzy, rocking and nauseated. Badly. Which was made worse then the taxi driver accidentally closed the taxi trunk door on my head. I remained dizzy and rocking for about 5 days. I popped a lot of Bonine. Seriously. I was not sick ON the ship, only OFF. Seas were calm the entire trip, by the way. The captain said he never needed to use the stabilizers. Ithink the rocking was excellent for sleep - I slept like a baby on the ship. FOOD I thought the food was similar to what you would find at a mainstream buffet restaurant - like Golden Corral or Hometown Buffet and its ilk. It was always hot when it needed to be hot and cold when it needed to be cold. There certainly is enough of it. Staff makes fun of how much people eat. Even the Cruise Director made a snarky comment one night as she introduced a show. There are two statues poolside of rotund bathers, almost as if RCL itself recognizes that food and is abundance is part of the cruising appeal. Food is everywhere. There is pizza, brownies, sandwiches - you name it. I thought the soups in the Windjammer were very good. As are the ethnic foods, Indonesian and Thai. Not as successful were things like toast - it tasted like it was toasted the night before. We had one meal at Chops Grill and it was excellent. Similar to a Ruth's Chris. The MDR had many of the same offerings as the Windjammer each night. The service in the MDR and WJ was excellent. Breakfast in the Windjammer was one of the least enjoyable dining experiences -- ever. They play announcements over and over asking you to eat -- and get out. Nicely. People hover over your table like vultures waiting for you to vacate the table. The up side: we met a really nice family from Colombia because we had to share a table. For those of you who are wondering what type of drinks are included: water, flavored waters (lemon, etc), iced tea, coffee, and tea Someone on CC called Park Cafe and its adherents The Cult of The Roast Beef Sandwich. Based on everyone raving about The Sandwich and the salads, we went to Park Cafe for our first meal on Oasis. The Sandwich was grisly, chewy and generally icky. The salad was a bunch of romaine lettuce tossed with some fairly pedestrian mix ins. After that lunch, I returned for pastries one day and those were very good. Breakfast at Johnny Rockets is fine if you like fried foods. CABIN We had a mid ship Central Park cabin, deck 11, 11617. I think we made the right choice with this cabin, and we chose it because we were afraid of being seasick looking at the ocean while moving. Good move on our part: looking at the ocean was a bit disorienting, and looking at Central Park helped us tremendously. Plus at night, the Park is the prettiest venue on the ship. Our cabin was small, but cozy, clean, and very well appointed. Our bed was near the closet: my sister's cabin 11615 had the bed near the balcony. Lots of closet space, and a small safe that would fit an iPad but not anything more than a notebook. I am a fairly thin, normal woman, and the shower was very narrow. I expected that so no worries. But it is really small, if you haven't ever been on a cruise ship. One downfall of our location is the noise during the day. If you are seeking peace and quiet on your balcony, forget it. The pool deck is 4 decks above you if you are on Deck 11 and it is noisy during the day. Very noisy. Announcements, a calypso band, kids yelling, games. This was the thing I disliked the most about the cruise: the pool deck (more on that later). I loved the balcony in the early AM and at night. 11617 is next to the plant wall on one side, so... only neighbors on one side. The plant wall has, well, plants and they don't make noise. POOL DECK My least favorite part of the cruise were the sea days. I know some people love them, but on Oasis, the pool deck was insane. The flow riders were packed. The pools were packed. The one area of the pool deck that wasn't insanely crowded was the smoking area. I used to be a smoker so I am really not all that bothered by smoke. But it smelled not so great because it was not totally open air, but partially enclosed by windows. For me, it was the sheer number of people and noise level for which I was unprepared. I was no able to spend any length of time on the pool deck without my iPod. And because of feeling motion sick, I wasn't able to spend a lot of time up on the highest decks. And the adult only area was hot, because it is mostly enclosed. Lots of people thrive on the energy, action, and noise of the pool deck. Not me. And as I said, this was the least favorite part of the cruise for me. I felt like there was nowhere to go outside to find some peace, and have a comfortable chair. I could have one or the other, but not both. There are many Jacuzzis on the ship. And four main pools. Which were insanely packed. One pool was closed due to "biohazard" at one point --an adult pool, not a kiddie pool. There is a nice, quiet area aft, off the running track. There are some wooden deck chairs. You can get to the area easily from the Boardwalk area, over near the Aqua Theater. There are stairs. Follow them down to the aft area. Peace and quiet, if you seek it. LABADEE Labadee disappointed me and I felt trapped on a giant money-making Royal Caribbean island. Columbus Cove beach was insanely crowded and is a very narrow beach. The water is clear here, but there are tons of people. No water shoes needed for this beach. It was a lot like the pool deck in terms of sheer numbers of people. The other beaches (the ones under the zip line, Adrenalin Beach?) were so rocky you needed water shoes to get in the water. The water was murky, and replete with straws, cups, and other debris. If you wanted to walk between the two beaches you could walk a gauntlet of vendors shouting at you to buy! buy! buy! Royal Caribbean brings food from the ship, and it was fine. The whole thing had a cheesy summer camp-like feel to it. I would never return - there are too many other better ports. Tip: bring water shoes, and small bills to tip the guy who sets up the chairs for you. We sat on Adrenalin Beach and it was less crowded. There is shade under trees. FALMOUTH We ended up booking transport for $20 per person through Jaital round trip from Falmouth to Montego Bay. 30 minutes after we docked, we found the Jaital driver. The four of us along with another couple from Oasis (who had booked separately) went to Mo Bay. It is around a 20 minute ride, very easy. We were dropped at Doctor's Cave Beach and agreed upon a pick up time and place (4 pm, in front of Margaritaville). Remember: stay on ship time and not Jamaica time! It is $6 per person entrance to Doctor's Cave Beach, and $6 for an umbrella and $6 for a chair (a wooden/canvas deck chair). In hindsight, we didn't really need the umbrellas because there are shaded areas in the back portion of the beach. Clean bathrooms, showers, a deck area for food/drink, and beach service. I am a jaded, nit picky beach person. This was one of the most beautiful beaches in terms of the water - that I have EVER seen. We hung out in the crystal clear water for about 3 hours until we got hungry. I wasn't feeling great - the land was rocking a rolling so we walked down the street for a Burger King snack. Doctor's Cave Beach will give you a stamp for entry. We decided we had had enough beach, so we headed down to Margaritaville - about a 5 minutes walk from Doctor's Cave. Margaritaville is a bit pricey, but it was a fun way to spend a couple of hours eating and swimming. They have a water slide on the top deck and it shoots you out to the bay below. The slide is fast and a bit freaky. Falmouth port is very clean and very RCL World - the same jewelry stores, etc.. that you find in their ports. They are building a Margaritaville - right now there is just a t-shirt shop. I think our "Jamaica Day" was well worth it, and was easy to plan. We were back in port by 5:00 pm. COZUMEL We went to Chankanaab National Park for snorkeling. They have sea lion shows and stuff, but we just wanted to snorkel. From the International Pier where Oasis docked, it was a $10 taxi ride for four people. I had a coupon I had printed off the internet, so it cost $19 per adult for entry. We had our own snorkeling equipment so I don't know if they charge. There are lots of palapas and wooden chairs. You need water shoes - the bottom is made up of rock and ironshore. There are steps to get in, except for one zero entry kiddie area. The snorkeling was okay, not stellar. Lots of the same type of fish - not a lot of diversity. But lots of what there is. T here is a really pretty lagoon too - not to swim in, but to look at for a backdrop for photos. If you plan to snorkel, they give you a flotation vest. No need to pay, but you do need to leave a driver's license. There is a restaurant on site that was about $12 per person for some tacos. Not bad. Thanks for reading this long review until the end. Happy sailing to you! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
I really, really wanted to love this cruise. My parents booked it for our family plus my fiance for a final pre-wedding family vacation. It was dreadful! I had read so many positive things about this cruise, I was flabbergasted at how ... Read More
I really, really wanted to love this cruise. My parents booked it for our family plus my fiance for a final pre-wedding family vacation. It was dreadful! I had read so many positive things about this cruise, I was flabbergasted at how terrible it was. I even paid the .65/minute for WiFi to re-check I had read the right reviews! Getting on the boat was a breeze, everything else was a hassle. We had dinner reservations via My Time Dining the first night. Our waiter & waiter's assistant must have been having a terrible day. My mother ordered a glass of wine, they left the rest of the table drinkless to go run our Sea Pass card and bring back the receipt. My father asked for a roll and it took no less than 15 minutes for the assistant to return. The food in the dining room was mostly good but the service ruined it for everyone. The other nights in the dining room were better, but the final night a manager was walking around asking about the surveys we would get the next morning. We explained to her the trouble we had had the first night, and she literally sat at our table interrupting our dinner for the next 5 minutes trying to get us not to leave a bad review. Seriously? To top it off, the dining room manager almost got into a fist fight with a patron! The guy was clearly upset about something, slammed his table up & sent plates and glasses flying. They asked him to leave and the dining room manager literally had every curse word imaginable flying out of his mouth. I wondered if they were having some sort of serious political/religious issue because it was heated...but still funny. "Get the **** out of my dining room!" His response? "We're on a BOAT! Where do you want me to GO?!" Mornings we had our breakfast delivered to our room. We learned very quickly to specify exactly what you want, but you still won't get it. I wrote very clearly on the form that we only needed yellow sweetener with our coffee. I also had to specify which pastries we wanted with our tray, otherwise we got a plate full of sourdough rolls and no croissants. We never got yellow sweetener in our room all 6 days we pre-ordered our breakfast. Aside from the service, we spent a majority of our time waiting...mostly for the elevators. Had I not been in heels most nights, I would have used the stairs more. Want to eat at the Windjammer? Wait! My Time Dining? Wait in line, then wait in the chairs! Even when we went to empty Johnny Rockets, we waited 5 minutes for a table then another 10 in the sun while waiters stared at us and never came. We left and went to guest services. Giovanni's was by far the best food & service, waiter was amazing. The Seafood Shack was great too, a few people we met would only go there for dinner. Do not ask for ice water - it comes with complimentary snarls and eye rolls. I'm sorry! It's 90+ degrees and I can't ONLY drink liquor! I'll be 26 in August and had a hard time getting served alcohol. I look young, but a few bartenders tried trickery. I asked for a mango pineapple frozen rum drink. I watched the bartender pour juice in the ice-blendery machine and slide it over to me sans rum. He looked flabbergasted when I asked where the liquor was?! He poured Myers on top of it and charged me my $9. My 19-year-old brother had no problem being served anywhere we went though! The shows were what kept me from total insanity. The water show was dreadful though, not remotely synchronized and frankly pretty weird. They also need to fix both of the big monitors and the sound system. The last morning starting at 8:00am they blasted the beginning of a Bon Jovi song for 20 minutes until they figured out how to turn it off. Hairspray was fantastic, the comedy show was AWESOME! They spent the entire time ragging on the ship - hitting on everything we all knew to be true. Don't speak English? Here's a Royal Caribbean application! Need ice water? Here's your spit! Haiti was contrived like Disney World, but the food was better than anything we got on the boat aside from Giovanni's. Jet Skis were fun, but we were with a lot of slow, scared people so we had to drive for 30 seconds then stop and wait for them to catch up. They make a point to swing you by the canoe sellers though! Jamaica was a mess. It was my first time there and I spent it on a tube tied to 8 other people moving at a snail's pace and being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Just make sure you know whether it will be high or low tide if you book that excursion, low tide is like floating through two feet of marsh mud. At least our guide sang Conway Twitty when he got tired of the generic Bob Marley. He also said during high tide, the tube ride is much faster and you get to go much further down the river than we did. Mexico was a godsend - we did the jeep & snorkeling excursion. The guides were perfect. We went all around the coast then back through the city to literally see every part of Cozumel. They even let us have the automatic 4-door jeep so our family of 5 wouldn't have to split up! All in all, I wanted to love cruising but it just isn't for me. The boat & cabins were really pretty and I appreciate what they tried to do but I could definitely tell there were 6,000 head on board and most of the crew seemed generally unhappy with life. I understand they are on the boat for long periods of time, but there are plenty worse jobs out there! If you love being in a small pool with 100 other people and waiting 10 minutes for an elevator to take you to the dining room with mediocre food, this is the ship for you! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
We hosted a family cruise for my husband's 70th birthday. The family consists of 4 granddaughters, ages 5-7-8-10, and our two children & their spouses, ages 30's-40's. Our balcony rooms were 3 in a row and the ... Read More
We hosted a family cruise for my husband's 70th birthday. The family consists of 4 granddaughters, ages 5-7-8-10, and our two children & their spouses, ages 30's-40's. Our balcony rooms were 3 in a row and the partitions unlocked to fold back which gave us lots of space and convenient access to each other's rooms. The Adventure Ocean activities looked great, but our girls had so much fun on the ship with the carousel (we all did!), the balloon man, the parades, dancing to the music throughout the ship, the rock climbing wall etc. that they only attended once. And how they loved the shows! We did not miss a performance. Dining was a fabulous experience. The dining room staff outdid themselves to keep both the children and the adults happy. Our children are firt-time cruisers and they could not get over the attention they received. Good for you RC! Excursions: Labadee was a wonderful, relaxing day. In Jamaica we took the Raft Trip. This was just fascinating for all of us as we learned about the rain forest, a banana plantation and how to make a Pina Colada :-). The rafters were entertaining and informative, climbed into the trees to get coconuts to taste, let the girls bunt the raft etc., but we felt we were being primed for major tipping. When we did tip-4 separate times on that excursion: raft driver, banana man, Pina Colada man, and our tour guide, three out of four were openly unhappy with their tips. Our tips came to almost as much as the cost of the entire tour. This put something of a damper on the day. In Cozumel we made our own arrangements for snorkeling as RC's policy puts an age limit of 8 for snorkeling and our 7-yr. old wanted to try snorkeling. We used Island Marketing Cozumel Glass Bottom Boat Snorkeling and it was fabulous. Because there were ten of us we booked a private tour, which cost 1/2 of the ship's excursion! Our youngest was able to see fish through the glass bottom and the rest of us snorkeled. (Parents took turns sitting with her.) After the snorkeling we ate at Poncho's Backyard. Great food, beautiful venue, pricey. But you can go online and get coupons for free Margaritas. No one was EVER bored. It was a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Just got off from the oasis of the sea this morning and can't wait to write a review about it.. Embrakation Unbelievely fast.... We got to the port at around 11:30am and by noon we are already on the ship. They have so many ... Read More
Just got off from the oasis of the sea this morning and can't wait to write a review about it.. Embrakation Unbelievely fast.... We got to the port at around 11:30am and by noon we are already on the ship. They have so many counters to process checkin and there was no line up. Everything is so well organized. Our room was ready at around 2 pm and are luggages was arrived shortly after. Room We had a ocean view balcony room. It's roomy enough for two and the bed is quite comfortable. Our housekeeper did a great job to tidy up the room in such short period of time as well. Food We didn't go to any of these restaurants that needs to pay because we were happy with the complimentary ones. We had breakfast at the Johnny Rockets, Main Dining room, Park Cafe, Windjammer, Solarium. We highly recommend the English muffin at the Park Cafe and the variety of selection at the Windjammer. Breakfast selection at the Johnny Rockets are limited and we only go there because it's order to make. For lunch, we mostly went to the Park Cafe but we were at the Windjammer and Solarium once. We loved the roast beef sandwich at the Park Cafe. In terms of create your own salad, I've to say I like the Solarium better in terms of selection. Crepes at the Solarium are one of my favor. If you prefer light and healthy choices, you would opt for the Solarium. Fish, chicken, miso soup are all done well. Selection at the windjammer are so many and so irresistible. We were so glad, we didn't stop by at the Windjammer for lunch until the last day of our cruise, otherwise, we would gain at least 10 lbs by end of the cruise. Service at the Main Dinning room are exceptional. We were orginally booked with a table for 6 and they are being so accommodated and managed to find us a table for 2 at a nice and quite corner. Our waiter and assistance Waiter were so wonderful. I only had to ask for a glass of warm water (the regular is ice cold water) once and it's on my table every day. I mentioned to them about finding the food being a bit salty, then they let me pre-order my food a day ahead so they could prepare my dishes with less salt. Entertainment We saw all shows except the comedy live. We loved Hair spray and Frozen in time the most. Even they recommended to pre book the show but if you don't mind waiting at the door 30 minutes before the show, then you would find an empty seat for sure. Other than the show, there were also some other events happening around the ship like movies at the Aqua Threater, live band at the pool and the Royal Promenade, dance class, towel and napkin demo, late night parties, parades, pub and bars. We had a drink at the raising bar and it's quite an experience, should definitely try out. Labadee It's a private island own by RC. It's a small island and really not much to do. The beach is ok but no comparison to the one at Mexico. Falmouth Hot hot hot. We went for an ATV adventure. It's was funny but too short. This new port started using by RC since Feb therefore it's still developing. Cozumel Another hot hot day. Tones of stuff to do. Only thing I don't like about the port is, it's kind of not close to everything. It took a 30 minutes boat ride before getting to the bus terminal for the excursion. We were at the 6.5 hrs excursion to Tulum and spend almost 4 hrs on waiting and traveling. The beach at the Ruin is so beautiful and too bad we didn't have any extra time to explore. Overall, I was amazed by how RC handled the crowd. Our ship was fully booked but we didn't find it being over crowded at all, may be only when the parade are happening. In terms of getting off the ship, again it's so organized and it only took 30 minutes to get us from Studio B to the bus that get us onto our excursion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We booked this cruise thinking that if we were going to do this once, then do it on the biggest.....We now know this is probably the BEST, even though we have no other experience to go by. We would not want to try any other cruise at the ... Read More
We booked this cruise thinking that if we were going to do this once, then do it on the biggest.....We now know this is probably the BEST, even though we have no other experience to go by. We would not want to try any other cruise at the moment. I have spent MANY hours reading reviews and tips before setting sail. Some reviewers here must have nothing better to do than bitch and moan! It was the BEST time myself and Margaret have EVER HAD on holiday!I work in the leisure industry, and this was by far the best service we ever had.Many a 10am Saturday morning was spent on www.portevergladeswebcam.com watching Oasis sail into port, and 10pm for the sail out. We 'requested a wave' months before we left home! We booked back in January through a local agent. Would deffo book myself in future for what little they did! The flights changed several times, the last being THREE WEEKS before departure! It was decided to go a day early from the start as we were due to land 21.35 on the Friday and we wanted to spend a day in Fort Lauderdale before boarding.Got to FLL to be met by one of the RCCL meet and greet. They had a bus on standby that we did not know about as we were told by the agent it was our problem to get to the hotel!! I told him of the original plans and he even trollied our bags up to the Hertz counter and stood with the wife while I sorted the car! Great service. Hire car through Hertz was changed from a Ford Mustang convertible, (Gutted!) to a top spec E Class Mercedes... (better than a kick in the gonads I suppose). First night (at our expense) was spent at the Best Western Oceanside on Holiday drive. Great value for money and breakfast thrown in! Was booked it without realising it was next door to the Sheraton beach, Our room booked for the Friday by RCCL. VERY handy!!!! Top Tip. DON'T bother going to the Sheraton, Waste of money! I got up at 4am to walk down the beach to video the ship sail in. Had been watching it sail in on webcam, so wanted to see it in the flesh!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXdZgGC8Hf0 We went back to the Best Western for Saturday breakfast at $10 a head.Brilliant service by the western staff. Even the meet and greet guy recommended it. Transfer to port very smooth and we were on board from getting off the bus within 15 mins! Was on board shortly after 12 noon. Lovely air conditioned atmosphere as soon as you board and the wow factor hit us straight away! First stop was to drop the carry on in the room. What a great room and a decent view to the rear of the ship and boadwalk area. Very little noise through the double glazing,even when a show is in full swing! Then up to the wipeout cafe for a little bite. Not fantastic fayre, it could of done with a soda fountain and not the 'tinted water', but more than adequate. Back to the room for a few hours before making our way on top deck for the sail off, with a drink in hand, Union Jack tied to the rail by the Flowrider for the 'wave' at the port everglades webcam for all at home to see ;-). It was probably due to us being VERY tired, but the main dining room (my time dining) menu did not tempt us,so we asked if it was OK just to leave it. Andie the head waiter was very accommodating and was trying to offer something off the menu and the waiter Alvin and assistant waiter Roy were great. These guys bent over backwards for us and never disappointed! They were worth the extra tip we put into the envelopes at the end. Food was absolutely fantastic for the rest of the cruise. Another one worth the extra tip was Frederick the room attendant. Treated the wife like a princess! Sunday sea day was spent touring the ship. We had breakfast at the Windjammer every day as we ate very well and rarely needed to go for lunch. Some days when we had a late evening meal, we would snack at wipeout and once had lunch at windjammer. I went on the Zipline. A comedy show was booked for the evening but we decided to cancel as we were still tired and had Labadee in the morning. Labadee was good. I took part in the seadoo excursion. the beaches were nice, though the Artizans market people were VERY VERY pushy!!!! One tied a bead bracelet round Margaret's wrist so tight she could not take it off so she ended up paying for it! RCCL really need to stamp on these hustlers! It sort of spoilt the day somewhat. I know the islanders have had it tough, but surely more stuff would sell if there was a more relaxed attitude! In the end, we went back to the ship earlier than expected! Would not be disappointed if we went again and it was cancelled! Falmouth Jamaica was next. Nothing planned, so left the port for a stroll round. Met a taxi driver that had some good reviews on here, BABA. for $120 (all day!) he took us on a sight seeing tour on the way to Montego bay through a plantation where Johnny Cash had a house. Then to White Witch golf club for photo session. Onwards to Mo'bay to a hillside hotel/function place for more views/photos and some Red Stripe;-). Then to Doctors cove beach for an hour or so, (as long as we wanted) for a nice swim and several more Red Stripe! Back to port, some shopping and a soak in the Jacuzzi! Wonderful people, want to go again. Another sea day. Some bingo played and the headliner show was good. We don't do theatres or such as a rule, but this was good. The Oasis of Dreams was viewed several times from the balcony. For Cozumel, We did the Jeep/Snorkel safari. Snorkeled near port, then on to the jeeps to El diablo, a little bar on the beach, then to a Tequila Hacienda, followed by a poolside lunch before heading back to port for some shopping. 5 1/2 hours of fun and would not do again, simply because we have done it! The guides were great! Another sea day with bingo, shopping etcc and the final evening meal/waiter cabaret act. A drink on the rising tide bar and a water show rounded off the evening. Then back to port Saturday for the rough trip home. Sorry there were no reviews of other resturants and such, WE DID NOT NEED TO TRY.If they were better than the ones we went, then ou are in for a treat! Please do take the negative reviews on here and elsewhere with a big pinch of salt. Do plenty of research before you go. We did not see as much of the ship in a week as we thorght we would. Two weeks would be better. I did not think I would enjoy cruising, am now considering selling the caravan to do it once more!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
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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