7 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Gay & Lesbian Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

We chose the Oasis of the Seas because there was so much to offer all ages of our group, from age 12 to 68! It did not disappoint! We enjoyed the entertainment, especially the Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly with Me, Frozen in Time and the ... Read More
We chose the Oasis of the Seas because there was so much to offer all ages of our group, from age 12 to 68! It did not disappoint! We enjoyed the entertainment, especially the Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly with Me, Frozen in Time and the comedy shows. Our dining room experience in My Time Dining was excellent. Not only was Ikadek a wonderful waiter, he and the dining room staff went above and beyond to provide delicious meals for the two vegan members of our family. Ikadek made recommendations and all ten of us were very satisfied with our wonderful dinners. Our grandkids and sons-in-law all had fun trying out the flow rider, our granddaughter had her first ice skating experience, and we all enjoyed the Boardwalk and Central Park. Overall, this was a great family trip and we all will always treasure the memories of this wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Oasis is an amazing ship and this is the 2nd time we’ve been on it. This time seemed a little more crowded but still managed to feel like there were places to relax and escape the crowds. Embarkation was a breeze, usually we arrive early ... Read More
Oasis is an amazing ship and this is the 2nd time we’ve been on it. This time seemed a little more crowded but still managed to feel like there were places to relax and escape the crowds. Embarkation was a breeze, usually we arrive early and are one of the first on but this day we were running a little behind from our air BNB in Orlando, so boarding had started. Even with the crowds it was a seemingly short process with lots of happy caring people along the way. We had some bad service in the dinning room the first night but the staff was amazing and fixed it very quickly and every other night was delicious, quick and friendly. We also loved the specialty restaurants Giovanni’s and Sabor. Giovanni’s was so much delicious italian food with amazing service. Our lunch at Sabor was amazing as well with some delicious specialty margaritas. (Maybe a little too many :P) The casino, as on every ship I’ve been, is a place i’d Like to go but can’t deal with due to the excessive smoke smell. This time seemed worse than others and the smell was moving out through other areas of the deck. We had a wonderful stateroom attendant, Andy and were treated to amazing towel animals. On the first night of the cruise we were going to see Cats the musical but it was canceled due to technical issues with the music. The situation was delt with well and a substitute was found for an impromptu performance by the pub singer Tommy Green Jr. It ended up being one of my favourite shows on the cruise. Definitely check him out if he’s still there. We also finally got to see cats on the last night and it was well worth the wait. I’m not a huge fan of the musical but the performances were beyond expectations so it did not matter and I was entirely entertained. I find with every cruise the photos are getting more expensive and worse quality, this time we had blurry photos, discoloured, or strangely lit photos. I also dislike that there is no way to change photo size or take off boarders. Another thing I was disappointed in was how hard it was to find entertainment that was lgbtq inclusive. Some of the worst parts being the love and marriage game show, the quest and the comedy shows. Now a joke at the expense of anyone is fun but I find that lgbtq people are always the butt of the joke which makes my fiancé and I uncomfortable with being a couple on the ship. I do not by any means think the company RCCL is homophobic or against the lgbtq community but it would be nice to be included here and there. Now don’t get my review wrong, the ship was amazing, the service too. Across the board crew members go above and beyond on RCCL and the experience was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We sailed 06 FEB 2016 Eastern Caribbean and we had a great time. I found myself loving the ship more each day. We had a oceanview balcony cabin CAT D6 cabin # 11690. Nice and quiet, bed comfy and decent size shower with great water ... Read More
We sailed 06 FEB 2016 Eastern Caribbean and we had a great time. I found myself loving the ship more each day. We had a oceanview balcony cabin CAT D6 cabin # 11690. Nice and quiet, bed comfy and decent size shower with great water pressure. We sailed with a group of 37 and all enjoyed the cruise. We boarded the ship at 12pm but had to wait until 1pm to get to our cabins. Next time I will board a little later as it was crowded with everyone waiting. We had early dining at a table for 10 and at times found it hard to hear everyone as the dining room did get noisy. Food was very good with lots of choice. We had eaten breakfast in the dining room early on but later found we like the Central Park Cafe better. Just because you could sit outside and it felt like you were in a park. Loved it! I didn't see Cats ( had already seen it) but my husband did and he left at intermission but his 2 travel buddies stayed and they enjoyed it. Loved the other shows, Skating, Aqua theatre, Come Fly with Me, LOVED IT. So well done. The comedians were so good, my cheeks hurt so much from laughing. Our first day in Nassau unfortunately was cool and very windy. Never left the ship. Friends who did came right back. We enjoyed the Solarium and the travel and shopping talks. ST Thomas we stopped at a different pier than I had been before as the ship is to large. Took a "bus" into town I think it was $4.00 one way as it a bit of a distance. Would have been very tricky to walk as at times no side walk. Weather did get warmer. Walked around and did some shopping. St Maarten, just walk about at the pier and into the town, St Phillipsburg. Easy lazy day. I did the zipline, scared but did it. I know it is a very short distance but that was huge for me. The staff were very kind helping me. Loved to walk about the ship just taking everything in. The promenade was great, the Central Park, the pool decks. Never felt crowded at all. Except when going to dinner at 6pm at the elevators, then it was busy. Otherwise really no issues. I loved this cruise so much we are already booked on the Harmony next Jan 2017. Can't wait to see the water slides! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I am not usually one for writing reviews of anything. However, I just had the most amazing vacation on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and I would recommend it to everyone! Some people avoid taking cruises because they feel it’s a ... Read More
I am not usually one for writing reviews of anything. However, I just had the most amazing vacation on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and I would recommend it to everyone! Some people avoid taking cruises because they feel it’s a waste of money, there would be huge crowds, there’s nothing to do, etc. I am here to tell those people they are wrong. For anyone on the other side who is actually considering a cruise, I would definitely say stop putting it off and just go! This was my second cruise. The first cruise I went on was a few years ago on Carnival Freedom. It was fun but not nearly as wonderful. Royal Caribbean definitely sets the bar high from the moment you step onto the ship. Not once did I encounter an unfriendly crew member or frustrated waiter. Every single employee was always smiling, always willing to assist, and ALWAYS working. Seriously, I don’t know how they do it. I truthfully wanted to hug each and every single person and tell them how amazing they were, but that would have been weird and awkward. Anyway, the ship is huge, elegant, and spotless. It is constantly being cleaned and well maintained. There are crew members by the pool whose sole job it is to pick up people’s empty drinks and remove spills. They are there from sun up until sun down. The bathrooms are always being restocked and wiped down. Maintenance issues are resolved immediately. My boyfriend and I are in our twenties so we didn’t splurge for a fancy room. We were in an interior room (only downside is there is no sunlight to tell you to wake up and no way to see if it’s raining out). Our stateroom attendant Jairo was always smiling and ready to help. He cleaned our room twice daily and always made sure we had everything we needed. He also gave us those fun towel animals that I love. As I said, the ship is massive. It has 17 floors including a park on Deck 8 with real trees and Rising Tide Bar (the bar actually moves up and down the floors). It features numerous restaurants as well as several floors of dining rooms. There are also a bunch of different bars all with their own unique themes. On Air is host to any sporting events on tv as well as the karaoke competition. There are also several places to dance including their club, Blaze, and for anyone who actually knows how to dance for real, Dazzles. My boyfriend and I loved going to Dazzles to watch the older couples waltz across the dance floor instead of the common bumping and grinding we see at the clubs we go to. The band at Dazzles, The South Side, was phenomenal and always had a great show. As for daytime activities, the ship is home to a zipline, arcade, carousel, surfing, casino, mini golf, rock climbing walls, ping pong, a kids activity pool, a sports pool, and two main pools. There are also many hot tubs in various places on deck (all of which are cleaned regularly). By the way, the only thing we waited on a line for (about 10 minutes) was the surfing. It’s amazing how many people are on that ship and there aren’t really lines. So if it is crowds that are dissuading you then don’t let it! This is one of the biggest ships with the most people! Now let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing, FOOD! As I previously mentioned, Oasis is home to several floors of dining rooms and numerous specialty restaurants (including a steak house, Asian cuisine, a Johnny Rockets, a seafood place, etc). You will NEVER go hungry. If you aren’t up for paying extra for food then simply stick to the dining rooms as we did. We typically had our formal dinner there. During the day, if we were on board, we would head to WindJammer which is a buffet that is open all day and into the evening. We were Never disappointed in our choices or in the quality of the food. Dinner always reigned supreme however. Everything we got was absolutely delicious. The meat was always juicy and tender, the vegetables cooked to perfection, and don’t even get me started on the amazing desserts (go with the creme brulee!). The service, as with everywhere on the ship, was PHENOMENAL. Our waiter, Peter, was always knowledgeable about the dinner choices and could always make a recommendation. His assistant, Igusti, was on hand at all times to offer more bread or another course. We also had our drink waiter (sadly I never got his name) who had our drink orders memorized and would have them prepared as soon as we sat down. (Did I mention that almost every single crew member knew our names personally?!!) Don’t ever worry about being bored on a cruise (at least Royal Caribbean). There is never a dull moment. Besides the activities I mentioned above: take a flash mob dance class, dance to the sounds of steel drums, get your photos taken, play bingo, go gamble, sing karaoke, enter the manliest man competition, enter the belly flop competition, watch a movie in the Aqua Theater. Plus, of course, every night there’s the bars, clubs, and theater shows. My favorite was Oasis of Dreams simply because it is full of daring dives and acrobatic stunts (all in a pool). All in all I would have to give Royal Caribbean an 11/10 just because everything was so wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
it was my 9th cruise, 7 on NCL, 1 on Celebrity. I came with high expectations to the "world's largest ship". First let me say, the facilities are amazing! The Shows are worldclass, you just cannot beat the entertainment ... Read More
it was my 9th cruise, 7 on NCL, 1 on Celebrity. I came with high expectations to the "world's largest ship". First let me say, the facilities are amazing! The Shows are worldclass, you just cannot beat the entertainment (water show, ice-skating show, musical, artistics, Dreamworks parade). I was a bit disappointed however by the service and coordination. I was traveling with a friend, it was his very first cruise and I kept telling him sooo much about how fantastic it will be. So on embarkation day we toured the ship, we were both VERY impressed by the facilities. A girl from the staff showed us around. My friend told her how impressed he was about the size, cleanlyness and offers the ship has and he was so surprised he cannot feel any movement at all (he was afraid of becoming seasick). The girl just answered "well, thats because we are still in port you idiot!" we were speechless. Gym is WAY smaller than on NCL Epic and the Spa way too small for 6.000 People. Only 3 little steam rooms, no windows to look outside from the Saunas, only 4 heated benches for this big ship... We had late seating 8.30pm. In November it gets dark around 5 in the Caribbean, so another 3.5hrs before Dinner. If I have a snack at 6, I wont be able to enjoy full dinner by 8.30. The first night we checked out the Buffet around 7 pm just to take a look. First of all - it looked like in a company canteen. No decorations, everything clean but not pleasing to the eye, very sterile. No ice scarvings like on Celebrity, no flowers or animals made of Melons, no Flowers...We went on to our dinner just to find out that EVERY item of the daily specials was EXACTLY the same as on the buffet - just in a better presentation. We arrives at 8:25 for Dinner on Deck 4 as printed on our roomkey. Waited 15 Minutes to get in as it was very crowded. At the door the guy said "you are on deck 3". We said the roomkey says deck 4. He just replied "well, we have reseated you, now you are on 3". I asked if he expects me to do another 15 Minutes wait on Deck 3 again (it was their mistake after all). He replied "you may as well go to the buffet"... Our table was party of 4. For 7 consecutive night, the "seasonable vegetable" at Dinner, no matter what we had ordered was Carrots and Broccoli. Our waiter and Bar girl were very friendly and, as I am allergic to garlic, offered me to pick already one day in advance my food for the next day which I highly appreciated! At formal night tha Restaurant Manager came, as every night, to our table, making honeurs, asking if everything is fine. All of a sudden he took my cuttlery starting to cut the salad on my plate and then started FEEDING ME with the salad in front of all of my friends. "Open wide, here we make you feel like at home with Mama" he said. Every conversation stopped, all eyes on my. I never felt so embarassed in all my life in front of friends and strangers. He certainly had a very strange sense of humor! Also the organization was far from perfect. With the late seating, you could hardly make any show as they all started at 10pm, so we had to tell our waiter every night that we need to rush and then have our 5 course meal in a hurry in order to get to our show. One night we wanted to do Karaoke which stared at 11pm. We arrived at 10.45 after Dinner, choose a song and wanted to sign in. "Todays enrollment is closed already" the DJ replied. We asked how can that be as Karaoke will only start in 15 Minutes from now. He said, we have many people who want to join therefore one must register by 10pm. We said, we have late Dinner seating and wont be done before 10.30pm. He said: well, then this is not your lucky cruise... I went to the Reception Desk asking for a customer feedback form. The attendant said, it will be given to you the last night of the cruise. I asked if I could have it now (3rd night) - he just said no! There was also very friendly staff too. We loved the Girl in Park Cafe where we liked to grab breakfast as it was not so crowded as the buffet. Our table waiter was very friendly - however mentioned every day that tips and positive feedbacks on the forms provided are highly appreciated... Resumee: Personally I would always prefer the freestyle of NCL. I liked the staff, organization and food much better there, staff in general much more helpful (even on large ships like the Epic). I liked the free Iphone App on Epic where I always had my bookings, reservations and all the menues for every restaurant always in my hand to choose. On Oasis, we did not have one single Deck Party the whole week. Not one motto Buffet (on NCL we had the midnight chocolate Buffet for example and on Celebrity the big sunday brunch till 2pm). Also besides the Solarium (which is inside) there is no quiet zone. In the afternoon the Band is playing in the middle of all 4 pools, so no escape, no quiet spot to relax or enjoy your own music with headphones without putting the speakers to a max level. I liked the variety of drinks in the softdrink package on Oasis and LOVED the touchscreen refill machines with their endless flavors. However, 4 machines (2 in the promenade, 2 in the buffet restaurant) for 6.000 Passengers is way too little. On Pool days, I dont feel like taking the elevator down to Deck 5 just to grab another coke zero... There is lot of things to improve organization wise. Did we have a good week - yes. The ship and the people we met were great. Would we do RCL again? Possibly, if timing, routing and price is right. If the same price at either NCL or Celebrity, we would certainly go for that again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This summer I took a cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world. The seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyage left from Fort Lauderdale and stopped in the Bahamas, Saint Thomas, Saint John (on our own) and Saint Martin. My friends and I ... Read More
This summer I took a cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world. The seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyage left from Fort Lauderdale and stopped in the Bahamas, Saint Thomas, Saint John (on our own) and Saint Martin. My friends and I began the trip by spending a few days in Fort Lauderdale. We stayed at the Hilton Marina Hotel. We had a great ocean view room with a large balcony overlooking the water. On Saturday we made our way to the port to board the Oasis of the Seas. The embarkation process was very fast and well organized. We were on the ship about thirty minutes after arriving at the port. The Oasis is one BIG, beautiful ship! Words cannot describe how I felt after boarding. Our room was modern but compact. It was our comfortable home for a week. I really enjoyed having an ocean-view balcony. The public areas on the ship were beautiful! So many bars, pools, lounges and places to eat, we had endless choices to make on the ship. I was surprised that on this big beautiful ship there was only one lounge where we could have a drink and look out at the ocean. Many of the public areas had no windows at all. I missed seeing the sea while being on the oasis. While the ship itself was outstanding the service on this cruise was just average. We had great crewmembers serving us but they seemed to be both overworked and tired from dealing with thousands of passengers. I believe that the ship is just too big and carries too many people. We all love to cruise but we will not cruise on a giant ship in the future. We did not feel papered or special on the Oasis as we have on the other ships in the fleet. Rather, we felt like just a number or a customer. Feeling taken care of and welcome is what we look forward to about cruising. We did not find either on the Oasis. Every port on this cruise was a tropical paradise! We shopped in the Bahamas, snorkeled in St. John and lounged on the beach in St. Martin. Overall we had a restful and relaxing mass-market vacation in the beautiful Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We are a 53 and 71 yo domestic partner couple, Robin and Rita, who have been fortunate to be able to cruise seceral times. Most of our cruises have been out of Galveston because we live only 30 minutes from that cruise terminal. We ... Read More
We are a 53 and 71 yo domestic partner couple, Robin and Rita, who have been fortunate to be able to cruise seceral times. Most of our cruises have been out of Galveston because we live only 30 minutes from that cruise terminal. We travel often with our friends Alex and Roger who joined us on the Oasis. Our departure from Houston Hobby on Southwest Airlines was uneventful. Upon arrival we called for our shuttle to Rodeway Inn. The shuttle was prompt and the driver pleasant and helpful. Of course the Rodeway isn't the Ritz but was clean and the price was right. They were also very accommodating in that the restaurant had just closed but the manager let us in and they served us. After complimentary European style breakfast the next morning, the shuttle to the cruise terminal again was prompt and pleasant. Upon arrival at the terminal, the driver unloaded our bags which were loaded on a RCI cart and away we went anticipating long lines for check in. It was now about noon. WHAT A SURPRISE. Hardly any lines. We were aboard and trying to find our way around in less than 30 minutes. What a beautiful ship. What a LARGE ship. We had no problem finding a place to lunch and then began our exploration. The signage (sp?) is great. Electronically you can find any place on the ship at any time. The signs are plentiful and easy to use. After exploring for a while we then went to our cabin which was ready and waiting. We had a port balcony which was large enough for the two of us. COMPLAINT - The only electrical outlet in the sitting area was under the counter. One had to be a contortionist to reach it but no problem as we had brought a power strip with us. YES A PROBLEM - They confiscated our surge protector/power strip saying it was a fire hazard. Then the cabin steward brought us a cheap-o extension cord that probably really was a fire hazard. COMPLAINT - There was no clothes line in the shower. All other ships we have sailed on had the retractable lines in the shower. ACCOLADES - Our room steward was great. We never had to ask for ice,etc. Also we usually had room service for breakfast which was always prompt, warm food warm, cold food cold. Coffee was strong, strong, strong, We were fortunate to be seated at early dinner with two delightful ladies from New York celebrating their 80th birthdays (they were twins but one would never know it). The first night service was really bad but rather than raise a big stink, Robin and one of the NY ladies waited to speak to our waiter in private. That was his first night on the ship etc. but bottom line was service improved greatly although we had to ask each night for the wine glasses to be removed. The food quality varied. The lamb was superb, the beef passable. Deserts were all great. We tried Johnny Rockets and the buffets which were okay. Breakfast in the dining room was very good. Enterainment was 10+. Costuming as stunning as you will ever see. We did make reservations to the shows prior to sailing and I would recommend that to all. Our reservations to the Aqua Show was rescheduled and it was all taken care of electronically. Very painless. Ports of Call - We had been to Nassau before and we just got a cab and went to Atlantis for a while. Cked out the casino, then back on board. St. Thomas - Robin had lived on the island for a few years and visited friends then took the rest of us on a tour. Was nice going places with someone who had lived there. St. Maarten - we did a SNUBA excursion. Mixture of snorkle and scuba. Really good for those of us who love the water but aren't SCUBA certified. We enjoyed the two sea days on the way back to Ft. Lauderdale. Had time to try/watch the zip line and flow rider and check out places we hadn't seen. I was favorably impressed at the activities on board, especially for the children, tweens, and teens. Debarkation was as painless as embarkation. We had scheduled a land/water excursion in Ft. Lauderdale as our flight was not until 4:30 pm. Quite interesting and the water part was amazing. What mansions and yachts. Boggles my mind. Overall, a great sailing. The few negatives were far outweighed by the positives. Even though there were over 5000 guests aboard, I never felt crowded. RCI has done a tremendous job with their terminal in Ft. Lauderdale. Would we sail on the Oasis again. Maybe. Certainly if the prices were a bit more in line with some of the other ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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