479 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think ... Read More
Oasis is a big, fun ship, and since it was "Amped" it has a lot of fun things to do. It never felt crowded. I haven't cruised for 3 years an I am pleased to report the "Deck Chair Saving"is mostly gone ! I think both people are following the no saving rule and RC is enforcing it. On all my last RC cruises, it was rare I could find a deck chair anywhere near the pool or upper deck, as they were mostly saved with personal items or towel. I had no trouble finding an open chair, even by the pool in the middle of the day on sea days ! Amazing ! Great ! Food was good as always, even if I expressed mild interest in a second entrée, the waiters brought it to me without asking. Everyone was friendly and it was a lot of fun. The only bummer of the trip was embarking and disembarking at Miami Cruise port Terminal A. Once you made it inside, getting on the ship was fast and easy. No lines. But it was absolute nightmare outside. I was in a one hour line to get dropped off and I arrived early at 10:30am. The taxi line on disembarking was 2 hours. The ride share area was very small and very crowded, utter chaos and you couldn't even move. The line of cars trying to pick up was very very long and very slow. Honking, yelling, it was just a madhouse. Everyone there was totally bummed out and my cruise vibe was totally erased. They need to upgrade and expand the waiting areas for taxis and ride sharing, it was just an awful way to start and finish the cruise. It's clear that RC treats this as an afterthought, when in fact, it really sets the tone for the trip when you have such a mess getting in and out. I never had anything near this bad at Port Canaveral or Port Lauderdale. I will never ever cruise out of Miami again until they get this fixed. I guess the good news is if you can survive getting there, you will have a great time ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I thought this would be a better alternative to a Disney cruise. The Youth clubs were aged disproportionately at 6-12 and 13 -17. Instead of 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 like most cruise ships. Therefore my 12 year felt too mature for one and too ... Read More
I thought this would be a better alternative to a Disney cruise. The Youth clubs were aged disproportionately at 6-12 and 13 -17. Instead of 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 like most cruise ships. Therefore my 12 year felt too mature for one and too intimidated for the other where it was mostly older teenagers. The ship advertise ice skating, laser tag. However those activities are only once and twice during the 7 days on a ship of 6100 passengers. So if you don't sign up early you'll miss out. It'll only accommodate the first 100. I'm a foodie and was disappointed somewhat. The chefs must not be American. The Jamaican and Indian food was delicious. However the breakfast food was extremely tasteless. The waffles, pancakes, French toast, omelettes were horrible. So we ate mostly fruit, juice and bread for breakfast. The desserts was the same deal. Presentation was great but tasteless. Exception were the cookies. Lobster night was good. Due to compressor of AC, stateroom occasionally smelled like urine. Room attendant Mike was helpful in trying correct the issue but it kept coming back. Embarking was quick and easy. Times for port arrival and departure were accurate. Surprisedly I felt a lot of shaking and moving on a ship that size. A better theater selection is needed. CATS was horrible. The best show on the ship was Aqua80 which fortunately shows every night. All the other shows were below mediocrity. My room attendant was great despite the room odor. Our room stayed clean and we kept fresh towels, wash cloth throughout the day. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is my 27th RCCL cruise and I am at the Diamond Plus level. I am a "loyalist", as such as the cruise line tries to raise the bar of quality of food, service and entertainment. Those levels are expected on the next cruise and ... Read More
This is my 27th RCCL cruise and I am at the Diamond Plus level. I am a "loyalist", as such as the cruise line tries to raise the bar of quality of food, service and entertainment. Those levels are expected on the next cruise and the next cruise, etc. Embarkment: Traveling via RCCL arranged bus transfers from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, the ride was smooth and we arrived at Terminal A, we were on the ship in about 15 minutes, it was amazing. as we arrived about 1 pm our balcony stateroom was ready. Starboard, 10724. Stateroom: Nice, but due to the size of the ship my wife had to rent a Special Needs Group handicap scooter. Our cabin steward, Edgar was terrific and he fulfilled our every request. Windjammer Buffet: Good quality food, but the steam shop round was tough and chewy. and for some reason, they do not serve "creamy" cold slaw. Promenade Cafe: this 24 hour cafe still serves sandwiches on a roll that lacks adequate meat, if you think one or two slices of meat a sandwich, on a small club roll. Main Dining Room for Breakfast: Excellent food for breakfast, it has a limited ala carte menu for being a sit down and being serviced, but it also has a buffet. Main Dining Room for lunch: Good service and a nice ala carte menu,EXCEPT for its turkey club sandwich, which consisted of three pieces of barely toasted bread, with one slice of turkey, one sliver of a slice of avacado, one half leaf of leaf if lettuce and two pieces of bacon. I told the waiter "you call this a club sandwich" a dining room floor supervisor came over and said I could request more turkey. I told him, it the cook knew how to make a decent sandwich, I should not have to request additional meat. We tried the MDR for lunch and I had the steak and fries, and it was served rare not medium rare as requested and fries. No more MDR dining room lunches. Main Dining Room for Dinner: EXCELLENT service for MDR deck three and our table waiter Romando and assistant table waiter Vikash. Every meal was excellent, but it cracks me up as on the Allure OTS which is the Oasis OTS sister ship, the menu is the same on WEDNESDAY, they feature braised beef short ribs, excellent but serving the menus on the same night across the fleet for each night is a bit much! Casino Royale: Standard, slots, a lot of "asian" themed slots, and table games with a $10 minimum. The casino staff as always was friendly, and waiters were plentiful. Park Cafe: Limited lunch selection the day we had lunch it was salads top round beef and a variety of deserts, not too crowded in the Central Park area. Entertainment: The headliner Ronn Lucas was excellent, the One Sky a Cique de sol' knock was okay and the 90 minute "CATS" was a little boring and my wife and I did not get the premise of the show. Did not do the comedy club, the band was great. Debarkment: Fast, we were off the ship by 8:30 am and at Fort Lauderdale airport by 9:30am. OVERALL: It was a very relaxing cruise, as this was a Christmas break week 12/15 to 12/22/2019 week, the ship had a lot of families and children. The pool as never really that crowded. We stated on the ship as the ports of call were the been there done that! I am a cigar smoke and noted the smoke area on the pool deck 15 is shrinking.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Hello again - unlike previous posts about Royal Caribbean and the BIG ships (i.e. Oasis) this one has a little bit of a brighter side since the renovation. I hope i can answer everyone's questions. I will begin by saying we were ... Read More
Hello again - unlike previous posts about Royal Caribbean and the BIG ships (i.e. Oasis) this one has a little bit of a brighter side since the renovation. I hope i can answer everyone's questions. I will begin by saying we were on the Oasis in March 2019, and had the opportunity of boarding again Dec 1, 2019 (2 weeks into her maiden voyage since the big renovation). PROS Lets start with the renovations, the New Restaurant El Loco Fresh is on Deck 15 Aft – Serving pre-cooked wrapped in foil burritos (Steak and Chicken) beans, salsa, chips etc. On a scale of 1 – 10 I would give this a solid 8 for lunches or quick snack to hold you over. There is no charge at this venue. Check it out when you get on board. The Bionic Bar? Eh! Ok its cool to watch a Robot make your drink but honestly all I heard were passengers saying their drinks were a bit light on the Alcohol. But I am sure it’s a preference. Still cool to watch – located on the promenade deck by the elevators across from customer service counter. The On Air Bar has now been replaced with a Karaoke bar, to be honest I didn’t frequent this venue but it’s the same bar – different name – new venue The Belrose Bar (Across for the Karaoke) is a latin themed bar Lots of fun and the bartenders are extraordinary. Windjammer – well they changed up the venue a bit so you might want to read up on this, The Hand Washing stations (with the jell) have now been replaced with Water Hand washing stations, and there is an employee at the station ensuring a good wash. They also changed the Entrance and Exits – Which I think was a brilliant idea. So when you go into the windjammer you will enter on Deck 16 walk towards the windows overseeing the pool decks – at this point turn left or right and you will see the washing stations. Once you finished in the Windjammer you will exit the doors that Used to be the Entrance. Now for some passengers this was too much for them and they were complaining – the overall change is – you are walking the same path no additional footsteps. They also removed the Aft Food Serving stations in the Windjammer and opened up more seating – Great Idea as we didn’t have much of a wait to find an open table. Food hasn’t changed – however there was one evening it was all Asian themed – I don’t mind Asian Food – But there wasn’t much more to offset if that’s what you didn’t want. The Service level from the state-room attendants on down improved quite dramatically since departing our cruise in March 2019. Now I am sure it wasn’t because of all my previous post about service levels on big ships – I can however speculate that RCCL upped the Workers because of the Renovation and it being a 20th anniversary of the ship and 50th Anniversary for the Cruise line. I absolutely hope not – but that is my theory. Let’s hope they don’t move anyone, because as I aforementioned the service levels improved dramatically for the best. The new Slides on the Pool deck are pretty awesome – It looked like a great ride from top deck down to the pool deck – Pretty extraordinary feat of engineering. Smokers – The smoking area has shrunk a bit and sit-down table have been replaced with Small wood tables and (uncomfortable) wood stools. I get it folks – smokers are looked down upon – but are weakness is no different than any other society crutch. In any case it is what it is, Along with that they have increased the pool chairs and include little cabanas on the top deck – Very nice addition to those who are sun worshipers. Get there early! Casino – Machines - For those of you who like the casinos – I can assure you on a couple things – Machines are TIGHT – your best time of playing is the first day of sailing and the second to last day. If you win good money on the first night take the money and run. Also RCCL has incorporated new technology using your sea pass card – now you simply sit at a machine and if you need additional monies to play you tap your sea pass card and authorize funds transfer to your Room. Although the concept is good be aware there is no way to track what your spending until you review your invoice and this could be costly especially if your not keeping track. Card tables – We love to play 3 card poker but the minimum bet on the table after all bets down was $70 a hand – I get it your gambling but $70 a hand is a bit steep, not to mention there were only 2 card tables and we only had the opportunity to sit one time in 7 days. You would think that the popularity of the game would prompt more tables. But Hey – what do I know! The only CONS I still see on the Big Ship Casino Betting is a bit on the high end - but much like anything if people keep coming they won’t change much. The ability to use your sea pass card to charge to your room IMO is promoting gabling addictions and there is no way to see what your balance is until its too late. Need to work on the disembarking it’s still a bit chaotic Customer Service Counter is extremely - extremely slow I spent an hour in line and 80% of the people in front of me had complaints about the WIFI Internet - I still maintain they should have their own service area for this. The specially restaurants are bit over priced IMO and there is not much difference with the food from one restaurant to another The advantage of being a Diamond or above member doesn’t mean much anymore – I think RCCL can do more with their loyalty program The Shows are somewhat Eh! Seems like the same old routine Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Date fit our schedule plus free cruise offer from Casino Royale. We love the gym, shows, main, dining room, friendly, professional staff, clean staterooms and responsive staff to questions. I like the telephone number for our cabin ... Read More
Date fit our schedule plus free cruise offer from Casino Royale. We love the gym, shows, main, dining room, friendly, professional staff, clean staterooms and responsive staff to questions. I like the telephone number for our cabin steward. A nice touch. We went on the Escape Room challenge & had a blast with a family who were all very smart. Enjoyed Cafe Promenade & Sorrentos. It was nice to get a drink & snack any time we wanted it. My next cruise is on Symphony with one of my female friends. And after that I will be on Empress. I don’t mind smaller ships - as my name suggests: I am just happy to cruise. I consider it a privilege to jump on a ship & be pampered & never get tired of going. I could cruise every month & not tire of it. Every day is a new adventure! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Our third time with Royal and first time in Europe, over all is good experience and port intensive cruise only one sea day. Got to build in your own off time to make it enjoyable. We explore all of the ports on our own using Rick Steve ... Read More
Our third time with Royal and first time in Europe, over all is good experience and port intensive cruise only one sea day. Got to build in your own off time to make it enjoyable. We explore all of the ports on our own using Rick Steve guide. Most of the port are pretty easy to explore your own and is much cheaper if you on the budget. The ship is huge and with 5000 plus people doesn’t feel very crowed. Make sure book your shows and reserved your dinning even for my time dinning. We found 2 or 3 place we really like and keep going back every day to relax. My only complaint was the food at main dinning room was bad, they give you large quantities but poorly cook. Some night we feel buffet was better option. All of the staff work very hard try to make you feel comfortable. Entertainment staff are great, but you can only pick few you really want to do and enjoy. You will not have time to do everything. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated terminal C and after dropping off our cases we were on board the ship in less than 30 minutes from arriving at the terminal. Upon boarding, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly, which was a nice touch. As we were in an Aqua Suite, we headed up to the suite lounge, which is a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of boarding day. In the suite lounge, we were able to book a couple of shore excursions and signed up for a 3-night specialty dining package. One benefit of being in a suite is the use of the suite lounge which is open all day for snacks, drinks and table service in the Coastal Kitchen Restaurant which is incorporated into the lounge. We ate lunch in the Coastal Kitchen, which was delicious and then headed to our Aqua Suite no 14330. This was a very nice suite with a separate lounge and dining room and a bathroom with a full-sized bathtub. The balcony was split and to be honest I would have preferred one of the lower Aqua Suits with a wrap-around balcony. We did have some issues with a leak in our cabin, but the housekeeping and maintenance teams sorted that out very professionally. During the week the temperatures were very high, mainly around 30 degrees so it was quite tiring to walk anywhere off the ship. We stayed on board during the first two ports and enjoyed the ship. There is so much to see and do onboard, one review would not do it justice. Day 3 we took a tour which involved taking a ferry to a very picturesque island, the ferry took around half an hour to cross the bay but the walk from the ship to the ferry took longer, not an excursion for anyone with any walking difficulties. Next day we did an olive tasting tour, this I would highly recommend. A beautiful scenic drive through Tuscany and a visit to a farmhouse once owned by the brother of Napoleon, which today is an olive farm. At the last port of call, Naples, we walked off and not far from the port found a really nice restaurant and ate authentic Napali Pizza, just 4 Euro each for a large pizza. Whilst onboard there is so much entertainment going on, from Aqua SHows, Ice SHows, West End Style Theatre Shows, comedians and musicians as wella s Karaoke for those who like to entertain themselves. There are seven neighborhoods onboard the Oasis but we really liked Central Park and The Boardwalk. There is a vast choice of where to eat on board. You have of course Coastal Kitchen for Suite guests and the Windjammer buffet-style Restaurant, then for snacks, you have the Boardwalk Hot Dog Stand, Sorrentos Pizzaria, The Park Cafe and for Tapas you have Vintages Wine Bar. For dinner, you can choose the main dining room or plump for a specialty restaurant. You can choose from Izumi Japanese, Sabor Mexican, Choppes Grill Steakhouse, Giovanni's Table Italian or our favorite the 150 Central Park Bistro. All of these come with a supplement, but if you purchase a dining package you can get a good discount on the cover charges. I would have to say that the food on this cruise was about the best we have experienced on a cruise ship and the staff and service from every member of staff without exception was fantastic. We had the opportunity to meet the Captain and The Hotel Director and the ship, crew, food, and facilities are a credit to them. We had an awesome cruise holiday and can't wait to get back to what I think is our new favorite ship Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We wanted to experience a Mediterranean cruise with our daughter and son-in-law. I have long believed in the Royal Caribbean brand and, for the most part, they filled my expectations. The Oasis class of ships are the largest in the world ... Read More
We wanted to experience a Mediterranean cruise with our daughter and son-in-law. I have long believed in the Royal Caribbean brand and, for the most part, they filled my expectations. The Oasis class of ships are the largest in the world so the ship is beautiful and has a lot to offer. I also sailed on its sister ship, Allure, last year. Coincidentally, the same band, Centerpiece Band, performed on both sailings and they are outstanding. Very talented group and a lot of fun to perform with during the Live Band Karaoke activities. In terms of other entertainment, there was not a lot of activities and the theater shows were not as varied as they used to be. RCL's food quality however has declined since I first sailed with them over 15 years ago. It used to be that you could look forward to a high-end entrée in the Main Dining room every night culminating in Lobster Night on one of the Formal Nights. Not anymore...with all the Specialty Dining options that you have to pay extra for, the Main Dining Room food quality has definitely declined. Even at the Specialty restaurants, lobster is an extra fee on top of the extra you paid to dine there in the first place. Our stateroom was great as was our attendant. We have never experienced any issues with that. Our shower had a slow drip which was quickly fixed when we advised our attendant. We booked a Cinque Terre shore excursion through the ship that was cancelled due to rough sea conditions (it was a boat excursion). That happens, but had it not been for our daughter telling us that she received a cancellation notice in her stateroom the night before, we would never have known as they left us no notice. Furthermore, with technology available on the ship, it would be a lot more efficient and effective to do a Push Notification on the App as everyone is always carrying their cell phones with them. The Shore Excursion desk closed at 9pm so they would not help advise us on our alternatives until the next morning. Fortunately, we got some great advise from Guest Services on how to get to Cinque Terre via train. As it turned out, we spent less than 50 Euros to get there for the two of us versus the nearly 400 Euros for the Excursion! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
You could not ask for a better experience on a cruise than with the RC family. We are avid cruisers and from the Captain himself to the room attendants where outstanding! The food in every area was spot on and being in the entertainment ... Read More
You could not ask for a better experience on a cruise than with the RC family. We are avid cruisers and from the Captain himself to the room attendants where outstanding! The food in every area was spot on and being in the entertainment industry, the entertainment at every level was outstanding! The cabins where clean and always attended and the service for our rooms where outstanding. Our lady was so kind, charming, and always made us feel comfortable. The bar servers where also a highlight. They enjoyed conversation, they made your drinks just right and was very pleasant to deal with. The excursions where a tremendous highlight and the way the off boarding and boarding was seamless. We love the Mediterranean The Captain was very gracious and stopped to talk when I approached outside of meet and greet. The Senior officers also had no problem spending time talking about the ship and their sea experience. The food was delightful from the main dining to all the little places that we stopped at. Thank RC family for always watching over us! #workingyourmagic Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Well here I am again writing a review for the Oasis of the seas – Sadly nothing has changed for the RCCL Oasis Class Cruise Ships. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that writing about the experience may not be as ... Read More
Well here I am again writing a review for the Oasis of the seas – Sadly nothing has changed for the RCCL Oasis Class Cruise Ships. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that writing about the experience may not be as informative as identifying the short falls that seem to be plaguing these big cruise liners. So I have changed up the format a bit to “hopefully” provide a better insight. This was our 13th cruise with RCCL and I am sure the burning question is “why do we keep cruising with RCCL if there is so much pessimism in my reviews” – The answer is simple, we have been fortunate enough to sail on Six of the Eight Class Vessels and 12 of the 23 ships available in these classes. We have reached Diamond Status with Royal Caribbean and with these personal experiences we encountered on these ships we believe we can give a fair and impartial review. Although the Oasis Class Ships fall short of why we enjoy cruising with RCCL – there is still hope with the Freedom / Voyager and Vision Classes. So let’s begin, I will start with the Memorable Experiences, we were a group of 6 during this latest adventure and we generally seek out the Employee that we feel goes above and beyond. This varies from trip to trip – and could be anywhere on the ship. Our first few days on board was disheartening, the lack of Bar Tenders – Workers and the sincere lack of One on One Customer service and personal one on one communications was nowhere to be found. Sadly my wife and I went on this cruise knowing these short falls, however my brother – sister-in-law, Nephew and his fiancé were very discouraged as this was their first trip on the Oasis Class Ship. The crew was not the most personable compared to the Freedom and Voyage Class Ships. The crew seemed weathered, wore out and not very enthusiastic. I get it, these people are working around the clock nonstop day after day, dealing with all types of diversity etc. RCCL owns these issues as “IMO” RCCL is asking more from these people than RCCL “Company” can deliver. The Big Ships hold no comparison to the Freedom and Voyager Classes when it comes to customer service and one on one communications. Customer / Bar Service During our 7 Night Cruise we saw 3 Bartenders on the Pool Deck the whole week, needless to say although we received some service – Most of our drinks were self-Served at the bar. The casino was much worse where waiting for an Hour for a drink was the norm or not getting a drink at all, I actually ordered a drink from a wait staff member and ended up waiting 4 Hours (During this time I was up and down getting my own) Windjammer Nightly – No seating available, general wait time 15-20 minutes before sitting down, Lack of Workers to keep up with the Customer Demand. Dining Room Breakfast Waited 1 Hour for our breakfast – Half Cold – Half Missing and Half Wrong. To top it all off I order Eggs Benedict and the eggs were hard boiled. The Manager of the Breakfast Room told me quote “That is the way they are served” – I looked at him and said you’re kidding right? I was so dumbfounded that I just had to walk away before I said something as imprudent as he just did. Next Cruise Office Honestly – we were treated like children, we were treated like we had no idea what we were doing, One of the Employees that was helping us put a whole new meaning on the word condescending. Casino The Hostess were incredibly rude – condescending and most unprofessional we ever met, Pit Bosses? All they did the whole cruise was sit in the bull pen and talk to one another, a far cry from the Allure 3 months ago where all the pit bosses including the manager were very involved with passengers in the Casino. Bad for business IMO. With that here is what the Oasis Cruise Ship and other Big Liners are missing Customer Service Customer Care Professionalism Cruise Passenger Interaction The Basics that made them who they are With ANY company, bigger does not mean better, especially when your company relies on customer service and fun filled adventure, relax let us do it for you ect. I have a terrible feeling that RCCL and others like it are trying to race to the top with the biggest and best without any regards to what they are actually losing, In comparison to the Freedom / Vision Class Ships – We still maintain that the customer service is outstanding on the smaller ships. At least that is where we left it last we cruised with them. We will know in about a year whether that still stands but for now. Because of our status and offers we have received from RCCL we will be on board the Oasis in December 2019 – Between now and then I do plan on writing letters to corporate with the hopes that things can improve. Look me up late December as I will be sure to write another review. Note: We are not looking for anything – kickbacks etc. We are simply trying to point out that RCCL Oasis Class Ships are missing what we love about cruising – The one on one personal interaction, we do not expect anyone in any field to wait on us hand and foot – that is not the type of people we are, we don’t expect special privileges. We are just pointing out that our concern is that the seasoned cruisers can see what’s missing. We still stay loyal to Royal – just hoping they can get back to the basics. Happy / Safe Sailing Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines. We've docked next to Oasis of the Seas and added this ship to our cruise bucket list. We are new empty-nesters and decided to take our first vacation in a long ... Read More
My wife and I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines. We've docked next to Oasis of the Seas and added this ship to our cruise bucket list. We are new empty-nesters and decided to take our first vacation in a long time. We booked Oasis, and we are beyond glad that we did! What an amazing ship! It is extremely clean. Wanda in housekeeping, did an immaculate job keeping our room clean and tidy.She was so friendly and really made our vacation special. We had an ocean view room on the 9th floor. The window was huge, and it allowed us to look out and see the beautiful water and ports. All of the shows were outstanding! Our favorites included "Come Fly with Me", the aqua show, and the ice show. We were never bored. In fact, we were exhausted by the end of the day from all of the activities that we did. Food - All of the food was delicious! The MDR service was great, but even the food in Windjammer exceeded our expectations. Yes, it is a buffet, but it was tasty and uniquie every day. You will definitely want to try Sabor, the Mexican cantina on the ship. It was the best Mexican food we've ever had. Try the margaritas and the guacamole was delicious! Embarkation/Debarkation - Quick and easy. The whole process took about 25 to 30 minutes each time. Port Canaveral does an amazing job moving over 6,000 people quickly. The 7-nights went by quickly and we can't want to check out another Oasis-class ship soon! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. ... Read More
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. This year we chose early dining and our server Vaibhav and asst Claire at table 564 in Grand DR were outstanding. The American Icon for breakfast and lunch was always impressive. Windjammer was chaotic at times but well managed. We even tried Johnny Rockets for a fun lunch but opted not to try other optional restaurants. Arrival at Port Canaveral was again the most organized port we've ever experienced - kudos to all the helpful staff there. We chose a Boardwalk balcony - 10329 and it proved to be spectacular- offering both views of the ocean along with the Aqua Theater events. Highly recommended especially if you like an aft view. Once again the entertainment was very enjoyable everywhere except we avoided Cats after being disappointed last year. This massive ship offers such a variety of acts and venues. Glad to see that smoking is being very restricted. Crazy ridiculous drink prices are very evident even with highly promoted packages. Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten were good stops that still displayed the horrific hurricane damage from 2017. They're still trying to recover especially in St. Maarten. Disembarkation was organized considering well over 6000 pax. We opted to self-disembark. Overall a great experience despite such a large ship. Anxious to see what the Oasis two month refurb this fall will have to offer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My wonderful boyfriend had been on a cruise previously and was excited to be part of this adventure with me. It was my first time on a cruise. You do not have to get off the ship for anything! The food was delicious! the crew was friendly ... Read More
My wonderful boyfriend had been on a cruise previously and was excited to be part of this adventure with me. It was my first time on a cruise. You do not have to get off the ship for anything! The food was delicious! the crew was friendly and professional! the cabin overlooking central park was spotless and romantic! we could hear live music every day from the balcony or our cabin! The entertainment on the most part was excellent! except for Cats (which was boring!!). In the main dining room our wait team were friendly and accommodating as we don't eat meat or shellfish. They went the extra mile to make us feel at home!Thanks to Christopher and Tarin!!!( and the extra delicious bread daily!!) Even though there were 6000 other passengers it never felt crowded or hectic on the cruise! We always could find a place to sit by the pool or deck or dining areas at breakfast and lunch! The week previous to our departure from Port Canaveral, unfortunately the Oasis of the sea passengers were in an outbreak due to the norovirus!! When we arrived we were extremely impressed in how it seemed that all preventative measures had been taken to prepare for us. The whole week the crew went out of there way to keep the passengers healthy with sanitizer at every venue, restaurant and store! I work in healthcare and was impressed!!! My only other complaint was the coffee!!!Thank goodness for Starbucks on sale on the Royal Promenade deck! Can you not improve your coffee???!!! Many of us love a good cup of coffee a couple times a day! Our off shore experience with the Nassau glass bottom boat was not worth the money! The speaker system was horrible and you could hardly see anything where they stopped to look thru the bottom! By the way the rum punch seemed watered down as well.Oasis of the Sea if you have kick backs I think it is time you found a better company! All in all it was a fantastic week! Thanks to everyone that made our time enjoyable! Warm regards, A and P Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail on one of RCI’s “Big Ones” and we only wanted three ports so we would have more time at sea to relax. The ship is awesome. Very well laid out. Although there were over 6,000 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail on one of RCI’s “Big Ones” and we only wanted three ports so we would have more time at sea to relax. The ship is awesome. Very well laid out. Although there were over 6,000 passengers we never felt crowded. We chose the dining that allowed us to eat at our discretion rather than choosing to eat at the same time and table every night. Our food and service were exceptional! I’ve been on almost 30 cruises and this ship nailed it in the dining/service category! We made reservations before we boarded and that saved us a lot of time waiting in line. We liked the Solarium area to relax and use the hot tub. Most of the time we could find two chairs there with no problem. It’s quiet and relaxing. Also, there is a Buffet there that doesn’t get too busy so that was very convenient. We went to two shows: “Come Fly With Me” and the Aqua show. Both were great. The comedy show was also great so all the shows we went to were well worth our time. We’re not “Cats” fans so did not go to that. We chose the Wave Runner excursion in Labadee and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide spent 15 minutes going through a safety video and making sure everyone was on board with the rules. On the water we had a blast!! I would highly recommend this tour. Labadee is very well laid out and has many different areas to spend your day in. The buffet on the beach was typical (burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken) but it was all good. Our cabin (#11278) was a standard balcony cabin. Arlene was our attendant and she was super!! Very friendly and efficient. FYI there are no outlets by the bed to charge your phone, as a matter of fact there was only one outlet in the cabin (not including the bathroom) and it was located on the desk. It was laid out fine and there is ample space If you use all the cabinets. Tyne only issue was the hair dryer was very weak. Of course, the cruise was badly affected when 500 people contracted the noroviris. We knew something was up when we went to the Windjammer for breakfast and everything was being served by crew members. We couldn’t even get our own water or butter. And the time and effort it took to clean and sanitize a table after someone left was considerable. In the dining room, the servers would sanitize the salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowl and the butter bowl. We arrived in Jamaica that morning and we sat there for about six hours before the captain decided to leave. He made an initial announcement about the delay about two hours after we arrived and made a few more before the big announcement and also that we were leaving. It was during this time he announced people had gotten sick from norovirus. Unfortunately there are many people who come on cruises knowing they’re sick and yet do nothing to stop it from spreading from themselves to others. So many people got sick and it could have been prevented by simple hand washing and practicing good hygiene. The norovirus was and is not the fault of the cruise line. It’s caused by people who don’t care about others. I felt RCI did a great job to try and contain the spread of the norovirus and seemed to have a plan in place from the onset. I commend them for the job they did. I know it doesn’t help those who got sick because their cruise was ruined but I feel it needs to be said that the cruise line did all they could. On the critical side of the review... We were unhappy with our couples massage. They asked us what we wanted and where they needed to focus but they still just did what they normally do. We felt like they didn’t really listen. Massages on the ship aren’t cheap so it would be nice to have them pay closer attention to the answers you give them at the beginning. We were disappointed that the free ice cream was only offered for a limited time during the day. We felt it should have been available until midnight for us late night snackers. Speaking of which, the food choices overall, outside the dining room and buffet after 8:00 pm were extremely limited. The pizza was good but if we didn’t want pizza all you had left to choose from were desserts and petite sandwiches that didn’t look very appealing, at the Cafe Promenade. I feel they could easily improve in that area. Overall we were very happy with the cruise, aside from the norovirus issue. We would definitely recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This is my 3rd cruise with RCCL and my 6th overall. This was by far the best one. I was worried about being on such a big ship with 6000 passengers as I have only been on smaller ships before. It was never a issue. There is always ... Read More
This is my 3rd cruise with RCCL and my 6th overall. This was by far the best one. I was worried about being on such a big ship with 6000 passengers as I have only been on smaller ships before. It was never a issue. There is always something to do and we were never bored. I had read the reviews about the ship being old and showing its age, Not true. It was not brand new but was well maintained and clean. The staff were all professional and we never had a issue. We stayed in a junior suite and it was much more comfortable then we were used to. Only issue we had was we were not able to have dinner in the Coastal Kitchen that suite guest could use. By the time we tried to get in it was already reserved for the cruise. Not a big deal the main dinning room was great. The entertainment on the ship was top rate. Cats was excellent and the diving show is something not to miss. I read lots of negative reviews of this ship and I don't see what people are complaining about. I work in a service industry and know hard it is to please some people and RCCL are great. No matter what you do some people will not be happy. I recommend this cruise for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Royal Caribean has by the far the best ships for most adult travelers! Their shows are professional every night and you would pay hundreds to see them otherwise! Whether it is the ice shows, the broadway shows or the water shows, they ... Read More
Royal Caribean has by the far the best ships for most adult travelers! Their shows are professional every night and you would pay hundreds to see them otherwise! Whether it is the ice shows, the broadway shows or the water shows, they absolutely professional and fantastic! Their food and service are excellent and their prices are affordable. BUT, if you like to social ballroom dance as we amateurs do, Royal Caribbean is definitely NOT for you! We now only take Cunard or Costa ships as they are designed for ballroom dancing of every kind including lessons, bands, singers and floortime every night all night! Both also have excellent food and service, beautiful ships and decent shows. By the way, Holland has carpeted over many of the dance floors on their ships and Celebrity has publicly posted they will no longer cater to ballroom dancers. Why bother with other ships if you are wanting to dance every night?! It is so wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
When we saw CATS was being performed on this ship, we had to book this cruise. It's been 30 years since we've seen CATS on Broadway and in Toronto, and it was every bit as good on the Oasis of the Seas. We saw it twice! In ... Read More
When we saw CATS was being performed on this ship, we had to book this cruise. It's been 30 years since we've seen CATS on Broadway and in Toronto, and it was every bit as good on the Oasis of the Seas. We saw it twice! In general, Royal Caribbean spared no expense--great performers, choreography and technical effects--on all the shows onboard. We also especially enjoyed the ice show (with the Russian sand artist) and the aqua show. This was our (two adults, late 60s/early 70s) first cruise with Royal Caribbean and we thank all the Cruise Critic reviewers for their input, especially the information that advance reservations are needed for shows and dining. We had most things arranged three months in advance and are glad we did, at least for the peace of mind knowing we would see/do what we wanted. I've got to say we missed the spontaneity of past cruises, however on Oasis-class ships scheduling ahead is a must. We chose a good time to go--right after the holiday when most school-age children were back in school and not onboard, so we experienced no child-related issues. The only additional-cost specialty dining we reserved was the $20/pp "First Night Done Right" to ensure we would not run late for our first CATS performance. It was our best meal on board--at 150 Central Park (chosen for us), where we had the chateubriand for two and great service. We ate one night at the Solarium Bistro, where food was good but service was lackluster. Our dinners were rounded out by two nights at the American Icon Grill dining room (one night so bad I ate two bites of the mushy "crab" cake, sent my undercooked ravioli back and ordered a salad instead--though service was great) and a few dinners at the Windjammer (most mediocre, however they put on quite an impressive spread the last night). We also ate lunches and breakfasts at Windjammer, lunch at the Dog House (really enjoyed the German sausage) and breakfasts at Johnny Rockets (good, but slow service) and the Park Cafe. We purchased online, before we left, a soft-drinks (with Voom internet--pretty good reception and speed, overall) and two specialty-coffee packages. We sure never went hungry or thirsty (bartenders and restaurants were always willing to provide soda if a machine was not readily available). Pizza, pastries and sandwiches were always available at no additional charge. Service was, in general, excellent. Our steward, servers and all staff we met were pleasant and helpful. We never had to go to Guest Services other than to get extra tip envelopes. Especially impressive was the system used to let passengers into the Windjammer Buffet: if it was busy, a line was formed and we were escorted to a table when it became available. (The line ran smoothly and quickly with staff radioing each other for information--and we did not have to search aimlessly for a table.) We loved the peacefulness and atmosphere of Central Park (our cabin was on the same deck), as well as stopping to enjoy its solo and duo (piano, string) entertainment. Activities, of course, were geared to a more-active, family crowd. For that reason, we booked our one excursion through an off-ship source. Labadee, too, did not offer much over a beach chair and barbecue to us (most activities were pay-for). It was necessary to take the tram to get around Labadee (and a map would have been appreciated, maybe included with the Compass newsletter). We were glad a barbecue was set up in each area. Would we sail an Oasis-class ship again? Absolutely, because it offers entertainment and a visual experience smaller ships cannot. Would we go out of our way to book a smaller Royal Caribbean ship? Probably not, because the food and activities--for us--were no better than other comparable lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We went on an eastern Caribbean cruise. We had a wonderful time overall, but we were both disappointed with the food in the mdr, the windjammer and the solarium. It was just okay or not really good at all. We ate several of our meals in ... Read More
We went on an eastern Caribbean cruise. We had a wonderful time overall, but we were both disappointed with the food in the mdr, the windjammer and the solarium. It was just okay or not really good at all. We ate several of our meals in the specialty restaurants. We ate at Chops, Giovanni's and 150 Central Park. All three were delicious and had great service. Our two favorites were Giovanni's and 150 Central Park. Our room steward, Laverne was absolutely wonderful. She always has a smile for you. She has a very wonderful attitude and added to our whole experience. The casino is a lot of fun, but those slot machines like to giveth and taketh away. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and ... Read More
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and beautiful with violin and piano music at night. There are so many choices of venues for breakfast and lunch, that we never felt crowded, but you need to do your homework beforehand or you may miss them. Now at the moment, the Solarium Restaurant up on deck 15 is now complimentary dining for breakfast, lunch, AND Dinner. Dinner is unique in that the appetizers and deserts are buffet style, while the main entrée is cooked to order. Warning -the choices do not change nightly, but with grilled shrimp, chicken kabob and an absolutely tender and delicious New York Strip, you will not be disappointed. And the setting is peaceful. Another sometimes forgotten gem is the Wipeout Café for breakfast. Yes, it is small, but uncrowded with fresh cooked to order omelets. Don’t forget to visit Park Café, especially if you love steamship round of beef sandwiches..well there are just so many places to get free food! We love to dance and on Oasis there are also many dance venues beginning with DAZZLES the beautiful bi-level venue with live band nightly playing music from the 50’s to present. Boleros, the Blaze, the Solarium on some nights (last two with DJs). Have never seen so many people dancing as on this ship. BUT all venues the music was too loud, even with earplugs, which I highly recommend. IF it is listed and you like Dixieland, don’t miss the Oasis orchestra on the Boardwalk with their Dixeland concert. Do plan ahead and book your shows in advance, you do not want to miss any of them, especially Come Fly With Me - so exciting, unique and entertaining. I know CATS is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the talent was superb. The Aqua show and ice show did not disappoint BUT be ready for possible disappointment as rough seas can nix the performances. Another plus for me was that you could actually find places where there was no music during the morning or afternoon. I love music, but I don’t need it constantly. We found all the staff friendly with a fun Activity staff….especially if you have a smile on your face, everybody else seem to brighten up. My wife and I love cruising when we can and walk on with a smile and 99% of the time walk off with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise and ship because of the amenities, suites and ports for this particular sailing. We were in suite 1701, Owners Panoramic suite and IT WAS PERFECT. Very spacious, hot tub on the deck....could not have asked for more. ... Read More
We chose this cruise and ship because of the amenities, suites and ports for this particular sailing. We were in suite 1701, Owners Panoramic suite and IT WAS PERFECT. Very spacious, hot tub on the deck....could not have asked for more. Outstanding views of both sea and ship was beautiful. Sailing over Halloween was a blast. Already booked for next year but trying the Harmony Our Royal Genie was good. We did have some issues but it was rectified. We took a shore excursion, we went to St Thomas and St Maarten, to a rum factory...really not worth the 100.00. Formal nights were beautiful. I’m one of those I don’t care what people think and have read a lot of reviews saying people didn’t really dress up. I’m glad I didn’t listen because there were lines of people waiting in formal pictures...the formal dining room was packed with evening gowns and people even still had them on at thhe shows. I’ll say that having star class amenities was WELL WORTH IT. eating whenever and wherever we want...drinking whatever we want...room service whenever we want and whatever we want.....it’s a perk you’ll love. It definitely spoils you. We had no children with us but for some reason review would not complete without saying yes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I've only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean and like the larger ships such as Freedom, but had never been on the Oasis or larger. Had heard great things about the Oasis, but was disappointed. Good stuff - embarkation was smooth ... Read More
I've only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean and like the larger ships such as Freedom, but had never been on the Oasis or larger. Had heard great things about the Oasis, but was disappointed. Good stuff - embarkation was smooth once we finally were allowed to get into the parking lot, although we had to wait for customs clearance which is probably why parking was an issue. Cabin was nice size although if you can't climb over a bathtub to get into the shower you will struggle. Staff were great and always helpful and accommodating. Ice show was great as always and the comedian was very funny. Loved central park which was usually almost empty. The outdoor area for movies was good, but would have liked to see movies on there every night instead of periodically as they were. Disembarkation was very smooth. Disappointing - RC can't control weather and we did have some choppy seas, but at the same time if you're on a ship shouldn't the entertainment be able to withstand the weather conditions? Oasis of Dreams was cancelled on our night due to weather so was rescheduled for 5:30 while docked in Jamaica so had to come back early to see the show and it wasn't as impressive without the dramatic lights against the night sky. Cats was also cancelled that night because of the weather. Come Fly with Me was cancelled on our night due to illness of one person. Stayed in Headliner show for about 10 mins then left. Cabin was on 9th floor aft and fortunately we're able to walk because elevators usually flew past without stopping or were so full we couldn't get on. Junior Suite "perk" is the Coastal Kitchen which we reserved only 1 night and as someone mentioned in a previous blog, if you have a Junior Suite key you can't open the door and instead have to knock and wait until someone comes and opens the door to let you in! We went on lobster night and had to wait a long time because they ran out of lobster - when we finally got the butter poached lobster in champagne dressing we were very disappointed in the size and the taste and of course by the time we got out Windjammer (which also has lobster) was closed! Main dining room food for dinner was not as good as on previous cruises and was usually warm at best. Shops were very disappointing unless you were looking for a new handbag then you'll be in heaven - at least 3 handbag stores! We did get to relax on the cruise, which is what we were looking for, but definitely prefer Freedom class over Oasis class. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Hey all! I am Channing, and I travelled with my boyfriend Shawn. Both early to mid 30s, from California. We have cruised Carnival twice and Princess once, so this was our first time on Royal. We originally booked a south pacific cruise ... Read More
Hey all! I am Channing, and I travelled with my boyfriend Shawn. Both early to mid 30s, from California. We have cruised Carnival twice and Princess once, so this was our first time on Royal. We originally booked a south pacific cruise out of Sydney but unfortunately, couldn't make it happen, so we opted for this cruise that looked really fun, and was easier on the budget. Shawn's mom lives near Orlando, so we were able to spend a few days with her pre-cruise. We spent most of our time lounging by the pool of her complex, and spent a day at a waterpark in Daytona! We also spent one afternoon picking up any last minute items we needed for the cruise (we are VERY light packers, especially when flying!). Sunday morning she was nice enough to drive us down to Port Canaveral and see us off. We arrived at the port about 1130, and we waited about 15 minutes for the security lines to open up for us "peasants", as Shawn would say. Once it opened up it went very quickly and the entire process was a piece of cake! We were on board, first drink in hand by 1230! Thoughts on the Ship: I loved it! I really appreciated the different neighborhoods and how they made the ship feel less crowded. We rarely waited for anything (but, we go out of our way to avoid the busy areas when they're the most popular). Shawn felt like it was too much like a city, but that's kind of what i liked about it. Stateroom: 4D Oceanview Balcony, room 9662. Midship Starboard. Great room! Very clean, bed was on the closet side. So quiet! We did hear the occasional chair shuffle from nearby balconies, but that was only if we were also outside. Shower is very small, but the glass doors are a nice touch, as opposed to those darn human-attacking curtains on Carnival! Our stateroom attendant was pleasant and worked very hard. We saw her every day. Dining: We thought the food was good throughout, with a couple of standout meals at Chops, Izumi and Giovannis. Buffet was just that...buffet food. Not overly hot or cold, but everything we ate had a good flavor and ok quality. We thought the dining room was good, but I felt it declined slightly as the week went on. Our first meal (really great) there was much better than our last, but not bad by any means. Service was always excellent. We opted for My Time Dining, and while we never waited for dinner, when we were getting seated it always seemed very clustered and overwhelming, People coming in, leaving, carts or trays of food and plates being carried in and out...just very hectic. But that was only close to the door, once we got inside and seated it was much more relaxing. Service was also pretty quick, dinner never took over an hour and a half, and even that was a longer dinner than most. I should note that we tend to be scarfers.. .many times the waiter would come back and be amazed we had finished so fast (which I didn't really think was THAT fast, but maybe it was?) We got a 3 night dining package as well. To make the most of specialty dining, Shawn and I usually share 3 or 4 appetizers and get and entrée each, and sometimes one to share. Giovannis was great. Awesome, quaint atmosphere. Food was spectacular, and portions were big. Izumi was really great as well. We only went for the sushi, as we have done teppanyaki a bunch at home (super fun if you've never been, and more food than you can imagine). We got the sashimi platter and it was the biggest cuts of fish I have ever seen in a restaurant. The nigiri pieces and rolls were normal sized and everything tasted amazing. We ordered sake as well, and it had an interesting flavor that we just tolerated. The sake was also brownish, so Shawn thinks the added flavor may have been nutmeg or something similar. Overall a great meal. Chops was our absolute favorite! My filet was so tender and juicy. Shawn got the rack of lamb. The menu stated it came with a mint sauce, but he couldn't taste any mint, but still enjoyed it very much. He also said they had the best key lime pie he's ever had. whaaa???!!! Activities: Lots of fun stuff to do at almost all times of day. Get to trivia earlyyyy!! We ended up standing for quite a few, and we got there 10-15 minutes before the game. All the game shows and silly contests were a blast, very entertaining. The flowrider is super cool, but harder than it looks! The casino is always one of our favorite spots, but we really need to remember that we only win on night one! The ice show was spectacular...i was not expecting a lot of the tricks and spins that the performers were able to do, amazing. CATS was also really great! Shawn is a theater major, and has seen Cats a few other times, but as a first timer, i really enjoyed it. The performers were flawless. I will say it's a little hard to follow at first, but stick it out, because it only gets better as the show goes on. Must see! Service: All the members of our waitstaff (in every venue) were so attentive and took a lot of care in our meal. Our room attendant was great, and really everyone we came accross during our week was friendly and smiling. We never waited more than a couple minutes for a drink at any bar, and we did see a lot of servers around the casino (and a few by the pool but not many for the area). Our ports were Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. We have done cruise ship excursions before (only a couple), and we really prefer to do things on our own or book seperately from the ship. In Labadee, of course, this is impossible, so we just went off ship to check out the port, get a trinket (or 7... the marketplace was not fun. VERY pushy salesman that will not take no for an answer), and dip our toes in the caribbean for the first time this trip. We didnt even eat in port because it was a buffet and the line was...roughly 6000 people long. We will not seek out to stop here again, as we enjoy seeing some local culture in our ports, and this was just the cruise ship on land. Jamaica was awesome! We took a small shuttle van to Montego for $20 each round trip. It took us to a nice little resort area with a ton of beach, a pumpin' bar vibe, and it was on this main drag of REAL jamaica, where we were able to get some authentc jerk chicken. YES! We have been dreaming of that lunch since we left, and we tried to duplicate it for dinner last night, but it wasnt even close. Jamaicans were incredibly friendly and helpful, and while Shawn got asked to try/take/buy pot about 7 times throughout the day, it wasnt a big deal because when we say no thanks, they just say "no problem, mon" and it's all good! Cozumel was so beautiful. Shawn had low expectations (we've been to Mexico a few times before, so he wasnt super excited for ANOTHER stop there), but Cozumel was really great. We had arranged for a glass bottom boat snorkel tour through trip advisor for only $30 each (the same tour through Royal was $90 per person, but im sure that included lunch as well). We walked to a hotel just outside the port area and met a lady outside with the company's logo - SafeTours Cozumel. She greeted us (by name!), and then told us we could go and enjoy the hotel amenities by the beach or pool until our excursion started. After about 20 minutes she gathers us and TWO other people to take us to the dock. That's right...4 people on this excursion...seriously! The crew on the boat were excellent. Fun, funny, helpful, knowledgeable, and it was obvious they cared about their job and what they do. They're called SafeTours because they take extra precautions to protect and rehabilitate the reefs in the area...so cool. The crew was able to dive much deeper than we could, and got lots of really up close pictures that they promised to send us via email. They also handed out beers, soda, waters as needed, and even made me a makeshift margarita. Highly reccomend these guys! After our snorkeling adventure, we set out to find a real Mexican lunch. We ventured downt the street a little further, and ran into Ernesto's Fajitas. We, sillily, asked our server what he would recommend here, and he quickly pointed to the entire page of fajitas. Ok then! A mexican lunch wouldnt be complete without a shot of tequila to seal the deal. Lunch was delicious and our table was in the open air restaurant that overlooked the bay. Overall, we really enjoyed this Royal ship, and while we did A LOT on board, we still didnt get to do it all. We will most likely book with Royal again, but possibly on a smaller ship. Super fun, jam packed with adventure! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We travelled from England UK and had a lovely honeymoon on this ship but I will say things that could be improved also. The ship is a marvellous creation. It is impressive how it has been designed. Before the cruise I notified Royal ... Read More
We travelled from England UK and had a lovely honeymoon on this ship but I will say things that could be improved also. The ship is a marvellous creation. It is impressive how it has been designed. Before the cruise I notified Royal Caribbean that it was our honeymoon. I was a little disappointed that no nice little gestures i.e bottle of champagne/chocolates/petals had been put in our room as most hotels do. What Royal Caribbean did offer was for us to go to a honeymooners club and get complimentary champagne and meet other honeymooners at 11.30 am (prime sunbathing time). Well considering we already had a drinks package that was no good to us and why would we want to meet strangers?? This was a bit poor and sneaky of them and something personal would have been a lovely touch. (if you did want champagne etc I was told you have to pay but i will get on to the money grabbing bit). Getting on the ship was a bit of a hassle. Waiting round in the port and getting off took ages it was all a bit of a faff. Also getting off at the first port Nassau was a nightmare but we learned to wait until most people had already disembarked before we made our way off at the next 2 ports. My problem with the ship was it was too crowded. Queuing for breakfast at the windjammer (until we realised we could get breakfast in the solarium which was so much quieter). Queuing for dinner also and for the zip line etc. The most noticeable part of how busy the ship was is the pools. They are literally jam packed on a sea day. And there is a few of them but they were all heaving. Also the nightclub Dazzles was always full we could never get a seat. The central park area was my favourite. So gorgeous and peaceful if you want to get away from the crowds. It took us about six days to actually realise we hadn't seen certain bars/restaurants as the ship is so big. We bought a deluxe drinks package and that really was well worth the money. Everything was included, wine/beer/cocktails/champagne in the special champagne bar (under $15) pop, water and Spirits. I can not fault that. Great cocktails also. The food was always 5 star. I cant understand how anyone can complain about it. The buffets were great so much choice for everyone. We only ever ate at them for breakfast and lunch. The main dining room was brilliant also. Never had a bad meal. We had one meal in 150 central park which was also great for a change. All the staff gave 100% service in the buffet and the main dining room. We liked Mario (Area 135 American Icon) He was a lovely man. We never kept the same seat in the main dining room. Sometimes the service was a bit slow ordering drinks and waiting but the staff all do work so hard to do their best for you. The menu was great lots of choice and always different. I felt like even though we were all inclusive you have to be careful or RC will rinse you. They try and add a daily tip per person to your account but I felt this was awful. Us British have always tipped as and when we get service so we took it off and tipped ourselves as it should be done. $11 to watch a film on the TV... Really?! Paying for gym classes!! and then tips come onnnnn. The excursions were all very expensive, we found it cheaper to go out on our own. Its easy and there are taxis at every port waiting for you. All very safe too as the ships docking is how these islands make money. They have people on the ship taking random pictures. These packages are also pretty expensive. Didn't do any shopping on the ship as they were mainly designer shops and expensive. Speciality restaurants are extra cost (you dont actually really need them as the standard food is so good). Internet was ...wait for it ...$19.99 for ONE day!! That should be free. I wouldnt even mind if it was like $3 a day but to charge $19.99 is robbery. That is for basic speed also.There was a high speed one for about $30 a day. Our cabin was lovely gorgeous ocean view and quite spacious. We were in 8558 and our room attendant Tut was just fabulous. The room was just done up as if by magic whenever we left and come back. He made cute towel animals also with googly eyes which was nice. You could feel the ship moving now and then but overall it was pretty smooth. I get sea sick but never on this. The only show we did was Ice skating it was phenomenal. Never seen such talent before. We wanted to see the aqua show but couldn't get booked in. Making the reservation for 150 central park restaurant was easy. We did the Zip line and flow rider, bit of a queue but good fun. The ports were Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten. St Thomas was my favourite it was like paradise and the people were so welcoming. In St Thomas we went to Coki beach (in a taxi) and snorkelled it was beautiful. The best snorkelling spot. Loads of tropical fish shallow. In St Maarten we went to Maho beach again in a taxi where the planes come in low to land, what a great experience. In Bahamas we stayed local and walked to Junkanoo beach. It was nice but not as nice as the others. RC try and get people to shop at every port. They obviously get some sort of commission for sending passengers into the local shops but there is more to holidays than diamond shopping at every port (if you can afford it)! I probably wouldn't do another cruise anytime soon as I prefer land holidays and not sure I would go with RC again as they are a bit greedy $$ but I would recommend the ports. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Royal Caribbean set a decent standard for future cruises (while on the ship). The ship was clean and had high end finishings; I However, the cruise check-in staff at Port Canaveral were rude and uncaring. As a first time cruiser, I was ... Read More
Royal Caribbean set a decent standard for future cruises (while on the ship). The ship was clean and had high end finishings; I However, the cruise check-in staff at Port Canaveral were rude and uncaring. As a first time cruiser, I was unsure of where to go and what to do and I found myself being barked at by employees on multiple occasions. On the ship everything was smooth sailing. I enjoyed the many activities that the cruise offered, but I’d like to see more late night activities, as there was nothing to do after midnight besides eating pizza. The dining experience was by far my best experience. My servers Komang and Eri were nothing short of spectacular. They provided stellar service. The dining menu offered various food choices, all of which I found delicious. The show “Cats” was absolutely horrific. I was put to sleep after the first 15 minutes of the show. I would not recommend this show. More than half of the audience filed out of the show at intermission and didn’t return. It was by far one of the worst activities on the boat. Overall, besides the terrible check-in experience at Port Canaveral, I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise. The excursion tours were thrilling and exciting. I would like to see the check-in issues resolved in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, but when my boyfriend told me that he has never been on a cruise before, I knew nothing less than the Oasis of The Seas would do, especially since we were celebrating his 50th birthday. The ship ... Read More
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, but when my boyfriend told me that he has never been on a cruise before, I knew nothing less than the Oasis of The Seas would do, especially since we were celebrating his 50th birthday. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. The stateroom which was over-looking central park was gorgeous!!! It was spacious and well laid out. I will say that the shore excusions are hit or miss. The worst was St. Martin. We did a scenic tour and it was horrible. I understand that the islands got hit by a hurricane, but what we saw was people living in shipping containers, and tents. The service we received was a 10!!! From the cabin attendant to our waiters in the main dining room. Overall, I would rate my vacation as a 9!!! The food, cabin, ship and entertainment was outstanding and will definitely be cruising with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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 3.9
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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