473 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

This was my first cruise, and my husband's second. It is the opposite of the kind of vacation we usually take, and I had no idea what to expect. A professional group I'm part of decided on this cruise, so there we were. I'm ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and my husband's second. It is the opposite of the kind of vacation we usually take, and I had no idea what to expect. A professional group I'm part of decided on this cruise, so there we were. I'm afraid that now I'm a convert! We had such a good time. We chose a large interior stateroom, and found it to have more than enough space for the two of us. There were lots of little shelves, and drawers, and more than enough closet space, so we managed to lead a mostly organized life for the week. The room was spotless every time we came back to it. The showers aren't large, but there was excellent water pressure and plenty of hot water. Our steward was fabulous - I managed to irritate an old shoulder injury by snorkeling and scuba diving, and he made sure I always had ice and ziploc bags. I assumed we would spend a few evenings eating at the specialty restaurants, but we never made it out of our dinners in the Main Dining Room. We were sitting with a great group of people, and the waitstaff were amazing - hysterical, attentive, very helpful. The culinary staff went above and beyond to attend (creatively!) to the dietary restrictions of several people at the table. We had such a good time we never managed to try anything else at dinner! We alternated breakfasts between room service and the Windjammer. We did have one day that our room service came more than half an hour late, so arrived while we were literally walking out the door for our early shore excursion. We grabbed a few pastries and sent it back. Later that day we received a note of apology along with some chocolate covered strawberries, so I really felt like they tried to make the best of it. We spent our evenings either in Jazz on 4 or the Schooner for the most part. The jazz band was top notch, and the classic cocktail menu in the Schooner was top shelf ;) Very nice! We also spent the time before dinner several evenings listening to a lovely violin/piano duo in Central Park. We had one shore excursion cancelled due to bad weather, but the other two went as planned. We went with a Discover Scuba Diving excursion in St. Thomas run by Underwater Safari, and I can't say enough good things about them. Great first experience with scuba, tons of personalized attention, and a lot of time to enjoy the day. The group I traveled with had seminars on the three sea days, and the conference space was very nicely set up. AV equipment worked as expected, lots of coffee and danishes, and quiet enough that it was easy to hear our speaker. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our first cruise. Therefore we went thru a travel agent to make sure everything would go smooth and be planned. We chose The Oasis of the Seas due to the reputation and it being a large ship. We had been told in the past that ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Therefore we went thru a travel agent to make sure everything would go smooth and be planned. We chose The Oasis of the Seas due to the reputation and it being a large ship. We had been told in the past that the food was awesome. However, this wasn't our experience. The food was awful. I ordered a steak in the dining hall and it just didn't look like a steak at all. The consistency was mushy to say the least. After that dinner, we resorted to going to the Wind Jammer buffet. Again, the food wasn't great, some was cold, others were greasy. Day to day the selection didn't change much. Due to size of the ship, it took alot of time to check on when dining places were open as they would have scattered hours. So if you find something you like, make sure to know where it is and the hours it is open. I asked about the fabulous desserts and seafood that everyone raves about, and never found them. Until we went to one of the pay restaurants, at that time we experienced a good meal and a great dessert. This is the one we had in the 7 days. If you choose to go on this ship, pay for the upscale restaurants. We also had booked shows before the trip as instructed. However, when it comes down to the shows, anyone can go, and you who reserved in advance will have NO where to sit and have to stand for the show. For example, the water show. We also had a bad experience with guest services. I had cancelled my drink package on the second day of the cruise and it took 5 attempts and trips to guest services to get it straightened out. (I had to go down there to get straightened out, while I was sea sick) Also, as said in earlier review, watch your bill. I followed the steps to take for booking dinners at the pay restaurants. It took me 4 times to get a booking set at the place we wanted. Due to the guest services not completing the reservation correctly after 4 attempts, I didn't get my desired dinner time and had to resort to day we were at port instead of a cruising day like I wanted. So we had to rush back from port to get ready for a 5:30 dinner when I wanted a 7:30 dinner on a cruising day. Ports were good, Bahamas was so-so, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten were good, but time there is short and goes to fast. The cleaning person was wonderful, cabin with balcony was nice. Due to the food and customer service not being good, I wouldn't recommend this boat. I have heard great experiences on other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We've been on about 8 times and always good although Royal has cut back on C&A benefits. We remember having lunch in the Diamond Concierge lounge with a glass of wine-no more. Royal started adding fresh cookies on Day 1 in ... Read More
We've been on about 8 times and always good although Royal has cut back on C&A benefits. We remember having lunch in the Diamond Concierge lounge with a glass of wine-no more. Royal started adding fresh cookies on Day 1 in stateroom, we preferred the prepackaged and healthier almonds and shortbread cookies. Our Diamond Concierge hostess Beatrice was excellent as were our Cabin steward Dimitri and main dining room deck 5 wait staff Kevron and Natalia. Wish Johnny Rockets allowed carry out for breakfast and Broadway show only ran for a year and then offer a new show. We found getting on and off ship excellent and entertainment was outstanding. We like the rapid self departure. The Cruise Critic event was nice but scarcely attended. We continue to see limited shipboard tv news and wish Fox News could be offered to offset the liberally biased CNN and HLN channels. Over 80% of passengers are American, please try to be more inclusive. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Love the ship! The performance of the cast of Cats were great, however, I just can't get into that show. Windjammer food was better than Liberty and Freedom of the seas. The service was great. We didn't have much trouble ... Read More
Love the ship! The performance of the cast of Cats were great, however, I just can't get into that show. Windjammer food was better than Liberty and Freedom of the seas. The service was great. We didn't have much trouble finding a table. Chops - We had one meal there. The steak was great, the rest just okay. Service was weak. Johnny Rockets - We had one meal there. The food was good, the service sucked. All of the water shows were great! Our balcony room was very nice. We got the internet package because we had kids at home. The internet package is a little too expensive for what you get. The internet speed is usually too slow. I also had connectivity issues. The ship is never really crowded, except for when they have "sales". The adult area is the best out of all of the 4 "classes" of ships we've been on. Unlike the Freedom and Liberty, this ship usually had two working ice cream machines! Freestyle coke machines are great, however, they were often out of ice. The machine's pop tastes much better than what you get from the bars. Trivia - Not near as good as Carnival Breeze or Carnival Magic. However, this ship has a lot more other types of entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
All of the food even the buffet was great, great friendly staff, the ship is so nice and has so much to do.plenty of levels for all ages, the solariam area for adults over 16 was nice and big. plenty of showes to see, a lot of water ... Read More
All of the food even the buffet was great, great friendly staff, the ship is so nice and has so much to do.plenty of levels for all ages, the solariam area for adults over 16 was nice and big. plenty of showes to see, a lot of water sports, pools and hot tubs.Central part is very inviting with all the plants and side walks, the ice show was great also, with so many people on board we never felt cramped with plenty of room, the sun deck pool areas held all the people well also the deck staff and waiters were great waiting on you hand and foot.. the problems I seen were rude & impaitiant poeple but the staff handled it well. this was my First Cruise and I couldn't ask for more when I choose to take another Cruise it will be Royal Caribbean and most likely Oasis of the seas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Because it's the largest in the world (or was when we sailed), we chose it for the experience itself. It did not disappoint in terms of what the ship itself offered. Central Park was nice for its quiet atmosphere, the Promenade was ... Read More
Because it's the largest in the world (or was when we sailed), we chose it for the experience itself. It did not disappoint in terms of what the ship itself offered. Central Park was nice for its quiet atmosphere, the Promenade was bustling, and the Boardwalk had some nice entertainment, though wasn't as busy as we were expecting. The food was very good. We aren't big fans of specialty restaurants as they aren't that much better than the traditional dining rooms yet have a surcharge, though we did do the steakhouse. It was excellent. Meals in the dining room are always good, with good steaks and shrimp cocktails. The Aqua show is a must-see. I love anything water-related as it is, but with the high-rise acrobatics, it's an incredible show. The shore excursions were a mixed bag. You get what you get with a Caribbean cruise. This is my third visit to the Caribbean islands, and I don't care much for the islanders. Some readers would surely be offended and consider this an 'awful' thing to say, but it is what it is. Islanders, particularly in St. Thomas for this cruise, were rude, loud, obnoxious, and (not surprisingly) very pushy when it comes to wanting your money. A few of you would simply say 'that's how they make their living.' Personally, I am there to enjoy myself, not make sure they make a living. I'm a cruiser, not a missionary. I bring it up only because I had a confrontation with a few of the St. Thomas islanders who stood there counting the money they took from me and didn't appreciate my questioning them about anything. It truly does make you not want to visit the places. St. Maarten was a much nicer experience. I don't know if it's because it's Dutch territory (and French, but we only visited the Dutch side) as opposed to the run-down, ghetto American St. Thomas, so had a higher class of people and culture, but St. Maarten runs circles around St. Thomas for a beautiful experience. As for the Bahamas, it's the Bahamas. Go for Atlantis or jet-skiing or parasailing. Nassau itself is disgusting, as are most of the people. Overall, the Oasis is a great ship, Royal Caribbean a pleasurable cruise line. The Caribbean itself is really designed for people who want to lie on a beach or do water-related activities. If you're one of the people who actually thinks it offers culture, you need more experience with culture! Just keep in mind they are a different class of people and try not to let it detract from your experience in a beautiful setting. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We just got back from a 7 day trip on the OASIS of the Seas. It is only our third cruse, three years ago we were on the FREEDOM of the Seas, and two years ago on the Disney Wonder. One of the biggest things we were conceded with, ... Read More
We just got back from a 7 day trip on the OASIS of the Seas. It is only our third cruse, three years ago we were on the FREEDOM of the Seas, and two years ago on the Disney Wonder. One of the biggest things we were conceded with, especially after the Disney Cruise, was how vegan friendly the food options would be on the Oasis and we were blown away. The Windjammer always had a ton of options and there were great things at the Solarium as well for breakfast and lunch. Sabor was another nice treat. Another huge plus for us were the shows on the ship. The water show Dreams was truly spectacular and we loved the Frozen in Time ice show. Very creative takes on the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales. The comedy show was as expected, a very funny routine. We actually didn't have time to fit in CATS. We were a little wary of the long running time, and there was so much on the ship to do. We did the FloRider, Rock Climbing, ZipLine, Minigolf and pretty much everything the ship had to offer. The arcade on deck 15 had a shockingly good assortment of games. The one thing we couldn't find was shuffleboard, which we enjoyed playing on the Disney ship. On Falmouth we did the Blue Hole and River Tubing excursion through Royal Caribbean and the Chukka group they worked with was terrific with some very personable guides. Jumping off the various rocks at Blue Hole was a once in a lifetime experience. In Cozumel we also did a Royal Caribbean excursion with the caves at Rio Secreto. Good experience with the guides again and the caves themselves were a true "wow" experience. My girlfriend ended up getting small rashes over parts of her body the next day, which we are attributing to the wetsuit. That said, I didn't get any rashes nor did two others that we talked to afterwards who were on the excursion with us. Service on the ship was exceptional across the board. Our stateroom attendant was fantastic. We had a Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony on Deck 14. Great room, but we didn't like that our balcony had these "extensions" going out which limited our view somewhat. It looked like only a couple of rooms have that type of thing on their balcony, so with that knowledge if we do the Oasis again we will look for a room number closer to the middle or front of the ship. We both got massages during the cruise. I went with the Swedish Massage while my g/f had the hot stones. Both were incredible, and we both got talked into buying product at the end. Despite the large amount of people on the ship it only was apparent a couple times, but really didn't affect our enjoyment at any stage of the vacation. On the last sea day when we left the Windjammer breakfast they were actually holding people outside in line and couldn't let them in until people left. I don't think I would have liked that at all if I were outside in that line. For the first time on any cruise we decided to try the ultimate drink package and it worked out great for us. While I drink very little outside of Miller Lites and margaritas at Sabor, the girlfriend was able to try a bunch of drinks throughout the trip along with the freshly squeezed OJ. Having the Coke Freestyle machines was a great plus, although I think the ship could use about 4-8 more machines spread out across the ship. Unless I missed some, more than half the Freestyle machines were located in the Windjammer and you couldn't get to them when the restaurant wasn't open. Not that there were ever long lines at any of the machines, you just had to go a decent distance to find one. The ship was in a constant state of being cleaned and every place we went to was spotless, including all of the public restrooms. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My husband and I are fairly experienced cruisers. We have been on 24 cruises, 15 of them on Royal Caribbean. This was our second cruise on Oasis, and we have been on Allure 4 times, so we know the big ships pretty well. Overall, the ... Read More
My husband and I are fairly experienced cruisers. We have been on 24 cruises, 15 of them on Royal Caribbean. This was our second cruise on Oasis, and we have been on Allure 4 times, so we know the big ships pretty well. Overall, the cruise was just OK. With the exception of our RCI sponsored excursion in Jamaica, which was horrible. The ship was clean, our room steward fantastic. But, as other cruisers on Oasis have mentioned, the food in the MDR was mediocre, and everything was served at room temperature. Not good when you enjoy soup! Most of the crew we encountered looked stressed, tired, and downright unhappy, including the entertainment staff. I had an encounter with a woman in Guest Services that was particularly hostile when I asked her a simple question on day 3 about the time frame to carry our luggage off the ship when disembarking. She looked annoyed and barked "It will be in the Cruise Compass". What?? When pressed, she finally told me the hours to carry your own luggage were 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM. How hard was that? Bright spots on the cruise were Sabor (the Mexican restaurant-delicious!), the diving show, Vintages for wine and tapas, and the ice show. Embarkation was a breeze, and debarkation was the fastest we have ever experienced. We were second in line for customs - a first for us! We will probably try either Celebrity (I know-RCI owns them) or a smaller RCI ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking ... Read More
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking to your room is a 15 minute journey. There were times that we did not go out of our room again in the evening because we did not want to walk anymore. Getting off on the pier was also a journey. The pier is as long as the ship so the walk into town was long as well. As amazing as it might sound, even though there were over 6,000 people on board it never seemed crowded. I have to give the staff credit for the organizational skills to get us all on and off with no hassle at all. We will definitely stick with Royal Caribbean but will go back to the smaller ships for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ... Read More
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ship eating a little bit we found a chair in the pool area and got a couple of drinks and enjoyed it. We booked the shows we wanted early, tried a couple of new dinning restaurant (I couldn't fine a bad one) The one thing I would tell you is that we were unhappy with the Bingo pricing. $64 for a machine that has been paid for over and over again, and they don't have the ball machine anymore, it's computerized !!!!! and you only play THREE games ??? Not a great return on value. I won't be going back to that. That being the only thing. STILL Love cruising on RCCL. Doing again in January 2017, and August and December. Worth the money, to not have to drive and find fun somewhere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We found that December is a very good time to cruise. The prices are great, the weather is great. Our favorite part of the ship was Central Park. We loved walking through there going from one end of the ship to the other. We were ... Read More
We found that December is a very good time to cruise. The prices are great, the weather is great. Our favorite part of the ship was Central Park. We loved walking through there going from one end of the ship to the other. We were staying on the 8th floor, so we crossed through there numerous times a day. We had a wonderful cruise and enjoyed the ports that we went to. Labadee, Haiti was fun and beautiful. Jamaica was nice, also. We went to an excursion, Reggae Hill, which was a disappointment. We drove over an hour and then had some awful food and little or no entertainment. A very sweet girl was our guide, and she did a wonderful job telling us about the culture of Jamaica. I thought I had signed up for the one where we tubed down the river, but I didn't. Be sure if you sign up for one, that you read it carefully. We really liked Cozumel and loved our excursion on the Jaguar Bus. We rode a short distance to an ecological park, then rode a bicycle built for two, then paddleboarded and swam in the ocean. We also had a great lunch and loved our guides! The shows on the Oasis were top notch and we really enjoyed them. It was very crowded at the shows, so be sure to get there early to get a good seat. We even saw some people getting into arguments about saving seats. The meals in the regular dining room were pretty good, but I think that they really push those paid dining rooms. Maybe the quality in the regular ones isn't as good so that you will want to go to the paid dining rooms. We did see a special on the first day for 3 meals for $89, which would be a savings. Thinking back, I wish I would have gotten that. On Saturday night, there was nothing in the dining room that I wanted. One place for lunch and breakfast was the Solarium. It was included and not nearly as crowded as the Windjammer. Be sure and visit the Promenade Café for Cheescake Lollipops (free). My husband also loved the hotdogs on the Boardwalk. The other thing that was new to us, was the Zoom Wifi. You can buy the whole week for a special price that first day and it seemed pretty reasonable. We were able to get Wifi in Jamaica and Cozumel with just buying a drink in a couple of the restaurants. The other thing that got annoying was the constant photographers wanting to take your picture on the boat. They were everywhere! It got a little old. We are not drinkers or gamblers, so we didn't visit those areas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Oasis is a great ship with some terrific spaces. Unfortunately, it is crowded after Thanksgiving (until Easter I am told). Other than Chops Steakhouse ($pecialty restaurant) the food was very ordinary. We experienced long waits for ... Read More
The Oasis is a great ship with some terrific spaces. Unfortunately, it is crowded after Thanksgiving (until Easter I am told). Other than Chops Steakhouse ($pecialty restaurant) the food was very ordinary. We experienced long waits for dinner at times. We were turned away the first night and were told to come back in an hour only to wait in another line. After the first night things did improve. I recommend a reserved seating time and possibly a specialty restaurant for the first evening. Dinners were also rushed a bit (seemed like they wanted to turn tables quickly). We had to ask the staff to slow down on two nights. The shows were very good but some were standing room only. We had to make reservations for all shows and people competed for seats. Of course, some were turned away. If we had not been alerted to this by friends, we probably would have missed a couple of the better shows. Make reservations well in advance for everything! We enjoyed our cruise only because we planned it well and found creative ways to make the best of the crowded boat. We cannot recommend this cruise--at least during the busy season. We probably will not consider Royal Caribbean or the Oasis again. We found it was not a good value compared to other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
What can one say about this large ship other than the title I have given this review. Is it big, yes! Bigger than I even imagined it would be without question. We have taken many cruises on various size ships from different cruise lines ... Read More
What can one say about this large ship other than the title I have given this review. Is it big, yes! Bigger than I even imagined it would be without question. We have taken many cruises on various size ships from different cruise lines and without a doubt this was the easiest boarding process we have ever experienced. There was no pushing, no shoving and most important as far as I am concerned I was not subject to the obligatory passage through the 'photography booth'. I found the crew to be most gracious and courteous and most bent over backwards to help us decide when and where to eat on the different evening and lunch time venues. Although I had that sinking feeling that "all" these people want to have lunch at the same time, I was quite surprised that there was ample room in the Windjammer for the hungry and those folks anxious to pile tons of food on their plates. For a ship of this magnitude to feed 6,000 people at the same time is a testament to organization. After finishing our lunch and going for a walk up on the pool deck, before we had a chance to walk through the boardwalk we were told that our cabins were ready. Our cabin Steward, Bernardo from Columbia was there to greet us and even assisted ingesting us our luggage before we could even unpack our carry ons. Our Balcony overlooking Central Park on Deck 10 was neat and presented well. After unpacking we continued to explore this rather large ship and surprisingly found our way around with little problem. The direction signs are a treat in and of themselves and very easy to follow as are the ship models strategically placed throughout the ship. As for the shops placed throughout the ship, each one is staffed with knowledgeable and cheerful staff always ready to help. I will say that when there is a street sale on Deck 5 during sea days, it is like a giant bazar with hands all over the place. The street shows and music throughout the voyage were a treat. The shows at the main venues were great, maybe "stupendous" would be the better word to describe Come Fly With Me, Frozen in Time, The Abba Tribute Show and Oceans of Dreams. The comedian was hysterical and not obscene with his routine. All things considered, this was definitely an experience that tantalizes the mind and senses. If you are not bothered by walking8 or 9 thousands steps a day, then I highly recommend you spend your money on this "fantastic ship". Make sure you book your shows on line when you make your final payment and choose them ahead of time rather than getting shut out of the time and day of your choice. One final thought if I may - please check your bedding before the first evening. We made the mistake of not doing that until were ready for bed. Oops, too late and so we wound up sleeping in valleys all week rather than making a big deal. I however, have learned my lesson and will NEVER let that happen again. Royal Caribbean take note - CHANGE THE BEDDING IN CABIN 10207 BEFORE SOMEONE FALLS THROUGH THE BED!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My best friend and I planned this cruise with our husbands to celebrate our 25th anniversary of our friendship, my 20th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday - all a year early because of the great deal we got. We chose this ship ... Read More
My best friend and I planned this cruise with our husbands to celebrate our 25th anniversary of our friendship, my 20th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday - all a year early because of the great deal we got. We chose this ship because it was my dream ship to go on. I didn't really think I was going to enjoy the itinerary because I have done these locations so many times, but boy was I surprised! First of all, this ship is gigantic, however, after 1 day we knew exactly where everything was. I have never booked shore excursions through the ship (because I was always told they aren't worth it), let me tell you! The excursions we took were so awesome I would totally recommend using the ship. We did a snorkle and honeymoon beach in St. Thomas and 'The Amazing Race' in St. Maarteen, I have never had so much fun in my life...and I snorkeled for the first time ever! The race in St. Maarteen was led by Tri-Sports Eco Tours and they were outstanding, I saw parts of the island and learned so much more than I ever have in my past visits. The food and wait staff on Oasis was beyond..Francesco and his team at table 345 were absolutely the best! They went above and beyond every night in the American Grille. (we begged and pleaded to sit in their section even with our reserved time - they are totally worth the wait) If you have the opportunity to be taken care of by them, please tell them Janice, Cathy, Erik and Mike all say hello! I cannot wait for our next cruise. I really love Royal Carribbean, this was my third cruise with them and I have never been disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean 3 other times in the past. Its always been a good experience. But time we were disappointed in our food quality and entertainment experience. As for dinning, we dined once at one of the speciality ... Read More
We have cruised with Royal Caribbean 3 other times in the past. Its always been a good experience. But time we were disappointed in our food quality and entertainment experience. As for dinning, we dined once at one of the speciality dinning (150 Central Park), it was good and the service was great. As for the the dinner room experience, the options were limited and meal was far from tasty. On past cruised, I loved all their options and sometimes would order 2-3 appetizers. Also breakfast and lunch were ok, nothing to brag about. As for entertainment, they only had one comedian that performed. He wasn't funny like some of the past comedians we have seen on Royal Caribbean. He didn't have a skit and was doing improv, aka - making fun of the guest. It came off as mean instead of funny, I'm pretty sure most of the guest felt insulted. The impersionist was good, he was funny and did a good job. As for CATs, the musical we didn't see it cause it was 3 hours along and we liked to fill our nights with a variety of activities. From what we heard from other guest on the ship that a lot of people left during the second half. Also, the music on the ship was ok, we always find two bands we liked. There was one band that played pop music in Dazzles. They were great. Also the classical music in centeral park was awesome. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose to book my honeymoon with Royal Caribbean. I chose this company because of their reputation, loyalty program and a past experience aboard. I was shocked to find two days before my cruise date that my honeymoon would be less of an ... Read More
I chose to book my honeymoon with Royal Caribbean. I chose this company because of their reputation, loyalty program and a past experience aboard. I was shocked to find two days before my cruise date that my honeymoon would be less of an experience than I expected it to be. I called RC two months or so before the sail date and booked directly with one of their phone operators, Lewis. Lewis was so helpful, kind and excited for my honeymoon. I told Lewis that my husband and I were looking to book a suite, wanted have some alone time, wanted to celebrate his birthday, dine at the chefs table and really enjoy the ship for what it had to offer. Lewis explained that I would get better pricing if I agreed to a "suite guarantee" where I didn't have a choice of stateroom location but I would be assigned one in the class I chose before the sail date. I was so excited about what the suite class had to offer. We planned on being lazy, laying out on our private balcony. Away from the many families with young children that would be onboard. We looked forward to Coastal Kitchen, and priority boarding. A honeymoon is meant to be lavish and sadly our expectations were not even half met. Two days before our sail date I received a phone call that the ship "was overbooked" and RC was downgrading our Jr. Suite to an ocean balcony room. I honestly cried, I know it sounds dramatic but I had an image painted in my head of the vacation my husband and I were about to enjoy. As I tired not to cry on the phone with the RC rep. I was rushed into agreeing to their downgrade with a money back offer on the difference of the room and $300 onboard credit. My husband came home to a crying wife, and quickly called RC back to explain that the offer wasn't sufficient and the vacation wasn't proving to be what we had imagined. The phone operator assured me that we would get a phone call the morning of the sail date as to whether or not there were any cancellations. She promised our sea pass card would reflect the initial booking we made in the suite class and the opportunity to utilize Coastal Kitchen would be there. She also threw in the complete romance package, I guess so that my husband could try to salvage the lack of grandeur we were about to experience. As I got on board,I chose to stand in line and ask for an upgrade back to our original plan but no one knew of any cancellations. Our room was clean, and fine but for the vacation we imagined it was anything but great. The complete romance package was an embarrassment, a bottle of cheap champagne and a tray of soggy appetizers. As to not make this too long let’s skip to a few nights before departure from the ship where I stood at guest services once again to explain what had happened. Many guests I spoke with on board, many of whom we became friendly with assured us that this was not the RC way, and that our situation was definitely not being handled correctly. I didn't want to not enjoy our time so I chose to put off resolving the issue until the end. The best guest services could come up with was 20% off our next cruise which seems a little silly when online I can book a bogo deal or better. I am now dissuade from causing with RC again because I would hate to have my reservation pulled out from under me again. Granted we did still dine at CK however that was only after explaining the entire situation to the matrie d’ which was a little embarrassing to have to justify. The things I enjoyed about my cruise were as followed. The Chef’s Table experience, and the service we got from those up in CK. As a forward note, my husband and I planned on spending money, so the onboard credit was minuscule to the overall picture. We appreciate good service and tip well so rest assured that we took care of those who took care of us. Now, if only I can resolve this issue and have RC take care of us the way I expected them to. I was withheld from having the ultimate experience that my honeymoon should have been. I only get one and choosing RC seems to have been a mistake. I would love to sort this out and speak with an RC representative so that this doesn’t happen to any other newlywed couple on the vacation that they deserve. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Chose this cruise for my honeymoon. I have cruised Royal Caribbean before and had a very positive experience. When I saw Oasis of the Seas was going to be leaving Port Canaveral the day after my wedding, I thought that would be a great ... Read More
Chose this cruise for my honeymoon. I have cruised Royal Caribbean before and had a very positive experience. When I saw Oasis of the Seas was going to be leaving Port Canaveral the day after my wedding, I thought that would be a great ship/trip for my honeymoon. The ship was beautiful and lots of cool things to see and look at; the staff were all friendly and the service was good, but that's about the extent of it. The food was just okay in comparison to other cruises I had been on. With so many people, it seemed the quality was just not there. Even at Giovanni's, it just was not good Italian food. The Windjammer cafe always had a line for breakfast and lunch and seating was always an issue. It seemed the windjammer served the same food every day for breakfast and lunch. On a cruise in June of this year, Carnival had an omelet station for example. You picked your ingredients and they made your omelet to order. On Oasis, it was pre-made egg patties, powdered eggs, bacon wasn't cooked all the way. And at lunch, there were no close by places to get food near the pool area. On other ships, there were places for burrito's, hamburgers, and the cafe was near by and had open air seating. Just was not as accessible on this ship. Entertainment, well it was the same shows every night. No variety. And you have to make reservations for everything. You can't just look at the schedule and decide to go to a comedy show, or headliner show. If you don't have reservations ahead of time, everything is booked and you're out of luck. Again, beautiful ship, but due to the size and number of people, the quality lacked on the food and entertainment side I think. I would like to try Royal again, but on a smaller ship maybe and see if there is a difference. I thought this would be the best cruise I ever took, but to date, Carnival Valor has been the best hands down. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We were worried about the size of this ship but found that the way it was divided into organized sections and all of the cozy bars and lounges, the solarium and the fact that we never ate in the main dining room made it feel intimate ... Read More
We were worried about the size of this ship but found that the way it was divided into organized sections and all of the cozy bars and lounges, the solarium and the fact that we never ate in the main dining room made it feel intimate enough for us. We loved the atmosphere and energy of the ship as well as the abundance of activities and shows. I enjoyed the shopping and art auction. My husband liked watching football on the huge outdoor screen in the aqua theater. We ate breakfast and lunch at the buffets,Park Cafe and Sorrentos and found it all to be fresh, tasty, enough of a variety and not overly crowded at any given time. For dinner we only ate at specialty restaurants. We especially enjoyed Chef's Table, 150 Central Park, Chops Grille and Coastal Kitchen. Giovanni's was very good but not over the top. Sabor was casual and fun with good food and great margaritas. Izumi Hibachi was entertaining but the food was mediocre. Our only disappointment was the ports. The beach in Labadee was average and very rocky. We did an excursion in Jamaica to Dunns River Falls and a beach which was a nightmare. It was disorganized and chaotic and too far away. Someone in our group brought an 8 year old boy to hike the falls and the guide spent the entire time focused on making sure the child was safe therefore being unable to help or guide anyone else. We didn't get any food until 4:00 in the afternoon and we were served with no silverware or napkins. We were late getting back so the bus driver was speeding back on dark, windy streets for an over 2 hour ride. It was terrible. In Cozumel we had planned an excursion but decided to just walk around the port instead which was very nice. Guest services was helpful and we never waited too long. I love the photography but our one complaint is that some families wanted many poses and combinations of people and it made the wait unreasonable. The photographers should have a cut off when there is a long line of people waiting and those families should be encouraged to have photo sessions in the studio. Our stateroom attendant Iwayan was amazing. We had a junior suite which we loved but decided for our next cruise to go back to a regular balcony. We didn't need that much space and the difference in price is considerable. But it felt like paradise. My only complaint is the lobby areas on the decks especially by the stairs had very stained and worn out carpet with a funky smell. I'm sure it's hard to keep up with it with so much traffic but those carpets should probably be shampooed between cruises if not replaced more frequently. Having said that, we were constantly impressed with how clean the bathrooms were in the public areas. We also highly recommend the luggage valet. It made the debarkation smooth and fast. I was nervous our bags would not show up but they were at our destination as promised. Overall, we had a wonderful time and booked another cruise on the Allure for next year. We recommend this class of ship and don't be put off by the size. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Chose this cruise to go to St. Maarten since we like that Port. Our cruise contained 3 ports but this is our favorite. Beautiful weather in mid November. Our Stateroom (Junior Suite) was fantastic and included a walk-in closet which ... Read More
Chose this cruise to go to St. Maarten since we like that Port. Our cruise contained 3 ports but this is our favorite. Beautiful weather in mid November. Our Stateroom (Junior Suite) was fantastic and included a walk-in closet which was a real bonus for clothing and luggage storage. The food and service in our dining room was fantastic, all areas of the ship were very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We have been on at least 6 cruises and four of which have been on Royal Caribbean so we knew that we could expect a great cruise, excellent service and food. We did not dine in any of the additional restaurants on this trip. We are not gamblers so we have no comments on the casino. Food and service in the Windjammer was also excellent. Oasis of the Seas is a very large ship so the Windjammer restaurant was always very busy even though other included restaurants are available. In spite of the large number of Windjammer diners, we were never required to stand in line to get into the dining room. We were very satisfied with the cruise, the ship and the cruise line and would recommend RC to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is clean and our cabin had more than ample room for my husband and me. We are thrilled that the bathrooms now are a bit larger and that the showers have a glass door. No more fighting with the ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is clean and our cabin had more than ample room for my husband and me. We are thrilled that the bathrooms now are a bit larger and that the showers have a glass door. No more fighting with the dreaded shower curtain! The hidden treasure for us on the ship was the Solarium. Cruise Critic had suggested to head there for lunch as opposed to the Windjammer café where everyone else would be. That was true and the food was tasty. Outside of the Solarium eatery is an adult only area with chase lounges, tables, hot tubs and lovely wicker furniture. We found that we spent most of our time relaxing in this area as it was quiet and had a beautiful view of the water and was breezy as well. The dining experience was outstanding. We had dinner each night at Silk. Our waiters Armand and Alberto became like family to us and met every need we had before we even knew we needed something. We had signed up for My Time dining and the first night of the cruise there was a 90 minute wait. We did not realize that we had to have reservations. It was a nightmare. We immediately went to the dining room and were switched to the 8pm dining which was perfect. We could have a relaxing dinner while not feeling hurried for the next group to come in. After dinner we would see shows or go to events. We highly recommend "Come Fly With Me" "Frozen in Time" & Quest. We chose not to attend "CATS" as we had heard other passengers say they did not care for it and left at intermission. The street parade the last evening was so much fun. The service was outstanding. Every crew member greeted you in a friendly and kind manner. We did 3 excursions. In Nassau we did the Blue Lagoon Sea Lion interaction. It was wonderful and the Sea Lions were a riot. We just loved it and the 40 minute boat ride to the excursion was beautiful. We would have liked for the captain of the excursion boat to point out some areas along the water other than the Atlantis resort. In St.Thomas we participated in the Megan's Bay Beach excursion. It is a beautiful beach. The best part of the excursion was the wild and fun trolley ride up and down the mountain. The water and beach were beautiful. In St Maarten we took part in the Yacht Race and it was the highlight of the trip to be part of the crew of "Stars and Stripes" an Americus Cup winner for 12 years in a row. The crew trained us very well. My husband got dehydrated from not drinking enough water and passed out and the crew was more than attentive. They were right on top of things and got him hydrated. After the race the tender took us right to the boat so that my husband (who is young and fit) would not have to walk 20 minutes back to the ship. We did not travel with children. We weren't even aware of many children we had only 200 children on the cruise. One point of concern was the embarkation and disembarkation. It was a mad house! It was very unorganized and the lines moved slow and dreadfully long. Make sure you are aware of this. We last cruise in 2011 and you pulled up, your luggage was taken and on the ship you went. That doesn't happen with over 5,000 people trying to get on the ship. Once we were on the ship the Promenade was very overwhelming. Take a deep breath and don't let it overwhelm you. In a few days you will be very familiar with the ship and there is always someone close by to direct you. For your carry on, bring something that has wheels. We had to lug 2 carry on bags for quite a long time and long distance in line. A rolling bag would have made things very easy. When disembarking make sure to find a porter. They will retrieve your bags, get you through customs easily and take the bags to your car. We tipped $20 and it was worth every single penny as we would have been at least 3 hours getting through customs. This is our second cruise with Royal Caribbean and our 1st on Oasis of the Seas. We would never cruise with another line ever! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This ship is beyond my expectations. The entertainment was simply fabulous!!! much more than other ships we have been on and the many pools, jacuzzis, table tennis and lawn tennis gave us a chance to be entertained outdoors. Central ... Read More
This ship is beyond my expectations. The entertainment was simply fabulous!!! much more than other ships we have been on and the many pools, jacuzzis, table tennis and lawn tennis gave us a chance to be entertained outdoors. Central park was amazing we felt like we were on land. The plants were real!!! It was a great place to sit and quietly read play cards or do whatever. There were even birds on board! I also like that we had a variety of places to eat. Oh! the inside rooms even had a couch and fridge that is how large the rooms are! The entire ship is clean and smelled great even though there is a designated area for smokers in the Casino. Put on your walking shoes because this ship is HUGE! We had a fantastic time. We were able to get on and off this ship effortlessly and they provided coffee and donuts for those who did not want to go to the Windjammer the morning we debarked. Bon voyage!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We mostly chose the cruise because we had not yet been on the Oasis and Port Canaveral was convenient. Having read MANY Cruise Critic reviews we were concerned about the food and the crowds. Firstly the food was much better than ... Read More
We mostly chose the cruise because we had not yet been on the Oasis and Port Canaveral was convenient. Having read MANY Cruise Critic reviews we were concerned about the food and the crowds. Firstly the food was much better than expected. While mostly subjective, we have come to expect food that "is as good as you can get when serving 6000 passengers." We were pleasantly surprised particularly in the main dining room. The food was prepared well, served promptly and tasted better than we expected. We also ate at Chops and Giovanni's. Both were excellent as we have come to expect from the specialty venues. One dissapointment was Sabor. On the Freedom we had an outstanding experience at Sabor's but here on Oasis it was not as good. Some dishes were over done, others bland. The ship's condition was excellent! It did not feel crowded at all. Even the elevator access and availability was good. My wife is in a wheelchair and this has been a serious concern in the past. But again, it was not an issue on Oasis at all. The staff were all pleasant and professional. The entertainment was very good though we couldn't possibly see it all. Though special mention must be given to the Ice Show which was spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We choose this cruise primarily for two reasons, Ist It was a retirement cruise and 2nd it was a class reunion cruise. We enjoyed the layout of the cruise ship (Oasis of the Seas), especially Central park, the jogging track, our balcony on ... Read More
We choose this cruise primarily for two reasons, Ist It was a retirement cruise and 2nd it was a class reunion cruise. We enjoyed the layout of the cruise ship (Oasis of the Seas), especially Central park, the jogging track, our balcony on our stateroom. The shows were fantastic and kept us entertained. Our waiter was awesome, he really made us feel at home with his down to earth hospitality. My best excursion was in Labadee, Haiti at the Dragon Zip line. What a view of the ship from the platform, at first it took off slow , but midway the acceleration was intriguing. Our excursion at Falmouth, Jamaica Heritage Society was awesome, not only did we got our exercise for the day, but we enjoyed the history and sights of Falmouth, Jamaica. At Costa Maya, Mexico, our off-road jeep excursion was really great, navigating through the jungle and then taking a break to eat some Mexican cuisine was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We booked this cruise on Royal Caribbean about a year ago. It was exciting to be on the Oasis out of its first sailing out of Port Canaveral. We were celebrating two birthdays and an anniversary. Our family gave us specialty restaurants ... Read More
We booked this cruise on Royal Caribbean about a year ago. It was exciting to be on the Oasis out of its first sailing out of Port Canaveral. We were celebrating two birthdays and an anniversary. Our family gave us specialty restaurants gifts and we enjoyed both - CHOPS was amazing. Walking though Central Park was so enjoyable. We went to the Ice Show which was excellent. The shows were very good. The CATS performance was excellent but a bit too long. You really didn't feel like you were on with 6000+ passengers. There are enough activities that keep folks spread out. Disembarkation was not the best for wheelchair folks. We waited hours and when we went off I could not see any problem and it was quick and efficient. We were the only wheelchair in line. Really poor communications were the only reason I could see for the delay. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Ship is huge- feels like a shopping mall. Over 6,000 people and the elevators were only tied up on the 1st and last day which amazed me. The service no matter where you go on the ship is extraordinary and the ship is very well maintained. ... Read More
Ship is huge- feels like a shopping mall. Over 6,000 people and the elevators were only tied up on the 1st and last day which amazed me. The service no matter where you go on the ship is extraordinary and the ship is very well maintained. We paid thousands for this trip but it seemed like they always wanted more money whether it be for the restaurants or excursions and what not. I did not like having to pay extra for good food. Food is important to me. The main dining room's food was just above TV Dinner quality. Yes, I ate but I was expecting way better. It wasn't easy to go explore the destinations on our own. We were very pressured to book the RC excursions. Not a true island feel- very touristy/manufactured. Out of all the shows, everyone seemed to agree that the ice skating show and the trapeze type show were the best. Our cabin was an ocean view balcony and it was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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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