473 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

the show cats, the crew begged you to stay. with all the great high energy productions why this? the food had no taste and no change .we had one good dinner in the specialty italian resturant (but why should you have to pay for good food? ... Read More
the show cats, the crew begged you to stay. with all the great high energy productions why this? the food had no taste and no change .we had one good dinner in the specialty italian resturant (but why should you have to pay for good food? most of the activeties in the day were on the promanode are to buy things. the staff was very friendly and the sailing was very smooth our cabin was nice and our cabin service was very good, we liked the little tags for notifing to make up the room or not. the pool aeras were very nice, but i would have liked to see some dancing, games music and family fun. the ship has some interesting spots. the central park was very pretty but should of had a new york deli.my husband and i did enjoy the adult solarium,the trees and sitting areas were beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We decided on this cruise because my partner friends were going on this trip, so we decided to come along. I was reluctant because I was not thrill about the ports and shore excursions. I had previous been to all the location except one, ... Read More
We decided on this cruise because my partner friends were going on this trip, so we decided to come along. I was reluctant because I was not thrill about the ports and shore excursions. I had previous been to all the location except one, but this would be my first time sailing on Royal Caribbean mega ship Oasis of the Seas so I agreed to go. Given the time of the month we were sailing hurricane season, it further my apprehension. Unfortunately Hurricane Mathew diverted our pre-cruise plans to spend time in Key West Florida however we made it on time for our cruise. The time of embarkation was extended to allowed for guests held up. We were lucky that we were able to board at our regular time. Boarding this mega ship was nothing like I envision everything was smooth, timely and orderly. On the entrance to the ship I was immediately taken back. I thought I was at a seller of products convention. There was no grand foyer to behold as I have previously seen on other ships. I was shock at everybody trying to sell something it was terrible to encounter this on your vacation home away from home. Imagine yourself walking into a 4 to 5 star resort and the foyer is filled with sell people aggressively pursuing you. This was the first impression upon entering Oasis. We preceded to our cabin. The cabin was adequate nothing special. I had an ocean view balcony next to the elevators on the 11th floor. It was clean. The decor was plain, towels cheap,soap 1 or 2 star versus and skimpy. I brought my own. I was expecting something a little more cheerful and perhaps colorful, not the case. The bed was comfortable. I kept telling myself this was a cabin on a ship. Our room attendant was excellent, very attentive and a beautiful disposition, in fact with a few exception most of the staff were great dining room staff, bartenders. I ran into a few disgruntled employees but they are no match for me. They soon melted. The ship itself was huge. I chose on time dining and was not sure if somehow I should have not because dining was not in the main dining room neither less the food ok and the service was good. Everywhere I went on the Oasis I was reminded that I was not the privilege class to be in a royal suite or a diamond or gold star member this was very disappointing. The pool areas were so crowded I did not attempt. I had the luck of the hot whirlpool a couple of time in 90 degree weather and it was a little space for us even though we could not stand it long. As you look around you seen areas block off that weren't for you. special viewing areas, private restaurant. The ship was so big that the usually outdoor areas on smaller ship were non existent on this ship. Lots of stuffs to do just finding the location was an event itself, having the balcony was a saving grace. Another thing of note was not a lot of personnel around, table went unclean and a few times we pointed this out to personnel. No more of attendants hanging around your stateroom. The glamour that I found on other ships was not on Oasis or you just could not see it. The late night dance club was small and nothing fancy about it. Plenty of entertainment. The ports were ok with the exception of Haiti for me. Royal private island of Labadee was nothing. Maybe the excitement of the beach was it. I would definitely do a Royal Caribbean cruise again. The next time I will pick the itinerary and a royal suite will be a must, and maybe I will be closer to attaining diamond or gold membership status. By the way disembarkation was a breeze, they know how to move people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Where to start... This was our first time on Oasis and on a ship of this size. We never once felt like we were crowded on the ship! The muster stations were indoors (at least all of the ones that we could see) which was nice since you ... Read More
Where to start... This was our first time on Oasis and on a ship of this size. We never once felt like we were crowded on the ship! The muster stations were indoors (at least all of the ones that we could see) which was nice since you didn't stand around in the Florida heat waiting on everyone to arrive. Our cabin, 9254 was wonderful and our steward took care of all of our needs. My husband told him I loved the animals that were left at night so he made sure I received extras and I had quite the collection by the end of the cruise. We dined in the Coastal Kitchen for most of our meals. It was a great option and I would recommend it if you are a suite guest. We did go to four specialty restaurants. We felt like they ranked in this order from best to worst: Izumi, Chops,150 Central Park, and Giovanni's. The entertainment onboard the ship was amazing! We truly enjoyed every show (except for Cats as we didn't find the nearly 3 hours needed to enjoy the Broadway show). There is live music everywhere you turn. Visit Central Park to escape the cruise ship and feel like you are truly in a park! Our service was great throughout the cruise. We did make our first ever complaint about something that we observed happen on the ship and we were amazed at the response we received from the crew regarding our concern. Our first stop was Labadee. It was a beautiful stretch of beach and we LOVED the zipline! We went to Jamaica next and booked our own excursion to the Blue Hole (amazing!). We decided to enjoy the ship instead of Cozumel and are glad we did. We didn't book another cruise when we left, but that is due to our family growing in the next year. We felt it best to wait and get our lives stabilized again before jumping back onto the Oasis, but we will 100% do it again. This was our 5th cruise and by far our favorite to date! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was traveling with my wife from Las Vegas, Nevada and we met up with 6 friends on board the ship Oasis of the Seas. Our journey to Ft. Lauderdale was eventful in itself, but we were determined to get there. At the time of our sailing ... Read More
I was traveling with my wife from Las Vegas, Nevada and we met up with 6 friends on board the ship Oasis of the Seas. Our journey to Ft. Lauderdale was eventful in itself, but we were determined to get there. At the time of our sailing hurricane Matthew was battering the east coast of Florida. We had 2 flights that were canceled and we finally flew into New Orleans, La and rented a car to drive for 13 hours to Ft. Lauderdale. It was a long drive but by the time we got there the hurricane had already passed. The sailing was delayed by 3 hours so that more passengers could make it to ship (which I though was a very thoughtful move on the part of RCI) for this sailing. Once on board we were greeted with enthusiasm and warmth by the crew. The check-in process was painless and quick, which was a blessing after our journey to get there. We met up with the rest of our group at the Windjammer Cafe and enjoyed a good meal to get us going for the rest of the night. Once we got into our room we got our carry on luggage settled in and then headed out to explore the ship. We were on the ship for a week and still didn't see everything it had to offer, this is a huge ship with tons of things to do and see. We dined in the main dining room for most of the week, as a group. The wait staff was amazing! I need to point out and shout out to Richard and Savio who were our waiters for most of the week and all 8 of us loved those guy! I can't say enough good things about the service we received from them and just that alone makes us all want to sail on the Oasis again. We had booked shows for every night but were only able to see 2 of them. We went to the Aqua Show with amazing high divers and gymnasts in a fantastic production that rivaled a Cirque du Soleil show back home. It is really amazing to see a show with that quality of production and danger while the ship is moving. The second show we saw was "Frozen in Time" which is an ice skating show based on the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. Another amazing production with world class athletes, dancers, and ice skaters. To think that these shows are included in the price of the cruise is crazy. We celebrated our anniversary on board which bring me to the only sore spot of the cruise. On day 1 while we were in the Windjammer there was a man who was taking reservations for Chops Grill the steakhouse restaurant. I made a reservation for the next night at 6:30pm for my wife and I to celebrate on the day of our anniversary, however, when I checked the next day to make sure the reservation time was correct, I discovered that the reservation had not been made. They didn't have any other availability for us that wouldn't interfere with the show that night, so I booked it for another night. I was quite disappointed in that, but when we went to the main dining room for dinner with our friends we had a great time thanks again to Richard and Savio. Our first stop was in Labadee, Haiti and was beautiful. There were some downsides to this port though. Because of the hurricane that had just devastated the island and took over 800 lives, the water was still churned up and had an unpleasant smell. The beach was still very nice and the staff in the port were friendly and helpful. Now if you are put off by pushy salespeople, this is not the place for you. I have traveled all over the Caribbean and these people are without a doubt the most aggressive with sales. I did make some purchases and I can say that if you pay the first price for anything that you got ripped off. I bought a carved black lacquer box that he quoted $60 and I paid $10. The second port was Falmouth, Jamaica. Another beautiful island, but with a much more laid back attitude. We made several purchases with no pressure and quality craftsmanship. While we were the we had lunch and I can't remember the name of the place but the food was fantastic. I do know that it was behind Margaritaville. The last port was in Cozumel, Mexico and yet another beautiful island. If you have the opportunity, go to the seminar on the ship the day before this port and you will get even more FREE stuff. We took a taxi to the end of the shopping district and walked back up while stopping in almost every store and received something free in almost every one of them. When the cruise was over the debarkation process just as painless as the embarkation. We would like to thank Royal Caribbean for making this an amazing vacation and we have already booked our next cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
this ship is very modern, but way too big. the problem is the crowds of people. not so much in the different venues on the ship, but all around the ship. when you get off on the dock, the throng of people is overwhelming. the locals cannot ... Read More
this ship is very modern, but way too big. the problem is the crowds of people. not so much in the different venues on the ship, but all around the ship. when you get off on the dock, the throng of people is overwhelming. the locals cannot handle the masses. all the local stores, tours, & streets are jammed. the situation for dinner was terrible. there were always too many people waiting in line. dinner was like a cattle call! the cabin was always too hot. we complained about the a/c, but never got any satisfaction. the shows were really good & well produced. the other problem we had was the lack of knowledge from the staff. nobody seems to know much of anything on board. when asking directions we got the wrong directions. when asking about internet & phone service we got the wrong answers. when we got the correct answers it took days of persistence. the ports were as lovely as ever. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is one big ship and loud. We had a Central Park view, woke up every morning with a view of the tree tops. It was like being in a tree house. Didn't care for the my time dining. It was chaos at the doors even with ... Read More
This is one big ship and loud. We had a Central Park view, woke up every morning with a view of the tree tops. It was like being in a tree house. Didn't care for the my time dining. It was chaos at the doors even with reservations. Once seated it was a steady stream of people by the table for those with and without reservations. The line at the Customer Relations desk was always long and we spent our share of time in it. I was amazed something as simple as the Romance Package could make me wish I had not gone to the expense. Like I said it was loud on the ship. I'm sure there were places you could sit, listen to the music and have a drink without being blasted by the volume but we sure didn't find it. The food, entertainment and service was nothing but great. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and I have gone on several cruises and decided it was time to go on one that goes to Eastern Caribbean. We looked around and found the Oasis of the Seas going to the Eastern around the time we wanted to go so we booked it. We got ... Read More
My wife and I have gone on several cruises and decided it was time to go on one that goes to Eastern Caribbean. We looked around and found the Oasis of the Seas going to the Eastern around the time we wanted to go so we booked it. We got a Jr. Balcony suite on the 11th floor. Let me start by telling you the ship is amazing. There is a lot to do on the ship with the flow rider, rock climbing wall, zip line and carousel. We explored the ship daily and it seemed like we found new things all of the time. With all of the people on the ship I thought it would be crowded and hard to find seats for shows or a place to relax on the promenade but it wasn't. The ship has plenty of space to accommodate all of the people and not be packed in like a can of sardines. The only downfall with the ship itself was that there were a lot of international passengers on board. We like to be able to get to know people but it was a little harder when you don't speak the same language. Everyone was nice but there was a little language barrier when you tried to get to know them. In the past we have always had an interior room but on this cruise we decided to go with a Jr Suite since we were celebrating our anniversary. I think we spoiled ourselves to much on this trip. The room was great and our cabin steward Joel was very nice and took care of us. The food on board was good but we struggled with the staff at dinner time. They were nice but our main waiter wasn't scheduled to be on the boat until mid-week so the assistant waiter was the one taking care of us. On past cruises the waiter has always told us about the recommended dishes for the night. Our waiter wasn't able to do that and when we asked about dishes on the menu he wasn't able to tell us about them. The maitre d worked really hard in our area. She was helping all of the tables to make sure they were taken care of and people were happy. We went three nights and then decided to go to other places. One night we did the Windjammer and it was okay. The rest of the time we went to the Coastal Kitchen and it was really good. The service there was excellent. The first day we went to Windjammer for breakfast and the selection was good. They didn't have a fresh omelete station like the other ships do so I was a little disappointed. I asked a staff member about it and they let me know you could go to Wipeout and they had one. We went there on other days and the food selection was the same and you got a fresh omelete. We also did Johnny Rockets one morning and it was really good. They don't charge you for breakfast there. Lunch was a lot of different spots but nothing stands out. The entertainment on the ship was really good. Cats was the main show while we were on board. Besides the seating you couldn't tell the difference between Broadway and the ship. We were not disappointed at any of the shows. We had reservations for almost all of them but the ones we didn't we stood in the standby line and we were able to get in each time, even the comedy show. Our Shore excursions consisted of Island tours and going to the beach. In St Thomas we snorkeled from the beach. In St Maarten we went to Maho Beach and watched the planes land just over your head and the jumbo jets take off. It was fun watching people stand in the jet blast and see how powerful the blast is. Both islands were beautiful but my favorite was St. Thomas because it wasn't over-crowded and over developed. Our best excursion was the behind the scenes tour of the ship. It was a lot of fun seeing how the ship works and how they manage food, beverage and laundry. We also went up to the bridge where we were told how the equipment works and were able to meet the captain. The week we sailed was the same time Hurricane Mathew was in the Caribbean. When we left port I was worried that the seas would be rough and we would have to change ports. Our first port was Nassau and it was forecast to hit there. We were able to go there and then head out to St Thomas and on the way there the Captain went further east to miss the storm. On our way back to Ft Lauderdale we followed Mathew back up. The cruise was smooth all the way from start to finish. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
It was good. The elevators sucked....they had 12 elevators on both ends of the ship and we were passed by so many times after we pushed the button. It got to the point where we would push both the up and the down button and then ride down ... Read More
It was good. The elevators sucked....they had 12 elevators on both ends of the ship and we were passed by so many times after we pushed the button. It got to the point where we would push both the up and the down button and then ride down 1 to go up 5, if that makes sense. The food in the windjammer was ok for me, however my wife didn't like it. The shows that we did see were great and the ones that we did not see we heard were great from other passengers. The beds were great for both of us as long as we slept on either side of the bed.....not so good for spooning. Other than the negative things above we loved the ship. It was very big and a lot to walk. I have wanted to go on this ship since I saw it being built on tv. I can now cross it off my bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a Costco Travel Buyer's Choice cruise and that lots of add on's. This was our first time on the Oasis of the Seas. We have been on the sister ship, the Allure of the Seas twice before. The Oasis Dreams show was cancelled ... Read More
This was a Costco Travel Buyer's Choice cruise and that lots of add on's. This was our first time on the Oasis of the Seas. We have been on the sister ship, the Allure of the Seas twice before. The Oasis Dreams show was cancelled due to weather. The Comedy guests were ok. The Frozen ice show was great! We did not enjoy Cats and left during intermission.The Casino staff was very friendly as they took my money, lol. We do not like On-time dining, so we scheduled dinner at the same time with the same wait staff. For Excursions, we did the Jungle Buggy Adventure (Jesus and crew were fantastic) in Cozumel and the River rafting (Brenton was our wonderful guide) in Jamaica. In Labadee, we enjoyed the Costco add on's, Aqua park, water slide, coaster, floating mat and $25 beach credit. We did have an issue with the tram service then ended up walking back to the ship. In this particular incident, the tram passed the stop for the coaster ride and we had to ride all around the island back to the correct stop. On the way back to the ship, all trams were full, so we had to walk back to the boat. On board, we enjoyed the entertainment staff activities and did the flow rider, zip line, rock climb wall and mini golf. The wait time was not bad at all. I suspect the ship was at half capacity. We had a great time and would defiantly cruise this again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The Oasis of the Seas is a huge ship. I booked it because of a sale, and a particularly cheap week was the week of my birthday. I went in with no real expectations except that it had to be better than being at work. It's just ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is a huge ship. I booked it because of a sale, and a particularly cheap week was the week of my birthday. I went in with no real expectations except that it had to be better than being at work. It's just about your average cruise ship. Its big, there's zip lining and surfing (which I didn't do), and ice skating (which I only noticed was open twice, for 30 minutes every time. The pools weren't very big for the size of the ship, and I ended up lounging in the Solarium pool (but not at the chairs, Caribbean sun and a greenhouse environment was not good with the heat). The food was great though. Only 1 night did I not LOVE the menu, usually ordering 2 apps and entrees every night. The Windjammer had a great variety and crispy fries. The desserts were great. However, service was only ok. Dinner was slow (but our waiter was nice and and chatty, just a lot of downtime). At breakfast, one morning, the entire section of tables I was sitting in was forgotten about. We ordered food, but we waited 30 minutes before we left. And every time we ordered eggs, there was always a disclaimer it would take a few minutes. Bar service was always great. I had an interior let-them-choose cabin, and it was big for a cruise ship. We had space for a couch! However, again with service only being ok, our room was never completed by 2pm, and rarely again before 9pm. It wasn't a huge problem, but I thought it was strange. The 1st one was skipped one day completely. Also room was at the front of the boat, and the way the ship is designed, there is one hallway on either side of the ship, and since most rooms have a balcony, the hallways are long and narrow. Activities and entertainment on the ship weren't too bad. We did trivia 3 or 4 times a day, and the cruise director's staff was always great (especially Nick and Mo!!). Ice skating was rarely offered, I only remember seeing it 1 day, with 2 time slots, but I'm willing to believe I wasn't checking that closely. The shows were good, but you have to reserve them first. The shows were: Frozen in Time: Beautiful ice skating show. They take a break and let a guy draw the Tin Soldier in sand for a projector, and it was amazing. I could've watched him all day. The Headline Show: Jesse Hamilton was great. He was funny, and in his intro, he says the music isn't for everyone, and it's not, but it's a great variety and he was so, so funny. Cats: Skipped it. 2.5 hours (and got to get the early, so let's say 3) and I could only get reservation on Day 1. Spent time in an elevator with a guy who's comments were "What was that?" and "They did too many drugs in the 80s" In my opinion, all of the other RC shows would've been better (Hairspray, Grease, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, and Saturday Night Fever). Come Fly With Me: Acrobats. I have NO IDEA what anyone was singing about, but the songs were familiar and sung brilliantly, and the gymnastics and acrobatics were insanely good. Aquashow: Got cancelled because of weather. We had the late show, and it would've been really nice if they had told us that the earlier show had been cancelled too. Weather ruined a lot of events at the aqua theater, so I can't say much about it at all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise because we've always wanted to try out one of the mega-ships and came across a good deal but we're pretty sure we won't be sailing one of these type ships again any time soon. More like a floating ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we've always wanted to try out one of the mega-ships and came across a good deal but we're pretty sure we won't be sailing one of these type ships again any time soon. More like a floating Vegas hotel than a cruise ship. Luckily we had an oceanview balcony but if you have an inside cabin you might not even know you were on a ship unless you were up top in the pool and recreation area or in the back of the Boardwalk area. There is no promenade deck and hardly any outside views at all in the public rooms. The food was okay in the main dining room, nothing special. The first night the service was chaotic but the servers kept apologizing for the disorganization and it improved greatly after that. Lovely waiter and assistant, too. We had a 3 dinner package one of which was the only memorable one. The Italian was a disappointment although the wine pairing dinner in 150 Central park was the highlight of our dining experiences. We highly recommend that one. We had a wonderful server who's name escapes me, maybe because he poured a full glass of wine with each course and we were seeing double by the time dinner was over. We had to cancel our comedy club reservation that night we were so blotto from the wine pairing and couldn't get another reservation for the rest of the week unless we wanted to standby. Nope. No wasting an hour of my cruise time standing in line for a show I might not be able to see. Who's idea was it to have a comedy club with a capacity of just a couple hundred people on a ship with 6,000 passengers? The shows in the outdoor water theater were fantastic, just beautiful. Very talented artists! We went to see them twice, the first time we had a reservation and the second time we just walked up as we could see they still had a lot of seats available. The ship was full and you had to have reservations for most of your activities including the shows. Sorry, that much planning ahead on vacation is not for us. We did the private island excursion in Haiti which was very nice with not more than 30 something guests and a beautiful beach. You just have to try to ignore the Haitian men that stand on the beach staring and the ones in the boats holding up fish they want to sell. Overall the staff were great except for a couple of frazzled bartenders. Our room steward was top notch. We never had to ask for anything, he knew exactly what we needed and was just a sweet guy too. One tip ladies, they will have 2 Michael kors sales. They're both overpriced you can do much better at Macy's or ebay but if you really must have one (I got suckered into 2) go to the 2nd sale and get there early, better deals but the lines are long. Although they sold me a bag for $159.00 and then came running down the hall saying they charged me the wrong price. What?! How is that my problem? They said they would have to refund me and charge me the correct price $228.00. Now that I look back I should have objected but I felt I was being held hostage so I didn't make a fuss. We didn't have a drink package because we can't possibly drink that much including Diamond lounge complimentary drinks almost every evening. Which reminds me that we both came down with what we suspect was food poisoning. Our Diamond Lounge host came down with the same symptoms a few days before us. Severe stomach pains with headache and fever. It was not noro, no vomiting, etc. Luckily this happened the last 2 days of the cruise so we just stayed in our cabin in quite a bit of misery and had our towels switched out. My husband did not want to go to the medical facility, which I wish I didn't agree to. I had to go to the emergency room a few days after returning home because the pain would not go away. They didn't think it was noro either, did a CT scan and prescribed antibiotics which helped but with my already existing intestinal issues I have not been the same since. Luckily we have insurance because the ER bill was over $8,000.00 but I'm still working out the co-pays. We will not consider doing a ship with over 6,000 passengers again unless they can improve the disembarkation process. What a mess! We were both still feeling weak and felt we couldn't handle all of our bags ourselves to do the self disembarkation so we had to pick them up in the customs area. Big mistake. Our disembarkation time was about 8:15 am but our number wasn't called until after 10:00 and we didn't get out of the terminal until about 11:45 The customs hall is just not equipped to handle that many passengers in Fort Lauderdale. It was hot, with a sea of people in front of us and only 4 Customs windows open for U.S. passengers. Fights were breaking out in line. Where were the cruise line agents? Nowhere in sight. It was every man for himself. Our flight was about 2:00 and we were getting worried we might be too late which added to the stress. We mostly have good memories from this ship (after all it's a cruise!) but some not so good ones as well. A lot of people love the Oasis of the Seas and mega-ships like her but we like a cruising experience where the sea is the main attraction and the ocean views are everywhere. We're also not looking at RCCL for any future cruises. Our business, our countless past cruises or future dollars means nothing to them. Their "customer care" never answered any of my emails. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The Oasis is by far a beautiful ship but..it's just way too crowded,. The elevators were always full and we winded up having to wait for another one to come. The Boardwalk is similar to a mall and it was also crowded like one which ... Read More
The Oasis is by far a beautiful ship but..it's just way too crowded,. The elevators were always full and we winded up having to wait for another one to come. The Boardwalk is similar to a mall and it was also crowded like one which didn't make it easy getting around. There were long lines especially if when you needed help at guest services..I stood on that line for over an hour The food in the Windjammer wasn't very good and I'm happy we were able to eat in the Silk in the evening where the service was very good and the food was much better than the Windjammer. The shows were excellent and the Jamaican band that played in the pool area was awesome!! Activities on board were lacking. We had an interior cabin and was very happy with both the service and our room Our room was larger than expected and rather comfortable.. The young man assigned to our room was always very helpful and he always asked if we needed anything every single time we saw him. We enjoyed each port and RCCL private island is simply beautiful. Unfortunately we have no plans on returning to The Oasis of the Seas. We wanted to experience the biggest ship and bigger is just not always better..in my opinion a smaller ship with less people is alot better. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I was very disappointed with the cruise! We previously had been on the Oasis for 44 days. The Menu was very limited with NO cold soups and limited salads. Room Service was inconsistent. Sometime good coffee and sometimes sludge. ... Read More
I was very disappointed with the cruise! We previously had been on the Oasis for 44 days. The Menu was very limited with NO cold soups and limited salads. Room Service was inconsistent. Sometime good coffee and sometimes sludge. Sometimes we got what we ordered and sometimes NOT. We did not know that the Diamond lounge had closed on deck 4 and reopened combined with the Concierge Lounge on deck 11.We did not receive our normal Amenities. A plate of 4 Chocolate Strawberries is it. I was quarantined to my cabin for a couple of days and when finally released, I could not get off the ship in Jamaica due to a miscommunication. The entertainment was great, especially Cats! The Comedy Club acts were fantastic, except for the Headliner named Kennedy who was just horrible. We had a Jr. Suite on the 7th deck and it was amazing. Being in a Jr. Suite gave us the ability to eat dinner in the Coastal Kitchen and we really enjoyed it. The suite and Pinnacle lounge is really nice and it would be nice if Diamond Plus cruisers were allowed usage of this facility. Children, well there were a lot of them Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We went as a family of 8 with ages ranging from 13 to 93. Our third cruise. Had been on Princess and Carnival before. Overall, it is an amazing ship. Well designed. Very stable. It is huge. The big main walking promenade and the ... Read More
We went as a family of 8 with ages ranging from 13 to 93. Our third cruise. Had been on Princess and Carnival before. Overall, it is an amazing ship. Well designed. Very stable. It is huge. The big main walking promenade and the 'central park' are great ideas. There is even a ice skating rink. The staff were excellent, as were the main shows. They had a full production of CATS. The ship was spotless overall. The staterooms are bigger than other ships and have a sofa the may be of sufficient size for a small child to sleep on. I think all outside rooms are ocean view with balcony. The inside rooms face central park and have balconies too. So no claustrophobia. We were on deck 14. It is a long walk from end to end of the ship. Activities: lots to do ranging from napkins folding classes to jewelry shows to bingo and the usual. There is of course a casino but as a non gambler, cannot comment on it. The spa and gym were big. My wife used it and said it was fantastic. Not free of course! The things we did not like: 1) A lot of pushing to buy drink packages and shop at stores. 2) A lot of nickel diming. For example, back of scenes tour was free on Princess. $150 on Oasis. Several classes were not free including guacamole making class. 3) usually there are movies in the main theater on a frequent basis but not on Oasis. And it was fuzzy since it was 3D. So if you could not find glasses, you could not see much. 4) The shore excursions we took were very meh and expensive. Recommend sticking with your own walk around agenda. 5) Usually there are educational events related to upcoming ports of call. None on Oasis. 6) The type of daytime on ship activities overall was not as diverse as I had seen on other ships except for the headline events which were amazing. 7) Food was abundant but the diversity of choices was not as extensive as Carnival or Princess. Taste wise was definitely a notch lower. The ship overall, is one large weekend at Vegas on water. It was more expensive than average cruises. I would recommend it but I wish they would include more activities in the price and not nickel dime. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Wife wanted to cruise on this particular ship. The embarkation process went very smoothly and quickly, curb to ship in about 20 minutes. Luggage was delivered to our cabin within 3 hours. Ship is in very good condition and well ... Read More
Wife wanted to cruise on this particular ship. The embarkation process went very smoothly and quickly, curb to ship in about 20 minutes. Luggage was delivered to our cabin within 3 hours. Ship is in very good condition and well maintained. Food was very good, we tend to use the buffet for most meals. Went to dining room 1st night, service was slower than we like, so went to buffet for all remaining meals, good selection, high quality and taste. Had a balcony cabin overlooking Central Park, deck 10 mid-ship, too much noise from the pools at times but nothing really bothersome. Cabin service was great, timely and unobtrusive. Entertainment on board was very good (we didn't care for CATS), but the ice show was excellent. Other activities were very good with good access and mostly short lines. Never felt crowded on this ship anymore than any other ship even though it's so big and carries so many passengers. This cruise deviated from the intended itinerary due to a "medical emergency" and weather, but that's the risk of cruising in late August. Substituted San Juan for St. Thomas and Labadee for St. Kitts. Labadee is really great if you are a beach person, plenty of activities, great water/beaches and good food service. Also some shopping opportunities. End of cruise debarkation process was much better than I expected. Overall Royal Caribbean is doing a great job on this ship, great staff, great service, culture focused on the guests and their needs. Had the usual shopping opportunities, which at times are annoying (at least to me). Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose the ship as a destination rather than the Islands. The ship is HUGE...TOO HUGE. We had a cabin forward which I do NOT recommend. It is a long hike to activities which are mostly aft. All staff were pleasant and helpful. The ship ... Read More
We chose the ship as a destination rather than the Islands. The ship is HUGE...TOO HUGE. We had a cabin forward which I do NOT recommend. It is a long hike to activities which are mostly aft. All staff were pleasant and helpful. The ship has many features, but with 6,400 passengers it was crowded. We choose "anytime" dining which proved to be a disaster. When trying to book ahead only once was the reservations phone even answered. Our balcony cabin was spacious and comfortable. The bathroom shower was spacious for a ship. The ice show was the best show I've seen in over 30 cruises. Negative: music in all locations is LOUD and techno for the most part. Aimed at 20 somethings. Simply terrible. Drink prices are bordering on THEFT. $6.95 for a beer plus 18% service charge and the guts to ask for a tip! That works out to about $168 for a case of beer that costs less than $20. The food was plentiful but bland except for Indian dishes. Again we did not use specialty restaurants because of outrageous up charges. Steakhouse was $79pp plus service of 18%. We probably won't cruise Royal again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I'm a Crown & Anchor Gold member, which at this point it counts for nothing. With the new system, Gold members are NOT recognized at all. All you get is a letter advising you of discounts. The Oasis is a beautiful ship with lots ... Read More
I'm a Crown & Anchor Gold member, which at this point it counts for nothing. With the new system, Gold members are NOT recognized at all. All you get is a letter advising you of discounts. The Oasis is a beautiful ship with lots of venues such as a boardwalk, aqua theater, zip line, flowrider, wall climbing, central park, ice skating ring, etc. The down side is that these venues are closed on ports of call. So if you choose to stay oboard you have limited choices. Avoid St. Martin by all means. It's filthy, the islanders are really pushy, if you go to the beach you will be harassed by local vendors to exhaustion, the shore excursion RC offers called "St. Maarten Beach Rendezvous" was terrible. The tour reps are rude, have no common sense (force us to stand in line in the pouring rain) which made the bus ride uncomfortable in our soaking clothes and freezing A/C. Ate lunch at the Kakao Beach restaurant in Orient Beach, the waiting staff is rude, treat you like an annoyance, never came back to check on us. You have limited time in San Juan, Puerto Rico (4 hours). I will never do the Eastern Caribbean route again. I have had a better experience in the Western Caribbean which includes Cozumel; Mexico really knows customer service and the locals at restaurants and bars understand and speak English. You can't understand a word in the Caribbean and they get upset about it. Bought the Premium beverage package, it was worth the cost, but did not get the soda cup had to request it three times, the pizzeria never carried bottled water, the food quality at the Windjammer was subpar, the reservation experience at the My Time Dining was the worst - we went three times and they never had our table reserved or ready. The second time we went to the dining room since our table was not ready, they had us walk to the 4th floor for a table. The third time, we were assigned a table right next to the waiter's station so we were literally on their way, so we asked to be seated elsewhere. The hostess took us to another table which was not ready so we were asked to wait. Since they were not going to clean it, she asked us to walk to another section. The waiter took a long time to acknowledge us. When he finally did he said "what is the confusion with the menu". There was no confusion, we were just waiting for him! I asked for a Pellegrino, they charged for it (even though a had the Premium beverage package). The maitre d' asked the waiter to cancel the charge, he did not. Had to called Guest Services to ask them to remove the charge (but had the wait 30 minutes on hold to get through). I always prepay the gratuities, but this time I felt it was not correctly distributed. After all the hassle in the main dining room, we didn't go back. The zip line is fun, however the waiting time is ridiculous. It was opened at 1:00 and there were 3 staff to prepare you. All of a sudden only 1 staff person was left and it made the waiting time 2 hours! Overall, I like the ship a lot and the shows, but the customer experience was not what I expected. Particularly the staff does not understand English, the food was subpar and the shore excursion was a nightmare. Choose another part of the Caribbean to visit. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We chose Royal Caribbean this time because we wanted to try something different and had cruised a few times on Carnival and enjoyed it. Overall the cruise went well the destinations and excursions were very good and crew was courteous and ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean this time because we wanted to try something different and had cruised a few times on Carnival and enjoyed it. Overall the cruise went well the destinations and excursions were very good and crew was courteous and friendly but not as friendly and personable as Carnival simply for the fact that there was 7,000 people on board this monster of the seas. We reserved a dinner at the Chops Restaurant and between the appetizer and dinner we waited two long hours. The Staff finally had other staff members from other restaurants come to help. The lines were long at the bars in the pool areas during certain peak times in the day and the promenade was always packed with people as there was always sales on watches and purses as you would have thought you were at a mad flea market. The only time It was not crowded was after midnight. There were a lot of parties of passengers that were celebrating some sort of event birthdays or anniversaries and some got very loud and out of hand in certain areas. The Cabins I give a 5 star rating as everything was very clean and comfortable. If you like a very crowded cruise on the largest ship I have ever been on then Oasis of the Seas is for you. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise line largely in part because of all the amenities on the ship. We have three teenagers who a the time were 14, 16, and 18 so having the Flowrider, the slides, zip line, pools and size of the ship were huge for them. ... Read More
We chose this cruise line largely in part because of all the amenities on the ship. We have three teenagers who a the time were 14, 16, and 18 so having the Flowrider, the slides, zip line, pools and size of the ship were huge for them. We went to St Maartin, San Juan, and Labadee none of which any of us had been so this was also a consideration when booking. We looked at all the dining options and loved what seemed to come as part of the package and were planning on a couple of upcharge restaurants as well. All in all this seemed to be exactly what we were looking for in a ship. Then tragedy struck and our youngest son broke 7 bones in his foot and bones in both hands two weeks before the cruise. Even though we had insurance on the trip something like this is not covered. So here we go on the cruise with a kid on a scooter and both hands in casts. To no fault of the ship this did put a damper on many of the things we'd planned, not to mention he is our adventurist (which is how he got hurt in the first place) so the flowrider, rock climbing, etc went virtually unexplored. But back to the ship itself. During the week we dined at two of the upcharge restaurants and were planning trying a third but we tried the Icon Restaurant (included in the cruise) and the kids all loved it and wanted to come back the next night, then this turned into the rest of the week. Our waiter there was wonderful, got to know the entire family and was just serving us as we sat down because he knew what we'd want to drink for the most part, etc. We loved all the daily activities, game shows, aqua theater, and so much more. There was just so much to do at all times. My wife and I taught our oldest daughter black jack and she really racked up on our initial buy ins winning about $500 for the week. I booked a salt scrub couples massage and it was one of the best I've ever had; we love couples massages and this one far surpassed expectations. The ports of call were all a lot of fun. We had excursions planned for two of the portss and both were a blast. We did an amazing race in St Maartin, zip lined in Haiti, and walked/shopped old town San Juan. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We just got back a couple of days ago from our 7 night trip on the Oasis of the Seas. Let me start by saying that I write very long reviews on our cruises, mainly because I personally like to read them and learn as much as possible before ... Read More
We just got back a couple of days ago from our 7 night trip on the Oasis of the Seas. Let me start by saying that I write very long reviews on our cruises, mainly because I personally like to read them and learn as much as possible before going on a ship. So, someone else who is like me will get something from this, I hope. Otherwise, you may just want to hear that, yes, we had a wonderful time. The ship is incredible. It is NOT crowded all the time. There are plenty of places to go to get away from the people. The food was great, and we were happy with the service. We would most definitely go again, especially if we were to take our children next time. Embarkation went fairly smoothly for us. We parked at the Embassy Suites (we live just a few dozen miles from the port) and had a shuttle to the port. Once we got to the port, it was crazy because there were the remnants of the people getting off of the ship. Check-in was very quick, and we waited in a waiting area for perhaps 15 minutes, at the most. Once we got on, I was slightly overwhelmed by how crowded it was. However, other than the final night, I didn’t feel claustrophobic after that. The muster drill was the most interesting I’ve ever experienced in my fifteen or sixteen cruises. First, I must point out that they started making people go to their spots fifteen minutes early, which was annoying because nature was calling! Our spot was the Opal Theater, and there was a group travelling that had been part of a Broadway touring group. One of the guys started singing, people started clapping and it was hilarious. Plus, they had a silly video about washing your hands. The people in the station didn’t know what to think of it all! The whole public area was PACKED following the muster station. As the ship left, you could get incredible views of miles of beaches from deck 16. However, I would suggest another spot because it was pretty crowded along the rail. Disembarkation was pretty good. We got off fairly early, with number 9. I think we were called off around 8:15. A good bit of luggage was out by then. We waited maybe 15 minutes in line to get out, and go through customs. It wasn’t too crazy outside of the terminal. The ship is enormous. It was somewhat overwhelming at first, but after we walked around a good bit of it, we got a feel for where everything was. My husband really liked the “Royal Promenade.” Both of us enjoyed people watching from Sorrento’s or the Café Promenade in the evenings; it was very entertaining. I especially liked the Central Park area. It is quite lovely and quiet. There’s a great spot to get pictures of couples, just under the pergolas. Everything is well maintained and so clean throughout. There are several pools, and until the final day, they never seemed too crowded. Sometimes the hot tubs got a little full, but you could usually find a spot in one. Unlike some other ships, there was not a constant search for a pool side lounger. Although there were thousands of people on the ship, you could always find a quiet spot if you wanted to. One of our favorite spots was at the back of the ship, on deck five, where the track is. There are several wooden Adirondack chairs there, and it was always very quiet there, and we loved seeing the water at the back of the ship. We also found that the sun deck, on 14, has excellent views and is a very quiet spot, typically with few people. The library was PUNY, and I love to read; I’ve been on Carnival ships with bigger libraries! I had read a couple of reviews where people complained about the dining room food and just don’t get it. We found the dining room food to be excellent. We only ate in the Windjammer a few times during lunch (on port days). The food was good there. It was very busy there during breakfast, so we never went. They had a nice array of various choices, I thought and it was pretty quiet at lunchtime on port days. On the first day, you can go to the Windjammer. It was crazy busy in the Windjammer, but practically empty in the Solarium. They serve very healthy choices in there, and we enjoyed salads, salmon, paella, fruits, and really tasty granola bars that I think they make on the ship. The Solarium is also a good place for a quiet and quick breakfast, too. Park Café served breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and special sandwiches during lunch. My husband loved the beef on weck in there. You can get coffee there. Sorrento’s is open most of the day where you can get pizza. They always had pizzas made, and there were usually four choices. It was pretty good. My husband liked going by the Café Promenade for coffee a couple times a day. He would get his Seattle’s Best coffee, and was happy. I couldn’t believe the number of people who would stand in line to actually BUY coffee at Starbucks in the Royal Promenade! They also had premade sandwiches there in the Café. We only got them once, but they were very good. And, there were small desserts; the cheesecake lollipop was quite tasty. We ate in the American Icon Grill most mornings for breakfast and on the at sea days for lunch. They have a buffet during those times. We like ordering from the menu, though. It was sometimes kind of slow at breakfast time, but not bad during lunch. My husband insisted on going there for breakfast because he loves lox and bagels. The lunch menu food was quite good, especially cream of asparagus soup and the raspberry ganache tart. There was some type of really good chicken wrap. My husband and I always enjoy the cruise dining room for dinner. We both thought the food was excellent in the Grande. The only negative was that it was near the Casino, and the smoke would permeate the waiting area a little bit. Late seating (we were assigned) was TOO late for us, so we wound up going to the first seating; more on how that was managed later. The one negative on the food was that, if you ordered something that was topped with cheese, I found it to be too MUCH cheese. My husband really appreciated all of the seafood options. They served lobster tail on the second formal night. I especially enjoyed the different salads on the menu each night. And, the fruit dishes served at night were surprisingly good. I am a very good cook. With my work schedule, I don’t have time to make super fancy meals each night, but I feel that I’m a good judge of food, and really enjoyed it there in the Grande. The service we experienced on the ship was excellent. I had to go to the service desk a couple of times (for change and with a question about dinner times) and the people were friendly and helpful. Our room steward did an outstanding job. We are very neat and tidy, and she always snuck in there and made it spic and span each morning and evening. Dining room service in the Grande was wonderful. We spoke with someone the first morning who put us on a waiting list to be moved to second seating. However, there were so many requests, that they could not assign us a permanent table. We were told to come at 6 or 6:15 to see if they could get a table for us. Each night, the assistant manager checked the lists of guests dining in other locales, and made calls, and was able to get us a table for two in the Grande at the first seating. It really meant a lot to us that they worked to do that for us. Our server and the assistant server both did an excellent job of serving. They were positive, friendly, and provided smooth service each evening (we had the same servers all but two of the nights). There are many various activities on the ship. I never felt bored. We really enjoyed walking on the track; 2.4 times around make a mile. We walked a LOT; I actually lost a few pounds. I went to Broadway trivia, which was lots of fun. Both of us enjoyed just people watching, and visiting with people we met. We spent a lot of time by the pool reading and talking with each other, as well as other people, and we swam some. I have been on around 15 cruises and this ship had the BEST entertainment of any cruise ship. First, the comedians on the first night were just okay, so we didn’t go to any other comedy shows. The Oasis of Dreams Aqua Show was incredible. My husband was in complete awe, and I couldn’t believe the talent of the divers. I really enjoyed the Frozen in Time ice show. Surprisingly, it was not cold in that theater. Be careful to not sit behind the pole so you have a clear line of vision. It was a wonderful show. The group VoicePlay was part of “Headliner Showtime.” They were very talented and it was a fun program. “Come Fly With Me” was the closest to the typical cruise fare entertainment I am used to seeing. Some of the singing was off pitch. There was one singer who was really good. The acrobatics were impressive and the aerialists were absolutely amazing. I nearly had a heart attack watching them, it was so nerve wracking. What was interesting was, the next day, we went into a shop near the WipeOut Café, and the lead guy from the show was in there working as a sales clerk. Finally, I saw “Cats” on the final day. It had been rescheduled. It is a rather tough to follow show, and several people left during intermission. The second half is the best part, too. I had the entire show memorized years ago when it was on Broadway, and saw it on Broadway. The dancing and singing were very well choreographed. I found the quality of the performers to be outstanding. The lady playing Grizabella had a voice that blew me away! Plus, I got to get my picture taken with Old Deuteronomy during the intermission. I was a music major and am a music teacher and feel I am a good judge of performances. There were some small instrumental groups playing around the ship that were very good, as well. We booked this trip during a promotion going on with Vacations to Go. We got a really great deal, so we felt that the value we received was very good. I would definitely go on this ship again, but would take our three kids with us because there is so much that they would enjoy (zip line, basketball court, ice skating, flowrider, great entertainment etc). I would say it’s a ship that you book for the ship, over the ports. Labadee was a beautiful place. We got off the ship pretty early, so things were fairly quiet when we got to Nellie’s Beach. We even got shade. You do not need to pay for beach chairs; they are included at all the spots on the island. The sand is soft at Nellie’s and there were no rocks. My husband snorkeled and that was okay there because some areas in the water were sort of grassy (we bring our own gear). I enjoyed swimming in the clear water. It gets very hot there. Adrenaline Beach is under the giant zip lines. The water there was very silty, so not good snorkeling. The Artisan area has poor, pushy, desperate salesman. You can take trams to the beaches, but we just walked. This is a nice stop if you have kids because you can just enjoy the beaches. There are buffets set up at different areas. We actually headed back to the ship to eat because it was SO hot! In Falmouth, we checked out the town. Normally, we’d go to Dunn’s River Falls, but have already been there three times. There is a nice bit of shopping in the port area. When you leave the port area, you will find a rather run down, old town. My husband was on a search for Blue Mountain Coffee, and he wound up finding a small supermarket that sold ground High Mountain Coffee for $10 a pound, so he bought that. There are historical buildings and such in Falmouth; it’s just a shame that it hasn’t been maintained better. Another place that was SO HOT, and we live in South Florida. We have been to Cozumel several times. We always just go to Chankanaab State Park, which is about 10 minutes away. The taxi ride for 1-4 people is $12 each way. The park costs $21 for adults to enter, and we always use the $2 coupons from the website, so it’s $19 a person. There is excellent snorkeling, a sea lion show, beach chairs, a long beach (man made but with good views), a crocodile sanctuary, botanical gardens, and food for purchase. They are not pushy at all there, which we appreciate. The shopping in the International Pier area is good if you are looking for inexpensive. We got the best deals in the “Le Best Cozumel” for shirts for our kids. There’s a flea market (at least that’s what they call it) on the second floor and one store had really beautiful dishes for sale. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ship! You will never get bored and we only wish that we were able to stay longer so we could have seen more of the ship. Believe it or not, there were things we were discovering even on the last day of the trip! To do this review justice...I will talk about some specific things about the cruise. Embarkation was a BREEZE! We arrived around 11 am and I cannot tell you how thrilled I was that it was less than 15 minutes and we were on board. However, disembarkation was hardly as nice. We ended up getting stuck in the opal theater for hours waiting for our number to be called. Now, one of our favorite topics....food! We did 'my time dining' and will probably continue to make that choice in the future. Our dining room was the American Icon Grille and I can say it was fantastic! It was no Chops (which we went to one night and cannot say enough amazing things about it...it is worth every penny!) but it was high quality food and service. We never left hungry! All in all, our cruise was fantastic. We would do it again in a heartbeat! We got back home on a Sunday night and by Monday we were already planning our next cruise, which we are going on next March. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My wife and I were really looking forward to this cruise. Ever since our first cruise on Liberty of The Seas, Royal Caribbean has had us hooked! Once we finally booked the cruise, the fact that we were going on an Oasis class ship took a ... Read More
My wife and I were really looking forward to this cruise. Ever since our first cruise on Liberty of The Seas, Royal Caribbean has had us hooked! Once we finally booked the cruise, the fact that we were going on an Oasis class ship took a long time to set in. Along with our cruise, we booked a 5 night dining package, premium drink package, and VOOM streaming Internet for one device. Normally we wouldn't buy internet on a cruise but we left our 6 month old at home with his grandma. Embarkation I had read about how smooth embarkation is on Oasis and Allure and how huge Terminal 18 is, and sure enough, all the rumors are true. Terminal 18 is huge and super efficient. We pulled up around 12:30pm and porters stapled our preprinted luggage tags to our bags, we tipped them and moved to the terminal. From the time we got in line to go through customs, to the moment we stepped foot on the ship was about 25 mins. Quick, efficient, and very pleasing considering this ship can hold north of 6000 passengers. Unless things change with security or RCI staffing in the terminal, expect a speedy and efficient embarkation. Cabin For our room, we booked a Central Parkview balcony room. Upon booking, we had several concerns. One was noise from the pool deck/park below. Noise was not an issue at all. When the balcony do is closed, 90% of the outside noise goes away. The only time you hear much of anything is when the band is playing at the pool on days at sea (which probably means you shouldn't be in your room long anyway). You do hear the simulated noise of birds chirping during the day, and crickets at night. I believe the simulated noises are on a timer and turn off during quiet hours (1am-8am I think). There was plenty of space to store everything we brought. We packed 4 suitcases (I know it's a lot :/ ) and were able to fit all of them under the bed once we unpacked. The bathroom is small as expected in a standard stateroom. Dining As previously mentioned, we bought the 5 night dining package, which we both agreed was an excellent value, especially on a ship that has an incredible amount of dining options. We ate in the dining room on the first and sixth nights. After reading previous reviews, we both had low expectations of the food and service in the dining room. Those low expectations were definitely met. We absolutely loved the table we sat at and actually made friends with another couple who we saw multiple times everyday on the cruise. However, the service was very slow. I'm talking 45 mins to bring out your appetizers slow. I'm talking an hour and half to bring out your main course slow. Our dining time was 8:30 and on both days we weren't out of the dining room any earlier than 10:45. Not to mention, neither of our waiters were that great. Especially compared to Freedom OTS and Liberty OTS. I couldn't even tell either of their names. Now the specialty restaurants, those are a totally different story. We had very high expectations for everywhere we ate, and all exceeded expectations, especially 150 Central Park. Our waiter at 150 Central Park, whose name was Julien, made sure that our dining experience there was incredible. We were greeted by name when we sat down and immediately served bread with unsalted butter and 6 different salts from around the world. Following the bread was a 6 course meal that I would've happily paid $100-$200 per person for on land because the service and the food was that good. The atmosphere of the the restaurant was also excellent. Very formal, very intimate. So damn good, that we actually ate their twice and requested the same waiter. Giovanni's Table, which serves family style Italian was also excellent. When I saw lamb chops on the menu, my eyes lit up like the 4th of July. They were some of the finest lamb chops a person could ever had at sea or on land. My wife had jumbo shrimp which was also to die for. Izumi was our least favorite, but that does not mean it wasn't great. My wife had their sushi which was great while I had the hibachi. I love that they make the fried rice with a very light amount of soy sauce and let you add extra soy sauce on your own if you want it. The chefs were a lot more energetic than any hibachi restaurant I've eaten at on land. Izumi is a very small and popular hibachi and sushi place, so if you want to eat there book it online or as soon a you board. Then of course, there is Chops who serves some of the best steaks and seafood at sea. Excellent as always. Our waiter Relish (pronounced RelEEsh) was very professional and took very good care of us. Long story short, if you budget allows it, I highly highly highly recommend you purchase some kind of dining package and eat at the specialty restaurants. They are well worth the money, and service in the dining room doesn't even compare. Plus, who doesn't want to eat in Central Park!? Also, we called Sabor the best kept secret on the ship. Every time we ate there it was just fabulous. We always had the same waiter whose name was Joel and he always treated us very well. Their table side guacamole was just fantastic, the margaritas, fantastic, the tacos, fantastic. We usually always ate lunch there. It is an a la cartel menu, but we usually paid about $12 because we shared everything. As for the Windjammer (A.K.A. the Excuse Me Cafe), for a ship this it was pretty small. You are constantly almost colliding with people or saying excuse me to someone who won't even hear you because they can make up their mind on whether they want chicken marsala or beef stroganoff. Ship spaces If you've done any kind of research on Oasis class ships, you'll know that they divide the ship into 7 different areas they like to call neighborhoods. RCI practically throws it in your face. The size of the ship may seem overwhelming (believe me looking at it when you arrive to the terminal definitely makes you feel that way), but the neighborhood concept makes the ship very easy to navigate. Even my wife who is awful at directions was able to find her way around by the end of day 2. The neighborhood concept is also brilliant because it makes it feel like there isn't actually 6000+ people on the ship. Pools areas can get busy on sea days, but we never had an issue with finding a chair. Expect long lines for popular activities on sea days like the Flowrider (especially the surfing side), Ziplining, and a Rock climbing. Central Park is by far our favorite space. It's very quiet and beautiful and offers an endless amount of photo ops especially at night! However, when going through the aft doors at night in Central Park, be very careful because the floor gets slippery. This warning is especially for women wearing heels. We saw few very cartoonish and tragic falls during our cruise. The warm humid air coming from the outside into the cool air of the ship creates condensation on the floors so watch out! The promenade was beautiful and had plenty of shopping and entertainment. There was seemingly always live music playing somewhere whether it was Boleros, On Air, Globe and Atlas pub, or above the promenade. The boardwalk was best kept secret of the ship. It is nowhere near as busy as some other areas of the ship are. In this areas, there's Ben and Jerry's icecream, the carousel, a souvenir shop wish a candy shop attached, Sabor, the Aqua Theatre, Rock Climbing, and an arcade. This area also looks spectacular at night, but I feel like the area is missing something and that's why traffic is always light there. Our other favorite spot was the Solarium. It is always quiet there, and you can get enough of a breeze without worrying about strong headwinds because the area is mostly covered by glass. There was a late night dance party hosted here one night as well as the Boardwalk. If you are looking only to soak up some sun with some peace and quiet, head to the sundeck all the way forward on deck 14. You'll take the stairs or elevator to deck 14, head towards the port side hallway, and walk forward towards the bow. If it is windy, the deck will not be open, but otherwise it is a nice quiet spot. 4/7 we were on the ship, there was absolutely no headwind so that area was very nice if you wanted peace and quiet. Entertainment and Activities If you are looking for a ship that has the most in entertainment options, look no further. The onboard activities are seemingly endless. The worst thing you can do for your cruise vacation is trying to pack too many activities into your day. All it does is create stress on you and tire you so much that you won't make it past dinner. When your stateroom attendant leaves a cruise compass in your room, review the activities carefully and put a star by the ones you're most interested in and multiple stars by the ones you don't want to miss. For example, some of my favorite activities involve competitions like the Best of The Best Flowrider, dodgeball, pool volleyball, the belly flop competition, and the worlds sexiest man (all of which I competed in. Can you guess which one I won? lol). The Oasis of Dreams show at the Aqua Theatre completely blew my mind. The fact that a show like this is able to take place on a ship, let alone at all is just amazing. There are lights, music, floating performers, a divers that jump probably about 60 feet from the top of the Aqua Theatre. We skipped out on Cats because we heard it was an incredibly long production. 3 hours on a cruise ship on a sea day can go a long way, plus it was during the Flow Rider competition. There is always something going on the ship whether it's dancing at Boleros, Dazzles, or Blaze, or trivia, even the live musicians that frequent the pool deck, central park, or the promenade. If you find yourself bored on Oasis of The Seas it is 100% your fault. There is plenty to do for all ages and all different personality types. Service I will make this easy and say the only place we didn't receive good service was in the main dining room. How could you provide good service when you potentially have to feed up to 6000 people between 6pm and 11pm? Service everywhere else was excellent, especially in the specialty restaurants. We did run into a bit of product pedaling at Sabor on day 1, but damn it I'm glad he did pedal those margaritas because they were very good! Our stateroom attendant Stevo was excellent, he was always interested in what we just got done doing, how we liked it, and what we were doing next. Ports of Call We didn't see any shore excursions that we were interested in or that we hadn't done on previous cruises, so for this cruise we did not book anything through Royal Caribbean. Our first shore visit was Nassau, Bahamas, and I wish we never got off of the ship. It was a very short visit. We were only docked from 7am-2pm. We wanted to go to Atlantis, but we figured by the time we spend $150 per person and get there, it'd be time to head back to the ship, basically wasting our money. We decided to go to a beach not far from the pier. When we got off, we had to brave an area that I like to call The Gauntlet. About a half of a mile of being bombarded by salespeople selling fake designer bags, fake jewelry, cigars, one after another after another. You'd figure that they'd realize that they're the 9th person in line trying to see fake designer bags. When we got the beach, there was no let up either. Men constantly asking us if we wanted to rent chairs and umbrellas, buy drinks, or rent kayaks. The beach was rocky, and trash kept washing ashore. We got off of the ship at about 9:30am and were back onboard by 11am. If a future cruise stopped here again, we wouldn't dare get off of the ship. Our second shore visit was St. Thomas. Here, we decided to go to the world famous Magen's Bay. It was very easy to find a cab, but the cab ride to the beach was the highlight of this shore visit. It was honestly the my questionable, sketchy cab ride ever. These cabs are basically pickup trucks with benches in the beds that seat about 35-30 people. Now picture something like that winding through relatively large mountains at speeds of 35-55mph. Combine that with a driver who didn't seem to know what a STOP sign was and how to navigate a vehicle through one. Everyone is the cab was losing their minds! Once we arrived, the beach was beautiful, but crowded. We found a quiet spot along the rocks to snorkel and swim. This was absolutely one of the most beautiful beaches I've been to. When you look out to the end of the bay, there is a perfectly placed island. It was almost like something that could be a default desktop background on a brand new PC. The cab ride back wasn't as bad as the ride to the beach. Overall, the round trip for my wife and I cost $50. $10 per person each way, and $5 per person to access the beach. Our last port of call was Sint Maarten. I had heard nothing but great things about this shore visit so I was very excited. When we got off of the ship, we stopped at the visitor center right in the cruise port and inquired about a snorkeling excursion. Once we told them we were interested, we were taken to a cab and taken to a snorkel shop about 5 mins away. Our driver was very friendly and informed us of how friendly everyone on the island was. On the way to the shop, the driver was honking and waving at people and my wife asked "so do you know the people you're waving at?" He replied "no, I just see them around often." That would set the tone for the rest of the day. We got to Blue Bubbles' shop where we each paid $65 which included snorkeling, access to paddle boards, kayaks, Mullet Bay Beach, unlimited rum punch and snacks and a meal for $10 extra (i think it should just be $75 and everyone gets food). The staff was incredibly friend, informative, and concerned about safety. There were about 12 of us on a fairly large boat, and we were all different ages ranging from 1 year old to 50 years old. There is plenty of snorkel gear including lifebelts, life vests, and boogie boards to keep people who aren't strong swimmers above water. At the first stop, we swam past a floating tiki bar where we saw colorful fish, a plane wreck, a submarine wreck, a helicopter wreck, and a ship wreck. It's a pretty decent swim to get to the wrecks, so if you're not a strong swimmer let the staff know and they will provide you with a floatation device. On the way to the next stop, the staff breaks out the rum punch (natural fruit punch for those under 21 years old) and the snacks. They play nice relaxing music, and give passengers an opportunity to drive the boat. No one else wanted to drive so I drove for about 20 mins lol. Just before we got to the second location, we passed Maho Beach and Princess Juliana Airport. We stopped at the adjacent beach named Mullet Bay Beach. It is a topless beach, but the staff parks the boat far enough out that any youth can't clearly make out topless women on the beach. This beach is where you go get food. You can either swim to the beach with a guide who will let them you you've paid for you food, or have the guide bring it to the boat. We decided to swim ashore and eat. The beach is beautiful and quiet, and the food is GOOD. We had chicken and ribs with rice and beans and a salad. The chicken and ribs were seasons with island spices. We spent a good chunk of time in Mullet Bay, which was nice because everyone had ample time to paddle board and kayak, or relax at the beach. When it's time to board the boat the captain will sound the whistle. Overall the excursion was about 5 hours. I'd certainly do it again. Disembarkation Our flight was 3pm so we were in no rush to get off of the ship. When we decided to do so, we were out on the curb in about 20 minutes. However, we did not get off when our luggage tag number was called. When they called our number, we waited about 30 mins and then got off. I believe this helped us not stand in line a ton or look for our bags along with hundreds of other people. When we got to the baggage claim area, ours was pretty much the only one left. So if your flight is a little later, take your time getting off of the ship. Overall I am looking forward to the day that we set sail on another Oasis class ship. I am also looking forward to bringing my son and his future sibling on an Oasis class ship. Plenty to do for families, great dining options, and an endless array of activities. For those with children, I also heard from multiple shipmates with kids that Adventure Ocean (the neighborhood of the ship where parents can take their kids) was awesome. I never felt like the ship was overcrowded and it never felt like there were actually 6000 people onboard. The only thing I would change is visiting Nassau as a port of call. Other than that, my wife and I had an incredible experience! Thanks Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had to fly in one day early in order to make it in time to board the ship, so we decided to explore Ft. Lauderdale as soon as we got in. It was a relaxing evening walking along the boardwalk and eating at Coconuts, a local restaurant ... Read More
We had to fly in one day early in order to make it in time to board the ship, so we decided to explore Ft. Lauderdale as soon as we got in. It was a relaxing evening walking along the boardwalk and eating at Coconuts, a local restaurant on the water, recommended by a local. The next morning, we took the 10 o'clock shuttle to the port and the excitement kicked in. It was very busy, but we were greeted right away and our luggage was tagged and stacked in the luggage bins upon our arrival. We walked right through the check-in without waiting (deck 11). The lower decks had long lines. We were surrounded by friendly people, so waiting to embark was pleasant. Boarding went smoothly, the staff was extremely friendly upon boarding and our room was ready right after we had lunch in Central Park. The ship was clean, our cabin was very nice with lots of storage space and a very large balcony. I would recommend bringing extra hangers for the closet even though there are lots in there. (I had taken someone else's advice to do so, and was glad to have extras). At first I was worried about where to store our 4 suitcases, but everything fit under the bed! Dining was great, we just did the main dining room for dinners and didn't feel the need to spend extra on the specialty restaurants. Our favorite breakfast was at Johnny Rocket's. The cafe in Central Park had salads, sandwiches, chips, and fruit cups; the Solarium had warm lunch (mashed potatoes, stew, fish, salad bar...). We quickly learned what different places were serving so we knew where to go depending on our cravings. The shows we saw were excellent (Come fly with Me, Headliner, and Aqua show). Our excursions were wonderful: Private Beach in St, Thomas was a dream come true! Gorgeous and just a few people with us. We even got to swim with a sea turtle! The kayak and snorkel tour on St. Maarten was great too. We didn't see a ton of bright tropical fish, but for my first time snorkeling in deep waters, it was nice not being overwhelmed by tons of fish. Nassau's Junkanoo Beach wasn't to my liking, so we took a taxi to the public beach by Atlantis. It was beautiful! St. Thomas and St. Maarten's ports were much cleaner. Service on the ship was excellent, we felt very well taken care of everywhere we went aboard. We were so pleased that we're talking about booking another cruise already. This was our first cruise and definitely not our last. We chose to cruise alone this time, but we are considering taking our 4 kids next time. From talking to other families, their kids had a blast! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have sailed with RCCL before but never on an Oasis class ship. I must say, whoever designed this ship is a genius. The ship was amazing, and even though there are around 6,000 people on board, it only once felt crowded. I'll ... Read More
We have sailed with RCCL before but never on an Oasis class ship. I must say, whoever designed this ship is a genius. The ship was amazing, and even though there are around 6,000 people on board, it only once felt crowded. I'll start from the beginning: Embarkation - as expected with this many people, getting through the line at security in the terminal took a while. However, once through security, the check-in was quick and easy. Ship - Incredible!!! Very clean and well designed. I did not notice it to be any more crowded (and sometimes less) than other cruises I have been on. Central Park is amazing. Dining - Main dining room for dinner had excellent food and great service. The buffets at the Windjammer are as expected. Decent quality and a very good variety. The other venues we ate at were also excellent. The Park Café had a really nice salad bar (you tell them what you want-they make it for you) and a fantastic signature roast beef sandwich. The Boardwalk Dog House had a variety of hot dogs and sausages that were all very good. Johnny Rockets had a great breakfast. We went to Sabor on the boardwalk for lunch one day and had the tableside guacamole, some tacos and margaritas and it was awesome! I am not a margarita drinker, but the waiter recommended a cucumber and jalapeno (yes that's right) margarita and it was fantastic. Cain - we had a balcony on deck 8. It was clean and comfortable. Service - Very good to excellent service throughout the ship. Our cabin steward was always cheery and provided service with a smile (and sometimes a song). Entertainment - This is where I think RCCL excels above others. There were a TON of things to do, and it was always top notch. We went to the comedy show (hilarious) and the other cruise ship staples (trivia, belly flop competition) We went to the Aqua Theater show and spent the whole time in awe of the amazing diving, synchronized swimming and acrobatics that we saw. I am NOT a musical theater goer at all, but we did go see Cats. Incredible production!! While not my cup of tea, I could truly appreciate the talent. Ports - See below. We have done this itinerary a number of times so except for me diving in Cozumel, we did not purchase any shore excursions for this cruise, but I will say that Royal sure knows how to move vast amounts of passengers around. We never waited in lines to get on or off the ship. Bottom Line - Fantastic cruise on a fantastic ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was a 52 day cruise from Southhampton, England to Bejing, China, thru the Med, Suez Canal and lots of stops. The good: Wonderful ship, great interior design with 110 volts and 220v. The shower and shower head were adjustable and ... Read More
This was a 52 day cruise from Southhampton, England to Bejing, China, thru the Med, Suez Canal and lots of stops. The good: Wonderful ship, great interior design with 110 volts and 220v. The shower and shower head were adjustable and removable. Great for big people like me. The ship is bigger than our biggest aircraft carrier. (1100 feet long with 16 decks) Sport courts, rock climbing walls and a bumper car arena. Basket ball anyone. Several pool and lots of jacuzzis. They have gone to resturant style dining, no large fantail dining room. You can go upstairs but never recognize it as a buffet. Super food. Go slow on a long trip. Great gym. The cabin design was spacious and utilized all the space with overhead bins on the bed. Biggest small cabin in the fleet. We were in a Verandah suite. Entertainment was typical "ship", Dining was memorable because even though you switched dining venues nightly, you always had the same waiter. Each of the 4 free dining venues had different food. There were also 5 pay as you wish resturants. The bad: expense: wine and drinks are the highest in the fleet.--$10 for a cocktail, $8 for a beer. A room bottle on HAL is $40, on RCI it is $65. They are liquor Nazi's so don't sneak unless you are humiliation proof. Tours are really expensive (use Aviator). The electronic wizardry will really wow you. They were able to board and disembark faster than Symphony, Serenity, or Prisendam and that was with 4500 passengers. Beautiful ship, I would go again, and plan not to have a drink. Read Less
Sail Date May 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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