473 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we were on this ship before and loved it. This time, not so much. Embarkation was very easy. Debarkation was too. You would think on a ship this size it would take longer, but it has always been better than on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were on this ship before and loved it. This time, not so much. Embarkation was very easy. Debarkation was too. You would think on a ship this size it would take longer, but it has always been better than on any other ship. You had to make reservations ahead of time for all the shows. When we cruise, we like to be spontaneous, not on such a strict schedule. The ship is still awesome but next time we will take a smaller one that is not so regimented. We had an ocean view cabin. It could use more storage space. Our cabin steward was great. We asked that our ice bucket be always full and he saw to it that it was. The common areas are very beautiful. There are a lot of activities on board. The shore excursion pages are very easy to read and to book. I really like the way the have the pictures that are taken on board the ship set up in the photo gallery. They are much easier to find now. We were on the Western Caribbean itinerary. We didn't do any excursions because we have been on this itinerary so many times. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Underwhelming! It has cured me from wanting to go on RCI again This is a really big ship yet I must say it is not as crowded as you might fear. Most all times it seemed no more congested than a smaller ship. This is a short review ... Read More
Underwhelming! It has cured me from wanting to go on RCI again This is a really big ship yet I must say it is not as crowded as you might fear. Most all times it seemed no more congested than a smaller ship. This is a short review from 4 "mature" Adults, so use that in your evaluation. The last 6 cruises we have taken Have been on RCI. In terms of service personnel and food they have steadily gone downhill. This ship is a "destination" with a carousel, Rock climbing wall, mini zip line, etc. This is fine as there are only so many ports in the Caribbean, and it could become boring were there not alternate things to do.. Ship is neat, clean and in good repair. Their cabins were likewise, yet their design is poor in terms of closet layout. Typical to RCI's deterioration is their "nickel and dime-ing", such as the removal of pen and paper from the staterooms. Not a big deal until you have a problem and need to write down the information being conveyed over the phone. possibly the smallest TV I have ever seen on a ship. .Staff: Reservations desk were excellent. Getting on and off was fine, Overall someone has waived their magic wand over the crew and removed every last vestige of enthusiasm and natural friendliness On a 1 to 10 scale, our 4 person rating ( about 50 cruises to our experience) yields between a 3.5 and a 4. Not a very good rating. It bordered on annoying. Possibly we could count 4 or 5 of the staff that exhibited any form of friendliness or desire to be performance oriented. They just do not know how to deal in a service capacity. Maybe RCI has switched to a hiring policy that does not include finding friendly or service oriented people. Who knows.. Whatever the case It is markedly not for the better. Frankly the guys slicing bologna at the local market here are friendlier and show more enthusiasm. Four weeks after this sailing we did an MSC out of Miami and it was back to the old style of treatment. Food: Ahhhh more nickel and dime-ing. Overall food quality has deteriorated. Skipping to the bottom line here.... a 3.5 out of 10 would be generous. It seems they are pushing you to their specialty restaurants...pushing heavily. I believe (at least on our cruise) they have resorted to using powdered eggs for their breakfast scrambled eggs. and... they have eliminate the egg cooking station, so i wonder how many portions of eggs go into the garbage barely eaten. Really Chef ?.. Powdered eggs,,, yech!!!!! (Oh, and they were the worst powdered eggs I have ever had) Lots of Pasta was available..... frequently semi cooked. we are not talking al dente here.... we are talking crunchy. More than one station, more than one day. Staff indifferent.... I also think they believe they have mastered a way to make reconstituted chicken. Anyway... that is what it looked, felt and tasted like. Note to chef.... you have not mastered it. BUT you have mastered the excessive use of salt. ) wow... I'm thankful the water was not another one of the pay extra options). A few more: Central Park is great!!! Beautiful!!!! Took a tour of it. Narrator mumbled, talked low and away from the group... so we left... BUT they did at least offer a tour. The place for sandwiches there is GREAT!! and Giovanni's Service, personnel and food was terrific!!!! Great great fillet... these two have the highest recommendations of anything on the ship They don't have: stargazing, enrichment programs, information as to where we were, what we were passing, etc. Part of their service isolation experience I suppose. Entertainment was decent to good. They did "Cats" ( the musical, not the food), and it was very good, as was their water show. Yes there were bright spots. So....overall it was not a "bad" experience. It just was not good. it was as best mediocre. what you might settle for as a cut rate sailing. For a first timer...you might be impressed.... but if you have sailed RCI in the past, perhaps 3 or 4 years ago...or have sailed a number of other lines , you will definitely notice their deterioration in service, attitude and food. There is a lot of competition in the Miami Ft Lauderdale cruise business. MCI has already surpassed RCI, and others will also....unless RCI gets it together. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We sailed 06 FEB 2016 Eastern Caribbean and we had a great time. I found myself loving the ship more each day. We had a oceanview balcony cabin CAT D6 cabin # 11690. Nice and quiet, bed comfy and decent size shower with great water ... Read More
We sailed 06 FEB 2016 Eastern Caribbean and we had a great time. I found myself loving the ship more each day. We had a oceanview balcony cabin CAT D6 cabin # 11690. Nice and quiet, bed comfy and decent size shower with great water pressure. We sailed with a group of 37 and all enjoyed the cruise. We boarded the ship at 12pm but had to wait until 1pm to get to our cabins. Next time I will board a little later as it was crowded with everyone waiting. We had early dining at a table for 10 and at times found it hard to hear everyone as the dining room did get noisy. Food was very good with lots of choice. We had eaten breakfast in the dining room early on but later found we like the Central Park Cafe better. Just because you could sit outside and it felt like you were in a park. Loved it! I didn't see Cats ( had already seen it) but my husband did and he left at intermission but his 2 travel buddies stayed and they enjoyed it. Loved the other shows, Skating, Aqua theatre, Come Fly with Me, LOVED IT. So well done. The comedians were so good, my cheeks hurt so much from laughing. Our first day in Nassau unfortunately was cool and very windy. Never left the ship. Friends who did came right back. We enjoyed the Solarium and the travel and shopping talks. ST Thomas we stopped at a different pier than I had been before as the ship is to large. Took a "bus" into town I think it was $4.00 one way as it a bit of a distance. Would have been very tricky to walk as at times no side walk. Weather did get warmer. Walked around and did some shopping. St Maarten, just walk about at the pier and into the town, St Phillipsburg. Easy lazy day. I did the zipline, scared but did it. I know it is a very short distance but that was huge for me. The staff were very kind helping me. Loved to walk about the ship just taking everything in. The promenade was great, the Central Park, the pool decks. Never felt crowded at all. Except when going to dinner at 6pm at the elevators, then it was busy. Otherwise really no issues. I loved this cruise so much we are already booked on the Harmony next Jan 2017. Can't wait to see the water slides! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We generally cruise with Princess however, three years ago we saw the Oasis and had to try it. We did and six months later we cruised the Allure. At that time, we we're blown away by the ship and the food, specially the shows!! ... Read More
We generally cruise with Princess however, three years ago we saw the Oasis and had to try it. We did and six months later we cruised the Allure. At that time, we we're blown away by the ship and the food, specially the shows!! After two more princes cruises, 10 in all now, we just cruised the Oasis. Bad choice. First off, the ship is still magnificent and shows are not to be beaten BUT, thats where the compliments end. Other than our room steward and ONE waiter in the speciality dining, the crew was generally disgruntled and put out by every guest request request! "not my job", "ask that person over there" and just being ignored by a server in the cafe in Central park was the attitude of the crew. NEVER had that on Princess. Now the real interesting part for me as I am in the food, protein business and know the quality on meats purchased. They have obviously cut way back on the grade and quality of protein they purchase from tender and flavorful to keep chewing and don't swallow! They are very much aware of this as in the main dining room which I uses twice and could not take it anymore, they offer a strip steak on the menus BUT, if you want one you can chew and swallow, its $30 extra. The chicken used is so tough and rubbery that had they stewed it, it may have been edible. RC is building some of the nicest most interesting ships on the ocean and cutting back in their quality of service and food to pay for it. $2.50 for popcorn!!! Come on, next they will charge for tap water. Sorry for the rant but I had to get my feelings in writing. This is my very first post ever and probably my last as this is now what I do but, this past expensive experience with great expectations and poor delivery had to be written by me. Bad crew attitude and poor service coupled with horrible food both in quality and preperation has thankfully sent me back to Princess. RC is truly a Bloomingdales building providing Dollar General culinary and service, maybe the .99 cent store, I may give that one some thought. HELLO Princess next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Let me say first that the staff and meal staff were great. Our last cruise on the Oasis was four years ago. We learned first hand about RCI's new penny pinching ways. Yes meals are included but they make it clear that if want the ... Read More
Let me say first that the staff and meal staff were great. Our last cruise on the Oasis was four years ago. We learned first hand about RCI's new penny pinching ways. Yes meals are included but they make it clear that if want the really good food you pay $30 extra even in the main dinning room. You used to be able to check the internet for about .50 a minute. Now you must pay a ridiculous $30 even if you only want to use it for one minute. No matter where you look it seems that they want to charge you more for something. Don't even get me started on the $2.50 for very small bag of popcorn. We paid thousands of dollars for our cruise and you want to charge me for a bag of popcorn!! I am emerald status on RCI, we always choose it because we used to consider it one step above Carnival. Now no mints on the pillow, fewer towel animals, no drinks on the dock after excursions. These were small things that used to differentiate it from Carnival. At lease Carnival has 24 hour soft serve ice cream. The little things that made RCI special seem now to be lacking. The large outdoor TV's at the back of the ship clearly require maintenance. Large blocks don't work. You now MUST pay the gratuities automatically. Since it is a required fee I am not sure how it is a gratuity. There is nothing to give the attendant or waiter at the end of the week which becomes very awkward. Perhaps that is by design. This should now be part of the cruise price up front. Only three ports during the cruise and time at two of the ports was short, I am assuming to save on dock charges. Left Nassua at 2:30. Frankly why bother to go there. Limited shopping, excursions, and beaches. Also a very northerly port for the middle of winter. We also stopped a St. Maarten and St. Thomas. Left St. Maarten at 4:30, why? We had two days at sea to return to port. We are avid snorkelers, the two stop Buck island snorkel in St Thomas was very good. The map in the stateroom shows the boat docked next to the town in St Thomas. That is not were we were docked. Would have been nice if someone on the ship had let us know it was going to cost money to go to town before we left the ship. Much of the entertainment was cancelled due to higher seas. I truly understand that the seas will impact any performance. But why not have alternative entertainment for those days instead of nothing at all. The cruise director had very little interaction with the us. On previous cruises the Director at the end of shows would tell us about what to expect the next day and things we should look for. This one seemed more interested in getting off the stage. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Last spring, we went on the Allure of the Seas and had a fabulous time so we decided to try Oasis in early December which is physically the same ship. However, this time we were not happy. It wasn’t all bad but the negatives ruined the ... Read More
Last spring, we went on the Allure of the Seas and had a fabulous time so we decided to try Oasis in early December which is physically the same ship. However, this time we were not happy. It wasn’t all bad but the negatives ruined the many positives on our one-week cruise. I’m going to divide my assessment into good and bad so let’s start with the good. Before I eventually recommend you consider avoiding Oasis of the Seas, there were many pluses for the week. POSITIVES 1. The ship is physically stunning and beautiful. 2. The staff is fabulous, especially the hard working cabin attendants who apparently work all day long, 7 days a week. 3. Our cabin was very comfortable and the aforementioned cabin attendant made up the beds and cleaned it at least 3 times per day. Unbelievable! 4. The ports, Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten were nice places to visit, with warm and friendly people, but the Nassau visit was a 7 AM arrival with a 2 PM departure. Are you kidding? 5. Except for the show Cats, the entertainment was first class in true Royal Caribbean tradition. The Oasis of the Seas orchestra was phenomenal as were the singers from Cats when they performing in other settings, such as Dazzles. 6. DISCO NIGHT (Wednesday) on the Royal Promenade was the entertainment highlight of the week. It’s a large party where everyone had tons of fun. 7. The two guys from the Comedy Club were hilarious, the ice show was great, and there were some very enjoyable moments in the Jazz Club. They also had an excellent band performing in the Dazzles nightclub. 8. We actually liked the food in the Windjammer Café and the staff in Windjammer is nothing short of fantastic. Some people complained about a lack of variety but I thought they had plenty of choices. 9. The Casino Staff was excellent but not the casino, see below. NEGATIVES Royal Caribbean LIES when they claim they care about the environment because they subject both their guests and employees to a smoke filled den of cancer causing carcinogens in the Casino. They obviously don’t care about the environment of their guests and employees. We love to gamble but our hair, clothes, and lungs were filled with a heavy dose of smoke. One half of the casino is allegedly smoke free but it’s one facility so the entire venue rapidly fills up with cigarette smoke. It’s utterly disgusting, and despite many positives on the cruise, it ruined the week for us. Even if you don’t gamble, the Casino is in the heart of Deck 4 where all the entertainment venues are located. That means you’re constantly walking through the casino to get to and/or from one venue or another. Once again, if Royal Caribbean really cares about the environment, they would make the Casino SMOKE FREE. I can’t believe in the 21st Century, that R.C. would allow a small minority of passengers to contaminate the air for everyone on Deck 4. On the Allure of the Seas, we loved the Broadway caliber show “Chicago” and were looking forward to seeing Cats, but it was a major disappointment. More than half of the audience left during intermission. The cast is very talented but the show is a loser. But we did enjoy watching the excellent cast members perform in the Dazzles nightclub and on the Royal Promenade during Disco Night. For us, the food in the dining room was poor quality and/or mediocre at best. Everyone has different tastes in food but we didn’t enjoy it. We’re very basic eaters, we don’t like fancy food, but even we had trouble finding something we liked. You might like it but don’t expect anything great. Of course the dining room staff was very attentive but they can’t make bad food taste good. Although we liked the choices in the Windjammer Café, finding a free table at the buffet with 5,700 passengers on the ship was a never ending challenge. And here’s a trivial complaint. I like whole grain cereal such as Raisin Bran but it was missing in action at breakfast. They had Total which is a good choice but it was hard to find as was Peach or Strawberry yogurt. It seemed as if the only yogurt available was blueberry. And I also love bananas, yet for the most part, they were green all week. When you eat so much food on a cruise, one must work out so I went to the very nice Fitness Center every day from Sunday through Friday. Unfortunately, the cardio Life Fitness machines were not properly maintained. I understand mechanical items will periodically fail but there were far too many in that category. On my first visit to the Fitness Center, I had to try 3 elliptical machines before I found one which functioned properly. On Wednesday I literally counted 14 Life Fitness machines which were out of order and some others which didn’t function properly. Out of order means they weren’t working at all while malfunctioned meant you could use it but you couldn’t select the desired mode such as manual or interval. On Thursday, some of the 14 out of order machines were fixed but several were still out of order. That’s unacceptable. Exiting the ship in Ft. Lauderdale was a nightmare. R.C. tries their best to divide up departure times to improve the flow but the laws of physics cannot be overcome. When 5,700 passengers try to go through U.S. Customs within a 2-hour time frame, it’s an horrendous experience. We were on a never ending serpentine line dragging our luggage for almost an hour. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my 3rd cruise, 2nd on Royal and 1st time on the Oasis. First, I'll start by saying that we will probably never cruise with anyone other than Royal again. We love them! Let me start with the service. Everyone we had contact ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise, 2nd on Royal and 1st time on the Oasis. First, I'll start by saying that we will probably never cruise with anyone other than Royal again. We love them! Let me start with the service. Everyone we had contact with was so wonderful. Our waiter, Arif, and his assistant, Bryan, were so great to us. We had such a great time with them. Yohanes, our stateroom attendant, was so sweet. The way he pronounced my name was so cute. It really meant something to us that even when we saw him somewhere unusual at a random time, he remember our names and seemed genuinely interested in our trip and our day. I never found out her name, but the girl in the Park Cafe that the cooked my bagel in the mornings was so sweet and she remembered what kind of cream cheese I liked. The Starbucks girls were fantastic! It was always a delight seeing them! Everyone was just so helpful and pleasant. Coming back to the airport and back home truly makes me miss being on the ship. No where have I been around such a nice and friendly and HARDWORKING group of people!! The food- everything we had was good. There were times it was fantastic and there were times it could have been better. But you'll have that anywhere. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants, but my husband did have a steak from Chops Grille one of the nights in the dining room and it said it was wonderful. The lobster on lobster night may have been the tiniest bit overdone, but still delicious. Breakfast in the park cafe was the best. My second choice would probably be the Solarium. Then the Windjammer. Those are the only places we tried for breakfast. We ordered room service one morning and it was good! Came right on time. Pizza from the pizza place in the center is delicious after you've been up late having some drinks! We were very happy with everything! Everything was SO clean! These people bust their butts to clean up after the messy people on the ship. The only time we did come across a mess (a kid spilled milk in an elevator one day, another time someone spilled soda in front of the machine and it made a sticky mess) the staff was on it right away cleaning it up. They have their hands full constantly cleaning up after everyone, but everything was so clean. Entertainment- The Water show had to be rescheduled till the end of our trip but it was well worth the wait! It was a great show! Afterwards, we heard some people complaining about it, but I have no idea what they expected? We are on a cruise ship! The show went above and beyond what I would have expected and it was fabulous! The comedians they had were hysterical. They did say that it was an 18+ show and it definitely was! It was so funny! My face hurt after from laughing the entire time. Don't go to the show if you are easily offended or if you forget that they are JOKES. So funny. If you are able to fit it in, go to the Captain's Corner. We enjoyed that as well. We peeked in to the Ice show and it looked good. This isn't a main event, but the Marriage Game Show was a hoot!! A lot of the smaller events/shows they have are super funny and we enjoyed them. Another one was the World's Sexiest Man Competition. The embarking and disembarking of the ship was very smooth. There were no hold ups and we didn't wait in line very long either time. We used the express departure and took our own bags out. I would suggest using this if you don't need assistance of any sort. You literally just walk off the ship and through customs and you're off. No need to finish packing by a certain time the night before and no waiting around. This process isn't for everyone, though, but it was perfect for us and I'm glad that they offer it. We were very happy with everything, I know I'm forgetting to mention a ton of things we loved and were impressed with but I'll just say the only complaint/suggestion I have is the pillows... That's the only thing. And I suppose I could have brought my own. We can't wait for our next cruise with Royal. If I could give them more than 5 stars, I would. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
will begin my report for this cruise which was 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel. First of all we like normal flew in a day early and stayed at the Hyatt Place in Ft. Lauderdale. We had to fly ... Read More
will begin my report for this cruise which was 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel. First of all we like normal flew in a day early and stayed at the Hyatt Place in Ft. Lauderdale. We had to fly into Miami as we could not get a return from FLL to ORD until like 1700 and did not want to sit around all day and MIA had a return to ORD at 1235. We taxied into the Hyatt which was around $80.00 so its a bit costly but the shuttle bus was only about $10.00 less with other stops so we chose the taxi. I must say the service at the Hyatt was excellent and we took their shuttle to the pier for about $7.00 pp so not bad. Once in port we had to wait a while to actually get onto the ship and I was not impressed at all by the personnel there. Lets just say CS seems to be lacking in their training but of course they are not RCI employees. Once we checked in the courtesy kicked in. It took about 45 mins. to get onto the ship and our cabin was not yet ready but actually it was finished ahead of the announced time. We walked around this marvel of a ship and had lunch at the Park Cafe in the Central Park section, just some salads as we were not so hungry. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th. deck and the first thing I noticed was that the balcony was bigger than what we had last May on the NCL Getaway. It turned out to take a while to get used to all the areas on this huge ship and we seemed to have discovered something new every day. We were assigned my time dining as first seating was not available when we booked. On the first night I requested it from the Maitre'd and that was honored a day later. However that first night we shared a table with a couple from FLA. and they too wanted first seating so actually we were able to get a fixed time at the my time dining restaurant, American Icon with them so it was very good of RCI to meet our requests that way. I was so awe struck by this ship that I forgot we had reservations that night for the Oasis of Dreams show but we were able to book it for a later day. We happened upon a preview of the comedy show and saw three performers and I really got some good laughs from them. The rest of the first day was spent just checking out the ship especially Boardwalk and the Promenade. Wow! Like I tell all the people I know who have not cruised you don't know what you are missing. Many seem to think that you just sit around all day and there is nothing to do. We got a good nights rest and I must say that for the week we were on this ship detection of any motion was just a few times and it was next to nothing. I suppose 225k tons of a ship makes the ride very smooth. Ok so now its day two. Its formal night and as we had reservations for Cats we decided on an early dinner at Giovannis. I had the filet migon which was pretty good and Sue had a pasta dish which she was not too pleased with unfortunately. I tried it and liked it but it wasn't up to her taste. However the desserts were and we had the tiramisu and the canolis and those hit the spot. So we now went to see Cats and frankly it was very hard to follow. I suppose if you knew the story line ahead of time then yes it would have been good to see. However the people in our row actually left ahead of intermission including us. I heard several comments like this from others who saw it so it seems it was a hit or a miss. later on we had a chance to meet some of the ships performers and I must say what they did they did well but it was not for us. They did say RCI typically will run the show for 6 yrs. and they they spent something like 10 mil. on the stage alone. So lets talk about the entertainment on the ship. We saw a group called Abbacadabra which dod all Abba songs and that we like. It was mentioned that Abba was once offered 1 billion, yes 1 billion for a reunion tour but turned it down. Wow. They put on a fun, entertaining show and even added Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen just to show off their versatility. We saw Come Fly With Me which was a wonderful show featuring acrobats and gymnasts, song and dance and they were all amazing. Before the shows the performers with their resumes are featured on the theatre screen so you can see their backgrounds. Most have a long list of credits and some have been national champions in their respective fields. It makes me think that their is a ton of great talent out there. The performers are from mainly the UK, the USA and eastern Europe. After this show we were able to see the ice show at the last second and so that was a treat and again this was a great show and was more geared to kids. However you are on vacation so hey be a kid!! The water show was called the Oasis of Dreams and is performed at the back of the boat where they have a poll with hydraulic lifts to adjust its level. Here you see more gymnasts, acrobats and high divers. The max hight is about 58 feet and we were awestruck by how ell this show was performed. We missed the actually comedy club show but we did see that preview on day one so its not like we missed out too much. I was not able to get a reservation once on the ship and we tried to get in line for a non-reserved seat but it wasn't in our luck. Oh well. There are a number of venues for smaller acts including Latin music at Boleros, a two level lounge featuring a live band at Dazzles which was on our deck actually and that we sort of discovered by accident, a country venue called Globe and Castle (I think), the Scooner bar and a few others. Karaoke is there too for your amusement. Really if you can't see one of the main shows there is still plenty to do and to see. A word about formal night. It seems that in the cruise industry there are fewer people following the suggested attire and some people dressed up but others did not even come close. Now part of this could be that we embarked from a casual port, FLL. Last yr. on the Diamond Princess out of Yokohama I did see that many more people followed the suggested attire code for formal night. Ok so lets talk about the food which is always a subjective issue depending on your expectations and standards. I really don't expect fine dining and think its unrealistic to do so and the ship has to feed thousands of people. I do expect "good" food and at least good service. As mentioned above we ate one night in the fee restaurant Giovannis which was like $25.00 pp paid when the reservation was made preboarding. I like my filet though my wife was not too crazy about her pasta dish. I made this reservation only to accommodate our Cats reservation and all in all for the extra cost it was just ok. We really liked Tuscan Grill and especially the Asian fusion restaurant Silk on Celebrity and would be happy to pay more for them, especially Silk. Would we go to Giovannis again just for itself? Nope. It just did not make that much of an impression. So how was the food in the MDR? Not bad at all and it met my expectations which again are lower than a fine dining experience which we hope to have Saturday in Chicago. :). My entrees were fine and Sue had Indian food which she also liked. One night however they serve curried lobster and she is not a fan of seafood but hey its lobster and I was more than happy to help her with it. We did have lobster one night but one of our tablemates is originally from Cape Cod and said it was puny compared to what she grew up eating. Oh well. I did order steak one night and it was prepared how I wanted it and though it did have some rather tough areas it over all was pretty good. I do not know where RCI gets their beef but for me it seem quality wise close to USDA choice, perhaps a notch below but it wasn't bad. Really I had no complaints about our meals and the desserts well all pretty good. No issues there. We always ate breakfast in the MDR and that was pretty good too. We once went to Johnny Rockets for breakfast and lets just say thats done and we are not likely at all to go again. The breakfast here is free but otherwise its $7.00 pp and I just can't see paying for a diner experience on such a nice ship. The park cafe is free and we had a salad on day one and it was OK and the buffet restaurant had a good selection of food but hey on a vacation we want to be served so we had lunch a few times there and breakfast on debarkation day and that was it. Pizza at Sorrentos in the promenade was rather limp. The crust was doughy and for us it should be crisp so once was enough. One nice feature on the Getaway was O'Sheehans pub which had some good casual food. I don't think RCI can match that unless they beef up the menu at say the Globe and Atlas venue in the Promenade which would be doable I think. We had lunch one day in the solarium. This offers lighter fare and has fresh fruit, a salad bar and one or two entrees. Sue had the tacos one day and said were pretty good but the solarium itself is really nice. This would be our place to be if we ever sailed this ship or one of her sisters again. We were there one day when it was raining and its mostly enclosed so we stayed dry and funny think is it was not crowded at all even with it raining down on the pools. Here is one area where NCL's Getaway falls was short. They basically had one pool for 4 k passengers unless you were in the Haven for way more $$. However the Oasis had I think 5 adult pools and at least that many hot tubs so it never felt crowded. There were also several bars on the pool deck and the service was very good. They do have fresh popped popcorn but at $2.50 for a small box, c'mon man thats too much. I am not saying it should be free but I think $1.25 is enough. This ship is by far the best we have ever been on in so far as design and features go. Its no wonder that several people we met onboard have done multiple cruises on this ship and we hope to be like them one day. In fact I told our son that I would pop for him and by then his wife to go with us one day and that we would pop for it. Thats how much we loved this ship. We want them to see it. However their bar bill will be all theirs. :D. Now as for debarkation that was terrible. First of all we purchased transfers on board from RCI to shuttle us to MIA. We assembled on time and were supposed to leave at 0845 but by 0900 we were still in limbo. I asked a crew member whats up and he said customs was slow and that we could leave but that our bags may not be ready. Well that turned out to be a bunch of malarkey. All bags were there but where? We matriculated thru customs and went to the section our bags were to be in. No bags. In fact no bags with section 20 labels were in section 20. Instead there were bags label with # 23. I asked two people where our bags were and thy had no idea. Finally the 3rd. person I asked pointed to an unmarked section up against a wall and lo and behold there were our bags. But this was nothing compared to the shuttle. There were buses for MIA and FLL so we of course got on the MIA bus and waited. 40 mins went by and nothing so I asked the baggage loader when we will be going. He said "soon" I asked him like how long in minutes and he glared at me and said "soon" Thats it. I asked another guy who said "don't worry about it" . So 15 mins. later we still weren't moving and the bus was nearly full. Then they decided to load a WC person, no issues there and his 5-6 family members with all their luggage including a huge case for some sort of musical instrument so that took more time. Finally after more that an hour we left and guess what these guys went to FLL airport first! Man like I said there are buses for FLL so why they went there first I will never know. By this time people are fuming and I and another passenger from inside the bus and I called RCI and told them what was happening and that RCI had to pay any fees if due to their incompetence we missed our flight. We finally got to MIA and then dumb and dumber locked us in the bus until they could unload the luggage which they did not do for their 1st stop for AA at MIA. We are at UAL now. We finally got off the bus at about 1135 after getting on initially at around 0935. The other guy who had called RCI from the bus had a 1200 flight so I imagine he missed it. We had a long walk to the UAL counter and thank God there was no line. We checked in and then had another long walk to the gate which we arrived at about 5-10 mins. before boarding began. Fortunately our bags arrived with us but this was no way to treat customers, especially for how uncaring they were. The guy who kept say "soon" to me tried to lay on some Caribbean charm while in route but no one said word to him. Passengers were fed up. The smartest thing they did was not asking for tips. I did report all this to RCI and specifics like the bus company name and the bus number which they actually asked me for and told them I would never use their shuttle service again. Unfortunate ending to a very nice time on a wonderful ship So next time no shuttles. We will figure out another way. We actually purchased a future cruise while on board too. Its for the Ovation of the Seas, an Anthem class ship which is still being built. This cruise is for Nov. 2016 for 12 days out of Tianjin with stops in China, Okinawa, HK and Singapore. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Boarding: Very quick! The check in process was quick and efficient. We then went upstairs in the cruise terminal and had a short wait before it was our turn to board the ship. Probably less than 10 minutes. This was about Noon. Once ... Read More
Boarding: Very quick! The check in process was quick and efficient. We then went upstairs in the cruise terminal and had a short wait before it was our turn to board the ship. Probably less than 10 minutes. This was about Noon. Once onboard we realized that we couldn’t get into our stateroom until 1pm. No big deal. We had our first drinks and ate lunch at the Park Café. Those beef sandwiches really are fantastic!!!!!!!! Stateroom: We were in room 9196 – A balcony room on “the hump”. Upon arrival in our room our first thought was that it was pretty spacious. We would’ve liked it better if the bed was near the balcony door instead of the vanity being near the balcony door – but no big deal. Just the luck of the draw as our neighbor’s room was configured the opposite way. Our room wasn’t 100% clean. There was a ½ eaten banana in our fridge and some feminine products left in a drawer in our bathroom. Not really a big deal though. I know they turn over those rooms really, really quickly. I had brought a travel clock along that also included a thermometer. I sleep best when it is cold. The coolest it ever got in our stateroom was 70 degrees though. No problem – we asked our room attendant, Michael, for a fan and he brought us one within the hour!!! Impressed. Speaking of cold – our fridge never did cool our water bottles much cooler than room temperature. We could not find an adjustment dial so we just dealt with it. Food: The Park Café is almost always packed. The sandwiches, soups and salads are great, but there were 2 times we tried to eat lunch there but there were no empty tables inside or outside. We ate 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner in the Windjammer and all 3 times were awful experiences. The amount of people inside the Windjammer was very overwhelming and the food was very underwhelming. I would suggest staying clear of this place unless you are desperate! Chops – We ate there the first night and got a 25% discount. The steak was excellent!!!! And we both loved the jumbo shrimp cocktail. I would suggest eating there at least once on your trip. Giovanni’s Table – We ate there for dinner one night and it was fantastic! Here’s a tip – One of their dinner options is a Filet Mignon – my husband got this and said it was the same as the Filet he had at Chops. Chops is $35 per person and Giovanni’s is only $25 per person! So if you have a steak person with, then opt for Giovanni’s if the rest of your party wanted Italian. We had “My Time Dining” and actually really enjoyed that. We got the same seating section in the main dining room and the same waiter every night. Our server was Euclid from the Philippines and he was exceptional!!! I cannot say enough good things about him. He was efficient, excited, personable and fun! What an asset to Royal Caribbean! More about My Time Dining. We had booked all of our dinner times months before we boarded the ship. We never waited more than a minute or two for our table at our reservation times. There were a few nights that we wanted to go to dinner earlier or later than we originally planned and all we had to do was call the dining room and they made it happen. I would definitely pick My Time Dining again. The food in the main dining room was hit or miss. We didn’t eat anything there that really “wowed” us at all. One night I had the lasagna and found it to be truly awful. Thursday night was “Lobster Night”. My husband and I both had the lobster tail and prime rib. It was “ok”. It seems like RCL should invest more into their main dining room menus. How can the food quality be so different from the specialty restaurants? Seems like they make the food in the main dining room less quality in an effort to get people to go to the specialty places where they charge the additional fee. Not cool Royal Caribbean! Another tip – Eat breakfast at Johnny Rockets! It is “free” and made to order!!! They have French toast, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, omelets, made to order eggs and great coffee! We ate almost every breakfast there. Sorrento’s pizza is available almost constantly. I found it to be a pretty delicious snack especially after a few drinks – My husband thought it was the worst pizza he’d ever tried. We agreed to disagree on this one. We also enjoyed a few hot dogs at The Dog House. Great afternoon snack and usually with no line. The Pools: This is where I feel you really notice the 6,000 other passengers. Unless you were up really early, it was almost impossible to find a chair in the shade at the main pools. There were signs everywhere that said that pool attendants would remove people’s things if their chairs were vacant for more than 30 minutes. We watched for this and in 7 days we did not see this happen one time! Very frustrating! While in the main pools we felt like we were basically packed into the pools like sardines in a can. You could barely turn around without touching someone else in the pool. The Solarium area was nice but with the air temp of 90+ degrees sometimes, this glass enclosed area became a sauna!!! But it was easier to get a pool chair here (although not many in the shade) and the adult only pool in the Solarium had much cooler water than the main pools. The Solarium Bar is actually upstairs from the pool area. This is also not ideal. Another one of our favorite crew members worked in the Solarium Bar – His name is Wesley and he was awesome! He always greeted my husband by name and was very quick, friendly and efficient! The Elevators: There were times you waited a few minutes but then there were also times there was no wait at all. I guess with 6,000 passengers I expected worse. The Shows: We booked all of our shows months before we boarded also. Here’s a tip - If you have a reservation – plan to get to the show at least a ½ before it is scheduled to start so that you can get you pick of seat locations. The Water Show – Oasis of Dreams – Very entertaining and in a beautiful open air venue at the back of this ship. The breeze that night was refreshing. See it! Rated 4/5 The Ice Show – Frozen in Time – Worth seeing. The show is based on some Hans Christian Anderson stories like the “Ugly Duckling”. Rated 3/5 Come Fly Away – SUPER EXCELLENT! This show was in the main Opal Theater and was Very entertaining and with great effects and music, this was our favorite show. Rated 5/5. Cats – We didn’t see it. We heard from numerous other passengers that it was too long and that many left ½ way through the show. The Headliner Show – I can’t remember the man’s name but he was great. He sang Motown Hits plus other things. He was the only “Headliner” and did the same show all week. The Piano Man at the Schooner Bar was our ABSOLUTE favorite. His name is Peter Ritz and he is phenomenal! He played almost nightly at the Schooner Bar and takes requests! He played and knew almost every song that was asked of him. One night he played my husband and my “wedding song” (It was our 15th Anniversary) and we danced. It was very special. So GO SEE PETER RITZ!!!! You will not be disappointed. The Dazzles club had a group called Muzik Express that played nightly – They were truly awful! The Ship Itself: She is huge! We enjoyed the different neighborhoods but found the “Central Park” area to be extremely warm and had no breeze. I would imagine those balcony suites would not have any breeze either. But it was neat watching birds fly in and out of the trees! The Boardwalk neighborhood was basically the carousel (which only ran at certain times of the day), the Hot Dog Stand, a candy store (that we never saw even open), Sabor, a bar, Ben & Jerry’s and Johnny Rockets. Not really much to do there. We did find it odd that Deck 16 was the only open air deck on the ship accessible to all of the passengers. Deck 15 had the pools but had windows all the way around. Deck 17 was open air also but was for suite members only. This was disappointing since we very rarely even saw any people on this deck. So Deck 16 is the only one with open air and a railing but then ½ the deck has the “smoking section” GROSS! So basically only ½ of deck 16 was open for us to enjoy. I would prefer more open air decks and LESS SMOKING! Speaking of smoking - there were several times we had to leave our balcony because neighbors were smoking. Ugh. It was hard to tell exactly where the smoke was coming from so it was impossible to accurately report it to the crew. We also saw people smoking on their Boardwalk balconies. Other than that, we were very impressed at how clean the ship was in the common areas. We never really saw people cleaning but it was always spic and span. Drinks and Drink Packages: We opted not to get any drink package and to pay “ala carte”. It would’ve cost close to $800 for the two of use to have the Premium Package for the week. After we got back home I “tallied up” our bar tab and we paid $550 in drinks between the 2 of us. This included daily beer, wine, fruity drinks, mixed drinks, 1 trip to Starbucks and a few sodas. We carried 12 bottles of water on the ship and that lasted us the whole week. Unless you really plan to party hard, I would suggest not getting the drink package. We drank at a reasonable rate and were “tipsy” more than a few times for our $550. A suggestion might be to try 1-2 days without the drink package. If you find that you are drinking more than $60-$70 per person/per day you can always add the drink package on later in your trip. FYI: Additional tips are optional, but we found that even giving your bartender $1 extra made a difference. The next time you would visit that bar your drink would be stronger and come faster. Itinerary: We found Labadee to be just “ok”. We opted to just sit on the beach and picked Columbus Cove. We had gone immediately to the Excursion Desk when we boarded the ship to try to get a Cabana on the island. We were told they were $300 and offered to suite guests first. At that price we passed on the Cabana (even though they really were sold out prior to boarding.) We got free beach chairs on Labadee and got their early to make sure we got a spot under some trees. The water was slightly murky. Not the clear turquoise water that you see in other places in the Caribbean. The sand though was white and fine. There were jellyfish in the water and a guest did get stung. They seemed to move out of the area once more people started swimming. The Labadoozee drink is $12 but it was delicious! We ate at the free Royal Caribbean BBQ buffet. It was just “ok”. Behind the pavilion that covered the buffet was a large wall with barbed wire along the top. Seemed sad. Haiti really is a poor country. We imagined throwing all the food over but didn’t imagine that would be allowed. Falmouth was nice. The shopping right outside the ship was great. We opted to go on the Red Stripe Beach excursion. The beach was clean and the staff was excellent. We had a very relaxing time there and got to finally enjoy some pristine turquoise Caribbean water! Well worth the $29 per person! Cozumel was also a great stop. The shopping area right outside the ship was large and the Mexican merchants loved to haggle! We opted to take a Taxi (they are all lined up) to Paradise Beach. The taxi was $15 for the two of use each way. Paradise Beach was fantastic! $3 per person to enter, which got you a beach or pool chair. You were asked to purchase $10 worth of food or beverage per person. We enjoyed THE BEST tacos we’ve ever had here. The pool was giant and cool. The beach was large with lots of shade. Great day! Disembarkment: The whole process ran about an hour behind schedule due to some troubles with customs. Ugh. It seemed like we waited forever in the Opal Theater waiting for our turn to leave. All in all we really had a great time. We would probably not pick to go on Oasis again just because we felt like there were too many people and not enough open deck space. The food could use improvement but then again the entertainment was great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Check in was a breeze and the cabin was awesome overlooking Central Park the service and the food was excellent. The state room attendant was helpful and courteous they really know how to ... Read More
This was my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Check in was a breeze and the cabin was awesome overlooking Central Park the service and the food was excellent. The state room attendant was helpful and courteous they really know how to treat their guess . I attended four shows and all types of activities. This ship is beautiful . The American icon restaurant was awesome the food and the service and the attention to detail was impeccable . The cruise director Drew and his assistant Hugo are phenomenal their energy and commitment to excellence was appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My wife and I had the pleasure of going on a 7 night cruise on the Oasis of the Seas last week to celebrate our anniversary. This is our 10th cruise all with RCC. We got to the ship at 12:00 and were in our room by 12:30 after stopping ... Read More
My wife and I had the pleasure of going on a 7 night cruise on the Oasis of the Seas last week to celebrate our anniversary. This is our 10th cruise all with RCC. We got to the ship at 12:00 and were in our room by 12:30 after stopping at the Park Café for a roast beef sandwich. It might have helped that the line for suite members was not very long. As for the room (1714) had private entrance, huge balcony with 2 tvs, 2 showers and did I mentioned it was a loft with floor to ceilings views. Setting up e mail took all of 2 minutes. Had our own private kitchen (Coastal Kitchen) that had a lounge for free drinks every night from 5:00p.m to 8:30p.m. Our hostess at the CK was Evangeline was more than nice. You must make reservations to eat there. Our server (Godofredo) did everything he could to satisfy us. By the way we had him for 7 nights. The bartender (Odell) remembered our drink orders after the first night. We did have concierge service (Allan) but really did not have to use it. Another perks for suite guest is that you can sit anywhere at a show and they did have some roped off areas for suite guest. The shows were all great, for all those people that say Cats is too long, I am not sure where you have to go since you are in the middle of the ocean. Loved the Mexican restaurant (Sabor) some of the best guacamole, chips and salsa you will find. The best margaritas on the ship. Of course we had to go to Johnny Rockets for a good greasy cheeseburger, fries and shake. As far as the ports we had been to each one before so no biggie. Played putt putt, and basketball. They have flow riders, rock climbing and other actives. Our attendants were Khatri and Kendrick, who address us by our name starting the first day. This is just good customer service. Some the people have complained about it being too crowded, I never felt that way because I remembered I was on a ship with over 7,000. and not just me and wife. Some people were rude but I see that on all the vacations I go on. It is not RC fault because some people are rude and have bad attitudes. They started letting off and 6:30a.m. Got downstairs at 6:20 and was at the airport by 6:45. The vacation ever. Already booked for next year Almost forgot we also had our own sea deck with private cabanas. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was the first vacation my wife and i have taken in three years, our honeymoon. As well, we went without our 18 month old to spend time together. We were both extremely excited after hearing amazing thinga from my father, one ... Read More
This was the first vacation my wife and i have taken in three years, our honeymoon. As well, we went without our 18 month old to spend time together. We were both extremely excited after hearing amazing thinga from my father, one previous trip on Oasis, and watching a documentary on Oasis. For us, embarkation was easy. We had a junior suite so the line was short and we were some of the first people on the ship. Walking on board was ao different than our previous cruise experience on Carnival Inspiration. Oasis is enormous. It is very clean and full of life. I do not know how full our ship was but it never felt crowded. We ate at windjammer. Day 1 was not a very good experience but the food improved as the week progressed. Room service was not bad and had a decent variety. Overall, the food was good. Chops and 150 are well worth the money if you choose to go. Our biggest complaint about the food was the eggs. Mostly powdered. A few places offered fresh eggs but dont order scrambled because they just give you the powdered stuff. If you drink, get a drink package. Premium is worth it. Ultimate is not. The solarium bar has drink specials. The other bars say they do but they do not. Pools and hot tubs are plentiful. So were the lounge chairs. We never had a problem finding a spot. For adults the solarium is an excellent quiter spot. If you smoke, there are limited options for you. The casino is your best bet because open or not they allow you to use the area to smoke. The service staff was excellent. Saw a wierd confrontation between a bartender and his boss. I guess he didnt like going to get more clean cups. Other than that it seemed like all staff were friendly and willing to help. Shore excursions are ok but the sea lion trip was cut short for some reason and we did not get to go to the beach even though we had time. CATS was ok. Not the right show for the venue. Too slow. Over 40% of the people left at intermission. The adult friendly shows were hilarious. Dazzles was a great music spot. The musician at the Globe pub was great. There were so many activities on board we could not keep up. One note..do not go to the raffle. Not worth it and basically an infomercial for buying diamonds. The aqua show was a great experience. We actually watched once in the audience and once on deck 15 looking down. The spa was ok. Massages were decent but we lost five minutes so they could try and sell us products. My wifes facial was good but really expensive. The behind the scenes tour was great. If you can, do it. The only other con was TV and phone messages left all the time to try and get ua to buy stuff. Overall, i would go again tomorrow. It was a great ship and we really enjoyed the experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
First off I would say, do not believe the negative reviews the few nit pickers bring up! A cruise is what you make it. I have noticed some reviewers get on the ship expecting to have a bad time and nit pick at every little detail. Too bad ... Read More
First off I would say, do not believe the negative reviews the few nit pickers bring up! A cruise is what you make it. I have noticed some reviewers get on the ship expecting to have a bad time and nit pick at every little detail. Too bad for them. On to the review! We have been on 5 cruises with RCCL. One of them was our Honeymoon in 2013. We were so amazed by the size and ambiance of it. Like a floating resort. So we booked another cruise on her and upgraded from Jr Suite to Grande suite. WOW. Grande suite was impressive. Worth the extra money! Both cruises, the room was always immaculate. There was always something to do, but we usually went to the pool and had fruity drinks and ice cream while reading and enjoying the beauty of the endless view of the sea. How could one have a bad time in that kind of setting? There is always a chair. On sea days, it is hard to find a chair close to the pool, so you may have to go up the stairs to the quiet, less crowded deck to get a chair. Which is always fine by us. The complaints about the elevator waits are pretty pointless. Unless you are disabled of going up or down more than 3 SMALL flights of stairs, you should be able to walk to the deck you choose. After all of the food and drinking, we enjoy taking the stairs. When we did need the elevator to get down to deck 4 for dining (we were on deck 12) we waited no longer than 3 minutes to get a lift. Food in windjammer was ok, as expected. Love the breakfast and is a convenient was to have dinner after a long beach day in port when you dont feel like dressing and spending 2 hours in the MDR. The Aquatheatre diving show is amazing!! In pure awe the whole 45 minutes. The ice skating show was so impressive, my hands hurt from clapping. Central park has a hidden gem called Park Cafe where you can order paninis and lush salads, fresh fruit. There is a couple clubs for dancing and drinking, and also the chill bars where you can sit and have drinks and people watch. I can go on and on raving about the experience we had both times! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our 9th cruise, our 3rd with RC and our 1st on Oasis class. The ship was as impressive as everyone says - absolutely amazing. You'll never run out of things to do (despite trying our best, we never got around to a couple ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise, our 3rd with RC and our 1st on Oasis class. The ship was as impressive as everyone says - absolutely amazing. You'll never run out of things to do (despite trying our best, we never got around to a couple things). The diving and skating shows blew our minds - by far the best shows we've ever seen at sea. CATS was boring like everyone says - the talent was there, just no plot. Food was amazing, except the ranch dressing. Other than that, no complaints. We ate in the Main Dining Room most nights. Windjammer food was just as good but the place was way too crowded. Lines to get in and fighting for tables kind of ruined the experience. Service was generally subpar. Our waiter on the first night was slow and rude, we asked for a change the next night and they were much better. Our cabin steward never introduced himself which blew us away. We ran into him in the hallway like on night 4 and he was nice enough, but I was disappointed by the lack of introduction. Also, we only got 3 towel animals the whole 7 night cruise! Across the ship, staff seemed generally annoyed to speak with us or help us and I got the impression that folks were pretty miserable. The fellow cruisers were worse than the service. Very few English speakers on board and lots of other cultures came across as very rude. So much loud yelling in foreign languages, cutting in lines, plowing through people in crowds, shoving you aside, etc. Being raised in the American South, my husband and I were pretty flabbergasted. Usually we don't pay much attention to our fellow cruisers but on this ship the rudeness was pervasive. In addition to the attitudes, we didn't like the thong bathing suits everywhere. From old to young, male to female, tiny to very very plus sized, they were everywhere. So gross. A crew member told us the cruisers were always rude because so many foreign people want to sail on Oasis because it got so much international media attention after shattering the world record for ship size. Embarkation was crazy fast & we were very surprised with how easy it was given the ship's size. We were on in less than 30 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I can't believe there are any negative reviews about this ship. This was my second cruise. First was with Norweigan to Hawaii and I was not impressed with it at all. The ship itself is the highlight of this trip. It is beautiful! ... Read More
I can't believe there are any negative reviews about this ship. This was my second cruise. First was with Norweigan to Hawaii and I was not impressed with it at all. The ship itself is the highlight of this trip. It is beautiful! Pictures don't do it justice. Central Park, Boardwalk and the Promenade make it hard to believe you are on a ship. We spent our cruising days in the Solarium, 16 plus and enjoyed the pool and hot tubs. We stayed on the ship in the Bahamas and really enjoyed having the place to ourselves. Most people get off here but we had been. St. Thomas was spent at Megan's Bay. It was busy as to be expected. Not the greatest beach but nice. St. marten was very nice. We went to Orient beach which was beautiful, Maho beach to watch some planes land and finished off the day near the ship at Great Bay and walked the shops. We did not do any excursions with the ship. We did this on our own via taxi's at a fraction of the cost. Our cabin balcony overlooked the Boardwalk. Excellent room! We saw the Aqua theatre where we could watch shows, movies, the ocean and people walking below. We were near the back of the ship and I hardly felt the ship move. The food was great. Something for everyone. Most nights we had dinner in the MDR and ate lamb, duck, prime rib and lobster tails! The service was quick, we were in and out in an hour. The buffet was good but we did not go there very often. We liked the breakfast and lunch at the Solarium with healthy options, roast beef sandwich and salads at Central Park cafe. The pizza at Sorrentos was ok. We went to Chops Grille and it was very good. The service on two occasions overall could have been better. The entertainment was fantastic! We saw all the shows. Top rated quality. Our favorite was the Aqua show, least was Cats. The cruise director was excellent. There is so much to do on this ship. There is something for everyone. It really is something to see. People were in a great mood and happy to experience this phenomenal ship. The most annoying thing was hearing people complain about the smallest things. These are the same people that write negative reviews. None of the negative reviews I read were an issue. Don't be concerned about what your read here. If you are going on vacation to pick on every little thing stay home. Go and enjoy the beautiful Oasis of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I was a little worried before our trip due to some poor reviews of the large Oasis of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. It was a waste of time to have been worried at all. We were greeted with nothing but smiles and friendly crew. Our room ... Read More
I was a little worried before our trip due to some poor reviews of the large Oasis of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. It was a waste of time to have been worried at all. We were greeted with nothing but smiles and friendly crew. Our room steward was wonderful and always asking if we needed anything. Our room was always clean, and we had fresh ice every night after a hot day. THANK YOU CHITO! on deck 12. The ship is large enough that you don't notice the amount of people on board. There were tons of families as it was summer, so of course it was noisy down by the pools, and back in the back by the flow rider and the rock climbing walls. Most of the families were kept busy in the kids area with the carrousol and the aqaua theater. It was wonderful that there were so many options to hang out. When we wanted to relax and some peace and quiet, we just stayed in the adult only area in the solarium and it was serene. The bartenders were attentive, and there were lots of staff walking around asking if we needed any drinks. Alex in the solarium bar was fantastic. He made sure we were always happy with our drinks- and they were great! We were able to get 2 towels per person, without anyone blinking an eye. I would recommend that you bring your own towel if you go ashore for any swimming. Ours came in handy. We went to the Atlantis and walked around, and then walked down to Cabbage Beach. It is well worth the trip over there by taxi to see the Atlantis and enjoy the warm water and some swimming in Nassau. There are locals at Cabbage Beach who will try to have you rent chairs and umbrellas, but they don't hassle you at all. We just said no thanks and they left us alone. Had we stayed there for any period of time, we would have definitely rented them. It was hot! I know that some of the cruisers had the coconut drinks and said they were really good and worth the money, but we only had a short time there by the time we were actually on the beach. The taxi fare was $4 per person and you have to ask around to get the fee. Some taxi's will try to raise the fee so keep walking and ask for the fee before you get into the cab. There are many cabs who will only charge the $4.00 Back to the ship: The elevators can get crowded during peak hours (formal nights mostly and after returning from excursions) but we were able to always get into one. The amount of shopping stores were similar to the smaller ships which was surprising considering the size of the Oasis, but we don't usually shop them anyway. Dining: Central Park was lovely which is where the "pay extra" restaurants/dining are located. Unfortunately, since it's open to the outdoors, it was just too hot to walk there except at night. We did eat at Chops and Giovani's and they were good but I don't think we would pay the extra money for them again. The steaks at Chops are excellent so if you are in the mood for a good steak, then I would say spend the $40.00. We ate at Sabora one night, and it was fresh with the guacamole made at the table. We didn't try the margaritas which were supposed to be good, but it was very hot so we ate and left fairly quickly. Our favorite spot was actually Johnny Rockets. We had great service there from Kevin, and I guess the chocolate shakes and onion rings were just what we wanted after a day of snorkeling and being in the heat. We only ate at the main dining room twice. Our first night was for lobster formal night, and then again our last night. The main dining room was VERY good. We had excellent service and both waiters kept bringing us lots of extra food to try, and very eager to please. We were sorry we only ate there twice. We had any time dining, and didn't wait for more than 5 minutes to be seated. We would go to the dining room at between 5:30 and 6pm. Tours: We took a kayak tour in St Thomas and had a ball. The excursion desk wasn't really familiar with it, so we were a little concerned that it would be a bad choice. We loved it. It was a little strenuous and we were the oldest ones there, but it was beautiful kayaking through the mangroves. We weren't allowed to use fins while snorkeling, (its a natural preserve) so we did a lot of kicking but it was great getting the exercise and the water was wonderful. We did a tour on St. Maartin which was on a snorkeling boat to the airport. My husband was hoping to get to shore, but it wasn't allowed so he was really bummed. They did tell us that ahead of time about that. We felt it was overpriced for what you get. However everyone on the boat was very nice, and they grilled burgers for a small fee and offered drinks as well for a fee. Embarkation and de embarkation: We got to the pier around 11:00am and it was very fast and easy. I didn't have my set sail pass, and was panicked but they were so nice and I didn't need it. You do need to know your cabin number for the porters outside the entrance area and make sure to take the credit card you used. We had a quick time at de-embarkation and thru customs. VERY impressed. Much quicker than our last time on a smaller cruise ship with RC. The only delay was getting in the que to get off the ship. Once we were off we realized they hold people back so it doesn't get overwhelming at customs. I can be picky, but I had no complaints about anything on our cruise. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE OASIS OF THE SEAS!!! We loved it, and were treated like royalty.... Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My husband and I went on this cruise as an anniversary trip. I had been on Oasis of the Seas before and Allure of the Seas twice (to me they are the EXACT same ship!). ENTERTAINMENT: I love Oasis and Allure because of all the ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise as an anniversary trip. I had been on Oasis of the Seas before and Allure of the Seas twice (to me they are the EXACT same ship!). ENTERTAINMENT: I love Oasis and Allure because of all the options for entertainment and activities. The cruise director, Ricky Matthews is very fun and introduced every show we attended. We only stayed for 1/2 of CATS, it was just too long and with no real plot, my husband and I got bored. We did see the headliner for the week, Mo5aic, twice, they were great! The ice skating show was better than Allure's in our opinion and we thought the aqua theater shows were great too. There were several comedians also and we enjoyed their show one evening. PORTS OF CALL/EXCURSIONS: We actually did not get off the boat at all; we had been to all the ports multiple times over the past several years so we didn't see the need to get off and do the same excursions. We enjoy staying on the boat and getting our choice of pool chairs and the pool all to ourselves. DINING: It is unfortunate that so many places require an additional payment, however, my husband and I are simple eaters at home so cruise meals are better than anything we normally prepare ourselves so we were happy eating breakfast at the Windjammer or Johnny Rockets (free for breakfast), park cafe for lunch, and the main dining room for dinner. As always we enjoyed the soft serve yogurt, pizza, and cafe promenade for snacks. For first time cruisers though, it is a little confusing figuring out which places are included in your original price and which ones are extra. We did purchase the coke package. SERVICE: I love being catered to on cruises. Our dining room staff (Ronald and Tricia) were great and our room was always kept up. I always noticed crew members cleaning (vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows, painting, etc.). For having over 6,000 patrons on board, in my opinion, the ship is very well taken care of. CABIN: This year my husband and I decided to get a balcony room that overlooked Central Park. It was nice but next time I think I would either pay a little more and get an ocean balcony room or just go back to the "caves" of the interior rooms. We enjoyed letting light into our room but I am not sure the price was worth it. FINAL COMMENTS: I will say that we are normally spring break cruisers. All five of my previous cruises have been in early April. I noticed several differences between spring break and summer cruises. One: (totally obvious but still...) VERY HOT. The weather difference was crazy. I know it seems dumb but it was A LOT hotter. AND HUMID. This caused the pools to be very crowded at times. Two: MORE PEOPLE. There were just way more people than I ever remember being on the boat. The line for the flow rider was long, sometimes twenty people (if you want to do the flow rider with no wait then go first thing in the morning on days when you are in a port---thats when we got to do the flow rider with no waiting). It was hard to find chairs both in the shade and in the sun if you are a late riser. Overall we loved our vacation. I have realized there will always be unhappy patrons and it is impossible to please everyone! Royal Caribbean has always been a great cruise line for us and our experiences have caused us to be loyal to them for the time being. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My wife and I just did a 7 day Eastern Caribbean on Oasis, and it was wonderful. We ate in Chops, Solarium, Giovanni's and all were excellent. We mainly did breakfast and lunch at the Park Cafe. Let me rephrase, I went and got my ... Read More
My wife and I just did a 7 day Eastern Caribbean on Oasis, and it was wonderful. We ate in Chops, Solarium, Giovanni's and all were excellent. We mainly did breakfast and lunch at the Park Cafe. Let me rephrase, I went and got my wife and I breakfast and lunch to eat on the balcony. We were on Deck 8 and a very short walk through Central Park to the café. The shows were excellent, especially CATS, and the Sand Artist during the ice show. All workers were fun and professional. Our cabin steward was the best we have had to date. The Diamond Lounge and amenities were great. Windjammer was so-so. Although embarkation was delayed due to a HUGE travel group in front of me on the same deck, disembarkation made up for it. We had a 1030 flight, so we did the "carry off" option. We walked off the ship at 615am, and we were through security at the airport by 645am....amazing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was our second week on back to back cruises. The first was NCL Getaway. READ post from NCL Getaway. We booked Johns Car Service # 954-303-8747 from POM to Cruise Terminal and arrived at 10AM. We had no wait time checking our ... Read More
This was our second week on back to back cruises. The first was NCL Getaway. READ post from NCL Getaway. We booked Johns Car Service # 954-303-8747 from POM to Cruise Terminal and arrived at 10AM. We had no wait time checking our luggage or getting our Sea Pass Card. Very efficient. Once on board we immediately headed to Park Café where we knew it would get crowded. We feel it was a better choice than the Windjammer Café. We were able to get into our room a little after 1PM and all our luggage was there. Room # 12224 was spacious but we had an issue with the room not being clean. We called and our room steward Stanley made sure everything was cleaned. The ship is very well designed and easy to navigate thru out the different floors, but everyone must be patient with the wait for elevators with 6000 people on the ship. We bought the Replenish and Premium beverage package and enjoyed all the bars and staff. We are not much into drinking but these two weeks we enjoyed ourselves. FOOD We did all Specialty dinning. We received 30 percent in onboard credit for booking 3 specialty dining venues. 150 Park- very limited menu food was good but will not go back Giovanni's Table- Great service and delicious food Sabor Good food and priced right Chops grill- we did this two nights amazing service and food Solarium Bistro- Amazing main course So many choices to choose from I gained 14 pounds on back to back cruises and with all the alcohol I consumed I figured at least 20 pounds LOL ENTERTAINMENT- CATS- Left before intermission just was too long and repetitive for us COMEDY Awesome Aqua Theater Very Good Show HEADLINNER- Earl Turner very entertaining COME FLY WITH ME Awesome FROZEN IN TIME Just wasn't for us THE SHIP ITSELF I found it to be very easy to get around, not too crowded or too big. We enjoyed the Solarium, shopping, bars, Boardwalk, Central Park, and the Promenade. I did not participate in rock climbing or flow rider but looked like the kids enjoyed it. EXCURSIONS I would like to mention a private excursion we did in Jamaica with Liberty Tours Jamaica. The tour was to Blue Hole and horse back riding in the ocean just the 2 of us. They are very friendly and give a very informative description of the island and the people. This was our favorite stop and excursion of the cruise. Go to Libertytoursjamaica.com to learn more about this company. They are truly a step above everyone else. OUR ROOM 12224 an ocean view balcony. We enjoyed this location and the cabin was nice. Our room steward Stanley was very nice and made sure we had everything we needed. SPA we did the mud room and Jacuzzi room. This was nice but we felt facilities needed an upgrade. ON AND OFF THE SHIP GETTING ON Very fast GETTING OFF I would recommend as early as possible we had a late flight so chose to leave later and it took 1 hour to exit. We enjoyed this cruise and booked another cruise in the future for RCCL and NCL. We feel that for anyone to get the most out of a Cruise you have to Book everything in advance. All dining, all shows, all excursions, room location and book early, check rates often and decide what is best for you. Try not to compare other Cruise lines because they all have negatives. We enjoyed both ships for different reasons and because we planned, we had a great time. We paid for what we felt was going to make our Cruise experience complete and stayed away from upsells like photos and art work that didn't matter to us. We did a comparison on the NCL Getaway site for anyone interested. Happy Cruising to all and hope this review helps. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This ship was absolutely amazing! There was SO much to do & we were always on the move. The employees on this ship are PHENOMENAL. They provide amazing service (as all Royal Caribbean ships do). Best service I have had yet has been on ... Read More
This ship was absolutely amazing! There was SO much to do & we were always on the move. The employees on this ship are PHENOMENAL. They provide amazing service (as all Royal Caribbean ships do). Best service I have had yet has been on all Royal Caribbean lines! The entertainment was amazing! I highly recommend booking all shows before the cruise as they are extremely popular. Comedy show & come fly with me were two of my favorites. The cruise director Ricky was AWESOME and made this cruise so much fun. Definitely go see "The Quest" & "Love and Marriage".....awesome!! Specialty dining was nothing special and have to say I was quite disappointed by it. I thought the free dining rooms had much better food. I wouldn't bother paying the extra money for the specialty dining. If I were to recommend one of the dining options I would say Giovanni's just to switch it up, but there are plenty of free options. Also, soda packages seemed to be a waste as all the dining rooms had non-alcoholic drinks available for free (windjammer/any buffet). If you are going to be drinking alcohol I would get the drink package as it truly is worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Royal Caribbean has always been one of our favorite cruise lines, we are just shy of platinum status. I think maybe Oasis was just too big for us. There were too few activities for our arty of 4 - trivia once a day, a couple of line dance ... Read More
Royal Caribbean has always been one of our favorite cruise lines, we are just shy of platinum status. I think maybe Oasis was just too big for us. There were too few activities for our arty of 4 - trivia once a day, a couple of line dance classes we could find to do, only 2 shuffle board courts for almost 6000 passengers. one night they said there was a sing along with give aways in the pub. There was a country singer with a guitar. We stayed for an hour. A few people mouthed a few lyrics a couple of times. There was no "sing along" and there was no "give away" of RCCL items. it was a LIE. I'm sure the dear man wondered why his show was suddenly so popular! The piano bar man put us to sleep - he never got started until almost 10pm. What else was there to do, Oh sure, there was Bingo for $$/card, or the standard art auctions, "free" seminars at the spa- all wanting you to buy something in return. I got so tired of the ship always wanting more of my money! Even the ice cream stations closed down at 6pm forcing you to go to the paid ice cream store if you wanted any snack other than a full pizza meal after 8pm. Very frustrating. The shows were very good, but they recommend you get there 15 minutes before the show start, and you have to make reservations. Then our TV in our cabin would give us our schedule every day and tell us the time to be there was 15 minutes earlier than the published time. We ended up standing in line a minimum of 30 minutes for every show we had reservations for every day. When we asked about it the people on the ship said we must be mistaken, no one had ever told them the times were mismatched before. The ports of call were OK - Haiti was the RCCL private island, and we spent most of the time with the sellers saying no thank you - it was exhausting the way they were almost like panhandlers asking your name then carving it on their items and then expecting you to buy things, or telling you something was a gift then begging for you to buy something from them. Jamaica was almost as bad with the exhausting begging. Cozumel has a small port area with almost proprietary shopping, but to get to the "recommended shops" and downtown area, it's a taxi ride ($) there and back. I also missed some of the other little personal touches I've become accustomed to on our other cruises - this was our 15th cruise - we only had towel animals on 3 nights and no chocolates on the pillows. On a positive note, our cabin steward knew us by name, our wait staff in the dining room was fantastic - but there was something missing on this huge impersonal ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We were cruising between the 16–May to the 23rd on the Oasis, It was our third cruise with RCL and first time on the Oasis (although last year we were on the Allure). In general the cruise was very nice and we enjoyed most of it. ... Read More
We were cruising between the 16–May to the 23rd on the Oasis, It was our third cruise with RCL and first time on the Oasis (although last year we were on the Allure). In general the cruise was very nice and we enjoyed most of it. The day before: We arrived a day before stayed at the Hilton beach resort, the hotel was nice but without many stores/restaurants nearby. We did walked (20 minutes) to the Galleria mall for some shopping and lunch (PFC) , the mall was quite empty but with good deals at the stores. The beach near the hotel looked nice although we have not checked the facilities as we figured we will have enough of that during the cruise. We did bought some wine and water at the Publix shop across from the mall (very cheap prices). Day 1: FLL I have asked the hotel to reserve us some transportation (as they don’t have shuttles to the cruise port). I have been told I can use taxi or VIP transportation which will cost around 20/30$ for two people, We went with the second option as I remembered from last year the horrible traffic getting to the Allure of the seas, thinking that a taxi can cost much more in case of traffic. We asked for the ride at 11 AM , due to the hotel error or the company they used the transport arrived only at 11:30. The ride was very fast; it looked as if the Oasis was the only ship that day at the port. Took us 7 minutes until we were given our suitcases. We went inside the building and waited in the gold line, mind, It might be that the regular line was going faster as more open windows per deck were serving this line. We waited about 15 minutes + 5 minutes to create our sea pass. After we got the sea pass we continued to the second floor trying to guess how much time we will need to wait until allowed on the ship, to our surprise it was zero , we were allowed to continue to the ship immediately which was very nice. As it was only 11:45 and we knew the rooms are not ready before 1 PM we went to find something to eat. As many recommended we avoided the lines in the buffet and went to get a nice salad at the park Café , there were some lines but not too much , we even found a nice place to seat and eat. At 1 PM we went to the room to put our carry on. Our room was in deck 7 at the front of the ship which was good for us. We had the muster drill at 4 PM which really symbol the beginning of the cruises as it was the last “official” thing for this week. Dinner – Windjammer market place. Day 2 Nassau Breakfast early at the Windjammer as the ship went into Nassau , As we read about Nassau at Sunday we understood there is no good reason to try and get from the ship very early as it mostly closed so we were waiting until 9:30 AM. We did not book any excoriation for Nassau as the ship was planned to disembark at 2 PM which really does not give enough time to almost anything. Yes, RC offer several excoriation but they seemed overpriced (considering the time we have in port) mainly the one that went to Atlantis. We were staying at the Atlantis resort before and enjoyed it very much, maybe if we had full day over there it would have make sense. We went around the port , checked some stores and bought several souvenirs before going back to the ship , Please mind Nassau officials going back to the port asks to see photo ID card and not just the sea pass (it was the only port that required it) . Lunch in the buffet again (in general, I will not recommend the Windjammer during lunch as quality is not that impressing). We went to the Aqua show which was very nice (although I am still trying to figure out what the main character was doing there) , I guess it can be an impressing show if it is the first time you see it so make sure you see it. Day 3 sea day After breakfast (Park café , excellent do it your own bagels) we went to the cruise critic meeting , we got a small gift in the door and listen to a speech from the event manager plus participate in the ruffle (did not won but it was nice), I do recommend to participate it. We went to eat at Sabor , I must say it was excellent , we took the 19 $ deal (one is more than enough for two people) got the heavenly guacamole that is prepared in front of your eyes, fresh Tacos (the best I had), Calamari and Shrimps all were very good . for dissert we got the dissert box that was more than enough for two people. Really I cannot recommend enough this restaurant We went to see Cats at 2 PM , well I tried , I really tried to enjoy (and avoiding the bad review I was reading here) but something was missing there, I don’t know if it was the dark lighting or the scenery that never change. I felt very sorry for the performer as they were good dancer and singers, I also appreciate the fact that RC were bringing a full Broadway show but maybe it is not the one that goes well in a cruise. Day 4 ST Thomas After quick breakfast we went down to the port, getting out of the ship was very quick without any delays or issues. We took a shared taxi (4$ PP) from the port to downtown (5 minutes ride, you can walk the distance if it is not too hot). We went into few stores bought some shirts and looked on the duty free prices. There was some band playing in the main square and some food festival. We went back to the ship as we booked shore excursion and wanted to eat something before it (Park Café this time). For excursion we took the Megen bay beach. It was described as two hour in the Megen beach including a stop for photo ops, well the driver did not stopped for any photos unless slowing to 10 MPH during the time you can look over the bay consider as one. The beach itself is very nice and not really crowded, we did try to get far from the main area to avoid any crowd but it required only five minutes’ walk to find a quiet place. During the time we were there no one tried to sell us anything or bother us in any way (as I did read might happens here). For dinner we went to the main dining room. We had my time dining reservation but apparently so many others did so we had to wait in line for about 15 minutes and agreed to share our table (which we did not mind at all). In parallel to our line there was the line of people that did not have reservation; this line seems to go faster for some reason. Day 5 – ST Marten: For day 5 we took early excursion (9 AM , for me at vacation its considered early) the ultimate Island tour. The ride is in air conditioned bus , it start with a 30 minutes ride to the French side of the island and stops at a small market for five minutes photo ops over the oriental beach. After 15 minutes of additional driving we got to Margot were we got around an hour to shop or do whatever we want. We used this time to go to Sarafinas the French bakery as we wanted to taste the famous macrons. There was a long line when we arrived (20 minutes) but finally it was our turn to order. Beside the macrons we ordered an apple pie (that looked very good, actually everything there looked very good). The macrons were nice (very big), not the best ones we were eaten but certainly the best one we were eaten in the Caribbean. After the Sarfinas we went to board the boat as part of the tour, that was my favorite part very nice scenery of the lagoon and the area including a short view of the famous airport. The tour included free drinks (fruit punch, soft drink, beers and whatever goes with Rum, no limits. When the boat brought us back to land (the Dutch side) we had the buss take us back to the ship (including an option to stop at downtown for whoever wanted). We got a very detailed explanation on each gas stopped that we passed , the prices, the history and any other background , which make me think that or our tour guide family is in the gas stations business, gas stations are the most important business in the Island or it is just very boring Island .. Overall it is not very active tour but gives a nice view on the Island and recommended for first timers. For evening we went to Sabor again (as we loved it on the first time) we again, did not disappointed Day 6 - Sea day My spouse went to surf the flowrider for the first time and enjoyed every minute of it , I was focusing more on important things like sleeping. We went on the pool deck that was not that full as you expect from a sea day , you could find a chair quite easy. We spent some time in the promenade and in general had a relaxed day. During the evening we went again to the main dining room , this time lines were ridiculous long , mainly the line for people that had reservations (our lines) it went all the way to the elevators , I guess the fact that everyone knew its Lobster night contributed to the situation. I decided to make a test and we went to the non-reservation line that looked much smaller and what do you know, after 10 minutes we were seated and ordering our food. For sure something is not working in the time dining system, why to reserve if it is faster not to … I hope RC will check it and do the right adjustments. The food in the dining room was ok , for sure it has better disserts than the marketplace. After dinner we went to see the “come fly with me show” it was very nice, amazing scenery and excellent acrobatic act, don’t miss this one. Day 7 – sea day Breakfast at the market place (they added some nice smoothies which was nice). There were some offers in the on board shops (the regular 10-20$ watch sets , 10 $ T-shirts and some other offers) We went to see the Ice show, another very nice show; we liked the custom, the music and the performance (although one of the dancers did stumble twice). We went back to pack our stuff to avoid last minute packing. Day 8 FLL We used the valet service (very very recommended, 20$ PP) as we had a flight with united from FLL airport. We went for one last breakfast (that was limited comparing to the ones before) packed the carry on and went out from the ship around 8 AM. Going out from the ship was very quickly (five minutes) and another 15-20 minutes in the custom area. We took a taxi to the airport (12$). The suitcases arrived perfectly to our target airport. We saw that united also added the priority tags to the suitcases so everything worked very well with this service . It was a very nice cruise Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My wife and I sailed 5/9 (Western Caibbean) on the Oasis. Traveled from New Smyrna Beach which is a three and a half hour trip on the Fla turnpike. This was our 6th cruise and 4th with RCCL. Had an issue with embarkation as the camera ... Read More
My wife and I sailed 5/9 (Western Caibbean) on the Oasis. Traveled from New Smyrna Beach which is a three and a half hour trip on the Fla turnpike. This was our 6th cruise and 4th with RCCL. Had an issue with embarkation as the camera system failed, we had to wait an hour and a half to board. Glitches happen, however you would think the system would have been checked prior and that RCCL would have redundant systems. The ship is a bit large for our taste, however very easy to navigate. We found that we prefer the smaller ships like the freedom but if you like to cruise you have to try it at least once. Although large it never felt crowded even on sea days, just loses some of the intimacy of the smaller ones. Bar tenders and deck severs were a bit over over whelmed and not as friendly. Our cabin (D1-6194) was just right for us with the bed next to the large balcony and met our needs. Cabin steward (Ashford) was very helpful and kept everything in good order. Food in the MDR was good and the service excellent, we only ate their twice as we did Chops, Izumi and Johnny Rockets all three of which were excellent. We don't do the formal nights anymore and decided to do the WindJammer for the sea food extravaganza, which is an utter joke. Tasteless boiled shrimp and lobster ( which is hidden around the corner) that you cant get out of the shell. We both like the WJ for what it is, however this was horrible and breakfast was just as bad. The shows were excellent with the headliner (Finis), Comedy show and the Aqua show being the best. Labadee was awesome we've been there before did the private beach and the dragons breath zip line. We are in are fifties and the zip line was excellent. Didn't get off in Jamacia been there before and had some issues didn't feel comfortable. Did the Mayaian ruins and beach in Cozmel, a little disappointed as we were excessively hassled by the local merchants with one making a nasty remark because we didn't patronize his store. We were hassled at the beach as well to a lesser extent. We understand they are trying to make a living but "no thank you" should suffice. On board did the wine tasting which was very good and learned more about wine. The Solarium is the best place to chill, pool is a little crowded on sea days but there was always a spot for a dip. Spent some time watching people on the flowrider which was fun. Overall great vacation and the Oasis is amazing. Next cruise will be to Alaska on RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our 9th cruise, our 4th Royal Caribbean, and second time on Oasis. We had enjoyed it so much the first time, that we didn't even look at anything else when we began the search for our next cruise. We chose the Eastern route, ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise, our 4th Royal Caribbean, and second time on Oasis. We had enjoyed it so much the first time, that we didn't even look at anything else when we began the search for our next cruise. We chose the Eastern route, since we had done Western last time. I did miss the private island stop this time, but I love St. Maarten, so I guess they are pretty close to being equal itineraries in my book. We went a day early - always a good plan if you can swing it. Learned that the hard way when we nearly missed a sailing, due to a sudden storm at the airport. We stayed in the Residence Inn by Marriott Intracoastal and loved it. I believe this is an all suites hotel. The staff was very accommodating, gave us an upgraded room with a beautiful view of the intracoastal from our balcony. Everything was clean; the room was spacious, the bathroom huge and complimentary breakfast was provided. We were in walking distance of a new waterside burger place, "Bokampers" - (great burgers), the beach, and the water taxi. The only negative is the distance from the airport; our taxi fare was over $40, and the hotel does not have shuttle service. Second time aboard Oasis and loved almost every minute of it. (Can't say I love the art auctions, but my husband does) The room was very, very clean. Our room attendant might have been the best I have ever had. He was around; he called us by name every time we saw him in the hall; he was friendly, and took care of little details for us. He did his job superbly! The entertainment was wonderful; I enjoyed all of it. I have seen varying reviews of "Cats," but I thought it was amazing! There was a brand new cast on board on our sailing, and they were some of the best dancers I have ever seen. Like others have said, there were those who didn't come back after Intermission. I believe if you really enjoy dance and music, you will like it; it is different from a typical play in that it does not contain lots of plot and dialogue. All the entertainment gets an A in my book. The acapella group was excellent and entertaining, as well. And I laughed until I was hoarse at the last night family comedy show in the Opal Theater. There are so many activities available that it is impossible to do them all. Don't even try; you'll be exhausted. I loved the Zip line, enjoyed the cup cake decorating class and they were truly delicious (although I'm not absolutely sure it's worth $22),& loved Zumba on the Sports Deck. The free stretch class in the gym was nice. Manicures and hair salon were nice, service was excellent, and the staff enjoyable to talk with. Prices for these services were not much more than I would pay locally. Do try to snag a chair for two in the Solarium pool area. They are so comfortable and snugly, but very hard to come by. They are in great demand, so you just have to be watching for someone to get up. If you are an ice skater, the rink may not be big enough for you, but never having been on ice skates (from South Louisiana) I enjoyed trying and the rink was fine for me (also a free activity). Royal Caribbean has cut down on the number of PA announcements. There are very few - this is very nice. No more ("time to get your Bingo cards") announcements disturbing your peace and quiet. The food in the MDR was much better than I expected. I have had food on RCI cruises that I really found not edible, really terrible. This time, the food was really quite good and our wait staff was really, really good, paying attention to any request we made, offering suggestions for dinner, and basically, making our evening meal a delight. We even chose to forgo specialty dining this time, except for an afternoon trip to Johnny Rockets, and one to Sabor for table side guacamole ($4.00) and salsa. If you enjoy Mexican, it's a nice afternoon snack or light lunch. We took the Pirate Museum and island tour at Nassau booked through the ship. I don't really think it was a good value. I did enjoy the museum, but one could just as easily tour the museum on his own and save quite a bit. At some of the forts on the tour, we were basically dropped off and asked to pay another local guide at the fort. Would not recommend this tour be purchased through the ship - but if you like pirate folklore you will enjoy the museum. On St. Maarten we took a segue way tour. Booked it ourselves once we got there, right on the Boardwalk area of Phillipsburg. Ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction. It was not difficult, lots of fun, and a good value. We paid $30. per person for about 30 to 45 minutes, maybe a little more. Overall, I believe the ship excursions are overpriced, but there are times when it is wise to go with a ship tour -- depending on your port. Both embarkation and disembarkation were good, maybe not great; but considering the number of passengers they are dealing with, I think they do an admirable job, and I have no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale from LAX via Delta Airlines. As we all know the flight cost varies depending the time of year and how in advance you buy. It's a matter of researching in advance. We choose to stay at ... Read More
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale from LAX via Delta Airlines. As we all know the flight cost varies depending the time of year and how in advance you buy. It's a matter of researching in advance. We choose to stay at http://www.cambriasuitesfortlauderdale.com/ who offered shuttle service to the Port for $8 a person. The rooms are outstanding and amenities for all travelers. The night cost us in May $110 with all fees and tax. Short ride from airport and port. The Embarkation is easier than ever. It's alphabetized and in order. The process took less than 15 minutes with a party of 4. We booked Drink Package, Specialty Dinning, Excursions, and Entertainment online. It was really quick!! Entering the Ship is like a Dream. The attention to detail is amazing. Oasis' curves and lines are breathtaking. The variation of shops, bars, starbucks, excursion center, and dinning options are convenient and friendly. The Balcony/ Boardwalk View 11721 gave us the best of both worlds. Ocean and Aqua Theater Views...WOW! Don't worry, once you close the shutter door...absolute silence! Our favorite specialty dinning in order: Chops Grill, Giovanni's Table, 106 Park... Royal offers $80 on board credit when booking all 3. Sabor's Guacamole/ Spicy dip is insanely good. Park Café offer great sandwhich, soups, and salads...top quality. The ship offer many cool activities for children. I did not see one kid without a smile. Cats and Aqua Theater are awesome. Top Broadway Professionals and Athletes. They were very interactive with the crowds. We loved the Jazz/Piano Bar.. Relaxing music over a nice glass of wine..Refreshing. Many options for dancing all genre of music... we tried them all and enjoy all of them equally. Disembarking was quick and easy. They offer you a traditional color tags with time of departure. But being the largest ship in the world... more place to sit and wait. Overall The Oasis of the Ship is a one of kind experience that every cruiser or first timer need to experience. Please view the GoPro Video of our wonderful experience!!!! 7 Night Eastern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean "Oasis of the Seas" Bahamas, St. Thomas, & St. Maarten https://youtu.be/g8ssMptGzMM GoPro Hero 4 Black Video Tour of Royal Caribbean "Oasis of the Seas" https://youtu.be/C1VeWq0JL7E Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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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