473 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

Embarkation/Debarkation was easy and quick. Entertainment (cats, come fly with me, Aqua show) as good as it gets. Food average at best. Ratings a for best d for worst. Chops "c". Windjammer "c". Solerium ... Read More
Embarkation/Debarkation was easy and quick. Entertainment (cats, come fly with me, Aqua show) as good as it gets. Food average at best. Ratings a for best d for worst. Chops "c". Windjammer "c". Solerium "c". Overall food was the worst of the many cruises I have taken. Prohibition Night. This one is a joke. You have to pay $35 each and I cannot tell you for what. The Jazz Band is terrible. Half of the people walked out. No 1920's music by the band. If you like spending your money go ahead but be forewarned. The ship is beautiful. Main dining average at best. Had a table for 6 reserved for several months. When we arrived one couple was seated at one table, another couple seated at another table and the third was at a different dining room altogether. Took us a lot of effort to get past the manager and all was resolved by the third day! The first night we were basically told to go eat somewhere else and check back tomorrow night. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We had an easy embarkation upon arrival. We got to the port around 11:30am, got into a short line, and was on board within 20 minutes! RC did a great job building this terminal. We immediately went up to the Solarium for lunch - there ... Read More
We had an easy embarkation upon arrival. We got to the port around 11:30am, got into a short line, and was on board within 20 minutes! RC did a great job building this terminal. We immediately went up to the Solarium for lunch - there was no wait. Food overall was good, but if you want the "unhealthy" stuff, go elsewhere (buffet, Sorrentos). We were able to enter our cabin, 9727, at 1pm. The sofa could use some cleaning otherwise the room was fine. Our cabin steward was very helpful and attentive - she even brought me two extra pillows to accommodate my sleeping position after having major back surgery two years ago. We had great waiters in the dining room! The pumpkin seed rolls were great - wish I could find some here at home. My only complaint about dinner was the last evening - selection and food wasn't that great. The seafood tasted like it was frozen Seapak seafood! Johnny Rockets was really good - all you can eat for $6.95 pp. We also ate at Chops Grille - excellent and well worth the extra money for the evening. A Micheal Kors shop opened on board. Women herded into the small room like cows on crack! Almost cleaned the place out - they made their sales that day! Parents: ship personnel are not responsible for watching your children at the pool. KEEP AN EYE ON THEM! A small child almost drowned on this cruise. Another passenger saw the child at the bottom of the pool, jumped in, and performed CPR. Luckily, the child survived.... RC was gracious enough to refund our excursion for Cozumel. We had a beach day scheduled but it rained. The beach at Labadee was great. There is a shuttle to take you to the other end as there are two areas for lounging and BBQ. We weren't aware of the shuttle until it was too late - the first area does not allow swimming due to rocks in the water. You have to go to the second area if you want to swim. We purchased liquor in Jamaica - three bottles. RC took the bottles upon embarkation and marked the wrong cabin number on the box!!! Folks, make sure you double check what they write on the box before you walk away. It took them several hours after liquor delivery on the last night but they did find the liquor. Luckily the cabin it was placed in didn't think of it as a free gift! We chose the self-assist walk-off upon arrival back in Ft. Lauderdale. Although early (6am), it was great! We walked off and right through customs. Cabs waiting to take you right to the airport. Had I known we'd be as early as we were off the ship, I would have booked an earlier flight. We followed the 4-hour guideline (11:20am flight) and had to sit at the airport for quite a while. Overall, a great and relaxing cruise.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I wanted to write a review on the Royal Weddings, because I really couldn't find anything substantial before I got married and I felt that they needed a new review. My husband and I were married on the Oasis on April 25, 2015 - we ... Read More
I wanted to write a review on the Royal Weddings, because I really couldn't find anything substantial before I got married and I felt that they needed a new review. My husband and I were married on the Oasis on April 25, 2015 - we picked the day of sailing to get married and what a perfect day! It was the two of us, with 7 of our closest friends all sailing together. Royal Romance - Royal Romance has taken its share of hits on the reviews... If you are a bride-to-be understand this - they work strictly with the timelines given. Even if your coordinator says, "I will have this to you by the end of the week..." it will get to you in the timelines outlined, period. In the end, they do a spectacular job and everything was as we wanted. Flowers - were beautiful. I got the standard package bouquet and it was gorgeous! The flowers were still fairly fresh even on the last day. I asked for special leis for the groom and groomsmen and they were beautiful and exactly what we wanted. Pictures - we had Darman as our photographer and he was the most amazing photographer. Forget the standard cruise pictures, these were absolutely top notch pictures. Officiant - Royal uses an outside contractor, but our officiant, Patty, was also amazing. She took the time to call and get to know us before the wedding so she could add in some original words of her own to our ceremony. Reception - there was only 9 of us, so we chose to have cupcakes that Royal added on for us. My husband brought his own first dance song that we danced to and then we started our party on the Oasis! Venue - we had the best, which is Dazzles. Such an amazing room! Of course the cruise was great, I don't need to review that! We did upgrade to a Junior Suite which has a walk in closet and got rid of all the closet space problems that we normally have. With all the excitement of everything the first & second nights I had a hard time sleeping and the lounge chair on the balcony worked wonders! I have to say that Royal has stepped it up with their food - no longer the same tasting stuff all week long, it was great. I highly recommend Izumi's and Giovanni's for the specialty dining as they really go the extra mile - Chops just not so much. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Second time on it in 6 months, changes already. Do not like the new dining options-levels, lots of congestion at 5:30 pm. every day looked like disorder there. Windjammer was great- food , lots of choices & not just slopping you ... Read More
Second time on it in 6 months, changes already. Do not like the new dining options-levels, lots of congestion at 5:30 pm. every day looked like disorder there. Windjammer was great- food , lots of choices & not just slopping you like other buffets. The 150 eating AGAIN was not worth the price even though 1 st night was half price at $15 each. Some changes in shops , got rid of some & added others they hope to succeed . Nice that Diamond & above have 3 drinks at any bar between 5-8:30 every day, drinks expire every day after 8:30 & new drinks next day on card. Diamond lounge is GREAT, they moved it to deck 11 overlooking Boardwalk, great coffee & morning stuff, also evening happy hour there. lots of confusion on booking shows, I don't think they got all the bugs out of system yet. Everyone polite & ship is still very clean Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
After reading so many reviews of this ship, I was a little worried about this cruise. All of the comments about being too crowded or rude crew were not to be found (by us anyway). This was one of the best cruises we have ever taken and I ... Read More
After reading so many reviews of this ship, I was a little worried about this cruise. All of the comments about being too crowded or rude crew were not to be found (by us anyway). This was one of the best cruises we have ever taken and I would gladly go back on this ship again and hopefully one day we will! We arrived at the port early... around 10 a.m. Only because we were unsure of how long the drive was from our hotel. Parking at the port was a breeze and the porter was very friendly to us. After checking in and getting our sea pass cards we literally waited about 20 minutes to be let on board. Around 11:20 a.m. we were on the ship! The ship is amazing. It is no doubt the most beautiful ship we have ever been on. We made our way to the Solarium for lunch. Here you will find mostly healthy foods. And this is where we ate most of our meals, except for dinner. The Solarium itself is beautiful. 2 hot tubs and a pool with beautiful views of the ocean. We spend most of our time here too! We never sat around the other pools. Also, we never saw any children here. One thing I did notice that has been mentioned is the lack of servers taking drink orders at the pool. There were some, but no where as many as before. But there were so many bars around the pool, it didn't take much to get up and get your own drink. We hardly ever ate in the Windjammer which surprised me because you always think of eating at the Windjammer when you are on a cruise! It was the normal food you always find and nothing really to complain about. There's a little something for everyone there. We loved the Wipeout Café for a snack of fries or pizza. Also, you will find the strawberry/chocolate self serve cones here! You could also get burgers and hotdogs here. At the Park Café, there are ready made salads, made to order salads, different paninis and of course, the famous roast beef sandwich which you must try at least once! Over at the Boardwalk, you can grab a hot dog with the works on it! I think there were about 6 different kinds of hot dogs to try. Johnny Rockets is also on the Board Walk and we had lunch there once. Both places were great! We only went to two specialty restaurants. Chops and Giovannis. Chops was my favorite. The filet of beef was like butter. I must admit that I was not too happy with the fish at Giovannis, but my husband loved his steak there too. The seafood chowder was excellent. Service at both restaurants was excellent. The dinners in the Main Dining room were good as well. Although I did notice the portion size was smaller than before. I think the ceasar salad was about 1/4 of what it used to be. My husband actually had 3 shrimp cocktails because they were so small! We found the dinner to be good and had no complaints about any of the meals. Some nights the choices were better than others, but we always found something and left full! Our servers were excellent and we actually had the best Mater D (sp?) ever. Usually we don't even see them, but this one was so friendly and we actually looked forward to seeing him. His name was Marlito. If I had to say anything negative at all, I would have to say that the Diamond Lounge really wasn't that great. No one really greeted you and it took forever to get a drink. I actually had to get up and go find a server to order our drinks. We went there two times and both times had bad service. We only went the second time because I got my boarding pass printed out on the last night there, which was offered to Diamond members and above. We never had any problems finding two chairs together at the pool in the Solarium. I can't comment on the main pool because we never went to it. Also, the two times in the Windjammer we never had a problem finding a table and we were there at prime times. Both times servers came to me and offered to get my drinks and cleared the table right away. Other reviews mentioned crowds. I was afraid of that. But, I can honestly say that never did we feel crowded. We never had any problems finding seats at the pool or in the restaurants or waiting for elevators. I would say the most crowded an elevator was for us had about 10 people in it. Most of the time, we had an empty elevator! The only time it was crowded was right after the muster drill and that was because you had A LOT of people in one area at once. Once everyone went on their way, the crowds were gone. We never had a problems with crowds. You have to wonder where everyone is!! People do need to learn elevator etiquette though... let the people off the elevator before you get on! We took the stairs a lot too... sometimes just quicker than waiting to go up a floor or two. The crew on the ship were friendly to us. If we passed a crew member in the stairs or in the hallway, they always greeted us. The passengers also were a good crowd. Everyone was pretty friendly that we encountered. We did not go to any of the shows. We just aren't 'show people', so no comments on them. The casino was busy at night. During the day, there was literally only one person playing slots when we cut through. We also did not do any shore excursions. Getting on and off the ship at the ports was a breeze. Nassau was just... well... Nassau. We've been there so many times, if we stayed on board it wouldn't have mattered. The time there stinks too. 7 - 2 . We walked over to Junkanoo Beach. It wasn't that great but it was alright for an hour or so. Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island is much nicer. We avoided the Straw Market. Been there, done that. We popped into a few shops on Bay Street and made it back to the ship around 12:30. St Thomas was nice, but my choice of beach - Sapphire Beach - was a miss. Totally not what I expected and although the water was beautiful, the beach wasn't that great and the ride over was horrible. If we ever go back, we will go to either Megan's Bay or Emerald Beach. People we spoke to said those beaches were great. Lesson learned. St Martin was my favorite!! We went over to Orient Beach. We got dropped off at Pedros and boy did we get an eyeful! The nude beach is right there!!! Of course, those that were nude are not really the ones you want to see! But to each his own, and they were enjoying the beach. We walked over Orange Fever and got 2 chairs and an umbrella and a free drink each for I think $15. Plus you get 50% off other drinks. Maybe it was $14. The beach was crowded but it was still nicer than Sapphire Beach and the water was just beautiful. We headed back to the ship and found a taxi easily waiting to take us. Oh, at each port there are little shops and stands, which we browsed through before getting on the ship. Bring your sea pass card and photo ID when you get off at all ports. We left our passports in the safe and just had our Drivers Licenses with us. Getting off the ship on the last day was a cinch! We decided to do self disembark. No one will help you with your luggage, so make sure you can handle it yourself. We were off the ship and in the truck at 6:45 a.m. We stopped at a nearby Starbucks for coffee and then we were at the airport at 8! My husband and I drove to FL but he was driving back alone. I had to be at work on Monday and my husband won't fly. Plus he wanted to have lunch with his sister in Orlando that day. Anyway... my flight was not until 1 pm!! I went up to the ticket agent and asked about getting on an earlier flight to LaGuardia and next thing I knew I was on the 9:10 a.m. flight home! I was back home by 4 pm that afternoon! I don't think I would book a flight that early, only because you never know if your ship will be delayed or something... but I would probably book an 11 a.m flight home. It was just too easy getting off the ship and to the airport! A perfect ending to a perfect cruise! In all, this was a great cruise and I have nothing bad to say about it. It is what you make of it and how you treat others. The crew, the food, the restaurants, bars, pools, the ship itself... all excellent! We booked our next cruise while on board. We will be on the Anthem of the Seas in June 2016 to Bermuda. It leaves out of NJ and just easier for us to drive there. But I would definitely go on the Oasis in a second if I could. We had a great time!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I just finished our Easter Caribbean journey aboard the Oasis of the Seas on April 18th sailing. This vacation was to celebrate our honeymoon and my husband's birthday. We had an excellent time and I am going to tell ... Read More
My husband and I just finished our Easter Caribbean journey aboard the Oasis of the Seas on April 18th sailing. This vacation was to celebrate our honeymoon and my husband's birthday. We had an excellent time and I am going to tell you all about it in detail: EMBARKATION: We booked our flight on the day off the embarkation and thankfully all was in order and we made it to Ft.Lauderdale airport and cruise port before 1pm. The travel time from the Ft.Lauderdale airport to cruise port was about 5-10 mins depending on traffic. I strongly suggest not to spend your money on RCL transfers because those are pricey ($30/person each way) and for the price of $12-15 you can take a taxi and its a lot faster and efficient that way. I am pleased to confirm that Royal Caribbean does a wonderful job at check in. From the moment we got to terminal 18 (RCL terminal for OASIS class ships) to boarding the ship took us no more than 20 minutes! Very smooth and problem free, just need to make sure to have all the required documents on hand to expedite the check in process. We boarded the ship around 1:30pm. SHIP APPEARANCE, TIDINESS AND NAVIGATION: The moment we stepped onboard the Oasis the only thing we could say was WOW! Amazing Royal Promenade, beautiful details throughout, great staff there to greet you and answer any questions you may have. The pictures and YouTube videos do not do the ship justice, you really have to see it to believe it. The ship is HUGE, but surprisingly we never got lost or couldn't find our way to our cabin or any of the public areas, the only time we really used their electronic finder (on the wall of every deck) was to check the capacity in restaurants. Somehow they managed to make the ship user friendly despite its grand size, which is awesome! Never in a week did we see anything dirty or out of place, they really make sure to keep everything in order and in great condition. The upper decks are always hosed down in the evening and there is always somebody cleaning or fixing something every time. SERVICE: Overall service was fast, pleasant and met our needs and requests. Guest Service desk was always busy, a bit of a wait but you do what you got to do and move on with your vacation. The staff at Guest Services was attentive and thorough and got the requests fulfilled. The staff in the souvenir stores was very helpful and took the time in helping us find what we needed. We ordered room service once during our trip and it arrived on time the next morning and everything that we ordered was present. DINING: The restaurants are incredible! The food was the best we've had in a very long time! Our particular favourites among specialty restaurants are 150 Central Park, Geovanni's Table and Sabor. 150 Central Park was fantastic, we reserved it primarily to celebrate my husband's birthday and we were very impressed with the service and overall food and history of the restaurant, it was incredible! Giovanni's Table was also very tasty, our last minute booking for the day we boarded the ship, again fantastic service and amazing food, have to try the steak there! Sabor was our ultimate favourite, in fact we loved it so much we had to come back again on the last sail day before we arrived back to Florida! Sabor stands for Flavour in Latin, it is A La Cart but the prices are very reasonable, a must try! Complimentary restaurants: We had My Time Dining, but we really only had dinner in the dining room twice, and breakfast once for Honeymooner's breakfast, there was so many restaurants to try on board the ship - everyday was a new one! The experience we had in a dining room was also very good and the food was great. Park Cafe was fantastic for salads, snacks and sandwiches, always a great bite to eat for breakfast, lunch or snack time. We had breakfast at Johnny Rockets once, not really our thing but we decided to try it and it was just alright. Sorrento's pizza was just ok, was not a huge fan. Cafe Promenade was also excellent for sweet treats and mini sandwiches for those midnight cravings. We had been to Windjammer buffet for breakfast and lunch once, wish there was a bigger variety of food available. Wasn't too crazy for it, they did not even have a made to order station for omelettes, so we stayed away after that. ENTERTAINMENT: Oh boy, where do I start!? Reserved shows: We had reservations for Frozen in Time, Come Fly with Me, Comedy show, and Oasis of Dreams. Frozen in Time was great, amazing bright costumes, very lively and fun, we really enjoyed it. Come Fly with Me is highly recommended, it is truly something extraordinary, very well choreographed and definitely has a few surprises in store, seating in the first few rows for extra excitement is suggested, trust me you will not be disappointed! The comedy show was great, sit in the front row if you like being picked on by the comedian, will make your experience that much more fun. Oasis of Dreams however we did not get a chance to watch and I will explain it in the Negatives section of my review. Daily activities and events: Lots of fun activities to do on the ship for all ages, we had particular things we wanted to see like the World's sexiest man and belly flop competitions, got a great kick out of those as they involve the passengers' participation. We also saw Love and Marriage show, it was very exciting. The Dreamworks Parade was spectacular and lots of fun! Then there was rock climbing, surfing, zip lining, mini putting galore! Oh and of course table tennis, loved this one! The Quest game was very cool as well. Chris, the Activities Manager and Kristina, activities staff, they were wonderful, we enjoyed the activities they managed and always had a great time, especially at the Honeymooners breakfast event, lead to making great friends and memories! CABIN: We had booked a Central Park mid-ship deck 12 balcony cabin #12587 and I am very glad we did. Was quiet and the location of the cabin was very close to the elevators and stairs. The location was also very convenient to Central Park as it was on deck 8 and Royal Promenade decks 5-6. The cabin space is enough for two people, the bed was closer to the balcony and the couch closer to the closet making it easy to get to our things. I would recommend this location. Our stateroom attendant was Rockson, he was fantastic, always had a smile on his face and eager to attend to minimal requests that we had. Almost every night we walked in to a towel animal on the bed or one hanging off the ceiling on a hanger, super cool! PORTS OF CALL AND EXCURSIONS: Our Easter Caribbean itinerary included Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St.Thomas US.VI; and Phillisburg, St.Maarten. Our first port was Nassau, we booked a Discover Atlantis excursion through Royal Caribbean, we highly enjoyed the tour, our tour guide Peter was very informative with a great sense of humour. Once the tour had finished we were still allowed to browse through the resort and make any additional memories through pictures, then got back on the ship, as we were only in port from 7am to 2pm. Our next destination was Charlotte Amalie, we have booked Paradise Point through Royal Caribbean again, we highly recommend as the views from the top are incredible and make for great photo opportunities. We then settled on Emerald Beach for some sea, sun and fun and even rented a jet ski, which was probably another highlight of our short stay there. The final destination we visited was Phillisburg, we did not really have anything planned, thought we would just disembark the ship and see what we can do. We were lucky to find a tour group at port that offered Island tour and it was probably the best one we did, very informative, lots of interesting facts about the country and many stops to take photos and even shop. We also stopped by at Maho Beach for about 45 minutes to watch the planes land and depart, now we can say we have been there! Our final stop on the island was the beach at Great Bay downtown area that was about 15 minutes walking distance from the ship. SOME NEGATIVES: Although we did have a great time, there was a few negatives that we encountered but that did not completely spoil our vacation or prevent us from enjoying our time onboard: - We reserved the Oasis of Dreams Aqua theatre show for Wednesday April 22 but it was postponed to Friday the 24th at 7pm due to a diver injury. However we showed up on Friday for the show only to find out 5 minutes before the show was supposed to start that it was cancelled. The timing of the show itself was inconvenient, the restaurants opened for dinner at 5:30 and given that we need 2 hours for eat with no rush we would be missing the show, so we ended up missing dinner for the show that was cancelled. A more advance cancellation notice should have been provided in this case especially knowing the severity of the diver's injury. - We have bought "Just Married" stateroom decor to be set up before embarkation, however it did not live to our expectation, looked more like the minimalistic Christmas decor and the Just Married door sign was missing, we expressed our concerns but were told that some decor from Just Married package was discontinued?! Yep... $33.70 for that! - Bar service - always busy, needed to wait 5-10 minutes to get served a drink. There is one bar in particular that was not our favourite and that was Sabor bar across from Sabor restaurant on Boardwalk. The staff there was always grumpy and the service was slow, they did not look like they really wanted to be there. DISEMBARKATION: We left the ship at around 9:30am because our flight wasn't until afternoon. We chose to take our luggage with us instead of putting it outside the door to be picked up once off the ship and that made for a smoother process. Disembarkation was a little longer because everyone was in hurry to get off the ship to catch their flights or go on to their next plans, but the lines moved quickly and we were off the ship in 25 minutes. In conclusion, we really enjoyed our honeymoon and birthday vacation on Oasis of the Seas and looking forward to cruise with RCL again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I know I just pored over reviews before our cruise and it helped so much. Just to pay it forward: Background: 10 cruises 6 with Royal DH and myself 62 & 64 We arrived in Ft Lauderdale one day prior and stayed in Hyatt Place (not ... Read More
I know I just pored over reviews before our cruise and it helped so much. Just to pay it forward: Background: 10 cruises 6 with Royal DH and myself 62 & 64 We arrived in Ft Lauderdale one day prior and stayed in Hyatt Place (not the closest one to the pier) we knew they had a shuttle from the airport for free but read it takes an hour. Caught a cab and sure enough, he headed to the wrong Hyatt Place. I had given him the address but he didn't listen. Turned around headed to the other one. Can cost should have been $13 and was $20. Still faster than Hyatts shuttle. There are no restaurants close by but they offer free shuttle to several. We ate at Red Lobster and Na k to the hotel for an early evening. This hotel also offers a fee paid cruiseport shuttle, but again we took a cab. 12-13 minutes and $15. Embarkation: everybody said what a breeze it was and IT WAS! We arrived at the pier at 10:45 and were on board at 11:15! Easy Peasy! We went straight to Park Cafe and found plenty of tables and had a delicious lunch. (Roast beef sandwiches of course. Bought our drink packages on deck 6 and went to Schooner and had a frozen drink before our cabin was ready. Cabin was as expected 6614 ocean view balcony. Very clean....bed by closet which we've had the other way and prefer. Luggage arrived very quickly and we were unpacked by 2:15!!! Earliest ever! Cabin steward was Miguel. Efficient and helpful. I immediately asked for bathrobes (new platinum member-bug deal) but I wanted them. Also asked for extra pillows and ice. He brought all and kept ice going all week. We thoroughly enjoyed deck 6... Close to deck 5 promenade and close enough to hear the waves on our balcony! We NEVER felt crowded the whole week. Elevators not a problem....a lot of times it was just 2 of us on. We had made reservations for all shows. It seemed there were plenty of stand by spots available. CATS: I've heard so many poor opinions......gotta say...I LOVED it. We sat third row. The actors come into the audience and the singing and "dancing" was exceptional. The headliner show Kenny ? Was very very good. Didn't make the comedy show....some folks had said ehhh ok. Aqua show we'd seen on Allure and it was great but we were tired they night. Restaurants: MDR a for 3 nights. Service very good as was the food....Lobster was on formal night and some of the best I'd ever had. 150 Central Park was outstanding as were Chops and Giovannis. If you can't find something you really like, you should stay home and cook:-) even the Windjammer was improved since we were there a year ago. Didn't make Johnny Rockets...Sabor was yummy. I like fried eggs for breakfast and they had them at Windjammer. Made to order eggs at Wipeout Cafe. Solarium Bistro for lunch one day was ok. Bars: we thought service was fine. Didn't seem slow. There were poolside bar people coming by about every 1/2 hour. We bought the Premium Package and probably lost $$ on it. We will pay as you go next time. We were in oirt and at Nachi Cocum one full day...DH not feeling well one day soon drinking on those two days. This ship is a destination in itself. We happen to enjoy the larger ships. Oasis was everything we hoped....and there were some things we just couldn't make it to! Going on Allure in November and can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
After sailing Oasis of the Seas, I don't think we can sail another ship as it would seem like a downgrade. Overall service was great. The only complaint I have and its minor, dinner in the main dining room was no good (just my ... Read More
After sailing Oasis of the Seas, I don't think we can sail another ship as it would seem like a downgrade. Overall service was great. The only complaint I have and its minor, dinner in the main dining room was no good (just my opinion). We only had dinner one night only there. The rest of the nights we had dinner in the Windjammer, there was more of a variety there. We also dined at Chops Grille, food and desert were spot on. Also If you haven't done so and if you're a wine lover like myself and husband the wine tasting and tapas at Vintage is definitely an experience. We're already planning our next cruise for next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I had a great time on the Oasis of the Seas. It was our first time on this ship and we were impressed with the overall ship, the service from the very friendly staff, the Diamond Lounge, the food, especially Chops Grille. ... Read More
My husband and I had a great time on the Oasis of the Seas. It was our first time on this ship and we were impressed with the overall ship, the service from the very friendly staff, the Diamond Lounge, the food, especially Chops Grille. Great excursions and ports of call. It was a great week and we did not want to leave. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Firstly, I would like to write the positive things we experienced on our cruise. The cabin crew people, dining staff, restaurant operations people, the activities and service people were all very attentive and willing to make our cruise ... Read More
Firstly, I would like to write the positive things we experienced on our cruise. The cabin crew people, dining staff, restaurant operations people, the activities and service people were all very attentive and willing to make our cruise the best it could be. Restaurant Operations man, Glenn Dias stopped by each table in his assigned area every evening and asked if there was anything he could do and also inquired about any concerns or complaints we may have had. Unfortunately we found the food choices and quality substandard on any of our 3 previous cruises. I would compare the food to Applebee's and not a fine restaurant. One evening I ordered the duck and I wanted it to be cooked medium rare. My waiter said it is only served one way. The way I received it was overcooked and hard. Another evening my wife and I wanted the lobster tails and they said we could have all we wanted. My wife's was mushy and mine was rubbery. We refused when they asked if we wanted more. Our room was cleaned twice a day by a very polite and responsible woman. She asked if there was anything else we required. We did not have to ask for anything since she did such an outstanding job. The ship was simply too large for us. The ship does have a lot to offer and I want to give them positive feedback for everything we liked. Our cabin was well-equipped and there are many cabinets to store your personal items in every available nook and cranny. The bathroom were quite tight and my elbows rubbed the glass walls in the shower. I do not know how a large person can possibly use the showers or the toilet. The dining rooms were not as nicely appointed as our previous cruises on Carnival Valor or Holland America's- Zuiderdam or Westerdam. Those ships were very well lit and they tried to sit as many as possible close enough to the windows to have a nice view. Our dining hall on Oasis had curtains all over and we were continually stuck back in a corner. If you go on this ship make sure you do not choose My Time Dining. You will be subjected to waiting in line for 45 minutes or more or you may even be sent to another dining hall. The dining menus are not nearly as inviting as they are on Holland America or Carnival. Plan on receiving a 3 course meal as opposed to a 5 course meal on Holland America or Carnival. If you wish to go on an excursion or attend a show onboard, be sure to do it weeks or months in advance of your cruise or you may be left out. Our cruise was March 21st and I booked my excursions in early February and there were several already filled up. I did not realize the shows would be filled up in advance. We were only able to get into two shows since all the rest were booked for the entire cruise. The shows we did see were spectacular and well worth your time. The performers were professionals and you could not see a better performance on Broadway. I blame some of our disappointment on my ignorance of how quickly things get booked. I know now that we do not wish to go on a big ship again. The ship has 16 pools and you would think that every one could find a spot they would enjoy. There are plenty of chaise lounges and chairs available. On days that we were cruising and not stopping at an island we went to the pool. They had a volleyball tournament in one of the pools and lowered the depth to 2 feet. After the tournament was over they left the net up and the pool was invaded by about 30 kids who proceeded to splash and jump and dive and scream. This violates the rules which are clearly posted on each pool. Not one time did any of the ship's crew try to stop these kids from their wild and dangerous actions. Any adults that were trying to relax in that area were forced to leave and try to find some solitude. Unfortunately the kids even invaded the Solarium area which is supposed to be Adults Only. This was not the case. The ships offers an entire pool for kids yet there were few that stayed there. Apparently their parents don't know or understand the rules and did nothing to control their behavior. We made the mistake of cruising during spring break but it was the 14 and under kids who caused all the problems. There were 1200 kids on this cruise and that was no vacation for any adults who were trying to vacation. Plan on spending and 18% gratuity on anything extra you made purchase on the ship. If you go to the bar to get yourself a beer add 18% t that. Really??? All the bartender did was pop the cap and hand me the beer. Everything is ala carte. If you drink a lot of water or soda buy the drink plan and save. If you like alcoholic beverages, buy a plan that fits your needs and save. It is still not cheap but at least you can save a bundle. It is a nice ship but it has it's issues so please take heed to what I have said. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Oasis of the Seas is a truly beautiful ship that I think everyone should experience at least once. I'm going to write a small review for each part of our cruise. The Ship: Oasis is huge and has a lot to take in. There are tons of ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a truly beautiful ship that I think everyone should experience at least once. I'm going to write a small review for each part of our cruise. The Ship: Oasis is huge and has a lot to take in. There are tons of activities and many places to hang out so it doesn't seem to be too too crowded. This particular sailing it was sold out and seemed a lot more crowded than the first time we went in May 2014. She is kept very surprisingly clean for how many passengers are on board and how many public areas there are. The Ports: This is where I was really disappointed. We went on the Eastern Itinerary last May (Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten) and Loved every second. I thought Haiti and Jamaica were severely lacking in activities. There wasn't a whole lot to choose from and the prices were ridiculous for what you were getting. Both Haiti and Jamaica were in enclosed areas that are owned by Royal Caribbean. Therefore, there's no way for you to get a deal with a local tourist attraction. Not to mention, Falmouth, Jamaica, is a minimum of a one hour ride to any of the activities. If you have already done Dunns River Falls there really isn't much to do in Jamaica. There isn't even a nearby beach to walk to. Most people go shopping in the immediate area and then crowd into Margaritaville before heading back to the ship. The only port we liked was Mexico and it's because it came with many more options and the freedom to go off on your own. We did a 2 reef catamaran snorkel which was fun and then rented a scooter and found a hidden gem of a beach. That's the only day we actually spent several hours off the ship. Service: On our May sailing we were spoiled rotten. Everyone was so friendly and attentive. We did not meet one unpleasant or unsmiling person. This time, we felt people were bothered when you would ask for drinks. The service in the dining room wasn't nearly as good either. We had to wait in very long lines even though we had a reservation. We usually like to stick with the same waiter but that was impossible. We were section hopping every night and the last night we got stuck at the front and were ignored for 30 minutes before we even got water. We just had the traffic of everyone coming and going from the dining room. We like to get shrimp cocktail every night but we weren't allowed to have it until the 5th night this time. It was the little things that really added up to disappointment. We went to Izumi for lunch and waited over an hour for 2 sushi rolls. When it finally arrived I have to say it really wasn't very good at all. Sabor, on the other hand, had a great lunch at great prices! The Room: We get an interior room as we don't have the money to get something better. It was also kept neat and clean. Never had any issues with noise or anything. We were forward Deck 10 right near the elevators. Activities: If you get bored on a RC Cruise then it's your own fault. There are literally activities all day every day. We spend a lot of our time at Dazzles. We went to the Prohibition Event which was fun. I was hoping there would be more time for dancing but there were contests and things instead. Having to pay an extra $30 when you already have an unlimited beverage package was kind of frustrating though. Embarkation and disembarkation is always a really smooth process. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We are Diamond Plus, so we have traveled a little - we sailed in a Crown Loft Suite this time - It was an awesome experience all the way around. Especially, with the new Coastal Kitchen and Concierge lounge - that now takes the place of ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus, so we have traveled a little - we sailed in a Crown Loft Suite this time - It was an awesome experience all the way around. Especially, with the new Coastal Kitchen and Concierge lounge - that now takes the place of the former Viking Crown Lounge. The concierge lounge features complimentary beer, wine and soda from 11:30 am - 11:00 pm daily, with the standard complimentary beverages from 5:00 - 8:30 pm. Special mention is due here - Mary the bartender was awesome, my girlfriend is not a bar person at all - she and Mary are now best friends. The former Viking Lounge is now fully utilized and is beautiful inside and out - very commanding views (This is one thing RCCL has done right!) We did the Coastal kitchen 4 nights and should have done it six nights, the food is awesome. We did a few breakfast's and lunches there as well. ( Decan & Rose are superb servers). We also did the Chef's Table and Inchon was the best Sommelier ever encountered! He made the entire evening very special at the Chef's Table and I cannot give him enough praise for his diligence and wealth of knowledge! This an awesome experience and should be enjoyed by everyone! Cats was very enjoyable and the people that left during the intermission really missed out on a great experience. We only stopped at three ports and I still did not have time to see the entire ship or do all of its activities. We have sailed on the Oasis and Allure several times and have previously done all of the specialty restaurants and enjoyed those, but the Coastal kitchen was so great we elected not to do any this cruise. We did the new Mexican restaurant - Sabor for a lunch, food was good, pricing ala carte, but still fairly expensive $82.00 for the two of us and only one drink apiece We were part of a decent group of C/C members and met some very nice people during the cruise which a few we hung out with, one couple had the My Time Dinning pre-booked prior to sailing and had to wait 30 - 45 minutes each night to be seated. We ate in the MDR for the two formal nights. The wait staff was under manned and our waiter was overwhelmed, the assistant waiter had to cover too many tables, we rarely saw him and as a result the waiter had to do double duty. Had a few hot dogs at the Dog Shack during the week and they were good. Did the Park Café on embarkation day for lunch - was ok. Wanted to do the Solarium Bistro for a lunch, but never made it - next time! The Casino was kind to me this cruise and that was a nice finishing touch! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
The service was excellent we met wonderful people. The ship was not as wow as her sister ship the Allure of the seas we travel the year before. Cabin was excellent the balcony with ocean view is worth the extra money. We dine in the dining ... Read More
The service was excellent we met wonderful people. The ship was not as wow as her sister ship the Allure of the seas we travel the year before. Cabin was excellent the balcony with ocean view is worth the extra money. We dine in the dining room everyday dressing up for diner is part of cruising. The entertainment is very good all the shows and the musical. Excursions we good but for their private island in Haiti's labadee was the worst place to go if you didn't book excursions on the good side, the beach was full of Corel sticking out of the sand and the sea. No shade to talk about and the food was dry and no flavory. The activities were good lot of fun. Embarkation was long we had a little sore throat so we had to weight for the nurse to check on us. Disembark was very smooth. Book Adventure of the Seas for March Southern Caribbean ten night. We only cruise with royal Caribbean int. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My girlfriend and I just got back from our cruise (January 24th- 31st 2015) Though we've been together almost two years, this was our first cruise together, and the first cruise I'd ever taken. My girlfriend has been on 7 ... Read More
My girlfriend and I just got back from our cruise (January 24th- 31st 2015) Though we've been together almost two years, this was our first cruise together, and the first cruise I'd ever taken. My girlfriend has been on 7 cruisings with Royal, Carnival, and Princess. She was blown away by Oasis. To make sure things went smoothly, we flew from Ohio the night before and stayed over in Ft. Lauderdale to be more relaxed for the cruise. Embarkation was very short and easy. Port Everglades has made accommodations to streamline this process for Oasis and it shows. The ship is absolutely beautiful and the service outstanding. I may have spoiled myself for all future cruises with all that Oasis has to offer. All of the food was fantastic, we had great service and really enjoyed ourselves. We generally had dinner in the main dining room and we can't say enough about how good both the food and service were. Although there are plenty of options (at a surcharge) to choose from, we never found it necessary to go anywhere else for dinner. The food was truly amazing and our waiter always gave us suggestions on what was best a particular night. We did the late seating (8:30) and scheduled the shows for after dinner. One thing we really would recommend is to BOOK THESE AHEAD of the cruise as we did. The activities onboard the ship....where to start? With Ziplining, Rock Climbing, Surfing, all the whirlpools and pools, there is plenty to do...then there are the shows (we watched Cats, Come Fly with Me, Splish- Splash and Frozen in Time) and ran out of time to do more on our 7 day trip. Service was exceptional, but I will be honest in saying that the one area that they could use a bit more help on the pool decks and the whirlpool areas. We bought the Premium Package ($50/day) and found that if we wanted something, chances were pretty good we would have to go to the bar areas to get it. With that said, again, service in the MDR (American Icon was our MDR of choice) was second to none. Our Stateroom Attendant, Michael was a step above. Our dining room staff and stateroom attendant were very pleasant and always greeted us with a smile and a genuine desire to make sure we were happy. Oasis truly has something for everyone. I have to admit, that I was often more impressed with the ship than the ports of call. This ship for better or worse is truly a destination all it's own. That said, we did decide to do some snorkel and scuba diving in St. John and St.Maarten which was a lot of fun. With as large a ship as it is, we were amazed with how rarely we felt decks or elevators were congested; a true tribute to how well she is engineered. There is always a variety of events to go to but you can be as involved or relaxed as you want. I found myself on the Flow Rider quite a bit and was surprised how fun it was. Try to hit up the parties on the Solarium Deck and "Blaze" if you like dancing. I didn't love the DJ at Blaze but it was a pretty good time. Dazzles is more for the older crowd. Park Cafe was also great in Central Park- a bit healthier than breakfast at the Windjammer but I was never disappointed with the food. If you have the opportunity I would highly recommend sailing on this ship. It's truly amazing. We're looking forward to our next cruise on her!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We have been on the Oasis and the Allure 6 times in the last 2 years. We have always been in a suite and I love the special extras you get with being a suite guest. We stayed in a crown loft suite facing the ocean for the first time ( we ... Read More
We have been on the Oasis and the Allure 6 times in the last 2 years. We have always been in a suite and I love the special extras you get with being a suite guest. We stayed in a crown loft suite facing the ocean for the first time ( we have always stayed in the owners suite, which I love because of the large balcony), and I enjoyed the room. We were on the 17th floor and they have changed that floor for suite guest for a dining room and coastal kitchen. We did eat breakfast in there 2 times and we always eat dinner in our room due to the fact of being able to order off of the main dining room menu. I love the openness of this ship, you never feel crowded in any area. We are always amazed at how empty the ship is when we get on and go up to the pool deck to start our vacation laying in the sun with a drink in hand. Our last cruise was the first time we didn't do the walk off disembarkation and luckily being a suite guest you do get priority disembarkation so we didn't have to stand in a line except for customs. I would definitely give yourself 1 1/2 hours tops for disembarkation to make a flight on time. We will definitely book again for this ship soon. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We had an amazing week on the Oasis. First spend 2 nights at the W Ft Lauderdale which was a great hotel and fabulous pool. A quick 10 minute cab ride to the port was easy and we were on board by 11:45! The Oasis is everything that people ... Read More
We had an amazing week on the Oasis. First spend 2 nights at the W Ft Lauderdale which was a great hotel and fabulous pool. A quick 10 minute cab ride to the port was easy and we were on board by 11:45! The Oasis is everything that people say it is. This was our 25th cruise and we have been on many great ships, but this is in a class by itself in terms of the variety of public spaces and amenities. We stayed on deck 12 in stateroom 12612, which was a good central location. One of the highlights of the ship for us was the entertainment. hairspray the musical was excellent. There was a fabulous top quality jazz combo in the Jazz on 4 lounge, and really all the music in the various venues was high quality. We also liked the ice show and the water show in the Aqua Theater though they were less spectacular. We liked hanging out in the Champage Bar, which had a nice selection of bubbles. Bottles could be stored there for drinking over multiple visits so keep that in mind! The rising tide bar is another fun spot. Food was good, nothing terribly memorable, but certainly good. Food at Izumi and Giovanni's Table was even better. Johnny Rockets was lousy and the donuts were nasty at the donut shop. The sbux was good though! Ports were all fun and days at sea flew by with lots of time for the pool, books, naps, and other relaxation. It was especially nice to enjoy the virtually smoke free environment inside and outside the ship. Even the casino wasn't bad on the nonsmoking side. We can't wait to go back! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I decided on the title for this review while we were walking Central Park on our Oasis cruise to Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. As if the ship wasn’t extravagant enough, somebody actual thought to pipe the sound of Crickets into Central ... Read More
I decided on the title for this review while we were walking Central Park on our Oasis cruise to Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. As if the ship wasn’t extravagant enough, somebody actual thought to pipe the sound of Crickets into Central park! This attention to detail was reflected in every inch of ship design, and given the massive size of the ship it is almost unbelievable. A little bit of background, I have been following the Oasis since before she was built. DW and our kids have been able to cruise often, in part by avoiding the expense of airfare, sailing from local ports where Oasis and Allure do not call. That changed when our son won a free cruise for two playing Bingo on the Navigator last November. A couple of unexpected changes at work for DW & I and the stars suddenly aligned for us to make the trek to Port Everglades on two weeks’ notice. DW and I (mid 40’s) left the kids home with Grandparents for a hyper-romantic getaway – our 22nd Cruise. We could not help but draw comparisons between the Voyager Class and the Oasis and we will share our perspectives here. The review will also cover our awesome shore excursions and our impressions of the beverage package, dining and wonderful entertainment. One of the downsides of booking at the last minute is it’s tough to get reasonable air – we did something that might not be for everyone - but it worked for us: We flew Allegiant Air in to the Orlando Sanford airport and rented a car for the 3&1/2 hour drive. We got a direct flight in the night before and split the trip down with an overnight in Vero Beach. We had a 3pm flight out of the same airport on the way back so we asked for an early debark and were back at the airport 3hrs early. Sounds a bit arduous, but the round trip air was about $250/pp with the taxes plus 3 bags at $20 each. It is tough to beat that from our backwater airport in South Texas. The drive time was less than our connection layover time would have been so we actually got home sooner than we would have with a flight out of FLL. National and Alamo run a free shuttle from the airport to the ship. We dropped our bags at the port first then doubled back. Our two, one-way rentals were cheaper than parking would have been if we had driven our own car. We noticed that Thrifty and Dollar have centers just our side of the port so that might be an even better option for some. We started the embarkation process at noon and were on the ship by 12:15. Our keycards were ready with our choice of beverage package indicated. Our first impression of the ship was that it was even more fantastic than we thought it would be and we held that impression through-out the cruise. We liked the promenade on the Voyager class ships – loved how they used the extra width on the Oasis. It’s the same only bigger and better - with day-light from central park above. Speaking of Central park – awesome. The boardwalk – so unique and well thought out. We stopped by the dining room for a peak and got assigned to a well-placed table for 4. When we made it to our stateroom, we noticed many tweaks from the Voyager class cabins : having the cabin entry door swing out – what a great idea. Turn the closet and put in sliding doors – how come nobody ever thought of that before? Same with the tweaks in the bathroom. Trading counter space for floor space – brilliant. Couple of extra feet on the Balcony – WOW. We were deck 10 all the way aft, our neighbors in the wrap around suite just aft of us seldom ventured around to our partition and the folks in the room forward were almost never out either - so our private balcony was about as private as it could be. Food at the windjammer and mdr was ok on day one, but about the only thing that was not better than the Navigator. On time sail-away – can’t believe how stable and smooth the ship felt when we were underway – never would have known we were under power if not for our spectacular view SEA DAYS - We had sea days on days 2, 5 and 7. Too much to remember what happened when. The $40/day beer and wine package was a winner for us (probably why we can’t remember what happened when). No problems with service (but you sign for each drink –except in the MDR) and pre-paying this sure kept our bill down at the end of the cruise. I know we did room service the first day (and on the port days) and it was always accurate and arrived at the front end of the ½hr delivery window. We grabbed breakfast at the central park café on day 5 (they definitely captured the NY attitude in there) and Giovani’s for lunch on day 7 - at Giovani’s, the lunch menu is the same menu as dinner (but its half the price). We found the free coffee at the donut shop to be most convenient on the days we did not do room service and just wanted to relax on the Balcony before going to lunch or shore . We brought our Tervis Tumblers so only one trip was required – but they have decent sized “to go” cups there. Pools deck never felt crowded nor did the sports deck. We did one afternoon in the Solarium which was huge and very well appointed. Lines for flowrider, zip line and rock wall were never very bad. Note: even if you pre-signed your waivers you still have to go to the stand to get a wrist band. In the Spa, we did the Rasul mud bath and were very impressed with the entire complex - the mud bath facility was especially nice. Our only rain was one massive thunderstorm: At the end of “Splash” (the comedy water show) there was a loud thunderclap and torrential rain came out of nowhere. As a result, we found the walk around promenade and the sitting area behind the Aqua theater stage. This was really neat spot that we might have otherwise missed. Close to the water, it had the feel of a smaller ship. DINNERS –We had fixed-time late seating and ate dinner in the MDR every night except Cozumel (more to follow on that). We were paired with another cruise addicted couple and enjoyed their company. The Lobster/Shrimp platter on the 2nd formal night was excellent. The pastas were always very good. The meat dishes were so-so at best –seems like they are trying to get you to pay for the premium meats by letting quality slip here. The service was also not on par with our other RCCL cruises – we had a very poor assistant waiter: horseradish and juice lagged the prime rib, sour cream lagged the baked potato, grated cheese lagged the pasta, etc. Gave up on trying to get a beer at dinner, just grabbed one at the bar on the way in and then I figured out if I ordered wine as soon as a saw they guy, I had a decent chance of getting it before desert. Diner to wait-staff ratio seemed to be more or less the same as the Navigator– just think we drew a bad team and that the restaurant manager needs to up his game. SHOWS – We’ve been to almost every production show on each of our 22 cruises. So that’s like 40 something shows and the top three shows we’ve ever experienced were on this cruise! The water show (Oasis of Dreams) was the best thing we’ve ever seen at sea. We were expecting something like you might see at six flags – but it was so much better with acrobats, sych swimmers, a rising bottom in the pool and a HUGE and talented cast. The Ice show was the best of the 4 that we have seen (and all of them were awesome). RCCL could have taken a cookie cutter approach and put the same show on every ship with an ice rink: but each show we’ve seen has been unique and amazingly produced. The soundtrack on this show had everything from Bach to James Brown to Journey and somehow it all tied together. The “Come Fly with Me” production show was the best thing we’ve ever seen in a main theater. The sets, the visuals, the dancers, more acrobats, decent singers - singing great songs. In fact, the sound tracks to all of these shows were amazing (piped in music in public areas was always spot-on as well). Hairspray was also very well done. Really like how they spun studio B around on the Oasis class so that it opens to a common area with the main theater, comedy club and the disco. Because we booked late, we could not get a reservation for everything – but the standby lines were not bad and everyone got a seat. We saw all the shows and had great seats every time. LABADEE – They did not have a pier the last time were visited on Voyager 8 years ago. Our starboard side cabin afforded us a view of the whole facility and the boat /jetski parade that ensued upon arrival. We booked a Jet Ski excursion and it was well worth the money. Our guide was excellent, the jet skis were in great condition and the ride was wonderful. After the excursion we found our way to the Dragon’s Breath Saloon which was next to deserted. Our beverage package worked there and it was a very short walk to the Buffet lunch. There was a deserted plaza and castle area that led to very romantic trail behind the saloon that went undiscovered by 95% of our co-passengers – what a special treat. We were so sun drenched by the end of our day here that we missed the repeater party on the helicopter deck – but we thought it was great that they went out of their way to find a unique venue for this event. JAMACIA – We have a very special beach resort that we frequent from Falmouth, just a $40 round trip cab ride and 60 bucks pp for the all-inclusive day. It is stunningly beautiful and private. Sorry folks, we will not mention the name as we want to keep it that way! All of our embarks and debarks were remarkably quick and easy (and all of them were on time). This was especially so in Falmouth. We were in our cab just 10 minutes after leaving the cabin even though we left at peak time. COZUMEL – DW & I did Sabor on the Magic a couple of years ago and loved it. We did Nachi-Coccom with the Kids on the Navigator and it was just right for a family with teens. As the ship was in port from 7-7 we went “top of the line” at Aura (by Secrets). We had a wonderful day- we got there early for breakfast and enjoyed the beach and lazy river until lunch. After that, we found our way to the swim-up bar and met 3 or 4 nice couples from all walks of life and just enjoyed their company under the sun until an hour before boarding. We certainly did not take advantage of everything this place had to offer, so I’m hesitant to offer my opinion on the subject, but I will anyway. When we have the opportunity to choose between Sabor and Aura again, we’ll choose Sabor. It shares the same beach (which is a bit too rocky for our taste) the service was better and it was about half the price. We had a big night planned for after Cozumel: Giovani’s followed by “Come Fly with Me”. That did not happen as our “party for two” continued on our balcony thru sail away and then we crashed hard and slept through both. The night was not a wash-out as we recovered with dinner at Johnny Rockets and caught the Comedy show. The staff a Giovani’s was gracious and understanding of our missed reservation – we were not charged for dinner and were able to walk in for lunch the next day instead (food and service were over-the-top). We were skeptical of the reservation format for the production shows, but ended up being grateful for it as we were able to catch the show we missed - it was fantastic and it would have been a huge shame to have missed it. FINAL/RANDOM THOUGHTS – Our cabin steward was amazing but in general we were slightly disappointed with the service staff. It kind of seemed like they had made it to the best ship in the fleet so they did not need to go out of their way in most respects. That and the quality of meat dishes in the main dining room were about the only two things that kept this from being a PERFECT vacation for us. The photo system where all of your photos are gathered for you in a slot on a tower is very slick. Casino was nice – we played slots for an hour or so a night and ended up even for the cruise. Disco had great atmosphere. Promenade shops were reasonable and we wish we had more time to experience every venue there and in central park. Great debark at Port Everglades. I believe anybody who likes the Voyager class ships will love an Oasis class ship. It’s not just bigger and better – it is so much more!   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
5 stars  Like others have said, you really don't feel like 6000 people are on this ship, except at muster time. our ship was 100% full too. We are experienced cruisers and this was our best cruise yet. Great food - We ate in the MDR ... Read More
5 stars  Like others have said, you really don't feel like 6000 people are on this ship, except at muster time. our ship was 100% full too. We are experienced cruisers and this was our best cruise yet. Great food - We ate in the MDR 6 of the 7 nights and at Johnny Rockets once. For breakfast we ate in the solarium every day. Very peaceful! The ships water was fantastic - don't spend $$ on bottled water or bring it onboard. Ship was clean...everywhere we turned someone was cleaning something. There is so much to do every day. Entertainment was great. I only got to see 1 show due to there being so much else to do but that was great - Aquatheater! Cabin - excellent - see my review below. Fitness facilities were great. We used every day and lost weight on the cruise. Did not use spa facilities. Casino - Great. Slots had nice payouts, same as land casinos Staff - Great There were always plenty of deck chairs in the sun and in the shade. Deck patrol was frequent and moved towels that were just placed after 30 minutes. Don't hesitate to cruise this ship! One word of caution - before you get caught up in those sales on the promenade....they are counting on you not to price double check. We purchased a nice watch discounted from $250 to $135. I got home and checked amazon and it's $87.00 there. Because there is no easy internet available that would have been good to know. Buyer beware ! ;-) Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We just returned from our cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed the cruise. We traveled with a group of 4 couples from Denver. Pre-Cruise- We stayed at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. Beautiful ... Read More
We just returned from our cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed the cruise. We traveled with a group of 4 couples from Denver. Pre-Cruise- We stayed at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. Beautiful resort, pool, beach access. Embarkation-We were booked in a suite, so special lines and seating areas were assigned. We arrived about 11AM, and were allowed on the ship by 11:30AM. Stateroom: 7260 (Grand Suite) was a very nice room (371 s/f, plus a large balcony, with table two chairs and two loungers). Other couples stayed in Junior suites on the port side in the "Hump". They were happy with their rooms, as well. Deck 7 mid-ship was a great place to have a stateroom: one deck up to Central Park, one deck down to Boardwalk, two decks down to Promenade. Aft elevators took us down to the Opus for dining, and up to the windjammer or pools. Public Areas: everything was well maintained and clean. Food: We chose not to try any of the specialty dining on-board, but ate exclusively in the Opus Dining room. The food was average when compared to Holland America, but still very tasty. The sheer number of meals prepared daily might be the cause. Shows: We saw all of the major shows, and you can see that Royal Caribbean spent more money on entertainment than food. We pre-booked all of the shows before leaving. There was always a stand-by line to get in, and your seats were given away if you were not there five minutes before showtime. Ports: Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten. We took a ferry boat in Nassau to a private island, they fed us lunch, and everyone just relaxed on the beach, explored dophins and sea lions exhibits also. St Thomas: We took the champagne catamaran to snorkle. It was very fun. We saw turtles, stingrays, and many colorful fish. St Maarten: We chose to have taxi take us around the French and Dutch sides of the island. Debarkation: As suite guests, we could leave anytime before 10:30am. Going through customs went fairly smoothly. Expect about a 30 minute time-frame to get out to the curb. We stayed one more night at the Marriott Harbor Beach resort, then returned to Denver the next day. Summary: Althought the ship was at full capacity (5400 guests, 2400 crew), we never felt crowded except during the emergency drill. We all loved the ship, and we would consider another one in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Just a great trip from start to finish. Perfect way for our two girls (6&8) to experience their first cruise. There is so much to do on this ship it's impossible to list it all. Highlights: * Central Park is really unique and ... Read More
Just a great trip from start to finish. Perfect way for our two girls (6&8) to experience their first cruise. There is so much to do on this ship it's impossible to list it all. Highlights: * Central Park is really unique and amazing that it's on a cruise ship, very peaceful and rarely crowded. * Boardwalk - our kids loved the carousel and the donut shop. * Entertainment - top notch, the diving show and Come Fly with Me were impressive. The ice show also did not disappoint. * Main Dining Room - it's subjective, and it's not a gourmet meal, but it was much better than any large banquet I've been to. There were plenty of choices, and we had great service (best service we have had on a ship). * Staff - all very friendly and helpful. We were always greeted with a smile and a good morning/afternoon/evening. Our girls always got smiles and attention. The bar staff was friendly and poured good drinks, Dennis M. in the Schooner Bar was top notch, great Martinis and a fun guy to chat with. We had very few complaints, but I'll highlight a few areas for improvement: * Kids camp hours - wish it were open earlier than 9am, makes it hard for active/fitness parents to work out in the AM. Also wish the afternoon session started at 1pm instead of 2. * Singers - I think this is hit and miss, but neither the piano bar singer or Pub singer were the best. * Port Days - it would be nice if the carousel, rock wall, donut shop were open earlier on port days. For those who stay on the ship there is less to do these days. * Debark - line for customs was horrendous, we might have hit it at the wrong time but it took 45 minutes or so. Overall we had a great trip. The next cruise with the kids will be on OOTS or AOTS. When we cruise without kids I think we prefer a smaller ship as you can almost forget you are at sea on this boat! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My boyfriend and i didn't realized that we would a special vacation when we went to the travel agent in August 2013 looking for another cruise. This would be my 8th cruise with RC but have also cruised other lines. I live in Chicago ... Read More
My boyfriend and i didn't realized that we would a special vacation when we went to the travel agent in August 2013 looking for another cruise. This would be my 8th cruise with RC but have also cruised other lines. I live in Chicago and this was the worst winter since 1967!!! Oasis of the Seas was just what we needed! We flew down to Ft. Lauderdale a day early just to relax and explore the area. We stayed at the Hyatt Place, which was near to small malls. We left the hotel at 10:30 am, arrived at the dock 10:45 am, wow what a big ship. Went straight through the lines on the ship by 11:00 am, wow!! Yes, it is huge. Yes, we knew we would never be able to see the entire ship, but it was the best because we enjoyed what we could. We met lots of cruisers at the meet and greet (which was great) and we did the cabin crawl (oceanview to Jr. suite next cruise). We continued to meet the cruise critic members throughout the cruise. Loved Labedee as usual (boyfriend Zip-Lined) me the Cabanna (best investment). Jamica and Cozemel were OK. The main attraction the ship. Great entertainment. We did the MDR(our waiter and assistant were the best) and one night at Chops. Great table mates. My boyfriend is already talking about another cruise. Yea!! Cabin was clean and out stewart was visible and always there to help out when needed. Disbarkation was Longggggg. Overall, We had a Great Time!   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
My wife & I cruised on the Oasis the week of March 15th, doing the Western Caribbean. We have cruised 3 other times and had heard great things about the Oasis. I don't like crowds so I was taking a chance with so many people being ... Read More
My wife & I cruised on the Oasis the week of March 15th, doing the Western Caribbean. We have cruised 3 other times and had heard great things about the Oasis. I don't like crowds so I was taking a chance with so many people being on the ship. The design of the Oasis is brilliant. Their are so many "neighborhoods" & venues of entertainment that the "crowd" of people are separated nicely. Check in took 15 minutes & we were on the ship ready to have fun. This was the only time it was slightly crowded because everyone boards into the Promenade Deck. The ship is amazing. There are so many things to do. The Promenade deck is sort of like main street on the ship. The two parades, Guest Services, Excursion Desk, shopping, & our favorite snack place Sorrento's Pizza are on this deck. One deck up is the Boardwalk with the Carousel & Aqua Theater. And up one more deck is Central Park, which is VERY peaceful and contains their 3 specialty restaurants. The food was very good. We ate at Chops Grille the night of our Wedding Anniversary & our filet mignons were delicious. Our waiter there was named Inshan and he was outstanding (TA DA...request him and you'll understand why lol). The Main Dining room had a side section. We were seated there and felt isolated because you couldn't see when the Chefs spoke or something else was going on. Other than that the food was good. The Entertainment was the best we've ever seen on a Cruise ship. Their Broadway production of Hairspray was just as good as the original. Come Fly with Me was like a Cirque show, & the Ukrainian aerial act was amazing. Frozen in Time was a really well done Ice Show. They had two diving shows at their Aqua Theater which were very good. Imagine diving from 60 feet into a pool on a moving ship! The Comedy Club was a lot of fun. The host Simeon was really funny & did a Burl Ives impersonation that still brings a smile to my face. They had a number of lounges catering to different genres of music. We visited most of them & they were all good. I could write a short story on all that we saw & did. Trust me, unless you have bad weather, you will have an awesome time on Royal's Oasis of the Seas!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Day 1: Embarkation - super easy. Arrived before noon. Security and check in was very easy. No lines then we were there. We learned they did not let anyone on until about 11:15 or so. We walked onto boat with our luggage. We travel pretty ... Read More
Day 1: Embarkation - super easy. Arrived before noon. Security and check in was very easy. No lines then we were there. We learned they did not let anyone on until about 11:15 or so. We walked onto boat with our luggage. We travel pretty light with carry on luggage. The doors to the rooms were closed because rooms weren't totally ready until 1:00 p.m., but we went through to drop off our luggage and our room was actually ready. We had planned to just leave it outside the door, but our room attendant, Little, had already finished our room and I admit we did surprise him, but he and all the room attendants were very nice. After dropping off our luggage, we decided to explore a little. Food: We purchased the Chef's Table package because we like to try out the various specialty restaurants. There are many specialty restaurants with surcharges and ala carte pricing. We had a chance to eat at a good number of them and we also ate at the Main Dining room and the Windjammer Cafe. We have had great experiences at specialty restaurants on Holland America, which last we checked had a surcharge of $25 pp but the food is superb and I always book a reservation at the Pinnacle Grill on Holland America - the $25 is totally worth it. Main Dining Room: We always choose the 8 o'clock seating because we like more time outside or lounging about and don't like to rush to the 6 p.m. seating. 6 p.m. is early for us and we found that most families with kids tend to choose the 6 o'clock seating. We ate there for breakfast twice (including the last day - disembarkation day). We had dinner there probably 3 or 4 times and we don't miss the lobster night - which is usually the 2nd formal night (I would check with the dining room when making your specialty restaurant reservations). We also had lunch here twice. We really enjoyed the main dining room. Since we booked late, we were put on the 3rd floor in the very back of the dining room, it wasn't the best spot but we had excellent service and also got to sit with a lovely couple from NJ. They were really fun and we enjoyed making friends with them. The wait staff took very good care of us and always brought extra things for us and we could order more than one of each thing if we wanted to. The food was very good in my opinion and for lobster night, the lobster was a good size and fresh. We also liked the steaks here better than at Chops. Lunch was ok, the service is so-so, but not bad. You don't get your dinner waiters, but the food is tasty and you can order off the menu or get the buffet option. Breakfast was pretty good too. Chef's Table: (I think its about $70-75 pp, but I am not sure I paid around $125 for a package of three specialty restaurants - Chef's Table, Chops, and Central Park). This is an intimate dinner in the loft area of the concierge lounge. I think each night there is seating for about 20 people and you sit at this very long table. Its a pretty elaborate tasting menu with wine pairings. The Chef comes and explains each dish and the sommelier describes each wine. This was fabulous. The food was fantastic and the wines were excellent. I think its a great deal. The service was very good of course. And you get a nice gift at the end (I don't want to spoil that surprise for you). We did this for my birthday. They even brought out a birthday cake for me and we made some nice friends at dinner. Chops Grill: (I think its about $35 pp - it was again part of my package) This was our least favorite dining experience overall. The menu was surprising limited and I was also surprised that their best steaks had an additional surcharge on top of the surcharge, which in my opinion was pretty high for a cruise ship. In Chicago, you can get a very good steak meal at some excellent steak houses for close to that pp without alcohol. Wine was not included in the price. So seeing more surcharges was shocking to me. We each ordered the NY strip steak and asked for it to be cooked medium and the steaks were cooked medium well (we honestly had better steak in the MDR and cooked to order). In retrospect, I wish I had said something, but we were really tired of being in this restaurant so I didn't want to make a spectacle of it. The sides were also so-so - I don't even really remember what we had because it was so unmemorable. The atmosphere was ok on the inside. I wish I had asked to sit in the atrium part of the restaurant because it was facing into Central Park, which is beautiful at night. Besides the food being ok, the service was interesting. The server was very nice and attentive, but he really was pushing selling stuff, like wine, and things like cook books and wine aerators. I thought that was weird, annoying, and uncomfortable. I don't know if they were required to do that or maybe they get a bonus, but I don't think they should do that anymore. I feel like it adds insult to injury with the expensive surcharge. We won't eat here in the future, however, some people really love it and have had great experiences. In the end, its an average steak house - but you can judge for yourself. Central Park 150: (I really don't remember this one - I think with our package the Chops Grill ended up being free - so I am guessing about a $40 surcharge). Beautiful restaurant with nice and different decor located in the Central Park part of the ship. Service is excellent and the food again is very high quality - beautiful, unique and delicious. I suspect the menu changes and I can only say overall we enjoyed this restaurant and there were several courses (a tasting menu style of meal). The food was delicious and rich and we felt pretty full at the end. I really liked the understated and attentive service - the server explained each dish, which was helpful and added to the experience. Another kind of Park Cafe here in Central Park - I forget the name, but its another free place to get salads and bistro food - you can also get free water, ice tea, and fruit flavored drinks here. We did not really eat here. Although the food looked good - its small and can get really crowded which turned me off. Wine bar: There is also a lovely wine bar in Central Park which serves tapas ala carte. We heard it was good, but we never had a chance to try it out. Seafood Shack: Ala Carte pricing, but very reasonable. This restaurant was located on the boardwalk several stories below our room and I love seafood and wanted to try it. Decor is like a beach side seafood shack. Nice ambience and service was good as well. We went because I heard that they have King Crab legs. So we went for an afternoon stack. I ordered a 1/2 pound of king crab legs for about $15 - I like them hot. They were delicious and I couldn't believe the price. The other things we liked were the coconut shrimp (something like $3 or 4 for a decent amount of coconut shrimp maybe 6 or so big pieces!). We had a major miss with the calamari though - it could have just been a bad batch. It just did not taste fresh to us, so we told the server who wanted to replace it with whatever we wanted on the menu, but we were not hungry anymore, in any event he brought us shrimp cocktail. The shrimp cocktail was ok - they give you a lot and they were a good size, but again, I feel like they weren't very fresh in the sense that the shrimp should have had a nice crunch to it. The MDR on the contrary had very good pieces of shrimp for their shrimp cocktail. Overall, I would come back here for the crab legs. They do have a lunch party with lots of different seafood, but we decided to pass on it - its a good deal, so you may want to check it out. Johnny Rockets: We had milk shakes and breakfast here. We did not get a chance to eat here because there are just too many choices. But it is a popular place and the surcharge is about $5 or $6 - years ago it was like $2 or 3 I think on other ships. The milk shakes were good and breakfast wasn't bad. They don't charge for breakfast. This is a combination surcharge and ala carte restaurant. Solarium Cafe: They have a surcharge for dinner at night, but we only ate here for lunch once which is free. They offer spa food and light healthy food. Its mostly buffet style and it can get busy during the day. They also have a couple of miso soup options. You pick the bowl with the ingredients already in it and they add the miso. You can also get water, ice tea, and fruit flavored waters for free here. We liked the light fare - its a nice change. Donut Place: I don't know what the actual name of this place is, but they serve free coffee and a nice selection of fresh donuts for free. Mostly the fluffy yeast donuts with glazing - I did not see any cake donuts, but I don't really like cake donuts. They have regular flavors like chocolate and strawberry glazed to exotic like passionfruit and key lime. So many flavors and very good. You can also purchase specialty coffee drinks. This place is located near the entrance of the boardwalk. Ice Cream Parlor: Also on the boardwalk, across from the Donut Place, this is an ala carte dessert place. It looks nice and the ice cream desserts look very good, we just were never hungry enough to stop for a sundae. Maybe next time. Sorrento's Pizza: Free pizza place located in the Promenade. Pizza is good and fresh - pretty standard. They offer cheese, sausage, pepperoni, and one special pizza that changes. They also have a choose your toppings personal pizza that you can order. I think they are open until midnight - not bad for a snack. Park Cafe: Free (except for specialty coffee drinks) and open 24 hours. They serve sandwiches, cookies, brownies, and coffee. You can get water and ice tea here too. Its located next to the guest services. Cupcake Place: A cute cupcake shop next to the Park Cafe. Pretty much small and large cupcakes of all kinds of usual and unusual flavors and decorations. They also have for sail cook books and cupcake themed things. We booked a cupcake decorating class here for about $22 pp. Its an hourlong class and they provide all the materials. We learned how to make a double burger cupcake with fries. Really fun and we got an awesome treat. Did I really learn much? Not sure, because all of the items were prepped ahead of time for us and we basically just put it together, but it gave me some great ideas. We also got a surprise gift at the end! I thought it was a lot of fun and there were a number of parents with their older and teenaged kids at the class (both boys and girls). They limit the size of the class to about 8 people. One beef I had, was that people kept coming in to buy stuff and there was only one employee there and she was instructing us! She said the shop is closed during class, but she had no sign or anything to put in the entryway. They should just have another person working to man the counter. I think having all those people in there taking a class actually draws customers into the shop. Was it worth it? I think so, especially with an older child or teenager, but I think for me once was enough. Windjammer Cafe: This is their buffet. We ate here for breakfast and lunch. I didn't think it was too small for the size of the ship. There are two sections with the same food items, plus I thought they did a good job of crowd control, which I liked a lot. They actually seated people and made sure that there weren't too many people at once at the buffet. We did not wait long to be seated. I am not sure what all the complaints were because they had a nice international selection of food and its buffet food - so not everything is going to be out of the ball park, but I really thought it was tasty and I liked the selection. The service was also good. We liked to eat here when we could. Breakfast was also good with decent selections. There are also some snack places on the pool decks which we never ate at because we just never did, too many choices. Izumi - a Japanese specialty ala carte restaurant on the same level as the Windjammer. Its lovely and has pretty views, but we never had a chance to eat here. I love sushi and am reluctant to try it on a ship when I have it quite often in Chicago, but the prices are very very reasonable for the sushi rolls and pieces. I would have liked to try it, but we just only have so much room in our stomachs. I think you should try it, if you either have never had sushi before or don't get a chance to have it very often. I watched the ship's cooking channel on their tv and they kept showing the chef from Izumi make food and it looked really good. I probably missed some other food opportunities, but I think this pretty much covers everything. Shows: Can I just say WOW! Definitely WOW! Royal Caribbean knows how to put on over the top amazing extravaganzas! We tried not to miss any of the entertainment, including the lounge singers and jazz musicians. Even their standard fair belly flop contests were fun fun. We missed some of the other standard fare, but not the shows. I recommend making reservations ahead of time, but most shows you can still get a seat - they let people in without reservations about 10 minutes before the show. The only exception is the comedy show. It is a much smaller venue - you will not likely get in standby. This show you must make a reservation. Hairspray - this is the broadway musical shown on the Oasis, the Allure is showing Chicago. The lead singer sang and played this part on Broadway for 2 years prior and I could tell. Its a full length Broadway show without any intermission. The talent was top notch, the sets were amazing, and the costumes were above par. We were amazed and entertained. Don't miss it! They only have maybe 2 showings for the entire cruise. A bonus, we saw the star of the show and the actor who plays her mom sing Broadway show tunes at the Viking Crown lounge one evening (see it if you can). Frozen: I think this is what its called is there icecapades show and what a show it is! Amazing! Its in the Studio B ice rink. The stunts, routines, costumes and story line are amazing. These are international Olympic skaters - also not to be missed. I don't want to give too many spoilers. Its not the Disney movie version. Oasis of Dreams - this is their incredible aqua show - again stunning with high dives, water ballet and acrobats ala Cirque du Soleil. Very much like the Vegas show "O" - this aqua stage is definitely state of the art and custom build costing millions. These are olympic and olympic quality gymnasts and divers. We were able to see the show from our balcony as well. Reservations are a must - as this is a popular show and get there early (about 30 min) to get a seat. We just brought our books and read. Only thing is the seats can be somewhat uncomfortable. Headliner - this is a special guest that is brought on for this show. It changes all the time, you probably don't need reservations. Comedy show: Hilarious! There are essentially 4 comedians and they differ, but the ones we saw were hilarious and many are featured on Comedy Central. I definitely recognized the comedians. MUST HAVE RESERVATIONS. The design was to make it feel like you were in an intimate comedy club and it worked for the most part. Parades! They have two parades in the Promenade - really over the top and a lot of fun. Great for the kids. Definitely worth seeing at least once. Various shows and special events - they have a great 70s dance party in the Promenade with singers and dancers all over the place. Lots of fun! There is a glow party in Studio B (they place some flooring over the ice) and its fun, but after awhile it basically becomes a teen party. However, same night they have an adult party in the Solarium with DJ - that was fun too. Night clubs and Bars: RC has so many bars all over, each one different and separately themed. We liked the one in the middle of the promenade that goes up to the Central Park and down again, there is a hidden one in the Central Park which is nice and we liked hanging out at the Boardwalk Bar. They have essentially one night club across from the Comedy Club, the music is good and most nights it is really hopping - the decor is kind of weird though kind of like a spanish dungeon or something. I am not too crazy about the design, but they have some fun and cool special effects and we had fun there. The other place we liked was Dazzles - really beautiful two story club that featured live bands and a lighted dance floor. It overlooked the Boardwalk - when there is a band it is hopping, otherwise it becomes a nice place to read. Pools: Boy this place has a ton of pools! A freshwater pool, saltwater pool, adult pool in Solarium, kids area pools, and hot tubs galore - I think there must have been like 10 hot tubs all over the pool deck. The kid's area was really cool and people really liked to congregate in and around the pools. We liked being in the shade and spent a couple of days at the main pools in the middle. We did not care too much for the Solarium because it became a sauna and was too hot. I think its the design with the enclosed glass which probably acts like a magnifying glass and traps the heat, plus it was consistently over crowded in my opinion with a number of drunk and sloppy adults during the day - evening it was nice and tranquil. The people were so annoying that I preferred the main pools with kids! The kids were for the most part mainly at the kids area and if a kid wandered to the other pools and acted obnoxious someone would ask the kid to act appropriately which worked. Most kids had their parents with them, so we never had kid issues. There were plenty of seats - so we typically were ok finding seats. We liked to go there in the later afternoon when there was less people and the sun wasn't too hot. By 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. a lot of people left for their 6 p.m. dinner, which was fine by us. One oddity was that the smoking section was in this small part of the pool deck by the bar and I don't get it, but the same people would spend the whole day there and night too puffing away. This was not a pretty part of the ship either. I just didn't get it, but I guess whatever floats your boat. Activities: Lots of activities for active people. There is a short zip line that went across the top of the Boardwalk, we tried it once and it was fun but short. A good number of people liked the Flowrider, which is the surfing and boogie boarding simulator - they have two of them and its harder than it looks. We did not try it - we thought about an individual class, but decided to pass because the water jets were very powerful. They have a miniature golf course, a carousel, climbing wall, and ice skating rinks. Of course they have a nice basketball court, which was constantly in use and ping pong tables which were also constantly in use. I am sure there are other things I am missing, but this gives you an idea. Oh and shopping - there are a number of stores on the ship and they have their specials like all ships. People seemed to like that a lot. Movies: They show first run movies in the main theater and have 3D capabilities. You won't know what movie is playing until the day of unfortunately and the movies rotate and are never replayed on a single cruise. We saw the last 2/3rds of the latest Thor movie and it was like watching a movie in a theater. Casino: We don't gamble, but I have to say that this was one of the largest casinos I have ever seen at sea. Its not cheap to gamble here, but people seemed to have a lot of fun. Guests: I liked the mixture of guests both young and old. It made the ship very lively and the atmosphere fun. The ship was probably close to capacity and I sometimes felt it, but it didn't bother me - there are many quiet spots, but there was plenty of room. A stroll at night in Central Park was one of my favorite things - its lovely and peaceful. Loyalty Club: Meh they don't have the best perks for loyalty members. Ports of Call: Pretty mediocre for the most part, except for Cozumel, but we were in this for the ship. Day 7 Disembarkation Day. We had breakfast in the Main Dining Room and then had plenty of time before we had to disembark. This was not as smooth as getting on the boat. But this was mainly because of customs. This was not Royal Caribbean's fault. They were very efficient otherwise, but there was a huge back up in Customs. It took us awhile to get off the boat and through customs. We decided to rent a car (Thrifty is the best deal and closest to Port Everglades) and drive to Ft. Lauderdale Beach. If you have more than 3 hours before your flight, its actually cheaper to rent a car to store your luggage than to store it at the airport through a service - airports typically won't take luggage more than 3 hours before your flight, but double check. We then spent the afternoon at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach and rented chairs, an umbrella, and towels from the municipal employees on the beach - my husband bargained with the guy and got this all for $10. We rented the car for about $25, but I have been able to rent it cheaper in the past. Overall Summary: Awesome ship, huge, beautiful, and surprising. We had a fantastic time and booked this cruise for the ship rather than the ports. We were not disappointed. You can't help but have fun and it is very easy to meet people. However, its hard to see them again unless you try or are lucky. We were both lucky and we tried to meet some of the same people on the ship. Great for couples, retirees, families, kids of all ages, I really love this ship. We plan on booking a cruise on the Allure of the Seas in the future.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Pre-cruise: My husband and I took a flight into Fort Lauderdale the day before the cruise because of the risk of bad weather. We stayed at the Hampton Inn on Stirling Rd on Friday night. It turned out to be an excellent choice! The staff ... Read More
Pre-cruise: My husband and I took a flight into Fort Lauderdale the day before the cruise because of the risk of bad weather. We stayed at the Hampton Inn on Stirling Rd on Friday night. It turned out to be an excellent choice! The staff was friendly, the grounds and room were well kept, and the price was reasonable. We had dinner at Billy's Stone Crab. It was absolutely delicious and the service top notch. After dinner we walked over to the Hollywood Broadwalk. It was a perfect evening!! Boarding: We boarded the ship at 12 noon. It took about 10 minutes to enter the ship. BY FAR, the smoothest boarding process we even encountered. Room: Our room was a balcony room on the 8th deck starboard aft. The size of the room was perfect for two people. It was very easy to feel organized. The luggage slipped easily under the bed. We always bring a shoe holder to place on the inside of the bathroom door to organize toiletries. We were glad to pack a power strip to allow for the charging of our electronic devices. Barry was our cabin attendant. Absolutely EXCELLENT service!! Very friendly- as was each and every member of the staff!! Dining: We choose my time dining for it's flexibility. Our waiter was Ismael V. - WOW!!! Fabulous service night after night. Professional with a personal touch! Aleksandar Z. was his assistant. Every night they worked very hard to provide top notch service- a "10"!! We enjoyed Aleksandar's sense of humor too!! It made the whole dining experience enjoyable to say the least!! Collins was our wine steward. Again, unbeatable service! Every dish was delicious and the serving size was just perfect too! For breakfast (and sometimes lunch) we ate at the solarium and were very satisfied! Amenities: Our favorite spot to relax was Central Park. Any time of day it proved to be a quiet and relaxing. We also spent a lot of time on the pool deck. On sea days it can be quite busy but you could still find a place in the sun or shade, but maybe not right next to the pool. Oasis of the Seas has spoiled us and we are very grateful for the extraordinary service that we received. It was very much appreciated! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We chose this cruise for our Honeymoon in February and absolutely enjoyed it! This was our first cruise and we definitely began with a mammoth ship! I had researched this ship for months in the lead up as I was that excited and once we ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our Honeymoon in February and absolutely enjoyed it! This was our first cruise and we definitely began with a mammoth ship! I had researched this ship for months in the lead up as I was that excited and once we were on board it definitely did not disappoint. The check in was a breeze, the ship itself is amazing and the ports of call were great for us kiwi's to visit the Western Caribbean. We got into FLL 2 days before the cruise to unwind from the long flights from NZ and took a quick taxi to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale. We had chosen this hotel from other cruise reviews and its proximity to the port. The service at check in was bad and the rooms were not sound proof! We had a nice room in the tower with fabulous views of the pool and waterways. The room itself was a bit tatty and looked like a poor quality renovation had taken place. The concierge was great and the transport to the port was convenient (although a bit hectic). The transport dropped us off to each of our corresponding terminals (apparently taxis/private cars can't get into the port?) Our room (10224) was in a great spot on the ship; deck 10 and midship so we were in a handy location to the various attractions on the ship and barely noticed any rocking on the ocean. The rooms are well thought out and had everything you needed. We were really glad we chose a room with a deck to enjoy the fabulous views, especially when we got into each port. Our room attendant, Coronica, was lovely and always upbeat! She'd give us tips for our excursions etc which were really appreciated and it was nice to have a familiar face on a ship in excess of 6,000 people. One day we got back to our room to find she had organised some delicious petit fours for us! We loved the variety of eateries on board and didn't have to bother splashing out on the restaurants which were not included with our fare. Unfortunately we had missed out on a set dining time when we booked but the flexibility that came with My Time Dining at the Opus Dining Room worked out well. We had a variety of wait staff which were all lovely and very knowledgeable with the menu. However, their generosity and all of the delicious items definitely contributed to the weight gain cruises are known for! The Windjammer buffet was always busy, especially at embarkation before the rooms were available. We wanted to try out as many restaurants as we could so managed to get to Johnny Rockets for our last breakfast which was a nice change of scenery and was lovely to be outside in the breeze. The activities on board were part of the draw for us so we had a go at as much as we could and were glad we did. The Flowrider always had a big crowd and was great for a laugh because I was absolutely terrible at it! My hubby enjoyed the volleyball matches and came away with a medal as a cool souveneir. The entertainment crew were great! Especially the Cruise Director (Alan? I think?) who hosted the hilarious Love & Marriage quiz show. We were soo close to being chosen as contestants but were kind of relieved that we weren't! We were on the Feb 1st sailing so were on board for Super Bowl. As New Zealanders, we had never experienced this competition but thought Oasis did a great job with this event - showing the game on the big screens at the Aqua Theatre and putting on some good bites. Disembarkation was easy; there was an option to cabin tags to mark luggage to be picked up and unloaded in the right areas at the terminal but we chose to walk off with our luggage as we had an early flight to catch. The queue for this option was really long so I'd recommend waiting on the ship and relaxing if you have the time. Some tips: - book your shore excursions online before the cruise or on your cabin TV as the queues at the excursion desk the morning of port days is extremely long - same goes with the shows/entertainment: book online before the cruise or on the first day so you don't miss out (make sure you see the ice skating show!) - we hadn't thought of this but next time I'd pack a lanyard etc to keep my room card safe/handy at all times (especially at the pool) - if you're prone to getting sea sick then choose a midship room Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this cruise to others and it has definitely got us hooked on cruising! Well done, Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
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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