473 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

OASIS OF THE SEAS June 30th-July 7th 2012 I just want to say to anyone thinking of cruising on Oasis of the Seas..... WOW, BEST CRUISE EVER! This was my third cruise and they have consisted of the following: Carnival-Miracle, NCL-Star, ... Read More
OASIS OF THE SEAS June 30th-July 7th 2012 I just want to say to anyone thinking of cruising on Oasis of the Seas..... WOW, BEST CRUISE EVER! This was my third cruise and they have consisted of the following: Carnival-Miracle, NCL-Star, and now RCI-Oasis of the Seas. This ship holds 6,200+ passengers, however, it did not feel like there were that many people onboard. There was so much to do in a small amount of time and you definitely need a seven night or more on this ship to see everything. The cruise director was awesome, and her name was Amy (last name can't remember how to spell but started with a F). The only problem was.....she went to Ohio State....LOL Go Blue! The main dinning room was very nice and had a great waiter named Mortza or something like that. The bar staff (Goody, Dejenna, and Jonhson) that was in Blaze the week of June 30th- July 7th of 2012 was awesome. The music (Hip-Hop) was not so awesome as we (my wife and I) are not into, but the younger crowd loved it. The only reason we went and spent the night at Blaze was because it was the only late night bar on the ship and the bar staff was wonderful and the best on the ship. Next grab your beers, lift them high in the air, swaying from side to side, and singing your favorite Irish tunes in the Globe and Atlas Pub and had great times here (complete w/this awesome guitar player Catherine). I love big beers stouts, IPA etc. so my personal choice was the Globe and Atlas Pub for the odd kinds of beer. The Rising Tide Bar was cool starting on Deck 5 (Royal Promenade), then rising three decks to Central Park and back down again. This bar was more like a martini and frozen fruity drink kind of bar. We did have a pleasant time in the Viking Crown Lounge just before dinner. We had a couple of cocktails and the bartender was very nice; however, a couple showed up and sat at the bar unnoticed by the time the bartender noticed they had got up and left. The last place we tried to have a drink in was Dazzles where the Frontliner Band played and they where pretty good. Dazzles is not a big party bar but they do have a great look over the boardwalk and plenty of comfy cushioned chairs, just not much bar seating. The shows were...............WOW! Alot of reviews for the best show on this ship was the 'Ice Show'; however, mine was Hair Spray (I love musicals) even though the Ice Show was great. Next, was the Come Fly With Me show which was high flying acrobats and ground acrobats and was an awesome show (do not miss this!). They also have a comedy show in the Comedy Club but the same comedians are there all week long, but change weekly. Lastly, the Aqua Show was great they had a 3x champion cliff diver (could not even watch was to high for me...LoL) and over all a do not miss show. Finally, the outdoor activities was great from the zip line, flow riders, pools, mini-golf, and much, much more. So to those of you thinking of going on this ship you should for sure, and for those of you who are going your in for a GREAT TIME! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
I really, really wanted to love this cruise. My parents booked it for our family plus my fiance for a final pre-wedding family vacation. It was dreadful! I had read so many positive things about this cruise, I was flabbergasted at how ... Read More
I really, really wanted to love this cruise. My parents booked it for our family plus my fiance for a final pre-wedding family vacation. It was dreadful! I had read so many positive things about this cruise, I was flabbergasted at how terrible it was. I even paid the .65/minute for WiFi to re-check I had read the right reviews! Getting on the boat was a breeze, everything else was a hassle. We had dinner reservations via My Time Dining the first night. Our waiter & waiter's assistant must have been having a terrible day. My mother ordered a glass of wine, they left the rest of the table drinkless to go run our Sea Pass card and bring back the receipt. My father asked for a roll and it took no less than 15 minutes for the assistant to return. The food in the dining room was mostly good but the service ruined it for everyone. The other nights in the dining room were better, but the final night a manager was walking around asking about the surveys we would get the next morning. We explained to her the trouble we had had the first night, and she literally sat at our table interrupting our dinner for the next 5 minutes trying to get us not to leave a bad review. Seriously? To top it off, the dining room manager almost got into a fist fight with a patron! The guy was clearly upset about something, slammed his table up & sent plates and glasses flying. They asked him to leave and the dining room manager literally had every curse word imaginable flying out of his mouth. I wondered if they were having some sort of serious political/religious issue because it was heated...but still funny. "Get the **** out of my dining room!" His response? "We're on a BOAT! Where do you want me to GO?!" Mornings we had our breakfast delivered to our room. We learned very quickly to specify exactly what you want, but you still won't get it. I wrote very clearly on the form that we only needed yellow sweetener with our coffee. I also had to specify which pastries we wanted with our tray, otherwise we got a plate full of sourdough rolls and no croissants. We never got yellow sweetener in our room all 6 days we pre-ordered our breakfast. Aside from the service, we spent a majority of our time waiting...mostly for the elevators. Had I not been in heels most nights, I would have used the stairs more. Want to eat at the Windjammer? Wait! My Time Dining? Wait in line, then wait in the chairs! Even when we went to empty Johnny Rockets, we waited 5 minutes for a table then another 10 in the sun while waiters stared at us and never came. We left and went to guest services. Giovanni's was by far the best food & service, waiter was amazing. The Seafood Shack was great too, a few people we met would only go there for dinner. Do not ask for ice water - it comes with complimentary snarls and eye rolls. I'm sorry! It's 90+ degrees and I can't ONLY drink liquor! I'll be 26 in August and had a hard time getting served alcohol. I look young, but a few bartenders tried trickery. I asked for a mango pineapple frozen rum drink. I watched the bartender pour juice in the ice-blendery machine and slide it over to me sans rum. He looked flabbergasted when I asked where the liquor was?! He poured Myers on top of it and charged me my $9. My 19-year-old brother had no problem being served anywhere we went though! The shows were what kept me from total insanity. The water show was dreadful though, not remotely synchronized and frankly pretty weird. They also need to fix both of the big monitors and the sound system. The last morning starting at 8:00am they blasted the beginning of a Bon Jovi song for 20 minutes until they figured out how to turn it off. Hairspray was fantastic, the comedy show was AWESOME! They spent the entire time ragging on the ship - hitting on everything we all knew to be true. Don't speak English? Here's a Royal Caribbean application! Need ice water? Here's your spit! Haiti was contrived like Disney World, but the food was better than anything we got on the boat aside from Giovanni's. Jet Skis were fun, but we were with a lot of slow, scared people so we had to drive for 30 seconds then stop and wait for them to catch up. They make a point to swing you by the canoe sellers though! Jamaica was a mess. It was my first time there and I spent it on a tube tied to 8 other people moving at a snail's pace and being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Just make sure you know whether it will be high or low tide if you book that excursion, low tide is like floating through two feet of marsh mud. At least our guide sang Conway Twitty when he got tired of the generic Bob Marley. He also said during high tide, the tube ride is much faster and you get to go much further down the river than we did. Mexico was a godsend - we did the jeep & snorkeling excursion. The guides were perfect. We went all around the coast then back through the city to literally see every part of Cozumel. They even let us have the automatic 4-door jeep so our family of 5 wouldn't have to split up! All in all, I wanted to love cruising but it just isn't for me. The boat & cabins were really pretty and I appreciate what they tried to do but I could definitely tell there were 6,000 head on board and most of the crew seemed generally unhappy with life. I understand they are on the boat for long periods of time, but there are plenty worse jobs out there! If you love being in a small pool with 100 other people and waiting 10 minutes for an elevator to take you to the dining room with mediocre food, this is the ship for you! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: We are a married couple, 35 and 39. This is our second cruise; we went to Alaska on our honeymoon last July on Holland America Oosterdam. While our cruise experience is limited, our travel/dining experience is ... Read More
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: We are a married couple, 35 and 39. This is our second cruise; we went to Alaska on our honeymoon last July on Holland America Oosterdam. While our cruise experience is limited, our travel/dining experience is not, and we found Oasis to be a truly incredible vacation. HOTEL INFORMATION: We stayed at the Springhill Suites in Dania Beach the night before; great hotel, plentiful complimentary breakfast, very spacious rooms. I found the hotel on Hotwire approximately 10 days before and only paid $79, which included breakfast, airport shuttle and shuttle to cruise port. I would definitely recommend this hotel to others. EMBARKATION: I was surprised how easy this process was; we had no wait to check in and obtain our SeaPass cards; once we had those, our wait to board the ship was approximately 20 minutes, but we were seated in a large waiting room, and didn't mind the wait at all. The only negative part of embarkation was beyond RCCL's control; it was POURING RAIN, which resulted in the gangway/ boarding deck (5) being slippery. There was plenty of staff to help passengers, but it was definitely a soggy start. Also, I suspect there will be a few reviews that complain about receiving wet luggage. From my vantage point on the gangway, I could see several bins of luggage that got stuck outside during the heaviest rain. Again, staff were hurrying to get all the luggage to a dry area as quickly as possible, but there were some bags that got completely soaked. SHIP: The ship is in a word, remarkable. Entering the Promenade on Deck 5, I was astonished. The best comparison I can make is back to when I was little and my parents took me to Disney World...the jaw dropped look of utter amazement is the same look I had on my face walking onto the Promenade. I had looked at tons of pictures of the ship, read reviews, etc...but I wasn't prepared for actually being there. Truly breathtaking. I'll discuss other parts of the ship throughout the review, but overall, it's a marvel. There were so many times throughout the week I had to remind myself I was on a ship. Regarding ship size, ease of getting around, etc, I thought everything was very well designed. We never waited more than 2 minutes for an elevator (except for after shows let out, but we just took a flight or two of stairs to the nearest bar for a drink), and you can walk the length of the ship on almost every deck; our favorite was Deck 8...we strolled through Central Park everyday. My husband is 5 months recovered from major knee surgery, so I was concerned he would have mobility issues, but we didn't have any issues at all. ACTIVITIES: There is so much to do on board, at all times of the day. I started out trying to make a list of all the things I "had to do"...I didn't want to miss a single thing. But then my husband suggested we just focus on the things we wanted to do; great suggestion. For us, the best part about this cruise/ship was that there were so many options of wonderful activities. I feel as if I could sail Oasis 5 more times and have a totally different experience each time. Some people might perceive this as a negative, or feel disappointed that they missed things, but I'm the opposite. Some of the activities we loved: Riding the Carousel, working out in the Vitality Spa Fitness Center (incredible gym), walking the outdoor track, watching Grease the movie in the Aqua Theatre under the stars, Calypso Party on the Boardwalk, 70s party on the Promenade, watching NBA games in On Air, playing mini-golf, lounging in the Infinity hot tubs on Deck 15, BINGO (I won $200!), getting strawberry frozen yogurt from Wipeout Cafe, Love and Marriage game show, watching the BellyFlop contest....to name a few. Things I missed that I'll try to do next time: Ride the Zipline and FlowRider, Rising Tide Bar, parades, flash mob dance class, cupcake decorating class, behind the scenes tour, Quest, Twenty (Miami themes dance party), art auction, 3D Movie in the Opal Theatre, have a flight at Vintages, etc. One of my favorite parts of the cruise is that there was truly something for everyone...everywhere I looked, folks were having fun. I despise karaoke, but the folks in the karaoke bar were having a BLAST!! We popped in the Viking Crown Lounge (GORGEOUS) on the last night...there was a band playing and two couples dancing. Not our thing, but those couples could not have been happier...regardless of the activity, or your likes/dislikes, you will find something on this boat that brings you joy...likely many things. Ive rarely experienced a vacation where I always felt like I was in the perfect place, doing something I loved. SERVICE: One word: INCREDIBLE. From our stateroom attendant to our servers to the window washers, EVERY SINGLE staff member I encountered greeted me with a warm genuine smile, asked me how my day was, and if I needed anything. The service on this ship was absolutely PERFECT! STATEROOM: We LOVED our room. We opted to keep it simple, selecting an interior stateroom. Our room was spacious enough, well appointed, and very clean. Our location was ideal; Deck 10, forward. The room was always quiet, and well located for trips to the fitness center, Internet cafe, etc. I would recommend Deck 10 to anyone that prioritizes a quiet room. We were removed from the "noise" of the ship, but just a quick walk away when we wanted to be in the middle of the action. DINING: Prior to boarding, I was most concerned about the dining on board after reading several negative reviews; I was pleased to find that the dining was one of the highlights of the ship. My husband and I partake in fine dining regularly, eating at 5 star restaurants once or twice per month; I know what good food is :) And the Oasis has it. Sure, there was room for improvement on some dishes, but overall, the food quality was great. We did not make it to Giovanni's or Izumi, an our Windjammer meals were limited, but we experienced most of the other dining on the ship. To be more specific: MAIN DINING ROOM: We ate dinner here 4 nights. Overall, we were very pleased. My husband did receive a dish that he really disliked (it had about 200 capers on the plate...seriously, I have never seen so many capers on one plate in my life), but other than that, we enjoyed our food. On Thursday night, we had the much anticipated Fisherman's plate, and we were blown away by the size and quality of the lobster tail we were served. I was expecting the tiny ones you get from chain restaurants...but we received HUGE tails of very high quality...easily a $40 lobster tail in a fine restaurant. My husband liked it so much he ordered a second, and they happily brought it to him. 150 CENTRAL PARK: This was EXCELLENT! We ate the Winter Grove menu and couldn't have enjoyed the food or the service more. The chocolate Caramel tart they served for dessert was without question one of the best desserts I have ever had in my life. CHOPS: The food was very good; service was a bit slow, and we had to wait a bit too long between courses, but our table had a view of the park outside, so we didn't mind. Both the fillet and Halibut were great, the Onion soup was good, but needed more cheese, and the Mud Pie was fantastic. The Creme Brulee was ok; not great, I'd pick a different dessert next time. PARK CAFE: We didn't eat lunch here until Thursday, and wish we had discovered it sooner. The roast beef sandwich is as good as advertised, and the create your own salad bar was AWESOME. We also ate breakfast here almost everyday...fantastic egg sandwiches and yogurt parfait JOHNNY ROCKETS: WELL WORTH the $4.95 per person cover charge. My husband thought the burger we had there was the best thing he ate all week...and he is a burger guy. It was really fun to have a dinner of onion rings, burgers, and cherry cokes...we don't do that often enough! SOLARIUM BISTRO: Loved the lunches here, lots of options, nice salad bar, unique hot dishes. Breakfast here was good, but I hate turkey bacon (all they had) and love breakfast potatoes (there were none), so it wasn't my favorite. WINDJAMMER: We had one breakfast and one lunch here; both were fine. My Windjammer expectations were realistic...food quality was ok, lots of options. But its a buffet on a cruise ship that holds over 6,000 people. I knew what to expect. ROOM SERVICE: Only ordered once for breakfast, and it was good. Food arrived promptly, hot and exactly as described. SORRENTOS PIZZA: Yum! Lots of choices, a perfect snack when passing through the Promenade CUPCAKE CUPBOARD/DONUT SHOP: I consider myself a cupcake/donut snob. Seriously :) I actually plan trips around what cupcake ad donut shops I can visit, so was anxious to try these. I had one cupcake (Manly Breakfast, cinnamon cake with bacon cream cheese frosting) and it was very good...no where near the caliber of Crumbs, but better than I expected. The donuts were also good; on par with Dunkin Donuts. I tried the Key Lime, Cinnamon Creme and Boston Creme...I enjoyed each one. Definitely not the best donut I've ever had (those honors go to Top Pot in Seattle and Donught Factory in NYC), but enjoyable. If you're looking to save calories, you won't miss anything by skipping these, but I liked what I tried. By far, one of the best things about Oasis is the numerous dining options; if you can't find something you love at a complimentary restaurant, something is wrong. If we wanted to eat it, we could find it. And while we chose to try some of the nicer up-charge restaurants, our dining experience would have been equally good had we stuck with only restaurants that were included. ENTERTAINMENT: We saw every show except the Headliner (Earl Turner); my husband has a certain tolerance level for singing and dancing shows, and I had to give him a night off :) All of the shows we saw were excellent. I've read some reviews where folks compare Hairspray to the Broadway production, and that is a bit of a stretch in my opinion...I'm a Broadway nerd, and it definitely was not at that level, but I enjoyed it very much. Circle of Dreams and Come Fly with Me were great, the Comedy Show was very funny and Frozen in Time was perfect on a rainy at sea day. Definitely heed the advice of past cruisers and book all your shows in advance. I thought I would be annoyed by having to follow a schedule, but I wasn't at all. I actually appreciated having the shows planned in advance once I was on board. PORT AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: We booked our Atlantis excursion immediately after booking the cruise; we booked our St. Thomas and St. Martin excursion the night before at the excursions desk. BAHAMAS: We did the Ultimate Atlantis Adventure w/o lunch, for $299 per person. Swimming with dolphins has eluded me on two previous vacations, and I didn't want to miss out this time. The excursion was great, we had an awesome day, and I didn't mind the cost. But there are some negatives. First, you are only at Atlantis from 8:00ish to 1:00ish...and the dolphin swim takes a good bit of that time. While our Ultimate Package gave us access to everything at Atlantis, there is no possible way we could have seen everything. We opted for the water park over the Aquarium, and had so much fun...but I left Atlantis wishing I had more time there. The other negative is how many different Atlantis excursions there are; the descriptions of each online and at the excursions desk are quite general and vague...and the price points vary greatly. I decided on the $299 trip early on because I wanted the ability to do everything without concern for what I had access to...but looking back, I think I could have spent less money and still done the dolphins and the water park...maybe. To be honest, I'm still confused :) ST. THOMAS: My husband selected an excursion from those that were still available (and there were many still available the night before); we waited because we wanted to know the weather, etc before we booked. He chose the Snorkel/Sail trip to Christmas Cove and Honeymoon Beach, which was a day of sailing, snorkeling, and beach, including bbq lunch, and all you cared to drink, beer and delicious rum drinks included, for $99 per person. The excursion was 6.5 hours, so it took the entire port time; I can't speak to anything else in this port. The excursion was great, and I recommend it overall, but again, there were a few negatives. The ship is a true sailboat...a pirate ship named Bones :) But...if the weather forecast is for choppy seas or windy conditions, and you are prone to motion sickness, skip this trip. I'll skip the gross details, but I threw up 4 times in a bucket during the sail to the snorkeling cove...the crew was very helpful and nice, but I have rarely felt that sick; others on board were sick too. Use caution if you get seasick on small boats. Once we arrived at Christmas Cove (also called Turtle Cove) we put on our snorkel gear and jumped in. Our snorkel guide, Jordan, gave us a great tour...seeing the endangered sea turtles was INCREDIBLE. We also spent time over a reef, the fish were abundant. Although I was still feeling a bit queasy, I absolutely loved the snorkeling. One other word of caution though...this is not snorkeling for beginners. If you are not a moderate to strong swimmer, book a different excursion. You MUST be able to SWIM to enjoy this trip. I attribute the difficulty to the rough seas that day, but the swimming was a workout. After snorkeling, we sailed to Honeymoon Beach; it wasn't as big as I expected, but the swimming was enjoyable, and the bbq lunch was very good. Overall, I would go on this excursion again...and that's saying a lot considering how sick I got, but I'm not sure the excursion description adequately characterized the trip...it was a lot more strenuous than I expected. ST. MARTIN: I'm in LOVE with this port; can't wait to return. We took another excursion for the morning to the Butterfly Farm and shopping in Marigot. I LOVE butterflies, which is why we went. My husband was a trooper :) This excursion was great, but were were only at the Farm for 45 minutes, and shopping for 45 minutes...the rest was travel time on the bus. Our driver gave us a great tour, and I appreciated learning about the island; but the majority of time on the tour was bus time. After the excursion, we boarded Oasis, had lunch, changed to swimsuits, and headed back out. We took the water taxi to Phillipsburg ($6 pp r/t, right in port, quick ride, overall awesome) and rented chairs/umbrella on the beach for $10. After beach time we shopped around Phillipsburg a bit, before catching the water taxi back to port...right at 4:30 :) The only negative here was again related to the excursions desk on board; I specifically asked if it was easy to get to a public beach and rent chairs/umbrellas in St. Martin without booking a beach excursion and was told no...I was told the "Afternoon Beach Break" for $42 a person was the only way to do that. I decided not to spend that after booking the morning excursion, and hoped I could figure something out on my own. When I saw how EASY AND ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE the water taxi was, and that there were HUNDREDS of chairs for rent directly across from the port, I was a bit annoyed...really the only time the whole trip I was irritated about anything. I understand the excursions desk is trying to make money...but if you want to spend the day on the beach in St. Martin, you will have no problem doing so for very little money. The beach is also lined with restaurants, and jet skis, etc available for rent...for about $16 pp (not including food or water rentals), you can have an awesome beach day!!!! Overall, the 3 ports were all great...we had excellent weather, which helped, but I would highly recommend the Eastern route based on the ports. If I could change anything about the cruise, it would be the information available online and on the ship about the various excursions...I wish the descriptions were more detailed, and the shore excursion staff could provide better information, especially when asked to compare multiple excursions. But this slight negative was so minor in comparison to the rest of the wonderful experience. DISEMBARKATION: So easy; we were tagged in the 8 am group, but didn't leave the ship until 8:45, and we were never hurried at all. Once we were off, our luggage was right there, customs lines were short, and taxis lined up to take us to FLL. Taxi cost was $15 total for 2 people, including tip; cheaper than arranging through the ship. SUMMARY: I would recommend this itinerary and this ship to anyone; I could not have enjoyed my vacation more. I read well over 100 of the available reviews on CC before booking, and had some minor concerns based on some of the negative feedback. To each his own...it's not my place to question the opinions of others...but I just don't understand how anyone could possibly have a negative experience on this ship. After two cruises in 10 months, our next trip will likely be land based, but our next cruise will definitely be with RCCL, and most likely on Oasis again (or perhaps Allure). If you select OASIS, enjoy her. I suspect you'll have the trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
First, let me repeat all the other reviews: this ship was more beautiful and magnificent than expected, even after reviewing hundreds of comments, pictures, and videos. It's beyond compare. I agree with all the positive reviews so I ... Read More
First, let me repeat all the other reviews: this ship was more beautiful and magnificent than expected, even after reviewing hundreds of comments, pictures, and videos. It's beyond compare. I agree with all the positive reviews so I won't elaborate more on that end. Since almost all the reviews are positive I've decided to elaborate a little on my less than positive experiences, not to dissuade anyone from missing out on a wonderful ship, but to possibly avoid some of my first time mistakes. Here's the things I would change next time. PICK A DIFFERENT STATEROOM THAN A BOARDWALK BALCONY if you are a light sleeper. We correctly guessed the views from the boardwalk would be magnificent. You can see the blue water and shows from any of these rooms. The only downside is the crowd noise is constant and gets louder as it gets later into the night. If you ever plan to sleep or nap before midnight it might not be the best room for you. I am a light sleeper so it bothered me, but not my wife. PICK A ROOM CLOSE TO THE STAIRS AND ELEVATORS if you have any physical disabilities or if you tend to come back to your room a few times a day. The long walkways can be brutal if you forget something. Then again, there were a lot of people who could afford to lose a few calories. TRY OTHER RESTAURANTS THAN THE WINDJAMMER. The first few days we went to the Windjammer out of habit. Then we discovered the wonderful Solarium restaurant and Central Park cafe. Although we had read the Windjammer was too small for this ship they seem to have responded well by posting screens throughout the ship showing how full the restaurants are. Furthermore, the have blocked the port side stairway as well as two other main entrances into the buffet making it harder to get to. There were constant announcements in the buffet encouraging people to leave as soon as they were done eating. Service in the Windjammer was excellent. We never had a problem finding a table. Why not try other restaurants anyway. DON'T EXPECT TO FIND A QUITE PUBLIC SPACE ANYWHERE. I tried reading my book in several spots on the ship. There are just too many people to really focus. There were a lot of foreigners. Not to be racist, but Italians are particularly loud. They seem to all talk at once and the one who screams loudest gets heard I suppose. I did see someone with BOSE noise reduction headphones and they are going to be on my shopping list before my next cruise. AVOID THE ELEVATORS IN THE EVENING. Kids everywhere. They seem to love riding elevators. Several times we could not get into elevators because they were full. Not to mention the elevators had no a/c so it could get quite stuffy at times. I wish they could keep people from taking elevators just one floor unless they had a physical disability. I'm sure the passes will soon have computer chips so you will be instantly recognized throughout the ship and they will be able to better track our walking patterns. This would be nice if we were looking for our kids or loved ones on the ship. It's coming soon I'm sure. THE SLOTS SUCKED! We never heard any ching ching. Lost $100 in two minutes, without winning once. WE DID WIN AT ROULETTE. I'm beginning to like that game. :) THE VENUES WERE SMALL. We were really surprised the dancing on the ship was so limited. Very few people out dancing. BOOK ALL YOUR ACTIVITIES IN ADVANCE. Everything is booked once you get on the ship. THE SPECIALTY DINING cost about as much as you would pay at home. On other ships like Norwegian, we paid a fraction of the price for excellent food. Then again, everything on this ship is a little more expensive. FACE RECOGNITION (good point). We couldn't figure out how they kept getting our pictures together in the same place even though they didn't have our room number. They use facial recognition to group all your photos into a book. Look at your room pass for your number and voila! All your pictures are in one place. DINING ROOM SERVICE WAS VERY HURRIED. We like to enjoy a drink before dinner. On most nights the menu was thrown in front of us and we were immediately asked to make a selection. We never saw a drink person unless we asked but the drinks usually didn't get there before our entree'. We learned to pickup a drink before we got to the dining room and politely, but repeatedly, asked our server to give us time to enjoy a little conversation before dinner. POOLS. The solarium is a blessing if you want to get away from the kids. It has the only fresh water pool on the ship and it gets very crowded. We met some nice people there, but unfortunately some people start talking politics and that makes me want to leave. FINAL OBSERVATION. You have to go on this ship at least once. Although it doesn't have the personal feel of some of the smaller cruise ships, it's clean from top to bottom and your jaw will drop the moment you walk on board until the moment you walk off the plank. You should give yourself an extra day or two before going back to work after this ship as it can be exhausting. FAVORITE CRUISES: NCL to Alaska out of Vancouver (1), Jewel of the Seas out of Tampa during Xmas (2), and this cruise (3). I've done about 12 cruises altogether. I prefer a little more peace and quiet but this was still great. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
First time on the Oasis, previously cruised on the Freedom class. Flew into FLL the night before and stayed at the Hyatt House Airport. Took a shuttle over to the dock, and between dropping off luggage and boarding the ship it was 45 ... Read More
First time on the Oasis, previously cruised on the Freedom class. Flew into FLL the night before and stayed at the Hyatt House Airport. Took a shuttle over to the dock, and between dropping off luggage and boarding the ship it was 45 minutes total 10:30 arrival, 11:15 on board Oasis. Look around and wow, there is soo much to do. Printed off tips from other Oasis reviews to help navigate and know where to go and do. This was high school spring break week, so captain announced we were completely full. It never really seemed that full though. Reserved all shows before we got on board, and they were all worth it. Had to switch a show around due to the Aqua show being canceled the night we were supposed to see it. Comedy Show FYI, don't sit up front unless you want to be picked on. The pools were always clean, the lounge chairs on the beach pool were always reserved!!!! Don't do this! Helped some deck attendants remove some towels because people left chairs empty for over an hour. Who does this? Zip line was scary but fun. Our room, 6230 was great. The Bars were excellent. So many different ones, and lot's of beer selection, much better than my first cruise. Yes they have Blue Moon Beer! Dining, well that is my only complaint. Food in the MDR was okay at best. Missed the steak and chicken option every night. Tried the duck, yuck! Windjammer lacked eating options. Central Park Cafe roast beef sandwiches and make your own salad was very good. Ate at Chops one night, above average but too much starch, hardly could drink a beer the rest of the night. So much to do on this ship, it really astounded my wife and I every night. Watched all promenade parties on the rising tide bar, had the best seat in the house. Because it was spring break week they moved Bahamas from the first day to the last so we high tailed it from FLL to St. Thomas. Didn't feel the ship rock, but it definitely rolled from side to side in high tides the first two nights. The second day my wife and I were seasick. All in all can't wait to do it again, probably western Caribbean on allure. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
For months I have been reading all of the cruise critic reviews on Oasis of the Seas, always eager for a new one. Well, I am finally able to add my own two cents to that, and let me start off by saying that my cruise was amazing. This ... Read More
For months I have been reading all of the cruise critic reviews on Oasis of the Seas, always eager for a new one. Well, I am finally able to add my own two cents to that, and let me start off by saying that my cruise was amazing. This ships has something for everyone. Yes, it is large, but the extra space is worth it. Our embarkation was super smooth. We used Luxury Airport Parking to save on the parking rates. At the port, it is $15 per day. We reserved online and paid $44 for the whole week. The parking place is only about 5 minutes away, so it is very very convenient. We arrived at the port at bout 11:45 am, and at 11:55 am I was on deck 5 in the Royal Promenade, purchasing my first "drink of the day". My boyfriend and I spent the first hour exploring the ship, and of course ate lunch at the Park Cafe so I could try one of the famous roast beef sandwiches. While it was a good sandwich, it wasn't really what I expected for a roast beef sandwich, but to each his own. Royal Caribbean does a fabulous job in making every sailing feel like the very first one, from the excitement of the cruise director and her team, to the wait staff and all in between. It is very important to pre-plan your cruise online - book all of your shows in advance, plan where you want to eat in advance and everything will run smoothly. We booked through Vacations to Go, and received $75 in on-board spending dollars, which were available to use the very first day (we even received a card in our stateroom saying so). You can always review your seapass account on the tv to see how much you've spent as well. SHOWS The comedy club is very small, so that show you must definitely book ahead of time. Not a show for kids, and for those complaining that it was "inappropriate", it does say 18+ for a reason... and if you don't want to be made fun of, don't sit in the front row or half the show is going to be about you! We had a great time though and thought it was a really great show. The other shows were all excellent, Hairspray (if you like Broadway), there were two aqua theater shows, one that you must reserve and the other is an event you can just attend. The talent, diving and acrobatic stunts are amazing and a lot of the performers come from the Olympics and other high caliber productions. Come fly with me was my least favorite, but that show was saved by an amazing aerial performance by two acrobats. As for the shows in the Opal Theater, I did miss a couple due to various reasons, but I was always able to get into a show on standby when I decided to go. You can't double-book shows for multiple days... Don't miss the Adult Quest Game, the Improv show (get there early, its in the comedy club!!) and the Love and Marriage game. All excellent, but they are only listed on your activity list of the day, so keep an eye out for them. The headliner was great, but it changes every week, so no use in going into detail with that. FOOD Before you read anything else, know that the dining service anywhere on the ship is impeccable. The very minute you take a sip of your drink, someone is there refilling it. If you need something, the servers are always very aware, and are eager to get anything you need. The food is quick, and the servers are always willing to change out meals, and offer you more food without hesitation. The servers are knowledgeable and very personal. I found everyone that I met to be very friendly. We chose to do the Central Park Dining Package ($65 per person). It gave us our first night at Giovanni's Table, the next at 150 Central Park and a night at Chops Grill. Giovanni's was great, the osso buco was delicious. Plan at least 3 hours for dinner at 150 Central Park. It truly takes 3 full hours for this dining service.. Make sure to try out the Martini - it is the best martini I have ever had, and I don't even like martini's! They will give you the recipe if requested as well. The meal was excellent, and so was the quality. If that had been anywhere on land the price would easily be $150 - $200 a head. Chops was great, my boyfriend ended up getting fish though, as he had so much beef the whole week, he wanted something new. My fillet was delicious, it's a shame I couldn't finish it though. The main dining room was great. I was scared to try it first because of all of the negative reviews, but I thought the food was wonderful. The servers are very willing to tell you which tastes the best, and what doesn't, so take their advice. Lobster night was great, our server told us that he once served someone 13 lobsters - and our head waiter beat that story by telling us someone ordered 21 once! He said he did not see that person the next day. Please, please don't be that person!! For lunch we normally ate in the dining room. It was nice to be able to choose from the menu or the salad bar in the middle. We did go to the windjammer, and I never had trouble finding a seat as there was always a greeter in the front who helped find a seat for me. Very easy and convenient. There was a lot of choices, albeit the food was just o.k. We went to Johnny Rockets for the famous root beer floats - they taste the same as on land. POOLS / HOT TUBS We chose to spend our time in the solarium whenever we wanted to go to the pool. The other pools were very crowded and loud, and the solarium was much more peaceful. I was disappointed to see that the age was 16 and up, not 18 and up, as I feel an "adults only" area should be just that - adults only. I'd have to say the 14 - 17 age group was probably the most annoying on the ship, and having to share that area with them was, well, disappointing. The hot tubs that hang over the side of the ship were large and right outside of the solarium. Very nice in my opinion. ACTIVITIES The only negative to this ship having so many things to do is that I would feel guilty for tanning by the pool and sleeping when I could be doing something else! We didn't do the flow rider but it was fun just to watch people try. I did the zip line, and it was pretty fun. The people who help set you up talk to you and ask you questions about yourself so you don't let the nerves get to you. Rock climbing was great, a bit scary for a first timer though! Parades and parties would be held throughout the week, those were always entertaining to attend. There were also a lot of "night club" and DJ events where special drinks and 21+ was allowed. This would have been nice if we had friends that were with us because after a while, it gets a little lonely with only two. But, we only found to be in this dilemma at night. STAFF Everywhere we went, we found the staff to be great. The drink waiters could be a little pushy, but still friendly. Our cleaning attendant was great (Roxroy). He was always friendly and willing to help answer any questions we had about the ports, activities or even daily life on board a ship. Please keep in mind, the staff do not get any days off and are on board for about 7 - 9 months at a time, and to see them always smiling and excited to help you is amazing. ROOM We stayed in room 10237, and inside balcony in central park. We absolutely loved it. We would order room service and eat on the balcony for breakfast, looking over the beautiful park and occasionally people watching. We did not find it loud at all, and generally the park was pretty empty. It's no ocean view, but a nice alternative when price is an issue. The inside of the room was great, found the bed to be very large and comfortable. The pillows weren't that great though. I definitely do not think I'd be able to share that room with 3 or 4 people though. It was comfortable with 2, 3 would be a crowd. The bathroom was a lot smaller than expected but we got used to it very quickly. I found there to be plenty of space for my luggage and clothing as there were only two of us, and we each brought one suitcase and one duffel bag. PORTS The ports were great - I suggest in St. Thomas to find your way to Coki Bay (spelling??). We went to Sapphire beach, and when we told the locals that was where we were going, the unanimous response was "Oh. Sapphire is nice. But Coki is MUCH better!". We had already purchased the tour though, and were not able to change it. In the end, Sapphire still ended up being a very nice beach to go to. We didn't know what to do in Nassau, so we just hopped on a taxi to Atlantis and paid $40 a person to view their aquariums and hotel. Although it was a little pricy, the aquarium was great, and Atlantis has been kept up very nicely. We were expecting it to be run down because of how old it was, but it was quite the opposite. Just a heads up - anything you want to do there is pretty expensive. Nothing is included, unless you want to pay over $120 per person to experience the water park or beach. Which, with the limited amount of time the ship allows you to be in Nassau, I wouldn't waste my time with it. St. Maarten had the best driving out of any of the ports we visited. We went over to Maho beach, where the airplanes land right over you. Great little area with a delicious (but expensive) french restaurant right next to it. Make sure you have cash with you at all times! Most of those ares do not accept anything but cash, or credit sales over $40. We got caught running low on cash and it really messed up about 3 hours of our vacation on St. Maarten! DISEMBARKATION Disembarkation was very smooth. It's nice because they allow you to choose what time you would like to leave (6, 7, 8, 9, or 10). We chose 9:30 because we don't like to wake up early, however because of all of the commotion outside of our deck, we woke up at 7 anyways, and ended up having to wait in one of the lobby areas for our ticket to be called. It was nice because we were able to regress to our 5 year old selves and watch cartoons while we waited. Next time though, we'll opt to leave earlier. Overall, this was an absolutely fabulous cruise. We would be happy to do this cruise again, it made life very easy. Remember though - you're on vacation!! Do what makes you happy, and there are plenty of things on this ship for everyone and anyone to do what they love! Feel free to message me if you have any questions at all! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
This was our second cruise and it was also our honeymoon. We weighed going on cheaper cruises but other half insisted that we go on "the big boat". I'm glad I listened to her. Even though it cost much more than everything ... Read More
This was our second cruise and it was also our honeymoon. We weighed going on cheaper cruises but other half insisted that we go on "the big boat". I'm glad I listened to her. Even though it cost much more than everything else we were looking at, the Oasis really was worth the money. The ship was always immaculate and it feels like you're on a new ship. The layout and the decor were aesthetically pleasing and while the ship is large, no question about it, it was never really all that far to get where we were trying to go. The staff for the most part was very helpful and friendly, although for the second time, we had a bad experience at the spa on a Royal Caribbean ship (we will get to that in a minute). Specifically, one of the best things about this ship is the way the cabins are laid out. Supposedly, the sq footage of the Oasis balcony rooms is a little smaller than the balconies on other ships. However, that is either inaccurate or the way the rooms are arranged more than makes up for it. The shower in the bathroom has an odd shape that affords a little more room in the shower stall and the vanity in the bathroom is shallow which makes the bathroom feel bigger. In the cabin, again, the vanity is shallower and gives you more room in the cabin and the closets are laid out in such a way so as not to take up too much space from the living area in the room. We had a package for the specialty restaurants and by far, the Chops grill was the best. We also went to Izumi and that was pretty good. Giovanni's Table was just ok. The food in the main dining room was good and of course, if you're familiar with Royal Caribbean, the Windjammer is the Windjammer. There are only two issues I really had with this cruise. First is that the ship, while not being obnoxiously large, is big enough to affect the experience and interactions with the staff, probably because of the number of guests on board. On our previous cruise, we were able to familiarize ourself with the bartenders and some of the staff on board. On this ship, at almost every bar, there is a constant stream of people and the bar tenders don't seem to have the time to get to know the passengers. Also, the cruise director staff seemed to always be en route to the next event and didn't really have time to meet the passengers. On the whole, the cruise experience just felt impersonal compared to our previous cruise. The second issue we had was at the spa. The spa itself was absolutely gorgeous but the staff just seemed more qualified to sell you a treatment than to provide it. We had a couples massage done and while oils they use seem to be very nice, as far as the actual massage, you could probably a significantly better massage done for a quarter of the price at any massage parlor on land. Also, 15% gratuity included means that they aren't necessarily motivated to do a better job. Sadly, this was the same as our experience on our previous cruise which means we will not be getting massages on any future cruises. On the whole the cruise was still a great experience and we are excited to go again but the lessons learned are go on a smaller ship and don't go to the spa. Instead, spend the money at the bar or at the specialty restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We are in our 40s and have been on over 40 cruises, so we know what cruising is all about. We are also Diamond members of RCCL. This review has a summary then paragraphs following to expand on each summary item for easy of reading. ... Read More
We are in our 40s and have been on over 40 cruises, so we know what cruising is all about. We are also Diamond members of RCCL. This review has a summary then paragraphs following to expand on each summary item for easy of reading. Cruise on the Oasis if you like 1. to be herded like cattle everywhere you go 2. enjoy standing in lines for everything you do 3. enjoy waiting all day for elevators 4. enjoy waiting more than an hour every time you need to speak to customer service 5. to pay for almost everything as an extra 6. have the worst main dining room food of the major cruise lines, just as bad as carnival main dining room 7. be told to GET OUT of the buffet while you are eating 8. been bombarded with sales pitch for everything on top of all the other extras they charge you for 9. have disgusting food as your only only 24 hour food option in the Promenade Cafe 1. to be herded like cattle everywhere you go 2. enjoy standing in lines for everything you do We sailed Christmas week and there was over 6,300 passengers and almost 3,000 crew on thse ship, that is over 9,000 people. There was not one place you could go to get away from crowds, except the cabin. Everywhere we went there was a line. 3. enjoy waiting all day for elevators Waiting for the two sets of elevators, one set at the front and one set at the back was always a tiresome. Most time by the time the elevator got to the floor we were waiting on, it was packed, so you have to wait for another elevator or a 3rd elevator. Many people just got on any elevator regardless of the direction. 4. enjoy waiting more than an hour every time you need to speak to customer service Seriously, 5 to 6 customer service reps for a ship with over 6,300 passengers, do the math. It would not be so bad if they didn't mess up every request we made. Customer service should be at least 3 times the size, but RCCL doesn't care about customer service, they only care about charging you for everything they can. Also, once to do get to a customer service rep, they are very rude, they could at least act as if they cared about our concerns. 5. to pay for almost everything as an extra Remember these words before you get on board HOW MUCH IS THAT, as they charge for everything, even room service. They even have paid food from the specialty restaurants on the main dining room menu, a first on any cruise ship. But they dont put that first in the brochures or on the web site. 6. have the worst main dining room food of the major cruise lines, just as bad as carnival main dining room The food the whole week was almost inedible. I actually lost 3 pounds on this cruise and I normally gain 5 pounds on other cruises. That is how bad the main dining room food is and that is why they add paid items to the menu from the specialty restaurants. To get good food, they force you to go to the paid speciality restaurants. More ka ching for RCCL. Also the food in the much heralded Central Park Cafe is OK, but not great, but when you don't have anything good to eat, it becomes great food. 7. be told to leave the buffet every 15 minutes while you are eating One day while we were having breakfast in the windjammer buffet, they were blasting an announcement on the speakers so loud we couldn't even talk. IF YOU ARE FINISHED GET OUT. I couldn't believe it, another first RCCL doesn't place in the brochures or web site. The nerve of RCCL, everyone paid a lot of money and I mean a lot of money to sail on the ship and to be told IF YOU ARE FINISHED GET OUT repeatedly is ridiculous. 8. been bombarded with sales pitch for everything on top of all the other extras they charge you for It is impossible to take a walk in the promenade without been asked to buy something. Come on RCCL, cut down on the sales and send more people to actual provide customer service to the people sailing on board. 9. have disgusting food as your only only 24 hour food option in the Promenade Cafe I have a real beef with the only 24 food option available on the ship. Promenade Cafe is a small pick your own food restaurant. First there is never any place to sit, RCCL only has 1 overloaded person cleaning the tables, everyone else is selling. Second, the small sandwiches that are served are completely disgusting. No one that is starving would even eat that food. The only other option is room service, but wait for it, they charge you to deliver the food to your cabin. More ka ching for RCCL. We paid 35,000 for 4 balconies on this ship. What a waste of money and a waste of a week of our lives. Never again RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We've been on 19 cruise ships - some 2 and 3 times - but this ship takes the cake, icing, decorations, candles and all! We usually book balcony cabins on 7+ days but for this cruise we could not afford it, we went with the cheaper ... Read More
We've been on 19 cruise ships - some 2 and 3 times - but this ship takes the cake, icing, decorations, candles and all! We usually book balcony cabins on 7+ days but for this cruise we could not afford it, we went with the cheaper 'Park View Balcony' It takes some getting used to, because you lose your privacy your view is down and a very lushly landscaped park, restaurants and shops but look straight out and you see everyone else's balcony and rooms. NOT GOOD :-( The Entertainment was FIRST CLASS - we've seen ALOT of shows, slept thru a few too, but RCC has really stepped it up - the cast of Hairspray was FABULOUS, the comedians were tear jerking funny, the Ice Skaters performances & costumes were divine, and the WATER SHOW - well hard to believe I saw a CIRQUE DE SOLIE quality show on a MOVING SHIP!! The food, was a lack luster. RCC is known for the fine dinning but even the specialty restaurant we paid extra for left us disappointed. Service was just good enough nothing above and beyond what you would get at your local Chili's - YES CHILI's service at a premium price. Ths SPA - Hair staff - junior stylist status - asked for curls got flat hair they didn't want to wash. If you wish to use the Sauna / Steam rooms you must pay - NOT CHEAP! The Casino - WELL - if you're going to make a ship to hold 6000+ passengers your casino better be bigger than a basement man cave - THAT's what it felt like - room divided in two smoking & non-smoking - hardest place to find unless you fell down the spiral stair case from the promenade. WHAT I WAS IMPRESSED BY - Besides the amazing entertainment - they finally figured out 'FACE RECOGNITION' and used it to the benefit in the photo gallery! Nut shell - your sail n sign has a folio number - you go to this LARGE area filed with spiral notebooks - NICELY ORGANIZED - find your folio number on the notebook and TADAAAAAA ALL THE PICTURES THEY TOOK OF YOU ARE THERE - EVEN THOSE ON SHORE!!! FREAKING AMAZING and about time somebody got it right. ALL IN ALL - FABULOUS too big for our taste but you have to see it to believe it and it's worth the so so food to ride this monster of a ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
I have nothing but praise for Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas! We just returned from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on what is currently the World's largest cruise ship. She really is an amazing vessel and a great place ... Read More
I have nothing but praise for Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas! We just returned from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on what is currently the World's largest cruise ship. She really is an amazing vessel and a great place to spend seven fun filled and relaxing days. We sailed from Ft Lauderdale on 11/5/2011 heading for Nassau, Bahamas. The wind and seas were strong. Even several of the crew were commenting on how rough it was. However, this amazing ship handled the 20 foot seas well. The first thing that strikes me as I have boarded any ship is the size of these floating resorts. The Oasis dwarfs all the others. Honestly, when we first booked, I was a little concerned that she may be too big with too many people (up to 6500). There were 6,000+ on our sailing. However, other than some congestion in the Windjammer at lunch time, with several dining choices and so many things to do, it was not bad. I was also very impressed with the Fitness Center on Deck 6 and Jogging Track on Deck 5. My wife and I were able to work out every morning and I was able to get in a 3-4 mile run without any problems each day. I also appreciate the healthier food choices in both the Spa Area and Solarium Bistro, which we did take advantage of for breakfast and lunch. This way we could really enjoy the dining room food, service, and wonderful desserts each evening! We also thought the entertainment was excellent! I was very impressed by the skill and athleticism of the cast of the Oasis of Dreams show in the Aqua Theatre! We even enjoyed and thought the Dreamworks Parade on the Promenade was very well done. We really enjoyed the Spanish Guitarist, the Piano and Violin Duo, and the Dance Band in Dazzles. As empty nesters, my wife and I had a great time, mostly relaxing on the Solarium deck. However, I would would not hesitate to bring the entire family aboard as this ship really has something for everyone! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
The Oasis of the Seas is AMAZING! The ship itself is beautiful, big, and will NOT disappoint. This was our (my husband and I) first cruise so we really didn't know what to expect. I had read all the good and bad reviews on ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is AMAZING! The ship itself is beautiful, big, and will NOT disappoint. This was our (my husband and I) first cruise so we really didn't know what to expect. I had read all the good and bad reviews on cruise critic and was a little worried. After the first few days I will honestly say that the bad reviews really have to be from people that just want to complain. From the moment we got off the airplane, got our baggage, and got on the transfer bus to the terminal to check in, everything was smooth. The check in process was painless (less than 20 minutes), the embarkation process was easy, and within an hour of getting off the airplane we were on the ship. The Stateroom - Since we have never been on a cruise before and have nothing to compare the room to, I would say that the room was roomy enough, the bathrooms were nice, and the showers with the doors were really the best. We had room in the closet and under the bed for our luggage, and I found a place for all of our stuff. Our room attendant kept the room very clean and he was always VERY helpful with any questions we had. His towel animals every night were so cute and I couldn't wait to see what he had made. The Entertainment - The shows were AWESOME! We saw all but Hairspray and the ice skating show. I would recommend reservations (especially for the comedy show and Oasis of Dreams water show) but I do think even if you didn't have them you could still get in to most things. Richard Spacey is amazing/funny/keeps the party going and probably works 24/7 to make sure that you are entertained if you want to be. The Food - I heard a lot of complaints about the food when we were on board from people that have cruised several times (mainly that the Oasis of the Seas doesn't have seafood like a lot of the other ships), and I read the boards about the food and was a little worried. We found the food good....not amazing....but good. We normally ate in the Wind Jammer for breakfast which was fine. It was always crazy busy but we always found a place to sit. For lunch on the days we were on the ship we ate at the bistro place that has coffee on deck 5 (it has sandwiches and cookies) or we ate at the central park place with the roast beef sandwiches. Both were very good. The Solarium looked good but we never ate there. We heard the salads there were great. At night we at in the MD (5 nights), at Chops (1 night) and at The Italian place (1 night). All were excellent. I don't think Chops was as good as I was expecting but it was good. The food in the MD for the most part was excellent. They always brought us more and on a few nights we asked for double entrees and there was never a problem. If there was a complaint it was that the service a few nights was a little slow but because most of the time we didn't have anything planned after (other than losing our money in the casino) it wasn't a big deal. Service - Awesome! Can't say enough about how hard the crew works. I saw people late at night and early the next morning. They were always friendly, attentive, and helpful. We never had a problem. The guys on the pool deck especially were hustlers. We never went without beer or mixed drinks. The Ports of Call - Labadee is BEAUTIFUL! Get off the boat and go lay on the beach and get in the water! It is awesome!! Great view of the ship from the beach!! Jamaica - GET OFF THE BOAT!! We did the zip line and Dunn's River Falls excursion. We had the most fun! The guide was wonderful and full of information, the zip line experience was AMAZING, and Dunn's River Falls was awesome!! Also, we got lunch during the day and it was the best lunch I have had in forever. Jerk chicken, beans and rice, and some salad that was yummy! Cozumel - GET OFF THE BOAT! We went snorkeling. The water is so beautiful in Cozumel how could you NOT get off the boat. Leaving the ship - From the time they called our number until were were sitting on the bus to the airport = 10 minutes total. Easy. No complaints. Over all we had the best time. We met some really nice people, drank, ate, relaxed, loved, and enjoyed being together. If you read a bad complaint chalk it up to someone who wants to complain and doesn't enjoy life because you truly can't have a bad time on the Oasis of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
Sailed 9-10-11 / 7 days Eastern Caribbean on the Oasis / Balcony Cabin 6612. This was my 19th cruise and I have sailed many RCCL ships. This ship is amazing and has so much to offer! We literally couldn't get it all done in just 7 ... Read More
Sailed 9-10-11 / 7 days Eastern Caribbean on the Oasis / Balcony Cabin 6612. This was my 19th cruise and I have sailed many RCCL ships. This ship is amazing and has so much to offer! We literally couldn't get it all done in just 7 days. We saw most of the shows, did most of the activities and overall thought it was a good cruise. Exceptional service by EVERY team member!! Having been on a lot of ships I did think overall the friendly attitude by all team members was great but there were some areas the ship fell short. Here are a few special highlights: One thing we would highly recommend is the CHEF's TABLE for dinner. It was an expensive extra at $95 pp but worth every penny. Just the amount of wine you get served covers that expense. The service, food was superb. Also appreciated the extras sent to our cabin before hand and the cookbook gift given after. Aqua Dreams Show & Come Fly with Me was very good. Giovanni's Table for Lunch Cabin beds were very comfortable and better than any other ship I have sailed Wonderful dEcor, very clean and many choices What we didn't like: It is very crowded and tended to be a lot of lines Overall the food quality was FAIR. Seemed to be very hit or miss in the main dining room, buffets, etc. It almost seemed like they have downgraded the food in the main dining rooms to get you to pay extra for the specialty restaurants. They are charging extra for most of the restaurants. Johnny Rockets used to be free for food on other ships now it is a charge. We did have some good meals in the dining room. We did do Giovanni's for lunch and paid an extra $30 for this. Very good food but then at the end of the meal they came to sell us a cookbook. ARGH! The Windjammer Buffett and Park Central Cafe are HORRIBLE! It is very congested, very hard to find a table and overall food selection is poor. In Park Central they don't even have guest trays so you can easily take your plates. Cabins - Our balcony cabin was very nice and very comfortable bed and beeding. In our cabin the electrical plugs in were UNDER the vanity cabinet and you had to crawl on the floor to get to them. Even the comdeian in the comdy club joked about how stupid this design was. TIP: Take an extension chord with a multi plus to use. The Spas - we didn't do spa services because I have had enough sales pitches by Steiner Spas over my years. (if you have had a massage on a cruise ship before you will know what that means). We did use the fitness center which is nice and I took a yoga class. We did purchase the weeklong pass for the Thermal Suite. This was $179 per couple so it was not included and we even found on our bilk they charged us 15% grat bringing it to $205. When I questioned the 15% grat they did remove it right away. There are no attendants in the Thermal Spa so you are on your own. My advice is to SKIP the spa and all services. It is very overpriced, and all they try to do is sell you more services. Bottom line...would I do this cruise ship again? Maybe, if I was taking family I think it would be good because there is so much to do. If we are going as a couple then I would go back to a smaller ship and avoid the crowds. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We would like to share some comments on our latest cruise. This is not a professional type review but a simple expression of our opinions. We have been on about 15 cruises to date. We have been on Carnival, Celebrity, NCL, Princess, and ... Read More
We would like to share some comments on our latest cruise. This is not a professional type review but a simple expression of our opinions. We have been on about 15 cruises to date. We have been on Carnival, Celebrity, NCL, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. We have just returned from the September 10th "Oasis of the Seas" cruise. This is by far the most spectacular cruise we have been on. It is the one that lives up to its hype. We have been on other "spectacular" ships such as the "Epic". Oasis is definitely a stand out above the rest. The ships design is very imaginative. The check in process was very smooth and well organized. Leaving and returning to the ship was very easy. We are not night people however on this cruise we were up at 7 or 8 and did not return to 1 or 2 in the morning. There were only a couple of things that we were disappointed with. The first thing many people think of when you say "cruise" and that is eating and usually they talk about the buffet. I will be talking about the buffet often, but about how poor of a selection and quality of food. I guess it is a personal thing but I enjoy ice cream after a meal. This is the first cruise buffet that did not even have a soft serve ice cream. (I found out by accident that there is a hidden ice cream machine behind both of the pool bars) There was no midnight buffet available. The main dining room "Opus" was not much better; the selection was poor and service just adequate, definitely not up to my other cruise experiences. The"My Time" dining was our choice. In order to get this you must prepay gratuities. It turned out that I was dissatisfied with the dining room and staff but still had to leave them money. The amount did not upset me but the inability to distribute it as I thought was appropriate does upset me. Having said the bad, the specialty restaurants were quite good. The Solarium Bistro was low key, great food (the Bison was exquisite), and good service. Chops Grille was a fast paced experience with great food and service. 150 central Park was very upscale. The service, the food, the atmosphere, and everything else made it a most enjoyable experience. I guess it depends on whether you are a smoker or not if this is good or bad. The ship is overall more accommodating to smokers than any other ship. The entire port deck outdoors, your balcony, and several of the night clubs are smoking areas. To bring my laptop or not was a decision that I would have changed had I known what was available. I like to be able to download my pictures from my camera. The price of the internet usage is the same if you use your laptop or their pc. I choose to avoid the hassle of carrying my laptop. The computers onboard are only good for the internet. There is no way to use anything with them. The shows onboard were all very good. There was a good variety including several street parades. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
My wife and I got married on Oasis of the Seas. The wedding was nice and small with family and friends. Royal Romance is the company that does the weddings. By the end we were calling it Royal Rip Off.....lol It was what we wanted to do ... Read More
My wife and I got married on Oasis of the Seas. The wedding was nice and small with family and friends. Royal Romance is the company that does the weddings. By the end we were calling it Royal Rip Off.....lol It was what we wanted to do for our wedding but found the cost to be very high for what you get. They were trying to get us to have some food following the service. They wanted $20 or so per person to provide this service. We declined and took the family to the buffet. We took a couple of tables that were in a cluster and had just as nice of a time with out any extra cost. After the wedding we took many photos all over the ship. Oasis is just amazing in every way. For it's size, it is amazing how it feels like there is very few people on the ship. The only time it felt like there was 5000+ people was during the muster drill. Some nights we went o the Solarium and we were the only ones there. My wife and I love Royal but we did notice that the service was a bit less personal on Oasis due to the size. Over all, it was a great cruise and I married the woman I love. We will remember this for the rest of our lives!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was an amazing cruise; entertainment aboard was really good; Music Express and the Jazz band were top of the line.Unfortunately the Pat Jenau trio lost the drummer and they kept performing without a drummer but due to the kind of ... Read More
This was an amazing cruise; entertainment aboard was really good; Music Express and the Jazz band were top of the line.Unfortunately the Pat Jenau trio lost the drummer and they kept performing without a drummer but due to the kind of music they played, like 60's an 70,s , the result of their performance was vary poor. We made reservation in advance for the shows and that worked out really nice. the shows were also top of the line. We rent i phones; this was a nightmare, everyday they had to give us another phone because the one we had had bad reception or something else; when on the 4 th day we had to go to the reference center to complain again about the phones my husband wanted to return the phones and get back our money, than Mendoza offered us to pay half the prize they had charged us. What i missed on that cruise was the ice carving night, a (midnight) bbq on the deck and at least 1 midnight buffet. There was a lot of smoking in the bars and also in the cabin next to us, i could smell it when i was on our balcony. Overall this was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Oasis of the Seas is a fabulous ship. It was beautiful and clean. The crew were pleasant and helpful. My over all review is very positive. Another reviewer suggested bringing a power strip and I'm happy we did as this made ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a fabulous ship. It was beautiful and clean. The crew were pleasant and helpful. My over all review is very positive. Another reviewer suggested bringing a power strip and I'm happy we did as this made charging things and using the hair dryer much easier. My biggest tip for anyone taking this cruise is take the time to sign up for all the shows, shore excursions, and specialty restaurants online before you get on the ship. You don't want to spend your precious vacation time waiting in lines to get to do these things only to find that the show you want to see is already booked. About the shows, SEE THEM. They're worth it. "Come Fly With Me" was great. "Frozen in Time" was so entertaining. The comedians we saw had us laughing hysterically. "Hairspray," while my least favorite was really quite good. There are so many activities planned all over the ship. We went to a few of the trivia contests and some of music games and they were a lot of fun. The piano bar was hopping on some nights. There is a guitar player who takes requests in the Globe & Atlas that had people singing and was very upbeat and fun. You have to choose to be bored on this ship. There are so many things to see and do. Cruisers looking for physical activities will enjoy the basketball court, the rock climbing walls. The fitness center is great. There are lots of treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and free weights. There is a two lane track, one lane for joggers and one for walkers that is quite nice. There are ping pong tables which are fun on cooler days. The miniature golf course is cute and we had fun playing it. The Flow riders are great and I highly recommend the lessons if this is your first time trying to "surf." For the women trying the Flow rider wear a T-shirt, preferable one that dries quickly, not cotton. There is the zip line which I would say that if you have to wait in line, don't. There are far better things to do with your time. Another suggestion for those who like to be physical, take the stairs. You can justify eating all the great food and won't waste precious vacation time waiting for elevators. We ate at most of the specialty restaurants and they were all great. Let me say that Royal Caribbean hasn't given the Solarium Bistro enough attention on their website. I didn't expect much from the Solarium Bistro and the food absolutely blew me away. It was beyond fabulous. The food was delicious, artfully presented, and HEALTHY (but you won't feel like you were deprived). Our waiters (we had dinner there twice) were the right amount of attentiveness and very knowledgeable. I cannot possibly say enough about the food at Solarium Bistro. From the bread to the entrees it was my hands down favorite. (I have to give the best dessert to Chops) You must try it for yourself. If you only go to one specialty restaurant go to Solarium Bistro. Giovanni's was fabulous. We had lunch and dinner there and both meals were great. They have a great menu and the staff was very nice. Get the chocolate torte and you won't be disappointed. Chops was delicious. As I've said their dessert was the best. Their "outdoor" eating area is somewhat enclosed and since it can be quite windy in Central Park this makes their outdoor area the best. If you are looking for a serious steak it is the place to go. 150 Central Park gets the intimate atmosphere award.The food presentation is beautiful. You won't find more artistic plates anywhere. The food was prettier than it was tasty. It is a set menu except you do get to choose between two entrees. You are introduced to six different kinds of salt. That doesn't happen everyday. We only had two meals in the dining room. The food was good but the atmosphere was chaotic and the service was lacking. You're best off taking the buffet route. Solarium Bistro is a buffet for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is great there but it is healthy. Ask for butter if you want it and be prepared for turkey bacon. For lunch check out Park Cafe. The roast beef sandwich is a MUST and they make a great salad. You pick out the ingredients and dressing and they toss it all together for you. Very nice. The free doughnuts, PASS. Not worth the calories. But the Cupcake Cupboard is worth every penny and every extra bit of weight gain. If you want a peaceful deck experience try the Solarium pool. It is adults only. From there you can see the deck on 14 and there were hardly any people there. There are lounge chairs you can put anywhere you like and a nice view of the helicopter pad plus two viewing stations with telescopes that you could have all to yourself. You have to walk through the cabin area to get out on the deck on 14. I think that is why there were hardly any people there. Well that and no bar service. It was very nice. My one big complaint is how Royal Caribbean deals with the smokers. They don't. People are smoking everywhere. I was not happy that I couldn't enjoy the balcony of our room because of the smoke from balconies more forward. Before I'd go on another cruise I would want some assurance from them that I will be able to enjoy the balcony that cost a lot extra without having to breath in second hand smoke. As for half of the casino being no smoking forget it. The smoke fills the whole place. They probably would have gotten more of my money if I had been able to enjoy some fresh air. The Royal Promenade is full of smokers. You have to make a conscious decision not to let the smokers ruin your day. We enjoyed all of the shore excursions with the exception of Labadee on Hati. At Labadee the beach was so crowded. You are better off getting a raft and floating in the water. The lounge chairs are packed together right up to the hammocks there's barely room to walk. (And people are smoking everywhere. The beach is really just a giant ash tray now isn't it?) We paid to ride the jet skis. This was a total waste of time and money. We had to ride "follow the leader" style never being able to to have any free time to have fun. Speed was totally controlled by the person in front of you. Then we were led to a place where while we had our engines off local men came up to each jet ski on kayaks and tried to guilt each person into buy local crapts. It was hard sell tactics and we were basically hostages there until our guide would let us start up our engines to crawl away. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
To begin, I'd like to say this is only our second cruise, the first was on the the Norwegian Dawn and while we enjoyed that cruise very much, this one was far and away our best. Possibly our best vacation period! ... Read More
To begin, I'd like to say this is only our second cruise, the first was on the the Norwegian Dawn and while we enjoyed that cruise very much, this one was far and away our best. Possibly our best vacation period! Service: On Oasis of the Seas we felt the service was top notch, all the staff are very friendly, asking about our day, sharing stories, making sure that we had everything we needed. They did a good job to remember who you were which personalized our vacation very nicely. Food: The specialty restaurants we went to were fantastic! Chops we went to twice and it was quite possibly one of the best meals we've had. Especially liked the crap cakes and our steaks were cooked to perfection. We also did the Chef's table and Chef Jane Gray from Australia was great, she did a wonderful job of explaining each dish, how it was made, what her inspirations were, etc. The waiter was also fantastic and we enjoyed his explainations of the wine pairings. We also were in a very entertaining group and had a fabulous evening. We only ate in the main dining room one night as the menu didn't overly thrill us and we were at a table with others who would have rather sat on their own which made it a little awekward. The buffet was ok, we did prefer it on last cruise. The stations they have set up don't really make sense, so you have to tour first to figure out what you want, and then go a second time to get the food. Park Cafe was our favourite for lunch and Solarium Bistro was nice for a healthy breakfast. Activities: Well you can't possibly be bored on this ship...our favourites were the rock climbing wall for my husband and the mini golf. We also tried the zip line, the flowrider and ice skating. All were fun, some we used more than others. There were many classes etc. that you could do, one week just isn't enough time. Entertainment: This was the area we were most pleasantly surprised in. I had made all our reservations at home before we left and we saw everything. The wide variety of venues and shows was fabulous! Our favouties were the Splish Splash comedy show in the Aqua Theatre and the Headliner Earl Turner. Also enjoyed the other shows and thought everything was worth seeing. Even the fountain shows at the Aqua Theatre were nice if you didn't have anything planned...the one at night was the best. Stateroom: We only had an inside, but it was plenty big enough for the 2 of us and very well laid out...my only complaint would be the location of plugs...but it wasn't that big of a deal. Our stateroom attendant was amazing....she definately deserved the extra tip we left. Ports: Labadee was our favourite, very well set us, something for everyone and you didn't have far to go. We did the snorkel safari and felt is was well worth the price. Falmouth Jamaica....well...still unfinished and it looks like it will still be several months until it is. We only got off long enough to do a little souvenir shopping and then got back on board. Cozumel isn't overly picturesque, but there is shopping close by and we went to Chankanaab to do the Dolphin Swim, which we'd booked from home and thought it was well worth the price. We had interaction with manatees first and then were in the water with the dolphins for about an hour and got to do 5 things each as well as other interactions. Embarkation/Disembarkation: Both were extremely smooth and easy. We arrived at the pier at 11:15 and were onboard by 11:30. We did the express walk off where we took our own luggage and were curbside in about a half hour. Hotel: We stayed at the Cambria Suites Dania Beach before and after as they offer free shuttles to and from both the airport and cruiseport, nice hotel and the free shuttles were great. All and all this was a truly fabulous cruise and considering there were over 6000 passengers and over 2000 crew you never felt like there were that many people. We would both easily cruise Oasis again. Looking forward to our next Royal Caribbean cruise in March on the Explorer. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
All i can say about the Oasis of the Sea is AWESOME!!!!!! Every thing about the ship and the crew were AWESOME!!!! I can't wait to go back!!!!
All i can say about the Oasis of the Sea is AWESOME!!!!!! Every thing about the ship and the crew were AWESOME!!!! I can't wait to go back!!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
My boyfriend and I cruised on Royal Caribbean for the very first time in 2010 on the Freedom of the Seas traveling the Eastern Caribbean. We loved it so much, we wanted to experience the Western Caribbean side on the larger ship - Oasis of ... Read More
My boyfriend and I cruised on Royal Caribbean for the very first time in 2010 on the Freedom of the Seas traveling the Eastern Caribbean. We loved it so much, we wanted to experience the Western Caribbean side on the larger ship - Oasis of the Seas. We booked our cruise through Royal Caribbean and our cruise agent took good care of us. He helped us make many decisions that helped to make our cruise experience on Oasis of the Seas a greater experience. First of all, when booking on Oasis, it is important to make sure you select the stateroom that best suits your needs. My boyfriend didn't want to experience turbulence or the feeling of seasickness, so we requested a room in the middle of the ship, mid ship level. Our agent recommended room 6668 on the 6th floor. We also were very particular about having a balcony. When we sailed Freedom, we had an interior room and it was nice, but dark. Not necessarily a place you want to spend much time. So we were willing to spend a bit more to get the balcony so that we could spend some quality private time throughout the trip on our own private balcony. And it so was worth it. Take my advice and spend the extra money for the balcony. You won't regret it. We had the option to purchase an Oceanview balcony, Central Park balcony or Boardwalk balcony. We personally like privacy and the view of the ocean so we went with the Oceanview Balcony. Good thing we did because when we got on the ship the Central Park balconies and the Boardwalk balconies were very public versus private and not something we would have been happy with. The agent also assisted us with booking the flights - however, just to be safe we made sure better options were not available online. We found the best prices and the agent took care of the final details. As for gratuities, last year we paid upfront. We found that this was not the best idea because you did not get to choose who received what portion of your gratuity. It was evenly distributed. This year we elected to pay the gratuities at the end of the trip to ensure the proper persons were recognized for great service. I highly recommend you book the transfer busing that takes you from the airport to the boat and back. It cost 30 per person. This makes things VERY convenient. We booked Oasis of the Seas - Western Caribbean. Destinations included Labadee,Haiti; Falmouth,Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico. We arrived at Fort Lauderdale Airport on April 30th and easily found our way to the transfer station. We were greated by Royal Caribbean transfer agents that helped us with our luggage onto the bus. The transfer was a bit hectic as there were buses awaiting various cruise lines and hundreds of passengers for each. Nonetheless, we arrived at the dock within 45 minutes of arriving at the airport. We initially thought boarding the Oasis was going to be chaotic due to the volume of passengers (over 5000). However, it was a seemless process that took literally 10 minutes. We were on the boat around 1pm. This process was almost an hour faster than the Freedom and that boat had half the passengers. Upon boarding we got our photo id's and had our onboarding pics taken. Rooms: Our room was everything we expected. It was beautiful and the balcony was breathtaking. The set up of the room was pretty standard. The bathrooms were small, as on many ships, but the shower seemed to be a little more spacious than we remembered. The only negative was the outlets that were under the vanity and a bit hard to reach. Otherwise, the room was great. The best part about our room was that we were LITERALLY right next to the elevator. Not only that, most activities and places that we would spend most of our time were on floors 4 through 8. Our room was smack dab int he midst of all this. Food: The food on the ship was great. When we were on the Freedom, we spend a lot of time eating at the Windjammer because it was convenient and had a lot of options. However, on the Oasis, we spent very little time eating at the Windjammer. Yes, it was still convenient, but we found many hidden little treasures on the Oasis that provided for a great dining experience. Our favorite place to eat breakfast was on the balcony of our own room by ordering room service. The windjammer was the second place we frequented most for breakfast due to the variety of options. We spend many afternoons eating at the Park Place Cafe where you can get salads, fruits, and many specialty sandwiches to include the infamous Roast Beef which my boyfriend LOVED. As well as the, Tuna Melt Panini's which I LOVED. It was quick and delicious and NEVER a crowd. Another favorite lunch spot was the Seafood Shack where they had the best fried SCALLOPS I ever ate. There is a small charge for the Seafood Shack; however, if you love seafood it's a must try. For dinner, we dined in the Opus Dining Room on floor 3. We had a table of 6 and met some amazing people that we keep in touch with even today. The food at the Opus Dining Room was splendid. They had something for everyone. I am more adventurous with food than my boyfriend but even he was able to find items that he loved each night. The Surf and Turf night was my favorite. Our table guests raved nightly about the Tiramisu! Our head waiter - Ian, was great. The others were just OK. We made sure to tip Ian graciously. We also tried a couple specialty dining options. One night we dined at CHOPS with friends. My boyfriend and I had Filet Mignon and it was to die for. Very well prepared and GREAT service. The restaurant provided family style accompanying sides so we got to try many side dishes. The desserts were very eye appealing as well as tasty. The creme brulee was good but the Red Velvet Cheesecake was amazing. We also at a Giovanni's Table. This was the Italian dining option. I really enjoyed the italian style dining and the flavors but my boyfriend was disappointed. The restaurant had very little on the menu that he was willing to try. It's not like a typical Olive Garden menu by more specialty plating true to italian food. Both specialty restaurants had a small fee. Chops was $25 per person and Giovanni's was $15 per person. The service was impeccable at both restaurants. Other places to try for snacks - the Donut Shop - tasty free treats, and the Cupcake Cupboard (small fee). We heard raving reviews and had to try the cupcakes. They were good, but not great. Excursions: In Labadee, my boyfriend booked the Zipline which is the longest zipline over water in the world. This was one of the reasons we booked this particular cruise to Western Caribbean. The day of the labadee port, it was a bit rainy and windy out. Not the most pleasant weather. It got so windy that they lowered the weight limit on the zipline. My boyfriend is 6ft 5 and quite thin, but he was over the new limit. An hour later they said the winds were so high they were cancelling all the ziplines for the rest of the day. Had we been there one hour earlier he would have been able to participate. He had his money refunded. The beach at labadee was beautiful and we took some great pictures. Had the day been sunnier, we would have enjoyed it more. This is a great excursion if the winds are not high. In Falmouth Jamaice, we booked the Dunns River Falls excursion. I had heard so many great reviews about this that we HAD to do it. It was cost effective and so much fun. We boarded a bus that took us on a 45min ride to Dunns River Falls. We had a guide on the bus who reviewed landmarks and the history of Jamaica along the way. This excursion requires water shoes. Rather than pay $6 in Jamaica and risk not getting a pair that fits, buy them before you leave. They can be found reasonably at Walmart and Target. Once there we were escorted up the falls by a tour guide in groups. It was not overly physical but you had to be careful because it was slippery. All the way up the fall a cameraman followed the group and video taped the adventure. They also took pictures. You could purchase the video for $40. We decided to purchase the video and we are glad that we did. It was an amazing experience and we highly recommend it. You will however, go through a walkway ont he way back to the bus where you will be hounded to purchase items. Everyone in Jamaica also is very expressive about tipping. The tour guide, cameraman, and bus driver all follow you back to the bus awaiting their tips. They are well deserved tips but a bit uncomfortable nonetheless. In Cozumel Mexico, we booked the Dolphin Push, Pull and Swim. This was our favorite excursion. We recommend buying a water camera cause the pictures here are expensive to buy. Water cameras run about 20 dollars. They take professional pictures of each interaction with the dolphins that you can buy at the end. We had the opportunity to pet the dolphin, swim with the dolphin and be pushed on a boogie board by a dolphin. At the end of the swim, we also got to swim with a Manatee and baby sharks. At the end of our excursion it started to downpour. We were lucky because it was beautiful throughout the excursion. We had lunch at a local outdoor restaurant in cozumel. The food was ok. As I mentioned the pictures here are expensive. It is $25 per picture or you could buy a disk for $100 per person. Nonetheless, we loved this excursion and would highly recommend it to anyone even families with smaller children. Entertainment I highly recommend booking your entertainment in advance as recommended by Royal Caribbean for the Oasis of the Seas. We were able to see every show that we prebooked. If you don't prebook, it is likely you will not be able to attend the viewing of your choice. My favorite shows were in the Aqua Theatre. The divers and entertainers were world class olympians and entertainers from all over the world. The comedy shows and the comedy headliner show was funny but not gut busting. I've seen better comedians in Pittsburgh. But it was definitely entertaining and well worth the time to go. We highly recommend getting involved in the activities on the ship to include the "Quest" show (which we WON!!!), the Love and Marriage Show, the Battle of the Sexes - just to name a few. My boyfriend spent a lot of time int eh Casino in the later evening hours playing poker. This boat has a huge casino but not as many people playing poker as he had hoped for. He won a final seat int he Poker Tourney where they were giving away a free cruise on the Allure of the Seas in December to the winner; however, they were six players short to give out the cruise. They ended up playing for cash and he was the overall winner :) Spa The spa is quite expensive but I was able to get a discounted spa service by booking the "HAPPY HOUR" massage the day we were at port in Jamaica. If you book a happy hour massage, you get a 1 hr massage for $99. I was able to upgrade to $119 and get a Hot Stone Massage. This was a great deal and I enjoyed the massage. My only criticism is that they made an error in my billing. She added more to the tip than I gave and I definitely tipped graciously. This was the only billing error on the entire cruise. Other recommended activities on the ship: The zipline on the ship was fun. I cried for about an hour before doing it, but in the end I conquered my fear and it was fun. We never tried the flowriders because they looked like it could be a painful fall, but a friend of ours swore by it and said it was such a thrill to try it. Pictures This ship has many professional photographers that document your time and fun throughout the cruise. We had so many pictures taken that we decided to purchase the CD package which was 299 for ALL rights to EVERY picture taken on the cruise. We ended up with 89 professional pictures that we could have printed at our leisure. Otherwise, it costs $20 per 8x10 picture. They have a gallery where your pics are displayed and stored throughout the week for your viewing as well as an electronic kiosk to view your pics daily. Departure Departure was as easy as boarding. We did early departure which is at 6am to ensure you get to the airport in time for your flight. You basically depart the ship with your bags and board the bus to transfer back to the airport. We grabbed breakfast in the Windjammer before departing and we were on our way. This is the saddest time of the trip...and the hardest to leave. We got to the airport and couldn't remember our flight number and what airline because it was different from the trip to. We finally reached Royal Caribbean and an agent verified the correct info. The only negative piece here was that our flight didn't leave until 1:30pm and you could not check your bags at the airport until 3hrs before your flight. Therefore, we had to wait there with our bags from 8am till almost 10:30am. So you definitely want to verify this upfront. I know this is long, but I hope you find this information helpful in your planning of your cruise. This was a great experience for us on an amazing ship. We loved the Oasis of the Seas. We now have visited both Eastern and Western Caribbean. We are open to recommendations for our next cruise. Thinking Alaska at this point. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Our reason for this trip was to experience the Oasis of the Seas, and what an experience it was! The ship was everything one could want. Since on our last cruise, due to inclement weather, we almost missed our ship, we decided to play it ... Read More
Our reason for this trip was to experience the Oasis of the Seas, and what an experience it was! The ship was everything one could want. Since on our last cruise, due to inclement weather, we almost missed our ship, we decided to play it safe and fly in (Southwest Air-non-stop) to Fort Lauderdale a day early. I had frequently read articles advising a pre-cruise day at the port of embarkation, but it always seemed like unnecessary expense. But I must say, it was good advise. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and night in Ft. Lauderdale, and it got the 4 of us into vacation mode before we ever boarded ship. We stayed at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Blvd. It is a beautiful hotel, but we were placed in the oldest part of the hotel, and it seemed like an "old hotel" in that area. It was fine, though, for a 1 night stay, and it was clean. We enjoyed dining for lunch and breakfast at the hotel; food was very good and prices reasonable. We made it a point to get to the ship early, somewhere between 10:30 and 11:00. I didn't want to miss a moment of the trip I had long awaited. Embarkation was very organized, went very smoothly and quickly. RCI staff was friendly and helpful from the moment we stepped out of our hotel shuttle. We got on board and faced one small difficulty. I had decided at the last minute I wanted to purchase the soda package, (hadn't been able to decide if it was a good value) and so was going to purchase on board. However, it took several trys and being sent to the wrong place before I found the right one. Why guest services didn't know where to send me is strange. But after about 30-45 minutes of waiting and asking, we scored the soda package, and it turned out to have been a good deal for me. I'm not sure getting on board so early really had much of an advantage. The Windjammer was so full we couldn't find a place to sit and left without eating.Since the rooms were not yet available, we had to tote all our carry-ons around. I had thought we would be able to start enjoying the ship, but I felt so encumbered with luggage that it was basically impossible. Couldn't just leave it sitting while I went to the pool, etc. and shops are not open. We found ourselves sitting on the steps outside our hallway until we could go to our rooms and unburden ourselves. By this time, we were able to find a seat in the Windjammer and get a bite to eat. I, personally, would avoid the Windjammer completely, but my fellow travelers didn't share my opinion, so we found ourselves there for breakfast often. Usually, I didn't eat. Coffee, fruit and pastries delivered by room service was a wonderful treat, was enough for me, and so I just chatted while they ate. I find the food on Royal Caribbean is just so-so. In my opinion, it is their biggest weakness. It is passable, for the most part, but that is all you can say about it. However, Chops, is a big exception to that statement. It was wonderful, full of flavor, excellent service and worth whatever you may pay to eat there. I didn't care at all for the Solarium Bistro - only ate lunch there, and once was enough. Park Cafe, was very good - great little sandwiches and a nice little place to enjoy Central Park while you eat. Johnny Rockets is a place to go for fun meal. I know some say avoid the burgers, but I did enjoy 1. It's not everyday, and it is vacation. Service in the MDR was extraordinary. Our waiters worked themselves to death trying to make sure everything was to our liking. They went the extra mile to see to it we were out on time the night we had an early show reservation. We chose the traditional early seating. I didn't want to have to be planning every meal and trying to make reservations constantly. It was difficult enough with the entertainment, especially after our showing of the Oasis of Dreams was postponed due to wind. After having been on the ship, though, I can see an advantage to My Time Dining. That 6:00 dinner was at times difficult to work around. Next time, I'm not sure, what I'll do. I did see My Time Dining Guests waiting in line for the MDR,when we were able to walk right in to our table. Pros & cons both ways. One thing I'll probably not do again, is ask for a different table. Had not ever asked before to be reassigned and probably will not ever do it again. Our assigned table was one of the worst - way in the back corner on level 4. We requested to be moved; they offered us another table. Not wanting to offend our first waiter (very good) we decided to keep our table. Both parties received phone messages confirming that our table would remain as first assigned. When we got to dinner, our table had been reassigned, and it became an awkward situation all around. Obviously, there was a breakdown in communication somewhere. We were seated at the new table and everything was fine after that. My lesson - just sit where you are assigned. Oasis had some of the best, if not the best, entertainment I've seen on a cruise ship. There was great variety in the offerings and every production was quality. I also appreciated the fact that it was family friendly for the most part. Parades, Broadway shows, ice skating shows, swimming & diving shows, what more could one ask? It all adds up to a great experience and a good value when one considers what buying tickets to each of these productions would cost on a land vacation. RCI seems to be a cruise line targeting active individuals. This is not a ship for someone who wants a quiet, peaceful week of rest. This ship appeals to the cruiser who wants to try new things, experience adventure, and burn a few calories along the way. It offers the opportunity to zip line, ice skate, and so much more. Indeed, there is so much to do, I got all up tight because I wasn't getting it all done. Since by nature, I'm one who doesn't want to miss anything, my husband had to remind me it could not all be done in 1 week. So do what you can and know that there'll be some new things for next time. I always enjoy Labadee; just a fun day without an agenda. We tried the Dragon's Tail Coaster, and that was well worth the $19.00 we paid. Lots of fun. We were in Falmouth on the Grand Opening. There were bands, people, excitement all around. Hundreds of people from all over Jamaica had come to catch a glimpse of the Oasis. Children did't go to school, people took off work. We took the Martha Brae River Rafting excursion and thoroughly enjoyed it. We booked through the cruise line; that seemed to be the simplest, safest thing to do. In fact, when we asked on shore, we were told it had to be booked through the cruise line. Bought a little gourd "vase" from our rafter mostly to help him out. He was very kind and not pushy at all. This was a totally different Jamaican experience than I've had in other ports. RCI seems to be keeping a pretty tight lid on things in Falmouth. Because we had a late flight, we booked the Land & Sea Excursion for day 7. We also opted for the luggage valet service for $20.pp. This was well worth the $40. Luggage was picked up outside stateroom, and we didn't see it again until we landed in New Orleans. The excursion was nice and definitely beat sitting in the airport all day. It also made disembarkation a breeze, because we were taken immediately to our bus to begin the tour. My final recommendation about the Oasis of the Seas -- Go, just go! Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Overview: This was our 4th cruise on Royal Caribbean and our focus was to experience the Oasis - so we did not do much site seeing on any of the ports (did some shopping) as we spent the majority of our time experiencing the many offerings ... Read More
Overview: This was our 4th cruise on Royal Caribbean and our focus was to experience the Oasis - so we did not do much site seeing on any of the ports (did some shopping) as we spent the majority of our time experiencing the many offerings on the ship. We had a blast experiencing the oasis - everyone should cruise this ship at least once. The ship is huge and a wonderful feat of engineering, entertainment and comfort - we truly enjoyed the ship, but have decided that the smaller ships (Voyager) offer a bit more intimacy and personal touch. When we sailed we had 5800 on board and the following cruise was going to have over 6400 - there are over 2000 crew and the majority of the crew stated the ship was "too big" and liked the smaller ships for the same reason mentioned above. The food was good in the main dining room (we had My Time Dining) and we asked to keep the same wait staff - we were accommodated almost every evening. Entertainment of Hair Spray, Come Fly With Me, Water Show and the Salsa Band (Royal Promenade) were super - rest of the entertainment was very good also. Tip: We booked our show tickets online before departing and this worked very well - recommend you do too as well. We were able to set our dining times and schedule our shows/entertainment via RCCL website...saved time and made our trip that much better. Embarking - best I've seen. We were on the ship in less than 25-minutes from the time we pulled up and were dropped off. We flew into Miami airport and took the shuttle to the ship ($58/one way for two persons) and arrived by 1030 and were on the ship by 1100. Ship - HUGE and wonderful, so much to see....the two Flow Riders; over 20 bars (one that goes up and down like an elevator between Central park and the Promenade). The boardwalk has Johnny Rockets, Seafood Restaurant, Donut Shop, Merry Go-Round.....and big water theater..... Cabin - very nice and spacious; we had a cabin overlooking the Boardwalk so we could watch the water show from our balcony (tip from previous reviews) and also see the people at night on the boardwalk. Worked out very well. Our cabin attendant was Zerwin and he was super - always with a smile and always took good care of us. Food - ate in the Windjammer; food was good but filled up very fast in the morning for breakfast. One great aspect of the Oasis is the numerous Touch Screens (one in room via TV) around the ship that allow you to see the various wait times for the restaurants. We used these a lot and allowed us to quickly navigate to a place that was not very crowded. The dining room had what I'd call above average food and we were never disappointed...however, it does seem that the quality of food (for a large ship) had gone down given how many folks had to be fed. But still we had great meals and were always accommodated if we wanted to change plates. Only disappointing meal we had was in Chops' (Steak Place) as my steak was actually very bad....when I complained I simply got a "yep, we know and the waiter went on his business. I did write this up and actually sent a personal e-mail to RCCL on this. Other places - there are soooo many places to snack & eat..... Ports - recommend you read another review to get great info on the ports...we went for the ship. Ship - the gym has to be the best I've seen on any ship. Size and amount of equipment made were very nice and there were a lot of classes to participate in. The pool areas are many (up front Solarium for quiet and relaxing) and the two huge hot tubs that hang over the ship on both sides are no to be missed. There are two flow riders and two rock climbing walls - on days that the ship is in port there are no lines and even while we were at sea the lines were not too long. Where we did notice the crowds, were in the Royal Promenade (during the Captain's Reception) and days at Sea by the pool. We never felt that we were in a huge crowd - but you did notice that there were lots of people on the ship. But for the most part RCCL did a great job in making sure the flow of folks worked around the ship. Tip: Set up your cruise and book your shows and special dining experiences before you get on-board (the lines at the Guest Relations were super long on departing) - you can always delete/change if needed. We never did. And then use your TV and calendar to manage your day (very nice touch). Also you can sign your Zip Line and other waivers before getting on the ship. Disembarking - we were off the ship in 20-minutes after they called our number. Very easy. Experience - we had fun experiencing all there is to do on the Oasis...you don't know how big the ship truly is until you park next to a ship in port and then you experience the true size. We will now go back to the smaller class ships to get the more personal and smaller experience...we are sailing on Voyager in two days. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
The Oasis is an amazing ship. All of the good things you hear about it are true. Getting on to the boat was way quicker than I expected and they kept apologizing over the loudspeaker that only one gangway was operational. I ... Read More
The Oasis is an amazing ship. All of the good things you hear about it are true. Getting on to the boat was way quicker than I expected and they kept apologizing over the loudspeaker that only one gangway was operational. I can't imagine how fast it would be with both gangways open! The only time I ever felt like I was in a "crowded" space was right after the shows, but the crowd quickly dispersed. Obviously it was also crowded at the giant dance parties on the Royal Promenade. I heard 2 people complain. One said the ship was "boring" but she later told us that she hadn't actually gone to any of the shows. If she thinks Oasis is "boring" her entire life back home must be a non-stop party carnival. One said the food wasn't good, but he refused to eat in any of the restaurants or even the main dining room - he would only eat one meal a day at the buffet. So, clearly, some people are stupid. You can look up all the details of the ship on other sites, but here are some tips & things you may not know: Balcony Suite 7130 is at the very front of the ship, so it offers a little extra privacy. That side of the ship is also the side where you get to witness the Bon Voyage sendoff from the people on the shore. They only supply shampoo and bar soap, so bring your own fancy stuff if you want it. Your suitcase may not fit under the bed. On the last day I realized that, had we left it open, it would have fit just great. The coffee table in the middle of the room doesn't need to be there. Use it as a nightstand and move the smaller nightstand somewhere that it won't be in the way. The nightclub scene is pretty lame, but the On Air Karaoke club is a riot every night. Sign up online as soon as possible for your restaurant reservations and shows. Do not wait until you are on the ship!! Don't waste a precious second standing in a reservation lineup. If you don't know how to work a computer, find someone to help you. I can't stress this enough. Go early to the dock. We got there around 11, checked in, and waited a little while before we got to load. We were among the first on the ship and it was so great... lots of time to explore. Do not bring your carry-on luggage on to the ship yourself. For your first day, dress in summer clothes and carry a very small bag with swimsuit, camera, sunscreen & anything really really valuable that you don't trust to leave in your luggage. We saw people lugging around suitcases wearing hot leather jackets and jeans. Your room won't be ready until 2, so plan to enjoy your first day without all the bulk. If you are Canadian, you will find the prices for booze to be very reasonable - downright cheap compared to buying a beer at a hockey arena. If you are American, you will probably freak out. Corona $5.50, Fancy Tropical Girly Drink $7.50 approx, but you get to keep the souvenir glass. If you don't want the glass just tell them upfront and they should be able to make you a cheaper drink with a normal cup. Wine was per glass... $9 and up. We didn't buy a wine package. If you appreciate fine food... stay out of the Windjammer Cafe. I hate buffets with a passion, but the one breakfast we had there was decent. The one lunch - not so much. We didn't eat at any of the extra-charge specialty restaurants. There are usually 2 vegetarian options every night at the Opus Dining room. Things that you must try: Lava Flow Strawberry drink. Ham & cheese croissant from the Promenade Cafe. Chocolate Mousse from the coffee bar near the On Air club, roast beef sandwich from Park Cafe. If you buy booze in port they will confiscate it, so no mixing cheap drinks for yourself in your room. However, you do get it back on the last full day - so in theory you could make your own on that day. Bring your own small first aid stuff. A bandaid costs 50 cents and finding the medical room is near impossible. Please dress up for formal night or go eat in the buffet. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else. The zipline is scary, but do it anyway. It'll build character. Climb the rockwall - try as much as you can because the week is over way too soon. The "free" drinks are water flavored with fruit. Very mild and not very good. The coffee is yuck too. You can buy good Starbucks coffee from the Royal Cafe. That is also where you will find free milk... sometimes it's good to eat healthy. In conclusion, let me tell you a little about myself - just for context. I'm 30, and very very insanely picky. Some call me a Princess. I won't eat meat, or fish, or spicy things, or curry, or any buffet foods. I like my beds soft and my champagne chilled. I'm not impressed with 5* All-Inclusive resorts in Mexico. There is nothing, nothing on this ship that I can find to complain about. If someone like me can love this experience, then 99.9% of the rest of the world will too. The ports of call...? Well, those are a different story for a different day. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We just returned from our cruise wedding! It was amazing! We had 28 people who sailed with us. We were on Oasis of the Seas with stops in Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. It was out second cruise we had previously gone on ... Read More
We just returned from our cruise wedding! It was amazing! We had 28 people who sailed with us. We were on Oasis of the Seas with stops in Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. It was out second cruise we had previously gone on Carnival Liberty and loved it so much we decided to get married on a cruise. The Thursday before we left on the cruise we were offered an upgrade for $100 each to a Junior Suite. We jumped at it. We were not sad by this decision at all! HOTEL: I like to get a big bang for my buck so we stayed at Sleep Inn in Dania. Sleep Inn provides free shuttles to and from both the cruiseport and the airport. It also has a complimentary breakfast which was decent. The hotel has a pool and hot tub and a fenced in pool area. Our group sat out there both nights we stayed. The hotel itself was reasonably priced if you book well in advance. The suites were roomy. Our king room on the main floor seemed a bit musty. RENTAL CAR: Book way in advance! We landed in Tampa Airport and spent a few days in Florida first. So we rented a car at Dollar. We were really happy with our Ford Fusion - Sirus Satellite Radio, leather interior, only 300 miles... Dollar is located right outside the cruiseport and they have plenty of shuttles to bring you right inside. Someone met us right away to drop off the car and then we got right on a shuttle. EMBARKATION/DEBARKATION: Getting on the ship was super easy and fast. We decided to get off on our own and it was very fast. Don't get off the ship when the ship docks at port. It's crazy! The busiest time I experienced on the ship was the first day when no one had a room yet. The Windjammer also got pretty busy at breakfast time especially on Port days. STATEROOM: Junior Suite with Ocean View Balcony - definitely a great upgrade. We had 8-10 people in our room before dinner each night and we ordered room service appetizers. There was plenty of room including a large walk-in closet which fit all of our clothes and suitcases nicely. The bathroom also had a tub! SHOWS: We didn't make all of the shows. You really have to sign up way in advance online for the shows especially the comedy club unless you want to stand in line. The comedy club is super small. Even though they have 2-3 shows a night there is still a line up starting 45 minutes before and half of the people don't get in. Hairspray was excellent! Even my husband liked it. The songs, costumes and dancing were fabulous. Oasis of Dreams - sucked. Unfortunately, I just came back from Vegas and Cirque du Soleil "O" and had to compare the two. I would have thought that because the Aqua theatre was signature to RCL that they would have spent a lot more on this show. The costumes were simple and at no time was anyone in the show synchronized. The ship slowed right down to a crawl during the show and the dives from high up were heart stopping but they really need to put a lot more work into this show. Everything else on the ship was so elaborate (even the parade had super fantastic costumes) that I would expect the same from a show that has the ships name in the title. I didn't see it but I guess the comedy show at the Aqua theatre was quite good. Frozen in Time - I loved this show. The costumes were great the skating was good, there was plenty of room for everyone (even those who didn't sign up in advance) and the stories were really fun. They had a guest during the show, who did sand art on a projector and it was truly amazing. She created a story with art that was jaw dropping. Comedy - Lots of laughs - decent Up in the air - a fun show, loved the plane - worth seeing CRUISE DIRECTOR: Richard Spacey has so much energy! I don't know how he does it week after week. He is excellent. I don't much to compare to but from the reviews I've read his is probably the best around. He's funny and very in tune with his body.. ACTIVITIES: Zipline was fun and so was rock climbing. I had a wardrobe malfunction on the flow rider - wear a full bathing suit! The lines for the flow rider were decent. We waited an hour for the zipline and only about 15 min for the rock wall. We had a rain day and we spent it in the Schooner lounge playing card and every few hours they had trivia. RESTAURANTS: Johnny Rockets: My sister-in-law had a bad experience for breakfast a Johnny Rockets. But lunch there was fattening but delicious. Main dining room: Food and service were really good but 2 hours for dinner is way too long. Windjammer: Really busy at breakfast - always lot of choice. Enjoyed dinner there - just as good as dining room, more choice and only 30 min. Giovannis: Excellent - worth the $15 - better to go with a group though as you'll get way more food. It's family style Italian. You can get a few appetizers and main courses to try. Park Cafe: Didn't go there until the last day but wish I had discovered it before. Lunch was terrific. They make a salad for you with whatever you want in it - the paninis are terrific and I had a bite of the roast beef which was good but salty Wipeout Cafe: Good for a fat filled lunch - everything was in the wrong order though Solarium bistro: Good, healthy (not as tasty as other places but you get that with food that's not fried) GROUP: As for being on a cruise with so many people it was a bit difficult to meet up and find each other so I'd suggest everyone bring walkie talkies. I found it difficult to book group dinners before hand with RCL. You can't book tables more then 10 and 2 people weren't in our group so I wasn't allowed to book dinners from them online. I wasn't able to book all 28 of us in the dining room before the cruise but it was no problem when I got there. For the wedding day I booked us in Giovanni's. They had said they weren't able to book more than 20 people at once so they made us book half at 5:30 and half at 6pm - and they made a huge deal about it. The restaurant had no problem when we all showed up at 5:30 - no one said a word. So if you are booking large groups for dinner and RCL is giving you a hard time - when you get on the ship it'll all be good. PLACES ON THE SHIP: SOLIRIUM: I thought that it would be super busy being the only adults only place but it wasn't too bad. VIKING CROWN LOUNGE: a great place to go for big groups. Not too busy, not too loud, great service. SALON: I got my hair and makeup done in the salon before the wedding. They did an excellent job. My cousin came in to take pictures and my hairdressers said she should put a few pins in her hair. She's a student and decided before the trip that she wasn't going to get her hair done she would do it herself. It took me 40 minutes to get my hair done and then I went on to makeup. He put a small bun in her hair and it took 10 minutes. He charged her the same as me ? We went back the next day to get her a refund but they made it really difficult and they wouldn't do it.. It was costly too... $86 WEDDING: The weddings the ship provided seemed expensive, short and unchangeable so I decided to find one myself. I picked St Thomas to get married in as they seemed to have the best wedding planners there. I used cruise critic boards to find my wedding planner - Leslie from Perfect weddings - there wasn't one think bad about her on the boards. I got a cruise package for 25+ people that included everything - decorations, transportation, food, drinks, photographer, videographer etc.. A good tip for getting married in the Caribbean is to look at bride's maid dresses. They are nice and light and easy to travel with. The men wore Hawaiian shirts and shorts. We got lots of compliments on their outfits! We all went bare foot! We got married at Magen's Bay Beach in St. Thomas. The weather was beautiful, the water nice and warm. We had a pavilion, to block us from the sun and to eat under. It was perfect! They brought my husband to the court house with the guests, then me with my parents and maid of honour. We did the ceremony, pics, cake cutting, champagne toast. Then we had a really nice lunch. We were going to do speeches after that but it was way too nice so everyone changed into their bathing suits and we hung out at the beach until it was time to leave. We then had dinner at a specialty restaurant on the ship - Giovannis - dinner was only $15 a person and we also bought wine. We did speeches throughout dinner. I made up a gift bag for every couple coming with us and they we a hit!! I put everything I could think of in them - bandaids, wet wipes, razor, body sponge (puff), body wash, pens, highlighter (every night they give you a schedule for the next day so you can highlight what you want to do), lanyard (guest services can punch a hole in your card and wear it around your neck), chap stick, hand sanitizer, sticky paper, and much more - most of this stuff can be bought at the dollar store. The bags I used I got for $3 - they were colourful bags that fold up and go in your purse but they had big handles - most people were using them as a beach bag. I made luggage tags for every person with my laminator. I gave everyone a welcome letter with all of the activities for the week and a list of everyones room numbers. OTHERS: Don't buy souvenirs on ship till last 2 days... things go on sale! SMOKING! There is smoking in most of the clubs. It was disappointing. Oasis of the Seas was a fabulous ship - I would recommend it to anyone. I found the service equal to Carnival but the ship is amazing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
SHIP I had never been on a cruise before but my girlfriend had been on some with her parents, she told me she couldn't wait to see my face when I saw the ship.....she was right, I was speechless! I couldn't put into words ... Read More
SHIP I had never been on a cruise before but my girlfriend had been on some with her parents, she told me she couldn't wait to see my face when I saw the ship.....she was right, I was speechless! I couldn't put into words how big this thing is so I won't try...you just have to see it for yourself! It made most other ships look like lifeboats! The interior was just awesome, take some time to look at some photo's online! CABIN We stayed in a seaview cabin right in the front of the ship on deck 10. The room was very nicely decorated and of very decent size with a king sized bed and double wardrobe. All rooms have big flat screen TVs on the wall where you can look through all the days events and entertainment, book trips and shows and keep an eye on your accounts! (as well as watch TV if you want to miss what's going on around the ship) The woman who looked after our room was amazing and the workers who were doing the rooms around us were friendly too. We even tipped one of the ones who didnt do our room because he was so friendly and nice! FOOD STUNNING AND ENDLESS - enough said! All our waiters were brilliant and so friendly all the time! We were treated like royalty! Juanito, Jorvey, Vyecheslav and Hui are all legends! ENTERTAINMENT Constantly something going on whether its going to see a show or climbing a wall or surfing the flowriders (there are 2) or watching the international bellyflop competition (so funny) or proposing to your better half in the comedy club in front of 100s of strangers! The guest services woman Kristina and the comedy show compere Simian were fantastic in helping me set up my proposal, there really is nothing that the staff on this ship won't do to make your day perfect! All shows were brilliant and there was also karaoke every night for a laugh! TIP: BOOK SHOWS BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME TO AVOID LONG QUEUES AND DISAPPOINTMENT! 1 SMALL SNAG We cruised back to back and the transition day could have been a bit smoother. I would say Royal Caribbean need to review the procedure! Don't take this as a really bad thing as everything else was near perfect I just felt I had to put something down here to stop you thinking I'm a shareholder in Royal Caribbean! Basically we had to get off and back on but wait in the same queue as passengers who were going home which was a long process! OVERALL AMAZING holiday when all is said and done! Honestly cannot think of a better place to get engaged to my beautiful girlfriend! We have such good memories of our first cruise and met some very nice people who we are keeping in touch with! I came home with the best prize I could ever wish for, a beutiful girl who had agreed to spend the rest of her life with me! She came home with a nice prize too... jewellry is absolutely STUPIDLY reasonably priced in St. Thomas and St. Maarten! I never give anything a 10/10 so this holiday is getting an 11!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
This was our second cruise on Oasis this year. We travelled on Oasis on January 2 and were very impressed. This was because we thought RCI had upped there game again and had went back to the standards that we expected of them. This ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Oasis this year. We travelled on Oasis on January 2 and were very impressed. This was because we thought RCI had upped there game again and had went back to the standards that we expected of them. This time we thought they had once again lost there personal touch. The staff were fantastic all over the ship, but in general we thought that they had far to much to do especially in the main dining room.We went for breakfast on one occasion to the main dining room and the service was terrible. It seemed that the food was not coming from the Galley quick enough.We also found out that Head Waiters had to spend a lot of there time in the Galley trying to compete for service to there part of the Dining Room.We also on a few occasion's observed Head Waiters having to take orders and serve food. The Windjammer was atrocious and on the couple of occasion's we used it the food was cold,especially at breakfast.The Omelette station seems to have been done away with. My wife always looked forward to having an omelette made fresh for breakfast but this was to be no more in the Windjammer. Finally the entertainment was virtually the same as it was on January 2nd. We thought that there would be some change because of the time difference between each cruise. On the first outing on Oasis we could not get a seat in Comedy Central,thank God we couldn't because it is the worst thing we have ever seen entertainment ways on any RCI ship ever. The comedians were abysmal. Finally,Finally it was my wife and my 25th Wedding Anniversary while on board and RCI were fantastic. I would also like to thank Tyrone Howarth, the Piper I arranged through Guest Services for the beautiful set of tunes he played in the dining room the night of our Anniversary. This is something new that RCI have introduced and was one of the better things that had changed this time around. And finally,finally,finally,the stop off at Costa Maya was not a very good Port of call and I don't think RCI should keep it on their itinerary Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
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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