96 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

Not really great at writing long essays for reviews so I will keep it short and simple. I wanted a easy cruise without being overwhelmed by the port of call and excursions. So it's my 10th wedding anniversary I wanted a super awesome ... Read More
Not really great at writing long essays for reviews so I will keep it short and simple. I wanted a easy cruise without being overwhelmed by the port of call and excursions. So it's my 10th wedding anniversary I wanted a super awesome looking ship with spacious room. Personally I was looking for activities on the ship but what I discovered was A+ Entertainment & Activities . We did get give low rating for dining due to lack of vegetarian option and temp of the food. More than few times we noticed the food in the buffet was not hot or felt like it's just been sitting in side until there was room at the buffet table. But if you love MEAT and this is your cruise heaven buffet ship. Finally perfect port of call so not to be overwhelmed with great staff that can go above and beyond to make this a perfect cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
To see the Osais The ship was incredible, The shopping was horrible.!! Bought a Rolex that was on sale for $16,000. Bought it for $10,000. They stated watch would appraise for $10,000 or more. The watch stopped working while on ... Read More
To see the Osais The ship was incredible, The shopping was horrible.!! Bought a Rolex that was on sale for $16,000. Bought it for $10,000. They stated watch would appraise for $10,000 or more. The watch stopped working while on ship. They subpcosely fixed it. Had it appraised at home by Angio-American Gemmologist LLC (Florida). It appraised for $5356.80. The watch stopped working. What do you think!!!!!! WE have bought lots of jewery aboard & this is the first time it hasn't come in at appraisel price. First time we have bought on a ship!!! What do you think & what can you do!!! John & Karen Silver WE loved our Geni and out cabin attentent. Everyone was great. Would come back again just for them. Food was incredibel & the sevice staff was great. Would not ever shop on board. So upset with Rolex. I feel we have really been taken advantage of & They sawt 2 idiots coming around. John & Karen Si We are honest people> Trust me we will pass the world. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Picked this cruise because I wanted those dates near Christmas. The serve yourself restaurants had a lot of good food and choices.. we went twice but after seeing a lot of people touching and scratching there body parts, sneezing, and ... Read More
Picked this cruise because I wanted those dates near Christmas. The serve yourself restaurants had a lot of good food and choices.. we went twice but after seeing a lot of people touching and scratching there body parts, sneezing, and coughing over the food (some of them into there hands) and then grabbing serving tongs was enough.. so we decided to go to other food places that serve you...VERY NICE! Our room was great but there was a lot of noises all around us so sleeping was tough...the location was the problem.. The ship Oasis of the seas was BEAUTIFUL!! and the crew were GREAT!! The ship was so huge that it offered a lot to do and see. The crew was always cleaning and wiping down hand rails and walls, also a lot of hand sanitizer stations all over the ship (most were full a lot of the time) So overall a GREAT cruise and a GREAT time... Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I are loyal to Royal have been cruising with them for twenty years and yes we have tried others just prefer Royal.There have been some changes I'm not sure if it this Ship or all. We play table games in the casino the ... Read More
My wife and I are loyal to Royal have been cruising with them for twenty years and yes we have tried others just prefer Royal.There have been some changes I'm not sure if it this Ship or all. We play table games in the casino the antes have gone up for 21 and 3 card poker but that's alright just have to budget more. They have also increased deposits on the Next Cruise option from $50 to $100 also you will get a different rate if you choose the refundable reservation. They actually charge you for cruise insurance to cover this choice.The ports were set up to take your money it had been a few years since I had been on this itinerary and they had built up the port with shops and stores that are highly recommended by the port shopping director on board the ship. It seems like convenience in my opinion but really it sets the price because of the distance to other competitors.Which is sad but this is business so if you want prices that can be haggled then you will have leave theses areas and go a little further away from this option. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our 4th trip on Oasis; we LOVE the ship and love that she is in Port Canaveral. Still little things about RCCL that bother me as a Diamond. There continued use of HIDEOUSLY loud and hardly understandable announcements from the ... Read More
This was our 4th trip on Oasis; we LOVE the ship and love that she is in Port Canaveral. Still little things about RCCL that bother me as a Diamond. There continued use of HIDEOUSLY loud and hardly understandable announcements from the cruise director, are flat-out Painful! And, the bands at the pool are also so darn loud you cant even talk to the person sitting next to you; We do NOT like it! Otherwise, we had the best cabin steward ever in Miss Grace, she was awesome! Only had dinner in main dining once- Ate at Giovanni's (SUPERB FOOD AND SERVICE; our server was Sala- Just awesome), we ate at Izumi, EXCELLENT and finally at Chops and had maybe the best steak of our lives... We also LOVE the fitness center and my wife had 2 spa treatments and thoroughly enjoyed. The add-on of 18% is a little irritating, especially for my purchase of the Thermal Suite at $119 for the week and then 18% for WHAT??? All they did was hand me a locker key and 4 of the 6 days I went, they gave me a faulty locker.... Bad. Because of the Hurricane Irma, we did not port at San Juan or St Maarten and we did NOT even get off at Cozumel; been there so many times and not impressed. Hardly got off at Falmouth but loved a beach day at Labadee, Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose a first-class cruise line for sure! We had a bump in the details, but...wow did they try to make up for it. As veterans, our daughter insisted for our anniversary cruse we should chose the oasis of the seas and we were not going ... Read More
We chose a first-class cruise line for sure! We had a bump in the details, but...wow did they try to make up for it. As veterans, our daughter insisted for our anniversary cruse we should chose the oasis of the seas and we were not going to consider any other cruise line. Thank you oasis of the seas, we look forward to our next cruise and will not ever hold anything against you. The staff, the restaurants, the talent/actors/comedians aboard the ship were phenomenal - props to old deuteronomy, the food, the cabin accommodations, the view of the deep blue sea, and the size of the ship were awesome. There were so many fun things to do - we could not keep up! We were on the most admired cruise liner in the ports. We love royal caribbean's oasis of the seas for life! Joe and Krysti Currie Charlotte, North Carolina Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My wife and I just took the Oct 22-29 cruise with Oasis and were overall very pleased. This is our 4th cruise so I do not have a ton of experience but as amazing as Oasis is, I believe this was the worst staff and friendliness out of the ... Read More
My wife and I just took the Oct 22-29 cruise with Oasis and were overall very pleased. This is our 4th cruise so I do not have a ton of experience but as amazing as Oasis is, I believe this was the worst staff and friendliness out of the 4. Most of them including my stateroom attendant (Joram) were amazing but there were too many bartenders or dining room servers that had zero personality and barely smiled. I do recommend RC and Oasis and if you need a shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral I highly recommend using Cortrans Shuttle ( 407 - 446- 3896) There are plenty of activities to do like 70's night, trivia, casino and there was an Octoberfest in the pub that was great. If you plan on drinking quite a bit you need to have the drink package it is easily worth the money. Thank you RC for another great cruise, we will be using you again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Great Experience overall but the billing dept very shady My wife returned 4 items she bought from the gift shops and we still got charged for the items the internet was horrible bought it and never used it and still got charged very ... Read More
Great Experience overall but the billing dept very shady My wife returned 4 items she bought from the gift shops and we still got charged for the items the internet was horrible bought it and never used it and still got charged very crooked when i was the on ship they refunded me the money everything was alright until i got off the ship my final bill had the charges still there when i called the customer service number they told me to send a copy of the bill and they would take care of it never heard from them since The dining experience waiter and his help was awesome the cleaning lady was great too . Shore excursions were overpriced i think the magic number was $100 and over from something as simple as going down a slide The Entertainment and Activities on the ship were awesome Just beware of the Billing Dept Shady to return items you bought and still get charged is wrong Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We really enjoyed the cruise - first with RC, and the overall experience was very good. The ship had many many show options, and plenty of eating options. It was a sold out cruise based on what we were told, so things got pretty busy from ... Read More
We really enjoyed the cruise - first with RC, and the overall experience was very good. The ship had many many show options, and plenty of eating options. It was a sold out cruise based on what we were told, so things got pretty busy from time to time - but I never felt overwhelmed. Our room was roomy enough for us to not feel cramped, but it may have felt a bit tight for elderly. The Royal Promenade was amazing, and the ship truly felt like an island at sea. There were plenty of places to 'disperse' without feeling like you had to be with a million other people. Things were organized, it was nice that you could reserve seats for all the shows, and the food (at least at the scheduled dinners) was simply amazing. We definitely recommend the ship, although the new 'techy' items weren't on the cruise ship yet. Apparently it's going in for refurbishing soon, but it didn't need it in my opinion! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
First off let me say this…if you have a chance to book a cruise on Oasis of the Seas, JUST DO IT! Now that this is out of the way let me talk about one of the most amazing ships at sea today. I would say most amazing, but with Harmony ... Read More
First off let me say this…if you have a chance to book a cruise on Oasis of the Seas, JUST DO IT! Now that this is out of the way let me talk about one of the most amazing ships at sea today. I would say most amazing, but with Harmony and soon Symphony coming out with just a few more bells and whistles, Oasis still stands as one of the most amazing ships at sea to date. Do you want fine dining? Do you wish to just relax by a pool? Do you want a drink with an umbrella in it? Do you want adventure? Do you want thrills? Do you want to just walk around a park? Do you want to feel like your family can all find exactly what they are looking for? If you answered yes to any of these questions ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Oasis of the Seas. Oasis has more to do on it then any other ships out there (except Harmony and Symphony as stated earlier) do you want to just relax by the pool? There are plenty to choose from. Want adventure? Lets see zip line, flowrider surfing simulators, diving shows, full basketball court, volleyball and even a merry go round. But maybe you want to just dance at a club or sit at a bar and play trivia. Again you are in luck because there are multiple locations to do this in. Royal has finally found a way to justify the price of a cruise by not making the destinations the only important part of a cruise; they turn the ship into a destination of its own! So much so, that you may never want to get off the ship. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is the food, help at guest services, and the fact that the diving show (one of the big reasons we booked this ship) kept being canceled. The food seemed to be cold and just ok at many locations. Even at dinner in the main dining room the food got cold very quickly, like within a couple minutes so eat fast. The other problem I had was with guest services. I purchased the Replenish drink package so I could enjoy my vacation and not worry about a huge bill at the end. Every time I showed my card though, the bartenders would swipe it and then give me my drink and I was good. By the third day I checked and say I had several charges for drinks to my card. I spoke with guest services, they said they removed the charges. I checked another day later and even more charges on my card from drinks. I had to speak again to guest services. By the end of the cruise I still had charges to my account. It got really annoying because it seemed like all the bartenders on the ship had no idea what the RR on my card stood for. The other members of my party just had the soda package and they never had to scan their cards to get a coke. Even if I ordered a coke I still had my card swiped and charged. The diving show was a major reason for booking this ship, and it was canceled every day of the cruise until the very end. I know factors contribute to this but what was frustrating is when the diving show finally did happen on the last day, we tried to get the show for a time that wouldn't interfere with our dinner time in the main dining room and guest services were totally unhelpful with our dilemma and just said if you want to see the show you have to go at this time. So we missed dinner to see the show. And the show was not that great either possibly because it was in the middle of the day, in the hot sun. Other than that though, superb vacation and amazing ship! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Oasis and Allure Class ships are the largest at sea. They are fantastic. You will throw rocks at other ships after trying the Oasis or Allure. Other than boarding you never know there are thousands of people on board. There are so ... Read More
The Oasis and Allure Class ships are the largest at sea. They are fantastic. You will throw rocks at other ships after trying the Oasis or Allure. Other than boarding you never know there are thousands of people on board. There are so many entertainment and dining options, you never see them all in one place. Finally spent a lot of time in the Adult Only Solarium. Excellent. We were on Oasis the week of Oct 4th, 2017, right after the hurricanes took out St Martin and San Juan. So the itinerary was changed to Nassau, not a favorite, Cozumel, always a favorite and Costa Maya was just OK. Most the Nassau day we spent in the Solarium. There are so many options for entertainment. We love the Comedy Club, Casino (Largest at sea), The Globe and Atlas Pub, Schooners Piano Bar, the High Dive Show on the back off the ship, we never miss The Quest (A Must See for Adults Only) and have loved the Broadway Shows until this one. We had seen Chicago and Momma MIa on Allure. Both Excellent. Oasis had Cats. Many never came back after the intermission. What the heck was that all about? Confusing at least. Love the dining Options. We had a romantic dinner for two at Giovanni’s. Best Steak on the ship. We loved it on Allure, too, 8pm dinning in the main dining room was perfect other than the nights we had shows booked. Excellent selection and service. The best show and dinner on the Oasis and Allure is Izumi’s. If you like Hibachi style food and cooking, Izumi’s is OVER THE TOP! Great food and what a SHOW! Not like you’ve ever seen. Book early. Word must be getting out. They raised the price since we were on the Allure. Finally, a big shoutout to our Designated Bartenders Harry and Vickie at the Globe and Atlas and Steven and Mark at the Casino. Tell them Elvis said Hello. They will know. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Went on this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. Royal Caribbean is our favorite line and it has yet to disappoint. This ship is beautiful and has many amenities. The service was wha we have come to expect as well as the room. We were ... Read More
Went on this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. Royal Caribbean is our favorite line and it has yet to disappoint. This ship is beautiful and has many amenities. The service was wha we have come to expect as well as the room. We were on the 7th floor ocean view balcony room near the elevator- never heard a noise from it!! The only thing we were very disappointed in was the Cruise Director and staff. There is so much to see, do and be involved with on the ship, yet the activities staff seemed to lack the enthusiasm and/or experience on how to entice their guests to join in. They were rarely seen among their guests and informing them when/where the next activity would be. Of course there’s the compass to check as well as the known Royal Carribean activities, but as of the other ships (especially the Freedom with Casey Pelter-which at 2 years later I can still remember his name- that’s the impression he and his team left!). The staff were all quite young and looked mostly like they had that deer in the headlight look, and the Director, who was a little older than them, did not have what it took to carry the team. This was especially important as there were some circumstances beyond anyone’s control, we had extra sea days. We booked onboard again for next year on this ship again, as well as one for ay on another ship. I can only hope that a year is enough time for Royal Carribean to rectify this major flaw. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I had an incredible 7 night cruise on Oasis of the Seas! it was just the two of us to celebrate my birthday and anniversary. It was the largest ship we've ever been on. The food was excellent except at the Windjammer on ... Read More
My husband and I had an incredible 7 night cruise on Oasis of the Seas! it was just the two of us to celebrate my birthday and anniversary. It was the largest ship we've ever been on. The food was excellent except at the Windjammer on Deck 16. The food was not as tasty as in our main dining room, the American Icon. The service everywhere excellent except for a grumpy lady when we were checking in at the gangway to get on the ship and at the casino. Our stateroom attendant and waiters were wonderful! There are soo many activities to participate in throughout the ship for any age which we loved. All of the various clubs and theaters all had their each unique vibe! The ship offered a variety of music styles at night which was also great for the options. We loved how there were multiple pools and jacuzzis to enjoy and help with crowd control! We can't wait for our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I embarked on what ended up being a 10 day Western Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Seas. We sailed before Hurricane Irma was projected to be on our path, so we had no idea what was coming. The ports were all OK, I ... Read More
My husband and I embarked on what ended up being a 10 day Western Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Seas. We sailed before Hurricane Irma was projected to be on our path, so we had no idea what was coming. The ports were all OK, I couldn't do much because I am 5 months pregnant so we just walked around and chilled on the beach a little bit. In Cozumel we took a 35 minute boat ride to Playa del Carmen which was well worth it, the beach there is beautiful. Around the 3rd day of our cruise Hurricane Irma became a threat to the Caribbean and the Captain announced that although it was not going to affect our Western Caribbean itinerary, it was going to be in our path upon our return to Port Canaveral, so they were delaying our return to Tuesday (2 days). A lot of us had homes and families in Florida so we were worried, but Royal Caribbean always put our safety first and Captain Per was extremely informative, giving us updates as soon as he had them. A couple of days later they realized Port Canaveral would still be closed on Tuesday due to a direct hit by the hurricane, so they delayed the return another day. They made arrangements for us to spend an extra day in Cozumel and a day in Costa Maya (not in the original itinerary) so that we wouldn't have to sit at sea for 3 or 4 days waiting for the hurricane to pass through. All of this was at no cost to cruisers. Food: We tried to diversity our dining experience and eat at different venues. The food in the main dining room was really sub par.... we did not enjoy it much except for the formal night that had lobster. Desserts were very tasteless as was the food. We tried the Windjammer as well which had more selections but the taste and quality of the food was also not very desirable. So we considered specialty dining, something we had never done before. They offered a 50% discount on specialty dining on the extra sailing days and that was a huge motivator of our decision as well. Sabor was excellent and the food portions are huge, we even came back another day during lunch just for the chips, salsa and guacamole. We had lunch at Giovanni's Table on the last day and it was also great. But the best dining experience we had on board was dinner at Chops Grille. It was really one of the top dining experiences we have had EVER as a couple. The food was absolutely delicious - my husband had the filet mignon and I had the spicy garlic shrimp. The desserts were to DIE FOR. And service was also top notch - we will always dine at Chops Grille wherever available. Entertainment: We enjoyed all of the shows except for CATS, but I'm not much of a theater person anyway. The Headliner Show with El Gaucho was magnificent, we laughed so hard! The Love and Marriage Game is always a must in Royal Caribbean as well. Our cabin was a ocean view balcony on Deck 6 and we never had any issues with noise. It was close to mid ship so convenient to getting around the ship. This was our first experience onboard an Oasis Class Ship and we had a wonderful time. Already planning on taking our kids with us next year for some quality family time. Overall a great experience - despite the hurricane madness! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Cruise was very safe, Great Caption, kept us safe during Hurricane Irma, while on the Oasis of the Seas. Captain kept us well informed about he Hurricane and reassured us of our safety. THANK YOU Food was ok in the WindJammer.. ... Read More
Cruise was very safe, Great Caption, kept us safe during Hurricane Irma, while on the Oasis of the Seas. Captain kept us well informed about he Hurricane and reassured us of our safety. THANK YOU Food was ok in the WindJammer.. Breakfast was the only great meal in the WindJammer.. Staterroom Attendent was awesome.. Very Hard working people. Port Stops: Hatti, Jamaica, Cozumel Mexico and Costa Mia, due to the storm. Lots of activities on the ship..Lots of singing and dancing.. Zip-lining, Ice skating, rock climbing, shows to see, clubs if you like that. I would like to warn people if buying jewelry, they will tell you that stones are real, even if they are man made.. If it seems to good to be true..IT IS.. If you pay with cash..Kiss it goodbye.. If you pay with credit card,and it is fake.. Bank will usually refund your money back for fraudulent purchase. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I choose this ship because of the size and comfort, the cruise staff was very nice and tried to please in ever way, to their ability. The ship was clean and neat, I loved the way they had you to check out towel and check in towel to keep ... Read More
I choose this ship because of the size and comfort, the cruise staff was very nice and tried to please in ever way, to their ability. The ship was clean and neat, I loved the way they had you to check out towel and check in towel to keep them from laying around all over the ship/ Live band and dance training that was outstanding. I think all ships should have that as well. The only three things that bother me the most was food choice, and the taste of food that wasn't quit tolerant.Overall the ship was okay would do it again, but hoping they would improve on food choice and not make you pay extra. One thing I most add is buying jewelry from the ports, please don't unless you have a gemologist on hand when buying, because ever port is selling fake gem, diamonds rings, Tanzanite Rings and silver, within the safe area you shop. The business/shop will tell you it illegal for them to sell fake jewelry, and the only reason their price cheaper is because they don't have to pay the middle man like the cruise line and tax. They say if the cruise line find out we are selling fake jewelry they would band them. This is all a lie to get you to buy their fake jewelry. I am out of hundreds of dollars from these shops at the ports. I even had them appraised back in North Carolina and not worth the time you spent to buy them. The Cruise line should band this shops from doing business in the safe zone of the ports because they are robbing innocent hard working people out of their savings for special events in their lives (anniversary, engagements, birthdays, and just because) Sorry but we must stick together to illuminate these crooks from robbing our most precious days. The cruise line is wonderful but they must do more to stop these crooks, even those that maybe part of the issue within the cruise line when it come to jewelry selling. Enjoy your cruise but please don't buy unless you know what you truly is buying for your money. I should have been more careful myself but if i can help others from making the same mistake, that what am trying to do. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Loved the opportunity to dine in the Coastal Kitchen. The number of Specialty restaurants and their consistent quality was appreciated. The high quality and variety of the entertainment was remarkable. The Ship's captain was ... Read More
Loved the opportunity to dine in the Coastal Kitchen. The number of Specialty restaurants and their consistent quality was appreciated. The high quality and variety of the entertainment was remarkable. The Ship's captain was the most enjoyable we have ever had - he was very present to the guests and approachable. We hope to sail on the Symphony, as we understand he will be assigned to it. We enjoy our balcony a lot. We spend a few hours a day on it - reading. Our balcony had a table and chairs and one lounge chair... we asked our room attendant if he could bring us another lounge chair, he delivered one within the hour...he was very attentive to our needs the entire cruise. We also loved having our own coffee maker with starbucks coffee in our room. And noticed an upgrade to options for room service. Therefore, we ordered breakfast in our room most every morning because of the variety that is now offered. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
32nd Anniversary cruise. Very nice trip overall. The Oasis class ships create large open space in the Boardwalk and Central Park areas. It seems like this make it much easier for heat and humidity to make it on the ship, and we could ... Read More
32nd Anniversary cruise. Very nice trip overall. The Oasis class ships create large open space in the Boardwalk and Central Park areas. It seems like this make it much easier for heat and humidity to make it on the ship, and we could feel it. Smaller ships seem more airtight. Dining room food service was very good. Food was good to excellent. NY strip steak, not so much, but most all seafood options were very good. Great cabin steward. Windjammer Cafe best of the five RCCL cruises we've taken. Park Cafe was very pleasant surprise. Johnny Rockets disappointing, but not terrible; mediocre service. Did not do Specialty Restaurants on Oasis, but did on Independence of the Seas in Dec 2016. Buy packages in advance for specialty dining. Comedy shows are difficult to get into unless you book in advance. The views off the back of the boat from our Boardwalk View w. Balcony stateroom were fantastic, especially in Haiti. Almost the same as a standard balcony room. Good value. Clean ship. Smoking areas didn't seem to impact other areas of the ship. Expensive drinks. Solarium is well worth it if you are looking for a quiet place away from screaming kids and teens. Teens were a bit rowdy on this sailing. We saw the ship impose the 1am curfew on teens. Did not seem them stop kids from running. Cats was visually stunning in the Opal Theater. It was NOT entertaining as it was very long. Come Fly with Me was average, but had three performers who made sitting through the entire show well worth it. The Water and diving shows were very, very good. Entertaining and fun. SanJuan was fantastic, but WAY to short for a stop. St. Maarten and Labadee were their usual, dependable fun. We continue to be impressed with the consistency and quality of the higher end jewelry shopping in the ports as led by the on-ship, training staff - in this case, Erika and Rocky. Can't wait to try other ships in the line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. A few years ago, we realized that we were missing-out on benefits by sailing on multiple cruise lines. Our family realized that we enjoyed the PASSENGERS on ... Read More
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. A few years ago, we realized that we were missing-out on benefits by sailing on multiple cruise lines. Our family realized that we enjoyed the PASSENGERS on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in addition to the ships, itinerary, food and entertainment. We are now all Diamond-Plus Members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. This is our second cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas since she replaced the Freedom of the Seas in November 2016. Stateroom: We stayed in a marvelous Grand Suite in deck 11 near the Diamond Lounge. The room size is 371 sq. ft. with a 105 sq. ft. balcony. Coastal Kitchen and Suite Lounge: We were interested in experiencing the additional benefits of Grand Suites and above (Sky Class) by having breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Coastal Kitchen and drinks in the Suite Lounge next door. Service is superb and quality of the food excels many of the specialty restaurants. Select beer, wine and champagne is available from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm. Mixed drinks are available from 4:30pm until 8:00pm each night. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Coastal Kitchen is even open for breakfast on debarkation morning. Reservations are required for dinner, so I recommend making your reservations early when you come on board before the most popular times are taken. Entertainment: We made reservation for the spectacular entertainment well before boarding the ship. Oasis can’t have 6,500 passengers attending the same show at the same time each night. We reserved Frozen in Time, Oasis of Dreams, the Headliner Showtime, and Come Fly with Me. Sky Class guests get reserved seating at each theater. Shore Excursions: Our only shore excursion was on Labadee’s Barefoot Beach for Sky Class guests and cabana rentals. We received an upscale lunch and a terrific day at a tropical beach. An additional Grand Suite perk was that a separate golf cart type transportation was available (which is nice if the weather is hot or guests have trouble walking). The pick-up spot is just past the information booth and there is an attendant with a walkie-talkie to call the driver. This is not the same service as the other regular guest pick-up carts (which don’t stop at Barefoot Beach). Debarkation: The Concierge service escorted Sky Suites and above off the ship with no queuing. It just took our family 8-minutes, 41-seconds from the time we left the Champagne Bar, departed the ship, picked-up our luggage, completed the Customs check and exited Cruise Terminal 1 to our car. WOW! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I’ve just got back from a wonderful seven days on board Oasis Of The Seas. This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean after a stunning first outing in January on Mariner Of the Seas around South East Asia. Followers of my profile on ... Read More
I’ve just got back from a wonderful seven days on board Oasis Of The Seas. This was my second cruise with Royal Caribbean after a stunning first outing in January on Mariner Of the Seas around South East Asia. Followers of my profile on here will recognise my propensity for big reviews, and given that Oasis is joint-largest cruise ship in the world with her sisters Harmony and Allure, another lengthy and exhaustive review seems appropriate. Ive divided it up into headings so if you want to know something specific, you know where to look. Pull up a chair - this might take a while. Embarkation – We took an Uber from the Universal Studios area of Orlando to get to the port and paid $150 which is, I understand, a little on the pricy side. The terminal in Port Canaveral is a nice and airy space clearly designed with the Oasis class vessels in mind. We went from kerb to ship’s rail in under forty minutes and half of that was taken up waiting for an all clear from the resident Doctor as we had to answer “Yes” to the question of whether we had visited the Middle East in the last couple of weeks (we live there!). Security was fine, everyone was friendly. The ship – The ship is enormous. You watch the YouTube videos and any number of reviews about how big the Oasis Class ladies are but nothing quite prepares you for the epic scale of this vast vessel. To give you a sense of perspective, on our drive from Orlando a scan across the horizon from about 30 miles away outlines the huge Kennedy Space Centre buildings off to the left and nothing else on the horizon save for a skyscraper that dwarfs the Space Centre. Getting closer, there is a Han Solo “that’s no moon…” moment when you realise the hulking mass stark against the blue sky that dominates the horizon isn’t actually a building at all but OATS sat quietly at her berth. You really can see her from miles and miles away, but only notice the 110,000 GT Carnival Magic on the other berth as you drive up to the port. Seventeen decks high, well over a thousand feet long and with no fewer than 26 bars and capacity for well over 6,000 other guests. She is coming up for ten years old soon (which is incredible in itself) and I’d be interested to see what areas the later Harmony and Symphony iterations of the class do differently. One of the things some people refer to when talking about “the megaships” is how crowded they can seem to get. I didn’t find Oasis to be especially crowded at any point save for when diners were queueing for the MDRs to open and in the Windjammer. She is a very well-designed ship in that regard. The movement and flow of passengers around the ship is well-judged. Seakeeping – Interestingly for a state of the art new vessel of this vast size, you would expect seakeeping to be the best out there but it was not. I found the movement – no real pitching as such but a shivering down her keel mainly – the same as on the much smaller Voyager Class Mariner Of The Seas, but much more pronounced. I also noted some long and gentle rolling which can only have come about by the crew choosing not to use the stabilisers, again unlike Mariner. The rolling was interesting. Anyone who grew up with British Rail and P&O ferries in the English Channel and North Sea (or who worked on them as I did when I was younger) will associate the term “rolling” with something more pronounced and dramatic than what you get on Oasis. Because of her massive size she takes a surprisingly long time to roll the three or four degrees port, level then starboard and back to level, and the movement is not unpleasant. It is more soporific than anything. It would look alarming if you took a time-lapse film and sped it up but in normal time it is barely noticeable. We encountered a couple of days of fives backing a gusty six, then four backing five on the last two sea days which you’d certainly know all about on the ferries I mentioned earlier, but Oasis handled them very well. Even so, I’d like to see how she handles a real storm ten etc out in very deep water – my impression is the seakeeping isn’t in the class of Royal Princess and her ilk and I would imagine Oasis would move a lot more in the same seas. Safety – The James Bond/Mission Impossible RC safety video is downright weird and elicited a lot of scratched heads and puzzled faces amongst those around me during the drill but it gets the point across I suppose. RC clearly take safety very seriously and don’t mess about. I always felt safe and am confident that were something bad to happen, the Oasis crew would be very able to get everyone off quickly. There are a few safety features that make the Oasis boats safer than previous ones – not least the lifeboats that hang from upper decks instead of being recessed into the side of the ship. This means they can be used even if the ship is capsized on her side. There are a lot of bulkhead doors everywhere that can be opened or shut automatically from the Bridge as well as hundreds of cameras dotted round. If there were a fire the crew would be able to contain it very fast. This is a state of the art ship and has all the latest safety gadgets and features to match. Entertainment – We watched the acrobats do the diving show on the Aquatheatre stern and this was stunning, even in daytime. It is a Cirque de Soleil-esque production that dizzies the eye and is about as good as choreography can get. You don’t know where to look next, there’s always something happening. It is superb. We didn’t see any of the ice shows, live jazz, live flamenco or the massive West End style shows but heard nothing but good feedback from the other guests we spoke to. We did catch the parade down the Royal Promenade which was amazing and looked a lot of fun. Dining – The pizza at the Sorrento’s place off the Promenade was great and a daily addition to our food programme. It is thin base, wood-fired pizza that is crispy at the edges, served piping hot. It got daily rave reviews from my pizza-munching companion. We didn’t try the snacks at the Café Promenade but the cakes looked delicious. We didn’t try Johnny Rocket’s either save for one afternoon when I went in to see if they sold rootbeer floats (they do). I was met with a glassy, bored stare. I repeated the question and the guy glanced over at something over my shoulder, shrugged and said “We don’t have. Tomorrow maybe”. So that was that. I didn’t bother going back. We didn’t get to try the Solarium Bistro but heard very good things about the quality of the food there and I dare say with the view from the tables up there above the bridge it must be a joyous place to eat. There’s a great bar there too and my impression is that many families decamp on sea days to the Solarium and stay there all day. It is a lovely spot. The icecream and cupcakes place on the Boardwalk was great and I had no issue paying the $2-5 surcharge for a tub of Ben N’ Jerry’s. They seemed to run out quite quickly of certain flavours so if you want Phish Food then go early. The cupcake classes they do in there looked a real blast – wish we’d done one of those, they looked great fun. Maybe one to take the kiddlits to. The hot dog place wasn’t something I tried but my companion did and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The meat and toppings are of a high standard and so seem to be a carry on from the excellent Hot Dog place on Mariner I tried back when I was eating meat. I loved them then, and they seemed much the same here. See my review of the Windjammer (below) to see why the hot dog place is a top alternative to the buffet for a spot of lunch. We went into the Coastal Kitchen just after lunch as the door was open and was informed by the rather snooty lady behind the desk that the restaurant was for suite customers only. We showed her our junior suite cards and asked to see a dinner menu (as we are entitled to dine there for dinner as we have booked a junior suite, just not for lunch). She repeated that the Coastal Kitchen lunch was only for suite customers, so I asked her again for a DINNER menu and she just dismissively pointed at a stack of them on the side. Not welcoming, and a little unpleasant to be honest so we didn’t bother going back. I probably wouldn’t have minded her Titanic snootiness had we been “steerage class” ragamuffins seeking refuge from the rats and damp to see how the monied other half live but that wasn’t and isn’t the case and I dare say someone a little more argumentative or uptight than me would have made more of this rather unfortunate exchange than merely a smile and a “have a nice day” as I left. The Windjammer is one of the areas where past reviewers have noted Oasis falls short and I’d agree with that. I’m not sure on the square footage but I think the buffet area is smaller than on the Voyagers/Freedoms and is a much more sterile and soulless place. It is split across both sides of the ship so actually appears half the size it actually is as you don’t use both sides. As a result it is positively minute. Nowhere near as big or as much choice as on other much smaller vessels. Compounding this, it isn’t actually a very pleasant place to eat a meal, not least because it is so ludicrously busy. It reminds me a little of a Granary motorway service station from the 80s in the UK, if you know what one of those looked like. The décor is so subtle as to be non-existent which is a shame. Meals from such a high-up place on the ship way up there on Deck 16, should be a lovely place to while away a few hours, picking at the buffet and perhaps reading a book and taking in the views (which are fantastic). Instead, during lunch and breakfast times there are constant reminders – over the music - to vacate your table so that others can sit down and eat. The Windjammer is nowhere near big enough to accommodate the massive passenger capacity on the Oasis. It feels frenetic and you feel like you are having to bolt your food down and get out. Not nice. I didn’t have an issue with the food per se. It was more or less the tepid equivalent of the Windjammer fayre on the Mariner cruise but without the Asian dishes, so wasn’t as diverse. As a pesca/veggie I found the selection a bit disappointing and the rolling of the eyes and the tutting when I asked for a veggie burger from the (extremely busy) grill chef was a bit unnecessary. The salads were fresh and yummy, the curries and what fish there was, was nice. I especially enjoyed the veggie burger when it came, I’m pleased to report. I don’t think many people truly enjoy a veggie burger as its a bit like asking someone what their favourite type of lettuce is, but RC’s are very nice. Star of the Windjammer though were the moist little coconut macaroons and oatmeal cookies that the lovely Polish lady was coming round table to table to dish out on the St Thomas day. Absolutely delish! My feeling is that the Windjammer is the way it is because RC want and expect the passengers to eat at the other outlets, and if possible pay extra to do it. It became a last resort for us on this trip. The Park Café is the top alternative to the Windjammer for me. It is airy, less busy and has some really nice sandwiches and pastries, a great salad station and super coffee. We ate for breakfast there most days and everything we tried was great. Its so much nicer and more chilled out than the Windjammer. Try the ciabatta sandwiches and little pots of potato salad - yummo! 150 Central Park was so good we went back. The food is a delicate patchwork of Michelin-standard plates, all very ala mode in terms of culinary fashion. Everything we ate was magnificent. Seasoning immaculate, bold flavours, clever textures, super slick delivery and picture perfect presentation. Very accomplished dining an in one of the nicest dining rooms I’ve eaten in to boot; just off the Central Park area with its plants and Manhattan ambiance. The little salt selection with the warm bread before the starter is a salty wonder. The lobster gnocchi and black cod were outstanding, and I eat Michelin starred food several times a month. Service the first time was a little rushed due to the lovely Talia being extremely busy but nonetheless effective and timely if not very effuse. Service the second time with Jacob was an absolute delight. He is a fantastically funny and charismatic Romanian chap who was more entertaining than most comedians I’ve paid to see. I laughed so much I had tears in my eyes. I’m grinning as I write this. So funny. Chops Grille was – predictably – superb. We went once and probably would have gone three times had 150CP not been so good. I reckoned on it being the ultimate test of becoming a non-meat eater and I suspect most reading this will agree with me. The food is excellent. It is slick, polished, atmospheric and as with 150CP, a truly lovely place to eat dinner situated off the greenery and evocative stillness outside. In cooler months I’d suggest the greenhouse verandah area would rank as one of the nicest spots to eat on any ship anywhere. The Dungeness crab cakes are every bit as fine as their legendary reputation suggests, and so is the truffled mushroom potage which is probably the loveliest bowl of soup I’ve ever had, spoon for spoon. The bread is warm and fresh, the welcome is cool and friendly. The wine list is world class. The scallops a very well done delight. The tiger shrimps a massive, meaty wonder. My companion’s aged monster steak (advertised as smaller than the hefty circa-500g that arrived and cooked to precise perfection) received very glowing feedback from someone who knows and enjoys her steak more than most. Side dishes were – as always – superb and the cheesecakes and red velvet cake not a let down which is high praise indeed amongst such excellent savoury cooking. We emerged into the humid night after dinner quite unable to fit another bite in. One of the top cruise meals I’ve ever had. My (fictional!) death row last meal would feature a lot of CG food! Izumi was very different. If you enjoy the shouty schtick and circus stunt theatre and humour then there is a lot here to love. I wasn’t feeling great that evening so enjoyed it but perhaps less than I wanted to. In hindsight I think maybe we might have done better sitting quietly and picking over the ala carte. I did enjoy the lobster truffle sushi while we waited and it was extremely good. The hibachi session was slick (maybe a little too slick) and noisy (likewise) and very entertaining. The skills on show are very impressive for sure and the rice, veggies and meat/fish that ended up on the plate were very nice. Would I go again? Yes but as a group. I’d certainly love to try the ala carte for a sit down lunch away from the noise and heat of the hibachi. Sabor was an unexpected joy. I love Mexican food but am wary – as are many I think – of mass produced Tex Mex brands slinging defrosted stodge packed with MSG and ready mix Margaritas in novelty plastic cups. I’ll be honest and say I was expecting this from Sabor but gave it a go anyway and was proven delightfully wrong. The food on offer here, whilst undeniably more “Tex-Mex” than “Mex” is rich, fresh, bold and a really fun way of whiling away the hours. The sweet and sour hot margarita was the perfect accompaniment to fresh guac and lovely warm corn chips that I think they make in-house. The salsa is freshly made and pops with spice and tang. The fish tacos were a massive win. Absolutely delicious. Service was very friendly. I’d go back for sure on my next cruise. The Sabor bar outside on the Boardwalk is a frenetic and high-paced place to drink but the frozen margaritas there were super. Not afraid to say I drank a few too many of those over the course of the week! An amusing (to me) footnote: I asked for some hot sauce, as you do. Our server raised an eyebrow and asked how hot I like it. I’m a chillihead. I adore the burn. The hotter the better - and told him so. He grinned at me and came back five mins later. Not with a bottle of sauce as I expected. Oh no. He’d asked the kitchen to blend me up some of their fresh orange Habaneros with a touch of vinegar, some olive oil and a dusting of salt. I was overjoyed. Then my face melted as I loaded up a corn chip with it. It was absolutely delicious – I LOVE habs. But cor blimey was it hot. The top of my head was sweating. My eyes were running. I got the shakes. I actually dribbled down my chin. I lost the power of lucid speech for a few minutes then got a dreamy wonder of a soaring capsaicin chilli high. Absolutely brilliant!!! If you like chilli get them to make it for you – it’s got to be the hottest all natural non-extract sauce I’ve ever tried and all the more exhilarating for it. Super! The Main Dining Room was pretty good. Portion sizes were smaller than I was expecting but I think this is because many/most around us were having more than one appetizer, more than one main, and then getting two or three desserts. Food was good but nothing to get crazily over-effuse about. It was enjoyable but again, not a patch on the finer diner elsewhere on the ship. I found a lot of the dishes a little bland but that was nothing a shake of salt or pepper wouldn’t solve. The dining room itself is a stylish and well-appointed space stretched across the three decks but with the same menu. The dining rooms have been changed – they are now the same as the ones on the Quantum Class vessels – Silk (Asian food), American Icon (American classics) and Grande (American / Italian / global / classics). Unlike the offerings of the same name elsewhere on the fleet the menu is the same across all three dining rooms which is a little odd given the branding. Another item of interest for (for some) is the amounts some consume in the MDR. On lobster night we had a party of six adults and one child next to us who consumed thirty six (yes 36) plates of lobster tail, on top of dozens of starters and desserts. Quite astounding, though not abnormal according to our (very very busy) server. Service was acceptable but very rushed and it is clear that even with the specialty dining options, on busy sailings the MDR can get slammed. You don’t feel very special, put it that way. Wonderland was advertised on board and signposted but didn’t actually exist. Evidently Dazzles and the library (?) are being removed at next refit to make way for it. I’d give it a go, although some of the reviews online – not least the unintentionally amusing one for the Quantum class trip on Malcolm Oliver’s excellent cruise blog – do make me wonder how well such an outlet would do on the mass market bucket & spade Florida cruises. I’m doing Symphony Of The Seas on her maiden voyage out of Barcelona in April 2018 so I will be interested to try it. Service/Crew – By and large superb. Aside from the unfortunate experiences at Johnny Rockets and at the Coastal Kitchen we found it to be very good. Helen from the Next Cruise desk was excellent, as was our wonderful cabin steward whose name eludes me for now but who was the best cabin steward I’ve ever had and a really nice bloke as well. There was a somewhat puzzling encounter on the last night in the MDR where we had been speaking to our server about living in Dubai and apparently he had spent some time there also. We noted that the table next to us had been empty all trip and we asked if the couple that had been allocated the table had been in all trip. Our server (an Indian guy I won’t name here who asked us twice to file a customer report on him saying how good his service had been) merely explained – “Oh. Not seen them. They don’t come. They are Jews.”. What a weird comment. Takes all sorts I guess. Good job I’m not Jewish. On a happier note please read on for my experiences on the drinking side. Drinking - We drank at more or less all the 26 places on the ship you can order a drink and so it would be daft to go through them all other than to say we enjoyed every drink we had and in all the places we had them. Oasis is a paradise – an Oasis if you will – for those who enjoy a drink. The English pub, the many deck bars, Schooners, the bars in the entertainment district, the Solarium etc. All great. But it is safe to say our “home” (and by this I mean we spent almost as much time there as in our cabin) was the Champagne Bar. Its name is not well chosen. The CB on Oasis is all about the cocktails. As anyone who reads my reviews will know, I’m a cocktail freak and wannabe mixologist. I love them and derive a huge amount of pleasure from mixed drinks. Let me say this – the awesome foursome at the CB on Oasis are some team. You could make a sitcom about them. Allan, the towering Jamaican is the defining presence – a huge and effortlessly cool man with a wicked sense of humour and his hilarious low key banter with the sparkling Francisco – honestly we laughed so much. Then you have David with his disarming smile and sharkish grin who makes the single finest whiskey sour you or I have ever been lucky enough to try. Last but not least you have The Silent Assassin – Raymon from the Philippines. The cocktails are fantastic and they know it. There’s so much pride in what they do, I really respect that. The standouts (and EVERYTHING is good there) were the strawberry cheesecake Martini which was more dessert than drink, complete with Graham Cracker rim. The similar and equally delectable Key Lime Pie Martini. The lip-smacking Flirtini. The Democrat. The superlative Old Fashioned which will knock your socks off. The wonderful Figs In Space. The artful and artisan Espresso, Cappuccino and Nutella Martinis. The wonderful Sidecar. Honestly the queues by the bar tell you all you need to know – these boys are on fire. The cocktails are world class and brim with originality and panache and stand up very positively against the very top varsity that London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Sydney or indeed Dubai have to offer, trust me on that. The people we met at the bar day after day and the memories we shared from laughing so much – it really made the holiday. Wonderful memories and great times. Coffee – After all that booze, we ended up drinking a lot of coffee. They serve Seattle’s Best Coffee in the Promenade Café and then Starbucks in the Promenade for a charge. We had coffee from both and there was little to choose between the two other than to say the Seattle’s Best espresso was much better but that the chilled coffees from Starbucks were really nice. They also do “RC Blend” coffee in the other areas of the ship which I find to be actually quite nice. Good tea was, as you’d expect on a US ship with US pax, tough to find so I’d recommend bringing your own if you don’t like anaemic Liptons and similar. Shopping – There are several shops. The shopping is actually pretty good. I almost sprung for a(nother) new Omega in the watch place after a couple too many Whiskey Sours as the prices were very good. So too at Tiffany in the garden and Kate Spade on the Promenade. All nice things, nicely priced. Fellow Pax – For this cruise approximately 85% Americans, 10% Canadians. Other 5% mainly Brits and Irish, a few Israelis and almost no other Europeans or Asians. A lot of mobility scooters as well. Many quite unwell passengers who all seemed to be enjoying it which was nice to see. However a lot of mobility scooters were not for the (obviously) sickly or old but for breathlessly, morbidly obese 300lb+ pax who seem to really love cruises in the US. I watched one poor lady who must have been 400 pounds easily, unable to move herself and rely on her husband to move her to her two seats in the Windjammer, trembling and sweating with the exertion once there, only to put away (I counted) four heaping plates of carb-laden buffet food dutifully fetched by hubby. And five – yes 5 - Cokes. Then takeaway doughnuts. I later in the cruise saw the hubby pushing her and her dead scooter down the hallway, looking like he was about to have a coronary himself. I would have offered to help but two of the cabin stewards stepped in to put their backs into it. Quite alarming for those not used to seeing such things. That poor woman, I feel so sorry for her. It must be horrible to be like that. I hope she gets the help she needs. Activities – I keep going on cruises and then not doing any of the activities because I’m too busy enjoying the food and the cocktails. So far be it from me to pass judgment on my fellow passengers! I swore blind I’d do the zipline, the rock climbing wall and the Flowrider and I didn’t manage any of them. Not even so much as a round of mini golf. I regret this, but am confident I’ll be more active and intrepid (and less hungover!) on my upcoming cruises on Ovation and Symphony in the next ten months. Even so, they all seemed very well-patronised and looked a lot of fun. I think if you can’t have fun on an Oasis Class ship then cruising isn’t for you. Kids – I don’t have kids (yet!) but my companion does and will be bringing them on the Symphony cruise we’re doing in April, so we spent some time looking at the kid’s facilities. I must say they looked fantastic. Every little thing is taken care of, everything is thought of. The kids we saw on the ship all seemed to be either coming from or going to the kids clubs, of which there are a surprisingly large number, all aimed at a distinct age group. A lot of the folks we spoke to at the CB bar had barely seen their kids those days as they couldn’t wait to get to the clubs and have fun. That’s fairly high praise I think! Fitness / Spa – I did a 6-8km run the first two mornings around the promenade deck which is a really nice thing to do and I very much enjoyed it. I took the day off on day three. I found that such is the colossal size of Oasis that merely taking the stairs everywhere made for some very firm buns and aching calves by day seven. I went to the gym and was impressed at its size and by how much equipment it has. My companion did a pilates class which was very good I’m told. The spin classes sold out very fast too so you have to get in quick. We took a tour round the spa areas on the first day and I wanted to do a steam/sauna session but my companion wasn’t keen. The spa area is spread across a couple of decks and a huge area and encompasses every possible treatment and therapy you can imagine and a load you’ve never even heard of. I found myself nodding and pretending I knew what the woman was on about when we got the tour – it is quite astonishingly comprehensive. The hydro/thalasso areas with steam, salt, dry heat and all sorts – very impressive. No idea what it all does but it is impressive! Its not cheap but it is certainly state of the art. I’d recommend anyone to take the tour on day one. Very cool. Selling – A common criticism of RC and indeed of cruises in general is that you are constantly bombarded with the “buy this buy that can I take your photo” selling. I don’t think the selling is as bad or as intrusive as some make out though the photography was much more in evidence than on Mariner at Christmas. It felt like every time I walked into a room they wanted to take my photo, and every time I got off the ship they wanted to take more photos, then more again when I got on again. I didn’t find it intrusive really, it not a big deal and they are fine with you walking past or politely declining. We managed to largely swerve the photos all week but still ended up buying the photo package and accompanying albums as they were very nice and well-done. Otherwise no selling at all really. You have probably gathered I more than got my money’s worth from the premium drinks package so I’d recommend that, and the speciality dining package was genuinely great value. Internet / wifi – Yes the Voom system is expensive. That is no secret. But cor blimey is it fast. Its no exaggeration to say the wifi is better and faster than the one I have in my house. It is lightning fast. I haven’t got the faintest how RC manage to do that at sea using what appears to be the same sort of hardware and comms/sat domes out on deck, but it is a totally different proposition to anything I’ve used on a ship or even in a hotel before. It’s incredible. It’s expensive but is absolutely worth it. Cost – We paid circa $2200 for a junior suite. We paid $405 for the premium booze package for one and not the other, $105 each for the dining and $100-ish for the internet wifi for two devices. Service was $120-ish for the week for the gratuities. All in it was about $3k / GBP2,300 for two which we both agreed was superb value. You really can’t go wrong at that sort of price. I tipped the guys in the CB another $250 at the end of the cruise and matey boy my cabin steward a further $50 but that’s discretionary and they absolutely deserved it. All in all great value. Excursions – We did our own thing in Nassau and I have mixed feelings about the place. You have to walk the gauntlet to get out of the terminal area through a quite congested and narrow area with sellers and hawkers yelling at you from both sides. They are sometimes a little forceful and aggressive and those with a more nervous disposition may find it a bit traumatic, especially when you get out and they all crowd in front trying to get you to buy their tour or their item. Nassau itself is a bit dirty and rundown in places as well. The old town area is some way off the picture postcard idyll of the Atlantis beach but does not lack "character" or characters, although at first you do have to go looking for it. The usual cheapo tat shops and such are all there and the pirate tat inside is as hackneyed as you’d expect and not especially cheap. Even so the standout is Pirate Republic which I cannot recommend highly enough. The beers are stunning and I don’t say that lightly. Try their conch fritters if you do no other thing in Nassau. St Thomas was a lot of fun with good shopping but we didn’t manage to go do the rum tasting which was a shame as it looked fun. St Maarten we went to Maho Beach on our own and watched the planes for an afternoon. A lot of fun. Very cool and great cocktails too, although I got mega sunburnt. We also did the airboat and airport trip when we berthed back in Port Canaveral. You’d have to say $79 per head is good value as they drop you off at MCO afterwards, given that we paid $150 to go the other way. The airboat was a huge hit – loved it. So fun. Also got to hold a ‘gator which I loved as well. Really recommended. Would definitely do it again – got to be better than a boring old Uber airport transfer! Stuff We Loved – • Warm bread, Normandy butter and the fun designer salts at 150CP. Nicer than it sounds. • Sitting in CB sipping great cocktails and people watching, especially on formal nights. • Chilling in the jacuzzis cantilevered out over the side of the ship, sipping a Corona and listening to people enjoying themselves as the sun goes down. • Central Park. A beautiful space. • The full Coney Island experience with ice cream and carousel rides on the Boardwalk. Lovely. • Crab cakes and soup at Chops Grille. • The cocktails – no two bars on the ship are the same and the cocktail experience is incredibly diverse. • The acrobat fountain show at the Aquatheatre. Eye-popping. Stuff We Didn’t Love – • The Windjammer. Poor overall and I don’t think fit for purpose. • The Jew comment from our MDR server and the attitude from the servers at Johnny Rockets, Windjammer and Coastal Kitchen. Not nice. • Nassau (apart from Pirate Republic which was ace) • The congestion outside the MDRs before seating time. Gets very busy and very warm round there. • The lack of Asian (Thai, Chinese, Korea, Indian, Malay etc) food on board. • Old TV and sketchy entertainment system that kept restarting for no reason – needs an update. • For such a big ship there isn’t much daylight. The Radiances for example have a lot more glass. Some Suggestions – We can expect Oasis to receive a lot of TLC at her first big refit which will be coming up shortly I would imagine, which will address a few issues. The cabins will surely get a refresh and bigger TVs with better entertainment systems. Bolder colours and more of an effort on the style front would be good – they aren’t very inspiring right now. Wonderland will be added and so too will the Harmony mods, so perhaps we’ll see Jamie’s Italian, the Abyss slide and the water park additions come on if she can take them. I think the Wipeout Café could be relocated to the stern alongside the needlessly large Wipeout Bar, and so perhaps free up some space that could benefit the Windjammer above. Ditto the small shop there – replace one of the Mast/Pool Bars with the shop as surely you don’t really need four bars there do you? Regarding the Windjammer I think they are probably stuck with it the way it is as the kitchens are in the middle of the U shape so they’ll have to get creative on how to free up some room. Are the deckheads strong enough to take some sort of (stylish) cantilever to bring the deck below the Loft Suites out by ten feet or so? Then move some of the kitchen storage and reefer space to where the Wipeout Café is now with some lifts installed? Maybe move the Windjammer entrances out to right onto the lift foyer so the staircases go right into the seating area? Do you really need two Flowriders? (only one was ever running whenever I went round there) – perhaps use the space for an open garden-style open air cinema area – beanbags, popcorn, mugs of cocoa and a big high def flatscreen? I have a feeling one of those would do well over and above the films they show on the Aquatheatre screen. Maybe give it a twist and make it a silent cinema? Given the increasing popularity of “Indian” (I.e.: Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Farsi, Nepalese, Goan, Manchurian, British-Indian, Maldivian and Afghan as well as Indian) food in the US and obviously in Europe, a fine-dining/specialty dining option similar to the superb Athol Kocchar one on P&O I think would do very well on the bigger RC ships. Bistro style dishes, really fine ingredients, really well-curated wine list and bold, contemporary design. I think it would do very well where Vintages is now if there is space. Vintages could be easily relocated to a lower deck. I’d approach Hard Rock Café to see if they had any interest in a F&B/retail tie-up on Oasis or Project Icon vessels that might be refitted to Oasis if it does well (and I think it would). Perhaps also latch onto the popularity of the food truck / popup culture by putting in a mini foodtruck on the Promenade or Boardwalk, and maybe on the upper deck near the pool etc if weight allows, that does something different every day. Tacos one day, gyros/shawarma another, sloppy Joes, falafel, chimichangas, funky liquid nitrogen icecream and lollies, lobster rolls and dynamite shrimp etc. Don’t advertise it until the day so it encourages people to go up and check out what’s on offer etc. Summary - A great cruise with a few small things that didn't spoil it (although i dare say if i was Jewish i may think differently). I'd readily go back to cruise on Oasis again and am very much looking forward to trying her sister Symphony in April next year. You know what youre going to get - unbeatable value, amazing ship and wonderful food etc. Oasis delivers in every respect and in a big way, as you might expect from a vessel as big as her. We had a big big time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My wife and I are "Loyal to Royal" Diamond (shortly Diamond Plus) members. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. A little longer then normal to get through customers (customs issue - Father's Day Holiday). Ship ... Read More
My wife and I are "Loyal to Royal" Diamond (shortly Diamond Plus) members. Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. A little longer then normal to get through customers (customs issue - Father's Day Holiday). Ship was very clean and maintained. Main dining room service and food was great. Food in the Windjammer was subpar. Not much of a taste and was either over or under cooked (hard boiled eggs should be hard). MAJOR issue with the Coca-Cola Freestyle drink machines. Half of the ones on the ship either didn't work or would never have any ice in them. Something Royal needs to work on. Was not really thrilled with only being in the Port of San Juan until 2 pm. Booked our next cruise to Alaska while on board. Not thrilled with the new OBC policy. Must book while on board to receive the $100 credit. Used to be able to just obtain a "future booking number" to get the same thing. Kinda felt like they pushing the sale to much. Overall a nice relaxing cruise. Adam V. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Wedding Anniversary number 50. Things were wonderful. The Broadway show "CATS" was wonderful. The Aqua shows during the day time were wonderful. The same aqua show at night was breath taking. The ICE Skating show was fabulous. ... Read More
Wedding Anniversary number 50. Things were wonderful. The Broadway show "CATS" was wonderful. The Aqua shows during the day time were wonderful. The same aqua show at night was breath taking. The ICE Skating show was fabulous. The costumes in all of the shows including the aqua shows were wonderful and very creative. The dinning experience was everything anyone would imagine and then some. The casino was stocked with ample machines. All of the employees on the Oasis of the Seas were great. The various ports of call are a story of there own. RCI's island resort in Haiti improves every time we go there. We go at least once a year. The improvements and enhancements are amazing. Falmouth, Jamaica, Dunn's Falls is amazing. The beauty and serenity and the challenge of climbing Dunn's Falls are a life time experience. Cozumel, Mexico is a wonderful shopping port. It also has a Senor Pepe Restaurant. We visit this wonderful place every time we visit Cozumel. The only down side is your sides will ache after laughing so hard and so log. This is not a bad thing. The memories you will keep forever. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We arrived at Canaveral Port two days before the ship start. We knew Cocoa Beach- beautiful beach, but with no much things to do. At the port, the garage is not big enough for this kind of ship and we found place only at the open park car. ... Read More
We arrived at Canaveral Port two days before the ship start. We knew Cocoa Beach- beautiful beach, but with no much things to do. At the port, the garage is not big enough for this kind of ship and we found place only at the open park car. The check inn was quickly and efficient. Speaking about the ship, it is sure the best ship we've ever been, with so different activities and expierence on board. Amazing crew.The culinary experience was overall perfect. The dining we han at Silk's restaurant, big enough but with small separeted places that you feel like in a small restaurant. We could experience so many different activities on board that it was impossible to feel boring or nor excited. The ship has activities for all ages, since children to seniors. The service has top quality. The ports were well organized and had many different stores and things to buy. The shore excursions, went to the "Secret River" in Cozumel was the most exciting and interesting experience in our lifes.My wife and me are already planning a new cruiser next year, for sure.... Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The ship is everything you would expect from Royal Carribean. Great staff, clean rooms and first rate entertainment....unless you go to CATS. CATS is a disaster for a ship show for one. Secondly, why have an almost prehistoric ... Read More
The ship is everything you would expect from Royal Carribean. Great staff, clean rooms and first rate entertainment....unless you go to CATS. CATS is a disaster for a ship show for one. Secondly, why have an almost prehistoric production on such a wonderful ship that lasts 3 hours plus? That was clearly not thought out well. Having said that, if you love art auctions, Dave is fantastic with running things as friendly as can be. The food was great, especially at the specialty venues! The only real negative is the spa. The staff forgot when things were scheduled and had wrong days booked for treatments. Once the treatments began however, pure perfection. Now for the enrichment classes. There was one in particular concerning how to increase metabolism. Great idea if it wasn't run by a complete narrssist, ego maniac. This "Dr." From Romania was a complete jerk. He chastised the group for asking "dumb" questions and at one point singling me out calling me a complete "zero". He isn't qualified to clean the windows on a ship let alone teach and interact with guests. This guy was a complete joke and I plan to take this up with Royal's chain of command. So to sum up, ship and crew were great. Beware the spa Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I have cruised with RCCL on several occasions previously and have fallen in love with the staff and quality of service provided to say nothing of the great island venues offered. However it has been some time since last cruising and I was ... Read More
I have cruised with RCCL on several occasions previously and have fallen in love with the staff and quality of service provided to say nothing of the great island venues offered. However it has been some time since last cruising and I was not as impressed as in the past cruising experiences. The larger ships afford more to see and do while on-board however I felt as though the personal touch was a little lost. Elegant stores with quality items are nice however the savings are not that much if any better on the islands. I did not appreciate the aggressive sales of the items. I am fortunate enough to be able to purchase items if I choose but I do not enjoy being with an over-aggressive glorified car salesman. No offense to those whom sell vehicles, this is just using a paraphrase to set the tone of my experience. The so called items that RCCL puts out to sell as 50% off confuses me. My wife has purchased several items that were an identical match to items being sold on the boat for about $20.00 less than these great 50% off deals. Not really a deal. Lastly the drink packages are a bit more expensive than I feel RCCL level of quality needs to be at. For two individuals to spend approximately $1,100.00 for a beverage package I feel is excessive. For the two of us doing two 7 day consecutive cruises our beverage package ran us $2,200.00. This did not include the complete price considering it only provided us with a 40% discount on wines. We are from California and the wine mark up is considerable. I am basing this on purchasing wines at my local quality restaurants to get an even comparison. Wines that I purchase at stores are approximately 1/3 the cost of the ships. With RCCL's ability to purchase is such great volume, they should be able to bring down their cost considerably. The shows and staff all and all are above the rest of the cruise lines out there. Even with my few negative issues I would recommend RCCL to others. If RCCL takes the time to consider that the future of cruising and the added costs that they apply after stepping aboard affects the common person, they may see that regardless of the overall quality, they may end up losing their loyal cruising customers based on this concept of attempting to financially benefit so greatly. Control the cost and consider the concept of retaining and ensuring that you keep your loyal cruises coming back more frequently as opposed to returning infrequently. RCCL had a great staff, food, venue's, shows and shore excursions. I hope they do not price themselves out of a market that strives for this quality. Happy cruising. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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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