286 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

5 stars  Like others have said, you really don't feel like 6000 people are on this ship, except at muster time. our ship was 100% full too. We are experienced cruisers and this was our best cruise yet. Great food - We ate in the MDR ... Read More
5 stars  Like others have said, you really don't feel like 6000 people are on this ship, except at muster time. our ship was 100% full too. We are experienced cruisers and this was our best cruise yet. Great food - We ate in the MDR 6 of the 7 nights and at Johnny Rockets once. For breakfast we ate in the solarium every day. Very peaceful! The ships water was fantastic - don't spend $$ on bottled water or bring it onboard. Ship was clean...everywhere we turned someone was cleaning something. There is so much to do every day. Entertainment was great. I only got to see 1 show due to there being so much else to do but that was great - Aquatheater! Cabin - excellent - see my review below. Fitness facilities were great. We used every day and lost weight on the cruise. Did not use spa facilities. Casino - Great. Slots had nice payouts, same as land casinos Staff - Great There were always plenty of deck chairs in the sun and in the shade. Deck patrol was frequent and moved towels that were just placed after 30 minutes. Don't hesitate to cruise this ship! One word of caution - before you get caught up in those sales on the promenade....they are counting on you not to price double check. We purchased a nice watch discounted from $250 to $135. I got home and checked amazon and it's $87.00 there. Because there is no easy internet available that would have been good to know. Buyer beware ! ;-) Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
We just returned from our cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed the cruise. We traveled with a group of 4 couples from Denver. Pre-Cruise- We stayed at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. Beautiful ... Read More
We just returned from our cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean. Everyone enjoyed the cruise. We traveled with a group of 4 couples from Denver. Pre-Cruise- We stayed at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. Beautiful resort, pool, beach access. Embarkation-We were booked in a suite, so special lines and seating areas were assigned. We arrived about 11AM, and were allowed on the ship by 11:30AM. Stateroom: 7260 (Grand Suite) was a very nice room (371 s/f, plus a large balcony, with table two chairs and two loungers). Other couples stayed in Junior suites on the port side in the "Hump". They were happy with their rooms, as well. Deck 7 mid-ship was a great place to have a stateroom: one deck up to Central Park, one deck down to Boardwalk, two decks down to Promenade. Aft elevators took us down to the Opus for dining, and up to the windjammer or pools. Public Areas: everything was well maintained and clean. Food: We chose not to try any of the specialty dining on-board, but ate exclusively in the Opus Dining room. The food was average when compared to Holland America, but still very tasty. The sheer number of meals prepared daily might be the cause. Shows: We saw all of the major shows, and you can see that Royal Caribbean spent more money on entertainment than food. We pre-booked all of the shows before leaving. There was always a stand-by line to get in, and your seats were given away if you were not there five minutes before showtime. Ports: Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten. We took a ferry boat in Nassau to a private island, they fed us lunch, and everyone just relaxed on the beach, explored dophins and sea lions exhibits also. St Thomas: We took the champagne catamaran to snorkle. It was very fun. We saw turtles, stingrays, and many colorful fish. St Maarten: We chose to have taxi take us around the French and Dutch sides of the island. Debarkation: As suite guests, we could leave anytime before 10:30am. Going through customs went fairly smoothly. Expect about a 30 minute time-frame to get out to the curb. We stayed one more night at the Marriott Harbor Beach resort, then returned to Denver the next day. Summary: Althought the ship was at full capacity (5400 guests, 2400 crew), we never felt crowded except during the emergency drill. We all loved the ship, and we would consider another one in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Just a great trip from start to finish. Perfect way for our two girls (6&8) to experience their first cruise. There is so much to do on this ship it's impossible to list it all. Highlights: * Central Park is really unique and ... Read More
Just a great trip from start to finish. Perfect way for our two girls (6&8) to experience their first cruise. There is so much to do on this ship it's impossible to list it all. Highlights: * Central Park is really unique and amazing that it's on a cruise ship, very peaceful and rarely crowded. * Boardwalk - our kids loved the carousel and the donut shop. * Entertainment - top notch, the diving show and Come Fly with Me were impressive. The ice show also did not disappoint. * Main Dining Room - it's subjective, and it's not a gourmet meal, but it was much better than any large banquet I've been to. There were plenty of choices, and we had great service (best service we have had on a ship). * Staff - all very friendly and helpful. We were always greeted with a smile and a good morning/afternoon/evening. Our girls always got smiles and attention. The bar staff was friendly and poured good drinks, Dennis M. in the Schooner Bar was top notch, great Martinis and a fun guy to chat with. We had very few complaints, but I'll highlight a few areas for improvement: * Kids camp hours - wish it were open earlier than 9am, makes it hard for active/fitness parents to work out in the AM. Also wish the afternoon session started at 1pm instead of 2. * Singers - I think this is hit and miss, but neither the piano bar singer or Pub singer were the best. * Port Days - it would be nice if the carousel, rock wall, donut shop were open earlier on port days. For those who stay on the ship there is less to do these days. * Debark - line for customs was horrendous, we might have hit it at the wrong time but it took 45 minutes or so. Overall we had a great trip. The next cruise with the kids will be on OOTS or AOTS. When we cruise without kids I think we prefer a smaller ship as you can almost forget you are at sea on this boat! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
My boyfriend and i didn't realized that we would a special vacation when we went to the travel agent in August 2013 looking for another cruise. This would be my 8th cruise with RC but have also cruised other lines. I live in Chicago ... Read More
My boyfriend and i didn't realized that we would a special vacation when we went to the travel agent in August 2013 looking for another cruise. This would be my 8th cruise with RC but have also cruised other lines. I live in Chicago and this was the worst winter since 1967!!! Oasis of the Seas was just what we needed! We flew down to Ft. Lauderdale a day early just to relax and explore the area. We stayed at the Hyatt Place, which was near to small malls. We left the hotel at 10:30 am, arrived at the dock 10:45 am, wow what a big ship. Went straight through the lines on the ship by 11:00 am, wow!! Yes, it is huge. Yes, we knew we would never be able to see the entire ship, but it was the best because we enjoyed what we could. We met lots of cruisers at the meet and greet (which was great) and we did the cabin crawl (oceanview to Jr. suite next cruise). We continued to meet the cruise critic members throughout the cruise. Loved Labedee as usual (boyfriend Zip-Lined) me the Cabanna (best investment). Jamica and Cozemel were OK. The main attraction the ship. Great entertainment. We did the MDR(our waiter and assistant were the best) and one night at Chops. Great table mates. My boyfriend is already talking about another cruise. Yea!! Cabin was clean and out stewart was visible and always there to help out when needed. Disbarkation was Longggggg. Overall, We had a Great Time!   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
My wife & I cruised on the Oasis the week of March 15th, doing the Western Caribbean. We have cruised 3 other times and had heard great things about the Oasis. I don't like crowds so I was taking a chance with so many people being ... Read More
My wife & I cruised on the Oasis the week of March 15th, doing the Western Caribbean. We have cruised 3 other times and had heard great things about the Oasis. I don't like crowds so I was taking a chance with so many people being on the ship. The design of the Oasis is brilliant. Their are so many "neighborhoods" & venues of entertainment that the "crowd" of people are separated nicely. Check in took 15 minutes & we were on the ship ready to have fun. This was the only time it was slightly crowded because everyone boards into the Promenade Deck. The ship is amazing. There are so many things to do. The Promenade deck is sort of like main street on the ship. The two parades, Guest Services, Excursion Desk, shopping, & our favorite snack place Sorrento's Pizza are on this deck. One deck up is the Boardwalk with the Carousel & Aqua Theater. And up one more deck is Central Park, which is VERY peaceful and contains their 3 specialty restaurants. The food was very good. We ate at Chops Grille the night of our Wedding Anniversary & our filet mignons were delicious. Our waiter there was named Inshan and he was outstanding (TA DA...request him and you'll understand why lol). The Main Dining room had a side section. We were seated there and felt isolated because you couldn't see when the Chefs spoke or something else was going on. Other than that the food was good. The Entertainment was the best we've ever seen on a Cruise ship. Their Broadway production of Hairspray was just as good as the original. Come Fly with Me was like a Cirque show, & the Ukrainian aerial act was amazing. Frozen in Time was a really well done Ice Show. They had two diving shows at their Aqua Theater which were very good. Imagine diving from 60 feet into a pool on a moving ship! The Comedy Club was a lot of fun. The host Simeon was really funny & did a Burl Ives impersonation that still brings a smile to my face. They had a number of lounges catering to different genres of music. We visited most of them & they were all good. I could write a short story on all that we saw & did. Trust me, unless you have bad weather, you will have an awesome time on Royal's Oasis of the Seas!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Day 1: Embarkation - super easy. Arrived before noon. Security and check in was very easy. No lines then we were there. We learned they did not let anyone on until about 11:15 or so. We walked onto boat with our luggage. We travel pretty ... Read More
Day 1: Embarkation - super easy. Arrived before noon. Security and check in was very easy. No lines then we were there. We learned they did not let anyone on until about 11:15 or so. We walked onto boat with our luggage. We travel pretty light with carry on luggage. The doors to the rooms were closed because rooms weren't totally ready until 1:00 p.m., but we went through to drop off our luggage and our room was actually ready. We had planned to just leave it outside the door, but our room attendant, Little, had already finished our room and I admit we did surprise him, but he and all the room attendants were very nice. After dropping off our luggage, we decided to explore a little. Food: We purchased the Chef's Table package because we like to try out the various specialty restaurants. There are many specialty restaurants with surcharges and ala carte pricing. We had a chance to eat at a good number of them and we also ate at the Main Dining room and the Windjammer Cafe. We have had great experiences at specialty restaurants on Holland America, which last we checked had a surcharge of $25 pp but the food is superb and I always book a reservation at the Pinnacle Grill on Holland America - the $25 is totally worth it. Main Dining Room: We always choose the 8 o'clock seating because we like more time outside or lounging about and don't like to rush to the 6 p.m. seating. 6 p.m. is early for us and we found that most families with kids tend to choose the 6 o'clock seating. We ate there for breakfast twice (including the last day - disembarkation day). We had dinner there probably 3 or 4 times and we don't miss the lobster night - which is usually the 2nd formal night (I would check with the dining room when making your specialty restaurant reservations). We also had lunch here twice. We really enjoyed the main dining room. Since we booked late, we were put on the 3rd floor in the very back of the dining room, it wasn't the best spot but we had excellent service and also got to sit with a lovely couple from NJ. They were really fun and we enjoyed making friends with them. The wait staff took very good care of us and always brought extra things for us and we could order more than one of each thing if we wanted to. The food was very good in my opinion and for lobster night, the lobster was a good size and fresh. We also liked the steaks here better than at Chops. Lunch was ok, the service is so-so, but not bad. You don't get your dinner waiters, but the food is tasty and you can order off the menu or get the buffet option. Breakfast was pretty good too. Chef's Table: (I think its about $70-75 pp, but I am not sure I paid around $125 for a package of three specialty restaurants - Chef's Table, Chops, and Central Park). This is an intimate dinner in the loft area of the concierge lounge. I think each night there is seating for about 20 people and you sit at this very long table. Its a pretty elaborate tasting menu with wine pairings. The Chef comes and explains each dish and the sommelier describes each wine. This was fabulous. The food was fantastic and the wines were excellent. I think its a great deal. The service was very good of course. And you get a nice gift at the end (I don't want to spoil that surprise for you). We did this for my birthday. They even brought out a birthday cake for me and we made some nice friends at dinner. Chops Grill: (I think its about $35 pp - it was again part of my package) This was our least favorite dining experience overall. The menu was surprising limited and I was also surprised that their best steaks had an additional surcharge on top of the surcharge, which in my opinion was pretty high for a cruise ship. In Chicago, you can get a very good steak meal at some excellent steak houses for close to that pp without alcohol. Wine was not included in the price. So seeing more surcharges was shocking to me. We each ordered the NY strip steak and asked for it to be cooked medium and the steaks were cooked medium well (we honestly had better steak in the MDR and cooked to order). In retrospect, I wish I had said something, but we were really tired of being in this restaurant so I didn't want to make a spectacle of it. The sides were also so-so - I don't even really remember what we had because it was so unmemorable. The atmosphere was ok on the inside. I wish I had asked to sit in the atrium part of the restaurant because it was facing into Central Park, which is beautiful at night. Besides the food being ok, the service was interesting. The server was very nice and attentive, but he really was pushing selling stuff, like wine, and things like cook books and wine aerators. I thought that was weird, annoying, and uncomfortable. I don't know if they were required to do that or maybe they get a bonus, but I don't think they should do that anymore. I feel like it adds insult to injury with the expensive surcharge. We won't eat here in the future, however, some people really love it and have had great experiences. In the end, its an average steak house - but you can judge for yourself. Central Park 150: (I really don't remember this one - I think with our package the Chops Grill ended up being free - so I am guessing about a $40 surcharge). Beautiful restaurant with nice and different decor located in the Central Park part of the ship. Service is excellent and the food again is very high quality - beautiful, unique and delicious. I suspect the menu changes and I can only say overall we enjoyed this restaurant and there were several courses (a tasting menu style of meal). The food was delicious and rich and we felt pretty full at the end. I really liked the understated and attentive service - the server explained each dish, which was helpful and added to the experience. Another kind of Park Cafe here in Central Park - I forget the name, but its another free place to get salads and bistro food - you can also get free water, ice tea, and fruit flavored drinks here. We did not really eat here. Although the food looked good - its small and can get really crowded which turned me off. Wine bar: There is also a lovely wine bar in Central Park which serves tapas ala carte. We heard it was good, but we never had a chance to try it out. Seafood Shack: Ala Carte pricing, but very reasonable. This restaurant was located on the boardwalk several stories below our room and I love seafood and wanted to try it. Decor is like a beach side seafood shack. Nice ambience and service was good as well. We went because I heard that they have King Crab legs. So we went for an afternoon stack. I ordered a 1/2 pound of king crab legs for about $15 - I like them hot. They were delicious and I couldn't believe the price. The other things we liked were the coconut shrimp (something like $3 or 4 for a decent amount of coconut shrimp maybe 6 or so big pieces!). We had a major miss with the calamari though - it could have just been a bad batch. It just did not taste fresh to us, so we told the server who wanted to replace it with whatever we wanted on the menu, but we were not hungry anymore, in any event he brought us shrimp cocktail. The shrimp cocktail was ok - they give you a lot and they were a good size, but again, I feel like they weren't very fresh in the sense that the shrimp should have had a nice crunch to it. The MDR on the contrary had very good pieces of shrimp for their shrimp cocktail. Overall, I would come back here for the crab legs. They do have a lunch party with lots of different seafood, but we decided to pass on it - its a good deal, so you may want to check it out. Johnny Rockets: We had milk shakes and breakfast here. We did not get a chance to eat here because there are just too many choices. But it is a popular place and the surcharge is about $5 or $6 - years ago it was like $2 or 3 I think on other ships. The milk shakes were good and breakfast wasn't bad. They don't charge for breakfast. This is a combination surcharge and ala carte restaurant. Solarium Cafe: They have a surcharge for dinner at night, but we only ate here for lunch once which is free. They offer spa food and light healthy food. Its mostly buffet style and it can get busy during the day. They also have a couple of miso soup options. You pick the bowl with the ingredients already in it and they add the miso. You can also get water, ice tea, and fruit flavored waters for free here. We liked the light fare - its a nice change. Donut Place: I don't know what the actual name of this place is, but they serve free coffee and a nice selection of fresh donuts for free. Mostly the fluffy yeast donuts with glazing - I did not see any cake donuts, but I don't really like cake donuts. They have regular flavors like chocolate and strawberry glazed to exotic like passionfruit and key lime. So many flavors and very good. You can also purchase specialty coffee drinks. This place is located near the entrance of the boardwalk. Ice Cream Parlor: Also on the boardwalk, across from the Donut Place, this is an ala carte dessert place. It looks nice and the ice cream desserts look very good, we just were never hungry enough to stop for a sundae. Maybe next time. Sorrento's Pizza: Free pizza place located in the Promenade. Pizza is good and fresh - pretty standard. They offer cheese, sausage, pepperoni, and one special pizza that changes. They also have a choose your toppings personal pizza that you can order. I think they are open until midnight - not bad for a snack. Park Cafe: Free (except for specialty coffee drinks) and open 24 hours. They serve sandwiches, cookies, brownies, and coffee. You can get water and ice tea here too. Its located next to the guest services. Cupcake Place: A cute cupcake shop next to the Park Cafe. Pretty much small and large cupcakes of all kinds of usual and unusual flavors and decorations. They also have for sail cook books and cupcake themed things. We booked a cupcake decorating class here for about $22 pp. Its an hourlong class and they provide all the materials. We learned how to make a double burger cupcake with fries. Really fun and we got an awesome treat. Did I really learn much? Not sure, because all of the items were prepped ahead of time for us and we basically just put it together, but it gave me some great ideas. We also got a surprise gift at the end! I thought it was a lot of fun and there were a number of parents with their older and teenaged kids at the class (both boys and girls). They limit the size of the class to about 8 people. One beef I had, was that people kept coming in to buy stuff and there was only one employee there and she was instructing us! She said the shop is closed during class, but she had no sign or anything to put in the entryway. They should just have another person working to man the counter. I think having all those people in there taking a class actually draws customers into the shop. Was it worth it? I think so, especially with an older child or teenager, but I think for me once was enough. Windjammer Cafe: This is their buffet. We ate here for breakfast and lunch. I didn't think it was too small for the size of the ship. There are two sections with the same food items, plus I thought they did a good job of crowd control, which I liked a lot. They actually seated people and made sure that there weren't too many people at once at the buffet. We did not wait long to be seated. I am not sure what all the complaints were because they had a nice international selection of food and its buffet food - so not everything is going to be out of the ball park, but I really thought it was tasty and I liked the selection. The service was also good. We liked to eat here when we could. Breakfast was also good with decent selections. There are also some snack places on the pool decks which we never ate at because we just never did, too many choices. Izumi - a Japanese specialty ala carte restaurant on the same level as the Windjammer. Its lovely and has pretty views, but we never had a chance to eat here. I love sushi and am reluctant to try it on a ship when I have it quite often in Chicago, but the prices are very very reasonable for the sushi rolls and pieces. I would have liked to try it, but we just only have so much room in our stomachs. I think you should try it, if you either have never had sushi before or don't get a chance to have it very often. I watched the ship's cooking channel on their tv and they kept showing the chef from Izumi make food and it looked really good. I probably missed some other food opportunities, but I think this pretty much covers everything. Shows: Can I just say WOW! Definitely WOW! Royal Caribbean knows how to put on over the top amazing extravaganzas! We tried not to miss any of the entertainment, including the lounge singers and jazz musicians. Even their standard fair belly flop contests were fun fun. We missed some of the other standard fare, but not the shows. I recommend making reservations ahead of time, but most shows you can still get a seat - they let people in without reservations about 10 minutes before the show. The only exception is the comedy show. It is a much smaller venue - you will not likely get in standby. This show you must make a reservation. Hairspray - this is the broadway musical shown on the Oasis, the Allure is showing Chicago. The lead singer sang and played this part on Broadway for 2 years prior and I could tell. Its a full length Broadway show without any intermission. The talent was top notch, the sets were amazing, and the costumes were above par. We were amazed and entertained. Don't miss it! They only have maybe 2 showings for the entire cruise. A bonus, we saw the star of the show and the actor who plays her mom sing Broadway show tunes at the Viking Crown lounge one evening (see it if you can). Frozen: I think this is what its called is there icecapades show and what a show it is! Amazing! Its in the Studio B ice rink. The stunts, routines, costumes and story line are amazing. These are international Olympic skaters - also not to be missed. I don't want to give too many spoilers. Its not the Disney movie version. Oasis of Dreams - this is their incredible aqua show - again stunning with high dives, water ballet and acrobats ala Cirque du Soleil. Very much like the Vegas show "O" - this aqua stage is definitely state of the art and custom build costing millions. These are olympic and olympic quality gymnasts and divers. We were able to see the show from our balcony as well. Reservations are a must - as this is a popular show and get there early (about 30 min) to get a seat. We just brought our books and read. Only thing is the seats can be somewhat uncomfortable. Headliner - this is a special guest that is brought on for this show. It changes all the time, you probably don't need reservations. Comedy show: Hilarious! There are essentially 4 comedians and they differ, but the ones we saw were hilarious and many are featured on Comedy Central. I definitely recognized the comedians. MUST HAVE RESERVATIONS. The design was to make it feel like you were in an intimate comedy club and it worked for the most part. Parades! They have two parades in the Promenade - really over the top and a lot of fun. Great for the kids. Definitely worth seeing at least once. Various shows and special events - they have a great 70s dance party in the Promenade with singers and dancers all over the place. Lots of fun! There is a glow party in Studio B (they place some flooring over the ice) and its fun, but after awhile it basically becomes a teen party. However, same night they have an adult party in the Solarium with DJ - that was fun too. Night clubs and Bars: RC has so many bars all over, each one different and separately themed. We liked the one in the middle of the promenade that goes up to the Central Park and down again, there is a hidden one in the Central Park which is nice and we liked hanging out at the Boardwalk Bar. They have essentially one night club across from the Comedy Club, the music is good and most nights it is really hopping - the decor is kind of weird though kind of like a spanish dungeon or something. I am not too crazy about the design, but they have some fun and cool special effects and we had fun there. The other place we liked was Dazzles - really beautiful two story club that featured live bands and a lighted dance floor. It overlooked the Boardwalk - when there is a band it is hopping, otherwise it becomes a nice place to read. Pools: Boy this place has a ton of pools! A freshwater pool, saltwater pool, adult pool in Solarium, kids area pools, and hot tubs galore - I think there must have been like 10 hot tubs all over the pool deck. The kid's area was really cool and people really liked to congregate in and around the pools. We liked being in the shade and spent a couple of days at the main pools in the middle. We did not care too much for the Solarium because it became a sauna and was too hot. I think its the design with the enclosed glass which probably acts like a magnifying glass and traps the heat, plus it was consistently over crowded in my opinion with a number of drunk and sloppy adults during the day - evening it was nice and tranquil. The people were so annoying that I preferred the main pools with kids! The kids were for the most part mainly at the kids area and if a kid wandered to the other pools and acted obnoxious someone would ask the kid to act appropriately which worked. Most kids had their parents with them, so we never had kid issues. There were plenty of seats - so we typically were ok finding seats. We liked to go there in the later afternoon when there was less people and the sun wasn't too hot. By 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. a lot of people left for their 6 p.m. dinner, which was fine by us. One oddity was that the smoking section was in this small part of the pool deck by the bar and I don't get it, but the same people would spend the whole day there and night too puffing away. This was not a pretty part of the ship either. I just didn't get it, but I guess whatever floats your boat. Activities: Lots of activities for active people. There is a short zip line that went across the top of the Boardwalk, we tried it once and it was fun but short. A good number of people liked the Flowrider, which is the surfing and boogie boarding simulator - they have two of them and its harder than it looks. We did not try it - we thought about an individual class, but decided to pass because the water jets were very powerful. They have a miniature golf course, a carousel, climbing wall, and ice skating rinks. Of course they have a nice basketball court, which was constantly in use and ping pong tables which were also constantly in use. I am sure there are other things I am missing, but this gives you an idea. Oh and shopping - there are a number of stores on the ship and they have their specials like all ships. People seemed to like that a lot. Movies: They show first run movies in the main theater and have 3D capabilities. You won't know what movie is playing until the day of unfortunately and the movies rotate and are never replayed on a single cruise. We saw the last 2/3rds of the latest Thor movie and it was like watching a movie in a theater. Casino: We don't gamble, but I have to say that this was one of the largest casinos I have ever seen at sea. Its not cheap to gamble here, but people seemed to have a lot of fun. Guests: I liked the mixture of guests both young and old. It made the ship very lively and the atmosphere fun. The ship was probably close to capacity and I sometimes felt it, but it didn't bother me - there are many quiet spots, but there was plenty of room. A stroll at night in Central Park was one of my favorite things - its lovely and peaceful. Loyalty Club: Meh they don't have the best perks for loyalty members. Ports of Call: Pretty mediocre for the most part, except for Cozumel, but we were in this for the ship. Day 7 Disembarkation Day. We had breakfast in the Main Dining Room and then had plenty of time before we had to disembark. This was not as smooth as getting on the boat. But this was mainly because of customs. This was not Royal Caribbean's fault. They were very efficient otherwise, but there was a huge back up in Customs. It took us awhile to get off the boat and through customs. We decided to rent a car (Thrifty is the best deal and closest to Port Everglades) and drive to Ft. Lauderdale Beach. If you have more than 3 hours before your flight, its actually cheaper to rent a car to store your luggage than to store it at the airport through a service - airports typically won't take luggage more than 3 hours before your flight, but double check. We then spent the afternoon at the Ft. Lauderdale Beach and rented chairs, an umbrella, and towels from the municipal employees on the beach - my husband bargained with the guy and got this all for $10. We rented the car for about $25, but I have been able to rent it cheaper in the past. Overall Summary: Awesome ship, huge, beautiful, and surprising. We had a fantastic time and booked this cruise for the ship rather than the ports. We were not disappointed. You can't help but have fun and it is very easy to meet people. However, its hard to see them again unless you try or are lucky. We were both lucky and we tried to meet some of the same people on the ship. Great for couples, retirees, families, kids of all ages, I really love this ship. We plan on booking a cruise on the Allure of the Seas in the future.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Pre-cruise: My husband and I took a flight into Fort Lauderdale the day before the cruise because of the risk of bad weather. We stayed at the Hampton Inn on Stirling Rd on Friday night. It turned out to be an excellent choice! The staff ... Read More
Pre-cruise: My husband and I took a flight into Fort Lauderdale the day before the cruise because of the risk of bad weather. We stayed at the Hampton Inn on Stirling Rd on Friday night. It turned out to be an excellent choice! The staff was friendly, the grounds and room were well kept, and the price was reasonable. We had dinner at Billy's Stone Crab. It was absolutely delicious and the service top notch. After dinner we walked over to the Hollywood Broadwalk. It was a perfect evening!! Boarding: We boarded the ship at 12 noon. It took about 10 minutes to enter the ship. BY FAR, the smoothest boarding process we even encountered. Room: Our room was a balcony room on the 8th deck starboard aft. The size of the room was perfect for two people. It was very easy to feel organized. The luggage slipped easily under the bed. We always bring a shoe holder to place on the inside of the bathroom door to organize toiletries. We were glad to pack a power strip to allow for the charging of our electronic devices. Barry was our cabin attendant. Absolutely EXCELLENT service!! Very friendly- as was each and every member of the staff!! Dining: We choose my time dining for it's flexibility. Our waiter was Ismael V. - WOW!!! Fabulous service night after night. Professional with a personal touch! Aleksandar Z. was his assistant. Every night they worked very hard to provide top notch service- a "10"!! We enjoyed Aleksandar's sense of humor too!! It made the whole dining experience enjoyable to say the least!! Collins was our wine steward. Again, unbeatable service! Every dish was delicious and the serving size was just perfect too! For breakfast (and sometimes lunch) we ate at the solarium and were very satisfied! Amenities: Our favorite spot to relax was Central Park. Any time of day it proved to be a quiet and relaxing. We also spent a lot of time on the pool deck. On sea days it can be quite busy but you could still find a place in the sun or shade, but maybe not right next to the pool. Oasis of the Seas has spoiled us and we are very grateful for the extraordinary service that we received. It was very much appreciated! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We chose this cruise for our Honeymoon in February and absolutely enjoyed it! This was our first cruise and we definitely began with a mammoth ship! I had researched this ship for months in the lead up as I was that excited and once we ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our Honeymoon in February and absolutely enjoyed it! This was our first cruise and we definitely began with a mammoth ship! I had researched this ship for months in the lead up as I was that excited and once we were on board it definitely did not disappoint. The check in was a breeze, the ship itself is amazing and the ports of call were great for us kiwi's to visit the Western Caribbean. We got into FLL 2 days before the cruise to unwind from the long flights from NZ and took a quick taxi to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale. We had chosen this hotel from other cruise reviews and its proximity to the port. The service at check in was bad and the rooms were not sound proof! We had a nice room in the tower with fabulous views of the pool and waterways. The room itself was a bit tatty and looked like a poor quality renovation had taken place. The concierge was great and the transport to the port was convenient (although a bit hectic). The transport dropped us off to each of our corresponding terminals (apparently taxis/private cars can't get into the port?) Our room (10224) was in a great spot on the ship; deck 10 and midship so we were in a handy location to the various attractions on the ship and barely noticed any rocking on the ocean. The rooms are well thought out and had everything you needed. We were really glad we chose a room with a deck to enjoy the fabulous views, especially when we got into each port. Our room attendant, Coronica, was lovely and always upbeat! She'd give us tips for our excursions etc which were really appreciated and it was nice to have a familiar face on a ship in excess of 6,000 people. One day we got back to our room to find she had organised some delicious petit fours for us! We loved the variety of eateries on board and didn't have to bother splashing out on the restaurants which were not included with our fare. Unfortunately we had missed out on a set dining time when we booked but the flexibility that came with My Time Dining at the Opus Dining Room worked out well. We had a variety of wait staff which were all lovely and very knowledgeable with the menu. However, their generosity and all of the delicious items definitely contributed to the weight gain cruises are known for! The Windjammer buffet was always busy, especially at embarkation before the rooms were available. We wanted to try out as many restaurants as we could so managed to get to Johnny Rockets for our last breakfast which was a nice change of scenery and was lovely to be outside in the breeze. The activities on board were part of the draw for us so we had a go at as much as we could and were glad we did. The Flowrider always had a big crowd and was great for a laugh because I was absolutely terrible at it! My hubby enjoyed the volleyball matches and came away with a medal as a cool souveneir. The entertainment crew were great! Especially the Cruise Director (Alan? I think?) who hosted the hilarious Love & Marriage quiz show. We were soo close to being chosen as contestants but were kind of relieved that we weren't! We were on the Feb 1st sailing so were on board for Super Bowl. As New Zealanders, we had never experienced this competition but thought Oasis did a great job with this event - showing the game on the big screens at the Aqua Theatre and putting on some good bites. Disembarkation was easy; there was an option to cabin tags to mark luggage to be picked up and unloaded in the right areas at the terminal but we chose to walk off with our luggage as we had an early flight to catch. The queue for this option was really long so I'd recommend waiting on the ship and relaxing if you have the time. Some tips: - book your shore excursions online before the cruise or on your cabin TV as the queues at the excursion desk the morning of port days is extremely long - same goes with the shows/entertainment: book online before the cruise or on the first day so you don't miss out (make sure you see the ice skating show!) - we hadn't thought of this but next time I'd pack a lanyard etc to keep my room card safe/handy at all times (especially at the pool) - if you're prone to getting sea sick then choose a midship room Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this cruise to others and it has definitely got us hooked on cruising! Well done, Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Ever since Oasis was built I've wanted to take a cruise on her. Oasis is truly a beautiful ship!! RCCL definitely maintains their ships because you would never know Oasis is over 4 years old. To run nonstop with over 5000 guest every ... Read More
Ever since Oasis was built I've wanted to take a cruise on her. Oasis is truly a beautiful ship!! RCCL definitely maintains their ships because you would never know Oasis is over 4 years old. To run nonstop with over 5000 guest every week the ship still looks remarkable. We arrived at the Port a little early and went through security around 10:30 am. Getting our seapass card was fast and we only had to wait till a little after 11 am to begin boarding. When you board you enter straight into the Promenade which is beautiful. Design closely resembles the Promendade on the Freedom class ships but a lot wider. We immediately headed to the Windjammer to eat lunch because it gets extremely busy on the day of departure. After lunch we walked through Central Park and the Boardwalk until our rooms were ready at 1pm. They had the rooms open about 30mins before they were scheduled to open. We were celebrating our 1 yr anniversary and I had ordered a Romance Package to surprise my wife. When we arrived at our stateroom, a Central Park balcony on deck 14, we had several things hanging above the bed, roses shaped like a heart, and very nice bathrobes. She was definitely surprised. We tried to take part in as much as possible on the ship but still could not do everything. We wake up early so getting a spot by the pool was not a problem. Actually was able to try the Flowrider this time (best time to go is right when they open) and did the zipline a couple times. The line for the zipline was never long and went quick. We never got around to the rock climbing wall or the mini-golf but plan on it next. All the shows were great!!! My wife loved Hairspray! I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would have. Ice show is always great and the Oasis of Dreams at the Aqua Theater was cool but I enjoyed the fun dive show they had later in the week. We also went to most of the activities put on by the cruise director and activities director. Worlds Sexiest man was hilarious, Quest game show was also pretty amusing, and Love and Marriage show is always good times. The Cruise Director was Allan Brooks and he is hilarious!!! He made the overal experience better and I hope to cruise with him again in the future. If you get to experience him as your cruise director then don't miss his morning show each day on your tv. We went to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. Overall we enjoyed all the ports but I really go for the ship, not so much the ports. You don't really notice how large Oasis is until its docked next to other ships. We were docked next to Carnival Fantasy in Nassau and it made Fantasy look like a toy ship. I also took the All Access tour which takes you to the crew areas, the main kitchen, and the Bridge. It was very interesting but not worth the $150. You can sit in the Captains chair and they allow you to take pictures in most areas which is cool. We had Captain Patrick who I believe is leaving in the fall to possibly take over the new Quantum. He was hilarious and was out a lot mingling with the guest. I've read several bad reviews on the food from several sites. I thought the food was fine, nothing to brag about but not bad. Loved the Donut Shop on the boardwalk!! We had an amazing time and I will definitely cruise on Oasis again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Our family left a day ahead of time in case weather held us up. We stayed at our favorite place – Bahia Mar in Ft Lauderdale. This hotel is right on the beach. I had booked and paid for 3 rooms for 1 night. When we got there The Bahia ... Read More
Our family left a day ahead of time in case weather held us up. We stayed at our favorite place – Bahia Mar in Ft Lauderdale. This hotel is right on the beach. I had booked and paid for 3 rooms for 1 night. When we got there The Bahia Mar only had 2 rooms booked. When we checked my confirmation it said three rooms but only gave me 2 confirmation numbers. Thankfully, the Bahia Mar said since the body of my confirmation said three rooms they would give them to me. I would suggest NOT booking through Hot Wire, who made the bookings. Two days after booking with Hot Wire I went back into Bahia Mar’s site and I could have gotten an ocean view and breakfast for the same price as a marina view. Oh well, we always learn. The BIG news. The day before we left I received a phone call from Royal Caribbean asking if I wanted to be upgraded. I of course said YES! We were upgraded to a Loft Suite. What a thrill! It was a beautiful room and our Room Steward Cherry and her assistant Dwi were awesome! More on them later. Accommodations: We originally had a Jr Suite booked and as I said earlier we received a call from Rosie asking if we wanted to be upgraded. After some hemming and hawing I said yes. We went from a 9th floor Jr Suite to a Loft Suite on the 17th floor. I loved the room, except for one tiny little problem. It is very much out of the way of everything. Elevators are a rarity during the busy times. Thankfully, we like walking stairs. When you walk into the room there is an entry way with a place to put your room keys (at least that’s what we used it for), next is a guest bathroom (husbands), then the living room with a sleeper sofa and windows from the upper floor to the floor. Way impressive! Go up the stairs and the bedroom is right by the upstairs railing, next is a dressing area and master bathroom with a shower that had…count them three shower heads! Different types of shower heads, a massage, normal, and last but not least a rain shower head. I used this bathroom, so we had a his and a hers. Downstairs was a walk in closet across from the guest bathroom and a normal closet upstairs. The curtains were automatic – hit a switch and they opened or closed. The lights had a master switch console that dimmed and brightened the lights. I felt very spoiled – oh wait I was very spoiled this cruise! Dining: I never went hungry and the seven pounds I was so proud of losing before the cruise? Well let’s just say they found their way back to me. We ate in the Main Dining Room on this cruise because we brought our children and their spouses to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary and we told the kids they could have the days to themselves and the only request we had was to eat dinner with us. The food in the MDR is standard cruise food. Anyone reading this and if you have been on a cruise knows what I am saying. Cafeteria cuisine or just a little better. You have to give them credit thought they are feeding between guests and crew around 9,000 people a meal. Johnny Rockets should only be eaten if you are planning nothing for dinner or just a salad. Way too filling. Character Breakfast is wonderful! You get your picture with the DreamWorks characters that are scheduled and we got lucky and had Alex the Lion, plus two of the penguins. I got my bacon and cheese omelet. We did do the Seafood Shack Party and actually was bored silly. Last year we went on the Allure and did the Rita’s Cantina, which is the same party theme and had a blast. The room was full and it was a riot. This year I think we showed up and another table of four. We were so tired from our day in Cozumel we did not want to do anything. Will never plan anything like that again after a day at the beach. The donuts at the donut shop were great. We loved the key lime pie donut. Service: This is the first cruise where I was actually disappointed in our concierge, we actually had two of them in the lounge and all they did was sit at their computers. We talked to someone who complained to guest services about them. Twice during our cruise they asked my husband to show his ID. They actually asked him what he was doing in the Lounge….okay maybe we didn’t belong since we were in a loft suite and are Diamond Plus, they could have pretended like we belonged. Towards the end of the cruise they did warm up and smile at us when we went in and mind you without getting up from their seats…they asked us how our cruise was and wished us a good night! Our room steward Cherry and her assistant Dwi – we could not say enough good about them. My daughter – this being her first cruise – did not listen to me and in Labadee she way over did it in the sun and had a horrific sunburn on her back. Her room steward Patricia was helping my daughter the best she could and our room steward suggested a home remedy she knew about and I had heard worked and I told Patricia that it was coming. Cherry ordered it up for my daughter then called my daughter a couple times a day until she knew my daughter was feeling better. Between the two of them I cannot say enough about the service we received. Dwi was always waiting for my husband and me to come out of the room and asking if we needed anything. When we would get back to our room whatever we asked for was there. Our dining room waiter, Marvyn on deck 4 was awesome. The first night he asked our names and then he never forgot them. Always, always called us by our name and made sure we had everything we asked for. Joined us in teasing each other and he got teased himself. We had a fun table and great service. Our headwaiter came every night I think to see what we were all laughing about and joined in the fun. The Ship: The Oasis and the Allure are two sisters that are unique. I love the Central Park Mall, Boardwalk, Promenade Deck, and the track that 2 and a half times around equals a mile. Every room I saw was clean and outfitted perfectly. I enjoyed both of them immensely and am looking forward to the Quantum next year.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My Wife and I wanted to take a nice vacation for our One Year Wedding Anniversary and since we love cruising, we decided to try out Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. We booked a 7 night cruise, which left out of Fort Lauderdale, ... Read More
My Wife and I wanted to take a nice vacation for our One Year Wedding Anniversary and since we love cruising, we decided to try out Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. We booked a 7 night cruise, which left out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and sailed to Nassau Bahamas, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas from November 30-December 7. This was my third time cruising (once on Carnival and second on Royal Caribbean) and my Wife's second time cruising (once on Carnival and first on Royal Caribbean). We had an amazing time both on board the ship and off the ship, but here is a breakdown of everything. Check-in: This was a very smooth process! They told us not to get there until 1:00 p.m. to check in, but we arrived around noon and there were already a lot of people there being checked in. We walked right in, got through security, and was at the desk being checked in by a Royal Caribbean Representative within about 10 minutes. Royal Caribbean seems to have this process down pretty good and there wasn't much of a wait for any portion of the check-in process. We left our luggage outside the facility where there were a bunch of staff members placing luggage tags on everything, which linked the luggage to your room and they carried it in from there. The staff members at the check-in desk were extremely friendly and made sure to keep the customers smiling. They all had great sense of humors and didn't waste any time getting what they needed. After checking in, they had photographers standing around as they always do and they would take several photographs of you prior to boarding the ship. The Photographers were very friendly too and even though our photographer started having problems with her camera, she made sure to quickly grab another photographer to complete our photos and kept us smiling and enjoying our time while she was getting the problem resolved. The Ship: WOW! When my Wife and I boarded this ship, we could not believe what we were seeing. The Atrium of this ship is massive and doesn't even give the feeling of being on a cruise ship. I felt like I was in the middle of a giant Mall. We were greeted by a large amount of staff members, who were all screaming and cheering as guests were boarding the ship and as my Wife and I were attempting to take a picture of ourselves with the Royal Prominade in the background, one of the employees came running over and offered to take the picture for us. I couldn't believe the service we were already receiving and the friendliness of this staff. Even after taking our picture, the employee didn't just walk away and end his encounter with us. He stood there and started up conversation, asking where we were from, what the occasion was, and if we had any plans so far for what we wanted to do. He congratulated us on our one year wedding anniversary and pointed out several places around the ship that he thought we may enjoy. To be able to receive this kind of treatment from the second we step foot on this ship was a great feeling. We knew our vacation was going to be great! This beautiful design and WOW factor that Royal Caribbean always talks about did not stop with just the Royal Prominade. This entire ship was just absolutely amazing. They had everything you could ever imagine when it came to restaurant choices, bars, lounges, souvenir shops, entertainment venues, etc. We never became bored and were without something to do the entire time we were on this ship. The pool deck was even amazing. They had the pool deck split with half of it being for kids, which had two pools, a water works area and hot tubs. the other side of the pool deck was for adults and families, which had two more pools outside and a pool in the Solarium. It also had at least 7 hot tubs, two of which bowed out from the side of the ship, which I absolutely loved! Once the ship set sail, it was nice to just sit in one of those hot tubs and look out over the side of the ship and the ocean. It was very relaxing! Restaurants: Winjammer Cafe (included): On day 1 when we boarded the ship, we went straight to the Windjammer Cafe. Due to it being the first day and everyone boarding the ship at that time and going straight to lunch, this restaurant was extremely busy and did have a pretty long wait to get it. This is to be expected considering they're packing thousands of people on the ship at this time and they're all hungry. This did subside after the first day though and every time we returned after that, we walked right in, got a table, and got our food in no time at all. The food was excellent as well! Never walked away from there hungry! Chops Grill (extra): On our Anniversary, I booked a reservation at Chops Grill for $35 per person, which is not bad for what we got! This is a must do if you are going on this ship! The server we had was amazing! He came by our table multiple times throughout our visit and just stood and talked with us. He joked with us, made sure we had what we needed, and most importantly, made sure we were enjoying our time. He congratulated us on our anniversary as well and made the evening very enjoyable. The food was excellent too! I had a 10 oz steak and I'm here to say, that was the absolute best steak I have ever had in my life. My Wife got Filet Minon and she was very impressed! The food was cooked just right and when I went to cut my Steak, the knife went right through it and was very easy to chew, while being packed with a ton of flavor. We even met another couple, who came in after us and sat at the table beside us. They were great and made our time even more enjoyable. Our server continued joining in on our conversation and had all four of us almost falling out of our chairs laughing. Definitely a great time! Johnny Rockets (extra): We also ate at Johnny Rockets, which is not an included restaurant either. We found that it was very inexpensive though and only cost us $4.95 each and we got unlimited food. The server brought us a giant plate of French Fries and a giant plate of Onion Rings right away. He then took our order for what we wanted to eat and as we were eating all of our food, he brought us more Fries and Onion Rings. For $4.95 per person, this was a ton of food! All very good as well! Boardwalk Donut Shop (included): We got donuts here a couple times and they were delicious! very soft and most of the time, still very warm donuts and they were great to eat first thing in the morning. Starbucks (extra): We got coffee here every morning! Starbucks is normally a very expensive coffee, so we don't get it that often, but I noticed the prices on the ship for their coffee were significantly lower than in the United States. Park Cafe (included): We ate here a couple times and they had pretty good food. Not much to choose from and it's mostly salads and small sandwiches, but it was definitely a good choice for trying to not eat too horribly the entire time we were on the ship. Sorrento's Pizza (included): We got pizza here once and it was very good! Would definitely recommend this if you're in a hurry or just craving some pizza! Main Dining Room (included): EXCELLENT! we never had a bad meal here and sat with a great group of people every night! We met a couple from Venezuela who were absolutely amazing and were fun to be around! The service was amazing and after the first night, our server knew every one of our names and would greet us by our names every night (there were 6 of us sitting at this table almost every night). If someone didn't show up, he would ask where they were by their names. Myself and the other guys at the table would get a beer every night when we sat down at the table to start off. The first night we were there, the beer was a little warm for our liking and we kind of joked with the server about it and he noticeably felt bad and apologized for it. The rest of our cruise, when we would arrive at dinner, there was a small bucket sitting next to our table with three Beer's sitting inside, covered in ice. The second we would sit down, he would hold a beer out in front of each of us one by one and have us feel it. He would ask if we thought it was cold enough and then would start cracking them open and handing them to us. They were always ice cold from then on and he always knew which one's to bring each of us. My Wife would end every dinner with a coffee and after the first night, he would come pick up our plates when we were done and within a few minutes, the server had a cup of coffee, made just how she wanted it, sitting in front of my Wife. The last night of the cruise, our server came over and thanked us for cruising with them and being a great group of people. He bid us farewell and told us that he hoped he had given us the best possible service, which he definitely had done! This guy was amazing! Bars: The bars weren't badly priced at all when it came to the specialty drinks, such as the one's they walk around with on the pool deck or serve from the bar. Typically, you could get a nice frozen drink or specialty drink anywhere from $9.00-$12.00 which is not bad at all compared to the $15-$25 we were paying on Carnival. Beer is definitely priced very high though. One can of Beer is over $6.00 and when I asked about a bucket of 5 beers, I was stole $27.00. I got a bucket of Beer on Carnival for $12.00. However, service was always very good and the servers would recognize us even when we were sitting in on the comedy shows and other evens throughout the ship and would come up and talk to us, even if we weren't ordering anything. Other Restaurants: We didn't eat at any of the other restaurants during this stay, but from people we talked to, they were all excellent. Next time, we will definitely be eating at all the above restaurants and the other specialty restaurants, such as Giovanni's Table and 150 Central Park. You definitely can't go wrong with any of the food on this ship. Entertainment: This is one part that really impressed me about Royal Caribbean! Their entertainment was unbelievable and never ceased to amaze me or my Wife. You can tell they put a lot of thought into everything they did, especially the 70's night in the Royal Prominade. I'm telling you, I was not born in the 70's and didn't live through the 70's, but if that's how it was back then... this world needs to go back to it because everyone was happy, everyone was dancing, and the overall mood of everything there was just amazing! Rooms: The rooms were very nice! After we ate at the Windjammer Cafe for lunch on day 1, they announced over the intercom that most rooms were available, even though it was about 2 hours early. When we got to our room and were unpacking, our room Steward came right away and introduced himself to us and told us that if there was anything at all that we needed, to please let him know. I had already had a bottle of Champaign and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room as a surprise for my Wife and I to share for our anniversary. When the room Steward told us to let us know if we needed anything, I jokingly said "make sure our Champaign stays cold" and kind of laughed about it. Everytime we entered that room for the entire cruise, no matter what time it was, the bucket that our Champaign was in had been filled to the brim with ice. This guy would also greet us every morning when we left our rooms as he was cleaning other rooms and would greet us by name anytime he saw us walking around. He would start conversation with us every morning and ask how our night was, if we slept good, and what our plans were for the day. Definitely made us feel welcome and it was noticeable that he was a very hard worker and dedicated to his job. Ports: Nassau Bahamas: Not a big fan. This is the second time I've been on a cruise to this island and we were only off the ship for maybe an hour. The island is very dirty, run down, and you are constantly being panhandled or asked to buy something. Definitely a big feeling of insecurity and constantly watching your backs. It had definitely been built up some since the last time I was there, but still not my ideal vacation spot. I could care less to ever go back to this Island. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas: BEAUTIFUL! this is the second cruise I have been on where we went to St. Thomas and I love it! If you get a chance to go here, take a taxi (costs about $10 each way) to Megan's Bay. It also costs about $4 per person to get into the beach, but once you're there, you're in a little cove and it is so relaxing. Beautiful beach, beautiful scenery, and exactly what I was looking for on a relaxing vacation. Phillipsburg St. Maarten: This is definitely a very nice little island that appears to be a fairly new travel spot. A lot of newer looking buildings and shops at the port. Get a bottle of Guavaberry Rum and try out their Guavaberry drink that they made and give out as samples! very delicious! Also, take a taxi to Maho Beach where you can watch airplanes fly right over your heads. The beach backs up to the local airport and you have 757's and all other size planes constantly flying in and out of there. It is very cool to watch! Just be prepared because the waves are pretty high at this beach and there's not much in form of a beach to lay on at this location. Also, don't stand behind the jets as they are taking off like we saw some people do. They found themselves rolling down the beach and into the water, along with all of their property when the jet took off! Definitely a great photo spot if you go to this beach! After you're done with Maho Beach, go to the beach in downtown Phillipsburg. A huge variety of restaurants are located at this beach and they have people roaming around selling buckets of beer and lawn chairs. They usually run a deal where if you rent a couple lawn chairs, they give you a bucket of beer. Stop one of the guys who works for "blue bitch bar" and order a bucket of beer. It's only $10.00 and you get 5 beers! Definitely better than the $27.00 you will pay for that same bucket on the ship or $6.00 for a single beer on the ship! Fitness Center/Vitality Spa: Wow! We didn't book anything through Vitality Spa, but did take the tour on day 1 and it is unbelievable what they have in there. They have something for everyone! It was very clean and relaxing in the facility as well! We did book a cycling class one of the days and it definitely kicked our butts! I work out a lot, but that had me wore out! The gym is very up to date with high quality equipment and trainers working inside. If you're looking to be able to continue a workout routine while you're on your vacation, this is definitely the place to be! They also having a running track outside on deck 4, which goes the entire perimeter of the ship. One lap around this track is just under 1/2 mile!!! I ran on this track a few of the days and to be able to get my workout in and look at the scenery at the same time was great! Experience: This was definitely a very enjoyable vacation for both my Wife and I, who were celebrating one year of marriage together and wanted to just get away and relax together. The staff really worked hard to make everything as enjoyable as possible and in our opinions, nothing could have been any better. Yes, due to it being a higher class ship, there were some very snoody and "nose in clouds" kind of people on this ship who thought they were gods gift to humans, but you will have those kind of people everywhere you go and it definitely did not ruin our vacation at all. We met some very nice people from all over the world and enjoyed speaking with all of them. My Wife and I are not very hard to please at all, so it would take a lot to ruin a vacation for us. However, I don't see where anyone who isn't just looking for something to complaint about, would have any issues with this cruise line. If you're looking for a fun and relaxing vacation, definitely choose this ship. I was worried there wouldn't be many places to just lounge around and relax due to the ship appearing to be so upbeat and was worried you would constantly be bumping into people, considering how many guests they pack on there every week, but that was not the case. After day 1, you would never believe there were over 5,000 people on that ship. There were also many places to lounge around and relax!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
I am a 33 year old male who was on my honeymoon with my 26 year old wife. This was my first ever cruise and my wife's fourth. This review is based on my experience as a first time cruiser. I am the majority planner on our vacations ... Read More
I am a 33 year old male who was on my honeymoon with my 26 year old wife. This was my first ever cruise and my wife's fourth. This review is based on my experience as a first time cruiser. I am the majority planner on our vacations and tend to do a lot of research which is what led me to Cruise Critic. Planning is definitely necessary for Oasis of the Seas. We started our honeymoon in Disney World, then drove down to Ft. Lauderdale the Thursday before the cruise. We spent two nights at Comfort Inn & Suites Airport & Cruise Port. It is a very nice hotel within walking distance to most things. There is a CVS next door for any last minute things you may need. The only bad thing was one elevator was down while we were there and then on Saturday when we left the other elevator stopped working as well. They have a decent free breakfast, slow free wifi, and a nice pool. They also have a cruise shuttle, but we had a rental car from Hertz and used their shuttle to port. Embarkation was a piece of cake. We received a text, phone call, and email from royal Caribbean telling us not to arrive to port before 12:30pm. We ignored that and arrived at 10:30am. We were on the ship by 11:15am. Our stateroom was #12538, the first cabin on the starboard side. The bed is located by the closet. The balcony was nice except we had neighbors who smoked and they were outside smoking ALL the time. Our attendant was Jairo who was phenomenal. We had quick access to the pool deck and shows. To go eat we would take the elevator down to either Central Park or Royal Promenade and walk to the MDR on Deck 3. We had traditional dining in MDR at 6pm. Our waiter was Jose and his assistant was Jayson. They did a great job. One night we had an early show and they made sure dinner moved quickly enough for us to attend. The food was delicious! We only missed one night and we ate at the Windjammer that night. We only ate at WJ twice but even though it showed as red on the screens we had no trouble finding a table. Park Cafe and Cafe Promenade had great selections as well. The pizza at Sorrentos was very good and the doughnuts at the Doughnut Shop were just okay. We didn't do any specialty dining. Oasis has no shortage of things to do. Hairspray was awesome. The water and ice shows were amazing. The comedians were great. Ron Lucas was the headliner and his puppets were hysterical. Come Fly with Me was good but didn't make much sense. We went to Quest, Love and Marriage show, multiple trivias, mini golf competition, soccer competition, zip line, and ice skating. After doing all that I'm sure we still missed a lot. Disembarkation was a breeze. We got off the ship at 9am and were at the airport by 10:30am. We used the shuttle from Royal Caribbean so that was even with waiting on the bus for a little bit. Overall it was a very relaxing vacation. I loved cruising and I'm sure at some point will do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
I have been waiting to sail on Oasis and finally had the chance on September 21st. Just FYI for perspective- Husband, 46, and I, 45, are frequent cruisers and pretty active folks. After checking my favorite websites we got a great deal on ... Read More
I have been waiting to sail on Oasis and finally had the chance on September 21st. Just FYI for perspective- Husband, 46, and I, 45, are frequent cruisers and pretty active folks. After checking my favorite websites we got a great deal on a Boardwalk Balcony Cabin- 12726. We arrived the night before, stayed at Embassy Suites, then took a shuttle to the port around 10:30 that morning. To say embarkation was a breeze is an understatement. We went through security, checked in and walked on the ship. Walking into the Royal Promenade, which is so much larger than the other RCL ships, is amazing. We grabbed a quick bite, a beer at the pub, then explored before going to our room at 1:00. We were the next to the last cabin Aft and had a great view of the ocean and the Aqua Theater from our balcony. Our bags were delivered quickly after. Took the opportunity to Flow Ride and Zip Line with no lines! Definitely do this early on..but the lines were never bad the whole week. Love the Muster Drill which as in the Aqua Theater. No life jackets and standing like sardines in the hot sun! Yeah!!!! I will write a more detailed review on the message board, but to summarize some key points: 1. Never crowded. Only crowd was in the Windjammer at peak times, but this was not even bad. Very well controlled for the number of people on the ship. We went to the sundeck during peak times and literally there were maybe 8 other people on the top side deck near us. We called it our own cruise ship!!!! 2. Park Cafe is very good. Don't rush though to stand in line the first day! They will have all the food there all week so hit it when you get the chance. Salads are very good as is the sandwich. 3. Love Starbucks! Enough said there! 4. Reserve shows well ahead of time. Main one to reserve is the Comedy Show. Most others you could get into after reserved had gone in. Was cool for one of the shows where the audience sang along with the headliner. Was cool to hear all the folks singing oldies together! 5. Watch the number of folks for Bingo. Crowds were really low so played twice and ended up winning for the first time ever. Just a way to narrow your odds!!! 6. Very very diverse crowd. Many different nationalities on board. Also since school was in session there were a limited number of kids on board. 7. AquaShow was awesome. Only complaint with our room though was there was a speaker right on our balcony and the show was very loud in the room. I could deal with it, but after the second night my hubby was ready for quiet. Not enough to be upset with, but he would not choose this room again for that reason. And yes we did shut the door properly! 8. Food was OK. Remember you are getting buffet food so if you go into it with that view you will be OK. Plenty of choices throughout so you won't starve. 9. Wireless stinks. If you need to use the internet go direct connect or you will waste a lot of money here. Wow. Could go on and on. This was by far the best cruise we have done and we have done many. I had a smile on my face the whole week. Service was great, ship was clean, bed was comfy. I am looking for my next deal when we can take the kids. RCL would love it if you dropped Nassau and added another port to try make this an over the top trip. St Maarten and St Thomas were great!!!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Oasis of the Seas 9/14/13 Embarkation - We drove from Naples, FL to the port. We were concerned about embarkation as there are over 6000 people on the ship. We drove into the port area, dropped our bags off, parked across the street and ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas 9/14/13 Embarkation - We drove from Naples, FL to the port. We were concerned about embarkation as there are over 6000 people on the ship. We drove into the port area, dropped our bags off, parked across the street and started the process. 15 minutes later, we were on the ship. I could not believe how quick Royal was during the embarkation process. Ship - The Oasis of the Seas is a fantastic ship. We could not believe the size of the ship, nor the beauty and grandeur. The one thing that I still cannot believe is that unless I was actually looking at the water, I did not know we were moving. What a fantastic ship. Cabins - Our cabin was very nice. Our cabin was on the 9th deck starboard side. We had a balcony and used it quite a bit. Entertainment. The entertainment was great. We loved the band that played in the Dazzles bar. We went to the main show, the ice skating show, and both aquatic shows. All were very well done. Bars - We had no issues with the bars. All of the bar staff and waiters/waitress were outstanding. I actually gave 2 WOW cards to a couple of bartenders. Dining - We used the MYTIME dining program. We had not problems with it. We basically ended up at the same table every night with different people (sharing). The waitress was Cassandra and once again another WOW card. It was recommended to make reservations, even though you were on mytime dining. We never did, and we never had a wait. We did eat in the CHOPS Grille Steak house. It was nice, but I don't think it was worth the money. Royal has outstanding food in all of its restraraunts. Services - Our cabin steward was outstanding. He was there when we needed him and did a great job on the room. Tours - We went to Labadee and it was OK. Owned by Royal, it was very crowded. We found One Day All Inclusive resorts online. After 26 cruises, you would have thought we would have figured this out a long time ago. The Jewel runaway Bay resort on Jamaica was fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone. The El Cozumeleno Beach Resort in Cozumel was just OK. I would look for a better resort next time on Cozumel. It was not that it wasn't very good, they just could be a lot better. Debarkation - This went smoothly and we were off the ship by 1000 (our choosing) and on the road. Overall reaction - It was a great cruise. We are already looking into a 35 year anniversary cruise next year. It will be on the Oasis of the Seas, if it is back from Europe, or on the Allure of the Seas.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Oasis of the Seas is not just any other cruise ship on the Ocean. This is a floating city! From the minute you first lay eyes on her as you arrive at the departure port your excitement builds. She is a beautiful and absolutely huge boat, ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is not just any other cruise ship on the Ocean. This is a floating city! From the minute you first lay eyes on her as you arrive at the departure port your excitement builds. She is a beautiful and absolutely huge boat, almost overwhelming to take in. Once you get inside her massive belly you feel like you've entered a movie set. A beautiful city street, lined with shops, bars, clubs, and quaint little restaurants. There is even an antique car there, which is dwarfed by the immense size of the "Promenade". Every step of the way around the ship you become more and more impressed. Every feature is gorgeous, no detail has been missed. You will feel this way for the entire trip and always finding something new you had not yet seen. You honestly can not do everything on this ship in just one cruise. The staff aboard Oasis of the Seas really bring this vacation over the top. Somehow they remember your name and what you drink and eat. Genuinely friendly and caring about your vacation making sure that you enjoy your week in their care. The cruise director seemed to be everywhere and had an energy that keeps you drawn to her. By mid week in your mind you wonder if she is really triplets. Now even more impressive is the cabin steward. This guy is like Houdini, magically primping your room what seems like every time you step out the door. Complete with towel monkeys hanging around your bed and curtain rods. Everything aboard was kept spotless and you will constantly see someone polishing, painting and cleaning something. Keeping everything in tip-top shape. We had a great room with a balcony overlooking the Boardwalk. We could see the show in the Aqua Theater just by stepping outside or even do some people watching. One of our favorite activities was a walk through Central Park with a glass of wine at night. This is probably the most romantic thing you can do while onboard. Food is always a big part of cruising and Oasis has you covered. Izumi has a great selection of fresh sushi and service was top notch. Chops Grill was another favorite and was certainly worth the small up charge. Lobster night in the Main Dinning Room was fantastic. As everywhere else on the ship service was impeccable. No matter where we went the staff knew us by name, I was amazed. The only bad thing I can say about my vacation aboard Oasis of the Seas is we had to get off after 7 days. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Just back from our RC Oasis of the Seas 7-day Western Caribbean cruise, July 6, 2013 sailing. One word...AMAZING. I have been on 9 other cruises in my lifetime and it had been nearly 8 years since my last cruise, so I had missed sailing on ... Read More
Just back from our RC Oasis of the Seas 7-day Western Caribbean cruise, July 6, 2013 sailing. One word...AMAZING. I have been on 9 other cruises in my lifetime and it had been nearly 8 years since my last cruise, so I had missed sailing on several classes of ships, which made sailing on the Oasis class all the more surprising. My husband and I sailed without our children this time, we are in our late 40s. Departure: Was a breeze. We drove to the port and parked. Recommend rolling down your window when you pull up to terminal and yelling "drop off", you will be directed to the end of the loop. Pull up, double-park and start opening your trunk. A terminal attendant will help you the rest of the way unloading bags on a rack going to the ship. We tipped him $2 per bag. Then walk into terminal, with ID in your hand (requirement). We arrived at 10:30am and walked right up to a check-in counter for (Deck 9). Was through check-in within 5 minutes and into a seated holding area. Waited 5 minutes and then they started loading passengers. Was on the Royal Promenade 5 minutes later. This was the one and only time we felt like sardines since everyone was in awe of the Promenade's glitz and was hanging around there. Once we started walking around the ship that feeling passed quickly. Most people went to the Wind Jammer cafe for the big buffet. But we walked around and found the Central Park Cafe and had the most amazing roast beef sandwich and cup of fruit. It was perfect. You will have plenty of time for the Wind Jammer cafe later. Our stateroom was open at 1:30pm. Our luggage arrived at 2pm. Although our neighbors didn't arrive until 8pm. I won't go day by day, but I will give some highlights that I have not read here that would have been helpful to have known. Pre-book your nightly shows online before coming (which we did, but most didn't). The line to book shows was sooooo long. Don't miss a single show - they are all incredible. If you pre-book, arrive at show about 15-20 minutes early for a good seat. Dinner: we had the early seating 6pm. I debated about My Time Seating, but the 6pm worked out just fine. There was only one day (Jamaica) when we were cutting it close, but honestly, you can arrive late and still get served, it's no problem. We booked table for 2 which was nice, those tables are lined up side by side and very close, so the table next to you is basically your table mates. Ours were great and we had fun talking about the daily events. You can order as many of anything that you want. We typically ordered 2-3 appetizers each (they are much smaller quantities, most are a small handful size). We each would order one entree and then a third to share between us. And one dessert each. Food was fabulous. We never ate at the specialty dining... why? Packing: Ok, I admit it. Even though I put stuff back when I was packing. I embarrassingly over packed. And I'm not a rookie at this. We had 5 bags (1-26" bag for me; 1-26" bag for hubby; 1 garment bag; 1 large duffle for shoes and toiletries; and 1 large sports duffle for our snorkel gear, beach towels, and our liquor we snuck on in rum rummer bags; plus a 20-pack of diet coke). Honestly, you wear your bathing suit, cover-up, flip flops and hat during the day... EVERYDAY and then your dress and sandals for dinner. Most nights you just keep on your dress. On formal nights you change into capris and a top after dinner. That's it, really. I was NEVER cold on this cruise. The temp in the shows was fine. I saw a handful of elderly people wearing sweaters, but I never wore mine. Half of my suitcase of clothes is still clean, never worn. Excursions: We waited until getting on the ship to book our excursions since we had RC shipboard credits and wanted to use those for excursions and stuff. DONT wait in the long line on the RC Promenade deck that is open when you board. The line is long and they will be there all day and all evening that first day, so come back later. Unless you want the Bob Marley tour which I heard booked and sold out fast. We did the Jet Ski excursion at Labadee, the Dunns Falls/River Tubing at Jamaica, and in Cozumel we just took a taxi to Chaukanaub Park (a 10 minute, $11 dollar per car load ride) and snorkeled there. Jet skiing was so much fun. In Haiti all you need is your SeaPass. The food was soooooo good (jerk ribs and chicken). Bring your water shoes, because there are rocks and sea grass under the water. At first we went to the beach that you can see the zip lining from, but that is rocky and sea grass. Then we went to the family beach where the cabanas are and that was all sand. If you have snorkel masks bring them, no need for fins. Go snorkel under the cabanas near the cliff rocks, lots of tropical fish. There are lockers to rent, but you only need to rent one if you are doing an activity (like jet skiing, or zip lining), otherwise it safe next to your chair there. In Jamaica, we booked RC excursion for Dunns Falls and Tubing. You will need a Photo ID and your SeaPass to get off boat. Wear bathing suit, cover up, and water shoes off the boat. Pack beach bag with towel, water camera, and bottle of water. Drive is almost an hour. But our tour guide told us fun facts the entire ride and it went by so fast. I must say, it really does make a difference if your van mates are fun. We had a great group. You leave all your stuff (including cash, and IDs in the locked van with the driver, it was very safe and no need to rent locker). Dunns Falls was fantastic. River tubing was so much fun too. The tubing ends literally at the ocean beach and lunch was included at the hotel there. That food was authentic and pretty good, we tried jerk chicken and also the local favorite goat (not my favorite but wanted to try it). It was a buffet. Followed by the ride home which all of us rested and slept on. In Cozumel, we packed our snorkel gear (including fins, you will need them). You will need a Photo ID and SeaPass to get off ship. Walked through port to taxi waiting area. And took taxi to park. This is the same park that you would go to if you booked Dolphin excursion on boat. OK, word of advise, IF you want the dolphin excursion, don't do the boat for this one. Just take taxi and go to the park yourself. They will give you a good deal at the gate for dolphin stuff, plus then you are on your own and can do the other stuff at the park without being rushed or forced to be in a group. there are cabanas, sea lion show, snorkeling, authentic Mexican food, etc. there. We arrived around 10am and left around 4pm. Best guacamole ever. Bring cash. Chips/salsa/guacamole/2 bottle waters came to $14 plus tip. Life vests are free with ID. This port had the most shops, but the pushiest vendors. I will never complain again about a pushy vendor in the states. Miscellaneous Items: Wear a cheap water proof watch. There are not many clocks on the ship and I was always asking people what time it was. We also packed a tiny light up alarm clock, not for the alarm, but to tell the time in the room. The phone has a clock, but it's hard to see in the dark. Pack a six pack of hook close pins. There isn't a rope in the shower to hang wet bathing suits. RC towels are $25 each if you fail to return them, so be very careful. If you have kids I would suggest packing beach towels. I heard lots of parents yelling at kids for losing towels. Wear sneakers the first day coming on ship and do the zip line that first day (lines are long after that). Bring bathing suit and do Flow Rider the first day, after that it's long lines. Don't bother with miniature golf, it's hot and frustrating without any barricades to stop your ball. If you like to dance and are adventurous, take the Mob Flash Dance lessons and be part of the Mob Flash dance towards the end of the cruise. Don't miss the Quest (Day 4), the Love and Marriage (Day 3), the Battle of the Sexes (Day 6), the or the Comedians. All of them are hilarious. If you love Karaoke, there is the On Air bar that is Karaoke every night, plus don't miss the Rock-a-Rokie, which is Karaoke to a live band (Day 5). I have an IPhone, so arrival day I took lots of pictures with that while we are still in port. I then shut it totally off after leaving port so that I wouldn't be charged roaming. BIG mistake. What I should have done was turn the Airplane mode on, turn the Text and Data off, and internet off and used it as my camera the entire cruise, plus then I would have had a clock. Oh well, will do that next time. Just remember only turning on the Airplane mode is not enough, you have to turn all the other stuff off. We had $550 shipboard credit, which you would think would be plenty...NOT. Our final bill was $290. Here's how the bill broke out. Gratuities are $12/person/day = $168. Jet Skis $95/person = $190. Dunns Falls/River Tubing $119/driver = $238. That's $596 right there. And then we had a few pool drinks each day ($7.95 each), bought a Pandora-style bracelet at the ship sale for $39 (originally $135), bought a few $10 t-shirts on Day 6 during the t-shirt sale, and bought a few souvenirs. We didn't buy any pics, too expensive. One 8x10 is $24.95, yikes. There were families walking around with hundreds of dollars of purchased pics the last night. Wow. Plus don't forget we spent $99 in Cozumel ($11 taxi each way, park entrance fee $19 each with coupon, food in park, and souvenirs back at port). So be prepared for the extra expenses. And remember, we didn't do any specialty dining, drink packages, or soda packages. We mostly made drinks in our room with the liquor we snuck on and the 20-pack of diet coke we checked-in as baggage. All-in-all it was a fantastic 7 days. The cruise director, Amy and her crew were amazing. The staff on board were also top notch. I will never be able to cruise on a smaller class ship again. I am now officially spoiled.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We flew in the day before so not to have to worry about airline difficulties --- we had reservations at the Ft. Lauderdale Hilton Marina. A reasonable rate was offered and three of us stayed in one room. A short cab ride from Ft. ... Read More
We flew in the day before so not to have to worry about airline difficulties --- we had reservations at the Ft. Lauderdale Hilton Marina. A reasonable rate was offered and three of us stayed in one room. A short cab ride from Ft. Lauderdale airport under $20 with tip. Only drawback this summer which I was unaware at booking was the restaurants were closed due to renovations and the only place to eat on site was the pool bar. (Not a very good selection for lunch and supper both)We made do because after all we are fixing to go on a cruise! We stayed in a tower room which was nice and up to date and clean. Would not want to stay in the villas as they need remodeling. Next time I would stay on a higher floor in the tower for a better water view. I would stay here again. Walgreens is a few blocks down the street and my daughter and I walked it, but would not walk it after dark just a little too far and felt a touch uneasy for 2 women walking on their own. But otherwise a great place! We felt very safe on hotel property!! Woke up and left hotel at 10:30 for port. Caught cab right out front with no waiting. Fare was $10-$15 for fare +tip to port. Less than 5 minute ride. We got our luggage with a steward + tip to steward for good measure and we were off to embarkation. Walked right up to desk by 11:00am, paperwork and boarding pictures made, then to Crown and Anchor section(only gold level) for a seat to wait for boarding, was told boarding would not begin until 12:30 in an earlier email, however we were boarding by 11:15 and on ship by 11:25. Cabins were made available after 1pm. Once onboard we immediately went and purchased on premium beverage package and I would definitely do this again! We waited to purchase once on board as we had some onboard credit to use and this made it quite a deal. I am not a heavy drinker but the convenience was awesome for ordering beverages, service exceptional, and bottomless wine glass a dinner a plus. I did get my money worth as we did not get off for long at ports and I was able to use this package everyday. My next stop after purchasing drink package was to excursion desk to reserve a cabana on Labadee. Since we were not doing any excursions at the other ports we opted to renting a cabana on Labadee if available and on the website prior to boarding it stated to inquire once onboard about Cabanas ... we felt very lucky as we were told at 11:25am when I made it to the excursion desk we got the LAST cabana on Nellie's Beach over the water. It was a pure TREAT!! Will definitely do this again. We stayed the entire day on Labadee, had our own personal attendant to get our bar drinks or cokes for my daughter. The cabana came with our own bottled water, flotation mats for the beach, as well as we had a special buffet with the suite guests. We felt very pampered and will be disappointed in future cruises if we do not get a cabana. The sun can be very hot and having the shade when you want it was great! Plus they had a golf cart to take you back to the ship when you were ready to leave.We had the late dining at 8:30pm and had show reservations pre arranged for after dinner most nights. My mother in law had a difficult time making the late shows so she might opt for early dinner the next time. This was her first cruise. However, having teenagers the late shows work better for us and gives us more pool time as we do not have to come in early and get ready for dinner. There are some must shows to see ... we always enjoy the LOVE and MARRIAGE show, the broadway show, ice show, and the QUEST. We missed COME FLY WITH ME, but I heard it was great. I enjoyed the casino ... I just play penny slots, but I did win a little then lose a little but overall came home with a little more money about $100 more than I went with plus a tshirt! Yay! My favorite day time activity was lying by the pool. We chose to lay out at the beach pool which was usually crowded but we were always lucky enough to find 2 chairs side by side even when we would not get out there until 11:30 or 12:00 noon. Sign up the cruise critic Meet and Mingle ... great prizes are given away and you can visit with other cruise critic members if you choose. We did not win any prizes but enjoyed the 30 minute get together. Lunch once we boarded was enjoyed in the Park Cafe ... awesome customized salads and the delicious roast beef sandwiches ... this was my favorite lunch spot. Breakfast was good in the Windjammer of course, and they move people through for breakfast pretty quickly... I think breakfast was quicker this voyage in the windjammer than my previous cruise on Oasis 2 years ago. We also liked Johnny Rockets for breakfast (two mornings) There is NO service charge for breakfast at Johnny Rockets and you can get your basic breakfast meal of bacon, eggs, toast, hasbrowns, or sausage and pancakes. Back to our late seating eating time ... I come from the old school of cruising and have never tried my time dining but I like the personal attention received from our waiters each night when we are able to get to know them and they get to know us. We loved the new menus in the dining room and our waiters were so nice always allowing us to order however many appetizers we wanted. If they thought we did not eat enough of our entree, they were ready to bring us another one of something different as they thought we did not like it. That was never the case, as all the food was delicious and we were just too full if we did not eat all of our main course. Their desserts were not as good as in the past, but still satisfied our sweet tooth. A note on the photos on the ship ... our first cruise on Oasis was with our family of four and we had not had family photos made in quite some time. That being said at the end of the cruise I splurged and bought the DVD of all our photos for $360 (2 years ago). This time my daughter, mother in law, and I had quite a few pictures made, however the price had gone up tremendously and was not a deal. The same DVD is now over $600.00. We were given coupon books since we are crown and anchor members for buy one photo get one half off so for $99 we acutally purchased 5 photos of our cruise and took many photos on our own. I plan to make an album from shutterfly as a keepsake. We attempted to play Bingo one day, but I did not want to pay$55 for a BINGO machine, seems too expensive and takes the fun out of BINGO. I will skip this event in future cruises. The only people that would win were the people with the machines and just did not seem as fun as used to be. Also, during the day all the sales on the promenade kind of get on your nerves when strolling through that area, so I just chose to stay away until later in the evening. WE LOVED our cruise and will definitely save up for another one on one of these big ships in the Oasis Class. Any questions regarding my review feel free to reply and I will answer if possible. Disembarking was as easy as getting on the ship. Our time for getting off was between 9:15 and 9:30am and we were at the airport before 10am; Note charge cell phones and Ipads the night before as FLL airport does not have charging stations and everyone is looking to charge their phones. One thing I would like to look into before our next cruise is texting at sea. We turned off our cell phones once we left the FLL port and placed in our safe and did not turn on again until 7 days later. However, they advertised Cellular at Sea if you have AT&T service, but I was scared of charges that might show up once back at home. We have had problems when traveling to the Bahamas with getting back home with a $1000 cell bill and definitely did not want to experience that again. I noticed many passengers constantly using their cell phones so the cellular at sea may be affordable OR they may have a surprise once they returned. I bought an internet package once on board to email my husband daily and it was $24.95 for like 33 minutes. I used like 25 minutes for the week by going to the computer room on the ship on deck 14. Hope my review has been helpful ... we always had plenty to do and were rarely in the our cabin. Cabin note ... we were in a boardwalk balcony cabin 11323 and LOVED it. Will definitely do a boardwalk cabin again as we could see the ocean plus people watch. Also, we could watch aqua theater shows from our balcony or from the public balcony at the end of the hall. The only way I would choose to have an ocean balcony was if I was lucky enough to have a suite. Some people complain over noise from Aqua Theater, but that was not an issue with us. The only time you would hear noise is if you had your balcony door open. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
A brief review on our 25th Anniversary Cruise. This was our 12th cruise, 11 with RCCL and it was the best thus far. We arrived at 2:30 and were in our room in 15 minutes. Disembarking was the same. We walked out of our room with luggage in ... Read More
A brief review on our 25th Anniversary Cruise. This was our 12th cruise, 11 with RCCL and it was the best thus far. We arrived at 2:30 and were in our room in 15 minutes. Disembarking was the same. We walked out of our room with luggage in hand at 6:30 and were in a cab in 15 minutes. We were in a Grand Suite, 10654 and the amenities were outstanding. We have traveled in a Grand Suite before, but had never taken advantage of many things. The Concierge service by Allan and Israel was FIRST CLASS. They worked harder than anyone we have encountered thus far and made our cruise fantastic. They booked our shows, ordered dinners for us(which we ate each night on our deck) and even gave my wife a complimentary massage after the one we had paid for was terrible. We had lunch each day in the Concierge Club and met many people. The Diamond Club was also a wonderful experience with Carolina as hostess. The Diamond Club overlooks the Promenade and offered the same snacks and drinks as the Concierge Club. The shows were outstanding, see them all and you won't be disappointed. RCCL now charges a daily per person rate on your Sea Pass card for gratuity. If you don't eat in the Main Dining Room you need to opt out of this, or you will be charged. Great food, great service, great time. Thanks RCCL for a great Silver Anniversary Trip! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
My husband and I are 30 yrs old and took this trip to celebrate our 1st year wedding anniversary. I've been on 2 cruises before (8 yrs ago on Celebrity and RC's Enchantment) and am so glad I've come back to Royal! I would ... Read More
My husband and I are 30 yrs old and took this trip to celebrate our 1st year wedding anniversary. I've been on 2 cruises before (8 yrs ago on Celebrity and RC's Enchantment) and am so glad I've come back to Royal! I would never try another cruise line! My husband has never been on a cruise so this was his first time sailing. We sailed the week of May 4 to the Eastern Caribbean. First off, I just want to mention that we are very low maintenance people and it would be very hard for us not to have a blast on ANY vacation! So here it goes:Embarkation- We landed in Fort. Lauderdale at 10:30AM, took a 10 minute taxi ride ($12) to the ship and waited no more than 1 hour to get on the ship. We were eating lunch by 11:30AM. After exploring we were able to get into our room at exactly 1PM. My husband had his luggage in the afternoon but found out later that night mine was confiscated because I tried to sneak on a travel iron so I had to go down to the dungeon to claim it, haha. The muster was different than the last cruises I've been on, we didn't have to sweat outside in the life jackets. We met at different inside stations and watched a quick video and it over within 20 minutes or so. Our room: We had an ocean view balcony on Deck 8 and loved it! This was my first balcony. The room had a big bed, couch, and even though we are small people, we still found it a little tight, especially in the bathroom. Only 1 person at a time. The shower was small too. There was plenty of storage space for us and 3 outlets were plenty but we didn't really use them. Rosendo was our room keeper and he was great! He made us 3 towel animals, left us pillow chocolates, as well as champagne for our anniversary. We received the cruise compasses daily along with other announcements and found them to be very informative. The ship: It took us about 2 days to figure out where everything was on this ship, it's just amazing! It was like a giant hotel, but the nickel and diming does get annoying. When docked up against other ships at the ports, it was cool to be on the biggest one! As for rocking of the boat, there were a few times when we could feel the ship rocking, but the seas didn't look that rough. The ship seemed crowded mostly by the pools on sea days, but other than that everyone was well spread out (with the exception of shows getting out, and the occasional shopping sales). The weather was great for us the entire week. I was worried about the masses of kids on this ship, but there didn't seem to be too many as they seem to hide them well in their own areas. I would definitely come back the same time of month. Food: This ship is big into sanitizing, so they always had sanitizing stations or someone waiting with a squirt of sanitizer for you before entering restaurants. Washy Washy! We always ate the best breakfasts in the Windjammer as we loved the assortment of foods. It was always busy but you could always find a table if you keep looking. You can always check the restaurant crowds on the TV screens around the ship to see how busy they were. For lunch we usually had sandwiches/salads/snacks in Park Cafe which was very good. We always indulged in the ice cream cones by the pool quite often! For dinner, we had My-time Dining. We choose our reservations before the ship sailed so we never ended up waiting for a seat. We sat in the same seat every night with Ian and Oscar as our waiters. We loved them and miss them!! We were in and out within 1 hr with just the 2 of us at a table. One night though, we got seated in the next section over and had the worst service with these other waiters. Overall, the food was pretty good, though the menu was limited. I did miss that there was no midnight buffet with all the neat fruit carvings. The TA gave us a free dinner certificate for a specialty restaurant so this was the only time we tried one and we choose Chops Grille. The food was awesome!! We had melt in your mouth fillet along with the best side dishes. The desserts portions were huge! We got a piece of red velvet cake and a chocolate cake of some kind. They let us take 1 back to the room. They also sang to us for our anniversary! The service was awesome! The only other food we paid for was at the Cupcake Cupboard and I thought they were yummy and well worth it! The free donuts were alright, definitely not like Dunkin Donuts. Alcohol: There were plenty of bars around and I found the drinks to be plenty strong, though expensive of course. There were always people walking around taking orders so you never had to get up. We didn't visit any of the lounges/clubs but we did take a ride on the Rising Tide Bar which was neat. On our last night someone had told us about the Viking Crown Lounge (which we never came across) so we were able to get a quick view up there before the sun went down, it was nice!Gym/Spa: We walked through the spa but didn't use it. The gym was nice and my husband used it once. The running tracking outside was nice too if you don't mind the heat. Activities: We went ice-skating, played mini golf, table tennis, and used the Flow-rider once. It was a little hard in that you only had a few minutes to figure out how to do it before you fell off and had to get back in line. These activities were all fun though!Pools: We spent our sea days in the Solarium (16yrs+). It was not a very shaded area but seemed to be the most peaceful. They had nice hot tubs overlooking the ocean and 1 pool which got crowded. There were always chairs available around the ship which was nice. Activities: I didn't see very many pool activities on this ship but one thing I did miss from the smaller ships was the ice sculpting on the pool deck. Some small shows we attended in the Aqua theater were the belly-flop contest, Splish-Splash (Diving,acrobatics), Fountain show, Skyfall the movie on screen. All I have to say if Ricky the cruise director was so fun! Such a high energy person who gets you into the show and makes you want to come back for more!Shows: We booked all the shows in advance as well and had no problems getting good seats as long as we where there early enough. We liked them all for the most part! Headliner- Oldies music, Come Fly With Me- Acrobatics, Frozen in Time- Ice skating, Hairspray-Broadway, Oasis of Dreams- Diving. We saw the comedy show was well. The first guy was good and funny, had us laughing to tears but the second guys idea of fun was making fun of everyone in the front row. He was funny, but I wouldn't find it amusing if we were the topic of laughter. Sit in the far back corner! He started to talk to us but we managed to toss him back up to picking on the front, Phew!Islands: Getting on and off the ship for the island days were very quick and easy, although you did have to go through security getting back on every time. Bahamas: We booked the Blue Lagoon Deluxe beach day and it was so fun! We used the inflatable slides (extra $ for some equipment), sat in the hammocks, and played giant board games on the picnic tables. The lunch that was provided was good too. We also walked around looking at the dolphins and sea lions excursions going on. It was nice to be able to see them for free. That is a must-do for next time! I'm glad we choose this place over Atlantis. St.Thomas: We took a taxi ourselves ($12) to Magens Bay. We had a nice scenic ride and the driver pulled over to a lookout point to let us take some amazing pics! The beach itself was beautiful and a must-see. St. Maarten: We booked the Rhino Riders adventure on this island and it was a blast! Each couple got a mini boat and we took an island tour over to Happy Beach to do some snorkeling. It wasn't the best snorkeling but the tour itself was so fun! I definitely recommend it!So sad to bring up the end as I was just re-living this vacation while typing.but here it goesDis-embarkation: Quick and easy. We received luggage tags (section 30) the night before and put our bags out planning to be off by 9:30AM the next day for a 12:30PM flight home. We ate breakfast and went to our station around 9AM to wait and they had always let everyone off. We had to wait about 20 minutes to go through the customs line which wasn't bad. When it was time to get my luggage in our section, mine was yet again nowhere to be found. After telling someone on the floor I couldn't find by luggage she told me to check the lost tag area and it wasn't there. So then we literally had to check every section of luggage until I finally came across it about 25 minutes later in section 47 Ugg, watch out for that!! I also had to go to the service desk at the terminal to get my iron back haha. So after that we grabbed another taxi ($12) and were at the airport in 10 minutes. Overall, we give this cruise vacation an A! While on the ship, we put a deposit down on a future cruise with them so we are looking forward to going to the Western Caribbean next time! All the staff on the ship was extremely friendly and helped make this vacation what it was, they all work so hard! How can anyone not enjoy it? You have to try this ship at least 1 time and I guarantee it will be so hard to go to something smaller because they have set the bar really high! Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We had an evening flight out of Atlanta, Friday night, and arrived at FLL at about 9:00PM. Went out of the terminal and got a Taxi, ($18.00,) to the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. I booked the hotel online through lastminutetravel.com, for ... Read More
We had an evening flight out of Atlanta, Friday night, and arrived at FLL at about 9:00PM. Went out of the terminal and got a Taxi, ($18.00,) to the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. I booked the hotel online through lastminutetravel.com, for $189.00. I requested a King size bed, and when we arrived, we had been upgraded to a Jr suite, with a King, on the fourth floor. We had a nice size balcony with a view of the marina, the city, and the cruise port. It was a great room, so too bad we would only enjoy it for such a short time. We walked across the street to a Hess gas station, and purchased a bottle of wine and some beers, for our pre cruise party. Returned to our room, and ordered Pizza from a place I found on line, that was located not far from the hotel. It was very good. After a few drinks, and enjoying looking at the city lights, we went to bed around 1:00AM. At some point during the night, I guess around 5:00AM, I went out on the balcony. and saw the Oasis had just arrived, along with an MSC ship. I grabbed the camera, and took a picture, then returned to bed until around 8:00AM. I still had to get my Asti Spumanti for sail-a-way, and some flavored creamer for my coffee, so I took a walk over the causeway bridge, and got some great pictures of all the ships, that were now in port. I walked another few blocks, until I arrived at the Harbor shops, where there was a Publix and a wine shop. There were also lots of places to dine like, 5 Guys, Carabas, and several local places. Publix had everything I needed, so I made my purchases, and headed back to the hotel. The morning started out on the cool side, but by the time I finished my walk, it had warmed up to a comfortable temperature, some where around 70 and sunny. It was about 9:00AM by then, so there was time to take a shower and go back to bed for a nap. About 10:30, we were up and ready to leave for the port. We had intended to take a taxi, since it was just across the street, but the taxi wasn't a set rate, and went up 40 cents every minute that you waited for traffic to move, or if we traveled 1/4 mile, so we went with a shuttle that was waiting outside the hotel, and had a set fee per person, of $7.00. We waited just a few minutes, and then we were off. When we arrived at the drop off place for the Oasis, it was still busy with those who were leaving. We went inside the terminal, checked in with no waiting, and sat in the Diamond area, until boarding started at about noon. We had our picture taken and then headed up to the Windjammer for a bite to eat. We were one of the first passengers in there, so we got a table by the window, and enjoyed a nice buffet lunch. After lunch, we got a cocktail, and walked around the ship a bit, and then headed to our room just after 1:00PM, to drop off our carry on luggage. Our welcome drinks and gift were already in our room, when we arrived. We had room 7206, an ocean view with a balcony, on the end of the forward hump, Port side. The room was "cozy", but big enough for the two of us. Lots of shelves, and space in the closet. We actually only used about half of the storage space. Our suit cases went under the bed, so that left room for shoes in the closet. There was a small couch, table, flat screen interactive tv, chair and desk. There were also two pieces of art work, with accent, lighting above them. The couch was next to the closet in this room, which was nice because it gave us a little more walking space in that area. The outlets were by the desk, and behind the bed, so there were plenty of outlets, unlike what I had read on the CC boards. We met our cabin steward, Fnu Krismas. He was another very friendly person, who was always smiling, and very accommodating. I requested ice in our cooler, for the wine, and we never had to ask again. He kept our cooler iced down all week, and our room nice and neat. About the time we were ready to head out again, our luggage was in front of our door, so I quickly unpacked, and then we were off to take many pictures. Muster was held at 4:30PM, and went fine until we all were trying to leave the area, and get to a top deck for sail-a-way. It got kind of scary, just too many people in a bottle neck. We walked up the three flights of stairs to our room, to get our Asti for sail-a-way, and could see that the ship was already leaving. We rushed to the elevators, and they were still full, and not stopping. After waiting for a few minutes, we decided to just go back to our balcony, so we wouldn't miss the ship going through the channel. That was a little disappointing, since I had arranged for my family to watch for us on the port camera. I called them to let them know that we weren't able to make it up on the top deck. We had first seating for dinner, 6:00PM, so we dressed for dinner, and went down to the dining room. We realized we didn't have a table number, so we had to wait in a line to get an assignment. We were assigned a table for 4, near a window, in the VIP section, but we couldn't sit there that night, since there was some confusion with table numbers. So for the first night, we sat near where our table would be for the rest of the week, with another couple who also had no table assignment. The VIP section was a nice location, we just couldn't see anything going on in the main dining area. That was fine, since we have been on 33 cruises, and had had that experience many times before. Dinner was excellent, as were most all of our meals. I had the seafood spaghetti, which I didn't think I would like that much, but it was so good! Bill, my DH, had a Marinated pork chop, that was also delicious. We shared bites of each others food, every night. I also had a scallop appetizer, made like Escargot, (which wasn't available on our cruise). After dinner, we went to the Diamond lounge, which was open from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM. They had a full bar set up, including beer and soft drinks, and very nice hot and cold appetizers, including chocolates. I was full from dinner, but couldn't resist the bacon wrapped scallops in the lounge. I thought that the concierge, Francis, did an excellent job, along with Dennis and Goody the bartenders. They always greeted us with a smile, when we came in, and left the lounge. There was also someone in there at breakfast, who did a very nice job, but I never got his name. After a few drinks, we did a little shopping. I bought the ship model, to add to my collection. The model was huge, just like the ship itself. We then purchased the "Beer Bag", and went back to drink and enjoy our balcony. The deal with the beer bag is you purchase this cooler like bag, with an opener, for $9.95. Then every time that you buy 5 beers to fill it, you get 10% off the price of the beers. We refilled it on several occasions throughout the cruise. Day 2 - Sea Day I started most mornings with breakfast in the Diamond lounge, since it was so close to our room. It consisted of pastries, donuts, fruit, muffins, juice, and a toaster, along with bagels, and bread. It was a very nice set up, and the food was always fresh. After breakfast this morning, was the Crown and Anchor event, held in the Aqua theater. We went and had mimosas, and listened to the Captain for a while. They recognized a person who just reached Pinnacle status, by giving them champagne, flowers, and a gift. They also brought up on stage, a couple other Pinnacle tier people, and took some pictures. This strange woman dressed in red leotards ran down to the stage, to have her husband take her picture with the captain, while he was making his presentation. It was like it suddenly became a comedy show, and I think some people thought it was all a joke. The woman happened to be sitting right behind me, so I knew it wasn't an act, just some weird twist, to the event. The Captain tried to tell her that he couldn't pose for a picture at this time, but the woman wrapped her arms around him, and the picture was taken. Anyway, we left right after that, so that we could go to the meet and mingle at 11:15AM It was nice to meet everyone that I had been chatting with, on our roll call. RCI also gave some very nice gifts, to about 5 people who won the drawling, for showing up. They also gave us all a note pad and pen, for attending, and had available some pastries, water, and juice. After all the morning activities, we decided to have lunch in the Opus dining room. A lot of people on the boards had talked about a Tuti salad, and until I had it, I thought how good could a salad be? I mean good, but... It was very good, and turned out to be one of the highlights of my day. I really enjoyed these salads! I also had a caramelized banana, with butter pecan ice cream. It was so good, I ate almost every bite. They also served olive spread in your bread basket at lunch, which was very good. We decided to walk around, and enjoy the first sea day. I noticed that the zip line had a short line, and since I was looking forward to trying this, I did. It was such a thrill, and really got my adrenaline going. I loved it!! We had a cocktail after that, to celebrate the ride, which then lead to the purchase of our future cruise credits. Tonight was our first formal night. We got to meet our waiter for the week, Alfredo, who was excellent, along with his assistant, whose name was too hard to ever learn. We also met our table mates for the week, who were very nice. It was a lady who decided to bring her Grandmother-in-law on a cruise, for her 90th Birthday. They were both very nice, and we enjoyed dining with them for the week. My dinner was scallops gratin, Banana soup, shrimp ravioli, and a lemon meringue tart, which is called mile high lemon meringue pie. It was very good, even if the pie was a tart I was the only one at the table who had the cold soups every night, and they were so delicious! The rest didn't know what they were missing! Don't think of it as soup, but as a palate cleanser, and give them a try, you won't regret it! We also had a delicious white Moscato wine, but when we looked at the bottle, and saw it was only 5% alcohol, we didn't order it again. Then we finished the meal with an after dinner shooter, in the collectible glass. Always a crowd pleaser. We went to the show tonight, which I reserved our seats for, pre cruise. It was the Oasis of Dreams, and was excellent! We don't care to go to the shows usually, but this was a high dive, water show, and really set the tone. It was so good, that we actually decided to check out some of the other shows, which were also excellent. I have been using that word a lot, and that is because this was the most excellent cruise! It was absolutely perfect! Day 3 - Labadee We didn't rush off of the ship, because our plan was to snorkel, and we wanted the water to warm up a little, before we went a shore. So we had lunch at the Park Cafe. The roast beef sandwiches really are that good! They also have the Tuti salad, even if they don't call it that, the best potato salad, fruit cups, soups, and other pre made sandwiches. I love that they serve flavored water here, and in the Windjammer. Very tasty. We then went ashore, and the water was very cold, but once submerged, it was bearable for a little while. We tried snorkeling, but didn't see many fish, so decided to get warmed up with a stop at the bar, for a Labadoozie. Mine was kind of a grapefruit flavor, which I would have preferred a strawberry one, but I didn't think to ask what flavor he was serving. We then decided to go for a swim on the ship, while most people were on the Island. It was a nice temperature, and not crowded. Sail-a-way was at 4:30PM, with a champagne top tier event, on the helipad, complete with the bagpiper. She did an excellent job, and I really enjoyed it, being of Irish decent. Dinner was smart casual dress, and Italian fare. I had shrimp cocktail, strawberry soup, chicken Marsala, sticky bread pudding. Bill had the tiger shrimp, and again everything was excellent! We spent the rest of our evening walking around, and then relaxing on the balcony. Day 4 - Falmouth, Jamaica We decided to try breakfast at the Wipe Out Cafe, since Bill likes fried eggs. It wasn't impressive, but was ok. We got there not long before they were closing, and maybe that was why it was just ok. Anyway, almost everyone was getting off the ship, so we decided to go to the solarium hot tub, and the pool for a while, until the crowd was gone. That was very enjoyable! We have been to the other ports in Jamaica, several times before, but never to this one, so we thought we would look around the new dock area, and dry off, in the sun, while looking in the shops. The new Margaritaville was open! The people at the shops here weren't pushy at all, which was very nice. We only stayed in side the fenced area, and there were lots of shops to look in, even though not everything is open yet. They are doing a good job here, and it was worth taking a look, I thought. Later, we decided to try the Seafood shack for some appetizers. We had the calamari and crab cakes. Both were good, but if we had waited, we would have had the same items for dinner one night, instead of spending $10.00 for them. We were ok with that, since we would have paid that much or more, at home. We had a relaxing day taking pictures, a nap, lunch in the Windjammer, drinks, and then a casual dinner. I had ceviche, spinach dip, mango soup, and Chinese dumplings. Bill had veal scallopini. We then went to the Headliner show, which featured a group of guys singing songs, with out instruments. One of the guys actually made the sounds of instruments. It was really something! It doesn't sound like a good show, but you have to see it, to enjoy it. Our first towel animal of the cruise, was in our room, when we returned this evening. We also had received a tray of sweets, during the afternoon, which included a little Red Velvet cupcake, delicious! Day 5 - Sea Day There are so many choices for dining on this ship. Here is a list for breakfast and lunch: Breakfast free at: Wipe out cafe, omelets and fried eggs made to order, french toast, waffles, bacon sausage, potatoes, toast, pastries. Park cafe - breakfast sandwiches, cereal, fruit, pastries. Solarium - I never went, but I heard it was a light and healthy fare. Windjammer - you know the set up, everything. I never went for breakfast though. Diamond lounge - yummy pastries, donuts, fruit, toast, bagels, special coffee. Cafe promenade - coffee, pastries, donuts, muffins. Dining room - I never made it there. Johnny Rockets - never ate there. Donut shop - coffee, donuts. Breakfast was free every where. Lunch Park Cafe - Roast beef sandwiches, other wraps and pre made sandwiches, fruit cups, bagged chips, Doritos, and a salad bar that you told them what you wanted, and they mixed it up for you. They also had deserts and flavored water. Windjammer - flavored water, lemonade, iced tea, and buffet. Dining room on sea days - salad bar, (they mix it for you,) lunch meats, and some buffet stuff, plus off the menu. Sorentos - Pizza, Cafe Promenade - snacks Sandwiches made to order on the Boardwalk Those were all free. Seafood shack - ala carte pricing. Giovanis - Italian, cost. Johnny Rockets - $3.95 cover charge. Solarium - light food Not sure if there was a charge. This morning, like most, I ate breakfast in the Diamond lounge, and had lunch in the dining room. We shared a steak sandwich, tuti salad, and a mushroom cheese burger. All were very good! Then we went to the Boardwalk and rode the Merry-go-round, and I signed up for the "wishes at sea" walk. For a $10.00 donation, you got a tee-shirt, and a chance to help a sick child and their family, enjoy a cruise vacation. We then watched the Belly Flop contest, which is always amusing to me. We decided to watch the sea go by, from our balcony, this afternoon, and we got to see some Dolphin and flying fish. This is why we spend so much time on our balcony. We just love seeing the wild life, that live in the sea! Tonight was our second formal night, so we decided to have some pictures taken, before dinner. Some of the poses they have you do, are really stupid, so after the ones we feel are right for us, we just say no more, and walk away. This was our table mates 90th Birthday, and she was very happy, as were we, that it was lobster night. I had ordered a bottle of Asti spumanti, for the occasion, and her granddaughter ordered a chocolate cake. Dinner started off with crab claw salad, peach soup, shrimp cocktail, and large lobster tails. Dessert was baked Alaska. It looked really good, but I had the Baily's and Banana creme brulee. So good! We also had a couple shooters to end this excellent meal. Day 6 - Cozumel After breakfast, we went snorkeling right at the end of the International pier, where we were docked. We bring our own snorkel and mask, so we can just walk right out and snorkel, where ever we want, and on our own time. The water was so clear and beautiful, and there were lots of fish to see here. We saw a brown and white spotted eel, Parrot fish, a black and yellow Angel fish, and lots of other fish swimming around. The water was cool, but not as cold as it was in Labadee. After we finished with our expedition, we went back on the ship, and had lunch at the Park Cafe. By that time, we had been joined by 4 other ships in port. The Crown Princess, Carnival Paradise, Celebrity Constellation, and the Disney Magic which was docked at the downtown pier. We had received a voucher for a free Taxi ride to the shopping area in town, so we decided to use it, and look around a bit. We ended up buying a couple Mexican Rum cakes. They taste like they have more rum in them than the Tortuga ones, and are just as good. We walked around town some more, and then stopped in a place for some guacamole, chips and salsa. We were serenaded by a Mariachi band, while we enjoyed the view of the water, and our snacks. I don't drink in Mexico any more, since I don't know when I have had enough Margaritas, until it is too late, so we just had soft drinks, and then headed back to the ship. We decided to go swimming again, while most of the passengers were on shore, then played some mini golf, and I went for my second ride on the zip line, since there was no one in line. It was even better the second time, since now I knew how to do this. I even looked down this time! We then went and ordered some pictures at the photo gallery, got some envelopes from the Diamond lounge to leave extra tips for all of our favorite crew, who were helping to make this such an excellent vacation, and all the crew in the lounge. They also had forms that you could use to add them to your sea pass account, but it was easier just to give cash. Dinner tonight was casual, and we had crab cakes, honey dew soup, shrimp cocktail, steak, and cherries jubilee. We then went back to the cabin to watch sun set and sail-a-way, then off to take night shots around the ship. Late that night, we tried the pizza at Sorrentos, which was ok. We also stopped at the Promenade cafe for a treat, as we did on many afternoons, while out exploring the decks. Day 7 - Sea Day I knew we wouldn't be up in time to get breakfast tomorrow, so I got breakfast for both days today. First I had my usual breakfast, than I went to the Park Cafe, and got breakfast sandwiches, and fruit cups for the next day. I put them in our cooler, to keep them fresh. The sandwiches were very good, even the next morning. One was a muffin with an over easy egg, and ham, the other one was scrambled eggs and spinach, on fecatch bread. After breakfast, I sat on our balcony, until Bill got up around noon. He missed seeing all of the Dolphin that were out there today! I tried to get a picture, and a movie, but I don't think that I captured the dolphin. At least I got to enjoy seeing them! We had breakfast in the Windjammer today. I had some really tasty eggplant parmesan. It didn't have much sauce on it, like I like, so I added some sauce that they had for the spaghetti, which made it just like I like it. We also had mashed potatoes, and pork schnitzel. It was all very good! We then went to a water show, and picked up our pictures that I had ordered during the week. We looked around at everything again, trying to make sure we didn't miss anything, then had a drink on the Rising Tide bar. That was neat. When the bar is rising, they have a fountain underneath it. Dinner tonight was casual, and I had scallops, pineapple soup, feta & clamote olive salad, and Turkey. The turkey was juicy, and served with an apple stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Bill had the Fried Fish Plate, which he liked. We then gave out our envelopes, like we used to on earlier cruises, and it was nice doing it that way, and saying good bye to everyone. We had left our tips on our sea pass, but all of our wait staff, cabin steward, and concierge staff, deserved even more than the recommended amount, so we got to use the envelopes for that. We went to the raffle in the casino, (I had won a ticket for this, earlier in the week). It was a nice package of gifts and money, and they awarded two prizes. I didn't win. We filled the beer bag one more time, walked around, and then went back to the cabin and packed. We had our suit cases out by 11:00PM, and so stayed on our balcony until we went to sleep. The next morning, Bill slept until 9:00AM, then we had our breakfast from the cooler, and headed to the Opal theater, to wait for our tag number to be called. At 10:30AM, they called our number, we were number 65 out of 77, and just after that, they called all numbers to leave the ship. We had asked for a late departure, since our plane wasn't scheduled to leave until 2:30PM, and I was glad we stayed as long as we did. Our flight was delayed five hours, total, but only an hour at a time, so we never could actually leave the terminal, and go do anything fun. Everything about the Oasis, we loved, and we can't wait to go again, or to try the Allure! Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
We were cruising for our honeymoon. We have cruised twice before and when we stepped on this ship it blew our mind. The ship was stunning! We never had the feeling of being on a ship. The neighborhoods were great. Central Park was our ... Read More
We were cruising for our honeymoon. We have cruised twice before and when we stepped on this ship it blew our mind. The ship was stunning! We never had the feeling of being on a ship. The neighborhoods were great. Central Park was our favorite. It was quiet in the evenings and really did feel like you were sitting in a quaint little park. Our second favorite spot would be the Solarium. It was beautiful and quiet. The hot tubs in this area were large and relaxing. And was a great place to sit and wait for the sun set each evening. The boardwalk was just okay really. It was a neat concept but other than the donut shop everything out there was a Pay zone, nothing free so not much draw to that area unless you were passing through to head to the aqua theater. The royal promenade could get crowded depending on what was going on as far as entertainment but other than that it wasn't busy. The pool decks would get packed by the pools early, making it hard to get a chair in that area, but you could always find a chair in the sun somewhere on the ship. Or if you wanted a chair in the shade those were easy to find as well. I've been on other ships where you couldn't get a chair if you weren't out there by 8am. Not the case on this ship. Now on to food... We liked the "my time" dining option. You could basically eat in the main dining room whenever you wanted with no reservation. The longest we waited in line was maybe 5-8 minutes without a reservation. If you are a picky eater the menu doesn't have too many options. I'm picky and we ate in the dining room 3 of the 7 nights and I was able to find something. We ate breakfast in the Solarium most mornings after our workouts. They serve a healthy breakfast daily. We always got a large bowl of fruit and a couple pancakes with sugar free syrup. The fruit was always super fresh! Lunch was usually in the windjammer where the buffet had plenty to choose from or the pool deck cafee which had awesome hot dogs and a nacho bar. We ate lunch once in the Solarium and loved the gazpacho bar. We did eat lunch once on the last day in the main dining room where they had an outstanding build your own salad bar. We wished we would have discovered this earlier in the week. Sorrento's was a pizza place, all you could eat for free until 3am. It was good but they need to put sauce on the pizza, we got slices sometimes that didn't have any...the royal promenade cafe was great for a late night sugar craving. We always stopped after our last show to grab a cinnamon streusel cake which was to die for. We did not eat in any of the Pay extra restaurants. We definitely took advantage of the serve yourself ice cream cone stations. I think I had 12 cones all week. It was convenient and delicious. The entertainment...the shows were spectacular. They really do know how to entertain. Our ship had Hairspray and it was great. We really enjoyed the ventriloquist and the comedy show. The ice show and diving shows were great. We were never disappointed leaving a show. One of our favorites was the Quest game show. That was a blast! The love and marriage game was hilarious too and a must see. The daily lineup of activities was fantastic. I don't think anyone could ever get bored on this ship. We made reservations about 3 weeks ahead of our cruise for the shows and never had a problem getting a seat. On the pool deck they had a band each day which played what I call beachy/reggae music. They were really good! We looked forward to some movies but they were much older movies that didn't really lure us in to the theater. The drinks/bar....the drinks were not that expensive really. beer ran around 4 a bottle and fruity drinks were around 8. But I rarely tasted a good amount of alcohol. The bar staff is always around to serve you quickly. The rooms...we had an interior room and it was plenty big enough for sleeping which was really the only time we were in our room. I brought extra hangers from home but wouldn't have needed to. They had plenty and plenty of shelving and drawer space for all our stuff. I really appreciated the vanity that was in the room. The TV was large and most of the time you could find something good to watch while getting ready for dinner or getting settled in at night. They did a great job keeping things tidy and towels in the bathroom. The hairdryer sucked. The bed was high enough that you could slide your luggage under and out of the way. its the little things that make me happy I guess. Other things to do... we watched people do the flo rider but never got around to doing it ourselves which I regretted, same goes for the rock climbing wall. the zip line wasn't long enough for the trouble for me. The putt putt was fun but we noticed after day one it seemed to be a little crowded. The belly flop contest was fun to watch. The fitness center was AMAZING. The only thing I would change is the free weight area was always really congested. It was the smallest area and seemed to be where everyone wanted to be. There was always a line for the one and only bench press. We worked out 5 times and used the track quite a bit Overall it was a great area! Oh the water fountains sometimes had really warm water. The cruise director Amy was amazing at her job. Two thumbs up for Amy!!! She made it fun! Disappointments....The divers comedy show was not funny. The library was not worth walking in to. I would have liked to see a little store to buy magazines, books, crosswords etc for those days when you are just hanging by the pool and need something to pass the time. The pizza needs sauce! I really don't have to many negatives on my list. The vacation was awesome! And I will not go on another cruise unless it is with Oasis of the Seas or a newer bigger ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Just had our 2nd honeymoon on the 7 day Western Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. November 24th sailing. This was our 2nd cruise, our 1st was on Emerald Princess. The Oasis is a marvel of engineering and architecture - the size of a small ... Read More
Just had our 2nd honeymoon on the 7 day Western Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. November 24th sailing. This was our 2nd cruise, our 1st was on Emerald Princess. The Oasis is a marvel of engineering and architecture - the size of a small city! I was wary about a ship with more than 6000+ passengers but I NEVER felt the impact of crowds in terms of lines or quality of food/entertainment. Checkin and boarding took 15 minutes - amazing! Our junior suite was spacious, a huge walk in closet, king sized bed, living room and double size balcony with table/chairs and 2 lounge chairs, just perfect! Entertainment on this ship is unsurpassed in the cruise industry, RCCL has really invested some $$$ in the production value and it shows: Hairspray - broadway quality musical, entertaining and energetic Come fly with me - really was a 'cirque' quality acrobatic show Frozen in time - entertaining ice skating show Oasis of dreams - diving and more acrobatic feats in the outdoor aqua theatre. The wife LOVED the shows and I must say that I was thoroughly entertained...we didn't bother with the comedy club as it was always sold out and I didn't care to stand in line - 4 shows in a week was enough for me! Food - I was most wary about the food quality with the huge passenger load so I booked FOUR specialty dining nights Chops Grille - our favorite spot, we dined there twice -attentive service and treatment by the management and service staff... excellent shrimp and oyster apps, very tasty crab cake app....filet mignon was cooked well, anticipate a temp grade higher than you ask for so plan accordingly...i.e if you want med well order medium. We ate the mud pie each night and each night we were given the red velvet cake to take back to the room....this red velvet cake was the BEST dessert of the cruise-amazing! Giovannis - good service, food was good, osso bucco melted in my mouth, get a pasta dish to share.... 150 Central Park - we saved this one for our last night...some reviews were negative so I didnt know what to expect....it is all about quality over quantity...several courses - salmon cooked to perfection, tender succulent lamb....all good and not too filling but altogether not as memorable as our Chops dining experience! Main Dining Room - this was a pleasant surprise - I was quite skeptical about service and food quality from reviews but overall we had NO issues....Francisco and Sandro were our favorite dinner servers....ala carte breakfast in the MDR is the way to go! We didnt eat at the Skyjammer buffett at all but did have a couple lunches at the Solarium buffet - overall good stuff. Room service breakfast is the way to go EVERY day....breakfast on the balcony is one of the highlights of the cruise for me...they were early or on time 5/6 mornings! They have a Starbucks on board! Had a starbucks almost every day - the Filipina gal there was great and made my cinnamon dolce and peppermint lattes every day to SBUX perfection! We worked out at the gym 3 times...never had a hard time getting a good elliptical and the weight machines (hammer strength, lifecycle) were all state of the art! Ports were Labadee, Falmouth Jamaica and Cozumel Mexico...had excursions booked through the ship but for one reason or another ended up canceling all of those and making our own excursions - really the only way to do it! We found Doctor Cove beach in Montego Bay - one of the best beaches there. Snorkeled at Chakanab in Cozumel, clear water, fish and reef life was amazing. Labadee is just what it is, a completely artificial commercial environment but a good beach day. Wife and I had separate Spa treatments- I had a head to toe massage with Pam, an Indian girl from South Africa - she was great! Casino was OK - slots seemed pretty loose, won a few hundred bucks playing roulette, craps and slots the first night we went....well by the 3rd night lets just say I gave it back...and then some. We took the cruise after Thanksgiving to get away from it all, blackberries, emails, work etc etc....found the Oasis of the Sea to be a very relaxing way to get away and would do it again....perhaps the Allure? We want to try another line...probably onto Celebrity next. I recommend that you definitely should get a suite and at the very least get a balcony....that really enhanced our cruise experience! Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
OASIS DELIGHT Oct. 13-20th, 2012 Just returned from our Western Caribbean Cruise on the OASIS of the Seas, it was incredible. The ship is amazing. There is so much to see and do. We had a balcony suite with an ocean view and the ... Read More
OASIS DELIGHT Oct. 13-20th, 2012 Just returned from our Western Caribbean Cruise on the OASIS of the Seas, it was incredible. The ship is amazing. There is so much to see and do. We had a balcony suite with an ocean view and the accommodations were quite comfortable. Room service was excellent. It is easily designed and the map to it computer beside the elevators made navigating the ship a breeze. As a couple of foodies, it was a wonderful experience. We did all specialty dinning and were not disappointed. The food, wine and service were excellent. Dessert portions were for sharing. We highly recommend the red velvet cake at the Chop Grill or the tiramisu at Giovanni's. The Solarium Bistro appeared to be the best kept secret on the ship as it was never busy but had a wonderful menu and romantic ambience. The pumpkin spice, coconut soup is definitely worth trying. We pre-booked a premium wine package and learned that this list was designed for the main dining room menu. We were able to choose wines to accompany our meals. Except at 150, where we elected to participate in the wine pairing and it further enhanced the experience. Izumi's Sushi was fantastic. Everything was so fresh and tasty. Windjammers buffet was quite good, just really busy at breakfast. A must try is the roast beef sandwich in the Park Cafe. Did I mention that all the Bread is baked Fresh on the ship...Yum! The Chef's Table was a dining delight. The portions were quite generous and pleasing to the palate. We also pre-booked all the shows, which meant no line ups. The shows were terrific. We were pleasantly surprised. We learned not to book anything on the first night as luggage could arrive to your stateroom as late as 8:00pm. They were however, very accommodating when we needed to reschedule a reservation. A few other things to note: you cannot bring irons on the ship. This is a fire hazard and they will be confiscated, which could mean a visit to security. Also, do not wear white to the Aqua show. There is a risk of some debris that could possibly ruin fabrics. Watch for the daily drink specials and the Happy Hour savings offered at various locations on the ship. Express Check Off is Great...no searching for your bag. However if you have a later flight, you could be standing in line at the airport for hours. There is free WIFI so it is a good time to catch up. This was a memorable vacation and we will certainly return to the Oasis of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
First, let me say that my wife and I truly enjoyed our cruise on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. This ship is a monster but if you do your homework prior to sailing, you will have a wonderful experience. The ship's passenger ... Read More
First, let me say that my wife and I truly enjoyed our cruise on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. This ship is a monster but if you do your homework prior to sailing, you will have a wonderful experience. The ship's passenger compliment was about 6100 with a crew of over 2300. While that seems like a lot of people (and it is) most of the time the ship did not feel crowded. The only time we felt crowded was during several parades on the Royal Promenade and in the Windjammer Market Place. Other than that we never felt like there were too many people on board. We were disappointed with the food and lack of seating in the Windjammer. Usually a great experience, the meats were often dried out and empty trays were slow to be refilled. The design of the ship was fantastic with the exception of the Windjammer. More attention should have been paid to this area. This being said, we only ate there 2 or 3 times during the trip. Our stateroom overlooked Central Park, truly a novel and fun place to spend time. One evening around 10pm we sat and listened to a piano/violin duo. Just totally relaxing and enjoyable! The Park Cafe was great. They serve a roast beef sandwich (don't ask me to spell it) that is absolutely a must try for anyone taking a cruise on Oasis. The other foods served here are also quite good and it was rarely crowded. The main dining room food and service was excellent (as usual). Our waiter (Krasen) and assistant waiter (Leonardo) were attentive and first-rate. We were seated in the deck 4 area (table 450) and every meal was great! No need to dine in the specialty restaurants but they also got good reviews from others we met on our trip. What can I say about the entertainment? Excellent. We saw Hairspray the first night and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The cast was top notch. Second night we saw Oasis of Dreams at the Aqua Theater. You cannot imagine how much fun a water show at sea can be! The headliner show, Comedians, Frozen in Time Ice Show, and Come Fly with Me were also outstanding but then again, most of the shows RCCL puts on are! We have been to Labadee and Cozemel several times but this was the first time in Falmouth. Not bad but if you venture outside the port compound be prepared to fend off locals trying to make a living. Just a bit aggressive. I did manage to find a Jerk Seasoning (Island Spice) that is almost exclusive to Jamaica and bought the store out. It was a priority for me prior to sailing. As I mentioned above, we had a Central Park view stateroom that was roomy enough for my wife and me and amid ships. The walk to the forward elevator was fairly short and a bit farther to the aft elevator but as most people know who have cruised before, a good walk after dinner won't hurt you! My wife and I are planning to take the Allure of the Seas next year and possibly take our families with us. That is a major undertaking as we will require 6 staterooms. It will be interesting to see if we catch any kind of break from RCCL for booking 6 at one time. We both recommend this ship! Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Our title and description might sound contradictory, but they sum up how we felt after the cruise. We're glad we did it since we always wanted to try a back-to-back and the Oasis, but we will probably not go back unless with extended ... Read More
Our title and description might sound contradictory, but they sum up how we felt after the cruise. We're glad we did it since we always wanted to try a back-to-back and the Oasis, but we will probably not go back unless with extended family or a group that would like to experience it. Basically, we like to cruise to rest and relax and this is not the ship for that. Don't get us wrong. The ship is beautiful and truly an engineering marvel. Most of the staff is wonderful. I apologize if I sound mostly "negative". I wouldn't like to discourage future cruisers - everyone should try this class of ship at least once. I would just like to offer my review as CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM as RCI goes into new builds and perhaps rethinks the Oasis Class ships with the alleged third sister. BACKGROUND - We are an active, bordering on athletic, middle aged couple. We have only cruised together on Royal Caribbean although DW has also cruised on Princess and Carnival. Since we both work in the travel industry, we also deal very directly and constantly with luxury cruise lines such as Azamara, Silversea, Seabourn, Oceania, Sea Dream and Regent Seven Seas. PRE-CRUISE - We flew from San Juan to Miami and stayed there with relatives for a couple of days before the cruise. Since RCI didn't have a ship out of San Juan this summer, Miami/Fort Lauderdale was our closest alternative and Oasis the top choice. SHIP To beat a horse to death, it is big and beautiful. One of the reasons we were not completely satisfied with her was because of the lack of quiet, peaceful spaces. I mean, other than the stateroom. You could go to one of the "secret" aft balconies but those are quite remote and have no facilities. So, if you needed to go to the restroom or wanted a drink, you would have to take a long hike unless your stateroom was near. Areas of the ship we would improve: Solarium - We always enjoyed the solariums on the Radiance and Voyager classes, but not on this one. The Oasis solarium should really be called the Green House. It is very hot in there. And just as noisy as the main pools. Well, except for the reggae band. I think the glass panels overhead just reflect the noise and the heat. I would add more shaded areas and open up more windows. Other than the second level overhang, the solarium had a total of four fake palm trees for shade. I would add more of those, or some of those triangular Australian canvas shades as there are many places to hang them from and/or more tinting to the overhead glass panels. Maybe we just couldn't figure out how to do it, but I would also allow the Jacuzzis to run colder or room temperature water on the very hot days. Central Park and Boardwalk - Also very hot and in need of more ventilation. Maybe for future class vessels or when these two go into dry dock, they should figure out a way to run a breeze through those neighborhoods when needed. Hallways, lobbies, elevator banks - Maybe it is just me, but unlike other class ships, there is not always a smooth flow from one area to the next. To exit from the stateroom hallway into the deck lobby, for example, is just a narrow door. If they didn't put a sign on the frame it would be easy to miss. This ship's humps are not really related to or near the elevator banks. We had a beginning of the hump stateroom and had to walk some to get to the elevators. I don't know. It all seems a little boxy inside. DINING Main Dining Room - I am not sure where the complaints about the MDR come from but we never had any issues there. The food was very good and the service was excellent. In fact, I think the service in the MDR was much better than in the specialty restaurants. Kudos to our servers Erdogan and Kimo (first week) and Judith and Yao Jun (second week) and the best bar server afloat, Domingo (both weeks). Park Cafe - Very good for lighter lunches and breakfast. Since our stateroom was on deck eight, the Central Park venues were very convenient to us, particularly the Park Cafe. And yes, I can confirm that the roast beef sandwiches are yummy. They also have good salads, fruits, lox and bagels, etc. Chops - Good, but not so sure if this is much better than just ordering your Chops steak at the MDR. They stiffed me with pricey bottled water when we asked for "just water". 150 Central Park - Excellent experience. You just have to try it if you're a foodie or even a gourmet diner. The wine pairing is just too expensive, though ($75.00). You would be much better off just buying a wine bottle. Vintages - Excellent. Especially if you love Spanish Tapas like us. I think they could sell this place more if they explained the tapas concept better to cruisers who might not be familiar with it. It is very inexpensive and the tapas are very good. The seats are super comfortable and the decor and ambiance is just very relaxing. If it had an ocean view, we would have probably had found our peaceful hangout place during the day. Windjammer - Good. We were hesitant about trying it at first since on the capacity boards it always appeared full, but we finally did and they have a system that it is not nearly as chaotic as it sounds from the other reviews. We were usually met by a server at the door who would find us a table first, sit us, and once settled, then we would go and get the food. No running around with your full dishes and drinks trying to find a seat. If the place was completely full they would just tell us and we would wait just a little for seats to open up. The food was just that. Good enough Windjammer fare, although the departure day paella was pretty good. Sorento's and Promenade Cafe - Guys, these are places just for a quick snack. Never expect these places to be like your favorite NY deli or pizzeria. They are not meant to be that. Solarium Bistro - Very good. We had breakfast and lunches here quite a few times. Lighter fare. Convenient, of course, to the Solarium. Wipe Out Cafe - A place for kids, or like the Promenade venues, a quick not fancy at all snack joint. Here is where you find the main free soft serve ice cream (and yogurt) machines. Johnny Rockets -- Johnny Rockets ACTIVITIES Cruise Director -- I don't care what anybody says but Amy is AMAZING. One of the best CDs we've had. And for a ship this big, how can anyone ask for more. Her staff was very good too. Flow Rider -- I spent a lot of time here. The staff was wonderful. And patient. Even with all my injuries, I kept coming back. There were some amazing dudes surfing here, including a gentleman in his 80s who was very good. Jogging track -- Neat. Nice, long and shaded. The promenade-ish corner with a few loungers in the back seems like an afterthought and I am sorry that those who like the open ocean view promenades on other ships are missing this feature. Dreamworks characters -- A neat addition and unobtrusive. ENTERTAINMENT Hairspray -- Top notch, Broadway quality show. Oasis of Dreams at the Aqua Theater -- Amazing. Comedy shows -- Very good. Guitarist at the Viking Crown -- Very good and sorry we had to leave as the bartender had his own sideshow with a few drinkers and we couldn't listen to the music. Abbacadabra -- Very good. Better than the actual Abba, IMHO. Lynn the Bag Piper -- Very neat addition. She played in Central Park, and at the beginning of some activities like the C&A helipad sail away party and the C&A aqua show. Everybody loved her. SERVICE Overall, service was very good. From the Captain, who took the time to even go from table to table in the MDR to meet everyone, to the great CD, Amy, to the Sports Zone staff, to the great bartenders, to the housekeeping staff, everyone was great. We only had one issue and it was with security. At the Solarium, some jerk decided that he was just going to share our little shaded area with us and dragged a sofa across the deck and parked it right at our feet, not only blocking access to our chairs, but also blocking the main cross path or walkway of the deck. A bar server initially told him that he couldn't do that, but then another one said he had no problem with it as long as he could pass through. It was ridiculous, not only because the shade was soon gone as the ship continued to move, but other passengers had to negotiate around him and his party to go back and forth across the deck. And there were plenty of other places to sit. But the jerk just had to sit there because we told him what a jerk he was and that he needed to move. His attitude was: "I don't know you, I'll never see you again, I don't care". It was all very absurd. Anyway, other cruisers saw the absurdity of it all and called security. The security officer that came by could only say that she was new, in training, and would only ask the other party to keep their voices down. I was shocked that she would allow the situation to continue. The jerk kept at it until we nearly forcefully removed him ourselves or as his wife finally talked him into moving. My DW is a New Yorker and she just wouldn't let up. Me, I was just trying to restrain myself from punching an old man. When we finally located a Deck Officer (Pool Staff Supervisor), they had already moved. My issue here is not so much the jerk and his actions, but the contradictory actions of the bars servers and the inaction of the security officer. The Deck Officer promised he would look into that and correct it. OTHER FELLOW CRUISERS I didn't let that jerk ruin my vacation or think any less of the rest of the passengers. We had people from many different cultures and nationalities and everyone got along just fine. BACK-TO-BACK TURNAROUND Painless. Consecutive Cruisers were asked to meet at the Blaze disco on Friday for detailed instructions. In case you missed that meeting, they also published written instructions and placed them in our stateroom. We were to meet at the Schooner Bar on Saturday at 9:45 AM, where a couple of staffers assisted us. They basically hand held us off the ship, into the terminal waiting area for in transit passengers, through Customs/Immigration, and back on the ship. I don't think the whole process took much more than an hour. Consecutive Cruisers were then treated to an exclusive lunch at the MDR. All in all they treated us with special care. PORTS & SHORE EXCURSIONS Labadee -- RCI has done something awesome here. Many people were remarking that this should be an overnight stop and that we could have a big beach party at night. We missed on cabana reservations so we just went to the beach while waiting for our zip line turn which was at noon. The Dragon's Flight Zip line was AWESOME. Well worth it. The scarier part was the ride up the hill on that military-type truck. After the zip line (the whole process takes a couple of hours), we went back to the cabana beach. Many people had already gone back to the ship so we enjoyed a tranquil rest of the afternoon here. Falmouth -- We just walked and shopped around the new facilities. Pretty neat area. I highly recommend that you look for Denworth Smith and his original water colors if you're looking for local art. Cozumel -- We're not into tourist trap strips so we just walked inland until we found real Mexican food. On the recommendation of two ladies at a pharmacy two blocks from the main waterfront street, we found Casa Mission at the corner of Benito Juarez and 55th Avenue. DW has lived in Mexico and she said the food here was close enough. I liked it. Nassau -- Just walked around town and shopped some. This town needs work. Not enough time at this port to do much. The views of Paradise Island and Atlantis are beautiful, though. St. Thomas -- We've been here many times so we took the ship's excursion to St. John and Trunk Bay. Well worth the $67.00 per person. Trunk Bay is sooooo beautiful. The shopping at Crown Bay where the ship docks is very limited. St. Maarten -- We have also been here many times but were pleasantly surprised that the Dutch side has changed a lot and for the better. Everything looks and feels refreshed and it was actually a pleasure to walk along Front Street. DISEMBARKATION As other have mentioned, the disembarkation on 9/29 was delayed by the CBP agents. We had a noonish flight to catch and if we had followed the numbering system we would have missed it. By 9:45, our scheduled departure time, they were only through numbers 1 -- 5 and we were 36. I don't know if it was a miracle or what, but we received a phone call at our stateroom (we didn't relinquish it until the very last possible moment, with the consent of the housekeeper) and were told to proceed to the gangway regardless of our number. We did, and lo and behold, our luggage was waiting for us in the terminal even if they were just calling number 7 as we walked out of the ship. God Bless the Angel who made that call. Maybe it was the Crown and Anchor staff? Anyway, it worked out for us. Sorry it didn't work out for others. SUMMARY Again, I hope that my critique is taken as constructive and I don't want to discourage others from trying the Oasis. You just have to see for yourselves and decide if this is the class of ship for you. We do not regret doing this at all. It's just that for future we will look for something else, and that's why RCI has three cruise lines and many different types of ships. We continue to be pleased with the company. This was our first Platinum cruise and turned Emerald on the second week. The Crown and Anchor Society is a decent loyalty program. We did feel the difference between Gold and Platinum. It is also great that we can now use the status on Celebrity and Azamara. We will sure try that as we continue to look for our peaceful place on the high seas. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
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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