478 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

Wanted to experience the BIG ship. It did not disappoint. We had a great time with everything. Our Cabin (10728/Aft) was awesome and our cabin steward (Romel) was great. The ship was in good shape. We were told not to try and do ... Read More
Wanted to experience the BIG ship. It did not disappoint. We had a great time with everything. Our Cabin (10728/Aft) was awesome and our cabin steward (Romel) was great. The ship was in good shape. We were told not to try and do everything, just enjoy the ship, and that is what we did. We probably didn't see or do everything, but we can say that what we did was awesome. Central Park and the Boardwalk are really cool and nice places to just hang out at. Lots of activities to do each and every day. The entertainment was really good. We did enjoy CATS, the headliner, Come fly with me and the late night comedian. The Aqua show was really good, although it would have been better at night. It was a daytime show because of weather/wind conditions through out the cruise. Our only issue was with MTD (My Time Dinning). We made reservations before for our specific time and that was not an issue. Our only issue was that we never had the same table/waiter any night even though we requested that. Was told that was not possible. Strange since others were able to make their requests and they did get them. Overall food was good in the dinning rooms. Service overall was good. Ernesto in Sabor was great and lots of fun. We had the drink package, and it seemed that bartenders had a so so attitude with folks with drink packages and that was a little bit of a downer. Overall a great cruise and would do it again. The ship is BIG. We did like all the options that this ship offered. We still like the other smaller ships too, especially as we love the AFT cabins. Would sail on the this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Stayed in Orlando prior to the cruise and transfer was fine, Embarkation was smooth and balcony cabin immaculate and well situated. Service in restaurant was excellent as was the stateroom attendant. The prices on board are expensive ... Read More
Stayed in Orlando prior to the cruise and transfer was fine, Embarkation was smooth and balcony cabin immaculate and well situated. Service in restaurant was excellent as was the stateroom attendant. The prices on board are expensive however particularly if you are not big drinkers and have not taken the drinks package, additionally some of the bar staff look for further gratuities although these are added at the time, Serving a drink when asked does not constitute superior service in my book. Labadee was okay but nothing to write home about I found the locals selling at the artisan market quite aggressive and was glad I was there with my husband. Falmouth is not worth getting off the ship for and I wondered what the commission was for RCI who continually pushed certain shops. I would go on this ship again and loved the Central Park area but would not recommend or suggest this itinery Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The ship is beautiful, the food was amazing as always, my stateroom was great, the services lacked a little. With the ship being so large, there tends to be a little more of a wait. At sea days were extremely crowded by the pools and hot ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, the food was amazing as always, my stateroom was great, the services lacked a little. With the ship being so large, there tends to be a little more of a wait. At sea days were extremely crowded by the pools and hot tubs, not much space to move in either, kids were in Solarium and shouldn't be allowed in the small adult only area, when they have the other 3/4 of the pool deck available. The staff seems to be overworked in the my time dining which causes them to be a little less attentive than on previous ships. There were MANY elderly people who probably were not medically cleared to travel, we had numerous helivac and medivacs through the week, at our last port we had to turn the ship around and bring someone to the hospital in Cozumel. That is not RC's fault but will be taken into consideration when traveling again. Getting off the ship was a long process with over 5,000 people, get a porter to take your luggage and you get to front of line, its worth the $10 tip! I do love RC and will travel with them again, I have already booked for 2018 and 2019! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Great times with great music. The Rocky and The Rollers groups were excellent, Freddy Cannon, Gary Lewis, Gary Puckett, The Crystals, The Tokens, The Elegants, Johnny Tillison, Lennie Welsh, The Dovells, The Crests,The Buckinghams lead ... Read More
Great times with great music. The Rocky and The Rollers groups were excellent, Freddy Cannon, Gary Lewis, Gary Puckett, The Crystals, The Tokens, The Elegants, Johnny Tillison, Lennie Welsh, The Dovells, The Crests,The Buckinghams lead singer et all GREAT ENTERTAINMENT, congratulations to Rocky and AAA. Bathroom in our balcony room was SMALL. Bed and closet are side by side ...very close. Waitors and room steward did well and were quite helpful. Meal variety not extensive in the Main Dining Room but the extra cost specialty restaurants were exceptional. Drink prices were excessively high..$9.00 for a beer and $14.00 for a mixed drink either slowed you down or cost as much as another person on the cruise. The drink package was $56/day which said you had to have seven beers to break even or a least five drinks per day. We all slowed down on our consumption. The crew was ill as Cats was cancelled due to four cast members being unable to persform. What the flu like virus was, it spread to our group and we lost four people for three days plus sleeping the cruise away. Upon return to port there were also a number of people ill. Total was: flu 12 and 8 marginally ill. Maybe the ship could/should have done something. Would we come again? Yes but we'd be sure to have a flu shot and some meds to combat any medical issues. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This ship is so much fun and because of amazing attention to detail and design actually has a more intimate feeling than smaller ships even though the ship is gigantic. Each neighborhood has much to do and to see. This makes the ship a lot ... Read More
This ship is so much fun and because of amazing attention to detail and design actually has a more intimate feeling than smaller ships even though the ship is gigantic. Each neighborhood has much to do and to see. This makes the ship a lot of fun to just explore and walk around and enjoy. The crew is super friendly and goes above and beyond. The cruise line needs to address serious issues of consistency!! As Diamond Plus, no priority line for Guest Relations when most other ships do. Then a fee of $35 PER DAY to use the sauna when other ships are complimentary, crazy rip off! And poor communications from Miami delivered to guests like telephone instructions to contact Johnny Rockets for a reservations when they only take walk ins, and complimentary cover charge for up to 4 with no explanation that guests MUST be in the same stateroom...just ignorant and a waste of my time which is NOT appreciated when I am on vacation and trying to relax! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
1st time cruiser here, chose this ship, sail date and port because it fit with our itinerary in Orlando. Overall, we had a great time, opted for the balcony stateroom (#8204) which is on Deck 8. Embarkation was smooth, you got your ... Read More
1st time cruiser here, chose this ship, sail date and port because it fit with our itinerary in Orlando. Overall, we had a great time, opted for the balcony stateroom (#8204) which is on Deck 8. Embarkation was smooth, you got your usual lines at check-in but it was pretty painless, spent most of the time waiting for our Uber car stuck trying to get in the passenger drop off area at Port Canaveral. Royal Caribbean should really streamline this drop off and pick up process, cars, buses, vans etc bottleneck at the entry point. About the package my wife and I chose: 1 refreshment package for the week (roughly $80). 2 three night Specialty Restaurant dinner package (roughly $90 each) Bags checked in and arrived in front of our stateroom an hour later after boarding the Oasis, we went to Johnny Rockets and paid $7 a person for burgers, fries and a shakes. Service: For the most part, the staff was very attentive, specially our steward Rodel at #8204. Thank you sir! Charito (head host) at the Main Dining room was awesome, she was very attentive and took care of us when we wanted to sit by ourselves at our own table. All the staff in the main dining room and specialty restaurants (Steakhouse, Izumi, 150 Central Park) we're top notch!!! Dining: Windjammer Buffet - I only went here for breakfast, it was the same menu everyday and the bacon wasn't crispy except for the last day, what gives?! Ports: Labadi, Haiti - pretty chill, didn't do anything but hung out on the beach. Falmouth, Jamaica - opted for the Bob Marley Experience, boarded a van with about 8 other people, took 1.5 hrs to get to Nine Mile, bumpy road, wife got car sick. I am a fan of Bob Marley so it's a must that we go on this trip. Highly recommended for other fans. Includes a lunch at a local Jerk spot, had chicken, pork, rice, it was ite. Cozumel, Mexico - opted for the Twister boat ride and Isla Pasion package, this was great, about $90 each person. You ride a speedboat to a private island north of port, the island was very clean, nice white sands, free activities (water bikes, land bikes, kayaks, tables, free buffet and drinks), do not miss this excursion! Entertainment on the ship: We prebooked our shows but didn't really get to attend since our dinners were at 8 pm. Maybe next time. I would go on another cruise with RCCL but most likely with a newer ship and different ports, I recommend this cruise to anyone. Crowd: Mostly middle aged, families and a few young couples, not too crowded, didn't feel like 6K + cruisers on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We've been on about 8 times and always good although Royal has cut back on C&A benefits. We remember having lunch in the Diamond Concierge lounge with a glass of wine-no more. Royal started adding fresh cookies on Day 1 in ... Read More
We've been on about 8 times and always good although Royal has cut back on C&A benefits. We remember having lunch in the Diamond Concierge lounge with a glass of wine-no more. Royal started adding fresh cookies on Day 1 in stateroom, we preferred the prepackaged and healthier almonds and shortbread cookies. Our Diamond Concierge hostess Beatrice was excellent as were our Cabin steward Dimitri and main dining room deck 5 wait staff Kevron and Natalia. Wish Johnny Rockets allowed carry out for breakfast and Broadway show only ran for a year and then offer a new show. We found getting on and off ship excellent and entertainment was outstanding. We like the rapid self departure. The Cruise Critic event was nice but scarcely attended. We continue to see limited shipboard tv news and wish Fox News could be offered to offset the liberally biased CNN and HLN channels. Over 80% of passengers are American, please try to be more inclusive. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking ... Read More
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking to your room is a 15 minute journey. There were times that we did not go out of our room again in the evening because we did not want to walk anymore. Getting off on the pier was also a journey. The pier is as long as the ship so the walk into town was long as well. As amazing as it might sound, even though there were over 6,000 people on board it never seemed crowded. I have to give the staff credit for the organizational skills to get us all on and off with no hassle at all. We will definitely stick with Royal Caribbean but will go back to the smaller ships for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We found that December is a very good time to cruise. The prices are great, the weather is great. Our favorite part of the ship was Central Park. We loved walking through there going from one end of the ship to the other. We were ... Read More
We found that December is a very good time to cruise. The prices are great, the weather is great. Our favorite part of the ship was Central Park. We loved walking through there going from one end of the ship to the other. We were staying on the 8th floor, so we crossed through there numerous times a day. We had a wonderful cruise and enjoyed the ports that we went to. Labadee, Haiti was fun and beautiful. Jamaica was nice, also. We went to an excursion, Reggae Hill, which was a disappointment. We drove over an hour and then had some awful food and little or no entertainment. A very sweet girl was our guide, and she did a wonderful job telling us about the culture of Jamaica. I thought I had signed up for the one where we tubed down the river, but I didn't. Be sure if you sign up for one, that you read it carefully. We really liked Cozumel and loved our excursion on the Jaguar Bus. We rode a short distance to an ecological park, then rode a bicycle built for two, then paddleboarded and swam in the ocean. We also had a great lunch and loved our guides! The shows on the Oasis were top notch and we really enjoyed them. It was very crowded at the shows, so be sure to get there early to get a good seat. We even saw some people getting into arguments about saving seats. The meals in the regular dining room were pretty good, but I think that they really push those paid dining rooms. Maybe the quality in the regular ones isn't as good so that you will want to go to the paid dining rooms. We did see a special on the first day for 3 meals for $89, which would be a savings. Thinking back, I wish I would have gotten that. On Saturday night, there was nothing in the dining room that I wanted. One place for lunch and breakfast was the Solarium. It was included and not nearly as crowded as the Windjammer. Be sure and visit the Promenade Café for Cheescake Lollipops (free). My husband also loved the hotdogs on the Boardwalk. The other thing that was new to us, was the Zoom Wifi. You can buy the whole week for a special price that first day and it seemed pretty reasonable. We were able to get Wifi in Jamaica and Cozumel with just buying a drink in a couple of the restaurants. The other thing that got annoying was the constant photographers wanting to take your picture on the boat. They were everywhere! It got a little old. We are not drinkers or gamblers, so we didn't visit those areas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Oasis is a great ship with some terrific spaces. Unfortunately, it is crowded after Thanksgiving (until Easter I am told). Other than Chops Steakhouse ($pecialty restaurant) the food was very ordinary. We experienced long waits for ... Read More
The Oasis is a great ship with some terrific spaces. Unfortunately, it is crowded after Thanksgiving (until Easter I am told). Other than Chops Steakhouse ($pecialty restaurant) the food was very ordinary. We experienced long waits for dinner at times. We were turned away the first night and were told to come back in an hour only to wait in another line. After the first night things did improve. I recommend a reserved seating time and possibly a specialty restaurant for the first evening. Dinners were also rushed a bit (seemed like they wanted to turn tables quickly). We had to ask the staff to slow down on two nights. The shows were very good but some were standing room only. We had to make reservations for all shows and people competed for seats. Of course, some were turned away. If we had not been alerted to this by friends, we probably would have missed a couple of the better shows. Make reservations well in advance for everything! We enjoyed our cruise only because we planned it well and found creative ways to make the best of the crowded boat. We cannot recommend this cruise--at least during the busy season. We probably will not consider Royal Caribbean or the Oasis again. We found it was not a good value compared to other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
What can one say about this large ship other than the title I have given this review. Is it big, yes! Bigger than I even imagined it would be without question. We have taken many cruises on various size ships from different cruise lines ... Read More
What can one say about this large ship other than the title I have given this review. Is it big, yes! Bigger than I even imagined it would be without question. We have taken many cruises on various size ships from different cruise lines and without a doubt this was the easiest boarding process we have ever experienced. There was no pushing, no shoving and most important as far as I am concerned I was not subject to the obligatory passage through the 'photography booth'. I found the crew to be most gracious and courteous and most bent over backwards to help us decide when and where to eat on the different evening and lunch time venues. Although I had that sinking feeling that "all" these people want to have lunch at the same time, I was quite surprised that there was ample room in the Windjammer for the hungry and those folks anxious to pile tons of food on their plates. For a ship of this magnitude to feed 6,000 people at the same time is a testament to organization. After finishing our lunch and going for a walk up on the pool deck, before we had a chance to walk through the boardwalk we were told that our cabins were ready. Our cabin Steward, Bernardo from Columbia was there to greet us and even assisted ingesting us our luggage before we could even unpack our carry ons. Our Balcony overlooking Central Park on Deck 10 was neat and presented well. After unpacking we continued to explore this rather large ship and surprisingly found our way around with little problem. The direction signs are a treat in and of themselves and very easy to follow as are the ship models strategically placed throughout the ship. As for the shops placed throughout the ship, each one is staffed with knowledgeable and cheerful staff always ready to help. I will say that when there is a street sale on Deck 5 during sea days, it is like a giant bazar with hands all over the place. The street shows and music throughout the voyage were a treat. The shows at the main venues were great, maybe "stupendous" would be the better word to describe Come Fly With Me, Frozen in Time, The Abba Tribute Show and Oceans of Dreams. The comedian was hysterical and not obscene with his routine. All things considered, this was definitely an experience that tantalizes the mind and senses. If you are not bothered by walking8 or 9 thousands steps a day, then I highly recommend you spend your money on this "fantastic ship". Make sure you book your shows on line when you make your final payment and choose them ahead of time rather than getting shut out of the time and day of your choice. One final thought if I may - please check your bedding before the first evening. We made the mistake of not doing that until were ready for bed. Oops, too late and so we wound up sleeping in valleys all week rather than making a big deal. I however, have learned my lesson and will NEVER let that happen again. Royal Caribbean take note - CHANGE THE BEDDING IN CABIN 10207 BEFORE SOMEONE FALLS THROUGH THE BED!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We mostly chose the cruise because we had not yet been on the Oasis and Port Canaveral was convenient. Having read MANY Cruise Critic reviews we were concerned about the food and the crowds. Firstly the food was much better than ... Read More
We mostly chose the cruise because we had not yet been on the Oasis and Port Canaveral was convenient. Having read MANY Cruise Critic reviews we were concerned about the food and the crowds. Firstly the food was much better than expected. While mostly subjective, we have come to expect food that "is as good as you can get when serving 6000 passengers." We were pleasantly surprised particularly in the main dining room. The food was prepared well, served promptly and tasted better than we expected. We also ate at Chops and Giovanni's. Both were excellent as we have come to expect from the specialty venues. One dissapointment was Sabor. On the Freedom we had an outstanding experience at Sabor's but here on Oasis it was not as good. Some dishes were over done, others bland. The ship's condition was excellent! It did not feel crowded at all. Even the elevator access and availability was good. My wife is in a wheelchair and this has been a serious concern in the past. But again, it was not an issue on Oasis at all. The staff were all pleasant and professional. The entertainment was very good though we couldn't possibly see it all. Though special mention must be given to the Ice Show which was spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Ship is huge- feels like a shopping mall. Over 6,000 people and the elevators were only tied up on the 1st and last day which amazed me. The service no matter where you go on the ship is extraordinary and the ship is very well maintained. ... Read More
Ship is huge- feels like a shopping mall. Over 6,000 people and the elevators were only tied up on the 1st and last day which amazed me. The service no matter where you go on the ship is extraordinary and the ship is very well maintained. We paid thousands for this trip but it seemed like they always wanted more money whether it be for the restaurants or excursions and what not. I did not like having to pay extra for good food. Food is important to me. The main dining room's food was just above TV Dinner quality. Yes, I ate but I was expecting way better. It wasn't easy to go explore the destinations on our own. We were very pressured to book the RC excursions. Not a true island feel- very touristy/manufactured. Out of all the shows, everyone seemed to agree that the ice skating show and the trapeze type show were the best. Our cabin was an ocean view balcony and it was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We decided on this cruise because my partner friends were going on this trip, so we decided to come along. I was reluctant because I was not thrill about the ports and shore excursions. I had previous been to all the location except one, ... Read More
We decided on this cruise because my partner friends were going on this trip, so we decided to come along. I was reluctant because I was not thrill about the ports and shore excursions. I had previous been to all the location except one, but this would be my first time sailing on Royal Caribbean mega ship Oasis of the Seas so I agreed to go. Given the time of the month we were sailing hurricane season, it further my apprehension. Unfortunately Hurricane Mathew diverted our pre-cruise plans to spend time in Key West Florida however we made it on time for our cruise. The time of embarkation was extended to allowed for guests held up. We were lucky that we were able to board at our regular time. Boarding this mega ship was nothing like I envision everything was smooth, timely and orderly. On the entrance to the ship I was immediately taken back. I thought I was at a seller of products convention. There was no grand foyer to behold as I have previously seen on other ships. I was shock at everybody trying to sell something it was terrible to encounter this on your vacation home away from home. Imagine yourself walking into a 4 to 5 star resort and the foyer is filled with sell people aggressively pursuing you. This was the first impression upon entering Oasis. We preceded to our cabin. The cabin was adequate nothing special. I had an ocean view balcony next to the elevators on the 11th floor. It was clean. The decor was plain, towels cheap,soap 1 or 2 star versus and skimpy. I brought my own. I was expecting something a little more cheerful and perhaps colorful, not the case. The bed was comfortable. I kept telling myself this was a cabin on a ship. Our room attendant was excellent, very attentive and a beautiful disposition, in fact with a few exception most of the staff were great dining room staff, bartenders. I ran into a few disgruntled employees but they are no match for me. They soon melted. The ship itself was huge. I chose on time dining and was not sure if somehow I should have not because dining was not in the main dining room neither less the food ok and the service was good. Everywhere I went on the Oasis I was reminded that I was not the privilege class to be in a royal suite or a diamond or gold star member this was very disappointing. The pool areas were so crowded I did not attempt. I had the luck of the hot whirlpool a couple of time in 90 degree weather and it was a little space for us even though we could not stand it long. As you look around you seen areas block off that weren't for you. special viewing areas, private restaurant. The ship was so big that the usually outdoor areas on smaller ship were non existent on this ship. Lots of stuffs to do just finding the location was an event itself, having the balcony was a saving grace. Another thing of note was not a lot of personnel around, table went unclean and a few times we pointed this out to personnel. No more of attendants hanging around your stateroom. The glamour that I found on other ships was not on Oasis or you just could not see it. The late night dance club was small and nothing fancy about it. Plenty of entertainment. The ports were ok with the exception of Haiti for me. Royal private island of Labadee was nothing. Maybe the excitement of the beach was it. I would definitely do a Royal Caribbean cruise again. The next time I will pick the itinerary and a royal suite will be a must, and maybe I will be closer to attaining diamond or gold membership status. By the way disembarkation was a breeze, they know how to move people. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is one big ship and loud. We had a Central Park view, woke up every morning with a view of the tree tops. It was like being in a tree house. Didn't care for the my time dining. It was chaos at the doors even with ... Read More
This is one big ship and loud. We had a Central Park view, woke up every morning with a view of the tree tops. It was like being in a tree house. Didn't care for the my time dining. It was chaos at the doors even with reservations. Once seated it was a steady stream of people by the table for those with and without reservations. The line at the Customer Relations desk was always long and we spent our share of time in it. I was amazed something as simple as the Romance Package could make me wish I had not gone to the expense. Like I said it was loud on the ship. I'm sure there were places you could sit, listen to the music and have a drink without being blasted by the volume but we sure didn't find it. The food, entertainment and service was nothing but great. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a Costco Travel Buyer's Choice cruise and that lots of add on's. This was our first time on the Oasis of the Seas. We have been on the sister ship, the Allure of the Seas twice before. The Oasis Dreams show was cancelled ... Read More
This was a Costco Travel Buyer's Choice cruise and that lots of add on's. This was our first time on the Oasis of the Seas. We have been on the sister ship, the Allure of the Seas twice before. The Oasis Dreams show was cancelled due to weather. The Comedy guests were ok. The Frozen ice show was great! We did not enjoy Cats and left during intermission.The Casino staff was very friendly as they took my money, lol. We do not like On-time dining, so we scheduled dinner at the same time with the same wait staff. For Excursions, we did the Jungle Buggy Adventure (Jesus and crew were fantastic) in Cozumel and the River rafting (Brenton was our wonderful guide) in Jamaica. In Labadee, we enjoyed the Costco add on's, Aqua park, water slide, coaster, floating mat and $25 beach credit. We did have an issue with the tram service then ended up walking back to the ship. In this particular incident, the tram passed the stop for the coaster ride and we had to ride all around the island back to the correct stop. On the way back to the ship, all trams were full, so we had to walk back to the boat. On board, we enjoyed the entertainment staff activities and did the flow rider, zip line, rock climb wall and mini golf. The wait time was not bad at all. I suspect the ship was at half capacity. We had a great time and would defiantly cruise this again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The Oasis of the Seas is a huge ship. I booked it because of a sale, and a particularly cheap week was the week of my birthday. I went in with no real expectations except that it had to be better than being at work. It's just ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is a huge ship. I booked it because of a sale, and a particularly cheap week was the week of my birthday. I went in with no real expectations except that it had to be better than being at work. It's just about your average cruise ship. Its big, there's zip lining and surfing (which I didn't do), and ice skating (which I only noticed was open twice, for 30 minutes every time. The pools weren't very big for the size of the ship, and I ended up lounging in the Solarium pool (but not at the chairs, Caribbean sun and a greenhouse environment was not good with the heat). The food was great though. Only 1 night did I not LOVE the menu, usually ordering 2 apps and entrees every night. The Windjammer had a great variety and crispy fries. The desserts were great. However, service was only ok. Dinner was slow (but our waiter was nice and and chatty, just a lot of downtime). At breakfast, one morning, the entire section of tables I was sitting in was forgotten about. We ordered food, but we waited 30 minutes before we left. And every time we ordered eggs, there was always a disclaimer it would take a few minutes. Bar service was always great. I had an interior let-them-choose cabin, and it was big for a cruise ship. We had space for a couch! However, again with service only being ok, our room was never completed by 2pm, and rarely again before 9pm. It wasn't a huge problem, but I thought it was strange. The 1st one was skipped one day completely. Also room was at the front of the boat, and the way the ship is designed, there is one hallway on either side of the ship, and since most rooms have a balcony, the hallways are long and narrow. Activities and entertainment on the ship weren't too bad. We did trivia 3 or 4 times a day, and the cruise director's staff was always great (especially Nick and Mo!!). Ice skating was rarely offered, I only remember seeing it 1 day, with 2 time slots, but I'm willing to believe I wasn't checking that closely. The shows were good, but you have to reserve them first. The shows were: Frozen in Time: Beautiful ice skating show. They take a break and let a guy draw the Tin Soldier in sand for a projector, and it was amazing. I could've watched him all day. The Headline Show: Jesse Hamilton was great. He was funny, and in his intro, he says the music isn't for everyone, and it's not, but it's a great variety and he was so, so funny. Cats: Skipped it. 2.5 hours (and got to get the early, so let's say 3) and I could only get reservation on Day 1. Spent time in an elevator with a guy who's comments were "What was that?" and "They did too many drugs in the 80s" In my opinion, all of the other RC shows would've been better (Hairspray, Grease, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, and Saturday Night Fever). Come Fly With Me: Acrobats. I have NO IDEA what anyone was singing about, but the songs were familiar and sung brilliantly, and the gymnastics and acrobatics were insanely good. Aquashow: Got cancelled because of weather. We had the late show, and it would've been really nice if they had told us that the earlier show had been cancelled too. Weather ruined a lot of events at the aqua theater, so I can't say much about it at all. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We went as a family of 8 with ages ranging from 13 to 93. Our third cruise. Had been on Princess and Carnival before. Overall, it is an amazing ship. Well designed. Very stable. It is huge. The big main walking promenade and the ... Read More
We went as a family of 8 with ages ranging from 13 to 93. Our third cruise. Had been on Princess and Carnival before. Overall, it is an amazing ship. Well designed. Very stable. It is huge. The big main walking promenade and the 'central park' are great ideas. There is even a ice skating rink. The staff were excellent, as were the main shows. They had a full production of CATS. The ship was spotless overall. The staterooms are bigger than other ships and have a sofa the may be of sufficient size for a small child to sleep on. I think all outside rooms are ocean view with balcony. The inside rooms face central park and have balconies too. So no claustrophobia. We were on deck 14. It is a long walk from end to end of the ship. Activities: lots to do ranging from napkins folding classes to jewelry shows to bingo and the usual. There is of course a casino but as a non gambler, cannot comment on it. The spa and gym were big. My wife used it and said it was fantastic. Not free of course! The things we did not like: 1) A lot of pushing to buy drink packages and shop at stores. 2) A lot of nickel diming. For example, back of scenes tour was free on Princess. $150 on Oasis. Several classes were not free including guacamole making class. 3) usually there are movies in the main theater on a frequent basis but not on Oasis. And it was fuzzy since it was 3D. So if you could not find glasses, you could not see much. 4) The shore excursions we took were very meh and expensive. Recommend sticking with your own walk around agenda. 5) Usually there are educational events related to upcoming ports of call. None on Oasis. 6) The type of daytime on ship activities overall was not as diverse as I had seen on other ships except for the headline events which were amazing. 7) Food was abundant but the diversity of choices was not as extensive as Carnival or Princess. Taste wise was definitely a notch lower. The ship overall, is one large weekend at Vegas on water. It was more expensive than average cruises. I would recommend it but I wish they would include more activities in the price and not nickel dime. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was a 52 day cruise from Southhampton, England to Bejing, China, thru the Med, Suez Canal and lots of stops. The good: Wonderful ship, great interior design with 110 volts and 220v. The shower and shower head were adjustable and ... Read More
This was a 52 day cruise from Southhampton, England to Bejing, China, thru the Med, Suez Canal and lots of stops. The good: Wonderful ship, great interior design with 110 volts and 220v. The shower and shower head were adjustable and removable. Great for big people like me. The ship is bigger than our biggest aircraft carrier. (1100 feet long with 16 decks) Sport courts, rock climbing walls and a bumper car arena. Basket ball anyone. Several pool and lots of jacuzzis. They have gone to resturant style dining, no large fantail dining room. You can go upstairs but never recognize it as a buffet. Super food. Go slow on a long trip. Great gym. The cabin design was spacious and utilized all the space with overhead bins on the bed. Biggest small cabin in the fleet. We were in a Verandah suite. Entertainment was typical "ship", Dining was memorable because even though you switched dining venues nightly, you always had the same waiter. Each of the 4 free dining venues had different food. There were also 5 pay as you wish resturants. The bad: expense: wine and drinks are the highest in the fleet.--$10 for a cocktail, $8 for a beer. A room bottle on HAL is $40, on RCI it is $65. They are liquor Nazi's so don't sneak unless you are humiliation proof. Tours are really expensive (use Aviator). The electronic wizardry will really wow you. They were able to board and disembark faster than Symphony, Serenity, or Prisendam and that was with 4500 passengers. Beautiful ship, I would go again, and plan not to have a drink. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this cruise because we were on this ship before and loved it. This time, not so much. Embarkation was very easy. Debarkation was too. You would think on a ship this size it would take longer, but it has always been better than on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were on this ship before and loved it. This time, not so much. Embarkation was very easy. Debarkation was too. You would think on a ship this size it would take longer, but it has always been better than on any other ship. You had to make reservations ahead of time for all the shows. When we cruise, we like to be spontaneous, not on such a strict schedule. The ship is still awesome but next time we will take a smaller one that is not so regimented. We had an ocean view cabin. It could use more storage space. Our cabin steward was great. We asked that our ice bucket be always full and he saw to it that it was. The common areas are very beautiful. There are a lot of activities on board. The shore excursion pages are very easy to read and to book. I really like the way the have the pictures that are taken on board the ship set up in the photo gallery. They are much easier to find now. We were on the Western Caribbean itinerary. We didn't do any excursions because we have been on this itinerary so many times. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
will begin my report for this cruise which was 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel. First of all we like normal flew in a day early and stayed at the Hyatt Place in Ft. Lauderdale. We had to fly ... Read More
will begin my report for this cruise which was 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel. First of all we like normal flew in a day early and stayed at the Hyatt Place in Ft. Lauderdale. We had to fly into Miami as we could not get a return from FLL to ORD until like 1700 and did not want to sit around all day and MIA had a return to ORD at 1235. We taxied into the Hyatt which was around $80.00 so its a bit costly but the shuttle bus was only about $10.00 less with other stops so we chose the taxi. I must say the service at the Hyatt was excellent and we took their shuttle to the pier for about $7.00 pp so not bad. Once in port we had to wait a while to actually get onto the ship and I was not impressed at all by the personnel there. Lets just say CS seems to be lacking in their training but of course they are not RCI employees. Once we checked in the courtesy kicked in. It took about 45 mins. to get onto the ship and our cabin was not yet ready but actually it was finished ahead of the announced time. We walked around this marvel of a ship and had lunch at the Park Cafe in the Central Park section, just some salads as we were not so hungry. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th. deck and the first thing I noticed was that the balcony was bigger than what we had last May on the NCL Getaway. It turned out to take a while to get used to all the areas on this huge ship and we seemed to have discovered something new every day. We were assigned my time dining as first seating was not available when we booked. On the first night I requested it from the Maitre'd and that was honored a day later. However that first night we shared a table with a couple from FLA. and they too wanted first seating so actually we were able to get a fixed time at the my time dining restaurant, American Icon with them so it was very good of RCI to meet our requests that way. I was so awe struck by this ship that I forgot we had reservations that night for the Oasis of Dreams show but we were able to book it for a later day. We happened upon a preview of the comedy show and saw three performers and I really got some good laughs from them. The rest of the first day was spent just checking out the ship especially Boardwalk and the Promenade. Wow! Like I tell all the people I know who have not cruised you don't know what you are missing. Many seem to think that you just sit around all day and there is nothing to do. We got a good nights rest and I must say that for the week we were on this ship detection of any motion was just a few times and it was next to nothing. I suppose 225k tons of a ship makes the ride very smooth. Ok so now its day two. Its formal night and as we had reservations for Cats we decided on an early dinner at Giovannis. I had the filet migon which was pretty good and Sue had a pasta dish which she was not too pleased with unfortunately. I tried it and liked it but it wasn't up to her taste. However the desserts were and we had the tiramisu and the canolis and those hit the spot. So we now went to see Cats and frankly it was very hard to follow. I suppose if you knew the story line ahead of time then yes it would have been good to see. However the people in our row actually left ahead of intermission including us. I heard several comments like this from others who saw it so it seems it was a hit or a miss. later on we had a chance to meet some of the ships performers and I must say what they did they did well but it was not for us. They did say RCI typically will run the show for 6 yrs. and they they spent something like 10 mil. on the stage alone. So lets talk about the entertainment on the ship. We saw a group called Abbacadabra which dod all Abba songs and that we like. It was mentioned that Abba was once offered 1 billion, yes 1 billion for a reunion tour but turned it down. Wow. They put on a fun, entertaining show and even added Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen just to show off their versatility. We saw Come Fly With Me which was a wonderful show featuring acrobats and gymnasts, song and dance and they were all amazing. Before the shows the performers with their resumes are featured on the theatre screen so you can see their backgrounds. Most have a long list of credits and some have been national champions in their respective fields. It makes me think that their is a ton of great talent out there. The performers are from mainly the UK, the USA and eastern Europe. After this show we were able to see the ice show at the last second and so that was a treat and again this was a great show and was more geared to kids. However you are on vacation so hey be a kid!! The water show was called the Oasis of Dreams and is performed at the back of the boat where they have a poll with hydraulic lifts to adjust its level. Here you see more gymnasts, acrobats and high divers. The max hight is about 58 feet and we were awestruck by how ell this show was performed. We missed the actually comedy club show but we did see that preview on day one so its not like we missed out too much. I was not able to get a reservation once on the ship and we tried to get in line for a non-reserved seat but it wasn't in our luck. Oh well. There are a number of venues for smaller acts including Latin music at Boleros, a two level lounge featuring a live band at Dazzles which was on our deck actually and that we sort of discovered by accident, a country venue called Globe and Castle (I think), the Scooner bar and a few others. Karaoke is there too for your amusement. Really if you can't see one of the main shows there is still plenty to do and to see. A word about formal night. It seems that in the cruise industry there are fewer people following the suggested attire and some people dressed up but others did not even come close. Now part of this could be that we embarked from a casual port, FLL. Last yr. on the Diamond Princess out of Yokohama I did see that many more people followed the suggested attire code for formal night. Ok so lets talk about the food which is always a subjective issue depending on your expectations and standards. I really don't expect fine dining and think its unrealistic to do so and the ship has to feed thousands of people. I do expect "good" food and at least good service. As mentioned above we ate one night in the fee restaurant Giovannis which was like $25.00 pp paid when the reservation was made preboarding. I like my filet though my wife was not too crazy about her pasta dish. I made this reservation only to accommodate our Cats reservation and all in all for the extra cost it was just ok. We really liked Tuscan Grill and especially the Asian fusion restaurant Silk on Celebrity and would be happy to pay more for them, especially Silk. Would we go to Giovannis again just for itself? Nope. It just did not make that much of an impression. So how was the food in the MDR? Not bad at all and it met my expectations which again are lower than a fine dining experience which we hope to have Saturday in Chicago. :). My entrees were fine and Sue had Indian food which she also liked. One night however they serve curried lobster and she is not a fan of seafood but hey its lobster and I was more than happy to help her with it. We did have lobster one night but one of our tablemates is originally from Cape Cod and said it was puny compared to what she grew up eating. Oh well. I did order steak one night and it was prepared how I wanted it and though it did have some rather tough areas it over all was pretty good. I do not know where RCI gets their beef but for me it seem quality wise close to USDA choice, perhaps a notch below but it wasn't bad. Really I had no complaints about our meals and the desserts well all pretty good. No issues there. We always ate breakfast in the MDR and that was pretty good too. We once went to Johnny Rockets for breakfast and lets just say thats done and we are not likely at all to go again. The breakfast here is free but otherwise its $7.00 pp and I just can't see paying for a diner experience on such a nice ship. The park cafe is free and we had a salad on day one and it was OK and the buffet restaurant had a good selection of food but hey on a vacation we want to be served so we had lunch a few times there and breakfast on debarkation day and that was it. Pizza at Sorrentos in the promenade was rather limp. The crust was doughy and for us it should be crisp so once was enough. One nice feature on the Getaway was O'Sheehans pub which had some good casual food. I don't think RCI can match that unless they beef up the menu at say the Globe and Atlas venue in the Promenade which would be doable I think. We had lunch one day in the solarium. This offers lighter fare and has fresh fruit, a salad bar and one or two entrees. Sue had the tacos one day and said were pretty good but the solarium itself is really nice. This would be our place to be if we ever sailed this ship or one of her sisters again. We were there one day when it was raining and its mostly enclosed so we stayed dry and funny think is it was not crowded at all even with it raining down on the pools. Here is one area where NCL's Getaway falls was short. They basically had one pool for 4 k passengers unless you were in the Haven for way more $$. However the Oasis had I think 5 adult pools and at least that many hot tubs so it never felt crowded. There were also several bars on the pool deck and the service was very good. They do have fresh popped popcorn but at $2.50 for a small box, c'mon man thats too much. I am not saying it should be free but I think $1.25 is enough. This ship is by far the best we have ever been on in so far as design and features go. Its no wonder that several people we met onboard have done multiple cruises on this ship and we hope to be like them one day. In fact I told our son that I would pop for him and by then his wife to go with us one day and that we would pop for it. Thats how much we loved this ship. We want them to see it. However their bar bill will be all theirs. :D. Now as for debarkation that was terrible. First of all we purchased transfers on board from RCI to shuttle us to MIA. We assembled on time and were supposed to leave at 0845 but by 0900 we were still in limbo. I asked a crew member whats up and he said customs was slow and that we could leave but that our bags may not be ready. Well that turned out to be a bunch of malarkey. All bags were there but where? We matriculated thru customs and went to the section our bags were to be in. No bags. In fact no bags with section 20 labels were in section 20. Instead there were bags label with # 23. I asked two people where our bags were and thy had no idea. Finally the 3rd. person I asked pointed to an unmarked section up against a wall and lo and behold there were our bags. But this was nothing compared to the shuttle. There were buses for MIA and FLL so we of course got on the MIA bus and waited. 40 mins went by and nothing so I asked the baggage loader when we will be going. He said "soon" I asked him like how long in minutes and he glared at me and said "soon" Thats it. I asked another guy who said "don't worry about it" . So 15 mins. later we still weren't moving and the bus was nearly full. Then they decided to load a WC person, no issues there and his 5-6 family members with all their luggage including a huge case for some sort of musical instrument so that took more time. Finally after more that an hour we left and guess what these guys went to FLL airport first! Man like I said there are buses for FLL so why they went there first I will never know. By this time people are fuming and I and another passenger from inside the bus and I called RCI and told them what was happening and that RCI had to pay any fees if due to their incompetence we missed our flight. We finally got to MIA and then dumb and dumber locked us in the bus until they could unload the luggage which they did not do for their 1st stop for AA at MIA. We are at UAL now. We finally got off the bus at about 1135 after getting on initially at around 0935. The other guy who had called RCI from the bus had a 1200 flight so I imagine he missed it. We had a long walk to the UAL counter and thank God there was no line. We checked in and then had another long walk to the gate which we arrived at about 5-10 mins. before boarding began. Fortunately our bags arrived with us but this was no way to treat customers, especially for how uncaring they were. The guy who kept say "soon" to me tried to lay on some Caribbean charm while in route but no one said word to him. Passengers were fed up. The smartest thing they did was not asking for tips. I did report all this to RCI and specifics like the bus company name and the bus number which they actually asked me for and told them I would never use their shuttle service again. Unfortunate ending to a very nice time on a wonderful ship So next time no shuttles. We will figure out another way. We actually purchased a future cruise while on board too. Its for the Ovation of the Seas, an Anthem class ship which is still being built. This cruise is for Nov. 2016 for 12 days out of Tianjin with stops in China, Okinawa, HK and Singapore. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My husband and I went on this cruise as an anniversary trip. I had been on Oasis of the Seas before and Allure of the Seas twice (to me they are the EXACT same ship!). ENTERTAINMENT: I love Oasis and Allure because of all the ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise as an anniversary trip. I had been on Oasis of the Seas before and Allure of the Seas twice (to me they are the EXACT same ship!). ENTERTAINMENT: I love Oasis and Allure because of all the options for entertainment and activities. The cruise director, Ricky Matthews is very fun and introduced every show we attended. We only stayed for 1/2 of CATS, it was just too long and with no real plot, my husband and I got bored. We did see the headliner for the week, Mo5aic, twice, they were great! The ice skating show was better than Allure's in our opinion and we thought the aqua theater shows were great too. There were several comedians also and we enjoyed their show one evening. PORTS OF CALL/EXCURSIONS: We actually did not get off the boat at all; we had been to all the ports multiple times over the past several years so we didn't see the need to get off and do the same excursions. We enjoy staying on the boat and getting our choice of pool chairs and the pool all to ourselves. DINING: It is unfortunate that so many places require an additional payment, however, my husband and I are simple eaters at home so cruise meals are better than anything we normally prepare ourselves so we were happy eating breakfast at the Windjammer or Johnny Rockets (free for breakfast), park cafe for lunch, and the main dining room for dinner. As always we enjoyed the soft serve yogurt, pizza, and cafe promenade for snacks. For first time cruisers though, it is a little confusing figuring out which places are included in your original price and which ones are extra. We did purchase the coke package. SERVICE: I love being catered to on cruises. Our dining room staff (Ronald and Tricia) were great and our room was always kept up. I always noticed crew members cleaning (vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows, painting, etc.). For having over 6,000 patrons on board, in my opinion, the ship is very well taken care of. CABIN: This year my husband and I decided to get a balcony room that overlooked Central Park. It was nice but next time I think I would either pay a little more and get an ocean balcony room or just go back to the "caves" of the interior rooms. We enjoyed letting light into our room but I am not sure the price was worth it. FINAL COMMENTS: I will say that we are normally spring break cruisers. All five of my previous cruises have been in early April. I noticed several differences between spring break and summer cruises. One: (totally obvious but still...) VERY HOT. The weather difference was crazy. I know it seems dumb but it was A LOT hotter. AND HUMID. This caused the pools to be very crowded at times. Two: MORE PEOPLE. There were just way more people than I ever remember being on the boat. The line for the flow rider was long, sometimes twenty people (if you want to do the flow rider with no wait then go first thing in the morning on days when you are in a port---thats when we got to do the flow rider with no waiting). It was hard to find chairs both in the shade and in the sun if you are a late riser. Overall we loved our vacation. I have realized there will always be unhappy patrons and it is impossible to please everyone! Royal Caribbean has always been a great cruise line for us and our experiences have caused us to be loyal to them for the time being. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our second week on back to back cruises. The first was NCL Getaway. READ post from NCL Getaway. We booked Johns Car Service # 954-303-8747 from POM to Cruise Terminal and arrived at 10AM. We had no wait time checking our ... Read More
This was our second week on back to back cruises. The first was NCL Getaway. READ post from NCL Getaway. We booked Johns Car Service # 954-303-8747 from POM to Cruise Terminal and arrived at 10AM. We had no wait time checking our luggage or getting our Sea Pass Card. Very efficient. Once on board we immediately headed to Park Café where we knew it would get crowded. We feel it was a better choice than the Windjammer Café. We were able to get into our room a little after 1PM and all our luggage was there. Room # 12224 was spacious but we had an issue with the room not being clean. We called and our room steward Stanley made sure everything was cleaned. The ship is very well designed and easy to navigate thru out the different floors, but everyone must be patient with the wait for elevators with 6000 people on the ship. We bought the Replenish and Premium beverage package and enjoyed all the bars and staff. We are not much into drinking but these two weeks we enjoyed ourselves. FOOD We did all Specialty dinning. We received 30 percent in onboard credit for booking 3 specialty dining venues. 150 Park- very limited menu food was good but will not go back Giovanni's Table- Great service and delicious food Sabor Good food and priced right Chops grill- we did this two nights amazing service and food Solarium Bistro- Amazing main course So many choices to choose from I gained 14 pounds on back to back cruises and with all the alcohol I consumed I figured at least 20 pounds LOL ENTERTAINMENT- CATS- Left before intermission just was too long and repetitive for us COMEDY Awesome Aqua Theater Very Good Show HEADLINNER- Earl Turner very entertaining COME FLY WITH ME Awesome FROZEN IN TIME Just wasn't for us THE SHIP ITSELF I found it to be very easy to get around, not too crowded or too big. We enjoyed the Solarium, shopping, bars, Boardwalk, Central Park, and the Promenade. I did not participate in rock climbing or flow rider but looked like the kids enjoyed it. EXCURSIONS I would like to mention a private excursion we did in Jamaica with Liberty Tours Jamaica. The tour was to Blue Hole and horse back riding in the ocean just the 2 of us. They are very friendly and give a very informative description of the island and the people. This was our favorite stop and excursion of the cruise. Go to Libertytoursjamaica.com to learn more about this company. They are truly a step above everyone else. OUR ROOM 12224 an ocean view balcony. We enjoyed this location and the cabin was nice. Our room steward Stanley was very nice and made sure we had everything we needed. SPA we did the mud room and Jacuzzi room. This was nice but we felt facilities needed an upgrade. ON AND OFF THE SHIP GETTING ON Very fast GETTING OFF I would recommend as early as possible we had a late flight so chose to leave later and it took 1 hour to exit. We enjoyed this cruise and booked another cruise in the future for RCCL and NCL. We feel that for anyone to get the most out of a Cruise you have to Book everything in advance. All dining, all shows, all excursions, room location and book early, check rates often and decide what is best for you. Try not to compare other Cruise lines because they all have negatives. We enjoyed both ships for different reasons and because we planned, we had a great time. We paid for what we felt was going to make our Cruise experience complete and stayed away from upsells like photos and art work that didn't matter to us. We did a comparison on the NCL Getaway site for anyone interested. Happy Cruising to all and hope this review helps. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This ship was absolutely amazing! There was SO much to do & we were always on the move. The employees on this ship are PHENOMENAL. They provide amazing service (as all Royal Caribbean ships do). Best service I have had yet has been on ... Read More
This ship was absolutely amazing! There was SO much to do & we were always on the move. The employees on this ship are PHENOMENAL. They provide amazing service (as all Royal Caribbean ships do). Best service I have had yet has been on all Royal Caribbean lines! The entertainment was amazing! I highly recommend booking all shows before the cruise as they are extremely popular. Comedy show & come fly with me were two of my favorites. The cruise director Ricky was AWESOME and made this cruise so much fun. Definitely go see "The Quest" & "Love and Marriage".....awesome!! Specialty dining was nothing special and have to say I was quite disappointed by it. I thought the free dining rooms had much better food. I wouldn't bother paying the extra money for the specialty dining. If I were to recommend one of the dining options I would say Giovanni's just to switch it up, but there are plenty of free options. Also, soda packages seemed to be a waste as all the dining rooms had non-alcoholic drinks available for free (windjammer/any buffet). If you are going to be drinking alcohol I would get the drink package as it truly is worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We were cruising between the 16–May to the 23rd on the Oasis, It was our third cruise with RCL and first time on the Oasis (although last year we were on the Allure). In general the cruise was very nice and we enjoyed most of it. ... Read More
We were cruising between the 16–May to the 23rd on the Oasis, It was our third cruise with RCL and first time on the Oasis (although last year we were on the Allure). In general the cruise was very nice and we enjoyed most of it. The day before: We arrived a day before stayed at the Hilton beach resort, the hotel was nice but without many stores/restaurants nearby. We did walked (20 minutes) to the Galleria mall for some shopping and lunch (PFC) , the mall was quite empty but with good deals at the stores. The beach near the hotel looked nice although we have not checked the facilities as we figured we will have enough of that during the cruise. We did bought some wine and water at the Publix shop across from the mall (very cheap prices). Day 1: FLL I have asked the hotel to reserve us some transportation (as they don’t have shuttles to the cruise port). I have been told I can use taxi or VIP transportation which will cost around 20/30$ for two people, We went with the second option as I remembered from last year the horrible traffic getting to the Allure of the seas, thinking that a taxi can cost much more in case of traffic. We asked for the ride at 11 AM , due to the hotel error or the company they used the transport arrived only at 11:30. The ride was very fast; it looked as if the Oasis was the only ship that day at the port. Took us 7 minutes until we were given our suitcases. We went inside the building and waited in the gold line, mind, It might be that the regular line was going faster as more open windows per deck were serving this line. We waited about 15 minutes + 5 minutes to create our sea pass. After we got the sea pass we continued to the second floor trying to guess how much time we will need to wait until allowed on the ship, to our surprise it was zero , we were allowed to continue to the ship immediately which was very nice. As it was only 11:45 and we knew the rooms are not ready before 1 PM we went to find something to eat. As many recommended we avoided the lines in the buffet and went to get a nice salad at the park Café , there were some lines but not too much , we even found a nice place to seat and eat. At 1 PM we went to the room to put our carry on. Our room was in deck 7 at the front of the ship which was good for us. We had the muster drill at 4 PM which really symbol the beginning of the cruises as it was the last “official” thing for this week. Dinner – Windjammer market place. Day 2 Nassau Breakfast early at the Windjammer as the ship went into Nassau , As we read about Nassau at Sunday we understood there is no good reason to try and get from the ship very early as it mostly closed so we were waiting until 9:30 AM. We did not book any excoriation for Nassau as the ship was planned to disembark at 2 PM which really does not give enough time to almost anything. Yes, RC offer several excoriation but they seemed overpriced (considering the time we have in port) mainly the one that went to Atlantis. We were staying at the Atlantis resort before and enjoyed it very much, maybe if we had full day over there it would have make sense. We went around the port , checked some stores and bought several souvenirs before going back to the ship , Please mind Nassau officials going back to the port asks to see photo ID card and not just the sea pass (it was the only port that required it) . Lunch in the buffet again (in general, I will not recommend the Windjammer during lunch as quality is not that impressing). We went to the Aqua show which was very nice (although I am still trying to figure out what the main character was doing there) , I guess it can be an impressing show if it is the first time you see it so make sure you see it. Day 3 sea day After breakfast (Park café , excellent do it your own bagels) we went to the cruise critic meeting , we got a small gift in the door and listen to a speech from the event manager plus participate in the ruffle (did not won but it was nice), I do recommend to participate it. We went to eat at Sabor , I must say it was excellent , we took the 19 $ deal (one is more than enough for two people) got the heavenly guacamole that is prepared in front of your eyes, fresh Tacos (the best I had), Calamari and Shrimps all were very good . for dissert we got the dissert box that was more than enough for two people. Really I cannot recommend enough this restaurant We went to see Cats at 2 PM , well I tried , I really tried to enjoy (and avoiding the bad review I was reading here) but something was missing there, I don’t know if it was the dark lighting or the scenery that never change. I felt very sorry for the performer as they were good dancer and singers, I also appreciate the fact that RC were bringing a full Broadway show but maybe it is not the one that goes well in a cruise. Day 4 ST Thomas After quick breakfast we went down to the port, getting out of the ship was very quick without any delays or issues. We took a shared taxi (4$ PP) from the port to downtown (5 minutes ride, you can walk the distance if it is not too hot). We went into few stores bought some shirts and looked on the duty free prices. There was some band playing in the main square and some food festival. We went back to the ship as we booked shore excursion and wanted to eat something before it (Park Café this time). For excursion we took the Megen bay beach. It was described as two hour in the Megen beach including a stop for photo ops, well the driver did not stopped for any photos unless slowing to 10 MPH during the time you can look over the bay consider as one. The beach itself is very nice and not really crowded, we did try to get far from the main area to avoid any crowd but it required only five minutes’ walk to find a quiet place. During the time we were there no one tried to sell us anything or bother us in any way (as I did read might happens here). For dinner we went to the main dining room. We had my time dining reservation but apparently so many others did so we had to wait in line for about 15 minutes and agreed to share our table (which we did not mind at all). In parallel to our line there was the line of people that did not have reservation; this line seems to go faster for some reason. Day 5 – ST Marten: For day 5 we took early excursion (9 AM , for me at vacation its considered early) the ultimate Island tour. The ride is in air conditioned bus , it start with a 30 minutes ride to the French side of the island and stops at a small market for five minutes photo ops over the oriental beach. After 15 minutes of additional driving we got to Margot were we got around an hour to shop or do whatever we want. We used this time to go to Sarafinas the French bakery as we wanted to taste the famous macrons. There was a long line when we arrived (20 minutes) but finally it was our turn to order. Beside the macrons we ordered an apple pie (that looked very good, actually everything there looked very good). The macrons were nice (very big), not the best ones we were eaten but certainly the best one we were eaten in the Caribbean. After the Sarfinas we went to board the boat as part of the tour, that was my favorite part very nice scenery of the lagoon and the area including a short view of the famous airport. The tour included free drinks (fruit punch, soft drink, beers and whatever goes with Rum, no limits. When the boat brought us back to land (the Dutch side) we had the buss take us back to the ship (including an option to stop at downtown for whoever wanted). We got a very detailed explanation on each gas stopped that we passed , the prices, the history and any other background , which make me think that or our tour guide family is in the gas stations business, gas stations are the most important business in the Island or it is just very boring Island .. Overall it is not very active tour but gives a nice view on the Island and recommended for first timers. For evening we went to Sabor again (as we loved it on the first time) we again, did not disappointed Day 6 - Sea day My spouse went to surf the flowrider for the first time and enjoyed every minute of it , I was focusing more on important things like sleeping. We went on the pool deck that was not that full as you expect from a sea day , you could find a chair quite easy. We spent some time in the promenade and in general had a relaxed day. During the evening we went again to the main dining room , this time lines were ridiculous long , mainly the line for people that had reservations (our lines) it went all the way to the elevators , I guess the fact that everyone knew its Lobster night contributed to the situation. I decided to make a test and we went to the non-reservation line that looked much smaller and what do you know, after 10 minutes we were seated and ordering our food. For sure something is not working in the time dining system, why to reserve if it is faster not to … I hope RC will check it and do the right adjustments. The food in the dining room was ok , for sure it has better disserts than the marketplace. After dinner we went to see the “come fly with me show” it was very nice, amazing scenery and excellent acrobatic act, don’t miss this one. Day 7 – sea day Breakfast at the market place (they added some nice smoothies which was nice). There were some offers in the on board shops (the regular 10-20$ watch sets , 10 $ T-shirts and some other offers) We went to see the Ice show, another very nice show; we liked the custom, the music and the performance (although one of the dancers did stumble twice). We went back to pack our stuff to avoid last minute packing. Day 8 FLL We used the valet service (very very recommended, 20$ PP) as we had a flight with united from FLL airport. We went for one last breakfast (that was limited comparing to the ones before) packed the carry on and went out from the ship around 8 AM. Going out from the ship was very quickly (five minutes) and another 15-20 minutes in the custom area. We took a taxi to the airport (12$). The suitcases arrived perfectly to our target airport. We saw that united also added the priority tags to the suitcases so everything worked very well with this service . It was a very nice cruise Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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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