473 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

Friends had sailed on the Oasis, and not as experienced cruisers as we are, so we were a little hesitant to believe their accolades when they returned. But, they were right! Easy embarkation. Hard to believe with so many passengers, but ... Read More
Friends had sailed on the Oasis, and not as experienced cruisers as we are, so we were a little hesitant to believe their accolades when they returned. But, they were right! Easy embarkation. Hard to believe with so many passengers, but it was simple, easy. Security was less than easy and searching our carry-on was careless, almost rude, by the officer. Nothing found other than the allowed 2 bottles of wine and shrink-wrapped 12 bottles of water, carried on by itself. Our cabin was available so off we went. It was what was expected. Nicely appointed, nothing luxurious but typical. The closet is very close to the couch and with the bypass doors, it's impossible for two to access clothes, shoes and shelves at same time. Princess has much better layout of closet area as does Celebrity. One of the best mattresses we've slept on while cruising. Tons of hot water, sometimes had to turn to cold so could use sink. Oh....the sink! What a joke. Teeny, tiny! Shower was nice and the "tube" wasn't claustrophobic. The balcony was fine, but miss the high back chairs to relax in. The food is ok, some nights better than others. Don't miss lobster night, since the tails are nice sized, not as small as what Princess serves. We ordered more since they were so good. We did dine at Chops and thought it was wonderful...pretty close to a Ruth's Chris experience. Now the find of the ship, if you like roast beef, is the Park Cafe located in Central Park, deck 8. They have a wet roast beef sandwich served on a crusty roll with caraway seed and sea salt to knock you out! Rare, tender and flavorful. Top with choice of horseradish or mustard. NOT TO BE MISSED if you like a good roast beef sandwich for lunch. No matter where we were on the ship, lunch was roast beef. By last day my husband had 4 slices and I had 3 on mine. Good coleslaw and nice selection of other pre-dished items. The Windjammer dining needs better management as far as training the staff. Servers have a handiwipe under their tray and after clearing a table, they use the same wipe for table and chair. Never do they use a spray cleaner or move the salt & pepper or sugar container. Just wipe around it, and a poor job, too. Passengers are almost accosted when entering about sanitizing their hands. What a joke! The tables must be a breeding ground for bacteria! If you are the type of person who needs to be entertained, then this is the ship for you. Always activity and great shows. Yes, what you see on the TV ads is true. But, the zip-line lasts 9 seconds at best. Fun to watch though. Enjoy the short but energetic parade on deck 5. We loved the Solarium. Unfortunately our weather wasn't as great as we hoped, so during the showers and winds we found this the perfect place to relax. Guests under 16 not allowed and only on the last afternoon did I see a boy under that age with his parents. The crew must enforce this rule, which is wonderful! Princess & Celebrity should follow through and enforce the adult only policy in designated spots. Loved the 2 huge whirlpools that hang over the ship and enjoyed mornings before beginning our port shopping. Being Diamond level, we loved the cocktail hour at Blaze. Molly is the perfect hostess and thank you for getting my onions for my vodka/rocks. D-Bomb, our bartender, rocked! We gave him that name, so he knows who we are. Easy off and on during ports. Escalator after re boarding was cool. Guest Services personnel are one of the most helpful and thoughtful staff we've ever come across. They listen and go beyond your expectation! If the size of the ship and capacity has stopped you from booking on the Oasis or Allure, think again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
This was our second cruise and it was also our honeymoon. We weighed going on cheaper cruises but other half insisted that we go on "the big boat". I'm glad I listened to her. Even though it cost much more than everything ... Read More
This was our second cruise and it was also our honeymoon. We weighed going on cheaper cruises but other half insisted that we go on "the big boat". I'm glad I listened to her. Even though it cost much more than everything else we were looking at, the Oasis really was worth the money. The ship was always immaculate and it feels like you're on a new ship. The layout and the decor were aesthetically pleasing and while the ship is large, no question about it, it was never really all that far to get where we were trying to go. The staff for the most part was very helpful and friendly, although for the second time, we had a bad experience at the spa on a Royal Caribbean ship (we will get to that in a minute). Specifically, one of the best things about this ship is the way the cabins are laid out. Supposedly, the sq footage of the Oasis balcony rooms is a little smaller than the balconies on other ships. However, that is either inaccurate or the way the rooms are arranged more than makes up for it. The shower in the bathroom has an odd shape that affords a little more room in the shower stall and the vanity in the bathroom is shallow which makes the bathroom feel bigger. In the cabin, again, the vanity is shallower and gives you more room in the cabin and the closets are laid out in such a way so as not to take up too much space from the living area in the room. We had a package for the specialty restaurants and by far, the Chops grill was the best. We also went to Izumi and that was pretty good. Giovanni's Table was just ok. The food in the main dining room was good and of course, if you're familiar with Royal Caribbean, the Windjammer is the Windjammer. There are only two issues I really had with this cruise. First is that the ship, while not being obnoxiously large, is big enough to affect the experience and interactions with the staff, probably because of the number of guests on board. On our previous cruise, we were able to familiarize ourself with the bartenders and some of the staff on board. On this ship, at almost every bar, there is a constant stream of people and the bar tenders don't seem to have the time to get to know the passengers. Also, the cruise director staff seemed to always be en route to the next event and didn't really have time to meet the passengers. On the whole, the cruise experience just felt impersonal compared to our previous cruise. The second issue we had was at the spa. The spa itself was absolutely gorgeous but the staff just seemed more qualified to sell you a treatment than to provide it. We had a couples massage done and while oils they use seem to be very nice, as far as the actual massage, you could probably a significantly better massage done for a quarter of the price at any massage parlor on land. Also, 15% gratuity included means that they aren't necessarily motivated to do a better job. Sadly, this was the same as our experience on our previous cruise which means we will not be getting massages on any future cruises. On the whole the cruise was still a great experience and we are excited to go again but the lessons learned are go on a smaller ship and don't go to the spa. Instead, spend the money at the bar or at the specialty restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Sailed 9-10-11 / 7 days Eastern Caribbean on the Oasis / Balcony Cabin 6612. This was my 19th cruise and I have sailed many RCCL ships. This ship is amazing and has so much to offer! We literally couldn't get it all done in just 7 ... Read More
Sailed 9-10-11 / 7 days Eastern Caribbean on the Oasis / Balcony Cabin 6612. This was my 19th cruise and I have sailed many RCCL ships. This ship is amazing and has so much to offer! We literally couldn't get it all done in just 7 days. We saw most of the shows, did most of the activities and overall thought it was a good cruise. Exceptional service by EVERY team member!! Having been on a lot of ships I did think overall the friendly attitude by all team members was great but there were some areas the ship fell short. Here are a few special highlights: One thing we would highly recommend is the CHEF's TABLE for dinner. It was an expensive extra at $95 pp but worth every penny. Just the amount of wine you get served covers that expense. The service, food was superb. Also appreciated the extras sent to our cabin before hand and the cookbook gift given after. Aqua Dreams Show & Come Fly with Me was very good. Giovanni's Table for Lunch Cabin beds were very comfortable and better than any other ship I have sailed Wonderful dEcor, very clean and many choices What we didn't like: It is very crowded and tended to be a lot of lines Overall the food quality was FAIR. Seemed to be very hit or miss in the main dining room, buffets, etc. It almost seemed like they have downgraded the food in the main dining rooms to get you to pay extra for the specialty restaurants. They are charging extra for most of the restaurants. Johnny Rockets used to be free for food on other ships now it is a charge. We did have some good meals in the dining room. We did do Giovanni's for lunch and paid an extra $30 for this. Very good food but then at the end of the meal they came to sell us a cookbook. ARGH! The Windjammer Buffett and Park Central Cafe are HORRIBLE! It is very congested, very hard to find a table and overall food selection is poor. In Park Central they don't even have guest trays so you can easily take your plates. Cabins - Our balcony cabin was very nice and very comfortable bed and beeding. In our cabin the electrical plugs in were UNDER the vanity cabinet and you had to crawl on the floor to get to them. Even the comdeian in the comdy club joked about how stupid this design was. TIP: Take an extension chord with a multi plus to use. The Spas - we didn't do spa services because I have had enough sales pitches by Steiner Spas over my years. (if you have had a massage on a cruise ship before you will know what that means). We did use the fitness center which is nice and I took a yoga class. We did purchase the weeklong pass for the Thermal Suite. This was $179 per couple so it was not included and we even found on our bilk they charged us 15% grat bringing it to $205. When I questioned the 15% grat they did remove it right away. There are no attendants in the Thermal Spa so you are on your own. My advice is to SKIP the spa and all services. It is very overpriced, and all they try to do is sell you more services. Bottom line...would I do this cruise ship again? Maybe, if I was taking family I think it would be good because there is so much to do. If we are going as a couple then I would go back to a smaller ship and avoid the crowds. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Oasis of the Seas is a fabulous ship. It was beautiful and clean. The crew were pleasant and helpful. My over all review is very positive. Another reviewer suggested bringing a power strip and I'm happy we did as this made ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a fabulous ship. It was beautiful and clean. The crew were pleasant and helpful. My over all review is very positive. Another reviewer suggested bringing a power strip and I'm happy we did as this made charging things and using the hair dryer much easier. My biggest tip for anyone taking this cruise is take the time to sign up for all the shows, shore excursions, and specialty restaurants online before you get on the ship. You don't want to spend your precious vacation time waiting in lines to get to do these things only to find that the show you want to see is already booked. About the shows, SEE THEM. They're worth it. "Come Fly With Me" was great. "Frozen in Time" was so entertaining. The comedians we saw had us laughing hysterically. "Hairspray," while my least favorite was really quite good. There are so many activities planned all over the ship. We went to a few of the trivia contests and some of music games and they were a lot of fun. The piano bar was hopping on some nights. There is a guitar player who takes requests in the Globe & Atlas that had people singing and was very upbeat and fun. You have to choose to be bored on this ship. There are so many things to see and do. Cruisers looking for physical activities will enjoy the basketball court, the rock climbing walls. The fitness center is great. There are lots of treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, and free weights. There is a two lane track, one lane for joggers and one for walkers that is quite nice. There are ping pong tables which are fun on cooler days. The miniature golf course is cute and we had fun playing it. The Flow riders are great and I highly recommend the lessons if this is your first time trying to "surf." For the women trying the Flow rider wear a T-shirt, preferable one that dries quickly, not cotton. There is the zip line which I would say that if you have to wait in line, don't. There are far better things to do with your time. Another suggestion for those who like to be physical, take the stairs. You can justify eating all the great food and won't waste precious vacation time waiting for elevators. We ate at most of the specialty restaurants and they were all great. Let me say that Royal Caribbean hasn't given the Solarium Bistro enough attention on their website. I didn't expect much from the Solarium Bistro and the food absolutely blew me away. It was beyond fabulous. The food was delicious, artfully presented, and HEALTHY (but you won't feel like you were deprived). Our waiters (we had dinner there twice) were the right amount of attentiveness and very knowledgeable. I cannot possibly say enough about the food at Solarium Bistro. From the bread to the entrees it was my hands down favorite. (I have to give the best dessert to Chops) You must try it for yourself. If you only go to one specialty restaurant go to Solarium Bistro. Giovanni's was fabulous. We had lunch and dinner there and both meals were great. They have a great menu and the staff was very nice. Get the chocolate torte and you won't be disappointed. Chops was delicious. As I've said their dessert was the best. Their "outdoor" eating area is somewhat enclosed and since it can be quite windy in Central Park this makes their outdoor area the best. If you are looking for a serious steak it is the place to go. 150 Central Park gets the intimate atmosphere award.The food presentation is beautiful. You won't find more artistic plates anywhere. The food was prettier than it was tasty. It is a set menu except you do get to choose between two entrees. You are introduced to six different kinds of salt. That doesn't happen everyday. We only had two meals in the dining room. The food was good but the atmosphere was chaotic and the service was lacking. You're best off taking the buffet route. Solarium Bistro is a buffet for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is great there but it is healthy. Ask for butter if you want it and be prepared for turkey bacon. For lunch check out Park Cafe. The roast beef sandwich is a MUST and they make a great salad. You pick out the ingredients and dressing and they toss it all together for you. Very nice. The free doughnuts, PASS. Not worth the calories. But the Cupcake Cupboard is worth every penny and every extra bit of weight gain. If you want a peaceful deck experience try the Solarium pool. It is adults only. From there you can see the deck on 14 and there were hardly any people there. There are lounge chairs you can put anywhere you like and a nice view of the helicopter pad plus two viewing stations with telescopes that you could have all to yourself. You have to walk through the cabin area to get out on the deck on 14. I think that is why there were hardly any people there. Well that and no bar service. It was very nice. My one big complaint is how Royal Caribbean deals with the smokers. They don't. People are smoking everywhere. I was not happy that I couldn't enjoy the balcony of our room because of the smoke from balconies more forward. Before I'd go on another cruise I would want some assurance from them that I will be able to enjoy the balcony that cost a lot extra without having to breath in second hand smoke. As for half of the casino being no smoking forget it. The smoke fills the whole place. They probably would have gotten more of my money if I had been able to enjoy some fresh air. The Royal Promenade is full of smokers. You have to make a conscious decision not to let the smokers ruin your day. We enjoyed all of the shore excursions with the exception of Labadee on Hati. At Labadee the beach was so crowded. You are better off getting a raft and floating in the water. The lounge chairs are packed together right up to the hammocks there's barely room to walk. (And people are smoking everywhere. The beach is really just a giant ash tray now isn't it?) We paid to ride the jet skis. This was a total waste of time and money. We had to ride "follow the leader" style never being able to to have any free time to have fun. Speed was totally controlled by the person in front of you. Then we were led to a place where while we had our engines off local men came up to each jet ski on kayaks and tried to guilt each person into buy local crapts. It was hard sell tactics and we were basically hostages there until our guide would let us start up our engines to crawl away. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
My boyfriend and I cruised on Royal Caribbean for the very first time in 2010 on the Freedom of the Seas traveling the Eastern Caribbean. We loved it so much, we wanted to experience the Western Caribbean side on the larger ship - Oasis of ... Read More
My boyfriend and I cruised on Royal Caribbean for the very first time in 2010 on the Freedom of the Seas traveling the Eastern Caribbean. We loved it so much, we wanted to experience the Western Caribbean side on the larger ship - Oasis of the Seas. We booked our cruise through Royal Caribbean and our cruise agent took good care of us. He helped us make many decisions that helped to make our cruise experience on Oasis of the Seas a greater experience. First of all, when booking on Oasis, it is important to make sure you select the stateroom that best suits your needs. My boyfriend didn't want to experience turbulence or the feeling of seasickness, so we requested a room in the middle of the ship, mid ship level. Our agent recommended room 6668 on the 6th floor. We also were very particular about having a balcony. When we sailed Freedom, we had an interior room and it was nice, but dark. Not necessarily a place you want to spend much time. So we were willing to spend a bit more to get the balcony so that we could spend some quality private time throughout the trip on our own private balcony. And it so was worth it. Take my advice and spend the extra money for the balcony. You won't regret it. We had the option to purchase an Oceanview balcony, Central Park balcony or Boardwalk balcony. We personally like privacy and the view of the ocean so we went with the Oceanview Balcony. Good thing we did because when we got on the ship the Central Park balconies and the Boardwalk balconies were very public versus private and not something we would have been happy with. The agent also assisted us with booking the flights - however, just to be safe we made sure better options were not available online. We found the best prices and the agent took care of the final details. As for gratuities, last year we paid upfront. We found that this was not the best idea because you did not get to choose who received what portion of your gratuity. It was evenly distributed. This year we elected to pay the gratuities at the end of the trip to ensure the proper persons were recognized for great service. I highly recommend you book the transfer busing that takes you from the airport to the boat and back. It cost 30 per person. This makes things VERY convenient. We booked Oasis of the Seas - Western Caribbean. Destinations included Labadee,Haiti; Falmouth,Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico. We arrived at Fort Lauderdale Airport on April 30th and easily found our way to the transfer station. We were greated by Royal Caribbean transfer agents that helped us with our luggage onto the bus. The transfer was a bit hectic as there were buses awaiting various cruise lines and hundreds of passengers for each. Nonetheless, we arrived at the dock within 45 minutes of arriving at the airport. We initially thought boarding the Oasis was going to be chaotic due to the volume of passengers (over 5000). However, it was a seemless process that took literally 10 minutes. We were on the boat around 1pm. This process was almost an hour faster than the Freedom and that boat had half the passengers. Upon boarding we got our photo id's and had our onboarding pics taken. Rooms: Our room was everything we expected. It was beautiful and the balcony was breathtaking. The set up of the room was pretty standard. The bathrooms were small, as on many ships, but the shower seemed to be a little more spacious than we remembered. The only negative was the outlets that were under the vanity and a bit hard to reach. Otherwise, the room was great. The best part about our room was that we were LITERALLY right next to the elevator. Not only that, most activities and places that we would spend most of our time were on floors 4 through 8. Our room was smack dab int he midst of all this. Food: The food on the ship was great. When we were on the Freedom, we spend a lot of time eating at the Windjammer because it was convenient and had a lot of options. However, on the Oasis, we spent very little time eating at the Windjammer. Yes, it was still convenient, but we found many hidden little treasures on the Oasis that provided for a great dining experience. Our favorite place to eat breakfast was on the balcony of our own room by ordering room service. The windjammer was the second place we frequented most for breakfast due to the variety of options. We spend many afternoons eating at the Park Place Cafe where you can get salads, fruits, and many specialty sandwiches to include the infamous Roast Beef which my boyfriend LOVED. As well as the, Tuna Melt Panini's which I LOVED. It was quick and delicious and NEVER a crowd. Another favorite lunch spot was the Seafood Shack where they had the best fried SCALLOPS I ever ate. There is a small charge for the Seafood Shack; however, if you love seafood it's a must try. For dinner, we dined in the Opus Dining Room on floor 3. We had a table of 6 and met some amazing people that we keep in touch with even today. The food at the Opus Dining Room was splendid. They had something for everyone. I am more adventurous with food than my boyfriend but even he was able to find items that he loved each night. The Surf and Turf night was my favorite. Our table guests raved nightly about the Tiramisu! Our head waiter - Ian, was great. The others were just OK. We made sure to tip Ian graciously. We also tried a couple specialty dining options. One night we dined at CHOPS with friends. My boyfriend and I had Filet Mignon and it was to die for. Very well prepared and GREAT service. The restaurant provided family style accompanying sides so we got to try many side dishes. The desserts were very eye appealing as well as tasty. The creme brulee was good but the Red Velvet Cheesecake was amazing. We also at a Giovanni's Table. This was the Italian dining option. I really enjoyed the italian style dining and the flavors but my boyfriend was disappointed. The restaurant had very little on the menu that he was willing to try. It's not like a typical Olive Garden menu by more specialty plating true to italian food. Both specialty restaurants had a small fee. Chops was $25 per person and Giovanni's was $15 per person. The service was impeccable at both restaurants. Other places to try for snacks - the Donut Shop - tasty free treats, and the Cupcake Cupboard (small fee). We heard raving reviews and had to try the cupcakes. They were good, but not great. Excursions: In Labadee, my boyfriend booked the Zipline which is the longest zipline over water in the world. This was one of the reasons we booked this particular cruise to Western Caribbean. The day of the labadee port, it was a bit rainy and windy out. Not the most pleasant weather. It got so windy that they lowered the weight limit on the zipline. My boyfriend is 6ft 5 and quite thin, but he was over the new limit. An hour later they said the winds were so high they were cancelling all the ziplines for the rest of the day. Had we been there one hour earlier he would have been able to participate. He had his money refunded. The beach at labadee was beautiful and we took some great pictures. Had the day been sunnier, we would have enjoyed it more. This is a great excursion if the winds are not high. In Falmouth Jamaice, we booked the Dunns River Falls excursion. I had heard so many great reviews about this that we HAD to do it. It was cost effective and so much fun. We boarded a bus that took us on a 45min ride to Dunns River Falls. We had a guide on the bus who reviewed landmarks and the history of Jamaica along the way. This excursion requires water shoes. Rather than pay $6 in Jamaica and risk not getting a pair that fits, buy them before you leave. They can be found reasonably at Walmart and Target. Once there we were escorted up the falls by a tour guide in groups. It was not overly physical but you had to be careful because it was slippery. All the way up the fall a cameraman followed the group and video taped the adventure. They also took pictures. You could purchase the video for $40. We decided to purchase the video and we are glad that we did. It was an amazing experience and we highly recommend it. You will however, go through a walkway ont he way back to the bus where you will be hounded to purchase items. Everyone in Jamaica also is very expressive about tipping. The tour guide, cameraman, and bus driver all follow you back to the bus awaiting their tips. They are well deserved tips but a bit uncomfortable nonetheless. In Cozumel Mexico, we booked the Dolphin Push, Pull and Swim. This was our favorite excursion. We recommend buying a water camera cause the pictures here are expensive to buy. Water cameras run about 20 dollars. They take professional pictures of each interaction with the dolphins that you can buy at the end. We had the opportunity to pet the dolphin, swim with the dolphin and be pushed on a boogie board by a dolphin. At the end of the swim, we also got to swim with a Manatee and baby sharks. At the end of our excursion it started to downpour. We were lucky because it was beautiful throughout the excursion. We had lunch at a local outdoor restaurant in cozumel. The food was ok. As I mentioned the pictures here are expensive. It is $25 per picture or you could buy a disk for $100 per person. Nonetheless, we loved this excursion and would highly recommend it to anyone even families with smaller children. Entertainment I highly recommend booking your entertainment in advance as recommended by Royal Caribbean for the Oasis of the Seas. We were able to see every show that we prebooked. If you don't prebook, it is likely you will not be able to attend the viewing of your choice. My favorite shows were in the Aqua Theatre. The divers and entertainers were world class olympians and entertainers from all over the world. The comedy shows and the comedy headliner show was funny but not gut busting. I've seen better comedians in Pittsburgh. But it was definitely entertaining and well worth the time to go. We highly recommend getting involved in the activities on the ship to include the "Quest" show (which we WON!!!), the Love and Marriage Show, the Battle of the Sexes - just to name a few. My boyfriend spent a lot of time int eh Casino in the later evening hours playing poker. This boat has a huge casino but not as many people playing poker as he had hoped for. He won a final seat int he Poker Tourney where they were giving away a free cruise on the Allure of the Seas in December to the winner; however, they were six players short to give out the cruise. They ended up playing for cash and he was the overall winner :) Spa The spa is quite expensive but I was able to get a discounted spa service by booking the "HAPPY HOUR" massage the day we were at port in Jamaica. If you book a happy hour massage, you get a 1 hr massage for $99. I was able to upgrade to $119 and get a Hot Stone Massage. This was a great deal and I enjoyed the massage. My only criticism is that they made an error in my billing. She added more to the tip than I gave and I definitely tipped graciously. This was the only billing error on the entire cruise. Other recommended activities on the ship: The zipline on the ship was fun. I cried for about an hour before doing it, but in the end I conquered my fear and it was fun. We never tried the flowriders because they looked like it could be a painful fall, but a friend of ours swore by it and said it was such a thrill to try it. Pictures This ship has many professional photographers that document your time and fun throughout the cruise. We had so many pictures taken that we decided to purchase the CD package which was 299 for ALL rights to EVERY picture taken on the cruise. We ended up with 89 professional pictures that we could have printed at our leisure. Otherwise, it costs $20 per 8x10 picture. They have a gallery where your pics are displayed and stored throughout the week for your viewing as well as an electronic kiosk to view your pics daily. Departure Departure was as easy as boarding. We did early departure which is at 6am to ensure you get to the airport in time for your flight. You basically depart the ship with your bags and board the bus to transfer back to the airport. We grabbed breakfast in the Windjammer before departing and we were on our way. This is the saddest time of the trip...and the hardest to leave. We got to the airport and couldn't remember our flight number and what airline because it was different from the trip to. We finally reached Royal Caribbean and an agent verified the correct info. The only negative piece here was that our flight didn't leave until 1:30pm and you could not check your bags at the airport until 3hrs before your flight. Therefore, we had to wait there with our bags from 8am till almost 10:30am. So you definitely want to verify this upfront. I know this is long, but I hope you find this information helpful in your planning of your cruise. This was a great experience for us on an amazing ship. We loved the Oasis of the Seas. We now have visited both Eastern and Western Caribbean. We are open to recommendations for our next cruise. Thinking Alaska at this point. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
We sailed on Oasis in October during one of our anniversary celebrations. Mostly the ship itself is a marvel and there isn't much one can find wrong with it.The service was good and by and large so was the food. Public areas were ... Read More
We sailed on Oasis in October during one of our anniversary celebrations. Mostly the ship itself is a marvel and there isn't much one can find wrong with it.The service was good and by and large so was the food. Public areas were enjoyable and walking through the Central park area and simply sitting around people watching was an experience.The boardwalk was definitely different from what one finds on other cruise lines and the Aqua Theatre is quite innovative.As large as this ship is, from day one, we never got lost once, which is amazing since on some other ships it takes a couple of days to get one's bearings.We enjoyed most of the shows which we had booked before the cruise together with dining reservations to match the show times.I recommend that everyone does that. RCI encourages it. reservations ahead of time will remove a lot of frustration once on board, especially if the ship is full.The bands on board were very good and since my wife and I like dancing, we had a good time. HOWEVER, there is one place, and this is on the Royal Promenade, which is always full of people walking up and down, it is called BOLERO and unfortunately RCI, decided that this place will be a SMOKING area. It is unfortunate because the music is great but the cigarette and cigar smoke coming out of the area encompasses about a hundred feet outside the lounge which even while walking by, one starts smelling it and the closer one gets to it, it becomes very difficult to breath.I think that it is unfair for RCI to have an area as popular as Bolero a smoking area. This sort of chases away the majority of non smokers from the area and maybe even from the ship(s) Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
I have been a fan of this website for years, and have found the cruise member reviews very helpful in deciding what cruise line/ship to book. My husband and I are avid cruisers, and we just got off the Oasis. The ship is just awesome. ... Read More
I have been a fan of this website for years, and have found the cruise member reviews very helpful in deciding what cruise line/ship to book. My husband and I are avid cruisers, and we just got off the Oasis. The ship is just awesome. It's very easy to navigate and we never really felt crowded. We had an interior room on deck 11 at the very front of the ship. We found the room to be very spacious and the closet fit all of the extra clothes I always bring along. We had some pretty rough weather the first night which made my husband sea sick. I was surprised at how much movement we felt that night, but the weather quickly turned better the farther we got from Flordia! After that, you easily forgot that you were on a ship at sea. We really went on this ship for the ship itself and not the ports of call. We have been to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the Bahamas before. The ship delivered and then some. The food was excellent. Last year we sailed on the Freedom of the Seas and found the food so bland that we couldn't eat in the main dining room and had to visit the specialty restaurants. That was not the case on the Oasis. We were very pleased with the food in the main dining room and the only specialty restaurant we went to was Johnny Rockets for lunch. It was great to have so many places to choose from to eat that were free! There's Cafe Promenade, Sorrentos, the dining rooms, the Windjammer, Park Cafe, and the Solarium Bistro during the day. The entertainment is the best at sea. Hairsray was the best - even better then when I saw it on Broadway. There are so many things to do, you really have to pick and choose. If you can't find something to do on this ship, then there's something wrong with you! The service was great as well. The only negatives for us have nothing to do with the ship, but rather with the people that we sailed with. There were something like 2,500 Brazilians, 1,500 Asians and the rest were from Long Island, New York. Never have I felt like such a minority as most of our fellow cruisers did not speak english. The Asians were very polite and fun. The Brazilians left much to be desired. They were very rude. They pushed and shoved in the elevators. Every time my husband and I were eating in Sorrentos, we saw them drop the cheese/pepper shakers on the floor breaking it. Accidents happen, of course, but they would get up and leave the cheese and broken glass on the floor without telling anyone about it. The poor young man who works there was very upset with them and he was from Brazil himself!!! My husband and I love to dance and looked forward to dancing in Boleros nightly. We were disappointed to find that the Brazilians took Boleros over as well. Every night, rather than being treated to the smooth stylings of Sol y Arena (They are just fantastic) we heard from Paolo from Brazil who treated Boleros as his personal Karoke Bar. He would get up, take over the microphone and sing the Brazilian anthem and whatever else he felt like - he was also not a good singer at all. It was very disappointing to us, and the lead singers there looked as frusterated as we felt. At the headliner show, the poor guy (I think his name is Dominic Allen) was giving it all he had on stage. He's very talented and can play many instruments. I have never seen so many get up and leave during the middle of a show. The Brazilians were so rude - many started talking loudly during his show and they even started to boo him loudly. I really felt for this guy. We went to the beach in St. Thomas and were stuck in a cab with the biggest bunch of complainers I have ever met. They were from Long Island, New York. When we first got in the cab they were already complaining about the bad service, food and entertainment on their ship. Thinking they were on the Costa docked next to us I asked them what ship they were on. When they said the Oasis I almost fell out of my seat!! From the moment we left the ship to the time we arrived at Meghan's Bay, all they did was complain about their vacation. "To many people, it's over priced, not enough to do, the food is horrible, the service is horrible, the room is horrible..." Then when they found out via cell phone how crowded Meghan's Bay beach was, they were going to make the taxi driver turn around (we were stuck in traffic en route) and go to Sapphire Beach instead - with no regard to my self or my husband who wanted to see Meghan's Bay. We have never been there before on stops to St. Thomas but had heard it was beautiful. Never in all our cruising have I been so disappointed in people!!! My husband and I are very outgoing and look forward to meeting people and making new friends on cruises, but that did not happen this time. Our cruise would have been outstanding had it not been for the people we were stuck sailing with. It left us with the feeling of, "get me out of here and off this ship!!!" We came home and told family that this ship is truly an experience, but that we had sailed with a bunch of barbarians. Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Well here I am again writing a review for the Oasis of the seas – Sadly nothing has changed for the RCCL Oasis Class Cruise Ships. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that writing about the experience may not be as ... Read More
Well here I am again writing a review for the Oasis of the seas – Sadly nothing has changed for the RCCL Oasis Class Cruise Ships. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that writing about the experience may not be as informative as identifying the short falls that seem to be plaguing these big cruise liners. So I have changed up the format a bit to “hopefully” provide a better insight. This was our 13th cruise with RCCL and I am sure the burning question is “why do we keep cruising with RCCL if there is so much pessimism in my reviews” – The answer is simple, we have been fortunate enough to sail on Six of the Eight Class Vessels and 12 of the 23 ships available in these classes. We have reached Diamond Status with Royal Caribbean and with these personal experiences we encountered on these ships we believe we can give a fair and impartial review. Although the Oasis Class Ships fall short of why we enjoy cruising with RCCL – there is still hope with the Freedom / Voyager and Vision Classes. So let’s begin, I will start with the Memorable Experiences, we were a group of 6 during this latest adventure and we generally seek out the Employee that we feel goes above and beyond. This varies from trip to trip – and could be anywhere on the ship. Our first few days on board was disheartening, the lack of Bar Tenders – Workers and the sincere lack of One on One Customer service and personal one on one communications was nowhere to be found. Sadly my wife and I went on this cruise knowing these short falls, however my brother – sister-in-law, Nephew and his fiancé were very discouraged as this was their first trip on the Oasis Class Ship. The crew was not the most personable compared to the Freedom and Voyage Class Ships. The crew seemed weathered, wore out and not very enthusiastic. I get it, these people are working around the clock nonstop day after day, dealing with all types of diversity etc. RCCL owns these issues as “IMO” RCCL is asking more from these people than RCCL “Company” can deliver. The Big Ships hold no comparison to the Freedom and Voyager Classes when it comes to customer service and one on one communications. Customer / Bar Service During our 7 Night Cruise we saw 3 Bartenders on the Pool Deck the whole week, needless to say although we received some service – Most of our drinks were self-Served at the bar. The casino was much worse where waiting for an Hour for a drink was the norm or not getting a drink at all, I actually ordered a drink from a wait staff member and ended up waiting 4 Hours (During this time I was up and down getting my own) Windjammer Nightly – No seating available, general wait time 15-20 minutes before sitting down, Lack of Workers to keep up with the Customer Demand. Dining Room Breakfast Waited 1 Hour for our breakfast – Half Cold – Half Missing and Half Wrong. To top it all off I order Eggs Benedict and the eggs were hard boiled. The Manager of the Breakfast Room told me quote “That is the way they are served” – I looked at him and said you’re kidding right? I was so dumbfounded that I just had to walk away before I said something as imprudent as he just did. Next Cruise Office Honestly – we were treated like children, we were treated like we had no idea what we were doing, One of the Employees that was helping us put a whole new meaning on the word condescending. Casino The Hostess were incredibly rude – condescending and most unprofessional we ever met, Pit Bosses? All they did the whole cruise was sit in the bull pen and talk to one another, a far cry from the Allure 3 months ago where all the pit bosses including the manager were very involved with passengers in the Casino. Bad for business IMO. With that here is what the Oasis Cruise Ship and other Big Liners are missing Customer Service Customer Care Professionalism Cruise Passenger Interaction The Basics that made them who they are With ANY company, bigger does not mean better, especially when your company relies on customer service and fun filled adventure, relax let us do it for you ect. I have a terrible feeling that RCCL and others like it are trying to race to the top with the biggest and best without any regards to what they are actually losing, In comparison to the Freedom / Vision Class Ships – We still maintain that the customer service is outstanding on the smaller ships. At least that is where we left it last we cruised with them. We will know in about a year whether that still stands but for now. Because of our status and offers we have received from RCCL we will be on board the Oasis in December 2019 – Between now and then I do plan on writing letters to corporate with the hopes that things can improve. Look me up late December as I will be sure to write another review. Note: We are not looking for anything – kickbacks etc. We are simply trying to point out that RCCL Oasis Class Ships are missing what we love about cruising – The one on one personal interaction, we do not expect anyone in any field to wait on us hand and foot – that is not the type of people we are, we don’t expect special privileges. We are just pointing out that our concern is that the seasoned cruisers can see what’s missing. We still stay loyal to Royal – just hoping they can get back to the basics. Happy / Safe Sailing Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I've only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean and like the larger ships such as Freedom, but had never been on the Oasis or larger. Had heard great things about the Oasis, but was disappointed. Good stuff - embarkation was smooth ... Read More
I've only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean and like the larger ships such as Freedom, but had never been on the Oasis or larger. Had heard great things about the Oasis, but was disappointed. Good stuff - embarkation was smooth once we finally were allowed to get into the parking lot, although we had to wait for customs clearance which is probably why parking was an issue. Cabin was nice size although if you can't climb over a bathtub to get into the shower you will struggle. Staff were great and always helpful and accommodating. Ice show was great as always and the comedian was very funny. Loved central park which was usually almost empty. The outdoor area for movies was good, but would have liked to see movies on there every night instead of periodically as they were. Disembarkation was very smooth. Disappointing - RC can't control weather and we did have some choppy seas, but at the same time if you're on a ship shouldn't the entertainment be able to withstand the weather conditions? Oasis of Dreams was cancelled on our night due to weather so was rescheduled for 5:30 while docked in Jamaica so had to come back early to see the show and it wasn't as impressive without the dramatic lights against the night sky. Cats was also cancelled that night because of the weather. Come Fly with Me was cancelled on our night due to illness of one person. Stayed in Headliner show for about 10 mins then left. Cabin was on 9th floor aft and fortunately we're able to walk because elevators usually flew past without stopping or were so full we couldn't get on. Junior Suite "perk" is the Coastal Kitchen which we reserved only 1 night and as someone mentioned in a previous blog, if you have a Junior Suite key you can't open the door and instead have to knock and wait until someone comes and opens the door to let you in! We went on lobster night and had to wait a long time because they ran out of lobster - when we finally got the butter poached lobster in champagne dressing we were very disappointed in the size and the taste and of course by the time we got out Windjammer (which also has lobster) was closed! Main dining room food for dinner was not as good as on previous cruises and was usually warm at best. Shops were very disappointing unless you were looking for a new handbag then you'll be in heaven - at least 3 handbag stores! We did get to relax on the cruise, which is what we were looking for, but definitely prefer Freedom class over Oasis class. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This is my 3rd time on the beautiful Oasis. I have also sailed on her sister ship the Allure. As far as ships go, the Oasis is awesome. The Aqua Show and the Ice Show are fantastic. I think the Broadway show Cats the Musical is a poor ... Read More
This is my 3rd time on the beautiful Oasis. I have also sailed on her sister ship the Allure. As far as ships go, the Oasis is awesome. The Aqua Show and the Ice Show are fantastic. I think the Broadway show Cats the Musical is a poor choice for a cruise and not only was the theater not full but more than half of the guests left mid-show...not because the performers were not talented but because the show is just weird. As far as my overall experience, let me just share that I am almost a "diamond plus" member for RCCL and I have been very loyal to their brand for almost 20 years. Not any more! I was appalled at the constant "nickel and diming". I knew in advance that for the four cabins I was paying for (3 central park balconies and one junior suite) that with the alcohol package, specialty dining, excursions etc. that I would be paying just about $20,000.00 for the cruise. Little did I know that where popcorn used to be free, they now charge your $2.50 (plus 18% service fee) for a tiny little bag. Room service used to be free - now $7.95 plus the 18% service fee. My spin class had a $20 charge but then they added the 18% service fee (and the instructor was horrible - didn't even stretch us at the end of class. When questioned about not stretching he said that in "boot camp" - which also has a surcharge, they will stretch me!!!). When have any of you ever paid your aerobics instructor a tip? Toooooo Much! Cupcake class - surcharge, sushi class - surcharge, tour of the kitchen (used to be free) - now $30 plus 18%, craft workshop - surcharge, card making - surcharge, body sculpt - surcharge, spin class - surcharge, yoga - surcharge, wine tasting - surcharge - even with the alcohol package!!!! I would much prefer that I was charged $22,000 (vs. $20,000) and EVERYTHING (with the exception of specialty dining, alcohol and gambling) was included. On to the never ending service charges.... Years ago, staff members worked very hard to secure their tip. These were the days when service was excellent. The harder the staff member worked to make your vacation as perfect as possible, the more money they made. About 8 years ago, the cruise lines decided to change this and offer prepaid gratuities. This wasn't such a bad concept because it alleviated the need to hand out cash on the last night to all that helped make your trip special. This has completely taken a wrong turn! For this trip, I prepaid ALL gratuities for my entire crew. Because I know that these service fees are shared among the entire crew, I always bring a few hundred dollars in singles to hand out to the staff member that does something "special". I paid so many service fees, I gave up on handing out the singles. My one specialty dining waitress even suggested that I tip her because she will not see the 18% that I prepaid. If I am paying $180 in specialty dining service charges and the waitress is not seeing any of it (or very little), then where is it going? Do I really need to tip her more one top of the $180? The very last night, My cabin steward gave me an envelope that said "tip,tip hooray" for extra good service. Yes, he did a good job but he was already tipped when I prepaid my gratuities. Do I need to give more than the prepaid amount when he was just doing his job - nothing more, nothing less? You cannot have it both ways Royal - either remove the auto-gratuities - which will promote the excellent customer service you once offered - where your staff earned their tips...or put it in place for your cabin stewards and wait staff ONLY! My next cruise will be with Norwegian Cruise Lines. I like the concept of FREE alcohol, gratuity, excursions, internet and specialty dining!!! Ps. I prepaid the arcade card for my teens to get the online discount - at least half of the games were not in working order. Pay a little extra and buy the arcade cards on ship so you don't overbuy like I did. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
One of the bigger ships from Royal Carribean - the customer service was exceptional, the staff was friendly and courteous and the food quality tad above average. Lot of activities and plenty to do for families with kids. Separate sections ... Read More
One of the bigger ships from Royal Carribean - the customer service was exceptional, the staff was friendly and courteous and the food quality tad above average. Lot of activities and plenty to do for families with kids. Separate sections for teen and kids activities. I would recommend spend few hours on the first day to acclimatize yourself with the ship as it has lot of places to explore.Crowded ( 6,475 cruisers) and if you plan to attend shows, you need to reserve seats before hand and show up 30 minutes before the show time to get good seats. One thing I didn’t like was that RC loves to nickel and dime on extras; great example - box of popcorn for $2.50 and 18 % gratuity on top of it. I am not a first time cruiser so was a little disapppointed and surprised by some the antics RC uses. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Big ship, pretty, clean, friendly staff, not many activities or variety, food wasn't great, did not feel like it was very fresh all the time. The shows were AWESOME, the waiters at the main dining room were very attentive as well as ... Read More
Big ship, pretty, clean, friendly staff, not many activities or variety, food wasn't great, did not feel like it was very fresh all the time. The shows were AWESOME, the waiters at the main dining room were very attentive as well as the cabin steward. Towel stations were not always open, which sucked. Having a 16 years and older area (the solarium) is cool, but it could also be 18 or 21 and up (did not have any problems with it though). I would recommend including more activities for diverse cultures, i/e more music, salsa lessons, Caribbean beats, Irish dance, something fun and innovative that inspires the guests to try something new. Less ridiculous prices and better photography crew. Some of the pictures they took from us were out of focus or out of the background area, plus the price to pay to get the pictures was too high. It should be more accessible so that all families can afford to bring home their vacation pictures and memories. It was a good experience overall. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
THE UGLY: I would first say that you should not book PRE or POST hotel via the cruise line. They put us up at the Park Inn by Radisson, which they referred to as a resort, well I guess they have never tour this hotel. It is a run down, ... Read More
THE UGLY: I would first say that you should not book PRE or POST hotel via the cruise line. They put us up at the Park Inn by Radisson, which they referred to as a resort, well I guess they have never tour this hotel. It is a run down, filthy, unsafe place that has a staff that could care less. And after a wonderful week on a cruise ship we had to stay here again. When we got off the ship at about 9am we where shuttled back to the same hotel, who refused to check us in until after 4:30pm because there check in time was 4pm. while waiting in there lobby we were told we could not use there pool, or internet cause we were not officially guest, and having no place to put our luggage we were stuck in there lobby until checked in. THE BAD: 2 of the 3 excursions were a waste of time. The Labadee Jet Ski is for beginners only they don't have it grouped experience riders and I spent most of my time waiting on the group and being told to shut my Jet ski off. Falmouth Jamaica was even worse, most of the time was spend just waiting on guides to take us to another line. meeting time was 1045am waited in covered area with a 500 other people and when you ask were you need to go, some one would tell you they will call your group soon. Left meeting area (on a different bus then our group) just before 12 NOON. was taken to the CHUKKA facility to go zip lining, rafting, lunch and swimming. The guides on the zip line and tubing were rude to most our group. lunch was underwhelming and I left hungry, and didn't have time to go swimming because of there disorganization . Each of these guides emphasized tipping and to be honest I didn't tip them. I did make sure the lady who was keeping the bathroom clean was tipped because she took pride in making sure they were very nice. THE GOOD: let just go to the GGGREAT THE GGGREAT:) Will start with the 3rd excursion Cozumel Mexico we went to EXPLOR in Playa DEL Carmen. This by far was my favorite, well organized from the beginning to the end. our guide Alberto was great he was there ever time you needed him. First part was the 3+ hours of Zip lining was way to cool, and worth every calorie burned. from the views to the actual zipps to the water landing zipps loved loved loved this excursion. Next was the ATV buggies were ok but on a controlled track so fun was limited. Lunch was next, they had a huge spread of food and it included fresh cooked hamburgers and steak. Next was the rafting and swimming in the caves it was wonderful but to short, but only because the time we have to allow to get back to the ship. I would do this excursion again well worth the money. The main dining room has all ways been my preferred dining option, because people like our server John (Table #434 late) works hard for you to have a great time and experience, great job and thank you John. Another person who made this a cruise to remember is a FLOW RIDER staff member for spending the time not only with me but every one he help on his shift at the Flow rider. I wish I could remember his name (I am sure he knows who he is and the good job he does). Overall this was a good cruise and if RCI would address information issues it would have been absolutely a great cruises. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose RC at the last minute becasue we got a great deal. Whereas the overall ship was impressive to look at, it lacked a lot of details. ! of the 2 Drink machines ourtside of Sorrento's did not work the entire cruise. Do they not ... Read More
I chose RC at the last minute becasue we got a great deal. Whereas the overall ship was impressive to look at, it lacked a lot of details. ! of the 2 Drink machines ourtside of Sorrento's did not work the entire cruise. Do they not have a spare or someone that can fix these? 1 of the 2 ice cream machines by the pool only worked the first day. Once again, really?? I was unimpressed the free food choices. They want you to pay for anything above buffet food, basically. I've been on a few Carnival cruises and the Guy's Burger Joint was always packed and the food was wonderful! The "air-conditioning" in the cabin was a joke. I was told that it "met specs" by putting out 20.7C air. However, it could not remotely cool the room down. It took 2 dyas and 10 calls to Guest Services to get the champagne and cupcakes my wife had ordered for my birthday. Everyone seemed clueless when we even mentioned it! Our Kind converted twin beds would not stay together. I would wake up in a hole almost every night. I was not impressed with the food in the American Icon dining room and I reapeatedly had to ask, every evening, for a refill on my iced tea. The staff was very friendly though. The Windjammer conistently ran out of food options. The "taco bar" section only offered tacos and meat. I don't get it! My wife and I haved loved the piano bar on Carnival cruises. The Oasis piano comlpetely lacked any enthusiasm from the piano player and the seating arrangements had most people sitting with their backs to the piano which left them discconnected from the experience. I'm not sure if I will give RC another chance or not. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was a honeymoon cruise for me, My 14 th cruise, my new wife's first. She was thrilled, I was greatly disappointed. This large ship experience was very lacking when compared to any other cruise I had taken On Royal, Carnival or ... Read More
This was a honeymoon cruise for me, My 14 th cruise, my new wife's first. She was thrilled, I was greatly disappointed. This large ship experience was very lacking when compared to any other cruise I had taken On Royal, Carnival or Holland. The staff, especially those around the pool were terrible compared to my past experiences. They did their job but that was about it. The cruise director was not seen the whole cruise. Live music by the pool stunk, and nobody to get the crowd involved in fun like dancing or pool games. Windjammer breakfast was cold. Even the towel animals in the room were not what I was used to. Happily my new wife was impressed as she had never cruised before. It seems that since they are now automatically charging your account for gratuities the staff does not not to please anymore. I will never cruise a large ship again and will probably consider other cruise lines instead of my previous favorite of RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The ship is very dated and now shows her age. The carpet and floors are getting stained and in need of repairs and cleaning as is the bathrooms and public areas. The buffet was not organized or very good food at all. At times for breakfast ... Read More
The ship is very dated and now shows her age. The carpet and floors are getting stained and in need of repairs and cleaning as is the bathrooms and public areas. The buffet was not organized or very good food at all. At times for breakfast the choices were poor, however you can go to American Icon which is very good if you make it in time. The main dining was very good but some of the same choices every night which got very boring especially for appetizers, but was good and the servers we had were very good. We did the zip line in Haiti which was worth the money. The food in the buffet in Haiti was horrible and we went back to the ship to eat. The headliner shows and entertainment were not for us we were bored. The comedian show was good as was the Latin group in Boleras. Embarkment was the fastest we have been on a cruise ship before. In general we would not get on Oasis again and will stick with our regular cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Avoid the balconies on the 12 to 14th floor if you are one that hopes to enjoy even a modest amount day time peaceful relaxation. There is no privacy. In the afternoons the "music" loudly is blasting down from above ... Read More
Avoid the balconies on the 12 to 14th floor if you are one that hopes to enjoy even a modest amount day time peaceful relaxation. There is no privacy. In the afternoons the "music" loudly is blasting down from above the pool deck- what a waste of extra money - never enjoyed our balcony for the whole "vacation". Poor Guest services- were not helpful, we felt our concern was ignored. They made empty promises, we followed up in person 3 times escalated to management and they did get back to us at all with any resolution. The entertainment was tops, but you have to book ahead and do not expect to see everything in the 7 days. Some shows had to be cancelled due to rough seas for safety American Icon evening Dining room always very busy, but the staff did try their best to serve guests. Disembarkation off / the ship when at island was very quick and smooth. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The ship is fine, lots to do especially for a mixed age group. My dissatisfaction comes with the constant need to spend more money once on board. Although our cabin cost £2500, we still had to pay for basic soda, WiFi (over £100 for a ... Read More
The ship is fine, lots to do especially for a mixed age group. My dissatisfaction comes with the constant need to spend more money once on board. Although our cabin cost £2500, we still had to pay for basic soda, WiFi (over £100 for a week!). Drinks are not cheap, £8 for a small beer, £13 for a cocktail, you’re charged 18% on top of everything and are charged $30 per person per day for gratuities! Don’t RC pay their staff? I really do think in this day and age, staff should be paid properly for their work, and not reliant on ‘compulsory’ gratuities. So the all inclusive cruise experience is a myth. I’ve always expected to pay extra but this cruise was a hard sell. The all inclusive buffet which serves good food was no bigger on this ship with 6,000 passengers than it is on much smaller ships. I wonder if that’s because there are so may other - premium (pay extra) restaurants? The main dining room if you are choosing ‘anytime dining’ is oversubscribed, so you will queue even if you’re organised enough to book ahead. ‘At sea’ days are packed. Especially if the weather is not great, and if it is great you can play sardines on deck. The sunbeds are so close together you have to crawl up it rather than stand by the side as your bed is literally touching the next person’s bed! There are positives of course, staff are helpful and friendly, food is good, especially if you opt for a premium dining experience, the ship is clean and bright and offers loads to do. Our cabin & bed were comfortable. The shows are a highlight. For me personally the ship is too big, too many people, and not quite enough of the ‘inclusiveness’ I used to experience on an RC cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Excellent food and service. Very clean ship and rooms. Ports of call were good but time at port was very short. Children were often in adult only spaces such as the casino, adult pool area/dining, and adult shows. Impossible to get a pool ... Read More
Excellent food and service. Very clean ship and rooms. Ports of call were good but time at port was very short. Children were often in adult only spaces such as the casino, adult pool area/dining, and adult shows. Impossible to get a pool chair and no enforcement of saving chairs. Great aqua show and game shows. Needs more live entertainment. Recommend the drink package. Specialty dining is not worth it. Bingo is very expensive- $60 and lasted 15 minutes. Heavy smoking in Casino was not enjoyable. No pool side activities except volleyball in sports pool. All hot tubs were packed with children and difficult to find a spot in. Zip lining was fun. Carrying your own luggage off the ship on debarkation day was a breeze and recommended to save time and waiting. It was disappointing to be charged a delivery/service fee for room service. Recommend ocean view balcony room. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We accompanied 6 other couples (3 couples had cruised with RC before). Initial booking was good, however, we were disappointed when following up on our booking, requesting upgrades and changes, etc.; customer "no service" after ... Read More
We accompanied 6 other couples (3 couples had cruised with RC before). Initial booking was good, however, we were disappointed when following up on our booking, requesting upgrades and changes, etc.; customer "no service" after initial booking. On our first formal night, we (7 couples) were escorted to the Oasis Solarium and seated in a low light, outside buffet environment. We had to serve our own salads and desserts in cocktail attire. Some of our food was served warm and under-cooked, 2 steaks were over-cooked and 2 couples were served when the rest were finishing up. However, our server was fabulous and got the biggest tip of the cruise, 18% + >$100. The ship was beautiful, entertainment was excellent, and staff was very good however, customer service was below average. We are undecided about booking with Royal Caribbean in the future. We feel the overall cost vs return was less than satisfactory. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We choose it because it is the largest cruise ship sail the seas to date and it was a Royal Caribbean Ship.we had not been able to cruise because of health reasons for a while but wanted to try again.I was disappointed with the Quality and ... Read More
We choose it because it is the largest cruise ship sail the seas to date and it was a Royal Caribbean Ship.we had not been able to cruise because of health reasons for a while but wanted to try again.I was disappointed with the Quality and preparation of food ,the ability of the entertainment team to have thing to fill in for the cancelled shows from the rough weather. If this had been my first cruise ever ,it would have been my last but we have cruise Royal Caribbean numerous times before and know they are better than this. Cats Musical was great ,Dive show was canceled so much you had to catch it when you could but it was great as well.Ice skate show was also very entertaining. Windjammer market restaurant was too small for the number of guest on the ship,it was hard to find a seat to eat.Dining room wait staff at times seem to be overwhelmed with the amount of people. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Ship has a great layout with a full walk/jog deck, many restaurant Venus (although very pricey) and great entertainment including ice and water shows. Fitness center is in great need of updating. Central Park area is a nice respite from ... Read More
Ship has a great layout with a full walk/jog deck, many restaurant Venus (although very pricey) and great entertainment including ice and water shows. Fitness center is in great need of updating. Central Park area is a nice respite from the congestion onboard. I enjoyed sitting out there with my morning coffee. Medical facility is terrible. Anything other than a cut and they try to kick you off the ship. My husband had some heart issues which already had medication for an just wanted a consult. $2100 later they tried to kick us off in st thomas with no way home. They can’t do that and we threatened to sue. Have been on other cruise lines and were never treated this rudely. Very incompetent medical staff who talks behind your back and makes eye motions to colleagues suggesting you are stupid. This of course impacted the whole cruise with a negative tone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
While this cruise has some positive points the overall negative points stand in my mind and won't allow me to recommend it to any others. Too much up selling from the minute you get on the ship: Central Park is nice, but only one ... Read More
While this cruise has some positive points the overall negative points stand in my mind and won't allow me to recommend it to any others. Too much up selling from the minute you get on the ship: Central Park is nice, but only one very small complimentary restaurant. The others that line the park are all specialty restaurants. More than half of the daily events have a charge for them. If they don't they are offering "free clinics" on how to improve your weight, health, gait, etc. You can be sure there is a product for them to sell at the end of the "free clinic". No personal toiletry items in the shower. I didn't bring body lotion or hair conditioner because it's a staple on cruise ships. Not this one. They have streamlined all the goodies that are free. No flower arrangements in the dinning room, no bud vases on the tables, not even a chocolate on the pillows at night. It seems that they have taken away all the frills that might make you feel special and have replaced them with "an option to purchase" that pampering that the cruise usually offers. The food in the Windjammer was not very good. Quality and temperature of the food was poor. Lots of fatty pieces of beef, greasy hamburgers, cold fires. Repetitive menu - So, if you found something you liked, you can be sure it would be there again for the next six days/nights. Food in the dinning room (My Time) was better than the Windjammer, but I would not rate it better than "average". Desserts were not really worth the calories. The positive about the negatives regarding the food is that you won't gain weight on this cruise. Shows were typical of cruise ships. Nothing great, but hey, there's no surprise there. Overall condition of the ship - she's showing her age. Not still not bad. Cleanliness of the boat was 100%, Pool area was nice (adults have their own area). Plenty of chairs and selection of sun/shade First time with a balcony - will do it again. Loved it! Embarkation and disembarkation was easy. Staff was helpful and friendly. Promenade deck was nicely maintained. Nice gym. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My title has nothing to do with language but more about the massiveness of this ship. 6000+ people is too much. So many personal touches and details are lost. Now, the free generic bottles of water which you would find in your ... Read More
My title has nothing to do with language but more about the massiveness of this ship. 6000+ people is too much. So many personal touches and details are lost. Now, the free generic bottles of water which you would find in your refrigerator is eliminated and replaced with a "beverage package". With the bougoi price of the package you would think you'd get bougoi water. Butter is now is those tiny plastic peel off the top packs, no more pretty little rose pats. I could list more but there are more important topics such as service and cleanliness. Service personnel is worked to the bones effecting their demeanor. I encountered moodiness more than a couple of times. We found someone else's allergy medication in our bathroom on one of the shelves and some not-so-out-of-sight areas super dusty. The cloth seats in the dining room appear filthy -riddled with stains, grease and dirt. It ruins the elegance instantly and even after I brought it to their attention, the same exact seats were found the next night. Last, but not least, the ship's itinerary was changed-twice. Once due to a medi-vac so we didn't go to Labadee, and the next due to a hurricane so we didn't go to Cozumel. We were diverted back to Labadee because there was no other port available due to the size of our ship. While no monetary compensation was offered, free internet would've been nice...or something...no? Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Smoothest part of my trip on the Oasis of the Seas was the embarkation and disembarkation. Everything in between that was underwhelming. One doesn't really expect to say that about The oasis of the Seas, one of the biggest ships with ... Read More
Smoothest part of my trip on the Oasis of the Seas was the embarkation and disembarkation. Everything in between that was underwhelming. One doesn't really expect to say that about The oasis of the Seas, one of the biggest ships with not one but 2 flowriders, 20-something pools and Jacuzzis several clubs ad a full length, Broadway style show - Cats (skip it if you do sail on this ship. It was long and boring) I can fill several pages with what I didn't like about Oasis of the Seas so instead I will say this: if you do happen to sail on Oasis of the Seas: be prepared to wait on lines for everything. Sign up in advance for the free shows (that will save you some time) and book your dinner reservations early. Be prepared for the crowds everywhere (just like NYC!) The Central Park (8th floor- forward) is a great place to hang out and get away. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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