Sail Date: January 2013
Have been DYING to go on Oasis since it was first announced. The ship is beautiful, loved the Central Park, a younger crowd with a lot to do. The food was lousy. I am not a picky eater and by far the worst cruise food wise. They give you ... Read More
Have been DYING to go on Oasis since it was first announced. The ship is beautiful, loved the Central Park, a younger crowd with a lot to do. The food was lousy. I am not a picky eater and by far the worst cruise food wise. They give you half a strip steak...are you serious? The buffet was very average, deserts disappointing. Pastry Chef 101: it is mortal sin to turn cookie dough into hockey puck. The service,esp in dining room, was very good. The oceanfront balcony room was smallish. First design flaw is TWO outlets low and next to balcony, none in bathroom, so you have to get on floor to use an outlet. Closet open into bedroom 10" from bed. Also, our room was on 12th floor next to bridge/control room so we had officers exiting and door slamming all day(thoughtful) No irons, understandable,but Princess offers irons in a room,Royal offers to iron your shirts for $1.75 ea Having sailed on Royal owned Celebrity, was expecting a new ship to have interactive TV,music and movie channels. There is ONE movie channel which ran 4 movies continuously, all forgetable(sorry Julia),of course in Standard Royal fashion, they had $12 pay per view. Nary a popcorn had on board. FYI, Princess has 4 movie channels with recent and classic movies. Entertainment was good. They had a Beatlemania which was excellent, comedians were good, Cirque Solei and ice shows good. With 6200 passengers, you have to book shows prior to boarding. Never saw one person on rock walls, a few doing zipline. In short, many of the "attractions" are gimmicks that you prob will not use. St Maarten was beautiful, and you get 4 hours in Nassau??? Speaking with other passengers, the consensus seemed to be that the food was average, and the feeling that we were at a carnival being "huckstered" for every penny. Not worth the money and certainly going back to Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
I am 61, and my husband is 55. We are frequent cruisers. We know what we like - we like good service, good food served in a beautiful atmosphere, and nice amenities. Ambience and service are key to us. Embarkation - simple and efficient. ... Read More
I am 61, and my husband is 55. We are frequent cruisers. We know what we like - we like good service, good food served in a beautiful atmosphere, and nice amenities. Ambience and service are key to us. Embarkation - simple and efficient. But this ship is gigantic, and I do believe that once things get this large and confusing that staff should be placed on each floor to help passengers to their staterooms. We spent an inordinate amount of time looking for ours. As for the Oasis of the Seas, I think you can go just so far before you've gone too far, and this size ship may be a stretch for what the crew can handle. We were onboard during Spring Break - I didn't want to go at that time for that reason, but my husband wanted it to include our anniversary which fell on March 18. The ship was filled to capacity which I was told was 6,100 people. Royal Caribbean had promoted making reservations on RCCL's website prior to the cruise for all the shows - for everything. It was a nightmare. I made a reservation at their best specialty restaurant for our anniversary and my husband was told that we didn't have a reservation. I made a hair appointment for the first formal night because quite frankly, the size of the room was limiting. I have fibromyalgia, and I have a seat in my shower at home, so that tiny little cubbyhole didn't inspire me to do my hair in the room. I made the appointment on the phone on the ship on the day we checked in. Anyway, when I went up to get my hair done, the guy at the reception desk looked at me with a smug grin and said, "You're not on Deck 3 - that's not possible." And I said, "I guess I know where my room is - I'm on Deck 3 - it's on my card." I showed him my card. He then looked at his computer, gave me a very SATISFIED smile and said, "You don't have an appointment." So, there I am just before dinner on formal night, sitting in the reception area of the spa after being treated very poorly by this person in the salon. I couldn't take anymore - I just started to cry and cry and cry. (I know - crying seems dramatic, but there had been a lot of other problems prior to this one, and, frankly, I was overwrought.) There was a gentleman sitting across from me who said, "Are you ok - is there anything I can do?" And yes there are a few gentlemen left in this world. I said, "Do you work here?" And he said, "No, but I'll help if I can." He managed to get the spa manager out there. I told her what had happened, and she was absolutely furious. She got someone to wash my hair and blow it dry, but it truly looked worse than when I walked in - I don't think the girl who did it was a hair stylist. I was not charged, and the girl refused a tip. The manager said, "She did the best she could." That remark coupled with everything else sort of told me she wasn't a stylist. We were treated very poorly on this cruise, and I only need one more cruise on RCCL to be a Diamond member. RCCL had me under the impression that the more you cruised with them the better you are treated. I must have misunderstood. The outside cabins are tiny - I mean really, really tiny. They are claustrophobic tiny. The air quality in the ship was horrible - our room smelled like a locker room most of the time because of the air - apparently it's not circulated well. So we had all the smells from the bathroom, from dirty clothes, from me sweating out a horrible infection mingling in the room. I truly could not wait to get out of that cabin. If you should decide to go on this ship, be sure and get a balcony at the very least, and make sure the balcony is next to the water outside so that you can get fresh air. The cabin steward did little - he would not remove used glasses, empty coke cans - nothing from surfaces. Our room was the biggest mess - you really couldn't tell he did a thing except make the bed which I think is all he did. And the one garbage can in the room was tiny and would not hold much at all. There was no garbage can in the bathroom because there wasn't room for one. There was a tiny space for tissues and such behind a small door. The food on this ship was really not appetizing at all. My husband calls it mediocre. I call it just not good. And they repeated courses on different nights which I had never seen them do. I am now talking about what they refer to as the "Complimentary Dining." That means the food in the dining room - the BIG EVENT on past cruises - big beautiful dinners with nice new friends. Oh yes, the dining. I had requested early dining at a table of 10. The larger the table the better we like it. They placed us at a table for two next to a wall in the corner. I told the Maitre D' that I simply could not sit there every night of the cruise - that it would ruin the cruise for me. They took our complaint and said they would get back with us. Night number two came and still no changes. I think it was on the 3rd day that we received a note from the Maitre D' that they could not accomodate us. We also complained to "Guest Relations" with no response at all. We went to lunch that day, and it was on the second level of the dining room. Our regular seating was on the first level. As we left the dining room I told my husband I was going to talk to the person in charge there - it didn't hurt to ask, and it was a different person. This person immediately took care of our request and seated us on the second level at a great table for 6. We did give up early seating for late seating to get the table, but we had told Guest Relations we were willing to do that with no response. Now, here comes the rub. With so many alternative dining selections on the ship, people were running to and fro, so we never really made a connection with our dining companions. None at all. This was one of the most disappointing aspects of this cruise. Now, as for alternative dining selections. This is a thinly veiled attempt to get people's response to paying for meals on cruise ships. We had dinner in the Solarium Bistro on our anniversary which we understood was $20.00 per person, and before we got out of there our bill was $80.00. I don't drink, and I had the Coke package for the week. If this trend continues or is adapted by other cruise ships, the whole concept of cruising will be changed forever. And that concept was always that it was "more bang for your buck" because it's "all-inclusive" except for drinks. I got a cupcake thinking it was free and was charged $2.50 for the cupcake. And it was very dry and not good at all. The best value on the ship was the pizza - there was no charge, and it was always hot, tasty and filling. This ship has as many restaurants or more than a small town, and you have to pay at all of them. "Inclusive" venues were the "complimentary dining room," the Windjammer, Sorrento's (the pizza place,) and the Promenade Cafe where you could get cookies and little sandwiches. Quite frankly, the only thing I could find that was half decent in the Windjammer was the plain old hamburger. The best kept secret on the ship is the Solarium Bistro serving healthy choices which were much more tasty than anything in the Windjammer, and it was a free venue at lunch - a buffet. It was not free at night - that's where my husband and I had our anniversary dinner. Because we were under the impression that we had to have reservations for all the shows, we didn't even attempt the much ballyhooed aqua show because it showed on the website that no seats were available for any nights. Truth be known we could have probably just walked in. I can't imagine that they have anyone on that ship on the ball enough to transfer all those reservations to an actual hard copy on board. We did see a 90 minute production of Hairspray which was well done, but that was the only show we saw. Don't let anybody tell you that you don't feel crowded on this ship - you do. There were just thundering herds of people everywhere we went. It was almost impossible to find a quiet corner. We did like the Solarium area, and it was probably the quietest place on the ship. Let me say this - the dining staff, i.e. waiters, assistant waiters, etc., worked hard and did their best. And the casino staff was for the most part pleasant. I did encounter a blackjack dealer one night who became angry with the reaction of a high strung gambler, and after she had left the table, he said, "Some day I'd like to write a book and call it THAT'S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU GAMBLE, YOU *******." I thought it a highly inappropriate remark for the dealer to make. No matter what these ships do to sanitize, it doesn't seem to be enough. Instead of policing the passengers about sanitizing their hands, I feel there should be more emphasis on policing what's going on with the food, etc. behind the scenes. I stood and watched a bartender squeeze fruit into a drink with his bare hands. That's when I began to note whether or not food service people were wearing gloves - some were, some weren't. All of them should be wearing gloves. They are very thin and should not interfere with their ability to perform their jobs. I was getting sick by Tuesday night. Wednesday morning I had a horrible sore throat, and on Thursday I was developing a respiratory infection and had to see the ship's doctor and get antibiotics. The not-so-perfect end to a cruise filled with problems, hateful staff, hordes of people, terrible food, and what seemed like never ending hassles. If and when I cruise again, I will be backing up in size and tradition. I want a smaller ship (Voyager class was plenty big), I want the traditional dining with multiple dinner companions, and I want to know a few new people when I leave the ship. I usually have a bunch of addresses and email addresses when I leave a ship, but I didn't get the first one on the Oasis. This ship is impressive to look at, and if it was my first cruise, I'd probably be blown away, but if you are a veteran cruiser, I just don't see how you could like this one. Nothing we like about cruising was there. I'll be staying off this class of ship, and I hope they don't go bigger because they can't handle this crowd. Debarkation was handled well, but the nightmare began once outside trying to get a cab. You are much better off to secure transportation prior to your cruise so that it will be waiting for you. The lines were not to be believed - at least an hour long. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I thought it would be a great idea. The service was very bad. The bathroom was not working according to the front desk they were going to send someone to the room, but they never did. The staff forgot my anniversary and to sit at the ... Read More
I thought it would be a great idea. The service was very bad. The bathroom was not working according to the front desk they were going to send someone to the room, but they never did. The staff forgot my anniversary and to sit at the dining table and watch other people being song to for their anniversary and being given cake with happy anniversary was a slap in the face. I was told water would be brought to my room, but that never happened. We could not enjoy a slice of pizza without staff members coming up to us asking if we wanted to eat in other dining areas for a small fee (29.00-35.00 each). The food that was served was the same food over and over. Who wants to take a trip and eat the same food that they eat at home????? Roast and rice is served 24-7... This was the worst trip ever and not worth my two thousand dollars..... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
The ship and the port is close to our home, the staff was friendly and the service was great. we love Royal Caribbean. the dining in the dining room was great, the windjammer service was great the food selection could of been better. the ... Read More
The ship and the port is close to our home, the staff was friendly and the service was great. we love Royal Caribbean. the dining in the dining room was great, the windjammer service was great the food selection could of been better. the room was clean and the room attendant did a great job, room was always clean and Ryan always took care of our needs. the staff in the dining room table 150 was great, never had to ask for anything. the entertainment was not the best, we have been on other cruises when the entertainment was great, not real impressed with the shows. The ice show was good and the water show was good, as far as the shows in the theater we were not impressed, cats was too long and Abracadabra was not the best. like i said we have seen better entertainment on the other cruises we were on. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We booked a Junior Balcony Suite on Oasis. I'm an introvert so the only way I'll cruise with my husband is if I have a quiet suites-only restaurant and a quiet ocean view balcony. This helps me not get overwhelmed by people. For ... Read More
We booked a Junior Balcony Suite on Oasis. I'm an introvert so the only way I'll cruise with my husband is if I have a quiet suites-only restaurant and a quiet ocean view balcony. This helps me not get overwhelmed by people. For the last 10 years, it's worked. Until... Before we left, RCL called and offered us an upgrade to a Loft Suite for $800. The rep said it was an amazing deal, beautiful suite, we'd love it. He said other reps were calling other passengers with the same offer so we had to hurry. We asked if it was still an ocean view. He said yes. We took it. We got to the ship. Oh. My. God. This suite - #1736 - was RIGHT BEHIND the sports deck. The view was of the basketball court. The "ocean view" was a sliver of water over the top of the basketball court, the FloRider, the AquaTheater, about half a football field back. People played basketball from dawn to 11 p.m. right outside our window every day. We had no privacy and had to keep the curtains closed. There were constant announcements from the sports court and zip line. It was so loud. There was norovirus outbreak so maintenance workers were out between 3 and 4 a.m. yelling and using power washers every morning. Smoke from the stack (right above us) blew right onto our deck and into the room if we opened the door. Now I know why they were trying to unload this room cheap. We had other problems, our on board promo credit for the 100 hour sale never showed up and the concierge said she couldn't do anything about it. The TV that goes into the ceiling right over the bed would fall in the middle of the night and the attendant said it couldn't be fixed. There was velcro EVERYWHERE holding drawers and sliding closet doors shut because this suite gets so much vibration. As soon as we got on board the suites-only restaurant was booked solid. There were always people 50+ deep at Guest Services. We called Customer Service as soon as we got back asked for a refund of the upgrade fee. They said we should have resolved it on board according to company policy. I asked if that was a written policy. She said "No, it's just normal. If you've really been cruising on RCL for 10 years you would just know that." She literally said those exact words. We *really have* been sailing RCL for 10 years (we have the tens of thousands of dollars in receipts to prove it). We are great tippers. We never complain. We make our own bed. We're nice, happy, loyal cruisers. I can't believe RCL took advantage of us and treated us this way. Incidentally, I filed a complaint with the BBB and noticed that RCL gets three stars and Disney gets great reviews. Hope that helps you make a decision. Now, about Oasis: Good stuff: Service was great. Super friendly. Liked the suites-only sun deck, which became important when I couldn't use my own balcony. Loved the wine and tapas bar. Ports have clearly improved. Up to you if it's bad stuff: With this ship, RCL is clearly vying for Disney dollars. It's gaudy as heck and clearly aimed at little kids and young families. Everything points inward instead of at the ocean and the view. Oasis is not a ship for adults or people who want to relax. It's constantly "on" 24x7, it's loud, it's huge, and there are so many people (6,500) that there are lines everywhere, for everything. (I felt bad for the little ones who had to stand in line for everything they wanted to do. They got tired. They melted down. Parents once drawn to "so much to do" regretted how far they had to walk their littles to everything.) The ship is an engineering marvel, but it's more like a constant party (not a drunk party - more like a forced carnival party) 24x7. If you enjoy drinking and gambling, this is for you. If you like looking at the ocean and relaxing, you're out of luck - there are no shady, quiet places to get away on this ship. It's 100% about sports activities, shows, and little kids. I will also say because the ship is so tall it catches more wind. It definitely moves around more than other ships and I saw more people seasick on this boat than any other I've been on in 10 years. Also, with 6,500 people, norovirus risk increases, and surprise! There was an outbreak. Oh, and they started charging $8.00 for room service, even in suites. EVERYTHING had an up charge. Crazy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
This cruise was a Christmas gift for my wife and I for our 30th anniversary. We were not sure what to expect. We could have not chosen a better cruse line or ship. The Oasis of the Seas will not disappoint. Here are 5 things you should ... Read More
This cruise was a Christmas gift for my wife and I for our 30th anniversary. We were not sure what to expect. We could have not chosen a better cruse line or ship. The Oasis of the Seas will not disappoint. Here are 5 things you should know as a first time cruiser: 1) Packing: You do not need an entire wardrobe. pack rather lightly but take one or two pair of dress clothes and a tie for the men. 2) Shopping: The items on the ship are pricy. Great deals at the ports of call. At Labadee do not go near locals. They would not give me back my change! 3) Use room service. it is free. You will enjoy visiting the many food venues but enjoy a morning or late night on your balcony. 4) Stay disconnected! You can buy internet access but take the opportunity to disconnect from work, friends, email, social media. Make it a real vacation. Relax.... You will be offered a deal on internet access a few days before the end of the cruise. If you must, you can connect then. But at least take the first few days to put down you phone and computer. You will feel the stress melt away. 5) Plan an excursion. We did not because we wanted to experience each town we visited. I must say that I did not feel comfortable outside the port walls in either Jamaica or Cozumel. I wish I had signed up for an excursion. You can swim with dolphins, raft down a river and climb waterfalls. The added bonus is that some of the excursions are a couple of hours drive from the ship which means that you get to see the town as well as the countryside on the way. I would not consider this an honest and objective review if I did not share a couple of potentially negative comments. 1) Plan on $110 parking fee for leaving your car for a week. I know this is typical and similar to an airport but it still stings. 2) Food is usually good but not quiet as good as I expected. I realize they are cooking thousands of meals each day but even though most of the food was very good, I did get a couple of disappointing meals. But good news, just order something else. You can have as many as you wish. 3) My wife had a spa treatment on the last day and the spa gave themselves an unapproved $20 tip..... Maybe that is customary but I felt it was a little tacky. I truly hope this helps you if you are a first timer. Do not hesitate if you are trying to decide. It is a great time. The ship is huge but you will eventually find your way around. If you are worrying abut getting sea sick, for the most part you can barely feel the ship moving. We did have one day of 10-17 foot waves and the ship was a little unstable. My wife got sick for one day but got over it quickly and it did not negatively impact our trip. Our next cruise will be the Eastern Caribbean. I hear the ports are a little nicer. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Selected the Oasis for cruise length, departure port (we live in central FL) and to try a big ship with lots of amenities. Reviews for Oasis looked OK, not as high as Disney but better than Carnival/Norwegian. Embarkation was a ... Read More
Selected the Oasis for cruise length, departure port (we live in central FL) and to try a big ship with lots of amenities. Reviews for Oasis looked OK, not as high as Disney but better than Carnival/Norwegian. Embarkation was a disaster. Our stateroom was occupied (luggage open, clothes out, shower recently used - but no one in the room) when we opened the door at 2 PM. Customer service told us our room was “blocked,” we shouldn’t have been assigned the room and that they would have a room available an hour after departure – immediately asked for the manager - the CS Manager told us this was unheard of, that she would determine the cause and get it corrected - we told here we don't care about the cause just get us into a stateroom - same story, wait until an hour after departure - she told us to leave our bags in the passageway outside the stateroom until we had a room (that sounds safe - not) – we refused, so she told us to bring them to the customer service desk – again, we refused and said Oasis crew could move the bags. The CSM could/would not guarantee the stateroom we would eventually get would be our class stateroom or better (ocean view balcony) – without that guarantee we would not sail. About 10 minutes before the ship sailed the CSM was able to figure out we could use our stateroom, a contractor had been put in the wrong stateroom (ours - 2 doors down needed the repairs) and as soon as the room was refreshed (530 - an hour after sailing) we could move in. When we got back to the stateroom the head was NOT clean, stains on the toilet, etc. Floor attendant said the stains couldn’t be removed – got the deck supervisor involved and we were able to show them both how to remove "stains" - nearly 5 minutes of effort was required. Finally had a clean room - after 6 PM, over 4 hours since first opening the door - just about enough time to unpack and get ready to be 15 minutes late for dinner at Chef's Table (see below). CSM called that night to ask how we were doing – and offered to get us “appropriate compensation” for our time and trouble. CSM eventually (late the next day when we went to her and asked) offered us 40% off our next cruise as compensation (knowing this was our first – and now honestly our last – cruise on RC). She “could not” offer either a beverage package or internet package as immediate compensation on this cruise when we asked – not "in her authority" and eventually credited us with a shore excursion during the Jamaica port call and inclusion in the “behind the scenes” full ship tour. Inadequate at best. On the 3rd day the room steward noticed my companion got some makeup on her RC robe so he sent it out for cleaning – good catch – but apparently there are 2600 staterooms and NO extra robes onboard as we had to wait for the next day to get the cleaned robe back from the laundry. Food: Only great food experience was the Chef’s table – excellent all around, highly recommend it, but steep at $95/each. Room service breakfast was good. Food in the main dining room is pedestrian at best and intolerable at worst (example – the “lobster bisque” was the consistency of thin tomato soup – no lobster). Seafood soup in Giovanni’s Table (another fee restaurant) contained shrimp and oysters – the shrimp still had the shell on the tail and the oyster was still attached to the shell – apparently on RC soup is finger food (we know dinner leftovers are used in soup – could you make it a LITTLE less obvious). The rest of the meal at Giovanni's was not much better. Food safety is also a problem – at Izumi Hibachi the chef dropped a piece of cooked chicken on the table, then picked it up (using his utensils) and put it back on my dinner companion’s plate (ever seen the rag they use to clean the tables?). During dinner in the main dining room a replacement knife was brought to the table by a waiter holding the knife in his bare hand - by the blade, not the handle (this was caught and corrected by the headwaiter). The french fries at Johnny Rockets were fantastic – until we found several with blue/white hard droplets on them (waiter took them back – came back out an apologized and said they believed some of the plastic bag the fries are packaged in got into the fryer - that seemed a reasonable explanation – and comp’ed us one of our two lunch fees - $6.95). During the ship tour one of the head waiters gave a demonstration of how a table is set for a formal night (the rest of the tour was quite interesting) – had the waiter's assistant made a big show of putting a glove on his right hand to handle plates/utensils while he talking about RC's commitment to food safety, then the assistant picked up a stack of butter plates using his ungloved hand with his thumb in the center of the food area on the plate - apparently unnoticed by the headwaiter. In Cozumel the starboard side of the ship was being cleaned – apparently you cannot pull into a pier with the port side of the ship so as we were leaving the ship we were rained on with the wonderfully clean water from the cleaning of the ship – nearly the entire length of the ship as we left from the forward gangway – guess no one thought to close the forward gangway while cleaning the ship. Labadee, Haiti - do the zip line - it's expensive but quite a thrill. Falmouth, Jamaica - did the combined Dunns River Falls climb/Swimm with the Dolphins experience - both great, wonderful guide, but took up the entire day, left only 20-30 minutes to shop in the port. We sent a letter to the RC CEO with the details of the embarkation, never heard back (same week that Majesty of the Seas was delayed leaving Port Canaveral due to a failed USCG inspection so he and his customer service VP may have been a bit busy). This was only my second cruise (first on Celebrity Silhouette - a very good experience), my companion has been on four previously (MSC, Carnival), this was our first and will be the only RC cruise we ever take. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
I really, really wanted to love this cruise. My parents booked it for our family plus my fiance for a final pre-wedding family vacation. It was dreadful! I had read so many positive things about this cruise, I was flabbergasted at how ... Read More
I really, really wanted to love this cruise. My parents booked it for our family plus my fiance for a final pre-wedding family vacation. It was dreadful! I had read so many positive things about this cruise, I was flabbergasted at how terrible it was. I even paid the .65/minute for WiFi to re-check I had read the right reviews! Getting on the boat was a breeze, everything else was a hassle. We had dinner reservations via My Time Dining the first night. Our waiter & waiter's assistant must have been having a terrible day. My mother ordered a glass of wine, they left the rest of the table drinkless to go run our Sea Pass card and bring back the receipt. My father asked for a roll and it took no less than 15 minutes for the assistant to return. The food in the dining room was mostly good but the service ruined it for everyone. The other nights in the dining room were better, but the final night a manager was walking around asking about the surveys we would get the next morning. We explained to her the trouble we had had the first night, and she literally sat at our table interrupting our dinner for the next 5 minutes trying to get us not to leave a bad review. Seriously? To top it off, the dining room manager almost got into a fist fight with a patron! The guy was clearly upset about something, slammed his table up & sent plates and glasses flying. They asked him to leave and the dining room manager literally had every curse word imaginable flying out of his mouth. I wondered if they were having some sort of serious political/religious issue because it was heated...but still funny. "Get the **** out of my dining room!" His response? "We're on a BOAT! Where do you want me to GO?!" Mornings we had our breakfast delivered to our room. We learned very quickly to specify exactly what you want, but you still won't get it. I wrote very clearly on the form that we only needed yellow sweetener with our coffee. I also had to specify which pastries we wanted with our tray, otherwise we got a plate full of sourdough rolls and no croissants. We never got yellow sweetener in our room all 6 days we pre-ordered our breakfast. Aside from the service, we spent a majority of our time waiting...mostly for the elevators. Had I not been in heels most nights, I would have used the stairs more. Want to eat at the Windjammer? Wait! My Time Dining? Wait in line, then wait in the chairs! Even when we went to empty Johnny Rockets, we waited 5 minutes for a table then another 10 in the sun while waiters stared at us and never came. We left and went to guest services. Giovanni's was by far the best food & service, waiter was amazing. The Seafood Shack was great too, a few people we met would only go there for dinner. Do not ask for ice water - it comes with complimentary snarls and eye rolls. I'm sorry! It's 90+ degrees and I can't ONLY drink liquor! I'll be 26 in August and had a hard time getting served alcohol. I look young, but a few bartenders tried trickery. I asked for a mango pineapple frozen rum drink. I watched the bartender pour juice in the ice-blendery machine and slide it over to me sans rum. He looked flabbergasted when I asked where the liquor was?! He poured Myers on top of it and charged me my $9. My 19-year-old brother had no problem being served anywhere we went though! The shows were what kept me from total insanity. The water show was dreadful though, not remotely synchronized and frankly pretty weird. They also need to fix both of the big monitors and the sound system. The last morning starting at 8:00am they blasted the beginning of a Bon Jovi song for 20 minutes until they figured out how to turn it off. Hairspray was fantastic, the comedy show was AWESOME! They spent the entire time ragging on the ship - hitting on everything we all knew to be true. Don't speak English? Here's a Royal Caribbean application! Need ice water? Here's your spit! Haiti was contrived like Disney World, but the food was better than anything we got on the boat aside from Giovanni's. Jet Skis were fun, but we were with a lot of slow, scared people so we had to drive for 30 seconds then stop and wait for them to catch up. They make a point to swing you by the canoe sellers though! Jamaica was a mess. It was my first time there and I spent it on a tube tied to 8 other people moving at a snail's pace and being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Just make sure you know whether it will be high or low tide if you book that excursion, low tide is like floating through two feet of marsh mud. At least our guide sang Conway Twitty when he got tired of the generic Bob Marley. He also said during high tide, the tube ride is much faster and you get to go much further down the river than we did. Mexico was a godsend - we did the jeep & snorkeling excursion. The guides were perfect. We went all around the coast then back through the city to literally see every part of Cozumel. They even let us have the automatic 4-door jeep so our family of 5 wouldn't have to split up! All in all, I wanted to love cruising but it just isn't for me. The boat & cabins were really pretty and I appreciate what they tried to do but I could definitely tell there were 6,000 head on board and most of the crew seemed generally unhappy with life. I understand they are on the boat for long periods of time, but there are plenty worse jobs out there! If you love being in a small pool with 100 other people and waiting 10 minutes for an elevator to take you to the dining room with mediocre food, this is the ship for you! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2011
We are in our 40s and have been on over 40 cruises, so we know what cruising is all about. We are also Diamond members of RCCL. This review has a summary then paragraphs following to expand on each summary item for easy of reading. ... Read More
We are in our 40s and have been on over 40 cruises, so we know what cruising is all about. We are also Diamond members of RCCL. This review has a summary then paragraphs following to expand on each summary item for easy of reading. Cruise on the Oasis if you like 1. to be herded like cattle everywhere you go 2. enjoy standing in lines for everything you do 3. enjoy waiting all day for elevators 4. enjoy waiting more than an hour every time you need to speak to customer service 5. to pay for almost everything as an extra 6. have the worst main dining room food of the major cruise lines, just as bad as carnival main dining room 7. be told to GET OUT of the buffet while you are eating 8. been bombarded with sales pitch for everything on top of all the other extras they charge you for 9. have disgusting food as your only only 24 hour food option in the Promenade Cafe 1. to be herded like cattle everywhere you go 2. enjoy standing in lines for everything you do We sailed Christmas week and there was over 6,300 passengers and almost 3,000 crew on thse ship, that is over 9,000 people. There was not one place you could go to get away from crowds, except the cabin. Everywhere we went there was a line. 3. enjoy waiting all day for elevators Waiting for the two sets of elevators, one set at the front and one set at the back was always a tiresome. Most time by the time the elevator got to the floor we were waiting on, it was packed, so you have to wait for another elevator or a 3rd elevator. Many people just got on any elevator regardless of the direction. 4. enjoy waiting more than an hour every time you need to speak to customer service Seriously, 5 to 6 customer service reps for a ship with over 6,300 passengers, do the math. It would not be so bad if they didn't mess up every request we made. Customer service should be at least 3 times the size, but RCCL doesn't care about customer service, they only care about charging you for everything they can. Also, once to do get to a customer service rep, they are very rude, they could at least act as if they cared about our concerns. 5. to pay for almost everything as an extra Remember these words before you get on board HOW MUCH IS THAT, as they charge for everything, even room service. They even have paid food from the specialty restaurants on the main dining room menu, a first on any cruise ship. But they dont put that first in the brochures or on the web site. 6. have the worst main dining room food of the major cruise lines, just as bad as carnival main dining room The food the whole week was almost inedible. I actually lost 3 pounds on this cruise and I normally gain 5 pounds on other cruises. That is how bad the main dining room food is and that is why they add paid items to the menu from the specialty restaurants. To get good food, they force you to go to the paid speciality restaurants. More ka ching for RCCL. Also the food in the much heralded Central Park Cafe is OK, but not great, but when you don't have anything good to eat, it becomes great food. 7. be told to leave the buffet every 15 minutes while you are eating One day while we were having breakfast in the windjammer buffet, they were blasting an announcement on the speakers so loud we couldn't even talk. IF YOU ARE FINISHED GET OUT. I couldn't believe it, another first RCCL doesn't place in the brochures or web site. The nerve of RCCL, everyone paid a lot of money and I mean a lot of money to sail on the ship and to be told IF YOU ARE FINISHED GET OUT repeatedly is ridiculous. 8. been bombarded with sales pitch for everything on top of all the other extras they charge you for It is impossible to take a walk in the promenade without been asked to buy something. Come on RCCL, cut down on the sales and send more people to actual provide customer service to the people sailing on board. 9. have disgusting food as your only only 24 hour food option in the Promenade Cafe I have a real beef with the only 24 food option available on the ship. Promenade Cafe is a small pick your own food restaurant. First there is never any place to sit, RCCL only has 1 overloaded person cleaning the tables, everyone else is selling. Second, the small sandwiches that are served are completely disgusting. No one that is starving would even eat that food. The only other option is room service, but wait for it, they charge you to deliver the food to your cabin. More ka ching for RCCL. We paid 35,000 for 4 balconies on this ship. What a waste of money and a waste of a week of our lives. Never again RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Where to start: This ship is huge, but easy to get around. It's packed with people, but hardly feels that way! Do yourself a favor: reserve all of the shows, you'll regret it if you miss one. The entertainment is top-notch. ... Read More
Where to start: This ship is huge, but easy to get around. It's packed with people, but hardly feels that way! Do yourself a favor: reserve all of the shows, you'll regret it if you miss one. The entertainment is top-notch. Hairspray was great. The ice show was so well-done that you forget that the rink is so small. Come Fly With Me was so good, we saw it twice. The Comedy show was very funny, but if you can't handle the f-bombs, there's a family-friendly version on the last night. The Dive show was like nothing I've ever seen. The level of production was incredible, especially for a ship. I've seen shows on other ships and the Oasis made them look like a preschool play. The headliner was a Sammy Davis Jr-type of show, which we skipped"not my generation I suppose. Usually in the afternoon, they show a 3D movie and at night in the 2nd half of the week, there are movies in the aqua theater. The food: Not once did we eat at a specialty restaurant! I'm not sure what some people eat on a normal basis to where they would think that the dining room food was sub par. I could cut the prime rib with my fork, the lobster was huge and the overall quality of the food was 5-star! If you want more than one item, order 2! By the end of the week, our servers just assumed we wanted several items. We basically had a buffet! My Time Dining was great! We had a table for 2 every night and had the same servers, whom we were sad to say goodbye to. The staff on the entire ship was top-notch. I don't know how they do it. We were off the ship in Labadee for about 30 minutes. We live near the beach, so we wanted to take advantage of an empty ship and were so glad we did! In Jamaica, I hired a private guide (http://www.jaital.com/tours-and-excursions-in-falmouth-trelawny-jamaica-17.html) b/c I wanted to do more on the island than what the cruise offered. We had our own driver and he took us river tubing, Dunns River Falls and shopping. He took us to a local restaurant for authentic jerk chicken/pork. Cozumel was nothing but a money trap. Guard your stuff carefully"my wife's sunglasses were stolen and she just set them down for a second to get something out of her purse! This ship is not intended for people who just want to take it easy and read, sleep, etc. There is so much to do. The flowrider and zipline and ice skating are a blast and the lines are not that bad. The rock wall is challenging, but doable. The gym is perfectly adequate, but go in the afternoon b/c it seems like everyone wanted to get their workout done b/f 10 am. There are plenty of pools/jacuzzis and chairs available. The only complaint I had was the price of pictures. They are high quality, for sure, but 5 pics for $150 is outrageous! We took 600 pics, so we captured some good moments. If you want some photos of you all dressed up, look up a photographer in your area who can probably do it for a third of the price! Some Don'ts: 1) Don't get on an elevator just to go up 1 floor; use the stairs! 2) Don't think you're hot stuff if you can stay in 1 position on the Flowrider for a long period of time; there are people waiting. One guy just stayed in 1 position for 5 minutes while his wife took thousands of pictures to where the staff had to pull him off. 3)Don't argue with the comedians, then get highschool-hurt if they embarrass you! 4) Don't save seats after they clearly state "Do not save seats". We will definitely go on this ship again!! Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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