473 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

We went with friends to get away from snow up north. We had a great time. Best vacation in a long time. Going first class in a Suite made the trip so very nice with all the extra things included. I can't say enough good things about ... Read More
We went with friends to get away from snow up north. We had a great time. Best vacation in a long time. Going first class in a Suite made the trip so very nice with all the extra things included. I can't say enough good things about the cruise line. Went on a smaller ship (Brilliance of the Seas) last year, and that was also very good.The extra money we spent for a suite was very much worth it. We are now spoiled, would not go any other way. However, we did not not spend a lot of time in the cabin except to sleep, so any cabin would have been ok, but being much older as I am, I really appreciated all the extra services that came with the suite. We are getting married soon, so we spent time on shore shopping for our wedding rings, which we found in St. Thomas. This Cruise line was terrific in every way. We complained about our meal the first night..(coffee never came on time) and wow! did they every make up for it the next night. Terrific service...Had so much fun! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We choose this cruise to board the Oasis of the Seas for the first time. My wife and I went as we normally do, by ourselves. We are in our late 60's but we dance, have fun and use the pools, jog, run and eat. Embarkation was smooth ... Read More
We choose this cruise to board the Oasis of the Seas for the first time. My wife and I went as we normally do, by ourselves. We are in our late 60's but we dance, have fun and use the pools, jog, run and eat. Embarkation was smooth and fast, very organized. Debarkation was even faster, about 10 minutes to exit the terminal from start to finish, could not believe it. This ship is very large yet it was very easy to navigate all areas. The key is to use the promenade (deck 5). Elevators are at both ends and quite a few they are. Remember that in many areas the food is free even if it looks expensive. Park Central (deck 8), just a great place to spend time to relax, get a great roast beef sandwich, fruit cups, salads and excellent soups. The Solarium was another spot to eat. But the Windjammer is the venue for eating most of the time. On deck 5 is the promenade and the jogging track. Go past the Boardwalk (here is the carousel) and the Aqua Theater. The promenade is the center of everything, from bars to music to 24hrs cafe, pizza. At Sorrentos they serve pizza with all the ingredients you want added, The entertainment was fabulous. Many typical activities and there's the Grand Parade with the Dreamworks animated characters. The food was the highlight since Royal Caribbean has greatly improved their menu, especially breakfast. Quality, presentation, and taste was simply great. Service better than ever. Royal Caribbean has taken suggestions and made changes and the results are evident, just an exceptional cruise. Before boarding and during your online checkin, make sure you try and get as many shows as you can in accordance with your dining schedule. If you find out taht some shows are full, do not worry, when you board just go to desk services and they will complete it for you, as we had to do. The folks are very very nice. On this cruise we had MyTime Dining table for two every night. The food was simply very good and service second to none. Our cabin was 7437 interior, roomy and very clean always. The public restrooms are very clean. All in all this was worth every penny and we will book another cruise soon. We have been on all the major cruise lines but we will return with Royal Caribbean. One last thing, do go to the Art Auctions. You will get a free artwork and an education about this fascinating world of Art. You do not have to buy anything but you will see great works of art and get to know a staff of friendly, knowledgeable persons that will answer any and all your questions. Oasis of the Seas is a great value. For 99.99% of the time, it felt like being on land, that's how smooth it travels over the seas. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my first cruise, and my husband's second. It is the opposite of the kind of vacation we usually take, and I had no idea what to expect. A professional group I'm part of decided on this cruise, so there we were. I'm ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and my husband's second. It is the opposite of the kind of vacation we usually take, and I had no idea what to expect. A professional group I'm part of decided on this cruise, so there we were. I'm afraid that now I'm a convert! We had such a good time. We chose a large interior stateroom, and found it to have more than enough space for the two of us. There were lots of little shelves, and drawers, and more than enough closet space, so we managed to lead a mostly organized life for the week. The room was spotless every time we came back to it. The showers aren't large, but there was excellent water pressure and plenty of hot water. Our steward was fabulous - I managed to irritate an old shoulder injury by snorkeling and scuba diving, and he made sure I always had ice and ziploc bags. I assumed we would spend a few evenings eating at the specialty restaurants, but we never made it out of our dinners in the Main Dining Room. We were sitting with a great group of people, and the waitstaff were amazing - hysterical, attentive, very helpful. The culinary staff went above and beyond to attend (creatively!) to the dietary restrictions of several people at the table. We had such a good time we never managed to try anything else at dinner! We alternated breakfasts between room service and the Windjammer. We did have one day that our room service came more than half an hour late, so arrived while we were literally walking out the door for our early shore excursion. We grabbed a few pastries and sent it back. Later that day we received a note of apology along with some chocolate covered strawberries, so I really felt like they tried to make the best of it. We spent our evenings either in Jazz on 4 or the Schooner for the most part. The jazz band was top notch, and the classic cocktail menu in the Schooner was top shelf ;) Very nice! We also spent the time before dinner several evenings listening to a lovely violin/piano duo in Central Park. We had one shore excursion cancelled due to bad weather, but the other two went as planned. We went with a Discover Scuba Diving excursion in St. Thomas run by Underwater Safari, and I can't say enough good things about them. Great first experience with scuba, tons of personalized attention, and a lot of time to enjoy the day. The group I traveled with had seminars on the three sea days, and the conference space was very nicely set up. AV equipment worked as expected, lots of coffee and danishes, and quiet enough that it was easy to hear our speaker. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Love the ship! The performance of the cast of Cats were great, however, I just can't get into that show. Windjammer food was better than Liberty and Freedom of the seas. The service was great. We didn't have much trouble ... Read More
Love the ship! The performance of the cast of Cats were great, however, I just can't get into that show. Windjammer food was better than Liberty and Freedom of the seas. The service was great. We didn't have much trouble finding a table. Chops - We had one meal there. The steak was great, the rest just okay. Service was weak. Johnny Rockets - We had one meal there. The food was good, the service sucked. All of the water shows were great! Our balcony room was very nice. We got the internet package because we had kids at home. The internet package is a little too expensive for what you get. The internet speed is usually too slow. I also had connectivity issues. The ship is never really crowded, except for when they have "sales". The adult area is the best out of all of the 4 "classes" of ships we've been on. Unlike the Freedom and Liberty, this ship usually had two working ice cream machines! Freestyle coke machines are great, however, they were often out of ice. The machine's pop tastes much better than what you get from the bars. Trivia - Not near as good as Carnival Breeze or Carnival Magic. However, this ship has a lot more other types of entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
All of the food even the buffet was great, great friendly staff, the ship is so nice and has so much to do.plenty of levels for all ages, the solariam area for adults over 16 was nice and big. plenty of showes to see, a lot of water ... Read More
All of the food even the buffet was great, great friendly staff, the ship is so nice and has so much to do.plenty of levels for all ages, the solariam area for adults over 16 was nice and big. plenty of showes to see, a lot of water sports, pools and hot tubs.Central part is very inviting with all the plants and side walks, the ice show was great also, with so many people on board we never felt cramped with plenty of room, the sun deck pool areas held all the people well also the deck staff and waiters were great waiting on you hand and foot.. the problems I seen were rude & impaitiant poeple but the staff handled it well. this was my First Cruise and I couldn't ask for more when I choose to take another Cruise it will be Royal Caribbean and most likely Oasis of the seas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Because it's the largest in the world (or was when we sailed), we chose it for the experience itself. It did not disappoint in terms of what the ship itself offered. Central Park was nice for its quiet atmosphere, the Promenade was ... Read More
Because it's the largest in the world (or was when we sailed), we chose it for the experience itself. It did not disappoint in terms of what the ship itself offered. Central Park was nice for its quiet atmosphere, the Promenade was bustling, and the Boardwalk had some nice entertainment, though wasn't as busy as we were expecting. The food was very good. We aren't big fans of specialty restaurants as they aren't that much better than the traditional dining rooms yet have a surcharge, though we did do the steakhouse. It was excellent. Meals in the dining room are always good, with good steaks and shrimp cocktails. The Aqua show is a must-see. I love anything water-related as it is, but with the high-rise acrobatics, it's an incredible show. The shore excursions were a mixed bag. You get what you get with a Caribbean cruise. This is my third visit to the Caribbean islands, and I don't care much for the islanders. Some readers would surely be offended and consider this an 'awful' thing to say, but it is what it is. Islanders, particularly in St. Thomas for this cruise, were rude, loud, obnoxious, and (not surprisingly) very pushy when it comes to wanting your money. A few of you would simply say 'that's how they make their living.' Personally, I am there to enjoy myself, not make sure they make a living. I'm a cruiser, not a missionary. I bring it up only because I had a confrontation with a few of the St. Thomas islanders who stood there counting the money they took from me and didn't appreciate my questioning them about anything. It truly does make you not want to visit the places. St. Maarten was a much nicer experience. I don't know if it's because it's Dutch territory (and French, but we only visited the Dutch side) as opposed to the run-down, ghetto American St. Thomas, so had a higher class of people and culture, but St. Maarten runs circles around St. Thomas for a beautiful experience. As for the Bahamas, it's the Bahamas. Go for Atlantis or jet-skiing or parasailing. Nassau itself is disgusting, as are most of the people. Overall, the Oasis is a great ship, Royal Caribbean a pleasurable cruise line. The Caribbean itself is really designed for people who want to lie on a beach or do water-related activities. If you're one of the people who actually thinks it offers culture, you need more experience with culture! Just keep in mind they are a different class of people and try not to let it detract from your experience in a beautiful setting. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We just got back from a 7 day trip on the OASIS of the Seas. It is only our third cruse, three years ago we were on the FREEDOM of the Seas, and two years ago on the Disney Wonder. One of the biggest things we were conceded with, ... Read More
We just got back from a 7 day trip on the OASIS of the Seas. It is only our third cruse, three years ago we were on the FREEDOM of the Seas, and two years ago on the Disney Wonder. One of the biggest things we were conceded with, especially after the Disney Cruise, was how vegan friendly the food options would be on the Oasis and we were blown away. The Windjammer always had a ton of options and there were great things at the Solarium as well for breakfast and lunch. Sabor was another nice treat. Another huge plus for us were the shows on the ship. The water show Dreams was truly spectacular and we loved the Frozen in Time ice show. Very creative takes on the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales. The comedy show was as expected, a very funny routine. We actually didn't have time to fit in CATS. We were a little wary of the long running time, and there was so much on the ship to do. We did the FloRider, Rock Climbing, ZipLine, Minigolf and pretty much everything the ship had to offer. The arcade on deck 15 had a shockingly good assortment of games. The one thing we couldn't find was shuffleboard, which we enjoyed playing on the Disney ship. On Falmouth we did the Blue Hole and River Tubing excursion through Royal Caribbean and the Chukka group they worked with was terrific with some very personable guides. Jumping off the various rocks at Blue Hole was a once in a lifetime experience. In Cozumel we also did a Royal Caribbean excursion with the caves at Rio Secreto. Good experience with the guides again and the caves themselves were a true "wow" experience. My girlfriend ended up getting small rashes over parts of her body the next day, which we are attributing to the wetsuit. That said, I didn't get any rashes nor did two others that we talked to afterwards who were on the excursion with us. Service on the ship was exceptional across the board. Our stateroom attendant was fantastic. We had a Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony on Deck 14. Great room, but we didn't like that our balcony had these "extensions" going out which limited our view somewhat. It looked like only a couple of rooms have that type of thing on their balcony, so with that knowledge if we do the Oasis again we will look for a room number closer to the middle or front of the ship. We both got massages during the cruise. I went with the Swedish Massage while my g/f had the hot stones. Both were incredible, and we both got talked into buying product at the end. Despite the large amount of people on the ship it only was apparent a couple times, but really didn't affect our enjoyment at any stage of the vacation. On the last sea day when we left the Windjammer breakfast they were actually holding people outside in line and couldn't let them in until people left. I don't think I would have liked that at all if I were outside in that line. For the first time on any cruise we decided to try the ultimate drink package and it worked out great for us. While I drink very little outside of Miller Lites and margaritas at Sabor, the girlfriend was able to try a bunch of drinks throughout the trip along with the freshly squeezed OJ. Having the Coke Freestyle machines was a great plus, although I think the ship could use about 4-8 more machines spread out across the ship. Unless I missed some, more than half the Freestyle machines were located in the Windjammer and you couldn't get to them when the restaurant wasn't open. Not that there were ever long lines at any of the machines, you just had to go a decent distance to find one. The ship was in a constant state of being cleaned and every place we went to was spotless, including all of the public restrooms. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ... Read More
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ship eating a little bit we found a chair in the pool area and got a couple of drinks and enjoyed it. We booked the shows we wanted early, tried a couple of new dinning restaurant (I couldn't fine a bad one) The one thing I would tell you is that we were unhappy with the Bingo pricing. $64 for a machine that has been paid for over and over again, and they don't have the ball machine anymore, it's computerized !!!!! and you only play THREE games ??? Not a great return on value. I won't be going back to that. That being the only thing. STILL Love cruising on RCCL. Doing again in January 2017, and August and December. Worth the money, to not have to drive and find fun somewhere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My best friend and I planned this cruise with our husbands to celebrate our 25th anniversary of our friendship, my 20th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday - all a year early because of the great deal we got. We chose this ship ... Read More
My best friend and I planned this cruise with our husbands to celebrate our 25th anniversary of our friendship, my 20th wedding anniversary and my 50th birthday - all a year early because of the great deal we got. We chose this ship because it was my dream ship to go on. I didn't really think I was going to enjoy the itinerary because I have done these locations so many times, but boy was I surprised! First of all, this ship is gigantic, however, after 1 day we knew exactly where everything was. I have never booked shore excursions through the ship (because I was always told they aren't worth it), let me tell you! The excursions we took were so awesome I would totally recommend using the ship. We did a snorkle and honeymoon beach in St. Thomas and 'The Amazing Race' in St. Maarteen, I have never had so much fun in my life...and I snorkeled for the first time ever! The race in St. Maarteen was led by Tri-Sports Eco Tours and they were outstanding, I saw parts of the island and learned so much more than I ever have in my past visits. The food and wait staff on Oasis was beyond..Francesco and his team at table 345 were absolutely the best! They went above and beyond every night in the American Grille. (we begged and pleaded to sit in their section even with our reserved time - they are totally worth the wait) If you have the opportunity to be taken care of by them, please tell them Janice, Cathy, Erik and Mike all say hello! I cannot wait for our next cruise. I really love Royal Carribbean, this was my third cruise with them and I have never been disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We were worried about the size of this ship but found that the way it was divided into organized sections and all of the cozy bars and lounges, the solarium and the fact that we never ate in the main dining room made it feel intimate ... Read More
We were worried about the size of this ship but found that the way it was divided into organized sections and all of the cozy bars and lounges, the solarium and the fact that we never ate in the main dining room made it feel intimate enough for us. We loved the atmosphere and energy of the ship as well as the abundance of activities and shows. I enjoyed the shopping and art auction. My husband liked watching football on the huge outdoor screen in the aqua theater. We ate breakfast and lunch at the buffets,Park Cafe and Sorrentos and found it all to be fresh, tasty, enough of a variety and not overly crowded at any given time. For dinner we only ate at specialty restaurants. We especially enjoyed Chef's Table, 150 Central Park, Chops Grille and Coastal Kitchen. Giovanni's was very good but not over the top. Sabor was casual and fun with good food and great margaritas. Izumi Hibachi was entertaining but the food was mediocre. Our only disappointment was the ports. The beach in Labadee was average and very rocky. We did an excursion in Jamaica to Dunns River Falls and a beach which was a nightmare. It was disorganized and chaotic and too far away. Someone in our group brought an 8 year old boy to hike the falls and the guide spent the entire time focused on making sure the child was safe therefore being unable to help or guide anyone else. We didn't get any food until 4:00 in the afternoon and we were served with no silverware or napkins. We were late getting back so the bus driver was speeding back on dark, windy streets for an over 2 hour ride. It was terrible. In Cozumel we had planned an excursion but decided to just walk around the port instead which was very nice. Guest services was helpful and we never waited too long. I love the photography but our one complaint is that some families wanted many poses and combinations of people and it made the wait unreasonable. The photographers should have a cut off when there is a long line of people waiting and those families should be encouraged to have photo sessions in the studio. Our stateroom attendant Iwayan was amazing. We had a junior suite which we loved but decided for our next cruise to go back to a regular balcony. We didn't need that much space and the difference in price is considerable. But it felt like paradise. My only complaint is the lobby areas on the decks especially by the stairs had very stained and worn out carpet with a funky smell. I'm sure it's hard to keep up with it with so much traffic but those carpets should probably be shampooed between cruises if not replaced more frequently. Having said that, we were constantly impressed with how clean the bathrooms were in the public areas. We also highly recommend the luggage valet. It made the debarkation smooth and fast. I was nervous our bags would not show up but they were at our destination as promised. Overall, we had a wonderful time and booked another cruise on the Allure for next year. We recommend this class of ship and don't be put off by the size. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Chose this cruise to go to St. Maarten since we like that Port. Our cruise contained 3 ports but this is our favorite. Beautiful weather in mid November. Our Stateroom (Junior Suite) was fantastic and included a walk-in closet which ... Read More
Chose this cruise to go to St. Maarten since we like that Port. Our cruise contained 3 ports but this is our favorite. Beautiful weather in mid November. Our Stateroom (Junior Suite) was fantastic and included a walk-in closet which was a real bonus for clothing and luggage storage. The food and service in our dining room was fantastic, all areas of the ship were very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We have been on at least 6 cruises and four of which have been on Royal Caribbean so we knew that we could expect a great cruise, excellent service and food. We did not dine in any of the additional restaurants on this trip. We are not gamblers so we have no comments on the casino. Food and service in the Windjammer was also excellent. Oasis of the Seas is a very large ship so the Windjammer restaurant was always very busy even though other included restaurants are available. In spite of the large number of Windjammer diners, we were never required to stand in line to get into the dining room. We were very satisfied with the cruise, the ship and the cruise line and would recommend RC to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is clean and our cabin had more than ample room for my husband and me. We are thrilled that the bathrooms now are a bit larger and that the showers have a glass door. No more fighting with the ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship. It is clean and our cabin had more than ample room for my husband and me. We are thrilled that the bathrooms now are a bit larger and that the showers have a glass door. No more fighting with the dreaded shower curtain! The hidden treasure for us on the ship was the Solarium. Cruise Critic had suggested to head there for lunch as opposed to the Windjammer café where everyone else would be. That was true and the food was tasty. Outside of the Solarium eatery is an adult only area with chase lounges, tables, hot tubs and lovely wicker furniture. We found that we spent most of our time relaxing in this area as it was quiet and had a beautiful view of the water and was breezy as well. The dining experience was outstanding. We had dinner each night at Silk. Our waiters Armand and Alberto became like family to us and met every need we had before we even knew we needed something. We had signed up for My Time dining and the first night of the cruise there was a 90 minute wait. We did not realize that we had to have reservations. It was a nightmare. We immediately went to the dining room and were switched to the 8pm dining which was perfect. We could have a relaxing dinner while not feeling hurried for the next group to come in. After dinner we would see shows or go to events. We highly recommend "Come Fly With Me" "Frozen in Time" & Quest. We chose not to attend "CATS" as we had heard other passengers say they did not care for it and left at intermission. The street parade the last evening was so much fun. The service was outstanding. Every crew member greeted you in a friendly and kind manner. We did 3 excursions. In Nassau we did the Blue Lagoon Sea Lion interaction. It was wonderful and the Sea Lions were a riot. We just loved it and the 40 minute boat ride to the excursion was beautiful. We would have liked for the captain of the excursion boat to point out some areas along the water other than the Atlantis resort. In St.Thomas we participated in the Megan's Bay Beach excursion. It is a beautiful beach. The best part of the excursion was the wild and fun trolley ride up and down the mountain. The water and beach were beautiful. In St Maarten we took part in the Yacht Race and it was the highlight of the trip to be part of the crew of "Stars and Stripes" an Americus Cup winner for 12 years in a row. The crew trained us very well. My husband got dehydrated from not drinking enough water and passed out and the crew was more than attentive. They were right on top of things and got him hydrated. After the race the tender took us right to the boat so that my husband (who is young and fit) would not have to walk 20 minutes back to the ship. We did not travel with children. We weren't even aware of many children we had only 200 children on the cruise. One point of concern was the embarkation and disembarkation. It was a mad house! It was very unorganized and the lines moved slow and dreadfully long. Make sure you are aware of this. We last cruise in 2011 and you pulled up, your luggage was taken and on the ship you went. That doesn't happen with over 5,000 people trying to get on the ship. Once we were on the ship the Promenade was very overwhelming. Take a deep breath and don't let it overwhelm you. In a few days you will be very familiar with the ship and there is always someone close by to direct you. For your carry on, bring something that has wheels. We had to lug 2 carry on bags for quite a long time and long distance in line. A rolling bag would have made things very easy. When disembarking make sure to find a porter. They will retrieve your bags, get you through customs easily and take the bags to your car. We tipped $20 and it was worth every single penny as we would have been at least 3 hours getting through customs. This is our second cruise with Royal Caribbean and our 1st on Oasis of the Seas. We would never cruise with another line ever! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This ship is beyond my expectations. The entertainment was simply fabulous!!! much more than other ships we have been on and the many pools, jacuzzis, table tennis and lawn tennis gave us a chance to be entertained outdoors. Central ... Read More
This ship is beyond my expectations. The entertainment was simply fabulous!!! much more than other ships we have been on and the many pools, jacuzzis, table tennis and lawn tennis gave us a chance to be entertained outdoors. Central park was amazing we felt like we were on land. The plants were real!!! It was a great place to sit and quietly read play cards or do whatever. There were even birds on board! I also like that we had a variety of places to eat. Oh! the inside rooms even had a couch and fridge that is how large the rooms are! The entire ship is clean and smelled great even though there is a designated area for smokers in the Casino. Put on your walking shoes because this ship is HUGE! We had a fantastic time. We were able to get on and off this ship effortlessly and they provided coffee and donuts for those who did not want to go to the Windjammer the morning we debarked. Bon voyage!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We choose this cruise primarily for two reasons, Ist It was a retirement cruise and 2nd it was a class reunion cruise. We enjoyed the layout of the cruise ship (Oasis of the Seas), especially Central park, the jogging track, our balcony on ... Read More
We choose this cruise primarily for two reasons, Ist It was a retirement cruise and 2nd it was a class reunion cruise. We enjoyed the layout of the cruise ship (Oasis of the Seas), especially Central park, the jogging track, our balcony on our stateroom. The shows were fantastic and kept us entertained. Our waiter was awesome, he really made us feel at home with his down to earth hospitality. My best excursion was in Labadee, Haiti at the Dragon Zip line. What a view of the ship from the platform, at first it took off slow , but midway the acceleration was intriguing. Our excursion at Falmouth, Jamaica Heritage Society was awesome, not only did we got our exercise for the day, but we enjoyed the history and sights of Falmouth, Jamaica. At Costa Maya, Mexico, our off-road jeep excursion was really great, navigating through the jungle and then taking a break to eat some Mexican cuisine was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We booked this cruise on Royal Caribbean about a year ago. It was exciting to be on the Oasis out of its first sailing out of Port Canaveral. We were celebrating two birthdays and an anniversary. Our family gave us specialty restaurants ... Read More
We booked this cruise on Royal Caribbean about a year ago. It was exciting to be on the Oasis out of its first sailing out of Port Canaveral. We were celebrating two birthdays and an anniversary. Our family gave us specialty restaurants gifts and we enjoyed both - CHOPS was amazing. Walking though Central Park was so enjoyable. We went to the Ice Show which was excellent. The shows were very good. The CATS performance was excellent but a bit too long. You really didn't feel like you were on with 6000+ passengers. There are enough activities that keep folks spread out. Disembarkation was not the best for wheelchair folks. We waited hours and when we went off I could not see any problem and it was quick and efficient. We were the only wheelchair in line. Really poor communications were the only reason I could see for the delay. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Where to start... This was our first time on Oasis and on a ship of this size. We never once felt like we were crowded on the ship! The muster stations were indoors (at least all of the ones that we could see) which was nice since you ... Read More
Where to start... This was our first time on Oasis and on a ship of this size. We never once felt like we were crowded on the ship! The muster stations were indoors (at least all of the ones that we could see) which was nice since you didn't stand around in the Florida heat waiting on everyone to arrive. Our cabin, 9254 was wonderful and our steward took care of all of our needs. My husband told him I loved the animals that were left at night so he made sure I received extras and I had quite the collection by the end of the cruise. We dined in the Coastal Kitchen for most of our meals. It was a great option and I would recommend it if you are a suite guest. We did go to four specialty restaurants. We felt like they ranked in this order from best to worst: Izumi, Chops,150 Central Park, and Giovanni's. The entertainment onboard the ship was amazing! We truly enjoyed every show (except for Cats as we didn't find the nearly 3 hours needed to enjoy the Broadway show). There is live music everywhere you turn. Visit Central Park to escape the cruise ship and feel like you are truly in a park! Our service was great throughout the cruise. We did make our first ever complaint about something that we observed happen on the ship and we were amazed at the response we received from the crew regarding our concern. Our first stop was Labadee. It was a beautiful stretch of beach and we LOVED the zipline! We went to Jamaica next and booked our own excursion to the Blue Hole (amazing!). We decided to enjoy the ship instead of Cozumel and are glad we did. We didn't book another cruise when we left, but that is due to our family growing in the next year. We felt it best to wait and get our lives stabilized again before jumping back onto the Oasis, but we will 100% do it again. This was our 5th cruise and by far our favorite to date! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was traveling with my wife from Las Vegas, Nevada and we met up with 6 friends on board the ship Oasis of the Seas. Our journey to Ft. Lauderdale was eventful in itself, but we were determined to get there. At the time of our sailing ... Read More
I was traveling with my wife from Las Vegas, Nevada and we met up with 6 friends on board the ship Oasis of the Seas. Our journey to Ft. Lauderdale was eventful in itself, but we were determined to get there. At the time of our sailing hurricane Matthew was battering the east coast of Florida. We had 2 flights that were canceled and we finally flew into New Orleans, La and rented a car to drive for 13 hours to Ft. Lauderdale. It was a long drive but by the time we got there the hurricane had already passed. The sailing was delayed by 3 hours so that more passengers could make it to ship (which I though was a very thoughtful move on the part of RCI) for this sailing. Once on board we were greeted with enthusiasm and warmth by the crew. The check-in process was painless and quick, which was a blessing after our journey to get there. We met up with the rest of our group at the Windjammer Cafe and enjoyed a good meal to get us going for the rest of the night. Once we got into our room we got our carry on luggage settled in and then headed out to explore the ship. We were on the ship for a week and still didn't see everything it had to offer, this is a huge ship with tons of things to do and see. We dined in the main dining room for most of the week, as a group. The wait staff was amazing! I need to point out and shout out to Richard and Savio who were our waiters for most of the week and all 8 of us loved those guy! I can't say enough good things about the service we received from them and just that alone makes us all want to sail on the Oasis again. We had booked shows for every night but were only able to see 2 of them. We went to the Aqua Show with amazing high divers and gymnasts in a fantastic production that rivaled a Cirque du Soleil show back home. It is really amazing to see a show with that quality of production and danger while the ship is moving. The second show we saw was "Frozen in Time" which is an ice skating show based on the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. Another amazing production with world class athletes, dancers, and ice skaters. To think that these shows are included in the price of the cruise is crazy. We celebrated our anniversary on board which bring me to the only sore spot of the cruise. On day 1 while we were in the Windjammer there was a man who was taking reservations for Chops Grill the steakhouse restaurant. I made a reservation for the next night at 6:30pm for my wife and I to celebrate on the day of our anniversary, however, when I checked the next day to make sure the reservation time was correct, I discovered that the reservation had not been made. They didn't have any other availability for us that wouldn't interfere with the show that night, so I booked it for another night. I was quite disappointed in that, but when we went to the main dining room for dinner with our friends we had a great time thanks again to Richard and Savio. Our first stop was in Labadee, Haiti and was beautiful. There were some downsides to this port though. Because of the hurricane that had just devastated the island and took over 800 lives, the water was still churned up and had an unpleasant smell. The beach was still very nice and the staff in the port were friendly and helpful. Now if you are put off by pushy salespeople, this is not the place for you. I have traveled all over the Caribbean and these people are without a doubt the most aggressive with sales. I did make some purchases and I can say that if you pay the first price for anything that you got ripped off. I bought a carved black lacquer box that he quoted $60 and I paid $10. The second port was Falmouth, Jamaica. Another beautiful island, but with a much more laid back attitude. We made several purchases with no pressure and quality craftsmanship. While we were the we had lunch and I can't remember the name of the place but the food was fantastic. I do know that it was behind Margaritaville. The last port was in Cozumel, Mexico and yet another beautiful island. If you have the opportunity, go to the seminar on the ship the day before this port and you will get even more FREE stuff. We took a taxi to the end of the shopping district and walked back up while stopping in almost every store and received something free in almost every one of them. When the cruise was over the debarkation process just as painless as the embarkation. We would like to thank Royal Caribbean for making this an amazing vacation and we have already booked our next cruise with them. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and I have gone on several cruises and decided it was time to go on one that goes to Eastern Caribbean. We looked around and found the Oasis of the Seas going to the Eastern around the time we wanted to go so we booked it. We got ... Read More
My wife and I have gone on several cruises and decided it was time to go on one that goes to Eastern Caribbean. We looked around and found the Oasis of the Seas going to the Eastern around the time we wanted to go so we booked it. We got a Jr. Balcony suite on the 11th floor. Let me start by telling you the ship is amazing. There is a lot to do on the ship with the flow rider, rock climbing wall, zip line and carousel. We explored the ship daily and it seemed like we found new things all of the time. With all of the people on the ship I thought it would be crowded and hard to find seats for shows or a place to relax on the promenade but it wasn't. The ship has plenty of space to accommodate all of the people and not be packed in like a can of sardines. The only downfall with the ship itself was that there were a lot of international passengers on board. We like to be able to get to know people but it was a little harder when you don't speak the same language. Everyone was nice but there was a little language barrier when you tried to get to know them. In the past we have always had an interior room but on this cruise we decided to go with a Jr Suite since we were celebrating our anniversary. I think we spoiled ourselves to much on this trip. The room was great and our cabin steward Joel was very nice and took care of us. The food on board was good but we struggled with the staff at dinner time. They were nice but our main waiter wasn't scheduled to be on the boat until mid-week so the assistant waiter was the one taking care of us. On past cruises the waiter has always told us about the recommended dishes for the night. Our waiter wasn't able to do that and when we asked about dishes on the menu he wasn't able to tell us about them. The maitre d worked really hard in our area. She was helping all of the tables to make sure they were taken care of and people were happy. We went three nights and then decided to go to other places. One night we did the Windjammer and it was okay. The rest of the time we went to the Coastal Kitchen and it was really good. The service there was excellent. The first day we went to Windjammer for breakfast and the selection was good. They didn't have a fresh omelete station like the other ships do so I was a little disappointed. I asked a staff member about it and they let me know you could go to Wipeout and they had one. We went there on other days and the food selection was the same and you got a fresh omelete. We also did Johnny Rockets one morning and it was really good. They don't charge you for breakfast there. Lunch was a lot of different spots but nothing stands out. The entertainment on the ship was really good. Cats was the main show while we were on board. Besides the seating you couldn't tell the difference between Broadway and the ship. We were not disappointed at any of the shows. We had reservations for almost all of them but the ones we didn't we stood in the standby line and we were able to get in each time, even the comedy show. Our Shore excursions consisted of Island tours and going to the beach. In St Thomas we snorkeled from the beach. In St Maarten we went to Maho Beach and watched the planes land just over your head and the jumbo jets take off. It was fun watching people stand in the jet blast and see how powerful the blast is. Both islands were beautiful but my favorite was St. Thomas because it wasn't over-crowded and over developed. Our best excursion was the behind the scenes tour of the ship. It was a lot of fun seeing how the ship works and how they manage food, beverage and laundry. We also went up to the bridge where we were told how the equipment works and were able to meet the captain. The week we sailed was the same time Hurricane Mathew was in the Caribbean. When we left port I was worried that the seas would be rough and we would have to change ports. Our first port was Nassau and it was forecast to hit there. We were able to go there and then head out to St Thomas and on the way there the Captain went further east to miss the storm. On our way back to Ft Lauderdale we followed Mathew back up. The cruise was smooth all the way from start to finish. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
It was good. The elevators sucked....they had 12 elevators on both ends of the ship and we were passed by so many times after we pushed the button. It got to the point where we would push both the up and the down button and then ride down ... Read More
It was good. The elevators sucked....they had 12 elevators on both ends of the ship and we were passed by so many times after we pushed the button. It got to the point where we would push both the up and the down button and then ride down 1 to go up 5, if that makes sense. The food in the windjammer was ok for me, however my wife didn't like it. The shows that we did see were great and the ones that we did not see we heard were great from other passengers. The beds were great for both of us as long as we slept on either side of the bed.....not so good for spooning. Other than the negative things above we loved the ship. It was very big and a lot to walk. I have wanted to go on this ship since I saw it being built on tv. I can now cross it off my bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Wife wanted to cruise on this particular ship. The embarkation process went very smoothly and quickly, curb to ship in about 20 minutes. Luggage was delivered to our cabin within 3 hours. Ship is in very good condition and well ... Read More
Wife wanted to cruise on this particular ship. The embarkation process went very smoothly and quickly, curb to ship in about 20 minutes. Luggage was delivered to our cabin within 3 hours. Ship is in very good condition and well maintained. Food was very good, we tend to use the buffet for most meals. Went to dining room 1st night, service was slower than we like, so went to buffet for all remaining meals, good selection, high quality and taste. Had a balcony cabin overlooking Central Park, deck 10 mid-ship, too much noise from the pools at times but nothing really bothersome. Cabin service was great, timely and unobtrusive. Entertainment on board was very good (we didn't care for CATS), but the ice show was excellent. Other activities were very good with good access and mostly short lines. Never felt crowded on this ship anymore than any other ship even though it's so big and carries so many passengers. This cruise deviated from the intended itinerary due to a "medical emergency" and weather, but that's the risk of cruising in late August. Substituted San Juan for St. Thomas and Labadee for St. Kitts. Labadee is really great if you are a beach person, plenty of activities, great water/beaches and good food service. Also some shopping opportunities. End of cruise debarkation process was much better than I expected. Overall Royal Caribbean is doing a great job on this ship, great staff, great service, culture focused on the guests and their needs. Had the usual shopping opportunities, which at times are annoying (at least to me). Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise line largely in part because of all the amenities on the ship. We have three teenagers who a the time were 14, 16, and 18 so having the Flowrider, the slides, zip line, pools and size of the ship were huge for them. ... Read More
We chose this cruise line largely in part because of all the amenities on the ship. We have three teenagers who a the time were 14, 16, and 18 so having the Flowrider, the slides, zip line, pools and size of the ship were huge for them. We went to St Maartin, San Juan, and Labadee none of which any of us had been so this was also a consideration when booking. We looked at all the dining options and loved what seemed to come as part of the package and were planning on a couple of upcharge restaurants as well. All in all this seemed to be exactly what we were looking for in a ship. Then tragedy struck and our youngest son broke 7 bones in his foot and bones in both hands two weeks before the cruise. Even though we had insurance on the trip something like this is not covered. So here we go on the cruise with a kid on a scooter and both hands in casts. To no fault of the ship this did put a damper on many of the things we'd planned, not to mention he is our adventurist (which is how he got hurt in the first place) so the flowrider, rock climbing, etc went virtually unexplored. But back to the ship itself. During the week we dined at two of the upcharge restaurants and were planning trying a third but we tried the Icon Restaurant (included in the cruise) and the kids all loved it and wanted to come back the next night, then this turned into the rest of the week. Our waiter there was wonderful, got to know the entire family and was just serving us as we sat down because he knew what we'd want to drink for the most part, etc. We loved all the daily activities, game shows, aqua theater, and so much more. There was just so much to do at all times. My wife and I taught our oldest daughter black jack and she really racked up on our initial buy ins winning about $500 for the week. I booked a salt scrub couples massage and it was one of the best I've ever had; we love couples massages and this one far surpassed expectations. The ports of call were all a lot of fun. We had excursions planned for two of the portss and both were a blast. We did an amazing race in St Maartin, zip lined in Haiti, and walked/shopped old town San Juan. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We just got back a couple of days ago from our 7 night trip on the Oasis of the Seas. Let me start by saying that I write very long reviews on our cruises, mainly because I personally like to read them and learn as much as possible before ... Read More
We just got back a couple of days ago from our 7 night trip on the Oasis of the Seas. Let me start by saying that I write very long reviews on our cruises, mainly because I personally like to read them and learn as much as possible before going on a ship. So, someone else who is like me will get something from this, I hope. Otherwise, you may just want to hear that, yes, we had a wonderful time. The ship is incredible. It is NOT crowded all the time. There are plenty of places to go to get away from the people. The food was great, and we were happy with the service. We would most definitely go again, especially if we were to take our children next time. Embarkation went fairly smoothly for us. We parked at the Embassy Suites (we live just a few dozen miles from the port) and had a shuttle to the port. Once we got to the port, it was crazy because there were the remnants of the people getting off of the ship. Check-in was very quick, and we waited in a waiting area for perhaps 15 minutes, at the most. Once we got on, I was slightly overwhelmed by how crowded it was. However, other than the final night, I didn’t feel claustrophobic after that. The muster drill was the most interesting I’ve ever experienced in my fifteen or sixteen cruises. First, I must point out that they started making people go to their spots fifteen minutes early, which was annoying because nature was calling! Our spot was the Opal Theater, and there was a group travelling that had been part of a Broadway touring group. One of the guys started singing, people started clapping and it was hilarious. Plus, they had a silly video about washing your hands. The people in the station didn’t know what to think of it all! The whole public area was PACKED following the muster station. As the ship left, you could get incredible views of miles of beaches from deck 16. However, I would suggest another spot because it was pretty crowded along the rail. Disembarkation was pretty good. We got off fairly early, with number 9. I think we were called off around 8:15. A good bit of luggage was out by then. We waited maybe 15 minutes in line to get out, and go through customs. It wasn’t too crazy outside of the terminal. The ship is enormous. It was somewhat overwhelming at first, but after we walked around a good bit of it, we got a feel for where everything was. My husband really liked the “Royal Promenade.” Both of us enjoyed people watching from Sorrento’s or the Café Promenade in the evenings; it was very entertaining. I especially liked the Central Park area. It is quite lovely and quiet. There’s a great spot to get pictures of couples, just under the pergolas. Everything is well maintained and so clean throughout. There are several pools, and until the final day, they never seemed too crowded. Sometimes the hot tubs got a little full, but you could usually find a spot in one. Unlike some other ships, there was not a constant search for a pool side lounger. Although there were thousands of people on the ship, you could always find a quiet spot if you wanted to. One of our favorite spots was at the back of the ship, on deck five, where the track is. There are several wooden Adirondack chairs there, and it was always very quiet there, and we loved seeing the water at the back of the ship. We also found that the sun deck, on 14, has excellent views and is a very quiet spot, typically with few people. The library was PUNY, and I love to read; I’ve been on Carnival ships with bigger libraries! I had read a couple of reviews where people complained about the dining room food and just don’t get it. We found the dining room food to be excellent. We only ate in the Windjammer a few times during lunch (on port days). The food was good there. It was very busy there during breakfast, so we never went. They had a nice array of various choices, I thought and it was pretty quiet at lunchtime on port days. On the first day, you can go to the Windjammer. It was crazy busy in the Windjammer, but practically empty in the Solarium. They serve very healthy choices in there, and we enjoyed salads, salmon, paella, fruits, and really tasty granola bars that I think they make on the ship. The Solarium is also a good place for a quiet and quick breakfast, too. Park Café served breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and special sandwiches during lunch. My husband loved the beef on weck in there. You can get coffee there. Sorrento’s is open most of the day where you can get pizza. They always had pizzas made, and there were usually four choices. It was pretty good. My husband liked going by the Café Promenade for coffee a couple times a day. He would get his Seattle’s Best coffee, and was happy. I couldn’t believe the number of people who would stand in line to actually BUY coffee at Starbucks in the Royal Promenade! They also had premade sandwiches there in the Café. We only got them once, but they were very good. And, there were small desserts; the cheesecake lollipop was quite tasty. We ate in the American Icon Grill most mornings for breakfast and on the at sea days for lunch. They have a buffet during those times. We like ordering from the menu, though. It was sometimes kind of slow at breakfast time, but not bad during lunch. My husband insisted on going there for breakfast because he loves lox and bagels. The lunch menu food was quite good, especially cream of asparagus soup and the raspberry ganache tart. There was some type of really good chicken wrap. My husband and I always enjoy the cruise dining room for dinner. We both thought the food was excellent in the Grande. The only negative was that it was near the Casino, and the smoke would permeate the waiting area a little bit. Late seating (we were assigned) was TOO late for us, so we wound up going to the first seating; more on how that was managed later. The one negative on the food was that, if you ordered something that was topped with cheese, I found it to be too MUCH cheese. My husband really appreciated all of the seafood options. They served lobster tail on the second formal night. I especially enjoyed the different salads on the menu each night. And, the fruit dishes served at night were surprisingly good. I am a very good cook. With my work schedule, I don’t have time to make super fancy meals each night, but I feel that I’m a good judge of food, and really enjoyed it there in the Grande. The service we experienced on the ship was excellent. I had to go to the service desk a couple of times (for change and with a question about dinner times) and the people were friendly and helpful. Our room steward did an outstanding job. We are very neat and tidy, and she always snuck in there and made it spic and span each morning and evening. Dining room service in the Grande was wonderful. We spoke with someone the first morning who put us on a waiting list to be moved to second seating. However, there were so many requests, that they could not assign us a permanent table. We were told to come at 6 or 6:15 to see if they could get a table for us. Each night, the assistant manager checked the lists of guests dining in other locales, and made calls, and was able to get us a table for two in the Grande at the first seating. It really meant a lot to us that they worked to do that for us. Our server and the assistant server both did an excellent job of serving. They were positive, friendly, and provided smooth service each evening (we had the same servers all but two of the nights). There are many various activities on the ship. I never felt bored. We really enjoyed walking on the track; 2.4 times around make a mile. We walked a LOT; I actually lost a few pounds. I went to Broadway trivia, which was lots of fun. Both of us enjoyed just people watching, and visiting with people we met. We spent a lot of time by the pool reading and talking with each other, as well as other people, and we swam some. I have been on around 15 cruises and this ship had the BEST entertainment of any cruise ship. First, the comedians on the first night were just okay, so we didn’t go to any other comedy shows. The Oasis of Dreams Aqua Show was incredible. My husband was in complete awe, and I couldn’t believe the talent of the divers. I really enjoyed the Frozen in Time ice show. Surprisingly, it was not cold in that theater. Be careful to not sit behind the pole so you have a clear line of vision. It was a wonderful show. The group VoicePlay was part of “Headliner Showtime.” They were very talented and it was a fun program. “Come Fly With Me” was the closest to the typical cruise fare entertainment I am used to seeing. Some of the singing was off pitch. There was one singer who was really good. The acrobatics were impressive and the aerialists were absolutely amazing. I nearly had a heart attack watching them, it was so nerve wracking. What was interesting was, the next day, we went into a shop near the WipeOut Café, and the lead guy from the show was in there working as a sales clerk. Finally, I saw “Cats” on the final day. It had been rescheduled. It is a rather tough to follow show, and several people left during intermission. The second half is the best part, too. I had the entire show memorized years ago when it was on Broadway, and saw it on Broadway. The dancing and singing were very well choreographed. I found the quality of the performers to be outstanding. The lady playing Grizabella had a voice that blew me away! Plus, I got to get my picture taken with Old Deuteronomy during the intermission. I was a music major and am a music teacher and feel I am a good judge of performances. There were some small instrumental groups playing around the ship that were very good, as well. We booked this trip during a promotion going on with Vacations to Go. We got a really great deal, so we felt that the value we received was very good. I would definitely go on this ship again, but would take our three kids with us because there is so much that they would enjoy (zip line, basketball court, ice skating, flowrider, great entertainment etc). I would say it’s a ship that you book for the ship, over the ports. Labadee was a beautiful place. We got off the ship pretty early, so things were fairly quiet when we got to Nellie’s Beach. We even got shade. You do not need to pay for beach chairs; they are included at all the spots on the island. The sand is soft at Nellie’s and there were no rocks. My husband snorkeled and that was okay there because some areas in the water were sort of grassy (we bring our own gear). I enjoyed swimming in the clear water. It gets very hot there. Adrenaline Beach is under the giant zip lines. The water there was very silty, so not good snorkeling. The Artisan area has poor, pushy, desperate salesman. You can take trams to the beaches, but we just walked. This is a nice stop if you have kids because you can just enjoy the beaches. There are buffets set up at different areas. We actually headed back to the ship to eat because it was SO hot! In Falmouth, we checked out the town. Normally, we’d go to Dunn’s River Falls, but have already been there three times. There is a nice bit of shopping in the port area. When you leave the port area, you will find a rather run down, old town. My husband was on a search for Blue Mountain Coffee, and he wound up finding a small supermarket that sold ground High Mountain Coffee for $10 a pound, so he bought that. There are historical buildings and such in Falmouth; it’s just a shame that it hasn’t been maintained better. Another place that was SO HOT, and we live in South Florida. We have been to Cozumel several times. We always just go to Chankanaab State Park, which is about 10 minutes away. The taxi ride for 1-4 people is $12 each way. The park costs $21 for adults to enter, and we always use the $2 coupons from the website, so it’s $19 a person. There is excellent snorkeling, a sea lion show, beach chairs, a long beach (man made but with good views), a crocodile sanctuary, botanical gardens, and food for purchase. They are not pushy at all there, which we appreciate. The shopping in the International Pier area is good if you are looking for inexpensive. We got the best deals in the “Le Best Cozumel” for shirts for our kids. There’s a flea market (at least that’s what they call it) on the second floor and one store had really beautiful dishes for sale. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and I have to say, it was spectacular! I think we might be those people that end up getting addicted and go on cruises several times a year (At least I hope we do)! Oasis of the Seas was a spectacular ship! You will never get bored and we only wish that we were able to stay longer so we could have seen more of the ship. Believe it or not, there were things we were discovering even on the last day of the trip! To do this review justice...I will talk about some specific things about the cruise. Embarkation was a BREEZE! We arrived around 11 am and I cannot tell you how thrilled I was that it was less than 15 minutes and we were on board. However, disembarkation was hardly as nice. We ended up getting stuck in the opal theater for hours waiting for our number to be called. Now, one of our favorite topics....food! We did 'my time dining' and will probably continue to make that choice in the future. Our dining room was the American Icon Grille and I can say it was fantastic! It was no Chops (which we went to one night and cannot say enough amazing things about it...it is worth every penny!) but it was high quality food and service. We never left hungry! All in all, our cruise was fantastic. We would do it again in a heartbeat! We got back home on a Sunday night and by Monday we were already planning our next cruise, which we are going on next March. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My wife and I were really looking forward to this cruise. Ever since our first cruise on Liberty of The Seas, Royal Caribbean has had us hooked! Once we finally booked the cruise, the fact that we were going on an Oasis class ship took a ... Read More
My wife and I were really looking forward to this cruise. Ever since our first cruise on Liberty of The Seas, Royal Caribbean has had us hooked! Once we finally booked the cruise, the fact that we were going on an Oasis class ship took a long time to set in. Along with our cruise, we booked a 5 night dining package, premium drink package, and VOOM streaming Internet for one device. Normally we wouldn't buy internet on a cruise but we left our 6 month old at home with his grandma. Embarkation I had read about how smooth embarkation is on Oasis and Allure and how huge Terminal 18 is, and sure enough, all the rumors are true. Terminal 18 is huge and super efficient. We pulled up around 12:30pm and porters stapled our preprinted luggage tags to our bags, we tipped them and moved to the terminal. From the time we got in line to go through customs, to the moment we stepped foot on the ship was about 25 mins. Quick, efficient, and very pleasing considering this ship can hold north of 6000 passengers. Unless things change with security or RCI staffing in the terminal, expect a speedy and efficient embarkation. Cabin For our room, we booked a Central Parkview balcony room. Upon booking, we had several concerns. One was noise from the pool deck/park below. Noise was not an issue at all. When the balcony do is closed, 90% of the outside noise goes away. The only time you hear much of anything is when the band is playing at the pool on days at sea (which probably means you shouldn't be in your room long anyway). You do hear the simulated noise of birds chirping during the day, and crickets at night. I believe the simulated noises are on a timer and turn off during quiet hours (1am-8am I think). There was plenty of space to store everything we brought. We packed 4 suitcases (I know it's a lot :/ ) and were able to fit all of them under the bed once we unpacked. The bathroom is small as expected in a standard stateroom. Dining As previously mentioned, we bought the 5 night dining package, which we both agreed was an excellent value, especially on a ship that has an incredible amount of dining options. We ate in the dining room on the first and sixth nights. After reading previous reviews, we both had low expectations of the food and service in the dining room. Those low expectations were definitely met. We absolutely loved the table we sat at and actually made friends with another couple who we saw multiple times everyday on the cruise. However, the service was very slow. I'm talking 45 mins to bring out your appetizers slow. I'm talking an hour and half to bring out your main course slow. Our dining time was 8:30 and on both days we weren't out of the dining room any earlier than 10:45. Not to mention, neither of our waiters were that great. Especially compared to Freedom OTS and Liberty OTS. I couldn't even tell either of their names. Now the specialty restaurants, those are a totally different story. We had very high expectations for everywhere we ate, and all exceeded expectations, especially 150 Central Park. Our waiter at 150 Central Park, whose name was Julien, made sure that our dining experience there was incredible. We were greeted by name when we sat down and immediately served bread with unsalted butter and 6 different salts from around the world. Following the bread was a 6 course meal that I would've happily paid $100-$200 per person for on land because the service and the food was that good. The atmosphere of the the restaurant was also excellent. Very formal, very intimate. So damn good, that we actually ate their twice and requested the same waiter. Giovanni's Table, which serves family style Italian was also excellent. When I saw lamb chops on the menu, my eyes lit up like the 4th of July. They were some of the finest lamb chops a person could ever had at sea or on land. My wife had jumbo shrimp which was also to die for. Izumi was our least favorite, but that does not mean it wasn't great. My wife had their sushi which was great while I had the hibachi. I love that they make the fried rice with a very light amount of soy sauce and let you add extra soy sauce on your own if you want it. The chefs were a lot more energetic than any hibachi restaurant I've eaten at on land. Izumi is a very small and popular hibachi and sushi place, so if you want to eat there book it online or as soon a you board. Then of course, there is Chops who serves some of the best steaks and seafood at sea. Excellent as always. Our waiter Relish (pronounced RelEEsh) was very professional and took very good care of us. Long story short, if you budget allows it, I highly highly highly recommend you purchase some kind of dining package and eat at the specialty restaurants. They are well worth the money, and service in the dining room doesn't even compare. Plus, who doesn't want to eat in Central Park!? Also, we called Sabor the best kept secret on the ship. Every time we ate there it was just fabulous. We always had the same waiter whose name was Joel and he always treated us very well. Their table side guacamole was just fantastic, the margaritas, fantastic, the tacos, fantastic. We usually always ate lunch there. It is an a la cartel menu, but we usually paid about $12 because we shared everything. As for the Windjammer (A.K.A. the Excuse Me Cafe), for a ship this it was pretty small. You are constantly almost colliding with people or saying excuse me to someone who won't even hear you because they can make up their mind on whether they want chicken marsala or beef stroganoff. Ship spaces If you've done any kind of research on Oasis class ships, you'll know that they divide the ship into 7 different areas they like to call neighborhoods. RCI practically throws it in your face. The size of the ship may seem overwhelming (believe me looking at it when you arrive to the terminal definitely makes you feel that way), but the neighborhood concept makes the ship very easy to navigate. Even my wife who is awful at directions was able to find her way around by the end of day 2. The neighborhood concept is also brilliant because it makes it feel like there isn't actually 6000+ people on the ship. Pools areas can get busy on sea days, but we never had an issue with finding a chair. Expect long lines for popular activities on sea days like the Flowrider (especially the surfing side), Ziplining, and a Rock climbing. Central Park is by far our favorite space. It's very quiet and beautiful and offers an endless amount of photo ops especially at night! However, when going through the aft doors at night in Central Park, be very careful because the floor gets slippery. This warning is especially for women wearing heels. We saw few very cartoonish and tragic falls during our cruise. The warm humid air coming from the outside into the cool air of the ship creates condensation on the floors so watch out! The promenade was beautiful and had plenty of shopping and entertainment. There was seemingly always live music playing somewhere whether it was Boleros, On Air, Globe and Atlas pub, or above the promenade. The boardwalk was best kept secret of the ship. It is nowhere near as busy as some other areas of the ship are. In this areas, there's Ben and Jerry's icecream, the carousel, a souvenir shop wish a candy shop attached, Sabor, the Aqua Theatre, Rock Climbing, and an arcade. This area also looks spectacular at night, but I feel like the area is missing something and that's why traffic is always light there. Our other favorite spot was the Solarium. It is always quiet there, and you can get enough of a breeze without worrying about strong headwinds because the area is mostly covered by glass. There was a late night dance party hosted here one night as well as the Boardwalk. If you are looking only to soak up some sun with some peace and quiet, head to the sundeck all the way forward on deck 14. You'll take the stairs or elevator to deck 14, head towards the port side hallway, and walk forward towards the bow. If it is windy, the deck will not be open, but otherwise it is a nice quiet spot. 4/7 we were on the ship, there was absolutely no headwind so that area was very nice if you wanted peace and quiet. Entertainment and Activities If you are looking for a ship that has the most in entertainment options, look no further. The onboard activities are seemingly endless. The worst thing you can do for your cruise vacation is trying to pack too many activities into your day. All it does is create stress on you and tire you so much that you won't make it past dinner. When your stateroom attendant leaves a cruise compass in your room, review the activities carefully and put a star by the ones you're most interested in and multiple stars by the ones you don't want to miss. For example, some of my favorite activities involve competitions like the Best of The Best Flowrider, dodgeball, pool volleyball, the belly flop competition, and the worlds sexiest man (all of which I competed in. Can you guess which one I won? lol). The Oasis of Dreams show at the Aqua Theatre completely blew my mind. The fact that a show like this is able to take place on a ship, let alone at all is just amazing. There are lights, music, floating performers, a divers that jump probably about 60 feet from the top of the Aqua Theatre. We skipped out on Cats because we heard it was an incredibly long production. 3 hours on a cruise ship on a sea day can go a long way, plus it was during the Flow Rider competition. There is always something going on the ship whether it's dancing at Boleros, Dazzles, or Blaze, or trivia, even the live musicians that frequent the pool deck, central park, or the promenade. If you find yourself bored on Oasis of The Seas it is 100% your fault. There is plenty to do for all ages and all different personality types. Service I will make this easy and say the only place we didn't receive good service was in the main dining room. How could you provide good service when you potentially have to feed up to 6000 people between 6pm and 11pm? Service everywhere else was excellent, especially in the specialty restaurants. We did run into a bit of product pedaling at Sabor on day 1, but damn it I'm glad he did pedal those margaritas because they were very good! Our stateroom attendant Stevo was excellent, he was always interested in what we just got done doing, how we liked it, and what we were doing next. Ports of Call We didn't see any shore excursions that we were interested in or that we hadn't done on previous cruises, so for this cruise we did not book anything through Royal Caribbean. Our first shore visit was Nassau, Bahamas, and I wish we never got off of the ship. It was a very short visit. We were only docked from 7am-2pm. We wanted to go to Atlantis, but we figured by the time we spend $150 per person and get there, it'd be time to head back to the ship, basically wasting our money. We decided to go to a beach not far from the pier. When we got off, we had to brave an area that I like to call The Gauntlet. About a half of a mile of being bombarded by salespeople selling fake designer bags, fake jewelry, cigars, one after another after another. You'd figure that they'd realize that they're the 9th person in line trying to see fake designer bags. When we got the beach, there was no let up either. Men constantly asking us if we wanted to rent chairs and umbrellas, buy drinks, or rent kayaks. The beach was rocky, and trash kept washing ashore. We got off of the ship at about 9:30am and were back onboard by 11am. If a future cruise stopped here again, we wouldn't dare get off of the ship. Our second shore visit was St. Thomas. Here, we decided to go to the world famous Magen's Bay. It was very easy to find a cab, but the cab ride to the beach was the highlight of this shore visit. It was honestly the my questionable, sketchy cab ride ever. These cabs are basically pickup trucks with benches in the beds that seat about 35-30 people. Now picture something like that winding through relatively large mountains at speeds of 35-55mph. Combine that with a driver who didn't seem to know what a STOP sign was and how to navigate a vehicle through one. Everyone is the cab was losing their minds! Once we arrived, the beach was beautiful, but crowded. We found a quiet spot along the rocks to snorkel and swim. This was absolutely one of the most beautiful beaches I've been to. When you look out to the end of the bay, there is a perfectly placed island. It was almost like something that could be a default desktop background on a brand new PC. The cab ride back wasn't as bad as the ride to the beach. Overall, the round trip for my wife and I cost $50. $10 per person each way, and $5 per person to access the beach. Our last port of call was Sint Maarten. I had heard nothing but great things about this shore visit so I was very excited. When we got off of the ship, we stopped at the visitor center right in the cruise port and inquired about a snorkeling excursion. Once we told them we were interested, we were taken to a cab and taken to a snorkel shop about 5 mins away. Our driver was very friendly and informed us of how friendly everyone on the island was. On the way to the shop, the driver was honking and waving at people and my wife asked "so do you know the people you're waving at?" He replied "no, I just see them around often." That would set the tone for the rest of the day. We got to Blue Bubbles' shop where we each paid $65 which included snorkeling, access to paddle boards, kayaks, Mullet Bay Beach, unlimited rum punch and snacks and a meal for $10 extra (i think it should just be $75 and everyone gets food). The staff was incredibly friend, informative, and concerned about safety. There were about 12 of us on a fairly large boat, and we were all different ages ranging from 1 year old to 50 years old. There is plenty of snorkel gear including lifebelts, life vests, and boogie boards to keep people who aren't strong swimmers above water. At the first stop, we swam past a floating tiki bar where we saw colorful fish, a plane wreck, a submarine wreck, a helicopter wreck, and a ship wreck. It's a pretty decent swim to get to the wrecks, so if you're not a strong swimmer let the staff know and they will provide you with a floatation device. On the way to the next stop, the staff breaks out the rum punch (natural fruit punch for those under 21 years old) and the snacks. They play nice relaxing music, and give passengers an opportunity to drive the boat. No one else wanted to drive so I drove for about 20 mins lol. Just before we got to the second location, we passed Maho Beach and Princess Juliana Airport. We stopped at the adjacent beach named Mullet Bay Beach. It is a topless beach, but the staff parks the boat far enough out that any youth can't clearly make out topless women on the beach. This beach is where you go get food. You can either swim to the beach with a guide who will let them you you've paid for you food, or have the guide bring it to the boat. We decided to swim ashore and eat. The beach is beautiful and quiet, and the food is GOOD. We had chicken and ribs with rice and beans and a salad. The chicken and ribs were seasons with island spices. We spent a good chunk of time in Mullet Bay, which was nice because everyone had ample time to paddle board and kayak, or relax at the beach. When it's time to board the boat the captain will sound the whistle. Overall the excursion was about 5 hours. I'd certainly do it again. Disembarkation Our flight was 3pm so we were in no rush to get off of the ship. When we decided to do so, we were out on the curb in about 20 minutes. However, we did not get off when our luggage tag number was called. When they called our number, we waited about 30 mins and then got off. I believe this helped us not stand in line a ton or look for our bags along with hundreds of other people. When we got to the baggage claim area, ours was pretty much the only one left. So if your flight is a little later, take your time getting off of the ship. Overall I am looking forward to the day that we set sail on another Oasis class ship. I am also looking forward to bringing my son and his future sibling on an Oasis class ship. Plenty to do for families, great dining options, and an endless array of activities. For those with children, I also heard from multiple shipmates with kids that Adventure Ocean (the neighborhood of the ship where parents can take their kids) was awesome. I never felt like the ship was overcrowded and it never felt like there were actually 6000 people onboard. The only thing I would change is visiting Nassau as a port of call. Other than that, my wife and I had an incredible experience! Thanks Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had to fly in one day early in order to make it in time to board the ship, so we decided to explore Ft. Lauderdale as soon as we got in. It was a relaxing evening walking along the boardwalk and eating at Coconuts, a local restaurant ... Read More
We had to fly in one day early in order to make it in time to board the ship, so we decided to explore Ft. Lauderdale as soon as we got in. It was a relaxing evening walking along the boardwalk and eating at Coconuts, a local restaurant on the water, recommended by a local. The next morning, we took the 10 o'clock shuttle to the port and the excitement kicked in. It was very busy, but we were greeted right away and our luggage was tagged and stacked in the luggage bins upon our arrival. We walked right through the check-in without waiting (deck 11). The lower decks had long lines. We were surrounded by friendly people, so waiting to embark was pleasant. Boarding went smoothly, the staff was extremely friendly upon boarding and our room was ready right after we had lunch in Central Park. The ship was clean, our cabin was very nice with lots of storage space and a very large balcony. I would recommend bringing extra hangers for the closet even though there are lots in there. (I had taken someone else's advice to do so, and was glad to have extras). At first I was worried about where to store our 4 suitcases, but everything fit under the bed! Dining was great, we just did the main dining room for dinners and didn't feel the need to spend extra on the specialty restaurants. Our favorite breakfast was at Johnny Rocket's. The cafe in Central Park had salads, sandwiches, chips, and fruit cups; the Solarium had warm lunch (mashed potatoes, stew, fish, salad bar...). We quickly learned what different places were serving so we knew where to go depending on our cravings. The shows we saw were excellent (Come fly with Me, Headliner, and Aqua show). Our excursions were wonderful: Private Beach in St, Thomas was a dream come true! Gorgeous and just a few people with us. We even got to swim with a sea turtle! The kayak and snorkel tour on St. Maarten was great too. We didn't see a ton of bright tropical fish, but for my first time snorkeling in deep waters, it was nice not being overwhelmed by tons of fish. Nassau's Junkanoo Beach wasn't to my liking, so we took a taxi to the public beach by Atlantis. It was beautiful! St. Thomas and St. Maarten's ports were much cleaner. Service on the ship was excellent, we felt very well taken care of everywhere we went aboard. We were so pleased that we're talking about booking another cruise already. This was our first cruise and definitely not our last. We chose to cruise alone this time, but we are considering taking our 4 kids next time. From talking to other families, their kids had a blast! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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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