286 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Romantic Cruise Reviews

We have sailed with RCCL before but never on an Oasis class ship. I must say, whoever designed this ship is a genius. The ship was amazing, and even though there are around 6,000 people on board, it only once felt crowded. I'll ... Read More
We have sailed with RCCL before but never on an Oasis class ship. I must say, whoever designed this ship is a genius. The ship was amazing, and even though there are around 6,000 people on board, it only once felt crowded. I'll start from the beginning: Embarkation - as expected with this many people, getting through the line at security in the terminal took a while. However, once through security, the check-in was quick and easy. Ship - Incredible!!! Very clean and well designed. I did not notice it to be any more crowded (and sometimes less) than other cruises I have been on. Central Park is amazing. Dining - Main dining room for dinner had excellent food and great service. The buffets at the Windjammer are as expected. Decent quality and a very good variety. The other venues we ate at were also excellent. The Park Café had a really nice salad bar (you tell them what you want-they make it for you) and a fantastic signature roast beef sandwich. The Boardwalk Dog House had a variety of hot dogs and sausages that were all very good. Johnny Rockets had a great breakfast. We went to Sabor on the boardwalk for lunch one day and had the tableside guacamole, some tacos and margaritas and it was awesome! I am not a margarita drinker, but the waiter recommended a cucumber and jalapeno (yes that's right) margarita and it was fantastic. Cain - we had a balcony on deck 8. It was clean and comfortable. Service - Very good to excellent service throughout the ship. Our cabin steward was always cheery and provided service with a smile (and sometimes a song). Entertainment - This is where I think RCCL excels above others. There were a TON of things to do, and it was always top notch. We went to the comedy show (hilarious) and the other cruise ship staples (trivia, belly flop competition) We went to the Aqua Theater show and spent the whole time in awe of the amazing diving, synchronized swimming and acrobatics that we saw. I am NOT a musical theater goer at all, but we did go see Cats. Incredible production!! While not my cup of tea, I could truly appreciate the talent. Ports - See below. We have done this itinerary a number of times so except for me diving in Cozumel, we did not purchase any shore excursions for this cruise, but I will say that Royal sure knows how to move vast amounts of passengers around. We never waited in lines to get on or off the ship. Bottom Line - Fantastic cruise on a fantastic ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We sailed 06 FEB 2016 Eastern Caribbean and we had a great time. I found myself loving the ship more each day. We had a oceanview balcony cabin CAT D6 cabin # 11690. Nice and quiet, bed comfy and decent size shower with great water ... Read More
We sailed 06 FEB 2016 Eastern Caribbean and we had a great time. I found myself loving the ship more each day. We had a oceanview balcony cabin CAT D6 cabin # 11690. Nice and quiet, bed comfy and decent size shower with great water pressure. We sailed with a group of 37 and all enjoyed the cruise. We boarded the ship at 12pm but had to wait until 1pm to get to our cabins. Next time I will board a little later as it was crowded with everyone waiting. We had early dining at a table for 10 and at times found it hard to hear everyone as the dining room did get noisy. Food was very good with lots of choice. We had eaten breakfast in the dining room early on but later found we like the Central Park Cafe better. Just because you could sit outside and it felt like you were in a park. Loved it! I didn't see Cats ( had already seen it) but my husband did and he left at intermission but his 2 travel buddies stayed and they enjoyed it. Loved the other shows, Skating, Aqua theatre, Come Fly with Me, LOVED IT. So well done. The comedians were so good, my cheeks hurt so much from laughing. Our first day in Nassau unfortunately was cool and very windy. Never left the ship. Friends who did came right back. We enjoyed the Solarium and the travel and shopping talks. ST Thomas we stopped at a different pier than I had been before as the ship is to large. Took a "bus" into town I think it was $4.00 one way as it a bit of a distance. Would have been very tricky to walk as at times no side walk. Weather did get warmer. Walked around and did some shopping. St Maarten, just walk about at the pier and into the town, St Phillipsburg. Easy lazy day. I did the zipline, scared but did it. I know it is a very short distance but that was huge for me. The staff were very kind helping me. Loved to walk about the ship just taking everything in. The promenade was great, the Central Park, the pool decks. Never felt crowded at all. Except when going to dinner at 6pm at the elevators, then it was busy. Otherwise really no issues. I loved this cruise so much we are already booked on the Harmony next Jan 2017. Can't wait to see the water slides! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was my 3rd cruise, 2nd on Royal and 1st time on the Oasis. First, I'll start by saying that we will probably never cruise with anyone other than Royal again. We love them! Let me start with the service. Everyone we had contact ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise, 2nd on Royal and 1st time on the Oasis. First, I'll start by saying that we will probably never cruise with anyone other than Royal again. We love them! Let me start with the service. Everyone we had contact with was so wonderful. Our waiter, Arif, and his assistant, Bryan, were so great to us. We had such a great time with them. Yohanes, our stateroom attendant, was so sweet. The way he pronounced my name was so cute. It really meant something to us that even when we saw him somewhere unusual at a random time, he remember our names and seemed genuinely interested in our trip and our day. I never found out her name, but the girl in the Park Cafe that the cooked my bagel in the mornings was so sweet and she remembered what kind of cream cheese I liked. The Starbucks girls were fantastic! It was always a delight seeing them! Everyone was just so helpful and pleasant. Coming back to the airport and back home truly makes me miss being on the ship. No where have I been around such a nice and friendly and HARDWORKING group of people!! The food- everything we had was good. There were times it was fantastic and there were times it could have been better. But you'll have that anywhere. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants, but my husband did have a steak from Chops Grille one of the nights in the dining room and it said it was wonderful. The lobster on lobster night may have been the tiniest bit overdone, but still delicious. Breakfast in the park cafe was the best. My second choice would probably be the Solarium. Then the Windjammer. Those are the only places we tried for breakfast. We ordered room service one morning and it was good! Came right on time. Pizza from the pizza place in the center is delicious after you've been up late having some drinks! We were very happy with everything! Everything was SO clean! These people bust their butts to clean up after the messy people on the ship. The only time we did come across a mess (a kid spilled milk in an elevator one day, another time someone spilled soda in front of the machine and it made a sticky mess) the staff was on it right away cleaning it up. They have their hands full constantly cleaning up after everyone, but everything was so clean. Entertainment- The Water show had to be rescheduled till the end of our trip but it was well worth the wait! It was a great show! Afterwards, we heard some people complaining about it, but I have no idea what they expected? We are on a cruise ship! The show went above and beyond what I would have expected and it was fabulous! The comedians they had were hysterical. They did say that it was an 18+ show and it definitely was! It was so funny! My face hurt after from laughing the entire time. Don't go to the show if you are easily offended or if you forget that they are JOKES. So funny. If you are able to fit it in, go to the Captain's Corner. We enjoyed that as well. We peeked in to the Ice show and it looked good. This isn't a main event, but the Marriage Game Show was a hoot!! A lot of the smaller events/shows they have are super funny and we enjoyed them. Another one was the World's Sexiest Man Competition. The embarking and disembarking of the ship was very smooth. There were no hold ups and we didn't wait in line very long either time. We used the express departure and took our own bags out. I would suggest using this if you don't need assistance of any sort. You literally just walk off the ship and through customs and you're off. No need to finish packing by a certain time the night before and no waiting around. This process isn't for everyone, though, but it was perfect for us and I'm glad that they offer it. We were very happy with everything, I know I'm forgetting to mention a ton of things we loved and were impressed with but I'll just say the only complaint/suggestion I have is the pillows... That's the only thing. And I suppose I could have brought my own. We can't wait for our next cruise with Royal. If I could give them more than 5 stars, I would. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Check in was a breeze and the cabin was awesome overlooking Central Park the service and the food was excellent. The state room attendant was helpful and courteous they really know how to ... Read More
This was my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Check in was a breeze and the cabin was awesome overlooking Central Park the service and the food was excellent. The state room attendant was helpful and courteous they really know how to treat their guess . I attended four shows and all types of activities. This ship is beautiful . The American icon restaurant was awesome the food and the service and the attention to detail was impeccable . The cruise director Drew and his assistant Hugo are phenomenal their energy and commitment to excellence was appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My wife and I had the pleasure of going on a 7 night cruise on the Oasis of the Seas last week to celebrate our anniversary. This is our 10th cruise all with RCC. We got to the ship at 12:00 and were in our room by 12:30 after stopping ... Read More
My wife and I had the pleasure of going on a 7 night cruise on the Oasis of the Seas last week to celebrate our anniversary. This is our 10th cruise all with RCC. We got to the ship at 12:00 and were in our room by 12:30 after stopping at the Park Café for a roast beef sandwich. It might have helped that the line for suite members was not very long. As for the room (1714) had private entrance, huge balcony with 2 tvs, 2 showers and did I mentioned it was a loft with floor to ceilings views. Setting up e mail took all of 2 minutes. Had our own private kitchen (Coastal Kitchen) that had a lounge for free drinks every night from 5:00p.m to 8:30p.m. Our hostess at the CK was Evangeline was more than nice. You must make reservations to eat there. Our server (Godofredo) did everything he could to satisfy us. By the way we had him for 7 nights. The bartender (Odell) remembered our drink orders after the first night. We did have concierge service (Allan) but really did not have to use it. Another perks for suite guest is that you can sit anywhere at a show and they did have some roped off areas for suite guest. The shows were all great, for all those people that say Cats is too long, I am not sure where you have to go since you are in the middle of the ocean. Loved the Mexican restaurant (Sabor) some of the best guacamole, chips and salsa you will find. The best margaritas on the ship. Of course we had to go to Johnny Rockets for a good greasy cheeseburger, fries and shake. As far as the ports we had been to each one before so no biggie. Played putt putt, and basketball. They have flow riders, rock climbing and other actives. Our attendants were Khatri and Kendrick, who address us by our name starting the first day. This is just good customer service. Some the people have complained about it being too crowded, I never felt that way because I remembered I was on a ship with over 7,000. and not just me and wife. Some people were rude but I see that on all the vacations I go on. It is not RC fault because some people are rude and have bad attitudes. They started letting off and 6:30a.m. Got downstairs at 6:20 and was at the airport by 6:45. The vacation ever. Already booked for next year Almost forgot we also had our own sea deck with private cabanas. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was the first vacation my wife and i have taken in three years, our honeymoon. As well, we went without our 18 month old to spend time together. We were both extremely excited after hearing amazing thinga from my father, one ... Read More
This was the first vacation my wife and i have taken in three years, our honeymoon. As well, we went without our 18 month old to spend time together. We were both extremely excited after hearing amazing thinga from my father, one previous trip on Oasis, and watching a documentary on Oasis. For us, embarkation was easy. We had a junior suite so the line was short and we were some of the first people on the ship. Walking on board was ao different than our previous cruise experience on Carnival Inspiration. Oasis is enormous. It is very clean and full of life. I do not know how full our ship was but it never felt crowded. We ate at windjammer. Day 1 was not a very good experience but the food improved as the week progressed. Room service was not bad and had a decent variety. Overall, the food was good. Chops and 150 are well worth the money if you choose to go. Our biggest complaint about the food was the eggs. Mostly powdered. A few places offered fresh eggs but dont order scrambled because they just give you the powdered stuff. If you drink, get a drink package. Premium is worth it. Ultimate is not. The solarium bar has drink specials. The other bars say they do but they do not. Pools and hot tubs are plentiful. So were the lounge chairs. We never had a problem finding a spot. For adults the solarium is an excellent quiter spot. If you smoke, there are limited options for you. The casino is your best bet because open or not they allow you to use the area to smoke. The service staff was excellent. Saw a wierd confrontation between a bartender and his boss. I guess he didnt like going to get more clean cups. Other than that it seemed like all staff were friendly and willing to help. Shore excursions are ok but the sea lion trip was cut short for some reason and we did not get to go to the beach even though we had time. CATS was ok. Not the right show for the venue. Too slow. Over 40% of the people left at intermission. The adult friendly shows were hilarious. Dazzles was a great music spot. The musician at the Globe pub was great. There were so many activities on board we could not keep up. One note..do not go to the raffle. Not worth it and basically an infomercial for buying diamonds. The aqua show was a great experience. We actually watched once in the audience and once on deck 15 looking down. The spa was ok. Massages were decent but we lost five minutes so they could try and sell us products. My wifes facial was good but really expensive. The behind the scenes tour was great. If you can, do it. The only other con was TV and phone messages left all the time to try and get ua to buy stuff. Overall, i would go again tomorrow. It was a great ship and we really enjoyed the experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
First off I would say, do not believe the negative reviews the few nit pickers bring up! A cruise is what you make it. I have noticed some reviewers get on the ship expecting to have a bad time and nit pick at every little detail. Too bad ... Read More
First off I would say, do not believe the negative reviews the few nit pickers bring up! A cruise is what you make it. I have noticed some reviewers get on the ship expecting to have a bad time and nit pick at every little detail. Too bad for them. On to the review! We have been on 5 cruises with RCCL. One of them was our Honeymoon in 2013. We were so amazed by the size and ambiance of it. Like a floating resort. So we booked another cruise on her and upgraded from Jr Suite to Grande suite. WOW. Grande suite was impressive. Worth the extra money! Both cruises, the room was always immaculate. There was always something to do, but we usually went to the pool and had fruity drinks and ice cream while reading and enjoying the beauty of the endless view of the sea. How could one have a bad time in that kind of setting? There is always a chair. On sea days, it is hard to find a chair close to the pool, so you may have to go up the stairs to the quiet, less crowded deck to get a chair. Which is always fine by us. The complaints about the elevator waits are pretty pointless. Unless you are disabled of going up or down more than 3 SMALL flights of stairs, you should be able to walk to the deck you choose. After all of the food and drinking, we enjoy taking the stairs. When we did need the elevator to get down to deck 4 for dining (we were on deck 12) we waited no longer than 3 minutes to get a lift. Food in windjammer was ok, as expected. Love the breakfast and is a convenient was to have dinner after a long beach day in port when you dont feel like dressing and spending 2 hours in the MDR. The Aquatheatre diving show is amazing!! In pure awe the whole 45 minutes. The ice skating show was so impressive, my hands hurt from clapping. Central park has a hidden gem called Park Cafe where you can order paninis and lush salads, fresh fruit. There is a couple clubs for dancing and drinking, and also the chill bars where you can sit and have drinks and people watch. I can go on and on raving about the experience we had both times! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I can't believe there are any negative reviews about this ship. This was my second cruise. First was with Norweigan to Hawaii and I was not impressed with it at all. The ship itself is the highlight of this trip. It is beautiful! ... Read More
I can't believe there are any negative reviews about this ship. This was my second cruise. First was with Norweigan to Hawaii and I was not impressed with it at all. The ship itself is the highlight of this trip. It is beautiful! Pictures don't do it justice. Central Park, Boardwalk and the Promenade make it hard to believe you are on a ship. We spent our cruising days in the Solarium, 16 plus and enjoyed the pool and hot tubs. We stayed on the ship in the Bahamas and really enjoyed having the place to ourselves. Most people get off here but we had been. St. Thomas was spent at Megan's Bay. It was busy as to be expected. Not the greatest beach but nice. St. marten was very nice. We went to Orient beach which was beautiful, Maho beach to watch some planes land and finished off the day near the ship at Great Bay and walked the shops. We did not do any excursions with the ship. We did this on our own via taxi's at a fraction of the cost. Our cabin balcony overlooked the Boardwalk. Excellent room! We saw the Aqua theatre where we could watch shows, movies, the ocean and people walking below. We were near the back of the ship and I hardly felt the ship move. The food was great. Something for everyone. Most nights we had dinner in the MDR and ate lamb, duck, prime rib and lobster tails! The service was quick, we were in and out in an hour. The buffet was good but we did not go there very often. We liked the breakfast and lunch at the Solarium with healthy options, roast beef sandwich and salads at Central Park cafe. The pizza at Sorrentos was ok. We went to Chops Grille and it was very good. The service on two occasions overall could have been better. The entertainment was fantastic! We saw all the shows. Top rated quality. Our favorite was the Aqua show, least was Cats. The cruise director was excellent. There is so much to do on this ship. There is something for everyone. It really is something to see. People were in a great mood and happy to experience this phenomenal ship. The most annoying thing was hearing people complain about the smallest things. These are the same people that write negative reviews. None of the negative reviews I read were an issue. Don't be concerned about what your read here. If you are going on vacation to pick on every little thing stay home. Go and enjoy the beautiful Oasis of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I was a little worried before our trip due to some poor reviews of the large Oasis of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. It was a waste of time to have been worried at all. We were greeted with nothing but smiles and friendly crew. Our room ... Read More
I was a little worried before our trip due to some poor reviews of the large Oasis of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. It was a waste of time to have been worried at all. We were greeted with nothing but smiles and friendly crew. Our room steward was wonderful and always asking if we needed anything. Our room was always clean, and we had fresh ice every night after a hot day. THANK YOU CHITO! on deck 12. The ship is large enough that you don't notice the amount of people on board. There were tons of families as it was summer, so of course it was noisy down by the pools, and back in the back by the flow rider and the rock climbing walls. Most of the families were kept busy in the kids area with the carrousol and the aqaua theater. It was wonderful that there were so many options to hang out. When we wanted to relax and some peace and quiet, we just stayed in the adult only area in the solarium and it was serene. The bartenders were attentive, and there were lots of staff walking around asking if we needed any drinks. Alex in the solarium bar was fantastic. He made sure we were always happy with our drinks- and they were great! We were able to get 2 towels per person, without anyone blinking an eye. I would recommend that you bring your own towel if you go ashore for any swimming. Ours came in handy. We went to the Atlantis and walked around, and then walked down to Cabbage Beach. It is well worth the trip over there by taxi to see the Atlantis and enjoy the warm water and some swimming in Nassau. There are locals at Cabbage Beach who will try to have you rent chairs and umbrellas, but they don't hassle you at all. We just said no thanks and they left us alone. Had we stayed there for any period of time, we would have definitely rented them. It was hot! I know that some of the cruisers had the coconut drinks and said they were really good and worth the money, but we only had a short time there by the time we were actually on the beach. The taxi fare was $4 per person and you have to ask around to get the fee. Some taxi's will try to raise the fee so keep walking and ask for the fee before you get into the cab. There are many cabs who will only charge the $4.00 Back to the ship: The elevators can get crowded during peak hours (formal nights mostly and after returning from excursions) but we were able to always get into one. The amount of shopping stores were similar to the smaller ships which was surprising considering the size of the Oasis, but we don't usually shop them anyway. Dining: Central Park was lovely which is where the "pay extra" restaurants/dining are located. Unfortunately, since it's open to the outdoors, it was just too hot to walk there except at night. We did eat at Chops and Giovani's and they were good but I don't think we would pay the extra money for them again. The steaks at Chops are excellent so if you are in the mood for a good steak, then I would say spend the $40.00. We ate at Sabora one night, and it was fresh with the guacamole made at the table. We didn't try the margaritas which were supposed to be good, but it was very hot so we ate and left fairly quickly. Our favorite spot was actually Johnny Rockets. We had great service there from Kevin, and I guess the chocolate shakes and onion rings were just what we wanted after a day of snorkeling and being in the heat. We only ate at the main dining room twice. Our first night was for lobster formal night, and then again our last night. The main dining room was VERY good. We had excellent service and both waiters kept bringing us lots of extra food to try, and very eager to please. We were sorry we only ate there twice. We had any time dining, and didn't wait for more than 5 minutes to be seated. We would go to the dining room at between 5:30 and 6pm. Tours: We took a kayak tour in St Thomas and had a ball. The excursion desk wasn't really familiar with it, so we were a little concerned that it would be a bad choice. We loved it. It was a little strenuous and we were the oldest ones there, but it was beautiful kayaking through the mangroves. We weren't allowed to use fins while snorkeling, (its a natural preserve) so we did a lot of kicking but it was great getting the exercise and the water was wonderful. We did a tour on St. Maartin which was on a snorkeling boat to the airport. My husband was hoping to get to shore, but it wasn't allowed so he was really bummed. They did tell us that ahead of time about that. We felt it was overpriced for what you get. However everyone on the boat was very nice, and they grilled burgers for a small fee and offered drinks as well for a fee. Embarkation and de embarkation: We got to the pier around 11:00am and it was very fast and easy. I didn't have my set sail pass, and was panicked but they were so nice and I didn't need it. You do need to know your cabin number for the porters outside the entrance area and make sure to take the credit card you used. We had a quick time at de-embarkation and thru customs. VERY impressed. Much quicker than our last time on a smaller cruise ship with RC. The only delay was getting in the que to get off the ship. Once we were off we realized they hold people back so it doesn't get overwhelming at customs. I can be picky, but I had no complaints about anything on our cruise. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE OASIS OF THE SEAS!!! We loved it, and were treated like royalty.... Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My wife and I just did a 7 day Eastern Caribbean on Oasis, and it was wonderful. We ate in Chops, Solarium, Giovanni's and all were excellent. We mainly did breakfast and lunch at the Park Cafe. Let me rephrase, I went and got my ... Read More
My wife and I just did a 7 day Eastern Caribbean on Oasis, and it was wonderful. We ate in Chops, Solarium, Giovanni's and all were excellent. We mainly did breakfast and lunch at the Park Cafe. Let me rephrase, I went and got my wife and I breakfast and lunch to eat on the balcony. We were on Deck 8 and a very short walk through Central Park to the café. The shows were excellent, especially CATS, and the Sand Artist during the ice show. All workers were fun and professional. Our cabin steward was the best we have had to date. The Diamond Lounge and amenities were great. Windjammer was so-so. Although embarkation was delayed due to a HUGE travel group in front of me on the same deck, disembarkation made up for it. We had a 1030 flight, so we did the "carry off" option. We walked off the ship at 615am, and we were through security at the airport by 645am....amazing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My wife and I sailed 5/9 (Western Caibbean) on the Oasis. Traveled from New Smyrna Beach which is a three and a half hour trip on the Fla turnpike. This was our 6th cruise and 4th with RCCL. Had an issue with embarkation as the camera ... Read More
My wife and I sailed 5/9 (Western Caibbean) on the Oasis. Traveled from New Smyrna Beach which is a three and a half hour trip on the Fla turnpike. This was our 6th cruise and 4th with RCCL. Had an issue with embarkation as the camera system failed, we had to wait an hour and a half to board. Glitches happen, however you would think the system would have been checked prior and that RCCL would have redundant systems. The ship is a bit large for our taste, however very easy to navigate. We found that we prefer the smaller ships like the freedom but if you like to cruise you have to try it at least once. Although large it never felt crowded even on sea days, just loses some of the intimacy of the smaller ones. Bar tenders and deck severs were a bit over over whelmed and not as friendly. Our cabin (D1-6194) was just right for us with the bed next to the large balcony and met our needs. Cabin steward (Ashford) was very helpful and kept everything in good order. Food in the MDR was good and the service excellent, we only ate their twice as we did Chops, Izumi and Johnny Rockets all three of which were excellent. We don't do the formal nights anymore and decided to do the WindJammer for the sea food extravaganza, which is an utter joke. Tasteless boiled shrimp and lobster ( which is hidden around the corner) that you cant get out of the shell. We both like the WJ for what it is, however this was horrible and breakfast was just as bad. The shows were excellent with the headliner (Finis), Comedy show and the Aqua show being the best. Labadee was awesome we've been there before did the private beach and the dragons breath zip line. We are in are fifties and the zip line was excellent. Didn't get off in Jamacia been there before and had some issues didn't feel comfortable. Did the Mayaian ruins and beach in Cozmel, a little disappointed as we were excessively hassled by the local merchants with one making a nasty remark because we didn't patronize his store. We were hassled at the beach as well to a lesser extent. We understand they are trying to make a living but "no thank you" should suffice. On board did the wine tasting which was very good and learned more about wine. The Solarium is the best place to chill, pool is a little crowded on sea days but there was always a spot for a dip. Spent some time watching people on the flowrider which was fun. Overall great vacation and the Oasis is amazing. Next cruise will be to Alaska on RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our 9th cruise, our 4th Royal Caribbean, and second time on Oasis. We had enjoyed it so much the first time, that we didn't even look at anything else when we began the search for our next cruise. We chose the Eastern route, ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise, our 4th Royal Caribbean, and second time on Oasis. We had enjoyed it so much the first time, that we didn't even look at anything else when we began the search for our next cruise. We chose the Eastern route, since we had done Western last time. I did miss the private island stop this time, but I love St. Maarten, so I guess they are pretty close to being equal itineraries in my book. We went a day early - always a good plan if you can swing it. Learned that the hard way when we nearly missed a sailing, due to a sudden storm at the airport. We stayed in the Residence Inn by Marriott Intracoastal and loved it. I believe this is an all suites hotel. The staff was very accommodating, gave us an upgraded room with a beautiful view of the intracoastal from our balcony. Everything was clean; the room was spacious, the bathroom huge and complimentary breakfast was provided. We were in walking distance of a new waterside burger place, "Bokampers" - (great burgers), the beach, and the water taxi. The only negative is the distance from the airport; our taxi fare was over $40, and the hotel does not have shuttle service. Second time aboard Oasis and loved almost every minute of it. (Can't say I love the art auctions, but my husband does) The room was very, very clean. Our room attendant might have been the best I have ever had. He was around; he called us by name every time we saw him in the hall; he was friendly, and took care of little details for us. He did his job superbly! The entertainment was wonderful; I enjoyed all of it. I have seen varying reviews of "Cats," but I thought it was amazing! There was a brand new cast on board on our sailing, and they were some of the best dancers I have ever seen. Like others have said, there were those who didn't come back after Intermission. I believe if you really enjoy dance and music, you will like it; it is different from a typical play in that it does not contain lots of plot and dialogue. All the entertainment gets an A in my book. The acapella group was excellent and entertaining, as well. And I laughed until I was hoarse at the last night family comedy show in the Opal Theater. There are so many activities available that it is impossible to do them all. Don't even try; you'll be exhausted. I loved the Zip line, enjoyed the cup cake decorating class and they were truly delicious (although I'm not absolutely sure it's worth $22),& loved Zumba on the Sports Deck. The free stretch class in the gym was nice. Manicures and hair salon were nice, service was excellent, and the staff enjoyable to talk with. Prices for these services were not much more than I would pay locally. Do try to snag a chair for two in the Solarium pool area. They are so comfortable and snugly, but very hard to come by. They are in great demand, so you just have to be watching for someone to get up. If you are an ice skater, the rink may not be big enough for you, but never having been on ice skates (from South Louisiana) I enjoyed trying and the rink was fine for me (also a free activity). Royal Caribbean has cut down on the number of PA announcements. There are very few - this is very nice. No more ("time to get your Bingo cards") announcements disturbing your peace and quiet. The food in the MDR was much better than I expected. I have had food on RCI cruises that I really found not edible, really terrible. This time, the food was really quite good and our wait staff was really, really good, paying attention to any request we made, offering suggestions for dinner, and basically, making our evening meal a delight. We even chose to forgo specialty dining this time, except for an afternoon trip to Johnny Rockets, and one to Sabor for table side guacamole ($4.00) and salsa. If you enjoy Mexican, it's a nice afternoon snack or light lunch. We took the Pirate Museum and island tour at Nassau booked through the ship. I don't really think it was a good value. I did enjoy the museum, but one could just as easily tour the museum on his own and save quite a bit. At some of the forts on the tour, we were basically dropped off and asked to pay another local guide at the fort. Would not recommend this tour be purchased through the ship - but if you like pirate folklore you will enjoy the museum. On St. Maarten we took a segue way tour. Booked it ourselves once we got there, right on the Boardwalk area of Phillipsburg. Ask anyone and they will point you in the right direction. It was not difficult, lots of fun, and a good value. We paid $30. per person for about 30 to 45 minutes, maybe a little more. Overall, I believe the ship excursions are overpriced, but there are times when it is wise to go with a ship tour -- depending on your port. Both embarkation and disembarkation were good, maybe not great; but considering the number of passengers they are dealing with, I think they do an admirable job, and I have no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale from LAX via Delta Airlines. As we all know the flight cost varies depending the time of year and how in advance you buy. It's a matter of researching in advance. We choose to stay at ... Read More
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale from LAX via Delta Airlines. As we all know the flight cost varies depending the time of year and how in advance you buy. It's a matter of researching in advance. We choose to stay at http://www.cambriasuitesfortlauderdale.com/ who offered shuttle service to the Port for $8 a person. The rooms are outstanding and amenities for all travelers. The night cost us in May $110 with all fees and tax. Short ride from airport and port. The Embarkation is easier than ever. It's alphabetized and in order. The process took less than 15 minutes with a party of 4. We booked Drink Package, Specialty Dinning, Excursions, and Entertainment online. It was really quick!! Entering the Ship is like a Dream. The attention to detail is amazing. Oasis' curves and lines are breathtaking. The variation of shops, bars, starbucks, excursion center, and dinning options are convenient and friendly. The Balcony/ Boardwalk View 11721 gave us the best of both worlds. Ocean and Aqua Theater Views...WOW! Don't worry, once you close the shutter door...absolute silence! Our favorite specialty dinning in order: Chops Grill, Giovanni's Table, 106 Park... Royal offers $80 on board credit when booking all 3. Sabor's Guacamole/ Spicy dip is insanely good. Park Café offer great sandwhich, soups, and salads...top quality. The ship offer many cool activities for children. I did not see one kid without a smile. Cats and Aqua Theater are awesome. Top Broadway Professionals and Athletes. They were very interactive with the crowds. We loved the Jazz/Piano Bar.. Relaxing music over a nice glass of wine..Refreshing. Many options for dancing all genre of music... we tried them all and enjoy all of them equally. Disembarking was quick and easy. They offer you a traditional color tags with time of departure. But being the largest ship in the world... more place to sit and wait. Overall The Oasis of the Ship is a one of kind experience that every cruiser or first timer need to experience. Please view the GoPro Video of our wonderful experience!!!! 7 Night Eastern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean "Oasis of the Seas" Bahamas, St. Thomas, & St. Maarten https://youtu.be/g8ssMptGzMM GoPro Hero 4 Black Video Tour of Royal Caribbean "Oasis of the Seas" https://youtu.be/C1VeWq0JL7E Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I wanted to write a review on the Royal Weddings, because I really couldn't find anything substantial before I got married and I felt that they needed a new review. My husband and I were married on the Oasis on April 25, 2015 - we ... Read More
I wanted to write a review on the Royal Weddings, because I really couldn't find anything substantial before I got married and I felt that they needed a new review. My husband and I were married on the Oasis on April 25, 2015 - we picked the day of sailing to get married and what a perfect day! It was the two of us, with 7 of our closest friends all sailing together. Royal Romance - Royal Romance has taken its share of hits on the reviews... If you are a bride-to-be understand this - they work strictly with the timelines given. Even if your coordinator says, "I will have this to you by the end of the week..." it will get to you in the timelines outlined, period. In the end, they do a spectacular job and everything was as we wanted. Flowers - were beautiful. I got the standard package bouquet and it was gorgeous! The flowers were still fairly fresh even on the last day. I asked for special leis for the groom and groomsmen and they were beautiful and exactly what we wanted. Pictures - we had Darman as our photographer and he was the most amazing photographer. Forget the standard cruise pictures, these were absolutely top notch pictures. Officiant - Royal uses an outside contractor, but our officiant, Patty, was also amazing. She took the time to call and get to know us before the wedding so she could add in some original words of her own to our ceremony. Reception - there was only 9 of us, so we chose to have cupcakes that Royal added on for us. My husband brought his own first dance song that we danced to and then we started our party on the Oasis! Venue - we had the best, which is Dazzles. Such an amazing room! Of course the cruise was great, I don't need to review that! We did upgrade to a Junior Suite which has a walk in closet and got rid of all the closet space problems that we normally have. With all the excitement of everything the first & second nights I had a hard time sleeping and the lounge chair on the balcony worked wonders! I have to say that Royal has stepped it up with their food - no longer the same tasting stuff all week long, it was great. I highly recommend Izumi's and Giovanni's for the specialty dining as they really go the extra mile - Chops just not so much. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Second time on it in 6 months, changes already. Do not like the new dining options-levels, lots of congestion at 5:30 pm. every day looked like disorder there. Windjammer was great- food , lots of choices & not just slopping you ... Read More
Second time on it in 6 months, changes already. Do not like the new dining options-levels, lots of congestion at 5:30 pm. every day looked like disorder there. Windjammer was great- food , lots of choices & not just slopping you like other buffets. The 150 eating AGAIN was not worth the price even though 1 st night was half price at $15 each. Some changes in shops , got rid of some & added others they hope to succeed . Nice that Diamond & above have 3 drinks at any bar between 5-8:30 every day, drinks expire every day after 8:30 & new drinks next day on card. Diamond lounge is GREAT, they moved it to deck 11 overlooking Boardwalk, great coffee & morning stuff, also evening happy hour there. lots of confusion on booking shows, I don't think they got all the bugs out of system yet. Everyone polite & ship is still very clean Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
After reading so many reviews of this ship, I was a little worried about this cruise. All of the comments about being too crowded or rude crew were not to be found (by us anyway). This was one of the best cruises we have ever taken and I ... Read More
After reading so many reviews of this ship, I was a little worried about this cruise. All of the comments about being too crowded or rude crew were not to be found (by us anyway). This was one of the best cruises we have ever taken and I would gladly go back on this ship again and hopefully one day we will! We arrived at the port early... around 10 a.m. Only because we were unsure of how long the drive was from our hotel. Parking at the port was a breeze and the porter was very friendly to us. After checking in and getting our sea pass cards we literally waited about 20 minutes to be let on board. Around 11:20 a.m. we were on the ship! The ship is amazing. It is no doubt the most beautiful ship we have ever been on. We made our way to the Solarium for lunch. Here you will find mostly healthy foods. And this is where we ate most of our meals, except for dinner. The Solarium itself is beautiful. 2 hot tubs and a pool with beautiful views of the ocean. We spend most of our time here too! We never sat around the other pools. Also, we never saw any children here. One thing I did notice that has been mentioned is the lack of servers taking drink orders at the pool. There were some, but no where as many as before. But there were so many bars around the pool, it didn't take much to get up and get your own drink. We hardly ever ate in the Windjammer which surprised me because you always think of eating at the Windjammer when you are on a cruise! It was the normal food you always find and nothing really to complain about. There's a little something for everyone there. We loved the Wipeout Café for a snack of fries or pizza. Also, you will find the strawberry/chocolate self serve cones here! You could also get burgers and hotdogs here. At the Park Café, there are ready made salads, made to order salads, different paninis and of course, the famous roast beef sandwich which you must try at least once! Over at the Boardwalk, you can grab a hot dog with the works on it! I think there were about 6 different kinds of hot dogs to try. Johnny Rockets is also on the Board Walk and we had lunch there once. Both places were great! We only went to two specialty restaurants. Chops and Giovannis. Chops was my favorite. The filet of beef was like butter. I must admit that I was not too happy with the fish at Giovannis, but my husband loved his steak there too. The seafood chowder was excellent. Service at both restaurants was excellent. The dinners in the Main Dining room were good as well. Although I did notice the portion size was smaller than before. I think the ceasar salad was about 1/4 of what it used to be. My husband actually had 3 shrimp cocktails because they were so small! We found the dinner to be good and had no complaints about any of the meals. Some nights the choices were better than others, but we always found something and left full! Our servers were excellent and we actually had the best Mater D (sp?) ever. Usually we don't even see them, but this one was so friendly and we actually looked forward to seeing him. His name was Marlito. If I had to say anything negative at all, I would have to say that the Diamond Lounge really wasn't that great. No one really greeted you and it took forever to get a drink. I actually had to get up and go find a server to order our drinks. We went there two times and both times had bad service. We only went the second time because I got my boarding pass printed out on the last night there, which was offered to Diamond members and above. We never had any problems finding two chairs together at the pool in the Solarium. I can't comment on the main pool because we never went to it. Also, the two times in the Windjammer we never had a problem finding a table and we were there at prime times. Both times servers came to me and offered to get my drinks and cleared the table right away. Other reviews mentioned crowds. I was afraid of that. But, I can honestly say that never did we feel crowded. We never had any problems finding seats at the pool or in the restaurants or waiting for elevators. I would say the most crowded an elevator was for us had about 10 people in it. Most of the time, we had an empty elevator! The only time it was crowded was right after the muster drill and that was because you had A LOT of people in one area at once. Once everyone went on their way, the crowds were gone. We never had a problems with crowds. You have to wonder where everyone is!! People do need to learn elevator etiquette though... let the people off the elevator before you get on! We took the stairs a lot too... sometimes just quicker than waiting to go up a floor or two. The crew on the ship were friendly to us. If we passed a crew member in the stairs or in the hallway, they always greeted us. The passengers also were a good crowd. Everyone was pretty friendly that we encountered. We did not go to any of the shows. We just aren't 'show people', so no comments on them. The casino was busy at night. During the day, there was literally only one person playing slots when we cut through. We also did not do any shore excursions. Getting on and off the ship at the ports was a breeze. Nassau was just... well... Nassau. We've been there so many times, if we stayed on board it wouldn't have mattered. The time there stinks too. 7 - 2 . We walked over to Junkanoo Beach. It wasn't that great but it was alright for an hour or so. Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island is much nicer. We avoided the Straw Market. Been there, done that. We popped into a few shops on Bay Street and made it back to the ship around 12:30. St Thomas was nice, but my choice of beach - Sapphire Beach - was a miss. Totally not what I expected and although the water was beautiful, the beach wasn't that great and the ride over was horrible. If we ever go back, we will go to either Megan's Bay or Emerald Beach. People we spoke to said those beaches were great. Lesson learned. St Martin was my favorite!! We went over to Orient Beach. We got dropped off at Pedros and boy did we get an eyeful! The nude beach is right there!!! Of course, those that were nude are not really the ones you want to see! But to each his own, and they were enjoying the beach. We walked over Orange Fever and got 2 chairs and an umbrella and a free drink each for I think $15. Plus you get 50% off other drinks. Maybe it was $14. The beach was crowded but it was still nicer than Sapphire Beach and the water was just beautiful. We headed back to the ship and found a taxi easily waiting to take us. Oh, at each port there are little shops and stands, which we browsed through before getting on the ship. Bring your sea pass card and photo ID when you get off at all ports. We left our passports in the safe and just had our Drivers Licenses with us. Getting off the ship on the last day was a cinch! We decided to do self disembark. No one will help you with your luggage, so make sure you can handle it yourself. We were off the ship and in the truck at 6:45 a.m. We stopped at a nearby Starbucks for coffee and then we were at the airport at 8! My husband and I drove to FL but he was driving back alone. I had to be at work on Monday and my husband won't fly. Plus he wanted to have lunch with his sister in Orlando that day. Anyway... my flight was not until 1 pm!! I went up to the ticket agent and asked about getting on an earlier flight to LaGuardia and next thing I knew I was on the 9:10 a.m. flight home! I was back home by 4 pm that afternoon! I don't think I would book a flight that early, only because you never know if your ship will be delayed or something... but I would probably book an 11 a.m flight home. It was just too easy getting off the ship and to the airport! A perfect ending to a perfect cruise! In all, this was a great cruise and I have nothing bad to say about it. It is what you make of it and how you treat others. The crew, the food, the restaurants, bars, pools, the ship itself... all excellent! We booked our next cruise while on board. We will be on the Anthem of the Seas in June 2016 to Bermuda. It leaves out of NJ and just easier for us to drive there. But I would definitely go on the Oasis in a second if I could. We had a great time!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I just finished our Easter Caribbean journey aboard the Oasis of the Seas on April 18th sailing. This vacation was to celebrate our honeymoon and my husband's birthday. We had an excellent time and I am going to tell ... Read More
My husband and I just finished our Easter Caribbean journey aboard the Oasis of the Seas on April 18th sailing. This vacation was to celebrate our honeymoon and my husband's birthday. We had an excellent time and I am going to tell you all about it in detail: EMBARKATION: We booked our flight on the day off the embarkation and thankfully all was in order and we made it to Ft.Lauderdale airport and cruise port before 1pm. The travel time from the Ft.Lauderdale airport to cruise port was about 5-10 mins depending on traffic. I strongly suggest not to spend your money on RCL transfers because those are pricey ($30/person each way) and for the price of $12-15 you can take a taxi and its a lot faster and efficient that way. I am pleased to confirm that Royal Caribbean does a wonderful job at check in. From the moment we got to terminal 18 (RCL terminal for OASIS class ships) to boarding the ship took us no more than 20 minutes! Very smooth and problem free, just need to make sure to have all the required documents on hand to expedite the check in process. We boarded the ship around 1:30pm. SHIP APPEARANCE, TIDINESS AND NAVIGATION: The moment we stepped onboard the Oasis the only thing we could say was WOW! Amazing Royal Promenade, beautiful details throughout, great staff there to greet you and answer any questions you may have. The pictures and YouTube videos do not do the ship justice, you really have to see it to believe it. The ship is HUGE, but surprisingly we never got lost or couldn't find our way to our cabin or any of the public areas, the only time we really used their electronic finder (on the wall of every deck) was to check the capacity in restaurants. Somehow they managed to make the ship user friendly despite its grand size, which is awesome! Never in a week did we see anything dirty or out of place, they really make sure to keep everything in order and in great condition. The upper decks are always hosed down in the evening and there is always somebody cleaning or fixing something every time. SERVICE: Overall service was fast, pleasant and met our needs and requests. Guest Service desk was always busy, a bit of a wait but you do what you got to do and move on with your vacation. The staff at Guest Services was attentive and thorough and got the requests fulfilled. The staff in the souvenir stores was very helpful and took the time in helping us find what we needed. We ordered room service once during our trip and it arrived on time the next morning and everything that we ordered was present. DINING: The restaurants are incredible! The food was the best we've had in a very long time! Our particular favourites among specialty restaurants are 150 Central Park, Geovanni's Table and Sabor. 150 Central Park was fantastic, we reserved it primarily to celebrate my husband's birthday and we were very impressed with the service and overall food and history of the restaurant, it was incredible! Giovanni's Table was also very tasty, our last minute booking for the day we boarded the ship, again fantastic service and amazing food, have to try the steak there! Sabor was our ultimate favourite, in fact we loved it so much we had to come back again on the last sail day before we arrived back to Florida! Sabor stands for Flavour in Latin, it is A La Cart but the prices are very reasonable, a must try! Complimentary restaurants: We had My Time Dining, but we really only had dinner in the dining room twice, and breakfast once for Honeymooner's breakfast, there was so many restaurants to try on board the ship - everyday was a new one! The experience we had in a dining room was also very good and the food was great. Park Cafe was fantastic for salads, snacks and sandwiches, always a great bite to eat for breakfast, lunch or snack time. We had breakfast at Johnny Rockets once, not really our thing but we decided to try it and it was just alright. Sorrento's pizza was just ok, was not a huge fan. Cafe Promenade was also excellent for sweet treats and mini sandwiches for those midnight cravings. We had been to Windjammer buffet for breakfast and lunch once, wish there was a bigger variety of food available. Wasn't too crazy for it, they did not even have a made to order station for omelettes, so we stayed away after that. ENTERTAINMENT: Oh boy, where do I start!? Reserved shows: We had reservations for Frozen in Time, Come Fly with Me, Comedy show, and Oasis of Dreams. Frozen in Time was great, amazing bright costumes, very lively and fun, we really enjoyed it. Come Fly with Me is highly recommended, it is truly something extraordinary, very well choreographed and definitely has a few surprises in store, seating in the first few rows for extra excitement is suggested, trust me you will not be disappointed! The comedy show was great, sit in the front row if you like being picked on by the comedian, will make your experience that much more fun. Oasis of Dreams however we did not get a chance to watch and I will explain it in the Negatives section of my review. Daily activities and events: Lots of fun activities to do on the ship for all ages, we had particular things we wanted to see like the World's sexiest man and belly flop competitions, got a great kick out of those as they involve the passengers' participation. We also saw Love and Marriage show, it was very exciting. The Dreamworks Parade was spectacular and lots of fun! Then there was rock climbing, surfing, zip lining, mini putting galore! Oh and of course table tennis, loved this one! The Quest game was very cool as well. Chris, the Activities Manager and Kristina, activities staff, they were wonderful, we enjoyed the activities they managed and always had a great time, especially at the Honeymooners breakfast event, lead to making great friends and memories! CABIN: We had booked a Central Park mid-ship deck 12 balcony cabin #12587 and I am very glad we did. Was quiet and the location of the cabin was very close to the elevators and stairs. The location was also very convenient to Central Park as it was on deck 8 and Royal Promenade decks 5-6. The cabin space is enough for two people, the bed was closer to the balcony and the couch closer to the closet making it easy to get to our things. I would recommend this location. Our stateroom attendant was Rockson, he was fantastic, always had a smile on his face and eager to attend to minimal requests that we had. Almost every night we walked in to a towel animal on the bed or one hanging off the ceiling on a hanger, super cool! PORTS OF CALL AND EXCURSIONS: Our Easter Caribbean itinerary included Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St.Thomas US.VI; and Phillisburg, St.Maarten. Our first port was Nassau, we booked a Discover Atlantis excursion through Royal Caribbean, we highly enjoyed the tour, our tour guide Peter was very informative with a great sense of humour. Once the tour had finished we were still allowed to browse through the resort and make any additional memories through pictures, then got back on the ship, as we were only in port from 7am to 2pm. Our next destination was Charlotte Amalie, we have booked Paradise Point through Royal Caribbean again, we highly recommend as the views from the top are incredible and make for great photo opportunities. We then settled on Emerald Beach for some sea, sun and fun and even rented a jet ski, which was probably another highlight of our short stay there. The final destination we visited was Phillisburg, we did not really have anything planned, thought we would just disembark the ship and see what we can do. We were lucky to find a tour group at port that offered Island tour and it was probably the best one we did, very informative, lots of interesting facts about the country and many stops to take photos and even shop. We also stopped by at Maho Beach for about 45 minutes to watch the planes land and depart, now we can say we have been there! Our final stop on the island was the beach at Great Bay downtown area that was about 15 minutes walking distance from the ship. SOME NEGATIVES: Although we did have a great time, there was a few negatives that we encountered but that did not completely spoil our vacation or prevent us from enjoying our time onboard: - We reserved the Oasis of Dreams Aqua theatre show for Wednesday April 22 but it was postponed to Friday the 24th at 7pm due to a diver injury. However we showed up on Friday for the show only to find out 5 minutes before the show was supposed to start that it was cancelled. The timing of the show itself was inconvenient, the restaurants opened for dinner at 5:30 and given that we need 2 hours for eat with no rush we would be missing the show, so we ended up missing dinner for the show that was cancelled. A more advance cancellation notice should have been provided in this case especially knowing the severity of the diver's injury. - We have bought "Just Married" stateroom decor to be set up before embarkation, however it did not live to our expectation, looked more like the minimalistic Christmas decor and the Just Married door sign was missing, we expressed our concerns but were told that some decor from Just Married package was discontinued?! Yep... $33.70 for that! - Bar service - always busy, needed to wait 5-10 minutes to get served a drink. There is one bar in particular that was not our favourite and that was Sabor bar across from Sabor restaurant on Boardwalk. The staff there was always grumpy and the service was slow, they did not look like they really wanted to be there. DISEMBARKATION: We left the ship at around 9:30am because our flight wasn't until afternoon. We chose to take our luggage with us instead of putting it outside the door to be picked up once off the ship and that made for a smoother process. Disembarkation was a little longer because everyone was in hurry to get off the ship to catch their flights or go on to their next plans, but the lines moved quickly and we were off the ship in 25 minutes. In conclusion, we really enjoyed our honeymoon and birthday vacation on Oasis of the Seas and looking forward to cruise with RCL again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I know I just pored over reviews before our cruise and it helped so much. Just to pay it forward: Background: 10 cruises 6 with Royal DH and myself 62 & 64 We arrived in Ft Lauderdale one day prior and stayed in Hyatt Place (not ... Read More
I know I just pored over reviews before our cruise and it helped so much. Just to pay it forward: Background: 10 cruises 6 with Royal DH and myself 62 & 64 We arrived in Ft Lauderdale one day prior and stayed in Hyatt Place (not the closest one to the pier) we knew they had a shuttle from the airport for free but read it takes an hour. Caught a cab and sure enough, he headed to the wrong Hyatt Place. I had given him the address but he didn't listen. Turned around headed to the other one. Can cost should have been $13 and was $20. Still faster than Hyatts shuttle. There are no restaurants close by but they offer free shuttle to several. We ate at Red Lobster and Na k to the hotel for an early evening. This hotel also offers a fee paid cruiseport shuttle, but again we took a cab. 12-13 minutes and $15. Embarkation: everybody said what a breeze it was and IT WAS! We arrived at the pier at 10:45 and were on board at 11:15! Easy Peasy! We went straight to Park Cafe and found plenty of tables and had a delicious lunch. (Roast beef sandwiches of course. Bought our drink packages on deck 6 and went to Schooner and had a frozen drink before our cabin was ready. Cabin was as expected 6614 ocean view balcony. Very clean....bed by closet which we've had the other way and prefer. Luggage arrived very quickly and we were unpacked by 2:15!!! Earliest ever! Cabin steward was Miguel. Efficient and helpful. I immediately asked for bathrobes (new platinum member-bug deal) but I wanted them. Also asked for extra pillows and ice. He brought all and kept ice going all week. We thoroughly enjoyed deck 6... Close to deck 5 promenade and close enough to hear the waves on our balcony! We NEVER felt crowded the whole week. Elevators not a problem....a lot of times it was just 2 of us on. We had made reservations for all shows. It seemed there were plenty of stand by spots available. CATS: I've heard so many poor opinions......gotta say...I LOVED it. We sat third row. The actors come into the audience and the singing and "dancing" was exceptional. The headliner show Kenny ? Was very very good. Didn't make the comedy show....some folks had said ehhh ok. Aqua show we'd seen on Allure and it was great but we were tired they night. Restaurants: MDR a for 3 nights. Service very good as was the food....Lobster was on formal night and some of the best I'd ever had. 150 Central Park was outstanding as were Chops and Giovannis. If you can't find something you really like, you should stay home and cook:-) even the Windjammer was improved since we were there a year ago. Didn't make Johnny Rockets...Sabor was yummy. I like fried eggs for breakfast and they had them at Windjammer. Made to order eggs at Wipeout Cafe. Solarium Bistro for lunch one day was ok. Bars: we thought service was fine. Didn't seem slow. There were poolside bar people coming by about every 1/2 hour. We bought the Premium Package and probably lost $$ on it. We will pay as you go next time. We were in oirt and at Nachi Cocum one full day...DH not feeling well one day soon drinking on those two days. This ship is a destination in itself. We happen to enjoy the larger ships. Oasis was everything we hoped....and there were some things we just couldn't make it to! Going on Allure in November and can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
After sailing Oasis of the Seas, I don't think we can sail another ship as it would seem like a downgrade. Overall service was great. The only complaint I have and its minor, dinner in the main dining room was no good (just my ... Read More
After sailing Oasis of the Seas, I don't think we can sail another ship as it would seem like a downgrade. Overall service was great. The only complaint I have and its minor, dinner in the main dining room was no good (just my opinion). We only had dinner one night only there. The rest of the nights we had dinner in the Windjammer, there was more of a variety there. We also dined at Chops Grille, food and desert were spot on. Also If you haven't done so and if you're a wine lover like myself and husband the wine tasting and tapas at Vintage is definitely an experience. We're already planning our next cruise for next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My husband and I had a great time on the Oasis of the Seas. It was our first time on this ship and we were impressed with the overall ship, the service from the very friendly staff, the Diamond Lounge, the food, especially Chops Grille. ... Read More
My husband and I had a great time on the Oasis of the Seas. It was our first time on this ship and we were impressed with the overall ship, the service from the very friendly staff, the Diamond Lounge, the food, especially Chops Grille. Great excursions and ports of call. It was a great week and we did not want to leave. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We are Diamond Plus, so we have traveled a little - we sailed in a Crown Loft Suite this time - It was an awesome experience all the way around. Especially, with the new Coastal Kitchen and Concierge lounge - that now takes the place of ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus, so we have traveled a little - we sailed in a Crown Loft Suite this time - It was an awesome experience all the way around. Especially, with the new Coastal Kitchen and Concierge lounge - that now takes the place of the former Viking Crown Lounge. The concierge lounge features complimentary beer, wine and soda from 11:30 am - 11:00 pm daily, with the standard complimentary beverages from 5:00 - 8:30 pm. Special mention is due here - Mary the bartender was awesome, my girlfriend is not a bar person at all - she and Mary are now best friends. The former Viking Lounge is now fully utilized and is beautiful inside and out - very commanding views (This is one thing RCCL has done right!) We did the Coastal kitchen 4 nights and should have done it six nights, the food is awesome. We did a few breakfast's and lunches there as well. ( Decan & Rose are superb servers). We also did the Chef's Table and Inchon was the best Sommelier ever encountered! He made the entire evening very special at the Chef's Table and I cannot give him enough praise for his diligence and wealth of knowledge! This an awesome experience and should be enjoyed by everyone! Cats was very enjoyable and the people that left during the intermission really missed out on a great experience. We only stopped at three ports and I still did not have time to see the entire ship or do all of its activities. We have sailed on the Oasis and Allure several times and have previously done all of the specialty restaurants and enjoyed those, but the Coastal kitchen was so great we elected not to do any this cruise. We did the new Mexican restaurant - Sabor for a lunch, food was good, pricing ala carte, but still fairly expensive $82.00 for the two of us and only one drink apiece We were part of a decent group of C/C members and met some very nice people during the cruise which a few we hung out with, one couple had the My Time Dinning pre-booked prior to sailing and had to wait 30 - 45 minutes each night to be seated. We ate in the MDR for the two formal nights. The wait staff was under manned and our waiter was overwhelmed, the assistant waiter had to cover too many tables, we rarely saw him and as a result the waiter had to do double duty. Had a few hot dogs at the Dog Shack during the week and they were good. Did the Park Café on embarkation day for lunch - was ok. Wanted to do the Solarium Bistro for a lunch, but never made it - next time! The Casino was kind to me this cruise and that was a nice finishing touch! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My girlfriend and I just got back from our cruise (January 24th- 31st 2015) Though we've been together almost two years, this was our first cruise together, and the first cruise I'd ever taken. My girlfriend has been on 7 ... Read More
My girlfriend and I just got back from our cruise (January 24th- 31st 2015) Though we've been together almost two years, this was our first cruise together, and the first cruise I'd ever taken. My girlfriend has been on 7 cruisings with Royal, Carnival, and Princess. She was blown away by Oasis. To make sure things went smoothly, we flew from Ohio the night before and stayed over in Ft. Lauderdale to be more relaxed for the cruise. Embarkation was very short and easy. Port Everglades has made accommodations to streamline this process for Oasis and it shows. The ship is absolutely beautiful and the service outstanding. I may have spoiled myself for all future cruises with all that Oasis has to offer. All of the food was fantastic, we had great service and really enjoyed ourselves. We generally had dinner in the main dining room and we can't say enough about how good both the food and service were. Although there are plenty of options (at a surcharge) to choose from, we never found it necessary to go anywhere else for dinner. The food was truly amazing and our waiter always gave us suggestions on what was best a particular night. We did the late seating (8:30) and scheduled the shows for after dinner. One thing we really would recommend is to BOOK THESE AHEAD of the cruise as we did. The activities onboard the ship....where to start? With Ziplining, Rock Climbing, Surfing, all the whirlpools and pools, there is plenty to do...then there are the shows (we watched Cats, Come Fly with Me, Splish- Splash and Frozen in Time) and ran out of time to do more on our 7 day trip. Service was exceptional, but I will be honest in saying that the one area that they could use a bit more help on the pool decks and the whirlpool areas. We bought the Premium Package ($50/day) and found that if we wanted something, chances were pretty good we would have to go to the bar areas to get it. With that said, again, service in the MDR (American Icon was our MDR of choice) was second to none. Our Stateroom Attendant, Michael was a step above. Our dining room staff and stateroom attendant were very pleasant and always greeted us with a smile and a genuine desire to make sure we were happy. Oasis truly has something for everyone. I have to admit, that I was often more impressed with the ship than the ports of call. This ship for better or worse is truly a destination all it's own. That said, we did decide to do some snorkel and scuba diving in St. John and St.Maarten which was a lot of fun. With as large a ship as it is, we were amazed with how rarely we felt decks or elevators were congested; a true tribute to how well she is engineered. There is always a variety of events to go to but you can be as involved or relaxed as you want. I found myself on the Flow Rider quite a bit and was surprised how fun it was. Try to hit up the parties on the Solarium Deck and "Blaze" if you like dancing. I didn't love the DJ at Blaze but it was a pretty good time. Dazzles is more for the older crowd. Park Cafe was also great in Central Park- a bit healthier than breakfast at the Windjammer but I was never disappointed with the food. If you have the opportunity I would highly recommend sailing on this ship. It's truly amazing. We're looking forward to our next cruise on her!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We have been on the Oasis and the Allure 6 times in the last 2 years. We have always been in a suite and I love the special extras you get with being a suite guest. We stayed in a crown loft suite facing the ocean for the first time ( we ... Read More
We have been on the Oasis and the Allure 6 times in the last 2 years. We have always been in a suite and I love the special extras you get with being a suite guest. We stayed in a crown loft suite facing the ocean for the first time ( we have always stayed in the owners suite, which I love because of the large balcony), and I enjoyed the room. We were on the 17th floor and they have changed that floor for suite guest for a dining room and coastal kitchen. We did eat breakfast in there 2 times and we always eat dinner in our room due to the fact of being able to order off of the main dining room menu. I love the openness of this ship, you never feel crowded in any area. We are always amazed at how empty the ship is when we get on and go up to the pool deck to start our vacation laying in the sun with a drink in hand. Our last cruise was the first time we didn't do the walk off disembarkation and luckily being a suite guest you do get priority disembarkation so we didn't have to stand in a line except for customs. I would definitely give yourself 1 1/2 hours tops for disembarkation to make a flight on time. We will definitely book again for this ship soon. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We had an amazing week on the Oasis. First spend 2 nights at the W Ft Lauderdale which was a great hotel and fabulous pool. A quick 10 minute cab ride to the port was easy and we were on board by 11:45! The Oasis is everything that people ... Read More
We had an amazing week on the Oasis. First spend 2 nights at the W Ft Lauderdale which was a great hotel and fabulous pool. A quick 10 minute cab ride to the port was easy and we were on board by 11:45! The Oasis is everything that people say it is. This was our 25th cruise and we have been on many great ships, but this is in a class by itself in terms of the variety of public spaces and amenities. We stayed on deck 12 in stateroom 12612, which was a good central location. One of the highlights of the ship for us was the entertainment. hairspray the musical was excellent. There was a fabulous top quality jazz combo in the Jazz on 4 lounge, and really all the music in the various venues was high quality. We also liked the ice show and the water show in the Aqua Theater though they were less spectacular. We liked hanging out in the Champage Bar, which had a nice selection of bubbles. Bottles could be stored there for drinking over multiple visits so keep that in mind! The rising tide bar is another fun spot. Food was good, nothing terribly memorable, but certainly good. Food at Izumi and Giovanni's Table was even better. Johnny Rockets was lousy and the donuts were nasty at the donut shop. The sbux was good though! Ports were all fun and days at sea flew by with lots of time for the pool, books, naps, and other relaxation. It was especially nice to enjoy the virtually smoke free environment inside and outside the ship. Even the casino wasn't bad on the nonsmoking side. We can't wait to go back! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I decided on the title for this review while we were walking Central Park on our Oasis cruise to Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. As if the ship wasn’t extravagant enough, somebody actual thought to pipe the sound of Crickets into Central ... Read More
I decided on the title for this review while we were walking Central Park on our Oasis cruise to Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. As if the ship wasn’t extravagant enough, somebody actual thought to pipe the sound of Crickets into Central park! This attention to detail was reflected in every inch of ship design, and given the massive size of the ship it is almost unbelievable. A little bit of background, I have been following the Oasis since before she was built. DW and our kids have been able to cruise often, in part by avoiding the expense of airfare, sailing from local ports where Oasis and Allure do not call. That changed when our son won a free cruise for two playing Bingo on the Navigator last November. A couple of unexpected changes at work for DW & I and the stars suddenly aligned for us to make the trek to Port Everglades on two weeks’ notice. DW and I (mid 40’s) left the kids home with Grandparents for a hyper-romantic getaway – our 22nd Cruise. We could not help but draw comparisons between the Voyager Class and the Oasis and we will share our perspectives here. The review will also cover our awesome shore excursions and our impressions of the beverage package, dining and wonderful entertainment. One of the downsides of booking at the last minute is it’s tough to get reasonable air – we did something that might not be for everyone - but it worked for us: We flew Allegiant Air in to the Orlando Sanford airport and rented a car for the 3&1/2 hour drive. We got a direct flight in the night before and split the trip down with an overnight in Vero Beach. We had a 3pm flight out of the same airport on the way back so we asked for an early debark and were back at the airport 3hrs early. Sounds a bit arduous, but the round trip air was about $250/pp with the taxes plus 3 bags at $20 each. It is tough to beat that from our backwater airport in South Texas. The drive time was less than our connection layover time would have been so we actually got home sooner than we would have with a flight out of FLL. National and Alamo run a free shuttle from the airport to the ship. We dropped our bags at the port first then doubled back. Our two, one-way rentals were cheaper than parking would have been if we had driven our own car. We noticed that Thrifty and Dollar have centers just our side of the port so that might be an even better option for some. We started the embarkation process at noon and were on the ship by 12:15. Our keycards were ready with our choice of beverage package indicated. Our first impression of the ship was that it was even more fantastic than we thought it would be and we held that impression through-out the cruise. We liked the promenade on the Voyager class ships – loved how they used the extra width on the Oasis. It’s the same only bigger and better - with day-light from central park above. Speaking of Central park – awesome. The boardwalk – so unique and well thought out. We stopped by the dining room for a peak and got assigned to a well-placed table for 4. When we made it to our stateroom, we noticed many tweaks from the Voyager class cabins : having the cabin entry door swing out – what a great idea. Turn the closet and put in sliding doors – how come nobody ever thought of that before? Same with the tweaks in the bathroom. Trading counter space for floor space – brilliant. Couple of extra feet on the Balcony – WOW. We were deck 10 all the way aft, our neighbors in the wrap around suite just aft of us seldom ventured around to our partition and the folks in the room forward were almost never out either - so our private balcony was about as private as it could be. Food at the windjammer and mdr was ok on day one, but about the only thing that was not better than the Navigator. On time sail-away – can’t believe how stable and smooth the ship felt when we were underway – never would have known we were under power if not for our spectacular view SEA DAYS - We had sea days on days 2, 5 and 7. Too much to remember what happened when. The $40/day beer and wine package was a winner for us (probably why we can’t remember what happened when). No problems with service (but you sign for each drink –except in the MDR) and pre-paying this sure kept our bill down at the end of the cruise. I know we did room service the first day (and on the port days) and it was always accurate and arrived at the front end of the ½hr delivery window. We grabbed breakfast at the central park café on day 5 (they definitely captured the NY attitude in there) and Giovani’s for lunch on day 7 - at Giovani’s, the lunch menu is the same menu as dinner (but its half the price). We found the free coffee at the donut shop to be most convenient on the days we did not do room service and just wanted to relax on the Balcony before going to lunch or shore . We brought our Tervis Tumblers so only one trip was required – but they have decent sized “to go” cups there. Pools deck never felt crowded nor did the sports deck. We did one afternoon in the Solarium which was huge and very well appointed. Lines for flowrider, zip line and rock wall were never very bad. Note: even if you pre-signed your waivers you still have to go to the stand to get a wrist band. In the Spa, we did the Rasul mud bath and were very impressed with the entire complex - the mud bath facility was especially nice. Our only rain was one massive thunderstorm: At the end of “Splash” (the comedy water show) there was a loud thunderclap and torrential rain came out of nowhere. As a result, we found the walk around promenade and the sitting area behind the Aqua theater stage. This was really neat spot that we might have otherwise missed. Close to the water, it had the feel of a smaller ship. DINNERS –We had fixed-time late seating and ate dinner in the MDR every night except Cozumel (more to follow on that). We were paired with another cruise addicted couple and enjoyed their company. The Lobster/Shrimp platter on the 2nd formal night was excellent. The pastas were always very good. The meat dishes were so-so at best –seems like they are trying to get you to pay for the premium meats by letting quality slip here. The service was also not on par with our other RCCL cruises – we had a very poor assistant waiter: horseradish and juice lagged the prime rib, sour cream lagged the baked potato, grated cheese lagged the pasta, etc. Gave up on trying to get a beer at dinner, just grabbed one at the bar on the way in and then I figured out if I ordered wine as soon as a saw they guy, I had a decent chance of getting it before desert. Diner to wait-staff ratio seemed to be more or less the same as the Navigator– just think we drew a bad team and that the restaurant manager needs to up his game. SHOWS – We’ve been to almost every production show on each of our 22 cruises. So that’s like 40 something shows and the top three shows we’ve ever experienced were on this cruise! The water show (Oasis of Dreams) was the best thing we’ve ever seen at sea. We were expecting something like you might see at six flags – but it was so much better with acrobats, sych swimmers, a rising bottom in the pool and a HUGE and talented cast. The Ice show was the best of the 4 that we have seen (and all of them were awesome). RCCL could have taken a cookie cutter approach and put the same show on every ship with an ice rink: but each show we’ve seen has been unique and amazingly produced. The soundtrack on this show had everything from Bach to James Brown to Journey and somehow it all tied together. The “Come Fly with Me” production show was the best thing we’ve ever seen in a main theater. The sets, the visuals, the dancers, more acrobats, decent singers - singing great songs. In fact, the sound tracks to all of these shows were amazing (piped in music in public areas was always spot-on as well). Hairspray was also very well done. Really like how they spun studio B around on the Oasis class so that it opens to a common area with the main theater, comedy club and the disco. Because we booked late, we could not get a reservation for everything – but the standby lines were not bad and everyone got a seat. We saw all the shows and had great seats every time. LABADEE – They did not have a pier the last time were visited on Voyager 8 years ago. Our starboard side cabin afforded us a view of the whole facility and the boat /jetski parade that ensued upon arrival. We booked a Jet Ski excursion and it was well worth the money. Our guide was excellent, the jet skis were in great condition and the ride was wonderful. After the excursion we found our way to the Dragon’s Breath Saloon which was next to deserted. Our beverage package worked there and it was a very short walk to the Buffet lunch. There was a deserted plaza and castle area that led to very romantic trail behind the saloon that went undiscovered by 95% of our co-passengers – what a special treat. We were so sun drenched by the end of our day here that we missed the repeater party on the helicopter deck – but we thought it was great that they went out of their way to find a unique venue for this event. JAMACIA – We have a very special beach resort that we frequent from Falmouth, just a $40 round trip cab ride and 60 bucks pp for the all-inclusive day. It is stunningly beautiful and private. Sorry folks, we will not mention the name as we want to keep it that way! All of our embarks and debarks were remarkably quick and easy (and all of them were on time). This was especially so in Falmouth. We were in our cab just 10 minutes after leaving the cabin even though we left at peak time. COZUMEL – DW & I did Sabor on the Magic a couple of years ago and loved it. We did Nachi-Coccom with the Kids on the Navigator and it was just right for a family with teens. As the ship was in port from 7-7 we went “top of the line” at Aura (by Secrets). We had a wonderful day- we got there early for breakfast and enjoyed the beach and lazy river until lunch. After that, we found our way to the swim-up bar and met 3 or 4 nice couples from all walks of life and just enjoyed their company under the sun until an hour before boarding. We certainly did not take advantage of everything this place had to offer, so I’m hesitant to offer my opinion on the subject, but I will anyway. When we have the opportunity to choose between Sabor and Aura again, we’ll choose Sabor. It shares the same beach (which is a bit too rocky for our taste) the service was better and it was about half the price. We had a big night planned for after Cozumel: Giovani’s followed by “Come Fly with Me”. That did not happen as our “party for two” continued on our balcony thru sail away and then we crashed hard and slept through both. The night was not a wash-out as we recovered with dinner at Johnny Rockets and caught the Comedy show. The staff a Giovani’s was gracious and understanding of our missed reservation – we were not charged for dinner and were able to walk in for lunch the next day instead (food and service were over-the-top). We were skeptical of the reservation format for the production shows, but ended up being grateful for it as we were able to catch the show we missed - it was fantastic and it would have been a huge shame to have missed it. FINAL/RANDOM THOUGHTS – Our cabin steward was amazing but in general we were slightly disappointed with the service staff. It kind of seemed like they had made it to the best ship in the fleet so they did not need to go out of their way in most respects. That and the quality of meat dishes in the main dining room were about the only two things that kept this from being a PERFECT vacation for us. The photo system where all of your photos are gathered for you in a slot on a tower is very slick. Casino was nice – we played slots for an hour or so a night and ended up even for the cruise. Disco had great atmosphere. Promenade shops were reasonable and we wish we had more time to experience every venue there and in central park. Great debark at Port Everglades. I believe anybody who likes the Voyager class ships will love an Oasis class ship. It’s not just bigger and better – it is so much more!   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
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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