260 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

Well here I am again writing a review for the Oasis of the seas – Sadly nothing has changed for the RCCL Oasis Class Cruise Ships. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that writing about the experience may not be as ... Read More
Well here I am again writing a review for the Oasis of the seas – Sadly nothing has changed for the RCCL Oasis Class Cruise Ships. After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that writing about the experience may not be as informative as identifying the short falls that seem to be plaguing these big cruise liners. So I have changed up the format a bit to “hopefully” provide a better insight. This was our 13th cruise with RCCL and I am sure the burning question is “why do we keep cruising with RCCL if there is so much pessimism in my reviews” – The answer is simple, we have been fortunate enough to sail on Six of the Eight Class Vessels and 12 of the 23 ships available in these classes. We have reached Diamond Status with Royal Caribbean and with these personal experiences we encountered on these ships we believe we can give a fair and impartial review. Although the Oasis Class Ships fall short of why we enjoy cruising with RCCL – there is still hope with the Freedom / Voyager and Vision Classes. So let’s begin, I will start with the Memorable Experiences, we were a group of 6 during this latest adventure and we generally seek out the Employee that we feel goes above and beyond. This varies from trip to trip – and could be anywhere on the ship. Our first few days on board was disheartening, the lack of Bar Tenders – Workers and the sincere lack of One on One Customer service and personal one on one communications was nowhere to be found. Sadly my wife and I went on this cruise knowing these short falls, however my brother – sister-in-law, Nephew and his fiancé were very discouraged as this was their first trip on the Oasis Class Ship. The crew was not the most personable compared to the Freedom and Voyage Class Ships. The crew seemed weathered, wore out and not very enthusiastic. I get it, these people are working around the clock nonstop day after day, dealing with all types of diversity etc. RCCL owns these issues as “IMO” RCCL is asking more from these people than RCCL “Company” can deliver. The Big Ships hold no comparison to the Freedom and Voyager Classes when it comes to customer service and one on one communications. Customer / Bar Service During our 7 Night Cruise we saw 3 Bartenders on the Pool Deck the whole week, needless to say although we received some service – Most of our drinks were self-Served at the bar. The casino was much worse where waiting for an Hour for a drink was the norm or not getting a drink at all, I actually ordered a drink from a wait staff member and ended up waiting 4 Hours (During this time I was up and down getting my own) Windjammer Nightly – No seating available, general wait time 15-20 minutes before sitting down, Lack of Workers to keep up with the Customer Demand. Dining Room Breakfast Waited 1 Hour for our breakfast – Half Cold – Half Missing and Half Wrong. To top it all off I order Eggs Benedict and the eggs were hard boiled. The Manager of the Breakfast Room told me quote “That is the way they are served” – I looked at him and said you’re kidding right? I was so dumbfounded that I just had to walk away before I said something as imprudent as he just did. Next Cruise Office Honestly – we were treated like children, we were treated like we had no idea what we were doing, One of the Employees that was helping us put a whole new meaning on the word condescending. Casino The Hostess were incredibly rude – condescending and most unprofessional we ever met, Pit Bosses? All they did the whole cruise was sit in the bull pen and talk to one another, a far cry from the Allure 3 months ago where all the pit bosses including the manager were very involved with passengers in the Casino. Bad for business IMO. With that here is what the Oasis Cruise Ship and other Big Liners are missing Customer Service Customer Care Professionalism Cruise Passenger Interaction The Basics that made them who they are With ANY company, bigger does not mean better, especially when your company relies on customer service and fun filled adventure, relax let us do it for you ect. I have a terrible feeling that RCCL and others like it are trying to race to the top with the biggest and best without any regards to what they are actually losing, In comparison to the Freedom / Vision Class Ships – We still maintain that the customer service is outstanding on the smaller ships. At least that is where we left it last we cruised with them. We will know in about a year whether that still stands but for now. Because of our status and offers we have received from RCCL we will be on board the Oasis in December 2019 – Between now and then I do plan on writing letters to corporate with the hopes that things can improve. Look me up late December as I will be sure to write another review. Note: We are not looking for anything – kickbacks etc. We are simply trying to point out that RCCL Oasis Class Ships are missing what we love about cruising – The one on one personal interaction, we do not expect anyone in any field to wait on us hand and foot – that is not the type of people we are, we don’t expect special privileges. We are just pointing out that our concern is that the seasoned cruisers can see what’s missing. We still stay loyal to Royal – just hoping they can get back to the basics. Happy / Safe Sailing Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. ... Read More
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. This year we chose early dining and our server Vaibhav and asst Claire at table 564 in Grand DR were outstanding. The American Icon for breakfast and lunch was always impressive. Windjammer was chaotic at times but well managed. We even tried Johnny Rockets for a fun lunch but opted not to try other optional restaurants. Arrival at Port Canaveral was again the most organized port we've ever experienced - kudos to all the helpful staff there. We chose a Boardwalk balcony - 10329 and it proved to be spectacular- offering both views of the ocean along with the Aqua Theater events. Highly recommended especially if you like an aft view. Once again the entertainment was very enjoyable everywhere except we avoided Cats after being disappointed last year. This massive ship offers such a variety of acts and venues. Glad to see that smoking is being very restricted. Crazy ridiculous drink prices are very evident even with highly promoted packages. Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten were good stops that still displayed the horrific hurricane damage from 2017. They're still trying to recover especially in St. Maarten. Disembarkation was organized considering well over 6000 pax. We opted to self-disembark. Overall a great experience despite such a large ship. Anxious to see what the Oasis two month refurb this fall will have to offer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My wonderful boyfriend had been on a cruise previously and was excited to be part of this adventure with me. It was my first time on a cruise. You do not have to get off the ship for anything! The food was delicious! the crew was friendly ... Read More
My wonderful boyfriend had been on a cruise previously and was excited to be part of this adventure with me. It was my first time on a cruise. You do not have to get off the ship for anything! The food was delicious! the crew was friendly and professional! the cabin overlooking central park was spotless and romantic! we could hear live music every day from the balcony or our cabin! The entertainment on the most part was excellent! except for Cats (which was boring!!). In the main dining room our wait team were friendly and accommodating as we don't eat meat or shellfish. They went the extra mile to make us feel at home!Thanks to Christopher and Tarin!!!( and the extra delicious bread daily!!) Even though there were 6000 other passengers it never felt crowded or hectic on the cruise! We always could find a place to sit by the pool or deck or dining areas at breakfast and lunch! The week previous to our departure from Port Canaveral, unfortunately the Oasis of the sea passengers were in an outbreak due to the norovirus!! When we arrived we were extremely impressed in how it seemed that all preventative measures had been taken to prepare for us. The whole week the crew went out of there way to keep the passengers healthy with sanitizer at every venue, restaurant and store! I work in healthcare and was impressed!!! My only other complaint was the coffee!!!Thank goodness for Starbucks on sale on the Royal Promenade deck! Can you not improve your coffee???!!! Many of us love a good cup of coffee a couple times a day! Our off shore experience with the Nassau glass bottom boat was not worth the money! The speaker system was horrible and you could hardly see anything where they stopped to look thru the bottom! By the way the rum punch seemed watered down as well.Oasis of the Sea if you have kick backs I think it is time you found a better company! All in all it was a fantastic week! Thanks to everyone that made our time enjoyable! Warm regards, A and P Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Royal Caribean has by the far the best ships for most adult travelers! Their shows are professional every night and you would pay hundreds to see them otherwise! Whether it is the ice shows, the broadway shows or the water shows, they ... Read More
Royal Caribean has by the far the best ships for most adult travelers! Their shows are professional every night and you would pay hundreds to see them otherwise! Whether it is the ice shows, the broadway shows or the water shows, they absolutely professional and fantastic! Their food and service are excellent and their prices are affordable. BUT, if you like to social ballroom dance as we amateurs do, Royal Caribbean is definitely NOT for you! We now only take Cunard or Costa ships as they are designed for ballroom dancing of every kind including lessons, bands, singers and floortime every night all night! Both also have excellent food and service, beautiful ships and decent shows. By the way, Holland has carpeted over many of the dance floors on their ships and Celebrity has publicly posted they will no longer cater to ballroom dancers. Why bother with other ships if you are wanting to dance every night?! It is so wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We went on an eastern Caribbean cruise. We had a wonderful time overall, but we were both disappointed with the food in the mdr, the windjammer and the solarium. It was just okay or not really good at all. We ate several of our meals in ... Read More
We went on an eastern Caribbean cruise. We had a wonderful time overall, but we were both disappointed with the food in the mdr, the windjammer and the solarium. It was just okay or not really good at all. We ate several of our meals in the specialty restaurants. We ate at Chops, Giovanni's and 150 Central Park. All three were delicious and had great service. Our two favorites were Giovanni's and 150 Central Park. Our room steward, Laverne was absolutely wonderful. She always has a smile for you. She has a very wonderful attitude and added to our whole experience. The casino is a lot of fun, but those slot machines like to giveth and taketh away. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and ... Read More
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and beautiful with violin and piano music at night. There are so many choices of venues for breakfast and lunch, that we never felt crowded, but you need to do your homework beforehand or you may miss them. Now at the moment, the Solarium Restaurant up on deck 15 is now complimentary dining for breakfast, lunch, AND Dinner. Dinner is unique in that the appetizers and deserts are buffet style, while the main entrée is cooked to order. Warning -the choices do not change nightly, but with grilled shrimp, chicken kabob and an absolutely tender and delicious New York Strip, you will not be disappointed. And the setting is peaceful. Another sometimes forgotten gem is the Wipeout Café for breakfast. Yes, it is small, but uncrowded with fresh cooked to order omelets. Don’t forget to visit Park Café, especially if you love steamship round of beef sandwiches..well there are just so many places to get free food! We love to dance and on Oasis there are also many dance venues beginning with DAZZLES the beautiful bi-level venue with live band nightly playing music from the 50’s to present. Boleros, the Blaze, the Solarium on some nights (last two with DJs). Have never seen so many people dancing as on this ship. BUT all venues the music was too loud, even with earplugs, which I highly recommend. IF it is listed and you like Dixieland, don’t miss the Oasis orchestra on the Boardwalk with their Dixeland concert. Do plan ahead and book your shows in advance, you do not want to miss any of them, especially Come Fly With Me - so exciting, unique and entertaining. I know CATS is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the talent was superb. The Aqua show and ice show did not disappoint BUT be ready for possible disappointment as rough seas can nix the performances. Another plus for me was that you could actually find places where there was no music during the morning or afternoon. I love music, but I don’t need it constantly. We found all the staff friendly with a fun Activity staff….especially if you have a smile on your face, everybody else seem to brighten up. My wife and I love cruising when we can and walk on with a smile and 99% of the time walk off with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise and ship because of the amenities, suites and ports for this particular sailing. We were in suite 1701, Owners Panoramic suite and IT WAS PERFECT. Very spacious, hot tub on the deck....could not have asked for more. ... Read More
We chose this cruise and ship because of the amenities, suites and ports for this particular sailing. We were in suite 1701, Owners Panoramic suite and IT WAS PERFECT. Very spacious, hot tub on the deck....could not have asked for more. Outstanding views of both sea and ship was beautiful. Sailing over Halloween was a blast. Already booked for next year but trying the Harmony Our Royal Genie was good. We did have some issues but it was rectified. We took a shore excursion, we went to St Thomas and St Maarten, to a rum factory...really not worth the 100.00. Formal nights were beautiful. I’m one of those I don’t care what people think and have read a lot of reviews saying people didn’t really dress up. I’m glad I didn’t listen because there were lines of people waiting in formal pictures...the formal dining room was packed with evening gowns and people even still had them on at thhe shows. I’ll say that having star class amenities was WELL WORTH IT. eating whenever and wherever we want...drinking whatever we want...room service whenever we want and whatever we want.....it’s a perk you’ll love. It definitely spoils you. We had no children with us but for some reason review would not complete without saying yes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We travelled from England UK and had a lovely honeymoon on this ship but I will say things that could be improved also. The ship is a marvellous creation. It is impressive how it has been designed. Before the cruise I notified Royal ... Read More
We travelled from England UK and had a lovely honeymoon on this ship but I will say things that could be improved also. The ship is a marvellous creation. It is impressive how it has been designed. Before the cruise I notified Royal Caribbean that it was our honeymoon. I was a little disappointed that no nice little gestures i.e bottle of champagne/chocolates/petals had been put in our room as most hotels do. What Royal Caribbean did offer was for us to go to a honeymooners club and get complimentary champagne and meet other honeymooners at 11.30 am (prime sunbathing time). Well considering we already had a drinks package that was no good to us and why would we want to meet strangers?? This was a bit poor and sneaky of them and something personal would have been a lovely touch. (if you did want champagne etc I was told you have to pay but i will get on to the money grabbing bit). Getting on the ship was a bit of a hassle. Waiting round in the port and getting off took ages it was all a bit of a faff. Also getting off at the first port Nassau was a nightmare but we learned to wait until most people had already disembarked before we made our way off at the next 2 ports. My problem with the ship was it was too crowded. Queuing for breakfast at the windjammer (until we realised we could get breakfast in the solarium which was so much quieter). Queuing for dinner also and for the zip line etc. The most noticeable part of how busy the ship was is the pools. They are literally jam packed on a sea day. And there is a few of them but they were all heaving. Also the nightclub Dazzles was always full we could never get a seat. The central park area was my favourite. So gorgeous and peaceful if you want to get away from the crowds. It took us about six days to actually realise we hadn't seen certain bars/restaurants as the ship is so big. We bought a deluxe drinks package and that really was well worth the money. Everything was included, wine/beer/cocktails/champagne in the special champagne bar (under $15) pop, water and Spirits. I can not fault that. Great cocktails also. The food was always 5 star. I cant understand how anyone can complain about it. The buffets were great so much choice for everyone. We only ever ate at them for breakfast and lunch. The main dining room was brilliant also. Never had a bad meal. We had one meal in 150 central park which was also great for a change. All the staff gave 100% service in the buffet and the main dining room. We liked Mario (Area 135 American Icon) He was a lovely man. We never kept the same seat in the main dining room. Sometimes the service was a bit slow ordering drinks and waiting but the staff all do work so hard to do their best for you. The menu was great lots of choice and always different. I felt like even though we were all inclusive you have to be careful or RC will rinse you. They try and add a daily tip per person to your account but I felt this was awful. Us British have always tipped as and when we get service so we took it off and tipped ourselves as it should be done. $11 to watch a film on the TV... Really?! Paying for gym classes!! and then tips come onnnnn. The excursions were all very expensive, we found it cheaper to go out on our own. Its easy and there are taxis at every port waiting for you. All very safe too as the ships docking is how these islands make money. They have people on the ship taking random pictures. These packages are also pretty expensive. Didn't do any shopping on the ship as they were mainly designer shops and expensive. Speciality restaurants are extra cost (you dont actually really need them as the standard food is so good). Internet was ...wait for it ...$19.99 for ONE day!! That should be free. I wouldnt even mind if it was like $3 a day but to charge $19.99 is robbery. That is for basic speed also.There was a high speed one for about $30 a day. Our cabin was lovely gorgeous ocean view and quite spacious. We were in 8558 and our room attendant Tut was just fabulous. The room was just done up as if by magic whenever we left and come back. He made cute towel animals also with googly eyes which was nice. You could feel the ship moving now and then but overall it was pretty smooth. I get sea sick but never on this. The only show we did was Ice skating it was phenomenal. Never seen such talent before. We wanted to see the aqua show but couldn't get booked in. Making the reservation for 150 central park restaurant was easy. We did the Zip line and flow rider, bit of a queue but good fun. The ports were Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten. St Thomas was my favourite it was like paradise and the people were so welcoming. In St Thomas we went to Coki beach (in a taxi) and snorkelled it was beautiful. The best snorkelling spot. Loads of tropical fish shallow. In St Maarten we went to Maho beach again in a taxi where the planes come in low to land, what a great experience. In Bahamas we stayed local and walked to Junkanoo beach. It was nice but not as nice as the others. RC try and get people to shop at every port. They obviously get some sort of commission for sending passengers into the local shops but there is more to holidays than diamond shopping at every port (if you can afford it)! I probably wouldn't do another cruise anytime soon as I prefer land holidays and not sure I would go with RC again as they are a bit greedy $$ but I would recommend the ports. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Royal Caribbean set a decent standard for future cruises (while on the ship). The ship was clean and had high end finishings; I However, the cruise check-in staff at Port Canaveral were rude and uncaring. As a first time cruiser, I was ... Read More
Royal Caribbean set a decent standard for future cruises (while on the ship). The ship was clean and had high end finishings; I However, the cruise check-in staff at Port Canaveral were rude and uncaring. As a first time cruiser, I was unsure of where to go and what to do and I found myself being barked at by employees on multiple occasions. On the ship everything was smooth sailing. I enjoyed the many activities that the cruise offered, but I’d like to see more late night activities, as there was nothing to do after midnight besides eating pizza. The dining experience was by far my best experience. My servers Komang and Eri were nothing short of spectacular. They provided stellar service. The dining menu offered various food choices, all of which I found delicious. The show “Cats” was absolutely horrific. I was put to sleep after the first 15 minutes of the show. I would not recommend this show. More than half of the audience filed out of the show at intermission and didn’t return. It was by far one of the worst activities on the boat. Overall, besides the terrible check-in experience at Port Canaveral, I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise. The excursion tours were thrilling and exciting. I would like to see the check-in issues resolved in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, but when my boyfriend told me that he has never been on a cruise before, I knew nothing less than the Oasis of The Seas would do, especially since we were celebrating his 50th birthday. The ship ... Read More
I have cruised with Royal Caribbean before, but when my boyfriend told me that he has never been on a cruise before, I knew nothing less than the Oasis of The Seas would do, especially since we were celebrating his 50th birthday. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. The stateroom which was over-looking central park was gorgeous!!! It was spacious and well laid out. I will say that the shore excusions are hit or miss. The worst was St. Martin. We did a scenic tour and it was horrible. I understand that the islands got hit by a hurricane, but what we saw was people living in shipping containers, and tents. The service we received was a 10!!! From the cabin attendant to our waiters in the main dining room. Overall, I would rate my vacation as a 9!!! The food, cabin, ship and entertainment was outstanding and will definitely be cruising with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise ship because we wanted to try a lot of onboard activities. The good: -we loved our “indoor balcony” that overlooked Cental Park. Beautiful plants and often music -we loved the food. Sorrentos has the best ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship because we wanted to try a lot of onboard activities. The good: -we loved our “indoor balcony” that overlooked Cental Park. Beautiful plants and often music -we loved the food. Sorrentos has the best cruise ship pizza ever. We had heard that the Windjammer was crazy, but it really depended on the time. It usually wasn’t too bad and it had a great selection of food. The Solarium bistro was lovely for breakfast. -the dive show (Oasis of Dreams) was incredible! -the photographers were great. There were lots of opportunities to have pictures taken -the solarium was a relaxing and kid-free place. We enjoyed the various types of lounge chairs and the whirlpools. -the app was a great way to keep up with what was going on during the day and to find your way around the ship. You can also make reservations through the app. -the rock wall was fun and challenging. The equipment for the rock wall, zip line, and flow rider was all in great condition -we loved the outdoor movies in the Aqua Theater The Bad: -two big shows were cancelled due to an equipment failure. The replacement shows were thrown together at the last minute and were not great. They were mostly singers. Most of the music was from the 60’s and 70’s. This did not appeal to most people on board. Very disappointing when we were expecting to see Cats and an acrobatic show called Come Fly with Me. -several game shows (Family Feud, the Liars Club, and the Perfect Couple for example) were held in small venues. There was standing room only and many people still could not attend because of lack of space. Also disappointing. -the mattress in our room was old and uncomfortable. It would have been nice if the room temperature would have gone down to 70 degrees. It was a bit warm -the pools were packed! We didn’t even attempt to get in them -we bought the soda package. We received a cup. The cup was large but the lid was not leakproof. There were a few soda refill machines around the ship. It was nice to not have to wait at the bar for refills, but there should have been more machines. Also the machines were often out of ice. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife and i wanted to cruise to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. This was our second cruse, but first with Royal Caribbean. We paid over 4k for the stateroom, for 8 days. We paid extra for a 3 nights premium dining plan (like ... Read More
My wife and i wanted to cruise to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. This was our second cruse, but first with Royal Caribbean. We paid over 4k for the stateroom, for 8 days. We paid extra for a 3 nights premium dining plan (like a steakhouse or Italian), and wifi. The wifi pricing is the most absurd thing ever. $17-$21 USD per day for internet. I used it so I could communicate with my wife as sometimes we went off to different places on the ship. It should also be free when the inboard onboard entertainment keeps getting cancelled. If you purchase a stateroom movie (price was $11.99), make sure you watch it in 48 hours or you lose it. This was our first Spa package and we feel it was worth it! Plus it gave us something to do when the onboard entertainment kept getting cancelled. Our ship had a 16 and older pool are which was very nice. Make sure you understand your dining package before you board. Sometimes the buffet places were better than the main dining. We did not get the drink package. They provided tea, basic coffee, juice, flavored water, and water at no additional cost. Soda required the next level drinking package. Alcohol required the next level after soda (recommended if you have more than 5 drinks per day per person). Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas due to the features onboard as well as the nice itinerary. Ship Even though the ship is massive, it is very easy to navigate. It is broken up into neighbourhoods such as Central Park, ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas due to the features onboard as well as the nice itinerary. Ship Even though the ship is massive, it is very easy to navigate. It is broken up into neighbourhoods such as Central Park, the Boardwalk, and Royal Promenade. There are maps and signs all over the ship so it’s hard to get lost. Since it is such a large ship, it holds a lot of people. This means that we often had to wait a while for an elevator or search for a while for two chairs together by the pool. Dining We paid for First Night Done Right. We were assigned to Giovanni’s, but I really wanted to try Choppes. They didn’t charge us anything extra (even though other reviewers have posted that this is common practice.) My meal at the steakhouse was my favourite. We each ordered a filet mignon; it was cooked perfectly and there were 3 sauces to choose from. They pour your choice on your plate at the table. We each ordered dessert, and upon hearing it was our anniversary, they sent us a third dessert with a candle and sang us a song. The sever was attentive and had a good sense of humour! We also had dinner at Giovanni’s, and it was fantastic too! I had the gnocchi with spinach and cream sauce; it was SO GOOD! The other 5 nights we ate in the main dining room. It was quite good. I didn’t care for the New York Strip steak as it was a little overdone and rubbery. Drinks We purchased the deluxe beverage package and found the drink service excellent. The variety of beer, wine, and cocktails was awesome! We never had to wait for a drink. Entertainment We saw the comedy show, headliners, the oasis of dreams, and a parade. The comedians were funny and they involved the audience quite a bit! I also really enjoyed the oasis of dreams show; the diving was impressive! The show was supposed to be performed a number of times throughout the cruise, but it was cancelled several times due to technical issues. In place of the last oasis of dreams show, they put on a Dreamworks Parade on the promenade. It was cute, but I felt stuck at the side while it was on and I just wanted to cut across to get a drink. Activities There is so much to do on the ship. I did the zip lining and enjoyed the pool on each day at sea. We also had fun in the casino. There are quite a few table games and plenty of slot machines. Shore Excursions Bahamas We enjoyed all three ports. We purchased an excursion through the ship in the Bahamas; it was called the VIP BEACH DAY IN BLUE LAGOON. It was very expensive at $135 pp. And it was chaos when we got off the ship. There were thousands of passengers trying to figure out where to line up and there were hardly any employees to tell us where to go. Once we got on our ferry, everything was great. It was a 25 minute ride to Blue Lagoon. The beach was separate from the rest of the activities. We had chairs and an umbrella. We were greeted with mimosas❤️We also got to see people interacting with sting rays and dolphins. They had tubes to float on (no charge) and they served us lunch right on the beach. St Thomas We decided to go on our own this time and it was a much smoother process. We did some shopping right off the dock. Then we decided to take a taxi to Meagan’s Bay Beach. It was $10 pp each way. It was about a 20 minute ride. It also costs $5 pp to access the beach. The beach was beautiful! The sand is white and the water was clear and warm. We enjoyed this day very much! St Maarten We decided to skip the beach and just shop here. We took a taxi cab ($7 round trip all day). These people are still working to recover from the hurricane. The police presence was strong so I felt pretty safe. My husband bought a watch and I bought a diamond necklace. We saved a few hundred dollars. One thing I was not prepared for is the constant requests for more tips. We already pay a nice sum of money for prepaid gratuities and yet there is a tip line on bills for drinks, food, etc. We ended up giving an extra $100 or so in tips. I think they should have prepaid grats or pay as you go grats, not both. Overall , we had an excellent vacation! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We picked this ship because it is really large. With our Star Class, getting on and off the boat was always easy. Our Genie took care of us so we waited very little. The ship has lots to do, is clean and absolutely beautiful. Our cabin ... Read More
We picked this ship because it is really large. With our Star Class, getting on and off the boat was always easy. Our Genie took care of us so we waited very little. The ship has lots to do, is clean and absolutely beautiful. Our cabin was a suite. There are 2 suites bigger than ours but they don't sleep but 4 or 6. Ours sleeps 8 and was spacious. The views were great, the balcony was amazing and the service was above and beyond my expectations. Being Star Class definitely made us feel like Royalty! Your personal Genie caters to your every need. I had 4 fourteen year old boys and they had a blast. Plenty for them to do socially and they love sports. They were occupied at all times and I always felt they were safe and supervised. They loved the 24 hour room service! The entertainment was awesome. We saw Cats, the Aqua theater water show, the ice skating show, the comedy show and all of the bands and singers. We missed some shows, just ran out of time. All of the shows and bands were great! Some of our group did other events and loved them all. My husband played poker and gave it a big thumbs up. The staff at all levels are very accommodating and kind. They work hard and seem to be happy to serve. The food was delicious and we ate way too much! The shore excursions were typical. Ours was not described accurately for St. Thomas (said 2 beaches but was only 1 and rushed). It was snorkeling too and not many fish. Nassau at Atlantis is crowded and the rain closed it for a bit. But there is a beach and it has jet skis for rent and other water activities. St. Maarten was our best! Sea Trek and they threw in some snorkeling. We saw lots of fish there. Then we found a Zip line on our own afterwards that Royal Caribbean does not sell and it was the best of all. It was a zip line plus you could ride an inner tube down the mountain. Just need more time at all the stops. Typical for a cruise but there is always a rush and of course, lots of people. But everyone was friendly and we always felt safe. Bring cash off ship for extras! Jet skis Etc want cash. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I would highly recommend the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea to anyone, especially as a honeymoon, but really for any sort of vacation or occasion. We had a balcony room on Deck 12 which was a very nice room, we enjoyed being able to sit ... Read More
I would highly recommend the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea to anyone, especially as a honeymoon, but really for any sort of vacation or occasion. We had a balcony room on Deck 12 which was a very nice room, we enjoyed being able to sit out on the balcony in the morning/evening or when we were coming into port. Our stateroom attendant, Jermaine, consistently went above and beyond to make us feel at home, highly personable, went of his way to ensure everything in our room was to our satisfaction and along with the other housekeeping staff did what they could to make us feel special on our honeymoon. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Jermaine. The food and service in the American Icon dining room were top notch. We were so impressed by our servers (which having been a server in the past, I'm a fairly tough critic), we actually reserved at table in their section every night. Trust the waitstaff recommendations on dinner options, every time we selected something they had recommended we were highly pleased with it. Honestly, don't bother spending the money on the specialty restaurants. We went to one and talked to other couples who went to a couple of the others and all of us agreed, that the food in the dining room was just as good if not better and the service was better than in the specialty restaurants. And for some great drinks in a really nice atmosphere check out the Trellis Bar in the Central Park Deck 8 area of the ship. Jude and his fellow bartenders always treated us great. The activities on the ship were a lot of fun too. You could make the trip as relaxed or as busy as you wanted. We loved the Honeymooner's get together - what a great idea to give all of us a chance to get to know each other. We forged a friendship with another couple that began in part through our attendance at the Honeymooner's get together. We also absolutely loved the night time game shows (love and marriage, battle of the sexes, quest, perfect couple, etc) and attended every one. As a singer, the Rock a Rokie karaoke with the band was so much fun, definitely something you should keep.The headliner show, ice show, and aqua theater show were all amazing. We didn't get to see the Come Fly with Me show because of technical difficulties -- we were disappointed but of course everything can't be perfect. But they did offer up other activities in its place. The quality of the entertainment was truly top notch. Our ports were Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We did the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim in the Bahamas. This was a bucket-list item for me and my husband and it was worth every penny we paid for it. We each got a "foot push" by the dolphins, got a dolphin hug, kiss, danced with them in the water, and more. Neither of us will ever forget that. At St. Thomas we went snorkeling and on a catamaran sail ride. The snorkeling was ok, we saw a lot of turtles and our guides were great, but I wish the area we snorkeled in had more coral reef or colorful fish. Finally in St. Maarten, we took it a little easier and went on an island tour by bus to see both sides of the island, did a little shopping, and took tons of pictures. All in all, it was the most amazing honeymoon we could ask for. Thank you Royal Caribbean and Oasis of the Seas! We will definitely be back! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We went on a 7- night cruise for our 10th anniversary and I don't think we could have made a better choice. Royal Caribbean does such an amazingjob with everything: food, service, entertainment. You can really tell that everyone on ... Read More
We went on a 7- night cruise for our 10th anniversary and I don't think we could have made a better choice. Royal Caribbean does such an amazingjob with everything: food, service, entertainment. You can really tell that everyone on that vessel takes great pride in their work and ship. Highly recommend this cruise! The excursion options were great. Each stop had something to offer, some the same and some unique to the locations. The daily itineraries they deliver each night along with the shopping guide are so helpful in planning your next day: whether it's figuring when to do what or what time the eateries will be open or letting you know the currency of your next destination or even what time you can catch the sunrise. We constantly referred back to those. And of you left yours in your room, there were some available at the customer service desk. There is no way to be bored on board either. There is so much to do. Again, I highly recommend this cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This is my 3rd time on the beautiful Oasis. I have also sailed on her sister ship the Allure. As far as ships go, the Oasis is awesome. The Aqua Show and the Ice Show are fantastic. I think the Broadway show Cats the Musical is a poor ... Read More
This is my 3rd time on the beautiful Oasis. I have also sailed on her sister ship the Allure. As far as ships go, the Oasis is awesome. The Aqua Show and the Ice Show are fantastic. I think the Broadway show Cats the Musical is a poor choice for a cruise and not only was the theater not full but more than half of the guests left mid-show...not because the performers were not talented but because the show is just weird. As far as my overall experience, let me just share that I am almost a "diamond plus" member for RCCL and I have been very loyal to their brand for almost 20 years. Not any more! I was appalled at the constant "nickel and diming". I knew in advance that for the four cabins I was paying for (3 central park balconies and one junior suite) that with the alcohol package, specialty dining, excursions etc. that I would be paying just about $20,000.00 for the cruise. Little did I know that where popcorn used to be free, they now charge your $2.50 (plus 18% service fee) for a tiny little bag. Room service used to be free - now $7.95 plus the 18% service fee. My spin class had a $20 charge but then they added the 18% service fee (and the instructor was horrible - didn't even stretch us at the end of class. When questioned about not stretching he said that in "boot camp" - which also has a surcharge, they will stretch me!!!). When have any of you ever paid your aerobics instructor a tip? Toooooo Much! Cupcake class - surcharge, sushi class - surcharge, tour of the kitchen (used to be free) - now $30 plus 18%, craft workshop - surcharge, card making - surcharge, body sculpt - surcharge, spin class - surcharge, yoga - surcharge, wine tasting - surcharge - even with the alcohol package!!!! I would much prefer that I was charged $22,000 (vs. $20,000) and EVERYTHING (with the exception of specialty dining, alcohol and gambling) was included. On to the never ending service charges.... Years ago, staff members worked very hard to secure their tip. These were the days when service was excellent. The harder the staff member worked to make your vacation as perfect as possible, the more money they made. About 8 years ago, the cruise lines decided to change this and offer prepaid gratuities. This wasn't such a bad concept because it alleviated the need to hand out cash on the last night to all that helped make your trip special. This has completely taken a wrong turn! For this trip, I prepaid ALL gratuities for my entire crew. Because I know that these service fees are shared among the entire crew, I always bring a few hundred dollars in singles to hand out to the staff member that does something "special". I paid so many service fees, I gave up on handing out the singles. My one specialty dining waitress even suggested that I tip her because she will not see the 18% that I prepaid. If I am paying $180 in specialty dining service charges and the waitress is not seeing any of it (or very little), then where is it going? Do I really need to tip her more one top of the $180? The very last night, My cabin steward gave me an envelope that said "tip,tip hooray" for extra good service. Yes, he did a good job but he was already tipped when I prepaid my gratuities. Do I need to give more than the prepaid amount when he was just doing his job - nothing more, nothing less? You cannot have it both ways Royal - either remove the auto-gratuities - which will promote the excellent customer service you once offered - where your staff earned their tips...or put it in place for your cabin stewards and wait staff ONLY! My next cruise will be with Norwegian Cruise Lines. I like the concept of FREE alcohol, gratuity, excursions, internet and specialty dining!!! Ps. I prepaid the arcade card for my teens to get the online discount - at least half of the games were not in working order. Pay a little extra and buy the arcade cards on ship so you don't overbuy like I did. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our second time in the oasis class ship! However for overall nightlife and partying the smaller ships tend to be better! Great shows on this class of ship! Cats was amazing and we actually saw it twice!!! Over all would ... Read More
This was our second time in the oasis class ship! However for overall nightlife and partying the smaller ships tend to be better! Great shows on this class of ship! Cats was amazing and we actually saw it twice!!! Over all would recommend! Our cabin was a Central Park balcony cabin that unfortunately was next to a screw service area that ended up very loud at various times! On the bright side of the cabin the balcony was double the size! Dining was very good with plenty of options to eat! We ate at 150 central one night and it was absolutely amazing! Windjammer was very good and plentiful! Our first seating dining was good but we wanted to be seated with people but did not get a chance to dine with anyone! Summertime allows to be a lot of kids to be in these ships and we prefer not to be seated with kids at dinner time! We love Royal Caribbean and would recommend the oasis of the seas! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The ship is huge and offers so many activities that we needed all seven days to explore everything. We enjoyed the perfect amount of rest and relaxation, while also enjoying activity. We did my time dining in the American Icon restaurant, ... Read More
The ship is huge and offers so many activities that we needed all seven days to explore everything. We enjoyed the perfect amount of rest and relaxation, while also enjoying activity. We did my time dining in the American Icon restaurant, and it seemed like one side had better service than the other. However, the food was always great, especially the desert. We always ate breakfast at Windjammer, which has a buffet with anything you could want on it. Sorrento's was always the go to in between for pizza. One place you have to visit is Cups and Scoops... Cupcake Sunday... Your choice of cupcake and your choice of Ben and Jerry's ice cream with whatever toppings you want. The stateroom was amazing and always kept really clean. One thing that was surprisingly pretty clean all the time was the public restrooms, but the staff did a good job keeping everything clean. The entertainment was really good! The bands played well and singers sang well. Jazz band was a favorite. Boleros was always full of Latin flavor, and the Temperature band in Dazzles did a great Earth, Wind and Fire tribute. My favorite port of call was St. Martin, even though it's still pretty damaged from the two hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunami they had. There are lots of damaged buildings, buildings that are completely gone, and shipwrecks in the water still. However, we did a cool excursion through Royal Caribbean that took us on a double decker bus to a rum tasting, gelato place, and cheese tasting. We also got to see Maho Beach for a short time. Overall, we had a blast! Spent too much and ate too much, but it was worth it and you only live once so we splurged a little. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Everyone on the Oasis was kind and polite. The ship had so many activities that I couldn't get to them all. The shore excursions were fantastic. The dining on board was varied and the service was great. Our housekeeper knew us by name ... Read More
Everyone on the Oasis was kind and polite. The ship had so many activities that I couldn't get to them all. The shore excursions were fantastic. The dining on board was varied and the service was great. Our housekeeper knew us by name and always spoke to us when he saw us. Everyone was willing to go out of their way to make our experience special. The only annoyance was getting off the ship at the ports and getting to the excursion meeting spot in a sea of people who didn't know what they were doing. The shore excursions crew were very vague about the meeting points, mostly just telling us "you'll see it." They also rushed us and threatened to leave us, but every single excursion started late. The excursions themselves were amazing. We snorkeled in Nassau, toured St. John when we stopped at St. Thomas (and still had plenty of shopping time in St. Thomas), and took a 6-hour island tour by boat in St. Maarten. In each case, the boat captains, taxi drivers, and crews were knowledable, fun, and polite. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I, my fiancee and her adult daughter, wanted to experience a cruise on one of the Oasis - class ships. We booked the Oasis of the Seas, and it was fabulous! I had never been on such a large ship before, and I was worried about how crowded ... Read More
I, my fiancee and her adult daughter, wanted to experience a cruise on one of the Oasis - class ships. We booked the Oasis of the Seas, and it was fabulous! I had never been on such a large ship before, and I was worried about how crowded everything might be, especially since I use a scooter. My worries were without basis, since the ship was easily-accessible and the staff we encountered were terrific. Our embarkation was incredibly fast and without any issues. Disembarkation was the same, even though we decided to handle our own luggage. Everyone made it so easy, and I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it went. My fiancee and I had a Jr Suite with an oversized balcony, which was spacious and very comfortable. I use a scooter and I was pleasantly surprised at how much room there was for my scooter to be parked and even, turn around. Although we had signed up for "My Time Dining", we soon fell in love with the Windjammer, with so may options. Even though it was buffet-style, there was an overwhelming choice of food, with multiple desserts and more choices for appetizers, sides, entrees, etc. And best of all, you could go up for as many trips as you could fit! LOL Entertainment was professional and very high quality, which I would expect at locations like Las Vegas. We especially enjoyed the performance of Cats and the rock 'n roll revue, but every show we attended was wonderful. If you can't find something to do every minute of every day, then it's all your fault! There is something for everyone, and if nothing else, there are many pools and hot tubs available. Look for the free custard (cone) machines - they were a wonderful way to cool down after swimming or sunning. Drink service was also excellent, with staff coming around regularly to bring you your favorite drink. Our shore excursions were lots of fun, including our tour of the Atlantis at Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas. This resort is one of the best in the world, with lots of things to see and do. I stayed at the Atlantis in 1998 and there is so much more to it now. Make sure you get to see the amazing aquarium, with sharks, barracuda, manta rays, and many other genus of fish. Unfortunately, St Thomas did not offer any accessible tours, however, we made do with nearby shops, bars and restaurants. There was also free entertainment at the port (steel drum band). Our stopover at St. Maarten/St Martin, was good, with an accessible tour available. Our one disappointment was that there is still a lot of residual damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria, with missing roofs, walls and lots of tree damage. It was sad to see all the damage, especially after having been in St Maarten in 2009 and enjoying t very much. Overall, we were thrilled with our cruise and we look forward to another one soon. Whether you are a veteran cruiser or a newbie, Royal Caribbean knows how to treat you and you will soon be convinced that cruising is a great vacation alternative and experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We were celebrating our anniversary. Embarkation at the Port Canaveral Pier was easy with no hassles or delays. A far better experience than the first cruise we took a few years ago. The service we received on board was excellent! Our ... Read More
We were celebrating our anniversary. Embarkation at the Port Canaveral Pier was easy with no hassles or delays. A far better experience than the first cruise we took a few years ago. The service we received on board was excellent! Our cabin attendant was always very cheerful and extremely helpful providing assistance throughout our voyage. We cannot say enough about the wait staff in the American Icon Dining Room. They exceeded our expectations every night. We felt welcomed every time we dined there and they even remembered our names. That's quite a feat considering how many people they serve on a daily basis. The excursions were fun as well. However, we were very dissappointed with the 5 Star Island Tour in St. Thomas. The staff at Magen's Bay (gift shop/restaurant/bar) were rude and unaccommodating. They had beach umbrellas but refused to rent them even though it was a very hot day. They had negative attitudes toward the guests and service was very slow. The beach was beautiful but until the vendor enhances their customer service, I would not recommend this excursion. Other than that, we had a great experience on this sailing! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The ship and itinerary matched the experience I was looking for. Stayed in Crown Loft Suite. I think this is the best suite/room I have stayed in on any ship. I like the ports of call with Nassau being the least favorite. Would have rather ... Read More
The ship and itinerary matched the experience I was looking for. Stayed in Crown Loft Suite. I think this is the best suite/room I have stayed in on any ship. I like the ports of call with Nassau being the least favorite. Would have rather spent a day in Labadee or Cocoa Cay instead of Nassau. The amount of time in Nassau is too short to enjoy the expensive water park at Atlantis and too long if you are just in the market area. The rest of the island is pretty sketchy. Saint Thomas and Saint Marten are recovering from the hurricanes steadily and are great ports of call. Tivi resort in Saint Marten was a great place to spend the day. Clean bathrooms, restaurants, shops and bars. Good selection of water sports as well. The Oasis is now my favorite class of ship. The only suggestion is to add water slides (on Oasis itself) for the kids like other ships have. Dining at Coastal kitchen and access to the concierge lounge made the cost for a loft suite hold more value. Complimentary drinks throughout the day and evening was also a bonus. Main dining room was good and having other complimentary dining such as park cafe was a nice change. Wi-Fi was also included and worked better on board this ship than it had on others. Always enjoy the on board entertainment, quality performances by very talented individuals. Overall it was a great vacation and we were blessed with great weather and flat seas. I highly recommend the Sky class suite experience if you can get a decent deal. Though it isn't cheap it comes with many perks and advantages. The drawback is once you have experienced this level (or higher like Star class), you wont want to go back. Its the difference of flying first class VS coach, except you live it 24-7 for a week. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The ship was absolutely beautiful. The entertainment was incredible especially the Aqua show and the Headliner show. We stayed in an ocean view balcony room on the 10th floor. I thought it was quite spacious and waking up to the view of ... Read More
The ship was absolutely beautiful. The entertainment was incredible especially the Aqua show and the Headliner show. We stayed in an ocean view balcony room on the 10th floor. I thought it was quite spacious and waking up to the view of the ocean is priceless. We mostly ate breakfast and lunch at the Windjammer Cafe because we had dinner reservations at many of the specialty restaurants. Giovannis was a great Italian place right in the Central park area of the ship. We also bought the Chefs table which was incredible. The wine and food were exceptional. Everything from start to finish was perfect. The only con I would give is the time spent in line waiting for our shore excursions that we purchased. We waited outside in the sun for an hour waiting for them to take us to a shuttle for our excursion. Did get very frustrating especially since we were only at places for a couple hours. I do understand that they need to organize a lot of people, but waiting over an hour was a bit redic. This is my only con though. Everything else was absolutely perfect!!! We already booked our next cruise in January. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
There is something for EVERYONE on the Ship and in the ports! The food in the Windjammer, Wipe Out Johnny Rockets and the Solarium for Breakfast was very good. The variety was AMAZING! Windjammer was were we at for lunch and it had too ... Read More
There is something for EVERYONE on the Ship and in the ports! The food in the Windjammer, Wipe Out Johnny Rockets and the Solarium for Breakfast was very good. The variety was AMAZING! Windjammer was were we at for lunch and it had too many options of food! That was a good thing! We only ate in the Main Dinning Room (American Icon) at night. We had My Time and had a VERY rocky start but finished well. We like to meet people and in the beginning they insisted on putting us at a table for two! We did end up eating with another couple nights two on. It was GREAT> The food was AMAZING. Many choices for appetizers, main dish and dessert! Our room was GREAT. We booked a little late but the room fit our needs very well! Alex our room Steward was AMAZING . . . Hope we have him on another cruise. Best cabin Steward we have ever had with Royal Caribbean! ! ! We will cruise again as soon as we can because we loved it so much! ! The ports were Amazing. We enjoyed Bermuda the best as we have been to St Thomas and St Martin several times but we still enjoyed them! We love doing our own thing at ports of call and did so this time. We enjoyed the sea day too. There were many activities on the ship but again we did our own thing. Both embarkation and debarkation went VERY smoothly! Port Canaveral is one of the easiest ports for BOTH getting on and off the ship! VERY organized and VERY effecient in ALL respects! We have used five RC ports and by far PC is the BEST! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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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