199 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Western

My wife and I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines. We've docked next to Oasis of the Seas and added this ship to our cruise bucket list. We are new empty-nesters and decided to take our first vacation in a long ... Read More
My wife and I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines. We've docked next to Oasis of the Seas and added this ship to our cruise bucket list. We are new empty-nesters and decided to take our first vacation in a long time. We booked Oasis, and we are beyond glad that we did! What an amazing ship! It is extremely clean. Wanda in housekeeping, did an immaculate job keeping our room clean and tidy.She was so friendly and really made our vacation special. We had an ocean view room on the 9th floor. The window was huge, and it allowed us to look out and see the beautiful water and ports. All of the shows were outstanding! Our favorites included "Come Fly with Me", the aqua show, and the ice show. We were never bored. In fact, we were exhausted by the end of the day from all of the activities that we did. Food - All of the food was delicious! The MDR service was great, but even the food in Windjammer exceeded our expectations. Yes, it is a buffet, but it was tasty and uniquie every day. You will definitely want to try Sabor, the Mexican cantina on the ship. It was the best Mexican food we've ever had. Try the margaritas and the guacamole was delicious! Embarkation/Debarkation - Quick and easy. The whole process took about 25 to 30 minutes each time. Port Canaveral does an amazing job moving over 6,000 people quickly. The 7-nights went by quickly and we can't want to check out another Oasis-class ship soon! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail on one of RCI’s “Big Ones” and we only wanted three ports so we would have more time at sea to relax. The ship is awesome. Very well laid out. Although there were over 6,000 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail on one of RCI’s “Big Ones” and we only wanted three ports so we would have more time at sea to relax. The ship is awesome. Very well laid out. Although there were over 6,000 passengers we never felt crowded. We chose the dining that allowed us to eat at our discretion rather than choosing to eat at the same time and table every night. Our food and service were exceptional! I’ve been on almost 30 cruises and this ship nailed it in the dining/service category! We made reservations before we boarded and that saved us a lot of time waiting in line. We liked the Solarium area to relax and use the hot tub. Most of the time we could find two chairs there with no problem. It’s quiet and relaxing. Also, there is a Buffet there that doesn’t get too busy so that was very convenient. We went to two shows: “Come Fly With Me” and the Aqua show. Both were great. The comedy show was also great so all the shows we went to were well worth our time. We’re not “Cats” fans so did not go to that. We chose the Wave Runner excursion in Labadee and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide spent 15 minutes going through a safety video and making sure everyone was on board with the rules. On the water we had a blast!! I would highly recommend this tour. Labadee is very well laid out and has many different areas to spend your day in. The buffet on the beach was typical (burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken) but it was all good. Our cabin (#11278) was a standard balcony cabin. Arlene was our attendant and she was super!! Very friendly and efficient. FYI there are no outlets by the bed to charge your phone, as a matter of fact there was only one outlet in the cabin (not including the bathroom) and it was located on the desk. It was laid out fine and there is ample space If you use all the cabinets. Tyne only issue was the hair dryer was very weak. Of course, the cruise was badly affected when 500 people contracted the noroviris. We knew something was up when we went to the Windjammer for breakfast and everything was being served by crew members. We couldn’t even get our own water or butter. And the time and effort it took to clean and sanitize a table after someone left was considerable. In the dining room, the servers would sanitize the salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowl and the butter bowl. We arrived in Jamaica that morning and we sat there for about six hours before the captain decided to leave. He made an initial announcement about the delay about two hours after we arrived and made a few more before the big announcement and also that we were leaving. It was during this time he announced people had gotten sick from norovirus. Unfortunately there are many people who come on cruises knowing they’re sick and yet do nothing to stop it from spreading from themselves to others. So many people got sick and it could have been prevented by simple hand washing and practicing good hygiene. The norovirus was and is not the fault of the cruise line. It’s caused by people who don’t care about others. I felt RCI did a great job to try and contain the spread of the norovirus and seemed to have a plan in place from the onset. I commend them for the job they did. I know it doesn’t help those who got sick because their cruise was ruined but I feel it needs to be said that the cruise line did all they could. On the critical side of the review... We were unhappy with our couples massage. They asked us what we wanted and where they needed to focus but they still just did what they normally do. We felt like they didn’t really listen. Massages on the ship aren’t cheap so it would be nice to have them pay closer attention to the answers you give them at the beginning. We were disappointed that the free ice cream was only offered for a limited time during the day. We felt it should have been available until midnight for us late night snackers. Speaking of which, the food choices overall, outside the dining room and buffet after 8:00 pm were extremely limited. The pizza was good but if we didn’t want pizza all you had left to choose from were desserts and petite sandwiches that didn’t look very appealing, at the Cafe Promenade. I feel they could easily improve in that area. Overall we were very happy with the cruise, aside from the norovirus issue. We would definitely recommend this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This is my 3rd cruise with RCCL and my 6th overall. This was by far the best one. I was worried about being on such a big ship with 6000 passengers as I have only been on smaller ships before. It was never a issue. There is always ... Read More
This is my 3rd cruise with RCCL and my 6th overall. This was by far the best one. I was worried about being on such a big ship with 6000 passengers as I have only been on smaller ships before. It was never a issue. There is always something to do and we were never bored. I had read the reviews about the ship being old and showing its age, Not true. It was not brand new but was well maintained and clean. The staff were all professional and we never had a issue. We stayed in a junior suite and it was much more comfortable then we were used to. Only issue we had was we were not able to have dinner in the Coastal Kitchen that suite guest could use. By the time we tried to get in it was already reserved for the cruise. Not a big deal the main dinning room was great. The entertainment on the ship was top rate. Cats was excellent and the diving show is something not to miss. I read lots of negative reviews of this ship and I don't see what people are complaining about. I work in a service industry and know hard it is to please some people and RCCL are great. No matter what you do some people will not be happy. I recommend this cruise for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
When we saw CATS was being performed on this ship, we had to book this cruise. It's been 30 years since we've seen CATS on Broadway and in Toronto, and it was every bit as good on the Oasis of the Seas. We saw it twice! In ... Read More
When we saw CATS was being performed on this ship, we had to book this cruise. It's been 30 years since we've seen CATS on Broadway and in Toronto, and it was every bit as good on the Oasis of the Seas. We saw it twice! In general, Royal Caribbean spared no expense--great performers, choreography and technical effects--on all the shows onboard. We also especially enjoyed the ice show (with the Russian sand artist) and the aqua show. This was our (two adults, late 60s/early 70s) first cruise with Royal Caribbean and we thank all the Cruise Critic reviewers for their input, especially the information that advance reservations are needed for shows and dining. We had most things arranged three months in advance and are glad we did, at least for the peace of mind knowing we would see/do what we wanted. I've got to say we missed the spontaneity of past cruises, however on Oasis-class ships scheduling ahead is a must. We chose a good time to go--right after the holiday when most school-age children were back in school and not onboard, so we experienced no child-related issues. The only additional-cost specialty dining we reserved was the $20/pp "First Night Done Right" to ensure we would not run late for our first CATS performance. It was our best meal on board--at 150 Central Park (chosen for us), where we had the chateubriand for two and great service. We ate one night at the Solarium Bistro, where food was good but service was lackluster. Our dinners were rounded out by two nights at the American Icon Grill dining room (one night so bad I ate two bites of the mushy "crab" cake, sent my undercooked ravioli back and ordered a salad instead--though service was great) and a few dinners at the Windjammer (most mediocre, however they put on quite an impressive spread the last night). We also ate lunches and breakfasts at Windjammer, lunch at the Dog House (really enjoyed the German sausage) and breakfasts at Johnny Rockets (good, but slow service) and the Park Cafe. We purchased online, before we left, a soft-drinks (with Voom internet--pretty good reception and speed, overall) and two specialty-coffee packages. We sure never went hungry or thirsty (bartenders and restaurants were always willing to provide soda if a machine was not readily available). Pizza, pastries and sandwiches were always available at no additional charge. Service was, in general, excellent. Our steward, servers and all staff we met were pleasant and helpful. We never had to go to Guest Services other than to get extra tip envelopes. Especially impressive was the system used to let passengers into the Windjammer Buffet: if it was busy, a line was formed and we were escorted to a table when it became available. (The line ran smoothly and quickly with staff radioing each other for information--and we did not have to search aimlessly for a table.) We loved the peacefulness and atmosphere of Central Park (our cabin was on the same deck), as well as stopping to enjoy its solo and duo (piano, string) entertainment. Activities, of course, were geared to a more-active, family crowd. For that reason, we booked our one excursion through an off-ship source. Labadee, too, did not offer much over a beach chair and barbecue to us (most activities were pay-for). It was necessary to take the tram to get around Labadee (and a map would have been appreciated, maybe included with the Compass newsletter). We were glad a barbecue was set up in each area. Would we sail an Oasis-class ship again? Absolutely, because it offers entertainment and a visual experience smaller ships cannot. Would we go out of our way to book a smaller Royal Caribbean ship? Probably not, because the food and activities--for us--were no better than other comparable lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I've only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean and like the larger ships such as Freedom, but had never been on the Oasis or larger. Had heard great things about the Oasis, but was disappointed. Good stuff - embarkation was smooth ... Read More
I've only ever cruised with Royal Caribbean and like the larger ships such as Freedom, but had never been on the Oasis or larger. Had heard great things about the Oasis, but was disappointed. Good stuff - embarkation was smooth once we finally were allowed to get into the parking lot, although we had to wait for customs clearance which is probably why parking was an issue. Cabin was nice size although if you can't climb over a bathtub to get into the shower you will struggle. Staff were great and always helpful and accommodating. Ice show was great as always and the comedian was very funny. Loved central park which was usually almost empty. The outdoor area for movies was good, but would have liked to see movies on there every night instead of periodically as they were. Disembarkation was very smooth. Disappointing - RC can't control weather and we did have some choppy seas, but at the same time if you're on a ship shouldn't the entertainment be able to withstand the weather conditions? Oasis of Dreams was cancelled on our night due to weather so was rescheduled for 5:30 while docked in Jamaica so had to come back early to see the show and it wasn't as impressive without the dramatic lights against the night sky. Cats was also cancelled that night because of the weather. Come Fly with Me was cancelled on our night due to illness of one person. Stayed in Headliner show for about 10 mins then left. Cabin was on 9th floor aft and fortunately we're able to walk because elevators usually flew past without stopping or were so full we couldn't get on. Junior Suite "perk" is the Coastal Kitchen which we reserved only 1 night and as someone mentioned in a previous blog, if you have a Junior Suite key you can't open the door and instead have to knock and wait until someone comes and opens the door to let you in! We went on lobster night and had to wait a long time because they ran out of lobster - when we finally got the butter poached lobster in champagne dressing we were very disappointed in the size and the taste and of course by the time we got out Windjammer (which also has lobster) was closed! Main dining room food for dinner was not as good as on previous cruises and was usually warm at best. Shops were very disappointing unless you were looking for a new handbag then you'll be in heaven - at least 3 handbag stores! We did get to relax on the cruise, which is what we were looking for, but definitely prefer Freedom class over Oasis class. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Hey all! I am Channing, and I travelled with my boyfriend Shawn. Both early to mid 30s, from California. We have cruised Carnival twice and Princess once, so this was our first time on Royal. We originally booked a south pacific cruise ... Read More
Hey all! I am Channing, and I travelled with my boyfriend Shawn. Both early to mid 30s, from California. We have cruised Carnival twice and Princess once, so this was our first time on Royal. We originally booked a south pacific cruise out of Sydney but unfortunately, couldn't make it happen, so we opted for this cruise that looked really fun, and was easier on the budget. Shawn's mom lives near Orlando, so we were able to spend a few days with her pre-cruise. We spent most of our time lounging by the pool of her complex, and spent a day at a waterpark in Daytona! We also spent one afternoon picking up any last minute items we needed for the cruise (we are VERY light packers, especially when flying!). Sunday morning she was nice enough to drive us down to Port Canaveral and see us off. We arrived at the port about 1130, and we waited about 15 minutes for the security lines to open up for us "peasants", as Shawn would say. Once it opened up it went very quickly and the entire process was a piece of cake! We were on board, first drink in hand by 1230! Thoughts on the Ship: I loved it! I really appreciated the different neighborhoods and how they made the ship feel less crowded. We rarely waited for anything (but, we go out of our way to avoid the busy areas when they're the most popular). Shawn felt like it was too much like a city, but that's kind of what i liked about it. Stateroom: 4D Oceanview Balcony, room 9662. Midship Starboard. Great room! Very clean, bed was on the closet side. So quiet! We did hear the occasional chair shuffle from nearby balconies, but that was only if we were also outside. Shower is very small, but the glass doors are a nice touch, as opposed to those darn human-attacking curtains on Carnival! Our stateroom attendant was pleasant and worked very hard. We saw her every day. Dining: We thought the food was good throughout, with a couple of standout meals at Chops, Izumi and Giovannis. Buffet was just that...buffet food. Not overly hot or cold, but everything we ate had a good flavor and ok quality. We thought the dining room was good, but I felt it declined slightly as the week went on. Our first meal (really great) there was much better than our last, but not bad by any means. Service was always excellent. We opted for My Time Dining, and while we never waited for dinner, when we were getting seated it always seemed very clustered and overwhelming, People coming in, leaving, carts or trays of food and plates being carried in and out...just very hectic. But that was only close to the door, once we got inside and seated it was much more relaxing. Service was also pretty quick, dinner never took over an hour and a half, and even that was a longer dinner than most. I should note that we tend to be scarfers.. .many times the waiter would come back and be amazed we had finished so fast (which I didn't really think was THAT fast, but maybe it was?) We got a 3 night dining package as well. To make the most of specialty dining, Shawn and I usually share 3 or 4 appetizers and get and entrée each, and sometimes one to share. Giovannis was great. Awesome, quaint atmosphere. Food was spectacular, and portions were big. Izumi was really great as well. We only went for the sushi, as we have done teppanyaki a bunch at home (super fun if you've never been, and more food than you can imagine). We got the sashimi platter and it was the biggest cuts of fish I have ever seen in a restaurant. The nigiri pieces and rolls were normal sized and everything tasted amazing. We ordered sake as well, and it had an interesting flavor that we just tolerated. The sake was also brownish, so Shawn thinks the added flavor may have been nutmeg or something similar. Overall a great meal. Chops was our absolute favorite! My filet was so tender and juicy. Shawn got the rack of lamb. The menu stated it came with a mint sauce, but he couldn't taste any mint, but still enjoyed it very much. He also said they had the best key lime pie he's ever had. whaaa???!!! Activities: Lots of fun stuff to do at almost all times of day. Get to trivia earlyyyy!! We ended up standing for quite a few, and we got there 10-15 minutes before the game. All the game shows and silly contests were a blast, very entertaining. The flowrider is super cool, but harder than it looks! The casino is always one of our favorite spots, but we really need to remember that we only win on night one! The ice show was spectacular...i was not expecting a lot of the tricks and spins that the performers were able to do, amazing. CATS was also really great! Shawn is a theater major, and has seen Cats a few other times, but as a first timer, i really enjoyed it. The performers were flawless. I will say it's a little hard to follow at first, but stick it out, because it only gets better as the show goes on. Must see! Service: All the members of our waitstaff (in every venue) were so attentive and took a lot of care in our meal. Our room attendant was great, and really everyone we came accross during our week was friendly and smiling. We never waited more than a couple minutes for a drink at any bar, and we did see a lot of servers around the casino (and a few by the pool but not many for the area). Our ports were Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. We have done cruise ship excursions before (only a couple), and we really prefer to do things on our own or book seperately from the ship. In Labadee, of course, this is impossible, so we just went off ship to check out the port, get a trinket (or 7... the marketplace was not fun. VERY pushy salesman that will not take no for an answer), and dip our toes in the caribbean for the first time this trip. We didnt even eat in port because it was a buffet and the line was...roughly 6000 people long. We will not seek out to stop here again, as we enjoy seeing some local culture in our ports, and this was just the cruise ship on land. Jamaica was awesome! We took a small shuttle van to Montego for $20 each round trip. It took us to a nice little resort area with a ton of beach, a pumpin' bar vibe, and it was on this main drag of REAL jamaica, where we were able to get some authentc jerk chicken. YES! We have been dreaming of that lunch since we left, and we tried to duplicate it for dinner last night, but it wasnt even close. Jamaicans were incredibly friendly and helpful, and while Shawn got asked to try/take/buy pot about 7 times throughout the day, it wasnt a big deal because when we say no thanks, they just say "no problem, mon" and it's all good! Cozumel was so beautiful. Shawn had low expectations (we've been to Mexico a few times before, so he wasnt super excited for ANOTHER stop there), but Cozumel was really great. We had arranged for a glass bottom boat snorkel tour through trip advisor for only $30 each (the same tour through Royal was $90 per person, but im sure that included lunch as well). We walked to a hotel just outside the port area and met a lady outside with the company's logo - SafeTours Cozumel. She greeted us (by name!), and then told us we could go and enjoy the hotel amenities by the beach or pool until our excursion started. After about 20 minutes she gathers us and TWO other people to take us to the dock. That's right...4 people on this excursion...seriously! The crew on the boat were excellent. Fun, funny, helpful, knowledgeable, and it was obvious they cared about their job and what they do. They're called SafeTours because they take extra precautions to protect and rehabilitate the reefs in the area...so cool. The crew was able to dive much deeper than we could, and got lots of really up close pictures that they promised to send us via email. They also handed out beers, soda, waters as needed, and even made me a makeshift margarita. Highly reccomend these guys! After our snorkeling adventure, we set out to find a real Mexican lunch. We ventured downt the street a little further, and ran into Ernesto's Fajitas. We, sillily, asked our server what he would recommend here, and he quickly pointed to the entire page of fajitas. Ok then! A mexican lunch wouldnt be complete without a shot of tequila to seal the deal. Lunch was delicious and our table was in the open air restaurant that overlooked the bay. Overall, we really enjoyed this Royal ship, and while we did A LOT on board, we still didnt get to do it all. We will most likely book with Royal again, but possibly on a smaller ship. Super fun, jam packed with adventure! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was my first RC Cruise. Carnival Will Never See Me Again!! GREAT JOB ROYAL CARRIBEAN!! Looking forward to next year’s, as well as, the following years cruise!! I could, Easily Cruise several times per year!! Maybe, once hubby ... Read More
This was my first RC Cruise. Carnival Will Never See Me Again!! GREAT JOB ROYAL CARRIBEAN!! Looking forward to next year’s, as well as, the following years cruise!! I could, Easily Cruise several times per year!! Maybe, once hubby retires (fingers crossed) Every step of the boarding process, every excursion, EVERYTHING! Was organized and flowed smoothly. Every meal was delicious! But, the most impressive item was, the Curried Chicken, On Windjammer’s buffet. It Was AWESOME!!! The attention to cleanliness was appreciated. Someone was wiping, and offering hand sanitizer, constantly. Again.. Good Job, RC! Everyone seemed to genuinely care about pleasing the guest. Another, Very Appreciated feature, that is different from the previously traveled cruise line is, The children’s curfew and the designated area for the children. The entertainment was Top Notch!! And!!! The drinks!! The Schooner Bar makes an amazing drink called The Baton Rouge!! Also had, quite a few, tasty Lemon Drop martini’s Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I would highly recommend the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea to anyone for any sort of vacation or occasion. Our family booked a row of 5 balcony rooms on Deck 8 plus one more a few doors down for our family vacation. This trip was a ... Read More
I would highly recommend the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea to anyone for any sort of vacation or occasion. Our family booked a row of 5 balcony rooms on Deck 8 plus one more a few doors down for our family vacation. This trip was a first time cruise for about 6 of us. We enjoyed being able to sit out on the balcony in the morning/evening or when we were coming into port. Our stateroom attendant, (I’m sorry, I forgot his name, but my room was 8136) 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. This team did what they could to make us welcomed aboard. The food and service in the American Icon dining room were top notch. We were so impressed by our servers, Nelson and Amoor (I think that’s how you spell is name), we actually reserved our table in their section every night. We were highly pleased with it with all available selections. Honestly, we didn’t bother spending the money on the specialty restaurants. And I MUST mention the AMAZING bartenders at the Trellis Bar in the Central Park Deck 8 area of the ship. Virgillo, Archie and Shawna were nothing less than the BEST OF THE BEST bartenders. They always treated us with top notch service. My name is L'Oreal and the simple fact that EVERYTIME I would pass, they would speak and actually remember my name speaks VOLUMES for this crew. This team truly rocks! (I must also shout out to William. He opened the Trellis one afternoon and remembered me that same evening in the American Icon bar!) 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 fact that there was SO much to do we could not fit it all into our schedules. Even though we missed our shows due to our family dinners, I heard they were awesome. The FlowRider competition was pretty cool to watch. We also watched the World’s Sexiest Man contest which was HILARIOUS and fun! I must also make mention of the DreamWorks Parade! This was TRULY one of my favorite experiences aboard! I felt like a kid again and danced around with my little cousin who was just as mesmerized as I was. Our ports were Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico. The beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean will always be etched in my memory. I’m sure none of my family will ever forget this family vacation. We enjoyed the RCC event held in Labadee and the shopping. In Falmouth, we did the Fun in the Sun excursion to Doctor Cave’s Beach Club. We did enjoy seeing the school and field where Usain Bolt learned and trained. The beach was beautiful. We also had to joy of watching planes landing at the airport just north of us. Finally in Cozumel, we took a taxi downtown to do some shopping. We then took another taxi to Paradise Beach. This place is just beautiful and full of a broad range of activities. The culture here in Mexico is rich and I sincerely wanted more time there. All in all, it was the most amazing family vaction we could ask for. Thank you Royal Caribbean and Oasis of the Seas! We will definitely be back! (However, disembarked Aug. 5th 2018. As of Aug. 8th, we have booked Family Vacation 2019 on Allure of the Seas. No worries, Oasis, we’ll be back!) Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
One of the bigger ships from Royal Carribean - the customer service was exceptional, the staff was friendly and courteous and the food quality tad above average. Lot of activities and plenty to do for families with kids. Separate sections ... Read More
One of the bigger ships from Royal Carribean - the customer service was exceptional, the staff was friendly and courteous and the food quality tad above average. Lot of activities and plenty to do for families with kids. Separate sections for teen and kids activities. I would recommend spend few hours on the first day to acclimatize yourself with the ship as it has lot of places to explore.Crowded ( 6,475 cruisers) and if you plan to attend shows, you need to reserve seats before hand and show up 30 minutes before the show time to get good seats. One thing I didn’t like was that RC loves to nickel and dime on extras; great example - box of popcorn for $2.50 and 18 % gratuity on top of it. I am not a first time cruiser so was a little disapppointed and surprised by some the antics RC uses. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Big ship, pretty, clean, friendly staff, not many activities or variety, food wasn't great, did not feel like it was very fresh all the time. The shows were AWESOME, the waiters at the main dining room were very attentive as well as ... Read More
Big ship, pretty, clean, friendly staff, not many activities or variety, food wasn't great, did not feel like it was very fresh all the time. The shows were AWESOME, the waiters at the main dining room were very attentive as well as the cabin steward. Towel stations were not always open, which sucked. Having a 16 years and older area (the solarium) is cool, but it could also be 18 or 21 and up (did not have any problems with it though). I would recommend including more activities for diverse cultures, i/e more music, salsa lessons, Caribbean beats, Irish dance, something fun and innovative that inspires the guests to try something new. Less ridiculous prices and better photography crew. Some of the pictures they took from us were out of focus or out of the background area, plus the price to pay to get the pictures was too high. It should be more accessible so that all families can afford to bring home their vacation pictures and memories. It was a good experience overall. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
THE UGLY: I would first say that you should not book PRE or POST hotel via the cruise line. They put us up at the Park Inn by Radisson, which they referred to as a resort, well I guess they have never tour this hotel. It is a run down, ... Read More
THE UGLY: I would first say that you should not book PRE or POST hotel via the cruise line. They put us up at the Park Inn by Radisson, which they referred to as a resort, well I guess they have never tour this hotel. It is a run down, filthy, unsafe place that has a staff that could care less. And after a wonderful week on a cruise ship we had to stay here again. When we got off the ship at about 9am we where shuttled back to the same hotel, who refused to check us in until after 4:30pm because there check in time was 4pm. while waiting in there lobby we were told we could not use there pool, or internet cause we were not officially guest, and having no place to put our luggage we were stuck in there lobby until checked in. THE BAD: 2 of the 3 excursions were a waste of time. The Labadee Jet Ski is for beginners only they don't have it grouped experience riders and I spent most of my time waiting on the group and being told to shut my Jet ski off. Falmouth Jamaica was even worse, most of the time was spend just waiting on guides to take us to another line. meeting time was 1045am waited in covered area with a 500 other people and when you ask were you need to go, some one would tell you they will call your group soon. Left meeting area (on a different bus then our group) just before 12 NOON. was taken to the CHUKKA facility to go zip lining, rafting, lunch and swimming. The guides on the zip line and tubing were rude to most our group. lunch was underwhelming and I left hungry, and didn't have time to go swimming because of there disorganization . Each of these guides emphasized tipping and to be honest I didn't tip them. I did make sure the lady who was keeping the bathroom clean was tipped because she took pride in making sure they were very nice. THE GOOD: let just go to the GGGREAT THE GGGREAT:) Will start with the 3rd excursion Cozumel Mexico we went to EXPLOR in Playa DEL Carmen. This by far was my favorite, well organized from the beginning to the end. our guide Alberto was great he was there ever time you needed him. First part was the 3+ hours of Zip lining was way to cool, and worth every calorie burned. from the views to the actual zipps to the water landing zipps loved loved loved this excursion. Next was the ATV buggies were ok but on a controlled track so fun was limited. Lunch was next, they had a huge spread of food and it included fresh cooked hamburgers and steak. Next was the rafting and swimming in the caves it was wonderful but to short, but only because the time we have to allow to get back to the ship. I would do this excursion again well worth the money. The main dining room has all ways been my preferred dining option, because people like our server John (Table #434 late) works hard for you to have a great time and experience, great job and thank you John. Another person who made this a cruise to remember is a FLOW RIDER staff member for spending the time not only with me but every one he help on his shift at the Flow rider. I wish I could remember his name (I am sure he knows who he is and the good job he does). Overall this was a good cruise and if RCI would address information issues it would have been absolutely a great cruises. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My family and I absolutely loved the trip. Son could not wait to get back to the Kids Club area every night, which allowed for my husband and I to have some great Rest and Relaxation. Food was amazing, something for everyone and plenty of ... Read More
My family and I absolutely loved the trip. Son could not wait to get back to the Kids Club area every night, which allowed for my husband and I to have some great Rest and Relaxation. Food was amazing, something for everyone and plenty of it. Activities seemed never-ending! We spent 7 nights on the ship and still did not do everything we wanted to on the ship. Staff was very kind and engaging, excursions were great. This trip was worth every penny. We are definitely going back. The shows were fun and engaging. I really enjoyed the outside theater. The any time dinning was great, allowed us to eat any time we were hungry and we had a table all to ourselves. Making reservations were simple and they were always accommodating. Internet service was great but make sure you get it before you board the ship it is so much cheaper. They even had a professional photography studio onboard which is nice because it is always hard to find the time and opportunity for those family photos. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this ship because we went on it last year and loved it. However, this year the ship had definitely gone downhill some as far as maintenance, etc. and was in need of some updates and maintenance. The food was very average and ... Read More
We chose this ship because we went on it last year and loved it. However, this year the ship had definitely gone downhill some as far as maintenance, etc. and was in need of some updates and maintenance. The food was very average and disappointing but the service was great. I think that the excursions we chose were over priced and disappointing and it would be good for Royal to give a better description of them even though I did google them and read about them on other sites. Travel time to and from the excursions is very vague and frustrating. The entertainment was great although the descriptions could be better for those as well. The worst part of the cruise was disembarkation and driving thru the line to pick up our luggage. There is not enough direction or workers to help facilitate the chaos and it became a free for all - in other words, the rudest people just did what they wanted and the rest of us tried to manage our way through it. We will travel on Royal again but will go on a newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Decided to propose and get a fancy suite for the occasion. The strawberries and champagne were to arrive night one at 8pm. After it got to be 8:30, I called room service and they indicated they would call back. Never heard back. When I ... Read More
Decided to propose and get a fancy suite for the occasion. The strawberries and champagne were to arrive night one at 8pm. After it got to be 8:30, I called room service and they indicated they would call back. Never heard back. When I spoke with concierge the next day, they said I requested for the following day. After I showed my email with the correct date, didn’t even receive an apology. Was just trying to make everything special and the flow of the proposal was kind of thrown off. When they did arrive the next night, the card even reference the date from the day before. Other issues: Pictures from our 1st night never showed up on our picture card. Sad we never got them back so we setup a studio appointment at picture this. Very nice photos but extremely expensive. The packages went up to $3500, with the cheapest being $550 for 6 digital pics. Water in shower suite fluctuates from Luke warm to scolding hot constantly. Crew pressure washing windows at 2:30 am on two separate nights. Waited for 30 minutes in excursion line in Mexico and no one ever showed. When we called, we were told it was there and we didn’t go. We may have made an error and went to the Liberty excursion line, but the signage was very poor. Regardless, we didn’t any cared after they got our money. The positives were the dining experiences at the specialty restaurants. Probably the best part of the experience and we’ll worth the price to upgrade. 150 Park is the best of them. Another positive was the unboarding process with a suite. We were out in 15 minutes and avoided all the lines at customs. Overall, I was very disappointed and didn’t feel I got the value for what we paid or that anyone cared about the issues. I’ll probably pay a few extra bucks and try Regent next time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We were super excited about going on the biggest ship in the world (it was when we booked it, then the Symphony came along and ruined that plan :) ) I had written a nice long review about the ship and its features but opted for an ... Read More
We were super excited about going on the biggest ship in the world (it was when we booked it, then the Symphony came along and ruined that plan :) ) I had written a nice long review about the ship and its features but opted for an easier to read version. The boat is huge but still crowded. there aren't enough seats inside to house everyone at night, especially if its raining and the aqua theatre is closed. Don't believe me? there's a lounge for suites guests so they can go relax in their own little haven away from the 6000 other guests. Food: Windjammer - basics like burgers and hot dogs are on at lunch and dinner, and are cruise ship average. Entree options are decent for lunch and dinner, if a little bland. Food is constantly cold. Honestly didn't eat a hot meal in windjammer my entire vacation. Main Dining Room - Options are good. Food was hot, service impeccable. Food was too salty for me but still a decent option. The Smart portion of Smart Casual attire wasn't enforced. I noticed a fair number of guests dining in Short and T's or baseball jerseys without an issue. Sabor Mexican Grill - Food was great, service was average. Entertainment: You MUST pre-book your entertainment and you MUST attend on the night you planned to see it. if you don't, you'll have to queue at Guest services to rebook or remove your reservation, and who wants to stand there while you are on holiday? Comedians were good, one was a little racist, but not in the usual funny way, sounded more like an angry drunk than someone pointing out the cultural differences in an entertaining manner. Ship: For it being a $5million a week boat it certainly doesn't look like it (6000guess x $750 = $4.5m, I rounded up as 750 is the inside cabin rate) The ship is generally unclean, the windows are streaky, there's dust everywhere (look in the corners) and it just looked generally dated. Would I go again?: No. I can excuse the ageing of the boat, it is getting a bit older. I can excuse the food, its impossible to cater to everyone taste. I can excuse the weird booking system for shows. What I cant excuse is all of them together. Too many little things on board made it difficult to enjoy. I'm still glad I experienced it, but I wouldn't do it again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The Oasis of the Seas was amazing. What made it even better though, was most staff. Very friendly, welcoming staff that do everything in their power to help you and to help give you the best time on your vacation. My vacation will never be ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas was amazing. What made it even better though, was most staff. Very friendly, welcoming staff that do everything in their power to help you and to help give you the best time on your vacation. My vacation will never be forgotten and neither will some of the staff. Both me and my girlfriend, had a great time aboard the ship and are definitely looking forward to booking our next cruise the Royal Caribbean once again. Dining service was fantastic and offered a semi-big selection. Staterooms were always kept clean and the attendant I had was beyond friendly and did a more than a fantastic job. Very pleased with the staff, however there were minor issues with a few elevators (skipped floor 6 all the time, and other times the elevator would skip right past our floor). The food in the windjammer could definitely get better as far as adding more flavor to the food. Pasta was undercooked a lot, and sometimes the food was cold or borderline. Pizza parlor on deck 5 was a amazing add on to the ship, however me and my girlfriend caught them undercooking some pizzas a lot of the time. (We only ate it when it was cooked completely) but it was delicious when we did get it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
this was me and my wife's first time on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship but won't be our last, we had a great time and met great people, the food was good everyday, very good on variety in food on daily so you're not eating ... Read More
this was me and my wife's first time on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship but won't be our last, we had a great time and met great people, the food was good everyday, very good on variety in food on daily so you're not eating the same thing over and over, bars were great, very friendly bartenders and bar attendants, funny, and never had a bad experience, spa was a breath of fresh air, we got the couple's package on day 1 and instantly fell in love with it, the services the spa provided was amazing, our stateroom attendant Greg was the best we could ask for, very attentive, friendly and full of information, the on board shows were great, aqua theater shows were awesome , comedians were hilarious and my wife loved the musicals and ice shows and shops on board were great as well, overall experience was great, didn't want it to end, definitely would travel with Royal Caribbean again Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise based on recommendations from friends. I didn't realize it was one of the biggest cruise boats in the world when I booked it and was glad it was the first cruise boat we went on. We didn't have any ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on recommendations from friends. I didn't realize it was one of the biggest cruise boats in the world when I booked it and was glad it was the first cruise boat we went on. We didn't have any trouble with motion sickness at all. I would highly recommend this cruise and cruise line to anyone and everyone! We went to 3 ports and booked excursions at each. -Labadee, Haiti has it's own private area and was absolutely gorgeous with the mountains! We went on the Kayak Adventure with short beach break with some shopping. Great tour guide who gave us some history of Labadee. Please visit there because tourism is #1 source income for them. Royal has brought many jobs, water and electricity to them!! -Falmouth, Jamaica has a nice port for shopping but plan to travel for most shore excursions. Colleen was a great tour guide to Dunn River Falls and River Tubing. -Cozumel, Mexico was beautiful and has some shore excursions off the island. We drove a jeep to Punta Sur. Jeep could have been in better shape, some of the other drivers had newer jeeps with a/c, ours was stripped, no a/c, no radio, nothing... (only complaint and take that as a small complaint). The tour guides were awesome and we got a good history lesson, sawe some crocodiles, went snorkeling, option to eat buffet lunch for $10 each (we opted to eat when we got back to port at Margaritaville), and tour of a lighthouse with the most spectacular views of the whole island. We did not explore Orlando before or after cruise, just didn't have time mostly. Embarkation and disembarkation always went smoothly from beginning to end. I recommend eating in the main dining room if you don't want to spend extra money on the specialty restaurants. Chops Grille was really good though. Didn't eat much in the wind jammer (the buffet style restaurant). Mainly when we were tight on time. Desserts were awesome, wish I would have taken pictures of the food! All of the shows were top notch! There was ALWAYS something going on and the cruise director and staff were awesome! Stateroom was great, clean and we had ocean balcony. Any room would be nice but I did like the natural light coming in during the day. Any cons we had would be better music on the pool deck, such as more Caribbean music. We traveled without our children this time but they have an awesome kids area for ages 3-11 plus a teen area for ages 12-17. We may or may not take our kids next time. I would definitely go again and I am already ready to go back! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I choose this particular cruise because of the price and timing of the departure date. From beginning to end we had a fantastic time. Drove to FL the day before sailing and spent a great day and evening at the port. The embarkation process ... Read More
I choose this particular cruise because of the price and timing of the departure date. From beginning to end we had a fantastic time. Drove to FL the day before sailing and spent a great day and evening at the port. The embarkation process was very smooth. The cabin was very clean and comfortable and the ship was excellent. Loads to do and see with great restaurants (Solarium), bars (Globe and Anchor) and shops.Entertainment was non-stop with lots of variety for all ages. The service was first class and the staff were friendly and helpful. The ports were great. Haiti (Laberdee) was very nice. Beaches were well maintained and clean. Water was fantastic. Do not leave the port in Jamaica (pretty scary outside the gate). Cozumel was the best. Took a VW bug tour of the island and had a great time visiting some of the local food shacks by the road. Did some snorkeling and took a tour of one of the local Tequila farms. Overall we had one of the best experiences we have ever had and cannot wait to book again for next year. YOU HAVE TO TRY IT..... Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was a honeymoon cruise for me, My 14 th cruise, my new wife's first. She was thrilled, I was greatly disappointed. This large ship experience was very lacking when compared to any other cruise I had taken On Royal, Carnival or ... Read More
This was a honeymoon cruise for me, My 14 th cruise, my new wife's first. She was thrilled, I was greatly disappointed. This large ship experience was very lacking when compared to any other cruise I had taken On Royal, Carnival or Holland. The staff, especially those around the pool were terrible compared to my past experiences. They did their job but that was about it. The cruise director was not seen the whole cruise. Live music by the pool stunk, and nobody to get the crowd involved in fun like dancing or pool games. Windjammer breakfast was cold. Even the towel animals in the room were not what I was used to. Happily my new wife was impressed as she had never cruised before. It seems that since they are now automatically charging your account for gratuities the staff does not not to please anymore. I will never cruise a large ship again and will probably consider other cruise lines instead of my previous favorite of RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have cruised many times, basic to luxury. However we have never taken a cruise on a mega ship. Being in executive management for resorts and hotel for many years, we probably have a better understanding of what it takes to run something ... Read More
We have cruised many times, basic to luxury. However we have never taken a cruise on a mega ship. Being in executive management for resorts and hotel for many years, we probably have a better understanding of what it takes to run something of this scale. We were impressed overall. We chose to come when there would not be too many children onboard as this was a romantic cruise for us. Pros: Central Park, beautiful and romantic, never crowded. Rock climbing, loved Specialty dining, service great, food good, worth the price. Solarian, love they have a adults only area Staff were great, worked hard, always cleaning. Cruise director was great and very informative Safety was stressed and you can tell they take extra precautions in making sure folks are washing their hands and sanitizers everywhere. Even though there was 6400 folks onboard, it really never felt crowded. And we always found a pool chaise. Cons: We chose to not eat in main dining room as even though we had My Time dining there was always a line and wait to get in. Prefer assigned tables. We skipped our last two nights we had reserved for this reason. Solarium, one of the main reasons we chose this cruise, to escape the kiddos and noise. However it was always crowded, and the age needs to be changed to higher age. It starts at 16, not adults. Although this area I s great if raining,being covered, it is too hot to enjoy when warm out. It can get loud too. We think the slots are rigged. We were hitting at the first of the cruise on muiltiple machines, but by the last two days nothing. Several other passengers agreed with this assessment as well. Did not appreciate the fire drill when in the spa. If they are going to do a fire drill, they need to close the spa for that day. Not relaxing at all. Some folks were in getting massages. Also, they do not offer the basic sauna, steam rooms for guest unless you pay. We were coerced into buying a package for use, and while reluctant to buy it, as I didn’t know if I would get my money’s worth, I did as love these items. However I found out on day four you could get a day pass. I was never informed of this option. When I went to spa to inquire and get a refund, I was told it was $50 dollars a day, and they only had so many day passes. When I mentioned if I needed to go to guest services to rectify as I was misled,they assured me someone would take care of it. The next day no word from them. So I went to guest services, they got the manager on the phone. Turns out it’s only $30 dollars a day. She did Credit it back and I only got charged for the one day. Also, they charge a 18% gratuity for this. Why? There is no service being provided? You get your locker and robe, that’s it. Rip off. While we understand there is always constant maintenance ongoing, I think they should dry dock to do this except for minor repairs. Customers should not be inconvenienced when paying for a trip such as this, regardless. Rock climbing, zip lining, etc. these are not open enough. When we chose to not do ports, as we thought this would be a perfect time to do these items as most folks would be off ship and no lines. They would be closed. Not fair being one of the major reasons we booked this ship. They need to limit kiddie strollers, even though not many on this cruise as off season. I bet in summer it’s packed with strollers. They would take up most of elevators. They need to have special elevators for strollers etc. not sure how they could do this but where there is a will there is a way. Comedy venue needs to be larger, very small, books up and almost impossible to get in. Deck chairs are in need of replacement, very worn. Ports were unimpressive, however we did not choose cruise for ports but rather by date. So we knew this going in. Overall, the staff are very hardworking, and try to please. We would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Husband wanted to go in this particular ship every since it came out. Central Park is beautiful. The abiloty to prebook shows made things run smoothly. The staff in the spa especially Stacy Grant were so attentive and made our time in ... Read More
Husband wanted to go in this particular ship every since it came out. Central Park is beautiful. The abiloty to prebook shows made things run smoothly. The staff in the spa especially Stacy Grant were so attentive and made our time in the Spa relaxing and enjoyable. Our room steward had the most infectious laugh. The ship layout is great and Central Park balcony room well worth the added expense. We had the opportunity to be 1 of only 40 invited guess for a special Sake and Sushi pairing set up and joined by the founder and head Chef of Izumi. Amazing experience! Pools and spa area for 16 and up were enjoyable. We did Jet Skis and Ziplines ine Labadee. This was an exciting adrenaline packed day. Loved it! The staff as always were very friendly and attentive. We did specialty dining all but one night. Izumis was our favorite. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The staff aboard the Oasis of the Sea are all top notch and the best at what they do. Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, professional and passionate about giving the best service possible. The food rivals 4 and 5 star ... Read More
The staff aboard the Oasis of the Sea are all top notch and the best at what they do. Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, professional and passionate about giving the best service possible. The food rivals 4 and 5 star restaurants. And I’ve been to more than a few to know. The cruise directors morning rant on tv channel 14 was great. He was funny, and gave great tips on what to do each day and any special items to get or do. You will not be disappointed and have the time of your life. The room attendant and our waiter was truly the best. I have worked with and in some of the best resorts in the world. So to say I can be hard on judgement of a place is an understatement. But Royal Caribbean, the Oasis of the Sea and their staff are truly some of the best in the business. They will make you feel like a king or queen and nobody else matters. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The ship is very dated and now shows her age. The carpet and floors are getting stained and in need of repairs and cleaning as is the bathrooms and public areas. The buffet was not organized or very good food at all. At times for breakfast ... Read More
The ship is very dated and now shows her age. The carpet and floors are getting stained and in need of repairs and cleaning as is the bathrooms and public areas. The buffet was not organized or very good food at all. At times for breakfast the choices were poor, however you can go to American Icon which is very good if you make it in time. The main dining was very good but some of the same choices every night which got very boring especially for appetizers, but was good and the servers we had were very good. We did the zip line in Haiti which was worth the money. The food in the buffet in Haiti was horrible and we went back to the ship to eat. The headliner shows and entertainment were not for us we were bored. The comedian show was good as was the Latin group in Boleras. Embarkment was the fastest we have been on a cruise ship before. In general we would not get on Oasis again and will stick with our regular cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We wanted to cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world. However, what comes with the largest cruise ship is the largest amount of people. Large crowds everywhere, especially the restaurants, crazy busy. Can't complain though, ... Read More
We wanted to cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world. However, what comes with the largest cruise ship is the largest amount of people. Large crowds everywhere, especially the restaurants, crazy busy. Can't complain though, we knew it would be since it's the largest. Embarkation was very quick and smooth. Food was very good. Especially lunch and dinner. Staff were very accommodating, friendly, and did everything professionally. Very humble crew! We did not travel with children however, there is plenty to do with kids. They'll have a blast! We updated our cabin a couple levels however, our cabin still seemed smaller than other cruise lines we have experienced. The bathroom sink was like what is in a small camper, a shallow very small bowl. No A/C plugs either? All in all, a great experience. We did everything the ship had to offer. Flow rider surfing, rock climbing wall, putt putt golf, and the zip line. Fitness center and the staff there were awesome. Shows were totally professional no doubt. The dive show and ice skating show were the best!! The ports were great. Be aware that Labadee has very pushy people in their little stores? We did excursions in 2 of 3 ports. Dolphin excursion experience was the best! Disembarkation was easy and quick. We will be back in a few years! We would recommend the self service type disembarkation. Super easy. Don't pack too much. You 'll really only be wearing your bathing suit most of the time, haha! Blessings! Read Less
Sail Date March 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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