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

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
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
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
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
We choose the Oasis of the Seas because it sails out of Port Canaveral and we wanted to see what the largest cruise ship in the world was like to sail on. Embarkation: We had priority boarding but the woman that gave us instructions ... Read More
We choose the Oasis of the Seas because it sails out of Port Canaveral and we wanted to see what the largest cruise ship in the world was like to sail on. Embarkation: We had priority boarding but the woman that gave us instructions when we got off the bus told us we had to wait in the long queue like everyone else. Of course we didn't know that there was separate line so we did. I give them a -1 star for that. Disembarkation: This was a breeze and to me it did not look like it mattered what class you were in. The ship: The ship is incredible. There was a few areas that you could tell that are ready for the upcoming dry dock but all in all it was still in great shape. Cabin: We were in a grand balcony suite (Sky class) so the cabin was very nice and very spacious. Dining: We purchased the ultimate dining package so we did not eat in the main dining rooms. The coastal kitchen was very good at breakfast but lunch was lacking a good menu. We did not eat dinner there. We ate breakfast and lunch at windjammers a couple of times when we could get in. Terribly over packed during sea days. I would recommend Geovanni's, Izumi, Chops Grille for this package. 150 park place and Sabor were kind of a bust, especially 150 which was really bad. Entertainment: The shows, movies and parade were on par with Disney. We thoroughly enjoyed them but Cat's could be shortened up in my humble opinion. Service: Excellent. Everywhere too and not in any one area. Ports & Shore Excursions: Labadee was a bust since we could not dock due to high waves (really hurt our experience since we had 2 of our 3 excursions planned there). Jamaica is well Jamaica. We walked around the port and got brave and ventured out into old town but did not go far before turning back. I did not feel comfortable there at all. Cozumel started out great with a bright sunny morning but as our excursion time neared the weather went south and it started pouring down the rain. we ended up not getting off the ship because it rained all day long. So all together we had about 3 hours off the ship the whole trip. Party: Just my wife of 39 years and I. Would we do it again: Of course we would Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We had a great experience on the ship. Food was great, except for Giovansi's. Izumi was outstanding but pricey. Due to weather we were unable to stop at Labadie and did not get another port day to replace it. The beach we went to in ... Read More
We had a great experience on the ship. Food was great, except for Giovansi's. Izumi was outstanding but pricey. Due to weather we were unable to stop at Labadie and did not get another port day to replace it. The beach we went to in Jamaica was small, crowded and full of seaweed. The Appleton Rum Estate tour was good and lunch there was outstanding. Cozumel was wonderful. Our original tour was canceled due to ferry service issue. we booked a smaller tour. The beach looked beautiful fro a far it rained all day. we shopped in the rain all day and had a great local lunch. I would love to go back on a sunny day. The talent on this boat was amazing all shows. the dinning room food was very good. Pool deck and solarium was crowded and never any chairs. We really enjoyed the ship. wish the had a back up plan for bad weather. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We've sailed Oasis in the past as well as other RCI ships. The quality of service has been very consistent over the years. Generally, they do it all right! The shows are outstanding and varied for all interests. The only negative ... Read More
We've sailed Oasis in the past as well as other RCI ships. The quality of service has been very consistent over the years. Generally, they do it all right! The shows are outstanding and varied for all interests. The only negative we found was a little drop off in main dining room service; not quite up to past standards. We've stopped at Labadee, Falmouth & Cozumel several times in the past and will probably choose a different itinerary in the future. Our cabin overlooked an enjoyable view of Central Park and was one deck below deck 15 activities. We chose a forward stateroom to be close to stairs and elevators and found it very convenient. The Solarium was close by and offered a great spot for lunch and daytime leisure. One of the biggest challenges on a large ship is location. You cannot be near everything so you have to make a choice that best fits your needs. 14185 did it for us. We will sail Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
First of all, kudos to the Terminal 1 parking and terminal operation at Port Canaveral - a remarkable operation to enable a very satisfactory embarkation and disembarkation. Deserves to become the ideal model in cruiseship terminals. ... Read More
First of all, kudos to the Terminal 1 parking and terminal operation at Port Canaveral - a remarkable operation to enable a very satisfactory embarkation and disembarkation. Deserves to become the ideal model in cruiseship terminals. This was our 18th cruise - 4th with RCL. We arrived before 11 am and were having lunch around noon. Certainly a massive ship at capacity which seemed rare for January. This impressive vessel accommodates over 6500 guests without usually feeling crowded. Our D7 - 9206 cabin was clean and comfortable, not very spacious but the balcony was a nice size. Our steward Maha was very friendly and efficient without being intrusive. Our 'My Time' dining in the American Icon was interesting. Hit and miss service overall - although Junior at 355 did his best. It does appear that dining staff are overwhelmed without the help of an Assistant. The manager did respond to a negative dining slip submitted. As majority of cruisers seem to note - the overall dining experience has diminished over the years, perhaps hoping to entice the premium venues. In all locations, it seemed rare to get food arriving hot. Coffee was hit a miss - really good tasting and hot at times, but warm and weak at other times. Twice in Windjammer, near AM opeing time there was no cream or milk available and took some time to locate. Windjammer seems to lack supervision. Entertainment venues were plentiful. Ice show was a hit. CATS was a waste - not suitable for a cruiseship. Visiting band 7th HEAVEN was spectacular. Also enjoyed Aqua Theater show. Promenade shows were fun. Comedy show was good. All venues require reservations - a consequence of such a large ship. Staff in general seemed friendly and helpful throughout the ship. All pubic washrooms visited seemed clean and functional. A few concerns - no CNN for most of the week despite promises. PLenty of sports on TV but never had a ship not offer network channels or at the very least CNN throughout the week. It's 2018 - when will smoking be banned in the Casino if not the entire ship. Why no pen in the cabin - a dime pen, cheap advertising even if taken - makes no sense. What happened to listing Steward name and contact # in cabin. Bring your walking shoes!! A rather unique experience - we plan to cruise Oasis Eastern Caribbean next January. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Not really great at writing long essays for reviews so I will keep it short and simple. I wanted a easy cruise without being overwhelmed by the port of call and excursions. So it's my 10th wedding anniversary I wanted a super awesome ... Read More
Not really great at writing long essays for reviews so I will keep it short and simple. I wanted a easy cruise without being overwhelmed by the port of call and excursions. So it's my 10th wedding anniversary I wanted a super awesome looking ship with spacious room. Personally I was looking for activities on the ship but what I discovered was A+ Entertainment & Activities . We did get give low rating for dining due to lack of vegetarian option and temp of the food. More than few times we noticed the food in the buffet was not hot or felt like it's just been sitting in side until there was room at the buffet table. But if you love MEAT and this is your cruise heaven buffet ship. Finally perfect port of call so not to be overwhelmed with great staff that can go above and beyond to make this a perfect cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
To see the Osais The ship was incredible, The shopping was horrible.!! Bought a Rolex that was on sale for $16,000. Bought it for $10,000. They stated watch would appraise for $10,000 or more. The watch stopped working while on ... Read More
To see the Osais The ship was incredible, The shopping was horrible.!! Bought a Rolex that was on sale for $16,000. Bought it for $10,000. They stated watch would appraise for $10,000 or more. The watch stopped working while on ship. They subpcosely fixed it. Had it appraised at home by Angio-American Gemmologist LLC (Florida). It appraised for $5356.80. The watch stopped working. What do you think!!!!!! WE have bought lots of jewery aboard & this is the first time it hasn't come in at appraisel price. First time we have bought on a ship!!! What do you think & what can you do!!! John & Karen Silver WE loved our Geni and out cabin attentent. Everyone was great. Would come back again just for them. Food was incredibel & the sevice staff was great. Would not ever shop on board. So upset with Rolex. I feel we have really been taken advantage of & They sawt 2 idiots coming around. John & Karen Si We are honest people> Trust me we will pass the world. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I are loyal to Royal have been cruising with them for twenty years and yes we have tried others just prefer Royal.There have been some changes I'm not sure if it this Ship or all. We play table games in the casino the ... Read More
My wife and I are loyal to Royal have been cruising with them for twenty years and yes we have tried others just prefer Royal.There have been some changes I'm not sure if it this Ship or all. We play table games in the casino the antes have gone up for 21 and 3 card poker but that's alright just have to budget more. They have also increased deposits on the Next Cruise option from $50 to $100 also you will get a different rate if you choose the refundable reservation. They actually charge you for cruise insurance to cover this choice.The ports were set up to take your money it had been a few years since I had been on this itinerary and they had built up the port with shops and stores that are highly recommended by the port shopping director on board the ship. It seems like convenience in my opinion but really it sets the price because of the distance to other competitors.Which is sad but this is business so if you want prices that can be haggled then you will have leave theses areas and go a little further away from this option. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Great Experience overall but the billing dept very shady My wife returned 4 items she bought from the gift shops and we still got charged for the items the internet was horrible bought it and never used it and still got charged very ... Read More
Great Experience overall but the billing dept very shady My wife returned 4 items she bought from the gift shops and we still got charged for the items the internet was horrible bought it and never used it and still got charged very crooked when i was the on ship they refunded me the money everything was alright until i got off the ship my final bill had the charges still there when i called the customer service number they told me to send a copy of the bill and they would take care of it never heard from them since The dining experience waiter and his help was awesome the cleaning lady was great too . Shore excursions were overpriced i think the magic number was $100 and over from something as simple as going down a slide The Entertainment and Activities on the ship were awesome Just beware of the Billing Dept Shady to return items you bought and still get charged is wrong Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Went on this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. Royal Caribbean is our favorite line and it has yet to disappoint. This ship is beautiful and has many amenities. The service was wha we have come to expect as well as the room. We were ... Read More
Went on this cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. Royal Caribbean is our favorite line and it has yet to disappoint. This ship is beautiful and has many amenities. The service was wha we have come to expect as well as the room. We were on the 7th floor ocean view balcony room near the elevator- never heard a noise from it!! The only thing we were very disappointed in was the Cruise Director and staff. There is so much to see, do and be involved with on the ship, yet the activities staff seemed to lack the enthusiasm and/or experience on how to entice their guests to join in. They were rarely seen among their guests and informing them when/where the next activity would be. Of course there’s the compass to check as well as the known Royal Carribean activities, but as of the other ships (especially the Freedom with Casey Pelter-which at 2 years later I can still remember his name- that’s the impression he and his team left!). The staff were all quite young and looked mostly like they had that deer in the headlight look, and the Director, who was a little older than them, did not have what it took to carry the team. This was especially important as there were some circumstances beyond anyone’s control, we had extra sea days. We booked onboard again for next year on this ship again, as well as one for ay on another ship. I can only hope that a year is enough time for Royal Carribean to rectify this major flaw. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I had an incredible 7 night cruise on Oasis of the Seas! it was just the two of us to celebrate my birthday and anniversary. It was the largest ship we've ever been on. The food was excellent except at the Windjammer on ... Read More
My husband and I had an incredible 7 night cruise on Oasis of the Seas! it was just the two of us to celebrate my birthday and anniversary. It was the largest ship we've ever been on. The food was excellent except at the Windjammer on Deck 16. The food was not as tasty as in our main dining room, the American Icon. The service everywhere excellent except for a grumpy lady when we were checking in at the gangway to get on the ship and at the casino. Our stateroom attendant and waiters were wonderful! There are soo many activities to participate in throughout the ship for any age which we loved. All of the various clubs and theaters all had their each unique vibe! The ship offered a variety of music styles at night which was also great for the options. We loved how there were multiple pools and jacuzzis to enjoy and help with crowd control! We can't wait for our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I embarked on what ended up being a 10 day Western Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Seas. We sailed before Hurricane Irma was projected to be on our path, so we had no idea what was coming. The ports were all OK, I ... Read More
My husband and I embarked on what ended up being a 10 day Western Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Seas. We sailed before Hurricane Irma was projected to be on our path, so we had no idea what was coming. The ports were all OK, I couldn't do much because I am 5 months pregnant so we just walked around and chilled on the beach a little bit. In Cozumel we took a 35 minute boat ride to Playa del Carmen which was well worth it, the beach there is beautiful. Around the 3rd day of our cruise Hurricane Irma became a threat to the Caribbean and the Captain announced that although it was not going to affect our Western Caribbean itinerary, it was going to be in our path upon our return to Port Canaveral, so they were delaying our return to Tuesday (2 days). A lot of us had homes and families in Florida so we were worried, but Royal Caribbean always put our safety first and Captain Per was extremely informative, giving us updates as soon as he had them. A couple of days later they realized Port Canaveral would still be closed on Tuesday due to a direct hit by the hurricane, so they delayed the return another day. They made arrangements for us to spend an extra day in Cozumel and a day in Costa Maya (not in the original itinerary) so that we wouldn't have to sit at sea for 3 or 4 days waiting for the hurricane to pass through. All of this was at no cost to cruisers. Food: We tried to diversity our dining experience and eat at different venues. The food in the main dining room was really sub par.... we did not enjoy it much except for the formal night that had lobster. Desserts were very tasteless as was the food. We tried the Windjammer as well which had more selections but the taste and quality of the food was also not very desirable. So we considered specialty dining, something we had never done before. They offered a 50% discount on specialty dining on the extra sailing days and that was a huge motivator of our decision as well. Sabor was excellent and the food portions are huge, we even came back another day during lunch just for the chips, salsa and guacamole. We had lunch at Giovanni's Table on the last day and it was also great. But the best dining experience we had on board was dinner at Chops Grille. It was really one of the top dining experiences we have had EVER as a couple. The food was absolutely delicious - my husband had the filet mignon and I had the spicy garlic shrimp. The desserts were to DIE FOR. And service was also top notch - we will always dine at Chops Grille wherever available. Entertainment: We enjoyed all of the shows except for CATS, but I'm not much of a theater person anyway. The Headliner Show with El Gaucho was magnificent, we laughed so hard! The Love and Marriage Game is always a must in Royal Caribbean as well. Our cabin was a ocean view balcony on Deck 6 and we never had any issues with noise. It was close to mid ship so convenient to getting around the ship. This was our first experience onboard an Oasis Class Ship and we had a wonderful time. Already planning on taking our kids with us next year for some quality family time. Overall a great experience - despite the hurricane madness! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Cruise was very safe, Great Caption, kept us safe during Hurricane Irma, while on the Oasis of the Seas. Captain kept us well informed about he Hurricane and reassured us of our safety. THANK YOU Food was ok in the WindJammer.. ... Read More
Cruise was very safe, Great Caption, kept us safe during Hurricane Irma, while on the Oasis of the Seas. Captain kept us well informed about he Hurricane and reassured us of our safety. THANK YOU Food was ok in the WindJammer.. Breakfast was the only great meal in the WindJammer.. Staterroom Attendent was awesome.. Very Hard working people. Port Stops: Hatti, Jamaica, Cozumel Mexico and Costa Mia, due to the storm. Lots of activities on the ship..Lots of singing and dancing.. Zip-lining, Ice skating, rock climbing, shows to see, clubs if you like that. I would like to warn people if buying jewelry, they will tell you that stones are real, even if they are man made.. If it seems to good to be true..IT IS.. If you pay with cash..Kiss it goodbye.. If you pay with credit card,and it is fake.. Bank will usually refund your money back for fraudulent purchase. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I choose this ship because of the size and comfort, the cruise staff was very nice and tried to please in ever way, to their ability. The ship was clean and neat, I loved the way they had you to check out towel and check in towel to keep ... Read More
I choose this ship because of the size and comfort, the cruise staff was very nice and tried to please in ever way, to their ability. The ship was clean and neat, I loved the way they had you to check out towel and check in towel to keep them from laying around all over the ship/ Live band and dance training that was outstanding. I think all ships should have that as well. The only three things that bother me the most was food choice, and the taste of food that wasn't quit tolerant.Overall the ship was okay would do it again, but hoping they would improve on food choice and not make you pay extra. One thing I most add is buying jewelry from the ports, please don't unless you have a gemologist on hand when buying, because ever port is selling fake gem, diamonds rings, Tanzanite Rings and silver, within the safe area you shop. The business/shop will tell you it illegal for them to sell fake jewelry, and the only reason their price cheaper is because they don't have to pay the middle man like the cruise line and tax. They say if the cruise line find out we are selling fake jewelry they would band them. This is all a lie to get you to buy their fake jewelry. I am out of hundreds of dollars from these shops at the ports. I even had them appraised back in North Carolina and not worth the time you spent to buy them. The Cruise line should band this shops from doing business in the safe zone of the ports because they are robbing innocent hard working people out of their savings for special events in their lives (anniversary, engagements, birthdays, and just because) Sorry but we must stick together to illuminate these crooks from robbing our most precious days. The cruise line is wonderful but they must do more to stop these crooks, even those that maybe part of the issue within the cruise line when it come to jewelry selling. Enjoy your cruise but please don't buy unless you know what you truly is buying for your money. I should have been more careful myself but if i can help others from making the same mistake, that what am trying to do. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. A few years ago, we realized that we were missing-out on benefits by sailing on multiple cruise lines. Our family realized that we enjoyed the PASSENGERS on ... Read More
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. A few years ago, we realized that we were missing-out on benefits by sailing on multiple cruise lines. Our family realized that we enjoyed the PASSENGERS on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in addition to the ships, itinerary, food and entertainment. We are now all Diamond-Plus Members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. This is our second cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas since she replaced the Freedom of the Seas in November 2016. Stateroom: We stayed in a marvelous Grand Suite in deck 11 near the Diamond Lounge. The room size is 371 sq. ft. with a 105 sq. ft. balcony. Coastal Kitchen and Suite Lounge: We were interested in experiencing the additional benefits of Grand Suites and above (Sky Class) by having breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Coastal Kitchen and drinks in the Suite Lounge next door. Service is superb and quality of the food excels many of the specialty restaurants. Select beer, wine and champagne is available from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm. Mixed drinks are available from 4:30pm until 8:00pm each night. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Coastal Kitchen is even open for breakfast on debarkation morning. Reservations are required for dinner, so I recommend making your reservations early when you come on board before the most popular times are taken. Entertainment: We made reservation for the spectacular entertainment well before boarding the ship. Oasis can’t have 6,500 passengers attending the same show at the same time each night. We reserved Frozen in Time, Oasis of Dreams, the Headliner Showtime, and Come Fly with Me. Sky Class guests get reserved seating at each theater. Shore Excursions: Our only shore excursion was on Labadee’s Barefoot Beach for Sky Class guests and cabana rentals. We received an upscale lunch and a terrific day at a tropical beach. An additional Grand Suite perk was that a separate golf cart type transportation was available (which is nice if the weather is hot or guests have trouble walking). The pick-up spot is just past the information booth and there is an attendant with a walkie-talkie to call the driver. This is not the same service as the other regular guest pick-up carts (which don’t stop at Barefoot Beach). Debarkation: The Concierge service escorted Sky Suites and above off the ship with no queuing. It just took our family 8-minutes, 41-seconds from the time we left the Champagne Bar, departed the ship, picked-up our luggage, completed the Customs check and exited Cruise Terminal 1 to our car. WOW! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Wedding Anniversary number 50. Things were wonderful. The Broadway show "CATS" was wonderful. The Aqua shows during the day time were wonderful. The same aqua show at night was breath taking. The ICE Skating show was fabulous. ... Read More
Wedding Anniversary number 50. Things were wonderful. The Broadway show "CATS" was wonderful. The Aqua shows during the day time were wonderful. The same aqua show at night was breath taking. The ICE Skating show was fabulous. The costumes in all of the shows including the aqua shows were wonderful and very creative. The dinning experience was everything anyone would imagine and then some. The casino was stocked with ample machines. All of the employees on the Oasis of the Seas were great. The various ports of call are a story of there own. RCI's island resort in Haiti improves every time we go there. We go at least once a year. The improvements and enhancements are amazing. Falmouth, Jamaica, Dunn's Falls is amazing. The beauty and serenity and the challenge of climbing Dunn's Falls are a life time experience. Cozumel, Mexico is a wonderful shopping port. It also has a Senor Pepe Restaurant. We visit this wonderful place every time we visit Cozumel. The only down side is your sides will ache after laughing so hard and so log. This is not a bad thing. The memories you will keep forever. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We arrived at Canaveral Port two days before the ship start. We knew Cocoa Beach- beautiful beach, but with no much things to do. At the port, the garage is not big enough for this kind of ship and we found place only at the open park car. ... Read More
We arrived at Canaveral Port two days before the ship start. We knew Cocoa Beach- beautiful beach, but with no much things to do. At the port, the garage is not big enough for this kind of ship and we found place only at the open park car. The check inn was quickly and efficient. Speaking about the ship, it is sure the best ship we've ever been, with so different activities and expierence on board. Amazing crew.The culinary experience was overall perfect. The dining we han at Silk's restaurant, big enough but with small separeted places that you feel like in a small restaurant. We could experience so many different activities on board that it was impossible to feel boring or nor excited. The ship has activities for all ages, since children to seniors. The service has top quality. The ports were well organized and had many different stores and things to buy. The shore excursions, went to the "Secret River" in Cozumel was the most exciting and interesting experience in our lifes.My wife and me are already planning a new cruiser next year, for sure.... Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Overall we had a nice trip. It was very relaxing and there were many things to do on the ship. I was not impressed with the food in the main dining room in the evenings, however I thought the Windjammer had a lot of options, especially ... Read More
Overall we had a nice trip. It was very relaxing and there were many things to do on the ship. I was not impressed with the food in the main dining room in the evenings, however I thought the Windjammer had a lot of options, especially for my gluten and dairy sensitivities. I wish I would have known about the Solarium restaurant on Day 1. There was a lot more healthier options there and I would have eaten there daily. Check out the Solarium menu if you want to eat healthier on the cruise. Almost all the staff was exceptionally kind and went above and beyond their duties. We only met one person, a photographer, who was very rude, but she didn't ruin our time. We would recommend going on the Oasis, but still our favorite ship is the Freedom of the Seas! This is our seventh cruise and all of them except for one have been with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because we've been traveling with Royal Caribbean predominantly and felt we could get the most value for our dollar here. We had never been on board the Oasis of the Sea and boy is it massive. As one of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we've been traveling with Royal Caribbean predominantly and felt we could get the most value for our dollar here. We had never been on board the Oasis of the Sea and boy is it massive. As one of the largest cruise ships in the world, they have all kinds of interesting features (from rock climbing walls, to zip lines, to a carnival promenade, etc). The shows were great in my opinion. They had a performance of an "ABBA" band (Abbacadabra I think), and CATS (the broadway show) on board and ABBA was particularly good. The real highlight for us was our dinner and the staff that served us: Kevorn and Yutong. They were amazing and quickly became part of our extended family, sharing their worlds with us as we did with them. The SPA experience was horrible for my 17 year old daughter. She had two visits there and she felt rushed (and on the second treatment unwelcome because she "should not have been booked because of time constraints"). Given how over priced SPAs are in general aboard cruises, they should be amazing experiences and our daughter was not interested in going back (wow... they missed the "boat" on that one). Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shows, activities for kids and ship itself was the main reason for our choice. This one was a very big ship so we wanted to try that. Our kids love water activities so the Flow Ride was a big deal for us as well as the Zip line and Rock ... Read More
Shows, activities for kids and ship itself was the main reason for our choice. This one was a very big ship so we wanted to try that. Our kids love water activities so the Flow Ride was a big deal for us as well as the Zip line and Rock climbing. My 10 year old daughter didn't really enjoy the kid club - especially the little kids mixed with older kids part. But the entertainment was fine on the ship. The food was just OK in the main dining room. The menu was not all that exciting and the quality of food was not that great. We liked the food in the buffet actually better after we checked it out than in the main dining room. Plus the staff was better there than in the main dining room to be honest.The service in the main dining room could be way better and the items on the menu too. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Stayed in Orlando prior to the cruise and transfer was fine, Embarkation was smooth and balcony cabin immaculate and well situated. Service in restaurant was excellent as was the stateroom attendant. The prices on board are expensive ... Read More
Stayed in Orlando prior to the cruise and transfer was fine, Embarkation was smooth and balcony cabin immaculate and well situated. Service in restaurant was excellent as was the stateroom attendant. The prices on board are expensive however particularly if you are not big drinkers and have not taken the drinks package, additionally some of the bar staff look for further gratuities although these are added at the time, Serving a drink when asked does not constitute superior service in my book. Labadee was okay but nothing to write home about I found the locals selling at the artisan market quite aggressive and was glad I was there with my husband. Falmouth is not worth getting off the ship for and I wondered what the commission was for RCI who continually pushed certain shops. I would go on this ship again and loved the Central Park area but would not recommend or suggest this itinery Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The ship is beautiful, the food was amazing as always, my stateroom was great, the services lacked a little. With the ship being so large, there tends to be a little more of a wait. At sea days were extremely crowded by the pools and hot ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, the food was amazing as always, my stateroom was great, the services lacked a little. With the ship being so large, there tends to be a little more of a wait. At sea days were extremely crowded by the pools and hot tubs, not much space to move in either, kids were in Solarium and shouldn't be allowed in the small adult only area, when they have the other 3/4 of the pool deck available. The staff seems to be overworked in the my time dining which causes them to be a little less attentive than on previous ships. There were MANY elderly people who probably were not medically cleared to travel, we had numerous helivac and medivacs through the week, at our last port we had to turn the ship around and bring someone to the hospital in Cozumel. That is not RC's fault but will be taken into consideration when traveling again. Getting off the ship was a long process with over 5,000 people, get a porter to take your luggage and you get to front of line, its worth the $10 tip! I do love RC and will travel with them again, I have already booked for 2018 and 2019! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
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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