Sail Date: November 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
7 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 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
2 Helpful Votes
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: March 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
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
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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