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

Where to start: This ship is huge, but easy to get around. It's packed with people, but hardly feels that way! Do yourself a favor: reserve all of the shows, you'll regret it if you miss one. The entertainment is top-notch. ... Read More
Where to start: This ship is huge, but easy to get around. It's packed with people, but hardly feels that way! Do yourself a favor: reserve all of the shows, you'll regret it if you miss one. The entertainment is top-notch. Hairspray was great. The ice show was so well-done that you forget that the rink is so small. Come Fly With Me was so good, we saw it twice. The Comedy show was very funny, but if you can't handle the f-bombs, there's a family-friendly version on the last night. The Dive show was like nothing I've ever seen. The level of production was incredible, especially for a ship. I've seen shows on other ships and the Oasis made them look like a preschool play. The headliner was a Sammy Davis Jr-type of show, which we skipped"not my generation I suppose. Usually in the afternoon, they show a 3D movie and at night in the 2nd half of the week, there are movies in the aqua theater. The food: Not once did we eat at a specialty restaurant! I'm not sure what some people eat on a normal basis to where they would think that the dining room food was sub par. I could cut the prime rib with my fork, the lobster was huge and the overall quality of the food was 5-star! If you want more than one item, order 2! By the end of the week, our servers just assumed we wanted several items. We basically had a buffet! My Time Dining was great! We had a table for 2 every night and had the same servers, whom we were sad to say goodbye to. The staff on the entire ship was top-notch. I don't know how they do it. We were off the ship in Labadee for about 30 minutes. We live near the beach, so we wanted to take advantage of an empty ship and were so glad we did! In Jamaica, I hired a private guide (http://www.jaital.com/tours-and-excursions-in-falmouth-trelawny-jamaica-17.html) b/c I wanted to do more on the island than what the cruise offered. We had our own driver and he took us river tubing, Dunns River Falls and shopping. He took us to a local restaurant for authentic jerk chicken/pork. Cozumel was nothing but a money trap. Guard your stuff carefully"my wife's sunglasses were stolen and she just set them down for a second to get something out of her purse! This ship is not intended for people who just want to take it easy and read, sleep, etc. There is so much to do. The flowrider and zipline and ice skating are a blast and the lines are not that bad. The rock wall is challenging, but doable. The gym is perfectly adequate, but go in the afternoon b/c it seems like everyone wanted to get their workout done b/f 10 am. There are plenty of pools/jacuzzis and chairs available. The only complaint I had was the price of pictures. They are high quality, for sure, but 5 pics for $150 is outrageous! We took 600 pics, so we captured some good moments. If you want some photos of you all dressed up, look up a photographer in your area who can probably do it for a third of the price! Some Don'ts: 1) Don't get on an elevator just to go up 1 floor; use the stairs! 2) Don't think you're hot stuff if you can stay in 1 position on the Flowrider for a long period of time; there are people waiting. One guy just stayed in 1 position for 5 minutes while his wife took thousands of pictures to where the staff had to pull him off. 3)Don't argue with the comedians, then get highschool-hurt if they embarrass you! 4) Don't save seats after they clearly state "Do not save seats". We will definitely go on this ship again!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
I thought it would be a great idea. The service was very bad. The bathroom was not working according to the front desk they were going to send someone to the room, but they never did. The staff forgot my anniversary and to sit at the ... Read More
I thought it would be a great idea. The service was very bad. The bathroom was not working according to the front desk they were going to send someone to the room, but they never did. The staff forgot my anniversary and to sit at the dining table and watch other people being song to for their anniversary and being given cake with happy anniversary was a slap in the face. I was told water would be brought to my room, but that never happened. We could not enjoy a slice of pizza without staff members coming up to us asking if we wanted to eat in other dining areas for a small fee (29.00-35.00 each). The food that was served was the same food over and over. Who wants to take a trip and eat the same food that they eat at home????? Roast and rice is served 24-7... This was the worst trip ever and not worth my two thousand dollars..... Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We booked a Junior Balcony Suite on Oasis. I'm an introvert so the only way I'll cruise with my husband is if I have a quiet suites-only restaurant and a quiet ocean view balcony. This helps me not get overwhelmed by people. For ... Read More
We booked a Junior Balcony Suite on Oasis. I'm an introvert so the only way I'll cruise with my husband is if I have a quiet suites-only restaurant and a quiet ocean view balcony. This helps me not get overwhelmed by people. For the last 10 years, it's worked. Until... Before we left, RCL called and offered us an upgrade to a Loft Suite for $800. The rep said it was an amazing deal, beautiful suite, we'd love it. He said other reps were calling other passengers with the same offer so we had to hurry. We asked if it was still an ocean view. He said yes. We took it. We got to the ship. Oh. My. God. This suite - #1736 - was RIGHT BEHIND the sports deck. The view was of the basketball court. The "ocean view" was a sliver of water over the top of the basketball court, the FloRider, the AquaTheater, about half a football field back. People played basketball from dawn to 11 p.m. right outside our window every day. We had no privacy and had to keep the curtains closed. There were constant announcements from the sports court and zip line. It was so loud. There was norovirus outbreak so maintenance workers were out between 3 and 4 a.m. yelling and using power washers every morning. Smoke from the stack (right above us) blew right onto our deck and into the room if we opened the door. Now I know why they were trying to unload this room cheap. We had other problems, our on board promo credit for the 100 hour sale never showed up and the concierge said she couldn't do anything about it. The TV that goes into the ceiling right over the bed would fall in the middle of the night and the attendant said it couldn't be fixed. There was velcro EVERYWHERE holding drawers and sliding closet doors shut because this suite gets so much vibration. As soon as we got on board the suites-only restaurant was booked solid. There were always people 50+ deep at Guest Services. We called Customer Service as soon as we got back asked for a refund of the upgrade fee. They said we should have resolved it on board according to company policy. I asked if that was a written policy. She said "No, it's just normal. If you've really been cruising on RCL for 10 years you would just know that." She literally said those exact words. We *really have* been sailing RCL for 10 years (we have the tens of thousands of dollars in receipts to prove it). We are great tippers. We never complain. We make our own bed. We're nice, happy, loyal cruisers. I can't believe RCL took advantage of us and treated us this way. Incidentally, I filed a complaint with the BBB and noticed that RCL gets three stars and Disney gets great reviews. Hope that helps you make a decision. Now, about Oasis: Good stuff: Service was great. Super friendly. Liked the suites-only sun deck, which became important when I couldn't use my own balcony. Loved the wine and tapas bar. Ports have clearly improved. Up to you if it's bad stuff: With this ship, RCL is clearly vying for Disney dollars. It's gaudy as heck and clearly aimed at little kids and young families. Everything points inward instead of at the ocean and the view. Oasis is not a ship for adults or people who want to relax. It's constantly "on" 24x7, it's loud, it's huge, and there are so many people (6,500) that there are lines everywhere, for everything. (I felt bad for the little ones who had to stand in line for everything they wanted to do. They got tired. They melted down. Parents once drawn to "so much to do" regretted how far they had to walk their littles to everything.) The ship is an engineering marvel, but it's more like a constant party (not a drunk party - more like a forced carnival party) 24x7. If you enjoy drinking and gambling, this is for you. If you like looking at the ocean and relaxing, you're out of luck - there are no shady, quiet places to get away on this ship. It's 100% about sports activities, shows, and little kids. I will also say because the ship is so tall it catches more wind. It definitely moves around more than other ships and I saw more people seasick on this boat than any other I've been on in 10 years. Also, with 6,500 people, norovirus risk increases, and surprise! There was an outbreak. Oh, and they started charging $8.00 for room service, even in suites. EVERYTHING had an up charge. Crazy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This cruise was a Christmas gift for my wife and I for our 30th anniversary. We were not sure what to expect. We could have not chosen a better cruse line or ship. The Oasis of the Seas will not disappoint. Here are 5 things you should ... Read More
This cruise was a Christmas gift for my wife and I for our 30th anniversary. We were not sure what to expect. We could have not chosen a better cruse line or ship. The Oasis of the Seas will not disappoint. Here are 5 things you should know as a first time cruiser: 1) Packing: You do not need an entire wardrobe. pack rather lightly but take one or two pair of dress clothes and a tie for the men. 2) Shopping: The items on the ship are pricy. Great deals at the ports of call. At Labadee do not go near locals. They would not give me back my change! 3) Use room service. it is free. You will enjoy visiting the many food venues but enjoy a morning or late night on your balcony. 4) Stay disconnected! You can buy internet access but take the opportunity to disconnect from work, friends, email, social media. Make it a real vacation. Relax.... You will be offered a deal on internet access a few days before the end of the cruise. If you must, you can connect then. But at least take the first few days to put down you phone and computer. You will feel the stress melt away. 5) Plan an excursion. We did not because we wanted to experience each town we visited. I must say that I did not feel comfortable outside the port walls in either Jamaica or Cozumel. I wish I had signed up for an excursion. You can swim with dolphins, raft down a river and climb waterfalls. The added bonus is that some of the excursions are a couple of hours drive from the ship which means that you get to see the town as well as the countryside on the way. I would not consider this an honest and objective review if I did not share a couple of potentially negative comments. 1) Plan on $110 parking fee for leaving your car for a week. I know this is typical and similar to an airport but it still stings. 2) Food is usually good but not quiet as good as I expected. I realize they are cooking thousands of meals each day but even though most of the food was very good, I did get a couple of disappointing meals. But good news, just order something else. You can have as many as you wish. 3) My wife had a spa treatment on the last day and the spa gave themselves an unapproved $20 tip..... Maybe that is customary but I felt it was a little tacky. I truly hope this helps you if you are a first timer. Do not hesitate if you are trying to decide. It is a great time. The ship is huge but you will eventually find your way around. If you are worrying abut getting sea sick, for the most part you can barely feel the ship moving. We did have one day of 10-17 foot waves and the ship was a little unstable. My wife got sick for one day but got over it quickly and it did not negatively impact our trip. Our next cruise will be the Eastern Caribbean. I hear the ports are a little nicer. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Selected the Oasis for cruise length, departure port (we live in central FL) and to try a big ship with lots of amenities. Reviews for Oasis looked OK, not as high as Disney but better than Carnival/Norwegian. Embarkation was a ... Read More
Selected the Oasis for cruise length, departure port (we live in central FL) and to try a big ship with lots of amenities. Reviews for Oasis looked OK, not as high as Disney but better than Carnival/Norwegian. Embarkation was a disaster. Our stateroom was occupied (luggage open, clothes out, shower recently used - but no one in the room) when we opened the door at 2 PM. Customer service told us our room was “blocked,” we shouldn’t have been assigned the room and that they would have a room available an hour after departure – immediately asked for the manager - the CS Manager told us this was unheard of, that she would determine the cause and get it corrected - we told here we don't care about the cause just get us into a stateroom - same story, wait until an hour after departure - she told us to leave our bags in the passageway outside the stateroom until we had a room (that sounds safe - not) – we refused, so she told us to bring them to the customer service desk – again, we refused and said Oasis crew could move the bags. The CSM could/would not guarantee the stateroom we would eventually get would be our class stateroom or better (ocean view balcony) – without that guarantee we would not sail. About 10 minutes before the ship sailed the CSM was able to figure out we could use our stateroom, a contractor had been put in the wrong stateroom (ours - 2 doors down needed the repairs) and as soon as the room was refreshed (530 - an hour after sailing) we could move in. When we got back to the stateroom the head was NOT clean, stains on the toilet, etc. Floor attendant said the stains couldn’t be removed – got the deck supervisor involved and we were able to show them both how to remove "stains" - nearly 5 minutes of effort was required. Finally had a clean room - after 6 PM, over 4 hours since first opening the door - just about enough time to unpack and get ready to be 15 minutes late for dinner at Chef's Table (see below). CSM called that night to ask how we were doing – and offered to get us “appropriate compensation” for our time and trouble. CSM eventually (late the next day when we went to her and asked) offered us 40% off our next cruise as compensation (knowing this was our first – and now honestly our last – cruise on RC). She “could not” offer either a beverage package or internet package as immediate compensation on this cruise when we asked – not "in her authority" and eventually credited us with a shore excursion during the Jamaica port call and inclusion in the “behind the scenes” full ship tour. Inadequate at best. On the 3rd day the room steward noticed my companion got some makeup on her RC robe so he sent it out for cleaning – good catch – but apparently there are 2600 staterooms and NO extra robes onboard as we had to wait for the next day to get the cleaned robe back from the laundry. Food: Only great food experience was the Chef’s table – excellent all around, highly recommend it, but steep at $95/each. Room service breakfast was good. Food in the main dining room is pedestrian at best and intolerable at worst (example – the “lobster bisque” was the consistency of thin tomato soup – no lobster). Seafood soup in Giovanni’s Table (another fee restaurant) contained shrimp and oysters – the shrimp still had the shell on the tail and the oyster was still attached to the shell – apparently on RC soup is finger food (we know dinner leftovers are used in soup – could you make it a LITTLE less obvious). The rest of the meal at Giovanni's was not much better. Food safety is also a problem – at Izumi Hibachi the chef dropped a piece of cooked chicken on the table, then picked it up (using his utensils) and put it back on my dinner companion’s plate (ever seen the rag they use to clean the tables?). During dinner in the main dining room a replacement knife was brought to the table by a waiter holding the knife in his bare hand - by the blade, not the handle (this was caught and corrected by the headwaiter). The french fries at Johnny Rockets were fantastic – until we found several with blue/white hard droplets on them (waiter took them back – came back out an apologized and said they believed some of the plastic bag the fries are packaged in got into the fryer - that seemed a reasonable explanation – and comp’ed us one of our two lunch fees - $6.95). During the ship tour one of the head waiters gave a demonstration of how a table is set for a formal night (the rest of the tour was quite interesting) – had the waiter's assistant made a big show of putting a glove on his right hand to handle plates/utensils while he talking about RC's commitment to food safety, then the assistant picked up a stack of butter plates using his ungloved hand with his thumb in the center of the food area on the plate - apparently unnoticed by the headwaiter. In Cozumel the starboard side of the ship was being cleaned – apparently you cannot pull into a pier with the port side of the ship so as we were leaving the ship we were rained on with the wonderfully clean water from the cleaning of the ship – nearly the entire length of the ship as we left from the forward gangway – guess no one thought to close the forward gangway while cleaning the ship. Labadee, Haiti - do the zip line - it's expensive but quite a thrill. Falmouth, Jamaica - did the combined Dunns River Falls climb/Swimm with the Dolphins experience - both great, wonderful guide, but took up the entire day, left only 20-30 minutes to shop in the port. We sent a letter to the RC CEO with the details of the embarkation, never heard back (same week that Majesty of the Seas was delayed leaving Port Canaveral due to a failed USCG inspection so he and his customer service VP may have been a bit busy). This was only my second cruise (first on Celebrity Silhouette - a very good experience), my companion has been on four previously (MSC, Carnival), this was our first and will be the only RC cruise we ever take. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I really, really wanted to love this cruise. My parents booked it for our family plus my fiance for a final pre-wedding family vacation. It was dreadful! I had read so many positive things about this cruise, I was flabbergasted at how ... Read More
I really, really wanted to love this cruise. My parents booked it for our family plus my fiance for a final pre-wedding family vacation. It was dreadful! I had read so many positive things about this cruise, I was flabbergasted at how terrible it was. I even paid the .65/minute for WiFi to re-check I had read the right reviews! Getting on the boat was a breeze, everything else was a hassle. We had dinner reservations via My Time Dining the first night. Our waiter & waiter's assistant must have been having a terrible day. My mother ordered a glass of wine, they left the rest of the table drinkless to go run our Sea Pass card and bring back the receipt. My father asked for a roll and it took no less than 15 minutes for the assistant to return. The food in the dining room was mostly good but the service ruined it for everyone. The other nights in the dining room were better, but the final night a manager was walking around asking about the surveys we would get the next morning. We explained to her the trouble we had had the first night, and she literally sat at our table interrupting our dinner for the next 5 minutes trying to get us not to leave a bad review. Seriously? To top it off, the dining room manager almost got into a fist fight with a patron! The guy was clearly upset about something, slammed his table up & sent plates and glasses flying. They asked him to leave and the dining room manager literally had every curse word imaginable flying out of his mouth. I wondered if they were having some sort of serious political/religious issue because it was heated...but still funny. "Get the **** out of my dining room!" His response? "We're on a BOAT! Where do you want me to GO?!" Mornings we had our breakfast delivered to our room. We learned very quickly to specify exactly what you want, but you still won't get it. I wrote very clearly on the form that we only needed yellow sweetener with our coffee. I also had to specify which pastries we wanted with our tray, otherwise we got a plate full of sourdough rolls and no croissants. We never got yellow sweetener in our room all 6 days we pre-ordered our breakfast. Aside from the service, we spent a majority of our time waiting...mostly for the elevators. Had I not been in heels most nights, I would have used the stairs more. Want to eat at the Windjammer? Wait! My Time Dining? Wait in line, then wait in the chairs! Even when we went to empty Johnny Rockets, we waited 5 minutes for a table then another 10 in the sun while waiters stared at us and never came. We left and went to guest services. Giovanni's was by far the best food & service, waiter was amazing. The Seafood Shack was great too, a few people we met would only go there for dinner. Do not ask for ice water - it comes with complimentary snarls and eye rolls. I'm sorry! It's 90+ degrees and I can't ONLY drink liquor! I'll be 26 in August and had a hard time getting served alcohol. I look young, but a few bartenders tried trickery. I asked for a mango pineapple frozen rum drink. I watched the bartender pour juice in the ice-blendery machine and slide it over to me sans rum. He looked flabbergasted when I asked where the liquor was?! He poured Myers on top of it and charged me my $9. My 19-year-old brother had no problem being served anywhere we went though! The shows were what kept me from total insanity. The water show was dreadful though, not remotely synchronized and frankly pretty weird. They also need to fix both of the big monitors and the sound system. The last morning starting at 8:00am they blasted the beginning of a Bon Jovi song for 20 minutes until they figured out how to turn it off. Hairspray was fantastic, the comedy show was AWESOME! They spent the entire time ragging on the ship - hitting on everything we all knew to be true. Don't speak English? Here's a Royal Caribbean application! Need ice water? Here's your spit! Haiti was contrived like Disney World, but the food was better than anything we got on the boat aside from Giovanni's. Jet Skis were fun, but we were with a lot of slow, scared people so we had to drive for 30 seconds then stop and wait for them to catch up. They make a point to swing you by the canoe sellers though! Jamaica was a mess. It was my first time there and I spent it on a tube tied to 8 other people moving at a snail's pace and being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Just make sure you know whether it will be high or low tide if you book that excursion, low tide is like floating through two feet of marsh mud. At least our guide sang Conway Twitty when he got tired of the generic Bob Marley. He also said during high tide, the tube ride is much faster and you get to go much further down the river than we did. Mexico was a godsend - we did the jeep & snorkeling excursion. The guides were perfect. We went all around the coast then back through the city to literally see every part of Cozumel. They even let us have the automatic 4-door jeep so our family of 5 wouldn't have to split up! All in all, I wanted to love cruising but it just isn't for me. The boat & cabins were really pretty and I appreciate what they tried to do but I could definitely tell there were 6,000 head on board and most of the crew seemed generally unhappy with life. I understand they are on the boat for long periods of time, but there are plenty worse jobs out there! If you love being in a small pool with 100 other people and waiting 10 minutes for an elevator to take you to the dining room with mediocre food, this is the ship for you! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
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
We chose this ship for the ports of call and we didn't even get to set foot on the first location, haiti. The second, jamaica was great. but, we had to take our lives in our own hands to educate ourselves about the terroristic ... Read More
We chose this ship for the ports of call and we didn't even get to set foot on the first location, haiti. The second, jamaica was great. but, we had to take our lives in our own hands to educate ourselves about the terroristic activities on our own because even after the american embassy in mexico was closed for safety concerns, the cruise staff directly lied to our faces and denied any problems with the ferry trips over to playa del carmen to participate in royal caribbean sponsored shore excursions. Only to wait and cancel all our pre-planned and pre-paid excursions to that area the night before. Although we did receive a refund of our money, all the comparable shore excursions were already booked full and the staff couldn't care less. there was a diamond in the ruff to be found amongst it all; his name was daniel and he worked in the tiffany & co. Boutique. He was the sweetest and genuine fella we met during the whole week. Not once did he poke his nose up at us in a snobby manner. In fact, this redneck girl's amazing husband just so happened to purchase a nice gift for me in that very store. Food was nothing to write home about. They definitely pushed the specialty dining over and over for another charge. We will give our business to a different cruise line next time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise on Oasis as a little romantic getaway and splurged on the Crown Loft Suite. While most of our cruise was great including speedy embarkation, awesome venues and our favorite place, the Coastal Kitchen; RC began a ... Read More
We chose this cruise on Oasis as a little romantic getaway and splurged on the Crown Loft Suite. While most of our cruise was great including speedy embarkation, awesome venues and our favorite place, the Coastal Kitchen; RC began a major construction project on the roof above us that lasted the entire week. The hammering, drilling banging and grinding that went on above us from 8 am to 6 pm was totally unbearable. On Monday, we inquired about the noise and asked if they could switch us to another room but were told that the project was complete and that it would be quiet for the remainder of the cruise....? Tuesday morning, we woke up to the banging again...and Wednesday and Thursday.....it never stopped! I recorded the noise every day and played it back for anyone that would listen?? My Concierge, my room attendant, the hotel administrator....? Finally on the Friday they offered to switch our room? seriously....? We had a day and a half left on our cruise? Thank you, but no....I would have gladly moved on Monday, but with one day left, we were not packing up our entire room and moving. When we returned to our room later that night, they offered us a 30% Future Cruise Credit which was nice....but did very little to make us feel any better about the way we feel they had treated us and the loss of this cruise. Our cruise cost us over ten thousand dollars including flights, hotels etc., and they offered us $1308 for me and $654.00 for DH to use toward another cruise...as nice a gesture as this was, if I'd had the option ahead of time, I would have chosen NOT to have a discounted CLS that was under construction. I know there are many people out there may have opted for the 30% discount and lived with the noise....but I would have chosen to PAY MORE for some PEACE & QUIET!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We always sail Royal Caribbean because of the service, structured dining so we have the same waiters and such, and the shows. There is always plenty to do! However on this one... forget it! Too many out of pocket restaurants, and the ... Read More
We always sail Royal Caribbean because of the service, structured dining so we have the same waiters and such, and the shows. There is always plenty to do! However on this one... forget it! Too many out of pocket restaurants, and the shows.... well who would know? They book before you even set sail. Forget whimsically deciding to attend a show, you can't. There are TOO MANY PEOPLE! This ship is by far the worst one. The pluses I would say are the wait staff, room attendants, food is amazing, and some of the little entertainment like trivia, a lot of hot tubs, pianist, guitarist and things like that. We brought kids and they loved the character pop ups, however we wanted to ice skate and couldn't. The line to register was obscene! I have never had issues doing these things or attending shows before, and boy have I always loved the shows! But this one really disappointed me, I really hope this new booking policy doesn't carry to other ships or RC will ruin their cruise line for me. Also the pool deck is big, always found a chair but the flooring is DANGEROUS! I almost fell at least 6 times myself, do not let your kids run!!! There are lifeguards now though so that is a major plus. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Overall, this was a great get-away vacation. Royal Caribbean made it all possible in every way--from fun, to relaxing, to indulging in good food in the various restaurants, including the Wind Jammer! We were enlightened by the various ... Read More
Overall, this was a great get-away vacation. Royal Caribbean made it all possible in every way--from fun, to relaxing, to indulging in good food in the various restaurants, including the Wind Jammer! We were enlightened by the various shows, and events, as well as by all the other activities. There was something to do for everyone and every age group or lifestyle. One could hardly get bored. Onboard shopping was also a great feature. The various ports were a real enhancement to the cruise itinerary. I did not participate in the shore excursion on this cruise, however-- partly because most of the ones I wanted were a little pricey. But that did not interfere with my engaging in other activities and having a great time. The Restaurant Staff were superb in waiting on customers, making sure tables were cleaned after each use, and of course refilling empty food containers on the food stations. The Captain was very informative and very careful in navigating the ship over the seas. He kept us informed of the status of Hurricane Irma and carefully redirected us away from the path of the hurricane. I never felt more comfortable. He earned an A+++++ for his efforts. I thank God and the Captain from the great work! I highly recommend Oasis of the Seas. Keep up the fantastic work. Great Way To Go, Royal Caribbean International. See you again soon! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We cruised this boat 4 years ago and its sad to say how much this beautiful ship has changed!! We really love Royal but going to look at others now for future cruises. We were on the 10th floor large superior room with large deck, ... Read More
We cruised this boat 4 years ago and its sad to say how much this beautiful ship has changed!! We really love Royal but going to look at others now for future cruises. We were on the 10th floor large superior room with large deck, not a big difference with deck size and would not spend extra money on it again. Not a big deal but you don't get towel designs on your bed every night anymore just once, lol. Main dining room food is just average now. They don't put the napkin on your lap anymore, dancing from staff is just them running up and down the isles AWFUL and very loud. Employees arguing in the main dining area in front of you a lot, it was not organized at all. Service not good from a lot of the waiters and waitresses. We lucked out and got a nice and pleasant one. Employees constantly complaining about the other staff and management. The ports were Haiti, Jamaica and Cozumel Haiti was nice, you do your own thing on their beach. Nice lunch. Jamaica - they need to skip this spot but Royal has put to much money in the shops inside the gate. Shops were very expensive. We went to get a bottle of sunscreen, $24.00. Couldn't believe it, make sure you bring enough. The restaurant that was there were ran by the Jamaicans and although they are very nice people they were very unprofessional and i think they just enjoyed being inside the gate! Don't even go outside the gate, this is our 2nd visit here, The first time we got 3 blocks and turned back, this time we got across the street and turned back and went back inside the gate. I heard taking with some other guest they went to the Hilton for a all inclusive day, They said it was wonderful. We bought the city tour this time to see if we could just get back a few streets without the harassment but even on the city tour they harassed you during the few spots you stopped at. SO SAD!! I will never visit this stop again. Cozumel - This was a ok stop. We rented the moped and that was the highlight. Go outside the gate across the street about $15.00 cheaper. ($50.00 which included the insurance) We did this because the cab ride was $20 each way to the beach we were going to so we decided to get this and we drove all over the island. Same dessert and sandwiches that were awful in the cafe by the customer service area overnight but no choice because a lot of things closed in the evening. Pizza was the same every night also. Cheese and pepperoni. Good but wish there were other choices. Room service now has a fee of $7.95, unbelievable change. Except in the morning coffee and muffins are free for room service but anything else they charge for. This use to be a highlight for us as we sat on our deck in the morning and had breakfast listening to the waves. We alway got the early dining and ordered room service at night listening to the waves around 11pm and now they charge for that, so sad. We did hear that the Allure which is the same boat has better service. Piano bar was great had a lot of fun there. Casino was fun and came out even this time. Comedy show couldn't get in unless you had a reservation and people always in line. 6th night was in a bigger room that could accommodate a lot of people and you didn't need reservation so just wait for that if you want to go. Cats was good but LONG so go early and not on the first night as you are so tired from waking up early to get on the boat. It was very nice to have a vacation anyway and I'm sure and hoping Royal will fix these problems as I'm not the only one that has noticed the differences in 4 years. People didn't dress up for the main dining like usual cruises. They even let people in there with shorts on during formal night.......hmmmmm Hope this helps. Enjoy!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The Oasis is by far a beautiful ship but..it's just way too crowded,. The elevators were always full and we winded up having to wait for another one to come. The Boardwalk is similar to a mall and it was also crowded like one which ... Read More
The Oasis is by far a beautiful ship but..it's just way too crowded,. The elevators were always full and we winded up having to wait for another one to come. The Boardwalk is similar to a mall and it was also crowded like one which didn't make it easy getting around. There were long lines especially if when you needed help at guest services..I stood on that line for over an hour The food in the Windjammer wasn't very good and I'm happy we were able to eat in the Silk in the evening where the service was very good and the food was much better than the Windjammer. The shows were excellent and the Jamaican band that played in the pool area was awesome!! Activities on board were lacking. We had an interior cabin and was very happy with both the service and our room Our room was larger than expected and rather comfortable.. The young man assigned to our room was always very helpful and he always asked if we needed anything every single time we saw him. We enjoyed each port and RCCL private island is simply beautiful. Unfortunately we have no plans on returning to The Oasis of the Seas. We wanted to experience the biggest ship and bigger is just not always better..in my opinion a smaller ship with less people is alot better. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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
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
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
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
The ship is fine, lots to do especially for a mixed age group. My dissatisfaction comes with the constant need to spend more money once on board. Although our cabin cost £2500, we still had to pay for basic soda, WiFi (over £100 for a ... Read More
The ship is fine, lots to do especially for a mixed age group. My dissatisfaction comes with the constant need to spend more money once on board. Although our cabin cost £2500, we still had to pay for basic soda, WiFi (over £100 for a week!). Drinks are not cheap, £8 for a small beer, £13 for a cocktail, you’re charged 18% on top of everything and are charged $30 per person per day for gratuities! Don’t RC pay their staff? I really do think in this day and age, staff should be paid properly for their work, and not reliant on ‘compulsory’ gratuities. So the all inclusive cruise experience is a myth. I’ve always expected to pay extra but this cruise was a hard sell. The all inclusive buffet which serves good food was no bigger on this ship with 6,000 passengers than it is on much smaller ships. I wonder if that’s because there are so may other - premium (pay extra) restaurants? The main dining room if you are choosing ‘anytime dining’ is oversubscribed, so you will queue even if you’re organised enough to book ahead. ‘At sea’ days are packed. Especially if the weather is not great, and if it is great you can play sardines on deck. The sunbeds are so close together you have to crawl up it rather than stand by the side as your bed is literally touching the next person’s bed! There are positives of course, staff are helpful and friendly, food is good, especially if you opt for a premium dining experience, the ship is clean and bright and offers loads to do. Our cabin & bed were comfortable. The shows are a highlight. For me personally the ship is too big, too many people, and not quite enough of the ‘inclusiveness’ I used to experience on an RC cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
While this cruise has some positive points the overall negative points stand in my mind and won't allow me to recommend it to any others. Too much up selling from the minute you get on the ship: Central Park is nice, but only one ... Read More
While this cruise has some positive points the overall negative points stand in my mind and won't allow me to recommend it to any others. Too much up selling from the minute you get on the ship: Central Park is nice, but only one very small complimentary restaurant. The others that line the park are all specialty restaurants. More than half of the daily events have a charge for them. If they don't they are offering "free clinics" on how to improve your weight, health, gait, etc. You can be sure there is a product for them to sell at the end of the "free clinic". No personal toiletry items in the shower. I didn't bring body lotion or hair conditioner because it's a staple on cruise ships. Not this one. They have streamlined all the goodies that are free. No flower arrangements in the dinning room, no bud vases on the tables, not even a chocolate on the pillows at night. It seems that they have taken away all the frills that might make you feel special and have replaced them with "an option to purchase" that pampering that the cruise usually offers. The food in the Windjammer was not very good. Quality and temperature of the food was poor. Lots of fatty pieces of beef, greasy hamburgers, cold fires. Repetitive menu - So, if you found something you liked, you can be sure it would be there again for the next six days/nights. Food in the dinning room (My Time) was better than the Windjammer, but I would not rate it better than "average". Desserts were not really worth the calories. The positive about the negatives regarding the food is that you won't gain weight on this cruise. Shows were typical of cruise ships. Nothing great, but hey, there's no surprise there. Overall condition of the ship - she's showing her age. Not still not bad. Cleanliness of the boat was 100%, Pool area was nice (adults have their own area). Plenty of chairs and selection of sun/shade First time with a balcony - will do it again. Loved it! Embarkation and disembarkation was easy. Staff was helpful and friendly. Promenade deck was nicely maintained. Nice gym. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
My title has nothing to do with language but more about the massiveness of this ship. 6000+ people is too much. So many personal touches and details are lost. Now, the free generic bottles of water which you would find in your ... Read More
My title has nothing to do with language but more about the massiveness of this ship. 6000+ people is too much. So many personal touches and details are lost. Now, the free generic bottles of water which you would find in your refrigerator is eliminated and replaced with a "beverage package". With the bougoi price of the package you would think you'd get bougoi water. Butter is now is those tiny plastic peel off the top packs, no more pretty little rose pats. I could list more but there are more important topics such as service and cleanliness. Service personnel is worked to the bones effecting their demeanor. I encountered moodiness more than a couple of times. We found someone else's allergy medication in our bathroom on one of the shelves and some not-so-out-of-sight areas super dusty. The cloth seats in the dining room appear filthy -riddled with stains, grease and dirt. It ruins the elegance instantly and even after I brought it to their attention, the same exact seats were found the next night. Last, but not least, the ship's itinerary was changed-twice. Once due to a medi-vac so we didn't go to Labadee, and the next due to a hurricane so we didn't go to Cozumel. We were diverted back to Labadee because there was no other port available due to the size of our ship. While no monetary compensation was offered, free internet would've been nice...or something...no? Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Smoothest part of my trip on the Oasis of the Seas was the embarkation and disembarkation. Everything in between that was underwhelming. One doesn't really expect to say that about The oasis of the Seas, one of the biggest ships with ... Read More
Smoothest part of my trip on the Oasis of the Seas was the embarkation and disembarkation. Everything in between that was underwhelming. One doesn't really expect to say that about The oasis of the Seas, one of the biggest ships with not one but 2 flowriders, 20-something pools and Jacuzzis several clubs ad a full length, Broadway style show - Cats (skip it if you do sail on this ship. It was long and boring) I can fill several pages with what I didn't like about Oasis of the Seas so instead I will say this: if you do happen to sail on Oasis of the Seas: be prepared to wait on lines for everything. Sign up in advance for the free shows (that will save you some time) and book your dinner reservations early. Be prepared for the crowds everywhere (just like NYC!) The Central Park (8th floor- forward) is a great place to hang out and get away. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I feel there was alot of the same product for sales on the ship and on shore. I would have enjoyed a little more varity in produsts. I understand that you have families on the ship. I would like the entertainment both day and night to ... Read More
I feel there was alot of the same product for sales on the ship and on shore. I would have enjoyed a little more varity in produsts. I understand that you have families on the ship. I would like the entertainment both day and night to cater to the adults too. I would also ask that the staff inforce the rules of +16 in restricted areas. I would have like to see the pool for the audlt to stay open later on cruising days. That way friends can visit in the water and it was quiet. The ship really doesn't provide a place for adult to enjoy a drink where there is some mood music and quiet for friend to talk. I'm not sure if Royle has a ship the is for adults only or maybe a cruise that is for audlts only. If there is this kind of cruise, we would love to know more about it. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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