45 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Senior Cruise Reviews

We choose the ship because of curiosity. We found plenty of things t do, but the constant sales pitches that were ongoing on the promenade was relentless, and not open late or when at a port. The food was delicious but no ... Read More
We choose the ship because of curiosity. We found plenty of things t do, but the constant sales pitches that were ongoing on the promenade was relentless, and not open late or when at a port. The food was delicious but no "midnight buffet". Places to eat closed early and the little places that were available were horrible. Sorrentos pizza tasted like cardboard with melted cheese. Promenade cafe offered little sandwiches that had 1 slim piece of meat. We ordered two and combined them to make one decent sandwich. My wife had one server tell her that if she wanted orange juice with her breakfast she would have to wait till 1130 am as they were closed. Their hours were open till 1100 am, according to our watch it was 1054 am. If you want to go on this ship and don't mind adjusting you time to fit their schedule then you might enjoy the cruise, but my wife and I will not be returning to this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The room was very nice and so was our cabin guy. He did a great job. We did not especially care for the food and the deserts was the worst we have experienced. The food on the smaller ships is much better all around. We think they ... Read More
The room was very nice and so was our cabin guy. He did a great job. We did not especially care for the food and the deserts was the worst we have experienced. The food on the smaller ships is much better all around. We think they try to do too much selling and not enough entertainment all around in the common areas like the smaller ships. Our outdoor show as cancelled and never rescheduled and I don't think they even had it any night, because of the wind. When it is too windy they could have something else lute there. All the staff was very friendly and willing to help. The prices of the shore excursions is too expensive for such shot time. We have been on the Oasis two other times and felt they are slipping now. I don't think we will go on it again and go back to the smaller ships. Getting on the ship was very smooth but getting off the ship was the worst experience we have ever had. The lines were way too long. Everyone was complaining as we all wished we would have gotten a porter as they get to go almost right in. It was a lesson that we now know to do. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Oasis was suppose to be the best cruise. this ship is now completing with Disney not for seniors. Nothing for seniors even card rooms too crowded. Only game for some adults was golf and they had their contest no winners and No ... Read More
Oasis was suppose to be the best cruise. this ship is now completing with Disney not for seniors. Nothing for seniors even card rooms too crowded. Only game for some adults was golf and they had their contest no winners and No key chains staff just walked away. Porters at dock could not be had and you had to carry suitcase to buses. Ice show the best ever. Casino large however tables all $10.00 and up Golf area very nice however clubs were 6 long handled and 8 short. Balls were from the 1990,s really OLD not even good for practice balls or water balls they do not carter to people with diabetes very little sugar free food best sweet bread but only two days with cold soups which has always been one of there best soups. ship had a problem and we never left port till after 11:00 thus no gambling that night and that left nothing to do Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Marketing does a good job of highlghting amenities and creating high expectations but in reality it was not as comfortable, amicable, or enjoyable as anticipated. Been crusing for some time mostly on Royal Carribbean so this was somewhat ... Read More
Marketing does a good job of highlghting amenities and creating high expectations but in reality it was not as comfortable, amicable, or enjoyable as anticipated. Been crusing for some time mostly on Royal Carribbean so this was somewhat of a let down. Will stick to the smaller class of ships from now on where everything is better. I agree with other comments....Bigger is NOT Better at least in this case. Ports of call were the usual mundane....been there-done that iteneraries. You practically get mugged as soon as you get off the ship by vendors etc.. so we made it short and sweet. On board the ship there was constant and sometimes disconcerting noise, congestion. The CASINO WAS HORRIBLE due to the putrid smell of cigarettes and heavy smoking. We attempted to venture in at different times but had to leave immediately. After three attempts we left and never went back. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Ship is incredible, cabins great, nice and friendly staff. Shows to die for. NOW THE BAD: FOOD SUCK BIG TIME!!!!! Windjammer food is bland, tasteless, meats are tough, menu doesn't change much. American Icon: food is ok, but ... Read More
Ship is incredible, cabins great, nice and friendly staff. Shows to die for. NOW THE BAD: FOOD SUCK BIG TIME!!!!! Windjammer food is bland, tasteless, meats are tough, menu doesn't change much. American Icon: food is ok, but nothing special your average diner food. Long lines (up to 11/2 hour wait). Same lunch every day. Menu don't change Sabor: Very.very good, tasty 150 Central: All bad, but duck con fit appetizer, tenderloin and chocolate tart. Definitely not worth $45.00 cover charge plus 18% gratuity. Promenade cafe is a terrible. Display don't change same ugly looking plates day after day. BUT THE WORST IS A BAKERY. Same tasteless sponge cakes every day. Twinkeys and Din dongs would of be an upgrade. That was the first cruise out of about 15 cruises we took before where we lost wait. So if you enjoy a lots of salads ( basics but fresh) You will love Oasis Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This is 3rd time have sailed Oasis of Seas, and will not do it again. Only reason I rated average is due to ship design which is very good. We have over 45 cruises total and have recently sailed MSSC Divina, Norwegian Escape, and ... Read More
This is 3rd time have sailed Oasis of Seas, and will not do it again. Only reason I rated average is due to ship design which is very good. We have over 45 cruises total and have recently sailed MSSC Divina, Norwegian Escape, and Carnival Magic, all better than Oasis. The only other positive comment from us is on the room service which was very good. However, in several cases furniture is significantly worn, see arms of chairs and couches, even in Diamond lounge. Attention to detail by crew is questionable, I pointed out to one officer that an emergency exit had been blocked for several days. Food has taken a major step down with both beef and seafood dishes fair to poor. Deserts are especially poor. Variety in secondary food offerings is non existent, same every day. It was clear that the waiters were overworked. Little things like offering shredded cheese, ground pepper, and help with lobsters are no longer done. Some entertainment is good, but difficult to schedule, Some venues and times are booked up weeks in advance of cruise. Some items, such as the comedy aqua show are held only once, such that many who would like to attend cannot. The one comedian performed all week long with very little variety. Our ice show was canceled such that we had 2 nights with no significant entertainment scheduled. All entertainment fills up fast. If RCL spent as much effort on service and entertainment as they did sales in the promenade it would have been much more enjoyable. Port of St Thomas was very disappointing. Instead of the normal port, ship moored on other side at what appeared to be an industrial area - we moored next to 2 dry-docks. Disembarking took much too long, although this may have been a customs issue, only 7 agents for 6,000 passengers. Bottom line - of the 5 couples at our table 4 had cruised Oasis previously and all 4 said they would not sail this ship again. This same sentiment was heard form many of the previous cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose this cruise because of the days in port versus the days at sea. The first whole day was at Nassau, Bahamas, then a day at sea, the third day was a Costa Maya, Mexico, the fourth at Cozumel and the final full day was at sea. The ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the days in port versus the days at sea. The first whole day was at Nassau, Bahamas, then a day at sea, the third day was a Costa Maya, Mexico, the fourth at Cozumel and the final full day was at sea. The weather in late October/early November was rainy and sometimes stormy (except for the last two full days of the cruise). That said, there are a LOT of people (approx. 5500) stuck indoors on this ship with only a limited space to go to be protected from the weather and the problem is, there is no where for them to go. The space allocation on this ship is geared towards the outdoors, which is awesome if the weather is good. Outside you can find a Central Park with trees, several pools and whirlpools, a track, a place to surf man-made waves, rock climbing, a basketball court, a miniature golf course, ping pong tables, a basketball court and more. However, on the inside, the theater is large, but everything else is REALLY small compared to the passenger count and always is overflowing. For instance, I went to an art auction in the schooner bar and there was no place to seat everyone. Furthermore, there were always lines to enter the Windjammer Café if you decided not to go there extra early or extra late. I tried the other venues like they want you to, but the food was cold in those places. The menu was similar to another cruise I had been on (Enchantment of the Seas), but not as tasty nor as fresh. Good luck not standing in line for a show or to play bingo! Lastly, they do not plan enough activities for the 1st day on board - I believe it is because all of their staff is just too busy trying to get you to buy a beverage/internet package. What I liked about the cruise is the entertainment is first rate and I recommend you catch each show. Also, the bands and dance events are first rate. I like RCC, but next time, I'll just keep it small. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We were invited to join some of our friends on this cruise and thought it would be an ideal chance to see how the ship would be for our family and their kids. On-board activities were geared to the younger crowd and seemed to be more ... Read More
We were invited to join some of our friends on this cruise and thought it would be an ideal chance to see how the ship would be for our family and their kids. On-board activities were geared to the younger crowd and seemed to be more than adequate. Watching everyone on the Flowrider was actually more entertaining then the shows in the evening. Dining was a big disappointment. The menu options in the dining room were limited and nothing special with the exception of the two formal nights. For the most part food was bland. The onion soup had no flavor. Food in the Windjammer Cafe was only slightly better than Golden Coral and the room service breakfast menu was far too limited. We tried it once and were forced to go to the dining room in order to get a decent breakfast. Burgers were overcooked and tasteless although they may have been better at Johnny Rockets at an additional charge. If I wanted to go to Johnny Rockets and pay for a burger, I didn't need to go on a cruise. The Diamond Lounge served a continental breakfast in the morning that was adequate but did not have any alcoholic beverages available in the morning. So much for a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. The evening get together snacks were often overcooked and dried out. Staffing in the evening was far too small to take care of the crowd and caused us to leave after 30-minutes of waiting for a waiter on one evening. Most folks dressed up for the two formal nights but watching a gentleman in shorts and tennis shoes allowed to dine in the dining room on formal night was more than disappointing. Also, photographers were allowed to block walkways in various areas of the ship including the entrance to the dining room. The high point of the cruise was our entire waitstaff in the dining room. They were fabulous and exceeded our expectations each and every evening. If you just want to get away, enjoy cruising and don't mind the lines associated with a ship that carries 5,500+ passengers you will probably enjoy this ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
the show cats, the crew begged you to stay. with all the great high energy productions why this? the food had no taste and no change .we had one good dinner in the specialty italian resturant (but why should you have to pay for good food? ... Read More
the show cats, the crew begged you to stay. with all the great high energy productions why this? the food had no taste and no change .we had one good dinner in the specialty italian resturant (but why should you have to pay for good food? most of the activeties in the day were on the promanode are to buy things. the staff was very friendly and the sailing was very smooth our cabin was nice and our cabin service was very good, we liked the little tags for notifing to make up the room or not. the pool aeras were very nice, but i would have liked to see some dancing, games music and family fun. the ship has some interesting spots. the central park was very pretty but should of had a new york deli.my husband and i did enjoy the adult solarium,the trees and sitting areas were beautiful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Just got off a 7 day eastern caribbean cruise on the Oasis of the seas. First off I think the ship is too big. Very immpressive with all the common areas. The balcony and cabins were as advertised. The Royal King bed was very ... Read More
Just got off a 7 day eastern caribbean cruise on the Oasis of the seas. First off I think the ship is too big. Very immpressive with all the common areas. The balcony and cabins were as advertised. The Royal King bed was very comfortable.Our cabin steward was extremely freindly. She did an amazing job. We spotted her with an additionable tip. Now for the bad. Every one I spoke with said that RCCL had the best food and service. I must have gotten on the wrong boat,because the food in the Windjammer buffet was average. They did not have a sandwitch bar. They did have some cold cuts available.They were cut too thick and were not really good. They had no potatoe or macaroni salads that I saw. Did'nt see any pickles or olives either. The hamburgers they had were horrible.Had to go to Johnny Rockets (extra cost) to get a decent burger. The food in the main dining room fair. The food and service was very dissapointing. The food and service at the specialty restaurants was fantastic. I was a good thing I purchased the 3 night package for these venues. Entertainment was good. I took the behind the scenes which was very interesting. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our second cruise on the Oasis of the Seas and our 18th with Royal Caribbean. We sailed from Port Everglades on Saturday 9/17 and returned on 9/24. Our room was a Superior Oceanview with balcony room. We were very ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Oasis of the Seas and our 18th with Royal Caribbean. We sailed from Port Everglades on Saturday 9/17 and returned on 9/24. Our room was a Superior Oceanview with balcony room. We were very disappointed when we entered the room as the people that had it the week before us were smokers and had smoked in the room. Naturally the curtains and bedding were permeated with cigarette smoke/nicotine. We tried to get another room but the ship was full and we realized that RCCL could not do too much about the situation. Additionally the folks on the next deck up from us smoked on their balcony! I know that smoking is prohibited in staterooms and on balconies but people just do not care about other folks. We have been on this itinerary a number of times and knew what to expect from Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. One thing that impressed us was the speed at which we were processed for the cruise. It was fast and our luggage arrived at our room before sailing! Well done! When we got off the ship it went just as smoothly..so fast! The crew seemed for the most part to be cheerful and helpful but of course there are a few that are just surly. Our room stewart was great and could not do enough for us. One big thing that we noticed was the quality of the food in the Windjammer was much better than other ships we have recently been on. As for the main dining room, we found the same food to be better in the Windjammer. As repeat cruisers with RCCL we had access to the Diamond Lounge. We were disappointed in the fact that they have changed the house wine to a very sweet red that was horrible! Cant explain why they changed but have an idea it revolves around expense. As usual we were inundated by people/crew trying to sell us stuff. Really a turn off! one final thing, although this ship holds a whole bunch of passengers, we never felt crowded. Also missed the Veterans get together that other ships have for former military mean and women. Sorry this one only gets a 3 Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I was very disappointed with the cruise! We previously had been on the Oasis for 44 days. The Menu was very limited with NO cold soups and limited salads. Room Service was inconsistent. Sometime good coffee and sometimes sludge. ... Read More
I was very disappointed with the cruise! We previously had been on the Oasis for 44 days. The Menu was very limited with NO cold soups and limited salads. Room Service was inconsistent. Sometime good coffee and sometimes sludge. Sometimes we got what we ordered and sometimes NOT. We did not know that the Diamond lounge had closed on deck 4 and reopened combined with the Concierge Lounge on deck 11.We did not receive our normal Amenities. A plate of 4 Chocolate Strawberries is it. I was quarantined to my cabin for a couple of days and when finally released, I could not get off the ship in Jamaica due to a miscommunication. The entertainment was great, especially Cats! The Comedy Club acts were fantastic, except for the Headliner named Kennedy who was just horrible. We had a Jr. Suite on the 7th deck and it was amazing. Being in a Jr. Suite gave us the ability to eat dinner in the Coastal Kitchen and we really enjoyed it. The suite and Pinnacle lounge is really nice and it would be nice if Diamond Plus cruisers were allowed usage of this facility. Children, well there were a lot of them Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose the ship as a destination rather than the Islands. The ship is HUGE...TOO HUGE. We had a cabin forward which I do NOT recommend. It is a long hike to activities which are mostly aft. All staff were pleasant and helpful. The ship ... Read More
We chose the ship as a destination rather than the Islands. The ship is HUGE...TOO HUGE. We had a cabin forward which I do NOT recommend. It is a long hike to activities which are mostly aft. All staff were pleasant and helpful. The ship has many features, but with 6,400 passengers it was crowded. We choose "anytime" dining which proved to be a disaster. When trying to book ahead only once was the reservations phone even answered. Our balcony cabin was spacious and comfortable. The bathroom shower was spacious for a ship. The ice show was the best show I've seen in over 30 cruises. Negative: music in all locations is LOUD and techno for the most part. Aimed at 20 somethings. Simply terrible. Drink prices are bordering on THEFT. $6.95 for a beer plus 18% service charge and the guts to ask for a tip! That works out to about $168 for a case of beer that costs less than $20. The food was plentiful but bland except for Indian dishes. Again we did not use specialty restaurants because of outrageous up charges. Steakhouse was $79pp plus service of 18%. We probably won't cruise Royal again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We have traveled on the Allure of the Seas and wanted to compare the sister ships. We were a group of seven couples on a pleasure cruise made up of newbies and experienced cruisers. Won't do the Oasis again. Older and not as well ... Read More
We have traveled on the Allure of the Seas and wanted to compare the sister ships. We were a group of seven couples on a pleasure cruise made up of newbies and experienced cruisers. Won't do the Oasis again. Older and not as well kept. Chaos seemed the rule of the week. The only positive note I can relate was the dining room staff were outstanding and the food was excellent. Can't say the same for the Windjammer. Cold food and very crowded. Cabin was kept very neat and tidy by a young man who went by Jim since his real name was difficult to pronounce. He was the shining star in a less than friendly staff throughout the ship. Guest Services staff were often confused and lacking in helpfulness. Perhaps it was the language barrier. As usual, San Maartin was our favorite port and we always enjoy our visit there. St. Thomas was a different story. Had a long water taxi ride to St john only to find a taxi ride to Trunk Bay for about a half hour beach stay. Lifeguards closed up early, snack bar (yes, we had to pay for snack and drinks including water) also closed up early and the taxi ride was like Mr Toads wild ride from the old days of Disneyland. To top it all off the "guide on board the water taxi actually requested tips for the crew and even asked for a specific amount. Oh well, we won't be doing that one again. Embarkation and disembarkation were fairly easy but a little slow due to the large number of people coming and going. I highly recommend the luggage valet if you are flying home. We are RCI loyalists and have booked for next year while onboard, but not during a holiday or spring break. Just too many unsupervised children if you get my drift. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Underwhelming! It has cured me from wanting to go on RCI again This is a really big ship yet I must say it is not as crowded as you might fear. Most all times it seemed no more congested than a smaller ship. This is a short review ... Read More
Underwhelming! It has cured me from wanting to go on RCI again This is a really big ship yet I must say it is not as crowded as you might fear. Most all times it seemed no more congested than a smaller ship. This is a short review from 4 "mature" Adults, so use that in your evaluation. The last 6 cruises we have taken Have been on RCI. In terms of service personnel and food they have steadily gone downhill. This ship is a "destination" with a carousel, Rock climbing wall, mini zip line, etc. This is fine as there are only so many ports in the Caribbean, and it could become boring were there not alternate things to do.. Ship is neat, clean and in good repair. Their cabins were likewise, yet their design is poor in terms of closet layout. Typical to RCI's deterioration is their "nickel and dime-ing", such as the removal of pen and paper from the staterooms. Not a big deal until you have a problem and need to write down the information being conveyed over the phone. possibly the smallest TV I have ever seen on a ship. .Staff: Reservations desk were excellent. Getting on and off was fine, Overall someone has waived their magic wand over the crew and removed every last vestige of enthusiasm and natural friendliness On a 1 to 10 scale, our 4 person rating ( about 50 cruises to our experience) yields between a 3.5 and a 4. Not a very good rating. It bordered on annoying. Possibly we could count 4 or 5 of the staff that exhibited any form of friendliness or desire to be performance oriented. They just do not know how to deal in a service capacity. Maybe RCI has switched to a hiring policy that does not include finding friendly or service oriented people. Who knows.. Whatever the case It is markedly not for the better. Frankly the guys slicing bologna at the local market here are friendlier and show more enthusiasm. Four weeks after this sailing we did an MSC out of Miami and it was back to the old style of treatment. Food: Ahhhh more nickel and dime-ing. Overall food quality has deteriorated. Skipping to the bottom line here.... a 3.5 out of 10 would be generous. It seems they are pushing you to their specialty restaurants...pushing heavily. I believe (at least on our cruise) they have resorted to using powdered eggs for their breakfast scrambled eggs. and... they have eliminate the egg cooking station, so i wonder how many portions of eggs go into the garbage barely eaten. Really Chef ?.. Powdered eggs,,, yech!!!!! (Oh, and they were the worst powdered eggs I have ever had) Lots of Pasta was available..... frequently semi cooked. we are not talking al dente here.... we are talking crunchy. More than one station, more than one day. Staff indifferent.... I also think they believe they have mastered a way to make reconstituted chicken. Anyway... that is what it looked, felt and tasted like. Note to chef.... you have not mastered it. BUT you have mastered the excessive use of salt. ) wow... I'm thankful the water was not another one of the pay extra options). A few more: Central Park is great!!! Beautiful!!!! Took a tour of it. Narrator mumbled, talked low and away from the group... so we left... BUT they did at least offer a tour. The place for sandwiches there is GREAT!! and Giovanni's Service, personnel and food was terrific!!!! Great great fillet... these two have the highest recommendations of anything on the ship They don't have: stargazing, enrichment programs, information as to where we were, what we were passing, etc. Part of their service isolation experience I suppose. Entertainment was decent to good. They did "Cats" ( the musical, not the food), and it was very good, as was their water show. Yes there were bright spots. So....overall it was not a "bad" experience. It just was not good. it was as best mediocre. what you might settle for as a cut rate sailing. For a first timer...you might be impressed.... but if you have sailed RCI in the past, perhaps 3 or 4 years ago...or have sailed a number of other lines , you will definitely notice their deterioration in service, attitude and food. There is a lot of competition in the Miami Ft Lauderdale cruise business. MCI has already surpassed RCI, and others will also....unless RCI gets it together. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We enjoyed the cruise, however we did not enjoyed the total confusion on the ship. They seemed unable to deal with a transatlantic cruise. The schedule was practically none existent and full of errors. We were never sure when the shows ... Read More
We enjoyed the cruise, however we did not enjoyed the total confusion on the ship. They seemed unable to deal with a transatlantic cruise. The schedule was practically none existent and full of errors. We were never sure when the shows were going to take place and at what time. During the day we were often unable to find anything of interest. There was only one lecturer (we are used to two or three). One day when we could find absolutely nothing of interest to do, we told customer service and were advised that we could go to bingo. We told her that bingo was not our favourite pastime, and she replied with "it's not our fault you don't like bingo." We enjoyed the different shows in the the evening (Hairspray, aqua show, ice show etc.), once we had got the timetable sorted. However the music was always way too loud. The music around the ship was the same and was not of great interest. There were no individual singers or small groups in the bars around the ship (or we did not find them). The piano player was quite pleasant to listen to. After three days the tv channels disappeared. This has never happened on any of our previous cruises. Since we did not receive a daily news sheet we had no idea what was going on in the world. We were supposed to have movies, but during the whole trip we had three different movies and one 3D movie for adults. There weren't even any movies on the tv to compensate for the lack of tv service. The cruise director and the activities director were total morons. They had a programme in the mornings, but told us nothing of interest. They just made idiotic remarks and laughed at each other's jokes. We thought they were supposed to explain the programmes for the day, since the schedule told you very little about what was happening. The restaurant staff were very good, although the food was often cold (too many dining rooms). There were always a number of officers around making sure everything ran smoothly.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We squeezed in a last minute cruise with our granddaughter (12) prior to her return to school. Since it was last minute we used RCCL for everything including air and transfers. We had a bit of trouble using their choiceair website and ... Read More
We squeezed in a last minute cruise with our granddaughter (12) prior to her return to school. Since it was last minute we used RCCL for everything including air and transfers. We had a bit of trouble using their choiceair website and ended up booking air fares twice which they quickly remedied. The transfer to the ship took about an hour before we were able to get on a shuttle, but there was an extremely large group just ahead of us. We were pleased with embarkation- it was extremely well organized and quick. However, the long waiting lines to the Windjammer were awful! Once we got to the head of the line at least 30 minutes later, we were assigned a table. In general the choice of foods and the quality were not above adequate on all of our visits for breakfast and lunch. Many times servings areas were very messy or empty especially at 'prime' times. The staff did not assist with drinks, but promptly cleared the table of empty dishes. Announcements constantly encouraged you to vacate your table quickly which was annoying. We ate in the MDR for dinner. We were assigned late dining and waited over an hour to change to early dining. Once a signed a table the Maitre D led us all around the dining room looking for our table! We have never been in a dining room as crowded as this. Getting to and from the table required going around tables and requesting people move or get up. The food selection and service were adequate but far from inspiring. Our head waiter was wonderful and even made up a plate of food for my husband one night when he missed dinner. There is no shortage of things to do on the ship but prepared for long waiting times for more popular experiences: flow rider, zip line, wall climbing. My granddaughter only did these once because it ate up so much time. She has never participated in the children's programs preferring the pool and activities with us. The pool area was very crowded and rife with empty chairs reserved with a book or flip flops. Our first port of call was cancelled due to a forming hurricane and we had an extra sea day. There is no backup for cancelled ports probably due to the size of the ship. Hairspray was wonderful but was the prime entertainment for the first three nights. The ice skating show was phenomenal but the time changed without notifying us and we missed the first half of the show! Later we stood in line for an hour and caught the entire show. Our Aqua show was cancelled due to high winds. The rest of the entertainment was adequate but not as good as we have learned to expect. The Diamond lounge was very clean but inadequate requiring more waits for chairs and service. Even even though the concierge promised to get back with us on a couple requests, he never bothered. We used RCCL for boarding passes and luggage handling and Disembarkation was seamless - we were quickly on a shuttle and our luggage was waiting for us when we returned to our home city. Very nice. In general the ship is a showstopper with many wonderful amenities, but many require extra cost. We are not used to long waiting lines and so-so service in so many areas. The ship seems to be woefully understaffed. We will stick to smaller ships in the future when using RCCL.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We have just returned from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Oasis, setting sail on May 21st, 2011. It was to be a special occasion, our fiftieth anniversary, and was much anticipated. Maybe too much so as it failed to measure up to ... Read More
We have just returned from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Oasis, setting sail on May 21st, 2011. It was to be a special occasion, our fiftieth anniversary, and was much anticipated. Maybe too much so as it failed to measure up to previous trips on other cruise lines. We have in the past cruised with Carnival, Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian. The ship was all it was touted to be and the staff was likewise exceptional. Most disappointing was that the dance floors in the four locations we found were uniformly small, even if measured by small ship standards, let alone a ship that carries 5,500+ passengers. At most, ballroom floors could accommodate about 15 couples in a squeeze that is 30 individuals and then only if it was a slow dance. The Viking Crown lounge could handle about 5 couples, the Blaze lounge about 15, Dazzles about 10 & Boleros about 15 couples. Totally inadequate. We were extremely turned off by the blatant nickel & diming for services that other cruise lines provide routinely as part of their experience. My wife & I approached one of the fitness center staff to enquire about sauna facilities. We were advised that for $79 we could have a day pass to the sauna or $179 for the week. We assumed that was for the two of us and not per person. This was explained as being necessary to limit the use of the sauna as 5,500+ people were on board. Likewise at breakfast we were advised that an extra charge was involved for a glass of cranberry juice and if we wanted fresh squeezed orange juice that would be $3.95 extra. When we mentioned the charge for Cranberry juice to one of the head waiters he shrugged it off saying "If it's not on the menu it is extra. Sorry but that is company policy." We were forewarned about the $14.95 charge for the filet mignon so we were not taken back by that although other cruise lines provide that for free. The room (12636) a junior suite, was wonderful. We fully utilized it for breakfasts on the veranda. The shows were superior to any we have seen on any cruise & the many other activities were just mind boggling. We have enjoyed our cruise experiences on other lines in the past and look forward to taking many more but not with RCCL. It comes in a poor fourth on our list Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
We just got off the ship last weekend. For the most part it was a pleasant experience as long as we stayed in the less populated areas. On sea days when everyone was on board the pool areas were jammed. We found the Central Park area very ... Read More
We just got off the ship last weekend. For the most part it was a pleasant experience as long as we stayed in the less populated areas. On sea days when everyone was on board the pool areas were jammed. We found the Central Park area very quiet and relaxing and particularly nice during the evening. Giovanni's Table, one of the alternative restaurants, served us one of the best meals we have ever had on any cruise we've taken. Service at the new upscale 150 Central Park was impeccable, although we found the food to be a little less exotic than expected. Even though I don't have much of a sweet tooth, the dessert offering was excellent in this restaurant. Keep in mind that this is a "tasting" menu and the portions are extremely small. This did not present a problem, however, there were some courses that could've benefitted by a little more of a portion to get full flavor the chef was attempting to provide. Production shows were excellent, but keep in mind that, due to the number of passengers and demand for various venues, EVERYTHING on board should be booked in advance or you may be out of luck. We did book the water show, ice show, and dinner reservations for 150 Central Park through our travel agent prior to embarking. A couple of other decisions were made on the ship and booked through the computer program on the cabin TV. We did this the second day at sea and the choices were already limited to what we could attend. Alternative restaurants are easier to book on formal nights when most people are in the dining rooms. In short, we would not sail the big ships again. They are just too crowded for our taste. But then, we are seniors who have traveled quite a bit, mostly on the Radiance Class ships, which we much prefer. For families with children and teens, the big ships may be more to your liking due to the many choices of entertainment, etc. Read Less
Sail Date March 2011
Our group of 14 couples booked the week on the OASIS of the SEAS as a way to re-connect, which we do through cruising once a year as a group. Most of us are seasoned travelers and wanted to know what all the fuss was about. A lot of what ... Read More
Our group of 14 couples booked the week on the OASIS of the SEAS as a way to re-connect, which we do through cruising once a year as a group. Most of us are seasoned travelers and wanted to know what all the fuss was about. A lot of what we saw, did and ate was wonderful- with ONE BIG exception. That's at the end of this review. Emcee was one of best we've ever experienced and his "shows", even on Channel 14, were a hoot! We never knew what he was going to do next, and he probably didn't either, but we thoroughly enjoyed all his antics and his off-beat sense of humor. Food in the OPUS dining rooms was almost uniformly excellent, with a few exceptions when some didn't get quite what the menu appeared to promise. Food in the pay for fee restaurants was mixed. Giovanni's was so-so, CHOPS GRILL was superb(!!!) and Johnny Rockets was... Johnny Rockets. Some of the best dining was at breakfast and lunch at the Solarium Bistro and Park Cafe, which most of us discovered by our second day at sea. We ALL hated the Windjammer Buffet: too crowded, poor traffic pattern, too noisy, chaotic most of the time. Food selection there was okay but cold by the time you fought your way back to a table, if you could find one, so we ate there rarely and selected cold food! Entertainment was again exceptional. We knew enough to book every show ahead as we had heard from friends who had NOT booked ahead and they couldn't get into all the shows. Despite booking ahead, you still had to get to the venue at least 1/2 hour ahead to get decent seats and to insure your seat would be held. If you don't show up for your seat by 10 minutes before the show, you lose it and it's opened to the line waiting to get in that DIDN'T know to book ahead. Service was terrific no matter where we went, except in the shops. Either they hung all over you or they ignored you. No one appeared to have trained the staff as to how to approach customers who entered. However, our waiters, head waiter, room steward and staff at the Solarium (Great area for a group to meet)and at the various venues were uniformly polite, efficient and easy to talk to. We felt pampered, which is one of the reasons we cruise! NOW, the elephant in the room. After the shows, we usually visit the casino to make our nightly deposit and visit the lounges to sit, gab, and talk about the day's adventures and what we will do the next day. Only one of our group smoked! The rest of us were NON-SMOKERS. We could NOT find a suitable venue for non-smokers that wasn't jammed full or pervaded with smoke from a nearby smoking lounge! We hacked, wheezed, and tried to stay in the outside areas to keep our lungs clear and I am not exaggerating. I believe everyone in our group in their comment sheet complained about the scarcity of non-smoking lounges and the pervasiveness of the smoke. ON the last night of the cruise, when everyone else was packing, four of us finally got to sit in the Schooner Lounge and have a few drinks. If you are not a smoker, we would NOT recommend this ship. Since we have come back, everyone else who had previously been on this ship said exactly the same thing. Either the ventilators have to be made more efficient, they need to cut down on the smoking areas, or they need to enforce some rules. People who were unlucky enough to be in a balcony room next to a smoker could not even use their balconies as people are allowed to smoke on the balconies and in many of the rooms. I saw small children weaving their way through the smoke on several occasions and wondered where the parents' brains were. Loved the ship, loved the concept - won't go on this ship again unless some rules are changed and have NO intention of going on the Allure as we suspect we will run into the same problem. RCCL is catering to the international customer on these ships and those customers still smoke. Unless you don't mind being overwhelmed with smoke in most places except some restaurants, find another ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
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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