74 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Senior Cruise Reviews

This is our first cruise and I had heard good things about RCCL. We selected the Oasis and Eastern Caribbean for the dates and price, plus I really wanted to go to St Maarten. Alas, what do you know, due the hurricane damage, our ports ... Read More
This is our first cruise and I had heard good things about RCCL. We selected the Oasis and Eastern Caribbean for the dates and price, plus I really wanted to go to St Maarten. Alas, what do you know, due the hurricane damage, our ports of calls were changed to Nassau, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We spent a day at Universal Studio the day before embarkation, and that was fun (pricey also). I think multi-day passes would have been a better deal. I would also recommend the Express Pass - our average wait for the rides were about 45 minutes (it was a Saturday, and the parked closed at 5 pm). Line up for embarkation was long, but fast. The first glimpse of the ship was a little overwhelming due to its size... We parked at the RCCL parking lot, $135, I think. Apparently there are cheaper options; but since this is our first cruise, we figured we would just go with the established option. We bought beverage packages for everyone (4 adults and 3 kids). I was the only one with the alcohol package as the other adults don't drink or couldn't drink. I HAD to make an effort every day to make the package worth its price, if you know what I mean. Activities - As mentioned, the ship was HUGE!!! We didn't get to try every activity onboard during our cruise. Next cruise, I would like to try rock-climbing and ice skating. I did get a chance to try the Flow-rider, mini golf, ping pong, and a few of the shows. Kids enjoyed mini golf, ping pong and the kids club. The pool and activities area got kind of busy on at-sea days, but service was still good. Dining - Main dining room was very good. Rest of my group liked Windjammer because dress code is casual. Personally, I enjoyed the service and food at the main dining room - ours was The Grande. We had lobster tail on one of the formal nights - it was a little too salty. One thing I found was the beef (steak.roast) was a little salty and I am not sure what they do to it, but the texture was more like ham than beef. Cheesecake at main dining room was good, creme brûlée was decent. Dessert at Windjammer was below expectation. Room - We had two interior rooms on deck 6. Both with murphy bed that songs down from the wall - pretty cool. One of the room smelled like the previous guest did not shower during the whole cruise. Not really a foul smell, but it just smelled "lived in" the whole week of our cruise - kind of a stuffy smell. Mot sure if it could have been fixed as these are interior windowless rooms. Unless I wanted to keep the door opened for a long time, there was really no way to air the room out. The room was otherwise big enough for 2 adults and 2 kids. Service - We had excellent service all around except for one. Let's start with the good - our room attendant Leevan was very good and friendly. He made towel animals for us every night. Kept the room clean and tidy. What else can you ask for? Our main dining room waiter Reynaldo and the Asst Waiter were very good as well. By our second dinner, they had our drinks down pad. Mixed up our order once, but that was a busy night and they corrected it right away. Most staff were friendly and usually greeted guests as we come across them. THE a housekeeping staff on deck 15/16. Here is what happened - I had the kids standing on the first rung of the metal railing by the stairs on deck 16 (or 15, can't remember). This is an inside stair and rail, it is not the railing against the outside of the ship, so the other side of the railing is not a steep drop into the ocean, but rather a 4 foot drop on the the pool deck. Yes, I will admit, it is still wrong to have the kids step on the first rung of the metal railing while I was taking pics of them on a windy day. However, the action of this staff was uncalled for. He yelled from about 20 feet or so away near the top of his lungs "Hey! Get down from there." I really expected more professional behaviour from a cruiser employee. It wasn't as though the kids were misbehaving with no parental supervision. I was right there taking their pics. I thought and still think the proper thing to do would have been approach any of the 4 adults there and request we keep the kids off the railing. I talked to him about yelling at guests vs informing/telling nicely, and he was dismissive, saying he thought we couldn't hear him due to the wind - well then don't yell from 20 feet away, walk up to us and talk to us. I approached him again about 5 minutes later and gently told him it's not nice to yell at people, and he could have told us nicely to stay off the railing - again, he was dismissive and never apologetic. Entertainment - Anyway, enough about the bad. Entertainment was plenty onboard. We saw the diving show, headliner (Beatles Maniac) - very good, wife and kids saw Frozen in Time and they enjoyed it, the parade was fun, Come Fly with Me - it was good, Casino was fun, and we missed Cats. Ports of Call - We did not take any excursion. Nassau was ok. Nice to walk around the town. It was a little tough with 3 kids and a senior citizen to walk too much. Costa Maya - we took a cab to Blue Kay resort. Nice beach. You can use their chairs and table if you purchase drinks and/or food. Cozumel - was hoping to dive there, but didn't work out. Took a cab into town and back. Nice to walk around (kids and Senior stayed on ship). Peddler not too pushy and everyone is friendly. I think next time we will go to the beaches at each port of call. The only thing we missed compared to all inclusive resort was beach time. Overall, the ship was very big and impressive. Service was excellent. Food was good, and drinks are all top shelve - not no frills brand like at all inclusive. Would we go again - YES!!! And I think we may stay with RCCL for now. May be try an ocean balcony room if the price is not prohibitive - it just seems so nice to be able to sit in your balcony and stare at the ocean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We finally decided to pull the trigger on an Oasis class ship. Last year we sailed on the Freedom and found that though its much larger than the ships we normally cruise that it wasn't as daunting a prospect as thought it might be. On ... Read More
We finally decided to pull the trigger on an Oasis class ship. Last year we sailed on the Freedom and found that though its much larger than the ships we normally cruise that it wasn't as daunting a prospect as thought it might be. On Oasis, there's a LOT of stuff to do and I think the ship is just too dang big! We have a fairly set routine and having all those other choices is nice or maybe is nice for certain groups of people but for us they had a lot of unsused choices. I think there are a lot of pluses, the food was great and better than freedom. Dining room service was better too. On the main street thing the pizza and café promenade are fantasic! That whole area works as intended I think. In the evenings this was the most busy part of the ship so getting from one end to the other a challenge. Everybody was acting in good spirits though which greatly helps. Lots of people have asked us about lines and crowds. Most times it didn't seem to be a long wait for anything. The ship does have a lot of hiddenaway spaces and knowing where they are or figuring it out early in the cruise really helps. I had a scooter rented for my wife and I and the first night I got up about 4 am and toured the ship myself to find al the right kind of places for the rest of the cruise. This really helped on down the road and generally kept us from getting turned around. ( which only happened about one time! ) The Casino area is what threw us off a couple times. On most ships the casino can be defined as being in one area, fore, aft or midship. Royals decplanning and the two elevator deal always throws us Carnival peeps off a bit. ( Carnival generally has three elevator lobbies on its ships ) Anyway, the casino is so huge, you get off the aft elevators and either go straight in or wind your way round half of it via a long curving hallway. Once in there, like most casinos you can get turned around several times. Then you pop out thinking I'm in place X so you pop onto the elevator and head up to deck 5. Instantly you feel the need to stroll the avenure to the other end where you cabin is....... or ought to be..... then DANG IT! yer at the wrong end of the ship!!! This only happens when you are most tired! We did have a great time, the drawback of having to book your entertainment is a big of a drag, We booked most shows and comedy months in advance and it kind of sucks that you lose all your spontaneity by having to plan out your whole cruise like that! In the end I think people book a lot of stuff and forget or decide to blow off half of it. We booked in advance only the 2nd day comedy, and main show headliners and a water show. A few days later we added in Cats on the last sea day for a matinee showing. Once on board I thought you'd get show tix ( maybe like shore excursion reminders or tix you may be used to on other cruise lines ). Well that didn't happen and for some the interactive TV is easy to use and for some it isn't but it would have your schedule on it if you can find it! We did end up getting consfused and missing the water show! We weren't able to rebook it for later in the cruise of course we could maybe go get in line. It all worked out in the end because there was one other show we had skipped booking earlier and we decided to take in the late show of that late in the cruise and it was GREAT! Overall like I said we had a great time but I miss the intimacy of a smaller ship and getting to know and bump into other passengers as the cruise goes along. WE have made some great cruising buddies over the years here on cruise critic! You seldom see anyone twice on the big ships like this. I think the O class will not be our first or second choice in the future but if the right deal comes along..... Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
As a young single senior, I sailed by myself. Overall, it was a nice cruise with the following exceptions: I found most of the bar and general staff not to be very friendly or social. Also, while the Grande Restaurant was nice, the ... Read More
As a young single senior, I sailed by myself. Overall, it was a nice cruise with the following exceptions: I found most of the bar and general staff not to be very friendly or social. Also, while the Grande Restaurant was nice, the service was marginal and the food was not quite up to par as on my previous Royal cruises. The Windjammer was lacking in variety of food and most of the hot food was cold. It was difficult at times to find a table as they were not cleared off from the previous people. I did not attend any of the shows as I have seen them on previous cruises. If history repeats itself, they are usually outstanding and should not be missed. If you want a little more peace and quiet, visit the Solarium for sunbathing and relaxing. It is for adults and provides lots of lounge chairs, a very small dipping pool and hot tub. Unfortunately, the pool was drained for repairs several days before the end of the cruise. As far as ports go, I love spending the day at Labadee. It includes a modest BBQ, water activities and zip line. I rented a small cabana with two lounge chairs for the day. I believe the price was in the mid $40 range for two and well worth it as the sun is intense. While the ship is huge, I found it manageable to maneuver. I like the late dining, however, it makes it difficult to plan your shows. Also, since dining is over so late, it made it difficult to find a seat in the more popular bars at times. Overall, I think it is a great ship for families and couples. There are tons of activities for the kids and teens. As a single female in my 60’s and traveling by myself, there really weren’t any specific activities geared towards me. However, I knew that would be the case, so I just wanted a week of relaxing and doing what I wanted to do and when I wanted to do it. I did have the opportunity to talk to many people and was seated at dinner with four other single ladies in the same age group. A cruise, or any type of travel for that matter, is what you make of it. Don’t stress over the small things and just enjoy yourself! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Traveled on a seven day cruise starting on October 15, 2017, with the Orange County (NC) Seniors Center group of 32 "Orange Cruisers". Getting on the ship was under 30 minutes. Once n board we dined in the Windjammer buffet, and ... Read More
Traveled on a seven day cruise starting on October 15, 2017, with the Orange County (NC) Seniors Center group of 32 "Orange Cruisers". Getting on the ship was under 30 minutes. Once n board we dined in the Windjammer buffet, and I must say out of the 15 prior RCCL cruises, the overall food selections and quality was excellent, the servicing by cleaning off the tables was fast. DINING: We dined in one of the main dining rooms, Silk late seating. The section head waiter Ade, was fast to correct seating issue and we were seated at a table for six, #814, with waiter Mary Ann and assistant waiter, Leo who also provided exceptional service. The food section in the MDR has been scaled back however, the was always a choice of seafood, meat, poultry and vegetarian was very good EXCEPT for something called the "beef strip lion" which was tough, and perhaps not USDA choice cut of beef. Do go to the Solarium Bistro for breakfast and lunch it is forward on deck 15 and most of the time not crowded, and has the same basic selections as the Windjammer buffet. We don't do the specialty restaurants, too expensive for what you get. OUR CABIN: Deck 11 outside superior balcony #11538 was spacious for Royal Caribbean, it has two outlets, the standard round shower and plenty of storage space, a sofa, small table and desk. The balcony had two chairs and a regular size table. Our cabin steward, Bailey provided excellent service. SHORE EXCURSIONS: we did one shore excursion, to the Great Hope Plantation in Jamaica and we toured the old plantation house and had a traditional high tea which was excellent for the $53 charge per person. The beach at Labadee, Jamaica was nice but it had a lot of uneven areas and rocks which being older did not try to navigate into the warm Caribbean Sea waters. My wife in our younger days were beach people, but it appears now with it being hard to get in or out of the water we are now "pool people" SHOWS: We saw an ABBA tribute show and "Come Fly with Me" a production show and both were excellent, the Aqua show in the rear of the ship was cancelled due to high winds, so we did not get an opportunity to see it. CASINO ROYALE: The casino had a variety of older and new generation of slot machines, the standard table games,two roulette tables, multiple blackjack tables, two craps tables Two each of Let it Ride, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold em tables and quite frankly they could have had an additional table of each of these games as the tables were general full between 8 pm and midnight with the regular and frequent Casino Royale Players Club guests. Table limits are $5 and up particularly at the blackjack tables. During the cruise in the casino, I did not hear of any "big" slot players jackpots being hit. About the Casino Royale Players Club, it used to be generous in their giving free cabins for players, but not they tightened up those requirements. It used to take 1600 points to quality for an inside cabin, now it is 2400 points: it used to be 2400 points for an ocean view cabin, now it is 3600 points; it used to be 2400 points for a balcony, now its 3600 points. In slots it takes $4 of wagering to earn one point. The table play is based upon the time played, the amount wagered, the amount of money exchanged for chips and your win loss ratio, difficult for a guest to keep track of or calculate. The casino is on deck 4 midship. DISEMBARKMENT: It was a breeze, off the shop at the time scheduled and luggage pick up to ground transportation in less than 45 minutes. TIP: If you have mobility issues, make sure your cabin is in the aft or rear part of ships as that is where the main dining room and Windjammer buffet is location. This awesome vessel is long and if you use a cane, walker, wheelchair or scooter it is a hike to get to the MDR. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
It was a beautiful ship, and the staff worked very hard. I don't like to reserve tickets for each show or stand in line for a hr. hoping to get a seat. I didn't feel enough entertainment was offered if you didn't have a ... Read More
It was a beautiful ship, and the staff worked very hard. I don't like to reserve tickets for each show or stand in line for a hr. hoping to get a seat. I didn't feel enough entertainment was offered if you didn't have a reservation. It's sad that you no longer can have room service without paying extra for each delivery $7.95. Rooms were not bad, the couch looked dirty so I sat on the bed or covered it with a sheet before sitting down. Food was excited, in dining area, and buffet. The Solarium was a beautiful area, the largest we have every seen on a ship. The adult area was 16 and older, would like to see that go to 18 and older, some days the teens would take over one of the large hot tubs, I'm in my 60's and will not go in with a bunch of teens. (It was not that bad though) GOOD CRUISE! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This sailing was my 2nd on the Oasis of the Seas and my 16th sailing with Royal Caribbean International. For both sailings on this ship, the experience was pretty great. A noteworthy thing, (mostly for any/all C&A members...) is ... Read More
This sailing was my 2nd on the Oasis of the Seas and my 16th sailing with Royal Caribbean International. For both sailings on this ship, the experience was pretty great. A noteworthy thing, (mostly for any/all C&A members...) is the embarkation and disembarkation processes. The terminal in Port Canaveral was well manned, organized, and prepared for a massing of this many people. (One day to handle almost 13,000 people is a difficult endeavor!) The process was very smooth and we, as a party of 6, were able to go from arriving at the port to stepping foot on the ship in app. 30 minutes. Give or take a bit of time because we are able to use the Diamond Line for embarkation. The disembarkation process was equally as smooth and steady! We had Group 9 for the luggage tags and we were able to disembark around 8:05am. For the majority of our time on the ship, the services, entertainment, dining, and cabins were exemplary. We had 3 Superior Ocean View Balcony Cabins, and everything was fantastic! The cabin size can *comfortably* fit around 3-4 people. While this definitely can vary for most people, it was not a problem for us. The attendant we had was also extremely helpful and punctual. He, like most of the crew onboard, was a pleasant and efficient guy! The rooms were always kept exceptional and there wasn't ever a problem with cleanliness or hygiene. The dining options on the Oasis are high quality and plentiful. With a number of specialty restaurants and a healthy dose of complimentary as well, you're bound to find something for any/all cravings! While this trip we only ate at one specialty restaurant, Chops Grille, the complimentary locations are still extremely high quality. Chops Grille continues to be one of my favorite venues to spend a little extra money and splurge. While it was definitely brought down by slow service and over-crowding, the food quality was exceptional. We did have to wait longer than it should take for 2, waiting around 20 minutes past reservation time for a table, but it was still worth the wait. The starters are absolutely phenomenal (Both my fiance and I highly recommend the Goat Cheese Salad) and the entrees are just the same. The dessert menu was a little underwhelming, but the options are still solid. All in all, the experience is worth the price of admission. The final two things I want to touch on in this small review is the entertainment (crowding...) and the ports of call/excursions. We had three sea days in our itinerary and normally, that would mean a lot of activities could be completed. However, this is where the one fault, in my opinion, of the Oasis falls. The crowding of any/all entertainment venues during a sea day is immense. While this is logical (6.5k people after all...), it gets a bit tedious and annoying to surf through waves after waves of people just to get to lunch, all while the doors are locked open letting the Caribbean heat tear through any hope of cooling down! Anyway, the crowding on the ship during sea days is a detriment. The activities on this ship are really enjoyable, when you manage to get to them. The Ports of Call we visited were St. Maarten, San Juan, and Labadee. We visited Maho Beach in St. Maarten, also known as the Airplane Beach! This is our third trip to Maho, and it is still as exhilarating as ever when an Airbus flies 20 feet above your head! The weather was overcast and we experienced a small amount of rain. The Sunset Bar and Grill adjacent to Maho is an awesome place with great bar options and a quality menu. This stop is definitely worth the $8 taxi ride per person (one way). Just don't miss the ship! (Tip: Leave about an hour or more for the return to the ship.) Our second Port of Call was San Juan. My fiance and I had the Rainforest Drive Excursion planned for this stop. However, after we were force to get up at 6 A.M and forced to walk off the pier in the middle of thunderstorm, getting our belongings and selves soaking wet, they canceled it just before we stepped foot on the bus. The lack of communication between the Excursion team and the locals was definitely a major setback of this port. While things probably would have been perfectly smooth if the weather decided to hold up, the fact that a lack of communication inhibited our morning was disappointing! Labadee is exactly what it should be, a nice beach stay with a beautiful sand and clear blue water. We had a cabana at Nellies Beach and it was definitely worth the $400 price tag. While it is expensive, the views and shade especially were incredible. All in all, it was a fantastic voyage and an awesome experience. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes a plethora of activities and doesn't mind the occasional crowd of people. Oasis of the Seas gets a 4/5! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. A few years ago, we realized that we were missing-out on benefits by sailing on multiple cruise lines. Our family realized that we enjoyed the PASSENGERS on ... Read More
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. A few years ago, we realized that we were missing-out on benefits by sailing on multiple cruise lines. Our family realized that we enjoyed the PASSENGERS on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in addition to the ships, itinerary, food and entertainment. We are now all Diamond-Plus Members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. This is our second cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas since she replaced the Freedom of the Seas in November 2016. Stateroom: We stayed in a marvelous Grand Suite in deck 11 near the Diamond Lounge. The room size is 371 sq. ft. with a 105 sq. ft. balcony. Coastal Kitchen and Suite Lounge: We were interested in experiencing the additional benefits of Grand Suites and above (Sky Class) by having breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Coastal Kitchen and drinks in the Suite Lounge next door. Service is superb and quality of the food excels many of the specialty restaurants. Select beer, wine and champagne is available from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm. Mixed drinks are available from 4:30pm until 8:00pm each night. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Coastal Kitchen is even open for breakfast on debarkation morning. Reservations are required for dinner, so I recommend making your reservations early when you come on board before the most popular times are taken. Entertainment: We made reservation for the spectacular entertainment well before boarding the ship. Oasis can’t have 6,500 passengers attending the same show at the same time each night. We reserved Frozen in Time, Oasis of Dreams, the Headliner Showtime, and Come Fly with Me. Sky Class guests get reserved seating at each theater. Shore Excursions: Our only shore excursion was on Labadee’s Barefoot Beach for Sky Class guests and cabana rentals. We received an upscale lunch and a terrific day at a tropical beach. An additional Grand Suite perk was that a separate golf cart type transportation was available (which is nice if the weather is hot or guests have trouble walking). The pick-up spot is just past the information booth and there is an attendant with a walkie-talkie to call the driver. This is not the same service as the other regular guest pick-up carts (which don’t stop at Barefoot Beach). Debarkation: The Concierge service escorted Sky Suites and above off the ship with no queuing. It just took our family 8-minutes, 41-seconds from the time we left the Champagne Bar, departed the ship, picked-up our luggage, completed the Customs check and exited Cruise Terminal 1 to our car. WOW! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because Port Canaveral is close to where we live and we wanted to sail on a big ship, the Oasis of the Seas. The week before the cruise both of us suffered leg injuries so our mobility was limited. We elected to stay ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Port Canaveral is close to where we live and we wanted to sail on a big ship, the Oasis of the Seas. The week before the cruise both of us suffered leg injuries so our mobility was limited. We elected to stay on board the ship and enjoy what they have to offer. We loved the walk in the park (8) and the Promenade deck (5). The shows were OK but we missed the diving show which we understand is great. Bingo was fun but the room where it is held is poor. Most people cannot see the board and have to rely on TV monitors to see the numbers called if you can see that far. We were in a mini-suite and got to eat dinner in the Coastal Kitchen which is more private than the main dining room and the food is excellent. We also ate at Giovanni's Italian restaurant which was excellent. The Windjammer was extremely crowded most of the time due to the large number of passengers but the food was very good and the service was good also. We selected any time dining and we did eat several meals in the main dining room which was excellent. The mini-suite on this ship is almost 300 square feet with a very nice balcony. The in room cable system is still lacking if you want more that one news channel (CNN). Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Wedding Anniversary number 50. Things were wonderful. The Broadway show "CATS" was wonderful. The Aqua shows during the day time were wonderful. The same aqua show at night was breath taking. The ICE Skating show was fabulous. ... Read More
Wedding Anniversary number 50. Things were wonderful. The Broadway show "CATS" was wonderful. The Aqua shows during the day time were wonderful. The same aqua show at night was breath taking. The ICE Skating show was fabulous. The costumes in all of the shows including the aqua shows were wonderful and very creative. The dinning experience was everything anyone would imagine and then some. The casino was stocked with ample machines. All of the employees on the Oasis of the Seas were great. The various ports of call are a story of there own. RCI's island resort in Haiti improves every time we go there. We go at least once a year. The improvements and enhancements are amazing. Falmouth, Jamaica, Dunn's Falls is amazing. The beauty and serenity and the challenge of climbing Dunn's Falls are a life time experience. Cozumel, Mexico is a wonderful shopping port. It also has a Senor Pepe Restaurant. We visit this wonderful place every time we visit Cozumel. The only down side is your sides will ache after laughing so hard and so log. This is not a bad thing. The memories you will keep forever. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
For the most part we enjoyed the dining and the treatment we received from most of the staff, especially the Servers and those who take care of the rooms.. The Ports of calls were not that exciting as it rained all day in Saint Martens. ... Read More
For the most part we enjoyed the dining and the treatment we received from most of the staff, especially the Servers and those who take care of the rooms.. The Ports of calls were not that exciting as it rained all day in Saint Martens. We enjoyed the entertainment we could get in to view. It takes us three days to figure out how to make reservations to see certain shows and when we do it turns out to be open seating. We are somewhat dissatisfied at the price we paid for an inside cabin and do not feel that the Central Park view Staterooms worth the US$1300 per person cost we paid. We are also displeased that the Royal Caribbean booking agent not give us the AAA, AARP, or Senior Citizen discount that others enjoyed. Kudos to the Activities Director and his Manager were able to follow their morning show with much needful information. Thanks Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We were traveling with other family members for a leisurely cruise. This was our 4th time on Oasis and it is certainly one of our favorite ships. The entertainment was excellent but the theatre was so cold and loud during the wonderful ... Read More
We were traveling with other family members for a leisurely cruise. This was our 4th time on Oasis and it is certainly one of our favorite ships. The entertainment was excellent but the theatre was so cold and loud during the wonderful Cats production, we left at intermission. The Ice Show was wonderful and entertaining. The comedy show was funny and mild by some we have experienced which was a good thing. The Aqua Show, Headliner and Come Fly With Me Production show were all excellent. My only complaint would be the cabin TV shows. Very limited and was disappointed that when you are in your room getting ready for dinner, there is really nothing to watch. It would be nice to be able to catch up on the US daily news at that time. The On Air bar had baseball/basketball games for the men to watch while we had time between dinner and the evening shows.The embarkation went smoothly and we were amazed at the efficiency of debarkation. We were off the ship, collected our luggage, through customs and to our car within 35 minutes. We'll be back in January for another Oasis cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wanted to try Oasis Class ship since we have sailed on all the other class ships. Easy to navigate, only crowds encountered were at the Windjammer. Not really a problem since the food was too bad to deserve a return trip. Dining room ... Read More
Wanted to try Oasis Class ship since we have sailed on all the other class ships. Easy to navigate, only crowds encountered were at the Windjammer. Not really a problem since the food was too bad to deserve a return trip. Dining room service and Coastal Kitchen service was exceptional, as well as the bar service in the Suite Lounge. Performane of 'Cats was perfection. Absolutely the best Broadway production that we have ever seen on a cruise., As a suite guest, embarking and disembarking was a breeze. Getting through the herd of cars with stop and go travic at 11:00 am was definitely not a breeze. Total chaos with criss-cross lanes and impatient drivers. We had already visited the ports of call several times in the past, so we chose not to leave the ship on port days, affording us the luxury of the cabanas in the reserved seating area on deck 17, another Sky Class perk. Would certainly cruise on the Oasis again, probably next year. Love port Canaveral. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We are loyal to Royal Caribbean...always great service...from beginning of booking to last day departing... Oasis is a beautiful ship, lots to do, lots to enjoy, shows are wonderful....Service is Excellent . We were surprised they are ... Read More
We are loyal to Royal Caribbean...always great service...from beginning of booking to last day departing... Oasis is a beautiful ship, lots to do, lots to enjoy, shows are wonderful....Service is Excellent . We were surprised they are charging for room service. We always like to have breakfast on the balcony at least once or twice.. We are also Diamond Members and again we were bypassed on the amenities.....normally something in our room when we check in and also normally a plate of goodies is delivered from the chef during the week....We were bypassed on both, did go to Guest Services and a plate of Chocolate Covered Strawberries was brought to our room the afternoon of the last day... This happened on our last cruise too.....We love the Casino, but missed the double points sometimes given on at sea days when you use the slots in the morning. All in all, it was a great cruise as all RC cruises are...Currently looking for a 5-7 deal this summer, besides the Cuba cruises out of Tampa...Sure hate to go on a different cruise line....Hopefully something will pop us soon.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Hubby and I had a great time and already rebooked for next year. I was wary of going on one of the bigger ships, but we were pleasantly surprised. It didn't seem overcrowded and there was plenty to do onboard, even on at sea days. ... Read More
Hubby and I had a great time and already rebooked for next year. I was wary of going on one of the bigger ships, but we were pleasantly surprised. It didn't seem overcrowded and there was plenty to do onboard, even on at sea days. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. I would recommend carrying OFF your own luggage its simple and faster that way. Our cabin was mid ship both top to bottom and forward and aft and having the balcony to sit out on was lovely. Meals were outstanding and food selection offered much variety. The entertainment was good, we didn't do it all because it was March Madness and we are huge college basketball fans. I would suggest making reservations for entertainment options before arriving onboard. I've seen others write that it felt like a time share experience; I didn't get that feeling at all, and we have timeshare. I guess its personal choice, but I prefer the eastern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
we were on deck ten all the way forward ( room 500 ) this room extended well beyond the normal length by a good 7 feet or so, would be a great play area for kids, huge window at a slope facing the front of the ship. We would like to ... Read More
we were on deck ten all the way forward ( room 500 ) this room extended well beyond the normal length by a good 7 feet or so, would be a great play area for kids, huge window at a slope facing the front of the ship. We would like to have seen more daytime activities. It seemed like there were more sales events than entertainment during the daytime. Evening shows were great. I booked ours online so we wouldn't miss any. Guest services were also great to work with, even though we had no major problems our little ones were taken care of quickly. Service in the dining room was excellent our waiters learned our likes and had my wine and my husbands coffee waiting for us. One of our favorite things to do on this cruise was the bubbles luncheon. which entailed a complete galley tour, all three levels which was done in smaller groups accompanied by a chef. Then on to a champayne luncheon prepared by the chefs of the steakhouse. this tour rates a 10+++ Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I fell when in line for the security check prior to boarding. As a result I dislocated my collar bone and was very limited as to what I could do on the cruise...but that didn't deter me from having a great time. I did spend a lot of ... Read More
I fell when in line for the security check prior to boarding. As a result I dislocated my collar bone and was very limited as to what I could do on the cruise...but that didn't deter me from having a great time. I did spend a lot of time in my stateroom and never went ashore, however I went to the Dining Rooms and saw much of the available entertainment. It was a great time and I look forward to a complete recovery and, following that, my next Royal Caribbean cruise where I can participate more! I will also heartily recommend an Oasis class cruise to friends and neighbors as a great way to get away from it all and to really enjoy yourself. Additionally, I'm a voracious reader and I got the opportunity to read to my heart's content during the time I spent in my stateroom while my traveling companions enjoyed the shore excursions and other opportunities the ship had to offer. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My wife and I sailed for the fourth time on the Oasis Feb. 12 from Port Canaveral. This was my 58th cruise in 24 years and my wife's 21st cruise in 8 years. We are Diamond Plus members. Overall, it was another excellent cruise. ... Read More
My wife and I sailed for the fourth time on the Oasis Feb. 12 from Port Canaveral. This was my 58th cruise in 24 years and my wife's 21st cruise in 8 years. We are Diamond Plus members. Overall, it was another excellent cruise. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Orlando Airport the day before and it was very enjoyable again. We love the Cortrans Shuttle service. They are very reasonable and reliable. They picked us up from the hotel to the ship and returned us back to the hotel on debarkation. Very comfortable mini bus . The "Big O" is in excellent condition. Our cabin was Central Park View CV 9637, comfortable and good location. Great cabin steward service. Tip: give the cabin steward an extra cash tip on the second day and they will try extra hard to please you. Enjoyed breakfast in the Solarium Café every morning. Good food and much less crowded. The windjammer also very good. The Diamond Lounge is way too small and very crowded and noisy after 5:00 pm. Music in the Pool Deck area is always way too loud. Dazzles Lounge has great dance music in the evening. Port Canaveral is very nice and easy embarkation and our shuttle picked us up promptly from the terminal. After so many good cruises, my wife and I still love the awesome Oasis! Larry Lillge Kansas City Missouri Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We booked this cruise for two reason: 1) Because it was departing from Port Canaveral, a short drive from home and 2) Because it is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and we just wanted to go to sea with her. It was a great ... Read More
We booked this cruise for two reason: 1) Because it was departing from Port Canaveral, a short drive from home and 2) Because it is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and we just wanted to go to sea with her. It was a great choice and a fun ship. For the first time, we booked an inside cabin. this one had a balcony over looking Central Park and in the evening every night of the cruise we had an incredible violinist and her pianist husband who filled the entire area with three hours of awesome music, so beautiful that it was difficult to leave it to go to dinner. We found that we never missed our outside cabin and balcony. I'm not a big fan of cruise ship food but in general, the food was a notch above normal in all of the regular facilities. However, the specialty restaurants which charged extra were just average. I ordered a filet at their highly touted "Chops" restaurant and half of the steak was excellent while the other half was inedible. I also found drink prices to be outrageous, with a simple highball (bourbon and coke) cost $10.00 including gratuity. And cruise ship companies wonder why people try to smuggle their own alcohol on board. Entertainment on Oasis of the Seas was the best I have encountered on any cruise ship with a full Broadway Production of "Cats." There were also lounge shows that included some of the "Cats" cast members singing tunes from many Broadway shows as well as an ice show that was as good as any I've seen including "Holiday on Ice" and "Icecapades"(sp). Royal Caribbean ships are famous for their outdoor activities and the highlights on Oasis were miniature golf, two rock climbing walls, a zipline and two Flowrider surf simulators. All seemed equally popular but there was never a long wait for any of them. At 78 years old, I tried the zipline and found it to be "a piece of cake." I did have one encounter wit a surly ship's officer to appeared to be German. I was looking for the cabin steward to get an additional glass and opened the door to the pantry area where he often was. As I looked around the door to see if anyone was there I felt someone grab me and jerk me back into the corridor. He informed me that I was not allowed in that room though there was nothing on the door that said the area was restricted. I pointed this out to him and said I was looking for the cabin steward because I need to get another glass. He said, he's not here and do not go into that room. Then he just walked off with no offer to assist me nor any attempt to accommodate me. I probably should have reported him to the captain but he was not wearing a name badge. On this cruise, the Oasis made stops at Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozmel, Mexico, all ports we had seen the past. As usual, I forgot my cap and was ableto get one at a native shop in Labadee for $10.00 discounted from $25.00. By far, the best prices were in Cozmel where I was able to get two quality tee shirts for $5.00 each and I could have bought an identical cap for $5.00. This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise and I continue to be amazed at the efficiency with which the cruise line is able to embark passengers. It took more than three hours to board Holland America's Oosterdam sailing out of Tampa last November while Royal Caribbean had us on board in 45 minutes. All of the other cruise lines need to benchmark Royal Caribbean's boarding procedures. Because of our inside cabin overlooking a park with real trees, grass and plants, and because of the incredible stability of the ship it seemed that we were not cruising at all but visiting a large city in a high rise hotel. We had heavy seas on our return trip and yet I felt Oasis lurch just one time during the entire trip. I suspect that it would be impossible to get sea sick on Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Im a government Contractor who spends most of my time in Afghanistan, and cruise twice every year to get relaxed and refreshed. What I love most about cruising on Oasis is the shear size of the ship and it's ability to transport me to ... Read More
Im a government Contractor who spends most of my time in Afghanistan, and cruise twice every year to get relaxed and refreshed. What I love most about cruising on Oasis is the shear size of the ship and it's ability to transport me to 7 distinct neighborhoods, making it feel like more than "just a cruise". The new layout and locations for Izumi's, Coastal Kitchen, the Suite Lounge and, Diamond club all works out much better than the original configuration of the ship. Although I traditionally cruise in a Grand Suite, on this particular cruise the Sky Loft Suite was available when I booked for the exact same price as a Grand so I decided to try it out. What an outstanding layout, and the convenience of having the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen all right there on deck 17 was really nice ! Now that Oasis calls Port Canaveral home, it makes it my first choice for a nice 7 day Eastern or Western Caribbean Cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I was all ready frustrated with trying to pre book excursions then I find out I have to have reservations for the shows; Both my husband and I were so exhausted by the boarding process that all I could think about was going to bed. ... Read More
I was all ready frustrated with trying to pre book excursions then I find out I have to have reservations for the shows; Both my husband and I were so exhausted by the boarding process that all I could think about was going to bed. then the show bookings were opened up just before our dinner time so we couldn't make reservations until Monday when Cats was all ready booked out.. So we missed the headliner show and Cats. I'm now very hesitant to standing in long lines. I loved walking through Central Park at night; I found the breakfast sandwiches of an egg Mc Muffin at Central Park a poor copy; My frustration with the reservation system was increased when the room television system did not work. I am diabetic and as such I have to eat early in the evening. this added to my frustration when I tried to reserve dining times before going on board.. I never did find prints of our first port and looking about 5 times so we had no further pictures taken while getting off at port. Both our cabin steward Peniel and our Head waiter John were extremely helpful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Went out of Port Canaveral, very organized. This port was as organized as Port Everglades. We got there about 11:00 was onboard in about 30 minutes but that was because we were too early, we had to wait. Room was ready at 1:00. We ... Read More
Went out of Port Canaveral, very organized. This port was as organized as Port Everglades. We got there about 11:00 was onboard in about 30 minutes but that was because we were too early, we had to wait. Room was ready at 1:00. We didn't do any excursions this time we just relaxed. We went to Labadee 1st, we sat on the beach and had a great time. I didn't like that the vendors were too over anxious to sell. They would yell at you an beg for you to buy their stuff. But I did haggle the prices which was fun. They did make me feel uncomfortable but there was security supervising so I did feel safe. There was no touching. Other than that we had a great time. Dining room experience and food were GREAT!!! Cabin was great (See cabin review) The kids programs must have been great too, we didn't ever see many except going to deck 15 and when we got on and off the ship. Other than that it was all good. Great onboard sdhopping. We love the Oasis!! GREAT CRUISE!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of ... Read More
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of the people lose money overall. Dining food and room service 2nd to none, all first class. Plenty of casino Black jack, Texas Hold "em, roulette, and slot machines in the casino. Watching zip-liners, rock wall climbers wasvery entertaining. Plenty of swimming pools with different depths and hot tubs were available for use.Check out internet excursions before you purchase them from a cruise line, they are generally cheaper and have a greater variety. As for getting on and the ship and considering they had 6200 people on board it went better than what I expected. If you can find a cruise that Oasis of the seas offers, book it, you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
we were with a group of 252 Disney fans. It was difficult to handle a group that large. Having sailed Disney a lot it was hard not to compare. Quality of food on Disney in standard dining rooms was far greater than RC. RC seems to be ... Read More
we were with a group of 252 Disney fans. It was difficult to handle a group that large. Having sailed Disney a lot it was hard not to compare. Quality of food on Disney in standard dining rooms was far greater than RC. RC seems to be steering people to the pay restaurants and away from traditional dining. Quality of food in dining rooms was very average. Not bad but certainly not great. The bread was exceptional in all the areas of the ship. Whoever prepares the rolls etc does a great job. Soda machines were either our of soda (diet coke) or ice. We liked all the shows and were very professional. Very good job on that. We both enjoyed the casino. One problem was the redemption machines were broke or out of service often. The disembodiment from the ship was the worst. First were traveling with friends who had next door room and were given tags an hour apart. That was corrected with a supervisor outside the room who immediately corrected the night before. He was good. The wait to leave was long and then we were not sure when called where to go so we just followed others. Not good. After luggage pickup the wait was in my mind way to long. I am 73 years old as I am sure others were older and it should not take that long. My friend was able to take the quick handicap line because he had a cane. Because this was a 7 day cruise we had too much with us to try to carry through express option. Need a better way to handle this so people don't leave with a bad feeling. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been on many RCI ships but this is the first time for us on Oasis. We had mixed expectations - good and not so good - but we were pleasantly surprised at how our biggest fear was unfounded. With over 5,000 passengers we expected ... Read More
We have been on many RCI ships but this is the first time for us on Oasis. We had mixed expectations - good and not so good - but we were pleasantly surprised at how our biggest fear was unfounded. With over 5,000 passengers we expected lines everywhere, an impossible time finding deck chairs or lounge chairs in bars and venues. To our amazement we had no problem at all in this regard until the last day when the weather was inclement and everyone was forced inside. Then it became difficult to find seats in some of the more popular areas. But we found little corners to sit and people watch and found Vintages most accommodating that afternoon. Make no mistake - Oasis is HUGE and you better bring your walking shoes. But the size allows space for so many activities and entertainment opportunities so it's definitely worth a try. I liked the way they had several venues in the "Entertainment" area on Deck 4. Also like the way the Casino was positioned - if you have to have one at least make it easy to circumvent for those of us who just cannot stand the cigarette smoke. You may have to go up one level, go across and then come down, but you can definitely avoid it like we did. We found bar service in Schooner Bar, Vintages and the Solarium as being the best Other outside bars are ok but the staff doesn't compare. We weren't fond of the bar staff at the pub and Boleros either. We ate in the dining room 3 times. The first time I could not cut nor chew the lamb and sent back two separate servings, finally settling for an oinion soup and a Caesar salad. We most likely would not have returned if it had not been for the fabulous wait staff we had. Soley, they were the reason we returned two nights - the food was nondescript but a step above the Windjammer. We had tapas at Vintages two nights which was great. Since we often eat lunch late and skip dinner we did just that a couple of other nights. We booked all our shows online before cruising which we would highly recommend you do. For some reason we could not advance book the comedy show but we did that on the interactive tv as soon as we found our cabin. Speaking of our cabin, we had a "large" inside and it was plenty spacious for us. LOTS of hangers in the closet (thank you!) and plenty of shelves and cubbies to stash your stuff. Safe is the standard type and it worked well. Mini fridge was a nice touch as some insides don't have them. Cabin steward (Leeran Forbes) was exceptional. We had a very hard bed and I have a painful hip and lower back - not a good mix. By day 2 Leeran had a topper in place that helped but was not ideal, but by day 3 Leeran had found a combination of topper and foam pad that allowed me to sleep soundly without pain the rest of the cruise. I could not have been more grateful. Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze! We drove to the port, paid our parking fee (reduced by 40% because we participated in the Parking voucher program - check out at Port Canaveral's website), parked our car, and checked our 2 bags at the terminal. If you have a lot of luggage you can drop that off first, then park. We were at the terminal by 10:15am, were sitting in the C&A Emerald section by 10:40am and our group was called to board by 11:15am. Getting off, we carried our luggage, we got on the elevator at about 6:50am (no elevator backup at that time), in a VERY long line on Deck 5 for maybe 5 min and then we started moving at a good pace. Only 4 people ahead of us at Customs, in the car and driving out of the parking deck about 7:15am. We opted to have breakfast at Rusty's at the port rather than deal with Windjammer. So we had a nice leisurely breakfast by the water and were in our car heading back to North Carolina by 8:30am I cannot discuss shore excursions, except to say they seem to be outrageously priced in many cases, because we didn't do any. We have been to all the ports before so we didn't bother. We took advantage of the Next Cruise offers and booked another cruise for October 2017. Olexandria was most helpful - we have not always had "nice" staff in this area, but she was a sweet-natured professional and we enjoyed the experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I chose this cruise because of the destination, the time of year and the cost. The food in the dining room is excellent. This ship has too many activities for me to list. If you or your children like lots of activity, this is a good ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the destination, the time of year and the cost. The food in the dining room is excellent. This ship has too many activities for me to list. If you or your children like lots of activity, this is a good match for you. The ship is huge and provides a very comfortable ride. Please note, you must make reservations for the shows on board. The Windjammer Restaurant has mediocre food. The evening dining room food is excellent, as is the service. Entertainment is first class! Music and performers are absolutely outstanding - the best I've heard and seen on a cruise ship! Ports of call were interesting, but some of the popular shore excursions can fill up even before the ship sails. I missed 1 shore excursion by not knowing about this. The Oasis of the Seas is huge! There were 5 cruise ships in the St. Maarten Harbor at the same time. Having so many people overwhelms the local shops and the excursions. It would be great if the cruise lines could stagger the arrival of their ships! Disembarkation was rough. I opted to take my own luggage off the ship in the first wave of disembarkation. We were to meet on deck 5. This put the line in front of the elevators, creating a bottleneck for people trying to get off the elevators! What a traffic jam! Overall, the cruise was pleasant. However, I would travel on a smaller ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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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