74 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Senior Cruise Reviews

We were going with friends and the ship seem interesting and it did meet our expectations. We definitely would go again on this ship to other ports of call maybe if they had a Pacific cruise, California, or different islands, or even ... Read More
We were going with friends and the ship seem interesting and it did meet our expectations. We definitely would go again on this ship to other ports of call maybe if they had a Pacific cruise, California, or different islands, or even Europe. The massages were great however I would not try getting my nails done again they didn't do a good job. The theater was very good with different shows just about every night. The food in the main dining room was very good which I didn't expect especially since there were over 5,500 people on board. Whether you are a drinker or not I would get the drink package because it allows you to have a cocktail every 15 minutes whether you want one or not. If you go as a couple you could share a drink with your husband or wife or whoever. It is a beautiful ship and like a city on water. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
we took cruise with 6 others due to proximity to home embarkation great smooth!! disembark poor they had us casually have breakfast then move to silk dining for holding area as we approached area were told our number was called 15 ... Read More
we took cruise with 6 others due to proximity to home embarkation great smooth!! disembark poor they had us casually have breakfast then move to silk dining for holding area as we approached area were told our number was called 15 minutes early..great we thought ..then we waited near gangplank 20 minutes then backed up in zigzag ramps 20 more minutes then find luggage easily but another 25 minutes or more to get to customs..hint take a skycap out they have a sort of designated line without skycap probably 45 minutes..they will learn perhaps as only 2nd time in port canaveral..leave us in holding area relaxing we were in no rush to leave just coudnt enjoy standing for over an hour!! ship is beautiful pubic bathrooms clean ..purel dispensers everywhere first nite too crowded at dinner ..i suggest do specialty dinner the first nite to have a peaceful dinner ..did all 3 specialty restaurants extra charges but worth the quiet and attentive service.. best lunch is at park cafe they make you a great made to order salad then best roast beef on bun ever tasted!! this is in central park which is the most beautiful part of the whole ship! again free and not too crowded.can sit inside or out kudos to sorrentos pizza always available hot and delish or can make your own pizza open late and of course free very disappointed with downtown phillipsburgh st maartan..usual run down island shopping ..be careful traveling too far as 4 of our group got stuck in a traffic jam going on other side of island and we had to beg the gangplank captain to wait for a speeding cab..whew they just made it if you have been to any of these island dont go ashore enjoy this magnificant ship !!! great room steward..entertainment such as trivia poorly handled by inexperienced crew shows great comedienne A.J. saw him 3 x...wife and others loved ice skating show and diving show..cute come fly with me show...and the often joked about on board "cats" way too long ..stay til intermission hear famous song then leave as most of our audience did,,,we missed the impersonator as dinner ran long .. ps watch the morning show on rctv cruise director and asst very funny together and informative enjoy reads other reviews and plan for a great week! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My DW&I went as part of a customer appreciation cruise from a local TA. Being seniors with physical limitations and the size of the ship we were not overly excited about trying The Oasis for the second time. It was a little ... Read More
My DW&I went as part of a customer appreciation cruise from a local TA. Being seniors with physical limitations and the size of the ship we were not overly excited about trying The Oasis for the second time. It was a little overwhelming our first time. We did enjoy it more the second time.We are Diamond Plus and had room near the elevator and close to the Diamond Lounge on Deck 11.Entertainment was very good,food was good with lots dining choices.We ate at Speciality Dining the first two nights using our Diamond plus BOGOS.We had my time dining the rest of the time.Found out the last night they special check in for Diamond Plus. Did the Windjammer 2 nights because my wife is gluten free and they have a gluten free section. Enjoyed the Aqua shows and the Ice Shows. We like ships with a solarium heated pool since we swim every day for excercise.The Solarium pool on this ship is a waste,not heated and not suited for swimming.All pools on this ship were cold. Room was good,clean and well kept and closest was not jammed next to the bed this time.The balcony was great although we didn't use that much. My DW and feel we are more suited to the ships that enclosed Solariums with heated pool and fitness center on the upper decks. We are booked for B2B on the Serenade in Jan/Feb, more our style. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
RCCL is our favorite cruiseline as they do whatever is necessary to provide a truly enjoyable vacation. Their staff is second to none in pleasing passengers. This ship we experienced some of the best in the dining room with an incredible ... Read More
RCCL is our favorite cruiseline as they do whatever is necessary to provide a truly enjoyable vacation. Their staff is second to none in pleasing passengers. This ship we experienced some of the best in the dining room with an incredible waiter Jordan and his assistant who was just as terrific. If you can't find something to do on this ship you can't be satisfied by anyone. We had a cabin overlooking Central Park. I would have preferred our usual outside cabin. We like looking at the ocean. Preferred location of a cabin is also closer to either end by elevators which cuts down on much of the walking. Food is prepared well but choices are more limited than in the past. Like everything they are trying to keep cost down by using cuts of mean and fish where the cost is less. They still maintain the high quality of desserts and breads that they've always had. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We have been on numerous RCCL vessels and have maintained our trips to the mid-size ships. We had always heard rumors that the larger ships were too impersonal. Our vacation on Oasis found this to be entirely false. The crew was very ... Read More
We have been on numerous RCCL vessels and have maintained our trips to the mid-size ships. We had always heard rumors that the larger ships were too impersonal. Our vacation on Oasis found this to be entirely false. The crew was very personable and attentive. I've been cruising for over 25 years and the last five years I've found the entertainment has slipped, however the Oasis entertainment has restored my faith in RCCL's ability to bring the best entertainment available, back to their customers. Now in saying all of this the lines were a little longer than we were used to, however they were not to be unexpected given the number of passengers and crew members on board the Oasis. The service in the main dining room was excellent, however in my opinion the food quality has slipped. It is still good, however I'm used to RCCL's menu as being excellent. Just a minor down-grade. The only complaint was we had a balcony cabin with 3 people. Normally this would have been fine, however Oasis's cabins are smaller than normal and this made for an extremely uncomfortable cabin situation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We went as a family of 8 with ages ranging from 13 to 93. Our third cruise. Had been on Princess and Carnival before. Overall, it is an amazing ship. Well designed. Very stable. It is huge. The big main walking promenade and the ... Read More
We went as a family of 8 with ages ranging from 13 to 93. Our third cruise. Had been on Princess and Carnival before. Overall, it is an amazing ship. Well designed. Very stable. It is huge. The big main walking promenade and the 'central park' are great ideas. There is even a ice skating rink. The staff were excellent, as were the main shows. They had a full production of CATS. The ship was spotless overall. The staterooms are bigger than other ships and have a sofa the may be of sufficient size for a small child to sleep on. I think all outside rooms are ocean view with balcony. The inside rooms face central park and have balconies too. So no claustrophobia. We were on deck 14. It is a long walk from end to end of the ship. Activities: lots to do ranging from napkins folding classes to jewelry shows to bingo and the usual. There is of course a casino but as a non gambler, cannot comment on it. The spa and gym were big. My wife used it and said it was fantastic. Not free of course! The things we did not like: 1) A lot of pushing to buy drink packages and shop at stores. 2) A lot of nickel diming. For example, back of scenes tour was free on Princess. $150 on Oasis. Several classes were not free including guacamole making class. 3) usually there are movies in the main theater on a frequent basis but not on Oasis. And it was fuzzy since it was 3D. So if you could not find glasses, you could not see much. 4) The shore excursions we took were very meh and expensive. Recommend sticking with your own walk around agenda. 5) Usually there are educational events related to upcoming ports of call. None on Oasis. 6) The type of daytime on ship activities overall was not as diverse as I had seen on other ships except for the headline events which were amazing. 7) Food was abundant but the diversity of choices was not as extensive as Carnival or Princess. Taste wise was definitely a notch lower. The ship overall, is one large weekend at Vegas on water. It was more expensive than average cruises. I would recommend it but I wish they would include more activities in the price and not nickel dime. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I read so many negative reviews I was anxious before boarding, but found everything to be fine (have done more than thirty cruises),. Balcony over Central Park had comfy bed, adequate storage, great steward (Lionel). Ate in MDR, food well ... Read More
I read so many negative reviews I was anxious before boarding, but found everything to be fine (have done more than thirty cruises),. Balcony over Central Park had comfy bed, adequate storage, great steward (Lionel). Ate in MDR, food well prepared promptly served by Valentin and Made. Beef quality not great but everything else, especially fruit soups, salads, desserts first rate. Entertainment---Cats, Ice Show, Aqua show, comedians, Come fly With Me all Broadway or Cirque de Soleil quality-- and all reservations honored. Ports-- beaches fine, it helped that weather was ideal. Always found lounges and seats in Solarium. Breakfast at five restaurants--always good, never a wait, no extra charge. Take the Landscape Architect's Friday morn tour of Central Park--fascinating and free! More to do than we had time for, but great musical combos in Jazz Bar, Big Band, Latino Dancing to end our evenings. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
No doubt in recommending this cruse!!! My husband and I enjoyed our 7 days cruise trip on ¨OASIS OF THE SEAS¨ on the Caribbean: NASSAU, BAHAMAS – ST. THOMAS – ST. MARTEEN. According to our experience and disagreeing with some ... Read More
No doubt in recommending this cruse!!! My husband and I enjoyed our 7 days cruise trip on ¨OASIS OF THE SEAS¨ on the Caribbean: NASSAU, BAHAMAS – ST. THOMAS – ST. MARTEEN. According to our experience and disagreeing with some prior reviews from travelers, our opinion is that there are more PROS than CONS about this amazing ship. Our vacation trip began on Nov. 28th and ended on Dec. 5th , 2015. We did our best to enjoy and make profit as much as we could, but this ship is so huge, with so many attractions and the activities go on so constantly that it´s impossible to catch on and enjoy EVERYTHING. No motion sea sick at all. We didn´t use our ¨extra¨ medicines. It never looked like we were on a ship with 6.000 passengers including the crew. PROS CABIN: It was a superior stateroom with private ocean view balcony on deck 6 – 556. It was very nice, plenty of storage for 2 adults. We kept all our clothes in the closet (sufficient hangers), 1 big and 2 carry-on bags under the bed and used the 3 drawers for other articles so that everything was kept out of sight and it always looked neat. NO noises at all. Great sound proofing. It was near the elevators, stairs, Opal Theater, Studio B, Comedy Show, Boardwalk and the Vitality Spa/gym area. The bathroom feels bigger than it looks . The circular shower provides plenty of room. The water pressure and the sliding door were perfect. The air conditioning and the plasma flat screen TV were efficient. Bed and pillows were very comfortable. We recommend 2 adults for this cabin + a child because there´s a sofa bed which would work fine for a kid. We just loved it. The hair dryer worked fantastically. There´s NO need to take your makeup mirror because their mirrors and illumination were great. PLACES TO EAT: We loved having breakfast, lunch and dinner at WINDJAMMER (buffet). Plenty of food for all tastes and likes. Not so crowded, but you have to pick a table and one of your partners stay there while you serve yourself, on the contrary another person could get it . We sampled some of the complimentary restaurants such as: Windjammer, American Icon, Silk, Café Promenade, Sorrento´s pizza, Wipe Out Café, Johnny Rockets (loved the chocolate milk shake!) and thought the food was plenty to satisfy us. We also went to the Solarium Bristo restaurant ($) and had a nice diner. Breakfast room service food OK, arrived on time and still hot! ENTERTAINMENTS: Due to the weather & some technical issues we missed (all passengers did) the so expected show ¨OASIS OF DREAMS¨, but the rest of the shows were very good, such as: ¨FROZEN IN TIME, CATS, FLY WITH ME, HEADLINER –ABBA show , LOVE MARRIAGE GAME etc. There are too many to mention and time isn´t enough to make profit of them. We believe we needed 7 more days to both: enjoy and rest…rest and enjoy! The parade was great. We got a nice spot at the SCHOONER BAR and got nice picks and videos from it. DRINKS: We decided not to purchase any drink packages because we are not a huge soda/alcohol family and we are glad we didn´t buy any because we were plenty satisfied with the complimentary drinks ROYAL CARIBBEAN provides such as: water, lemonade (loved it), ice & hot tea, milk, coffee (better than expected Royal Caribbean brand), a very tasteful mix of strawberry and another fruit (don´t remember which one) juice, orange juice, etc. We also enjoyed purchasing - at our pace- very, very delicious wine on the glass (red & white) for our diners, beers, alcohol & non alcoholic cocktails, tropical martinis, natural orange juices, cokes, etc. We had gotten an award of 100 dls per person when my husband bought the tickets and we used it for the drinks and some shopping, so the extra total amount we had to pay was about 90dls . It was worth it instead of buying the less expensive drink package for about 300dls. and no wine included!!! PORT AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: We mostly stayed at the port areas. In NASSAU we took the Discover Atlantis tour and loved it. In St. Thomas we took the water taxi and enjoyed the beach nearby and town. EMBARKATION / DIBARKATION: They went smooth and fast although lines were very long but, due to the terminal is designed for large crowds everything moved quickly. I personally give a 10+ to the crew members organization the day of departure in the ship. Getting off and on the ship on port days were a breeze. CONS: We didn´t like the 3D movie ¨MAD MAX FURY ROAD¨, my time dining (went 2 nights) because the menu wasn´t appealing and because it took about 2 hours being served, the ice cream parlor does not offer exquisite ice cream for the price they charge. We find much better flavors in our home city. GENERAL OVERVIEW: OASIS is a terrific ship. Very clean . The staff was mostly friendly and helpful, always cleaning, polishing and sometimes painting some areas of the ship. We were very happy on this vacation trip. Because of prior reviews, our expectations were rather low in some aspects but, in the end, everything turned out to be just the contrary. Elevators were not a problem. There was little waiting time given the massive number of people. We tipped our cabin steward twice (at the beginning and end of the cruise), the ones who brought us the room service, one or another waiter at restaurants and to the ones who took care of our luggage in the port. We enjoyed being in the hot tubs located inside the solarium (jacuzzis), the beach pool. They were never crowded. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Went on the Oasis for the first time. Knew the ship from a tour we had taken some time earlier and knew it was fantastic. It lived up to our expectations. Never knew we were on the ocean unless we were on the pool deck looking over the ... Read More
Went on the Oasis for the first time. Knew the ship from a tour we had taken some time earlier and knew it was fantastic. It lived up to our expectations. Never knew we were on the ocean unless we were on the pool deck looking over the side. Stable, smooth, laughed at the waves. Food was as expected, real good, entertainment top notch. The aqua shows were excellent, ice show as well, comedy club was hilarious, main stage show, Cats, professional at every level although I still didn't understand it any more than when I saw it at the Winter Garden Theatre in NYC years ago. Casino was more than ample but lots of smoking even though they, supposedly, had half the casino as a non-smoking area. No signs were posted to this effect nor were the slots so marked as non-smoking as they do in many land based casinos. Room steward was excellent as was our wait staff in the main dining room. Drinks on board were pricey but as we could bring wine on with us the cost was mitigated to a great extent. Ports of call included Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica and Cozumel. Didn't do any land excursions this time around but many were offered. The buffet on Labadee was quite good and their private island made most others on other cruises look shabby. We had an inside balcony overlooking Central Park. Birds were flying around and chirping. You really felt that you were in a park. Free food venues were not plentiful (hot dog stand, pizza, Park Cafe) but the food there was quite good. All the other restaurants, bars, ice cream parlor, Johnny Rockets, sushi bar cost you. Room was relatively spacious and clean with lots of storage for clothes. All in all loved it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This ship was absolutely amazing! There was SO much to do & we were always on the move. The employees on this ship are PHENOMENAL. They provide amazing service (as all Royal Caribbean ships do). Best service I have had yet has been on ... Read More
This ship was absolutely amazing! There was SO much to do & we were always on the move. The employees on this ship are PHENOMENAL. They provide amazing service (as all Royal Caribbean ships do). Best service I have had yet has been on all Royal Caribbean lines! The entertainment was amazing! I highly recommend booking all shows before the cruise as they are extremely popular. Comedy show & come fly with me were two of my favorites. The cruise director Ricky was AWESOME and made this cruise so much fun. Definitely go see "The Quest" & "Love and Marriage".....awesome!! Specialty dining was nothing special and have to say I was quite disappointed by it. I thought the free dining rooms had much better food. I wouldn't bother paying the extra money for the specialty dining. If I were to recommend one of the dining options I would say Giovanni's just to switch it up, but there are plenty of free options. Also, soda packages seemed to be a waste as all the dining rooms had non-alcoholic drinks available for free (windjammer/any buffet). If you are going to be drinking alcohol I would get the drink package as it truly is worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My wife and I boarded the Oasis after spending 11 nights on the Legend Of The Seas. To say there is a major contrast is an understatement! Crowd control is non existant until thins settle down the next day. Upon boardin which was a smooth ... Read More
My wife and I boarded the Oasis after spending 11 nights on the Legend Of The Seas. To say there is a major contrast is an understatement! Crowd control is non existant until thins settle down the next day. Upon boardin which was a smooth process we were on the ship but when we proceded to the Windjammer along with 4000 other people it was a nightmare. Finding a table was virtually impossible especially since my mom was in a wheelchair which was the only reason back on the Oasis since the transformation drydock. More on that later. The cabin steward did a wonderful job and had a great pleasant smile and greeting for us each time we saw each other. As usual dining request made prior to getting on the ship from the Diamond Plus office was not as requested so our table for 8 not would have been very hard to access with a wheelchair was changed by the Matredee to our original request for six. Oasis is now using deck five and half of deck four for my time ding so even on deck four there was always lines outside waiting for a table. I guess RCCL is trying to do everything they can to get switched to the Disaster Dining concept. Oh was that supposed to be Dynamic Dining? That' s a bad bad joke ! My sister and brother in law were along also which I figured since that had no kids and only animals they would have enjoyed Cats ! Not ! They said after 30 minutes they left. At least my wife and I made it through till intermission back in November ! The water show, Ice Show ,and other production show was great. The headliner we had just saw him on the Freedom on December so no big deal even though he does a good job. Being a Diamond Plus member my wife and I hate e made to the concierge lounge on deck 11 which is now the Diamond Lounge. Pinnacle guest and suite guest now have an exclusive lounge which was the Viking Crown Lounge. Why would RCCL do away with public access to the signature lounge ? The chapel is now a galley for the Coastal Kitchen in the suite lounge so now any marriages have to take place between the stove and pots and pans. Jewish Mass was held in the Comedy Club back in November so don't know where they go now. My wife had a top tier lunch with the hotel director and three pinnacle members which she said was quiet enlighting. The Pinnacle members said the Suite lounge was very seldom used in the evening and most of their friends which were Diamond Plus members couldn't come since no gold card so they would up going back to Diamond Lounge to be with them. Remember the breakfast and lunch you could order off of a menu in the old Concierge lounge? Well now they only have the continental breakfast. Lunch and afternoon there isn't even a cookie or glass of ice water. Wow is right and tight ! What a let down.Oh by the way the concierge needs to get a job at a prison because you definetly won't get out of that lounge with a drink no matter how crowded ! Didn't make sense especially when you can go to any lounge and get three drinks each without the harassment ! Bottom line I didn't like the transformation in November and hated them even worse this cruise as a Diamond Plus member. My wife and I have another cruise booked from last year again on the Oasis Jan ,2016 which was made prior to the changes. I am cancelling it and if the Allure gets the same transformation we will never set foot back on an Oasis Class ship! Maybe that is what RCCL is wanting because they keep saying the C&A program has been so successful they don't know what to do with everyone. Sounds like repeat business from faithful members would be an incentive to do more for your most faithful cruisers rather than do their best to drive them away which is the exact direction they have gone ! For the sake of time I won't go into the screwup on my mother's cabin so maybe later ! Let's just say Guest Services anf the Future Cruise booking staff have no problem passing the blame to a travel agent who had absolutely nothing to do with the booking. It was made on the ship back in May ,2014 !   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
FOOD Don't be scared by all the negative comments on here about the food and service. Our experience was quite positive with both. Not perfect, of course, but most food we had was yummy and servers were very pleasant and ... Read More
FOOD Don't be scared by all the negative comments on here about the food and service. Our experience was quite positive with both. Not perfect, of course, but most food we had was yummy and servers were very pleasant and accommodating. We tried all the “included” venues morning noon and night, but usually ate in Main Dining Room My Time evenings. Do make My Time reservations ahead – we got a note saying the early times were all filled up by 2nd or 3rd day & we basically had to eat after 9 pm. Line waits were not bad. Only food we would have to agree is somewhat bland, and sometimes hot food was cold, was in Windjammer and yes, the eggs there are poor. But Lobster Therm-adore at Windjammer's Seafood Extravaganza nite was superb, better than the lobster I had at MDR. If you like roast turkey, they offer it the last night in MDR and it's usually tender and juicy! My husband said the MDR's prime rib was the best he ever ate. Try the different venues for all 3 meals. They serve included breakfast in Park Cafe, Wipeout (freshly made to order fried eggs and omelets are great here!), Solarium, Johnny Rockets. Check out your options for lunch too. Sometimes new cruisers don't know that most days breakfast and lunch are served in the MDR where you can order off the menu and be served just like at dinner but it will be slower than other venues. Like salad? Noon in the MDR they will make a huge salad for you to your specifics while you watch w/ lots of protein offered. SODA PACKAGE Best if you buy it the first day. They put a sticker on your SeaPass so you can get regular or diet Sprite or Coke at any bar, or any show where they have bar service. You can also use it at any of the restaurant venues. Use the special cup at the soda machines and you can choose from over 100 combinations of flavors including many sugar free, noncaffeine and non-carbonated. They could have had more machines. But you do need to drink a lot of soda to make it worth it! SHOWS Read your daily Compass and mark things you'd like to do, or the week will fly by and you'll miss a lot. Book your major shows. They were all very very well done and creative. If you like 'em, go as a standby person and see 'em a 2nd time. We did this with Frozen in Time and Come Fly With Me and would have tried it with the dive show but they had to cancel for wind that night. The evening fountain shows outdoors are inspiring with intense musical scores. For a very different perspective on the dive show, once you've seen it from the theater itself, another nite go to Floor 7 and there's a fantastic spot to look down on it all. You get to see the synchronized swimmers from high up, their patterns, etc. We did that on Allure 2 years ago. CATS is hard to understand if you don't know the story--read synopsis or even details online first or you'll be lost. We watched first half one night, second half another day (we were just too tired for a long late show the first night). CHRISTMAS DECOR Kudos to Royal Caribbean for decorating the ship beautifully for Christmas – we enjoyed that so much. And for the lovely relaxing Christmas music often played on the Royal Promenade. WHERE TO FIND QUIET If you get tired of the outdoors or if weather is bad, you can find quiet places during the day with comfy seating in spots like the Champagne Bar, Schooner Bar etc. They don't mind you sitting there with a book and don't feel obligated to order anything. Bring your beverage from elsewhere and just chill out. FLOW RIDER My husband tried a Flow Rider lesson at age 64. He stays pretty active but this one banged him up pretty good. He doesn't regret doing it, but when he would wipe out (and you will!) he'd get injured against the back wall; that area has a grate that can be brutal! We had to use antibiotic cream and bandages on his feet/legs where skin was pretty badly scraped off for several days afterwards! He did boogie board on tummy and knees, did not even attempt standing! Just a word to the wise: you may sustain injuries!!! Overall, this cruise was relaxing and fun. The ambiance of the neighborhoods is really a big part of experiencing this ship, so stop and smell the roses, so to speak. P.S. Haitian Cultural Tour at Labadee – we can't really recommend this. The leaders did not communicate well at all with the guests; nor did they warn us in the writeup that to see each part you hike a total of 50 steps up and down a mountainside – fairly strenuous for some folks. An older lady w/ a walker really should not have been there. Also many guests did not realize the boat drops you off quite a ways out in waist-deep ocean water and you have to walk in with waves hitting you! Some were in street clothes and regular shoes (again, put this in the write-up, folks) The so-called cultural stations were not that great, and it is a set-up “model” of a village; they all leave after the tourists do!   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
We just returned from a Back to Back Cruise on the RCL Oasis of the Seas (October 5th eastern Caribbean and October 12th Western Caribbean). Food on the Ship was fantastic; we ate nearly every meal in the Windjammer Buffet. Services of ... Read More
We just returned from a Back to Back Cruise on the RCL Oasis of the Seas (October 5th eastern Caribbean and October 12th Western Caribbean). Food on the Ship was fantastic; we ate nearly every meal in the Windjammer Buffet. Services of Rajan and Alexandar for dinner service in the Windjammer were outstanding. In our opinion the food selections were varied over the two weeks, but we preferred the entree’s on the eastern cruise rather than the western cruise. All of the desserts on both cruises were incredible. The only downside was that some of the customers did not treat the Cruise staff well or with respect, of course that is not the fault of RCL. We found the ship in mint condition and everyone was working daily to maintain it. Our cabin was kept in impeccable condition thanks to Alfarno. Special hello to him for his smiling greetings each day to his towel animal creations each evening. We loved waking each morning with our funny Cruise Director, Dave Chapman, on TV of course not in our cabin. His funny antics and engagement in all of the activities made the cruise so fun. This was our fourth week of sailing on the Oasis and we still have plenty of activities yet to do, they have so many fun things on the Compass each day. We especially enjoyed walking on the track as it is covered and protected from much of the sun and rain, but still open to great views of the ocean and port areas. We noticed that Safety is a very high priority on this ship from periodic drills for the crew, to how they worked performing maintenance to taking out the life boats out into the ocean for checks during one of our port stops. This is very comforting. We also applaud the Captain for making a decision to return to port with a seriously ill customer despite the potential delay in arrival at our next port and the expense of extra fuel to makeup the time. In the end we arrived at the next port only a few minutes later than originally planned. We didn’t advantage of some of the ports as we are a little older now and the heat and humidity was sometimes too much. We did play mini golf, shuffle board and Trivia in the Schooner bar which was all fun. We played BINGO and a little in the Casino, but just play for fun. Looking forward to our next back to back on the Oasis, maybe next year.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Entering the ship was amazing. The royal promenade was wider then we expected. Then reality set in, you couldn't move.. Wall to wall people.. We thought this is not for us, but to our most pleasant surprise, the crowds had disapated ... Read More
Entering the ship was amazing. The royal promenade was wider then we expected. Then reality set in, you couldn't move.. Wall to wall people.. We thought this is not for us, but to our most pleasant surprise, the crowds had disapated by the next day.. We had a boardwalk balcony towards the back of the ship.. Such an awesome view, of the Aqua theatre and the boardwalk below.. Spent a lot of time out there with better than expected room service.. The boardwalk area is never crowded, unless there a show. Central park was never crowded either.. Giovanni's was disappointing, very loud, food was adequate, and weak drinks.. Windjammer was always crowded, and difficult to find a seat, as it's SMALL...Hairspray was great, some other shows just ok.. Entertainment in lounges was fair, the Schooner bar was horrible, so much better on the FOS. .The Royal promenade got to be a real nuisance it was like running a gauntlet People yelling pushing 25% off tickets in your face from watches, art work, jewelry, and it was loud, and crowded.. Huge lines developed when the $50. watches were going on sale for $19.99..We just retreated back to our room, or a quiet spot in central park.. Great cabin awesome views, of the boardwalk the Aqua theatre, and the gigantic view of the sea..The interior of the cabin is on the small size. The closet by the bed is a pain, the smallish shower is a nuisance, but they had at least a 32" flat screen tv. that was nice.. The interactive menu was slow at best.. The view from the balcony made up for all the shortcomings for a week... Labadee was ok, Falmouth sucked unless you are doing a tour ,Cozumel was Cozumel you can always find something interesting to do.. Overall We glad we did it, would I do it again ? probably not.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I'm 75 years old and have been cruising since 1974. This was my 61st cruise, my first on the OASIS OF THE SEAS. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Sept. 7th and stayed at the Embassy Suites. They have a Happy Hour from 5-7PM and a ... Read More
I'm 75 years old and have been cruising since 1974. This was my 61st cruise, my first on the OASIS OF THE SEAS. We flew into Ft Lauderdale on Sept. 7th and stayed at the Embassy Suites. They have a Happy Hour from 5-7PM and a full breakfast buffet! It's a $15 cab ride from the airport and a $15 ride to the pier. Embarkation was fairly easy on the 8th. We got on about noon and went to the Windjammer for lunch. About 1PM we were advised that we could go to our staterooms. I liked the stateroom with a balcony overlooking Central Park. We were able to play trivia in the Schooner Bar and go to Muster before our luggage arrived. We did not have life jackets in our cabins, they were located at the Muster Stations. The luggage did take a little longer than usual to get to our cabin. We had early dinner at 6PM in the Opus Dining Room. The food was very good. They had introduced a new menu the week before; it was very different , but quite good. We had reservations for "Hairspray" that evening and really enjoyed it. We booked all the shows on line before we got on the ship. We enjoyed all of them, The Aqua Show, the Iceskating and the other shows in the Opal Theater. I was impressed with the "Small Wonders" on the ship. These are Artworks scattered about on many of the decks . There are pedestals with a lens on top showing pretty shells or flowers or a snake vertibrae. There are stands with binoculars displaying 3D pictures of roads, flowers, a levitating man, owl, trees, etc. The one with the monkey is on Deck 6 near the Boardwalk entrance. There are supposedly 42 of them. It was fun trying to find them. We did have dinner in Giovanni's on the last evening because it was part of our package. It was good , but I would not pay extra for it. We enjoyed the trivia games. We won pens, highlighters. luggage tags, etc. Walking in Central Park was very enjoyable. A lot of the plants are identified. Having a balcony overlooking Central Park was great because you could listen to the music while sitting on the balcony or you could shut the doors and eliminate any noise. If you are Diamond or more, they had a nightly happy hour in Blaze (the Disco) from 5-8:30PM . Met a lot of nice people there. Disembarkation was fairly easy because we took off our own luggage and got a taxi to the airport. I would definitely recommend it. It's a one of a kind cruise! Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise Jan. 21 -- 28, 2012 Each January Vincent books our anniversary cruise and this year was no different. We celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary aboard the Oasis. The same ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise Jan. 21 -- 28, 2012 Each January Vincent books our anniversary cruise and this year was no different. We celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary aboard the Oasis. The same time last year we cruised on the Allure of the Seas, in a wheelchair accessible cabin with a balcony overlooking the sea and we thought it would be interesting to try a different cabin site -- so this time we booked a wheelchair accessible cabin over looking the Boardwalk. Well, there is an old adage: "Never leave the true and tried road for a new one." Or as the Italians say: "Chi lascia la via vecchia per la nuova, sa quel che lascia, ma non sa quel che trova" (Who leaves the old road for a new one knows what he leaves, but not what he finds). Just a word of advice: If you want a restful and relaxing cruise book the ocean view cabin! This week the Oasis was fully booked with 6380 passengers (approx. 75% from USA) and 2200 crew members -- On the Royal Promenade at times it was like being in a busy airport or train station -- However, we always managed to escape the crowds by walking to the most peaceful place aboard: Central Park, where the many plants, flowers, and the soft background music and sounds of chirping birds and water falls evoked in us a sense of pastoral relaxation. Due to logistics, Captain Thore Thorolvsen remained a remote figure; we did not have a chance to meet him: The Oasis is too big and too busy for anything else! But we did have the opportunity to meet again Hotel Director Martin Rissley, whom we had known from past cruises. He gave us a warm welcome back to the Oasis on which we had spent 12 wonderful days during her inaugural cruise in December of 2009. It is amazing to see that everything in this huge floating resort runs perfectly: From stateroom to dining room, from casual dining to specialty dining, from entertainment to passenger service, etc., etc.... A lot of credit for the successful outcome of cruising on this behemoth floating city goes to the great experience of our friend Martin. We were so happy to see him again. EMBARKATION Considering the huge number of embarking passengers, RCCL has adopted a well oiled check-in process, a large number of check-in booths where passengers are directed by their cabin deck. In addition, priority is given to people in wheelchairs, Suites and "Frequent Floaters" (Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members of the Crown & Anchor Society). So our check-in was expeditious and in minutes we were in our cabin. Here was the first "wow": A telephone call notified us that Vincent had left his wallet at the check-in booth. He went back to retrieve his wallet, thanked the kind lady that found it, but, due to the crowding, did not ask her name, so later he could not mention her for the "wow" employee who made the difference in our cruise! To the special lady: We wish we could have thanked you more appropriately. We are sorry we did not. SHIP The Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship afloat, was launched the fall of 2009. She was the first of an innovative class of RCCL ships. The second ship of this class is the Allure of the Seas, which was launched a year later. Needless to say, no other existing cruise ship matches this pair in size, shapes or innovations. For a detailed review of the Oasis we refer the readers to the one we posted on this web site in December 2009. This review will be confined to the impression of our return to the Oasis and the difference of our balcony exposure. CABIN Our stateroom was a wheelchair accessible cabin with balcony, # 14303, on deck 14, the top deck with passenger cabins. This cabin was similar to the one we had the last cruise on the Oasis, #14166. The major difference between the two cabins was that the first one overlooked the ocean and this one was above the Boardwalk. Needless to say, it lacked privacy since it was facing the cabins on the starboard side and the Sports Court on deck 15, with constant passenger activity. The first time out on the balcony, Mary was startled by two dangling legs whizzing by. Yes, the Zip Line went right by our balcony. The balcony was a bit smaller than the one we had before, thus we did not ask the steward for a chaise lounge for Vincent. No matter, we soon realized that for privacy we would have the drapes closed during most of the voyage and the use of the balcony was limited to very little time, since Vincent could not enjoy relaxation due to the noisy activities on the Boardwalk below, nor could he be lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean's waves. Moreover, he could not stargaze during clear nights. Don't let us deter you from booking a cabin overlooking the Boardwalk, since your preferences may be different from ours and you might enjoy looking at the Aqua Show or watching the people having fun below. Wheelchair accessible cabins on this ship have no automatic door openers, which facilitate the handicapped passenger to enter and exit the room. On a few ships we have enjoyed the automatic openers (see the Solstice class ships), thus we suggest that such convenience should be used on all ships. However, on the Oasis the wheelchair accessible bathrooms and most of the doorways are equipped with automatic door openers. SERVICE & FOOD Despite the high number of cruisers, service is excellent under H.D. Martin Rissley. In the Opus Dining Room, Head of Restaurant Operations Oliver Dzalevski, gave us an excellent table near the entrance. Head Waiter Jay was on the ball and our waiters were terrific: James Francis, Michelle Edwards and MacArthur couldn't have been sharper! As usual RCCL has tremendous portions and excellent meats. We feasted each and every meal. We also enjoyed Giovanni's Table, the upscale Italian restaurant and its special atmosphere, music and service. We lamented the absence of Chef Marco Morrama, whom we met on the previous cruise, but now he is on the Allure. He has an exquisite touch with authentic Italian cuisine. The abundance of venues for food and the hot cookies and scones are still very popular and much appreciated on RCCL ships. The Concierge Club Lounge is unique to RCCL and it is a positive perk for Suite passengers and Crown &Anchor advanced members: Complimentary specialty coffee (Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, etc.), pastries, juices and fruits are available for breakfast and through the day; and hors d'ouvres and drinks are offered before dinner in the evenings. This cruise Ricardo Mock and Allan Fajardo shared the duty of Concierge and were very helpful to us regarding reservations for shows and specialty dining, etc. The Concierge Club Lounge is also a nice place to meet people and make new friends. We were fortunate to befriend a couple of very interesting people from California, Sandy and Dennis, with whom we spent some nice time conversing about the cruises and other topics of common interest every evening during our pre dinner cocktail hour. We promised to keep in touch with each other, but have not yet been able to do it, first due to a computer problem and then to some health problems that afflicted us. We promise to get in touch with them as soon as possible. ENTERTAINMENT Amy Fickert from Springfield, Ohio is the youngest Cruise Director of the RCCL fleet. Attractive and outgoing, she rallies the passengers for the many venues on board: sports, exercise and poolside activities. She introduces the major theater shows and she hosts "The Love and Marriage Game Show" on Monday evenings in the Opal Theater. There are several shows performed in the Opal Theater which require reservation. Some shows are presented several times, so if you miss them on the first day of the performance, you can catch them on the second or third time. The Headliner Showtime "Mosaic" and the production shows "Hairspray" and "Come Fly with Me" are currently shown in the Opal Theater. A stand up comedy show is offered every night in Comedy Live, deck 4. In Studio B there is an Olympic quality ice skating show, "Frozen in Time" which is based on Hans Christian Anderson's tales, just fantastic! Don't miss it. At the end of the ice show there is an interesting attraction: A young lady and her assistant who tell stories using sand painting or sculpturing -- unbelievable, touching the sand on a screen with rapid motions of her hands and fingers she created numerous changing scenes with characters and animals, etc.... There is live entertainment all over the ship, including classic string music, jazz and dancing. Go out and find your favorite entertainment. PORTS OF CALL Day 1. Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA Depart 5:30pm Day 2. At Sea Day 3. Labadee, Haiti Arrive 7:00am Depart 4:30pm Day 4. Falmouth, Jamaica Arrive 10:00am Depart 6:30pm Day 5. At Sea Day 6. Cozumel, Mexico Arrive 8:00am Depart 6:30pm Day 7. At Sea Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA Arrive 7:00am DEBARKATION Debarkation was just as efficient as embarkation. The passengers in need of wheelchair assistance met in a designated area on deck 5, where a coordinator indicated the order of debarkation according to the passenger's luggage tag color. In less than fifteen minutes we collected our luggage and went through customs. Within half an hour we were on our way home. CONCLUSION This was a good cruise, but not as great as the last one on the Oasis. The big disappointment was the selection of our cabin with the balcony facing the Boardwalk, rather than the ocean. However, Oasis and Allure offer alternatives that other ships do not have, most of their inside cabins have balconies or windows on Central Park, Boardwalk or the Royal Promenade. Our next cruise will be on the MSC Poesia, a new cruise line for us, and on March 17th we'll return to one of our favorite ship, the Grand Princess. Happy Cruising! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Actually, one could spend a month on the Oasis and never see the ocean. It really is a floating city, to the extent that you rarely realize you are on a ship. One should view the video on the Oasis construction to really appreciate the ... Read More
Actually, one could spend a month on the Oasis and never see the ocean. It really is a floating city, to the extent that you rarely realize you are on a ship. One should view the video on the Oasis construction to really appreciate the design and assembly of these monsters. We had one of the "Inside Balcony" cabins, overlooking "Central Park". Don't bother. Since there is nothing to look out on except a few trees and a few folks strolling along the sidewalks, it becomes boring after about 3 minutes. And, the view never changes! The cabin appointments were OK but the cabin itself was a little small, compared to other ships we have sailed on. The Shows are, for the most part, terrific, almost Broadway quality. However, the methodology for getting in to the shows, making reservations, standing in line for everything, not knowing were to line up for standby makes the entire process terrible. RCCL needs more signage and a better method for show access. While, in the end, everything seemed to work out OK, all the show entrance processes are a mess. The Wi-Fi arrangement is not as good as some of the other ships we have been on, either the network capacity is commonly exceeded or the RCCL setup arrangement does not work as well on such a large ship. Watching an outdoor movie in the sun is a waste of time, even if the movie is a first run hit. The food was fine, not exceptional, the buffet area upstairs is way too crowded and laid out very odd. The doughnut shop served the worst doughnuts I have ever eaten. A complete wast of time. The Roast Beef Sandwiches in the Park Grille were outstanding. The water shows were wonderful, the Aqua Theater is amazing. Again, difficult to believe you are on a moving ship. All in all, we much prefer a smaller ship, with more traditional arrangements.With regard to the ports, a common T-Shirt says "Same Crap, Different Island" and I paraphrase the saying. That about says it all. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Okay, here goes....I will not go through all the other review information like embark and debark. It was just as people have described already. Tip #1 - You will save yourself time, money and major headaches if you bring your very ... Read More
Okay, here goes....I will not go through all the other review information like embark and debark. It was just as people have described already. Tip #1 - You will save yourself time, money and major headaches if you bring your very own big beach towel. We had two excursions where towels were promised and not delivered! Also, you have to scan in and out for towels and risk a $25 charge if you forget to return their towels. Tip #2 - Extension cord is invaluable. The plug placement is ridiculous and you have to get down on your hands and knees to find it under the desk. Tip #3 - Book your own excursions when you get off in port. Both excursions through the ship were AWFUL. Blackbeard Beach Cay was a joke, shabby, mildewed lounge chairs, no towels (see above) BUT there were some for sale - a recurrent theme through our cruise. St. Thomas (St. John on your own)was also a joke. The ferry designed to hold 86 held at least 300 people...jammed together. Instead try and take Island Venture (Clyde) not crowded and free rum punches....fun!! The third excursion we did on our own and it was great, cheaper and much nicer. Tip #4 - Avoid the Windjammer if at all possible. Room service breakfast is quite nice and prompt, most venues are crowded for breakfast. Solarium is a nice peaceful lunch spot. Tip #5 - Skip the restaurants that charge extra!! We spent $30 to get into Chops and it was our WORST dinner of the cruise. Tastelesss filets, slow to non existent service and I had an upset stomach the whole next day. The MDR is very good food and service, honestly! Also good for breakfast and lunch as not too many go there. Tip #6 - If you dont sign up ahead for shows, you will be in triple lines around the block as 'standby' to get in to any of them. They are good shows, especially Hairspray! Comedy Club also very funny. Tip #7 - Check your bill constantly on TV. I was doublebilled right off the bat and am still dealing with another double billing. The Royal Promenade is what our group called "The Mall" - no water views, strictly retail opportunities. Noisy and unappealing. Like your local mall at home, who needs it! Central Park was beautiful and we tried to walk through here on our way everywhere, it was quite spectacular. Cabins are small and poorly designed in my opinion. We could barely get in our closet and the shower is tiny. For the money we spent on the balcony room, I was disappointed compared with other lines balcony rooms. Balcony was okay though, decent size with two chairs and a table and we did move (per another review) the coffee table out there to get more space. In summation, I would say that there are some nice things about this ship, but it is not an experience I will do again. Give me a nice Freedom class (3000) ship any day. So far, of all my cruises, I prefer Carnival line for good and reasonable excursions, roomy cabins and good food. Size does matter!! :-) Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Route: Seven day cruise starting in Fort Lauderdale - Nassau - St Thomas - St Maarten - Fort Lauderdale. 1. General Comments: A pleasant cruise and our first one on this class of ship. The ship was full with around 6,150 passengers ... Read More
Route: Seven day cruise starting in Fort Lauderdale - Nassau - St Thomas - St Maarten - Fort Lauderdale. 1. General Comments: A pleasant cruise and our first one on this class of ship. The ship was full with around 6,150 passengers (including around 1,500 children) and around 2,200 crew. We were part of a group of 25; my wife and I had visited the ports of call several times and were not interested in them. Our purpose for this cruise was to see how such a large ship functioned. We have compliments for everything about the ship except one item: 6,150 passengers are just too many. No matter how large the ship and efforts to disperse the passengers, you will still run into crowds. My wife and I had a "regular" cabin with verandah on the 8th deck near the aft elevators. Our group dined at 6PM. We had three tables near each other. 2. Embarking: Amazingly quick and efficient. We left our room at the Embassy Suites, 17th Street, at 11AM. With checking out, using the hotel shuttle to the ship, and checking in with RCL, we were sitting down to lunch in the Park Cafe at 12 noon. After eating, we wandered around a bit and went to our cabin at 1PM; our suitcases were sitting at the door. 3. The Oasis of the Seas: What a monster! And it works! Our cabin was small, but it was OK for the two of us for a week. A larger cabin is definitely in order for a longer trip. Not many drawers, but plenty of shelves for our stuff. The closet was adequate for the week. The bathroom is also "compact" with the round shower. You quickly learn how to avoid banging your elbows while showering. Shelves in the bathroom are also adequate for the week. The cabin has the usual small safe and refrigerator (we did not use). The TV is not only for TV shows (CNN International, Fox, ESPN International, etc), but also for reviewing your account, daily schedules, and even messages. You get a daily planner in your cabin the night prior. You need to read it carefully as there are few announcements on the PA system. There is no newspaper; you need to watch TV for news. It took us a week to get a handle on what is where on the ship. There are maps at each elevator bay. There is a huge childrens/teens area and programs for them. I defer to others with children to comment on this part of the ship. 4. Meals: You have a variety of complimentary dining options besides the main dining room and the Windjammer. It is important, though, that you check out the restaurants on the computer screen at an elevator lobby. The screen will show you the crowd status of each place. In other words, why go to the Windjammer if the screen shows it is full and there are no seats? Our routine for meals was: Breakfast in the Solarium Bistro. Lunch varied: Pizza in Sorrentos, burgers in the Wipe Out Cafe, salads or sandwiches in the Park Cafe, etc. We only lunched in the Windjammer once, and that was in St Maarten when the Windjammer had very little business. Dinner in the main dining room. We did room service breakfast once. It was fine, but space for it in our cabin was a bit tight. Food portions at all locations were of respectable size, and if you don't try to eat all the courses every day, you should not do bad weight-wise. Even the lobster tail at the seafood dinner was of a good size. Our waiter even brought around extra tails without our table asking for them. The wine list is respectable, and wine is available by the bottle or glass. We had made reservations on-line for the Izumi specialty restaurant. While the food and service were very good, this was not the Tokyo-style Japanese meal that we expected. It was very California. Besides all the food outlets on board, there are also plenty of bars. We settled on the Viking Crown Lounge on the 17th deck. It was never very busy and had a good group of musicians who rotated through there. 5. Dressing for meals: For this seven day trip it was two formal and five casual. To the men, this meant everything from tuxedos and suits to t-shirts and tennies. The same variety applied to the ladies. If there is a dress code in the main dining room, it is not enforced. A pity... 6. Shore Excursions: We have visited the three ports - Nassau, Charlotte Amalie and Phillipsburg - before, so we booked no shore excursions. It was clear that one should book his excursions on-line before boarding the ship. There were quite some lines at the shore excursion booking area on board. We were five ships at Nassau, but only two each in the other two ports 7. Shipboard entertainment: The ship has a daily schedule full of activities for all tastes: it is all there, including the zip line, which we both did. One observation for ladies who want to try out the Flowriders: The signs at these two venues recommend ladies wear a tank top over their bathing suits. Do it! When you fall off your board, the force of the water can very possibly result in you having a "wardrobe malfunction." I recommend you make your reservations for all shows on-line before you board the ship. We saw one of the aquatic shows ("Oasis of Dreams"), "Hair Spray," and "Come Fly With Me." All were great! Musicians rotating through the bars were also very good. We noted three: a solo guitarist, a jazz trio playing a la Santana, and another jazz troupe with singer a la Ella Fitzgerald. The casino was of good size and the payoffs did not seem to be much worse than Las Vegas. Duty-free liquor on board was reasonable; you order your liquor and it is delivered to your cabin the night before disembarking. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to have your picture taken by the ship's photographers--pricey, but a good souvenir. There are various venues for night owls. 8. Tipping: Not a problem if you sign up for the recommended amounts (for cabin steward, waiter, asst waiter, and head waiter). The amounts are charged to your shipboard account; you receive vouchers and envelopes before the last night on board. Put the vouchers in the (pre-addressed) envelopes, and hand them out. You're done. You only need to tip separately (cash) the person who brings your room service breakfast. Your bar bill automatically adds 15 percent. 9. Settling of Accounts: During your cruise, anything you purchase on board is punched into a computer; you sign one copy of the ticket and you receive a copy. You can track your account on the ship's TV channel. On Saturday morning you receive a paper final statement of your account. 10. Disembarking: The ship promotes carrying off your own luggage - if you can. You get off the ship first (6:15 - 7:30), go through customs/immigration, and you are on your way. For regular disembarkation, bags go out the night before between 7 and 11PM. Regular disembarking is from 6:50 - 9:30AM. While you can stay in your cabin, you will not know when your number is called; thus, you will have to wait in a designated holding area. We recommend you use the Luggage Valet service. To qualify, you have to fly home on one airline, fly within the US, and your flight must leave Fort Lauderdale after 11:30AM. RCL charges you $20 per bag on top of whatever the airline charges. You get special tags for your luggage. You put your bags out the night before and do not see them again until you arrive at your destination airport. We have used this system twice, and it works perfectly. For this service, we gathered in our own holding area. We walked off the ship at 7:45, boarded the shuttle (extra charge if you use the shuttle) at 8, and arrived at the airport at 8:20. The only real glitch of the cruise appeared at the end. When you use the Luggage Valet service and pay for the transfer to the airport, you receive NO tickets or vouchers for the shuttle bus. Apparently other people do. Fortunately, the bus driver has a roster of all passengers who have paid for the bus. If your name is not on the roster (ours were not), the driver will ask to see your ship's bill to prove that you have paid for the bus. This does need to be improved by RCL. 11. Conclusion: A pleasant cruise, except for the crowds. We recommend everyone take this ship (or the Allure) to see what this is all about. We are glad we did, but "been there, done that." This was our sixth cruise with RCL, and we will continue to sail with them. However, we will stick with the smaller class ships. If anyone has questions, send me an e-mail at LTC519@satx.rr.com. Fred Groth San Antonio, TX Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We have been on 20+ cruises and chose Oasis of the Seas for the ship itself and all the activities that are offered to young and older adults. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick, easy and efficient. We were on ... Read More
We have been on 20+ cruises and chose Oasis of the Seas for the ship itself and all the activities that are offered to young and older adults. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick, easy and efficient. We were on the deck 7 with inside cabins. The cabins were small, closet doors stuck on its track a few times. The drawers and closet space were sufficient for our needs. We had one large luggage which fit under the bed (two large ones can fit under the bed) and two carry on's which fit in the closet. There were plenty of small neck hangers for your clothing. The socket under the desk bureau was sufficient for hair dryer and recharging the camera. Sofa was small. It will fit two small people. The bathroom is small. It was nice to have circular shower doors instead of the curtain ones which clung to your body at times. Shampoo is dispensed from a container, soap is not, and there are no lotion, cottons, and etc. which is all good. It keeps the waste down. There is a cord in the shower for bathing suits. The location was great! It was quiet from entertainment area and ships's engine. Activities were excellent. Our adult children enjoyed the rock climbing, flow rider, and zip line. The older adults enjoyed the zip line and carousel. We did not get around to miniature golf and ice skate. The younger kids enjoyed visiting Shrek, face painting, circus games, and etc. These activities were in the Boardwalk area. Promenade area is noisy like a mall. Quiet places could be found in the library on deck11 or Viking Crown Lounge on deck17 or some of the small club areas during the day. At night, the Viking Crown Lounge is a good quiet area. The entertainments or shows are outstanding. Be sure to make reservation. If you reserve on line before you board the ship, print out your confirmation because it may not show up on the ship's computer. When you attend the shows, bring some cotton ball or tissue for your ears. The acoustic is hard on the ears. We saw all of the shows and even attended the comedy act twice. Our favorite was Come Fly With Me. Production was very refreshing and creative. We were pleasantly surprise to have the Texas Tenors who won America Got Talent star in the Headliner. They were great and their harmony was superb. Their songs included, country, pop , and opera. Their art at sea needs to be improved. The auction went slow and personnels need to be more knowledgeable. Dining: If you are with a large group, go to the dining room area as soon as you board and check with the person who is in charge of table arrangement. Check your table arrangement because our group was separated and not near each other. Food was fair, and we found the vegetarian curry meals to be descent, but the flat breads were stale and hard. Desserts were not to good. Stick with the ice cream. For a good healthy breakfast and lunch, go to the Solarium. They serve fresh salad, asian noodle with shrimp or chicken soup, and wraps filled with tofu, fish, spinach, chicken, curry lamb. For a variety of food, go to the Windjammer. Park Cafe offers fresh salad, and roast beef sandwich and panini. The cookies served are too sweet, hard, and not too buttery. Service: Dinning room staff and cabin steward were good. Staff on Windjammer, Solarium, and Park Cafe were good. Some smiled, some did not ---after all, they serve thousands and thousands of people. Public area: Good. Bathrooms were clean and papers were stocked as needed. Children area: NA This cruise was all about the ship, and it did not disappoint us. Would we go with RCI again? yes Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We've sailed on several different cruise lines but the majority of our cruises have been on Royal Caribbean beginning back in 1981. We took this sailing mainly to experience the Oasis of the Seas and overall, we were ... Read More
We've sailed on several different cruise lines but the majority of our cruises have been on Royal Caribbean beginning back in 1981. We took this sailing mainly to experience the Oasis of the Seas and overall, we were pleased.Embarkation was easy as has been described by many. The baggage porters at Fort Lauderdale seemed a bit miffed that I only tipped them less than $10 for the few bags they had to handle but I ignored that "gesture" since I tip based on the quality of service I receive.We were booked into an Owner's Suite on Deck 11 just a few steps from the elevators and the concierge lounge which we used frequently. Due to our Crown and Anchor Diamond status we received and participated in several events during the cruise; some were enjoyable; some not so much. More on that shortly.The ship was in excellent condition and as usual very clean. Staff were for the most part friendly and helpful. There is much to see and do aboard and I don;t quite undertstand the complaints from some about how they "couldn't see the ocean" or how they "didn't think they were on a ship," etc. Hey, if you want to see the water then book an appropriate cabin. As is the usual with Royal, decoration was somewhat understated and elegant without being too garish. Art aboard was extremely interesting and unusual.The ship was TOTALLY sold out and beyond mere double occupancy. However it never felt crowded; we never had to wait long for anything INCLUDING elevator rides. As to the whines about the Windjammer not having any tables available, even though we ate there several times and it was BUSY we never had to look far for a table.The cabin: big as one would EXPECT and there was PLENTY of storage space. The bathroom had a separate jetted tub and shower plus two sinks, lots of hot water, and everything else one really needs. Only one electrical outlet (for razors). And despite the cabin size, the only electrical outlet in the bedroom was 220 V. Had I known this I would have brought an adaptor but had to get one from the Concierge.Food: sorry, but we thought the food in the main dining room was mediocre at best and we had the BEST-located table (#135) which is right next to the Captain's Table on the lower level. Service: TERRIBLE, unfortunately, and this is the one time I wish we had not opted for pre-paid gratuities. They "warn" you that you should expect the meal to take at least an hour and sometimes it was longer than that. Our waiter was poor at best and we were several times given the wrong menus, were the last table to be served, etc. As a result we took several of our main meals in other venues including the Windjammer where there was a much larger variety of food available. Yes, the breakfast was "the same every day" but that "same" included a lot of choices I rather doubt most people get at home so that frequent whine eludes my understanding.Many pools and never a problem finding a place to lounge.Entertainment: "Hairspray' was very well done; "Come Fly With Me" somewhat less so. Comedy venue was good and the ice show was even better than the one we saw on "Freedom" our last cruise. The aqua theatre shows were entertaining but if you've seen Cirque du Soleil then some of this seems a bit less than great BUT they did a good job overall and folks seemed to love it.Lots of shopping opportunity on board, mainly watches and the usual "sales" which reminded me of a feeding frenzy with plenty of pushing and shoving by folks looking for Walmart-level merchandise.Ports: Nassau...the usual attitudes by some store workers and the downtown area hasn't changed much...gritty and peeling around the edges. At the comedy club one night the biggest laugh came from the statement: "I think the most exciting thing about Nassau was returning to the ship!" St. Thomas and St. Martin seemed the better choices for shopping as they have in the past.Concierge Lounge was excellent with served breakfasts and lunch plus the early evening canapes and cocktails; airline boarding pass printing and last-minute access to "sold out" shows. Yes, folks, you GET what you pay for and more and more it seems like the "extra tariff" revenue production is gaining the upper hand.Overall, we enjoyed the ship with the exception of a few niggles and we would cruise on it again if it were on a different itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
This was our first cruise on a Royal Caribbean Ship. As everyone already knows the ship is huge. We had no problems embarking or disembarking. Both were accomplished in 15-20 minutes. What surprised us most is that the ship is not ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a Royal Caribbean Ship. As everyone already knows the ship is huge. We had no problems embarking or disembarking. Both were accomplished in 15-20 minutes. What surprised us most is that the ship is not luxurious. The rooms are small and plain. Your basic cabin. Bathrooms are very small and the shower is the size of the old telephone booths. We were not impressed. In the halls near some rooms we smelled toilet sewage. This smell was aft on the 12th floor but may be also on other floors. The food is OK but not spectacular. Service was excellent and everyone was very helpful. What was above par was the entertainment. You will not be bored! There is lots to keep you busy. We had had as good or better cruises on other ships but we would still recommend this one. Central Park is nice but a waste. Very few guests used this part of the ship. Not much to do or see. I was surprised that public toilets hand to be flushed manually. Most new ships are automatic. There are also charges for things that should be free. As an example, if you take watered down orange juice it is free but if you want real orange juice it cost $4.00. Doughnuts are free but Cupcakes cost extra. Whereever you go it seems the cruise line has their hand in your pocket. The TV had 8 channels, 5 of which were advertising products. The cabin was very small. There was no room to put your empty luggage. We had to stack them on the sofa. The safe is also too small. You cannot put the smallest netbook computers in it. Needless to say we were not happy with the cabin. Forget about using the internet. It is just too slow. I just gave up after spending $30.00 By the way, the cruise director asked everyone on board if they plan to go again on the Oasis or the Allure and no one raised their hands. We enjoyed the cruise but most likely would not take a second cruise on these ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Review Prologue I am Alex and I am currently thirteen. Ever since I found out about the Oasis of the Seas in late 2009, I've wanted to go on that humongous cruise ship. Its features were ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Review Prologue I am Alex and I am currently thirteen. Ever since I found out about the Oasis of the Seas in late 2009, I've wanted to go on that humongous cruise ship. Its features were stunning, nothing that I had seen before. Compared to the only other ship I've taken in Asia, SuperStar Virgo, this is a masterpiece by any aspect - from design to public rooms, from cabins to ceilings, from the four pools to the Central Park - it was all too spectacular. 2010 was a traumatic year for me. But I could put all those sad memories to rest as I was headed to the United States in December, specifically to take the Oasis of the Seas. We were sailing on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary, our room being a Boardwalk balcony (we only found that out when we reached there). My family of five, which consisted of my parents, my two younger sisters, and I went along with our maternal cousins, aunts and grandmas. I've decided to sort the contents by category (dining, public rooms etc.) It took about three months to do this review due to work, laziness and stress but nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it! Introduction After our break in Miami following our flights from SIN-LON-MIA, we headed to Fort Lauderdale to board the Oasis of the Seas. The ship was like nothing I've seen before - it was tremendously huge. I was truly overwhelmed. I believe I may have been too overwhelmed, because all my energy suddenly dispersed. It was too great, literally. This may have more or less affected my review. The embarkation process was fairly quick. Some minor problems we encountered here and there, but still quite quick. One thing I've noticed was that those below the age of thirteen would have to wear a wristband. I understand that wristbands are needed for staff to identify children's emergency station in the case of an emergency, however, the wristbands are sometimes a bit of a nuisance. Even though I am thirteen, I got a wristband thinking it would be useful, but it wasn't. As I had said earlier, the exterior of the ship impresses. The inside remains a mystery until I entered the gangway. There, I saw the Royal Promenade and the anticipated Rising Tide Bar. Everything that I originally saw on my desktop was true. After checking-in and settling down in our cabin (I would further discuss on this later), we headed to the Dining Room for our emergency drill. It was awkward having the emergency stations located in areas such as the dining room and the Opal Theater, probably because they needed to use safety instructional videos. A bit disorganized, but the video was useful. After which, we proceeded to do our own activities. From here onwards I shall now sort out my experience on Oasis by aspects. Dining (3) There were indeed a number of dining options onboard the ship, but for some apparent reason did not appeal to me. Maybe I am thirteen, but I have learnt how to appreciate food and I honestly felt that there could be a better variety. We opted for the My Time dining package, in which we could head to the Opus Dining Room, the main dining room, anytime between 5.30 in the late afternoon to 8.30 at night, if I am not wrong. The appetizers were, to say, interesting. Usually there would be a choice of fruits, soups or other simple platters to get the stomach going. Usually I had the fruits, which were fresh and juicy. Most of the soups, like the Onion Soup, tasted nice, too. However, there was one particular dish I would like to mention - the Raspberry and Pineapple Soup. I don't know if the Westerners drink soups that are sweet but shouldn't that be made into a drink? I was truly disgusted at such effort wasted on an idiotic recipe that has the strangest taste. Ever. I had mixed remarks over the main course. Sometimes, it would be lovely, like salmon, but sometimes it was too filling and not delicious. I usually ordered the healthy option, which I would explain later, because its description was better than the others. I guess that was Royal's way of making people lose weight. Amusing. Dessert was probably the best in the three-course meal. Fruits or Ice Cream, they excel in the art of confection. My favorite was the Sponge Cake- my first time ever tasting it. It was mouthwatering. The best food I had tasted on the ship - or maybe during the whole trip! I praise the chef(s) who made this so refined and better than the other cakes. Obviously, we could dine at other locations too. I chose complimentary restaurants that were included in the cruise fare, hoping to not cut my budget. Windjammer Cafe was good, but maybe because I somehow didn't have an appetite when I went there, I was not that pleased with the food. Sorrento's Pizza at the Royal Promenade was splendid - we could mix and match our own toppings for the pizza slices. We could also choose pizza slices already baked and prepared. It was delicious. Sadly, the Italian Sodas I tasted there were the worst I've tasted. I didn't know exactly what flavor it was, but it tasted ridiculously bitter. Maybe I'm young, but I definitely give a thumbs down for that. At Central Park, I would eat at Park Cafe that had sandwiches and desserts. The sandwiches were indeed very crunchy, and for a complimentary restaurant that is a big sandwich compared to what we have in Singapore! Wipe Out Cafe is another restaurant I tried out. It sold casual, American finger food meals. The most filling meal I've ever had, I had to say. The only specialty restaurant I tried out was the Seafood Shack. The Seafood Shack's menu was partially disorganized - the only had daily catches. Well then, I thought, I'd have the Grill Catch of the Day. What was served was good, but could honestly be better. Waiting time for dessert was somewhat long as I ordered it as take-away. At the Pool & Sports deck, they also served free frozen yoghurt. Oh, how cooling, even though it was 20 degrees Celsius or 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I had an average of 2.5 frozen yoghurts a day, taking in the fact that I love it. On the contrary, there were not many beverages. Other than wine, beer and alcoholic beverages, they didn't really bother about non-drinkers that left me unsatisfied. I really wanted a mocktail, influenced by the fact that mocktails are served mainly in hotels and cruise ships. Although The Living Room and Fuel, the teen locations, did have mocktails I believe, they weren't available anywhere else on the ship. What a disappointment. Overall, good but could improve on the variety of food and dining options and the improvement of quality of food in the main dining room. Public Rooms (5) The Oasis is most praised for its state-of-the-art facilities onboard, which I agree with most. All the neighbourhoods were designed to suit their theme, all the rooms clean and well kept, and the facilities high-class and functioning well. My favorite in terms of quality is probably Central Park. Greenery on cruise ships is very rare, and the thought of putting such is not widely considered. However, Royal Caribbean really made a good job - I originally thought there would be air-conditioning, but there wasn't which makes it even better. It is both elderly-friendly and provides a relaxing atmosphere. I've got a slogan for it, too: "A walk in the park at Royal Caribbean". Ingenious. Another neighborhood that I personally enjoy best is the Pool & Sports Zone. I would explain further in the Spa & Fitness section. Small exhibits are also scattered around the ship, known as "Wonders of the World". These exhibits showcase either stereotypic once-in-a-blue-moon images or interesting items. I find this a great addition to the ship. Despite the great features, there is still one small, no, MAJOR problem - the toilets. For some reason, the toilets reek of a certain, distinct smell. Which is why I never use the toilets often on the Oasis. I'm not sure if it is a problem with the pipes or soap, but it still needs to be fixed. The public rooms, overall, are awesome. Cabins (5) I was also quite excited over the rooms on Oasis. There was such a variety. I was not in charge of the booking process, therefore, I did not know which room we were in. But apparently, we were not allowed to choose our type of room, or at least it was said to be, and that Royal Caribbean would give us our own room. It was still not a bother. We eventually got a Boardwalk Balcony. I praise the room. Some complained over the amount of space the bed occupies (which led to a 'conspiracy' that RCI had small rooms). However, this is actually a good thing. The room was well furnished, well kept and nicely organized. The beds were very comfy; maybe because I was tired each night from the activities I had for the day. Many complained on the small toilet. However, I thought it was good, compared to the only other cruise I've taken. It may have been small, in fact smaller than the one at the other cruise, but precisely because of the interior dEcor - bright and lively, instead of dark and uncomfy. Everything worked fine, amenities all good. This toilet is the only toilet that didn't have the distinct smell I mentioned earlier. Lounging at the balcony is also relaxing. One could view part of the AquaTheater from the balcony, but if you do want to get the full view, try the AquaTheater suite or the rooms nearer to it. Rooms in the Oasis, although felt small, are worthy for sleeping and resting. Entertainment and Activities - Entertainment Place (4) The facilities onboard the Oasis would obviously occupy most people's time. I had already discussed on the facilities and will move on to the organized activities and entertainment programmes. The daily newsletter on the Oasis describing the conditions, highlights and activities for the day was the Cruise Compass. The activity planner was the Daily Planner, the evening section separated as the Evening Planner. A bit confusing, but still fair enough. Maybe due to the massiveness of the ship, and my surprising lack of organization during the cruise, the activities seem to be little. There was the usual - art auctions, seminars, scavenger hunts, line dancing, fitness activities, trivia quizzes, parades and entertainment. What I think RCI could include to actually make it stand out include: • More fitness activities involving the use of the Pool & Sport Deck facilities. In which they hold more pool parties, some competitions on the FlowRider, golf course or table tennis courts. • Improve on the "parties". The parties that the cruise organized were horrible. They should have games for children to participate rather than laid-out games to play alone. They should also have some performances. This is for children who did not register for Adventure Ocean. • More social activities, such as handicraft making or "fashion shows" or anything that is active and fun. It seems that the Oasis really lacks D.I.Y. activities that most cruises, or at least what I think cruises should, offer. With the vast amount of space and the Workshop located at Deck 14 vacant for most of the time, it would be nice to hold some free activities to appeal to senior citizens. The activities I praise include fitness-related ones, entertainment that I would discuss later, Bingo and activities for the younger generation. Activities I think they could improve include scavenger hunts (instead of holding it at a remote starting point like On Air, it would be nice to start from the Pool & Sports Deck which could gain more attention. A bigger search area would be nice, too) and parties which I had mentioned on earlier. Now comes nightly entertainment. I would group them into four categories as RCI did: Theater Shows, Water Shows, Ice Shows and Comedy Shows. Spa and Fitness - Pool & Sports Deck (5) Honestly speaking, I have never tried out the spa services onboard nor the fitness center. However, I have seen other fitness options outside the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness. The Vitality at Sea Spa, which is the biggest spa and fitness center at sea, is located on Deck 6 aft, so one may have to accept having to walk for a while. But one thing I could say is its interior dEcor. It was white - and it makes one feel relaxed. The colors blend perfectly, so at leas one thing I know is that the person won't feel uneasy due to the color scheme. There is even a kids and teens' spa called Y-SPA. From what I heard the spa and fitness center was good, but I was sadly unable to try out as I think I was too young (or that I'm just shy, not my usual self). Now, Royal Caribbean has broadened spa and fitness options on its ships. For example, those eating in the Opus Dining Room are able to enjoy a less-calorie selection of dishes. They stated the amount of calories. I don't know if it is accurate or not but based on my primary education, I could tell that slimming down does not mean eating less - it just means, having a lower calorie intake. Also to note is the Pool & Sports Deck' sports area. It is really gigantic and different from other ships. Hailing from the tropics I was not adapted to cold waters. When I step into the small lazy river in the H20 Zone, it seems icy cold. My father told me that RCI probably wanted not to use so much electricity, but a few days later, when I stepped back again, the water was hot and cozy. Strange because, when it was sunny the water was cold, and when it was dark the water was warm. The Jacuzzi is also quite comforting after participating in several activities. It was a really clever idea to have four pools catered to different people - Main for the typical swimmer, Beach to simulate beach waves, Sports especially for water sports and the H20 Zone for children. The H20 Zone is really catered to smaller, younger children. It would be nice for RCI to install better facilities such as, maybe, a water slide? As long as its not more unneeded sculptures that will be fine. That covers the Pool section. The Sports section is even more fantastic. You could really play a number of sports here. You could play football, tennis or basketball in the basketball court, have a round of golf on the golf course, take a jog or a professional run on the walking track (located at Deck 5), play table tennis in the table tennis court, surf on the FlowRiders and even zipline across the ship. It seems as if one could do almost every sport on the ship. I tried out the FlowRider, which was separated into four lanes - two for boogie boarding and two for actual surfing. Boogie boarding is a much easier way in which one lies down on the board and does stunts. I gave it a go and it was truly a lot of fun. The instructors were professional and clearly explained to us what to do. The current of the waves was so strong that it could push you back to the start if you fall off. Fear not, for there is a buffer that prevents any pain. Only one time it seemed as if the surfboard hit my head. Thankfully it wasn't a major injury, and this should be VERY rare because it seemed that the surfboard was thrown back first, then me. It was only minor and was gone soon. But I still can't believe the cruel irony that struck me. Seminars on how to cut down fats, relax and other useful fitness facts are held everyday. I'm not sure if RCI has cycling tours, but I am sure it also brings fitness to shore. All these coupled together makes the perfect fitness cruise. Family, Children and Teens (4) RCI is notable for its variety of family and children activities. Just a recap, children from five to twelve will be under the following age categories should they join the Adventure Ocean youth programme: • Aquanauts (3-5 year olds) • Explorers (6-8 year olds) • Voyagers (9-11 year olds) Toddlers aged three and below are given access to the Royal Babies and Tots community, while teens like myself could go to The Living Room, an only-teens (with the exception of trainers) hang-out spot., and Fuel, a nightclub reserved for teens and also includes a bar. Royal Babies & Tots, Aquanauts, Explorers and Voyagers' clubs are located at Deck 14, or the Youth Zone. Teens' clubs are located at Deck 15, the Pool & Sports Zone. My sister, aged eleven, signed up for the Adventure Ocean programme and commented that it was enjoyable and the staff were helpful and humorous. She praises the Adventure Science Lab, probably since she is a fan of Science. Art and music rooms are also provided. I checked the Adventure Ocean daily planners and I think it needs to have a bit more of outdoor interaction, considering the fact that most sports and games were held indoors. On Day 6, I had a choice between going to the AquaTheater to watch the Men's Belly Flop competition and the Adventure Ocean talent show. Coincidentally, the competition and several other activities were cancelled due to bad weather so I attended the talent show. I would like to note, despite this being a small matter, trying to show off a butterfly tattoo on a five-year-old girl. Otherwise the team of staff was pretty competent in doing the job. When it comes to 'parties', I got a shock. As I had explained previous, the parties were not up to standard. What's more, I don't see the staff allowing children to participate after they perform. It was a bit of a letdown, considering SuperStar Virgo, which had games and fun for all. Now to the Teens stuff. I was shy on the first two days so I didn't really go to The Living Room, the teens hangout spot on the ship. Only on the third day did I enter The Living Room and made some friends. The Living Room consists of nine Wii sets, a Foosball table, a bar catered to teens, a music studio, a miniature cyber cafe and a large television usually showing movies. It was my first time seeing a cruise ship with a teens hang-out, but as eventually I realized all major cruise lines carry such a facility. Nevertheless RCI's take was amazingly modern. The staff were professional. They were friendly and they knew how to take care of problems, although surprisingly, there weren't any. They also organized awesome activities, such as a parody of Family Feud, competitions on video games and sports such as FlowRider and Dodgeball, and other interesting activities. Also, to accompany the Living Room is Fuel. Although stated clearly on the map it is actually hidden deep. Only one door connects to it, which leads to a small room with another door that would be Fuel. Fuel is amazingly colourful. I didn't explore fully but from what I could see, teens must LOVE this place. I stress on the word LOVE, because it was a blend of art and technology. It only opens at night, though, but that's what make it all the more secretive. To conclude, RCI really did well with family activities and teen activities. I only hope they could allow the children to be more involved with ship facilities. Other than that, great I should say. Shore Excursions (4) We took a shore excursion in St. Thomas for turtle snorkeling. Apparently external vendors operate some of the shore excursions, which was somewhat disappointing with the perception that a cruise line so renowned should operate more of its own tours. Nevertheless, the snorkeling trip was fun. One could view my full review : http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147405-d1475074-r95435778-Doubloon_Pirate_Ships-Charlotte_Amalie_St_Thomas_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html Embarkation (4) When we first boarded the ship the embarkation process was a bit slower than expected, but probably because of several arrangements in which we placed our sister in our aunt's room (due to the four-pax-per-room regulation) and RCI wanted to confirm the girl was indeed still with her parents. During our stops at the ports, I had no complaints. It was speedy and not stressful; you'd be out in the port by fifteen minutes. When we returned it was also slower than usual but I didn't blame RCI, and simply hope that they could improve on this matter. Service (5) When it comes to service, RCCI definitely excels. Their staff members were extremely friendly. I recall the Filipino waitress who served us during dinner; she interacted with us a lot and was very friendly. The headwaiter, too, was very helpful. They constantly ask us for our feedback, which is really an extra mile put forward. The staff members at the Living Room and at the FlowRider machines were professional; the housekeeper who took care of our rooms was helpful; it was all so amazing. I always love to see the staff interact with each other during the cruise, as that just proves the friendly atmosphere and the dedication they had put into their work. Value and Rates (4) It was of reasonable pricing, and taking in account that this is ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHIPS IN THE WORLD, the rates were actually quite good. Conclusion Disembarkation was swift. The staff at Port Everglades was really helpful in carrying our luggage. That marked the end of the cruise. All in all, maybe I was a bit overwhelmed at the start of the cruise which made the rest not too the extent that I was excited. I was still really pleased with RCI, and I would be glad to go back again. Four out of five. Recommended ABSOLUTELY! Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
In most cases cannot agree with those who are complaining. If a complainer finds just one itty-bitty thing to squawk about then he/she will continue to search to find all the negatives. Everyone makes their own "time" good or ... Read More
In most cases cannot agree with those who are complaining. If a complainer finds just one itty-bitty thing to squawk about then he/she will continue to search to find all the negatives. Everyone makes their own "time" good or bad. Embarkation: No issues, we live on west coast of Florida, took Cruise Connection bus, dropped us at the pier at about 11:15, luggage on rack, proceed through security, to check-in and we were on the ship within 15 minutes. Stateroom: We had an outside balcony. The room itself was very efficient, really, how much more room do you want? Spent quality time relaxing on our balcony, especially with early morning coffee. Bed linens and towels were A-1. Crisp, clean, white, and nice cotton quality. Enjoyed the interactive TV, nice choices re movies, etc. Food: C'mon, if you are really a "gourmet" you probably won't be traveling with the rest of us. I'd say I'm a foodie, but not gourmet. If you could not find one thing to eat on this ship that you enjoyed, then you spent way too much time in your stateroom or with the complainers! If you had the time to observe that your DR waiter and his/her Asst DR waiter don't like each other, then you need some new friends to keep your attention. Public Rooms: All I can say is WOW! Colors and designs interesting and imaginative. Subdued and sedate in areas where you expect it (solarium for example) and exciting and outgoing (casino, promenade, H2O zone, etc.)otherwise. Service: Those we interfaced with daily called us by name by Day 2, others polite, helpful, and most of all cheerful. Only one surly staff member in the future cruise department - impatient and bossy to her fellow workers and no smiles or welcoming warmth to passengers (okay, maybe she had just been accosted by the "complainers" so we have to let this pass) Activities: The Daily Compass has every activity posted for every hour. From jewelry making, scrap-booking, flow-rider, shows,you name it. Richard Spacey was probably the best cruise director I've encountered. Lots of energy, quick wit, and huge smile. His TV productions were really a hoot too, especially his fake chest hair LOL! Shore excursions: We didn't do any, been there, done that. Enjoyed the ship. Miscellaneous: 6,000 other passengers - we didn't experience any time or place that made us feel we were with 5,998 others, not even in the Windjammer Buffet. Neighborhoods: What a concept. Enjoyed every one. Each day there is a Scavenger Hunt where you explore a neighborhood, return to the On Air Club after 1/2 hour or so, review your answers and have bragging rights for the day that you got all the points covered. The enhancement of the scavenger hunt is a guide book entitled "Live the Oasis" on sale for about $10. Even if you don't do the scavenger hunt, get the book it has lots of interesting information and facts. Follow the guide through each neighborhood and you will learn some of the tiniest of details put into this ship. We enjoyed the ship so much, we've booked the Allure for Halloween week in 2011. In summary, unless you belong to the 'complainer' group you should walk away saying what 98% of the other passengers say - 'UNBELIEVABLE' Read Less
Sail Date September 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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