280 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Senior Cruise Reviews

A ship twice the displacement of the carrier Nimitz was worth exploring. The largest cruise ship which will be surpassed by the Harmony of the Seas by ONE foot. We really wanted to explore this craft and compare it to the other ships we ... Read More
A ship twice the displacement of the carrier Nimitz was worth exploring. The largest cruise ship which will be surpassed by the Harmony of the Seas by ONE foot. We really wanted to explore this craft and compare it to the other ships we have sailed. We did and decided that smaller is better for us octogenarians, however, if we take the teenage grandchildren as we did on the Brilliance last July in the Med. the Oasis would be the preferred choice. The best time to appreciate the ship is when most passengers are off on excursions or port visits. The ship is almost devoid of passengers! Central Park is empty, the Boardwalk is quiet and you can walk the Royal Promenade without feeling you are at a county fair. The Solarium area was appreciated most and was often the quietest spot to be found, super comfortable seating.spas and pools were not our thing. Although we are whale watch volunteers the whales in the pools were beyond us and the bikinis on some of the whales were really too much too bear. Far better to watch the kids on the TWO rock climbing walls or those in the TWO flow rider pools. Really, a huge recreation area, including mini golf and shuffle board. Entertainment was good but busy, Cats was over 2 h and after the intermission, half of the balcony occupants left! Was it that bad, YES. The second hour was a great improvement, thank god for that. Conclusion: it was worth the experience. If you decide to go please do a little research, you'll enjoy this mammoth a lot more. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The room was very nice and so was our cabin guy. He did a great job. We did not especially care for the food and the deserts was the worst we have experienced. The food on the smaller ships is much better all around. We think they ... Read More
The room was very nice and so was our cabin guy. He did a great job. We did not especially care for the food and the deserts was the worst we have experienced. The food on the smaller ships is much better all around. We think they try to do too much selling and not enough entertainment all around in the common areas like the smaller ships. Our outdoor show as cancelled and never rescheduled and I don't think they even had it any night, because of the wind. When it is too windy they could have something else lute there. All the staff was very friendly and willing to help. The prices of the shore excursions is too expensive for such shot time. We have been on the Oasis two other times and felt they are slipping now. I don't think we will go on it again and go back to the smaller ships. Getting on the ship was very smooth but getting off the ship was the worst experience we have ever had. The lines were way too long. Everyone was complaining as we all wished we would have gotten a porter as they get to go almost right in. It was a lesson that we now know to do. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Went out of Port Canaveral, very organized. This port was as organized as Port Everglades. We got there about 11:00 was onboard in about 30 minutes but that was because we were too early, we had to wait. Room was ready at 1:00. We ... Read More
Went out of Port Canaveral, very organized. This port was as organized as Port Everglades. We got there about 11:00 was onboard in about 30 minutes but that was because we were too early, we had to wait. Room was ready at 1:00. We didn't do any excursions this time we just relaxed. We went to Labadee 1st, we sat on the beach and had a great time. I didn't like that the vendors were too over anxious to sell. They would yell at you an beg for you to buy their stuff. But I did haggle the prices which was fun. They did make me feel uncomfortable but there was security supervising so I did feel safe. There was no touching. Other than that we had a great time. Dining room experience and food were GREAT!!! Cabin was great (See cabin review) The kids programs must have been great too, we didn't ever see many except going to deck 15 and when we got on and off the ship. Other than that it was all good. Great onboard sdhopping. We love the Oasis!! GREAT CRUISE!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We choose this ship after several rips out of Ft Lauderdale and Oasis was highly rated. Our problems started with a cramped balcony room # 6578, with little storage and a stuck closet door. It took me over one hour to fix the closet that ... Read More
We choose this ship after several rips out of Ft Lauderdale and Oasis was highly rated. Our problems started with a cramped balcony room # 6578, with little storage and a stuck closet door. It took me over one hour to fix the closet that was stuck on a safe door. The safe was in the closet and the door hung up. Needless to say a bad idea. We had intermittent hot water over the seven day voyage. What a pain to have a very luke warm shower every morning and several evenings. Very unpleasant and never really fixed over 7 days. The windjammer buffet was very poor. Design and food was lack luster and was avoided by others at all costs except emergency food. Main dining was another clear disaster. Staff at our table of 10 was clueless. Wine service, delivery of food and attention to detail was very poor. The food was generally fair but some appetizers were poor. Service was slow and nearly cold food many of the days. We were stuck in St Thomas with engine problems from 4:30 pm (all aboard) to 11:30 pm with no explanation while the ship just sat there. The shows were good except for the Aqua show that never appear due to rain. Chops was also very good along with the Park Cafe for lunch. We have been to St Thomas and St Martin before. We had Kontiki trip at St Thomas that was very good. The guys weer great, food and drinks very good. Worth the cost. Overall the ship was too big, service was lackluster, food so so, cabin small with problems, casino full of smoker's and not too our overall likes. Many others also complained. Next time samller is better overall. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Oasis was suppose to be the best cruise. this ship is now completing with Disney not for seniors. Nothing for seniors even card rooms too crowded. Only game for some adults was golf and they had their contest no winners and No ... Read More
Oasis was suppose to be the best cruise. this ship is now completing with Disney not for seniors. Nothing for seniors even card rooms too crowded. Only game for some adults was golf and they had their contest no winners and No key chains staff just walked away. Porters at dock could not be had and you had to carry suitcase to buses. Ice show the best ever. Casino large however tables all $10.00 and up Golf area very nice however clubs were 6 long handled and 8 short. Balls were from the 1990,s really OLD not even good for practice balls or water balls they do not carter to people with diabetes very little sugar free food best sweet bread but only two days with cold soups which has always been one of there best soups. ship had a problem and we never left port till after 11:00 thus no gambling that night and that left nothing to do Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of ... Read More
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of the people lose money overall. Dining food and room service 2nd to none, all first class. Plenty of casino Black jack, Texas Hold "em, roulette, and slot machines in the casino. Watching zip-liners, rock wall climbers wasvery entertaining. Plenty of swimming pools with different depths and hot tubs were available for use.Check out internet excursions before you purchase them from a cruise line, they are generally cheaper and have a greater variety. As for getting on and the ship and considering they had 6200 people on board it went better than what I expected. If you can find a cruise that Oasis of the seas offers, book it, you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Marketing does a good job of highlghting amenities and creating high expectations but in reality it was not as comfortable, amicable, or enjoyable as anticipated. Been crusing for some time mostly on Royal Carribbean so this was somewhat ... Read More
Marketing does a good job of highlghting amenities and creating high expectations but in reality it was not as comfortable, amicable, or enjoyable as anticipated. Been crusing for some time mostly on Royal Carribbean so this was somewhat of a let down. Will stick to the smaller class of ships from now on where everything is better. I agree with other comments....Bigger is NOT Better at least in this case. Ports of call were the usual mundane....been there-done that iteneraries. You practically get mugged as soon as you get off the ship by vendors etc.. so we made it short and sweet. On board the ship there was constant and sometimes disconcerting noise, congestion. The CASINO WAS HORRIBLE due to the putrid smell of cigarettes and heavy smoking. We attempted to venture in at different times but had to leave immediately. After three attempts we left and never went back. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
we were with a group of 252 Disney fans. It was difficult to handle a group that large. Having sailed Disney a lot it was hard not to compare. Quality of food on Disney in standard dining rooms was far greater than RC. RC seems to be ... Read More
we were with a group of 252 Disney fans. It was difficult to handle a group that large. Having sailed Disney a lot it was hard not to compare. Quality of food on Disney in standard dining rooms was far greater than RC. RC seems to be steering people to the pay restaurants and away from traditional dining. Quality of food in dining rooms was very average. Not bad but certainly not great. The bread was exceptional in all the areas of the ship. Whoever prepares the rolls etc does a great job. Soda machines were either our of soda (diet coke) or ice. We liked all the shows and were very professional. Very good job on that. We both enjoyed the casino. One problem was the redemption machines were broke or out of service often. The disembodiment from the ship was the worst. First were traveling with friends who had next door room and were given tags an hour apart. That was corrected with a supervisor outside the room who immediately corrected the night before. He was good. The wait to leave was long and then we were not sure when called where to go so we just followed others. Not good. After luggage pickup the wait was in my mind way to long. I am 73 years old as I am sure others were older and it should not take that long. My friend was able to take the quick handicap line because he had a cane. Because this was a 7 day cruise we had too much with us to try to carry through express option. Need a better way to handle this so people don't leave with a bad feeling. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have been on many RCI ships but this is the first time for us on Oasis. We had mixed expectations - good and not so good - but we were pleasantly surprised at how our biggest fear was unfounded. With over 5,000 passengers we expected ... Read More
We have been on many RCI ships but this is the first time for us on Oasis. We had mixed expectations - good and not so good - but we were pleasantly surprised at how our biggest fear was unfounded. With over 5,000 passengers we expected lines everywhere, an impossible time finding deck chairs or lounge chairs in bars and venues. To our amazement we had no problem at all in this regard until the last day when the weather was inclement and everyone was forced inside. Then it became difficult to find seats in some of the more popular areas. But we found little corners to sit and people watch and found Vintages most accommodating that afternoon. Make no mistake - Oasis is HUGE and you better bring your walking shoes. But the size allows space for so many activities and entertainment opportunities so it's definitely worth a try. I liked the way they had several venues in the "Entertainment" area on Deck 4. Also like the way the Casino was positioned - if you have to have one at least make it easy to circumvent for those of us who just cannot stand the cigarette smoke. You may have to go up one level, go across and then come down, but you can definitely avoid it like we did. We found bar service in Schooner Bar, Vintages and the Solarium as being the best Other outside bars are ok but the staff doesn't compare. We weren't fond of the bar staff at the pub and Boleros either. We ate in the dining room 3 times. The first time I could not cut nor chew the lamb and sent back two separate servings, finally settling for an oinion soup and a Caesar salad. We most likely would not have returned if it had not been for the fabulous wait staff we had. Soley, they were the reason we returned two nights - the food was nondescript but a step above the Windjammer. We had tapas at Vintages two nights which was great. Since we often eat lunch late and skip dinner we did just that a couple of other nights. We booked all our shows online before cruising which we would highly recommend you do. For some reason we could not advance book the comedy show but we did that on the interactive tv as soon as we found our cabin. Speaking of our cabin, we had a "large" inside and it was plenty spacious for us. LOTS of hangers in the closet (thank you!) and plenty of shelves and cubbies to stash your stuff. Safe is the standard type and it worked well. Mini fridge was a nice touch as some insides don't have them. Cabin steward (Leeran Forbes) was exceptional. We had a very hard bed and I have a painful hip and lower back - not a good mix. By day 2 Leeran had a topper in place that helped but was not ideal, but by day 3 Leeran had found a combination of topper and foam pad that allowed me to sleep soundly without pain the rest of the cruise. I could not have been more grateful. Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze! We drove to the port, paid our parking fee (reduced by 40% because we participated in the Parking voucher program - check out at Port Canaveral's website), parked our car, and checked our 2 bags at the terminal. If you have a lot of luggage you can drop that off first, then park. We were at the terminal by 10:15am, were sitting in the C&A Emerald section by 10:40am and our group was called to board by 11:15am. Getting off, we carried our luggage, we got on the elevator at about 6:50am (no elevator backup at that time), in a VERY long line on Deck 5 for maybe 5 min and then we started moving at a good pace. Only 4 people ahead of us at Customs, in the car and driving out of the parking deck about 7:15am. We opted to have breakfast at Rusty's at the port rather than deal with Windjammer. So we had a nice leisurely breakfast by the water and were in our car heading back to North Carolina by 8:30am I cannot discuss shore excursions, except to say they seem to be outrageously priced in many cases, because we didn't do any. We have been to all the ports before so we didn't bother. We took advantage of the Next Cruise offers and booked another cruise for October 2017. Olexandria was most helpful - we have not always had "nice" staff in this area, but she was a sweet-natured professional and we enjoyed the experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Ship is incredible, cabins great, nice and friendly staff. Shows to die for. NOW THE BAD: FOOD SUCK BIG TIME!!!!! Windjammer food is bland, tasteless, meats are tough, menu doesn't change much. American Icon: food is ok, but ... Read More
Ship is incredible, cabins great, nice and friendly staff. Shows to die for. NOW THE BAD: FOOD SUCK BIG TIME!!!!! Windjammer food is bland, tasteless, meats are tough, menu doesn't change much. American Icon: food is ok, but nothing special your average diner food. Long lines (up to 11/2 hour wait). Same lunch every day. Menu don't change Sabor: Very.very good, tasty 150 Central: All bad, but duck con fit appetizer, tenderloin and chocolate tart. Definitely not worth $45.00 cover charge plus 18% gratuity. Promenade cafe is a terrible. Display don't change same ugly looking plates day after day. BUT THE WORST IS A BAKERY. Same tasteless sponge cakes every day. Twinkeys and Din dongs would of be an upgrade. That was the first cruise out of about 15 cruises we took before where we lost wait. So if you enjoy a lots of salads ( basics but fresh) You will love Oasis Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was the 1st for oasis out of port canaveral so it seemed ot be reasonable for us to go on it.....we live close to the port and makes it easy for us being elderly to take cruises out of this port.....the selection of food was ... Read More
This was the 1st for oasis out of port canaveral so it seemed ot be reasonable for us to go on it.....we live close to the port and makes it easy for us being elderly to take cruises out of this port.....the selection of food was not the best for most of the cruise.....there always seemed to be more foreign selections of food rather popular selections that most p[people would prefer....park cafe was a delight to have available....the jazz 4 lounge was very good as well.....one of the dealers in the casino was not very nice to me because i could not win a single hand out of about 20 in blackjack and she told me i complained about it ....it was my money and i felt i could react with out being humiliated......we did spend a lot of time in the casino and played the tables mostly.....i did hear people say they got free cruises from the casino and one couple said they got $500 off the cost of this cruise......so far after 30 plus cruises we have yet to get one upgrade or a discounted cruise or a free one...... Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our second time on the Oasis of the Seas. We were on the Allure Twice. The staff were great, always going out of their way to make sure our experience was memorable. Embarkation went very quickly. Disembarkation we used ... Read More
This was our second time on the Oasis of the Seas. We were on the Allure Twice. The staff were great, always going out of their way to make sure our experience was memorable. Embarkation went very quickly. Disembarkation we used the express and a little more organization is needed. First the shows: Such amazing talent. Cats is not one of my favorite plays but this cast was so very talented. The singing, the dancing Great. Frozen in Time, the Aqua Show, the comedian were all wonderful. The headliner show "Abba" was so good we went twice. We were in the Boardwalk Balcony room and wow, it was great. Always had the ocean balcony before but really enjoyed the Boardwalk - more to see. Not noisy at all. Food: The Park Café roast beef sandwiches are a must. The hot dog stand great. The food in the dining room was a disappointment, first because of the selection then because of the taste, we actually had to send back the food twice. Staff: Best staff on any cruise ship. They all went out of their way to help and be courteous. Our room steward Corrine - fantastic. Our dining room staff - Yogesh and Catherine - WOW. My husband and I traveled alone on this trip but made reservations for another cruise in May with the family. Hopefully the food will improve by then. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose this cruise because of the destination, the time of year and the cost. The food in the dining room is excellent. This ship has too many activities for me to list. If you or your children like lots of activity, this is a good ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the destination, the time of year and the cost. The food in the dining room is excellent. This ship has too many activities for me to list. If you or your children like lots of activity, this is a good match for you. The ship is huge and provides a very comfortable ride. Please note, you must make reservations for the shows on board. The Windjammer Restaurant has mediocre food. The evening dining room food is excellent, as is the service. Entertainment is first class! Music and performers are absolutely outstanding - the best I've heard and seen on a cruise ship! Ports of call were interesting, but some of the popular shore excursions can fill up even before the ship sails. I missed 1 shore excursion by not knowing about this. The Oasis of the Seas is huge! There were 5 cruise ships in the St. Maarten Harbor at the same time. Having so many people overwhelms the local shops and the excursions. It would be great if the cruise lines could stagger the arrival of their ships! Disembarkation was rough. I opted to take my own luggage off the ship in the first wave of disembarkation. We were to meet on deck 5. This put the line in front of the elevators, creating a bottleneck for people trying to get off the elevators! What a traffic jam! Overall, the cruise was pleasant. However, I would travel on a smaller ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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 had cruised on Oasis of the Sea before and loved it. The ship leaving Port Canaveral was the reason we booked this cruise. The ship has so amenities it is like visiting different parts of the country; ice skating, rock climbing, the ... Read More
We had cruised on Oasis of the Sea before and loved it. The ship leaving Port Canaveral was the reason we booked this cruise. The ship has so amenities it is like visiting different parts of the country; ice skating, rock climbing, the Aqua Theater, so many shops and restaurants on board. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The cabin was kept clean and the food is always wonderful. The activities are well planned and there is something for everyone. The ports are great for shopping. The transportation to the port and back to the airport is a big help when flying to the city. The valet service of getting your luggage to the airport and getting your boarding pass for you is one of the greatest things in making the disembarkation go smoothly - no hassle in walking out, going through customs and getting on bus to airport. A wonderful service!!! 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
This is the 3rd time on an Oasis Class (over 6,000 guests) ship. The Oasis again did not disappoint. The ship is beautiful, which includes "Central Park" - best lunch!! The dining experience in the "My Time Dining" ... Read More
This is the 3rd time on an Oasis Class (over 6,000 guests) ship. The Oasis again did not disappoint. The ship is beautiful, which includes "Central Park" - best lunch!! The dining experience in the "My Time Dining" was wonderful which included the food and wait staff. Our room steward was also exceptional. The shows were extremely professional, high quality, shows - didn't miss any of them. The pool areas are fun, along with an adult only area, if you wanted more quiet. Spent lots of time in the casino at night too, a very nice venue, which included a great variety of slot machines and table games. Our balcony cabin was roomy and have no complaints. Considering the amount of people on board, you don't really notice this, except around showtime, as you need to prebook your shows online prior to your cruise in order to guarantee your seat. This was the first cruise that the Oasis used this new port, Port Canaveral, and the check out process seemed a bit long, but I'm sure they will learn to accomodate this large group in the future. Incidentally we booked another cruise - same ship - same time next near year, can't wait!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oasis of the Seas is a nice looking ship and getting onto the ship at Port Canaveral was very easy. Getting off the ship on the return trip was a nightmare! Departure started out okay in the meeting location, then everything went bad. We ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a nice looking ship and getting onto the ship at Port Canaveral was very easy. Getting off the ship on the return trip was a nightmare! Departure started out okay in the meeting location, then everything went bad. We played a game of hide and seek for our luggage. Then we looked to get a porter but all were taken so we stood on the lines - this is where you get the meltdown. If you were lucky to get a porter then they took you to a special line and you got out. If you stood on line then you played the line game and kept going back and forth for over an hour. Customs needed more people to handle the amount of people on the ship. Cabin was okay and attendant was very good. Did not do any excursions, only got off ship at St. Maarten and paid $14 for water taxi, $20 for 2 lounge chairs and umbrella at Lizzy’s, and $17 for beach bag. Didn’t like “My Time” dining – needed reservations and the food wasn’t good: salmon wasn’t done too “flaky” was more like sushi, grilled chicken had gravy on it, lobster was too salty, lasagna was like beef-a-roni but didn’t taste good. Only liked Chops 11 out of 10 score! Izumi was just so-so, lots of food. Shows were excellent – Oasis of Dreams 45 min, CATS was 3 hours. Headliner was 1 hour. Come fly with me was 1 hour. Standup Comedy was 1 hour. Comedian was so good that there was an extra show added on Saturday night 10 pm. Frozen in time (ice show) was 1 hour. Had the Thermal Spa for the week $140.42 (included Gratuity) had great thermal beds (heated lounge chair), sauna, steam rooms, 2 rain showers, and large showers. I was very upset that most of the gym equipment did not work properly. There were all of four recumbent bikes, three of which could not be adjusted for resistance, incline, time or workout type, so you were pedaling against air only. There were numerous “regular” bikes, some of which could be adjusted and some of which could not be. The same goes for the treadmills. I did not try any weight machines, but I did see people using them and lifting free weights, so that might satisfy some. I went to the gym three of the first four days and then gave up in frustration. I didn’t bother to complain, as I expected the standard of “Oh, we’ll fix that for next week” or “How about $100 off your next cruise?” Too late for me! Overall, I would give the gym a zero! Izumi, the hibachi steakhouse, was all about cutting corners from the usual hibachi experience, even though it was an almost $30 per person upgrade as part of a three night Dining Package ($170 per couple). I expected food to be cooked to order, including the use of seasoning. I ordered my filet mignon medium rare, but mostly, it was medium-well and no one was asked whether they wanted theirs seasoned with anything. We also did not get a shrimp appetizer, so the chef resorted to tossing pieces of zucchini instead of shrimp, as is usual. They also skipped the fried rice noodles (“Japanese spaghetti”). For entertainment, they skipped the usual “oil fire” and the smoking “Mount Fuji” choo-choo train of sliced onion rings, so if you had kids experiencing hibachi for the first time, they got short changed. Overall, this was disappointing and would give Izumi a four out of ten. I would, however, recommend “Chops” steakhouse. The food and service were both excellent and worth the upgrade! We went there twice! Everything was delicious! The hot tubs were cold – maybe mid 80s – very unsatisfactory! For real craft beer ($5.95 – $6.95? + Gratuity) fans, they had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($7 w/gratuity), Unibroue La Fin du Monde ($7.67), Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA ($8+). The rest were crap. Worse, you could only get these at “The Globe and Atlas“pub, so if you were watching football at “On Air”, you had to chance giving up your seat to get another brew. My wife paid $363 (in advance) for a drink package that was upgraded to include bottled water; I went a la carte for my brews, which paid off! So you can figure your own break-even point. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Previous cruising w/ Oasis of the Seas, expected similar experience...DID NOT HAPPEN...! Brought two (2) first-time cruiser w/ us to "show off" the Oasis and experience cruising. Realize "picking" your fights ... Read More
Previous cruising w/ Oasis of the Seas, expected similar experience...DID NOT HAPPEN...! Brought two (2) first-time cruiser w/ us to "show off" the Oasis and experience cruising. Realize "picking" your fights (complaints) should be selective...However...There were too many fights (complaints) NOT to evaluate. -Staff seamed to be "Uninterested" of the passengers existence. -NEVER was introduced to the Captain and his staff as w/ other cruise lines. -SAME evening "shows" that was presented three (3) years ago. -Oasis carries 6,000 passengers...Only TWO (2) coffee pots in the buffet. -NO ability to have your breakfast eggs made to order. -Omelets, eggs Benedict, toast / bagels pre-made BEFORE the doors ever opened. -Total confusion from the wait staff in the main dinning room. Had to seat ourselves and, to add to the snafu,... Waited 22 min. before a menu was given to us...! -The "at sea" days provided very little activity and other things to do (Napkin folding) was about the most interesting, -When there was live music (or D.J.) the volume could have been herd across the Caribbean. Even the public address system was over modulated to the point that NO ONE understood a word. -The checking in and checking out process went very smoothly...probably due to the fact that those people were part of the embarkation port and NOT the Oasis. NOTE: Not sure if Royal Caribbean's "Board of Directors" will see / read these issues, if they do, can only hope they will address them. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Things that would improve the Cruise Experience 1. Significantly improve the "My Dining" (front of house) organization. Standing in line from 4:30PM to be seated at 6:00PM is unacceptable without some time of advanced ... Read More
Things that would improve the Cruise Experience 1. Significantly improve the "My Dining" (front of house) organization. Standing in line from 4:30PM to be seated at 6:00PM is unacceptable without some time of advanced notification (or at least some type of seating for the elderly). 2. Cut WAY back on the significant pressure to sell thousands of dollars in jewelry at every turn. We have felt less pressure form timeshare sales people. At least the timeshare goons are only in your face for 4 hours - not daily for 7 days. It boggles the mind to push for sales that are well beyond the limitations set by Customs, and when this is mentioned, crew speaks privately in hushed tones that "... there are ways around things - we can explain in more details AFTER you make a purchase..." 3. If an event requires reservations, get serious about it instead of ignoring people who arrive an hour early and just take a seat (Aft Aqua Events). Crew member response [breaking away from flirting with another attractive crew member]: "Oh well - they were here before I got here so there is nothing I can do about it". 4. Ensure there is sufficient staff at the "Windjammer" to clear tables. We had to ask four different crew members one morning, and wait over 20 min before tables were cleared - then they cleared all 8 tables at one time. 5. Customer service actually has to provide a service. We asked for an email to detail our cruise frustrations and Customer Service said they did not have any emails for anybody associated with the cruise or RCCL, and we would have to go on-line to find the information. 6. Make a point in your advertising that 75% + of the passengers are expected to be octogenarian. According to many of the guests, this is considered 'normal' for this cruise (mid-November Eastern Caribbean) - but you don't find out until you have taken this cruise the first time (there will not be a second time for us). 7. Don't try to charge passengers $3.50 for free coffee (Deck 5 - 24 hour cafe). 8. When there is a change in show times - change the attitude of the restaurant staff. There is a significant lack of communication between food services and entertainment management. 9. Increase the advertised lead time to get into a show. If a show starts at 8PM, recommend that those with reservations get to the doors no later than 6:45PM, or they will not be able to get a clear view of the stage. 10. We understand that the first order of business of the pool deck crew is safety - commendable. However putting up signs on the pool deck that chairs that are "saved" for more than "30 minutes" will have towels and belongings moved by the pool deck crew, needs to be adjusted to something that reflects the reality of "120 minutes". The 80+ crowd arrives on the pool deck at 8AM, puts down a towel and a paperback, then goes for breakfast - back in 90 - 120 minutes to sit in the chair for 20 minutes, then takes off for another 90 - 120 minutes, repeating this pattern as it suites their needs. All along - very few people in the pools or hot tubs. The commentary is not so much on the geriatric set saving seats, as RCCL's signs which are not geared to reality. 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
This is 3rd time have sailed Oasis of Seas, and will not do it again. Only reason I rated average is due to ship design which is very good. We have over 45 cruises total and have recently sailed MSSC Divina, Norwegian Escape, and ... Read More
This is 3rd time have sailed Oasis of Seas, and will not do it again. Only reason I rated average is due to ship design which is very good. We have over 45 cruises total and have recently sailed MSSC Divina, Norwegian Escape, and Carnival Magic, all better than Oasis. The only other positive comment from us is on the room service which was very good. However, in several cases furniture is significantly worn, see arms of chairs and couches, even in Diamond lounge. Attention to detail by crew is questionable, I pointed out to one officer that an emergency exit had been blocked for several days. Food has taken a major step down with both beef and seafood dishes fair to poor. Deserts are especially poor. Variety in secondary food offerings is non existent, same every day. It was clear that the waiters were overworked. Little things like offering shredded cheese, ground pepper, and help with lobsters are no longer done. Some entertainment is good, but difficult to schedule, Some venues and times are booked up weeks in advance of cruise. Some items, such as the comedy aqua show are held only once, such that many who would like to attend cannot. The one comedian performed all week long with very little variety. Our ice show was canceled such that we had 2 nights with no significant entertainment scheduled. All entertainment fills up fast. If RCL spent as much effort on service and entertainment as they did sales in the promenade it would have been much more enjoyable. Port of St Thomas was very disappointing. Instead of the normal port, ship moored on other side at what appeared to be an industrial area - we moored next to 2 dry-docks. Disembarking took much too long, although this may have been a customs issue, only 7 agents for 6,000 passengers. Bottom line - of the 5 couples at our table 4 had cruised Oasis previously and all 4 said they would not sail this ship again. This same sentiment was heard form many of the previous cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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
oasis-of-the-seas Nov 7th 2016. First cruise out of Port Canaveral for 8 days to Labadee, Jamaica, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We had a great time in an oceanview balcony room on deck 11. We ate dinner in the main dining room twice, ... Read More
oasis-of-the-seas Nov 7th 2016. First cruise out of Port Canaveral for 8 days to Labadee, Jamaica, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We had a great time in an oceanview balcony room on deck 11. We ate dinner in the main dining room twice, the Windjammer once and specialty restaurants the rest of the time. We did not prebuy a restaurant package because we hadon board credit to spend. Once on board they were selling 3 dinners for $90. We chose Giovanni's Table, Izumi and 150. Giovanni's was very good. We chose the Hibatchi dinner. Shrimp and beef combination was sensational. The 6 of us all agreed this was our best meal. 150 was a complete dissapointment. The beef rib tip was small and cooked like a roast with no sides. The waiter had bragged about the squash soup. It didn't live up to the hype. Desert was ok but didn't save the experience. On Monday we were sitting in the promenade and were approached and offered a discount for the Solarium Bistro. First he offered 40% off. We hesitated and he went to 50% off plus he said we could get the lobster for free if we came on Tuesday which was the normal lobster night in the main dining room. Normally they get another $5 for the lobster. We agreed to purchase and go on Tuesday. I can say it was a great choice as the meal and experience was great. All the shows were very good too. I am not too interested in sitting for 2.5 hours but I did it for CATS. I can't get excited about the story but every singer and dancer were quite good and in that context I enjoyed the show. The quality of entertainment justifies the premium the ship costs as well as the interest provided by the neighborhoods. I had a personal priority to go to Sabor. We had experienced Sabor on Freedom of the Seas and it was so good we couldn't wait to go again. The menu on Oasis was not the full menu we had on Freedom. Instead of it being one price it was alacart. They treated this venue more like a place for a snack instead of a specialty restaurant. With all we did during the week, Sabor fell through the cracks. The smaller menu just wasn't as compelling to us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise because it was the first for the Oasis out of Port Canaveral. We only left the ship once briefly in Costa Maya. The balance of the cruise we spent exploring the ship and enjoying the various areas of the ship. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the first for the Oasis out of Port Canaveral. We only left the ship once briefly in Costa Maya. The balance of the cruise we spent exploring the ship and enjoying the various areas of the ship. We were very impressed by the Central Park area and enjoyed music under the stars one evening. Embarkation actually went more smoothly than we anticipated, knowing it was a first. Disembarkation went very smoothly and the entire process didn't take thirty minutes for us once our number was called. The food in the dining room was wonderful and the service was excellent. We attended most all of the shows and found them to be excellent. The one word of advice I would give is if you go to the "Come Fly With Me" show, do not sit under the balcony. If you do, you'll miss a good part of the show. Our cabin was clean and well appointed but I do believe there is less storage space than we had in a comparable cabin on the Freedom of the Seas. The closet was smaller and there are fewer drawers. Our cabin steward helped us with some special requests and was always there to help. I missed visiting Grand Cayman on the Western Caribbean sailing as it's one of my favorites. We booked next year's cruise to the Eastern Caribbean the second or third day of this cruise. We will definitely cruise Royal Caribbean again and would highly recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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