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