45 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Senior Cruise Reviews

Friends encouraged us to try Oasis. Despite what people say, this ship is very big and crowded! Lines for everything, disembarking at various ports , especially Nassau, was a disaster - essentially a mob scene - all that was missing were a ... Read More
Friends encouraged us to try Oasis. Despite what people say, this ship is very big and crowded! Lines for everything, disembarking at various ports , especially Nassau, was a disaster - essentially a mob scene - all that was missing were a few burning cars !! Service was good , but very impersonal. The staff was trying , but I sensed they were overwhelmed. Food was mediocre at best! On the plus side , the entertainment was excellent. It was a shame that half the audience left Cats at intermission. The cast was excellent . I guess the drink package was more important! Shore excursion in St Martin was excellent. We did the Royal food tour . Other excursions were very average. If you are traveling with children and don’t mind crowds and need lot of stimulation then Oasis is for you . If you are looking for a relaxing cruise , look to the smaller ships - Radiance class. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We are experinced cruisers with over 100 ocean cruise and 5 river cruises all on different lines. We booked this b2b a year prior to departure which was a great value off the price of balcony cabin and all the TA amenities included. ... Read More
We are experinced cruisers with over 100 ocean cruise and 5 river cruises all on different lines. We booked this b2b a year prior to departure which was a great value off the price of balcony cabin and all the TA amenities included. Our fare average 55.20/pp/per day with Diamond lounge drinks. 4 specially dinners, 2 bottles of wine, pre paid gratuities, prepaid soda package and ended up with still 500 OBC that we cash out. Yes for the value the ship was fine. But some negatives exist as stated in other reviews. Ships infrastructure is beginning to show its age. Staff overworked. More nickels and dimes. Gym equipment has no TV and many units did not work. Food average at best. Little variety day to day. Sheets did not fit the bed. Dinig service is fair at best. Embarkation was over 3 hours due to health inspection. Turn around day took to 1 pm. Lunch was a joke. 3 shows stopped due to techincal problems Just to many other lines offer more with more fare price. Probably last time on RCL. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
2nd sailing on the Oasis. First time was an excellent experience. This time was a let down. Food was not great. Selections were poor so was stuck eating the same meal over and over. I thought central park made sandwiches to order last ... Read More
2nd sailing on the Oasis. First time was an excellent experience. This time was a let down. Food was not great. Selections were poor so was stuck eating the same meal over and over. I thought central park made sandwiches to order last cruise, but this cruise was premade sandwiches that they heated up. Too bad if you didn't like all the ingredients or have allergies. Windjammer had more choices but much if the food was ethnic and/or too spicy. Usually like to eat in main dining room but was not excited by the menu or all. At dinner in solarium bistro 3 nights because the had a couple choices we knew we could eat. Overall service was hit or miss. We had some very good experiences, many that were just adequate and some who were down right rude. Many of the shows were the same as the previous cruise except the headliner and comedy shows which were excellent. Many of the activities were either geared toward children or required an extra purchase or were just there to try to sell something. There was very little free activities for mobility challenged or disabled senior cruisers. We still had a great cruise as we make our own good time, but I would choose a different ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We are Diamond Plus members and have done many cruises on Royal. Has been pretty good in the past but this time we had way too many small kids everywhere. the adults only solarium contains a "pool" which is nothing more than a ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus members and have done many cruises on Royal. Has been pretty good in the past but this time we had way too many small kids everywhere. the adults only solarium contains a "pool" which is nothing more than a glorified hot tub and had sunscreen floating on top of the water. Disgusting. Apparently had 3rd and 4th passenger free during that two weeks period. Worst we had ever experienced. Kids everywhere. The second week we had the best waiter we had ever had on a cruise and the assistant waiter was also very attentive. The champagne brunch and kitchen tour was interesting although we had had better tours of the kitchen area on other smaller ships. The brunch that followed however was terrific. All the champagne and mimosas you could drink. Go our money's worth for sure. We are Diamond Plus members so we get reserved seats for the show and priority embarkation among other perks including free drinks daily. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We were part of a group. The food was awful, but the service was great. I believe the cruise lines are trying to force people to pay for upgraded food. I miss the old days of cruising. I also miss the days where you paid tips to those ... Read More
We were part of a group. The food was awful, but the service was great. I believe the cruise lines are trying to force people to pay for upgraded food. I miss the old days of cruising. I also miss the days where you paid tips to those who deserve it. This overall tipping across the board is not fair and then at the end of the cruise you've got cruise line employees standing around looking for extra tips. We're not made of money! The ship was clean. Not sure about the entertainment. We missed the shows. However, we did see the Aqua show, which was awesome. RCCL needs to up their game with the food. Years ago, we only wanted to go on one cruise line and that was Royal Caribbean. Now, not so much. Chops Grille is far too expensive. We couldn't afford $45pp. The gift shop was pitiful. Not worth the visit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was a honeymoon cruise for me, My 14 th cruise, my new wife's first. She was thrilled, I was greatly disappointed. This large ship experience was very lacking when compared to any other cruise I had taken On Royal, Carnival or ... Read More
This was a honeymoon cruise for me, My 14 th cruise, my new wife's first. She was thrilled, I was greatly disappointed. This large ship experience was very lacking when compared to any other cruise I had taken On Royal, Carnival or Holland. The staff, especially those around the pool were terrible compared to my past experiences. They did their job but that was about it. The cruise director was not seen the whole cruise. Live music by the pool stunk, and nobody to get the crowd involved in fun like dancing or pool games. Windjammer breakfast was cold. Even the towel animals in the room were not what I was used to. Happily my new wife was impressed as she had never cruised before. It seems that since they are now automatically charging your account for gratuities the staff does not not to please anymore. I will never cruise a large ship again and will probably consider other cruise lines instead of my previous favorite of RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because I was curious to see how is the world largest ship can sail the seas. After I saw it , it’s definitely a magnificent ship. But it wasn’t planned better then this ,I found it had lots of obstacles.like you ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I was curious to see how is the world largest ship can sail the seas. After I saw it , it’s definitely a magnificent ship. But it wasn’t planned better then this ,I found it had lots of obstacles.like you have to look for the bathroom for a while before you get to it,and some of the bathrooms the ladies bathroom on one side the men’s bathroom is on the opposite side around the corner which I found is a little strange. The amount of people was to much to you have to wait inline for coffee,the buffet,the washrooms and try to find a lounge chair around the pool ! I found the staff is little pushy. The buffet didn’t have a variety of foods,it’s always the same and it looked poor,and the food was mediocre at best . A ship with this kind of magnitude they were cheap on the furniture,like our mattress was old and you could see the indentation in it ,we had a restless sleep. I mean it was beautiful to see a ship that magnificent,but everything else didn’t fit with the magnitude of the ship . Of course that’s my personal opinion,I don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon on the Royal Caribbean oasis of the seas. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Oh, Royal Caribbean. We hardly knew thee… I’m writing this on the flight home, so the last week aboard Oasis of the Seas is still fresh in my mind. I don’t want to forget anything. First, the good. The ship is easy to ... Read More
Oh, Royal Caribbean. We hardly knew thee… I’m writing this on the flight home, so the last week aboard Oasis of the Seas is still fresh in my mind. I don’t want to forget anything. First, the good. The ship is easy to understand once the “neighborhood” concept sinks in. And, the neighborhood thing was cool. We loved Central Park especially – on calm days it really did seem to be a city park, complete with storefront restaurants, a little bar and plenty of seats among the lush, and live, vegetation. Boardwalk was also a great place to grab a hot dog, a cup of ice cream, a drink or a ride on the merry-go-round. We saw a couple of movies under the stars, watched the water show (excellent) and had one of the wait staff try to explain the cricket game…match…on TV while we were dipping chips into amazing guacamole at Sabor. We spent a couple of wonderful afternoons in the elegant English Pub, which has an interesting selection of beers. The second one, our server Micki was an absolute delight, talking to us about the differences between her native China, Japan and Korea. She could have not been more engaging or friendly. The cabin attendant seemed to be at our cabin every time we returned – tidying up, laying out the next day’s Compass, creating another adorable towel animal. He was invariably good humored, greeted us by name every time and responded to every request we had. The room was always spotless. We had a fantastic meal at 150 Central Park – me fork tender short ribs and her a delicious red snapper. Her martini was created table side, a very elegant touch. The sushi and rolls at Izumi were fantastic, the server a delight. Our sail away meal at the American Icon Main Dining Room was awesome, the table 313 crew friendly and efficient. We would gladly have eaten in their section every night. Alas... Back in the day – a few short years ago, in fact – we made all of our “My Time” reservations on line. This was our third RCI cruise. However, after booking our cruise in January 2017 I could find no way to accomplish this simple task. No problem, we’ll do it live. Except the staff taking reservations on the phone were abrupt, condescending and unhelpful. Not only could we not reserve our table for the rest of the cruise, we couldn’t get a reservation for anything other than that evening. At eight. Invariably at eight. Three nights in a row, even though we called at 0906, six minutes after reservations opened. “We have a show at eight-thirty.” “Eight.” We were invited to stand in line and wait. It may have been an example of biting off our noses… But, we never returned to the MDR. For goodness sake we ate dinner in the Windjammer two nights, where the passengers behaved like sharks in a feeding frenzy but the wait staff were exceptionally friendly. And the little chocolate cupcakes – I would follow that pastry chef anywhere. I’m still trying to figure out what three cruises, nineteen RCI points, bought us. We waited in the two-hour line to board and encountered an RCI special – awful people at the security checkpoint. Curt, snappish and one even took my gear from one bin and transferred it unnecessarily to another, which resulted in stuff going everywhere. “You need to have your passports open!” barked the officious little man, apropos to no notice anywhere. No member coupons in the cabin or welcome note, no “Great job” cards to give deserving crew. Nada. And… I’m sure it’s a licensing thing, but NO WINTER OLYMPICS?! We saw three shows, all of which were well done and energetically performed. Okay, I’ve never been a Cats fan…but the young lady who sang “Memory” could really bring it, and the other cast members truly gave it up. Come Fly With Me was worth every second of our time – those kids can sing! The ice show we would have been happy to pay serious money to see. Everyone, that is, the entire ensemble, could skate lights out. The diving show was postponed several times because of high winds and an unsettled sea. Unsettled… That great big boat was all over the place. We caught their warm-ups, and SRO’d a show. It was breathtaking. Our cabin lacked some of the amenities with which we’d grown accustomed – real wine glasses, an ice bucket and bathrobes. The wet bar menu was missing (and the small refrigerator empty), which a request would probably have rectified, but why should we have to ask? Room service carries a fee and automatic gratuity. I mean…eight and a half bucks to deliver a grilled cheese sandwich? And… Cruise Critic asks us not to use profanity, so I’ll just leave this here. The person who was constantly smoking on their balcony, you’re a jerk. One final cruel stroke – the “TSA Pre” boarding passes RCI printed out on the boat that were part of the valet service? Yeah…no. We loved that line, too, friends. Maybe it’s about efficiently serving sixty-seven hundred guests. I don’t know. My exceedingly wise PhD spouse said it best. “I felt like a customer, not a guest.” Next cruise, we’ll see what the competition has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was a great family vacation. We were traveling with a 9year old and a 10 year old as well as a 17 and 19 year old and it was a good way for everyone to have a good time in their own way. This ship itself was gorgeous, it was ... Read More
This was a great family vacation. We were traveling with a 9year old and a 10 year old as well as a 17 and 19 year old and it was a good way for everyone to have a good time in their own way. This ship itself was gorgeous, it was updated and unique, and was open. However due to its large size, it could fit a lot of people, over 5000. This made it quite crowded. I have never waited in so many lines in my life-- especially not on a cruise ship! It was difficult to get around without bumping into somebody, and near impossible to find a free deck chair by the pool. The entertainment was as usual amazing. The aqua show at the AquaTheatre is a MUST WATCH as it is breathtaking. The food was mediocre as I find Royal Caribbean's usually is. But the service was great and our server was personable and friendly. Something I have to bring up that I disliked was at the end of the cruise, the maitre'D interrupted our dinner to have everyone give a standing ovation to the staff. Not once, but twice. I am all for giving the amazing servers the recognition they deserve, but it was extremely tactless to have everyone stand up and give a show for 5-10 mins while they are trying to eat their meals. Overall, not my favourite cruise. Good for the family but not for me. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise because we were RCCL Loyalists. Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. Service had declined in many areas from the number of dining room attendants per table to what is offered on the menu to even getting ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were RCCL Loyalists. Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. Service had declined in many areas from the number of dining room attendants per table to what is offered on the menu to even getting freshly ground pepper on your salad. The shows although extravagant, were actually boring. for example the ice show had a child's theme. When in a port of call, many, many of the ships stores and restaurants were closed whereas had they been open, you could have availed yourself to them without huge lines. Even little things like room attendant making towel animals nightly was missing except a 2 times plus gone were the mints that used to appear on your pillows. It was a nice touch, but... We had sound problems with our TV so maintenance was called, it took almost 4 hours for him to appear. Lastly, room service in the morning was either incorrect or missing altogether. Very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I took this cruise because my daughter now lives in Orlando, we prefer Princess!! We were shocked to see when docked in Labadee that the lunch outdoor area by the beach was being set out around 10:30 a.m. We looked at the buffer at ... Read More
I took this cruise because my daughter now lives in Orlando, we prefer Princess!! We were shocked to see when docked in Labadee that the lunch outdoor area by the beach was being set out around 10:30 a.m. We looked at the buffer at that time thinking we would try this buffet, but no way, everything was sitting in trays with no lids to protect from the heat and the flies!! We were disgusted and went back to the ship. I said to my husband " boy" a lot of people are going to be sick, sure enough that evening they announce they have a high number of passengers reporting to the medical clinic on the boat, and if anyone else is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea please seek medical help!!! I also saw a cabin attendant blow her nose and then proceed to put her hand into a plastic bag to get some cardboard glass covers, touch them with her hands that she just used to blow her nose, and put the cardboard cover on the the glasses to be placed in the cabin, what happened to washing your hands after blowing your nose!!! This cruise line is all about charging you for everything:, room service is $9.00 plus service fee, and your order comes cold!! They charge for hamburgers, wine pricing is unreal. Their reception for past guests was pathetic, held on the helicopter pad, no chairs. We were given a glass of wine (small one) when walking into the area, no one walked around to give maybe another glass, no appetizers were given. The effort put into this gathering was quick and minimal gestures! No kleenex in the cabins, no tiny shampoos, no tiny hand cream, nothing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our background: We've taken 22 cruises. My wife's done 24. Just completed #10 for us (#11 for her) on Royal Caribbean. Percentages say that we have chosen Royal Caribbean over other choices once we settled down to know our ... Read More
Our background: We've taken 22 cruises. My wife's done 24. Just completed #10 for us (#11 for her) on Royal Caribbean. Percentages say that we have chosen Royal Caribbean over other choices once we settled down to know our preferences. This cruise (our second on the Oasis) was overall just OK. We just did not have an “above average” experience. We're believing that Royal Caribbean has slipped in our estimation. Some of our negatives: The first night's dining was awful. Not blaming the waiter, his tables were not next to one another. We saw him rushing to serve about 4 tables away. Appetizers were not delivered. Main meals were not delivered until other tables were leaving the dining room after dessert. When you are almost the last table leaving in a huge dining room, it is a sign that something is wrong. Complaints were made. The head waiter promised a better second night...and they did deliver. The head waiter monitored and assisted with the operation. On 2 or 3 evenings, he appeared with complimentary champagne. The sad thing on evening 1 was that there was a party of 3 at our table...wife, husband, aide. The man was in a wheelchair, limited to soft foods, needing help from spouse and aide. His situation was ignored in dining that first evening, but helped on evening 2 and following. He needed to have food or soup delivered as they arrived because his process of eating too so long. This did happen most of the rest of the week. We have mostly been choosing breakfast and lunch in the dining room versus the unlimited portions in the Windjammer. Something is wrong when we were again the last patrons to leave the dining room for lunch. While the waitstaff was courteous and the orders were correct, it should not take 1 hour 45 minutes to be served and exit. Cutbacks are evident. Lunch menus were always the same. Dinner menus were also largely the same. We were not the only ones to notice that most meals had broccoli and carrots as the repetitive veggies. Bread and rolls are “on the table”, not served as in previous cruises. After dinner coffee was not offered...until we asked on evening 2. We are considered as Emerald members in the Crown & Anchor rewards program. Not impressed by the benefits on this cruise. To be sure, we booked late for this cruise with an inside stateroom. Our friends booked early with a Central Park balcony. They are Gold members, but got a bottle of wine, a complementary lunch at Giovanni's. We got a BOGO on one wine/beer purchase as well as the same thing at Johnny Rockets. IMHO, something is out of wack with 10 and 11 cruises. I sincerely believe that the computer system on the Oasis has problems. You all know that pre-booking shows/entertainment is the only way to go on Oasis-class ships. Ours were done by the agent who accompanied our group. When we were advised to confirm shows, only 3 of 6 could be done. 1 of the remaining 3 said “billing error”...for a FREE show. It was impossible to confirm the remaining 2. Guest services was NO help. Their fallback was that the reservations were never made. Our agent said that “billing error” means it was received in the system. Guest services was finally able to help us with a reservation for Frozen on Ice. Last statement on computer issues is that we do NOT enter the smoky casino willingly. My wife has COPD; I am a non-smoker and no longer find smoky situations tolerable. We did not gamble. When we get our final billing statement, there is a casino charge for $2.08. No way that it happened and not worth the final morning stand-in-line to dispute. Regarding the exit from the ship. We are part of a group of 35 traveling by bus to Port Canaveral. The luggage for 33 comes off as scheduled. 2 are left standing. They finally get their luggage 45-55 minutes after the others. The excuse is that there was a “mix-up” on board. Well, the same mix-up occurred with neighbor/friends traveling with a different group. Their departure from Port Canaveral was delayed even longer while luggage was sorted out and came off the ship. I know that “compost happens”, but it is sad when it holds up busloads of people. Our positives definitely include a great room steward named Trevor. I know it is his job, but he responded to all requests, knew our names from day1 (unlike dining room staff that never asked). We've already made a deposit for December 2018 on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Hoping for the best! After this one, our expectations are lowered. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Chose this cruise to go Eastern Caribbean did not make that area..instead we went to Mexico, and Jamaica the two places I did not want to ever visit again. Next we could not get tickets for comedy club on line ahead of time. I had ... Read More
Chose this cruise to go Eastern Caribbean did not make that area..instead we went to Mexico, and Jamaica the two places I did not want to ever visit again. Next we could not get tickets for comedy club on line ahead of time. I had tickets and then they got cancelled by Royal. On board we got tickets for comedy club but found out after waiting in line 30 min. that they had a computer problem and we did not get in.. I bought the drink package early non alcohol version this would have been great if I did not have to go to guest services every day to have charges removed (same story computer problems). The food in main dinning room was great, The windjammer also pretty good, all wait staff great no problem. Room steward great as always. Rooms had a balcony (outside) and opened up the balcony with our neighbors (4 other couples) . Royal has a lot better chairs on the Freedom class ships, chairs on balcony are not comfortable at all. Pool deck chairs are also very cheap, flimsy. Central Park deck 8 was great. Lots of places to sit and relax drink beverage, read. Great place to walk from aft elevators to forward elevators. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We cruise with family and friends which makes it more enjoyable. First the good. Or should I say great. The dining room staff; assistant waiter, waiter and head waiter, during our my time dining, where outstanding. They anticipated almost ... Read More
We cruise with family and friends which makes it more enjoyable. First the good. Or should I say great. The dining room staff; assistant waiter, waiter and head waiter, during our my time dining, where outstanding. They anticipated almost every request. They provided non menu items for sampling that where more flavorful than the menu items. Seeing the same wait staff every evening may seem boring for some, but I like it when someone remembers your name, what your drink preference is or what type of bread you like. It is those little things that make your day more enjoyable. Now the other things. Drink packages have changed. What you may have had last year may not be offered or included. What you think the deluxe package includes, may not pay for your favorite drink anymore. What was served last time may not even be on the ship or offered. Due to the hurricane season and the damage some locations received, some ports and locations remain closed. Itineraries have been changed forcing more ships to group into overcrowded ports and locations. This detracts from your port and excursion experience. Most ports can handle the normal 2 - 3 cruise ships at one time, but squeeze in twice that number and cozy isn't a good word. Overcrowding is a true statement. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The hurricane changed our ports of call. I have been to the Bahamas many times and Cozamel as well as Costa Maya. I really wasn't very happy going to these ports again, The crew was great on the ship but we couldn't get in to ... Read More
The hurricane changed our ports of call. I have been to the Bahamas many times and Cozamel as well as Costa Maya. I really wasn't very happy going to these ports again, The crew was great on the ship but we couldn't get in to most of the shows as I was late booking them. I wish there was more to do early in the evening as I can go to bed at ( pm anytime. I'm not a bar person and that seemed to be the only activity at night. I only wish I had been the opportunity to change the cruise so it was one I really could have enjoyed. If I had wanted to go to those ports I would have booked the cruise and paid less for the cruise as those ports were cheaper and I would have been happier. It was sad we weren't at least given the difference in price as a credit for onboard purchases etc. My overall review was a nice ship, great crew members but lousy ports of call as I did not want to go to them Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this because of the location of the port as well as the time of year. We booked it in May for a July sailing. We also wanted to go out of a port close to home, which is Port Canaveral about half an hour from my house. ... Read More
We chose this because of the location of the port as well as the time of year. We booked it in May for a July sailing. We also wanted to go out of a port close to home, which is Port Canaveral about half an hour from my house. I've only sailed on short sailings with Royal Caribbean, and I have never been on a mega ship such as this one. Overall the experience was pleasant, and enjoyable. Although they were almost 6500 people on board, It did not feel crowded. Even at the pool deck it is not crowded and we were able to find chairs if you wanted. The solarium is great for adults only. The biggest crowd was when we were getting on the ship. Although the dinners on the ship we're good to excellent, breakfast was left much to be desired. Unlike many other boats that I have been on, they did not have anyone making fresh omelettes, pancakes, or anything else it was all coming from the galley premade. We had a large interior state room on deck six by the spa, it was very comfortable and quiet. It was however on the opposite side of the ship from the main dining room. The size of the room was adequate, however the regular interior rooms are much smaller by about 35 feet, and I feel that would be very small. The shower stalls are very very small, i usually showered with the doors open. They do not provide more than a bar soap, and generic shampoo conditioner. I would recommend bringing your own shampoo and conditioners The ship has interior balcony rooms overlooking various sections such as Central Park, and the boardwalk. A couple of people I spoke with who had those rooms said it was a waste of money. You felt like you were on display if you were on your balcony, and you had to make sure your blinds were shut tight if not others were able to look in the room. We did the first night done right, and we're at the park grill, which was wonderful. We had attempted to purchase a an additional three night dinner package but were unable to get reservations at the places we wanted other than 5 PM or 9:30 PM. So we canceled the package. We did eat two nights at the solarium bistro which I highly do recommend. The shows were OK, couple of them were just not my cup of tea, such as the ice-skating and water show. Cats was beautiful, but we have had a hard time getting into the storyline so we did leave early. If you do book on the cruise, make sure you do your reservations, there were many people who were unable to get into various shows or restaurants because they did not make prior reservations. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
You have to make reservations for the shows. The show CAT was canceled on us TWICE. One night we had NO show. The other was a put togther show.You have to pay for the sauna on this ship.The food was great as always. The staff in the main ... Read More
You have to make reservations for the shows. The show CAT was canceled on us TWICE. One night we had NO show. The other was a put togther show.You have to pay for the sauna on this ship.The food was great as always. The staff in the main dining room were great also in the other places. We will go on more Royal Caribbean again but will look for another ship. So far the Freedom is the best. We were in room 3817 and the staff was great. The entertainment staff and the cruise director were good. He was funny and entertaining. We liked the water show the best. The port in San Juan was not that great. We would like to go to St. Thomas better. There is more to do in St. Thomas. St. Martin is great with lots to do and see. We like the beaches in both St Thomas and St. Martin.So if you want to go to the beaches then go to these ports. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The staff, entertainment, our cabin and food were really great. I liked the different neighbor hoods I have always went with RCI because of the adult only swim area, An area you could go and just relax, sit in the shade and read a ... Read More
The staff, entertainment, our cabin and food were really great. I liked the different neighbor hoods I have always went with RCI because of the adult only swim area, An area you could go and just relax, sit in the shade and read a book, take a nap, sit in whirl pool, take a dip in the nice size pool or lay in the sun to get a tan. On the Oasis the Adult area is all in the sun no shade at at, except in some chairs you couldn't loung in. All the so called swimming pool is not really a swimming pool at all just a place to stand up in and get wet. The so called swimming pool was so small, you would have thought with so many people on the ship like 6200 guest on our cruise, that the pool would be bigger not smaller. As you can tell this area is the most important to me. When it came to eating breakfast or lunch all areas we ate at was more like a mob seen, so crowded people everywhere bumping into one another meal time wassn't a pleasant encounter at all. I most likely won't be cruising on the Oasis class ship again I will have to travel to another port much farther away from our home in order to cruise Freedom, Voyager, Radiance or maybe even Vision Class Ships but Oasis not for me. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This ship is awesome and everyone should experience it at lease once in a lifetime but.....be prepared. This ship will cost you! Not only for your cruise but almost everything you do on it! 1. I did not like having to make ... Read More
This ship is awesome and everyone should experience it at lease once in a lifetime but.....be prepared. This ship will cost you! Not only for your cruise but almost everything you do on it! 1. I did not like having to make reservations for show's. It would be so much better if you could just go to the show when you feel like it. When you are making the reservations, you have no way of knowing how your day is going to go and then your committed to a show that night and can't make it up another night. That's a real bummer. 2. I did not like having an 8:00 dinner when all the drawings and things were done at that time. It really was not fair to those diners. Come-on RC..... I know you can do better! 3. $$$ and more $$$ everything is going to cost you more money! Almost nothing is free on this trip. We spent as much on our sail pass as the tickets. Shame on you RC! 4. Drinks..... really.... I almost became dehydrated because of the small cups and watered down tea - crappy lemon aide, Water and coffee that would put hair on the chest of an infant. There really was nothing unless you wanted to pay out the wazzzooo. At least let us bring something on board that we can drink out of. 5. Games??? What are those?? Things that people play when on board. The Bingo was overpriced. Trivia was lame. What happened to all the fun games that you normally enjoy on cruises. 6. Don't let them know if you have any allergies to foods. I told them about mine and found out that they have the assistant chef's make the food in the morning then it sits all day waiting for your dinner. No wonder mine was cold EVERY night! 7. It was not all bad. We made great friends onboard and had a great time in spite of RC. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Chose this trip because people we travel with wanted to try a large ship. 1. Embarkation was quick and smooth. (We are Diamond Plus so it is easier on us now.) 2. It is a big ship and had good entertainment, but we truly like the ... Read More
Chose this trip because people we travel with wanted to try a large ship. 1. Embarkation was quick and smooth. (We are Diamond Plus so it is easier on us now.) 2. It is a big ship and had good entertainment, but we truly like the smaller ships with fewer people better. 3. Our cabin was fine. We spent less time on our balcony this trip due to the windy weather, but everything was clean and in good order. 4. The food was just a little better than average for the most part. Chops (a specialty restaurant) was excellent! We didn't care for the Windjammer since the food seemed to be scattered all over the place, not really organized and not as good as we remember from smaller ships. We ate in restaurants most of the time, which we liked better. 3. The service was excellent. Our cabin attendant always had everything done and was wonderful about getting something we needed. In the dining room our waiters were right there for our every need and if we had a show scheduled, they made sure we were served in plenty of time to make it. 4. Entertainment was very good. We really enjoyed the ice show and CATS was of Broadway calibre. 5. We did personal tours to see an overview of the islands since we prefer a fewer number of people than those tours on the big busses provided by RCCL. Good weather and good tour guides made for good days. We will cruise again with RCCL, but have chosen a smaller ship for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Convenience: Port Canaveral within easy 1/2 day drive from home. We have usually cruised with Princess before, though we have tried others. This was first, and probably last, on Royal Caribbean. Customer service was poor; website very ... Read More
Convenience: Port Canaveral within easy 1/2 day drive from home. We have usually cruised with Princess before, though we have tried others. This was first, and probably last, on Royal Caribbean. Customer service was poor; website very hard to navigate; info about tours very scanty and hard to come by. But mainly we felt the entire cruise was an effort by Ship's Company to gouge very nickel out of every pocket. Most on-board activities had to do with selling; prices for drinks were WAY higher than others; costs for specialty restaurants were double others; and above all that the sense was that all they wanted to do was SELL, SELL, SELL and rake in the money. Captain Rob had a smooth sounding voice; but for the rest, it was too over-the-top. The enforced "cheerleading" at every occasion after 7 days got to turn our stomachs. In all, we probably will avoid Royal Caribbean again; but esp. the over-sized Oasis class ships, where the size seems to have outstripped the ability to attend to individuals. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My husband and I selected this cruise for its newness and to see first hand what it would be like to cruise on a ship of this size. Even though the size was impressive and overwhelming, we sometimes found ourselves in the elevators by ... Read More
My husband and I selected this cruise for its newness and to see first hand what it would be like to cruise on a ship of this size. Even though the size was impressive and overwhelming, we sometimes found ourselves in the elevators by ourselves. However, due to the ship’s large passenger capacity (6,000) the registration, boarding and departing at the terminal was unpleasant to say the least. Having a Crown & Anchor status and arriving prior to 1 pm had no advantage. Following others, it took us a little more than an hour doing the ‘Serpentine Dance’ on a cold concrete floor before we were aboard. RCI may not be in charge of Customs personnel, but there weren’t enough Custom officers to handle the number of passengers to process for this size ship. Even if you are a back-to-back cruiser, a senior, or are wheelchair bound, you still won’t have any privileges for a speedy re-boarding. Seems we should have had some priority; after all they already had all of our information and our stateroom assignment. The Crew/Staff by the most part were pleasant and polite, but a few were rude, indifferent, and possible attitude. Our dining on the first week was superb. We ate at 5:30 pm, Deck 5. However, for our second week we were assigned to a different time and location even though we earlier requested the same as the first week. We were placed in ‘My Time Dining’ status and it was an awful experience. Enormous lines causing delays and confusion. The dining officers were rude and uncaring, while our table waiters were thoughtful. For the first 3 nights the dining room was swamped with passengers and crew members. Crew members had facial expressions as if they had never seen this before. It took almost 2 hrs to finish dinner. The food was good and always hot, but too slow in servicing. Later as we exited the dining room we noticed longer lines waiting to enter while others were leaving to eat elsewhere. We prefer inside large staterooms although not as large as one would expect. Our room was on Deck 10 which was very quiet and well maintained by our cabin steward. Show events were very good - especially the Aqua shows (the best)!! Some did get cancelled or rescheduled due to weather. We only ate in the dining room and not at specialty restaurants. No excursions because we’re frequent travelers and have done most of them. You wouldn’t think that a ship of this size could shake and move excessively in high winds and waves, but it will! Many passengers were getting sick during most of the first week of the cruise. Be prepared just in case. We don’t plan on taking another cruise on a ship of this size again. Big is not always better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We were with a group of over 300 on this cruise, most of us seasoned cruisers , who wanted to experience the wonders of this ship.It is large, the neighborhoods are very interesting, and the entertainment was top shelf. Our balcony ... Read More
We were with a group of over 300 on this cruise, most of us seasoned cruisers , who wanted to experience the wonders of this ship.It is large, the neighborhoods are very interesting, and the entertainment was top shelf. Our balcony stateroom was sparse with minimal storage, no toiletries or ice bucket. Attempting to get to dinner or a show from deck 8 was almost impossible. On more that one occasion, we waited for over 10 minutes to squeeze into an elevator, only to be faced with long lines to the dining room. The food choices were limited, and salt seemed to be the answer for flavor. The spinach ravioli was excellent, but most of the food was inferior to that on previous experiences on smaller Royal or Celebrity ships. The Park Cafe in Central Park offered a nice option with limited choices. The walking track is covered, which is a plus, but the fitness center is poorly maintained. There are 5 recumbent bikes, and only 1 is in good shape. 2 have no programs available, 1 has a broken arm with bare metal, and 2 also have seat backs which are loose. There is also no staff visible to speak with. One highlight mentioned on the ship highlight screen is the Central Park Tour, which was not available on this cruise. Customer service was clueless , other than to check the daily Compass to check. Needless to say, it was never available. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
With our organization, 200 people, most of the cruise was good, the dinning room food was bad,, served cold, tasteless, (did not go to the dinning room the last night, the lobster night was a joke, the lobsters looked like large crawfish, ... Read More
With our organization, 200 people, most of the cruise was good, the dinning room food was bad,, served cold, tasteless, (did not go to the dinning room the last night, the lobster night was a joke, the lobsters looked like large crawfish, I know they would not be legal in the U.S. Requested the prime rib medium well, came to me bleeding, second one was not prime rib, but some kind for roast cut to look like prime rib, for three at our table, pulled apart like a pot roast, third one came to me as red as the first, by that time I was ready to leave the dinning room and went to the windjammer. The people who ordered lobster couldn't pull them out of the shell, even the staff tried without success. Any type of meat tasted the same, blah. from breakfast, dinner. lunch was average for the two times we ate there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my 23rd cruise (cruised 10 other times on other lines) with Royal Caribbean which was always my favorite line. However, I am sorry I decided to take a Mega ship this year and because of our experience, I will never take another ... Read More
This was my 23rd cruise (cruised 10 other times on other lines) with Royal Caribbean which was always my favorite line. However, I am sorry I decided to take a Mega ship this year and because of our experience, I will never take another Mega ship again. The Oasis of the Seas was a fabulous ship, no doubt, but a number of things that Royal Caribbean has been known for suffered because of the masses of people who had to be serviced. Embarkation was a nightmare, which was a continuation of our terrible airport checkin. It used to be that once your bags were on the plane, you never saw them again until they were delivered in front of your cabin on the ship. Imagine our shock when we had to haul our bags through the airport, searching for someone to ask where we should go. We were never told by our Royal Caribbean agent that this would happen at the airport so we were shocked and incredibly disappointed, not to mention exhausted by the time we boarded the ship. Our cabin was comfortable and clean. However, this was the worse food I'd ever eaten on ANY Royal Caribbean ship. It was more like what prisoners call "grub". This was true in both the dining room and the Windjammer. The best things to eat were the rolls and butter and desserts. You often didn't know what the food was in the Windjammer, ugh. There were many foreign dishes which needed and English translation so we'd know what we were eating. Fortunately, service was excellent in our cabin, dining room and Windjammer. It is obvious that Royal is changing it's focus to younger, less discerning passengers who could care less about quality, taste and presentation of their meals. That is so sad but I guess there are just way too many people to care about ambiance and quality. When I spend that much money, I want quality. I can eat tough prime rib, tiny lobsters the size of prawns, and stew at home. Royal Caribbean might find that they are losing many of their seasoned cruisers to the younger, less experienced, less demanding passenger and because of this, they will quickly find themselves on the level with Carnival Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 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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