72 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Senior Cruise Reviews

Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. ... Read More
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. This year we chose early dining and our server Vaibhav and asst Claire at table 564 in Grand DR were outstanding. The American Icon for breakfast and lunch was always impressive. Windjammer was chaotic at times but well managed. We even tried Johnny Rockets for a fun lunch but opted not to try other optional restaurants. Arrival at Port Canaveral was again the most organized port we've ever experienced - kudos to all the helpful staff there. We chose a Boardwalk balcony - 10329 and it proved to be spectacular- offering both views of the ocean along with the Aqua Theater events. Highly recommended especially if you like an aft view. Once again the entertainment was very enjoyable everywhere except we avoided Cats after being disappointed last year. This massive ship offers such a variety of acts and venues. Glad to see that smoking is being very restricted. Crazy ridiculous drink prices are very evident even with highly promoted packages. Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten were good stops that still displayed the horrific hurricane damage from 2017. They're still trying to recover especially in St. Maarten. Disembarkation was organized considering well over 6000 pax. We opted to self-disembark. Overall a great experience despite such a large ship. Anxious to see what the Oasis two month refurb this fall will have to offer. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We did a back to back Nov 25 - Dec 2 and Dec 2 - Dec 9. The ship is very big and it was our first time on a mega ship we have always cruised on the smaller ones. We are Diamond Plus and we loved the Diamond lounge. We found the ... Read More
We did a back to back Nov 25 - Dec 2 and Dec 2 - Dec 9. The ship is very big and it was our first time on a mega ship we have always cruised on the smaller ones. We are Diamond Plus and we loved the Diamond lounge. We found the promenade to be like a shopping mall and just not our thing. The evening activities we great there. attended all the shows and really enjoyed them a lot. Ate in the dining room every evening food was good, and servers were excellent. Ate mainly in the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch crowded but never a bad issue there. We tried the Solarium for breakfast one morning and it was full of children and could not find a seat. Had to wait for plates and flatware. We always have a great time cruising what's not to enjoy! We have already booked for April, however it will be on a smaller ship Vision of the Seas. ** One note we were re-boarding on the second cruise, they walk you down to customs and back on board easy easy easy. However, my husband fell just as we were getting back on and cut his chin open and bruised his face. The staff really didn't do much to help me with him and told me where medical was. I took him to deck 2 and the nurse cleaned up his wounds and put a butterfly band-aid on his chin. I filled out all kinds of paper work, and my point to this long note is NOT Once did we get a call asking how he was. This is the disappointing part of my review. I realize the first day they are trying to board 6,000 passengers but after that they could have called. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
When we saw CATS was being performed on this ship, we had to book this cruise. It's been 30 years since we've seen CATS on Broadway and in Toronto, and it was every bit as good on the Oasis of the Seas. We saw it twice! In ... Read More
When we saw CATS was being performed on this ship, we had to book this cruise. It's been 30 years since we've seen CATS on Broadway and in Toronto, and it was every bit as good on the Oasis of the Seas. We saw it twice! In general, Royal Caribbean spared no expense--great performers, choreography and technical effects--on all the shows onboard. We also especially enjoyed the ice show (with the Russian sand artist) and the aqua show. This was our (two adults, late 60s/early 70s) first cruise with Royal Caribbean and we thank all the Cruise Critic reviewers for their input, especially the information that advance reservations are needed for shows and dining. We had most things arranged three months in advance and are glad we did, at least for the peace of mind knowing we would see/do what we wanted. I've got to say we missed the spontaneity of past cruises, however on Oasis-class ships scheduling ahead is a must. We chose a good time to go--right after the holiday when most school-age children were back in school and not onboard, so we experienced no child-related issues. The only additional-cost specialty dining we reserved was the $20/pp "First Night Done Right" to ensure we would not run late for our first CATS performance. It was our best meal on board--at 150 Central Park (chosen for us), where we had the chateubriand for two and great service. We ate one night at the Solarium Bistro, where food was good but service was lackluster. Our dinners were rounded out by two nights at the American Icon Grill dining room (one night so bad I ate two bites of the mushy "crab" cake, sent my undercooked ravioli back and ordered a salad instead--though service was great) and a few dinners at the Windjammer (most mediocre, however they put on quite an impressive spread the last night). We also ate lunches and breakfasts at Windjammer, lunch at the Dog House (really enjoyed the German sausage) and breakfasts at Johnny Rockets (good, but slow service) and the Park Cafe. We purchased online, before we left, a soft-drinks (with Voom internet--pretty good reception and speed, overall) and two specialty-coffee packages. We sure never went hungry or thirsty (bartenders and restaurants were always willing to provide soda if a machine was not readily available). Pizza, pastries and sandwiches were always available at no additional charge. Service was, in general, excellent. Our steward, servers and all staff we met were pleasant and helpful. We never had to go to Guest Services other than to get extra tip envelopes. Especially impressive was the system used to let passengers into the Windjammer Buffet: if it was busy, a line was formed and we were escorted to a table when it became available. (The line ran smoothly and quickly with staff radioing each other for information--and we did not have to search aimlessly for a table.) We loved the peacefulness and atmosphere of Central Park (our cabin was on the same deck), as well as stopping to enjoy its solo and duo (piano, string) entertainment. Activities, of course, were geared to a more-active, family crowd. For that reason, we booked our one excursion through an off-ship source. Labadee, too, did not offer much over a beach chair and barbecue to us (most activities were pay-for). It was necessary to take the tram to get around Labadee (and a map would have been appreciated, maybe included with the Compass newsletter). We were glad a barbecue was set up in each area. Would we sail an Oasis-class ship again? Absolutely, because it offers entertainment and a visual experience smaller ships cannot. Would we go out of our way to book a smaller Royal Caribbean ship? Probably not, because the food and activities--for us--were no better than other comparable lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this ship because of the size, the amenities, the live entertainment and cost. We found the ship to be somewhat crowded but not where you couldn't move. The buffet lines for breakfast and lunch were somewhat long but ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the size, the amenities, the live entertainment and cost. We found the ship to be somewhat crowded but not where you couldn't move. The buffet lines for breakfast and lunch were somewhat long but nothing more than 5 minute wait. There were 6,400 passengers and approx 2,000 crew. We had my-time dining which worked out fine. We just told them we wanted 7:30 everyday and they gave us the same table and same waiter for the entire week. My time is not bad at all, in fact you can tell them what time you wanted. Our waiter, Franky, table 232 deck 3 was great. Went out of his way to make your culinary experience great. We found the food to be above average. We did eat in Giovanni's specialty restaurant because I wanted to taste the octopus. I had it as an appetizer and I can tell you it was as tough as a shoe sole. The room was very loud and honestly, I'll probably never go back. We'll go back to Chops instead. Getting on, if you are not diamond or diamond plus may be time consuming. We are D+ so it only took us 10 minutes. Now getting off the ship is another story. The line for customs os very long and relatively slow. Expect 20-30 minutes to get through. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in ... Read More
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in September in the Caribbean. This did impact a couple of the shows (Cats and the Aqua-theatre Comedy show). The only thing we would say is the ship itself was a bit too large for us. It took a while to get anywhere due to the size. That said, the dining was fantastic. Particularly Central Park 150. This was perfect for us, high end, great service and attentive waiters. Our room steward was great and kept our place clean and tidy. The entertainment options were great. Cats and the Aqua-Theatre are the standouts. However, we also had a great time a the comedy club and at the Jazz bar. The Jazz trio were particularly good. We would most likely go again with RCCL. However, maybe a smaller ship next time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Recommended by a previous passenger. The enormous ship is an amazing structure and well fitted out with extraordinary features. The Promenade and Central Park decks were amazing and always encouraged us back for a meal, drink or social ... Read More
Recommended by a previous passenger. The enormous ship is an amazing structure and well fitted out with extraordinary features. The Promenade and Central Park decks were amazing and always encouraged us back for a meal, drink or social engagement or entertainment. The shows were absolutely fantastic. Cats could have been from Broadway and the theatre is one of the best one will experience. The ice-skating and trapeze shows were stupendous. We watched the amazing Aqua show at the rear of the ship twice - it was that good and enthralling. The dining rooms offered terrific restaurant fare and very enjoyable. We did not use the a la carte restaurants. Why pay extra for a meal when the one's paid for in our fare were already excellent menus? The front Soalrium relaxing areas was our favourite swimming/tanning area as against the swimming pool area which catered more for the younger set. We enjoyed watching the surfing/boarding and playing minigolf on the realistic looking putting greens. We never purchased on-shore excursions from the ship as they were very expensive. We had done a fair amount of research before the cruise as to what the ports offered. We hired local taxis or excursions which were very much cheaper and all provided exceptional value for money and some fun. In Jamaica, we took a shuttle bus from Falmouth to Montego Bay and after being dropped at the $6/person beach which was swarming with tourists we walked a further 500m to another local beach and joined the locals for no charge. Great day. The RCI-owned Labidee in Haiti was pleasant but was really joining all the passengers on land for the day. No locals to engage with, just passengers and a few resort-style activities like zip lines. We had booked a jetski excursion but it was cancelled as the sea had got a bit dangerous. Fair enough. The downside was the costs and service charges on everything. The catalogue price is really a down payment on the overall costs. Almost all the staff are from the Phillipines and most likely on a low wage. It is then up to each passenger to pay service charges and tips to help boost their pay packets. Very disingenuous. All costs for alcohol, wifi, photographs, excursions etc are all loaded so as to boost the overall revenue of RCI. Our guess was that we needed to more than double our budget for the cost of the trip and the on-board spending. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had been on Allure a few years ago and loved it, so we wanted to try the sister ship, Oasis. I would still rate Allure a bit better as far as the food that was offered, but most of our meals were very good. Embarkation and ... Read More
We had been on Allure a few years ago and loved it, so we wanted to try the sister ship, Oasis. I would still rate Allure a bit better as far as the food that was offered, but most of our meals were very good. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly, especially since we had everything done online ahead of time. We also had booked all our entertainment ahead of time and made sure our friends were on the same schedule with us. We enjoyed the "my time" dining since it was nice to be flexible and not have to stop enjoying the pool and jacuzzi to get ready for dinner at a specific time. All the shows were spectacular! We loved the Las Vegas Tenors and my personal favorite is the diving show in the aqua theater. We found that if we got to each show about 20-30 minutes early we were able to get the seats we wanted. Since there is so much to do, we never felt like we were on such a gigantic ship. I knew I wanted to try the zip line since I had not done it on Allure, and my only regret is that I waited until the last day to do it! It was great and I would suggest you try it on the first sea day so you can go on it again. I was in search of the wonderful omelets and crepes I had remembered on Allure, but never found them. (someone told me you had to pay extra for omelets? not OK!) When we slept in and wanted a simple breakfast we would go to the Cafe Promenade at Central Park. It's not an extra charge and we liked being able to eat out among the trees. The children's pools were so fantastic it made me want to bring my grandkids next time. Overall, it was a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have traveled 5 times with RCCL and were impressed with the service, food and accommodations on this ship. The dining staff at the 3rd deck main restaurant were outstanding as well as the housekeeping staff.. The embarkation and ... Read More
We have traveled 5 times with RCCL and were impressed with the service, food and accommodations on this ship. The dining staff at the 3rd deck main restaurant were outstanding as well as the housekeeping staff.. The embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth and well-organized. We were impressed with the Port of Cape Canaveral and nearby Coco Beach where we took advantage of a "snooze and cruise" package, leaving our car at the hotel and they shuttle us to and from the port.. Certainly Port Canaveral is better organized and less congested than the ports in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. One drawback to our cruise is that we were never advised that this cruise was very children oriented with RCCL's special offers of free trips for children under 12 years of age for the Caribbean trips. The staff advised that due to the "family-orientation" of this cruise with special free rates, they had over 600 children on this cruise and near 2000 children the week before. With this many, we felt we were on a floating nursery. As we were looking forward to a more sedate vacation, this will make us more selective on future cruises. The entertainment was very good, especially with the Ice Show, the musical Come Fly with Me and the Water Show. The individual musical groups that played Latin, Caribbean and Dixieland music were outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had a very bad shopping experience in Cozumel Mexico. It was not the fault of RC. This is just a warning to everyone to use extreme caution while shipping and DO NOT shop at the jewelry store Planteria Daniela. It is one of the first ... Read More
We had a very bad shopping experience in Cozumel Mexico. It was not the fault of RC. This is just a warning to everyone to use extreme caution while shipping and DO NOT shop at the jewelry store Planteria Daniela. It is one of the first jewelry stores you'll come across on the far right side of the shopping center in the newly built area. They claim to be an RC approved store, which they are not. They lie about the quality of their jewelry. We found out the hard way. When we returned home we found the jewelry we purchased wasn't worth even half of what we paid. So be smart and stick to the REAL RC approved stores where they back up your purchase. So much for the negative. Other than a traffic backup at the parking garage and passenger drop off, boarding and leaving the ship was smooth and quick. The port of Canaveral needs to have one entrance directly to the parking garage and one for passenger drop off. What they have now is confusion. Once in the terminal, check in was quick and smooth. We were through check in and sitting down for lunch in less than 30 minutes. We found the food at the Windjammer ranged from awful/cold to good. I hate to say it but the Windjammer food has gone down hill, since our last cruise on the Oasis. On the up side the Windjammer is kept clean, the staff is great and you can find good food most of the time. We found breakfast was the worse, too much cold food. As an alternative try the solarium, Park Cafe and Wipeout cafe. With so many restaurants on the Oasis, you'll find one you like, even without paying for the upscale restaurants. We didn't dine in the main dinning room. But found lots of other places to dine without tying up our time. We like the balcony rooms overlooking the board walk. We enjoy the activity and even the noise. It's all fun, but if you have to have total silence at night, the boardwalk is not for you. Although they were more than 6000 passengers on the Oasis it never seemed crowded. There are plenty of activities and lot's of places to get away for quite time. The bands were all very good, but unfortunately for some reason most dance music didn't start until after 9 PM. It would have been nice to have at least one band playing in the early evening so those with the late dinning could enjoy some entertainment before dinner. Lots of shows on board, but remember to book your reservations prior to sailing. There were some unhappy guest that didn't book early and complained about not being able to see the shows. The crew was super, very friendly and helpful. We find that to be true on all RC ships. Our cabin was on the 10th deck overlooking the boardwalk. We had plenty of storage space and our room attendant was the best ever. Since we had been to all the ports before we decided just to walk around and do some shopping. I do recommend booking with RC if you have never toured before. You will pay a few extra dollars, but it's worth it to be safe. So if you like lots to do, children, good entertainment and lot's of places to dine, the Oasis might be a good choice. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. We enjoy the PASSENGERS on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in addition to the ships, itinerary, food and entertainment. We are now all Diamond-Plus Members of ... Read More
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. We enjoy the PASSENGERS on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in addition to the ships, itinerary, food and entertainment. We are now all Diamond-Plus Members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. Stateroom: We stayed in a marvelous Grand Suite in deck 11 near the Diamond Lounge. The room size is 371 sq. ft. with a 105 sq. ft. balcony. The bathroom is spacious, has a tub, two sinks and lots of storage. Our stateroom attendant provided the "invisible service" we appreciate: place the "Make UP Room" sign on the door when leaving for meals and the room is clean when we return. The internet package for the entire cruise is also a nice feature and comes free with a Grand Suite. Coastal Kitchen and Suite Lounge: We were interested in experiencing the additional benefits of Grand Suites and above (Sky Class) by having breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Coastal Kitchen and drinks in the Suite Lounge next door. Service is superb and quality of the food excels many of the specialty restaurants. The filet of beef, served on the first night of the cruise, is superb!! Select beer, wine and champagne is available from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm. Mixed drinks are available from 4:30pm until 8:00pm each night. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Coastal Kitchen is even open for breakfast on debarkation morning. Reservations are required for dinner, so I recommend making your reservations early when you come on board before the most popular times are taken. Entertainment: We made reservation for the spectacular entertainment well before boarding the ship. Oasis can’t have 6,500 passengers attending the same show at the same time. We reserved Frozen in Time, Oasis of Dreams, the Headliner Showtime, and Come Fly with Me. Sky Class guests get reserved seating at each theater. Shore Excursions: Our only shore excursion was on Labadee’s Barefoot Beach for Sky Class guests and cabana rentals. We received an upscale lunch and a terrific day at a tropical beach. An additional Grand Suite perk was that a separate golf cart type transportation was available (which is nice if the weather is hot or guests have trouble walking). The pick-up spot is just past the information booth and there is an attendant with a walkie-talkie to call the driver. This is not the same service as the other regular guest pick-up carts (which don’t stop at Barefoot Beach). Debarkation: The Concierge service escorted Sky Suites and above off the ship with no queuing. It just took our family 10-minutes from the time we left the Champagne Bar, departed the ship, picked-up our luggage, completed the Customs check and exited Cruise Terminal 1 to our car. WOW! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I wanted a cruise to celebrate my retirement for 2018. We booked the cruise early to get a nice room. Once we booked, we anticipated a very good time. Upon arrival, the lines were long to get into the check-in area. Once we got to our ... Read More
I wanted a cruise to celebrate my retirement for 2018. We booked the cruise early to get a nice room. Once we booked, we anticipated a very good time. Upon arrival, the lines were long to get into the check-in area. Once we got to our room, we unpacked and got started on the activities. The room itself was good however, there was a strong urine/sewer gas smell in the bathroom. Our attendant poured bleach in the drains but the smell returned. Other than the one issue, the room was satisfactory. The ship has four pools and one adult pool. One pool was for children and had activities for the children. We had the beverage package but the strawberry daquiri and margarita did not taste good, so I drank wine during the trip. We did not get off the boat for St. Marteen or San Juan (rain) but did enjoy the Haiti trip. Otherwise, the ship does have a lot to offer. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was mother/daughter trip to try the BIG ship. I'm 83 but got around the ship pretty well. I did miss being able to take part in the fun outdoor activities. Embarkation was fast enough considering the large number of ... Read More
This was mother/daughter trip to try the BIG ship. I'm 83 but got around the ship pretty well. I did miss being able to take part in the fun outdoor activities. Embarkation was fast enough considering the large number of passengers. Debarkation was worse. Be prepared for long lines. Our cabin was typical of other cruises. See notes below. Great entertainment. Especially Cats and the Comedy Club. Joe Yannetty had me "in stitches". We didn't miss any of the featured shows and enjoyed them all. We did miss having a variety of entertainment in the main showroom. Be sure not to miss the Splish Splash Comedy water show. No reservations required. Some afternoons the Aqua performers rehearsed and that was also interesting to watch. Be sure to make all your show reservations on-line before the cruise. The specialty restaurants Giovannis and Chops were excellent. My Time Dining in the American Grill only twice as there were other venues that we wanted to try. My Time dining can be a little chaotic. And very noisy. Dining room is much better for lunch or breakfast. There is an excellent lunch buffet. We avoided the Windjammer. The ship did not appear "run down" as I've read in other posts. Over-all the noise level was way too high for me. Especially the canned music. The Champagne Bar and Vintages were two places that we found for a quiet before dinner drink. And Schooner Bar was OK at other times. Central Park was very pleasant in the evening. Sometimes quiet live music also. Most of the music that we might have enjoyed was scheduled during dining hours.that was disappointing. The ship did not offer the drink punch card during this cruise. ) : Over all I enjoyed the experience of the Oasis and highly recommend it. But in the future I would choose a smaller ship. Thanks to my daughter for making this trip a wonderful vacation. LABADEE Beautiful beaches. Plenty of loungers on a do-it-yourself basis. Some shade available. BBQ ribs and jerk chicken very tasty. No line if you get there early. Free tram around the area. FALMOUTH Just got off and looked around .Many diamond and watch stores. Plus usual souvenir shops. Margaritaville was very busy. Lots of cruisers enjoying their food and pool. COZUMEL Took a taxi to Paradise Beach. Nice resort. $3 charge. Plenty of lounges with umbrellas. You're obligated to buy food and drinks. Reasonably priced. Margaritas and nachos were great. Very nice pool is also available. For a fee, there were boat rides, parasailing, jet skis, etc. Plenty of taxis waiting to go back to the ship. About a 20 minute ride. Great day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Oasis of the Sea is a very large ship. It gives you many opportunities to choose activities, food venues, and pools. We were on board with maximum capacity of 6500 passengers. Very first time I've experienced such a large number of ... Read More
Oasis of the Sea is a very large ship. It gives you many opportunities to choose activities, food venues, and pools. We were on board with maximum capacity of 6500 passengers. Very first time I've experienced such a large number of passengers. We would prefer to travel when they're not booked to capacity. Even with this large number of people embarking and disembarking was very smooth. Food and bar Service was extremely good and fast. We were extremely excited and happy to see how large are room was. It was an outside open balcony cabin. The privacy of the cabin and balcony made us feel like we're alone on the high seas. We enjoyed Park Place with all of its green vegetation and European atmosphere. If you wished to pay an additional premium for dinner there were many specialty dining restaurants . I am not from a big city and used to crowds. But I would recommend this Cruise to friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Super Service, Food better than last cruise. Labadee & Falmouth are both getting a bit "old"in terms of destinations. Cozumel was nice. Highly recommend Chaakenaab Park in Cozumel. Ship is in pretty good shape except ... Read More
Super Service, Food better than last cruise. Labadee & Falmouth are both getting a bit "old"in terms of destinations. Cozumel was nice. Highly recommend Chaakenaab Park in Cozumel. Ship is in pretty good shape except for carpeting and drapes - need replacing (planned for drydock in October). Service seemed noticeably better - with everyone we engaged being friendly and looking to go the extra mile for help and smiling services. Food was also improved, especially in the main dining room. First time porting in Port Canaveral. We have to say that the speed and efficiency at that location was as good as any place we've embarked before. The Cortrans shuttle back to the Orlando airport was on time and well done. All in all, Royal Caribbean did their part well, and our 2nd time on Oasis was at least as good (if not slightly better) than the first. All of us had a nice time, and the Spring Break crowd was hardly noticeable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Main Observations of the Cruise: * On and off this ship was the smoothest of any cruise we have been on. * All of the shows (except CATS) were great with the Comedy Club & the theater comedy show being the best. * Standard ... Read More
Main Observations of the Cruise: * On and off this ship was the smoothest of any cruise we have been on. * All of the shows (except CATS) were great with the Comedy Club & the theater comedy show being the best. * Standard dining the Windjammer and Solarium Cafe were the winners with lots of choices. The Main Dinning room was good but not worth the wait with My Time Dining. * Optional dinning we tried the Sabor and though the service was great, the menu really needs to be a little more Tex Mex style. The contemporary menu they use is just not very tasty for a $20 each service charge. * All the ports were easy off and on: San Juan was a lot of fun just shopping downtown. The ship only stayed for half a day and required us back on the ship before 1:30 pm. We really felt that this was not nearly enough time. Sint Maarten was as beautiful as ever however only about 40% of the businesses are open after the hurricane damage. Labadee is the ultimate beach getaway for the day and shows no damage from the fall weather. The overall experience was the ship was beautiful and fun with a variety of things do do if you choose. We used this cruise as a relaxing vacation for a couple in their 60's that wanted some options. I would absolutely do it again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Ship can be too long to keep walking here and there... but our cabin was too far forward! The ship had the best entertainment, it is all awesome! Last minute booking so price would be cheaper, so it was a cabin I wouldn't haven't ... Read More
Ship can be too long to keep walking here and there... but our cabin was too far forward! The ship had the best entertainment, it is all awesome! Last minute booking so price would be cheaper, so it was a cabin I wouldn't haven't chosen. And the wind can be a problem when sailing... Windjammer was a little small for whole ship. But there are other small venues. Like the pizza shop with great personal size pizza, to compare with Italy. "Cats" was inspiring, Aqua show awesome... Ice show real great; could see again. And couple very funny comedians at dedicated comedy club! The food was very good, with lobster one night. But in the end our favorite spot was in Central Park! The roast beef sandwich is worth checking out right away at Cafe! I will go back soon, when price is right and I have a person who would go with me. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We've sailed Oasis in the past as well as other RCI ships. The quality of service has been very consistent over the years. Generally, they do it all right! The shows are outstanding and varied for all interests. The only negative ... Read More
We've sailed Oasis in the past as well as other RCI ships. The quality of service has been very consistent over the years. Generally, they do it all right! The shows are outstanding and varied for all interests. The only negative we found was a little drop off in main dining room service; not quite up to past standards. We've stopped at Labadee, Falmouth & Cozumel several times in the past and will probably choose a different itinerary in the future. Our cabin overlooked an enjoyable view of Central Park and was one deck below deck 15 activities. We chose a forward stateroom to be close to stairs and elevators and found it very convenient. The Solarium was close by and offered a great spot for lunch and daytime leisure. One of the biggest challenges on a large ship is location. You cannot be near everything so you have to make a choice that best fits your needs. 14185 did it for us. We will sail Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Oasis of the Seas has a great crew. the ship needs refurbishing its 9 years old. saying that I still had a great time. My only beef is that when I travel alone they set me at a table for two and I end up eating alone. this has ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas has a great crew. the ship needs refurbishing its 9 years old. saying that I still had a great time. My only beef is that when I travel alone they set me at a table for two and I end up eating alone. this has happened over and over again. if i want to eat alone i would stay home. when I book my cruise I ask for early dining and a large table. I did not like the show CATS and walked out after 30 minutes. a half hour later i saw a line 9 persons wide walking out. The comedy show was very good along with the water show, ice show come fly with me. Come fly with me had props that i have never seen in a broadway type show. it was great. I have a suggestion for RCL open up my time dining and start a large table for those of us that are single. PS being diamond plus made boarding easy with a small line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We booked this cruise in 2016. At first I wasn't sure I'd like a ship as big as Oasis, but once we boarded, I quickly got over my hesitation. The ship is awesome - it offers a week of non-stop activities, good food and fun. ... Read More
We booked this cruise in 2016. At first I wasn't sure I'd like a ship as big as Oasis, but once we boarded, I quickly got over my hesitation. The ship is awesome - it offers a week of non-stop activities, good food and fun. There were some issues with the entertainment - cancelled shows, rescheduled shows, etc., but the shows that we did attend were great. We were introduced to Quest - what a hoot! Our cabin attendant was terrific and the waitstaff in the dining room was efficient and friendly. Now for the unpleasant part. We were on the cruise that started on SuperBowl Sunday. There was this great set up for football fans that included big screens and great food and drink. As we watched the game, a weight and age-challenged woman parked herself next to us. (BTW, I'm not exactly on the young side.) She asked which team we were rooting for - turned out that we were not rooting for her team. At which point she pulled out ... (I am not making this up)... a megaphone and proceeded to spend the rest of the game making our lives miserable with her overly loud pronouncements and weird siren noises mostly aimed at us. Her behavior was so unlike the vast majority of cruisers that we have seen and met (this was our 10th cruise). I know that RCCI does have a code of behavior for passengers, but who could we report her to? Our only other issue was with our lunch at Chops. The service and the food were both poor - very unlike our experience anywhere on Royal Caribbean ships. We did express our concern to the host. He tried to reschedule us for another complimentary lunch, but we couldn't work out the timing. As a result, the cost of our lunch was refunded - something that we really appreciated. By the end of our cruise, I was ready to turn around and get back on! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This classy particular ship has many activities, very good food, excellent /knowledgeable helpful staff. You can't get a free bottle of water or a bag of popcorn ..we felt bombarded by the constant literature you are handed to buy ... Read More
This classy particular ship has many activities, very good food, excellent /knowledgeable helpful staff. You can't get a free bottle of water or a bag of popcorn ..we felt bombarded by the constant literature you are handed to buy everyday...it never stops! If they aren't handing it to you, there will be something in your room advertising the sale on jewelry you just have to see. There are good places to eat at no cost..good variety in that respect. Noticed the area for kids to enjoy around the water is well layed out and colorful. Was impressed with the many activities for parents to enjoy with children. Very family friendly with movies, crafts, cartoon characters, face painting and other activities. I would consider this cruise possibly in the future but know that Royal Caribbean has their hand out at every turn..right down to the 6 pack of soda for $14.00!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We have ejoyed all of our preveious Royal Caribbean cruises. This was a good Christmas cruise. The cabin was too small (smaller than previous cruises). Dining was excellent, entertainment was excellent, service was great and ports and ... Read More
We have ejoyed all of our preveious Royal Caribbean cruises. This was a good Christmas cruise. The cabin was too small (smaller than previous cruises). Dining was excellent, entertainment was excellent, service was great and ports and shore excursions were avg. There's a reason Royal Caribbean is rated the top cruise line for the past 14 years. It has great ships with decent food and outstanding entertainment. We took an identical cruise on Oasis of the Seas last January and I have to say that the non-holiday cruise was a better experience. Still, this was a very good cruise but, as expected, the crowds were bigger and the public areas were outrageously noisy. Much of the noise was created by the ship itself with loudspeakers used by barkers, cruise directors and music set to their very loudest levels. I suppose this is necessary because kids today seem to carry on conversations at the top of their lungs. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Having cruised with Royal Caribbean before, and thoroughly enjoying it,we booked this cruise as it offered some winter sunshine at a reasonable price. We were not too concerned about the fact that we had previously visited all the ports of ... Read More
Having cruised with Royal Caribbean before, and thoroughly enjoying it,we booked this cruise as it offered some winter sunshine at a reasonable price. We were not too concerned about the fact that we had previously visited all the ports of call, we just wanted the cruise experience on a ship larger than any other we had been on before. The ship was beautiful but we did not think that the complimentary facilities offered accommodated the passenger numbers. The queues for the anytime dining in the evening could be very long though the staff did try very hard to deal with this. There was often a long queue for the Windjammer at breakfast and lunch. The promenade cafe and Boleros were no larger than those on the Freedom of the Seas even though there were lots more passengers. Possibly this is due to the amount of space being taken over to accommodate an abundance of cover charge eateries and high end shops. On a positive note the shows were all very enjoyable in a comfortable theatre. Overall the staff were friendly and worked very hard to look after us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
There's a reason Royal Caribbean is rated the top cruise line for the past 14 years. It has great ships with decent food and outstanding entertainment. We took an identical cruise on Oasis of the Seas last January and I have to ... Read More
There's a reason Royal Caribbean is rated the top cruise line for the past 14 years. It has great ships with decent food and outstanding entertainment. We took an identical cruise on Oasis of the Seas last January and I have to say that the non-holiday cruise was a better experience. Still, this was a very good cruise but, as expected, the crowds were bigger and the public areas were outrageously noisy. Much of the noise was created by the ship itself with loudspeakers used by barkers, cruise directors and music set to their very loudest levels. I suppose this is necessary because kids today seem to carry on conversations at the top of their lungs. Thankfully, Oasis provides a refuge from the noise and chaos in it's solarium area where kids under 13 are not welcome. It provides a quiet spot for a quick breakfast or lunch as well as respite during the day with its own pools and hot tubs. For the most part, entertainment was top notch ranging from an incredible production of the long running Broadway show, "Cats," to excellent lounge shows featuring the pros from the "Cats" cast. And, because of the outstanding activities aboard Oasis, it's no wonder that parents like to take their kids along for Thanksgiving break. One of the highlights of our first trip on Oasis was our Central Park Balcony room where an incredible violinist from Ukraine, Eugenia Kulanova, and her husband and pianist, Dmytro Kutsov. played every evening from 6 until 9 p.m. Ms. Kulanova is quite possibly the best solo violinist I have ever heard and she uses a violin that would match or exceed the sound of any Stradivarius I have ever heard. She was perfectly accompanied by her husband to provide such an enjoyable musical experience that one hated to leave it to go to dinner. Sadly, they have been replaced by another violin/piano duo that in no way matches or even comes close to the quality of music provide the Ukrainians. We were disappointed when we learned that the Central Park rooms were sold out but after hearing the new duo, we were very pleased with our Oceanview room with balcony. Another problem we encountered on this cruise was being double charged for merchandise purchases on three different occasions. In another case, we received a notice that we would be charged $25 each for two towels which housekeeping said we had not turned in but we had. Guest Services fixed that problem immediately with no questions asked and the merchants immediately credited our account for the over charges with apologies. Still, that's four times in a seven day cruise that we were erroneously charged and that is too many. It becomes a trust issue which forces one to check every receipt carefully. Friends reported encountering the same problem in bar areas where they were charged for more drinks than they actually purchased. While it could be coincidental, this smacks of a tactic used by unscrupulous retailers who do this deliberately in hopes that the victim will not discover it until too late, thus increasing profits. If it IS discovered they graciously fix the problem with apologies but still, it is cause for concern. Overall, we've found RC food to be acceptable but this trip we found all beef dishes to be very tough and difficult to chew. I sent one dining room steak back only to find its replacement equally tough and virtually inedible. I found chicken dishes to be very good and pork chops excellent but was unable to finish any beef dish, including beef tenderloin. Our cabin was adequate and clean and it was kept that way by an excellent cabin steward who was unobtrusive but seemed to be always available when we needed something. With the exception of one Headliner show, the entertainment was incredible ranging from "Cats" as the main theater production to great lounge shows and concert venues with quality entertainers. The one disappointment was a Nashville group called "Savannah Jack," a five person group which has served as a warm-up band for top stars like Kenny Rogers. Unfortunately, they were a headline group operating like a warm-up band and I never quite figured out whether they were a musical group that tried to be funny or a comedy group that played very little music. In any case, they failed. Apparently, the entertainment industry has decided that many people like to be a part of the show and Oasis accommodates this with Kareoke and a couple of really stupid shows called the World's Sexist Man contest and the Bellyflop Contest. These are NOT class acts. They are designed as all male venues aimed at demonstrating how low the cruising male moron can go. They might be funny if they were not so embarrassing. Still, they provide another way to occupy large chunks of the 5,600 Oasis passengers...as if they had nothing else to do. It is impossible to do everything there is to do on Oasis in one seven-day cruise. We didn't try and we managed to pick up a couple of new shows this trip..."Come Fly With Me," an excellent acrobatic musical and two bar (lounge) shows that we couldn't get in the first time. If top quality entertainment is what you're after, Oasis of the Seas easily provides it. Even with these negatives, however, cruising on Oasis is addictive and I can't wait to go again on Oasis or one of the newer Oasis Class ships like Symphony of the Seas or Harmony of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This is our first cruise and I had heard good things about RCCL. We selected the Oasis and Eastern Caribbean for the dates and price, plus I really wanted to go to St Maarten. Alas, what do you know, due the hurricane damage, our ports ... Read More
This is our first cruise and I had heard good things about RCCL. We selected the Oasis and Eastern Caribbean for the dates and price, plus I really wanted to go to St Maarten. Alas, what do you know, due the hurricane damage, our ports of calls were changed to Nassau, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We spent a day at Universal Studio the day before embarkation, and that was fun (pricey also). I think multi-day passes would have been a better deal. I would also recommend the Express Pass - our average wait for the rides were about 45 minutes (it was a Saturday, and the parked closed at 5 pm). Line up for embarkation was long, but fast. The first glimpse of the ship was a little overwhelming due to its size... We parked at the RCCL parking lot, $135, I think. Apparently there are cheaper options; but since this is our first cruise, we figured we would just go with the established option. We bought beverage packages for everyone (4 adults and 3 kids). I was the only one with the alcohol package as the other adults don't drink or couldn't drink. I HAD to make an effort every day to make the package worth its price, if you know what I mean. Activities - As mentioned, the ship was HUGE!!! We didn't get to try every activity onboard during our cruise. Next cruise, I would like to try rock-climbing and ice skating. I did get a chance to try the Flow-rider, mini golf, ping pong, and a few of the shows. Kids enjoyed mini golf, ping pong and the kids club. The pool and activities area got kind of busy on at-sea days, but service was still good. Dining - Main dining room was very good. Rest of my group liked Windjammer because dress code is casual. Personally, I enjoyed the service and food at the main dining room - ours was The Grande. We had lobster tail on one of the formal nights - it was a little too salty. One thing I found was the beef (steak.roast) was a little salty and I am not sure what they do to it, but the texture was more like ham than beef. Cheesecake at main dining room was good, creme brûlée was decent. Dessert at Windjammer was below expectation. Room - We had two interior rooms on deck 6. Both with murphy bed that songs down from the wall - pretty cool. One of the room smelled like the previous guest did not shower during the whole cruise. Not really a foul smell, but it just smelled "lived in" the whole week of our cruise - kind of a stuffy smell. Mot sure if it could have been fixed as these are interior windowless rooms. Unless I wanted to keep the door opened for a long time, there was really no way to air the room out. The room was otherwise big enough for 2 adults and 2 kids. Service - We had excellent service all around except for one. Let's start with the good - our room attendant Leevan was very good and friendly. He made towel animals for us every night. Kept the room clean and tidy. What else can you ask for? Our main dining room waiter Reynaldo and the Asst Waiter were very good as well. By our second dinner, they had our drinks down pad. Mixed up our order once, but that was a busy night and they corrected it right away. Most staff were friendly and usually greeted guests as we come across them. THE a housekeeping staff on deck 15/16. Here is what happened - I had the kids standing on the first rung of the metal railing by the stairs on deck 16 (or 15, can't remember). This is an inside stair and rail, it is not the railing against the outside of the ship, so the other side of the railing is not a steep drop into the ocean, but rather a 4 foot drop on the the pool deck. Yes, I will admit, it is still wrong to have the kids step on the first rung of the metal railing while I was taking pics of them on a windy day. However, the action of this staff was uncalled for. He yelled from about 20 feet or so away near the top of his lungs "Hey! Get down from there." I really expected more professional behaviour from a cruiser employee. It wasn't as though the kids were misbehaving with no parental supervision. I was right there taking their pics. I thought and still think the proper thing to do would have been approach any of the 4 adults there and request we keep the kids off the railing. I talked to him about yelling at guests vs informing/telling nicely, and he was dismissive, saying he thought we couldn't hear him due to the wind - well then don't yell from 20 feet away, walk up to us and talk to us. I approached him again about 5 minutes later and gently told him it's not nice to yell at people, and he could have told us nicely to stay off the railing - again, he was dismissive and never apologetic. Entertainment - Anyway, enough about the bad. Entertainment was plenty onboard. We saw the diving show, headliner (Beatles Maniac) - very good, wife and kids saw Frozen in Time and they enjoyed it, the parade was fun, Come Fly with Me - it was good, Casino was fun, and we missed Cats. Ports of Call - We did not take any excursion. Nassau was ok. Nice to walk around the town. It was a little tough with 3 kids and a senior citizen to walk too much. Costa Maya - we took a cab to Blue Kay resort. Nice beach. You can use their chairs and table if you purchase drinks and/or food. Cozumel - was hoping to dive there, but didn't work out. Took a cab into town and back. Nice to walk around (kids and Senior stayed on ship). Peddler not too pushy and everyone is friendly. I think next time we will go to the beaches at each port of call. The only thing we missed compared to all inclusive resort was beach time. Overall, the ship was very big and impressive. Service was excellent. Food was good, and drinks are all top shelve - not no frills brand like at all inclusive. Would we go again - YES!!! And I think we may stay with RCCL for now. May be try an ocean balcony room if the price is not prohibitive - it just seems so nice to be able to sit in your balcony and stare at the ocean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We finally decided to pull the trigger on an Oasis class ship. Last year we sailed on the Freedom and found that though its much larger than the ships we normally cruise that it wasn't as daunting a prospect as thought it might be. On ... Read More
We finally decided to pull the trigger on an Oasis class ship. Last year we sailed on the Freedom and found that though its much larger than the ships we normally cruise that it wasn't as daunting a prospect as thought it might be. On Oasis, there's a LOT of stuff to do and I think the ship is just too dang big! We have a fairly set routine and having all those other choices is nice or maybe is nice for certain groups of people but for us they had a lot of unsused choices. I think there are a lot of pluses, the food was great and better than freedom. Dining room service was better too. On the main street thing the pizza and café promenade are fantasic! That whole area works as intended I think. In the evenings this was the most busy part of the ship so getting from one end to the other a challenge. Everybody was acting in good spirits though which greatly helps. Lots of people have asked us about lines and crowds. Most times it didn't seem to be a long wait for anything. The ship does have a lot of hiddenaway spaces and knowing where they are or figuring it out early in the cruise really helps. I had a scooter rented for my wife and I and the first night I got up about 4 am and toured the ship myself to find al the right kind of places for the rest of the cruise. This really helped on down the road and generally kept us from getting turned around. ( which only happened about one time! ) The Casino area is what threw us off a couple times. On most ships the casino can be defined as being in one area, fore, aft or midship. Royals decplanning and the two elevator deal always throws us Carnival peeps off a bit. ( Carnival generally has three elevator lobbies on its ships ) Anyway, the casino is so huge, you get off the aft elevators and either go straight in or wind your way round half of it via a long curving hallway. Once in there, like most casinos you can get turned around several times. Then you pop out thinking I'm in place X so you pop onto the elevator and head up to deck 5. Instantly you feel the need to stroll the avenure to the other end where you cabin is....... or ought to be..... then DANG IT! yer at the wrong end of the ship!!! This only happens when you are most tired! We did have a great time, the drawback of having to book your entertainment is a big of a drag, We booked most shows and comedy months in advance and it kind of sucks that you lose all your spontaneity by having to plan out your whole cruise like that! In the end I think people book a lot of stuff and forget or decide to blow off half of it. We booked in advance only the 2nd day comedy, and main show headliners and a water show. A few days later we added in Cats on the last sea day for a matinee showing. Once on board I thought you'd get show tix ( maybe like shore excursion reminders or tix you may be used to on other cruise lines ). Well that didn't happen and for some the interactive TV is easy to use and for some it isn't but it would have your schedule on it if you can find it! We did end up getting consfused and missing the water show! We weren't able to rebook it for later in the cruise of course we could maybe go get in line. It all worked out in the end because there was one other show we had skipped booking earlier and we decided to take in the late show of that late in the cruise and it was GREAT! Overall like I said we had a great time but I miss the intimacy of a smaller ship and getting to know and bump into other passengers as the cruise goes along. WE have made some great cruising buddies over the years here on cruise critic! You seldom see anyone twice on the big ships like this. I think the O class will not be our first or second choice in the future but if the right deal comes along..... Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
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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