4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We enjoy Oasis of the seas for our teenage children. There is so much to keep them busy. All kinds of activities all the time and with several sea days, this gives them time to enjoy everything. My boys liked hanging out at the basketball ... Read More
We enjoy Oasis of the seas for our teenage children. There is so much to keep them busy. All kinds of activities all the time and with several sea days, this gives them time to enjoy everything. My boys liked hanging out at the basketball courts and the table tennis, my girls enjoy the pool deck. They all enjoy the rock climbing, dive show and other shows, bingo, listening to the musicians and the planned activities. There are always other kids around to hang with and they really enjoyed making new friends. They also love the pizza shop, hot dog shop, ice cream cones, and eating in the main dining room. Having said that, we have cruised a LOT and this is NOT our favorite ship. It is very crowded at all times and there is a line for everything. From the snack/coffee shop, to getting a slice of pizza, be prepared to wait. It was difficult to find pool chairs on sea days, the bars got crowded and we had to wait for drinks around dinner time, bingo was absolutely ridiculous, there were so many people playing that someone got bingo after only 5 numbers were drawn which really takes any fun out of it. The service was spot on as we have come to expect with Royal Caribbean, from the state room attendant to the servers in the main dining room and the bartenders, everyone gave 5* service. I, personally, just prefer a smaller more intimate ship (without so many lines). But for a family adventure this is certainly the right ship! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this cruise to go on a huge ship. It was huge! ......you would not have known there was 4500 passengers....alot of people must have stayed in the canins with balconys.. Balconies are a good size. Only problem, one outside ... Read More
We choose this cruise to go on a huge ship. It was huge! ......you would not have known there was 4500 passengers....alot of people must have stayed in the canins with balconys.. Balconies are a good size. Only problem, one outside pool, kids everywhere, could never get e seat ... Great for kids not for Dinks.... the Windjammer restuarant was always packed and a frenzy at meal times..far better to eat in the dinning rooms. Spending on the ship is in US dollars and when converted back to AUS expensive.. 1 us dollar to AUS 66cents Better to get a drinks package if you like a drink..otherwise average 10 bucks a drink, 15 for cocktails and all in us dollars. Lots of up selling. Never had a massage on board..did this time and it was about $220 AUS each.wow! Orginally booked for 4 ports, one was dropped before we left. one we couldnt get to because of weather..disappointed Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because I have been on the Harmony, and am going on the Symphony,so I wanted to go on the Oasis. It has gotten such good reviews and I remember when it was released all the news around it. The Oasis is a beautiful ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I have been on the Harmony, and am going on the Symphony,so I wanted to go on the Oasis. It has gotten such good reviews and I remember when it was released all the news around it. The Oasis is a beautiful ship! I took my two grandsons, ages 11, and 13. The boys tried going to the pools, but never got in, because they were so crowded. I know its spring break, but...There was plenty to do for the 13 year old, but the 11 year old didn't want to go to the kids club,so he was quite lost. Our cabin attendant,Vincent, was wonderful !! We had dinner in the main dining room, and our wait staff was great!!! Our waiter, Richard, and assistant Raveen could not do more for us. We had a problem in the dining room one night , but it was a problem with the bar service, which we had a lot of other places. Loved the 70's party and the prohibition event. My biggest complaint was the size of the rooms. This is my 15th cruise and NEVER have i been in a smaller room. If I hadn't bought extra storage, we could not have done it. Although it was a good cruise,I don't think I will go on the Oasis again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We went on Oasis of the Seas in March. It's a beautiful ship with amazing activities and entertainment. This was our tenth overall cruise (we've also been on Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, and Norwegian) and our first with Royal ... Read More
We went on Oasis of the Seas in March. It's a beautiful ship with amazing activities and entertainment. This was our tenth overall cruise (we've also been on Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, and Norwegian) and our first with Royal Caribbean. We enjoyed the cruise overall, but had a very inconsistent customer service experience and a number of issues during our cruise. PROS: -Gorgeous ship. -So many activities on board: carousel, DreamWorks characters and parade, zipline, flowrider, children's splash area, daily trivia, and much, much more. -Amazing shows. The highlights were Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly with Me, the sand artist during Frozen in Time, and the adorable glow-in-the-dark children's puppet show. -Dedicated children's TV channels, which not all cruise ships have. Made a big difference when we were in the room. -The food was the best we've experienced on a cruise. Wide variety and good quality. We didn't try the specialty restaurants. -Seamless embarkation and debarkation experiences. -My kids loved the dedicated playroom. This was a great feature not all cruise ships have. -Babysitting for younger children--even my 15 month old--so parents can enjoy a night out. -Dining: Once we were finally seated, service in the main dining room was generally excellent. Since we have young children, the dining room staff made sure we received our meals quickly, which is not often the case on other cruise lines--including Disney. One of our servers remembered our preferences after the first night and provided excellent service. -Our stateroom attendant formed a bond with our children--they were eager to see him each time we left our room. -Central Park: Very unique and beautiful feature for a cruise ship. We stayed on deck 8 and enjoyed walking through the park to get to the other end of the ship. CONS: -The buffet was always crowded, particularly during breakfast. It was very hard to navigate and find a table, especially with two young children and a stroller. -Ports: There was little communication when we arrived in port, which was surprising, given our past cruise experiences. -Housekeeping always had bags of laundry and carts in the narrow hallways, making it very difficult to navigate with a stroller in order to get to our cabin. -Communication issues: We didn't receive our Cruise Compass the first three days of the cruise and didn't get it until we complained to guest services, so we were a bit lost and missed out on some activities. (We didn't know it was formal night, didn't know we couldn't drop our daughter off at the kids club at certain times, and didn't know about DreamWorks character appearances--characters weren't listed in the app.) -Wi-Fi/App: Constantly lost our connection and had to keep on reconnecting. -Babysitting: We were unable to use babysitting we had reserved for various reasons: one of our shows was canceled, we tried dropping off our daughter at the kids club at a time that was blocked out--unbeknownst to us because we hadn't received the daily schedule (and rather than being apologetic, the staff member simply told us we should have read the daily guide, which we never received), and one time Royal Babies & Tots failed to reserve our babysitting hours--even though we confirmed in advance. When we did drop off our 15 month old the first time for babysitting services so we could enjoy the comedy show, they called us multiple times during the show, forcing my husband to completely miss it. -Shows: While the entertainment was great, you had to reserve everything in advance. Also, one of our shows (Oasis of Dreams) was canceled and rescheduled. -My time dining was difficult. There was often a long wait to make a reservation or request a table. When we finally got to the reservations desk, the dining room kept mistakenly thinking we were part of a party of 13 and made us wait while they figured it out. Once our name was finally taken, there was often still a 15-20 minute wait for a table, which is difficult with young kids. We were given different information from different people about our reservation times throughout the week, which was confusing. -Tiny, claustrophobic shower. This isn't surprising on a cruise ship, but the showers on Disney and Norwegian are better. Difficult to bathe young children in a tiny shower. -Billing: We were mistakenly charged $200 for towels we had returned. They sprang this charge on us at the last minute--I checked our bill after 10:00 pm on the last night of our cruise and didn't see this surprise charge until we received our bill the last morning. When I addressed this issue with guest services, they weren't apologetic at all, but did remove the charge. -Elevators: Elevator doors didn't stay open long enough. Once the doors opened, you had to run to get to the elevator or risked missing it, which was very difficult with a stroller. The sensors on the doors didn't work properly. My young daughter was hit with the elevator door once when exiting. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We picked this cruise because of the ports of call and the size of the ship. Going bigger was the right choice. I never felt crowed or overwhelmed. The longest we waited in line was 5 mins at the soda machine. St. Maarten needs a lot ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the ports of call and the size of the ship. Going bigger was the right choice. I never felt crowed or overwhelmed. The longest we waited in line was 5 mins at the soda machine. St. Maarten needs a lot of work. We took a private tour through Viator. Highly recommend. 5 hours with a local who took us on both sides of the island and to see the damage and the beauty of the beaches. Make sure to book your show reservations before you get on the ship. Book Oasis of Dreams on the first night. Most shows cancel because of wind. Don't waste your time on Cats! Most people walked out. For shows not seeing reservations, go early to get in line. Formal night is fun. A nice dress for the ladies and shirt and tie is good for the men. No need for a jacket. There are 2 formal nights. Don't stress about getting on and off the ship. Wow!!!!! So smooth and easy if you are patient. Relax and have fun. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
Boarding went quickly. We are Gold level on RCL so no extra perks for us. Booked an inside cabin #10445 - quiet, clean room - with easy access to elevators. The shows were good - booked them all in advance. Dining in the ... Read More
Boarding went quickly. We are Gold level on RCL so no extra perks for us. Booked an inside cabin #10445 - quiet, clean room - with easy access to elevators. The shows were good - booked them all in advance. Dining in the main dining room was okay- they don't have a lot of options for vegetarians- but I did have some amazing salads.The wait staff in the main dining room are very very customer service orientated- they want you to be happy. Activities were ok- they could do so much with that kids club area that they have- it is under utilized. Towel folding was funny- they just show you - they don't give out towels so you can try it out along side of them - waste of time. Dream Works parade is amazing! Attended the sushi making class ($28) - went to the main desk and asked if my husband could come along as my eater (bc I thought they would be using raw fish & I def don't eat raw fish) they called the restaurant and it was no problem-- so I signed up. What a FUN way to spend the morning on a sea day!!! The instruction was excellent and I learned some things. We made 3 huge rolls--(no raw fish)-- we made crab, shrimp and avocado rolls- yummy. Went to the future cruise office-- they were not that friendly and it was hard to see what was available- didn't book a future cruise with them. If you wanted to book your next trip on board for the perks - would suggest you know exactly when and where you want to go. The cost of popcorn is $2.50, I forget the cost of cotton candy- but there is a fee. The buffet at some busy dining times did have a line to get in - the servers will seat you when a table opens up. They have an announcement kindly asking you not to linger in the dining area because people are waiting. Central Park had nice places to sit and read - also the Cafe in Central Park was good for lunch. We didn't feel like there were thousands of people on board. There were never crazy lines that took forever- wait oops -yes there were -on the Boardwalk they had a carnival day for the kids- free cake, free candy apples etc... the line to get a candy apple was outrageous and idk why it moved so slow- and no sadly I didn't get a candy apple bc I wasn't waiting in the snaking line. The Boardwalk was packed full of people and the games were not organised- just tossed out a few jump ropes and other outdoor games. That was the only time I experienced a mob of people during the week. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Overall we had an excellent vacation and we came home with outstanding memories. The following is more critical, because, well, this is Cruise Critic, and that is what we do, right? We choose this cruise because it fit our ... Read More
Overall we had an excellent vacation and we came home with outstanding memories. The following is more critical, because, well, this is Cruise Critic, and that is what we do, right? We choose this cruise because it fit our schedule and budget. Was apprehensive about the size of the ship, but turned out to not be an issue as RCCL has done a great job of making the ship feel smaller through its various neighborhoods. The only times we felt the largeness was when trying to get on the ship and while waiting for the Flow Rider. The staterooms are great and the food was excellent. We prefer the split bathroom concept on Disney cruise lines, but even with the 4 of us in one stateroom, we found the singular lavatory sufficient. The only issue that had an impact on our vacation was the entertainment. We went to 4 shows. 1. The Oasis of Dreams diving show was cool to watch, but neither my wife nor myself could understand what the story line was. 5 of 10 stars. 2. The ice skating show based on Hans Christian Andersen was fabulous - 10 stars. 3. Cats - good timeless story but the performing talent was average. 4. The Come Fly with Me had some fun moments, but it has one scene where the a male and female acrobat descend on the stage in a very sensual position wearing nude colored tights. There was not much left to the imagination and was certainly not appropriate for my 12 year old son and 6 year old daughter. It was listed as family appropriate and we wish we had known what to expect prior to attending. Our 6 year old daughter had a great time in Kids camp and begged to stay longer. This staff was fabulous and awesome. Our 12 year old was in a bit of a rut. The teen camp was mostly older kids 14+, leaving him in an awkward position. Too old for kids camp and not quite old enough for teenager camp. He found the putt putt golf to be a blast and probably played 25 rounds, but would really like to have had a teen club for the 12-14 year old crowd. Dining - we had the My Time dining. Frankly, we still don't know what that means. We know it meant we didn't have a set dining time, but it seems that we could also make a reservation if we wanted to. Nobody could really explain to us the benefits of it. As such, we would show up to the restaurant when we wanted and were typically seated within 10 minutes. However, we had a different table and wait staff each evening. We don't think this is how it was intended to be. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
My husband and I and our two daughters, ages 7 and 11, enjoyed our spring break cruise. This was our first time on a ship as large as Oasis. We've sailed Disney before, and my husband and I have done two previous Royal Caribbean ... Read More
My husband and I and our two daughters, ages 7 and 11, enjoyed our spring break cruise. This was our first time on a ship as large as Oasis. We've sailed Disney before, and my husband and I have done two previous Royal Caribbean cruises before, although on much smaller ships. Cabin: Our cabin was 9610, a balcony room with a pull-out couch. The room was fine, other than we all had a very difficult time trying to sleep because we couldn't get the room as cool as we would like at night. We also found the mattresses to be quite hard and uncomfortable. I wish we had a room with the pull-out bed from the wall. Our cabin steward gave us towel animals 5 out of 7 nights, so my girls enjoyed that. Ship: There's so much to do on the ship. My oldest daughter enjoyed the zipline. Both girls did the rock climbing wall, and loved all the pools. We all enjoyed the big hot tubs that go out over the side of the ship. Oldest daughter and I did a sushi making class, which was fun, although they kind of rushed us through it and it was a little hard to keep up at times. Youngest daughter's biggest disappointment was not getting to ice skate. They only opened the ice skating rink on the second sea day. Went down there to sign up for a session (you have to sign up 15 minutes in advance for a 30-minute session) but all the sessions were booked up for the day by the time we got down there. It was one of the biggest things she had been looking forward to, and I wish they had indicated that we needed to sign up as soon as they opened. I also don't understand why it was only offered one day the entire 7 days we were there. Shows: We saw Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly With Me, a comedy show, the comedy diving show, and Frozen in Time. Oasis of Dreams and Frozen in Time were our favorites. They do a really great job. Kids club: The first sea day we tried to take youngest daughter to kids club, but it was full! I didn't even know that was a possibility. The rest of the cruise we were able to get her in and she enjoyed herself and would ask us if we could take her there. Oldest daughter is 11, and turns 12 in two months. She is just at that awkward age where she wasn't quite old enough for the teen club, and I didn't feel totally comfortable letting her do it because they keep the 12-17-year olds together. I just don't think a 12-year-old girl needs to be hanging out with high school boys. Sooo Kids Club was a mixed bag for her. She was bored a lot, but when there were other 11-year-olds there she enjoyed hanging out with them, although she didn't really find the activities that interesting. Also, kids club staff do NOT get paid enough. It was always very loud, jam packed and kids in general were acting like total brats whenever I was down there. I felt sorry for the staff. My oldest daughter wrote them a very nice thank-you note on her last day as she also noticed how incredibly bratty some of the behaved. Dining: We did the 3-night specialty restaurant package. We ate at Chops, Giovannis, and Sabor. Giovannis was one of my favorites, but hubby liked Chops best. Sabor was a nice change of pace, but probably not the best use of our dining package. It's really more of a lunch place, and not worth a $20 per person cover charge ($10 per kid). The rest of the days we ate dinner in the dining room with My Time dining. We had reservations for 6 p.m. and would arrive about 30 minutes early each night and they were always able to seat us immediately, and with the same waiter each time. The food was pretty good. On lobster night, service was painfully slow, but the lobsters were quite tasty (I wasn't expecting a lot there, so I was pleasantly surprised). The only disappointment were the desserts. They were meh. We enjoyed the variety in the Windjammer for breakfast in the mornings. We had room service one day and it was ok. Some items we ordered didn't make it. Ports - St. Martin - this was our favorite stop. We booked a tour with Billy Bones Speedboats and it was a great way to spend the day seeing the island. There is still so much damage. San Juan - we did the Vivo Beach Club excursion. There wasn't a lot of options that were interesting to us in San Juan, especially since we were only there until 1:30. I feel like we paid way too much for the Vivo Beach Club excursion given that we didn't' get there until 10 a.m. and had to leave at 1. Labadee - Unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived in Labadee and stayed cloudy and cool the whole time we were there. We reserved a beach bungalow, which was very nice, and the kids still played in the water even though it was cloudy and cool. I would love to try it again when it was sunny and warm, because it was a really nice place. Overall, we enjoyed our cruise and would do it again! The only hiccup was that on day 7, the day we got off the ship, youngest daughter woke up not feeling well. We made it through a long day of travel home and took her to urgent care, where she was diagnosed with Influenza A. The next day, I was diagnosed with it as well. I feel like we practically bathed ourselves in hand sanitizer on the ship, but, alas. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We choose OAS because this has always been a great ship to cruise on. Unfortunately all the great staff has been removed and sent to either Harmony or Symphony. The new menus are in effect with French onion soup added to the appetizers ... Read More
We choose OAS because this has always been a great ship to cruise on. Unfortunately all the great staff has been removed and sent to either Harmony or Symphony. The new menus are in effect with French onion soup added to the appetizers and now you order dessert at the same time as everything else. We did not see any improvement in speed of delivery of food by doing this. The bread is now on the table when you get there without savory bites. Chilled soups are not on the menu but if you ask you can get them. The main entrees seem to have been changed and not as good as before. The CATS production had more people leaving early than any show I’ve ever seen on board. The CD was almost invisible. The Beatle Maniacs have to be the best headliners we’ve seen in years. The pool attendant at Beach Pool was outstanding. Beatrice the Diamond Concierge is very accommodating. We dined on deck 5 and enjoyed the great service of the assistant waiter, Julie Sedillo who was on the first month of her first contract and should be promoted to head waiter if she continues delivering the service she gave us. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise primarily because of the boat’s features. The boat was fantastic. Loads of activities like ziplining and “surfing”. There were also lots of group activities. ORLANDO We’ve been to Orlando several times, ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because of the boat’s features. The boat was fantastic. Loads of activities like ziplining and “surfing”. There were also lots of group activities. ORLANDO We’ve been to Orlando several times, so we embarked soon after our arrival in Orlando. EMBARKATION The lines were long, but moved fairly quickly. Printing out your boarding pass saves loads of time. Our luggage arrived to are room pretty quickly considering the more than 6,000 guests boarding in a fairly small window of time. POOL TOWELS Please be vigilant about the checking in and out of pool towels. We were charged $100 for towels that weren’t returned, though we returned religiously. CABIN Our cabin was a nice balcony room. It was much smaller than our cabin on Celebrity. Our cabin steward, Jacqueline was wonderful. I just loved the towel animals and her attention to our preferences. DINING Depending on the menu, we split our time between the American Icon and Windjammer. We were a little peeved that an 18% gratuity is added automatically to the specialty restaurants, so we skipped them. I’d like to tip based on the service received. Our service was good (not great) in both places. It’s funny how our servers became more attentive on the last night. Unlike some, server Adrian, in Windjammer, gave consistently good service starting Day 1. ENTERTAINMENT The variety and quality of the entertainment was the best of any cruise we’ve taken. “Come Fly with Me” and “Oasis of Dreams” were amazing shows. Both are must see shows. The headliner Gaucho was funny and unique. APP I found out about the app on the last night. It would’ve been helpful, especially since it lists the daily activities, places and times. I don’t recall anyone talking about it. DISEMBARKATION We disembarked early. It was unbelievably fast. We got in line about 6:20a with about 300 folks in front of us. The lines opened at 6:35a instead of the listed 6:45a. We were off the boat and through customs by 7:00a. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We wanted to try the larger ship and see what it had. We had two college spring breakers, a 16 year old and an 11 year old with us. The embarkation process was a little bit daunting. The lines are huge and they do take a while to go ... Read More
We wanted to try the larger ship and see what it had. We had two college spring breakers, a 16 year old and an 11 year old with us. The embarkation process was a little bit daunting. The lines are huge and they do take a while to go through security and process. But once you are in, then it is ok. The bad part, is if you have any changes to make in your dining, or reservations you want to make for any show, they must be done once you get on the ship, if you haven't done them before, so you might miss sail away, as we did. We were in lines inside the ship, trying to get other things figured out for the rest of our travel. The Adventure Ocean for my 11 year old was not very good. Unfortunately, the kids, in my opinion, being a teacher, are grouped incorrectly. Adventure Ocean is from 9-11. More and more an older 11 year old will not appreciate being mixed in with the 6-8 which is what happened in several occasions of our trip. So, our younger son only attended the program twice. In previous cruises, this has not been an issue. The rest of the program seemed great. My daughter enjoyed the teen programming. We did not get to dock at Labadee because of the wave height and danger of bringing such a big ship on dock. So, no input on that. In Jamaica...be careful. Blue Waters Resort is over rated....The shore line has a lot of seaweed, which could be seasonal, but was not enjoyable. Also, the staff are a little seedy...many will ask you if you'd prefer to go to a private beach and will prey on the younger 20 year olds for additional services ( selling and purchasing of things..). Not good.... In Cozumel...be careful too... especially at any of the Port eateries like Señor Frogs or Margaritaville. The intent is to get you as drunk as possible and once you are, they check your pockets for additional cash you may have. We watched this happen to several people (mostly 20 somethings)... If it wasn't for other Royal Caribbean travelers in the area watching out, most of these people, would not make it back on the ship. At the shops, they will tell you anything you want to hear, but watch out...they triple their prices on most jewelry's so if you are not willing to negotiate, then don't try and make a purchase. If you do not like lines or crowds, this is not the ship for you. The Windjammer was always packed and the lines for breakfast, lunch and dinner were terrible. I know the staff could not help this, as they are feeding 6000 + people. So, just know what you are getting into, if you choose this ship. Also, with the on board shows, prepare to at least allow 45 minutes before the show to get any kind of decent seating, because the crowds once again, are overwhelming. For us, having cruised on other ships before, this was way too big and although RC does their best to accommodate this many people, it can be a challenge. Hope this helps. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
Our family of 4 had a great time! We relaxed and enjoyed the ship,the ports and the food :) Our rooms -1 ocean view balcony and 1 boardwalk balcony made it even better because we were never cramped. The American Icon for dinner was ... Read More
Our family of 4 had a great time! We relaxed and enjoyed the ship,the ports and the food :) Our rooms -1 ocean view balcony and 1 boardwalk balcony made it even better because we were never cramped. The American Icon for dinner was exceptional! My kids have food allergies and I feel they went above and beyond to keep them safe. I am not a fan of Nassau but we visited for a few hours for a little shopping. It was OK. St. Thomas was beautiful, though the port of arrival makes transportation of some kind necessary to get anywhere. St. Martin was also gorgeous and Bernards tours made it even better! Overall, the only CONS were ** rough seas on at least 3 days ( I know that is no ones fault) ** room service charge for anything other than continental breakfast. ** a bit of a selling push for specialty dining on occasion. PROS -- Ship , Staff, Food --A++++ We would go again--maybe the western itinerary next time:) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We have three kids of varying age and felt this would be a great way to travel for spring break. There was plenty to do for all ages, The stops all had ample opportunities for fun excursions. The rooms were small for a family ... Read More
We have three kids of varying age and felt this would be a great way to travel for spring break. There was plenty to do for all ages, The stops all had ample opportunities for fun excursions. The rooms were small for a family balcony, or at least they seemed so compared to prior cruises. The food was decent. The service from the common staff around the ship was average. We were not greeted with any fan fare or big 'to do'..which I don't mind. I did like that i wasn't attacked by every beverage package sales person available on the ship when we walked in. We did buy some watches so the shopping was nice and the people at the jewelry stores were kind to deal with. Specifically Kiran and Raj. The pool areas were nice. We had to fight for chairs and people had no problem moving your stuff if you had a few chairs together. On more than three occasions people moved our towels, shoes shirts so they could have their chairs together. I was not shocked but obviously not happy about this. In the common dining area, windjammer, there was not enough seating since the ship was pretty full... many times we found ourselves walking around, and didn have one rude interaction with a rude lady who was seated at the same table we were. Not a big deal, just funny to see how some people handle mistakes by others. Atttention to details were lacking in the service department and this was one example. We only at dinner at our assigned location three times, and had nice service by Lamar and our head server. The food there we decent, and the service was great . We will return. My wife wants to go back on this ship or the harmony when it sales. I found that just because it was bigger didn't necessarily mean there was more space... Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We were considering other cruises but decide that we wanted the Oasis class experience. The ship is big but has lots of space. We were there Spring Break with high capacity and it still felt like there was room most of the time. I was ... Read More
We were considering other cruises but decide that we wanted the Oasis class experience. The ship is big but has lots of space. We were there Spring Break with high capacity and it still felt like there was room most of the time. I was amazed that there were enough chairs for everyone sunbathing. Let me cover some categories. Food The food was OK. It was mostly the same thing every day and got pretty old. We didn't do the dining plan that costs more. If you don't do the dining they basically give you the same menu every night with some minor option changes. Buffet has decent selection but still mostly the same every day. Don't come for the food unless you want to pay extra to go to dinner. Similar to Norwegian. Entertainment Cats - I had never seen Cats but go to a lot of Broadway shows. It was weird but the singing and dancing were great. I just didn't get the whole story. Ice Show - This was pretty fun. Lots of great skaters. Good show. Diving show. This was pretty awesome. The divers are really good and the trampoline guys are great too. Come Fly With Me - This was a really fun show. Must go. Lots of the other show's talent are in this one. Fun story with acrobatics, dancing, etc. Ports of call Labadee Haiti - This is no Castaway Cay. It is overcrowded, the beach isn't that great, and they have locals there that require that you get a beach chair from them and expect tips. There wasn't much shade either if you wanted it. This place is not the right deal. Skip it. Jamaica- The ship announcements discouraged doing any excursions here. They said it takes a really long time to get anywhere and you will be in the bus longer than going on excursions. We went to Jamaica 16 years ago and if is still the same as before then that would be accurate. Seems like a waste of time to go there though. Maybe pick a different stop. We went to the little shops outside the boat. They hassled you a little but it wasn't too bad. Cozumel- Been there done that. Lots of stuff to do here but we didn't get off because we wanted to enjoy the boat while people were off. Unfortunately lots of the crew are off too so things are closed (like the waverider). Bummer. Activities Waverider- Lots of fun but long lines. The guides are really great about helping you get on though. I was super impressed by a guy from the UK (wish I remembered his name) I tipped him $20. Well deserved. Zipline- You do it to say you did it but it's more of a checklist thing for the ship to say they have a zipline. Not super impressive. Fun to do once or twice. Pools- There seemed to be room in the pools despite the number of people on this ship. It was slightly cold this time of year so that may have helped. Two busy ice cream dispensers right by the pools were nice. Overall we had a fun time. We have been on many Disney Cruises but they have doubled their prices so it is beyond reasonable even though it is a bit better. We have been on a couple of Norwegian cruises now so I think we are getting used to the bad service and mediocre food in order to experience the newer ships that these lines have now. Royal Caribbean service seems better than Norwegian (but nowhere close to Disney). It was good for the money. I would go on this ship and on Royal Caribbean again. The value was decent. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
A Huge Huge Ship, with a lot of dining options and shopping!!! Loved the pools... Plenty of room, there are kid pools so not do many kids in the other pools. Dinning was great ...My time dinning was the way to go, never waited longer ... Read More
A Huge Huge Ship, with a lot of dining options and shopping!!! Loved the pools... Plenty of room, there are kid pools so not do many kids in the other pools. Dinning was great ...My time dinning was the way to go, never waited longer than 15 min. Windjammers is always good but the dinner hours need to be longer to help the lines. The Aqua, Come Fly with Me and the Ice Show are a must see and the outdoor movies were fun. CATS was way too long and confusing...really need to change to another show. We went on the Go Native tour in Jamaica, highly recommend! You first get a bus guided tour, then you visit a Cathedral in Montego Bay. The best part was going to a local school and visiting the little kids... It was the best experience!!! We then went to a plantation for lunch and then shopping. Port shopping in Jamaica and Cozumel is great with lots of options. This was a Great great cruise!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We have done 19 cruises, most of them with Royal Caribbean. Although we found some of the service isn't at the same level we experienced 20 years ago we also recognize the price hasn't increased either. WE LOVE going to ... Read More
We have done 19 cruises, most of them with Royal Caribbean. Although we found some of the service isn't at the same level we experienced 20 years ago we also recognize the price hasn't increased either. WE LOVE going to different places and still having the same hotel room for the same week. We aren't big drinkers so cruising is very affordable for us. The common bathrooms need more attention and we noticed a decline in the service in the bars. We enjoy a single pre-dinner cocktail and on previous cruises the bartenders seemed so much happier and more responsive. We missed not having a Viking Crown Lounge. I also overheard some housekeeping staff talking about being short staffed because female employees were leaving. In my experience...if employees are leaving it is a sign that there is a situation behind the scenes that can be improved. We will continue to cruise but probably not on the BIG SHIPS on spring break, I swear the number children multiplied daily and there were way too many unsupervised children in the common areas. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
Hubby and I had a great time and already rebooked for next year. I was wary of going on one of the bigger ships, but we were pleasantly surprised. It didn't seem overcrowded and there was plenty to do onboard, even on at sea days. ... Read More
Hubby and I had a great time and already rebooked for next year. I was wary of going on one of the bigger ships, but we were pleasantly surprised. It didn't seem overcrowded and there was plenty to do onboard, even on at sea days. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. I would recommend carrying OFF your own luggage its simple and faster that way. Our cabin was mid ship both top to bottom and forward and aft and having the balcony to sit out on was lovely. Meals were outstanding and food selection offered much variety. The entertainment was good, we didn't do it all because it was March Madness and we are huge college basketball fans. I would suggest making reservations for entertainment options before arriving onboard. I've seen others write that it felt like a time share experience; I didn't get that feeling at all, and we have timeshare. I guess its personal choice, but I prefer the eastern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
The overall experience on The Royal Caribbean Oaisis of The Seas was excellent all staff were very friendly and extremely polite. The food was outstanding in the American ICon Grill as was our waiter Jose and our drink server Fabio.they ... Read More
The overall experience on The Royal Caribbean Oaisis of The Seas was excellent all staff were very friendly and extremely polite. The food was outstanding in the American ICon Grill as was our waiter Jose and our drink server Fabio.they both made my dining experience one that I will never forget. The entertainment on formal night was fabulous. The shows were great the hot tub was so relaxing. My overall experience was one I will never forget.I would Truely recommend this cruise to any friend or family member. I had a fabulous time. The ports of call were wonderful and the shopping on the Islands were great. I especially likes the Straw Market in Nassau. There was so much to merchandise to choose from. My Grandsons enjoyed the beaches in St. Thomas. They loved snorkeling and building sand castles in the sand. I enjoyed just relaxing in the lounge chair while watching them have fun. Thank you so much for a great Spring Break cruising experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We were a family of 5 with kids ranging from 11-18. I have to say that the ship was beautiful and all of the common areas clean and fun to be in. Our room was a balcony room and much smaller than we anticipated. Actually, the rooms were ... Read More
We were a family of 5 with kids ranging from 11-18. I have to say that the ship was beautiful and all of the common areas clean and fun to be in. Our room was a balcony room and much smaller than we anticipated. Actually, the rooms were not as nice as we expected either. The carpeted hallways where the rooms are were very stained and kind of gave a dirty feel and the beds were hard as a rock. When we got to our room, the doors to an adjoining room were unlocked. We did not know the people in the other room and requested the doors be locked. It took FOREVER to get someone to come lock the door and in the mean time, we had to go to the muster drill. Also, we requested that the room our kids were in have the beds separated and this never happened. However, everywhere else was in great shape and beautiful. The main dining room was fabulous and the food was great. Service was outstanding. The Boardwalk, Central Park and Promenade are fabulous and awesome to just walk through. As far as entertainment, our 14 year old had a great time. Our 18 year old and 11 year old were kind of lost in the shuffle. The pools were great but being on ships in the past with waterslides kind of made this ship a little boring for our 11 year old. The shows were great and really entertaining. There were several but most of them book up really early. We did shore excursions in the ports and our 14 year old took the scuba certification class. It was a great experience for him. The only bad thing was that we had purchased other shore excursions for the rest of our family and when we got onboard, we found out that a parent had to be present for our son's dives, but only in Jamaica. We had to try to get a refund for my husband's shore excursion in Jamaica and this proved to be a little bit of a problem. The credit was issued back to us but then taken away again. If we had not been watching, we wouldn't have caught they we were charged again for the excursion he could not go on. In all the paperwork, it said that our son could do the diving certification by himself so it would have been nice to know a parent needed to be present in Jamaica. (however, he could go by himself at the other ports.) The shore excursions were wonderful. We did the tubing, boat ride and climb to Dunns River Falls. The tubing and the falls were wonderful. Lots of fun and beautiful. Don't waste your time with the boat ride. It is an extra $20 pp. The crew never talked to anyone except to try to get you to get your hair braided. Then, at the end, they pressured everyone for a tip. That happened as well on the tubing and climbing the falls. I think we were asked about 5 times on each to remember to tip after the excursion. The tubing guys even followed you to the bus asking for a tip. So, we were asked to tip the tubing guides, the boat guides, the fall guides and then the bus driver and tour person. Remember to take cash for this because they REALLY pressure you-even following you to get the tip. We have no problem ever tipping but really hate feeling so pressured to do so. Also, there is nowhere to put your money and things while on the tour except to leave it on the bus. Be prepared with some type of waterproof carrier for your things because you won't feel good having to leave your things on the bus and there are no lockers. The snuba in Cozumel was great for our 11year old who was too young for scuba. She had a great time. Also, the water park in Labadee was fun for the 14 and 11yr old. Just note that you are only allowed a 1 hour time slot. Embarkation was wonderful in Port Canaveral. The lines were not too long and took a lot less time than in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. We would definitely go on Royal Caribbean again. The ship is just remarkable and the food and entertainment were great. We will go on one with a waterslide-Harmony- though. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This ship has everything ! Great entertainment! The Aqua theater and Ice Rink shows are fabulous! They also offered additional dive shows in the aqua theater and strings/piano duo that played in central park each evening were amazing. ... Read More
This ship has everything ! Great entertainment! The Aqua theater and Ice Rink shows are fabulous! They also offered additional dive shows in the aqua theater and strings/piano duo that played in central park each evening were amazing. The food in my time dining was a bit disappointing compared to previous cruises. So many venues to eat at and entertainment is endless. Sabor- the mexican restaurant and Chops Grill were great. We enjoyed the private area for sun bathing for suite guests. They have private cabannas available. Also the concierge lounge was lovely with appetizers and drinks each evening-a great view of the ocean. Having a suite also gave us reserved seating at all the entertainment venues. You have to show up 25 mins before the show-but the seats were great! So worth the money to have a Sky level suite. We had robes in our room and bottled water. We could also order off the dining room menu in addition to the room service menu Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas 7 nights - March 5-12, 2017. We flew into Orlando Airport the night before and made arrangements with the GoPortCanaveral for their Fly/Snooze/Cruise package where they pick you up from the airport, take ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas 7 nights - March 5-12, 2017. We flew into Orlando Airport the night before and made arrangements with the GoPortCanaveral for their Fly/Snooze/Cruise package where they pick you up from the airport, take you to a local hotel, shuttle you to Port Canaveral for the cruise, and shuttle you back to the airport for 1 reasonable fee. We stayed at the LaQuinta which was not updated inside or as clean as it should have been. But it was a safe place to stay and served our needs. Boarding the ship was easy. The baggage handlers took our luggage when we arrived at the port to take to our rooms. Once inside the port you will stop at one of the 'check-in stations', depending on what floor you have been pre-assigned, and submit the credit card you will use for all charges you incur aboard ship. They'll take your photo for your seapass card purposes. You will use this seapass card for everything on the ship (your stateroom key, boarding, going off the ship for the island stops, purchases, getting into the shows on the ship, etc.) I recommend you take a photo of your seapass card (front & back) when you receive it, just to keep in case you are one of the few who happen to lose it on an island stop. The photo you took of your seapass card may help you get back on board ship, if you happen to lose it. As soon as you board, take your carry-on to your room and then go have lunch. Free breakfast (until 10:30am), lunch (until 3:30pm) dinner (I believe starts at 5:30pm) is available at the Windjammer Restaurant (Flr 16) or the Park Cafe (Flr 8). Windjammer is buffet style and I recommend as soon as you enter, grab a pre-wrapped silverware/napkin bundle for each of you and look for a spare table..set your silverware down to hold your table, to go find food you want to eat!.....tables fill up fast. Their soups are great and a nice variety of both hot & cold foods, make your own salads, etc. for lunch. The Windjammer is also open for dinner if you do not choose to east at the Dining Room. I recommend eating in the Dining Room (Flr 5, 4, 3) each night for their gourmet food. There are chef recommended specials for each night, as well as standard choices for each day if you don't want to try something new. The Escargot is fantastic. The presentation of the food and quality is great. Lobster Tail dinners are on Thursday night. The Park Cafe (lunch) is make-your-own-salad, pre-made sandwiches, fruit cups and hot roast beef specialty sandwiches with au jus (wonderful)! Also they have fresh bakery items to choose from with 2 choices of soup of the day. The Solarium Cafe (Flr 15) has a healthy choices menu for breakfast (turkey sausage, etc.) Free 24-hr pizza is available on Deck 5 at Sorento's pizza.. I didn't care much for the thin crust pizza ..they only offered cheese/ cheese & pepperoni/ hawaiian. They serve it by the slice. Free mini sandwiches/cookies also are available on Deck 5 at the Promenade Cafe. If you happen to miss breakfast cut-off, or lunch cut-off time, or even dinner cut-off time, you can always get pizza or mini-sandwiches on Deck 5 at either of these two cafes. There are 2 formal nights during the 7 night cruise. You can choose to wear fancy & formal or a regular dress. Some people wear sequins & tuxes...we chose not to dress up fancy but wore dress & dress pants/shirt. The rest of the nights were casual dress in the dining room. The other free restaurants are always casual. There are specialty restaurants located on other floors of the ship where you will be charged for the meals....these are top of the line gourmet food (steaks, Italian, or Izumi Restaurant for sushi specialties. However, the free dining places offered (that is included in your cruise price) are a great choice if you don't want to spend extra money on dining. You can buy a soda package, mixed drink/beer packages (pretty costly). However, in each of the cafes/restaurants, you'll get free ice tea, lemonade, ice water, Windjammer has sometimes flavored water (pre-poured in glasses)...help yourself at the buffet. Pack your own drink mug and you can save money by filling your own drink mug with tea/lemonade/water, etc. The bar drinks are expensive. The waiters around the pool are pushing daily drink specials. You charge these drinks to your seapass card and the waiter runs it through his credit card machine and your sign the receipt. Please look closely at the receipt because each drink includes its own gratuity already added to your purchase. Some people didn't look at their receipt and notice this, and tipped the waiter again on top of the gratuity that was already included. There are at 4 swimming pools on Deck 15. One is designated a kids pool. I recommend you bring an old t-shirt from home and put it on the back of a deck chair where you want to lay out, it helps you to remember where your chairs are and so someone else doesn't take your chairs when you leave shortly to have lunch. Pool towels are available on Deck 15. There are 3 hot tubs inside the Solarium Flr 15, and 3-4 more along side the swimming pools. The water was not as hot as I like but it was nice. The live entertainment shows in the Opal Theatre were very good. I recommend you book your shows before you leave for the cruise (seats fill up fast). We saw the Broadway play "Cats" (offered 3 shows during cruise), "Come Fly With Me" (2 shows during cruise) and a Headliner show (2 times during cruise). The headliner (Las Vegas entertainer... Mr. Tilman) was an excellent show (great music, comedy, great entertainment!). There is free zip-lining on the ship (first come first serve basis), rock climbing wall, ice skating, wave runner, basketball courts, putt-putt golf. There is a daily newsletter placed in your room. Make sure you read it before the day begins. There are so many little mini-shows, Dreamworks characters parade at various locations/times..you don't want to miss special events. Some of the bars have live entertainment, party music, special mini-shows in the Comedy Club, Jazz on 4, so much entertainment, karaoke, etc. For those who get a little seasick, stop by the Front Desk and ask them for some seasick pills...they'll give you a packet or two rather than buying it (charging to seapass card) in their drugstore. The casino on Deck 4 is ok...didn't pay out very well for me. Make sure you put your seapass card in the slot machines while you play, to earn points. If you earn 2400 points during your cruise, you will win a free cruise. They also offer bingo (pricey to play game) but you could win cash and/or a cruise. Our cabin room was always well kept and freshly made-up, towels replaced as you needed. When you leave your room for a little bit and want it made up, put the little card they supply (behind inside of your door) that states "make-up the room"in your door key slot, or if you want privacy, put the little card in your door slot (keyhole) that says, "do not disturb", and they won't freshen your room or knock to ask. The room attendants are very courteous (even remember your name) and helpful and if you forget any small item (shower cap, etc.), they'll get it for you. We asked for an extra pillow and it was taken care of immediately. The pillows are a bit small so I used 3 pillows. The easiest way to get across the ship was to go up to Deck 15 and walk across the pool deck to get to the other side and go down those elevators to the floor you want. You can also cut across the ship on Deck 5 (Promenade). There is a small smoking section on Deck 15. There is also a Spa/Beauty Salon on Deck 8. They offer many things besides massages, facials.....teeth whitening, skin treatments, etc., (pricey). However, on the last day of the cruise, the Spa offers a discounted massage/facial package. If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary during your cruise, make sure you tell them when you book, and in the formal dining room at dinner, you will be serenaded by the waiters during your dinner with a special slice of cake. The ships photographers take your photos throughout the cruise (during formal dinners, meet & greet with characters, as you exit ship for island stops, etc. They create a personalized photo book organized by room # and you can buy these photos (pricey). We used our iphones and took our own photos to save money. You can also book excursions (booth is on Deck 5/Promenade). They offer many varieties of excursions on the island stops. We ended up booking a 'swim with the sea lions' on St.Thomas...$140 each person. They say to book excursions early (before your cruise....you can book on their website) or on the first day or 2 of your cruise, because they say they sell out fast. Bahamas island stop - walk off the ship directly to shopping area. You will encounter a lot of vendors offering cab rides, scooter rentals, horse/carriage rides...all coming at you at once. Just walk through the and directly into the main street shopping stores/restaurants. St. Thomas - once you disembark the ship, you will need to take a 'cab' to the downtown shopping area. The cost is $4/person each way. Their cabs look like a F150 trucks with rows of seats built on to it. St.Thomas is the biggest of the 3 island stops for shopping. Royal Caribbean promotes big time, to shop at the stores they suggest. If you are going to buy any jewelry, cameras, binoculars, watches, etc., I would recommend you buy it in St.Thomas. St.Maarten - once you disembark the ship, you will need to take a water taxi to the island ($8 each) roundtrip. The beach right where you are dropped off by the water taxi is really nice. Different vendors will rent you 2 chairs with an umbrella for $15 (with free wifi)... some will throw in 2 beers & 2 sodas for an additional $10. Just walk along Boardwalk street the length of the beach and pick a beach spot you like. The vendors will approach you with their chair rental sales pitch. Also, there are vendors walking on the beach asking you to buy their wares while you are sunbathing. There is a magical place to visit if you are a Star Wars fan. Just 1 block in from the beach on Front Street is "That Yoda Guy" Movie Exhibit & shop. Artist Nick Maley who assembled Yoda for Star Wars, has movie memorabelia (Darth Vader, relics from Terminator, Men in Black and has the actual face lifecasts from Harrison Ford, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Jack Nicholson...much much more movie relics. $10 entry fee (well worth it) but if you buy any signed movie memorabelia worth $40, you get free entrance to museum. Disembark cruise - If you can carry your luggage yourself, I recommend doing the self-assist disembark process, where you walk off the ship, carrying your own luggage if you have an early flight home (before noon). They allow you to disembark yourself from 6:45am to 7:45am only. If you do not choose self-assist, then you will leave your packed suitcases (not carry-on) outside your stateroom, the night before your departure (before 11:00pm). The morning of your departure, you will be notified where to assemble, and what time you can begin disembarking the ship. Your stateroom attendant will give you your disembark tags with your disembark # printed on it, the night before. When you disembark ship at the time you are given, you will locate your own luggage in the holding area of dock, and then proceed to customs. The Oasis is the biggest ship and well maintained. The service is exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Our first Oasis-class ship, our seventh Royal cruise, our 10th cruise overall. Spring Break trip with our two middle and high school aged daughters, as well as kids/parents from other families (group of 19 overall). Highlights: ... Read More
Our first Oasis-class ship, our seventh Royal cruise, our 10th cruise overall. Spring Break trip with our two middle and high school aged daughters, as well as kids/parents from other families (group of 19 overall). Highlights: Boardwalk balcony views are unique and fantastic, particularly for highly social teens and adults. D3 Ocean balcony cabin size is great, with doors opening out into the hall, sliding closet doors, a larger shower, and a deep balcony. These are compared to similar Freedom-class balcony rooms. Variety of food options. Windjammer is (intentionally) small on this ship. The complaints about that are not warranted, in my view. Royal customers default to the Windjammer out of habit, but there are at least a half-dozen complimentary food locations scattered around the ship at all hours. I entered Windjammer only twice all week, and naturally did not miss it. Solarium Cafe: fabulous healthy lunch offering each day. Park Cafe: In Central Park, offering an easy and quick breakfast option each day. Dazzles: Great multi-story night club, overlooking Boardwalk, great band and dance floor. Blaze: Hip dance club for those out til the wee hours. DJ. Crowds: Despite a record 6,400 guests this week, the ship never felt any more crowded than our usual spring break cruise. In fact, it usually felt less crowded, with the elevators being a major exception. Size: The length isn't much different from Freedom-class, but the width and height are what I noticed most. On the pool deck, it actually takes a while to journey from port to starboard. Our Deck 10 balcony was a full five decks from the pools; normally one deck away. Oasis is a very, very impressive feat from an engineering perspective. Track: Deck 5, well marked and therefore no impediments to a good run with great views. Come Fly With Me: See it. Lowlights: Elevator capacity (24 of em) is simply not high enough, particularly on a ship with 17 decks which means lower likelihood that you're merely 2-3 decks from your destination (and can use stairs). Drink Prices: are definitely higher. A cocktail routinely is $11.xx now. Under staffed: In too many places, the staff is "behind" the ship, playing catch-up all too much. From taking 3 days to make a simple repair to the drain pipe above our balcony which was dripping and rendering the balcony unusable, to running out of coffee in the Park Cafe, to running out of napkins in Park Cafe, to seating us 15-30 minutes late for dinner every night despite a consistent 745pm reservation. The well-intended staff seems like it is maybe 100 people short. Fitness Center: too filled with equipment. I went off-peak, and still felt like I had little room to navigate my dumbbell-based workout. Too many machines around. Also, access to sauna and steam room is part of the fee-based spa on this ship, as opposed to on other smaller Royal ships. It's a glorious ship, well worth checking out sometime when you can find a good price and therefore a less populated week than Spring Break time. We're unlikely to return to it during the peak seasons, though. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
1) 100% occupied - yes and no on feeling crowded. Get up early or go dine early, and you will not feel like there are 5400 passengers. Get anywhere during peak times and you will feel crowded (stay away from Windjammer). Pool area - ... Read More
1) 100% occupied - yes and no on feeling crowded. Get up early or go dine early, and you will not feel like there are 5400 passengers. Get anywhere during peak times and you will feel crowded (stay away from Windjammer). Pool area - always crowded. Hate all the towel place holders......RCI - you need to enforce the rules! 2) Entertainment selection - all very good (book on-line way in advance). Adult comedy show with Steve White was hilarious! 3) Solarium - lounge hogs....again RCI needs to enforce people holding onto the premium locations. Solarium is a nice break from all the annoying kids (yes, I have kids too but they are not allowed to act like there are no rules)........hated the parents who allowed their kids under 16 to go into the Solarium to eat / hot tub in the adult section! 4) Staff - friendliness was hit or miss --- 50/50 - I can't point out 1 that was "WOW" 5) Bar service was slow, unfriendly, and most of the time seemed annoyed. 6) Drink packages......they advertise Evian water and give you Crystal Geyser, red wine selection was just okay (the ones offered per glass) 7) Agree with others - COFFEE was SO bad! Taste like hot water with brown food coloring! 8) Food quality - this was 50/50 - some nights - a hit, other nights - disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Background: This was our first cruise back with RCCL in 6 years. We've previously cruised the Freedom with RCCL and are Elite members (16+) with Princess. We have also cruised with Norwegian, Costa and Carnival. Embarkation: ... Read More
Background: This was our first cruise back with RCCL in 6 years. We've previously cruised the Freedom with RCCL and are Elite members (16+) with Princess. We have also cruised with Norwegian, Costa and Carnival. Embarkation: Arrived at the pier at 10:45am and quickly checked in and waited for approx half hour before entering the ship. Went up to Windjammer as rooms don't open until 1:00pm (all floor access was sealed off with doors). We were eating by 11:30am, even though RCCL suggested with an email before we left, not to embark until 2:30pm for deck 12. Cabins: Once in cabin, first detail we noticed was that they were smaller than we're used to on Princess. Very little storage besides a sliding door closet (annoying) and a few small drawers. We had the last Boardwalk cabin facing the rear of the ship which was nice and we felt like it was an ocean view. The cabin was quiet at all times and at night as well. The bathroom was smaller than we're used to and the sink was so small it made shaving very difficult. The shower had a rounded door closure and was decent size. Not much storage for bathroom articles. Beds were comfortable and had an egg crate topper on the mattress. Our stewart was top notch and kept our cabin spotless…well done RCCL. Ship: What can you say…huge but never really felt over crowded to us. Always something to do. We tried the rock climbing, flow rider, zip lining, and skating…all nice touches on a ship. Evening entertainment was varied. The shows were well done (comedy, ice, diving, stage). The promenade always had a live band or DJ and different venues around the ship made for a good time. Internet was fast but after one day we couldn't seem to send pictures on our iPhone6. FaceTime worked really well. We had to buy an internet pkg which we get for free with Princess. It cost $140 for two devices, unlimited use for the week. Reasonable. Up top, could always find lounge chairs, even on sea days, and the pools were salt water :-( Bar service was decent. Their all-inclusive bar packages were priced at the point where you'd have to drink 8-10 drinks a day to get value. We tried the beer, wine and soda pkg and feel were got value from it. Pools were busy but you could always get in. Dining: We had fixed dining at 6:00pm in the main dining room. Never a wait and we just walked up to our table each night…thumbs up! Our wait staff were top notch, as was our wine staff. The food on RCCL was good, but nothing special. We prefer Princess food over RCCL, but not enough to make us never come back. Two formal nights which weren't strictly enforced (some in jeans and t-shirts let in), and one night with lobster/shrimp. Johnny Rockets atmosphere was nice, situated on the boardwalk towards the aft, but food was decent at best. Fee was $5.99 each but had a free breakfast. Sabor's (Mexican) was very good, preparing fresh guacamole in front of your table. The Sampler was a good choice to try. A la carte pricing here. We didn't try any other surcharge dining venues. Our daughter really enjoyed her Soda pkg, which included over 100 varieties of Coke mixes (i.e. Coke Zero cherry). Itinerary: Labadee is a nice stop. We tried the Dragon's Breath Zipline and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although at over $100 each, quite expensive for just over a minute "ride." The island has some beautiful calm beaches on the ship side and rougher on the other. Your beverage package follows you on the island and is good at all bars. Food was your typical BBQ and done well. Falmouth, Jamaica: Generally we stay away from the ship's tours but in Jamaica, we wanted to stay with a larger group (hassle factor). We took the ship's tour to the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn's River Falls. Price was reasonable and we all enjoyed. The caves were fun to discover, deep down inside. Dunn's was very busy, as usual, and quite the tourist trap but we wanted our 15 yr old daughter to see it. Cozumel: Once again we took the ship's tour to Chankanaab to do the dolphin push, pull and swim excursion. We tried to book on our own but didn't get a response back form their online booking. Very fun excursion and decent time with the dolphins and manatees. Photos for the dolphin experience were extremely expensive ($60/person or $210 for the families pictures, or $40 per photo). Still wish these large ships would do four stops instead of only three, but it seems to be the trend now. Teen's Club (Fuel): Program was very age appropriate and engaging. My daughter enjoyed her week and made many friends. There were dance parties nightly and wrapped up with a large final night party…well done! Disembarkation: We chose our usual walk off disembarkation method (8:00am) and were off the ship within half hour, including customs. Well done! Overall: We really enjoyed our week on the Oasis of the Seas. The ship is really the destination and service was very good by everyone we met. We will sail her again in the future, but have booked the new Norwegian Escape (Miami) for next March Break. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
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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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