Sail Date: March 2010
I am 61, and my husband is 55. We are frequent cruisers. We know what we like - we like good service, good food served in a beautiful atmosphere, and nice amenities. Ambience and service are key to us. Embarkation - simple and efficient. ... Read More
I am 61, and my husband is 55. We are frequent cruisers. We know what we like - we like good service, good food served in a beautiful atmosphere, and nice amenities. Ambience and service are key to us. Embarkation - simple and efficient. But this ship is gigantic, and I do believe that once things get this large and confusing that staff should be placed on each floor to help passengers to their staterooms. We spent an inordinate amount of time looking for ours. As for the Oasis of the Seas, I think you can go just so far before you've gone too far, and this size ship may be a stretch for what the crew can handle. We were onboard during Spring Break - I didn't want to go at that time for that reason, but my husband wanted it to include our anniversary which fell on March 18. The ship was filled to capacity which I was told was 6,100 people. Royal Caribbean had promoted making reservations on RCCL's website prior to the cruise for all the shows - for everything. It was a nightmare. I made a reservation at their best specialty restaurant for our anniversary and my husband was told that we didn't have a reservation. I made a hair appointment for the first formal night because quite frankly, the size of the room was limiting. I have fibromyalgia, and I have a seat in my shower at home, so that tiny little cubbyhole didn't inspire me to do my hair in the room. I made the appointment on the phone on the ship on the day we checked in. Anyway, when I went up to get my hair done, the guy at the reception desk looked at me with a smug grin and said, "You're not on Deck 3 - that's not possible." And I said, "I guess I know where my room is - I'm on Deck 3 - it's on my card." I showed him my card. He then looked at his computer, gave me a very SATISFIED smile and said, "You don't have an appointment." So, there I am just before dinner on formal night, sitting in the reception area of the spa after being treated very poorly by this person in the salon. I couldn't take anymore - I just started to cry and cry and cry. (I know - crying seems dramatic, but there had been a lot of other problems prior to this one, and, frankly, I was overwrought.) There was a gentleman sitting across from me who said, "Are you ok - is there anything I can do?" And yes there are a few gentlemen left in this world. I said, "Do you work here?" And he said, "No, but I'll help if I can." He managed to get the spa manager out there. I told her what had happened, and she was absolutely furious. She got someone to wash my hair and blow it dry, but it truly looked worse than when I walked in - I don't think the girl who did it was a hair stylist. I was not charged, and the girl refused a tip. The manager said, "She did the best she could." That remark coupled with everything else sort of told me she wasn't a stylist. We were treated very poorly on this cruise, and I only need one more cruise on RCCL to be a Diamond member. RCCL had me under the impression that the more you cruised with them the better you are treated. I must have misunderstood. The outside cabins are tiny - I mean really, really tiny. They are claustrophobic tiny. The air quality in the ship was horrible - our room smelled like a locker room most of the time because of the air - apparently it's not circulated well. So we had all the smells from the bathroom, from dirty clothes, from me sweating out a horrible infection mingling in the room. I truly could not wait to get out of that cabin. If you should decide to go on this ship, be sure and get a balcony at the very least, and make sure the balcony is next to the water outside so that you can get fresh air. The cabin steward did little - he would not remove used glasses, empty coke cans - nothing from surfaces. Our room was the biggest mess - you really couldn't tell he did a thing except make the bed which I think is all he did. And the one garbage can in the room was tiny and would not hold much at all. There was no garbage can in the bathroom because there wasn't room for one. There was a tiny space for tissues and such behind a small door. The food on this ship was really not appetizing at all. My husband calls it mediocre. I call it just not good. And they repeated courses on different nights which I had never seen them do. I am now talking about what they refer to as the "Complimentary Dining." That means the food in the dining room - the BIG EVENT on past cruises - big beautiful dinners with nice new friends. Oh yes, the dining. I had requested early dining at a table of 10. The larger the table the better we like it. They placed us at a table for two next to a wall in the corner. I told the Maitre D' that I simply could not sit there every night of the cruise - that it would ruin the cruise for me. They took our complaint and said they would get back with us. Night number two came and still no changes. I think it was on the 3rd day that we received a note from the Maitre D' that they could not accomodate us. We also complained to "Guest Relations" with no response at all. We went to lunch that day, and it was on the second level of the dining room. Our regular seating was on the first level. As we left the dining room I told my husband I was going to talk to the person in charge there - it didn't hurt to ask, and it was a different person. This person immediately took care of our request and seated us on the second level at a great table for 6. We did give up early seating for late seating to get the table, but we had told Guest Relations we were willing to do that with no response. Now, here comes the rub. With so many alternative dining selections on the ship, people were running to and fro, so we never really made a connection with our dining companions. None at all. This was one of the most disappointing aspects of this cruise. Now, as for alternative dining selections. This is a thinly veiled attempt to get people's response to paying for meals on cruise ships. We had dinner in the Solarium Bistro on our anniversary which we understood was $20.00 per person, and before we got out of there our bill was $80.00. I don't drink, and I had the Coke package for the week. If this trend continues or is adapted by other cruise ships, the whole concept of cruising will be changed forever. And that concept was always that it was "more bang for your buck" because it's "all-inclusive" except for drinks. I got a cupcake thinking it was free and was charged $2.50 for the cupcake. And it was very dry and not good at all. The best value on the ship was the pizza - there was no charge, and it was always hot, tasty and filling. This ship has as many restaurants or more than a small town, and you have to pay at all of them. "Inclusive" venues were the "complimentary dining room," the Windjammer, Sorrento's (the pizza place,) and the Promenade Cafe where you could get cookies and little sandwiches. Quite frankly, the only thing I could find that was half decent in the Windjammer was the plain old hamburger. The best kept secret on the ship is the Solarium Bistro serving healthy choices which were much more tasty than anything in the Windjammer, and it was a free venue at lunch - a buffet. It was not free at night - that's where my husband and I had our anniversary dinner. Because we were under the impression that we had to have reservations for all the shows, we didn't even attempt the much ballyhooed aqua show because it showed on the website that no seats were available for any nights. Truth be known we could have probably just walked in. I can't imagine that they have anyone on that ship on the ball enough to transfer all those reservations to an actual hard copy on board. We did see a 90 minute production of Hairspray which was well done, but that was the only show we saw. Don't let anybody tell you that you don't feel crowded on this ship - you do. There were just thundering herds of people everywhere we went. It was almost impossible to find a quiet corner. We did like the Solarium area, and it was probably the quietest place on the ship. Let me say this - the dining staff, i.e. waiters, assistant waiters, etc., worked hard and did their best. And the casino staff was for the most part pleasant. I did encounter a blackjack dealer one night who became angry with the reaction of a high strung gambler, and after she had left the table, he said, "Some day I'd like to write a book and call it THAT'S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU GAMBLE, YOU *******." I thought it a highly inappropriate remark for the dealer to make. No matter what these ships do to sanitize, it doesn't seem to be enough. Instead of policing the passengers about sanitizing their hands, I feel there should be more emphasis on policing what's going on with the food, etc. behind the scenes. I stood and watched a bartender squeeze fruit into a drink with his bare hands. That's when I began to note whether or not food service people were wearing gloves - some were, some weren't. All of them should be wearing gloves. They are very thin and should not interfere with their ability to perform their jobs. I was getting sick by Tuesday night. Wednesday morning I had a horrible sore throat, and on Thursday I was developing a respiratory infection and had to see the ship's doctor and get antibiotics. The not-so-perfect end to a cruise filled with problems, hateful staff, hordes of people, terrible food, and what seemed like never ending hassles. If and when I cruise again, I will be backing up in size and tradition. I want a smaller ship (Voyager class was plenty big), I want the traditional dining with multiple dinner companions, and I want to know a few new people when I leave the ship. I usually have a bunch of addresses and email addresses when I leave a ship, but I didn't get the first one on the Oasis. This ship is impressive to look at, and if it was my first cruise, I'd probably be blown away, but if you are a veteran cruiser, I just don't see how you could like this one. Nothing we like about cruising was there. I'll be staying off this class of ship, and I hope they don't go bigger because they can't handle this crowd. Debarkation was handled well, but the nightmare began once outside trying to get a cab. You are much better off to secure transportation prior to your cruise so that it will be waiting for you. The lines were not to be believed - at least an hour long. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Although a bit skeptical due to over 6,000 passengers and what we thought would be droves of people everyone couldn't be farther from reality. This was our 40th cruise on RCCL. And as much as I hate to admit it, Bigger is Better. ... Read More
Although a bit skeptical due to over 6,000 passengers and what we thought would be droves of people everyone couldn't be farther from reality. This was our 40th cruise on RCCL. And as much as I hate to admit it, Bigger is Better. The ship is stunning, still having the new car smell. If you were to blindfold someone and put him in the middle of the promenade, they'd never guess they were on the world largest cruise ship. Its spacious and thoughtfully laid out. Enough elevators never to wait more than a minute. RCCL really did their homework not missing anything on this monster ship. The boarding and disembarkation was seamless and took literally minutes to get on and off. Our luggage showed up within a hour onboard. A huge benefit to Diamond Plus members is access to the Concierge lounge where you can cooked to order breakfast and lunches besides the normal cocktail hour in the evening. A must, if available is the Chef Table dinner. At $ 75 a head, its worth every penny. A private room with max 20 people with a sommelier, waiter and the Chef explaining everything you are eating and drinking. Fabulous Caymus Family Wine was included. A real treat. Izumi was ok ... the soup was very salty and its a Ala carte menu so for the 7 of us including wine and sake was almost $ 200. Giovanni's was a nicer Portofino .. however they actually have Italians working as waiters. For $ 15 pp, worth it. Central Park 150 was another fine dining experience. At $35 a head plus wine, not sure if I'd do that again. Seafood Shack was good as was Johnny Rockets.. worth the few extra dollars. The real find was the Solarium dining room for lunch, a lite fare with salads, wraps and Asian inspired food. I missed the dinner there .. for our next cruise. We ended up eating in the dining room only 3 times which was very good. Shows .. Hairspray - Great Aqua Show - Great Temptation Tribute - Missed it .. saw it too many times Ice Show - slow start, great finish Main Show - Cirque du Soleil style - Good Comedy Shows - very good but you can't get in if you're late On Air and Atlas Globe Pub - Lots of fun The ship docked at a distant dock in St Thomas which was a bummer as no real shops around .. $ 4 pp to get to main street. Didn't get off in St Marten and took a quick stroll in Nassau. (It was fun docking at noon next to a small Carnival Ship .. The Oasis was the main attraction at the port) Rooms - We opted for the Owners Suite .. nice and roomy plus you get access to a private deck for suite guests only .. nice feature especially on sea days. My in laws had a junior suite and the sons had an Central Park view cabin, just what you'd expect. The Gym/Spa is on the 6th floor forward and your looking out of port holes instead of the big windows that I'm use to. Additionally some machines were already broken and the TV's didn't work. The Casino is split in half .. Smoking and non Smoking .. Not sure what it is but the casino is missing something I can't put my finger on. The Cruise Director, Richard Spacey seems to need a vacation ... if you want to play a game .. count the number of times you hear him say "Ladies and Gentlemen" ... got to be close to a 1000. Don't Miss - - outdoor movies in the Aqua Theater day and night - $ 2.95 cupcakes - Chef Table Dinner - Purchase the water option - Sorrento's make your own pizza - Go online before your cruise and make reservation everywhere. Saves you lots of headaches. It will be hard to go back to another class of ship after sailing on the Oasis of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express by the Port. Easy ride over from FLL airport and easy ride to the port by Cab. Arrived at 11:00 there was a slight delay boarded around 11:20 only took minutes to board. This ship is massive, we have ... Read More
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express by the Port. Easy ride over from FLL airport and easy ride to the port by Cab. Arrived at 11:00 there was a slight delay boarded around 11:20 only took minutes to board. This ship is massive, we have been on 8-10 cruises, Freedom was our last, this ship is big. Book your room close to an Elevator, we were in 10570 just a few steps down from the Elevator, on deck 10 with a Balcony, room was great. Clover our attendant was great. Keep in mind this ship is 400 yards long, if your room is in the middle, you will walk 100 yards to get to the steps or elevator. All the shows were great, Park Cafe did have a great Roast Beef sandwich, breakfast at Park Cafe was great also. Windjammer was as expected. Our only complaint, the digital board which shows the menu in the main dinning room, vs. your ship room did not match, it was a day off due to our cruise being the first Western, they had been sailing Eastern. We skipped Wed. nights dinner and it was the best night to eat, as our room menu didn't match. Many People were upset, we complained, however they did nothing except told us to go to the Windjammer, you would have thought they would have at least offered us a specialty dinner. With todays technology that shouldn't have happened. Go to the dinning room and ask to see that nights menu would be our suggestion. Labadee, basically is for just sitting on the beach and enjoying the largest picnic I have ever been to. Costa Maya, and Cozumel were ok, however I commented that the pricing in Mexico isn't that great anymore because you can buy most of the stuff at your local store cheaper, as most what they have is imported from China, every store seems to be the same. The top two decks at the back of the ship are open to the public, they are not suites, you can go out and see the water show, or just gaze. The view from the viking crown lounge is amazing. The sports pool was the only adult big pool that is fresh water, and it seemed to be cooler, those pools get hot in the heat all day. Getting off the ship was easy, we walked off with our luggage and was at the airport in 10 minutes. Other than the menu goof, it was a great trip. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2010
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Review Prologue I am Alex and I am currently thirteen. Ever since I found out about the Oasis of the Seas in late 2009, I've wanted to go on that humongous cruise ship. Its features were ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Review Prologue I am Alex and I am currently thirteen. Ever since I found out about the Oasis of the Seas in late 2009, I've wanted to go on that humongous cruise ship. Its features were stunning, nothing that I had seen before. Compared to the only other ship I've taken in Asia, SuperStar Virgo, this is a masterpiece by any aspect - from design to public rooms, from cabins to ceilings, from the four pools to the Central Park - it was all too spectacular. 2010 was a traumatic year for me. But I could put all those sad memories to rest as I was headed to the United States in December, specifically to take the Oasis of the Seas. We were sailing on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary, our room being a Boardwalk balcony (we only found that out when we reached there). My family of five, which consisted of my parents, my two younger sisters, and I went along with our maternal cousins, aunts and grandmas. I've decided to sort the contents by category (dining, public rooms etc.) It took about three months to do this review due to work, laziness and stress but nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it! Introduction After our break in Miami following our flights from SIN-LON-MIA, we headed to Fort Lauderdale to board the Oasis of the Seas. The ship was like nothing I've seen before - it was tremendously huge. I was truly overwhelmed. I believe I may have been too overwhelmed, because all my energy suddenly dispersed. It was too great, literally. This may have more or less affected my review. The embarkation process was fairly quick. Some minor problems we encountered here and there, but still quite quick. One thing I've noticed was that those below the age of thirteen would have to wear a wristband. I understand that wristbands are needed for staff to identify children's emergency station in the case of an emergency, however, the wristbands are sometimes a bit of a nuisance. Even though I am thirteen, I got a wristband thinking it would be useful, but it wasn't. As I had said earlier, the exterior of the ship impresses. The inside remains a mystery until I entered the gangway. There, I saw the Royal Promenade and the anticipated Rising Tide Bar. Everything that I originally saw on my desktop was true. After checking-in and settling down in our cabin (I would further discuss on this later), we headed to the Dining Room for our emergency drill. It was awkward having the emergency stations located in areas such as the dining room and the Opal Theater, probably because they needed to use safety instructional videos. A bit disorganized, but the video was useful. After which, we proceeded to do our own activities. From here onwards I shall now sort out my experience on Oasis by aspects. Dining (3) There were indeed a number of dining options onboard the ship, but for some apparent reason did not appeal to me. Maybe I am thirteen, but I have learnt how to appreciate food and I honestly felt that there could be a better variety. We opted for the My Time dining package, in which we could head to the Opus Dining Room, the main dining room, anytime between 5.30 in the late afternoon to 8.30 at night, if I am not wrong. The appetizers were, to say, interesting. Usually there would be a choice of fruits, soups or other simple platters to get the stomach going. Usually I had the fruits, which were fresh and juicy. Most of the soups, like the Onion Soup, tasted nice, too. However, there was one particular dish I would like to mention - the Raspberry and Pineapple Soup. I don't know if the Westerners drink soups that are sweet but shouldn't that be made into a drink? I was truly disgusted at such effort wasted on an idiotic recipe that has the strangest taste. Ever. I had mixed remarks over the main course. Sometimes, it would be lovely, like salmon, but sometimes it was too filling and not delicious. I usually ordered the healthy option, which I would explain later, because its description was better than the others. I guess that was Royal's way of making people lose weight. Amusing. Dessert was probably the best in the three-course meal. Fruits or Ice Cream, they excel in the art of confection. My favorite was the Sponge Cake- my first time ever tasting it. It was mouthwatering. The best food I had tasted on the ship - or maybe during the whole trip! I praise the chef(s) who made this so refined and better than the other cakes. Obviously, we could dine at other locations too. I chose complimentary restaurants that were included in the cruise fare, hoping to not cut my budget. Windjammer Cafe was good, but maybe because I somehow didn't have an appetite when I went there, I was not that pleased with the food. Sorrento's Pizza at the Royal Promenade was splendid - we could mix and match our own toppings for the pizza slices. We could also choose pizza slices already baked and prepared. It was delicious. Sadly, the Italian Sodas I tasted there were the worst I've tasted. I didn't know exactly what flavor it was, but it tasted ridiculously bitter. Maybe I'm young, but I definitely give a thumbs down for that. At Central Park, I would eat at Park Cafe that had sandwiches and desserts. The sandwiches were indeed very crunchy, and for a complimentary restaurant that is a big sandwich compared to what we have in Singapore! Wipe Out Cafe is another restaurant I tried out. It sold casual, American finger food meals. The most filling meal I've ever had, I had to say. The only specialty restaurant I tried out was the Seafood Shack. The Seafood Shack's menu was partially disorganized - the only had daily catches. Well then, I thought, I'd have the Grill Catch of the Day. What was served was good, but could honestly be better. Waiting time for dessert was somewhat long as I ordered it as take-away. At the Pool & Sports deck, they also served free frozen yoghurt. Oh, how cooling, even though it was 20 degrees Celsius or 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I had an average of 2.5 frozen yoghurts a day, taking in the fact that I love it. On the contrary, there were not many beverages. Other than wine, beer and alcoholic beverages, they didn't really bother about non-drinkers that left me unsatisfied. I really wanted a mocktail, influenced by the fact that mocktails are served mainly in hotels and cruise ships. Although The Living Room and Fuel, the teen locations, did have mocktails I believe, they weren't available anywhere else on the ship. What a disappointment. Overall, good but could improve on the variety of food and dining options and the improvement of quality of food in the main dining room. Public Rooms (5) The Oasis is most praised for its state-of-the-art facilities onboard, which I agree with most. All the neighbourhoods were designed to suit their theme, all the rooms clean and well kept, and the facilities high-class and functioning well. My favorite in terms of quality is probably Central Park. Greenery on cruise ships is very rare, and the thought of putting such is not widely considered. However, Royal Caribbean really made a good job - I originally thought there would be air-conditioning, but there wasn't which makes it even better. It is both elderly-friendly and provides a relaxing atmosphere. I've got a slogan for it, too: "A walk in the park at Royal Caribbean". Ingenious. Another neighborhood that I personally enjoy best is the Pool & Sports Zone. I would explain further in the Spa & Fitness section. Small exhibits are also scattered around the ship, known as "Wonders of the World". These exhibits showcase either stereotypic once-in-a-blue-moon images or interesting items. I find this a great addition to the ship. Despite the great features, there is still one small, no, MAJOR problem - the toilets. For some reason, the toilets reek of a certain, distinct smell. Which is why I never use the toilets often on the Oasis. I'm not sure if it is a problem with the pipes or soap, but it still needs to be fixed. The public rooms, overall, are awesome. Cabins (5) I was also quite excited over the rooms on Oasis. There was such a variety. I was not in charge of the booking process, therefore, I did not know which room we were in. But apparently, we were not allowed to choose our type of room, or at least it was said to be, and that Royal Caribbean would give us our own room. It was still not a bother. We eventually got a Boardwalk Balcony. I praise the room. Some complained over the amount of space the bed occupies (which led to a 'conspiracy' that RCI had small rooms). However, this is actually a good thing. The room was well furnished, well kept and nicely organized. The beds were very comfy; maybe because I was tired each night from the activities I had for the day. Many complained on the small toilet. However, I thought it was good, compared to the only other cruise I've taken. It may have been small, in fact smaller than the one at the other cruise, but precisely because of the interior dEcor - bright and lively, instead of dark and uncomfy. Everything worked fine, amenities all good. This toilet is the only toilet that didn't have the distinct smell I mentioned earlier. Lounging at the balcony is also relaxing. One could view part of the AquaTheater from the balcony, but if you do want to get the full view, try the AquaTheater suite or the rooms nearer to it. Rooms in the Oasis, although felt small, are worthy for sleeping and resting. Entertainment and Activities - Entertainment Place (4) The facilities onboard the Oasis would obviously occupy most people's time. I had already discussed on the facilities and will move on to the organized activities and entertainment programmes. The daily newsletter on the Oasis describing the conditions, highlights and activities for the day was the Cruise Compass. The activity planner was the Daily Planner, the evening section separated as the Evening Planner. A bit confusing, but still fair enough. Maybe due to the massiveness of the ship, and my surprising lack of organization during the cruise, the activities seem to be little. There was the usual - art auctions, seminars, scavenger hunts, line dancing, fitness activities, trivia quizzes, parades and entertainment. What I think RCI could include to actually make it stand out include: • More fitness activities involving the use of the Pool & Sport Deck facilities. In which they hold more pool parties, some competitions on the FlowRider, golf course or table tennis courts. • Improve on the "parties". The parties that the cruise organized were horrible. They should have games for children to participate rather than laid-out games to play alone. They should also have some performances. This is for children who did not register for Adventure Ocean. • More social activities, such as handicraft making or "fashion shows" or anything that is active and fun. It seems that the Oasis really lacks D.I.Y. activities that most cruises, or at least what I think cruises should, offer. With the vast amount of space and the Workshop located at Deck 14 vacant for most of the time, it would be nice to hold some free activities to appeal to senior citizens. The activities I praise include fitness-related ones, entertainment that I would discuss later, Bingo and activities for the younger generation. Activities I think they could improve include scavenger hunts (instead of holding it at a remote starting point like On Air, it would be nice to start from the Pool & Sports Deck which could gain more attention. A bigger search area would be nice, too) and parties which I had mentioned on earlier. Now comes nightly entertainment. I would group them into four categories as RCI did: Theater Shows, Water Shows, Ice Shows and Comedy Shows. Spa and Fitness - Pool & Sports Deck (5) Honestly speaking, I have never tried out the spa services onboard nor the fitness center. However, I have seen other fitness options outside the Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness. The Vitality at Sea Spa, which is the biggest spa and fitness center at sea, is located on Deck 6 aft, so one may have to accept having to walk for a while. But one thing I could say is its interior dEcor. It was white - and it makes one feel relaxed. The colors blend perfectly, so at leas one thing I know is that the person won't feel uneasy due to the color scheme. There is even a kids and teens' spa called Y-SPA. From what I heard the spa and fitness center was good, but I was sadly unable to try out as I think I was too young (or that I'm just shy, not my usual self). Now, Royal Caribbean has broadened spa and fitness options on its ships. For example, those eating in the Opus Dining Room are able to enjoy a less-calorie selection of dishes. They stated the amount of calories. I don't know if it is accurate or not but based on my primary education, I could tell that slimming down does not mean eating less - it just means, having a lower calorie intake. Also to note is the Pool & Sports Deck' sports area. It is really gigantic and different from other ships. Hailing from the tropics I was not adapted to cold waters. When I step into the small lazy river in the H20 Zone, it seems icy cold. My father told me that RCI probably wanted not to use so much electricity, but a few days later, when I stepped back again, the water was hot and cozy. Strange because, when it was sunny the water was cold, and when it was dark the water was warm. The Jacuzzi is also quite comforting after participating in several activities. It was a really clever idea to have four pools catered to different people - Main for the typical swimmer, Beach to simulate beach waves, Sports especially for water sports and the H20 Zone for children. The H20 Zone is really catered to smaller, younger children. It would be nice for RCI to install better facilities such as, maybe, a water slide? As long as its not more unneeded sculptures that will be fine. That covers the Pool section. The Sports section is even more fantastic. You could really play a number of sports here. You could play football, tennis or basketball in the basketball court, have a round of golf on the golf course, take a jog or a professional run on the walking track (located at Deck 5), play table tennis in the table tennis court, surf on the FlowRiders and even zipline across the ship. It seems as if one could do almost every sport on the ship. I tried out the FlowRider, which was separated into four lanes - two for boogie boarding and two for actual surfing. Boogie boarding is a much easier way in which one lies down on the board and does stunts. I gave it a go and it was truly a lot of fun. The instructors were professional and clearly explained to us what to do. The current of the waves was so strong that it could push you back to the start if you fall off. Fear not, for there is a buffer that prevents any pain. Only one time it seemed as if the surfboard hit my head. Thankfully it wasn't a major injury, and this should be VERY rare because it seemed that the surfboard was thrown back first, then me. It was only minor and was gone soon. But I still can't believe the cruel irony that struck me. Seminars on how to cut down fats, relax and other useful fitness facts are held everyday. I'm not sure if RCI has cycling tours, but I am sure it also brings fitness to shore. All these coupled together makes the perfect fitness cruise. Family, Children and Teens (4) RCI is notable for its variety of family and children activities. Just a recap, children from five to twelve will be under the following age categories should they join the Adventure Ocean youth programme: • Aquanauts (3-5 year olds) • Explorers (6-8 year olds) • Voyagers (9-11 year olds) Toddlers aged three and below are given access to the Royal Babies and Tots community, while teens like myself could go to The Living Room, an only-teens (with the exception of trainers) hang-out spot., and Fuel, a nightclub reserved for teens and also includes a bar. Royal Babies & Tots, Aquanauts, Explorers and Voyagers' clubs are located at Deck 14, or the Youth Zone. Teens' clubs are located at Deck 15, the Pool & Sports Zone. My sister, aged eleven, signed up for the Adventure Ocean programme and commented that it was enjoyable and the staff were helpful and humorous. She praises the Adventure Science Lab, probably since she is a fan of Science. Art and music rooms are also provided. I checked the Adventure Ocean daily planners and I think it needs to have a bit more of outdoor interaction, considering the fact that most sports and games were held indoors. On Day 6, I had a choice between going to the AquaTheater to watch the Men's Belly Flop competition and the Adventure Ocean talent show. Coincidentally, the competition and several other activities were cancelled due to bad weather so I attended the talent show. I would like to note, despite this being a small matter, trying to show off a butterfly tattoo on a five-year-old girl. Otherwise the team of staff was pretty competent in doing the job. When it comes to 'parties', I got a shock. As I had explained previous, the parties were not up to standard. What's more, I don't see the staff allowing children to participate after they perform. It was a bit of a letdown, considering SuperStar Virgo, which had games and fun for all. Now to the Teens stuff. I was shy on the first two days so I didn't really go to The Living Room, the teens hangout spot on the ship. Only on the third day did I enter The Living Room and made some friends. The Living Room consists of nine Wii sets, a Foosball table, a bar catered to teens, a music studio, a miniature cyber cafe and a large television usually showing movies. It was my first time seeing a cruise ship with a teens hang-out, but as eventually I realized all major cruise lines carry such a facility. Nevertheless RCI's take was amazingly modern. The staff were professional. They were friendly and they knew how to take care of problems, although surprisingly, there weren't any. They also organized awesome activities, such as a parody of Family Feud, competitions on video games and sports such as FlowRider and Dodgeball, and other interesting activities. Also, to accompany the Living Room is Fuel. Although stated clearly on the map it is actually hidden deep. Only one door connects to it, which leads to a small room with another door that would be Fuel. Fuel is amazingly colourful. I didn't explore fully but from what I could see, teens must LOVE this place. I stress on the word LOVE, because it was a blend of art and technology. It only opens at night, though, but that's what make it all the more secretive. To conclude, RCI really did well with family activities and teen activities. I only hope they could allow the children to be more involved with ship facilities. Other than that, great I should say. Shore Excursions (4) We took a shore excursion in St. Thomas for turtle snorkeling. Apparently external vendors operate some of the shore excursions, which was somewhat disappointing with the perception that a cruise line so renowned should operate more of its own tours. Nevertheless, the snorkeling trip was fun. One could view my full review : Embarkation (4) When we first boarded the ship the embarkation process was a bit slower than expected, but probably because of several arrangements in which we placed our sister in our aunt's room (due to the four-pax-per-room regulation) and RCI wanted to confirm the girl was indeed still with her parents. During our stops at the ports, I had no complaints. It was speedy and not stressful; you'd be out in the port by fifteen minutes. When we returned it was also slower than usual but I didn't blame RCI, and simply hope that they could improve on this matter. Service (5) When it comes to service, RCCI definitely excels. Their staff members were extremely friendly. I recall the Filipino waitress who served us during dinner; she interacted with us a lot and was very friendly. The headwaiter, too, was very helpful. They constantly ask us for our feedback, which is really an extra mile put forward. The staff members at the Living Room and at the FlowRider machines were professional; the housekeeper who took care of our rooms was helpful; it was all so amazing. I always love to see the staff interact with each other during the cruise, as that just proves the friendly atmosphere and the dedication they had put into their work. Value and Rates (4) It was of reasonable pricing, and taking in account that this is ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHIPS IN THE WORLD, the rates were actually quite good. Conclusion Disembarkation was swift. The staff at Port Everglades was really helpful in carrying our luggage. That marked the end of the cruise. All in all, maybe I was a bit overwhelmed at the start of the cruise which made the rest not too the extent that I was excited. I was still really pleased with RCI, and I would be glad to go back again. Four out of five. Recommended ABSOLUTELY! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
Don't bring any booze with you. There is security at every port and the only thing they are looking for is booze. They don't want you to bring any on board. They only want you to buy their drinks. And it was a different price for ... Read More
Don't bring any booze with you. There is security at every port and the only thing they are looking for is booze. They don't want you to bring any on board. They only want you to buy their drinks. And it was a different price for the same drink at different locations. Why?????????????. On a positive note I didn't see any drunks on board. So maybe this is a good thing. Food was okay. You get sick of eating at the main dining room that takes over 2 hours to dine. You get sick of eating at the Windjammer Market. And where are the midnight buffets????? I thought the food could have been better. ON a positive note the shows were great and the Comedy Show was awesome along with the Ice Skating Show. Photos let them take as many as you can at all of the ports. The photos were awesome and the best deal is to buy the CD for 299.00 and get all of your pictures that you can print on your own when you get home otherwise every individual picture you buy is 20.00. This includes the family pictures that are taken on the Formal Nites. We went on an excursion to Atlantis and that was awesome. Well worth the money the fish tanks called the Dig is great to view and the kids will love the waterslides. We also went on the St John Island tour. I felt it was a waste of money. They take you over by boat and then they drive you around. Everyone that did the snorkel trip on St. John was very happy. We went to Lotterie Farms for the Zip Lining on St. Maarten. It is actually a rope obstacle course set in the trees. There are a few zip lines. We had an overall good time but this is very strenuous and we were all feeling the pain the next day. They have a longer zipline course but that was not offered by the cruise ship. The best thing on the Oasis is the Flow Rider for the older kids and there were tons of activities for your kids. Very family friendly ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
This was our 5th cruise with RCCL and it was a great week to be on the Oasis. We took a group of 14 on this cruise, the youngest were two boys ages 12 & 13, our sons are 20 & 23, and the rest of the group were married couples. I ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with RCCL and it was a great week to be on the Oasis. We took a group of 14 on this cruise, the youngest were two boys ages 12 & 13, our sons are 20 & 23, and the rest of the group were married couples. I don't really have any complaints maybe observations and experiences of how are week went.Embarkation & Disembarkation:Probably the smoothest I've experienced on any of our trips, we arrived at the pier at 10:30 and were on the ship by 11:00, having lunch at the Park Cafe at 12:00 and on the flow rider by 1:00. Disembarkation went just as smooth, they start getting everyone off the ship at 7:00am and the last groups are scheduled at 9:30, they do have the program that lets passengers keep their luggage in the cabin with them and exit as early as 6:30am, I meet someone at the airport that had gone that route to make sure he didn't miss his flight, we started the process at 9:15 and were at the airport by 11:00.Dining:There are lots of options for eating on the ship. With all of the choices we for food did not go to the windjammer at all on the cruise and only went to a couple of the restaurants that have a cover charge.Park Cafe: Probably our favorite, great roast beef sandwiches, very good salads made to order, lots of snacks, a variety of healthy food choices. There options for breakfast are very well also, I don't think we ever waited more than a couple of minutes in line.Solarium Bistro: Great healthy breakfast, quieter than most of the other venues. They have juices and healthy food throughout the day.Wipeout Cafe: Typical burgers and dogs, they do have a good hot dog in a pretzel bun and Nachos!Seafood Shack: Good Appetizers, average lunch food, what you would find at a place in most towns for seafoodIzumi: I'm not a big sushi eater but my sons wanted me to try it. I was pleasantly surprised.150 Park Central: If you want to be treated to a 6 to 8 course meal that is exceptional I would recommend you go here one evening. We went as a group and spent about 3 hours having dinner and had an great night.Dining room: To me the staff makes the dining room good or bad, the food here is the same as what you would see on most cruise ships but the people taking care of you can make the difference. They were friendly and very accommodating.Shows: Don't miss them and make your reservations before you board, watch for them to open about 60 days before you cruise. We had our reservations made for Hairspray, Headliner show, Oasis dreams, and the 4th show which I forgot the name of. They were all very good, there will be one more called splish splash they will announce once you are on the ship, go see it.Excursions: this is one area that they can work on, Labedee was okay basically a day at the beach. This was the first time that the Oasis went into Falmouth and it felt like it, Falmouth made a holiday of it and the streets around the area were jam backed, the people were very friendly and they were not overwhelming but I think the vendors running the excursions were, we went snorkeling over at Montego Bay and had a lot of fun once we got there.Cozumel was an issue, the excursion over to Tulum was great, once we got back to the port we had about an hour and a half to get back on the ship, there was easily 1,000 people trying to through the custom gates. At about 30 minutes before the all aboard time some security from the Oasis came down and they called everyone up to the front to go though, there were several hundred still behind us. I don't know if that's been a problem before but it was on this trip.We found the ship easy to navigate, there are plenty of activities for everyone and deck chairs are plentiful. The ship is very clean and there are touch screens all around the elevators if you get lost.We spent several evenings in Bolero's with the Latin band but whatever your flavor of music is you'll probably find it. Go in with a great attitude and expect to have a fantastic week. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
My family went on the Oasis of the Seas for a 7 night eastern Caribbean trip to Nassau, St. Thomas, & St. Martin. I have 2 girls, ages 12 & 9. We loved the Oasis of the was fantastic! We had never cruised Royal ... Read More
My family went on the Oasis of the Seas for a 7 night eastern Caribbean trip to Nassau, St. Thomas, & St. Martin. I have 2 girls, ages 12 & 9. We loved the Oasis of the was fantastic! We had never cruised Royal Caribbean before and were anxious to see what it was like. In the past, we have mainly cruised with Disney, and one cruise with Carnival on the Glory. I wanted to write this review to share some things that I did not know before the cruise. Dining:The main dining room, Opus, does not allow short pants. So, make sure you bring cropped pants, skirts, etc. to stay within the dress code. I think this rule is ridiculous since you are on vacation, but it is what it is. Also, there are two "formal" nights. People really get dressed up for this. If you plan on eating in the main dining room, definitely bring dress clothes (dress or skirt for women, shirt, tie, jacket for men). Otherwise, you will definitely feel out of place. We had dinner at Giovanni's Table one night and it was great. Other than that, we hit Sorrento's for pizza, Opus dining room, Windjammer, and Park Cafe. Windjammer's a bit crazy at times, but does have variety. Food was so-so at Windjammer. Cupcakes are great in the Cupcake Cupboard, but the rest of dessert on the cruise was just okay.Cabins:We had a Boardwalk Balcony cabin, and it was rather small for the 4 of us. When the sofa bed was open for the girls, there was literally a one foot wide path through the room to the balcony. It drove me nuts! I managed to fit everything in the room, but a chair and end table ended up out on the balcony. I saw a lot of other rooms doing the same thing. The noise level on the Boardwalk was high, but when the sliding balcony door was shut and locked, I would say 99% of the noise was blocked out.Shows:Awesome....Broadway quality. We saw Oasis of Dreams, Hairspray, Frozen in Time, Come Fly with Me...all terrific! Make reservations for these shows online before your cruise.Ports of Call:We went to Nassau, St. Thomas & St. Martin. We didn't get off the ship in Nassau...we have been there many times and wanted to spend the day exploring what the ship offered. In St. Thomas, we took a "taxi" to Magens Bay Beach. Taxi was a open air truck-thing that drove crazy over steep mountain roads. YIKS, that's about all I have to say on that! Magens Bay was beautiful, but incredibly crowded and the facilities are pretty run-down. I think we would try going to St. Johns if we ever stop there again. In St. Martin, we went on a ship excursion to the Butterfly was really nice, my girls loved it. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. We got some terrific pics. Stopped in Phillipsburg on the way back for shopping and lunch...great shopping, cute town, beach looked beautiful...took a water taxi back to the ship. All in all we had a great time. Service was good, embarkation was smooth, and staff was very helpful. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
THE CRUISE:Western Caribbean Originating/Terminating in Ft. Lauderdale with stops at Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. Weather was perfect, seas were generally calm. It appears to be a good time of year to go to the ... Read More
THE CRUISE:Western Caribbean Originating/Terminating in Ft. Lauderdale with stops at Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. Weather was perfect, seas were generally calm. It appears to be a good time of year to go to the Caribbean.THE SHIP:The ship was beautiful! It's new, it's clean, and I have to say that I was in awe of its size and of the Royal Promenade deck, which is the first thing you see when you come aboard...kind of like the same feeling you get walking into Disney World for the first time. Walking through the neighborhoods you wouldn't think you were even aboard a ship. Central Park has trees and flower gardens, and when the ship is moving a cool breeze blows through like a warm spring day. No real sense of motion while aboard just a slight rocking side to side every now and then.The Boardwalk is a nice family place to hang out with the kids if you have kids to hang out with that is. There's even a full size carousel for the kids to ride on and on our cruise it was always busy. The Royal Promenade is the place to people watch. Lots of shops, and things to see and do. I heard that we sailed at maximum capacity with almost every cabin at 3 or 4 persons each. The advertised passenger capacity is 6,000 but I heard the number for this cruise was around 6,200 due to the number of families aboard. THE CABIN:Our cabin was an Ocean view just in front of the first balcony cabins. It was a little on the small side and had very little closet/storage space for a seven day cruise. The bathroom was the smallest I've ever seen on a cruise ship, and I wasn't the only one who thought so because even the cruise director joked about it. The shower stall (more like a glass capsule) was so small you had to open the door to pick up the soap if you dropped it. RECREATIONAL AMENITIES:It would be impossible to experience everything the ship has to offer on one cruise. Flow riding, rock climbing, ice skating, zip lining, basketball, dodge ball, putt-putt, the list goes on. If you are looking to do something and not doing it aboard this ship then you are not trying very hard. One thing you won't find on this ship is a secluded spot to just relax and take in the ocean breeze. THE FOOD:Dining was a bit of an adventure. The interactive TV (more like a computer terminal) in the room has a screen that shows the occupancy of each food venue on board which usually influenced our decision where to eat by how crowded it was, which I will detail my feelings on this in my closing remarks. One thing I have to say about the OASIS is that there's no shortage of restaurants to choose from in both the free and specialty (extra cost) dining options, there's about 24 food venues aboard so whatever your taste, you can probably find something to satisfy it on the ship. I generally stay out of the specialty restaurants since the food is generally the same as the dining room and the ambience and fine china doesn't really justify the extra cost for me. For breakfast, the Windjammer is the main buffet and unless you got there really early or really late, finding an open table was nearly impossible. Johnny Rockets is a specialty venue other times of the day but serves breakfast for free and is seldom crowded, we went there twice because the food is made to order rather than kept warm under lights like at the Windjammer. Other off the beaten track breakfast venues are the Park Cafe which serves an egg McMuffin style sandwich and an egg burrito to die for, it's a quick, light breakfast venue that isn't usually that crowded. The Solarium Bistro is the venue for the health conscious eater, and we avoided it like the plague because I just don't do turkey bacon and it was usually crowded. The Opus Dining Room for breakfast was good but the buffet side was better than the sit down side, the latter being very slow and handing out small portions the only reason we tried it was because our dining room steward asked us to. Lunch was again decided by occupancy. Our favorite place was the Park Cafe but it was soon the favorite of many of the other passengers. They serve a roast beef slider that was so tender a delicious you couldn't eat just one or two. We did do the Solarium for lunch once the first day and it was very good, but it was too crowded the rest of the cruise. The Opus Dining Room was our daily venue for dinner. The wait staff was very friendly and efficient, and there was always a large variety of entrees available as well as a few items they offer every day, all of the ones we had were very tasty and if there was something additional on the menu I wanted to try they would always bring it out for me, which was especially nice on lobster night. Snacks were always available although I thought that the Sorrento's pizza was like eating freezer pizza. The Cafe Promenade serves specialty coffee (extra cost) but all the pastries were free and the was free coffee available over in the corner. There was always the Park Cafe to duck into if it wasn't crowded. Sort of an out of the way place to get a burger or ice cream cone is the Wipe Out Cafe on the Sports deck. For being in the kids section it was never too crowded to grab a quick snack like a pretzel dog or taco. ENTERTAINMENT:One of the advantages to a big ship is that more people equal more money for the entertainment budget which allows bigger name acts to be booked. The entertainment on our cruise was excellent. My wife said that the Broadway style production of Hairspray was excellent. I was there but I slept through most of it, and I can say that the seats were very comfortable. The headliner act for the cruise was Beatlemania which to me was just like watching the Beatles, except the guy playing Ringo was a bit on the portly side. I never went to sleep but when I closed my eyes it sounded just like the real thing. We wanted to go back but the line for standby was out to the casino. The other production show was Come Fly with Me, which was also very elaborate and entertaining. The ships cast of performers were very visible around the ship, and they were very appreciative of the compliments they received. The entertainment was adult oriented in the Comedy Club with two different comedians performing acts and an MC that was as just as entertaining as the main acts. We always seemed to miss the aquatic shows, they just seemed to be scheduled in conflict with other activities. Note: We booked all our shows in advance a few weeks before the cruise and some were already full. This probably needs to be done at least a month before if not sooner to get into all the shows.One of our favorite places on a cruise is the piano bar, its a great place to relax and get to know the other passengers. I didn't particularly care for the Piano Bar set up on the Oasis, it's out in the open and lacked the intimate atmosphere of other piano bar venues on ships that we have sailed on before. Its right next to the Rising Tide bar and with all the pedestrian traffic in the Promenade below it was very distracting. DESTINATIONS:In general, entry and egress from the ship was quicker than we expected it to be. Most destinations had a fore and aft gangplank open and there were several lines in use all the time. I do have an issue with the attitude of the security people. While not rude they were officious and not very friendly at all, I realize that they are used to dealing with all types of people and lots of them, but at least they could smile and welcome you back aboard instead of snapping "take your sunglasses off" when you are coming back hot and tired from a long day ashore. Labadee, Haiti was our first stop. A very nice landscaped facility with plentiful beaches and some of the best barbequed spare ribs I've ever had on a company owned island, or in this case a secluded peninsula completely inaccessible from the mainland due to several rugged mountains. The best use of this day is to swim, sail, eat, drink and relax in the shade or go down the mile long zip line that runs the entire length of the property. All the time the bay was discretely patrolled by armed guards, this being Haiti and all. The security for re-entry to the ship with metal detectors and x-ray machines in use was a little overboard in my opinion especially since it's an isolated company owned facility with no access to the outside world. I walked all over the place and I didn't see one gun shop or vendor selling any weapons of mass destruction or even a pocket knife for that matter. Dude, what's up with that?Falmouth, Jamaica is a newly opened port owned by RCL built especially to accommodate the new mega-ships. I think we were one of the first itineraries to dock there and it looks like it will be very nice but for now, none of the buildings are open yet, just a bunch of vendors on the curbs. We went on a shore excursion to the Green Grotto Caves and Dunn River Falls. Both attractions were very well maintained and both were interesting. A word of caution about the vendors at Dunn River, they are very pushy and abusive if you don't buy something from them, especially the video guys, they will hound you all the way to the bus to try to get you to buy the DVD. We tried to avoid the vendor area but were herded into the area by what we thought was a security guard who turned out to be in partnership with a guy who followed us until we bought a silly wooden statue which I gave him $8 for because it was all I had in my pocket. Never take your wallet out in front of them or you'll end up paying $20 dollars for the same piece of wood. While the wife was shopping I struck up a conversation with a lady that turned out to be the port manager and we talked about the plans for the terminal which when it is finished should be very impressive with the ability to serve two mega ships at a time. Security was still grumpy when we embarked...they need a vacation or something. This was our third trip to Cozumel, Mexico but the first time we went to the Tulum Mayan ruins. We had to depart very early and the cruise director's office had a special staging area set up for the group. We walked directly from the ship to the ferry boat which took us to the mainland. We were escorted to a waiting bus for the 45 minute ride to the National park. Tulum was the most impressive Mayan site we have explored and is located along the Caribbean coast situated atop a towering cliff with two white sand beaches below. We opted for the express tour which didn't include any beach time, but gave us a good overview of the site and the treasures it contained. The tour was exhausting and we opted to take the tram back to the bus which cost a few dollars but well worth it. We should have taken it into the park but underestimated the distance we had to walk and the crowd we had to deal with since we got there just before it opened. There were ten buses just from our ship and there were four ships in port. I was much more comfortable here than in Jamaica, there were vendors but they waited until you came to them before they went to work. We enjoyed this port of call the most, with the exception of the ferry ride home, when just about half the people on board got seasick. The attendant ran out of barf bags long before we got to our destination. Security again, this time armed with automatic weapons. Really? If they are so afraid of what we will bring on board why do they give us pointy steak knives in the dining room?SEA DAYS:Kudos to the cruise director Richard Spacey AND his staff for doing such a good job keeping the throng entertained. On this floating resort disguised as a cruise ship there's always something to do other than lounging in the sun, and it's a good thing too... here comes the negative... when you go to relax on the pool deck on a sea day you quickly find out that there is in fact 6,000+ people on the ship and it looks like every one of them is at the pool(s). They advertise the Solarium as being reserved for adults, but it is no better. Open lounge chairs are few and far between and finding two together is almost impossible. My wife got to go swimming while I protected the chairs we found, that's how bad it was, which brings me to the next point, beach towels. You have to check them out and back in or your room gets billed for the towel at $25 each.... there's only one place on the ship that dispenses the towels and that's on the 15th deck. If you go on a shore excursion and want a towel, none are provided at the gangplank, you have to trek up to the top of the ship and sign one out then protect it with your life while you are on your excursion. CLOSING REMARKS:As nice a ship as it is the Oasis is just too big for my taste, too many people, too many options, too may people, ooh I said that twice didn't I? I'm not into standing in lines and wading through crowds to get somewhere. When an event is happening, the elevators, and there are a lot of them, are completely overwhelmed. Unless you are lucky and are standing in front of the door that opens, you will wait ten minutes or longer to get to the deck you want to go to, remembering that the dining room is on deck three and the buffet is on deck 16 and both are located in the aft section of the ship, it's probably better to use the bow elevators and walk to the stern. I climbed the stairs at the Washington Monument but I'm no match for this ship. My preference remains with the smaller ships... as good a job as RCL does managing large numbers of people I much prefer the less crowded more peaceful setting of a HAL ship and now have a renewed appreciation for the traditional cruise ship style. I never had a problem finding a table on the Lido deck, didn't have to stand in line to see a show, and never had to fight for a lounge chair at the pool. I'm coming home to HAL, see you in December on the Noordam. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2011
I feel I am a somewhat experienced cruiser with 6 cruises under my belt. We are a family of four husband, me,(mid 40's) and 2 teenage daughters (19yrs and 15 yrs old). We had never been on a ship this large before and now I am unsure ... Read More
I feel I am a somewhat experienced cruiser with 6 cruises under my belt. We are a family of four husband, me,(mid 40's) and 2 teenage daughters (19yrs and 15 yrs old). We had never been on a ship this large before and now I am unsure if we will ever be able to go back to a smaller ship. We are from North Mississippi and decided to fly into FLL the day before the ship left port. For my last 5 cruises we have always flown in the day the ship departs, but with airline delays these days -- we felt safer flying the day before. I am sooo glad we did as embarkation day was a breeze and we were very relaxed and not worn out from traveling. It was like having an extra day on the ship since we boarded around 11 am. Check in was a breeze just like all the boards say!!! We had no lines at all and went straight to the check in desk. We stayed at the Embassy Suites on 17th Street the night before. Very convenient and room was suitable. Hotel was a little dated, but had no complaints. Complimentary happy hour and full breakfast the next morning. We had planned on taking a taxi to get to the port as we took a taxi from the airport to the hotel; however, we would have needed an SUV taxi for the four of us and our luggage to fit and when you call for a taxi they will not guarantee the size of the taxi. It would have been about $15 to port for one taxi, but if we had to take 2 taxis that would have been double. As we walked out the front door of the hotel a member of the hotel staff had a private shuttle from the hotel ready to go to the port. For a charge of $7 each we were able to load into the nice air conditioned suburban with one other couple and off we went. (From time we went down the elevator to being at the port was less than 15 minutes.) Ship porters took our bags and we were in the cruise terminal in less than 5 minutes around 10:50am. No problems going through security, but we did not try and bring any alcohol on board. My daughter had a large shampoo bottle for us all to share and they checked that and let us go on through. (Really did not need the shampoo as RCL supplies shampoo, conditioner, and lotion,) We sat in the terminal for about 10 minutes after checking in and having boarding picture made. Once on board we headed the excursion desk to book our Jamaica excursion (Canopy Zipline Tour at Rosehall). I had waited too long to book online prior to leaving home and I would have been in trouble had it been sold out! No line at excursion desk when we boarded so it worked out great!!Headed to Park Cafe for wonderful Roast Beef sandwiches and custom made salads!! I have to say that was my husband and I's favorite spot for lunches. Absolutely wonderful!! We need a restaurant like that in our small town and we would eat there several times a week!! lolRooms were ready at 1pm and ours was on deck 14. The four of us stayed in one cabin. This was a tight squeeze when getting ready for dinner, but otherwise OK. We were the last balcony cabin on port side (aft). It had the bed close to closet and full/queen sleeper sofa for the girls. Also, there was an awesome large public balcony next door that was rarely ever used by anyone but us. Most people did not even know about it. So usually while we were getting ready for dinner one or two of us would go relax on the lounge chairs on that balcony while the other family members showered and dressed for dinner. I might look into how expensive it would be to have 2 cabins on the next cruise with the girls staying across the hall, but if too expensive would stay in this type of cabin again.We LOVED all the many activities on this ship. There was always something to do!! We booked all of our show reservations before we left home and this was a big help. We did not even make it to all of our reservations as they girls wanted to see some of the standard RCL shows like Love & Marriage and Quest. We had the late seating dinner and therefore our reserved show times sometimes clashed with the scheduling of the shows mentioned above. We did see Hairspray and Oasis of Dreams and Frozen in Time. They were all very good especially Hairspray. I might would opt for the early dinner next time though so there would not be late night conflicts.Ports of Call: Labadee .... very disappointing. We like the other RCL private island better of Coco Cay in the Bahamas. Labadee you must have on shoes to get in the water, the sand was dirty to me as we are used to Destin, FL. It was very hot the day we were there (no breeze). The lunch was good though. Next time would probably just stay on the ship and enjoy the empty pools. JAMAICA: port is still being worked on, but markets were very clean and nice and we enjoyed shopping in the local markets within the port; you did not have to leave the new Falmouth area to shop and we felt very very safe. We did book an excursion to do a zipline Canopy tour with Chukka Ziplines at Rosehall. I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed this excursion. The BEST excursion we have ever done. It was probably just over 3 hours in the tree tops. Very professional and FUN guides!! We all felt very safe. Transportation was provided in the price of the tickets .... it was approx $100 per person and very worth it!! Cozumel: had been there before and stayed on the ship that day; practically had the ship to ourselves until 3pm that afternoon. It was wonderful!!Food was good in the dining room, however my husband and I noticed dinner portions were smaller than in the past. Our waiter and assistant waiter were EXCELLENT!!! If they ever thought we did not get enough or might still be hungry they would bring us another appetizer or entree. Lobster and steak night was no exception. We never ate at the specialty restaurants as we were pleased with dining room service. My husband and I had purchased to gold wine package before boarding and therefore had a bottle of wine with dinner every night, this was a nice touch.If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Our cruise director was Richard Spacey and he was WONDERFUL!!! So glad we were able to cruise with him as he was getting off the Oasis when we did for vacation.Disembarking: the only time we really ever stood in line, but not too bad. We had one of the later times assigned to us to get off the ship 8:30 - 8:45. We were still at the airport by 10:00 for an airline departure of 12:50pm. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
We have been on family cruises once a year since we started having kids 7 years ago. We love Disney but also REALLY like RC and since RC is usually cheaper, we have cruised them more often, always on the Freedom Class ships. This time, we ... Read More
We have been on family cruises once a year since we started having kids 7 years ago. We love Disney but also REALLY like RC and since RC is usually cheaper, we have cruised them more often, always on the Freedom Class ships. This time, we decided to try Oasis and found that it was just about as expensive as the (old) Disney ships, but we went with it anyway. Embarkation was smooth as silk because our plane was late, so we didn't arrive at the port until 3pm. You could have heard a pin drop, it was deserted! We will probably intentionally show up late from now on! Our cabins were nice (2 connecting balcony on 8 foreward) but they are smaller than the same cabins on FOS. Our room steward, Kathyann, was FABULOUS!!!! She really went above and beyond, and was always smiling and laughing. We had "My Time" dining and we won't ever do that again. I suppose if you were going to be eating at vastly different times each night, it might be beneficial. For us, we always ate between 6 and 7 and would probably have been fine with the 630 seating. I have always liked having the same staff each night and so missed that aspect. In addition, some nights there were LONG waits even with reservations (made them online before the cruise) On our last night, our server was awful and we actually saw the next table over get up and leave because they weren't getting waited on in a reasonable time. The food was the same as it is on every RC cruise. Nothing was terrible and nothing really stood out. We did dine at 150 Central Park one night and it was a very nice dining experience. I particularly liked the flavored salts that they served with the bread. The food was good, but not to-die-for good. I can't comment on the shows as we never went to one. The ports are the same old, same old. Labadee was nice, DD7 went to the kids club for the morning and I hung out on the beach. We skipped Jamaica (DD3 was not feeling well) and in Cozumel we went to Paradise Beach Club which was really nice - great beach, nice facilities and great customer service. The food was good but overpriced and the drinks were weak AND overpriced! LOL Both kids loved the carousel, DD7 climbed the rock wall and loved it. Both went to the kids club and we were very happy with the staff and activities there. The only thing that was unique about this ship was the Carousel and Central Park, both of which I really liked. But the ship was huge and it was kind of a pain to get to the kids pool from our cabin, then have to hike back across to the kids club, then hike back across to the buffet, then back across to the adults area (you get the idea). And with the slightly smaller cabins, I don't see any reason why I won't be returning to the Freedom Class ships for future cruises. Of note, Ft Lauderdale airport IS NOT equipped to deal with the crowds from these huge ships and it was a nut-house on Saturday trying to leave. HUGE lines at checkin and security. I won't fly through there again unless they expand. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
We were a group of 14 cruising together. Most of us have cruised at least once before. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before our cruise and stayed at the Days Inn at the airport. The hotel was not in the best area of town, but ... Read More
We were a group of 14 cruising together. Most of us have cruised at least once before. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before our cruise and stayed at the Days Inn at the airport. The hotel was not in the best area of town, but we made due. Overall we had a wonderful time. On the ship our only complaint was waiting for elevators. That is really the only complaint. It was a fantastic time. Our stateroom attendant was fantastic and the rest of the service staff was phenomenal as always with Royal Caribbean. Our first port was Nassau, Bahamas. Most of our party chose to do the Dolphin Encounter through the ship. This was fun and we were able to hang on the beach after. The rest of our party chose to scuba dive and they also had nothing but wonderful things to say about their experience. The second port was St. Thomas. We did not have an excursion planned for this stop. When we got a taxi, it felt like we were being hustled by the driver a bit. Other wise the island was beautiful. We went to Magens Bay Beach. It was a bit crowded. Our last stop was St. Marteen. This was the best port of all 3. We booked an excursion through Island Marketing Ltd. Our excursion was the Tiki Beach Tour. Our tour guide was Perry. He was funny, personable and punctual. He took us on a tour of the island. We stopped at Maho Beach for a bit and then on to a ferry where we went over to Pinal Island. We had chaise lounges waiting for us and a welcome rum punch drink. We also had lunch and snorkeled at the marine reserve. It was hands down the best excursion we had done. Our stateroom was as a D1 balcony. The beds are HUGE and comfortable. The balcony is a must for my family. Disembarkation was smooth and quick. Overall this was a fantastic vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
This has got to be one of the best cruises that we have been on. We have cruised now on all the classes that Royal has to offer and all I can say is Wow...initially about Oasis. We ie; my wife and I and our 2 other couple friends ... Read More
This has got to be one of the best cruises that we have been on. We have cruised now on all the classes that Royal has to offer and all I can say is Wow...initially about Oasis. We ie; my wife and I and our 2 other couple friends debated on this ship for spring break because we were getting away from our 10 kids total and leaving them home... with our mother n law's of course!. Frankly, there were kids on this ship but nothing where I ever said "man there are a lot of kids on this ship". So if you are cruising without kids, don't worry about that! We stayed the night before at the Hampton Inn at Fort Lauderdale Airport. The $10 per person shuttle to the port didn't leave until 1130am. We opted to take a cab instead, since we always get to the port by 10-1030am. We arrived at the port at 1015am. The whole embarkation process was the smoothest I have ever experienced. We were on the ship by 1120am, at the Park Cafe eating the beef sandwich by 1145am. When we explored the ship it is truly and engineering marvel. We never felt crowded either. There are so many areas of the ship where you can go. Our room was cabin 11323 boardwalk balcony. The bed was by the closet, which was great. One of our friend's were 11325 and their bed was by the balcony. The view was awesome and I did not have any issues with noise coming from the boardwalk area. Our private deck 11 aft balcony area was sweet and became less private as the week went on. We had booked all our specialty restaurants, entertainment etc..well in advance and that was very useful. I would suggest doing that. We ate dinner at 150 Central park, Chops, Giavonni's, the Chef's Table and Izumi's for lunch. All these places have their own flavor but we enjoyed them all. I feel the price was worth it. We ate at the dining room for dinner 3 times and I really have no complaints about the food, for being mass produced it was fine. My goal on this cruise was to avoid the Windjammer, however, I ate lunch there on day 2 and didn't return. The food was well...the Windjammer, kind of blah. There are so many other options like Park Cafe, the Solarium, Izumi's, Johnny Rockets, Sea Food Shack, Serrento' get the idea. The shows were simply very good, not your typical cruise ship entertainment. I found that the staff were very pleasant and accommodating, I did not see any rudeness that other reviews have stated. The ship looked very clean. I really won't comment on the ports we visited, Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten, you can hit the ports section of Cruise Critic, but we had a blast at all of them. I will say getting on and off the ship was easy no issues there either. I loved the neighborhood themes, Central Park and The Boardwalk. The Promenade is a place to sit, people watch and grab a snack. The ship will move if the seas are rough, which they were for one day, so pack some motion sickness pills if that affects you or buy them for $10 on the ship. Leaving the ship on the last day was even easier, so no worries there. Overall this ship is amazing. We all had fun times and that is what it's all about! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
I'll make this review simple here. We wanted to cruise on the Oasis of the Seas because it is the largest cruise ship in the world (OK, the Allure is one inch larger!). It was more than everything we had expected. The ship itself is ... Read More
I'll make this review simple here. We wanted to cruise on the Oasis of the Seas because it is the largest cruise ship in the world (OK, the Allure is one inch larger!). It was more than everything we had expected. The ship itself is "humongous." The Boardwalk and Central Park are amazing. Yes, real trees in Central Park and all open to the beautiful sky. The shows are truly amazing! We saw the Comedy Show (really funny); Hairspray (probably as good as at the theater in the States); the Water Show (divers from 50 feet, what can I say; and the ship was moving at about 24 knots -- truly amazing); Ice Show (as good as in the States); and the Main Show with high flyers and great costuming. The two parades were equivalent of Disneyland, minus the floats. The young children were just amazing to see at them. The MDR had great food including lobster on the second to last night. We were My Time Dining which always worked out well. The speciality dining (cost more but worth it) was special; especially 150 Central Park (loved that unique martini and the Kobe beef cooked to perfection), Vintages (for tapas) and Izumi (great sushi). Our inside stateroom was efficient (loved the shower; but not certainly for the overweight types). The room was so dark (but we loved it) and we slept the first night till almost 9:00AM (pretty rare for both of us). We thought that Amy, the young Cruise Director, was amazing. Always up and seemingly everywhere. When did she sleep? We were so impressed with this ship and its family atmosphere that we will plan a trip for our whole family next year. Don & Erica Surprise, AZ Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
For months I have been reading all of the cruise critic reviews on Oasis of the Seas, always eager for a new one. Well, I am finally able to add my own two cents to that, and let me start off by saying that my cruise was amazing. This ... Read More
For months I have been reading all of the cruise critic reviews on Oasis of the Seas, always eager for a new one. Well, I am finally able to add my own two cents to that, and let me start off by saying that my cruise was amazing. This ships has something for everyone. Yes, it is large, but the extra space is worth it. Our embarkation was super smooth. We used Luxury Airport Parking to save on the parking rates. At the port, it is $15 per day. We reserved online and paid $44 for the whole week. The parking place is only about 5 minutes away, so it is very very convenient. We arrived at the port at bout 11:45 am, and at 11:55 am I was on deck 5 in the Royal Promenade, purchasing my first "drink of the day". My boyfriend and I spent the first hour exploring the ship, and of course ate lunch at the Park Cafe so I could try one of the famous roast beef sandwiches. While it was a good sandwich, it wasn't really what I expected for a roast beef sandwich, but to each his own. Royal Caribbean does a fabulous job in making every sailing feel like the very first one, from the excitement of the cruise director and her team, to the wait staff and all in between. It is very important to pre-plan your cruise online - book all of your shows in advance, plan where you want to eat in advance and everything will run smoothly. We booked through Vacations to Go, and received $75 in on-board spending dollars, which were available to use the very first day (we even received a card in our stateroom saying so). You can always review your seapass account on the tv to see how much you've spent as well. SHOWS The comedy club is very small, so that show you must definitely book ahead of time. Not a show for kids, and for those complaining that it was "inappropriate", it does say 18+ for a reason... and if you don't want to be made fun of, don't sit in the front row or half the show is going to be about you! We had a great time though and thought it was a really great show. The other shows were all excellent, Hairspray (if you like Broadway), there were two aqua theater shows, one that you must reserve and the other is an event you can just attend. The talent, diving and acrobatic stunts are amazing and a lot of the performers come from the Olympics and other high caliber productions. Come fly with me was my least favorite, but that show was saved by an amazing aerial performance by two acrobats. As for the shows in the Opal Theater, I did miss a couple due to various reasons, but I was always able to get into a show on standby when I decided to go. You can't double-book shows for multiple days... Don't miss the Adult Quest Game, the Improv show (get there early, its in the comedy club!!) and the Love and Marriage game. All excellent, but they are only listed on your activity list of the day, so keep an eye out for them. The headliner was great, but it changes every week, so no use in going into detail with that. FOOD Before you read anything else, know that the dining service anywhere on the ship is impeccable. The very minute you take a sip of your drink, someone is there refilling it. If you need something, the servers are always very aware, and are eager to get anything you need. The food is quick, and the servers are always willing to change out meals, and offer you more food without hesitation. The servers are knowledgeable and very personal. I found everyone that I met to be very friendly. We chose to do the Central Park Dining Package ($65 per person). It gave us our first night at Giovanni's Table, the next at 150 Central Park and a night at Chops Grill. Giovanni's was great, the osso buco was delicious. Plan at least 3 hours for dinner at 150 Central Park. It truly takes 3 full hours for this dining service.. Make sure to try out the Martini - it is the best martini I have ever had, and I don't even like martini's! They will give you the recipe if requested as well. The meal was excellent, and so was the quality. If that had been anywhere on land the price would easily be $150 - $200 a head. Chops was great, my boyfriend ended up getting fish though, as he had so much beef the whole week, he wanted something new. My fillet was delicious, it's a shame I couldn't finish it though. The main dining room was great. I was scared to try it first because of all of the negative reviews, but I thought the food was wonderful. The servers are very willing to tell you which tastes the best, and what doesn't, so take their advice. Lobster night was great, our server told us that he once served someone 13 lobsters - and our head waiter beat that story by telling us someone ordered 21 once! He said he did not see that person the next day. Please, please don't be that person!! For lunch we normally ate in the dining room. It was nice to be able to choose from the menu or the salad bar in the middle. We did go to the windjammer, and I never had trouble finding a seat as there was always a greeter in the front who helped find a seat for me. Very easy and convenient. There was a lot of choices, albeit the food was just o.k. We went to Johnny Rockets for the famous root beer floats - they taste the same as on land. POOLS / HOT TUBS We chose to spend our time in the solarium whenever we wanted to go to the pool. The other pools were very crowded and loud, and the solarium was much more peaceful. I was disappointed to see that the age was 16 and up, not 18 and up, as I feel an "adults only" area should be just that - adults only. I'd have to say the 14 - 17 age group was probably the most annoying on the ship, and having to share that area with them was, well, disappointing. The hot tubs that hang over the side of the ship were large and right outside of the solarium. Very nice in my opinion. ACTIVITIES The only negative to this ship having so many things to do is that I would feel guilty for tanning by the pool and sleeping when I could be doing something else! We didn't do the flow rider but it was fun just to watch people try. I did the zip line, and it was pretty fun. The people who help set you up talk to you and ask you questions about yourself so you don't let the nerves get to you. Rock climbing was great, a bit scary for a first timer though! Parades and parties would be held throughout the week, those were always entertaining to attend. There were also a lot of "night club" and DJ events where special drinks and 21+ was allowed. This would have been nice if we had friends that were with us because after a while, it gets a little lonely with only two. But, we only found to be in this dilemma at night. STAFF Everywhere we went, we found the staff to be great. The drink waiters could be a little pushy, but still friendly. Our cleaning attendant was great (Roxroy). He was always friendly and willing to help answer any questions we had about the ports, activities or even daily life on board a ship. Please keep in mind, the staff do not get any days off and are on board for about 7 - 9 months at a time, and to see them always smiling and excited to help you is amazing. ROOM We stayed in room 10237, and inside balcony in central park. We absolutely loved it. We would order room service and eat on the balcony for breakfast, looking over the beautiful park and occasionally people watching. We did not find it loud at all, and generally the park was pretty empty. It's no ocean view, but a nice alternative when price is an issue. The inside of the room was great, found the bed to be very large and comfortable. The pillows weren't that great though. I definitely do not think I'd be able to share that room with 3 or 4 people though. It was comfortable with 2, 3 would be a crowd. The bathroom was a lot smaller than expected but we got used to it very quickly. I found there to be plenty of space for my luggage and clothing as there were only two of us, and we each brought one suitcase and one duffel bag. PORTS The ports were great - I suggest in St. Thomas to find your way to Coki Bay (spelling??). We went to Sapphire beach, and when we told the locals that was where we were going, the unanimous response was "Oh. Sapphire is nice. But Coki is MUCH better!". We had already purchased the tour though, and were not able to change it. In the end, Sapphire still ended up being a very nice beach to go to. We didn't know what to do in Nassau, so we just hopped on a taxi to Atlantis and paid $40 a person to view their aquariums and hotel. Although it was a little pricy, the aquarium was great, and Atlantis has been kept up very nicely. We were expecting it to be run down because of how old it was, but it was quite the opposite. Just a heads up - anything you want to do there is pretty expensive. Nothing is included, unless you want to pay over $120 per person to experience the water park or beach. Which, with the limited amount of time the ship allows you to be in Nassau, I wouldn't waste my time with it. St. Maarten had the best driving out of any of the ports we visited. We went over to Maho beach, where the airplanes land right over you. Great little area with a delicious (but expensive) french restaurant right next to it. Make sure you have cash with you at all times! Most of those ares do not accept anything but cash, or credit sales over $40. We got caught running low on cash and it really messed up about 3 hours of our vacation on St. Maarten! DISEMBARKATION Disembarkation was very smooth. It's nice because they allow you to choose what time you would like to leave (6, 7, 8, 9, or 10). We chose 9:30 because we don't like to wake up early, however because of all of the commotion outside of our deck, we woke up at 7 anyways, and ended up having to wait in one of the lobby areas for our ticket to be called. It was nice because we were able to regress to our 5 year old selves and watch cartoons while we waited. Next time though, we'll opt to leave earlier. Overall, this was an absolutely fabulous cruise. We would be happy to do this cruise again, it made life very easy. Remember though - you're on vacation!! Do what makes you happy, and there are plenty of things on this ship for everyone and anyone to do what they love! Feel free to message me if you have any questions at all! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
Let me just start out by saying that we had a wonderful time on our cruise. The Oasis of the Seas is a very LARGE ship, and it does have LOTS of things to do and see. I took my family during our spring break (March 10-17, 2012) and it ... Read More
Let me just start out by saying that we had a wonderful time on our cruise. The Oasis of the Seas is a very LARGE ship, and it does have LOTS of things to do and see. I took my family during our spring break (March 10-17, 2012) and it was fantastic. Boarding the ship took less than 30 minutes. I understand the computer system went down prior to our arrival, but we were on the ship in no time. I was absolutely surprised at how fast the process was. The ship did not seem overly crowded even though there were more thatn 5,000 cruisers on our sailing. The only time we could actually tell there were lots of people was when we would go back to board the ship after our excursions. Our room attendant was wonderful. He greeted us right away and learned our names very quickly. There were other room attendents nearby who also learned our names. Each time we would head back to our state room, we were always greeted by someone in a warm, friendly manner. Our servers were great. What I enjoyed about them is that they not only served us, but they took the time to get to know us. They would have dicussions with us and learn about our family, where we're from. They also would share with us. This is a big deal for me because my children suffer with disabilities and typically do not talk to people they don't know. For them to open up to the staff on the Oasis was amazing. There was one hiccup on the ship. My daughter became very ill while sailing. She went swimming and was trying to find me. She went to the front desk, and they didn't want to page me at first. When they did page me, I was in the Opal theatre. The paging system does not go into the theaters...especially if there is a show going on (which there wasn't at this particular time). They got security to look for me. As I was heading back to my room, I saw security go right past me with a picture of me in their hands. My sons told me that they were trying to find me, so I went to guest relations. Upon exiting the elevator, security goes past me again with a picture. The gentlemen I saw seemed to be angry because I didn't answer the page. I let him know that I didn't hear it. Trust me! If I had heard my name over the intercom, I would have been so excited to hear it I would have come running. Long story short, I got my daughter and took her to the hospital on board. The doctor was very nice, but gave her medication that didn't help at all. Amy Fickart(?) was our cruise director. I think she's a very nice person and is very well capable of the job. You could see that she was very knowledgeable and enjoyed her job very much. My only advice to her is that she just relax and have fun. It appeared that she may have been competing with male cruise directors, and she doesn't have to. If she will be who she is, she will surpass them by leaps and bounds. I LOVED the fact that she was playing hide-and-seek with the kids one day on the ship. That showed a lot of love and compassion for even the youngest passengers. My sons talked about that for weeks. Each show we went to was Phenomenal. The singing and dancing was awesome! The comedians were fantastic! Be sure to book your shows before you board the ship to ensure you get to attend. I'm so glad I did that prior to boarding. Whew. IF you go on Oasis, Please, Please try the lamb. It was excellent!!! We enjoyed it so much!! Ohh....and just in case I haven't mentioned it yet, this ship is absolutely beautiful. It is extremely clean, and very easy to navigate throughout. I thought it would not compare to Liberty of the Seas initially, but I'm glad we tried it. It is one vacation I will never forget (and neither will my children). Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
We booked this vacation over a year and a half ago, and we were very much anticipating a good time.......we were NOT dissapointed by any means. We have read many negative reviews about this ship and the service, and to be quite honest, we ... Read More
We booked this vacation over a year and a half ago, and we were very much anticipating a good time.......we were NOT dissapointed by any means. We have read many negative reviews about this ship and the service, and to be quite honest, we can't seem to find what all the cry babies are, well..... crying about. These are some of the "things" that we read before sailing (and our response to them.) ...Avoid the windjammer at all costs...too crowded, unfriendly service... We NEVER had a problem finding a seat,(and we went at LUNCHTIME). We also were always met with friendly service. ...Elevators always never available...Never a problem, and we took them at all times of the day or night. ...Main Dining Room food was terrible....IT WAS GREAT!! and in fact we NEVER found it necessary to NOT go there! ...Staff is unfriendly....We were always treated kindly and in many cases by our names. ...No Quiet places...Not an issue, and we FOUND those places of silence. ...Lounge chair hogs......Always able to find a lounger....they are EVERYWHERE. This has been our 14 cruise so far, so we pretty much know how it goes, but I simply cannot figure out what all the complaining is about.. I mean, come on......nothing in life is roll with the punches. We had a very enjoyable time on this cruise, the food was wonderful, the staff was more than friendly, and the shows were terrific. I think that some people just love to complain about anything. Don't take all the negative things that you are bound to read, to heart. Treat people as YOU would expect to be treated. Those cry-babies need to stay at home! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
First time on the Oasis, previously cruised on the Freedom class. Flew into FLL the night before and stayed at the Hyatt House Airport. Took a shuttle over to the dock, and between dropping off luggage and boarding the ship it was 45 ... Read More
First time on the Oasis, previously cruised on the Freedom class. Flew into FLL the night before and stayed at the Hyatt House Airport. Took a shuttle over to the dock, and between dropping off luggage and boarding the ship it was 45 minutes total 10:30 arrival, 11:15 on board Oasis. Look around and wow, there is soo much to do. Printed off tips from other Oasis reviews to help navigate and know where to go and do. This was high school spring break week, so captain announced we were completely full. It never really seemed that full though. Reserved all shows before we got on board, and they were all worth it. Had to switch a show around due to the Aqua show being canceled the night we were supposed to see it. Comedy Show FYI, don't sit up front unless you want to be picked on. The pools were always clean, the lounge chairs on the beach pool were always reserved!!!! Don't do this! Helped some deck attendants remove some towels because people left chairs empty for over an hour. Who does this? Zip line was scary but fun. Our room, 6230 was great. The Bars were excellent. So many different ones, and lot's of beer selection, much better than my first cruise. Yes they have Blue Moon Beer! Dining, well that is my only complaint. Food in the MDR was okay at best. Missed the steak and chicken option every night. Tried the duck, yuck! Windjammer lacked eating options. Central Park Cafe roast beef sandwiches and make your own salad was very good. Ate at Chops one night, above average but too much starch, hardly could drink a beer the rest of the night. So much to do on this ship, it really astounded my wife and I every night. Watched all promenade parties on the rising tide bar, had the best seat in the house. Because it was spring break week they moved Bahamas from the first day to the last so we high tailed it from FLL to St. Thomas. Didn't feel the ship rock, but it definitely rolled from side to side in high tides the first two nights. The second day my wife and I were seasick. All in all can't wait to do it again, probably western Caribbean on allure. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Upon arrival & check-in,in Ft. Lauderdale, several things went wrong. First, it wasn't our names printed on our room sea-pass card. Reissued but then didn't have the drink package sticker attached. The photo equipment quit ... Read More
Upon arrival & check-in,in Ft. Lauderdale, several things went wrong. First, it wasn't our names printed on our room sea-pass card. Reissued but then didn't have the drink package sticker attached. The photo equipment quit working. Finally told to go upstairs for holding. Several rows of seats were empty close to front but staff told us to start filling up the back of the room. Before boarding started, those who arrived after us were allowed to take the seats in front which we weren't allowed to take. Therefore, when boarding started, I saw their section start to line up to board. I mentioned it to the staff that we were here before that section but they ignored me and proceeded to let them board. When disembarking, the staff member organizing the Opus dining section said that the hold up was due to customs. Several people standing with us had NO luggage as they had paid to have it transported to the airport. They were told to wait in line with everyone else. There were NO announcements of sections & of times. The cruise, food & entertainment were good. A few shows were postponed due to weather but were rescheduled. Sometimes they conflicted with other event times but we worked it out. All in All, we enjoyed it. Just don't expect embarking & disembarking to go smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Here are our impressions and advice, bucketed into categories: PRE/POST-CRUISE HOTELS -- We spent two nights at the "Hyatt House Fort Lauderdale Airport" before the cruise, and three nights at the "IL Lugano Suite ... Read More
Here are our impressions and advice, bucketed into categories: PRE/POST-CRUISE HOTELS -- We spent two nights at the "Hyatt House Fort Lauderdale Airport" before the cruise, and three nights at the "IL Lugano Suite Hotel" after our cruise. Highly recommend both hotels for their large suites, great staff, proximity to beaches/restaurants and cruise port. IL Lugano has in-suite washers/dryers, ideal for doing post-cruise laundry. Book a waterway-facing room and enjoy the mega-yacht parade from your huge balcony. EMBARKING/DISEMBARKING -- During our cruise, the U.S. Customs agents were working to rule, in protest of the recent Sequestration bill (4 agents working instead of the usual 20), resulting in unusually long lines according to Royal Caribbean staff. Those who arrived early, say 10:00-10:30 had to wait more than two hours for the ship to clear of previous passengers, before boarding. We arrived at 12:30 and were on board in 50 minutes. We chose Express Disembarking (carry your own bags and leave by 7:30 am) and were off the ship in one hour, despite the long lines at Customs. SEA PASS CARDS -- You use these to pay for everything on board, enter your stateroom, and leave/return to the ship on excursions -- so the cards should be with you at all times. We were concerned about our children losing their cards. Many passengers brought neck lanyards for their cards, or purchased them on board, but we thought lanyards would be cumbersome for children. Before our cruise, I went to Business Depot (Staples here in Canada) and purchased flexible wrist key chains in different colors, at $2/each and brought a single-hole punch with us. Once we had the cards, I punched a hole in each one and attached them to the key chains. We then wore the cards on our wrists during our waking hours, even in the pool; super convenient! Many passengers asked where I got the wrist holders. Tip: Don't punch the hole in the magnetic strip area or the two bar codes, or the cards won't function properly. You can also get the cards punched on board, in Guest Services (Deck 5) or in the Casino. CROWDS -- Our cruise was chopper-block full, 6200+ passengers for March Break. There were definitely times when we felt the crush, especially in the elevators after a show, or at the start of a dinner sitting. But despite being wary of sailing on such a huge ship, people-movement was very well handled and it rarely felt overly congested. Frankly, a busy day at your local mega mall feels more crowded. Speaking of elevators, there are 32 on board, and they're large and move quickly. And there are literally hundreds of places to sit and rest all over the ship, so if you get tired or are bothered by too many people, take a break, grab a dink and chill. CRUISE COMPASS -- This daily 12-page newsletter was delivered to our staterooms each evening, and provided a wealth of information about the next day's activities; very well written and organized, and extremely helpful. We also made frequent use of the large touch-screens adjacent to all the elevators; these units give you tons of information about what is happening throughout the ship; click on a venue and the screen shows you a map of how to get where you want to go. WI-FI/CELL -- We spent about $80 to have some Wi-Fi access during the cruise. Cost depends on how much time you book, and ranges from 50-65 cents/minute. Wi-Fi quality was DSL-fast and available ship-wide on our iPhones/iPads. Cell service is good, too, but roaming charges are very expensive, especially at sea. We kept our iPhones in airplane mode, except to make a few quick calls home to family. You can use the stateroom phones to make or receive ship-to-shore calls, but the cost is $8/minute plus long distance rates; encourages brief conversations! FAMILY COMMUNICATION -- After reading mixed reviews about the ship's iPhone rental service, we bought high-quality walkie-talkies for the four of us. We could talk with one another across many parts of the ship, but coverage was sometimes spotty. And, even though our units have 28 channels, we often shared a channel with other parties, which made for some interesting cross conversations among families. ("Mom, is that you?" "Why are on 'our' channel?" etc.) We ultimately stopped using our units and simply pre-arranged rendezvous points at specific times. STAFF -- With two minor exceptions (a surly bar waiter and a bored gift-shop clerk), every staff person on board we encountered was friendly, attentive and helpful. They kept the ship spotlessly clean and everything running quite smoothly. We were impressed all week. ON-BOARD SHOPPING -- There are several mid-to-high end stores on board, featuring a range of goods, along with daily sales on the Promenade (Deck 5). Tip: Bring small portions of every conceivable drug-store item you think you might need -- there is no dedicated drug store on board and supplies of these items are extremely limited. PHOTOGRAPHY -- As you embark, be sure to have your photos taken by the professional photographers located in the port terminal. They use facial-recognition technology to group your photos in a file, so you can easily find all of them at any time, Photographers work throughout the ship and at ports all week, taking your photos whenever you want, but are not pushy about it. On the last day of the cruise, visit the Photo Gallery (Deck 6) to view and buy any or all of the prints you want, or get any or all of the shots on CD for printing back home. Warning: These photo options can easily set you back hundreds of dollars, or more, depending on what you buy. Our children used their iPads to chronicle our week, so we came home with more than 800 of our own shots and plus lots of video. STATEROOMS -- We booked a "Superior" Ocean-balcony room and a second balcony room overlooking Central Park -- just down the hall from one another on Deck 14. Both had identical floor plans. Because Deck 14 is directly below the pools on Deck 15, we did hear a bit of lounge-chair scraping around 7:30 in the morning when the maintenance crew did their set-up. However, it only lasted 10-15 minutes and wasn't too loud; no big deal. I'd recommend Deck 11 or 12 instead (there is no Deck 13). On the plus side, our rooms were forward on the ship, close to the Solarium, which was convenient; and the kids loved being close to the pools. The Central Park-facing balcony was quiet and serene; with lovely views over the trees, soft music, chirping (pre-recorded) bird sounds, etc. We heard from others that the Boardwalk-facing balconies are much noisier, but they do give you a birds-eye view of the shows and other happenings in the AquaTheater. Many reviewers have complained about the small size of the staterooms. And, yes, the rooms would be small for a family of four, unless your children are quite young. But with only two of us staying in each stateroom, the room size was very workable and we never felt cramped. I was impressed with how well the designers used the space, with lots of storage, closet space, hangers, etc. The mini-fridge keeps bottled drinks cool, but has no ice-maker. The safe is tiny and our iPads didn't fit, but it was fine for wallets, passports, jewellery, cameras, etc. The bathroom is small, but workable for one person. The shower size is fine; I'm 6-1 and weigh 210 lbs., and had plenty of room. There is lots of storage and decent counter space in the bathroom, too. Most impressive, the water pressure NEVER varied and there was ALWAYS hot water for showers -- that's quite an engineering feat considering the 8500+ passengers and crew on board! Our stateroom attendants were friendly, accomplished and accommodating. Our rooms were cleaned daily, with all-new towels if we wanted them, and freshened again in the evening. The attendants are masters at creating towel characters (elephants, monkeys, etc.), which our kids enjoyed. STATEROOM TV -- Channel selection for TV was limited, but the interactive features were very well done. It's easy to check your account balance, order excursions, book shows/restaurants, and order room service. (Room service is free, by the way, except for alcoholic drinks; the menu is very limited, however.) There is also a large selection of in-room, on-demand movies available, most at $12/each, including many first-run films. Wi-Fi on the TV is slow. SOLARIUM -- This is the large, two-story adults-only (age 16+) section at the ship's bow (Decks 15 & 16). Our kids were old enough to be on their own a lot of the time, so my wife & I enjoyed many relaxing moments here. Note: they do allow children of all ages to be with their parents at breakfast in the Solarium. POOL DECK 15 -- We were amazed at the number of places to be in the water on this ship: One salt-water pool, three fresh-water pools and another pool for children, plus hot tubs all over the place. The pools are all larger than those on other cruise ships we saw in port. On at-sea days, the pools were very crowded, but there were always lounge chairs available. Tip: Get back early on shore-excursion days and you'll find the pools almost empty. The only features missing, according to our kids, were the long water slides one can find on some larger Carnival ships. SPORTS COURT -- DECK 15 & 16 -- Our children practically lived in this kid-friendly area while on board, with a wide variety of things to keep them happy. They loved FlowRider, but both felt the Zip Line ride was a bit short at 8 seconds. Caution: Kids can run up a large bill quickly in the video arcade, so consider putting a $$ cap on their Sea Pass cards; you can do this at Guest Services on Deck 5. Our kids enjoy each other's company and did not want to participate in the supervised children's clubs, but never ran out of things to do on their own. If you're travelling with one child, however, you may want to enroll him or her in one of the clubs to make friends and give you a little more adult time for yourself. DINING: We ate in "Opus," the main dining room, six of our seven nights. Because we booked this cruise late, and the ship was completely full, we were unable to get into most speciality restaurants for dinner. However, we did enjoy an outstanding dinner at "150 Central Park." It costs an extra $40/person and my wife & I opted for the wine-paring option, which added an extra $75 for each of us. A bit pricey at $310, but the food, presentation, wine selections and service were all excellent! The Opus dinners (8:30 seating) were our only disappointment during the cruise. The starters (delicious soups) and desserts were quite good. But the main courses were, for the most part, consistently underwhelming: overcooked beef, chewy lobster, tasteless-rubber fish, etc. On the plus side, the service provided by our head waiter, his assistant and the drinks waiter were exceptional! The food was delivered quickly, efficiently and with flourish. We loved the dining experience, apart from the poor main-course quality. Note: Men's choices for the two formal nights ranged from open collar shirts with no jackets or ties to tuxedos; women seemed to enjoy dressing up much more for these special nights. We had several breakfasts and lunches at "Windjammer," the large buffet restaurant. Many reviewers on this site have complained about the quality. Our family thought the selection and quality were quite good, and varied from day-to-day. Yes, there were a few misses, but most of it was delicious... and the service here was very good, too. Several mornings, we had breakfast delivered via room service (ordered the night before) and enjoyed eating on the balcony. The food was quite good and always delivered on or before the time promised. We sampled other dining venues (Jonny Rockets, Wipe Out Cafe, Seafood Shack, etc.) and the food was average but the kids enjoyed it. Central Park is a nice place to enjoy breakfast or lunch; lots of relaxing outdoor dining tables. Breakfasts and lunches at the Solarium were smaller versions of the same food served at Windjammer. But the dining atmosphere is much nicer, with fountains, streams, soothing music, etc. Our kids loved the inexpensive treats at Cupcake Cupboard (Boardwalk) and the free ice-cream cones available 24/7 between the pools on Deck 15. My wife and I bought the premium alcoholic drink package. It would have been cheaper for her to pay as she ordered, but I got my money's worth with top-notch brands throughout the cruise. There are 20+ bars on board, and lots of waiters available at all the popular venues (pool, Solarium, restaurants, etc.), so ordering is easy. The house wine served at dinner (part of our drink package) was actually pretty descent and far better than expected. If you're a wine connoisseur, however, go for one of the wine packages. Tip: Fresh, filtered water is available outside all restaurants, so take your own water bottles and avoid the cost of pre-paying for water to be delivered to your stateroom. One oddity was the fact that the tap water in the stateroom-bathroom sinks was always warm; not pleasant to drink, but okay for tooth brushing, etc. ON-BOARD ENTERTAINMENT -- We went to all the big production shows and enjoyed them all except Hairspray, which many loved, but wasn't our type of show. Our kids thoroughly enjoyed every show! Don't miss the "Oasis of Dreams Aqua Show" and "Come Fly With Me." We pre-booked everything before the cruise, but there were plenty of last-minute walk-in seats, except for the Aqua Show. We didn't attend the Comedy Clubs, because we didn't want to leave our kids alone at night. If you want to go, book early; they fill up fast. There are dozens and dozens of activities scheduled throughout each day, all over the ship. The "Cruise Compass" newsletter gives you detailed information about each one, and the program varies daily. The Casino is quite large (for a cruise ship) but I didn't spend a lot of time there because cigarette smoke permeated the atmosphere, despite the supposed "non-smoking" section. PORT EXCURSIONS -- There are quite a few available through Royal Caribbean at each port, which you can book before sailing, on board via your stateroom TV or on the Deck 5 Promenade. We discovered that the popular/less-expensive excursions sold out quickly. In our view, most of the excursions were over-priced for what you got ($30-50/person for 3 hours at a beach. Really?!), so we did our own thing on each island. Beaches at each port are easily reached by inexpensive taxi and. We spoke to several passengers who felt a bit like herded cattle during their excursions. In one example, passengers were asked to be in a certain staging area for 11:00, and then waited in the hot sun (no shade or water) for 45 minutes until the tour bus arrived. Everyone we spoke with enjoyed their excursions, for the most part, but many had issues with the pre/post-excursion process. We all grew tired, very quickly, with the dozens (hundreds?) of aggressive hawkers who formed gauntlet lines as you left the ship and entered the port town; not a pleasant way to start one's shore excursion, although I understand how important and competitive tourism is to the people living on these islands. If you're a shopper, you can buy jewellery, perfume, cameras, etc. -- all duty-free -- to your heart's desire. My wife did some comparison-shopping, based on prices she was familiar with back home, and didn't feel there were many bargains at these ports; in fact, some items seemed over-priced, especially watches. As others have written on this review site, you shouldn't take this cruise, or any Caribbean cruise, if you primary objective is to explore the ports of call. You simply don't have the time in the short periods you're allowed to be onshore. You would be far better off flying to directly to any of these destinations, which will give you the time needed to get to know an island well. FINAL THOUGHTS -- We paid a premium price for this cruise because we: (1) booked last-minute, (2) cruised during March break--so the kids wouldn't miss too much school--and (3) booked two staterooms. As a result, my wife and I felt the entire experience -- while quite enjoyable -- was somewhat overpriced for what we received. We could have booked an all-inclusive 5-star resort at any number of Caribbean islands, with large rooms and great food, and saved thousands of dollars. HOWEVER, we chose this experience mainly for our children, and they loved every minute!! So, from that standpoint, it was money well-spent and a successful holiday experience. Our only concern is that they're now spoiled by the Oasis and will find any smaller ship to be "sub-standard!" LOL If you love the idea of cruises and have a close/active family, you'll thoroughly enjoy this ship. Royal Caribbean did a fine job of providing 6000+ passengers with a broad range of quality experiences and excellent service. If you're a couple who would prefer to experience the Oasis or Allure without the pervasive presence of children, obviously avoid March Break, Christmas holidays and summer sailings. (We had 1400 children on board during our March-Break cruise!) Bon Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
We had an evening flight out of Atlanta, Friday night, and arrived at FLL at about 9:00PM. Went out of the terminal and got a Taxi, ($18.00,) to the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. I booked the hotel online through, for ... Read More
We had an evening flight out of Atlanta, Friday night, and arrived at FLL at about 9:00PM. Went out of the terminal and got a Taxi, ($18.00,) to the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. I booked the hotel online through, for $189.00. I requested a King size bed, and when we arrived, we had been upgraded to a Jr suite, with a King, on the fourth floor. We had a nice size balcony with a view of the marina, the city, and the cruise port. It was a great room, so too bad we would only enjoy it for such a short time. We walked across the street to a Hess gas station, and purchased a bottle of wine and some beers, for our pre cruise party. Returned to our room, and ordered Pizza from a place I found on line, that was located not far from the hotel. It was very good. After a few drinks, and enjoying looking at the city lights, we went to bed around 1:00AM. At some point during the night, I guess around 5:00AM, I went out on the balcony. and saw the Oasis had just arrived, along with an MSC ship. I grabbed the camera, and took a picture, then returned to bed until around 8:00AM. I still had to get my Asti Spumanti for sail-a-way, and some flavored creamer for my coffee, so I took a walk over the causeway bridge, and got some great pictures of all the ships, that were now in port. I walked another few blocks, until I arrived at the Harbor shops, where there was a Publix and a wine shop. There were also lots of places to dine like, 5 Guys, Carabas, and several local places. Publix had everything I needed, so I made my purchases, and headed back to the hotel. The morning started out on the cool side, but by the time I finished my walk, it had warmed up to a comfortable temperature, some where around 70 and sunny. It was about 9:00AM by then, so there was time to take a shower and go back to bed for a nap. About 10:30, we were up and ready to leave for the port. We had intended to take a taxi, since it was just across the street, but the taxi wasn't a set rate, and went up 40 cents every minute that you waited for traffic to move, or if we traveled 1/4 mile, so we went with a shuttle that was waiting outside the hotel, and had a set fee per person, of $7.00. We waited just a few minutes, and then we were off. When we arrived at the drop off place for the Oasis, it was still busy with those who were leaving. We went inside the terminal, checked in with no waiting, and sat in the Diamond area, until boarding started at about noon. We had our picture taken and then headed up to the Windjammer for a bite to eat. We were one of the first passengers in there, so we got a table by the window, and enjoyed a nice buffet lunch. After lunch, we got a cocktail, and walked around the ship a bit, and then headed to our room just after 1:00PM, to drop off our carry on luggage. Our welcome drinks and gift were already in our room, when we arrived. We had room 7206, an ocean view with a balcony, on the end of the forward hump, Port side. The room was "cozy", but big enough for the two of us. Lots of shelves, and space in the closet. We actually only used about half of the storage space. Our suit cases went under the bed, so that left room for shoes in the closet. There was a small couch, table, flat screen interactive tv, chair and desk. There were also two pieces of art work, with accent, lighting above them. The couch was next to the closet in this room, which was nice because it gave us a little more walking space in that area. The outlets were by the desk, and behind the bed, so there were plenty of outlets, unlike what I had read on the CC boards. We met our cabin steward, Fnu Krismas. He was another very friendly person, who was always smiling, and very accommodating. I requested ice in our cooler, for the wine, and we never had to ask again. He kept our cooler iced down all week, and our room nice and neat. About the time we were ready to head out again, our luggage was in front of our door, so I quickly unpacked, and then we were off to take many pictures. Muster was held at 4:30PM, and went fine until we all were trying to leave the area, and get to a top deck for sail-a-way. It got kind of scary, just too many people in a bottle neck. We walked up the three flights of stairs to our room, to get our Asti for sail-a-way, and could see that the ship was already leaving. We rushed to the elevators, and they were still full, and not stopping. After waiting for a few minutes, we decided to just go back to our balcony, so we wouldn't miss the ship going through the channel. That was a little disappointing, since I had arranged for my family to watch for us on the port camera. I called them to let them know that we weren't able to make it up on the top deck. We had first seating for dinner, 6:00PM, so we dressed for dinner, and went down to the dining room. We realized we didn't have a table number, so we had to wait in a line to get an assignment. We were assigned a table for 4, near a window, in the VIP section, but we couldn't sit there that night, since there was some confusion with table numbers. So for the first night, we sat near where our table would be for the rest of the week, with another couple who also had no table assignment. The VIP section was a nice location, we just couldn't see anything going on in the main dining area. That was fine, since we have been on 33 cruises, and had had that experience many times before. Dinner was excellent, as were most all of our meals. I had the seafood spaghetti, which I didn't think I would like that much, but it was so good! Bill, my DH, had a Marinated pork chop, that was also delicious. We shared bites of each others food, every night. I also had a scallop appetizer, made like Escargot, (which wasn't available on our cruise). After dinner, we went to the Diamond lounge, which was open from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM. They had a full bar set up, including beer and soft drinks, and very nice hot and cold appetizers, including chocolates. I was full from dinner, but couldn't resist the bacon wrapped scallops in the lounge. I thought that the concierge, Francis, did an excellent job, along with Dennis and Goody the bartenders. They always greeted us with a smile, when we came in, and left the lounge. There was also someone in there at breakfast, who did a very nice job, but I never got his name. After a few drinks, we did a little shopping. I bought the ship model, to add to my collection. The model was huge, just like the ship itself. We then purchased the "Beer Bag", and went back to drink and enjoy our balcony. The deal with the beer bag is you purchase this cooler like bag, with an opener, for $9.95. Then every time that you buy 5 beers to fill it, you get 10% off the price of the beers. We refilled it on several occasions throughout the cruise. Day 2 - Sea Day I started most mornings with breakfast in the Diamond lounge, since it was so close to our room. It consisted of pastries, donuts, fruit, muffins, juice, and a toaster, along with bagels, and bread. It was a very nice set up, and the food was always fresh. After breakfast this morning, was the Crown and Anchor event, held in the Aqua theater. We went and had mimosas, and listened to the Captain for a while. They recognized a person who just reached Pinnacle status, by giving them champagne, flowers, and a gift. They also brought up on stage, a couple other Pinnacle tier people, and took some pictures. This strange woman dressed in red leotards ran down to the stage, to have her husband take her picture with the captain, while he was making his presentation. It was like it suddenly became a comedy show, and I think some people thought it was all a joke. The woman happened to be sitting right behind me, so I knew it wasn't an act, just some weird twist, to the event. The Captain tried to tell her that he couldn't pose for a picture at this time, but the woman wrapped her arms around him, and the picture was taken. Anyway, we left right after that, so that we could go to the meet and mingle at 11:15AM It was nice to meet everyone that I had been chatting with, on our roll call. RCI also gave some very nice gifts, to about 5 people who won the drawling, for showing up. They also gave us all a note pad and pen, for attending, and had available some pastries, water, and juice. After all the morning activities, we decided to have lunch in the Opus dining room. A lot of people on the boards had talked about a Tuti salad, and until I had it, I thought how good could a salad be? I mean good, but... It was very good, and turned out to be one of the highlights of my day. I really enjoyed these salads! I also had a caramelized banana, with butter pecan ice cream. It was so good, I ate almost every bite. They also served olive spread in your bread basket at lunch, which was very good. We decided to walk around, and enjoy the first sea day. I noticed that the zip line had a short line, and since I was looking forward to trying this, I did. It was such a thrill, and really got my adrenaline going. I loved it!! We had a cocktail after that, to celebrate the ride, which then lead to the purchase of our future cruise credits. Tonight was our first formal night. We got to meet our waiter for the week, Alfredo, who was excellent, along with his assistant, whose name was too hard to ever learn. We also met our table mates for the week, who were very nice. It was a lady who decided to bring her Grandmother-in-law on a cruise, for her 90th Birthday. They were both very nice, and we enjoyed dining with them for the week. My dinner was scallops gratin, Banana soup, shrimp ravioli, and a lemon meringue tart, which is called mile high lemon meringue pie. It was very good, even if the pie was a tart I was the only one at the table who had the cold soups every night, and they were so delicious! The rest didn't know what they were missing! Don't think of it as soup, but as a palate cleanser, and give them a try, you won't regret it! We also had a delicious white Moscato wine, but when we looked at the bottle, and saw it was only 5% alcohol, we didn't order it again. Then we finished the meal with an after dinner shooter, in the collectible glass. Always a crowd pleaser. We went to the show tonight, which I reserved our seats for, pre cruise. It was the Oasis of Dreams, and was excellent! We don't care to go to the shows usually, but this was a high dive, water show, and really set the tone. It was so good, that we actually decided to check out some of the other shows, which were also excellent. I have been using that word a lot, and that is because this was the most excellent cruise! It was absolutely perfect! Day 3 - Labadee We didn't rush off of the ship, because our plan was to snorkel, and we wanted the water to warm up a little, before we went a shore. So we had lunch at the Park Cafe. The roast beef sandwiches really are that good! They also have the Tuti salad, even if they don't call it that, the best potato salad, fruit cups, soups, and other pre made sandwiches. I love that they serve flavored water here, and in the Windjammer. Very tasty. We then went ashore, and the water was very cold, but once submerged, it was bearable for a little while. We tried snorkeling, but didn't see many fish, so decided to get warmed up with a stop at the bar, for a Labadoozie. Mine was kind of a grapefruit flavor, which I would have preferred a strawberry one, but I didn't think to ask what flavor he was serving. We then decided to go for a swim on the ship, while most people were on the Island. It was a nice temperature, and not crowded. Sail-a-way was at 4:30PM, with a champagne top tier event, on the helipad, complete with the bagpiper. She did an excellent job, and I really enjoyed it, being of Irish decent. Dinner was smart casual dress, and Italian fare. I had shrimp cocktail, strawberry soup, chicken Marsala, sticky bread pudding. Bill had the tiger shrimp, and again everything was excellent! We spent the rest of our evening walking around, and then relaxing on the balcony. Day 4 - Falmouth, Jamaica We decided to try breakfast at the Wipe Out Cafe, since Bill likes fried eggs. It wasn't impressive, but was ok. We got there not long before they were closing, and maybe that was why it was just ok. Anyway, almost everyone was getting off the ship, so we decided to go to the solarium hot tub, and the pool for a while, until the crowd was gone. That was very enjoyable! We have been to the other ports in Jamaica, several times before, but never to this one, so we thought we would look around the new dock area, and dry off, in the sun, while looking in the shops. The new Margaritaville was open! The people at the shops here weren't pushy at all, which was very nice. We only stayed in side the fenced area, and there were lots of shops to look in, even though not everything is open yet. They are doing a good job here, and it was worth taking a look, I thought. Later, we decided to try the Seafood shack for some appetizers. We had the calamari and crab cakes. Both were good, but if we had waited, we would have had the same items for dinner one night, instead of spending $10.00 for them. We were ok with that, since we would have paid that much or more, at home. We had a relaxing day taking pictures, a nap, lunch in the Windjammer, drinks, and then a casual dinner. I had ceviche, spinach dip, mango soup, and Chinese dumplings. Bill had veal scallopini. We then went to the Headliner show, which featured a group of guys singing songs, with out instruments. One of the guys actually made the sounds of instruments. It was really something! It doesn't sound like a good show, but you have to see it, to enjoy it. Our first towel animal of the cruise, was in our room, when we returned this evening. We also had received a tray of sweets, during the afternoon, which included a little Red Velvet cupcake, delicious! Day 5 - Sea Day There are so many choices for dining on this ship. Here is a list for breakfast and lunch: Breakfast free at: Wipe out cafe, omelets and fried eggs made to order, french toast, waffles, bacon sausage, potatoes, toast, pastries. Park cafe - breakfast sandwiches, cereal, fruit, pastries. Solarium - I never went, but I heard it was a light and healthy fare. Windjammer - you know the set up, everything. I never went for breakfast though. Diamond lounge - yummy pastries, donuts, fruit, toast, bagels, special coffee. Cafe promenade - coffee, pastries, donuts, muffins. Dining room - I never made it there. Johnny Rockets - never ate there. Donut shop - coffee, donuts. Breakfast was free every where. Lunch Park Cafe - Roast beef sandwiches, other wraps and pre made sandwiches, fruit cups, bagged chips, Doritos, and a salad bar that you told them what you wanted, and they mixed it up for you. They also had deserts and flavored water. Windjammer - flavored water, lemonade, iced tea, and buffet. Dining room on sea days - salad bar, (they mix it for you,) lunch meats, and some buffet stuff, plus off the menu. Sorentos - Pizza, Cafe Promenade - snacks Sandwiches made to order on the Boardwalk Those were all free. Seafood shack - ala carte pricing. Giovanis - Italian, cost. Johnny Rockets - $3.95 cover charge. Solarium - light food Not sure if there was a charge. This morning, like most, I ate breakfast in the Diamond lounge, and had lunch in the dining room. We shared a steak sandwich, tuti salad, and a mushroom cheese burger. All were very good! Then we went to the Boardwalk and rode the Merry-go-round, and I signed up for the "wishes at sea" walk. For a $10.00 donation, you got a tee-shirt, and a chance to help a sick child and their family, enjoy a cruise vacation. We then watched the Belly Flop contest, which is always amusing to me. We decided to watch the sea go by, from our balcony, this afternoon, and we got to see some Dolphin and flying fish. This is why we spend so much time on our balcony. We just love seeing the wild life, that live in the sea! Tonight was our second formal night, so we decided to have some pictures taken, before dinner. Some of the poses they have you do, are really stupid, so after the ones we feel are right for us, we just say no more, and walk away. This was our table mates 90th Birthday, and she was very happy, as were we, that it was lobster night. I had ordered a bottle of Asti spumanti, for the occasion, and her granddaughter ordered a chocolate cake. Dinner started off with crab claw salad, peach soup, shrimp cocktail, and large lobster tails. Dessert was baked Alaska. It looked really good, but I had the Baily's and Banana creme brulee. So good! We also had a couple shooters to end this excellent meal. Day 6 - Cozumel After breakfast, we went snorkeling right at the end of the International pier, where we were docked. We bring our own snorkel and mask, so we can just walk right out and snorkel, where ever we want, and on our own time. The water was so clear and beautiful, and there were lots of fish to see here. We saw a brown and white spotted eel, Parrot fish, a black and yellow Angel fish, and lots of other fish swimming around. The water was cool, but not as cold as it was in Labadee. After we finished with our expedition, we went back on the ship, and had lunch at the Park Cafe. By that time, we had been joined by 4 other ships in port. The Crown Princess, Carnival Paradise, Celebrity Constellation, and the Disney Magic which was docked at the downtown pier. We had received a voucher for a free Taxi ride to the shopping area in town, so we decided to use it, and look around a bit. We ended up buying a couple Mexican Rum cakes. They taste like they have more rum in them than the Tortuga ones, and are just as good. We walked around town some more, and then stopped in a place for some guacamole, chips and salsa. We were serenaded by a Mariachi band, while we enjoyed the view of the water, and our snacks. I don't drink in Mexico any more, since I don't know when I have had enough Margaritas, until it is too late, so we just had soft drinks, and then headed back to the ship. We decided to go swimming again, while most of the passengers were on shore, then played some mini golf, and I went for my second ride on the zip line, since there was no one in line. It was even better the second time, since now I knew how to do this. I even looked down this time! We then went and ordered some pictures at the photo gallery, got some envelopes from the Diamond lounge to leave extra tips for all of our favorite crew, who were helping to make this such an excellent vacation, and all the crew in the lounge. They also had forms that you could use to add them to your sea pass account, but it was easier just to give cash. Dinner tonight was casual, and we had crab cakes, honey dew soup, shrimp cocktail, steak, and cherries jubilee. We then went back to the cabin to watch sun set and sail-a-way, then off to take night shots around the ship. Late that night, we tried the pizza at Sorrentos, which was ok. We also stopped at the Promenade cafe for a treat, as we did on many afternoons, while out exploring the decks. Day 7 - Sea Day I knew we wouldn't be up in time to get breakfast tomorrow, so I got breakfast for both days today. First I had my usual breakfast, than I went to the Park Cafe, and got breakfast sandwiches, and fruit cups for the next day. I put them in our cooler, to keep them fresh. The sandwiches were very good, even the next morning. One was a muffin with an over easy egg, and ham, the other one was scrambled eggs and spinach, on fecatch bread. After breakfast, I sat on our balcony, until Bill got up around noon. He missed seeing all of the Dolphin that were out there today! I tried to get a picture, and a movie, but I don't think that I captured the dolphin. At least I got to enjoy seeing them! We had breakfast in the Windjammer today. I had some really tasty eggplant parmesan. It didn't have much sauce on it, like I like, so I added some sauce that they had for the spaghetti, which made it just like I like it. We also had mashed potatoes, and pork schnitzel. It was all very good! We then went to a water show, and picked up our pictures that I had ordered during the week. We looked around at everything again, trying to make sure we didn't miss anything, then had a drink on the Rising Tide bar. That was neat. When the bar is rising, they have a fountain underneath it. Dinner tonight was casual, and I had scallops, pineapple soup, feta & clamote olive salad, and Turkey. The turkey was juicy, and served with an apple stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Bill had the Fried Fish Plate, which he liked. We then gave out our envelopes, like we used to on earlier cruises, and it was nice doing it that way, and saying good bye to everyone. We had left our tips on our sea pass, but all of our wait staff, cabin steward, and concierge staff, deserved even more than the recommended amount, so we got to use the envelopes for that. We went to the raffle in the casino, (I had won a ticket for this, earlier in the week). It was a nice package of gifts and money, and they awarded two prizes. I didn't win. We filled the beer bag one more time, walked around, and then went back to the cabin and packed. We had our suit cases out by 11:00PM, and so stayed on our balcony until we went to sleep. The next morning, Bill slept until 9:00AM, then we had our breakfast from the cooler, and headed to the Opal theater, to wait for our tag number to be called. At 10:30AM, they called our number, we were number 65 out of 77, and just after that, they called all numbers to leave the ship. We had asked for a late departure, since our plane wasn't scheduled to leave until 2:30PM, and I was glad we stayed as long as we did. Our flight was delayed five hours, total, but only an hour at a time, so we never could actually leave the terminal, and go do anything fun. Everything about the Oasis, we loved, and we can't wait to go again, or to try the Allure! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
I took my 77 year old mother on a cruise this spring. Neither one of us had cruised before so my review is based upon a limited experience. The ship was beautiful and spotless even with 6,000+ people onboard. We flew in the night before ... Read More
I took my 77 year old mother on a cruise this spring. Neither one of us had cruised before so my review is based upon a limited experience. The ship was beautiful and spotless even with 6,000+ people onboard. We flew in the night before and stayed at the Best Western which had a shuttle service. *** VERY IMPORTANT*** given 30,000 people arrive into Ft Lauderdale. We also booked the shuttle to pick us up after the cruise because we were worried about catching cab afterwards. On Saturday morning we took the early shuttle that left at 10:30 am. We arrived at the port shortly after and easily checked out bags. *** I brought a black sharpie to write out my tickets*** The porter was busy and one pen was being passed around. We quickly made it through check in and they routed us to a spot to sit and wait. This was very easy for my 77 year old mom. She was able to walk the whole distance easily. She did have to ride an escalator and walk up an incline but that was pretty easy. We waited maybe 15 minutes before they let us board the ship. This process was super easy for my 77 yr old mom. I debated whether we may need a wheelchair since she can't stand for long periods. My advice is if you are bringing your mom, dad, grandparent... get there early and avoid the long lines. The ship and our room was great! We had an interior room on the front of the boat on Central Park level 8th floor. I was worried about her being able to get around the ship and then if she would have trouble in the shower. The room was perfect. We had our beds separated and there was still plenty of room. The shower was very easy for her to get in and out of. There is nothing to step over like a tub. You just walk straight into the shower. The room was very quite and our attendant was great. He picked up the room constantly and was very attentive to us. The food was great! We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants. We ate breakfast/lunch in the Park Cafe which was very easy and mostly not very crowded. It is open late for breakfast and long hours for lunch. The coffee was actually quite good. I did end up getting Starbucks in the mornings when I craved some higher end coffee. We had a dinner time of 6:00 pm on the 4th floor and our servers were Vita and Sun Li. They were awesome! We purchased a wine package and the wine selection was very good. The Pino Gris was fabulous! They have many options for those who are gluten free which I found very surprising. Shows-wow.... Hairspray was amazing and I have seen this in NY when it first came out. Jim J Bullock played Edna and was amazing. The lead Tracy was fabulous. Come Fly with Me-was absolutely amazing. This was the best show! The stage set up was incredible for a small space. They had a full size airplane that cast members tap danced on the wings. There were acrobatic performers that were wonderful. I have no idea how someone can do what they did! Frozen in Time-olympic level skaters on a tiny rink doing amazing spins and skating. The dive shows-wow! How do they hit a tiny pool from the 16th floor of the ship when it is very windy? The belly flop competition was a riot and very fun to watch! The comedian's were very funny and we went to several shows to kick back relax and laugh! Excursions- We went on 3 and it was very easy to get on and off the ship. The only port that was busy was Nassau. We did stand in line quite awhile to board and it was very hot in the little building they route you through. My mom did have some issues standing and we cut the line to get through quicker. Everyone was very nice to let us through. My advice in Nassau is board earlier and avoid the rush. We did the bay/submerging boat/city tour. This was $39 a person and the best of all the excursions we did. The guides were great! They talked to us about all the homes on the harbor. Then we transferred to another boat that had a glass bottom. The guide on this boat was great took. He took us to some reefs and we saw tons of fish, turtles... Then we boarded a shuttle and they took us on a city tour. This was nice too. St Thomas-Sapphire Beach and City Tour- Good tour and the beach was the best. We snorkeled and saw tons of fish. This was a great value trip. Fins/masks/snorkel/chairs on the beach all included. They also gave us one free drink. We stopped for photo's and they dropped us in town to shop after the tour was over. We had lunch at Jen's Cafe and the food was pretty good. It wasn't super expensive. We caught a cab back to the ship for $4 a person. This was a very good day! St Martin-Jeep and Beach tour-This was a terrible tour. It cost us $109 a person and not worth it at all. It was a full day tour. We got paired up with a couple which was fine but my mom had some difficulty getting into the jeep. That's probably my fault for realizing this. we drove through tons of traffic and it was hard to keep the whole group together. They stopped at a beach near the airport that was crowded, stinky and gross. There was not a spot to do anything because there were tons of people. Then they took us to go shopping and had to park all the jeeps quit a way from the town. Everyone on the tour passed on shopping because it was to much of a pain to get back to the shops. Then we got to the main beach on the french side and this was where it when from marginal to bad. We were routed into a restaurant Palm Island I think. They said we needed to order lunch to get a chair on the beach. So we ordered lunch and after lunch went to the beach. We grabbed a chair and shortly after were kicked out of our chairs. We were told these chairs were for those who bought lunch. I argued with the manager who told me I was to sit in the chairs for the "Jeep Tour" which were crammed all together and back from the ocean. I showed the manager my receipt-I spent $50 on lunch so you would think I could just grab any of the open chairs right? They gave the chairs we sat in to a group that arrived when we did that sat right next to us and ordered basically our same lunch. The beach was ok, it had alot of seaweed and wasn't as nice as the beach were were at in St Thomas. My recommendation is to avoid this excursion-it's a rip off, not well organized, food is marginal, beach is so-so and guides totally unhelpful. They told us if we got split from the group to just head back to the boat. Many ended up getting left behind because traffic was horrible. Fitness- The workout center was really nice. Lots of bikes, machines and treadmills. My only compliant is they need to expand their spin classes. They fill up on day one and the wait list was big enough to run others classes. The running track was great. I ran everyday 5-6 miles. They only issue with this is casual strolling people that do and sometimes are clueless that folks are actually running. I ran in the afternoon before dinner and found few on the track at that time. Common areas-Central Park was amazing and we spent alot of time enjoying this area. 5th Floor was grand central and always busy. The top of the boat was very busy and we avoided it. The back of the boat on the 5th floor on the running track was our favorite spot. Very quiet and a great spot to read, chill out, have lunch... We hit this spot daily. Gambling- The Casino looks great but we lost our money allocated for gambling on the 1st day in 30 mins. Then our Cpass cards didn't work. I am not sure what the deal was with this but we had to go get new cards after 30 mins in the casino. Departing- We did the self check out/carry our own bags. We had breakfast at 6:00 am sharp in Central Cafe and by 6:10 were down on the 5th floor standing in line to get off the boat. It took us 30 mins to get through customs which was very easy for my mom. Again I was worried about standing with my mom but by getting up early we beat the lines. Our shuttle met us 15 mins later and we arrived at the airport by 7:15 ish. If I had to do it over, I would have just grabbed a cab and we could have been there even earlier. The airport was super easy since we were so early. We had 3 hours to kill at the airport. In summary-great trip for a mother and daughter! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
My husband and I joined his brother, sister-in-law, and their daughter (18) on what is our first cruise. My brother-in-law has been asking us for a few years to join them as cruise vacations are their first choice and have cruised 5 ... Read More
My husband and I joined his brother, sister-in-law, and their daughter (18) on what is our first cruise. My brother-in-law has been asking us for a few years to join them as cruise vacations are their first choice and have cruised 5 times. The embarkment process was a breeze. The port was crowded but the process in which they have you enter the ship is smooth. We had rooms on the 12th deck located very close to the elevators/stairs. We each had a handicapped accessible room (we are not handicapped)next two one another. We each had a balcony and the stateroom attendent took the glass petition out so we were able to enjoy eachother's company on a very large balcony. Having a balcony is AWESOME!!! We all loved sitting out there in the morning with our coffee and sitting out there in the evening to watch the sunset. My husband was very interested in watching the massive vessel pull in and out of port. Our room attendent was very friendly but not overbearing. He was kind and the kids loved the "towel" animals he would leave when he came in at night to turn down our beds. The ship itself is massive and there is always something to do. The activity manager, Ricky Matthews, is full of energy and funny. He introduced and closed all the shows. He really knows how to get a crowd excited. The shows are AMAZING!! Top notch! The parades are energetic too but the promanade (deck 5) gets very crowded. If you're into parades get there early and you can sit at Starbucks :-) The food is good and the food service is excellent. We had a great waiter and he was very experienced and entertaining. He taught the kids a few magic tricks over the course of the week. Dinner was always an enjoyable experience in the dining room. We had "My Time Dining" and I did make reservations prior to the trip based on the reservations I made for the shows. We never had to wait for our table and we had the same table and wait staff every night. The Windjammer was great for lunch. I loved to make a huge salad for lunch but there was so much to choose from especially if your adventurous. We ate breakfast in Windjammer 2 times and the rest of the days we ate in the main dining room. The fruit and pastries were yummy and there's no limit on how much you can have. The pizza place, Sorentos, was pretty good too. My husband got his first cup of coffee and my tea from the Promenade Cafe' every morning and we'd sit out on our balcony before the kids woke up. I did find that I became very thirsty on the ship and the "free" drinks were not conveniently located. We ended up spending about $30 in bottled water in our cabin refrigerator. My son had a soda package and would grab me a soda every once in awhile but he wasn't always with us. The water and ice tea were good and my daughter enjoyed the lemonade all week. I just wish there were more drink stations around the ship. As far as alcoholic drinks, there is a drink of the day everyday and it comes in a cup you can keep, the fancy drinks cost approx. 6.75 but a beer was 4.75 which isn't too bad. The pools and hot tubs get very crowded but you can always find a lounge chair it just might not be in the spot you'd rather be. We found coming back from the ports early was well worth it b/c we could eat our lunch on the ship (so we didn't have to pay) and we had the ship to ourselves. We went with the motto 'early off early return' for our ports. We did one major excursion and that was in Cozumel. My husband, son, and brother-in-law did the Tulum Mayan Express tour (6.5 hours). They said it was excellent and loved the ruins, however getting there was not very pleasant (45 min ferry ride and a 1hr bus ride both ways). My husband was glad that my daughter and I didn't do it with them. He said the bathrooms at the ruins were awful!! My daughter and I along with niece and sister-in-law went to swim with the dolphins @ Dolphin Discovery in Changhank (sp)Park. The Dolphin experience was very good yet they don't let you have a camera and they charge $35 per pic or $199 for a CD with all pics on it. I just bought one pic of my daughter kissing the dolphin. They try to make deals with you but I just stuck to my guns. The park itself is very nice, white sand beaches but the swimming isn't good b/c you have to walk over rocks. I guess the snorkeling is good there but we didn't do it. We walked around and headed back to the ship around 1pm. The kids loved the ship and were amazed by it's size and beauty. However, the age groups didn't really work for my kids. My daughter will be 12 in 2 weeks and she wasn't interested in hanging with kids 6-11. My son is 14 and will turn 15 next month so he wasn't interested in the 12-14 age group. My niece is 18 and she wasn't allowed in the 15-17 age group. However, my son did manage to hang out in the 15-17 year old club and stayed out most nights til 1am. 1am is when kids 17 and younger need to be back in their cabins. Overall, this was a top notch vacation and would love to do it again someday! I highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
This was the second time cruising on the Oasis of the Seas in as many years and I was suitably satisfied once again. This time, I travelled with my husband, son, sister-in-law, and parents. We each had a balcony room and couldn't have ... Read More
This was the second time cruising on the Oasis of the Seas in as many years and I was suitably satisfied once again. This time, I travelled with my husband, son, sister-in-law, and parents. We each had a balcony room and couldn't have been more impressed. Embarkation was a breeze, as expected. I am not happy that Royal Caribbean has eliminated sending out the sticky tags before sailing, except for certain bookings. It slowed down the process slightly, but not a big deal. We moved through the process swiftly, and, as warned, were placed in a waiting area because of the slowdown involving customs on the other side. We only had to wait for about thirty minutes, where my son used the children's play area. Once on the ship, it was everything I remembered. It was awesome going with my parents because it was like seeing the ship for the first time. We toured briefly, then went to the Windjammer for lunch. Not a big wait for a table or getting food, so all good. We went to our room by about 2 and luggage was there quickly so we could unpack and get settled. The rooms have tons of space for storing everything. Suitcases went under the bed, lots of room for shoes. We were on the starboard side this time, so not the best view from the balcony until we left, but interesting to watch all the activity on the dock. The shows were great, again. The comedians were funny, which is a good thing. The entertainment in the Viking Crown Lounge was not the best, but other things to choose from, so not a big deal. If there was something I could mention, it is the new soda machines on the Royal Promenade. Maybe if I had been on the port side, I might not have noticed it as much, but being where I was, the machines create problems in regards to flow around the front elevators. I think the decision to place the machines by elevators needs to be rethought. Also, the solicitation for tips was much worse this time than last. This goes for all staff and for excursions. I understand why but it was a little tiring hearing the same spiel for compensation again and again. And, if the staff is going to remove towels and belongings when people leave chairs unattended, then they have to be willing to back it up when the people return. I watched towels get removed, the people return and then just grab their towels and take the now newly occupied chairs back from the new people. A simple, "you will have to find new chairs, yours have been reassigned" would suffice. Adventure Ocean was great for our son. He loved being there. Excellent meals. We also went to Chops Grille and 150 Central Park. Both excellent additions to our trip. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Cruise review 2013 DAY 1 This cruise is our first on oasis of the seas- it is an Eastern Caribbean cruise; a seven night one, leaving from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale; from 3/23 to 3/30 stopping at Nassau Bahamas (3/24), ... Read More
Cruise review 2013 DAY 1 This cruise is our first on oasis of the seas- it is an Eastern Caribbean cruise; a seven night one, leaving from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale; from 3/23 to 3/30 stopping at Nassau Bahamas (3/24), Charlotte Amelia , St. Thomas (3/26), and Philipsburg, St. Maarten )3/27). The rest are sea days. We are in cabin 10240 (deck 10), owner suite on deck 10 and are diamond members too. We went with our 14 year old son. This is our first cruise on "the biggest ship in the world." We have cruised 7 times before all on RCI. All of our other cruises were on their smaller ships; radiance and voyager class. We booked all our shows in advance. In addition, we booked the 3 restaurant package-- chefs table, 150 Central Park and chops. A week before departure we got a letter telling us that our reservation for Oasis of the Seas aqua show was canceled and rescheduled, however the rescheduled show was for the same day as hairspray and we had 15 minutes to get to the next show, not a good idea- we didn't want to run from one show to another. We figured the concierge could change that once on board. We also got an email from the concierges Allan and Charmaine- a nice touch outlining the benefits of a suite guest. We got to the pier at FT. Lauderdale at 10:30 am; pulling up to the pier we got a glance of the ship. It was big, huge as it was docked near a smaller Carnival ship. Check was quick no line for suite guests- right through to the suite guest waiting area by 11:00 am. At 11:30am boarding began- no line and up 3 gangways. Our first stop way the windjammer- a nice roomy place. We got seats near the port side window. It was over crowded by noon. They had the usual fair set up to avoid people bumping into each other. We each had a piece of honey stung chicken, only available on departure day, good as always. We left the windjammer (deck 15), walked down the steps and headed to the Concierge Club (CC) (deck 11) is not called a "lounge" on this class of ships. My guess is because it is a very large 2 level space that serves a full breakfast and lunch by menu; we wished the other "lounges served full meals too. To our surprise the CC was empty. We introduced ourselves to Allan and Charmaine, who became our new best friends, and sat down by a large 2 story window. The menu was a nice selection from mini sliders, salads, shrimp and calamari, our DS favorite. Also free sodas, champagne...our food arrived hot, the way we like it. Left around 1pm to check our room. Our Owners Suite (OS) is very nice. A 4 person table greets you when you walk in, we used it to have dinner twice, plenty of space....3 big lounge chairs---one with an ottoman, a 3 person couch(converts to a full size bed). In the living room a 42" flat panel TV, in the bedroom a 32" flat panel older OS there was only 1 TV and it rotated from one room to the other..only being able to watch in one room at a time...not so here...again our DS loved did we. Two big closets and lots of drawer space in both rooms..a desk in the bedroom too....did I say the room was big....with lots of storage space...perfect for a 14 nighter-let alone a 7 nighter...we wished this was a 14 night cruise, like some of our other ones. The bathroom was big, separate shower, Jacuzzi tub, double sink and lots of drawer space. Some comments about the room: there is a bright LED light in the center of the shower, when you look up, it's right in your eyes; they should have a diffuser on this light. Also one of the fixtures above the sink is being held together with duct tape. Guess these items will be taken care of in dry dock? We meet our room attendant Kemuel, he was great all week. He removed the "high priced" stuff from the refrigerator so we could put our carry on soda in it...yes you can bring soda on board. Kemuel also gave us a big bottle of water each day and of course ice in the bucket 2X's a day...he also gave us a pitcher of ice water 2x's a addition to robes and slippers. He was fantastic. Our room greeted us with a fresh fruit basket, a basket of cookies and dried fruit too. As we started to unpack our carryon bag, the horn sounded (4pm) and it was time to go find our emergency safety area. Walked down to deck life vests needed? We watched a video and heard a message from Captain Patrick. If this were a real emergency, and people panic, I'm not sure this would work. I hope you not I ever need to find out. On our way back to the room, we stop for a cappuccino (this machine became my best friend during the cruise-visiting it 5 or so times a day-I miss it now as I write this)...Allan helped us make reservations for 150 Central Park and Chops, as we bought the 3 restaurant dinner package....tonight at 7pm is the Chefs Table..never did it before, but heard great things about it. Back to the room...our one piece of luggage arrived and we unpack 7pm we go to the library and meet 3 other couples who will be dining with us....champagne is provide by a waiter as we chat with the other couples. Two are from North Carolina and one from Boston. We are all escorted to the 2nd level of the CC and seated at a wonderful table set just for us. During this intimate 5 course meal, paired with wine...the Chef comes out and describes the ingredients and preparation of each dish. A separate wine Stewart describes each wine that is paired with the meal. The full meal lasted 3 hours (7-10pm) we stayed a chattered with everyone for about another hour. The Chef gave each woman a cook book and the gents got a Chefs Table apron as a gift. By 11pm, we were stuffed and went back to the room...also very tired from the anticipation and boarding. The meal and experience was great, we highly recommend it and would do it again. Aaron ate at the Windjammer, he said it was good....a hamburger and french fries. This was his first time in the teen program. Before he was in Adventure it...but we signed him in and out...this time he was able to roam free...we bought walkie talkies to keep in touch. He also had to check in with us for lunch and let us know where he was/going to and arrived at all times. He said the teens were friendly and had many activities planned throughout the cruise. DAY 2 Port of call Bahamas 7:30am-1:30pm Due to being a short day we decided to stay onboard and explore the ship. Breakfast was in the CC pancakes, bacon, and coffee. The CC provides a relaxing atmosphere and great view. I booked Aaron a private lesson for one of the flow riders ($60). He had a great time. We played ping-pong too. It is a beautiful ship and never really seemed crowded. W e watched the team workout for the aqua show- they are talented athletes. A small lunch at the CC- sliders -another great choice. More zip line and walking around. Aaron didn't feel good around 4 PM- too much zip line- so we had diner in the room. Shrimp cocktail, soup, steak- the steak was a bit tough and Ii only ate half. Day 3 - Sea Day, nice weather Breakfast at CC, waffles -which were excellent- walked around Central Park. Had birds chirping and live trees-a nice relaxing place to walk, sit and read a book. Off to the cruise critic meet and mingle. Not a big group between 20-25 people showed. All the give-a- ways were won by one big family, 11 people in their group. Met FLSteve from the board, talked to him pre cruise online- very nice guy. We went back to my cabin and talked some more. We have a lot in common..hope to cruise with him in the future. Lunch at the CC shrimp and calamari Something happened and they canceled hair spray for today. Went to CC, Allan was great and rebooked us for later in the week. Aaron went on rock wall. It was much bigger then those on radiance and voyager class ships. He found them challenging and hard to climb. Diner for us was at 150 central park, again a nice meal. Similar to the chefs table, as the preparation and ingrediance were described. Afterwards we went to the aqua show, Oasis of Dreams, while I thought it was just diving and swimming it was much more and really worth seeing. The show had a theme and was "circ du solie 'ish" in style. Some very talented swimmers and gymnasts. About half way through the shows they experienced technical difficulties which delayed the show by 15-20 minutes but once fixed it went on as planned unlike hairspray which was canceled all together due to technical difficulties. After the show we went up to the CC for a cappuccino and back to the room. Aaron stayed in the teen program playing dodge-ball till 11PM. Day 4 Charlotte Amelia St. Thomas After breakfast at the CC-where else- always great service and views. We had scheduled the helmet dive at Coral World. The weather was overcast and drizzly and we hope it clears up. DW decided she didn't want to dive so we went to the Concierge to change her ticket to an observer while it was at the last minute the Concierge said -NO Problem- love hearing those words while on vacation. The helmet dive was excellent about 20-30 minutes under water with a polycarbonate helmet, walking under water...saw some nice fish....coral world is great place to visit with the whole family..a touch tank, shark and sting ray feedings and a relaxing environment too. Came back and had dinner at park cafe. Setup was like a cafeteria in NYC. We had handmade mixed salad with a choice of toppings and a good roast beef sandwich with seafood soup- a good choice for an early diner. Afterwards up to the CC for a drink and some appetizers. The concierges are great, a hello by name every time. Off to the head line show, Scott Record a musical comedy impressionist. Better than expected and very enjoyable. Afterwards we went to the casino to "make a deposit." We did some exploring on the upper decks, lots of nice spaces on this ship to explore. The Solarium looks like a good specialty restaurant. We spotted two teens with full bedding pretending to be sleeping in the elevator. Security showed up and we heard that they were thrown off the ship at the next port. A "0" tolerance policy is in effect, way to go RCI, parents should be supervising their kids better. Walked along the board walk had an ice cream cone and went to bed. Day 5 St. Maarten The weather is over cast and rainy. Breakfast, as usual, is in the CC. I had a spinach and mushroom quiche. Our excursion is the Tiki Hut which includes a snorkeling lesion for morning, a "bucket list" item for me. I noticed that part of table we were eating at had a sharp glass edge due to a piece broken off. I mentioned it to an officer who came by and asked how our breakfast was. He said he would address it. This never got corrected during our cruise??? The rain started coming down hard. Our snorkeling trip was a bust-again. One day we will get to do this. Concierge credited us the price of the excursion. DW and I took our jackets and walked around the pier. DS stayed on the ship and played dodge ball with teen group. Always bring water proof jackets on a cruise. DW brought a cruse charm for her Pandora bracelet and a pair of earrings. I got Aaron a t-shirt. We had lunch at the pier, curry goat roti very tasty and a guava berry colada. We are back on the ship by 4:00 PM. For dinner we went to Azumi the Asian restaurant. It has $5 cover charge to walk in the door and ala carte pricing. We sat at the sushi bar and asked for 3 surprise dishes. They have a "hot rock" dish, in which you cook your own food on a 500 degree rock...seemed a bit of gimmick to us, but might be fun for kids. The food was just ok- I guess we are spoiled by NYC sushi restaurants. While it was nice to check the place out we would not go back. If you have a good sushi restaurant in your town, this would be a disappointment. We went to the ice show after; very talented and recommend seeing it. After wards we went to dazzles as they had rock-n-roll karaoke. It was a total disappointment though. None of the songs selected where rock songs. Anita Baker is in not rock-n-roll. They need to reevaluate this. In addition the live band backing up the songs was to keyboard heavy Day 6 Sea Day-nice weather We went for breakfast at the Solarium Bistro on deck 15- big mistake. The turkey bacon and banana pancakes were luke warm/cold. I like my food hot. Granted, they do provide a healthier food selection. On to the loyalty ambassador to book our next cruise. Check our account. It seems DS's cancelled excursion was not credited? Make sure you check your account every other day. Planed to go for "new york' pizza but the place was packed. Even worse there were just people sitting there and not eating. A restaurant is not a hang out spot. I find it very inconsiderate. I say, sit, eat, relax a bit but then move on so other people can sit and eat. So back up to the CC for lunch we go. Later we're going to the splish splash comedy show in the aqua theater. This was a very funny show and another exhibition of talented athletes. One problem...people were standing and sitting on the steps, blocking the isles...despite being asked by the activities director, Amy Flecter not to do so, doing this blocked the isles for the performers who were running down the aisles to the stage and performing in the isles, making it dangerous for the performers and spectators. RCI should have some security/users to ensure the steps are clear....some people are very self centered and inconsiderate...I hope anyone reading this does not do this or allow their kids to do this....arrive to the show a bit early and get a seat, stand in the back or go to the next show....this occurred at all the shows..the ice show and theater's shame. We then went to the schooner bar to play "name that movie song". We had a drink and some fun...we didn't win, but had a good time. Tonight is formal night, so we ordered dinner in our room....the lobster was very good, but the food was not as hot as it should be. I know it was traveling to our room. One thing RCI should do is place a table cloth over the table to make fancy and leave the cart to use to place dirty dishes on them. After dinner went to "Broadway Hits". The two lead actors from hairspray performed songs from other shows in the Viking Crown Lounge. the Lounge is very nice with a nice view on deck 17. The male performer (sorry forgot his name), who plays the role of the mother in the show was excellent-he did some good Broadway tunes, as well as, some comedy songs. The female singer, who plays the lead, has a "belters" voice. She was unable to modulate her voice and therefore way to loud for the room. We hope she will be better in the show and a larger venue tomorrow. Day 7 cruise day Outside temps were cool. DS is playing dodge ball and having a great time in the teen program...doing some rock wall climbing too. Breakfast in the CC. Resting g on our veranda writing and reading for the morning. This afternoon we have Hairspray and Come Fly With Me shows....dinner is in Chops. Hairspray was just OK. We didn't know anything about this show...none of the songs or the story line. The cast was talented, but the show didn't WOW us or seem to have any memorable songs. The hour and half show seemed to drag. It was a good way to kill some time. Didn't make it to Come Fly With Me...Went to Chops for dinner, I had the rib eye and DW had the was tough and fatty, seems to have gone down from the last time. The lighting was very dim . Went to the CC for a cappuccino, never disappoints. The sad part now is packing to leave the ship. We will carry our bags and walk off the ship. Our tag stated we were to leave at 7:15am....that is not happening, we will stay as long as we can. Departure day We will wait in the CC....having my last cappuccino and danish. Called my cousin, who was picking us up and met him at 11am. Overall impressions The ship was better than we expected...we thought it would be too large, but that was not the case. Lots of open space to rest and walk. Only seemed crowded at the windjammer, which we only went to one...DS who at there often said it wasn't bad. We still think they can have better crowd control at shows. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Although Oasis is the biggest ship in the world, after 8 cruises, I did not expect to be wowed. Well I was. Everything about Oasis is awesome, from its grandeur, to the variety of music, entertainment, food and eating venues. I was on an ... Read More
Although Oasis is the biggest ship in the world, after 8 cruises, I did not expect to be wowed. Well I was. Everything about Oasis is awesome, from its grandeur, to the variety of music, entertainment, food and eating venues. I was on an RCI European cruise 4 years ago and was not at all happy with the food. This was not the case this time. RCI outdid itself with inspired menus, terrific coffee and great service. They beat Celebrity hands down. There is a lively atmosphere on board and amazingly, no shortage of poolside chairs. T he only criticism is the frequent lineups at the Windjammer, but with all the choices on board, you don't really need to deal with that. You can party all night long if that's your bag, or chill in Central Park - my favourite place for breakfast. Oasis caters to couples and families. There is a kiddie pool as well as an adults-only solarium. I can't think of a more apt name for this ship. Looking forward to trying out sister ship Allure. Read Less
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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