54 Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

We enjoy Oasis of the seas for our teenage children. There is so much to keep them busy. All kinds of activities all the time and with several sea days, this gives them time to enjoy everything. My boys liked hanging out at the basketball ... Read More
We enjoy Oasis of the seas for our teenage children. There is so much to keep them busy. All kinds of activities all the time and with several sea days, this gives them time to enjoy everything. My boys liked hanging out at the basketball courts and the table tennis, my girls enjoy the pool deck. They all enjoy the rock climbing, dive show and other shows, bingo, listening to the musicians and the planned activities. There are always other kids around to hang with and they really enjoyed making new friends. They also love the pizza shop, hot dog shop, ice cream cones, and eating in the main dining room. Having said that, we have cruised a LOT and this is NOT our favorite ship. It is very crowded at all times and there is a line for everything. From the snack/coffee shop, to getting a slice of pizza, be prepared to wait. It was difficult to find pool chairs on sea days, the bars got crowded and we had to wait for drinks around dinner time, bingo was absolutely ridiculous, there were so many people playing that someone got bingo after only 5 numbers were drawn which really takes any fun out of it. The service was spot on as we have come to expect with Royal Caribbean, from the state room attendant to the servers in the main dining room and the bartenders, everyone gave 5* service. I, personally, just prefer a smaller more intimate ship (without so many lines). But for a family adventure this is certainly the right ship! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We choose this cruise to go on a huge ship. It was huge! ......you would not have known there was 4500 passengers....alot of people must have stayed in the canins with balconys.. Balconies are a good size. Only problem, one outside ... Read More
We choose this cruise to go on a huge ship. It was huge! ......you would not have known there was 4500 passengers....alot of people must have stayed in the canins with balconys.. Balconies are a good size. Only problem, one outside pool, kids everywhere, could never get e seat ... Great for kids not for Dinks.... the Windjammer restuarant was always packed and a frenzy at meal times..far better to eat in the dinning rooms. Spending on the ship is in US dollars and when converted back to AUS expensive.. 1 us dollar to AUS 66cents Better to get a drinks package if you like a drink..otherwise average 10 bucks a drink, 15 for cocktails and all in us dollars. Lots of up selling. Never had a massage on board..did this time and it was about $220 AUS each.wow! Orginally booked for 4 ports, one was dropped before we left. one we couldnt get to because of weather..disappointed Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this cruise because I have been on the Harmony, and am going on the Symphony,so I wanted to go on the Oasis. It has gotten such good reviews and I remember when it was released all the news around it. The Oasis is a beautiful ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I have been on the Harmony, and am going on the Symphony,so I wanted to go on the Oasis. It has gotten such good reviews and I remember when it was released all the news around it. The Oasis is a beautiful ship! I took my two grandsons, ages 11, and 13. The boys tried going to the pools, but never got in, because they were so crowded. I know its spring break, but...There was plenty to do for the 13 year old, but the 11 year old didn't want to go to the kids club,so he was quite lost. Our cabin attendant,Vincent, was wonderful !! We had dinner in the main dining room, and our wait staff was great!!! Our waiter, Richard, and assistant Raveen could not do more for us. We had a problem in the dining room one night , but it was a problem with the bar service, which we had a lot of other places. Loved the 70's party and the prohibition event. My biggest complaint was the size of the rooms. This is my 15th cruise and NEVER have i been in a smaller room. If I hadn't bought extra storage, we could not have done it. Although it was a good cruise,I don't think I will go on the Oasis again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My husband and I chose to purchase 'The Key' on our Spring Break cruise this past March, Since we did not want to spend the extra money on a Suite Class cabin, we chose to purchase some of the benefits that come with Suite Class ... Read More
My husband and I chose to purchase 'The Key' on our Spring Break cruise this past March, Since we did not want to spend the extra money on a Suite Class cabin, we chose to purchase some of the benefits that come with Suite Class staterooms. Priority Check in was fast, easy and we did not wait in line at all!! We walked right up to "The Key" check in desk and it was about 5 minutes of standard check in information, then we were off to the ship. Carry-On drop off. We then proceeded to the carry-on drop off area where we dropped off some items (stroller, carry-on baggage). It was labeled and brought to our stateroom. Off to lunch at Chops! (included with 'The Key') Our lunch at Chops Grill was amazingly yummy!! It also helped us avoid the chaos of the Windjammer lunch rush. The wifi that is also included with the key was high quality and one we appreciated throughout the vacation. The priority seating for all the shows was incredible and having a 4 and 6 year old helped us arrive minutes before showtime and have excellent seats. We also utilized the zip line, rock wall as well as the flowrider designated times without any wait times. Our overall impression of the key experience was amazing, and we will definitely purchase this again, Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We picked this ship because it is really large. With our Star Class, getting on and off the boat was always easy. Our Genie took care of us so we waited very little. The ship has lots to do, is clean and absolutely beautiful. Our cabin ... Read More
We picked this ship because it is really large. With our Star Class, getting on and off the boat was always easy. Our Genie took care of us so we waited very little. The ship has lots to do, is clean and absolutely beautiful. Our cabin was a suite. There are 2 suites bigger than ours but they don't sleep but 4 or 6. Ours sleeps 8 and was spacious. The views were great, the balcony was amazing and the service was above and beyond my expectations. Being Star Class definitely made us feel like Royalty! Your personal Genie caters to your every need. I had 4 fourteen year old boys and they had a blast. Plenty for them to do socially and they love sports. They were occupied at all times and I always felt they were safe and supervised. They loved the 24 hour room service! The entertainment was awesome. We saw Cats, the Aqua theater water show, the ice skating show, the comedy show and all of the bands and singers. We missed some shows, just ran out of time. All of the shows and bands were great! Some of our group did other events and loved them all. My husband played poker and gave it a big thumbs up. The staff at all levels are very accommodating and kind. They work hard and seem to be happy to serve. The food was delicious and we ate way too much! The shore excursions were typical. Ours was not described accurately for St. Thomas (said 2 beaches but was only 1 and rushed). It was snorkeling too and not many fish. Nassau at Atlantis is crowded and the rain closed it for a bit. But there is a beach and it has jet skis for rent and other water activities. St. Maarten was our best! Sea Trek and they threw in some snorkeling. We saw lots of fish there. Then we found a Zip line on our own afterwards that Royal Caribbean does not sell and it was the best of all. It was a zip line plus you could ride an inner tube down the mountain. Just need more time at all the stops. Typical for a cruise but there is always a rush and of course, lots of people. But everyone was friendly and we always felt safe. Bring cash off ship for extras! Jet skis Etc want cash. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I've cruised a lot. This is my second time with Royal and I will never cruise with them again. The service, staff, and overcrowded ship really ruined my vacation. Royal nickel and dimes you to death and doesn't allow a day to go ... Read More
I've cruised a lot. This is my second time with Royal and I will never cruise with them again. The service, staff, and overcrowded ship really ruined my vacation. Royal nickel and dimes you to death and doesn't allow a day to go by without trying to sell you EVERYTHING under the sun. I just stepped off the cruise boat yesterday and feel like I should course correct review I've read on here. A few highlights for those considering this ship: MYTH: For every reviewer who claims that it's hard to notice you are sailing with 6,000 other people because of how large the ship is are LYING! You cannot get onto an elevator without having to fight your way on. It was exhausting. Every pool, every restaurant, every inch of that ship is filled with people. Hands down the most unenjoyable part of this "vacation." THE GOOD: - the speciality restaurants, particularly 150 and Chopped, were very good and relaxing. These two nights were the only enjoyable dining experiences I had on the ship. The food at the Italian restaurant wasn't as good but the atmosphere wasn't as enjoyable. - Though my five year old only visited the kid club twice, he really enjoyed it. And the staff was very nice and fun. The kids area was divided by age and there seemed like there was plenty for kids of all ages to do. - The rock climbing, zip lining and surfing were good for older kids (my 5 year couldn't take part in any of those activities) but others seemed like they enjoyed it despite LONG lines. The shows were enjoyable but I didn't go on this cruise for a show. THE BAD: - The poor staff. It's very difficult to work on a cruise ship but this staff seemed over worked and miserable. It was noticeable and uncomfortable to be around. From seeing the employees fighting, falling (because they are running around trying to help 6,500 cruisers) to simply not being friendly.... while it's not their fault that they are overworked, it was noticeable and really took away from vacation, particularly in the dining room. - I get it. There are a lot of people. But nothing seemed to be easy on this ship, even down to receiving my luggage. It was never delivered to us on the first night. So I missed my dinner reservations to go hunt it down. First I went down the the 2nd floor and their answer was "we don't know. Just keep waiting." Around 9pm, it still had not come. So I began walking up and down the (long) hallways to find it. I finally found it on the other side of the ship. When I spoke to customer service, they said I probably labeled it incorrectly. I checked three times. I had not. - The pools. If you can find a seat, be prepared to be blown away and stepped over! The kids area is legit chaotic. The lifeguards are on it but I witnessed multiple fights between parents, kids running and acting CRAZY. There should be an age limit on the kid pool. THE UGLY: - Be prepared. Royal is out for your money. I mean, what company isn't. But it really was a core contributor to this being the worst vacation I've even been on. They were relentless about trying to sell more cruises. I went to the spa - to remove my gel manicure, they wouldn't wrap my nails. That was an additional charge. I paid $200 for a massage. They wouldn't use anything other than medium pressure. Because THAT would be an extra charge. And while I was there, they would NOT stop trying to sell me stuff. The arcade... a majority of games were $1.45 PER GAME. And most of the time, you would scan your card and they game wouldn't work, but they sure as hell would take your money. It is nonstop bombardment with trying to get more of your money. As I mentioned above, the speciality restaurants were great but I HAD to spend the extra $90 to get away from the dining room chaos. The dining room should be where you go to enjoy a nice dinner. I already paid $2,600 for an ocean view. Why do I have to pay more for what should be basic?! - The one factor not in control of the cruise line is the people and their poor behavior. This comes with having 6k on one ship. But man oh man, get ready to see the worst of human kind on this boat. Incredible rude people. It was not just me who noticed either. Multiple people would make comments about the rudeness, even with simple acts like getting on and off of elevators. All in, I spent $2,600 (without airfare).... and it was hands down the most unenjoyable vacation. Not for families. I may have enjoyed it as a single person on spring break when I was drunk and didn't care about service or an enjoyable experience, but nope. I should have cruised with Disney or Princess! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Traveled during Spring break with husband and 7 and 2 year old sons. Have been on many cruises (15-20), most recently Disney Fantasy. Stayed in Grand Balcony Suite. Ship is huge with lots of activities which cater more to teenagers in ... Read More
Traveled during Spring break with husband and 7 and 2 year old sons. Have been on many cruises (15-20), most recently Disney Fantasy. Stayed in Grand Balcony Suite. Ship is huge with lots of activities which cater more to teenagers in my opinion. It seems that because the ship has so many facilities RCL doesn’t see the need to provide as much onboard organized activities as they did in the past - relatively little live music for example, as one night a guitar player played for literally only 30 minutes. Nursery room was a plus - 2 yr old quite happy there - although my 7 year old far preferred the kids room on Disney and I heard another parent say the same about their child. Biggest complaint is that they aren’t equipped to handle this many passengers and don’t seem to have their act together- for example, you have to wait in line at mealtime, the 3 Purell dispensers at entrance to kids area were always empty, activities were canceled or rescheduled since the Planner was printed the night before and no one tells you. I caught a stomach virus and met another passenger who did too and it’s no wonder. Chops and 150 Park meals were very rushed and we had to wait about 10 minutes for my cocktail because whatever bar they went to “was backed up”. Hibachi was a bright spot and great experience. Suite was also a positive in that it was quite roomy, even for 4. Finally the ship is showing a lot of wear and tear. Back to Disney Fantasy for spring break next year. We won’t be back on Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We picked this cruise because of the ports of call and the size of the ship. Going bigger was the right choice. I never felt crowed or overwhelmed. The longest we waited in line was 5 mins at the soda machine. St. Maarten needs a lot ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the ports of call and the size of the ship. Going bigger was the right choice. I never felt crowed or overwhelmed. The longest we waited in line was 5 mins at the soda machine. St. Maarten needs a lot of work. We took a private tour through Viator. Highly recommend. 5 hours with a local who took us on both sides of the island and to see the damage and the beauty of the beaches. Make sure to book your show reservations before you get on the ship. Book Oasis of Dreams on the first night. Most shows cancel because of wind. Don't waste your time on Cats! Most people walked out. For shows not seeing reservations, go early to get in line. Formal night is fun. A nice dress for the ladies and shirt and tie is good for the men. No need for a jacket. There are 2 formal nights. Don't stress about getting on and off the ship. Wow!!!!! So smooth and easy if you are patient. Relax and have fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Overall we had an excellent vacation and we came home with outstanding memories. The following is more critical, because, well, this is Cruise Critic, and that is what we do, right? We choose this cruise because it fit our ... Read More
Overall we had an excellent vacation and we came home with outstanding memories. The following is more critical, because, well, this is Cruise Critic, and that is what we do, right? We choose this cruise because it fit our schedule and budget. Was apprehensive about the size of the ship, but turned out to not be an issue as RCCL has done a great job of making the ship feel smaller through its various neighborhoods. The only times we felt the largeness was when trying to get on the ship and while waiting for the Flow Rider. The staterooms are great and the food was excellent. We prefer the split bathroom concept on Disney cruise lines, but even with the 4 of us in one stateroom, we found the singular lavatory sufficient. The only issue that had an impact on our vacation was the entertainment. We went to 4 shows. 1. The Oasis of Dreams diving show was cool to watch, but neither my wife nor myself could understand what the story line was. 5 of 10 stars. 2. The ice skating show based on Hans Christian Andersen was fabulous - 10 stars. 3. Cats - good timeless story but the performing talent was average. 4. The Come Fly with Me had some fun moments, but it has one scene where the a male and female acrobat descend on the stage in a very sensual position wearing nude colored tights. There was not much left to the imagination and was certainly not appropriate for my 12 year old son and 6 year old daughter. It was listed as family appropriate and we wish we had known what to expect prior to attending. Our 6 year old daughter had a great time in Kids camp and begged to stay longer. This staff was fabulous and awesome. Our 12 year old was in a bit of a rut. The teen camp was mostly older kids 14+, leaving him in an awkward position. Too old for kids camp and not quite old enough for teenager camp. He found the putt putt golf to be a blast and probably played 25 rounds, but would really like to have had a teen club for the 12-14 year old crowd. Dining - we had the My Time dining. Frankly, we still don't know what that means. We know it meant we didn't have a set dining time, but it seems that we could also make a reservation if we wanted to. Nobody could really explain to us the benefits of it. As such, we would show up to the restaurant when we wanted and were typically seated within 10 minutes. However, we had a different table and wait staff each evening. We don't think this is how it was intended to be. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The ship is huge and there are certainly plenty of things to do, see, eat, and experience. But plan ahead. Unless you have a reservation for many things in advance, you can expect long wait lines in a standby line (if desired)...such is ... Read More
The ship is huge and there are certainly plenty of things to do, see, eat, and experience. But plan ahead. Unless you have a reservation for many things in advance, you can expect long wait lines in a standby line (if desired)...such is reality in a ship that sails with 6,500 customers. Nevertheless, be patient as the crew works hard to make it all flow. Service overall was below-average unless you paid extra for it via upgraded onboard experiences such specialty dining, spa packages, or ship tours. We found that the RCL of today (our last RCI cruise was in 2010) has adopted a "nickel/dime" approach to generating revenue instead of generating positive vacation experiences and value that leave the customer feeling amazed and inspired to return. Reference the guacamole experience ($35/ea) in SABOR which saw 16 people witness a server making fresh guacamole...why not make this interactive with each person making their own? Or the character breakfast ($10/ea) with three Dreamworks characters making a 10 second stop at each table without any professional photos, upgraded menu, or personalized service? It was a futile attempt to capitalize on Disney ideas and execution. Or the embarrassing wine-tasting experience ($20/ea) in a large busy dining room with about 75 others listening to someone on a muted microphone regurgitate facts about wine from California, Austria, and Italy. Again, a failed attempt to follow the lead of other cruise lines that do this better, and often times, cheaper. We opted for the specialty dining on 5 nights and were very happy with it. The service was very attentive, although a little on the slower side (plan for at least 2 hrs). The quality of food is much better, though not commensurate with the steep price (e.g. $53/ea for Chops Grille w/o dining package) which is why you must do the dining package. Hibachi at Izumi was totally worth it, however. Giovanni's was another fantastic dining experience. I highly recommend the Jet Ski (WaveRunner) excursion on Labadee. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
If you like cruises, you will love the Oasis of the Seas! This ship has everything you could want to see, eat, or do for entertainment. This ship is great for families - there is a huge open section in the middle of ship on Deck 6, ... Read More
If you like cruises, you will love the Oasis of the Seas! This ship has everything you could want to see, eat, or do for entertainment. This ship is great for families - there is a huge open section in the middle of ship on Deck 6, called the Boardwalk, which has a Merry Go Round, video arcade, ice cream shop, Johnny Rockets, a tequila bar and Mexican restaurant. This deck ends with a huge outdoor amphitheater, where they show movies and have water show with acrobats. On The food was also amazing. The evening dining was excellent. We also tried the Chops Grill premium restaurant option one night, and it was a very high quality meal. A couple of other notes about the ship - despite the size and large passenger number, I actually found Oasis to be better than prior cruises in terms of organization, so it did not feel crowded. We had no trouble getting food in the restaurants, getting towels or pool chairs, or getting on/off the ship in the ports - everything was very smooth. Also, the ship is amazingly clean. There are staff members everywhere constantly working to keep the ship tidy. The best part of the experience to me was the crew - they are extremely helpful and friendly. Our steward made towel animals for the kids every day - which they loved. The dining staff are outstanding. My only complaint with RC is technology - their app is nice, but could be better if they made it interactive with your itinerary and let you use it to book excursions and appointments. Also, ditch the sea cards in favor of wrist bands. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My husband and I and our two daughters, ages 7 and 11, enjoyed our spring break cruise. This was our first time on a ship as large as Oasis. We've sailed Disney before, and my husband and I have done two previous Royal Caribbean ... Read More
My husband and I and our two daughters, ages 7 and 11, enjoyed our spring break cruise. This was our first time on a ship as large as Oasis. We've sailed Disney before, and my husband and I have done two previous Royal Caribbean cruises before, although on much smaller ships. Cabin: Our cabin was 9610, a balcony room with a pull-out couch. The room was fine, other than we all had a very difficult time trying to sleep because we couldn't get the room as cool as we would like at night. We also found the mattresses to be quite hard and uncomfortable. I wish we had a room with the pull-out bed from the wall. Our cabin steward gave us towel animals 5 out of 7 nights, so my girls enjoyed that. Ship: There's so much to do on the ship. My oldest daughter enjoyed the zipline. Both girls did the rock climbing wall, and loved all the pools. We all enjoyed the big hot tubs that go out over the side of the ship. Oldest daughter and I did a sushi making class, which was fun, although they kind of rushed us through it and it was a little hard to keep up at times. Youngest daughter's biggest disappointment was not getting to ice skate. They only opened the ice skating rink on the second sea day. Went down there to sign up for a session (you have to sign up 15 minutes in advance for a 30-minute session) but all the sessions were booked up for the day by the time we got down there. It was one of the biggest things she had been looking forward to, and I wish they had indicated that we needed to sign up as soon as they opened. I also don't understand why it was only offered one day the entire 7 days we were there. Shows: We saw Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly With Me, a comedy show, the comedy diving show, and Frozen in Time. Oasis of Dreams and Frozen in Time were our favorites. They do a really great job. Kids club: The first sea day we tried to take youngest daughter to kids club, but it was full! I didn't even know that was a possibility. The rest of the cruise we were able to get her in and she enjoyed herself and would ask us if we could take her there. Oldest daughter is 11, and turns 12 in two months. She is just at that awkward age where she wasn't quite old enough for the teen club, and I didn't feel totally comfortable letting her do it because they keep the 12-17-year olds together. I just don't think a 12-year-old girl needs to be hanging out with high school boys. Sooo Kids Club was a mixed bag for her. She was bored a lot, but when there were other 11-year-olds there she enjoyed hanging out with them, although she didn't really find the activities that interesting. Also, kids club staff do NOT get paid enough. It was always very loud, jam packed and kids in general were acting like total brats whenever I was down there. I felt sorry for the staff. My oldest daughter wrote them a very nice thank-you note on her last day as she also noticed how incredibly bratty some of the behaved. Dining: We did the 3-night specialty restaurant package. We ate at Chops, Giovannis, and Sabor. Giovannis was one of my favorites, but hubby liked Chops best. Sabor was a nice change of pace, but probably not the best use of our dining package. It's really more of a lunch place, and not worth a $20 per person cover charge ($10 per kid). The rest of the days we ate dinner in the dining room with My Time dining. We had reservations for 6 p.m. and would arrive about 30 minutes early each night and they were always able to seat us immediately, and with the same waiter each time. The food was pretty good. On lobster night, service was painfully slow, but the lobsters were quite tasty (I wasn't expecting a lot there, so I was pleasantly surprised). The only disappointment were the desserts. They were meh. We enjoyed the variety in the Windjammer for breakfast in the mornings. We had room service one day and it was ok. Some items we ordered didn't make it. Ports - St. Martin - this was our favorite stop. We booked a tour with Billy Bones Speedboats and it was a great way to spend the day seeing the island. There is still so much damage. San Juan - we did the Vivo Beach Club excursion. There wasn't a lot of options that were interesting to us in San Juan, especially since we were only there until 1:30. I feel like we paid way too much for the Vivo Beach Club excursion given that we didn't' get there until 10 a.m. and had to leave at 1. Labadee - Unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived in Labadee and stayed cloudy and cool the whole time we were there. We reserved a beach bungalow, which was very nice, and the kids still played in the water even though it was cloudy and cool. I would love to try it again when it was sunny and warm, because it was a really nice place. Overall, we enjoyed our cruise and would do it again! The only hiccup was that on day 7, the day we got off the ship, youngest daughter woke up not feeling well. We made it through a long day of travel home and took her to urgent care, where she was diagnosed with Influenza A. The next day, I was diagnosed with it as well. I feel like we practically bathed ourselves in hand sanitizer on the ship, but, alas. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We choose OAS because this has always been a great ship to cruise on. Unfortunately all the great staff has been removed and sent to either Harmony or Symphony. The new menus are in effect with French onion soup added to the appetizers ... Read More
We choose OAS because this has always been a great ship to cruise on. Unfortunately all the great staff has been removed and sent to either Harmony or Symphony. The new menus are in effect with French onion soup added to the appetizers and now you order dessert at the same time as everything else. We did not see any improvement in speed of delivery of food by doing this. The bread is now on the table when you get there without savory bites. Chilled soups are not on the menu but if you ask you can get them. The main entrees seem to have been changed and not as good as before. The CATS production had more people leaving early than any show I’ve ever seen on board. The CD was almost invisible. The Beatle Maniacs have to be the best headliners we’ve seen in years. The pool attendant at Beach Pool was outstanding. Beatrice the Diamond Concierge is very accommodating. We dined on deck 5 and enjoyed the great service of the assistant waiter, Julie Sedillo who was on the first month of her first contract and should be promoted to head waiter if she continues delivering the service she gave us. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We are a family of four: mom, dad, and our two teenagers. We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas starting on March 11, 2018. This was our family’s 11th cruise, 10 of which were on Royal. Not only was it spring break week for our kids, ... Read More
We are a family of four: mom, dad, and our two teenagers. We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas starting on March 11, 2018. This was our family’s 11th cruise, 10 of which were on Royal. Not only was it spring break week for our kids, but our Canadian friends from past cruises were already booked on this sailing. It’s so easy to love the layout of the Oasis class. The different neighborhoods, the large Promenade, so many venues to eat… there is something for everyone! The ports were not the focus of our vacation, because we had been to St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Labadee several times before. We took a shuttle from Orlando International to Port Canaveral. Not really happy with Go Port Canaveral Shuttle. The instructions we printed out at the time of booking said to meet them at space 29 at Level 1 Ground Transportation. Just to confirm, we called that morning and were told the same thing. We found an employee near space 29, and he told us to go to stop # 18 instead, and look for any employee, they were wearing red polo shirts. Guess what we didn’t see? So we sat and waited several minutes. Suddenly, a woman in a red polo shirt appears and starts calling numbers. We look at our printed instructions, and realized we were missing something. We approached the worker, asked about the numbers she was calling. It was only then that we learned we had to check in first – INSIDE the airport. ACK!!! Fortunately, we secured seats on that current shuttle, but two thumbs down to the shuttle company for their poor communication. When we arrived at Port Canaveral around 11:30 AM, it was quite the mob scene. The lines for check in were long. We found the line for Diamonds, D+, and the suites was much, much shorter. Whew! After check in, Seapasses in hand, we faced another mob of already checked in cruisers, waiting to board. It was very unorganized and chaotic. Our first stop once onboard was Park Café for their delicious roast beef. Our kids are not very adventurous when it comes to food, so we did not try any of the specialty restaurants on this ship. Of course, we had to eat at Johnny Rockets. It was included because we were staying in a Boardwalk balcony cabin. Sadly, the Johnny Rockets waiters don’t sing and dance any more. That always helped make it a festive atmosphere. But at least they still bring the food to your table. On the Anthem, you stand at a counter and order your food, cafeteria style. Then you wait, and when your food was ready, your name is called. It’s up to you to fetch it. We usually ate dinner in the main dining room (MDR), and we had My Time dining. Love the flexibility of this, as sometimes we ate early, sometimes late. One change we noticed from past cruises is that you no longer have to prepay gratuities if you choose My Time dining. We ate with our friends most of the nights, but not all. The head waiter in the MDR was Remy, who impressed us with stopping by our table of 14 the very first night, and introducing himself. On so many cruises, we did not meet the head waiter until the last evening. The Windjammer was great for the quick breakfast or lunch. But it was always busy, and not as large as Windjammers on other ships. The entertainment on this ship was exceptional, but not all of the 6000+ cruisers on this spring break ship would agree. The Broadway show is CATS. We loved it, but it is different and many people were confused at the story line. One neat thing that is offered during intermission is pictures (with your own camera) with Deuteronomy on stage! That is a nice touch. Everyone that left at intermission missed Grizabella singing “Memories” during the second half of the show. I was moved to tears at the beauty of her voice during that song. When the kids were younger, they lived and died by Adventure Ocean. So many wonderful memories! Now that they are in their teens, they attend the Teen Club the first night, and it drops off from there. We spent more time relaxing as a family on this trip. Our cabin attendant was Keith, and he is the best in class. Keith was very professional, hard working, and made sure that all of our needs were met. He was easy to find in the hallway or a nearby room, because it seems he works all the time! We wish we could have Keith always be our stateroom attendant. St Maarten: We booked the Airport Adventure and Snorkel Cruise through the ship ($73 pp). Unfortunately, rough seas would not allow us to moor near the airport. Two more attempts, we were finally able to drop anchor. I snorkeled but did not see any fish while doing so – a first for me. Puerto Rico: No formal excursions at the port. Because we were only in port until 2pm or so, we used this day to enjoy the pool, after some quick shopping in Old San Juan. Labadee: Sadly, it was cloudy and drizzly most of the day. We did grab two loungers on the beach, and had a Labadoozie. The lunch they served was delicious, and our wait in line for it was only about 10 minutes. Wrapping it up, the positives outweighed any negatives. Here are the highlights: + Boardwalk area was a hit with my kids. On the last sea day, from 11 to 12:30, they have a Family Festival. It’s a carnival of sorts, and lots of fun for everyone. Plenty of free food, too! + There is something about the Promenade on the Oasis class ships. Maybe it’s the layout. We like how Focus (the place for professional photo purchase) is on the open deck right above, on Deck 6. The Promenade is usually bustling with people at all waking hours, enjoying free pizza, free coffee and snacks, music, etc. We also loved Boleros. It’s a neat bar with a fun and relaxed vibe. This is where we met Franz, who is probably the best bartender we’ve ever met on the high seas. + Most all of the crew members were very friendly and accommodating. We didn’t witness any crew having a bad attitude. + Central Park was very beautiful with a laid back feel, the sounds of birds chirping, and many real plants and trees. I wish we would have spent more time here! Sadly, we battled with illness during the final hours of our cruise. Not sure if it was noro, other stomach bug, or maybe bad food. It made traveling home difficult and almost impossible. We certainly weren't planning our next cruise on our way home! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Oasis of the Seas is a Cruise for all age groups, it has good food and entertainment service is excettional by the staff, there is never a dull moment on the ship always something to keep yourself occupied by participating doing swimming ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas is a Cruise for all age groups, it has good food and entertainment service is excettional by the staff, there is never a dull moment on the ship always something to keep yourself occupied by participating doing swimming in the pool or soaking in hot tubs, zip lineing, flow riding, mini golf, table tennis, basketball, soccer and shopping on board . My grand children age 11 and 13 who accompanied us first time on this cruise had a great time and are looking forward to have again with their parents in future. They had their favorite waiter Manoj and his assistant Benny every time we went for formal dining, it was something very unusual for us to see how much the staff on RCC are trained to be very accommodative to all the guests. Food on the ship was amazing and had lots of varieties in alacarte and for buffets. We recommend this cruise to all our family and freinds, you will have no regrets. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The kids loved the adventure club! Gave the adults a break and allowed us to enjoy parts of the ship without having to spend the entire day at the splash pad. Because we had 2 small kids with us it was important to choose a cruise that ... Read More
The kids loved the adventure club! Gave the adults a break and allowed us to enjoy parts of the ship without having to spend the entire day at the splash pad. Because we had 2 small kids with us it was important to choose a cruise that enabled them to have fun and not get bored and this did not disappoint. They loved the Dreamworks character breakfast and meeting the characters. Our son was ecstatic every time we said we would go to Silk for dinner. The dreamworks parade was a major highlight for the kids as well. And the Oasis and Come fly with me show was golden! Wasn't a big fan of cats but the rest of the shows, including Headliner for the parents was amazing. The merry go round was a big hit along with the all day ice cream. Definitely a great place to bring the kids! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Considering the number of people on this boat, RCI had embarkation and debarkation down to a science. Easy on - easy off. The number of dining and entertainment options meant that you really didn't feel like there were as many people ... Read More
Considering the number of people on this boat, RCI had embarkation and debarkation down to a science. Easy on - easy off. The number of dining and entertainment options meant that you really didn't feel like there were as many people onboard as what the numbers showed. My biggest worry before this vacation was a crowded ship, but I guess when you've got this much room to spread out, it is not really an issue. The unique neighbourhoods on this ship were unlike any other vessels we've been on. Central Park and the Solarium were our favorites, but there were so many places to explore, that seven days is hardly enough time. The staff were first rate, the meals were excellent - hard to fault anything on this cruise. No high pressure sales pitches either, whether it was for drinks or spa services. This experience was up there with the best we've had from Princess and Norwegian. Its nice to have so many good options out there. Shore Excursions in a nutshell: Atlantis Water Park (Nassau), Tall Ships experience (St. Maarten), and Catamaran to Turtle Bay (St. Thomas) were all worth the money. Great memories from all three! The only negative I can see is it may be difficult to go back to a normal sized ship again. :) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
That was my first time on a big ship and it was very nice. Everyone was very friendly . Our cabin was real nice we had a inside balcony it was very nice . The crew was very nice and helpful. Robert that was the one that took care of our ... Read More
That was my first time on a big ship and it was very nice. Everyone was very friendly . Our cabin was real nice we had a inside balcony it was very nice . The crew was very nice and helpful. Robert that was the one that took care of our cabin was very nice and very helpful and did a great job. he made different animals out of towels every night we came in to a new one setting on our bed.. I thought that was very nice . Luane Sabino she worked in the pub she was our waitress she was very nice she took very good care of us and made sure we had something to drink the whole time we were there. She was what we call A very great people person. Very friendly and helpful.. The waiter and waitress we had in the main dinning hall was wonderful . They took very good care of all of us at the table.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Our family of 4 had a great time! We relaxed and enjoyed the ship,the ports and the food :) Our rooms -1 ocean view balcony and 1 boardwalk balcony made it even better because we were never cramped. The American Icon for dinner was ... Read More
Our family of 4 had a great time! We relaxed and enjoyed the ship,the ports and the food :) Our rooms -1 ocean view balcony and 1 boardwalk balcony made it even better because we were never cramped. The American Icon for dinner was exceptional! My kids have food allergies and I feel they went above and beyond to keep them safe. I am not a fan of Nassau but we visited for a few hours for a little shopping. It was OK. St. Thomas was beautiful, though the port of arrival makes transportation of some kind necessary to get anywhere. St. Martin was also gorgeous and Bernards tours made it even better! Overall, the only CONS were ** rough seas on at least 3 days ( I know that is no ones fault) ** room service charge for anything other than continental breakfast. ** a bit of a selling push for specialty dining on occasion. PROS -- Ship , Staff, Food --A++++ We would go again--maybe the western itinerary next time:) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit these ports. We were very impressed with St. Maarten/St. Martin. We were not impressed at all with Nassua. St. Thomas was ok. The beach was very nice! The food experience was not at all ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit these ports. We were very impressed with St. Maarten/St. Martin. We were not impressed at all with Nassua. St. Thomas was ok. The beach was very nice! The food experience was not at all what we had experienced on our previous cruise. We were disappointed with the selection of food in the Windjammer. The quality of the wait staff in the main dining room for breakfast was very under par. They made us feel like we were an imposition to them. Sometimes we waited 20 minutes for our cappuccino and juice to arrive. We felt like the staff was not friendly at all in the morning. I think that they were getting a lot of complaints from people, so by the 5th day things were a little nicer. We also felt very inferior to the wait staff in the Windjammer. After I complained to a manager about being totally ignored by someone on the wait staff to come and clean our table off so that we could sit down, we were then approached by that staff person and they still never apologized for totally ignoring us. He was very smug!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had friends that took this trip on OASIS and they highly recommended this Ship. Our cabin steward SAM on the 11th deck was AWESOME . Our wait staff at dinner was AMAZING, Goran, Artur, Nai, and Walter were so great and the other wiat ... Read More
We had friends that took this trip on OASIS and they highly recommended this Ship. Our cabin steward SAM on the 11th deck was AWESOME . Our wait staff at dinner was AMAZING, Goran, Artur, Nai, and Walter were so great and the other wiat staff assisting our group were very good. Carlos from the Bar service at dinner was so nice, friendly, and he had some great suggestions for our group. Most of the Bar tenders were vey good, the staff in the Pizza restaurant, the hot dog "stand" and Johnny Rockets were Excellent. This was a lot of fun for us , the only bad part of the cruise was being able to find seats on the deck , sometimes other guests would "save" too many seats some days. It all worked out and we had plenty of time in the sun, great drinks, very good food, and fun soft serve ice cream cones EVERYDAY Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We loved this ship and the staff. This was our first Royal Caribbean Cruise. We have only gone on one other cruise which was Disney last fall and I would say they were very comparable. The food was great, staff was helpful and friendly. ... Read More
We loved this ship and the staff. This was our first Royal Caribbean Cruise. We have only gone on one other cruise which was Disney last fall and I would say they were very comparable. The food was great, staff was helpful and friendly. The ship had so many activities that its easy to not get to all of them. We forgot that they had formal nights twice that week but made it work. :) I do wish they had more activities at night for adults, couples and parents with children who did not want to go to the Kids Club. It would be great if they did what Disney does and put on a movie near the pools so kids and adults can watch a movie while playing in the pools. The ship has tons of choices for restaurants that are free and come with your cruise price. we never saw a need to go to the specialty restaurants. We had steak, lobster, ice cream.. just about anything you can think of- they made it happen. It was a great week and wish we could go back. I would also suggest packing some wooden clothing clips to dry clothing on balcony. the bathrooms are small and there's not a ton of room to dry anything. also, it would have been nice if they had laundry machines on the ship. i was surprised on a ship this size that has all these stores and other amenities they did not have machines for us to do laundry. but again overall, an awesome trip for the family! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is my 3rd time on Oasis. We have never had a problem with the crowd. I really love this ship. So much to do and see. Food was great (LOVE the pizza). The service in all the dining areas was top notch!! Loved our servers Trevor and ... Read More
This is my 3rd time on Oasis. We have never had a problem with the crowd. I really love this ship. So much to do and see. Food was great (LOVE the pizza). The service in all the dining areas was top notch!! Loved our servers Trevor and Chadwick in the main dining room. The windjammer was always well stocked with items. At times there were lines to get into the Windjammer, but the lines moved VERY quickly (no more than 3-4 minute wait) The pizza on deck 5 was so good, it was bad.... I could not pass by without getting a piece of pizza!! Smelled that good!! Shopping was great! Staff was super friendly!! Our stateroom attendant Nadine was just the sweetest lady ever!!! Always with a smile and a good morning or good evening! Just a wonderfully fantastic cruise. Wish I could have stayed for another week!! The entertainment was great!! Come Fly with me is my all time favorite show. Oasis of dreams was amazing!! I have never made it to the entire ice show, but what I did see what fantastic! My daughter and I went to the Quest game show.... soooo funny!! Comedy show was great! Headliner show was fantastic!! Did a great job!! The cruise director Jimmy was very entertaining!! Did a great job!! A wonderfully fantastic cruise and week!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Like the title says, this was my third time on the Oasis of the Seas. We had a beautiful ocean balcony room on the eighth floor. Met some wonderful people and our cabin attendant was the best. Unlike other reviews, I'm not going to ... Read More
Like the title says, this was my third time on the Oasis of the Seas. We had a beautiful ocean balcony room on the eighth floor. Met some wonderful people and our cabin attendant was the best. Unlike other reviews, I'm not going to go into the food and entertainment, because what they say is pretty accurate. My main problem was on the third day. This cruise was my sons' first cruise. They are nine and eleven and had a blast. On the second day, I was swimming in the H2O zone with my youngest, when after a half hour I decided to go back to my chair and that's when I slipped. That was the worst fall I've ever had. There's a lot I can tough out, but my right leg was behind me and I hit on my right side, rib area. I was in so much pain I couldn't think, talk, or move. I just remember this older gentlemen screaming "Oh my God. Oh my God." The lifeguards blew their whistle, and after some time, I finally was helped up into a wheel chair and taken down to medical. This is where the disappointment comes. Yes, there was water all over the deck. I was barefooted and walking normally to my chair. Yes, we signed our rights away before cruising. I'm not looking for a handout. But it was the coldness of the medical staff, trying to shrug off responsibility, and putting it on me, where I had a problem. I had tears streaming down my face from being in so much pain, my knee was jacked up and swollen, I couldn't stand or walk, and it seriously hurt to breath. The security came down and wanted to know what shoes I was wearing (none) and if I was running (not since I was eighteen and I'm forty-one). They were all about pushing the blame instead of just showing a little bit of humanity and compassion. That's all I wanted. That's all I needed at that moment. After making me sit there for over an hour in pain, it's like a nurse finally wondered back to my room, as if she just remembered I was there, gave me several packs of ibuprofen and told me to come back the next day. A man wheeled me to my room where I pretty much stayed in bed for twenty-four hours except to use the bathroom. I missed experiencing my favorite port with my husband and kids. I had the hardest time trying to make it to the bathroom on my own--and I'm not going to lie--there was often muffled screaming and grunting involved. My cruise was the first week where they started charging for room service. If I wanted to wait an hour for food to come up to my room, I was charged a fee. Later that I day, I received a curt "Is there anything you need?" call. I told them I wanted to order room service, and she said they'll call me within the minute. They didn't call. Other than that, there was no stopping by, no phone calls. Nothing. They just didn't care. The next day, while my family was in St. Thomas, I finally hobbled down to the medical. It took me a good twenty minutes to finally get down there, and the unpleasant nurse from the day before, was there and looked surprised to see me. She asked why I was there. I told her that she said for me to come back the next day and she honestly looked baffled. That's when she told me I should've came before eight and the doctor was already gone. As if I knew the doctor's hours. They just said come back the next day. Oh, she also gave sage advice by telling me to "tough it out and that sometimes these things happen". Unbelievable. I don't have a scraped knee. My knee was blown. My trip down the tubes. My ribs are bruised. And I just needed to 'tough it out'. Really? Even when I think about it, it just makes me mad. She asked me if I had any pain relievers and I told her I brought Aleve with me. She gave me some aspirin and told me to take two Aleve, two Ibuprofren, and two aspirin together and sent me on my way. I was crying back to my room from the pain and the dismissiveness of her attitude. I had a skiing accident when I was sixteen, so I know knee problems, and on a pain level, this was in high comparison to back then. Fast forward to today. My knee is still not 100%. I had a major surgery --two in one, actually--on April 24th, and I had to go through recovery hobbling around. Just disappointed with the staff that day. That cruise was ruined for me. I even debated ditching the cruise line altogether, but we're giving Harmony of the Seas a shot in April...and it's got to be better than the last. Just has to be. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Hubby and I had a great time and already rebooked for next year. I was wary of going on one of the bigger ships, but we were pleasantly surprised. It didn't seem overcrowded and there was plenty to do onboard, even on at sea days. ... Read More
Hubby and I had a great time and already rebooked for next year. I was wary of going on one of the bigger ships, but we were pleasantly surprised. It didn't seem overcrowded and there was plenty to do onboard, even on at sea days. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. I would recommend carrying OFF your own luggage its simple and faster that way. Our cabin was mid ship both top to bottom and forward and aft and having the balcony to sit out on was lovely. Meals were outstanding and food selection offered much variety. The entertainment was good, we didn't do it all because it was March Madness and we are huge college basketball fans. I would suggest making reservations for entertainment options before arriving onboard. I've seen others write that it felt like a time share experience; I didn't get that feeling at all, and we have timeshare. I guess its personal choice, but I prefer the eastern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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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