52 Port Canaveral (Orlando) Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

We love cruising and have cruised 4 times in the past 3 years! This was my first time on the Mariner of the seas and I was excited for my small children to experience the Perfect Day at CocoCay. This cruise fell short of my expectations ... Read More
We love cruising and have cruised 4 times in the past 3 years! This was my first time on the Mariner of the seas and I was excited for my small children to experience the Perfect Day at CocoCay. This cruise fell short of my expectations and truly left a lot to be desired. Boarding was easy and painless. It only took about 20 minutes from the parking lot to the ship. For this review, I will begin with the pools. There are 2 pools on the main deck surrounded by 4 large hot tubs. There is not a designated pool/water play area for children on this ship as opposed to some of their other ships. Children bombarded the hot tubs and made them nearly impossible to enjoy. Drunk adults were in the hot tubs with the children and it was cringeworthy. The boat has a solarium for adults with 2 hot tubs and 1 pool but children were consistently passing through this area running, yelling etc. to reach the main pool via the aft elevators. On prior cruises, the lifeguard would ask that they leave the area but the people on this boat could care less. Lunch in the windjammer was a madhouse on the first day. People were touching the food and putting it back. There was hair on my food and to be fair, it could have come from the patrons or the staff. I lost my appetite and did not eat there again. The sky pad was fun when it was open. It did close quite a few times even though the app said it was open during the cruise and I’m not sure why. The slides are okay for kids 48 inches or taller. Also, there is a small climbing apparatus for kids that should be replaced for a wade pool or some sort to keep them entertained and away from vacationing adults. The rooms were well taken care of by the staff and they entered 3 times a day to replace towels, make the beds, replace used water glasses etc. The dining room staff is amazing! They make us feel special and remembered little things about us. Ours called us by name and that is very nice. The shows they prepared for us were boring to me. It reminded me of a high school talent show. It was not entertaining. The cruise director really tried his hardest but neither he or the comedians were funny. The kids fell asleep and we left early. The most fun they had were in adventure ocean. Otherwise, the itinerary missed the mark. The ice skating show began but stopped abruptly. They took an intermission and then began again. The boat also had Bingo, a casino, NFL games on the big tv outside, and Laser tag while the ship docked in Nassau. I wish they had laser tag again during the forced sea day. This ship was scheduled to dock in Nassau, Bahamas and then dock again on Royal Caribbean’s private island, CocoCay. The “Perfect Day at CocoCay” was cancelled. The announcement that we heard said that the Ship failed to dock but the staff said that it does happen sometimes and the ship just doesn’t go there. Hundreds of passengers were upset and asking if they will receive compensation and were told that they would not. The sea day was boring, cold, and quiet. Royal Caribbean has to do a better job entertaining the guests in the event that the ship cannot dock. It took more than 2 hours to revamp the itinerary and the first activity wasn’t scheduled until after 1pm. We learned that the second port was cancelled before 8am. The guest services crew was rude, even when I asked them a question unrelated to the itinerary (I was changing credit cards for shopping). The lady took a deep breath and mumbles under her breath. Future cruising on this ship or any other Royal Caribbean ship is a no go for us. I had no idea that they sometimes do not go where they promise to and in the future, we will steer clear!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The good: -Boarding process: Left out of Port Canaveral and from the time we arrived via hotel shuttle to the port (around 11, boarding started at 12 on paper but they started early) to the time we set foot on the ship was around 25 ... Read More
The good: -Boarding process: Left out of Port Canaveral and from the time we arrived via hotel shuttle to the port (around 11, boarding started at 12 on paper but they started early) to the time we set foot on the ship was around 25 minutes. We waited maybe 5 mins at most outside to be let into the terminal and once we started moving, we never stopped other than the check in desk until we set foot on the ship. Was really impressed with how quick boarding process was. -Food: Did not have one bad meal on the whole cruise. We ate at taste, sushi bar, la cucina, moderno, buffet, le bistro, and ocean blue and did not have one bad meal. Food was amazing. Buffet food was a bit bland IMHO but it's buffet food. Can't really speak about the breakfast because I didn't eat breakfast once on the whole trip but my boyfriend said it was good. -Drinks: didn't drink too many frozen drinks or premixed drinks but liquor selection was good for the free at sea beverage package and had not problem getting my buzz on, this is coming from a heavy drinker. Martinis at shaker's were great, as were the bartenders there, same goes sid norman's pour house and spice h20 staff. Take care of them, don't be rude and they will take care of you. Ship could have a bit better beer selection but not bad. -Service: We were on a completely full ship during once of the busiest vacation weeks of the year and my BF and I both think the staff did an amazing job with service. From servers, bartenders, guest services, to our room attendant, no complaints at all. Ship was kept very clean as well. -Entertainment: We saw burn the floor and the band at sid norman's pour hour house. They were both great. DJ at 80s night could've been better. DJ for NYE party at spice h20 was good. -Ship: This being my first cruise, did not have much to compare this to as far as the actual ship but I thought the decor was nice, layout was a bit confusing at times at first but I picked it up over the next few days. Cannot really comment on pool since we didn't spend much time there, opting instead for spice h20, which we both loved and spent a ton of time at. I would say, if pool space is important to you, might want to consider a larger ship (symphony of the seas, etc) as I though pool space seemed limited on breakaway. The not-so-good: Wifi: Paid for unlimited premium wifi package for both BF and I so we didn't have to worry about sharing 1 internet package. With the amount of money NCL is charging for internet packages, the speed should really be a lot faster. Yes, yes I know, you're on vacation, you're supposed to disconnect but us both being self-respecting millennial internet junkies, we have to have it. Did several speed tests throughout the cruise and I think fastest I got was 3 megs, at around 3am when nobody else is online. At most other times, if you get the internet package, you are going to be waiting for stuff to load. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We traveled in a group of 4 on the Carnival Liberty back-to-back cruise. Doing both the 3-day overnight Nassau itinerary and the 4 day Nassau and Princess Cay itinerary. The Carnival Liberty is not the newest ship in the fleet but is very ... Read More
We traveled in a group of 4 on the Carnival Liberty back-to-back cruise. Doing both the 3-day overnight Nassau itinerary and the 4 day Nassau and Princess Cay itinerary. The Carnival Liberty is not the newest ship in the fleet but is very well kept and has many of the Carnival signature bars. The Liberty makes a great getaway cruise and seems to be affordably prices compared to some of the other 3 and 4 day cruises. Embarktion/Debarktion: The Liberty sails of out Port Canaveral where in my experience has always been very organized compared to some other ports. We had a suite (more to come) but decided to board with our friends in a general zone. We arrived as soon as the port opened and did not wait more than 30 mins to get on the ship. Boarding started at 1100 and was a fast process. Debarktion was the same as every Carnival cruise. We chose to do the self-assist option where you are called by floor to disembark. We were on deck 7 and was not called until the lower decks were off the ship. We were required to be out of the cabin by 830 and our deck was called at 815 to disembark. When speaking to one of the workers they said the ship is usually at zero count (everyone is off) by 930. Again, a fast and well-organized process. Staff service: I have sailed on over 15 Carnival cruises and the staff on the Liberty by far has been the best I have ever had! We frequented the Alchemy bar and the bar staff was always excited to see us and knew what we wanted to drink before ordering it. If we were running late, they made sure to check in with us to ensure everything was ok. The dining room host and wait staff knew our party and when to expect us at dinner every night. One night we chose to do the Chef’s Table (more to come). The host went out of her way to check in on us during the experience knowing we was not going to be at dinner that night. When walking around the ship many of the staff would stop and talk with us and would go out of their way to make us comfortable. Public Areas: To be an older ship it is well maintained. The Liberty has many of the same public areas as the bigger Carnival ships. The Casino was always a busy area and one of the only smoking areas aside from the night club. On some of the ships smoke can be smelled on the entire casino deck. This is not the case with the Liberty. They do a great job isolating the smoke to the casino area. The lobby and casino had live music nightly including steel drum players. The Liberty has 2 pools but does not have an adult only pool. The pool at the aft of the ship seemed to be more laid back and less children throughout the cruise. The aft pool also has a retractable roof that covers the pool at night. When in the warmer climate it can get very warm when the roof is not open. Chefs Table: The Chefs table is a great experience if you are seeking to do something special. Be prepared it is limited space and should be booked prior to your sailing. It is also A LOT of food. The menu consists of almost 13 FULLSIZE courses. The chef meets us in the lobby bar. There was a group of 8. They take a complimentary chef table group photo that they give the guests at the end of the dinner. You then get a tour of the galley during busy dinner time and they talk about the amount of food they serve and how it is prepared. A pastry chef gives a demonstration on how to make the signature melting cake along with a recipe. Following the tour, you are taken into a private dining room and each course is served with wine pairing and description of the food. The chef did say the Chef Table is the same on every ship. The best advice would be to eat a small breakfast and skip lunch before the Chef Table. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My family and I wanted to take a end of the summer vacation together. We cruised August 16-19th. We honestly decided to cruise Norwegian because of the open bar, because we normally cruise Royal Caribbean but drink packages for 20 is a tad ... Read More
My family and I wanted to take a end of the summer vacation together. We cruised August 16-19th. We honestly decided to cruise Norwegian because of the open bar, because we normally cruise Royal Caribbean but drink packages for 20 is a tad expensive. Norwegian open bar was really not worth it the staff was so rude and made the guest feel unwelcome like we were annoying them. The food on the ship was disappointing. A lot of the food was like hospital food with little flavor. The service from the staff was horrible. The majority of the staff including the bartenders and waiters was that they appeared to be annoyed by the guests and seem to have a careless attitude about providing good service. I have travelled on other cruise lines so I understand what quality customer service is and it was not there on this trip. When I would approach a staff member with a simple question no one ever seem to have an answer and the majority of the staff was not able to communicate basic english to answer questions like “where is the bathroom”? Or “what time are we scheduled to be at our next destination?” We upgraded one of our rooms to a balcony and it wasn’t worth it. The room was so tight that you literally had to jump over one bed to get in the room. I really wish I had a picture of that mess. Also, before cruising I was told I had to put a $300 hold per room. I did not have to do that my room key was disabled from making purchases which was fine I did not want to make any purchases. So if your wondering I set my payment to cash on checkin and never went to the service desk to change it. No $300 hold and cards disabled. For smokers they don’t sell Newport’s so don’t run out. Based on this experience this will most likely be our last cruise with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I got off the Norwegian Sun today after a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas with my mom. Are you ready for this tale? After boarding on the first day, nothing was open and the rooms weren't ready. When we went to the room, we were given ... Read More
I got off the Norwegian Sun today after a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas with my mom. Are you ready for this tale? After boarding on the first day, nothing was open and the rooms weren't ready. When we went to the room, we were given a single bed even though we booked a double beds. We feared my mother's luggage was lost, since it was several hours without it at the room. I spoke with another guest who said that his luggage was put on the wrong ship. We tried to call our room attendant "Brianna", but the number was a busy signal. We called Guest Services, but the number was also busy. The luggage finally arrived around 9 PM while we were eating what tasted like frozen food or bad airplane food in the main dining hall. We then met our real room attendant who explained that the number didn't work because "she went home today on vacation." Not sure why they couldn't replace the card with the correct attendant's name and number? Shortly after eating/drinking on the ship, we would get horrible cramps. We did not know the cause until after looking up the symptoms on the internet today (the cruise charged $35 per device each day for WiFi) that we had contracted THE NOROVIRUS! Why did we contract the Norovirus? "Washy Washy" was not everywhere on the ship and we watched the workers clean the tables without gloves and without disinfectant. The ship was dirty and we saw crumbs on the floor and on the tables everywhere. The tables were cleaned with wet rags and food everywhere was not bussed. So much so, that seagulls would have feasts on the deck outside on the questionable food no one seemed to enjoy. Comfortable sleep did not happen because we didn't have working AC the entire trip. We called maintenance the first night to fix the AC, but there still was no cold air circulating in our room. We would feel cold air while passing other guests' rooms and in other parts of the ship. The repair man explained that the coldest our room was allowed to get is 73 degrees and the ship utilizes "chilled recycled ocean water." However, 73 degrees would have been tolerable unlike the 80 degree room that we had. We were sweating laying on top of the covers every night tossing and turning. Everytime we reached out to Guest Services, a person who could not understand English very well would get confused and tell us everything was fine. To make matters worse, our toliet would not flush and the sink constantly made a loud gurgling sound. The toliet was fixed a total of 4 times and the AC was "fixed" about the same amount if not more. The bathroom smelled of rank sewage, so we had to constantly spray hair spray in there to not gag every time we had to enter. The shower was also repaired twice, since only scalding hot water came out. We spoke with 4 other guests that claimed their room FLOODED! The toliet and shower eventually worked on the last day of the trip, but the AC never worked. We are leaving the trip completely exausted (and sick). The entertainment on the ship was beyond cheesy and usually involved the ship begging for more money. The ship's shops were desperate money grabs, much like the $5.50 bottle of Aquafina placed in our room to "tempt" us. The food was subpar and every meal oredered was taking a chance. During one dinner, I ordered French Onion soup because I thought how can you mess that up? Much to my suprise, that was bad too. The soup tasted like only beef stock and had no flavors of onion, salt, or bouillon. The ship also kept trying to pass off certain foods as gourmet. For example, one appetizer on the menu was "cream cheese and crab stuffed wonton with a sweet chilli sauce". Isn't that called, "crab rangoon"? We noticed a lot of interesting menu items that we believed to be recycled leftovers from other meals like adding bacon to sauerkraut. We picked snorkeling/beach day for our excursion in Freeport, Bahamas which came be to around $150. When we arrived to get on the bus for the excursion, we were informed that the snorkeling was canceled due to weather. The ship did not inform us earlier of this and instead loaded up a tour bus full of guests whom we suspect were charged the full amount for a 15 minute shuttle to the beach. Instead, we went back to the ship and asked for a refund. We then caught a taxi which only came to $14 for both of us. The White Party/Glow Party was held from 10:30 PM-12:00 AM the night before a port of call was 7 AM. The party took place by the pool deck and it was raining. The workers were squeegeeing the deck and the DJ was trying to get the crowd to come out from hiding from the rain. After the rain stopped, the crowd came out to dance and consisted mainly of small children. The DJ played EDM music for a bit, then switched to explicit rap much to the horror of the parents in attendance. They had a twerk contest on the stage and parents were taking their children to leave. A woman with a see through dress and a thong on got in the splits and began dancing like a stripper on the stage for everyone to see, kids and adults alike. There were other people on stage dancing that kept it clean, but she had to be pulled off stage because she was showing her buttcrack/vagina. There looked to be children watching as young as 5-12 years old. The DJ was blasting Cardi B songs and asked the crowd of kids to sing along to the explicitly laced lyrics. I left after that, since I had no interest in twerking around little kids. Small things such as crew members not knowing guests' names, no towel animals, and no drinks being served by the beach chairs were also a disappointment. We cruised with NCL in 2015 and had a fantastic time, so we suspect there must have been a restructuring within management. The cruise reaked of budget cuts and corporate greed. We suspect that the workers were paid very little and we were told that they rarely get to go home to their families in their home countries. Sorry if this was too much to read, but I did not want to spare any of the details. I posted this on NCL's Facebook page, but it was taken down by the moderators (suprise). Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I will start out with the positive... getting onto the ship was a breeze. The last time we sailed from NY it was a complete disaster so I was super pleased with the level of professionalism and efficiency from all involved. Walking into ... Read More
I will start out with the positive... getting onto the ship was a breeze. The last time we sailed from NY it was a complete disaster so I was super pleased with the level of professionalism and efficiency from all involved. Walking into the ship it was clean, inviting and exciting. As always we made a quick dash to get band for the “vibe” or on this ship “posh” Our very first cruise was I. This ship so I was excited to sail on it again. We were able to get to our stateroom very quickly and bags arrived in a fairly timely manner. Upon meeting our cabin steward he was one of the best we have ever had. Not the least bit overbearing and always did a phenomenal job. We had booked 2 special days for our parents for their anniversary and my mother’s birthday. He excited both with precision and detail which we so greatly appreciated. When we were settled my family and I all decided to check out the posh as we like to spend a good chunk of our time there. From the get go there was not a good vibe up there, pun intended. Normally the staff is always happy smiling and knew our names by the second day. This was not the case with posh. We get this “upgrade” so we always have a place to go for some quiet and that extra special service. The space was loud because of its close proximity to the main pool deck. We were brought water only once and never offered a cocktail or fruit plate. Each time We wanted a refill on water or a cocktail we would have to get up and go to the bar and order and retrieve it ourselves. While not the end of the world I found myself questioning why we paid extra for essentially nothing. On top of that the staff was not friendly there. I was highly disappointed and decided to spend my time elsewhere. Waiting at all bars was almost unbearable but I do understand that there are only so many bartenders and many guests in the ship. When checking into Le Bistro we were again met with an unfriendly face. The hostess did not seem accommodating or kind at all. When dining we decided to indulge in a bottle of wine not included in our package. The sommelier was one the most knowledgeable and kind we have ever met. He absolutely made our experience at Le Bistro much better. Without him the meal would have been sub par. The dealers in the casino were great fun. I found myself looking for the same ones day and night as they made the experience of losing money a little but better with their humor and small talk. I decided one night to use the salon for a blowout. I scheduled the appointment for 730 so I would have enough time to get ready before dinner. After waiting 20 minutes after checking in I approached the front desk to see what the deal was. I was met with “oh no one came for you yet?” After attempting to reschedule for the next day, the stylist irina appeared. From my understanding of my talk with both the front desk and Irina, I was double booked with another haircut she was performing before me. I once again did not feel like I was a priority in the least bit. She styled my hair and I was able to make dinner by the skin of my teeth. I must say that experience was extremely disappointing to me. Bar service in the casino was also extremely lack luster, however the male and female bartenders at the casino bar were beyond kind and committed my name and drink order to memory. Priscilla queen of the desert was a highlight of the cruise. The cast was PHENOMENAL. We were lucky enough to meet some of the cast and they were so kind. As regular cruiser we look forward to meeting other LGBT friends at the Friends Of Dorothy gathering. The name change of the meeting is not my favorite. The location for the meeting this cruise was not the most desired spot, we much preferred it when it was held at shakers. One of the most disappointing things to happen was at great stirrup cay. One of the main reasons I went on this cruise was to swim with the pigs. I understand that the tide is beyond NCLs control but a warning of such might have been nice before we went to check In. The Epics layout overall is not my favorite and I’m happy to see that other ships have not been modeled after it. Overall the cruise was ok, nothing to write home about. As loyal NCL cruisers we will return as guests but I think we may explore other lines after the lack of customer service. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise was basically the third change we had to make to our vacation plans thanks to work schedule. We originally booked our cruise with Allure of the Seas, but watching too many videos of that ship I had the impression that the ... Read More
This cruise was basically the third change we had to make to our vacation plans thanks to work schedule. We originally booked our cruise with Allure of the Seas, but watching too many videos of that ship I had the impression that the Oasis-class ships are nothing but mere floating malls in the ocean - no theme, no character. We wanted a cruise that was going to be memorable before I head to a long deployment. After much deliberation, we went back to the Dream as our last cruise with them three years was exactly just that - it was magical. This cruise went out exactly the same way as we had it three years ago. We got our transportation arranged from the airport, and the whole embarkation process was smooth like before. Once on the ship, we had our cabin on the tenth deck, middle, just below the pool deck. I found our location to be very convenient to wherever we needed to go. We had access to two nearby elevators, and the pool deck are just a deck up. We also noted that our balcony is directly below the pool deck, so like an awning, it was well protected from the elements which I found nice. The room itself had shown some age to it. I'm not sure when and if the ship have ever been refurbished, but with my OCD, I quickly found scuff and wear marks on the light switches and fixture parts that have been heavily touched through the years. Expecting a premium product for this price, it was hard for me to see past that glare of the wear. Our embarkation lunch at Cabanas were not too pleasant. It was way too crowded, open tables were hard to find, and I found some of the servers unwelcoming. Once we got our seats, we did find the food less desirable than the last time we were on the ship. We brought these issues to management and were given immediate answers to our concerns. Over the following days, we experienced the same magical moments that we had the first time we cruised with these ship. Public spaces were clean and looked just as ornate as before. For those that haven't cruised on this ship, Disney did not spare on the small details in creating their theme on the ship. Their shows were of Broadway caliber, especially beauty and the beast. Their character meet and greets were always a hit with the kids, if you don't mind waiting up to a half hour. And because this was a holiday themed cruise, they went over the top for showcasing Santa. As well, their pirate show fireworks on the top deck was an extravaganza. Hands down it was the coolest experience I've ever had at Sea. Our day at Castaway Cay was just Divine. I still can't forget how beautiful and perfect the island looked. It didn't feel over crowded and there were ample opportunities to just unwind and take it all in. Buffet services followed us there and it was great. No complaints. Food was something that this ship have to at least revamp. It was almost the same menu we had three years ago, so we were not as excited this time. Also, we were not served lobster on this cruise, not one time, which I found surprising. On the other hand, we were able to enjoy our previous favorites instead. I was about to write off Disney from our future cruise consideration after this trip, but what made us book another future cruise with them is the fact that our daughter had the best time of her life at their Kids club while the peace of mind it gave us allowed us parents to enjoy our own time at Sea. I don't think we even want to risk trying that out with other cruise lines and be disappointed. Another biggest factor that made us decide to book another future cruise with them is their customer service. They truly went above and beyond to ensure that, despite the issues we raised, we had a magical experience on this ship. Our guest manager was exemplary, and nothing short of commendable. When we disembarked, we felt highly satisfied that the cruise fulfilled our expectations. So much that we ended up cancelling our Royal Caribbean cruise for next year, and ended up prebooking our next Disney cruise with an even bigger family in tow. Disney cruises are not the cheapest out there, but the many repeat cruisers we had on board can't be wrong on going again for the Disney experience. With the amount of people already prebooking their cruise, we can't be wrong on making that decision either. It's simply the best cruise experience for families, and definitely something to strongly consider if you've never cruised with Disney cruises before. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
1st cruise ever, we chose a short one. We will be back...longer! Room with balcony of sits and table. Excellent service room care. Dining service of care, especially Gluten Free issues for us, was passionate and delicious. So many eating ... Read More
1st cruise ever, we chose a short one. We will be back...longer! Room with balcony of sits and table. Excellent service room care. Dining service of care, especially Gluten Free issues for us, was passionate and delicious. So many eating areas available; main dinning room, Windjamer buffet just two of the many we loved. Outside and inside pools, decks and decks outside sitting. So many shows in theatre and bars/lounges. Casino and fun games in bars/lounges. Honestly if you couldn't find it...just ask. Need assistance, just ask...doctor and three nurses. Transfer to islands so easy. Options for the islands are there. Walk, ride via carriage, bus, taxi, tours...pick what you want. Food, beaches, souvenirs. How about ride to the ocean and ride submarine to see the fish, turtles and corals. Ask Bahama people where THEY go to eat out. Anyone can eat McDonald's...you should eat Conch food or local fish, the local way. You will be thrilled. Not an activity person? Enjoy relaxation and food, you will be thrilled. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Very good, In general but in the cruise charged you for everything, check it out because that make your trip more expensive The food, is very well but you have to be organized because if you don’t always will be dining pizza. ... Read More
Very good, In general but in the cruise charged you for everything, check it out because that make your trip more expensive The food, is very well but you have to be organized because if you don’t always will be dining pizza. the activities, is very good more for children, have many activities for them. the islands includes are ver well some ones to make tourism and another like labadee just to relax Only always ask about thinks to do The cabin are well for a couple, The embarkation is good if you arrive early, the disembarkation is ugly because everything is to earlier in morning, but if you didn’t will be without a breakfast but if you want something else Internet, restaurants, some movie in your room, even sodas from the machine have a cost! Gratuities/service charge are not optional, and also want additional tips, Compare and make a good decision! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have cruised 4 times in the past 6 years. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We chose this cruise because it was inexpensive -- we weren't looking for anything fancy, just a fun getaway. We were not disappointed in our ... Read More
We have cruised 4 times in the past 6 years. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We chose this cruise because it was inexpensive -- we weren't looking for anything fancy, just a fun getaway. We were not disappointed in our choice! The Enchantment is definitely showing its age, with some rust visible around the ship. However, that was overshadowed by the top notch entertainment and activities on board. The staff, from the cleaning crew to the activities crew, bartenders, food services, everyone, was friendly, polite and made sure that our trip was easy, carefree and fun! As an adult couple without children, we were happy to have the Solarium as our pool destination. It was quiet and not too crowded. The Centrum was a great feature - we loved being able to enjoy the evening entertainment in such a large, open venue. We enjoyed the headliner shows in the Orpheum every night. The food in the Windjammer was delicious and the variety gave us plenty to choose from. The other passengers were all very friendly, too. What a great trip! We plan to cruise with Royal Caribbean again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We planned this cruise for about a year and was so excited to see Cuba before it became "Americanized." This particular cruise was the only one that fell within our timeline for our group. The embarkment and disembarkment at ... Read More
We planned this cruise for about a year and was so excited to see Cuba before it became "Americanized." This particular cruise was the only one that fell within our timeline for our group. The embarkment and disembarkment at Port Canaveral were fantastic. When we walked onto the ship, there was no one to greet us or direct us. We simply wondered the ship - checking it out. We joined the cruise director who was giving a tour of the ship. Our luggage arrived timely. Our room was small but clean. Good thing it had been cleaned before we arrived because our steward did not touch it again. The towels were left laying on the floor for days, and we eventually ran out. The food was left in our room. No tidying up at night time and no towel animals. The food on the ship was less than satisfactory. The few restaurants included in the reservation had only a few choices. It was the same food each day. The wait staff was so rude. They would literally take the plate out from us while eating. They cleaned our tables while we were still eating. The other restaurants on board were pricey. Alcohol was complimentary and a wide variety was available. The ship's customer service center lacks professionalism. They act like they are bothered if they have to answer a question. The bars and entertainment were good. The casino was just ok. The cruise director and staff were fun. Shows were professional. Entertainment was offered nightly, except for the overnight in Cuba. Half of the crew was given leave to go enjoy Cuba. That is great for them, but a lot of the ship was closed and service was slow because few staff members were left on board. Speaking of Cuba - don't go! It is just filthy. Bathroom facilities are non-existant. The "restaurants" are so dirty that we didn't eat or drink while ashore. We had to take our own toilet paper and drinking water from the ship. Make sure you attend the seminar on what to do and not to do while in Cuba. The locals were not friendly. There was no place to shop. It is stiffling hot and there is no breeze. The stinch from sewage in the streets is nasty. Some areas are great, but other areas are not. The women and children were begging for money and some were charging $5 to take pictures of them. We went on the cigar, rum and art excursion. It was interesting. We bought cigars, rum and coffee while on the tour because of price and quality. Our souvenirs were purchased from the ship giftshop because there was nothing to buy downtown. If you do decide to go, hold tightly onto your valuables while out and about in Cuba. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our Honeymoon so we decided to make the trip easy by taking a cruise. Cuba was our destination of choice, so this cruise was perfect! This was the first cruise for both of us on Norwegian and definitely not our last! ... Read More
This was our Honeymoon so we decided to make the trip easy by taking a cruise. Cuba was our destination of choice, so this cruise was perfect! This was the first cruise for both of us on Norwegian and definitely not our last! Norwegian took care of our visa's for us, which made the entry into Cuba easy! We loved the ship because it was easy to move around and not too big. Excellent signage to get us from one place to another. The cabin was great for us. Everything we needed was there and it was always clean and everything was functional. The dining was phenomenal, food, service, and drinks! We really were pleased with the gym since we both like to work out. It had all the equipment that we both like to use. There were so many activities on the cruise we couldn't decide which one to do sometimes. I had been on another cruise line before and I will never go back! I would recommend Norwegian Cruise Line to EVERYONE! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was my second cruise on the Magic and I don’t really have any complaints. The ships is beautiful and the staff is attentive and friendly. Our Cabin steward Samsul was excellent and greeted us by name and with a big smile EVERY time ... Read More
This was my second cruise on the Magic and I don’t really have any complaints. The ships is beautiful and the staff is attentive and friendly. Our Cabin steward Samsul was excellent and greeted us by name and with a big smile EVERY time he saw us. Cruise Director Cookie was high energy and very entertaining, would go out of my way to book a sailing with him in the future. Ship was sold out but other than the breakfast rush it didn’t really feel overcrowded. The new embarkation process is a huge improvement, from arrival at port to sitting on the ship was 10-15 minutes max. Goes smooth now that you skip the check in desk and sail and sign cards are waiting in the mailbox by your cabin. Will say the 16 yo old we had with us found the teen club to be a little on the “adult” side with far too much grinding and general overly sexual behavior without much intervention from staff. After the first 2 nights she just hung out with her new friends other places and avoided the club. We did have to make an unscheduled stop in Cozumel on our way home for a passenger that had a heart attack onboard and needed to be hospitalized after being initially treated and stabilized by the medical staff onboard. This delay plus a technical issue that arose the following night caused the ship to arrive about 6 hours late to Port Canaveral. The crew worked hard to keep everyone entertained and happy, and also assisted as best they could with making arrangements for flights and such. They opened the phones for free use and were reimburssing passengers a decent amount to cover any extra fees for changes. Excellent example for why you don’t book a flight super early on debarkation day. Overall it was an excellent trip on one of my favorite ships and our entire family had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose the Oasis of the Seas because there was so much to offer all ages of our group, from age 12 to 68! It did not disappoint! We enjoyed the entertainment, especially the Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly with Me, Frozen in Time and the ... Read More
We chose the Oasis of the Seas because there was so much to offer all ages of our group, from age 12 to 68! It did not disappoint! We enjoyed the entertainment, especially the Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly with Me, Frozen in Time and the comedy shows. Our dining room experience in My Time Dining was excellent. Not only was Ikadek a wonderful waiter, he and the dining room staff went above and beyond to provide delicious meals for the two vegan members of our family. Ikadek made recommendations and all ten of us were very satisfied with our wonderful dinners. Our grandkids and sons-in-law all had fun trying out the flow rider, our granddaughter had her first ice skating experience, and we all enjoyed the Boardwalk and Central Park. Overall, this was a great family trip and we all will always treasure the memories of this wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
As with most holiday planning, be it on land or sea, I always follow online review websites as guidence and all too often I read negative reviews about this ship. But I don't see why, oasis is a beautiful ship, plenty of ... Read More
As with most holiday planning, be it on land or sea, I always follow online review websites as guidence and all too often I read negative reviews about this ship. But I don't see why, oasis is a beautiful ship, plenty of entertainment, plenty of bars, plenty of food. Cats and all the main stage entertainment were top class, we enjoyed the ice show the most... Such talent right before you. My only two gripes were the mdr forced dance interactions - our waiter even said he hated doing it... But was forced to dance and act a fool. It brings down what feels like a top restaurant to a basic eatery @ bulins (no I don't want to dance the 'birdie song'!) My second gripe was the need to tip on the ship... Even after paying our gratuities before boarding. To get the attentive service you want, or when someone goes above and beyond you feel the overcoming need to tip to say thank you, which coming from UK, we don't tip much... So to give someone additional on top of what I already paid doesn't feel good. Yet we done it. Our room attendant did that ''above and beyond' for my birthday - decorating our room with the assistance of friends I felt truly spoilt. Would we cruise Oasis again? Yes... In fact booked Allure for our autumn holiday. Looking forward to seeing the differences. Holidays are what you make it - go and enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Oasis is an amazing ship and this is the 2nd time we’ve been on it. This time seemed a little more crowded but still managed to feel like there were places to relax and escape the crowds. Embarkation was a breeze, usually we arrive early ... Read More
Oasis is an amazing ship and this is the 2nd time we’ve been on it. This time seemed a little more crowded but still managed to feel like there were places to relax and escape the crowds. Embarkation was a breeze, usually we arrive early and are one of the first on but this day we were running a little behind from our air BNB in Orlando, so boarding had started. Even with the crowds it was a seemingly short process with lots of happy caring people along the way. We had some bad service in the dinning room the first night but the staff was amazing and fixed it very quickly and every other night was delicious, quick and friendly. We also loved the specialty restaurants Giovanni’s and Sabor. Giovanni’s was so much delicious italian food with amazing service. Our lunch at Sabor was amazing as well with some delicious specialty margaritas. (Maybe a little too many :P) The casino, as on every ship I’ve been, is a place i’d Like to go but can’t deal with due to the excessive smoke smell. This time seemed worse than others and the smell was moving out through other areas of the deck. We had a wonderful stateroom attendant, Andy and were treated to amazing towel animals. On the first night of the cruise we were going to see Cats the musical but it was canceled due to technical issues with the music. The situation was delt with well and a substitute was found for an impromptu performance by the pub singer Tommy Green Jr. It ended up being one of my favourite shows on the cruise. Definitely check him out if he’s still there. We also finally got to see cats on the last night and it was well worth the wait. I’m not a huge fan of the musical but the performances were beyond expectations so it did not matter and I was entirely entertained. I find with every cruise the photos are getting more expensive and worse quality, this time we had blurry photos, discoloured, or strangely lit photos. I also dislike that there is no way to change photo size or take off boarders. Another thing I was disappointed in was how hard it was to find entertainment that was lgbtq inclusive. Some of the worst parts being the love and marriage game show, the quest and the comedy shows. Now a joke at the expense of anyone is fun but I find that lgbtq people are always the butt of the joke which makes my fiancé and I uncomfortable with being a couple on the ship. I do not by any means think the company RCCL is homophobic or against the lgbtq community but it would be nice to be included here and there. Now don’t get my review wrong, the ship was amazing, the service too. Across the board crew members go above and beyond on RCCL and the experience was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I found a great deal online and want to try the cruise so I booked this one. I’m from Bangkok and live in the States for a year so this is the chance! The food, really awesome. Almost everything was super delicious! Love them so much, ... Read More
I found a great deal online and want to try the cruise so I booked this one. I’m from Bangkok and live in the States for a year so this is the chance! The food, really awesome. Almost everything was super delicious! Love them so much, especially Seafood!!!!!! I got the excursion at Atlantis, it was amazing! All the slides and water rides. So much fun! Another excursion is stingray cay, love the sting rays! We learnt about sting rays and gotta touch them gently, feed them as well! The water was so clear, a bit cold but it’s okay. It’s not deep as well about 4-5 ft. Lifejacket for kids are provided plus snorkeling gear, would be better to bring your own too in my opinion. They did not fit me. Lastly, I love Champaign, Wine, Activities, Foods, and the Services/Activities here so much. I dont want to leave the ship!! Can’t wait to be back!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were encouraged to accompany a friend on the cruise--a milestone birthday celebration. And one member in our party also ran into a former work colleague. As such, we always enjoyed great company during our cruise, falling into a regular ... Read More
We were encouraged to accompany a friend on the cruise--a milestone birthday celebration. And one member in our party also ran into a former work colleague. As such, we always enjoyed great company during our cruise, falling into a regular schedule to meet for meals, sunbathing, happy hours, and evening entertainment. Having previously cruised on other lines, we really enjoyed NCL's variety of meals (package-deal buffets, readily available thru the day, package-deal restaurants, etc.) and especially the flexible timing for dining (no assigned "early vs. late" shifts). We also opted for the drink package, again enjoying the variety offered (especially as the rougher Nor'easter seas nixed our island stop and delayed our Nassau day-in-port). As such, the variety of beverages and locations of bars made our days at sea quite relaxing. Speaking of the drink package, we found our mixologist, Vladimir, to be a most cordial and talented server thruout the cruise. Also adding entertainment to our review, guitarist/vocalist Ben was a nightly treat for us (especially his tributes to Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones). I regret I didn't get the names of our servers in that centrally-located bar, but they also were first-rate, especially in so promptly serving the many patrons who likewise were there for Ben's sets. And per the reports it spawned, the ship's Captain and crew are to be highly commended for their handling of the final evening's challenging recovery at sea. In short, we definitely recommend NCL and look forward to return cruises with the line, thanks. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My husband and I booked a quick 4 night cruise without the kids and had a wonderful time on the Carnival Liberty. Embarkation was smooth and the personnel at the terminal were friendly. We were on board within an hour of arriving. ... Read More
My husband and I booked a quick 4 night cruise without the kids and had a wonderful time on the Carnival Liberty. Embarkation was smooth and the personnel at the terminal were friendly. We were on board within an hour of arriving. Our room was ready when we arrived. Our cabin steward was unobtrusive, but always around if we needed him. We were in cabin 2473. It is in the aft of the ship and was always quiet and peaceful. No one was ever in the hallway near our cabin. We have been on about 12 different Carnival ships and this was one of our favorites. It didn't look like a circus threw up! The colors were muted pastels and everything was actually coordinated nicely. The ship was in good repair and well maintained. Every employee we encountered was polite and seemed genuinely happy to be there. We have never been on a cruise with such a wonderful, happy atmosphere. The food seems to improve every time we cruise with Carnival. They are really stepping up their game. Overall, we were very pleased with our experience on the Liberty. The only complaints we had was the temperature in our room was warm the whole time. If it were summertime it would have been miserable. Also, there was a horrible smell of raw sewage in a couple of the hallways. I mean HORRIBLE smell. I hope it was due to a temporary problem and not a permanent one! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I was looking for something quick and easy to end my summer and the 4 night Bahamas on RCCL Majesty was perfect. I went solo with a stack of books to read and although I didn't get to all of it I was completely satisfied. I'm a ... Read More
I was looking for something quick and easy to end my summer and the 4 night Bahamas on RCCL Majesty was perfect. I went solo with a stack of books to read and although I didn't get to all of it I was completely satisfied. I'm a frequent cruiser on RCCL so perhaps I'm a little biased but the ships, staff, and overall experience make me look at RCCL first when planning a cruise and they always seem to top my list. It was my first time to Coco Cay and the amenities and variety of things to do were great. Having been to Nassau many times I stayed aboard the ship and it was relaxing and satisfying. being solo I didn't go to the dining room but ate at the buffet daily. There was a good variety everyday. I try to watch what I eat and it was very easy to follow my usual healthy eating plan on board. Being a smaller ship the fitness facility was very limited in size but there was daily yoga, stretch classes, cycling, and an adequate amount of equipment. Overall it was an excellent experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I absolutely love this ship! I have cruised many times on Carnival and Royal but I am hooked on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class. My husband booked us on the Harmony while we on the Oasis. Excellent cruise for all types of people. The ... Read More
I absolutely love this ship! I have cruised many times on Carnival and Royal but I am hooked on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class. My husband booked us on the Harmony while we on the Oasis. Excellent cruise for all types of people. The crew was excellent and the food was outstanding! This was just what the doctor ordered for my husband and I. Sun , fun, and relaxation. Th adult solarium is a great place to mingle, eat, sun bathe, and cuddle with your partner. We had lunch and dinner in the Bistro and the food was delicious. In fact we prefer the Bistro over the formal dining room for a more intimate experience. Central Park is our favorite place. We were regulars at the Park Cafe and Rising Tides Bar! The Boardwalk was good too! Overall the ship had lots of nice places to eat that did not cost extra and the drink package is a must! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Every one was great. Very attentive and helpful. Some of them my time servers were terrible but Yatin was the best. Also , Rohan a bartender was very Good we always looked fro him. The service was wonderful. We had a great time. The ... Read More
Every one was great. Very attentive and helpful. Some of them my time servers were terrible but Yatin was the best. Also , Rohan a bartender was very Good we always looked fro him. The service was wonderful. We had a great time. The shows were great the adult programming was wonderful the adult solarium was a great place to relax we love the schooner bar and also we love the rising tide bar. I've been on several world Caribbean cruises and I love the oasis class it has everything you want and more to do. Plus there are so many places to eat on the ship so you don't have to only eat in the Windjammer you can eat all over the ship we hardly ever ate in the Windjammer and ate all of the ship and had great food. There are so many choices for breakfast and lunch so you don't have to only go to one place if you're looking for a lot of fun we are looking for a place with a lot of choices the oasis class is the best for you Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
BACKGROUND We are a British male couple who have cruised 15 times, 3 times previously with Royal, 6 with Celebrity and 6 wth P&O (British cruise line). Our cruises are usually 13/14 nighters due to the hassle of winding down our ... Read More
BACKGROUND We are a British male couple who have cruised 15 times, 3 times previously with Royal, 6 with Celebrity and 6 wth P&O (British cruise line). Our cruises are usually 13/14 nighters due to the hassle of winding down our business and as we mainly cruise from the UK it takes a day or two to actually get somewhere. We are Diamond with Royal thanks to our Celebrity loyalty which Royal match up to the Diamond level. We had thoroughly enjoyed our Anthem cruise 18 months ago but had an issue which resulted in a future cruise credit being given to us that had to be used on a cruise before April 17 and as the ex- UK Royal cruises don't get started till late April this made us look elsewhere in the world. Having experienced the Voyager, Freedom and Quantum classes our obvious next choice was an Oasis class ship. We wanted to fly from from Manchester, UK and the only Florida airport we can fly direct to from Manchester is Orlando which made Oasis an ideal choice. Given the 9 hour flight time we booked back to back cruises which covered the Western Caribbean first then the Eastern Caribbean in order to make our journey truly worthwhile. We have visited all ports (except Nassau) before so this wasn't going to be an intensive cruise for us as we are not beach people and enjoy being onboard (especially when everyone else has disembarked at a port). So no real port info to follow, sorry. JOURNEY We flew with Virgin Atlantic direct from Manchester and had reserved our economy seats on the front row of the economy section in the bubble of this Boing 747. I had researched this a lot and the bubble is split between economy and premium economy with a 10 feet area in front of the economy section so there was endless leg space. It was much quieter than the downstairs main area of the plane and service was quick and unobtrusive. The inflight entertainment is endless albeit the touchscreen is a bit cumbersome. We landed in Orlando mid afternoon and (after negotiating the always officious US Immigration and Customs Officers) picked up our Alamo one way rental car to drive ourselves on the 1 hour drive east to Port Canaveral, $1 notes in hand for the two tolls. We had booked a Premium car with Alamo and checked in online so on arriving at the Alamo desk were immediately directed to the car lot and told to choose any Premium or SUV from the lot. We were like kids at a sweet shop but went with a suitably monster sized (by UK standards) Nissan SUV. We then drove to the exit only to be held for 10 mins at the barrier while they sorted out the paperwork......so much for the online check in. We stayed in the Residence Inn by Marriott, one of the closest hotels to the port. We got a good rate since we booked 9 months ahead. We had a king studio. Have to say we were a little disappointed with our room. Being on the ground floor is was dark and a bit dated. However it was clean and only for the one night. The breakfast was nice but it's the location that sold it to us. We walked down to Preacher Bar since it was the closest bar and came recommended on Tripadvisor and we shared a table with two nice local couples. I had the shrimp which was superb but there was nothing at all for my OH that was vegetarian suitable. The next morning we drove the very short journey to the Alamo drop off which along with Enterprise is the nearest to the Royal Caribbean terminal. We had thought about dropping the cases, returning the car to Alamo and walking with our hand luggage to the terminal however the terminal was so close we just returned the car and walked with all our cases, which had wheels, and was an easy walk. A guy in a car stopped and offered us a lift as he was picking someone up from the terminal shortly but by the time we had loaded and unloaded our luggage into and out of his car we would have been there. A nice offer though. BOARDING We went from arriving at the terminal to sitting in the diamond waiting pen after check in within 10 minutes. Boarding started at 11.15 and we were onboard not much afterwards. The boarding area on Oasis brings you straight onto the Royal Promenade opposite the fountains under the rising tide bar and it was great to finally see it. There was a drinks desk right by us when we boarded. We had received free Select drinks packages when booking (now discontinued) and knew I could upgrade to the Deluxe package for $10 plus 18% per day which was a no brainer. My OH downgraded! Why, because he doesn't drink alcohol and the lesser Royal Replenish package included everything he might want that was included in the Select package plus premium sparkling water which is his drink of choice with dinner. We did go straight to the windjammer for lunch being one of the first onboard. This was one of only 2 visits to the windjammer in our 14 nights. I know there are many other options for free food on the ship but I have to get it out there.......the windjammer is way too small and poorly designed for a ship of this size. It's about half the size of a Freedom class windjammer but with twice the number of people onboard. When we left after lunch there were queues and people were being counted in and out. So whilst Oasis does have those other free venues the issue here is a) people like the choice at a buffet and b) those other venues don't have the choice or capacity to pick up the slack of the overflow from the windjammer. It's was a minor issue for us though as we did make use of the other places to eat onboard to avoid the wait at windjammer. CABIN We booked a boardwalk balcony on deck 12. I moved us twice from when we booked the cabin to the actual trip in order to edge us closer to the Aquatheatre and the aft of the ship and ended up in 12319. It was a good choice. We didn't want deck 14 in case of noise from the deck above. We've usually had balconies but traditionally not spent much time on them so this gave us a cabin with a balcony, lots to look at down below and at the Aquatheatre to the aft and gave us somewhere to dry our swimwear or gym gear. It also didn't get very windy at all so no concern about losing clothing over the balcony rail. I will say that it is noisy, both from the basketball court above and boardwalk below but we expected it so it didn't bother us. It's not a tranquil place to sit out and with the door closed you can still hear the music, basketball and kids noise. The expected lack of privacy didn't bother us either as the curtains and voiles stopped direct viewing into the opposite cabins. Our cabin attendant was excellent. The cabin was spotless and really well maintained for an 8 year old ship. Next time on an Oasis Class ship I think we will go for another inward looking balcony, but in Central Park, just not above the Park Cafe. DINING We had booked the First Night Done Right offer which equated to $15 on our cruise planner. We got a call around 1.30pm, after we had accessed our cabin, asking where we would like to dine and we said we wanted to check out the menus first so headed to the Royal Promenade and a desk that was set up for restaurant bookings. We checked the menus and decided on a Chops booking. As we were back to back we had booked the same offer for the first night of our second leg and we chose Chops again for that night. Chops was excellent. My OH is a vegetarian but eats fish and the Branzino in Chops plus the huge range of sides was well received. I had the large Fillet Mignon both times and loved it. We sat on the covered Patio in Central Park the first night and couldn't believe we were on a cruise ship. WOW. The deal was excellent and in fact we were a little embarrassed about what we had paid compared to the actual menu price. We had booked My Time Dining for all other nights and I had reserved online a 7.30 dining time. At the American Icon lower level of the dining room, there are two lines, one for reservations and one for those without and generally the line for those with reservations was shorter and moved quicker. Our experience overall was excellent. Seated pretty quickly and the menu choices were excellent. There wasn't any dish we didn't like and seasoning, portion size and presentation was pretty good all round. However, my OH is a vegetarian and that limits things somewhat especially as Royal use non vegetarian cheese in their vegetarian dishes (contains animal rennet from a calves stomach). We had one off night. There was only one entree marked as vegetarian and it had Parmesan in it. My OH asked if there was anything else available and the waiter said yes the dish with the V symbol. My OH pointed out again this had non vegetarian cheese in it and the waiter said ' I will leave it with you to decide then'. It wasn't helpful. A head waiter appeared and brought some vegan dishes which were bland, and he presented the menu for the next night. My OH said he would have the fish and the head waiter said he was told by the waiter he was a vegan. Not quite the same thing. However when we came to the restaurant the next night I specifically asked not to be in that waiters' section and we were seated in Ajay's section. After that one night we knew we needed to be seated in his section every evening. He went out of his way to ensure my OH had a proper choice and once he learned my OH liked asparagus there was a nightly order of asparagus with hollandaise sauce always on hand as an extra appetiser. We spoke to the Maitre' D on exiting and she put a note on the system for us to be sat in Ajays section. The next night we arrived for our 7.30 reservation and were asked to wait a while for a table in Ajays' section. This went on for nearly an hour with us being given a run down of the people at our table " they've just finished their Entree", "they've just got the dessert menu" until I approached the Maitre'D again and she pretty much said the wait was our fault for asking for Ajay. I did ask why she had offered to put a note on our reservation stating we wanted Ajays' section if this didn't actually mean anything. My OH walked into the restaurant and to Ajays section and could see two tables for two that were set up and free. The restaurant manager saw him coming out and enquired about the difficulty and after my OH gave him a very brief summary he said we would get us a table with Ajay at 7.30 every evening, and that's what happened. A one night glitch but at least we ended up with a server that went out of his way to ensure my OH could have a choice and was superbly professional and totally friendly. We always asked for a table for two but always chatted to our neighbouring tables and met some really nice people (apart from one night when our 'good evening' comment was met with total ignorance and 90 mins of being blanked. How can you sit for 90 minutes with a couple of people literally a foot to your side and not at least acknowledge their existence?) and really enjoyed the conversation. It was great to meet people from across the US and we found them so easy to get on with and our English accents obviously led to some curiosity. In fact I would add this was a very friendly cruise. We didn't really do desserts (I much prefer a chocolate Martini as my desert). Breakfasts were a mix. We ate at the free breakfast at Johnny Rockets around 4 times over the two weeks and really enjoyed the food and service. It's a little annoying that there is a 'wait to be seated' sign but some just arrive and take a table. As we had a Boardwalk Balcony we got to eat once per week free for lunch or dinner at Johnny Rockets and did so twice. It was ok, nothing spectacular and didn't they used to do dancing during meals? The onion rings were excellent though and my OH liked the BOGOF malt shakes that Diamond guests get as a perk. We loved Park Cafe. Eating breakfast sat out in Central Park was amazing and hassle free. I did try the beef sandwich from here one day and it was lovely. Other than that we used the Solarium Bistro for breakfast. It has a much more limited amount of choices compared to the Windjammer but a more pleasant experience. We usually wear Tuxs for formal nights but having read about the more mixed attire that Royal's Caribbean sailings attract we dropped those to lighten our luggage requirements and went with chinos and smart shirts which probably hit the middle note between the ultra casual and very smart formal wear that was seen on formal nights. Have to say I've never seen bigger queues for the official photographers than on this ship and many still loved to dress up and be photographed. BARS The bars were much quieter than we expected. It seems most US passengers don't get a drinks package as a perk plus the large number of families means the bars were pretty light on people. Our favourites were the Champagne Bar and the Rising Tide bar for cocktails. Whilst mentioning bars I have to talk about one point. We have a drinks package, we order a drink, they serve the drink and present you with a zero cost slip to sign which has a section for an extra tip. Aarrgghh. The drinks package includes a tip and if we get great service and get to know a bartender we will tip cash. But these slips are just an attempt to grab even more tips. Brits generally tip 10% so if the drinks package includes 18% tips then for us that's more than sufficient so being presented with a slip to sign and asked to include extra gratuity for exceptional service is an irritation. We personally tipped cash around $200 this cruise but never added a tip to the slips they presented to us. A few times I didn't sign the slips to be told I had to sign and I still refused. Given unsigned slips go straight into the bin this ridiculous need to sign the slips is simply a con and unnecessary if your drink is covered by your package, and they are hoping that customers are guilted into adding an extra tip. What about all that paper waste? We also found out that any tips given in this way are pooled shipwide which I'm sure many don't appreciate. This extra tipping doesn't happen on ex UK cruises with Royal and doesn't happen on Celebrity. Ok rant over. Wine service in the main dining room was a bit sporadic. With no sommeliers it's down to the waiters to ask about wine requirements. Some nights neither would ask so we would prompt them, some nights both asked. Anyway I like a Marlborough and a they have a Kim Crawford on the menu however in the main dining room it was priced at $17 but I had it in Chops the first night where it was $13, thereby within my drinks package. I checked with a food and beverage manager who checked the system and said it should be $13 everywhere. So that was my wine of choice with dinner. Note to Royal, your menus are wrong. ENTERTAINMENT We had booked our entertainment in advance on the cruise planner, Cats, Come Fly With Me, the ice show and the Aquashow, once each over the two weeks and the headliner and adult comedy show once each of the two weeks. The booking system works fine however we did chop and change a bit on a couple of shows and this worked out fine for us. The Adult Comedy Show was the hardest to get into if you hadn't reserved and we heard a few moans but it does only hold 120 people. We really enjoyed both comedy shows, 2 comedians at each show, and the venue is perfect for this. We had both seen Cats before in Londons' West End. It's never been our favourite musical but we gave it a go and grabbed seats a few rows from the front. It was the full production, extremely professional and exactly as we remembered from London. However we both agreed it's not the right choice for a cruise ship. It doesn't really have much of a story and goes off at tangents at times and quite a few left before, or didn't return after, the interval. However it was very well received by those stalwarts who stayed. I would recommend going to a matinee performance as we did since I wouldn't want to loose a full evening on board for this plus sit close to the stage or you won't really appreciate the make up or costumes. The Aquashow was excellent. We went on our very first night and we're suitably impressed. They had to cut if off before the very high dives due to the ships movement but we did get to see the end section courtesy of our Boardwalk Balcony view later in the cruise. The Frozen In Time Ice Show was also superb. Great costumes and great ice skating wrapped together with a loose Hans Christian Anderson theme. The Headliner act the first week were The Edge Effect. A 5 piece a capella group who were probably the best group we've ever seen on a cruise ship. We didn't go to the headliner on the second week as it didn't sound our cup of tea. As well as the main entertainment shows there always seemed to be something happening around the ship. Parades, pop up dance lessons, musical segments in the Royal Promenade, Dreamworks appearances etc and Royal really do well packing their cruise with entertainment and if we were on for just one week I could see how you could disembark feeling a bit tired! SERVICE We had pretty good service all round. Better inside the ship than outside. Poolside service was sporadic and I got a feeling that as we were not adding more tips to the bar slips a repeat visit from a poolside attendant never happened. Visiting a pool deck bar was often a slow process and a few of those guys looked miserable on occasion. My OH always made a point that if he was greeted with a barman just barking 'yes?' his response would always be 'Im fine thank you and how are you?' Tony the 'mixologist' in the Champagne Bar stood out as did the two ladies serving in the rising tide bar. As said, once we found 'Ajay' in the main dining room we couldn't have wished for a better server and our cabin steward was excellent. A point worth making is he didn't repeat the same towel animals each week but made different ones for a our second week. As we were on a back to back, on the changeover day we gathered in Scooner Bar and were escorted off the ship and back through immigration to then be offered a free lunch in Giovannis for all the consecutive cruisers, a nice touch. Overall we had a great two weeks. Oasis is a brilliantly impressive ship. So well designed and swallows its 6000 passengers superbly. Even disembarking and embarking at port stops was easy and hassle free which surprised us given the numbers. Yes it's a big ship but it never felt too big to us and it offers so much choice of activities and venues that it's pretty hard to fault. It has many very impressive aspects and I can see why there are soon to be four ships in this class. It's probably my favourite ship now having stole that award from Celebrity Eclipse. It really offers something for all ages and the mix of passengers works very well. We had a few glitches (that I may have over described, sorry) but nothing that spoilt our enjoyment of this beautiful cruise ship. We will return to an Oasis class ship but probably another ship next time (despite the convenience of direct flights to join Oasis) as the entertainment is static on each ship we would want to experience other options next time round. Harmony or Symphony awaits.... Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Dining was good. Comedians was very good but rest of the other entertainment not so good. Smell of sewage was real bad. Embarkation and disembarkation was very very slow. Very crowded but it was Super Bowl 2017 Cruise. We ... Read More
Dining was good. Comedians was very good but rest of the other entertainment not so good. Smell of sewage was real bad. Embarkation and disembarkation was very very slow. Very crowded but it was Super Bowl 2017 Cruise. We had an Oceanview cabin on the first floor. Never again will I ever stay on first floor of any ship again. The noise was terrible and not from above but from below. Beating and banging all the time. Hard to sleep sometimes. The smell after just one day coming up through the shower drain and sink drains, toilet also was very bad. I have very sensitive smell. Which is bad on my part. Even though there was pros and a lot of cons I will still continue to cruise just not Carnival Magic.. My husband and I are frequent cruisers & this was our first time on the magic. Out Steward Raul was the best. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We ate at cuchina, Cagney's, and La Moderno. Great service at these restaurants, coffee was amazing at La Moderno. Food and service at Taste was excellent. Ate most of our lunch and breakfast meals at The Garden Café. View was ... Read More
We ate at cuchina, Cagney's, and La Moderno. Great service at these restaurants, coffee was amazing at La Moderno. Food and service at Taste was excellent. Ate most of our lunch and breakfast meals at The Garden Café. View was great, food was good. Embarcation was nightmarish. Not the fault of NCL but started us off on poor footing. It took an hour and a half to get from our hotel in cocoa Beach to the Epic. The embarcation procedure following that made us feel like we were cattle being herded into the corral. Was not impressed with the 50-100 people who were ushered in front of us because they had a Casino pkg. NCL should've had a separate check in for them instead of having them cut in front of us, pushing our wait time to 45 minutes just to get our key card. Again, not a great beginning. The entertainment was excellent. We saw circus dreams on the first night, it was pretty good. Saw the Priscilla, Queen of the desert Broadway show. It was amazing!! Also saw Burn the Floor, it wasn't bad. Quick note on circus dreams, do not bother paying for the premium ticket as they let premium and standard ticket holders sit wherever they want. Excursions were very good. Took a simple beach excursion for Tortola. It was perfect. Second excursion, we went snorkelling on the catamaran called castaway girl. Again excellent excursion, we were well taken care of. My only regret is it was such a short time in the water to go snorkelling . But aside from that, excellent! The last excursion was great Stirrup Caye. Wow!!! What a great excursion! Ship set up: was a little confusing. We were never sure when we got off the elevator whether to go to the left or to the right. Would've liked to have had a map of the ship, this would've helped out a lot. Social: the people we met on this trip were some of the nicest people I've ever met in my life. They made it fun, everyone was friendly, met lots of people, did a lot of talking. Overall this was an excellent cruise. Thank you to all the NCL folk who put it all together. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017

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