657 Port Canaveral (Orlando) Senior Cruise Reviews

Took this short cruise just to get away for a few days. Port Canaveral is a nice port and embarkation is usually fast. This time we arrived about 11 AM since that was the first shuttle our hotel had, so they were already doing embarkation, ... Read More
Took this short cruise just to get away for a few days. Port Canaveral is a nice port and embarkation is usually fast. This time we arrived about 11 AM since that was the first shuttle our hotel had, so they were already doing embarkation, as soon as we arrived we moved into the ship, is nice to have VIP to do that. As soon as we were in we headed to the restaurant to check on the sitting arrangement but there was no Maitre'D to be found, it wasn't until the second night we saw him. It is true what they say about the Liberty, you do feel the vibration on most parts of the buffet area, we had to move several times to avoid it. As usual we keep finding things Carnival keep eliminating on their cruises, we found there were no robes on the cabin and had to request them, the few "extras" the bathrooms used to have (basket of items} are gone and now you get two bars of soap. No more chocolates on the bed at night, if the pizzas got any thinner they would disappear. The only reason the Guy hamburgers are great is just because they ARE Guy Hamburgers and not Carnival's. On this trip the shows were Vega's quality and not using guests as performers as in many other ships, ONE of the comedians was great, Rob Little was one of the funnies guys we have ever heard, the other one was the opposite. Hate to be one of these ships when school is out, on this trip school was in session but the children were everywhere, thanks the Serenity area is available as a buffer. When we find a good price we always choose an outside cabin instead of a balcony, they are bigger and cheaper. The ports were the worst unless you had a tour line up. Freeport is nothing but a Carnival made bazaar,and nothing to go see outside of it, unless you paid for transportation to town. Nassau was the usual tourist "trap" but at least you get to walk around town. Debarkation was extra fast, specially if you have carry-on luggage. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Chose the Oasis because of all the choices the ship offers. Two of my favorite places on the ship were Central Park and the Aquatic Theater. The shows were awesome and I liked the fact you could choose which shows and what time you wanted ... Read More
Chose the Oasis because of all the choices the ship offers. Two of my favorite places on the ship were Central Park and the Aquatic Theater. The shows were awesome and I liked the fact you could choose which shows and what time you wanted to see them. The ship had many places to enjoy lounging around the pool and you never felt crowded. Embarkation and disembarkation was very easy with very little wait times. Porters were available so it was not difficult dealing with luggage. Enjoyed the balcony over the Boardwalk but next time would get a Central Park View room since it has a sitting nook in the room and it gives a little extra room for sitting. We did the Blackbeard Castle excursion and would like to let anyone know if they are interested in this one you WILL have to walk back to the ship. Definitely read the small print on this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Only cruise with Royal. We have been on every class of ship I think. Didn't like small one like the Majesty. Oasis was huge. We like the class of Independence, Freedom and Liberty. Overall though Royal is our home on the water when we ... Read More
Only cruise with Royal. We have been on every class of ship I think. Didn't like small one like the Majesty. Oasis was huge. We like the class of Independence, Freedom and Liberty. Overall though Royal is our home on the water when we cruise. I would recommend Royal to anyone. It is relaxing. Food is great. The décor was nice. Ship was easy to get around on; never got lost; lol. Room was very quiet; never heard noise from outside. Ate at my time dining for dinner every night. Food was fantastic. Had the best waiter. Going again in 2018 in Feb. Might go again for a short cruise later this year. We go out of Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale; very easy to check in and getting off at end of cruise. If you haven't tried Royal; give them a whirl. you will love it and will do it again and again like us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise because of the locations the ship was going, plus an eight day cruise. We were on deck 8 in a balcony room cabin which was very small for a handicap room. The service was great on the ship! Food was excellent! We wish ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the locations the ship was going, plus an eight day cruise. We were on deck 8 in a balcony room cabin which was very small for a handicap room. The service was great on the ship! Food was excellent! We wish there some notice that there was no shore excursions for handicap however we made the best of it and shopped on shore..The ship seemed very cold to me but I came home with the flu. Don't know where I got that from but I'm okay now. This was not my favorite cruise but next year (or before) we will be on with another one. All in all, we got away from home for a relaxing, enjoyable windy cruise. We have been looking online to see what dates and cruises are coming up for our next trip with Carnival. I think after seven cruises my husband is hooked! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
I chose this cruise as part of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs - Florida had selected the cruise. The cruise was "OK" - this was my fifth cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines and the other ones were superior particularly ... Read More
I chose this cruise as part of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs - Florida had selected the cruise. The cruise was "OK" - this was my fifth cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines and the other ones were superior particularly regarding entertainment and meals. Entertainment was sorely lacking on this cruise - no big show in a theater. Fairly good comedy in one of the lounges and some decent musicians and singers in other lounges. I particularly disliked the set-up for Anytime Dining. One had to go to one deck to register each night and then sit and wait for in a designated area for a table. This two step process may have been more efficient for Carnival, but it took away from any perceived advantage of Anytime Dining. If I were to choose another Carnival cruise I would find out first if they are using this new form of Anytime Dining setup and if so, would opt for a set dining time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My husband and I selected this cruise for its newness and to see first hand what it would be like to cruise on a ship of this size. Even though the size was impressive and overwhelming, we sometimes found ourselves in the elevators by ... Read More
My husband and I selected this cruise for its newness and to see first hand what it would be like to cruise on a ship of this size. Even though the size was impressive and overwhelming, we sometimes found ourselves in the elevators by ourselves. However, due to the ship’s large passenger capacity (6,000) the registration, boarding and departing at the terminal was unpleasant to say the least. Having a Crown & Anchor status and arriving prior to 1 pm had no advantage. Following others, it took us a little more than an hour doing the ‘Serpentine Dance’ on a cold concrete floor before we were aboard. RCI may not be in charge of Customs personnel, but there weren’t enough Custom officers to handle the number of passengers to process for this size ship. Even if you are a back-to-back cruiser, a senior, or are wheelchair bound, you still won’t have any privileges for a speedy re-boarding. Seems we should have had some priority; after all they already had all of our information and our stateroom assignment. The Crew/Staff by the most part were pleasant and polite, but a few were rude, indifferent, and possible attitude. Our dining on the first week was superb. We ate at 5:30 pm, Deck 5. However, for our second week we were assigned to a different time and location even though we earlier requested the same as the first week. We were placed in ‘My Time Dining’ status and it was an awful experience. Enormous lines causing delays and confusion. The dining officers were rude and uncaring, while our table waiters were thoughtful. For the first 3 nights the dining room was swamped with passengers and crew members. Crew members had facial expressions as if they had never seen this before. It took almost 2 hrs to finish dinner. The food was good and always hot, but too slow in servicing. Later as we exited the dining room we noticed longer lines waiting to enter while others were leaving to eat elsewhere. We prefer inside large staterooms although not as large as one would expect. Our room was on Deck 10 which was very quiet and well maintained by our cabin steward. Show events were very good - especially the Aqua shows (the best)!! Some did get cancelled or rescheduled due to weather. We only ate in the dining room and not at specialty restaurants. No excursions because we’re frequent travelers and have done most of them. You wouldn’t think that a ship of this size could shake and move excessively in high winds and waves, but it will! Many passengers were getting sick during most of the first week of the cruise. Be prepared just in case. We don’t plan on taking another cruise on a ship of this size again. Big is not always better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We booked this cruise for two reason: 1) Because it was departing from Port Canaveral, a short drive from home and 2) Because it is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and we just wanted to go to sea with her. It was a great ... Read More
We booked this cruise for two reason: 1) Because it was departing from Port Canaveral, a short drive from home and 2) Because it is one of the largest cruise ships in the world and we just wanted to go to sea with her. It was a great choice and a fun ship. For the first time, we booked an inside cabin. this one had a balcony over looking Central Park and in the evening every night of the cruise we had an incredible violinist and her pianist husband who filled the entire area with three hours of awesome music, so beautiful that it was difficult to leave it to go to dinner. We found that we never missed our outside cabin and balcony. I'm not a big fan of cruise ship food but in general, the food was a notch above normal in all of the regular facilities. However, the specialty restaurants which charged extra were just average. I ordered a filet at their highly touted "Chops" restaurant and half of the steak was excellent while the other half was inedible. I also found drink prices to be outrageous, with a simple highball (bourbon and coke) cost $10.00 including gratuity. And cruise ship companies wonder why people try to smuggle their own alcohol on board. Entertainment on Oasis of the Seas was the best I have encountered on any cruise ship with a full Broadway Production of "Cats." There were also lounge shows that included some of the "Cats" cast members singing tunes from many Broadway shows as well as an ice show that was as good as any I've seen including "Holiday on Ice" and "Icecapades"(sp). Royal Caribbean ships are famous for their outdoor activities and the highlights on Oasis were miniature golf, two rock climbing walls, a zipline and two Flowrider surf simulators. All seemed equally popular but there was never a long wait for any of them. At 78 years old, I tried the zipline and found it to be "a piece of cake." I did have one encounter wit a surly ship's officer to appeared to be German. I was looking for the cabin steward to get an additional glass and opened the door to the pantry area where he often was. As I looked around the door to see if anyone was there I felt someone grab me and jerk me back into the corridor. He informed me that I was not allowed in that room though there was nothing on the door that said the area was restricted. I pointed this out to him and said I was looking for the cabin steward because I need to get another glass. He said, he's not here and do not go into that room. Then he just walked off with no offer to assist me nor any attempt to accommodate me. I probably should have reported him to the captain but he was not wearing a name badge. On this cruise, the Oasis made stops at Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozmel, Mexico, all ports we had seen the past. As usual, I forgot my cap and was ableto get one at a native shop in Labadee for $10.00 discounted from $25.00. By far, the best prices were in Cozmel where I was able to get two quality tee shirts for $5.00 each and I could have bought an identical cap for $5.00. This was our second Royal Caribbean cruise and I continue to be amazed at the efficiency with which the cruise line is able to embark passengers. It took more than three hours to board Holland America's Oosterdam sailing out of Tampa last November while Royal Caribbean had us on board in 45 minutes. All of the other cruise lines need to benchmark Royal Caribbean's boarding procedures. Because of our inside cabin overlooking a park with real trees, grass and plants, and because of the incredible stability of the ship it seemed that we were not cruising at all but visiting a large city in a high rise hotel. We had heavy seas on our return trip and yet I felt Oasis lurch just one time during the entire trip. I suspect that it would be impossible to get sea sick on Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
As i read some of the reviews, I can't believe I was on the same ship.We have sailed over 25 times and while we have visited better ports, we have never been on a better ship. The service is attentive, the meals are great, and the ... Read More
As i read some of the reviews, I can't believe I was on the same ship.We have sailed over 25 times and while we have visited better ports, we have never been on a better ship. The service is attentive, the meals are great, and the atmosphere fantastic .Imagine sipping a glass of wine in a tree lined park while listening to the soft sounds of a piano/violin duo without a bob or a roll from the sea despite the 20 knots. Picture yourself in an outdoor theater watching gymnastics, diving, syncro- swimming and remember your on a ship. Watch an ice skating show, a full production of Cats, or watch or partake in rock climbing, zip line and flow riding and much more. Enjoy the Caribbean warmth in a wonderful solarium without ever leaving the ship Oh, the balcony room was a little more compact than we expected, and the use of light colored carpets can be questioned, but overall the ship was excellent Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We bought this cruise because we wanted to find some warm weather in our winter. I think we were unlucky, the itinery called for two sea days which were both a wash out. Cozumel Mexico was very disappointing as was Ocho Rios. The highlight ... Read More
We bought this cruise because we wanted to find some warm weather in our winter. I think we were unlucky, the itinery called for two sea days which were both a wash out. Cozumel Mexico was very disappointing as was Ocho Rios. The highlight was Stirrup Cay Norwegians private island. In Ocho Rios (Jamaica) we did the 'Best of Ocho Rios ' excursion. Some people chose to climb the Dunn River Falls, it took ages the crowds were huge, so having seen the Falls it was a long wait before we were able to carry on to the Milford Gardens which were actually very interesting. The gardens guide was very knowledgeable about the plants and animals on display. The tour guide though very talkative and entertaining did not arrange a stop at a café for drinks or a snack so it turned out to be a long tiring trip. This was our third time on the Epic and we love it. The staff, the food, the public areas are very good. Our only complaints were that the hot tubs were supposed to have a limit of 15 minutes and no food or drink but people hogged them and the serving waiters served food and drink to the people using them. The signs with the rules should be more visible and rules should be enforced. The tender organisation for Grand Cayman was chaotic and it took ages to get off the ship, though at Stirrup Cay it was better. The main shows have not changed since January 2016 at least which does not encourage people to return to this ship. We had an inside cabin which was big enough for our needs and quite comfortable. The cabin steward Wayan was very good. We are going to try the Star next in July. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We thought the big ship was a change for us. Overall we had a great time. The crew and dining staff were very attentive and courtious. We had a problem with the entertainment. "BURN THE FLOOR" at prime time on the main stage ... Read More
We thought the big ship was a change for us. Overall we had a great time. The crew and dining staff were very attentive and courtious. We had a problem with the entertainment. "BURN THE FLOOR" at prime time on the main stage was very suggestive. "PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESSERT" at 7Pm on the main stage said as a warning : course languarge adult,theme, sexually suggestive scenes not for children nor those easly offended. "8PM in the atriam "Perfect Couple Game Show--extemely suggestive. We have never had shows like these on any of our many cruises and this was the first time on NCL. Never again nor will our family take this cruise. Missed the chocolates on the pillows at night, the terry robes when you get out of the shower, magnifing mirror to put on makeup We feel that the ship needs a new cruise director that has the ability to get prime time shows that the whole family will enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
It was a cheap midwinter getaway to the Bahamas. It was our first time on Carnival. Carnival substituted ships about a month or so before the cruise and, reading the reviews of the Liberty, we had much trepidation, but we figured we could ... Read More
It was a cheap midwinter getaway to the Bahamas. It was our first time on Carnival. Carnival substituted ships about a month or so before the cruise and, reading the reviews of the Liberty, we had much trepidation, but we figured we could withstand anything for just four days. It was actually quite pleasant. Check-in was a breeze, our cabin was adequate. The balcony was very spacious. Unfortunately, we couldn't use it much because it was extremely windy. There were no odors or backed up toilets or rust or any other signs of aging that others have mentioned in other reviews. Our only problem as a minor one-- the laundromat wouldn't accept our key. A supervisor showed up after about a half hour delay and comped us the wash. That was absolutely the right thing to do. I wish more businesses had that attitude! The food was fine--nothing to get too excited about, but the dinners in the dining room were very good and staff was very attentive. We had breakfast in the dining room one day and it was delightful because we shared a table with about six other people and made new friends. X-rated comedians were hilarious! ll in all, it was a lovely cruise. It's hard to imagine there were so many people on board because we didn't experience long lines or any of the hassles you might anticipate. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We were with a group of over 300 on this cruise, most of us seasoned cruisers , who wanted to experience the wonders of this ship.It is large, the neighborhoods are very interesting, and the entertainment was top shelf. Our balcony ... Read More
We were with a group of over 300 on this cruise, most of us seasoned cruisers , who wanted to experience the wonders of this ship.It is large, the neighborhoods are very interesting, and the entertainment was top shelf. Our balcony stateroom was sparse with minimal storage, no toiletries or ice bucket. Attempting to get to dinner or a show from deck 8 was almost impossible. On more that one occasion, we waited for over 10 minutes to squeeze into an elevator, only to be faced with long lines to the dining room. The food choices were limited, and salt seemed to be the answer for flavor. The spinach ravioli was excellent, but most of the food was inferior to that on previous experiences on smaller Royal or Celebrity ships. The Park Cafe in Central Park offered a nice option with limited choices. The walking track is covered, which is a plus, but the fitness center is poorly maintained. There are 5 recumbent bikes, and only 1 is in good shape. 2 have no programs available, 1 has a broken arm with bare metal, and 2 also have seat backs which are loose. There is also no staff visible to speak with. One highlight mentioned on the ship highlight screen is the Central Park Tour, which was not available on this cruise. Customer service was clueless , other than to check the daily Compass to check. Needless to say, it was never available. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose the Oasis of the seas because of all the fantastic literature we read about this ship. It sounded exciting . We were not disappointed. The Oasis has everything imaginable on it to enjoy your vacation. Plenty of activity for ... Read More
We chose the Oasis of the seas because of all the fantastic literature we read about this ship. It sounded exciting . We were not disappointed. The Oasis has everything imaginable on it to enjoy your vacation. Plenty of activity for children of all ages. Nice variety of shops and great buys. Ports of call were interesting and plenty of time to tour and shop. Our dining experience was great. A large variety of items to pick from in the Main dining room. Out evening dinner menus were different every evening and delicious. The embarkation went surprisingly very quickly considering the number of people coming aboard. The disembarkation went smoothly however it did take a lot longer than we expected due to the number of people getting off. But that is to be expected. We definitely will plan another cruise with Royal Caribbean We highly recommend the Oasis of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We went with friends to get away from snow up north. We had a great time. Best vacation in a long time. Going first class in a Suite made the trip so very nice with all the extra things included. I can't say enough good things about ... Read More
We went with friends to get away from snow up north. We had a great time. Best vacation in a long time. Going first class in a Suite made the trip so very nice with all the extra things included. I can't say enough good things about the cruise line. Went on a smaller ship (Brilliance of the Seas) last year, and that was also very good.The extra money we spent for a suite was very much worth it. We are now spoiled, would not go any other way. However, we did not not spend a lot of time in the cabin except to sleep, so any cabin would have been ok, but being much older as I am, I really appreciated all the extra services that came with the suite. We are getting married soon, so we spent time on shore shopping for our wedding rings, which we found in St. Thomas. This Cruise line was terrific in every way. We complained about our meal the first night..(coffee never came on time) and wow! did they every make up for it the next night. Terrific service...Had so much fun! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
With our organization, 200 people, most of the cruise was good, the dinning room food was bad,, served cold, tasteless, (did not go to the dinning room the last night, the lobster night was a joke, the lobsters looked like large crawfish, ... Read More
With our organization, 200 people, most of the cruise was good, the dinning room food was bad,, served cold, tasteless, (did not go to the dinning room the last night, the lobster night was a joke, the lobsters looked like large crawfish, I know they would not be legal in the U.S. Requested the prime rib medium well, came to me bleeding, second one was not prime rib, but some kind for roast cut to look like prime rib, for three at our table, pulled apart like a pot roast, third one came to me as red as the first, by that time I was ready to leave the dinning room and went to the windjammer. The people who ordered lobster couldn't pull them out of the shell, even the staff tried without success. Any type of meat tasted the same, blah. from breakfast, dinner. lunch was average for the two times we ate there. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
1st I need to stipulate we're loyal to RCL cruisers (Diamond level), so we gave up lots of perks (get that NCL, free perks) to give NCL a go. We booked last minute to sail with family who are NCL enthusiasts. I kept a running log of ... Read More
1st I need to stipulate we're loyal to RCL cruisers (Diamond level), so we gave up lots of perks (get that NCL, free perks) to give NCL a go. We booked last minute to sail with family who are NCL enthusiasts. I kept a running log of pluses & minuses throughout the . I kept a running log of pluses & minuses throughout the week to track all the "goods and bads", not necessarily compared to RCL, but some were measured against Royal. From the start we noted this had an entirely different feel than an RCL cruise, more of a younger, partying atmosphere - geared more towards that, not towards comfort and separate relaxation spaces for seniors or adults only. We don't cruise to drink & party, that is way down our list. So with that in mind, this is how my +/- list finished up. Pluses 11, Minuses 40. Here's the PLUS line items: 1. A good selection of venues for a variety of entertainment. 2. Great NFL game coverage for playoff weekend. 3. Good coffee 4. State room door sign - status wheel. 5. Very good Cirque (circus) show. 6. Music: Guitar by Paulo. 7. Big shower stall in room. 8. Good storage space in room, closet. 9. Bruins game on in pub. 10. Very good dance show, excellent music. 11. Waterslide park. The MINUS line items: 1. No low level outside deck for walking around and viewing. Outside low level deck viewing obstructed by lifeboats. 2. Too much dark wood, darkness in many common areas. 3. Narrow dark stairways, very bland, no art-work here. 4. Traffic bottleneck areas, narrow passages especially around Ice bar and in casino. Then photographers set up here, making it even worse. 5. O' Sheehan's pub is worn, dingy and dirty. Looks like any old pub you'd find in any town in America, complete with wobbly chairs. Unimpressive menu, uncomfortable seating and spotty table service. 6. Poor lighting in room (interior room), especially at mirror for applying make-up or shaving. 7. Poor markings/signage in ship corridors, difficult to find gym in bland generic corridors. 8. Dessert snacks at coffee bar are all extra cost on NCL, free on RCL. 9. 2 basic small pool tables in O' Sheehan's are extra cost, self-leveling upscale tables on RCL Radiance class ships are free. 10. Small main theatre (1 level) doesn't allow big multi-level elaborate stage shows. 11. Developed a stomach illness 2nd morning of cruise...bad food suspected? 12. Boat vibrates more than any other vessels we've sailed on. 13. Weird bathroom set-up; 2 separate stations - don't like leaving toilet area before washing hands. 14. TV in room is too small. 15. Poor mattress in stateroom, sore back every morning. 16. No quick easy snacking stations on lower levels, on RCL easy pick-up stops for pizza, sandwiches and desserts. 17. Deck chairs aren't comfortable. 18. Diesel fumes on top deck while in port, poor horizontal ventilation slots in glass. 19. No ice surface, ice show. 20. No flow rider surfing simulator. 21. No real mini-golf for adults, just a wet one for kids. 22. Too many deck chairs along pool walking paths, too narrow, difficult to walk around. 23. No adult solarium area with pool and light snacks, with comfy chairs for relaxation & reading. 24. PA speaker in room didn't work, had to open door to hear announcements in corridor. 25. Longer elevator waits than RCL, many times gave up & took the stairs. 26. Access to Italian restaurant is through cafe buffet at front of ship, down a flight of stairs. Poor planning. 27. Overall poor layout of ship, no flow, disjointed design. At new RCL ship presentation, host admitted they made many mistakes building this boat. 28. Smoking areas placed randomly on outside decks, sometimes Port side, sometimes Starboard side? 29. No chair in room, only a stool, smallest room we've ever had on any cruise - really no room for a chair. 30. Outside lower level deck very narrow, no room for deck chairs like other boats with full walk-around lower level decks. 31. Very small crowded swimming pools. 32. Difficult access to AC outlets in room, under counter very dark under there. 33. No "schooner type" bar, out of the main traffic - a quiet piano bar lounge hangout with real comfortable chairs. 34. No info delivered to room for disembark process, no customs forms, luggage tags. 35. Nothing like a top of the ship Viking Crown / Olive or Twist lounge for late night music & dancing. 36. Overall food quality and variety, we prefer RCL, not by a lot, but it's consistently better and more variety. 37. No perks for frequent loyal cruisers, except booking early discounts or NCL credit cards. No discount coupons, no free internet time, no free drinks etc. 38. Buffet poorly set-up, long lines due to not enough separate stations. 39. More up-charges on many food & drink items. Drink prices were absurd, we're not big drinkers at all, but still spent a lot on drinks. We'd have spent hundreds less if we'd sailed with RCL and took advantage of our earned free drink package. 40. Tiny adult "party" pool at aft of ship. Summary: NCL isn't our kind of cruise experience; we're 1 and done. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Prior cruise on Epic 4 yrs ago was outstanding. On this cruise cabins seemed smaller. Bar staff was missing in action. Often had to search for server or go to bar. In casino server would take order from person next to me, ignore me. I am ... Read More
Prior cruise on Epic 4 yrs ago was outstanding. On this cruise cabins seemed smaller. Bar staff was missing in action. Often had to search for server or go to bar. In casino server would take order from person next to me, ignore me. I am short, not invisible. Opposite side of ship got clean up early, our side late in day, couple of times clean up and turn down same time. Only 3 stops this cruise. Too much time in a tortilla with nothing to do. St Thomas, only a few hours, leaving port 1:30. Their private islane, the whole day with no shopping except local straw. Guess they wanted us to spend our $$ ON THEIR events, snorkling, etc. We wanted to at least see what you think was there but at noon we tried to get off. Went to aft, no getting off. Called operator, told to go forward, went forward, no getting off. Asked how do we get off? Told go somewhere else. Finally, after walking length of ship twice we gave up. Embarkation was slow, long time in line, no line for silver, gold or platnium. Debarkation was a breeze. Overall, we would still cruise on Epic again, just not the ship and service as 4 years ago. We still love freestyle on NCL and will cruise again. Smokers have more freeom on Epic, 15th deck one side. On Getaway only tiny enclosed space for smokers, like going into smoke cloud, cough, cough. Cirque show was fabulous. Well worth the price strength and agility of performers truly spectaclur.. fun and entertaing. Epic Beatles good show, you could tell who was supposed to be who friends raved about Pricilla, cried! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Crowded, noisy, poor food, poor entertainment except for Aqua Show and Ice Show. We will never sail on The Oasis again. Crowded: Even with the set sail pass, it was a 2+ hour wait to check in. The elevators were insufficient- with long ... Read More
Crowded, noisy, poor food, poor entertainment except for Aqua Show and Ice Show. We will never sail on The Oasis again. Crowded: Even with the set sail pass, it was a 2+ hour wait to check in. The elevators were insufficient- with long waits, and then crowded to an embarrassing point to where you were smushed up against people. Noisy: It was very loud with hectic music and yelling announcements everywhere. We could not get away from it except in our state room. Poor food: The food was cooked to death and cold in the Main Dining Room. My Dining program was not working. There were LONG lines in the Windjammer and all other breakfast venues. Entertainment: CATS was a big disappointment and the Headliner was uncomfortably loud and frantic. We did enjoy the Aqua Show, and thought the Ice Show was wonderful. We are Royal Caribbean people, but this ship was terrrible. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We are loyal to royal cruisers and wanted to try one of their big ships. Being Florida residents and Crown and Anchor members the price couldn't be beat. I have found that the bigger ships do tend to charge more for the cruises but ... Read More
We are loyal to royal cruisers and wanted to try one of their big ships. Being Florida residents and Crown and Anchor members the price couldn't be beat. I have found that the bigger ships do tend to charge more for the cruises but they do offer many more things to do. We do not use the specialty restaurants so I can't comment on those. However, I thought the food in the dinning room was on par with their other, smaller ships. Nothing world changing but quite good and we never felt like it was disappointing. The Windjammer food, again, was on par with the smaller ships, however, I do like some of the choices available on the smaller ones. For the entertainment, I wasn't expecting much from the Aquatheater, however we saw two shows and both were excellent and definitely worth seeing. I have never been disappointed in the service on any of the royal ships. Oasis was no different. I find that if you treat the service staff with respect and understanding for what they have to do you will get that same respect back. The cabins on Oasis were, for us, somewhat disappointing. We are used to the standard cabin layout (we always book a balcony) that have been on the other Royal ships. I guess with newer designed ships the cabin also got a newer, more compact, design. The storage space seems to be less and not as convenient. The best thing I found in the cabin, and it is also true of the Freedom class ships, is the shower door instead of a curtain. I would love to see the other ships upgraded to have shower doors. We didn't take this cruise for the ports or the excursions, however, we did enjoy getting off the ship at each destination and walking around in the duty free shops. This was our first time to Labadee and Falmouth and third time to Cosmel. My biggest concern was dealing with the expected crowds. There were over 6300 passengers on this cruise. I never found there to be any bigger problem with crowds than I have on smaller ships. The only time we ever felt crowded was after dinner while shopping on the Promenade deck. And even then it was no worse than we have experienced on the Brilliance, where sometimes it is standing room only! Oasis has a lot to offer, it is really geared toward families as there are a lot of activities for children and younger adults. However, we as seniors, also found plenty of things to do and never felt like something was missing. We would not hesitate to take another cruise on any of Royal's large ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Im a government Contractor who spends most of my time in Afghanistan, and cruise twice every year to get relaxed and refreshed. What I love most about cruising on Oasis is the shear size of the ship and it's ability to transport me to ... Read More
Im a government Contractor who spends most of my time in Afghanistan, and cruise twice every year to get relaxed and refreshed. What I love most about cruising on Oasis is the shear size of the ship and it's ability to transport me to 7 distinct neighborhoods, making it feel like more than "just a cruise". The new layout and locations for Izumi's, Coastal Kitchen, the Suite Lounge and, Diamond club all works out much better than the original configuration of the ship. Although I traditionally cruise in a Grand Suite, on this particular cruise the Sky Loft Suite was available when I booked for the exact same price as a Grand so I decided to try it out. What an outstanding layout, and the convenience of having the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen all right there on deck 17 was really nice ! Now that Oasis calls Port Canaveral home, it makes it my first choice for a nice 7 day Eastern or Western Caribbean Cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I was all ready frustrated with trying to pre book excursions then I find out I have to have reservations for the shows; Both my husband and I were so exhausted by the boarding process that all I could think about was going to bed. ... Read More
I was all ready frustrated with trying to pre book excursions then I find out I have to have reservations for the shows; Both my husband and I were so exhausted by the boarding process that all I could think about was going to bed. then the show bookings were opened up just before our dinner time so we couldn't make reservations until Monday when Cats was all ready booked out.. So we missed the headliner show and Cats. I'm now very hesitant to standing in long lines. I loved walking through Central Park at night; I found the breakfast sandwiches of an egg Mc Muffin at Central Park a poor copy; My frustration with the reservation system was increased when the room television system did not work. I am diabetic and as such I have to eat early in the evening. this added to my frustration when I tried to reserve dining times before going on board.. I never did find prints of our first port and looking about 5 times so we had no further pictures taken while getting off at port. Both our cabin steward Peniel and our Head waiter John were extremely helpful. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise because of the dates and ports to visit. We always try to visit at least 1 new port every time we cruise. We had a group of 7 this time, most of us in our 50's, one 75 and 1 was 19 (our son). We had a blast and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the dates and ports to visit. We always try to visit at least 1 new port every time we cruise. We had a group of 7 this time, most of us in our 50's, one 75 and 1 was 19 (our son). We had a blast and were pleasantly surprised that there were not more drunks being obnoxious all over! Many families and people of all ages. We have sailed from Port Canaveral many times and it usually goes very smooth. We stayed overnight in Cocoa Beach and our hotel has park and cruise guests processing in and out down to almost perfect timing. There were many of us departing on a cruise that day. Embarkation went quite smoothly. Once we were allowed onboard, we found that the dining room was opening in about 10 minutes so we waited for that vice going to the Lido, which is usually quite hectic and confusing. We ate most of our meals in the dining rooms vice the Lido due to allergies and just enjoying not having to stand in lines or fight for a drink. Guy's burgers were great and most of the dining room food was good, hot or at least very warm. Sometimes some of the choices were not to my liking but mostly because of my allergies, but our waitstaff was great. was a bit disappointed with the "American Table theme tho. They memorized our names immediately and were very helpful even when they were so busy. We did hate walking thru the casino due to the smoke, but otherwise, we were not bothered by smokers very much. We played a lot of trivia which we always enjoy. Always a good time. Most of the service in all areas of the ship was pretty good. We had a cabin (handicapped accessible) in the spa area of deck 11 and that was great! Our son, 19, hung around with someone from the group part of the time and by himself the rest of the time but said he really enjoyed the cruise. Meals were always fun and we loved all the kids thinking my husband was Santa (he is actually)!! so many little ones had their vacations made by "Santa" taking a photo with them or talking with them. We have sailed a variety of the lower priced cruises and still enjoy most of our Carnival ones. The Military reception was really great and informative, and Schwartz was a great cruise director! Was not impressed with the shopping expert. She was long winded and repeated information too many times. We didn't do excursions in every port, but 3 of us did the Monkey Jungle in the Dominican Republic and had a blast. Then we 3 also went snorkling in Grand Turk and it was fun too, but getting dropped off on the beach and having to find our way back to the port area was NOT fun. I had a really hard time walking in the sand and ended up using my scooter for the rest of the time onboard due to pain in my knees and ankles from walking in the sand. The crew on the boat was very good and helpful, highly recommend the Ultimate Snorkling adventure and the Monkey Jungle. We would go again on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Friends that have traveled on NCL invited us on this New Year's Eve.cruise Worst NYE we have ever spent. One glass of champagne and about 100 balloons drop. Cheap hats and noisemakers. From day one we knew we were gonna have ... Read More
Friends that have traveled on NCL invited us on this New Year's Eve.cruise Worst NYE we have ever spent. One glass of champagne and about 100 balloons drop. Cheap hats and noisemakers. From day one we knew we were gonna have trouble when we were boarding , very long lines and someone stopped the escalator while we were on it causing people to fall forward. Now we see our inside cabin(we always book). Shower & toilet separated by a curtain from the bed. Room was dark not enough light anywhere to put on makeup. We found the staff had attitude and were not helpful (you think it was their first day). We had dinner in 5 specialty restaurants, portions small. When I ordered a lobster tail for a $29 up charge it was tough and tasteless. When I told the person in charge he asked for my room number & said he would take it off the bill (he didn't). No quiet place to read, not enough lounges to talk, and don't know why I packed a bathing suit. Found the restrooms dirty,no soap in dispensers & no ply toilet paper. Except for a few trivia games not much to do during the day. This was my 43 cruise, my first with NCL & unfortunately my last. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 31st cruise, fourth on NCL and was average at best. The craziest thing we have ever seen is the cabin setup. I'm sure you have seen this in other EPIC reviews but the bathroom is split up into three different areas. Food ... Read More
This was our 31st cruise, fourth on NCL and was average at best. The craziest thing we have ever seen is the cabin setup. I'm sure you have seen this in other EPIC reviews but the bathroom is split up into three different areas. Food was better than the other NCL ships we were on and the service was spotty. One tip: make sure you go over your bill when you receive it. There were a lot of complaints about discrepancies and we were one of them. Ours had to do with the on board credit we had. They didn't apply the purchases we made to the credit. It took three people from the service desk to understand where the mistake was made. Another problem is that if you have on board credit from the casino for food and drinks, only the casino sees that, not the people who are at the Service Desk. Embarkation: Check in was a breeze but the sitting area was chaotic. NCL should take a lesson from Royal Caribbean in that you are seated in section designated by the level you are in their. For example, the level you are in in Latitudes. RCL seats you in the order you arrived. NCL people were all over the place and when your level was called, the people who just arrived got on the ship before the people who were sitting for a long time. They need to be better organized. Cabin: Cabin was setup in a way we have never seen. The bathroom was split up into three different sections. The shower and toilet were by the cabin entrance door with just a glass door on each. When you step out of the shower you are standing right by the door. The sink was at the foot of the bed. The space between the vanity and bed was about two feet so if someone was sitting there you couldn't get by without going on the bed. There was plenty of storage room for clothes. TIP: If your cabin has a sofa, check under the sofa for drawers, that's where we stored the life jackets and a few other things. Our cabin steward Wayne was excellent. Very friendly, efficient and accommodating. Dining: The food was better on this ship than the other NCL ships we were on (Gem, Getaway and Escape). The service was spotty at best. The Manhattan Dining Room has the best service. You didn't have to flag anyone down to refill whatever you were drinking. We ate at 3 specialty restaurants:, Moderno, Tappanyaki and Le Bistro. The service was slow at all three. Tappenyaki is always entertaining but our chef overcooked the chicken and had a couple of mishaps when tossing the food around. TIP: If you go to the Garden View for breakfast and looking for omelettes, either go towards the back of the restaurant or go outside in the area called the Great Outdoors. Instead of going into the Garden View go in the opposite direction. There are two omelette stations which are hardly used. In the 5 days we had omelettes, we didn't have to wait. we walked right up to the station. Inside the garden View there were 6 - 8 people waiting on line. In addition, there is a area with plenty of tables with overhead cover. On certain days it was very difficult find seating in the Garden View. Entertainment: The late night comic was very good. The shows were average. There is one show, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert which if you like guys dressing up as women, then go see it. We walked out after 15 minutes. Burn the Floor wasn't as good as the one we saw on the Getaway. Lots of other activities were being held throughout the ship. Shore Excursions: We've visited these port before (St. Thomas, Stirrup Cay and Tortola) and St. Thomas is the only one we found worth visiting. We heard complaints that the beach in Tortola had a bad smell to it. Disembarkation: We opted to walk off the ship with our luggage. We were told that disembarking would take place at 7:00am, we actually disembarked at 6:25am. People were starting to line up on deck 6 at 6:00am. So if you decide to walk off and want to beat the lines in the Immigration area, get on line early. Summary: For us this was just an average cruise. Service was spotty, food was better than the other NCL ships we were on, the cabin design was not smartly laid out. Embarkation needs to be more efficient and please examine your bill before allowing them to close out your account. Next cruise is the Harmony of the Seas next month. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Norwegian did something really smart by creating the Solo Studio for people traveling alone without hitting them with a single supplement. Recently took 7-day cruise on Norwegian Epic with 3 older lady friends. We have the means to travel ... Read More
Norwegian did something really smart by creating the Solo Studio for people traveling alone without hitting them with a single supplement. Recently took 7-day cruise on Norwegian Epic with 3 older lady friends. We have the means to travel but also enjoy the perfect mix of privacy and sociability that the Solo Studio provides. We each had our own room with stand-up shower, toilet, queen-size bed, sink, safe and storage areas but the Solo Lounge provided a great venue to meet other single travelers for coffee, snacks and, from 5-7 PM, drinks at our own fully stocked bar with personable bartender. We met a married couple who were also sailing in the Solo Studios. They liked that they each had their own shower and bathroom and their studios had a pass through door that gave them double the space and facilities for the same price as a double cabin. The food on Norwegian was excellent. I have cruised 4 times on Disney - which retains the crown as best cruise - and once on Royal Princess which was just OK but I'd definitely cruise Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016

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