Oasis of the Seas Review

Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas
2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Entertainment
2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation

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Pros

Packed with activities, restaurants and bars, Oasis is manageable despite its size.

Cons

Mall-like interior means it's hard to see the ocean; expect lines at popular venues.

Bottom Line

Innovative and energetic, Oasis appeals most to active cruisers and families.


About

Passengers 5,606
Crew 2,181
Passenger to Crew 2.57:1
Launched 2009
Shore Excursions 314
Chris Gray Faust
Cruise Critic Managing Editor

Oasis of the Seas Overview

One of the largest ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas makes an impression even before you board; the mega-ship looms above its counterparts. The this-can't-be-a-ship effect continues as you board; lined with eateries, shops selling designer goods and logowear, and Starbucks -- and no outside windows -- the ship's Royal Promenade can feel like a mall, rather than a cruise ship.

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And yet, Oasis of the Seas has been enthusiastically embraced as one of Royal Caribbean's most beloved vessels, even more than a decade after its launch. At double occupancy, Oasis sails with 5,606 passengers, but during the busiest seasons there can be nearly 6,700 people onboard. Its onboard attractions are so popular that up to one-third of the passengers never even leave the ship in port.

So what makes Oasis of the Seas a hit for the families and active cruisers who love it? The secret is not only in the ship's neighborhoods -- which divide the vessel into manageable pieces, keep bottlenecks to a minimum and provide a dizzying amount of activities -- but also in Royal Caribbean's ability to evolve Oasis over time, sinking $165 million into the ship in 2019 as part of its Royal Amplification initiative to revitalize older ships.

The Boardwalk boasts two rock climbing walls, a carousel, the AquaTheater, the Ultimate Abyss dry slide and the impressive Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade. The aft deck Pool and Sports Zone has the Perfect storm trio of other water slides, a kids splash park, two FlowRider surf simulators, a basketball court, a mini-golf course, a table tennis area, a teen club and a short zipline. Add in the sheer amount of shows, restaurants and bars, and you'll see that it's impossible to be bored on this ship.

Cruising on a ship this size comes with compromises. If you want to see all the shows and entertainment on offer, you must book online in advance, as the theaters are simply not big enough to hold everyone. Specialty dining reservations should be made in advance, too. If you don't like planning your cruise activities before you board or hate lines, Oasis is probably not a great choice compared to Royal Caribbean's more intimate ships.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Main dining room, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater shows, the ice skating and AquaTheater shows, and the comedy club
  • Ultimate Abyss dry slide and Perfect Storm water slides, FlowRiders, rock climbing walls, zipline, water park, mini-golf and laser tag, among other active activities
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia or New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day or $17.50 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (18 percent for both)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities such as arcade games, bingo and the escape room
  • Photos and artwork


Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: Casual, with shorts and tees most common inside the ship and bathing suits and cover-ups on the pool deck.

Evening: On sailings of fewer than seven nights, dress remains casual, though shorts and tanks are not permissible in the main dining room at dinner. On optional formal nights -- now called "smart casual" -- men are asked to wear long pants and collared shirts, and women are expected to dress up a bit. Suits, sport jackets and cocktail dresses are the norm, but there is a tux rental shop onboard.

Not permitted: Bare feet are not allowed at any time in any venue, and tank tops are not permitted in the main dining room or specialty dining venues for dinner. Shorts are discouraged at dinner.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.


Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Awards

Editors’ Picks Awards

2019 Best Ship Refurbishment

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Entertainment
2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2019 Best for Public Rooms
2019 Best for Families
2019 Best for First Timers
2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Entertainment
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2018 Best for Public Rooms
2018 Best for Service
2018 Best for Shore Excursions
2018 Best for Value
2018 Best for First Timers
2017 Best for Entertainment
2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2016 Best for Entertainment
2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2015 Best for Entertainment
2015 Best for Fitness
2015 Best for Families
2014 Best Overall
2014 Best for Cabins
2014 Best for Embarkation
2014 Best for Entertainment
2014 Best for Fitness
2014 Best for Public Rooms
2014 Best for Service
2013 Best Overall
2013 Best for Embarkation
2013 Best for Entertainment
2013 Best for Fitness
2013 Best for Public Rooms
2013 Best for Service
2013 Best for Shore Excursions
2013 Best for Families

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Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Member Reviews

Oasis of the Seas
misuau
Sail Date: May 2019
The Oasis of the Seas is in excellent conditions and the ship is wonderful. The route in the Mediterranean is great and the port of calls are excellent....Read More
Oasis of the Seas
padilla_rose
Sail Date: Nov 2018
Oasis of the Seas is a beatiful ship, The theater had great shows ad we enjoyed our experience there. The cabin was comfortable enough, and we had pleasant nights there....Read More
Oasis of the Seas
GRAPEBUG
Sail Date: Mar 2019
We enjoy Oasis of the seas for our teenage children. There is so much to keep them busy. All kinds of activities all the time and with several sea days, this gives them time to enjoy everything....Read More
Oasis of the Seas
cindysails2
Sail Date: Jan 2019
We chose Oasis of the Seas because my husband had watched a documentary of it being built. We were not disappointed in this ship at all....Read More

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