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Let me first say the entertainment, stateroom attendant and dining room waiters were great! However........ Don’t forget to pack your patience! We planned this trip for our four teenagers during spring break. We decided to not ... Read More
Let me first say the entertainment, stateroom attendant and dining room waiters were great! However........ Don’t forget to pack your patience! We planned this trip for our four teenagers during spring break. We decided to not cancel and move forward despite the coronavirus. Which we probably should had canceled but we decided to give it a shot. Huge disappointment. First disappointed was not being able to upgrade our room despite 900+ canceling. We tried to upgrade all 3 staterooms and were told only one room “maybe” could upgrade and they will contact us. Which they never did! We wanted to stay together with our children and that was not even an option. The rooms were very outdated. Did not have refrigerators as expected. We have a diabetic daughter who requires a fridge for her insulin and it was not in the room as requested. We ended up receiving a car type plug in cooler. Very disappointing. There was no water readily accessible. The closet door was falling off. WiFi was horrible and overpriced. We had to go visit the guest relations desk at least a dozen times. Half the time you are screaming your issue due to the loud music at the centrum. Bad place for the guest relations desk. It was very hard to understand most of the staff but luckily we had a young lady that tried to handle what she could. They allowed charges on our account despite being flagged not too. Guest relations was not worried about customer satisfaction. You could tell they are used to complaints. They did not react. We shared our disappointment but was obvious they did not care. The food was terrible. The only half way descent food was in the main dining but the portions were small and very bland. However, The waiters were very friendly and did a great job accommodating our gluten free daughter. They treated her very good. Her every food needs were met! The buffet was terrible. There were not many options unless you want to pay for it. Alcohol drinks were watered down. 700 dollars for two. And barely any alcohol in the drinks! The only two fun things for the teenagers were both closed the entire trip. The rock wall and the bungee trampoline were closed. There was not even a basketball court. Just a pool for the kids...no slide. Not much at all. I can’t imagine how crowded the pool would had been if the 900 people that cancelled would had showed up. It was packed. Very small pools. Sure wish we would had done our research. This ship is not very kid friendly and is very old with limited food eateries (that are included in price). The entertainment for adults was good. Most staff members were very friendly. We have an Alaskan cruise schedule in July and will be canceling. We only booked this cruise since we had the Alaskan cruise already booked since last year and wanted to stay with one cruise line. We have cruised with Carnival in the past and will travel with them again. Beware…they charged our account the very last day 125.00 for towels which we returned all our towels. They do not give you anything stating how many you borrow and return so you are relying on the attendant to enter the correct information. They did take the charges off but I can only imagine what a mess it would had been to fix this error after the cruise. This was done the last night of the cruise and luckily I noticed early enough to dispute it. Cozumel was very nice and we seemed safe however progreso was very sketchy. I would not recommend getting off the ship there. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was our first cruise and didn't really know what to expect of it. But the second we got on the ship we knew it would be great. We got on the ship around 12p and went directly to the Windjammer on floor 11 due to the state rooms ... Read More
This was our first cruise and didn't really know what to expect of it. But the second we got on the ship we knew it would be great. We got on the ship around 12p and went directly to the Windjammer on floor 11 due to the state rooms not being available until 1p the windjammer staff made sure the buffet was safe, clean and a overall good experience, when you walk in they make sure everyone washes their hands and drys them and has sanitizing stations all around. The food was good for being a free meal and the staff constantly walked around and made sure the place was clean. The staterooms were exceptionally good. The room attendant I had was very good. I would recommend he get a pay raise because he was just amazing. So friendly and kind and made a elephant and monkey out of towels for the kids to enjoy. He always made our beds and cleaned the room up. Everytime we left we came back to a orderly room with fresh towels and made beds. The only complaint about this ship was that the elevators were always crowded and the system was sometimes dumb. The elevators would sometimes skip you but all in all they were quick and speedy even though 40% of people found themselves walking down stairs. The kids had multiple activities and a teen's club. They did a little dodgeball tournament, had parties, had mini golf, rock climbing, slides, arcade and a flow rider. Now for parents when they want to get away from kids they have a daycare for the little ones and multiple bars and a casino. The best place to eat to me is Johnny's Rockets. The service was great and speedy and our waitress was so kind and amazing, the food was yummy and was very good. They have fancier places with exceptional service but the food to me wasnt as good. All in all the Adventure Of The Seas was an amazing ship and I would reccomend to any families. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
In south Florida for a relative's wedding and decided to cruise with brother and his family who has sailed on Royal Caribbean for several years. This was cruise number 18 for me but have only cruised on Carnival and Princess until ... Read More
In south Florida for a relative's wedding and decided to cruise with brother and his family who has sailed on Royal Caribbean for several years. This was cruise number 18 for me but have only cruised on Carnival and Princess until this cruise. Embarkation- was in a junior suite so went to the suite line- very fast and we were on the ship in 30 minutes. The Ship- oh my gosh, it was lovely! The ship decor was classy and not the overt tackiness of some of the other ships I have been on (sometimes I do like tackiness). The ship was a smaller ship but I found it very easy to find my way around. The champagne bar was very small and intimate, we spent a lot of time there. The promenade had many shops, I did get some Gelato which was good. My husband got Starbucks a few times but otherwise it did not utilize the clothing/jewelry shops Beverages- I had the basic soda package and found many places to be able to fill my cup with the freestyle machines. The Price of Alcoholic drinks seemed expensive but I think it is average for the industry. I just do not drink enough alcohol consistently to make the beverage package worth it for me. I will next time get the deluxe soda package with includes Sparkling water, juices and mocktails. LOVE LOVE the solarium, never a problem getting a lounger, the hot tubs were crowded but I really like the fact that they are covered and found the decor gave an atmosphere of relation. It was just a nice area and I happily spent many hours reading in the solarium. Word to the wise-do not go at Spring Break (they had their boombox and were playing music very loudly in the hot tub at various times) Yes my bad for booking at Spring Break, not Royal's fault Food-MDR was some of the best MDR food I have ever had. Our Waiters Marianos and Aris were the best waiters I have ever had! CHEF's TABLE- the food was exquisite, the wine was wonderful. Lovely presentation but the area where the chef's table was located(a landing above the dining room) made it very noisy and difficult to hear what the Chef was saying. I do like the fact that on Carnival the Chef's table is in a private room. Facilities-did not use Gym or Spa Smoking Area-for those that smoke or vape- Large area on the Port side pool deck (plenty of ashtrays) as well as the casino and I think there was an area on a lower deck as well. Entertainment-made a good sized deposit in the casino. The casin it self was not very large but a good assortment of machines. I found the slots to be good for a cruise ship but the points system is a little more rigid than Carnival. I usually accumulate 7000-10000 points on Carnival but on Royal it was only about 3000 points. No free drinks at 1500 points. Activities- we did want to participate in trivia but unless you get your seat early it is usually very crowded as it is a popular activity. Ports- The only port we got off of the ship was Cozumel-went to Palmeras for ceviche. (yummy) Debarkation- Did Self assist, a bit disorganized but was off the ship in about 45 minutes I love this ship and want to go on her again but unfortunetly she will be going to New Jersey and finally Texas. I live in Florida and it is an easy drive to the ports in Florida. Guess I will Just have to fly! Im thoroughly impressed with Royal Caribbean and have already booked another cruise with them. I especially like this ship and would almost go so far as to say Its my most favorite ship I have ever been on! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
PROS The ship was incredible Didn’t feel crowded at all even with 6 thousand people on board Lots of room around the pools Lots to do while on board Solarium was nice Led Zepellin cover band was fantastic Ice show ... Read More
PROS The ship was incredible Didn’t feel crowded at all even with 6 thousand people on board Lots of room around the pools Lots to do while on board Solarium was nice Led Zepellin cover band was fantastic Ice show was good Aqua show was good Cats was ok Dining room service was good as was our cabin attendant CONS Very loud music made it hard to have a conversation or read Lineups for Food 30 people lined up for an ice cream cone Line ups for dinner even with reservation In general the service in windjammer and other free restaurants was poor. Tables were not cleared quickly Staff starring out the windows or Talking to each other Staff didn’t seem as happy as on other ships we’ve been on Food was a big disappointment Selection was limited, repetitive and poor quality Food was frequently cold Bread didn’t seem fresh The main dining room staff tried valiantly to make up for the poor effort made to the menu by the kitchen Terrible coffee Eggs benny cold with hardly any ham on it served with something similar to a McDonald’s hashbrowns Tuna tataki overcooked should be rare inside cooked all the way through Steak tasted ok but I had trouble cutting it because of gristle throughout Prime rib ordered medium rare but served rare even after we returned it they just poured gravy over it the second time Rare from edge to edge Shrimp Ceviche was a frozen prawn on some shredded lettuce When I sent it back they just squirted some lemon juice on it Told me it was a shrimp Not even the right animal The brownie dessert I ordered had about a half of 1 side of what seemed like an Oreo cookie The worst food we’ve experienced on any cruise We got tired of complaining about it Not even close Other passengers we talked with voiced similar concerns about the free eating venues People were constantly trying to push the pay restaurants Which I heard were excellent The staff on the PA systems were frequently telling everyone how great the service and food was and that we should give them scores of 10 and 9 minimum They even suggested we give them a standing ovation in the dinning room on the last night because they were so great People did but it wasn’t spontaneous The ship was wow The food and some of the service not so much Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Heard it was great but honestly it is too big and we don’t smoke and think they should place smoking section anywhere except wher the two main bars on the swimming pools are located. Every time you went to get the over priced drink you ... Read More
Heard it was great but honestly it is too big and we don’t smoke and think they should place smoking section anywhere except wher the two main bars on the swimming pools are located. Every time you went to get the over priced drink you had to walk through the smoking area to get it. The beds are terrible, the repair had to be made to our balcony door because of wind noise. It took 3 request from our room attendant before we got a ice bucket in our room. We like Royal Caribbean however when they revamped this ship they did not spend any money on the cabins. The furniture all over the cruise ship is made for smaller people and uncomfortable. If we cruise again it may be with Carnival, for what we spent on this cruise we paid champagne prices for cheap beer and will think twice before booking another one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Chose to go with 2 couples. Never cruised with Royal Caribbean, they had. Overall the cruise experience was good. Food can be hit or miss. Service is very good, everyone is friendly and helpful. I would chose RC again. We were in a balcony ... Read More
Chose to go with 2 couples. Never cruised with Royal Caribbean, they had. Overall the cruise experience was good. Food can be hit or miss. Service is very good, everyone is friendly and helpful. I would chose RC again. We were in a balcony cabin. Plenty of closet space, cannot say the same for shower space, just adequate. Take your own soap and shampoo. The one push container in shower didn’t suds up. Only provided one towel set per person. One of the older, smaller ships but clean and maintained. Drinks were interesting to order. Each bar tender had his own version of Mai Tai. All were good, though. Still can’t decide if deluxe beverage package was worth it. If the red wine is over $ 12, you are charged the difference. Better wines were over $12. No package will cost you $2 for water when leaving for excursion. Two excursions were cancelled due to rough water(snorkeling) or high water (cave tubing). They don’t tell you until off the ship and down the pier (long walk) but good alternatives offered. However, it is not taken off your credit card, given as shipboard credit. My friend didn’t keep up with her onboard account and lost $44 when not spent. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was our annual organizations cruise and we were not informed till about the day before that we were not going to our original destinations, Labadee and Falmouth but to Nassau and Coco Cay. I don't care for Nassau and that's ... Read More
This was our annual organizations cruise and we were not informed till about the day before that we were not going to our original destinations, Labadee and Falmouth but to Nassau and Coco Cay. I don't care for Nassau and that's not where I prefer to go. We had no choice. They told us it was due to the weather, though in hindsight it seems like that was not really the case but that Jamaica would not let us port there. All the shore excursions were cancelled and even when others, not us, rescheduled for the new destinations those were cancelled to, last minute. It was so windy the first few days we couldn't do much of anything on the decks and activities were cancelled. All this was extremely disappointing to all the nurses on this cruise with us. The food was also not as good as I remember it being on our previous cruises. The dining room staff were terrific but the food was just not very good. The Windjammer café was somewhat better but hot dogs were always my go to because they are always delicious and thick. We always love the trivia and music performances and the game shows. These are the highlights especially if everything else you want to do is a bust. Other's in our group have had trouble getting money back for their excursions or were charges double for something that was originally half the price. There were no apologies or compensation in any way from Royal Caribbean. This is disappointing because we have cruised with them before and been very happy. We did not have children with us but some of the other cruisers did and as it was a spring break week we had lots of families and young adults on the cruise. I know a lot of this was disappointing for them too. By the way, the cruise we were rerouted to and the cruise we paid for were hundreds of dollars different and we didn't get any of that back either. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and value. Only problem is that on this small vessel the only balcony cabins are mini suites and above. The ocean view cabins and inside cabins are pretty small. No couch or easy chair, only the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and value. Only problem is that on this small vessel the only balcony cabins are mini suites and above. The ocean view cabins and inside cabins are pretty small. No couch or easy chair, only the bed and vanity chair to sit on. However, if you are out of your room enjoying the activities and only need to use the bathroom and the bed, it's OK. The ship itself is really nice for the smallest ship in the fleet. The crew does an outstanding job of keeping it well maintained and very clean. It only has one specialty restaurant; Chops, but that's OK too. The bar hubs are the Schooner, and Boleros, with the casino bar handling that area. Viking Crown lounge is not the greatest when comparing to larger ships but it is a very nice area to relax in during the day, unless it's being used for a kids activity or something like that. The fitness area is above the lounge on a balcony that runs around it, accessible only by stairs in the back of the lounge. No criticism, it is what it is. Food: Our service and food in the main dining room was outstanding. We always choose my time dining so we can eat early, and we got the same table, same waiters and outstanding service every night. We didn't go to chops this time because we always enjoyed the menu the chef selected. Only downside was windjammer lunch. it was good but not outstanding. My breakfast is light, simple and was always good. One huge exception: Chef Kennedy on two days set up a hot dog station. Amazing!!! He makes the best sauce I've ever eaten in my life. Shows: The production team does two shows. Baileros and Three. Don't miss them. The singers and dancers were amazing. I hope you get this crew. They sing with passion and power and don't scream. Costuming and choreography are perfect. the band is terrific. Our headliners were outstanding. Cruise director and staff. Steve (from Canada) does a great job. He is experienced, funny, and very well prepared and informative, His activities director Tanya is in a word: "Special." Not short bus special, but she's crazy, fun, wild, outgoing and a great lady. She will make a great cruise director. One team member, Andy, from Great Britain does an Elton John show that will astound you. Hotel Director John and his staff are to be highly commended for their efforts on keeping the ship clean, safe and sanitary. No one on this cruise came down with so much as a case of indigestion much less a virus. He and his officers were accessible and available for any questions or concerns, no matter how dumb. And believe me, on this cruise I did hear some dumb questions. So to RCCL, the staff and crew of the Empress of the Seas: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We truly enjoyed the staff on this ship. Last sailing for a month due to covid19 virus. The ship took extra measures to keep us safe. Yes the pool and bathroom is small but how much time is actually spent there. Cruisers seemed to ... Read More
We truly enjoyed the staff on this ship. Last sailing for a month due to covid19 virus. The ship took extra measures to keep us safe. Yes the pool and bathroom is small but how much time is actually spent there. Cruisers seemed to mingle more maybe because it is smaller. I only wish there was a designated room to iron. You can send out to be done for a fee but needed to be done by second day. Downey wrinkle release to the rescue. Our room steward was awesome. We chose any time dinning but ate the same time every night, so we had the same waite staff. Our young ladies were spot on. Remembered our names and what we liked. Comedy shows were good . Offered a good selection of movies under the stars. Wish they had popcorn. I need ten more words to be able to post....was a great vacation with a great crew all around. Would definitely sale on this ship again Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We chose this cruise as we wanted to try a more recently built ship. The overall cruise was good. No real show stoppers, but there was some concerns. Embarkation was absolutely perfect. We never stopped moving from our shuttle to ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to try a more recently built ship. The overall cruise was good. No real show stoppers, but there was some concerns. Embarkation was absolutely perfect. We never stopped moving from our shuttle to inside the ship. While on the subject, the disembarkation was the fastest ever. This new facial recognition for those with passports was so fast I was concerned it never happened. Odd little things were noted this trip. Many areas are in great condition and others show pretty hard use. Anytime we have had My Time dining on other RCCl ships we have taken a bit of time on the first night but had no issue after that with walking right in with reservations. This cruise had a reserved line as long as the no reservation line.. We waited in line two nights and on third night after another wait - with reservations, we lady and didn’t return for the duration of the cruise. Sad because our waiter and the food was very good. One night we reserved at the Bistro and it was the best of all. If you like Mediterranean food-do it. Free. Food was generally good in all locations aboard. We found the backs of chairs in the marketplace to be a bit grungy. Mostly the upholstered type. I hesitate to say it, but the soiled areas seem to be made by numerous hands with food on them. Ah, er, children. The vinyl covered chairs don’t show this. As for the stateroom, it was generally great. Good room steward and he kept the room very nice. Only issue noticeable was a rather well stained couch that we put towels on not the get the creeps. Not sure how it got so bad, but hard use, spillage, and likely, food made this possible. Anyway, the new room styles (balcony cabin) were the best we have seen. Far more efficient as we saw it. In the area of ports, I won’t go into it as the wind was wicked this trip. One port cool with wind, one port canceled due to wind, wind throughout. Mother Nature. Pay attention to your towel returns. After the cruise, many on followup media mentioned having been billed for towels. They use room cards and readers to electronically record your issues and returns now. No more name on a sheet of paper. Likely better inventory control. Moving right along. I’m not sure anyone ever needs to build a bigger ship. It seems the saturation point has been reached. The only words we could come up explain this was “controlled chaos. Just seemed like too much. Great shows and other entertainment. Maybe too many. Seemed like a full time job trying to reserve them, work around dinner, and other possible activities. Maybe that’s a good problem. In the end the cruise was fine. There are things only a large ship provide and some things they just can’t. We are likely to go back to the smaller Royal Caribbean ships but others might find this ship to be just grand - and in many ways it is! Finally, Those who are Royal regulars and like the inside solariums, you may not care for the more open air solariums on these larger ships. We missed them. Especially in the windy and cooler weather experienced. Fortunately that doesn’t happen too often in the Caribbean Keep cruising. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Our friends recommended HOS. We had an amazing time with our two teen daughters and group of friends which consisted of 4 other families. The weather/wind is beyond the control of the captain. We didn’t get to port at Costa Maya ... Read More
Our friends recommended HOS. We had an amazing time with our two teen daughters and group of friends which consisted of 4 other families. The weather/wind is beyond the control of the captain. We didn’t get to port at Costa Maya because of the high winds that day and there were a few times of rough seas. Will never do a sailing for Roatan again. That port was over crowded and not very clean. Scale of 1-10 and 10 being the most cleanliness, Roatan gets a 5. Do NOT go beyond the taxis at Roatan to do some self exploring of the city. We stepped across the street from the taxis to do this and immediately turned around to go back to the port shops. Our teen daughters as well as their friend, were getting some very uncomfortable stares from the local men in Roatan. Perfect Day was fun and the food was a good variety. The pool Water was freezing! We rented a taxi in Cozumel and visited a free local beach for the day. The restaurant there was decent. We only had the chips and guac and beer. The mariachi band sang happy birthday to our 14 year old that day. The shop employees at the port were not pushy. They did want you to buy their products, but were not rude about it if you didn’t stop in the store. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was our first big ship. Loved it. We had the key program which was our only disappointment. We got the run around from crew when we asked where key disembark breakfast and gangway was. Communication to key guests is sadly lacking. ... Read More
This was our first big ship. Loved it. We had the key program which was our only disappointment. We got the run around from crew when we asked where key disembark breakfast and gangway was. Communication to key guests is sadly lacking. Its a shame as the program could be great. Coastal kitchen food and service was excellent. As junior suite guests we were allowed to have dinner there but our passcards didnt open the door and we had to try to attract the attention of someone to let us in. It was awkward and unwelcoming. Service on this ship by waiters and stewards was superb! . They work hard And are always friendly and cheerful. Our room steward Wayan was wonderful, he had our room made up quickly efficiently and was always ready to greet us when we returned from our days outings. Just terrific! The coastal kitchen food was awesome! Servers were great.! Such a fun trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We live in St. Petersburg so going on a cruise out of Tampa is easy for us. It's been a few years since we left from Tampa so thought it would be fun seeing the new lights on the Skyway Bridge while going under it. The lights did not ... Read More
We live in St. Petersburg so going on a cruise out of Tampa is easy for us. It's been a few years since we left from Tampa so thought it would be fun seeing the new lights on the Skyway Bridge while going under it. The lights did not turn on till we were near the bridge but the sunset was beautiful to see. We were on the Harmony of the Seas in December so I must admit going from a huge ship with fantastic entertainment to one of the smallest ships in the fleet is quite different. The Rhapsody is a well seasoned ship that needs some attention. Our cabin was 2582 and after the ship started sailing at full speed we noticed a loud noise by the window that sounded like someone was banging a metal ladder against the outside of the ship-metal to metal sound. We called and someone came to check it out. They agreed the noise was very loud and they moved us into an inside cabin for the night and, hopefully, they could have it fixed the next day. The noise was still there the next day but actually stopped later in the day. They said it came from the engine room 2 floors down and there wasn't anything they could do. We actually slept in room 2582 that night and there was no noise. Then the next day the noise started back up and seemed even louder. Again, someone came to check it out and they offered us another room so we packed up all our things and moved to another room. Other people were also complaining about the noise but they didn't have any other rooms available for them to move into. We signed up for the Cruise Critic's Meet and Greet party but did not receive our invitation until after the party had already happened. We also got a congratulations notice with a pin that said we were now Platinum level but actually, we are Emerald. A few other things we noticed were: ice cream machine wasn't working correctly and the ice was always soupy. You could not make an ice cream cone as the ice cream just ran out the cone. You needed to put it in a cup but it was more like ice cream soup, the casino was too smokey for non smokers. You could even smell smoke down the hallway and on other floors near it. We hope someday they will have non smoking rooms rather than a few slots marked non smoking (but they have them in the same room right next to smoking areas ???) When we docked in Cozumel, they docked in the water and boat tendered us into the downtown pier. There were 7 boats in Cozumel (usually only 6 boats are docked there). We purchased the Key package (LOVE IT) and got escorted to the boat tender right away...then we waited 45 minutes until the tender left. Most people were late for their excursions but most of them waited till everyone arrived. They did extend our stay in Cozumel a little longer. We purchased the 3 specialty dinner package and really enjoyed it. It was our first time in Izumi Sushi. We did the hot rock where you cook your meal on the sizzling hot rock. What a great way to relax and watch the sunset on our last night on the ship. The comedy shows were funny along with the adult comedy shows. We tried to watch a movie outside by the pool deck but it was so windy and cold most people came inside. I was amazed that we kept getting notices from Royal before we cruised that the captain would come on the announcements 2x a day with update on the carnivorous and people would be going around cleaning the common areas during the day. We never saw or heard any of these. Other than the attendant giving a hand sanitizer squirt in your hands like they have always done when you go into the Windjammer nothing special was done. They did ask us questions about our past travel when we checked in. No one was checking passports, taking temperatures, etc. Rhapsody of the Seas is a quaint old ship that has rust dripping down from the outside windows and other cosmetic issues that can be fixed. There aren't too many smaller ships left that will fit under the skyway bridge so it's important to keep her around. We wanted a relaxing get-away which is exactly what we got. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Decided to try a cruise out of Tampa since we just moved close by. It was a smaller ship than we’re used to but we had a really nice cruise. We traveled with some good friends from out of town and it was their first cruise. The itinerary ... Read More
Decided to try a cruise out of Tampa since we just moved close by. It was a smaller ship than we’re used to but we had a really nice cruise. We traveled with some good friends from out of town and it was their first cruise. The itinerary was really nice, Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Costa Maya. Key West was beautiful sight seeing but pricey shopping. Grand Cayman was just ok for us. We shopped and ate at a really nice seaside restaurant, Paradise Bar & Grill. Great fish tacos! Next was Cozumel. A nightmare! We were supposed to dock but due to the large number of ships, 11, we were forced to tender and it was horrible! From the time we got our tender tickets til we go ashore was 2 irritating hours. Then we decided to take the ferry over to Playa del Carmen. Huge mistake! The extremely windy, rough seas going and returning proved to be sick inducing. We will never take the ferry again. We’ll just visit Playa like we normally do via a resort. Upon returning to Cozumel we shopped but the vendors weren’t dealing due to the high volume of cruise ships in port. Oh well, maybe next time. Next port of call was Costa Maya which is pretty but basically a big tourist trap with high prices. On board the Rhapsody the food was delicious, the entertainers, 2 comedians, were really funny and the production shows entertaining. Our main focus as always was dancing. There were two bands, one not so good and the other, Music Motion, flat out excellent. Super talented with all members being excellent singers and musicians. We cha-cha-ed, swing danced, bolero-ed, and free styled. Music Motion is one of the best bands we have ever had on our 19 cruises! Because of them we’ll probably cruise Rhapsody again. Now for my complaint, the so called Adults Only area. What a joke! First of all the sign on the door says “Adults Only, must be 16 years of age and older. Sixteen is not an adult. They can’t vote, can’t serve in the military and can’t drink alcohol. But it doesn’t stop there. There were small children in there about 8yrs old! When I complained I was told children are allowed in to sit and eat if they behave. How in the world is that Adults Only??? Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband and I (64 and 63 years young) traveled to Tampa Friday night, stayed at the Hampton Inn Avion Park. The hotel was nice and offered free breakfast. Request a room on the side opposite the airport and highway. We used Lyft to get ... Read More
My husband and I (64 and 63 years young) traveled to Tampa Friday night, stayed at the Hampton Inn Avion Park. The hotel was nice and offered free breakfast. Request a room on the side opposite the airport and highway. We used Lyft to get to port and requested a stop at Target on Dale Mabry Hwy to buy wine and Pepsi. Note the Target in on the second level above Whole Foods. We arrived at port about 11 AM. We had purchased The Key so we're able to skip ahead of the line but it was not yet very busy. We dropped the carryon with the wine in the Edelweiss Dining Room and set off to explore a bit and then went back for lunch. About 1:15 PM they announced that our cabins were ready. We found our luggage quickly as well. I chose this cruise mainly for Key West and it did not disappoint me. Grand Cayman was fantastic, the beach was beautiful. Costa Mayas port area was Claustrophbic with 4 ships in port so we took the trolley to Majahaul to shop and after a couple of hours headed back to the ship for lunch and Sun at the pool. The only real fail for me was the tendering into Cozumel which was required as we were not given a spot to dock on a pier as there were 7 ships in port. They should have only loaded the tenders for 25 minutes and then departed with those that could make it on in that amount of time instead of loading for an hour and making everyone late for their excursions. There were 2-3 tenders waiting all the time to load and IMO this would have been more efficient. Cozumel itself was a huge disappointment with the traffic and commercialized Mall they forced everyone to walk through and Dolphin Experience at Chaukanab (sp) the only thing that saved the day was petting the manatees. The food was good, but I wouldn't call it amazing and one night there was a hold up in the kitchen where we did not get our entrees in a timely manner and our Maitre D had to come to our table and explain the hold up. The other thing that was strange is the app on my phone quit displaying the menus after the first day but my husband had them the entire cruise. We had fun and enjoyed the shows, games, movies, dance parties and casino. I found it easy to get around the ship and only got on an elevator when taken there by Men at Work during the 70s Disco Dance party and I may or may not have ridden the Indian like a horse. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We choose the cruise as we were keen to revisit one of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships and wanted to visit Key West and being just the 2 of us wanted to cruise out of peak holiday season. Embarkation was the best we've ever ... Read More
We choose the cruise as we were keen to revisit one of Royal Caribbean's smaller ships and wanted to visit Key West and being just the 2 of us wanted to cruise out of peak holiday season. Embarkation was the best we've ever experienced, 10 minutes after arrival we were on board, fantastic, no queues getting to the port or at check in. Being a smaller ship it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the larger RC ships but that suited us just fine. Plenty of activities if you wanted, plenty of sunbeds if you didn't. We enjoyed the daily quizzes in the Schooner Bar (though why the changed the times later in cruise no one could understand), the shows were mostly good (weren't to keen on the dance show). The bars were never crowded and service was excellent everywhere. We ate in the Windjammer for breakfast, Park Cafe for lunch where the beef rolls were superb and the main dinning room for dinner, as always food was good. We also ate in Chops Grille and Giovanni's, great food and attentive service. We also loved the fact being a smaller ship everything was within easy walking distance, no need for a lift. The only real negatives were docking at Cozumel, we were due to dock, however due to another RC ship changing it's itinerary we we forced to use Tenders, not ideal in high winds, took nearly 3 hours for everyone to get off. We also struggled with the Cruise director he reminded us of a typical cheesy game show host, complete with inane grin!! The only excursion we took was the hop on trolley in Key West, was a good way to see the island and allowed us to get on and off whenever and wherever we wanted. Not much to complain about, would recommend the ship for those looking for good service and a more relaxed cruise than some of the newer and bigger RC ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
ROS was nice ship but a bit laid back. Cruise had lots of retired folks Crew was good. The food was average. Casino ok but way too long to wait for servers. Tendering was a nightmare. Some of it was the weather and the waves. ... Read More
ROS was nice ship but a bit laid back. Cruise had lots of retired folks Crew was good. The food was average. Casino ok but way too long to wait for servers. Tendering was a nightmare. Some of it was the weather and the waves. But it was frustrating. The cabin was fine. Could use a bit of refresh. I think entertainment was average not really impressed with on board activities. I think they could do better there. The ports were fine. However I did not go ashore at two of them. One because I had been there a lot and the other because of tendering. I did think that shopper on board was nice and helpful. If you are looking to purchase something go see him. Average is how I would describe the cruise. Nothing really exceeded expectations. Overall I would cruise RC again but maybe not this ship in particular. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My cruise was booked before and taken during the crazy cruise industry panic. This was my 14th cruise. Various lines. Arrival at the Tampa Cruise Terminal...couldn't say more positive things enough about it. I was at the ... Read More
My cruise was booked before and taken during the crazy cruise industry panic. This was my 14th cruise. Various lines. Arrival at the Tampa Cruise Terminal...couldn't say more positive things enough about it. I was at the sidewalk at 10:40 am with luggage handlers and onboard by 11:20 am. having my first drink on my Deluxe Beverage Package. The week was wonderful. All staff was wonderful, I met so many friendly people, and as a solo traverler, this really touched me. Music entertainment Top Notch. I usually book a balcony cabin, but all those where taken when I booked. I had an oceanview outside cabin (3554) , and I loved the large window with space for me to pillow up and watch the sky and water spray from deck Three. Thank you Aman for your amazing cabin service. Cruise line food has changed over the years, but I had no complaints. Our staff at Table 30 was wonderful and did everything to ensure a great experience every night The Windjammer dining experience for breakfast and lunch was especially good. You can sit there enjoying an ocean view and the wait staff will bring you whatever beverage you want. Smiles, smiles all around. I feel so bad for the cruise industry right now with so many being cancelled. When you do cruise again, tip your staff generously. They deserve it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Ship overall – it is showing it’s age. Rust on the outside, the banisters in the pool area need refinishing as they are chipped and worn. Carpets did not seem to be stained and had normal wear and tear. The ship was very clean. ... Read More
Ship overall – it is showing it’s age. Rust on the outside, the banisters in the pool area need refinishing as they are chipped and worn. Carpets did not seem to be stained and had normal wear and tear. The ship was very clean. Dining – Unless you selected an Indian or Asian dish, the food was lacking in any kind of spice or flavor, so table salt went a long way. On one night, one of the entrée selections was Tiger Prawns – on the advice of our server, he said the shrimp was the same size as the ones in the shrimp cocktail and recommended the rack of lamb. We had second seating dining. When we ordered beef or lamb, we specified a lesser degree of doneness, because the entrée always came out more done (from sitting under heat lamps?). For example, if I wanted something as medium, I ordered medium rare and the doneness was just where I wanted it. Our waitstaff was wonderful – I would give them 5 stars. In the Windjammer, my husband raved about the hamburgers – always a standard selection. The carving station was a welcome addition as well as the gluten free buffet options. Some selections in both the main dining room and buffet were ‘not what you expected,’ but that’s the fun of expanding horizons. The selection at breakfast was not a diverse as it was on sister ship Vision of the Seas which we had been on a year earlier. On Vision, we could get hollandaise sauce for breakfast and so make our own version of eggs benedict….on Enchantment, that was only available in the main dining room. On-board entertainment – We did not see all the shows. The comedian on night 1 was funny; the musical production on night 2 was one we had previously seen on another ship; the ventriloquist as humorous as well. My husband and son did one of the trivia games, and won a much coveted RCCL highlighter. Bobby, the Cruise Director, seemed pretty ‘one note,’ and lacked sincerity in his ‘niceness.’ Ports of Call – when we got to Costa Maya, there was another ship in our assigned berth, so we were unable to stop. Lots of rumors on what had happened, but nothing from the bridge or cruise director as to why we were unable to stop. But, without our requesting it, RCCL credited the port charges and taxes for that stop. Cozumel – we had been there several times before, and it was the usual. Other – despite constant reminders to wash hands and cover coughs, an elderly lady coughed on me while in a line at the ladies’ restroom, and shared her cold with me. Yuck! Although they did confiscate my heating pad at embarkation, I was able to retrieve it once we had sailed. I had notified RCCL prior to sailing about my need, and they allowed the heating pad because it had auto shut off. However, I had to prove it is auto shut off by traveling with the original packaging and provide the email I had from RCCL stating that I could use it on board. RCCL sent out almost daily notices when the coronavirus first struck, all in text message with a note to read the emails sent to us. About January, I stopped receiving any emails from RCCL, and had to have my husband forward them to me. When I called RCCL about it, I was told that my booking agent must have left that box blank on my paperwork. They said I had to go back through my booking agent to get it fixed. So, I’m still not receiving any emails, even the one they need me to complete as a satisfaction survey. Another missed opportunity, RCCL. Of note: We did find out from the staff, that they are employed directly by RCCL, and not an agency. Apparently if an agency was providing their contract, they take a percentage of their earnings. Just an FYI if that is something important to you. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Inexpensive btb after celebrity silhouette....dining room food on adventure was excellent, Far less crew than is needed; plastic glasses rolled around on windy top deck; public washrooms often needed attention; windjammer was a zoo and ... Read More
Inexpensive btb after celebrity silhouette....dining room food on adventure was excellent, Far less crew than is needed; plastic glasses rolled around on windy top deck; public washrooms often needed attention; windjammer was a zoo and hours of operation were not early enough in the morning or long enough for lunch; signing up for pool towels meant we collected return towels rather than have crew do the cleaning up; difficult to find quiet spaces outside. Solarium was very noisy due to being overcrowded and chairs being scraped on stone floors. Very seldom did a bar server tour around to take orders or collect glasses and garbage. Far too many inside cabins created more guests and less public space....pools and pool areas way too small for number of guests. At times lineups to get into main dining room were long, congested, noisy . Buffet breakfast and lunches in main dining room were great but way too many guests for the room to have a pleasant atmosphere. Art work throughout ship was quite beautiful. Bartenders were good. Dining room staff at dinner was quite overworked, rushed, but managed to smile and deliver good service. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise because of the Kids Sail Free promo. We spent the night before at a hotel close to the airport, so no worries about bad weather or delayed flights--important, coming from New England. This was our first cruise and I ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Kids Sail Free promo. We spent the night before at a hotel close to the airport, so no worries about bad weather or delayed flights--important, coming from New England. This was our first cruise and I definitely think the ship spoiled us! Embarkation was pretty easy, and they let us on even though we arrived earlier than our allotted time due to the limited shuttle service from the hotel. Muster was annoying with many weary travelers crammed into a small lounge. They had tech problems with the video, and there was no live person orienting us. Then there was a health emergency--obviously no fault of the cruise line or staff, and I hope the person was ok (we never heard), but it took a while for that info. to reach us. We were there for a while not knowing what was going on while they dealt with that. We were disappointed there wasn't any sort of "Set Sail Party" as I'd read about on other cruises--just a bunch of passengers gathered on the upper deck, and servers selling drinks (nothing for free, as my mother in law had on other cruises). The "amplified" Oasis itself is fantastic for families. We LOVED the neighborhoods--very well kept, lots of nooks to explore, etc, and loved that our stateroom was located on the same deck as Central Park. It was nice and quiet at night, and close to the Central Park Cafe which was included in the price (and was the only place I could find a to-go paper cup of coffee). The library there was disappointing--really no selection for my avid readers (ages 12 and 9). The only book that looked appropriate for my daughter was in a foreign language. The ship more than made up for it with the beautifully renovated pools, water slides, Flow Rider, many hot tubs, rock climbing wall, zip line, Foosball/ping pong...all included! They did such a great job with the layout, it was hardly ever crowded. We were always able to find open lounge chairs in the shade, even on "at sea" days. We were extremely disappointed in the Kids Club, which we had heard so much about. We watched a YouTube video on the newly refurbished ship that used the euphemism "a Montessori-based approach" to the club. Read: no organized activities, no 'camp counselors', no one to watch our kids for an hour here or there, etc. And they split the age groups so that my 12 year old son was lumped in with young kids (one group was ages 6-12, the other was 13+...although I will say he easily snuck in a couple times. But there was nothing to do except veg out with video games, whereas my friends' teens who sailed on another line got to tour the ship behind-the-scenes, do scavenger hunts, have organized sports games, etc). Basically, not a place either of my kids wanted to be, and my husband and I had REALLY been counting on that so we could actually relax. Also disappointing was that I had read online pretty clearly that the Royal Caribbean app could be used without internet to message others who had the app, which we all downloaded in anticipation. Not so on the Oasis. We asked at Guest Services and were told it was available on other ships, but not ours. It may have been available on Oasis before the amplification, but not any more, though that was unclear; most staff are from other countries which is cool, but led to language barrier issues. With our party of 6 (Mom & Dad; 2 kids; 2 Grandmas), we had really been counting on that. We went old school, leaving notes for each other. But with 3 generations, every one was on different schedules and had different ideas about what to do, and trying to find each other on such a large vessel...well, you get the picture. Not a lot of relaxing for mom and dad. (Again though, at least there was plenty for the kids to do!!! And always free soft serve on the pool deck!) The Windjammer buffet was great. We ate in the Main Dining Room a few times, but my pasta-loving daughter and gluten-free, egg-free, garlic-free, peanut-free husband both found the buffet much easier. I loved both. NONE of us appreciated the hard upsell we got at both places, every meal, trying to sell us Specialty Dining packages, tours of the kitchen, etc. It was a bit much. And although I really liked our room steward, I didn't like that an envelope marked "Tip Tip HOORAY" showed up on our last night, knowing that gratuities would be automatically added per person, per day, to the tune of $60/day for our family of 4. We believe in good tipping for good service, and I was already prepared to kick the steward a little extra at the end, and didn't need the envelope in my face. (Same thing on excursions by the way. Even though we booked through RC, it was not RC staff who led the excursion to Dolphin Cove in Jamaica. The DC-hired guide--who was very charming and informative--started hitting us up for tips before we had even arrived at our destination; also the dolphin trainer AND his assistant both hit us up for tips. I get it--we're the rich Americans and they have a lot less than we do--just prepare yourself!). More on our Dolphin Cove excursion: Although we booked through RC, and followed the instructions on our tickets to the letter ("Left at the end of the pier; Gather at Station 1"), we still almost got left behind. There was a false station 1! A sign with a big "1" was located in the shade of a small building--great (we thought)! We were there exactly on time, and it wasn't crowded--great! After a while, it was weird--where was everyone else? Eventually we saw an RC guide walking with a numbered sign above her head (not a "1"), with a large group following her. I ran up to ask if she knew where our group was but she was too busy answering someone else's questions. I followed along until I saw a whole different area with a long line of people, and a 2nd station 1 sign! I asked a different guide who said all groups should be here. Ran and got my family, including our 2 seniors who don't move quickly, and luckily made it just in time. I'm still not sure what I did wrong as no one else seemed to have this problem, so maybe if you're a novice, ask the night before at the Excursion Desk above the Royal Promenade--don't just rely on your ticket, even if you think you know what you're doing! Also ask questions re: length of time. We knew it was an hour ride to DC, but weren't clear on whether travel time was included in their "length of tour" or not. It was, so when they advertise "4 hours," they mean 2 at the venue. And that included a 20 min stop at a souvenir shop that no one in my party wanted to do, and was not on the advertised itinerary. When we arrived at DC, we got left behind again (6 people inc. 2 seniors--herding the cats!) so we never got our free drink, never got the orientation, and pretty much had to fend for ourselves. It was difficult because our 2 seniors had bought the "Encounter," which is different than the "Swim". We thought we'd be entering the water separately but we were all told to get in together, with a group we didn't know (one of whom was blind and required extra assistance from the staff). This made things quite stressful when the trainer was trying to sort us all out, with my mother in law who's hard of hearing, and my kids freaking out that they had accidentally been lumped in with people who weren't going to swim with the dolphin. Eventually it worked out and everyone (who had paid for it) got to swim with the dolphin. After reading about all the other fun things to do at DC--snorkel with rays, walk the nature path, see sharks, iguanas, and birds, take out a clear-bottom kayak, we had only enough time to swim with the dolphin and eat lunch, and that was it! Our guide actually came and got us before we were done eating! No time to do anything else, including viewing the photos they take to sell you. That was very disappointing. And we were back at the ship with hours to spare. Our driver was great--he definitely avoided getting us into an accident with a crazy driver due to his diligence and skills. Despite the stress, my kids LOVED swimming with the dolphin. It was the one thing my daughter picked to talk about at school yesterday. (They also had baby bunnies...) Despite the risk of being left behind if you don't make it back to the dock on time, I would recommend hiring your own taxi and doing it on your own time. Before doing it, I was very much in the camp of--just pay the extra money and don't have the stress. HA! Risky, yes, but it was so stressful anyway, and you'd get more time for a lot less money. My husband and son did it in Cozumel after our planned snorkel excursion was cancelled due to red flag warnings. They toured ruins, saw iguanas, and even got to snorkel a bit on the calmer side of the island (not the Nat'l Marine Park, so it wasn't glorious, but for a kid who'd never done it before it was still fun). They also made it back to the ship with hours to spare, and it was way less rushed. (Note: Cozumel is a lot smaller than Jamaica, with only one main road that goes around the island, so I may be comparing apples to oranges here). More about the cancelled excursion: I get that that happens, through no one's fault. Apparently the authorities didn't tell Oasis before hand, as there was no warning to us. We got up early, got ready, got ourselves out to the pier and through Customs (after asking the night before at the Excursion Desk to double-check exactly where to meet!!), all the way to the meeting point, only to be told by non-RC guides about a red flag warning, and that all water activities were cancelled. After wiping my daughter's tears away, we tried to find an RC staff to see if there was another excursion we could do. For a while there was no one. Eventually, with another couple who was in the same predicament, we found two RC staff at a table in one of the bars. They were very helpful and promised full refunds--until we all figured out they were from a different RC boat than Oasis, and they had no idea where an Oasis staffer was. We had to ask around and eventually got pointed towards the one Oasis staff, hidden among a throng of people, who had to deal with all of us and our cancelled trips. We were promised full refunds, and we all made the best of it. My daughter and I enjoyed a pretty empty cruise ship while my son and husband had their ruin/iguana/snorkel adventure. Later we started seeing partial refunds to our onboard account, but nothing close to the amount we'd paid. My husband and I spent a long time at Guest Services trying to sort it out with a very nice man who was a "senior rep" with a thick accent, who wasn't able to confirm how much we had originally paid, only that we had gotten our refund. The issue was confounded because we had used our $100 on-board credit to purchase the excursion, some of which was listed as "refundable" and some as "non-refundable." It wasn't until we got home that I was able to check my credit card statement and see that they had only refunded half of the excursion. I called RC Customer Service, and finally got a representative I could easily understand, who figured out that they had refunded the 2 adults but not the 2 kids. She immediately issued a refund to our credit card. BOTTOM LINE: RC/Oasis needs to have MORE VISIBLE on-the-ground excursion staff on the piers to help answer questions and deal with problems!! Entertainment: EXCELLENT in terms of quality. Don't miss the Aqua Show! We went the first night. There were some technical glitches, but it was a fantastic, energetic way to start our first cruise. Oasis' policy about reservations is useless and unhelpful though. You can pretty much attend any of the bigger shows, even if it's "full," though you may have to wait in line. We were told online there were only 2 reservations left for "Cats," on the final day, yet there were tons of empty seats when we arrived. I actually felt bad for the performers, who were wonderful. The reservation policy made it so that all 6 of us never got to see a show together, as by the time we figured out that there were often empty seats despite what the app said, half our group had already seen the show (because we could never all get reservations together!) That happened both for "Cats" and for the ice show. And we couldn't message each other once we were in the theaters to let others know about the empty seats. So frustrating. Disembarkation: Smooth as could be. Wish we actually slept in a little later, or took the time to swing by Central Park Cafe to grab a bite on the way out. We had been told how awful it could be and how long it could take (even by the Guest Services people!), but we had left our tagged suitcases out the night before and it was all there waiting for us, easily found. We even got out "late" due to my husband not believing me about the time we had been told to disembark, so we never even made it to the dining room where we were supposed to wait for our number to be called. We just got right off and got our suitcases and left, to a line of waiting taxis where we caught a minivan to the airport. We arrived at our gate more than an hour before our flight. 4 stars! (5 circles?!) Bottom Line: Despite what sounds like an overall critical review, I would absolutely do it again--but maybe not with my family!!! 3 generations was difficult to handle for those in the middle of the "sandwich." This would have been an absolute blast with my husband and friends. (I kid, somewhat--I would just go into it with more realistic expectations. As a mom who works from home, looking for a getaway, this was a lot more work than expected. If I was going to go with my family again, I would look into a ship that includes texting, and has a better Kids' Club. If you want to spend all your vacation time with your kids, or if your kids are old enough and responsible enough to let them run loose for hours at a time, this is a truly awesome boat! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We wanted to experience one of the big ships in the Oasis class, since we had never sailed on one of these bigger ships. We chose this ship because we liked the itinerary of sea days mixed with port days and this ship was recently ... Read More
We wanted to experience one of the big ships in the Oasis class, since we had never sailed on one of these bigger ships. We chose this ship because we liked the itinerary of sea days mixed with port days and this ship was recently refurbished. Also, I believe that Miami is a beautiful port and we have friends to see there. We chose a junior suite for this cruise, which we enjoyed. (Side note-it should be called premium balcony, because almost all suite perks are not for junior suites. You do get double Crown and Anchor points and can eat only dinner in the Coastal Kitchen if a reservation is made, which costs $15 per person.) Things we loved-The Aqua 180 show- it was very entertaining and so different from anything that I've ever seen. That there was a whole broadway play, Cats. The ice show was excellent. There are MANY venues to enjoy (Music Hall, Jazz on 4, Vintages Wine Bar, Playmakers Sports Bar, music in Central Park, parties in the Promenade, Carousel at Boardwalk, and so many different places to eat. The Abyss slide was a great experience! What we didn't like as much-There are a lot of people! The shows are free but you should reserve the ones you want to see ahead of time. The pools, hot tubs and decks are very crowded, even though there are quite a few of them. We have cruised several times before and I think we like a more quiet and traditional experience with more personalized service feel about the ship. It's great if traveling with a family, because there is a lot to do. I miss all the ice sculptures and midnight buffets. We enjoyed Labadee, but just hung out on the beach. In Falmouth, Jamaica we hired a private tour from Courtney Taylor Tours. Karlus was a great host. We rafted down the Martha Brae, which was beautiful, had jerk chicken, pork and sausage and some Jamaican sides. We also went to Montego Bay and saw some sights. Jamaica is a beautiful place. Go see the countryside with a guide or on a tour. At Cozumel we did the Salsa, salsa and margarita tour, which was very fun! They pour generously so that can be good as long as you don't drink too much. Overall we enjoyed our cruise on this ship, but will probably go back to smaller ships unless traveling with extended family. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have cruised on Princess, Carnival and one other Royal Caribbean cruise. I chose this cruise and this ship because I wanted to try a mega ship for the experience and I chose a Central Park balcony because no other cruise line offers ... Read More
We have cruised on Princess, Carnival and one other Royal Caribbean cruise. I chose this cruise and this ship because I wanted to try a mega ship for the experience and I chose a Central Park balcony because no other cruise line offers these types of staterooms. Embarcation: Easiest embarcation of any cruise we've been on. We were on the ship in record time. First impression: Wow! Did not feel like we were on a ship. You enter into Deck 5 which is the Promenade Deck and it was like we were in an upscale mall. The ship is so big but surprisingly easy to navigate because of the neighborhood concept which dispersed the large number of passengers into different areas. The only time it felt crowded was on the Promenade Deck, the pool areas and the adult solarium area on sea days and the elevators when shows were over. It was easy to find quiet spots to enjoy sitting and enjoying the view. Insider tip: There is an area off the running track ( deck 5) at the back of the ship that has about 20 deck chairs where you can sit and watch the wake. It was a nice quiet spot to spend some time away from the more populated areas. Food: We did not do any specialty dining. The food in the dining room was good but not exceptional. The service was very good. We had My Time Dining and made reservations but still had to wait up to 10 minutes some nights. On this ship MTD did not start until 6:45 which kind of takes away the concept of dining when you want to. The Dog House had good hot dogs (on the Boardwalk Deck 6) Sorrentos Pizza was good (Deck 5) Milkshake at Johnny Rockets was very good (Boardwalk Deck 6) Park Cafe (Central Park) and Cafe Promenade ( Promenade Deck 5) had good snacks, sandwiches, desserts, breakfast items, specialty coffees,and other drinks. Cafe Promenade is open 24 hours. Bars: We don't drink so can't recommend any specific bar Entertainment was wonderful; Make reservations on line for the major shows or you can make them when you get on the ship. If you don't have reservations you can usually get in about 10 minutes before the show starts if there are seats left. CATS in the Main theater was Broadway quality and was wonderful.. Some people report that they hate this show because they think it is boring and they don't understand it. One Sky in the Main theater was well done, singing, dancing and some aerial work. Aqua 80's water show in the Aqua Theater on Deck 6 is a spectacular water show with some incredible diving. Frozen in Time ice skating show in Studio B on Deck 4 is a really great ice skating show. Incredible what they can do on such a small rink. Headliner Show changes each cruise. We saw a comedy/hypnotist who was just ok. Adult Comedy in Blaze on Deck 4 was adult entertainment. Just he aware it is adult R rated humor Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The cruise was amazing. The food in the dining room was very good especially the brunch. I didnt feel like I was on a cruise more like I was at the Mall of America. Being an avid Princess cruiser I found myself not knowing what to do. The ... Read More
The cruise was amazing. The food in the dining room was very good especially the brunch. I didnt feel like I was on a cruise more like I was at the Mall of America. Being an avid Princess cruiser I found myself not knowing what to do. The shows wete great but long. Cats was wonderful..The boardwalk ws plenty of fun always. Loved the Nextcruise office was oen all day. Casino was wonderful.Loved the machines plus discount on your cruise. Downside no intinacy. You didnt connect with people. Everyone was waiting in line rushing everywhere. No real personal service from waiters. Drinks were very expensive. No dress code. Formal night was a joke. People ran around the whole ship in bikinis. Shorts and tshirts allowed during formal nights and anytime in dining room. The last 2 nights more ladies dressed up than at formal dinner. Saw the Captain once. We had an inside balcony on Noardwalk and the Aqua theater blared until 11:30 pm. We booked it again to bring our grandchildren otherwise Ill stay with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We booked this cruise at the last minute and we got a very good price. The ship was recently remodeled and over all they did a good job. The Windjammer and solarium restaurants were dirty the few times we used them with so many tables ... Read More
We booked this cruise at the last minute and we got a very good price. The ship was recently remodeled and over all they did a good job. The Windjammer and solarium restaurants were dirty the few times we used them with so many tables which were not cleared, and booths and chairs not wiped down. The food in the main dining room was good and service excellent. I was disappointed that the ice show was the same we saw 6 years ago. I thought it would be different. The theater has better sight lines and acoustics. However, if you sit in the first six rows or so bring a sweater or jacket as they have it pretty chilly and a lot of blowing due to keeping it cool for the performers. The comedy show was weak and it was in a bar they call Blaze. Blaze was one of the worse remodeled clubs. Terrible site lines. Over all it was a good cruise. The Oasis is a nice ship and the specialty restaurants were good. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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