8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
For our 17th cruise we decided to try one of the largest ships, although we had a concern about the ship handling such a large group of passengers, over 6,000. Actually we found the ship handled this problem very well, with one exception, ... Read More
For our 17th cruise we decided to try one of the largest ships, although we had a concern about the ship handling such a large group of passengers, over 6,000. Actually we found the ship handled this problem very well, with one exception, most notable of which was the after diner entertainment. While the few shows/performances we were able to attend were good, getting reservations was extremely difficult, and often impossible, and very disappointing. The process of "registering" for a performance was annoying and standing in line in case registered passengers didn't attend was a waste of time, We've been accustom to diner, some free time, and then a nightly show, and perhaps a midnight comedy act, usually with a Cruise Director making the cruise more enjoyable. Sadly, only one time did we catch a few words from the Cruise Director as he very briefly rode out on an ice machine. I certainly missed the usual hype and performances of past Cruise Directors. The ship was impressively large and always easy to get around .. elevator service was outstanding, and only used the stairs a few times. I especially enjoyed Captain Rob's commentaries, and would say that we never encountered a grumpy employee. The 3 ports were outstanding but because of many past cruises to Jamica and Cozumel we didn't partake in shore excursions, other than the Zip line which was awesome. The ships Island was extremely well done and provided a great day. We chose Royal Caribbean for it's outstanding food, service, friendly employees and in these areas we were more than pleased. Special mention should go to our Waiter, Juliet (table 825, 5:30 sitting) for outstanding service ... on a 1-10 scale she'd be an 11 Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
theprice was exzcellent and it was or first big cruise. We are gong on the Allure in 4 week with another great price. Anyone who think royal does not have good prices better shop around because they do lower them closer to the ... Read More
theprice was exzcellent and it was or first big cruise. We are gong on the Allure in 4 week with another great price. Anyone who think royal does not have good prices better shop around because they do lower them closer to the cruise or 6months out where as as other ships do not. There were so may things to do that we did not do all of them but this time we are going with friends so it will be nice to show them all of the great places to do things on the ship. We loved the ice skating show and the main show and the cirque du sloel type of show was fantastic We especially liked Dazzles bec ause we could listen to music from our time and dance the night away it was nice to have Ben and Jerrys on the boardwalk and this time we will be eating at the Brazilian place in the solarium Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Every one should experience a Halloween cruise at least once ...The ship is fantastic & has an abundance of activities to offer....The food in the main dinning room has a lot to be desired..The specialty dinning is above par we ate in ... Read More
Every one should experience a Halloween cruise at least once ...The ship is fantastic & has an abundance of activities to offer....The food in the main dinning room has a lot to be desired..The specialty dinning is above par we ate in Giovanni as well as Chops...Highly recommend these two venues in the evening & if the weather allows to dine outside..Central Park is a great place to stroll or simply sit & relax while listening to music..There are so many options for dinning that people don't realize..On arrival on the first day all dinning venues outside of the main dinning room are open....People seem to naturally wonder to the Windjammer market place..Which gets crowded very quickly..You might want to try the Solarium Bistro another excellent place to dine...Don't miss out on any of the shows as they are excellent especially come fly with me....Because there are so many people on this ship they require you to make reservations for the shows do so in advance of your cruise..If your the adventurous type try the zip line or flow rider.... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
I chose this cruise because of the days in port versus the days at sea. The first whole day was at Nassau, Bahamas, then a day at sea, the third day was a Costa Maya, Mexico, the fourth at Cozumel and the final full day was at sea. The ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the days in port versus the days at sea. The first whole day was at Nassau, Bahamas, then a day at sea, the third day was a Costa Maya, Mexico, the fourth at Cozumel and the final full day was at sea. The weather in late October/early November was rainy and sometimes stormy (except for the last two full days of the cruise). That said, there are a LOT of people (approx. 5500) stuck indoors on this ship with only a limited space to go to be protected from the weather and the problem is, there is no where for them to go. The space allocation on this ship is geared towards the outdoors, which is awesome if the weather is good. Outside you can find a Central Park with trees, several pools and whirlpools, a track, a place to surf man-made waves, rock climbing, a basketball court, a miniature golf course, ping pong tables, a basketball court and more. However, on the inside, the theater is large, but everything else is REALLY small compared to the passenger count and always is overflowing. For instance, I went to an art auction in the schooner bar and there was no place to seat everyone. Furthermore, there were always lines to enter the Windjammer Café if you decided not to go there extra early or extra late. I tried the other venues like they want you to, but the food was cold in those places. The menu was similar to another cruise I had been on (Enchantment of the Seas), but not as tasty nor as fresh. Good luck not standing in line for a show or to play bingo! Lastly, they do not plan enough activities for the 1st day on board - I believe it is because all of their staff is just too busy trying to get you to buy a beverage/internet package. What I liked about the cruise is the entertainment is first rate and I recommend you catch each show. Also, the bands and dance events are first rate. I like RCC, but next time, I'll just keep it small. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I belong to World Wings International, the former Pan Am flight attendant organization and this year we held our convention on this cruise. The ship is huge but elegant, clean, very stylishly appointed. My stateroom was on deck 9 with an ... Read More
I belong to World Wings International, the former Pan Am flight attendant organization and this year we held our convention on this cruise. The ship is huge but elegant, clean, very stylishly appointed. My stateroom was on deck 9 with an ocean balcony which I used a lot. The room was large enough for 2 of us to be quite comfortable. Our cabin attendant was a gem. The food in the dining room to which we were assigned was better than I expected, but not "cuisine". The specialty restaurants where you pay extra were on a higher level. We ate at Giovanni's and the service and food were both excellent. The quality of the shows was spectacular. We watched an ice show, a diving show a short version of Come Fly with Me which was dancing and singing and the piece de resistance, a Broadway level version of Cats which was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Really well done with a stage set that was captivating, extraordinary talented cast. One thing you have to watch out for are the "beverage packages". They sell them as a "package" but the rate is PER DAY. I could not drink enough liquor to justify the package. For me, it was cheaper to buy my drinks as I wanted them and since we were away from the ship for 3 days on shore excursions and the beer is cheap in Mexico, there was no need for the package. Tea, water and coffee are free anyway. If you want to snorkel and you have your own gear, just take a taxi from the ship to the beach at either the Costa Maya or Cozumel and do it on your own. DO the Royal Dolphin experience though - it was fabulous!! Another great thing was the SPA. I had the best facial of my life but be prepared to spend some $$. If you wait until later in the cruise, they have some discounts you can take advantage of. I didn't shop so I can't help you there. Expect to do a lot of walking as this ship is huge. I also really disliked the loud music they played during boarding. It was geared to high school kids and made it hard to even hear yourself think. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We chose this cruise because we were with 12 other friends and thought it would be fun. Boy I was wrong. No kidding we have been on many vacation's but this one ranked as our WORST. When booking our "Dream Vacation" we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were with 12 other friends and thought it would be fun. Boy I was wrong. No kidding we have been on many vacation's but this one ranked as our WORST. When booking our "Dream Vacation" we were lead to believe that if we spent extra with the Owner Suite / Sky Class we would received a private type Butler Style experience. NOT true the concierge was non existent. Lied to. Spa Services add 18% Auto Gratuity but Do NOT list the gratuity separately so when you go back to Guest Services on board to have it removed it can not be seen so it can not be removed. Deceptive.. The Fitness Area must be just below a smoking area all I could smell when working out was stale cigarettes. Gross. We went on the Oasis of The Seas a big ship with 6000 people on board. Everywhere you went there were hoards of people and crying infants, we felt like cattle being herded in a Mall. Elevators jammed pack all the time always waiting for another one. Everything was on a strict ship schedule, you miss breakfast by one minute and sorry the Kitchen is closed. I don't know about you but If this is MY Vacation I want to do things like eat when I want, not when they say so. Room Service 10 minutes for them to pick the phone, no in room menu, food is awful. I made several attempts to on board to rectify the problems we were having by waiting 1/2 an hour in the Guest Services line to talk with a Supervisor who did not have the email address of her Supervisor. She just shrugged her shoulders. She said sorry. I have sent several email no one contacts back. Good Luck if you ever have a problem. The bottom line is they DO NOT care. They just want your $$$$$. There is No quality in their work. I tell you the could give me a full SHIP credit for my cruise and I would not accept it. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our 3rd cruise but our first with Royal. Our first cruise was what I would consider an old puddle jumper doing 4 days out of Tampa. Our second was a week on Norwegian’s newest ship which was bigger and had far more to do. ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise but our first with Royal. Our first cruise was what I would consider an old puddle jumper doing 4 days out of Tampa. Our second was a week on Norwegian’s newest ship which was bigger and had far more to do. This time I wanted to do something different and after hearing how grand the Royal Caribbean ships were, we booked our cruise on Oasis. I asked a friend who has cruised on every cruise line and he said "try Oasis and if you don't like it then cruising is probably not for you." He said they had all the activities, the large size and all the amenities you could possibly want in one ship. We included- me (54) my hubby (60), my daughter age (23), my daughter age (33), grandson (15), grandson (8), granddaughter (1) and relative (57). We booked 3 ocean view midship balconies in anticipation of possible seasickness which several of us are prone to. In light of the fact that we have been known to get dizzy riding even the ferry, we put on patches the night before our cruise and ignored the "the ship is so big you won't even know it is moving" admonishments. By the way we were glad we had the patches but more on that later. We drove all of us wedged into our Honda Pilot down to Ft. Lauderdale the night before and checked into Hampton Suites Airport Cruise South. The Hampton was great, huge 2 room suites and a great hot breakfast the next morning. The kids were thrilled with the fresh free chocolate chip cookies upon check in. No better way to start a vacation than on a sugar high. The next morning we headed over to Park N Go. While the Hampton does provide a shuttle we found it ridiculous that the shuttle to the airport is free but the one to Port Everglades is $10 per person. Park N Go was only $8 per day and they greeted us warmly making sure that we and all our bags (many, many bags) and loaded us on the shuttle. Park N Go is a great service but I do have one caveat--your vehicle may be damaged due to the tight parking (more on that later). Then at last we were all breathless with excitement in the shuttle and heading over to Oasis. A couple of twists in the roads and our 8 year old pipes up “holy batman that ship is humongous!” There was the Oasis in all her glory towering high over the treetops. Then came the juggling of luggage and people and finally we were ushered to our waiting area. This was the hardest part of the journey as a Coast Guard drill was going on which meant an extended wait to board. We jealously eyed those special souls in the priority boarding area and resigned ourselves to waiting in the peon area with a note to self that in the future we need to book more cruises and upgrade our lowly status. The 8 year old was very excited to see a playground climber perched just outside the waiting area and he was off. The wait of nearly an hour was not much by most standards but let me tell you in the standard of a 1 year old who must be entertained without disturbing others, it is an eternity! After going through every toy in the bag, two cups of juice and endless cookies we were making our way to check in. Then the endless stream of confusion over who belonged to what cabin and what passport and we were on our way. Disappointing to see that while there were photo backdrops of the Oasis there was nary a photographer to be seen. So it meant multiple shots in order to try and get the whole group in some type of photo-after all this was historic we were boarding the ship we had been hearing about for the past ten years. So up the ramp we trudged, some of us running and finally we were onboard. To say I was amazed is like saying the Olympics are just a little sporting event. Stepping onto the Oasis I felt like I was entering the mall back home. The Promenade was cobblestone and lined with shops and eateries as far as my eye could see; deck after deck. Our mouths started watering with thoughts of where to eat our first meal onboard and the heavy bags we were lugging around full of those must have for the first day items, suddenly seemed light and inconsequential as the smells and music assaulted our senses. So after months of Cruise Critic reviews we had carefully determined that our first meal should be those royally famous roast beef sandwiches at Park Café located on deck 8, Central Park. Let me just say the photographs of Central Park I had seen prior to boarding do not do justice to the reality of stepping into it. You are surrounded by plants, trees, flowers and bird chirping and the smell of food wafts through the air. Park Café was jamming-no surprise considering their well-deserved reputation. The salad bar was full of all sorts of toppings and no less than 4 salad dressings to pick from. Of course we picked a salad telling ourselves that just because we were on a cruise didn’t mean we wouldn’t eat healthy. Well that lasted right up until we reached the dessert bar. Then the famous roast beef sandwiches, with roast beef so tender and moist it melts in your mouths. There was something so satisfying about choosing food, putting it on your tray and proceeding to devour it without ever once taking out the old wallet. So crammed as we were betwixt and between fellow cruisers all looking to eat, we began the battle to find an empty table to accommodate our gaggle of cruisers. At last we found one, albeit in the sun. We chowed down and contemplated what our next 7 days would be like and knew if our first meal was any indication it would be wonderful. So after lunch we walked around Central Park looking very much like that star-struck tourist who stops in front of every little thing exclaiming “did you see that? Hold on I have to get a picture.” Needless to say our meandering through deck 8 took a while and then it was over to the elevators to check out our cabins which were rumored to be ready now. We witnessed firsthand what we had previously read about-the pandemonium over elevators and the mad rush to board when an empty one showed up. We had the misfortune to have a stroller and forlornly waited multiple times for one empty enough to accommodate us before finally reaching our home on Deck 6. We smiled knowingly, again thanks to Cruise Critic, as fellow cruisers bemoaned the lack of tables in the Windjammer, and inwardly patted ourselves on the back for choosing Park Café instead. Then came muster station and boy I know why they call it muster—it was about all we could muster to get there. It was like herding cattle and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to how things were done. For some reason unbeknownst to us they split our party at one point placing half of us several aisles away from the others which created chaos for the 1 year old who wanted to see all of us. The crew member said that the seats next to the rest of the family would be used by crew members but stayed vacant until the end when they stuck other cruisers there. If there was a method to the madness we certainly were not privy to it. At the end the same herd of cattle was lead through the smoke filled casino which resulted in a lot of coughing from the kids and comments of how it “stinks in here.” Then once again as we waited for the elevators we realized just how many people were onboard with us. We met nice cruisers who welcomed us into the elevator and at one point a rude cruiser who pushed his children in front of us and said “I don’t care if they were waiting get in there” but we used it as a teaching moment for our children to treat people as you would want to be treated. Guess it takes all kinds. Finally, we entered our little piece of paradise otherwise known as an ocean-view balcony. It seemed adequate enough until the luggage begin to arrive and we realized the reality of unpacking for 3 people in 184 Sq. feet of space and finding room to stash the luggage. We wiggled, jiggled, crammed and shoved and were finally somewhat set up for the week ahead. I peered into the postage stamp sized shower and wondered what it would be like to shower with my body pressed up against the walls and all my products crammed into the itty bitty shower basket. On a side note the first time bending over that low sink to brush my teeth was somewhat similar to being back in first grade only having grown several feet since then. While I might love my family suffice it to say I did not want to share the bathroom with them-this is definitely a one man outfit unless you are the tiniest of creatures which I am not. On a positive note no need to remember to grab a towel as you can reach any area of the bathroom from the shower stall. Our next exploration began with the boys scooting off to find the pool and the girls heading over to the Boardwalk. So we gals enter the sliding glass doors to wooden planked floors, wooden carousel horses, a carousel and ahead that most famous of sights the Royal logo over the Aqua theater pool. My eyes darted from the Candy Beach, to Cups & Scoops, to Johnny Rockets and out to sea. Music was blaring and I knew I was on vacation. The kids loved the wood car and the double decker bus made just for them and the guy holding balloons near Johnny Rockets made for a great photo shoot. The little wooden stools around the Aqua Theater are cute but a few minutes on those things and you end up walking a bit like John Wayne. But it is Royal and there are thankfully more accommodating chairs strewn about for those like me with a more ample backside. Of course, due to the 1 year old we rode and rode and rode the carousel and promptly stopped by the Candy Beach to buy some chocolates. Don’t confuse the fact that you just swipe your sea pass card to purchase as meaning it’s cheap, as the candy comes out to roughly $1 per pound for most varieties. My tiny bag of Reese’s bits and M&M’s set me back over $8 and I made a mental note to keep the 1 year old focused on the carousel from here on out. I also made note that the Arcade across the way would set me back $2 per game if the 8 year old discovered it and with his penchant for gaming an hour could be costly. Taking in the smells from Sabor and the rave reviews of the guacamole made personally at your table, I reserved a future time for dining there. I surveyed the two rock walls scaling the sides of the deck and quickly determined that the older set of this group would not be partaking in that particular activity. While it was exciting to watch climbers shimmy up and ring the bell, I knew that was not a feat I was capable of completing in the 3 hours the rock climbing wall was open. Ok so remember all those comments that the Oasis is so big you can’t even tell it is moving? Well at least on the first day it held true. It wasn’t until I realized that there was waves that we were no longer sitting in port. This made several of us extremely excited as the prospect of being green for 7 days was not appealing. So then it was off to change for dinner. Then we hit the first snag upon realizing the 8 year old had no luggage to speak of. Being hungry as bears we decided it would be best to eat first at 6pm and then go to Guest Services. Our dining room was Grande and it was quite grand with huge, comfy upholstered chairs that you could sink into, white table cloths and a very attentive wait staff ready to serve us. Now before boarding, again kudos to Cruise Critic reviews, I contacted Royal to inform them that we had two cruisers who had gluten allergies and one who had a dairy allergy. The head waiter assured us that we could be accommodated but the first night onboard despite the preboarding email notification, our pickings were quite slim. We had food but no bread selections and no desserts that fit our needs. We had heard rumors of a wonderful gluten free chocolate cake but alas we did not get to experience this. The kids were tickled to have the waiters place the napkin on their laps and bring them a special dessert of ice cream with fresh baked cookies. The 23 year old who is special needs, was treated to a plate of her favorite fruit, watermelon and cantaloupe. I should note that every night they had the kids’ favorites waiting for them when they showed up to dinner. The wait staff was amazing and spent time playing with the 1 year old and making all of us feel welcome. The photographers came around and we really enjoyed the photos of the family all together. We also greatly enjoyed being assigned a table and not having to wait for dinner each night. It was especially touching that the wait staff made sure to have the young ones food ready almost upon arrival. One night they even made special chicken nuggets for the 1 year old who has a severe dairy allergy. After the first night we always had warm, delicious gluten free bread and once in a while a suitable dessert. After a visit to Guest Services it was determined that the missing luggage was not delivered because no one bothered to read the tag which shaped like a submarine because they didn’t realize it was a luggage tag. So no naked 8 year old which made him very happy. Our first sea day we made use of the walking track on deck 5 and found the views to be beautiful. The breeze kept the area cool and the little alcove balconies scattered around the back side are a great place to read a book or two (if you don’t have a 1 year old). While not avid exercisers we decided to keep the bulge under control by upping our activity levels rather than limiting our palates. Glad to say it worked and we returned only a few pounds heavier which is great considering the vast amount of time we spent sampling Oasis cuisines. This day we also visited the children’s clubs and found them to be great places for the kids to hang out. The varied activities for the 8 year old kept him occupied even on sea days. The 1 year old being somewhat of a cling-on baby (think kangaroo), was delighted that Oasis has a well-designed play area for the younger set. During our time here she met several new friends and maybe a few she would like to forget. The only supervision here is the parentals so suffice it to say there are times when for safety it is necessary to remove your younger children. That being said there are doubles of most toys which is really nice when children are the age where they don’t understand the concept of “sharing.” It doesn’t mean there are not battles over the same pink and blue car (only a 1 year old knows why one pink and blue car is superior to another) but it does help. The area is clean and enclosed with two doors that keep the younger set firmly entrenched making for a happy spot for moms and dads (and nanas who have been known to sneak in a nap on the one –yes just one chair located in this sanctuary-unless you are under 2 feet tall in which case you have several to choose from). The science adventures offered by the Adventure Ocean are family activities that are so entertaining the kids don’t realize they are being educated. We made “space blow mud” and the 8 year old is still playing with it. Highly recommend this area to those with children. The teen practically lived in the “Fuel” area for teens especially once they said those magical words “no parents allowed.” After seeing the dental floss swim bottoms being worn by the teen girls, mom of the 15 year old boy was thrilled to know that while she was not allowed in ---adequate supervision is everywhere. The pool area is so varied and vast that we found no crowding and there were chairs to be found on any given day. Our only tiny complaint would be that the baby splash zone is quite tiny and it does become crowded and if you have an adventuresome child (yes we are so blessed) they do not understand why they are not allowed to venture over to the big kids area which has far more water toys to play with. Thankful that by the next cruise she will be out of diapers and able to roam freely. Note that on several days there was a crisp breeze which meant the towel clips were a necessity. Our last day at sea I watched a lounge chair, a full beach bag and several pairs of shoes fly right past me. Of course, on this same occasion I realized that the towel clips I bought thanks to Cruise Critic reviews, were safely ensconced somewhere in my cabin safe from the wind. Note to self—towel clips serve no purpose if you don’t use them. At this point I should also mention that due to illnesses on our last two family cruises we packed a large medicine bag this trip and thereby ensured that no one got sick. Should you not pack these preventive medicines you could have to visit the ship’s medical facility which cost us $500 on our last cruise. So for the mere inconvenience of lugging a huge 25 pound bag of medicine around you can save yourself some money and workout at the same time. Now onto Sabor. The food is tasteful and well-priced. On Oasis this is the only spot to indulge in some Mexican food which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had the fresh guacamole which was tasty and came with lots of chips which they even made gluten free for us. We had the build-your-own tacos which came with lots of spicy beef or pork and lots of toppings. The kids raved about their quesadillas and our 15 year old enjoyed the seafood mole. This time of year we found the outdoor dining venue quite comfortable but in the heat of summer it might give me pause. We did not try any other pay restaurants as we found plenty to eat for free. We did want to try Johnny Rockets but just never found the time to get there except for breakfast. Seems to us that all of the breakfast venues are the same but our favorite due to variety is still the Windjammer. We would have liked to have had more selection for gluten-free which was offered at lunch and dinner but not at breakfast. Thanks to the Windjammer we were able to try dishes we might never have eaten otherwise. Some of our favorites were the Waldorf salad, cucumber dill salad, lasagna, carrot salad, cheesecake, and the gluten free breads were wonderful especially the cinnamon raisin! We loved the Sorrento’s pizza because we were able to order gluten-free pizza. In fact we ate there our last night and had again thanks to Cruise Critic, a front row seat for the DreamWorks parade. Since I mentioned it lets discuss the DreamWorks parade. It is very colorful and entertaining. The 1 year old was mesmerized by the characters and the guy hanging precariously from the ropes. He gives a whole new meaning to “hanging from the chandelier” and the fact that she was taking notes means we better guard our chandeliers and ropes. One thing we noted from the parade is that Cruise Critic is spot-on and Sorrento’s is definitely the best viewing spot. We ate there early and hung out and we were right in front of all the action. We also noted that Fiona was the only DreamWorks character who was missing from our parade and it was especially notable because our 1 year old was absolutely infatuated with her. We did the character breakfast on our 1st sea day and so it required us to be up early and at breakfast by 7:45 am. For those that don’t know us early mornings are not our thing and any wake up before 8:30 am requires an act of congress and results in scowls for the remainder of the day from most members of the family except the old guy who seems to have a penchant for being able to survive on 5 hours sleep a night. So at breakfast the 1 year old, who has never seen DreamWorks was curious about Shrek. She loved the music and dancing and was ok with Shrek standing somewhere near her. Out of the corner of her eye she watched him and the pictures taken show that she was wondering why in heck he was so green. Now Puss in Boots was a different cat. She took one look at him and proceeded to try and climb her brother to get away. As photos were snapped she made the decision that maybe he wasn’t so bad and she should have another look. She glanced at his whiskers, shuddered a bit and then took a gander at his green eyes and squealed and shook her head “NO”. While it may have been traumatizing for her it made for a great photo shoot. Now color us surprised when Fiona came by and she reached right out for her offering hugs and smiles. She loved Fiona—so much so that when Fiona moved over to another table she grabbed a passing photographer to take her back to Fiona. Now let me say for the record this is not a child who likes or tolerates strangers in her vicinity much less holding her. But there she was reaching out to and going off happily I might add with this photographer who she motioned to take her to Fiona. She spent 20 minutes loving on Fiona and was not very happy when she had to leave. To top it off she was happy to stay with the strange photographer and the rest of the cruise she held out her arms every time she saw him. And no that wasn’t the last of Fiona on one afternoon we were hanging out on the boardwalk having a drink and who should walk by but Fiona. Well right away our 1 year old starts squealing and attaches herself to Fiona. A line quickly formed for photos with Fiona and our 1 year old decided that the photos should include her as well. Removing her from Fiona was a lot like trying to peel an apple with your bare hands but we managed and the resulting deafness from her anguished screams was thank goodness only temporary. So back to the parade the 1 year looked and looked but no Fiona and she kept gesturing like where is she. And, no she still was not having any of Puss- N-Boots but she was fine with the Panda perhaps his roly-polies reminded her of someone (who I might resemble). Our conclusion the DreamWorks parade is not be missed. Our visit to Labadee was what we shall term -interesting and different. First off budget did not allow us to zip-line which we all agreed we would love to do next time. Being from the land of beaches we did not appreciate the beach, Adrenaline Beach, which we ended up at, being so rocky. On top of it we found it hilarious that we were expected to tip the guy to put out a chair for us, which was right under a tree that promptly dropped a huge coconut on an unsuspecting head. To clarify it wasn’t per se the tipping but the fact that some people were going to chairs that were already scattered all over the beach and sitting down with no exchange of money but for some people he chose chairs that were stacked under the tree (laden with wayward coconuts) and those he asked for a tip. Getting to Labadee we had already decided we would try the Dragon Coaster. We heard it was a short walk to the coaster but it was not our definition of short so we jumped on the trolley and tried to decipher the sign to see where we should get off. So at one point we saw a sign that said coaster and we were getting off when my hubs asked how far the coaster was. A fellow cruiser said oh it’s about a 2 hour walk which pretty much turned my unathletic hubby a paler shade of white and we not being sure if he was joking or not stayed on the trolley and it was right around the corner we saw the said coaster. Now the Dragon Coaster is simplistic in its design but the effect is heart racing as you tear down the track alternating between giving it the go and braking ever so slightly hoping the chair stays solidly on the track. Now a word of advice do not go on this coaster with an 8 year old who is used to riding shotgun with a maniac driver as he will NOT deploy the brakes at any point during your ride and you will scream so loudly you might come back onboard quite hoarse. Now the word is that the corners are quite safe and even at top speeds you will not fly off but when you hit a certain speed and a certain age suffice it to say that you began to question the reality of that fact. When you reach the end there is the sigh of relief and if you are crazy which of course we are, you have the all-day pass which means you can ride to your hearts content. Now at this point you have to come to grips with the fact that you did buy an all-day pass and you want your money’s worth coupled with the even greater realization that if you do not ride said coaster with the 8 year old, who is saying “again” you will be called “old” and “chicken” and you steel yourself again saying how bad can it be. Test track at Disney has nothing on Dragon Coaster and if the 1 year old had her way she would have been driving. If you are up for thrills then this is a great way to spend an afternoon on Labadee. We found the barbeque provided to be tasty. We enjoyed rice, ribs, corn on the cob, German potato salad and lemonade. The trolley stops are well marked and make short time of getting back to the ship. One disappointment was having cruised Norwegian before, who makes a big show of welcoming you back with cold drinks and cold towels, we felt a bit cheated. Falmouth felt very elegant to us and was what I would call our priciest port call. We did not book any excursions here due to the fact that the majority of them seemed to be quite physical with most of our group being anything but. We did enjoy the shopping area but found that the prices were higher than Labadee or Cozumel. We found a lot of photo spots like near Margarita Ville and tipped a pirate to sit for a photo with the young ones. We enjoyed the Jamaican laid back vibe that we felt through town and would love to do more next time we come. Coming back to the ship early we found that it was quite empty and were able to try the flow rider and the zip line. For such a short zip line, it is quite exhilarating and were it not for the rain we might have ridden it more times. Now it is stated multiple times to bring sneakers and socks to ride the zip line but we later found out that you just need socks and you can borrow rock climbing shoes. Wish we had known that as the sneakers took up so much room in our suitcases and we packed them just for the zip line. We loved watching the riders master the Flow rider and a certain old member of our party was rumored to be quite a balanced rider. We managed a quick game of mini-golf and adored the cuteness of the course. Something magnificent about golfing while surrounded by a beautiful view of the sea and cool ocean breezes and yes later a torrential downpour that soaked us to the bone. We found the Wipe Out Café to be the perfect place to ride out a rainstorm and the fries and ice cream hit the spot. One thing we noted was that on our cruise the Wipe Out café seemed to have a malfunctioning ice machine every afternoon which was somewhat annoying as it was very hard to drink lukewarm water on a hot afternoon. Cozumel was colorful and the pricing cannot be beat. We originally had booked an all-inclusive resort on Cozumel but due to reports of 80% chance of rain we decided just to do a bit of shopping. Turns out weather reports are not always accurate as the forecasted rain did not make an appearance until after 4:30 and we could have made our resort plans after all. Despite that the market place was a nice place to explore at our leisure and we found some great deals on t-shirts, gifts and such. The leather crafts are exquisite and the pricing is very reasonable. Word to the wise the natives assume, often incorrectly, that if you look very white you do not speak a word of Spanish and some funny things ensue. My daughter saw a lovely pink top hanging up and decided she wanted to purchase it. She asked for it and the man said he had one in the back. He came back with two shirts but they were a different color. She took one that was large for another friend but asked again for the pink one. He then asked the lady behind the counter for the stick to pull it down. The lady proceeds to tell him that he should just convince her to take another color and that the size won’t work anyway (which medium is her size). He mumbles about white people being picky and goes off with me to pull down the requested shirt. As he pulls it down I say in Spanish “it’s the perfect size and color so I guess picky white people have good taste and some even speak the local language.” His mouth drops and he just stands there as we laugh and walk off. Now we are not, largely in part to having a 1 year old, show people. That being said we did greatly enjoy the Aqua theater diving show which was just short enough to survive with a 1 year old. On our night they had technical difficulties so the last 5 minutes of the show was rescheduled which worked in our favor as our 1 year old has about a 30 minute attention span. It is incredible to watch the athletic performers dive and do stunts. The other show we attended was the Frozen in Time. The 1 year old enjoyed Disney on Ice so we thought this might hold her attention as well. Alas it did but only for a few minutes but it was ok as several members of our party were ready to leave after 20 minutes. I found the show to be engaging and very nicely done. Now towards the end of our cruise we found out that the Oasis does move and we were thankful for having the patches. We headed over to the kids club to play and then attend the napkin folding workshop following lunch. It was at this point that I realized, not having imbibed any alcoholic beverages I should not be listing to the right nor should my head be spinning. We quickly headed up top and felt the sharp breeze and saw the huge waves and realized big ships can certainly move under the right conditions. At this point we swaggered like Johnny Depp pirates back to our cabin to sleep a bit perhaps leaving our cabin steward wondering how tea totalers could look so bombed. A few hours of rest and a new patch and we were able to stand upright again and stop dragging our knuckles on the ground. Our last day at sea was bittersweet as we tried to suck up all the vacation we could knowing that it would soon be over and we would resume normal life. One perk was that we visited the Next cruise office and booked two more cruises. Love the ability to book onboard and earn credits for your next cruises. The crew member who assisted us was pretty friendly up until we refused to sign up for the offered credit card but he maintained his professionalism somewhat. Part of our last day was spent trying to narrow down photographs. This is a program that definitely could use an overhaul. First off the photo prices are quite outrageous and limiting especially if you have more than one cabin. To purchase all of the photographs for 3 cabins it would have been over $900 no small chunk of change. On top of that the photographs are not very well organized and we spent a great deal of time trying to locate our photos. You are given a folder number but we found that many of our pictures never made it into the folder or even into the kiosk. The last day there are so many people trying to buy and look for photos that it is nearly impossible to navigate the crowd. We ended up purchasing the photo book and were dismayed to find out at 7pm that if we wanted it we had to have it assembled at the kiosk and ordered by 8pm. This information would have been nice to have upfront and left my daughter missing the parade in order to get ours ordered. Still it came out beautiful and now we have captured the memories of our first cruise on Oasis. We asked our cabin steward for a late checkout and he was very accommodating but we later learned that breakfast is over at 8:45 and most of the waiting areas begin to close shortly after so a late checkout is pretty pointless. Next time we will leave by 9:30 am. The disembarkation process is pretty painless and Royal did a wonderful job of helping us get a porter and move our luggage through customs and out to the Park N Go area. Park N Go took us to the lot to get our car but the departure process is a bit dicier than the arrival. The cars are packed in a lot and the shuttle drives around leaving you by your parked vehicle which you must then navigate out of the packed parking lot. I did not notice until I arrived home that my new truck had a large scrape down the side where someone hit it in the parking lot hence my caveat to beware of possible damage. Our driver helped us but he seemed like he would have rather been somewhere else and it was a little offsetting. The checkout was fast and they did offer us ice water for the ride home. I would park here again but will check my vehicle before leaving the lot. To sum it up we loved the Oasis and cruising with Royal. We look forward to our next cruises and would love someday to go on Oasis again. Hope you enjoyed our review of this wonderful ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My husband and I have cruised on RCCL over 40 times and this trip was a disappointment. The room wasn't clean and the toilet inside was stained black. The room steward said that happens because of the rubber ring! After he ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised on RCCL over 40 times and this trip was a disappointment. The room wasn't clean and the toilet inside was stained black. The room steward said that happens because of the rubber ring! After he explained the plumbing to us we felt comfortable about the black in the toilet. NO WE DID'NT! The employees were not happy at all. The only time you would get a smile was when they thought you were going to give them a tip. The comedy show now has a different format (1 comedian) and he wasn't that funny. In past cruises on Oasis they had 3 comedians and they were all really good. Went to a show in Opal theatre one night and they had popcorn ....and it was $2.50! WHAT? The ship appearance is tired and already needs a revamp. The food was mediocre. We will not be traveling on RCCL in th future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Port: Port Everglades is a dream. Very efficient check-in process with a well-trained staff. While our boarding was delayed by a Coast Guard inspection of the ship, the process was relatively painless, if long. Ship: This is by far my ... Read More
Port: Port Everglades is a dream. Very efficient check-in process with a well-trained staff. While our boarding was delayed by a Coast Guard inspection of the ship, the process was relatively painless, if long. Ship: This is by far my favorite RC ship. Super clean, very well maintained. The "neighborhood" concept kept any area from feeling overcrowded. The only area that was regularly jammed with people was the Promenade due to their ridiculous "flash" sales. Boardwalk is a pretty authentic representation of the real thing, and I loved the carousel horse carvings. Hot dogs were really tasty. Central Park was my favorite area, very quiet and serene. The recorded bird songs made me laugh, since some of the birds were inappropriate for a park setting - but who else would know that? lol. They even played recorded crickets at night. Breakfast: Loved all the choices! We didn't have breakfast at the same location twice! Park Cafe was great for breakfast sandwiches. Solarium Bistro was the best for fresh fruit in the morning. Johnny Rockets offered a nice "decadent" potato skillet breakfast; unfortunately it was ruined by the addition of an egg on top, which was nearly raw (as in, the white was clear and slimy). Dining room service for breakfast was painfully slow and terribly confused. By the time we were leaving, one woman at our table still hadn't received her food. Windjammer was surprisingly uncrowded on two visits. Lunch/Dinner: Food in the dining room was fine. There were adequate (but not abundant) choices. Appetizers were not terribly interesting but good. We ate lunch one day in the sushi restaurant; again choices were limited and service was very slow, but the food was good. This is the only restaurant where service was less than friendly. Park Cafe for lunch was our favorite - the roast beef sandwiches are great, as are the giant custom salads and panini. Also fun were the custom pizzas at Sorrento's on the Promenade - add your own toppings, and in a few minutes you get a personalized pizza! Sabor was a lot of fun; we enjoyed avocado margaritas, great Mexi food and a dessert tray ($5) that included six different desserts! Giovanni's was also very good. Ports: We did not do any ship excursions so I can't comment on them. We arrived in Labadee to a labor dispute and weren't allowed to disembark until the matter was resolved, some 2 hours later. We felt bad about the locals' problems; this did affect our enjoyment of the island. In Cozumel we privately arranged to spend the day at an all-inclusive, which was great. In Jamaica we wandered in the port area. DH wanted to stroll outside the port gates, but we didn't get half a block before needing the help of the police to pry the peddlers, drug dealers, hair braiders and taxi drivers off of us - very scary, like zombies. Entertainment: Here's where the trip was a letdown. First, the big screens over the Aqua Theater were being replaced on our cruise. They were supposed to be completed by Thursday but were never even mounted by the end of our sailing. Second, the Aqua Theater itself was not working properly; our diving show was cancelled after about 15 minutes due to a malfunction. Third, the comedian for the comedy club missed the cruise; I think he picked it up in Cozumel (our last stop). Cats the musical was depressing, and we couldn't follow the story because the audio was so muffled we couldn't make out the lyrics. The headliners, Alfred & Seymour, were really funny - that was the best show of the week. We missed every other show due to meal delays; that probably could have been fixed by better planning and mindfulness on our end, but we didn't want to rush through meals. Sports: Excellent activities on the sports deck. Loved watching people ride the Flowrider, and I even got up the nerve to do the zipline. If the lines had been shorter I would have done it again, too! Mini golf was crowded due to people playing in groups that were too large. Golf club handles were sticky and a little creepy. Drinks/Bars: Best bartenders were at Bolero's and Sabor, in my opinion. Pool bartenders weren't very friendly - probably because they were usually backed up. Bartenders at Rising Tide also were not friendly. Overall we were satisfied with the drinks and the service. Disembarkation: we did the self-walkoff, which was super simple. Long lines for Customs took about 40 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first experience of cruising and I booked it as a surprise birthday present for my wife. Our group was two adults and our 12 year old son and chose the Caribbean for guaranteed sun/warmth during the Autumn half term holidays. ... Read More
This was our first experience of cruising and I booked it as a surprise birthday present for my wife. Our group was two adults and our 12 year old son and chose the Caribbean for guaranteed sun/warmth during the Autumn half term holidays. The ship was chosen as it had loads to do for our son both activities and DreamWorks experience. Travel to Miami went without a hitch, arriving on time with only the attitude of the cabin crew putting a black mark on the journey. I had booked my own transfer from MIA to our overnight stay at the Turnberry Aisle Resort, Aventura and then to Port Everglades the next day with Jiffy Jeff. Once clear of Immigration/Customs at MIA I rang Jiffy Jeff and our transport arrived less that 10 minutes later taking us quickly to our overnight hotel. Hotel: On the face of it the Turnberry Aisle seems to be a lovely hotel but look a little deeper and it's a bit faded at the edges. The staff were great and we had been upgraded to a massive corner suite with full sized kitchen, living room, huge bedroom and large, twin sink, en-suite with bath and separate shower room. We had hoped for a twin bed standard room so our son did not have to sleep on a bed settee but he didn't mind. Across from the hotel id Aventura Mall which we visited twice for a meal and to do some last minute shopping. There is also a Walgreens pharmacy/convenience store a 5 minute walk away for those last minute snacks. Embarkation: Picked up by Jiffy Jeff at midday and arrived at the Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal at Port Everglades expecting queues and long waits as our driver said this is the usual thing. We had none of that, straight in, offloaded and we were on the ship within an hour. The longest wait was to get through security, then we got our Sea Passes from check-in Desk, then directed to an area with long lines of seating. I thought here we got ! But no sooner had we sat down then we were told we could go onboard. We entered the ship on deck 5 into the promenade neighbourhood. It was very, very busy so we decided to see if our cabin was ready. Off we trooped and located our room for the week. After checking out the sleeping arrangements we explored the rest of the ship having lunch at the Park Café in Central Park. This turned out to be my favourite neighbourhood on the ship especially on an evening where we would go to relax with a fruit cocktail or cuppa. Dining: Most of our meals were taken in the Windjammer and this offered the best choice for our son. As other have said avoid peak times or suffer the task of TABLE SEARCHING ! The choice in the Windjammer is varied but basic and a bit bland but it filled you up and both my wife and son enjoyed the selection of desserts on offer. We were allocated the American Icon as our main restaurant so went twice for the formal evenings. Our waiter was Marvin and he was exceptional ! Menu choice was a bit limited but much better quality. Breakfast here was painfully slow, so slow our son got his from the centralised buffet but I had to wait 35 mins for two poached eggs on toast. Only tried this once and decided he Windjammer was quicker even with the table search. Didn't try Johnnie Rockets but did try the inclusive hot dog nearby which were very nice. Had pizza at Sorrento's which was OK but our son is a fan of Pizza Hut (UK) and it's not quite up there with that ! Also my wife loved the Cheese cake Lollipops from the Promenade Café. We has the Royal Refreshment package for my wife as our son only drinks water. When he needed a drink we just went to the nearest bar and got him bottled water without the expense of his own drinks package. This also entitled us to non alcoholic mocktails and speciality coffees (latte, Cappuccino, etc.) except for Starbucks. Entertainment: Went to see most to the shows on offer. My wife enjoyed Cats and I laughed when, as expected from other reviews, most of the audience left at the interval. She also liked Come fly with me (song and dance) show. We both liked the ice show during which a sand artist told the Hans Christian Anderson story of the Tin Soldier on an illuminate sandbox with a camera underneath which projected his pictures onto a big screen behind him, it was fantastic ! We all enjoyed the Headliner act The Blackstreet Boyz, very funny but don't arrive late or leave your seat as they will have a laugh at your expense. Went to watch the DreamWorks parade on the last evening but get there early to get a good view. As this was a DreamWorks cruise with advertised DreamWorks movies I was expecting a varied choice changing every other day. No it was the same six movies showing over and over again and they were old one, nothing recent. We also had a game of mini golf which was great fun and table tennis. Our son was registered with the Teen club but only went the once to see a 3D movie. Excursions: Labadee - A bit too contrived for me but it was to be expected as this peninsula is controlled by RCL. My son and I did the Dragons Breath Zipline which was fantastic but overpriced for what it is. Jamaica - Dolphin encounter was good but and hours transfer by small bus to get there. You get about 15 mins as part of a group with the dolphin. We had a massive rainstorm during our encounter but as we were already wet it didn't spoil the trip. Cozumel - I had planned our own excursion to Mr Sanchos beach resort as it was cheaper and had a better trip advisor rating than RCL's offering. Unfortunately our son caught a chest infection at Jamaica and we were advised not to let him swim so we cancelled. Mr Sanchos were great and we had our deposit refunded the same day. Overall this was a fabulous introduction to cruising for us, so much so, we are now planning a return trip on Oasis's sister ship to do the Eastern Caribbean in 2018. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We choose this cruise because we saw on Internet the size of The Oasis of the Seas and it was very impressing. We came from Holland via Brussels, London and Miami. It was a heavy journey. We spent one night in Hollywood, the Quality Inn, ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we saw on Internet the size of The Oasis of the Seas and it was very impressing. We came from Holland via Brussels, London and Miami. It was a heavy journey. We spent one night in Hollywood, the Quality Inn, was very good. I wish we had more time to explore Miami but the childeren had only one week Autumn-vacation. The embarkation next day and disembarkation later took a lot of time, understandable due to security messures. Our cabins were very good on deck 14. The childeren, 10 and 13 years old found it wonderfull. The service on the ship was very, very good. Cleaning, eating, the services in the restaurants (Windjammer service and American Ikon excellent), main dining, room service, food, 10 points! We we're served by very friendly waiters and waitresses (especially Michelle and Wayne). We had thunderstorms but we didn't notice anything, the ship went smoothly and we think it is an excellent ship. Entertainment was good, the ice-show beautiful but the agua-show was canceled, a pity we couldnot see that. Standing on the sundeck (14) we saw the ship manoevring into the harbors of Haiti, Jamaica and Cozumel, we couldnot believe our eyes. The shore excursions were very expensive. In Haiti we had a wonderful day on the beach and in Cozumel we enjoyed the day on a private beach where we could see the giant Oasis of the Seas and others. We swimmed, snorkled and had a wonderful time. I recommand this cruise to all my friends and family. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We booked this cruise from a retirement gift certificate for my husband! We had sailed with Royal Caribbean before and wanted to go back. It did not disappoint! Oasis of the Seas is beautiful and humongous! The neighborhoods really did ... Read More
We booked this cruise from a retirement gift certificate for my husband! We had sailed with Royal Caribbean before and wanted to go back. It did not disappoint! Oasis of the Seas is beautiful and humongous! The neighborhoods really did help with navigating the ship-I was worried about finding everything... Our waiters in Silk were awesome! EMBARKATION We got to Port Everglades around 10:30am and we were on board by 11:30. Our rooms were ready by 1pm. Easiest embarkation ever! DINING A Made and Herb made our dinners so special! Most of the food was great-loved the creme brulee. PORTS We went to Nasau, St Thomas and St Martin. We had a rainy day in Nasau and stayed on the ship. We did our own excursions in St. Thomas and St. Martin. We used Palm Tree Charters to go by boat to St John from St Thomas for snorkeling and I cannot recommend them enough! They were super nice, flexible, accommodating and very knowledgeable! We used Bernard's tours in St. Martin for a private tour and it was OK but not exceptional... Getting off the ship in St Thomas was horribly crowded and bottle necked at the elevators but after about 15 minutes, the officers let us go a different way. RESTAURANTS We ate at Sabor for lunch one day and it was the best lunch ever! Park Cafe was a good alternative too. The Dog house was not what we were hoping for. The Wipeout Cafe was good for breakfast-not too crowded but we usually ended up at the Dining room for breakfast. Johnny Rockets was ok for breakfast. Pizza at Sorrento's was good but always crowded. We didn't order room service. CABIN We had cabin 12560. We barely used our balcony. There was so much to do! Entertainment Entertainment was the main reason for sailing with Royal Caribbean again. Other cruise lines do not compare with RC! The headliner, Ron Lucas, Ventriloquist was amazing and everyone in our group loved it. The comedian was really funny in the Comedy Zone but did not do a great show in the Opal Theatre. I don't know if it was because of the large room or he was trying to keep it clean...? The ice show was very good and the sand sculptor was worth going to the ice show! AWESOME! Come Fly With Me was exciting and our group loved it. The aqua theatre was wonderful as well. I didn't really "get" the story line but loved the talent! PHOTOS Loved the photos from our cruise, BUT did not like our Photo book!!! The quality of the actual photos are better than other cruise lines. The photo book quality was really bad. I have called to complain but really don't think anything will be done. The quality of the pictures is horrible-fuzzy and grainy. While creating our photo book, we could not enlarge the pictures and it was an agonizing experience but I took the time (over an hour) to work on it and then to be disappointed in it was sad. Royal Caribbean told me to call the vendor and the vendor told me to cal RC. So, my advice is to buy the digital pics and make your own book after you return home... Debarkation Easy! A porter met us with a cart that carried our whole groups luggage! Usually we have had to take our own luggage to the customs counter and then someone would help. This was so much nicer! We asked for 8:30 departure and we were called at 8am! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Food choices were limited in Main dining. . Did not like that robes and ice bucket not provided in stateroom. Items were provided the next day when requested. Stateroom attendant and dining room staff very friendly however staff throughout ... Read More
Food choices were limited in Main dining. . Did not like that robes and ice bucket not provided in stateroom. Items were provided the next day when requested. Stateroom attendant and dining room staff very friendly however staff throughout the ship were not knowledgeable/informative when asked questions. The ship was very nice and clean. The swimming pool area did not seem overcrowded but still a lot of chair "saving". Because of cruise critic information, I reserved my show times prior to boarding but first time cruisers were out of luck since most show were booked up. The staff seemed to be pushing the drink plans and dining options. I just we should have paid the additional money to have more of a dinner selection. Cruised 2x's on RCL and 6x's on Carnival. Probably will not cruise again on RCL for a while. Loved the personal attention on Carnival Cruise Line. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
The ship was beautiful but several areas were very overcrowded. The windjammer was very overcrowded and if you didn't go to breakfast early you were waiting in line. It seemed there were up charges for things everywhere. Way more ... Read More
The ship was beautiful but several areas were very overcrowded. The windjammer was very overcrowded and if you didn't go to breakfast early you were waiting in line. It seemed there were up charges for things everywhere. Way more than we were used to. Come areas had exceptional service such as our cabin steward and Sabor, but other areas were adequate, but not up to expectations. The server was constant ally asking us how his service was and if it was ok. It got annoying. On one port day they did noisy drills all day long on the loud speaker that made it difficult to enjoy staying onboard. Overall a nice cruise, just not quite up to our expectations. Our off ship planned excursions far exceeded the ones booked on board for the price. The discover st Thomas wasn't bad, just not quite worth the money compared to our st Maarten excursion. The land and sea excursion we did exiting in ft lauderdale was exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We were invited to join some of our friends on this cruise and thought it would be an ideal chance to see how the ship would be for our family and their kids. On-board activities were geared to the younger crowd and seemed to be more ... Read More
We were invited to join some of our friends on this cruise and thought it would be an ideal chance to see how the ship would be for our family and their kids. On-board activities were geared to the younger crowd and seemed to be more than adequate. Watching everyone on the Flowrider was actually more entertaining then the shows in the evening. Dining was a big disappointment. The menu options in the dining room were limited and nothing special with the exception of the two formal nights. For the most part food was bland. The onion soup had no flavor. Food in the Windjammer Cafe was only slightly better than Golden Coral and the room service breakfast menu was far too limited. We tried it once and were forced to go to the dining room in order to get a decent breakfast. Burgers were overcooked and tasteless although they may have been better at Johnny Rockets at an additional charge. If I wanted to go to Johnny Rockets and pay for a burger, I didn't need to go on a cruise. The Diamond Lounge served a continental breakfast in the morning that was adequate but did not have any alcoholic beverages available in the morning. So much for a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. The evening get together snacks were often overcooked and dried out. Staffing in the evening was far too small to take care of the crowd and caused us to leave after 30-minutes of waiting for a waiter on one evening. Most folks dressed up for the two formal nights but watching a gentleman in shorts and tennis shoes allowed to dine in the dining room on formal night was more than disappointing. Also, photographers were allowed to block walkways in various areas of the ship including the entrance to the dining room. The high point of the cruise was our entire waitstaff in the dining room. They were fabulous and exceeded our expectations each and every evening. If you just want to get away, enjoy cruising and don't mind the lines associated with a ship that carries 5,500+ passengers you will probably enjoy this ship. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We embarked surprisingly easily. That was because we traveled with my wife's brother and his wife. They are diamond club members, so basically from cab to ship took about 30 minutes. VERY NICE. Both of us had the same type cabin. ... Read More
We embarked surprisingly easily. That was because we traveled with my wife's brother and his wife. They are diamond club members, so basically from cab to ship took about 30 minutes. VERY NICE. Both of us had the same type cabin. Balcony overlooking the Boardwalk. They have been on Oasis three times. This was our first. This was my third cruise. First was Liberty and the second was Carnival Victory. My wife was on many Carnival cruises and i believe this was her third RC. So thats my background. Lets start with the good. The ship is huge. As big as it is, it is well maintained. While we were on board, there were numerous times i saw maintenance guys working on things. Its a beautiful ship. The staff is very friendly. Our steward was great. Very friendly and did a good job. Our waiter for most of the nights(I'll explain in a few) and support staff were good too. Always knew what we wanted. The dining room- We chose My Time dining. The My Time dining is located on the third floor dining area. When you go there, there are two lines. One for those who have reservations, and a line for those that don't. Apparently it doesn't matter if you have reservations, because they seat those without reservations before or at the same time as those that do. At least...that is what it seemed. Our time to eat varied from 630, 7, 730, depending what activities or shows we had planned that night. I believe it was Tuesday night we had a 630 reservation. We showed up at 635 and the line was long. Got to the podium at about 645 and then waited till about 7. We were taken upstairs to the regular dining area. The regular dining area which was already an hour into their dinner. We were rushed through dinner. Time from being sat until the time we were done? 35 minutes. My sister in law was still eating her meal when the dessert menu was put in from of her. My brother in law complained to the head waiter and he was given his business card and was told that it would be different the rest of the week. He was right. They gave us to the original waiter that we liked for the rest of the week. Food- It was ok. Here's my main complaint about the food on RC. Every steak and chicken dish is covered in that RC sauce...gravy...whatever you want to call it. I don't get it. Prime rib shouldn't have sauce or gravy on it. Overall, i think the RC food is ok. Not great. I really think that Carnival Dining room food was better. Sorry RC fans. The mashed potatoes were real and awesome. Sabor was awesome. Worth the extra money. Guacamole made table side is awesome. Johnny Rockets is a favorite of mine. Service was terrible. Windjammer was ehh. Bar Service-- I don't drink. My wife does. My in-laws found a bartender they knew from a previous cruise and pretty much stuck with her. Big Mamma Mercy! Look for her...shes awesome. She was in On Air when we were there. My wife hung out on the top deck for a day (the weather was terrible except for like a day or two) and tipped a waitress to come back in 30 minutes for another drink order. Never showed. I think thats the problem with a bigger ship. Way too many people to take care of properly. The Ship---Its huge. Thats good and bad. I like the the fact that there are so many choices of activities and dining options. I think that the crew does its best to help and serve all the passengers. Just way too many people to serve. So...bottom line. We were somewhat disappointed with the service on this trip. The ship is showing some age in the cabins and in the common areas. Don't get me wrong..its still nice. We've already booked our next cruise on Allure. So nothing that we ran into negatively affected our decision to book again. But man.....why the gravy?! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I'st time on the Oasis. Never again. We have been on several other RCCL cruises and are Cabin attendant and dining room staff get a 5 star rating. Guest Relations get a 1, lower if possible. I made all of the show reservations ... Read More
I'st time on the Oasis. Never again. We have been on several other RCCL cruises and are Cabin attendant and dining room staff get a 5 star rating. Guest Relations get a 1, lower if possible. I made all of the show reservations several months in advance. Guest Relations made changes to them without advising us. We found out about them when looking on the reservation site on TV. When we asked about the changes, they said Miami made the changes. Later we found out they (Guest Relations) made the changes. Since the shows were completely booked, we could not go to the ones we had reserved. One of their changes scheduled a show while we were on a RCCL excursion. I was totally disgusted. Food for 6800 passengers must be difficult to make and therefore was only mediocre. With 6800 passengers, you could not find a seat in the windjammer, the Schooner Bar and elevators were crowded. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
I went with a group of eleven people because we have always travel on Carnival and we deiced to try out Royal Caribbean. We were an unhappy group! State rooms are too small and most of the staff is not friendly at all. Good bye royal ... Read More
I went with a group of eleven people because we have always travel on Carnival and we deiced to try out Royal Caribbean. We were an unhappy group! State rooms are too small and most of the staff is not friendly at all. Good bye royal caribbean for now, Will return to you when I see that you treat everyone the same on your ships. I cruise on Independence Of the Seas last year and everyone was treated the same. Beautiful ship and that is about it for me! When you ask questions to one of the staff about where something was located they gave you incorrect directions, My dinning room main waiter and assistant were off the chart. Not a good menu for breakfast. Wow I expected more on this big and beautiful ship.You need to step up to the plate and train a lot of your staff to be more paient. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My wife and I have previously been on Allure of the Seas, and very much enjoyed that, so we decided to try it's sister ship. We also like the fact that there are many different things to do and see. We enjoyed this cruise and the ... Read More
My wife and I have previously been on Allure of the Seas, and very much enjoyed that, so we decided to try it's sister ship. We also like the fact that there are many different things to do and see. We enjoyed this cruise and the service was all good. We did not do any of the specialty dining options, as we did not find anything too interesting on the menus. We ate in the main dining room on 3 of the 7 nights. The food was just okay there. I thought that the "aged" NY strip tasted and appeared like a TV dinner Salisbury steak. The ports were all very good and very enjoyable, even in the rain for a few of them. I would definitely go back to all 3 ports (Nassau, St Thomas, and St Maarten.) The entertainment on board was definitely superior. The Oasis of Dreams show was excellent, "Come Fly With Me" was incredibly good, minus a few singing issues, but it was only the cast's second time performing in front of a crowd. CATS was just okay - my Wife and I are not into musicals too much, but we went and watched the show. We could not really understand too much of what the cast/singers were saying and did not understand the story line. The costumes and such were good though. We left during the intermission and did not come back for the second half (show is 2 1/2 hours long). The main issue we had with the cruise was that we each purchased the soft drink package, and found that the 6 total Coke Freestyle machines that they have on board either did not work, were always out of certain flavors, or were flat about 90% of the time. There are 4 in the Windjammer Café, and one morning for breakfast 2 of them were out of order on one side, and they had the other side of the restaurant closed, so nobody was able to use them. On 2 separate occasions, the 2 machines that are next to Sorrento's were flat and out of carbonation/soda water. This was a constant issue during the entire 7 days. We wanted certain flavors of soda - not the Coke/Diet Coke/Sprite options that were offered in the bar areas. We all also wish that they would install more Coke Freestyle machines throughout the ship. The ones that they do have are on deck 5 or deck 16 (Windjammer). There is none in between. They should install more, at least one on every other deck by the elevators or at least 1 on every floor somewhere. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Where to start... This was our first time on Oasis and on a ship of this size. We never once felt like we were crowded on the ship! The muster stations were indoors (at least all of the ones that we could see) which was nice since you ... Read More
Where to start... This was our first time on Oasis and on a ship of this size. We never once felt like we were crowded on the ship! The muster stations were indoors (at least all of the ones that we could see) which was nice since you didn't stand around in the Florida heat waiting on everyone to arrive. Our cabin, 9254 was wonderful and our steward took care of all of our needs. My husband told him I loved the animals that were left at night so he made sure I received extras and I had quite the collection by the end of the cruise. We dined in the Coastal Kitchen for most of our meals. It was a great option and I would recommend it if you are a suite guest. We did go to four specialty restaurants. We felt like they ranked in this order from best to worst: Izumi, Chops,150 Central Park, and Giovanni's. The entertainment onboard the ship was amazing! We truly enjoyed every show (except for Cats as we didn't find the nearly 3 hours needed to enjoy the Broadway show). There is live music everywhere you turn. Visit Central Park to escape the cruise ship and feel like you are truly in a park! Our service was great throughout the cruise. We did make our first ever complaint about something that we observed happen on the ship and we were amazed at the response we received from the crew regarding our concern. Our first stop was Labadee. It was a beautiful stretch of beach and we LOVED the zipline! We went to Jamaica next and booked our own excursion to the Blue Hole (amazing!). We decided to enjoy the ship instead of Cozumel and are glad we did. We didn't book another cruise when we left, but that is due to our family growing in the next year. We felt it best to wait and get our lives stabilized again before jumping back onto the Oasis, but we will 100% do it again. This was our 5th cruise and by far our favorite to date! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I chose this cruise as it was a good entry level cruise. Everything seemed to have a up sell cost attached, and they were really pushing everything that was not included. Also the food that is included is best described as consistently ... Read More
I chose this cruise as it was a good entry level cruise. Everything seemed to have a up sell cost attached, and they were really pushing everything that was not included. Also the food that is included is best described as consistently inconsistent. I had french Onsion soup 4 times and every bowl was different. One night the bowl had lots of onions and a sprinking of cheese. Another night no onions and lots of cheese, another somewhere in the middle and the 4th bowl was way to salty and with next to no onions. The same idea for Escargots. I had a good garlicky plate one night, another was with less garlic and more cheese and the third was with no garlic and all cheese. They also seem to have different ideas on what the same alcoholic beverage should be like. I orderd the same cocktail and it was made differently at every bar and to the point it tasted different at some of them. It would be nice if royal put better training and standards in to practice so that it would prevent from so much food wastage and that would also help to keep costs lower. Also forget about desserts they do not know how ti make good desserts They need to hire a pastry chef to revamp the offerings. I did like the cheesecake pops though. Also if you think that you know what something will be like do not assume that you will like it. I thought that a pecan pie would be like a pecan pie and it was not. It is best described as a pie full of pecans. Will not dine in windjammer again. Food should have been hot as it just was put out and it was not hot. It had clearly been cooked cooled and reheated. It was not properly reheated to a hot temprature as there was cold pockets. Dishes that are hot in spice are not marked any differently so be prepared to have a beverage on hand. Also it is a madhouse even at 1:30 in the afternoon. I will not be taking a cruise in a balcony room as the ship is so large that I was never in my room to make it worth the higher price tag. The room is still small and the shower is tiny. My husband had an issue as he is 6'4" and 325lbs. and he had an issue. Service: By the main dining room at our traditional dining was really good. He remembered what I liked to drink and had it ready to be ordered. He did check first to make sure I didn't want to change things up. We had a amazing room person she always was friendly and willing to do anything that would make our stay more comfortable. She always wanted to hear how our day was and had suggestions that were free of things to do and see. Labadee is just a beach day and please avoid the shops and the pushy vendors. It is best if you walk with sunglasses on and pretend that you do not hear them. Although the best beach is near their area. Falmouth It is ok to get off the ship and wander the port but as a female it is not ok to wander outside of the port. You are in some of the slums or more poverty stricken area and it is not that safe to do. If you do want to go out of the cruise port I suggest booking a tour that is with the cruise line or another reputable company. Cozumel is fine to wander around and leave the cruise port although we didn't. We went to a little hole in the wall called Mandys and it had some of the best food that we have tasted. We were really surprised with how amazing it was. We got a sampler lunch platter for 2 for 19.00 and 2 bottles of pop for 4.00. There was no tax and we did leave a small tip. We defiantly will go again but will venture out further next time. Will I sail with Royal again? Yes because of the activities and the Solarium. I will not go based on expecting super high service and really good food. It will be if the price is right or they offer some itinerary that we want. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
the show cats, the crew begged you to stay. with all the great high energy productions why this? the food had no taste and no change .we had one good dinner in the specialty italian resturant (but why should you have to pay for good food? ... Read More
the show cats, the crew begged you to stay. with all the great high energy productions why this? the food had no taste and no change .we had one good dinner in the specialty italian resturant (but why should you have to pay for good food? most of the activeties in the day were on the promanode are to buy things. the staff was very friendly and the sailing was very smooth our cabin was nice and our cabin service was very good, we liked the little tags for notifing to make up the room or not. the pool aeras were very nice, but i would have liked to see some dancing, games music and family fun. the ship has some interesting spots. the central park was very pretty but should of had a new york deli.my husband and i did enjoy the adult solarium,the trees and sitting areas were beautiful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I was traveling with my wife from Las Vegas, Nevada and we met up with 6 friends on board the ship Oasis of the Seas. Our journey to Ft. Lauderdale was eventful in itself, but we were determined to get there. At the time of our sailing ... Read More
I was traveling with my wife from Las Vegas, Nevada and we met up with 6 friends on board the ship Oasis of the Seas. Our journey to Ft. Lauderdale was eventful in itself, but we were determined to get there. At the time of our sailing hurricane Matthew was battering the east coast of Florida. We had 2 flights that were canceled and we finally flew into New Orleans, La and rented a car to drive for 13 hours to Ft. Lauderdale. It was a long drive but by the time we got there the hurricane had already passed. The sailing was delayed by 3 hours so that more passengers could make it to ship (which I though was a very thoughtful move on the part of RCI) for this sailing. Once on board we were greeted with enthusiasm and warmth by the crew. The check-in process was painless and quick, which was a blessing after our journey to get there. We met up with the rest of our group at the Windjammer Cafe and enjoyed a good meal to get us going for the rest of the night. Once we got into our room we got our carry on luggage settled in and then headed out to explore the ship. We were on the ship for a week and still didn't see everything it had to offer, this is a huge ship with tons of things to do and see. We dined in the main dining room for most of the week, as a group. The wait staff was amazing! I need to point out and shout out to Richard and Savio who were our waiters for most of the week and all 8 of us loved those guy! I can't say enough good things about the service we received from them and just that alone makes us all want to sail on the Oasis again. We had booked shows for every night but were only able to see 2 of them. We went to the Aqua Show with amazing high divers and gymnasts in a fantastic production that rivaled a Cirque du Soleil show back home. It is really amazing to see a show with that quality of production and danger while the ship is moving. The second show we saw was "Frozen in Time" which is an ice skating show based on the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. Another amazing production with world class athletes, dancers, and ice skaters. To think that these shows are included in the price of the cruise is crazy. We celebrated our anniversary on board which bring me to the only sore spot of the cruise. On day 1 while we were in the Windjammer there was a man who was taking reservations for Chops Grill the steakhouse restaurant. I made a reservation for the next night at 6:30pm for my wife and I to celebrate on the day of our anniversary, however, when I checked the next day to make sure the reservation time was correct, I discovered that the reservation had not been made. They didn't have any other availability for us that wouldn't interfere with the show that night, so I booked it for another night. I was quite disappointed in that, but when we went to the main dining room for dinner with our friends we had a great time thanks again to Richard and Savio. Our first stop was in Labadee, Haiti and was beautiful. There were some downsides to this port though. Because of the hurricane that had just devastated the island and took over 800 lives, the water was still churned up and had an unpleasant smell. The beach was still very nice and the staff in the port were friendly and helpful. Now if you are put off by pushy salespeople, this is not the place for you. I have traveled all over the Caribbean and these people are without a doubt the most aggressive with sales. I did make some purchases and I can say that if you pay the first price for anything that you got ripped off. I bought a carved black lacquer box that he quoted $60 and I paid $10. The second port was Falmouth, Jamaica. Another beautiful island, but with a much more laid back attitude. We made several purchases with no pressure and quality craftsmanship. While we were the we had lunch and I can't remember the name of the place but the food was fantastic. I do know that it was behind Margaritaville. The last port was in Cozumel, Mexico and yet another beautiful island. If you have the opportunity, go to the seminar on the ship the day before this port and you will get even more FREE stuff. We took a taxi to the end of the shopping district and walked back up while stopping in almost every store and received something free in almost every one of them. When the cruise was over the debarkation process just as painless as the embarkation. We would like to thank Royal Caribbean for making this an amazing vacation and we have already booked our next cruise with them. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
October 8, 2016 Oasis of the Seas. We had an aquatheater suite cabin booked (A4) cabin 14330 but due to Hurricane Matthew there apparently were many cancellations for this sailing. Royal Caribbean called us the day before the sailing ... Read More
October 8, 2016 Oasis of the Seas. We had an aquatheater suite cabin booked (A4) cabin 14330 but due to Hurricane Matthew there apparently were many cancellations for this sailing. Royal Caribbean called us the day before the sailing and offered us an upgrade to the Grand Loft Balcony Suite (GL) cabin 1758. The cruise was fantastic. This was our first time on an Oasis class ship. We've sailed twice before on the Freedom class which we really liked. The different neighborhoods on the ship were great. We really liked walking through Central Park, the Boardwalk, the Sports Deck and the Royal Promenade. There was always plenty of room at the various pools. We did not use the Solarium much but it is very large and on two decks 15 and 16. Our stateroom was on deck 17 aft. We were right next to the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen which was very convenient. We ate three dinners at the Coastal Kitchen. We ate most of our breakfasts there and a few lunches. Coastal Kitchen and the Suite Lounge are reserved for guests booked in suites. Days 2 and 5 were the formal nights. Day 2 dinner we booked the Chefs Table. Six courses paired with wine. The food was very good. Next time I will only eat half portions of everything. The chef comes to the table and explains each course. The sommelier/host explains each wine. The entire dinner was three hours. It was a nice way to meet fellow cruisers. There are sixteen chairs at the table each night. Day 5 dinner was also at the Coastal Kitchen. Our server recommended eating there that night because it is Lobster Night. The lobster is grilled at the Coastal Kitchen and was excellent. You can ask for as many lobsters as you can eat. The other nights we ate at the Specialty Restaurants. Chops Grille is the steak restaurant. We ate there two nights. The food was excellent. Giovanni's Table is the Italian restaurant. Excellent food and huge portions. Izumi is the Japanese restaurant. We ate at one of the three hibachi tables. Our chef was very entertaining. There was a good selection of beef or seafood. Lots of fried rice and vegetables. Our cabin was very nice. A large living room area with a dining table couches and chairs and large screen TV. There is a separate bathroom with shower next to the living room. Our bedroom was also very nice. King bed facing the two stories of glass windows looking out to sea. Large screen TV mounted in front of the bed. The bath area was behind the bed and elevated. Three steps on either side of the bed took you to the two sinks, huge bathtub, large shower with dual shower heads one being a "rain" shower, and large dressing area. There was ample storage and closet space. The room had electric controls for the sheer curtains, black out curtains and screens in the bedroom. The windows are from floor to ceiling and two stories tall. Our balcony had two Lounge chairs and a hot tub. The balcony had views forward to most of the starboard side of the ship and out to sea. No views aft. All our servers and staff were fantastic. There were two concierges in the Suite Lounge that were very helpful. In a Star Class cabin you are assigned a "Genie" who is your personal concierge. She was fantastic. We hung at the Suite Lounge bar during the evening inbetween shows. Pool bars during the day. Our two bartenders in the Suite Lounge were very good. The pool bartenders were also good. There are so many bars around the ship and the waiting is negligible. We really enjoyed the Aqua Theater show. It is a high dive and acrobatic show in the Aqua Theater pool. Amazing athletes and very well done. We saw the comedian twice. He is very funny. The Love and Marriage game show was good. Quest was good. We did not see Cats. Ports of Call were Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. We did not do any excursions. Labadee is always good. A relaxing day at the beach. We walked around Falmouth and Cozumel. I will try and post a review and pictures of our cabin on the Oasis of the Seas board if anyone is interested. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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