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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
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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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