Sail Date: September 2014
We were fortunate enough to sail on Oasis of the Seas' first transatlantic cruise. The weather and seas could not have been better. Many have already commented that the ship is so large one can always find a quite spot in spite of ... Read More
We were fortunate enough to sail on Oasis of the Seas' first transatlantic cruise. The weather and seas could not have been better. Many have already commented that the ship is so large one can always find a quite spot in spite of 5000 passengers and 2000 crew sailing along with you. Our spot was after if the ship on either decks 11, 12 or 14. We found that the various food venues affered a variety of foods and dining experiences. We generally preferred the dining room when we just wanted a leisurely meal; although we ate at several of the other venues. The Park Avenue Cafe was usually crowded and had the feel of a cafeteria. The Wipe out cafe and the a solarium Bistro had the advantage of sitting outdoors in one's bathing suit. Personally I found the food selection in the dining room to be less appealing on the Oasis compared to our cruise in March '14 on the Freedom of the Seas. The Windjammer also had a very different setup from Freedom. There were plenty of choices, but it took a while to figure out where the foods were that we preferred. It was not our favorite place to eat. Because we were traveling east, we had to account for 6 hours of lost time before we reached Barcelona. The hours were subtracted for 6 consecutive days at noon. Everyone was relieved to get that extra hour back before the end of the voyage. We went to just about all the evening entertainment and found it to be top notch. Only one night would be considered typical cruise entertainment. I assume because this was Oasis' first transatlantic there was a great deal of confusion with scheduling reservations for shows. Hopefully they have their system worked out for the return trip in Oct. We had signed up through roll call to sit with a group of 15 people for our evening dining.. After about 6 days we decided we wanted a quieter venue and was able to change our table to the main floor next to the piano. This was a good move for us since we finished out a table for 6 which allowed for easier conversation. We only docked at one port on our journey. That was Malaga. We chose to stay in port and ride the hop on hop off bus. It was easy to find since one of its stops was just a block north of the location the dock shuttle stopped. Purchase of tickets was at the stop. Because my husband uses a walker we did not get off at any of the stops, but ther seemed to be several that would have been interesting. Our cabin was very adequate. We found the storage space ample, and with the entry door opening out, we were able to leave my husbands walker near the door and out of the way. We had a balcony on the starboard side. We didn't want to sit in the sun, so that worked fine for us. We had shade a good deal of the day because of the overhang above the 14th deck. Embarkation and disembarkation both went very smoothly. The longest wait we had was waiting for a taxi in Barcelona getting off the ship. My husband simply sat on his walker with the luggage near the taxi stand, and I walked through the queue. All in all, it was a great cruise. The ship is beautiful with lots of activities to keep one occupied for so many days at sea. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
This was my first trip on a Oasis class ship and I was well pleased. Took RCI transfer from FLL to ship, a "walk aboard" embarkation (very quick), many eating area open for lunch, to Cabin at 1300, luggage arrived by 1500, and ... Read More
This was my first trip on a Oasis class ship and I was well pleased. Took RCI transfer from FLL to ship, a "walk aboard" embarkation (very quick), many eating area open for lunch, to Cabin at 1300, luggage arrived by 1500, and off to enjoy the ship for the next 12 nights. As someone who really only likes small, quiet ships, - and is usually disturbed by the :"noise" on RCI, I was most pleasantly surprised. It is amazing how well organized everything is and how, other than at Guest Services, well people are "spread out" about this huge ship. Unfortunately there was always lines at Guest Services, even at 0700 in the morning. The Concierge Lounge was also jammed, as were the designated overflow areas, as there were 600+ Diamond Plus's and up aboard. Had a wonderful crossing; however I will probably NOT cruise Oasis class on their seven day trips, for it is impossible (I think) to do and see everything aboard in ONLY seven days. Shows - Hairspray, Aquatic, etc. were excellent - Guest entertainers were - as usual - so so. Disembarkation in Barcelona was as efficient and quick as I have ever seen Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We have been cruising for fifteen years now and have cruised with a variety of different cruise lines and on a variety of different size ships. The Oasis is the perfect ship on which to do a Trans Atlantic Cruise. It gave us plenty of time ... Read More
We have been cruising for fifteen years now and have cruised with a variety of different cruise lines and on a variety of different size ships. The Oasis is the perfect ship on which to do a Trans Atlantic Cruise. It gave us plenty of time to explore the ship and all it had to offer. The ship is huge, but because of the design, it never felt overwhelmimg. The boarding and debarkation process was one of the smoothest we have had. In spite of the number of people on board, there were never any crowds. There was lots to do and to see, places to explore, and eating venues to try. Or, you could enjoy doing nothing but relax. The food in the main dining room was very good as was the food in the other no cost venues. We attempted to try them all, but even with 12 days, we couldn't do it all. Only negatives i can think of were poor wifi ( which we understand will soon be upgraded), a big glitch in preboard entertainment scheduling, and lack of books in the library. None of these seemed very important to us as we were able to reschedule entertainment as soon as we boarded and I had plenty of reading material with me.   Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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