2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Im a government Contractor who spends most of my time in Afghanistan, and cruise twice every year to get relaxed and refreshed. What I love most about cruising on Oasis is the shear size of the ship and it's ability to transport me to ... Read More
Im a government Contractor who spends most of my time in Afghanistan, and cruise twice every year to get relaxed and refreshed. What I love most about cruising on Oasis is the shear size of the ship and it's ability to transport me to 7 distinct neighborhoods, making it feel like more than "just a cruise". The new layout and locations for Izumi's, Coastal Kitchen, the Suite Lounge and, Diamond club all works out much better than the original configuration of the ship. Although I traditionally cruise in a Grand Suite, on this particular cruise the Sky Loft Suite was available when I booked for the exact same price as a Grand so I decided to try it out. What an outstanding layout, and the convenience of having the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen all right there on deck 17 was really nice ! Now that Oasis calls Port Canaveral home, it makes it my first choice for a nice 7 day Eastern or Western Caribbean Cruise ! Read Less
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Cabin attendant, (Victor) and server (Constantine) were amazing! Music was phenomenal - Southside band was outstanding - they could play all genres. Missed not having family comedy shows and would like to see bigger dance floors for ... Read More
Cabin attendant, (Victor) and server (Constantine) were amazing! Music was phenomenal - Southside band was outstanding - they could play all genres. Missed not having family comedy shows and would like to see bigger dance floors for ballroom dancers. The Oasis of the Seas is a smooth sailing ship - hardly felt any rocking motion. The captain seemed very down to earth and comical according to family members who attended his information session. He spoke excellent English: first time I think, for us, being able to understand the announcements. Bathroom in cabin was very small but lots of storage space for clothing and shoes. It is an excellent ship for travel and decorated beautifully throughout. There didn't seem to be enough supplies for those playing games during activities. Shops at Jamaica seemed a bit pricey. Embarkation and disembarkation went extremely smooth and fairly quick. I hope to participate in a shore excursion next time even if I don't have a family member going along.They love hanging out on the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Our overall experience on the Oasis of the Seas was good. We started out the first 3 nights were very rocky onboard due to higher than normal winds. I felt that a ship this large should have been able to navigate better through waves that ... Read More
Our overall experience on the Oasis of the Seas was good. We started out the first 3 nights were very rocky onboard due to higher than normal winds. I felt that a ship this large should have been able to navigate better through waves that were 5-6' swells. The ship: Overall the ship itself was good. There was a lot of stuff to do onboard. The one thing I would have liked though would have been the obvious, I would like to be able to see the ocean more. If you want to see the ocean you have to go to the rear of the ship (at the back of the jogging track), deck 6 at the back of the Boardwalk, Deck 14 (front of the ship above the navigation control room (this area was actually closed for 5 of the 7 days on board), Deck 15 (pool area) or Deck 16 (Solarium). I wish that they would not have the jogging track on Deck 5 so that you can step out after a meal at the dining room and enjoy the ocean. I do understand though that this is all designed to be like this though. The cabin: Our interior cabin was great. We upgraded a little and got a room with a normal bed, a pull out couch (which was a little dirty and musty smelling) and a 2 tiered bunk bed. The bathroom was a little larger than the other Royal Caribbean ships we had been on. Dining: The main dining food overall was not very good. I honestly would not recommend trying any of the Head Chef's nightly recommendations for entrée/starters. They were not good at all. The NY strip steak, which we had on more than 1 occasion, was very well cooked. This was the star of the menu. The deserts were above average as well. The main dining staff was quite spectacular. Our head waiter Kevorn and his assistant Natalia went above and beyond for anything we asked for, including items that were not on the menu. Their service was the best we have ever had on any cruise ship. A+ for them!!! Entertainment: I did not particularly like the musical CATS. I just could not really follow the story line even though I gave it 2 tries (I saw act 1 on the first showing and a portion of act 2 on the final sea day. I just couldn't make it through the entire show). We did not get to see the Ice show, it was booked out for all performances. We also found this to be true for the comedy club (which was shockingly small for such a large ship) The headliner act (the ventriloquist) was a little boring to say the least. I would say for this ship the cruise director Drew and his assistant Margot were below average for what we experienced on other Royal Caribbean ships. You would think that Royal Caribbean would do a better job of finding an awesome cruise director staff for a ship this size and for one of their flagship ships. Very unappealing to me. Service: Overall our service was good. Pleasant staff and Good Room Attendant. We have 3 children ages 7, 10 and 12. The 7 and 10 year olds had a blast at the kids club. The 12 year old was uninspired by the Teen club (age 12 is when they can do the Teen club instead of Adventure Ocean), so much so that he begged us to ask if he could join the kids club towards the end of the cruise. The Teen club needs to work on separating the older teens (say 15-17) from the younger teens (say 12-14). The majority of the evening activities were geared toward intermixing the teen girls with the teen boys (Teen prom night, Teen dance club...etc). Ports of Call: Overall we were not really impressed with these ports (Bahamas, St. Thomas & St. Marten). If you enjoy lazy beach days then this would be for you. In addition we did not get much time at all at the ports. For instance, Bahamas was 10-4:30. They should give you more time at the ports. Our overall experience on the Oasis of the Seas was good. Going back to this ship again would be a definite maybe. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
We were thankful we were on the Oasis, as the weather was quite rocky. I will always cruise with R.C., however, I am very disappointed on the photo shop, our pictures of my husband and I were taken in the dining room table, and when I went ... Read More
We were thankful we were on the Oasis, as the weather was quite rocky. I will always cruise with R.C., however, I am very disappointed on the photo shop, our pictures of my husband and I were taken in the dining room table, and when I went to see them, were not available. I checked up to the last possible day for them, but to no avail. Since this was my husband's first and probably only cruise he will ever go on, I feel very saddened this happened to us. I am so disappointed this happened. The theater show of Cats was not good at all. We left, along with many others after the first half. The comedian was outstanding and the quest game was the best ever. I will cruise again with R.C., but I will not sail with Oasis again. The activities need improvement, as there was too much time between them. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We have friends that invited us to try a cruise on the largest ships. I generally like the middle sized ships best. They are large enough for nice amenities but small enough that crowds aren't an issue. Having said that, there are ... Read More
We have friends that invited us to try a cruise on the largest ships. I generally like the middle sized ships best. They are large enough for nice amenities but small enough that crowds aren't an issue. Having said that, there are some things that I really liked about the Oasis. I think my favorite part was the boardwalk area at the rear of the ship. It's a very fun area where you can watch or participate in lots of activities. I also liked the freedom of movement through the promenade area. On smaller ships it can seem crowded when walking through the shops area from one end of the ship to the other. On Oasis, there is plenty of room. As far as negatives, I was disappointed in the Windjammer restaurant. While the quality of the food was good, I didn't think the selection was as good as other, smaller ships that I've been on. It was also always crowded and many of the stations seemed to always be empty. It was also surprised at how often I found it closed when I tried to go there. Not impressed. Instead, try the breakfast buffet in the dining room on deck 3. You can order off of the menu there as well. I was curious why the hot tubs and pools seemed to always be closed in the evening. There were several times when we went out around 7-8 pm and everything was roped off. I don't understand why. All in all, I did enjoy the Oasis and would choose it again, especially if I was traveling with young people or children. There is just a lot of activities for everyone. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
The experience of the Oasis of the Seas and the destination of the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St Marten was everything we hoped for. The Oasis of the Seas was 3 football fields long but it was very easy to get around. We quickly learned ... Read More
The experience of the Oasis of the Seas and the destination of the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St Marten was everything we hoped for. The Oasis of the Seas was 3 football fields long but it was very easy to get around. We quickly learned all the locations of what we wanted to do on board. The entertainment was top of the line. We loved the Cats performance! We played cards in the card room some afternoons. And loved the dancing in the evening to the Southwest Band in the Dazzles room. Our group of 50 played Miniature Golf and had pictures taken on the Merry-Go-Round. Our shore excursions were very good and we learned so much about the islands. We did some shopping and purchased shirts we will long enjoy. One drawback is all the jewelry stores and the high pressure to purchase something so no fun to even look. There are free Charms in our brochures but they refused to give one to us if we wouldn't let them give us a sale pick for necklaces and rings, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
We had 5 first time couples on this cruise. All had cruised previously, wanted to try the big ship experience. It was great. We had two Central Park Balconies and three oceanview balconies. Impressed with the size of the room, storage ... Read More
We had 5 first time couples on this cruise. All had cruised previously, wanted to try the big ship experience. It was great. We had two Central Park Balconies and three oceanview balconies. Impressed with the size of the room, storage and balcony. Food at the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch was acceptable but not great. They actually totally closed it for two hours once between breakfast and lunch again between lunch and dinner. Food at formal dining was great never was stumped on what to order everyone enjoyed it. The shows were great. Because of the winds they kept cancelling the Aqua theater, but we finally caught it while in port one day. Outdoor movie was pretty salty. They had to close the top deck for sunbathing do to wind. But all in all it was a great experience. The parades and activities on the promenade we a lot of fun. The soda package works great. They have the Coca Cola Free style machines around the ship which makes it easy, you don't have to go the bars to get a refill. Embarkation went very smooth and fast, rooms were open at 1:00 Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We are loyal to Royal and will soon will be Diamond. Our last two cruises were on the Empress of the Seas and loved every minute so we thought it would be cool to go from the smallest to the largest. We were not disappointed. From the ... Read More
We are loyal to Royal and will soon will be Diamond. Our last two cruises were on the Empress of the Seas and loved every minute so we thought it would be cool to go from the smallest to the largest. We were not disappointed. From the embarkation to the disembarkation all went well. One of the things that my wife and I might not do again is to cruise in January. The weather was not all that good. We had some real high seas so they had to cancel some of the shows. That brings me to the entertainment. We both enjoyed Frozen in Time and Come Fly With Me. The ventriloquist act was great. The comedy show was just OK. The venue was small. We were to go to Cats on Sat afternoon and opted out because of what other people were saying and that we would not be able have dinner with our friends. That brings me to our dinning experience. We have done many cruises and this was the best wait staff, from the head waiter Charito Cruz the waiter Pritesh Halankar asst. waiter Remis Ribeiro all were OUTSTANDING. The food like most of the recent cruises we have been on was ok. I think Royal has cut back on the menu as well as the portion size. My wife and I both thought that the Windjammer was predictable, but good. I wanted to try Johnny Rockets and was disappointed but the hot dogs on the boardwalk were outstanding. After a day or two we found the Oasis easy to navigate. We especially liked Central Park. We were both happy with the casino and having a no smoking side. We would like to see no smoking throughout the casino. The only time we felt that there were lots of people was the last day getting off. We both loved the Oasis and will cruise her again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
Cruise was over all good, however some of the service in Coastal Kitchen was below average. Some of the staff were very rude, Bikes in your workout area are in need of repair. Our genie and cabin attendant were great. Bartenders were ... Read More
Cruise was over all good, however some of the service in Coastal Kitchen was below average. Some of the staff were very rude, Bikes in your workout area are in need of repair. Our genie and cabin attendant were great. Bartenders were good but again Coastal Kitchen staff needs help. Three elevators were down when we were on board and Main dining for lunch which was buffet was terrible. It took to long to get thru the line and there was no plates when you did make it to receive your food. I was on the same ship back in September and never had the problems from the staff that we experienced on this past cruise. I took people with me and some of the staff made me feel embarrassed that I had sold them on the cruise. Still we had a good time but was a little disappointed overall. Will go on another cruise, but for what I paid it was a little bit of a let down. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We enjoy more days at sea and eastern Caribbean. This time of the year was perfect for our college age daughter's vacation. It was a bit expensive but we were excited about going on Oasis of the Seas. I wish wifi & drink packages ... Read More
We enjoy more days at sea and eastern Caribbean. This time of the year was perfect for our college age daughter's vacation. It was a bit expensive but we were excited about going on Oasis of the Seas. I wish wifi & drink packages would be tailored more for family expenses. The food was great, the entertainment was ok, we attended most of the offered events. It was pretty windy during this week so we didn't experience the aqua show. Our wait staff was great. Overall wonderful experience with Royal Caribbean. Pretty good reputation that you can be loyal with. I would recommend this ship/line to family and friends. The shops were not plentiful as I would have hoped, expected. The shop offerings were ok. Interested in rings but only carried size 7, needed size 9 and wasn't interested to get it sized later. I wonder why they stock only one size? Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
The ship is BEAUTIFUL..the staff is great..you cant control weather..having said that: The shore excursion to the Bahamas (Blue Lagoon Beach) was a long boat ride only to be on a beach that looks like a bay (the water is not anywhere ... Read More
The ship is BEAUTIFUL..the staff is great..you cant control weather..having said that: The shore excursion to the Bahamas (Blue Lagoon Beach) was a long boat ride only to be on a beach that looks like a bay (the water is not anywhere close to the normal beauty of Bahamas water)..you only get about an hour of beach time, the lunch attendants watch to make sure you dont get too much food (after youve paid a crazy amount of money), and then its suddenly time to turn right back around and go back! Most of your time is spent in line to get on the boat to and from..overall, the excursions proved to be very disorganized and slow getting started--not worth the money--Abi beach did turn out to be nice, though, once you arrived. The problem with the specialty resteraunts, in particular Chops (with exception of 150 Central Park which is excellent in every way), is the fact that you are seated sandwiched in between other tables that could whisper in your ear without much effort. The table we got put next 2 NEVER stopped talking the entire time..we were miserable--food is good, but if you want a romantic quiet dinner, do not go here. Overall, we had a great time. The ship is one of the best out there, and the staff goes out of their way for you. I would say that being more informed about the resteraunts and excursions would have made this the perfect vacation! I love Royal Caribbean. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
The ship was fantastic. My family had a great time and everyone on the ship was very friendly. The shows were outstanding!! Best we have ever seen. But you do need reservations. My husband couldn't get into the comedy club ... Read More
The ship was fantastic. My family had a great time and everyone on the ship was very friendly. The shows were outstanding!! Best we have ever seen. But you do need reservations. My husband couldn't get into the comedy club because they were booked solid. They should have put it in a bigger place so more people could enjoy. The diving show was spectacular! I wasn't too fond of the cruise director - aren't they usually funny and show personality?? And the bingo lady - no jokes at all - just called the numbers. Guess I was looking for a laugh here and there. The food was only so so. I was surprised that the main dining room charged extra if you wanted filet mignon or lobster. One night my son wanted a NY strip steak because he didn't care for anything else on the menu and they said he couldn't get one, but could pay $19.99 for filet mignon that night. Also, the specialty restaurants charged just as much as if dining in a fine restaurant in NY. I thought we already paid for food and that there should be a minimal charge - not $75/pp for Chops (too expensive for ship dining). Other specialty restaurants charged more. Lastly, the pool area was just a pool. I didn't see any fun things going on around the pool - no big screen, live bands, or contests. The cruise was great and my family really enjoyed it! We enjoyed St. Maartin the most. Found a resort with a beach and restaurants 5 minutes from ship. Walked around San Juan and couldn't wait to get back on the ship. Saw a lot of stray cats walking to the Fort. Labadee was also good. Beach and food from the ship and many excursions to pick from. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Cruise terminal 1 in Port Canaveral is fantastic! On board the Oasis of the Seas, the food was plentiful and good (as usual). The size of the ship created inconvenient lines, occasional loss of food options (first day out, they ran out of ... Read More
Cruise terminal 1 in Port Canaveral is fantastic! On board the Oasis of the Seas, the food was plentiful and good (as usual). The size of the ship created inconvenient lines, occasional loss of food options (first day out, they ran out of chocolate chip cookies) and "Central Park" balcony was very noisy at times (couldn't hold a normal conversation, and and not very private (lesson learned). Cabin storage for an 8 day cruise was inadequate making room seem cramped. Didn't do many shore excursions as we are frequent cruisers and have done most of the ship sponsored offerings. The zip line on Labadee was, however, a great experience. The shows were exceptional. Not only entertaining, but the athletic nature of most shows (not just the normal singing and dancing shows) on ice, in the water and on the huge stage were Olympic class. Will definitely cruise again with Royal Caribbean but not so big a ship and with outside balcony. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I have been a loyal Royal Caribbean (RC) cruiser. I have had all (almost) great experiences with RC. I have always wanted to go on the Oasis or more resently the Harmony. The Oasis worked better with my schedule and what I had planned. ... Read More
I have been a loyal Royal Caribbean (RC) cruiser. I have had all (almost) great experiences with RC. I have always wanted to go on the Oasis or more resently the Harmony. The Oasis worked better with my schedule and what I had planned. I had planned to get my family and extended family together to go on a cruise together. So, after much planning (and I do mean a whole lot of planning over a eleven month period) all twelve of us went on the Oasis. We stayed in the Junior Suites (four of them). The suites were very nice and the room attendent (Deni) was great! We met with Carla (in guest services) to work out a folio issue. She was super friendly, very helpful and resolved the issue. We met with Margo (events director - I think), she was great, super cheerful and very personable. We ate in main dining in the Grande (5:30). Our main waiter (Vishal) was amazing! However, the food was not. The menu was very limited, the ravioli was under cooked (as in doughy, like raw), the rack of lamb was raw - not medium rare, the temperatures were off. Ben & Jerry's ice cream was regularly out of three of the eight flavors and the waffle maker was broke. The cup cakes tasted like they had been frozen and were dried out. We had better food at the hot dog stand. When I needed to cancel an excursion, the main (older man with grayish hair) was rude. When I wanted a couple of bottles of water and ordered them from the Pub bar tender he was rude - maybe because we had a drink package, I don't know. The onboard show? Who knows, we didn't get to see over half of them. We didn't make reservations in advance and no seating was available. I don't see why more show times could not have been offered so that more people could attend. The size of the theater looks about the same as on the Liberty or even the Brilliance, but the amount of guests have almost doubled. If they don't increase the size of the theater - they should double or triple the amount of times of the number of performances in order to accommodate the added guests. For such a huge ship and such a great company - this ship was a disappointment for us. We all (the 12 of us and some other guests that we spoke with) agreed that perhaps the size of the ship has caused some of the staff to get complacent and loose their passion. So, we will go on another Royal Caribbean cruise but probably not ever go on the Oasis again. Now and because of the experience on the Oasis, I am rethinking my desire to go on the Harmony. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We've been on about 8 times and always good although Royal has cut back on C&A benefits. We remember having lunch in the Diamond Concierge lounge with a glass of wine-no more. Royal started adding fresh cookies on Day 1 in ... Read More
We've been on about 8 times and always good although Royal has cut back on C&A benefits. We remember having lunch in the Diamond Concierge lounge with a glass of wine-no more. Royal started adding fresh cookies on Day 1 in stateroom, we preferred the prepackaged and healthier almonds and shortbread cookies. Our Diamond Concierge hostess Beatrice was excellent as were our Cabin steward Dimitri and main dining room deck 5 wait staff Kevron and Natalia. Wish Johnny Rockets allowed carry out for breakfast and Broadway show only ran for a year and then offer a new show. We found getting on and off ship excellent and entertainment was outstanding. We like the rapid self departure. The Cruise Critic event was nice but scarcely attended. We continue to see limited shipboard tv news and wish Fox News could be offered to offset the liberally biased CNN and HLN channels. Over 80% of passengers are American, please try to be more inclusive. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Just got back from an 8 day New Years cruise on Oasis. My wife and I were in 1720 Sky Loft and our family was in 11196 Balcony. Embarkation was very easy as our Concierge Genie met us in the Suite Area and escorted us to our room at ... Read More
Just got back from an 8 day New Years cruise on Oasis. My wife and I were in 1720 Sky Loft and our family was in 11196 Balcony. Embarkation was very easy as our Concierge Genie met us in the Suite Area and escorted us to our room at 10:45. Our Genie Smitha made all our dinner and show reservations. Also included was the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen. Coastal Kitchen was a great option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and the service was very good there. 150 Central Park was outstanding. Giovanni's Table was also good but very loud. We ate at Chop's Grill two nights and did not think it was up the standard of other Royal Caribbean ships. We never graced the dining room, or thank goodness the dreaded Windjammer. St Kitts - Took a taxi to Cockleshell Beach. Nice beach, fairly rustic but nice views. Several restaurants. St. Maarten - Took cab to Orient Beach. Been there several times. Lots of restaurants and bars and good beach areas. San Juan - Walked around Old San Juan. Neat area. Labadee - Rented an over water cabana in the suite area. Was really a great time! Great service and good food there. Never waited for drinks or any service. Overall the cruise was an incredible time. Grandkids of 5 and 1 had an incredible time. Kids programs were great and nursery was always available for the little one. Cats was terrible. Ice show was amazing. Quest was very funny and not something to miss. Water show was great. Headliner ABBA lookalikes were ok. Our kids hated them as they had never heard the songs. Parade with characters last night was great for the kids. Getting off was amazing as our Genie walked us off at 7:30am and we were through Customs in two minutes. Whole process on and off was incredible. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Positives Great staff to get us on and off the boat in Canaveral. It went so smooth. Amazing ship and crew. There were a couple of crew members that really made it special for our group. Vishal, Kent, Jemelito who took care or us at ... Read More
Positives Great staff to get us on and off the boat in Canaveral. It went so smooth. Amazing ship and crew. There were a couple of crew members that really made it special for our group. Vishal, Kent, Jemelito who took care or us at the Dinning table every night. Deni was such an amazing room attendant. Carla was so helpful at guest services. Cruise Director Drew and Activities Manager Margot were great. Enjoyed the job you and the staff did with The Quest. What a blast!! My teen boys had a great time with the Teen program and other activities on the ship. The shows I made it to were great. Really enjoyed the ship tour on the last day. Labadee walking tour guide Lamy was amazing!! I wish the tour was longer with him. He really made this my favorite excursion. Negatives I did not enjoy the food in Main Dining. Taste and just not cooked well. Menu choices were lacking compared to my other cruise on the navigator. So the terrible score below on dining is due to the FOOD not the staff that served us. Room service had a really hard time making a burger without onions or cheese and even wrong the burger was not very appealing. Had to order 3 on night before it was at least made with the right options. My teenager was not thrilled. Sorrentos Pizza needs help. Wish there were more show times offered The fountain under the rising tide bar while it is nice to watch it's just too loud. Labadee - our Adrenalin excursion was cancelled - Bummer that looked fun. Also my Teenage boys did the Labadee water park and said it was too crowded and left early. I think the next cruise will be back on a smaller ship. Bigger might not be better and I wonder if that is why the main dinning food was a miss for me. Margot said she reads these. I believe her. It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for all you do. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This ship itself is one of the best. There is a lot to do, and different "spaces" to keep you entertained during the sea days. Down side of being "big" is that it is incredibly difficult to manage large numbers of ... Read More
This ship itself is one of the best. There is a lot to do, and different "spaces" to keep you entertained during the sea days. Down side of being "big" is that it is incredibly difficult to manage large numbers of guests who tend to want to eat at the same time. It is a cattle drive at feeding time. The wait staff is absolutely spent. They are tired and overworked. They really try to muster up a smile, but you can see that they are too tired to really care. I don't find them too friendly, and feel bad about asking them do to anything for me, given how hard they are working. Restaurant availability is lacking after 9:00 pm. Excursion staff was surprisingly unprepared. On our trip they did not account for the time difference between that kept on ship and that of St Kitts. As such, the times printed on the excursion tickets were wrong, so RCC just cancelled many of the excursions that day (no apology), and informed us of that cancellation when we showed up for the excursion (so no time to schedule a new one). If you have been to St Kitts, then you know that without an excursion, there is little to do in port. Considering there were only 4 ports being visited on this cruise, having nothing to do for one of them was not trivial. -The best port on this cruise is San Juan PR, especially during the holidays. We only stayed in this port for `3.5 hours (guessing port costs were cutting into profits). -Labadee Haiti is merely an extension of the ship, and it is not safe to venture away from this area . We jet skied which was fun. Although it is a guided tour, they make it interesting for the experienced jet skiers and the beginners. Locals are a bit aggressive in regard to attracting business. -St Marteen is entertaining for about an hour and a half - one must have excursions planned to fill up that day. We took the Tall ship tour which was a lot of fun - they get the guests involved in sailing the ship. Entertainment is excellent on the ship, but you must have reservations for the offered shows. So do that online long before your sailing date. Tip: you don't need to buy a drink package, unless you want specialty drinks (specialty coffee, frozen drinks, alcohol-containing drinks) . Getting on and off the ship was quite efficient. In short the ship is great, but they are going to have to increase the number of staff to be competitive with other ships in regard to service. This would also alleviate the very obvious fatigue issue with regard to resident staff. One simply cannot work staff 7 days a week, 10-16 hours a day, and expect a different outcome. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I traveled with my husband and Port Canaveral was a good choice of departure. The boarding was fairly fast, considering the size of the ship (Oasis of the Seas), which holds over 6 thousand passengers. Our room was nice and our stateroom ... Read More
I traveled with my husband and Port Canaveral was a good choice of departure. The boarding was fairly fast, considering the size of the ship (Oasis of the Seas), which holds over 6 thousand passengers. Our room was nice and our stateroom guy was super pleasant and quick to provide any extras that we requested such as extra pillows. The days at seas were pleasant. None of the areas were overly crowded if you wake up at a reasonable time. Since we both were fairly early rises, we didn't get huge breakfast lines either. That were plenty of options for breakfast outside of the main breakfast area, including "The Park" on deck 8, Central Park area. That's plenty of food choices o please all palates, Greeks and Troy-ans... (lol.. a Brazilian expression)... I'm glad we both purchased the beverage package in advance because it costs $12.00 dollars more to purchase it on the ship. It saves the hassle of worrying about how much money you're going to spend.. Tips are included but in the package, but I still managed to spend about $60.00 on bar tips... The bar selection is awesome... They pretty much have everything ..... Dinner was so so... Not so good, not too bad.. Slow service.... Food not always as good as expected...The staff was pleasant.. We didn't go to the A La Carte restaurants..My husband is definitely not a restaurant person, he hates the food industry, and therefore I cannot comment on that. The shore excursions and ports.... Ahhhhh ... this is a whole new chapter in itself. We stopped in 4 ports and pre-booked all excursions... I heard a lot of people complaining at ALL ports. about different things... St. Kitts is definitely an ugly little place at the port itself. I was upset because I wanted to buy a Harley shirt but they were closed when we got back from excursion..,. It's confusing at first to focus on ship time versus local time.. We chose the Catamaran and snorkel adventure.. That's was not really great about the snorkeling experience.. No colors, no creatures, no reefs, BUT, the whole crowd was in an good vibration and the crew was fun... And thos rum punch on the way back killed us... OMG... Other snorkelers from a different excursion said yhery didn't get anything at all.. So, we were lucky... The second port was St. Maarten and it's a sweet little place.. I wish the excursion times would be more coordinated so we could do multiple ones... We actually chose to swim with the dolphins in Antigua and we loved the swimming part. The lunch they offered was not too impressive... It's a long day and everything was way too expensive there, so bring a snack with you. Also, be aware of the very long, bounce, boat ride... About one hour each way... The next port was San Juan, Puerto Rico and I totally fell in love with the place... It's adorable.... We chose a motorized tour to the Old and New San Juan.. I just wish the day would be longer there.. We had to leave by 2 pm.... San Juan was extremely HOT and I'm glad I didn't choose the bike or walking tour.. Keep that in mind folks!!!! The last port was Labadee in Haiti... Fabulous island owned by Royal Caribbean and it ports one ship at a time.. That's so many options of what to do there... We chose the Zip Line and it was awesomeeee!!! Pure adrenaline... The shopping pavilion was a nice place to shop but the area in the back was a nightmare... The locals don't let you look or breeze without trying to sell you their craft.. It's suffocating... The food served was lousy.. The bar was limited... Last day cruising (at sea) was an opportunity to relax and rest a little bit, but most os us mortals, end up drinking too much. The overall cruise was very good... Customer service resolved all issues we had, even if the waiting time could be long... The shows were mostly great and I wish I had seen a few other ones... Ohhh,... a reminder that this ship allows you to pre-book shows, so I strongly recommend it or you might not find a spot to some shows.... Go ahead.... go have some fun!!!! Enjoy your cruise!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this cruise because this date worked for everyone. We really did not want to go on one of the mega ships thinking it would be too big. We actually did not find the ship to feel much larger than the other ships we have cruised ... Read More
We chose this cruise because this date worked for everyone. We really did not want to go on one of the mega ships thinking it would be too big. We actually did not find the ship to feel much larger than the other ships we have cruised on. Once we figured out where everything was we settled into an enjoyable week. We staked out some chairs on the first sea day and were able to find everyone in our group in that area of the ship. Food - the food on New Years Eve was exceptional. We knew the food would not be as good the rest of the cruise and we were correct. Some dishes were great & others not so great. In general, the apps were very good and the desserts were not so good. They need a new pastry chef on the Oasis. The dining room staff and all the staff on board were great. In general we found the staff to be the best of any cruise we were previously on. We ate in the dining room every morning and the food was good with good selections. For lunch we ate at the Park Cafe, great salads and sandwiches. We did not eat in the Windjammer. I went one lunch with my mom and it was quite crowded, as I expected. She said the food was good. Our cabins were as expected - clean and small. I thought the bathroom was larger than other ships and we fit everything comfortably - we were in a balcony on deck 10 mid-aft of ship which was a very good location. Entertainment was fun - comedy show was very good as was the ice show and the aqua show. Cats was very well done but many people left at intermission, they perform the full length Broadway production. My sister and I went on the backstage tour (free - check your cruise compass) it was really fun. I enjoyed all the shows, there was a variety of opinions from our 9 but we all went each night. MAKE SHOW RESERVATIONS ON LINE BEFORE YOU CRUISE. You can always change them or cancel and do show up at least 15 minutes early because they will let non-ticket holders in to full up the venue. Since we went to a show 5 of the nights we didn't get to see much of the bar entertainment but the Jazz club was good when we stopped in and there was plenty to do in the evenings. Most of our group went to the casino which was busy and larger than other ships. They do allow smoking in the casino so that makes it somewhat uncomfortable if you don't smoke. We only did one ship shore excursion in St. Marteen, a bus tour of the island, which we all enjoyed. In Labadee we just got off the ship, tipped one of the chair guys to find us chairs - there were plenty when you got away from the dock. One tip is that it's hard to get into the water on the left side of the beach - a lot of coral. If you walk over to the right it's much easier to get in. They have a big BBQ so there is plenty to eat (and drink of course) when you are off the boat. The zip line is not like you see in the ads - it's tiny! No one from our group bothered. The Flowriders are fun but expect lines. A couple of our guys went before we got off the ship on port days and were able to get in a few rides without waiting in line too long. I think we would all go again but if we had a choice would book on the ship one size down from the Oasis class. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We decided to cruise on the Oasis of the Seas, as this is a bigger ship than the other RCCL ships we have cruised. There are definite advantages to the larger ship, as we had expected. What we did not expect were the disadvantages. One ... Read More
We decided to cruise on the Oasis of the Seas, as this is a bigger ship than the other RCCL ships we have cruised. There are definite advantages to the larger ship, as we had expected. What we did not expect were the disadvantages. One advantage was the opportunity to meet so many different people throughout the eight days of the cruise. There were people of all ages, from infancy through eighty plus years, and lots of nationalities represented. A very diverse group of passengers, indeed! This made for many fun experiences with different people each day. Another advantage is that because the ship is so huge, there were often times that it was hard to believe there were 6300 plus passengers onboard. The size of the ship provided for many features and a variety that a smaller ship could not support. For example, there were two flow riders, a skating rink, zip line, three promenades (standard, Central Park, and the Boardwalk), a large arena for an aqua show, a comedy club, and more, There were disadvantages to being on such a huge ship with so many other passengers. The elevators were constantly clogged. They were often filled to capacity and waiting times were long. The Windjammer was crowded at key times for breakfast and lunch, and tables were hard to come by. It was also a nuisance to have to schedule shows in advance, and often not to be able to get tickets because the tickets had already been taken by other passengers. Our cabin had a ratty sofa, and our stateroom attendant was not very attendant! Our kids a few cabins down, however, had a very attendant attendant. The excursions were ok. Our last excursion was phenomenal. We went on Xplore, the park at Playa del Carmen with zip lines, caves, and amphibious vehicles. I highly recommend it. It is an exhausting, adrenaline filled day - beware! The gym was at least bigger than it is on some other RCCL ships, but many of the treadmills did not work or work properly, and there were way too many passengers working out in the relatively small space provided. The strength training equipment is old and smelly, and there is not nearly enough floor space for strength training or other exercises. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was our 1st RC cruise. We traveled with our two teenage children for our wedding our anniversary. We had a Ocean balcony cabin and our children had boardwalk balcony room. The cabins were small and the bathrooms were really small. ... Read More
This was our 1st RC cruise. We traveled with our two teenage children for our wedding our anniversary. We had a Ocean balcony cabin and our children had boardwalk balcony room. The cabins were small and the bathrooms were really small. The shower is hard to move around in.. My husband is 6'2" and that was really hard for him. I got a cabin for my kids that had a great view of the aqua theater and the back of the ship. There were no shows in the aqua theater because of rough seas. Our cabins were only 2 back from the aqua suite. The cabins were ok for two however so many squeezed 4 into our size cabin.. Our cabin attendant Kechia was the best. Our cabin was always clean and She was very very nice. Dining: The food in the main dining was bland and not at all what we expected. The service was good and the staff was friendly. I would not suggest "anytime dining" We had reservations at 5;30 and walked right in and were seated while the "anytime dining folks" waited until seats were available. I changed this option late into our booking so I could not get a later time. I did it on the advise of another cruise critic reviewer. We preferred the specialty dining options which cost a few dollars more but were 100 times better. The food at Chops Grill was wonderful. We did not take our kids to specialty dining because they prefer Johnny Rockets, The Dog House or room service. Entertainment: So many of the shows were cancelled due to rough seas- surprised us. we did attend CATS. You will need to make a reservation for all shows or go on a list and wait. CATS was long and boring. Performers where talented and great just not a great show all together. Hard to follow. My husband got a nice nap in, Would have preferred Grease or Hairspray. Not available on this ship. Activities: Could not get my husband off the flow rider. Go early in the am so you do not have to wait in long lines. My husband booked two private lessons and said it was worth every penny. We are not pool sitting folks because we live in Florida with a pool however the pool areas seemed packed so we opted to do other things. My husband and I really enjoyed the adults only solarium area in the evening. It is very quiet and hardly anyone is there. Children are allowed during the day. We sat in the large hot tub a few times. Spa & Salon: On the day of the formal evening I took my daughter up to get her hair done. Ryan did a great job and made her feel like a princess. We wanted to take him home with us. Excursions: In Labadee Haite my family did the zip line and we all did the dragon coaster. If you are afraid of heights, which I am, don't do these. My husband and children loved both the views of the island where wonderful. I would have liked a private cabanna on the beach. We got there early and they were sold out the day before so we sat under a palm tree which was nice for about 1/2 hour then got very crowded. I suggest the beach facing the boat. It looked so much nicer than the one we were at. The only reason I selected this area was to watch my family on the zip line. That takes about an hour and fifteen. In the Bahamas we shopped on our own. Guest Services: I felt like when we approached guest services they wanted to get us out of their hair as quickly as possible. I watched every Utube video I could to help us get around the ship and one suggested that when we get on the ship we go to guest services and tell them that we wanted to be put on the VIP list. I did just that and explained to them that I write a lot of reviews for Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic. They basically blew me off. Said they would call us and we never got a call. My husband wanted to be put on the list to tour the bridge but that was full. They called an apologized and offered us a specialty dining at N/C only to call us back the next day and tell us that they had made a mistake and could no longer offer that to us. We had already made our reservations and went anyway- paid for it. There was definitely a communication issue throughout the cruise with this department. Booking our Cruise: I booked this cruise 10 months in advance through RCI on the phone and watched the rate go up and down. 90 days before the cruise there was a huge sale and because I had paid our final payment they would not honor it. They offered us a bottle of wine in our room. We do not drink wine. We did not book our next cruise on the ship. We will book next time with a travel agent. Overall we had a great time. We will go on RCI again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
Went out of Port Canaveral, very organized. This port was as organized as Port Everglades. We got there about 11:00 was onboard in about 30 minutes but that was because we were too early, we had to wait. Room was ready at 1:00. We ... Read More
Went out of Port Canaveral, very organized. This port was as organized as Port Everglades. We got there about 11:00 was onboard in about 30 minutes but that was because we were too early, we had to wait. Room was ready at 1:00. We didn't do any excursions this time we just relaxed. We went to Labadee 1st, we sat on the beach and had a great time. I didn't like that the vendors were too over anxious to sell. They would yell at you an beg for you to buy their stuff. But I did haggle the prices which was fun. They did make me feel uncomfortable but there was security supervising so I did feel safe. There was no touching. Other than that we had a great time. Dining room experience and food were GREAT!!! Cabin was great (See cabin review) The kids programs must have been great too, we didn't ever see many except going to deck 15 and when we got on and off the ship. Other than that it was all good. Great onboard sdhopping. We love the Oasis!! GREAT CRUISE!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of ... Read More
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of the people lose money overall. Dining food and room service 2nd to none, all first class. Plenty of casino Black jack, Texas Hold "em, roulette, and slot machines in the casino. Watching zip-liners, rock wall climbers wasvery entertaining. Plenty of swimming pools with different depths and hot tubs were available for use.Check out internet excursions before you purchase them from a cruise line, they are generally cheaper and have a greater variety. As for getting on and the ship and considering they had 6200 people on board it went better than what I expected. If you can find a cruise that Oasis of the seas offers, book it, you won't be disappointed. 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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