Sail Date: March 2010
This is my first time cruise and was not into cruising until I found out about Oasis of the Seas. I spent so much time watching it being built and following her crossing to Ft. Lauderdale. I went on 3/20/10 with my friend and we had lots ... Read More
This is my first time cruise and was not into cruising until I found out about Oasis of the Seas. I spent so much time watching it being built and following her crossing to Ft. Lauderdale. I went on 3/20/10 with my friend and we had lots of fun! The ship is beautiful and looks way better then the renderings in the brochure! From the car to the ship was in 10 minutes, I was really shocked that it happened. There was a total of 5,800+ people on board and it never felt like it! That was one thing I was really nervous about since I never cruised before. The only time it was busy was when a show was let out or the parade was going on, other then that it never felt crowded. The ship is very easy to get around, they have wayfinders to help you find your room or what's going on around the ship. Our room was a balcony room on deck 11, it was perfect in size, I read a lot of people on here saying its too small and not enough closet space. My friend and I fit all of our clothes in the closet. There were enough hangers to hang our shirts (about 20) and the little cubbies held my shorts, socks, and other items. The beds were by the balcony and was happy to have the couch by the closet to make it easier to get in. The closet doors have a "self close" function when you shut them which was neat. The bathroom was roomy for me, the shower was fine and the water can get really hot! There was a mini fridge but it was stocked with candy, soda and water that they will charge you if you take it, $3.95 for a bottle water?! go and get free water from the park cafe! Carl was our state room attendant and he was great! There was an animal towel on our beds every night and always a chocolate on our pillows. Our room was always taken care of right away and very quickly. He always had a smile on his face and always said hello and asked us how we were, asked if we needed anything as well. Thank you Carl, you were great! The food was good, I heard a lot of people complaining about it but we both like it a lot. I was expected to hate the windjammer but was surprised that it taste good, had no problems at all, even ate their for dinner one night! The cupcakes were very good and so were the donuts! The key lime one was really tangy but yummy. I didn't have the ice cream since they were basic flavors and nothing different (no cookies and cream, chocolate chip cookie dough) just plain with topping (which were extra), so I had the free ice cream at the wipeout cafe. The food there was good too, my friend loved the nachos. Pizza was good and Johnny Rockets was yummy, their onion rings were to die for. The main dining room was good, only ate there two night since there was so many other venues to choose from. But the service in the main dining room was outstanding! Every little detail was there to make you feel like our the only customer! Park Cafe was good, the lemonade was strong, but I like it that way. My friend had to water it down a little. The cupcakes were very good, I got a chocolate lovers and a coke-a-cola, the coke one was different, but I ate it all up. There was a lot to do on the ship, we were never bored. We liked the trivia games in the schooner bar with Peter. He was a blast! We did the stargazing one night and were on the helipad which was cool since your not aloud on there. We got to see the International Space Station fly by, The guy said that it was very rare to see and we were very lucky to witness that! We did a central park tour and was informative. Richard Spacey, our cruise director was awesome, he was super funny and very energetic! The comedy club was great, there were two performers. One was funny and the other had me belly laughing! My friend played the casino three nights and won twice, the slots really didn't pay off. Central Park was beautiful I really liked it a lot, it was very peaceful at night and pretty. The boardwalk was cool and so was the amphitheatre. The solarium was really relaxing and a great place to get away. I like the deck on top of the bridge, it was a great view. The elevators were sometimes slow but not a big deal, if I was a few decks away I would take the stairs so it was no problem. We went on the rising tide bar and it was fun, the water fountains on the bottom were really nice and was really cool to watch. The shows were awesome! I didn't see Hairspray because I'm not into musicals and I didn't get to see the Headliner show. But the rest were great! I loved the aquatheater water shows, they were fun to watch. We didn't use the fitness center, why work out when your on vacation? They played movies in the aquatheater when nothing was going on which was nice for the kids. We watch the belly flop contest and it was fun to see. Also saw the sexy legs contest which was funny! I noticed the cleanliness was very good, there were always people cleaning something and when it came to the pools, they were always a team at dinner time cleaning every little spec! Now to the ports. Our first stop was St. Thomas, when you got off the ship it was really beautiful until you head downtown. The whole area was run down, I saw two police officers holding AK-47s, when I saw that I was really nervous. The taxi driver tried to drop all of us down some lonely ally and a lady said she wanted to be dropped off at the post office and he said no, so everyone on the taxi was trying to bribe him into taking us there. Finally when he saw we weren't getting off, he compiled. The downtown was really bad, people all over and cars honking at anything that moved. Free roaming chickens everywhere and bunch of crazy people talking to themselves. We spent 30min shopping and had enough and went back to the ship for lunch. After lunch we wanting to go to Havensight for the paradise point skyride. The man at the taxi port told us what taxi to get on to take us there. We both asked just to be sure if that's where the taxi was heading to, he said yes. We got on and the taxi driver pulled off the side to collect the money. As he came to us we asked again just to make sure if he was going to Havensight. We asked and he just starting yelling like crazy, we both told him that the guy at the port told us that YOU were going to go to Havensight. He was really rude and told us that we had to catch another taxi (another $8.00) to get there. By that time I was pissed and ready to tell him off and to get my money back and catch a different taxi but my friend just told me to calm down and it was no big deal. Fast forward... we got to the skyride and it was ok, $21.00 per person to ride up a mountain to arrive at a non a/c restaurant with flys and humidity. Though the view was beautiful, so it was worth it for the view. On the way back we got a taxi heading back to the ship and what happened next makes me never want to go to St. Thomas again... as we were in downtown trying to get back to the ship the taxi driver stopped for this guy, which it seemed to be someone he knew and he told him to get in the car. Now the cab is separated from the rest of the back (A pickup truck with benches in the back). I then saw him take out a wad full of money, a lot of $50s and $20s and handed it to the guy in the front seat, then the guy gave him some bottles. My friend told me it was shampoo bottles and I know shampoo does not cost THAT much! I really think I have just witness a drug deal and felt really unsafe, I was hoping he really was going to take us back to the ship and not rob us! Right when we got back on the ship I felt safe and did not want to go back out again. Next stop St. Maarten. We got up early and watch the ship pull into port, I was still wondering if it was going to be as bad as St. Thomas but I tried to think positive. We paid $6.00 each for a water taxi to get to the downtown area, it was a good price and you can ride it all day. When we got there it was really nice, my favorite out of all the ports. Less crowded and more cleaner looking. The water was gorgeous and the people were more friendly, but we did run into someone really rude...we were walking down the street and my friend was taking pictures, well this guy comes out of a shop and says "please don't take my picture, I don't want to be in your picture". We thought he was joking and we both laughed and my friend said "nooo don't worry I wont" then the guy says "If you take my picture I'll mash your F****** camera!!!!" My friend and I both got real quiet and turned right around and headed back to the ship. We tried not to let it get to us since we were on vacation. Anyway we decided to go back out and head to the beach, it was nice, water was warm and it was very hot out, but hey, it's better then the cold! So St. Maarten was better then St. Thomas. Last port was Nassau, in our cruise compass we got the night before it said to be careful in Nassau because of the increase in crime rate, now I'm thinking "oh great St. Thomas all over again". We got their 50min early thanks to out captain and there were 4 other ships in port, carnival destiny, disney wonder, carinval sensation and the msc poesia. And man let me tell you we over looked all of the ships! It was so cool to see everyone stair at us and taking pictures. As we were pulling in, the cruise director from the Carnival Destiny went over the loud speaker and announce "There's the worlds biggest cruise ship everyone, I'm not impressed". I was laughing so hard because I know he's jealous that he can't work on Oasis. We got off the ship and had to maze our way through the crowd to get to the city. There were cars everywhere and it was very polluted and you couldn't breath, plus some parts smelled like urine. Once again people everywhere and there trying to sell you something. We wanted to go to the Queens Staircase which was a couple of blocks away, so we decided to walk there. Once you get to the back roads it gets quiet and lonely and we some some not so friendly looking groups in the distance, so we decided just to forget it and go back since there was nothing else to do. So to sum it up we had a great time, I know if I was on any other cruise ship, I most likely would not want to cruise again. But on Oasis you'll never get bored. There were always activities to do. We booked another cruise on Oasis next year and are going on a western one. I want to check out Royal Caribbeans resort in Haiti. Royal Caribbean has a new customer and I wouldn't want to sail with anyone else. Thank you Royal Caribbean for a vacation I'll never forget!!!!!! :D Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
My husband and I just returned from the Oasis of the Seas Western Caribbean. We really had a wonderful time and the staff were very nice and helpful. The Oasis is a beautiful ship and has many things to do all the time. You can never get ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from the Oasis of the Seas Western Caribbean. We really had a wonderful time and the staff were very nice and helpful. The Oasis is a beautiful ship and has many things to do all the time. You can never get bored! I am sure that we did not get to see the entire ship. We did the My Time Dining and never had to wait more than just a couple of minutes. We will get to our two concerns in a moment. First, our Stateroom attendant "Carl" was fantastic (We were on the 11th deck). He went out of his way to help us and we needed additional assistance because of medical problems. He always had a smile on his face and took care of any requests that we had. Since we did "My Time Dining", we paid our tips ahead of time but we gave Carl additional because he was so great! Second, our Dining Room Waiter "Hemant" (we were in the 5th deck dining room). He was very personable and took a lot of time with us. He let us try different entrees and desserts and really made sure we were satisfied with our meals. His smile and interest in us made us feel "at home" all the time. We also gave him an additional tip. The food was exceptionally good and do not miss the "Izumi" restaurant. It is the best on the ship. Third, I had a "BALL" with Shopping Shelby and her husband. Shelby works so hard with all of us crazy shoppers and always had a smile on her face and laughter in her voice. I do not know how she does it and has so much energy to put up with some of us. Any question or assistance, she was ready and willing to do. This is only our second cruise and I just found out how much fun it really is to visit the stores and pick up "all the free stuff". Yes, everyone it really pays off the go to her seminars and find out how to get great goodies in the ports. We did that plus go on some of the greatest shore excursions! AND believe me, you can win some really beautiful jewelry! Shopping Shelby can tell you how and it is easy! Fourth, embarking and disembarking was very easy for us and we had great assistance with getting our luggage unloaded and even the attendant helped us to get our luggage to our vehicle and loaded. We had parked at the dock and even that was no problem. It was even cheaper than Port Canaveral. Fifth, the entertainment was fantastic! Richard, the Cruise Director is so creative and really made you laugh and have fun!! If you did not have fun, it was really your problem. The shows were all first rate! After I had heard all the negative statements about the Oasis, I had just about cancelled but I am glad that I did not. The main thing that I had heard was that the staff did not treat you well unless you were in a certain level of room and that was incorrect. The staff on the Oasis were very very nice and accommodating so please do not believe what you read on Facebook! That is one point that I really wanted everyone to know!!! Now the part I really do not like to speak about but I must be honest. The CONCERNS! First: We sailed on the Freedom last year with the same level of room (Ocean Balcony). The room on the Oasis was much smaller and not really comfortable. I know that you really are not in your room that much but when you are, it would be great not to feel so couped up. I also know that this is "mute" point because they cannot refit the ship but did want you to know that you should consider a Junior Suite if you are concerned with claustrophobia. I would also rather have paid a little more if they had kept the rooms the same size of the Freedom, and less people. Second: Speaking of less people ... The ship was booked and it really was too many people to enjoy all the areas on the ship. And some of the passengers were very "RUDE" but I can understand with the number of passengers and trying to get around just in general. Again, would rather have paid a litttle more and had less people. Getting into and out the ports was not great with so many people. Positive point for the ports is that they did provide courtesy transportation from the ship to the entrance to the ports. We will definitely only sail on Royal Caribbean but will go back to the Freedom class of ships. Even though we had concerns, no one can be happy with everything on any cruise and the time you spend anywhere is what "you" make it. Just keep a positive outlook and have a great time! I wish everyone the best of everything and always have joyous and happy travels!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
I returned two days ago from seven nights aboard The Oasis of The Seas. My 11th cruise with Royal Caribbean and 23rd cruise overall. This has been my best cruise ever. So wonderful, in fact, that I and a friend are booked on the maiden ... Read More
I returned two days ago from seven nights aboard The Oasis of The Seas. My 11th cruise with Royal Caribbean and 23rd cruise overall. This has been my best cruise ever. So wonderful, in fact, that I and a friend are booked on the maiden voyage of her sister ship, Allure of The Seas, for a December 1-5 sailing. We came into Ft. Lauderdale the evening before the cruise and had two beautiful rooms at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. We walked to dinner at Casa Blanca where the food was divine. We used The Airpot Shuttle Service, by reservation, for transport as there were five of us, too many people and too much luggage for a taxi. The caliber of the entertainment on Oasis is amazing. In the show on the last night performers actually performed high aerial acts above the heads of the audience and "flew" out from the stage. The lighting and the sets and the costuming are indescribably creative and innovative. And let's not forget beautiful! The ship runs like a very well oiled machine. The staff is superb. The cruise director is the best I have ever seen. We saw a 90 minute production of Hairspray, a performance by Mosaic, and the incredible Aqua Pool show was brilliant with high dives of 50 feet on a moving ship, water ballet, platforms raising and lowering swimmers in and out of the water, and again aerial ropes and performances in the air. The casino was fantastic. I am now a member of the Casino Royale VIP Club with all types of gifts and privileges.........including cash the next time I walk unto a RCCL ship. My family had a fantastic time. My son-in-law was very impressed with the entire operation. He was experiencing everything from a very different perspective as he is the cruise director on a small, 5 star ship himself and had always called the big ships "cattle cars". Oasis changed his mind. The Youth Programs were very creative and well planned. Very well suited to a 10 year old and a 13 year old. In the Central Park area of the ship, that is opened to the sky and planted with live plants, they have piped in bird sounds to add to the ambience of the setting. Also a lovely sculpture garden. We saw two fabulous parades down the Royal Promenade on Deck 5. This ship has a donut shop and a cupcake shop, an ice cream parlor, pizza parlor, a candy store, specialty coffee shop, and many more that I am probably forgetting. Everyone in my family, except me, rode the zip line. The ship also has a flow rider for surfing. There is a long wait on line for zip line reservations. Reserve ahead. The dining room food was excellent. Chef's Table was gourmet at its finest, and specialty restaurant, Chops, was spectacular. Breakfast/lunch at the Park Lane Cafe in Central Park is a good alternative for a quick, light meal. Deck 8 is a great cabin location. Central Park and the Specialty Restaurants are on this deck. It also allows you to cross the ship from the Forward to Aft elevators without going down to the Promenade Deck on Deck 5. It is easy to get around on Oasis since they have omitted the Center bank of elevators. We had oceanview balcony cabins on Deck 8. The cabins are quite narrow, but well appointed. My cabin slept 3 with one on a sofa bed. On Oasis there is the option of connecting the balconies by unlocking a doorway between the balconies. This is a very nice feature for parties traveling together. There is a great $20 luggage option at disembarkation. You put your bags out at night, as usual, and you do not see them again until you reach your final destination. All you carry through Customs is your carry on. When you arrive at the airport, you go straight through the Security station with your carry on and your boarding pass, which you received in your cabin on the last night with your luggage tags, then proceed to your gate. Your luggage is checked through to your final destination. When I said 100% I meant it! This was perfection, I highly recommend this ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2010
My wife , children ( 6 yr. old twin boys) and I just returned from our wonderful vacation aboard the Oasis.I will try to keep to subjects not duplicated in other reviews and simply second the opinions more thoroughly stated elsewhere. ... Read More
My wife , children ( 6 yr. old twin boys) and I just returned from our wonderful vacation aboard the Oasis.I will try to keep to subjects not duplicated in other reviews and simply second the opinions more thoroughly stated elsewhere. Embarkation - as painless as possible. Lunch before seeing cabin -- rec. Park Cafe -- roast beef sand. is awesome and not too crowded. Cabin -- Boardwalk balcony # 9307 -- smaller than typical cabin on other RCI ships ( this is our 8th cruise on RCI) but was fine for the four of us -- we were rarely in the room. Steward Anthony was great -- all our needs were anticipated and met. I am 6'2" and 200 lbs. and bathroom was fine -- however, if you are much taller or have weight issues you may want to consider larger accommodations.Some noise from Boardwalk readily blocked by closing balcony door, but I did miss my full ocean view -- will book ocean balc. on next visit. First impressions -- pictures and words do not do this ship justice -- you really need to see it to fully appreciate what RC has accomplished. One of the comics on board ( laughed a lot!) commented that Carnival can only say " well, we have a water-slide!" This is so true! RC truly is the most innovative and cutting-edge company out there and the took many risks with this vessel and hit a home run! The over-all design is brilliant, intuitive and well executed.Other cruise lines will be playing catch-up for a long time.The neighborhood concept works beautifully in that it breaks the ship into unique, intimate spaces. Crowd control is well done-- we rarely sensed that we shared the ship with 5800 other passengers. Overall, WOW. Food - Very good, comparable to other RC ships. Ate at 150 Central Park and had an exceptional meal. For $35 you get a $150 gourmet experience -- do not miss!! The boys loved the corn dogs and ice cream available at the boardwalk.Our waiter, Suraj, and his assistant, Zeh, went out of their way to attend to the needs of our sons and the three children of our friends Elaine and Alex.The boys were always anxious to get to Adventure Ocean and Suraj did all that he could to get them fed and on their way without making the adults feel rushed -- thank you! Btw, I strongly rec. that parents with young children use the My Time option as to best accommodate the dining needs of the kids. Casino -- biggest at sea, split into smoke and smoke-less, never felt crowded. For poker players -- they have three computer tables, with 1-2 or 2-5 hold'em games. The rake is BRUTAL -- 10% up to $15 -- game would be unplayable if not for the loose/aggressive/wealthy international maniacs on my cruise -- had a lot of fun with some very nice people and scored a modest profit despite the unreasonable rake. Shows -- saw every major show and loved every one -- best entertainment in our cruise experience. All were kid-friendly except the comics. Kid's program -- the staff and facilities at Adventure Ocean are exceptional in every way! The boy's were entertained and educated ( Science Lab!) every day and we were completely comfortable that they were safe and happy. Kudos to RC for the design and square footage devoted to their young guests -- they went that "extra mile" on this amazing ship. Note: please consider tipping the Adventure Ocean staff at the end of your cruise -- no special mention of this is in the RC literature but I think it is clearly appropriate and well-deserved. Older kids-- even " I hate everything" teens seemed well-entertained and content-- you can feel confident that children of all ages will enjoy this cruise and that you will have much time to indulge your own needs and pleasures. Pools - Four major pool areas, ample lounges , although children's area often crowded as we all tried to keep an eye on the kids. Also, the children's area was shut down 3 times due to fecal contamination and the pools drained and sanitized. This was a real pain in the .... however, I am at a loss as to what Royal can do about this. They are at the mercy of the judgment of each parent to anticipate the toilet needs of their children and obviously some do not pay enough attention -- please be considerate of your fellow passengers. Sports deck -- teens will live here, zip-line a thrill, Flow-Rider very popular. Gym -- enormous - bigger than yours at home and state-of-the-art equipped. We did not use Spa. De-embarkation-- this sad day was a piece of cake -- well done RC. Negative -- we had requested a large table in the dining room to accommodate our family and our friends. We were put at separate tables the first evening and when my wife complained she was met with some resistance by one of the head waiters. However, the situation was remedied by day 2 by a second head waiter( thank you Christian ! ) who admitted their error and arranged for us to tour the kitchen as a way of apologizing -- a reasonable and appreciated solution. Staff- I found that the staff and crew of the Oasis were consistently friendly, cordial, helpful and efficient -- they appear to be the all-stars of the RC family. I asked many of them about their living conditions on board and found that the extra effort made on the passengers behalf is duplicated to a certain extent down below-- this is a more comfortable ship to work and therefore results in a highly motivated staff-- it shows. Overall, we were thrilled with our cruise on the Oasis and have already made plans to sail on the Allure, hopefully dragging along a bunch of our friends and neighbors. Find out for yourselves ASAP! 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Sail Date: March 2010
Oasis is a MUST DO experience!!! Add her to your Bucket List Tips: Before, During and After Okay...where to start?> This is our 4th RCCL cruise and definitely THE BEST so far! My wife and I were anxious to see this beautiful ship ... Read More
Oasis is a MUST DO experience!!! Add her to your Bucket List Tips: Before, During and After Okay...where to start?> This is our 4th RCCL cruise and definitely THE BEST so far! My wife and I were anxious to see this beautiful ship prior to our cruise so while visiting family in Palm Beach Gardens we drove to Ft. Lauderdale and took some pictures. They didn't do justice - you MUST experience the gorgeous ship in person! {TIP:}I found a great website; www.MortgageMobile.com -800-433-8602 and coordinated sail away photos with Lou Gnandt the gracious owner of the business. We called him as we were leaving the port and he took some unbelievable and most memorable pictures as we set sail on our 7 day journey into the open seas! We usually book a day prior and day after the cruise to settle in and decompress accordingly for our cruising experience so (TIP:) we stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 which has awesome views of the port where we took pictures and videos of the ships coming in and leaving. The staff at the Hyatt are awesome; from reservations, front desk (Lesilie and Louis, Bellman (Bobby, Paul, etc. to our room attendant "Francine". No airport or port shuttle offered but they do have a free beach shuttle and if you're as kind to them as they are to you I bet you can manage some extra perks if you ask! We took a private taxi/van which was arranged by Paul the bellman to beat the 300+ group that had buses lined up ahead of us so this was well worth a few extra dollars to us as we were so excited to get there in the 1st place! {TIP:} Make as many reservations as you can online at www.rccl.com for restaurants, private flow rider lessons, shows and sign all your waivers and order your own luggage tags prior to your cruise date - as early as possible! Emarkment is a breeze! {TIP:} If you dare to bring your own booze aboard (which is highly policed) use liter pop bottles. RCCL owes me my bottle of vodka back - hehe - You will board Deck 5 into the Royal Promanade...the WOW factor hits you...as you've read in reviews prior. {TIP:)I suggest signing up for the Zip Lining and FlowRiders as soon as you get on the ship..Go to Deck 16 AFT. A staff memeber told me that you can wait until Friday and stand in line and most likely will get a turn if you don't sign up. We did Rock Climbing, FlowRider {TIP}:(my wife had a private lesson which we booked online prior to cruising!)which were all incredible. {TIP:} don't be hungover when you do these activities on the ship as you won't enjoy them as much...if at all..or if you can even get up the rock climbing wall - Ha! I tend to party hard the first few days, get as much sun as possible then I slow down immensely toward the tail end of the cruise...so...{TIP:} do everything in moderation so you can maximize your time aboard and in the ports. I struggled to do the things we planned in St. Thomas as I had partied hard the few days prior - YIKES...not recommended. Since we'd been to St. Thomas 3x's before wasn't such a disappointment but still - MODERATION if you want to have the best time possible. {TIP:} We explored the ship prior to setting sail which worked out really well and afforded us a good command of where things were as we enjoyed each day on the ship. (TIP:} Definitley go to Deck 14, foward/port and locate the deck area where you can look out each side of the ship, front heliport area for the best views possible. {TIP:} We stayed in the BEST CABIN (we feel) on Deck 11 AFT overlooking the Boardwalk and Aquatheater. #11329 was PERFECT!!! We overlooked the ocean, got sunshine and we were up high enough so we didn't experience too much crowd noise from the Boardwalk activity. Plus, we could view all the Aquatheater shows and activities from the comfort of our private balcony. {TIP:} Decks 11 & 12 AFT have their own private lounge decks available which it seemed very few knew about the entire time were were sailing. We were able to have great pictures of our sail away ALONE taken by Lou at mortgagemobile.com, suntan during the daytime, enjoy Aquatheater activities and simply relax at night overlooking the vast open seas...Defintely your OWN slice of serenity there! Bless those in the Aquatheater suites because we had the same deck space for FREE! {TIP:} Check your Daily Cruise Compass the night before and highlight the things you want to do. If you think you can wing it you'll get caught up doing something else and risk missing things you really wanted to do {TIP:} See as many shows as possible. The enterainment is really great aboard the ship. Book HairSpray as early as possible into the cruise as my wife told me the main cast got off in St. Martin and there were no more shows afterward. {TIP:} Get a good spot for the parades and events that happen on the Royal Promanade - I suggest the piano bar lounge - Schooner Bar in the really comfortable seats overlooking the Royal Prom. but you have to get there early as there are people that just sit there all night long not doing anything and hogging the good seats. {TIP:} Regardless of the time you get to any pool to "save a chair" you cannot leave it open for more than 30 mins or the Deck Patrol will take your belongings off to allow others access to the chairs. P. Jules was awesome in accommodating my wife, myself and a few friends -= he's the BEST! We don't go on cruises to EAT or judge quality much rather experience all that is available. I will say that there are so many venues to eat at that the staff in the OPUS (main) dining room probably lost out on alot of money/tips because I know we ate at the Solarium for dinner - (Great), 150 Central Park (7 course experience, awesome!!!), IZUMI (Japanese cuisne, sushi) very good, Johnny Rockets and Seafood Shack - Very good and don't forget the Wipeout Cafe for chips, burger type snacks after port and ice cream if you want to enjoy that too. Opus dining food quality was below average if I was to rate it though. The servers are really great and really deserve a round of applause for enduring such schedule changes and absences at any time. PORTS: St. Thomas - you'll be coming into Crown Bay. We found a taxi that took us to the spots that we wanted to go to for $25/pp - My wife and I were married at BlueBeard's Castle so we always go there and take a few pictures at the spot were were married at. Then onto Coki Beach for snorkeling, shopping d/t and a tour of the island/ past Megan's Bay for great scenic pictures of the islands around St. Thomas then back to the ship by 3'ish. St. Martin: We rented a taxi from the port and got THE BEST tour guide. I don't have her card right now as we just got home last night but if you're interested in more information, pictures, comments feel free to write me at mrvago@comcast.net. {TIP:} Time Zone is 1 hour ahead of ship time so book with this in mind - and stick to the ship time and coordinate being smart. We went to MAHO BEACH - {TIP:} You may think it's FUN to stand behind the jetliners as the take off but I can assure you it's PAINFUL. I have videos to prove it. I swear I had sand in my lungs for a few days after I did and the intensity of the sand being blown against your skin truly is a feeling to be avoided! I hung onto the fence for one take off and was pelted by a small rock that felt like it cracked my skull..so Watch from the sidelines and don't be cool like I thoughtI would be to experience it firsthand! Bahamas: We walked around, shopped, walked some more to the public beach then back...walking...and walking...took some pictures and walked some more. Most people we talked to who went by water taxi to Atlantis thought it was spectacular but in my opinion I'm not paying $60-$100 to be told I can't sightsee the beach areas of the resort or whatever - so it's up to you. {TIP:} RESEARCH, READ REVIEWS and RESEARCH some more so you'll really be able to relax with confidence you know what you're doing, where you're going, etc. Ya' know the basic TO DO's and the DO NOT's. My two pennies: This ship is amazing. You nave to experience her for yourself. Yes...I did overindulge alot but I weighed myself this morning and I didn't gain a pound which seemed like I did but I guess the intense sun does tend to 'expand' things which is evident in some of the shot of my on the beach - OUCH - truth hurts!!! (oh..and so does being sand blasted with a sunburn) ENJOY and don't hesitite to get out there. The Oasis of the Seas is INCREDIBLE> and I do want to close with one last comment on the staff: We had the best time on the Oasis of the Seas because of the staff. They were pleasant, had sincere smiles, were quick to assist with answering questions or helping in anyway while aboard the ship. Very knowledgeable staff. Quick shout outs to P JULES: Beach Pool Attendant - AMAZING service! Ciao for now! ENJOY when it's your turn...Get on out there!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Although a bit skeptical due to over 6,000 passengers and what we thought would be droves of people everyone couldn't be farther from reality. This was our 40th cruise on RCCL. And as much as I hate to admit it, Bigger is Better. ... Read More
Although a bit skeptical due to over 6,000 passengers and what we thought would be droves of people everyone couldn't be farther from reality. This was our 40th cruise on RCCL. And as much as I hate to admit it, Bigger is Better. The ship is stunning, still having the new car smell. If you were to blindfold someone and put him in the middle of the promenade, they'd never guess they were on the world largest cruise ship. Its spacious and thoughtfully laid out. Enough elevators never to wait more than a minute. RCCL really did their homework not missing anything on this monster ship. The boarding and disembarkation was seamless and took literally minutes to get on and off. Our luggage showed up within a hour onboard. A huge benefit to Diamond Plus members is access to the Concierge lounge where you can cooked to order breakfast and lunches besides the normal cocktail hour in the evening. A must, if available is the Chef Table dinner. At $ 75 a head, its worth every penny. A private room with max 20 people with a sommelier, waiter and the Chef explaining everything you are eating and drinking. Fabulous Caymus Family Wine was included. A real treat. Izumi was ok ... the soup was very salty and its a Ala carte menu so for the 7 of us including wine and sake was almost $ 200. Giovanni's was a nicer Portofino .. however they actually have Italians working as waiters. For $ 15 pp, worth it. Central Park 150 was another fine dining experience. At $35 a head plus wine, not sure if I'd do that again. Seafood Shack was good as was Johnny Rockets.. worth the few extra dollars. The real find was the Solarium dining room for lunch, a lite fare with salads, wraps and Asian inspired food. I missed the dinner there .. for our next cruise. We ended up eating in the dining room only 3 times which was very good. Shows .. Hairspray - Great Aqua Show - Great Temptation Tribute - Missed it .. saw it too many times Ice Show - slow start, great finish Main Show - Cirque du Soleil style - Good Comedy Shows - very good but you can't get in if you're late On Air and Atlas Globe Pub - Lots of fun The ship docked at a distant dock in St Thomas which was a bummer as no real shops around .. $ 4 pp to get to main street. Didn't get off in St Marten and took a quick stroll in Nassau. (It was fun docking at noon next to a small Carnival Ship .. The Oasis was the main attraction at the port) Rooms - We opted for the Owners Suite .. nice and roomy plus you get access to a private deck for suite guests only .. nice feature especially on sea days. My in laws had a junior suite and the sons had an Central Park view cabin, just what you'd expect. The Gym/Spa is on the 6th floor forward and your looking out of port holes instead of the big windows that I'm use to. Additionally some machines were already broken and the TV's didn't work. The Casino is split in half .. Smoking and non Smoking .. Not sure what it is but the casino is missing something I can't put my finger on. The Cruise Director, Richard Spacey seems to need a vacation ... if you want to play a game .. count the number of times you hear him say "Ladies and Gentlemen" ... got to be close to a 1000. Don't Miss - - outdoor movies in the Aqua Theater day and night - $ 2.95 cupcakes - Chef Table Dinner - Purchase the water option - Sorrento's make your own pizza - Go online before your cruise and make reservation everywhere. Saves you lots of headaches. It will be hard to go back to another class of ship after sailing on the Oasis of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Our winter retreat began with an overnight stay in Ft. Lauderdale at the Hilton Marina. The view of the harbor was spectacular...the hotel beautiful. We ate at the China Grill..it was awesome. The staff was phenomenal (as well as the ... Read More
Our winter retreat began with an overnight stay in Ft. Lauderdale at the Hilton Marina. The view of the harbor was spectacular...the hotel beautiful. We ate at the China Grill..it was awesome. The staff was phenomenal (as well as the food)...we were celebrating my birthday and they truly made it special. Our bell man suggested we get up early in the a.m. to watch the Oasis pull in to port. I am so glad he let us in on the tip...it was wonderful. Our excitement for the ship was already immense but grew even further from that point. We sat on the balcony of our room, and enjoyed the view... Boarding the Oasis was truly a breeze. One step on the ship and you're in awe. We were greeted with Pina Coladas...Get the party started!!! We wandered around for a few hours to get the feel of the ship. It is very easy to navigate...so many things to see and do...I doubt we got to see it all even over a week's time... One of my favorite places on the ship was the Solarium sundeck in the clamshell. I think most people tried to get this hot spot daily. We managed to spend half a day at sea in one...very romantic and relaxing. The last evening, we were the only two people in one of the solarium hot tubs. Not bad for having over 5,000 passengers on board. The shows...top of the line. Cruise ship entertainers...first class. Our wait staff in the Opus Dining Room...attentive, informative, and friendly. Our cabin was always cleaned and tidied each time we ventured about. We enjoyed every piece of our ocean adventure. How could anyone have complaints???? We never felt crowded on the ship...the flow rider line moved quickly, we booked zip line times the first night without a problem. Rock climbing walls were available with little wait. The fitness center was state of the art...the walking track was utilized by many. Too many compliments?...Oasis is well deserving. Undoubtedly, the seven days came and went in a flash. Would we do it again??....Definitely. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
7 day Oasis, departing 3/13/2010 Group: myself, wife (ages 41), 2 daughters ages 13, 10. Residence: Houston, Texas Cruise: 4th —all with RCI. Priors: Voyageur of the Seas Western Caribbean 2008, 2009 out of Galveston, TX, and ... Read More
7 day Oasis, departing 3/13/2010 Group: myself, wife (ages 41), 2 daughters ages 13, 10. Residence: Houston, Texas Cruise: 4th —all with RCI. Priors: Voyageur of the Seas Western Caribbean 2008, 2009 out of Galveston, TX, and Sovereign of the Seas 1994 out of Ft Lauderdale. I will write this review from the point of view of assuming you have chosen to book an Oasis cruise and want to learn about other cruisers' experiences and downstream decision making. Thus, in short, I recommend the cruise, so here is how we planned ours. Departure. We flew IAH-FLL the night before as it is Spring break and the planes will be full with limited options for any problems with flights. We stayed at the Embassy Suites ($15 cab ride) using points, but would have been $220 or so for the night—breakfast included. Cab from the airport to the cruise terminal was $10. There is a CVS pharmacy down the street and several banks for last minutes items, and cash. From the curb to the ship really is 15-20 min as others have written. Day 1. The ship is big, new, fancy, and fun to explore. We had an outside balcony standard, and an interior standard for the kids across the hall. We immediately got in line on the Sports deck—took 1.5 hours—to sign up for Flowrider lessons and a zip line appt. I recommend the private Flowrider deal—its $60/person for a group of 8, and I think you can sign up on line and save time. Definitely book all of your entertainment shows on line in advance. Specialty restaurants also. We had lunch at Winjammer—same as all RCI ships. We did our 4:15 muster drill, 6pm main dining room seating, and later saw the Hairspray musical. Days 2-3 at Sea. This is great time for roaming the ship, enjoying the pools, going for a work out, trying the various unique features. For example, there is a free restaurant in Central Park—great for breakfast and lunch. The gym is ok but not forward facing as on Voyageur class. The Spa is a huge money grab pit—but aren't they all? The steam/sauna rooms are also now a surcharge service. On the 5th floor there is a jog track that wraps all the way around the ship—no shuffle board however. Another out of the way place is the 14th deck forward—you approach through the stateroom hallways portside and there is a doorway leading you to a forward deck and two winged balconies that extend to the sides so you can see the profile of the ship. In the same manner, there are hot-tubs extended over the sides forward port and starboard. The pool decking gets busy but there is room. The Solarium is very competitive for chairs—even more competitive are the forward facing cabanas. The Bistro restaurant in the Solarium serves eclectic health food. The boardwalk is fun for the kids. We passed on Johnny Rockets due to past experiences (why are we paying more for hamburgers?). The Seafood shack looks ok but not much different than the free food options (9$ for fish and chips?). The aqua theater is amazing—plain and simple. Day 4. St. Thomas. We opted to rent a car to explore on our own. To pull this off, you really need to buy a guide book—we used the Fodor's guide to Caribbean Ports of Call. This turned out to be more complicated than planned as the ship lands in the Crown Bay part of the marina, but Avis is located at the opposite end so we had to cab over there. We drove to Magan's bay beach—$14 or so for entry and parking. They have facilities, and a basic restaurant/bar under a paviollion. This is a great beach day, and it costs < half that of an RCI paid tour. Our car was $60 for the day—you have to drive on the left! Then we drove on the scenic overlook highways and had a look at Coki beach area. Next, we toured the downtown for some shopping—parking here is a problem, however. A Taxi driver nearly hit my daughter when trying to get into the car and then gave us a dirty look when we yelled at her to stop. I gave her quite the tongue lashing she deserved and she yelled right back like we were in NYC. Since it was complicated getting the car, we decided to head back at this point. Overall, this was our least favorite island. The beach was nice, but the island is mostly run-down looking (similar to Montego Bay Jamaica) and the rude taxi driver left a negative impression. Shopping was standard for a Caribbean island, but would rank Cozumel, and Cayman Islands way ahead. Day 5: St. Marten. Again, we rented a car for $60. This worked beautifully—10 mi walk from the pier in Philipsburg. This island is much prettier. We drove to the Butterfly farm for a tour, then lunch at a French Bistro on Grand Case Beach (French side)—Restaurant du Soleil. The butterfly farm is a nice alternative if you have had enough sunburn by this point. Certainly there are a lot of expensive adventure tours through RCI. Next, we circled the rest of the island and then parked to shop in downtown Philipsburg. It's a shorter day—due on ship by 4pm or so. Day 6: at sea—more of same options. By this point we were getting good at flow-riding so spending a lot of time doing this. We ate at Chops Grill—recommend. Day 7: half a day in Nassau. The weather was a lot cooler now but sunny—so not a good beach day. We walked/shopped downtown and then walked our way over to the Astradia Zoo—very nice. The have a unique parade of trained Caribbean flamingo's and other assorted wildlife—it's good for 2-3 hours. Then we took a taxi back for a little shopping then back onboard. Return: We opted for the RCI tour of the Everglades. The attraction was that we had a late 6pm flight so needed an activity and this one drops you off at the airport. Its about a $50/person tour. It's average at best. There is a lot of waiting on the bus and waiting to get on the fanboat—all for a 45 min ride that costs $22.50 retail. Then there is an alligator show, and back to the airport—no food included. I don't recommend this—better off doing things yourself. Final critiques: Pro: flowriders, overall service, dining room (appetizer/entrees), whirlpools, gym, crowd control not a problem, new ship/amazing designs, artwork, comedy show, water show, Hairspray, Ice show, Teen lounge/activities, Sorento's Pizza, photo service (well done, pricy), soda package (great deal for kids; adults should probably avoid the calories) Mixed review: Cruise director Richard Spacey: manic, energetic, but sometimes corny and unoriginal. Others: Windjammer, Zip line (free, but lasts < 10 seconds), Viking lounge—de-emphasized due to loft suite areas. Con: Instate computers filled with flaws, dining room deserts (universally poor on all RCI cruises), show Come Fly With Me, RCI tours 50-100% markup, $20 charge for losing a pool towel. Did not use: Dazzles night club (looks great but we don't stay up late), Adventure Ocean (our 10 year old wouldn't go, Spa (too pricey), Specialty Dining (other than Chops Grille which was great), on board shopping (maybe the Tag Heuer and booze prices are great but not my thing). Miscellaneous issue: the ship is so big it does present new problems. If you lose track of kids its hard to find them so need a clear plan of the day or 2-way radios. Consider a day bag to go to the pool with as its a long walk back in most cases. Would we repeat? Yes, but not for a while. Next up for us is Alaska for Aug 2010 (Radiance), and on this cruise, we opted to book a 2011 cruise on the Brilliance for the 12 night Med/Greek Isle tour—for Crown and Anchor members you get $200/stateroom credit and 2 cruise credits for doing this on the ship through their loyalty program. Prices paid: approx. $1500/person avg base rate x 4, airfare (IAH-FLL $365—2 with miles), $1300 onboard (7 bottle wine, flowrider lessons, everglades tour, photos, a few bar tabs), plus another 200-300 Island activities, car, etc. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
We just got back from a wonderful cruise with our granddaughter. It was her first cruise and we took her in honor of her birthday. My husband and I are seasoned cruisers having previously sailed about a dozen times on lines including: ... Read More
We just got back from a wonderful cruise with our granddaughter. It was her first cruise and we took her in honor of her birthday. My husband and I are seasoned cruisers having previously sailed about a dozen times on lines including: Celebrity, Carnival, Disney, Princess and Royal Caribbean. With the exception of the Celebrity Solstice no other cruise line even comes close. We had a Central Park View Cabin. Our granddaughter remarked that looking down was like being in a mini-manhattan with all of the best of it. Pretty gardens, upscale restaurants (some free, some extra charge), shops including Coach- an beautiful rising elevator bar in the center, areas to sit and relax. A very calming area- never crowded- Our cabin attendant Wilbour was great- the room was alway immaculate and he made the nicest towel animals. It wasn't the biggest cabin we had ever had, the Celebrity Solstice Cabins are nicer, but this cabin was adequate. I had researched the ship prior to our sailing and reserved our show times, dinner reservations- we had any time dining, but best to pre- reserve as much as you can prior to sailing in order to avoid waiting in line. We also reserved our shore activities and lessons for my granddaughter on the flow rider. We arrived at the pier by van around 11:00 AM- having spent the night at a close by Motel. We flew in via SouthWest airlines and they were just great and allow two pieces of checked luggage per person free- so that was a great deal. When we entered the waiting area, we had ample seating- refreshments offered to us then around 11:45 they allowed us to board. We took the usual photo entering the ship and proceeded to the WindJammer Cafe for lunch. The food was very good and service excellent. We also went to the spa to book a few services in the salon. We then at around 2:00 went to our cabins. Then to our muster station, which was in a very comfortable lounge- not squeezed together sweating on deck in the hot sun like on some other ships. After the muster station, we went to the top decks to the sail away party. Then back to our room and our luggage had arrived- earlier then on any other ship! We proceed to change and get ready for dinner. We had anytime dining and like to dine by 6:30 so we had no wait- we loved our waitress Rose and her assistant Anan and requested them every day without any problem since we dined early. The food was very good to excellent- just one day I recall a steak that was a little tough. We also had dinner in Chop and Giovannis. Both were excellent and worth the extra charge. We had breakfast in the main dining room as well as windjammer and the Park Ave Cafe in Central Park- all were very good. So many dining choices for breakfast and all included. For lunch also many venues, the main dining room, windjammer, Johnny Rockets, a Fish and Chip restaurant, Pizza restaurant , Wipe Out cafe for salsa, tacos, pretzel dogs, fries and other fun foods- again included with the exception of Johnny Rockets and the Fish and Chip restaurant. We had drinks in the Rising Tide Bar they make great Martinis- the only better Martini's were on the Solstice. The shops on board were also numerous, the usual logo items, make up/perfume shop, liquor shop- and many others including a coach store! The snacks and coffee bars were all over- some free and an Ice cream Parlor and CupCake shop for an additional charge. You could get free soft serve on the pool deck all day. The shows!!! I have never been on a ship with that quality of entertainment! We saw Hairspray- not exactly like the broadway show as it was 1 1/2 hrs vs. 2- but what talented singers and dancers- they could easily do the roles on broadway. We also went to the aqua theatre for a water show- the rebirth of Ester Williams and many olympic style performs who did ariel acts and water dancing. Wow! They also had an Ice Capade show in a beautiful theatre with a huge skating rink that you could use during the day- they had free ice skates to use for all guest young and old interested in skating. The main show was also great and they had accapela singers who were excellent in yet another theatre- They also had an adult only comedy club which we didn't go to since we had a 12 year old with us. Many different carnivals down the center promenade during the trip as well as fashion shows. Of course the typical bingo, casino and other guest shows including the married game, hairy chest contest and belly flop. Silly to us, but people do enjoy those shows. The ship had another neighborhood called the boardwalk. A full Merry Go Round and candy shop, photo studio to dress up and take pictures, and so many other fun things to numerous to mention. My granddaughter went on the zip line and loved it and also did rock climbing, ice skating, had surfing lessons etc. So many different activities. Another great thing is the pictures. Instead of putting the photographs on display, the Royal caribbean ship has facial recognition capabilities- they put all of your photo in a special box with a folio number. Sometimes the photographers swipe your sea pass card and know exactly who has taken a picture. What a great idea! We went to one place and saw all of our pictures without the hassle of searching Of course we purchased many more pictures then we would have normally as this method was so easy. In conclusion this was the best of the best- we booked a cruise for 2011 on the Allure of the Seas a sister ship due out in November. While I believe that they cost of this cruise was slightly more then others we have taken, it was well worth it! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
This ship was amazing! I sailed with a group of 42 people March 13-20, 2010. My companion has never cruised before, and I don't see how he could ever cruise on a smaller ship. It was spring break for Canada and there were almost ... Read More
This ship was amazing! I sailed with a group of 42 people March 13-20, 2010. My companion has never cruised before, and I don't see how he could ever cruise on a smaller ship. It was spring break for Canada and there were almost 6,100 people on the ship, which was the largest occupancy of the ship to date. You never felt the crowds at all on the ship, although toward the end of the cruise, the teenagers were becoming quite bold and rude. Looking back, I should have complained to management. There is a curfew for kids under 18 (1 a.m.!), but I frequently saw kids out and about at all hours. I think the management should have policed this and all the underage drinking better. Kids were running down our hallway at 3 a.m. Embarkation was a breeze. Plenty of open windows to check in, no lines at the metal detectors. It was crowded on the Royal Promenade when we first entered, but it was the only crowd that we encountered. There is a lot to do on the ship. I recommend perusing the Cruise Compass and planning the day ahead of time to make sure you fit in what you want to do. I wanted to go ice skating but never found the time. I waited too long to sign up for the zip line, so had a port day, but it was in the morning prior to arriving in the Bahamas, so it was not bad. The shows were all great. I liked Hairspray the best, and also the part of the ice show where they had a sand artist drawing interpretations of scenes from Thumbelina. I did not like Earl Turner as much (the Headliner show), but that could be because of my age. He is more of a Vegas-style entertainer who sings songs from the 60's. The older people I was with loved him. The comedians were very funny. The food was okay. I did not like the food in the Windjammer, so I did not eat there much. Also, the setup of the buffet tables was not conducive to being able to get food, and it was crowded. I did like the onboard computers that told you the capacity of various restaurants throughout the ship. Do not miss out on the paninis and roast beef sandwiches at Park Cafe. The pizza was also very good. I paid for two cupcakes (root beer and red velvet). The red velvet cupcake was delicious. The root beer....not so much. For activities, I highly recommend the Quest. It was so much fun. I don't remember the last time I laughed that hard. I enjoyed the Michael Jackson dance lessons as well. The stateroom was nice. We had a balcony and I will never again cruise with anything less. We slept with the door open and it was nice to hear and smell the ocean. This boat moved a lot. I was ill the first night and had to have Dramamine every night. I don't know if we had especially rough seas, or if the boat is always like this. For the most part, the staff was friendly, outgoing and very attentive, especially our waiter Arnie. I did encounter one rude staff when I did the zip line. I am very short and had a hard time reaching the floor when I ended my ride. The staff snapped at me, "What's wrong with you? Stand up!". It was so rude that I had to report it to Guest Services. What's wrong with me? I'm short! Instead of yelling at me, try helping me to get my feet under me. Our stateroom attendant was awesome. She did a great job and made a point to always smile, say hi and call me by my name when I encountered her in the hall. The ports were good. I went to Magen's Bay and Orient Beach. I did not do the excursions and saved a lot of money by just hailing a cab when I left the ship. I got some jewelry bargains in St. Thomas. Our waiter advised us to ship in St. Maarten (more than once). I wonder if he was paid to say that? I'm glad I didn't listen to him and did my shopping in St. Thomas. Some cons about the cruise: All the nickel and diming that is done, the TV schedule was all messed up and we could never tell when our shows were booked, the entrance to the dining room was right across from the casino and there was always a heavy smell of smoke while waiting to get into the dining room, Johnny Rockets (they got my breakfast order very wrong), wake calls never came or came in at the wrong time. It's a good thing I set the cell phone alarm on the last day, because the wake up call I set never came. There were kids in the Solarium and teens (many young ones) running around unsupervised by parents, the food at the Windjammer. Also, the nightclub was reserved one night for kids under 18 until 1 a.m. At 1, the club extended the time to 2. How was this possible when the kids had a 1 a.m. curfew? What are 12 year olds doing up without parents until 2 a.m.? Pros about the ship: clean and new, lots of interesting artwork (look for the bronze binoculars and take a peek inside), Live the Oasis tour and book, most of the food (especially at the Park Cafe), the shows, the service, lots of activities, the balcony room, the pools, Central Park, Embarking and debarking, the zip line and the cupcakes. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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