2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Our group consisted of 6 people, my wife and myself, our two adult daughters, our son-in-law and our 7-month old granddaughter. We are "loyal to Royal", having completed 14 cruises with RCCL, many of them with our daughters when ... Read More
Our group consisted of 6 people, my wife and myself, our two adult daughters, our son-in-law and our 7-month old granddaughter. We are "loyal to Royal", having completed 14 cruises with RCCL, many of them with our daughters when they were younger. This was our third experience on Oasis-class ships. Overall, we had a good time, and I think this class of ship is ideal for a group with a broad range of ages, as the various neighborhoods offer different experiences for different interests. But there were certainly opportunities for Royal to improve the experience. Booking a family group We needed three cabins for 6 people -- a couple, a single and a family of three. To my surprise, a 7-month old child counts as a full fare paying passenger, so with the single supplement for my younger daughter, we would wind up paying the equivalent of 7 passengers' fares for our group of 6 (there was no "kids sail free" deal when we booked). To get around this, we split up into three couples, with my son-in-law and granddaughter in one cabin, my two daughters next door, and my wife and I in a third cabin. Once on-board, we reconfigured the sleeping arrangements with no one from Royal being any the wiser. Seems like we should have been able to book the cruise with the room arrangements the way we wanted for the same price, but had to MacGyver the solution ourselves. Embarkation We had a mixed experience on this cruise. Our prior cruise (in November '18) was the best embarkation we'd ever had (Anthem of the Seas from Cape Liberty), so my expectations were very high that Royal had implemented the same innovations for Oasis. No such luck. Arrival at the pier was chaotic. We arrived around 11:30 a.m. by car, and the departing passengers were still in the process of picking up their luggage, so the simultaneous drop-off and pick-up activity made for a very crowded terminal. After getting through the drop-off, pier-side parking in the garage was very quick with lots of availability. Once into the terminal, the line-ups were significant. As Diamond members of the C&A society, we expected a bit of a fast track, but that didn't start until after security screening. The screening process was OK, and once we got into the Diamond line, we were processed quickly and were able to board the ship straightaway. Specialty Dining Our Travel Agent had a deal available that offered us one specialty dining experience per cabin, to be booked once we got on-board. We usually dine in the main dining room, and are always very pleased with the food and service there. But since the specialty dining was a "freebie" we decided to use it. By the time we got around to trying to book a dinner time, things were pretty well fully booked. So if you're thinking of specialty dining it's a good idea to book ahead, or if you have a deal like ours, as soon as you step on board. We booked 150 Central Park. Very nice food and attentive service, and no feeling of being rushed. The only disappointment was the "table side Caesar salad" ... true to the menu, the salad was prepared at our table side, but the dressing was already pre-made. In shoreside restaurants where we've had this, the server made the dressing from fresh ingredients right in front of us, starting with cracking eggs and whisking in the olive oil. At 150 Central Park, they might as well have brought out the bottle of Kraft dressing and poured it into the bowl. Table side Caesar salad done the Royal way is a "why bother". Overall the experience at 150 Central Park was OK, but not something I would pay extra for. As a "freebie" it's OK, but next time around I'll look at some of the other alternatives before returning to 150. Child Care The Royal "Babies and Tots" child care program is excellent! For a low fee ($6 per hour in the daytime and $8 in the evening) you can leave your child in the nursery so you can enjoy some "adult time". My daughter and s-i-l did this a few times during the week. They'd read ahead of time about the need to get in line early to book your times, so we went there directly after getting on board. It was a bit of a wait, but managed to book the times they wanted. If you plan to use this service, it's great, but be sure to plan ahead to get the times you want. Dinner time on formal nights book up very quickly. Poolside There is a special-purpose Baby Splash Pool on the pool deck, designed for babies who aren't toilet trained -- they are allowed in the pool as long as they are wearing a special swim diaper. This was great for our granddaughter, it gave her a first pool experience. Royal is one of the few lines we could find that really catered to parents of young babies, and we can't say enough positive things about this -- it allowed us to really enjoy a 3 generation holiday. Windjammer Buffet This is normally my "go to" choice for breakfast, but on this ship there is no custom omelette / fried egg station, or at least none I could find. You could get fried eggs and omelettes, but they were all pre-made and not necessarily the way you wanted them. We also had two times when there was a huge line up to get into the Windjammer, extending out the doors. We've never experienced this before. In those cases, we turned around and went to the Central Park Cafe for the meal we were looking for, and there was no line up there. Overall, our experience with the Windjammer on Oasis was disappointing. Our prior cruise on Oasis, and our cruise on Allure both had better Windjammer experiences, so hopefully Royal is aware of the problem and is working on improving it. Entertainment The main production show on Oasis is the musical CATS. Strange choice. Aside from the one big song (Memory), there's not much to this show. Many people left at intermission. And it's a frequent enough happening that the comedian in the Comedy Club (great venue) jokes about it when he says "Welcome to the Comedy Club, an intimate venue seating 60 people, which is still more than see the 2nd act of CATS". We sat through both acts, and the singing and dancing were excellent, but overall the show wasn't that entertaining -- which is what I thought of the show when I saw it 30+ years ago in Toronto. Other entertainment on the ship was excellent. The Aqua Show is a must-see. The Comedy Club is great for stand-up, and the Jazz Club had performances by some of the cast members of CATS, doing both Jazz and Broadway standards. Neighborhoods One of the real strengths of the Oasis-class ships is the "neighborhood" concept. Central Park, in the middle of deck 8, was our favorite, an area mostly used by adults. The Central Park Cafe was a good spot for a light breakfast or lunch, without the line ups of the Windjammer buffet. Vintages wine bar is there, along with a couple of the specialty restaurants. The Rising Tide bar stops in the middle of Central Park, and you can ride it down to the Promenade on deck 5. Kids are the focus of the Boardwalk, with it's hot dog stand, carousel, candy shop and Johnny Rocket's diner. We stayed away from that area mostly, as it's pretty chaotic, but if you have young kids, it's the place to be! While the ship was full of kids of all ages, we found many spots we could hang out that were relatively quiet. The Solarium, at the front of the ship on the pool deck, is an adults only retreat with lots of loungers, a restaurant and bar. Fitness There is a well equipped fitness facility on-board, and an excellent walking / running track on deck 5. The track is 666 meters long (about 725 yards), so you don't have to go around in small circles like on most ships to get a significant distance. It wasn't very busy, and from some spots on the track you get a good view of the ocean (or port) as you walk or run by. This is one way Royal has really taken advantage of the overall size of this class of ship, it is the best walking/running track I've used on any of our cruises. Service The service in the Main Dining Room was excellent, and the team we had looking after our table ensured that we had a high-chair for the baby, and a fruit cup and steamed vegetables at the table quickly, so she had something to play with (or eat) while the adults contemplated the menu. The only negative in the MDR for us was the wine service. We started getting a glass of wine at the Champagne Bar just before dinner and carrying it into the restaurant, so that we wouldn't be sitting waiting for 15 minutes for our wine order. We've had this same experience on other Royal sailings, I think it's their service model to really limit the number of Bar Servers on duty in the MDR. Disembarkation After a very optimistic start (our luggage tag numbers were called about 30 minutes ahead of schedule) disembarkation was a disappointment. Just prior to us getting to the gangway, Customs & Immigration shut down the process due to a backlog of processing people. We waited more than 45 minutes in line before the flow of passengers started again. A real positive for Royal in all of this is that several of the ship's Officers made appearances in the line up to apologize for the delay. They did what they could to ensure that we were informed of what was going on, and I give them credit for this. They also brought a drink cart around to offer people coffee & juice while they waited. Once in the luggage warehouse we quickly found our bags and then joined the big snaky line to speak to an Border agent. One of the largest ships in the world was in port, and CBP only had half of their inspection lines open. This isn't under Royal's direct control, but I would expect they could influence the number of agents. I contrast this to the disembarkation from Anthem of the Seas last November, where each passenger could choose to line up to see an agent, or step in front of a camera which used facial recognition to determine if the person was OK to proceed, or needed to go to "secondary inspection". We chose facial recognition, and were waved through immediately without any delay. This innovation should be implemented across the fleet! Overall While my review may sound negative, overall we had a good time with the family, and would recommend Royal Caribbean, and an Oasis-class ship, to anyone looking for a multi-generation vacation. A key tip is to make sure you sign on to the Cruise Personalizer well in advance of your trip and book your main shows and any specialty or MyTime dining you want. Once you're on board it's much more difficult to find the times you want, and the way they schedule the shows, you may find that dinner conflicts with your preferred showtime. If you take an hour ahead of time, it will save you lots of frustration while on board. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Overall this was one of the best experiences in my life and I am now looking at other cruises. Getting aboard was long lines but went relatively fast and I feel they do an excellent job considering the number of people. This is a ... Read More
Overall this was one of the best experiences in my life and I am now looking at other cruises. Getting aboard was long lines but went relatively fast and I feel they do an excellent job considering the number of people. This is a massive ship with all the bells & whistles and most of the time was very relaxing but the pool area needs more lounge chairs or better overlook on guests reserving them. Dining was absolutely fabulous in the main dining room with great service with very good selections and prepared to perfection. There are many other choices for complimentary dining at almost any time of the day. The entertainment overall was very good with one exception, The stand up comedy show was very disappointing. There was 2 comedians and the first one was OK but not that funny and the second one was so foul mouthed it was embarassing. I am no prude and am a retired US Navy so have heard it all. This was way overboard with the foul mouth. "Cats" was very good but goes on for too long, most people leave during intermission. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was my second time to sail with Oasis (5th RC cruise/10th total cruise) and all of my expectations were exceeded. The ship was at maximum capacity and I never felt like I was in a crowd. Because I've sailed on Oasis before, I ... Read More
This was my second time to sail with Oasis (5th RC cruise/10th total cruise) and all of my expectations were exceeded. The ship was at maximum capacity and I never felt like I was in a crowd. Because I've sailed on Oasis before, I knew to make all of our dining and show reservations in advance. This was my first time to dine at Chops and it was delicious! However, I felt the Main Dining Room was just as good. Windjammer, Park Cafe and Sorrentos were also always delicious and I never had a problem finding a table. The Sorrentos pizza is out of this world! So good! We opted for My Time Dining. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Kingsley and BinBin were fantastic! Honestly, they were just so efficient and kind and we looked forward to seeing them, every night. They took great care of us and had such energy! The ship is in great condition and everything is kept extremely clean. Our room attendant, Viola, was a doll! She made sure our balcony cabin was always clean with fresh towels and we had cute towel animals every night. Our ocean view balcony cabin #14206 was mid ship and the perfect location. Even though we were on deck 14, we rarely waited more than a couple of minutes for an elevator. Overall, I had the best vacation ever. Thanks to all the RC staff for always smiling and making sure we were well taken care of. I highly recommend RC and Oasis. I am looking forward to my next cruise, on Allure. I will only sail with RC. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Beautiful ship. Lots of entertainment and things to do. Staff in general were a mix - some great and some rude. I fell and twisted my ankle, very obvious since it turned lots of colors. Was told to go to medical - they were closed and had ... Read More
Beautiful ship. Lots of entertainment and things to do. Staff in general were a mix - some great and some rude. I fell and twisted my ankle, very obvious since it turned lots of colors. Was told to go to medical - they were closed and had been for hours. It wasn't a big deal, could have used a wrap but the attitude by the main desk was very poor. The two gentlemen that helped me get up were lovely however. Bartenders, etc. were a mix - some pleasant, some rude. Cabin with balcony nice, well set up but the mattresses and pillows were like bricks. Steward was great and attentive. Food in Windjammer was disappointing; my fifth cruise and the first time I felt like there was little to choose from. Main dining room was nice but we got stuck on the late dinner despite my pleas. Food was good and Yeoman and Putu were wonderful! The one general thing I don't like about Royal Caribbean is that they nickel and dime you. Saw Cats - wonderful production. Charged 2.50 plus 18% gratuity for a small box of popcorn. As much as you pay for everything they charge for popcorn? Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The trip was excellent from getting on the ship to disembarking. This company knows how to move a lot of people through dinners, shows, buffets. Staff are professional and courteous beyond belief. They do everything in their power to ... Read More
The trip was excellent from getting on the ship to disembarking. This company knows how to move a lot of people through dinners, shows, buffets. Staff are professional and courteous beyond belief. They do everything in their power to accommodate your wishes. Asked for extra towels and couple wine glasses so my wife and I could have a glass on the balcony, was done in minutes. Cabin attendant was funny and greeted you with a smile or joke every time you saw him. Rooms where immaculate always. The waiters in the dining room where as good as any 5 star restaurant. We brought our 18 and 16 year old sons. The staff were courteous with them whether we where around or not. The food is wonderful with selection for any palate. You always knew exactly what was going on because you receive an itinerary every night for the next day. The tv channel also kept you informed. Lots of shows for every taste. The layout of the ship had places for children, adults who wanted to party by the pool and areas for adults only that wanted a quiet place to relax. This is definitely not as cheap as an all inclusive resort but worth every penny. The only Con we had was the Flowrider. It is fun when the guest get to try it and the viewing area cheers and laughs when you fall. When the "Pros" show up and make it into an Olympic sport it ruins it for everyone. The worst is when the old guys from the diamond club get to walk on anytime they want ahead of you. My sons where laughing at them because they where so embarrassed that they though anyone was impressed. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
After being on a dismal Carnival cruise we wanted to redeem our cruising experience and go all out. The Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. We booked through cruisedirect to get some additional OBC and dinner voucher. The embarkation ... Read More
After being on a dismal Carnival cruise we wanted to redeem our cruising experience and go all out. The Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. We booked through cruisedirect to get some additional OBC and dinner voucher. The embarkation process was a little slow, but the disembarkation was very slow, not sure if either was RCCL fault. The cruise was Western Caribbean and we really enjoyed all the ports. Our least favorite was Cozumel and that might just be because of the age of our kids. We had my family time dining, which started at 5:30 pm. They say the kids are supposed to be all fed and ready for a kid's club pick-up, but they rarely got all their food before 7 pm. I much preferred the Windjammer over the Main Dining for all meals. The WJ was always busy, but never took long to find a place to seat and had much more variety and you didn't have to wait around forever. The 2 Dreamworks parades were a lot of fun. We skipped Cats, but saw all the other main shows with our kids and thought they were all really well done. I tried out the Flowrider and lost a contact out of my eye. Be sure to back backups, something I didn't do. I was able to buy some more contacts in Cozumel at Optica Caribe. We did pretty much every single activity they had, including mini golf, rock climbing, massage, and ice skating. We did not do their zipline, it seemed very short and uninteresting. All the staff and fellow passengers were all super nice and I'd highly recommend the experience. No fault to RCCL, but our whole family ended up getting the flu on the second half of the cruise. When considering a cruise vacation there must be a higher chance of getting sick due to the sheer number of people around you. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
As I tell everyone when writing a review; Don’t let anything you read in this review dissuade you from going. Everyone has individual experiences, likes/dislikes. I can only tell you about mine. One of the things that I pieced ... Read More
As I tell everyone when writing a review; Don’t let anything you read in this review dissuade you from going. Everyone has individual experiences, likes/dislikes. I can only tell you about mine. One of the things that I pieced together, when reading individual reviews, is that people like myself, who’ve been on several cruises with the same company, tend to be more critical than people who’ve been on one or two. I think the Reason for this is that people who’ve been on a lot of cruises remember the way things were before all the changes the company has made over the years all for cost cutting reasons. No, this doesn’t apply to all, but for myself, I’ve been on a few cruises (you can see how many in my signature) and most of them have been on Royal Caribbean. I am a diamond member and Prime member. Thus, I did spend a fair amount of time in the casino. I traveled with my family and I stayed in a Grand Suite. I previously lived in New Hampshire and now live in Florida, so getting to Port Canaveral was a simple 2 hour drive as compared to having to fly and come a day early with hotel stay. I thought the check in process was relatively easy. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know that I travel with my dad, who has the same name as I do but we have different middle names. I still can’t understand why Royal Caribbean can’t add a middle initial on your Sea Pass Card. This would be a simple IT fix. But we all know how Royals IT is so maybe that explains it? Thus, the nice ladies checking us in we’re confused as to why 2 people with the same name could be in the same cabin. This would continue on all week when dealing with guest services, Club Royale, Loyalty Ambassador, you get the idea. The one thing that was different from past cruises here was the order of boarding. Now that Royal has added “the key”, the new order of boarding is back to back cruisers, suites/pinnacle, diamond plus, “the key”, diamond, emerald, platinum, and gold. I was a little upset over diamond members being moved down but I boarded with suites so this didn’t affect me but I’ll keep it in the back of my mind for future reference. We ate lunch in Chops and everyone agreed this was a good option over other venues. By the time lunch was over, the rooms had opened up and we could get in. You may have noticed that I skipped over the quality of food in Chops. I don’t review food because of how subjective that becomes. Only to say, that the food quality has gone down and I find the menu options to be the same fleet wide. When going to the room, this was the first cruise I’ve been on where the TV in the cabin wasn’t turned on to the safety message. I thought that was odd. Our muster station was in Sabor on the promenade. There were no TVs to watch any safety messages, you couldn’t hear the announcements from the captain, and we were in the back, so you couldn’t see the life preserver demonstration. So it was a waste of time. Essentially, everyone was holding private conversations and no one was paying attention. On a positive note, you could hear the 7 short blasts followed by the long blast. The night that we left was the Super Bowl. Being from New England, I’m a huge Patriots fan. There were a few other Patriots fans on board but the overwhelming majority were haters. Just a few things about this. I found a lot of questions, pre cruise, on these boards about what Royal does for the big game. There was a huge party held in the Aqua Theater with food, drinks provided. They also passed out towels to cover yourself up because it was rather cool that night. I thought that was a nice touch. So now I’m going to talk a little about our dining experience. Not going to talk about food. So, for me, I like eating in the dining room. Staying in a suite, I have the option of going to Coastal Kitchen and eating there. But I like the dining room experience. And this is one of the areas where when I read people having great experiences with dining, it usually falls between people who’ve been on a few cruises and people who’ve been on a lot. The service was not the best we’ve ever had. I don’t normally complain to anyone but this was one of two times that I had to complain on this cruise. By night 3, I wasn’t happy with the menu options, so I ordered the upcharge filet/lobster. We had early seating (5:30), and literally everyone else in the dining room was done with their meals/ deserts when our food was served to us. Our food came out around 7:20. I spoke with the Head waiter and after that, the service picked up dramatically. Drinks were waiting for us at the table when we arrived and food was served quickly and we were in and out. We did eat dinner at Coastal Kitchen on the second formal night and it was fantastic. I ate lunch at Johnny Rockets and that was great. Also had lunch one day in Windjammer. The service wasn’t good. No one coming around to pick up empty plates. Our room Stewart was fine. He introduced himself on day one and we really didn’t see him again. The only issue we had was, staying in a suite, we get free pressing for our formal wear. We sent our suites our for pressing with instructions to have them back by 4:30 for our early seating. Well they never came. I made several phone calls to guest services and tried calling our steward to be told that he was on brake and couldn’t be disturbed. The clothes came at around 5:20 so we were late for dinner that night. The reason for wanting the clothes back early was because we like to go to the Suite Lounge for cocktails before dinner. That didn’t happen that night. Our stops were Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. In Labadee we rented a cabana at Barefoot Beach. The furnishing in the cabana was torn and needed to be replaced. For the amount of money you are charged for a cabana, And how many people use that destination for Royal, I can’t believe the company would allow that. I also thought the food wasn’t as good as when I was their last time. Although that was 7 years ago. Well the cushions looked like they were that old. We also did a jet ski tour excursion and that was fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that again. In Falmouth, we just got off the ship and went to the local shops. We did stop and have lunch at Margaritaville. There were so many people there using the free wifi that it was a little overwhelming. It didn’t take too long to figure out that most of the people there were crew members from our ship and the Disney ship in port that day. So that was crazy. And in Cozumel, we did a catamaran excursion that was great. I wouldn’t hesitate to do that again as well. We went snorkeling and then went to a private beach with free chairs, water sports and drinks. A couple of things that went sideways: on this cruise, I achieved my 140 point status but didn’t get my crystal. I had to see the Loyalty Ambassador and had to wait and listen to other complaints. It was really eye opening listening to what other people were complaining about. I got my crystal. The other thing was on the last day, I went to get my free picture for being a diamond member. When I pulled up my pictures, the one I wanted wasn’t there. So they gave me a slip of paper and told me to come back at 9:00pm to get it. Well the picture that was printed out was of my dad which we had already got. So, I had to straighten all of that out and it took over 2 hours to do. Oasis is definitely showing it’s age and is in need of the upcoming Amp. I still will cruise with Royal. I booked my next cruise on the Allure and got a $700 on board credit. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Second time on ship. Enjoy back of ship overlooking boardwalk & diving show (rm 11725). Extra spiffs (soft drink pkg and 1 meal at Johnny Rockets) come with the Boardwalk rooms. Quiet location …. dead end hallway with only three ... Read More
Second time on ship. Enjoy back of ship overlooking boardwalk & diving show (rm 11725). Extra spiffs (soft drink pkg and 1 meal at Johnny Rockets) come with the Boardwalk rooms. Quiet location …. dead end hallway with only three rooms past this room. The Market Place (Lido Deck on most ships) offered a good variety of food however limited sitting area. Disappointed it closed before 9pm. Dining room on 3rd floor (The Grill?) was our FAVORITE place to eat for lunch. a la carte or buffet …. EXCELLENT food. Assigned dining was on the fifth floor. We had six around our table ….. cramped. The table was small and walk spaces …. tight. Although dress code was long pants, other than formal nights, many men wore dress shorts, including myself. Now the bad ….. felt the ship was heading toward being a Carnival Ship. Loads of small kids. Screams and noise reverberated through he Boardwalk and hallways. Found kids wandering noisily through Casino and Adult areas of the ship. Dining room and shows compared our group with prior cruisers wanting more applauds and screams. Insulted when asked to give standing ovation for chefs and waiters, because we didn't want to be outdone by previous cruise. Ship is to be refurbished adding water slides and other young adult entertainment. Enjoyed the MEGA ship first time, Second time around not as much. Expect there won't be a third time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Went on the Oasis with my BFF and had a great time! Our large ocean view balcony cabin was perfect for us! The headliner, Tony Tillman, gave a great performance! We dined at Giovanni's, Chops, and 150 Central Park, as well as ate in ... Read More
Went on the Oasis with my BFF and had a great time! Our large ocean view balcony cabin was perfect for us! The headliner, Tony Tillman, gave a great performance! We dined at Giovanni's, Chops, and 150 Central Park, as well as ate in the MDR for MTD. All restaurants were excellent! My favorite would have to be 150CP for its mouth-watering beef tenderloin for two! Best meat I have ever tasted, and the very tasty small lobster tail was a nice surprise! My favorite hangout spots are Central Park, Boardwalk, Rising Tide bar, and the solarium! My two favorite classes are Oasis and Freedom, so much so, that my DH and I will be boarding Lady O again in just 2 short weeks!! Port Canaveral is also our favorite embarkation port, as we only live 2 hours away, and there are lots of parking options! Thanks RCCL for continued excellence!! P.S. I will hate seeing the DL on Deck 11 replaced by Wonderland and the DL either being eliminated or moved to the windowless Deck 4! It's just business (I guess). Even so, it won't stop us from cruising with RCCL. By SilkySal Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Fitness customer service representatives are unfriendly and rude unless you buy their package. They have steam and sunna rooms. But customer needs to pay package in order to use them. This is very basic service; but it is not available for ... Read More
Fitness customer service representatives are unfriendly and rude unless you buy their package. They have steam and sunna rooms. But customer needs to pay package in order to use them. This is very basic service; but it is not available for regular customers on this ship. It seems this fitness centre is too much focused upon extra sales as we observed that they only care for those buying their service packages. We told them we’re unhappy and want to put our comments. The lady said GO AHEAD. Here we are. Entertainment shows are great. We enjoyed diving, skating, Tony Tillman, and other concerts. Boarding organizational work is impressive for over 6,000 passengers. Fine dining services are exceptionally great, professional, and friendly. Quality and quantity of food are very good. House keeping staffs are hardworking and friendly. Their service is excellent. We also observed lots of kids enjoying the facilities onboard. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have wanted to cruise on one of the Oasis class ships far some time and thankfully final did. What a great ship. Yes there are 6000 guests on board however with only one exception, we didn't experience any long lines. The exception ... Read More
We have wanted to cruise on one of the Oasis class ships far some time and thankfully final did. What a great ship. Yes there are 6000 guests on board however with only one exception, we didn't experience any long lines. The exception of course was the windjammer buffet. They hold you up at the entrance so they can locate a seat for you which is a good idea. Other wise there would be tons of people bumping into one another trying to find a seat. Just too many people and totally unnecessary. We instead ate breakfast at the Central Park Cafe'. No lines quiet, enjoyable and the food was good. If you want to go to a buffet and load your plate to the ceiling with food you probably wont eat cause it's free, the Park cafe might not be for you. There is no charge, however there aren't 10,000 items to choose from. Specialty dining was simply awesome. I would highly recommend it. Main dining room was OK but we preferred the specialty restaurants. We found the solarium cafe' to be in between the main dining room and specialty restaurants as far as food quality. You will need to make reservations in advance but it is also free. Loved the shows. By the way, RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR THE SHOWS prior to sailing. Drink prices have gone way up sense we last cruised on Royal three years ago. The drink package might be for you if you plan on drinking five or more drinks per day. Keep your eyes open prior to sailing for deals on the drink package. Day 5 they offered several drink deals. We took advantage of the 10 drinks for $79 card. After gratuity it was close to $100. You save around $35 bucks depending on what you are drinking. Only thing I don't like about RCCL is the day strip on the floor in the elevators. I don't want to be reminded every time I get in the elevator what day it is and how little time we have left. LOL Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. ... Read More
Just returned from Oasis - Eastern route - after taking Western one year ago. This year's experience was even better than last year because of a much better dining experience. Last year, My Time Dining was a disappointment overall. This year we chose early dining and our server Vaibhav and asst Claire at table 564 in Grand DR were outstanding. The American Icon for breakfast and lunch was always impressive. Windjammer was chaotic at times but well managed. We even tried Johnny Rockets for a fun lunch but opted not to try other optional restaurants. Arrival at Port Canaveral was again the most organized port we've ever experienced - kudos to all the helpful staff there. We chose a Boardwalk balcony - 10329 and it proved to be spectacular- offering both views of the ocean along with the Aqua Theater events. Highly recommended especially if you like an aft view. Once again the entertainment was very enjoyable everywhere except we avoided Cats after being disappointed last year. This massive ship offers such a variety of acts and venues. Glad to see that smoking is being very restricted. Crazy ridiculous drink prices are very evident even with highly promoted packages. Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten were good stops that still displayed the horrific hurricane damage from 2017. They're still trying to recover especially in St. Maarten. Disembarkation was organized considering well over 6000 pax. We opted to self-disembark. Overall a great experience despite such a large ship. Anxious to see what the Oasis two month refurb this fall will have to offer. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Beautiful ship. The food in the dining room was excellent. The ship is clean and it was interesting to view the different neighborhoods. The room was clean and relatively spacious and the balcony was one of the larger ones we’ve had. ... Read More
Beautiful ship. The food in the dining room was excellent. The ship is clean and it was interesting to view the different neighborhoods. The room was clean and relatively spacious and the balcony was one of the larger ones we’ve had. We enjoyed Central Park and the boardwalk. The crew was friendly and responsive. Service was excellent. There is a great variety of entertainment and many different musical genres to choose from. This was the first ship that I had to make reservations on for all of the major shows. It would be important to do so. Also, even if you use my time dining, you need to make reservations. Without reservations there seems to be a wait especially for the early dining times. The ship goes in for drydock later this year so it will be interesting to see what changes are made. I would strongly recommend travel on an oasis class ship with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Because I have been on this ship 20 times..We are higher level" Diamond Plus" members of their incentive program..Now the truths.. The ship is fun and the good parts can;t be beat...Here goes: 1. Hundreds became sick on the ... Read More
Because I have been on this ship 20 times..We are higher level" Diamond Plus" members of their incentive program..Now the truths.. The ship is fun and the good parts can;t be beat...Here goes: 1. Hundreds became sick on the Oasis, the cruise was shortened...Royal Caribbean refuses to put simple paper toilet seat liners in the public restrooms to save money..This is disgusting as men are forced to sit on toilet seats that have been peed on... 2. Pool deck toilets for men expose men peeing, about 5 at a time to anyone walking by..Women,children, all people. The door opens and there are 5 urinals in full sight, not screened...This is an insult and fully wrong No small kid should be exposed to this.. 3.Royal Caribbean lies to thousands at a time and exposed passengers to potential health risk's by advertising in the daily Compass news letter, ''Frozen Yogurt: is served in the machines poolside..No way..It is a fake FROZEN DESSERT MIX...It was pointed out, changed in print for the remainder of the week, then advertised as yogurt the next week... 4.Food in the Windjammer Buffet has been highly downgraded, is starchy and greasy... 5.Room service, a staple of cruise enjoyment is now charged for and it is an expensive charge. This was very disappointing for passengers.. 6.The production show "Cats" is unwatchable for 1 1/2 hours..It is just people in cat outfits, snarling at one and another. 7. The casino machines are set to make it highly improbable for anyone to win.Much different than Las Vegas 8.The gym has old, dirty, broken machines, some unsafe..There are no attendants, and it is a disgrace...If you are a gym type person, you will be mad..It is a rip off... 9.The $45.00 per week soda machines are always broken, another rip off.. 10. Poolside bands are twice as loud as enjoyable... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We booked the Oasis based on all the amazing reviews! No lines, Never feels crowded ect. Not sure if we were on the same ship!!! We went in January which also just happen to coincide with a Jewish holiday.(they had their own restaurant ... Read More
We booked the Oasis based on all the amazing reviews! No lines, Never feels crowded ect. Not sure if we were on the same ship!!! We went in January which also just happen to coincide with a Jewish holiday.(they had their own restaurant and elevator) No big deal except the Solarium bistro was kosher only the entire cruise and FULL of screaming kids. This is located in the Adult Solarium!! The Royal Promenade was so packed and noisy it every single night we stopped going. Never even got pizza, cookies or a sandwich as there was always a line. The Windjammer is less than half of any smaller ship we have been on. We kept thinking we were missing part of it somewhere. We loved Central Park and it seemed to be the most quiet so you could have a conversation and it was very pretty. Loved Vintages and spent lots of time there. We enjoyed the moving bar, but WHY was it full of little kids taking up seats??? Dinning room service was so bad we went 2 times. Royal has cut out the bar waiter, the bread waiter and everything falls on head waiter. It was NOT his fault but there is no way for one person to keep up with all that and no assistance. 45 minuted and no drinks, appetizers that never arrived and coffee that was ordered but we left after waiting 15 minutes and no coffee. Room service for continental breakfast was excellent and prompt! The Adult pool OK. Love the glass cover but it hold in all the sound. There should be 2 pools and one hot tub not the opposite. At time the pool was so full and the water so gross you people were commenting and not getting in. We had a ocean view balcony and the rooms are much smaller than any ship we have been on and much less storage. I will say the show "Come Fly with Me" was outstanding and the Diving show was fun. We are in the specialty restaurants most every night. The BEST service and NOLVIN was the BEST in Chops! I could go on and on but it was just the worst cruise we have ever been on.I heard Royal had for every adult a child cruises free so it was full of kids! We planned for a year and it has turned us off cruising for awhile. Everyone has their own expectations and experiences and these were ours. When we cruise again it will not be on a mega ship and will check to see if Royal has made these cut back across the fleet. PLUS check for any holiday at all! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose Oasis of the Seas because my husband had watched a documentary of it being built. We were not disappointed in this ship at all. The ship is huge but very well planned out and you never feel too bombarded with other guests. The ... Read More
We chose Oasis of the Seas because my husband had watched a documentary of it being built. We were not disappointed in this ship at all. The ship is huge but very well planned out and you never feel too bombarded with other guests. The balcony cabin was very comfortable and the bed divine. The staff are very courteous and helpful so you definitely get excellent customer service. We really enjoyed all of the food with the exception of the Windjammer Buffet. We ate at the Chops Grill the first night of our cruise and were very pleased with the food. We loved the adult swimming/hot tub area on the 16th floor. It had plenty of seating and a bar close to the pool and hot-tubs. We could also watch the families with children having fun on the 15th level. We will definitely sail with Royal Caribbean for one next cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We enjoyed another excellent cruise aboard the Oasis. Embarkation was relatively quick and painless, save for a slight delay in boarding due to the previous cruise’s late arrival. No biggie. If you cruise on this ship with the aim ... Read More
We enjoyed another excellent cruise aboard the Oasis. Embarkation was relatively quick and painless, save for a slight delay in boarding due to the previous cruise’s late arrival. No biggie. If you cruise on this ship with the aim of looking for things to complain about, you will find them. She is tired and needs a refurb. However, it takes more than a scuffed chair or stained carpet to bother me when the fundamentals are spot on, which they are on this ship. She was a pleasure to sail aboard. My cabin was clean, quiet and comfortable. The food, whether in the MDR, Windjammer, Park Cafe or Solarium Bistro was excellent. We especially enjoyed the “taste of the Mediterranean” dinners in the Solarium Bistro - free of charge (you just need to make a reservation) with beautiful fish and meat cooked to order, piping hot and in a relaxing atmosphere. The food in the MDR was great, there were just some evenings when there was nothing that jumped out at me but I made do and the food I did order was good. The service throughout the ship was excellent. The aqua show was fabulous, as was the Move It parade on the final day. I skipped on Cats (not my thing) and didn’t bother with other shows I have seen before (but very much enjoyed previously). The rising tide bar, or uppy downy bar as we call it, was entertaining. The Diamond lounge was a joy, as usual. The pools were sometimes crowded on sea days but that’s what you get when you’re not aboard a private yacht. We didn’t go to speciality restaurants as I don’t see the need to pay extra when the food and service in the MDR is top notch. Same goes for room service - there are so many places to get food on this ship and so easily, there is no need. We had a wonderful time. The ship is not brand new and is showing her age but this didn’t affect our enjoyment of the cruise at all. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship!! I could not imagine anything at sea that is as amazing as "Central Park" on the Oasis. One night, however, as we sat listening to beautiful stringed music, a group of children (from ... Read More
The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship!! I could not imagine anything at sea that is as amazing as "Central Park" on the Oasis. One night, however, as we sat listening to beautiful stringed music, a group of children (from one of the programs) came marching through with their instruments singing & playing. Nice (if you're their parents)... a bit much if you're trying to listen to a violinist play. The cabins are pretty standard size and amenities, we were in an ocean view balcony cabin (which is what we always sail in) and it was pretty much as expected. There was quite a variety of entertainment on the ship, although the only show we saw that really impressed me was the one at the Aqua Theater. The divers/gymnasts were amazing and the show was very well done. "Fly with Me" and "Frozen in Time" (skating show) were both good but not great. "Cats" was... well "cats". For a ship with over 6000 passengers, the only time it felt crowded was right after the muster drill, when EVERYONE wants an elevator... and during disembarkment. The other drawback to the number of passengers was the need for a reservation to do EVERYTHING! If you weren't living on a pre-planned schedule, you couldn't get into shows, dinning rooms, or activities. For me, this takes away from the relaxation of a vacation. However, when it comes to dinning, the Oasis fell WAY short of my expectations!!! First of all, without paying an additional charge, there is really only one place where you can sit down and have a waiter bring you your dinner... that is the main dinning room. Other 'included' dinning options were a buffet, hot dot stand, pizza stand & 2 delis. The quality of the food was average to poor. It seemed like everything they served in the main dinning room was served with brown gravy, even my Chicken Cordon Bleu! Also, being the only table service restaurant included, it was ALWAYS crowded and very loud, with lots of children. With the exception of continental breakfast, room service has a delivery charge, and a very limited menu. One night my mother ended up with severe gastrointestinal problems that were completely gone by morning (food poisoning? Only explanation I could come up with!). I was surprised by how many children were on the cruise, given it was mid-January. But I can imagine that for a family with kids, this may be a very good cruise. Kids don't care about dinning or commotion, and the ship seemed to have quite a few activities planned for them. I was also annoyed by the fact that it seemed every time I turned around, there was something else that I had to pay an 'up charge' for! I know all the cruise lines are beginning to do this, but it seemed excessive on Oasis. I've been on several other cruises, on both Celebrity and Norwegian, and never noticed so many up charges. I did hear other passenger saying that they wished there were more public places where you could see the water! (I hadn't noticed because we had our own private balcony) The way Oasis is designed, balcony cabins sit with their railings right at the edge of the ship, so the only place to see the ocean (if you don't have your own balcony) is one of the pool areas, either on top or in the front of the ship. Most of the time that I was on the ship, I felt as if I was in a big 'mall'. Overall, the ship is beautiful, even if there were design elements I did not appreciate. But I won't be sailing on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We traveled with my parents who, at 70+ years old, were first time cruisers. We sailed on the Oasis a couple of years ago, so we knew what to expect. I have to say that this cruise exceeded even our expectations. My parents had a wonderful ... Read More
We traveled with my parents who, at 70+ years old, were first time cruisers. We sailed on the Oasis a couple of years ago, so we knew what to expect. I have to say that this cruise exceeded even our expectations. My parents had a wonderful experience. Yes, the ship is huge, but once you know the layout you appreciate the exercise after eating all of the delicious food you have to choose from. Our stateroom attendant kept our cabins immaculate, and the service in the dining room was perfection. The waiters treated our daughter like a princess, and treated us like royalty. We did not venture out in any of the ports, as there were no excursions that peaked our interest. Our daughter loved the kids activities on board, and spent most of the time with her new friends. We loved the on board entertainment, especially Oasis of Dreams and the Beatles headliner band.We will definitely cruise RCCL again, and hope to sail on one of the newer ships in the upcoming year. :) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose Oasis because I had already been on Allure and it was good. This was also the closest port to my home and easiest to get to. The embarkation was a nightmare, with taking over an hour to get thru security. Once on the ship, they ... Read More
I chose Oasis because I had already been on Allure and it was good. This was also the closest port to my home and easiest to get to. The embarkation was a nightmare, with taking over an hour to get thru security. Once on the ship, they did not open the rooms until 2:15 p.m. Muster was also bad. We arrived 25 minutes early and were told to stand single file and must face forward. We were literally shoulder to shoulder in a line and were not allowed to move, because the ship staff member was trying to be a great authority on this whole thing. We had a 6:00 p.m. dining time each day pre-arranged, but the first night, we were escorted back to the elevators and taken to an upstairs restaurant. Every other night in the main dining room they failed to have our table and twice were sent to an already occupied table forcing us to stand in the center of the dining room until they envented a tablel for us. We never ate in the same area or had the same waiter all week. Drink prices were outrageous and food was very mediocre. At disembarkation, it seemed half the ship decided to get off with their luggage, with lines around the entire Prominade area for hours. Not a good experience on the Oasis and will not be using RC for vacations in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
My wonderful boyfriend had been on a cruise previously and was excited to be part of this adventure with me. It was my first time on a cruise. You do not have to get off the ship for anything! The food was delicious! the crew was friendly ... Read More
My wonderful boyfriend had been on a cruise previously and was excited to be part of this adventure with me. It was my first time on a cruise. You do not have to get off the ship for anything! The food was delicious! the crew was friendly and professional! the cabin overlooking central park was spotless and romantic! we could hear live music every day from the balcony or our cabin! The entertainment on the most part was excellent! except for Cats (which was boring!!). In the main dining room our wait team were friendly and accommodating as we don't eat meat or shellfish. They went the extra mile to make us feel at home!Thanks to Christopher and Tarin!!!( and the extra delicious bread daily!!) Even though there were 6000 other passengers it never felt crowded or hectic on the cruise! We always could find a place to sit by the pool or deck or dining areas at breakfast and lunch! The week previous to our departure from Port Canaveral, unfortunately the Oasis of the sea passengers were in an outbreak due to the norovirus!! When we arrived we were extremely impressed in how it seemed that all preventative measures had been taken to prepare for us. The whole week the crew went out of there way to keep the passengers healthy with sanitizer at every venue, restaurant and store! I work in healthcare and was impressed!!! My only other complaint was the coffee!!!Thank goodness for Starbucks on sale on the Royal Promenade deck! Can you not improve your coffee???!!! Many of us love a good cup of coffee a couple times a day! Our off shore experience with the Nassau glass bottom boat was not worth the money! The speaker system was horrible and you could hardly see anything where they stopped to look thru the bottom! By the way the rum punch seemed watered down as well.Oasis of the Sea if you have kick backs I think it is time you found a better company! All in all it was a fantastic week! Thanks to everyone that made our time enjoyable! Warm regards, A and P Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our first family cruise, and every single aspect of our trip, from embarkation to disembarkation, was phenomenal. Every single RC employee we came into contact with, from the janitorial staff, to the deck attendants and maître d, ... Read More
This was our first family cruise, and every single aspect of our trip, from embarkation to disembarkation, was phenomenal. Every single RC employee we came into contact with, from the janitorial staff, to the deck attendants and maître d, were pleasant, friendly, personable, and SO professional. Our balcony stateroom was immaculate, beautiful, bigger than we expected, and cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis. Our porter Gina was so cheerful and happy every single time we saw her, and she did an incredible job of helping to set the tone of our vacation. Last year we went to an all-inclusive resort, and we were curious about how the food with RC would compare. HUGE difference-and surprising considering that the all-inclusive was considerably more expensive. Every single bite of food we had on the ship was fresh, well prepared, and honestly delicious-particularly in the main dining room. The variety from night to night was perfect, every course of every meal came out quickly and was hot, tasted delicious, and amazingly somehow did not feel "mass prepared". We are picky eaters and were absolutely blown away by the quality of the food everywhere we went. Sorrento's was fabulous (and we're from Philly-we KNOW good pizza!), and we appreciated that fresh roasted vegetables were always available to go along with our pizza. Our waiter in the main dining room, Alberto, was one of our best memories of the trip-kind, pleasant, and SO attentive, as was his beverage assistant Iputu. The fact that he meticulously cut our 4 year old son's food up each night probably seems like a minor detail to your management, but it's those little details that completely elevated the whole experience for us. The delicious jerk chicken that was off menu that we were served on Caribbean night was also a great surprise! We had heard great things about the kids club, and were hoping our son would be comfortable enough for us to leave him there one night of the trip so we could enjoy a date night. After a private and very thorough Q&A meeting initially with one of the kids club managers (standard protocol for newcomers), we left him for about an hour on the 2nd day, hoping he'd be ok, since he's a bit shy at first. When we returned, he didn't want to leave! We ended up taking him every day of the trip-at HIS request! My husband and I got to have a date night almost every night of the trip after enjoying a nice family dinner together, which was wonderful and totally unexpected. The kids club was immaculate, and every staff member was friendly, warm, engaged, and remembered our child by name. The various activities and themes each night were SO fun for him and perfectly age appropriate. It was honestly the best surprise of the whole trip, and he's already asking about when he can go back :) The commitment to cleanliness everywhere we went on the ship was extremely impressive. While I'm sure that extra precautions were being taken because we happened to sail the week after the norovirus outbreak, our nerves were quickly put to rest. I recall a few evenings when we were heading back to our stateroom and the janitorial staff were literally washing down the walls in the hallway. The restrooms around the ship were completely spotless morning, noon, and night, no matter how busy. I can't recall even one instance when I walked in to a ladies room and there was a piece of trash on the floor-amazing considering just how many guests were aboard. The cleanliness and ease of use with regard to the pools and activities onboard were another awesome layer of our vacation. Pools rarely felt crowded, even on sea days, and the incredible number of lifeguards, pool attendants, and deck attendants really helped us to relax and enjoy. All of the equipment was in great condition, and the pool areas like the rest of the ship were constantly being cleaned. Common areas never felt crowded either, and we never had an issue with finding a place to sit. I'd be remiss not to also mention another excellent experience we had with the medical facility. Our 4 year old son was unfortunately running on the pool deck with some new friends and slipped and fell, and hit his head. Concerned about a possible concussion, we quickly rushed him down to the medical deck-but as soon as it happened there were no fewer than FIVE RC employees right there to assist us. We couldn't believe it. One of them escorted us to the medical deck, where we signed in and were immediately assessed by a nurse. After a 5 minute wait we were seen by a very sweet doctor who carefully examined our son and ran some tests. Thankfully he was completely fine, and we were met by a security manager who took a detailed account of the incident and then walked us back up to our spot by the pool, where he had me explain to him what happened AND took pictures of the area. Obviously good business sense on their end, as an issue like this could present a potential liability, but it was clear that they took the situation seriously and were so kind and caring. We could not have been more impressed with the way in which the incident was handled all around. The entertainment on the ship was fabulous. The performers were all obviously very highly trained, and the production value of the shows, particularly the ice skating show, far surpassed our expectations. Seating was ample, and none of the shows ever felt crowded. Lastly, a major highlight of our trip was membership in the Key program, which we purchased prior to the trip. We figured that in comparing the cost of the internet packages alone, that the Key program seemed worth the nominal upgrade-and we could not have been more right. Our welcome lunch at the specialty restaurant Chops Grille on the first day of our trip was an amazing way to start our vacation, and premier seating at all of the shows was great. The best part of this program came on the last day, when the ship felt the most crowded with everyone trying to figure out where to go to exit the ship. We followed the instructions and arrived at a thankfully EMPTY! hallway, that led to a beautiful private dining room we hadn't yet seen. I can't think of a better way to start a long day of travel than with a leisurely breakfast of filet mignon, eggs, and gorgeous pastries. At the end of our meal, we were personally escorted to a private exit, and it was truly a wonderful way to end the trip. Thank you Royal Caribbean, for your incredible commitment to doing the right thing as a business by consistently making decisions that put your customers first, and doing everything in your power to give your guests extraordinary travel experiences and memories to last a lifetime. My family and I had such a wonderful time that we booked our next cruise on the 5th day of our trip for next January, and we are counting the minutes already! THANK you, sincerely, for everything! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Do you like shopping malls? Do you not mind crowds? Do you not minding standing in line? If so, then the Oasis of the Seas might be for you. If not, you might want to look at another vacation venue. Overall, this was a slightly ... Read More
Do you like shopping malls? Do you not mind crowds? Do you not minding standing in line? If so, then the Oasis of the Seas might be for you. If not, you might want to look at another vacation venue. Overall, this was a slightly disappointing, average cruise. There were a few likes and several dislikes, but not enough for me to say that it was the worst vacation ever or the best vacation ever. Would I cruise with Royal Caribbean and/or the Oasis again, probably not. First, let's talk about the embarkation/disembarkation. This was a total mess of disorganized confusion and hordes of people. Both ways. The line getting into the cruise terminal was roughly 1/4 to 1/2 mile total. That was just the line for security. The line for the check-in counter was significantly shorter, but the counter was just a jumble of people with no organization at all. The disembarkation was the worst I had ever been through. The line to get off the boat was easily 600 yards long and moved at a snails pace. Once we got our luggage, the line for customs was 200 yards long, moving even slower than the first. We had an ocean view cabin on the Oasis. I thought the cabin was a little small, compared to Carnival Vista (our last cruise). It was laid out to maximize space, but it did feel a little cramped at times. The bathroom was small too. Very little counter space at the bathroom sink. The shower was rather small too. The food on the boat was a high note for the cruise. I thought it was better in taste than what the Carnival Vista offered. We ate at 2 specialty restaurants and ate at the main dining room the rest of the time. We did buffet for lunch and breakfast. I was satisfied with lunch and breakfast on the buffet, but the one night we had dinner there, it left me wanting to pack up and go to the main dining room. I though the dinner buffet left a lot to be desired as far as taste and selection. The main dining room was generally good. It seemed like there was a good variety and the quality was good. Don't get me started on drink prices. Beer was $9.43 for a 12oz or 16oz depending on the brand. You're probably saying "What?? I read that it was $7.99!). Well, yes, it is $7.99 before they automatically add 18% gratuity. Yeah, they add 18% on to just about everything that you buy. You don't have an option, it just gets done. For the light drinker, it makes drinking very expensive. For the heavy drinker, just by the drink package and spend the whole cruise tanked up... Entertainment. This is were the Oasis shined and fell flat at the same time. I really enjoyed the shows. I thought the shows were very entertaining, with a wide variety of special effects, dancing, acrobatics and musical talent. On the contrary, the "daytime" entertainment (trivia, contests, etc.) was totally lacking. The entertainment staff just seemed disengaged and uninterested. The cruise director, Dan, was a total disappointment. He wasn't funny, witty or otherwise entertaining. To add to that, he was surprisingly absent most of the cruise. Usually, the cruise director is a daily voice or appearance, but this guy was just not there half of the time. So, with all that said, this is a "mega" ship. There are 6500 guest on board and you will notice that. Royal Caribbean tries to make it not as noticeable with design features like the neighborhoods, which does work. What doesn't work is their reservation system. That was a total and utter joke. All it was good for is making sure that you are inflexible for your dinner plans. The reservations weren't enforced at any show we went to other than the comedy club (which was wayyyy too small). There are lines of people all over this ship. Be prepared to stand in line and stand in line some more on this ship. The interior of the ship really felt like being at the local shopping mall. The only space that didn't feel like the mall was out on the pool deck, which felt like I was at the local water park. I wasn't a fan, but that is just my personal preference. Some may like the "mall" type environment. I didn't care for it. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We along with 4 of our friends decided to try the Oasis of the Seas. We just happened to pick the week at the Nora Virus. Our trip was completely changed and not for the better because of the Nora Virus. There are so many things to list ... Read More
We along with 4 of our friends decided to try the Oasis of the Seas. We just happened to pick the week at the Nora Virus. Our trip was completely changed and not for the better because of the Nora Virus. There are so many things to list that I won't remember them all but let me say that the staff was so tired from all of their hard work cleaning the ship that they were either non-existent in helping you or could not muster up a smile or be friendly. We could touch nothing. Food lines were extremely long, no salt/pepper, creamer, butter, sugar left on the tables and everything had to be put on your plate after you asked for it. You could not get your own food, plates, napkins, utensils, drinks. Only 2 bartenders asked me on a 7 day cruise did I want a drink while laying out. The walls an handrails were sopping wet all week due to them cleaning them over and over. The smell of the cleaning product int the hallways was awful. Not much change in the menu from night to night. No shampoo in my room in the dispenser the first morning (didn't figure out until all ready in the shower). Called guest services... 20 minute wait. Ordered room service 2 mornings, both mornings, coffee was left off by mistake. The direct line on the phone to room service did not work the whole time. Mold in the bathroom shower. Towels were taken off the floor and put back on the rack folded. Towels were ripped. Cleaning products residue was left all over our bathroom mirrors, tv and walls. Told taxi in St. Thomas and St. Maarten were less than what they actually were. Shows and events were cancelled without telling us as the Compass was misprinted. There is no doubt in my mind that the staff was overworked and tired. I was tired for them but we paid a lot of money for this trip and it was VERY disappointing. I will say our room steward was very helpful answering questions as well as our dining waiters. We finally met a bartender on night 5 that was friendly and helpful. Other than that, it was a complete let down. The ship is gorgeous but way too many people trying to go to many activities. If you didn't get to a lounge at least 45 minutes ahead of the activity, you did not get a seat. It was like this every night from trivia to karaoke to dancing. I could go on and on but you get the idea. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Diving show was amazing. Olympians top notch. Shows were incredible. Food... excellent. Of course took advantage of many food options and gained weight. Lol. Beautiful ship. So much to do. Beds were comfortable. Clean and tidy. Staff ... Read More
Diving show was amazing. Olympians top notch. Shows were incredible. Food... excellent. Of course took advantage of many food options and gained weight. Lol. Beautiful ship. So much to do. Beds were comfortable. Clean and tidy. Staff aimed to please. I would recommend this ship to anyone. I’ll bring children next time. They are catered to. Ports of call were fun. Water aqua and clear. Pools were fun and clean. Mixed drinks amazing. Relaxing and refreshing. Loved it. Ready to go again. Central Park was full of trees and flowers and It was extraordinary. Boardwalk was impressive and great food. Promenade had great shopping and I spent too much but saving up to go again. Johnny rockets Had the best burgers and milkshakes ever. The aqua spa had smoothies to die for. You can choose any veggies and fruits and they’ll make fresh juice. Wow. I loved it. Planning my Next cruise now. 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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