5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We had never been on a big (BIG) ship before, we like sailing from Pt. Canaveral, the Oasis was heading to the Western Caribbean - so we went for it. Glad we did. Good service throughout the cruise, throughout the ship. Our cabin ... Read More
We had never been on a big (BIG) ship before, we like sailing from Pt. Canaveral, the Oasis was heading to the Western Caribbean - so we went for it. Glad we did. Good service throughout the cruise, throughout the ship. Our cabin steward Erica always met our needs, brining us ice or more towels whenever we needed them. She saw the sink was not draining so she called maintenance and it was draining fine in 10 minutes. We ate most of our meals in the buffet - the Windjammer - always found a table, always fast service to clean up tables where the diners had left. Food selection for us was fine - though I did miss the papaya we had on on our last RCI cruise - on Brilliance of the Seas. Always soup, always lots of fruit, fish, vegetables and salad choices for the non-meat eater in our group. Croissants at most breakfasts were too good to pass up. Sorrentos on the Promenade deck (5) had pizza that was a quick snack a bit too often for our caloric intake - still good. We had breakfast in Central Park a couple of days - much more relaxed with still adequate choices for us. We'll go back there more on the next cruise. Labadee has a great beach! Got off the boat at 8:00 and was on a beach chair, under a coconut tree, listening to Haitian music right behind my head by 8:30 - The water was fine for swimming, and with my swim goggles, I could see the bottom, with many little fish, while I swam a few "laps" - I could get soft drinks for free (we had the beverage package) about 5 steps from beach chair - the buffet lunch was a bit further, as were the rest rooms. A server was bringing drinks around for purchase - could not have been much better. We'll go back as soon as we find a cruise that'll take us there. Went to Margaritaville at both Falmouth and Cozumel, so you know we enjoyed those ports, as well. Some tips I wish I knew before we got on: Men’s restrooms are often on port side Women’s often on starboard side .. Good to know if you gotta go (at the Windjammer they are both on the port side) Push a little green button to open some sliding doors to / from outside .. look for it Great running / walking track around the ship outside on Promenade deck 5 . If you walk down to the track from the Fitness Center on deck 6, you will see signs to “starting line” to the right. Nicely marked in miles and kilometers If using a wheelchair, to get from one end of the ship to the other, use Promenade deck 5 - inside, rather than using stateroom corridors - less obstacles, plus it’s more lively Six Coke Freestyle machines…2 on Promenade deck 5 on left side of Sorrentos and 4 inside side the Windjammer Buffet .. 2 on each side. When going ashore you will go down to deck 3 and take an escalator to the gangway on deck 2 .. towels available on deck 15 before you go..they say they have them just after you get off the ship..they ran out our first day ashore at 8:02 AM..so I counted 37 people angrily waiting for the next cartload of towels. 15 starboard is the choice Smokers hang out on port side of decks 15 and 16. We stayed on the starboard side when walking from one end to the other after learning this one time. Loved the big ship - loved the ports - we'll be back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first cruise on the Oasis, our seventh with Royal Caribbean—overall, it was a very positive experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary of Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel, as well as the days at sea, the latter filled ... Read More
This was our first cruise on the Oasis, our seventh with Royal Caribbean—overall, it was a very positive experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary of Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel, as well as the days at sea, the latter filled with ample opportunity for both relaxation and busy activity. In terms of onboard entertainment, the ice skating and water shows were excellent. As far as other options, lines at the Flow-Rider and zip line were surprisingly short, although I was turned away from the latter because I wasn't wearing a sleeved shirt—nothing about this requirement was posted near the ride. A good balance between open play and age-graded competitions were offered at the sports court. As far as logistics and related, embarkation was fairly slow, but disembarkation went much faster. Our cabin location provided quick access to wherever we needed to go, and we received excellent, courteous service by our room steward. Service in the main dining room was, at times, painfully slow (our table often ordered early but was served last), and the food widely varied from average to excellent. Occasionally, crew members throughout the ship seemed preoccupied with conversations between themselves, but this was not the norm. Related, a good number of the crew seemed to speak and comprehend English adequately. Lastly, a change from previous cruises...the highest category of internet service was surprisingly fast, though quite expensive, and the signal carried well throughout areas of the ship. On balance, this cruise exceeded our expectations, and we gladly recommend Oasis of the Seas to you. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise for the Oasis Class ship. We had a Central Park Balcony, wanted to try something different than an oceanview balcony. It was fine, spent quite a bit of time sitting out there, relaxing. Little noisy during day when ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Oasis Class ship. We had a Central Park Balcony, wanted to try something different than an oceanview balcony. It was fine, spent quite a bit of time sitting out there, relaxing. Little noisy during day when pool was open, quiet in the evening. The ship is huge, but didn't feel crowded. The elevators were slow at times, and usually crowded. Dining times were usually the worst. We were in Main Dining room - deck 5 - Silk, early seating. Food was average. There didn't seem to be a big variety, prime rib cpl. of times, lobster tail the second formal night. Nothing outstanding. Turkey the last evening was very good. Moist and flavorful. We also dined at Chops Grille, It was fantastic. Meal and service was outstanding. Entertainment was good. We attended the Aqua Show, the Ice Skating Show, The Headliner Show, the Comedy Show. Only complaint is that the shows are repeated to accommodate all the passengers, which left a few nights without any entertainment options we had not already attended. We did make reservations for shows ahead of time, so we were able to see all the shows we wanted. Disappointed that the 2 comedians didn't have different shows to perform. Same material, with a few changes, so basically same show all week. We didn't do any shore excursions as we've been to the ports previously. Port days were a good time to hit solarium hot tubs and pool, as they were very uncrowded. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas 7 day Western Caribbean Embarkation - - Got there at 10:15 which was a little too early, but got checked in and had to wait 15-20 minutes to get on the ship, very easy embarkation process The ship ... Read More
Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas 7 day Western Caribbean Embarkation - - Got there at 10:15 which was a little too early, but got checked in and had to wait 15-20 minutes to get on the ship, very easy embarkation process The ship - Oasis of the Seas. I didn’t know what to expect because the ship is expected to soon go to dry-dock for refurbishing. I thought the ship was is good condition and well maintained. Entertainment - Oasis has a multitude of entertainment venues. The water show is something that only Oasis class ships have and this show is simply amazing. The ice show is also very impressive. To put together a show centered on a theme and have skaters that can perform triple rotations and multiple combinations all while on a moving ship is amazing. The Opal Theater is a large 2-floor venue. The show “Come Fly With Me” is a production show including elaborate sets, singers, dancers, silk flyers and many flying other flying effects. This was a great show. They also had a headliner show which was the outstanding rock band called Private Stock. This was a rock and roll concert that had us singing from our seats and dancing in the aisles! The show “Cats” was the premiere show of this Oasis Class ship. While the set, the costumes, the acting, and the lighting were all impressive, the show was a disappointment to us and many others. I really felt bad for the cast when well over half of the crowd left at intermission! Why? As a retired music teacher, there is nothing more important than excellent diction so that everyone can understand the words and follow the plot. While most soloists had good diction, when everyone sang together the diction was terrible. It simply could not be understood, both because of lack of diction, lack of synchronization, and a poor balance of sound of voices and sound track. This story is very difficult to follow anyway, so many people were disappointed!! Other Oasis class shows such as Grease and Hairspray are fun and easy to follow. This show simply is not a good entertainment choice for the typical “cruisers”. Windjammer buffet - They seem to have a nice variety for breakfast and lunch. (never ate dinner there) The way they have the area laid out makes it seem less crowded. I was upset to learn that they close up the Windjammer and Solarium at 3:00. Why not close one side of the marketplace for an hour and then open that side for dinner at 4:00 and close the other side at 4 and open for dinner at 5:00. Also beware, many restaurants, including the buffet close at 8:30 pm. The only thing open is Sorrento for pizza! Main Dining Room - The food on RCI main dining room has been sub-par compared to other cruise lines. Steaks usually come out over-cooked, salmon comes out dry!. We ate in MDR 6 times and only 1 or 2 meals met expectations. The service on MDR is not what it should be. The servers don’t offer fresh-ground pepper, many times we had to ask for cocktail sauce with our shrimp cocktail, Baked potatoes don’t come out with butter and we have to ask for sour cream. The vegetables are scarce with every meal. Two slices of carrots, or two slices of zucchini! Chops Specialty Dining - This is a top notch steak house and much more, Food and service was top notch. So they can prepare steaks, just not in the MDR! We also had a lunch in Giovaninni’s! This was another awesome meal with great service. Very generous portions and very tasty! Excursions Labadee, Haiti We always enjoy this port, excursions are not needed here because beach chairs and all food is included, ample shade if you want it so umbrellas are not needed, first beach areas are rocky so go on to the last big beach area, float mats can be rented, extra cost things - zipline, dragon coaster, these can be rented on coast or before hand using your ship card. There is an artisan’s market - in the building use your ship card or behind building with the locals with cash, the locals can be very aggressive!! Falmouth, Jamaica All Inclusive Blue Waters Beach Escape This excursion was disappointing to us. The information in the RCI website is accurate, but it is what you are not told that ruined it. First the truthful points : 1-The Beach is only about 10 minutes away, 2- they have lounger chairs and an umbrella for everyone, 3- You do get free unlimited drinks including alcoholic drinks, 4- There is a buffet meal included, 5 -There is a live entertainer. The areas that were not good include - 1- The beach is small and dirty with seaweed!, 2- The lounge chairs include some good fabric comfortable chairs, and many plastic extremely uncomfortable chairs, 3- It was a windy day which causes havoc with many of the umbrellas. 4-The meal included a variety, but not very good. If you are on the first bus load, you may get the best loungers in the best location. Otherwise, you may be 8 rows back on rigid plastic loungers. We would not recommend this excursion. Cozumel Deluxe Beach Break at Playa Mia. We have done this excursion before and it only gets better..yes, better!!! The bus ride is about 15 minutes from the dock. You will have a wrist band which gives you access to everything except for motored sports. What is included: A large beach, beach loungers (plastic), umbrellas, access to the water park which includes water slide, kids pool area and a large pool and hot tub. Large beach area and another pool. Free buffet with a nice selection and pretty tasty, free drinks including alcoholic drinks, Very nice covered seating area for eating, nice bathrooms, and foot washing areas, free life preservers, access to the water gym area, free use of kayaks, paddle boats, water tri-cycles, and small “hobie” sailboats. They will even take you out in the hobie if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. We gave him a tip for doing that. All the workers are very friendly and helpful. They make several announcements when your departure time gets close. I would highly recommend this excursion. I wish the orchestra performed more times as a group. Only the brass and sax played on “Come Fly With Me”. I saw most of them perform dixie-land music in the Broadway on the final day party. On Harmony we enjoyed a fantastic orchestra in the Promenade, the theater, and other places. We like good music. Disembarkation- Be aware that you don’t choose your disembarkation time, they bring you the tags and your instructions the evening before the last sea day. At first we got the #55 with a 10:15 time. I went to the service desk and asked if we could possibly have an earlier time. They asked me what time and promptly gave me tags #20 for 9:15 time. This allowed us toe go to the MDR for an express breakfast at 8:00. We got done at 8:45 and our number had already come up, so we went directly off the ship without any waiting. We were at our shuttle at 10:00. This went very smoothly. Thank-you Oasis for a great cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise for several reasons: (1) It was 'bout the only week we could go this Spring, (2) We'd never been on an Oasis-class ship before and wanted to try it on for size, and (3) It had a couple of ports we'd not ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons: (1) It was 'bout the only week we could go this Spring, (2) We'd never been on an Oasis-class ship before and wanted to try it on for size, and (3) It had a couple of ports we'd not been to before -- Labadee (RCL's private island) and Falmouth, Jamaica. Embarkation: It was easy. We arrived about 11:30am and there was a crowd, but it went smoothly. Our bags were taken at the shuttle, we then waited in a long but moving line for security, and then were pointed to our check-in lane, which was quick. It took about 20 minutes from the time we walked into the terminal. Entry was in the middle of Deck 5, the shopping promenade. Sorrento's pizza place was at the entrance and a lot of folks stopped to dine there. But this day, we made our way to the Windjammer buffett on Deck 16 for lunch. More on that in the Food section below. Cabin: We choose an Inside Balcony overlooking the Boardwalk as it was relatively inexpensive and came with some nice perks, like a free soda package for two and a free meal at Johnny Rockets. We liked our cabin. It was larger than we'd experienced on older ships and the bed was actually comfortable (not a cushioned-cot like on some others. Also, the couch was full-sized, not a two-person love-seat, and the TV a nice size. However, in hindsight, an inside balcony overlooking Central Park would'a been nicer. We'd read that the air there gets stale, but when we visited Central Park (our cabin was on the same deck), we always found the air to be fresh. To get more of an at-sea sensation, an outside cabin would be necessary. Food: For breakfast and lunch, the Windjammer had a decent variety of food well presented, with eggs cooked to order at breakfast and a carving station at lunch. We did not try it for dinner, but it would likely be similar. Despite being jammed with peep, there were tables to be had and an active cleaning crew. On days with very high demand, there was a short line at the door and someone to show you to an empty table. Mostly we ate dinner in the main dining room (my time) and the food there was generally good. But there were a few misses: Tough steak (save that for Chops Grille) and the seafood linguine should be avoided (chalky pasta, cold seafood * watery sauce). The lobster (Day 5) was yummy and the deserts were excellent. Johnny Rockets was mediocre, both for the free breakfast and for lunch (think McDonalds), although I liked the onion rings.. We thought the pizza at Sorrento's was actually good. We also went to Chops Grille (got a voucher for a freebie) and were greatly impressed. The steak was very tender. The bernaise sauce was great, but the wine sauce tasted like enhanced A1. From now on, we'll include it in our plans. Entertainment & Activities: The quality of the entertainment was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed "Frozen" (ice skating), "Come Fly" (acrobatics), "Dreams" (aquatics), "Cats" (broadway musical), the headliner rock band, and their comedians. Being of a certain age, we did not do _any_ activities, but from what we could see, the flow-riders, golf, zip line, etc., were all in fine condition. Ports of Call: Labadee, their private island was fun. There was some confusion with the tram to Columbus Cove (no ferry that day), as we should'a taken the "small" tram which goes over sand, resulting in a little walk. We tipped the fellow who set up our lounge chairs $10. The lunch-spot was right behind us. In Jamaica, we did the little-Appleton Rum tour and enjoyed that, but thought it overpriced. In Cozumel, we'd done the West-side beaches 3x already, so choose to do the Mayan ruins and the rougher East-side beach tour, which was different, and also fun. Level of Service: Excellent at all venues. Our cabin steward was particularly attentive and got an extra tip. One improvement to suggest: For reserved seats, it'd be better to rope off rows than have someone shoo people away. Disembarking: Surprisingly fast and efficient. Breakfast the Windjammer at 8:30am, and as we descend to our waiting lounge at 9am, our bag #25 is called. The longest wait was for our shuttle bus. Summary: I was apprehensive about sailing on such a large ship, and ended up with mixed feelings. RCCL does a really good job of providing a largely enjoyable experience, and yet, the mass of humanity and size detracts from the notion that you're actually "at sea." Still, I'd do it all again for the entertainment and comfort value, but not where I want my experience to be more personal and my attention to be more seaward. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We were three couples staying on the 10th floor with three water balcony rooms. Rooms were typical smaller size but very functional. Ship was amazing and embarkation and debarkation was way better than expected. Not sure why people ... Read More
We were three couples staying on the 10th floor with three water balcony rooms. Rooms were typical smaller size but very functional. Ship was amazing and embarkation and debarkation was way better than expected. Not sure why people complain it was so organized. Ship is laid out awesome with different areas to enjoy. Ship while huge never felt crowded with 6000+ guests. Never had to worry about finding lounge chairs. We found 6 together every day. The dining room food and service was top notch. Ship was very clean. Getting off ship at ports was very easy and well organized. We never ate at any speciality restaurants as really no need as the dining room is awesome and food great. We ate at buffet a couple times for lunch and breakfast but all the rest we spent breakfast, lunch, and all dinners in the dining room. We had MTD but booked a reservation for 7:30pm each night which was when we went most nights. A couple times we showed up early at 6:30pm and never waited more than 10 min to get a table of 6 people together. All staff were amazing. Would highly recommend and can't imagine why anyone would give negative reviews about any part of this ship and staff. If you don't like that you need to spend $$$$ and go on a private yaht cause you can't expect anything more than this for the price we paid. Awesome, great, will do again for sure. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise solely based on the itinerary & date, as we were a group of 8. From the beginning to the end, it just wasn't as good as the Anthem of the Seas. The boarding lines were a nightmare, with the staff unable to ... Read More
We chose this cruise solely based on the itinerary & date, as we were a group of 8. From the beginning to the end, it just wasn't as good as the Anthem of the Seas. The boarding lines were a nightmare, with the staff unable to control the lines, people rudely cutting, while we followed the instructions. One of of our group had to have their cabin sanitized as it stunk of body odor. Another group had a broken safe for the entire trip and no one fixed it, and their rug and sofa were stained. There were people visibly sick everywhere (coughing) by day 3. 5 of the 8 of us got the flu by day 5. One of the excursions were cancelled, and our party was not told until 20 minutes after the departure time.(1 PM) Not enough time to make any other plans for the day.Disappointed that the buffet did not have an omelet station, as Anthem did. Promenade coffee shop always had lukewarm water and decaf every morning, and you had to ask for fresh hot tea water or decaf. The staff everywhere seemed to have an attitude, with the exception of our dining room waiter and assistant. Trivia MC was an idiot, couldn't keep track of what number question it was. The comedy, water, & aerial shows were great. "Cats" was ok, but I saw it on Broadway, so maybe that's why I wasn't impressed. The Solarium pool had green mildew all around the rim. Worst part we brought 4 people who normally sail Carnival and told them how great RCCL was, and were totally embarrassed! They said Carnival was better, so what does that tell you? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Why go on a ship with 6000 other passengers? To experience the size of spaces that a ship of this size can only provide. The size and scope of the shows are also difficult if not impossible for other ships to duplicate . We were on the ... Read More
Why go on a ship with 6000 other passengers? To experience the size of spaces that a ship of this size can only provide. The size and scope of the shows are also difficult if not impossible for other ships to duplicate . We were on the allure of the seas about four years ago on a Mediterranean cruise and The shows on the oasis were far superior. Somethings that come to mind are we had a boardwalk balcony view cabin towards the back of the ship room #9327 which afforded us a view of the boardwalk but also the aqua theater and the ocean . At night with the ocean view would be boring and dark you still have things to see in the boardwalk so more interesting I think at night . I brought a fan and earplugs and had no problem with noise . We knew noise from aqua theater and shows would be there but sliding glass door really shut down the noise .Three people in the cabin , myself ,wife & 84-year-old mother . Drainage for sink and shower were best I’ve ever had on a cruise ship . So Nice not having to stand in water to take a shower .Shower was tight for me and I am 6 foot 200 pounds but I made it work it is round in shape. With the sofa bed out space was limited but again you can make do .The balcony was decent sized ,table & 2 chairs. We received two Royal Caribbean soda refill cups in the room . I guess it was part of getting a boardwalk room. No real information on it or how to use it but we figured it out and I think a soda package is about $70 per guest so nice perk . We purchased the blue lagoon deluxe beach break through Royal Caribbean and getting there was not pleasant like herding cattle , with 40 minute ferry to and from it didn’t leave much time to do much .The lunch provided was a short buffet line that you were allowed to go through one time so pile on the food because you can’t go back .They did have a very tasty lemon and strawberry?slushy’s as much as you wanted. For the cost of the excursion I don’t feel it was worth it, maybe if you did the dolphin encounter it would be worth it . You get specials and discounts emailed to you from Royal Caribbean before your cruise and one of the specials I decided to purchase was the BOGO specialty restaurant offer but I failed to see that you must use it on The first two days only so be aware of that ,not real obvious in promo . Also you had to go through the casino for your shore excursions which is very smoky , The left side is less but still smoky . Also two out of the three main restaurants have the casino entrance adjacent to their entrance and the smoky smell trickles in . My time dining doesn’t I believe . Coke machines to refill your Royal Caribbean glasses were found in Sorrento‘s pizza on royal promenade deck 5 and up in Windjammer buffet towards the back deck16. Might have been more on the ship but I never found them. Making reservations for every show for specific times and dates is kind of a pain but you can do it the only problem is ...... our first night cats was canceled , our second night oasis of dreams aqua theater show was canceled . Now when the rescheduled times were announced they conflicted with our dinner schedule ,and shore excursions .We never got a round to rescheduling them but happily to our surprise we showed up for a cat show that we had not reserved but with our Sea passes We’re scanned and it showed we were in their system as well as oasis of dreams same thing .So my guess is if you had made a reservation and they were the ones who canceled it you were already in their system for any other time for that show they show they had. We were happy about that because both were quality shows. Cat is a Broadway show . People next to us who said they had seen it at Broadway said it was very close to what they saw and I quality . You know opera and ballet are very difficult and I appreciate how hard it is to do it well but I still don’t really enjoy it . Cats wasn’t quite like that but I sat through it just to kind of get cultured .LOL.We saw their parade through the Royal promenade ,best seen from deck six looking down but we were on deck five and although crowded could see it my 84-year-old mom liked it . Very high energy . Only done one time . Booked the 5 star tour of Saint Thomas through Royal Carribean, save your money NOT even one star! Different guide would have made a little difference but still no .First two hours of the “tour” we were dropped off in the district for all the jewelry store Hockers we’re out soliciting you to come in to sell you jewelry it was nonstop and constant I just wanted to get away. That was two hours of my life I can’t get back . My brother just walked off the ship and found somebody to taxi him around for $25 took him too many of the places we did not go . Our tour bus of maybe 15 people Stalled out going up the mountain at least five or six times and of course could not understand a word from our tour guide I yelled out many times do we need to get out and push they changed out different van and guide. Ended up in Megans Bay beach but got there so late that we were the last ones to leave got back to the ship but it was pitch dark and missed the headliner show we had scheduled ,wound up never seeing it . Tip ...... Bring your iPod and headphones would have made passing the boring times a little less painful . I enjoyed the fresh squeezed orange juice and “ egg McMuffin “ at Park Café , easy in easy out . Contrary to some reviews oasis did not appear run down tired or old . was clean and staff appeared happy to serve you, I am still amazed because they see different people every week with no breaks . “ Frozen in time “ ice-skating show probably most entertaining of all shows , much better than Alure’s and there wasn’t one show that I wouldn’t rate A- or better, other than the comedy show which was just OK B- . The pizza at Sorrento‘s was better than expected fresh and hot and welcome for some reason later at night after shows for a late night snack . Learned a trick to get on the elevators . There was five of us and we used stairs for two or three flights but my mom is 84 so sometimes had to use elevators . First trick don’t all have to get on at once but see if you can just slip one or two in and the others wait for a new elevator . Sometimes it’s best to go down to go up . Sounds funny but with the elevator to go down is open get in that one take it down ,and then go up . I did have a problem with the quality of food that wasn’t a specialty restaurant . The speciality restaurants Certainly a more intimate and quiet experience and the food was consistently good .We did 150 Central park , Giovanni‘s table , chops grill , Izumi hibachi had a good show but terrible desserts but one specialty restaurant where you can see the ocean ,, went up to Windjammer for sweets, also looks out over the ocean , they sure have quite the artist carving watermelon designs real works of art , One night they had cotton candy making station and made to order crepes, When we were in the Grand(they picked 8PM time for us but would change to earlier seating if could do over for ease of seeing shows)it was LOUD,they had a parade both nights for the waiters that was deafening we did happen to hit lobster night on day six , and they do give you as many as you want seemed a little fishy but hey it’s seafood so quit complaining and eat them . The soda was so flat every night it was like a half glass of soda left out overnight and then poured into a picture and then poured back into your glass , yeah I know soda is bad for you but I’m on vacation so stick it , The second night I brought my cup refilled it at Sorrento‘s first so at least I had fizz for the first glass. Over all a very enjoyable cruise we played miniature golf , ping-pong , I did the zip line which is worth doing if there is not a long wait I would say if there’s more than three or four people ahead of you come back later . One thing I missed was a designated movie theater showing movies continuously like Disney but alas they probably use that space for a big smoky casino . You can get movies on your TV but again got to pay for them,This day and age other than Disney it seems that you have to pay extra for everything like Soda,movies,decent food, using the bathroom , no not really I just threw that last one in, their public bathrooms are amazingly large and clean quite impressive.I’m so tired of writing I have to stop,hope this helps other people with some info. Read Less
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
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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
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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