1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We had a great cruise on Oasis of the Seas. The highlights for us were the superb entertainment and service. We watched all of the shows that were available to us, and all were excellent and entertaining except for CATS. We were very ... Read More
We had a great cruise on Oasis of the Seas. The highlights for us were the superb entertainment and service. We watched all of the shows that were available to us, and all were excellent and entertaining except for CATS. We were very disappointed by CATS because we could not follow the plotline and were confused throughout the show. The singers and dancers were fabulous, but I have no idea why CATS was signed to this cruise ship. The performers deserve better. I think my favorite show was the Aqua show, but I was highly impressed with all of the acts, including the ice show, the comedy shows, the original production of Come Fly With Me, and the Headliner Show (which was a comedian/juggler). The ship was huge, and it seemed like there was always something to do. It did not feel like there were over 6,000 people on the ship. However, I would expect a ship of this size to not experience so much rocking from the wind. The main con of this cruise ship was all of the waiting in lines and making reservations. We waited in line for 30 minutes for most of the shows even with a reservation to ensure we had a good seat, and then another 30-45 minutes inside the venue before the show began. I think the ship was a little too large for me and my family, and we will probably do a smaller ship next cruise, but that is just personal preference. The food was OK overall. The MDR food and service was superb, and we dined there almost every night. The Windjammer was always crowded and food was not the best, but the service was still great. Wipeout Cafe food OK. Solarium food was pretty good, and never too crowded. Sorrentos Pizza was great. Cabin attendants were great. Very friendly. However, if you have 4 adults in one room, it can get kind of cramped-- I recommend spending a little extra money and buying connecting rooms. Labadee was our least favorite port of the 3. It was beautiful, and the people were nice, but we couldn't even get food because the line was so long. My dad waited in the extremely long line for over 30 minutes, and the food was not good at all. Also kind of disappointing that when we went to Cozumel, there were 4 other cruise ships there, so it was very crowded. Not fair that cruise lines do not notify their passengers of this in advance. However, we loved Cozumel. Falmouth was beautiful, but about an hour from most of the fun activities, including Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. Definitely recommend Dunn's-- it was so much fun. Overall, loved the Oasis! We had a great family vacation! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Very good, In general but in the cruise charged you for everything, check it out because that make your trip more expensive The food, is very well but you have to be organized because if you don’t always will be dining pizza. ... Read More
Very good, In general but in the cruise charged you for everything, check it out because that make your trip more expensive The food, is very well but you have to be organized because if you don’t always will be dining pizza. the activities, is very good more for children, have many activities for them. the islands includes are ver well some ones to make tourism and another like labadee just to relax Only always ask about thinks to do The cabin are well for a couple, The embarkation is good if you arrive early, the disembarkation is ugly because everything is to earlier in morning, but if you didn’t will be without a breakfast but if you want something else Internet, restaurants, some movie in your room, even sodas from the machine have a cost! Gratuities/service charge are not optional, and also want additional tips, Compare and make a good decision! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My wife and i wanted to cruise to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. This was our second cruse, but first with Royal Caribbean. We paid over 4k for the stateroom, for 8 days. We paid extra for a 3 nights premium dining plan (like ... Read More
My wife and i wanted to cruise to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. This was our second cruse, but first with Royal Caribbean. We paid over 4k for the stateroom, for 8 days. We paid extra for a 3 nights premium dining plan (like a steakhouse or Italian), and wifi. The wifi pricing is the most absurd thing ever. $17-$21 USD per day for internet. I used it so I could communicate with my wife as sometimes we went off to different places on the ship. It should also be free when the inboard onboard entertainment keeps getting cancelled. If you purchase a stateroom movie (price was $11.99), make sure you watch it in 48 hours or you lose it. This was our first Spa package and we feel it was worth it! Plus it gave us something to do when the onboard entertainment kept getting cancelled. Our ship had a 16 and older pool are which was very nice. Make sure you understand your dining package before you board. Sometimes the buffet places were better than the main dining. We did not get the drink package. They provided tea, basic coffee, juice, flavored water, and water at no additional cost. Soda required the next level drinking package. Alcohol required the next level after soda (recommended if you have more than 5 drinks per day per person). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Don't purchase the arcade pack. a complete waste of money. most of the machines do not work or don't function properly. they only stock one main prize for the entire cruise if you get enough tickets. from an arcade fanatic ... Read More
Don't purchase the arcade pack. a complete waste of money. most of the machines do not work or don't function properly. they only stock one main prize for the entire cruise if you get enough tickets. from an arcade fanatic family, this was the worst possible experience that i could have. waste, waste, waste of money. The overall experience was good. the dining room and estate staff was great. they did everything to take of you. the trivia games shows were excellent and a lot of fun. a lot to do on the ship, but stay away from the arcade that is a waste of time and money. had a nice relaxing time. The shore excursion for the sting rays was a waste as well. 15 minutes to "float" on top of the water with a snorkel and mask. no snorkeling was involved. you had to struggle to try and go under the water for a few seconds. not worth the money. The shore excursion for the turtle snorkel was awesome. a true snorkeling experiences. the guides did a great job. highly recommend this. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruise makes us Diamond Plus members. This was our first time on Oasis, which we chose in order to experience a ship of this size. The ship is beautiful, and in spite of holding over 6,000 passengers, we never really felt crowded. ... Read More
This cruise makes us Diamond Plus members. This was our first time on Oasis, which we chose in order to experience a ship of this size. The ship is beautiful, and in spite of holding over 6,000 passengers, we never really felt crowded. The elevators were better than other ships that I have been on. Claudine in the Diamond Lounge is a gem! She was so helpful and cheerful, happy to answer any question, and assist with any need. We liked the Diamond Lounge better than the Suite Lounge, where we felt the passengers behaved in a rather entitled manner, and didn't treat the staff with respect. Main dining room meals were ok. Coastal Kitchen meals were all wonderful. The shows, or rather cancellations of shows were very disappointing. The Ice show was fabulous, as were the comedians. The headliner show, These Guys, was pretty good. Come Fly with me was cancelled for the entire cruise due to technical difficulties. Most of the Aqua shows were cancelled due to technical difficulties (I think that one went on). Cats had a talented cast and orchestra, but it is a strange show, and we left at intermission. We love to watch Giles in the Schooner bar, and were happy to go see him when Come Fly with me was cancelled. We heard 1/2 of a song, the captain cut in with announcements, and when he was done, Giles sound system was not working. It wasn't repaired until he had to leave since it was trivia time. We were very disappointed in the abundance of technical difficulties and show cancellations. The shore excursion to Nassau was a disaster. They sent us out to wait for our tours in a severe thunderstorm. Thousands of people drenched on the pier, in severe lightening and thunder. They were nice enough to exchange our beach tour for an Atlantis tour, which was fine in the rain. Our best port of call was St. Maarten. Best shore excursion ever, and we did it all on our own! $7 Water taxi (ride all day!) to beach, head to Holland House hotel where for $25 you get 2 comfy beach chairs with an umbrella and table, 4 drinks (or 2 rum drinks), clean bathroom, and shower use, as well as Wi-Fi. Fabulous beach day! We didn't feel any motion on the ship while sailing. Central Park is beautiful, and the Boardwalk is unique. Years ago, when sailing on Royal Caribbean, our biggest complaint was the evident aggressive cost cutting, manifesting itself as things disappearing – medals for trivia turning into pens, no chocolates on pillows, less towel animals, less dining room staff, more tables jammed in for one waiter, etc. etc. Cost cutting measures were no longer quite as prominent since a few years ago, however, attempts at revenue generation were. You were nickel and dimed for everything. We went to the solarium for a wonderful dinner (no cover charge), and got up to leave, and were chased by the waiter for not getting our receipt. They expected tips, which were apparently not enough in our $17+ day gratuity fee! The cover charge for Johnny Rockets has become so high, it was pretty empty every day. Popcorn at the theater was almost $3 for a tiny bag. Drink packages, specialty dining packages, spa services, shore excursions were being sold everywhere. If you get a service in the spa, be prepared to have your relaxation end with a spiel on the products that they want you to purchase! Most of the staff we met was just wonderful. We were very impressed with Christopher from guest services who could remember our names every time! Darwin in Coastal Kitchen was amazing! The women who did the scheduling in the spa were pretty nasty, and made an extremely rude comment to my daughter. It was very uncomfortable to deal with them. In summary, it was an enjoyable cruise, interesting to experience this huge, beautiful ship! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise ship because we wanted to try a lot of onboard activities. The good: -we loved our “indoor balcony” that overlooked Cental Park. Beautiful plants and often music -we loved the food. Sorrentos has the best ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship because we wanted to try a lot of onboard activities. The good: -we loved our “indoor balcony” that overlooked Cental Park. Beautiful plants and often music -we loved the food. Sorrentos has the best cruise ship pizza ever. We had heard that the Windjammer was crazy, but it really depended on the time. It usually wasn’t too bad and it had a great selection of food. The Solarium bistro was lovely for breakfast. -the dive show (Oasis of Dreams) was incredible! -the photographers were great. There were lots of opportunities to have pictures taken -the solarium was a relaxing and kid-free place. We enjoyed the various types of lounge chairs and the whirlpools. -the app was a great way to keep up with what was going on during the day and to find your way around the ship. You can also make reservations through the app. -the rock wall was fun and challenging. The equipment for the rock wall, zip line, and flow rider was all in great condition -we loved the outdoor movies in the Aqua Theater The Bad: -two big shows were cancelled due to an equipment failure. The replacement shows were thrown together at the last minute and were not great. They were mostly singers. Most of the music was from the 60’s and 70’s. This did not appeal to most people on board. Very disappointing when we were expecting to see Cats and an acrobatic show called Come Fly with Me. -several game shows (Family Feud, the Liars Club, and the Perfect Couple for example) were held in small venues. There was standing room only and many people still could not attend because of lack of space. Also disappointing. -the mattress in our room was old and uncomfortable. It would have been nice if the room temperature would have gone down to 70 degrees. It was a bit warm -the pools were packed! We didn’t even attempt to get in them -we bought the soda package. We received a cup. The cup was large but the lid was not leakproof. There were a few soda refill machines around the ship. It was nice to not have to wait at the bar for refills, but there should have been more machines. Also the machines were often out of ice. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our second time in the oasis class ship! However for overall nightlife and partying the smaller ships tend to be better! Great shows on this class of ship! Cats was amazing and we actually saw it twice!!! Over all would ... Read More
This was our second time in the oasis class ship! However for overall nightlife and partying the smaller ships tend to be better! Great shows on this class of ship! Cats was amazing and we actually saw it twice!!! Over all would recommend! Our cabin was a Central Park balcony cabin that unfortunately was next to a screw service area that ended up very loud at various times! On the bright side of the cabin the balcony was double the size! Dining was very good with plenty of options to eat! We ate at 150 central one night and it was absolutely amazing! Windjammer was very good and plentiful! Our first seating dining was good but we wanted to be seated with people but did not get a chance to dine with anyone! Summertime allows to be a lot of kids to be in these ships and we prefer not to be seated with kids at dinner time! We love Royal Caribbean and would recommend the oasis of the seas! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruise ship is perfect for families. I sailed with my 2 daughters and 7yr old grandchild. We could barely get the child out of the kids club. She loved it. We adults, always found something to do when we were not on my balcony ... Read More
This cruise ship is perfect for families. I sailed with my 2 daughters and 7yr old grandchild. We could barely get the child out of the kids club. She loved it. We adults, always found something to do when we were not on my balcony relaxing or reading. The complaints I have is that the alcoholic beverages were much too expensive and a beverage package is not cost effective for me. The balcony room was tiny, I have been in bigger ones, but the balcony was great. Two people in my party went to see Cats and loved it. My granddaughter was enthralled with the cats. At night, we went to a Frank Sinatra review, and Phil Petersen was wonderful. He was a great singer and we really enjoyed it. The ship is really a marvel of engineering. The food was very good, both in the dining room and at the Windjammer. We did not go to any specialty restaurants, the cost has risen so much that we felt it was not worth it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Nice big ship. 6500 people and didn't feel crowded. Central park and boardwalk areas were very nice. Rooms were ok size for a ship. Several places to eat, but most came with a cover or up charge per guest. Royal did offer packages for ... Read More
Nice big ship. 6500 people and didn't feel crowded. Central park and boardwalk areas were very nice. Rooms were ok size for a ship. Several places to eat, but most came with a cover or up charge per guest. Royal did offer packages for dining experiences, but they were a little high and probably not practical with people with extra family members. Only real issue I had was the price of drink packages, if u think u will be drinking alcohol buy the package early before you cruise. It would cost 63 dollars a day and double that for my wife, so 700 dollars for just the top tier drinks package if you bought it on board. We settled on the second tier drink package which includes water and sodas and bought alcohol drinks al la cart. Probably should have gotten the lowest drinks package and got the case of water for the room. Also the drinks were kinda price too high 13 to 15 bucks per with gratuity automatically added 18%, but the staff kinda looked to u to add a tip. A suggestion is to have more happy hours or suggestions to non alcoholic drinks on menus which other than sodas and waters were not promoted at all. Overall nice experience except for upcharges and high priced excursions and short port durations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We booked room 7442, which is an interior interior room. I will never book another stateroom like this one! It felt like going into a dungeon. It was loud and my wife and I could hear every time a toilet flushed. We were booked next to ... Read More
We booked room 7442, which is an interior interior room. I will never book another stateroom like this one! It felt like going into a dungeon. It was loud and my wife and I could hear every time a toilet flushed. We were booked next to a group that was traveling with 20+ teens from another country and they were loud, slamming doors constantly, and didn't have proper adult supervision (this is not RC's fault, but the room was not sound proof in the least bit). However, they were able to relocate us after someone left the ship to an interior stateroom with a balcony over the boardwalk...MUCH BETTER. Don't try to save the $200, just get a nicer room. The food was good, not great or blow you away but won't let you down either. The shows were GREAT! I don't get the broadway show "CATS" but their level of skill in the show was outstanding and all of the other shows were amazing. Come Fly with Me and the Oasis Dreams shows are a must. There was plenty to do (or not do!) if you wanted. Lots of pools and hot tubs, towel stands, options were available. The staff was very courteous. The boat was beautiful. Oasis of the Seas is an amazing ship. We didn't travel with our baby, but we saw many that did and there was tons of stuff for children. TONS. I wish we could have spent a couple of more hours in Puerto Rico. The fort is within a couple blocks of the port and costs $7 to get in. Don't overpay for a fort excursion unless you just want to pay $60 extra for someone to walk you through it. There's also another fort down just a ways with a beautiful area for flying kites (wish we would have known!) but if you have kids, I'd take a kite and fly right in front of the fort lawn! People were picnicking out there. Beautiful place. Labadee was lackluster to me. We wound up just doing a chill day on beach for about two hours. Don't let the locals haggle you or bug you to go to their shops. They will tell you they have special stuff that no one else has, but it's all the same. I saw the same exact turtles I bought in Port Au Prince a couple months earlier from the market in the city. The Moho experience was great. The planes landing was cool. BE CAUTIOUS when larger jets are taking off. It will pelt you with sand from the beach, even if you're in the water like we were. People were rolling off the hill down the beach because of the jet blasts. It's funny in hind sight, but there are reasons there are signs up everywhere that say danger! Just step farther to the side. The propeller planes are fine. Cool experience for sure. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We did a family cruise with extended family. It wasn’t my favorite ship out of all the royal Caribbean options. I have only cruised with Royal so I have nothing to compare it too. The main dining room food was definitely the best ... Read More
We did a family cruise with extended family. It wasn’t my favorite ship out of all the royal Caribbean options. I have only cruised with Royal so I have nothing to compare it too. The main dining room food was definitely the best food on the boat and was exceptional. I wouldn’t do any specially dining options, not worth it. The windjammer was the worst experience I’ve had on any of the ships and I tried it twice. The snacks around the ship were ok, not as good as other ships. The bartenders and servers in a lot of the beverage areas weren’t as friendly as other ships and definitely seemed annoyed if you utilized any crown/anchor loyalty rewards. The staterooms need deep cleanings, they were clean as far as bathroom and bedding but the rooms looked like they havent been deep cleaned in a long time. The ship is very clean and well taken care of in all public areas. The entertainment was good, there were a couple shows I didn’t care for but overall it was very entertaining. The best casino of any ship I’ve been on, Big, great options, and well set up. The bars/live music options exceptional. The guest services were terrible, we had on board credits through our travel agent and showed them the receipts and they said they wouldn’t do anything about it. That we have to check with our travel agent when we got home because it was Saturday and they’re closed so we were unable to call them. They also were rude about one charge discrepancy to my husband, he had to ask for management. They sent us to the wrong place and tried to charge us for a brunch we never had when we were supposed to tour a kitchen. Other cruises I’ve been on with Royal you feel like it’s to quick and want to stay longer. I’m not sure if I’d cruise on oasis again, but I’m glad I had the experience. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my first time on RCL in a long time and first time ever on an Oasis class ship. We had a great vacation! Embarking and debarking were fast and efficient. The ship while older, was very clean. Most employees were friendly ... Read More
This was my first time on RCL in a long time and first time ever on an Oasis class ship. We had a great vacation! Embarking and debarking were fast and efficient. The ship while older, was very clean. Most employees were friendly although we did meet some grumpy workers. Happens on every ship. We had an amazing room steward. He did an awesome job keeping our room tidy with 4 of us in a Boardwalk Balcony room. We did anytime dining and i had made reservation before boarding for dinner each night. Our table was always ready and the one night we needed to dine at a different time it was very easy to just walk in. Service and food was very good. We had the same waiter half the nights. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants except Johnny Rockets for lunch. I loved on busy days that they sat you at tables at Windjammers for lunch. It saved the trouble of hunting for tables. But they only did this when it was very full. Windjammers was good. Shows were very good although I wish they had more comedy shows with more than 2 comedians for the entire trip like Carnival. My teens preferred the Teen centers on Carnival over RCL. They said the ages weren't segregated enough. Hard to get more details out of them but they were disappointed and didn't meet close friends like they had on our 3 previous Carnival cruises. i loved the live music by the pool (huge plus over Carnival). I could always find 2 chairs together at the pool no matter when I went. We had a Boardwalk Balcony for 4 people and while tight, it totally worked. We had an end cabin, 12729, and it was perfect. Loved watching the huge screen tv at the aqua pool and the dive shows from the balcony. It was not noisy at all with the balcony door shut. Room was a little warmer than I would have preferred but again it was fine. We had a great time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this cruise because of the facilities on the ship and because one of the destinations was Jamaica, somewhere I was very keen to go. We had an email the day before embarkation informing us that our itinerary had completely ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the facilities on the ship and because one of the destinations was Jamaica, somewhere I was very keen to go. We had an email the day before embarkation informing us that our itinerary had completely changed due to the weather forecast on our original route. Obviously this cannot be helped and I am grateful that safety is a priority but as a planner this completely floored me. If there was some suggestion of alternative itineraries in the booking process this would really help as I could have done some research in advance as to what we could do in the alternative destinations. As it happened the forecast changed again and we found out as we embarked that out original itinerary was back on. The process of embarkation and disembarkation was surprisingly smooth given the huge number of people all doing the same thing at the same time. Couldn’t fault it. We travelled as a family with two teenaged children and had two cabins next to each other at the front of the ship overlooking the helipad. We found these spacious, comfortable and excelllently maintained by the housekeeping team. We opted for a specialty dining package which we thoroughly enjoyed. The food and service was excellent. We didn’t enjoy how busy the main dining rooms were for breakfast so opted for something from the smaller cafes and got snacks on the days we didn’t have a specialty booking for the evening. Very happy with what was on offer everywhere foodwise. The shows were varied and showed of excpetional talent from the performers. The costumes and scenery were fantastic and it was hard to believe these were being performed on a ship. We didn’t rate the Come Fly With Me Show but that’s down to personal preference. We’d prebooked two shows but found it easy enough to get seats to the others when they were opened up 10 minutes before show time for those not booked. The excursions we had pre-booked and found to be excellent. We did the zip line in Labadee, Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove in Jamaica and Atlantis Submarine in Cozumel. All were very well run, felt very safe and guides and staff made sure that you had a good time. There wasn’t a lot of information as to how to get to where to meet for the excursions but as all were very close to the pier it became clear very quickly and wasn’t necessary in advance. I’m glad we could pre-book whilst back in the U.K. as it was much cheaper to do so and you could find far more information on what to expect from the excursion, including what to wear and what to take with you. This would have been quite an issue for us if our itinerary had had to change. Photos were very expensive at Dolphin Cove and as you couldn’t take your own it would have been good to know this in advance. The excursions are expensive, unnecessarily so since you have a captive audience wanting to do them, but we thoroughly enjoyed them and they’ve given us many holiday highlights. Facilities on board the ship were great but inevitably had queues with so many people on board. We gave up on rock climbing but how many people can say they ice-skated in the Caribbean?! For me the pools were too small for the number of people on board. In wanting to avoid the smoking side of the ship we were left with the children's pool and one other which became standing room only on sea days. I understand that it would be impractical to have a smoke free ship as it would alienate too many potential customers but I felt that this gave them an unfair advantage in some spaces where non-smokers have to put up with it or avoid the area entirely if you can’t tolerate the smoke for whatever reason. Onto cost. As Brits we’re just not used to the whole tipping thing. Gratuities are added to everything and after the initial cost of the cruise itself the add ons became almost prohibitively expensive. Drinks packages, gratuity packages, dining packages, WiFi packages, excursion costs. And then gratuities added to everything. Even then, with your drinks package you are still asked if you want to leave additional tips with every drink handed to you. We were happy to reward good service and did so, but the additional cost has the potential to rocket out of control. Yes, many of these are optional but we felt them necessary to make the most of our holiday. We took gratuities off our children’s accounts, they don’t earn any money so we don’t see why they should be tipping when as adults we are doing so on behalf of us as a family. There is no issue in doing this, we could have cancelled our own, but you have to do it the day you get on board and know to do so. Some people had nasty surprises when they saw their accounts a few days in. We had a great first time cruising experience and I would recommend the Oasis of the Seas as your ship of choice. The facilities, food, staff and experience were excellent but I would have to advise caution on cost. What you pay for your cruise initially is nowhere near your final cost in our experience. We would have to take that seriously into account before booking another. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Traveled with a friend and our teenage kids, because there is something to do for everybody, and the food, as I have food allergies. Service and food used to be impeccable, and it has declined compared to two years ago, but it was ... Read More
Traveled with a friend and our teenage kids, because there is something to do for everybody, and the food, as I have food allergies. Service and food used to be impeccable, and it has declined compared to two years ago, but it was still good. Kids were happy with a variety of things to do. Excursion options for Labadee and Cozumel were a bit disappointing, more so because the two we had selected got canceled a week before departure. However, the prices used to be much higher than booking through Viator, but now I’m happy to pay a bit extra and to have peace of mind. Overall, I am impressed with the extraordinary organization of everything: checking in, food, excursions, disembarking. My personal recommendations: don’t get drink packages unless you drink a ton, book your Wi-Fi in advance as you will get surf and stream five dollars cheaper per day, and don’t get the cruise to airport transfer at it’s a rip off. We got the same shuttle just walking off the boat for seven dollars cheaper per person. Also, we did not leave suitcases outside the cabin night before arrival as this makes it easier to walk off when you want instead of being assigned a disembarking time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
It was the largest ship going out to see over the fourth. The inside outside balconies which accommodated all 12 of us. The basketball court, water activities were awesome for our teenagers. It accommodated both young and old. That is ... Read More
It was the largest ship going out to see over the fourth. The inside outside balconies which accommodated all 12 of us. The basketball court, water activities were awesome for our teenagers. It accommodated both young and old. That is if you didn’t get run over by those in scooters. The family dinners in the dining room were great but there was no Whow food. The service was poor and it looked the same for everyone. You ordered right away and your appetizer came out in a timely manner but it took forever for the entrees and there was always one straggling in. Didn’t like you had to pay extra for something else. Not enough variety in places if you didn’t want to go to main dining. Overall experience was good and yes I would choose this cruise again. The excursions proved to be nice outings. Was disappointed that the wave runners were cancelled in Haiti after we got there. It was a highlight for the boys. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We choose our family vacation to accommodate ages from 2 to 60+. There are plenty of activities for children and adults. Tried the flow rider and ice skated on the same day! We were fortunate and had perfect weather. There were 6,475 ... Read More
We choose our family vacation to accommodate ages from 2 to 60+. There are plenty of activities for children and adults. Tried the flow rider and ice skated on the same day! We were fortunate and had perfect weather. There were 6,475 passengers on the ship; the Oasis of Seas never really felt crowded. It's it bit strange to say that while on the ship, one of our favorites places was Central Park on deck eight. The two children loved the Carousal and the splash pool. When you first board, there is a crush of passengers and the common areas, elevators, and windjammer buffet was crowded. Take the stairs and explore other parts of the ship and have a late lunch at the windjammer. Be sure to see the Aqua show and other the production shows. Make reservations and get their early. The ship starts will allow non-reservation passengers to be seated 15 minutes before show time. Be aware that during the Aqua Show you will get splashed if you sit in the first few rows. We could see the damage Hurricane Irma (2017) caused, but the islands are recovering and rely on the tourist to help them recover. The only unfortunate experience was some rude passengers who decided it was o.k. to smoke on their balcony and pollute the air above, below, and near their stateroom. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise of the dates that fell during our anniversary and location of the port. It was the closest for us to drive to from home. We enjoyed the activities that were available on the ship and there were plenty of shore ... Read More
We chose this cruise of the dates that fell during our anniversary and location of the port. It was the closest for us to drive to from home. We enjoyed the activities that were available on the ship and there were plenty of shore excursions to choose from at each destination. There was a bit of a language barrier for us with some of the staff. And we felt a bit pressured to tip everyone. I understand that tips are extra income for the staff but we already paid for gratuities in our packages and if we tipped every person we came in contact with, it would cost more than the trip itself. Chops Grille and Sabor was our top choices for dinner, very satisfied with those two. Our cabin was perfect, just the right size for the two of us. Our housekeeper kept us tidy and with fresh towels every morning and evening. Very happy with her and the cabin! Tons and tons to do on board. Alot of excursions to choose from, but book them early! They go up in price day of boarding and fill up fast. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Our first Cruise was RC about 12 years ago, thats why we choose them again, Oasis of the seas was great, the food, amenities, gym, cabin, all them great, The prices for the drinks are too expensive!! and if you like to drink a Lot of ... Read More
Our first Cruise was RC about 12 years ago, thats why we choose them again, Oasis of the seas was great, the food, amenities, gym, cabin, all them great, The prices for the drinks are too expensive!! and if you like to drink a Lot of water as I do, you will be in trouble The dinner is great, in my opinion you don’t need the Speciality restaurant, we had giovannis so can attend to a show and it wasn’t any great I think the overall experience was great, just save at least 1,000 dollars for tips and drinks The fitness room was great, I really enjoy it, never too crowed The swiming pools are never enough for 5,000 people but you’ll find the way as the chairs The food is great as I said, but if you miss the times there are not very good options, my advise will be the café at central park, all others are any good Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
First, I read all I could about this ship prior to boarding. Please heed this warning... do NOT take your own extension cord or power strip. Your luggage will get flagged, you'll have to go to deck 3 to retrieve it the first day, ... Read More
First, I read all I could about this ship prior to boarding. Please heed this warning... do NOT take your own extension cord or power strip. Your luggage will get flagged, you'll have to go to deck 3 to retrieve it the first day, and RCL will keep your cord or strip until you disembark on the last day. Not worth the hassle. You CAN however take 2 bottles of wine on board, uncorked, unsealed! No other drinks, no sodas, waters, liquor, etc. Great ship. Yes, the first day is hectic... crowded. But after that, it smooths out. Just remember, you can eat breakfast at the Wipeout Cafe, Johnny Rockets and other placed. On port days, the Windjammer Buffet is quite crowded especially if you go before an excursion. Would recommend this ship to anyone, seasoned, mid-life couples, younger couples with kids, and/or first-time cruisers. Granted, if this is your first cruise, you will be spoiled if you take this one and then go on a say -- Carnival Cruise. We've been on Norwegian for the past three years. Really liked it, smaller... thought we'd do something different for the kids, boys ages 6 and 12. They loved it. Wanted to stay. Only complaint I have is the Casino was slap full of those penny machines. Most are... some quarters, some dollars, but not a lot. Other than that, the slots are tight. There were a couple of looser machines if you gamble. Best bet is playing Roulette, Blackjack or Craps. All the shows were great! Especially the Rock-n-Roll show, the Water/Diving show and the Ice Skating Show. Bingo was fun. A little different that what we are use to. Some were only one game. Crowded venue, arrive early!! Coke machines were a hassle. Worked most of the time. Would run out of cola, ice, etc... Usually can find them in the Windjammer, Deck 15 Arcade, two by the Pizza Place on Deck 5, and in most restaurants. Ice cream is by the kiddie pool area, soft serve, cones. Good stuff. Would cruise this ship again. Oh, no water slides for the kids. A little disappointed. But the Harmony of the Seas has several - which we are going on in a couple of weeks. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Great Value, Beautiful Ship and Great Entertainment. Our family had a fabulous time on the Oasis of the Seas. Plenty of activities for all age groups. Even as large as the ship is it's amazing that you do not feel that it's ... Read More
Great Value, Beautiful Ship and Great Entertainment. Our family had a fabulous time on the Oasis of the Seas. Plenty of activities for all age groups. Even as large as the ship is it's amazing that you do not feel that it's crowded anywhere on the ship. Shopping, restaurants, main dining, casino, fitness and staff were wonderful. We were very surprised at the efficiency of boarding and leaving the ship from the time we arrived until we left. Staff made it very easy and were very helpful and friendly. Shore excursions were fun and I would recommend going through Royal Caribbean when booking these for your family. The only complaint after our family had (8) various Spa treatments was that the value and experience were very low compared to other cruise lines or what you might experience at home. The Spa staff seemed very unorganized each of the 4 days that our family booked treatments (delayed treatment times and time cut short on 4 of our 5 massages). Other than the Spa I would recommend Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas for your vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise based on two things: 1) It was my first cruise, we had our 1 year old with us, and I was very worried about being seasick (and having to take care of a baby while seasick) so the bigger the boat the better, in my ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on two things: 1) It was my first cruise, we had our 1 year old with us, and I was very worried about being seasick (and having to take care of a baby while seasick) so the bigger the boat the better, in my opinion and 2) My husband (the veteran of many cruises) approved of the ports. My husband has gold status with RC so it made embarkation much faster than if we didn't have status at all. The general line was very long. The process was very organized. Our cabin was a decent size for a cruise ship, the shower was much better than I was expecting. We had a balcony and we loved that feature of the room. The room did feel like it was due for a refresh soon but nothing that we couldn't live with. It all felt clean. The dining was good. The buffet restaurant (Wind Jammer) accommodated a lot of people but we never waited very long for a table. The food was good with a lot of variety. The dining room was the tastiest food of the trip (we didn't eat at any specialty restaurant). The staff, in particular the main dining room staff, always went above and beyond for us and our daughter. It really made the dining experience special. When we would see the same staff members around the ship in their other jobs, they always said hello and made a point of helping us. Really spectacular service. Tons to do - too much for us to even scratch the surface. With the baby we mostly used the Splash Zone pool (baby loved it), and the Kids Adventure Zone. Having a space (both a nursery and a play room) for our little one was really, really great. Sometimes baby just needs some safe space to crawl and toddle around and this was it. We went there almost every day. Overall the cruise was really nice. We would consider this ship again. PS re:seasickness - I only felt a little woozy on the 1st sea day (getting used to the boat) and the 6th day (when the waves were a bit higher than the other days). Both times the SeaBands took care of it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I chose this cruise for the islands we visited. The ship was huge and crowded. Service was very good. Food in Sabor was the best. Our room attendant was wonderful. We found a quiet spot to sit in the evenings, something hard to do. They ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the islands we visited. The ship was huge and crowded. Service was very good. Food in Sabor was the best. Our room attendant was wonderful. We found a quiet spot to sit in the evenings, something hard to do. They allowed a Dog in the Main Dining room at Dinner. He ate from the plates and sat at the table. NASTY! We also were charged double for service at the spa. We paid for a consultation and then were charged 18 percent more. My husband really enjoyed the Flowrider. I enjoyed watching him ride and sitting in the shade on the stands.They would let riders on for three to four hours and than Stop for a safety talk. Stupid to wait that long and for interrupting people's day. Over all, I would find a smaller ship with less people. And be prepared to get pestered to buy, BUY, Buy...everything, all the time! And then pay manditory $14.50 per person per day tip AND an additional 18 percent! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We were a party of 13 of all ages, half veterans and half first-timers. We chose Oasis because of its convenient location relative to where most of us live in Central Florida and because big ships offer so much. ... Read More
We were a party of 13 of all ages, half veterans and half first-timers. We chose Oasis because of its convenient location relative to where most of us live in Central Florida and because big ships offer so much. Entertainment--Excellent. The entertainment was great, and actually the most impressive part of the cruise--"Frozen in Time" ice show was amazing, and we loved the comedy shows, the Quest, and even "CATS" (which has a very boring story line, but was still so well performed). The ship has many excellent live musicians. Food--Excellent. We bought the $89 -for-three-specialty-restaurants dining package, which I highly recommend. 150 Central Park, Chops and Giovannis had wonderful food and over-the-top good service. It is easy to buy the dining package on the ship--the restaurants were not full. Windjammer was decent. Main Dining Room was a little noisy, but served good food. Perks--Excellent. We are both Diamond and Suite guests. Diamond perks are awesome--3 free drinks at restaurants per night and discounts galore. The Suites lounge, Coastal Kitchen, is both gorgeous and serene. We had healthy breakfast there almost every morning. Fitness--Excellent. I am a runner--so the only fitness thing I used was the Deck 5 running track, 3 times. This was an easy-to-use, basic track, but I so appreciated this on a ship, where you need a calorie antidote. Ship Condition--Mixed. The ship goes into drydock maintenance in Europe next year, and needs it. Oasis is a gorgeous design and is kept beautifully sparkly, but hallway carpets are so tired--no doubt clean, but stained. The elevator service is frustrating--I got a lot of stair use. Oasis needs some kind of elevator programming help or some other design improvement to lessen the numerous times full elevators stopped on every floor to disappointed waiting riders--it's ridiculous after a while. My stateroom was an Owner's Suite, so how could I complain? Well, they had to kick out of it for 6 hours one day for unspecified maintenance, and the compensation offered was ridiculously small. Bahamas Excursion--Poor. If you are on the fence--avoid the half-day excursions. Because of the compressed time, everyone leaves together and everyone comes back at the same time, too. We bought the Atlantis Water Park excursion, which we had done before on a Disney cruise. Meeting time was 7:40. Park attraction start time was not until 10:00. Information we needed on lockers and restaurants was sparse, and we wasted a lot of time searching for both. The amount of time I actually spent in the water was about 45 minutes. Poor experience. Service Onboard--Excellent. As you would expect, crew members were excellent. They give up a lot when they take on these jobs. I definitely appreciate them! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean cruise in June (most expensive month) to celebrate Graduations and birthdays/anniversary as well as finally experience this magnificent ship we watched being built almost a decade ago. We had ... Read More
We chose Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean cruise in June (most expensive month) to celebrate Graduations and birthdays/anniversary as well as finally experience this magnificent ship we watched being built almost a decade ago. We had never been to St. Thomas or St. Maarten either. The ship is impressive, it would be difficult to argue that. There are many things to see and do that are not offered on other cruise ships. Having said that, it felt very disorganized and when activity directors were present, many times it was in small areas so only a few people compared to the nearly 6000 passengers could experience. We chose a balcony room overlooking Central Park. It was lovely, however my personal preference would be to get an ocean balcony from now on. Privacy was an issue for some who chose to not close their curtains while changing (not our room) and we prefer the ocean breeze which allows for circulation of stagnant stateroom air which caused stuffy noses & congestion among our group. We did not feel the connection of most crew members who on previous RC cruises were very present. We thought that maybe the crew does not have to "sell" as much with guaranteed daily tips. (We have always tipped at least the minimum recommended tips & usually gave more to those who went above & beyond), but wonder if that is why we noticed a difference in many crew members. The ship is gigantic and of course many times there were multiple things we wanted to do happening at the same time, then other times, no scheduled activities we had interest in. Also communication with your group/family members is only possible if you pay for internet which on this cruise was over $100 per device. So we had to pay over $200 just to be able to text our teenage daughter and communicate locations & meet ups at various times. This should be included in the app at no additional charge in my opinion. The main dining room food was average, not bad, not good, we still ate it. Our servers had several large tables & our dinner experience was always over 2 hours which made us late to a couple reserved shows, so they let other people without reservations in. We had to leave early a couple times. Specialty dining is much better, but of course additional cost. We had a voucher from our travel agency and that was helpful. We had 2 connecting rooms my husband & 2 kids shared with me, since they will not allow 2 underages in 1 room, we booked 1 adult & 1 child per room. This allowed my husband to purchase a drink package & I did not. He got his money's worth on the drink package, I would have lost money as I don't drink enough to account for spending that amount each day. Overall we noticed that RC service has declined in many areas and costs continue to increase. We still had a great time with family & friends, it is hard not to have a good time when someone else is cooking & cleaning for you everyday, but haven't decided if it is just the extreme size of the ship which obviously changes they dynamic, or if we just had amazing crew and cruise directors on previous cruises. We will compare in November when we take a weekend cruise on a smaller RC ship. The value for the money is average because you can do this same cruise & itinerary for nearly half our cost in other months, we just could not cruise at those times due to schedules. Also CATS which I have seen live many years ago, was very difficult to hear & the theatre was hot, so we had to leave at intermission. Talent was there, but sound difficulties made it horrible to sit through on the 2nd level. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We took our grandson for his 12th birthday. We had a cabin with a balcony. The room was to small for 3, especially with the couch/bed made up. I'm not a tall guy yet the bathroom sink was at yesteryears low height. Our cabin steward ... Read More
We took our grandson for his 12th birthday. We had a cabin with a balcony. The room was to small for 3, especially with the couch/bed made up. I'm not a tall guy yet the bathroom sink was at yesteryears low height. Our cabin steward was exceptional. For one of the larger ships with many passengers it was kept clean. Central Park and the Boardwalk are outstanding with great restaurants and shops. Johnny Rockets charges for lunch but is free for breakfast which was great. The Aqua Show displayed great swimmers and high divers hitting the water with pinpoint accuracy and timing keeping you on the edge of your seat. Our 8pm seating for dinner was perfect. The service was outstanding as was the food. Lobster night everyone at our table had 3-5 tails. Our waiter didn't blink an eye upon ordering several apps/entrees. The casino was as big as I have ever seen on a ship. The dealers were very helpful and cool. If you drink I'd advise you to get the liquor package. Many typical excursions but the best was the Sea Trek on St. Martin. My ninny wife and 12yr old grandson did it without a problem. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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