1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
This was the first sailing out of Port Canaveral for the Oasis. The Oasis is beautiful, spacious, and even with a full load of passengers, the ship did not seem crowded. The crew is trying harder than ever to make you feel special. The ... Read More
This was the first sailing out of Port Canaveral for the Oasis. The Oasis is beautiful, spacious, and even with a full load of passengers, the ship did not seem crowded. The crew is trying harder than ever to make you feel special. The casino staff, bar staff, and pool staff are super friendly. They really get to know you and are very helpful. My only complaints are the low quality of food in the dining room, and why isn't the ice cream machine open 24 hours a day. Soft serve ice cream for 4 hours per day on a ship with 6,000 people is not cool. The ice show is amazing. Cats was so weird that we couldn't make it through the first 30 minutes. Our balcony was very nice, and we had plenty of privacy. One word of warning, if you try during an off time, be prepared to be bombarded by very rude old people. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
oasis-of-the-seas Nov 7th 2016. First cruise out of Port Canaveral for 8 days to Labadee, Jamaica, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We had a great time in an oceanview balcony room on deck 11. We ate dinner in the main dining room twice, ... Read More
oasis-of-the-seas Nov 7th 2016. First cruise out of Port Canaveral for 8 days to Labadee, Jamaica, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We had a great time in an oceanview balcony room on deck 11. We ate dinner in the main dining room twice, the Windjammer once and specialty restaurants the rest of the time. We did not prebuy a restaurant package because we hadon board credit to spend. Once on board they were selling 3 dinners for $90. We chose Giovanni's Table, Izumi and 150. Giovanni's was very good. We chose the Hibatchi dinner. Shrimp and beef combination was sensational. The 6 of us all agreed this was our best meal. 150 was a complete dissapointment. The beef rib tip was small and cooked like a roast with no sides. The waiter had bragged about the squash soup. It didn't live up to the hype. Desert was ok but didn't save the experience. On Monday we were sitting in the promenade and were approached and offered a discount for the Solarium Bistro. First he offered 40% off. We hesitated and he went to 50% off plus he said we could get the lobster for free if we came on Tuesday which was the normal lobster night in the main dining room. Normally they get another $5 for the lobster. We agreed to purchase and go on Tuesday. I can say it was a great choice as the meal and experience was great. All the shows were very good too. I am not too interested in sitting for 2.5 hours but I did it for CATS. I can't get excited about the story but every singer and dancer were quite good and in that context I enjoyed the show. The quality of entertainment justifies the premium the ship costs as well as the interest provided by the neighborhoods. I had a personal priority to go to Sabor. We had experienced Sabor on Freedom of the Seas and it was so good we couldn't wait to go again. The menu on Oasis was not the full menu we had on Freedom. Instead of it being one price it was alacart. They treated this venue more like a place for a snack instead of a specialty restaurant. With all we did during the week, Sabor fell through the cracks. The smaller menu just wasn't as compelling to us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
From the moment we arrived at Port Canaveral, to getting off the bus at the airport in Orlando to go home, we had a great experience! The ship has so many restaurants, bars, dance venues & shops, but it's the activities & ... Read More
From the moment we arrived at Port Canaveral, to getting off the bus at the airport in Orlando to go home, we had a great experience! The ship has so many restaurants, bars, dance venues & shops, but it's the activities & shows that really set it apart from the masses! We went to see the headliner comedian who was great, the ice show was really well done & the water show at the back of the ship was amazing! The entertainer in the British pub played all the right tunes! Then of course there's the Wave Rider, the climbing walls, the zip line & mini golf. The room attendant was great, the dinning room staff were friendly & efficient, it was all fabulous! The cabin was well designed with little cupboards everywhere to put your stuff. We had an inside balcony overlooking Central Park. We enjoyed coffee every morning on the balcony listening to the sounds of the birds & soaking up the gardens below. Oh, I almost forgot the running track, perfect! I can't imagine choosing a different ship in the future! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
Previous positive cruising with Royal Carribean, wanted to see and experience Oasis of the Seas, luxurious ship with many venues for entertainment, outstanding shows, multiple show dates and times, several included eateries, delicious food ... Read More
Previous positive cruising with Royal Carribean, wanted to see and experience Oasis of the Seas, luxurious ship with many venues for entertainment, outstanding shows, multiple show dates and times, several included eateries, delicious food with many entrees, appetizers, desserts, friendly, knowledgable, attentive crew, interesting ports of call, well planned shore excursions, variety of spa services, well equiped fitness center, several pools providing a meriad of activities, sports activities available such as rock climbing, basketball, ice skating, running track, zipline, wave rider, outdoor areas made us feel we were in a park or at a playground, smooth sailing without feeling like you were on the ocean, safe feeling in all areas at all times of the day or night, room service was fast and accurate, TV available with Dreamworks animation movies, TNT, TCM, TBS, Prime TV, Space, ESPN, CNN, HLN, on board TV channels showcasing whats happening on the ship, multilingual channels Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
theprice was exzcellent and it was or first big cruise. We are gong on the Allure in 4 week with another great price. Anyone who think royal does not have good prices better shop around because they do lower them closer to the ... Read More
theprice was exzcellent and it was or first big cruise. We are gong on the Allure in 4 week with another great price. Anyone who think royal does not have good prices better shop around because they do lower them closer to the cruise or 6months out where as as other ships do not. There were so may things to do that we did not do all of them but this time we are going with friends so it will be nice to show them all of the great places to do things on the ship. We loved the ice skating show and the main show and the cirque du sloel type of show was fantastic We especially liked Dazzles bec ause we could listen to music from our time and dance the night away it was nice to have Ben and Jerrys on the boardwalk and this time we will be eating at the Brazilian place in the solarium Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Every one should experience a Halloween cruise at least once ...The ship is fantastic & has an abundance of activities to offer....The food in the main dinning room has a lot to be desired..The specialty dinning is above par we ate in ... Read More
Every one should experience a Halloween cruise at least once ...The ship is fantastic & has an abundance of activities to offer....The food in the main dinning room has a lot to be desired..The specialty dinning is above par we ate in Giovanni as well as Chops...Highly recommend these two venues in the evening & if the weather allows to dine outside..Central Park is a great place to stroll or simply sit & relax while listening to music..There are so many options for dinning that people don't realize..On arrival on the first day all dinning venues outside of the main dinning room are open....People seem to naturally wonder to the Windjammer market place..Which gets crowded very quickly..You might want to try the Solarium Bistro another excellent place to dine...Don't miss out on any of the shows as they are excellent especially come fly with me....Because there are so many people on this ship they require you to make reservations for the shows do so in advance of your cruise..If your the adventurous type try the zip line or flow rider.... Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our 3rd cruise but our first with Royal. Our first cruise was what I would consider an old puddle jumper doing 4 days out of Tampa. Our second was a week on Norwegian’s newest ship which was bigger and had far more to do. ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise but our first with Royal. Our first cruise was what I would consider an old puddle jumper doing 4 days out of Tampa. Our second was a week on Norwegian’s newest ship which was bigger and had far more to do. This time I wanted to do something different and after hearing how grand the Royal Caribbean ships were, we booked our cruise on Oasis. I asked a friend who has cruised on every cruise line and he said "try Oasis and if you don't like it then cruising is probably not for you." He said they had all the activities, the large size and all the amenities you could possibly want in one ship. We included- me (54) my hubby (60), my daughter age (23), my daughter age (33), grandson (15), grandson (8), granddaughter (1) and relative (57). We booked 3 ocean view midship balconies in anticipation of possible seasickness which several of us are prone to. In light of the fact that we have been known to get dizzy riding even the ferry, we put on patches the night before our cruise and ignored the "the ship is so big you won't even know it is moving" admonishments. By the way we were glad we had the patches but more on that later. We drove all of us wedged into our Honda Pilot down to Ft. Lauderdale the night before and checked into Hampton Suites Airport Cruise South. The Hampton was great, huge 2 room suites and a great hot breakfast the next morning. The kids were thrilled with the fresh free chocolate chip cookies upon check in. No better way to start a vacation than on a sugar high. The next morning we headed over to Park N Go. While the Hampton does provide a shuttle we found it ridiculous that the shuttle to the airport is free but the one to Port Everglades is $10 per person. Park N Go was only $8 per day and they greeted us warmly making sure that we and all our bags (many, many bags) and loaded us on the shuttle. Park N Go is a great service but I do have one caveat--your vehicle may be damaged due to the tight parking (more on that later). Then at last we were all breathless with excitement in the shuttle and heading over to Oasis. A couple of twists in the roads and our 8 year old pipes up “holy batman that ship is humongous!” There was the Oasis in all her glory towering high over the treetops. Then came the juggling of luggage and people and finally we were ushered to our waiting area. This was the hardest part of the journey as a Coast Guard drill was going on which meant an extended wait to board. We jealously eyed those special souls in the priority boarding area and resigned ourselves to waiting in the peon area with a note to self that in the future we need to book more cruises and upgrade our lowly status. The 8 year old was very excited to see a playground climber perched just outside the waiting area and he was off. The wait of nearly an hour was not much by most standards but let me tell you in the standard of a 1 year old who must be entertained without disturbing others, it is an eternity! After going through every toy in the bag, two cups of juice and endless cookies we were making our way to check in. Then the endless stream of confusion over who belonged to what cabin and what passport and we were on our way. Disappointing to see that while there were photo backdrops of the Oasis there was nary a photographer to be seen. So it meant multiple shots in order to try and get the whole group in some type of photo-after all this was historic we were boarding the ship we had been hearing about for the past ten years. So up the ramp we trudged, some of us running and finally we were onboard. To say I was amazed is like saying the Olympics are just a little sporting event. Stepping onto the Oasis I felt like I was entering the mall back home. The Promenade was cobblestone and lined with shops and eateries as far as my eye could see; deck after deck. Our mouths started watering with thoughts of where to eat our first meal onboard and the heavy bags we were lugging around full of those must have for the first day items, suddenly seemed light and inconsequential as the smells and music assaulted our senses. So after months of Cruise Critic reviews we had carefully determined that our first meal should be those royally famous roast beef sandwiches at Park Café located on deck 8, Central Park. Let me just say the photographs of Central Park I had seen prior to boarding do not do justice to the reality of stepping into it. You are surrounded by plants, trees, flowers and bird chirping and the smell of food wafts through the air. Park Café was jamming-no surprise considering their well-deserved reputation. The salad bar was full of all sorts of toppings and no less than 4 salad dressings to pick from. Of course we picked a salad telling ourselves that just because we were on a cruise didn’t mean we wouldn’t eat healthy. Well that lasted right up until we reached the dessert bar. Then the famous roast beef sandwiches, with roast beef so tender and moist it melts in your mouths. There was something so satisfying about choosing food, putting it on your tray and proceeding to devour it without ever once taking out the old wallet. So crammed as we were betwixt and between fellow cruisers all looking to eat, we began the battle to find an empty table to accommodate our gaggle of cruisers. At last we found one, albeit in the sun. We chowed down and contemplated what our next 7 days would be like and knew if our first meal was any indication it would be wonderful. So after lunch we walked around Central Park looking very much like that star-struck tourist who stops in front of every little thing exclaiming “did you see that? Hold on I have to get a picture.” Needless to say our meandering through deck 8 took a while and then it was over to the elevators to check out our cabins which were rumored to be ready now. We witnessed firsthand what we had previously read about-the pandemonium over elevators and the mad rush to board when an empty one showed up. We had the misfortune to have a stroller and forlornly waited multiple times for one empty enough to accommodate us before finally reaching our home on Deck 6. We smiled knowingly, again thanks to Cruise Critic, as fellow cruisers bemoaned the lack of tables in the Windjammer, and inwardly patted ourselves on the back for choosing Park Café instead. Then came muster station and boy I know why they call it muster—it was about all we could muster to get there. It was like herding cattle and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to how things were done. For some reason unbeknownst to us they split our party at one point placing half of us several aisles away from the others which created chaos for the 1 year old who wanted to see all of us. The crew member said that the seats next to the rest of the family would be used by crew members but stayed vacant until the end when they stuck other cruisers there. If there was a method to the madness we certainly were not privy to it. At the end the same herd of cattle was lead through the smoke filled casino which resulted in a lot of coughing from the kids and comments of how it “stinks in here.” Then once again as we waited for the elevators we realized just how many people were onboard with us. We met nice cruisers who welcomed us into the elevator and at one point a rude cruiser who pushed his children in front of us and said “I don’t care if they were waiting get in there” but we used it as a teaching moment for our children to treat people as you would want to be treated. Guess it takes all kinds. Finally, we entered our little piece of paradise otherwise known as an ocean-view balcony. It seemed adequate enough until the luggage begin to arrive and we realized the reality of unpacking for 3 people in 184 Sq. feet of space and finding room to stash the luggage. We wiggled, jiggled, crammed and shoved and were finally somewhat set up for the week ahead. I peered into the postage stamp sized shower and wondered what it would be like to shower with my body pressed up against the walls and all my products crammed into the itty bitty shower basket. On a side note the first time bending over that low sink to brush my teeth was somewhat similar to being back in first grade only having grown several feet since then. While I might love my family suffice it to say I did not want to share the bathroom with them-this is definitely a one man outfit unless you are the tiniest of creatures which I am not. On a positive note no need to remember to grab a towel as you can reach any area of the bathroom from the shower stall. Our next exploration began with the boys scooting off to find the pool and the girls heading over to the Boardwalk. So we gals enter the sliding glass doors to wooden planked floors, wooden carousel horses, a carousel and ahead that most famous of sights the Royal logo over the Aqua theater pool. My eyes darted from the Candy Beach, to Cups & Scoops, to Johnny Rockets and out to sea. Music was blaring and I knew I was on vacation. The kids loved the wood car and the double decker bus made just for them and the guy holding balloons near Johnny Rockets made for a great photo shoot. The little wooden stools around the Aqua Theater are cute but a few minutes on those things and you end up walking a bit like John Wayne. But it is Royal and there are thankfully more accommodating chairs strewn about for those like me with a more ample backside. Of course, due to the 1 year old we rode and rode and rode the carousel and promptly stopped by the Candy Beach to buy some chocolates. Don’t confuse the fact that you just swipe your sea pass card to purchase as meaning it’s cheap, as the candy comes out to roughly $1 per pound for most varieties. My tiny bag of Reese’s bits and M&M’s set me back over $8 and I made a mental note to keep the 1 year old focused on the carousel from here on out. I also made note that the Arcade across the way would set me back $2 per game if the 8 year old discovered it and with his penchant for gaming an hour could be costly. Taking in the smells from Sabor and the rave reviews of the guacamole made personally at your table, I reserved a future time for dining there. I surveyed the two rock walls scaling the sides of the deck and quickly determined that the older set of this group would not be partaking in that particular activity. While it was exciting to watch climbers shimmy up and ring the bell, I knew that was not a feat I was capable of completing in the 3 hours the rock climbing wall was open. Ok so remember all those comments that the Oasis is so big you can’t even tell it is moving? Well at least on the first day it held true. It wasn’t until I realized that there was waves that we were no longer sitting in port. This made several of us extremely excited as the prospect of being green for 7 days was not appealing. So then it was off to change for dinner. Then we hit the first snag upon realizing the 8 year old had no luggage to speak of. Being hungry as bears we decided it would be best to eat first at 6pm and then go to Guest Services. Our dining room was Grande and it was quite grand with huge, comfy upholstered chairs that you could sink into, white table cloths and a very attentive wait staff ready to serve us. Now before boarding, again kudos to Cruise Critic reviews, I contacted Royal to inform them that we had two cruisers who had gluten allergies and one who had a dairy allergy. The head waiter assured us that we could be accommodated but the first night onboard despite the preboarding email notification, our pickings were quite slim. We had food but no bread selections and no desserts that fit our needs. We had heard rumors of a wonderful gluten free chocolate cake but alas we did not get to experience this. The kids were tickled to have the waiters place the napkin on their laps and bring them a special dessert of ice cream with fresh baked cookies. The 23 year old who is special needs, was treated to a plate of her favorite fruit, watermelon and cantaloupe. I should note that every night they had the kids’ favorites waiting for them when they showed up to dinner. The wait staff was amazing and spent time playing with the 1 year old and making all of us feel welcome. The photographers came around and we really enjoyed the photos of the family all together. We also greatly enjoyed being assigned a table and not having to wait for dinner each night. It was especially touching that the wait staff made sure to have the young ones food ready almost upon arrival. One night they even made special chicken nuggets for the 1 year old who has a severe dairy allergy. After the first night we always had warm, delicious gluten free bread and once in a while a suitable dessert. After a visit to Guest Services it was determined that the missing luggage was not delivered because no one bothered to read the tag which shaped like a submarine because they didn’t realize it was a luggage tag. So no naked 8 year old which made him very happy. Our first sea day we made use of the walking track on deck 5 and found the views to be beautiful. The breeze kept the area cool and the little alcove balconies scattered around the back side are a great place to read a book or two (if you don’t have a 1 year old). While not avid exercisers we decided to keep the bulge under control by upping our activity levels rather than limiting our palates. Glad to say it worked and we returned only a few pounds heavier which is great considering the vast amount of time we spent sampling Oasis cuisines. This day we also visited the children’s clubs and found them to be great places for the kids to hang out. The varied activities for the 8 year old kept him occupied even on sea days. The 1 year old being somewhat of a cling-on baby (think kangaroo), was delighted that Oasis has a well-designed play area for the younger set. During our time here she met several new friends and maybe a few she would like to forget. The only supervision here is the parentals so suffice it to say there are times when for safety it is necessary to remove your younger children. That being said there are doubles of most toys which is really nice when children are the age where they don’t understand the concept of “sharing.” It doesn’t mean there are not battles over the same pink and blue car (only a 1 year old knows why one pink and blue car is superior to another) but it does help. The area is clean and enclosed with two doors that keep the younger set firmly entrenched making for a happy spot for moms and dads (and nanas who have been known to sneak in a nap on the one –yes just one chair located in this sanctuary-unless you are under 2 feet tall in which case you have several to choose from). The science adventures offered by the Adventure Ocean are family activities that are so entertaining the kids don’t realize they are being educated. We made “space blow mud” and the 8 year old is still playing with it. Highly recommend this area to those with children. The teen practically lived in the “Fuel” area for teens especially once they said those magical words “no parents allowed.” After seeing the dental floss swim bottoms being worn by the teen girls, mom of the 15 year old boy was thrilled to know that while she was not allowed in ---adequate supervision is everywhere. The pool area is so varied and vast that we found no crowding and there were chairs to be found on any given day. Our only tiny complaint would be that the baby splash zone is quite tiny and it does become crowded and if you have an adventuresome child (yes we are so blessed) they do not understand why they are not allowed to venture over to the big kids area which has far more water toys to play with. Thankful that by the next cruise she will be out of diapers and able to roam freely. Note that on several days there was a crisp breeze which meant the towel clips were a necessity. Our last day at sea I watched a lounge chair, a full beach bag and several pairs of shoes fly right past me. Of course, on this same occasion I realized that the towel clips I bought thanks to Cruise Critic reviews, were safely ensconced somewhere in my cabin safe from the wind. Note to self—towel clips serve no purpose if you don’t use them. At this point I should also mention that due to illnesses on our last two family cruises we packed a large medicine bag this trip and thereby ensured that no one got sick. Should you not pack these preventive medicines you could have to visit the ship’s medical facility which cost us $500 on our last cruise. So for the mere inconvenience of lugging a huge 25 pound bag of medicine around you can save yourself some money and workout at the same time. Now onto Sabor. The food is tasteful and well-priced. On Oasis this is the only spot to indulge in some Mexican food which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had the fresh guacamole which was tasty and came with lots of chips which they even made gluten free for us. We had the build-your-own tacos which came with lots of spicy beef or pork and lots of toppings. The kids raved about their quesadillas and our 15 year old enjoyed the seafood mole. This time of year we found the outdoor dining venue quite comfortable but in the heat of summer it might give me pause. We did not try any other pay restaurants as we found plenty to eat for free. We did want to try Johnny Rockets but just never found the time to get there except for breakfast. Seems to us that all of the breakfast venues are the same but our favorite due to variety is still the Windjammer. We would have liked to have had more selection for gluten-free which was offered at lunch and dinner but not at breakfast. Thanks to the Windjammer we were able to try dishes we might never have eaten otherwise. Some of our favorites were the Waldorf salad, cucumber dill salad, lasagna, carrot salad, cheesecake, and the gluten free breads were wonderful especially the cinnamon raisin! We loved the Sorrento’s pizza because we were able to order gluten-free pizza. In fact we ate there our last night and had again thanks to Cruise Critic, a front row seat for the DreamWorks parade. Since I mentioned it lets discuss the DreamWorks parade. It is very colorful and entertaining. The 1 year old was mesmerized by the characters and the guy hanging precariously from the ropes. He gives a whole new meaning to “hanging from the chandelier” and the fact that she was taking notes means we better guard our chandeliers and ropes. One thing we noted from the parade is that Cruise Critic is spot-on and Sorrento’s is definitely the best viewing spot. We ate there early and hung out and we were right in front of all the action. We also noted that Fiona was the only DreamWorks character who was missing from our parade and it was especially notable because our 1 year old was absolutely infatuated with her. We did the character breakfast on our 1st sea day and so it required us to be up early and at breakfast by 7:45 am. For those that don’t know us early mornings are not our thing and any wake up before 8:30 am requires an act of congress and results in scowls for the remainder of the day from most members of the family except the old guy who seems to have a penchant for being able to survive on 5 hours sleep a night. So at breakfast the 1 year old, who has never seen DreamWorks was curious about Shrek. She loved the music and dancing and was ok with Shrek standing somewhere near her. Out of the corner of her eye she watched him and the pictures taken show that she was wondering why in heck he was so green. Now Puss in Boots was a different cat. She took one look at him and proceeded to try and climb her brother to get away. As photos were snapped she made the decision that maybe he wasn’t so bad and she should have another look. She glanced at his whiskers, shuddered a bit and then took a gander at his green eyes and squealed and shook her head “NO”. While it may have been traumatizing for her it made for a great photo shoot. Now color us surprised when Fiona came by and she reached right out for her offering hugs and smiles. She loved Fiona—so much so that when Fiona moved over to another table she grabbed a passing photographer to take her back to Fiona. Now let me say for the record this is not a child who likes or tolerates strangers in her vicinity much less holding her. But there she was reaching out to and going off happily I might add with this photographer who she motioned to take her to Fiona. She spent 20 minutes loving on Fiona and was not very happy when she had to leave. To top it off she was happy to stay with the strange photographer and the rest of the cruise she held out her arms every time she saw him. And no that wasn’t the last of Fiona on one afternoon we were hanging out on the boardwalk having a drink and who should walk by but Fiona. Well right away our 1 year old starts squealing and attaches herself to Fiona. A line quickly formed for photos with Fiona and our 1 year old decided that the photos should include her as well. Removing her from Fiona was a lot like trying to peel an apple with your bare hands but we managed and the resulting deafness from her anguished screams was thank goodness only temporary. So back to the parade the 1 year looked and looked but no Fiona and she kept gesturing like where is she. And, no she still was not having any of Puss- N-Boots but she was fine with the Panda perhaps his roly-polies reminded her of someone (who I might resemble). Our conclusion the DreamWorks parade is not be missed. Our visit to Labadee was what we shall term -interesting and different. First off budget did not allow us to zip-line which we all agreed we would love to do next time. Being from the land of beaches we did not appreciate the beach, Adrenaline Beach, which we ended up at, being so rocky. On top of it we found it hilarious that we were expected to tip the guy to put out a chair for us, which was right under a tree that promptly dropped a huge coconut on an unsuspecting head. To clarify it wasn’t per se the tipping but the fact that some people were going to chairs that were already scattered all over the beach and sitting down with no exchange of money but for some people he chose chairs that were stacked under the tree (laden with wayward coconuts) and those he asked for a tip. Getting to Labadee we had already decided we would try the Dragon Coaster. We heard it was a short walk to the coaster but it was not our definition of short so we jumped on the trolley and tried to decipher the sign to see where we should get off. So at one point we saw a sign that said coaster and we were getting off when my hubs asked how far the coaster was. A fellow cruiser said oh it’s about a 2 hour walk which pretty much turned my unathletic hubby a paler shade of white and we not being sure if he was joking or not stayed on the trolley and it was right around the corner we saw the said coaster. Now the Dragon Coaster is simplistic in its design but the effect is heart racing as you tear down the track alternating between giving it the go and braking ever so slightly hoping the chair stays solidly on the track. Now a word of advice do not go on this coaster with an 8 year old who is used to riding shotgun with a maniac driver as he will NOT deploy the brakes at any point during your ride and you will scream so loudly you might come back onboard quite hoarse. Now the word is that the corners are quite safe and even at top speeds you will not fly off but when you hit a certain speed and a certain age suffice it to say that you began to question the reality of that fact. When you reach the end there is the sigh of relief and if you are crazy which of course we are, you have the all-day pass which means you can ride to your hearts content. Now at this point you have to come to grips with the fact that you did buy an all-day pass and you want your money’s worth coupled with the even greater realization that if you do not ride said coaster with the 8 year old, who is saying “again” you will be called “old” and “chicken” and you steel yourself again saying how bad can it be. Test track at Disney has nothing on Dragon Coaster and if the 1 year old had her way she would have been driving. If you are up for thrills then this is a great way to spend an afternoon on Labadee. We found the barbeque provided to be tasty. We enjoyed rice, ribs, corn on the cob, German potato salad and lemonade. The trolley stops are well marked and make short time of getting back to the ship. One disappointment was having cruised Norwegian before, who makes a big show of welcoming you back with cold drinks and cold towels, we felt a bit cheated. Falmouth felt very elegant to us and was what I would call our priciest port call. We did not book any excursions here due to the fact that the majority of them seemed to be quite physical with most of our group being anything but. We did enjoy the shopping area but found that the prices were higher than Labadee or Cozumel. We found a lot of photo spots like near Margarita Ville and tipped a pirate to sit for a photo with the young ones. We enjoyed the Jamaican laid back vibe that we felt through town and would love to do more next time we come. Coming back to the ship early we found that it was quite empty and were able to try the flow rider and the zip line. For such a short zip line, it is quite exhilarating and were it not for the rain we might have ridden it more times. Now it is stated multiple times to bring sneakers and socks to ride the zip line but we later found out that you just need socks and you can borrow rock climbing shoes. Wish we had known that as the sneakers took up so much room in our suitcases and we packed them just for the zip line. We loved watching the riders master the Flow rider and a certain old member of our party was rumored to be quite a balanced rider. We managed a quick game of mini-golf and adored the cuteness of the course. Something magnificent about golfing while surrounded by a beautiful view of the sea and cool ocean breezes and yes later a torrential downpour that soaked us to the bone. We found the Wipe Out Café to be the perfect place to ride out a rainstorm and the fries and ice cream hit the spot. One thing we noted was that on our cruise the Wipe Out café seemed to have a malfunctioning ice machine every afternoon which was somewhat annoying as it was very hard to drink lukewarm water on a hot afternoon. Cozumel was colorful and the pricing cannot be beat. We originally had booked an all-inclusive resort on Cozumel but due to reports of 80% chance of rain we decided just to do a bit of shopping. Turns out weather reports are not always accurate as the forecasted rain did not make an appearance until after 4:30 and we could have made our resort plans after all. Despite that the market place was a nice place to explore at our leisure and we found some great deals on t-shirts, gifts and such. The leather crafts are exquisite and the pricing is very reasonable. Word to the wise the natives assume, often incorrectly, that if you look very white you do not speak a word of Spanish and some funny things ensue. My daughter saw a lovely pink top hanging up and decided she wanted to purchase it. She asked for it and the man said he had one in the back. He came back with two shirts but they were a different color. She took one that was large for another friend but asked again for the pink one. He then asked the lady behind the counter for the stick to pull it down. The lady proceeds to tell him that he should just convince her to take another color and that the size won’t work anyway (which medium is her size). He mumbles about white people being picky and goes off with me to pull down the requested shirt. As he pulls it down I say in Spanish “it’s the perfect size and color so I guess picky white people have good taste and some even speak the local language.” His mouth drops and he just stands there as we laugh and walk off. Now we are not, largely in part to having a 1 year old, show people. That being said we did greatly enjoy the Aqua theater diving show which was just short enough to survive with a 1 year old. On our night they had technical difficulties so the last 5 minutes of the show was rescheduled which worked in our favor as our 1 year old has about a 30 minute attention span. It is incredible to watch the athletic performers dive and do stunts. The other show we attended was the Frozen in Time. The 1 year old enjoyed Disney on Ice so we thought this might hold her attention as well. Alas it did but only for a few minutes but it was ok as several members of our party were ready to leave after 20 minutes. I found the show to be engaging and very nicely done. Now towards the end of our cruise we found out that the Oasis does move and we were thankful for having the patches. We headed over to the kids club to play and then attend the napkin folding workshop following lunch. It was at this point that I realized, not having imbibed any alcoholic beverages I should not be listing to the right nor should my head be spinning. We quickly headed up top and felt the sharp breeze and saw the huge waves and realized big ships can certainly move under the right conditions. At this point we swaggered like Johnny Depp pirates back to our cabin to sleep a bit perhaps leaving our cabin steward wondering how tea totalers could look so bombed. A few hours of rest and a new patch and we were able to stand upright again and stop dragging our knuckles on the ground. Our last day at sea was bittersweet as we tried to suck up all the vacation we could knowing that it would soon be over and we would resume normal life. One perk was that we visited the Next cruise office and booked two more cruises. Love the ability to book onboard and earn credits for your next cruises. The crew member who assisted us was pretty friendly up until we refused to sign up for the offered credit card but he maintained his professionalism somewhat. Part of our last day was spent trying to narrow down photographs. This is a program that definitely could use an overhaul. First off the photo prices are quite outrageous and limiting especially if you have more than one cabin. To purchase all of the photographs for 3 cabins it would have been over $900 no small chunk of change. On top of that the photographs are not very well organized and we spent a great deal of time trying to locate our photos. You are given a folder number but we found that many of our pictures never made it into the folder or even into the kiosk. The last day there are so many people trying to buy and look for photos that it is nearly impossible to navigate the crowd. We ended up purchasing the photo book and were dismayed to find out at 7pm that if we wanted it we had to have it assembled at the kiosk and ordered by 8pm. This information would have been nice to have upfront and left my daughter missing the parade in order to get ours ordered. Still it came out beautiful and now we have captured the memories of our first cruise on Oasis. We asked our cabin steward for a late checkout and he was very accommodating but we later learned that breakfast is over at 8:45 and most of the waiting areas begin to close shortly after so a late checkout is pretty pointless. Next time we will leave by 9:30 am. The disembarkation process is pretty painless and Royal did a wonderful job of helping us get a porter and move our luggage through customs and out to the Park N Go area. Park N Go took us to the lot to get our car but the departure process is a bit dicier than the arrival. The cars are packed in a lot and the shuttle drives around leaving you by your parked vehicle which you must then navigate out of the packed parking lot. I did not notice until I arrived home that my new truck had a large scrape down the side where someone hit it in the parking lot hence my caveat to beware of possible damage. Our driver helped us but he seemed like he would have rather been somewhere else and it was a little offsetting. The checkout was fast and they did offer us ice water for the ride home. I would park here again but will check my vehicle before leaving the lot. To sum it up we loved the Oasis and cruising with Royal. We look forward to our next cruises and would love someday to go on Oasis again. Hope you enjoyed our review of this wonderful ship. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first experience of cruising and I booked it as a surprise birthday present for my wife. Our group was two adults and our 12 year old son and chose the Caribbean for guaranteed sun/warmth during the Autumn half term holidays. ... Read More
This was our first experience of cruising and I booked it as a surprise birthday present for my wife. Our group was two adults and our 12 year old son and chose the Caribbean for guaranteed sun/warmth during the Autumn half term holidays. The ship was chosen as it had loads to do for our son both activities and DreamWorks experience. Travel to Miami went without a hitch, arriving on time with only the attitude of the cabin crew putting a black mark on the journey. I had booked my own transfer from MIA to our overnight stay at the Turnberry Aisle Resort, Aventura and then to Port Everglades the next day with Jiffy Jeff. Once clear of Immigration/Customs at MIA I rang Jiffy Jeff and our transport arrived less that 10 minutes later taking us quickly to our overnight hotel. Hotel: On the face of it the Turnberry Aisle seems to be a lovely hotel but look a little deeper and it's a bit faded at the edges. The staff were great and we had been upgraded to a massive corner suite with full sized kitchen, living room, huge bedroom and large, twin sink, en-suite with bath and separate shower room. We had hoped for a twin bed standard room so our son did not have to sleep on a bed settee but he didn't mind. Across from the hotel id Aventura Mall which we visited twice for a meal and to do some last minute shopping. There is also a Walgreens pharmacy/convenience store a 5 minute walk away for those last minute snacks. Embarkation: Picked up by Jiffy Jeff at midday and arrived at the Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal at Port Everglades expecting queues and long waits as our driver said this is the usual thing. We had none of that, straight in, offloaded and we were on the ship within an hour. The longest wait was to get through security, then we got our Sea Passes from check-in Desk, then directed to an area with long lines of seating. I thought here we got ! But no sooner had we sat down then we were told we could go onboard. We entered the ship on deck 5 into the promenade neighbourhood. It was very, very busy so we decided to see if our cabin was ready. Off we trooped and located our room for the week. After checking out the sleeping arrangements we explored the rest of the ship having lunch at the Park Café in Central Park. This turned out to be my favourite neighbourhood on the ship especially on an evening where we would go to relax with a fruit cocktail or cuppa. Dining: Most of our meals were taken in the Windjammer and this offered the best choice for our son. As other have said avoid peak times or suffer the task of TABLE SEARCHING ! The choice in the Windjammer is varied but basic and a bit bland but it filled you up and both my wife and son enjoyed the selection of desserts on offer. We were allocated the American Icon as our main restaurant so went twice for the formal evenings. Our waiter was Marvin and he was exceptional ! Menu choice was a bit limited but much better quality. Breakfast here was painfully slow, so slow our son got his from the centralised buffet but I had to wait 35 mins for two poached eggs on toast. Only tried this once and decided he Windjammer was quicker even with the table search. Didn't try Johnnie Rockets but did try the inclusive hot dog nearby which were very nice. Had pizza at Sorrento's which was OK but our son is a fan of Pizza Hut (UK) and it's not quite up there with that ! Also my wife loved the Cheese cake Lollipops from the Promenade Café. We has the Royal Refreshment package for my wife as our son only drinks water. When he needed a drink we just went to the nearest bar and got him bottled water without the expense of his own drinks package. This also entitled us to non alcoholic mocktails and speciality coffees (latte, Cappuccino, etc.) except for Starbucks. Entertainment: Went to see most to the shows on offer. My wife enjoyed Cats and I laughed when, as expected from other reviews, most of the audience left at the interval. She also liked Come fly with me (song and dance) show. We both liked the ice show during which a sand artist told the Hans Christian Anderson story of the Tin Soldier on an illuminate sandbox with a camera underneath which projected his pictures onto a big screen behind him, it was fantastic ! We all enjoyed the Headliner act The Blackstreet Boyz, very funny but don't arrive late or leave your seat as they will have a laugh at your expense. Went to watch the DreamWorks parade on the last evening but get there early to get a good view. As this was a DreamWorks cruise with advertised DreamWorks movies I was expecting a varied choice changing every other day. No it was the same six movies showing over and over again and they were old one, nothing recent. We also had a game of mini golf which was great fun and table tennis. Our son was registered with the Teen club but only went the once to see a 3D movie. Excursions: Labadee - A bit too contrived for me but it was to be expected as this peninsula is controlled by RCL. My son and I did the Dragons Breath Zipline which was fantastic but overpriced for what it is. Jamaica - Dolphin encounter was good but and hours transfer by small bus to get there. You get about 15 mins as part of a group with the dolphin. We had a massive rainstorm during our encounter but as we were already wet it didn't spoil the trip. Cozumel - I had planned our own excursion to Mr Sanchos beach resort as it was cheaper and had a better trip advisor rating than RCL's offering. Unfortunately our son caught a chest infection at Jamaica and we were advised not to let him swim so we cancelled. Mr Sanchos were great and we had our deposit refunded the same day. Overall this was a fabulous introduction to cruising for us, so much so, we are now planning a return trip on Oasis's sister ship to do the Eastern Caribbean in 2018. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We booked this cruise from a retirement gift certificate for my husband! We had sailed with Royal Caribbean before and wanted to go back. It did not disappoint! Oasis of the Seas is beautiful and humongous! The neighborhoods really did ... Read More
We booked this cruise from a retirement gift certificate for my husband! We had sailed with Royal Caribbean before and wanted to go back. It did not disappoint! Oasis of the Seas is beautiful and humongous! The neighborhoods really did help with navigating the ship-I was worried about finding everything... Our waiters in Silk were awesome! EMBARKATION We got to Port Everglades around 10:30am and we were on board by 11:30. Our rooms were ready by 1pm. Easiest embarkation ever! DINING A Made and Herb made our dinners so special! Most of the food was great-loved the creme brulee. PORTS We went to Nasau, St Thomas and St Martin. We had a rainy day in Nasau and stayed on the ship. We did our own excursions in St. Thomas and St. Martin. We used Palm Tree Charters to go by boat to St John from St Thomas for snorkeling and I cannot recommend them enough! They were super nice, flexible, accommodating and very knowledgeable! We used Bernard's tours in St. Martin for a private tour and it was OK but not exceptional... Getting off the ship in St Thomas was horribly crowded and bottle necked at the elevators but after about 15 minutes, the officers let us go a different way. RESTAURANTS We ate at Sabor for lunch one day and it was the best lunch ever! Park Cafe was a good alternative too. The Dog house was not what we were hoping for. The Wipeout Cafe was good for breakfast-not too crowded but we usually ended up at the Dining room for breakfast. Johnny Rockets was ok for breakfast. Pizza at Sorrento's was good but always crowded. We didn't order room service. CABIN We had cabin 12560. We barely used our balcony. There was so much to do! Entertainment Entertainment was the main reason for sailing with Royal Caribbean again. Other cruise lines do not compare with RC! The headliner, Ron Lucas, Ventriloquist was amazing and everyone in our group loved it. The comedian was really funny in the Comedy Zone but did not do a great show in the Opal Theatre. I don't know if it was because of the large room or he was trying to keep it clean...? The ice show was very good and the sand sculptor was worth going to the ice show! AWESOME! Come Fly With Me was exciting and our group loved it. The aqua theatre was wonderful as well. I didn't really "get" the story line but loved the talent! PHOTOS Loved the photos from our cruise, BUT did not like our Photo book!!! The quality of the actual photos are better than other cruise lines. The photo book quality was really bad. I have called to complain but really don't think anything will be done. The quality of the pictures is horrible-fuzzy and grainy. While creating our photo book, we could not enlarge the pictures and it was an agonizing experience but I took the time (over an hour) to work on it and then to be disappointed in it was sad. Royal Caribbean told me to call the vendor and the vendor told me to cal RC. So, my advice is to buy the digital pics and make your own book after you return home... Debarkation Easy! A porter met us with a cart that carried our whole groups luggage! Usually we have had to take our own luggage to the customs counter and then someone would help. This was so much nicer! We asked for 8:30 departure and we were called at 8am! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Where to start... This was our first time on Oasis and on a ship of this size. We never once felt like we were crowded on the ship! The muster stations were indoors (at least all of the ones that we could see) which was nice since you ... Read More
Where to start... This was our first time on Oasis and on a ship of this size. We never once felt like we were crowded on the ship! The muster stations were indoors (at least all of the ones that we could see) which was nice since you didn't stand around in the Florida heat waiting on everyone to arrive. Our cabin, 9254 was wonderful and our steward took care of all of our needs. My husband told him I loved the animals that were left at night so he made sure I received extras and I had quite the collection by the end of the cruise. We dined in the Coastal Kitchen for most of our meals. It was a great option and I would recommend it if you are a suite guest. We did go to four specialty restaurants. We felt like they ranked in this order from best to worst: Izumi, Chops,150 Central Park, and Giovanni's. The entertainment onboard the ship was amazing! We truly enjoyed every show (except for Cats as we didn't find the nearly 3 hours needed to enjoy the Broadway show). There is live music everywhere you turn. Visit Central Park to escape the cruise ship and feel like you are truly in a park! Our service was great throughout the cruise. We did make our first ever complaint about something that we observed happen on the ship and we were amazed at the response we received from the crew regarding our concern. Our first stop was Labadee. It was a beautiful stretch of beach and we LOVED the zipline! We went to Jamaica next and booked our own excursion to the Blue Hole (amazing!). We decided to enjoy the ship instead of Cozumel and are glad we did. We didn't book another cruise when we left, but that is due to our family growing in the next year. We felt it best to wait and get our lives stabilized again before jumping back onto the Oasis, but we will 100% do it again. This was our 5th cruise and by far our favorite to date! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I was traveling with my wife from Las Vegas, Nevada and we met up with 6 friends on board the ship Oasis of the Seas. Our journey to Ft. Lauderdale was eventful in itself, but we were determined to get there. At the time of our sailing ... Read More
I was traveling with my wife from Las Vegas, Nevada and we met up with 6 friends on board the ship Oasis of the Seas. Our journey to Ft. Lauderdale was eventful in itself, but we were determined to get there. At the time of our sailing hurricane Matthew was battering the east coast of Florida. We had 2 flights that were canceled and we finally flew into New Orleans, La and rented a car to drive for 13 hours to Ft. Lauderdale. It was a long drive but by the time we got there the hurricane had already passed. The sailing was delayed by 3 hours so that more passengers could make it to ship (which I though was a very thoughtful move on the part of RCI) for this sailing. Once on board we were greeted with enthusiasm and warmth by the crew. The check-in process was painless and quick, which was a blessing after our journey to get there. We met up with the rest of our group at the Windjammer Cafe and enjoyed a good meal to get us going for the rest of the night. Once we got into our room we got our carry on luggage settled in and then headed out to explore the ship. We were on the ship for a week and still didn't see everything it had to offer, this is a huge ship with tons of things to do and see. We dined in the main dining room for most of the week, as a group. The wait staff was amazing! I need to point out and shout out to Richard and Savio who were our waiters for most of the week and all 8 of us loved those guy! I can't say enough good things about the service we received from them and just that alone makes us all want to sail on the Oasis again. We had booked shows for every night but were only able to see 2 of them. We went to the Aqua Show with amazing high divers and gymnasts in a fantastic production that rivaled a Cirque du Soleil show back home. It is really amazing to see a show with that quality of production and danger while the ship is moving. The second show we saw was "Frozen in Time" which is an ice skating show based on the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. Another amazing production with world class athletes, dancers, and ice skaters. To think that these shows are included in the price of the cruise is crazy. We celebrated our anniversary on board which bring me to the only sore spot of the cruise. On day 1 while we were in the Windjammer there was a man who was taking reservations for Chops Grill the steakhouse restaurant. I made a reservation for the next night at 6:30pm for my wife and I to celebrate on the day of our anniversary, however, when I checked the next day to make sure the reservation time was correct, I discovered that the reservation had not been made. They didn't have any other availability for us that wouldn't interfere with the show that night, so I booked it for another night. I was quite disappointed in that, but when we went to the main dining room for dinner with our friends we had a great time thanks again to Richard and Savio. Our first stop was in Labadee, Haiti and was beautiful. There were some downsides to this port though. Because of the hurricane that had just devastated the island and took over 800 lives, the water was still churned up and had an unpleasant smell. The beach was still very nice and the staff in the port were friendly and helpful. Now if you are put off by pushy salespeople, this is not the place for you. I have traveled all over the Caribbean and these people are without a doubt the most aggressive with sales. I did make some purchases and I can say that if you pay the first price for anything that you got ripped off. I bought a carved black lacquer box that he quoted $60 and I paid $10. The second port was Falmouth, Jamaica. Another beautiful island, but with a much more laid back attitude. We made several purchases with no pressure and quality craftsmanship. While we were the we had lunch and I can't remember the name of the place but the food was fantastic. I do know that it was behind Margaritaville. The last port was in Cozumel, Mexico and yet another beautiful island. If you have the opportunity, go to the seminar on the ship the day before this port and you will get even more FREE stuff. We took a taxi to the end of the shopping district and walked back up while stopping in almost every store and received something free in almost every one of them. When the cruise was over the debarkation process just as painless as the embarkation. We would like to thank Royal Caribbean for making this an amazing vacation and we have already booked our next cruise with them. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
October 8, 2016 Oasis of the Seas. We had an aquatheater suite cabin booked (A4) cabin 14330 but due to Hurricane Matthew there apparently were many cancellations for this sailing. Royal Caribbean called us the day before the sailing ... Read More
October 8, 2016 Oasis of the Seas. We had an aquatheater suite cabin booked (A4) cabin 14330 but due to Hurricane Matthew there apparently were many cancellations for this sailing. Royal Caribbean called us the day before the sailing and offered us an upgrade to the Grand Loft Balcony Suite (GL) cabin 1758. The cruise was fantastic. This was our first time on an Oasis class ship. We've sailed twice before on the Freedom class which we really liked. The different neighborhoods on the ship were great. We really liked walking through Central Park, the Boardwalk, the Sports Deck and the Royal Promenade. There was always plenty of room at the various pools. We did not use the Solarium much but it is very large and on two decks 15 and 16. Our stateroom was on deck 17 aft. We were right next to the Suite Lounge and Coastal Kitchen which was very convenient. We ate three dinners at the Coastal Kitchen. We ate most of our breakfasts there and a few lunches. Coastal Kitchen and the Suite Lounge are reserved for guests booked in suites. Days 2 and 5 were the formal nights. Day 2 dinner we booked the Chefs Table. Six courses paired with wine. The food was very good. Next time I will only eat half portions of everything. The chef comes to the table and explains each course. The sommelier/host explains each wine. The entire dinner was three hours. It was a nice way to meet fellow cruisers. There are sixteen chairs at the table each night. Day 5 dinner was also at the Coastal Kitchen. Our server recommended eating there that night because it is Lobster Night. The lobster is grilled at the Coastal Kitchen and was excellent. You can ask for as many lobsters as you can eat. The other nights we ate at the Specialty Restaurants. Chops Grille is the steak restaurant. We ate there two nights. The food was excellent. Giovanni's Table is the Italian restaurant. Excellent food and huge portions. Izumi is the Japanese restaurant. We ate at one of the three hibachi tables. Our chef was very entertaining. There was a good selection of beef or seafood. Lots of fried rice and vegetables. Our cabin was very nice. A large living room area with a dining table couches and chairs and large screen TV. There is a separate bathroom with shower next to the living room. Our bedroom was also very nice. King bed facing the two stories of glass windows looking out to sea. Large screen TV mounted in front of the bed. The bath area was behind the bed and elevated. Three steps on either side of the bed took you to the two sinks, huge bathtub, large shower with dual shower heads one being a "rain" shower, and large dressing area. There was ample storage and closet space. The room had electric controls for the sheer curtains, black out curtains and screens in the bedroom. The windows are from floor to ceiling and two stories tall. Our balcony had two Lounge chairs and a hot tub. The balcony had views forward to most of the starboard side of the ship and out to sea. No views aft. All our servers and staff were fantastic. There were two concierges in the Suite Lounge that were very helpful. In a Star Class cabin you are assigned a "Genie" who is your personal concierge. She was fantastic. We hung at the Suite Lounge bar during the evening inbetween shows. Pool bars during the day. Our two bartenders in the Suite Lounge were very good. The pool bartenders were also good. There are so many bars around the ship and the waiting is negligible. We really enjoyed the Aqua Theater show. It is a high dive and acrobatic show in the Aqua Theater pool. Amazing athletes and very well done. We saw the comedian twice. He is very funny. The Love and Marriage game show was good. Quest was good. We did not see Cats. Ports of Call were Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. We did not do any excursions. Labadee is always good. A relaxing day at the beach. We walked around Falmouth and Cozumel. I will try and post a review and pictures of our cabin on the Oasis of the Seas board if anyone is interested. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
This ship has a little something for everyone, whether it's food, entertainment, shopping, nightlife, it has it all!! The crew was super helpful and made you feel special, made sure your every need was met! We scheduled an ... Read More
This ship has a little something for everyone, whether it's food, entertainment, shopping, nightlife, it has it all!! The crew was super helpful and made you feel special, made sure your every need was met! We scheduled an excursion at every port; Labadee,Hati - we took the Discover Hati Coastal Cruise excursion. We boarded a boat the took us out up and down the shore and the tour guides told us the history of Hati, showed us how the fishermen dropped their bait baskets, stopped in the open waters so that the local fishermen could paddle up to the boat in their homemade canoe's and show us their catch. Falmouth Jamaica - we took the Bamboo Beach Break excursion. It took about 35 to 40 minutes to travel to Ocho Rios to the beach but along the way the tour guides Natalie and Sayisha were very knowledgeable and entertaining about the history of Jamaica. There are a couple of stops along the way at the Christopher Columbus statue and church and also a t a lookout that overlooks the beautiful Ocho Rios. Cozumel Mexico - we chose an excursion not offered by Royal Caribbean. Nachi Cocom is a all inclusive private beach that only excepts 100 people per excursion. We were fed a scrumptious lunch and there is a open bar! There are other activities such as massages, banana boat rental available for a fee. There is also gift shop where you can purchase very affordable souvenirs. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our sixth cruise with RCI, but our first on the Oasis of the Seas. For a ship that holds up to 7,000 guests, it never really seemed that crowded. Even the elevators moved smoothly, as we seldom had to wait for one that was too ... Read More
This was our sixth cruise with RCI, but our first on the Oasis of the Seas. For a ship that holds up to 7,000 guests, it never really seemed that crowded. Even the elevators moved smoothly, as we seldom had to wait for one that was too full to ride. The food is the typical cuisine found on all RCI ships. The only specialty restaurant we tried was Coastal Kitchen on the 17th deck. My wife and I both ordered strip steaks, which were the worst food we have ever experienced on our cruises. The manager offered to treat us on our next visit, but we declined. For a restaurant reserved for suite holders, it was a disappointment. The shows were very good, especially the ice skating show and the comic. The stage production was Cats, which was well acted, even though half the audience left during intermission. The acapella group was also outstanding We had a junior suite on the 7th deck. The room was clean, had a nice sized bath room with a tub, a walk-in closet, and Queen size bed. The balcony was large, with two chairs and two recliners. The state room attendant was quite efficient, although not as personable as on our prior cruises. We took this cruise while Hurricane Matthew was reeking havoc in the Caribbean. A special kudos to the Captain who not only did an excellent job updating the weather conditions, but deftly steered the ship to all ports with a very smooth ride. Our friends assumed we were on the verge of capsizing, but instead we hardly felt a ripple. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My wife and I have gone on several cruises and decided it was time to go on one that goes to Eastern Caribbean. We looked around and found the Oasis of the Seas going to the Eastern around the time we wanted to go so we booked it. We got ... Read More
My wife and I have gone on several cruises and decided it was time to go on one that goes to Eastern Caribbean. We looked around and found the Oasis of the Seas going to the Eastern around the time we wanted to go so we booked it. We got a Jr. Balcony suite on the 11th floor. Let me start by telling you the ship is amazing. There is a lot to do on the ship with the flow rider, rock climbing wall, zip line and carousel. We explored the ship daily and it seemed like we found new things all of the time. With all of the people on the ship I thought it would be crowded and hard to find seats for shows or a place to relax on the promenade but it wasn't. The ship has plenty of space to accommodate all of the people and not be packed in like a can of sardines. The only downfall with the ship itself was that there were a lot of international passengers on board. We like to be able to get to know people but it was a little harder when you don't speak the same language. Everyone was nice but there was a little language barrier when you tried to get to know them. In the past we have always had an interior room but on this cruise we decided to go with a Jr Suite since we were celebrating our anniversary. I think we spoiled ourselves to much on this trip. The room was great and our cabin steward Joel was very nice and took care of us. The food on board was good but we struggled with the staff at dinner time. They were nice but our main waiter wasn't scheduled to be on the boat until mid-week so the assistant waiter was the one taking care of us. On past cruises the waiter has always told us about the recommended dishes for the night. Our waiter wasn't able to do that and when we asked about dishes on the menu he wasn't able to tell us about them. The maitre d worked really hard in our area. She was helping all of the tables to make sure they were taken care of and people were happy. We went three nights and then decided to go to other places. One night we did the Windjammer and it was okay. The rest of the time we went to the Coastal Kitchen and it was really good. The service there was excellent. The first day we went to Windjammer for breakfast and the selection was good. They didn't have a fresh omelete station like the other ships do so I was a little disappointed. I asked a staff member about it and they let me know you could go to Wipeout and they had one. We went there on other days and the food selection was the same and you got a fresh omelete. We also did Johnny Rockets one morning and it was really good. They don't charge you for breakfast there. Lunch was a lot of different spots but nothing stands out. The entertainment on the ship was really good. Cats was the main show while we were on board. Besides the seating you couldn't tell the difference between Broadway and the ship. We were not disappointed at any of the shows. We had reservations for almost all of them but the ones we didn't we stood in the standby line and we were able to get in each time, even the comedy show. Our Shore excursions consisted of Island tours and going to the beach. In St Thomas we snorkeled from the beach. In St Maarten we went to Maho Beach and watched the planes land just over your head and the jumbo jets take off. It was fun watching people stand in the jet blast and see how powerful the blast is. Both islands were beautiful but my favorite was St. Thomas because it wasn't over-crowded and over developed. Our best excursion was the behind the scenes tour of the ship. It was a lot of fun seeing how the ship works and how they manage food, beverage and laundry. We also went up to the bridge where we were told how the equipment works and were able to meet the captain. The week we sailed was the same time Hurricane Mathew was in the Caribbean. When we left port I was worried that the seas would be rough and we would have to change ports. Our first port was Nassau and it was forecast to hit there. We were able to go there and then head out to St Thomas and on the way there the Captain went further east to miss the storm. On our way back to Ft Lauderdale we followed Mathew back up. The cruise was smooth all the way from start to finish. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
We hit a home run on our first cruise. Staff was fantastic. We miss you, Robin, Ben and Jim! Everyone was so friendly. Food fantastic. Shows were fabulous. Can't wait to go back. Ship was huge. Plenty to do. We only did one excursion ... Read More
We hit a home run on our first cruise. Staff was fantastic. We miss you, Robin, Ben and Jim! Everyone was so friendly. Food fantastic. Shows were fabulous. Can't wait to go back. Ship was huge. Plenty to do. We only did one excursion at St Thomas. It wasn't that hot, but was okay. Shopped in Nassau and St Maarten. Watched the planes take off and land in St Maarten. Hit the casinos onboard ship hard. Won a little bit. Found the rules to be good, that was unexpected. Oh my God; the food. Words can't describe. No need to upgrade to meals for pay. Ate in restaurants most of the time. Rarely went to the buffet. The buffet was pretty standard stuff. Found myself wanting shows to last longer. 45 minutes wasn't enough time. We missed a few activities onboard that we will catch on our next ship. Can't wait to go back. No need to change cruise lines, Royal seems great. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was the first cruise for my husband and 10y old son, and my second. We just loved it and already are planning the next cruise on an oasis class ship! I have to admit, after reading a lot of negative feedback before, I was quite ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my husband and 10y old son, and my second. We just loved it and already are planning the next cruise on an oasis class ship! I have to admit, after reading a lot of negative feedback before, I was quite nervous about what to expect. But it was really just an awesome time. The ship is huge, and yes you are not alone on this huge ship, but the people never really bothered us in a bad way. If we had to queue somewhere, there where never more than 5 people in front of us, which really is ok. Besides that, we never had the feeling of everything being crowded with people. Even on Sea Days you could easily find a sun lounger, maybe just not directly next to the pools but close enough to it. We tried the main dining room, Chops, Giovannis, Izumi Hibachi and Costal Kitchen for Dinner and all were really good in our opinion. For Breakfast we always went to Costal kitchen - thanks to being sky class. We loved the breakfast there although you sometimes really had to wait quite a while. Our son - he doesn't speak fluently English - just loved the Adventure Ocean program. On the last day of the cruise I asked him what he wanted to do all day and expected to here something like "FlowRider", "ZipLine all day" or so, but he choosed to go to the Adventure ocean all day! At the disembarkation morning he even cried because he wanted to not leave the ship and asked us if we cant just move in on the oasis! :-) So although he didn't speak fluently English (just few words) he had the best time there with the awesome staff and other kids! Best time he had, was on one of the port mornings. We docked in St. Thomas at around 8am but we only went for an shore excursion on the afternoon. So in the morning I thought it would be a good idea to go up to the FlowRider, maybe it would have a bit less people so could boogie board. Well we arrived there at around 10am and no one was there. No other people at all! So he could go and the supervisor really took his time to teach my son all the little tricks and how to boogie board properly! This as awesome! After like 20min alone on the FlowRider there showed three other kids and then they took turns until the FlowRider closed again at 11am. This proved to me one thing, if you really want to avoid the big amount of people you can! Or like another reviewer said, just zigg a little while the others zagg! It s so true i cant find other words. You don't like to eat in a full restaurant? Well don't go there at 7, maybe get a late snack and go later for dinner? You don't like a lot of people around you on the sun deck? Well as long as you don't expect to sit right next to the pools you will find something suitable! You don't like long queues for the buffet restaurant? Well then try to avoid the Windjammer, there are so many other choices you definitively wont starve! :-) IF you want, you will find your ways around the crowds very easy. I am just mentioning that because so many people complain about the crowds on this ship class. But like said before, i never had an issue with "the crowds" the entire trip. We tried the Spa for two massages, and they were really good. The only thing I didn't like were the prices. We would definitively have used the Spa for more treatments but it just seemed a bit expensive to us, so we let it be. We had the Soda Package mainly because we didn't knew what would suit us well and therefore just got one option to figure all out. We loved the Soda Machines and always went down to Sorrentos for them. I just would have really liked to see them on more places on the ship. Not something to complain about though. We decided for us, next time we probably will take the unlimited package. Due to having access to the Suite Lounge we were not sure if it would make sense to us. But i think just for the comfort of my mind it would have made sense. You just don't want to always walk to the suite lounge to get a class of wine or a another drink, unless you have a cabin on deck 17 anyway, then it might make more sense to not take a drink package. Sky Class Perks: The Suite sun deck is nice, but due to no pool up there we only used it one day for a few hours. The Costal Kitchen is really nice, especially for breakfast. The concierges (Claudine and Dudley) are awesome, they help you with everything and always have a smile on their lips. They really helped to make our trip unforgettable. Never did the In-Suite-Dining from the main dining room, just ordered regular room service if we wanted something. Over all, nice experience. The complimentary Voom Package was nice, really fast and we had Internet no matter where we were on the ship, which was quite nice to stay in contact with each other. Overall: Awesome trip, we will be back for sure! :-) Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
It was good. The elevators sucked....they had 12 elevators on both ends of the ship and we were passed by so many times after we pushed the button. It got to the point where we would push both the up and the down button and then ride down ... Read More
It was good. The elevators sucked....they had 12 elevators on both ends of the ship and we were passed by so many times after we pushed the button. It got to the point where we would push both the up and the down button and then ride down 1 to go up 5, if that makes sense. The food in the windjammer was ok for me, however my wife didn't like it. The shows that we did see were great and the ones that we did not see we heard were great from other passengers. The beds were great for both of us as long as we slept on either side of the bed.....not so good for spooning. Other than the negative things above we loved the ship. It was very big and a lot to walk. I have wanted to go on this ship since I saw it being built on tv. I can now cross it off my bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
massive beautiful ship I loved every part restaurants we ate dining each night food ok service not so good but we were with a large group and sat with strangers so I wonder how different it may have been if we had been a family so I ... Read More
massive beautiful ship I loved every part restaurants we ate dining each night food ok service not so good but we were with a large group and sat with strangers so I wonder how different it may have been if we had been a family so I am not going to judge on that I have been on other cruise ships that my server was awesome and really took the time to get to know our table some restaurants charge money we only ate at one Sabor for table side fresh guacamole sooo good there is a Johnny Rockets but we didn't eat there the other are fine dining and reservation are needed for dinner we didn't mind the buffet it was a decent buffet good real hand dipped ice cream with every meal in the dessert area Ice milk ice cream by pools machines not so good breakfast served in a lot of locations for free search them out we tried each one some are better for time some only served continental buffet was good the hot dog good the pizza not so good we had the beverage package and I highly recommend that the provide a cup with lid and there are self serve coke machines you can get bottled water beer and cocktails there is a coffee shop like a starbucks that is good and always serves free desserts there is a starbucks but that cost money room service coffee each morning--- on my balcony so many pools we really liked the beach pool we didn't have a child but the children's pool area was awesome solarium was peaceful and child free beautiful views of the ocean hot tubs in there hot tubs everywhere I think 10 or 11 hot tubs shows were great we saw everyone except CATS I didn't want to see that diving ice skate variety comedy played bingo I would pass on that next time too costly took a cupcake decorating class that was fun guacamole making class missed overslept great walking trail around deck 5 I like that rather than being on the top of the ship did not see gym or spa spent too much money and too much time in casino lol room was good had a balcony we will always have a balcony we had ocean view there were balconies that overlooked central park or boardwalk inside balconies I wouldn't room steward was nice enough but not very personal we had towel animals on 3 nights out of 7 shopping area is huge DreamWorks characters were periodically in places for picture there was a parade on last night that was pretty cool I really hate the ways they do pictures I will not look through all of those pictures to find mine so they lose money there cost of printing every picture seems a waste in this day there has to be a better way embarkment and disembarkment were both easy I found most workers pleasant but did not tip additional (I have before) to either my room steward or wait staff because I felt they were not exceptional Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Loved being on such a large ship! We sailed through an all night thunderstorm the last night and barely felt any movement. The ship had plenty of seating for everyone on the pool deck, however the pools were over crowded by far. The ... Read More
Loved being on such a large ship! We sailed through an all night thunderstorm the last night and barely felt any movement. The ship had plenty of seating for everyone on the pool deck, however the pools were over crowded by far. The windjammer cafe was also very packed each time we went for a meal making it difficult to find a place to sit.This was the second time we sailed the western caribbean and loved it. Missed hurricane Matthew by a week. Our cabin (12144) was small, however we knew it would be small when booking it. The balcony was a welcomed added space that we used frequently. Our stateroom attendant was very pleasant and friendly. She called us by name very frequently. That was a nice touch. We dined in Chops Grille which we found to be very nice. I'm not sure it was worth an extra $42/pp, but the food was good nonetheless. The main dining room food was mediocre, as was the service. Entertainment was very good. Enjoyed the shows quite a bit. We would definitely go on the ship again. This time would be easier to navigate around now that we have had a first run. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This cruise was a great value since it included a free dinner at Chops, which was super delicious; and included a $125 onboard credit. The forecast was scattered thunderstorms every day, but we never had any storms. Weather was awesome. ... Read More
This cruise was a great value since it included a free dinner at Chops, which was super delicious; and included a $125 onboard credit. The forecast was scattered thunderstorms every day, but we never had any storms. Weather was awesome. Only downside was that there was lightning so the aqua show was cancelled on numerous nights and we never had the opportunity to see it. All other entertainment was excellent. Fabulous dancing and music in"Cats" and "Come Fly with Me". Ice show was very good. We like the various options for breakfast and lunch and never set foot in The Windjammer. We ate in the dining room every night other than the night we were in Chops. Nice variety and good food and service. We like having only three ports, which makes the cruise more relaxing than a port intensive cruise. Labadee has beautiful clear water and is a great beach day. We had decent snorkeling inJamaica, although the downside of Falmouth is that most excursions require a bus ride. The third port was Cozumel, which is a favorite. There's so much to do. We did the 3 reef snorkel by boat, which was awesome!! You walk to the boat right from the ship. Excellent snorkel sites. We saw tons of fish, eel, crab, barracuda, which were pointed out by the guide. We did not have to swim back to the boat. The boat came to us! We snorkeled the entire time, which was great. Oasis is a big ship, but we never felt as if we had a long distance to walk for one to the other, since we walked though the Promenade. Dance partys were a lot of fun, too. Been on Allure 3x, this was first time on Oasis. Looking forward to Harmony in January 2017. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This was our 2nd time on Oasis of the Seas (We've been on the Allure of the Seas two times as well and this was our 12th Royal Caribbean cruise overall). We have had an ongoing debate about our favorite class of Royal Caribbean ... Read More
This was our 2nd time on Oasis of the Seas (We've been on the Allure of the Seas two times as well and this was our 12th Royal Caribbean cruise overall). We have had an ongoing debate about our favorite class of Royal Caribbean ships between the Freedom class and the Oasis class. In the past we've typically said that we tend to like whichever class we're currently on. Perhaps this preference has swung a bit more toward the Oasis class. The Oasis itself continues to amaze us in her sheer size and in all of the special venues and 'neighborhoods' that she provides. We spent more time than we ever have in the past exploring her specialty restaurants (in particular: Izumi, 150 Central Park, Giovanni's, and Chops). These venues are significantly better than their counterparts on the Freedom class (and Voyager class as well). The food and atmosphere in each of these restaurants was very high quality, as was the service. Izumi on the Oasis features true group style Hibachi cooking and we really enjoyed meeting new people around this table on our very first night. We don't commonly eat pasta and were not sure about booking a night at Giovanni's but were very pleasantly surprised with the wonderful lower carb options that were very true to an Italian style. Our favorite specialty restaurant on any cruise ship has ben 150 Central Park. The food experience there is amazing filled with unique tastes and wonderful attention to detail. Of course, Chops is a great venue as well and the quality of the steak there can easily best many steak restaurants on land. Our cabin was forward on the 10th deck (10558) and remarkably close to the forward elevator. We started cruising in aft cabins, but have learned over time that we prefer the forward section of the ship. The cabin was as expected and the staff did a great job of taking care of anything we needed. The Oasis of the Seas offers amazing entertainment. We always love seeing Cats again! It's a long show (2 1/2 hours) and is uncut from the Broadway and touring versions. In fact, the stage is an identical replica of the one used on Broadway. The cast was excellent and we truly enjoyed seeing it again. Some cruisers are concerned about the length of the show and leave at intermission. Simply put, don't. This show is well worth the time investment and the ending is the best! Other entertainment venus include a Jazz club (with a dedicated Jazz band), a comdey club and the smaller studio which is also the ice skating rink. Quality of the shows in all of these venues was really good as well. We were on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary with stops in Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. This has become our favorite route in the Caribbean without a doubt. We don't typically leave the ship in Nassau, but did hear good reviews from friends onboard about some quick beach excursions. One of the problems with the Nassau stop is that it's a rather short stop on these larger ships as the next leg of the trip to St. Thomas is rather long. We love both St. Thomas and St. Maarten and have enjoyed several excursions in each port. That said, St. Maarten is our favorite port of all. We love easy access to quick shopping, the extreme friendliness of the local vendors and population (without excessive pressure to buy), and the beach that is right in the heart of downtown. One of the things that we really enjoy about cruising is meeting others and were fortunate enough to meet a handful of really fun friends from both the UK and Canada. We loved late nights getting to know them and laughing together. Negatives about the Oasis are limited, but there are a few. She is starting to show her age in a few ways, but the maintenance has been pretty good. We noticed a few canvas areas that have apparently torn and have been removed temporarily along with a few other cosmetic maintenance issues. The other criticism is related to her strength. She's simply very large which means that there are a lot of people on board. This class does a great job of limiting the crowd effect and we actually felt like the wait times for the elevator were shorter than those on Freedom class. We're excited about the new Splendor of the Seas which adds to the Oasis class and hope to book a trip on her soon! All in all, we had a great trip! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This is a review for the Oasis of The Seas sailing on 9/10/2016……..If you want to jump straight to the reviews of the dining and venues please scroll to the end of the review and you’ll see it. Sky Loft Suite, room 1720 on ... Read More
This is a review for the Oasis of The Seas sailing on 9/10/2016……..If you want to jump straight to the reviews of the dining and venues please scroll to the end of the review and you’ll see it. Sky Loft Suite, room 1720 on Deck 17 with the Royal Genie Israel Sanchez, (Izzy). There were 4 of us in our party 67, 65, 35, and 9. It started about 3 months ago when we received an email from Izzy asking for us to fill out a questionnaire about things we liked or what we needed. About 2 weeks before we set sail we received another email from Izzy with the Loop app for communication with him onboard, (we didn’t use it at all it was too much a pain). Izzy sent an itinerary for us to review and then either make changes or leave it as it was. Now the part of the cruise where so many reviews have been read and now I have my input. I will forgo the flying in the day before and all the other stuff before the cruise and get straight to the point. We got to the port early, about 9:30 just because we’d rather be early than miss any of the free stuff! (there was supposed to be free drinks and snacks available before we boarded, it didn’t happen there it supposedly happens in Orlando instead) We found a line clearly marked Star Class out in front of the cruise terminal. We were instructed by Izzy to keep our luggage with us and a royal representative would take it through the metal detector and straight to our room. When they opened the outer doors around 10:00am, we proceeded to the metal detectors inside. There were two lines one labeled Sea and Sky class, the other Star class. Once we were in the line labeled Star class someone got on their portable radio and announced to an unknown person that the first Star class clients were here. (later we found out they were talking to the hostess that was going to escort us through the check in process) Once our hostess arrived we were allowed to go through the metal detectors to the check in desk. The desk attendant was very pleasant and checked us in very quickly. From the check in desk we were escorted past the first photo opportunity which we were kind of disappointed in not having our photo taken on our first cruise in 5 years. (I’m sure if we wanted, we could have asked to stop but decided against it) we were taken up the stairs to a special waiting area with a sign again labeled Star Class, where we waited until about 11:AM when our Genie Israel Sanchez (Izzy) came to meet us and our neighbors who were also staying in the Sky Loft Suite right next to ours. Day1: We went up the gang plank and entered the ship on deck five right into the heart of the Royal Promenade deck where there were several booths set up to sell you the soda or alcohol packages. You also could get some lunch at several eateries on deck 5. We were ushered right by the booths and straight to the elevators where we were taken to our room which was ready when we boarded at 11:00am. After oohing and ahhing at our room and balcony for about 15 mins, we headed to Sabor for lunch. I am not a guacamole fan at all, in fact I really don’t like it. After reading all the reviews online we made it a point to try it and . . . the truth is we went back almost every day just for the guacamole!! I had read a couple of posts about the Oasis running out of avocados so we wanted to try it right away to make sure we got some. After the muster drill Izzy stopped by the room and went over the itinerary that was planned before hand, at that time I was given a phone that works onboard to get in touch with him. For sail away we enjoyed it from our 413 sq ft balcony. For those of you who would like to eat at any of the specialty restaurants you might want to consider booking one for the first night as they offer a price break for booking on the first night of the cruise. Because the Sky Loft suite is part of the Star Class all the specialty restaurants, gratuities, and drink packages are all included in the price of the room, we also received a souvenir cup for each of us. (Which we did’t use). For dinner on the first night we went to the Costal Kitchen the food was very good. From there we went to see the Oasis of Dreams, the water show. It was extremely good I would recommend it to any and all on board!! I would recommend it as early in the cruise as possible, because sometimes it is canceled because of weather. If it gets canceled early in the cruise it will still allow you the opportunity to see it later in the cruise. Day 2: We enjoyed some of the perks once again by having breakfast on the balcony, anything you want to order and there is no charge in any way, delivered to the room and set up by room service. We then took part in the cruise critic meet and mingle in the morning and then headed to the suites lounge on deck 17 for the suites reception party with the Captain and officers. It was open to suite classes (Sea, Sky, and Star). We went to Izumi for the Hibachi lunch, it was very entertaining even my 9 yr old enjoyed it which was impressing to me. After lunch we toured the ship and marveled at the floating city, while my daughter went to take part in the kids club. Speaking of the kids club the staff were very polite, the kids even learned about some science, watched some movies, played games, went on scavenger hunts, and had a great time. They also allowed my daughter to check herself out as long as she called the phone Izzy gave me for the cruise to let me know she was leaving. For dinner we went to 150 Central Park, the food was ok, filet mignon was very tender but the whole dinner lasted 2 hours it was unnecessarily long for all of us. We believe it would have been much better if it were cut in half. Perfect if you like the longer non-rushed dinners. To finish the night, we went back to the balcony and enjoyed watching people mini golf while we partook of a cold refreshment. Day 3: Disembarked with Izzy escorting us off the ship to the private beach, where we found some beach chairs under the palm trees and made camp. There are some cabanas you can rent in various places on the beach and hills in the private section of the beach. They run from $300 - $500, I know expensive, right? I would greatly recommend one, as 2 of us got burned and were not very comfortable for the next few days. If you want a little more than super calm waters, go to the “public” side and there were waves rolling into that side of the island, sand was much softer on the feet, and you can still rent little 2 person shade chairs. For lunch they were serving BBQ ribs and chicken with salad. No charge once you get into the suites beach. If you are in a suite you will get up to 6 wristbands to get into that “private” beach. Shopping is just down the street if you want to buy little knick nacks. For dinner we went to Chops, the food was absolutely amazing!!! The service was very prompt and attentive. Our waiter was very friendly and jovial. I wish I could report on the headliner show we were scheduled to see, however the burn victims and the very satisfying dinner made it another night to enjoy the balcony and a cold beer. Day 4: Early breakfast in the Costal Kitchen, followed by disembarking in Falmouth Jamaica. Two of us went on a zip line adventure, one shopped in the port and one of us enjoyed the kids club. The zip line was booked private party and it was an adventure of a lifetime, no exaggeration!! If you want more of a calm guarantee of fun and getting back to the boat on time I’d recommend booking through the cruise line. Most of the prices in the shopping market reflect traditional tourist prices, for more of the souvenir type gifts. They are famous for the rum so I couldn’t help myself, I bought $200 in rum… I know not important. Again we found ourselves once more at Sabors for the guacamole dip as a snack before heading back to Costal Kitchen for a California style dinner, which like before service killed it and the food was very good. The adult comedy show was very crowd involved and raved about by all. Again night ended on the balcony with a beer. (notice a trend here? I can’t emphasize enough about the space and comfort of the balcony of the Sky Loft suite, this is why we booked the room, the beer was just part of the perks of the Star Class.) Day 5: DreamWorks breakfast was an early morning but VERY worth the $10 per person (Star Class had it included) they had a great breakfast with the characters of DreamWorks showing up for some dancing and photo ops. My daughter had a blast and ran into some of her friends from the kids club. From there we went on the bridge tour, which wasn’t anything special you see the bridge and they answer a few questions and that’s it. Not really our cup of tea, that may be because there was one of the guests that talked about all his past experiences on a carrier. However if you’re into a very quick walk through the bridge and maybe a question or two that you would like an answer to it may be worth it. For lunch it was to Park Café to try out the famed roast beef sandwich. I have to say in our opinion it didn’t live up to the expectations almost everybody posted about. The roast beef was VERY tender but really not much flavor even with extra au jeau sauce. The café was not cleaned very well and the table and chairs were dirty. However this may well be because of the turn over through the café, so not going to hold it against the café. Dinner was at Giovanni’s Table, and it was fantastic!! One of the best Italian meals we’ve had in a long time. Then onward to Studio B, for Frozen in Time. We had Izzy reserve seats for front row on the side there were also 2 seats reserved that said “For Children Only” This was for kids who wanted to be part of the show. We were very fortunate that the two kids sitting there didn’t want to gout on the ice but my daughter got the chance. This made for some great photos of my daughter on the ice. The show in our opinion was a solid 9.5 out of 10, great skating on the smaller rink. There was also an intermission where there was some sand art that was phenomenal! Again, there were no bad seats in the house even the top row had great views. To conclude the day was . . yup you guessed it, balcony and a cold beer! Day 6: Breakfast in Costal Kitchen then disembark at Cozumel Mexico. We chose to have my daughter do the dolphin encounter, as this has been a dream of hers for a long time. It was a short ride through some backed up traffic because they had a bike race going on through that part of the city. The dophin encounter was a real disappointment, here’s why. First cost was for the Royal Swim encounter $150 or so, once we got there they charged the rest of us to even get into the park $23 each. Then there was an additional charge to be out on the dock to watch at a closer distance, $5 each. Now the photographs, it was $50 for a basic package which gave you a couple of descent photos, or you can opt for the premier package which gave you all the photos they took of the swimmer. They did a great job of making it sound like it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and you needed to capitalize on it. So the photo package jumped to $100 for 35 photos of my daughter with other people in the photos as well. Total was more than $400, which is absurd. They nickel and dimed the heck out of you and I would never refer anyone to that place again!! After the frustrating encounter on my side, we headed back to the boat for some more Sabor guacamole. For dinner we went to Izumi for their sushi. Even for 2 of the group that didn’t like sushi (we agreed to try as many of the restaurants as possible) they seemed to think it was pretty good. Sushi is all la carte so if it’s not included in your package be careful on what is ordered it will add up fast! The quality of the food at Izumi was vary comparable to some of the sushi places back home so I’d give it 7.5 out of 10 and the service was great! Tables were clean waiter was extremely friendly and prompt. Next stop was the Opal Theater for Come Fly With Me. Show was a 5 out of 10. Some great acrobatics, but we felt like it lacked direction, was hard to follow, and it also had some technical difficulties so there was about 15 mins of downtime. I would recommend to at least give it a try and see for yourself. Day 7: Breakfast on the balcony again catered. Then downstairs for the Galley Tour. This was a total flop in all our opinions as we just walked through the galley. Id give it a 2 out of 10. We did learn some of the interesting facts, however our guide ranted on the same things the entire tour. On previous cruises during the galley tour we would see some of them carving the fruit for the decorations. And watched them prepare some dishes that we actually got in the MDR. This one was again a real let down. I’d rather have stayed on the balcony enjoying the warm relaxing weather. For lunch we again went to Sabor’s for our last chance at the tableside guacamole. We went back to the room to start packing and taking the final farewell pictures. Dinner was the Chef’s table, which was a wine paring event that lasted 3 hours! Definitely not for children, and definitely worth every penny!!! It is a $95 charge and I would recommend it to EVERYONE!!!(included in Star Class) I am personally not a wine drinker, in fact I can’t stand it however the chef and wine pairing is truly an experience. The food changes the flavor of the wine to something I could even tolerate. (That’s is huge!) We spent the evening with our neighbors and really got to have some fun. The table was perfect, (at $95 it better be) and the service was second to none! Unfortunately that night had to end, and we went back to our room to put the luggage out for the valet to pick it up and take it to the airport the next morning. (part of the perks of Star Class, which I’d highly recommend using). Day 8: We got up at the crack of 8:00am and leisulerly got dressed and finalized our packing. We went to a special spot for breakfast and met Izzy there. Now time for the disembarking, (since we got up later and knew people were already in line to get through customs, why did we wait?) Izzy took us to an elevator used his special keycard and we went straight to the deck without stops on any other floors. Walked to the kiosk checked out and started the most depressing walk I have had in years. We walked by thousands of people in line because we were being escorted by Izzy. We went straight to the customs agents at the front of the line. (Yes we got all kinds of stares and smirks and dirty looks, we heard snide remarks and some say “that’s not fair) We however spent the extra money to get the special privelages, how is this any different than flying 1st class?? You get a meal while I get peanuts in coach. Same concept. The disembarkation was worth the extra money all on its own. We made it From deck 8 through customs and getting into a cab in 10 mins. No exaggeration. This was such an experience we booked an A1 Aqua theater Suite with the same perks for next year. In conclusion this is how I would rate the restaurants and venues on our cruise. Pre cruise communication with Izzy: 9 out of 10 Vip boarding: 10 out of 10 Guest assembly drill: Boring!! Sabor: 9.5 out of 10 Very clean tables, chairs, and the wait staff were very friendly and courteous. Food: Limited selection on entrees, Excellent Guacamole! Costal Kitchen: 9 out of 10 Very clean and wait staff very attentive to needs of guest. Food: Great selection and cooked to perfection each time. Oasis of Dreams water show: 10 out of 10 Very entertaining and enjoyable. Great music and theme. Only down fall was people ignored the reserved seating signs and had to have the staff remove them from the seats. Suite lounge: 8.5 out of 10 Very upscale, drinks anytime you wanted them. Snacks in the afternoon. Plenty of comfortable chairs that were in great shape. Izumi Teppanyaki: 8.5 out of 10 Service was very good, very attentive waiters. Show was very entertaining, got guests involved. Food: Average selections, good taste not great taste, and seemed to be a lot of waste of food. 150 Central Park: 6.5 out of 10 Service was very attentive however slow with bringing the food out. Took way too long for our likes. Food: Average with exception of the Filet Mignon, Very tender and good. Chops: 9.8 out of 10 Food: Excellent flavor! Very tender. Service: Very friendly and observant to our likes and dislikes. DreamWorks breakfast: 8 out of 10 Food: Typical breakfast food, taste good not great. Service: Lacking, lost our reservation and argued with us about getting in. Needed to get a manager involved. Bridge Tour: 4 out of 10 Very uneventful and we felt lacking on substance. (What they did, their jobs, things like that) Giovanni’s Table: 9 out of 10 Food: Very tasty, well cooked and presented. Service: No complaints they were right on point. Courteous and attentive. Frozen in Time: 9.5 out of 10 Very good show, well-choreographed. Talented skaters and was blown away by the sand art. Park Place Café: 6 out of 10 Food: kind of tasteless, but very tender Service: Café style we served ourselves. Dolphin Swim: 4 out of 10 Very disappointed with the additional charges. Very expensive! Izumi sushi: 7.5 out of 10 Food: Taste good nothing special about it. Clean restaurant and tables. Service: Again no complaints, on point. Come Fly With Me: 5 out of 10 Great acrobatics, not what we were hoping for in a show. Galley Tour: 2 out of 10 Very boring, no real look into what happens in the galley. Chefs Table wine pairing: 12 out of 10 Hands down the best meal we’ve had in years!! Very entertaining and superb food! Top notch service. Disembarkation: 25 out of 10 Even with all the dirty looks and sneers we received on our way out, the extra cost for Star Class is worth the disembarkation alone!! We were able to sleep in and still get off the boat in 10 mins. To be able to pass thousands of people in line to the front is priceless and the highlight of the cruise!! For those of you who give the dirty looks, you too could get to the front of the line by getting into Star Class!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
This was one of the best cruises yet.. We enjoyed the shows, the food was good and plenty of places to choose from to eat. The best part of all was the cabin, we started off with the Grand Suite because of the VIP perks. I watched the ... Read More
This was one of the best cruises yet.. We enjoyed the shows, the food was good and plenty of places to choose from to eat. The best part of all was the cabin, we started off with the Grand Suite because of the VIP perks. I watched the prices every day and managed to get a Sky Loft Suite for just a little more and it was worth every penny. The only thing I was disappointed in was the concierge lounge. There didn't seem to be enough staff, you had to flag someone down to get a drink, then the waiter forgot so you had to get it yourself. The horderves weren't that good, same thing every night. We were spoiled on Freedom of the seas, every night we walked in, the waiters remembered you then handed you your drink and the horderves were really good. Looking forward to going again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose Oasis, because it is the biggest cruise in the world. The food was excellent. If we found not satisfied about the food, I immediately got the replacement with no reason. The services in the restaurant i.e. American Icon located ... Read More
We chose Oasis, because it is the biggest cruise in the world. The food was excellent. If we found not satisfied about the food, I immediately got the replacement with no reason. The services in the restaurant i.e. American Icon located in the 3rd floor were excellent. The waiter, EUCLID MALACAO, from PHILIPPINES and the waitress, NI LUH ERLAWATI, from Indonesia were so professional, friendly, polite, self-motivated, quick and accurate, and always have smiling faces. That's what thewe, the tourists, needed, that why we come to Oasis for relaxes, and hopefully have a happy and wonderful vacation. Why the waiter and waitress were so important, because we have to face with them every dinner for 7 nights. It is not kidding. If you have bad waiter or waitress, they will absolutely mess up our happy vacation. Also the activities, the shows and entertainments were excellent. Flowrider, Rock Climbing, Zipline, and Ice Skating will keep us busy allthe time in the day. The night club, Las Vegas show and boardway show also will keep us busy at night. Because Oasis is the largest cruise in the world, we felt we were staying at th 6-Star Hotel with no feeling of we were in the big-wave sea. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.4
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 3.8

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