1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This ship is a wonder to behold. It's huge! And because there are some larger areas broken up into sections (Royal Promenade, Boardwalk, Central Park, the pool deck, the Solarium), it doesn't tend to feel quite as crowded. There ... Read More
This ship is a wonder to behold. It's huge! And because there are some larger areas broken up into sections (Royal Promenade, Boardwalk, Central Park, the pool deck, the Solarium), it doesn't tend to feel quite as crowded. There are also lots of music venues to choose from (the pub, the Schooner bar, Dazzles, Jazz on 4, Boleros), so you will find something to enjoy there too. Our cabin was one overlooking Central Park, which I worried might feel a bit weird since you are facing a lot of other cabins, but it was fine. The cabin itself was small, but it had adequate closets and storage. My husband and I ate in the main dining room all evenings but one, and we found the service to be wonderful. And we really enjoyed the food (I'm a sucker for a good pork shank, and RCCL's didn't disappoint!). We ate in the Windjammer only once for dinner. We skipped it entirely for lunch because there always seemed to be a line to get in. And this is where the "Mega Ships Aren't for Everyone" comes in. If we needed a bite during the day, we either got a hot dog from the Dog House (delicious, by the way) or we got something from the Wipeout Cafe. The Solarium Bistro also has some lunchtime hours available. And, yes, you have to book shows weeks in advance. Don't wait until you are on the ship! Now, to me this is a drawback of the mega ship. I prefer to glance at the cruise compass that day, check out what's playing, and then decide what I feel like doing that evening. You really cannot do this on the Oasis. There seems to be a lot to do on the ship for families, which is another drawback for me. The upshot is that there are many children on board. Another drawback is that even though there are many venues and activities on the ship, the layout doesn't seem to allow for much outdoor space to just sit and look out at the water or have a casual stroll. And if you are Diamond, know that the Diamond Lounge will be very crowded. On most nights, they also opened up Blaze as a sort of second Diamond Lounge to handle the overflow. If you have that option, absolutely go to Blaze or wherever they have this "second" lounge. It was much, much less crowded. So while I do love the Oasis, I know that some people won't like this type of ship. Before you book, just know the type of traveler you are. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This was our second cruise ever and with the first one being the worst the quality at the very least had to go up. And did they ever go up. Seems like we went from the worst to the best. The cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas was ... Read More
This was our second cruise ever and with the first one being the worst the quality at the very least had to go up. And did they ever go up. Seems like we went from the worst to the best. The cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas was spectacular with no major complaints. Our cabin steward, Edgar, was absolutely outstanding. The staff were always friendly, courteous, and extremely helpful. I was surprised that even with a ship the size of the Oasis of the Seas there was noticeable movement during the cruise. Nothing major, just noticeable. We saw the Oasis of Dreams Aqua Show and was impressed by the skills displayed. However it really appeared to be a string of displays with no plotline to speak of. I think it would be better if it actually told a story rather than it be interpretive dance, diving, trampoline, synchronized swimming, et al. Dramatic narration would have helped. Don't get me wrong, the skills exhibited were quite entertaining on their own but I think it could be much better. We got the inclusive photo package so we took advantage and had a ton of photos taken. We could preview them at kiosks located in the photo area above the promenade. You needed to check often because the digital photos relied on facial recognition which turned out to be not all that reliable. We kept finding photos of others who looked nothing like us. Also the hard copies of the photos were well organized into folders which you could check during open hours but sometimes you'd find other people's photos. Both issues easily resolved. They had their system well organized despite a few misplaced photos. The food at all the restaurants was very good. We tried almost all of them available and enjoyed the variety. I forgot one lesson...don't order seafood on a ship. It's a letdown because its not fresh. Not bad, mind you, just not fresh. For example, I got a pasta dish with calamari and although the pasta and sauce were both good, the calamari was rubbery. Other than that, the food was outstanding. There are more things I could present but I'll just stop here. I do recommend cruising aboard the Oasis of the Seas and I hope to cruise on the ship again in the future. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and ... Read More
First time on the Oasis of the Seas and loved every moment of it !! I will not repeat what has been said before about many things in other reviews, but only give you the absolute highlights for us. Central Park is so peaceful and beautiful with violin and piano music at night. There are so many choices of venues for breakfast and lunch, that we never felt crowded, but you need to do your homework beforehand or you may miss them. Now at the moment, the Solarium Restaurant up on deck 15 is now complimentary dining for breakfast, lunch, AND Dinner. Dinner is unique in that the appetizers and deserts are buffet style, while the main entrée is cooked to order. Warning -the choices do not change nightly, but with grilled shrimp, chicken kabob and an absolutely tender and delicious New York Strip, you will not be disappointed. And the setting is peaceful. Another sometimes forgotten gem is the Wipeout Café for breakfast. Yes, it is small, but uncrowded with fresh cooked to order omelets. Don’t forget to visit Park Café, especially if you love steamship round of beef sandwiches..well there are just so many places to get free food! We love to dance and on Oasis there are also many dance venues beginning with DAZZLES the beautiful bi-level venue with live band nightly playing music from the 50’s to present. Boleros, the Blaze, the Solarium on some nights (last two with DJs). Have never seen so many people dancing as on this ship. BUT all venues the music was too loud, even with earplugs, which I highly recommend. IF it is listed and you like Dixieland, don’t miss the Oasis orchestra on the Boardwalk with their Dixeland concert. Do plan ahead and book your shows in advance, you do not want to miss any of them, especially Come Fly With Me - so exciting, unique and entertaining. I know CATS is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the talent was superb. The Aqua show and ice show did not disappoint BUT be ready for possible disappointment as rough seas can nix the performances. Another plus for me was that you could actually find places where there was no music during the morning or afternoon. I love music, but I don’t need it constantly. We found all the staff friendly with a fun Activity staff….especially if you have a smile on your face, everybody else seem to brighten up. My wife and I love cruising when we can and walk on with a smile and 99% of the time walk off with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise and ship because of the amenities, suites and ports for this particular sailing. We were in suite 1701, Owners Panoramic suite and IT WAS PERFECT. Very spacious, hot tub on the deck....could not have asked for more. ... Read More
We chose this cruise and ship because of the amenities, suites and ports for this particular sailing. We were in suite 1701, Owners Panoramic suite and IT WAS PERFECT. Very spacious, hot tub on the deck....could not have asked for more. Outstanding views of both sea and ship was beautiful. Sailing over Halloween was a blast. Already booked for next year but trying the Harmony Our Royal Genie was good. We did have some issues but it was rectified. We took a shore excursion, we went to St Thomas and St Maarten, to a rum factory...really not worth the 100.00. Formal nights were beautiful. I’m one of those I don’t care what people think and have read a lot of reviews saying people didn’t really dress up. I’m glad I didn’t listen because there were lines of people waiting in formal pictures...the formal dining room was packed with evening gowns and people even still had them on at thhe shows. I’ll say that having star class amenities was WELL WORTH IT. eating whenever and wherever we want...drinking whatever we want...room service whenever we want and whatever we want.....it’s a perk you’ll love. It definitely spoils you. We had no children with us but for some reason review would not complete without saying yes. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
The Halloween parade was wonderful, go on down and get an early seat near the stage. It was a lot of fun, many dressed up! Kids and adults. Costumes were kid friendly. Maybe on was not so good ubt it wa OK. We Loved it! Go to the ... Read More
The Halloween parade was wonderful, go on down and get an early seat near the stage. It was a lot of fun, many dressed up! Kids and adults. Costumes were kid friendly. Maybe on was not so good ubt it wa OK. We Loved it! Go to the trouble of taking a few costume pieces, it made for a fun day. A lot of kids wer dressed up and I believe they gave out candy. We did not have kids with us. Everything else on the cruise was great also! All of the entertainment was wonderful. We signed up prior to the cruise for our entertainment and that was a good thing. No lines and better seats. EXCEPT CATS!! It was terrible, boring, too long and story? What story? We should have left way sooner than we did but did not wantt to crawl over folks but soon they were crawling over us. Met my expectations! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We had an excellent cruise. We were a little crowded because I had rented a scooter to get from one end of the ship to the other and the scooter had to remain in the room, at all times, when not in use. An accessible room was not ... Read More
We had an excellent cruise. We were a little crowded because I had rented a scooter to get from one end of the ship to the other and the scooter had to remain in the room, at all times, when not in use. An accessible room was not available when we booked, so from now on we will only book accessible rooms, and if none are available, we will pick another itinerary. Our cabin steward was excellent and our waiter was exceptional. We didn't go to any of the $ restaurants since the food in the MDR was good and to our liking. We booked an inside balcony overlooking the Boardwalk and thoroughly enjoyed having breakfast on the balcony and enjoyed watching all the cruisers wander around the Boardwalk. We could see the Aqua Theater from our balcony and enjoyed watching the shows there. The perks that go along with the inside balcony were a treat. . . . Will be on the Harmony next October and are looking forward to exploring another of the Royal Caribbean ships. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
What can be said about this ship except WOW From start to finish it was good, embarcation was easy, staff were great, the only one complaint was Chops restaurant, poor service, warm food and a waiter that was condescending, when I ... Read More
What can be said about this ship except WOW From start to finish it was good, embarcation was easy, staff were great, the only one complaint was Chops restaurant, poor service, warm food and a waiter that was condescending, when I ordered a beer with my dinner he smirked and said something in his own language, we don't all like wine ! The entertainment was great, the ship was clean if not a little care worn! It's a big ship so expect to do quite a bit of walking, would we go again......yes without any doubt It's not cheap and Royal Caribbean are after every Dollar, I cancelled my gratuities and tipped who I thought deserved it Guest service desk were very helpful and always had answers for any questions. We called at Nassau which is a terrible place in our opinion and should be dropped from the stops. Labarde was fantastic though. We did back to back cruises so had 24 fantastic nights.....don't hesitate, go for it. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
A relaxing seven-day trip! Our trip began in Tallahassee on October 6th as we drove to Gainesville to attend the Florida/LSU football game (what a game!). After the game we drove to Orlando and stayed at the Marriott Fairfield inn near ... Read More
A relaxing seven-day trip! Our trip began in Tallahassee on October 6th as we drove to Gainesville to attend the Florida/LSU football game (what a game!). After the game we drove to Orlando and stayed at the Marriott Fairfield inn near the Orlando airport (a 45-minute drive to the port). We arrived at the port around 11:00 am and, for the convenience, we parked in the port garage - $136 for the week. Security and Check-in were efficient and within 15 minutes we were in the waiting area to board the ship. We were in the waiting area about 15 minutes and were in the Windjammer having lunch by 12:00 noon. As always, the paella was excellent! This was our fourth cruise on the Oasis class ships and our second on the Oasis of the Seas. The Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship and was clean and well maintained, although the ship is beginning to show wear on the carpets and furniture and on the pool deck. Since this was fall break for several southeastern states, there were a lot of families and kids on this cruise. We stayed in cabin 10209, a veranda room overlooking Central Park. As part of the package for staying in a veranda room overlooking Central Park, we received a complimentary bottle of wine and a lunch in Giovanni’s. The lunch at Giovanni’s was excellent. The room was well maintained and outstanding service was provided by our Cabin Attendant (Debra Jack)! The only minor issues we had were that our luggage arrived after dinner and our safe would not open the first evening; we called to have this remedied and they addressed the issue within 20 minutes. In the past, I have been critical of the food in the Main Dinning Room, but this time we found the food to be very good. The menus provided many desirable options. To increase efficiency, the bread is now in bowls on the table (not served to you) and when you place your order you select all courses, including dessert. Steven (waiter) and Alexander (asst. waiter) provided outstanding service. While the first couple of nights we were the only people at a table of six, two ladies joined us at the table later in the week. The highlight of our dining experience in the main dining room was the food and great conversation with our table mates. We did elect to purchase a speciality dinning package (three dinners for $85 plus gratuities per person). Two dinners at the Chops Grill were excellent (great food and service). The third night we went to Sabor and the food was very good, especially the guacamole. The entertainment on the ship was very good. Our favorite shows were the Headliner Show featuring Earl Turner, the aerial show - Come Fly With Me, the aqua show - Oasis of Dreams, and the ice show - Frozen in Time. The Cats production show was disappointing as it was hard to follow and the too-loud background music made it hard to understand the singers. Also disappointing was the sports channels that were offered on the ship, especially on Saturday when only two college football games were shown. Both ESPN channels featured European sports. Since most of the people on the ship were from the southeastern states, a lot of people were disappointed that no SEC football games were available Below are a few of the things that we enjoyed the most and a few tips to use on the ship: Favorite sweets: coconut cookies, oatmeal cookies, carrot cake, and the Austrian fruit breakfast bread. Favorite places to enjoy the pool or escape the crowd to read or take a nap: on Deck 17 in the Solarium near the bar under the shade. Favorite way to start the day: On the treadmill in the gym as the sun comes up or on the walking track on Deck 5. We also enjoy sitting in the chairs on the back of the ship on Deck 5 when the ship is leaving port. Beverage Package: We purchased the soda package. The self-serve Coke machines provide endless drink options and the machines are located in the Windjammer (four), two on the Promenade, and a single machine on Deck 15 in the Arcade. Many passengers do not know about the machine on Deck 15, unless you go into the Arcade. Best way to avoid the wait for elevators before dinner: Either take the stairs or come down early for dinner and have a drink in the many bars or food areas on Deck 5. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We choose this cruise because friend's were booked.Sept. 30 sailing. Boarding was 1 hour late so we were on at 12pm no big deal. Food. We ate breakfast mostly in the dining room service was fast they also had a buffet. No ... Read More
We choose this cruise because friend's were booked.Sept. 30 sailing. Boarding was 1 hour late so we were on at 12pm no big deal. Food. We ate breakfast mostly in the dining room service was fast they also had a buffet. No line up but when we went to windjammer on the way to the pool there was a line up but it seemed to move fast. No complaints on the food. Lunch. We ate mostly in the windjamme no line up maybe it was just the time we were going at around 1.30pm. Lots of choices some things were a little salty. Dinner. We ate in the dining room every night but 1 with a group of 12. We told them what time the first day and they had a table ready 5 to 10 mins. Service was excellent. Specialty. We ate at 150 Central Park. Best meal of the cruise . Diamond Lounge. Too small so they had an overflow deck 4 Blaze. Service was excellent. Shows were very good put some rescheduled due to rocking of the ship. We enjoyed the guitar player at the bar the most. Pools. I was very surprised that you could find a seat even on sea days. Departure we carried of and took 888 taxi to Orlando airport $25. Each. We had no problem making a 11.15am flight,. I will answer any questions if I can. I will have no problem rebooking this large of ship again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
First time traveling on RCI as an adult and the experience was great as expected. Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship in very good condition with tons of activities and stuff to do. We were two couples in the mid 20's without ... Read More
First time traveling on RCI as an adult and the experience was great as expected. Oasis of the Seas is a beautiful ship in very good condition with tons of activities and stuff to do. We were two couples in the mid 20's without kids. I selected this ship because the last cruise was on Carnival Fantasy in 2015 and the experience wasn't great. I wanted to show my wife why I enjoyed cruising with RCI as a kid and was able to convince her on taking this one. The price wasn't expensive, and the itinerary was good as we would visit 3 new places. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy just very long line to pass through security/customs, but it moved quick. It took us around 30 minutes to get in/out of the ship. First day My first impression as I boarded the cruise was a little disappointed. Crew member weren’t giving a warm welcome and elevators were a mess. This elevator thing was a problem throughout the week. Most times they were very crowded and waiting times were like up to 5 minutes. Even more for people in wheelchairs. I read in previous reviews that crew members were pushing to sell drink packages, but we didn’t experience that at all. Maybe once or twice during the first day. I pre-purchased the First Night Done Right but didn’t know what to do. Most crewmembers had no idea on what to do and once they told I needed to make a reservation at Giovanni’s or Chops Grill it took like 20 min on the phone to be able to get it. We picked Giovanni’s and it was the best dinner of the whole week. I highly recommend the restaurant and it is totally worth it. After dinner we went to see Cats and it was quite boring to be honest. Show was canceled at intermission because wasn’t safe for the performants given that the ship was constantly rocking. Labadee First visit to Labadee was very positive. Lots of sunshine but also enough shade. We just enjoyed relaxing by the beach. Beach we picked was quite rocky that even with water shoes made it annoying. Food options were very limited and local vendors were quite irritating but only if you approach them. Falmouth Port is big and quite nice with many things to do around and shop. Excursion, not so much. One of the worst excursions we have had. Ocho Rios highlights and Rum Tasting. Total rip-off and complete monopoly by the tour operators. Tour guide couldn’t care less, and she was not knowledgeable and clearly guessing answers to basic questions. Cozumel Today started very early. We had to be at the meeting place at 6:45 am and the Windjammer opened at 6:30am. RCI should open the buffet earlier. People don’t want to eat breakfast in 5 minutes to then get into a boat. This might be the reason why there were so many people throwing up during the boat ride to Playa del Carmen. Visiting Chichen Itza took the whole day. Over 7hours siting in a bus or ferry. Actual time spent at location a little over 1 hour, which wasn’t enough to cover the whole attraction. Time allowed for shopping was about 10 minutes. Vendors are very aggressive and persistent. Actual tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. By the time we got back to Cozumel, it was almost boarding time so minimal opportunities to shop or eat. Entertainment was great. We barely had free time. There was always something to do. Most shows were awing or funny. Food was great and many places that we didn’t have the chance to try given so many places. Although for the most part there were long queues. I can keep going in describing the ship but overall it was a great experience and highly recommended. I’m not a seasoned cruise traveler (this is #4 is 15 years) but can’t wait to go again and it will be difficult to try a new cruise line since RCI is always reliable. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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