4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. We enjoy the PASSENGERS on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in addition to the ships, itinerary, food and entertainment. We are now all Diamond-Plus Members of ... Read More
Our family is fortunate because we reside only 30-minutes from Port Canaveral. We enjoy the PASSENGERS on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in addition to the ships, itinerary, food and entertainment. We are now all Diamond-Plus Members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown and Anchor Society. Stateroom: We stayed in a marvelous Grand Suite in deck 11 near the Diamond Lounge. The room size is 371 sq. ft. with a 105 sq. ft. balcony. The bathroom is spacious, has a tub, two sinks and lots of storage. Our stateroom attendant provided the "invisible service" we appreciate: place the "Make UP Room" sign on the door when leaving for meals and the room is clean when we return. The internet package for the entire cruise is also a nice feature and comes free with a Grand Suite. Coastal Kitchen and Suite Lounge: We were interested in experiencing the additional benefits of Grand Suites and above (Sky Class) by having breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Coastal Kitchen and drinks in the Suite Lounge next door. Service is superb and quality of the food excels many of the specialty restaurants. The filet of beef, served on the first night of the cruise, is superb!! Select beer, wine and champagne is available from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm. Mixed drinks are available from 4:30pm until 8:00pm each night. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Coastal Kitchen is even open for breakfast on debarkation morning. Reservations are required for dinner, so I recommend making your reservations early when you come on board before the most popular times are taken. Entertainment: We made reservation for the spectacular entertainment well before boarding the ship. Oasis can’t have 6,500 passengers attending the same show at the same time. We reserved Frozen in Time, Oasis of Dreams, the Headliner Showtime, and Come Fly with Me. Sky Class guests get reserved seating at each theater. Shore Excursions: Our only shore excursion was on Labadee’s Barefoot Beach for Sky Class guests and cabana rentals. We received an upscale lunch and a terrific day at a tropical beach. An additional Grand Suite perk was that a separate golf cart type transportation was available (which is nice if the weather is hot or guests have trouble walking). The pick-up spot is just past the information booth and there is an attendant with a walkie-talkie to call the driver. This is not the same service as the other regular guest pick-up carts (which don’t stop at Barefoot Beach). Debarkation: The Concierge service escorted Sky Suites and above off the ship with no queuing. It just took our family 10-minutes from the time we left the Champagne Bar, departed the ship, picked-up our luggage, completed the Customs check and exited Cruise Terminal 1 to our car. WOW! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Traveled with a large group (40) getting on and off ship went quickly and efficiently. Entertainment was awesome! Dining room staff very informative and friendly. Cabin overlooking Central Park was very clean but very noisy. Very good ... Read More
Traveled with a large group (40) getting on and off ship went quickly and efficiently. Entertainment was awesome! Dining room staff very informative and friendly. Cabin overlooking Central Park was very clean but very noisy. Very good staff in housekeeping. Went snorkeling and kayaking on St. Maarten, great experience. Rum tour in San Juan wasn’t worth the price-walked up the hill from the dock- went to a bar where I felt the guide was not very knowledgeable about rum making. Labadee Island was beautiful and well maintained. Did a walking tour-guide took us one mile to end of beaches where we were left with little explaination of what to do had to find out way back to ship. This was a waste of money too. Adult areas in Solarium aboard ship was always too crowded, only could get a loung chair one afternoon. Deck chairs that were abandoned for hours were never cleaned off to make room for other cruisers. Overall I was satisfied with the Oasis of the Seas. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
This was mother/daughter trip to try the BIG ship. I'm 83 but got around the ship pretty well. I did miss being able to take part in the fun outdoor activities. Embarkation was fast enough considering the large number of ... Read More
This was mother/daughter trip to try the BIG ship. I'm 83 but got around the ship pretty well. I did miss being able to take part in the fun outdoor activities. Embarkation was fast enough considering the large number of passengers. Debarkation was worse. Be prepared for long lines. Our cabin was typical of other cruises. See notes below. Great entertainment. Especially Cats and the Comedy Club. Joe Yannetty had me "in stitches". We didn't miss any of the featured shows and enjoyed them all. We did miss having a variety of entertainment in the main showroom. Be sure not to miss the Splish Splash Comedy water show. No reservations required. Some afternoons the Aqua performers rehearsed and that was also interesting to watch. Be sure to make all your show reservations on-line before the cruise. The specialty restaurants Giovannis and Chops were excellent. My Time Dining in the American Grill only twice as there were other venues that we wanted to try. My Time dining can be a little chaotic. And very noisy. Dining room is much better for lunch or breakfast. There is an excellent lunch buffet. We avoided the Windjammer. The ship did not appear "run down" as I've read in other posts. Over-all the noise level was way too high for me. Especially the canned music. The Champagne Bar and Vintages were two places that we found for a quiet before dinner drink. And Schooner Bar was OK at other times. Central Park was very pleasant in the evening. Sometimes quiet live music also. Most of the music that we might have enjoyed was scheduled during dining hours.that was disappointing. The ship did not offer the drink punch card during this cruise. ) : Over all I enjoyed the experience of the Oasis and highly recommend it. But in the future I would choose a smaller ship. Thanks to my daughter for making this trip a wonderful vacation. LABADEE Beautiful beaches. Plenty of loungers on a do-it-yourself basis. Some shade available. BBQ ribs and jerk chicken very tasty. No line if you get there early. Free tram around the area. FALMOUTH Just got off and looked around .Many diamond and watch stores. Plus usual souvenir shops. Margaritaville was very busy. Lots of cruisers enjoying their food and pool. COZUMEL Took a taxi to Paradise Beach. Nice resort. $3 charge. Plenty of lounges with umbrellas. You're obligated to buy food and drinks. Reasonably priced. Margaritas and nachos were great. Very nice pool is also available. For a fee, there were boat rides, parasailing, jet skis, etc. Plenty of taxis waiting to go back to the ship. About a 20 minute ride. Great day. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We have cruised many times, basic to luxury. However we have never taken a cruise on a mega ship. Being in executive management for resorts and hotel for many years, we probably have a better understanding of what it takes to run something ... Read More
We have cruised many times, basic to luxury. However we have never taken a cruise on a mega ship. Being in executive management for resorts and hotel for many years, we probably have a better understanding of what it takes to run something of this scale. We were impressed overall. We chose to come when there would not be too many children onboard as this was a romantic cruise for us. Pros: Central Park, beautiful and romantic, never crowded. Rock climbing, loved Specialty dining, service great, food good, worth the price. Solarian, love they have a adults only area Staff were great, worked hard, always cleaning. Cruise director was great and very informative Safety was stressed and you can tell they take extra precautions in making sure folks are washing their hands and sanitizers everywhere. Even though there was 6400 folks onboard, it really never felt crowded. And we always found a pool chaise. Cons: We chose to not eat in main dining room as even though we had My Time dining there was always a line and wait to get in. Prefer assigned tables. We skipped our last two nights we had reserved for this reason. Solarium, one of the main reasons we chose this cruise, to escape the kiddos and noise. However it was always crowded, and the age needs to be changed to higher age. It starts at 16, not adults. Although this area I s great if raining,being covered, it is too hot to enjoy when warm out. It can get loud too. We think the slots are rigged. We were hitting at the first of the cruise on muiltiple machines, but by the last two days nothing. Several other passengers agreed with this assessment as well. Did not appreciate the fire drill when in the spa. If they are going to do a fire drill, they need to close the spa for that day. Not relaxing at all. Some folks were in getting massages. Also, they do not offer the basic sauna, steam rooms for guest unless you pay. We were coerced into buying a package for use, and while reluctant to buy it, as I didn’t know if I would get my money’s worth, I did as love these items. However I found out on day four you could get a day pass. I was never informed of this option. When I went to spa to inquire and get a refund, I was told it was $50 dollars a day, and they only had so many day passes. When I mentioned if I needed to go to guest services to rectify as I was misled,they assured me someone would take care of it. The next day no word from them. So I went to guest services, they got the manager on the phone. Turns out it’s only $30 dollars a day. She did Credit it back and I only got charged for the one day. Also, they charge a 18% gratuity for this. Why? There is no service being provided? You get your locker and robe, that’s it. Rip off. While we understand there is always constant maintenance ongoing, I think they should dry dock to do this except for minor repairs. Customers should not be inconvenienced when paying for a trip such as this, regardless. Rock climbing, zip lining, etc. these are not open enough. When we chose to not do ports, as we thought this would be a perfect time to do these items as most folks would be off ship and no lines. They would be closed. Not fair being one of the major reasons we booked this ship. They need to limit kiddie strollers, even though not many on this cruise as off season. I bet in summer it’s packed with strollers. They would take up most of elevators. They need to have special elevators for strollers etc. not sure how they could do this but where there is a will there is a way. Comedy venue needs to be larger, very small, books up and almost impossible to get in. Deck chairs are in need of replacement, very worn. Ports were unimpressive, however we did not choose cruise for ports but rather by date. So we knew this going in. Overall, the staff are very hardworking, and try to please. We would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Night before disembarkation, hubby lost his phone. Lost and found did not have before we had to leave the ship. After some research learned they do have a method to report lost items after disembarkation. Completed a form with phone ... Read More
Night before disembarkation, hubby lost his phone. Lost and found did not have before we had to leave the ship. After some research learned they do have a method to report lost items after disembarkation. Completed a form with phone data as instructed and several days later was informed the phone had been found, but was cruising the ocean for several more days. After paying for shipping, the phone was ups'd. to me the day after the ship returned to port where the phone ended its sail and began a road trip to my house. The reunion was a happy one. Our Park view balcony was enjoyable. We always book as near a rear or mid ship elevator as possible. We don't want, at age 84 to walk too far, just to reach an elevator. Usually, the back of the ship is more convenient for dining and other activities we enjoy. The park view area is usually quiet and keeping the curtains closed during private moments was not a problem. One disappointment is that Cats is still the main show during the cruise. Several people we met were like us and had seen it on the ship months earlier. The production was not as good as it should have been. The variety of entertainment was lacking. For a first timer, it might suffice, but if you have cruised at lot you have seen much better with more variety. We were also disappointed in the Diamond concierge, more like a desk sitting greater. She did not mingle, did nothing but sit at her desk and smile hello and goodby. In the morning she did not even do that. Our steward was excellent, best ever! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Destinations matched our plan and was available at a reasonable price. OverLl the service was good and staff was friendly. The ship was very good and was big enough that you hardly noticed that you were on a ship of you were not looking. ... Read More
Destinations matched our plan and was available at a reasonable price. OverLl the service was good and staff was friendly. The ship was very good and was big enough that you hardly noticed that you were on a ship of you were not looking. There was a lot to do and see even without getting off of the ship. Alcohol was over-priced. Good exercise options. Excursion experiences were overpriced and we also did not feel like they were trying to give us much information about what was available to do other than the excursions they were selling, which were very much over-priced. Even on the Labadie stop, no map or list of activities was provided. There was also not much mention of how to conduct ourselves safely. Information related to what to do in emergency was limited and we are skeptical that the rescue boats are really big enough to safely allow for all passengers to fit. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
I chose this cruise because eight other couples were going on this particular ship. At many times the crowds on board were overwhelming. The service and shows were top notch, but a lot of the time we felt like we were living in a high ... Read More
I chose this cruise because eight other couples were going on this particular ship. At many times the crowds on board were overwhelming. The service and shows were top notch, but a lot of the time we felt like we were living in a high class shopping mall. There is too much emphasis on pushing the merchandise. If I wanted to shop, I could go to any neighborhood mall at home. Labadee was the most beautiful port, but it isn't able to handle the 6800 passengers. We couldn't get a beach chair within sight of the beach. The lines for lunch stretched around the buildings. The local artisan merchants were too pushy and refused to take no for an answer. St Maarten was beautiful, and is still trying to recover from the hurricane. The Golden Eagle sail away excursion was fun, but the snorkeling was poor; cloudy water, and crowded. The food and culture in San Juan was great. Excellent tour guide with lots of knowledge and energy, small group and great food. Royal Caribbean charges 18.5% gratuity for the shore excursions, but I really doubt that the actual staff sees much of that. The Golden Eagle crew was asking for tips at the end of the excursion. There were 5 staff and about forty passengers with automatic tipping amounting to about $800+ for four hours work. With a charge of $90 per guest, surely the staff isn't relying solely on tips. Overall, Oasis of the Seas is very impressive, but too large. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Oasis is an amazing ship and this is the 2nd time we’ve been on it. This time seemed a little more crowded but still managed to feel like there were places to relax and escape the crowds. Embarkation was a breeze, usually we arrive early ... Read More
Oasis is an amazing ship and this is the 2nd time we’ve been on it. This time seemed a little more crowded but still managed to feel like there were places to relax and escape the crowds. Embarkation was a breeze, usually we arrive early and are one of the first on but this day we were running a little behind from our air BNB in Orlando, so boarding had started. Even with the crowds it was a seemingly short process with lots of happy caring people along the way. We had some bad service in the dinning room the first night but the staff was amazing and fixed it very quickly and every other night was delicious, quick and friendly. We also loved the specialty restaurants Giovanni’s and Sabor. Giovanni’s was so much delicious italian food with amazing service. Our lunch at Sabor was amazing as well with some delicious specialty margaritas. (Maybe a little too many :P) The casino, as on every ship I’ve been, is a place i’d Like to go but can’t deal with due to the excessive smoke smell. This time seemed worse than others and the smell was moving out through other areas of the deck. We had a wonderful stateroom attendant, Andy and were treated to amazing towel animals. On the first night of the cruise we were going to see Cats the musical but it was canceled due to technical issues with the music. The situation was delt with well and a substitute was found for an impromptu performance by the pub singer Tommy Green Jr. It ended up being one of my favourite shows on the cruise. Definitely check him out if he’s still there. We also finally got to see cats on the last night and it was well worth the wait. I’m not a huge fan of the musical but the performances were beyond expectations so it did not matter and I was entirely entertained. I find with every cruise the photos are getting more expensive and worse quality, this time we had blurry photos, discoloured, or strangely lit photos. I also dislike that there is no way to change photo size or take off boarders. Another thing I was disappointed in was how hard it was to find entertainment that was lgbtq inclusive. Some of the worst parts being the love and marriage game show, the quest and the comedy shows. Now a joke at the expense of anyone is fun but I find that lgbtq people are always the butt of the joke which makes my fiancé and I uncomfortable with being a couple on the ship. I do not by any means think the company RCCL is homophobic or against the lgbtq community but it would be nice to be included here and there. Now don’t get my review wrong, the ship was amazing, the service too. Across the board crew members go above and beyond on RCCL and the experience was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We love to travel and have always wanted to take a cruise so when we won this one we couldn't wait. If you want to do anything special for an excursion or a ship board show make sure you sign up in advance. We missed out o a lot of ... Read More
We love to travel and have always wanted to take a cruise so when we won this one we couldn't wait. If you want to do anything special for an excursion or a ship board show make sure you sign up in advance. We missed out o a lot of exciting trips because we didn't know any better. That was our fault for not taking the time to check into it like we were told to.I We couldn't believe how much there was to do on the ship. It was amazing! Unless we were actually looking outside a window it felt like we were either in a Casino hotel or a shopping mall. The main thing we wanted to express was how incredible their crews service was. Although they were all very polite and helpful when they could be there were three that really stood out. There is a fancy dining hall that you can attend for supper every evening (unfortunately we didn't realize it until the last two nights, again: our fault) Our waiter Crispin Ibay and his assistant Iwayan Budiana were so polite and attentive that we felt like Donald Trump (before he was elected. We don't have any secret service guys protecting us) They even put the napkin in your lap. We have eaten in some very nice restaurants but have never had anyone serve us like we were their only customers without them becoming annoying until these two. And last but DEFINITELY not least is Srinivas Ravula. He was our assigned house keeping guy. He was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! We had a different animal made out of towels left for us everyday! It was a VERY nice touch. We've never had anyone keep our room so clean. He even organized al the mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body gel each in a row in the shower caddy. UNBELIEVABLE! lol. If we could rate them on a scale of 1-010 we would give them all 20's! We won another cruise in the casino so if we end up back on the Oasis we will be hoping for these guys again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Oasis of the Sea is a very large ship. It gives you many opportunities to choose activities, food venues, and pools. We were on board with maximum capacity of 6500 passengers. Very first time I've experienced such a large number of ... Read More
Oasis of the Sea is a very large ship. It gives you many opportunities to choose activities, food venues, and pools. We were on board with maximum capacity of 6500 passengers. Very first time I've experienced such a large number of passengers. We would prefer to travel when they're not booked to capacity. Even with this large number of people embarking and disembarking was very smooth. Food and bar Service was extremely good and fast. We were extremely excited and happy to see how large are room was. It was an outside open balcony cabin. The privacy of the cabin and balcony made us feel like we're alone on the high seas. We enjoyed Park Place with all of its green vegetation and European atmosphere. If you wished to pay an additional premium for dinner there were many specialty dining restaurants . I am not from a big city and used to crowds. But I would recommend this Cruise to friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Purchased this cruise for several reasons. Thought it would be perfect for "family" and was. The ship itself is in need of refurbishing. Our "balcony" cabin was very good overall but not as roomy (to us) as the same ... Read More
Purchased this cruise for several reasons. Thought it would be perfect for "family" and was. The ship itself is in need of refurbishing. Our "balcony" cabin was very good overall but not as roomy (to us) as the same ones on Freedom class. They had comforters stuffed under the bed which made it almost impossible to place luggage under there. The lighting is in need of updating to LED as cabin lights were very dim. With it being the size ship it is, I would have thought there would have been at least more outlets. IE: A simple plug in within the bedlamps so you could charge phones by bed and use one on vanity for blow dryer, curling rods, etc.. The MDR was wonderful. The selection of food was good, service impeccable and just all around great for families. The family enjoyed the ports, beaches, and shops. They found the excursions a bit pricey so they booked their own once on land and it was wonderful. We only attended the comedy (adult) show and it was good and thankful not near as crude as expected. The grandchildren, ages 4 and 7 really enjoyed the Adventure Ocean area. Once they discovered it, they always wanted to go. The swimming pool is in serious need of "revamping" in our opinion. Chair hogs as we figured we would see, big children (over 12) in the kiddie pool and running wild, and people leaving their cups, plates, food, all over the place. I understand there are no "bins" to put your dirty dishes in at the pool area but to leave on ground for someone to kick around or stumble over is ridiculous! And to finish, the WILD ones! I have never encountered so many RUDE, OBNOXIOUS pre-teens and teens in all my life I understand it was spring break and they were on vacation as well but to block stairways, running and bumping into other guests and to throw dishes off the balconies like a frisbee is improper parenting! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the class of ship. With 3 young children with us it's nice to have the boardwalk and carousel and the other activities when walking around with them. We also enjoy Central Park. We ate dinner 4 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the class of ship. With 3 young children with us it's nice to have the boardwalk and carousel and the other activities when walking around with them. We also enjoy Central Park. We ate dinner 4 nights in the specialty restaurants which we had not done before, other than Chops. Our curiosity is satisfied and other than Chops we probably wouldn't do that again. The quality of the food and service was very good but just not something that we really care about. We found the service in the dining room to be excellent which is something we couldn't say about the last few cruises. We had My Time Dining and did only eat in the DR 3 nights. We really weren't very impressed with the new menu and the bread being on the table which was lacking some of our favorites. My husband and son-in-law love the chilled soups and we didn't see any on the menu. We are Diamond Plus members and were not impressed by the Diamond Lounge. The service in there was really lacking and we had to find servers to order drinks on several occasions. We are very laid back and not in the least demanding so that was pretty bad. Definite pros and cons to such a big ship, we found Labadee really crowded which we really hadn't noticed before. That said...there were a lot of areas on the ship that we were able to find that were not crowded at all. The public areas are very nice and well kept. We really enjoyed the cruise and will go again in October, on the Allure. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We picked this cruise because of the ports of call and the size of the ship. Going bigger was the right choice. I never felt crowed or overwhelmed. The longest we waited in line was 5 mins at the soda machine. St. Maarten needs a lot ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the ports of call and the size of the ship. Going bigger was the right choice. I never felt crowed or overwhelmed. The longest we waited in line was 5 mins at the soda machine. St. Maarten needs a lot of work. We took a private tour through Viator. Highly recommend. 5 hours with a local who took us on both sides of the island and to see the damage and the beauty of the beaches. Make sure to book your show reservations before you get on the ship. Book Oasis of Dreams on the first night. Most shows cancel because of wind. Don't waste your time on Cats! Most people walked out. For shows not seeing reservations, go early to get in line. Formal night is fun. A nice dress for the ladies and shirt and tie is good for the men. No need for a jacket. There are 2 formal nights. Don't stress about getting on and off the ship. Wow!!!!! So smooth and easy if you are patient. Relax and have fun. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Boarding went quickly. We are Gold level on RCL so no extra perks for us. Booked an inside cabin #10445 - quiet, clean room - with easy access to elevators. The shows were good - booked them all in advance. Dining in the ... Read More
Boarding went quickly. We are Gold level on RCL so no extra perks for us. Booked an inside cabin #10445 - quiet, clean room - with easy access to elevators. The shows were good - booked them all in advance. Dining in the main dining room was okay- they don't have a lot of options for vegetarians- but I did have some amazing salads.The wait staff in the main dining room are very very customer service orientated- they want you to be happy. Activities were ok- they could do so much with that kids club area that they have- it is under utilized. Towel folding was funny- they just show you - they don't give out towels so you can try it out along side of them - waste of time. Dream Works parade is amazing! Attended the sushi making class ($28) - went to the main desk and asked if my husband could come along as my eater (bc I thought they would be using raw fish & I def don't eat raw fish) they called the restaurant and it was no problem-- so I signed up. What a FUN way to spend the morning on a sea day!!! The instruction was excellent and I learned some things. We made 3 huge rolls--(no raw fish)-- we made crab, shrimp and avocado rolls- yummy. Went to the future cruise office-- they were not that friendly and it was hard to see what was available- didn't book a future cruise with them. If you wanted to book your next trip on board for the perks - would suggest you know exactly when and where you want to go. The cost of popcorn is $2.50, I forget the cost of cotton candy- but there is a fee. The buffet at some busy dining times did have a line to get in - the servers will seat you when a table opens up. They have an announcement kindly asking you not to linger in the dining area because people are waiting. Central Park had nice places to sit and read - also the Cafe in Central Park was good for lunch. We didn't feel like there were thousands of people on board. There were never crazy lines that took forever- wait oops -yes there were -on the Boardwalk they had a carnival day for the kids- free cake, free candy apples etc... the line to get a candy apple was outrageous and idk why it moved so slow- and no sadly I didn't get a candy apple bc I wasn't waiting in the snaking line. The Boardwalk was packed full of people and the games were not organised- just tossed out a few jump ropes and other outdoor games. That was the only time I experienced a mob of people during the week. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Super Service, Food better than last cruise. Labadee & Falmouth are both getting a bit "old"in terms of destinations. Cozumel was nice. Highly recommend Chaakenaab Park in Cozumel. Ship is in pretty good shape except ... Read More
Super Service, Food better than last cruise. Labadee & Falmouth are both getting a bit "old"in terms of destinations. Cozumel was nice. Highly recommend Chaakenaab Park in Cozumel. Ship is in pretty good shape except for carpeting and drapes - need replacing (planned for drydock in October). Service seemed noticeably better - with everyone we engaged being friendly and looking to go the extra mile for help and smiling services. Food was also improved, especially in the main dining room. First time porting in Port Canaveral. We have to say that the speed and efficiency at that location was as good as any place we've embarked before. The Cortrans shuttle back to the Orlando airport was on time and well done. All in all, Royal Caribbean did their part well, and our 2nd time on Oasis was at least as good (if not slightly better) than the first. All of us had a nice time, and the Spring Break crowd was hardly noticeable. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We choose OAS because this has always been a great ship to cruise on. Unfortunately all the great staff has been removed and sent to either Harmony or Symphony. The new menus are in effect with French onion soup added to the appetizers ... Read More
We choose OAS because this has always been a great ship to cruise on. Unfortunately all the great staff has been removed and sent to either Harmony or Symphony. The new menus are in effect with French onion soup added to the appetizers and now you order dessert at the same time as everything else. We did not see any improvement in speed of delivery of food by doing this. The bread is now on the table when you get there without savory bites. Chilled soups are not on the menu but if you ask you can get them. The main entrees seem to have been changed and not as good as before. The CATS production had more people leaving early than any show I’ve ever seen on board. The CD was almost invisible. The Beatle Maniacs have to be the best headliners we’ve seen in years. The pool attendant at Beach Pool was outstanding. Beatrice the Diamond Concierge is very accommodating. We dined on deck 5 and enjoyed the great service of the assistant waiter, Julie Sedillo who was on the first month of her first contract and should be promoted to head waiter if she continues delivering the service she gave us. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
My husband and I and our two daughters, ages 7 and 11, enjoyed our spring break cruise. This was our first time on a ship as large as Oasis. We've sailed Disney before, and my husband and I have done two previous Royal Caribbean ... Read More
My husband and I and our two daughters, ages 7 and 11, enjoyed our spring break cruise. This was our first time on a ship as large as Oasis. We've sailed Disney before, and my husband and I have done two previous Royal Caribbean cruises before, although on much smaller ships. Cabin: Our cabin was 9610, a balcony room with a pull-out couch. The room was fine, other than we all had a very difficult time trying to sleep because we couldn't get the room as cool as we would like at night. We also found the mattresses to be quite hard and uncomfortable. I wish we had a room with the pull-out bed from the wall. Our cabin steward gave us towel animals 5 out of 7 nights, so my girls enjoyed that. Ship: There's so much to do on the ship. My oldest daughter enjoyed the zipline. Both girls did the rock climbing wall, and loved all the pools. We all enjoyed the big hot tubs that go out over the side of the ship. Oldest daughter and I did a sushi making class, which was fun, although they kind of rushed us through it and it was a little hard to keep up at times. Youngest daughter's biggest disappointment was not getting to ice skate. They only opened the ice skating rink on the second sea day. Went down there to sign up for a session (you have to sign up 15 minutes in advance for a 30-minute session) but all the sessions were booked up for the day by the time we got down there. It was one of the biggest things she had been looking forward to, and I wish they had indicated that we needed to sign up as soon as they opened. I also don't understand why it was only offered one day the entire 7 days we were there. Shows: We saw Oasis of Dreams, Come Fly With Me, a comedy show, the comedy diving show, and Frozen in Time. Oasis of Dreams and Frozen in Time were our favorites. They do a really great job. Kids club: The first sea day we tried to take youngest daughter to kids club, but it was full! I didn't even know that was a possibility. The rest of the cruise we were able to get her in and she enjoyed herself and would ask us if we could take her there. Oldest daughter is 11, and turns 12 in two months. She is just at that awkward age where she wasn't quite old enough for the teen club, and I didn't feel totally comfortable letting her do it because they keep the 12-17-year olds together. I just don't think a 12-year-old girl needs to be hanging out with high school boys. Sooo Kids Club was a mixed bag for her. She was bored a lot, but when there were other 11-year-olds there she enjoyed hanging out with them, although she didn't really find the activities that interesting. Also, kids club staff do NOT get paid enough. It was always very loud, jam packed and kids in general were acting like total brats whenever I was down there. I felt sorry for the staff. My oldest daughter wrote them a very nice thank-you note on her last day as she also noticed how incredibly bratty some of the behaved. Dining: We did the 3-night specialty restaurant package. We ate at Chops, Giovannis, and Sabor. Giovannis was one of my favorites, but hubby liked Chops best. Sabor was a nice change of pace, but probably not the best use of our dining package. It's really more of a lunch place, and not worth a $20 per person cover charge ($10 per kid). The rest of the days we ate dinner in the dining room with My Time dining. We had reservations for 6 p.m. and would arrive about 30 minutes early each night and they were always able to seat us immediately, and with the same waiter each time. The food was pretty good. On lobster night, service was painfully slow, but the lobsters were quite tasty (I wasn't expecting a lot there, so I was pleasantly surprised). The only disappointment were the desserts. They were meh. We enjoyed the variety in the Windjammer for breakfast in the mornings. We had room service one day and it was ok. Some items we ordered didn't make it. Ports - St. Martin - this was our favorite stop. We booked a tour with Billy Bones Speedboats and it was a great way to spend the day seeing the island. There is still so much damage. San Juan - we did the Vivo Beach Club excursion. There wasn't a lot of options that were interesting to us in San Juan, especially since we were only there until 1:30. I feel like we paid way too much for the Vivo Beach Club excursion given that we didn't' get there until 10 a.m. and had to leave at 1. Labadee - Unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived in Labadee and stayed cloudy and cool the whole time we were there. We reserved a beach bungalow, which was very nice, and the kids still played in the water even though it was cloudy and cool. I would love to try it again when it was sunny and warm, because it was a really nice place. Overall, we enjoyed our cruise and would do it again! The only hiccup was that on day 7, the day we got off the ship, youngest daughter woke up not feeling well. We made it through a long day of travel home and took her to urgent care, where she was diagnosed with Influenza A. The next day, I was diagnosed with it as well. I feel like we practically bathed ourselves in hand sanitizer on the ship, but, alas. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
We chose RCL Oasis because we wanted to experience the large shipliner and all its amenities. The public spaces are beautiful and generally well kept. The Balcony cabins are very small compared to balcony rooms on any other ship. ... Read More
We chose RCL Oasis because we wanted to experience the large shipliner and all its amenities. The public spaces are beautiful and generally well kept. The Balcony cabins are very small compared to balcony rooms on any other ship. However our Accessible Family Balcony had everything plus more. This room rocked and made our trip expereince wonderful. At Labadee they even provide wheelchairs for free that can be pushed on sand and into the ocean. This is the most accessible cruise ship we have found and for that reason we would definitely cruise again with RCL on their newer ships. This is the only ship we have been on in recent years that still serves lobster in it's main dining room experience. Dining on RCL is top notch with excellent food and service. If you are a foody like me ...unless your wanting a discount cruise expereince...to save money ...go with RCL. At least on their newer ships dining is very good! Buffet food poor! As far as RCL crown membership experience...its pathetic compared to other cruise lines. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
Decided to give Royal Caribbean a try and sailed on the Oasis of the Seas the ship was nice, but VERY BIG. Stayed in cabin 14172 not impressed!! The bathroom did not outlets to plug items in i.e. shaver or hairdryer. The room could have ... Read More
Decided to give Royal Caribbean a try and sailed on the Oasis of the Seas the ship was nice, but VERY BIG. Stayed in cabin 14172 not impressed!! The bathroom did not outlets to plug items in i.e. shaver or hairdryer. The room could have used aliittle more attention as far as cleaning. Not vacuumed the whole time. Embarkation was really smooth and quick considering the amount of passengers. I was amazed how quick it went. Dining in the Grand dining room was. The menu was pretty much the same every night. Can’t speak to the entertainment. The ports of call were ok. I especially enjoyed St.Maarten. San Juan was ok ,but had a few guys begging more for money. I did not care for Labadee. The vendors are very aggressive!! I understand that they have to earn a living, but beware they are very aggressive. The disembarkation was smooth considering that there over 6500 passengers on board. There was ONE excursion for handicapped people! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
Overall we had an excellent vacation and we came home with outstanding memories. The following is more critical, because, well, this is Cruise Critic, and that is what we do, right? We choose this cruise because it fit our ... Read More
Overall we had an excellent vacation and we came home with outstanding memories. The following is more critical, because, well, this is Cruise Critic, and that is what we do, right? We choose this cruise because it fit our schedule and budget. Was apprehensive about the size of the ship, but turned out to not be an issue as RCCL has done a great job of making the ship feel smaller through its various neighborhoods. The only times we felt the largeness was when trying to get on the ship and while waiting for the Flow Rider. The staterooms are great and the food was excellent. We prefer the split bathroom concept on Disney cruise lines, but even with the 4 of us in one stateroom, we found the singular lavatory sufficient. The only issue that had an impact on our vacation was the entertainment. We went to 4 shows. 1. The Oasis of Dreams diving show was cool to watch, but neither my wife nor myself could understand what the story line was. 5 of 10 stars. 2. The ice skating show based on Hans Christian Andersen was fabulous - 10 stars. 3. Cats - good timeless story but the performing talent was average. 4. The Come Fly with Me had some fun moments, but it has one scene where the a male and female acrobat descend on the stage in a very sensual position wearing nude colored tights. There was not much left to the imagination and was certainly not appropriate for my 12 year old son and 6 year old daughter. It was listed as family appropriate and we wish we had known what to expect prior to attending. Our 6 year old daughter had a great time in Kids camp and begged to stay longer. This staff was fabulous and awesome. Our 12 year old was in a bit of a rut. The teen camp was mostly older kids 14+, leaving him in an awkward position. Too old for kids camp and not quite old enough for teenager camp. He found the putt putt golf to be a blast and probably played 25 rounds, but would really like to have had a teen club for the 12-14 year old crowd. Dining - we had the My Time dining. Frankly, we still don't know what that means. We know it meant we didn't have a set dining time, but it seems that we could also make a reservation if we wanted to. Nobody could really explain to us the benefits of it. As such, we would show up to the restaurant when we wanted and were typically seated within 10 minutes. However, we had a different table and wait staff each evening. We don't think this is how it was intended to be. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We had a great experience on the ship. Food was great, except for Giovansi's. Izumi was outstanding but pricey. Due to weather we were unable to stop at Labadie and did not get another port day to replace it. The beach we went to in ... Read More
We had a great experience on the ship. Food was great, except for Giovansi's. Izumi was outstanding but pricey. Due to weather we were unable to stop at Labadie and did not get another port day to replace it. The beach we went to in Jamaica was small, crowded and full of seaweed. The Appleton Rum Estate tour was good and lunch there was outstanding. Cozumel was wonderful. Our original tour was canceled due to ferry service issue. we booked a smaller tour. The beach looked beautiful fro a far it rained all day. we shopped in the rain all day and had a great local lunch. I would love to go back on a sunny day. The talent on this boat was amazing all shows. the dinning room food was very good. Pool deck and solarium was crowded and never any chairs. We really enjoyed the ship. wish the had a back up plan for bad weather. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
We travel on the Oasis of the Seas with our AAA Cruising Group - Rocky and the Rollers! We loved the entertainment and would travel with them anytime! We love the ship! The ice rink is our dance hall and is perfect! Love the Food, Love ... Read More
We travel on the Oasis of the Seas with our AAA Cruising Group - Rocky and the Rollers! We loved the entertainment and would travel with them anytime! We love the ship! The ice rink is our dance hall and is perfect! Love the Food, Love the entertainment, Love the room and loved the dining staff and cabin service staff - they were very attentive. The bad thing was that we missed our first port - Labadee Haiti - too windy and large waves - so we missed this port due to high seas. We liked Jamaica - we did have a great Dune Buggy experience and had a muddy messy time but we had a BLAST! Cozumel has always been great - but this was the very first time we have ever been rained on - I mean BUCKETS - downpoured almost all day! We had to walk back to the ship in the rain - not a warm day during the entire cruise - not even a pink tone to my skin AT ALL! Without Rocky and the Rollers - our trip would have been a complete bust for entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We loved a lot of things about this cruise. The public areas are quite beautiful, especially Central Park and the Solarium. Despite the large number of passengers, many public areas seemed spacious and relaxing. The ship is huge, but we ... Read More
We loved a lot of things about this cruise. The public areas are quite beautiful, especially Central Park and the Solarium. Despite the large number of passengers, many public areas seemed spacious and relaxing. The ship is huge, but we did not have any trouble traversing it end to end by going through Deck 8 (Central Park) or Deck 5 (Promenade). We found some truly outstanding staff, and our daily encounters with them really added sparkle to our week (go see Ryan at the liquor store, Richard at the Tiffany store, Chris the bartender at the Solarium pool deck ... and we really enjoyed the attention of our head waiter Jeldon in the American Icons dining room each night). We also really enjoyed a lot of the entertainment. The Come Fly with Me show was truly excellent, and the 1st parade and the Aqua theater show were fascinatingly weird. Ice show and headliner were good. And we never miss a Quest game ... this one did not disappoint. We were a group of 8 (my parents in their 70s, my husband and I in our 50s, and our adult children in their 20s), and most members of our group enjoyed the Flowrider, zip line, climbing walls, and miniature golf. Nice selection of activities to choose from. Minuses: the ship is due for updates later this year, and it shows in places. Many of the carpets were noticeably worn or dirty near elevators. We really hated our room set-up ... 4 people to a room in an inside cabin is always a lot, but with no upper bunks this was really cramped. There did not seem to be a lot of late-night food or beverage options. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We choose the Oasis of the Seas because it sails out of Port Canaveral and we wanted to see what the largest cruise ship in the world was like to sail on. Embarkation: We had priority boarding but the woman that gave us instructions ... Read More
We choose the Oasis of the Seas because it sails out of Port Canaveral and we wanted to see what the largest cruise ship in the world was like to sail on. Embarkation: We had priority boarding but the woman that gave us instructions when we got off the bus told us we had to wait in the long queue like everyone else. Of course we didn't know that there was separate line so we did. I give them a -1 star for that. Disembarkation: This was a breeze and to me it did not look like it mattered what class you were in. The ship: The ship is incredible. There was a few areas that you could tell that are ready for the upcoming dry dock but all in all it was still in great shape. Cabin: We were in a grand balcony suite (Sky class) so the cabin was very nice and very spacious. Dining: We purchased the ultimate dining package so we did not eat in the main dining rooms. The coastal kitchen was very good at breakfast but lunch was lacking a good menu. We did not eat dinner there. We ate breakfast and lunch at windjammers a couple of times when we could get in. Terribly over packed during sea days. I would recommend Geovanni's, Izumi, Chops Grille for this package. 150 park place and Sabor were kind of a bust, especially 150 which was really bad. Entertainment: The shows, movies and parade were on par with Disney. We thoroughly enjoyed them but Cat's could be shortened up in my humble opinion. Service: Excellent. Everywhere too and not in any one area. Ports & Shore Excursions: Labadee was a bust since we could not dock due to high waves (really hurt our experience since we had 2 of our 3 excursions planned there). Jamaica is well Jamaica. We walked around the port and got brave and ventured out into old town but did not go far before turning back. I did not feel comfortable there at all. Cozumel started out great with a bright sunny morning but as our excursion time neared the weather went south and it started pouring down the rain. we ended up not getting off the ship because it rained all day long. So all together we had about 3 hours off the ship the whole trip. Party: Just my wife of 39 years and I. Would we do it again: Of course we would Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose Oasis because we wanted to see "the really big ship." We sailed with my parents who had only ever been on Disney cruises before this one and they really enjoyed RC too. Embarkation was awful. We stood in a massive ... Read More
We chose Oasis because we wanted to see "the really big ship." We sailed with my parents who had only ever been on Disney cruises before this one and they really enjoyed RC too. Embarkation was awful. We stood in a massive line outside for over an hour before we even got into the main building just to wait another 30 minutes or so. This is our major area of disappointment that I hope RC improves. Stagger the check-in times like DCL does to help with the long wait times. The ship itself did not disappoint. Loved the neighborhoods and flow of the ship. It didn't feel too big even though it's huge. My mom has a bad knee but she had no trouble getting around. Sometimes the wait for the elevators was too long for comfort, but with a ship this size we kind of expected that. The entertainment was fabulous. We especially loved Frozen in Time and the Oasis of Dreams aquashow. Also, the comedian, El Gaucho, was hilarious. We're still quoting his one-liners. The food was mostly great as well. We ate 6 of 7 nights in the main dining room because we loved our wait staff and because the food was so great we didn't feel the need to pay extra for the specialty restaurants. However, we did eat one night at the Solarium because it was offered as complimentary. The food there was great and I loved the appetizer and dessert buffet. Our cabin was wonderful. Cabin 8695 which was a balcony cabin on deck 8 overlooking the Boardwalk. We were the first boardwalk balcony cabin in our hallway (closest to the elevator/farthest from the Aquatheater). I was worried about being on the lowest Boardwalk deck and being so far back from the theater that we might not be able to see the ocean but we could. It was nice to be able to wake up each morning and check the weather then look out the back of the ship to see the water. Not to mention our cabin offered great people watching. A bonus is our bed was by the door so we had more room to access our closet and it made the cabin feel more spacious. The downfall was 2 of the 3 ports of call. Our stop at Labadee was canceled due to high waves. Can't control Mother Nature so I don't fault Royal Caribbean for it, but it was still disappointing considering our 7-day cruise only had 3 ports of call to begin with. Falmouth, Jamaica was awesome. We took a cab to Mystic Mountain because we've been there before and wanted to go back. Finally, in Cozumel, it started raining 30 minutes after we exited the ship and didn't really stop until the late afternoon. During our tour of the ruins we got soaked and then had to ride in a cold AC'd bus for the rest of the day with soaking wet clothes. My parents both got sick from the cold, rainy tour so that was a bummer. Even with the hiccups, sailing on the Oasis was still a great time. Friendly staff, great shows, good food, and lots to do even when you're at sea for 5 of the 7 days. 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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