1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We are Diamond Plus members and have done many cruises on Royal. Has been pretty good in the past but this time we had way too many small kids everywhere. the adults only solarium contains a "pool" which is nothing more than a ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus members and have done many cruises on Royal. Has been pretty good in the past but this time we had way too many small kids everywhere. the adults only solarium contains a "pool" which is nothing more than a glorified hot tub and had sunscreen floating on top of the water. Disgusting. Apparently had 3rd and 4th passenger free during that two weeks period. Worst we had ever experienced. Kids everywhere. The second week we had the best waiter we had ever had on a cruise and the assistant waiter was also very attentive. The champagne brunch and kitchen tour was interesting although we had had better tours of the kitchen area on other smaller ships. The brunch that followed however was terrific. All the champagne and mimosas you could drink. Go our money's worth for sure. We are Diamond Plus members so we get reserved seats for the show and priority embarkation among other perks including free drinks daily. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My friend won a cruise from her company the company picked the ship. Oh yes we have spoken to them about other choices. The ship was so overcrowed you couldnt even get in the pool or find a lounge chair to set in. It took forever to get a ... Read More
My friend won a cruise from her company the company picked the ship. Oh yes we have spoken to them about other choices. The ship was so overcrowed you couldnt even get in the pool or find a lounge chair to set in. It took forever to get a drink from the bar. A couple of the bars we just stopped going to. It seemed like they had plenty of cheer in their system and they couldnt care if they waited on ya or not. Our room was filthy and yes contact me, and I will show you them. They are going all over the internet you may have seen them. The very best thing on this boat was the food service people. The wait staff was super, they really tried to make your cruise special. The guy who took our pictures lost them. When we went to view them they were not there. So we didnt wven get to see them. This was so disappointing for me. Then tou but the drink cards and you cant get waited on. Or they ask you if ypu would like a drink you say yes, they say well you have to buy the glass too. Ripe off cruise lines. Stay away! Read Less
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We all really enjoyed the cruise but expected more out of a few things, namely suite level service and the drink package. We found it very difficult to get bottled water and room service seemed put out every time they delivered food to the ... Read More
We all really enjoyed the cruise but expected more out of a few things, namely suite level service and the drink package. We found it very difficult to get bottled water and room service seemed put out every time they delivered food to the point that we felt awkward or bad for doing so. We had a family of 5 so we had to do a few dinners and breakfasts in the room and it would have been nice if the service wouldn’t have been so rude. Other than those items, we really enjoyed the trip and with a few minor improvements, things could have been much better. Also, one of our shore excursions was not anything as advertised but we still had a good time. Overall, I would cruise on this line again, but I would certainly ask for additional levels of service if booking a suite again. I would also be looking for a wider variety of destinations as it seems the ships go to the same locations. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
A family of 5....kids are 6, 8, 10. This was our 1st Royal cruise. We have been on 3 NCL ones prior. The quality of the kids club was outstanding!!!!! The crowd was great - since the drinking packages are more expensive there was none ... Read More
A family of 5....kids are 6, 8, 10. This was our 1st Royal cruise. We have been on 3 NCL ones prior. The quality of the kids club was outstanding!!!!! The crowd was great - since the drinking packages are more expensive there was none of the crazy drunks like on NCL (didn't like that). So that's 2 great things - nice people and great kids club. The ship itself is dated. It's not a new ship, though could have some updates for sure SOONER rather than later. Food was AWFUL. I work in NYC and don't travel for food though I expect it to be decent. Breakfast was a joke - toast was already toasted so it was always cold. Pancakes were crunchy on the edges and not soft while the Waffles were always soggy/not crispy. Alternatives were not great so overall I was VERY disappointed with the food. Staff was hit or miss. I think some were ready to go on their own vacations. It's a pity though we won't be back for a while to Royal... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The ship was beautiful especially Central Park and the Promenade. The food was excellent in the main dinning room for dinner. The stateroom was uncomfortably small and the shower was minute and totally unacceptable. This was our 14th ... Read More
The ship was beautiful especially Central Park and the Promenade. The food was excellent in the main dinning room for dinner. The stateroom was uncomfortably small and the shower was minute and totally unacceptable. This was our 14th cruise so we are not novices but we were totally disappointed as to the size of the stateroom. This was the first OASIS class ships we have been on - never again. Lines everywhere, you could not get into the shows because they had been book months in advance of sailing. They lost one our bags of luggage; we found it delivered to the wrong room at the other end of our floor. Beware of their drink package. They will not sell a single drink package if two people are in the room even if the non drinker has a medical reason not to drink. Never again will we cruise on one of these big ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Today I returned to the US after a week aboard the Oasis of the Seas gambling at the single zero roulette table. Finished ~$2500 ahead Martingaling for a week. **Cruise Background** I wanted to vacation in Vegas this fall, my wife ... Read More
Today I returned to the US after a week aboard the Oasis of the Seas gambling at the single zero roulette table. Finished ~$2500 ahead Martingaling for a week. **Cruise Background** I wanted to vacation in Vegas this fall, my wife wanted to cruise again, so I spent a few months searching cruise lines, looking for a single zero roulette table with at least an 8-bet min/max spread. As it turns out, there are thirteen cruise ships in the world that fit that profile (that I discovered), and after checking all of them against November/December departure dates from CONUS, I downselected to the Oasis of the Seas from Royal Caribbean for a 7-Day Caribbean cruise, booked it, and thus it was so! **Overall** I called out 14 crew members that I thought were exceptional in the RCCL post-cruise survey today; 11 of them in the casino - the crew were amazing everywhere. The ship itself is probably due a refit. Elevator buttons broken, chairs broken, everything looking a little run down and scuffed. I won't dig into the ports because everyone in here probably knows their way around the Caribbean by now. =D This is mostly going to be about my gambling on board, since that is mostly what I did. Aside from amazing crew, the food was impressive; the main dining room was stand-alone awesome enough to not require specialty dining - which is good because apparently RCCL's specialty dining cover charges are 3x what I'm used to seeing on NCL ships. The servers in both main dining and buffet style areas made sure food was infinite. The one night that the main dinner was lobster tail or prime rib, I was a little irritated when I left dinner still semi-hungry, since a lobster tail doesn't exactly fill you up, and saw people with 5-6 lobster tails on their plates, leaving me wishing I'd asked whether I could have more or not. I'm sure I could have. Non-casino entertainment was middling. Mo5aic performed; a decent Acapella group. I've been spoiled by listening to Pentatonix for years, so hearing a bassist that can't do what Avi Kaplan can do drowned out by the group leader who seems more interested in being heard than in singing well doesn't float my boat. I enjoyed the stand up comedy show the first time - jokes about ship functions, the passengers, the usual ship-board comedy. I went to see it again on the last night of the cruise when it was supposed to have new content, but seemed to be mostly recycled and not as funny the second time around. Cats was also being performed. I made it through 36 minutes of Cats before leaving; my wife left at the intermission. If you're not familiar with Cats, it has a love/hate relationship on Broadway; I really enjoy musicals, but this one doesn't capture my attention like Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera. Ping pong tables were always hopping; I jumped in where I could to play some table tennis; flow rider on both sides was fun to watch and see wipe outs - that's some of the best entertainment - seeing people wipe out on the flow rider. Most of these things were time-fillers while I was waiting for the casino to open though, which takes me to... **The Game** For the duration of this cruise, I played single zero roulette and nothing else. The casino on board the Oasis of the Seas has four roulette tables; two American roulette tables on the smoking side, and one each American/European on the non-smoking side. I use the word "European" loosely because while it was single-zero, it had no European rules on it. All four tables were $5 - $100 on the inside, and $5 - $1000 on the outside. I attempted to make arrangements before the cruise as well as with the casino manager during the cruise to raise the limits for my gambling to no avail since I didn't have an established play history with Club Royale. I also requested La Partage be put into effect during my session play without luck - but that was a long shot anyway; the only single zero table I know of in the US with a minimum bet lower than $25 is the $10 - $3000 La Partage table at the Soaring Eagle in Michigan (sorry guys, terminal games don't count!) Single zero roulette tables have a 2.7% house edge; down from the scandalous 5.4% house edge of American roulette (let alone the scammy triple zero crap that Carnival Cruise lines and the Venetian in Vegas are doing); La Partage lowers it to a magnificent 1.35%, but alas - I was destined to go without. **My Bets** I was playing a martingale series betting progression; on a $5 - $1000 table, $2,000 can bankroll a 8-bet sequence where I double my bet each time I lose, restarting my bet sequence each win. Due to chip denominations, my martingale progression is $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, which I find more reasonable than 5/10/20/40/80/160/320/640 due to the typical chip denominations 1/5/25/100/500/1000. In a tip of my hat to superstition, my increases from $10 to $25, $100 to $250, and $1000 to $2500 where applicable are my way of "punishing" the casino for making me leave the comfort zone of the outside minimum bet. Mock me if you must; its my personal flair - if my bets grow that high I "deserve" to win more than my base bet for the stress of having to bankroll the roll. The chances of heads or tails on a coin flip are 50% for either outcome. On a single-zero table without La Partage, the equivalent bets - black/red, even/odd, 1-18/19-36 is ~48.6%, with the other 2.7% representing the green zero, or house edge - creating a theoretical loss probability of 2.7% of your bet per bet over time. While the probability of an individual spin being black or red in my case is ~48.6%, the martingale betting progression ties your bets into a session, such that on the table I'm playing on, as long as I don't guess wrong 8 times in a row, I always win. On the off-chance that any newbs are reading this, this is *NOT* a "strategy" or "guaranteed way to make money." Martingale betting is a low risk, low reward means of using a large sum of money to win a little sum of money - pretty much the opposite of what people go into casinos to do. In statistical terms, the chances of me guessing wrong 8 times in a row in an 8 spin series is three tenths of one percent...but no one sits down for 8 spins and leaves - so my gambling is that when the house spins my losing sequence...I'm not there. =D Such is gambling. **Goals!** I've learned over the years that if I don't sit at a table with a fixed goal of when to leave, I will get bored and start making side bets (other even money bets or thirds) - more ways to win also mean more ways to lose, and when I am gambling, I am heavily socializing and drinking; I can't keep track of all of it at the same time. My goal is thus to always leave with 120% of my bankroll. This trip was a bit confusing for me because I couldn't reconcile what my bankroll was. Not knowing whether the table limit would be fixed to $1000, or be able to be raised to $10,000 I brought $5,000 in cash with another $35,000 available as credit - I'd wrongly assumed the casino would at least double the table min/max to $10-$2000, and had been hoping they would leave the minimum and double the maximum, adding a one-bet buffer to my 8-spin series. With a $1,000 bet maximum, I stopped bringing more than $2,000 to the casino. If my bankroll is $2,000, I aim to leave with $2400. If my bankroll is $5,000, I aim to leave with $6,000. With $10,000, I aim to leave with $12,000. I initially hoped to turn $2,000 into $2,400, but after doing that the first night gambling and the prospect of the rest of the cruise being bereft of gambling, I decided that since I'd brought $5,000 to gamble with, even if I could only play with $2,000 of it, my 120% goal meant I wanted $1,000 in winnings or bust. On day two when I realized how stingy Club Royale was, and that I'd be buying my own drinks, I shelled out $360 for the liquor package, and adjusted my winning threshold to also cover the liquor package. Then there was a $300 spa treatment. Then an $1800 studio photography session since my wife wanted some nice pictures - something we've not done in a decade. With these confusing inputs leaving me unsure of how to decide if I was up or down, it came down to the fact that while the casino was generally open 8-12 hours a day, the lone roulette table with the single zero didn't open until 8:00 PM - about when the cruise shows started. I did some begging and pleading to have it opened earlier every day to mixed success - a bit on the first day and on the last day, with nothing in the middle. They really wanted people on the American tables - which I had to resist, since for much of the cruise, it was American roulette or nothing. I contented myself during those periods with drinking, socializing with other gamblers, watching, drinking, and trying to find people who didn't have the booze package so I could buy them drinks. **Fun Facts** * Over 6 days of gambling, averaging 4 hours per day, I hit the $1,000 table maximum bet twice. Both were heart-attack inducing. The first was at 0100 on day 5, I was the last gambler at the table, $1,000 on red didn't screw me, and I took it as a sign to go to bed. The second happened on Day 6; since a $2,000 loss would have left me break even at that point, I took a short break, stretched my legs, and came back. * In the same period, I hit the $250 bet mark in my progression 4 times (resetting from $250 back to $5), and the $500 bet limit zero times. $100 and below bets were too numerous to count. * Total winnings were probably closer to $2800, but I tip freely when its free money. * Despite my "follow the house" betting method of deciding to bet red or black (which capitalizes on streaks), and I never choose which to bet on, there was one dealer would occasionally call a color, and she was only wrong once. I started switching bets when she'd call a color because it was spooky. If I asked her, most of the time she'd say, "I don't know" - but out of 20-30 "calls" over a week that I saw her spinning for me, she missed one. * If I had the balls to play numbers or neighbor bets, I'd have made tens of thousands; I don't believe in ball control; not on modern wheels, but one dealer put out four 28s in 8 spins, three of them in a row, 7 of the others were neighbor bet winners, and he just kept doing it. He's been a casino dealer 44 years...and kept telling people what number to bet on, and no one would listen to him. God, I wish I had. * I learned to play craps as a backup in case the single zero table was closed, but the craps tables were $5 - $300 with 1x odds, shifting to 3-4-5x with $50 minimum bets. I need to ease into craps, and didn't want to have to track different odds systems, nor did I want to play on a $300 limit table - all my practicing on craps was with 3-4-5x odds on a $5 - $2,000 table, and I have a tendency to double down on everything in every game. And in life too; Losing a 5/15 bet makes me put $20 on the pass line. It gets expensive quickly, so I'm not playing craps with less than $5k, $10k to be comfortable, and I need at least a $2k table. * Actually, all the games were a bit ...less competitive. 6:5 blackjack, 1x craps odds, no Euro rules on the Euro table, crappy slots payouts - I get it; I really do. Captive audience, no need to compete with other casinos. Once they're on board, you've got 'em for a week; they're gonna gamble or they're not. * Club Royale has terrible comps compared to Casinos at Sea with NCL. It takes 2500 points with Club Royale to earn comped drinks while gambling. Not only did Club Royale not buy my drinks this cruise, at the rate of my point earnings, it will take me 4 more cruises gambling at the same rate to earn free drinks. That's right; $10,000+ to get free drinks. I did however come away with an amazing $100 off my next cruise voucher. * Assuming total winnings of $2,800 (before tips), being right 48.6% of the time, I gambled through ~1200 roulette spins in a week. Anyway; it was a blast - but I'll probably go to Vegas for my next vacation instead of cruising. I want to gamble during the day, and go to shows in the evening, not wander around during the day, then have to decide whether I want to gamble or watch shows in the evening. Read Less
7 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I have only cruised Royal Caribbean in the past and figured let's take our daughter for her first cruise for my husband's 40th birthday and Halloween. What a giant waste of money. RC has really gone down hill. ... Read More
My husband and I have only cruised Royal Caribbean in the past and figured let's take our daughter for her first cruise for my husband's 40th birthday and Halloween. What a giant waste of money. RC has really gone down hill. Seems like RC keeps spending their money on advertising and private islands but not investing into their ships and staff. Here are some of the complaints that I pointed out to Royal Caribbean. ● Our room was dirty. o As soon as you walked into the room the first day it smelled like body odor. The odor was very strong for most of the trip. It was primarily by the outside of the bathroom (Not in the bathroom) and the closet. Once you moved past that area the smell was not as strong. We were very thankful that we had a balcony so we could open the door to get fresh air. o The shower light in the bathroom didn’t work the entire time we were there. We had asked our stateroom attendant to fix twice and he never did. o The room was overall dirty. My daughter found plane tickets and other items in the cabinets and drawers that were from May 2018. o My husband had to open the fold away couch to see if my daughter’s blanket was folded in there and was disgusted of how dirty it was inside and under. o With how dirty the room was, my husband and daughter’s severe allergies were triggered and both of them had a hard time breathing. Thankfully I had packed all necessary medications and breathing treatment equipment required for them. o Our first evening we all wore white socks in our stateroom, and after about 15 minutes of unpacking our socks were blackened. We couldn’t walk barefoot in our room without being disgusted. ● Halloween o When I booked this trip over the phone with a Royal Caribbean representative, I specifically asked what was done on the cruise ships for Halloween. This is my family’s favorite holiday, especially my daughter, and we wanted to make sure she would have an amazing experience and would not miss not being home. The representative placed me on hold to look into and stated the cruise ship does Trick or Treating for the children and a costume contest. o The week before the cruise I called Royal Caribbean twice to find out more information about the events that would be happening on the ship and no one could answer my questions. o On the cruise, we asked multiple times about the plans for Halloween with many crew members and none of them knew what was going on or how to find out. o Halloween was the day we ported in St. Thomas, when we were getting back on the ship, they informed us that there was Trick or Treating on the main promenade from 4-6 pm for the children, so we immediately went upstairs to change into our costumes. When we arrived back downstairs, there was only one spot that had candy left at 4:15. My daughter received one piece of candy……I do not understand how a cruise line could not have better planned for the trick or treating and making sure there was enough candy for everyone. Royal Caribbean knows how many children are going to be on board. Also, the staff should have been better informed about how to distribute the candy so there was candy left after 15 minutes. Many parents that we spoke to were very upset with how the trick or treating played out. o The costume party – was very unorganized, no one knew where they had to go unless they were regular cruisers of the cruise ship. o Overall, Halloween was a large disappointment and my daughter was very upset and confused about what transpired. ● Excursion o My husband and I decided on the cruise to book an excursion for St. Thomas. I went to the excursion desk to book a tour guide/sightseeing tour (Panoramic St. Thomas Island Drive). The excursion desk asked what our goal from this excursion was and I told them it was to get amazing photography from it. As it is their job to sell you, they upsold me to the (5 Star Island Tour). This tour was 6 hours instead of 2 and almost triple the cost but they guaranteed there would be a lot more photography opportunities on this excursion. Well they were absolutely wrong about this. I went back to the desk the following day to complain and they offered me a 15% refund and would pass the request on that I was asking for a 50% refund. Never heard anything further. ▪ Excursion Details – The excursion was to be 6 hours long and make 3 distinctive stops and stop on the way up and down the mountain for scenic shots. Our driver never stopped going up or coming down the mountain because he stated there were too many tourists stopped at each scenic stop so he kept driving. This was one of the main reasons we booked this excursion was for the scenic shots. At the top of the mountain we were given 30 minutes to get down to the shop and back to the bus to leave for the next stop. It was not much time since we didn’t stop anywhere for photos on the way up. Then our driver almost left behind a couple because they were a few minutes behind. Next we drove down the mountain to Magen’s Bay Beach for 2 hours. On the way down, again we didn’t stop for any photos like the excursion team said we would do. At the beach we were dropped off and the tour guide left with his vehicle and told us to meet him back there in 2 hours. Again, we almost left the couple that was late returning on the first stop, until we really pushed the driver to wait. Next we made the drive Charlotte Amalie’s Shopping district in which we were given an hour to walk around. The driver was then 20 minutes late picking us up and he left the couple that was continually late and didn’t even bother to wait. We were back to the ship within 4.5 hours not 6 hours. If we would have stopped for pictures we would have been at 6 hours but the excursion was not as long as specified and we did not get the pictures opportunities that the excursion team stated we would. ● Cruise ship was dirty and understaffed o Overall the cruise ship felt very dirty. For example, we went to take our daughter to the Kid’s Club for a family activity and as my husband and I walked around, we both looked at each other and we were disgusted and how dirty it was. We would never leave our daughter there, it felt that gross. o The cruise ship also seemed to be understaffed. ▪ Little things were overlooked that were a standard before when cruising with Royal Caribbean. Such as fresh ground pepper with dinner, as we referred to it from past cruises (The drink guy, who went table to table) for drink orders and after dinner shots, and the overall presence of staff. ▪ The corridors seemed dirty and not maintained. ▪ The dining staff seemed to be running thin and were trying to cover too many tables. ▪ Our room attendant seemed to be caring for too many rooms that details and small things like the towel animals were overlooked. My daughter even noticed and said loud enough when we walked into the room one night….another night without an animal….That is sad to hear when your child is disappointed about a simple thing. ● The overall staff seemed to be under-educated about the events on the ship and proper protocol for certain things. o Example – On our first stop to Nassau, the captain made an announcement before sailing time that we were waiting for additional guests and would be delayed. Then he came back on and stated we all needed to return to our staterooms for a manual attendance. This took over 2 hours to complete. (Sorry, if this was a real emergency, it should not take 2 hours.) What my husband and I found out later is this was due to the computers shutting down at the port and the cruise ship employees just let the guests on board without scanning their sea passes, which then left the attendance short of everyone on board. What should have happened if the setback took longer than 15 minutes to reboot computers is the employees should have written down the names of the guests and their room numbers and then it would have been a quick cross check. Instead we were delayed by 2 hours. ● In an effort for the captain to make up lost time due to the delay in departing Nassau, he sped up the cruise ship. This made for a very bumpy ride. I actually experienced sea sickness for the first time, and I have been on a cruise with Royal Caribbean in a tropical storm that produced 50 foot waves. We even missed a port on the cruise and never experienced sea sickness. I even asked employees that I could find if the ship was normally that rocky and they said no, it was due to the increased speed to make up the time. No offense I would have rather had less time on St. Thomas then have sea sickness all day. ● The food quality and standards. o My husband and I felt that the overall food quality significantly decreased since our last cruise. There was less of a selection of food options and it felt like they repeated every other day. The meat quality seemed to be subpar to what we have received before. The food was just okay that we felt obligated to pay for other restaurants on board and unfortunately the only one we really had appropriate clothing for was the Mexican restaurant on the boardwalk. o We felt that the chefs were just rushing to get the plates out and didn’t put that extra time into the presentation detail. These were my overall complaints to Royal Caribbean and here is what they offered after going back and forth for 2 months the only thing they were willing to offer me and my husband was $435 credit towards our next cruise and 1 night of special dining........I am sorry i spent over $3k and that is all they are willing to do.....horrible customer service. RC doesn't even stand behind their product anymore, they used to care about their guests and now they only care about the dollar signs. Truly disappointing that one of my husbands and my favorite ways to vacation is no more. I used to speak highly about them to anyone that asked about cruising and i have to say i will not be doing that anymore. 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
I previously was on a much smaller ship (Rhapsody of the Seas) and wanted to see the difference. While I do like the smaller size of Rhapsody for getting around easily and less people, I admit that I much prefer Oasis for it's ... Read More
I previously was on a much smaller ship (Rhapsody of the Seas) and wanted to see the difference. While I do like the smaller size of Rhapsody for getting around easily and less people, I admit that I much prefer Oasis for it's entertainment. Every night we went to a different show and each was very professional. There was an ice skating show, high diving & synchronized swimming show as well as comedians, jazz and bands every night. The food was good in both the MDR and buffet. I'm not a foodie so I couldn't see paying for a specialty restaurant for us when the free offerings fit my needs. I did buy the deluxe beverage package and I know I drank more to make sure I got my monies worth. But the bartenders all poured strong and tasty drinks. I couldn't win at all in the casino which was a bit disappointing. In the Rhapsody I won enough to keep playing but the slots on Oasis were super tight. The room was pretty big compared to Rhapsody - we had an interior room which looked out onto Central Park (not a balcony). Room steward was great and kept our room clean. We did the zipline which was my first. We had booked a zipline in Jamaica so I wanted to try it out on the ship first. It was short but fun. We played mini golf and my son played in the dodgeball competition and pool volleyball competition. The ship had a sale night with many items for $10 - I picked up a cute clutch purse and a swim coverup. We took the shuttle (Cortrans?) from Orlando to the Port. Then we did an exursion on the way back that took us to an airboat ride and then to the airport. We booked all of our exursions through Royal for convenience. This was a big ship and you should be prepared for a lot of walking unless you don't mind waiting for elevators. There were a number of people with motorized scooters so that is an option if you can't handle walking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Port Canaveral (only 1 1/4 hours from home) and its ports(Western Caribbean). We took our two adult children for a getaway without Grandkids for a relaxing time. The ship was in good shape ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it sailed from Port Canaveral (only 1 1/4 hours from home) and its ports(Western Caribbean). We took our two adult children for a getaway without Grandkids for a relaxing time. The ship was in good shape and our balcony rooms had ample space and storage. The service in the dining rooms was exceptional, some of the best we have ever had in the 25+ cruises we have done, and we have cruised with RCL, NCL, Princess, Carnival, and Celebrity. Our daughter practices a plant based Vegan diet and the service staff was more than accommodating to her dietary needs. We ate mainly in the American Icon Grill since we had My time dining. The wait staff always asked if we had any shows to attend in case there was a time crunch. Again they were very attentive to all of our needs and they went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied We also ate at 150 Central Park, which we believe is one of the finest Specialty restaurants available at sea. Again the service was exceptional and the head chef personally served our Daughter her Vegan meals which she was very impressed with!! The entertainment on the ship was ok . The comedians were good (all adult shows), the ice show was very good as well as the knock off game shows. The production of Cats while it may be for some people for us it was a bit of a sleeper! The singing and dancing were good but the story leaves a little bit to be desired and apparently we weren't the only ones that felt this way since half the audience didn't return after the intermission. The ports were good, although in Falmouth Jamaica the Adventure River tubing offered through the ship which we did was a little disorganized and the quality of the tubes was poor. Playa Mia in Cozumel is a very good deal, but I would recommend just getting the basic package and not the all inclusive since their pricing for food and beverages ($12 dollar beer buckets) is very reasonable. All in all this ship allows for great Family fun !! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
From a quick drop of luggage, to getting our Sea Cards, to the most wonderful Cabin Steward, Rod (Rodhel Leno-no relation), to the best waitstaff in the dining room-server and assistant-we received the best service that way passed our ... Read More
From a quick drop of luggage, to getting our Sea Cards, to the most wonderful Cabin Steward, Rod (Rodhel Leno-no relation), to the best waitstaff in the dining room-server and assistant-we received the best service that way passed our expectations. As we're on our 12th cruise and had read mixed reviews about this ship, we had our whole family (8 of us iincluding a 20 month old, we were not expecting too much. BUT.. these guys made sure we were well-fed (Son-in-law and other daughter's BF had 8 lobster tails between them. We did eat there every night, as each of us went our own ways during the day, but we gathered each night and were treated like royalty, with a smile. Cabin Steward Rod, let us do as we pleased but was on any request we had right now. We did give him some extra tips every other day, but that, to us, is the best way to insure great service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first ever cruise, thought we would try, supposedly the best for my wifes 60th birthday. Wish we hadn't bothered. Arrive at Orlando airport, no rep to be found, having had a quick look round, I asked other reps, that ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, thought we would try, supposedly the best for my wifes 60th birthday. Wish we hadn't bothered. Arrive at Orlando airport, no rep to be found, having had a quick look round, I asked other reps, that were visible, in the obvious place, they told me Royal Caribbean had a desk downstairs. We found the rep, only to be told our transport had left with 2 couples that had got lost from an earlier flight, so through no fault of our own we were being expected to wait at the airport, after an 8 hour flight, for our transfer. They did get him to turn round, so only 20 mins waiting, however, there are now 6 adults in a seven seater, with my wife and I crammed in the back, with our hand luggage between us as not enough luggage space. Next morning about 30 of us in hotel lobby, waiting for coach transfer to ship, rep tells us coach is running 30 minutes late, coach eventually turns up, empty, so why late. Get to the ship, check in went smoothly, the ship is huge, we make our way to our cabin. The cabin was satisfactory, our sea view balcony was probably the best part of the whole holiday. The cabin did not have tea/coffee making facilities,which you get in 3 star hotels, so we go to guest relations, told you can order continental breakfast including tea, free, BUT $7.95 delivery, so not free, this was the first sign that this cruise is all about money. Every night they would try the hard sell of either expensive watches or expensive handbags. two nights were supposed to be formal nights, so off I go in my Tuxedo, only to be sitting next to a guy in the restaurant with shorts and sandals on, for the evening meal, again, I have been to 3 star hotels where "gentlemen" have to wear long trousers for the evening meal, I realised on the second formal night, that these nights were just another money making opportunity, with the ships photographers on every corner of every deck. For my wifes 60th, I booked us in to the steak "speciality" restaurant. If $45 each wasn't expensive enough, they had the cheek to charge 18% gratuity on top, even though I had pre paid gratuities, apparently you pay again in the over priced "speciality" restaurants. All my wife was given from Royal Caribbean for her birthday was 1 slice of cheese cake with a candle in, again I have been to 3 star hotels that leave wine and chocolates in your room, but Royal Caribbean, seem to be on the take all the time, giving nothing back to their guests. There is nothing outstanding about Royal Caribbean, or anything on this ship, was an expensive shopping trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise so I had big hopes, since I heard it was a leg up from Carnival and Norwegian. In short our trip was good overall, service was good, food was ok, the ship was showing wear and tear, and the kids ... Read More
This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise so I had big hopes, since I heard it was a leg up from Carnival and Norwegian. In short our trip was good overall, service was good, food was ok, the ship was showing wear and tear, and the kids club was unsatisfactory. Embarkation went smoothly, we arrived at port around 11:00 am and the waiting area was overflowing with people, but Royal called our boarding number 11 fairly quickly. To our dismay, once our number was called we were led to a separate long line to get a bracelet for our 10 year old son. The bracelet alerts staff of your child’s muster station, in the unlikely event of an emergency. It’s a good idea, but seems like there could be another way to do that. We took the drink package so once onboard my husband quickly got a drink from the On Air Bar on the Royal Promenade deck. We found the drinks to be really good, and fresh, not pre made like Norwegian. Bar Service overall was friendly and good. This deck was really cool if you like the feel of a mall. There were shops, restsuraunts, bars and Starbucks. It was really neat and had lots of activies throughout the week. I really enjoyed the Cental Park deck, with all of the flora and fauna, however it was mostly quiet and subdued. I really missed having a quiet place to sit and watch the ocean. You cannot see the ocean from the Cental Park deck. After registering our son for the kids club we hit the buffet. We were surprised how small it was for a ship this size. It was nearly half the size of the buffet on the larger Norwegian ships. Food was ok, nothing great. The buffet would be a bone of contention for us through out the week. Being that this area was small we often ran into lines just to get into the buffet. Sometimes it was so crowded that Royal would seat you when a table was available. Also, there were no hand washing sinks like on Norwegian just the had sanitizer. Our biggest irritation came when we returned from port around 3 pm and the buffet was completely closed. No one could tell us where to go other than Sorrento’s and I was sick of pizza. While 24 hour pizza is a huge win, I don’t want to eat that all the time. Also annoying were the soda cups. I hated carrying that cup around and several times we found the machines out of ice or out of soda. We only found a total of 6 machines around the ship. They really need to service these better if they want cruises to use them. Ona bright note, Oasis offers so many activities for families. We loved the aqua theater, with the 2 areal shows, and the outdoor movies. My son liked skating at the Ice Rink, the pool area, hot tubs, mini golf and the flow rider. We were too chicken for the zip line. My son did mention missing not having a water slide. The week that we sailed had over 1100 kids on board so the kids club was chaos. We always arrived 20 minutes early and lined up for our age group because it maxed out at 50 kids. The space was very small and it smelled bad in the room.The doors to the kids club never opened even one minute early. The staff was clearly not happy to be there nor were they friendly. One time I picked my son up, I watched the staff sitting on the couch with a micro phone barking out orders. The group played a lot of games, it never once used the Lab that you see in the ads. My son said there were too many kids and said it wasn’t as good as Norwegian. I have always tipped the staff, but this time I didn’t feel the need to tip them. While the check in process was easy, the staff and activities were unsatisfactory compared to Norwegian. I wanted to love the Solarium adult area but the wind cover made it hot there all the time and there was only a bar upstairs. Our room steward was the best we have ever had. We had new animals every night and the room was as clean as it could get. This ship is showing wear, black lines in the toilet, stains on the couch, rust etc. I also was excited to try the dining where you share a table, but we were stuck in a corner on the 5th floor with just the 3of us. Our server was good, but we only ended up in the MDR 3 times. The food was comparable to Norwegian. We ate at Chop House one night and we were disappointed. It was ok, nothing special. Disembarkation was amazingly easy. We wanted to waste time and get off as late as possible. They called all remaining guests to leave at 9:30. We were shocked, there was absolutely no line. Overall we enjoyed our trip, but I really missed the Waterfront and don’t care to have a mall on my ship. We won’t rule out Royal, but will probably go back to Norwegian. 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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My wife and I are both Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean and sail every 2-3 weeks from Central Florida Ports (Port Canaveral, Tampa). We earned our status and always look forward to the great service and recognition perks for our status. ... Read More
My wife and I are both Diamond Plus with Royal Caribbean and sail every 2-3 weeks from Central Florida Ports (Port Canaveral, Tampa). We earned our status and always look forward to the great service and recognition perks for our status. The Oasis does not give a hoot if you are Diamond Plus. You are treated like cattle. Royal Caribbean, Company Policy (fleet wide) is concierge lounge and priority departure for Diamond Plus Elite. The Oasis only recognizes Pinnacle and upper suite guests. The Diamond Lounge on board the Oasis is always full and virtually impossible to get into. The so-called Diamond Concierge sits behind the desk and is rude, obnoxious, and she thinks she is the queen. Don't even think of asking her a question; her answer is always "NO". The ship has many activities with long lines and long waits. Avoid The Central Park Balconies: The staterooms are cramped and have no ventilation. If you open the Balcony Door you have no privacy. The Cruise Director is fantastic. The waiters and servers are fantastic. The stateroom attendants are fantastic. The Loyalty Ambassador is an empty suit! The Diamond Concierge is a total waste. The Casino air quality is a health hazard that spreads to the upper and lower floors and adjacent venues Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
The ship itself is magnificent. There is nothing physical that is not impressive. Central Park is a wonder at sea. The Promenade is like nothing I could imagine. But, all that wonder ends when it comes to the amenities. The Cabin: ... Read More
The ship itself is magnificent. There is nothing physical that is not impressive. Central Park is a wonder at sea. The Promenade is like nothing I could imagine. But, all that wonder ends when it comes to the amenities. The Cabin: While the cabin is adequate size and the balcony is generous, the rest is second rate. The bed had a foam layer with little cones on the mattress that made sleep difficult. It is like the mattress was worn out and they were trying to extend its usefulness. The towels looked old and worn. The toilet kept overflowing. Ultimate Dining Package: Chop’s Grille -- This was a joke. The first night I went to Chop’s Grille and I ordered the extra cost lobster. The lobster was split down the middle and the tail was put back in the shell. It looked like a lot of the lobster tail did not make it to the table. They included a 9 oz. filet which was tough. The asparagus was not cooked at all. I casually mentioned the asparagus to the waiter and the manager rushed over and offered to recook it. I told them not to bother. They brought the asparagus back anyway and it was withered green strings. As I was leaving, the manager chased me out the door demanding more details. I told him I did not want problems. He said that he was going to tell the other managers about me. Geovanni’s – The Chop’s Grille manager pointed me out to their manager as I walked in. The appetizer was tasteless. The meat was tough, again. The clams linguine used the smallest 6 clams I ever saw. Interesting, the rolls again were like small hard bricks. I had to stab the roll to get it open for butter. Dessert was tasted and not further dealt with. They kept asking my opinion of the whole experience and, rather than having the Chop’s Grille issues, I just said no comment. 150 Central Park – They apparently were warned that I expected reasonable, cooked food and treated me like an enemy. They kept touting how everything was based on the guy’s recipes of farm to table. The meat was again hard to eat. The gray-looking carrots had not been peeled and the green vegetable was tasteless. The dessert tart could have used as a hockey puck. Izumi’s – The hibachi cook tried to make everyone laugh with tired jokes. The fried rice was under-cooked. The lobsters could not have been smaller and the scallops were under cooked. Sabor’s – Forget about it. Overall, the Ultimate Dining Package turned out to be the ultimate rip-off. Drinks: They have a drink package that I thought was hugely overpriced. Turns out it represented a bargain. Beer, with gratuity, was $8.56 a bottle unless you purchased that same beer at the Sky Bar where it was $9.31 – apparently prices rise with elevation. Cocktails were $13. Windjammer – Low quality cafeteria food with the staff continually asking for praise. In fact, at one point the manager asked passengers to applaud the workers. The waffles were cold, the scrambled eggs were runny, and the person at the carving station acted like he was paying for what he was carving. I tried many of the items and most were left on my plate. The coffee was atrocious. The entertainment was amateurish at best. The jazz singer that did “Street Life” and all the other songs in the Promenade did no one any favors. The diving show in the back was silly. “Cats” was 2 ½ hours of torture. The one good thing was how fast we were able to get off the boat. The boat docked and I was out and on the road in minutes. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in ... Read More
Chose this cruise to experience the Oasis class ship. We have tried the Voyager class before and wanted to see what the differences were. The cruise it self was fantastic. We did have some issues with weather, but that is expected in September in the Caribbean. This did impact a couple of the shows (Cats and the Aqua-theatre Comedy show). The only thing we would say is the ship itself was a bit too large for us. It took a while to get anywhere due to the size. That said, the dining was fantastic. Particularly Central Park 150. This was perfect for us, high end, great service and attentive waiters. Our room steward was great and kept our place clean and tidy. The entertainment options were great. Cats and the Aqua-Theatre are the standouts. However, we also had a great time a the comedy club and at the Jazz bar. The Jazz trio were particularly good. We would most likely go again with RCCL. However, maybe a smaller ship next time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We booked this as a very last minute cruise for myself, husband and 2 kids. We found an amazing last minute fare and couldn't pass it up. We are gold on Carnival. This was our first time on another cruise line and we were so ... Read More
We booked this as a very last minute cruise for myself, husband and 2 kids. We found an amazing last minute fare and couldn't pass it up. We are gold on Carnival. This was our first time on another cruise line and we were so excited to check out the Oasis. The ship itself did not disappoint! It is beautiful! And the layout was great. It very rarely felt crowded at all. The "neighborhood" concept it has really helped keep the crowds spread out enough so that even though there were over 6500 passengers, it never felt that way. I knocked points off though because we felt like the ship was lacking in activities. Yes there was pleanty to do, but it did not have the same planned activities we were used to. The daily cruise plan included lots of seminars and the like for ththe purpose of selling you things. We did participate in the scavenger hunt which was fun. I only ever saw the cruise director during his morning "rant" on the TV. I found him to be whiney and not at all entertaining as we've grown to expect from cruise directors. There were several shows on board. We watched the dive show and frozen in time. We found both to be a bit more "interpretive" than we typically enjoy and were bored by both. We had reservations for Come Fly with me, unfortunately it was canceled due to injury by the only crew member who could operate the set. They had a magician and comedian come out as an alternative. We did enjoy this show much more than the others. I think we were most disappointed with the food. The selections in the main dining room were fantastic! But the options in the Buffett and other free eateries throughout the ship were limited and we found ourself bored of the same things day in and out for breakfast and lunch. This is the first cruise in years we have come home without gaining a pound (or 5!) So maybe the lack of enticing food options was a plus afterall ;) We did not try any of the specialty restaurants other than Johnny Rockets (which was fantastic!) We were traveling with a baby and a 4 year old so specialty dining wasn't a very feasible option for us. Plus we prefer to keep costs down so we can cruise again sooner. The cupcakes from the Ice cream shop were the exact same as available free in the buffet and cafe's. Only they had more frosting and cost $2.50. The chocolate frosting and lemon frostings on both of the ones we tried was a cream cheese. It was an odd combo and completely un appetizing. The milkshakes were better at Johnny Rockets, and included with your meal for just a couple dollars more than just a milkshake from Cups and Scoops. Our 4 year old really enjoyed the kids club! We could barely keep him out of it. He wanted to spend every minute it was open there. And he would hide from us at pickup. Everyone involved was amazing! They would even address my son outside of camp by name when we would run into any of them throughout the ship. My 1 year old didn't use daycare. But it was an option. She did love the carasoul and playground on the boardwalk. The crew was always friendly and warm anytime we encountered them. However our room steward did the bare minimum. Our traveling companions got towel animals nightly (they had no children) and we only got one. We had to ask for clean sheets. My son had gotten toothpaste on them in the morning. He was on the sofa bed so it had to be made and broken down daily. There is no way the steward missed the mess. We came back from dinner to find the same dirty sheets smeared with blue toothpaste. The next morning I asked him to change the sheets because there was toothpaste on them. He smiled and said "oh yes! I wondered what got on them." All in all, we enjoyed the ship and main dining food. Plus the kids club. But unless we come across a too good to pass up deal we will not be choosing Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
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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
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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