1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Largest ship in the world. Very nicely done. Clean, good main dining room experience. There's one Wndjammer staff that would chitchat too much when clearly her job is to collect empty plates from tables. Shows are very well ... Read More
Largest ship in the world. Very nicely done. Clean, good main dining room experience. There's one Wndjammer staff that would chitchat too much when clearly her job is to collect empty plates from tables. Shows are very well done. Really enjoyed the Oasis of Dreams Aqua show. Lots of diving. Well done show. Come Fly With Me is also well done in the Opal Theatre. Lots of acrobats, and a very thrilling show. Lots of included food options, you won't ever get hungry. However, the selection gets dull after first 2 nights. Not much seafood. Free drinks include: Water, Coffee, Lemonade, Strawberry Kiwi Drink, Apple Juice, Orange Juice. Other software drinks requires purchasing additional drink packages. Had an inside cabin. Air is very stuffy, ventilation is an issue. Guest services sent maintenance staff, but didn't help much. Outside cabins probably won't have this issue. Lots of swimming pools, hottubs. Rock climbing, Mini golf, skating all free. Skating has free skates rentals, however, the skates are very wobbly, and the condition of the ice is not very good. Tried once, and gave up because of the hockey skates can't keep the ankles straight. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Traveled for a winter vacation to the Caribbean, and wanted to try one of the largest cruise ships in the world. I do not regret that I did it, but it may not be the best ship for me. The ship is AMAZING and beautiful, and it is BIG. ... Read More
Traveled for a winter vacation to the Caribbean, and wanted to try one of the largest cruise ships in the world. I do not regret that I did it, but it may not be the best ship for me. The ship is AMAZING and beautiful, and it is BIG. My favorite areas were the Solarium and Central Park. We had a cabin on Deck 8, and that was very convenient to the Park Cafe and just a few floors up from the Royal Promenade. The Central Park balcony cabins would also have a beautiful view. I have to mention that we had the Ultimate Dining Package, and that it was just too much food and too regimented in terms of when and where we had to eat. The food we had was delicious, but I'll stick to the 3 day dining package in the future. The service at all of the restaurants was exceptional. We did try the buffet for breakfast a few times, and also the Park Cafe, both were very good. Try the Promenade Cafe for fresh juice and specialty coffee. One area for improvement for me is the cocktail program. Most of the cocktails are made with mixers that are just too packed with sugar for my taste, and the drinks are expensive. A $13 drink is more than $15 with the gratuity. That is a lot of money for an ounce of liquor. The entertainment on the ship is exceptional. The production of CATS was fantastic and greatly exceeded my expectations. We spent most of our non-scheduled time in the JAZZ CLUB, and the performances there were excellent. The ships orchestra is fantastic. We has a balcony cabin. It was good, but showing signs of age. This will get corrected in the upcoming refresh that is planned. Overall, do not hesitate to book a cruise on this ship if you love a high energy, action packed vacation. There is always something on the ship to do. On the other hand, if you are looking for a low-key, relaxing vacation this may not be the ship for you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We've sailed Oasis in the past as well as other RCI ships. The quality of service has been very consistent over the years. Generally, they do it all right! The shows are outstanding and varied for all interests. The only negative ... Read More
We've sailed Oasis in the past as well as other RCI ships. The quality of service has been very consistent over the years. Generally, they do it all right! The shows are outstanding and varied for all interests. The only negative we found was a little drop off in main dining room service; not quite up to past standards. We've stopped at Labadee, Falmouth & Cozumel several times in the past and will probably choose a different itinerary in the future. Our cabin overlooked an enjoyable view of Central Park and was one deck below deck 15 activities. We chose a forward stateroom to be close to stairs and elevators and found it very convenient. The Solarium was close by and offered a great spot for lunch and daytime leisure. One of the biggest challenges on a large ship is location. You cannot be near everything so you have to make a choice that best fits your needs. 14185 did it for us. We will sail Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Ship can be too long to keep walking here and there... but our cabin was too far forward! The ship had the best entertainment, it is all awesome! Last minute booking so price would be cheaper, so it was a cabin I wouldn't haven't ... Read More
Ship can be too long to keep walking here and there... but our cabin was too far forward! The ship had the best entertainment, it is all awesome! Last minute booking so price would be cheaper, so it was a cabin I wouldn't haven't chosen. And the wind can be a problem when sailing... Windjammer was a little small for whole ship. But there are other small venues. Like the pizza shop with great personal size pizza, to compare with Italy. "Cats" was inspiring, Aqua show awesome... Ice show real great; could see again. And couple very funny comedians at dedicated comedy club! The food was very good, with lobster one night. But in the end our favorite spot was in Central Park! The roast beef sandwich is worth checking out right away at Cafe! I will go back soon, when price is right and I have a person who would go with me. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I chose this cruise because it sailed out of Port Canaveral which is a port that is easier for me to drive to. Also I have friends living in that area. I sailed on the Oasis of the Seas when it was brand new and wanted to see if it was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it sailed out of Port Canaveral which is a port that is easier for me to drive to. Also I have friends living in that area. I sailed on the Oasis of the Seas when it was brand new and wanted to see if it was still as lovely as then. The Captain and the crew where very friendly and I received excellent service. All of the meals served to me in the dining room were very good. I lied all of the excellent shows on the ship. I will probably sail on the Oasis of the Seas again soon. The service in the Diamond Lounge was very good. However, I would like to have Moscato wine available in the Diamond Lounge. Most of my female friends prefer Moscato wine rather than white Zinfandel. I hope the Oasis of the Seas stays in Port Canaveral. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
I took this cruise to be with my sister who had signed up for it. This was the first large ship cruise for my husband and I. We arrived a few days early to do some birding on Merritt Island and tour Cape Canaveral. We arrived at Port ... Read More
I took this cruise to be with my sister who had signed up for it. This was the first large ship cruise for my husband and I. We arrived a few days early to do some birding on Merritt Island and tour Cape Canaveral. We arrived at Port Canaveral in our rental car. The Royal Caribbean web site gave good directions to port B but failed to provide directions once you enter the port area. We were so confused that we had to park and call Royal Caribbean in an attempt to get directions. Finally we saw a port employee who kindly directed us to the correct entrance. This was not a good start for our cruise. Getting on the ship we were directed to a desk where the woman behind the counter asked for our ID and Sea Pass. When handed the Sea passes my husband said to her his pass was folded to display the bar code. She didn’t unfold it, but rather looked at mine and told me it wasn’t the sea pass even thought it clearly said Sea Pass on the top. She pointed out it was just for luggage. This caused a lot of stress for us. She finally unfolded my husband’s pass and, it turned out that was what she was looking for. I fault Royal Caribean for having a form that says “Sea Pass” in large letters at the top and luggage on the bottom. I also fault this employee for not looking at all the paper work we provided before telling us we don’t have our Sea Pass. Ship: The Oasis of the Seas is the largest cruise ship we have been on, she carries 6000 passengers. The ship has different areas called neighborhoods. We really liked Central Park and the Solarium, this is the area for guests over 16 yrs old. It is on the 15 and 16th floors. We found the Solarium a good place to read when it wasn’t too windy. Our cruise the the Western Caribbean in mid February and we experience high winds, 20-30 mile per hour, most days of the cruise. I don’t know if this is normal.with winds that high they have to close the 16th floor. The 15 th floor has some wind protection but was still blustery. The 5th floor of the ship is the Promenade. This is the main pass through deck where parades happen and shops are located. This floor has Sorento’s pizza, a couple bars and the Promenade Cafe which has coffee service at 6:30AM and sells pastries and such. The shopping was either low end trinkets like T shirts and such or jewelry stores featuring over priced jewelry in the thousands of dollars. Theses jewelry stores and the stores at the ports shamelessly tell you that their goods are high priced because “the mine is closed” so this jewelry is “investment” quality. Interestingly they say this about every kind of stone they sell. They use the same tactic at the jewelry seminars. Do yourself a favor and skip it. I have been on cruises that offered decent mid-range shopping, that are a lot more fun. Cabin: We had a cabin with a balcony. We really like our cabin, the main room and the bathroom seemed spacious compared to other ships we have been on. Our cabin steward was great. She worked around our schedule and kept the room tidy. I loved her towel art! Our bed was comfortable. Dining: We had the 8 PM seating in the Silk dining room. Our waiters were great. Most of the food was good with nice choices. My husband and sister ordered salmon the first night and both said it was dry. One night my husband ordered and lamb chops and they were tough, cold and grizzly. Often the choices for how you could have your meat prepared were medium rare or medium well. Some of the medium rare meat arrive more rare than it should be. One annoying thing in the dinning room was they made the staff parade around while the guests twirled their towels over head. They did this twice. I realize the idea is to thank the staff but once was plenty. I would rather they found a more dignified way to thank the staff. Breakfast in the dining room, deck 3, could be “a la carte” which means sit down and order or buffet. We opted for the sit down breakfast and it was fine. The buffet at the Solarium was ok. Entertainment: We enjoyed all the shows we attended. We saw the Headliner with El Gaucho, he was great and quite different than usual. We saw the water show, also great. Frozen in Time was amazing. We took in Cats which was great also. Service: I booked a Swedish massage for hubby and I pre cruise. It was great. Aileen was my masseuse and she was perfect. I booked two hot stone massages with her which were fantastic! The spa in in the bow on the 6 th floor, next to the gym. We used the gym. It was clean and had plenty of equipment. There is a scale there. From the gym you can go downstairs to the walking deck on the 5th floor that circles the whole ship. Ports and Shore excursions: Labadee: We went on a snorkeling excursion at 8:45 AM. They were nice and organized. One failing was they did not provide any type of deggger for the masks. By the time the snorkeling was over the winds were about 24 mile per hour so we went back to the ship. Falmouth, Jamaica: We stayed in the port because we were warned it was not safe to leave the port area. There were the usual grossly overpriced jewelry stores. We perused the local crafts and found a few thing to buy. The wind came up so we reboarded. Cozumel: we went on the Three reefs snorkel. The crew was great. The snorkel was well organized and beautiful. They provided defogger! After the snorkel we went shopping in the port. We had lunch at Margaritaville, a tasty treat. The shopping was a mix of the same over priced jewelers mixed with sterling silver shops. I asked the price for some tiny turtle studs and was quoted $40 for earrings you can get on line for about $12. Buyer beware. Warning: one man came down from the second level of one of the buildings and pointed out the sign saying “flea market”. I went up and once I was in his jewelry shop, which was just like all the others, he hugged me and tried to kiss me! I beat my way out of there and back to the ship. Disembarkation was efficient. Overall this was a good cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
If you have Kids this would be Amazing. Went with our family and they have younger kids. We raised ours and go on vacation 4 times a year usually an all-inclusive resort, and it was not relaxing and 3x's the cost. Even if you tried ... Read More
If you have Kids this would be Amazing. Went with our family and they have younger kids. We raised ours and go on vacation 4 times a year usually an all-inclusive resort, and it was not relaxing and 3x's the cost. Even if you tried to get away from the action in the adult solarium it was packed and kids were in the adult only hot tubs. The pool is very small for the adults. My husband and I are on schedules all the time and when we go on a vacation we don't want to be on one. Everything is pre book, you can just go around at your leisure but then everything is booked and you can't get in very often on stand by. We had a week of vacation living by the clock. When to get off the ship, when to get on the ship, when to go to dinner (if you want more than a buffet style), what time to go to a show ETC. The staff and ship were amazing, can't say enough how amazing!!! I don't gamble and I don't like malls so I felt like I was at the mall and a casino the whole week (I just stayed away from the casino).. LOL We are willing to try another cruise but will try to find one that is a better fit for us. I just think WE ARE BEACH PEOPLE..... Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ship and deal we received. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The ship is beautiful with a lot to see and do. The cabins were very clean and the steward was excellent. The food and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ship and deal we received. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The ship is beautiful with a lot to see and do. The cabins were very clean and the steward was excellent. The food and service in the main dining room was excellent. With the exception of Cats all shows, activities and entertainment were very good. Labadee was ok, Jamaica and Cozumel were fabulous! For the most part the staff was friendly some more than others. The staff in Dazzles was by far the least friendly and you had to ask for service. I'm not sure if it's my imagination or perhaps others would agree but since drink packages became available service in the bars, night clubs, etc. is almost non existent. It use to be that someone was asking you every 15 minutes if you wanted anything, now you have to go to the bar and order your drinks yourself in most areas. We didn't travel with children but I definitely would love for mine to go next time. Many times I wished they were there because I knew they would enjoy all the activities. I will go again, but I will think twice about the deluxe drink package since the service for alcoholic beverages was so poor. Unless you plan to drink all day and self serve it really isn't worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was definitely the best cruise ship we have been on. Can't wait to return. Will most definitely try the Oasis or Allure next time. Ship is a beautiful vessel! Embarkation and disembarkation were the best we have ever ... Read More
This was definitely the best cruise ship we have been on. Can't wait to return. Will most definitely try the Oasis or Allure next time. Ship is a beautiful vessel! Embarkation and disembarkation were the best we have ever encountered. We arrived a day early and stayed in Cocoa Beach. Sunday morning we arrived to the port about 10:30, had all pre-boarding taken care of ahead of time. Just had to wait in general area until the ship was cleared to allow guests. Easy! Even got to have a nice stroll on the ship to take some wonderful pictures before the thousands of people were on board. The only 2 complaints I have are the bed was extremely hard and found it difficult to sleep, and while a lot of people like Cats, I just didn't get it. Our luck, (not good luck to the performers), they had technical difficulties just before the intermission. I am thinking at least a third of attendees did a mass exidous at that time. Food was excellent as always. We love trying new foods. Kept expenses to a minimum and needed to keep an eye on charges on my card. (I needed to have 2 alcohol purchases removed that showed up unexpected.) They handled it and removed the charges without a hassle. Loved the ports, as we have not been to these areas in past cruises. We are getting smarter and had booked an excursion to the Dolphin Discovery at Chankanaab Natural Park. Found a discount online directly through DD and got 2 for 1 Dolphin Encounter ($99 for 2). This was the best day ever as this included all day in the park. We even got to snorkel! Comparable excursion through RCCL would have cost $84 +/pp so we are finding most excursions through RCCL are high. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Wanted to experience the amenities of a mega ship. Also thought my adult daughters would enjoy this cruise. The shows were excellent . The service was excellent. The food was great. The Solarium was my go to pace on the ship. We ... Read More
Wanted to experience the amenities of a mega ship. Also thought my adult daughters would enjoy this cruise. The shows were excellent . The service was excellent. The food was great. The Solarium was my go to pace on the ship. We enjoyed he hospitality, service and the social mingling of the Diamond Club. The one thing that continues to irk me about Royal Caribbean is the fact that we have to sign out towels. There were a couple occasions when the towel check out stations were closed on the Solarium and the next pool, and I had to walk all the way down to the kiddie splash area carrying 4 wet towels. There were three crew members at that station. I explained to the young man who scanned my card that I was old and tired and asked why were the other stations closed. He just smiled and apologized. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Oasis of the Seas has a great crew. the ship needs refurbishing its 9 years old. saying that I still had a great time. My only beef is that when I travel alone they set me at a table for two and I end up eating alone. this has ... Read More
Oasis of the Seas has a great crew. the ship needs refurbishing its 9 years old. saying that I still had a great time. My only beef is that when I travel alone they set me at a table for two and I end up eating alone. this has happened over and over again. if i want to eat alone i would stay home. when I book my cruise I ask for early dining and a large table. I did not like the show CATS and walked out after 30 minutes. a half hour later i saw a line 9 persons wide walking out. The comedy show was very good along with the water show, ice show come fly with me. Come fly with me had props that i have never seen in a broadway type show. it was great. I have a suggestion for RCL open up my time dining and start a large table for those of us that are single. PS being diamond plus made boarding easy with a small line. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Oasis is a BIG ship. Our cabin was a distant away from elevator, but once we figured out where everything was we knew which way to go down corridor, Wish RCL would take a hint from NCL and put different color carpeting so you knew which ... Read More
Oasis is a BIG ship. Our cabin was a distant away from elevator, but once we figured out where everything was we knew which way to go down corridor, Wish RCL would take a hint from NCL and put different color carpeting so you knew which side to go when getting off elevator. Deck 8 was great since that was where Central Park was and you could go to cafe for a quick bite. Loved that crew were aware of saving of seats at pool. If looking for seats and towels on chairs for long period, they were removed. Cheers to RCL. Found cabin to be fine. Don't know why there would be complaints. Casino had many slot machines not working, Found casino workers not very friendly, although those serving drinks were. Ports were the usual. Would like to see cruises going from Florida to Southern Caribbean, Aruba etc,, rather than San Juan. Same ports. Just husband and I, Even though there were many children aboard, we didn't know how many until we saw them on Labadee. Pool in Solarium SMALL. Didn't go to any dining other than main dining room. Had a great waiter, Raj, table 113, which we ended up after first night reserving for rest of cruise, Had any time dining, but found it much better and quicker to make a standing time, Was nice to have same wait staff. Will be going again on RCL. Found embarking went smoothly, Walked luggage off and it was great. NCL should take lessons. With that big of a ship and many walk offs, it moved along with out a hitch. Off and in car by 7 AM. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
I had been on the ship before but a few people with us had now, so knew what to expect. I personally did not find the ship to be too big at all. Once you find your way around it becomes easy to get from point A to point B. The ships has ... Read More
I had been on the ship before but a few people with us had now, so knew what to expect. I personally did not find the ship to be too big at all. Once you find your way around it becomes easy to get from point A to point B. The ships has tons of things to do for everyone and was just as fun to be on the second time around. We did specialty dining all nights which I can not recommend more since you're getting a 4/5 star meal each night. Chops and 150 were excellent - we dined at Chops twice. We also did the adult beverage package which is a great deal if you're planning to relax and have drinks each day - you for sure get your moneys worth. Rooms are average size for a cruise ship which made it trick having a one year old with us but that was to be expected. All in all it was a great week and would definitely cruise the Oasis of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise so that our friends could go with us and see the Oasis. When I booked the cruise, I told them this was our 60th anniversary. On our paperwork it showed it would be celebrated the 2nd day of the cruise. This ... Read More
We chose this cruise so that our friends could go with us and see the Oasis. When I booked the cruise, I told them this was our 60th anniversary. On our paperwork it showed it would be celebrated the 2nd day of the cruise. This didn't happen! Guess the Oasis does not do this anymore! Didn't see anniversary or birthday celebrations on this ship! This was our second time on the Oasis, it is beautiful, but this time it was really crowded! I have never had so much trouble with dining reservations as I did this time. The diving show was wonderful! We enjoyed the ice skating show and Come Fly with Me. This was our second time to go on this ship. It is a beautiful ship, just disappointed that the celebration did not happen. Our room steward and the waiters were great. The dining room was very crowded, you could hardly get around the table. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was a family birthday and anniversary cruise for 12 of us. Ages ranged from 3-75. Getting on there were no designated line for those with priority boarding until we were in the door. The person at the door told us only the ... Read More
This was a family birthday and anniversary cruise for 12 of us. Ages ranged from 3-75. Getting on there were no designated line for those with priority boarding until we were in the door. The person at the door told us only the diamond members could use the line but the children in the cabin with them had to go to the regular line. We found someone else who said we could stay together and from then on embarkation was fine. Disembarkation for those getting off near the end was awful. Wait lines were long and line for pickup were even longer. For a new terminal built for ships this side, we expected better. Did not like that they don’t publish what the various Crown and Anchor members get on board. I see why, most of it is only a % off, not much is free. One improvement that was fantastic was the 3 drinks per night on the sea pass for each diamond member to use in the dining room or any bar from 4-8pm. Warning, watch your bill because we found several instances where we ordered with the waiter before 8pm but it must not have been filled until after 8pm. Also, the bathrobe that is usually in the room - turns out now you have to ask for it. Loved, loved, loved all the aquatic shows! And the Park Cafe! It did seem on the last sea day there weren’t as many activities or shows - shopping was heavily pushed. All activities at the spa were really sales pitches. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good deals in the spa but even after a treatment the selling continues. Wasn’t overly impressed by cabin service. Nothing wrong, just nothing out of the ordinary Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We booked this cruise in 2016. At first I wasn't sure I'd like a ship as big as Oasis, but once we boarded, I quickly got over my hesitation. The ship is awesome - it offers a week of non-stop activities, good food and fun. ... Read More
We booked this cruise in 2016. At first I wasn't sure I'd like a ship as big as Oasis, but once we boarded, I quickly got over my hesitation. The ship is awesome - it offers a week of non-stop activities, good food and fun. There were some issues with the entertainment - cancelled shows, rescheduled shows, etc., but the shows that we did attend were great. We were introduced to Quest - what a hoot! Our cabin attendant was terrific and the waitstaff in the dining room was efficient and friendly. Now for the unpleasant part. We were on the cruise that started on SuperBowl Sunday. There was this great set up for football fans that included big screens and great food and drink. As we watched the game, a weight and age-challenged woman parked herself next to us. (BTW, I'm not exactly on the young side.) She asked which team we were rooting for - turned out that we were not rooting for her team. At which point she pulled out ... (I am not making this up)... a megaphone and proceeded to spend the rest of the game making our lives miserable with her overly loud pronouncements and weird siren noises mostly aimed at us. Her behavior was so unlike the vast majority of cruisers that we have seen and met (this was our 10th cruise). I know that RCCI does have a code of behavior for passengers, but who could we report her to? Our only other issue was with our lunch at Chops. The service and the food were both poor - very unlike our experience anywhere on Royal Caribbean ships. We did express our concern to the host. He tried to reschedule us for another complimentary lunch, but we couldn't work out the timing. As a result, the cost of our lunch was refunded - something that we really appreciated. By the end of our cruise, I was ready to turn around and get back on! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Smoking, in the casino drafts into the elevators and MDR! This is a poor arrangement and for me totally unacceptable. Embarkation seemed well organized but lunch seemed over crowded and inaccessible. There were NO enrichment ... Read More
Smoking, in the casino drafts into the elevators and MDR! This is a poor arrangement and for me totally unacceptable. Embarkation seemed well organized but lunch seemed over crowded and inaccessible. There were NO enrichment seminars which was a disappointment. Bingo was scheduled after a presentation, but the cards were being sold in the theatre while the presentation was going on. It became too noisy to hear the speaker. Absolutely loved the knowledge level of my dining waiter, he needs to be promotedalthough I’d miss him for sure! Perfect Diamond Club Hostess! Never received any VIP cards from shopping rep, nor any help. Be sure and search out Central Park, it is a pleasant stroll through an open deck. The shower doors are definitely a plus vs the traditional shower curtains. Also the multi plug outlet on the desk. The plug near the night table is a plus too. Room doors open out without swinging into passing traffic. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas is beautiful with a lot of amenities. However, during our cruise, two of our shows were canceled & later rescheduled only for one to not happen at all for what was slated as "Technical ... Read More
The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas is beautiful with a lot of amenities. However, during our cruise, two of our shows were canceled & later rescheduled only for one to not happen at all for what was slated as "Technical Difficulties." It was a disappointment as I was really looking forward to seeing the show from what I had heard about it. In addition, I will still never understand why there are so many children on an inexpensive cruise. Considering my nieces are home schooled, I have to assume since it was early February, these children too where home schooled, but a lot are not home trained & can take away from the cruise experience if you allow them. I strongly suggest an ALL ADULT ONLY cruise. Though staff is constantly wiping down as much as I was sanitizing, I still managed to get sick on my last day of the cruise and I rarely ever get sick in my normal day to day life. I was also disappointed that my pictures were all taken & placed in my folder as an 8x10 thus not allowing me to purchase the smaller options with out paying the 8x10 price so I left with no pictures because I am no paying for what I know I will not be framing. Not every memory requires an 8x10. The staff is great, a little excessive at times so my husband & I kept my "Do Not Disturb" tab up MOST of the time to avoid the extra assertiveness that comes with the staffs normal "accommodating" spirit. Overall though, for this to have been my first cruise on one of the largest cruise ships, I did not let the negative take away from enjoying our anniversary. I met great people along the way who were cruise experts that reminded us to enjoy the moment and in doing so we enjoyed our cruise and all it had to offer including the pre-processed re-microwaved food, keeping in mind, this is a cruise in the middle of the ocean so they work with what they have and do their best :) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Background: I'm 68, husband (we'll call him H) is 72. We are very active. I am hearing impaired. I can hear but many conversations sound mumbled. Yes, I do wear a hearing aid. Forget listening to a speaker. H hears fine. We are ... Read More
Background: I'm 68, husband (we'll call him H) is 72. We are very active. I am hearing impaired. I can hear but many conversations sound mumbled. Yes, I do wear a hearing aid. Forget listening to a speaker. H hears fine. We are Elite members of Celebrity so, thanks to them, we are Diamond RC members. While we cruise most of the time on Celebrity, we did sail one time on Navigator and liked it a lot. We live in Central Florida bout 1 1/2 hours from Port Canaveral. For a long time I refused to go on the "big" RC ships. I said that 3,000 passengers on Celebrity was about all I could ever stand. Three couples asked us to go with them on Oasis. I gave in because, not only would we be going with friends, but the price was really good and good perks. So we drive to Port Canaveral and park off-site. No problem. Embarkation was very quick at 1pm. As Diamond members, we could by-pass the long security line. Before going to our cabin, we went to Park Cafe. Not crowded. Got really good sirloin sandwiches. Our cabin, D6 on deck 11, was very nice. Very comfy bed (although H thought it was too hard). Lots of storage spaces and plenty of hangers in the closet. Bathroom was fine with 3 shelves and a drawer for storage. Two shelves under vanity for storage also. Good shower with great shower pressure. Balcony was decent size and chairs were comfy. Could have used a foot rest though. There is on e major difference between RC and Celebrity. On Celebrity, somehow our room steward knew when we were going down to breakfast so he could clean the cabin. On RC, we were lucky if it was cleaned by 11am. Maybe I'm just spoiled. We ate most of our breakfasts at Diamond Club with no crowd. Bagels, smoked salmon, cold cuts, fruits, cheeses, pastries. Very nice. Day 2 we made the mistake of going to Johnny Rockets for breakfast. Our server forgot to put in our order. After 20 minutes, we got the manager who made sure we got it quickly. We went another time to get our BOGO milkshakes. We sat at the counter and it took a very long time to get our shakes. We realized it was the same server from breakfast. Bad luck. Breakfast once at the buffet was OK. It was mob city and you did have to search for a table but you could always find one. Food at lunch was just OK. Celebrity really shines with their made to order pasta and caesar salad. We went to Diamond Lounge every evening around 5pm for drinks and appetizers. We found that from 4:30-5:30, it was mobbed. It's two stories but not enough seats for the numbers of Diamond and above members. After 5:30 it thinned out. The service in the lounge was wonderful. They could not do enough for you. We had my time dining at 6pm every night (except when we went to the specialty restaurants). Same table, same waiter and assistant waiter. They were very good but, unfortunately, the food was not up to Celebrity standards. The only time anyone raved about their dinner was lobster night. Also, on Celebrity, when you order pasta, they come around automatically with grated parmesan cheese.Here you had to ask for it and, by then, your dinner is getting cold. We ate at 150 Central Park and it was not very good. The food was bland. We would never eat there again. We did enjoy our dinner at Chops. I could not finish my 16 oz. rib eye which was done perfectly, medium rare. Loved the food at Solarium Bistro. Unfortunately, it was not open until late on port days which was a real bummer. Now the shows. The headliner, Private Stock (a band), was great so I was told. Because of my bad hearing, I did sit through it and it was very loud. However, my traveling companions said the singer was fantastic. The Aqua show was shortened to 30 minutes. I was bored. I appreciate the ahtleticism though. I loved the ice show. I saw one of Navigator and really looked forward to this one. It did not disappoint. You do have to get there early so you're not seated behind a post. We got there 30 minutes before show time and really had to look for seats that were not directly behind a post. Tough to find. People were reserving rows of seats for their friends and, unfortunately, management did nothing. I also enjoyed the production show. I loved the dancing and the costumes. We did the mini golf which was fun and the zipline. The first step is scary but it's a neat thing to do. We had been to all the ports before. No problem on Labadee finding chairs but not if you wanted shade. The buffet was good. Walked abound Falmouth and Cozumel for a short time and then came back. Been there, done that. BTW, it's safe to walk outside the port shopping area in Falmouth. We've never had a problem. Getting on and off the ship at the ports was absolutely no problem. So what are the real problems that turn this into a 3 1/2 star rating. The elevators. We will walk up and down 3 or 4 flights but many times we were going up or down more than that so we took the elevator. 12 elevators each fore and aft. 6 on port side and 6 on starboard side. Probably half the time we had to wait more than 5 minutes for an elevator only to find it full when the doors opened. I'm not talking about prime times either. The pool area but very crowded as it is on all ships. On one side on deck 15 I think, a lot of it is taken up by the smoking section. We would walk by it to get to the Solarium and hold our breaths. I don't know why they still allow smoking on ships. The very first day, I open my balcony slider, walked onto the balcony, only to find somehow smoking two cabins down. I went to Guest Services who said to call them if it happens again.The last night, someone about 4 or 5 cabins down and one deck above us was smoking and flicking the ashes over the railing. I didn't go to Guest Services because it was the last night and what were they going to do. I was going to take a movie of the smoker but didn't. I know this is getting long but a few more things. The Boardwalk area is very nice but lots of stuff is geared to kids. And yes, there were a lot of kids on the ship. The majority were well behaved though with the exception of two kids who were fighting a lot and the father just stood there and did nothing. The pool area was always mobbed except for port days. And the chairs were so close together you had to climb onto the chair to sit on it. Sorry, I need a little space. I love doing trivia. Celebrity puts up a big screen with the questions on them. Not RC. So trivia and a lot of other activities are out for me. Not necessarily RC's problem but I do wish they could come up with something to help people like me. Those assisted hearing devices that they have don't work for me. H did go to trivia and some other activities and had a good time.Finally, I did not like planning the shows ahead of time. The times of the shows were not always good depending on when you were eating dinner. If you had my time dining and didn't have reservations, you may not finish eating in time for the show which you reserved months earlier. And you had to get to the show at least 30 minutes before the start to get a decent seat. On the plus side, my fear of being around 5,000+ people was unfounded. You never felt like there were that many people. Would I sail the big ships again. Yes, but only for the right price. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
My daughter and I arrived to the cruise port around 10:15 in the morning. We parked our car at the terminal and carried our luggage to the porters. Quickly went thru security and check in counter and stood close to the boarding area. ... Read More
My daughter and I arrived to the cruise port around 10:15 in the morning. We parked our car at the terminal and carried our luggage to the porters. Quickly went thru security and check in counter and stood close to the boarding area. The room was already full but boarding started shortly after....just before eleven. They started with suites and diamond and worked down from there. Don’t sit in the chairs unless you are not looking to get on the ship fast. Stay by the boarding area for quick entrance. Boarding was easy. Passing all the “hey, you want to buy” tables we made our way up to deck eight where Park Cafe is located. I’m sure other opinions have stated just how good their roast beef sandwiches were and yes, they were good, but it really depends on what piece of meat you end up with. Yes, they have a make your own salad but there’s not a lot of items to choose from. Went to see our room at one. We were in Room 8707 which is a balcony overlooking the Boardwalk. Nice size room for two people. The bed was beside the balcony. Apparently, every other room either has the bed there or beside the closet. Beside the closet would make if a little tough to get into the closet. One large suitcase fit nicely under the bed but the other one would not. We left it standing up on the small table by the closet. There was two easy to reach power connectors. A hair dryer in the drawer. Open the safe by pulling on the right top corner even when it seems the safe is closed. The bathroom shower had wonderful “water power.” Bring your own shampoo, conditioner and lotions. The room’s temperature was fine but I like it really cool when I go to sleep so bring a portable fan. Noise in the balcony rooms seem to be a favorite topic of discussion. We were located pretty close to being over Johnny Rockets. We could see the Aqua theatre from our room. My daugher, who has wonderful hearing, could hear noise on certain nights, especially the last night. If noise truly bothers you then I would avoid these type rooms and either go for an inside room or a room overlooking the ocean. That said, I would book this room again because you can always get a crying baby or loud neighbors. It’s a toss up. Was not that bad too me and it was fun people watching from the balcony. I did bring two magnets. One to clip the curtains tightly closed and the other to hold important papers on the wall. Yep, on the wall. They now have egg crate type things on the mattresses so the beds are now doable. Pillows are really thin. Downright horrible. Thankful we had brought our own. If you do nothing else stuff a pillow in your suitcase. We purchased the ultimate drink package and also internet for my daughter. Do not buy these at full price. Never. They will go on sale precruise and never be cheaper on board. Keep checking online. We are not big drinkers but with the discount price of $345 we felt it was worth it. Speciality coffees (not Starbucks though), soda cup, fresh squeezed orange juice, water bottles, and all (13 dollars and under) alcohol drinks are included in package. The fresh squeezed orange juice is so much better than the free syrupy orange juice. It was nice to try this and that without factoring in cost. Chocolate martinis and mudslides are “must-try’s.” I brought some large straws for the soda drink cup. Small ones do not work well. Soda machines are located on Deck Five and in the Windjammer there are four of them. I think I saw one in the teen club too. Internet worked well with the exception of a few spotty times. Worth the price. We purchased the “first night” done right dinner for our first night. It’s a toss up which restaurant you get. We were booked in the Italian restaurant. Lots of good food. The food kept coming after we were “way done.” Service was excellent but then again, we were one of the first people there just after 5pm. It was quickly filling up after our order was taken. If you want to try a speciality restaurant go for the first night done right for half price. By doing so you would also avoid the craziness of the first night dining room. We booked the “my time” dining time. Had our times booked for each night before we boarded. Makes it easier to prebook because when you get to the dining room it will split into those that have reservations and those that don’t. It’s crazy in there. Formal nights were the first sea day and second sea day. Prime rib and lobster were offered the second formal and both were really good. Dining room service was excellent though all staff were running around looking like they would never catch up. Breakfast in the dining room offers one side buffet and the other order at your table. Here the buffet looked pretty good. We chose order at the table and due to a really new employee my order got all mixed up. Two eggs over medium ended up a mushroom omelet. The waiters trainer apologized with something like a language barrier. I’m thinking the guy is going to have lots of trouble waiting on New Yorker’s and their fast talking compared to my Southern drawl. Where Oasis of the Seas fails is the Windjammer. The Grandeur of the Seas buffet is so much better than the Oasis. With 6,000 passengers the Oasis has a relatively small buffet and choices. Seriously, it’s low class food and I’m far from being a food critic. Pizza was doable and the wipe out cafe had some good fries. I always brought some cookies back to my room Incase I got the munchies late at night. We did the same with water. Kept a couple of bottles in our room. We always took bottles of water off to excursions, as well as, towels if needed. We did two excursions. In Jamaica we did the Dune Buggy experience thru Royal Caribbean which required just over an hour driving on a bus to get there. Our bus was nice and held around 25 people. The ride was awesome as we listed to our tour guide tell us about the area. It’s a wonderful way to see some of Jamaica. The dune bug ride was fun but actually I was hoping for more water experience. Maybe, they were lacking in rain when we went. That said, it was still a fun day. My daughter did “swimming with the dolphins” at the park in Cozumel. Right outside the port you get a taxi for twelve dollars. They only take cash so have change for a tip too. I had to pay, I think it was twenty one dollars, to get in the park. Her VIP swim, which included lunch, drinks and another quick swim with the mammoths....and snorkeling gear for $119. That price was an online special so look for that. The buffet lunch that was included was not that good so do not spend the extra $40.00 if you are not swimming for it. She had a blast and was the highlight of the trip for her. Your kids would enjoy it. We spent some money at the casino. Now know very few people end up winners. For every one person that brags about winning there were a few thousand losers. Set your budget and treat it as dinner and movies every night. The casino is split up into smoking and nonsmoking and it seems the nonsmoking section is bigger. You can truly play without smoke bothering you. On the smoking side play the money grab game. Quick hit games on both sides did not pay out on this cruise. The bar in the casino is pretty good. Smoking should not be a problem if you are a non smoker. Smoking is limited to one side of the casino, deck 15 by the pool bar and deck 16 by the pool bar. That’s it. If you do smoke I believe you will find these places pleasant and partly covered for bad weather. We saw a few shows. Comedy show was really funny so make sure you book that show before boarding. Come Fly with me is worth your time. The aqua show was good. I saw Cats before and knew it was not worth my time. We saw the belly flop and sexy man contest, both at the aqua theater. I felt both were funny. We participated in the Quest where my daughter was a Captain. If pantless men and braless women bother you then I’m thinking you should skip it. If not, help your team by having Mexican and Candian coins and false teeth. Central Park is pretty. Boardwalk is calling for kids. We would sit on our balcony and watch kids do jump rope and play games that were offered on the boardwalk. We saw small kids finishing eating in the windjammer and singing a song with the staff members as they headed back to the kids club. There must of been twenty kids, all looking happy and singing. Not one tear so I’m thinking the Kids Club is a happy place. They have a cute little swimming area for the little ones. I did see a life guard on duty. There’s several ping pong tables on the sports deck. Teenagers and adults are going to love all the volleyball and dodgeball competitions. So, leave your little ones in the kids club as you head for some adult time knowing he/she is happy. Now after what we experienced on this cruise I must tell you to “take note” of where the bathrooms are located Incase of an emergency. As my daughter and I were headed down our hallway to our room early one night we both blamed each other for the horrible smell. Then I looked down and saw “crap” all the way down the hall. We walked on the side and noticed the “crap” stopped one door from ours. We had to spend the next ten minutes stopping people from walking in it until housekeeping came. Heck, it was obvious which room as the last bit was right at their door. No kids in that room. The last sea day we participated in the Bottomless Galley Tour which I booked online for twenty percent off. Staff members will be attacking you all week to book this. I guess they get money from each sale. Anyways, Royal will offer twenty percent discount just before you go. We paid twenty something each and got a talk from head chef and a tour of the kitchen which was boring but the meal was excellent. Free, unlimited OJ and Champagne. We got to choose from a menu. I had a wonderful salad and the filet with potatoes and vegetables with a dessert that looked like a swan. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had and better than Chops. Service was excellent. The meal makes the price worth it! We decided to walk off the ship with our luggage. The time was between 645 and 845. We got to the gangway around 645 and there was a long line. I believe they started earlier than 645. Even with the long time we had enough custom agents to move our line quickly. Must of been in line for 15 minutes. Quickly showed my passport and we were at our car in minutes. Very easy to drive out of the garage. We did peak at the suites and I’ve read many reviews that said they just could not go without getting a suite. I could easily fall into that category so I avoid booking that first suite. You would of continued being happy with ice milk had you never taken that first taste of ice cream. That said, the suites we saw just did not seem that great for the money it costs. But everything is relevant. $15,000 to you might not be that big of deal. I could afford that $15,000 but then I’m afraid I might live to the age of 90. I really like the Oasis of the Seas but I like big ships. I like walking. If walking is not your thing then maybe you would like the Grandeur of the Seas better. We enjoyed that ship too. Whatever you choose please allow a few days to unwind when you get back home from your vacation. Having fun for seven days is a bit like working. You are, most likely, going to feel worn out time your head hits your pillow at home. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise because it fit our schedules and to get away from cold weather for a week. Stayed in Cocoa Beach the night before which I highly suggest. Well rested we shuttled to the cruise port arriving by 10:30 am. We were a ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit our schedules and to get away from cold weather for a week. Stayed in Cocoa Beach the night before which I highly suggest. Well rested we shuttled to the cruise port arriving by 10:30 am. We were a group of 5, all Diamond members. Registration went smoothly and after a short wait we were on the ship by 11:20. Our inside cabin was on the 7th floor mid ship and was in a perfect location. Our room attendant did a nice job and our room was clean every day. Did my time dining for the first time and hated it. This was a choice by us and we will not do this option again. RCCL is not to blame, it is just to hectic and noisy with people coming and going at all times. Dining room food was good, especially the appetizers. As said before on these forums why can't people at least put on a pair of pants and golf shirt for dinner. Some people looked like slobs. Ate at the Windjammer a few times and it was good also. It did seem crowded on Sea Days but the staff did a great job of getting tables cleaned off for the next group to sit at. Johnny Rockets was very good also. Giovanni's Table and 150 Central Park were excellent. We don't by souvenirs or do excursions so we use that money for specialty dining. Entertainment was also excellent. Private Stock Band, comedians and Ice Show especially. The diving show was OK. Did not attend Cats. The service was very good. Some bartenders friendlier than others but that is to be expected. They all were nice, just some more than others. Oasis was in very good condition and we marveled at how many people were cleaning at all hours around the ship. From wiping handrails to cleaning tables they did a great job. There is Purell dispensers everywhere for you to use. For Diamond members the lounge was very crowded for Happy hour 4:30 to 8, especially when they open for free drinks. Alot of snobs in attendance who were not patient with the bar staff. The bar staff did an excellent job of getting people served in our opinion. The pool on sea days was very crowded as was the Solarium Pool area for adults. RCCL does not enforce the 30 minute chair unoccupied rule so why post signs and print the rule in the daily compass. Either you have it or you don't. There were people saving spots at 8 am who did'nt arrive at the pool until 10 am. Labadee was nice but we went back to the ship to eat. Cozumel and Falmouth we got off for a short time to look around. In closing we noticed after 19 cruises subtle differences that RCCL has made which for them is cost measure. The only pushy people were the photographers in my opinion. Drink prices are high but again I did not have to purchase them. After discussion we all agreed we like the Freedom and Voyager size better than the Oasis. Personal preference for less people and almost the same amenities. Will be cruising RCCL in the future and highly recommend cruising. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was our first cruise ever and did we ever set the bar high. The ship was huge with so much to see and do. Our room (balcony room 12156) was bigger than what we expected. It was clean and comfortable. Even though the ship was huge, it ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and did we ever set the bar high. The ship was huge with so much to see and do. Our room (balcony room 12156) was bigger than what we expected. It was clean and comfortable. Even though the ship was huge, it did not feel crowded at all. The food was a bit disappointing. It definitely was plentiful but lacked in taste sadly. It was fine but we weren’t blown away by anything we ate in either the dining room or Windjammer. Crew were all very polite and friendly, some more than others. The entertainment was second to none. We didn’t get to see Cats because it was cancelled twice due to rough seas but we saw so many other great shows, we could hardly be disappointed. We enjoyed the ports of St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Labadee, Haiti. We took tours at the first two ports that were very good and relaxed at the private beach at Labadee. There was a marketplace at Labadee and the merchants almost pounced on you as you walked by. It was too overwhelming and unfortunately, the pushiness made us leave instead of buying anything from them. Overall, we enjoyed our first cruise and have no regrets. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Paid for by Hilton. I especially enjoyed the extra size of the Oasis of the Seas. I liked the 5th deck with its large center walk way. The 6th deck had boardwalk with the aqua show which was an engineering feat. I liked the open gardens on ... Read More
Paid for by Hilton. I especially enjoyed the extra size of the Oasis of the Seas. I liked the 5th deck with its large center walk way. The 6th deck had boardwalk with the aqua show which was an engineering feat. I liked the open gardens on the 8th deck with the different resturants. The spas were some of the best I've seen on a ship and always well maintained. And the covered pavilion was a delight. I would of liked a drink package structured more for a one to two cocktail dranker, since I pushed myself to drink more to justify the cost of $495.00. Over all, enjoyed the cruise and shore excursions. Staff was not as friendly as I have seen on other cruises and made me feel that I was in their way on several occasions. Running track was partially closed on every run that I took, but I enjoyed the length of the running track. Only found one exercise bike that completely worked and staff did not seem to care. Food was good but not as big of a variety as on other cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Embarkation & Disembarkation went smoothly & quickly. There was not a ton of places to view the ocean - which I enjoyed a lot in previous cruises. The main dining was fair. A lot of the same foods over and over again. We ... Read More
Embarkation & Disembarkation went smoothly & quickly. There was not a ton of places to view the ocean - which I enjoyed a lot in previous cruises. The main dining was fair. A lot of the same foods over and over again. We opted for a dining package and enjoyed both the Hibachi Restaurant as well as Chopped. The entertainment kept getting canceled because of the sea conditions. At one point, we were already seated for a show and they came on to let us know the show was just canceled. There was not a ton of organized activities that we really enjoyed on the other ships - for instance karoke was offered one time a day on most days for about an hour. In the fitness center, there were several machines that were in need of repair/replacement. There were two Stability Balls which were most of the times occupied or no where to be found. Also, you can take classes for a cost as well. The service and staff were awesome! The ports of call were about what we expected. For us, Oasis is not a ship we will sail on again. We prefer Freedom or Navigator of the Seas. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Oasis is a great ship --- lots to do, great staff, wonderful dining opportunities. We loved our cruise, but feel we need to mention two negatives. On Oasis, you can purchase a beverage package for soda. Their are seven soda machines ... Read More
Oasis is a great ship --- lots to do, great staff, wonderful dining opportunities. We loved our cruise, but feel we need to mention two negatives. On Oasis, you can purchase a beverage package for soda. Their are seven soda machines on the ship, four in Windjammer Cafe. As any given time, several of them are broken; also, when the Windjammer is closed, 4 of the 7 are inaccessible. We paid $140 for the 7-day drink package for the two of us, and getting the soda was often a hassle. Also ... we have enjoyed Labadee for nearly 20 years. However, the joy is gone. RC tries to cram far too many people in a relatively small space. They serve lunch from 12-2, but the buffet-style lines usually had 50-125 people standing, waiting, baking in the hot sun No fun. I have overstated things. The cruise was a blast, RC is a first-rate cruise operator. They just need to spend more time improving quality, not increasing quantity. Read Less
Oasis of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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