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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Although not *officially* there yet, we consider ourselves "empty-nesters" and are trying to embrace all of the fun that brings. That means we have added a cruise a year to our schedule of other various types of vacations. This ... Read More
Although not *officially* there yet, we consider ourselves "empty-nesters" and are trying to embrace all of the fun that brings. That means we have added a cruise a year to our schedule of other various types of vacations. This was our first time on Oasis, having done Grandeur, Liberty and Anthem (which is our ABSOLUTE favorite). Since you are reading this, you are well on your way to a great trip on Oasis, because the most important thing to do when going on the big ships is to research it. It appears folks biggest problems when cruising on the "big girls" are being unaware that a little preparation goes a long way. Sign on to your RC cruise planner account EARLY and OFTEN. Prioritize what you really want to see and do, and then schedule your reservations for those shows early in your trip. This helps because the shows are being performed on a ship that is on an ocean full of waves - not always the most ideal situation for diving into pools, being suspended on ropes or leaping across the stage! If your show gets cancelled early on your odds of being able to catch a rescheduled show are better. Also, prices do fluctuate for excursions, drink packages, Wi-Fi, etc. Checking the cruise planner often helps you save money. We try to get as much out of every trip we go on as possible, so when it comes to cruising that means we like to get on board as early as we can. After debating whether to park off-site or on, we decided to go with on-site. While it is more expensive, it is very easy to navigate the garage, and we appreciated that our car was covered during the trip. You pay before you park, which makes leaving extremely efficient. We were on board and had our first drinks in hand by 11:30. You board on deck 5 right onto the Promenade. We did not go to the Windjammer, as having heard it gets crowded. Instead, DH grabbed a hotdog from the boardwalk and we made our way to the pool deck. That brings me to the Windjammer... I read many complaints about it in other reviews, and I will say again, being prepared helps. It WILL be crowded at certain times. We are early risers and never had a problem at breakfast, but there are also other options. Remember room service for the "continental" breakfast is free. Johnny Rockets (eggs cooked to order) serves a free breakfast. The Wipeout Café and the Solarium both offer breakfast options as well. But if your heart is set on the full buffet experience at 9:00 am, just know you'll be sharing it with lots of other folks and try to remember you are ALL on vacation :-) We went with a Central Park balcony and it was very quiet. 12th deck, next to the living wall, but not one of the special ones with the larger balcony. Surprised how breezy it did get out there some days considering it is in the "middle" of the ship. As a perk for the cabin we had a free lunch in Giovanni's (or could have chosen Johnny Rockets) and a bottle of red wine. As to the lunch - I was glad it was free. It was fine, but I just wasn't impressed with it enough to have paid a premium for it. Honestly thought our service in the dining room was better. We ate most our dinners in the dining room (had early seating) and they were fine. Nothing spectacular, nothing horrible. We enjoy the experience of the meal, and dressing for dinner more then the food. Besides, after eating and drinking throughout the day, cannot really say we ever went to dinner hungry! Yes, there have been changes to the line through the years. Quality has gone down, bread is in a basket on the table, versus being served, fewer staff to do more work, but honestly I believe you get what you pay for. And RC really is fairly reasonable when you consider everything that is included. We purchased the drink package and enjoyed it immensely. I simply enjoyed the freedom of being able to try new drinks with no cost concerns. My DH enjoys IPA's, and with a little research I discovered that although they do not list it on the menu, the Globe and Atlas pub has Dogfish Head. Just need to know to ask for it. The Champagne Bar has a menu full of dessert drinks. Although most of them are a little extra then the $13.00 per drink the package covers, I did think the key-lime pie martini was worth the extra $. We enjoyed the comedy show (that had been a priority for us, so I made sure we had reservations for it). It is a small venue, but they do lots of shows, so should not be too difficult to see if you are interested. The diving show was excellent as well. I am not a fan of the show Cats, so did not see it. Lots of opportunities for live music around the ship, although most of it does occur later in the evening. For us, the ship is the destination, so I don't have a lot to offer for shore excursions. We are beach people, so I normally just figure out which beach I want to go to and grab a cab there - if we even get off the ship at all. As to crowds in general, never really experienced a problem. Of course we are physically able to take the stairs often, and that helped us avoid any elevator issues. We also generally got our own drinks, although there was bar service in most venues and on the pool deck. Never saw any enforcement of the "chair hogging" - as early risers we were on the deck early and saw many towel covered chairs unoccupied for extended periods. But there are also multiple pools, decks, and plenty of chairs to be had. One difference I did notice on this ship was fewer announcements. Other ships we've gone on always heard announcements for bingo or sales or port info sessions. Not so much on this ship. Not that it concerned me one way or another - just an observation. We elected to do self-carry for disembarkation. Absolute breeze. Timed it right, and got in elevator without a problem. Straight off ship, in garage and on the road by 7:15 am. That was where paying the premium for parking on-site paid off. Could have saved $ with off-site parking, but appreciated the convenience of no shuttle waiting. Great trip for us. But once again, biggest piece of advice is to research the ship. Join your roll-call (folks generally will let you know about sales and when reservations are open) and remember you're on vacation (along with everyone else ;-) Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Embarkation and disembarkation was great, In out no problems, cities where great, Ship beautiful, Our cabin steward was very attentive, cabin clean and in order, Anthony helped us with everything we needed, Awesome Job. Dining:Our ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation was great, In out no problems, cities where great, Ship beautiful, Our cabin steward was very attentive, cabin clean and in order, Anthony helped us with everything we needed, Awesome Job. Dining:Our servers Ganngga Putra, and Lamar( Silk 5 - 5:30)were so great, right there when we needed,and when we did not think we needed, Very efficient, friendly and caring to our needs. The food was not up to par, I believe because the kitchen was trying to serve so many at one time, the food was not hot,(warm), Entertainment was great, I give it a 10 and 7th Heaven!! wonderful. Activities where great, lots to choose from and a good wide section. Great ports Haiti so relaxing, Jamaica, we did not do a ship excursion we did the Blue Hole, a great choice for our group, it was very adventurous. and in Cozumel, we did not do a ship excursion we did Trip Advisor-- It was called The Amazing Race Cozumel, GREAT and very nice way to see the city, always felt safe because of the team we were with. Something you need to consider for a shore excursion. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
First of all, kudos to the Terminal 1 parking and terminal operation at Port Canaveral - a remarkable operation to enable a very satisfactory embarkation and disembarkation. Deserves to become the ideal model in cruiseship terminals. ... Read More
First of all, kudos to the Terminal 1 parking and terminal operation at Port Canaveral - a remarkable operation to enable a very satisfactory embarkation and disembarkation. Deserves to become the ideal model in cruiseship terminals. This was our 18th cruise - 4th with RCL. We arrived before 11 am and were having lunch around noon. Certainly a massive ship at capacity which seemed rare for January. This impressive vessel accommodates over 6500 guests without usually feeling crowded. Our D7 - 9206 cabin was clean and comfortable, not very spacious but the balcony was a nice size. Our steward Maha was very friendly and efficient without being intrusive. Our 'My Time' dining in the American Icon was interesting. Hit and miss service overall - although Junior at 355 did his best. It does appear that dining staff are overwhelmed without the help of an Assistant. The manager did respond to a negative dining slip submitted. As majority of cruisers seem to note - the overall dining experience has diminished over the years, perhaps hoping to entice the premium venues. In all locations, it seemed rare to get food arriving hot. Coffee was hit a miss - really good tasting and hot at times, but warm and weak at other times. Twice in Windjammer, near AM opeing time there was no cream or milk available and took some time to locate. Windjammer seems to lack supervision. Entertainment venues were plentiful. Ice show was a hit. CATS was a waste - not suitable for a cruiseship. Visiting band 7th HEAVEN was spectacular. Also enjoyed Aqua Theater show. Promenade shows were fun. Comedy show was good. All venues require reservations - a consequence of such a large ship. Staff in general seemed friendly and helpful throughout the ship. All pubic washrooms visited seemed clean and functional. A few concerns - no CNN for most of the week despite promises. PLenty of sports on TV but never had a ship not offer network channels or at the very least CNN throughout the week. It's 2018 - when will smoking be banned in the Casino if not the entire ship. Why no pen in the cabin - a dime pen, cheap advertising even if taken - makes no sense. What happened to listing Steward name and contact # in cabin. Bring your walking shoes!! A rather unique experience - we plan to cruise Oasis Eastern Caribbean next January. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The Oasis is a great ship, but she is getting a bit dated and has lost some of her luster. Furniture, carpets, etc. need to be replaced. Service was excellent except for the main dining room. We had about 700+ Orthodox Jews on board and ... Read More
The Oasis is a great ship, but she is getting a bit dated and has lost some of her luster. Furniture, carpets, etc. need to be replaced. Service was excellent except for the main dining room. We had about 700+ Orthodox Jews on board and they absorbed a lot of the main dining room staff's time as their meals had to be Kosher. Nothing wrong with that as we found the Solarium Bistro, Windjammer, Chops, etc. in which to dine. We were scheduled for Amiga Island excursion, but it was cancelled due to 'technical difficulties'. We later found out they cancelled us to make room for the larger Sandbar excursion. It seems their sandbar had 'sunk'. I did not like that at all. The 7th Heaven musical group was...well...just outstanding. Cats was excellent, although a lot of people left the theater at the break as they did not understand the story. Maybe a written note to the patrons before the show would help. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We had wanted to cruise Oasis for awhile and took this opportunity when I could not get a response back from GoTravel about booking their Elvis Festival onboard. We WERE able to catch a couple of their open shows, tho. I noticed at the ... Read More
We had wanted to cruise Oasis for awhile and took this opportunity when I could not get a response back from GoTravel about booking their Elvis Festival onboard. We WERE able to catch a couple of their open shows, tho. I noticed at the dock how dingy looking the ship was and was surprised. Boarding was fast and efficient although the line to board was massive due to delayed boarding as they were doing “enhanced cleaning” due to illnesses on the previous sailing. We were in room 7508 which was very large and had a window that was HUGE, guessing maybe 5’ tall & 3.5’ wide! Nice! Only downfall was that it was at the very front of the ship and most of the dining and activities are at the rear. This ship is big so you walk alot! Our cabin attendent did not clean our commode, so midweek I did it myself. The TV remote was taped together. Dissapointing! Be sure and book a dining time. We went with my time dining and if you didn’t show up a half hour early and stand in line, the line was very lengthy when the doors opened. The food was good and our waiter, Kenroy John, was excellent! Windjammer’s food was mostly lukewarm and typical buffet food. The ports were fine and entering and exiting the ship was easy. The shows were good. Most of the activities offered on the daily sheet were for an additional charge. At the end, we opted to handle our luggage ourselves and were off the ship in no time at all! I highly recommend this! Would I sail Oasis again? No. It needs a makeover! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We picked Oasis and Royal because we were cruising with our seven children, ages from 10-25. I definitely feel like it was a good choice for older kids and young adults; there was basically something for everyone. The ship is huge but the ... Read More
We picked Oasis and Royal because we were cruising with our seven children, ages from 10-25. I definitely feel like it was a good choice for older kids and young adults; there was basically something for everyone. The ship is huge but the kids got the hang of it pretty quickly. I felt like everything was clean and in good repair. The design with the neighborhoods is appealing and works well. We had some days that were fairly chilly so it helped to have some indoor space. My husband and I had a connecting boardwalk balcony cabin with the younger kids (my older ones were a deck beneath us in an interior cabin). I know I am not as thorough a cabin searcher as some because I had no idea we had a view of the ocean...I thought we would just be looking down on the boardwalk. Loved the cabin and our steward Babu who was very accommodating of our needs and the kids'. We stuck almost entirely to the main dining room for dinner (and breakfast). We had my time dining and had the same waiter every night but the last one (which was a bit of a disaster, but didn't ruin the cruise or anything). Other than the last night we received great service. My stepson is autistic and after a few days our waiter knew his very particular order and even helped him cut his meat. I thought the food was good though not as good as Celebrity. I am a vegetarian and had a good option every night. I think the activities are the real highlight for those with kids. Mine were not interested in the kids club but loved the flow rider and the rock wall. They also enjoyed the aqua theater and ice shows. I went to the comedy show with two of my older kids and it wasn't bad either. I thought the bar service was great and drinks were not watered down. My husband and I both had the deluxe package and got our money's worth. Our favorite was the champagne bar - great atmosphere and the best cocktails on the ship. My one service complaint was the dumb towel checkout. Talk about nickel and diming people! We've just paid a whole chunk of change to go on a cruise, so I'm pretty sure we all have towels at home. No one is going to steal the dumb light blue towels, but two of us put our towels in the return without knowing we had to check them in. The variety of activities worked for our family. My daughter and I LOVED the running track and went three miles every sea day. I didn't find it overly crowded, and it was certainly better than practically mowing down older people on the celebrity equinox (my only other cruise ship running experience). All the kids liked being able to watch Dreamworks movies in the cabins and I think the kids ate their weight in Boardwalk dogs and Sorrentos pizza. I have one son who was twenty so he felt in a bit of a no man's land as far as activities and get togethers. Not a teen and not old enough to drink ( though he did in Mexico). He liked the yoga on the beach in Labadee, though. At the end none of the kids wanted to go home. Will we do it again? Maybe someday when we can afford it! This is ideal for families, but I think when it is just the two of us again we'll go back to Celebrity. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This is a great ship and has the best entertainers and staff. The Ice Skating show was unbelievable. The skaters are awesome. Cat's is long but very well done. The music quaility is Broadway class. The Aqua Show is very professional. ... Read More
This is a great ship and has the best entertainers and staff. The Ice Skating show was unbelievable. The skaters are awesome. Cat's is long but very well done. The music quaility is Broadway class. The Aqua Show is very professional. Again the music for this show was great. Central Park is beautiful and so peaceful! The piped in birds churping and cricket churping is an awesome touch. It is totally amazing how quickly the lines (if any) move and embarkment and disembarkment for exscursions is the fastest of any ship I have been on. This is my 10th cruise. Meals were very good, some choices were repetitive, but very good quaility. Our waiter and staff were great. Very friendly and entertaining. We enjoyed all the free food options and restaurants. The Solarium (the adult area) is huge and has so much sunbathing area> THe 4 hot tubs and circuler pool were so nice. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
While we've cruised with a few different cruise lines before, this was our first with Royal Caribbean. Our experience was largely positive - embarkation was smooth, the ship is amazing and there's lots and lots to do. It is, ... Read More
While we've cruised with a few different cruise lines before, this was our first with Royal Caribbean. Our experience was largely positive - embarkation was smooth, the ship is amazing and there's lots and lots to do. It is, however, much more money focused than other cruise lines we've been with before. Threatening to fine you $25 if you don't return a towel (we had one taken from our sunbed whilst in the pool and had to argue with the towel station about the missing towel on the ship!!), charging you $4 for a tiny cup cake (when they are free on similar ships/cruise lines such as Princess). Prices of drinks in the Dining room are both hard to understand and also HIDEOUSLY EXPENSIVE. Also, there is an ice-rink on the ship but its hardly ever open - why its not open all the time I have no idea. A missed opportunity in my opinion. The windjammer is excellent - the food really good and the service outstanding. Some of the staff there are absolutely the best on board. Its just a shame some people can't go to a buffet without being hideously greedy pigs and totally ignorant. It can get a bit much up there if you have small children. There's a good size gym on board which gets very, very busy - to the point of it being unusable on sea days. There's also a running track but people seem to think pushing buggies around here at a leisurely pace side-by-side is OK, making it very frustrating to run on. Cleanliness of the ship is outstanding - really impressed with how sterile it is. You really couldn't complain about it at all. The ship really needs more pool space though - they are pretty much always over capacity and its like sardines in a tin on sea days. Same goes for sun beds - good luck finding one if the sun is out. Lastly, special mention to the kids club staff. Amazing - we had to bribe our five year old to stay with us and play as she wanted to be in Kids club all the time! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Not really great at writing long essays for reviews so I will keep it short and simple. I wanted a easy cruise without being overwhelmed by the port of call and excursions. So it's my 10th wedding anniversary I wanted a super awesome ... Read More
Not really great at writing long essays for reviews so I will keep it short and simple. I wanted a easy cruise without being overwhelmed by the port of call and excursions. So it's my 10th wedding anniversary I wanted a super awesome looking ship with spacious room. Personally I was looking for activities on the ship but what I discovered was A+ Entertainment & Activities . We did get give low rating for dining due to lack of vegetarian option and temp of the food. More than few times we noticed the food in the buffet was not hot or felt like it's just been sitting in side until there was room at the buffet table. But if you love MEAT and this is your cruise heaven buffet ship. Finally perfect port of call so not to be overwhelmed with great staff that can go above and beyond to make this a perfect cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I have always liked the size of the freedom class. Oasis is my new favorite. The variety of shows with the dive, skate and comedy as well as music shows. To avoid crowds in the windjammer just get there early. Loved walking thru central ... Read More
I have always liked the size of the freedom class. Oasis is my new favorite. The variety of shows with the dive, skate and comedy as well as music shows. To avoid crowds in the windjammer just get there early. Loved walking thru central park and the boardwalk. Sign up for your shows online. will save you lots of time and line waiting. Food was good, no complaints. Servers were great. All were friendly. once you get the hang of the layout of the ship, its size was manageable. We were always able to find deck chairs, just not near the pool. Loved the comedy club. They charged for popcorn, not nice! Didn't get a chance to see Cats but everyone said it was very good. Loved the dive show. going to try using the app this time on board. Loyalty perks were very nice. We will be on again in Feb. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was a New Year's cruise for our family of 5 (wife, DD9, DS12, DS12). Unfortunately, older DS12 broke his forearm the day before we flew to Orlando which changed the dynamic of the trip for all of us. We still had a lot of fun ... Read More
This was a New Year's cruise for our family of 5 (wife, DD9, DS12, DS12). Unfortunately, older DS12 broke his forearm the day before we flew to Orlando which changed the dynamic of the trip for all of us. We still had a lot of fun and he was quite the trooper throughout! We stayed at the MCO Hyatt the night before embarkation as we always do. We find it ultra-convenient if arriving later in the day. A quick 45 minute drive to the port in the morning. The kids received 50% off the breakfast buffet which was nice. Embarkation: arrived around 11:00. Once through a 20 minute security line, check-in was very quick with no line. On board 10 minutes later after being accosted by Santa Claus for a (New Year's???) picture (not kidding) and the obligatory drink package quick-sale. We found the ship had the perfect amount of space for our family with lots of options to roam and find something to do. We never noticed big crowds other than in Windjammer and embarking/disembarking at ports. Though I didn't attend the New Year's balloon drop, my wife and two of our kids did and said it was absolutely mobbed. I guess no surprise there. Our connecting cabins on deck 12 port side were nice and lots of storage space and large balconys. But three people, even kids, was a bit cramped. We were disappointed that it took us asking three times and five days for the balcony divider to be opened after being told it was broke. We found the MDR food to be excellent. We mostly followed our server's recommendations and he was spot-on and highly attentive (Marvin was his name, assisted by Benny). The Windjammer food left a lot to be desired, very bland and not a very exciting selection. The Solarium Bistro for breakfast and lunch was a good alternative for a semi-outside dining experience unlike any other dining location. Really enjoyed the roast beef in Park Cafe and my wife loved the salad. Our stop in St. Martin was the first time back for the Oasis since the hurricane. We did the Soualiga boat/snorkeling adventure and had a great time with Captain Al. There still is lots of damage around the coastal areas (primarily ocean mansions) which makes me wonder how bad it is inland with the locals. We walked around one of the San Juan forts for a little while and enjoyed the historical experience. We had a cooler/misty day on Labadee but the kids still had a lot of fun playing on the Columbus Cover beach. My non-injured kids did the aqua park and enjoyed it for around an hour. One annoying aspect was that lunch was only served on the opposite side from where we were (Columbus Cove). The walk back and forth and wait in line was not worth it. The kids clubs we just ok. I really wish they had a separate club for 12-14 year olds, getting mixed in with the older teenagers doesn't serve anyone well. And the 9-11 year old space seemed small and cramped. The counselors were friendly. We had the "Drink of the Day" each day and loved each and every one. The cost of $8 was a bargain compared with some of the other options. My wife got the soda package and probably wouldn't do it again, just not worth the price for what she drank. The Rising Tide bar is a must-do for a completely different experience. We also had drinks in Dazzles and Jazz on 4, both were nice. Again, I wish I had noted the Jazz band name because they were outstanding, the woman singer in particular. The entertainment was excellent. Oasis of Dreams, Frozen in Time, and Come Fly with me were our favorites. The headliner was pretty good (I forget his name, sorry), though his material was a bit dated and our kids didn't recognize a lot of the music or get most of the jokes. The belly flop competition was a complete hoot. We did the cartoon and Harry Potter trivia contests in On Air. Get there early for HP, it was packed! Both were a lot of fun and a good way to spend an hour with the family. Disembarkation: we did the luggage valet with our two big bags which allowed us to leave earlier (8:30 vs. 9:30) with our carry-ons. The immigration line still seemed long, though, probably 15 minutes. Easy to hook-up with our van ride (Tony Hinds, highly recommended!). We are already booked on the Harmony for next New Year's and are looking forward to a similar ship with different shows and slides for the kids. And hopefully no broken bones a day before we leave! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
To see the Osais The ship was incredible, The shopping was horrible.!! Bought a Rolex that was on sale for $16,000. Bought it for $10,000. They stated watch would appraise for $10,000 or more. The watch stopped working while on ... Read More
To see the Osais The ship was incredible, The shopping was horrible.!! Bought a Rolex that was on sale for $16,000. Bought it for $10,000. They stated watch would appraise for $10,000 or more. The watch stopped working while on ship. They subpcosely fixed it. Had it appraised at home by Angio-American Gemmologist LLC (Florida). It appraised for $5356.80. The watch stopped working. What do you think!!!!!! WE have bought lots of jewery aboard & this is the first time it hasn't come in at appraisel price. First time we have bought on a ship!!! What do you think & what can you do!!! John & Karen Silver WE loved our Geni and out cabin attentent. Everyone was great. Would come back again just for them. Food was incredibel & the sevice staff was great. Would not ever shop on board. So upset with Rolex. I feel we have really been taken advantage of & They sawt 2 idiots coming around. John & Karen Si We are honest people> Trust me we will pass the world. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
My first cruise in the Oasis class. The ship (Oasis) was very nice and clean. Was a holiday cruise, and even know the ship was either full or near full,it never felt over crowded. Our cabin attendant was awesome. along with our dining ... Read More
My first cruise in the Oasis class. The ship (Oasis) was very nice and clean. Was a holiday cruise, and even know the ship was either full or near full,it never felt over crowded. Our cabin attendant was awesome. along with our dining room servers. Of course it did take almost all of our 8 days on the Oasis to try to see everything, and we still did not finish. We really enjoyed this cruise. If there would be anything that I would say that disappointed me would be the quality of the food. Yes it has been about 4 years since I have sailed on a Royal Caribbean ship, but to me, since the onset of all of these new specialty restaurants, the quality of the food in the Windjammer, along with the main dining rooms have really gone down. In order to persuade guest looking for a meal of finer quality or what they are used to from RCCL in the past to dine in one of the Speciality locations. We had dinner in Central Park 150 one night, and the food and service was outstanding to say the least. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise for the timing as we wanted a Christmas cruise. The ship, particularly the Promenade deck, was nicely decorated and had a beautiful, huge Christmas tree. They had a few special events including a special holiday ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the timing as we wanted a Christmas cruise. The ship, particularly the Promenade deck, was nicely decorated and had a beautiful, huge Christmas tree. They had a few special events including a special holiday show, sing along, Santa visit with gifts, and turkey dinner in the main dining room. If they had an ice carving, I'm not aware and was slightly disappointed at that. We have cruised many times before but never on a ship of this size and were very concerned about the large number of people onboard. It did make a difference with what we did onboard, especially during the day but we were pleasantly surprised the embarkation and debarkation were both quite efficient. We made all of our dinner and entertainment reservations several months before departure and showed up very early to everything so we could get good seats. We made this a priority as the quality of the entertainment was exceptional and another reason we chose this ship. Be prepared to wait in many lines as there are lots of people but there are also lots of different areas to go and do your thing. It was a challenge to get my 17 1/2 year old into the adult comedy show as they would not allow me to make a reservation for him (must be 18) and they gave me grief at the entrance but eventually I prevailed and he was allowed in. It was annoying and frustrating, however. All of the shows were wonderful except CATS - too hard to follow any kind of story line. They really should change that show to a different one as we estimated at least 60% of the audience left at intermission or earlier). We stuck it out but shouldn't have... We enjoyed the time on the ship more than anticipated (I prefer port time usually) but we did not participate in many of the activities including the zip line and the rock climbing - sometimes because of the wait times involved. I was excited to be on a ship that offered more for the kids to do but they didn't do it because there were too many people. The only time we saw any ping pong table available was on the morning of a port day before we went ashore so that was a bummer. The card/game room was unfortunately also a popular hangout and was VERY loud - we didn't stay long as a result. You had to sign up for ice skating 15 minutes before the first session of the day no matter what time you wanted to go that day - don't be late or you won't get a spot! (The kids did one session on the ice rink as they're hockey players but only because we reserved the spots for them as they were sleeping in!) The Solarium was very nice and a way to get away from the screaming children at the main pool areas. We spend several hours in the solarium. There's an app (Royal Caribbean International) that was quite helpful but did not always list all of the daily activities so you still needed the daily paper. (I noticed much of what was missing were the special holiday activities.) It did not require use of the internet to function. I had incorrectly been told that a second app (Royal IQ) would also work on the Oasis and included a CHAT feature so we would be able to communicate with others in our party but was immediately told onboard that app didn't work on this ship (Oasis technology too old apparently). Communication and finding all members of our party was a challenge. We took walkie-talkies and they helped but did not always work depending on where you were compared to the other party you were attempting to reach, esp if on different decks at the time. The phone handset in one of our 3 cabins did not work (but the speaker part did) and our cabins were not close to each other. Be prepared to walk ALOT! Food at breakfast and lunch was OK, not great, but OK. Dinner was better and the service was great! We were the family of chocolate milk drinkers and they kept the refills coming! The Windjammer Café was crazy busy most of the time and I did not enjoy eating there. We ate every dinner in the standard dining room called the American Icon and never paid any extra for a meal. I was impressed with how quickly we were seated and usually served in that dining room. I can't believe they charge for Johnny Rockets (breakfast was free there but don't bother...) so we never tried their burger. The milkshake was OK but nothing special and there was a charge of $5.31 for it. Royal Caribbean never misses an opportunity to make an extra buck or two and has the audacity to charge $2.50 for a small container of popcorn at shows (& it tasted awful when we finally had a free sampling on our last sea day at the going away party). We never went to any specialty restaurants. The soda pop card we ended up purchasing worked out better than anticipated but sometimes the machines were inoperable. The wait staff and/or bar service provided service without complaint to provide the soda (even though they weren't receiving gratuity on that "sale"). The balcony cabin my in-laws were in was unfortunately sandwiched between cabins containing members of the same family who were quite rude (screaming down the hall and between balconies) and often slammed their cabin doors multiple times. Our cabin was well cared for with a nice central location on the ship. There are very few drawers to put your clothing in - but there's more space in a closet than we're used to on a ship. Our cabin steward, Erica, did a nice job but I had to ask for soap upon arrival on our first day and again later in the cruise. The steward for our "kids" inside room was also good. (2 sons, age 17 and 22 and a girlfriend, also 22) but they felt a lot more motion as they were in the very front of the ship. In summary, it was a wonderful vacation. It was a bit more expensive because it was over Christmas but it was nice. My husband and I prefer smaller ships (even half this size lol) but then the entertainment is often not the same quality. The weather was ideal (some below zero temps at home while we were gone) and we had some great family times. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Overall a great cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Embarkation was very simple, parked the car and walked on the ship within 30 minutes. Diamond check-in was empty and we were able to breeze through. Ship still looks good. Cabin and ... Read More
Overall a great cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. Embarkation was very simple, parked the car and walked on the ship within 30 minutes. Diamond check-in was empty and we were able to breeze through. Ship still looks good. Cabin and steward were excellent. I would say that they only negative experience that we had was that the main dining room service was incredibly slow. The first night they didnt open the doors until 20 minutes after the late seating was supposed to start. The late start included almost 2 and a half hours of actual eating time. Lots of gaps between courses, we went back twice more, still both times close to 2 hours of eating time. Johnny Rockets, Sabor and Izumi were all very good. Schooner Bar and the Pub team, where we spent most of our downtime, were all very friendly. Labadee we did the Sandbar Beach break, but the tide was too high and they took us to Amiga Island (which worked out since it was our first choice, but full when we went to book onboard). Falmouth we went to Blue Waters Beach Club, which was really just a beach with a shop and some chairs. Food was good. Drinks were plentiful with the all-inclusive package. Cozumel we did Mr Sancho's and had another great time. Julio in the pool bar kept our drinks full and we enjoyed meeting folks from the other ships. We did self-disembark, left the room at 6:35 and walked off. We were in the car on our way home by 6:55. (Scheduled start time was 6:45) Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Over-all our family of five cruise was very memorable. The embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth with our bags being delivered on time with no lost luggage. We were on the 6th floor so you good feel a bit of the boat movement ... Read More
Over-all our family of five cruise was very memorable. The embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth with our bags being delivered on time with no lost luggage. We were on the 6th floor so you good feel a bit of the boat movement more than being higher but, it was nothing unbearable. The Oasis of the Sea was a really nice ship with lots of activities for the kids. It's best to complete all the pre-registration waivers on-line to eliminate long lines on the ship. Get a late dinning time (7:30pm - 8:30pm) so that you will be hungry by then and you have time to change after the shore excursions. My children aged 12 - 24 enjoyed Haiti the most. It was a nice day relaxing but they wanted to have some Caribbean food instead of burger and fries that they can eat in the US. They should have an ice breaker for 21 and ups! My 24 year-old didn't really have much to do but hang with us....."21 - 30 Speed Meet at Sea" or something of the sort. Service was good. Get you know your servers by name and use it! They appreciate that and will give you even better service. Do NOT talk down to them because they may be from another country. They are humans and should be respected for at least having a job and working. Overall Royal Caribbean cruises are my favorite by far and this was my third on one of their ships. We have been on the Serenade, Navigator and Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this ship and cruise date so our 20 year old daughter would potentially enjoy this more than our usual Princess cruise-and the price was more reasonable. Looking back she too prefers Princess. Embarkation was a breeze. As is our ... Read More
We chose this ship and cruise date so our 20 year old daughter would potentially enjoy this more than our usual Princess cruise-and the price was more reasonable. Looking back she too prefers Princess. Embarkation was a breeze. As is our custom whenever we cruise we arrive early in order to get on board early and start our vacation. The areas in the terminal are clearly marked and even though we were not any type of elite status or cabin we boarded quickly and easily. Made our way to the Windjammer before the line got long. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food having read some less than glowing reviews. After that we were off to explore the ship, tour the spa and make any necessary reservations. We were in a Central Park cabin that was really quite nice: clean, roomy, different from usual balcony. Bathroom was small but clean-there were three of us and we made it work. Room steward was good. The Central Park area of the ship is truly beautiful and quite amazing when you look at all the plants and consider you are on a cruise ship. Our ports of call were Labadee, Haiti, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas. Beachtime at Labadee-loved it-good food, cold drinks, clear water and white sand. Did our own thing in Puerto Rico-walked to the fort,shopped a little and enjoyed our time. Same in St. Thomas-taxi to town, spent some money shopping to stimulate a hurting economy. We chose to dine at the same table every night-had a great waiter and good food!! We didn't like making reservations ahead of time for entertainment. Bummed that we were unable to get in to see the comedian-the comedy venue is very small. Casino was fine, not an art person so I can't comment on that. The disco party was a hoot-don't miss it! Fitness center was really good, lots of equipment. Downside-all fitness center staff try and sell classes/programs. Spa was very good-we purchased the week long Ultimate Pass to their thermal suite with the mudroom/milkbath addon-highly recommend this!!! All spa staff were wonderful. Also, sent our daughter for a cut/style/blow dry; she looked great and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Almost forgot-favorite spot on the ship besides dining room and spa was the Solarium at the front of the ship; 16 y/o and older area. It is a great spot, lots of chairs, great view, plenty of wait staff and a lovely bistro to get food and drink pretty much all day. Ship was big for our preference but that's just me; the only time it really felt crowded was when we were done watching the dive show and there were a bunch of people in the area for another event. Pools were nice, lots of chairs and servers. Royal Caribbean does a great job creating a fun, family environment. All in all a very good cruise and family vacation! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We loved the Oasis of the Seas! The ship was beautiful and had a lot to offer. The entertainment was not what we expected and were very disappointed. We loved the ports of call and Labadee has to be our favorite! Embarkation and ... Read More
We loved the Oasis of the Seas! The ship was beautiful and had a lot to offer. The entertainment was not what we expected and were very disappointed. We loved the ports of call and Labadee has to be our favorite! Embarkation and disembarkation was fine no real hiccups considering the number of people on the ship. We had a few issues with the photo department as far as the lab goes with printing photos or the Disc at the end of the trip. But, the photographers were great! We had "my time" dining which we loved! Our wait staff was great and helped with my food allergies. The dining room for breakfast was very slow so we spent more time at Windjammers instead. We purchased the Thermal Suite package on board from the spa but felt it wasn't worth the cost. We also purchased the 3 night special dining package which was totally worth the extra cost. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Royal Caribbean (RC) vs. Princess (P) 1.Interior Stateroom- RC wins for size and decoration 2.Public Restrooms- P wins for cleanliness, especially mens restrooms 3.Dining- P wins hands down; RC offered more venues but ... Read More
Royal Caribbean (RC) vs. Princess (P) 1.Interior Stateroom- RC wins for size and decoration 2.Public Restrooms- P wins for cleanliness, especially mens restrooms 3.Dining- P wins hands down; RC offered more venues but included(complimentary) venues were limited and not up to par with what we've experienced on P. Display, Quality and Variety of food was just so much better on P. At times it was hard to even find an open venue to grab a snack on RC whereas P had their buffet venue always open. 4.Snacks- RC just nickel & dimed us for popcorn and ice cream; P had these available at appropriate venues for no charge (like movie nights) 5.Bands/Musicians- amazing on both lines. I'm always impressed! 6.Music Venues- WOW RC had amazing venues...latin club, jazz club, dance club w/ a dj and dance club w/ live band. RC had karaoke with a LIVE BAND. So so fun! P music venues were typically just bars. 7.Entertainment/Shows- RC just wasn't up to par with Princess for our families tastes. The shows all seemed similar. Very artsy and abstract with some amazing acrobats/diving etc. Songs seemed a bit forced w/ vocals forced. RC and P both have had amazing comedians. 8.Elevators- My mom was in a wheelchair and we appreciated the 24 elevators in RC. I don't remember how many P had but I think only 6 on the Grand Princess & Crown Princess. (my mom wasn't with me on my P cruises) 9.Staff- amazing on both lines Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
RC has the best family ships. Oasis has the amenities but needs refurbed. By the pool in the afternoon is not the place to be. Same tired old regee music every afternoon. Too loud and boring. Take a page from Norwegian, DJ pop and ... Read More
RC has the best family ships. Oasis has the amenities but needs refurbed. By the pool in the afternoon is not the place to be. Same tired old regee music every afternoon. Too loud and boring. Take a page from Norwegian, DJ pop and dance. Do not waste your time on CATS. Joked with numerous other guests, when did you walk out? Other shows/music provides variety. Acoustic guitar and piano are great finds. Lunch in Central Park or solarium are nice breaks from the crowds of windjammer. Make sure to schedule your events soon after booking. If you have not been to the standard RC islands, enjoy. Very little variety in ports of call. Great age 2-10 programs. 11-20 was weak. Lots of kids but no way to communicate inter teen. RC Ap drops the ball for inter guest communications. Big ship, tough to find others in this age group. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
RC is my preferred cruise line. Being a Diamond Member I enjoy lots of special deals. We had an inside cabin that was spacious and very clean. The ship was well maintained and clean. Food was good in all area (Main dining ... Read More
RC is my preferred cruise line. Being a Diamond Member I enjoy lots of special deals. We had an inside cabin that was spacious and very clean. The ship was well maintained and clean. Food was good in all area (Main dining room-Buffet and all other food areas). There were a lot of areas for food so we never had to wait in line. Great entertainment, exception of the Cats Production which we did not like. Service was great in al Food areas. Never search for a spot to enjoy the sun. There were always plenty of room as there are a lot of areas for sunbathers. Labadie is always a great destination to enjoy a day on the private beach. Falmouth is not a favorite as there is not much around the Port. Cozumel is a great destination. CASINO: did not like the fact that the non smoking side was half the size of the smoking area, prevented us from being more often at the casino. MAIN DINING ROOM: Was extremely annoying to have a cruiser with a dog not far from us (YES a dog in the main dining room). We were told that it was a confort dog. We have no issues with dogs for blind people. However anybody can have a Dr. note for confort animals dog, cat, pig etc. Exception made for 2 previous issues, we had a great cruise. 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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