1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas on 30th June for a 7 night Med cruise, calling at Palma, Marseilles, La Spezia, Rome, and Naples. Boarding was in Barcelona and the ship is so large that it boards over two terminals. We were allocated terminal C and after dropping off our cases we were on board the ship in less than 30 minutes from arriving at the terminal. Upon boarding, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly, which was a nice touch. As we were in an Aqua Suite, we headed up to the suite lounge, which is a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of boarding day. In the suite lounge, we were able to book a couple of shore excursions and signed up for a 3-night specialty dining package. One benefit of being in a suite is the use of the suite lounge which is open all day for snacks, drinks and table service in the Coastal Kitchen Restaurant which is incorporated into the lounge. We ate lunch in the Coastal Kitchen, which was delicious and then headed to our Aqua Suite no 14330. This was a very nice suite with a separate lounge and dining room and a bathroom with a full-sized bathtub. The balcony was split and to be honest I would have preferred one of the lower Aqua Suits with a wrap-around balcony. We did have some issues with a leak in our cabin, but the housekeeping and maintenance teams sorted that out very professionally. During the week the temperatures were very high, mainly around 30 degrees so it was quite tiring to walk anywhere off the ship. We stayed on board during the first two ports and enjoyed the ship. There is so much to see and do onboard, one review would not do it justice. Day 3 we took a tour which involved taking a ferry to a very picturesque island, the ferry took around half an hour to cross the bay but the walk from the ship to the ferry took longer, not an excursion for anyone with any walking difficulties. Next day we did an olive tasting tour, this I would highly recommend. A beautiful scenic drive through Tuscany and a visit to a farmhouse once owned by the brother of Napoleon, which today is an olive farm. At the last port of call, Naples, we walked off and not far from the port found a really nice restaurant and ate authentic Napali Pizza, just 4 Euro each for a large pizza. Whilst onboard there is so much entertainment going on, from Aqua SHows, Ice SHows, West End Style Theatre Shows, comedians and musicians as wella s Karaoke for those who like to entertain themselves. There are seven neighborhoods onboard the Oasis but we really liked Central Park and The Boardwalk. There is a vast choice of where to eat on board. You have of course Coastal Kitchen for Suite guests and the Windjammer buffet-style Restaurant, then for snacks, you have the Boardwalk Hot Dog Stand, Sorrentos Pizzaria, The Park Cafe and for Tapas you have Vintages Wine Bar. For dinner, you can choose the main dining room or plump for a specialty restaurant. You can choose from Izumi Japanese, Sabor Mexican, Choppes Grill Steakhouse, Giovanni's Table Italian or our favorite the 150 Central Park Bistro. All of these come with a supplement, but if you purchase a dining package you can get a good discount on the cover charges. I would have to say that the food on this cruise was about the best we have experienced on a cruise ship and the staff and service from every member of staff without exception was fantastic. We had the opportunity to meet the Captain and The Hotel Director and the ship, crew, food, and facilities are a credit to them. We had an awesome cruise holiday and can't wait to get back to what I think is our new favorite ship Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Really nice, smooth sailing comfortable ship that was clean, well designed, well attended with excellent room / waiter service, two flow riders, a beautiful 8th floor central garden, rock climbing, zip line, too much entertainment for us ... Read More
Really nice, smooth sailing comfortable ship that was clean, well designed, well attended with excellent room / waiter service, two flow riders, a beautiful 8th floor central garden, rock climbing, zip line, too much entertainment for us to choose from all to outstanding sites with many options for excursions. We flew into Barcelona directly from Newark, cleared customs in Barcelona that was not as smooth as Rome last year but was reasonable (about 45 minutes) got our bags and took a flat rate cab of 39 euros from the airport to the cruise terminal. Got right on board without any hassle e.g. showed our passports, got our room cards and boarded the ship by noon. Went to lunch and got into our room when it was ready by 1 pm. Had a great first day doing zip liner and flow rider, went to first great dinner (always at Grande restaurant for dinner). Second day Mallorca island off the coast of Spain went on the Drach cave tour (really nice) - really tremendous to see. Next day went to Provences of South of France visiting St. Martin and Le Beaux after seeing luminere mine art beaming of Van Gough works. Villages of France trip was wonderful. Wife got lots of nice perfumes, we had some great cheese and wine, loved the villages that had really nice local shopping with a passionate outstanding guide. Next went to Florence on the museum tour - had lunch included on the excursion that was really good pasta (lasagna) / red wine (good table) / salad / tiramisu gelato for desert. Walked through all of Florence, saw a presentation on the quality of their gold (skipped the leather presentation for more gelato for the kids on our own), went to the museum with the highlight being the statue of David by Michelangelo (truly the best sculpture I have ever seen) - the marble just glistened! The rest of the museum we could get to was darn good too. We pretty much walked and were toured through the key central areas of Florence that was outstanding. Next we went into Rome using Royal Caribbean just for the bus in and out of Rome. We went to our favorite places in Rome to visit (favorite gelato / crepe place on Nationale), Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, walked all around experiencing Rome once again (such a beautiful city). Final cruise stop was one hour boat ride to Capri (where we had a traditional spinach ravioli lunch (B-) with wine (D), salad (F) and lemon cake (B) that was at best a over all solid C, then a short ride to Sorrento where we toured through -Sorrento I could go back to, never to Capri that is way over rated (Santorini in Greece is much better / similar island) followed by a short tour of Pompei. I was disappointed at Pompeii because Rome to me has similar albeit not as ancient ruins that are grander throughout the city (Coliseum, Pantheon) that were in part restored. That tour did too much and was a bit hurried because of the busy itinerary for us, but still a joy to experience. We went back to Barcelona after eating our final breakfast (all the food was very good (great at dinners) and there was so much choice with every meal that we expect on a cruise), left our week cruise to pick up a cab, go to a hotel, stay a day in Barcelona (went to Barceloneta beach and went to Sagrada Familiar Church (must see in Barcelona)) then woke up the next day, took a high speed train to Paris, stayed in a really nice quaint hotel for three nights, went to the Louvre, went up the Eiffel tower, had a grand time on our own before flying back to Newark directly from Paris. Just a fantastic vacation with everything being great with our foundation of the vacation being the cruise and most importantly the fantastic excursions in Spain, Italy and France! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
First cruise for husband and I with Royal Caribbean and first Mediterranean cruise. Ship was beautiful and clean. Always saw someone cleaning/wiping/mopping/sweeping etc...Crew was amazing, so friendly and helpful. Never felt crowded and ... Read More
First cruise for husband and I with Royal Caribbean and first Mediterranean cruise. Ship was beautiful and clean. Always saw someone cleaning/wiping/mopping/sweeping etc...Crew was amazing, so friendly and helpful. Never felt crowded and often wondered where all the people were. I had heard the cabins were smaller than what we have had on other ships but didn't notice any difference. We had a balcony room and had enough storage space for all our clothes and suitcases. Service twice a day, wonderful steward. We had lunch at Chops and it was delicious. We tried Johnny Rockets as I'd never had it and it was good. Way too much food and wouldn't pay extra for it again but nice to try once. Ate in the MDR the rest of the time for dinners and food was so good, service impeccable. We also ate breakfast in the MDR each morning. Two choices-buffet or ala carte. We did both but preferred buffet (in MDR). We didn't eat a full meal in Windjammer (casual buffet) but did go up a couple times for a 'sweet', later in the evening. We went to several shows and loved them. Had seen some negative reviews about Cats, but we enjoyed it. Had never seen before. Aqua show wonderful, comedian funny, just can't say enough about the entertainment. This was a very port heavy cruise with only one sea day. We used Rome in Limo for our excursions. Cannot stress enough how happy we were with them. Prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, and great communication. We chose private tours and was well worth the money. Cruise was a great way to get a sampling of several cities and to see where we would like to go back to and spend more time. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience Europe and to feel safe and grounded while doing that. Maybe I would choose a cruise with less port intense agenda. Getting out every morning and walking for hours on end was too labor ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience Europe and to feel safe and grounded while doing that. Maybe I would choose a cruise with less port intense agenda. Getting out every morning and walking for hours on end was too labor intensive for me, but it was still wonderful! Dining was a highlight of my day. I did dinner every evening in the main dining room. It was fun and I looked forward to seeing our waiters and our table mates each evening. I was quite disappointed to learn that surf and turf night is now a thing of the past! I could order lobster if I paid a $29.99 surcharge. Dinners were good but there was not as much variety as I was accustomed to. Majority of the items were offered daily. There would be 1 or 2 new items added per day, but most of the menu remained the same. I booked an ocean view cabin which I would have loved - except the weather did not cooperate. It was cold every day and wet & cold most evenings, so we couldn’t enjoy it at all! The cabin itself was comfortable, spacious and efficient. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
It’s a complete waste of time. The traffic is horrific. We sat in traffic for hours. Bus was hot as Hades. Basically paid for a 7 day cruise and spent a day sitting on the side of the cliff stopped for most of the day. Outrageous. We ... Read More
It’s a complete waste of time. The traffic is horrific. We sat in traffic for hours. Bus was hot as Hades. Basically paid for a 7 day cruise and spent a day sitting on the side of the cliff stopped for most of the day. Outrageous. We booked the Roman walking tour that ended with entering the Colosseum from the gladiator enterence. It was astounding. Well worth the expensive cost. The ship is wonderful, given the number of people it holds, we were expecting Disney type lines. We could not have been more wrong. The ship is huge and there is so much to do that people are spread everywhere. MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY, as soon as you book your cruise. The Aqua Show was amazing as was the magic show - Hector is Magic. The food in the free dining is so/so. However, we are from south Louisiana and are use to awesome cooking. Chops grill is highly recommended. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise based on history with RCL and the itinerary - Spain, France and Italy in one week! It was a great cruise, a little chilly since it was not that hot in late May and no real pool time aboard the ship - lots of hot tub ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on history with RCL and the itinerary - Spain, France and Italy in one week! It was a great cruise, a little chilly since it was not that hot in late May and no real pool time aboard the ship - lots of hot tub time at night after daily port stops and lots of walking! Oasis is a great ship, our first time aboard but we had been on other Oasis ships before - only disappointment was the Cats Broadway show - just not a good show for the cruise audience - loved other productions on RCL before, especially Mama Mia! Love all the activities and the food was very good. We used MyTime dining and with different port departure times each day it made it easy set our group dining time at a different time each night. Mini golf, zip line, daily trivia and flow rider were very popular activities for the five kids with us. The Harry Potter trivia game was fantastic, held by assistant Cruise Director Prince who wore his Harry Potter cloak and held the contest in the Blaze nightclub. Our favorite onboard shows were the Aqua theater show and the Fly Away show by the entertainment team- both great shows that everyone enjoyed. One complaint was that for those of us who had cruised RCCL before was that we all used the RC onboard app and had planned to rely on that heavily for onboard messaging - only to find out that while RCL has this on Allure of the Seas and other ships, it was not available on Oasis. That is a great feature to use the ship WiFi without buying the internet package to stay connected- hope RCL gets that on all ships soon! Final night we had a mix up with booking tickets for the behind the scenes tour of the ship, and the RCL staff stepped in and fixed the issue when the tour was overbooked and offered us dinner at the Italian Restaurant on the house - our best meal of the trip by far! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Our cruise was excellent. The Oasis of the Seas is in excellent conditions and the ship is wonderful. The route in the Mediterranean is great and the port of calls are excellent. But Royal Caribbean has some issues that are not too good. ... Read More
Our cruise was excellent. The Oasis of the Seas is in excellent conditions and the ship is wonderful. The route in the Mediterranean is great and the port of calls are excellent. But Royal Caribbean has some issues that are not too good. The food and service in the main dining rooms are not the best to say the least. If you do not go to the specialty restaurants paying extra you will not find good food and service. The specialty restaurants are excellent but at an extra cost. It seems that the only good food is the one you have to pay extra. And as always the coordination and handling of the tours is very annoying and not easy for passengers. Staff is very professional and helpful. The ship is big with a lot of people but is not a hassle. The ship has a lot of interesting attractions. Embarkation and departure of the ship was very swift and easy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Package was a very good deal.. This was our first cruise and it would definitely entice us to go again. So much to do and see. The music being played in central park was so nice when we were relaxing on our balcony. Every night we had a ... Read More
Package was a very good deal.. This was our first cruise and it would definitely entice us to go again. So much to do and see. The music being played in central park was so nice when we were relaxing on our balcony. Every night we had a different towel arrangement on our bed. Pranav and Tarin were our waiters for dinner a couple of nights and they couldn't do enough for us. They made our evening so enjoyable and fun. We requested them on our last night so we knew we would leave on a high. I would recommend you ask for them to have a bit of craic. The singer in The Globe and The Atlas was so nice he made us feel at home. The staff were great and definitely suited to there roles. The whole ship was an amazing experience and the entertainment was non stop. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I chose to purchase 'The Key' on our Spring Break cruise this past March, Since we did not want to spend the extra money on a Suite Class cabin, we chose to purchase some of the benefits that come with Suite Class ... Read More
My husband and I chose to purchase 'The Key' on our Spring Break cruise this past March, Since we did not want to spend the extra money on a Suite Class cabin, we chose to purchase some of the benefits that come with Suite Class staterooms. Priority Check in was fast, easy and we did not wait in line at all!! We walked right up to "The Key" check in desk and it was about 5 minutes of standard check in information, then we were off to the ship. Carry-On drop off. We then proceeded to the carry-on drop off area where we dropped off some items (stroller, carry-on baggage). It was labeled and brought to our stateroom. Off to lunch at Chops! (included with 'The Key') Our lunch at Chops Grill was amazingly yummy!! It also helped us avoid the chaos of the Windjammer lunch rush. The wifi that is also included with the key was high quality and one we appreciated throughout the vacation. The priority seating for all the shows was incredible and having a 4 and 6 year old helped us arrive minutes before showtime and have excellent seats. We also utilized the zip line, rock wall as well as the flowrider designated times without any wait times. Our overall impression of the key experience was amazing, and we will definitely purchase this again, Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my second time aboard Oasis. I am Diamond and a single traveler. Embarkation at Port Canaveral is pretty seamless albeit crowded. This cruise was taken during spring break and there were many family, young children and teens ... Read More
This was my second time aboard Oasis. I am Diamond and a single traveler. Embarkation at Port Canaveral is pretty seamless albeit crowded. This cruise was taken during spring break and there were many family, young children and teens aboard. Overall this was not a concern. Because of the size of Oasis, privacy is sometimes are to find. The Solarium is the best place for adults to sit and relax since it restricted to 18+. You can get breakfast and lunch there as well. First stop was Nassau..did not bother to get off the ship. Not a fan of the port Charlotte Amalie..excursion to ST John’s. Nice boat ride to the island and very informative. The bus tour was aboard a crowded open air vehicle. Made several scenic stops. If you had never been to St John’s this might be for you. St Martin: a tour not to miss!! Royal Fun Family Food Tour!! This was a small (16 people) group We made three food stops: Cheese House where we made and tasted four kinds of Gouda cheese made into Mac and cheese and plentiful champagne; stop two was an eclectic restaurant on the French side called GutSide Restaurant where wwe were treated to a delicious spiced pumpkin soup and a portion of jerk chicken that was outstanding prepared for us by the owner - this place has to be seen; the final stop was at the Carousel Ice cream store where we made Gelato hosted by the owners (Diego and Stella) and were treated to a ride on their full sized carousel. Not to be missed. Oasis also has more than one location for Diamond and above...one on deck 11 and another in Blaze (very quiet and not crowded at all). This makes it very easy to meet and chat. Overall: because Oasis is so huge, you will likely find the main promenade busy most of the time. Shops open only during at sea of course but most bars are open after 9 or 10. The pool areas are as expected crowded and noisy especially around the kids pool. Chair “saving” is actually watched and enforced for a change. I did not use the Windjammer buffet except for breakfast the last day. It was crowded but no lines. A couple of hints: embarkation day - go to Central Park to grab a quick bite.not a hectic as Windjammer. Try the Wipe Out Cafe for breakfast - made to order omelets and eggs plus a soft ice cream machine. The Oasis is as much an experience as it is a cruise. Once may be enuf for most folks but if you want to try it, you should. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Oasis is an amazing ship. There was so much to do and the service was excellent. Staff could not have been better. Sean (007) took excellent care of our cabin and was always so friendly morning, noon, and night. He called my son by his ... Read More
Oasis is an amazing ship. There was so much to do and the service was excellent. Staff could not have been better. Sean (007) took excellent care of our cabin and was always so friendly morning, noon, and night. He called my son by his name in the hallway on the first day even before meeting him! In the main dining room, Glen and Heriyanto made sure that my daughter, who is a vegetarian, always had a vegetarian entree and meal waiting for her on special order. The activities and entertainment were excellent. We were amazed that with so many cruisers, we were able to enjoy all of the activities we wanted to without having to wait very long. On other cruises we have taken, there were many activities we never even got to try because the lines were so long. I was expecting the same on such a large ship, but that never happened on Oasis. The pools and hot tubs, although somewhat crowded at times, were still quite accessible. The fitness center and the running track are superb. We were four people (two adults and two teenagers) in a standard balcony cabin! I was a bit worried after reading reviews that we would not be very comfortable. But we were fine. It was a bit crowded at bed time, but everyone had a good night sleep. And, we were not often in the room during the day anyways. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife and I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines. We've docked next to Oasis of the Seas and added this ship to our cruise bucket list. We are new empty-nesters and decided to take our first vacation in a long ... Read More
My wife and I have been on several cruises with different cruise lines. We've docked next to Oasis of the Seas and added this ship to our cruise bucket list. We are new empty-nesters and decided to take our first vacation in a long time. We booked Oasis, and we are beyond glad that we did! What an amazing ship! It is extremely clean. Wanda in housekeeping, did an immaculate job keeping our room clean and tidy.She was so friendly and really made our vacation special. We had an ocean view room on the 9th floor. The window was huge, and it allowed us to look out and see the beautiful water and ports. All of the shows were outstanding! Our favorites included "Come Fly with Me", the aqua show, and the ice show. We were never bored. In fact, we were exhausted by the end of the day from all of the activities that we did. Food - All of the food was delicious! The MDR service was great, but even the food in Windjammer exceeded our expectations. Yes, it is a buffet, but it was tasty and uniquie every day. You will definitely want to try Sabor, the Mexican cantina on the ship. It was the best Mexican food we've ever had. Try the margaritas and the guacamole was delicious! Embarkation/Debarkation - Quick and easy. The whole process took about 25 to 30 minutes each time. Port Canaveral does an amazing job moving over 6,000 people quickly. The 7-nights went by quickly and we can't want to check out another Oasis-class ship soon! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We cruised with a group. We had reserved private tour for 6 with Bernards independent of ship. He was a bit hard to find-near back of port area-but well worth it. We had arranged ahead of time to bring school supplies which he donated to ... Read More
We cruised with a group. We had reserved private tour for 6 with Bernards independent of ship. He was a bit hard to find-near back of port area-but well worth it. We had arranged ahead of time to bring school supplies which he donated to local foster kids for us. He had let us know they needed them & we were glad to be of help. We had a very good tour guide-Jackson-who was friendly & accommodating & took us where we wanted to go & on out schedule. Went shopping in downtown which he told us would be less expensive & it was although port area did have some great buys too. Spent some time at beach & Jackson waited there so we could leave when we were ready. Jackson gave us a great tour of both sides of island & lots of great info. Just FYI, if you use scooter on ship, Bernard's has a safe place you can leave it while you're on tour. We will definitely use Bernard's again. As for Oasis, we love Royal Caribbean but felt they nickle & dimed us a bit. We were on Princess Regal month before & in room movies were free ($11.99 on RCI, free popcorn & cookies & milk at Movies Under the Stars & drink packages were much cheaper. Soda package on Princess included soda, fresh squeezed juices & mocktails for $9.05/day while RCI's soda package included only soda & was $9.99/day. Service & entertainment on RCI were excellent, especially our dining room waiters-Komang & Bronwyn, They knew our names & drinks etc by 2nd night & parked our electric scooters outside dining room & brought them to us after dinner nightly without our asking.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We are primarily a River Cruise couple and being on a large ship for a week didn't seem to exciting to us. We received an invitation from a family member to join them and we did. The Oasis of the Seas is something special and from ... Read More
We are primarily a River Cruise couple and being on a large ship for a week didn't seem to exciting to us. We received an invitation from a family member to join them and we did. The Oasis of the Seas is something special and from the first time we saw it in Port Canaveral as it dwarfed other ships, to an extremely easy bag drop off and check-in process to walking into the Promenade Deck 5, we were in awe. We purchased the Delux Beverage Package and I would highly recommend it. Beers ran approximately $8 - 10 dollars each, so if you plan to have five drinks throughout the day, it is worth it alone not to have the package and not worry about how much you're spending,,,, you're on vacation. We enjoyed the breakfast and lunches in the Park Cafe and the Solarium Bistro. The dinners in the main dining rooms were just OK+ considering how many guests they are serving. The several meals we had in Chops Grille were excellent (both lunch and dinners). The service was excellent for all meals. I would highly recommend the Specialty Restaurant Dining Package of which there are two. Entertainment was better then anticipated and although Cats is a very boring show, listening to Memory made it worth the long seating. The Aquatic Show was excellent as well as the Frozen In Time skating show. Come Fly With Me (Musical, Dancing and acrobatics) was awesome..... but the Headliner left much to be desired. All in all, our cruise was just wonderful and we will be looking forward to another cruise next year; or sooner. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first cruise and what an experience. We just got back last night and can't stop talking about it. Kids age 15 and 18 were very impressed. Highlights were our cabin steward, Vincent. He was very friendly, making sure to ... Read More
This was our first cruise and what an experience. We just got back last night and can't stop talking about it. Kids age 15 and 18 were very impressed. Highlights were our cabin steward, Vincent. He was very friendly, making sure to introduce himself personally to each member of our family and kept our room clean 2x a day. We felt spoiled for sure. Towel animals were are pleasant surprise. Another big highlight for us was MTD in the American Icon dining room. We had the same 2 waiters, Gerald and Sukhil who made our dining experience truly the best. We sat at the same table 148 after requesting it the first night. We all agree, our dining experience made our trip. The ship was clean, crew very friendly, guest services were helpful in moving the line along. We really liked our ocean view room and would do the same next time. Ice cream machines were popular with our kids and were maned by an attendant which made the line go much quicker. The drink pkg was also worth it for us. We had beautiful days with no rain. The excursions were fabulous. Counting down to our next cruise and can't wait.. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We had never been on a big (BIG) ship before, we like sailing from Pt. Canaveral, the Oasis was heading to the Western Caribbean - so we went for it. Glad we did. Good service throughout the cruise, throughout the ship. Our cabin ... Read More
We had never been on a big (BIG) ship before, we like sailing from Pt. Canaveral, the Oasis was heading to the Western Caribbean - so we went for it. Glad we did. Good service throughout the cruise, throughout the ship. Our cabin steward Erica always met our needs, brining us ice or more towels whenever we needed them. She saw the sink was not draining so she called maintenance and it was draining fine in 10 minutes. We ate most of our meals in the buffet - the Windjammer - always found a table, always fast service to clean up tables where the diners had left. Food selection for us was fine - though I did miss the papaya we had on on our last RCI cruise - on Brilliance of the Seas. Always soup, always lots of fruit, fish, vegetables and salad choices for the non-meat eater in our group. Croissants at most breakfasts were too good to pass up. Sorrentos on the Promenade deck (5) had pizza that was a quick snack a bit too often for our caloric intake - still good. We had breakfast in Central Park a couple of days - much more relaxed with still adequate choices for us. We'll go back there more on the next cruise. Labadee has a great beach! Got off the boat at 8:00 and was on a beach chair, under a coconut tree, listening to Haitian music right behind my head by 8:30 - The water was fine for swimming, and with my swim goggles, I could see the bottom, with many little fish, while I swam a few "laps" - I could get soft drinks for free (we had the beverage package) about 5 steps from beach chair - the buffet lunch was a bit further, as were the rest rooms. A server was bringing drinks around for purchase - could not have been much better. We'll go back as soon as we find a cruise that'll take us there. Went to Margaritaville at both Falmouth and Cozumel, so you know we enjoyed those ports, as well. Some tips I wish I knew before we got on: Men’s restrooms are often on port side Women’s often on starboard side .. Good to know if you gotta go (at the Windjammer they are both on the port side) Push a little green button to open some sliding doors to / from outside .. look for it Great running / walking track around the ship outside on Promenade deck 5 . If you walk down to the track from the Fitness Center on deck 6, you will see signs to “starting line” to the right. Nicely marked in miles and kilometers If using a wheelchair, to get from one end of the ship to the other, use Promenade deck 5 - inside, rather than using stateroom corridors - less obstacles, plus it’s more lively Six Coke Freestyle machines…2 on Promenade deck 5 on left side of Sorrentos and 4 inside side the Windjammer Buffet .. 2 on each side. When going ashore you will go down to deck 3 and take an escalator to the gangway on deck 2 .. towels available on deck 15 before you go..they say they have them just after you get off the ship..they ran out our first day ashore at 8:02 AM..so I counted 37 people angrily waiting for the next cartload of towels. 15 starboard is the choice Smokers hang out on port side of decks 15 and 16. We stayed on the starboard side when walking from one end to the other after learning this one time. Loved the big ship - loved the ports - we'll be back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first cruise on the Oasis, our seventh with Royal Caribbean—overall, it was a very positive experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary of Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel, as well as the days at sea, the latter filled ... Read More
This was our first cruise on the Oasis, our seventh with Royal Caribbean—overall, it was a very positive experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary of Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel, as well as the days at sea, the latter filled with ample opportunity for both relaxation and busy activity. In terms of onboard entertainment, the ice skating and water shows were excellent. As far as other options, lines at the Flow-Rider and zip line were surprisingly short, although I was turned away from the latter because I wasn't wearing a sleeved shirt—nothing about this requirement was posted near the ride. A good balance between open play and age-graded competitions were offered at the sports court. As far as logistics and related, embarkation was fairly slow, but disembarkation went much faster. Our cabin location provided quick access to wherever we needed to go, and we received excellent, courteous service by our room steward. Service in the main dining room was, at times, painfully slow (our table often ordered early but was served last), and the food widely varied from average to excellent. Occasionally, crew members throughout the ship seemed preoccupied with conversations between themselves, but this was not the norm. Related, a good number of the crew seemed to speak and comprehend English adequately. Lastly, a change from previous cruises...the highest category of internet service was surprisingly fast, though quite expensive, and the signal carried well throughout areas of the ship. On balance, this cruise exceeded our expectations, and we gladly recommend Oasis of the Seas to you. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas 7 day Western Caribbean Embarkation - - Got there at 10:15 which was a little too early, but got checked in and had to wait 15-20 minutes to get on the ship, very easy embarkation process The ship ... Read More
Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas 7 day Western Caribbean Embarkation - - Got there at 10:15 which was a little too early, but got checked in and had to wait 15-20 minutes to get on the ship, very easy embarkation process The ship - Oasis of the Seas. I didn’t know what to expect because the ship is expected to soon go to dry-dock for refurbishing. I thought the ship was is good condition and well maintained. Entertainment - Oasis has a multitude of entertainment venues. The water show is something that only Oasis class ships have and this show is simply amazing. The ice show is also very impressive. To put together a show centered on a theme and have skaters that can perform triple rotations and multiple combinations all while on a moving ship is amazing. The Opal Theater is a large 2-floor venue. The show “Come Fly With Me” is a production show including elaborate sets, singers, dancers, silk flyers and many flying other flying effects. This was a great show. They also had a headliner show which was the outstanding rock band called Private Stock. This was a rock and roll concert that had us singing from our seats and dancing in the aisles! The show “Cats” was the premiere show of this Oasis Class ship. While the set, the costumes, the acting, and the lighting were all impressive, the show was a disappointment to us and many others. I really felt bad for the cast when well over half of the crowd left at intermission! Why? As a retired music teacher, there is nothing more important than excellent diction so that everyone can understand the words and follow the plot. While most soloists had good diction, when everyone sang together the diction was terrible. It simply could not be understood, both because of lack of diction, lack of synchronization, and a poor balance of sound of voices and sound track. This story is very difficult to follow anyway, so many people were disappointed!! Other Oasis class shows such as Grease and Hairspray are fun and easy to follow. This show simply is not a good entertainment choice for the typical “cruisers”. Windjammer buffet - They seem to have a nice variety for breakfast and lunch. (never ate dinner there) The way they have the area laid out makes it seem less crowded. I was upset to learn that they close up the Windjammer and Solarium at 3:00. Why not close one side of the marketplace for an hour and then open that side for dinner at 4:00 and close the other side at 4 and open for dinner at 5:00. Also beware, many restaurants, including the buffet close at 8:30 pm. The only thing open is Sorrento for pizza! Main Dining Room - The food on RCI main dining room has been sub-par compared to other cruise lines. Steaks usually come out over-cooked, salmon comes out dry!. We ate in MDR 6 times and only 1 or 2 meals met expectations. The service on MDR is not what it should be. The servers don’t offer fresh-ground pepper, many times we had to ask for cocktail sauce with our shrimp cocktail, Baked potatoes don’t come out with butter and we have to ask for sour cream. The vegetables are scarce with every meal. Two slices of carrots, or two slices of zucchini! Chops Specialty Dining - This is a top notch steak house and much more, Food and service was top notch. So they can prepare steaks, just not in the MDR! We also had a lunch in Giovaninni’s! This was another awesome meal with great service. Very generous portions and very tasty! Excursions Labadee, Haiti We always enjoy this port, excursions are not needed here because beach chairs and all food is included, ample shade if you want it so umbrellas are not needed, first beach areas are rocky so go on to the last big beach area, float mats can be rented, extra cost things - zipline, dragon coaster, these can be rented on coast or before hand using your ship card. There is an artisan’s market - in the building use your ship card or behind building with the locals with cash, the locals can be very aggressive!! Falmouth, Jamaica All Inclusive Blue Waters Beach Escape This excursion was disappointing to us. The information in the RCI website is accurate, but it is what you are not told that ruined it. First the truthful points : 1-The Beach is only about 10 minutes away, 2- they have lounger chairs and an umbrella for everyone, 3- You do get free unlimited drinks including alcoholic drinks, 4- There is a buffet meal included, 5 -There is a live entertainer. The areas that were not good include - 1- The beach is small and dirty with seaweed!, 2- The lounge chairs include some good fabric comfortable chairs, and many plastic extremely uncomfortable chairs, 3- It was a windy day which causes havoc with many of the umbrellas. 4-The meal included a variety, but not very good. If you are on the first bus load, you may get the best loungers in the best location. Otherwise, you may be 8 rows back on rigid plastic loungers. We would not recommend this excursion. Cozumel Deluxe Beach Break at Playa Mia. We have done this excursion before and it only gets better..yes, better!!! The bus ride is about 15 minutes from the dock. You will have a wrist band which gives you access to everything except for motored sports. What is included: A large beach, beach loungers (plastic), umbrellas, access to the water park which includes water slide, kids pool area and a large pool and hot tub. Large beach area and another pool. Free buffet with a nice selection and pretty tasty, free drinks including alcoholic drinks, Very nice covered seating area for eating, nice bathrooms, and foot washing areas, free life preservers, access to the water gym area, free use of kayaks, paddle boats, water tri-cycles, and small “hobie” sailboats. They will even take you out in the hobie if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. We gave him a tip for doing that. All the workers are very friendly and helpful. They make several announcements when your departure time gets close. I would highly recommend this excursion. I wish the orchestra performed more times as a group. Only the brass and sax played on “Come Fly With Me”. I saw most of them perform dixie-land music in the Broadway on the final day party. On Harmony we enjoyed a fantastic orchestra in the Promenade, the theater, and other places. We like good music. Disembarkation- Be aware that you don’t choose your disembarkation time, they bring you the tags and your instructions the evening before the last sea day. At first we got the #55 with a 10:15 time. I went to the service desk and asked if we could possibly have an earlier time. They asked me what time and promptly gave me tags #20 for 9:15 time. This allowed us toe go to the MDR for an express breakfast at 8:00. We got done at 8:45 and our number had already come up, so we went directly off the ship without any waiting. We were at our shuttle at 10:00. This went very smoothly. Thank-you Oasis for a great cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Why go on a ship with 6000 other passengers? To experience the size of spaces that a ship of this size can only provide. The size and scope of the shows are also difficult if not impossible for other ships to duplicate . We were on the ... Read More
Why go on a ship with 6000 other passengers? To experience the size of spaces that a ship of this size can only provide. The size and scope of the shows are also difficult if not impossible for other ships to duplicate . We were on the allure of the seas about four years ago on a Mediterranean cruise and The shows on the oasis were far superior. Somethings that come to mind are we had a boardwalk balcony view cabin towards the back of the ship room #9327 which afforded us a view of the boardwalk but also the aqua theater and the ocean . At night with the ocean view would be boring and dark you still have things to see in the boardwalk so more interesting I think at night . I brought a fan and earplugs and had no problem with noise . We knew noise from aqua theater and shows would be there but sliding glass door really shut down the noise .Three people in the cabin , myself ,wife & 84-year-old mother . Drainage for sink and shower were best I’ve ever had on a cruise ship . So Nice not having to stand in water to take a shower .Shower was tight for me and I am 6 foot 200 pounds but I made it work it is round in shape. With the sofa bed out space was limited but again you can make do .The balcony was decent sized ,table & 2 chairs. We received two Royal Caribbean soda refill cups in the room . I guess it was part of getting a boardwalk room. No real information on it or how to use it but we figured it out and I think a soda package is about $70 per guest so nice perk . We purchased the blue lagoon deluxe beach break through Royal Caribbean and getting there was not pleasant like herding cattle , with 40 minute ferry to and from it didn’t leave much time to do much .The lunch provided was a short buffet line that you were allowed to go through one time so pile on the food because you can’t go back .They did have a very tasty lemon and strawberry?slushy’s as much as you wanted. For the cost of the excursion I don’t feel it was worth it, maybe if you did the dolphin encounter it would be worth it . You get specials and discounts emailed to you from Royal Caribbean before your cruise and one of the specials I decided to purchase was the BOGO specialty restaurant offer but I failed to see that you must use it on The first two days only so be aware of that ,not real obvious in promo . Also you had to go through the casino for your shore excursions which is very smoky , The left side is less but still smoky . Also two out of the three main restaurants have the casino entrance adjacent to their entrance and the smoky smell trickles in . My time dining doesn’t I believe . Coke machines to refill your Royal Caribbean glasses were found in Sorrento‘s pizza on royal promenade deck 5 and up in Windjammer buffet towards the back deck16. Might have been more on the ship but I never found them. Making reservations for every show for specific times and dates is kind of a pain but you can do it the only problem is ...... our first night cats was canceled , our second night oasis of dreams aqua theater show was canceled . Now when the rescheduled times were announced they conflicted with our dinner schedule ,and shore excursions .We never got a round to rescheduling them but happily to our surprise we showed up for a cat show that we had not reserved but with our Sea passes We’re scanned and it showed we were in their system as well as oasis of dreams same thing .So my guess is if you had made a reservation and they were the ones who canceled it you were already in their system for any other time for that show they show they had. We were happy about that because both were quality shows. Cat is a Broadway show . People next to us who said they had seen it at Broadway said it was very close to what they saw and I quality . You know opera and ballet are very difficult and I appreciate how hard it is to do it well but I still don’t really enjoy it . Cats wasn’t quite like that but I sat through it just to kind of get cultured .LOL.We saw their parade through the Royal promenade ,best seen from deck six looking down but we were on deck five and although crowded could see it my 84-year-old mom liked it . Very high energy . Only done one time . Booked the 5 star tour of Saint Thomas through Royal Carribean, save your money NOT even one star! Different guide would have made a little difference but still no .First two hours of the “tour” we were dropped off in the district for all the jewelry store Hockers we’re out soliciting you to come in to sell you jewelry it was nonstop and constant I just wanted to get away. That was two hours of my life I can’t get back . My brother just walked off the ship and found somebody to taxi him around for $25 took him too many of the places we did not go . Our tour bus of maybe 15 people Stalled out going up the mountain at least five or six times and of course could not understand a word from our tour guide I yelled out many times do we need to get out and push they changed out different van and guide. Ended up in Megans Bay beach but got there so late that we were the last ones to leave got back to the ship but it was pitch dark and missed the headliner show we had scheduled ,wound up never seeing it . Tip ...... Bring your iPod and headphones would have made passing the boring times a little less painful . I enjoyed the fresh squeezed orange juice and “ egg McMuffin “ at Park Café , easy in easy out . Contrary to some reviews oasis did not appear run down tired or old . was clean and staff appeared happy to serve you, I am still amazed because they see different people every week with no breaks . “ Frozen in time “ ice-skating show probably most entertaining of all shows , much better than Alure’s and there wasn’t one show that I wouldn’t rate A- or better, other than the comedy show which was just OK B- . The pizza at Sorrento‘s was better than expected fresh and hot and welcome for some reason later at night after shows for a late night snack . Learned a trick to get on the elevators . There was five of us and we used stairs for two or three flights but my mom is 84 so sometimes had to use elevators . First trick don’t all have to get on at once but see if you can just slip one or two in and the others wait for a new elevator . Sometimes it’s best to go down to go up . Sounds funny but with the elevator to go down is open get in that one take it down ,and then go up . I did have a problem with the quality of food that wasn’t a specialty restaurant . The speciality restaurants Certainly a more intimate and quiet experience and the food was consistently good .We did 150 Central park , Giovanni‘s table , chops grill , Izumi hibachi had a good show but terrible desserts but one specialty restaurant where you can see the ocean ,, went up to Windjammer for sweets, also looks out over the ocean , they sure have quite the artist carving watermelon designs real works of art , One night they had cotton candy making station and made to order crepes, When we were in the Grand(they picked 8PM time for us but would change to earlier seating if could do over for ease of seeing shows)it was LOUD,they had a parade both nights for the waiters that was deafening we did happen to hit lobster night on day six , and they do give you as many as you want seemed a little fishy but hey it’s seafood so quit complaining and eat them . The soda was so flat every night it was like a half glass of soda left out overnight and then poured into a picture and then poured back into your glass , yeah I know soda is bad for you but I’m on vacation so stick it , The second night I brought my cup refilled it at Sorrento‘s first so at least I had fizz for the first glass. Over all a very enjoyable cruise we played miniature golf , ping-pong , I did the zip line which is worth doing if there is not a long wait I would say if there’s more than three or four people ahead of you come back later . One thing I missed was a designated movie theater showing movies continuously like Disney but alas they probably use that space for a big smoky casino . You can get movies on your TV but again got to pay for them,This day and age other than Disney it seems that you have to pay extra for everything like Soda,movies,decent food, using the bathroom , no not really I just threw that last one in, their public bathrooms are amazingly large and clean quite impressive.I’m so tired of writing I have to stop,hope this helps other people with some info. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Overall this was one of the best experiences in my life and I am now looking at other cruises. Getting aboard was long lines but went relatively fast and I feel they do an excellent job considering the number of people. This is a ... Read More
Overall this was one of the best experiences in my life and I am now looking at other cruises. Getting aboard was long lines but went relatively fast and I feel they do an excellent job considering the number of people. This is a massive ship with all the bells & whistles and most of the time was very relaxing but the pool area needs more lounge chairs or better overlook on guests reserving them. Dining was absolutely fabulous in the main dining room with great service with very good selections and prepared to perfection. There are many other choices for complimentary dining at almost any time of the day. The entertainment overall was very good with one exception, The stand up comedy show was very disappointing. There was 2 comedians and the first one was OK but not that funny and the second one was so foul mouthed it was embarassing. I am no prude and am a retired US Navy so have heard it all. This was way overboard with the foul mouth. "Cats" was very good but goes on for too long, most people leave during intermission. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was my second time to sail with Oasis (5th RC cruise/10th total cruise) and all of my expectations were exceeded. The ship was at maximum capacity and I never felt like I was in a crowd. Because I've sailed on Oasis before, I ... Read More
This was my second time to sail with Oasis (5th RC cruise/10th total cruise) and all of my expectations were exceeded. The ship was at maximum capacity and I never felt like I was in a crowd. Because I've sailed on Oasis before, I knew to make all of our dining and show reservations in advance. This was my first time to dine at Chops and it was delicious! However, I felt the Main Dining Room was just as good. Windjammer, Park Cafe and Sorrentos were also always delicious and I never had a problem finding a table. The Sorrentos pizza is out of this world! So good! We opted for My Time Dining. Our waiter and assistant waiter, Kingsley and BinBin were fantastic! Honestly, they were just so efficient and kind and we looked forward to seeing them, every night. They took great care of us and had such energy! The ship is in great condition and everything is kept extremely clean. Our room attendant, Viola, was a doll! She made sure our balcony cabin was always clean with fresh towels and we had cute towel animals every night. Our ocean view balcony cabin #14206 was mid ship and the perfect location. Even though we were on deck 14, we rarely waited more than a couple of minutes for an elevator. Overall, I had the best vacation ever. Thanks to all the RC staff for always smiling and making sure we were well taken care of. I highly recommend RC and Oasis. I am looking forward to my next cruise, on Allure. I will only sail with RC. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The trip was excellent from getting on the ship to disembarking. This company knows how to move a lot of people through dinners, shows, buffets. Staff are professional and courteous beyond belief. They do everything in their power to ... Read More
The trip was excellent from getting on the ship to disembarking. This company knows how to move a lot of people through dinners, shows, buffets. Staff are professional and courteous beyond belief. They do everything in their power to accommodate your wishes. Asked for extra towels and couple wine glasses so my wife and I could have a glass on the balcony, was done in minutes. Cabin attendant was funny and greeted you with a smile or joke every time you saw him. Rooms where immaculate always. The waiters in the dining room where as good as any 5 star restaurant. We brought our 18 and 16 year old sons. The staff were courteous with them whether we where around or not. The food is wonderful with selection for any palate. You always knew exactly what was going on because you receive an itinerary every night for the next day. The tv channel also kept you informed. Lots of shows for every taste. The layout of the ship had places for children, adults who wanted to party by the pool and areas for adults only that wanted a quiet place to relax. This is definitely not as cheap as an all inclusive resort but worth every penny. The only Con we had was the Flowrider. It is fun when the guest get to try it and the viewing area cheers and laughs when you fall. When the "Pros" show up and make it into an Olympic sport it ruins it for everyone. The worst is when the old guys from the diamond club get to walk on anytime they want ahead of you. My sons where laughing at them because they where so embarrassed that they though anyone was impressed. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
After being on a dismal Carnival cruise we wanted to redeem our cruising experience and go all out. The Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. We booked through cruisedirect to get some additional OBC and dinner voucher. The embarkation ... Read More
After being on a dismal Carnival cruise we wanted to redeem our cruising experience and go all out. The Oasis of the Seas did not disappoint. We booked through cruisedirect to get some additional OBC and dinner voucher. The embarkation process was a little slow, but the disembarkation was very slow, not sure if either was RCCL fault. The cruise was Western Caribbean and we really enjoyed all the ports. Our least favorite was Cozumel and that might just be because of the age of our kids. We had my family time dining, which started at 5:30 pm. They say the kids are supposed to be all fed and ready for a kid's club pick-up, but they rarely got all their food before 7 pm. I much preferred the Windjammer over the Main Dining for all meals. The WJ was always busy, but never took long to find a place to seat and had much more variety and you didn't have to wait around forever. The 2 Dreamworks parades were a lot of fun. We skipped Cats, but saw all the other main shows with our kids and thought they were all really well done. I tried out the Flowrider and lost a contact out of my eye. Be sure to back backups, something I didn't do. I was able to buy some more contacts in Cozumel at Optica Caribe. We did pretty much every single activity they had, including mini golf, rock climbing, massage, and ice skating. We did not do their zipline, it seemed very short and uninteresting. All the staff and fellow passengers were all super nice and I'd highly recommend the experience. No fault to RCCL, but our whole family ended up getting the flu on the second half of the cruise. When considering a cruise vacation there must be a higher chance of getting sick due to the sheer number of people around you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Went on the Oasis with my BFF and had a great time! Our large ocean view balcony cabin was perfect for us! The headliner, Tony Tillman, gave a great performance! We dined at Giovanni's, Chops, and 150 Central Park, as well as ate in ... Read More
Went on the Oasis with my BFF and had a great time! Our large ocean view balcony cabin was perfect for us! The headliner, Tony Tillman, gave a great performance! We dined at Giovanni's, Chops, and 150 Central Park, as well as ate in the MDR for MTD. All restaurants were excellent! My favorite would have to be 150CP for its mouth-watering beef tenderloin for two! Best meat I have ever tasted, and the very tasty small lobster tail was a nice surprise! My favorite hangout spots are Central Park, Boardwalk, Rising Tide bar, and the solarium! My two favorite classes are Oasis and Freedom, so much so, that my DH and I will be boarding Lady O again in just 2 short weeks!! Port Canaveral is also our favorite embarkation port, as we only live 2 hours away, and there are lots of parking options! Thanks RCCL for continued excellence!! P.S. I will hate seeing the DL on Deck 11 replaced by Wonderland and the DL either being eliminated or moved to the windowless Deck 4! It's just business (I guess). Even so, it won't stop us from cruising with RCCL. By SilkySal Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We have wanted to cruise on one of the Oasis class ships far some time and thankfully final did. What a great ship. Yes there are 6000 guests on board however with only one exception, we didn't experience any long lines. The exception ... Read More
We have wanted to cruise on one of the Oasis class ships far some time and thankfully final did. What a great ship. Yes there are 6000 guests on board however with only one exception, we didn't experience any long lines. The exception of course was the windjammer buffet. They hold you up at the entrance so they can locate a seat for you which is a good idea. Other wise there would be tons of people bumping into one another trying to find a seat. Just too many people and totally unnecessary. We instead ate breakfast at the Central Park Cafe'. No lines quiet, enjoyable and the food was good. If you want to go to a buffet and load your plate to the ceiling with food you probably wont eat cause it's free, the Park cafe might not be for you. There is no charge, however there aren't 10,000 items to choose from. Specialty dining was simply awesome. I would highly recommend it. Main dining room was OK but we preferred the specialty restaurants. We found the solarium cafe' to be in between the main dining room and specialty restaurants as far as food quality. You will need to make reservations in advance but it is also free. Loved the shows. By the way, RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR THE SHOWS prior to sailing. Drink prices have gone way up sense we last cruised on Royal three years ago. The drink package might be for you if you plan on drinking five or more drinks per day. Keep your eyes open prior to sailing for deals on the drink package. Day 5 they offered several drink deals. We took advantage of the 10 drinks for $79 card. After gratuity it was close to $100. You save around $35 bucks depending on what you are drinking. Only thing I don't like about RCCL is the day strip on the floor in the elevators. I don't want to be reminded every time I get in the elevator what day it is and how little time we have left. LOL 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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